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Comment Re:Why this shit happens: It's the financing, stup (Score 1) 244

I do like Valve, but I'm far from an Apple fanboy. However, the fact that there ARE a lot of Apple fanboys should tell you that a lot of people are very happy with their purchases. How many EA fanboys do you know?

And for the record, I've never had any problems with Steam. It seems like a pretty reasonable system given the very real concerns about piracy on the PC.

Comment Why this shit happens: It's the financing, stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 244

So why have game companies adopted this sort of shit, even though their market research tells them that their customers hate it? Blame Wall Street. It's no coincidence that publicly traded companies like EA and Activision are the pioneers of this garbage, and privately-held Valve refuses to participate (see their longstanding refusal to charge for DLC on the Xbox, for example). Valve knows that in the long-run, angering their customers will result in fewer gamers and a declining industry. Are EA and Activision too retarded to realize this? No! But their executives are under pressure to deliver results every single quarter. If you didn't know this, video games are only profitable for one quarter a year, around Christmas.

The dream of the suits has always been to find a way to generate more consistent streams of revenue, so that rather than losing money for 3 quarters, you make money for all 4. Track the rise of subscription-based MMOs, charging for DLC, in-game-ads and Xbox Live, it coincides nicely with Wall Street putting greater and greater pressure for game companies to deliver consistent results. As a result, more and more gamers become disillusioned with the medium, shrinking the customer pool more and more, causing the suits to demand even GREATER ways to wring hard-earned cash out of their customers. All because the fuckers on Wall Street (whose genius caused our current recession) are too stupid to realize that a business that makes enough money one quarter a year while pleasing its customers is better than one that makes money four quarters a year while pissing them off.

Is it any coincidence that two of the most profitable and successful PC game developers are privately-held Valve, and famously-insulated-from-the-suits Blizzard? The assholes who control the money used to finance games are just as good at running game companies as they are at buying mortgages.

People hail Steve Jobs as a genius -- but the only advantage Apple has is the same advantage that Valve has. They realize that the best business strategy is the one that's worked since the beginning of capitalism: Please your customers. There's no future in Wall Street's current infatuation with predatory capitalism.

Comment Re:Obama truely the big winner. (Score 2, Insightful) 188

I totally agree. The smart money was that Clinton had to build at least a 100 delegate (not counting super delegates) lead to have a good shot at the nomination. She came up far short of this. Obama has a very favorable schedule until two toss ups (Texas and Ohio) on March 4, and unlike Clinton, many of his contributors have yet to give the maximum amount. If I were a betting man, my money'd be on Obama right now.

Submission + - Why Microsoft and Apple are like Clinton and Obama (

Michael T Sweeney writes: "Realclearpolitics' Tom Bevan writes in Saturday's Chicago Sun Times on an interesting analogy between Microsoft and Apple and leading Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Many of his comparisons are apt, though I'm sure any anti-Hillary slashdotters could think of a few more."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Sunrocket cancels service, 200,000+ phones cut off (

sharpone writes: ""SunRocket Inc., the second biggest U.S. supplier of Internet phone services, appeared to have shut down its business on Monday without notifying its customers, which total more than 200,000. ... Callers to its customer service line heard a brief recorded message, saying: "We are no longer taking customer service or sales calls. Goodbye."" So much for recommending VoIP to my friends and family. Do you think they'll be refunded their annual subscription?"

Submission + - Tangible display makes 3D touchable 2

moon_monkey writes: Researchers in Japan have developed a display that makes 3D objects solid enough to grasp. The system, created by engineers at Japan's NTT, combines a 3D display with a haptic glove, making 3D items that look real but also feel solid to touch. Two cameras are used to image an object, to make the 3D image. A computer also uses this to render a solid representation. It could be used to inspect products remotely, or even to shake hands with someone on the other side of the world, the researchers say

Submission + - Vista is watching you!

greengrass writes: Are you using Windows Vista? Then you might as well know that the licensed operating system installed on your machine is harvesting a healthy volume of information for Microsoft. In this context, a program such as the Windows Genuine Advantage is the last of your concerns. In fact, in excess of 20 Windows Vista features and services are hard at work collecting and transmitting your personal data to the Redmond company.

more a Softpedia
Wireless (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone for corporate account users. Buyer beware! (

arabxptyltd writes: "If you and existing AT&T/Cingular cell phone customer under a corporate account, buyer beware. You may not be able to activate your new iPhone leaving it a useless paperweight (even the iPod features are not accessible). It's easy to buy the phone, but AT&T state the iPhone is targeted towards individual users, and that excludes individual users that have their account paid for in a corporate account. Fine detail like, your iPhone is not eligible for corporate discount, and your iPhone must be specifically listed as a regular device are just two of the problems you can read about at iPhone for corporate users. What a debacle"

Submission + - 7-Elevens become Simpsons 'Kwik-E-Marts' (

caffiend666 writes: "According to a yahoo News Article: Some 7-Elevens are being rebranded into Simpsons 'Kwik-E-Marts' . "The Fox/7-Eleven deal is an example of a practice called reverse product placement. Instead of just putting products prominently in a movie or TV show, fake goods move from the screen to reality.... In some cases, 7-Eleven has contracted with manufacturers of similar products to make their Kwik-E-Mart counterparts.... " Customers have "been looking at Squishees and KrustyO's and Buzz Cola for years and have never been able to put their hands on it,...But they won't find Duff beer, the brand chugged by Homer Simpson. The movie will be rated PG-13, and selling a Simpson-themed beer "didn't seem to fit," said Rita Bargerhuff, a 7-Eleven marketing executive. "That was a tough call, but we want to make sure it's considered good, responsible fun."" WooHoo"

Submission + - Gore calls for new climate treaty by 2009 (

mdsolar writes: "The NYT has provided Al Gore a platform to call for a new climate treaty

that cuts global warming pollution by 90 percent in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy Earth.
to be ratified by the end of 2009.

Gore starts his political argument quoting the Gipper on how an alien invasion would unify the world, talks about the need for American Leadership, says Americans

deserve better than a government that censors the best scientific evidence and harasses honest scientists who try to warn us about looming catastrophe. They deserve better than politicians who sit on their hands and do nothing to confront the greatest challenge that humankind has ever faced — even as the danger bears down on us.
and finishes by saying that we are privileged to experience

a generational mission; a compelling moral purpose; a shared cause; and the thrill of being forced by circumstances to put aside the pettiness and conflict of politics and to embrace a genuine moral and spiritual challenge.
Does it make any sense to push up a new treaty by 3 years when the old treaty is going to be very hard to observe by the end of the compliance period (2012)? Is leading with the Gipper in an especially weird moment, something that works? Is mention of attacks on climate geeks politics or morality?"

Media (Apple)

Submission + - 10 things I hate about the iPhone

An anonymous reader writes: The iPhone is the Paris Hilton of technology stories, and even the most ardent Apple fan might be getting a bit sick of hearing about it. But here's one last link — 10 things that absolutely suck about the iPhone, written by somebody who has one. By the look of things, there have been some massive banana-skin-like slip-ups, from the obvious (no horizontal keyboard except in Safari), to the irksome (back and edit buttons swapping, catching users out). From the article: "I had to make this list ... [it's] the first time I've ever been really disappointed with such a major product. :("
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - eBay removes auctions for using iPhone in title. 1

GrayTap_Media writes: "On Friday June 29 I listed a domain on eBay and I no misleading clams as to what was on auction! They simply said they removed the auction because "The violation occurred when you included the following information in your listing: iPhone" the title of my site is "The iPhone eStore" and I added the domain name in the auction title and my listing page included no content that could be construed as misleading!

I spent Saturday enraged that eBay had robbed be of the most opportune time to auction off my domain that I don't have the resources further develop. I spent the day wondering what I had done to warrant the removal of my auction and I remembered I had crossed categorized into the "domains > .com" and "cell phone" listings, so last night I re-listed into the appropriate categories "domains > .com" and "Websites & Businesses for Sale" listings. This morning I awake to my auction having been removed for the same shady reason, I made it absolutely clear what was up for auction in the title sub-title and listing description.

You can go to eBay and type "iPhone" in the search form hit enter and you will get a multitude of individuals listing email address from free services such as yahoo, hotmail, gmail and many more, and they are staying to completion like this example titled " — iphone email address" Item number: 110144585895. Recently an iPhone domain name completed for $315 dollars. And there are many other iPhone domains still listed.

Here is the first listing: .dll.html

Here is the second listing: eBayISAPI.dll.2.html

You can find other screen shots and documentation including there reason at and"

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