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Comment: Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (Score 1) 795

by Otto (#33185550) Attached to: DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

Actually, I paid five bucks for it, and afterwards I wanted my money back.

As for the OCD goals, I hit more than half of them on my first (and only) play through. The game was trivially easy, I'm afraid.

It sucks for a lot of reasons, replay-value is only one of them (although it is the main one, IMO).

Comment: Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (Score 1) 795

by Otto (#33185534) Attached to: DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

And I can only assume you despise movies and books too which tend to have no "replay value" either, and which also only deliver a few hours of enjoyment for the cost...

Not necessarily, but in general, yes. If it's only worth watching once, then it's probably a poor film. If it's only worth reading once, then it's probably a poor book.

Think of your favorite movies. Do you watch them again? Do you own them on DVD? Do you buy movies on DVD that you don't want to watch more than once? Why not?

Same basic principle at work here. Replay-value is an important part of a purchase decision. I don't buy DVD's until I've seen the movie already, why would video games be any different?

Comment: Re:Intelligence test (Score 0, Redundant) 281

by Otto (#32963414) Attached to: Apple Lays Out Location Collection Policies

If you guys are comfortable letting Apple or anyone else have this, it's just because your brain hasn't digested what it means yet. Don't worry, wait for the first few scandals. It will take a few years - maybe long enough for every asshole company to start doing this. But it will get easier to understand.

I voluntarily send my location to Google every 2 hours (via Latitude). Why should I care if they know where I am? I mean, what exactly are you, some kind of spy?

Nobody cares where *you* are. You're just not that important. Sorry to bust your ego-bubble.

They only really care where people are in aggregate. That information is far more useful.

And if where you are does actually matter, then *turn it off*. Simple enough to do, really.

Comment: Re:if only that were the end (Score 1) 405

by Otto (#31915944) Attached to: In Defense of Jailbreaking

it turned out that I was able to eventually unbrick it after hours of trying different things.

You don't even know what "brick" means, do you?

"Bricking" means, basically, turning the device into a functional brick which does nothing whatsoever. It is not possible to restore a bricked device, under ANY circumstances. There is no such thing as "unbricking". The term makes no sense.

If you could restore it to functionality, then it was not "bricked".

You most emphatically could no simply do a software restore.

In point of fact, yes, you could. The iPhone has a special mode you can boot it into that will allow you to do a restore regardless of the software on the device. The fact that you didn't know how to do it does not invalidate my original statements.

iPhones cannot be bricked by jailbreaking. Period. This is a statement of fact. If you disagree, then you're wrong. It's that simple.

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