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Comment Key troubles? (Score 1) 217

I don't know if it is just the day one attention but has anyone else had a long delay in getting their key? I already tried re-sending it to my email and checking my junk folder, just wondering if this was just an email typo on my part; although my payment confirmation went to my email just fine.
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Letting Customers Decide Pricing On Game DLC 156

An anonymous reader writes "How much should game developers be charging for DLC? It seems that one indie dev has decided to carry out a unique experiment. The latest expansion pack for Gratuitous Space Battles is priced at $5.99 — or is it? It turns out there is both a standard ($5.99) version and a discount version ($2.99). And the difference between them is... nothing. The buyers have been left to make their own decisions on whether or not they should pay full price, and send more money to the developer, or treat themselves to a deserved discount. The buy page even lists comparisons of national incomes, average salaries and even the price of sausages to help buyers make up their minds. Will this catch on? Will Microsoft start asking us whether or not we should get a discount and trust us to answer honestly?"

Comment Re:Huh... (Score 1) 236

I don't think I'd call a strip club or porn shop unethical. By some standards immoral for sure.. but what is the ethical violation of a strip club or porn shop?

This boils down to a what is the difference between morals and ethics question. I think that wives of men that go to strip clubs feel that it is wrong in both ways, you would need to ask them for specifics though.

Comment Re:Wait... (Score 1) 434

Not only that, but at $10/month, why wouldn't I just get Netflix? That's $9/month - and you can get DVDs in the mail of said shows, as well as many, many more.

That seems to be the elephant in the room hulu is ignoring, or is missing completely in their thought-process. Their customers are already savvy enough to watch shows online, do they really think they can't make the comparison between this and Netflix and not see that Netflix is the better value at the same cost?

Comment Re:Ignore Those People For Any Length Of Time? (Score 1) 220

I've been ignoring people who play Farmville since it came out. Perhaps the biggest waste of bandwidth on the Internet. That would be a good topic, what's the biggest bandwidth waster out there? Perhaps the entire Facebook "franchise"? Hope I haven't kept anyone away from their virtual cows (snicker...).

Interesting question, the people play it certainly shouldn't see it as a bandwidth waste, maybe a time waster for sure but they probably aren't thinking in terms of resources. While I would like to give the award for biggest bandwidth waste to Facebook I will have to defer it to Ubisoft, for their new DRM scheme, that to me is even more of a waste.

Comment Re:Don't care... (Score 2, Interesting) 339

As long as I can continue to purchase and download software as normal I couldn't care less about an MS app store. The second they try to lock down Windows so you must use their app store, I'll be gone from the Windows platform and won't look back.

So, whatever. Don't care. If Microsoft decides to shoot themselves in the foot trying to push this, they are easily replaceable.

I really don't think MS is that quick to hurt itself, I think what they are looking to do is monetize development on their platform just like Apple does. To develop for the iPhone/Pad you need a Mac and the piece of hardware you want to develop for plus a developer's license, not only that Apple gets a cut of every sale. For Windows all you need is a copy of Windows and MS sees no money after that unless you get their development environment.

What I do see MS doing is pushing this as the best way to get software and downplaying anything Joe Internet user downloads, maybe going so far as to disable UAC for all app software to make it even more painless.

Submission + - US Senate poised to create "Internet kill switch" (

An anonymous reader writes: "A new US Senate Bill would grant the President far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of, or even shut down, portions of the internet. The legislation says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines or software firms that the US Government selects "shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed" by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined. That emergency authority would allow the Federal Government to "preserve those networks and assets and our country and protect our people," Joe Lieberman, the primary sponsor of the measure and the chairman of the Homeland Security committee, told reporters on Thursday. Lieberman is an independent senator from Connecticut who meets with the Democrats."

Submission + - Man will do anything legal on his Twitter (

Killer Orca writes: A very, very foolish man has gotten himself a trip to France paid for by his company by agreeing to do whatever* people tell him to on Twitter. The exceptions are the act has to be legal and he still gets to eat, drink and sleep without being told he can. Anyone wanting to watch him not do every legal thing he is asked to do can go here he will be wearing a camera on his glasses, anyone who wants to tell him what to do can go here

My first suggestion is to make him drink his own urine, that's not illegal.


Submission + - Microsoft Kinect Tech May Move to PCs & TVs

adeelarshad82 writes: As most of us probably already know that the technology which drives Microsoft's Kinect (AKA Project Natal) wasn't really invented by Microsoft itself, instead was the brainchild of a little-known Tel-Aviv-based company, PrimeSense. As impressive as Kinect is, according to Ohad Shvueli, PrimeSense's vice president of sales and marketing, the buck doesn't stop here. Shvueli claims the possibilities are limitless. PrimeSense is already working on offering an Open API and envisions its technology in PCs, set-top boxes and more. In fact, the company expects to announce a PC partnership before the end of the year. Next year, we may see it built into an HDTV. The resolution of the Kinect motion sensing grid is high-enough to drive facial recognition, which means the future of PrimeSense and even Kinect could eventually exceed our imaginations. The company was already demoing Minority Report-style content management at E3.

Submission + - Corporations, IT, and a decent rant (

ttsiod writes: 5 years ago, I was yet another drone working in a huge disaster of a project — that eventually went down in flames. The project took place in a large telecom operator, and had already become a joke for those of us who had the clarity to see it for what it was — that is, a huge waste of shareholders money (not that they ever got wind of it). I wrote a rant back then, but decided not to publish it, letting myself cool a bit and see it rationally years later. Well, years later, it still makes sense — perfect sense. And it has proven itself time and again. I share it with my fellow Slashdotters, inviting their own stories in the comments...

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