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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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pugs suck

>So what will you be playing in 2019?

Not sure exactly but pretty sure will still be getting annoyed with random pug team mates and still be griefing like I have pretty much done since the birth of modern online games (like waiting on the docks of UOL to steal the newly created ships of n00bs who dropped their hard earned newly bought title in the water and weren't quick enough).. May flash banging your own team and trapping them in corners last forever.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: We've found it ! . . .

> It will happen before 2050

I would be surprised if another man/woman goes beyond low earth orbit from any nation again by 2050 the way things are going.

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Re: Bleeding obvious ?

>Venus is in our Goldilocks zone too. So that's only a 33% hit rate in our Solar System.

If Mars and Venus traded atmospheres it might be more likely that hit rate could go up but even again then probably not.

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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Re: Blade of grass on a football field

My favorite example was an angstrom being the amount the water level increased in an Olympic sized swimming pool when a house fly landed on the surface of the water. But similarly that might have been an underestimate and it might be more like the amount an ocean increases being that angstrom is such a tiny measurement.

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For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

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Re: Why would anyone want Windows (especially 8) on a tablet?

Productivity programs on a home tablet? (enterprise for the most part could give a flying f__k about tablets) Yep the demand is so great that the article is about Lenovo cutting production huh dumbass?

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: Get rid of that awful Google Update

>only Chrome has latest flash at all on Linux as its included by default which the more open sourcey projects can't do

What I meant to say is the flash plugin for Linux is stuck at version 11 except for Chrome which comes with version 14 or whatever is latest built in and doesn't require installing a plugin any program can abuse.

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Re: Get rid of that awful Google Update

>I'm still baffled why people want Google Spyware instead of an alternate browser.

At least on Linux its the only right out of the box easy way to run flash properly sandboxed, out of process and up to date (only Chrome has latest flash at all on Linux as its included by default which the more open sourcey projects can't do). Sadly still plenty of things on the intertubes run on flash (believe Hulu and Amazon video service do for example) and screw installing the flash plugin so every program can misuse it outside a sandbox.

>This why "serious" Industrial controllers don't run OSX, Windows or even normal Linux (a special version of Kernel is used).

Yes generally a RTOS. It is an IT site so don't have to assume everyone is an HR retard like at work, jk ;)

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Did HP just tip its hand on Autonomy? Spoiler: It was a busted flush

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Re: This only works two ways...

Yes HP screwed the pooch in every way on this deal including not saying fine we screwed up lets move on. The fact this story keeps coming up shows what a fail HP has become (though admittedly less than a few years ago).

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L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

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Re: open firmware

Darn missed edit period. Actually Gargoyle probably should be tested as many vulnerabilities are in the Web UI (which can be a vulnerability if an attacker can get on the LAN side). and is different. Also Gargoyle IMHO is the best of the bunch, very noob friendly UI, as well as having easy to modify qos scripts for the nerds and having the only efficient working ACC I have seen (modifies download limit on the fly so bandwidth is maximized without QOS breaking down). The only real drawback is it is currently on the somewhat dated 3.3 kernel (so some wireless improvements and new equipment might not be supported) but stability and performance wise its hard to beat.

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Re: BT Routers

Except if the router is insecure then it becomes perhaps possible to get around them locking you down. I know getting root on my DSL router took a webui hack (granted on LAN and not WAN side) not allowed by my ISP but allowed me to tell what kind of QOS the router could run (a complete joke, as well as Linux kernel from 2005 or so) and that I needed my own home router (with DSL in transparent bridge mode) if I wanted a decent QOS setup.

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Re: open firmware

Don't forget Gargoyle (probably enough like OpenWRT to not be strictly necessary) and CeroWRT (different enough worth testing) as well. Finally if the hackers want to be epic they should try breaking into pfSense, M0n0wall, or even a cut down install of OpenBSD routers/computers as well.

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WiGag war: Tiny low-power chip promises mobes 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi

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Re: 60GHz! Are we all standing right next to the transmitter?

Based on how finicky the much lower frequency 5GHz on my Nyrius Aries Home (sends an uncompressed HDMI signal wirelessly around the house at up to 2.5GBps) is you have a point. It can basically do maybe 75 feet max LOS and at most one inner house wall where the range is significantly worse (basically 30 feet). It also will interfere with my 5GHz router bridge if its too close to the unit. Still for lag free gaming on a TV or projector in another room from the console I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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You don't need a HERO, you need a ZERO. From Google

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totally offtopic

Referring to article icon from main page and no offense to Liam Nelson but there will only be one John 'Hannibal' Smith and in my memory it will always be George Peppard.

"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team."

Lol maybe I will put that my head stone even if I haven't watched an episode in decades and it was really bad 1980s TV barely a step above Airwolf.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: VP of product at AOL

I would hate to see the punishment for their sins of Best Buy and MSN (whatever its called today) VPs. They had to settle a rather large class action because Best Buy sales people were automatically signing people up for MSN's crappy service without their permission whenever punters bought a computer there. Karma at least will see that only old farts like me remember either's name in a decade.

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Female! ex-Yahoo! coder! says! female! boss! fired! her! for! refusing! sex!

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snap thoughts

Either a jilted lover or another sociopathic executive taking advantage of an H1B would be my guess. Either way it was ethically wrong IMHO for a supervisor to live with a direct report. Yahoo HR should have conducted an investigation regardless. The spokesman immediately jumping to defend her without a decent internal investigation being done (which seems to be the case) also looks unprofessional and shady.

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LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

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Re: "C++ has its place , but this sort of low level almost to-the-metal code is not it."

>I'd expect an experienced C coder with only a passing knowledge of C++ to be able to read and maintain the C++ safely.

Depends. If you get someone that loves template meta programming and takes it to the extreme then even an experienced C++ developer might have problems maintaining the code. Seen this before.

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Re: Two thumbs up to Theo DeRaadt ...

>If any team is capable of refactoring SSL it is them. Not anyone else.

I love their whole attitude of ok we can't trust the openssl devs as they are not responsible devs (ignore bug reports, all but new feature patches for years, etc) so we are going to bring it in house to our ecosystem and do it ourselves and if anyone wants to port our efforts here you go. It will rub many the wrong way like Theo often does but his baby OS (OpenBSD) is really in many ways the perfect OS to initially target. As you say few if any teams are more security conscious from the ground up and if anything they are kicking themselves for not having done this sooner due to their in house knowledge of crypto and security and the general sorry state of OpenSSL.

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Re: Code is truly awful, but sadly not unusual

>Have an upvote for sharing your thoughts but...

Wow an AC comment that hit it out of the park. Don't see that very often.

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Re: Corporations (like Google) need to step up.

>I do hope you're not suggesting that if rewritten in C++

I was actually suggesting the opposite. I personally want to be more versed in best practices modern C coding (and comfortably read the ugly old stuff). Refactoring OpenSSL in C is herculean task alone, rewriting it in C++ would take a very large corporate or government effort and as you rant wouldn't necessarily be an improvement even if done right. A lot of OpenSSL problem is their crappy ass APIs which due to compatibility would be a problem regardless of the toolset/languages used.

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Corporations (like Google) need to step up.

>says it has yet to receive a stable commitment of funding

Well its not stable but I sent them $20 just because its that important. Reading their take on the OpenSSL spaghetti mess is also beyond hilarious. As a mostly C++ 11 coder its also gotten me interested in best practices in old school C (yes yes I know C++ is almost a superset of C but boy are they two different worlds even in mindset) so perhaps can help out eventually as well.

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July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

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Re: What's the real danger ?

@Khaptain

Yep I understand. Wasn't trying to belittle you or anything and the VM migration should have been the give away yours just wasn't a mom and pop office. And trust me I know all too well how corporate bureaucracy works (doesn't) so I feel your pain. The worse part is credit always flows up and the crap flows downhill.

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Re: The problem is......

>Better hope the IT has enough in the budget for a new custom job or the entire company could be hosed.

And most companies should be paying some suit a lot of money to worry and coordinate such things. Generally not a CIO though. The CIO job is usually to look good on the golf course, back stab for a better C suite job, and if the IT department is lucky occasionally get IT some of the budget they need.

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Re: What's the real danger ?

Sounds like your shop is more smallish but Enterprise IT can't really think like that. Relaxing security behind the firewall too much has gotten an awful lot of companies in trouble. Often a company's biggest threat is a disgruntled employee or insider. Granted an unpatched WS2003 is not likely to be their juiciest target but in general its bad to assume no direct internet connection means safe.

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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Re: 220MB File

Or how to reboot the flight computer after it crashes when you cross the international date line. Oh wait that's right even that didn't work.

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credibility problem

Wow I wonder if the Canadians will even give him over. The US has a huge credibility problem with rest of the world post Snowden as well as a bit over a decade ago totally destroying the life of a Chinese decent nuclear scientist with similar allegations that proved false.

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Re: Good luck with that F35

>They have drilled a large hole in the ground and are attempting to fill it up with gold bars!

I hope their hole is huge because after we buy the initial batch of aircraft we will have spent on the F35 program about what the US gold reserve in total is worth so that all goes in the hole. My guess is before it is all said and done if the insanity goes forward we could spend at 2005 prices all the gold ever found by man on this stupid program.

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Re: Good luck with that F35

Yep never ceases to amaze me here in the US how some of those most against our ridiculous national debt on one hand (very reasonable) speak out the other side of their mouth (have too be a tough guy, hoorah give me some of that pork) about spending the 1 to 2 trillion dollars the F35 will cost the tax payer over its lifetime for a total albatross (not so reasonable). Its hard to even justify the F22s insane cost when our enemies largely kill us with RPGs and rigged up artillery shells (IEDs) but at least its a very capable fighting system unlike the F35.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Re: Sigh,,,

I know this is probably sacrilege but I got a Logitech G9X laser myself and though pricey when I bought it I adore the thing still. Originally I got it for gaming but after deciding I should stick to console gaming to keep from embarrassing myself I still don't regret buying it, so I understand the love. A mouse like a comforter IMHO is not something to go el cheapo with. You will appreciate it everyday if you don't.

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NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

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Re: debate settler?

The key is to deny and fight against the status quo changing while you get yours and then when your position becomes untenable in the future blend in with the masses and say you were saying we should do something about climate change all along. Wasn't that the play book on Jim Crow laws and as well recently with gay marriage?

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FTC: T-Mobile USA took '$100s of millions' in bogus txt charges

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flame on

Sadly under Baby Boomer management these days fiduciary duty in general has come to mean a responsibility to screw over customers as hard as legally possible and that means sometimes the line gets crossed. Its always easier to ask for forgiveness than permission is several corporations unofficial motto these days.

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Re: Might need more of these

Wow after reading about this Rupert Sheldrake character some more it really is a sad indictment on the tenure system as it currently exists. This guy should be selling crap in an infomercial not pretending to do research.

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Re: Might need more of these

REAL scientist? Really wow. The sad thing is not only was a Cambridge education wasted on this guy but I don't think you are just trolling. By the way publishing papers that have to stand up to peer review is not bullying. Its called science.

Short blurb from his bio:

Conceived during Sheldrake's time at Cambridge, morphic resonance posits that "memory is inherent in nature" and "natural systems, such as termite colonies, or pigeons, or orchid plants, or insulin molecules, inherit a collective memory from all previous things of their kind". Sheldrake proposes that it is also responsible for "telepathy-type interconnections between organisms". His advocacy of the idea encompasses paranormal subjects such as remote viewing, precognition, and the psychic staring effect as well as unconventional explanations of standard subjects in biology such as development, inheritance, and memory.

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Re: Might need more of these

>"Climate-change deniers" are called "scientists".

Really? Name even a half dozen that have published climate papers that have stood up to peer review. Bonus points if Koch Industries is not paying their salary.

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Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

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Re: C'mon, it's not that bad...

>They could always start again from scratch on Facebook instead...

And be screwed either way just like before. Many people over 40 realize being the product and not the customer is not worth the supreme joy of being able to post pictures of last night's dinner for your "friends" to like.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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Re: Some one is building a Time Machine!

>Eddie - where's Eddie?

>Eddie's in the space-time continuum.....

"Eddie, why'd you shoot Jimmie Walker in his lips? I liked Good Times!"

Love Douglas Adams but being American love low brow humor even more lol.

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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Re: Blind eye

This motto is usually true of groups of people in general. Because none of us are as dumb as all of us.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Re: Will never happen.

>But VAT goes back to the government

That works if its all one pool of money but here in the US, city, state and federal all have their own budgets (and all three pay some in case of Olympics but mostly the city). Of course we don't really have the VAT as its not regressive enough for us.

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App maker defends selling S.F. parking spots as a FREE SPEECH issue

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Re: can't resist

And yes I am aware Congress allocates money not the POTUS but most of them are Boomers as well. Just like most of the leaders responsible for the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression were also Boomers.

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Re: can't resist

>Baby boomers have generally been givers.

Yep they gave themselves a prescription drug entitlement alright (and it was W Bush the GOP Boomer on that one). Let the great grand kids pay that one off along with 3 Medicare dollars Boomers will use for every 1 they paid in during their lifetime (pre and post Obamacare both). And lets not even start in on the war costs. Fact is whether adjusted for inflation, compared to GDP or by any other measure Baby Boomer presidents have borrowed far more money than any other generation. The only time it has ever been close was during the Civil War and World Wars and those were make or break not for fun and profit like those mostly since WW2.

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can't resist

Thank the Baby Boomers for that (at least in the US if not Western Europe). The San Fran pop itself may be young but they are still part of the overall culture where the Boomers have successfully cultivated the notion that greed is a virtue.

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IBM's SPSS buyout: FBI cuffs two on insider trading charges

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hmm

Quickest way in the world to get them to plea is make sure they almost certainly face gang banger pound you in the b u t t prison if they lose. Country club types pee their pants even thinking about the possibility of serving time with commoner minorities.

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Web moguls ask YOU to stump up big money to STOP big money from winning in Washington

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go team go

My teams %1ers are better than your teams. Funny how much they both want the peon's money.

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Re: If you could buy elections Ross Perot would have won

Why the downvotes? What he is saying is absolutely true. Its true whatever team you cheer for (divide and conqueror). I guess its because people think he was implying these dudes message sucked.

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

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Re: my 2 cents

>Werner von B managed to tie up large amounts of capital, engineering expertise and logistical effort in a project which,

That wasn't Werner has much as Hitler who insisted on pissing away money on his vengeance projects instead of winning the war and getting his vengeance after (Werner was more than happy to oblige being the good SS man he was). The accuracy problem wasn't due to the rocket technology as much as without decent electronics its actually surprising they were able to hit the UK at all at that distance, little lone occasionally hit the city they were aiming at. My guess is neither the UK or the US would have been able to do better rocket wise even if they were stupid enough to piss away twice what Germany did because there was only one Von Braun (ironically the a bomb was easier to brute force with massive resources (luckily) than rocketry which required more finesse). Even more than a decade after the war the US needed Von Braun to show them how to get rockets into space consistently. Fact is without Werner we may well not have put a man on the moon until at the least the 1980s and maybe even later.

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