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Comment: I dunno Who asked for this (Score 1) 46

by Pluvius (#46538425) Attached to: Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze

My wife has a desktop with Debian 6 installed and it's nothing but trouble, crashes, dropped Internet connection, etc. What really sucks about it is that she likes to stay up late playing Tux Racer and whenever something goes wrong she wakes me up out of a good rest to fix it!

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tl; dr: Momma's got a Squeeze box, Daddy never sleeps at night

Comment: Re:Film Industry (Score 3, Interesting) 272

by Pluvius (#45182697) Attached to: The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

A better comparison is not with the Hollywood model of today, but with the model that existed in the early days of cinema--studios "owned" actors, directors, etc. under contract so that they could only make pictures for that studio. This made a lot of money for the studios but everyone else got peanuts and had their creativity stifled, a natural oligopoly arose, and mediocrity ruled the day. The system eventually was broken up by the Supreme Court under antitrust law and the studios felt extreme competitive pressure from television, leading to the freelance system we have now where studios compete to get the best stars by sharing profit, granting creative ownership, and so forth. We wouldn't necessarily need another Supreme Court ruling or another entertainment medium to fix the video-game industry, but doing so would probably still require some sort of collective action (e.g. a general strike by top game designers and writers).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_system

Rob

Comment: Re:An open system (Score 5, Insightful) 271

by Pluvius (#44952355) Attached to: Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

No, the very nature of the PC ecosystem keeps you from reselling what you paid for. Bootlegging PC games has been trivial for well over a decade even if you're only looking at optical-disc-based games. There's also the fact that you could never trust any used game with both a multiplayer component and a CD key (because how do you know the original owner isn't still using the key?) Those trust issues (not to mention the ease of piracy) made the PC used-game market essentially nonviable for years before Steam came out, and would continue to do so if Steam didn't exist. Especially since the publishers that are currently using Steam to lock down their games would continue to do so through similar methods.

Rob

Comment: Re: The Romans found out about lead (Score 1) 780

by Pluvius (#44491177) Attached to: NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

Hell, the medical community puts mercury into injections, and expect you to inject it directly into your blood steam.

You couldn't have shown less of an understanding of basic chemistry even if you had instead posted that the copious amounts of hydrogen we ingest every day puts us all in danger of spontaneously combusting.

Rob

Comment: Correct me if I'm wrong, but... (Score 1) 68

by Pluvius (#43256555) Attached to: IBM Dipping Chips In 'Ionic Liquid' To Save Power

...wouldn't this lead to exploits that are currently considered impossible due to the volatile nature of RAM? I'm thinking of something along the lines of those guys who jailbroke a mobile phone by putting it in a freezer. Not that this would be an insurmountable problem, but it is something to think about.

Rob

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