* Posts by Phukov Andigh

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

Phukov Andigh

One guy, a criminal for shutting down incompetence

another, a hero.

Why can't we get some consistency here? BOFH's Unite!

Sysadmins Against Incompetence.

But lock out one PHB in San Francisco and it's jail time. Mess with a Federal officer, and youve got job offers.

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

Phukov Andigh

and only electric CARS

you don't get 7.5K on an electric motorcycle either. which if we really wanted to cut congestion (and lower long term health care expenses lol) we'd allow that large subsidy for EV motorbikes. Organs for everyone! :)

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Phukov Andigh

to be fair

they had electric cars for over a hundred years, but the Big Three have not carried anything in their sales line or been doing any continuous development until relatively recently.

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Phukov Andigh

LOL

anyone able to afford a Tesla spends more than 7.5K on breakfasts and lattes on their work commute in a year or two. Pretending that amount caused serious problems and not the numerous other difficulties, both technical and personnel, is a real stretch bordering on partisan pandering.

when you're laying out over $60K USD on a *secondary* car, when your mortgage is well over a half million, and your annual vacations are overseas and over a week long, you don't stop a big purchase because of a sale ending-instead your buy SOONER.

So if there were really a belief that subsidy cuts were happening, people wanting a Tesla would run out and buy earlier, driving sales and value up. If they're not, its because they didn't really want a Tesla anyway and are looking for an excuse to buy something else. If that's the case, the problem is a lot deeper and 100% a Tesla corporate problem.

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Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

Phukov Andigh

Re: Guzzling?

so now that there IS a Leaf and others, why continue the subsidies?

the "goal" is completed. Everything after the Model S is merely transferring money without generating any significant engineering. Paying for what is essentially "marketing" or "changing driver's minds about what an EV is" could be done a lot cheaper by hiring ad agencies instead of helping the wealthiest Silicon Valley residents get a 100K car for 80K.

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Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police

Phukov Andigh

Re: Facebook is finished

if what you listed was just all that Facebook hosted, I would actually be more inclined to keep it going.

when its used to manipulate public opinion, spread hate, lies, and politics (redundant I know) and sell product, thats where more and more users WANT it to fail

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Tesla hits Model 3 production speed bumps, slides to loss

Phukov Andigh

I live less than 5 miles from the factory

only saw my first Model 3 "in the wild" yesterday.

Took almost that long from "we're in full production" until I saw a Model X on the road or on the lot too.

Or seeing any loading up on trucks to ship out.

What's that giant gridwork of pipes they're building? it looks more like a chemical processing plant than construction or office space framwork

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US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

Phukov Andigh

if the old card game taught me anything

it's the Girl Scouts who are behind it all. The cookies are merely the front and funding!

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

Phukov Andigh

Re: In the follow up..

that's what I had been expecting the outcome to be. BOFH outmaneuvered me too! Bravo! :)

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Phukov Andigh

I must be losing it

I couldn't figure out the BOFH's game, kept looking for some sort of "accident"! Loved the real motivations!

this is gonna be one of the BOFH's Greatest Hits.

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

Phukov Andigh

we don't fuel gas cars at home

so why the insistence on recharging electrics at home? a large battery/supercap bank on a ubiquitous corner "filling station" right along major electrical supply lines would allow more efficient charging and no worries about datasets and potentially millions of homes needing to update charging technology whenever standards change. No worries about intrusive systems to figure out "which power is used for the car so it can be taxed separately" schemes.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

Phukov Andigh

Re: Why or why?

have you actually HEARD the P180? it is the loudest (and has very unique sonic signature) twin turboprop Ive ever witnessed coming in our out of SJ Mineta. Even the (also twin turboprop) Rutan Starship is quieter by a noticeable amount. Only seen that one twice.

turboshaft engines are light. electric motors can be close. But batteries still weigh more than kerosene. which means less cargo, higher wing loading, etc. Engineering challenges mostly but the biggest challenge is the bean counting. Not sure what technology is in the current or near state of the art that'll fix that. :(

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

Phukov Andigh

when all you have is Climate Panic

every problem becomes on of Creating Climate Panic. Climate Panic the coloring book, Climate Panic the T shirt! Climate Panic the Flamethrower! (kids really love this one!)

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Vid game's easiest level makes players white, hardest level makes them black

Phukov Andigh

explains a lot

is that why the game has been delayed almost a year from its previously announced release date? some retail sources refunded their preorders. Me, I'm still waiting for October release

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

Phukov Andigh

great what's next?

getting my IT news from El Reg is gonna be called "foreign influence" soon? They can have my BOFH when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!

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Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find boron

Phukov Andigh

so a fuel source?

boron based fuels created locally for higher performance aerial vehicles?

or is this all just leftover from the Martian interplanetary cannon? :P

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

Phukov Andigh

how do you say

"bullsh*t" in Swedish? Because that's what is going on here.

His excuses are about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.....

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US military gets authority to shoot down citizens' small drones

Phukov Andigh

No worries here!

I'm such a sh*tty pilot that I'll crash myself before the battery runs out. No need for ballistic assistance

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Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims

Phukov Andigh

wasn't there a lawsuit claiming Obama was hiding UFOs?

the existence of a lawsuit, and statements by the individual or attorney supporting it, do not necessarily lend credibility to the cause of that lawsuit.

Will there be worldwide coverage if the lawsuit fails to be heard or fails in court? Did we bring up all the silly litigation that every president suffers brought on by flat eathers, pro enviro, anti enviro, anti military, pro militiary and every other cause with an axe to grind or attention to gain?

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USA to screen tablets,
e-readers and handheld games before they fly

Phukov Andigh

I apologize in advance..

for the delay I'm gonna be causing at SFO in a couple months. I'll be carrying ALL THE ELECTRONICS muahahaha. Well everything but the cell phones for the whole family. I'm already prepared for the strip search bwahahaha

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BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

Phukov Andigh

wonder if the BOFH acted prematurely

having a bunch of these desks wouldve guaranteed epic mayhem.

and I'm kinda disappointed the PFY wasn't really developing this thing solely as a "trap" for beancounters and HR folks anyway.

best thing to do would wait until orders were paid for, then extort what's due. And enjoy the chaos

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Nest security camera captures landlord's romp on tenants' bed

Phukov Andigh

I suspect, that this sort of thing isnt that terribly uncommon-the tresspassing anyway. Had a landlady that was notoriously nosy, who seemed to know a LOT about the habits of tenants, and seemed to enjoy hinting at the fact.

When one didn't have a means to record such intrusions, one couldn't prove anything to legal satisfaction, but those that complained, got evicted.

People with some of their kids' toys "missing" and then sometimes seeing her kids running around with suspiciously similar items a couple days later, same deal.

I tried leaving a long running tape recorder, but that either ran out, or eventually, disappeared. Would've killed for technology that sent images offsite but 20 odd years ago, dialup was all there was. and even digital still cameras were out of range for price for most people

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

Phukov Andigh

No need

I could and did get more from their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Everyone showing off how "woke" they are. Making sure everyone knows it too. otherwise there wouldn't be any real point would there?

Most of these people flew in, which means they gave TSA every bit of critical personal information needed just to get their tickets. Credit cards linked to finances to pay for it all. And those that drove in, license plates and drivers license info clears the rest.

This is just more screaming for more attention. Often while burning more of the same oil they pretend to oppose. Which in a few years, when the tribe whose land this was NOT on and NOT getting paid finally does, there will be echoing silence as the Tribal Council rakes in the cash.

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

Phukov Andigh

lots of fools with lots of money

and still easily parted. "Ironically" of course. Bet if one did demographics they'd find most backers are under 30, no kids and live within deep urban centers and have less time being employed than they've spent in college.

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

Phukov Andigh

all about that sweet, sweet government money

talks about solar power and batteries across the country, because he hopes to be the sole provider of both. Talks of hyperloop whenever stock prices of either Solar City or Tesla are suffering. More of the same from the same

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

Phukov Andigh

we have those in a mall around here

watching them take 30 seconds or more to "recalculate" when a bunch of kids run by them, was disappointing.

It also failed to react to a Sonic Screwdriver toy, nor to standing behind it playing "EXTERMINATE!" from a sound effect file on my phone. I even offered it a jelly baby.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Phukov Andigh

and here we pay out of pocket to get the BBC

so to get BBC content, we Americans pay out of pocket, sometimes getting extra cable "packages" of crap to get the channel we want, and put up with a small amount of ads for the privilege.

Seems that the BBC could survive on the same thing if people who wanted it were paying for it over there too. No need for a tax, which always means your content becomes polluted and controlled with Politics when politics pay the bills.

That Dirk Gently TV series was brilliant BTW, want to see more like that over here!

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What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

Phukov Andigh

Mr. Dabbs has revealed to us, The Future

...and it frightens me! :P

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

Phukov Andigh

you can't fix

what is broken by its very business model.

It's like thinking you can improve Street Prostitution by firing a couple pimps. When the whole thing is based on unlicensed "contractors" trying to undercut licensed industry and passing ALL the expense onto the "contractor" after "the app" takes a cut, you've got nothing left if you "fix" it.

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US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

Phukov Andigh

Procurement Choices and Pork

so someone explain why Lockheed (and it's Raytheon and California connections to politicians in procurement committees) won out over Boeing's offering that flew and translated between VTOL and level flight long before this aircraft did?

Oh wait, I already answered that. Not enough Washington State politicos in Congressional positions of military procurement oversight.

Too bad blame always goes towards the military that buys the stuff and not the politicians who force them to choose it. One group gets reelected on a "look how stupid the military is" platform, the other becomes the scapegoat for all civilian government decisions.

Aircraft was a bodge from day one. But politics pushed it through anway. No surprise it remains a bodge.

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Worried about election hacking? There's a technology fix – Helios

Phukov Andigh

Re: No, elections don't work this way

I'm not worried about boxes shifting, since my campaign manager can keep finding more ballots in the trunk (boot) of his car for each recount!

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Phukov Andigh

Re: No need for something needlessly complex like Helios

on the flip side, we *encourage* people to vote who don't care enough about issues to do any research or even, after decades, bother to get even basic ID (or so they claim to avoid any sort of election fraud prevention).

If knowing ID is needed for voting and 20 or 30 years later you still couldn't stop off once for a free ID, then is letting that person vote better than forcing everyone who DOES have ID to vote?

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

Phukov Andigh

so yet another

incompatible, "platform exclusive" system to do what the other Big 3 are already doing.

But I still find a few games on one system that I'd love to play, but isn't available on others.

Had to decide on which had the most titles available when I decided to go "console" for more casual gaming, since I wasn't ready to upgrade the PC for another year and it was having a hard time playing the AAA titles I enjoy-plus the PC is upstairs where lack of central AC means "too hot to play in the summer" so wanted to be downstairs on The Big TV. Went with Sony because it had some newer versions of old favorites.

Can't aim with a gamepad worth sh*t. Will be attempting to use some sort of keyboard/mouse emulator soon. And no, I don't do multiplayer so "cheating" isn't a concern.

But as a videogame junkie, I still don't see the business case, nor consumer/gamer value, of yet *another* console offering. And I'm one of those guys who bought a nVidia Shield.

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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

Phukov Andigh

Re: Iraq redux

because the Official News Organ Of Record is publishing those videos, silly! so it Can't Be Terrorism!

:P

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Phukov Andigh

Re: Advice please.

obviously not a fan of Hank Strange then.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

Phukov Andigh

Re: Real story is coming

and he'll keep "re-using" it to generate hype for as long as it works-he gets credit for "designs" and "plans" as if he's already completed them.

Sure odds are better with Musk than many others, but FFS save the champagne cork popping till AFTER actual hardware has been flown?

Cuz if "save the humans" comes off as proportionally late as the Model X and Model 3, there won't BE a million humans left to put on Mars anyway. Kinda hard to launch after the asteroid hits and not very effective.

Will the nerdy pigtail girl and the huge guy with metal teeth be allowed in this New Corporate Utopia?

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Phukov Andigh

Re: Methane can be made on Mars

I think the joke was missed, might've been on a SpaceX flight.

But for maximum efficiency, I suggest Taco Bell. Where the Pu is not plutonium!

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Phukov Andigh

straight outta Dystopian Future Sci Fi

an entire colony world where *everything* including water, air and heat, is solely available from The Company Store.

Didn't I just watch a new Dr. Who episode about hypercapitalists and corporate control over life-necessary resources?

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

Phukov Andigh

bravo!

except our pizza will soon be delivered by robots and there's no decent "Italian Mafia".

Uncle Enzo for President!

Stephenson was a visionary. Everything else, is coming true, except for the pizza delivery. Until I get a Deliverator car in my garage, I don't count that future as having arrived :P

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Phukov Andigh

people who thought "getting into computers" meant easy money

just like all those who got their Web Developer certs and flooded Silicon Valley over a decade ago. Sock puppet dot-coms and other stories of Money for Nothin' (Dire Straits in your head now?) drove up interest till the Dot Com Bomb.

Recently big hype in "Coding" as some sort of panacea, where kids were lead to believe easy shifts in air conditioned offices, working with beanbag chairs and Smart Executives Who Get You, free parking for your Fixies and Craft Beer brewed on site, and complimentary trimming of your hipster beard were the truth about Working With Computers.

Reality, not so much, and not for the vast majority. A life of "contract" positions, promises unfulfilled, and the same "stupid bosses" as every other field, along with finding that coding is pretty much an antisocial game at worst, and at best, just another job, lessens interest.

the oft predicted glut of "coders" also turned it into a "buyers' market" where even those high profile positions became less valuable as fresh "geniuses" could be hired for a lot less, made it even less desirable to "the youth". Not to mention many kids have parents in that field and have seen the reality.

Add in the ability for "work from home" to become "replaced by overseas contractor" and the competition for primo coding slots becoming WORLD wide, those who aren't as good as their school teachers praised them of being, find themselves overlooked. When Google or Apple put up a position, the very Best of the Best of the world apply. And only so many "studies" and complaints about "racism" or "sexism" can get someone hired when their A game simply is not world-class. Its like the Olympics, the Superbowl, the NBA Championships around here.

And like big sports, no matter how many thousands of students you run thru Podunk or Big City High's basketball team, and all the trophies you got "getting to State", there's one Steph Curry. (or KD). Even your LeBron's end up not getting the plum jobs here all the time.

And that's before we even examine issues of "aptitude" or "desire" when discussing education based emphasis on a single career type.

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Mexican government accused of illegal phone hacking of citizens

Phukov Andigh

Re: So Mexico joins most of the rest of the world.

I want to upvote the comment for the insight. But downvote it because the situation sucks and how even less of the world is safe for people from their own "leadership".

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The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots

Phukov Andigh

Re: Air Force not 2

yep. AF1 could be a Cessna 182 if the situation demanded. Or an old C130 straight outta Panama with buckets for toilets.

If I were Prez, AF1 would be that XB70 the AF Museum has stashed :)

And whatever I could get Rutan to build for me.

Make Civil Aviation Great Again! But then the Airlines and both Political Parties would be on 24/7 attack mode for my frivolous flight expenses, even if they were cheaper and less damaging than most vanity (err.."Legacy") projects the last few Presidents have engaged in.

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Oh no, Silicon Valley! Failed startup CEO on fraud rap after allegedly bullsh*ting staff and refusing to pay them

Phukov Andigh

Disruptive business model!

"save a fortune using our service-we fail to pay employees and pass a small amount of the savings on to you!"

Kind of like Uber but even skeevier! Which must be "better"!

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

Phukov Andigh

Re: Impeachment?

naw, too complex.

The Donald is a product of Hollywood and on record as a good donator to Democrat causes.

He's the epitome of Scapegoat, by which his actions are all used to smear the GOP and guarantee not only the Midterm elections -which have no term limits - but to guarantee a Presidential win by the Democrat Party in 3 years.

Straight up Machiavelli.

The only real "collusion" we'll end up finding, if at all, will be anyone who kept secret records of the setup for all this. Chump gets attention and improves his "brand" and the Dems get supermajority again for everything.

Which then they can still blame everything that goes wrong on the GOP, like they do in California, which hasn't had an actual GOP presence or anything even strong enough to mount an opposition, in decades.

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In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day

Phukov Andigh

actually yes,

I did hear that in a slighly lo-fi, slight trippy echo as the lead-in to a classic television show.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

Phukov Andigh

"canned" seems a bit excessive

but if someone expected their "new" pro to be able to figure out what's actually deployed instead of following a script verbatim, then they company didn't get the caliber of employee they expected. Not gonna weigh in on realistic or unrealistic expectations in this regard.

But legally actionable? I don't see any what that's gonna fly. Especially if there IS a documented script and those values were followed.

Unless you got the guy on Social Media bragging about how he's gonna "destroy" this company because he's got some agenda, then talking about "Legal" is someone who's clueless and realizes HE's got some responsibility too.

Restore from backup and move on. No backup? no policies for such? Mr CTO calling for "Legal" is doing so because HE screwed the pooch.

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Bogus Bitcoiners battered with US$12 million penalty

Phukov Andigh

an unlike real commodities

even after this news reinforcing how vulnerable bitcoin users are to a system that is dependent on brokers and intangibles for becoming something traded for actual goods and services, the price of bitcoins will continue to grow.

Anything else, investor confidence would drop and so would prices.

makes no sense in a naturally occuring environment. Makes some sense if one allows for a central, strong point of control-which isn't something that ever benefits anyone not part of that cabal.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

Phukov Andigh

the "problem" with the internet

is that those lies and mistruths and beliefs you hold so sacred, are not ascendent. Other peoples' needs, perspectives, beliefs and lies can get the same attention.

So when your corrupt liar, even with protection of Media who simply doesn't report or spam headlines 24/7 with their lies, failings, and errors loses because other outlets make up for that shortcoming, then the "internet" becomes a dangerous thing.

A presidential candidate who failed to secure her nomination because her statements made at one rally, were on Youtube before her next whistlestop, and the crowd can judge for themselves that what she's saying NOW doesn't match, even though her allies didn't decide such things "newsworthy" is really disruptive.

Its easier to blame the technology than the actions that the technology brought to light.

Like a robber blaming home security cameras and not the fact he's burgling homes for his arrest.

Even those who benefit from such exposure, fear it when their turn come around. Chump may like Twitter now, but I guarantee you if it becomes a Hazard to his puppet masters, suddenly Twitter will be "the Enemy".

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

Phukov Andigh

to be fair to our Fruity Overlords

the Dial isn't as useful as it sounds, and that's coming from a drafting/CAD perspective.

It *could* be a lot more useful but for the money and amount of applications and settings one is actually allowed to configure, well, even the MS store guy couldn't recommend it to me when I got my Surface Book a few months ago.

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Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices

Phukov Andigh

Re: Stacy "Motion Sickness..."

kids these days.

real first generation videogame motion sickness belongs to "Descent" in 95:)

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