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Comment Re:They could have at least handed it off to someb (Score 1) 290

The problem is that they closed City of Heroes, which had free-to-play and monthly subscription options... to what... make us play Guild Wars 2, which is free-to-play (after you buy the game), and has no monthly subscription fees?

That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.


James Bond Film Skyfall Inspired By Stuxnet Virus 187

Velcroman1 writes "No smartphones. No exploding pens. No ejector seats. No rocket-powered submarines. 'It's a brave new world,' gadget-maker Q tells James Bond in the new film Skyfall. The new film, released on the 50th anniversary of the storied franchise, presents a gadget-free Bond fighting with both brains and brawn against a high-tech villain with computer prowess Bill Gates would be envious of. What inspired such a villain? 'Stuxnet,' producer Michael G. Wilson said. 'There is a cyberwar that has been going on for some time, and we thought we'd bring that into the fore and let people see how it could be going on.'"

Comment So just patent the test... (Score 1) 85

Ok, I'm sure I'm missing something here.

But I don't see where a specific test can't be patented to determine if a gene is present, without patenting the gene.

If someone else comes up with a different way to detect that gene, then they wouldn't be in violation of the patent.

Comment Re:Surely none (Score 1) 372

The thing is, he's not entirely wrong.

Look, back in the Golden Age of Comics (okay, back right after the Comics Code Authority was first put in place) you could find heroes upholding good honest American values (I am being mildly sarcastic here, trust me). Heroes always won, villains always lost, authority figures were respected, and so on.

But that's not the way comics are now. Look at the last few years of DC, for example. You have legions of super-zombies killing anyone and everyone around them (Blackest Night), entire cities being destroyed or severely messed up by the forces of evil (Final Crisis, and Infinite Crisis), and so on. Heck, lately DC has seemed to play by a "Anyone can die" rule, which included killing off the non-super-powered kid of Arsenal (along with thousand of other people in Star City at the time).

Marvel isn't much better, when it comes to apocalyptic mayhem, but they tend to confine it to the mutant books more often then not.

Throw in the standard art style of drawing every female character with the most common super-power (mega-boobs), and costumes that consist of two hankies and a piece of string.... and it's not horribly kid-friendly.

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