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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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Russian spyboss brands Tor a crook's paradise, demands a total ban

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errrr

IIRC the French did that. I think. Remember something related to that at least.

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Re: In soviet russia,

In Soviet Russia, Tor bans YOU!

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Yes, it works

As long as the entity you're avoiding doesn't control most of the nodes, and thus the chances of it having both the guard and exit nodes within its control is slim.

FSB only has Russia, and most nodes are in Western countries. So what works for the NSA, works against the FSB thus their "concerns".

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Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

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TPM

Heh. The fun thing is that TPM is good when it is actually used by the user vs. being a remote MS borging control. A couple of talks at DEFCON actually showed useful things that can be done with the TPM iron like random keys used for encrypting stuff and having them protected by the TPM ... basically serving as a poor man's HSM.

But noooo ... MS and the other evil entities insist on using the tech for DRM evil. Meh.

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

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Leaving the freefalling plane

... after dumping the fuel, blowing up the wings, and pitching it on a 90º descent with the whole tail section gone ...

Yes, I'd also say it's about time to retire. Let the rest fall to their doom!

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@kdh0009

Didn't you get the memo? He's been nuked by the Vulture Masters. While they did leave what seem to be the evil versions of him, they have been clamping down on the most outright troll posts.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Re: @ Itzman

If you're talking about the US, it isn't a Democracy. USA was founded under the idea that Democracy is a horrible thing; thus what you have in the USA is a "Polity".

If you're talking about the UK, it isn't a democracy either; it is a "Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy". It does operate with a limited use of democracy, mostly in that you get proportional representation.

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Re: Re. fracking

I agree on you with both Fracking and space-based Solar.

But I strongly disagree with your stance in Nuclear. There's a reason I stopped funding GreenCheese; they not only have a pathological hatred against Nuclear, they spread outright FUD and lies on that topic. No, fusion isn't fission. No, ITER can't be turned into an atomic bomb, no matter what the last Batman movie said. No, it isn't the same. No, Fukushima wasn't that bad. No, No, No. And they love to mix in actual weapons nuclear testing with "nuclear power". I'm sorry but putting dudes within the danger area of U235 without shielding isn't the same as a power plant. Or blowing a nuke.

We should be building Gen-4 reactors, if only to substitute the Gen1 and Gen2 ones (like Fukushima Daiichi) and start switching over from coal to nuclear. And even those are stopgaps as the final goal is to do fusion. Meanwhile, burn most of the "useless" fuel with the molten salt things so we don't have nuclear waste lying around as well...

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Kim Kardashian's bosom pal in bling snatch Instagram unpleasantness

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Re: Wow, too bad...

...that guy didn't get away with the watch.

So I wasn't the only one thinking that! $500k would clear my debt, pay off my apartment and probably give me a 2 year long vacation period. There's no way in hell I'd buy something as expensive as that; but even more, if I did have one I wouldn't Instagram it! That's just asking to get mugged!

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Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

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Laws on citizen data @Chris W

I've worked for a certain bank that has branches all over Latin America. One of such branches is Venezuela.

That oh-so-unloved president passed a law quite a couple of years ago (2005? 2006?) stating that any bank information or whatever should never, ever be stored outside Venezuela. At all. The bank then initiated a titanic effort to move all the Venezuela branch stuff back into Venezuela, thus complying with the law in a timeframe that was within 12 months.

So yes, it can be done, it just depends on how big the balls of the country's government are. In Venezuela, it was either complying with the law or face expropriation.

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Bank man: System's down, let's have coffee. Oh SNAP, where's all the CASH?

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tokens!

I am really surprised that US banks haven't wised up and implemented two-factor auth already. All of my banks have done so, even if Mexican accounts are probably poorer on that account...

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

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He did that!

In the first article on this subject, it is mentioned that "drinking the water" was actually one of the things he did, noting that it tasted funny (I think it was iodine in the water?) But it was just too much to drink it all away.

Now that's courage, drinking water you don't know where it came from!

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Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

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CAD

The CtrlAltDel is still there for all of us who have had to login on a domain-attached Windows computer. I know it was still there in Win7. As others have mentioned, it is a security feature to avoid keyloggers and fake login screens as C/A/D can't be intercepted. Kinda like kill -9 in that sense.

Disabling that feature is a no-no for obvious reasons.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs

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Re: trade you a google for a apple

Yup, the Antitrust movie is basically the MS inspired one, they just added murder to the mix to make it more of a thriller. Ironically, it is Linux what we see throughout the movie!

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Court throws out Icahn's demand to stall Dell shareholder vote

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eek

The good thing is that it seems Icahn is going to lose this battle. GOOD. And I wouldn't call Icahn & Co. Vultures because I think it's offensive ... to the poor vultures. :)

Good to see that evil didn't prevail here; either that or the courts and shareholders have finally wisened up that Icahn is only using 'em.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Re: Wait, hear that? @Ben Tasker

Ah, I had mis-read the paragraph mentioning the "permanent 0day". What the dude from MS actually says is that the first everything-but-XP patch would fix vulns and that clever reverse engineering would uncover what the vuln is, and thus a new 0day is "born" for XP. I had read it as "next patch update will open vulns". Must be my brain saying "It's Friday, go out already!".

It does make sense then. At least most companies do seem to be currently on the XP to 7 migration process, so hopefully it won't be much of an issue come April 2014.

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Re: Wait, hear that?

What are they supposed to do, retard? Not patch win7 boxes? Continue to piss away resource on patching XP boxes after twelve fucking years?

Hey, your retard is showing. ;) Of course MS shouldn't be obliged to support what amounts to a really, really ancient OS, especially as Win7 mostly does what is needed. But I also suspect that Win7 is probably going to linger as much as XP thanks to the Fabulous Fred UI saddled on Win8.

It doesn't matter what MS do.

Oh, it does matter. A lot. If MS is in fact deliberately adding vulns to an OS, especially one still supported, they are probably liable under serious computer crime laws. I don't think any EULA can exempt them from say the CFAA; I don't think MS has asked their lawyers about the legality of seeding vulns on their OS. It could be interpreted as malicious intent...

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BlackBerry: It's the end-to-endness, stupid

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Re: Rage.....

There was an article a couple of (months? years?) ago that mentioned BYOD would actually morph into "Buy Your Own Device" and this would be the fault of the iTards wanting to use their iToys instead of the company-issued devices. I even agreed with that view, as my then-current employer had issued us company cellphones ... but they were "dumbphones". We were expected to answer emails on the move, but that would be using our own personal smartphones. Don't have one? Too bad, you have to buy your own.

At least having the company dumbphone meant I didn't need to cave in with privacy issues; only calls from the company cellphone were scrutinized.

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Re: They should try to hold on

Nokia's WP sales are climbing at over 30% a quarter

7 years ago I increased my income by 260%, which should be very impressive. But if you look at the actual numbers, it was actually an increase from $233/month to $623/month. Not that impressive, is it?

Same goes for Nokia. Their upwards climb is negligible, especially taking into account that they had the #1 spot before Elop shat all over Nokia by killing Symbian.

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

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The burden of evidence is totally within the FA. So basically they're guilty of screwing the pooch, the article even mentions the legal aspects of the ban. BBC, DuckDuckGo and the other affected people should be enabled to sue the FA for zillion pound damages for their downtime. Mostly to serve as a warning to other trigger-happy entities...

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Meh with the ISPs.

If I were an ISP, after finding out exactly what went down, I'd simply sit my ass and just say "Well, the law tells me I have to enforce this ban. Either take it down, repeal it or change it for me to unban that IP." or even better, just say you'll wait till a court order tells me to unban the IP.

This reminds me of Montag's plan where he would plant books on the firemen's homes and then report them, thus having the firemen burn themselves down.

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Microsoft cuts number of countries that will have Xbox One by Christmas

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Re: Xbox Two

I am one of those affected by the OtherOS brouhaha, in so much that I still have my original phat PS3 stuck on 3.15 because of that. I eventually caved in and bought another PS3 for updated games & stuff, because I have always had more distrust at MS than Sony. And I was proven right by MS themselves with the Always Online requirement!

So it isn't quite that everyone has forgotten the OtherOS thing, but that we all are more pissed off at Microsoft and that Sony does seem to have had a change of heart on key issues. They could've easily gone down the same MS route, but they didn't.

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BlackBerry hits 88MPH, goes back to the future with NEW old 9720 mobe

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Re: I miss my berry

I changed my BB 3 weeks ago ... and went for a BB 9790. I hate keyboardless phones, and in the "I wanna ripoff the iPhone" frenzy it seems that most smartphone manufacturers have gone for big-ass, shatter-prone monstrosities. No thanks.

Also, BB still has the security strength on its side, something that actually has much more sway on me than having ADD-fueled games or the latest shiny. So basically, I'm ok with BB even if it isn't "the hot thing" to have. Because I don't care about what's hot, I care about what works for me. And in my case, it's a secure handset with a keyboard. Also, one that survived DEFCON's public wifi w/o getting 0wned. ;)

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Um... geography?

The 9720 will not be available in the West but in Asia and Latin America.

Um... all of Latin America is in the West.

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Court hearing on Icahn's Dell buyout block set for Friday

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Dear Courts

Tell the Icahn bully to please stop crapping over everyone else's stuff.

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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

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Re: The Xbox actually looks quite promissing for online games.

Most parents won't have seen all this rubbish about DRM or always on Kinect so won't have any prejudice against the xbox,

But the kids definitely have. If they were pissed off, they will ask for a PS4 even if it were more expensive than an XBone.

Why do you think the Wii sold so well compared to the more powerful ps3 and xbox 360?

Indeed it was cheaper and it sold most, but it wasn't the only reason it was a smash hit. The novelty of the controller stuff appealed to the non-gamer community so people that would usually not buy a gaming console bought up the Wii. And well, according to the previous logic, the Wiiverse should be full of shouty annoying kids, shouldn't it?

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Lots of better stuff

Sooo... how is now PS4 better? I know it has better hardware and that MS can't be trusted, but is there anything else? I lost track.

Well, to begin with the hardware stuff. I usually don't delve that much with this new gen, as both have the craptastic x86 architecture which is a backwards step chip-wise. They could've just stayed PPC but added the GPU juicy bits they're currently doing on x86.

PS+ will be mandatory only for multiplayer gaming. If you want Netflix or the other stuff, you don't need PS+ while XBL will still demand Gold for all those goods. And even then, PS+ gives tons of freebies every month, sometimes cheap games but occasionally even good games (I got inFamous 2 for free, Bioshock 2 ... a couple of others)

Sony was bit hardly by their past errors and seem to be acting on getting back their goodwill. I doubt they'll backtrack on their promises as the X-BONE serves as a warning of what happens when you do something like that. (Mind you, they also experimented a bit of this with OtherOS: pissing off the one demographic that had the tech skills to crack the PS3.)

No mandatory Sauron device.

Basically, while both Sony and MS have done real bad things, it seems Sony has learned its lesson, while MS tried to pull off the Win8 strategy on their users. Except it backfired so bad, the XBone was declared DOA about 24 hours after it's unveiling at E3.

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Re: George Orwell - Future historian and prognosticator

So I've seen the future, and it is GLaDOS using a Kinect to stamp on a human face, forever.

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Re: @Trevor

on top of their recent record revenues you mean?

Yes my dear MS shill, but you forget that revenue isn't profit. And in that sense, profit is falling. It seems they're finally getting hit by all that Fisher Price OS kit that isn't selling? It's bound to get worse when the XBoxOne tanks as well. I doubt their 180's are good enough to bring gamers back.

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Re: Yeah, good luck.

Interestingly, maglev is too expensive for China, I don't think they intend to build more maglev lines.

They were going to extend the Shanghai one to somewhere else, can't remember where ... but the project stopped because they favored their own home-grown HSR system. I also remember some weird ripoff they were doing (called something similar to Feng Shui) which was suspiciously similar to the Transrapid Maglev, so much that it is suspected it was basically stolen/copied Transrapid technology. So maybe the Chinese do have the money to do maglev, they just want to pirate it ;)

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

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It is a first for a program that isn't just watched by blokes in their underpants who live in their Mum's house. Anime, eh? Is it so hard to get a girlfriend?

Nope, anime isn't tentacle rape or kiddy Card Captor stuff. They've got adult stuff (that isn't the aforementioned tentacle rape hentai stuff) which has in fact permeated to mainstream Hollywood stuff. Think The Matrix, but also Elysium which seems to have ripped off Battle Angel Alita. Or Pacific Rim, which is an outright tribute to the Mecha genre and the Godzilla big monster movies.

And um... I live in my own flat since I was 20, long-term relationship with a live-in girlfriend for 4 years. Maybe it is you the one living in Mum's house?

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