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Tell me again why I am paying $60 for a new release on Steam that didn't have to get stamped, packaged, stored and shipped to a store for someone to place on a shelf for me to purchase yet costs the same?
Due to a fiduciary responsibility to maximize shareholder value (and in acknowledgement of the escalating costs of executive bonuses, cocaine, and hookers) to maximize out synergies and leverage existing payment schemes the board has elected to treat virtual goods as costing the same as physical goods.
The consumer, having been conditioned to expect to pay these prices, will contribute to high-margin sales.
We disagree with market assessments which indicate that diminishing scarcity should also cause downward pressure on prices, as we feel we would be unable to maintain current levels of executive compensation if we were forced to pursue new revenue models. Instead we will continue with established pricing in order to ensure maximal revenues are accrued.
Further, pursuant to discussions at the board level, we continue to pursue mechanisms by which consumers^Wrevenue cows will be required to simply remit 25% of their income to us.
To this end, the fraudulent use of the greatly expanded copyright protection regime will continue to be applied as long as suckers^Wrevenue cows can be coerced into complying.
Forecast estimates indicate we may need to increase bribed^Whonorariums to lawmakers by a small percentage, but this is expected to be offset by existing revenue bloating^Wmaximizing schemes.
Short version: greedy fucking douchebags.
No, essentially it's "name that sci-fi plot".
It's not a joke. It's not a hoax. It isn't plausible. It isn't cute. It isn't funny.
Look, your penis is tiny, and you're incompetent as an "editor", we get it.
But show a little originality and variety. You've basically made the same joke about 10 times now.
I see the humor is weak in this one.
Sorry, son, but I've had my geek card for over 30 years now. Nobody gets to take it back.
I'm all for some good humor, but what soulskill is doing is beyond lame.
April fools day is about hoaxes and pranks
The BCC convincing people about the annual spaghetti harvest? Priceless, timeless, and awesome.
Ten stories which are blatant references to popular fiction? A pathetic cry for help (or, in this case, ad revenue).
These are so damned weak as to just be pointless. Like I said, knock knock jokes from a 4 year old.
You're enjoying an endless stream of "stories" which are nothing more than references to books and movies?
Sorry, but this is like being told knock knock jokes by a four year old, it's just tedious and pathetic.
These stories aren't hoaxes or pranks, they're just drivel.
You know. You've always known. The things you see, the things you hear, and smell — they aren't any more real than your dreams. You've drifted through life so far wondering when you're going to wake up. But you don't have to wonder anymore. This is your alarm clock. The only decision you have left to make — the only decision you've ever had to make — is whether you want to wake up, or turn it off and drift back to sleep. In exactly two minutes, your phone is going to ring. If you want to open your eyes, to be born into a world more real than you've ever imagined.. answer it.
Explicit language might modify what would otherwise be there only by an implicit doctrine.
In general, a licensor can modify their own terms. So, if you are using the GPL on software to which you hold the copyright, and you add some sort of exception, it applies. You can't do it to other people's software.