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Comment Re:The solution is simple (Score 1) 364

Oh yes, the white plastic G3/G4's. I did a couple of procedures on mine and my sister's, took time, sweat, a big table and meticulous labeling of screws but entirely doable.
Never did anything to my clamshell (aka "toilet lid" in my native tongue) so I don't know what they were like internally, but the later (aluminium) MacBooks were insanely easy to (dis- and) assemble.
A friend of mine who is an absolute disaster with most things electronic managed to switch hard drive in his so nobody can blame Apple there.

Now the blasphemous act of soldering the RAM onto the logic board ON ALL THEIR AVAILABLE MODELS* including the desktops is an entirely different thing. For which you can only blame Apple.

(*) The black stool pill doesn't count. A "workstation" for 10,000 EUR where you can upgrade only the RAM is just as stupid as a "desktop" where you can't touch the RAM.

Comment I have a good feeling about this (Score 1) 816

If there's anything that could bring more credibility to Star Wars, it's less control from Lucas. Now we might actually see the original trilogy released without all the special edition plastic muck. Or perhaps restored, but not ruined with added scenes and horrible modifications.

And since Lucas already ruined Star Wars with Episode I-III, I have absolutely nothing against further Episodes, especially since they likely won't let Lucas direct them.

Sure Disney is known for sanitising their products, but Star Wars has always been pretty clean. I am not worried about that. What does concern me, is that Disney will now control ILM and LucasArts, possibly affecting what projects ILM contribute to, and the contents of LucasArts' games.

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Submission + - What is a patent troll? (itnews.com.au)

schliz writes: Australian tech publication iTnews is defining ”patent trolls" as those who claim rights to an invention without commercializing it, and notes that government research organization CSIRO could come under that definition.

The CSIRO in April reached a $220 million settlement over three US telcos’ usage of WLAN that it invented in the early 1990s. Critics have argued that the CSIRO had failed to contribute to the world’s first wifi 802.11 standard, failed to commercialize the wifi chip through its spin-off, Radiata, and chose to wage its campaign in the Eastern District courts of Texas, a location favored by more notorious patent trolls.

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