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2234 posts • joined 8 May 2007

HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

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really enjoying it.

but yes, for something that feels a lot like a copy/paste from the previous game, there's a lot of bugs and graphics glitches that i wouldn't have expected. Rocksteady obviously paid a lot more attention to detail when they were in charge.

but all that said, it's great fun and hasn't disapointed yet.

but i quite agree, they're allowed this one to be very much the same as the last one. i'd like to think that if there's a next one, i'll wait for the reviews to ensure it's an improvement.... but i won't. it's a Batman game where you get to roam around Gotham punching evil in it's turkey neck (as Kevin Smith would say) so i'll be buying it regardless.

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Re: Very much more fo the same

amazon currently has it for £35

if you'd pre-ordered it, the price was actually only £30 quid at the time they sent them out (dropped from £38 when i placed my pre-order and thanks to amazon's policy, i only paid £30)

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Microsoft investors advised: Sack the guy searching for Ballmer replacement

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Re: Innovative ?

you gotta admit, he was using the courts in that way long before the likes of Samsung, Apple, Motorolla, et al

so yeah, i'd say he innovated and brought that particular corporate strategy into the mainstream

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Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

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These are small… but the ones out there are far away. Small… far away…

yes the screen is very small... but it's also right in front of your eye. so probably appears not so small when in use

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Ahoy, scalliwags! FBI claims another haul of Silk Road booty - $26m of it

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Oblig.

"Inconceivable!"

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Reg mobile correspondent Bill Ray hangs up his Vulture hat

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all the best

Right or wrong, you'll still be missed. Articles have always been interesting and worth reading, even the infamous iPhone one. That O2 moment is an utter classic though! Good show! All the best with your next endeavour!

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

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Smarties Racing

Another favourite on a friday afternoon was the Smarties Race.

Occured most often in the weeks around the Grand National.

As the youth in the office i was dispatched to the nearest sweet shop to purchase two tubes of Smarties.

Then we'd all put in our quid and pick a colour.

Once all the bets were in and more importantly, everyone had put their quid down on the desk, then the first tube would be opened and the first Smartie would be taken out, and it's colour tallied down on a notepad.

After two tubes, the colour that had occured the most won the pot of quids, and possibly the big pile of Smarties too.

Looking back, we used to get REALLY bored in that office and found anything a worthy distraction...

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Curling

Used to work in an office with polished wooden-effect flooring, and all the chairs have wheels.

When the traders would get bored on a friday afternoon they'd wander round, grab one of the guys by the back of his chair, and whizz him down the length of the office, in between everyone's desks.

I never got 'curl'ed, my job was to man the brush, furiously scrubbing ahead of my speeding coleague, trying to steer them in a straight line and not piling in to the back of someone elses chair.

good times.

my current place of employment has carpets. can't get up any kind of speed or distanceon carpet :(

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Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

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fullHD?

also, it's a 9.7 inch screen. you don't REALLY need to see a comedy sketch show about geeks in 1080p. downsample the videos (should take only a few seconds in Handbrake on a new MacPro) to divx size and then he'd easily be able to fit them all on the big iPad Air

or, watch a decent show like the IT Crowd. it's funnier, and has a lot less shows to worry about :)

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meh

really? if he's that bothered about being able to watch the Big Bang Theory why doesn't he just buy one iPad for every series?

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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If you had to /learn/ to love it...

...then it's instantly a fail.

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NASA, start your torrents: 622 Mbps broadband link FOUND ON MOON

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OMG !!!

Where's the Tick when you need him?!?

http://youtu.be/7LJfwRxozmQ

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

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And yet I thought the problem they had in the 90s was allowing others to create cheaper clones that ran MacOS.

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BBC's Clangers returns in £5m 'New Age' remake

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Re: Why can't they write some new programmes?

i'm just hoping they hurry up and remake Roland Rat!!

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Re: Why can't they write some new programmes?

was there actually anything Italian in it ?

well, the first 15 minutes are in Venice aren't they?

if you watch the whole film, it's because their idea to steal the whole security truck by exploding the road from under it, just like they stole the whole safe by exploding the floors beneath it "in the Italian job" which they did at the start of the film.

all that aside, it is undoubtably an abomination and besmirch upon the memory of the original film and should never have been allowed.

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

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Re: Don't forget Matt Berry

Space: what is it? The simple answer is, we don't know. Or at least we didn't know until now. Hello, I'm Douglas Reynholm, and I'm not a scientist, but I do have a better understanding of what space is than any scientist living today.

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Re: How many?

i thought he was the server admin wasn't he?

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Good morning, that's a nice tnetennba.

Awesome! this has made my day!

So excited, i might pass out - can someone call the emergency servies*?

*you know the number, it's so easy to remember: 0118 999 88199 9119 725

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Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

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Wrist SLAP: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on

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Re: Wrong on so many levels...

6. It has to be turned on each time you want to use it.

i've been using an iPod nano on a watch strap for the last 18 months or so and it's surprising how much of a problem it isn't having to turn it on to check the time on a watch.

just goes to show, i guess, how rarely i find myself needing to know the time (sitting in front of a computer for the majority of every day, it's far easier just to look in the bottom/top corner of the screen depending on if i'm at work/home

but the rest of points i totally agree with

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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awesome marketing idea

not Android, i mean KitKat - i'm going to go get one now!

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Techie Crotty will put £1m in Bletchley museum's kitty ... if you do the same

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Re: Cheapskate

well a single donation is only going to be news for a very short time, and it isn't going to encourage others to donate

this way, as you say, it encourages more of us to put our hands in our pockets too in order to assure the museum gets £2mil to spend instead of just one.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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nostalgia

i loved this game when i was a kid. possibly the first game i paid for with my own money?

i spent ages playing it on the mac - no idea what i was doing and i don't think i really got very far. but days and days of going round and round in seeming circles suddenly rewarded when i discovered something i'd previously missed that opened a new area and then i'd repeat the process of wondering what i should be doing next.

i liked the iOS re-release too - i think i instantly seemed to get further in that after a few hours than i ever did as a kid. i feel i've accomplished something in growing up :)

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Finally it happens: MAN BITES DOG - after stabbing himself

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Man Bites Dog

Isn't that the equally genius and disturbing Belgian film?

Must watch that again some time.

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Re: What doesn't surprise me

kinda important not to get those two mixed up y'know

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

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Re: Interesting...

Well he did say "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time." so i think you might be right.

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Fame-hating planets don't need to hang around STARS – boffins

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El Reg previously revealed

That's a bit of a stretch, isn't it? Surely it was Debra Fischer of Yale University in Nature magazine that previous revealed that, as stated in the El Reg article you linked to. All El Reg did was regurgitate the news.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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insurance scam

GCHQ demand data is destroyed, so at the same time, destroy several other old machines that were due for replacement, make the evidence of such very public in the newspaper, then claim the insurance on them to get free new models.

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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

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"Hey, kids: can Facebook get you a JOB?"

I would like to challenge the implication that LinkedIn is able to get you a job either. Any company wiht an HR department that is relying on LinkedIn profiles for its hiring policy is not a company i'd like to work for.

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

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that's just what They'd want you to say - your tinfoil hat must have slipped

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Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

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No thanks

They can keep their kool-aid, thanks all the same.

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How much will Apple cough for ebook conspiracy? Trial starts May 2014

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Apparently the calculation works out to be about 500 million bucks:

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/25/apple-could-owe-500-million-after-being-found-guilty-in-e-book-antitrust-case/

It's a lot of money, but it's not exactly going to cause Apple any pain, considering the mountain of cash they have in the bank.

More painful to them will be the restrictions on being able to enter into similar contracts again in the next 5 years, particularly if they're looking to expand the TV show distribution and iRadio, etc etc.

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Microsoft cuts number of countries that will have Xbox One by Christmas

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But why?

It can't be because the demand is so great that all their inventory is going to be taken up by those countries that are getting it on release, surely?

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

if it won't fit in a trouser or suit jacket pocket, then it can't be called a phone. this looks like you might need a trip to the tailor before you can carry it around, and for your own sake, don't dare sit down while it's in your trouser pocket!

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Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

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false "facts" within the article

Apple's shares have been sliding into the doldrums since the death of its adulated cofounder, Steve Jobs. Its stock price has shed around 22 per cent in the past year

I'm sorry, but THAT is hogwash right there.

Jobs died on the 5th October where AAPL stock was priced at 377.37

Today, the stock is priced at 489.

The "Peak" above 700 that you keep referring to was 6 months ago - well after he died, and well within Cook's reign.

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Re: @Frank14 Parasites

the trouble is the market is too stupid to realise they're being manipulated.

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PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison

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poor comparison

the Apple of the 90's is not the Apple we have now.

and Tim Cook is certainly not John Scully.

the only thing that's the same between the Apple of the 90s and the Apple of today is that Jobs isn't running it. Everything else about the two moments in time is different. And for someone like Ellison, whom so many people seem to hold in high regard, not to realise that, is rather telling.

I suspect he knew that was the only way he'd get any headline action. Nobody reports the uncontroversial any more. Peak Apple? Peak journalism more like.

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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hmmmm

and i was quite taken with this solution so i don't have to struggle to use keys to unlock the door when my hands a full of shopping or large boxes: http://www.kwikset.com/Kevo/Default.aspx

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

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gotta applaud Netflix for this move.

as a result, i think i shall finally get around to watching this show - been on my "to-see" list for ages. i wish Netflix would allow me to temporarily download the shows to my tablet like you can with BBC iPlayer, so then i can watch it on the train

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This weekend: Watch HOT STARS shower! Moon won't interfere

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The dog shall have to cross his legs for an extra hour or so to ensure we head out for his nightly constitutional after sunset.

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

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looking forward to reading this article and the comments, but first...

... i need to make myself a cuppa...

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Publishers stand behind Apple in ebook price-fixing fight

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Re: Oh the irony

i think the publishers fear is that Amazon are now free to discount books as much as they like, because there's no competition. so the publishers will see all their profits disappear now.

Also, as Apple are now banned from using this model for 5 years, they'll be entering a price war with amazon to get the ebook business, so the two of them will drive ebook pricing through the floor.

great for customers, yes

but rubbish for authors, who'll get even less after the publishers take their cut

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Re: Meh

really? omg that's awesome

i've been wanting to find a reason/excuse to get a Vita, but so far haven't been able to find a reason to. a bundle with the ps4 could be just the thing - depends how well the 2nd screen is used in the games. could be awesome

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Canonical: Last change to Ubuntu Edge phone price – we promise

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Re: $695!

but i thought the point of this was that it'll run a full desktop experience when you plug a keyboard/mouse and screen into it, but unplugged, you get a phone interface on it's own display? so that's 700 quid for a phone and a desktop.

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

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Re: what happened to pico?

but that's the thing. projectors only really work well in a dark room and projecting on a white screen. my friend as one bolted to the ceiling in his lounge. great for watching movies, yes, but a pain in the proverbial to spend the time clearing space, setting it up, to watch, and even then, it's only great for the two people sitting in the right place, for the rest that are off to the side it's like sitting too far near the front at the cinema. takes the fun out of just having a quick game on the playstation.

whereas the screen on your phone/tablet/laptop works in all light conditions and is usable in any room of the house, regardless of the ghastly patterned wallpaper your mum put up.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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I suspect this the White House was thinking less of "Apple vs Samsung" and more "America (f$%k yeah!) vs anyone else"

There's not many american voters in South Korea...

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Tick-tock, Apple: Obama has just days to stop US iPhone iPad sales ban

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Well the iPad2 is still for sale from Apple. And the iPhone 4 & 4S.

But presumable, only until the next iPhone and iPad models are released in a month or two. So Apple aren't really going to feel much pain if the ban goes ahead.

Also, I thought I read previously that it's a ban on importing these items, not on selling the stock currently already within the US.

But yes, if it helps to deter the ridiculous patent lawsuits, then it would seem like a good thing.

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iPhone 4 3GS??

is that the iPhone 4S with 3G?

or the iPhone 3GS?

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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three films??

meh,

meh

and meh

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