We should get some department to look into these terrorists known as the 'FBI'. They create terrorist 'plots' to influence & frighten the public. They target individuals whom they can sway, by feeding them false information to get them to take the blame for the actions of the 'FBI'.
They are working to undermine the freedoms of our homeland, using our own money & systems against us. This type of terrorism should be stopped. It is shameful that out leaders blindly supported these supposed allies who have created numerous plots we are aware of and quite possibly dozens more they hide from view, to maintain our financial and legal support while tearing the country apart.
Our leadership is willing to turn a blind eye to these events, hoping to score political capital at the expense of the safety & well being of citizens. What kind of monsters would risk the safety of the country they pledged to protect, to get good soundbites while ignoring real threats to further a political agenda.
Funny they never put their money where their mouth is. If they offered a refund scale that shrank the longer the game remained uncrackable it might be worth it.
But with all snakeoil salesmen, they want you to believe that this time this tech will completely solve the problem. They can't admit that this is just a stop gap measure to get a window for X days.
It would be more honest for them to have said if we get you 30 days, no refund. if we get you 21 days, x% if we get you 14 days, x% if we get you 7 days, 100%
I know its yelling into the void, but when are they going to get past the well if we charge less people will think its bad mentality. If instead of charging $70 expecting only x sales, they charged $35 and see if those numbers doubled.
Building games is expensive, but the bean counter method of trying to recoup everything in the first 5 days keeps shooting them in the foot. If the game was only $20, do you think there would still be all the interest in cracking it? At $20 pretty much everyone interested could get it. If there was a legit playable demo so people could see how it works on their machine, that removes the DL'er who wants to make sure they won't get stuck with a game that runs like shit. Yes you are gonna have those that still will dl it no matter what, but right now there is actual evidence that dl'ers buy more stuff... if they know they like it. Rather than declaring war with more and more invasive 'protection', how about accepting its gonna get cracked and rather than punishing people who paid us, lets give them a better experience. There are the stories of smaller devs reaching out to the 'pirates' and rather than screaming asking if they like it to get it. Sometimes they find out some of the pirates are from markets they aren't reaching.
There are people who think that the online platforms solved all the problems of reaching all of the people, but its not true. Its much better but there are places it doesn't work for.
Or you can keep paying those people who promise this time the tiger repelling rock will repel the tigers that ate your last 4 cows protected by the old tiger repelling rock tech.
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We look forward to President Trump signing an Executive Order allowing us to create our own special legal framework where the evidence 'of we said so' is all that is required to kick people off of the internet & pay us the thousands they will be save on their internet connection bills.
We expect minor resistance from people claiming that this might deny citizens internet access in areas where there are limited providers, but they shouldn't have had a suspicious IP address we are sure cost us $22 Trillion dollars.
Along with this we plan to charge streaming services more to offer our content, because with no other legal alternatives we have them by the balls.
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Of course the problem is the copies out there that will not be updated with the retracted notice, people will still cite it as a reason to make their pet project happen.
Retraction really isn't the powerful tool it once was as the information expands outwards at a fast pace. Look at Wakefields research & the number of people who willfully ignore the retraction, explained problems, & his financial motive behind publishing it.
Perhaps it is time they tighten up the review process so that it is no longer a system of trying to put the genie back into the bottle. Or having to carry a notification that its not been reviewed yet so shouldn't be reported as gospel.
The trite overused - Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Allowing mergers has not improved anything except the bottom line for some CEOs. We get worse service, more hidden fees, more limitations, and lip service.
One would think at some point the people might finally just toss out the politicians who sell their votes for small contributions at the expense of citizens.
As we've seen in most cases, when an underserved community gets fed up and builds out their own network, its cheaper & faster than what incumbents claim they would offer (when and if they finally get around to servicing the area, but the people should have to wait for that to maybe happen.).
Google rolled into a few towns and O M G somehow gigabit connections were suddenly rolling out from incumbents faster than lightning. Mind you they still want to impose caps to create another income stream, despite the costs being not that great.
Why do we have such shitty service? We handed them unchecked billions to make sure service reached areas that weren't profitable... funny those areas have no better service today.
We are expecting corporations to do what is right for consumers and not what is right for the investors bottom line. The alleged oversight over them hasn't done dick because our elected leaders fear the lobbyist putting out hit pieces & not funding them.
Allowing the few to become the fewer just locks us into more slow roll expansions & spiraling costs always going up. No one is protecting the consumers, except the media who can manage to get stolen funds returned with 2 phone calls that the consumers been trying to get back for 2 years.
They all claim they love free markets, so open the damn markets up. Use the universal service fund to run wires everywhere & make ISPs compete in selling service across the lines. Let towns see if they can offer better services for cheaper, stop listening to corporations who didn't give a shit about those consumers until they found a way to get service before the big boy decided it might be worth doing.
Why should an ISP be a billion dollar corporation, when the services they provide is trailing so far behind the world? Its not because people using more is cutting their profits in bandwidth costs, it is simply because we allow a few players total control & look away as their magically have similar prices & offerings.
Tis a pity that there isn't any oversight of what they've been blowing all the cash on. They figured out how to funnel it out & no one likes a pay cut.
Hell with what they have collected they could have hired Google to manage the whole project, fix all the the privacy issues, and created a state of the art system that only cost pennies to maintain... 3 or 4 times. Hell Google could have created a new system from the ground up and gotten it into every court in the country. No more of the cobbled together systems feeding the ancient system that they have no interest in improving because they like the cash a simple error gets them... even when it wasn't supposed to cost anything.
Hans is suspended for at least 4 yrs before he can ask to get it back. Of course this has NOTHING to do with his Daddy being a part of that system.
Duffy passed away.
Steele still has one, for now, but there was actually some movement out of the IL bar which was happening much faster than typical. (Imagine from a snails pace to a turtles pace). Steele also has agreed to not even pretend to be a lawyer on tv in FL after some antics there.
"This letter and its contents are confidential, protected by copyright law, and not authorized for publication or dissemination." The same thing we've seen time and time again from lawyers who are obviously trying to use their 'i'm a lawyer' super powers to cover up their legal threats that are lies.
Someone should send this letter along with a complaint to the appropriate bar. He purposely misstates the law, threatens a lawsuit he could bring and immediately be thrown out of court, and he knows it. He is using his position to forward a clients wishes, ignoring his duty as an officer of the court.
You can advocate for your client, no matter how delusional people think he is, but lying about the law seems like it should run afoul of all sorts of things.
How can we expect our government given mono/duo - opolies to survive if you dare to allow there to be free market competition?? We all know free market is just a code word you use to make people think they actually have a choice while we bleed them for a few more hundred every year.
Its a pity that our representatives can be swayed by donations, lying op-eds, and lack the intelligence to look at issues themselves to find the truth.
But we have to protect the conviction score we got. Who cares if we screwed people, they were all bad people(tm) anyways.
Protecting the image of the office once again trumps justice. Wait until someone who was innocent sues to get repaid for all of the lost time as the state relied on tainted evidence & then pretended that wasn't reason enough to fix it quickly.
Force the world to change to suit me. Force a major corporation to be the adult in the room.
People will text and drive because 'it'll never happen to me'. A majority of the legislation to stop this stupidity isn't that useful, & millions poured into ad campaigns people ignore.
The problem isn't the phone, the problem is the self centered people who think they are above the law & will never be one of THOSE people. Slapping on digital lockouts will work as well as DRM does.
Stupid should hurt, and that is the only way people will learn. Hit someone while texting, be on the hook for the cost to repair their car & medical bills. Welcome to a limited license for 6 months. Welcome to paying for classes where they teach you not to text and drive like you are 10. Oh you did it a second time, we'll just double up everything. A 3rd time? You are an idiot aren't you. Suspended license for a year.
The Feds used to hand out enforcement money to make sure people were buckled up & there were enforcement weekends. At this point in the game I'd be all for the callous answer of first responders arrive on the scene & discover 1 car has buckled people and 1 has unbuckled people... buckled people get first dibs to hell with triage. They refused to take a minimal step to protect themselves, why waste time.
Do you think if people knew that not being buckled would mean going to the back of the line for help in an accident they might buckle up? Tickets aren't working, points aren't working. Making it very clear your choices will have detrimental outcomes might get the message across, but probably not because far to often the one that survives the accident is the unbuckled drunk who was limp as they drove on top of the minivan full of kids.
Perhaps they should have just funded this to be the online only offering for the CBS streaming platform since they haven't managed to deliver the promised new Trek project, and might never at this rate. It's not like they are totally ignoring fan feedback about the 'offical' thing & just expect to churn out crap slap the Trek label on it and rake in the cash.... oh wait.
They haven't been able to deliver anything the fan base really got behind, but still managed to make money so once again the idea of ignoring the fanbase who generate income if they make a good product or a shit one means more of the lens flare spectaculars.
You cultivate a fanbase by catering to the established base so they bring more people into the fandom. We don't expect it will always be like the original series, but the fanbase cares more about good stories than if they cast the based on if the actor will let them hit another demographic.
It should say something about them when they have to create a set of "rules" because some dude in his backyard might create something better than they can think up.