1,000 gaming-industry executives
So it's a Bean Counters list, not a gamers list. When I look at it that way the choices are easier to understand.
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Also stops all the smug cunts in sales 'accidentally breaking' their 9 month old laptop because the guy next to them has a newer one.
I found keeping a few extra crappy looking old ones around as loaners for lost/broken items worked great for keeping the number of broken/lost items down.
It's amazing how often people find their "lost" 6 month old Blackberry when you give them a three year old one to use until they come due for a new one in 18 months. To make sure they don't get any ideas I show them the B/W Blackberry "look at this one, it still works! They built them like tanks back then....".
Well I'm not...
Spotify in Canada
It looks like you're accessing Spotify from outside our launch territiories. In order to buy Spotify premium, you will need a payment card that has been issued in one of our launch territories (i.e. Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom or United States). As a Spotify Premium user you will have be able to use Spotify when you travel for an unlimited time period.
So they will only take my money if I somehow find my self with a US payment card. Maybe something like buying a Japanese iTunes gift card online so you can buy from iTunes Japan... yes a quick google shows market in spotify gift cards.
"Levine: A lot of people say DRM was huge problem. But when EMI eliminated it, it didn't create a huge boost in sales."
That's the wrong question. You should ask when you add DRM did it create a huge boost in sales?
If the answer is no then DRM is not working, and you are paying for something that people hate.
Even if it was stopping people from copying your stuff (ha!), it's not making them buy it so you are just pissing into the wind.
and a battery life of more then 5 minutes.
Just about anyone could come up with the rest, and more I'm sure.
Create a projector that will fit in a phone and run for a useful amount of time on the battery and they can have a patent.
For the crap they are trying? Maybe they should try for a job writing a script for a sci-fi TV show.
They spent 6 weeks investigating this?
So a J walker would take them about 3 weeks, and a armed robber about 9 years. How pathetic can you get?
Sorry we don't have enough manpower to investigate your house getting broken into, wait did you say there is a donut shop across the street? Maybe we can give it a month or two.
"Theoretical working distance with compact standard antennas: up to 20 cm (practical working distance of about 4 centimetres)"
Note: "compact standard antennas". So that is still not an answer to the question can they be read from a distance with the right gear (larger non-standard antenna) like RFID?
Assuming that your first hit is the same as my first hit - Wikipedia (not a great assumption I think, and not the most trusted source).
Dream on idiots.
It will be cracked in short order and people will be playing without needing any internet connection at all. If they are lucky a few people might buy a copy, put it on the self, and play the cracked version. But most people will just spend their money on something else.
Or it could be like my last job.
Boss: spec some laptops for sales.
Boss: there was an HP in todays newspaper flyer that had bigger numbers then the one you came up with and cost $50 less! I ordered a bunch of them and handed them out already just pop around and set everyone up when you have a second.
Yes, crap home units with one year depot warranty (I just love doing the Dead Parrot Skit with HP support), and loads of shit-ware.
Just one of a few...
"Apple has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Media Solutions Holdings, a company that has allegedly been producing and distributing knockoff MagSafe power adapters. The Apple patent, No. D478,310, was initially issued in 2003. The defendant sells the AC adapters, ..."
A 35mm film that was shown wide screen in theatres is intended to be viewed pan and scan on 4:3 SD?
Made for TV stuff sure, don't upsample SD material and try and charge me extra for it. But I don't have a problem with a proper HD version of a classic theatrical movie.
Just don't put copy protection crap on them so I have to upgrade the software of my player ever few months just to play them ($#&@! Fox).
When the company I've used for 15 years jacked up my rate 10% (no claims...) I got a much lower price and switched. When I cancelled the old policy they called me up, and offered me a rate a little better then the new policy (magic) even though they said they could not do anything before I switched. Told then they had had their chance and to piss off. They see a loyal customer as a sucker to be ripped off, not someone who should be getting the best deal.
In Canada you pay more premiums for a 2 door car. 2 door covers a lot of the high power cars (toys) that have high costs linked to them. But it also covers cheap, low power commuter cars.
Statistics show that 2 door cars cost them more, true. Is that an indicator of what is actually going on? No, 2 or 4 doors has nothing to do with it.
As a result almost no one buys a cheap 2 door if a similar model is available with 4. because it will cost a lot more in the long run.
And statistics don't tell you much about an individual. I'm male, single, and have never had an accident in 32 years of driving. A close relative of about the same age is female, married, and has written off 3 cars (and a tree, a light pole, and another car) even though their so wonderful statistics say she should be a lower risk.
Who said anything about that? If someone passed their test via the accompanied driving scheme they get a discount, male or female. If the female didn't take the extra training, and the male did then the male would pay less. Don't accuse others of using a straw man argument and turn around and do it yourself.
You talk about links, but why are the links there? During prohibition in the US there was a link between gangsters and booze. Booze has it's problems but gangsters are far worse. There is a link between drug gangs and prostitution as I'm sure you would agree. There is no natural link, between any of these things other then money.
If you try and ban something the people who are willing to break the law, or who are already breaking other laws will take over if there is money to be made. As the US found with prohibition it's better to regulate and try and reduce problems then to ban stuff.
Some years ago there was an anti porn group handing out "information" that was saying that violent criminals in jail use more porn then the general population, proof that porn caused violent crime.
Thanks to a story in that days paper I pointed out that smoking in prison (before they banned it) was much higher then the general population, around 2.5 times greater then the difference they were reporting for porn use. So by their logic smoking must be causing all the violent crime...
But that was just silly, no one thinks smoking causes violent crime... but it's obvious that porn is bad.
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