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In Other News – 20 June 2014

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I’m a tad bit miffed today. I have a routine in the mornings, which usually consists of getting up early to watch Batman Begins twice, grabbing some tea and sitting down to start working. And then my work PC decides to do a full crash on me. It’s not that my hardware is failing that grinds my gears. It’s the fact that I can’t work, period, when this happens. And not being able to do what I love makes me grumpy. That, and I may have lost my special folder on that laptop.

In Other News: Battlefield was unacceptable, learn some Valiant Hearts history, Microsoft supports Rare and you can thank Bungie for the PS4 controller.

Here’s the news that we didn’t post today, because I was too busy being grumpy for the first time in three years.


Battlefield 4 launch was unacceptable says DICE
The Rhythm of Fighters combines brawling and music for our pleasure
What is Lionhead’s new IP
Bungie helped Sony design the PS4 controller
Ridge Racer Driftopia servers shutting down in August
FTL: Faster Than Light ruled out for PS Vita
FIFA 15 headed to 3DS and Wii, but not Wii U
Microsoft pledges continued support for Rare


How the Internet helped Stoic battle King’s trademark dispute
A history of videogame hardware: Sony PlayStation
Alien Colonial Marines was this disappointing
Cosplay panorama turns humans into superstars


Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Developer Diary: History
Moshling Rescue – Launch trailer
Are you a Dodo – Launch trailer

What’s on at The Movies

Rumour – Solo Batman film scheduled for 2019
Do not adjust your screen, as an Outer Limits movie is on the way
Avengers: Age of Ultron Rumours – New looks and more details on the big bad
New Movies out today – Big name sequels and smaller art house fare
The villain for Ant-Man has been revealed
This trailer for The Two Faces of January will make it worth your while

Model: Lindsay Marie

Last Updated: June 20, 2014


  1. Ouch man. Hard drive crash?


  2. Brian Murphy

    June 20, 2014 at 16:20

    “That, and I may have lost my special folder on that laptop.”

    Pull the HD out, connect it to an external dock, plug into a workstation and peruse at your leisure (if the drive is still readable).


    • Michael

      June 23, 2014 at 14:27

      If not readable once connected to an external dock or as 2nd drive use getdataback for NTFS or something similar. Usually works well as long as the drive is still spinning.


  3. Hammersteyn

    June 20, 2014 at 16:21

  4. Hammersteyn

    June 20, 2014 at 16:22

    When ones PC dies it’s like a little piece of the world dies, best of luck Darryn


    • Brian Murphy

      June 20, 2014 at 16:24

      I actually enjoy the problem solving process in that regard. Pulling it apart, checking connections, etc… It’s like a puzzle that must be solved!!! 🙂


      • Hammersteyn

        June 20, 2014 at 16:27

        Yeah but all that data (collections of all kinds)


        • Brian Murphy

          June 20, 2014 at 16:28

          Ok well, without sounding like a total PC elitist…if you store your data, on the same drive as your OS, you kinda earned what’s happened. Unless you have an SSD, standard drives have wear and tear, and some of them (if you look into it) can actually fail pretty quickly.

          Always, always, always store your ‘data’ on a separate drive from your OS. It just makes everything easier. (Defraging, system cleanup, ensuring your data doesn’t get stolen, corrupted or infected etc…)


          • Hammersteyn

            June 20, 2014 at 16:34

            LOL same here all my stuff is on a RAID, but Darryn mentioned that special folder on his laptop

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 16:35

            All of my ‘special folders’ are on externals. They’re special for a reason, and should I ever get a virus, I’d not want such folders subject to prying eyes. Then again, this shouldn’t surprise me, the LG staff haven’t exactly shown to be even moderately PC literate.

            (No offense LG, it is what it is).

          • Reward for Random.org creator

            June 20, 2014 at 17:25

            You clearly do not live in a country where they kick in your door and run away with everything that has a cable attached to it.

            My important stuff is either on cloud storage (GDrive or Dropbox), level 2 important, is a raid enabled NES hidden in cupboard rawl bolted to the wall.

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 17:28

            So throw it on a collection of Blu Rays? And store those safely? There are methods of storing your data safely, that don’t involve externals. (Such as the cloud, as you say).

            I do live in a country where things get stolen, even from houses. But, I also live in a house where we’ve got one of these:


            That’s if they get past the gamut of knives, ice picks and ice axes. Yeah, my house is, or could be a house of horrors. hehe.

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 17:30

            that the same country Oscar Pistorius Lives in.. guess if people visit your house they shouldnt lock bathrooms doors

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 17:32

            Oscar Pistorius is from South Africa, I live in the US, which should answer your question lol. Though, that particular gun was the model my Dad used in the Army, which is why it’s part of the family now.

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 17:33

            Sure does..

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 17:36

            Sorry no, I don’t have a license for automatics. Nor do I own an American flag, nor do I own a scooter, or an oxygen mask/tank, in fact, I haven’t actually had fast food in over a year, and I haven’t stepped foot in a Wal-Mart in over 5. And I actually haven’t fired a gun in over 10 years, closer to 20 at this point 🙂

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 17:41

            Good to hear.. But i’d like you to explain this to me..

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 17:45

            It needs explaining? The 2nd amendment, whether rightfully or wrongfully interpreted, currently gives each citizen the right to bear arms. And there are many very powerful and rich entities willing to ensure that interpretation remains part of the 2nd Amendment.

            Kinder eggs were choking kids, and rather than American parents be responsible for their lack of paying attention to their children’s activities, they sue. Never said America was perfect, I did however say that your stereotypes don’t apply to me.

            Typical though, I’ve buried your claims, so you change topics.

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 17:52

            Every1 a stereotype in their own right.. which one are u 😛

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 17:54

            I’m sure a stereotype could be applied to me, but I prefer not stereotyping people, when possible (The one that I can’t seem to find a way around is gamer’s akin to drug addicts, ergo, not being able to refuse buying a game that promotes policies that go against their principles). They’re pretty bereft of any intelligence, and simply a way to marginalize a group(s) of people.

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 18:04


          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 18:08

            Because you’re ignorant? That should be blatantly obvious at this point.

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 18:25

            Take your best Shot.

            I’m a white afrikaans/english speaking biltong eating, klippies drinking, rugby watching, Braaivleis braaing (that BBQ for u), ander man se vrou af vrying, in die bos kak, South African

            like him

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 18:26

            No thanks, having conversations based entirely upon misconceptions about cultures never leads to good things. If that’s what you’re into, so be it. But, I can continue this without bringing stereotypes/misconceptions into it.

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 18:31

            EDIT: LOL

            Take your best Shot.

            I’m a white afrikaans/english speaking biltong eating, klippies drinking, rugby watching, Braaivleis braaing (that BBQ for u), ander man se vrou af vrying, in die bos kak, South African

            like him

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 18:32

            Double post, perhaps?

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 18:33

            nah i deleted the other.. decide to go for the latter image.. lol..

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 18:34

            Yeah disqus unfortunately doesn’t work that way. If you delete a msg, it just deletes your accounts connection to that message. The msg still remains.

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 18:06

            As I said already, your stereotypes don’t apply. I’m not a bread and breakfast owner, nor am I rich. I do fish, but not for a living.

            As you can see, your attempts at trying to bother me aren’t working.

          • Reward for Random.org creator

            June 20, 2014 at 22:34

            An AR-15 is perfectly legal in South Africa, just need DSS and register it under section 16.

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 18:17

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 18:20

            Love it, using an image from an American cartoon to bash America.

            Try this one: You’re more full of shit than a whale without an asshole. It’s so much more original and imaginative.

          • Reward for Random.org creator

            June 20, 2014 at 18:19

            No “stereotype problems” form my side. Friends with a democrat from Arizona, republican from Texas, have colleagues in California and Pennsylvania. Ranging from immigrants South Africa, India, Asia to x-th generation “American”. Out of the whole lot I’m probably the fattest, eat the most McDonalds and except for Texan own the most firearms.

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 18:21

            It’s ok, I wasn’t referring to you, just Mr. Chinwag, who seems to think that every person in the US, adheres to a foreign stereotype.

          • The D

            June 20, 2014 at 19:52

            3/4 of the staff is beyond redemption when it comes to this topic, but Geoff is the resident genius in the group. Thanks to his advice, I have been able to cloud-save my essential files.

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 19:54

            Awesome, glad to hear you got the stuff recovered Darryn.

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 16:55

            Defraging a lie you tell your children.. like the Toothfairy and Religious Deity.

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 17:02

            I don’t have any children, and defragging isn’t a lie if you understand how a HDD stores data.

            Easiest way to explain it is think of a stack of plates, each plate stores data. When you have a new drive, all the data is stored contiguously one plate gets filled up, then it moves to the next, and fills that up. While your PC is on, certain files get bigger or smaller, naturally, just from doing your normal routine on PC. This causes fragmentation as the space surrounding the file is taken by other software, data, etc…

            So the system has to move to a different part of the plate (or a different plate entirely) to store the rest of the file. When you uninstall software, this causes large gaps of free space, among all the other contiguously saved data. Those gaps get filled by new files, or new software, but it will rarely ever be the appropriate size for what the system wants to put in there, so again, more fragmentation as it finds more space around the plates.

            In the end, what you have is the system going from point to point to point around each plate, and up and down the stack of plates to access one file or program, which is a waste of CPU and efficiency.

            If you store your ‘data’ on a separate drive, that data always stays contiguous, and it makes defragmentation of your OS far far simpler (or real-time defraging for that matter), because it’s not having to move around video, music and other such large data files (to create contiguous space for your software/OS etc…)

          • MrChinwag

            June 20, 2014 at 17:06

            MEh its Friday its Home time. thats TL;DR

          • Brian Murphy

            June 20, 2014 at 17:07

            I don’t care, it’s not for you, it’s so that others don’t fall prey to your ignorance in the matter. When people actually understand a process, they’re more likely to remember it in the future and alter their practices to avoid any issues.

          • Hammersteyn

            June 20, 2014 at 17:19

            If defragging is a lie how come there was a big fat lady in my room trying to pull my teeth last night?
            *Starts defragging PC

          • Skyblue

            June 21, 2014 at 08:29

            With you on this. I’ve kept my OS drive separate from data since Win 98. Started primarily due to Windows needing a fresh installation every 6 months back then.

  5. Brian Murphy

    June 20, 2014 at 16:38

    Heh, apparently Lindsay also dressed up as the Joker once upon a time:



  6. Sk3tz0

    June 20, 2014 at 16:47

    Your Lappy committed Suicide, because of the heart ache it suffered when u where working on those shiny acers at E3


  7. Sk3tz0

    June 20, 2014 at 16:49

    Special Folder = My Little Pony Fan Art. 😛


    • Unavengedavo

      June 23, 2014 at 09:28

      Just remember Rule 34 of the Internet

      Edit: and then rethink your definition of Fan art


  8. Brian Murphy

    June 20, 2014 at 17:21

    Holy shit, Philips won the Patent Infringement lawsuit against Nintendo, in the UK:



  9. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 20, 2014 at 18:30

    Not normally a fan of blondes but… HURRO!


  10. Veeash Lala

    June 20, 2014 at 19:49

    Oddly enough I think bits du jour had a 100% off on one of their products- some drive recovery tool.


  11. Monado

    June 20, 2014 at 19:51

    Dat Hidden folder in the System32 directory…not that I know what you speak of


  12. Monado

    June 20, 2014 at 20:02

    Also king of fighters rhythm game…eww. Though kof has great music


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