* Posts by Daniel B.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Re: Meh.

Sorry, but if you actually use windows 8 on touch you'll find the old windows GUI so 1980's!

I found the MS shill! Where do I collect my prize!

Really, while there are few (veeery few!) people who actually like Windows 8's kiddy toy UI, someone saying they're in awe of that interface are surely paid to say that. I still remember when John Connor enters a store in Sarah Connor Chronicles and goes all "oooh awesome systems" when playing with Windows Vista. The consensus was "pleez Microsoft, tone down that product placement!".

Anyway ... Win7 is indeed good enough, but I'm pretty sure that the kiddy toy UI has more to do with lackluster Win8 sales than Win7 being good enough...

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Re: Competition

SD cards. It's one of those eternally-bitched-about things.

What is it about them that makes them so critical?

Either getting more storage for less $$$, or having upgreadability during the phone's lifetime. And no, cloud storage isn't going to be "fast enough" especially on smartphones; most of the time we're using 3G and it's either going to be slow or expensive. Or both. Lack of an SD card slot makes it a no-go; though lack of keyboard is also a no-go for me.

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Shareholders tell Mike 'Just Do It': Dell to go PRIVATE for $24.9bn

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Nice!

Seeing a company survive an Icahn takeover brings a huge smile to my face. Even if Dell isn't quite so great, it's good to see it go private.

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

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Oh dear

They're talking about not carrying grenades, I'm OK with that. Yes, the TSA checklist does mention "no explosives" and stiff fines if you do try to sneak 'em aboard. (Though there's a good chance you'd be given the Menezes treatment if the grenade's on your carry-on!)

But replicas? Shouldn't those show up as plastic and definitely not carrying explosive material? Really?

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

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Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24

In fact, if you have applied for even a B1/B2 visa, they will have ten-printed you as well. So even if you haven't yet visited the US, it's possible they already have your fingerprints.

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Microsoft's 'We want a Mac look and feel' UK director splits after seven years

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Re: Can I just say @Tapeador

I use the "Windows 95" interface option in Windows 7's settings. As far as I am concerned Apple can fuck off and die.

Yet the Windows 95 interface was mostly a [MacOS] System 7 ripoff. In fact, it is probably what made it friendlier. Sure, there are things for which Apple has earned the hatedom of a lot of people, but the interface isn't one of them.

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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Re: Scared Chickens

RC4 has enough attacks against it that it is no longer considered "really secure" by cryptoanalysts. It is probably why FIPS 140-2 doesn't have it within its approved ciphers anymore. The best bet would be to use SSL with AES/GCM but the GCM part isn't quite supported by everyone yet ... still, AES is still a much better bet than RC4 anything or 3DES anything.

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@Ted Treen

By 'suspects' one assumes you are talking about the misty-eyed Sons of Erin - the noble freedom fighters struggling valiantly against the evil forces of foreign imperialist occupation...

I'm guessing he was talking about the Guildford Four. Of course, the kind of conservatives who are blindly thinking everything is a liberal conspiracy are the same kind of people that will have both confirmation bias and selective memory on what really happened back then.

It is noticeable that people that are around your same age are basically saying you're full of shit, which speaks loads of how off the mark you are...

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China's corruption crackdown killing off Unix

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Re: It always starts at the low end.

"What year is this? XiaoMi is already worth almost twice Nokia."

Had you said this in the pre-Elopocalypse world, I would be shocked. Right now, I'm just meh.

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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

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Re: The bottom line *so* far.

Interesting. So it does seem that my views have been vindicated yet again with holding on to BlackBerry.

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Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight

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Awesome!

At least that's something I might actually fly in my lifetime ... assuming I win the lottery.

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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Re: the first iPhone was laughable by European (ie: Nokia) standards

You must be still affected by Jobs' RDF.

The first iPhone was a joke; it lacked so many standard smartphone features it wouldn't even be considered a smartphone by smartphone users!

No apps and Jobs saying that there would never be an SDK.

No copy/paste

No MMS

It was little more than an iPod that made calls and had PDA features.

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Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

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Re: The way that Microsoft lost

"Legacy software" is not so legacy, maybe it's just "production software", the one they use to perform actual work and not just to look cats on YouTube or chat with their friends.

Ah yes ... its running on a Java EE 5 Application Server. You mean the production software, don't you? The one we use right now? Yes, there are some really old unsupported monstrosities built on the barftastic VB6, but those are being migrated to the aforementioned Java web platform.

Also when they connect to a remote server there's a good chance they connect to something running some Microsoft software.

It's either AIX or RHEL, though. Really, if you're pushing the MS domination card, server space is the least likely place you'll find MS dominating.

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Re: Left Behind

Actually, you'll notice that Windows 8 stinks so bad even non-techies hate it. While previous releases may have had less noticeability in the changes between versions, Win8 managed to break stuff so bad even the techno-illiterates have noticed it. And the consensus is that it sucks donkey balls!

So yes, people are actually avoiding the Win8 gear, and even the few that are buying 'em are ripping out Win8 and reinstalling Win7. Those who don't know how to do that are asking their tech-savvy friends to do it for them. It probably surpasses even Vista as the most hated MS OS release in all of MS's history!

You'd think that by now, MS would have got the memo and "fixed" win8 (give the people a "disable kiddy toy UI" option) but they don't. It might be that it is only vendor lock-in that prevents people from mass migrating to another OS by now...

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Re: Windows Phone was a fatal mistake

I'm not sure about the Android move. They were probably the only ones that actually had not one but three viable alternatives: Symbian (the Belle update), Meego and Harmattan. They had enough models to throw 'em out and see which one sticked, and I'm pretty sure at least one of 'em would've prevailed. They still were #1 in the market before the Elopocalypse.

But yes, the MS deal only served to kill Nokia worldwide. So sad.

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The only thing holding Dell back is ... er, Mickey D himself

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There's one Quest software worth the money

The Virtual Directory Server thingy they bought from Symlabs. That's an awesome tool that needs a facelift, but it is pretty much unique in what it does. Unfortunately it seems to be put in the back burner since the Quest acquisition, and the Dell acquisition of Quest itself seems to be doubly screwing said product.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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Re: Dullville

Interestingly, HyperCard was far better for interactive stuff than PowerPoint ever was. I remember passing a lot of stuff to HyperCard because of this, and the first iteration of e-books I ever saw (Jurassic Park!) in there. Sadly the tech didn't go much further.

Then again, the entire WWW is it's spiritual successor!

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Pre-rendered FMVs

TBH, it wasn't the only game that did this. And games that relied on FMV's weren't necessarily bad, or even simple. Remember the Wing Commander series? The later installments (3 and 4) were a multi-disc thing mostly due to the FMVs (Look! Mark Hamill and the guy who plays Biff!) and that series still came out as an awesome franchise! (Let's forget Prophecy, please.)

So even the ones that were Interactive Movies would be pretty good, as long as they were mostly games and not the movie equivalent of "choose your own adventure".

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TDK calls it quits on tape media thanks to 'difficult environment'

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Backup

So what are the alternatives to tape these days? IIRC tape is still the cost-effective media these days...

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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Re: That's odd

It is wrong. I just checked it as well and it seems that Yahoo Groups now looks like a clone of the Modern UI look you get on Hotmail/Outlook ... except on the groups page instead of an actual email client site. It rips out the whole idea of "groups" and now looks like Mickeysoft's vision of USENET. Ugly.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Oh, great!

So now we know why Elop was infiltrated into Nokia. He made the whole thing crash and burn, made it MS dependant, and now it is ripe for plucking by MSFT.

If this deal goes through, it will be a very sad time for Nokia, Finland and thw mobile sector as a whole. :(

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Redmond's certification chief explains death of MCM and MCA

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Re: How can you be a "master"?

Ever wonder why Linux DOESN'T need certifications?

MSFT doesn't need certifications either. But if you're referring to the availability of such, err... RedHat has a couple of those.

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Shill season!

Oh dear. Oh very dear.

As someone who had to deal with the fallout of a boneheaded corporate-level decision of implementing the full MS stack, I call the bluff.

No, Hyper-V is bad, and it even manages to b0rk the virtual network interfaces, even if the guest OS is another Windows Server instance. Our Failover cluster would er... fail to switch over to the failover instance when we actually needed to do that. The SQL Server cluster also had its hiccups and it seems that it eventually got broken up into two separate servers as the failover cluster wouldn't work as advertised. AD would barf with few users (3000?) and the schema is horribly pedant on what you can/can't do vs. a regular LDAPv3 server.

No dude, the company that did that boneheaded decision is now migrating away from the MS stack because everything the MSFT dudes told them was a load of bull.

VMware is still king on the virtualization stuff. UNIX (and Linux/BSD variants) is still the best choice for "cloudy" stuff. Hell, most banks don't do Windows except on desktop systems and ATMs. (They do use WinServer for AD and managing the desktop PCs though.)

Please, few people will ever dare to say MS has the best solution ... not if they've seen the alternatives faring much better. Which they do!

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US gov preps sale of TOP SECRET disease research island

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Oh my

What kind of sanitation did they do on the island? Given the stuff that has allegedly been researched on said island, any unturned stone might end up giving away very nasty diseases.

Even more intriguing is that Plum Island was chosen because it's a fricking island and it's hard for people/animals to get out given that it's an island. Moving all that stuff to KSU sounds like the prologue for the next Resident Evil game...

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'World's worst director' plans Snowden-inspired movie comedy

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Re: I have heard of the film "Blood Rayne."

Interestingly, it is probably the least offensive of his movies, even with the given that the movie has no relation at all to the game. It mostly plays as a standard vampire hunter flick, probably even better than the contemporary dreck in the vampire genre (Van Helsing of all things!)

Among the Vampire flick buffs, it fares far better than Dracula 2000, Van Helsing and the entireity of the sparkly gay vampire flicks. Okay, those are pretty low bars to jump...

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Boffins follow TOR breadcrumbs to identify users

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Re: Force all users to act as relays?

The problem with that is you're assuming everyone running/using TOR is doing so under the same conditions you get in the "free" world. Actually, a lot of users will end up being

- Behind CG-NAT, which some cheapskate ISPs have implemented in some countries (all CableCos in Mexico!) which makes the relay unreachable

- Behind an oppressive regime that has probably made TOR illegal. Running in relay mode might land said user in jail. Or behind a firing squad.

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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

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Re: What the Frack!

Um... I have a B.Sc. Computer Systems Engineering degree. That would make me an Engineer. Granted that the Mickeysoft "Engineer" titles are just dross, but surely you aren't dissing all CompSci Engineers, are you? ;)

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Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores

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Huh?

How is buying the phone outright cheaper? I've opted for taking 12 or 18 month contracts but keeping them for far longer than the mandatory period: my last "18mo" contract lasted 3 years! It ends up being cheaper as by the time I renew, I have amassed so many carrier points that the next handset will end up costing me something like $100.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Re: Deception

Especially in the US where (I gather) cellphone users can end up paying for calls received !!

In the US cellphone users are ALWAYS charged for incoming calls. Some of 'em are also charged for incoming SMS as well!

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Re: Never give Facebook your real name @M Gale

Hahaha I have a 7-digit ICQ number!

Point taken, though the thing is that most people are using FB for "personal communications" even if they shouldn't do so!

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Done something like that

I got an XBoxOne Fans page shown as "sponsored". I hate that damn thing, and usually I'd ignore such a group. But by having them slam it on my face... now I've taken into my duty to troll the page and bring in more trolls. And for what I've seen, it seems I'm not the only one with that idea. So it is backfiring already!

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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Re: Did you check the system clocks on the computers etc?

Heh. Sure, NTP won't work if the boxes are months out ... but ntpdate will always work. Thus, on our PowerBook that gets its date reset every now and then, this will do the job:

$ sudo ntpdate 0.pool.ntp.org

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Re: UPS

Heh, I used to have my DSL modem, switch and AP hooked up to a UPS. Unfortunately, the UPS is dead so I have reverted to the "internet dies during blackouts". Then again, I can always tether using my smartphone these days...

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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Re: Boys club

Agreed on the ties ... they're HORRIBLE. But then I hate the whole suit & tie requirement and will only use it when actually asked for at a workplace.

I'm probably not in the average population concerning women's dress codes; I do not complain about what a woman wants to wear to work. Except for high heels in an IT job, mostly because oh dear, it's going to be quite a challenge if you have to work on the IT gear...

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Dolby!

I remember seeing how the Dolby B NR system worked in secondary school. Interesting take to reduce tape noise, and if your boombox, Walkman or whatever didn't support Dolby NR but had a bass/treble knob, you could still listen 'em by cranking down on the Treble.

I have fond memories of those cassettes, even if I did use both good and crap quality stuff, and had more than a couple of cassettes break or get eaten by the reproducing device. Weeeee!!!!

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Look out ARM, Intel, here comes MIPS – again

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Re: New lamps for old

Ice Age? More like the end of the Dark Ages. That the x86 crap architecture has lived on as much as it has is surprising; if the car industry had gone the same way the microprocessor industry has gone, we would still be using horse-powered vehicles and just now "horseless carriages" would be making a comeback.

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Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

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@AC

Um... the whole DRM thingy scared away a lot of people, and a good chunk of 'em might never return even if MS did a 180 on that. The price point is also another downside, especially if you take into account that Kinect is mostly a gimmick me-too Wii. They did get Dead Rising 3 to be an X-bone exclusive ... too bad for DR3. It's probably the only one I was actually interested in playing.

The XBone might not crash and burn so spectacularly as we expected while they kept their DRM stance, but it will probably be a dud. And it should be, because MS attitude during E3 was basically "screw the consumer, we're going to abuse you even if you don't like it".

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@asdf

Nah, there's the German dude and the other one who insists on comparing current market shares with the monopoly era. Though it could be that they're just trolling vs. being actual shills ;)

On the claim of the other AC saying that MS does the most secure hardware: the 360 has cracked years before the PS3 was. And even then, it was because of someone doing a boo-boo and sticking a constant in a place where an RNG was required. So it wasn't even the hardware they cracked on the PS3, it was the crypto key itself...

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Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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Ugly and huge

This thing is too big to be portable. I can pocket a DS, I can probably pocket a Vita but this thing? No way!

And I'm not about to carry one of this things in the subway; it's either going to be crushed or stolen. No thanks.

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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Re: Want to boost sales?

"Pardon me, but why is 120 more pixels SO important on a 1920-wide screen?"

It is on the vertical part, where you don't even get 1000px tall. 16:9 sucks for anything, and MS's Ribbon makes it even worse. Most of the lappies I've seen people buy are 16:10's.

Also, Windows 8 sucks so that also stops sales. Even those who do buy 'em end up wiping it out and reinstalling 7 (or getting someone else to do so).

MS and manufacturers are shooting their own feet, repeatedly.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: Hehe.

Interesting. I haven't seen the "no apps for the Mac" problem in quite some time; it has Office, it's got a cheaper Project alternative (Merlin) and a lot of the stuff I use has some kind of OSX port or is POSIX compliant.

And in Office's case, it is an improvement over the Windows version. It retains the menus, and the Ribbon is smaller and thus eats less screen space.

Indeed, most of my COTS needs are covered by basic stuff, while the rest are mostly UNIX based so I either gain the ability to do it on my main OS, or I pull out a Linux VM which I would need with Windows anyway.

And I have to really thank Ballmer for this switch. Windows 8's Fabulous Fred interface was the final nail in the coffin, I either had to buy a fugly Win8-hobbled laptop or a Mac last December for my new job ... so I went for the Mac. I haven't looked back since, even if OSX does crash every now and then.

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Hehe.

It seems most analysts agree that Ballmer dodged too many bullets and it was about time he got axed. I do wonder why are there still shills defending him out there? The 8-9% rise on MSFT stocks upon the Ballmer retiring announcement are pretty much damning.

As much as I'd like to see Ballmer keep on running MS to the ground, it does cause untold horrors and unbearable pain to the masses while he does so, especially right now that there's no real alternative to Windows on the desktop. OSX is good but the Apple hardware is expensive; Linux is good but lacks COTS software used by most people. Sad times...

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: Ranking Alien/Aliens/Alien 3/ Alien Comicbook Edition

Alien 3's production was marred by the thought that a noir-esque atmosphere demanded pitch-black scenes of unremitting lack-of-ambient-light in order to hammer home what was bleeding obvious. All that money on sets and makeup lost for want of a couple of troopers.

Nope, I don't think that was the issue. It had much more to do with the expectations set for Aliens 3. Dark Horse had made Aliens: Earth War which was so full of awesome, everyone expected that to be the plot for Aliens 3. Instead, we get two liked characters killed offscreen and all of the Earth War plot thrown away for a sub-par crappier remake of the first movie. Sure, the premise might have been good ... had Aliens not preceded it.

In fact, Alien 3 was so awful that me and my Dad actually like AR better. Sure it looks cartoonish, but it felt less of a meh thing than Alien3.

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Re: How's this for analogue...

Indeed, the only scene I remember "adding" to the originals during the first remasterings was the Jabba one, and even that one had already been factored into the Greedo scene (HAN SHOOTS FIRST!). I had mostly seen episodes 5&6, as A New Hope took longer for us to buy (we had 5&6 taped off cable TV during the 80's).

Another interesting change that I was surprised to be the only one to notice recently was the song change to ROTJ's ending. Instead of the Ewok song, they slapped a lifeless theme that sounds more like the prequel soundtrack than the original SW stuff. I was surprised because most of the ones in this viewing had watched the originals when they came out, yet I was the only one that noticed the soundtrack change!

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You won't find this in your phone: A 4GHz 12-core Power8 for badass boxes

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Nice

Nice to see that at least someone is still upping the non-x86 chip roadmap. I still hope someday we will finally break away from the Intel stranglehold, hopefully.

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Groklaw goes dark

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Really sad

It could have been kept alive by hosting somewhere else (maybe that "made in germany" thingy?) where NSA spook laws don't have effect. But then they might get a request for information they cannot refuse...

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App cr*p

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Um...

There is a mobile-friendly site for El Reg, and has been there for quite some time. If anything, my only complaint there is that I can't add an icon to my comments. But it is pretty friendly for mobiles :)

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Top 10 Steve Ballmer quotes: '%#&@!!' and so much more

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Re: One Smart Thing

There may be appetite for non-MS stuff in tech companies, but move into the wider world of non-tech business and you'll find MS most everywhere.

Move into the financial business world and you'll find the absence of MS on the core systems everywhere. Most of 'em use either Linux, BSD or the remaining commercial UNIX variants. Mainframes still do most of the core stuff as well.

MS is only the main option for backends for companies with lesser experienced IT departments, or those holding a stake on the MS ecosystem (say, MCSE or .NET devs)

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

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Re: Time Is Precious

Oh man, now I've been reminded of that one time where Angry Birds could be heard from one of the stalls at a certain corporate building.

Angry Turds, maybe?

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Re: Fine but...

WordPress being the hackalicious CMS that it is, I would shy away from it. Especially as most "sites" done in it look more like blogs than actual sites, which also detracts from the professionalism involved into making said site.

Interestingly, someone I know actually built a Jimdo site, and it looks pretty nice for a cheap site thingy. Definitely more professional than the standard Geocities site.

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