* Posts by Greg J Preece

2439 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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Re: if you're on netflix, you're ganna have a bad time.

Since when? My TV gets 4K Netflix.

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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

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What about all those existing pointless bloody accounts we had to create to carry on using services? Will those be nuked? Can we get the old-style commenting/discussion systems back?

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Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

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I did upgrade to 15.04, but something managed to bork both my systems after running for a while, to the point where they wouldn't boot. Bug was identical, found lots of reference to it online from other people, but no single cause nor solution was found, so here I am on 14.10, running out of updates. Maaaaaaybe it'd be a good idea to give people longer on the previous system if your new system can't be debugged inside half its lifetime.

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Re: I'll take these with 0.3125ml of salt

You have honestly never heard anyone say "just a tad bit more"... Do you live across the pond ?

"A tad more" I have heard many times, being raised in Yorkshire, but "a tad bit more" makes me think you've been mishearing "tidbit".

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Re: @ Alexander

Of course it's already illegal, but as the British government will tell you, you can never have too many laws. There's always some keyboard warrior (like some of the ones in this thread) or hysterical nanny demanding newer and harsher laws for everything from littering to picking your nose.

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Yeah, let's get mega-authoritarian over something pretty minor. Ten years in jail for not registering a toy, that's reasonable, right? "It's the only language they understand" seems to fly in the face of everything we've ever learned imposing prison sentences.

It wouldn't be too hard instead, perhaps, to require any drone over a certain power level to be transponder equipped. I'd even be OK with needing to pass a test to operate anything bigger than x size, as we do for many other forms of equipment. At least then they'd be educated on how airspace regs work. People who want to muck around in their yard still can, people who want something that can do 2000ft for half an hour need a licence.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Pssssssst, if it's that easy to plug a side-device into a TV to give it smart capabilities, it'll be even easier to do that to a smart TV in 5 years or so if one or more of the apps on it loses support.

Also, pssssssssssssssssst some of these TVs have free SDKs and allow side-loading so you can homebrew the bastards pretty easily.

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Re: LG WebOS

Oh, you're using it for an actual TV connection! Ha, ironically that's the one thing I don't do with it, got no experience there, and given that most of your complaints relate to navigating channels, they won't apply to me. No-one I know over here even has a TV subscription any more, we just use on-demand services, and the clients on the LG are great. I use it for gaming as well, and it's fscking great for that - Journey looks faaaaaaaaaaantastic on that screen.

Also, I only have the magic remote, though I was wondering if there was a version with some actual buttons on it. I also don't get that "mode disabled" message of yours, though again I wish they made it easier to switch modes if you only have the magic remote. And yeah, I've been using the keyboard without many issues, though some apps don't make it very clear when they will and won't accept text. For a first shot at WebOS on a TV i still think it's pretty good, though LG have apparently stiffed us on a WebOS 2.0 update and kept that back for the overly expensive 2015 models.

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Re: LG WebOS

Really? I quite enjoy using WebOS. You're absolutely right about the licence agreements for voice recognition and the like - those can sod off - but the software's come across pretty intuitive to me. Wiggle the remote, point at a thing, done. The settings panel is a wee bit confusing in how it categorises things but in terms of apps I can't recall being frustrated by any of it.

The one issue I did have with my lovely LG telly was the wireless signal when I first got it. Wireless connectivity (we're still planning our network installation at this house) was garbage, and I was really disappointed that I couldn't use the TV properly. In the end I got frustrated and did a manual USB firmware update - BAM, wireless works flawlessly. Alrighty then!

The one other thing I do love about my WebOS TV is that you can grab the SDK for free and write your own apps for it, and apparently (haven't tried it yet) they can be sideloaded a lot easier than most Smart TV kit. Hells yes. Oh, and the ability to shove any HID device into one of the rear USB ports and have it work immediately, though that might be common across smart TVs now. Sure makes using net apps easier.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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Take old car, rip out stereo unit, replace with cheap 2-DIN touchscreen <insert OS here> unit, get a superior version of all their connectivity crap without the ludicrous security bugs and less tracking bullshit. That's what I'm planning to do with my car at any rate. it's not exactly hard to do, and even with the 3G connectivity, car mic, rear parking camera, etc I'm still only looking at $500-600.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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This is the part I'm laughing my ass off at:

Biderman told investigative reporter Brian Krebs that ALM was "working diligently and feverishly" to get the leaked data pulled offline.

You want to remove information from the Internet. Good luck with that!

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HSBC takes Twitter tongue-lashing over failure to offer Apple Pay

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Re: Don't see the point

Oh, really? I thought it required a particular terminal. I must have been misinformed, and let's be honest, it's not like Apple to do anything in a standardised or easily-accessible way, so it's easy to believe. Thanks for putting me right. :-)

Still, over here I wouldn't go encouraging its use when the Interac service is superior. That much is still accurate.

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Don't see the point

Here in Canuckland, Interac Flash (tap-debit) is becoming ubiquitous, my debit card has it, it works perfectly fine and Interac is massively cheaper for retailers than any credit card processor. I can't see retailers going all out to install a more expensive, less convenient version that only a small percentage of their customers can use.

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Microsoft to spoofed Skype users: Change your account passwords NOW

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Re: This sort of thing has been happening for years with Hotmail

Yeah, but....e-mail is terrible. As a protocol, as a tech, it's just awful. It was never meant to do the things it does. Skype is completely unrelated (and a lot newer). It shouldn't have the same issues (or at least not to the same extent, and in my experience it doesn't).

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Re: It shows that Microsoft has started working on Skype

They did an update June last year:

I was gonna say, if they haven't updated it, why are the Xbox, WLM, etc login options on the splash screen.

Though why you're wanting more updates is beyond me, really. It functions nicely with a minimalist interface very much like an old IRC client. Everything's in one place, there's no GUI guff, no adverts, none of the crap that has besieged Windows users. True, if we could get an update that added in group video and made the inline images work, that would be nice, but I'm OK with having the Linux client as it is if it means I don't have to have the Windows client.

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High Court smacks down 'emergency' UK spy bill as UNLAWFUL

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Re: No big deal

Can you show me a single instance where these laws have prevented anyone dying?

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HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

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Over across the Atlantic in Canuckland, prices are definitely declining. Beginning of last year I built a new PC and installed a 240GB Corsair MX series into it for $220. This week that same $220 got me a 500GB Samsung Evo.

(Note that the Canadian dollar has also been nose-diving against the American dollar in the past 12-18 months. Our currency is a lot more dependent on oil prices than some folks realise.)

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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Well, at least they're managing to get rid of your calibre of user...

I have been using Firefox since the very early days and FF has gotten better and better, now Mozilla wants to kill it.

What planet are you living on where this makes an ounce of sense?

IF YOU JERK OFFS AT MOZILLA WANT TO DO SOMETHING KILL YOURSELF!

Always a reasonable response to a planned change in development procedure, I've found.

I will not be using Firefox any further.

You'll be missed.

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Re: A plan?

They need a LESS frequent release cycle. Its a BROWSER!

It's a FISH AND CHIP SHOP! Wait, sorry, I thought we were just yelling things that made no sense. What's the fact that it's a browser got to do with its dev cycle? Browsers house some of the fastest-evolving standards and tech on the planet.

Just fix the bugs.

I think they mentioned that.

Make it able to be multithreaded

Pretty certain they mentioned that too. Did you actually read the article, or did you just see the word "Mozilla" and reflexively start foaming at the mouth?

Fix the GUI BACK to some sort of sanity.

Dear god, there are tabs at the top! Bringing back the menu bar is like 2 clicks! It's just impossible to use! Also, thanks for fulfilling my prophecy. :-p

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While I predict that this comment thread will consist almost entirely of people still complaining about that one time Firefox changed the UI back in version 4, it's nice to hear an actual plan coming out of Mozzy for the first time in a while. Go faster, go multiprocess, make the big architectural changes a program needs from time to time to keep up. So long as Gecko still remains as consistent and lovely as it currently is, I'll be happy with speed and resource upgrades.

A faster UI is a nice idea, but ditching their markup languages is going to screw over a lot of current extensions, and at a time when they're also changing the LAF of the program. I can see that going down like a ton of bricks with people obsessed over which order their toolbars are in.

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Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

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However, Nintendo later reneged on that agreement, much to the chagrin of Sony, which went on to make its own console.

....and kick the shit out of Nintendo's offering. Well done Ninty.

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Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

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The *buntu repository versions of Chromium don't seem to install this module, but then Chrome on Linux doesn't seem to either, at least on my machine.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Re: I've just read.

Hmmmmm. 10 book series. Tech site, so likely a nerd. I'm gonna shout....Wheel of Time. No, wait! Belgariad/Mallorean.

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This is going to be a bitch for people writing technical manuals/reference books/textbooks. Does anyone read every single page of the computing books they buy?

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Oculus Rift noggin-bucket ... heyyy, errr ... have we all got them on already?

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Both the Unity 5 and Unreal 4 games development toolkits will be free to Rift developers.

Errrr those are already free, or are they offering to pay the threshold licencing fees?

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Apple extends idiot-tax operation, makes devs pay to fix Safari snafus

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Re: Probably not

Opera? There you go, a giant hole in your own argument.

You mean Chrome?

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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

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The one that jumped out at me:

iOS 9 will also have a smaller footprint, requiring 1.3GB of free storage space compared to 4.6GB for iOS 8.

Bloody hell, how bloated was iOS 8?

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Chips can kill: Official

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I look forward to having this study misquoted back at me on Facebook by alternate/weird diet nutters.

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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

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You mean Steve Jobs' astroturfing for his devices not having the same functionality as the rest of the industry?

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: and in the real world...

maybe my employer is atypical (local government) but quite a few of our windows servers run middleware and client/server stuff that absolutely must have a GUI to allow it to be configured and interrogated.

.......So then you would install the optional GUI? The article makes it clear that's still 100% possible, soooo.....what's the issue here?

You *can* install a GUI on a Linux server, after install, in very much the same way as this. It's just that in 99% of cases there is absolutely no reason to, and as mentioned it vastly increases your attack surface.

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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Can we have Eich back?

He might have been a bit of a twat, but the decisions Mozilla made were less insane/against their principles with him around.

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CBS boss says he'll show off his crown jewels on Apple TV – for a large enough check

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I love all this "Apple is trying to change the universe" crap, when Netflix already walked in years ago, kicked everyone in the teeth and took their lunch money. I don't have a single device Netflix won't run on - I even have 4K through the decoder in my new TV. Netflix already became the iTunes of TV and didn't write unholy shit software to do it, or lock it down to their preferred platforms. In what universe is this guy living?

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WTF is going on with the zombie NSA-friendly Patriot Act? Let us help

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This is also coincidentally right as the Canadian government has authorised their own brand of completely unnecessary surveillance bullshit, and have you heard the shit coming out of Cameron's mouth since he got his majority?

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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Oh, downvoted for pointing out facts again. I guess Chrome doesn't have the DRM extensions I use all the time to watch Netflix on Linux.

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As for Firefox, well, shame on Mozilla, but I moved to Chrome ages ago anyway

You.....know this stuff's been in Chrome for ages, right?

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Re: out of the frying pan...

Actually, Netflix already uses the extensions to serve up video content without using Flash. Chrome on Linux has had support for it for ages, which is why Chrome now actually gets used on my PC at least some of the time. They were probably checking whether their particular extension can be put into the container, rather than whether they should be using Adobe's crap.

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House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

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Re: Missing the problems of TV GUIs

TV GUIs are different, you have no pointer device, or if you want to have a pointer device that's very inconvenient to use.

I have one of the LG TVs with WebOS, and it comes with a pointer remote. Those aren't difficult to make these days, and I assume this would only realistically be going onto new products, so that's a small hurdle to overcome.

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

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New Kubuntu release is great

For all the shouting about SystemD, Kubuntu just got a hell of a nice upgrade. Plasma 5 is lovely, and the OpenGL hardware rendering in the back makes it pretty slick too. My Macbook Pro touchpad drivers are fixed, my AMD drivers are improved and game performance is up, Breeze Dark is both lovely and universally supported. Really happy with it, and with how stable it is for a KDE rework.

Desktop still won't boot without going through recovery mode => resume, though. No idea why on earth it does that. Started when 14.10.1 dropped and even with the move to SystemD it'll still hang right before showing the login screen. Go to recovery mode and just hit "resume", and it boots just fine. Annoying, but manageable for now.

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

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Re: Meh

Oh, well if a client also runs on the machine then...um....bad things will happen, somehow. You should throw away any purchases you make from the Apple/Microsoft/Android stores because the store is still there on the device.

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There were a number of troubles with the implementation. The cut that modders received was IMO insulting (and led to modders hiking prices), both Valve and Bethesda said they wouldn't curate the store, there were huge numbers of fraudulent listings, etc. I don't have an issue with modders getting money for their efforts, but I object to the way that this was done.

From a consumer's standpoint it was terrible: pay more than the value of the game you're playing for an amount of content that would be insignificant within the game itself, and receive no after-sales support whatsoever, even if a game patch breaks the mod you're using. You have no recourse, you cannot get a refund past the first day, fuck you.

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Re: It's gone

Still appears for me here in Canada.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Objection!

If you've never heard anyone complain about the reliability of their Mac, allow me.

I have a company-provided Macbook Pro, 2011 model, so about the same age as yours. The slot-load optical drive died within 18 months, and the RAM died shortly afterwards.

Having replaced those, I then had to later replace the power adaptor, where the cable wore out and was designed in such a way that it could not easily be replaced. $110 of your finest Candian dollars for a new one.

After that, the hard drive recently conked out, so that was replaced with an SSD. To add insult to injury, OSX Yosemite disables TRIM on any hard drive you didn't buy from Apple. (Dear Apple: fuck you.)

And now the return key has broken in half, a fortunately cheap if irritating repair job. One of the USB slots is also on the way out.

The only reason my laptop is still alive is because I can easily open it up and repair the components that break. Were that not the case, I would have been several laptops in by now. The fabled "Mac reliability" is a myth.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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You mean JavaScript/ECMAScript app?

Technically I mean a HTML 5/Typescript/CSS app, but "HTML 5 app" is much easier to say, and most people understand what I mean just fine. It's become an acceptable shorthand for a modern collection of language versions, no?

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Genuinely interested; is it proving to be a write-once-run-everywhere experience

Sort of - we've done a pretty nice job of creating a new UI for the applet client. Just having some issues in that the tech to run it originally only existed in Chrome, and I think most modern designers know how buggy Chrome's engine is. Now we're testing on FF and finding issues that people are blaming on FF, but are actually down to Chrome bugs.

In terms of device, it's actually working pretty damn well. We have a seamless Flash fallback for browsers that don't have the appropriate tech, and that'll be phased out in time. I've tried it on a range of devices and it's hard to trip up. The new JS APIs are pretty solid, it seems.

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Good timing on our part then. Our first(?) Java application to be completely rewritten as a HTML 5 app goes live this week.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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$707 eh?

That's ironic. I recently spent that exact amount of money buying a new toilet. Probably more comfortable/functional in the long run.

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Who is the fastest-selling phone maker of ALL TIME? Samsung? Apple? No, it's Xiaomi

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Can't resist

And it goes a little something like this.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Re: Some People

Do you people not know what private browsing is?

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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Re: Neo Geo compatibility

That was pretty damned useful. Thanks, dude!

(Incidentally another local store has a 3DO for the same price as the Neo Geo, and that's also extremely tempting.)

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