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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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VGA?, CGA surely

I note that you refer to a VGA quite often in your write up of the PCjr, surely it used CGA at that time?

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Re: I am insipred

Please have fun for us both, I long for my old Sanyo MBC-550 and Philips green screen, alas we parted ways many years ago.

I bought a 4.77Mhz crystal oscillator from my local Tandys store and overclocked my machine, and having read this PCjr teardown I can understand why the Sanyo was clocked at 3.5Mhz now.

Amazing, and here I am with an Intel Core i7 930 2.4Ghz @ 4Ghz.

Staggering

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Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

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895 BTC?

That's a lot of ISK/PLEX right there.

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Samsung's bid to halt grinding wheels of justice in Apple case denied

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10 seconds on a search engine would reveal that Samsung have R&D labs in the US & EU.

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Panasonic throws in towel on plasma tellies, preps for BILLION-dollar kick in pants

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CE or C E?

One is Certified for Europe, the other is a Chinese Export.

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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It's all just a little bit of history repeating... again.

XRCD

HDCD

DTSCD

Audio only DVDV

DAD

HDAD

DVDA

SACD

And now Audio only Bluray.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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Tell me a lie that isn't a lie, or into the burning pit fall I.

I prefer the parody of Myst whereby you visit the island after all the day players have passed through and left their mark on the world, it was called Pyst.

Regarding The Neverhood, the creators of that game have just run a kickstarter campaign to bring a new klaymation game to fruition called ARMIKROG, the Brotherhood of Neverhood can rejoice, you will be back in klayspace soon enough. :)

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

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Just as NTSC was backronymed to Never Twice the Same Colour, I'd love to see the moment when DAB means Dead And Buried.

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USA reverses iPhone, iPad sales ban

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WTF?

Re: both companies

Which part of the samsung vs apple and apple vs samsung courtroom tennis match did you miss?

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Ban both companies products until they've learned to act as civilised adults would, until then it should be the naughty step for the pair of them.

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USB accelerates to 10 Gbps

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Cheap As Chips

Absolutely, the fiasco surrounding the 1st gen Marvell SATA3 controllers that were tacked on to X58 family motherboards because Intel hadn't gotten SATA3 integrated in time proves that point.

Sure, they had SATA3, but it performed only marginally better than the integrated Intel SATA2 it was meant to usurp.

There is also the mobile computing market where less is more and separate controller chips are very much undesirable, for that market it is SoC or GTFO.

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Hackers crack femtocells to pwn then clone phones

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HDMI?

I'm flip flopping between asking WTF is an HDMI port doing on a femtocell and wondering whether it is mistyped.

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Boffins use lasers to detect radio waves

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A brilliant mix of existing tech and ideas for what is essentially a digital radiowave microphone with the diaphragm acting as a platter upon which a laser tone arm reads the peaks and troughs.

Superb.

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Snowden's XKeyscore revelations challenged

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Black Helicopters

Re: Utah DC

Does it have a sign in the front proclaiming it to be the offices of a certain "SETEC Astronomy"?

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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Devil

I'd utterly hate to give the lawyers some ammo but surely MS can now turn their own loss into a gain by using the Sky ruling to pressure LiveDrive into handing over their name?

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Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

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WTF?

Re: HMMPH!!

It didn't do anything notable because it isn't racing until next year.

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MIchael Duke beat me to the punch on this one, a Delta wing running on Uniross Hybrio batteries.

Best of luck to them.

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Facebook bug leaks contact info of 6 million users

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Re: Already covered - I would like to think

It doesn't matter one iota what you put in, it is what everyone else around you puts in that matters, that is what Big Data is about.

It would be very easy to extrapolate your tastes and pleasures based upon your social circle and their preferences.

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Sunday's night sky to be flooded by MASSIVE SUPERMOON

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Re: Eadon's GeeK QuiZ

Is it something to do with Microsoft?

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Presto: Facebook reveals exabyte-scale query engine

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Maybe they can offer up some of this superscale search to it's users?

I know an FB friend posted something about a poet named Robert a while back, can I find the post in question?, can I buggery.

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Microsoft brings back Windows watch after Apple seeks 'flexible' bod

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Joke

Re: My watch is in the bedroom drawer

Person A: What do you think of my new toy?

Person B: Nice watch, you look like Dick Tracey

Person A: I look like Dick Tracey?

Person B: No, I said you look like a dick, Tracey.

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Gates and Allen reshoot historic 1981 Microsoft photo

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Happy

Indeed

It isn't the same on used in the original, the new photo contains a Sanyo MBC-55x, my very first PC!.

That really brought a smile to my face... awesome.

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Universe gains an extra hundred million years

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But does it screw up the Standard Model?

AKA The Galaxy Song.

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Canadian cyborg says Google Glass design is cracked

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Facepalm

Re: Each eye to focus on a different plane?

Nope, bifocals have the bottom quarter of the normal distance lens cut for reading in both lenses.

You look through the top 3/4s of the lens for normal viewing and then look down a bit for your magnified reading part.

It isn't a case of the lens lens being set for distance and the right for viewing, that would really mess things up, you'd end up looking like Major Asshole from Mel Brooks' SPACEBALLS.

As for whomever decided to downvote my previous post, I was of course referring to the issue of a good idea causing problems, a la Opti-Grab...

D'oh! icon 'cos he looks like he's suffering from eye strain.

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Google Glass (Sergey Brin) - 2012

EyeTap (Steve Mann) - 1999

The Jerk (Steve Martin) - 1979

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Tech bazaar Aria puts £10K bounty on heads of DDoS varmints

B-D

My bet is on a forum member who has been permabanned.

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Any armchair slueth will tell you

That all a bounty achieves is bringing all the kooks, cranks and phoneys out for a quick buck, thus hampering the real investigation.

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Keyboard, you're not my type

B-D

One of the weirdest keyboards I've ever used came with the Sanyo MBC-550, like the IBM of its time it had a solid metal backplate, a distinct amount of travel and a clack that could madden even the most even tempered.

That was where the similarity ended though, the bloody thing was non standard, so when the cable broke I travelled to my local computer junk shop (remember them?, now the are called WEEE disposal centres) and picked up a replacement DIN cable, hacked the keyboard side connector onto the new cable and it was good to go for many more years.

That was the only keyboard I've ever used that had a PC reset button on the side.

Wicked times.

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B-D

I use a Krups Dominator myself... Company policy.

There is a youtube video of a chap modifying his keyboard to provide analogue W A S and D keys for gaming, I won't link to it as there is slight vulgarity in it, but a search for "XBOX Controller Mods: Analog WASD Gaming Keyboard " will bring up the goods.

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Enterprising 'early adapter' tries to hawk Google Glass on eBay

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Big Brother

See, there is a use

for Big Data after all...

I wonder how much time it took between the auction going up and the Google BD system flagging it up as a keyword hit?

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Microwaves thrash fibre on speed... if you like two-nines uptime

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Joke

The only problem with microwaves

Is having to wait a minute for the container to regain rigidity.

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BBC World Service in a jam as China blocks broadcasts

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WTF?

Re: Reporting from inside the prc

Removing the phallic fixation (what is the PRCs stance on homoerotic text being published from inside their territory?) All i got from that post is that you don't pay for a TV license, I don't have a pilots license yet you don't see me demanding fellatio from Stelios.

Back on topic, I do believe I've solved it, it isn't the Peoples Liberation Army, its is all those Power Line Adapters every one is using to repurpose their mains supplies as networking lines, the RFI those things put out would shame any decent jammer.

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Boffin shows pics of germs grown on SPOTTY STUDENTS' MOBES

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WTF?

Well done Simon

Print this article out on cut price toilet paper and you'll have your very own sun article.

You did forget to make bold and capitalise the emotive words though, the HORROR!

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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

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Pirate

That does it, He's a freakin nerd!

Gotta catch the wave.

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Felix Baumgartner sadly turns out to be blinkered FOOL

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Unhappy

Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.

First he fell to earth, now he's falling from grace, poor chap.

I wonder how all the agencies both governmental and corporate along with the people actually up in space who watched his cunning stunt feel about such a turncoat speech?

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13-inch 'Retina Display' MacBook Pro to uncloak next Tuesday?

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Meh

I don't understand.

Why are they making their small things bigger and their big things smaller?

reeks of running out of other peoples ideas to me.

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Joke

Epoch making?

1 part resin to 2 parts plasticiser if I remember correctly.

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WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

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Pint

typos optional

after beer o'clock.

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Also known as "Ok, who farted?"

Isn't this the second time a virulent death has rained upon the realms?, I remember the first time there we two mains camps, the carebears and the griefers, the carebears tried their hardest to save their friends from certain death whilst the griefers ran around infecting anyone the could just for the sheer hell of it.

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Hackers leak 120,000 student records in raid on world's top unis

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Headmaster

First one to post the Bobby Tables XKCD gets to clean the sharpie marks off the digital whiteboard.

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Toothbrush fixes ISS’ stuck bolt

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Mushroom

Prior art

I seem to recall in 2000 or so a solar panel stuck during unfurling and a makeshift non conductive poker was used to help unjam the concertinas, the kinetic energy from the unfurling was not dispersing but rather traveling up and down the panel like a wave.

A couple of ablative heatshield panels were repaired on the Discovery orbiter using caulk and a couple of scrapers in 2006.

During 2007 a medical stapler was used to fix a wayward heat shield blanket on the Atlantis orbiter that had torn during flight.

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Wannabe media barons outed in UK local telly bid list

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Facepalm

Set up all the broadcasters!!!

But where on earth is all the content going to magically appear from?

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

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Re: until the calendar flips over to a day starting with a "1".

Likewise, no day starts with a 1, dates may, but not days.

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Twitter exposes Gov't requests for user data

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@skelband

The entire sum of new material thought up in Hollywood in the last five years?

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'That new Google button was our idea', claims lawsuit

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Re: Don't be evil...

>Do you talk to your arse often?

>

>Does it answer?

Both the main news article and this post reminded me of the Talking Arse sketch in William S Burrough's Naked Lunch, Peter Weller deadpan delivery of Bill Lee's story to Kiki and Yves Cloquet in the car was sublime.

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Firm applies for .sucks domain

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Unhappy

.retarded

Does this chump think the megacorps are just going to absorb the costs of his electronic scammery and move on as if nothing happened?, of course not, they'll recoup their losses by bumping up the prices of their goods/services yet again.

Vox Populii, my arse...one man, one goal...

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