we know he's clearly violent and murderous, and has all the training he needs to become a successful terrorist, even if he does just have a sharp axe (I am completely pro-axe control, btw). I'm just surprised people like him are allowed to walk the street.
Since the biggest pirates also tend to be the biggest spenders on media, Hollywood are doing themselves a favour by encouraging piracy, since it helps their sales. However they are also hurting themselves, because the highest selling media tends to be the most pirated, therefore the more they sell, the more money they actually lose.
The only solution is for the MPAA (and RIAA et al) to implement mandatory entertainment taxes on all the citizens of the planet, to ensure they don't lose money. Without those entertainment taxes, entertainment could cease to exist!
Note that nowhere in the article is there any mention of increased sales from anywhere except from countries where we couldn't previously - places where our products were played but not bought, so it seems like they have some experience of switching to F2P does actually generate more paying customers but only in countries where no-one buys their games. Which is good for them, but the fact that they don't tell us how good is quite distracting.
I can immediately think of a few questions that might be worth answering to flesh out this situation:
How many people are paying for microtransactions in regions where they couldn't make money before? How does income/profit from F2P/'freemium' compare to the 'old' model? If 95% of 'customers' are actually pirates in both cases, how is that ratio distributed by region (in both retail models)? Are there more or less people (in total and by region) actually playing their games?
If they have this regional data, why aren't they sharing it? How exactly did they calculate their ~95% piracy rate? Can they confirm that F2P actually turns pirates into microtransactioners or are they two different demographics?
Liberal Anti-Capitalist Subverts American Values By Infiltrating School With Communist Computers!
But seriously this is a great story. I'm not against Windows - I dual boot - but when you can't afford Windows (and can't get away with pirating it) there are some great free alternatives. More importantly I'm glad the community supported the initiative with donations of hardware. This is actual good news, am I in Bizarro World?
Headline: "Oxford Professor Says Mankind Is Ethically Obligated To Create Genetically Engineered Babies"
Content: "When it comes to screening out personality flaws, such as potential alcoholism, psychopathy and disposition to violence, you could argue that people have a moral obligation to select ethically better children." (Emphasis added)