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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

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Green Lantern

No, not the one that actually got made.

I refer to the one that didn't make it... the one with Jack Black. Which would've been the kind of movie you'd see Jack Black in.

Also, any of the Seuss books that hasn't been made a movie ... starring Mike Myers.

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Re: Titanic II

Too late, The Asylum already did that one. It involves a *literal* Titanic II, which gets smashed by an iceberg traveling at supersonic speeds.

No, I didn't pull that script out of my ass, I actually watched it. They ripped off not only Titanic, but also Poseidon (the crappy remake that is) and The Abyss...

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Laptop computers are crap

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Screen Size

I guess that the true problem is all this widescreen craze that has infested the recent batch of laptops. Now you got wide-ass screens that are too short to read stuff. Somehow laptop mfgs think everyone uses laptops to watch 16:9 movies instead of actually working. This is worse on netbooks, where some stuff won't even show up thanks to the height restriction.

Also, there's something weird with Vista and win7, I swear that I can't make the letters small enough anymore. I've seen XP on the same screens and it's noticeable, so much that win7 looks like a Fischer Price "my first PC" baby UI compared even to XP's candy theme.

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Boeing plans super-secure Android smartphone for top echelons

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Oh well

At least they aren't trying to push iCrap to the military. Though the NSA seems to be smart enough to know that putting iThingys as "secure" smartphones is a bad idea.

Though if the feds REALLY want secure smartphones, why don't they simply get the Sectera Edge? Come on dudes!

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Apple, publishers and ebook pricing – what does it all mean?

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Dumping

That can be done if someone charges dumping violations (selling at a loss). If Apple/other e-tailers haven't done so, that isn't the DoJ's problem.

Or maybe most if not all books aren't being sold like that.

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Most anticipated videogames of 2012 revealed

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Madden?

Seriously, when will people stop buying DLC packaged as "new games"? FIFA 12! FIFA 13! MADDEN 12! MADDEN 13! WITH NEW PLAYER SWAPS!

Miffed that BioShock Infinite is so low on both lists. At least Resident Evil 6 seems to be up there in the top spots.

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Publishers fork out $52m in Apple ebook pricing settlement

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Re: What is Apple (supposedly) guilty of?

"If Apple had acted to control the prices Amazon charges then the DoJ would have case."

They did, by colluding with publishers and by their "most favoured nation" clause.

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RIM: BlackBerry sales to US gov still on the rise

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Bad if they are.

A device using a 4-digit PIN to "secure" any kind of crypto key? Not unless there's something else protecting stuff. Androids have got FIPS 140-2 according to this article, I'd think that those handsets are closer to certification.

I wouldn't bet on an iPhone as a secure device. If I were the US Government, I'd use the Sectera Edge instead; they developed a truly secure smartphone. This already came to light when Obama got elected.

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Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dies at 83

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Re: LOAD"*",8,1

First used to fire up Test Drive, the day my dad bought the 1541-II disk drive.

I never really knew what LOAD "*",8,1 meant though. I did save stuff with SAVE "BLAH",8 and load 'em in a similar manner though. :)

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Hacktivist 'Hardcore Charlie' claims China military hack

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Doubt on the Hispanic.

Given the Spaniglish words on that, I doubt it was an actual Hispanic d00d. It reads more like stereotypical stuff more than what someone who was actually from Mexico would write, at least. ("Puñeta" gives it away. The only time I've heard that in the last 2 years referring to a person has been while watching Machete.)

Maybe he's channeling Cheech & Chong?

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Aliens Blu-ray disc set

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Mushroom

Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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Apple's stock price swells above stuttering Google

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Oh that dream sounds nice, but it wouldn't really work like that given that Jobs was for all the ugly things we hate Hollywood for (inane copyright extensions, DRM, "IP protection", stupid patents) so it would be more like the Rise of the Empire.

Of course, Jobs is no more, Cook might just stray away from that nonsense. Time will tell..

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Samsung forging ARM server chips?

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Go for it!

The sooner we get out of the garbage x86 arch, the better!

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IPv6 networking: Bad news for small biz

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The author hasn't really checked out IPv6.

link-local and other types of address remove the need for NAT, which used to be "I need private addys to connect to my junk w/o being ISP dependant".

The mandatory 64-bit host segment removes the need for NAT in consumer networks, as you have 2^64 IP addys to use from your ISP, and it'll work automagically.

The only thing you don't have with IPv6 is the "hide my public IP address", which is mostly security theater. The real protection you have with "NAT" is actually the fact that all NAT implementing devices will also have firewall rules by default that block outside traffic from the inside.

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You fail at IPv6.

By definition, end-users will get a 64-bit host segment with IPv6, which means you will always have at least a 2^64 address range, eliminating the need for NAT in most consumer markets. Consumer routers can simply implement the same firewall rules they do today, but they'll get a load off their back on preserving state for NATted connections.

Local connectivity can be done with link-local addresses or the site-local ones if you really need to subnet the local IPv6 addys.

And contrary to what this article's poster said, you *can* set up static addresses on IPv6.

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Security guards brawl over world's biggest Apple Store

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Um... @Just Thinking

You didn't quite read the article, did you?

- Mall A puts up banners in its own property

- Mall B sends "security" goons to Mall A's banners

- Mall A's security lines up to protect banners

- Mall B's goons don't give a shit and tear down the banners, all gangster-style.

No tearing down for security reasons, this was squarely lawlessness showing up. I do wonder why the hell didn't Parkland Mall call the cops?

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Apple pushes patents for 3D avatar authoring

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Yet Another Stupid Patent

IMVU

Wii/Mii

Second Life

All of these allow you to do these avatars, and the patenty stuff e ven looks like something ripped off from the Wii's Mii. This is getting stupid!

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Use the holy word of God to stay secure online, says bishop

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Cracking that passphrase will make the cracker insane!

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ALL Visa cards blab punters' names - not just Barclaycards

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Happy

Wonder how this'll work over here. Most bankcards (debit, that is) don't even bother putting our name on the card. Whenever I swipe one of those, I end up being called "EL CLIENTE". Oooh!!

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Quitting your job? Here's how not to do it

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not just small towns

Get into a specialist niche market, you'll find that even in a big sprawling megacity, the IT industry is extremely well connected. That dude who was a code monkey at your previous employer? He might be the one offering you a good job 3 years from now!

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Nokia threatens to elbow Apple's rival nano-SIM off a cliff

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Boffin

The only ones that would benefit from SIMless handsets are the operators. Try using your Sprint phone on Verizon? Mexico's Iusacell? Can't? That's because unlike the SIM-toting handsets, the phone itself has all the identity stuff and thus can be thoroughly gimped by the operator.

I ditched Iusacell because they went down the CDMA SIMless route. SIMless phones are for me a relic of the 20th century.

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Solar power towers overpower PV panels by 20X

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Yanks beat y'all on that

The US beat schools on that, given that DST begins at the beginning of March instead of "right after Spring", so maybe that's why schools are teaching the stuff like that. DST before the equinox does sound daft, doesn't it?

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Egypt ponders smut suppression

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FAIL

Wot?

So this is what they threw out Mubarak for? I thought they were fighting for freedom, not for more stupid restrictions!

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Spain donates Enigma gear that kick-started Brit code-breaking

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Re: almost puzzled

I had the idea that it was more like the Poles cracked it (by brute force, but they did crack it), then built the bombes, then realized they were going to get 0wned when the Germans beefed up the Enigma scramblers and sent all their research to the Brits right before they got themselves 0wned.

Then GCHQ built up on this (enter: Knox), but the really damn good speed up was thanks to one Alan Turing who designed the bombes that didn't depend on the repeating day-key.

Oh yes, I've read a lot on this.

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Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant

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Re: Fantastic

Meh. The account @LiamStacey9 seems to have been axed already. So it isn't visible except by the youtube link.

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'Intelligent systems' poised to outsell PCs, smartphones

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going backwards?

So x86 will plague the mobile market as well? Grim future you have there, prophet! I expect ARM to take over the x86 market, not the other way round!

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US broadcasters put the squeeze on small-town cable TV

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Drop the channels!

That's what Cable TV has done here in Mexico when TV Azteca upped the price. Don't know if it will work though. But given the content of channels 7 and 13 ... TV quality actually goes UP without those channels.

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Worst movie poll screening delayed 7 days

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Re: Please include...

I already submitted Pootie Tang, which I hope doesn't cause brain damage on our reviewers.

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BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

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An HP Jornada

The one time I had one "assigned" by my employer, was because we got a handful of Jornadas from one of those boxes.

But hey, that one had useful stuff like:

- a SCSI PCI card

- internal SCSI cable

- DDS4 DAT drive

- a Palm Tungsten

some other stuff, but those are the ones that we actually used.

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Daniel B.
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Shiny stuff isn't IT

So it should come out of the Sales or HR budget. "Looking good" isn't IT-related.

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Musk muses on middle-class Mars colony

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Alien

He'll probably call it BARSOON.

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Senator demands Congressional vote on ACTA

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Now, if only someone could use this heat to get the world governments to cut back copyright down to 50 years.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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The Doom Generation

Someone made my brain recall this. I was fooled into believing this was either a Natural Born Killers type of movie, some corny reference to the Doom videogame or something like that. It isn't. The whole thing turns boring 20? 25? Minutes in and nevr really recovers.

In fact, the ending *improves* the movie because at least something happens!

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Oh the irony

The Tom Cruise one was much closer to the book than the original... But then Spielberg had to stick that damn annoying girl...

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Re: Blind me! Blind me NOW!

And this is one of those movies my brain had deleted from memory. Yes, most of what I remember from that one was the eye pecking scene. GROSS.

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This one's improved if you swap it out for the OTHER Jack Frost... The one with a killer snowman!

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Daniel B.
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I'll nominate:

Pootie Tang

American Cyborg: Steel Warrior

Manos: The Hands of Fate

I think the other bad movies were so bad, my brain erased them from existance.

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LYING iPhone 4S mobes claim 4G connection on 3G network

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FAIL

Lying carriers and lazy ITU.

ITU relaxed what 4G actually was. Some carriers went on and used this as an excuse to start relabeling 3.5 or 3.75G tech as "4G". At my country, only one carrier has engaged in these lies (IUSACELL), but they've always lied on this, calling CDMA2000 1x "3G".

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Judge nixes Apple's bid to patent-bash bankrupt Kodak

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Re: Why nobody checked the details of the suit before commenting

"The request to sue during Bankruptcy proceeding has been made to avoid the sales of said patent which belongs to Apple in the first place and could make a complicate situation worse."

They either own it or not. If this is truly the case, it would be the same as me going to my childhood friend and take back the R/C truck I gave him on his 7th birthday because I don't like him anymore.

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Apple wants ebook price class action suit thrown out

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Apple racketeering

Dear Metavisor, you seem to ignore this:

"rule 1) You must not let anyone else sell something for less than we sell it."

That's even more of a competitor-killing practice than the supposed price-setting Amazon was supposed to be doing (if you believe the iFans). Apple and their fanboi army made a point of deflecting all attention to the 30% comission being lower, while conveniently hiding the fact that:

- Apple was forcing publishers to give them the best price,

- Apple was forcing other platforms (like Kindle) to pay 30% of purchases made from iDevices,

- Apple was forcing other platforms to *offer in-app iDevice purchases* which were subjected to the 30% shave-off.

One of these policies got axed, but I don't remember which one. Any of these things remaining is pretty much anti-competitive anyway.

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SUPERCOMPUTER vs your computer in bang-for-buck battle

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Re: Hyrda

"3) Would you tell someone who'd spend $2k on a cartier watch they could have bought 200+ casios with that? Actually you probably would."

Yes, I consider those people snobs. However, putting down $10k on a supercomputing project actually serves a purpose; the ubercomputer will actually do stuff faster, while the $2k cartier will have *less* functions than a casio.

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Tim Cook's post-PC iPad domination dream crushed by reality

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Re: "Crushed by reality"??

At $600, people actually expect to buy something that can at least do the same stuff they do on their PC. The iPad can't. Only wealthy people are buying 'em, the rest of us remain unimpressed and keep on using PCs for real work.

Even though people hate using Windows PCs, it's the stuff where they actually do *real work*. Can you do your job on an iPad instead of a PC?

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World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder

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ISO 8601

I switched to this format ever since I started putting dates on filenames. Much easier to sort 'em, and databases will also parse it w/o problems, avoiding the DMY/MDY trouble.

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Re: Raspberry Jammed

LONE STARRRRRR!!!!!!!

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Carmageddon

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oooh Quarantine!

I played the demo for its sequel, Road Warrior. Both of those games pre-date Carmageddon, and heh it was awesome!

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Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall

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Re: thats all wrong

So it wasn't just me that noticed the "lyrics" were wrong!

Now the problem is that I'm still at the office, finishing some documentation but really thinking a giant boulder is coming after me while I hear the Indiana Jones theme!

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Moles say Sony will kill Cell CPU for PlayStation 4

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Re: Cell is a dog that is finally getting put down

Errr... Toshiba used 'em for one of their Smart TVs.

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Re: Doesn't make much sense now.

What do the PS3 and 360 have in common?

They aren't using crap archs like x86. Why ruin their superior hardware with it? The Cell is a good thing to have in a gaming rig; by now devs should be already familiar with it, and at the very least they are used to PPC arch by now. Switching to x86 would be more painful than it seems. So yeah, it's possible they're adding AMD Fusion for their graphical stuff, but I doubt it'll take over the main processor.

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Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

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This has got to be a joke.

Retard is as offensive in the US as it is in the UK. See the whole Tropic Thunder shitfest for their 'full retarded' joke. In fact, it was probably a US dude who complained.

They're the ones pushing the 'don't called handicapped people handicapped!' thing, calling blacks 'african-americans', sticking 'happy holidays' instead of 'merry xmas', and other exaggerated sensitivities.

I actually like El Reg's snarkiness, even if I don't quite agree with AO's particular views but damn if 'freetard' will be bannes just because of oversensitive people!

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Re: Go for it!

I distinctly remember 'AppleTard' being used at some point. Or was that just Webster Phreaky?

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