Spore DRM finally eased

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Call it a victory for pester power if you like, but EA has just released a deauthorisation tool for their DRM system in Spore. As previously reported, Spore would only let players install the game five times before forcing you to buy a new copy. This patch allows you to ‘de-authorize’ a computer, meaning that you get one of your credits back.

Interestingly, the de-authorization process doesn’t involve uninstallation, so you can leave it sat on your hard drive, and just de- and re-authorize as necessary. Of course, if your hard drive corrupts, then you’re not going to be able to get that installation back, but do you know anyone who’s lost five hard drives that way, ever?

Spore Deauthorisation Patch (via RPS)

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WIN WIN WIN! – Nintendo DS and a copy of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Jedi Alliance – last day!

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Just a quick reminder that today’s the last day to enter our Nintendo DS competition. Want to pretend that your stylus is a mini-lightsaber? Now’s your chance!

It’s ridiculously easy to enter. Go here, fill in the form, and hit okay. Go do it now, in fact. Imagine how jolly your little kid (or you, if you’re sprog-free) will feel on Christmas day when he or she unwraps it.

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Firefox hits 20% market share

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I feel a bit guilty. I’ve almost completely abandoned my former favourite browser – Firefox – in favour of Google’s zippity-quick Chrome browser. I love Firefox, but the little tiny touches in Chrome make it a joy to use compared to the relative clunkiness that is Firefox 3. Still, in a world where most people are still using Internet Explorer, it should be celebrated that 1 in 5 people on the internet are now using Firefox for their surfing needs.

The report, from Net Applications, shows Firefox with a 20% market share for two out of four weeks in October. Firefox didn’t have a major release then, so it’s doubly impressive that it’s still building converts across the world. New features are constantly announced, including a private browsing mode (dubbed ‘porn mode’ by some) in a forthcoming 3.1 update.

Firefox (via ReadWriteWeb)

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Controversial videogame lawyer Jack Thompson disbarred

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Jack Thomson, a self-proclaimed Christian Conservative and anti-videogames activist, has been removed from the Florida Bar by the Supreme Court of Florida. The former attorney is well-known in the gaming community for his highly conservative views on sales of videogames with violent and/or sexual content.

Sky to offer truly limitless Broadband

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Sky have confirmed on the Digital Spy message boards that they have dropped the Fair Usage Policy from their top-tier broadband package. Most ‘Unlimited’ broadband packages actually have a “fair use” limitation, which means that if you end up using extreme amounts of data, they reserve the right to cut you off. Sky have announced that with immediate effect, their ‘Unlimited’ package will have no limits. It sounds weird saying that. A spokesperson posted…