At what point in this country does abusing the law translate to "scared straight"?
I'm okay with the school saying "no toy guns, boys. Go home and take a suspended day" but the prosecutor should be immediately fired for abusing his authority to get his constituents to toe a line that's criminally insane.
I was lucky as my console price wasn't near retail (nearly $200 off), so with the offer, I couldn't let it pass.
The UI is horrid, even after the update. One is greeted with either a bookmark history of everything they looked at, ads, or ridiculous apps which, if you don't use, just clog the visual interface.
Want to know what game is in the disk tray? Scoot those eyeballs to the lower right, near center, of the UI mess, about where existing ads are on the 360.
Microsoft is "promising" a better update in March, but I'll believe it when I see it.
As for Kinect, I "disabled" the camera (duct tape - it's ugly, but it works) and rarely use the voice activated commands.
Ironically, I just bought a new Ford Escape, which also has voice activated commands. The girl... she's in both places! :O
Anyway, I agree Microsoft blew it with its launch, especially since PR and engineers come from different worlds, but the most truly heinous lie they gave to potential customers: the HDMI-In is not a pass through! You have to use their ridiculously stupid, slow-moving, useless app.
So if you have no more HDMI ports on your TV folks, buy an HDMI switcher, because you're going to need one (or do what I do and swap them out).
Microsoft blew it.
Even still, the console is nice. Can't disagree there.
It may be a better phrasing, but it's still not true.
No DMCA-like laws will ever work because it falsely places a creative restriction on new works which may or may not use other copyrighted works.
In short: the DMCA and Fair Use can never co-exist peacefully because there will always be people out there who scream "It's mine! Pay me or remove it!" without realizing why their own works are/were popular to begin with.
Abolish the DMCA and copyright. Until this happens, Techdirt will have another 100 years of articles to write.