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Comment Re:The smarter thing to do (Score 1) 147

Not that easy, some ROMs straight don't exist except in some display or sales-pitch cartridges.

And yes, as you can imagine, they command insane prices. Collectors are kinda nuts that way. There are generally 3 kinds of games that are rare and hence valuable: Those that only exist in low number because they were just produced for events or to pitch them to investors (e.g. Nintendo World Championships), those that were produced so late that nobody gave half a shit about NES games anymore (e.g. Little Samson) and those that are SO bad that even without the internet word got around that they suck (e.g. Action 52).

So believe it or not, the most valuable games are those that are simply too bad to even play them. Nobody gives you a cent for Mario 3, but you don't even want to know what you'd have to pay to get a real stinker.

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 152

Laws apply universally, so saying that I care about a law protecting MY property is pointless. It protects everyone's property, I do not enjoy personal protection laws. Unlike a certain group of "property" holders.

You see, that's the problem with the examples presented too many times by proponents of insane copyright laws: Most of them are far fetched and don't translate well into reality. I once, in a discussion, had someone argue that it's "impossible" to produce content the way the users want, despite exactly that being offered by those that copy the content. One really has to wonder whether the reality distortion field comes free with the conviction or whether it already has to be in place to become part of the copyright cult.

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 152

Sorry, but just 'cause you invest a lot of time and effort doesn't make something valuable. By that logic any sandcastle built by the average 5 year old costs millions. And don't make me ask for money for the space station I built with Lego when I was 10!

Value is what someone who wants something gives it. By definition. You can ask for a price, but if that price is below what I value it, there will be no sale.

What you, as the creator, can attach to a commodity is its cost. Not its value.

Comment Sell me what I want! PLEASE! (Score 3, Insightful) 152

I want to buy. I really do. But what's offered simply is not good enough.

Take a show. Just choose one. You will not be able to see it here, not even for any sort of money you'd be willing to throw at the makers, until after it's been on local TV. Ok, you may say, that's understandable, so you get it a month later. Nope. Half a year to a year later. Why? Dubbing.

TV shows get dubbed around here. Invariably. And 9 out of 10 times they get dubbed badly. The dialogues are stale and it seems they go out of their way to take out any kind of joke or mood the original tried to convey, the lip syncing is hilariously bad (think old Eastern movies) and the sync actors seem to be whatever actor is currently out of luck and in dire need of work.

And when it finally gets available, hope and pray that you're lucky to get the original version instead of just the dubbed atrocity.

Can anyone imagine why people reach for torrents and other less legal sources? Why is it that I cannot simply buy the same DVDs that are available in the US?

Comment Re:Not about the free market (Score 1) 883

Well, I just found out that the WSJ has about as many viewers in a month as he has in two videos, so I guess there may be a motivation...

Honestly I couldn't care less how much money he makes. At least it doesn't look like he's trying to sell some bullshit to his (most likely teenager) audience, that already puts him ahead of a lot of douches out there.

Why should they be friendly to him? No reason, to be honest, But why should they slander him? There's about as much reason for this.

Comment Re:That much demand for being lied to? (Score 1) 201

The problem is that there are rules that audits have to happen and that security risks that arise during such have to be assessed and evaluated. What none of these rules or guidelines (including PCI-DSS) details is how the issue has to be resolved or within which time frame. So companies usually commit to solving this issue, with a solution date that is in the vicinity of the horned red guy's basement apartment having heating problems.

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 5, Insightful) 147

Advertising outlived its welcome, though.

First and foremost, people have been treated like cattle by the ad industry for way too long. Knowing that people can't do anything but grin and bear it, they became more and more obnoxious, and now that people can actually go and give them the finger, they come whining. Sorry, but fuck you. Even IF you treat me with respect now, it's too late to apologize. Dear advertising industry, please go and die. I'd love if you did it slowly and in agony, but for practicality reasons, just make it quick.

Aside of this, they're doing it wrong. This could be the most topical ad in the world they're showing, the ad that could change my life to the better, provide me with more money than I could want, make me rich and famous, unite me with the perfect partner that I will love for all eternity, and still I would not want anything but to get rid of that ad. Why? Because it gets into the way of what I wanted to do.

How does the average YouTube experience look like? At least to me, this looks like this: I think "hey, that's a song I want to hear" or "hey, that's a documentary I'd like to see", I go on YouTube, I find it, I click start and ... an ad. That is not what I want. That is by no means what I want. I'm neither interested in this ad nor am I actually even noticing what it is for, all I do is search the "skip it" button, or if there isn't one, reload the page until you finally get an ad that is either 5 seconds long or does have a "skip it" button.

This is why the whole thing doesn't work.

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