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2272 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

One in four don't clean their stinky old browsers - especially Firefoxers

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Re: Really?

I was surprised at that, too. To be honest, I'd rather have a slightly outdated browser than give Google the ability to silently install stuff onto my machine...

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Re: The reason firefox users don't upgrade

Ah, this FUD again. You're right though, I can't count the number of extensions I've had break since they moved to Jetpack & the faster release cycle.

Because there were no breakages to count.

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Does this have anything to do with the grumpy subset of Firefox users still utterly convinced that the UI completely changed in some irreversible fashion in Firefox 4? I still hear people whining about how the interface "constantly changes" when mine still looks exactly like Firefox 3.

Changing the subject completely, those browser stats seem a bit out of whack - is that stats for Kaspersky's customer base? I seem to remember IE being much higher in the global user stats. Then again, with the differing methodologies and arguing going on, there's always someone willing to argue that x browser is dead and y browser now reigns supreme.

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Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told

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Re: "ignore all patents ... "

So Apple are no better or worse than anyone else.

Except for that whole "massive hypocrites" part.

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Twitter survives election after Ruby-to-Java move

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Next time we get one of those really predictable Java-bashing threads, I'm going to point people here. </smug_mode>

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Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013

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Re: Folk still using IM clients?

IRC still is pretty big , its just that your average man on the street doesn't know about it. But in certain circles its huge. And the fact that its still pretty command line text based is actually the appeal to a lot of people - it keeps anyone non tech savvy well away from it.

Amen to that. After pretty much every other IM network got invaded by the newbies back when AOL discs were being handed out in PC World, IRC managed to stay "pure" by being bloody inpenetrable no non-nerds. I actually have an IRC session open on the other monitor right now, and you can still make any idle channel sing by popping out a few choice Monty Python quotes.

Not sure about IM being dead to be honest. Pretty much everyone I know uses some form of IM system daily; even my retired dad has chatted to me on FB. SMS and IM are slowly going to merge together, I reckon (see the new mobile spec being bandied around the other day).

And bear in mind, the FB chat that everyone has "moved" to is essentially the same system underneath. You can talk to Facebook's chat servers via XMPP, just like you can with WLM and Google Talk.

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Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest

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Stylus - how 90's. I'd rather use a finger I can't lose. What next a slide out keyboard.

My phone has both, and they're both very useful, thanks. I can touch type on my phone's 'board. Ten quid says it functions better than your touchscreen one.

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Re: Pathetic..

Too many people assume it's ok for others to come along and copy Apple stuff

They're saying that Jelly Bean is copied from their stuff? Two words: notification tray.

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In the loop: how Halo defined a new decade of first-person shooters

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Re: WASD sucks

Marathon, back in the day (also the real pioneer of the health-shield system, no surprise there, same guys as "combat evolved") taught me to use the mouse with my left hand, and use the arrow keys for movement (left and right arrow for strafing, not turning). To this day I won't play a game that doesn't allow this.

Already ranted about Future Shock twice on this thread, but I still use its A-SHIFT-ZX control setup to this day. Works like WASD but has much better placement and spacing for my massive hands.

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Re: Erm...

Even bought the expansion pack which let you board a nuclear submarine.

I bought SkyNET and I did enjoy it, and while it improved the game engine, the atmosphere suffered. Too many movie references/easter eggs (did you find the one where you could make dancers appear on the floor in Tech Noir?). The levels were still bitchin' though. Chasing that convoy along the highway in a jeep with a pintle-mount laser cannon was awesome, in a way games haven't replicated since.

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Re: Erm...

The Chief’s dual health system was a pioneering step too. The decision to have shields and health separately governed might be a largely standard occurrence now, but it was anything but back when Halo: Combat Evolved was making its debut.

Again, Future Shock did this in '95. Keep up, guys.

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Re: Erm...

Terminator Future Shock (1995)

Greatest fucking game ever. Now, if you want to talk about a revolutionary FPS, lets talk about Future Shock!

*First ever mouse-look FPS (no, Quake fans, shut up)

*Driving stages

*Flying HK stages

*3D modelled enemies

*HUGE levels, open-air, walk into any building

*Frigging awesome weapons (and more than 2 of them at a time)

*Atmosphere and story that put even modern shooters to shame

And what did Halo bring to the party?

*Shit PC FPS games had been doing for years.

Halo only gets such praise and fanboy creaming because the console cowboys had never played anything even remotely resembling a proper FPS before. Get over yourselves.

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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Re: Gnome 3 is maligned. Gnome3 is a new interface that has great potential

But gradually, I realized that I could have a favourites bar, with our most used applications, and use the facilities in Gnome3 or Unity to present a list of applications matching some partial phrase I enter on the keyboard. (More than likely, in a later release, we will be able to speak the phrase and get to our program.)

This is why I like KDE. It already has all that additional functionality, but can work either as a traditional menu-driven desktop, a widget-based searchy desktop, or a hybrid of the two. If you want to configure it to death, you can get rid of the taskbar and menu panels entirely. However you want to work, it can be set up that way.

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There is a potential upside to this. Perhaps now certain application developers - I am looking at YOU, Mozilla and Oracle - will stop developing their stuff primarily to work with Gnome. I like using Netbeans, but I don't like the lag that gets added when running it under KDE.

I left Gnome behind years ago. The app suite was too immature, there were large chunks of functionality that were simply missing, and the apps that were there had a surprising number of bugs. I moved to KDE and got a much more feature-rich desktop. The widgets and apps that I needed were available, functional and highly customisable. Pick pretty much any task and compare the common Gnome app with the KDE one, and the KDE ones are usually far superior.

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Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games

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Tribes!

Always overlooked, never bettered. Love that frickin' game.

I get that you were putting the firsts of each series in, but I'd have overridden that with Half Life, where the sequel is completely superior not only to its predecessor, but to everything else too.

And the inclusion of Halo is as predictable as it is dull. And Goldeneye? Come on.

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Re: Just another attempt

Mandated popover?

Not only would it work, but it would make their web design people cry...

Fuck yeah! Let's see the judge mandate a GeoCities template, with animated gifs, and the entire apology in a slow-moving, blinking <marguee> tag, with the "click to enter" link right at the end.

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Virgin close to releasing long-delayed TiVo app

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Soooooooooo anything for the legions of us that don't own iPads?

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UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

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Re: I've got one - and its beautiful

Meh - The queues where healthy in Central London yesterday

There's photographic evidence earlier in this thread that would contradict that. The rest of your post is just fanboy guff.

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Re: It actually kind of makes sense...

Surely if you have an iPad and an iPhone then you already have the smaller, almost equally powerful version?

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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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