* Posts by John70

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SpaceX Dragon, first private ship to the ISS, launched successfully

John70

ATV & Dragon

Wouldn't SpaceX be better licencing the automatic docking technology that's in the ATV for the Dragon capsule instead of the manual procedure the IIS crew need to do?

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Ouch! Facebook slumps below IPO value on day 2

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Just looked...

Just looked and facebook is at: $ 33.4454 -4.7864 -12.52%

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Diablo III

John70

I got my Diablo III for "free". I signed up to the Annual Pass for World of Warcraft. My reason for it was since I'll be playing Mists of Pandaria when it comes out might as well have a free game.

Like others said Launch Day was a shambles until Blizzard employees woke up and a message appeared on the US forums about 10:30am PST (about 18:30 BST) about the login problem. I noticed it was working about 21:30 BST. So nearly 24 hours in Europe with the problem.

Mind you when has anything on launch day goes smoothly for online/mmo games?

We'll probably have the same thing again with Mists of Pandaria.

However now that I can play the game, I'm having fun with my Witch Doctor, firey bats AoE and rune enabled blowdarts firing 3 at a time. Only level 10 at the moment.

and killed the Skeleton King.

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Compare The Market can't touch web filth extension - simples

John70
Coffee/keyboard

Re: I look forward to seeing comparethemarket.xxx's mascot

I see what you did there...

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Google+ dying on its arse – shock new poll

John70

Google+

Rebrand it to Android+, Social Networking on your Phone.

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Fastest-ever hydrocarb scramjet hits Mach 8, doesn't explode

John70

Re: Makes you think though...

"There are already several ways of delivering WMDs that are already deployed. Rockets (ICBMs), Bombers, Cruise Missiles. What need is there for a new delivery system?"

Orbital Weapons Platform.

Nuke them from orbit. Only way to be sure.

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Russian upstart claims BitTorrent-killer

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Re: oooh

Was at the cinema at the weekend with a few mates.

The ticket cost £7.80. The prices seem to go up faster than petrol prices.

So for 4 of us total ticket price was £31.20. Then there's the extras (drinks, food, etc).

It's cheaper to wait for the DVD to come out then buy it, and get in pizza and beer.

Once you've done with it sell it on ebay and get some money back.

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Finally, it’s the year of Linux on the desktop IPv6!

John70

Storing IPs

I wonder how many systems will fall over when they start recording IPv6.

Old systems that have varchar(15)/char(15) in the database to store 255.255.255.255 will end up truncating FFFF:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF

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Canada failing to sufficiently protect IP rights – US report

John70

Damn it...

All I can hear now is the South Park song "Blame Canada"...

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GCSE, A-level science exams ARE dumbed down - watchdog

John70

Re: Exams

And I think you mean "overhauled".

Yep... just failed English :(

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John70

Exams

Its about time the examination boards were overalled and stop them from creating easier exam papers to make their life easier for marking.

Also get rid of the this A* bollocks and return to A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc

Nothing should be greater than A.

</old age rant>

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

John70
Mushroom

Death Race

Pit them against each other in a high-octane motor race. Win 5 races and they can win their freedom.

Plus cars with frikkin' lasers....

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Home Office 'technologically clueless' on web super-snoop law

John70
Pint

Re: Simple matter of education.

You sir, have a pint.

That is a very good example.

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

John70

A future tag line?

It's my company, Bitch!

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Google fined for stalling Street View cars' Wi-Fi slurp probe

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Quote of the Week

“Although a world leader in digital search capability, Google took the position that searching its employees’ e-mail ‘would be a time-consuming and burdensome task’,” the commission reportedly said.

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Apple pushes patents for 3D avatar authoring

John70

Prior Art

With all this prior art over avatars, no doubt the brainless fuckwits at the USPTO will grant Apple the patent.

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Republicans shoot down proposed ban on Facebook login boss-snoop

John70

Few Questions

1. What if you don't have a FaceBook account? Will you still be in the running or will the Employer just "file" your application?

2. Can the prospective employee sue the company for not giving them a job because they didn't hand over their FaceBook account details?

3. Does the company have a policy of telling users not give out their passwords?

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Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

John70

Games

Well if games designers wrote games that will bring you back for more instead of curning out out rubbish that is over within a few hours, then they would get more sales.

So Braben... When are you going to create a new version of Elite?

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Eddie Murphy heading for worst movie ever glory

John70

Basically...

... what you're all saying is that Hollywood just produces crap these days.

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UK kids' art project is 'biggest copyright blag ever' – photographer

John70

Prince Charles

"We were also curious about an issue parents raised. The pupils appear to receive nothing from the commercial exploitation of their original work, while the charity receives 20 per cent. "So where does the other 80 per cent go?" asks Leighton"

Did anyone ask Prince Charles where the other 80% is going to?

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China aims its most powerful rocket ever AT THE MOON

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Made in China

Everything else is made in China, so why not space travel...

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Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy

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El Reg version

As I was reading the El Reg version of Top Gun 2, I was imagining the fight with the F-35 and X-47B.

You've got a Hollywood Blockbuster there.

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Anonymous web weapon backfires with hidden banking Trojan

John70
Mushroom

Anonymous vs ZeuS

I wonder if Anonymous will go after the creators of ZeuS

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Space: 1999 returning to TV?

John70

The Moon

Hope they put in a good explanation on how the moon is able to travel from planet to planet.

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

John70

What's in a name?

Maybe Microsoft would have better success by dropping the name Windows from Windows Phone 7.

When people see the name Windows they think bloat, viruses, etc.

May be call it Metro OS and the handset mPhone. Wonder if Apple will get upset with that.

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US Senator: 'Retest airport scanner safety'

John70

Superpowers

It's priority access to the perv scanners.

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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

John70

Pee Breaks

They must be in ultra-hardcore guilds.

We have scheduled pee breaks for our raids.

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Is Microsoft brewing a Win8, WinPho code merge?

John70

Win8

I'm surprised this wasn't already happening, Windows 8 and Phone 8 both using Metro interface both based on WinRT core.

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TV writer quells rumours of Doctor Who movie

John70

Who Movie

Lets hope the movie is not written by those that do the TV version.

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James Bond savages the Kardashians

John70

Cardassians

I've heard of the name Kardashian being branded about but didn't know the story.

Everytime I heard the name I keep thinking of Cardassians.

Thanks Rob for telling us the story.

Now we know Kim made a porn tape, got onto the internet and now their mother is pimping them out for "reality" T.V.

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Politicians call for Modern Warfare 3 censure

John70

MW3

Are these MPs complaining because some 8yo is killing them on multiplayer and making it like they "care" about our young?

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El Reg premieres PARIS: The Motion Picture

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Time Flies

Has it been a year already?

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Bill Gates strangled Microsoft's 'tablet for creatives'

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Game & Watch

I still got my Donkey Kong Game & Watch. Must replace the batteries on it...

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Rockstar officially announces Grand Theft Auto V

John70

Raids

A 10 man raid against Ragnaros in cars doing drive-by shootings and the odd fire truck to put out fires.

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Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

John70

Patents

Software Patents should be banned.

All it is software interpretating the movements on the touchscreen to decide whether or not to unlock.

And patenting movement should definately be banned.

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DeLorean goes electric for 2013 roll-out

John70

Electric Power

Is it powered by Mr. Fusion?

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Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

John70

Win8

At the moment I don't see any reason to create any business applications in Metro style.

Most companies will just lock out Metro and keep Windows classic desktop for their applications.

Metro apps "suspend" when they are no longer in focus.

This seems like a backward step especially when you are using a multitasking OS.

The rules are if the application takes more than 15 seconds to load, it is killed off.

When your application is notified it's going to by suspended you have 5 seconds to save any work. If you do not save the work in time, you lose the data.

So far these times are fixed and not configurable.

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BlackBerry users back online after outage

John70

Percentage Availablility

Do RIM offer a 99% availablity?

No company can guarentee 100% availability.

If so that means out of 365 days of the year they are saying that their service could be unavailable for 3.5 days (84 hours).

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Would you let your car insurer snoop on you for a better deal?

John70

Under 25s

Co-operative Insurance are already offering discounted insurance for under 25's if they have a black box fitted.

http://www.co-operativeinsurance.co.uk/servlet/Satellite/1228203835143,CFSweb/Page/Insurance-Car

They had this scheme for some time now.

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Royal Navy halts Highlands GPS jamming

John70

Boats and GPS

Are they saying that if the GPS malfunctions on their boat they are screwed?

Maybe they need to dust off their compass and do it the old fashion way.

Good practise for them in case of such event.

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Patent troll lawsuits may be on thin ice

John70

re: end user liability

AC @ Thursday 6th October 2011 00:23 GMT

"... whoever without authority makes, uses, offers to sell, or sells any patented invention, within the United States or imports into the United States any patented invention during the term of the patent therefor, infringes the patent," see 35 U.S.C. 271 (a).

That one word "uses" could open a right can of worms.

It's not clear on it's meaning. You could take it as the individual user of a product.

For example Apple sueing all users that use Samsung products that "infringe" on Apple patents and visa versa.

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Kinect 'augments' Bulgarian airbags

John70

Weird Science

Next they will have bras on their heads and hook up a Barbie doll. Result: Kelly Le Brock

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500 jobs threatened as Virgin Media shutters Liverpool call centre

John70

UK Call Centres?!??!?!?!

VM have UK Call Centres???

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Space junk at 'tipping point', now getting worse on its own

John70

Scrap metal

Just send metal theives into orbit, they can scrounge for the scrap metals.

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Don't buy your iPad in a McDonald's car park

John70

Missed one

...as thick as two short planks...

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Star Wars fans offered Blu-ray deals and previews

John70

Why not...

...remake IV, V and VI. It's pretty close to a remake with all the added CGI, etc.

After all Hollywood are remaking films that are not as old as Star Wars.

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Death haunts government petitions site

John70

@MGJ - But of course

You will find that there are Sharia Courts in the UK. I think the total is 100 courts.

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Ubisoft revisits Internet-at-all-times DRM

John70
Pirate

Stop Pirates???

When will software companies learn that no matter what DRM you put into a product it will be cracked.

All this will do is piss off the people that bought the game especially if their Internet connection goes down.

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TalkTalk drags arse in Ofcom ISP survey

John70

Customer Support

Dealing with Indian call centres is a pain in the arse.

Companies operating in the UK should be forced to have call centres in the UK and employ people that can speak English clearly.

There are plenty of towns in the UK with high unemployment that the calls centres can be based. At least it will get people back to work and government will get more in taxes.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

John70

Storage Media

Looks like the tech companies will have to come up with a new storage media to replace Blu-ray that can put a full extended version on LotR onto 1 disc instead of splitting it over 2 discs.

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