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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

Well, as I understand it, Silverlight is needed for Netflix and Hulu. So yeah, you must be from outside the US like me. I don't have a reason for any of those plugins either, except maybe that memory hog that is Java.

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Apple slapped in YET ANOTHER patent battle

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"The long-gone SkyNet"

Wait, SkyNet came and gone, and the world didn't notice?

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Redmond aims to outshine Eclipse with FREE Visual Studio

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Re: about time

iirc, ASP.NET, which can be used to write Web Services that runs in IIS and Mono as well...

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Hate the BlackBerry Z10 and Passport? How about this dusty old flashback instead?

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Well, here in Malaysia, the Passport sold out nationwide the day it was launched.

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Re: Only if the email is freed up

There's a delay? My Q5 seems to receive mail right on the dot. I do not have a BES subscription. It's hooked up to my company's Exchange server, plus my own private Gmail, Google and Yahoo account. Then again, 30 minutes is an acceptable delay for me, so it doesn't really bother me if there's a delay.

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Well, maybe the quality has improved. My Q5 celebrates it's first anniversary in December. It has given me exactly zero problems through the year, and July saw it get an excellent upgrade that added support for Android 4.2, including software that needed system code. it has been rock steady throughout (except the time I tried installing Viber for Android from a questionable source on it and managed to fudge up the system by making it overheat repetitively). Amazon Appstore also installs fine on it and most apps from said Appstore also works fine. It has been accidentally dropped twice in the bathroom (thankfully onto a dry floor) and survived both ordeals.

That said, I'd gladly buy the Classic if it ships with an improved SoC (i.e. a better CPU and GPU set- not that the existing S4+ in the Q5 isn't already powerful enough to run everything I threw at it).

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: How about getting that kind of dosh for my HDD-based...

I turned it on and it said that it wasn't available in my country. So I threw it into vat of acid.

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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I've said this many times before...

Want to stop piracy? Firstly, make your content available worldwide, to everyone, simultaneously. And secondly, make the content reasonably priced.

Nothing makes people want to pirate more than visiting a legal site like Netflix or Hulu only to be told that the content isn't available in their country.

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

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Re: Nothing new here

+1. And they're one of the few countries with a tax on television and radio (the other that I know of being Singapore).

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Never trust Windows Updates for drivers

Have been bitten twice:

NVidia: One update pushed drivers that results in "device stopped working but has recovered" errors and freezing. Traced this down to the motherboard chipset (NVidia NForce, no less) having a dodgy Message Signaled Interrupt implementation which the later drivers tried to enable. Rolled back to the legacy 314.22 and had not have any issues, and sat it out until later drivers who detect the motherboard chipset type and not enable MSI if the chipset is on the list. And even then I'm still extremely reluctant to upgrade.

SoundBlaster X-Fi: One update driver caused volume to be stuck at maximum and horrible sound distortions.

And this is why I don't let Windows Update handle driver updates anymore.

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: Only in the UK

Exactly my problem too.

"Sorry, CBBC games and videos can only be played if you're in the UK."

Seriously, what is this nonsense?

Back in my days we used dial-up modems to get on the internet, but we never had to contend with this. Everything is available to everyone online, even TV (and even watching TV in a blurry postage stamp sized 160x120 window with the sound quality of an International telephone call was satisfactory. It's the best you're gonna get at 28.8kbps). Nowadays every other site on the Internet is region-locked.

Also, I'm paying 30 Malaysian Ringgits a month for BBC channels from my IPTV provider. This is just thick-skinned.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Never understood this

iOS does this. Nobody cared.

Ubuntu does this. People whined.

Android does this. Nobody cared.

OS X does this. People whined.

So the consensus is, people don't like being tracked while on a desktop, but is fine with being tracked on a fondleslab or mobe?

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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

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Ah, Netscape

It was my first window into the Internet. Sure, there's Internet Explorer, but I didn't like it then due to it's incompatibility with a lot of websites back then (and I still don't like it now because it's a magnet for exploits). Back then I had a 33.6k modem. But since Win95 already exists back then, all I needed to do was use Dial-Up Networking. Good times..

Even today I still use Netscape Navigator's great grandson, Mozilla SeaMonkey. Actually, I'm using it to post this reply.

Cheers, Netscape! I raise a beer for the memories!

When I get home I shall fire up my retrogaming box (which has Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and Netscape 4.08 installed) and try to use it for a while. Yes, it has an gigabit ethernet card with proper NDIS3 drivers with the Microsoft Win16 TCP/IP stack and can in fact access the internet. Why did you ask?

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Insert coin to continue: GameOver ZeuS zombie MUTATES, shuffles back to its feet

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Re: snigger...

> bot masters

> ahh, always make me giggle.

Indeed, it makes me think of that campy French cartoon from my primary school years. Didn't really like it but eh, I didn't have cable or any form of Pay TV at that time and could only get terrestrial channels (of which there was only three).

The one with the anaglyph 3D glasses in the front pocket, thanks.

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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Re: In unrelated news...

Plausible. Given that this is Activision we're talking about...

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Definitely worth looking out for

According to GSMArena, this phone has worldwide 9-band LTE connectivity. Definitely interested in getting one if just to use as a broadband modem, since my cell telco's 4G internet is just much faster than my fiber ISP.

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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> Next Apple will simply dump new releases in our libraries and charge our cards directly

I'd love the see them try that with my account that has no credit cards attached to them and funds are primarily added on via gift cards >:D

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Fedora gets new partition manager

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Yes, but...

Does it allow one to create a usable GPT disk out of a RAID volume?

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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

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Re: Not fit for purpose...

+1. I regretted buying Left 4 Dead 2. Bought it only to find out that there are no Malaysian servers (apparently Malaysians prefer killing each other in DOTA2 - a sentiment that I do not share), the game only offers Russian servers to me for some weird reason. Connecting to any of them will invariably get me kicked from a game after a few minutes due to bad ping. I eventually found out that there are Singaporean servers (won't appear in the server search in the game- I have to go to the eClub website and get the server IPs from there), but they're limited, almost always full, and if you do find a space, someone would want to votekick you so that "a true Singaporean can join" (read: so his friend can join). Pure BS. And Valve would not refund me if I asked due to the policy.

Single player? Tried it. Not feasible with the original L4D levels due to the AI being too stupid (ie blow up a gas station when you're right in front of it).

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Honey, I shrunk the workstation … into a Chromebook

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Exactly! I was going to comment on that myself.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: I wish there was a Linus of the Desktop-userland

Depends on the distro of your choice I guess.

I've inflicted two of my computer-illiterate uncles with Xubuntu. They both love it because it does everything they need to do well, XFCE is easy enough to learn for them and works fine on the weak hardware they picked up from second hand shops. Also, Aisleriot is more fun compared to solitaire. It only took them minutes to learn the minute changes. Everything else like Firefox and Flash is there and works.

You need to start them off easy with distros meant for simpletons like Mint or any Ubuntu flavor.

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Re: @ AC "15 minutes ago" (whatever that means, ElReg) was: 23 Years

If you use an Android phone, it runs Linux.

Have a DD-WRT, OpenWRT, Freetz or Tomato router? Linux. Even some proprietary firmware routers like AzTech and D-Link uses Linux.

TV? Many new TV sets, even dumb ones, runs Linux.

Chromebook? Linux

Linux has went mainstream. It's just that it's mainstream in a inconspicuous way. After all, what we refer to as Linux is just a kernel, and that's just a small (albeit significant) part of a full system.

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Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser

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Ancient?

I have it on my iPad and even specifically gotten it for my Blackberry Q5.

If you live in a country where the mobile providers give you an unbelievably low quota (2GB a month for RM50) despite the package being advertised as "unlimited" and the throttled cap speed after the quota has run out is a paltry 64kbps, Opera Mini is a lifesaver.

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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Mouse accuracy

"People don’t pay attention to what their hand is doing when they use a mouse; they just care about where the cursor goes. "

Uh, yeah. Tell that to those DOTA fanbois who invest hundreds of dollars in high-DPI mice.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Is it

They're crazy. Aisleriot is way better than Windows Solitaire hands down. It's solitaire, freecell, spider, and the entire Best of Windows Entertainment Pack card games set rolled into one.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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And I just bought a 5.1 soundbar :/

With detachable wireless surround speakers and subwoofer :/

But I don't have the space for an Atmos setup anyway, so all is well.

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Seagate to splash MILLIONS on LAND, FACTORIES

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Uhh...

Penang started becoming a high tech hub a long time ago. Started when Dell, AMD and Intel opened factories here.

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Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

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Re: Shopping Lens served a useful purpose...

Problem is, tho, I'd love to go back to Debian. Unfortunately, Ubuntu and it's derivatives seem to be the only Distros in town that supports GPT-on-RAID arrays. I have a RAID-0 PC with UEFI, and the only distro that works on it out of the box or with minor tweaking is Ubuntu. Other distros get stuck at the initrd because for some reason they seem to think DMRaid is sufficient for handling RAID (DMRaid doesn't do GPT. That's the problem, you need KPartX to handle the GPT arrays). At that time the only advice I could get from other users of Debian was "turn off RAID and use LVM" which is an unacceptable solution for me.

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: Best Browser

Except that Seamonkey isn't in any of the *buntu's repo. And Debian stopped carrying it in favor of their spinoff called IceApe.

No, you have to manually add a repo to get Seamonkey.

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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Indeed. 3DNow forever! Down with the incompetent fool at AMD who decided to remove 3DNow from their newer CPUs!

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Digital dongle transforms European XBOXen into tellies

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Didn't Sony do this a few years ago?

Wonder how well it turned out. Wikipedia's entry of the device doesn't add up (I've never heard people praise the device or even talk about it since it was launched and reviewed on El Reg a few years ago).

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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So that's it?

People send you porn, and all of the sudden you're guilty even though you didn't ask for it or didn't watch it?

What kind of sick, stupid law is that? What if people wish to get someone in trouble? Sending that someone porn is enough?

Is the UK cops suddenly money hungry and extremely corrupt? Where's the EFF? This is miscarriage of justice and extremely sick (aside from some horror stories my friend in London told me about hospitals in the UK - untrained, error-prone nurses and unsanitary wards). Seriously.

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Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

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Re: They need to drop the gimmicks.

Problem is, unless they re-open the Nintendo Wifi Connection for the two devices, the Wii and older DSes are pretty much dead. To wit, Nintendo shut down WFC for both the Wii and pre-DSi systems back in May, the devices are pretty much screwed where multiplayer and online services are concerned. And even then certain DSi titles have ceased online support.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Re: WTF...?

Even better: I have an old G3 beefed up with a G4 upgrade card and running 9.2.2. It's for running those old games that will never be emulated by Sheepshaver due to lack of MMU support or PearPC due to the requirements of sound.

Old tech will always have a use.

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Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

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Re: Depends on what it is for...

"Even after the 4-5 years or so that Apple no longer supports it and you cant update it? "

Well, it's EFI and Intel... Run Linux on it. At least with Apple's desktop offerings, you can run alternative OSes on it.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: top tip

Actually, the Dual G5s would be fine for video editing. You just need to drop the penguin and Cinelerra or KDenLive onto it.

PowerPCs have a higher MIPS count than x86 chips. And the G5 chips are also 64-bit. Filled with enough RAM it would be a force to reckon with. Sure, you can't play most PC games, but well, PowerPC CPUs live for media work, not games.

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Lucky you

I've had worst with HP/Compaq. Bought a brand new Presario 930 lappy, six months into the issue and the backlight goes fizz. Crappaq's response? "Oh, the model has been discontinued, buy a new one". I told them to fuck off. And I never recommended crappaq or HP laptops ever again.

I've also had the same crap treatment from Dell- laptop fails due to known defect after upgrading to Windows 7. Coincidently one month after the warranty expires. Dell support's response was "oh, the recall only applies to the US of A. Asian countries are exempt from the recall. You need to buy an extended warranty, since the three years on that unit is also up" (it was an XPS M1210 which was notorious for having a GeForce video chip that burns out due to overheating). I never recommended Dell again either.

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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Bring it!

Bring on a Nokia N900 upgraded with a NVidia Tegra K1 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and I just may bite.

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What's inside AMD's life-support machine? A big pile o' PlayStation 4s and XBox Ones

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Osborne effect

I have been in the market for a new AMD gaming laptop for months. I'm an AMD fanboi, and have briefly considered the Richland-infused MSI GX60, but have been holding back since the Kaveri Mobile announcement. Unfortunately, laptops featuring said chip have not yet materialized, and thus they have not gotten my money.

I think this is called the Osborne effect?

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Gust catches Amazon's skirt, reveals glimpse of 'Netflix for books'

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So...

What's wrong with supporting your local library instead? All you can read (as long as it's within working hours), and the ability to check out a book or two for free.

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Hey, remember the iPod Touch? Apple just did

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Well, think of it this way

What the PFY calls it: The iPad Micro.

Unless Logitech et al would release a MFI bluetooth controller for the regular iPad, playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the thing is an invitation for RSI. Can't hold it for more than 5 minutes without suffering pain to the palm.

OTOH, a MFI gamepad for the iPhone fits an iPod Touch just as nicely.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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Workplace play?

Didn't they try this before?

First time it's called Microsoft Bob, and second time it's called Office Assistants.

The ladies may like it, but the men...

Also, I agree with Hero Protagonist. How long before it's being abused to send bangers and balls to people you don't like in the office?

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Re: Already done with the Mozilla engine

>SeaMonkey already has a 'compose' feature and built by Mozilla already, plus it has a

> mail client (Thunderbird) and an IRC/ICQ/Etc. client.

Exactly my thought. Why reinvent the wheel when they could just beef up SeaMonkey's composer to bring it into the 21st century? It's a nice little thing that has been neglected so much it can only do HTML 4. They should just leave Firefox as is, people use it for the lack of bloat.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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BBC's anti-product placement policy

But wouldn't including the Google Glasses violate the said policy where BBC will not allow product placement in their shows? Or is it going to a not-BBC channel? (the mention of CBBC makes me assume it's going to said channel?)

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

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On-Off switch

Maybe it's because the typical North American wall socket, for some reason, lacks an on-off switch?

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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Whats wrong with...

... just slapping SteamOS onto the thing and still bundling an Xbox controller with it? Last I checked the Xbox controller has excellent support in Linux.

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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Re: I think it's a lenticular display

Take a garner at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_3D-enabled_mobile_phones

Phones with autostereoscopic displays has been around since 2002. So nothing new then.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: Is it not ethically and maybe legally questionable to provide this reg hack?

Update: Reinstalled the game. Radio music still glitching out unless ALChemy is put into play.

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Re: And so the countdown begins

One more thing I forgot to Mention- Bethesda is another one of them evil developer. In fact, I'd think they're very evil since Fallout 3 and New Vegas are Windows only where PCs are concerned. It even uses the Games for Windows Live framework, despite already being on Steam.

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

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Re: So, how do I stream when

As my reply pointed out, not everyone is in the UK.

PS: BBC Entertainment Asia _did not_ air The Time of The Doctor >.> They have no excuse to do so, but they're standing their ground that they will not air it despite the regeneration of Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi and several other plotholes that would possibly result from missing the special. I would not have gotten to watch it if it wasn't for importing the DVD and then watching it on a region-free DVD player. iPlayer et al wouldn't let me watch it online because of my location.

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