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Submission + - Atomic Data Decay (

sixoseven writes: When is data most valuable? Rather counter-intuitively data is very valuable when it is first generated but then its value decreases. It then increases when it is aggregated with other similar data and that becomes more valuable over time.

Comment Re:Backward compatibile (Score 1) 782

You know, we had this same discussion when the XBox 360 first appeared. Then they added cheaper games, the Arcade series, back when everyone was complaining about 'who wants to play 60 dollar titles?'. And then over time, more and more games became backwards compatible, and you know what? They turned out to be boring - like watching SD 4:3 programs in an HD 16:9 world.

Then a couple years ago, critics were bemoaning the end of the video game industry. Wall Street just couldn't figure out the economics, and they were saying that there's nothing new under the sun, and that if gaming didn't go 3D there would be no future.

The fact of the matter is that game developers and studios keep improving and they have yet to plateau. The industry *is* moving forward and it *is* getting better. Unlike, say, smartphones.

Comment Re:Depends, but will probably get it (Score 1) 782

That would be called a 'book'. You can buy them for fifty cents on the streets of New York. OTOH, we kinda like DRM-infested garbage for what it is. Not a book. So we don't judge them by the same standards. Perhaps if you read more books you could relieve yourself of the pressure you feel about the fun that is DRM-infested garbage on consoles.

Comment Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (Score 1) 782

The smartest real customers are game developers, and all of them have already bought into the console. The only mindless cretins who blindly accept the corporate overlords are the game developers who sign exclusive deals and don't go multiplatform. Then again, they have dollariffic reasons for doing so which are not hate-based, like your Soviet screed.

Comment Infinite Regress (Score 4, Interesting) 482

The statute of limitations on sport should be the season. If you cannot determine by the end of the season who is the legitimate champion of the season, then don't give an award. If you cannot determine, by the end of a game, if all the rules of the game were followed, then declare the competition null and void. You cannot have a referee that has infinite time to make a judgment, this is the very opposite of what qualifies a competent judge.

I am convinced that Armstrong is being unfairly persecuted, and furthermore that every sport that has doping rules should ensure that they are immediately enforceable. If Armstrong or anyone else outsmarted the USADA, then too bad. My bias is that this agency is doing to its sport what boxing governing bodies did to theirs which is to draw into profound relief its inability to hold the respect and admiration of its chartered participants. Any certification that is not consistently and immediately verifiable loses its credibility.

My guess is that there is some squirrelly language in the contract that allows what is essentially no statute of limitations on allegations and does other stuff that wouldn't stand in a court of law.

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