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Comment Re:Bad summary (Score 1) 469

Yes, the functional difference between interrupted service and undelivered service is obvious. But the ethical difference is slim: If I have paid you for a good or service and you have accepted my cash and then fail to deliver what I paid for you have breached our agreement. If it is accidental, especially if it is for reasons beyond your control, then it is a bad thing, but certainly forgivable. But if I give you money, you accept the money and then say "Nope, I'm not going to deliver for a while because you said something I didn't like", that is as unethical as disabling a service I have paid for.

Comment Ebook available directly from O'Reilly (Score 1) 312

Following the affiliate link in the review will take you to Amazon. They don't provide a Kindle version. But if you go to O'Reilly's site you can get it in various DRM-free formats for your reader of choice. And yeah, I would prefer the paper version of a cookbook too. I just found it ironic that the only way to get a version for your Kindle was to NOT go to Amazon.
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Halo 3 Teaser Aired, Beta Signups Start 77

Gamespot reports on the airing of the Halo 3 Teaser trailer on Monday Night Football, and the beginning of signups for the Halo 3 beta at From the article: "[Yesterday] registration for the beta program began at the Halo 3 Web site. The beta will initially be open to North American gamers, and not everyone who applies is guaranteed a spot. To participate, gamers must have: a) An Xbox 360 with a hard-drive; b) A valid Xbox Live Gold subscription; c) A valid Microsoft. NET Passport account with a Xbox Live GamerTag linked to it." The teaser featured a mix of live-action and very impressive CG. It just didn't grab me in the same way that the trailer from E3 did, though. If you're interested in some more substantive information on the game, the folks at Ziff have been offering up information via the 1up Show.

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