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Sony May Charge For PlayStation Network 212 212

In an interview with IGN, Sony's VP of marketing, Peter Dille, responded to a question about the PlayStation Network by saying that the company is considering charging for the service. He said, "It's been our philosophy not to charge for it from launch up until now, but Kaz recently went on the record as saying that's something we're looking at. I can confirm that as well. That's something that we're actively thinking about. What's the best way to approach that if we were to do that? You know, no announcements at this point in time, but it's something we're thinking about." This follows news of a customer survey from last month that listed possibilities for subscription-based PSN features.

Comment: Re:Nothing to see here, carry on... (Score 1) 320 320

Not necessarily. The police chief is a public figure, which means he also has to prove that the defamation was also accompanied by malice. That is notoriously difficult to do in a court of law.

The other question is who is going to pay for the legal fees. If I was a citizen I would seriously question this. In addition most lawyers won't take defamation suits on contingency because of the small settlements usually gained.

All in all I suspect that this is mostly an effort to intimidate.

The guy should be sacked.

Comment: Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 91 91

How true. My ignorance is honest; their ignorance is derived from knowing just enough to get themselves into trouble. The older I get, the more I realize that what I was "taught" in higher education was based on shaky or uncertain principles and I had to accept that what I actually know may not be entirely true or accurate at any time, ever.

Comment: Re:I disagree. (Score 1) 251 251

why are DVD sales dramatically declining?

Market saturation?

I can get almost every movie I want (older titles) borrowed, used, or from the library. VHS tapes wear out much faster than DVDs, and even when a DVD gets scratched, a little polishing compound will bring it back. I saw some DVDs at Staples that would self destruct after 48 hours. For $0.25 - $0.99 I might have tried one, but the titles were terrible and they wanted $5.00 each. No thank you.

A lot of the online content was never available on DVD because it didn't have enough audience to justify a pressing. Online will take over because it offers relatively instant gratification, a big feature that DVD and Blu-ray can't match. People like getting what they want.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.