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Comment Re:writers (Score 5, Informative) 288

It's not the writers. There are lots of writers in Hollywood who would love to write original stories, and original film ideas get pitched all the time. The suits at the studios often just don't want to take the risk with something new and original because sequels and remakes come with built-in name recognition and are a safer way to ensure a film will make money. Writers have to make a living, so they take whatever jobs they can get, and often that means writing tired, unoriginal sequels and remakes because those are the only jobs available.

Comment Re:Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+? (Score 3, Insightful) 456

You don't lose access to Gmail (or Docs, Calendar, Blogger, or any other Google service that doesn't require Google+) if you're banned from Google+. The only way you can get a full Google-wide ban is if you're caught breaking a Google-wide policy such as spamming or illegal activity. They've also changed their policy so they give you fair warning to change your username before they lock your account, and there's an appeals process in place to get your account back if you do get banned for using a fake username.

They also won't ban you just because your name doesn't match your birth certificate. They're only locking accounts for people who are using obviously fake names.

There's a long blog post from a Google VP that goes into a lot of detail on the issue here:

Comment Re:Steam Objector (Score 1) 159

X3: Terran Conflict still has its DRM listed on the Steam page. It's the last item on the list under "Game Details", on the right-hand column:

3rd-party DRM: TAGES(TM)
5 machine activation limit

All of the other games I've checked that I know have 3rd party DRM also have it listed.

I do agree that it would be nice if Valve would make a stand on 3rd party DRM, though. Steam makes 3rd party DRM redundant, so it's incredibly obnoxious when a game on Steam comes bundled with other DRM software (not that most DRM isn't obnoxious anyway).

Comment Re:I played the closed beta... (Score 1) 60

That's a bug that they fixed a long time ago. They also changed the training mode since then so you don't have to go through basic control training if you're already an experienced player. Now, you just have a quick little obstacle course that determines whether you understand some basic techniques like rocket jumping, and then it puts you into a quick 10-minute bot match (the difficulty of which is based on how many obstacles you were able to pass in the obstacle course), to determine your skill placement, so it can match you up against players of similar skill.

Comment Re:Coming to a disaster near you. (Score 4, Informative) 452

On top of that, all of Western Digital's performance-tuned "Caviar Black" line of drives are now carrying 5-year warranties (in addition to their enterprise-class and Raptor drives, which have always had 5-year warranties). I used to be a big Seagate fanboy and only bought their drives when possible, but lately I've been a lot more impressed with Western Digital's product lineup. My next hard drive purchase will probably be WD.

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