It's nice to finally have the confirmation of what I already knew was happening with video game reviews. There have been far too many games over the last few years that completely sucked that got above average to great reviews from the vast majority of reviewers out there. You sit there and scratch your head like, but everyone said this game was good... but its horrible.
This particular game I haven't played yet so I can't speak as to how good or bad it is. But, because of this situation in the industry I took to never buying games at full price at launch anymore and waiting several months for them to go on sale before buying. This is regardless of reviews etc. It's sad, but its what we as gamers have to do to protect ourselves from getting burned all of the time. Aside from that, I would recommend going off user reviews rather that editorial reviews of games, you'll get a more accurate representation there I believe.
The manufacture isn't "implicated" or have any "liability" at all. Nor are they even obligated to replace the faulty units. Now it would be bad customer service not to fix the problem with the units in question and if they don't other companies may not want to buy from them in the future. But none of this implies the manufacture bears any responsibility in the theft that has taken place.
I build my own computers and upgrade them. I've also worked jobs where people pay me to upgrade theirs. Again, I really don't see a difference between modding your own stuff, and paying a professional to do it when the stuff is something you don't have sufficient knowledge of to do yourself.
Try applying that "modding" part to an Apple computer and let me know how that works out for ya.
I'm with Sal on this, I actually have had Comcast for internet for the last four years and have had only minor issues. Even though their level 1 support personnel are recruited from the "special" school, they have been responsive to me for support issues.
As far as speed goes, I get between 20-25Mb down and between 3-4Mb up from them consistently (with the option to upgrade to a 30Mb or 50Mb line). How long ago did you have service from them?
I have an '07 Passat with about 70k miles and it's running great so far. Only minor issue I have is that it eats oil more than most engines do. Having a turbo I'd expect that though, especially with the way I drive.
I do agree doing regular standard maintenance is ridiculously hard. I brought it in to have break pads and tires put on and decided to have the air filter replaced too. Mechanic said everything went fine except that the air filter took the longest to do, LOL. VW may not be there yet for quality/reliability, but mark my words. Give them about 4-5 years and they'll be the car to beat.
Re: Re: Re: Direct Performance Licensing is Shortsighted from a Writer or Publisher Standpoint
I think he was getting at (correct me if I'm wrong) the fact that the mentality of I created this "art" and am therefore entitled to revenues from it for the rest of my life is part of the problem and needs to change. In the real world no one gets paid for work they performed 50 years ago. I go to work everyday and get paid for that day's contributions to the company. I don't go to work for one day and get paid for that day for the next month. Make sense?