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Comment Re:No complaints (Score 2, Informative) 262

It has been done at least once before with some success, PC and Dreamcast players could play Quake III together. Of course users of the Dreamcast controller were at a serious disadvantage but there was a mouse and keyboard available for the console and its use was encouraged.

The main disadvantage of playing Q3 on the Dreamcast (and most other consoles) was the lack of support for mods, it was DM or CTF and that was it. Mods are what turned the great FPS games into classics.

Submission + - Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake review: Is the desktop CPU dead? (

joshtops writes: ArsTechnica has reviewed the much-anticipated Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake, the recently launched desktop processor from the giant chipmaker. And it's anything but a good sign for enthusiasts who were hoping to see significant improvements in performance. From the review, "The Intel Core i7-7700K is what happens when a chip company stops trying. The i7-7700K is the first desktop Intel chip in brave new post-"tick-tock" world—which means that instead of major improvements to architecture, process, and instructions per clock (IPC), we get slightly higher clock speeds and a way to decode DRM-laden 4K streaming video. Huzzah. [sic] If you're still rocking an older Ivy Bridge or Haswell processor and weren't convinced to upgrade to Skylake, there's little reason to upgrade to Kaby Lake. Even Sandy Bridge users may want to consider other upgrades first, such as a new SSD or graphics card. The first Sandy Bridge parts were released six years ago, in January 2011. [sic] As it stands, what we have with Kaby Lake desktop is effectively Sandy Bridge polished to within an inch of its life, a once-groundbreaking CPU architecture hacked, and tweaked, and mangled into ever smaller manufacturing processes and power envelopes. Where the next major leap in desktop computing power comes from is still up for debate—but if Kaby Lake is any indication, it won't be coming from Intel.

Comment Re:It's now the slog-through-mud age (Score 1) 114

We are also in the 'ship the game, patch it later' age, in the days of ROM cartridges developers had no choice but to ensure that their games shipped virtually bug free. Now we have multi-gigabyte day zero patches. Granted game development is a lot more complex than it was in the 1990s but there's no excuse for some of the unplayable trash that's released to market nowadays.

Comment Re:Samsung Washing Machine (Score 1) 96

Stop using the 'quick wash' program, they are bad for both your clothes and machine and the low temperature encourages mold.
Always use the correct detergent dose for your level of soiling, load size and water hardness. RTFP.
Run a high-temperature (95c) maintenance wash once a month with laundry powder but no clothes, as recommended by most manufacturers.
As others have pointed out, leave the door open after a wash to let it dry out.
Top loaders are not the solution, they have horrendous power and water consumption and their cleaning and spinning performance is mediocre.

Comment Re:Major incident caused by a "computer virus" (Score 4, Interesting) 127

From what I've heard it's a ransomware variant. The NHS is virtually all-Microsoft.

I currently work in IT for an NHS trust. We've had several incidents involving ransomware encrypting files on shares but they've been contained and easily dealt with because 1) we have a highly granular file structure, users only have write access to shares and folders that is absolutely necessary and access is regularly audited. 2) a snapshotting file system which makes it a lot easier to recover files than restoring from tape. 3) by identifying the ownership of the encrypted files we can nail the culprit quickly and remove their access immediately to prevent further damage.

Anti Virus has proven to be useless, the people who write this stuff are always one step ahead of the AV vendors.

Submission + - Royalties are bullsh*t

aemoser writes: A musician on a blues news site argues that the "war" between YouTube and big artists (looking at you, Tay) is meaningless, and that we should end royalties in favor of universal basic income. He cites everyone from Big Mama Thornton to the Federal Writer's Project to make his case, and concludes with the impending robot takeover.

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