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Comment Re:Morale of the Story (Score 1) 217 217

Because some of the employees were well known and who had proven track records with well loved games. It was a very early kickstarter so there were a lot of unknowns with the project and how it would work. I suspect there are a lot of backers who think it was a success because it helped revive interest in the genre and help other game companies learn from the mistakes.

If it was just Broken Age, I could see people giving them another shot, but when you combine that with the broken promises of Spacebase DF-9, I can't fathom trusting them to fulfill a Kickstarter or an Early Access game. With Spacebase DF-9 they took $400k in investor money from The Indie Fund, Humble Bundle, and a few others and made it back in two weeks. When sales slowed, they stopped development with a lot of promised features not finished. Sounds like a hell of a good deal for the investors, not so much for people who bought the game, trusting that an established developer would actually finish it.

Comment Re:Morale of the Story (Score 1) 217 217

funding a game from a known and reliable developer like Broken Age from Double Fine

Why would you trust Double Fine? Broken Age is the perfect example of a Kickstarter that was over-funded and still burned through its money. They split the game into two parts and sold the first part to fund development of the second part. Add that to the bullshit that happened with Spacebase DF-9 and you'd have to be nuts to trust Tim Schafer with anything.

Comment Re:How is it misleading? (Score 1) 103 103

I doubt Canada would extradite a Canadian citizen to the US. The response would probably be something like "are you fucking kidding me?".

Not for copyright infringement at least. They extradited Marc Emery for selling cannabis seeds through mail order to Americans though.

Comment Re:Telus... (Score 1) 252 252

Thankfully Bell has apparently dropped its push to go for metered billing...

Nope, they've just changed the name of it to Aggregated Volume Pricing (AVP). From Michael Geist's blog: "Bell obviously saw the writing on the wall and has come back with a plan that allows independent ISPs to purchase 1 TB of data for $200 with an overage charge of 29.5 cents per GB."

That's data that the ISP already pays for. Bell wants to double-dip.

Comment Re:What's not to like? (Score 2) 284 284

If BitTorrent never works then it is obvious that it is blocked. If you slow it down to something ridiculously measly, such as a few kb/s, and eventually disconnect at random intervals, it is much more annoying for the neighbor and hence funnier that way.

My ISP provides that service already. Thanks Bell Canada!

Comment Re:As compared to what? (Score 1) 302 302

Canada DOES have relevant laws about piracy - they collect approximately 1% per blank cassette, CD, or DVD sold, put that money in a central fund, and use that fund to provide financial backing for artists. That's Canadian law. That's the solution they chose and exercised for the last ~30 years.

Not sure where you got the 1% number (it's much higher than 1%) and it only applies to blank media for music. According to the CPCC, the current levy is $0.29/CDR. That's $14.50 of the cost of a 50-pack. That's almost half the cost of the cheapest 50-pack at or 85% of the cost of the cheapest 50-pack at

Comment Re:Net Neutrality vs QoS (Score 1) 213 213

Um...I would disagree. Net Neutrality should (and, I believe, is generally accepted to) mean that my provider cannot screw with my traffic because it suits their interests to do so. What happens if they decide to throttle voip traffic due to 'network congestion', but the start of such throttling just happens to coincide with the launch of their own voip service? It has to be an open pipe, period.

Rogers introduced monthly caps and started throttling just after they introduced their Rogers Home Phone product. It's VOIP, but only uses Rogers' own network. Somehow I don't think this is a conincidence.

Comment Re:Old news (Score 2, Insightful) 290 290

It's not questionable at all. Despite what CIRA has been lying about, it's perfectly legal to download music and movies in Canada.

Uploading is NOT legal.

Now paging the /. legal team: Your Law and Order training is required below my post.

The private copying rules only apply to music, not movies.

Comment Re:Do they really want that responsibility? (Score 1) 290 290

So Canada doesn't require that any DMCA complaints be filed under penalty of perjury, or any other mechanism to require them to be valid?

I'm very sorry for Canadians that they are vulnerable to harassment through this method. I suggest they consult with their government representatives on it.

They should also include the right to file a counter-notice, if it's not there already.

Frankly, I see that problem as one with the government, not one with your ISPs. Of course, my experience with most ISPs is that they ignore your average notice, and make an effort to avoid actually doing anything.

Canada does not have a notice-and-takedown system on the law books. Even the recent attempts to introduce a law like the DMCA in Canada did not include a notice-and-takedown system. There was a notice-and-notice system included in at least one of the proposed bills. Notice-and-notice would basically mean that the ISP forwards the email to the alleged offender.

There is no requirement for an ISP in Canada to immediately take down alleged infringing material. They may investigate on their own if they wish.

Comment Re:Making Available (Score 1) 347 347

BitTorrent is a legal application used by many file-shares to swap content because of the fast and efficient manner it distributes files.
No copyright content is hosted on The Pirate Bay's web servers; instead the site hosts "torrent" links to TV, film and music files held on its users computers.

I keep seeing this phrase used and it strikes me as grammatically wrong. Shouldn't it be "copyrighted content"? Content can be copyrighted, but content can't be copyright.

Comment Re:How much MORE is this costing us? (Score 1) 318 318

With stations shifting around and a few new ones appearing, viewers will need to use the scan-channel or add channel functions to get the new/moved signals. So even those that think they're already set up have a little work left to do to see everything that their equipment can get.

Oh noes! That's terrible. Almost as if the power had gone off for long enough for their TV to lose its memory. I hope no one gets muscle strain from hitting those buttons on the remote.

Comment Re:Delaying the inevitable (Score 1) 664 664

Yeah, the networks really should have bombarded everyone with constant notices that the switch was coming. Oh, wait...

Anyone who hasn't got the message pounded through their thick skull by now isn't going to be helped by a delay. I live in Canada and I've had quite a few people ask me if they have to do anything for the switch. Canada's planned switching date is not until August 2011 but we see enough American ads that they think it might apply to them.

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