Four times the population should -- if the simplistic measure that Mike makes is valid -- mean four times the production.
No, Population size has very little to do with market size. Anyone that understands even the most basic of economic principles knows that production of goods in a market is tied the the ability of that market to consume it. Excessive overproduction leads to market crashes. I don't see anywhere in the article where Mike measured India's film industry against anything. He used the only valid measure in economics; India's film industry seems to be successful and profitable at its current production levels. He used a comparison of the numbers of films produced in India vs. the number made in the US to help illustrate that point.
If the amount of used units sold is a significant drain on the new market, you're doing something wrong. I think they also need to stop focusing mainly on the online multi-player aspect of these new games (an over saturated market) and start delivering some solid single player games that take longer than a dozen hours to complete and they might lessen the amount of used games on the market in the first week after launching a new game.
We must not condemn the Senators for an isolated fact.
This is not an isolated indecent. This is yet more evidence of an ever growing problem: Our elected officials just don't seem to care about us--their constitutes. Those Senators who skipped this briefing need to get all the fire that we can pile on them. This is the kind of behavior from our elected officials that created this problem in the first place. Not only should they have stayed until the end of the day on Thursday, they should have stayed in their offices all weekend sorting this debacle out.
Pulling crap like this is why Congresses approval rating is at an all time low of 10%.
Just because one can't put a number to it, doesn't mean it's not a real effect.
If you can't put a number to it, that means you can't measure it. This is how real science works--you have to test your hypothesis--and get real, verifiable, and repeatable, results. Until you can do that-- then no, it's not a real effect, it's just bullshit speculation.
This is the problem you have with any expert--people (sometimes including the expert) assume expertise in one area auto magically translates into expertise in all/other areas--particularly since they're very good at sounding like an expert even when they're talking out of their ass. Dr. Oz may be a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, but that means squat when it come to psychology/psychiatry or any other field--in fact the very training/practice required of his specialty means that he's probably less of an expert in areas that he's not specialized in than a more generalized medical practitioner (doctors like House don't really exist). This is one of the problems I have with Doctor shows Like Oz's--they are giving medical advice in areas the have little ability in, and no one really calls them out for it.
If I needed heart surgery, would I want Dr. Oz to operate on me? You betcha. Would I go to him for cancer? Ehh...I'd probably find someone better qualified.
As for the original article? Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Mike Roizen is an anesthesiologist. This makes their official (again) opinion on the links between video games and teen violence rank just a little bit higher on the scale as any other two random schmucks.
This. This fast churning play it and quickly jump to the next big thing was created by the game companies themselves. Back when when online multiplayer was something I cared about, I would play a game for at least a year. Now it seems like there's always some new must play multiplayer game coming out every month. Kinda hard to keep people's interest that way.
One thing that has always nagged at me whenever the question of whether used games sales harm new games sales comes up is this. Everything we've been led to understand about the games market says that the first month of sales is critical for the profitability and success of a game. If your game has a enough used sales in the first month to impact your profitability and success, maybe, just maybe, could your problem be something other than used games sales?
Can you explain why a trademark holder shouldn't protect their trademark?
Because they only have trademark rights to the phrase 'Twisted Sister' for 'ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES RENDERED BY A VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL GROUP' but not anywhere else that would not be 'likely to cause consumer confusion as to the source of those goods or as to the sponsorship or approval of such goods'. If you understood trademark law, you would know that having a trademark doesn't give you the right to stop all other uses of it in commerce.
This is the prevailing mindset in the US that allows idiotic reports like these get considered. For the record--US law (IP or otherwise) holds no force in countries outside the US unless included in a treaty between that country and the US--which would make it an issue for the departments of state of those two countries--not the WHO.
You have an interesting view of due process, seeing as how you have already concluded that Kim Dotcom is guilty without ever seeing any evidence or having a trial--you know, all those things that are part of 'due process'.