* Posts by M Gale

3541 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

M Gale

Re: A few points

Thank god there's no NRA in Europe. This we can agree on.

Actually, yes there is.

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Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

Ganging up on a single person to beat the living shit out of them takes balls?

Really?

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Wanna use Bitcoin on your site? BitPay's open-source library wants to help

M Gale

Re: Exactly!

Y'know I'm tempted to see if it drops below $100 then buy one just to see what it does.

Worst comes to worst, I'm out by about £60. Or it could bounce right up again and I can cash out for £600.

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I have to wonder.

How long until this, plus some webgl, gets co-opted to use the GPUs of web site visitors to mine coins?

Assuming WebGL can be thus co-opted, of course.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Re: Popcorn

So... downloading an archive from a CDN somewhere is the same as activating it via Steamshite? No. No it is not the same. Did you not even read what I said about GoG?

"Usage of this game requires activation and acceptance of the Steam Subscriber Agreement (SSA)."

A quote from the back of the box on nearly every fucking game in the shop these days. I'm not confusing anything. Valve are rapidly becoming the Microsoft of PC games.

No thankyou. Like I said, Valve pioneered this shit. I won't forgive them, nor give them the benefit of my money. Same with EA, same with Ubisoft, same with anybody else who wants to infect my computer with crap or demands I make an account with Gabe's Great DRM Distribution Service, just to play with toys.

There are better toys out there.

I also have quite a few games bought on Steam that can be alternatively downloaded direct from the developer's website.

And KSP is one of them. From what I recall, the devs only added it to the Steaming Shite store as an option, because so many turkeys have been voting for Christmas and will for some insane reason, only get a game if it's locked into Steam. Whatever. Like I said, there are better toys.

As for the "extra expense" of making a "diffenet DRM", no. How about "no DRM"? Even less expensive. Yeah, sure I'm in the minority, but I really couldn't give two hoots. Like I said, there are far, far better toys, and none of them involve infecting my computer with shit.

So, the AAA videogames industry really can die. I'll dance a little jig on its grave.

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M Gale

Re: Popcorn

Or whenever you install a game from a disk. Or whenever "offline mode" decides it isn't. The only reason they may, perhaps, possibly allow you to sell your own stuff second hand is because they might well end up being forced to in the EU.

Valve pioneered this online-DRM shit with Steam, and I won't forgive them for it. GOG.com is also a digital download service, and yet, no shitty Steamworks DRM.

Don't confuse downloading a game, with needing to be online to play or "activate" it. The two are not equivalent.

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Re: Popcorn

Clicking the little down arrow does not explain how what you said has the square root of fuck all to do with anything.

Try looking up the dictionary reference for "non-sequitur".

And lay off the Friday Night beer a bit. You're clearly tired and confused.

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M Gale

Re: Popcorn

Uhm, what?

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M Gale

Re: Popcorn

But your missing out on all that wonderful DRM

Kidding, right? The PC is amongst the worst for DRM. As far as I'm concerned, and I've said it many times, the entire AAA videogames industry can die in a fire. Really. Jump off a cliff. Die. Now.

I'll buy games (a) if they are good, and (b) if they don't demand usage of Steamshite, Origin, or any other kind of "you must connect to the Internet and prove you are not a criminal" bullshit.

There is very, very little of that on any platform, PC included. Games like Kerbal Space Program are the exception, not the norm.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

M Gale

Re: @M Gale - Unfair Tax?

The colloquial term is road tax, and you can wriggle as much as you like. If you're on a scooter, which can't go on motorways, you pay massively less tax on it. If you're on a bicycle, you don't pay any tax on it.

And it's still a stupid analogy, which has nothing to do with the idiot box. However, your insistance that I call road tax "vehicle excise duty" shines a light on the whole "it's not a tax, it's a license" bullshit. It is a tax. On the idiot box.

It needs to go.

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M Gale

Re: @M Gale - Unfair Tax?

Whilst so-called "road tax" goes into the same big pot of general taxation as everything else (at least in the UK), if you don't have a motor vehicle, you don't pay road tax.

Electric bicycles with a motor power of less than 250 watts and a top speed of less than 15mph do not count as motor vehicles in UK law, by the way. Your mileage may vary, but considering you're calling it "a motorway" and not "a freeway", I guess not.

Also little 50cc thingies that aren't allowed on motorways pay vastly, immensely less road tax than a car or more powerful motorbike.

What this has to do with the goggle box, I have no idea. Nevertheless, next please!

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M Gale

Re: I hope you don't have kid's

Because you never went to school?

Comparing education to television. Really now.

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M Gale

Re: fund it from general taxation

At least the licence fee and the Royal Charter give the BBC nominal independence from the state.

Because a letter from the head of state telling you what you're allowed to do, and a law made by the state that comes up for review every few years, gives you freedom from the state.

I wish people would stop parroting this propaganda.

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M Gale

It's a bloody goggle box.

It's not a fire service. Or an ambulance service. It's not even the police. It's not a school. It's not a hospital. It has fuck all to do with your life that is essential beyond plonking your arse down in front of a screen and vegetating. Don't give me that but-must-provide-educational-programming bullshit. That can happen without a tax. It's called "government owned", which the BBC is.

Now get your fucking hands out of my pockets and pay for it yourself if you want it so bad.

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Re: Unfair Tax?

Oh lovely. I don't want the BBC. Can I watch Channel 4? ITV? Sky? Anything?

Guess not, then.

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M Gale

No, she's only head of fucking state.

She's more part of the government than Cleggy or Cameron. Don't give me that crap about a "symbolic role", just because she's not shouty and on telly a lot.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

M Gale

Re: What's the real news here?

LO for Android?

Well it's not exactly LO, but here's something that is very, very close.

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

M Gale

Re: Mod hat on

irc.theregister.co.uk:6667? What a wonderful idea.

You not got a spare RasPi and an effernet socket to run it off?

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

M Gale

Re: <scratches head>

So I guess you're language is not English, hinnit?

Protip: If you replace "you're" with "you are" and it makes no sense, you're probably doing it wrong.

The irony is delicious though.

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M Gale

Re: <scratches head>

how would they know what you should be interested in?

Mumsnet will advise them? They know all about what you should and should not be allowed to see.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

M Gale

"don't pay tax, get no votes."

I know of a few people for whom their response would be "....ok. Guess I'll save some money then."

And a million dollars = a million votes? That's not a recipe for disaster at all.

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The poll tax

Which got renamed and called "Council Tax". And that, you do pay.

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

M Gale

Re: Buyer beware

One other thing that occurs to me, even if the phone is bricked, it would still have many parts, in particular the screen, that would still be valuable on the black market.

Oh indeed. Probably the fate of many stolen phones is an advert on Fleabay two weeks later for cheap screens, or a casing, or sensor glass, or a battery, or whatever.

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M Gale

Re: Buyer beware

Highly unlikely that any lock+wipe mechanism will stop the phone being useful for emergency calls.

Well, unless the people proposing the laws are even more terminally brain-dead than people give them credit for.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

M Gale

Re: Crap!

Calling PHP "a bit of a kludge" is like calling the Nazi campaign in Russia "a bit of a foul up".

Replace "bit of a" with "monumental" and you're getting closer with both. Not that PHP isn't very useful, but it does have its... quirks.

Can I has Godwin nao?

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M Gale

Re: I HATE JavaScript

Oh and not to mention its still totally inaccessible to Screen Readers and alike

Ahem.

Same as when designing a site to be "accessible" via pure HTML, there are steps to be taken to ensure the screen reader interprets your dynamically-created content correctly.

Beyond that though, Javascript is very accessible to screen readers.

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M Gale

Re: Getting started in programming

it forces you to develop good whitespace management habits.

And that's why I have total disdain for Python's style. It might be a nice language, but I'm totally uninterested in any coding language that gives a shit about where and how many times I hit the spacebar, tab or enter keys (or even carriage return, to be a complete pedant). Especially after trying code samples from web sites or other media that may have mangled the original whitespace.

Good luck debugging that, especially if you're a complete newbie.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

M Gale

probably can't affair to e judging by the childish dig at Apple in your post.

I know the iPhone's glass keyboard isn't the best for typing on, but that was pretty atrocious even for typed-on-the-bus-on-the-way-to-work hurriedness. You should check that the autocorrect is actually correcting your typing and not making it worse, as autocorrect tends to do. A lot.

You might also want to read that guy's post again and examine it for humour content. Or his posting history, where not two days ago he's slagging off his own HTC droid-thing for a shit update that b0rked it.

Now me on the other hand, I can't resist a dig at Apple, or at anybody who thinks that the sun shines out of Zombie Jobs' arse.

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

M Gale

Re: Why?

OSS -> ALSA anyone? And yku only have to go by the names to see how much Linux folk really care about portability. The 'O' in OSS stands for 'open'; the 'L' in ALSA stands for 'Linux'...

You're still using ALSA? How very 2005.

It's PulseAudio these days if you want to go to that low a level and not just drag in OpenAL Soft, SDL::Mixer or some other cross-platform sound library.

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Broker accuses FAST of scaring users off secondhand software

M Gale

Re: It can be a grey area ...

Software isn't like a car, no matter how much Bill Gates and the other copyright dinosaurs wishes it was.

If software was like a car, you'd be able to sell it to someone and they'd be able to use it without hindrance, regardless of what Bill Gates and the other dinosaurs say about it.

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Re: It can be a grey area ...

Except the "support" in this case was product activation. You know, basically DRM. So, nothing to do with actual support.

Dunno about yourself, but I wouldn't have bought that shit in the first place, be it brand new or second hand.

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Hear that, Sigourney? Common names 'may not constitute personal data'

M Gale

Maybe I'm just too old...

...but you say "Sigourney" and I think "cast iron bitch with a pulse rifle".

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

M Gale

Re: Ahem

I hope that he had the foresight to include a "trojan mode" into unlicensed copies that wipes the bootlegger's device to factory settings.

Considering the countless number of times I've seen DRM fuck up, at best causing an inconvenience and at worst destroying the "protected" item, I'd say sure, go ahead and do that. The moment "trojan mode" activates, is the moment the letter from my solicitors arrives through your door.

I'll be asking for £250/hour labour charge for recovering the phone to as close to its previous state as possible, along with a high five-figures amount for damages. I'll be taking my time over the recovery job, to make sure I do it properly, you understand.

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Video thrills the Google ad star: Susan Wojcicki becomes YouTube chief

M Gale

I don't upload to Youtube any more

Not since Google+. I don't have anything to do with the comments either any more, what with not having a Plus account and refusing to create one. I'll leave the comments to the retards, trolls and shills that have been getting worse since Google+.

And if you're that pissed off by forced integration yourself, I suggest doing the same. Bob's tanks are amusing, but no content == no youtube.

Plus Vimeo, DailyMotion and the others could probably use the boost.

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Google views, reviews YouTube viewers' views with view to killing off spam shams

M Gale

So basically...

...the reasons given for forcing people onto Google's social notwork in order to leave a comment on a video, or rate/review an app... are crap?

Well who knew?

Fuck Google+.

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China targeted by new Android Trojan

M Gale

Note this malware, like all "Android" malware, actually infects rooted Android-based OS builds. Not Android.

You'd think by now that people would have spotted that?

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

M Gale

Re: Creepy?

BT/Mumsnet

FTFY

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Samsung reveals prices, availability dates of 'Pro' tablets

M Gale

Re: Just buy an Apple...

Samsung can't do quality.

Which is why Apple use them for so many parts.

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M Gale

It's kinda average on tablets and phones, nothing to make a song and dance over.

And utterly shite on anything else.

Strangely enough, most of the "haters" seem to be saying the same thing you are.

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

M Gale

I remember that old Amstrad mash-up well. It worked well if your use case was "PC = Office, Sega 16 bit = games", and even supported the CD through a funky adapter cable. The 386 was getting a bit old by then though, if your intention was to maybe try PC gaming too. Plus I don't think it had a VESA slot for local-bus graphics. I think some review mags were a bit upset that you couldn't use it as a console dev platform (as if) and that it was, in the words of one magazine, "a Megadrive, a PC, and a roll of sellotape."

And IIRC, the only 486 option was an SLC. Eurgh.

Still, it did what it did well enough, and the PC half of things stayed awake while you were playing. Plus playing console games on a monitor was a massive upgrade to the usual RF lead, composite video or big block o' SCART.

And yep, it's the first thing I thought of after reading the review for this thing.

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M Gale

Re: Just wish

People said that about Linux and wifi cards. And then all the wifi cards started working because, surprise surprise, people either wrote drivers for them, or wrapped Windows drivers up for them.

No reason a Linux couldn't be finagled into working with the OS Swap button, given enough popularity and motivation to do so.

Also this is The Register. One would think that "stick a Linux distro on it and see what happens" would be a standard part of the review.

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M Gale

Re: Linux

Seriously, corporate whores are the only people left using Windows.

[spanish_accent]

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You called my mother a whore. Prepare to die.

[/spanish_accent]

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M Gale

Re: Just wish @ jason 7

Runs great on Arm too I suppose?

Why would that matter for an Intel-based fondleslab?

Oh and it appears to run, if via WINE and PlayOnLinux. Couldn't tell you from personal experience though, because I'm really not interested in F2P-P2W.

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THUNDERING GAS destroys disks during data centre incident

M Gale

Re: Holy s**t.

Hah, I distinctly remember cracking the valve open on a 5 foot tall helium bottle minus its balloon regulator.

Never again.

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M Gale

See also

Don't get angry at your disk arrays. It upsets them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4

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Microsoft to build 'transparency centres' for source code checks

M Gale

Re: No panacea

Also, if you believe that Linux users can verify the build on their machine

Not every user. However I would bloody well hope that government, and big business users, would be able to.

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M Gale

Here's our source code, honest.

Of course, you can trust that this is the exact same source code that made the binaries you're using.

Oh yeah, we'll be suing any departments that commit any source to the Linux software they are using now. They obviously stole it from us.

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Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

M Gale

Well why do you think it comes with no source code available?

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The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications

M Gale

Re: ACLU and EFF

And if users get control of the permission, what do you think will be among the first things turned off for adware apps (unless the app itself needs it for normal function)? Network access. This will probably start app devs packing some ads into their programs so they can't be blocked.

Good.

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