The market is not free for several reasons, two directly related to EA and one not so directly.
It's free in the sense that everyone can vote with their wallet. Lack of sales will put market pressure on EA to change if they are interested in their bottom line which, as we all know, is the only thing that really matters to them. Hit them where it hurts and they will change.
Nothing else needed, why are we even discussion this?
Not everyone wants to walk around with $1000+ in cash in their pocket so they can make a big purchase. And when you lose cash, it's really lost to you - if someone steals the cash from your pocket, there's little hope of recovery unless they happen to catch the thief, at least if they steal your credit card, you can report the fraud and get your money back.
Um you didn't even point out the obviously flaw in today's day and age of using cash especially among slashdotters. So, I should stuff $2,000 in an envelope with purchase order and mail it to NewEgg to purchase the parts for my next gaming rig? NOT! "I'm sorry sir, but there was no cash in the envelope you sent us. Can you try re-sending it?" It really drives me nuts when snarky people are like just use cash! Oh yeah let's just drop the e-commerce market that's been built up around the internet and been an economic boon and go back to the dark ages. How about let's make electronic purchases better? Or better yet how about companies hire better people and/or train the people to follow best security practices?
Honestly, I don't think the problem is that people don't really know this and are arguing against the human effect of carbon emissions on our planet's environment. The problem is our modern society at its foundation is completely based on carbon based fuel and combustion engines. A group of brilliant scientists, no matter how intelligent or correct they are, is not going to convince the entire modern world to stop what it's doing, shut down society and restructure it for the long term health of the planet.
Two things to note about this: 1) That would have a devastating impact because of the chaos it would create and 2) There's not enough motivation because it's not going to affect anyone currently here in their lifetime. By the time it's a problem, it will be a future generation and it will be too late.
Now I know this is a bitter bill for geeks to swallow but you'll have to negotiate the win/win, not just use pure logic. Fortunately, you're the smart group and what you should use your intelligence for is to find an economically equivalent or better, cleaner, environment friendly source of energy and propulsion. Get to work! We're depending on you to solve the problem.
And Iraq had WMDs. And the NSA never lied to congress or the people... how stupid do they think we are?
Since this is slashdot let's apply mathematical induction to your proposition. One lie is either bad or inconclusive but two or more lies are good. The fact that we argue to prove this is what makes us stupid and enables us to be tricked over and over and over again by our leaders.
For me, it's like this: you're sitting in a nice restaurant, minding your business, when some guy starts up arguing and fighting with his wife and yelling at his kids. Now, it's none of your business, but it's sure uncomfortable. Then, he up and smacks her, and starts hitting his kids. And then does it again. People yell at him from around the restaurant, but noone does anything else, and he smacks her again. So, do I/we have a responsibility to stop the guy? I mean, the family spat is none of our business, right? But when he starts hitting the wife and kids and won't stop, don't we have to do something? It's not about taking sides or figuring out who's right or wrong in the spat or what the outcome for me personally would be, and I'm sure as hell not a cop, but I just have to stop it. Even if it means violence. It's just the human thing to do.
No it's not the same thing. It's more like all the restaurant patrons signed an agreement to be able to be patrons of the establishment. They all agreed that there would be no violence in the establishment. One person sneaks in without signing the agreement and decides to commit a violent act in the establishment and receives the appropriate response based on the terms of the agreement. Failure to do anything to enforce the agreement renders the agreement meaningless.
Come back with a better metaphor after you read up on the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993.
Or notional 46k dialup, where that was the best you could theoretically get. (similar to ADSL in many respects)
It was 56k dialup and that's correct, it was only theoretical. No one ever connected at 56k. Back in that day there were two competing standards K56Flex and USR. USR was the superior standard and I think it could connect every once in awhile at 52 or 53k if the line quality was pristine. I always thought it was funny how the USR 56k handshake always sounded like something bouncy.
I disagree with Carmack's assessment that the handheld gaming market is being consumed by mobile devices. The games available for tablets and phones are VERY inferior compared to handheld gaming devices. There have only been a few worthwhile games for the iPad that I've found such as Tales from Monkey Island, Kingdom Rush and Machinarium are all great games but there are so few good titles to choose from. There are tons of great titles to choose from on 3DS and PS Vita though.
The mobile market is still primarily about casual games like Words with Friends. For games with more depth, you'll be hard-pressed to find that with the exception of a few gems like the ones I mentioned above.