* Posts by NBCanuck

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Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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What sites?

So if my email address comes back as pwned how can I tell what site was compromised. I use unique passwords and there is no way I am going to type them all in.

Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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"you need to keep really, really close tabs - and lots of comments - on the source otherwise it'll trample all over you."

I remember taking a programming course years ago (Pascal). The professor was constantly reminding us to document out code. At the time my documentation was pretty brief as it was obvious what everything did.

Yeah....

That was great when you were working on it and everything was fresh in your mind. I remember looking at my old printouts the following year when cleaning up and had trouble making sense of anything without analyzing all of the code. Lesson learned.

Remember....you aren't documentation the code for yourself, you are documenting it for "future you" and those who follow.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: C

I live in the province of New Brunswick and have never seen a trigger lock here, or in neighboring Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island either. Nor have I encountered any of them in the state of Maine.

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Re: most gas(petrol) station pump fires seem to be caused

...and it's probably not a good idea to use a lighter to see how full your tank is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yGmRx3ymWI

Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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Mixed bag in Canada

The three big telecoms (Bell, Rogers, Telus) all have the monthly cost of the phone hidden in their monthly plan, but we do have options. There are subsidiary companies (Koodo for Telus, Fido for Rogers) that do it, what I condider, the right way.

Example: I am with Koodo and my bill clearly shows my plan fee and the amount of the phone cost sitting on my "tab". Each month I get charged $15 towards the tab and see the updated balance owing. The tabs are all set to have the phone paid off in 24 months. When that happens the tab charge just goes away.

From an accounting perspective it would seem that breaking out the charges would be better for allocating revenue. The purpose of bundling them together seems to be to trick people into paying more than they should.

FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Re: That's irony for you

"I guess that must be what Trump likes about his rallies, where henchmen will eject anyone who isn't cheering with the rest!"

He hasn't yet taken to having his thugs threaten to have nay-sayers taken out and shot like another narcissist did about 70 years ago, but would he if he could?

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Dear Microsoft

Please BING off and take your POS browser with you.

There.....FTFY.

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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Re: Since Fortnight is dodging the Google tax...

"Does this mean that Android users are getting a 15%-25% discount now? If not, it end up the users get fleeced at the same rate, but the money is just flowing into different pockets."

- If I recall correctly, part of the agreement with Apple for selling something through its app store is that it cannot be sold anywhere else for less. So according to that, the game developer may make more profit, but CANNOT sell for less.

As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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Facepalm

Phone appearance

Phone manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure that their phone are sleek, slim and sexy. That is all great, but they are also so delicate that the first thing most users do is pack them in a case totally hiding over 50% of the phone, and bulking it up.

Why can't phones be made a bit bigger and tougher...with maybe room for a bigger battery while they are at it? There are still some "rugged" version out there, but they tend to go to the extreme. A nice consumer middle ground would be nice.

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: Same in Canada

I have a fiber service in Atlantic Canada (BellAlliant) and I have fiber to the premises - I know because I can see it coming into the house. They have Good, Better, and Best services. I am on Better and have 300Mbps up and down. I have tested and the promised rates are accurate.

California lawmakers: We swear on our avocados we'll pass 'strongest net neutrality protections' in America

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Re: Hold on a minute....

@ jmch

"Isn't that how democracy is supposed to work?"

Yes, but wouldn't it be nice if the politician did it because it was his job and for the benefit of the people instead of motivated by his career ambitions?

'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: Insurance Black Boxes

"...saying they'd caught them doing around 100mph over a roundabout.

FTFY

I think I saw that video on YouTube. ;)"

I know exactly the video to which you referred. Good launch, but kinda failed to stick the landing.

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Entering New Zealand

A compost of managers.

Facebook caught up in court battle with Amazon and pals over 'ageist job ads' that targeted young

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Facebook Age

With things as they are I'll never see a job add on Facebook. I entered my birth year as 1925 (with incorrect month and day as well). Of course now it is locked and I cannot change it, but I can live with that. It's not like I am going to provide then with any real personal info to confirm what they know about me.

....and yes, I'm kidding myself believing for even a moment that they don't know my real birth date.

'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors

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Project

You want us to deliver "X" . Sure....no problem.

You want high quality, fast delivery and you want it cheap? Pick two!

Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Re: Must have been a quite impressive experience

"What about "hands up and start floating one foot above the floor"?"

Like the stance in Karate Kid? All tellers are now in full attack position!

Oh.....hovering a foot above the floor, not just with one leg raised. Not as much fun reading it that way. :-(

DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

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Seems pretty clear to me

So say you owned software that you distributed

1) free - via download from your official site

2) for $10 for a physical "branded" CD (to cover costs: manufacture/print/distribution)

In both of the above cases you controlled the content available from your "official" sources. If someone does the download they know the source. If they purchase a "branded" Cd, they know the source.

Now someone comes along and downloads from the official site, then burns off a few CDs and hands them out to friends. The CDs are not direct from the official source so there is now an element of risk as to what is on the CD. Maybe the person added a few "extras" (accidentally or intentionally), but they certainly cannot hold you accountable for any malware on the CD that is not on your official version.

Microsoft has contacts and deals in place to ensure that the company making its CDs are only loading approved content. If buddy has someone in China make the CD then who knows what else may be on there. By putting official MS and Dell logos on it they make it look as though these are from a trustworthy source. Not sure people would feel as secure using "Bob's computer recovery CD".

Not saying that MS has the best reputation, but I can see why they would not want this. As several people have stated: it was the decision to "brand" this and pass it off an an official copy that was the issue.

Avengers: Infinity War: More Marvel-ous moolah for comic film-erverse, probably

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Re: Miserable old git

"Personally, I'd like to see a real 'Starship Troopers', fairly consistent with the book."

Agreed! I'd especially like to see the Trooper do a proper drop as described in the book. Now that's an entrance!

'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

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Reply to Louis Schreurs BEng

The issue appears to be that when people are calling T-Mobile customers who are in rural areas with poor coverage the caller gets a fake dial tone and is led to believe that the recipients phone is ringing when it is not. The caller should instead be getting a recording saying that the call cannot completed. T-Mobile is hiding it's poor coverage.

UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe

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Re: Have you ever seen Thomas the Tank Engine?

"Henry gets walled up inside a tunnel.

While he's still alive!"

------ "For the love of God, Montresor!"

User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: If you get a bit twitchy ....

"Orthinology - word botching. Be sure to allow it in your spillchucking dictionary."

My internal spell-checker (brain) misread that as "Ornithology".

People are over reliant on spell-checkers. I always re-read important emails before they go out. Sometimes my brain thinks one word but gets overwritten by muscle memory into similar other words. Not that I am an incredibly fast typist, it's just that my fingers sometimes seem to be trying to predict what I want to type before I compete the thought.

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Anonymous on Facebook

It's interesting how people think that Facebook does not know who you are just because you don't give them your real name. Between your activity, the activity of your friends, the info you friends have on you (email and phone) Facebook is able to build out a pretty solid profile on you. Facebook knows who you are. They know who you are even if you don't use Facebook so not hard to connect you to an account, even if not under your own name.

Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case

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“strong, confident women”

I know this is about performance, but wanted to point out her saying that they discriminated against "strong, confident women.

One thing that "strong, confident" men or women sometimes fail to notice is that they can come off an loud, overbearing, obnoxious or display other undesirable characteristics. How you feel about yourself and see your own behaviour is not necessarily how others see you. Strong and confident are good leadership characteristics, but make sure that they is how others see you, not just how you see yourself.

Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Re: Microwaved

"You can cook sprouts adequately in the microwave but sprouts cooked in a steamer taste amazing and have a perfect texture. No salt or butter required."

No Butter?!!! How uncivilized!

What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality

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Facepalm

Plebiscite

If FCC chairman Ajit Pai is so sure of what the citizens want, have it out out as a plebiscite and have him offer up his seat if his proposal is rejected.

Too bad that is too complicated and too expensive to do. Once they can do them safely and securely online things will change. But then people will want to vote on everything individually, and most people are way too uninformed to make the right (for them) decisions. It'll be anarchy...ANARCHY I TELL YOU!

So, ah....yeah.

BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Missed you, Simon.

With Christmas passing and no office party and no New Year's Eve incidents I was worried that w'd lost you. So very good to have you back, and in such fine form!!

Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffett

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Said it before and I'll say it again....

1) the people who hype Bitcoin have an interest in the price going up, not down so of course they are are telling everyone that they should buy it.

2) Bitcoin has less intrinsic value that Pokemon trading cards and even that bubble popped (but I AM curious to see how far it will go).

3) Money being held in Bitcoin is not good for the economy. It is sitting stagnant and not supporting the building of anything - not helping companies grow and create new jobs and opportunities.

Ok...#3 is not 100% accurate - companies are being created to manage Bitcoin trading and investment.

That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

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Replaceable battery

I have a Samsung Note 4 that was suffering from battery issues. I purchased a kit containing 2 replacement batteries and an external charger over a year ago for just over $30 and my phone was back to 100%. Every now and then I get itchy to upgrade, but for my usage patterns there just isn't enough incentive to move. My biggest pain point will be sacrificing the ability to easily replace the battery and memory card.

Waterproofing not as important to me as the ability to have access to swap basic components.

Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019: LMFAO cu l8r

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Re: As ever, too late.

Once change recently made in Canada is that all carriers have to unlock their customers' phones upon demand for free, and all future phones sold cannot be locked to any providers. Merry Christmas!

One provider (Bell) has been making the news by following the letter of the law. If someone buys a second hand phone and takes it to Bell to be unlocked Bell is refusing as they are not "a customer" (and probably never will be with that service attitude). Hopefully the CRTC will clarify the rules and remove that exception.

Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin

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Speculating

Bitcoin started out as a virtual currency, but now it is more like stock than anything else. While the initial value was from people who believed in the original vision, that is not what is driving the price.

10 People who have bitcoin want to protect their investment or make a profit

20 Bitcoin holders hype bitcoin.

30 Hype triggers people to buy and the price goes up.

40 People see the price going up buy it.

50 GOTO 10

These are not people seeking to use it as a currency, these are people hoping to buy something now and sell later at a profit. Holders, especially late adopters, are at risk if the hype ends, the price stops going up, and people rush to get out before the price drops. And it will. And once it hits the new floor the cycle will start all over again and begin a new rise.

Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Responsibility/Liability

Ok....so the actual damage might not be enough to kill everyone on board, but my thoughts are (and benefiting from comments already stated by others here):

1 ) even minor damage to an aircraft is expensive. (parts/labour/time not in service)

2) any know damage to the aircraft may result in the diversion of the aircraft to another airport causing additional cost and delays (missed meetings, lost vacation time)

I don't think the enjoyment of someone playing** with a drone should even closely compare with the rights of the airlines and passengers, and they certainly don't have the assets or carry liability insurance to compensate for all of the losses. People have the right to do a lot of things, and they also are held accountable/liable when their actions cause a loss to someone else.

Today's aircraft are a lot safer and have some redundancies for things that can go wrong....but that being said, I wouldn't want to be the one to test them.

*** - I say "playing" referring to amateurs. I separate them out from professional drone pilots who tend to operation a little more cautiously, responsibly, and carry appropriate liability insurance.

Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Solution?

With proposed upcoming clamshell smartphones the solution may be close.

In folded mode give it a basic screen that permits alerts and basic call and SMS functions and a viewer for camera For browsing or other apps open it up.

Phones have gotten so slim that folding them won't really make for a thick phone (but PLEASE make sure there is room for a decent sized battery!).

Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

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Unhappy

Disclosure

What I would like to see is full disclosure on all apps with a full, but non-legalese, description of why the company is providing the software free.

"Software is provided to end-user with no fee...

...with limited features with the hope that they will upgrade to a paid upgrade."

...because we are hoping to profit from in-app purchases."

...in exchange for allowing us to track browsing information to sell to third parties for advertising/other uses."

...in exchange for allowing us to track user's location data to sell to third parties for advertising/other uses."

Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

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Re: Less is more?

Agree.

I hope we don't have to face the lesson learned in the Arthur C. Clark short story "Superiority"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superiority_(short_story)

The reality of this happening today first reared its head to me years ago when I heard a story about a multi-million dollar jet taken down by a low-tech rocket launcher.

It's time to rebuild the world for robots

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Who pays for it all?

So is this something that car manufacturers want the government to pay for with our taxes? This is not something that will benefit even a small majority for a long time to come (if ever). Everyone paying for the benefit of a small number of people and the auto manufacturers is not something I want to see. Have each region put forth a plebiscite (listing the pros and cons (including details on proposed expenditures and timelines) to see if they want this and I doubt you would see too many takers.

US energy, nuke and aviation sectors under sustained attack

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Re: Find the weak spots

"Would it be legal to send emails to your own employees to identify these individuals and then "allow them to pursue new opportunities" before they have the chance to compromise your company?"

Actually our company DOES send out test emails, though I believe it is more for testing and educating - at least I am not aware of any more serious action being taken.

All email coming from outside our enterprise is automatically delivered with red text at the top saying "External Email" so at least it is harder for someone to spoof coming from a legitimate company employee. My thoughts are that if they fail this one "education" should only be an option the first time.

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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So many levels of fail

End-user - while it is understandable that he was upset when he thought he had lost all of his email, he did himself no favour in blasting the IT department. All he accomplished was to alienate them so bad that no one wanted to help him. If you need something from someone always make them WANT to assist you.

IT Dept - while no one enjoys dealing with a verbally abusive customer, they really messed up when they put off helping him until the other tech returned from vacation. Instead of a quick investigation and providing great relief to the user they contributed to an environment where the user was left to get angrier and I'm sure this generated a lot of talk about lack of support from IT. Even with it being user-error and a good outcome, complaints about poor support would have been valid.

Techie - he did everything right before going on vacation, and patiently allowed the user to vent a bit while explaining the issue, AND quickly resolved the problem. All aces until he had to go and get his dig in. So much potential to help undo some damage but his need for revenge for the rant lost him his high ground.

Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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FAIL

@AC

"Trump is correct here. Let's see if Frazier takes up the challenge. I'm guessing ... he won't."

...and just how many of Trump branded products have had their manufacturing moved to the USA?

Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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Re: Yup

@ Gene Cash

"I now order using the touchpanel at the local McDonald's. I don't have to deal with a person and my order is accurate, and it's faster.

It's not a "robot" but it's automated, and it's taking a cashier's job away."

I like the touch panels at McDs. My ability to make sure that my order is entered correctly is in my hands. If only they would use the labour savings to actually serve the food in a decent period of time. They used to be the best but have had poor service for years.

Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Facepalm

Took a picture?

The monkey saw the camera and was curious.

The monkey started touching the camera to examine it.

Monkey touches button....camera goes click.

Monkey like click.

Monkey touches button again....and again...and again. Happy monkey!

The monkey is unaware that he took a picture.

Even given that, how do we know that the monkey has agreed to be represented by anyone?

Maybe the shrewd monkey is merely waiting for mass use of the picture before sending in his own lawyer to sue everyone.

While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: Who still uses farenheight for things like this ?

"Wow. That's nearing 5 MegaHiltons."

@ Adam 1

I think the correct term should be GigaHiltons. Your unit overstates the true value of her diminishing hotness.

Uber's New York competitor sued over driver equity scheme

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Facepalm

Law school vocabulary

"we intend to vigorously defend against the allegations in court."

Why is it lawyers seem to have such a limited vocabulary and resort to standard canned statements all the time. Really....after all the money they spent on law school you'd think they could occasionally "aggressively" defend against an allegation. Or maybe: "boldly defend" or "earnestly defend".

Samsung's Bixby assistant fails English, gets held back a month

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Still have my Note 4 and it is still my favourite phone to date. Replaced the battery and it got it's second life. I love the idea of having the dust and water protection, but hate the thought of moving to a phone where I cannot swap the battery. Always wondered who benefited more from the sealed case:

Consumer - whose phone will survive accidents involving water or

Manufacturers - who know that people will become less satisfied and buy a new one when it fails to hold a good charge (because they don't know that they can still be done if you find the right person/company).

Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

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Re: A bit of German

I think a better English translation would be:

Fun had in earnest. Ernest is now seven years old.

The spelling of earnest/Ernest differ but sound the same when spoken.

Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: The main issue

@David Nash

"As I understood it, the self-driving robot car did not have something in its path. It was in the path of the other car, which hit it side-on."

Agreed - the driver proceeding straight through an intersection has the right-of-way over a left turning driver (in North America). In this case the left turning driver would be considered at fault as there was a greater onus on them to make sure they could turn across the other lane safely.

While a real person in the Uber car may have recognized a potentially dangerous situation and used more caution at the intersection, the Uber car failed to respond to the potentially dangerous situation and proceeded strictly bases on the fact that there were no cars in its path. While what it did was not strictly illegal, programming the extra analysis of abstract details that a person does would be a huge task.

Maybe when all cars are automated (and I am not looking forward to that) they can communicate enough to work out coordination of movement, but outside a closed system the AI just isn't there yet.

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: ATM's

"Do you want a receipt "No",

Do you want to email a receipt? "Nope"

Do you want a text message receipt? "FFS! Nope"

Do you want any other service? "FFS! Just give me the money you stupid machine!!!""

Hmmm..reminds me of a particularly annoying toaster from Red Dwarf. talk about life imitating art.

Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

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Travelling

One thing I always take with me when travelling is a roll of TP. Hardly ever need it, but it has come in handy in places that were out, or had sandpaper single-ply stuff where you cold rub a couple sheets together to start a fire.

User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Turbo Button

For a brief while the Turbo button was my friend. When I upgraded from a 386 to a 486 processor and tried to play Wing Commander the performance with the larger ships was much smoother than with the 386, but it was too sensitive (for me) when flying the little scout ships. Turning Turbo off slowed things down and made it playable.

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