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USA Freedom Act of 2015

Once again, USA sets a great example for other countries to follow. The so-called “Freedom Act” just recently passed Senate and became a public law as of 06/02/2015. It’s great news for all U.S. citizens because from now on it’s going to take a court order for any agency to dig in your personal data, just like it used to be before the “Patriot Act” of 2001. For more details see here.

This change shows what a healthy democracy is capable of, when something outlives its purpose, the system removes it and reverts back to the normal order of things, rather than keeping the abomination alive by stitching it up with more and more patches, slowly moving in totalitarianism general direction.

One can argue that the real cause of this change is the Edward Snowden scandal, but there’s more to it really. Conspiracy theories aside, I want to be positive about this change. Just recently, UN also voiced its position on anonymity and encryption and they actually would like to see them as a part of basic human rights. These are interesting times we live in.

So they did it

Got a short letter today from CCP, inviting me back to EVE Online. Struck with nostalgia, I read it through and noticed this line: “PERMANENT SHIP SKINS“. Whaaa..?

So I guess in 2011 we fought for nothing. It’s already here. The very essence of the “greed is good” made it into the game. While I didn’t play EVE for a few years already, I still feel for it and worry about it’s future. A brief look at the forums and other media showed that everything’s fine. People seem to accept the change, at least I didn’t find a new “threadnaught” that we had back then. Just see for yourself, those were the days –

On a second thought – why not? First of all, skins are still only cosmetic, it’s not like they add something in terms of real gameplay and besides, everyone’s doing it now, so what seemed immoral and bad in 2011 is now perfectly normal, even Blizzard made a game which makes half of it’s profit (if not more) on skins alone (talking about HotS). From 2015’s point of view all that monocle drama that we had in EVE seems meaningless and stupid to most people. The sad part is that it won’t stop here, it never did. I think we’ll see more and more ingame sales mechanics and those will eventually become pay2win. There’s no other way.

Unless it’s a boss in Diablo, there’s nothing good about Greed.

Wrongfully accused: my Conficker ban story

Recently, I have started to notice an increase in unnatural behaviour on many sites that I visit. More than once I’ve even been blocked with a Captcha, that I had to enter prior to being granted further access. The last drop was a full ban on Google when trying to do any search query. So, here’s a story how I dealt with the problem, along with some thoughts on failing security techniques. Continue reading Wrongfully accused: my Conficker ban story