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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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Re: Even better idea

Hmmm, reminds me of the time I tried to get VIA drivers and was driven to a website purportedly hosting VIA's drivers, but demanded $$$ before I'm allowed at them. In other words, due to my lack of coffee, I had mis-clicked on a google link and was taken to a scam site.

Be careful out there!

As for your driver issues, you can do what I did- find out what chipset and video hardware it's using, and go straight to the manufacturer and take a potshot with the manufacturer-provided drivers.

But honestly tho, you should just stick with Xubuntu. As for the fingerprint scanner, try this: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/How_to_enable_integrated_fingerprint_reader_with_fprint

It's for a ThinkPad, but knowing Linux I'd think it would support other fingerprint sensors as well.

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Re: XP x64 screwed?

Hmmm, I've always thought XP x64 are treated as Windows Server 2003 R2 machines and will still receive updates until early next year?

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

Do you listen to radio music on your Pip-Boy? That's my biggest pet peeve right there.

Sure, if you have a Creative sound card and run ALChemy, that would fix the radio problem, but how many people use an external sound card, particularly one from Creative, anymore?

RealTek's 3D SoundBack doesn't seem to be working for that game for me.

Thankfully tho, the freezing isn't as common and I've only encountered it half a dozen times through the game so far. My biggest annoyance is that I have to disable the Pip-boy radio unless I am running ALChemy, which for some reason requires admin access (which also annoys me, I don't trust programs that require admin access to do things. I usually do my everyday activities in a limited user account).

Although I should try reinstalling the games again and check it out, just to see if they did indeed patch the bug. Last fired it up last year, before I got yanked away to several other games.

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Re: And so the countdown begins

I need to be clearer, sorry. I was actually talking about two different things. SteamBox and the stream of Linux games from Valve is nice and all which I wholly support.

Then you have evil developers like EA who for some reason doesn't want to support Linux directly (they will only support Linux if it's a casual freemium game for Android, or if someone forms a partnership to port their game to Linux ie Loki Games' scenario), or ActiBlizz who refuses to support Linux outright and has been said to even bans accounts from Battle.Net if they catch you running the game in WINE (although how they find out if you are indeed using WINE is a puzzle to me).

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Re: And so the countdown begins

Gamers will still be using desktops for whatever reasons. Thing is, while tablets are nice and all, some still prefer the classic WASD + mouse . I tried playing Sonic 2 on my iPad for 5 minutes and gave up because of the lack of tactile feedback made it difficult to find the jump button if I'm not looking at the position of my fingers. That, and the fact that it's a thin, unegronomic slab makes my hands ache if I attempt to hold it like a Game Boy for more than 5 minutes. I'd rather play that on a proper gamepad and with a decent screen any day.

Also, tablets are not intuitive for office work unless you buy a bluetooth keyboard.

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Re: And so the countdown begins

Not if ReactOS beats Linux there first ;)

Honestly tho, I think the year of the Linux desktop may come sooner with the SteamBoxes. But unless WINE improves to the point that it can run all Linux software effortlessly (I keep seeing regressions- one version runs a particular game fine, the next version would break support for a game while fixing a issue with another game that was broken several versions ago), there will always be a place for XP. Heck, the 2013 SimCity was supposed to run in WINE, but when I tried to it gave me some stupid message about activation failing...

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

Honestly, unless M$ uses BOFH's cattle prod on several software developers so that they fix their software and let it run properly on newer versions of Windows, there will be a market for XP.

Case in point: Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Runs like pants on Win7 and newer systems with the random freezing and stuttering radio music. Bethesda seems to not only not want to release a fix for these games, they're actively issuing takedowns to file hosting sites hosting fan-made fixes for it. Honestly? I paid 60 freaking Malaysian Dollars for my copy of Fallout 3, and that's even during the Steam sales. And they did not offer me the experience I desired because of the freezes and stuttering music.

And the kick in the nuts is that the game was released when Windows Vista is already released and the problem should've been noticed and fixed.

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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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Re: So, how do I stream when

Back country?

How about a country where Amazon unbox, Netflix etc don't want your business because you're not in North America, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or any country in Asia outside of Japan and South Korea?

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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So Red Dwarf was right

First they get all friendly with you. Next thing you know they develop feelings for you.

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

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Re: Steam Machines, as they are, are DOOMED

I thought that function was added to Steam in the latest beta- the ability to stream games from one machine to another, provided they are both logged in to the same account and are on the same subnet?

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Valve's Steam streaming service lets you play games on the toilet

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Re: Why show steamOS and linux seperately?

I guess they just want to market their SteamBox/Piston/whatever machines as a console instead of a PC. Saying that your Steam-games-playing-device runs SteamOS is akin to saying that your device is not a PC because it doesn't use PC-centric OSes.

On the other hand, you can also install SteamOS onto desktop PCs, so long as it has an x86-64 CPU and uses the UEFI firmware...

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Well...

At least we can run more than one client instance now. Hopefully that will also allow me to let my laptop download updates while I play from my desktop.

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Robotics pioneer: Intelligent machines are 'scary for a lot of people'

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ATM language

> "Every time you go to the ATM machine – every day for the last five

> years – it says, 'Do you want to speak Spanish today?'

Funny that. My recently implemented a service when they asked me my preferred language exactly once while I was signing up for my bank card, and they programmed my preferred language into the card's chip. Every time I walk up to an ATM and insert the card it automatically chooses "English" for me...

Imo more banks should implement that feature. It's too bad said feature only works on my own bank's machines.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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ReactOS

China should look into sponsoring ReactOS if XP support is so important to them. Seriously, there are a lot of programs, namely games, that won't run under 7 or 8 properly if at all. Even in XP mode (because of said 3D requirements). Ie Fallout 3, which has broken BGM under 7 and Bethesda turning a blind eye to the issue.

WINE? When I last tried to run SimCity 2013 in WINE it gave me some cryptic error message about activation...

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Apple 'rainbow' logos set to fetch $10-15K at auction

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Surely that can't be right?

> They were once displayed at the company's Cupertino headquarters

> and are being sold by an Apple employee who obtained them in 1997,

> after the firm abandoned the Rainbow logo pattern for the current

> one-color Apple logo.

I thought Apple abandoned the logo in 1999? My Beige G3 from 1998 still has the logo.

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Fast-fingered Filho flicks aside WinPhone-furtling fumbler after 4 months

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Re: Who the fuck cares?

Ever lived in one of those countries where they hold text messaging competitions where the winner can win a year's worth of free fuel from whatever big oil company is holding the competition?

(Yeah, I was a sucker. Probably spent upwards of a hundred dollars in prepaid messaging airtime during that period).

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Well...

I suppose that's one step closer to the hoverboard. First hoverbikes as proof-of-concept, then miniaturization,

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Nintendo says sorry, but there will be NO gay marriage in Tomodachi Life ... EVER

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Re: "such a significant development change"?

Actually, I'd think that the thing that makes a person male or female is a simple field in the record. Surely the game has to determine if you're female or male by asking, and then surely it has to store that somewhere. A simple if (x.gender==y.gender) check with the success condition being that the marriage would not proceed and an error thrown instead would have prevented this.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Not worried about viruses?

I've watched the video and he says he's not worried about viruses because he uses DOS?

Surely he jest? I've bad memories of Denzuko, AirCop and AntiCMOS (the last one was even introduced by a copy of WordStar my mom brought home from work! those were the days where stuff is saved on those black, filmsy 5.25" floppies with an effective storage area of 360kb).

Even today, the legacy PC I built just to run old DOS games is set to fire up Central Point's, sorry, M$'s, AntiVirus TSR from autoexec.bat before running anything else.

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: Meh.

Well, no. The biggest problem with the XBox fail boat is XBox Live Gold still not available in many countries i.e. Malaysia. PS+ is available in any country where there is PSN, which in turn is available in most countries that has an internet connection. That, and the XBox One is still not available in many countries as well. So keep your dreams alive, unless M$ rectifies this and takes a page out of Sony's books and remove these regional exclusion hooplas, nothing changed.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: American GPS stations

And then there's the Borderlands 2 Loot the World app. Which is US only.

Many muricans have a small mindset. Either that or world to them means "new world" which only covers North America...

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

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> Nintendo needs a better strategy or they are toast

I have a better strategy for them.

Bite the bullet and go global.

Look at Sony. PSN is available practically in any country where there is an internet connection. Yet here I am unable to buy from the eShop or get a Nintendo Network account just because I'm in a part of Asia that is neither South Korea nor Japan.

Seriously, if Nintendo is going to scoff at people who're willing to give them money and turn down said money, they're just asking for it.

> The amount of money they could make from games by selling Mario,

> Zelda, Metroid to the other consoles.

You forgot their biggest cash cow: Pokémon. That, and one cult favorite called Animal Crossing.

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Slow IPv6 adoption is a GOOD THING as IETF plans privacy boost

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What IPV6 really needs

Is the ability to NAT. Seriously. I'd like to plop one machine behind a dual-homed firewall and just use the firewall to block unwelcome traffic. Much more time saving than going to the machine one by one and setting up a handful of allow rules by hand (plus, leaving the machine connected to the net is still prone to IPV6 spoofing and MAC spoofing even with said rules in place. With a dual-homed firewall I can tell the firewall to shoot down any connect requests coming from the public facing interface, since the computers will only be making requests from the private facing interface and thus any request from the public interface is a spoof).

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