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FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

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Re: @AC

A book too heavy for your puny little boy arms? Stop trying to justify your childish little strop.

Strop? He's moaning about electronics, then watching the in-flight movie, and I'm wondering how. I might also be taking the piss somewhat.

Unless you have an answer for how he can sit on a modern, electronically controlled airliner, watching a digitally recorded film via an electronic device, and have the testicular elephantitis required to call anything he doesn't use a "toy" for them filthy young 'uns...

Or do electronic things scare you, old man?

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Re: Crash and Burn

I for one always ask anyone I see using a phone in an airplane to turn it off after that experience.

Yes, because '95 phones and Pentiums are IDENTICAL to an Airbus A330.. And I think your understanding of CPU clock speeds may be somewhat flawed...

And there are plenty of examples of airplanes dropping from the sky without explanation to make someone edgy.

No there aren't. It might take longer in some cases than others to figure out why a plane crashed, but most accidents are resolved to a startling degree of accuracy. You might stop paying attention when the crash leaves the newspapers, but the NTSB, etc don't. Most people still think Air France 447 was never resolved, for example. Nonsense.

Turn it off please,.. or I'll have to kill you.. Huh? Yes,.. quite mad.. and dangerous at the slightest provocation... Thank you miss...have a nice flight.

You sound more dangerous than the devices. Dick.

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@AC

You sound like such a moaning old fart I'm tempted to call troll.

They wouldn't think of watching a movie or reading or doing something educational. They desire to be entertained 24/7. That explains electronic toys, Farcebook and social media.

I'd love to know how you're going to watch a movie without an electronic "toy". And I read a lot, from an electronic reader. If my solutions to being bored on a flight are inferior to yours because they're newer, then I suggest you go the whole hog and take an aeroprop to your destination. I'll be waiting for you in the bar at the other end, watching YouTube vids to pass the time.

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Christ, there's some miserable old farts on here, especially considering it's a tech site. If there's some class of consumer device that brings down planes, it hasn't managed it yet, and if it exists, then leave that class of device banned. Other than that, why assume that "electronic device" refers to "something that will annoy your whingeing arse"?

Everything is electronic these days. I've been harassed before for an eBook reader. It barely uses any power to begin with, but no, can't read for large sections of the flight. That would be dangerous...somehow....somewhere....in some alternate dimension...

If I want to fire up my PSP on a flight, how is that any different to you watching the in-flight movie? And if my PSP or reader is going to bring down the plane, why wouldn't your wristwatch or the headset monitor? I wouldn't be surprised if my own body put out a larger EM field than some of the electronic kit I use.

The fear over EM fields here is exactly the same as the fear over wireless routers in schools; a load of crap perpetuated by people who don't get how stuff works. As for "keep them banned, I'm grumpy", no thanks. You can stare at the back of the seat in front for 10 hours if you like. I'm going to play God of War.

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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Re: Linux is much more stable for gaming than windows

Yeah, sure. For Tuxracer maybe. The rest has to be forced to work with a half-assed Windows emulator.

Pathetic.

Pathetic, eh? OK, what frameworks does Windows have for running Mac games?

Never mind that the major game engines are pretty much all Linux compatible from the get-go.

Tit.

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Re: final blow for Windows

Your games portfolio must be pretty small. :E

You're only thinking in terms of old software. If they marketed it as a console and got people to develop for it, they'd develop for it as a new platform. I'm pretty certain that the PS3 isn't Windows underneath.

There are thousands of old games that will never get a Mac or Linux port, but if they can encourage major developers to cross-platform the coming games, then in time Windows will become redundant.

Gotta get AMD to fix their drivers first, though. They're horrendous.

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Re: Just hurry up with the Linux port

Not too fussed about playing on my telly tbh but they need to get working on the Linux port now.

You know that's in beta, right? I'm in it. The client looks identical to the Windows one, the overlay is a million times faster, and it's currently about as stable as Mel Gibson.

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*Cough* Called it.

Bloody knew it. Ten quid says Half Life 3 is the release title. Been saying this for aaaaages.

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Latest Call of Duty sequel shoots past Avatar sales benchmark

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Re: Why compare apples with oranges?

It's generally done to try and show that video gaming is a legitimate media. As a certain Mr Brooker will often point out, you're allowed to be a film enthusiast, or a literary snob, and people think you're all sophisticated. Discuss how you enjoy the beautiful escapism of Okami, or how immersive the latest FPS is, and people call you a manchild/nerd.

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Re: Is it sustainable?

Tribes is F2P, I've not spent a penny on it and still manage to hold my own (most games)

I would agree that it's less pay-to-win than most of the F2P games out there, and I did play it for a while. Their pricing is also less insane than others - at launch it was £35 for pretty much all the content, which is much more reasonable (except that the game didn't have a whole lot of actual content - few maps, etc).

It was also the lack of complexity in the gameplay compared with the original Tribes games that put me off, if I'm honest. For example, they kept in all the weapons and armour sets that allow you to base-camp, but removed all the kit that let you defend against that. In the original I could build my own base, mod on the fly, etc, etc. Ascend is a poor imitation, as was Vengeance.

Still, the F2P bait-and-switch is there, if you ask me. I did far better in terms of scoring in the earlier games than in Ascend, and there always seems to be someone with a superior loadout ready to mess you up.

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Re: Is it sustainable?

There plenty of other FPS games out there that are free to play.

You mean pay-to-win. I got sick of the F2P model ten seconds after it appeared. If you want to have any kind of useful content, or stand a chance against the paid players, you have to pay in, and the total cost is way more than just buying a game outright. To get all the content, you need to pay a frankly infeasible amount of money, and unlocking it through free play is reckoned in some cases to take several decades.

I was excited as hell for Tribes to come back, and I got into the beta. I quickly realised how the F2P model ruined it. Same goes for Planetside 2, which looks really interesting, but at $7 per weapon they can fuck off. Hawken too, looked amazing, right up until they announced it was F2P.

I really hope the F2P business model dies a horrible, painful death. It ruins everything it touches.

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

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Re: Misleading headline

Instagram is, in itself, a method of identifying hipsters.

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Instagram

The single most pointless service I have ever seen in my entire life. Take photo, make photo look worse to somehow inversely make you look trendy, post to Tw@tter. Appending "inspirational" quotes to show how different and deep you are is optional.

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Facebook invites users to vote away voting rights, some privacy

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Re: Phantom voters are phantom users

In fairness, the dude is just taking cues from the governments around him. How many petitions on the official UK or US government websites have actually been acted on?

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Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs

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Here's a notion

Rather than punishing companies for moving their profits out of the country to where taxation rates are less insane, how about making the taxation rates here less insane and encouraging international business in the UK?

Just a thought...

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

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"On what grounds??"

"It's written on your trunks."

"That says Speedo. My hand was covering the 's'!"

"There's no smoke without fire!"

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Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

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Re: Sex offenders should be public knowledge

OK, pop quiz. How does this:

They most definitely should post the names and location of sex offenders to protect society who's interest comes before convicted paedophile's "rights".

Work with this:

Vigilanty activities should not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Without even reacting to my pet peeve of seeing "rights" in quotation marks, how does publishing names and addresses of convicted criminals assist anything other than vigilantism and persecution? The aim of the justice system is to rehabilitate as well as punish. I'd love to know how that's going to happen when they've got a big marker over their head. You might as well give them armbands to wear.

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Re: Blight?@ Greg J Preece

Where did the OP state that?

You're right, they merely heavily implied it, on a thread directly discussing it. How could I have ever made the connection? And if your justification for mounting the high horse is : "you swore, so you're wrong, but I'm condescending, so I'm right", then I have bad news: the OP also cursed. I think you need to go back and call them pathetic.

Also, I love the inanity of naming several famous serial killers (who received no leniency), and then talking about how the justice system is too lenient.

The OP was implying that persecution of those convicted should continue after their punishment, which was my actual argument if you'd bothered to read my post before turning your nose up at my language. And that kind of thinking makes me angry enough to use phrases like "fuck off into the sun." Geddit?

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Re: Tabloid Brains

Oh FFS, are we descending to the level of Have Your Say when people start posting shit poetry?

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Re: Blight?

As a matter of fact, let's just realize that some crimes should never be forgiven by society. This is one of them.

And that makes vigilante mobs OK? Fuck off. Just, fuck off. Out of the country, off the planet, and preferably into the sun.

We have a justice system because (we pretend) we're not a bunch of savages. They make un-emotive decisions, appropriate punishments, and abstract the entire thing away from the kind of cretins who would approve of mob justice. Once someone has gone through that justice system, it has not got a fucking thing to do with you.

Does anyone remember when the focus of our justice system was rehabilitation and reintegration, rather than the whims of shitheads like this?

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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What's Nightingale then? :-p

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God, it's ugly. I can't be the only one thinking that, can I? I've spent years wondering how Apple's default selection of greys gets called "beautiful", but when MS do it, it's ugly. For simply playing music, Songbird looks and works better than this, and that's a FOSS Mozzy app!

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Bungie talks up 'genre-defining' Destiny shooter

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Bungie have cited Niven...as inspiration for...Halo

No kidding? I was wondering if they'd ever 'fess up to that whole "Ringworld" thing.

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Re: But but but....

BF had vehicles first.

I think you misspelt Starsiege: Tribes... Or perhaps Terminator: Future Shock. Either way, Battlefield was nowhere near the first.

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Uh-huh. A "genre-defining" shooter from Bungie, eh? That's bloody terrifying. The last one was over-hyped, over-marketed mediocrity that set shooters back nearly a decade. We're still suffering from it. I look forward to watching the hype machine spin up well in advance.

Oi, Bungie, how about a sequel to Oni?

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Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

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Re: In the same way Linux runs faster than windows on the same h/w

Yeah, sure. You obviously haven't tried a modern Linux distribution like Ubuntu, other wise you'd have known that such general statements are plain BS.

Actually, I'm thinking the same of you. Every machine I have dual or triple boots, and Linux is always the fastest system by light years. I though Win7 was snappy on my desktop, then I installed Kubuntu, and it's crazy fast.

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Re: If anything

Just because the PC is 'higher spec' doesn't mean that the game would look better on it than on a console.

Yes and no. You can get more out of dedicated hardware in a console than you could with the same hardware in a PC, yes. The problem is that a modern PC's hardware capabilities often greatly outstrip what is necessary to run the basic OS (and Windows has gotten faster in recent years). If you look at the processor in a 360, it's seriously old hat at this point. Every PC I ever lay hands on is way more powerful. You can stretch that chip as far as you like, but it has a limit.

The other problem is that games are developed to be cross-platform. Games that have to be released on PS3, 360 and PC are hampered because the 360 can't do anything above DirectX 9. (Windows fecking XP!) Dedicated PC games, on the other hand, can ditch the out-of-date graphics libraries, cross-platform abstractions, etc and just go all-out.

Trufax: inFamous 2 was supposed to be a cross-platform release, but Sucker Punch tried it and said "sorry guys, the X-box just can't do this well enough."

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Re: I disagree

Big money in them thar handhelds.

And as I said, nowhere near as much money as BLOPS2 made in one hour. Besides, did you see the number of projects Rovio released before they made it big? And how many others have made it as far?

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Re: I disagree

Those who consider themselves serious gamers are now in the minority. The mobile and Wii and Facebook and BigFish and Flash gaming crowd - we'll call them "casual" for simplicity - are a much, much larger market than the codbloppers. Even larger than the Haloites.

Perhaps in terms of numbers, but in terms of money? I can't see Angry Birds doing a $1bn midnight release any time soon.

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Re: If anything

Try that with a PC and most (note, not ALL) modern games and you'll be lucky if it's even going to work in noddy graphics mode 3 years down the line.

Sorry, got to disagree with you there. There's this odd myth that old PC games don't work on modern systems. That's true with some games (Deus Ex 2 being a prime example), but they're definitely the exceptions to the rule. You can connect to Steam today, download Half Life 1, and it'll work, despite being 14 years old. I've been playing Wing Commander 1 from 1990 on my quad-core Win7 box, no worries.

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Re: If anything

Sure, you can connect a PC up to these bits of kit, but them you have to factor in keeping a PC in the living room.

With things like the Windows 8 interface and the new Steam interface tailored for large screens, won't this be exactly the same as keeping a console in your living room, except it can do a shitload more with less hassle? I've been a PC and console gamer for 20 years, and it's only recently that I've finally considered hooking the PC to the TV.

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Apple granted patent for microphone silhouette

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Patent? Come on now, surely that's a trademark at best?

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Ten PlayStation 3 games you may have missed

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Re: Okami

You died? In Okami?? I can't remember dying outside of a devil gate cave, ever. Did you not have an Astral Pouch or something?

In fairness, I did hear that the Wii controls sucked. I played PS myself.

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Re: Whatever any PS3 owner does this year...

Another vote for Okami HD. The PS2 version was great and the HD remaster only improves thinga. One of the finest, most original and imaginitive games I've ever played. Blows the Zelda games away.

In answer to the box speculation, I believe it came out boxed in Japan.

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Plan your BLACK FRIDAY CHARGE: Google shop maps go desktop

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Re: My prediction

Haven't Apple just finalised the designs for their new building? Bet they've patented walls.

But not Windows, boom boom!

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APPLE reveals complete updated blueprints of SPACESHIP JOBS

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Buddhist?

Every time I look at a top-down view of that thing, all I hear is a posh English voice saying "you may fire when ready."

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Firefox and Opera squish big buffer overflow bugs

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@Doc

That's how it used to be before Jetpack plugins came along. If you're using old pre-Jetpack plugins, you will still have that problem.

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With seven major releases this year alone I suggest the secret to eliminating all of these damned bugs is slowing down and getting it right.

So you moved to Chrome, who have had how many major number releases this year?

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BBC Newsnightmare: Opera chief brought in as new DG

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Re: Hopefully he will do something about their tech "journelism"

Their tech journalism is pretty pathetic. The number of inconsistencies, mistakes, and misunderstandings is pretty bad. It's Gadget Show level.

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Microsoft dragging its feet on Linux Secure Boot fix

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Re: Interesting approaches to monopoly

Not quite. You can only run MS-approved software on any (non-Apple) hardware.

Not quite not quite. You can run MS software on Apple hardware too. ;-)

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Ten Linux apps you must install

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Re: nano

Another vote here for nano. Its ease of use is what got me using it in the first place, but it's also got everything I need for general server admin/text editing stuff. No switching between input modes using batshit keyboard shortcuts that aren't explained, no having to constantly check the man page, just write the bloody edit, save, quit, run.

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Though to contradict myself for a moment, GParted is superb. I use it from SysRecCD a lot and it's the best partition editor going.

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When we've finished arguing over what grok means...

I concur with a lot of this list, except for Shutter and the quick-search doodah, mainly because equivalent tools come as part of KDE. All the little gadgets in KDE don't seem like much, and then you try to use something else. It's that moment in Windows when you hit print screen, expecting KSnapshot, and nothing happens, that you start cursing and wanting your old environment back.

And that's what I love about Linux: proper computing innovation, rather than re-packaging something and calling the design innovative.

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Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag

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Re: Snarf

Wilykit and Wilykat?

</too_many_cartoons>

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Re: Lynx → Linux

...I believe that's the accepted practice...

Nah, the accepted practice is to deliberately alter the appearance of what you're claiming is a copy to make it look like a copy, then sue based on that. So you'd just write Lynx with an i.

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Re: I'll switch to OSX

Ubuntu meanwhile prepares to release Raring Ringtail. Oh dear.

That would be the same Ubuntu who previously released 10.04, better known as Lynx. Huh...

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Judge confirms Google's miserly $22.5m Safari privacy FTC payout

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Re: February 2014??

They said they would have the cookies disabled on users' machines by then. I'm thinking that the cookies will naturally expire at the beginning of 2014 or something like that, and they'll delete them when they see them between now and then.

Just a guess, but possible.

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Black Ops 2 takes HALF A BEELLION DOLLARS in just ONE DAY

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A "your mum" retort? Really? Actually, given the age of a lot of CoD players, why am I surprised?

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Re: Bo-ring.

If you don't like it, quit crying about it and buy Serious Sam or Painkiller. No-one's forcing you to play COD.

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For a COD fan, you sure don't seem to be aware that Soap isn't in Black Ops...

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