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Comment: Re:Goddammit. (Score 1) 467

by MisterZimbu (#44049191) Attached to: Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

Imagine going to Shakespear and saying "Sure we will publish your plays, but every person who buys a copy will get a different version where we change the words and the cadence a bit."

Buy a copy of a play for every actor, all of them have minor variations which cause massive confusion.

Hell, change the Bible randomly; that wouldn't get noticed at all.

Books are not plays. What words you read don't really have an effect on what words others read from the same book.

Though this would affect grade schoolers' English classes reading from books out loud. I wonder how many kids will get falsely diagnosed with dyslexia because they were reading "Jim and Steve" when everyone else's books read "Steve and Jim".

Comment: Re:Mega knows what the uploaded files contained? (Score 1) 199

by MisterZimbu (#42750743) Attached to: 150 Copyright Notices For Mega

My understanding is that that's pretty much SOP for any hosting provider (and possibly even the required action by the DMCA) and that it's illegal to DMCA something that you don't own the copyright to, or something that doesn't violate the copyright.

Of course, we're dealing with large companies and rich people here, who as we all know are immune to laws.

Comment: Re:See also: American Top Gear (Score 2) 349

by MisterZimbu (#40629649) Attached to: What's Wrong With American Ninja Warrior?

I like it. And I like Top Gear UK too.

Season 1 was pretty bad, specifically because they tried to mimic the UK version, which they couldn't because the just didn't have the rapport of the UK cast.

The latter seasons are much more watchable because they've now went and put a more American spin on it. It's pretty much weighted more heavily towards the cheap car challenges and the studios are nothing more than a backdrop. While there are still segments that I fast forward through (the SIARPC, for instance, which I skip on the UK version too), overall I think it's on par with, if not better than, the recent Top Gear UK episodes (although the last UK series was actually fantastic).

Overall, when you recreate a show internationally, you'll have to "Americanize" some of it to get it to stick. The relatively small cultural gap between the UK and US requires this, let alone an immense one like there is between the US and Japan.

While ANW isn't great, I understand some of the Americanizations that were done to it. Carrying it over wholesale from Japan, format and all, would have made it so much worse.

Comment: Re:Going back on their word (Score 1) 197

by MisterZimbu (#37688840) Attached to: <em>WoW</em> To Add Avenue For Real-Money Gold Buying

Things have changed significantly on that front - the raid size is smaller (10 or 25 players) and the bosses drop more loot, plus bosses give points you can spend at a vendor to get more raid-level loot.

The burnout's still there, but it's more in the opposite direction now- a new raid comes out and the players are getting geared so fast that they have nothing to do afterwards.

Comment: Re:Nope, it's a few things. (Score 2) 413

by MisterZimbu (#37118442) Attached to: <em>World of Warcraft</em> Finally Loses Subscribers

I mostly agree with what you're saying here, but your 3rd point is a tad disingenuous.

- Naxx was more or less recycled, but to me this is okay because very little of their population saw it when it was relevant.
- Onyxia wasn't really "content" for the last expansion that was supposed to mean anything. It was literally a bonus raid added in celebration of their 5th anniversary.
- The two (yes, only two) 5 mans that got "recycled" are only the same instance in name and layout only. The content inside the dungeon (you know, the part that counts) is completely different. The bosses are completely different, the drops are completely different, the trash is completely different. They are effectively brand new instances.
- Likewise, the 5 man Zul'Gurub is literally nothing like the Vanilla Zul'Gurub raid. Zul'aman is pretty much the same though. However, these two instances were patched into the game. The 4 instances added in WoLK after the expansion's release weren't exactly shining examples of creativity, either. Before that? In TBC and Vanilla you simply did not get new 5 man instances patched into the game.

Comment: Re:Too fucking bad.. (Score 3, Funny) 502

by MisterZimbu (#34878710) Attached to: Palin's E-Mail Hacker Imprisoned Against Judge's Wishes

Another benefit is, say you have them repairing buildings for the city or whatever; you're also teaching them a trade that they can use when they get out of jail.

Good luck with the unions allowing that!

Simple answer to that- outlaw unions, throw them in jail, then they can repair all the buildings they want.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll