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Comment Re:One opinion (Score 0) 447

I said their quest (did I? *checks* yes I did), or rather the hope of finding a way to guarantee profit is worth losing a small amount of sales. The only way you are going to get a real scumbag pirate to buy anything, ever is to force him. A DRM scheme that reduces piracy does not work, you're right. One that makes piracy impossible would. You might say IT WILL ALWAYS BE CRACKED, but I really can't blame them for trying.

Comment Re:One opinion (Score 0, Flamebait) 447

No, DRM does not improve sales. But your not purchasing the game because of intrusive DRM is completely beside the point. The point is numerous quality developers are having their necks wrung by piracy, and their quest for a way to guarantee profit - to them - is worth the relatively small number of customers that refuse to purchase their products due to DRM.

I get that the DRM-is-stoopid mentality is popular here on slashdot, and as such is a great way to ramp up the karma, but the way you always derail every piracy related topic into how YOU, the tiny minority are affected is getting really old.

Comment Re:One opinion (Score 3, Insightful) 447

"we won't buy anything with annoying DRM."

What a load of shit. It's been proven time and again that "we" will not pay for anything we don't have to..

You might stand on principle against DRM, or only use piracy as a means of evaluating a product before playing blind date with fifty bucks, but you're in a very, very small minority. The majority is scum who will download the pay what you want Humble Indie Bundle off a fucking torrent. The sooner everyone can admit that piracy is a serious problem, and DRM schemes are often desperate developers pushed into a corner, the sooner we can work toward finding a good middle ground.

Comment 100/3? (Score 1) 414

"On the surface investing so much into a PC title seems like an odd move"

I assume they mean $100 million for the entire series (Wings of Liberty, Legacy of the Void, Heart of the Swarm), making it ~33 per game? After all, they're selling them at full price, and mentioned several times that each installment could stand on it's own. Seeing as they're doing this to brag, it seems odd they wouldn't mention that it was just Wings of Liberty if that was the case.

Comment Re:Fuck China (Score 0) 120

"no they don't, they have no idea what is going on, and there is no legal avenue to find out."

What happened to Kennedy? and what "legal avenue" would you use to find out? The western world might be the lesser of two evils, but it's still that. You are implying it isn't as much as I was implying that China was somehow more admirable.

Comment You're forgetting something Bob (Score 1) 344

Are you sure about this strategy? World of Warcraft is running out of ideas as fast as they are subscribers. Modern Warfare 2's PC version is already played by fewer people than Counter-Strike, an eleven year old fan mod. Starcraft 2 is not subscription based and don't get me started on Guitar Hero 40.

To beat money out of a PC franchise, it needs to be good. Ask EPIC about how well games that compete with Halo compete with Valve.

Comment Re:Feh (Score 1) 698

"Since when following Geneva conventions is considered anything but normal?"

Hitler said "The victor will never be asked if he told the truth." Likewise, the US will never be asked whether they followed the Geneva convention, and the disciplining of the source of this video is likely the only thing that's going to come out of this mess.

Comment This will never fly (Score 5, Insightful) 340

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 12

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

If the EU doesn't uphold this, it's members will.


Submission + - China's Youth Meet Microsoft - In A Sweatshop (

An anonymous reader writes: The "National Labor Committee offers an indepth look into working conditions in Chinese sweatshops producing hardware (mice, etc.) for Microsoft, complete with pictures. Apparently, so called "work study students", 16 and 17 years of age, work 15-hour shifts, six and seven days a week, for around 65 cents per hour. Microsoft said it is taking the claims seriously and has "commenced an investigation." (further statements from Microsoft can be found here).

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