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Pirates as a Marketplace 214

John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts, made some revealing comments in an interview with Kotaku about how the company's attitudes are shifting with regard to software piracy. Quoting: "Some of the people buying this DLC are not people who bought the game in a new shrink-wrapped box. That could be seen as a dark cloud, a mass of gamers who play a game without contributing a penny to EA. But around that cloud Riccitiello identified a silver lining: 'There's a sizable pirate market and a sizable second sale market and we want to try to generate revenue in that marketplace,' he said, pointing to DLC as a way to do it. The EA boss would prefer people bought their games, of course. 'I don't think anybody should pirate anything,' he said. 'I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do.' So encourage those pirates to pay for something, he figures. Riccitiello explained that EA's download services aren't perfect at distinguishing between used copies of games and pirated copies. As a result, he suggested, EA sells DLC to both communities of gamers. And that's how a pirate can turn into a paying customer."

Comment 7 Pounds is 12 weeks (Score 1) 978

while not fantastic it is in the ball park. I've been losing weight at a rate of about 1-2 pounds per week for the past 15-20 weeks. I've lost about 28 pounds at a rate of about 1-2 pounds a week. When you crash diet your body goes into "survival mode" so you loose the weight but as soon as you stop the diet, your body goes into "storage" mode to store up provisions for the next "famine". Best to watch how much and what you eat AND get moderate exercise, and increase your metabolic rate. As long as your intake is less than your output you will loose weight. You didn't gain it overnight why should you try to loose it overnight.
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Command & Conquer MMO a Possibility? 159

TheProphet92 sends along a speculative piece about the future of EA's popular RTS franchise, writing: "EA's real-time strategy games don't have the luxury of extensive funding the way some other franchises do. EA has been milking their game engines for all they're worth and then some. They have been using various versions of the 'Sage' engine for the past half-dozen or so RTS games, and they need money to make a new one. Perhaps an MMO is the way to go for EA, using none other than their famous Command & Conquer franchise."

Comment Internet and Camping mutually exclusive (Score 1) 438

As one who has just returned from camping, Mammoth Caves NP and Blue Ridge, I can say that cell service is most definitely ubiquitous, neither are Star Bucks. We did find one coffee shop with free WiFi. Of course we weren't looking very hard. About the only thing I needed my laptop for was storage for my camera cards. Leave the internet at home, it WILL be there when you get back. BTW, ditch the RV too much more of an adventure in a tent.

Comment Stop the Nerd/Geek Stereotype (Score 1) 899

Hollywood please listen up!!!!! One of my role models growing up was Spock from Star Trek. He was not a Nerd or a Geek. Ever since the late 1980's Hollywood has been portraying intelegent people with a penchant for science as nerds and geeks, for example Erkle. Who would want to be like him? Now Abby from NCIS she's cool, so are most of the SG1 team. But those characters are in the minority. Hollywood, make being smart cool again!!!!!

Comment Re:Here's a thought... (Score 1) 856

In Pennsylvania, USA. The motor vehicle code stipulates that a bicycle is a vehicle, and as such has the RIGHT to the entire lane, the cyclist however, must obey ALL the rules of the road. They MUST stop at stop signs and lights, they MUST signal when turning, most motor vehicle operators don't do that. They must stay in their lane, no driving against traffic on the opposing shoulder. The only roads closed to bicycles are limited access Motor Vehicle Only highways. I've seen as many bad cyclists as I have motor vehicle operators, so there is plenty of blame to go arouond. Yes, I both drive a car AND ride a bike.
Security

New PHP Interpreter Finds XSS, Injection Holes 66

rkrishardy writes "A group of researchers from MIT, Stanford, and Syracuse has developed a new program, named 'Ardilla,' which can analyze PHP code for cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection attack vulnerabilities. (Here is the paper, in PDF, and a table of results from scanning six PHP applications.) Ardilla uses a modified Zend interpreter to analyze the code, trace the data, and determine whether the threat is real or not, significantly decreasing false positives." Unfortunately, license issues prevent the tool in its current form from being released as open source.
Games

The Frontier of the MMO Genre 92

Eurogamer is running a feature about what they call "frontier" MMOs, games that are on the fringe of a market flooded with attempts to replicate the success of Everquest and World of Warcraft. Many publishers already have more MMO projects than they know what to do with, and often leave the more unusual and unique games out in the cold, preferring to stick with familiar IP or a tried-and-true approach. "Like any gold-rush, the MMO market also attracts a different kind of adventurer: the fearless, inexperienced, determined and solitary dreamer, making a go of it on nothing but their own resources and pluck. The online distribution and direct revenue streams — be they subscriptions or micro-transactions — make it theoretically possible to make a mint in MMOs without any help from the gaming establishment at all." They take a brief look at several such games currently in development, including Earthrise, Gatheryn, and Global Agenda.
Windows

Windows 7 Starter Edition — 3 Apps Only 695

CrustyFace writes "Cybernit reports that the Starter Edition version of Windows 7 will only allow the user to run 3 applications at once. Targeted at notebooks, this doesn't seem like such a bad limitation, however it is a bold move from Microsoft, and it will be interesting to see how the operating system sells."

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