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Comment: Re:Wrong (Score 2) 85

by YuppieScum (#49150109) Attached to: VLC Gets First Major Cross-Platform Release
Call me old-fashioned, but I'd expect the creator of the software to be able to update their website to reflect a new version before, or at the same time as, pushing out a press-release... not after.

Oh, and the Play store says it's not even supported on my Nexus 7 running 5.02, so I've now lost any confidence I had in them.

Comment: This reminds me... (Score 1, Informative) 145

by YuppieScum (#48894811) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug
...about 10 years ago, we had some performance issues related to the NVidia cards included with a large batch of HP workstation-class PCs purchased by the investment bank I worked for.

We had sufficient clout to drag in the local NVidia reps to answer our questions... after a bit of a grilling, and discussion of the reference numbers on the various bits of silicon soldered to the cards, they admitted that the total RAM claimed to be on these cards (64Mb IIRC) was actually half on the card and half from system RAM, and required a specific version of the driver to make work. Without that driver, you had half the video RAM you had expected... and paid for.

Since then, none of the unscrupulously weaselly behaviour of this company has surprised me, and they've not had a penny of my money nor of any company I worked for since.

+ - Every weapon, armored truck, and plane the Pentagon gave to local police->

Submitted by v3rgEz
v3rgEz (125380) writes "You may have heard that the image-conscious Los Angeles Unified School District chose to return the grenade launchers it received from the Defense Department’s surplus equipment program. You probably have not heard about some of the more obscure beneficiaries of the Pentagon giveaway, but now you can after MuckRock got the Department of Defense to release the full database, letting anyone browse what gear their local department has received."
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+ - A Cheap, Durable Robot Hand With An Adaptable Grip

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Building robot hands that mimic human ones may not be doing robotic grasping any favors. Authors from iRobot, Harvard and Yale describe the success they've had with an underactuated, three fingered hand. It doesn't look human, but thanks to a design that prioritizes flexibility and adaptability, it can do a lot of the same jobs with a lot less programming than previous models."

+ - Operation AURORAGOLD: How the NSA hacks cellphone networks worldwide->

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The documents also reveal how the NSA plans to secretly introduce new flaws into communication systems so that they can be tapped into—a controversial tactic that security experts say could be exposing the general population to criminal hackers. Codenamed AURORAGOLD, the covert operation has monitored the content of messages sent and received by more than 1,200 email accounts associated with major cellphone network operators, intercepting confidential company planning papers that help the NSA hack into phone networks."
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Comment: Really? (Score 1) 345

by YuppieScum (#46903797) Attached to: Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

switch to another modern operating system, such as OS X...

Oh yes, because that would be such a simple and painless transition, with no legal or software-compatibility issues whatsoever...

To be honest, I'm having trouble determining who should win the "Stupid Cunt of the Year" prize - the "author" of TFA for not being able to perceive the difference between an OS and an application, or the "editor" for letting such drivel onto /.

Or, I suppose, myself for expecting any better from /. nowadays...

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