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Comment Re:this is great news! (Score 2) 94

I initially thought that this was a troll comment but on reflection I realise that it is valid.

Clearly 'go digital' meant dispensing with the disc and saving the data to a hard drive but this is semantics as it is merely shifting the data to another media type.

'Say "no" to offline data' is the real message with which I wholeheartedly agree. There should be no need to swap optical discs in this day and age and keeping data offline makes no sense unless you are dealing with tape backups.

I treat blu-ray as a tape backup and keep a ripped version on my NAS which is how blu-ray/DVD/CD should be marketed. The consumer would be happy as they own a copy and the content providers would be happy as they can maintain their pricing structure.

Comment Re:Xbone has been a disaster from the start (Score 1) 174

Next time, let your engineers spec the console up for you instead of the Marketing Department.

There is a happy medium in there somewhere.

A hardcore IT friend of mine says that the GUI was the ruination of computing and if you want to use computers you should learn the CLI and if you want a GUI you should make it yourself. It is fair to say he was very wide of the mark and he would still be using 16-bit machines to this day had the user-interface remained the same. Popularity (and porn) stimlulates the advance of technology.

Microsoft took consoles to a new level and are suffering now as they set the bar rather high. Sony had difficulty with the PS3 which was hardly a failure. The same can be said of the XBOne. I would rather have an XBOne than an Atari Jaguar.

Comment Re:The US needs a loser-pays legal system (Score 1) 136

Interesting that you somehow want to penalise lawyers for doing a job that they are requested to do. Perhaps we should get rid of lawyers altogether? Take estate agents/realtors and door to door salesmen as well. And parking enforcement officers. And other people who are annoying despite having a function that could be beneficial to society...

Lawyers do not provide guarantees but they do frequently take on a case at a risk of not being paid which is the quid pro quo for the cases that are successful. There are also lawyers who assist with other matters too such as property transactions and assistance when a loved one dies. It's best not to tar everyone with the same brush you basement dwelling mummy's boy ;-)

In the UK there are some interesting developments with Qualified One-Way Shifting (synopsis) which allows someone to take on the mega-corp with little to no risk of being landed with an adverse costs order in the event that they lose their case. It is a relatively new concept which has not been rigourously tested and it has its pitfalls such as the drain on resources by fruitless claims but the drain is much smaller (technically) that the system which is being replaced where lawyer's fees, a percentage success fee (up to 100%) and a massive insurance premium could be claimed from the loser.

Comment Re:MSRP of subscription MMOs (Score 1) 93

Buy a bowling ball and you're totally aware that to play that game it's going to cost you $20 every time. It's part of the deal and you understand it. But what this developer is doing is akin to selling you a basketball with a coin slot on the side. You have to put coins in, but you get nothing in return. It's just a money grab.

Well you say that but it is possible to set up your own bowling alley and some (rich) people do have their own home alleys. However, if you decide not to pay for your PSP subscription there is *no way* to set up your own server as Sony is unlikely/disinclined to allow you to do so.

Of course this issue is already in existence with games like Titanfall on the Xbox One which is online only although with that game the requirement for an internet connection and monthly subscription is patently obvious.

IMHO I am pleased that Sony has returned to its old ways as the recent Microsoft-only bashing has got a bit 'old'.

Comment Re:Misleading title... (Score 2) 160

You still have control though which is the crucial point. If you revert to paying cash, your trips to Walmart are no longer being tracked.

Let's not get too excited, Google is looking to monetise tracking information in the same was as grocery store reward cards allow the stores to mine purchase data and send you focused offers. The NSA is not interested in your buy one, get one free selections but Google is interested in directing you to their corporate clients based on where you happen to be.

The quid pro quo is that your acceptance of such tracking does provide financial reward. This is an option of which you may wish to avail yourself.

This is not the same as the voting and the ipod analogy not least due to the vagueness of the question. Is it one ipod for one vote or for all future votes? Were the respondent congenital idiots? All important questions..

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