Games as a service is fraud.

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Published on: April 30, 2021

I found this the other day, and he is right games as a service is fraud.

With the news lately on digital stuff, it turning to be good news for those that are proponents of physical copies.

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Published on: April 29, 2021

Over the last little over a month 2 news stories have propelled those of us that are proponents of physical copies arguments as being stronger. first there was the news story of Sony shutting down the PS3/PSP/Vite stores (true they back tracked on that but only for the PS3/Vita, it still happening to the PSP store) and the currently new law suit against Apple with the closing of a customers account with over $25k worth of “bought” items. Combine that with the old shutting down of the Wii and DSi store by Nintendo, and it does not paint a pretty picture of the “digital only” future. It shows the flaws with digital only “purchases” and that is they are fleeting, and a company can deny you access to what you paid for. While physical, they can not remove those, they would have to break into your home, to take them away from you. The worst part is they can do a unreasonable search and seizure of “your” stuff, with out a warren, with physical they can not just deem you an undesirable and take your stuff away, with physical you have laws that protect you in your person and possessions, with digital only you have no protection of the law. And latly the democrats have been in the side of corporations saying “ya but private company can do what ever they want” (well they only say that when they denie conservatives, but deny a liberal they will take you all the way to the SCotUS, and even if you win there they will try again and again, see the multiple cases against “Masterpiece Cakeshop” which touches on Religious liberties.)

If you don’t keep your data on your local devices do you really own it.

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Published on: April 28, 2021

Here is a reason you don’t want to place your data in the hands of another do you even own your own data anymore. If a company decides they don’t want you on their services anymore you loss “your” data, you loss “your” digital content, you loss “your” apps.

Another issue I covered is the cost, sure it only $5 to $15 a month, but that is a permanent cost, a monthly cost for ever. Sure it sounds cheaper but over the years it adds up, that $5 to $15 becomes, $60 to $180 a year. $600 to $1800 a decade.

This also feeds back to the physical vs digital debate, so easily, when you “buy” (lets call it what it is rent) a digital item you don’t own it and it can be taken away from you with out warning, yet they want to charge you the same amount as they do for physical. It use to be when you went down to block buster and rented a movie for a few nights, they did at lest charge you a fraction of what it would cost to buy it. Yet companies want you to rent content for the same price it costs to buy it.

A very good read

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Published on: April 27, 2021

Why is it suddenly ok to ask people about there private medical history We are losing our freedoms by the day, even the freedom of privacy. Well with the FBI and CIA wanting backdoor into encryption and the like I should not be surprised.

Youtube gives themselfs an award for free speech

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Published on: April 21, 2021

So Youtube thinks they are a bastion of frees speech. On of the largest violators of free speach (facebag and twatter being the other two) is giving themselves an award for free speech. Just look at all the people they banned for “wrong think” over the years. They are so free speech, they free people from being able to put their option out there. That like a bank robber giving themselves an award for being the most honest person alive.

The Sony PS3 and Vita stores

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Published on: April 19, 2021

I saw this posted today while for those that fell into the digital only game trap, this is good news, it does not give any comfort I would say, as it still can go down in the future. It does not make me take back my thoughts on digital vs physical game. I am still going to go physical as that would be a lasting media. Also note that the PSP digital store is still going away, so the issue is still there for those that still use, play, and enjoy their PSP. Proving more that physical games are a better investment then renting a license that can be revoked at any time. But it is good to see that Sony did 2/3 listen to their fans. (they only listened to their PS3 and Vita fans, but not their PSP fans)

Anima

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Published on: April 16, 2021

I will admit that even with all my ranting against the streaming future even I fell into it with Anima. But now I am working on fixing that, especially with the closing of the Sony PS3/PSP/Vita stores. I am starting to buy the ones I like on DVD/Blueray. It going to take some time. I have recently picked up “Oh Edo Rocket” and “Soul Eater” and on Monday I will be getting the first box set of “Fairy Tail” this one will take a while to get the full set. Also a copy of “Trigun” will come on Monday.

On my list is the rest of the “Fairy Tail” collections, “Attack on Titan”, “Full Metal Alcamest: Brotherhood”, “The Devil is a Part-timer”, “Baka vs Test”, and “Outlaw Star”

Getting all of the ones I want will take a while, as I am going to space them out, and not spend a fortune all at once.

Over the last 3 months

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Published on: April 10, 2021

Over the last 3 months, I have worked to pull my data off of the web, and take more control over my data. Things are going along. My email, I now use Claw for the email client instead of a web client, for my calendar I use JPilot calendar instead of google calander. I have been pulling back from the web more and more, for chatting, I am back on IRC. For message boards, I am using UseNet again, and an BBS that is still alive, and mind you they are still alive and kicking with many users.

I have found here people are a lot less toxic then people on social media. Sad thing is you can be toxic there, but god forbid you be a conservative on social media, toxic ok, conservative not ok. Another nice thing, is I now only have 16 web tabs open, down from over 50 I use to have open at a time, true I now have other programs open in place of a few of them, and some of them are just have no replacement.

Replaced tabs
message boards — Pan Usenet reader (2 or more tabs) or BBS
redit — Pan Usenet reader (4 or more tabs) or BBS
google calendar — jpilot
google contacts — jpilot
rackspace web mail — claw
google notes — jpilot
google todo — jpilot
google news — Akregator (an RSS feed agragator)

tabs not replaced
facebook
twitter

Those are not complete lists, but gives you an idea.

The sad thing is the internet is not living up to the promise it was touted as back in the 90’s where any one can communicate with any one else around the world. People just flock to the big tech sites, do what they are told belive what big tech tells them.

The PS4 Time “issue”

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Published on: April 8, 2021

With the talk of digital vs Physical games, the digital proponents have been talking about how the PS4 need to sync it clock to the PSN. Or things will not work, they claim that in the future if the PSN shuts down that PS4 physical games will not be playable because if the battery dies and needs to be replaced the clock will not sync to the PSN. Here why this is not an issue. Mind you this is a theoretical discussion for now.

First it reaches out to the PSN, so for this it has a URL that needs to be resolved by a DNS server. Well that is easly dealt with. I currently use Pi-Hole as a DNS ad blocking. But along with this, it is a full DNS server, that you can enter in to your own entries into. So on my home network I have a SMB server (my home built NAS, a Pi + a 2TB USB drive) in the Pi-Hole I added SMB to resolve to the static IP of the SMB server. So when I want to access it I can access SMB instead of just the IP address. So I can point any URL to any IP address I want on my home network. Next the time sync is probably just some reversed engineered protocol, and since you don’t need a PSN account to have it synced there no need for authentication. There are some great people out there that can reverse engineer a protocol. So if the time comes, I am sure they will have already figured this out (probably for emulation) but what to stop a programmer to take this info create a time server that you can run that would give the proper response to a PS4.

Now with these to items in place, just get a time server that would give the correct response for the time (or what ever time you want) run it as a server on a local area network, setup a DNS server on that same LAN (such as Pi-Hole) get the URL that the PS4 would look for and point the URL to the local time server.

Many have reversed engineered game servers, so this would probably be many times easier then a full game server. So for this reason even a CMOS battery dieing in a PS4 after the time sync for the PSN for the PS4 is turned off, would not prevent you from playing a PS4 in the future, sure it would take a bit of work, but not that much more. Put up a DNS server, put up a fake PSN time server, point the URL to the time server, BOOM done, and this all can be done with 1 Raspberry Pi. So the digital proponents argument on this is totally Moot. Those that want to play retro games (and some day the PS4 will be retro) will be able to do this easily. Again as long as I have a physical game they can not take the disc from me.

Palm 3e

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Published on: April 7, 2021

With the shutdown of the Sony PSP, Vita, and PS3 store. Also with places like facebag and twatter banning conservatives a lot. And finding that google does over tracking (see my post where I found that to use google drive it goes though one of their analytic sites instead) I have been thinking of what data I let others have control over and what data I have full control over now. While I can not pull that data back from google, or others I can control some of the data in the future. So instead of putting my data for contacts and calendar data on google anymore (the google apps via android) I decided I would look back at some older tech to keep this data and keep more personal control over this data. So I found on eBay an old palm 3e. I use to have one back in the 90’s (it was my first PDA ever) So I picked it up. looking at moving my data into the palm. I am still waiting on a USB to serial adapter so I can use it on my Linux box with JPilot. I have imported my contacts from my phone to JPilot already. There is not much in the calendar so I don’t need to import that data.

I was surprised how fast I remembered the old “graffiti” input style, but it was easy to remember and still almost second nature. I am starting to take more control over my data, instead of surrendering it to google and others. Also with using Pi-Hold to block all facebook URLs and twitter URLs, and many google tracking URLs, I can help keep the tracking down too. Until I can find a good search engine that is not google I can not block all of google’s URLs yet. Sadly DuckDuckGo does not seem to fit that need, and Bing don’t make me laugh.

Well the rumors were true, the PS3, PSP, and Vita stores are closing down.

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Published on: March 29, 2021

I just got an email from Sony stating that they are going to indeed close the store.

We are closing PlayStation™Store on PlayStation®3 on July 2nd, 2021 and on PlayStation®Vita devices on August 27th 2021. Additionally, the remaining purchase functionality for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) will also retire on July 2nd, 2021.

They further go on to say

After thoughtful consideration, we decided to make these changes in an effort to focus our resources for PlayStation Store on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®5, which will enable us to enhance the customer experience even further.

I don’t see how this says it going to make the PS4, or PS5 better, in fact as I read this, it puts me further into the position of never wanting to buy digital games. As I can not be sure on the permanency of a digital “purchases” how long will I still be able to download what I bought (if I had bought something digitally).

This does prove the point I have said more then once here, digital is a bad idea, go physical. If the idea was to get people to buy digital in the future this is not the way to do it.

NFT are stupid and I guess the next step from digital games, and bit coin.

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Published on: March 26, 2021

I don’t understand people wanting to “own” things that don’t exist, things that are only digital have no real existence and the value can be sucked out of them at a moments notices. It is scare that people are trying to build an economy on things that are only bits in some computer system. Some day bit coin will crash and crash hard when people realize it has no value, right now it is artificially inflated, I don’t know when it will crash but it will, I just know I would not buy any as an investment as when it crashes all value will be sucked out of it. And I guess the next step is the NFT stupidity, buying the “right” to say you “own” some virtual “item”. Nothing in that has value but people will trade money for that. People trade their hard earned money for nothing.

Yes I know fiat currency also has not value outside of what the government says it has, but at the end of the day it still has a physical presence and that can still be worth something, worse case, the economy crashes, but I will still have paper to wipe with, or burn for warmth, but with bit coin you don’t even have that.

Trying a new email client

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Published on: March 24, 2021

I have never been a fan of web mail. So I still use local mail clients. Right now I am trying a new mail client on my system, it is claw-mail. It seems to be working out well, there are a few more things I would like to get setup in it, but so far it looks like it will fit my needs. I have gotten it setup to handle html mail, sadly it seems EVERYONE sends email in HTML instead of plain text which is just stupid, if more email was just plain text I could get away with just plain pine, but since the stupidity of sending email in encoded html you are forced to deal with it, or have unreadable email.

I am so glad I never when digital with my games

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Published on: March 22, 2021

With the news Sony is closing down the stores for the PS3, PSP, and the Vita it makes me so glad I never fell for the stupidity of going digital with my game collection. Below is my game collection, nice and safe from any digital store shutting down. This should be a warning to those that thought digital only or “cloud” gaming were good idea, You will some day lose access to the games you paid money for. But for me as long as I have the disc and working console I will still have access to the game, not even a hard drive crash can kill them, just put a new drive in (you can always get used drives, and some places will still make legacy drives) I will be able to keep the games. I said it before and I will say it again, the digital only future is not to be embraced but rejected. Heck the used/retro game market is also healthy so I can still get games for older games with out the need of a digital store front.

BGE really needs to get their act together

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Published on: March 18, 2021

Today we had a 3rd power outage for the week, I am sure some 3rd world countries have more stable power then we have with BGE.

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