"Isn't MSN and Skype supposed to be merged??"
Indeed, however, it was possible to keep using the MSN client, if you - like myself - loathed the Skype client for the buggy, cumbersome, un-intuitive piece of poo that it is. I'm not sure if the Skype and MSN infrastructure was merged, though, but since they're now announcing a shutdown I suppose it wasn't.
Mostly I just can't throw tech that works perfectly well away. So I end up with X graphics cards, processors, etc in closets everywhere and a ton of old IDE drives with "backups" on them.
Plus I actually own a stereo that doesn't stream from the network, isn't surround, doesn't have have any USB ports or anything else digital, simply because the amplifier is the first major purchase I ever made in my life and it (still after 20+ years) has completely unrivaled sound.
I guess printers should be on that list, too, since they see use like twice a year maybe and I could just print at work.
Nowhere does it say that Nokia cannot leverage it's patent portfolio and make a business out of that. The operative word in the Commission statement is "illegal". Being a patent-owning business (and nothing else) is not illegal, nor is licensing the property for considerable fees. Heck, suing for profit isn't either. So the actual value of this statement is minor.
I wish they wouldn't shut down iGoogle. I have been using this as my default browser page ever since it was introduced (I think), and I'm really happy with it. It lets me put everything I use most often and some handy newsfeeds that keep me informed during the work day all in one place. I really dont understand why they'd nix it, especially since it doesn't seem like it's a big ressource draw.
"The so called exploit was in fact an error on ArenaNet's side, leaving weapons at a low price from some vendors. Players saw this and started making profits buying and selling the items. Should players be penalized for errors committed by the game developers?"
That's the very definition of an exploit - you notice something odd that is probably not supposed to be this way, you realize you can get some sort of advantage out of it, and then you repeatedly go back for more. All exploits (almost anyway) are based on some error a developer made, so the seeming outrage of the submitter is in a word idiotic. The fact that this was an obvious error makes it even worse.
Truth is it's probably not worth it to file a suit, but if you can afford the fees and such and dont much care about the financial side of it, it's a good way to get peace of mind. If you dont want to be out of pocked, all you can do is take it as a life lesson and next time you get password reset emails, act on them. Personally I would take the "Half a month of hosting as a good faith gesture" as a slap in the face and give em hell for it.
My initial question would be what happens when a hurricane lands near a 2600 foot tower perched on a giant greenhouse? Somehow the mirrors (concentrators) and water/oil tank configuration of solar power seems like a more resilient structure, if only for the fact that the mirrors are smaller and closer to the ground and you dont need a massively tall tower.