Today the major players in the industry are pleased to announce their new commitment to Lioekans v3. This magical program will end piracy as we know it, with better success the more money we pour into it. With our best years ever, recycling trite crap to maintain copyrights, we are sure that this time when we pour millions into this program all piracy on the planet will cease. We are sure that even though we are paying this new round of funding into a program run by those who failed us previously, this time it's REALLY gonna work. We asked our accountants to look it over, and they tell us that it won't really cost us anything, which will be good considering the huge losses we have on that Harry Potter franchise.
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.
Lioekans v3 (tm) is a registered trademark of 'We can't believe these morons keep paying us, LLC.' and is no way affiliated with Snakeoil v2 (tm) a registered trademark of 'How can people this stupid still have money?, LLC.'
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.
It is times like this I wish I was a fly on the wall.
I can only imagine the Secret Society of First Amendment Badasses has legal pads with sketched out plans for making this case hurt enough that trying to use the law to silence people who disagree with you wouldn't be tried again for a long time (or by someone who wants to keep their bar card).
Nice to see you Mr. Randazza. What I wouldn't give to see a brief deftly shredding the claims & seeing demands for costs. $750,000 seems like a good number...
It is rare that people feel moved enough to give a review if they are satisfied with the product. People who are upset (rightly or wrongly) are way more likely to give feedback.
Part of the problem with some of these devs seems to be they take it hyper-personal if someone 'attacks' their baby. They can't objectively read any review that isn't fawning praise, without their ego getting in the way.
Hell someone could make a pretty penny running a service to go through the reviews, cut the snark, and provide detailed lists of the common issues to the devs. Don't allow them to engage the fanbase directly (if they are the type to take any criticism as a slap to the face) beyond a general note of 'we've listened, we have a list of issues we'll be working on fixing. If we get them fixed, please consider updating your review/rating.'
I think part of the problem is that the huge AAA games can release complete crap, and they never see the criticism or stopped caring. People who complain are yelling into a void of moderators looking for a reason to remove negative posts. When you are dealing with smaller companies they imagine they can engage with the players, forgetting that many of them are used to writing things into the void knowing the person who could fix it won't see it & don't know how to engage directly with a Dev who honestly cares & wants a happy customer.
IP it can do anything, except make shitty games better. Why invest time improving your game, when you can just DMCA bad reviews... its not like there is any punishment for doing it. Why leave the fate of your game in the hands of idiot players...just flood the platforms with fake reviews, no one will catch on.
First they killed off demos. Then they killed off actual gameplay video. Then they killed QA, and they'll patch it day 5. Then they had all of this cool promised expansion content, but pushing it as DLC on the disc works better. Then they declared war on reviewers. Then they spammed fake reviews.
Perhaps it is time players demand more than promises of fixes 'soon'. The business model doesn't really work, but like abused spouses the player base keeps coming back after yet another beating from the drunk devs. Release dates shouldn't be set by bean counters alone. Missing a release date, IF YOUR HONEST, isn't something that shakes fans if you are releasing quality.
No one owes you good reviews, and once upon a time rather than threaten legal action devs would look into what went wrong and work like hell to fix it & get updated reviews.