Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Best Christmas Movie is...

Die Hard?

If you want a Christmas classic that's a little more traditional -- but only a little -- you'd best watch "Die Hard." It's the heartwarming story of a man reuniting with his estranged wife on Christmas Eve -- after he disposes of a few terrorists. Now that's productive holiday.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The Inverse of Angry Birds

The pigs have been misunderstood. Save the pigs and their families from disaster by building structures to block the onslaught of incoming projectiles.

The game is called Misunderstood Pigs and is available on in iOS App Store.

This is reminiscent of The Last Ringbearer, which is Lord of the Rings rewritten from the perspective of Mordor.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Is Piracy in Russia a Problem?

One thing that we have learned is that piracy is not a pricing issue. It’s a service issue. The easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting antipiracy technology to work. It’s by giving those people a service that’s better than what they’re receiving from the pirates. For example, Russia. You say, oh, we’re going to enter Russia, people say, you’re doomed, they’ll pirate everything in Russia. Russia now outside of Germany is our largest continental European market.

That's from How Valve experiments with the economics of video games. Read how the today's model of Internet-purchase and -delivery allows much experimentation with pricing.

 

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Terrorism or Warfare

The always interesting, if often paranoid, "War Tard" cites PW Singer:

  • IF armed unmanned drones are used against legitimate military targets in, say, Pakistan
  • AND these drones are piloted out of the suburbs of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • THEN is a Pakistani 'radical' car bomb in the Walmart parking lot outside that Air Force base in Las Vegas an act of terrorism... or a legitimate act of military retaliation?

The whole article is worth reading.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011