Here's a thought: what's the penalty to the governments for cancelling the contract with Verizon? I can see issues with breach of contract if they allow competition, but what if they just DROP THE CONTRACTS because they no longer have faith in Verizon's ability to deliver?
Sure, Verizon has been able to set up a moving target, letting politicians continually change its contract obligations as time passes, but there comes a point where you can say "Verizon cost taxpayers $2bn and has nothing to show for it -- we'll eat the $2m in penalties and allow community broadband and other competitors." Make this VERY public. Highlight which politicians are signing the moving target contracts and bills. At that point, if the politicians and Verizon want to salvage anything from this mess, they'll have to play nice (or really REALLY [and obviously] dirty).
Out of all the commenters on this website I have seen, you may have the thickest skull. And what I just said probably contradicts what I'm about to say.
Like I said in another article, speak professionally. Don't speak with insults, speak with what you believe in. Have it challenged and graciously accept the challenges. Don't respond to those challenges with insults or aggravation. Be true to yourself, and be patient.
Many ignore you or discredit you because you speak to discredit others without reasonable evidence, using only your opinions as cannon fodder.
Mike does not want to stoop to that level, so don't give others a reason to.
Care to offer any commentary on this sort of thing being labeled dlc by the company selling it? or will you side step that issue and claim its the fault of the people buying it for assuming something called dlc on the store to be dlc.
In case you missed it The steam store has all these "microtransactions" as you called them under the heading of downloadable content for this game.
It's probably also a convenient way to distribute content to the masses while keeping it curated and separate from the...inconvenient portions of Reddit that enjoy pitching a fit and screaming about 1st amendment rights when they lose their borderline illegal content trading, or are barred from harassment and hate speech breeding grounds.
Seriously, there are portions of Reddit that are far far worse than 4chan. At least 4chan is self-aware.
Because to claim otherwise means there's a terrifying consequence: The NSA can read encrypted traffic.
This is not true. You are confusing encryption in transport with encryption of the data itself. The data is encrypted in transit, which protects it from snooping on the fly. But at rest on servers, companies like Facebook have access to it (for everything except Whatsapp, which has real end-to-end encryption).
"That's what this game's DLC market is competing against."
I seriously doubt that. People who collect model trains want the actual, physical model trains. They may also enjoy a virtual representation of the same trains and they may not -- but the two things are not competing with each other at all.
You cannot handle NSA by legislation as their word-play legality has proven and I am not sure it would be desirable either way since less well regulated national governments are doing as problematic, if not worse things.
It is important to be specific here: What needs to go, is the surrender of data from a trusted party towards a third party without consent or judicial recourse!
The possibility of judicial recourse will never exist for individuals in todays national sovereignty world (so much for "corporations are people", since multinationally incorporated entities have no passport and can hold as many legal nationalities as they like, and in that way circumvent unwanted laws!), Thus consent would be the only way foreward.
Only by making people consciously consent to selling their soul they will be able to see what they give up and eventually improve the broader adoption of univeral encryption, which is the only way out of the spy-on-all conundrum! While NSA are screaming in rage about encrytion since it hurts their collect-it-all paradigm, it is perfectly possible to go back to real-time and targeted surveillance even with 100% encryption!
Eminent Domain should be the nuclear option. It has its place, but it's kinda messed up for the government to simply seize assets for "fair compensation".
Think of it this way, what happened if a city took Verizon's current assets, and just gave them to a different incumbent like AT&T, who totally promises to "get it right", or even made it city-owned without the proper support to make expansions work?
Again, ED isn't all-wrong, but I'm not sure that it's all-right either.
As someone who played this game and know one guy who is really into it, im pretty sure that they wouldnt sell much more. Maybe people would buy a 2-3 more but the point is, they buy a train because they like it and they are rarely intrested in other trains.
Also, as weird as it is, spending 20$ on a dlc makes it more enjoyable than getting it for 2$.
I agree that dropping the price usally increases sales but in this game, people are intrested in very specific things so they ignore everything else.