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Comment Re:They need a legit homebrew option (Score 4, Informative) 258

... truth is that a large part of any console's cost is recovered by content, and without that cash innovation will die and/or consoles will become more expensive. Nintendo always owns a part of the Wii - they paid for it...

Not true, not in this case. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has never sold Wii consoles at a loss, not at launch and not now.


Comment Re:A pirated game is not always a lost sale. (Score 1) 316

The GP is talking about actual piracy of GBA games, i.e. bootleg cartridges manufactured by unauthorized/unlicensed agencies, sold at rates lower than retail, of which the copyright owners get nothing. This is the real piracy which anyone would support laws against. Unlicensed distribution that involves no gains to the distributor i.e. most p2p and 'warez', are copyright infringement, not piracy.

Both are illegal but they are not the same thing. It may be said that actual piracy could have a direct correlation to lost sales without the logical fallacies of equating illegal uploads/downloads with lost sales.

Comment Re:Want this in my car! (Score 3, Informative) 314

Have you read the page you just quoted? Below the table appears:

The Uniform Vehicle Code states:

Upon all roadways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic ...

Note that this law refers to the "normal" speed of traffic, not the "legal" speed of traffic. The 60 MPH driver in a 55 MPH zone where everybody else is going 65 MPH must move right. Contrast Alaska's rule, 13 AAC 002.50, allowing vehicles driving at the speed limit to use the left lane, and Colorado rev. stat. 42-4-1103, prohibiting blocking the "normal and reasonable" movement of traffic.

Emphasis is mine. It's almost as if the author of that page is responding directly to your GP post...


Submission + - Pirated Copies of 'Splatterhouse' Hit the Net (

An anonymous reader writes: Say you came into possession of a game six months before its release. Would you play it? Sure, most would. You'd probably tell your friends and maybe even blog about it. But given the no-tolerance attitude towards leaks who in their right mind would try to publically sell copies to the world at large? If the game is Namco's Splatterhouse, it seems that one person would.

WorthPlaying writes, "He did not say if the version of Splatterhouse purportedly up for sale was the version developed by the now-defunct Bottlerocket or the version that was retooled by Namco Bandai's Afro Samurai team after it brought the project in-house in February 2009. To prove that he was in possession of a copy of the game, dulledblade also posted a number of screenshots from the unreleased title; each one showed an image of the game and bore a post-it note with his name."

Comment Re:Oh, look! (Score 1) 888

I find it quite logical... sending 200000 soldiers to war, and if 5000 die, that is indeed a "minimal" casualty rate.
Deaths resulting from terrorism, are all unacceptable, where 10 people dying is a large number and anything more than 100 can be termed a huge number of deaths, simply because the lowest "acceptable" level of casualty in terrorist attacks is zero.

Comment Organic only means carbon based and nothing more (Score 1) 141

The logic jump from there being possible organic matter on the moon, to the near-assumption that this organic matter is life-based or life-supporting was apparently made by the writer of the original article

While a lay person such as the reporter may claim ignorance of the difference between "carbon-based matter" and "carbon-based matter that supports or has come from live organisms", I am truly surprised at just how many non-humorous posts we have here on /. about life in space/on the moon/new intelligences etc.

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