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* Posts by ici.chacal

50 posts • joined 23 Nov 2010

Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

ici.chacal

Serious question...

What is it that makes people prefer Mint over Ubuntu; the desktop environment alone, or is there more to it..?

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

ici.chacal

Re: foss

I expect MS aren't affected because they have their own implementation of SSL with NSA's back door hidden inside...

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

ici.chacal

Re: For a start....

Indeed. Schengen..? Sounds like that place in China, so must be some kinda commie network...

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

ici.chacal

Careful with the piss-take French accent buddy, that easily-offended AC from earlier may make a re-appearance...

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Frenchmen's sperm plunges by a third in quality and quantity since '89

ici.chacal

Weird

You'd think it would be the Indians and Chinese dessimating their breeding potential by polluting themselves to death whilst trying to catch up with Western-scale industry and infrastructure.... What have the French done wrong, and should we worry too..?!

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Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!

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Alien

I'm with Mr Potts on this one...

I used to have an old XPS Gen2 as well, and still have very fond memories of it. I got rid a few years back since it was the last of the single-core CPU machines and I needed more juice. I then decided to try Sony, but mainly for portability reasons... Meh.

A month ago I received my brand new M17xR4, complete with top-end GTX680M graphics chip and quad core Ivy Bridge CPU, and this thing flies..! I'm not kidding, this thing is mental..! I'm so glad that I have a modern equivalent of that old XPS again... The thing runs flawlessly, without getting too hot even when I'm playing Just Cause 2 for hours on end... (And in an Astro Scout backpack, it's not uncomfortable to lug around either...)

Modern Alienware machines are to die for...

(P.S. My brother got the M14xR2 at the same time, and that rocks too..!!)

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

ici.chacal

Hurry up Valve..!!!!

As soon as I get my Steam games on Linux, Windoze is gone forever...

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Mighty quake shook ENTIRE PLANET, broke tectonic plate

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Thumb Up

Re: or, as Dara O Briain put's it

I guess that'll be part of the US immigration problem then; latinos crossing the mexican border into the US unobserved at close to the speed of light...

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So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?

ici.chacal

Four rashers of smoked back, dry fried, two slices of lightly toasted wholemeal, dash of mayo, dash of tabasco...

I'm off to make that right now...

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Oracle knew about critical Java flaws since April

ici.chacal

Re: CIA?

Perhaps it's Microsoft who is paying them, in an attempt to discredit Java even further and attract more developers over to their own dot.Crap stuff. Oracle clearly no longer gives a damn about Java or its user base...

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Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz

ici.chacal

Hmmm...

Not Benny Hill; Peter Griffin more like...

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Iran: Our nuke facilities still under attack by US, Israelis 'and MI6'

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Black Helicopters

Damn lies...

Both sides declare contradicting arguments. One of them must be lying. It's probably Iran, but then can you blame them..? If they have any sense whatsoever, they will be working their arses off to try and put together a nuke as fast as they possibly can, before America decide to do to them what they have already done to their neighbours...

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'Kindness of America' snapper shot himself in 'act of self-promotion'

ici.chacal

So, erm...

If this guy shot himself, I assume it would have been point blank, so therefore would he not have been covered in gunshot residue with powder burns all over his arm and torso..? I'm no expert in GSW forensics, but I imagine it would have looked obvious that the shot was point blank, wouldn't it..? (Perhaps some 'all-American' firearms experts can enlighten me...)

I wonder what he used too; bet it was a poxy .22 or something (wouldn't have been a .50AE, lol)

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Crytek says future is free-to-play

ici.chacal

I thought they'd already scuppered the second-hand market with the likes of Steam, etc, whereby once you've registered the license key, that's it locked to you...

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Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

ici.chacal
Trollface

News to me...

I thought NVIDIA did support Linux, and it was ATI that was always problematic..?! Guess things have changed; and besides, won't all Linux users be flocking to Windaz 8 when that comes out anyway..? :-p

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

ici.chacal

On a side note...

... I wish they would change that stupid traffic cone icon in VLC to something that doesn't make me think that I'm running an unfinished application that is 'under construction'...

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Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

ici.chacal
Boffin

Re: Futurama

I much preferred Futurama to The Simpsons, purely because it appealed to my inner-geek more...

...I also prefer Big Bang Theory to Friends...

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Windows Phones message hub hit by killer SMS

ici.chacal
Gimp

Isn't it funny how...

...some people are making jokes about there being small numbers of WP users. They must enjoy being one of the mindless herd.

Personally, I prefer a little exclusivity in the things I own...

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Vodafone touts low-tech phone for app-phobes

ici.chacal

I think it's a good idea...

Some people just neither want nor need a phone full of crap, which the marketeers seem to insist are necessary for human survival...

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Modern Warfare 3 teaser trailer reveals terror on the tube

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Grenade

@Richard Wharram

The Modern Warfare series are developed by Infinity Ward (although MW3 is being co-developed with Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software), whereas Black Ops was by Treyarch. The IW games all rock, whereas Black Ops was not the first by Treyarch to receive criticism.

My point being, you should be fine with MW3...

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Judgment Day prophet resets doomsday clock

ici.chacal
Grenade

Jeeezus Wept...

Can someone just shut this guy up once and for all..?! I'm bored now...

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Rapture postponed as world inexplicably fails to end

ici.chacal

Mor(m)ons...

The religious folks who believe in these extreme prophecies are really no different from those who believe that they will receive 70 virgins in paradise if they blow themselves up. The sooner the human race can eradicate religion of all flavours, the sooner we can all get on with concentrating on more useful activities, like figuring out for ourselves what the universe is all about...

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Playboy sneaks NAKED LADIES onto iPad

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Jobs Halo

Indeed...

It's very handy that Apple made the device to be held with one hand...

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Iran accused of hacking nuke inspectors' phones, PCs

ici.chacal

@Richard Jukes

Sorry, my mistake, it was $2.3T...

See here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU4GdHLUHwU

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ici.chacal

Not convincing enough...

Just read that Popular Mechanics article, and sure, I believe the towers were hit by two airliners, there was always enough footage to see that. And sure, maybe they did collapse at free-fall speed due to their internal floor design and the pancake cascading effect. I buy that...

...but what I don't buy, is that building 7, which only took damage to one side of it, would also come down so perfectly vertical. Surely it would have toppled over on the weakest side..?! But if you watch a video of it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73qK4j32iuo), it clearly comes down EXACTLY like a controlled demolition. If you want to believe some bullshit 'official' explanation, then fine. I will believe my own eyes, and draw my own conclusion.

Additionally, the Pentagon. I don't know what hit it, because there doesn't seem to be any footage of it. Now with the Pentagon being the headquarters for the entire United States military machine, you'd think there would be enough of CCTV footage, constantly monitoring all angles, all around the building. And all they could produce was five measely still frames of an explosion, which pretty much showed nothing else..?!?! WTF..?!! Too fishy by far...

(There's also some 'conspiracy theory' style addition to the Pentagon story: Apparently, the previous day, Donald Rumsfeld announced that they couldn't account for roughly 1.3 *Trillion* dollars, and supposedly the computers that held the evidence of mis-appropriation of funds just happened to be in the part of the Pentagon that was hit... Not sure about this though, like I said, very conspiracy theory, lol... :-p

But anyway, that's my two-cents worth... Open your minds people...

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Space shuttle Endeavour finally off next Monday

ici.chacal

Knackered old thing...

With broken this and blown that, it very much does seem like time to retire the old girl... And as for a replacement program, I think NASA should get in touch with the Top Gear 'scientists' and develop their Reliant Robin STS technology further...

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Freeman Dyson: Shale gas is 'cheap and effective'

ici.chacal
Joke

The solution is simple...

It should be compulsory for every household to have, and regularly use, an exercise bike wired into the national grid. We solve both energy and obesity problems in one go...

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Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved

ici.chacal

@cjwatson

Yes, updating the images themselves would definitely be the right thing to do. The installation experience needs to be flawless; any other issues can be fixed later through Update Manager...

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ici.chacal
Boffin

Just tried the LiveCD...

...and to be honest, I quite like this new Unity thing. It is certainly different, and although I can't vouch for its similarities to OSX (*spit*), it does remind me of the way the Windows 7 desktop works, which I also like.

As for its Fisher Price factor, I didn't think it was too bad, because as we all know, nothing can trump Windows XP in that regard.

And as far as productivity goes, just load up the launcher bar thingy with the stuff you use, and away you go...

I only played around with it for half an hour or so, so I have yet to run across any of the niggles that other people have mentioned.

And the great thing about this being Ubuntu/Linux, if I get bored with it I can just load up another desktop instead... Sweet..!!

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ici.chacal
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The bug that particularly shocks me is...

...the one where you cannot manually specify mount points in the partitioner during installation. Obviously somebody, somehow, has broken it since the last release, and it just goes to show how little, if any, regression testing goes on... Can you imagine the uproar if the Windows installer had such an unnecessary error in it..!!

Pretty poor if you ask me, if this fixed six-month release cycle is just going to mean flawed releases, then perhaps Canonical should consider a more manageable time-frame..?

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Apple confirms white iPhone 4 on sale tomorrow

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/another_facepalm

That's right, Apple innovation strikes again... Lord help anyone else that dares try and make a product in white from now on, for they shall face the wrath of the iLawyers...

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How I learned to stop worrying and love SSDs

ici.chacal

Title

I have a few questions for those that know...

1) Does the system see an SSD exactly the same as an HDD..? (i.e can you partition an SSD and write Grub into the MBR just like a regular HDD..?)

2) We know that Windows 7 supports TRIM, but does Linux..? (or will the likes of Ubuntu and RedHat eventually grind to a halt..?)

3) Is it imperative to be aware of, and make sure you turn off, automatic defragging, or will the SSD just ignore the request..?

Ta.

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Ruskie Java coder lifts inaugural Facebook Hacker Cup

ici.chacal

If it was maths they were doing...

... surely they should have used Fortran..?

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Canonical pares Ubuntu down to 2 editions

ici.chacal
Boffin

Simplicity...

Surely everyone in the observable universe can burn a DVD these days, so why is it still different CD images..?!

It would be nice if they just had one DVD image download for Ubuntu, from which you could select in the installer whether you wanted Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Desktop, Server, Netbook, or indeed ALL of it...

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Dell junks Adamo ultra-skinny

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Hmmm...

$799..? It's £999 here in the UK. I didn't realise the exchange rate had taken a turn for the worse lately..!?

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Russia has 'secret space warplane' to match US X-37B

ici.chacal
Joke

The shuttle was proven...

in a military context, when the US deployed space-soldiers to attack Hugo Drax's space station. I wonder how many space-soldiers the X37 could deploy..?

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BBC apologises for Top Gear outrage

ici.chacal
WTF?

I just don't get it...

I don't understand the mentality of a person that feels utterly compelled to make a complaint over some nonsense on TV. What kind of small-minded person takes personal offence over that kind of thing. Those people have a problem.

As for the Japs and the QI thing, gimme a break - those people are still in denial...

And I agree with a previous comment; the Aussies took far more of a battering where stereotyping banter is concerned, but they seemed to be a fun bunch of lads, and they all had a good laugh over the antics.

Still, I would like to see what would be in store for our lot if they were ever invited to a re-match on Aussie Top Gear, heh...

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NASA hails 'amazing' exoplanetary system

ici.chacal
Headmaster

Extrasolar..?

All planets are extrasolar... :-p

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No new copters for Afghanistan troops

ici.chacal
Grenade

@AC

The "bring our boys home" argument is aimed at the criminal politicians who deployed them into an illegal war in the first place.

British forces personnel are _paid_ to defend British interests, not to be used as an instrument of oppressive and violent acquisition of oil wealth.

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ici.chacal
Black Helicopters

Opium..?

I thought the whole Afghan thing was to hunt down Bin-Laden, or at least that's how it started...

So what are we still doing there, I seem to have lost track..? Oh yeah, that's right, there's a new oil pipeline to protect, isn't there...

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ici.chacal
Grenade

The UK is...

...a second-rate nation. We can no longer afford to fight these stupid Merkin-led crusades. We are only fit to defend our own shores.

And with all our shit tied up in the east, wouldn't now be a good time for the Argies to try again to take back the 'Malvinas'..?

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Mexico demands apology for Top Gear outrage

ici.chacal
Alert

Hmmm...

I can't decide whether Jeremy and chums ought to slightly tone down their derogatory descriptions of other groups of people or nations, or whether said subjects should get a life and quit moaning when, at the end of the day, it is nothing more than harmless comedy banter...

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Boffins hope for dimensional portal event at LHC by 2013!

ici.chacal
Alien

10^-26s

Hmmm, well if time slows down considerably as those pesky particles approach the speed of light, then 10^-26s might actually be long enough for hoards of lethal space aliens to come rumbling through the portal... !!!

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Assange traveled in drag to evade gov spooks

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Black Helicopters

@Charles Calthrop

I'm surprised the CIA hasn't hired you to eliminate Assange yet... Or have they..?

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UK a 3D TV nation? Not half

ici.chacal
FAIL

It's just another...

...pointless GIMMICK forced upon consumers in a desperate attempt to sell us more stuff.

It's bound to die away once the novelty has subsided, like it did in the 80's, unless maybe some clever engineers can make it work without the need for some stupid flimsy glasses...

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Assange to be released

ici.chacal
Heart

Lonely...

If he gets lonely stuck in the house over the Christmas period, maybe someone could lend him a copy of Alan Sugar's biography..?

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Air Force blocks access to sites that covered WikiLeaks

ici.chacal
FAIL

Internet Sensorship

Hmmm, it does seem that the good ol' US of A is becoming more Chinese than China..!!

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Russia wins World Cup bid in parrot-sickening travesty

ici.chacal
WTF?

Qatar..?!

Errrm... Isn't it deadly hot in the Middle East in June..? I take it they will have to build indoor air-conditioned stadia then...

It's also not a very big place, so how many stadia would there be..?

To be honest, I don't care where the World Cup takes place, but it should at least be somewhere amenable...

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Apple accused of iPhone ban on 'all single-station radio apps'

ici.chacal
Jobs Horns

This is one of the reasons...

...why I will never buy anything Apple. People should have the freedom and right to run whatever they want on hardware devices they have paid for. Period.

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Man denies charges he hacked Fed Reserve network

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Black Helicopters

@Mark 65

Or perhaps the NSA et al have back doors into publicly available 'heavy encryption'..?

Is that the sound of rotor blades I can hear..?!

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