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  • Jan 23rd, 2014 @ 5:56am

    Well, because...

  • Nov 14th, 2013 @ 9:55am

    But they didn't buy anything...

    ...your acceptance of this sales contract prohibits you...

    Aside from the fact that such dickery wouldn't be enforceable anyway, according to the article they never received any product and the transaction was cancelled. Seems to me no sale means no sales contract.

  • Jul 26th, 2012 @ 6:32am


    At Beech:
    All the things you describe only matter for PVP or groups playing ONLINE. For the player never going online, only playing a solo playthrough there is NO added value to having to be online. None.

    Blizzard could have added an option to create a character that could not go online at all. Diablo II had it. Hmmmm...

  • Jun 28th, 2012 @ 7:00am

    Re: Re:

    Okay, but should they be reviewing anything seized, since they never should have seized it to begin with? I know laws are complicated but it would seem the first act (unlawfully seizing) would cancel out the ability to perform the second act (reviewing for relevance to the charges).

  • Jun 28th, 2012 @ 6:39am

    (untitled comment)

    Not a lawyer so asking a question. Since the search warrants were deemed illegal shouldn't all the seized items be returned immediately? If they were unlawfully seized doesn't that make them all inadmissible as evidence?

  • Jun 19th, 2012 @ 6:54am

    Just curious...

    The demand letter Carreon sent was supposedly representing his client, Funnyjunk. Yet in the MSNBC interview Carreon said 'my mother' when referring to the picture Inman had drawn. Several references he made to Inman's response letter seemed to indicate he thought it was directed at him personally. Seems to me a lawyer would know better. And now bringing the lawsuit himself instead of for Funnyjunk.

    Has anyone heard anything from the owner of Funnyjunk since this fiasco began? Even a no comment?

  • Oct 24th, 2011 @ 7:53am


    "In a world where you can spend so much time arguing over the sandwichness of a burrito, there's a need for lawyers."

    I submit that needing a lawyer to determine if a burrito is a sandwich is a direct result of politicians (who mostly used to be lawyers) writing laws in such a way as to REQUIRE a lawyer to to determine if a burrito is a sandwich, hence insuring their continued existence.

    Do away with the lawyers. Eventually we won't need them anymore...

  • Dec 2nd, 2010 @ 11:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The problem here isn't so much that their witness used to mod xboxes. The problem is with the prosecution wanting to keep that tidbit secret from the jury.

  • Jul 29th, 2010 @ 6:58am

    Re: Paul Williams?

    Phantom of the Paradise! I love that movie. And yup, that Paul Williams.

  • Mar 5th, 2010 @ 9:46am

    (untitled comment)

    Does it really matter if it HAS been cracked? Pirates say yes. UBI says no. But I wonder how happy UBI is that most of the buzz about this game has very little to do with the actual game itself. It's about the DRM. Such a waste.

    Once again, a publisher has so focused on the 'Dread Pirate Roberts' that they lost sight of two REALLY important things. #1 is us. You know, the customers? The one's who actually pay them money for... #2 THE GAME!!!

    What's being talked about now? What's getting all the press? The DRM and whether it works. Instead of pointing to a successful launch and crowing about sales numbers they are fighting a defensive skirmish with announcements that, true or not, no one really believes.

    Valve recently pushed out an update to the game Portal that added some new content that has fans decoding files and morse code and finding an old style phone in BBS to get clues to... something. They have fans all agog over something that hasn't even been officially announced yet. The new HL episode? Portal 2? But they are buzzing about THE PRODUCT. Hows that for marketing.

    What's being talked about with UBI's new releases?
    Way to go, UBI.

  • Jan 19th, 2010 @ 9:19am

    Between the lines

    It's a pity the reporter who wrote the article didn't ask a few probing questions, like what school policy the student broke. Or, 'after talking to the student' what led them to believe evacuation of the school and a search of the student's garage was warranted.
    I can almost here the ultimatum offered by the school officials at the end of this.
    Admit this was all you and your child's fault, don't contradict any of this at a later date and we won't file a bunch of bogus charges, make you pay for police and fire response and expel your child for reasons that will keep him out of anything but a school for violent offenders.
    Oh, the student handbook for the school can be found here:
    Maybe some of you can figure what policy he broke...

  • Jan 7th, 2010 @ 9:28am

    (untitled comment)

    A quick search of the word Nexus finds a software company, an electronics manufacturer and a major level in the game Quake 4. I wonder if Dick's daughter got huffy with them as well...

  • Dec 18th, 2009 @ 7:59am

    (untitled comment)

    "Hi, I'd like to buy that painting, the one with the cat chasing the yarn."
    "Great, just fill out these forms, please."
    "Forms? What are these for?"
    "These register you as the current owner. They will be filed with the Artist Reimbursement Office and their audit division, the tax office, and your local police precinct. Should you ever sell the painting you will need to file a transfer of ownership package, with it's applicable fees, to each of these entities. Should the painting ever be lost, destroyed or stolen you will need to file the claim form package id-10-t and allow for possible inspection and verification of said claim.
    Will that be cash or charge?"

  • Dec 9th, 2009 @ 7:29am

    Let's hope he means it... (as Tony)

    DRM hasn't been about stopping pirates for quite some time. I would even wonder if a lot of it has to do with contracts and good old boy deals between the publishers and the companies that produce the DRM. And, to an extent, 'The Party Line' with the rest of the content industry. But it is -interesting-, this new tack taken by EA. We can only watch, wait and hope it continues.

    Lastly, this part REALLY caught my eye:
    "and a sizable second sale market"
    This is one of the things that DRM has really been used to curtail so I want to hear more on this aspect.

  • Nov 17th, 2009 @ 10:11am

    Lawyers, Government and Politics (as Tony)

    Not directly related, but something I have been pondering.
    Does anyone out there know of ANYBODY who has filed for Social Security disability that has NOT been denied?

    Prior to hiring a lawyer. I don't.

    My mom was denied twice. I know a handful of folks personally, all denied. Until they hired a lawyer. TV is flooded with commercials about hiring a lawyer so you too can get your SS disability claim approved.
    Why must you hire a lawyer to get help from the US Gov't program you are forced to pay into?

    Lot of lawyers making money fighting a system made by politicians who started out as lawyers...

  • Nov 10th, 2009 @ 2:54pm

    But hey... (as Tony)

    ...section 101 limits the use of the term "copies" to material objects...

    Have not the kontent kings and their minions been trying to brainwash everybody into treating digital content as material objects for years? File sharing is just like stealing a disk from your local store, right? Twisty logic and not a good road to follow, but hey...