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Comment: Re:Never belonged to you (Score 1) 271 271

oh boy.

It's not run by geeks for geeks under some informal geek code of honor anymore. It's a commercial marketplace run by corporations for a profit.

no way. i thought that the massive server farms, thousands of developers and QA engineers, millions in hardware, millions in R&D, et. al. were funded out of the magical money tree?

And anyone with a clue and any exposure

and you are the only one that apparently thinks this information isn't so obvious that you need to repeat it here like you're talking to a bunch of children. i also don't expect target to be there tomorrow and i won't go screaming if it isn't. i'll buy my socks somewhere else. done.

i think you forgot to tell everyone that with Google WE ARE THE PRODUCT OMFG!

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 271 271

Consider if you had already been seated at a table at a restaurant, and were given the bum's rush because a known big spender just walked in. You were there first. It's just shoddy practice.

i'd probably go somewhere else and not come back. he has that option.

Comment: Re:Is there a difference? (Score 1) 131 131

every provider has a custom ROM build. that's right the ROM is provider specific. so the difference is a port of all the customizations to lollipop and of course a new, separate QA cycle on a different major version of android. also, don't forget the user guides, support staff, etc. all to be staffed and trained on android 5 + this device.

so yeah, the effort is actually pretty huge. i'm not excusing it, but to dismiss it as grabbing AOSP and dumping the LG music service APK on it is not correct.

also, what's the motivation? you could have purchased a Nexus device that has the best update cycle out there. but no, people still decide to buy Samsung, et. al. and then inevitable bitch about updates. influence with your pocket book. if you keep buying from companies that shaft you on longer-term support, then enjoy your outdated brick.

Comment: Re:Ouya 2 (Score 1) 54 54

also, don't forget that at $300 for a Shield console, you are $50 away from getting an Xbox One or PS4, which make an X1-based system look like a calculator, have massive AAA game libraries, will probably still be getting new AAA titles in 10 years, and are media centers to boot.

and let's not talk about the $200 16GB Shield. completely unreasonable, and only offered to be able to claim the $200 price point.

Remember, Ouya is another company, not related to NVIDIA.

i think people get that. it's more about investing in an unproven, largely unsupported (in the way of game developers) gaming console that's underpowered when compared about similarly priced next gen consoles.

Comment: Re:I don't really buy it (Score 2) 422 422

So it had nothing to do with a severance package.

and ..... why did they sue the company? it was because they were due severance by law and the company did not provide it. so yeah, it had everything to do with the severance package.

When the company started doing better they were forced to compensate employees that were fired when the company was doing badly.

yes, they were forced to adhere to the law. crazy huh?

Comment: Re:Not sure if smart or retarded (Score 1) 204 204

if you look at the kind of things that these bots do, it turns out that the bots are not a symptom of bad players, but of a bad game

yes, it's so bad that people pay their monthly fees and spend thousands of hours leveling their characters. just a terrible game indeed.

And this doesn't hurt other players at all

wrong. MMOs are all about your place respective to other players. how do you think it makes the non-cheating customers feel if they spend 5000 hours leveling their character but someone else does it in 10 hours of screen time with a bot? you think it makes the vast majority of paying customers feel good about the game? like they want to keep devoting their precious time and money?

this is nothing more than keeping the vast majority of the paying customer base happy. and yeah, it's a money grab because as soon as the average person feels the game is overrun with bots, they stop paying.

Comment: Re:Not sure if smart or retarded (Score 1) 204 204

Because they'd still have to pay their monthly fees.

what costs do those monthly fees go toward, pre-profit? bandwidth. electricity. maintenance. etc. all of those costs get multiplied by bots. humans don't play for weeks straight. a bot is a net loss for the company.

people seem to forget that just because it's digital doesn't mean it's without operating costs.

Comment: Re:Not sure if smart or retarded (Score 1) 204 204

The smart thing would be to sort the players. But the bot-users and hackers on one set of servers, and the genuine players on another set. Get money from both camps, without them disturbing each other.

it's all about having an advantage. bots exists to gain an advantage. if everyone is a bot, it defeats the point.

not to mention, bots put excessive load on their servers beyond what would be possible with a human player.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake