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Comment In the Future... (Score 5, Funny) 65

I can see it now:
Posted by JConnor on April 21, 2011, @08:45PM
Another Mechanical AI Made In LittleBigPlanet
John writes
"This new AI, playfully named Skynet, was created to help students in Africa reach for the sky and learn to play checkers. Support this effort by downloading the fun new application."

Comment Re:Asheron's Call already had this quest... (Score 2, Insightful) 249

I agree with you there, Sobrique. Not sure if you're American, but I am, and one of the fundamental issues I take with my culture is how violence, drugs, and language are all taken in stride, but woe be to whoever (whomever?) shows sexuality in a video game. Remember the uproar over Mass Effect's alleged "hardcore" sex scenes? The media jumped all over it just based on these rumors, while in reality there is just a bit of ass shown in the game. Never mind the hundreds of people you have the option of killing. Don't like the people in the Feros colony? Kill them all as soon as you get the chance!
In The Great Gatsby, there's one scene where the woman (I've forgotten her name) gets hit by a car, and the book details one of her naked breasts halfway torn off and flapping in the wind. This is considered an art form. In games, ANY mention of sexuality is immediately torn to shreds by the media.
I play games for the story, and hence I consider my games a form of entertainment [like movies, books, etc], not simply a toy. I guess my point is, moral issues should carry the same weight in any entertainment medium.

I've rambled on for far too long.

Comment Re:Isn't this usually a concern (Score 1) 583

Yes, this is definitely a concern with any optical drive.
Think about it. When you spin up a gyroscope, it will resist changes in it's orientation. Now, as far as I can tell, a spinning disc in a drive will act like said gyroscope. When you tilt it over, the disc will resist and pop out of the disc-gnomes' hands.
My opinion is, Microsoft SHOULD have put in the little bumpers TFA talked about regardless of the cost, but since the manual clearly states the console should not be turned around while playing a disc, the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the users.
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3 Firms Confess To Fixing LCD Prices, Agree To Pay $585M Fine 417

Oldyeller89 writes "LG, Sharp, and Chunghwa Picture Tubes pleaded guilty to charges of price fixing in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. They fixed the prices on LCD screens used not only in their products but also in other products such as Apple's iPods. The three companies agreed to pay $585 million in fines. Perhaps this will cause the price of our TVs to drop?" The New York Times also has a story on the outcome of this case.

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