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The Almighty Buck

UK Video Game Tax Cuts Sabotaged? 123

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-wonder-if-it-rhymes-with-shmactivision dept.
ninjacheeseburger writes "Develop recently published an article claiming that the UK government was put under pressure by one of the biggest game companies in the world to cancel planned tax breaks for video game developers. This company had apparently viewed game tax relief as a measure that would have given the UK an unfair advantage over other nations."

Comment: Re:My question is... (Score 1) 215

by courtjester801 (#32294180) Attached to: Benchmark Software For Windows 7 Rollout?
I'll admit that the Dell cases have gotten better than they were 2 or 3 years ago, but "screw-less" isn't entirely accurate. Adding or replacing 5.25 drives, floppy drives, power supplies, main boards, and some other components (front usb boards, as an example) still require the use of a handy screwdriver. The only thing the Dell cases have really done is made it easier to open and replace pci cards and sometimes hard drives depending on which particular footprint and case you're dealing with. Overall the added non-benefit of making the cases themselves more fragile seems to not be worth it, imho.

Comment: Re:Hunters.. (Score 1) 1010

by courtjester801 (#31276282) Attached to: iPad Will Beat Netbooks With "Magic"

To make a car analogy: if someone is so incapable of using a car that they can't shift gears without fucking it up, they don't need a car mechanic, they need to be kept the hell away from cars period.

No, what they need is an automatic transmissions and to be kept away from manual transmissions. Unless it's a rental, then they need the rental insurance; and possibly a video camera mounted somewhere for shits and giggles.

Comment: Re:Broaden their test base (Score 1) 199

by courtjester801 (#31191300) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms Update-Linked BSODs Required Compromised Machines
They can't win this one. If they add what amounts to a minor virus scan to the start of any patch installation, you force the user to wait X+Y minutes and interrupting their work (or play, or whatever); If they don't, the end user only has to wait X minutes, but with a minor potential for a BSOD. I pity the person that does a fresh install and downloads all eleventy billion patches that require reboots in between.

Had the users done their own regular and updated virus scanning, this likely wouldn't have been an issue.

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

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