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Twisted Metal

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always been a big fan

there's something about the genre of cars-with-guns that i really enjoy, and Twisted Metal's always been the most enjoyable of them. can't wait to play this!!

i agree with the review though - seems a shame they switched it to being a full blown game, i guess they wanted the money, but the game is perfect as a PSN download.

nevermine, Wrecked: Revenge Revisited is rumoured to be (finally!!) getting released on the 28th, and that's going to be more fun than anything, ever!

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BBC Micro team to celebrate historic machine's 30th year

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even as a kid....

i preferred my Apple ][e to my bbc micro

but i can't for the life of me tell you why - it's not like it was more shiny or anything. and it's hard to argue that, both being command line driven devices, the user experience was better on the Apple than the BBC, but i definitely preferred it

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Portal 2 prevails at Bafta game awards

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Mark Hamill

glad to see Mark Hamill got the award. Batman AC was an terrific game, but his performance in that and the previous game was absolutely spot on. Really quite sad at the thought that he's not going to do that character any more.

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Apple New iPad Wi-Fi only

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but it's not like the hi res screen is a surprise though, is it? it was long rumoured for the iPhone, and when it arrived, it was obvious that the iPad was going to get it too.

so WHY hasn't the competition already got higher res screens? it's impossible to think they weren't aware this was going to happen, so why haven't they already got a tablet in the market with at least the same spec screen?

instead, they're all just sitting on their hands, taking a back seat, happy to give Apple all the market share and the publicity. Sure, they'll probably rush a product to market now, and it'll be obviously rushed and critically, later than the iPad.

for the competition to be competition, they've gotta start getting ahead of the game, not just content to constantly play catch-up

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iPad bludgeons to death two UK Apple reseller shops

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more detail please

can you expand on how "the iPad continues to 'cut across' different market sectors" leads to "iPad bludgeons to death two UK Apple reseller shops"?

are you saying that they based their business model on being able to sell iPads? and that all iPad purchases were online and so they failed?

Or that so many people have iPads now that they don't go out to the shops any more looking at new kit or to buy support, instead they stay at home and surf web shops and look up how to fix their problems themselves?

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SF iPad launch subdued as Apple fans wise up

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fans wise up?

Speaking from what we've seen in the UK - looks like a lot less people queued up, but i think that's because the majority pre-ordered instead, not that there were significantly less people ordering the new one.

From what I can tell, in the UK Apple were using three courier companies to deliver. and all of them still had undelivered orders outstanding at 7pm tonight. That's got to be a lot of deliveries to overload the likes of TNT and UPS. UkMail is the 3rd one, but I dunno if they're a 'big' courier company like the other two.

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Take your hands off me - I'm a tech VC superstar!

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quality - i needed something amusing to cheer me up today and this hit the spot nicely

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TDK BA100 earphones

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Trouble is, I see TDK and I just think of the old cassettes and VHS tapes that we used to have in our house in the 80s and I have to put some real effort in not to dismiss them out of hand.

But the review does sound very good. Am sorely tempted as the last earphones I bought (Reid and Heath MA-350s following their favourable review by El Reg quite a while ago) have just stopped working in one ear (the nifty braided cord that did not get tangled unfortunately frayed at the connector end eventually and so broken the wires inside).

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Apple iPad 3 data contracts compared

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PAYG?

How about a comparison of PAYG prices?

From what i could see when i looked, Three was also wiping out the competiton for value (10gb of data for £10 i think it was, whereas all the others were offering 2gb for the same price) but I don't know how good their network signal in my areas.

For a data only device like an ipad, i'm thinking PAYG might be a better option than being tied to a two year contract.

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Boffins build cyborg snails to generate electricity

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soylent green....

<Charlton Heston>Duracells are snails! damn you, you maniacs!!!!</Charlton Heston>

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Clock ticking on NASA’s low-cost X-ray stargazer

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artist impression

Doesn't this look an awful lot like that ship in Event Horizon?

And we all know how that story ended happily ever after...

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Samsung and LG hit with MASSIVE price fixing fine

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Re: To quote a certain geezer

omg is that an Ezzer Goode quote? haven't thought about that track in years! good on you sir!!

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Newly discovered asteroid will not ANNIHILATE THE EARTH

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three weeks?

three weeks warning doesn't sound like much good

what will they do with three weeks? is that enough time to mount a way to blast the rock out the sky? is it even enough time to find out where its going to hit and arrange for evacuation of the impact site?

where's the OMGWEREALLGONNADIE icon?

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Xbox 360 video cable boasts NOISE VIRUS protection

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it's a digital signal??

"obtain perfect image transmission"

HDMI - it's a digital signal, with redundancy and error correction built into the standard. There's no need to pay over the odds for extra shielding. Although, that's not to say you should go with the absolute cheapest available. The very cheap cables might be affected over long distances enough to introduce enough bad data to disrupt the signal, but the thinking you'd still only see if on a 1080p image, 720p should still be able to recover the lost data before you see it.

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Lawyers of Mordor menace Hobbit boozer

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You SHALL NOT SUE!!!!!!

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Apple hands iPad screen contract to rival Samsung

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yesterday's news

This report from Bloomberg is old news.

TODAY's news has Reuters refuting the claim that Samsung is the sole supplier:

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/03/14/claim-of-samsung-as-sole-display-supplier-for-new-ipad-disputed-lg-reportedly-on-board/

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Tesco blunder prices 64GB 4G iPad at 50 quid

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the real trick would have been to get John Lewis to price match it before Tesco corrected their mistake

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Xbox Live glitch resets players' scores

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Coat

[img]http://achievements.schrankmonster.de/Achievement.aspx?text=SQL:Table%20plyrScores%20successfully%20dropped[/img]

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Atari pings Pong Apple champion wannabes

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US entrants only?

damnit

Quote: THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (THE “ELIGIBILITY AREA”),

Plus, you have to have successfully submitted a game already to the iOS Store.

And i had such a good idea for rebooting Pong in the mould of Zork.... :)

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Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?

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Re: Why bother with E-Books?

e-books for fiction, i agree, the only benefit is that i can carry hundreds of books with me and if i finish reading one while on the train, i can pick and choose which one to read next.

but the real advantage is with reference books. I'm carrying around 12 programming books on my ipad at the moment. These are all 400+ page tomes, there's no way i could carry three of them around in my bag each day.

But i can search for text throughout them instead of having to half remember whereabouts in the book i read something, i can bookmark or highlight useful bits of code or suggested approaches to a problem. I can even copy example code, send it over to my laptop, paste it and test it instead of having to manually re-type it.

so for fiction, i'd say there's as many pros as cons for ebook versus dead-tree. But if you add reference books to that, then it makes sense to buy in to ebooks completely.

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Re: Apple's argument falls down ...

"Your first sentence is clear evidence of collusion and price fixing."

No, his first sentence is saying, there's a argument over whether this clause exists.

If it exists, then it is clear evidence. But if it doesn't exist, then the rest of the evidence might turn out to be just coincidence and hearsay.

It's this clause that everyone keeps talking about, but no one has yet produced an example of, that's the crux to the argument.

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Sony intros Xperia Sola with no-need-to-touch screen

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that's gonna ache isn't it? holding your finger above the screen? either it's going to ache in your shoulder if your using it two handed, or ache at the base of your thumb if your one-handedly browsing

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Speedy 3D printer creates 285µm Formula-1 speedster

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practical applications

it doesn't need practical applications, it's so damn cool just in and of itself

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Human 4G masts assemble roaming hobonet for pennies

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Re: My money

good point - he might be Jean Claude Van Dam from Hard Target and then you'd be fecked!

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there's two ways of looking at this

one - this is barely a step above something like Bum Fights, which reduced these unfortunate individuals to little more than entertainment. this instead just reduces them to a utility.

two - surely can't be very hard to mug a homeless person for their 4G kit and thereby net yourself a free, personal hotspot of your very own, ensuring you always have high speed data access, for free, until the operators work out which unit you stole and switch it off. And then you just beat up another homeless type and steal their kit again.

neither of these are particularly good for the homeless person

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EU antitrust bigwig offers Apple, publishers ebook truce

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re: Why is it

I don't think it's quite the same as the Microsoft antitrust case.

and also, i'm not sure how the old method would work with digital formats. The old way, as I understand it, required the likes of amazon to pay half-price for the books it intended to sell. And it could then sell them for whatever price it wanted.

But surely that method is geared for physical books.

For digital books, which applies to Apple more than Amazon, paying half up front doesn't make a lot of sense. Paying just for the exact numbers of books that are sold to customers is a lot easier and makes much more sense. And that is how the agency model works, isn't it?

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High Court asked to keep 'cheap DVD' VAT loophole open

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costs the Exchequer

that's like saying that online piracy costs the music and movie industry.

if they close this loophole, people aren't suddenly going to start buying the dvds at +VAT prices in the same volume that they do today. the Exchequer will get some extra income, sure, but it'll be a fraction of what they estimate. More people will just pirate or stream their movies instead.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

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"multitasker," "power user," or "content creator"

so, that would be anyone who uses a computer at work then. with the possible exception of management and their PA's, who probably quite like the idea of one window on their screen at a time. and because management are the ones that appropriate the budget, it's means the rest of us plebs in the workforce, the ones who actually use our PCs for more than just Outlook, are going to get Metro shoved down our throats whether we like it or not, and then get reprimanded and demoted when our productivity deteriorates.

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Apple resellers left to pick bones of dwindling iPad stocks

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it could be skullduggery...

...or it could just be that Apple under estimated how many people would want a 3rd gen iPad.

afterall, if you read the comments on El Reg, you'd believe that no one in their right mind would be buying one...

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The seven types of commentard

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the 7 types of commentards.....

1. Sneezy

2. Sleepy

3. Dopey

4. Doc

5. Happy

6. Bashful

7. Grumpy

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missing a type of post

El Reg seems to have an 1/Nth type of post - by those who comment without reading the original article.

It's the inverse of an N-type post :)

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Star Wars exhibit explores identities through art

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i think they shouldn't have used flash because it won't smegging load on my pc here at work.

but from the previews, i definately like the Vader and the Fett ones.

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Re: Pah

top quote sir, top quote!!

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'How often can you hack a govt without going to jail?'

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Re: No acknowledgement of Bold Lego?

This!

There was only one quote this week worth mentioning, and it was TRT's Bold Lego comment. All else just pales into insignificance:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1336859

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Judge nixes Apple's bid to patent-bash bankrupt Kodak

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kodak's hope?

kodak's hope is to sell it's patent and use the 2.6bn (although after a bidding war, i guess Apple will pay them 5bn for them) to restart the business? But what hope have they got, really? If their business was workable, they wouldn't have had to file for bankrupcy.

They should just flog the patents, pay off their debts, then take the rest to the beach. Where, presumably, they can take lots of photographs in an ironic way.

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Google to app devs: Use our pay system ... OR ELSE

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Re: ..and ebay

you mean, what's annoying is that Google are now doing exactly what all the fandroids have been happily berating Apple for.

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Mass Effect 3

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Shame.

I was really looking forward to playing this, but the review is kind of putting me off. Seems like, if you haven't played the first two, and you don't have a PC, then it's best to skip this game :(

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Removable solid-state storage?

So we're going back to using game carts then, like we used to use back in the ol' days on our Master Systems and NESs?

Technological progress is an amazing thing....

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Tim Cook's post-PC iPad domination dream crushed by reality

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Re: "Crushed by reality"??

I don't think _anyone_ is buying an iPad to replace their work PC.

they might be buying it to replace their pad of paper that they take notes on in meetings, or to replace their filofax or contacts/calendar, etc. Possibly their email too, because Outlook is a horrific pain in the neck. That's what i intend to do with my iPad.

If people were buying iPads to replace their work PCs, then i think we'd be seeing vast numbers of them being returned, because you are correct, you cannot do all the functions that a work computer is generally used for. But if you're buying a tablet in the hope of replacing your work computer, then you're an idiot.

People are buy iPads and tablets in general for use at home. For casual web surfing from the sofa, instead of using a heavy hot laptop. For playing light-weight games. For reading books on the way to and from work. Y'know, for fun and entertainment, the exact opposite of what you use a work PC for.

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Re: "Crushed by reality"??

really? how many analyst predictions have been accurate? all the ones i can remember reading on here over the years have always turned out to be way off the mark. Analysts don't get paid for being correct, then merely get paid for making these predictions.

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Solar storm arrives, nobody notices

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well i for one...

...welcome our solar-wind surfing galactic overlords...

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'The new iPad' selling out at AT&T

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i wish out company would replace my desktop pc with an ultra book. my pc is slow and constantly throwing memory errors when i reboot it. and it ties me to the desk. if we had ultra books instead, we could easily hot desk, and it'd break our tendency to keep files and applications on the pc rather than storing them on the network servers

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3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

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What Kristian said.

I've just ordered a 3D telly, but not for the 3D. Just that, there isn't a non-3D version of the model I wanted.

I doubt i'll even use the 3D much - my girlfriend gets motion sickness watching 3D movies, and one of my eye's doesn't focus properly, so I only ever get a blurry sense of 3D, rather than the full effect that I assume everyone else gets.

Perhaps the dog will appreciate it, if I can find a way of strapping the glasses to his head.

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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

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a misspelling perhaps?

"Powerful you have become Duqu, the dark side I sense in you."

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Anonymous takes down Vatican website

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Vatican press office don't like El Reg either?

they're just copying Apple really, aren't they?

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Apple-Android peace talks

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Re: "abandon its policy"

£50 profit?

The article i read this morning on this subject suggested Apple could be looking for a 2.5% license (similar to what Motorolla offered them i think?)

and estimated that would be equal to between $5 and $15 per device. Which is considerably more than just 50 bucks. And the more units the competition sell, the more money Apple makes. This way they target the expensive high-margin part of the market with their own devices, and still have a revenue stream from the much larger, but lower-profits end, without having to bother with making a cheap iPhone or iPad, and so continue to build that mountain of cash they have stashed in a big room in Cupertino.

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Toshiba prices up glasses-free 3D TV for Blighty

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what happens when more than 4 pairs of eye in the room?

does the fifth person in the room end up having an epileptic fit on the floor with their brain leaking through their eyeballs as they try to focus on multiple sweet spots?

how does it work out who are the viewers? my girlfriend watches tv while simultaneously reading from her kindle. how it only active for her when she looks up at the screen?

does the family dog get targetted by a 3D sweet spot when it walks past the telly in the middle of a film, stealing one from one of us?

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Tingle factor aimed at game controllers

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"pulls the skin off the user's thumbs"

the difference that mis-reading an extra 'f' can make...

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Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO

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Re: "We encourage IT professionals to begin using it...."

is anyone still on that path? surely they all switched after the Vista debacle...

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UK.gov holds summit to stop satnav-driven smash-ups

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a quicker and simpler alternative might be to insist that there's a minimum IQ required in order to pass the driving test and hold a license.

In fact, that would probably solve a lot of motoring problems, traffic incidents, reduce congestion and generally make the world a nicer place.

Plus, there'd be less idiots on the road in front of me so I can enjoy driving around instead of fearing for my life the whole time.

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