If ISPs would actually start to take action against the users whose systems make up the botnets, we would see this activity reduced. However it is more profitable for the ISPs to not do so.
Nothing wrong with you being modded down when your wrong
Actually, there is, because there is no down moderation for "wrong" or "disagree". Some people get moderator points and seem to feel otherwise...
which in turn is degraded into another enzyme
which in turn is degraded by another enzyme
It makes no sense for a product of alcohol degradation to become an enzyme on it's own.
Is it like iTunes for FPS games?
Pretty much, yes. Specifically games that people who are hard core into FPS consider to be "vintage" or "classic" - even though said games are many years younger than Wolfenstein, Doom, or even Quake. People who are big fans of it see it as a great gift to be able to buy Half-Life for $8 even though they bought it for $40 the first time, then bought the first special edition of it the year after for another $40, and the uber-mega-titanium-coated-diamond-edition of it the third year for another $60.
For the most part, it is a way for a company to extract a little more money from a large number of gamers who like to keep buying the same thing repeatedly.
And yes, I know I will be lucky to not be moderated down for this. Bombs away.
For crying out loud in the dark, man, can't someone make a pure geek joke now and then?
I didn't realize that fashion critique now counts as geek humor.
Also, 9/11 "hijackers" also threw their wallets out the window just split second before hitting the WTC building 7. Oh, wait.
Do you mean they were on Mitt Romney aircraft? Holy shit, the conspiracy is deeper than we thought!
...the regular use a browser on a computer web site is getting worse all the time as well.
Actually my experience - using Firefox in Linux - has not changed much in some time, and I am glad to say that. Indeed it generally does tend to only get worse around here but it has been quite some time since I noticed any changes.
I will say that when I used konqueror I found that even very simple tasks like changing my account settings could have catastrophic results leading to browser crash.
Charging authors to publish is not much better than charging people to read the articles
Every journal I am aware of that uses any kind of peer review process does this. This system, however, is a lot cheaper. I recently publised in PLoS ONE and I had to pay around $1,500 for that. I really hope these guys can keep their publication costs down and manage to acquire some prestige so they get indexed in relevant places.
What we truly need is a system that is paid for by universities, cooperatively, that allows anyone to submit a paper and allows anyone to download as many or as few papers as they would like.
Some journals have tried that - look at the institutional memberships at PLoS (my institution is not a member) and BioMedCentral for example - the problem with that though is that memberships like that would usually be paid for by the school libraries and quite nearly every school in this country is trying to reduce their library expenditures.
Truth has always been found to promote the best interests of mankind... - Percy Bysshe Shelley