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Comment Re:Internet activation killed PC games at GameStop (Score 1) 119

That was decided for GameStop when Valve introduced Steam. Before Steam was a download store for PC games, it was the Internet activation method for Half-Life 2. Once more PC game publishers adopted Internet activation, GameStop could no longer accept used PC games.

You mean instead of leveraging their position with Valve, they decided to throw the baby out with the bathwater. And in turn, other companies filled the niche that gamestop left behind. Now those places that sell hardware and software are successful in doing so, while they're looking at the complete collapse of their business.

Comment Re:Bestbuy owned you. (Score 1) 119

The same kind that decided a decade ago that PC games were no longer worth carrying. That having peripherals on site for sale was a bad idea. This isn't rocket surgery by any stretch, but no one there understands the market movements at all. It's pretty bad when walmart has a more in-depth PC gaming section(hardware and software) then a supposed game store.

Comment Re:Alternative media. (Score 2) 292

Fun things: He never fabricated any posts from her. He posted what he found online(which is why you always verify the source). He never encouraged his "legions of adolescent cranks" to attack her. She did however encourage her followers to attack him and other people in the past. She did and has posted racist material, directed at whites numerous times in the past. What's the difference though? Well she's black, and she's female. That seems to be the only difference. When someone posted her racist garbage on their own twitter feed as a quote, can you guess what happened? That's right, they were temporarily banned.

Comment Re:If I had my way... (Score 4, Interesting) 227

It's not the courts that need to side with us, it's the legislators.

Bingo. Lot of people seem to forget that this has happened in the past with cars. All the automakers got together and decided that they'd push the 3rd party auto part makers into the dirt and you could only buy your parts directly from them. Laws got made because of that, and now auto companies must allow those manufactures to make parts right away. And by law, those same auto companies must manufacture all components of the vehicle for 10 years.

Comment Re:$200 million a year for a public transit credit (Score 2) 68

90% of that money will be thrown at the GTA(Toronto) to try and shore up the Liberal party voting block. The GTA, counts towards nearly 1/3 of the population of Canada. Public transport isn't popular in Canada, you really aren't getting anywhere without a car here...unless you live in a major city. For me, the next major city with a population of over 200k is over an hour away. I live in the most population heavy part of Canada(southwestern ontario).

Comment Re: Contempt of the court... (Score 1) 520

You're actually spot on. It was more of a case of over a decade of Harper in power, and people were wanting a change. He did some shit things, did some good things too. Hell he did more as leader of a minority parliament then the liberals have done with the majority they now have. The real problem is people are seeing the Liberals doing now, what they did back in the 90's and caused their asses to be thrown out for in the first place. Hell Trudeau Jr, is the first PM to be officially investigated for ethics violations while holding the active role.

Comment Re:John Deere has too many non farmers (Score 2) 497

Yeah that's not the case. In some places, especially here in North America you run into "credit union" allowances which allow you to get steep discounts to farming equipment(new and used). Deere has cut deals with some of these, their competition is doing the same now. They've(deere) really cut their own balls off over it, because their competition can take the bite in many cases because of the mnfg cost of their product.

Comment Re:At least there's a way around it (Score 2) 497

Deere is trying to make themselves into a "one-stop" company where you're forced to get everything from them. Auto companies tried the same thing in the late 90's and laws were enacted over it because JP, SK, EU and NA automakers all tried to do it. They're trying again with the new versions of OBD's, luckily they're mainly running up against the law and can't. No such real coverage for farmers, but there is good competition. There was a lot of yelling over this last year at the Canada's Outdoor Farm Show(held in Woodstock, Ontario as part of the University of Guelph's research farm), but it's not until something happens that it makes the news. Lot of people don't understand how this stuff would impact their lives either.

That's not even touching on the giant fuckups that have happened in the farming industry in the last year in this province. Like when millions of dollars of tomato's rotted on the vine because the processor decided to fuck up, or when the wheat board was still in power and rye and wheat were rotting out in the fields because there was no storage. Why? Because the wheat board decided to rent off the storage to other companies who then sub-leased to other companies. So when harvest came, storage was full and surprise!

Comment Re:John Deere has too many non farmers (Score 5, Informative) 497

Seems to me they have their customers in a fairly tight grip, by the balls, one could even say.

Actual truth. I grew up in a county that was heavy farming with a city industrial base, the friend I had in high school who were in farming families and are still doing it and many of them have long since moved off Deere equipment. Most are using either Fendt or Mahindra simply because of what you're talking about. Dropping $90k(CAD) for a base model Deere is what drove people away from them. The bullshit they're pulling now is just driving them to their competition, especially when you can get the same from a rival company for 1/3 or less with exactly the same warranty coverage.

Comment Re: Just stop (Score 1) 181

Nope, didn't sound like that to me at all so no worries. Rather your personal experience with tramadol and pain killers. I mentioned to a AC that a couple of people I've run into at the local pain clinic has serious problems with the stuff, one takes 20mg of zolpidem so they can sleep because tramadol keeps them awake until their body hit's that magical exhaustion point(usually 4 days or so). The thing is doctors expect people to not abuse drugs, it's not that simple of course. A lot of problems with things like this could probably be fixed if people knew how easy it is to get addicted to them, how bad it can be when you come off of them too.

Comment Re:Just stop (Score 1) 181

I've seen people sing the praises of tramadol but I can only take it when all other options fail.

It's one of those very weird drugs that has a lot of swing compared to other painkillers without a doubt. Two people I bump into occasionally at the local pain clinic have real problems with it, one of them takes 20mg/night for zolpidem to get them to sleep. Even then they only manage 5-7hrs, it's one of those drugs that wouldn't surprise me a decade from now where there's a class-action lawsuit over.

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