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Comment: Re:Strategy and Tactics (Score 1) 158

by mollymoo (#38975913) Attached to: BigDog Robot Gets Much Bigger
I'd shoot the people. Each one of them you take down - and I bet they're easier to take down than a robot pony - is 200 lbs more the squad has to carry, reduces the carrying capacity by 100 lbs, reduces their firepower, costs the enemy more money and personnel, and damages morale a hell of a lot more than the loss of a robot.

Comment: Re:Good luck getting the protestors to support tha (Score 1) 744

by mollymoo (#38869223) Attached to: Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions
> No, the stock price is relatively high because a relatively large number of shares have been purchased recently. Stock price has nothing to do with the company's profitability.

The high demand for Apple's shares has absolutely nothing to do with their staggering profitability. Not at all. Totally unrelated. People would be willing to pay just as much for Apple shares if they were losing $13bn a quarter rather than making $13bn.

Comment: Re:Disagree. (Score 1) 406

by mollymoo (#38736026) Attached to: PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do
I've tried all sorts of things. It just doesn't offer a light-gun-style aim-down-sights 1:1 mapping - which it could, approximately, with a little calibration. I know where something I am holding is actually pointing, so the Wii is horrible to use for FPS because it doesn't work the way you expect. Physically it appears to work one way - as a direct pointing device - but actually it's more like a mouse. A dirty, low DPI ball mouse. There is no calibration beyond saying it's above of below the TV. You can't even tell it how big your TV is so it just doesn't have enough information to know where on the screen the Wiimote is actually pointing.

Comment: Re:Smokescreen (Score 1) 383

by mollymoo (#38563308) Attached to: Crysis 2 Most Pirated Game of 2011
Probably a tax dodge rather than a real indication of the cost. The store will buy it from a distributor which is another part of Best Buy, but is based in some tax-friendly territory quite possibly in another country. The distribution part makes all the real money and pays virtually no tax, the store part makes a token profit and pays normal corporate tax rates.

Comment: Re:Wrong Solution (Score 1) 383

by mollymoo (#38563246) Attached to: Crysis 2 Most Pirated Game of 2011
The most draconian DRM is on the consoles and it's extremely effective. Piracy rates on consoles are minuscule compared to the PC. DRM on consoles is also non-intrusive and gives you more freedom to resell and lend your games. The future is DRM baked into the hardware. As PC makers shied away from TPM the solution is obvious, and is already happening - just sell your games on platforms built around DRM: consoles. Many developers have stopped investing much money in developing for PCs, hence the console ports. Some games already aren't released for the PC. Soon even more developers will just stop developing for PCs all together, which will make people who want to play games buy consoles and buy the games.

Comment: Re:correlation (Score 1) 383

by mollymoo (#38562698) Attached to: Crysis 2 Most Pirated Game of 2011
Since I got back into PC gaming last year I haven't pirated anything (games or otherwise) and I have bought several AA/AAA titles. I even bought a legit copy of Windows (the first time I've done that in my life).

The fact is, 15 years ago when installing Windows 95 and Quake 2 required nothing more than a keycode for full functionality I would never have considered paying for software and I never did pay for any. Why bother?

Now though, DRM makes pirating more hassle than it's worth and digital download services make legit purchases quick, simple and often very cheap. Torrenting is more effort than hitting a few buttons on Steam. Legit copies don't have nearly as much hassle with patching, getting online play working, worrying about viruses and trojans etc.

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