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Comment: Re:Yay DRM (Score 1) 93

by axl917 (#47214929) Attached to: Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

Is Steam stopping me from playing the games I purchased? No? Then I don't really care. Steam doesn't get in my way, and is quite convenient for installing a game on multiple computers (plus I don't have to keep track of disks). Find something worth complaining about.

Yes Steam is probably the best, most consumer-friendly DRM distribution system around, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't care at all. Unless you are happy having all your games rendered unplayable if Steam goes offline / Valve goes out of business. In the scale of a year that's unlikely, but in 10? 50? Quite apart from the legitimate short-term disadvantages, I think in 50 years we will look back on this period of time in the same way we view the lack of archiving of television in the mid-20th century, as a massive unnecessary black hole in our cultural history.

In 50 years, I highly doubt you'd wish to come down from whatever advanced technology we will have to play games on x86 architecture, any more than I have a desire to dust off my Atari VCS and play pong.

Comment: Re:Will he still be an egomaniac? (Score 4, Insightful) 193

by axl917 (#46725427) Attached to: Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Yes, Colbert is much, much more than the faux-O'Reilly persona he's affected in recent years. All the work he did on the Daily Show...I recall the "Even Steven" segment he did with Steve Carell was rather brilliant.

I feel a bit bad for Craig Ferguson. He's a great comic but his shtick is a bit out there at times, and much less scripted and structured than I think CBS wanted for the prime night-time slot

Comment: I no longer flash lights to warn of speed traps (Score 1) 457

by axl917 (#46173871) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

I really hate to fall on "what if?" arguments, but I on the local radio here they have a lawyer ( shoutout to russmanlaw.com ) on to answer listener's legal questions, and one time one posed a question very much like the situation here. His response was, "what if the person you warn is actually doing something bad? "

What if they are driving drunk and the flash snaps a tiny bit of sense into them, long enough to slow down a bit and drive straight, but as soon as they pass the cop, are off and weaving again.

What if there's an Amber Alert in the area, and the guy you flash those beams to has a kid in the trunk? What if you prevented him from getting pulled over for speeding, when the cops would've seen or heard...

I know it's logically fallacious and one-in-a-million, but I couldn't live with myself if I found out something bad happened because of it. The only downside of not warning oncoming drivers is that maybe they get ticketed.

That I can live with.

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".

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