Blizzard has forgot one of the features that made StarCraft 1 so popular. "Install Spawn", the feature that allowed you to install the game on many computers in order to do -- guess what? -- LAN Parties!!! They weren't worried about Pirates back then, they even encouraged mooching, because they knew once you got your hands on a "demo" version of StarCraft, you would be hooked into buying the real thing.
This is a bad decision. I still do LAN parties with StarCraft, and was really looking forward to doing it with SC2. Of course, I will still buy SC2, but now I will wait until it is $50 for all three games, instead of at full price.
While this all sounds good and noble, isn't there another issue? Why should the government be involved in decided what is and isn't broadband to begin with? The ultimate decider should be the consumer. Qwest thinks that 7Mbps is broadband that's great. Some cheap service out there thinks that 200kbps is broadband, don't use them.
But why in the world do we want the government to step in again and mess things up? Is it on the basis of their marvelous track record? Ha! Is it on the basis of their Constitutional authority to tell private companies what they can and cannot do? I don't think so.
In this case, the government came in and officially declared broadband to be what everybody already agreed that it should be. That doesn't hurt companies or consumers. But to do that to try and push companies along before they are ready will only lead to very high costs, as companies struggle to comply with a currently unreasonable standard. This leads to higher prices for the consumer. In the meantime, Qwest gets virtual monopoly status thanks to government intervention.
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