* Posts by John 104

977 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009


Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

John 104

Re: I prefer the original

Anyone who pre-ordered Duke Nukem 3d got a Duke mouse pad. Still have mine!

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I have originals and they play well in dosbox.

Also, I wouldn't call Duke 3d a clone. It brought a level of dimensionality that was sorely missing in the original Doom. You could actually jump! And rocket pack! and far better graphics. Not to detract from Doom at all. Still an all time classic!

And Blood. lol. Parental warning because of all the blood! Kill those occultists!

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Re: I suck at FPS...

Net Hack!

LOVE that game. It is available in the dos archives (was ported at some point). I played it through a few years ago. Just as much fun today as it was when I played it in the 80s.

It aint always about the graphics!

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage

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Re: Consultation is shot to pieces then

Only 15k? I'd have sued them for at least a years worth of wages. And damages.

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Re: Seems insane

This is how I would have worded it:

"Thanks for saving our business from bankruptcy. Now that everything is OK, fuck off.

Drones must be constantly connected to the internet to give Feds real-time location data – new US govt proposal

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You guys aren't seeing the bigger picture! Once Starlink is up, these issues of connectivity will go away

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Re: Business as usual for government

I had the same thoughts, and then some. Replace drone pilots with firearms owners and the argument stands. Laws to prevent bad behavior of a few typically hurt the responsible majority. "But look! We're doing something!"

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Re: Useless


You've obviously never actually fired a gun. Or, if you have, you are using absolute garbage off the street with crap ammo.

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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Re: We were doing that at the lab at uni

@ UT

It's because it has good game play.

My daughter and I just played a deathmatch of original Half Life. STILL plays well.

At the risk of sounding, well, aged, (not well aged), like movies, modern games aren't always better due to better graphics/effects. Good game play is good game play and nothing beats the sound of that voice in your headphones saying "HEAD SHOT"

Now Internet Society told to halt controversial .org sale… by its own advisory council: 'You misread the community mindset around dot-org'

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Re: Transparency

Whether or not they are behind the folks making the bid, you can be assured that there will be some laundering of money and kick back if the deal is done.

Internet's safe-keepers forced to postpone crucial DNSSEC root key signing ceremony – no, not a hacker attack, but because they can't open a safe

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Interesting story. Always fun to see how certain elements of securing things are implemented.

And, sigh. I remember El Reg back in the day. If you didn't know what DNS was, they certainly weren't going to explain it to you.

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Re: "during what was apparently a check"


You're right. They should just put the key pair on a file share and lock it down with ACLs.

Sprint-T-Mobile US merger: Bad for competition? Good for standing up to Verizon, AT&T? NYC court goes with the latter

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"There is no doubt that reducing the mobile market from four to three will be bad for consumers, bad for workers, and bad for innovation,"

Considering that these cellular carriers have almost nothing to do with engineering the technology they implement, I'm not buying into the above statement. Does AT&T design and manufacture cell phones? No. Do they design and manufacture radio units for towers? No. They are technology implementers.

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X

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What's in a Name?

When it was MAC OS X, Apple were very adamant that it wasn't os 'ex' but that it was OS 'ten'.

If we follow the same logic, this new OS from Microsoft should be called 'Windows Ten Ten'

Iowa has already won the worst IT rollout award of 2020: Rap for crap caucus app chaps in vote zap flap

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Because it was side load, it wouldn't have to pass validation. The whole thing smells of rotten fish.

That's what makes you hackable: Please, baby. Stop using 'onedirection' as a password

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Why is it so hard for people?

like one direction? You could do: "0n3 W@y $tr33t" as a mnemonic, keep a clue about your favorite boy band and still have a rock solid pass PHRASE...

AI 'more profound than fire', Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai tells rich folks' talking shop

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Re: AI 'more profound than fire'

Well, war IS ridiculous...

Remember that 2024 Moon thing? How about Mars in 2033? Authorization bill moots 2028 for more lunar footprints

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Re: Private money

No way I'm traveling Wayland....

Co-Op Insurance and IBM play blame game over collapse of £175m megaproject

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When you fire all of your technical people this is what happens...

US court rules: Just because you can extract teeth while riding a hoverboard doesn't mean you should

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Re: Alaskan treats

Cadbury, as noted. And dang, those things are SO gross.

The delights of on-site working – sun, sea and... WordPad wrangling?

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Re: How did that work ?

Before notepad++ became ubiquitous, wordpad was a go to because it didn't fiddle with formatting. Not sure if it is the same today. Even Notepad screws with stuff if you aren't careful.

Intel server chip shortages continue to bite: HPE warns of Xeon processor supply drought for the whole of 2020

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Re: EPYC Fail...?

I think it is more likely an EPYC win...

We have a few servers with those chips in them and they are ridiculously fast compared to our Xeon servers.

Leaks point to Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with mammoth 108MP camera and ... what? 16GB of RAM

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Here's to hoping that it actually does come with a 5000mAH battery - and doesn't need it to run for 4 hours...

To manufacturers: No one gives a shit about thin. Give us decent batteries please. An extra mm to the phone thickness is worth it....

Tabletop battle-toys purveyor Games Workshop again warns of risks in Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP project

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Good on them for winning.

For me, though, I'm not sure what the draw is. It is a hugely expensive game to buy in to and in the end is just miniatures combat. Cool sculpting though.

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Re: 'Good project management'

Should he have written it as *GW* to make you happy?

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

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Re: Original Controller Only


I have a CD/AM/FM boom box thing that I acquired in the early 90s. It has been my shop radio for decades and still works as good as the day it was new (although it is a lot dirtier).

This whole scheme of theirs smacks of corporate greed and environmental carelessness. I'm firmly in the camp of "question the 'settled science' claims of politicians" (if they are talking, they are lying) There is simply too many billions of $$ involved. But that doesn't mean that I condone material waste like this. Shame on them.

No Motorola Razr comeback orders in 2019: Costly foldy nostalgia mobe pulled back

John 104

At $1,500, this has now become the idiot tax item of the decade. Retro cool? Sure. Foldable? Neat. Worth that much more than a bog standard $500 phone? No way.

Starliner: Boeing, Boeing... it's back! Borked capsule makes a successful return to Earth

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"Chilton also called out how pristine the capsule looked following its 1258 UTC landing at White Sands in New Mexico on 22 December"

Are they sure it was 1258UTC? Perhaps it was 01:58?

What do you mean your eardrums need a break? Samsung-owned JBL touts solar-powered wireless headphones you don't need to charge

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Re: "68 hours of playtime from just 1.5 hours of sunlight"

Probably similar to my watch. Citizen eco drive. always charging and to date, i've never replaced the built in battery - going on 10 years?

Alphabet, Apple, Dell, Tesla, Microsoft exploit child labor to mine cobalt for batteries, human-rights warriors claim

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Re: How much cobalt per car?

Maybe mined in Canada, but all of it is shipped to China for processing, where they don't give a shit about the environment.

The idea of a 'green' car that is battery powered is a total joke. The whole thing has to be one of the biggest bamboozles of all time.

My eyes thank you, Google: Android to get dark mode scheduling in future update

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Re: A better solution?

What? Use the light sensor? Why, what a concept. Except this has always been in place. Up until Android 9, it worked really well. On my LG V40, it is useless. The display darkens so much that it is unusable in low light situations and won't adjust up. As a result, I manually set the brightness.

Hey, Google, How about you fix shit you broke before introducing new features? Or are you just trying to be like Microsoft?

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired

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Wrongful Termination

At least in the states, that would be wrongful termination and cause for lawsuit. At the point of firing and NDA, I'd pause and go get a lawyer. One would hope that at this point, they can sue for damages.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing

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Re: So many flaws

Can is OK to buy in, as long as you pour it into a glass. NEVER drink from a can. Unless it's Carlsburg. At least they didn't waste good beer....

Five new players – including Blue Origin and SpaceX – are now in NASA's race to send landers to the Moon

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Re: Pittsburg, Colorado, Houston, Texas, California

Don't get all bitter just because the UK has no skin in the game...

Can't you hear me knocking? But I installed a smart knocker

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Re: Well that was a waste...

I'm with Gumby.

I manage access control among my many IT hats. At least here in the states, you have to have a system that fails to unlocked in the event of a power failure. Otherwise the doors stay locked in an emergency. Such as, fire, tsunami, power failure with fire and tsunami, etc.

If the garbage you are buying fails to locked, I'd dump it. Seriously, what if your house was on fire and your wife was inside and couldn't get to a window? What garbage.

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

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Re: Selective deafness


Don't be obtuse. No one carries a spare battery with them. The point is that when the battery dies, the consumer can source a new one and install it themselves. With the Apple way, it is glued in, and there is no recourse for replacing the battery - WHICH WILL WEAR OUT - other than paying exorbitant amounts at the 'genius' bar, or throwing the device away. Myself, I just replaced my battery in my HP. Cost me $40 and about 10 minutes with a screwdriver.

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Re: it might he a hipster thing to do

Same with my Skylake HP Envy. 13" screen, completely serviceable. All screws on the bottom. No failing keyboard, no dead pixles, no catching on fire during use. And, it's less than half an inch thick. Looks fantastic and runs great. I upgraded the SSD and have just replaced the stock battery after 4 years. Oh, and it cost me $850 US.

Weird flex but OK... Motorola's comeback is a $1,500 Razr flip-phone with folding 6.2" screen

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Re: Want one

But my mobile phone is already portable...

SpaceX flings another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit in firm's heaviest payload to date

John 104

yeah. I have mixed feelings on this one.

On one hand, very cool accomplishments. Keep up the work for science and the improvement of lift/orbit vehicles.

However, more litter? In the name of profit? Leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Hyphens of mass destruction: When a clumsy finger meant the end for hundreds of jobs

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Re: Nostalgia ain't what it used to be...

To support the same workload today, you'd "need at least an 8-core 64GB server", Jed observed.

So...any reasonably spec'd laptop or desktop. Or, if you want to go nuts, any high spec engineering workstation. Couple of xeons or epycs, some RAM and off you go.

Likely, to support a modern version of these workloads, you need a farm of servers, each handling mail, application loads, file services, etc. Data needs are, naturally, much larger these days. And performance is much faster. Also, one user doesn't have the ability to accidentally screw the rest of the office over due to a mistake.

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++ for robocopy.

I always keep a formatted command ready to go just for the mirroring issue - too dangerous to not have it all thought out ahead of time. It's all wrapped up in a nice PowerShell script with variables for source/destination directories, logging, etc.

I really fell in love with it when I worked at Microsoft years ago as a contractor. One of my fellow workers didn't really understand the limits of the drag and drop of explorer. During a migration of a rather large file server (one that ,no kidding had financials and code from as far back as the 80's), the job kept failing. He kept cursing and trying again, but to no avail. I mentioned how he was doing it wrong and picked it up. One confirmed Robocopy script later and it was well on its way - along with the Z switch. Pretty sure I made an enemy that day, but I got the job done.

Like the Death Star on Endor, JEDI created a ton of fallout and stormy weather in cloud market

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Thank you!

John 104

Re: Here We Go Again.

Reminds me of the T-shirt with the pic of the Dalek on it and the quote "R2-D2! I loved him in Star Trek!"

John 104


One does not 'buy' a geek card. It is earned. If you didn't earn it, you can't have one. Sorry.

It's back: The mercifully normal-looking Moto 360 smartwatch

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It is really amazing that we can have a watch shaped computer on our wrists. The RAM, CPU, and display were the things of childhood dreams for many, spanning decades from Dick Tracy to numerous Sci-Fi writings and shows. I'm truely impressed.

However, I just don't see the merit of one - yet. When they can pack a modem, BT WiFi, large amount of RAM, and a battery that lasts a month between charges,THEN these will be ubiquitous. Until then, they remain a gadget.

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Re: 1 day battery?

And I'll keep wearing my Citizen eco-drive. 10 years on and I've never opened the case to replace the battery.

Billionaire Bezos unveils plans to land humans on Moon, with a little help from some old friends

John 104

It's true, other companies have been doing things. But winning contracts isn't the same as actually putting a product to market. The dream chaser is pretty darn cool, but is still really in development as well. And the rockets you mentioned have been in rotation since as early as 2000. To me, this is still SpaceX eating lunch of everyone else. Developing, certifying and launching rockets is no small task. So far, they seem to be leading the pack.

Regardless, it is an exciting time for space technology again. I was a kid in the 70s and 80s and marveled at the Apollo and shuttle programs (although the shuttle program was hugely wasteful). I'm glad to see public companies being allowed by the US and other governments to pursue these programs.

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Oh, that's easy. 1. Space X.

While everyone else is futzing about and getting nothing done, Space X is eating their lunch and actually launching rockets and all the other amazing stuff they do.

US customers kick up class-action stink over Epson's kyboshing of third-party ink

John 104

Fuck Epson

My story...

Bought a very nice Epson scanner/color printer many years ago. It printed beautiful color on glossy stock. It really was impressive.

Until the starter cartridges ran out. Out of cyan? No worries, I'll just print my normal documents until I replace the cartr-sorry, you can't print black and white because the cyan is out. Oh, and that scanner that doesn't even use ink to perform its function? Yeah, I'm afraid we are going to disable that too, so that you have to buy cartridges. Grrr.

Went out, bought a full spread of cartridges, Epson brand. Ran them for about 2 months of light printing and they ran dry. It was around $150 or so to do.

Fool my once...

Went out and bought a color HP laser jet for around $300. Lasted me a decade and I bought replacement toner once or twice. It finally bought the farm and I bought another HP. Been running that for many years as well.

What I'm surprised is that they are allowed to do this after the Lexmark lawsuit years back. That turned out in the consumers favor, making it illegal to disable printers when third parties ink is used.

John 104

If every penny counts, buy a laser printer. Cost per page is 1-3 pennies vs .25 for ink jet.



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