Next Step: Government decides that 'in-house' domestic spying programs are 'too hard' so they outsource them. Sarah Palin, head of the NSA at this point, says "Hey I know a country that has a better domestic spying program than ours, India, my old neighbor's neighbor!"
i haven't read all the other posts so someone may have mentioned this already but Sony's biggest concern with committing to maintain the current used games system with the PS4 has to be with the game developers/publishers. If Microsoft moves forward with their newfangled used games market strategy, publishers will have a new revenue stream and publishers like that. Even if you argue that the new revenue won't exist b/c ppl will essentially stop buying used games, that will still translate to more revenue from the publishers' perspective. If Sony doesn't have a way to match this added revenue, some publishers may stop making games for their console and/or Microsoft may get more exclusive games. That may not actually happen but Sony has to consider the possibility and take steps to ensure that it won't happen before they can commit either way.
Of course the other side of the coin is that if Sony would seize this opportunity as suggested in the article their overall games sales would theoretically be much higher (and more immediate) than Microsoft's and in that case, publishers would make more many that way than on reclaimed used game sales.
I think the prank was good until they recorded it and sold it for personal profit. Perhaps if they recorded the call and contacted both guys again to let them know what they did and their intentions with the recording in an effort to get their permission to do so, this would've been a whole different story. As it is, i think an apt punishment is splitting the profit 4 ways, with each coach getting a cut and the two guys should also have to do 20 hours of community service each in the form of working for their local government's call center/information desk. Most importantly, this is not something that should be on their criminal/public records at all.
If anything, you would think the feds would immediately back off all this CISPA garbage since obviously all of the invasive techniques they already have didn't alert them to the Boston threat at all. Giving the gov't a legal way to access the information won't make their use of the info more effective.
i knew you guys would end up doing an article over the inevitable 'outrage' that arose from that footage. as soon as Greg Gumbel said "we're not going to show the footage here..." during the half-time show, i envisioned Fox News and Entertainment Tonight up in arms about a nasty injury on live tv and how it was 'inhuman' to show it (or something like that).
i make maps on Warfish, an online Risk site, and the most popular maps are always the ones people have some background with, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, the United States, the entire world, etc. I think it makes perfect sense that a more immersive game would benefit from a highly detail oriented and locally know map such as a school, however, i think the timing is in bad taste. that said, if it was a good map i wouldn't be bothered by playing it. After all, one of the best maps in Black Ops was Nuketown which was a mocked suburban neighborhood complete with cardboard cut outs of kids and families (that get's nuked at the end). That map was made by the game designers...
i mean, this makes it pretty obvious that they are trying to avoid court so that the fraud (Alan Cooper) they all had to know about won't be exposed which will probably result in criminal charges (in addition to sanctions), right?
perhaps the scaling back to life + 50 is being proposed as a way to get the reform ball rolling. Maximalists won't like it but they certainly wouldn't accept what we would consider reasonable anyways. Maybe its a variation on the strategy congress used with SOPA: start overly extreme knowing it will fail but plant the seed so when the more reasonable version is introduced, its more widely accepted. Except this isn't the asinine strategy Congress used, this is one that might work b/c it starts off with reasonable instead of...asinine.
anyone else ever imagine what our government would be like if we didn't have "career-politicians"? this occurred to me a few weeks ago and i've been trying to think of all the differences, good and bad, it would make in how things work. Largely i think it would solve a lot of the 'waste' problems we see today but i don't know enough about the intricacies of 'politics'/government to have a good idea of where to start the hypothetical changes.
I don't have this problem but i find all of the extra stuff on the actual websites i read regularly via Reader to be cumbersome. I like getting the articles in chronological order instead of 'whats hot' or whatever BS that replaces some websites posting timeline. TechDirt is very similar looking to Google Reader so i don't mind this site as much but just the fact that my 30 other subscriptions on Reader are all right there, i usually read this site thru Reader and visit to comment.
Whichever of these dudes created the fake Alan Cooper had to drop a huge F-bomb when he read all of this since he will definitely be getting sanctioned. Unless... he goes to the bathroom, puts on a disguise and comes back as Alan Cooper..who shortly thereafter becomes ill, has to go to the bathroom, and is unable to return (which would be announced to the court by the original guy that went to the bathroom, obviously). I think i've seen that movie before though.. didn't work even with Hollywood magic.
I would like to believe the boxer was clever enough to make up all his tweets about getting closer and closer, he could have even found that picture of the guy's street sign on the internet and not gone anywhere. However, he probably did get all the way up to that street sign after an hour+ driving.
hmm, i didn't think there was going to be another one based on the last one. I thought i read that in several articles about how AC3 was the ending of the series.. Granted i found it hard to believe at the time b/c any additional titles would make so much money.. maybe they'll fix the terrible end of 3?!?