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Comment: Re:"derision and scorn when they really shouldn't" (Score 1) 181 181

And don't forget an important fact with free-to-play games regarding their business models:

The business model they choose is subject to change. What might start out as a 'free-to-play' game with premium cosmetic additions can over time shift to a Freemium or Pay-to-Win model. I've invested my time and reasonable amounts of money in free-to-play games in the past, only to be burned later when they change to a more aggressive model.

Popular Android ROM Accused of GPL Violation 197 197

An anonymous reader writes "A petition has recently been started to get the developer of the popular Android 'MIUI' ROM, Chinese based Xiaomi, to comply with the GPL. While Android itself is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License, and therefore does not actually require derivative works to be FOSS, the Linux kernel itself is GPL-licensed and needs to remain open. Unless Xiaomi intends to develop a replacement for the Linux kernel, they need to make their modifications public."

Comment: Re:I just block (Score 4, Insightful) 716 716


As someone who's created (and supported) several websites (and developed a few platforms)...I'd just like to say that by no means would the world wide web and some of the wonderful technologies we have today disappear in the absence of ad based monetization. It might look different, but I see no reason to suspect that commoditization is tied to creative innovation.

Carry on. :-)

Comment: Re:P2P had no effect on music sales? (Score 3, Insightful) 285 285

hundreds of dollars from me personally over the last 14 years

Nothing personal, but the only thing this anecdote underlines is the fact that you'd have been a marginal consumer in the first place.

As another (counter?) anecdote: I've spent hundreds of dollars every year for the past 14 years (or so) and like yourself, I'm an avid downloader of music.

Not to parrot popular sentiment, but I believe the music industry is slowly strangling itself with the protectivist measures it continues to take. I don't listen to loads of top "" music but I think as more and more people get 'geeky' the alternatives, which focus almost 100% on the consumer side of the experience, become more and more acceptable.

They could drop margins, shift focus to the consumer, and see what happens. Or they could not, maintain some heavy-handed control...and see what happens.

Oddly, one of the best genres to result from the post-consumer digital pop-music age is bootleg remixes. Which introduces me to consumer oriented music I might no have otherwise listened to. And of course violates copyright.

Comment: Excellent points.. (Score 1) 434 434

Look, we have no problems buying your crap, but when its easier to pirate it and you get a better product? Why not download it?

That's the craziest part of this 'war'. I'd love to pay a fair price and not get jerked around for media, but that's just not a product they've managed to come up with yet, so until then it's plan B.

Comment: FPS FTW! (Score 1) 185 185

I thought FPS formed the bridge between casual and hardcore. Granted, if you suck you might get bummed playing against more skilled players sometimes, but the thing I like about them is a lot of the 'skill' (twitch mostly, a few strategies help, and knowing/learning maps) is portable across different FPS games. I used to be what we'd consider a hardcore player, wasting hours every week, but I have other interests and other things to do. So I've kept playing various FPS games with an understanding that I can usually play at least moderately well, even for short periods of time, and enjoy it.

Comment: It doesn't seem to work... (Score 1) 329 329

All I get is garbage:

FMS ASIS IDB C2W Galil arm Lander number key WISDIM pink noise initiators SABC NIMA NSAS erco mailbomb Wackendude Hindawi CSC MD5 SHS botux Internet Underground RHL tetryl incendiary device Talent Police Morgan NMS 2E781 Bunker NADDIS ZNI1 AIEWS Badger ISWG MI-17 Wireless nowhere.ch JSOFC3IP Clandestine Merlin Becker Rapid Reaction TNT ISFR plutonium JASSM bootleg

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