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Virtual-reality Dev Kit 2 game goggles by Oculus – now with less vomit!

Neil B

Re: Crystal cove

@Oninoshiko - "I wonder if they are going to be a demonstration of the old proverb "Dit que le mieux est l'ennemi du bien," " the best is the enemy of the good.""

That is a worry, but aside from getting the technology right, Occulus want to get this thing out at a reasonable price. I get the impression that's half the battle they're trying to win. I can't see Sony's over-designed head-wear marketing at $350 unless it's heavily subsidized.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

Neil B

Correct. Unfortunately, now he's hired a lawyer, everyone must hate him. I read that in a manual somewhere.

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Battling with Blizzard's new WoW expansion and Diablo revamp

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Re: They exist because ....

@dogged. "So please spare us your fanboy apologism."

Huzzah! You've just qualified for the WoW General Discussion forum. Please take these free gift phrases and be sure to use them wherever you can:

"Fanboy" (see you've already nailed that one!)

"Slap in the face"

"Literally worse than murder"

"Unplayable spec"

"No concept of balance"

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Neil B

Re: They exist because ....

@ratfox. Over the years the levelling experience has been streamlined, smoothed, and vastly increased in speed compared to vanilla WoW.

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Neil B

Re: They exist because ....

@dogged "I don't buy that either. If it were true there would be no powerlevelling."

WoW could have issued you pound coins via your PC's air vent every time you dinged...and power-levelling services would *still* exist. It has nothing to do with the speed or quality of the experience, and everything to do with people who simply have no time, or patience.

And by the way, please spare us your pseudo-philosophical claptrap.

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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@Andrew Jones 2 -- you cannot *possibly* be serious?

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Collective SSL FAIL a symptom of software's cultural malaise

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Re: No, it's a sign that security & encryption is hard

@Destroy All Monsters "2) This has NOTHING to do with security & encryption. If you have this kind of problem in your radiation therapy machine, you have Therac-25 and dead people."

That's one healthy sense of perspective you've got there.

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Korean credit card companies hit with 90-day, $100m sales ban

Neil B

Without the know-how or experience to personally prove that their demands are being met, all they'll do is out-source it to people who *do* have the know-how and experience, and those are the people that will get it wrong.

Trying to push for personal liability (and jail time, of all things) in such areas is nutty. Privacy breaches are most often the results of mistakes, bad policy, or sheer laziness. Such things might be annoying, but they're hardly criminal. If they were we'd all be locked up at some point in our lives.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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I didn't have much experience with this machine, EXCEPT for its version of Elite, which was by far the best I had seen (next to the C64 and BBC versions).

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ZX Spectrum game devs allege Elite Systems Ltd didn't pay their royalties

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Re: The moral is....

The one and only rule you need to follow when considering a Kickstarter pledge is as follows:

Can I afford to throw this money away?

If the answer is no, DO NOT PLEDGE. There is a chance nothing will come of the project.

If the answer is yes, then go right ahead, because there's a good chance you'll make something great happen.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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I have tried Eve on three separate occasions and every time, just the tutorial bored me to tears, however...

After seeing this over the weekend, I had to get in there and try it again and I'm pleased to report everything is MUCH better these days. Solid tutorials, a context-driven interface that actually seems to work, and plenty of advice on what to do and where to go. I actually put four hours in, which is three hours and forty minutes more than ever before.

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Re: Amiga graphics

@Vociferous As I recall a tiny, windowed version of Doom did appear on the Amiga. I'd moved on to PC by then and only remember seeing it on the cover of one of the mags.

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Neil B

The Bitmap Bros were to me on the Amiga as Blizzard are to me on the PC. Chaos Engine co-op and Speedball 2 1v1 were together the finest moments served up by my A500.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: Follow what money?

Well, yes, otherwise it wouldn't be much of a disincentive would it?

Anyway, that 1 in 10 figure is just perverse. Surely those on very low incomes should be exempt.

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Probe of Hollywood-Euro Pay TV contracts: What happens next?

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Honestly I'm less annoyed about Sky's first-to-market clutch on movies than I am about the absurd fragmentation of the European vs. the US streaming catalogues. I guess Dr. Who is the perennial case-in-point: only seasons 1-5 available to stream from any service in the UK (Netflix, Amazon, etc.), but all series available in the States? How is that even possible?

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Cocky Spotify drops time limits on free listening, skint music-lovers cheer

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I really don't know where I stand on this. Being a professional artist in any medium is hard as hell, but to hear someone say "the internet will suck the creative content out of the world" is just barmy. The internet does exactly the opposite: it dumps a megaton shit-load of creativity into the world every second of every day.

I am vehemently against file-sharing and fervently believe that artists should be paid for their work, but it seems to me that these artists are clinging to their old royalty models the way the music industry tried to pretend the internet didn't exist for ten years.

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

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Re: That was bizarre.

@Electric Wizard "Why not let the facts speak for themselves? The second page is an odd preemptive strike against criticism."

The second page is a *response* to the general flavour of commentary which follows any climate article on the Reg.

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I've been waiting a long time for page 2 of this article. Well said.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

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Great article.

The C64 conversion was nothing to shout about, but Probe's C64 conversion of Turbo Out Run was awesome, and notable (IIRC) for the 64's first genuinely sampled audio in the theme tune from SID legends Maniacs of Noise ("H-H-H-H-Hit the Gas!").

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Cardslurping kingpin caged for 18 years over Carderplanet forum

Neil B

Re: Who appointed America as the world's policeman, judge and jury?

And pays for the investigation, trial, and incarceration on all of our behalf.

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Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

Neil B

Re: John Carter

Yeah, saw it at the flicks with a friend of mine who is a massive Burroughs fan, and even he liked it, which was something I never expected. Rollicking good fun, if you ask me, and deserved a lot more than it got.

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Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox

Neil B

Ew.

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Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly

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Re: Bah!

@Stevie: all true re: TNG, except for the beautiful HD remasters that SyFy has been showing recently. Absolutely delicious.

And while modern tellies handle video-transfered progs extremely badly, Game of Thrones doesn't half look the business.

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

Neil B

I grew up with Baker and so, of course, love him as the Doctor.

But, my favourite Doctor will always be the one that operates in my favourite series, and right now, my favourite series was Matt Smith's first. So by that reckoning, he wins.

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Google's secret search offer to EU antitrust chief LEAKED by rivals

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They're whistle-blowers, dontchaknow?

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Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

Neil B

Re: Netflix vs Lovefilm

Weellll, we stream LoveFilm in HD all the time without any problems, so that balances that. :)

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

Neil B

Re: WP has the best notification screen - the home one.

@LDS Ironically, there's an app for that. "Power Tool"

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

Neil B

Alright, I'm gonna say it, I just don't buy the conspiracy theory that day one supplies are deliberately retarded to gain some nebulous "we sold them all!" PR benefit.

Two options:

1. Throw as many XB1's into the sales channel as you possibly can, because public awareness of your product is never, ever going to be higher than on opening day. Sell them by the truck load, securing the largest early user base as possible and maximizing attachment revenues across the life of the product. Make a ton of money.

2. Don't make enough, or make too many and hold half of them in warehouses somewhere and hope that the information somehow never leaks out. Crow about how you sold out and how awesome you are, in the hope of recreating some solid word of mouth for your next supply drop, and maybe make more money.

it makes *no fucking sense* to do anything but option 1. Please persuade me otherwise, and have some facts to back it up.

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Total cost of that axed NHS IT FIASCO to taxpayers: £10.1bn

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Stop

Re: How many lives

£10bn over 15 years, so no. Still a ridiculous sum of money, but no.

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Probation officer gets TINY fine for spilling domestic violence victim's ADDRESS

Neil B
Meh

"B) Such externalities shouldn't be considered in sentencing At all."

Of course they should, it's why judges dish out sentences for serious crimes as opposed to a sentencing guideline spreadsheet.

In this case, the impact of the offence and the gross injustice it caused seem not to have been taken into account. We should be asking why.

Are the judge's remarks available?

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Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

Neil B
Megaphone

Re: Dumb

@Dumb "Corporate greed just kills off everything worth having in the end doesn't it?"

Corporate greed created GMail and Hotmail in the first place.

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

Neil B

Thanks to the Reg community for giving me a much-needed laugh this Monday morning.

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Serious Farce Office: 32K secret BAE probe files spaffed to WRONG bod

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Stop

It will never change. Complicated document systems always have the potential for error, human or otherwise. Sensitive documents have the most complicated systems of all.

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WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'

Neil B

No, *not* convicting him would have been the dangerous precedent.

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Kevin Bacon avoids slapped wrist after TV pipe-fatness claims

Neil B
WTF?

Re: As a slight aside...

Yeah those Sky ads are particularly strange...just how much do you have to offer Bruce Willis so that he appears in a broadband advert? At least the Bacon ones have a legitimate dose of self-deprecation and humour about them.

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Re: mine is ok

I have a 620 and it's absolutely...fine. Battery life for normal day-to-day phone, messaging, etc. is pretty good (maybe 4 days?) but apps and games suck it dry disappointingly fast. This is a pity because the bundled Nokia apps are bloody excellent. I do suffer from the problem that some of the apps I want are iOS and Android only, but I don't lose sleep over it.

My wife has an 8S and it's excellent in all respects. She really loves it.

The WinPhone8 OS itself is IMO great fun to use and has made a lot of really smart choices. Office and SkyDrive integration is slick as hell. Objectively, to me at least, it's the best interface on the market, and if you're part of the MS ecosystem, it is a complete no-brainer. For the broader user, not so much, and therein is the problem until it gets some serious traction.

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Unhappy

Re: Raises hand...

I'm not sure that's exactly true. I think people like to think they care about apps, and there's a certain security in knowing that if and when they care about apps, it's (reportedly) iOS and Android that should be their destination.

However hard it was going to be for MS to make a dent in the post-Apple smartphone market, they're not doing themselves any favours with poor promotion and glacially slow updates.

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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Meh

Re: @NielB

@Trevor_Pott "Oh, and before you set about accusing me of being "anti-Microsoft", you should stop and think for a bit."

Don't lump me in with echo-chamber commentards, please. I tend to stop and think for a bit quite often, as it happens. The Reg itself works hard to see merit where merit is due, and that includes with MS. My comments are aimed at its community, not its authors.

Whenever I'm pro-MS it's in the interest of pointing out what I believe to be entirely unfair and, most often, ridiculously inaccurate statements made by posters on MS-related articles. I want balanced discussion, with people whose brains are engaged, not demented Eadon-wannabes who just waste everybody's time. If that's the nature of our community, as you say, then the people whose brains are engaged are eerily silent most of the time.

"Looks like people - just as with companies and most other things in life - just ain't so black and white as we'd like 'em to be, eh?"

I'm pretty sure you could be more patronising if you stopped and thought about it for a bit. You've sure made a lot of assumptions about me for someone lecturing about the grey area. Sheesh.

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WTF?

@Trevor_Pott "I completely disagree with your thesis that there is an anti-Microsoft bias here on The Register....at least insomuch as it is stronger here than it is amongst the general population."

This is just a mad comment. Based on volume of posts and propensity to down-vote, the reg community is enthusiastically anti-MS and uses every opportunity to say so. Contradict someone's loony ravings on MS software and at best you can expect to have a net effect on your voting record of zero.

I would however agree that stupid comments about free software are usually down-voted appropriately.

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Mars, bringer of WAR: Quatermass and the Pit

Neil B

This character should be resurrected if for no other reason than the name "Quatermass" is so awesome.

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SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

Neil B
Happy

Like BitLocker then.

Facts. They're awesome.

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Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

Neil B
Meh

I have absolutely no doubt that is already happening.

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Spotify strikes back at Radiohead - but artists are still angry

Neil B

Y'know, I just find it hard to see how Spotify is at fault here. I'm not even sure they've posted a profit yet. Maybe they're being made the scape-goat for artists' distrust of streamed music services.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Re: Quake, iD, Doom.

Rage is perfectly good. It's matured out of its early instability and stands as a fine, if old-fashioned shooter with plenty going for it. The driving is passably fun.

Yes that's right internet, there's a huge wide continuum between "awesome" and "crock of shit". Most things fall into that space.

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Neil B

Unreal never did it for me in the way, say, Quake 2 did, but it certainly looked gorgeous. Volumetric fog, wide-open spaces, and very high-detail enemies all contributed to that. If I'd had a PC with more muscle, maybe I would've enjoyed it more.

Not sure how we're calling generational splits, but Half-Life was based, at least originally, on the Quake engine and is superior to Unreal (and everything else that came before it) in almost every respect. So, no, not the best single player FPS of its generation.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

Neil B

It's hella not before time that the "Windows" division was dissolved, it had, by all accounts, far too much clout and far too much autonomy. Maybe now we'll see some half-decent communication and collaboration between the Win8, WinRT, and WinPhone people.

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Olympus trio escape jail but firm fined £4.6 MEEELION

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Devil

Re: Thats appalling

Banged up for almost four years and hit with a £170k costs charge. To me, that seems proportionate.

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Windows 8 apps pass 100K, Windows 8 passes Vista

Neil B

"LOLZ! Windows 8 has no apps! Apple has a bajillion apps! M$ shit!"

"100,000 apps? Yeah, but most of them are fart apps or paid for by Microsoft amiright amiright? LOLZ!"

^^

Tech debate on the internet.

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Microsoft Office 365 on iPhone NOW: No, we're not making this up

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Thumb Down

@Martin 47 The NSA quips are getting really tedious. We get it.

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Microsoft: Office 365 reached 1 million subs faster than Facebook

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Stop

Re: It may take a while, but...

Let's say you cease your subscription after the first year. In your head, what happens to your data?

If, in your head, your data is now imprisoned by a cackling Microsoft, just go and stick your head down the toilet and flush the chain.

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