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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

CxDoo Re:The Hobbit didn't take the material seriously (65 comments)

Um, maybe Ralph Bakshi movie is an atrocity for you. For me it's the best Tolkien adaptation ever.
Today there's too much money to milk out from Tolkien books for anything NOT completely-dumbed-down to happen. Including Jackson's LOTR movies that are 'great' only compared to poorly animated turd fest that is Hobbit, parts one to eleventy.

6 minutes ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

CxDoo Re:The only thing I care about. (479 comments)

As much as I'd be prone by education and origin to go with this (as someone born & raised in ex-Yugoslavia), that is just not true. There was a bloody civil (&ethnical) war going on and none of the sides involved were willing (or able) to cause significant trouble to Germans.

* Germans were kicked out of Belgrade by Russians* in 1944.
* Some 20,000 people died on Srem Front in late 1944. on partisan side unsuccessfully trying to breach Axis defense. Russians were the ones who smoked that too.
* Partisans were more interested in hunting down retreating Ustasha and Chetnik forces (and did some 'good killing' in Austria when they caught them) than fighting retreating but still formidable Germans.

Yugoslavia was left out as part of Churchill-Stalin agreement (50-50) and not because of any local capability to resist Russian occupation.

* When I say Russians I mean mostly Ukrainian (for whatever value of Ukrainian) sourced forces.

about 5 months ago
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Nexus 7 and Android Convertibles Drive Massive Asus Profit

CxDoo Re:Collapse? (232 comments)

Nah again, this has nothing to do with Microsoft. I'll leave Apple out, too.

The "common opinion that" is nothing but hype. The thing is, "PC" market has plateaued; it's a mature market. Tablets, phones & other gadgets are not "killing" it, they are growing their own market, mostly for the following 2 reasons:
1) 91.23% of population doesn't need more than email, photo/video, web & simple games.
2) People who spent money upgrading their "PC"s every so and so (for values of so and so ~ 1-2 years) do it far less frequently and they can spend that money on other stuff.

Which leaves us with the elephant in the room in these kind of stories, which is business. Business predominantly buys boxes and will continue to do so. There is no comparison to 80's "PC" revolution, as the boxes are in the same ballpark price wise as the hyped gadgetry. There is just no reason for anyone to go through hoops so they can format-shift their business from Wintel/Lintel to whatever.

In a couple of years, when everyone and their grandmother owns a good enough phone/tablet/whatever, we'll have another round of "X is collapsing".

about a year and a half ago
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Nexus 7 and Android Convertibles Drive Massive Asus Profit

CxDoo Re:Collapse? (232 comments)

Nah not that collapse. PC as we know it market collapse(& apple the biggest box mover) is what I call troll material.

about a year and a half ago
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Nexus 7 and Android Convertibles Drive Massive Asus Profit

CxDoo Collapse? (232 comments)

rtfa-troll writes

Indeed.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Keeps Quietly Mapping The World

CxDoo Re:no you can't (197 comments)

Yeah well you can go to a overseas desert place like Cyprus and get nothing on Nokia Maps too. Try and see.

Strikes me as unbelievable but Nokia actually did remove a whole country from its maps because of political pressure.

about 2 years ago
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New ZeuS Botnet No Longer Needs Central Command Servers

CxDoo Re:They still need a C&C (137 comments)

I get the p2p part, encryption & so on, but how does one peer find out where are the others?

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Opening Foundry To Third Parties

CxDoo Re:Just a suggestion... (51 comments)

I am aware AMD spun off Global Foundries, however they are still married to them.

OTOH, it makes no sense for Intel to go after AMD, as someone above mentioned. They own them in architecture and process.

I don't understand why would they offer their process to others when it is their biggest advantage.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Opening Foundry To Third Parties

CxDoo Re:Just a suggestion... (51 comments)

Nah this is more like Intel going after AMD foundry too. kick them while they are on the ground and all that.

more than 2 years ago
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Job Seeking Hacker Gets 30 Months In Prison

CxDoo Do you see what happens? (271 comments)

Do you see what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass?

more than 2 years ago
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Early Speed Tests For Windows 8

CxDoo Re:Well, of course. (242 comments)

Well, it's not so straightforward with 7 (2008 and Vista too). Yes, desktop performance & experience is great, but the abomination that WinSxS folder is fucks it up rather ruthlessly for VM, laptop and SSD usage. As it is, there is no way to strip it down to bare minimum and run lightweight.

I have VMs running XP on 2 gigs of disk and 256mb of RAM. Let me see you do that with any of the above mentioned. And don't tell me disk is cheap, because those VMs number in tens for me, and probably hundreds for other people.

Now how about my laptop with Windows partition of 25 gigs consisting of 17 gigs of Windows and tiny program files of 1.7 gigs? I'm fucking scared to run Windows update on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

CxDoo Re:Gitmo still needed? (528 comments)

The fact that you (& many others) consider this not unique (i.e. normal) is even worse than the request itself.

more than 3 years ago
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Americans Less Healthy, But Outlive Brits

CxDoo Re:When to say enough? (521 comments)

That is a matter of personal preference. Just because a dude believes in a sadistic bearded dude doesn't make his wish to live stronger than mine; I might happen to be extremely nothingnessfobic.

more than 3 years ago
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Americans Less Healthy, But Outlive Brits

CxDoo Re:When to say enough? (521 comments)

Yeah, because a nonbeliever (such as myself) has only *nothing* to be afraid of.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Is a Dying Consumer Brand

CxDoo Re:Really??? (585 comments)

IBM is coasting?
You have no clue what you are talking about.

I am not even going to mention basic research, but IBM dropped Apple (they are innovating, right?) because Toys & Accessories Corp didn't generate enough volume on PPC CPUs. That's just one indication how coasting and declining IBM is.

more than 3 years ago
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Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

CxDoo Re:God, god, god.... (1328 comments)

Pi having infinite number of digits is not the kind of infinity we can not grasp. Draw a circle; ratio of circumference to diameter is pi. You can stare at it and contemplate all day long, having it in front of your eyes in its entirety.

Infinity that we can not grasp is, for example, infinitely long truly random sequence.

more than 3 years ago
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Making Ubuntu Look Like Windows 7

CxDoo Re:because... (473 comments)

Training office drones is one (costly but doable) part of the transition. The other (AD, Exchange, Office, Sharepoint, 3rd party stuff available only for Windows...) is not so simple, and often impossible.

more than 3 years ago
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RIM's Encryption 'Too Secure' For Indian Government's Taste

CxDoo Re:Of course the funny thing (140 comments)

Exchange integration is cool but I think they love it for Echelon integration.

more than 3 years ago

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