top Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
And don't forget an important fact with free-to-play games regarding their business models:
The business model they choose is subject to change. What might start out as a 'free-to-play' game with premium cosmetic additions can over time shift to a Freemium or Pay-to-Win model. I've invested my time and reasonable amounts of money in free-to-play games in the past, only to be burned later when they change to a more aggressive model.
top Why PC Sales Are Declining
My six year old *Vista* PC
*taps foot impatiently*
about a year and a half ago
top The Man Who Sold Shares of Himself
Either you work for someone or someone works for you. Names change, things remain the same.
about a year and a half ago
top Thousands of Muslims Protest 'age of mockery' at Google's London Headquarters
If free speech pushes people to violence in Britain then those people are probably in the wrong country.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Cell Phone Carrier In the US?
Chipotle. Got that for you..
top Firefox 15 Released: Silent Updates, Compressed Textures, Add-on Memory Leak Fix
Then, as a admin:
app.update.auto = false
top Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?
As someone who's created (and supported) several websites (and developed a few platforms)...I'd just like to say that by no means would the world wide web and some of the wonderful technologies we have today disappear in the absence of ad based monetization. It might look different, but I see no reason to suspect that commoditization is tied to creative innovation.
Carry on. :-)
top California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled
And I want surgically modified Californians to be labeled.
top What Various Studies Really Reveal About File-Sharing
hundreds of dollars from me personally over the last 14 years
Nothing personal, but the only thing this anecdote underlines is the fact that you'd have been a marginal consumer in the first place.
As another (counter?) anecdote: I've spent hundreds of dollars every year for the past 14 years (or so) and like yourself, I'm an avid downloader of music.
Not to parrot popular sentiment, but I believe the music industry is slowly strangling itself with the protectivist measures it continues to take. I don't listen to loads of top "" music but I think as more and more people get 'geeky' the alternatives, which focus almost 100% on the consumer side of the experience, become more and more acceptable.
They could drop margins, shift focus to the consumer, and see what happens. Or they could not, maintain some heavy-handed control...and see what happens.
Oddly, one of the best genres to result from the post-consumer digital pop-music age is bootleg remixes. Which introduces me to consumer oriented music I might no have otherwise listened to. And of course violates copyright.
top Toronto Police Use Facebook Picture in Online Lineup
By your logic, there are no good people until there are no bad people. It's fine and dandy to lump people together glibly, but I don't see how it's intelligent or insightful.
top Where I am now, it's ...
Only the good parts then?
top Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official
Look, we have no problems buying your crap, but when its easier to pirate it and you get a better product? Why not download it?
That's the craziest part of this 'war'. I'd love to pay a fair price and not get jerked around for media, but that's just not a product they've managed to come up with yet, so until then it's plan B.
top Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap
I thought FPS formed the bridge between casual and hardcore. Granted, if you suck you might get bummed playing against more skilled players sometimes, but the thing I like about them is a lot of the 'skill' (twitch mostly, a few strategies help, and knowing/learning maps) is portable across different FPS games. I used to be what we'd consider a hardcore player, wasting hours every week, but I have other interests and other things to do. So I've kept playing various FPS games with an understanding that I can usually play at least moderately well, even for short periods of time, and enjoy it.
top FBI's Facebook Monitoring Leads To Arrest In England
All I get is garbage:
FMS ASIS IDB C2W Galil arm Lander number key WISDIM pink noise initiators SABC NIMA NSAS erco mailbomb Wackendude Hindawi CSC MD5 SHS botux Internet Underground RHL tetryl incendiary device Talent Police Morgan NMS 2E781 Bunker NADDIS ZNI1 AIEWS Badger ISWG MI-17 Wireless nowhere.ch JSOFC3IP Clandestine Merlin Becker Rapid Reaction TNT ISFR plutonium JASSM bootleg
top Doctors Reverse With Drugs Autism-Linked Fragile X Syndrome In Mice
What, you no like engrish?
top Why Video Calling Is a Wasted Feature In the UK
I thought the same living in my tech bubble in San Diego before the economy broke. It's easy too look down on things when you and everybody you know don't use it but after moving home while I catch up on bills I'm suddenly finding myself emerged in regular peoples lives. So I set up an account, mostly still ignoring it. There's a lot of senseless crap to it, that's true, but it is pretty customizable and all the device and other cross-integration does make it pretty convenient, even a little useful.
But when I realized I could casually hook up with old friends and acquaintances I began to understand it. There's nothing particularly 'me generation' about it because it augments rather then supplants real conversion. The landscape is actually richer for it, it provides small peaks at what might be going on, chat still works well for one-on-one or even many, but depending on the level of intimacy involved texts, phone-calls, drinks, dinner and all the rest still apply, just like they always did.
I don't mind seeing that a buddy of mine is off on a road-trip. He doesn't have to tell me every tiny detail of his life, but if I'm bored or it's a timothy day on Slashdot it's nice to have something with things/people I care about to poke in on. Or share a little something I might not have.
Sure there are kids who think it's some kind of friend manufacturing machine, but there were always people like that. And you know what, some of your friends send stupid shit, but you probably already knew that about them, don't blame facebook!
And just because you think X is super interesting, depending on the diversity of your group you might be a little let down. I put up a remix recently I'd done in a day, turned out great, but my friends and family don't even really understand what it is, I get one or two hits and no comments. But if I wanted praise I should have picked my audience.
People are always talking about technology X as being the next social downfall, but I'm just not seeing that apply realistically with facebook. It's not a perfect platform, but it's helping people bridge a little distance. Families staying a little closer. Old friends picking up on each others lives. It's casual communication at it's finest, but it can be whatever you decide to make of it.
My advice is to not add anybody and everyone. Just the people *you* want to hear from. It's a lot nicer that way. And don't feel obliged to do anything with it. If I don't have anything to say so be it.
The one down-side is I'm realizing I'm going to have to start taking a trips and visit old friends more often. That means actually taking vacations. Soon hell will be freezing over and then we'll all be in for it. ;-)
top CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development
It's okay not to be racist anymore! Turns out people aren't really different because of the color of their skin! Go figure?
top Six More Tech Cults
Oh, but they did! They just posted the wrong link to an out-dated article. Here's the
actual article from infoworld (print version) with...6 cults. We (collectively, Slashdot) made #1, which seems astute enough.
Holy scriptures: The Lord of the Rings; Programming Perl (aka "The Camel Book")
top Caffeine Addicts Get No Additional Perk, Only a Return To Baseline
Of course, we'll never see that because there's more money behind caffeine than alcohol and tobacco, combined.
You sir are a paranoid or an idiot (or both). Behold, the power of teh
Google. No thanks needed.
top The Life of a South Korean Pro Gamer
So, just to be clear, you're saying being a professional gamer sounds like a lot of work...
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