19 August 2008

Just a quick note about secure cookies

In response to the recent Google HTTPS flaw discovery (don't worry, it's nothing major -- just a technical point), I've now decided to start adding this flag to all of my cookies, as well.

There's an easy way to do it with Ext, too, and I did this right away with my cookie-settings scripts in Domino.

In your cookie setting function, after whatever assignment you use to create the "Path" part of the cookie, just add:

(Ext.isSecure ? ";secure" : "")

So, the end of your cookie string should look somewhat akin to:

;path=/;secure

And that's it! Now, just check your cookies in FireCookie to see the "secure" flag taking effect:

15 August 2008

Pirates give indie game dev an earful

You want to know why? Pirates give indie game dev an earful
"Piracy is a popular excuse for poor-selling PC games, and while the issue is discussed in the gaming press and between developers nearly endlessly, not much changes. The developers and publishers still use annoying forms of DRM, the pirates still crack the games within hours, and people who aren't interested in the status quo are rarely listened to. Cliff Harris, an independent game developer with Positech Games, actually did something about it: he asked the pirates directly why they do what they do."
Aye, but it was a good earful. Try and read the whole response on his blog.

Game developers actually listening to consumers' concerns does work, and I'll tell you why. It's for stuff like this: now that I've heard this guy's views on the matter, I'm actually going to buy this guy's game Democracy 2 now that I've heard about the way he thinks -- it reminds me a lot of an online game called "NationStates" that I play, and it sounds like a blast (for the politically minded -_-').

04 August 2008

The Patry Copyright Blog: End of the Blog

The Patry Copyright Blog: End of the Blog

Damn -- I could say something like "quitter," but this guy's been fighting for 25 years, and has earned his break. He's probably tired as hell from beating his head against the wall time and time again, like he says in his second reason for leaving:
Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and the creation of new works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve existing failed business models, to suppress new business models and technologies, and to obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from activity that not only causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright owners. Like Humpty-Dumpty, the copyright law we used to know can never be put back together again: multilateral and trade agreements have ensured that, and quite deliberately.
Just makes me feel sad, more than anything, but I can understand trying to be an advocate for something that is actually a good thing (copyright law) but that is now used for nefarious purposes. What to do?