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Borders Books, Dead At 40

the_mind_ Australian stores are already closed. (443 comments)

The Borders shops in Australia have already closed down in the last few weeks.

I don't know how they lasted for so long. They were 25% more expensive then other book stores, and at least 50% more expensive than online book shops. Not to mention their huge shops in expensive shopping centers. Including American style in-store coffee shop (who wants to walk through a book store to get coffee? stupid people, thats who).

But hey, I got some cheap networking gear, a label printer and some cool comic-style posters for a pathetically low price.

more than 3 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

the_mind_ Re:yay (1855 comments)

$ rm -f /bin/laden
$ echo 1 > /proc/billOfRight/4
bash: /proc/billOfRight/4: Permission denied
$ echo 1 > /proc/billOfRight/5
bash: /proc/billOfRight/5: Permission denied
$ echo 1 > /proc/billOfRight/6
bash: /proc/billOfRight/6: Permission denied

more than 3 years ago
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France Outlaws Hashed Passwords

the_mind_ Law makers.... (433 comments)

When will law makers stop trying to make laws on technical matters they do not understand and that affect technical users?

"No, your Honor. The passwords are not hashed. They are encrypted using public key encryption. It's just that I have lost the private key..."

more than 3 years ago
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An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!

the_mind_ 30 day antivirus trials (609 comments)

Im convinced that the 30-day anti-virus trial software is the one of largest reason so many computers owned by average users get infected.
"But I have anti-virus!" "Technically, yes you do. It expired one and a half year ago. And you have ignored the pop-up notice ever since."

But its not only 3rd party trial software that should go away. My Dell laptop with 7 multimedia button had a tray app that took up 60MB of RAM and 3% of the CPU.
And then there is support clients, "Cool application launchers" and other crap that is branded with Dell logos.

more than 3 years ago
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Private Space Shuttle Flights

the_mind_ Why not build new shuttles? (244 comments)

Why does NASA not build new shuttles of the old design? The material and the actual building cost must be only a fraction of the original development cost.
It can't be because of it being an "old outdated design" or "unsafe" as they have been using them all this time. And with the 20 years of lessons and experience gained there must be some minor changes that will improve them.

Yeah sure, a newly designed shuttle/rocket/whatever probably would probably meet today's needs better. But a newly built old space shuttle is still better then nothing at all

And it surely must have been many times cheaper than the Constellation program mess.

more than 3 years ago
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BT Content Connect May Impact Net Neutrality

the_mind_ Australia already have a kind of tiered internet.. (138 comments)

A lot of the mobile phone subscription deals and some of the 3G internet-only subscriptions have severe limits but 'unlimited' access to sites like facebook and youtube.
You can also buy additional access to a selection of usual social-media sites for most subscriptions. Look here for some pricing examples.

With our restrictive data limits even on fixed ADSL lines i would not be surprised if we get so see some "unlimited access to facebook" deals in the near future.

Its already bad and it is only going to get worse.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo 3DS Early Impressions

the_mind_ Few things I thing everyone like to know... (273 comments)

Does the 3D screen make the images "pop" out like one of those double concave mirrors or does the image "sink in" so it feels like you look into a box?

And did anyone think to bring a stereo camera and take some photos?

more than 4 years ago
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EA Launches Ultima-Based Browser Game

the_mind_ Quick review... (106 comments)

I have been playing this game for a few weeks now since the closed beta.

I can safely say that the game at this stage is no where near release ready.
Its definitely forced out of beta by some bean counter.

Heaps of bugs, even more then your average EA game.
No trading system. You can send resources but you have to trust the other party to send back what he promised. And you can't trade gold at all.
Graphical glitches galore.
Buttons to buy "power items" with real money everywhere.
The artificial restraints put in place to encourage you to buy power-ups are way to strict.
The ranking system only takes the amount of buildings you have into account. Nothing about army size.
Poor graphics that are not much better then place holders.

Having said all that, the game is still quite fun to play if you are in to this sort of game.
After you have your cities set up, a 15min gaming session twice a day is enough to keep playing.
So its perfect game to play on your lunch break.

If you want to play, don't make the mistake of building a castle in your first city.
You will get ripped apart by a large army within a day if you do.

more than 4 years ago
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New Nintendo DSi Announced

the_mind_ Re:Summary is wrong. (290 comments)

Looks to me like there are two cameras.
one on the inside next to the microphone and a larger one on the outside.
I would think that the inner one is 0.3MP.
the outer one could be anything.

more than 5 years ago

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