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I'm starting to warm up to the DDO model where they still use microtransactions, only they are not as much 'micro': Instead of more levels or better gear you can buy yourself access to areas and instances, access to classes/races, an XP gain boost for a day, etc etc etc. The point is that in-game you will not get a free pass just because you have cash, and you can play with/against others without feeling handicapped just because you don't pay cash.
Thankfully it inspired the netbook...
Enterprise MySQL... crap, I'm going to have support nightmares tonight.
Current speculative thinking is that all the lead designers from WoW have been pulled to work on their next MMO, hence the changing of the game by the current lead developers.
Remember, even Blizzard was surprised at the success WoW had, and they certainly didn't expect to keep working on it for so long.
It's a warning, not an instruction manual! - Orwell
There's even a YA novel (Little Brother) by Doctorow that has this issue as a plot point; somehow I doubt that the people in charge are going to read it...
Indeed, as I found out recently when I moved to 2x 1920x1200 monitors. I've mitigated the problems somewhat with a lot of keybinding customization (toggle max horizontally/vertically + throw window left/right/bottom/up did help a lot), but it's still clunky at times.
That *is* the vista (view) knob!
Hell, the Jita/Market hub problem has a very easy solution: just tax transactions more if they take place in congested systems. With th volume of trade that goes on in Jita and the margins available, even a 0.1% tax of items sold there would cause traders to seek other nearby systems.
For what it's worth, their current major pain point is that they use a single thread per solar system, this decision was made very early in development and removing it would mean a more or less complete rewrite of their code. Hell, if they do that they may as well go the Erlang route...
Quite simply, because the nodes need to be active continuously. You can't just say "Hi, system BH-7A1 will be offline for the next 3 minutes due to migration".
Also, keep in mind that fingers do get larger during the normal course of life, so you will need to resize it anyway at some point in the future.