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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Re: I bit the bullet yesterday

"I do wonder whether all these Unity haters have ever actually used it for more than 5 minutes.

I get on quite well with it."

I used it for a couple of weeks when it was first released and then again for a week with 12.10. I just can't get on with the concept of searching for everything on my computer. Maybe I'd eventually get used to it but I'd never be comfortable with it. The lack of options for customizing Unity also puts me off. Linux desktops have traditionally offered a lot of options for modifying default behaviours whereas Unity's options are sparse in comparison.

I don't dislike Unity because it's the 'cool' thing to do or simply because it's a Canonical project (which in some circles seems to be regarded as worse than software produced by Lucifer himself). I dislike it because it doesn't do what I want.

Still, the wonderful thing about Linux is that there is a choice between desktop environments. The fact that Unity exists doesn't affect my enjoyment of XFCE one bit. If you like Unity then continue using it, other peoples' opinions shouldn't matter at all.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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How dare you use the C-word to refer to those mewling quims.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

Windows 8.1 Update 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: Back to the basics, hurrah

"And how much money have you given to the XFCE developpers?"

XFCE has no sprawling bureaucracy. There is literally no one organisation which you can donate to.

I wouldn't be averse to sending the devs a few quid if they needed it. That said, I quite like their current attitude of just being a group of like minded individuals getting stuff done rather than being an 'organisation' or 'foundation' with a 'vision'.

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Japanese schoolkids arrested in £2.4 MEEELLION phone fraud bust

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Looks like the PC brigade is out in force today.

"The Japanese do all look the same" <- Racism

"The Japanese do all look the same to me" <- Cross-race effect

Learn the difference.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: So, where was the impact site?

Klicks? Just man up and admit you're using metric. The word is kilometre.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: COBOL and Reverse Polish notation (not really!)

I've never understood why those designing programming languages have such a fascination with exotic punctuation. It can't be beyond the wit of man to develop something as fast as C++ with the readability of something like Python?

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Re: Why I don't want to see Chewbacca...

Took me a minute to realise you meant 'extended universe'. I was briefly wondering if there was anything those Euro bureaucrats wouldn't legislate.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: Linus for motivational speaker?

"Don't get me wrong, I am generally pro-open source, but the quid pro quo is that no one has any duty to do anything, no matter how much you might like them to."

When you lobby so hard to be the default init daemon of pretty much every major Linux distro then, yes, you bloody well do have a duty to make sure your daemon plays nicely with the Linux kernel.

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'I like big butts and I cannot lie, hackers take Pinterest on a joyride'

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Re: Meh.

Yup, they've certainly made an arse of their security.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: AngryCTO

Ah, KDE...

The 'use every paint in the paintbox' approach to UI design.

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Re: Amazing

Canonical giveth and Canonical taketh away...

They built their own window decorator plugin for Compiz (Unity is after all just a Compiz plugin,) so that they could get GTK3 theme support and these new menu features. Unfortunately this means the ability to shift the minimize / maximize / close buttons from the top left corner to the top right is no longer available.

Not really a problem for me since I don't use Unity but I did notice it when I was tinkering in a VM the other day.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: Shakes Head

"Day cannot be renamed night just as marriage no matter what the state says cannot be between a man and man."

Somebody better tell Emperor Nero...

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Back to school

You ended up with an impressed print on your face though.

Also, I'm not sure bout the 'kids' remark. I'm only in my late twenties and I used a rough book at school...

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

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Recently, at meeting of the D3D team:

"Oh shit, everybody is starting to look seriously at OpenGL again! How will we push the latest version of our OS if the leading graphics API for games is no longer tied to it?"

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Re: Windows mention share ..

The only thing straight-forward about Ballmerization is the trajectory of the chairs.

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Apple pedometer patent filing cranks up the iWatch rumor mill

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Article title caused serious WTF moment.

The inability of Americans to correctly spell 'paedophile' has forever ruined the Latin prefix 'ped' for me.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: @ AC At least those other publications…

"At least, one or both of those is what I think people are getting at, anyway."

I assumed it was because he said the petard was being hoisted. You don't hoist a petard, a petard hoists you (if it goes wrong).

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Re: Nah your all wrong....

"Sandra Bullock invented it and took control in 1995"

Bullock may have invented it but it didn't take long for Jolie to hack her Gibson.

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Re: Macs ARE PCs.

"Most 'users' call it 'The hard drive'... grr."

Whilst pointing at the monitor...

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Re: Ahh the WWW

It's only longer if you use upper-case.

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

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Re: Soon an other SteamOS game....

Buy him his own copy? It's on sale for the next 24 hours and all the proceeds go to cancer charities:

https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly

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Re: Great news!!

Adobe's software already works in WINE*. Unfortunately Adobe's software installer does not meaning you have to install to Windows and then copy the files across...

Like yourself, I would be overjoyed at a native Linux port. AFAIK their software already uses OpenGL for hardware acceleration.

*Warning: I've only tested the bits of CS relevant to me (Photoshop and Illustrator). WINE's use of multiple CPU cores is not as good as native Windows. Also, even though graphics tablets are very well supported on Linux, pressure sensitivity in WINE seems to be hit or miss. It's worth a dabble if you're interested but don't expect to rely on it for actual work.

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

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Re: HD

I think some of the image quality issues might simply be because of the flash player itself. iPlayer always looks fairly blurry to me when I play it in the browser yet when I download the video files directly with get_iplayer they look fine (not bluray quality obviously but good enough considering the file size).

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Re: Yay for iPlayer!

I don't understand these comments about the factual category. For me it has always had sub-categories.

http://imgur.com/6LJDjXp

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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"hmm... or maybe because that generation still know how to read."

I suppose all of those kids spending their lives online are just staring blankly at those strange letter thingies on the web pages they visit?

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Re: Gingerbread?

A 4.3 inch e-reader? The form-factor seems very much to be phone territory to me.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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What's the point of all that fidelity if you're going to use headphones? Sure, you can get some very good headphones but they'll never be good enough for you to be able to make any meaningful distinction between this and CD. Then there's background noise to contend with. The best headphones are over the ear but with open backs. They're useless with any sort of background noise, which means you can't use them when you're out and about.

If this product is actually intended to be hooked up to a decent sound system why doesn't it have several terabytes of hard drive space?

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Boston court confirms Peeping Tom's right to upskirt

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Re: Wrong law.

IMO it's far better for the state to admit that they don't currently have a law covering 'upskirting' and act to close the loophole. The alternative is to mangle an existing law which can lead to mission creep and all sorts of unintended consequences.

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Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

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Re: klingonforming France

Kronosforming? Or maybe Qo'noSforming?

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Re: Just add Garlic ,Herbs & Wine

You're only a step away from having packs(?) of mongoose roaming the French countryside...

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: Not Necessarily Bad

As has been pointed out elsewhere, even if BBC3 goes online only:

- The BBC will still be paying to produce BBC3 content.

- The BBC will essentially be paying for an empty channel since BBC3 simply takes over from CBBC in the evening.

Where are the savings supposed to come from?

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Re: The target audience for BBC3 is teenagers

And when those kids who have never bothered with the BBC grow up, why would they suddenly decide to start watching and pay the license fee?

You won't be around forever. The BBC need to get new viewers somehow.

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Re: How much does..

Do any of those programmes apart from Dr Who actually have a foreign audience?

Add to that list News 24. It's the same 5 minutes of news repeated all day at a cost of £50+ million per year. There are already regular news updates on the main BBC channels.

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

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Re: 21G?!

What were you expecting? WoW, for example, is 10 years old and clocks in at nearly 14GB.

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: It's been a long time coming

I'll admit that my understanding of bitcoins is shaky at best but from what I understand, if a user loses access to their wallet then they've essentially lost the bitcoins since there's no longer any way to prove ownership. Is it not possible that MtGox has 'lost' the bitcoins simply by losing an array of hard-drives due to hardware failure? If this is indeed "amateur hour" it seems a bit much to expect any sort of robust backup mechanism.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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I don't think the problem is in the filming as such. With a camera or phone it's reasonably easy to tell when somebody is filming or preparing to take a photograph. Google Glass looks the same regardless of whether the user is wearing them as traditional glasses or is actually attempting photography. I imagine that it's the constant ambiguity that causes the aggravation. People act differently when they're being recorded. Just because someone is happy to behave a certain way in public doesn't mean they're happy to have it recorded for all time.

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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When can we place our orders?

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LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

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Re: @:Fibbles

"What claims?"

Your implication that the results of that specific research are spurious because a mobile phone company was involved in funding it just seems like an association fallacy to me. If you can't find fault with their methodology or a similar study which attained conflicting results then I see no reason to be cynical (at least no more so than I would be about the results of any other scientific research).

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Re: AC

There were also at the time a lot of reputable studies showing that smoking wasn't good for you. There aren't many that show mobile phones cause any sort of harm and none that I'm aware of that show lasting significant harm. You can't just deny results because the mobile phone industry may have provided part of the funding, you have to back up your claims.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_radiation_and_health

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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

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Re: Thanks

"If a company provided no benefit to anyone, it would go out of business rapidly."

Governments are supposed to do what is in the best interest of the people they represent.* Microsoft may provide 'benefit' to certain people but that doen't necessarily mean they are providing as much benefit as other options could. There's also an important question in this scenario: are the people receiving the 'benefit' from Microsoft the people that the governement represents or simply the people running the government?

*Reality may differ.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Re: Congratulations

The humour of the joke derives from the fact that at first glance it looks like it could be homophobic but in reality is not. It's a classic bait and switch joke. 'We called him a nancyboy... because he is a boy and from Nancy.'

Initially we are repulsed by what we have been conditioned to accept is a derogatory remark for a gay man, only to then realise that any inferences about sexuality are a result of our own prejudices and are not actually inherent in what is being said.

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

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Re: Linux is a fractured mess

The likely outcome when you try to tell Debian Stable users that they're beta testers. ------>

Cheers for the laugh though.

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Re: Amazing what a bit of competition can do

I don't mind Gnome 3 but IMO it takes too much customization to get back to what I describe as a 'classic' style desktop (application menu, taskbar, notification area, etc). KDE is nice but requires more system resources than I really want my desktop environment using. I've never used MATE. Cinnamon was OK but I felt some of its features weren't stable or fleshed out enough for my main desktop. The less said about Unity the better.

I'm an XFCE user. It provides a classic desktop whilst using a low amount of system resources and offers just enough eyecandy that I don't feel like I'm running Windows 95. Despite what the troll up top says though, it's not perfect. It still uses a software compositor by default. For a low end system from several years go with poor graphics hardware this is a godsend because all compositing is done on the CPU. For anything built in the last 5 years, even low end systems, it's a pain in the arse. Even computers with integrated graphics these days have enough oomph to handle window transparency and vsync. All a software compositor means for these systems is tearing in videos which in 2014 is ridiculous. Luckily you can replace the default compositor with an OpenGL one which will make use of your graphics hardware. I like XFCE, I think it has the potential to be the best Linux desktops out there. As I said though, right now it's not perfect.

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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Heh

I actually know of Meizu. Their phones are a decent enough spec and low enough cost that they sometimes get featured on Android related sites, usually with a comment along the lines of "wouldn't the world be grand if someone imported this into Europe".

It seems a little unfair to lump them in with the "pop-up" Chinese manufacturers who produce iPhone lookalikes containing ancient ARM SoCs and (bizarrely,) analogue TV tuners.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Re: Popcorn

"You are being deliberately obtuse. Annoyingly irritating or slow to understand.

The end user will give a damn when they try to install a game without the Internet being involved. Or those remote DRM servers."

You're the one that's being slow. You need to be online to buy things from GoG, you need to be online to buy things from Steam. After that no further internet connection is required for either.

"okay.

If you like."

Congrats, you've found an opinion piece with no hard data and a Google search which brings up a bunch of articles stating that removing DRM did not reduce piracy rates.

"If Valve were to go bust, then Valve would no longer be in control of their own business. The creditors would."

If Valve wind down, they'll issue the patch. If Valve or their creditors sell Steam then the service will still be operational.

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Re: Popcorn

"Don't be deliberately obtuse. GoG specifically does not use DRM. Steam is all about Steamworks. Steam would not exist without it."

I'm not being obtuse. When there's no effective difference in functionality for the end user between DRM and a non-DRM game, why should the user give a damn?

"The question is, when time after time you see surveys and reports showing how DRM makes absolutely no difference, and if anything increases the amount of piracy of a given game title"

Citation required.

"I just don't care. They can die, I am not concerned. Valve and EA could go into liquidation Tomorrow. It doesn't affect me, because I haven't locked myself into their shitty DRM."

Well it does affect you since you've deliberately barred yourself from playing a large swathe of games. It has been repeatedly stated that if Valve were to go bust then Steam would be issued with a patch that no longer required it to log in to Valve's servers.

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Re: Popcorn

"So... downloading an archive from a CDN somewhere is the same as activating it via Steamshite? No. No it is not the same. Did you not even read what I said about GoG?"

Yes it is.

You activate game on GoG by paying for it with a credit card and then download it. You activate game on Steam by paying for it with a credit card and then download it. You can back up your games to disc with both services and you can reinstall your games offline from those backups with both services (though it needs to be on the same account with Steam).

"A quote from the back of the box on nearly every fucking game in the shop these days. I'm not confusing anything. Valve are rapidly becoming the Microsoft of PC games."

This is such a stupid argument. You're getting mad at an online distribution company for requiring you to go online to verify your purchase. Instead you should be getting mad at games developers for requiring you to use an online distribution service to verify the purchase of a physical disc. As I said earlier though, you're not going to get far with that since it's a lot more cost effective for developers to only use one kind of DRM (especially one maintained by a third party and offered to them as free to use).

"How about "no DRM"? Even less expensive."

How about, this is the real world and if you're going to get mad about games developers trying to protect their shit, then you're going to be perpetually mad. When it comes down to it you're complaining about one of the most permissive forms of DRM available. This isn't some EA style crap that requires you to maintain a constant internet connection to play and which refuses to store your game saves locally, it's connect once on initial install and you're done. It's also far better then the bad old days when every company had their own protection system that'd install as a constantly running, resource hungry, background process. You could literally end up with a dozen of these things going at the same time. Or when companies put so much protection on their discs you couldn't even backup your purchases.

"So, the AAA videogames industry really can die. I'll dance a little jig on its grave."

They're bigger than the film and music industries combined. I wouldn't hold your breath.

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Re: Popcorn

You're the one confusing the issue. You don't need to be online to play anything on Steam (apart from the online multiplayer parts obviously). You need to be online to activate a game but that happens as you download it so the two are equivalent.

Installing some games from disc does require going online to activate with Steam and you do have a valid complaint there. That's hardly Valve's fault though. There's no reason the developers couldn't provide a non-Steam install option on the disc as well. The only reason they don't is because you're in a minority and they don't want the expense of developing a version of the game with different DRM just for you. Valve isn't stopping them, they just don't want to spend the money.

It's worth mentioning that a lot of games on Steam don't actually have any DRM enabled. Steam just acts as a downloader and launcher. You could copy the game files out of the Steam folder if you were so inclined, even put them on a different computer and the game would still run. I also have quite a few games bought on Steam that can be alternatively downloaded direct from the developer's website. I can burn them to disc and install them any time, internet connection or no.

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