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Comment: Re:2 Pines Mall/Lone Pine Mall (Score 1) 454

by Chris Brewer (#34019640) Attached to: The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future

It's quite funny how many paradoxes there are in BTTF, and still they managed to put in some truly obscure consistency:

I remember seeing that the first time I saw BTTF during it's first theatrical run in New Zealand. I'm surprised that people are surprised about this.

Comment: Re:Not sure about the hype (Score 1) 495

by Chris Brewer (#31820232) Attached to: Do You Have a Secret Immunity To 3D Movies?

What type of 3D projector also determines your experience. Because you watched in IMAX 3D, there was more 'popping-out' because that's what IMAX 3D is all about. I saw Avatar in Dolby 3D and everything stayed within the screen (or at the very least didn't pop-out into the audience).

Before the screening they showed the trailer for Alice in 3D and I was going "oh, is that it? Why does everything look flat?" Didn't realise until the other day that the reason was because it was done in post, not in camera, which explains a lot. Does this mean we have to wait another ten years for the second proper 3D movie?

Comment: Re:Using older versions of IE? (Score 1) 409

by Chris Brewer (#27766737) Attached to: IE8 Released As Critical Update For XP

Probably not as down the page it says:

Multiple IE is no longer maintained and there are no plans to continue maintaining it! Thanks and good luck!

Never mind, you could always just have an XP VM with the IE8 blocker installed, running IE7 plus MultipleIE. That way you won't need to worry about having that extra cruft on your host.

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+ - experiencing DNS issues-> 1

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howardd21 writes: ", the giant domain registrar has been experiencing DNS issues since last night. Various blogs and twitter traffic have been reporting issues where domains were unreachable. help desk employees have denied any problems, in spite of the reported issues from various sources. What may be as interesting as the problems Register is appearing to have, is the observation that Twitter is being used as an originating news source where others have missed this. I can also report that our clients pointed at are now having issues, and Registrar employees re now confirming issues."
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+ - John W. Backus, developer of Fortran, dies

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PCOL writes: "The New York Times reports that John W. Backus, who assembled and led the I.B.M. team that created Fortran, the first widely used programming language, died at his home at 82. Fortran, released in 1957, was "the turning point" in computer software, much as the microprocessor was a giant step forward in hardware, according to J. A. N. Lee, a leading computer historian. Ken Thompson observed that "95 percent of the people who programmed in the early years would never have done it without Fortran," adding that "It was a massive step." Though debatably not the first high-level programming language, it was the first to achieve wide use. Backus' other accomplishments included inventing the Backus-Naur form (BNF, the almost universally used notation to define formal language syntax), and also the concept of Function-level programming."

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