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Comment: Re:Just (Score 1) 158

by Dragonslicer (#49149707) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

Can't this be said about any video game that doesn't include unrealistic activity? Why not just drive cars? Why not just play football? Why not chuck rocks at pigs?

For most people, driving a race car or playing professional football are unrealistic activities. They also involve a large amount of physical danger.

Comment: Re:Easy of porting over is the key (Score 4, Funny) 191

by Dragonslicer (#49140411) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

and shipping a title for a platform when it doesn't actually work on that platform, or has issues that nobody ever even bothered to check because they don't want to spend any time on QA for the platform is worse for the company's PR than not shipping the title for that platform in the first place.

Then why is EA shipping games for any platform at all?

Comment: Re:Gonna see a Net Neutrality Fee (Score 5, Insightful) 619

by Dragonslicer (#49140229) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
Because of course they've avoided raising their rates out of the kindness of their hearts, but all of this new regulation is forcing them to do it against their will.

I keep hearing from free-market capitalists that prices would naturally trend towards whatever the market will bear. If that's true, then regulation would never increase prices. After all, if the sellers could get away with raising the price, they would have already done so.

Comment: Re: Screw your laws (Score 2) 193

Parasitic in that they hose their drivers. They produce nothing of real value, they just take a cut. Like a racketeer.

I don't really care about Uber personally, but it's a bit disingenuous to say that they provide no value at all. There is some non-zero value to the infrastructure for connecting customers with drivers that they maintain. I doubt it's worth $40 billion, but it's worth more than nothing.

Comment: Re:Nothing new. (Score 2) 248

by Dragonslicer (#49088989) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

as we all know, if a bad actor behaves badly and there is no punishment, what reason does he have to change his bad ways?

the fact that the US fellates all corporations, as a form of religion, is what allows them to continue the bad behavior. in fact, it encourages it by rewarding 'profit, above all else'.

it really seems clear to me that we have chosen the wrong 'god' to worship. profit, above all else, WILL be our downfall. it has started already and many of us see it. but our words are not being heard ;(

It started with a good idea: make it so that a person who makes a mistake running their business can't be sued into personal oblivion. If you remove that major risk factor, it will encourage (or more accurately, not heavily discourage) more people to start their own businesses. Eventually, though, corporations got big enough that they could use this merely to shield themselves from the consequences of any actions they take, so there's no risk at all to doing things that would likely destroy most small businesses.

This is why we can't have nice things.

I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work I will do it.