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Comment What food crisis? (Score 5, Insightful) 107

No, seriously. There is no food crisis. As a species we have a food distribution problem, and a food wastage problem and they're rather shocking at that, but we really have no issue with feeding the population of earth today without resorting to eating genetically modified photosynthetic aphids. Now, a long term lack of motor fuel, is a problem, but aphids don't really solve that either. Mind you, this is scientifically interesting, but there really is no need to tie every technically interesting scientific discovery to the end of the world. Believe it or not, some of us like science for science's own sake.

Comment Re:Recourse (Score 1) 443

It doesn't work like this. When you change your name, you don't abandon all obligations. If that was the case, all GM would have had to do to get out of their financial problems was change the name on the corporate offices to "Specific Motors" and then say "Oh, well, GM is still a brand owned by us". Come on.

Comment Re:Bittersweet (Score 2) 184

The problem isn't that the manned program is not valuable, but that it's not funded or organized well enough to actually provide a return on investment. If you refused to give the planetary scientists anything bigger than a sounding rocket, the unmanned programs would look pretty worthless too. Understand that all the progress we've made since the 70's with mars probes could be done in one week with a manned mission -- and if it was done spacex style, it could be done on something close to the current budget. Hell, look at some of the alternative proposals that private industry came up with in the 70's for the shuttle, which were discarded in favor of the reference design shuttle.

Comment Hey look! An Ebay Auction. (Score 4, Insightful) 114

I hate to be that guy, but is this marketing spam? I mean, it's not like it's some lost version of the game or some unreleased sequel. Its a late prototype of a widely released game that may or may not have the exact same ROM on it as the one that shipped. Rare? Yes. Interesting to anyone other than an high level (read:obsessive) collector? I doubt it.

Comment Good Luck (Score 5, Insightful) 123

Putting an end to Gamestop's business model is exactly what the publishers intended to do when they started moving to digital downloads. Add to that the DMCA which makes it illegal to circumvent such practices and the non-existence of the right of first sale for digital goods and Gamestop is up a creek without a paddle. And as much as I dislike Gamestop, so are we.

Comment Re:It's still a Dell. (Score 1) 218

No doubt that ASUS has no reputation for good customer service -- but I've been fortunate enough to not have to deal with them, yet. That said, Dell's consumer level CS is incredibly bad too. Their business class CS, however, was, as of last year, still really solid. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Dell server, or even a desktop for employees, but I wouldn't touch their laptops with a ten foot pole. After all, the best warranty is the one you never use.

Comment It's still a Dell. (Score 1, Informative) 218

I'll be honest, I haven't given a Dell laptop a serious look in years, but I handled tons of them through the late 2000's and the build quality was so poor that I really don't even look at their equipment anymore when picking a laptop for myself or someone else. I don't know if they've changed recently, but I haven't heard anyone make that claim. It doesn't matter to me what OS ships with the hardware if the hardware itself is flimsy. A laptop that won't bend, crack or break at the hinges within a few weeks is worth a $50 premium, IMO.
I actually feel that Asus and Toshiba build much nicer laptops at about the same price point, but I'm sure someone will disagree (after all, this is /.)

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