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Comment Re:It's probably cheaper than the alternatives (Score 1) 222

Besides (and maybe even more important) a lot of people want a game console, like a Nintendo Wii. Giving away such devices for free when people are sick is going to make a lot of people sick.

Hospitals keep track of who has what hospital-owned item so that they can recover/charge for it after your prescribed time with it is up. So people won't be able to keep using it after they've recovered using WiiFit or similiar.

I suppose they could go out and buy / rent a game to use while they own it, but why would they do that and NOT use WiiFit as well, since I assume they'd want to recover from whatever it is the doctor recommended the Wii for?

Assuming regular play DOES get in the way of actual treatment to the point that hospitals want to do something about it, you don't think Nintendo would be willing - chomping at the bit, even, for the publicity on top of the money - to manufacture special "Medi-Wiis" that have WiiFit/Similiar installed internally and no Eject/game slot/internet connection? In fact, if hospitals want to save money, how much would it cost for them to buy an off-the-shelf model, slap WiiFit in there and then remove / "sodder" some metal over the eject button and game-slot?

Heck, if we're really really worried, we can just have people go to the hospital for treatment sessions with game cabinets locking the wii up (same as what gamestores have allowing people to test games). We already have DDR being used in P.E. for classes, so how's this so much different?

In the short term, yes, people may try to claim work-comp to score a free Wii. But many of these cases will quickly disappear once people realize it'd just be easier (and probably cheaper) to just buy one instead.

Comment Re:Phonetics & putting the blame in the right (Score 1) 1343

The problem I see here is that as the language degrades, so will corporations' abilities to hire people with such skills and eventually it will end up in upper management.

In that case, when all of upper management thinks it's the norm, they would probably seek to hire those who use it throughout the organization, right? And so, in an effort to be hired, would students not *demand* to be taught English in this way, forcing even English teachers to eventually yield or find new careers?

This would then seed the entire workforce with those who speak/write this way. And when it's become prevelant throughout the organization at all levels, would it not *become* the norm? And, by extension from organization to country/world, would it not also become the norm if the large majority of writers considers it so?

We may simply be seing the next phase of phonetic/literary evolution in progress, as has occured through out history as long as humanity has possessed a written/spoken language. After all, I'm sure people today certainly would not consider the very small people who know and can speak/write in original Old English from the dark ages to be "the norm" with current phrasing. Heck, even a realatively more recent transition in the late Colonial period of America saw us give birth to a whole new "English Language" that is seperate from proper Queen's English to the point that we need lessons to be able to bridge the gap and prevent misunderstandings in mixed crowds.

Comment Re:One reason why not moving is making you sick: (Score 1) 376

We geeks have a hard time with sports. But I got a little mind-twist for you: How about you see your body as this extremely advanced machine that it is. And you want to tune it, hack it, and keep it running nicely, just like do with your (really much much more primitive computer).

Great idea! I'll just treat it like I'm upgrading my computer! Quick, someone give me a hacksaw, I want to swap out my arms for the "Chiseled Weight Lifter" models...!

In all seriousness, this idea fails because of the time difference. For someone who knows what they're doing, it takes about a day or two at most to build/upgrade a typical PC (faster if you just go buy a pre-made one). For someone to get from "flabby" to "fantastic" (or even just "fit") it would take at least a month, possibly more depending on how bad off they are. Someone using this mindset would probably be put into a short-term perspective on working out, and would then likely be disappointed later when it doesn't happen.

I should sell stickers, saying “My other computer... is my body!”. ;)

Not bad, actually. Might appeal to the small-but-growing Bodybuilding Geek demographic.

Comment Re:Half a game? (Score 2, Funny) 214

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Pirates as a Marketplace 214

John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts, made some revealing comments in an interview with Kotaku about how the company's attitudes are shifting with regard to software piracy. Quoting: "Some of the people buying this DLC are not people who bought the game in a new shrink-wrapped box. That could be seen as a dark cloud, a mass of gamers who play a game without contributing a penny to EA. But around that cloud Riccitiello identified a silver lining: 'There's a sizable pirate market and a sizable second sale market and we want to try to generate revenue in that marketplace,' he said, pointing to DLC as a way to do it. The EA boss would prefer people bought their games, of course. 'I don't think anybody should pirate anything,' he said. 'I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do.' So encourage those pirates to pay for something, he figures. Riccitiello explained that EA's download services aren't perfect at distinguishing between used copies of games and pirated copies. As a result, he suggested, EA sells DLC to both communities of gamers. And that's how a pirate can turn into a paying customer."

Comment Have My Cake and Eat This. (Score 2, Insightful) 671

Alright, Google. I can't do much about your beliefs on privacy. After all, you are free to run your company as you see fit within the bounds of the law. However, I do like my privacy on certain personal topics.

So how will I serve both? Simple: I'll stop using the internet entirely.

I'm sure you'll agree that this is the preffered solution for both parties: you get to keep using the information that you've already obtained freely (so long as it's legal), and I get to retain all of my personal information that I collect from this point forward.

I like this idea. In fact, I like it so much, I'm going to tell my friends to do it; most of them have issues that they want kept private, and the internet is only a source of idle time-wasting anyway. And they will tell theirs. Assuming the trend keeps up, after a while there won't be anyone left who uses the internet at all.

But that's not a big deal to you, right, Google? After all, it's not like the internet is part of your business in any way...

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.

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