Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots
So... you're pretty much agreeing with the article you didn't read.
All those things you described sucked because they spent too much time detailing other less-important things such as pot plants.
Radiohead's Thom Yorke Pulls Albums From Spotify In Protest of Low Royalties
Reward the artist by going to see a show and buying some merch. Nothing else really gets back to them in any significant amounts.
Although I agree with you wholeheartedly and try to support my favorite artists as much as I can, this is nowhere near as practical for most of the world as one might first think.
One of my closest friends is a mad Dave Matthews Band fan and has been fortunate enough to attend at least four DMB gigs over the past twelve months. I'm sure Dave Matthews and my friend are both pleased as punch about this setup. My favorite artists include amongst others David Bowie and Tom Waits. I live in Japan. Go on and have a guess how many gigs either of them have put on in Japan in the past 12 months.
Now guess how many gigs either of them have put on here in Japan in the past 12 years.
Hint: you could have a nasty accident with a bandsaw and still count them on one hand. Now I'm not faulting the artists or their manager or anybody. That's life unfortunately. Even if my tastes were more mainstream, I still wouldn't come close to being able to see as many concerts as most Americans. I don't see Rihanna or Jay Z or Radiohead hosting many concerts here either. Radiohead hasn't toured here since 1994!
I've seen many of my favorite artists both here and overseas and almost without exception I've gone out of my way to get great (read: expensive) seats because I see great value for money in spending hundreds of dollars in seeing my favorite artists perform live. It's unfortunate for both me and the artists I would be willing to support that I don't live in the continental US or mainland Europe where most concerts seem to be held.
Interpreting Global Flight Maps
Reminds me of a quote by Edgar Fiedler: "Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers - six if one went to Harvard."
Official: Playstation 4 Will Play Used Games
to be honest, from a person who has lived in Japan a very long time, this really doesn't come as too much of a surprise. There are dozens of VERY big chains and thousands upon thousands of stores both parts of chains and independently owned in Japan that exist almost solely for the exchange of used games. Some deal exclusively in games, most usually mix in some used books/manga/anime/magazines/DVDs/clothes but games and manga would definitely be their meat and potatoes if simple floorspace allocation is anything to go by. If there was any possibility that this was even remotely true, there's a very, very large population of Japanese people who would have already risen up as one angry mob complete with the Japanese modern day equivalent of torches and pitchforks and fucking SLAYED Sony.
Swiss Gov't: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal
It's a Beige Alert!
Will Patents Make NCAA Football Playoffs Impossible?
Short answer: Because at the end of the day, having a high-profile and appealing sports program makes them a lot more money than they invest in it.
Girl Quits On Dry Erase Board a Hoax
--The Spelling Nazi
Pacific Trash Vortex To Become Habitable Island?
I'd really like to see a decent pic too.
Top 10 Things Hollywood Thinks Computers Can Do
That's one thing that always drives me nuts when I'm watching computers being used on TV or in the movies... EVERY user interface element BEEPS. Text will scroll on the screen (no idea why it won't just show all at once) and as the computer renders each and every single character, it lets out a beep. That sort of machine would drive me nuts after about 3 minutes of use.
John Badham (director of WarGames) explains it quite well on the director's commentary for WarGames - Movie studio executives insist that when something happens on-screen, it must have an associated sound so the audience knows something is happening. Everyone knows a computer doesn't beep every time you press a key. But just like most people require tactile feedback when typing for optimum performance (one of the multitude of reasons Star Trek's LCARS input interface will never truly be embraced in reality), studios insist the audience needs aural feedback when something is happening.
THX Caught With Pants Down Over Lexicon Blu-ray Player
The audio industry being less than honest?
Say it ain't so!
Typing With Your Brain
if you're looking for an alternative to using your hands when you think "internet porn" and you think of this... you should get out more.
Typing With Your Brain
actually, i was just thinking the same thing. would you be able to think "capital T" or would you somehow have to simultaneously think "hold shift key" and then "type T"?
Typing With Your Brain
i don't disagree, but your point really doesn't have anything to do with mine.
i'm pretty sure "let's call it the internet" and "we could use it to share stupid memes" weren't uttered in the same breath.
i'm also pretty sure karl benz first thought after inventing the modern automobile wasn't "you know what, i'd really like to get shitfaced drunk and give this baby a crash test" either.
Typing With Your Brain
yes, because what we need is more twitter.
whenever i hear about groundbreaking advancements in the neurosciences, i for one automatically think about how it can improve my twitter feed.
Indian Tiger Park Now Tiger-Free
Your number one priority in a Tiger Park is... to maintain the tiger population. How the fuck do you let 24 tigers die in 36 months? Am I the only one that thinks that maybe after the first 12 months someone should have said, "wait a minute, we've got less tigers now than 12 months ago" and tried to figure out what the fuck was going wrong? How the fuck do you not notice anything is wrong in three years? Surely 24 tigers did not die in the past few months, right?
Maybe I'm assuming too much; I was sick the day they taught tiger maintenance at tiger school.
Cruising Fisherman's Wharf For New Passports' Serial Numbers
Or you could, you know, stick the thing in the microwave for ten seconds.
Enough to zap the chip, not enough to toast the paperwork.
Done and done, job well done.
100 Million Used Games Traded Each Year In the US
Honestly, does it really fucking matter?
It doesn't matter if 100 used games are traded each year or 100 million. GAME COMPANIES GOT THEIR CUT WHEN THEY FUCKING SOLD IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
I don't give a shit if it takes 5% or 95% of their 'potential revenue' away - JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE ENTITLED TO IT.
In the puntastic words of someone funnier than me, it's not rocket surgery. Geez.
When watching a movie, I like to add calories via ...
You know what your first clue was?
Pocky gets its name from the sound the snack makes when you bite it and it snaps... "Pocky! It's one of the many onomatopoeic phrases that the Japanese use. But I digress. When a snack's most prominent feature is the way it SOUNDS, you know you're in trouble when it comes to flavor.
Another example of the Japanese obsession with a food's non-flavor-related traits: Konyaku. A completely bland gelatin-like food praised almost entirely for its texture rather than taste.
Legends of Zork Goes Live
Quick! Before the server gets eaten by a grue.
Windows 7 Touchscreen Details Emerging
Here's a novel idea:
For every example you gave, I don't see one that could not be achieved with more accuracy and less hassle than having a mouse in each hand with a different colored cursor. Except for maybe public access, which let's face it is served very well with current touch technology already.
But selling people another $5 mouse just wouldn't be as cool, hypeworthy or anywhere nearly as marketable now, would it?
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