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Playing a game today that I passed by twenty years ago. (Blood: Cryptic Passage) The levels and atmosphere are still fantastic. Age does not take a toll on good design. From the sounds inside and outside the lighthouse, to the music, to the secrets, to the way things are interconnected, you can tell a lot of effort was put into this!
Mar 26 2017 02:13 AM
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    kano
    Its just as good. But damn, I hit a snag. Upon completing map04, it sends me to one of the maps from the first episode! (after the train crash) Its not supposed to do that; there is a full episode of 10 maps. Not sure what's going on. I can always start on the next one manually, but then I lose inventory. Oh well, it makes the game more of a challenge anyway!
    Mar 26 2017 04:25 PM
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    Melan
    Thanks!
    Yesterday, 12:43 PM
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    DatMaxNub
    I need to replay Blood and on the highest difficulty
    Yesterday, 01:59 PM
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kano

I have this MicroUSB cable... they actually embossed the USB logo on the wrong side! And the cable is so poorly designed, that it just effortlessly slides out of whatever you plug it into. I am tempted to throw it away, but I can't stop laughing at it. This belongs in the hall of shame, for sure.
Mar 18 2017 11:31 AM
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kano

Its so much more fun to take things apart when you don't have to worry about making them ever work again...
Mar 10 2017 08:29 PM
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kano

Finally played through Max Payne 1 and 2 this weekend.. They were very enjoyable games. Although many games dip in quality at the end, I felt that the final segments of these games were the best. They give you all the goodies, (sniper rifle, molotovs, grenades), as well as plenty of enemies to use them on.
Feb 21 2017 01:18 PM
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    AluminumHaste
    Great games!
    Feb 22 2017 02:40 PM
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    Melan
    The first in particular is an evergreen classic. I never tire of replaying it every second year or so.
    Feb 23 2017 05:05 PM
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kano

Its always funny when a product that is half the price gets a higher score on a benchmark test... Today, its some NiMH batteries.
Feb 11 2017 03:28 PM
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    kano
    The Eneloops are supposed to be 800mAh, but they only scored around 780. The far cheaper EBL batteries all scored over 800, something which none of the Eneloops reached!
    Feb 11 2017 03:30 PM
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    Bikerdude
    I heard about those, some tuber reviewed them..
    Feb 11 2017 05:05 PM
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    jaxa
    Tomorrow it's AMD Zen
    Feb 12 2017 09:28 PM
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kano

Remember kiddies, if you're not paying for a product, you *are* the product. Oh, nevermind; this is the 21st century, and you're still the product even when you pay for something. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/06/ftc_spanks_vizio_for_slurping_viewer_activity/
Feb 06 2017 09:35 PM
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    stumpy
    Apparently the camera built into the xbone did something similar, but that just lets microsoft watch you in real time, on the sofa on in your bedroom, or in your kids room.
    Feb 07 2017 09:21 AM
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    kano
    This is an example of why I won't buy anything that mandates an Internet connection to function. And just because they're not doing it today doesn't mean that e.g. EA, Valve, or Microsoft won't push out a mandatory update and start doing it tomorrow. For this reason, I see being forced to use some online service as ?putting myself on a leash?.
    Feb 08 2017 10:57 AM
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    lowenz
    So our player base is our product? :D
    Feb 09 2017 05:36 AM
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kano

I saw some people saying that Dollar-tree was selling LED bulbs. It sounded extremely unlikely, due to the complexity in manufacturing such things. But then I found a 2-pack at a hardware store for $2.90! They look great; the only question is how long they will last...
Jan 30 2017 12:23 AM
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    Bikerdude
    A few months of you are lucky..
    Jan 30 2017 03:32 AM
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    kano
    Its crazy though. How could they possibly be making profit on a $1.50 LED bulb? I mean, they're freaking complicated devices. There's a AC-DC converter, voltage step-down electronics, and that's not even the part that emits the light! Then we have phosphors to give you the natural color (which this DOES provide). It actually looks like an incandescent, though I know its not, because its made of plastic and touching the bulb doesn't give me severe burns.
    Jan 30 2017 09:35 PM
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    stumpy
    probably 'made in china' on the cheap.
    Feb 01 2017 11:19 AM
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kano

There's something fishy (and also funny) about a flashlight which is made by a battery company, that happens to suffer from abnormally high idle battery drain. (when the light is off) Is it a bug or a feature??? lol
Jan 24 2017 02:26 AM
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    Anderson
    Made in China?
    Jan 24 2017 03:57 AM
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kano

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/19/ham_radio_app_bad_review/ New feature for TDM? :) Leave us a bad review, and your copy of the game gets disabled! Don't you just love living in an "always connected (read: on a leash)" world?
Dec 20 2016 12:50 AM
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    kano
    The saga continues! Apparently this wasn't the only guy...

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/21/amateur_radio_fans_drop_hammer_on_hrds_blacklist/

    Its so funny to see the company change their tune, when the backlash starts to build...
    Dec 21 2016 12:07 PM
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    jaxa
    You have to admit that the customer support was paying attention with laser focus.
    Dec 22 2016 01:05 PM
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    AluminumHaste
    I could totally do that at my job, but I'd be killing your whole internet access to your house. Would never do that though, but I could.
    Dec 26 2016 02:01 PM
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kano

Got my hands on a screaming fast 256GB USB flash drive that reads at 400 MB/s and writes at 150MB/s... pure awesomeness. They do actually make a model with even faster writes, but the capacity is lower (due to over-provisioning?) This makes a great mobile Linux drive though.
Dec 11 2016 01:33 AM
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    Melan
    That sounds really good. Does it work with a standard USB drive?
    Dec 13 2016 08:14 AM
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    AluminumHaste
    What's the make and model?
    Dec 13 2016 09:52 PM
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    kano
    https://www.amazon.com/VisionTek-256GB-Pocket-Solid-State/dp/B0185C5YLE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1481688729&sr=8-2&keywords=visiontek+pocket+ssd
    Dec 13 2016 11:12 PM
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kano

http://www.securityweek.com/backdoor-found-many-sony-security-cameras Isn't it funny how gaping back doors like this only exist in products where they pose a threat to the consumer, and not in products where they pose a threat to the profits of the company that designed them, e.g. the ps4? Priorities...
Dec 07 2016 12:01 AM
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kano

I'm a freak. I have *two* holes in each of my ears. One is up about an inch above the ear canal. Now that's not the problem, the problem is that it occasionally itches like crazy, and when I squeeze it, this weird stuff comes out. Anybody else have (or even ever hear of) this?
Nov 19 2016 01:08 AM
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    Sotha
    My guess:
    If the stuff is the protein liquid that the body generates when it is fighting the inflammation, it will not generate if the sealing of the pit will stop the hole from getting inflamed.
    Nov 20 2016 02:28 AM
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    Anderson
    Better not make guesses with coffee predictions and go to the nearest doctor.
    Nov 20 2016 06:54 AM
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    Bikerdude
    This should be in off-topic.
    Nov 20 2016 03:17 PM
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kano

Its always better to learn the smart way today, than the hard way tomorrow... If you are going to mess with luks encryption, back up the header before its too late!
Oct 19 2016 12:27 AM
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    kano
    The header is a single point of failure at the start of the partition, and if it gets damaged, the encrypted partition is FUBAR. So, make an extra ~1 meg partition at the end of the disk, and put a backup compressed header there.
    Oct 19 2016 12:29 AM
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kano

Aren't there supposed to be rules against conducting mass unwarranted searches like this? http://gizmodo.com/yahoo-secretly-scanned-users-emails-for-the-nsa-and-fbi-1787401845
Oct 11 2016 12:09 PM