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2252 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

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Re: Hmm

I'm surprised people still buy the original black and white kindles - of course I appreciate most books are black and white but these days do you not prefer COLOUR?

A colour e-ink would be nice, sure, but given the choice of reading on an LCD or an e-ink, I'll choose the latter. They're about a billion times better for the job, plus have insanely lower power requirements, so the readers last longer than 10 hours.

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Re: Apple: "You MUST have Retinal display!"

I didn't get an iPad mini but a Kindle HD Fire. Nice but still not as good as the company iPad I had in a past job.

Errrr....aren't those two things at massively different price points?

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KDE 'annoys the hell of' Linus Torvalds

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Re: If Linus doesn't like KDE4's "configurability" that much ...

I really don't get why he's complaining. Sure, I can see why locking the widgets by default might be preferable if you're new to things, but being able to configure the shit out of KDE is why I love it!

Want that web video to run in an overlay while you work? Drop the window border, set it to always on top, and assign it to all desktops. Perfect! Want to group two completely unrelated windows together? Why not! Want to configure everything to the absolute nth degree? Of course you do, you installed KDE!

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Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement

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Re: Further proof that scientists don't care

I hope those responsible are brought to court for animal cruelty.

I hope that you contract diabetes and refuse insulin.

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Halo 4 game review

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It was a fairly decent story, I'll grant you. I did feel like I'd heard it before, though. Two warring sides unearth ancient uber-powerful bad guys, eh?

And *thank you* for the Pillar of Autumn. I'd forgotten about how stupid that level was. I was thinking of fighting the Flood, myself. When I went into the 9th copy-pasted room, I nearly rage quit the game.

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Oooh, I see the fanboys are out in force today. Sorry guys, but the original was crap. The guns looked like they were made by Fisher Price, the physics was dodgy, the enemies were thick as pigshit and pretty repetitive, and the ending was padded to an almost insulting degree.

The environments were quite cool in places, mind. Having previously read Ringworld (which they clearly ripped off were inspired by) it was pretty sweet to look up and see the ring above you, but as a game it was dull as ditch water. Only remembered because it was good...for a console FPS. That's a pretty low bar.

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Re: Halo for me has always been

I dont think the graphics have changed much at all in the last three releases!

....because they have to make it fit onto the 360. ;-) Every CoD game is still DirectX 9, and I wish they would just tell the 360 to f**k off and make the new one DX10 or even DX11. But that would require a development cycle longer than Activision will allow.

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Re: You forgot to mention

Try turning the difficulty up from moron level...

So your answer to "the game hasn't enough content" is "artificially pad it out"? Have you ever worked on Devil May Cry? Or, indeed, the original Halo (the end of which was unbelievably padded)?

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But if you’re hoping the game's solo campaign will let you relive the magic of the original Combat Evolved

Ha! Hahahahahahah! That "magic" is the last thing I want. God, the original was rubbish.

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Lindsay Lohan storm over Hitler, Hurricane tweets: 'It was hackers'

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I don't get why a post with the word "Hitler" in it is offensive, and the other one isn't regarded as callous fuckwittery.

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Re: You forgot the inverted commas...

I was amused to see Private Eye euphemisms in an El Reg article. :-D

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Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't

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Re: You do know that Google stuff has been sync'ing for years upon years, right?

So 'years upon years' is four? (2009 for Google - if you look it up).

Holy shit, an exaggeration on the Internet! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

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Not sure how not being able to sync with Apple's shitty desktop or backup software is a bad thing. And iCloud sync? You do know that Google stuff has been sync'ing for years upon years, right?

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Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

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Re: This is going to be funny

That's strange because it's supported all the laptops I've ever installed it on (~6)

I'm up to more like 40...

Just ignore the tool. He's doing the usual "I can't understand Linux therefore it's shit" ranting that I've heard a million times and still don't give a flying goat's knacker about. Let's play Gaming For Retards:

1) Linux attracts nerds. Lots and lots and lots of nerds.

2) Nerds fucking love video games. Especially RPGs.

3) Linux users pay more for software more willingly than anyone else. Your brain will reject that immediately because you haven't thought about how Linux works.

4) Plenty of people dual-boot or keep Windows around (bumping its market share) because they want to keep gaming. I'm one of them.

Several of my friends have already said that if gaming comes to Linux properly, they're ditching Windows on the spot. I wonder what an untapped market looks like...

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Re: You buggers!

There's a number of words in that post. You're going to have to point me at the one I'm apparently ignorant of. And if you're referring to the original meaning of "buggers", give it a rest, granddad.

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Re: That sucks!

Why the hell is it Ubuntu only?

Dude, chill out. They partnered with Canonical on this. Of course Ubuntu gets it first. The others will follow, but they went first with the popular desktop distro that's officially supported by both nVidia and AMD. How long do you think it will take after this comes out for the ports to appear? Don't be daft.

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You buggers!

I was hoping this would get as little publicity as possible to give me a better chance of getting in! :-p

The survey's a little flawed, though. They say they want as many hardware variations as possible, then only allow you to specify one in your response. I've got at least half a dozen machines I could test on, various form factors and powers, but I could only specify one.

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Mac gamers a-gog as GOG goes Mac

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I've been really warming to GoG recently. I've always liked them, but of late I've noticed that they've started to get the same items on discount as Steam, either at the same time or earlier. Their prices are very similar, their extras are better, and the best part of all - no DRM, ever. That's fantastic! When Alan Wake went on sale on both Steam and GoG, I got it on GoG, for less, with more. And I've been on Steam since day one.

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Craig, Connery or ... Dalton? Vote now for the ultimate James Bond

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I can't seem to find the entry for Matt Damon. :-p

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Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

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Re: missed the poll

But surprised to see that height and weight are also not preferred exceptions to the metric rule - even my kids give their height and weight in feet/inches and stones/pounds - as does everybody else I know.

I don't. I try to use metric as much as possible these days. No idea what my weight is in either measure, but I've known for years that I'm 178cm tall.

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Steam spawns vulnerabilities, say researchers

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I'm with Fibbles on this. Most of these vulnerabilities seem like pretty weak sauce.

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Valve's Half-Life

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Antique? Phht, please. How come we haven't seen Wing Commander on here?

There are very few games that can transport you to another world in quite the same way and, for me, it wasn't until Battlefield 1942 that this realism was stepped up a notch with the introduction of vehicles.

So Tribes went sailing past you too, then? Released way earlier, more complex gameplay and teamwork, basically better than all the Battlefield games put together. Pity the sequels were dogshit.

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Dishonored game review

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Re: So it does get better then?

Playing the Xbox 360 version with the game installed to the hard drive, the graphics are bordering on terrible at times

I think I've located your problem. To say that the 360's been left behind on graphical quality would be accurate, if it hadn't happened about three years ago.

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ISS crew fling out arm, grab SpaceX Dragon capsule

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Re: One step closer

Unless someone invents an anti-gravity drive or starts bringing all the waste back to earth intact, rather than dumping it in the ocean.

It's going for splashdown because we want it back! If we didn't want it, they'd send it in at a different angle and vapourise it on the way down.

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PGP founder's mobile privacy app goes live

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Secure Circle is also registered outside the USA to avoid lawful-intercept requirements.

You fucking beautiful geeks. Where do I sign up?

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Samsung says 'yes' to iPhone 5-sized Galaxy S III

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Re: It's a start

C'mon Samsung: 3.5" screen and a slide-away keyboard, please....

THIS

Also, can it run a proper version of Linux?

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Re: Oh, interesting

Mine does feel a bit oversized to me. It's very light and slim, so pocketing it is no problem, but while that screen is g-g-g-gorgeous, it's a little big for using one-handed like I used to with my previous S2, so an S2-sized S3 sounds great to me.

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Linux on ARM breakthrough to take away Torvalds' arse pain

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Re: But wait

Give it up Linus - the experiment is dead and you have failed.

Wow...you're fucking clueless, mate.

Ignoring the desktop market share that's actually closer to 2%, and ignoring the plethora of other devices that run it (WTF do you think Android is?), some estimates put Linux at 60% of the server market. Sixty. A majority. Some failure, eh?

Posted from Linux, via a network controlled by Linux, to a website running on Linux.

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Rover spots 'possibly artificial' MYSTERY SHINY OBJECT on Mars

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Yeah, but then NASA reckon they found it. Not in one piece, but they found it.

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Re: Curiosity

Phht, like humanity would build intelligent robots just for them to sit and rust in a corner...

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Man charged over alleged April Jones Facebook trolling

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Re: The really sick joke here...

@AC....Which comment are you reading??

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OK, I will. What, does this forum have no creator, owner or moderator? Last time I checked, FB pages can be moderated. Then why not do it?

One FB page I'm subscribed to had the admin account hacked, and for several days my news feed filled up with porn. Did I get offended and demand apologies? Nope. Laughed my ass off.

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Re: Freedom of speach means the good, the bad and the evil.

It would be interesting to see you maintain your stand if a similar joke were directed at your child, say, a couple of days after her murder.

Bullshit emotive argument that should never, ever be used when making laws. The absolute worst person to ask about any preventative laws is the parent of the deceased.

You should have no right to freedom from offence, not least because any attempt to legislate what is and isn't offensive is almost guaranteed to be either unobjective, or abused.

If we arrest people for offending others, then what about Draw Muhammad Day? People seem pretty offended by that, but most of us in the UK are OK with offending those people. Odd that, isn't it?

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The attitude toward prosecuting trolls should be the same as the attitude used when deciding whether to take them seriously: we have got more important shit to do. Wind-up merchants are not worthy targets for prosecution, and if you start arresting people for being dickheads, you might well have to start with the Met...

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WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

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Re: What's the issue?

Am not sure that Muslims would describe Islam as 'a hobby'

Neither would I. Hobbies are generally productive in some fashion. Even levelling your shaman achieves more than praying all day.

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So how much XP did the attacker get for that?

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Re: @AM

Oh do give it a fucking rest will you?

<snipped rant />

Um...I thought he was referring to the in-game sprites. Which died. But aren't actually alive.

Excuse me while I back away slowly from the rabid fanboy.

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US data show slump in Apple tablet share

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Did anyone else read this in the voice of Ahnald Schwarzenegger?

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Re: But are they using them?

Go to StatCounter and do the same thing. Android then appears to be exactly where you would expect it to be given the figures in the article.

Stats are only as good as the method used to create them.

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Mozilla floats fondleslab-ready Firefox for Win 8

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I've gotta admit, for tablet browsing, that looks pretty swish, but then that's where Not-Metro is actually pretty strong. Which is why MS blocking this kind of thing on their brand new RT platform is bloody stupid. Come on, MS, can you not see why stopping existing apps porting smoothly to your new architecture is a really bad idea?

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While I would have swapped the "manic" and "depressive" terms around, I applaud the sentiment (by which I mean I'm going to steal your joke).

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$3500 will get 13.3in Mac tablet in your mitts

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Diss ye not the Todd! Anyone who can create the fabled motorcycle guitar is OK with me.

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

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Re: blasphemy

Turns out blasphemy was still a crime in the UK until 2008 and remains a crime in Northern Ireland so maybe they're not the only crazy ones.

So we got rid of a stupid law, and they enforced it, and that makes us as nuts as them?

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Boffins suggest orbital dust-up to combat climate change

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Re: And the cost to the environment ...

Then there is the issue of putting all those billiard-balls into Earth orbit, *without* accidentally deorbiting the odd chunk into Paris or Sydney

Errr....I'm not sure you're getting the scales we're talking about here. Earth-Sol L1 is a wee bit further away than that; about 1.5 million kilometres if I recall correctly. Also, L1 isn't an orbit around the Earth. It's a "fixed" gravitational point between us and our star, and any object there is "stationary" (relative to the other bodies in the system, etc, etc).

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Guild Wars 2 game review

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Such an obvious snobbish attempt at trolling that I will dignify it only with a downvote.

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Tim Cook: 'So sorry for Apple's crap maps app - try Bing or Nokia'

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Re: Apple has peaked

I don't want to praise Apple or the iPhone, but I'm sick of all this "style over substance" crying. Because style is important. People buy clothing, shoes, cars, furniture, houses, EVERYTHING by style and beauty instead of just by "substance". You're wearing rubber boots all day?

I guess some of us just aren't as interested in the "fashion" opinions of others as you are..

Smart phones aren't just tools or office machinery or computers. Not for most people. They're much closer to clothing and shoes: They have to do their job, but they also have to look and feel good and make you feel good. Not understanding that doesn't make you clever.

I long for the days before the definition of "smartphone" got changed to this shit. Clearly some people missed the "smart" part. Can we just start calling fashion accessories smugphones and be done with it, so the term smartphone can be reclaimed for phones with actual capability?

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Re: Apple has peaked

The only "substance" my Android-using friends tout is the ability to replace their virtual keyboards with "Swype" and have animated wallpapers. Very impressive, if you don't have a job and work to do.

Funny you should say that. I made sure to get Swype onto my S3 at all costs because I have shit to do...

But then when I'm doing actual worky stuff, the N900 comes out, because for getting said shit done, Maemo still stands tall as king. Let's see you rattle off complex Bash commands on your iPhone.

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Re: Steve must be turning in his grave

Tim may has well of done, he name checked Nokia.....

Ouch

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Nokia lops UK Lumia prices ahead of Win 8 phones

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I was just about to say the same - this thread just shows the hilarious nature of Android fanbois.

Um...how do you know it's Android fanboys? Seems like you have your own set of irrational prejudices...

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Firefox's birthday present to us: Teaching tech titans about DIY upstarts

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Re: Well, I was waiting for that

I still have a floppy disk with Netscape 0.9c for Windows on it. 900kB, as I recall, so you could get the Trumpet Winsock IP stack on there as well. Out of interest I've just tried "sudo apt-get install firefox" on the Lubuntu machine I'm writing this on. It's a 20MB download and needs 42MB of disk space.

Let's play a game called "spot the past tense". I don't run it from a floppy any more, partly because it no longer fits and partly because I don't use floppy disks any more, genius.

Firefox is still a bloated crawler, taking about four times as long to start as Chrome and using half a gigabyte of RAM just to show the google search page.

Aaaaand I call bullshit. Chrome and FF have similar loading times on my Kubuntu desktop, as well as my Win7 one. And the only way it's going to take 500MB for one page is if you had many other pages open very recently, in which case it still has them cached in case you bring them back, which is a (quite useful) feature of the browser. So sick of this stupid FUD argument, especially on modern machines where it makes no difference. Using RAM != slow and bloated. Get a clue.

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