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Comment Re:Completely missed the point. (Score 1) 338

To be fair, a bit of schizophrenia and the associated hypocracy is kind of a necessary side effect of democratic government. ~400 million voters and hundreds of elected politicians cannot exactly speak and act with one will. China has the luxury of a small, static group presenting a united front to the world. Even there that's slowly breaking down.

Comment Re:Hah! (Score 1) 338

Heh, well, that doesn't make them hypocritical, though. Hypocracy is saying one thing and doing another. China openly says they put stability and order over personal freedom, and that they censor the Internet and arrest troublemakers.

The US says it's the land of the free, and they put personal freedom above all, and then they arrest or censor troublemakers anyway, all while berating China for doing the same (on, I'll grant you, a whole different scale).

So they have every right to call the US hypocritical, and they're kinda right, technically.

Comment Re:I want to agree, I really do (Score 1) 642

You might be right. I suspect it must be a bit higher, but probably not a lot. Well, and the difference would be made up of people who paid for the game, and then 'pirated' it anyway.

But, regardless, you're hassling your legitimate customers, to no avail. All it takes is one single cracked copy to become available, and the piracy rate will be exactly the same.

Comment Re:I'm an example (Score 1) 642

Arg, yes. DRM schemes are...annoying, but understandable in the short run.

But how many times have I gone back to play some classic game from my youth, only to be confronted with: "Please enter your serial number to continue"? I've moved five times since I bought this game, what are the chances I can find the original CD case/box/slip of paper/whatever that the serial was printed on?

Even more frustrating: my wife asks me to reinstall XP, and I have to scramble to find a valid serial. For a product I must have paid for 6 times over, but never really used.

Comment Re:Intentional? (Score 1) 824

In Vancouver (BC), we have walk buttons all over. If you don't press them, you don't get a walk light. But the lights are the same length, anyway.

So lots of people forget to press the button, and when the light goes green...they hesitate, then run back and push the button, and wait through this green light for the next one.

Comment Wait...every time? (Score 1) 864

"When selling to users who want their devices to just work, we believe integrated will trump fragmented every time."

Yeah, just look at how well it worked for your personal computers...

Does anybody else notice all sorts of parallels between Apple vs. Google + Linux today, and Apple vs. IBM + Microsoft in the 80s and 90s? Including the hubris?

Comment You don't say! (Score 5, Funny) 547

This is unbelievable! Next you're going to tell me that "3.9G wireless" doesn't mean anything, or that 9 out of 10 doctors don't recommend Crest, or that most items in an "up to 90% off!" sale are not in fact 90% off!

Sounds pretty paranoid to me. If we can't trust company advertisements for unbiased information, what can we trust?

Comment ...And Rogers rents movies, too (Score 5, Interesting) 281

You failed to mention that Rogers Video is one of the largest chains of movie rental shops in Canada. That's what makes this an especially weird coincidence.

At one point, I couldn't get a cell phone from Rogers the telco, apparently because I owed some late fees to Rogers the movie rental shop, which I could only pay at the movie shop. So I went with another telco. Weird, anyway; I hadn't realized they were all so tightly connected.

Comment Re:Don't think the business model will work. (Score 1) 228

Cost of development still matters. That's why android works--phone companies want to compete with the iPhone, but they don't want to create a whole new OS. And (snicker) I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the Year of the Windows Tablet.

As for media...that's a point. But then, it'd be open, so companies could develop the appropriate apps, and you could use the media you already have. I'll point out that Ubuntu has a music store, now...


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Comment Re:Game of Chicken (Score 1) 533

I dunno, that wouldn't work again. Most Chinese people are essentially in denial about Tiananmen--they deny it happened, deny it's severity, blame it on outsiders and troublemakers, and, especially, they accuse outsiders of exaggerating it. Remember that they're used to a biased media, they take it for granted. It's natural for them to assume that our worldview is doctored, just like theirs is. With that assumption, it's safe for them to assume that our version of Tiananmen is hyperbole, intended to undermine their government (which...I mean, honestly, it's not like they have no grounds for suspecting our media...)

This is possible because they only ever got an after-the-fact, doctored version of events. In those days, you could cover it up.

Now? How would they suppress the storm of blog posts, YouTube (or equivalent) videos, images, cell phone messages, etc, that would accompany such an event? They'd have to shut the entire country down--and even then...well, in 1989, there were (relatively speaking) a handful of cameras in Beijing. Now, counting cellphones, every person has at least one (well, anyway, there's one per-capita in Beijing, I'm sure). An equivalent suppression would require shutting down the Internet permanently. They couldn't do it.

As evidence: there was a major earthquake in China in the 70's (not sure which one, so I don't know which to reference), many deaths, etc... The Chinese government took days (weeks?) to admit that it had occurred at all. In 2008, there was footage and images of the Sichuan earthquake on the Internet as it was happening. They can't cover things up like they used to.

And if the Chinese people had watched Tiananmen unfolding in real-time...?

This is why, in my opinion, arguments for embargoes are stupid. They end up hurting the people and strengthening governments (see: North Korea, Cuba, Iraq). On the other hand, if you freely engage in business with 'bad' countries, even obeying their rules, you get cellphones, computers, and cameras in the hands of common people. They don't need your wishes and prayers, they need your tools.

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