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Comment Hah (Score 1) 423

prices would have come down long ago if the industry was getting a share of the resells

AH-HAHAHA... yeah! Right! I guess we can chalk Braben up as one of those idiots that are good in one area that think they know what the fuck they are talking about in other areas. What a clueless fuckstick to make a comment like that.

Cause that line worked with CDs and all other media that preceded games and continues to be sold today. Oh wait.. not it hasn't. It has never worked, ever with any industry. The prices will remain high as long as people continue to pay the prices. They will only drop when people stop paying prices. Claiming otherwise is just idiotic. Making that claim and the used game market is utterly laughable and makes my opinion of Draben go straight to the toilet (yeah, like he cares, I know). What a dumb ass.

Comment Umm.. disbarment? (Score 1) 271

Uhh, isn't that grounds for disbarment? I thought it was basically illegal to represent both parties within the same lawfirm, it being a conflict of interest and all. It was my impression that it was grounds for disbarment if a lawyer knowingly did that. I would find it incredibly hard to believe that the firm did not know they were representing Google and also suing them... that just seems virtually impossible.

Comment Re:Do these people understand ANYTHING about IT? (Score 1) 421

Why the hell do these morons keep tabling impossible and/or extremely EXPENSIVE (compute-wise) proposals without talking to someone who knows ANYTHING about IT and technology FIRST?

The last thing the world needs is ignorant luddites making the technology decisions for the global internet infrastructure.

The real question should be, why doesn't everyone, everywhere just laugh at the *IAA's when they come into the room with their stupid demands? At this point, it's pretty much a given that anytime they bring something to the table, it's going to be utterly ridiculous and should be ignored by anyone with even a modicum of intelligence.

Why keep letting them into the room to begin with?

Comment Smartphone pioneer? (Score 1) 139

What? Smartphone pioneer? How do they figure that?

They were a PDA pioneer, but did very little, if anything revolutionary or pioneering in the Smartphone space. They just did what everyone else was doing... they did not pioneer anything in that space. They were already pretty much washed up and a has-been by the time the smartphone revolution rolled around. Not saying their phones weren't nice or quality or anything, just saying they weren't anything revolutionary.

Comment Re:Two messages being sent by GoDaddy desertions (Score 2) 197

1. Politicians and government no longer represent what the people want. The bribary by the copyright lobby has gone way beyond the pale, and the political corruption of government seems unstoppable.

2. Politicians and government are now costing businesses money. While traditionally the government has supported businesses more than individuals, this has now reached the point where business finds itself at odds with the customers that provide its income, and that is a terminal situation.

The messages are pretty clear. What's unclear is where this is going, other than sending SOPA to hell.

Unfortunately, it's not a terminal situation for big business. Take a look at the telecom and to an extent the cable industries. When they start losing customers, they lobby to get "fee" attached to their bills (and other companies bills WTF!) that directly benefit them. Universal Service fund immediately springs to mind, but there are lots of other examples. Just pick up a bill and read it carefully.

Canada has that goofy law where you pay taxes on blank media... which goes directly to the recording industry. Government mandated payments to a business because the business forces away customers.

Comment Re: Binary is the way to go.... (Score 1) 725

Ooops, you'll hit a problem when you get to 4 (00100).

Only if you're one of those freaks that starts counting with their thumb. The problem comes at 2 for the rest of the civilized world.

You don't hold your thumb up when you are miming to someone that you want one of something you use your index finger, so why do you start counting with your thumb? It makes no sense consistency wise.

Comment Why so angry? (Score 5, Insightful) 119

The summary reads like an angry teenager implying that they could do better.

Really? Do yo have any idea how hard it is to actually manage launching something like that in to space? We should be more amazed when everything goes right and a rocket actually makes it there. The rocket failing is, of course, not a good thing... but at least they are trying in the face of failure, instead of giving up and whining about for a decade like the US did after the shuttle disasters.

Launching a rocket into space is a marvel of just about every discipline involved.

Comment Who's who (Score 1) 330

I did not recognize many of the names on the list... but most of the ones I did recognize read like a who's who of who to avoid doing business with. I would say roughly 90% of them are companies that have already shown themselves to be worthless scum that should be avoided. At least they are all compiled on one list now for easy viewing.

Bunch of useless pricks, all of them.

Comment iPad Killer? What? (Score 2, Insightful) 463

This device was never intended to be an iPad killer. Amazon itself said as much. The linked article makes it sound like it was set to be an iPad killer by "important people," but the link just links back to another article. What a joke.

The fire is not intended, has not been intended to be an iPad killer. It's a cheap tablet device that does what many people need it to do without all the extras that the iPad has that some people will never use. It's one of the primary reasons I returned my iPad and got a Color Nook and rooted it - the Nook did everything I wanted a tablet to do at a fraction of the price. If I were to do the same thing today, I would buy a fire instead of a Nook.

Comment Re:AWWWWW (Score 1) 424

Yet somehow in this environment full of pirates, Call of Duty manages to make a billion dollars, Skyrim manages to make over 450 million dollars, etc. Ubisoft is full of shit and their games stopped being good a long time ago. Come to think of it no, SSI was good. But who the hell is Ubisoft? Ahh yes, they wanted to become another EA studio-devouring machine. Well the experiment has failed.

This pretty much sums it up.

I also wanted to point out that Ubisoft is not releasing a PC title because of all the piracy... so in effect, they'd rather get 0% of nothing instead of >0% of something.

Yeah... that makes sense!

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 420

I am a native speaker and I've learned many words in writing before I learned them in speech. As a result, some of my pronunciations are nonstandard. I pronounce "comparable" as if it were "compare" + "able", even though the standard way is irregular, "comp" + "arable". I tried to pronounce these words from how they were written before I'd heard them.

Where are you getting your "standard" pronunciation definition? I've heard both ways equally... though I am assuming you really mean by "comp" + "arable" as "comp" + "rable" with the emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first. The two common pronunciations of that word are as you describe the first, and the second pronunciation completely or nearly so drop the first "a" sound by extending out the "r" sound or it being covered up by the emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first. The "ar" in "arable" being overshadowed by the emphasis on "a" extending out the "r."

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