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2650 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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@Steven Gray

""...when you got home you had... oh that's right, two batteries to charge sequentially"

You seem to have missed the "went out hiking 92 miles" part. I think there's no way he was going to be able to charge his phone at all, given the lack of power outlets during said 92-mile hike.

I remember having two batteries for my Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx; thanks to this, I was able to cope with a long flight running on both batteries. :)

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Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play

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Already happening

Dead Space 2 has the "online pass" thingy. According to this article, it isn't "all ps3 games" though, it is all Sony published games. Still shitty of them to do this...

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Bad substitute

MS pimps off their users by charging for online play, overcharging for HDDs and locking out third-party HDDs (Sony lets you stick any HDD on your PS3). If you really want to stick it to the man ... switch your PS3 for a PC, not an Xbox.

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'Boss from hell' knuckle-rapped for 'firing contests'

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Betting on who's going to get sacked is definitely a hostile environment. You're encouraging your workers to sabotage their target coworker so that you earn your measly $10.

I wouldn't quit, I would sue that jackass for as much as the law would allow me... and I would win!

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Super Mario jumps on domain squatter

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They do make money

Parked domains will usually have some kind of advertising, which will tran$late into $$$ to the domain's owner.

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Microsoft's Roslyn invites VB to Windows 8 party

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Oh dear no. VB.NET was kept because of VB6ers whining at MS. Of course, they "fixed" the language, throwing away all the crap and hacking it so it would mostly match C#'s syntax. And C# is basically a pirated Java version which added nifty things that Java lacked, but then tied the whole thing to the MS stack.

Fortunately, the new wave of programmers have a true programming language background, which means C-like languages, that is C/C++/Java/C#; that and having C# being easy to make GUI apps for Windows meant VB wasn't the only easy path for Win32 apps and thus VB is finally dying off. But at least what passes for VB.NET these days is infinitely better than VB6.

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VB must die

VB "classic" was a pile of steaming doo-doo. It infected a whole generation of devs with sloppy syntax and bad coding practices (ON ERROR RESUME NEXT). IIRC, MS was going to kill VB and go for C# as a forced replacement for VB, but the VB dudes didn't want to move.

So then Microsoft did something awesome; they left "VB" but actually made it so that VB.NET is actually C# with enforced syntactic sugar. Fortunately, the new generations have mostly gone C# or Java; others with PHP, Ruby, some go C++ but the trend does seem to be that most people are finally putting VB out to pasture.

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Human 'alarm clock' enzyme discovered

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Now all I need

... is for boffins to design a way for me to get JARID1a at the exact time I have to wake up.

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Oracle revs up Sparc, speeds up roadmap

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HP

It seems that what I had been saying for years has finally been proven right: HP fucked up abandoning PA-RISC and betting on Intel's Itanium. But then I think that one can be chalked to Carly's Follies...

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T-Mobile: Samsung ban really not in the public interest

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At least Verizon does. So it isn't like this is all about selling knockoffs, they actually are concerned on this.

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Firefox devs mull dumping Java to stop BEAST attacks

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FAIL

Err... Java isn't Javascript.

NoScript blocks JavaSCRIPT.

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Stupid

It isn't like Java is the multi-platform ActiveX; Java has its own security sandbox, unlike ActiveX. The real problem is the cypher protocol implementation; people should be already implementing/migrating to TLS 1.2 already.

If Mozilla were truly worried about Security, they would be disabling *Javascript*, of course.

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MySQL.com breach leaves visitors exposed to malware

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Bobby Tables

I think I know who paid a visit to the MySQL site then...

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4G or 'faux G', it's a mealy-mouthed marketing mishmash

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Iusacell, I'm looking at you!

Mexico's Iusacell carrier is outright lying, boasting its 4G network. Except they are a CDMA carrier (thus no 4G there) which has deployed a parallel GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ network. The HSPA+ part is what they call "4G".

Of course, the few users who have HSPA+ capable, or even UMTS handsets feel the speed... because nobody's using the network yet. FAIL

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Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting

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So did most Blackberries, and my SonyEriccson (which predates the iPhone). Prior art should nullify this stupid patent.

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HP dumps Apotheker for Whitman

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They used to have awesome workstations and servers as well (HP9000). I believe Carly axed PA-RISC and went for the shItanium...

At least they still have calculators...

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Memo to open source moralists: Put a sock in it

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The problem with RMS...

The problem with RMS is that his ideals aren't just working in the English language. Free means both "free as in freedom" and "free as in no cost", so Free Software is usually interpreted as $0 software. Ironically, your RedHat exapmle is one that got slammed back when RedHat decided to go pay-only and turn the free RHL into Fedora... and it was slammed because they weren't giving RHEL for free.

Then there's the GNU/Linux debacle, which really puts off anyone outside the FOSS/FLOSS community. It's the IT version of Political Correctness gone mad:

A: I'm checking this cool OS called Linux

B: HERETIC! IT IS CALLED GNU/LINUX!

A: Err.. Okay, so this Linux..

B: GNOOOOOO LEEEENOOOKS! JOO SAY IT GNOO SLASH LINUX!

A: Um... Fuck it, if every Linux user is as demented as you, I'd rather suffer Windows.

Oh, and some people started using the unambiguous Spanish word "libre" instead of free; RMS still won't use Libre Software because he insists on using Free. This puritanism on terminology might be huting FOSS more than MS FUD.

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Virtual and real worlds collide in gamers' minds

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Fallout 3, indeed.

My stepson started having the "response menu" effect after 3 weeks playing Fallout 3. I also had a similar effect, and the fact that I put a Pip-Boy theme on my BlackBerry didn't help...

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Why was Duke Nukem Forever s**t?

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That was the problem!

"Was pretty much just Halo with a sense of humour."

Halo was shit; it has a stupidd 2 weapon limit and a crappy regen health system that either made it too easy or too hard, coupled with oh so very lineal level syndrome. These are the things that I most hate about Halo... And were the things that DNF had. :(

Having Duke being so awesome and then limiting him to 2 weapons is shitty. Duke3d's defining feature was more or less the same one with Crusader No Regret: the zillion weapong you could use to kill bad guys in veery creative ways.

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Netflix: How to completely screw up

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Not that bad though.

Mexico also got Netflix last Monday. While their initial catalog did suck donkey balls, it seems to be getting decent additions daily. Where they are full of fail is on languages; some movies have only Spanish dub (ugh!), others have weird choices like English audio with FORCED Brazilian Portuguese subs (huh? Mexico doesn't even speak Portuguese!) So they really have to fix stuff like that. Oh, HD works on my 3Mbps DSL, and the Latin American Netflix service has no DVD rental stuff. Maybe the LatAm subscribers will offset the US defectors?

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Easy fix

Use a PS3 or a Wii as your client for a Silverlight-free experience :)

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Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites

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Er...

Java != JavaScript.

That said, the JS piece is needed because it is a chosen-plaintext attack. It basically exploits the broken IV implementation used for TLSv1.0 to defeat CBC, so the JS thingy is needed...

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AGREE

Yes, JavaScript is a pest. Unfortunately, all that weird AJAXy stuff means that browsers can't just get rid of it, and all this Web 2.0 crap is further extending JS use. Unfortunately, other client-side web code solutions have failed to get off the ground (Java Applets, JavaFX) or are even worse in the security dept (ActiveX) so it seems we're stuck with it.

Then you've got Apple toting the "HTML5" banner, and it's going to be harder to get rid of JS...

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How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls

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There are quite a few.

CoS is well known for bullying critics with "copyright infringement" lawsuits, which is why Anonymous came to be well.. Anonymous.

Anyone pimping off dead author's works is potentially one of these; the one that screwed over The Verve for "Bittersweet Symphony" being one of them (the Rolling Stones are still alive, but the one with the rights who sued isn't one of 'em)

It might also apply to anyone holding copyrights for works not made by them; they can and will do things against the spirit of the original author.

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Ten years after the Twin Towers: What's the Reg angle?

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Yup....

About less than a week after 9/11, most of us got a chain mail stating all the "niceties" the US has done in the last 60-100 years, and the death toll from many of their interventions in other countries. It ended up saying "6000? That was cheap!" or something like that.

Most Latin Americans, and keen historians will know that Sept. 11 has been an infamous date loooong before the WTC attack. It is the date of the (allegedly CIA-backed) Chilean coup that brought Pinochet to power. Some of the ha-ha-but-serious jokes actually mentioned that there was a good chance that Chileans would end up being the ones responsible for 9/11!

Flames, 'coz that's how the Twin Towers went out, along with a lot of our liberties.

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9/11: The day we lost our privacy and power

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Bruce Schneier sees the future

Anyone remember the "Applied Cryptography" book? That one was published long before 9/11. I remember reading it some time around 2002, and ran into the following sentence:

"Imagine that a big terrorism attack were to happen in New York. How many liberties would be sacrificed after that?" (paraphrasing, can't remember the actual sentence and I don't have the book anymore). Reading this when something like that had happened, and seeing that the author was right about that made me really sad.

Then again, RIPA's "gimme your crypto keys" clause was passed before 9/11, so maybe the whole event only accelerated the inevitable...

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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Nice!

Now, can you pleeease fix the mobile version? I can no longer select any icons on the mobile comments section.

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Nike auctions Back to the Future trainers

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shoes?

Screw the shoes, I want the DeLorean!

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Apple finally purges Mac OS of disgraced DigiNotar certs

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You do got a point there...

Anyone can simply remove DigiNotar's CA from the Root Certificate store; not just in desktop OSes either. My BB can perfectly delete root CA certs as well. Are the iOS devices able to do this, or is this another of those cases there "Apple knows better" trumps security issues???

If the latter, Apple is fully responsible for this blunder, because the user can't distrust DigiNotar. BTW, I didn't find ay diginotar root certs on my BB...

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ChaCha promises answers-by-SMS for free, sort of

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Also as funny...

Search what "chacha" means in Mexican Spanish...

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Google tells Iranians: Change your Gmail password

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Kinda fake

IIRC the 'hackers' actually forged their own certs using DigiNotar's CA, isn't this the case? There were no clueless DigiNotar dudes actually giving away www.google.com certs. The forged certs would probably fail an OCSP check, so they're "fake" for all purposes.

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British warming to NUKES after Fukushima meltdown

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Not that wrong though.

We're stuck with wasted fuel rods because we aren't reprocessing 'em. Anyway, nuclear/fission is really intended as a stopgap measure; the one thing that will actually give us unlimited power is fusion. Nuclear will last long enough for fusion to be viable... but the same idiots mindlessly campaigning against nuclear are also going against Fusion. Even though Fusion is actually *safe*.

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Why modern music sounds rubbish

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@Dagg, Dolby NR

"most cassettes were played on sh*t boom boxes..."

That's why Dolby Noise Reduction was invented. Amp up the trebles while recording, then lower the trebles during playback, so the cassette's "shhhhhh" sound is lowered. Even if your cassette player didn't have Dolby support, you could get the same effect by lowering the treble setting. :)

Mine's the one with the Walkman...

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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

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Businesses

They keep MS and Adobe afloat because they get audited every now and then. If people didn't have pirated MS warez, they would've gone down the Linux path, thus depriving MS from adopters, which will in turn recommend whatever they use at their workplaces.

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French bloke fined for failing to shag missus

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Marriage and sex

You can still say no during marriage, but say no too many times and it's grounds for divorce, sometimes even annulation. Some immigrant jackass got himself deported in the US because of this; he married a fat chick (to get legal migration status, it seems) but delayed *any* kind of sex for years before she filed for divorce.

Sounds about right; if you aren't getting any sex, why keep the marriage? And 21 years w/o shagging???

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Microsoft: Our clouds are cheaper than VMware clouds

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Right on!

Having had to work with Hyper-V, I can attest that it is a shit product. Its failover capabilities don't work as expected, and the underlying Windows OS is a liability. The one virtualized datacenter I managed was already creaking by the time I left, and they were already thinking about switching over to VMware. Oh, they also had XenServer in the mix, which never failed them...

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If you really want to dump VMware...

Go to XenServer. I would not wish Hyper-V even on my worst enemy! The one company that took on that is now considering switching over to VMware. Yes, they are willing to dole out more $$$ just to get rid of Hyper-V.

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After Jobs: Apple and the Cult of Disruption

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Actually paying attention!

"These theories are not only discussed by actual business leaders, they have been successfully applied by them"

The term you're searching for isn't "disruptive", it's "Kamban". The art of not just coming with *one* new thing, but constantly improving on it and leaving your competition behind.

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PHP users warned to stay away from latest update

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no md5 crypt!

They shouldn't be using md5 'coz it has been already attacked, it has been proven to be the hash equivalent to DES so everyone's moved to Blowfish for passwd crypto or SHA1/SHA2 for message digests.

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Cloud music-locker ruling: MP3tunes claims '99% victory'

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A lot of 'em are legitimate

Megaupload, rapidshare, etc have been used for "piracy", but they have been also used for large file transfers; quite a number of companies have used it for business purposes. Then there's that former DJ who put up all his free promo stuff on filesharing services.

Same thing with BitTorrent; those playing SC2, MGS4 and a good bunch of games are using BitTorrent for game updates. The judge is right in removing the stigma of "filesharing == piracy" that the *AAs insist on using. Then again, these are the guys behind "copyright infringement == theft" so they do seem to lack basic logical thinking anyway.

DISPCLAIMER: I do not condone piracy. But a good bunch of antipiracy arguments are really, really stupid.

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A lot of 'em are legitimate

Megaupload, rapidshare, etc have been used for "piracy", but they have been also used for large file transfers; quite a number of companies have used it for business purposes. Then there's that former DJ who put up all his free promo stuff on filesharing services.

Same thing with BitTorrent; those playing SC2, MGS4 and a good bunch of games are using BitTorrent for game updates. The judge is right in removing the stigma of "filesharing == piracy" that the *AAs insist on using. Then again, these are the guys behind "copyright infringement == theft" so they do seem to lack basic logical thinking anyway.

DISCLAIMER: I do not condone piracy. But a good bunch of antipiracy arguments are really, really stupid.

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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900

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It gets better...

Chacha is slang for "maid" in Mexico. So people who buy that particular phone are probably going to be er ... fondling their smartphones...

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RIM to turn in BlackBerry-using looters after London riots

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iPhone overrated, BB's death exaggerated

I've seen this as well; as much as the followers of the Cult of Jobs claim that the iPhone is taking over the smartphone and gaming markets, I see an ever-increasing number of Blackberries among the yoof. BBM is the new MSN Messenger for a good number of people, despite WhatsApp's rise.

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SQL survives murder attempt by mutant stepchild

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Toxic stuff

Most, if not all of these NoSQL thingies throw ACID out of the window. The problem is that the aren't meant to be substitutes for RDBMSs, but more for non-relational stuff that doesn't quite fit the relational model. However, it's being sold as an "SQL Substitute" which is wrong, and whoever goes ahead and implements this just out of hating SQL is going to have this bite back!

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Crypto shocker: 'Perfect cipher' dates back to telegraphs

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Public-key cryptography?

That's what Public-key crypto solves. Send the key, encrypted in such a way that only the intended recipient can decrypt it.

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Angry Birds, other iPhone games shotgunned by Lodsys

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Troll, troll, troll your patent gently down the (money) stream

Patent troll. 'Nuff said.

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US Supremes dump violent video game ban

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ESRB

Or, they could simply make something like ESRB or RSAC mandatory, like MPAA ratings for movies. The system is already in place, no need to write stupid laws like this one. Let an actual board set the standards!

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Duke Nukem Forever rocks up on shelves

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2 guns only

That 2 guns only shit was made popular thanks to that really shitty game called Halo. Unfortunately, it seems to have turned into "teh thing" on FPS, so a good bunch of FPS now have that idiotic rule. Please, I'd rather have the "Felix the Cat bag" approach to weapons/ammo than the shitty 2 guns only system!

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LulzSec hacks US Senate

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*Cringe*

I also cringed when I read "the firm behind Quake and Doom". That will always be id Software, and even now id Software still exists even if only as a ZeniMax subsidiary. Bethesda will "sell" Doom 4, yes, but the whole coding stuff is still being made by id Software.

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Duke Nukem Forever

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They should simply go PS3.

If they're going to do real good stuff, they should give out PS3 versions. The shitbox 360 is getting outspecced by gaming PC rigs but the PS3 still has the hardware to cope with the increasing requirements. But yes, any real good PC game will blow any console version out of the water. I suspect that Take-Two Interactive are on PS's payola...

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