JackGriffin wrote:So I'm honestly curious about something... What would the evidence need to be that would cause you to have concern? (to anyone)
If someone demonstrates that Epic is actually sending
sensitive information away that should never leave your computer under any circumstance, ever, such as saved passwords, certificates, private keys, logging of key presses other than in their own games, that sort of thing, regardless to which server they are sending it to, it doesn't matter if to China, US, South Africa, North Pole or even to Mars.
And if someone demonstrates that Epic is actually using their allegedly "botnet" to do botnet-ish things, like making non-sensical requests or attacks to other servers and services.
Until then, it all sounds paranoid bullshit coming from conspiracy theorists whom have no clue whatsoever what they're talking about, and what Epic actually does, leading to other people who know even less to panic without knowing a thing either: panic stemming from ignorance.
What sektor posted about the constant breaches and security vulnerabilities they had thus far proves that they are more incompetent in developing code rather than having an evil plan for world domination.
Epic was always known by their engine, but their engine from the get-go, as well any software they produce, since forever, has had huge security flaws that could be exploited.
I mean, as far back as UT99 you can have malware installed in your machine by the simple act of joining a server (otherwise how would ACE be able to install a dll in your computer?), but I bet you're not really worried about that, or gave it a second thought.
JackGriffin wrote:I think it's that I just lived in an era where there was an expectation of privacy.
The only reason you had more "privacy" years ago, is because people interacted with each other a lot less, due to not there being any Internet, one of the main drivers of isolation and huge cultural differences which would actually in turn result in discrimination and conflict.
These discussions around "privacy" always astonish me, especially when many times the same people concerned about their privacy, post photos and their daily lives online by themselves, to all public to see, be it on Facebook and other places, which proves without a shred of a doubt that people do NOT want to be that private to begin with.
JackGriffin wrote:Your individual rights can be very quickly removed without discussion, just look at New Zealand. In a week they took the guns and the free speech.
I am not sure how you're seeing NZ actions as a removal of free speech, and what that has anything to do with the subject at hand, but here's the thing: human beings are closer to stupid and intolerant wild animals than what they like to think.
Human beings have too much of a high respect of themselves to see how barbaric beings they still are in their core, and therefore everyone wants all the "rights" without any of the responsibility that comes with them. There's a good reason why a citizen cannot have a military tank in their garage, or why they cannot build their own explosive device.
Rights SHOULD be removed if they cause more harm than good to society as a whole, provably so, and by the same token rights SHOULD be added if they either cause no harm or actually have a good impact in society, however given that human beings are these wild creatures at their root acting more on their personal immediate emotions and beliefs, hanging many times to their own religions and cultural traditions, rather than objectivity and factual analysis of what's really good and bad, it's hard to do both of these and evolve forward as a society.