Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 12:57 UTC
Google Without giving any detailed information, Madfinger Games announced that because the piracy rates of their game Dead Trigger were so high on Android, they made the game available for free. This sucks balls. I'm interested in more detailed statistics, especially where, exactly, the piracy rate is highest, considering you can only get paid Google Play applications in 31 countries, and then, often only with a credit card (which many people outside of the US don't have and/or use). It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if those piracy rates mostly come from places without paid applications support and/or with lousy payment options. In any case, Google needs to get its act together with the Play Store.
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RE[6]: What about kids?
by Alfman on Tue 24th Jul 2012 01:35 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: What about kids?"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Bobthearch,

"Cash is easily lost, stolen, and destroyed. Take a vacation or make a major shopping trip to town and you'd have to have hundreds, or thousands, of dollars in cash. Who carries that much cash around nowadays?"

Ah yes, but who has a credit card and hasn't been denied transactions on the card due to "suspicious activity" while on vacation? I've been seeing more and more of these false positives in recent years.

Once I even had my ATM account disabled and I could not withdraw money to pay my rent. This was on a friday and I called my bank to beg them to access my own money and they refused to do anything about it until monday...needless to say, my rent was late and I was extremely upset. But that's the truth, if you don't have cash, your money is at the whim of somebody else.

And you can't even blame the companies for eyeing purchases with such suspicion, so called "identify theft" is rampant given the inherent insecurity behind our payment systems in the US. Use the card at a restaurant, it can be trivially copied with a pen, smartphone camera, or even carbon paper. There are even reports of credit card skimmers at gas stations and ATMs where the credit card is copied without ever leaving your hand. This is because US credit cards are stuck in the past, decades behind state of the art cryptography.

Who knows when the US will finally adapt secure charge cards? Probably when they finally come around to using metric [/sarcasm].



"It's especially difficult, or at least inconvenient, to even buy gas (petrol) without a Visa/Mastercard since any modern station has pay-at-the-pump. Many stations ~only~ have pay-at-the-pump, especially late at night."

Really? I've seen the exact opposite, here in new york state many gas stations are encouraging cash use because high merchant fees on card transactions are skimming away at profit margins.

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RE[7]: What about kids?
by Bobthearch on Tue 24th Jul 2012 01:49 in reply to "RE[6]: What about kids?"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

I don't disagree with any of your comments on credit card security. While I've never had a card shut off in mid-transaction, I've seen it happen.

re gas stations: If you're paying cash at many stations you have to go in, wait in line, and pre-pay for fuel. Then after fueling you have to go back in, stand in line again, and wait for change or a receipt.

By comparison, using the card at the pump is very fast and easy. Furthermore, it protects the station owners from drive-offs (people pumping fuel and not paying).

And, as I mentioned, many stations are unattended at night (some stations don't have clerks at all) and the only way to get fuel is by inserting a Visa/Mastercard at the pump.

As a result, you really need a card for traveling. You can't even make a motel reservation, even if paying cash, without giving a credit card number. Pretty sure airline tickets and rental cars are the same situation.

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RE[8]: What about kids?
by Alfman on Tue 24th Jul 2012 02:46 in reply to "RE[7]: What about kids?"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Bobthearch,

"re gas stations: If you're paying cash at many stations you have to go in, wait in line, and pre-pay for fuel. Then after fueling you have to go back in, stand in line again, and wait for change or a receipt."

Regarding convenience factor, you're absolutely right.

Edit: wasn't thinking about New Jersey, where by law all gas stations are full service - the attendant has to pump the gas. He can accept cash as easily as a card.

"And, as I mentioned, many stations are unattended at night (some stations don't have clerks at all) and the only way to get fuel is by inserting a Visa/Mastercard at the pump."

Many gas stations here close up their shops at night, but they still have staff sitting at the cash window when the pumps are on in the middle of the night. Maybe it's a state law that pumps cannot be left unattended?


"As a result, you really need a card for traveling. You can't even make a motel reservation, even if paying cash, without giving a credit card number."

I believe I have, but I won't deny it's useful to have at least one charge card. I honestly wouldn't consider going on a vacation without some other form of payment, even if just as backup. I simply don't trust they'll work when I need them to. Many street/carnival/stadium vendors still can't accept cards, if you're into those kinds of things.

Anyway, I found my US credit card worked in restaurants and shops while I was in europe. The B&B's that we stayed at would only accept cash, it's just different norms.

Edited 2012-07-24 02:51 UTC

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RE[8]: What about kids?
by zima on Fri 27th Jul 2012 09:36 in reply to "RE[7]: What about kids?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

re gas stations: If you're paying cash at many stations you have to go in, wait in line, and pre-pay for fuel. Then after fueling you have to go back in, stand in line again, and wait for change or a receipt.
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And, as I mentioned, many stations are unattended at night

There is no 1st step around here. Besides, I bet that fuel stations want you to come to the cashier - because you can be drawn to buy some food or drink or snacks along the way ...I think that's even more profitable for them. Especially during the night, when they are one of the very few shops open, basically no other choices.
Not like paying with debit card for that isn't common.

Now, some ~unmanned fuel stations of course accept cards at the pump ...and cash (insert banknote, the pump gives you its amount of fuel in return); usually at supermarkets.

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