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    • OscarCP
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      I have the following questions that keep coming back to me every time I learn of yet another arresting problem with some MS-made hardware item and I’m really curious to know the answers:

      Has MS ever made and, or sold hardware (e.g. Nokia cell phones) that was not a source of grief to its users and, or a commercial failure for MS? Any item of hardware that was indisputably any good? If it has, please, I’ll be thankful for an example. And if it hasn’t, I really would like to understand why not.

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    • in reply to: Is this the best science fiction show ever? #2014851

      OscarCP
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      Question: Does anyone here know if there is some place on the Web where one can find either the script, or some decent animation based on the (script by Douglas Adams of one episode of Doctor Who to be called ‘Shada’ that, of course, never got to be aired, first, because of labor strikes and, afterwards, because of why not? There were in circulation, back in 2017, rumors that a new partially animated version (with the few “live” parts that got to be filmed with the actual actors and with parts that were pure animation filling in the gaps) was going to be released on DVD and one-time digital download.

      There was also, many years ago, an animated version that was, I’m sorry to say, unwatchable, because it was on a BBC’s server that must have been actually a Commodore PC pressed into service for this purpose. Download rate was something like one bit per month, more or less — in a really good month, that is.

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      • in reply to: Is this the best science fiction show ever? #2014889

        OscarCP
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        Well, surprise, surprise. The video of “Shada” is available from Amazon Prime, for $ 2.99! I’ve bought and watched it and is, as expected, a combination of live action (the parts that were actually filmed) and as animation the ones that were in the script but never got to be actually shot. Both live action and animation blend very nicely, the voices of the animated parts are those of the actual actors, and the animation is OK, not terrific but serviceable. As it was always in Doctor Who in its “classic” epoch, so the style of the animation fits well with the very slow moving alien monsters, the basic pyrotechnic effects, the obvious fade outs when someone disappears into another dimension and the rest of it.

        And the whole thing bears the unmistakable imprint of Douglas Adams’ deadpan wit throughout all 2 hours and twenty seven minutes of it.

         

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    • in reply to: About that nonsense FBI warning about TVs stalking you #2014785

      OscarCP
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      I tend to agree with the reality of the problem of “smart” TVs presenting a potential threat to personal privacy, regardless of any FBI warnings about them. Anything actively connected to the Internet — sending and receiving messages to determine what it does — can be hacked. Manufacturers of equipment meant to work while being online have repeatedly showed themselves not to be terribly good at providing safe operating software for their gadgets and also as not being really keen to update it so as to keep up with the ever-evolving online threats.

      That said, and if we were to agree that “smart” TVs are, from the image quality point of view,  pretty much the best of all TV sets one can buy these days, then I would like to know this:

      Can recent models of smart TVs now being sold, be connected to a PC via (let’s say) an HDMI cable, to use it as an large external monitor for streaming shows picked up with the PC, as well as any other uses where having a very large screen monitor can be of help?

      Because, doing that would allow one to still get the use of a good, modern TV set without having to worry about being spied/snooped at home by the “smart” side of it. That is, assuming that there are no really good new TV sets that are “dumb” any more. And if it turned out that the apprehensions about the spying and the snooping are actually overrated, then the “smart” TV could still be used as such… and Bob’s your uncle. (We have discussed this old saying already.)

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    • OscarCP
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      NoLoki: The way you put it, this looks more like something that calls for a government-mandated recall, rather than a voluntary one, as in: “Oh, MS, would you be good enough to recall all those laptops with dicey batteries, visibly swollen or otherwise, so planes do not start crashing and burning on top of people’s houses and the people inside them, with lots of actual people also inside those planes? Dreadfully sorry, MS, to dare interrupt your most perfect and transcendental tranquility so very rudely, but I can’t help thinking that it would be really nice and sweet of you if…”

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    • in reply to: Is this the best science fiction show ever? #2015227

      OscarCP
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      In reference to Paul_T  ( #2015046 ) who wrote “If you have Adult Swim it is worth checking out Rick and Morty. It reminds me of Quads in that it goes places most would consider too far.

      First things first: Thanks!

      Now, three things I feel must write here:

      (1) First of all: apologies all around for misplacing my entry on ‘Aeon Flux’ in the middle of an exchange on the ‘Mandalorian’. (Also, I’m not really sure that AF was science fiction, it could be equally well described as belonging to a genre all its own.)

      (2) ‘Adult Swim’ is a jewel and a shining light of indie rebelliousness in a world swamped with pretentious, pompous and toxic arrant nonsense both on TV and pretty much everywhere that, these days, with the amazingly widespread use of cell phones, is used by probably most people, even in the poorest and, or most backward places, to get their news, catch a show, or to communicate among themselves.

      (3) As per (2) above, ‘Adult Swim’ was the place where Matt Groening’s slyly subversive science fiction show ‘Futurama’ took refuge during its long exile and where it was replayed in its entirety, for years and years, after the Fox ‘suits’ cancelled it one star-crossed day that shall forever live in infamy, because they could, having failed to kill it less obviously already, poisoning its Nielsen ratings by scheduling it at the most unwatchable times, or right after some big championship game where the follow-up commentary was likely to run overtime. That worked a treat for them, so they did the same thing again when they decided to get rid of ‘Firefly’.

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    • in reply to: Is this the best science fiction show ever? #2015010

      OscarCP
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      For many years, I only knew of Adams’ ‘Hitchhiker’ books, which I read one after the other as they came out. They were very popular and I had a number of conversations about them with perfect strangers that had read them and now saw me reading one, or else were reading one themselves, while on a train, ferry, or in other situations that bring together people that do not know each other and have nothing much else to do but wait for long stretches of time.

      The movie was something of a disappointment, but later on I concluded that this was inevitable, because much of the books’ charm is in the observations and comments of the author, rather than in the action. The dialog is also part of that charm, but the only part of it that can be readily put in a movie.

      I haven’t seen the TV show, but I imagine that my comment on the movie applies also to it, for the same reason.

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    • in reply to: Is this the best science fiction show ever? #2014931

      OscarCP
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      ‘Aeon Flux’, the movie, was panned by the critics, getting 9% out 100% from them in Tomatometer and a 39% “d***ing with faint praise” from the viewers, but I did not see it myself, so I don’t have a personal opinion.

      The original animated  TV show was, from a graphical point of view, very nicely done; shown on MTV in the early through mid 90s, the series came as a shock to audiences that had never seen something quite like it on TV before. It was a trailblazer for adult-themed TV shows, such as those playing, years later, on the Cartoon Network progrm “Adult Swim”. How ‘Aeon Flux’ may impress someone watching the TV show these days is probably going to be probably rather different from what it was when first seen on MTV, as plenty of water has flowed under the bridge since those days.

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    • in reply to: About that nonsense FBI warning about TVs stalking you #2014895

      OscarCP
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      Some recent computers are capable of 4K resolution, so I imagine they can drive a large-screen TV without too much stress. At least as far as Macs go. I have not seen which Windows PC 7 can do that, but I imagine that some of newer ones probably have the necessary rendering capabilities.

      In the case of Macs, I have found this information:

      https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206587

      And this paragraph sums it up, I think:
      With OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and later, most SST 4K (3840 x 2160) displays are supported at 60Hz on these Mac computers: … Mac Pro (Late 2013) MacBook Air (Early 2015) and later. MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) and later.
      (I have a model of MacBook Pro with Retina screen more recent than the one listed there, so I might be all set to use a large-screen 4K TV as an external monitor with the Mac. Something to think about…)

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    • in reply to: About that nonsense FBI warning about TVs stalking you #2014891

      OscarCP
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      MrJimPhelps: “I have a Smart, AND DISCONNECTED, TV which I use as a regular TV.

      So you mean to say that a “smart” TV can be turned into a “dumb” one? If that is what you mean, how is it done?

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    • in reply to: Hacked Petrol Pumps #2014799

      OscarCP
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      Oh Gracious Goodness me! Apologies all around!  Just have realized that I wrote the incorrect time period between refills: it is more like four weeks! So my actual consumption, over time, is close to half of what some here have been thinking, even when the mph are not really great, because this is more a matter of time than of distance. But the mph are not that terrible for a 30 year-old car used mainly in city driving, in a big city with lots of traffic-snooping cameras, cops with radars and lots and lots of heavy traffic and often with quite a bit of stop-and-go to be endured between point A and point B

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    • in reply to: Search Baron Malware #2014795

      OscarCP
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      PK: Do you have the free version, that can be used only to scan for malware and dispose of it, or the paid version with “real-time protection” that includes various “shields” and, I imagine, also a firewall?

      If the latter, couldn’t some of  those “shields” conflict with those of your other anti-malware software when you fist try to run a newly reinstalled Malwarebytes?

      I am asking, because I am thinking of staying with the free version of Malwarebytes for that very reason, as I have already an anti-malware application with its own shields and firewall up and running.

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    • in reply to: Is this the best science fiction show ever? #2014787

      OscarCP
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      About ‘The Mandalorian’: I have been reading some good things about it, but from doing that, have found no indication, so far, that there is anything really humorous in it. If there is, and plenty, I might wait to buy the DVDs, if Disney ever decides to start releasing them. Otherwise I have no interest in yet another dark, grubby and depressing story (with plenty of jumping around, shooting, blasting and gory killings) that is what, way too often, passes, these days, as profound and serious drama.

      So, Wavy, please, let me know what you make of it, if you go ahead and start watching.

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    • in reply to: Is this the best science fiction show ever? #2014741

      OscarCP
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      Patrick Troughton (2nd Doctor) , Tom Baker (4th Doctor), Chris Eccleston (9th Doctor) and Matt Smith (11th Doctor) rank about equally as the best of all Doctors, for me. Pertwee, that as I remember it, played the suavest (least cranky/wacky) Doctor and the first one shown in color TV, was pretty good, too.

      Now, when it comes to companions, the field is wide open for controversy.

      My vote, in no particular order of precedence, goes to: Romana I, Tegan, Rose Tylor, Amy Pond and Riversong. And K9, of course.

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    • in reply to: Is this the best science fiction show ever? #2014728

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      Alex 5723: ‘Doctor Who’ would have been a good candidate for No. 3, after the absolutely indisputable leaders, ‘Firefly’ and ‘Futurama’, had it not been for the overly-long tenure of the appropriately named David Tennant as the 10th Doctor. I never much cared for his (and Moffat’s) take on ‘Who’, although most of the show’s fans were always salivating (so to speak) so rapturously about him and those way too many episodes where he appeared.

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