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Comment Re:Quarters (Score 1) 89

The pinball heyday was the same as the arcade heyday! Remember The Addams Family pinball? It came out in 92, and was the best selling pinball machine of all time. The 90's was fantastic for pinball! All the best machines (IMHO) are from that era. Unfortunately, as arcades got less popular, so did pinball. As time got tough for arcades, pinball unfortunately was the first to go since they were so expensive and difficult to maintain.

Comment Re:R.I.P., Mr. Kordek. (Score 2) 89

Small correction: As you stated, he didn't invent pinball (he wasn't THAT old), but he also didn't invent the flippers. What he did was put the two flippers at the bottom of the machine, and crank up the juice, so the ball can be flipped across the playfield to the top. Sounds insignificant, but it turned pinball from a pachinko style gambling device into a legitimate competitive game of skill.

Comment Re:I like the 'crippled' web - and conflated topic (Score 1) 468

How's that any different than a video game console? You can only run "approved" software on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. Does that mean these systems are also crippled? As long as they do what they say they'll do, then I don't have a problem. Sony removing "other OS" from the PS3 is a violation of that, and they should be severely spanked.

Comment Re:Two senses of "closed." (Score 1) 850

By Apple not licensing their DRM, they forced the music industry to sell mp3s so that other online stores could compete with iTunes (since iPods could only play non-DRM files and Fairplay DRM files). Once this became common place, Apple was able to (forced to?) remove the DRM from their own store.

Comment I'm confused (Score 0) 165

Scholars have known of the letter’s existence for more than 300 years, but not its contents. Apparently the only person who had really studied it was a Haverford undergraduate who spent a semester writing a paper about the letter in 1979. (Mr. Bos called the paper “a truly fine piece of work.”)

So did they know it existed or not? Is the news just that the letter is being returned to France? Big deal.

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