Well, they can at least prevent them from being sold to minors.
That wasn't a joke. That was a prophecy.
Then I explain that I think those questions are irrelevant, and that I'm not just against gay marriage, I'm against marriage.
Why not say that in the first place instead of being an asshole and starting arguments by making yourself sound like a homophobe?
I have two systems I use.
For my servers, I use AMANDA with encrypted virtual tapes to do nightly backups. Shortly after the backups run, cron calls a shell script in order to copy the virtual tapes to an offsite location via rsync.
For my desktop PC, I don't need to back up as often, so I do a weekly backup via Windows Backup to a TrueCrypt volume on an external hard drive. When it's not being used to back up my PC, I keep the external hard drive at my office. I figure if something happens where both my office and home are destroyed, then at that moment I've got bigger problems to worry about than my data.
Just my $.02...
During my time at my last job (several years), we had several laptops stolen. Most were recovered using LoJack.
The only two off the top of my head that weren't recovered were one that was taken out of the country and were as such outside LoJack's ability to recover, and another that was never recovered because the people responsible claimed they never had it. (Which was complete BS, as LoJack had gotten screenshots of the laptop in use, specifically when the son who was using it was logged into his Facebook and university web accounts...)
Just my $.02...
It gets worse when you consider that (if I recall correctly), the patent was held by Creative Labs, and they waited until a month or two before the game was to be released to inform id of the patent. They essentially blackmailed id into putting EAX-specific features to avoid a lawsuit and delay the game's release.
I think you hit the nail on the head. There was a story on CNN the day before the price increase where analysts were predicting that Netflix's streaming content license fees were going to go from $180 million in 2010 to $1.98 billion in 2012.
In that case, if I was to start with a Ninth Doctor episode, I'd probably start with "Dalek". While "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" is a better story and has a much creepier premise, "Dalek" establishes the Daleks of the new series, reveals the basis of what happened between the old series and the new series...
Several still do exist, actually. In fact, the first three serials (including "The Daleks") are available in a box set called "The Beginning".
My only advice, though, is to remember two things: 1) "The Daleks" is rather slow and is best watched over multiple nights, and 2) the Doctor is not a very nice person in his first incarnation. It took a while for him to lose his arrogance and low regard for other people.
I had been considering that question, myself, and then decided that if I were to introduce someone to the show, I'd do so with a new series episode, and one that would give the newbie an idea of why kids used to watch the show from behind the sofa.
One word: "Blink."
Actually, MKvDCU aimed for a hard T rating from the get-go, thanks to a decree from DC Comics.
The game sold decently but it wasn't as big as this new MK. I put it down to two reasons: 1) it didn't have much outside the short story mode and arcade modes, and 2) the fans didn't really buy into the crossover. It didn't help that plans for DLC (Quan Chi and Harley Quinn as playable characters) were scrapped by Midway's bankruptcy.
I'll also agree with the wonders of Joystix. My girlfriend and I go there with friends every few months or so.
The two caveats I would make are that A) as it is a showroom and it is very popular, it gets pretty damn crowded in there after 9:30 PM or so, and B) they do repair/resell, so not everything is going to be working. Most of it is, but last time I went two of my favorite pinball machines (Bram Stoker's Dracula and Doctor Who) kept resetting themselves after a minute of play.
Still, like he says, there's a LOT of games there, including games I hadn't seen in ages. Time Traveler , anyone?
I happen to be the webmaster (really, sysadmin, but why quibble) of a popular Mortal Kombat fansite.
In the first "generation" of Mortal Kombat (MK 1-4), every one of the fighting games made their way to PC. As soon as the first of the second "generation" games was announced (Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance), we were bombarded with people asking about a PC version, because only console versions had been mentioned. We asked reps from Midway (including a head of marketing) at E3, and the reps told us they had no plans to make a PC version, as they had never made any money on the PC versions.
Between E3 and the game's actual release, the questions regarding the availability of a PC version only intensified, and many folks were irate that there were no PC versions. Then we got to thinking about it... we knew a lot of people had PC versions, but there was no money made on it? We knew the games had no DRM, so it wasn't hard for us to believe that a good chunk of the people who had gotten the PC version before (and were asking for it now) were pirates. In fact, one of our staff members actually caught out someone demanding a PC version admitting he pirated other game software...
So, yeah, I can say that the entire lack of MK for PC now is due to piracy. The earlier games got pirated all to hell and they never made money off those ports, so why bother porting if it's not worth the money?
Just keep in mind that it's not the original recording. Buckner & Garcia weren't allowed access to the master recordings so they re-recorded it. It's not any worse than the original... just slightly different in parts. The song "Mousetrap" is the most glaring example, as they didn't have access to a Mousetrap machine so they used stock sounds of a dog, cat, and bird...
Hope this helps...