* Posts by John Tserkezis

1622 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007

Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Well…

"That's not crying, that's good practice."

You just don't see the hypocracy do you?

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Re: Makes Sense

"When did that "dark period" end?"

More recently, but the bit about "looking after the end users" is not quite accurate, it's more like they've changed from screwing the competition, to screwing their customers.

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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

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"Researchers from Ohio State University found that when confronted with examples of bullying, many users shy away from direct confrontation."

Tells it all really. These idiots haven't seen how it works out in real life.

Their answers is to talk to the bully and explain how they're hurting your feelings. All this does is reaffirm my thought that university students, sorry, "researchers", have no clue whatsoever.

The problem is bullies understand one language only - beaten into submission. But we can't have that now can we, we might hurt their feellings and that would be a terrible thing.

Your last resort is your first resort - ignore and move (from the forum). Fortunately, few have enough enthusiasm to stalk you, though, some do. Perhaps a nice beating will do?

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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"So here are your solutions:"

Are you kidding? It might cover most of here, but we're just scraping the barrel compared to the average Joes out there who don't know IP from cheese.

I've made my views on the "cloud" quite clear here.

Only thing left is to say is I TOLD YOU SO.

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Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

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Just when I was thinking "What could possibly go more wrong with Lenovo?", we get this.

Can't say I'm entirely surprised though, I mean, they've already proved they don't give a fly rat's arse about our security, so why should they care about their own?

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US trade bods: No, your iPhone can't detect CANCER

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And yet again...

"And in 2013, the FDA banned DNA testing startup 23andMe from selling its home testing kits as diagnostic aids,"

23andMe didn't sell it as a diagnostic aid, it was the idiot users (you can tell by the idiot gene in the results) who looked at some disease, ignored the odds, and went to their doctors demanding they be cured.

Had this been the case of them advertising it as a diagnostic, they would have just changed the web layout - now, you will never see those type of results again. Ever. Thanks to the idiots.

I was fortunate that I had mine done before the FDA made them knobble the results. Turns out, I had none of the diseases that I was at "high" risk of, but had some that were marked as average (population average).

As such, I did not go to my doctor demanding I be cured of things I don't have. Purely co-incedently, I did not indicate for the idiot gene.

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: Meh...

"If it's not rated to 100M depth, I can't use it."

It claims you can swim with it, but not underwater.

I guess swimming in air counts as swimming now...

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Give us a week to GUT Superfish, begs Lenovo CTO

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Re: Exploring a wide range of options..

"Operating system, fully patched. Latest device drivers. Nothing else."

What? With no strings attached?

"Hortensius also makes the point that Superfish was only installed on kit aimed at consumers"

If you're a "consumer" there will always be strings attached. The only way around it, is to kill everything on the drive and start from scratch - it's the only guaranteed way to ensure "nothing else".

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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I don't know if I agree with the other posters.

I was under the impression that the terms of use of DMCA said something like "feel free to abuse this service in any way you like".

I mean, that's what the users of the service do, don't they?

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

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This is not my story, I read it in an electronics rag many years ago - but worth repeating.

Service guy was working on a radio transmitter, and part of the diagnostics was to check the HT line. All 10KV of it.

The transmitter had safety interlocks all over the place, so it was faster and easier to just place the meter within the cabinet and look at the reading through the closed glass door.

Barely a fraction of a second after he flipped the power switch, he realised the meter was set to low ohms (from the previous tests).

A big bang, a bright flash, and a very impressive black charred mess on the inside of the door glass was the result.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Re: $30 extra for Signature Windows?

"gets you the Microsoft Windows Signature install"

I can't help thinking that consumers will see this as "pay more to get less".

And it only applies to windows 8.1 - which we've already established isn't the prize pig Microsoft hoped it would be.

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"...but the only voice I have is my wallet."

Many times, it's enough. Sure, you may think you're a lone voice, but there are others with the same.

And dollars and cents are the only language they understand.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: Ultra HD?

"Crap in HD (or UltraHD) is still crap."

Yes, but it's UltraHD crap!

Think of it this way: Now you can watch "Friends" in 4K UltraHD - now with added grain, and crap.

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Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

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Re: How to enforce

"And how exactly are ISPs expected to get this info?"

They don't. As I understand it, Big Media <TM> tracks the IP address of the culprit down, the ISP is forced under legislation to match that up to a user in their database, and again up to the ISP to send the letters.

In other words, Big Media <TM> is making the ISPs do their dirty work for them.

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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If we self-ban any vendors who do this shit...

We'll run out of vendors to buy from.

And when you decide to go "old school" again, the paper you write on will have a watermarked ad on it, and the pens will reveal a bikini shop website, rather than an actual bikini-clad girl.

When you're tired of that, the knife you use to slash your wrists will be engraved with the phone number of a very privately run hosptial. And since insurance won't cover you, bring you credit card, you know, the one with more ads on it. Hold onto it, you're going to need some reading material while you're waiting in the emergency room alongside everyone who had the same idea.

Since this isn't a suitable outcome, we should loudly and publically make fun of them at every opportunity. Yes, that's you, Lenovo, Sony, LG, Samsung and all the other f**kers who are going try it in future.

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Rap for fap stack in hack trap flap: This XXX site caught an STI (Script Transmitted Infection)

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Thanks for the heads up.

Not only is she easy, she's been freshly cleaned. Yah!

(Later)

Oww. I feel itchy in all the wrong places....

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Australia's PM says data retention laws think of the children

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Re: BS

"Without the content you have nothing."

GovCo has been very vague about what "metadata" actually is. So much so, as things stand, it means EVERYTHING including the packet payload.

"The fact anyone you are really after likely uses encrypted point to point comms is clearly left out of the debate."

Likely not. They're also after those who don't encrypt their data, the ones who create world hunger, they bring countries to their knees, they destroy their's and other's economies. Yep, the worst criminals known to the history of mankind ever - the copyright thieves who shamlessly stole "Dallas Buyers Club". (now they're hiring third parties to collect data on who is "stealing" it)

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: People will still buy them

"If it's going to have the same functionality as a Pebble but three times the price and a seventh of the battery life you might as well get a Pebble."

But it won't have an Apple logo. Sadly for some people, this is the all-important purchasing factor.

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Re: Progression

"It'll run on unicorn tears!"

No it won't. The animal rights people had a whine about making unicorns sad, so the fuel supply has dried up.

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Re: Really?

"If I had my way, there’d be no chairs in meeting rooms"

I have arthritis in both hips. I won't be standing for a moment longer than I absolutely have to. If the meeting is as pertinent and brief as you claim, email me the details instead - I'll peruse it while I'm sitting on my arse.

Though probably after I've printed it out and I'm on the bog performing some download features - I'm sure you'll understand.

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Windows 10 to give passwords the finger and dangle dongles

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Are they saying it's ok to transfer $10K with a fingerprint that's been broken down to perhaps 5 key points?

Look, there's nothing inherently wrong with the uniquness of your actual fingerprint - as far as anyone knows, it's entirely properly unique. However, readers break it down to only a few key indicators to presumably save bit space, now it's not so unique.

And there's the minor point that you leave traces of all your fingerprints all day, every day, over your entire life, all over the place. Traces that have been verified to be duplicatable and usable on readers.

Here, as an example, guess which finger I'm holding up.

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Violin-fiddling boffins learn that 'F-HOLES' are secret to Stradivarius' SUPERIOR sound

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Re: Rather disingenuous article

"The fact that the Stradivarius violins still rate within the same class as modern high-end instruments after 3+ centuries of opportunity to exceed their quality indicates that they are truly advanced works of craft."

And yet, they can't make a modern television's built-in speakers sound anything other than complete crap.

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Hacker catches Apple's Lightning in a jailbroken bottle

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Re: I wonder why Apple customers don't sue for such things

"why don't they do it for the important stuff?"

Because the bulk of their users value "easy" over "flexible" any day.

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Re: Dark secrets in Cupertino...

"You know, it really isn't that easy to create lots of patents and then sue people for using them."

Yes, it's easier to steal them and call them off as your own.

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But you are only allowed to buy things from one shop.

Driver: iCar, take me to the nearest laptop store.

iCar: Proceeding to your nearest Apple Shop, now.

Driver: iCar, take me to the nearest grocery store.

iCar: Proceeding to your nearest Apple Shop, now.

Driver: Er, no, I want a grocery store, I'm done with the Apple Shop.

iCar: We are already parked outside the Apple Shop.

Driver: Go to hell you piece of crap!

iCar: We are already parked outside the Apple Shop.

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Uber: Sorry we're really awesome and all that (oh yeah, and for leaking your personal info)

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"We are looking into exactly how that happened so that it does not happen again."

Not keeping it stored as an Excel spreadsheet on a web-accessable folder, and also not on your employee's USB thumb drives would be start.

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Facebook bug could have ERASED the ENTIRE WORLD

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Re: Cheque $12,500 USD

"However it is a nice bonus."

And it's chump change compared to how much they'll lose without those photos. You know they've been stealing^H^H^H^H^H^H^H legally onselling their user's photos. That would equate to a considerable amount above mere chump change.

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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There's a "fix".

Found this on <http://www.businessinsider.com.au/samsung-smarttvs-are-inserting-ads-into-movies-2015-2>

It says "Users can disable the ads by pressing “Menu” on their Samsung Remote, scrolling to Smart Hub, then to Terms & Policy, and then to Yahoo Privacy Policy. From there, users need to scroll down and toggle an option that says “I disagree with the Yahoo Privacy Notice” to opt out."

That's generous of them, not only that, it's in a logical intuative place that anyone can get to easily. </scarcasm alert>

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Let freedom RING! Americans can now legally liberate phones from axis of network evil

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Re: Digital Millennium Copyright Act

"The Act that fucks you while your're sleeping"

I am absolutely stunned that anyone - and I mean anyone would think the DMCA is doing good for the people it's inflicted on. And yet I still hear them bleating the virutes of "protected copyright".

This is more worse and widespread than the "speed cameras save lives" dribble, it's as if the DMCA has no bounds.

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IBM says dating apps can give you a nasty infection DOWN THERE!

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Re: Bunch of killjoys

"What happened to spontaneity?"

Be careful what you poke, you might get more than what you bargained for.

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VirusTotal wants YOU (but not you) to join its epic AV whitelist

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Re: Possibly shortsighted

"I'm sure plenty of people would love to have their malware whitelisted because it's identified as a core Windows component."

You don't have to. As the article says, with heuristic flags being generated hand over fist, I'm seeing a greater number of false positives than ever before.

Not to mention the worsening flags on crack and key gen software. By default, things look so bad that you'll need to check yourself for odd rashes.

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French plod can BAN access to any website – NO court order needed

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Re: Not so bad really

"Doesn't look so bad really, this is not some government nanny squad, they actually do appear to be on the look out for the bad guys"

Be careful, if you keep telling yourself that, you'll eventually start to believe it.

They told us that with the Australian Internet Filter. Then, even before being "officially" released, they blocked a Queensland dentist. I'm guessing one of the goverment retards that vetted websites saw a photo of a 12 year old girl in a dentist chair getting her teeth done and yelled CHILD PORN! And that's all it takes, the sites apparently weren't double checked, just that a site was flagged was enough to put it on the banned list.

Not only that, the leaked list(s) were a near-treasure trove of porn sites. Which was very welcome for those who partake in the passtime.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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Best of all...

You don't have to pick up its poop when you walk it.

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Hacker hijack 'threat': Your car's security is Adobe Flash-grade BAD

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"security experts consulted by the senator noted that all the cars, save for motors built by one manufacturer, can be hacked using previously published techniques"

Name names or it doesn't count.

No wait, it's vastly more important we protect the guilty and the lazy. That's all right then, as you were...

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Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

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Re: Inadmissable...

"might have had a chance if the Police had gotten the photo from SnapChat"

From another report, turns out he sent the photo to a number of "friends", one of which saved it before passing it on.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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"You may disable Voice Recognition data collection at any time by visiting the 'settings' menu. However, this may prevent you from using all of the Voice Recognition features."

I may also disable voice recognition by unplugging the ethernet connection, so I can do away with my so-called smart TV and make do with a regular PC that's entirely under my control.

And if Samsung doesn't like that, they can bite me.

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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Sleeping on the floor?

Go on, tell us: what was her blood alcohol level?

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

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"Surely the carbon could be used for something?"

It is for largly industrial requriements, but it's nowhere near enough to scratch the surface of what's being created.

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"Er no. CO2 – a gas described as a greenhouse gas that is alleged traps heat and makes the planet possibly insignificantly warmer"

I bet you're one of those weirdos that doesn't immunise their kids either? Yeah, let's not listen to real scientists and medical practitioners, they don't know anything.

Don't call me if you get an infection that's going to kill you, I can't help.

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Re: Carbonates are how the Earth deals with excess CO2

"Where do you plan to put it all?"

Australian polititians were touting a great idea they were given. Dump all the CO2 underground in unused mining tunnels. After all, there's a few of those in Australia that are filling with water causing sink holes and otherwise making a nuisance of themselves.

Now you know why we make fun of them. (the polititians, not the holes)

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Uber hits PANIC BUTTON after India threatens to BAN dial-a-car firm

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Re: The US rape rate is at least 3x higher than India's

So you're saying, if you want to get less raped, go to India instead of the US?

Yeah, that makes it all right.

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WHERE'S WALLY? He's in this algorithm, says developer

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Oh good, I was wasting so much of my time with waldo and puzzle books, now that I have software to take care of that, it leaves me so much more free time.

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Exit Interview: Sony Pics co-chair Amy Pascal flees 'Nork' hack studio

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"the start of a new and exciting chapter in her extraordinary career"

I'm guessing that Angelina Jolie is not going to be part of that new extraordinary career then?

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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Sorta funny they brought them in to address the Sugar Cane Beetle problem, well, they licked that allright, and continued to eat everything else and multiply.

This is not the only thing the sugar industry has done to demonstrate their disregard for anything, they've lobbied polititians to have extensive amounts of water to them, to the determent of others, all for a product we don't need to survive.

Let's hope the toads are eradicated, the cane beetles come back, and their "vital" crops fall over. (*)

(*) I'm diabetic, so don't care if sugar is wiped out. Fruits make their own sugar, and no, Fruit Loops don't count as fruit so good riddance.

</endrant> Is there a maximum rant quota?

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Win! The Ultimate Cash 'n' Carrion Survival Kit

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Re: Said with love...

"Do you mean "Come get the shite we couldn't shift in the 20% off Sale?"

Naw, they're great. With all those parts, I can build a time machine in the server room.

It won't work, but it's great way to pass the time.

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Avoiding data retention will be as easy as eating a burger

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Dry?

I had to soak in a bath afterwards.

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Australia's (current) PM Tony Abbott again calls for metadata trove laws to pass, ASAP

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"You do not hoover up the metadata for everyone."

That's nice, but they already do from some sources. Warrant? Never heard of it, we have direct link now.

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Sony Pictures claims 'Nork mega-hack attack' cost it just $15 million

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Sure losses can be measured in monetary terms...

But getting caught with your pants down like that is worth so much more. ;-)

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

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My brother in law is a rabid Adam Sandler fan.

Aside from that, I manged to track it down some time after release and we sat down to watch it.

Remember when I said "rabid"? If Adam Sandler is on, he'll shout anyone down for making noise during the movie. However, after the "film", he didn't say so, but you could see it in his eyes. His brain died a little bit.

It's that bad. Do not be tempted to watch this citing "anything this bad has to be funny", it isn't, you're not watching a 50's SciFi that was once thrown out, watching this will cause brain damage.

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