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Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 336

by hawkinspeter (#47563891) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States
It was option 2. The bank declined the transaction and then Apple was tricked by the customer pretending to phone the bank whilst actually phoning an accomplice. The accomplice then "authorised" the transaction with a manual code, which Apple believed was from the bank.

Apple should have phoned the bank itself using a known good number. That would have caught out the scammer and Apple wouldn't have lost money.

Comment: Re:Yeah right... (Score 1) 111

It is on the very verge of release now. It's been shown in several US cities and is now invading Canada. I'm a backer of the Kickstarter campaign to get it released: . Hopefully the DVDs and Blu-rays will not be too long away and I'm waiting for a UK release so that I can get my hands on a legit copy.

Comment: Re:Still waiting for Ubik (Score 1) 111

There's still rumours about that. Michel Gondry has declared that he's "still working" on it. Ubik is supposed to be the most unfilmable of all of PKD's work, but Michel Gondry has a unique style that could work really well (I'm thinking of Eternal Sunshine - definitely not Green Hornet).

Comment: Re:It's not fair (Score 2) 111

Incidentally, the Radio Free Albemuth film is almost available (for certain values of available) now. I'm kind of bummed that I paid $70 for the Kickstarter campaign, but as I live in the UK and it hasn't been released here yet, I can't get my hands on a legit copy of it yet. In case you didn't know, Radio Free Albemuth originally started as a sequel to Man in the High Castle, but then ended up becoming a first-draft of what became VALIS.

+ - 3D Model of Hubble Space Telescope->

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An anonymous reader writes "Model of the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits the earth and has helped astronomers determine the age of the universe, the identity of quasars, and the existence of dark energy. For more information on Hubble and astronomy, see the free iBook Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn. Produced by a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute and SAS, both this model and the book are designed to expose all students—including those with visual impairments and other print disabilities—to critical STEM content. Additional information for students and teachers is also available for free at SAS Curriculum Pathways."
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+ - Philip K Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" to be produced by Ridley Scott 1

Submitted by hawkinspeter
hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Amazon has given the green light to produce the Hugo award-winning "The Man in the High Castle". This is after the four-hour mini-series was rejected by Syfy and afterwards by the BBC.

Philip K Dick's novel takes place in an alternate universe where the Axis Powers won the Second World War. It's one of his most successful works, probably due to him actually spending the time to do some editing on it (most of his fiction was produced rapidly in order to get some money). Ridley Scott has previously adapted PKD's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" as the film "Blade Runner", so it will be interesting to see how close he keeps to the source material this time.

This news has been picked up by a few sites: International Business Times; The Register and Deadline.

So, are any PKD fans excited about this and is this story already Godwinned?"

Comment: Re:TCO (Score 1) 153

by hawkinspeter (#47549503) Attached to: Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro
You're right. Most of the updates I've done on a variety of Linux boxes have not caused any problems - even upgrading from different OS versions (e.g. Ubuntu 12.04 -> Ubuntu 14.04) have proceeded fine. There have been a few occasions where Grub has got confused or distribution upgrades have failed due to LD_LIBRARY_PATH being set etc. However, every OS has had issues with bugs and updates.

You shouldn't need to make a bootable USB as typically, you'd have the media that you originally installed the OS with (DVD or USB or network install). If not, then it's easy to borrow someone else's system long enough to download and burn another copy of it (unless you're in Windows OEM hell).

To understand a program you must become both the machine and the program.