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EULAs – Text vs Reality – Battlefield Punk Buster use case scenario

Posted in Knowledge, Privacy with tags , on September 17, 2014 by Sirusdark

End User License Agreements (EULA) are those pesky long legal text documents that most people usually answer “YES”, “Next, next, next…”, “Finish” during software installs.

Let me tell you something: it’s NOT gibberish. I myself never bothered to read much of it, until I actually did start reading them. Since then, I’ve become an EULA addict avid reader: I now read every EULA out there for all the software, websites and services I use. Doing this has allowed me to understand many things like what companies can or cannot do when we agree/accept those EULAs.

Here’s a real true use case scenario of what the EULA’s text SAY vs the REALITY of what is means:

EA’s Battlefield

PunkBuster, a very invasive anti-cheat system is required to play most of EA’s multiplayer games, more specifically, the Battlefield franchise. Here are some examples of difference between EULA and reality:

1. Battelfield Free (web browser game)

EULA says: Punkbuster is not required to play the game.

Reality:  The installer doesn’t even proceed to install the game if you cancel Punk Buster’s installation.

 

2. Battlefield 3

EULA says : Punkbuster is not required to play the game. During the game install, you can choose to skip installing PunkBuster component. The game will run fine and play without a hitch.

Reality: 99.99% of all the game servers require PunkBuster to play online with other players. PunkBuster-less servers available: zero.

See? Although they abide by the EULA, the only available services require the anti-cheat component. If you ever take the time to read PunkBuster’s own EULA (I dare you), you’ll most likely never wanna  have such a program running on your computer, especially if you have any kind of sensitive information, important data, etc.

Conclusion

DO take the time to read legal documents. You WILL learn things and be more informed on what you’re getting into. Here’s one last example: the game Defiance’s EULA say that every chat sessions, text, voice, pictures or data will belong to the company and can be used as they see fit. It means they could take a voice recording of you and a friend within the game, make an ad out of it and you wouldn’t even have a say about it.

Enjoy EULAs!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

References
-http://www.evenbalance.com/
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EULA
-http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1903684

Need help uninstalling PunkBuster? Lemme know! I just might just write an article about that…

How to – Bypass YouTube restriction without logging in Google

Posted in How to, Internet, Privacy, Tweaking with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2014 by Sirusdark

I noticed websites had embedded YouTube videos and not a single age restriction/login prompt. After making such an observation, I tried embedding videos in a simple custom HTML page and it worked!

Why

Ever wanted to watch a movie trailer on YouTube only to be asked to login to view it? Then you decide the movie isn’t to your liking, but Google thinks you like this type of movie and start showing weird videos/ads suggestions? I got fed-up with that.

Simpler, faster

Guess what? There’s an easier and simpler way to do it than manually coding an HTML page every time: JSFiddle!

1. Copy the YouTube embeded code from the video’s sharing option

2. Go on JSFiddle and paste-it in the HTML section

3. Run the code.

Voilà! Problem solved. Google won’t ask you to login and won’t associate the viewed video to your account, since you’re not logged in. Right?

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca