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

Peter Flynn
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Re: Hard Drivin'

Hard Drivin' - loved that and the 360 loop you had to do in it. I must admit, I loved Space Harrier, Afterburner as well as G-LOC in that 360 degree gyro. Great fun. Lost a lot of money too on Super Don Quixote, Dragons Lair, Firefox and Space Ace. The arcades near me had one of those laserdisc cabs.

However - none of it beats getting 4 random people all squeezed together to play Gauntlet on a cab.

As for Outrun - it was good but preferred Chase HQ.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: Big Trak

What a nice thing to do !

I wish your shop was near me. at the time - you could have fixed my broken one.

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

Peter Flynn

Re: Outrageous Smartphone prices

Agree.

Here's an article on the iPhone BOM

http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-europe/2013/09/30/how-much-does-it-cost-to-make-an-iphone/

They are making large profit from these devices.

As it stands, I have an older BB phone which does the phone part and e-mail very well. It is also very cheap phone so not that bothered about the rest of features - I do have a Chinese Android 4.2.2 tablet which does those other things very well and is a nice 10" screen.

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Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS

Peter Flynn
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Re: Friday night telly!!!

I had it down as Friday 27th September on Channel 4 at 7pm! Cracking nights TV though!

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

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Excellent!

I have Netflix UK and think this is brilliant. Just checked and the episode from yesterday is already available. :-)

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OFFICIAL: Humans will only tolerate robots as helpful SLAVES

Peter Flynn

Re: re: 'once they look sufficiently human.'

Totally agree. An artificially intelligent robot (whether humanoid looking, looking like a filing cabinet or something non-human) deserves to at least be given some respect and treated well.

I would - if I had a robot with AI. It would be no different to a child in terms of questioning the world (and needing help). At some point, its intelligence (depending on technology) would surpass that of the owners.

As a robot to do a job, the likely response from an AI robot will be to ask why and not to blindly do it if it has those associated rules guiding its learning. Human harm is an interesting one as asking a robot to kill someone would hold the same moral issues as asking a human to - even potentially having some form of post-traumatic stress as it analyses the outcome from that particular task. Having rules for robots to *not harm* would allow them to reason jobs where the environment would cause a human would die (nuclear reactor, under water, space).

Ultimately if they surpass human intelligence - then they may require "rights", including the right to live, the same as any other creature on the planet.

A robot without rules would be dangerous and has been subject to numerous Sci-fi books and films. (e.g. Terminator, Ultron from Marvel comics)

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

Peter Flynn

Re: Alternative to Windows?

I installed it on my old Sony Vaio laptop - currently using Windows 7. My children use it on Windows - the main things they go on are Netflix and Milkshake/Channel 5 On Demand.

Out of the box, neither work. Youtube works lovely but the video's on Channel 5 On Demand do not.

I got a package, from a repository, to use Netflix - it opens in a window and is using Firefox and Wine.

I think its one of the best Linux distros but does need work against functionality that works out of the with Windows 7. I wouldn't go with Windows 8 so am going to migrate it fully to Linux mint.

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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

Peter Flynn

PS4

Yup - lost a potential XboxOne owner here too.

PS4 seems a likely bet although I will not be buying on Day 0 launch - I think I will wait until January/February at least to see it settle and see if any DRM or issues filtered through on that console also.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

Peter Flynn

Re: $100 difference not

Difference is at least you get a choice to have it or not - it's not mandatory to operate the console on PS3 or PS4...

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Re: "XBOX Vista" already dead?

"The servers the Xbox One has to contact will eventually be turned off and the console will no longer function."

Very similar to Nintendos channels on the Wii. We noticed that in the later part of 2013, there was a lack of newer games coming out for the original Wii (Skylanders Swap Force for example) where it is Wii-U only.

In addition to that, we had notification that certain channels (Weather etc) were being switched off as the servers were being switched off.

For new games, I was looking at an Xbox360 due to the massive back-catalog that you can get for £10-£15 per game but am holding off now and will get a PS4 probably after Christmas once a good selection of games are out. The whole internet, privacy issues on XboxOne had put me off as had the 2nd hand game market.

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Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

Peter Flynn
Stop

Spotify for iPhone

I still have and use Spotify Premium across the PC, Android and iPhone.

The iRadio isn't going to change things tbh... unless Apple non-competitvely (exclusive deal!) get the record companies to stop supplying to Spotify

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Peter Flynn
FAIL

Easy choice for me then...

I completely skipped getting an Xbox360 or PS3. I'd predominantly had PC and Wii for the odd game or two.

I did fancy getting an Xbox360 in summer due to the good USED back-catalogue of games that you can buy for between £10 upwards but was waiting on the clarifications for the XboxOne.

Lack of backwards Xbox360 compatibility had already pretty much ruled it out but this news about the second hand market is pretty much the icing on the cake for me.

Will hold out now and see what the PS4 is like now (although that too isn't backwards compatible) or just buy a cheap second hand Xbox360 and run it into the ground on older games.

On the Internet side - if they had followed a model like Steam (activate once and allow offline play) then that would have been fine. As it stands - barring issues with the phone line etc. - we have always on internet here. Just means you wouldn't be able to take your console away on holiday (and sometimes the break away from technology is just fine)

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Life on Mars means subsisting on grim diet of turd-garden spinach

Peter Flynn
Alien

12 Years - a lot can happen...

So we have a 12 year gap for the one-way settlers to get settled in and start food production etc before any backup and relief arrives.

That is a long time for being isolated and cut off - hopefully full psychiatric profiles will be taken otherwise it starts sound like a premise for one of those claustrophobic Sci-Fi film (e.g. Alien, Event Horizon, Doom, etc.)

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Florida fisherman bags two-headed MUTANT SHARK

Peter Flynn
WTF?

Pregnant Shark

When they caught the Bull Shark, clearly they should have spotted it was pregnant and released it back? Granted they released its unborn shark babies but they should have let the shark alone. Sharks have a hard enough time as it.

This mutant shark would have probably died shortly after birth anyway.

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SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

Peter Flynn
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Re: I upvoted you

Agree about broadband - but there are occasions when you'll want to play offline on a laptop or whatever on holiday or on a train away from any network connectivity.

I've not touched the Sim City franchise for a long time. I do play HL2 and a few Steam games. At least Steam notices offline play and lets you still play the game disconnected. EA should have just followed a similar approach.

EA should have considered offline play in their design and offered an online/offline check for their DRM module so that you can still play offline for a couple of weeks between connecting back up.

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OpenTV slaps Netflix with patent lawsuit

Peter Flynn
Boffin

Netflix and alternative platforms...

I suppose the same patent company are also going to go after Lovefilm, Tesco, BT Vision, Virgin Media, TIVO and all others who provide this sort of technology. OpenTV 2 middleware is already in Sky.

Seriously. Without seeing the technical content of these patents I wonder what the patents relate too?

http://www.nagra.com/dtv/products-and-solutions/client-technologies/opentv-middleware/ shows that it's an open Ecosystem and platform.

Netflix is built on Silverlight so fail to see where to two different platforms meet.

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Perl programming language marks 25th birthday

Peter Flynn
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Got my degree thanks to Perl!

I coded in Pascal, C and C++ on my Computer Science degree and when I got through to my final year project (a long time back now) I remember my tutor saying that there was this language (just coming up to 9 years old) that he wanted me to write my final project in.

(There wasn't much CGI programming out there). I wrote a couple of Perl scripts and wrote a web based application to handle classroom assessments which looked lovely in Mozilla. I got an A for it and the staff were that impressed with it that they tried to sell it on.

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

Peter Flynn

That explains it...

I wondered why people had been moving to Twitpic and IMGURL to point at various other hosting providers ...

The issue with restricting Instagram preview from Twitter is that people will just think - "oh there's an issue with X... I'll use Y instead".

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Apple sticks finger in dyke, cuts off Dutch flood of Galaxy S, SII, Ace

Peter Flynn
WTF?

Oh FFS!

"Dutch court ruled that the devices infringe on an Apple scrolling patent that relates to how a user swipes through photo galleries.

The court said that Samsung's pre-Android 3.0 gear is using the patented Apple way of scrolling through a photo gallery, which lets you see a bit of the next image before it bounces back. The photo-scrolling patent is covered by European Patent 2 059 868."

So either Samsung release an OTA update to not show a bit of the next image or upgrade people upto Android 3/4.

But seriously Apple? Its an application and I for one fail to see how a UI enhancement is patentable - which is no different to Ruby or other various window effects in Linux/Windows/etc...

Apple really scraping the barrel. Its this sort of attitude that just winds me up...

Well - when I get a bit more cash for a smartphone I can say it certainly WON'T be Apple - and neither will rest of family.

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Formatting broke in Google Chrome / Windows

Peter Flynn

Re: Formatting also broken in firefox 14

might be a networking thing... I noticed the corruption when in work going through that proxy (might be blocking certain elements or ads that are needed to layout the screen)

I should add not seen it happen recently so its probably fixed now.

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Unhappy

Formatting broke in Google Chrome / Windows

If I am looking at any articles under Google Chrome, in Windows, the formatting of the content is all over the place..

It just seems to have started today. Has anything changed and are other people seeing the same problem. IE8 doesn't show any sort of content.

Its only on the actual article view, the main page and comments are OK.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

Peter Flynn
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Loved OS/2 Warp

Back in the day, I remember when we got hold of a copy of OS/2 Warp to try out on our home machines. (I think it was on a cover disc). We loved trying it out and it was far superior to Windows 3.1 (and Windows ME *shudder*)

I saw a financial system machine running it recently. I remarked on it at the time. The software was solid and worked so they felt the need to not upgrade it. Good testament to the code.

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WTF is... VoLTE

Peter Flynn
Go

Good whitepaper on VOLTE

http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/whitepapers/WP-Voice-Video-Calling-LTE.pdf

I did wonder what would happen with emergency service calls but it's handled;

EMERGENCY CALLS

Most operators provide overlapping circuit-switched access network coverage for emergency calls.

For operators without such coverage, the VoLTE profile includes an emergency VoIP over LTE solution

based on 3GPP Release 9 to ensure compliance with international regulatory requirements.

In all honesty, based on the 3G experience so far, where it spends most of the time on Edge or GPRS whilst travelling about - it is likely that it'll fall back quite frequently. The white paper above explains how that would occur.

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Nintendo Wii U launch and pricing disclosed

Peter Flynn

Re: Wii U

Thanks for the link. So it looks like as mentioned above - the main player in multi-player would have the nice tablet controller whilst other players the nunchuck/wiimotes.

Makes sense - although user experience will be better for the main player (can see the children arguing already over who is the gamepad player..)

Wonder if the main purpose of the Wii-U is to focus on single player games where the whole experience is using the gamepad along with the console.

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Peter Flynn
FAIL

Wii U

When we bought the Wii, we got it as it had a focus on family, collaborative play. The 2nd (and 3rd) controllers were cheap and we've enjoyed that and it often gets played with.

The Wii-U has additional gamepads likely to top the £100 mark. Whilst looking like slightly larger DS's, that for me is a blocker for purchase and makes me consider just enjoying a PS3 or XBOX360 (which are in shops for similar prices to Wii-U now and are fully packaged out).

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Middlesbrough culinary giants battle for parmo supremacy

Peter Flynn
Pint

Re: The Real McCoy

As someone who grew up in Hartlepool, I can wholly approve of the pint of Camerons Strongarm (especially with its "puff pastry" head)!

Struggling to find anywhere nice though to try a decent Parmo in the town but agree it has to be a whole fillet (or even 2 sandwiched together). My last decent one was at a sit down restaurant in Stockton near the Riverside a few years back.

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Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN

Peter Flynn

CDE

Spent a lot of time on Solaris boxes looking at CDE applications, although preferred IRIX on my SGI Indigo workstation.

CDE has brought back all those memories of motif. Nice at the time but there are far better *nix window managers now.

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First full landing site and colour pictures back from Mars

Peter Flynn
Alien

Re: First impressions

"contaminated with organic material"

Could bacteria exist on those components - wonder if it would thrive and live in such a hostile environment? Have we just introduced bacterial life to Mars?

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Submarine cable plan sinks without trace

Peter Flynn
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Re: Repeaters

Thanks for those links. Fab. :-)

I've only ever seen one cable laying ship in my time in port - very impressive boat - and huge too. I suppose you are not going to get many knots out of the ship in motion so at £100k/day lease - yeah it would be very expensive.

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Not surprised really especially in a recession - Sydney to LA is 6507.9 Nautical Miles - that's a hell of a lot of fibre cable. Australia to NZ would be 1154.6 Nautical Miles which is still a lot. In ATM OC48c Long Reach fibre, 9µm Single Mode the distance is 49.70 miles max. Without land mass in between (which engineers can get to easily) its always going to be expensive.

Would be fun to do though and an interesting challenge

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Tesco in unencrypted password email reminder rumble

Peter Flynn

Re: PCI-DSS anyone?

The PCI DSS applies to all entities that store, process, and/or transmit cardholder data. It covers technical

and operational system components included in or connected to cardholder data. If you are a merchant

who accepts or processes payment cards, you must comply with the PCI DSS.

https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/documents/PCI%20SSC%20Quick%20Reference%20Guide.pdf )

Pretty sure the card payment and storage of your payment card is very secure on the Tesco website and meets those requirements.

The hashing of user accounts is a separate issue IMO but needs resolving as it allows access to that individuals card payment details so potentially they could be seen as not doing everything to protect the card from misuse.

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Nintendo 3DS XL review

Peter Flynn

3DS

What's In The Box

Nintendo 3DS system, Nintendo 3DS charging cradle, Nintendo 3DS AC adapter, ...

So are you sure the 3DS XL doesn't have an AC adapter?

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Peter Flynn
FAIL

"There isn't even an AC adaptor included, meaning unless you already have a DS charger of some kind, you'll be splashing out again."

All devices out of the box should at least come with an AC adaptor.

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Stephen Hawking to demonstrate speech via brain scan

Peter Flynn
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Movement

Hmm.. if a brain-scanning head-cap has the possibility to enable him to communicate more easily then could it also be used for mobility? I'm thinking people who are paralysed from the neck down (incl. arm function).

I think it brain scanning tech works it'll be a huge leap in technology. Hopefully leading to brain controlled robotic devices / arms / legs.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

Peter Flynn
Facepalm

Re: man up?

"Man up" by handing himself over to US lapdogs and soon after "committing suicide"?"

You really, really believe that would happen? That there wouldn't be a worldwide public outcry and that no-one would notice if it happened? You think no-one would be watching out for his welfare?

If he went to Sweden and the next he was on a plan to the US then there would be uproar. If he suddenly died then it would be even more so...

However, we'll never find out as he's currently "on the run", hiding in embassies now and letting down his bail-bond friends.

I agree with Jemima Khan and her comment on Twitter;

"Yes. I had expected him to face the allegations. I am as surprised as anyone by this."

Perhaps he should face his accusers in a legal court over in Sweden.

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Peter Flynn
Alien

Alienware M14x

A colleague at work had an Alienware laptop, and it simply flew with graphics and development work.

If I was considering a premium laptop I'd get an Alienware instead. They can have a 1600x900 resolution, blu-ray optical drive, NVIDIA graphics, 6 Gig of RAM for just over £1200.

Apple products, and the UI are good - but very expensive IMO.

(At present, I have 2 laptops - a Lenovo T410 and Sony Vaio - the Lenovo is fab for day to day things and battery seems to last forever - Sony is pretty good at video work although battery life sucks)

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Ten... Father's Day gifts

Peter Flynn
Happy

Re: Toblerone

Yup... same here as well as potentially a hand drawn card. Last year was a key-ring from Tesco's and a small bottle of Single Malt which I loved.

Mothers Day / Fathers Day's are really "Hallmark Holiday". No need to go stupid and spend £200 for something (which is what this article was suggesting).

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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

Peter Flynn
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We had these at school

We had BBC Micro's, lab of Amstrad PCW-8256 (with Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy) and a single lab of these Archimede's. They were fab. I was into a lot of art and used the paint package to use all 256 colours (from a huge palette - compared to other computers at the time). Also lost a lot of lost hours to that lander game.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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Thanks for the apps !

Big fan of VLC player since installing that - no more codec issues for anything I want to play. Thanks for the app suggestions in the article and in the comments.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

Peter Flynn
Black Helicopters

Melted deck

As ever a good article from Lewis.

I remember seeing a news article about the F-35B and V-22 Osprey melting the deck on carriers and therefore reducing their operating life. Wonder if its been factored in?

I think that catapult and hooks would have at least provided mechanism to allow other countries to reuse the carriers however a comment further up suggested that they will be using drones with a few fighter jets so the likelihood is a lot of predator-like drones, some F-35B's for missions and carrier air support and helicopters;

To be honest, the whole MOD procurement from small items all the way up needs sorting out. Simply too expensive to procure things.

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Netflix vs Lovefilm

Peter Flynn
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Bufferering

No problem here either. My children have now worked through all the episodes of the X-men cartoons with no issues.

I really like it so far - but it does need more up to date movies - and how come Star Wars, Clone Wars and Transformers films not on there?

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The Commodore 64 is 30

Peter Flynn
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Ah - peek and poke...

The Commodore 64 is what got me into programming (in basic and assembly) prior to owning an 8086 Intel.

May an evening lost - it all started with writing the programs out of Zzap64. Spent ages writing a battleship one that dropped mines on submarines below.

happy days.

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2012 Games Preview

Peter Flynn
Meh

Dungeon Master...

Lost many an hour to that, Chaos Strikes Back and Bloodwych. This new game looks good although it would be nice if it was free roaming dungeon rather than grid based. Will give it a bash though.

As for those games - look great. Apart from Counterstrike Global Offensive. Looked at the video on Youtube and it looked no different to CS: Source apart from a few UI tweaks. I love CS: Source for the odd 30 minute play, prefer Portal.. however is CS Global Offensive what the devs at Valve are working on? I would really love to finish the HL2 series. It was left on a bit of a cliff hanger at the end of Episode 2.

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2011's Best... DVRs and Media Streamers

Peter Flynn
Stop

BT Vision box and Sky+

If you are rating the Virgin Tivo box (which is excellent) then you should also have rated the BT vision and Sky+ boxes.

I have a BT Vision box - one of the original silver ones - and it works great. High definition, On Demand rentals, and very good BBC IPlayer and a pretty sizeable PVR in which I now record most CBeebies for the children.

It does not however do Freeview-HD so am looking at potentially the WD Live box or the Apple TV.

Having seen the Sky+ it has similar.

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Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever

Peter Flynn
Facepalm

Erm...

I would have placed loads of other people above Zuckerberg....

Jeff Minter - for all the Llamas

Peter Molyneaux - for Populous

Nolan Bushnell - for the Atari VCS - bringing Pong, Pacman etc. into the home

John Carmack for Wolfenstein 3D

Don Bluth for Dragons Lair / Space Ace laserdisc games in the 80s

Keiichiro Toyama for Silent Hill

Will Wright for Sim City

Sid Meier for well ... Microprose and all the hours lost to F-19 Stealth Fighter

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Apple iPad vs... the rest

Peter Flynn
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thanks

now know what to be looking for now.

seen both in shop, but can't beat a "real use" review

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Shut up, Spock! – how Battlestar Galactica beat Trek babble

Peter Flynn
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wow...

really good article.

Always fascinated at the level of detail in some science fiction. The one aspect I liked in the new series was the vipers weren't like spitfires but had Newtonian physics and reverse propulsion to enable them to turn around and manoeuvre. Brilliant.

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Top Ten Retro PC Games

Peter Flynn
FAIL

Where is?

Sabre Wulf on the Speccy - loved that

Chuckie Egg on the BBC

Elite

Virus on the Archimedes

Wolfenstein 3D

Wing Commander

X-Wing vs Tie Fighter

Kings Quest

Ultima

Zelda

Hobbit on the C64

Combat on the Atari VCS2600

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Apple iMac 21.5in 2010

Peter Flynn
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Good review

"while the lack of a more affordable machine in the £700-£800 range seems to suggest that Apple is simply turning its nose up at anyone that can’t afford its designer label pricing"

The verdict sums up my feelings about them too. I liked trying them out but the price point for what you get doesn't seem justified.

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3D films fall flat

Peter Flynn
Stop

3D TVs and films...

The glasses give me a headache after a long time (film length). Also, my 3 year old won't wear them and my 5 year old doesn't like "things popping out of the screen". I certainly wouldn't part the hard cash for a 3D TV. It just seems daft that the whole family has to sit in the front room with special glasses just to watch the TV. Also - claims from manufacturers to take 2D and "automatically convert it to 3D" seems a little far - especially when to get depth the 2nd camera would need a different angle.

Perhaps these studio's need to listen to the audiences. We want good films, with decent story/dialogue - not special effects crap with no substance just so something can come flying out of the screen at the audience...

On childrens films, we're off to see Toy Story 3 this week. Asked my son whether he wanted to see the 3D version (which costs an extra £1.50 on the ticket price) he said No. So we'll head an watch the 2D version...

It is/was a fad. Its place is in Disney/Universal theme parks only for quick 10-20 minute shows/rides.

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