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3149 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

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Feature removal in newer versions keeps XP going

Too many features have been removed from Vista and 7 from XP, for SOME users.

Full screen DOS support is important for SOME people (removed in Vista - WHY?), Netbios is important for SOME people. (removed in 7 - WHY?)

These are two I thought of without looking up.

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

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Re: No need to drag politics in please

DC did save a sheep a week or so ago!

IMB will be sorely missed, I have read most of the M books, Culture stories are very good, I like the anarchy in them, the humour, the orbitals, and the scentient ships. I haven't read any non M books though. I ought to but just haven't.

Too many good authors finishing too early.

One of my favourite quotes from him was about more SF fans go from M to non M than from non M to M.

I will buy some non M and try them out.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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Re: 8.3

That is a file name!

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Reg man bested in geek-to-geek combat - in World War 3 nerve centre

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Re: Where it is?

The grid ref will do, I have a huge pile of OS maps at home.

Years ago used to phone a friend and just meet at SO725159 at 8 for an example.

Much easier than giving directions down lanes.

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Where it is?

Some of us geeks still use paper maps, can we have grid references in future as well please?

BTW looks like a great place to visit.

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Wrong music

Should have used I'm so ronery

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Microsoft LOVES YOU: Free Wi-Fi on the British railways for a month

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Re: Reminds me of a comparison I did a few days ago

Most powerful passenger Diesel locomotive in the UK 1955. And powerful passenger Diesel locomotive in the UK 2013.

Only difference was that 1955 was the prototype and 2013 is a 51 year old production machine.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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I actually like O'Briain and May, both are intelligent, enthusiastic, and at least know what they are on about. Even James May go at advertising was for his favourite beer.

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Re: Not quite right anymore

And when they are too rushed they open big groups of doors, that is macroblocking!

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Re: to my mind the only thing julie burchill did right

Fry just has that voice, I would say one of the best voice over voices on UK TV.

Who else could be the voice of Sackboy?

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Re: GPS

Cowel only 4 times?

I would make it 5 and Jedthing 5

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Re: Thank God it's (not) Fryday

Bl**dy hell it is Fry again, I think I will play a game.

In goes Little Big Planet.

Oh wait!!!!

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Wireless charging on the Galaxy S4: Samsung goes VHS not Betamax

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So Qi MUST be rubbish

If you use that metaphor it must be.

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The gaming habits of Reg readers revealed

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Re: What piracy ?

Sales

Actually I would put a big seller way ahead on Steam than a non-blockbuster seller on a console.

The sheep who have consoles always buy CoD and Fifa, never the decent games, you dare to suggest they buy a decent game they think you are mad. I have had the argument, told them the facts, they had not played so automatically not interested, I hate this type of gamer*. The really good games do tend to sell better on Steam than console, as an example a good PS3 exclusive will sell about a quarter of a CoD or Fifa but is so much better as a game.

Sheep on PC I would say get no further than Facebook.

So in sales I would say

Sheep console games top

Steam top sellers second

Decent console games third

Non Steam PC good sellers below that.

* They mentioned the 2 games I said quite simply you NEED to try other games, and listed Uncharted for PS3 and Halo for XBox as two series they should try, otherwise there was no point what so ever buying a console.

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Re: I suppose

Sounds like me with my KZ3 MP addiction along with blasting through other games SP later in the evening.

I have seen a lot of TF2 so understand the experience vs reactions

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Re: Move controllers

Have you actually tried them?

I have, I know what I can do with them, and I am only average, I know how good some other players are, in fact if there was cross platform play and the game was well enough set up, I would actually bet on on of a small number of players who are phenomemal with Move, against KBM players.

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Re: Publishers...

I have plenty of platform exclusives, a few are system sellers, got a well known racing game, possibly the best third person shooter/action adventure series, a couple of good FPS series, some platformers.

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Re:PC Issues

Not had any issues with Steam

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Re: No suprises in any of that.

If you want to try something different with FPS try Playstation Move. More accurate that twin stock controllers, easier to move than WASD.

Mind you - you can get picked on for being a Move user as you sit at the top of the score screen with most kills, best KDR ect.

In a particular game I was vs 2 other players, I was not playing any of my best classes and I owned the other 2, one of them reckoned he was the best player in the game, a friend joined me and we won for a few more games.

My friend was winding him up something rotten

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I think I did this

I think there is a lot of overlap, I use PC and console, also a handheld.

Also what is hardcore?

I play for a couple of hours a day and that is it, not interested in phone games, but I need my MP fix.

As to older players, experience does help, we not be as quick but we plan a lot more.

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The UK Energy Crisis in 3 simple awareness-raising pictures

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What did Millipede say?

I am not clicking on some NSFW Millipede clip, so can we have a summary of what he was spouting off.

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Re: I am scared

That people may actually vote for him!

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Re: They use product unplacement on French TV

That annoys me MORE than product placement

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A few thoughts

Advert makers

Sorry I quite like the work of Ridley Scott (Npy & Bicycle Hovis advert), also everyone likes Murray Walker. But then I am sure adverts were better quality and more entertaining then.

Product Placement

Depends on the show, I watched a couple of episodes about a find a racing driver contest big P at the beginning.

I stopped watching due to large black rectagles wobbling about on the cars, on the clothes ect ect. Look the programme mentions the game name, we all know what the hardware is and we know who makes 370Z STOP INSULTING US.

This is one of the most sickening things on UK commercial TV, they will hide a brand within a show, a real brand, like sponsorship on a car, then during the advert breaks pile us with shit.

Oh to upset shITV

GT Academy - a show where players of Gran Turismo competed for a chance to take part in an endurance race, and they blocked out

Sony

PS3

Nissan

Playstation

Gran Turismo

But shITV won, I stopped watching.

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Trip the fight fantastic

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Re: fah

Both KBM and twin stick controller as too comprised.

I use a pointer control system and analogue movement, so immersive and fun.

Can you have a gun shaped KB & M?

I can have a gun shaped controller holder if I wanted.

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Re: A few comments

Controllers

In 2011 I decided that the best controller for a first person shooter was Playstation Move, very natural to play with and easy to aim. You feel more that you are the character rather than controlling the character, only issue is are you Sev, Joe, or Chell? As to Portal 2, well it even lights up in the Portal gun colours, Portal is a puzzle game with FPS mechanics.

And you aim where you point, that is so logical.

Mouse is good but WASD is not, having a sprint button is not that logical so Gordon tends to walk a lot, at a fixed speed. (So most of my PC games are the same series!)

Left stick movement is good, right stick camera is not.

So I am happy with Move for shooting type games, analogue movement and pointer aiming.

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

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Re: service

I DIY service, saves money

Oil I pay 30 to 40 for 4 x 4l cans of the stuff from the dealer

Cam belt kits about £100, every 40,000 miles.

Not a huge sum anyway

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Re: Offensive Manor

Well I supposed there are a couple which could be considered offensive to a certain preserved railway after a huge bustup.

But no issues with Lydham, Erlestoke or Hinton

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Re: Renault and electronics...

Small French cars

Are usually very good, better than their big ones.

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Re: Renault Flatulence

Well this little one seems OK, the older one well THAT name is too similar to breaking wind

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Renault Flatulence

I would NOT buy that one.

Be more careful with names.

VW have done this before as well.

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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Re: JCB

Is it yellow with black writing?

What else will they get up to next?

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Re: Coming to a wallet near you...

I already have a paypal debit card. Very usefull

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Myanmar gets a taste of Chocolate Factory as Google search lands

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Never heard of the place

See title

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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Re: The worst system...

Like Democracy

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Re: Miranda Hart

You seem just a little obsessed with her?

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Re: Having a TV and TV Licence is not compulsory....

Actually one of the things I hate about Sky are the rules.

Their kit, phone lines, multiple subscriptions.

On/ITV Digital at least broke one of those with their CAM system, I had it for a year or so on my old Sony Wega IDTV, so I had Sonys idea of a user interface, I had a high quality (possibly best of that era) digital tuner of the old much missed Sony UK Digital TV group, I had a remote which was not lopsided - I HATE lopsided remotes. Pity there were only two channels in the £3 a month subscription we actually watched and dropped it when they dropped those channels.

As to cards, well 2 working PVRs, a TV, I would need 3 cards, and 2 CAMS - stuff that!

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Re: I spent a couple of weeks in the UK

I don't see those adverts, I skip them!

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Sky dishes

Well our row of houses more or less lines up with a row of social housing.

From the back garden, every social house has a Sky minidish. Private a few have Sky, a few no dish, I have a dish for Freesat and deliberately bought a bigger dish with a brand on it.

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Re: XCraptor viewers subsidising us

Very good point.

Just had a quick count up

On BBC I like a lot of the documentries, Not Going Out, Sky at Night, those Michael Portillo railway journeys, any travel documentries with Michael Palin, Top Gear, Doctor Who, Sherlock, I leave our Humax HDR on BBC HD most of the time. Dramas Call The Midwife is quite good (next paragraph reminded me of a line about greased penguins)

I was channel hopping a week or so ago and ended up watching a programme on Penguins - it was great!

Even when it comes to mass market, Strictly is a much nicer programme than XCraptor (hmm catsuits). Soaps, I watch none so do I subsidise DeadEnders or am I paying for Portillo to travel around the UK by train?

Now ITV, Doc Martin is quite good as long as they resolve it rather than drag on, Downton Abbey was good but I feel it is now on a downslope sadly. I liked the Caroline Quentin Corshish prgramme even though she was annoying, (I love Cornwall - ancestors from there), oh shITV no need to block out the drinks brand, we all know you were blocking out Cornish Rattler.

I stopped watching GT Academy due to overly obtrusive car and overals logo blocking, yet the shITV logo which should have been blocked was left on, the blocked logos were the name of the game, the car manufacturer, the console the game plays on, and the company who makes the console and owns Polyphony Digital. Seeing cars driving around with rectangles on the sides, bonnet, sun strip, caused me to get ratty, so I deleted the schedules recordings.

My current shITV programme list is currently 0.

I could manage with the following channels only

BBC1 (local news), BBC1 HD, BBC HD, BBC News 24, Dave, best stuff off BBC2 and BBC4 goes on BBC HD and I much prefer HD for the good documentries. I would like 2 and 4 for the odd one missed.

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Re: NZ Has No TV Tax @Annihilator

If they had not done "The Voice" they could have afforded to carry on showing F1.

******* idiots in charge

F1 should also have been a TV rights protected sport

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Re: It's about choice

Err I don't think you can blame her for that. It is the EPG fee they pay and they have to to be on the Sky EPG

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Re: NZ Has No TV Tax @Annihilator

Example

here

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Re: It's about choice

Actually BBC have to pay Sky to go on the EPG

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Re: F1

Read up on RTL, Astra 1, and multiple LNBs

F1 is still free

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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

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It is when I fill up

Liquified Petrolium Gas - Propane

Still call them petrol stations though, or LPG stations where no petrol.

Oh and will tractor* owners keep their tractors out of the LPG area, I am so fed up of waiting for them to finish shopping.

* Diseasel engined cars (Borrowed from Rev W Awdry).

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The local ciders are worth drinking as well.

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Freeview suddenly UNWATCHABLE dross? It may just be a 4G test

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Re: Quality drop

So sad, especially when you remember the early days when BBC was running at quite high bit rates

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Re: Freeview unwatchable

Still some decent stuff on BBC.

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Quality drop

DTTV has dropped in quality a lot since it was introduced.

Originally the DTTV pictures were very similar to a decent DVD, now they are to be honest a bit poor.

Back around 2000 DTTV was the best picture you could get for the BBC in your house.

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