insofar as MMOs go, I would argue that Guild Wars has it right. Pay for the game, play for free (for ever). Addons, extra storage etc cost. You can play quite well without them, but for some players, they feel they need the extras. I won't play WoW -because- of the monthly fee, and it's not because I can't afford it.
Not quite - the way science works is someone goes "hey when I do X, Y happens" and that becomes a theory. Quite soon after lots of other scientists try to do X and have Y happen also. If a few of them have Z happen instead the theory is re-done to include why Y or Z may happen, it is retested, and so on. Once all the results everyone gets are included in the theory then they're accepted as a rule or fact.
I am laughing, I actually had the same idea while really drunk one night, and a 1000km trip coming up in a week, the idea of being "allowed" to do upto 110 or 120% of the posted speed limit for a fee seemed reasonable (it'd actually take several hours off a long trip).. when sober it dawned on me that'd never happen then I read this :)
I've seen a few 'tweet about x to get y' promotions and to be quite blunt it puts me off whatever product is being promoted. Generally you can get it at a different (personally, lower) cost elsewhere anyway.
I don't have a large number of followers and I'm not going to lose half of them because I'm seen as a spammer. If I like something, I'll tell people about it.
The whole idea sits badly with me too, Mike.
Do you rant much, Virginia ? Seems you have something to get off your chest. As a non US citizen I've never heard of, nor care about topix, however seeing your enthusiasm, perhaps you're taking it all a little too seriously ?
Don't take this the wrong way, but I don't think having a go at the owners of a site on your first visit, in the last line of your first spate of comments is going to convince many people your hinges are secure. If you have the time to spend a year investigating organised crime on a website, you could maybe get out more ?
WTF ? You're kidding me right ?
So basically they're arguing it's copyright infringement if some *thing* else gives me the wrong paper towel .. ? If there was a big sign on each enmotion dispenser that said something like "Every time a wrong brand piece of paper leaves this dispenser, copyright lawyers kill a kitten" I might consider it a worry if the wrong paper came out.. but if lives were not depending on it, I, would not give a rat's - like I figure most other people.
I love these ads. I enjoyed all the others I saw in response to comments. Yes, I would buy some but I've been told no by She Who Must Be Obeyed. That said, she likes the man that I could smell like. She likes the ads too.
I'm glad I have the original version of this game. It just would not be the same. Isn't copyright awesome. As PaulT said, how many other equally culturally important things might fall prey ? :)
Isn't the zombie a parody anyway ? I know I laughed the first time I saw one.
Simply, accessing either is via the http protocol. Since it can be used for illegal file sharing (you can download an infringing file from a web page) using that protocol, you evidently support banning it too. Extrapolating it further why are you using a protocol you think should be illegal ?
Next you'll want to get rid of dihydrogen monoxide because it's a cause of many drownings.
I think the mentality / nature of the people doing the work dictates how they feel to an extent.
A 'true' scientist loves* learning, telling and sharing information because it helps them do their job better. I mean all scientists, not just astronomers, etc. True, most either do it for the love, or because they've got a grant of some description.
A journalist is* different - but they need their name on the byline as well - a journalist needs being quick. They get paid rather than have a grant. Sure they like sharing knowledge but only if they're the one telling it.
That's the way I think about it, and I may have oversimplified it but it's clear enough.
* Disclaimer: the above most likely contains statements that do not accurately portray every single member of the named groups.