That article has it wrong. It conveniently left out the fact that the majority of miners have to confirm any blocks found. So if a pool actually attempts this they run the risk of forming their own blockchain fork, which will become utterly useless if the majority finds a block at the same time the minority pool does. Also, with the hashrate and difficulty so high, this method is way too risky to even consider. Miners won't knowingly join a pool if their shares are at risk from being lost or orphaned. The longer the pool 'hides' results, the more they stand to lose.
That is true, however, this was not a lack of market interest. This was extreme market interest (gaming) and when MS saw their financial future they changed course. They ignored every single point brought up by their fanbase and tried to 'position' it away as some kind of benefit.
Remember 'Sweet Billy'? That should have clued them in then, but they didn't listen.
They didn't listen to their customers at all. The feedback provided by the retailers and the dismal preorders is what they listened too. These changes would not have been made if the preorders were anywhere near what Microsoft projected.
And that reason is used games. Used game sales contributed to the success of Xbox and other consoles. It is a fixture on the landscape and EA and MS have hatched up plan to kill used game sales off. EA recently announced no more Online Passes because they weren't working. Well, the other shoe has dropped and it stinks too.
Even though there are plenty of people that hate Gamestop they are thriving. In fact there are over 6600 locations. That's a lot of consumer-level support for used games.
If I get an XBOX One, I will not be using it for any video functionality. I will be using this to motivate me to build my HTPC.
And you would find a clause that says if you put a SIM card in a data-capable device you will be charged for data.
The only way to be consistent here is to charge all smartphones data. There are too many stupid people out there that have no clue how to operate a smartphone and giving people the ability to have a smartphone without a data plan is asking for trouble. As a result, all smartphones get charged data.
Don't forget to blame the manufacturers too. How many Smartphones are available that can only access WiFi? None.
What's even funnier is the image that is used on Electa Grahams book 'Blood and Loss' shows up in lots of other places. But, knowing the thorough and copyright-respecting individual she is, she probably licensed it.
Yup that's the point of Anonymous. Could be anyone, could be everyone. And yes, there is a Robin-Hood aspect to it because these things are done in the spirit of Anonymous. Also, this is blamed on Anonymous because they are the ones that actually did it...
At least he has fans. And he makes money without enforcing copyright on his works. So yeah, I do admire him for that. I also admire him for not censoring (except in cases of child porn) the comments. I can't even post on the MPAA or RIAA blogs. Not that I would. So yeah. Mike has fans.
He is not right in any way. If I buy a CD I am buying the music, not the format. As long as I retain the CD after I rip it, I am obeying the law. If I buy the CD, rip it, then return or sell it, then I am in the wrong.
I have a PS3 that I no longer use and one day I sued it to prop a door open. Was I in the wrong? I was using it in a different way than Sony intended...