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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

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Re: Does this mean ... ?

Given that AOL was for a long time the only ISP in most of the US, it probably is an appropriate comparison. However I doubt it'll have the same ending; AOL's demise was because broadband ate away its market, Comcast and TWC are the broadband in those places. The only way the AOL story would repeat itself is if another broadband ISP were to roll out nationwide and have better service than Comcast/TWC.

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Comcast to acquire Warner Cable – reports

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This is evil

I don't know about TWC, but Comcast are the guys who were forging RST packets and tried to get away with it in court. They're EVIL. Hopefully this will fuel the Net Neutrality fire...

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

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Re: Concentrating on things @Gordon 10

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A mistake really??? Apple concentrating on short term profit (ie the high end) has made them almost immune from the general slump in PC and Laptop sales.

You're thinking current markets. Back in the 80's, they had the PC market with the Apple II. There's a good chance that guys my age had their first hands-on experience with an Apple II if they lived in the US, there were a lot of 'em in many elementary schools. It even had the first real killer app for personal computers: VisiCalc (the very first spreadsheet program!). The Macintosh was even better as it had a GUI at a time where most computers were mostly text only. See the Texas Instruments one, the C-64 or the Apple II. And only a couple of years later, the Macintosh had killer apps for office productivity, like Aldus PageMaker and yes, even Word and Excel (this is where Office was born!). But Apple had to sell it at an expensive price, and thus the adoption rate was slower.

Hell, they managed to keep the Macintosh platform pretty good all the way to System 7.1, even when Windows came out System 7 was still nice compared with the fugly Win3.1 GUI (Program Manager, anyone?). It was probably 'till Windows 95 that MS reached near-parity with System 7 … and even then they were still behind the line. But PCs were now at least somewhat user friendly and combined price differential and the post-Sculley slump meant that the PC kicked them out of the personal computer market. It was a sad thing to see...

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AppleTalk!

Yeah, AppleTalk was far better than COM: or even LPT: back then. It worked like a boxy Token-Ring-ish LAN as well, though these capabilities weren't really exploitable out of the box until System 7 came out. Printers could be connected to the AppleTalk network though, which was pretty awesome for that time.

I still remember that the first LAN ever at home was AppleTalk-based, so much that my later PC had an LPT to AppleTalk adapter to talk with the rest of the home LAN. Ah, those were the days...

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Re: Early '90s "pre-internet"??

Technically it was still called ARPANet and/or NSFNet back then, though it started to get the 'Internet' moniker sometime around the late 80's or early 90's. The Internet as we know it today was probably "born" sometime around 1992, and the final restrictions on commercial stuff didn't go until 1995. Technically, we can talk of pre-1995 as the "pre-Internet" era as before then, NSFNet (the primary backbone) didn't allow commercial use of the network.

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Re: Concentrating on things

P. Lee - OSX basically did the "GUI for BSD", as NeXTStep and OSX are based off BSD. It's easy to use for those comfortable with BSD, but it is pretty mind boggling for those who are only used to Linux.

Oh, and the person who ended up bringing Jobs back to Apple originally wanted to build their GUI around Solaris. That would've been interesting, had Apple done both the turnaround and done "Apple on Solaris" Sun Microsystems would probably still exist to this day.

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Re: Copeland, Taligent, BEOS etc....

System 7 was far better than its contemporary Windows brethren, and that includes Windows 95. While System 7 could bomb (yes, I remember both Sad Macs and 'Sorry, a system error has occurred') Windows 3.x and 95 had a bad habit of doing this at random, and it was far more common back in those days. OS X came out by 2001, but the first really consumer-oriented memory-protected MS OS was Windows XP (as MS had Windows 2000 more of an enterprise OS) so both companies were really on equal footing (NT was more of a business OS).

Nope, process isolation in MacOS vs. OSX isn't what made MS win the war. It was mostly on pricing as PCs went far cheaper than Macs and a couple of blunders by Apple during the post-Sculley years. If stability were the real differentiation between platforms, we'd probably be running Solaris everywhere these days.

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Re: Pffffttt

I gotta agree on some of the things they tried, and the Newton particularly is one thing that I liked back then. Even the article states what many of us already know: the Newton wasn't killed for being a failure, it was killed because Jobs had to have his sweet revenge against the guy who succeeded him as CEO. He actually pissed off a lot of developers back then, as the Newton ecosystem was slowly but surely evolving.

Proof that Jobs wanted the Newton dead? Right before his return, Newton was going to be spun off as a separate company. This was halted upon Jobs' return. He really wanted the thing dead.

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Kaspersky rips The Mask from sneaky Spanish spy campaign

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Re: Careto is not Mask

Careto is not Mask. "Máscara" is Mask.

There's a fun game with Spanish: depending on the words used, you can actually know what country the writer/speaker is from. Given the use of Careto, it indeed sounds like Spain, unless we're being sidetracked and it's actually Portugal and/or Brazil (with "Careto" being actually Portuguese instead of Spanish).

Now, an easy way to find out if it's Spaniard is easy if computers are involved: every single Spanish speaking country that isn't Spain calls computers, computers. Spaniards call computers "sorting machines" (ordenadores). That single word narrows down Spain real quick!

The other country that is equally easy to lock into is Argentina; if they speak weird Spanish (as in, "weird to anyone not from Argentina" it probably is from that country. Example: "compártelo" in regular Spanish turns into "compartilo" in Argentinian, "tienes" into "tenés" , or "eres" into "sos".

If they call pineapples "bananas" without the B, it's at least South American. It's probably a fun game to wade through the zillion Spanish dialects, but at least you can narrow down quickly if it comes from certain countries.

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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

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Re: Overly aggressive throttling?

ANY throttling is bad. They're selling you a link that advertises X speed. They should give you X, or at least something near X most of the time. Yet it seems that in many parts of the US, they're getting less than 50%, sometimes 30% most of the time. The FCC should be given the regulatory power to clamp down on these practices, enforce Net Neutrality, outlaw CGNAT and put a mandatory contention limit. That is, no oversubscribing above a certain ratio. ISPs have the money to upgrade their lines and most of the time, it is only a matter of upgrading endpoint equipment. They don't do it because it's more profitable to milk their subscribers without actually doing anything.

See also: IPv6 rollouts. ISPs are happier pimping off uberexpensive IPv4 addys.

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

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Indeed!

The Stallman is strong with this one!

As much as RMS has gone down the ARRRGH RENEGADE path in much things, this is one thing where I do stand beside him. "Intellectual Property" doesn't exist and is used to warp different laws into something that isn't true.

Copyright is the right for the creator of a work (book, play, film, song, whatever) to profit for a LIMITED time, after that the work is released to public domain for everyone's benefit. Disney made sure that Copyright got unconstitutionally extended quasi-infinitely with things like the Mickey Mouse Protection Act.

Patents have a similar purpose to Copyright, except these were never extended and still have their original 24 (25?) year limit. Same principle applies, you publish the process being patented, everyone can reproduce it but they have to pay you royalties for a limited time.

Trademarks are well, images/words/sounds that identify a brand, and those are bought and maintained by paying the Trademark Office. Unlike the previous two, these can be extended indefinitely as long as the term isn't turned into a common word (see Xerox, Band-Aid, Hoover). A lot of companies that should be using this, are instead using Copyright thus the infinite expansion of that one.

The only thing here that can be "intellectual property" is the Trademark. The other two, not so much.

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DooM as a Movie

"There wasn't much pre-existing plot behind the Doom film either - look how well that turned out."

The original Doom game and its sequel didn't have much of a story, mostly "UAC set up base in Phobos and Deimos, find gateways, play with them, get invaded by Hell" with the second one extending the invasion to Earth. But Doom 3's reboot/remake of the whole story actually fleshed out a well-planned story. Hell, a whole play through could've been recorded by FRAPS and made for a movie by itself, and would've managed to be a far better movie than what was actually made.

IIRC the Doom movie had its plot changed to "Resident Evil IN SPAAAACE" out of fear from the whole Hell and Satanic themes causing an uproar from the conservatard/religious zealot groups. The resulting mess was… okay, better than an Uwe Boll movie, but anything is better than an Uwe Boll movie.

If you want to see a movie based on a near-to-none background story, I'd point to Super Mario Bros, which also turned out to be a turd.

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Re: But there is a Windows version

If Notch is not certifying Minecraft as an anti-Windows8 strategy (that is, to discourage Win8 adoption) he gets my full support. While Apple is the epitome of not only closed and controlled platforms but control-freakery and "screw the devs, we'll do what I say" not even Jobs did what Ballmer and Sinofsky pulled off with the TIFKAM thingy on Win8. They were told by pretty much everyone that TIFKAM was a disaster and they stayed course. The end result is that the thing isn't being bought except on new PCs, and given that new PCs no longer have Win7 as an option (at least not easily for consumers) the PC sales that were already falling took a nosedive.

Win 8's TIFKAM should be deprecated, those responsible should be fired and a service pack should be offered for free allowing to revert the UI into Aero at the very least and turn TIFKAM into an optional thing. (Keep the UI on tablets, where it's supposed to be useful.)

Compare Apple; they did add iOS-ish features to OSX but all of these are optional. I'm not forced to use Launchpad and it seems that most OSX users don't use it. On Win8, you have to use the hideous Start Screen, and a lot of config stuff is now only available on TIFKAM. They screwed the pooch big time.

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North Korea to switch on the interwebs

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Re: "[N]othing is ever straightforward"

Cuba is a bad example for your point, dude. Cuba was a USSR counter to the US putting up a similar thing in Turkey and thus within the USSR's spitting range. So the Soviets simply went 'Oh yeah? Well, we'll do the same in Cuba!". Both sides ended up negotiating to dismantle both systems, the US would dismantle the Turkey one, while the USSR would dismantle the Cuban one.

The US doesn't have a shining record on international negotiations, and Dubya's tenure probably shot whatever goodwill towards the US was left in the world (decades of CIA ops shot it decades ago in most of Latin America). But in the Koreas, the US does not want to re-engage in hostilities against NK at all, for the same reason they didn't during the USSR's existence: there's a good chance that a US/SK first strike into NK will trigger a Chinese counterattack. Unlike the NK, China actually has nukes and long-range strike capability. And well, all those shiny gadgets are being made over there, so the economic incentive not to piss off China is also strong. Also, Obama is trying very hard to shun the warmongering US image that his predecessor bestowed upon the US.

On the other hand, if NK decides to go stupid and attack South Korea, it would be really bloody … but there's a good chance China won't interfere. Some analysts have concluded that such a war would eventually be won by South Korea, but at the cost of thousands (probably millions) of lives.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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Re: "an open source remake"

And the MS troll now goes "Intellectual Property Troll". Weee!!!

Copyright is intended to protect works for a limited amount of time, but thanks to Disney it now extends beyond the creator's lifetime thus the "limited" part being defeated. Companies keeping copyright on works no longer published, sold or distributed by them are defeating the purpose of copyright and don't deserve to have those "copy rights" enforced.

At least some companies have relented and instead of going copyright trolling, they've either relaxed their stance on stuff like this, or have even re-released the older games for sale.

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WhatsApp? Spaniards wasapean their autofotos

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Cholo

hehe. Cholo also means something like "gangbanger" which makes you wonder how that player earned his nickname...

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Creepy US spy agency flings WORLD SLURPING OCTOPUS into orbit

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Cthulhu fhtaghn

Maybe they're simply going down the "why not go full evil?" road, or someone in the NRO has a twisted sense of humor.

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

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Re: education issue.

Indeed, all radioactive stuff has explicit labels like the all-known fan-shaped one and "MATERIAL RADIOACTIVO" stamped on it. They probably didn't check the cargo until after hearing the news about what exactly they had stolen. And even then they were stupid enough to open the container … that makes them doubly stupid!

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Darwin award

I'd probably agree with the Darwin award as well. Unlike the 1983 incident, it seems that the only dudes who got Chunky Rad Exposure were the robbers themselves, so no innocent bystanders affected. And given the violence involved in truck-jacking (or many gunpoint crimes in Mexico), I hope they die a slow and very painful death.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

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Nokia

I'd say that Nokia is a special case. They were in the peak-but-starting-to-fall phase and had the hindsight to know they needed to choose a new CEO and change their direction if they wanted to avoid crashing. Unfortunately the CEO they chose pushed the yoke straight down and sent 'em faster down to the ground!

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Might work...

… if they strike down the other garbage they did pass, the America Invents Act or the "Patent Troll Porkfest Act" where whoever files for patent first wins the patent, even if there's prior art. So while the risks of losing are higher, the chances you'll lose a troll patent are also smaller because "prior art" will no longer be valid defense against new patents.

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One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

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Re: Excuse me, but...

They're the ones who fund a popular astroturfing group known collectively as "The Tea Party" in the US. Of course, you've probably never known of either the Kochs or the Tea Party if you aren't following US politics.

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NSA sez NO to prez: Spooks ban Obama from using iPhones

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Is this really news?

Anyone even slightly concerned about security knows that the BlackBerry is still the only one with the certs and the security for serious stuff. Not really surprised that Obama has to keep his BlackBerry "Special Edition". If anything, the NSA would have him migrate to a Sectera Edge...

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Re: Remind me again...

Any kid can whip up a program in 30 minutes to use AES-256. Hell, even set it up to use the Gauss Counter Field variant (I forget the name of that mode) that is supposedly more secure. But to really get a secure crypto implementation, you need to get the FISP 140-2 certs and a whole other stuff to test that your program isn't vulnerable to leaking keys or CSP out into the wild. BB got those certs, while the iPhone has barely made FIPS 140-2 …. on iOS 6.

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Bad customer service?

No-one is going to "get over it" until it's made optional or just plain GONE. See, Apple also monkeyed with "let's put a mobile UI on our desktop OS" but they made it optional (Launchpad). It ended up being rarely used by most, but didn't bring the shitstorm on Apple. Why? Because it is OPTIONAL. As in, you're not forced to use it if you don't want to.

The Metro abomination is forced upon everyone, and 8.1's idea of "choice" means "you can choose to boot into a desktop view" but you're still forced to use the damn thing the moment you click on the "start button".

By the way, the last time a previous OS looked antiquated compared to the new one would be OSX (for Apple), Win2000/XP (for Microsoft) and the 2.6.x release of the Linux kernel for the Linux world. Arguably 7 might qualify, but even then it wasn't that much of a jump. Most posts I've seen claiming 8 makes all other OSen look prehistoric have been obvious astroturfers.

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Win7 still on the rise

Really. MSFT should stop plugging their ears and admit that Win8.x is a failure. No, having shills propping up a turd won't bring up a Jobsian effect. Hell, even Apple can't keep it up as Android is slowly but surely taking over the #1 spot in most markets. Of course, the difference is that the Jobs-powered RDF was pushing out stuff that was actually likeable, while the MS stuff is just plain awful.

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Re: if you had to migrate your business from Windows XP

Win7, and our clients think the same. Everyone's being migrated to Win7, and it seems that the PC acquisition halt is still in place even after 12 months. Win8 has been out for a year, and it has been thoroughly rejected.

MS, give it up. Nobody except your shills like Metro. Deprecate it, after all MS is a master in deprecating stuff their devs use all the time.

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Climate change makes phones obsolete: ITU

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Really.

This is the reason I still have a landline. I still haven't purchased a CB radio, but I probably will do sometime the next year; theoretically Civil Protection guidelines mandate a CB radio in our apartment block. I'm still buying one as I'd rather be safe and sorry; earthquakes are common over here.

In my experience, after a quake the stuff will shut down in this order: Cellphone/voice, Cellphone/data, Landline/data and/or other Broadband solutions, Landline/voice. At least that's how it rolled last year after the 7.8 earthquake on March 20, 2012. Yipes!

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Re: Well doh!

Indeed, streaming via the 'net is actually a stupid idea the way it's done these days. That's what "multicast" is supposed to be for; sending streams in a one-to-many fashion. Those live streams you see every now and then? Those were supposed to be multicast, not done via zillions of TCP/IP unicast connections hogging Gb/s worth of bandwidth sending the same stuff!

As much as IT is my job, I'm also one of those that is fully aware that in catastrophic situations, I'd rather have an actual landline and a ham radio. Cellphones are usually the first thing to go, followed by mobile data services, then regular wired internet services. Landlines are next, but of course you'll always have the airwaves to transmit your SOS.

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VIOLENT video games make KIDS SMARTER – more violent the BETTER

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Re: With a quick search .....

Go even further back in time, you'll find that most of the "video games are evil" arguments of these days are basically a search and replace for "pinball". Said pinball machines were even made illegal because of lobbying by said stupid idiots.

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Hooters, shooters and looters: Eidos’s Tomb Raider

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Re: From the people who bought you Rick Dangerous

"I take it you never played Mario 64 then?"

I did, and it's the reason why I gave up on Nintendo for a full decade, if not longer. Damn thing was horrible to play!

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Re: @ Mr C Hill

Just keep on shooting it … can't remember what triggers the event that actually "kills" him though! Finished Uncharted 2 years ago and it seems everyone forgets how to beat that Yeti!

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What are you, APPLE? Storage upstart patents filesystem wrapper tech

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TBH, Apple is the poster child for "patenting frivolous things" in IT space, and while they aren't quite a patent troll (they actually do use their patents in their products) the whole "rounded corners" thing has made them the laughingstock whenever patents and IT are involved.

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Hm...

I'm guessing at least ZFS already does stuff like this, unless they're going for the "but we do it in TEH CLOUDZ!" angle. Anyway, it's possible they'll succeed thanks to that horrible "America Invents Act" where prior art is no longer a patent breaker if it hasn't been patented first. That act made patent trolls very happy!

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Dude, relax – it's Just a Bunch Of Disks: Our man walks you through how JBODs work

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Hehe

I was wondering "but it's still a JBOD" until I read the particular implementation involving ZFS. Yes, a JBOD is useful if you're doing ZFS as the resiliency upon losing an HDD is managed by ZFS instead of a RAID controller card. Bonus points for having an array accessible by two servers!

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PC market: ABANDON HOPE all ye who enter here

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Why oh why doesn't MS see the elephant in the room? It's the Metro/Modern UI, stupid! It does work on tablets, though even there it is possible that Windows has become an anti-brand. People sat through Vista, given current market trends both consumer and businesses are going to sit through 8.x. They are in grave danger of losing the consumer market for good; nobody really needs win8 for common consumer tasks where win7 is enough.

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

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It depends on your "nowadays"

Unreal (1998? 1999?) came out with a very clear disclaimer that the game might have bugs, it might not even work, and a smiley face. Sure, old console generations would be pickier with bugs as ROM cartridges couldn't be patched even if you could do so due to the game living in ROM. But even then old games had bugs; some of them horrible. There's a particular one in Megaman 1 where getting hit right when you beat Dr. Wily would crash the game and deprive you of the ending. Oh, and that game is the hardest Megaman ever, and it lacks password/continue capabilities. Ouch!

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This is going to be fun

All those MS shilltards trashing the PS4 "blue light of death" finding out that the XB1 has similar defects. It would be even hilarious if the Xbone ends up having a worse failure rate; however I think they'll end up being pretty much the same this time 'round.

It does seem that the quality of most stuff these days is going down the gutter. Maybe a side effect of outsourcing everything to China?

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Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

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It did.

They're comparing week-1 sales of the PS3 vs. week-1 sales of the XB1. On the long run, the PS3 ended up outselling the 360 by a low margin, and that's even before shaving off those who bought RROD replacements.

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Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

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So...

Who's left in id Software then? Most of the original team had left, IIRC John Carmack was probably the only one left. Sadly, I'm guessing this means I won't be getting my Doom 4. At. All.

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Guess which major US telco ISN'T cracking down on premium SMS spam?

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Re: PSMS scamming only exists in the US and Canada @AC Brazil

If Brazil is operating under the scheme I think it is, no it isn't the same as PSMS. Here in Mexico, the popular scam is related to "get jokes for "free", send an SMS to 77666" or something like that. What you're actually doing is setting up a recurring subscription which is automatically deducted against your phone number. Of course, this auto charge will persist even if you stop using said phone number, and it gets reassigned to someone else. So the lesson is not to fall for those stupid SMS offers at all!

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It's the games, STUPID: Sony makes 'about $18' on each PlayStation 4

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The "dickpunch" whatever is a CAD joke that indeed is growing stale. But then so is the MS powered FUD going on. I'd like to see what happens when the X Bone starts failing as well...

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Re: Faking accounting,evading taxes..more marketing bull.

Nice to see the house is cracking down on shills! :) Now can you shoot down TheVogon's auto-libel posts? It's getting really obvious these days he's mostly FUDding for money...

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Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

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Re: Ah, but why did they sell the dumb phones?

Nokia went from 40+% *worldwide* to a measly 12% … and you call that affordable? I don't think that's affordable at all.

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

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Re: Shows how stupid it is having one indicator that covers all possible failures

I'm reminded of cars. I still remember when they had lights to give a hint on what could be wrong, while these days they have a single "CHECK ENGINE" light. Damned if you know what happened!

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Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight

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Re: DRAMA!!!!

Not all software engineers are quack. And while EE's do a good job, we are using the world's shittiest arch anyway, x86. Hopefully this tech switch will poen up real opportunities for the tech world to get rid of that junk...

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Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

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Re: Hardware non-issues

Yadda yadda yadda. The MS shill machine fires up again. Remember that the dudes that pay you to spread FUD also downplayed the infamous RROD. And given failure rates with modern electronics, I wouldn't be surprised if the X-Bone ends up having similar and/or worse failure rates anyway! The real test will be if the failure rates stay as they currently are after a couple of months, which would mean there is a real problem with the devices.

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Re: "how laughably partisan gamers still are"

Or the eternal fight over calling it Linux or "GNOO slash Leenuks"

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SECRET draft copyright treaty LEAKED: Meet the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Mexico agreeing to Copyright Extension

Not really surprised that my own country is asking for Copyright limits to be applied globally. It is the only country that has a longer limit on copyright duration, being 10 years more than in the US post-Mickey Mouse Protection Act.

Hopefully the leaking of TPP to the public will bring up a SOPA-style shitstorm; that was what killed the infamous ACTA as well.

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Netflix, YouTube video killed the BitTorrent star? Duo gobble web traffic

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Re: Confused by Netflix

Here in Mexico, the Netflix site started showing the low monthly fee the day the service was launched for my country. Funnily, the Netflix client had been sent to my PS3 in some previous firmware update so I knew they were going to open up here "someday".

But the way I learned about Netflix actually opening up here? The day they started offering Netflix here, someone turned on the TV and I heard a Netflix ad!

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