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Microsoft Halo 4 launch countdown continues as game leaks online

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I, on the other hand...

Am still waiting for H3 on the PC.

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Judge goes postal on Kim Dotcom extradition appeal

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It is, however simple.

It may be within the purview of the US to demand extradition. No country has the right to determine what US law should be.

It is, however, equally within the purview of the NZ law to refuse extradition on the basis of whatever NZ lawmakers decide reasons for refusal are.

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Mystery martian object is relic of (our) civilisation

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Ah...humans !

We've already started tu turn Mars into a garbage dump too. The efficiency with which humans can srew up their environment boggles the mind !

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$3500 will get 13.3in Mac tablet in your mitts

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You're joking ?

Anyone who is prepared to have 3500$ billed to their CC without any inkling on what they're getting or when they will get it deserves anything they finally do get...or not.

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Bloke jailed for being unable to use BlackBerry Messenger freed

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Re: Hmm, should this have ever gone to court?

'OLD 'ON Guvna !

DID he perform the actus reus ?

1. He sent an email. In itself not an offence.

2. Said email was a bit burnt. In itself not an offence

3. His intent was to send it to his girlfriend. Unless SHE was offended, nuffink to see 'ere, move along !

He, at the time, was UNAWARE he sent the mail to everyone else. Not only did he not intend to (so no guilty mind), but, acording to his defense, he did not execute a deliberate action.

He can therefore only be acused of not RTFM'ming, but if we're going to start putting people away for that we're going to need more real estate in the 'Her Majesty's Pleasure' department.

So IF there was no crime (as there was no awareness nor intent on wrongdoing), the could try and 'do' him for intending the offence, but I think we've established there was no intent.

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Ballmer predicts 400 MILLION Win 8 Surface and Lumia fumblers

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Re: Maybe.

So acording to you Apple never had a new aplliance lock up on stage ? Hmm.

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Apple urged to defy China's one child policy

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So...

Has Mr. Chen formulated a detailed flan of attack on how the Chinese eonomy is going to support 2.5 billion inhabitants with a reasonable standar of living ? I'm quite interested.

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Groupon loses second top sales bod in a week

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Can't comment on Groupon US...

But here in Europe they're just a bunch of parasitic scam artists.

And if they would like to sue me for saying that, the Reg is free to fork over my email adress if it is subpoena'd.

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Apple now most valuable company OF ALL TIME

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Joke

Re: As an Apple fan I'd just like to say.....

If you'd been REALLY smart you'd hav bought a cheap winbox and invested the remainder in Apple stock. Now THAT would've been serious money by now.

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What to do with 110,000 Magstar tapes and 11PB of data

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Re: So to recapitulate...

Yes. I have a better idea.

So does the US library of congress. Check it out. There's even a whitepaper ! You'll be amazed. They have discovered something called an 'optical disc'. But keep it quiet, or Apple will call it the iArchive and charge us for using it.

Point of my remark being, though : WHY would you replace a technology KNOWN to give you headaches every 15 years by the SAME technology.

If the bloody tapes are so good, do a deal with IBM allowing you to fabricate the drives yourself if and when you need them. I'm sure India has sufficient know-how to produce a tape drive if they put their minds to it.

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FAIL

So to recapitulate...

They're going to spool some old tapes onto new tapes, which will to all intents and purposes be equally out of date in 10 years or so ?

Who's the asshat that thought of this then ?

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Kidney-for-iPad fanboi sues after illness strikes

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Re: What to say.

Ah, the reversal of argument ploy ! And not deserving of 5 downvotes, might I add. But it's a politicians argument.

The 'choice' of selling bodyparts for money is NOT, as stated in the argument, a question of self determination. I put it to you that people, given the 'true' free choice (i.e. not influenced by any other factor than their own philosophical or moral standpoint) will NEVER sell organs because of the 'constitutional right to make money'.

You can never protect people from their own stupidity. They will always find new and lever ways to be stupid.

But their is no argument to be made for the selling of organs on a moral or philosophical basis. It should, therefor, not be allowed.

If people need to sell their organs in order to survive, there are surely different measures necessary than allowing them to sell body parts.

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Re: What to say.

Let's for a moment forget he is 17. Laws on 'self-determination' differ across the globe, for all kinds of reasons.

If you discount age, what is left is 'the right to be stupid'. The argument is that if someone wants to sell an organ (this includes musical instruments) they should have the right to do so.

There's TWO things wrong with it. Firstly, it is a choice which will be made by poor people. I can virtually guarantee you no one with a fat wallet will ever consider it out of principle. EVER. They may do it for free for a number of reasons, but just because they can make a few bucks out of it ? To quote Lenny Henry : 'I - don't - think - so'.

Which brings us to number two. Let's say there are complications. Or, in the extreme case, the kid needs a new kidney himself in 20 years.

He will then apply to his health insurance, public or private, will be consulting doctors and hospitals (in the case of China paid for by the taxpayer) and using medication at least partially refunded by health in-sewer-ants, paid for by people not exercising their right to be stupid.

So he privatised the bonus, but cleverly deferred the malus to society. I find this somewhat unacceptable.

You may excersise your right to be stupid all you want. But you carry the consequences yourself. Don't ask society to foot the bill if the excrement hits the forced air circulator.

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Apple 'offered Samsung $30-per-mobe' patent licence truce

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I still fail to understand...

Why Apple is not targetting google. Well, I do, because Google also sits on a large pile of cash (or whas that a large cache of piles ?) and they're a US outfit, which would give the presiding judge an identity crisis. But that's beside the point.

I'm in engineering. If I licence a technology from - say - Company K., and buid a plant for a client, an subsequently Company L opines that their patent has been infriged upon, thay would first have to prove this in court in CL vs. CK.

IF they are succesful in defending their claim a licensing deal would have to be brokered between CL and the client, possibly involving damages from CK to CL.

I would have to show I did not infringe knowingly (i.e. defraud) and the client would simply wave it's arms in the air claiming they know nothing and are from Barcelona (if such were the case).

So could someone explain the workings of this claim ?

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Hello nasty, don't use my music: Deceased Beastie Boy to admen

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Re: Anyone know

I was forcibly removed from the theatre at the W95 presentation, because after the 'you can start me up' tune I yelled 'you make a grown man cry'.

The MS people didn't like it.

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Valve opens Steam store to non-gaming software

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Flame

I don't like them app stores very much.

If you buy something from a reteiler, and there is something wrong with it, you take it up witht he retailer.

These app stores trade internationally. When something goes awry, they wave their hands in the air and say 'we're just the distributor. Take it up witht he publisher'. Who promptly points you to the developer.

Additionally, outfits like Valve and EA refuse to trade according to the laws of the country they trade in.

Thirdly, if you do not take being brushed off lightly and kick up a stink, they cut off your account and you loose all your software. And since they trade from abroad you do not have the protection of the law in your own country.

The idea behind it is great. Unfortunately the people running these software stores are a bunch of rip-off artists. To most of us, anyway.

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Microsoft RTMs final Windows 8 and Server 2012 code

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I've learnt my lesson.

I bought a Ford with Microsoft Sync. After 20miles the MS badge fell off. I'll have nothing to do with W8. Too risky and computer stuff is expensive.

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Foxconn plans massive plant in Indonesia

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Joke

Indeed...

Those pesky Chinese communists are asking all matter of minimum wages, days off and health plans these days.

Doing business in the Peoples Republic is proving to be a bigger hassle than it's worth.

How is a business man supposed to make an honest buck these days without everyone wanting a slice of it for free ?

A bad joke, but a joke nonetheless...

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Chinese boffins build nuclear-powered deep-sea station

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It'll go horribly wrong...

...but they will deny it for months if not years and won't give a sh*t.

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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

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Or, in plain English...

We've now spent a gazillion (insert preferred currency here) and have finally achieved a level of certainty that warrants a further multigazillion investment !

Maybe.

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Microsoft's offices gutted in Athens arson attack

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A van full of gas and petrol ?

Even at current pump prices it seems some Greeks still have money to burn !

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Bonking for money to be built into the next iPhone

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Everyone will love it !

Untill it turns out it's Beta software not supported outside of the US, and a group of Far East or Eastern Block rip off artists find clever ways of fiddling some not-quite-so-tech-savvy old age pensioners out of their har earnd.

Oh yeah, it'll be the talk of the town.

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Apple iMac refresh due Real Soon Now

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Re: No real surprise.

IIRC Cook spoke about something going on for Mac PRo users late next year. I do not believe he mentioned the iMac

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Ssssh. Apple quietly mashes monster MacBook Pro

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15" Retina ?That's 2299 Euro to us

That's 2299 Euro to us. Or about 2750$ . For that you get a 5400 rpm HD and a 2.3 GHz cpu. The 2.6 is a staggering 2900+ Euro (or 3500$ +). Complete and utter madness.

Imagine how much the 17 would have cost. No wonder they axed it !

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Bradley Manning in court as lawyers wrestle over secret docs

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Re: my stupid opinion

Meybe he decided he was best serving the constitution by flogging the documents ? After all, if I -being a stupid foreigner not even deemed fit for a US invasion - understand the vaunted ducument correctly - it is the right - nay, the solemn duty - of every US citizen to remove any government leader that threatens said constitution.

There's an explanation for everything. You just have to choose to accept it. Or not.

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Climate scientists see 'tipping point' ahead

Peter R. 1

You've got two choices...

1. More world

2. Fewer people

Everything else is codswollop. So take your pick.

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France's biggest Apple reseller sinks: 'Tech titan crushed us'

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Might one enquire...

...what was the outcome of the proceedings of eBizz vs. Apple ? You seem to have overlooked that small part.

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EU set to smack Chinese telcos over state subsidies

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Re: Finally !

Unfortunately, my own country (Belgium) can be held responsible as the birthplace of this behemoth (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg concoted a Customs and Excise union in 1944 while our cowardly gouvernments were nursing their sorry backsides from being kicked by das Reich). We've been an 'economic union' since 58.

Only today, this early insight has led to the EU hitting us with a possible 100 million Euro for allegedly 'discriminating' between domestic and foreign financial products (I shit you not) and we're still not clear on that 708 million Euro fine that's been hovering abouve our collective heads since december because our budget was allegedly not up to EU 'standards'.

I'm sure other member countries are doing equally well, but right now I'm to depressed to research it. OTOH, right about now 1000 UKP will buy you a sizeable chunk of Greece, so it ain't all bad !

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Peter R. 1

Finally !

The EU is starting to show what they are all about : a collection of money grabbing self serving criminals who make up all sorts of dodgy legislation so they can haul eveyones ass in front of an equally dodgy court so they can slap millions of Euro's of fines on evey country in the world.

Now before you start shouting 'it's always been like this', no it hasn't. They've indeed alwas been meddling criminals, and they've even made life difficult for private enterprise under the clever 'anti-trust' moniker, but apparently these large corporations are too difficult to extort money from. So now they're turning to the tax payer !

Question being : how do we get rid of them ? Anyone any ideas ?

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Foxconn receives Apple smart TV order - report

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Oh dear

A rectangular device with a flat screen to display moving pitchers ? I'm sure many IP lawsuits will ensue !

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Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

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I'll have nothing to do with it.

I've had the distinct displeasure of having used 8 for a few weeks now, and am sad to report the new Metro interface is not growing on me. I decided to just start using it regularly so as not to have my opinion influenced simply because the tech is new and I'm not used to it, but unfortunately I find it clumsy, counterintuitive and generally a pain in the behind.

Whatever Mr. Ballmer think they have achieved (and Mr. Ballmer is not generally known for having his feet securely tethered to mother earth), 8 may very well be technically sound by the time it goes RTM, but using it does not make for a happy user.

Still, if he thinks he can force 500 million copies on the unsuspecting masses, it's up to said masses to prove him wrong.

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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

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Looked at one of their hifi systems once...

The speakers were absolutely crap. They've got a really good design team, but I honestly wonder if they employ any sound people.

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Diablo III

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Has anything changed ?

I remember playing D2. Now details are vague due to my advancing age, I DO however vividly remember standing in a doorway, a big-ass axe in one hand, and revitalisation potion (of which I had many) in the other, a pile of around 250 baddy bodies in front of me and Ithey kept coming ( hack hack hack hack - gloop...rince and repeat).

I'll pass on this one. I just bought Assasins Creed for about 3$ on Steam (oh well). Now that is money well spent !

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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Re: Joining a little late on this one...

Excessive speed the number one eh ? So, what will be number one if you limit vehicles ? (and, by the way, what will stop a vehicle limited to 70 doing 70 in a 30 zone?) Vehicle mass ? So you're going to limit maximum weight ? After which another vehicle will be the heaviest. Then small tires. Or big ones. Then red cars ? Or yellow ones ? Untill you get to a sunroof or a whip antenna ?

You can prove anything with statistics. Of you want to reduce the number of car accidents you could ban cars. But you'll just end up in The Matrix.

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Peter R. 1

Cheaper in-sewer-ants ? Oh dear...

This things are NOT made to make things safer, cheaper r in any way beneficial to the user. They are meant to introduce more fine print to the ever increasing number of backdoor clauses in in-sewer-ants contracts so the companies don't have to cough up their cash when required.

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Siri subtly shifts smartphone allegiance

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Try this :

Siri, what's the best black helicoper on the market ?

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AMD's Hondo APUs ready for Windows 8 Q4 launch - report

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I'm -honestly- baffled the AMD processor devision can stay afloat. I don't WANT to see them go, not by a long shot, but they've been on the brink for so long I wonder why the shareholders put up with it. Or is it a giant money laundering opreation ?

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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Apples strength lies in taking existing products, executing them slightly better than everyone else and charge a premium for the privilege.

Calling them magival and revolutionary also seems to help.

As long as they can keep doing that they're fine. Remember it's the general public that's responsible for their borrom line, not the so-called 'fanpersons'.

Perception is everything. And Apple are bloody good at it.

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Crytek: Schemes to strike second-hand games biz 'awesome'

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Re: You bought defective games on Steam ?

Yes, I can list them. But how, exactly, is that relevant to this story ? Or to the fact they do not work properly ? If I tell you will you fix them for me ?

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Peter R. 1
Mushroom

Lost cause, anyway.

Record companies, software companies, games publishers all seem to follow the same flawed reasoning : that every illegaly played copy will convert to a paid copy if the means of playing it illegally is removed.

Secondly they seem to take no responsibility whatsoever in getting their product to the user.

In the case of Crytek, I pre-orderd the Nano edition frome one of their 'distributors' only to find out 3 weeks after launch they were not going to deliver the product because of 'unavailability'. Because they had already separated me from my funds I was offered a 'voucher' for another product. Crytek didn't want to know. Only after enlisting the aid of the legal profession I was reimbursed.

I've bought games on Steam that were defective. Steam, who had taken my money, blankly refused to refund or repair the defective game because they're only the distributor (as they see it). If you persist and vent your frustration on their forums your account is likely to be closed, and you will loose the possibility to play EVERY game you've bought from them, without a refund.

It is the release of terminally flawed software, dismal support and crooked distributors 'EA anyone ?) that is causing people to refuse to pay 50 to 70 Euros for a game instead of waiting to pick it up for a fiver second hand or wait untill it becomes EOL, and NOT the inherent criminal intent of gamers.

As long as they don't understand that they're doomend. And rightfully so.

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Ten... mad materials made into tech

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Nothing to see here...

What about something really cool ? Like Pykrete ?

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Microsoft details Halo 4 release

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Not for me.

Unfortunately MS deemed PC owners unworthly of the conclusion to HALO. Haven't bought a MS game since. And don't plan to either.

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Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

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You know you've been dead for many years...

when you remember 'Kick up the Eighties' with an upstart called Rick Mayall

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Fans fly to forums to signal iPad 3 Wi-Fi woes

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Neither

It just means you have to plug it into a wall socket when you get home. You still have to pay for it.

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Peter R. 1
Coat

Dare I say it ?

You're holding it wrong !

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Climate change linked to EXTREME weather surge

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They keep repeating themselves, so I will reciprocate.

The question is NOT : is the climate warming up. This can be easily substantiated with relevant statistics.

The questions ARE, however : do we humans have anything to do with it, if so how much and can we influence it in a significant way by modifying our general behaviour. What would be the result we wish to achieve and is it at all possible.

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Re: Try this one on for size...

No, it doesn't liss an important point. It doesn't miss any point. The question is simply to ascertain if the readers of this here facility put a price on their priacy, and if they would deviate from the principle in favor of bettering themselves professionally.

I admire the people who categorically refuse the 'you don't have anything to fear if you haven'r done anything wrong' argument.

But I confess that I can at least imagine selling out the principle of the financial gain is large enough.

Thanks to the people who replied. To the people who downvoted : I'm sad to say I do not understand why you would downvote someone for asking a question. I'm baffled.

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Mass Effect 3 crooks trick gamers with fake 'alternate ending'

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Facepalm

Just a friendly warning

Most of the time your decisions in ME end ME2 don't influence ME3 at all, because the game save import feature is defective.

It looks like everyone who bought the previous games through Stream got royally shafted.

I, for one, have told our EA Overloards to go do unspeakable things to themselves and have refused to hand over my money. Just like I refuse to buy ANY Micro$haft game since they decided us PC owners weren't worthy of the conclusion to the Halo saga.

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