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  • FCC killed net neutrality. What does it mean for gamers?

    Quizzical said:
    Don't assume that if there are a ton of regulations imposed, they'll be the regulations you want.  Comcast can afford to hire a lot of lawyers and lobbyists.  A small ISP that only serves one market can't.  Who do you think that the regulations will be written to favor?

    When regulation really took off in the United States in the 1930s, the effect in many industries was killing off a lot of small businesses and pushing consolidation of industries into fewer, larger businesses.
    Removing net neutrality was heavily lobbied by large ISPs like Comcast.

    By your own logic, that was a decision written in favor of heavily lobbying large ISPs and is likely to kill off a lot of small ISPs that didn't have power to affect that decision.
    Asm0deusPhry
  • Premium Currency to be Introduced in Early 2018 - Crowfall - MMORPG.com

    Kyleran said:
    Potential problems with this model? Here's a big one.

    "How will ACE prevent the guild leaders from embezzling the funds in the guild wallet?

    The guild wallet is owned by the guild leader, and they can't embezzle what they own. To be clear: the contents of the guild wallet are considered to be owned by the guild leader.

    Be careful who you trust."
    While it's a potential problem, I for one think it's a good solution. A clear rule means people will better know what to expect.
    JamesGoblin
  • UPDATE: Crytek Files Copyright Infringement Suit, Cloud Imperium Responds - Star Citizen News

    Vrika said:
    Talonsin said:
    Hurray for crowdfunded money being used to settle legal issues due to bad management!
    That does present a whole other strand of hairy to this: if the settlement or judgement rendered does say "CIG, you folks intentionally broke the agreement and as such you owe Crytek X amount of money" ...  Do backers owe that money?  Should CIG and the employees responsible pony up that cash separate of backer funds?

    If this does end in a settlement or judgement against CIG, it will be an important legal point for all crowdfunded projects to take note of.

    Personally feel that intentionally misleading or committing acts that would create such a liability should not be assessed against the fund pool backers have contributed.  If it could be reasonably decided that CIG acted out of innocent ignorance but still violated the agreement, backer money should be used to cover such settlements or judgements.
    1. Backers don't owe anyone anything. They already paid when they made their purchase, and won't need to pay extra no matter what happens.

    2. There is no special pool of backer money. After a backer transfers the money to CIG, it's CIG's and will be used to pay for CIG's expenses, including paying Crytek for possible damages

    3. CIG's owners, managers, and employees don't need to pay anything. In some cases it's possible that owner/manager/employee must pay compensation because they've caused damages, but that's normally only when someone has committed a crime or ignored their responsibilities. Making bad decision while working - even if those decision leads to the company breaking agreements - is not serious enough that you'd need to pay for those damages personally.
    I wasn't implying that backers would be required to shell puts extra cash for this.  The pool I mentioned is simply the funding received, not that I think they've taken the funder money and put it in a room or account somewhere and aren't touching it.  I'm saying, should the courts order CIG to pay damages, should CIG be allowed to use the funds garnered from crowdfunding to pay that (as well as the lawyer fees associated), or should CIG be expected to fund that separately?

    That's why I quoted Talonsin.  Should backer funding be used to support a legal defense of a company breaking contract obligations, particularly if done knowingly?
    Yes. Legal expenses are also a part of the company's expenses.

    If it means that RSI goes bankrupt then the situation sucks for backers, but people will just have to be careful what they back.
    Octagon7711Torval
  • UPDATE: Crytek Files Copyright Infringement Suit, Cloud Imperium Responds - Star Citizen News

    Talonsin said:
    Hurray for crowdfunded money being used to settle legal issues due to bad management!
    That does present a whole other strand of hairy to this: if the settlement or judgement rendered does say "CIG, you folks intentionally broke the agreement and as such you owe Crytek X amount of money" ...  Do backers owe that money?  Should CIG and the employees responsible pony up that cash separate of backer funds?

    If this does end in a settlement or judgement against CIG, it will be an important legal point for all crowdfunded projects to take note of.

    Personally feel that intentionally misleading or committing acts that would create such a liability should not be assessed against the fund pool backers have contributed.  If it could be reasonably decided that CIG acted out of innocent ignorance but still violated the agreement, backer money should be used to cover such settlements or judgements.
    1. Backers don't owe anyone anything. They already paid when they made their purchase, and won't need to pay extra no matter what happens.

    2. There is no special pool of backer money. After a backer transfers the money to CIG, it's CIG's and will be used to pay for CIG's expenses, including paying Crytek for possible damages

    3. CIG's owners, managers, and employees don't need to pay anything. In some cases it's possible that owner/manager/employee must pay compensation because they've caused damages, but that's normally only when someone has committed a crime or ignored their responsibilities. Making bad decision while working - even if those decision leads to the company breaking agreements - is not serious enough that you'd need to pay for those damages personally.
    Torval
  • Around the Verse - Exploring Gravlev Technology - Star Citizen Videos - MMORPG.com

    alloin said:
    Hey guys, is this game worth buying? I see a lot of comments on the performance, but I have one of the best possible computers available and have yet to test it's full potential. This game looks like a challenge!
    It's not worth buying at its current state.

    Star Citizen might become good game one day, or it might not, but currently it's not far enough in its development yet. There's too little content and many of the game mechanics are still missing. If you're looking to play now, you'll have to look elsewhere.


    Star Citizen has occasional free trial evens when everyone can log in and test the game for free for a couple of days. You might want to test the game out during one of those, and if you like the game buy it after testing. Just as long as you bear in mind that it's still years away from being finished.
    roalandOctagon7711