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Comment Lax Security (Score 1) 120

I work in retail, and we have vendors who work in plain, dirty clothes (maintenence vendors especially) all the time. They NEVER wear their nametags and sometimes don't even check in. I have told AP on more than one occasion what a stupid idea it is to let them go unchecked, most of the areas they work in are right next to our stockroom. I'm just waiting for someone to walk back there and walk out with a handful of stuff, never even questioned.

Comment Re:Demographic Shock (Score 1) 231

Somewhat true, but I would say whichever is the easiest platform to develop for gets the shovelware. This is the reason we see My Little Pony and ZhuZhu Pets on the Wii instead of the notoriously hard to develop for PS3. We get movie games even on the beefier consoles because large movie companies can pay the extra dollar to make it happen.

Comment Demographic Shock (Score 2, Insightful) 231

The Nintendo Wii and various versions of the handheld DS have outsold everything else so powerfully that companies are now forced to rethink their previous strategy of better hardware = better console. Given those factors and that the casual and 'family' gaming market has vastly overshadowed every other demographic and It's easy to see how the entire gaming landscape has changed since the PS2/XBOX/Gamecube generation. One rather bad downside to this trend is that shovelware is surging in this current generation, and has caused me to even stop buying games for my Wii. It's all obscure JRPG nonsense or movie games / shovelware. I haven't played my Wii in several months and do not plan to anytime soon, if I can smuggle it away from the GF I will probably sell it off cheap to a family who eats that crap right up. In case you couldn't tell I'm a PC gamer, which seems to be the only remaining platform for deep and intricate games. Even this is slowly withered by everything now having to be tailored for both the PC and consoles which usually leaves the PC port with the short end of the stick.
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Microsoft Leaks Windows 7 RC Date — Before May 5 321

CWmike writes "Microsoft will deliver a release candidate of Windows 7 in about two weeks, the company's Web site revealed Saturday. According to a page posted on Microsoft's partner program site, Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) may be available to paying subscribers to Microsoft's developer and IT services before May 5. Partners will be allowed to download the release candidate on that date, the first Tuesday of the month. 'Partners: If you have a subscription to MSDN or TechNet, you can download Windows 7 RC now,' the page read Saturday afternoon. 'Otherwise, you can download Windows 7 RC starting May 5, 2009.' The link to the download, however, shunted users to the TechNet download page, which did not list Windows 7 RC as one of the available files. This is the second time in just over three weeks that Microsoft's Web site has leaked information about Windows 7 RC. Accidental, or buzz-builder?"

Comment Re:Time to emigrate (Score 0) 411

Do some of you even realize what you're saying? If you are doing an illegal activity (proven, questionable or otherwise put aside for now) you will be punished.

It's insane to me why everyone whines about the consequences when breaking the law, if you rip a game and share it over torrent with any sum of people you are clearly doing something illegal. Don't even argue back that your torrent usage is completely legit and you only download freeware, this might hold true for 1 of every 1,000,000 who say it. Stop trying to justify an illegal activity with cries about the how the government is snatching the right to privacy.

I am not necessarily against the idea of piracy, although I do not condone or solicit it, but the real bottom line is do it or don't. You have to weigh the consequences of breaking the law against getting off your ass and working to pay for that game.

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