Wozniak Predicts Horrible Problems With the Cloud
You are very much and sadly correct.
I have, every time the revised TOS pops up, hit "decline". If I try to start one of the games I actually have currently installed I get the pop up. Hit "decline" and it closes down. The games are not launchable. I haven't tried to reinstall anything I have purchased from them, but just downloading and installing a game I purchased will, I assume, not even be possible without agreeing to the new TOS. Of course, even if I could install one, I would not be able to play it anyway.
I've been going back and forth with Steam Support on this and not getting any definitive explanations to my questions. The only thing I am told is that unless I agree I cannot access any Steam services. Sure makes me feel robbed to not be able to access the games I paid them for already. Not like I use them to play online or intend to ever again make a purchase from them, so they can cut me off from using any of their services aside from being able to access the games I paid them for.
I have also sent some emails from Valve's contact page. Gabe Newell is on vacation until the 24th of this month. I wrote an email to one of the points of contact he recommended in his vacation auto-reply. Haven't heard anything back yet, but it hasn't even been 24 hours at this point.
Diablo III Released
There is Open Mule.
It runs on Windows and Macs...There is an announcement about a coming Linux version, but that was back in 2007. So might very well be that no one is actively working on the game anymore.
Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game
In case there are Elite fans out there who haven't heard of it; check out Oolite http://www.oolite.org/.
It's an open source version that is nicely done. Available on Linux, MacOS & Windows.
AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves
I think the main reason they don't throttle the customers with the limited plans is that they very much wish to see those people go over the limit so they can then charge them for additional usage.
Self-Guided Bullet Can Hit Targets a Mile Away
Does it even need to be a person?
Perhaps that part of the job can be done by a small treaded bot or a drone eliminating any personnel needing to get close to the target.
Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry
Or trying to pay off some huge karmic debt.
Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer
My friend, glad you received a 5 rating, but I truly believe it should be as Insightful. Not Funny.
I too hate being called a "consumer". I am a bloody citizen.
In my opinion, you said it perfectly. My hat is off to you, Sir.
New Plan Lets Top HS Students Graduate 2 Years Early
I like the idea of this program.
I hated HS and would have done anything to get out early.
In the end, as there was no early out, I simply dropped out of HS entirely. A bit thereafter I took the insanely easy GED exam, got my paper and started at my local community college in what would have been my senior year in HS.
I don't regret that decision. Never have. And once you have your BS/BA no one cares about your HS history.
Does Santa Hate Linux?
Cthulumas. The most dreaded time of year.
Farmville, Social Gaming, and Addiction
Something I have noticed which is odd is that the games use "their" when a new posting has come up.
"...got a big ol' reward for being such a great farmer and wants to share their success with you"
If these games have access to users' personal information you'd think they'd know enough about each user to use "his" or "her" in place of "their."
The Web Development Skills Crisis
At will employment works both ways.
Companies can, and will, drop you at any moment without a reason given if it serves their needs.
Loyalty is earned. If a company doesn't value me and pay me/train me accordingly of course I will jump ship if I find what looks to be a better opportunity.