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

Monty Burns

Re: No, that's *not* how Amiga gradients were generated

@Michael Strorm - - Ahhh yes, good old fashioned Coper bars (Co-processor) bars. Used to love coding those... ahh the memories of a mis-spent youth (that and writing virus's, intercepting the disk I/O and playing with that tiny code in the boot block of a floppy disk)

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

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Re: Looks really impressive

Itzman: "I wasn't aware that apart from submarines hunting each other in the dark there WAS any contemporary terrestrial naval warfare."

Look up the General Belgrano.

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

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HTC Continue to Alienate

HTC Continue to alienate some power users (myself included) that have multiple MicroSD cards full of media. And without doubt, these same people also require multiple batteries (Although this can be augmented by a portable charger but it's still not as convenient). Note, this also becomes incredibly handy when you figure in that the same media and cards can also be used on my tablet.

Give me a MicroSD slot AND removable batteries and I'll be all over HTC like a rash. Until then? I'll be sticking with an S4 (5/6/7....?)

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Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update as users moan: It's PANTS

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Re: Battery life not a problem

No, but when we go out in to the desert exploring, running GPS mapping ... it is quite handy to have a spare battery or 2 for INSTANT 100% recharge. Much like it is to carry a can of extra gas!

I guess not everyone lives in the desert though. But then you could always just go camping...

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Re: I have an iPhone

"Anonymous just to make sure you carry on avoiding me."

That doesn't make sense.

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Microsoft: Ha ha, my Wall Street friends - THIS time the victory is OURS

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Re: I nearly bought a Surface Pro 2 today.

"My previous tablet was a Samsung Series 7 Slate. WiFi took a full two minutes before connecting."

Dunno what happened with yours but mines been fine since day 1

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Re: why compare apple and ms?

"iPads and iPhones are used almost universally by SENIOR people in business (ie those who earn over £250,000 pa) on a BYOD basis "

what are you yapping on about?? just look at your own (pulled out of your arse) figures. That figure is well into the 1% earners so are you saying less than 1% of the population uses apple? Sales figures would disagree.

Oh and lots of my junior staff have iPhones and a lot of them are on about 10% of your mystical number. Btw, i'm well into that 1% and not an Apple product to be seen...not even Quicktime

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Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps

Monty Burns

Re: David Braben's supposed to be quite litigious, isn't he?

leave them in the past.... I watched Big Trouble In Little China recently, dreadfull

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Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?

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Re: Something to point with?

"Dogs don't understand pointing. Point at something and a dog looks at your finger, not the object."

Maybe YOUR dog Jeeves but my black lab understands perfectly. I can point behind him and he will turn around, I can point to either side and he will look that way (not at my finger).

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

Monty Burns

WTF...

Did you really waste all that lager? Madness.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

Monty Burns

Re: And the first step towards Skynet has been taken...

We Brit's created Skynet decades ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skynet_%28satellite%29

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Sony sets dates for US and Euro PS4 unleashment amid Xbox heckles

Monty Burns

Comparison?

I wonder how console gaming stacks up against PC gaming in terms of numbers (and maybe sales? But aren't the game prices different?)

I personally can't stand console gaming even though I have my X360 rigged up to a single VERY big screen. I'd much rather play WoT's or Eve on my tripple screen PC as I think the multi-player experience is better, imo.

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USA reverses iPhone, iPad sales ban

Monty Burns

Re: Correct descision, even if the taint lingers

Sadly, I have to agree with you.

Apple were idiots to start all this but what's done, is done, and this could have been a real kick in the nuts for Apple that possibly could have costs jobs and affected real people. Financial compensation does seem to be the only sensible way to go.

And, let's be honest, competition is a good thing, even if some people do take it to the extreme and "hate" the other company (get a life people!!)

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Egad! Could Samsung be CHEATING in Galaxy benchmark tests?

Monty Burns

Re: Proper mobile benchmarking

Agreed! And they usually do!

But his statement is still plainly wrong.

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Re: Proper mobile benchmarking

"These type of toy benchmarks were mostly exterminated from articles about PCs about 10 years ago..."

You must be reading VERY different webpages to me! Tomshardware, for example is often covered with them.

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Samsung overtakes Apple as most profitable global handset maker

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"The HTC One has twice the capacity "

Not without an SD slot it doesn't.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

Monty Burns

Re: Showscan

"Back to the Future ride at Universal studios"

Which is now, and has been for a few years, The Simpsons. I think I preferred the Back to the Future version.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

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Re: I've had mine since Friday

Because he can? ;)

£600 might be a lot to you, to some it's not.... and it also depends on your priorities. Some people value cars, some women, some tv systems, some ... phones.

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

Monty Burns

David, you missed the point

I don't have a milling machine at home or the knowledge to use one.

This? Plug in to USB, file>open... Select plans and press Print!

Also your milled gun makes metal detectors go mental, this wouldn't.

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

Monty Burns

Re: "We Find Ghoulish Humour Helps"

lol - so true! Sounds to me like you could take up the "Culture" series and continue ;)

Mr Banks, I'm sure you google yourself and I'm sure you are roughly 1 trillion hits at the moment but, please enjoy the rest of your time. My mum is terminally ill and I get a limited incite to where you are. Do EVERYTHING you thought "yeah we must do that sometime....", get that bucket list going.

And thank you, for all the books, for all the hours reading them and re-reading them.... and re-reading them again! (Just finished Consider Phelbas for a 3rd time!)

I've just started "The Hydrogen Sonata" and so far, it's your usual exceptional talent. Thank you.

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Review: HTC One

Monty Burns

Re: No SD card slot, no removable battery

Agreed!

I'm going on a long motorcycle ride today and need to swap my battery as I'll be using the phone as satnav and GPS tracking.

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ITV catches up with TVCatchup

Monty Burns

Re: A different take.

wow.... that is very different!

Interesting point about Virgin/Sky also being in breach if TVC are......

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iPhone 5S and lower-cost sibling coming this summer?

Monty Burns

Re: Fingerprint sensor...

"Revolutionary, you say?"

Of course it is! Apple will invent the fingerprint sensor on phones and erase the many others that had it out of history with iWipehistory device.

Acer M900..... Toshiba slide-out G900 also had them, years ago..... along with the iPAQ

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Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

Monty Burns

You're OK

You need to look up the current Explorer edition which allows lenses to be attached, although at the moment just Google built ones I believe. Google are working on a "framework" (Don't know if pun intended or not) that manufacturers can adapt too, so the hope is you can use the lenses of your choice.

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Monty Burns

All the comments....

from people who've not actually used the Google Glass. Oddly, none of the complaints here have been mentioned by the review on another famous tech website (I'm sure i'm not allowed to link). This reviewer used them, didn't look like a geek and so I'll trust his review as I have no others to go on, other than random guess-work and speculative comments.

And not everyone wants to avoid glasses, some people actually like wearing them and it can help with appearance (No, i don't have glasses or contacts).

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

Monty Burns

gobsmacked...

Fuck off Apple. Pathetic.

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

Monty Burns

Thats not how you do it, you need to post either:

"Apple rocks, Google Sucks"

or

"Google rocks, Apple sucks"

Of course which you use depends on the subject of the story and your aim, either + or - votes. Simples.

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Monty Burns

Re: "Out of warranty"?

"You don't need to be well connected. Consumer focused laws are generally regulator enforced, so no need for expensive lawyers either."

When I'm living in the UK I often resort to using them (Last case was a Renault Megane Cab where the electric windows failed) and from my experience they are NOT regulator enforced, they are COURT enforced. Difference is that you can end up taking the retailer (Maybe not Apple, maybe Carphone Wharehouse or T-Mobile or whoever) to court which incurs charges where regulators generally don't.

And mention taking a big company to court and most people will run a mile! (even though they could be assured (as can be with a court) of a victory against a corporation)

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

Monty Burns

Just sounds.....

Like a good night out to me.....

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

Monty Burns

Re: SHOCK!

"Windows8 is realy NT in disguise!"

I'm guessing that since this is about Windows PHONE 8, you mean Windows PHONE 8

And, so....?

So are pretty much all the other Windows releases, probably also including the ones most of us use on our Windows desktops.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_NT

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Monty Burns

SHOCK!

Non-standard, f*&ked with ROM shows Non-standard error!

And the story is...... ?

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Microsoft: We're SO SORRY for Media Center TV guide titsup

Monty Burns

Re: well thats a surprise

Actually you can do Sky HD in WMC.... google it along tvsource.

When i lived in the UK it was our main TV with it's 4 tuners

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

Monty Burns

Re: So glad I'd already given up on MS and Media Centre

Yeah exactly Stu, Tim couldn't have pulled much hair as it's pretty easy to get DVB-S2 hd in wmc.

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Monty Burns

Re: So glad I'd already given up on MS and Media Centre

Really? Sky HD (movies, sports etc.) worked superb on mine when I lived in the UK, as did everything I downloaded (Shark007 btw).

Now I live in middle east and sadly OSN use betacrypt which afaik hasn't been cracked :(

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

Monty Burns

Seriously....

just fuck off Apple....

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Microsoft rolls out always-on Skype for Windows Phone 8

Monty Burns

Maybe they might want to add....

The new "blocking" mode thats on Android now - please i don't want to start "mines bigger than yours!", it is however a VERY handy feature.

Simply tell it what time you do NOT want to receive and not receive alerts and it blocks all audible and screen wake-up calls between these times. You can also add exceptions to this rule by name. Very handy. This can cure one of the issues mentioned by others but does indeed leave others unanswered.

Maybe there is an app for it or a dev is reading this and can code it?

(I had a windows phone 7 but at the time OneNote couldn't copy across gfx/pictures/handwriting to the phone, so had to switch to Evernote and Androird, I believe it now can so am VERY tempted to switch back to 8. I also run an SGS 3 which to me, whilst almost being the perfect phone is too big for me. I wish the 920 was just a little smaller and I'd snap it up in an instant.)

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Apple, HTC kiss and make up

Monty Burns

Re: Android fragmentation is logarithmic

ooops:

Apple also got sued for $350 few days ago (yeap lost a patent battle)

er ... $350 MILLION of course.... do'h!

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Monty Burns

Re: Android fragmentation is logarithmic

Additional to SolidSoup:

- Apple also got sued for $350 few days ago (yeap lost a patent battle)

- Lost iPhone trademark in Mexico

- AFAIK getting there arse whooped in Sales by Samsung (you brought them in to this)

- Are about to have as many as 20 of the most contreversial patents cancelled (some of which were used against Samsung in the $1billion suit)

- The German court decision should never have existed in the first place as the UK had ruled on it

- In South Korea (some sense prevailed!) and BOTH companies got hit with tiny fines and told to get on with it and stop wasting everyones time

So when you think about it, it's actually really bad days for Apple.... guess you really do reap what you sow.

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Will Santa be working overtime to shift Win 8 kit? No. Yes! Maybe

Monty Burns

Re: I don't get it.....

"It's just not economical to spend another £100+ buying a second, downgradeable, license for a typical consumer machine"

I was under the impression that Windows 8 gave you a downgradeable license?

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Monty Burns

I don't get it.....

As this is a tech website, chances are you are some sort of techie which means you probably have your own copies of licensed O/S and are happy to install it.....

So why bitch and moan about something thats not YOUR problem? Don't like Windows 8? Don't use it! No one is forcing YOU to use it.

Home users are a diferent issue of course but then, doesn't everyone know an IT geek who can just change it for them?

And for the sake of the children! Stop identifying yourselves with the hardware/software you use.... really? Everone is diferent and some will like something, other won't. I don't like iOS but I don't go around saying its shit, quite the oposite infact, i'd recommend it for a lot of my less techie friends/relatives.

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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

Monty Burns

Re: Saw title of article

It's formula based and is, iirc, also customised and used in Eve-Online.

Stuff a 8/9 galaxies on Amiga, it was on Commodore 64 and BBC/Electrons!!

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Apple must apologise for its surly apology on its website on Saturday

Monty Burns

Re: Education

Because, Dave, over here we have something called "the spirit of the law" as well as the "the letter of the law". This attempt by Apple was clearly not in the spirit of the law.

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Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance

Monty Burns

OneNote and SkyDrive

Does anyone know if diagrams/photo's taken in OneNote on a PC now sync to Windows Phone?

I'd also be interested to know if Skydrive acts like Mesh used to, in that it syncs a LOCAL copy so I can access when out of coverage?

Thanks guys!

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Samsung's Japanese iPhone block bid fails

Monty Burns

Does anyone give a shit anymore?

Really? Anyone else bored senseless? Give up the pair of you and start acting like adults.

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Sky support dubs Germany 'Hitler's country'

Monty Burns

Re: You'll fit right in

If the gate wasn't closed, they wouldn't have offloaded your luggauge. BUM (Baggage Unload Message) should only be issued from DCS once the airline has closed the flight I.e. the gate is closed.

So, either the story you tell is being "massaged" or something VERY non-industry standard is being actioned.

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Monty Burns

Re: And as a character-based anecdote-

You obviously have no idea the effect late pax have on a flight.

No, "he" did not have to let you board the plane. If the boarding gate is closed, its up to the pilot to decide to allow you to board an no one else, and thats only after its got passed the ground handler.

Delaying a flight is very little to do with not upsetting business class passengers. Its about people making connecting flights, its about airlines being charged for late departures and its about airlines being charged for late arrivals. And at a big airport like LHR or LGW, missing your slot can cause significant delays.

Try your attitude at a UK airport and you may well get a VERY diferent response. You only have to watch a few "Come Fly With Me" episodes to work that out.

Still, as long you had fun eh?

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

Monty Burns

@Wade. Re: That pretty much screws people who build their own PCs.

Funny that, i've used it on systems that don't have TS's as well..... seemed fine to me.

Honestly, mountain, mole hill...

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British car parks start reading number plates

Monty Burns

Re: Naive/ AC 10:12

You need to get out more and stop worrying about shit you really can't do much about and generally, won't really affect you....

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