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Boss is furious and not caring anymore they hand it to our sysadmin who performs a simple restore OS (5 minutes, tops) and the phone is in perfect working order again. He pointed out that humidity can trip those moisture sensors since the air is in fact moist (our humidity hovers around 100% the entire summer) so that sensor is likely tripped on every phone in the area. Not sure that's true, but wouldn't it be handy for the companies to have such an easy way to deny repairs they would have to do otherwise?
Heck, Uwe Boll tried to promote a movie via parody of 9/11, so I feel safe in saying there's no low a marketing agency won't stoop to if they think it will grab people's attention. I can even see completely innocent groups attempting tie-ins that even go so far as to try and cast doubt on their own innocence for the sake of buzz. Remember, this is a story about a company saying a movie series that likely had over a billion dollars in sales (tickets, DVDs, licensed products) made no money and is saying it with a straight face; conventional logic has no place here.
As to the latter example, simply have a mechanism where they can call on a rights holder to prove they're still around either by recent public appearance or appearance before the court. Put in a certain "cooldown" time (a year or so from their last appearance) to prevent people from harassing a creator with constant defenses and away you go.
Also, my utter lack of faith in humanity says that particularly unscrupulous individuals would "arrange" things so that an author who didn't want to sell the rights to their work would have the creator killed and poof! Public domain now for me to create my crappy movie and destroy the work. While I wish I could believe that people would never sink so low, this IS an article about movie studios trying to claim a major film trilogy made NO money at all. If they thought they could get away with it and make money, I don't doubt that some of them would do it.
I can see a 20 year period after death being reasonable as any children they had should be grown capable of self-support by then and the incentive of making a derivative work of something 20 years old will often lose its allure unless it's a seminal work of culture in which case that's EXACTLY the compact society has made with the creator...we get the stuff back to inspire the next generation of creators. The current system we have is simply abusive of society as a whole though.
http://www.walloftext.info/2009/01/mythic-was-right-no-official-forums.html An interesting way to do an announcement at least...
televised over the internet - means that the television is going out over the Internet to computer endpoints. That the television SET is often abbreviated as television is simply laziness and a bastardization of the language, not that the usage in the summary is incorrect.
Back on topic, it is sad to see projects get shut down. I skimmed a few EGMs and every once in a while they would have some tidbit of information early. Still those exclusives were few and becoming farther between as more and more publishers shifted to the online format. As has been said many times already, print isn't the best way to reach most gamers these days, and that trend isn't going to suddenly reverse itself.
Still, good thoughts and well-wishes to those who've been adversely affected by this and their families.
"Real life driving is not like a racing game, and I'm quoting a judge on this one"