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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

BoldMan

Played all versions of D&D & AD&D and my current game group settled on 4th ed by default when we started up again a few years back. To be honest the game system is irrelevant to us - its just an excuse to get together every 3 weeks and take the piss out of each other, have a laugh and an enjoyable evening. Having a "game" to play just makes the social aspect more regular, otherwise there would always be some reason to miss this get together...

We've taken a rest form D&D lately and are currently playing a Chill-based modern horror (think Charles Stoss Laundry...)

"I rolled Double zero... is that good?"

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

BoldMan

Awww Diddums(tm)

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

BoldMan

When Barclaycard foisted a contactless card onto me a couple of years ago I phoned them up and asked for one that didn't open up my wallet to thieves who could nick £10 from my by just walking past. Their response was that market research showed that the public liked having their money stolen invisibly and they would offer me no alternative to offering up my nuggets to random passers by.

Yes there is I said, I stop using your card to buy anything. So now it sits at home in the drawer and I only use the account to take advantage of their interest free balance transfer options.

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

BoldMan

Re: Google "Normandy landing" pages....

I think you meant to say that British and Commonweath troops were the majority participants in D-Day?

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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

BoldMan

Re: Stingray?

Damn, beat me to it!

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Indie record labels to haul YouTube before the European Commission

BoldMan

Re: Old school here

its not really YouTube directly but YouTube as a transport medium that is useful. It allows anyone to upload their performance and point to it from a variety of sources, so I don't rely on YouTube to FIND things but I do rely on it to facilitate seeing things that I find via other means.

Either way, what they are trying to do is still a monopolistic abuse of the market

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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

BoldMan

Re: errr..

Its more about - "I went bankrupt 20 years ago, but now all my life and finances are in order, I don't want the nasty newspaper article written 20 years ago to keep appearing under my name in searches"

Seems a perfectly reasonable request to me.

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

BoldMan

Rearrange the following words into a well know phrase or saying:

Bollocks load of old what

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

BoldMan

Is it located above a Hellmouth?

Doh silly me, its Apple we're talking about, the ultimate definition of Hell!

3... 2... 1...

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

BoldMan

Re: Thith Guy needth an Igor

Yeth mathster!

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

BoldMan

I'm confused, what is this Episode I to III you are talking about? There ARE only 3 Star Wars movies...

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

BoldMan

Re: " toughest substance in the known universe"

Lego from 50 years ago? Pah a mere stripling... Meccano is still compatible with the first edition put out by Frank Hornby "Mechanics Made Easy" in 1898! In my collection I've got plates and girders going back to the 20s and 30s that still look superb.

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

BoldMan

Re: Oil?

and the answer is for us to do our own sodding fracking and tell the treehuggers to bugger of to Russia and hug some Siberian trees!

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

BoldMan

Re: Deiberately missing the point???

You have GOT to be kidding me:

"As an example, the Welfare State is supposed to protect the poor. But one of the activities intended to do this involves giving money to the Duke of Westminster in rent support. That's right; we have evolved a system in which we are taxed to give money to the ultra-rich, and we call it welfare."

This is such a ridiculous statement - the "welfare state" IS "protecting the poor" by paying their rent to their Landlord. Who that Landlord may be is totally irrelevant to that requirement.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

BoldMan

Re: The News

Welcome to the world of sensationalist infotainment that is modern day "news" reporting...

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

BoldMan

Its a floating bordello for Google execs, its obvious!

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

BoldMan

> Up until now, there had been only one MMO in my life...

How about finding a reviewer who's played more MMOs than just WoW so they can do a proper comparison to other games such as Neverwinter, The Secret World, LOTRO... you know some of the games that are innovative and well designed (well okay I did mention Neverwinter there but you know what I mean).

Reviewing an MMO with the only previous experience being WoW is pretty pointless really.

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LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

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Joke

Re: NOT Thoroughly discredited.

Not everything in business is some sort of conspiracy to pull the wool over consumers eyes....

(just most of it!)

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

BoldMan

That is a truly awful video - the player controls cover the bit that we are interested in so that all you see are the bloody logos painted on the moon surface. Could this have been presented any more ineptly?

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

BoldMan

Re: Yeah, right

and then some bugger turns the map upside down...

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KA-BLAM!! Marvel Comics opens super-powered data API to web devs

BoldMan

I think you'll find that "Ka-Blam" is trademarked DC Comics...

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

BoldMan

Of course it is.

I only upgraded to a Sony Experia last week from my £10 Samsung phone after I discovered a good reason for having a camera phone when I had a car crash earlier in January. What was most amusing was the Insurance Company's phone operator was baffled that I my phone couldn't take photos, she just didn't understand that there ARE phones that don't take photos haha!

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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

BoldMan

Lego is a toy! Meccano is proper engineering!

"the company's plastic block kits are credited with inspiring an entire generation of engineers who have shown their appreciation by building massive monuments and complex structures entirely from Lego bricks."

Whereas Meccano encouraged SEVERAL generations of engineers who built or worked out how to do useful things (such as blowing up German dams, plotting the energy output of atomic bombs, building curling footbridges...)

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NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 10 years on Mars with a FILTHY selfie

BoldMan

Re: Never mind the rock

dun dun dun da da da dun

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Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint

BoldMan

Good joke but I suspect this is a crowd sourcing joke rather than Bing maps being totally useless. Yes there is a nursery on the Thames Valley Park site but it isn't the Microsoft office as it is labelled

Made me smile anyway!

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

BoldMan

Trust me - it IS deliberate obfuscation...

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

BoldMan

Damn them "pedofiles" they are just too cunning!

So when you sign up for an ISP account, you have to answer an "Are you a 'pedofile'?" question so that your ISP can block the people who answer "Yes"...

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Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road

BoldMan

Not as impressive as the Meccano Motorbike and sidecar built for James May this year and soon to be seen going round the Isle of Man TT course...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-23898497

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Cambs prof scoops $3m Fundamental Physics prize

BoldMan

Nice to hear Mike Green, my old Prof from Queen Mary College is getting the recognition he deserves! I was always annoyed that his Quantum Mechanics course was the only one I didn't pass while at Uni, more to my inability to work out wtf you do with a Delta function and more importantly WHY do do things with a Detla function :D

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

BoldMan

Re: Doctor Who stopped with Sylvester Mccoy

With lot of running down corridors to pad the time ;)

What you mean is a good 4 parter like Day of the Daleks, The Dadly Assassin or Robots of Death

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Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord

BoldMan

Much love to Delia, excellent article - that original theme music still gives me the shivers!

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The ZOD FILES: Climate documents from 2007 'must stay SECRET'

BoldMan

Re: Such scientific discussion ..

The important part wasn't the leaked emails it was the leaked software code and supporting documents. Analysis of that - which was NEVER covered properly by the meedja - showed what a complete fuck up "Climate Science" was. Software that had undocumented fudge factors in place, no proper documentation, no proper data integrity (raw data had been overwritten by processed data and no backup copies of the raw data made) and generally what I would call totally amateur software engineering. Then again this is what you get when you allow scientists to write software. I've got plenty of experience of this, having been employed in the past to take code written by scientists and turning it into "properly" engineered software, with proper documenation, source code control, data control etc etc...

Scientists by and large are not good software engineers...

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

BoldMan

Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy

The age of consent in the UK is 16 but you'll still get done for child porn if you (as a 17 yr old husband) take a photo of your 17 yr old wife in her birthday suit as the law says you are a "child" until 18.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

BoldMan

Re: Biomass != fossil fuel

So what - its still releasing CO2 and thats supposed to be evil!!! Or is it only evil when idiot greens say its evil?

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Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

BoldMan

Solar output has dropped since 1950? References please...

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: As an English Taxpayer

Only a portion of North Sea oil is in what would become Scottish Territorial waters. You don't just draw a straight line east-west on the map, you follow the border as it intersects with the coastline and the border at Berwick is essentially North East

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Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

BoldMan

Re: wasn't there a dystopian film

oook!

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Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

BoldMan

Lol guess which game I'm currently playing :)

Still annoys the **** out of me when an Etheriel takes over one of my team and proceeds to blow the rest away!!

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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

BoldMan

Re: I'm sure that there'l be a variety of amusing commentary here ...

Do I need to say this again? Science isn't a democracy or a popularity contest! Science is about understanding reality and if reality doesn't match your theories, it doesn't matter HOW many say black is white, black will still be black!

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Firefox takes top marks in browser stability tests

BoldMan
FAIL

Its not over when millions of people are still using old versions of IE and MS will only release the latest versions on Win 8. We have clients who are locked into using IE6 FFS (major telephone company from Britian, I'm looking at you!) so we STILL have to support that red-headed bastard child of complete and utter morons over a decade later than we should be!

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

BoldMan
Megaphone

Re: So no-one else is wondering

Black Market Halon doesn't come cheap... ahem so I've been told!

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Behold, replica Nazi-code-cracking Colossus computer IN LEGO FORM

BoldMan

Does it work?

At least with Meccano you can build machines that actually WORK:

Meccano Difference Engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6i9Ckm2Z5E

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

BoldMan

Re: BBC PR = news

News isn't news anymore... an old drunk who used to be a good footballer arriving at the court for hit trial for assault isn't "news" but Sky News this morning had a "Breaking News - News Alert: Paul Gascoigne arrives at court" headline interrupting their "normal" "news" coverage...

Meh

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Europe: OK, we'll 'backload' carbon emissions - but we'd better not lose big biz

BoldMan

Science is NOT a democracy.

It doesn't matter how many people BELIEVE something that doesn't make it true. For hundreds of years people believed the Sun orbited the Earth, but that wasn't true and eventually a minority of Scientists fought for better understanding, suffering persecution until their view was accepted as "the truth".

The problem is Science does not give TRUTH it gives "the best answer we have so far to fit the evidence we have available". So the science can NEVER be "settled".

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Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack

BoldMan

I remember back in the mid 90s when I was working as tech support for a defence contractor (based in new Malden) that was a Mac shop being asked why I had a set of biro pen lids in the toolkit. I then showed that person how to clean the accumulated crap off the mouse rollers in his mouse using the pen top as a scraper...

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

BoldMan

Re: I was strongly reminded of World of Warcraft

Which just goes to show that there is next to nothing original in WoW

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

BoldMan

Re: But, but, but....

Well you obviously aren't thinking of the children unless you want them to grow up in a mediaeval-likeage where power is so expensive it has to be rationed!

I say again, using this gas won't INCREASE our CO2 output, it will just REPLACE the very expensive gas supplies that we currently export. Why don't you people ever seem to understand that?

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BoldMan

Re: Pass the pack ice mother ...

You think this will increase our CO2 output? Think again! This is a REPLACEMENT STRATEGY!!! We will still burn this amount of fuel if we don't exploit these deposits but we'll just be paying for it through the nose from importers...

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Finance CIOs sweat as regulators prepare to probe aging mainframes

BoldMan
FAIL

Re: Falling for the old "bait and switch"

Sadly that really is what this sounds like

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