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- No internet connection or internet connection too slow at home;
- PC at home probably not as good as the net cafe's boxes;
In case of Korea, the Internet penetration rate and the speed is one of the highest and fastest in the world. so it has little to do with the speed of the internet. And of all the internet cafes i've been to, they are not top notch as cafe owners don't want to spend too much on the equipment and the latest games that might drag down the speed. (exception to WOW) Plus, most people can buy gaming grade PC for under $1000 which is affordable for any household in Korea. Considering that Korean economy is at 12th according to cia.gov, i think there are plenty of markets out there. You and i do agree on the social aspect of going to net cafes. Some experts in Korea forcasts that blizzard will sell 10M copies within 2 years after the SC2 launch.
I spent about $300 to build a whole new system, not $300 for a cpu. I bought about dozen computers in the past year for work. I found those $300 sufficient to build adequate system for regular web browsing/office work with Vista running on those computers.
I think it is more important to compare combination of 3 different parts or the system as a whole. Just by adding large amount of Ram boosts performance. In some cases having SSD as a HDD helps.
In reality, i find that you can easily spend a lot of money to buy "outlier" parts just you want best of what you can get to help work done a bit faster. Few grand in difference doesn't seem like foolish investment when it comes to professional video editing and graphical design. Time really is money for many jobs. Few minutes add up and become hours over a week. That will alter work output by chunks.
the problem with DRM is that it turns everything into rented content.
No, i didn't still your movie. I am just 'renting' it! like you want!!