Surely all these people who 'stole' several thousand dollars worth of MS Points would have purchased them, had they not been able to obtain them by generating codes, therefore Microsoft suffered financial damages.
I'm not super-old, but I really am amazed about the difference in generational attitudes about privacy.
I'd have to agree with you there. I'm not super old either; I've been out of college for about 10 years now. I recently had a discussion with some current college students about privacy and they casually said, "this is 2010, just accept the fact that you don't have any online privacy or any other privacy for that matter." These "kids" just don't seem to care anymore - as long as they get their energy drinks, marijuana, video games, and social media, life is good and there's nothing to worry about.
On the otherhand the handsets present a new playing filed where it looks like lockdown platforms are going to be the norm for a variety of reasons.
I'm just not seeing the benefit of watching movies on a sub-4" screen. Movies on a "handset." Am I just an outlier, or is this the 'in' thing right now?
I have one of these fancy android handsets with a big (4.3") screen and I don't use it to watch movies yet. Mine even has an HDMI output. The only problem for me is that I'd be lucky to be able to watch an entire movie without the battery running out. I could always plug the charger in, but then what would I do if I was watching a movie and I got an incoming phone call? There is a benefit to not have all you devices bundled into one.
That is why even diesel locomotives run a generator and use electric motors to haul a train.
It's certainly *a* reason, but not the only reason. Electric motors are easier to control (think traction management) and they also eliminate the need for a complex transmission.
Clean, renewable energy is the way of the future.
Though it's nice to have and good for the environment, we don't even need 'renewable' energy. Safe and clean nuclear energy technology that produces very little waste already exists and has been proven. Any waste can be safely managed, but for some reason clean and safe nuclear power generation does not seem to be much of a priority.
"We don't want new sources of energy that are going to make the greenhouse gas problem even worse," House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said in a recent interview.
Despite CA getting tons of attention by being 'clean' and having stringent air quality laws, Big Oil still has a huge presence there and operates several refineries.
Why do politics always have to get in the way of real progress?
"An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of code." -- an anonymous programmer