We'll just make up the losses by charging more for our internet offerings with caps. See how you like Netflix when you have to pay us an extra $150 in overage charges because you thought watching a movie in HD would be good.
One would be curious to see how much of a sales boost this generated for them. The only way to get more studios to follow this lead would be to clearly show them the bottom line benefits.
I'm of an age when there were these things called playable demos. You could see how well it would run on your system, and experience some limited game play. It made it easier to engage with consumers who would know if they could even play it without buying upgrades.
Demos are pretty much unheard of these days, replaced with renders of gameplay or video filmed on a machine 15x's the listed specs. Its really annoying for someone to see something, see they are above the specs and the game looks like Minecraft when they buy it.
So much of the video game industry has moved to what should be called bait n switch. Incomplete games, the DLC already on the disc, plays nothing like the videos, ship now/patch later, the latest in root kits, Always online demands for a SP game, central servers that crash leaving players screwed, lopsided support for 1 video card brand over another. (there is so much more)
But for some reason they can't quite figure out why so many people 'pirate' titles. Pirates don't put up with the DRM or many of the other headaches meant to stop them that only punish paying customers. Pirates might just not be willing to drop $80 on a title with nothing more that perfect renders of a game that plays like crap on their machine in reality - but they would be willing to try it to see if thats something they want to pay for. Pirates might play the game for 25 min and decide its crap & delete it.
Given that they have tried to destroy the used games market, or capture it for themselves with even worse terms for consumers they pretty much are hastening the next generation of 'pirates' who after being burned a few times will be far more picky in what they purchase after they try it. If you keep slapping them around, they might reach a point where they shift to just full time pirates. Nintendo frequently abuses their fans, want to guess how pirated their titles end up being as payback?
And tech could help that to happen, but forcing the data about shootings & 'retirements' out into the open.
Tech could look at all of the cases where no charges were filed and prove the bias when someone has a badge. Confronting them with factual data is a much better backstop to the claims. It makes it difficult for them to shrug it off as being racial bias on either side.
Tech could give them a little box that can tell the difference between a backfire and a gun shot. Tech could give them training sessions designed to expose them to their own biases without having to put someone in danger. Tech could show them that far to often they magically assume the black person is up to no good when in the same setting as a white person. Tech could provide better information about the events and what actually happened, rather than allow cops multiple days to get the story just right so it plays well. That information could be used to allow other officers to have the same 'experience' to see if they pick a different path. Tech could provide a system to help them understand people who are not neurotypical & the best way to connect with that person to avoid needless deaths because the autistic man isn't responding correctly.
There is so much tech could do, but its getting citizens to demand it. Its hard to get them to think logically when they are being told that black people hate white people because they are successful, that brown people are most likely terrorists, that people who are different are scary & a threat. It seems lost on people that they are more likely to die at the hands of a cop than a terrorist, because it hasn't happened to them so it must not really happen.
Imagine a police chief wearing a VR set to see exactly how his officers roll up on a black man who's only crime was being black and some scared woman decided he had to be the boston strangler. Imagine citizens seeing the point of view of officers who roll up on a scene and get fired upon or a crowd threatening them making the situation much worse.
We spend lots of money on giving them the best weapons & hardware, and very little on the people carrying them. We've seen mentally ill people outright executed because an officer doesn't 'have time' to deal with this. We've created less than lethal options, and yet rarely see them deployed in the fashion we'd expect... instead used to torture restrained suspects.
Tech can't solve everything, but I wonder how the very loud law & order types would respond to being in a VR headset in the shoes of a young black male slammed up against a wall because he matches the description of black in a t-shirt.
We've had 1 or 40 other stories about police being stupid, and to pretend that what happens in that sphere doesn't change anything else in the world is short sighted.
One might have noticed that there is huge inequality in society today and that many of those who are used to being the privileged few sometimes find themselves on the losing end and behave like toddlers. They make demands that make no sense except to someone used to getting their own way. See also **AA's.
One could also have a discussion about how body cams might have altered things. How else tech could have intervened and avoided these murders. How tech could help build a database of bad officers & make it harder for them to quietly 'retire' and move onto another department to keep doing bad things.
The only limitation is those you impose on your own thinking. The box, look outside of it and see the connections between everything in the world and how you might find ways to make connections that improve things.
Imagine if it only cost 1 cent to make an oreo and you rigged the market so that the only 2 way you might get oreos made sure they charged the same inflated price. Then they both put in place limits on the oreos you could buy at the the inflated prices, but offered you more oreos for an even larger fee when you went over what they think is a fair number of oreos for anyone to have. Of course diabetics who don't eat many oreos don't pay less because they eat less. But families with many children who are wild about oreos are punished with huge fees despite the fact all of the oreos still only cost 1 cent to make (and if demand surges pricing can go even lower as they get a larger supply).
I once upon a time helped someone who was in the immigration process who ran afoul of a copyright troll. I referred them to a Doe Defender I knew because they just wanted to settle, because they were terrified anything making it to court derailing the immigration process. I knew the Doe Defender would do what the Doe wanted, would understand the reason, & make sure any agreement would protect the Doe. Had the troll figured out the reason, they would have doubled or tripled the demand.
It makes me sad that this person was forced to settle a claim not because they were guilty, but because there was a pressure point giving all of the power to a troll who can say anything they want on the record & be unchallenged.
Perhaps it is time to stop finding a reason to give them a pass when they screw up. If they faced the costs & punishment for misdeeds, perhaps they would be more diligent.
IIRC there was either a Chief or Union leader who was bemoaning all of the cell phones out there, because the officers were scared to do their job & to be filmed. Ostensibly it was because what they do is so special that normal people couldn't understand what was happening and draw wrong conclusions, yet we've seen cops on video beating & abusing people in custody who are allowed to justify their actions with nonsense & get a pass still.
We need to stop pretending that cops are super human and infallible, and insist they live up to the standards. Stop making excuses for them screwing up, and hold them to what everyone else is held to.
I await the first lawyer who cooks up a nice class action lawsuit targeting advertisers. They are unwanted intrusions that are costing consumers money as the providers look for ways to extract even more money.
Pity the poor provider using DPI to stuff their own advertising into the pipe, if they don't charge consumers for that advertising data useage there will be more lawsuits.
The amount of data consumers is using has been growing, but its growth is being artificially held back by providers who feel compelled to keep raising profits while offering as little as possible. Eventually one of the major networks will collapse because all of the deferred maintenance and expansion needed to support the demand will catch up with them. And we all know the money to fix it won't come from the CEO's paycheck they will come begging for us to save them from the results of their greed, and hope we'll forget how they did it to themselves when it happens again.
Re: Isn't it the judiciary that needs to be educated?
We have Judiciary who insist that everything be printed out on paper & hate anything electronically filed.
Perhaps it would help if they started to reflect real people, rather than just voting for someone because they are older and presumed wiser?
That we require they don't just sit back on the bench telling new technology to get off their lawn because they are interrupting Matlock.
Judges far to often rely on what officers say, ignoring the numerous examples of officers stretching and flat out lying about the truth if it serves them. They trot out 'experts' to support outlandish claims, and the Judges smile, nod, and sign not questioning if this new 'science' of hair color/eye color combinations showing a predisposition to violence is accurate.
Many of us elect Judges with the best ads, because we don't care about the system we never expect to be in... and we start to care when the system decides to screw us and the safeguards we imagined being in place don't exist. We don't ask where the money to elect the Judge came from and don't notice that some Judges go lightly on those who contributed.
We have Judges appointed to positions for 'life' expecting they will know when it is time to bow out gracefully, this isn't working in our favor.
We need to have a more robust Judiciary, not influenced by former employers (HI JUDGE HOWELL) who are impartial, listen to the presented facts & apply the law.
There is also the failure of the PD's to check to see if there is open WiFi when they get the location.
There is this magical assumption that technology makes it so, and given the recent review of many of these magical technologies used to convict people are deeply flawed it is sort of shocking that no one is forcing them to learn the truth.
Even if the immunity fails them, the bill is paid by someone else. There is no downside for the cops doing this, the unions & insane contract terms protect them and allow them to move to the next town to keep breaking the laws when they get butthurt.
I await the artists noticing that this did nothing to benefit them and start questioning why the agency who is supposed to represent them and take care of their interests decided to have a temper tantrum and punish the artists.
Societies and agencies and the like have outlived their actual usefulness, and are now diseased monstrosities trying to find ways to chip away at the tiny amount of money that finally makes it to the artists.
Lets hope this temper tantrum leads to ZAMP losing its luster and being replaced with a society that caps how much it can gain for itself & have to pay the artists promptly. One wonders when the last accounting review was done, and how much of a warchest the artists have 'contributed' to on ZAMPs behalf.
For far to long we've given them everything they ever dreamed of, because we need to be safe. It wasn't important when they did it to the other guy, because they were bad people. Now that they are taking down good people, suddenly its a problem. They let them run free and looked away time after time, now they expect we can put the genie back into the bottle.
Why pay higher taxes when we can just take the money from bad people? Why question why a department of 4 needed 8 MRAPS? Why wonder why the answer to serving a warrant over parking tickets necessitates rolling out SWAT? Why wonder why they can literally execute people on film, and a jury still decide the cop did nothing wrong? Why wonder why cops commit crimes and are allowed to retire keeping their pension & good name to move onto the next town to loot? Why wonder why cops shoot at dogs and hit toddlers, but no questions asked about their inability to hit a target or check their field of fire?
Cops are above the little people they lord over, not as their protectors but as enforcers of those with more power and those with power allow them to demand any tribute they desire from the serfs. It keeps them happily in their place of keeping the serfs down, scared of what might happen if a cop decides they look like a demon charging them on the street.