* Posts by RAMChYLD

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Your lost, Microsoft.

At least we still have Kodi.

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Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

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Re: Common sense

Yes, but that's because outside of a handful of countries, clicking on the Windows App Store gives you a message saying that it's not available in your country. And thus people return their phones within a day of finding out it's only good as a doorstop in that country, preferably for a device that does have a functioning app store in their country.

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Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

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Open data

They need to do that. The country's internet censorship is one of the two things I don't like about it (the other being national service- although if they allow conscientious objection, I wouldn't object).

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Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

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"when you could put OpenBSD on the same hardware and have a much better web browsing experience."

Unless that OpenBSD box has a SiS or S3 Savage video chipset, in which then you're hosed. Ditto for Linux. the X Drivers for those are in a state of disrepair.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a OpenBSD and Linux advocate with multiple converts under my belt. It's just that I'm frustrated that some of the maintainers think that the X drivers are not worth maintaining just because the chipset is now relatively rare. I would love to chip in, but I don't know anything about developing drivers.

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Locally Integrated Menus back on Vivid Vervet’s menu

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As I mentioned before, I've been using SystemD under 14.10, under the misconception that it was 14.10 that switched to SystemD. Since I did a very weird update method (change all instances of trusty to utopic in all repos and then do a big dist-upgrade instead), I thought that upstart didn't get upgraded and so I manually replaced upstart with SystemD. There's a few kinks, but I heard that those have been fixed in Vivid, so fingers crossed.

My only beef with SystemD is the still that one issue that if I do a base-only system install and then add X, a desktop environment and a desktop manager later, it wouldn't autolaunch the DM unless I go deep into the system and remove a file, and then put a symlink in it's place (I think the file was called default.target or something along the lines). Why the package manager didn't change the file when a DM and X was installed is beyond me, nor why there isn't a utility to do it for me.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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I'd say...

These assholes (the government of the state of Tennessee) that's suing the FCC was paid by Cumca$t and other I$Ps.

Cumcast and Verizon should back down. Not everyone is stupid. This is just another step of theirs to squash net neutrality.

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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

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2G?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the screenshot shows a minimum of 100kbps down- iirc real 2G (GPRS) was 64kbps down, 48kbps in real world scenarios due to overhead. Dial up 2G was even worse (I remember my Mitsubishi Trium - 14.4kbps connection before overhead because it needed to dial an arbitrary WAP gateway number instead of doing things over GPRS- because GPRS apparently didn't exist then, only GSM. Those were the days). I remember using it to check Hotmail and making a reply, and do a Google search several times through the period I owned that phone. Blew my mind then, and looking back, it blows my mind all over on how usable 14.4kbps actually was on a monochrome device with a 96x64 resolution at that time. Nowadays, 64kbps on GPRS means only Opera Mini works and even then surfing the net involves waiting quite a bit.

Yes, I still fall to 64kbps every now and then. Bloody ISP throttles me down to GPRS speed when I run out of quota...

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

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And the point is?

These kits make no difference to those living in Malaysia- where the only thing that's remotely usable is the Apple TV (and even then you can only get movies and not TV shows). All the other provider block Malaysia (and much of Asia off) just because.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Re: anti-virus labels itself as malware, borks EVERYTHING

I thought Symantec did back in '06 or sometime around then. Borked my Win98 machine it did. And booting into Safe Mode and removing it screwed up my sound card drivers too.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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So....

You let your kids use Siri, but you raise a fuss at this?

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

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Multi-Sim

But my dad's Lenovo A316i (Android JB 4.2.2) already does Multi-Sim. How is this new?

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

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So...

Will we see GCJ come back to active development after this? I'd sure like to.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Well, I made the switch early...

Out of the impression that they switched to SystemD with Unchanging^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HUtopic. So far, it has broke the statistics screen that's supposed to pop up when you log on as root. That, and a painful 5-minute freeze that occurs at random when shutting down the machine. Other than that it seems to be okay- although I expect that if I do a text-only install and install a desktop later, I'll be in for it later given my experiences with Arch and OpenSuSE.

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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Re: Moving on..

I can vouch that HTC is a piece of crap.

Releases Gingerbread device during the era of Ice Cream Sandwich, and immediately drops support after.

The HTC ChaCha just isn't giving me the mileage I expect out of it. Even my ancient Nokia N97 outlived the damn ChaCha. And now I've moved on to Blackberry (because they were the only ones still making Qwerty keyboard phones). Just got a 10.3.1 update a few days ago- it was a PITA to install, and still has some glitches, but was worth it.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Keep calm

It's just folks installing XP in a VM so they can run some apps that refuses to work under 7 and beyond, as well as some retrocomputing enthusiasts having some fun trolling webservers.

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Have it all: BlackBerry to port crown jewels to iPhone, Android

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Full circle

I remember running Documents To Go on my PalmOS 5.2-based Sony Clie back in '01, and on my Nokia N97 back in '09 as well. Good ol' days. Glad Blackberry has seen the light and decided to make it multi-platform again.

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Wait

So the malware on the firmware is a DLL, a Win32 library. If it was forced upon an OpenBSD or Linux system, wouldn't that caused the system to crash or fail to boot immediately?

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Re: And they wonder why we pirate?

You don't live in a country where shows are not brought in because the TV stations and distributors are dickheads who love inane brain-melting crap TV shows and hate actual intellectual shows, don't you?

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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

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Re: horse and cart

Don't need 25mbps? Sounds like someone has a slice of the pie in the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray manufacturing industry...

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Re: Seems they've forgotten what "broadband" actually means

But doesn't fiber has lower latency than copper? I've seen a large difference in Team Fortress 2 (hundreds of ms with 1Mbps DSL vs 7ms with 20Mbps fiber, to a server in the same country). Unless the latency delay was introduced on purpose by the DSL provider with the purpose of screwing the game up and slowing down the connection...

And as any gamer can tell you, in first-person and RTS gaming, speed is second to latency.

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Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

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Re: Another prior art work

> Unless Logitech can show that their solution is totally different OR has a prior

> date to this application then there is nothing for them to gain from starting

> a case against Apple.

Ah, I miss that part. Must be the lack of coffee and the fact that I'm fighting against the urge for an afternoon siesta. Still, that means Apple have a strong case to have the patent granted- by licensing out the designs before the patent was even granted.

> I wonder how many sizes it will come in, and will we have to buy a new one

> for each new generation of iThing.

I suspect only iPhone/iPod and iPhone Plus - given how Apple is also pushing a more traditional gamepad design (ie said SteelSeries Stratus) for the Apple TV and iPad. And well, I suspect the Bluetooth ones will at least last across several generations.

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Another prior art work

Logitech did release something like that for the iPhone two years ago.

http://gaming.logitech.com/en-my/product/powershell-controller-and-battery

One wonders why Logitech hasn't sued Apple for trying to claim ownership of their idea yet.

Or if Nintendo should sue because Apple copied the SNES "XABY" button layout.

On the side note, iOS8.1 game controller support is horribly buggy. I have a SteelSeries Stratus and the controller lags and sometimes repeats button presses. Did a quick search and noted that I'm not the only one with the issue. Also, my bluetooth keyboard exhibits the same glitches, including lag, repeat button presses, and even frequent disconnect...

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

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Oh dear

Paying that huge check to Weird Al for that ad didn't help.

How about they try slashing the price of their goods? 6 fricking Malaysian Ringgits for a single LED bulb is overdoing it, especially when you can get those from lesser shops at one Ringgit a for pack of 20.

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VPN users reckon Netflix is blocking them

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Re: Whatever happened to the 'global' economy...

Exactly my thought- the internet is going backwards. Back in 1997, I could watch Internet TV from anywhere, listen to Internet radio from anywhere. Every TV station that could afford a fast internet connection was streaming online, nevermind that Real(Crappy)Player, the biggest purveyor of streaming software, produced streams that looked like you're watching through a foggy window while listening to the audio through a walkie talkie where the other person was almost out of range most of the time, and the competitors like VivoVideo were no better. What counts was that the world was awesome. Then things changed. Nowadays I can't watch anything at all- most of the awesome sites now throw up "you're not from my country, get out!" messages or something to that extent when I try to watch videos on the site.

Bring back 1997- where everything was accessible anywhere. I don't care if the videos look and sound like crap and I get kicked off the net every time someone picks up the phone. I want to see the shows I loved again.

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Re: Shocking

Try Malaysia, which gives you a crappy screen saying that it won't be in the country for the forseeable future. Ie- the item count in the catalog is precisely zero.

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TCL confirms plans to 'bring back' Palm – provided you tell it how

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> Just make sure that the "new" one is software compatible with the old.

Sadly tho, as mentioned, WebOS isn't on the cards, so that's a no-go. Then again, I never did have many apps for my Sony Clié UX50, so it doesn't bother me at all.

However, they could make it run Sailfish, Firefox OS, Ubuntu Mobile or Replicant...

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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Re: Also

Well, I noticed on 10.2.1 that highlighting the date at the top of the messages selects all messages under the date, so maybe that's the key to quicker deletion?

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Re: Tell me...

Well, no,. you can't. I have paid apps on Google Play too (which I ditched with the HTC ChaCha- stupid POS phone, only thing they got right was the QWERTY keyboard). I recently sideloaded Amazon AppStore onto my Q5- and nope, I had to re-buy stuff I've already bought on the Play Store. On a side note tho, you can try sideloading Snap, which allegedly gives you access to the Play Store and your old apps tho. Although you have to think it through- do you really want to give a third party proxy service your Google password?

Blackberry World has a few Android apps too, but they're mostly crapware or badly outdated (ie eBay. Apparently no one told them that 10.2.1 supports newer versions of the their Android app).

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Re: Sony should hire the leakers.

I should probably add that the 360 isn't officially launched in Malaysia either- most of us imported our sets from Singapore or even from the US.

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Re: Consumers to Sony

Well, funny you should bring up region-locking, considering that Sony have mostly stuck to their word and that the PS3 only has two region-locked games while many 360 games are not playable on Asian consoles at all, and some of them are region-locked to the hilt...

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Re: Sony should hire the leakers.

Well, afaik, in Nintendo's case it's not so much as embargo as apathy. Nintendo actually doesn't serve 90% of Asia from what I understand (the only countries in Asia getting their service are South Korea and Japan) and Microsoft's case from what I heard is actually convoluted. There's no official word, different Microsoft sources have fingered different things (ranging from piracy to poor broadband infrastructure. Some even said that it's Microsoft Singapore blocking the launch because they're afraid that Microsoft Malaysia's services would be cheaper and Singaporeans would dump their Singaporean accounts in droves to create Malaysian ones- in other words, corporate backstabbing, customers be damned, nevermind that it could've been avoided if both countries' services are identically priced. In fact, Microsoft haven't even launched the XBox One in Malaysia even though they already did in Singapore- nevermind that the AMD APU found in the Xbone is made in Malaysia). To be honest, they at least made it possible to have a basic XBox Live account and buy games online as of late, but that's it. No TV or music, no online play or even basic internet browsing because Malaysians are not allowed to get a Gold account. On the other hand, Sony would also happily allow Malaysians to buy a PS Plus account and have officially launched the PS4 over here.

PS: The services aren't actually geoblocked per se- you can get away with lying about your location, although both are blocking payments made by credit cards from countries that they don't have services in.

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Re: Sony should hire the leakers.

But if Sony dies, Malaysia will have no more online videogaming services :( Microsoft and Nintendo refuses to serve Malaysia, giving all sorts of lame excuses, and only Sony has officially launched the PS3/4 as well as the online services here. Sure, Apple and Google are alright, but well, the former don't make consoles, and the latter, well, the Ouya, according to Ashens, is a steaming pile of crap. And Steam, well, they're apparently determined to shoot themselves in the foot, by making it so that Malaysians cannot pay by PayPal (MOL Points? Why must I pay by scratch prepaid cash cards? I thought the 90s was over 14 years ago!), and selling only Japanese games in a country where most people can't speak Japanese (ie the PC port of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy is Japanese only in Asia, Malaysia included). On the other hand Sony actually sold the English version in stores for the PS3 over here. So while I think Sony Pictures deserve to die, well, Sony Computer Entertainment is at least respectable despite their flaws (*cough*PS3Linux*cough*) at least to me.

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Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes

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Well...

Remember that Flash is available for Linux and is required to watch Youtube unless you grab the official Google Chrome. Additionally, so is Java, which is used by many, many corporate intranet webapps. So yeah. Drive by downloads of userland apps are still a scary reality on Linux.

Honestly, this is why I have ClamAV's daemon on all my *nix boxes (Linux, OpenBSD and Mac OS X), no exceptions, especially since the discovery of trojans disguised as Gnome themes back in 2011. I trust that Kaspersky has shared the sample with the ClamAV team?

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Sony Pictures MEGAHACK: Securobods pull out probes, analyse badness

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WTF?

wait

format *.*? That syntax is nonsense. Format requires the drive letter.

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Re: Doesn't bode well...

> secondly, PS4 is destroying the Xbone 4:1 in sales.

It has to be said tho: Microsoft have no one but themselves to blame for their failure. I mean, come on! Launch the Xbone and Xbox Live Gold services in Malaysia and other third world countries already. Singapore has full official support while in Malaysia you only get shady parallel imported devices from Singapore that has limited to zero functionality outside of playing games from optical media, and even then you can't even play online. In the meantime Sony is laughing all the way to the bank with my money. And I will happily support them because their services are available in Malaysia, Microsoft's aren't.

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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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Facepalm

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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