Quicktime is the exact reason why I run iTunes in its own Virtual Machine.
Quicktime is the exact reason that I have a dedicated VirtualBox VM just for iTunes.
Sure, it's a little larger than a standard iTunes installation, takes longer to start and the virtual USB driver doesn't always work, but it's infinitely less painful than having Quicktime on my system.
Shit like b.net is just built in DRM, so that when Blizzard inevitably closes their doors all their games cease functioning as well. So much for posterity.
The lack of LAN support for Hellgate London killed it dead overnight. Whether you loved it or loathed it, your only choice now is single-player. Me and my son used to really enjoy playing Hellgate London together, and now all we have is a couple of useless DVD's to stare at.
Since the closing of Hellgate, I haven't bought a single multi-player game that doesn't have LAN support - and that includes all MMO's and will now also include Starcraft II.
I have to agree with you here. My sons gaming machine (XP Pro) gets turned off every night because he's done using it. He'll be at school all day the next day and won't be home to use it again until 5 or 6pm. What's the point in keeping it turned on (or even hibernated) when it only gets used in the evenings?
And besides, when I go to shut it off I often have it do that "install updates and shutdown" routine, so that it's all patched up and ready for use the next day.
Similarly with my laptop (Vista Ultimate x64). I use it at home and take it to work every day. I don't hibernate or suspend it or anything else. I just shut it down, move it and then turn it back on again. It doesn't take 30 seconds to be ready for use and it's not as though I stare at it waiting for it to boot - I can read my Dilbert calendar while it's starting up
On the other hand, my wife leaves her Vista laptop running (not sleeping or hibernated) for weeks at a time, because she hates even the slightest delay when she wants to get something done.
I agree. Except for these few side-effects, everything is great for me after my vasectomy 5 years ago:
Seriously though, the only real downside is the inability to repopulate the world in my image after a cataclysm.
Heh, this discussion came up about a year ago in the ARPG "Hellgate:London".
The game is set in the London Underground, so naturally, there were posters *everywhere*, but some people didn't like it, because they felt they shouldn't have to pay a subscription fee to see adverts.
I thought that the use of real adverts in such a setting would have blended in perfectly, and could have been quite a good source of extra income for the publishers.
It's like people wanted fake subway adverts to create a sense of realism, when real adverts would have done the same thing.
Oh well, it's all water under the bridge now, for that game anyway...
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