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Comment Re:Piracy is the future, the now (Score 1) 504

Aah, the inappropriate metaphors.

why do I have to buy my house before I live in it?

But you certainly get to walk through the house first and (if it's a new house) the contractor is liable for any structural defects for up to 10 years.

You cannot return opened software. And very few developers release any sort of demo anymore.

Why do I have to buy my laptop before I get to take it home and play games on it?

But a laptop is a standardized piece of equipment, and if you don't like it you can return it (up to 90 days later at some stores)

You cannot return opened software.

Why did I have to pay for my holiday before I got on the plane?

If the airline gets you were you are headed and the hotel has a bed for you, then you got what you paid for (it's not the airline's fault if your destination just got wiped off the face of the Earth by a hurricane.) This is probably the most appropriate of your metphors.

However, if I buy a piece of software and it won't run on my system even though I meet the minimun req's, then I did not get what I paid for. And you cannot return opened software.

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