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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

mrbester Re:Incredible! (195 comments)

DOS and GEM on the same floppy, with room to spare.

2 days ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

mrbester Re:Incredible! (195 comments)

The program didn't have to fit in 1k as plenty of games were sold stating that the 16k RAMPACK was needed.

I wonder if the effort to squeeze it into 1k was reflected in profit...

2 days ago
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Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

mrbester Re:Last Season of Star Trek (67 comments)

"Captain's log, star date 3545 point 7.

"We are in orbit around the third M class planet of the K-444 system. Preliminary scans show that this system is incredibly similar to Earth's, but... BILLIONS ofyearsolder.

"Myself, Dr McCoy, Mr Spock and a security detail are beaming down to explore... ancientruins discovered on the surface..."

2 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

mrbester Re:Android Patching (577 comments)

4.4 is a different version to 4.3, not a patch or "service pack". Why is it so difficult for people to understand this basic premise? Just because it is touted as a point release doesn't make it one. See OSX, where if your hardware isn't 64-bit you don't get to run 10.7 or later with all the bugfixes that go along with the later versions unless you fork out for a new computer.

3 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

mrbester Re:Their excuse sucks (577 comments)

Even less want to buy a new phone because the only way to get a "fix" is to use a OS their current phone doesn't support. A car analogy is that you have to buy a new car because your current one doesn't have seat belts. They could be fitted, but it has been decided that they aren't going to be.

3 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

mrbester Re:Their excuse sucks (577 comments)

It's worse than that. They are saying that if you don't submit a patch with your bug report then you can fuck off, because they don't care. Even if you do submit a patch they'll only "consider" it, meaning when they feel like getting around to it. Which will be never, because *they don't care*.

3 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

mrbester Re:The solution is obvious (577 comments)

Six of one, half a dozen of the other. As slow as carriers are to roll out updates (and sometimes never, but at least the end user gets told that), if Google doesn't provide it in the first place they aren't going to do it themselves.

3 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

mrbester Re:Yes. (663 comments)

The reason for "unless" is to remove the suspicion of guilt should it not be proven, whereas "until" maintains that suspicion forever, ignoring the trial finding of innocence.

Unless: "Let it go. It doesn't matter what you think, he was found not guilty" "Fine, but I'm not happy about it"
Until: "Let it go." "No way, that's not justice! I want a retrial! He's guilty, I tell you!"

5 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

mrbester Re:its a tough subject (663 comments)

Considering that those employees probably caught measles from some kid whose parents don't believe in vaccination, perhaps the kids should have mandatory checks to verify they aren't festering bags of plague before they are let into a closed environment...

about a week ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

mrbester Re:Yes. (663 comments)

"Innocent UNLESS proven guilty" was the phrase. "until" implies you're a criminal before the fact and proof of that criminality is just a formality.

about a week ago
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Moot Retires From 4chan

mrbester Re:Really? (184 comments)

They were nothing compared to alt.alien.vampire.flonk.flonk.flonk contributors.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

mrbester Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

No, he'll get promoted before that happens due to the savings. Then it's the fault of the next guy who had nothing to do with it, but fuck him, right?

about a week ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

mrbester Re:If you have read Reflex (168 comments)

Or "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick, for that matter.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

mrbester Re:Communication has never been secure (562 comments)

Did they accept that they would be "held accountable" for *everything* they said or wrote? That every note, every love letter to their wives, every scribble and jotting, every thank you letter to Grandma for that sweater they didn't really like that they got for Christmas, every snarky comment made about someone they didn't get on with, every utterance no matter how benign and immaterial would be scrutinised by a tyrannical government hell bent on criminalising them by any means via self-appointed and absolute powers? Of course they didn't, you fucking idiot.

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

mrbester Re:lost hair (110 comments)

Thought that was leopard skin...

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

mrbester Re:Agent Smith was Right (110 comments)

Oh, so close.

You should have used "Mr Underhill" and Frodo.

about two weeks ago

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Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps dies

mrbester mrbester writes  |  about 10 months ago

mrbester (200927) writes "BBC News reports:

The former leader of a US church that was widely known for its inflammatory anti-gay protests has died, his family has said. The Reverend Fred Phelps Sr, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, died on Wednesday evening at 84. The church, made up mostly of his family, rose to international notoriety with its practice of picketing funerals of fallen US troops. It claimed their deaths were punishment for America's tolerance of gays.

Can we have a resounding "hallelujah"?"
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