The only part of this making it at all an unusual situation, Silicon Valley has decided to offer them on a regular basis to tech workers as a job perk, thereby filling a glaring gap in SF's public transit system.
this so called gap is *because* companies built their "campuses" away from existing public transit infrastructure as it was much cheaper to do so
the tech buses will always have some negative externalities associated with them
Why not just shuffle anyone detected cheating into a separate game room? If they're paying customers, then they can all cheat together, and everyone wins.
because even having the perception that you would allow cheating causes casual players to flee and never spend another dime.
i understand that your suggestion would be ideal, but in practice drives customers away.
Yeah, but could that be sustained? So you hand out $1M in $20 bills and send 10 guys out shopping for computers and cameras and junk. Now you have a warehouse full of consumer stuff in boxes. Now you have to open up an ebay store just to unload all of it, and you've made $200k. Are you going to repeat next weekend?
one kilogram of gold that would literally fit in your pocket is worth upwards of $40,000 at current market price
my point is that the most important thing for the criminals is actually getting away with the crime, not getting the highest value possible for the money
Counterfeit money like this isn't used to buy a soda at a gas station. They produce it in bulk and it generally gets used overseas in currency exchanges, where they ultimately launder the fake stuff into real stuff.
*then* they go buy a soda at a gas station.
maybe this happens on a one-off basis with some extremely under the radar places, but this would be an insane method to attempt to unload any more than a hundred thousand.
as the marginal cost for fake money is almost zero, they are likely converting into tangible goods that can be resold for clean money.
a team could easily buy $250k worth of precious metals / high end electronics at flea markets or craigslist in a weekend in NYC
They triangulate your location using the closest cell phone towers, and get your position that way. The problem with this is that for the 300,000+ people in Jersey City or Hoboken, the strongest cell tower may be located in New York City where internet gaming is illegal, and you get shut out of using the services. Same goes for the people in Camden that may get a signal indicating they are in Philadelphia.
Yes this can be easily defeated by buying a Tracfone and leaving it at a friends house + VPN, but for non tech savvy people this is a huge deal. In Nevada when they implemented this is wasn't really a problem because besides Lake Tahoe, barely any of the population lives right on the border next to a large population center.
Coming up with some anecdotes about how SOME people don't have the luxury of an always on internet connection does not change this
I am not defending DRM, but I do believe the next step the console industry will take is widespread single-use codes to lock out used games on top of the line Titles (because of the success EA has had with it on Madden), and that always-on DRM is still a little ways off from being the industry standard for everything
Second, the D team is offering no plan at all to deal with the elephant in the room. The ginormous deficit and rampant spending. Obama promised to cut the deficit in half and instead doubled it
Without being dishonest, explain why offering large tax cuts for the wealthy somehow solves the problem of the deficit?
"Deficits are too high" is a red herring for selfish pricks that are too cowardly to actually say what they mean.
Paul Ryan was elected on a platform of fiscal responsibility, and one of the first things he did after taking office was to support legislation attempting to criminalize forms of already widely accepted birth control.
the vast majority of people that would be upset by this, would already have been voting for Romney in the first place.
be upset all you want by the ruling, but dont think for a minute that anybody is convinced by your fake indignation, clown.
It's a matter of their priorities. They waste 2 years and countless amounts of time and resources to bust a mere 26 carders?
Why does the number of people busted matter to you?
Isn't the amount of compromised numbers a far more relevant figure?
One person selling 400,000 stolen cards vs 100 people selling those same 400,000 cards will hypothetically result in the same amount of theft
all government spending is evil in his hypocritical world, unless you're a clown that pissed away $75 million in taxpayer money so he could play video game developer
A player is expected to have a finite life as an active user, probably less than two years. The price of the game is set based on assumptions about the attrition rate. Giving the game to another user extends the length of time the server load exists for that copy of the software.
Tough shit for the developers, accept it as a cost of business and move on. The nanosecond that someone figures a way to play with a private server, they lose a paying customer forever when someones friend of a friend shows him how to play online for free and becomes a pirate in the process. EA Sports and such can get away with this because of the nature of their business, because that copy of Madden 12 is really only played online for 18 months tops before it becomes obsolete anyway.
Honest question, I'm wondering what you feel the upcoming gingerbread tablets are lacking that makes the iPad that much better? I'm still not convinced i need.. or even want.. either, but right now if i did it would be android simply so i'm not locked into iTunes again. Hated that with my iPhone, don't want to go back.
The android market has a very small fraction of the high end apps and games that the itunes store offers. I believe this will change in the future, but as of today its not even close. Honestly, it wouldnt matter if not for the fact that almost all of the most popular applications are ios only.