* Posts by Kevin Turnquist

32 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Aug 2007

Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

Kevin Turnquist

New Geography

"The timing of the engineering blunder is going to be particularly troublesome, as the autumn weather turns to winter for much of the world and temperatures drop."

Much of the world, huh? Did how seasons work change since I was in school 30 years or so ago?

Yahoo! sale woes

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She'll gladly answer questions...

... once the rest of the executives and her are firmly seated in the corporate lifeboat.

The corporate lifeboat - where the least deserving sit, perhaps a bit chilly but dry, wondering why everyone in the water is complaining about being cold as the iceberg the execs ran the company into floats nearby.

After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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"Even the buzzing sound and jagged light of his lightsaber come across as more primitive than the clean-lined Jedi weapons we’ve seen before, suggesting he may have forged this weapon himself."

Not sure if Disney took it out of the canon or not, but don't all Jedi and Sith essentially forge their own final weapons? With the Jedi, it was one of the final tests to move from Padawan to Knight...

NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

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That's my reading of the ruling. "It's not the law, but Congress can make it the law, adn then it'll be fine by us."

And you can bet that Congress is already drafting the legislation to address this ruling, should the appeal to the Supreme Court go a similar way.

This will only be interesting if the Supreme Court not only says that it isn't supported by present law, but is also unconstitutional. That would throw a wrench into the NSA gears, so to speak.

Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: The guns aren't (just) for firing at other ships

... though using battleships to "soften" Japanese positions on the Pacific Islands proved to be rather ineffective, as the subsequent landing parties would find out.

Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

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I love this day every year...

My favorite part was this one:

"An attorney identifying himself as Ernest K Malley, who spoke to The Register on condition of anonymity..."

Well done.

Better pay your taxes: The world's NOT going to end this year

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Wish I could remember where I read...

... that the Mayans considered 13 a lucky number, and so entering the 13th baktun would be considered (in Mayan think) a Good Thing.

As noted in the article, the calendar itself supposedly goes out into the 4000s, so if the Mayans thought 2012 was going to be the be-all/end-all, they probably wouldn't have bothered.

Sadly, there are actually people in my area of residence buying guns and survival rations for this.


Like I said in the header, I wish I could remember where I read that, because I'd like to hand a copy of that to a few people running around like Chicken Little.

LONDON iPHONE 5 MADNESS: 'You must be CRAZY to buy Apple'

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Who's the bigger fool...

... the fools, or the fool who is yelling at them? That doesn't come across as 'normal' either - just a different kind of odd.

I ordered the iPhone 5 a week ago, and it's on a vehicle now for delivery.

I'm not sure if I'm a "fanboi" for getting one, but my primary decision point was the excellent accessibility features for the vision impaired. The other phones might have those, too, but I was given an iPhone 4, and can operate it without being able to see the screen - which I can't in sunlight or fluorescent lighting. They do make phones specifically for us blind squirrel types, but all the ones I actually laid hands on were crap.

EA confirms Crysis 3 release

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One has to wonder...

... if it'll have 16 "unique"' endings that all look remarkably the same except for some pretty colours and a cut-scene or two. Isn't that how it works with EA* now?

* Yes, Mass Effect 3 is a Bioware baby, but EA owns Bioware

Google told to delete people from search results

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Re: So more rights for a criminal...

David 164,

Yes, because all crimes are completely equal and deserve to be treated in exactly the same way. In that view shoplifting as a kid, littering, or J-walking is equivalent to armed robbery, murder, etc.

Ever get a speeding ticket? If so, then by the logic you believe we should adhere to you're a criminal and we should NEVER forget that.

Fukushima situation as of Wednesday

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Re: "How long is the half life of plutonium?"

Destroy All Monsters said:

Also, these reactors don't run on Pu."

Actually, it is widely reported that reactor #4 does have plutonium in it. It's the only one of the group that does. Haven't seen anything that explicitly explains why #4 has Pu and the others don't, but there it is.

Windows 7 customers hit by service pack 1 install 'fatal error' flaws

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Paris Hilton

It is the language packs

Ran into this problem with a Win 7 Ultimate install - actually restored from image - tried again. Boom. Did a swarch, and some obscure site mentioned that the errors seemed to be something about memory being exhausted.

Apparently - if I follow this correctly - MS decided that instead of patching the language packs, it would have the SP remove them. For some reason (trying to do them all at once?) the system runs out of memory, and there goes your OS.

Removing all language packs (other than your region default) fixed the issue on my system - though reapplying the language packs I needed was a bit time consuming.

How this bug escaped the lab is baffling - do none of the test systems have language pack installs?

Paris - because she can't figure out how this got out of test phase either...

MOON SHRINKING FAST - shock NASA discovery

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Re: Its global warming #

Bah! Beat me to it!

Yes! It's the cardboard PC!

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This isn't going to end well

I've had components on motherboards fail, overheat, and set the component and MB on fire - to the point where the CPU and heatsink had burn marks from the flames. The case itself provides a "fire shield" of sorts, so imagine if the case was cardboard ...

Flames ... for the burn.

Vintage IBM tape drive in Apollo moon dust rescue

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Can't they just ...

.... go back to the set where they faked the landings and re-do it?

Intel badmouths Jesus Phone

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Gopher ...

Wow - thanks for throwing that bone out to the types out here who probably still remember (vaguely) gopher.

It's been a long time (sniff sniff)

Apple surrenders the Pink (to Microsoft)

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Little petty, isn't it?

So MIcrosoft can't use a color for a code name, because that color was used nearly 20 years ago by someone else?

Slow news day? The quota of "pro-Microsoft" to "anti-Microsoft" articles not aligned to your satisfaction?

(not a fan of MS - but come one, this one is obvious)

Microsoft dumps hilarious comedy duo

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@ Gulfie

"The average American (who this commercial was made for) is nowhere near as well educated as their European cousins - I can only imagine that any research into the impact of this advert scored a big fat zero."

Not that it probably isn't true, but citation, please?

Are you counting all of Europe? Or just where you happen to be?

China plans spacewalk by end of the month

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Mythbusters ...

... did a show on whether the moon landings were fake or not.

Couple things of interest:

It was nearly impossible to emulate the walking that the images show, without being in moon gravity. Now, NASA may have had a nice moon set on a plane, but that would have been a cool trick - in the 1960s.

I guess that there was left behind a lens (I forget the name of it) that, if you shot a laser at it, it'll return the shot directly to the source. So they went to a lab that "pinged" the moon. Now, granted, the lab could be in on "the secret" so I don't know if that disproves anything - it was equipment sketching a spectrum, not a visible beam of light, that you see.

They also proved that the sand on the moon would allow a footprint, even in the absence of water (the dirt on the moon hasn't been worn by erosion, so its sharp and holds shape better when stepped in by a rude American tourist).

Good show.

Dog off the menu at Olympic restaurants

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This story has been all over the news sites

I guess world + dog are interested.

Mine's the one that looks like of like a dalmatian.

MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

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Not gone yet

I remember running this on a 386SX-25 with a whopping 4 (yeah, 4) megabytes of memory.

Added a smallish little second box via a 10B2 network and ran a 2 node Renegade BBS for a number of years while in college. Met the wife on that setup - sold the setup, still have the wife ^.^

I remember the days before it - 3.0, Windows/386 and 286, even "just plain old DOS" - though I think it was 2.x (on a Compaq luggable).

(I still have, somewhere, the PC Magazine review of the Deskpro 386, declaring "Enormous memory, unlimited future" - things have changed a bit since then)

I'll be joining the guy at the bar for the memory lane drinking round.

X Prize comes to earth

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@ Michael C

"100MPG is by no means impossible. Getting a car that can do 70PMH, accelerate with good force, go 250 miles minimum on a fill-up/charge, include modern accessories, and also be buildable at a cost the market can bear, that's not been done yet successfully. I do expect 10-20 of the 66 registrants to complete the race within goal. I expect at least 1 to exceed 120MPG."

Chevy Sprint / Geo Metro.

My brother had one. Got somewhere between 60-70 MPG.

Granted, a collision with a squirrel would total the car and mildly annoy the squirrel, but it did have great gas mileage.

AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 dual-GPU graphics card

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Driver issues ...

I had two ATI cards in the past (7500 and 9500 based). Unless things have changed - you'll be waiting a long time for ATI to "straighten out" the drivers, because they didn't do a very good job back then, with (supposedly) "release) drivers.

One of the reasons I switched to nVidia. Haven't had nearly the driver agony since.

(I know some will say "That's all fixed now!" - but, well, it wasn't fixed when I had the cards. That whole thing about leaving a lasting impression ...)

Writers' strike hits US talk shows hard

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@ Andrew Moore

"It seems Jon Stewart is going to pay his writers out of his own pocket for the Daily Show and the Colbert Report."


The rest of them can stay on strike. I don't really care - if these two keep going, it's all I watch that is "scripted" anyway - and by far, the most entertaining stuff out there.

(if I recall, most of the on-air talent for TDS are also the writers - I think)

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Aw, nuts

Just found out that Jon Stewart is covering the writers salaries, maybe, but the writers won't actually be writing - just a way to help them out.

Nice gesture, though I'll miss TDS.

Macs seized by porn Trojan

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@ Allan Rutland

"Those pathetic meatbags ..."

Either you've played KotOR, or you've magically channeled HK-47 to a tee ^.^ Well done.

George Lucas announces Star Wars TV spin-off

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I think I just got a shiver...

Does anyone remember "Droids" at all?

Even as a Star Wars fan, and a kid to boot, I couldn't tolerate that show.

Note: People who like Star Wars don't really care about the droids. They want to see lightsabers.

But at least it can't be as bad as the Holiday Special, right? RIGHT?

Red Hat, Novell sued for patent infringment

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Gates Horns

VC needs a new icon ...

Where is the "Ballmer as Antichrist" icon?

Oh, well, this will have to do.

Science and religion collide for galactic conference

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@Steve Roper and Anonymous Vulture

First, @Steve Roper.

Thank you. I was going to post very close to what you said, but you beat me to it, and probably did a better job of it.

The amount of pure hatred in some of the posts is, well, fundamentalist. Kind of amusing irony when people spout so much about fundamentalists and then act like one.

Every group - EVERY group - has fringe elements.

@ Anonymous Vulture

That Simpsons reference made my day - thanks ^.^ Good advice.

Kung fu monks battle gobby net ninja

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So does the Temple have dial-up, or broadband?

"Grasshopper ... what is that sound?"

"I am checking my stock performance on Yahoo, Master."

AT&T turns screws on iPhone unlocker

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Whew - glad it isn't me

"UniquePhones has pulled its iPhone unlocking service after receiving calls from lawyers claiming to represent AT&T and threatening to sure the Belfast-based firm for copyright infringement and illegal software dissemination."

I hate it when I get "sure'ed"


Free software darling SugarCRM blasts OSI

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@ Russell Nelson

Is this a troll posing as the OSI member? I hope so.

"Democratic institutions are highly overrated"

So are elitist, self-important organizations.