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The Actual News was Boring...
...so they hype the internet cafe angle. The local papers reported this more properly as a crackdown on illegal gambling. The practice of renting computers is still perfectly legal (there are some places near Ohio State that students can use, most of them in copy shops instead of coffee shops) and will not be altered by the law.
Having been “designed for conversion”, and conversion having proved far more expensive than we expected, do we have any comeback against those companies that did the design?
Comeback with a sandwich?
Re: "A threat of legal action where lies are concerned is justified"
Generally you have to prove malicious intent and a reckless disregard for the truth. But as the reviewer accused the contractor of a criminal act, the courts will assume malicious intent, and place the burden on the reviewer to prove their side.
This case isn't as grey as many online review challenges because the accusation of a crime is a provable fact and not an opinion. Had the reviewer stuck to her opinion of the quality and scope of the work, then they would be legally protected, and winning a suit (and a pre-suit injunction) would be difficult.
I like Amanda Palmer, but I was with the musicians on this one. I applaud creating new business models, but it's got to be all business. Asking professionals to play for token amounts when work is hard enough to come by is not a sustainable business model, especially when everyone knows you took in a decent pile of cash to meet expenses before the tour even gets started.
Re: In fairness
And to be fair, Asus is still managing to make the Google Nexus 7 for the same price as a Kindle Fire HD.
Re: In fairness
If you look at Asus' own current line-up, a TF700 with the 1.6 GHz T3 and 32 GB storage lists for $499 with $150 for the dock. On Amazon or Newegg, they can be had for $488. The screen on the TF700 is a 1920x1200 Super IPS (increased brightness) which looks f-ing amazing.
Something is driving up the cost if Asus is selling lower spec for more money. Granted, the Tegra 3 could be a newer model (but the TF700 is using the current top of the line) and it will have more RAM. Storage appears to be the same as the current crop of Asus Android tablets starting at 32 GB.
Vendors have indicated that MS is charging about $85 for a Windows RT license, which would account for the higher price. except you are still giving up the excellent screen on the TF700. So it is not unreasonable to at least let them share the blame.
Re: The list of non-dangerous creatures in Oz:
Australia is the only place on Earth that makes west Texas look safe.
Re: Not that dangerous
Yeah, brown recluse have a nasty bite but not dangerous as in a threat to a healthy adult. I've been bitten, and took the better part of a year to fully heal, but didn't cause so much as a fever. This is another spider that is thankfully not aggressive. They are common hose spiders in places (NE Arkansas among others) but seldom bite. I owe mine to brushing against a bunch of webs when restoring a car that had been sitting for a few years.
Clearly not competing on price...
While the Sony has some nice features, the added $100 for the 32 GB version puts it way over some solid offerings by Asus. You get the choice of the 16GB Sony at the same price as the 32 GB TF300, where it wins on features but has more limited app storage, or the 32 GB version for the same price as the TF700 with its faster processor and better screen. A smaller price bump for the extra 16GB would make it more attractive (does it really come anywhere near $100 to add 16 GB storage?).
Pegatron has been announced as the manufacturer. The Surface RT specs look surprisingly close to their current lineup of Tegra 3 tablets, and Asus even demo'ed their own Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets recently. Sure, the case is new and the keyboard on the Tegra model is a novelty, but the hardware in this case isn't a boardroom fantasy: it is a high-end version of current technology (perhaps a bit dated once it hits shelves) made to showcase Windows 8's two versions.
Ultimate in suspense.
A group of teenagers arrive at a secluded cabin for a post-graduation night of drinking and debauchery in the woods.
No one dies. They talk about stupid things, listen to awful music, and alternately cry, hug, and argue about inconsequential stuff. The beer is watery crap and everyone ends up puking and passing out.
The captain of the football team awakes the next morning...next to a naked, ugly...girl? Guy? (camera fades to black)
Directed by Richard Curtis.
Zach Snyder Directs...
Life With Archie No. 16
I'm sure he would do a faithful and sensitive handling of the source material.
The Baroque Cycle
...as a 90-minute Michael Bay action/adventure. Shia LaBeouf will star as Half-cock Jack. Bjork will make a surprise appearance as Eliza. Enoch Root will be a CGI alien using leftover Jar Jar Binks footage redubbed with a courtly English accent.
I'm currently trying to line up funding for a musical based on the Third Reich. Working title is "Springtime for Hitler." I'm in talks with Nicolas Cage to play the lead and Kristen Stewart in her first all-singing role as Eva Braun.
A live-action remake of Akira with adult, white actors in the role of young Japanese teenagers. Perhaps Keanu Reeves as Tetsuo and Micholas Cage as Kaneda? Surprisingly, Michael Bay will not direct. Lars Von Trier will be at the helm.
Too bad they didn't fall back on their long history of selling affordable, quality cameras (despite what the article states). My 1950s Retina is still going strong, and has Leica-quality glass on a German-made body. But I've been running Ilford products on it exclusively since Kodachrome died.
Not surprising. At the turn of the 20th century, there were so many collecting trips with pressure to announce spectacular findings that most of the material has never been properly examined. A curator once told me that the best way to discover new dinosaur species is to simply take a close look at the Smithsonian's shelves.
Holy Unwarranted conclusion, Batman.
"Our survey data confirms the strong following Apple has built around its iPhone, with more than one-third of consumers planning to upgrade to the latest model only a little over a year following the release of the iPhone 4," stated Graham Jones, general manager of PriceGrabber. "Anticipation and brand loyalty are certainly high, but in today's 24-7 work culture and uncertain economic environment, consumers are cautious to look for a reasonably priced phone that will perform optimally over an extended time period."
Note a few interesting words in here: "more than one-third of customers planning to UPGRADE to the latest model" and "Anticipation and BRAND LOYALTY are certainly high" make me believe that this is a survey of current iPhone owners, not general consumers.
It's the story...
...not the format. There are a few excellent SciFi comics and/or graphic novels. And more than a few SciFi books that are complete rubbish. The quality of the work is unrelated to the format it is published in.
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There seems to be a very dedicated Ringworld fanbase here. Could be tough competition.
Agatha Heterodyne and the Incredably Long Anime Series
Girl Genius is already too long for a feature film..but a series would be welcome.
Work it like Harry Potter...start filming now, release so that the comic will conclude before the final film comes out.
I'd love to see Stalinslaw Lem's Pirx the Pilot series get a good film deal or cable series treatment. They are good SciFi but they also revolve heavily around the development of the central character from an uncertain cadet to an experienced pilot. The series could transition well to the screen without huge CGI budgets.
For years I have put up with the deplorable standards of this rag (actually enjoined it, in fact), but this policy of bashing the Buckeyes must desist, or I shall cancel my subscription.
Go back to Michigan if that's how you feel.
(One more thing, "bashing the Buckeyes" is not now, and never has been, a euphemism. Just thought I should clarify with this lot.)
...what if the man had a fling with a Lesbian?