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Formerly Classified Global Warming Spy Photos Released

posterlogo Re:The glaciers are retreating! (791 comments)

As a scientist, I find your post offensive. You act like we go around in gangs or something. But worse of all, you make broad statements without citing any sources, or indeed even mentioning any specifics. That is thoroughly unscientific, and it is statements like that that we rightfully run out of town.

more than 5 years ago
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Publishers Want a Slice of Used Game Market

posterlogo Can the publishers guarantee like-new quality? (664 comments)

If the publishers want a cut from resales, the assumption is that the product is as good as new. (This is why the used-car sale is often considered to be a flawed analogy). But what measures would they implement to guarantee the used product merits their cut of the revenue? Are they going to refurbish it? Are they going to restore the original packaging and manuals, etc? Are they going the guarantee that the disc will be free of scratches or other defects for a certain warranty period of time? If not, then indeed selling a used game (or DVD movie or music CD for that matter) is just the same as a used car or a used anything.

Of course, digital copies could truly put a dent in that reasoning. However, even then there should not be a cut of revenue to the publisher if the original user discontinues use of the product (so that it's not piracy). It's like someone re-selling artwork. Presumably it's in like-new condition if it was taken care of (on in some cases, would appreciate in value even if its condition deteriorates) -- but you wouldn't hear anyone talk of paying the original artist a cut of its resale value, now would you? From what I hear, book publishers are also gearing up for a fight in this arena. They have already been breathing down the neck of used-book stores, and now e-books are adding a new twist to the debate.

more than 5 years ago
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Will Mars be a One-way Trip?

posterlogo Re:One-way trip? Sure! (724 comments)

I actually tend to agree with you man... I think there are a lot of perfectly sane people who would easily take that opportunity.

more than 6 years ago

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Slashdot polls -- good idea, or useless?

posterlogo posterlogo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

posterlogo (943853) writes "Do people find the tagging system to be useful? How frequently do you make use of it? Often I find stories tagged "haha", which doesn't seem to be all that useful for finding something specific, since more than half the stories get this tag. Worse, lately there's been a lot of politicizing — tags like "liberalpropaganda" or "republicansarefuckingfacists". These appear to be just another way to make an anonymous coward statement. Do you like the tagging system?"
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posterlogo posterlogo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

posterlogo writes "The Art Lebedev Optimus project has announced pricing for the Optimus 103 keyboard (the one without color or the 10 extra launcher keys) — a whopping $1200. Ya, you read correctly. Apparently they're so optimistic, they think they can get 103 preorders: "By the way, on December 12 we are going to accept only 103 pre-orders (one hundred and three pre-orders) at a price of US$1200 with a shipping date about May 2007. Later on we'll start accepting more pre-orders at sub-1000 price with a shipping date around September 2007." Reactions from followers of the project range from "dissapointment" to "deceit" or "fraud", apparently because the original 113 key color version was supposed to be available within "the price of a decent mobile phone"."

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