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Nintendo Wii U launch and pricing disclosed

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Re: "it's probably even further out of date in terms of hardware than the Wii was at launch"

Do you have any understanding of product development?

Do you have any understanding of the gaming market?

They're charging twice as much for this Wii as the previous one (assuming you buy the proper edition). Did you get that? Twice as much. But it is barely on the level of the current consoles in terms of performance, and doesn't have nearly as complete a feature set in terms of media playback/storage. You can buy a PS3 now, which comes with a blu-ray drive, etc out of the box, and it costs less than this thing.

Ignoring price for performance, what happens in another year when the machine is hopelessly outclassed again? One of the big problems with the Wii was that it just couldn't cope with the most popular games. It doesn't matter whether you like those mainstream titles or not (and personally, I'm not a big fan of many of them) - they form the foundation of a console's sales. If the Wii can't handle them, then it loses out in a big way. Why do you think they were trumpeting Mass Effect 3, Call of Duty, etc earlier this year? It's a huge crowd that Nintendo are currently missing, and the faddy crowd they did grab are far more fickle. By the time this thing comes out, even ME3 will be old hat.

If the Wii isn't even in the same generation in terms of hardware, then it can't get the latest cutting-edge games, end of story, and that will hurt it. Whether you like it or not, there's a huge swathe of gamers out there who go cuckoo-for-coco-puffs over the latest graphics.

Actually, while I'm thinking about it, there's another thing I missed from my earlier rant - the online service. The online portion of the Wii was abysmal, even worse than Sony's. I really hope they make massive strides in that area, because they really need to.

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Re: is that all...?

My Ps3 is 320gb too which is overkill because I don't download games.

You're in the minority.

Nintendo is more open

Bwhahahaha. Ah, that's amusing. Is that why they won't let you move your own save game slots between machines half the time? Though I suppose you really don't need a big hard drive if you're committed to never, ever patching games.

And I like how you switched to the 360 to avoid admitting that the PS3 drive is user-replaceable using many standard SATA drives, and comes with instructions on how to do it, as well as a full backup system.

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Christ, the fanboys are out in force on this one. Toad, do you actually work for Ninty or something?

Personally, I'm unimpressed (shocker!). The Wii was gimmicky and cheap. This is just gimmicky, and to be honest, it's probably even further out of date in terms of hardware than the Wii was at launch. Wow, it can run Call of Duty properly now? You know that's a DirectX9 game, right? As soon as the new X-box/PS come out this thing will be left bleeding mainstream titles all over again.

The gameplay demos I've seen aren't any more impressive. Someone pointed me at ZombieU yesterday, which looked interesting until about 40 seconds into the trailer. Sure, it looks far more interesting than most Wii games, but then you look closer. An inventory system that takes far longer than most because of all the touchscreen stuff and doesn't pause the game while you're screen flicking. Switching between 1st and 3rd person perspectives. Constantly holding the tablet up at eye level for all the gimmicky shit they've crammed in, like sniper mode, scanner, etc.

(I will concede that RPGs could be friggin' awesome on this thing, but given previous form we're far more likely to get a set of games that constantly interrupt gameplay to show off the console they're running on, which is missing the ICBM-sized point.)

Yeah, yeah, I know what's coming next. "But that's not the point of the Wii, pick up and play, it's for kids, blah blah blah" So we can look forward to another library consisting of 90% shovelware? Joy. Deep, deep joy. My Wii is very rarely played, and even then my library for it consists almost entirely of arcade light gun ports, and GameCube games, which ironically are the best ones. I suppose the entire console was worth it just to have the first really good HOTD game in history, but it's been one long rollercoaster of disappointment for me. I can name 10 worthwhile games for it, 20 if I really think about it, and half of them I would recommend playing on other consoles.

Oh, and here's something I never hear brought up: if we're supporting old Wii controllers, does it support the ones before Motion Plus (you know, the broken ones)? Because that would be a horrible idea. With the Motion Plus being an optional extra, the vast majority of games didn't support it and suffered for it.

We had a Wii for the more family centric titles - then they died off and the Wii usage died off with it.

The Wii died when:

a) the fad wore off

b) Nintendo announced its replacement so far in advance they practically pulled a SEGA. Derp!

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Re: hmm

Or maybe as it's shared money it's a shared decision....

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Ding dong, the Ping is dead! Apple brings in Facebook for iTunes

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Oh please Mithras, no. I already get my FB filled up every time some twonk changes track on Spotify. This is the last thing FB needs.

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

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Re: So that's UK LTE confirmed

Ten quid extra a month for iLTE if history is anything to go by.

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Re: Evolutionary

Ah yes the usual "not very exciting changes" post: well just LTE support while keeping the same battery life, larger screen, thinner, lighter and in a now mostly metal body.... oh and a better camera too finally with a good front camera for videochat.

You're missing the point, old bean. These changes aren't that exciting because people on other platforms have had them for donkey's years. I mean, browser sync? Really? That's on my N900, for feck's sake.

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Health minister warns ISPs: Block suicide websites or face regulation

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Re: @Greg J Preece - Bit of a pity...

Aaaah, I see where you're coming from now. My apologies, I got the wrong end of that particular stick. I blame Mondays.

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Re: Whitehall has also allocated £1.5m for new research into suicide prevention.....

FUCK ME YOU'RE A GENIUS!

Just like that, eh? Wow, if only they had thought to "improve prospects for teenagers." It's just so clear and simple! Why can't we get something that brainless implemented TODAY?

Oh, right, your post is nothing but pisswaffle. Also, our government is big enough, thanks.

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Re: Bit of a pity...

Having to ask to not be censored is not "opting in", thank you.

Seriously, you're going to have to explain that one. Not even being sarcastic (for once).

"Please don't censor me" != "Please allow me to see the censored content" ?

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Finger-free Kinect coming to fondlesome Windows 8

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This is the only aspect of the Kinect I've ever cared about. For gaming it's rubbish, but I like the idea of using it for PC/TV interaction. Might go pick one up now.

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Valve reiterates games hardware gambit

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Re: It's whatever you're used to.

Really? Ever looked in the options menu of a console game?

No, being a PC gamer I never fiddle with options. (Where's the "rolling eyes" icon when you need it?)

I've tried messing with those settings, but if I make the joysticks fast enough to be anywhere near as responsive as a mouse when turning, then I find it even harder to aim properly, always overshooting the mark.

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Congratulations, that's the stupidest thing I've read on here in ages.

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Greg J Preece
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Re: It's whatever you're used to.

Mouse is generally better suited for anything involving looking and aiming. For those things it is genuinely better than thumbsticks, simply because of the response time involved in executing an action. Turning around can take several seconds, and fine aiming longer. With a mouse I can do it in a fraction of the time. (I play frequently on both kinds of controller.)

I wouldn't like to say that the console controllers are inherently less accurate, as I'm sure some people are daemons at aiming with them. For me, they are. I can aim to a much finer degree with a mouse, in much less time, with much smaller adjustments possible, and I find myself often cursing on console FPS games along the lines of "I wish I had a bloody mouse for this bit".

Plus, I can adjust the speed/resolution of my mouse via a couple of hardware buttons, letting me switch instantly between aiming types. That's useful in games like Killing Floor when I'm moving between my primary murder machine (say, a SCAR) and my secondary run-and-gun weapon (say, a shotgun). I can aim insanely accurately when the muties are at range, and when they get a bit cuddly I can switch weapons, jack the res and run for it.

Not that I game much. *Cough*

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Re: What is lacking in the controller space

As it stands, this can be done technically but there is no point as the console players would be roflstomped.

It was done. The console players were roflstomped. They pretty much rage quit the trial immediately.

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Greg J Preece
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Steam-powered console with Half Life 3 as an exclusive launch title, cross-platform with PC only. Let it be known, I called it here. ;-)

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Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

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Re: Why it's "better"/

"The fact that they use manure for fertilizers is pretty damn logical, that is exactly how the planet has been doing it for billions of year"

Trying and failing to follow that "logic". Given that the whole point of human civilisation is basically improving on nature (your current life expectancy is most definitely not down to natural causes), why should we not seek to do the same with our farming methods?

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Re: Science and allergies

"There was a theory (perhaps since disproved) that one of the causes might be dodgy ingredients in cattle feed."

Sounds more like a hypothesis to me.

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Re: Written

I'd love to hear your reasons why GM foods are bad. So would the millions of people they've saved.

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Global strategic maple syrup reserves hit in Canadian mega-heist

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Brian Fargo was right

This is how Fallout starts, except with syrup.

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Readers: Choose the proper new name for Everything Everywhere

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Re: How exactly do you know who voted you down?

I'll agree that's an assumption, but it's preferential to the possibility that there's more than one pathetic toolbox who will disagree with my opinion on something and then go through my profile just to be as petty as possible.

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Re: Delightfully Childish

Hello, person who takes time out of every week to thumb down every comment on my recent posts page. Yes, I have noticed you. You really are the saddest of bastards.

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Delightfully Childish

I am signing every e-mail I send today with that. :-D

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Hipsters hacking on PostgreSQL

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PostgreSQL is great. Being initially a PHP coder, and taught by a certain Kevin Yank, I naturally tended toward MySQL for my DB hobbyist gear. But that was back in my school years. After going full-time and being put to work on an open-source cross-platform project, I was exposed to all four major databases, and using PostgreSQL alongside MySQL all day long just highlights to you how much useful functionality is/was missing from the latter.

A couple of years ago MySQL stopped being the inferior but familiar solution, and started actively annoying me. I tried using PostgreSQL as my primary platform and never looked back. It's fast, easy to understand, open source, and comes with everything I need. I love it.

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Why Java would still stink even if it weren't security swiss cheese

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The only true write-once-run-anywhere language seems to be HTML.

WHAT???

Do you have any idea of the number of hours I've spent in my career getting HTML to work in badly coded browsers?

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Re: better languages?

Hehe, I see your point. I probably should have clarified that as "languages that are either more useful in the real world, or teach skills that are." They wanted us to use Python for all our web development. Yeah, not likely.

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Re: I don't hate java

Forgot to mention Maven, as that's also part of our build process. But yeah, I agree 100%. If there's one language where you almost never reinvent the wheel, it's Java.

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Re: I don't hate java

Reinventing the wheel? Java isn't my primary language, but when I'm using it that's the exact opposite philosophy I see coming from other Java devs. Build your own MVC and persistence gear when Spring 3 and Hibernate are available? Are you nuts?

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WTF is this article? Language is shit because developers are shit?

I'm finding it hard to find anything Java-specific about your complaints. Old programs are hard to run on modern machines? Programs developed at different points in time cause dependency havoc? Are you living in some alternate reality where this kind of crap doesn't occur in every language?

If your argument is that shit developers are shit, then I can agree, however great a tautology that is. But shit developers exist everywhere. That no more makes Java bad than any of the horrendous code I see coming from college WYSIWYG berks used to thinking that Dreamweaver and Visual Studio's form maker is all there is to coding.

As for Uni indoctrination, we were forced to learn Python, rather than anything useful, because the lecturer wrote the textbook... Fortunately, by that point I already knew better languages.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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CS:GO is definitely way better than the shitpile that was CS:S. It looks better, plays better, and is much closer to 1.6. But it's all the same maps AGAIN. Seriously, can we knock this crap off? I know there are some new ones in there, but you'll never see them, mainly because of my other, much bigger problem with the game:

The players.

First game I played of CS:GO, I connected to a map running Italy....which was immediately changed to Dust. So I switched servers to one playing a different map....which was immediately changed to Dust. Several votes for other maps were launched, which were all immediately overridden by the admin for Dust 2.

I am so. Fucking. Sick. Of the sight. Of Dust.

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Number-plate spycams riddled with flaws, top cop admits

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Re: You can't equate...

If you don't know the difference between the UK and a police state, please emigrate to one and don't come back until you've found out. I hear Zimbabwe is nice at this time of year and you won't have to learn a new language.

Oooh, a reverse ILYISMWDYGLT! You don't see that level of idiocy often. I feel privileged.

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Re: Surveillance

No, he wasn't. Read his fucking post.

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Re: Nevermind the gaps.

Obviously the system could be abused and then you'd have to add in the "cost" of such abuse and you'd need to be clearing up a whole lot more cases before the privacy trade-off is worth it. Your comment, however, appears to take the position that such abuse could never be prevented (or its costs mitigated by the benefits of solving cold cases). I'm cynical enough to understand that position, but I hardly think we can take it as read.

Every single previous privilege and system we have given to the police has been abused. It's not a stretch of the imagination to believe that this might also be abused, is it? Are the anti-terror laws that we absolutely must have to stop the country immediately exploding used more against actual terrorists, or ordinary punters/protestors?

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Re: Nevermind the gaps.

Please explain to me, why is storing the whereabouts of anybody in a car, anywhere in the country, for half a dozen years, acceptable to keep tabs on just a small fraction of bad apples in the populace?

You say that as if you were, or ever will be, given a choice. It amazes me how this kind of mass surveillance can just happen, with little to no publicity, oversight, or referendum, but when PIPA turns up everyone goes batshit fucking insane.

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Ghostbusters

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Re: He's gonna take you back to the past....

He also reviewed several other versions of the same game. I believe it became a trilogy of videos. He also thought they were a right lot of shit.

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Sony opens cover on latest e-Reader

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Re: e-books and airoplanes

I've had that too, some self-important bint on a Jet2 plane commanding me to turn my T1 off in case the milliamps of power it wasn't currently using somehow disrupted the communications capability of an entire bloody control tower. It's utter nonsense. Can't airlines just grow up and stop this rubbish?

Same goes for petrol stations. I've been told to hang up on calls several times, because apparently microwaves in the communication band can make underground petrol tanks explode. Makes you wonder why terrorists bother with bombs when all they have to do is wander next to a fuel tanker and ring their mum.

</rant>

Sorry, irritated today.

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Re: Yep - that's Sony

Double standards because one is American and one is Japanese?

Not exactly. Sony make shit software, but they don't force you to use it. The T1 works perfectly well in mass storage mode, doesn't demand that it manage your content, lets you import just about anything, etc, etc. That's typical Sony stuff really. Technically excellent, despite their best attempts to ruin it.

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Do I detect sarcasm?

Perhaps a little. ;-)

I may have previously owned a Sony MP3 player. Never again! But then, I've been buying Cowon players since then, right up until their recent fascination with Android.

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Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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"We Have All The 4G Ner Ner Ner"?

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Sony PlayStation Vita sales crawl

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Re: @Greg J Preece

Hey, you're the one who's tracking my comment history. That's fine, but I'm gonna get irritated when you're only reading the bits that suit you. I'm not about to be turned into a strawman.

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Re: @Greg J Preece

This was a point that you strenuously avoiding during your rather limp triumphalist Sony fanboi crowing on most 3DS articles- though it seems that the Vita has sold even worse.

Come again? If you'd read my previous comments on the DS range properly, you'd have learned that I own two of them, one limited edition, and only one Sony handheld (admittedly also limited edition). Read it again, moron: I don't own a Vita. I'm not owning a Vita until I get some games. I was criticising it, just as when I called the PSP Go useless. Some Sony fanboy, eh?

If you could be less of a dismissive tit and try again, you might spot that I was railing in defence of all dedicated games consoles. I haven't actually disagreed with anything you've said in terms of market direction, (a point you'll also miss, I imagine) but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

Games on mobiles are shit, end of story. Screens are inferior, controls are horrendous, sound quality sucks balls, and the general effort and variety put into the games is far, far less. Call that "silly platform advocacy" if you want, but I am a gamer, and a proper one. I buy any platform that has the games I want, and actually works (I don't own a Kinect). My recent slagging off of Nintendo has been because recent Nintendo offerings are a load of crap. Sony being useless at releases doesn't make the 3DS any less rubbish, or the Wii any more functional.

Incidentally, my primary gaming platform is the PC. You'd have easily learnt that too, if you'd taken the time to read what I was saying rather than labelling me. But I guess it's easier to be condescending when you ignore what contradicts you.

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Greg J Preece
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Fantastic piece of kit, but where are the bloody games?? There's very little on there that entices me. I imagine it's going to get ramped up at christmas, but I fear that will be too late.

And all those people going on about phone games - go away. Mobile games != real games. You know it, I know it, but you're going to flame me for it anyway.

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UK watchdog snaps on glove to probe Tesco's 'security fails'

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Singling them out? How are you supposed to solve an issue without picking a place to start?

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Re: I would care...

Is this clip typical of USA kids TV?

Only of the live-action side. Some of their animated stuff is superb. Their live-action low-budget shows that you find on Disney or Nick? Terrible, awful, atrocious, horrific, and utterly unbearable. To be honest, the clip you just saw is probably some of the better stuff. For example, try tracking down this episode on YouTube and giving it a watch:

Wizards of Waverly Place: Dancing with Angels. - Be very afraid!

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Re: Payback? @ Greg

One half-assed remark ... fair enough. But how many of the target audience will have heard that remark and let it sink in? All it takes is one percent of the target audience to believe it and one percent of that subset to end up making the decisions.

If they get to that point so uneducated that they're still basing computing decisions on an off-cuff remark they heard on the Disney channel in their pre-teen days, the company has far bigger problems.

Given that the content of these live-action kids shows is such utter dross, what are the chances that anyone will remember any of it? It's like enduring a visual frontal lobotomy.

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Re: Payback? @ Greg

But they are of an age where they might grow out of this pap, get a decent education and then end up making "enterprise software purchasing decisions". Or, if not enterprise level decisions, then at least at the SMB level. Then they regurgitate this nonsense and reach a decision along the lines of "well, no-one ever got fired for buying MS/Apple/ProprietoryStuff (insert your least favourite software here)". And thus the cycle of lock-in continues.

One half-assed remark by a writer who clearly doesn't know their stuff does not an indoctrination make. I grew up watching Star Trek and some seriously weird 80s/90s cartoons, but I don't currently believe that talking cats can fly jet fighters, nor have I tried to solve any server issues by dumping the rack's warp core.

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Re: Payback?

Errrr....you guys are aware that the target audience of this show aren't exactly those people making enterprise software purchasing decisions, right?

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eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

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She also found a fetish of some kind attached to her car

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

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Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

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Re: @Aaron Em

Apart from the fact that you're changing the subject, the current Tesla home charging rig can charge at a rate of about 60 miles range/hour. That's from a standard 240 volt domestic supply.

Is that not the special three-phase huge pluggy thing? So what happens when you get to the other end and they don't have a special three-phase huge pluggy thing?

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