Out of the Blue

The DVD drive in my Xbox 360 had been problematic for a while; sticking after opening part way. It finally stopped closing at all the other day, so while it will still work for downloadable games and media content, the system is useless for playing disc-based games anymore. The drive got flaky long enough ago that I probably could have had it fixed under warranty had I done so right away, but it started out as a minor thing, and the growing seriousness of the problem only became apparent more recently when it refused to open if it was closed with no disc inside, requiring the use of a paper clip in that little emergency pokey hole dealie (EPHD). Anyway, I replaced the unit with a hard drive-free arcade system, since I knew from my pal Devicer's experience with an RRODed system that I could just put the drive from the old system on the new one. Sure enough, this new Jasper-based unit was very happy with my old drive, and I had no DRM issues with downloaded games or content. Funny thing was, I did have to delete games installed from the hard drive and reinstall them to be able to play them from the drive. I'm guessing that's somehow related to preventing the play from hard drive feature being used to pirate games, but I can't figure out how.

Jasper-based Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Scriball.
Ninjas vs Pirates Tower Defense. When memes collide.
Links: Hack your brain.
Stories: I was a 48-year-old virgin until I won 8.5m on Lotto. Thanks Digg.
Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice elected to Hall of Fame.
Science: MDI AirPod Car. Thanks Cutter.
Media: Team Fortress 2 - The Syringe Mystery.
One man choral group performs the Legend of Zelda theme.
Dog vs. Caterpillar.
The Funnies: Geeked - -Effective Roleplay.
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 13, 2009, 14:42
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InBlack, do you know how many products are sold at a loss? Printers (as they make money on the ink and toner cartridges), razors (non-electric, as they make money on the blades), cell phones (the ones where they make you buy a contract),etc. Grocery stores often sell Coke and other items below cost to draw customers in and hope they'll buy something else that's more profitable. It's called Loss Leaders and it's part of capitalism.

Also, don't blame the Xbox for moving some gamers away from the PC. Some people prefer the living room experience and ease of use that consoles provide.
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