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Comment Re:Windows Upgrades (Score 1) 570

PARANOID!
The "DRM" everyone goes on about is simply *support* to allow play DRM'd media that you couldn't otherwise. It doesn't add any additional locks.
Do P2P apps work properly? Yes.
Are there unexplained phone-homes? Probably for WGA, but that's true with XP too.
Can I still play out-of-region CDs? Yes.
Do I have to fight UAC like someone with Vista? Less so, though this has nothing to do with DRM and more to do with protecting your machine.
Can I copy any standard file type on to any standard media? Yes.

Presumable Daemon tools can be reinstalled and is just removed because the extra drives it installs have drivers that don't work with the upgrade process. It seems this is the norm with most other non-standard drivers for the vista-> 7 upgrade process

Comment Re:Is it just me (Score 1) 130

A couple of reasons spring to mind:
Use of the phone clients (iPhone, Android and soon to be Symbian)
Higher quality
Also while the P2P feature exists it isn't actually enabled yet (according to wikipedia) but I can imagine if/when it is, subscribers will be able to opt out of the service.


Obviously, if you don't think it's worth it, you don't have to subscribe, but to many people it is. And I presume as it grows in popularity the music collection on there will expand to provide some of those "mega bands" you mention. (Though quite why anyone would listen to Metallica is beyond me. Yawn.)

Personally I'd pay for this just for the ability to listen instantly on my phone and discover new artists as they are suggested to me while I'm out and about instead of having to pay for a track I find I don't like or go the illegal route and hunt around for a download and then wait for it to complete.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 407

Its sort of like a lot of drugs - its not illegal to take 'em, but its illegal to buy, sell, possess, or be under their influence. With DVDs, its legal to make a copy for backup, but its illegal to create a means of making that backup.

Doesn't taking them mean you both both possess them and are under their influence?

Comment Re:I always maintained blue ray was moot (Score 3, Informative) 685

To be fair I think that sounds like a one off, and a bit of an knee jerk response on your part. I've personally not noticed that issue with any HD films I've seen (though I've not seen 300 in HD, the film sucked enough in SD). Blade Runner, for instance, looks absolutely stunning, as does Planet Earth, and the Pixar films look gorgeous too.
I'd give it another go before I make my decision on one, very poor, film.
Additionally, I'd get your mate to check he hasn't turned the sharpness of the image on the tv way up as this can cause JPEG-esque blocky artifacts to appear.

Comment Re:Motion control doesn't work (Score 2, Interesting) 131

I expect it will have best effect when used as a combination of the controller and the motion sensing, i.e. for motion sensing leaning round from cover could be done fairly trivially wheras it obviously won't cut it for running across a battlefield.
How about casting spells in Oblivion style games etc. Having heard that Natal is capable of tracking 42 joints (or something) I don't think it's too hard to imagine casting different spells by using alternating hands and hand gestures. Maybe even something elaborate like drawing a shape in the air ala Black & White's gesture system for the more complicated to cast spells.
What about using hand signals to command your squad like the real army do? e.g. halt, herringbone formation etc.
I'm sure if I can churn out these ideas in just a minute of idle thought then they'll find some interesting ways of integrating them with FPS.

Comment Re:Terrible. (Score 1) 55

I can't actually view the page at work but I believe this should address your claim that

You loose the UMD so you loose access to all the cheap used games

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/59050
For those too lazy to click the link, or limited net access like me, Sony are planning on releasing a tool that will let you copy your UMD disks to the new PSP Go.

Comment Just logged in (Score 1) 409

And on the Home page I get this:

Terms of Use Update
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Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.
If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

Comment Amazon/Play/HMV/iTunes (Score 2, Interesting) 262

If it suddenly completely legal to download films and music and the artists/producers are getting their money through my tax, what incentive is there for me to go out and buy the CD/DVD/Mp3 from a brick shop or even from a digital content delivery site like iTunes?
Something tells me that these companys would have even bigger influence than our UK's MPIAA/RIAA (BMI?) in lobbying to get such legislation passed once it becomes apparent that *their* business model is under threat.
In the future I may welcome this, however at the moment, I do not think there's any way the money could be divided fairly between artists and considering the state of our economy at the moment, that's just too many lost jobs for the government to create.

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