UK Games Retailers Threaten Boycott of Steam Games
Actually I see the chances of being able to replay a game years down the line as INCREASED with things like Steam.
No more lost CD's/cd key since its part of your account. Better chance of support for games on new operating systems/Hardware, since if they make even a few bucks now and then from sales a publisher has incentive to keep those old titles compatible.
And worrying simultaneously about Steam becoming the de facto monopoly AND then going dark? So it's too successful and yet will die leaving you without access to your games? Doesn't seem likely. Not in any reasonable span of time anyways.
Basically I think if Steam dies at this point, it'll be far enough down the line that it'll be like complaining about nobody making stereos with 8-track tape support anymore - so you can't play all those nifty disco beats you picked up back in the 1970's. And thats something you risk just by using almost anything based on technology.
Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books
No DRM and multiple formats - you can download the book later in a different format if you change devices. I got an ipod touch, set it up so it can access their store using the Stanza e-reader software and download any book I had purchased from my wireless network.
Free library - usually offering the first book in a series (or back catalogue books) And authors have found their sales go UP when they offer the books this way for free.
Great price point - most books are 6 bucks, 15 dollar webscription gives you 5-6 books which combines 2-3 new books with 2-3 older ones.
Baen's webscriptions is the whole reason I got into ebooks - and I buy their monthly webscription every month and several package deals and individual books every year. I can get books immediately, carry a large amount around with me on a small device, and then read them whenever I get the chance. (30 mins reading when I'm on the subway, 10 minutes reading waiting for the dentist, etc)
They've even in the past released hardcover books that came with a CD full of ebooks. Getting some of these books free hasn't stopped me from paying them - it's in some cases gotten me introduced to authors I wouldn't have tried if I had to buy a 19.99 book - and then I've gone and bought all of their books after reading the one free one.
Traveler Detained for Anti-TSA Message
"Here's a short excerpt from the constitution of the People's Republic of China.
"Article 35. Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.
Article 36. Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief..."
Constitutions only work when the people in charge feel constrained by their content"
-- Actually I think their constitution is completely accurate - I'm sure most of their citizens WOULD enjoy freedom of religion, association, procession, and of demonstration. Of course the government would have to give it to them to find out for sure....