25 Matching Annotations
  1. Jan 2024
    1. Just one of the reasons why I prefer GOG over Steam. No DRM or other artificial restrictions to worry about, let alone an internet connection required in order to play or to install, since I can simply backup all the (stand-alone) installers onto my NAS. And I can even unpack those with open-source tools if I want to.
  2. May 2023
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  4. Dec 2022
    1. Steam emulator for GNU/Linux and Windows that emulates steam online features. Lets you play games that use the steam multiplayer apis on a LAN without steam or an internet connection.

      Interesting project to make it possible to run some Steam games that ordinarily would require Steam to be running to run without Steam.

  5. Jun 2022
    1. The problem isn’t Linux, it’s the defective by design DRM.The studios demand ridiculous DRM that does nothing to actually stop piracy.
    2. Valve long ago proved that piracy is a service issue. Make it more convenient to pay for something, and people pay. Just look at what they did to bring AAA games to Linux!Apple, Amazon, and others proved it as well when they removed DRM (or never had it in the first place) on digital music purchases! People still paid for music downloads! They figured out how to keep people paying by making subscriptions to pretty much all music cheap and convenient. The service is more convenient than piracy, and you have a useful option for anything you want more permanent than a subscription.
  6. Mar 2022
    1. The chip was developed as a result of the 1983 video game crash in North America, partially caused by an oversaturated market of console games due to lack of publishing control. Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi said in 1986, "Atari collapsed because they gave too much freedom to third-party developers and the market was swamped with rubbish games."[6] By requiring the presence of the 10NES in a game cartridge, Nintendo prevented third-party developers from producing games without Nintendo's approval, and provided the company with licensing fees
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  10. Apr 2020
    1. share bibliographic updates to a local digital library. However, we should note that many DRM implementations preclude sharing eBooks at all; this vision of a shared local library will be difficult to realize under current restrictive policies.

      A Microsoft's researcher talking about DRM as "restrictive policies".

    1. And if the closed platforms prohibited DRM in apps, then the large content providers would simply distribute their own set-top boxes and game consoles as the only way to watch their stuff.

      This sounds a bit naive to me. Who would buy those set-top boxes and game consoles? And do not only consider the United States' and European markets. Wouldn't the large content providers have to adapt to how the web works if they want to reach a broader audience?

    2. embed Netflix content in their own web pages,

      Now that the w3c has recommended eme, Is this possible?

  11. Feb 2020
    1. I prefer to play Open Source or DRM free games, e.g. from Humble Bundle and alikes.
  12. Jul 2019
  13. Mar 2019
    1. In a perfect world, the author would sell you a license to the book and you'd just read it on whatever platform suited you. For now, the leading ebook providers are not making this easy so I end up with some titles (and associated annotations) on one platform and other titles on another, which is far more complicated than it needs to be.

  14. Dec 2015
    1. The EDUPUB Initiative VitalSource regularly collaborates with independent consultants and industry experts including the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Tech For All, JISC, Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC), and others. With the help of these experts, VitalSource strives to ensure its platform conforms to applicable accessibility standards including Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Accessibility Guidelines established by the Worldwide Web Consortium known as WCAG 2.0. The state of the platform's conformance with Section 508 at any point in time is made available through publication of Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs).  VitalSource continues to support industry standards for accessibility by conducting conformance testing on all Bookshelf platforms – offline on Windows and Macs; online on Windows and Macs using standard browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari); and on mobile devices for iOS and Android. All Bookshelf platforms are evaluated using industry-leading screen reading programs available for the platform including JAWS and NVDA for Windows, VoiceOver for Mac and iOS, and TalkBack for Android. To ensure a comprehensive reading experience, all Bookshelf platforms have been evaluated using EPUB® and enhanced PDF books.

      Could see a lot of potential for Open Standards, including annotations. What’s not so clear is how they can manage to produce such ePub while maintaining their DRM-focused practice. Heard about LCP (Lightweight Content Protection). But have yet to get a fully-accessible ePub which is also DRMed in such a way.

  15. Oct 2015
    1. Essential features flow seamlessly between online and offline modes; examples include cross-references, user annotations, access to online databases, as well as licensing and rights management.
    1. publish directly to marketplaces run by Amazon, Nook and Kobo.

      With their incompatible formats and digital locks… Funny Apple’s iBookstore isn’t mentioned.

  16. Mar 2014
    1. Tolino users enjoy the freedom to move their content to other devices. In this case we apply the Adobe DRM system – currently the de-facto market standard. Supporting Adobe DRM unfortunately adds complexity – often enough on the part of the end user. We therefore encourage publishers to also consider Social DRM like watermarking.
    1. the DRM barrier between the ecosystems could be partly overcome by simple changes to the respective store and reader applications
  17. Sep 2013
    1. Much as it is not the criminal defense lawyer's place to judge their client regardless of how guilty they are, it is not the doctor's place to force experimental treatment upon a patient regardless of how badly the research is needed, and it is not the priest's place to pass worldly judgement on their flock, it is not the programmer's place to try and decide whether the user is using the software in a "good" way or not.

      Taking this to heart / putting it on my wall.