* Posts by RAMChYLD

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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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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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