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?!?
I'm confused, does this mean that if you have a password prompt when you either boot up your laptop or open the lid to wake it from sleeping, they can't require you to type enter your password or does this only apply to actual files/folders beyond the login screen that require password protection?
Aside from 'piracy', wouldn't you think it would be obvious that there are really, really good reasons to play any game offline? Such as on a road trip, on the bus, on the plane, when your parents ground you via restricting internet access, etc? I know that is not a large percentage and never will be but how would that not be obvious to anyone/everyone both making this game and interested in buying this game?
if this becomes a law, there will be at least one company that either soley does this or adds this to their list of existing services: "Auto Out of social contact" messages that can be configured to automatically send to anyone not on your friends or followers list. That way the person being summoned was "clearly not active on their social media account(s)" as the auto response was set up immediately.
If this trend were somehow able to grow throughout the country, i'm sure the social media companies would build some work around into their settings in a nonchalant way.
I'm not sure its right to even suggest that Liatis is not a reliable narrator simply b/c one of the employees of the agency currently trying to prosecute/fine/sue him says she didn't talk to him. Doesn't she have incentive to lie if they only spoke on the phone and there's no way to definitively prove that they spoke and/or what they spoke about? Especially since her alleged words are seem to work in his favor.
I haven't read the Ars article so perhaps there are more details that aren't lining up but when i read that sentence in this article Liatis' credibility started to head out the door right away. Only re-reading the whole thing put it back into perspective...
The most shocking news here (to me) is Amazon's action and subsequent response. I think it's so awesome that they are refusing to sell the product b/c they know their customers will be unhappy, how novel for a giant corporation!
Why does this apply so strictly to audio recordings? If a poster or painting is visible in the background of a video, why doesn't the artist earn some money for that? Hearing a song is not the same as owning a license to that song, seeing a poster/painting is not the same as owning the physical poster or a license to the digital version so why does one type of artist get paid and not the other?
Someone probably said this already but i'm sure the director is misusing words (like so many do these days surrounding piracy/the internet). He is not for illegal downloads as he clearly stated. Illegal downloads of his show are any format/method you download that is not a temporary file (streaming) or a download from a source like iTunes (containing DRM).
From what I gather from talking to 'average users', most people (correctly) associate 'downloading' with basically everything on the internet. There is no way to view a file, site, page, w/e on the internet w/o first downloading it. A streaming video is still first downloaded to your browser and stored in a temp file that is deleted when you close the tab/window. I hope the director realizes that when people view his shows via streaming (which is totally legal in the US) that methods is far less detrimental to 'sales' figures b/c they do not permanently retain a copy and to view it again, they must stream it (again), illegally obtain a copy or pay for it. Not everyone is going to pay for it but most people who stream in the first place probably aren't going to download it illegally later on, they'll stream it again or buy it. Where the real value of unrestricted streaming comes in is the time-tested marketing technique called 'word of mouth'.
Most of my friends started watching Game of Thrones only after I told them how good it was and several of them now have HBO or have purchased the DVDs. After i streamed the first couple of episodes, i bought the books - which i would not have done if i wasn't first able to watch the episodes for free.