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Comment: Re:Really people? (Score 1) 139

by Piata (#47485513) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'
You don't feel it's false advertising to say something is free when it's not? If people feel genuinely tricked by these revenue methods than it's worth addressing. It's akin to telemarketers calling and saying you won a free trip to the Bahamas; all you need to do is provide your credit card number and a $200 deposit.

Comment: Accurate summary (Score 4, Insightful) 150

She questioned the amount, the logic behind the amount and why the plaintiff's lawyers didn't feel a jury would find the emails a convincing argument for collusion. Not sure how you didn't find the summary accurate. I know it's a rarity on slashdot but this one is pretty spot on.

Comment: Re:When I was working near asbestos (Score 2) 156

by Piata (#46378485) Attached to: Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution
This seems like common sense though. I've worn one of these masks and it's pretty easy to tell if you have a proper seal. Of course I couldn't imagine having to wear one all day without breaks. My face gets sore and my mouth gets dry after wearing one for just a few hours.

Comment: Re:Disposable Income (Score 1) 320

by Piata (#46285727) Attached to: E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

That doesn't seem to be the case. StarCraft II was $50 at launch but quickly adopted free to play multiplayer options. League of Legends was free from the start. A lot of pro e-sports players come from lower to middle class incomes that rent time on computers at the local internet cafe. In Korea and more recently North America and Europe, teams provide shared housing complete with food and a house maid so there inncentive to get good at these games.

If you need a specific example, Huk had a pretty awful childhood and now lives in a team house, frequently sending money home to his dad and brother.

Comment: Re:The fun is gone (Score 1) 635

by Piata (#46010343) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Uh... drinking and driving is awful. This is something society actually got right.

Also, I live in Canada where the drinking age is 19 (and 18 in some provinces). We got together and drank without a car on a weekly basis. A lot of younger people don't have cars because it's too fucking expensive. Even when I was a teenager 12 years ago insurance was over $4k. Unless mommy and daddy are paying your bills you are not going to have a car.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.