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Comment Re:Lets divert some military funds (Score 1) 292 292

Let's see, according to figures I can find if we chopped US military budget in half, it'd still be twice the expenditures of the next largest military.

I'm sure that will leave us wide open for the rest of the world to waltz right in.

I promise you, we don't have to spend more on our military than the next 10 largest military budgets COMBINED to be safe.

Comment Re:AMAZINGLY stupid on the US/NZ government... (Score 1) 235 235

"This is why law enforcement needs to actually follow the law."

Except that's NOT what the conniving bastards behind this will take away from this.

THEY will take away the fact that they need to ram through even HARSHER laws that prevent the need for apologies.

Why yes I'm bitter and cynical, why do you ask?

Comment Re:Sure Why Not? (Score 2) 299 299

If you read the intro to the baen free library (http://www.baen.com/library/intro.asp) you'll find that they discovered that freely available DRM-Free downloads of books CONSISTENTLY increase sales of actual physical copies.

So I'd say there's a good chance the same principles you talked about in your experience with Bandcamp hold true for eBooks too.

Comment Re:They're not? (Score 1) 209 209

The fact that the guy you replied to didn't realize the submission meant exactly what it said - microtransactions are, in and of themselves, neither good or bad. They simply are. It's how the developer uses them that determines if it's good or bad.

But people don't work that way. Once some "thing" that is not inherently "good" or "bad" has a "bad" association in someone's mind, that thing is "bad". Never mind that the next instance of "thing" that they meet may be used in a "good" manner - they've already internalized the "thing == bad" rule and will blindly apply that to every other instance of "thing" that they meet.

Comment Re:where is our critical mass of Linux Users? (Score 1) 456 456

I have four words: "Games and Legacy Apps"

That explains pretty much every windows install I'm personally aware of (including my own)

Either people want to play their games or they have to use/support legacy apps for a business that it doesn't want to take the time, expense and risk of replacing.

Comment no substitute for the real thing (Score 5, Informative) 585 585

Not for DOS-era games, but the ones that came just after that (Dungeon Keeper 2, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Need For Speed 4, etc)

I've spent a lot of hours trying to get those games running reliably in a Win7 environment with no success (compatibility mode, virtual machines, etc).

Comment Re:Ideology (Score 1) 253 253

Don't kid yourself, States rights went the way of the Dodo when the Union States went along with the federal government's plan to override the other states exercising their rights to withdraw from a "voluntary" union - that cemented the Federal Government as the higher power. Any protestations to the contrary since then have been empty wind and useless wishes.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)

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