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Comment Re:life-long updates (Score 1) 687

And I sincerely have to disagree with your disagreement. You're ignoring the cost of handling payment problems, refunds, tech support due to problems beyond your own control, the hassle for the customer to go to your site instead of the app store (I never do these days; not worth the effort, no matter how promising the app) and the cost of obtaining and maintaining your own certificates.

You definitely need infrastructure and maintenance, even if someone else hosts it. You need to build a web site, which is a complete waste of time you could instead use for development. You need to push this site, which requires further time and money spent.

And payment processing is a huge time and money sink. Every return processed takes effort, again better spent doing value add.

App stores are very high value. I haven't purchased a program outside of an app store in over a year for my personal use, and I don't foresee doing so again. There's no point dealing with individual sites and disparate payment systems when I can just get the app with a click, having the security of hassle free returns if something isn't to my liking, hassle free maintenance and one point access. Well, two point, really, since I use Steam and Mac App store, but that is still considerably better than the 20-odd points it would be if the developers insisted on their own sales and maintenance points.

Comment Re:life-long updates (Score 2) 687

30% is cheap for not having to bother with infrastructure, payment processing, refunds, tech support when the OS messes up breaking your app and a myriad other small bits and pieces which add up to a lot of time spent.

Building and maintaining infrastructure and payment processing is time consuming and expensive, and contributes no value add for an indie developer. In fact, it is a value loss, since the convenience of app store purchases is high value for the buyer.

Comment Re:Banning Books Before They're Written (Score 1) 1174

Card is free to find other publishers, or even publish himself, if he so chooses. No-one has suggested denying him that. This one publisher is getting cold feet, which publishers get all the time. Publishers do not publish out of the goodness of their hearts, but to sell copies and make money. If they think something will not sell it is not banning to stop the publication.

Comment Re:Boycott is a valid choice. (Score 1) 1174

What is wrong with one man having many women?


Or one woman having many man?


Illegal you say?

Unfortunately it is, yes.

You discriminating pig, how dare you!!!

How dare I state the unethical present state of legality? What, you'd prefer I live in a make-believe world where people's choice of partner is their own, and not yours, to make?

Comment Re:This is just stupid. (Score 1) 1174

I wouldn't be aghast if Richard Dawkins penned it

You really need to read more of what Dawkins actually have written. I mean it. You would learn a lot about what the views of atheists really are as opposed to what you think they are.

This looks like a McCarthy-style witch hunt, back in the day that gays had to hide. If I were gay, I'd be as outraged that this guy would be treated like gays used to be.

If gays today could expect at worst this treatment they'd be overjoyed. The reality of bullying, suicides and ineligibility for employment is much, much worse.

Comment Re:This is a good thing (Score 1) 712

The main problem is finding drivers. Older hardware often does not have Win7/Win8 drivers, and newer hardware almost never has Win XP drivers.

That said, I'm not disagreeing with that Android is even less platform age agnostic. But Windows is starting to become a real pain to support across multiple ages of hardware.

Comment Re:I have said it before but MMO's need to kill pl (Score 1) 204

The problem with this is that the main appeal of MMO's is building up your character. People have been standing around showing off their epics in Ironforge, Stormwind and Orgrimmar since the game began, and that's both the main motivator for a lot of people working up their characters and for most of the endgame players.

If you're just playing your characters like slightly longer lived Battlefield 2 spawns you won't keep coming back to work on your character.

Comment Re:To think about it another way (Score 1) 810

I mean there isn't any way I could let a student know they are dealing with an asshole, no matter how diplomatic I was the asshole would get mad.

The very fact that you say "is an asshole" as if it is an objective fact and not your own perception and interaction betrays your inability to properly handle situations of this kind. I agree with the previous comments; if you can't say it to their face, you shouldn't say it at all. And you need to learn how to handle what you perceive as assholes in a better way, or consider another career.

Comment Re:Left and right (Score 1) 488

The phrase was used on teabagger's placards at least as early as February 27, on Fox News on March 14 and picked up by MSNBC on April 13, so no, it was not coined by MSNBC. You're also conveniently ignoring the "teabag Obama" campaign which started well before the so called "left wing" talk shows picked it up. Not that there is anything even resembling actual left wing in mainstream US media.

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Modern Warfare 2 Surpasses $1 Billion Mark; Dedicated Servers What? 258

The Opposable Thumbs blog is running an interesting article contrasting everything Activision did "wrong" in creating and marketing Modern Warfare 2 with the game's unqualified success. Despite price hikes, somewhat shady review practices, exploit frustrations, and the dedicated server fiasco, the game has raked in over a billion dollars in sales. "There was only one way to review Modern Warfare 2: on the Xbox 360, in Santa Barbara, under the watchful eye of Activision. Accepting the paid trip, along with room and board, was the only way you were going to get a review before launch. Joystiq noted that this broke their ethics policy, but they went anyway. Who can say no to a review destined to bring in traffic? Shacknews refused to call their coverage a 'review' because of the ethical issues inherent in the situation, but that stance was unique. The vast majority of news outlets didn't disclose how the review was conducted, or added a disclaimer after the nature of the review was made public. This proved to Activision that if you're big enough, you can dictate the exact terms of any review, and no ethics policy will make news outlets turn you down."

Comment Re:Left and right (Score 3, Interesting) 488

It wasn't "classy libs" that chose to use the term "teabag" to describe the actions of sending teabags to Obama, hold "teabagging" parties and the like. The clueless choice of term was quite rightly mocked, and this carries no sembleance to the results of your "thinking". As soon as you can point to official "buttfuck" parties held by Liberals, where they "buttfuck" right wingers, your "thinking" will accidentally appear insightful.

Perhaps that is what you're hoping will happen? Quite a coup if it happens, I say.

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