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    Facebook Posts Land US Contractor In Emirates Jail

    Interestingly, that's actually the exact opposite of reality. What rights do you think you have vs a lion? Vs a gang out in the plains? Vs even just one other person who happens to be between you and your gun, pointing one at you? There are absolutely no "inherent rights" that you get by...
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    NVIDIA's Made to Game Event Live

    Well...the whole 'getting a Steam key with the game' thing is something, but...WTF, nVidia? Who got high enough to decide that ANY level of competition with Steam is going to go in your favor?? At this point, if you really want to be relevant in some other channel than 'pretty badass...
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    The Star Trek vs. Star Wars Trailer

    Merely old enough to be grumpy at the constant 'dumbing down of things' to appeal to the widest audience. TOS Trek had something unique and different, but rather than build on it, they threw it out to spiffy up the special effects. (And FWIW, I actually do like Star Wars more than Star...
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    The Star Trek vs. Star Wars Trailer

    Well, the REAL question is whether you want to go with 'Star Trek' or 'Star Trek As Influence By Star Wars' when fighting Star Wars. You'll recall that Original Series Trek make it *very* clear (VERY CLEAR) that nearly all combat happened at warp speeds. Having to fight at sublight was a...
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    Samsung HDTV's @ 120 Hz

    Something in the conversation you posted brought to mind another finding I'd seen regarding the Samsung TV configs. Apparently, when you "rename" the HDMI post, it actually reconfigures it pretty sweepingly. Perhaps the issue is just the "PC" HDMI configuration? I've certainly noticed that...
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    Netflix Plans Twenty Original Shows A Year

    I don't see the issue. Name of the series, after all, is 'Firefly'...the class of ship they were flying. So tell the story of the crew of another Firefly-class ship in a new season, instead of the Serenity's crew. It'd be an interesting way to mix things up, keep the story new.
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    Netflix Plans Twenty Original Shows A Year

    Wonder if they'd ever think of taking on the budget for remastering new shows? Netflix broadcasts pretty much everything in HD, yet have a lot of content in SD, still, as it simply never got released in HD. Closest analogy would be to their season 6 of the Clone Wars, where Netflix isn't...
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    Cool Video of the Day

    The point of the laser defense is to cook off the one-off missiles heading your way without needing to burn a half-million-dollar SM-2 each. Obviously, if facing an enemy that can lob 300 missiles at you (so: China, Russia, that's it), you are using your SM-2s, because you are fighting World...
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    Nation State Spying Malware Revealed

    Not quite - the article notes the 2.0 version of it appeared "in 2013", and by December of 2013 Symantec had detected and was providing protection against the 'backdoor component' of it used to deliver the payload. They just didn't know until recently what exactly it was that they had...
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    Microsoft Confirms That Windows 10 Kernel Will be 10.0

    They skipped '9' because a lot of software/scripts/sites/etc out there check for Windows versions, and look for all the Windows 95/98/98SE releases as 'Windows 9[something]'. Basically, they skipped 'Windows 9' to avoid compatibility problems resulting from all the sloppy version checking out...
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    FREE: Guardians Of The Galaxy (Awesome Mix Vol. 1)

    It's free for US, $0.99 for international.
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    One Quarter Of Self-Made Billionaires Are College Dropouts

    I think you are missing the distinction between 'having a very successful business and being reasonably successful and wealthy' and 'being one of the richest billionaires in the country'. The latter group just blows money on any wild and crazy idea as it comes up, as a total loss on the...
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    Icewind Dale Enhanced editon

    Composer is Jeremy Soule, who also did the Elder Scrolls (Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim) soundtracks, as well as a handful of others (the excellent 'IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey' music, for example)
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    Why Microsoft Loves Linux

    No kidding - I actually AM really solid with PCs, and dual-booted Linux and Windows for a while, but never really got into gaming on Linux as it was DOS 6.x flashback-time trying to get anything to work. Steam's Linux port has improved things tremendously, but even then - was jumping through...
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    First Trailer for Ridley Scott's 'Halo' Series Full of Sci-Fi Tropes

    Eh...so far, "Forward Unto Dawn" looks better...
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