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2304 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu

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Only for developers allergic to OpenGL.

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Re: WTF!?

You know Valve can do more than one thing at once, right? I very much doubt that the "mass distribution client" development team and the "new game engine" development team overlap much...

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Re: Platform meaningless without games

I don't know about the whole "no games for Linux" thing. If you look at the Humble Bundles (which come with Steam codes), all the games I've seen on there have a Linux native version available. There's a *ton* of indie games which will work on it immediately, I would imagine.

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Apple rejoins EPEAT green tech cert program

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How the heck does this even work? I thought they withdrew because there's no way their latest gluing-everything-in bullshit would get approved, and then they just waltz back in like nothing ever happened? How can the laptops now be approved when they couldn't before?

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Android games console scheme nets $2.5m

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A focus on F2P gaming?

Wow, there's a console I'll be staying away from. Most F2P games are the worst kind of nickel-and-diming.

"That's a good point, but there's nothing new or interesting coming out for the PS2, ever,"

There's nothing new coming out, but there's more good games on it than you'll ever play, so who cares? My PS2 is still hooked up and used often, in spite of all the hardware around it being far newer. It has an outstanding games catalogue, so why not indulge?

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iPad Mini maquette spied on web

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"It's a tablet computer not a dedicated media player."

Uh huh. And yet its primary uses seem to revolve around being a media player. Honestly can't say I've seen anyone do anything more advanced than writing an e-mail on one.

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Why are Apple so bloody fond of the 4:3 aspect ratio? Given the iPad's status as a glorified picture frame, and that one of the only things people ever do with them is watch videos, why the chuff aren't they 16:9 or similar?

Here, watch a movie on your shiny new retina device. Don't mind the massive letterboxing. After all, you spent a ton of money on a high DPI screen so you could not use half of it, right?

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Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society on Blu-ray

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Re: Forgot about the music!

Don't forget Cowboy Bebop!

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"Although it’s not quite like that notorious episode of the GITS:SAC TV series in which virtually the entire 30 minutes comprises internet nerds arguing around a table,"

I loved that episode!

Anyway, is SAC itself coming to BD at some point? I bought the special edition DVDs from the US ages back (the ones with the OSTs and t-shirts) and they're fantastic. Would love to see a BD re-release.

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Ex-Nokia staffers team up to revive MeeGo

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Re: This could be my next phone

"I have an N950"

And I have jealousy. You jammy sod!

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Re: build it...and they wont come

"I don't understand the love people on here have for Nokia when RIM is nothing but a joke. Is it because they are being ravaged by the bad man from M$?"

It's not a love of Nokia at all. I couldn't care less about the new Lumias, really (though I kinda like WP7). It's a love of Linux, and how brain-buggeringly brilliant it was when Nokia did it.

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Re: build it...and they wont come

There were fewer apps built for it because Nokia announced they were deprecating the platform before it was even released. That's not got anything to do with whether or not MeeGo's any good. I was drooling over it up until Nokia dropped it.

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You again? I honestly can't tell any more if your shilling is genuine or not.

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Re: Meego

Not had the chance to fiddle with MeeGo as much as I'd like, but Maemo before it was fantastic as a smartphone operating system (and by smartphone I mean "a phone you can do advanced things with", not "a phone that is shiny and sells well to idiots"). It still has the best multitasking of any smartphone OS, hands down, and can do more out of the box than pretty much any current smartphone, let alone those present at release.

Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing what Tizen can do. So long as it doesn't turn out like Bada...

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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

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Seems reasonable. They're supporting at least 5 years back, which is about the general lifetime of one of these machines. Still won't be buying it if it's as big a waste of money as Lion was, though.

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Google plants rainbow flag in anti-gay countries

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Re: All very well...

"You are not in a position to judge my life, humorless or not"

And you don't get to speak on behalf of All The Gays, like you just tried to pull up there, Mr Chairman.

"I'm not even sure how you managed to equate me with Islamic fundamentalists?"

You should re-read the comment then. It was pretty obvious.

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Re: All very well...

"This is the sort of casual homophobia which is particularly poisonous. I've got news for you and all the "it's ok because I'm joking" people: It is not ok. It is not ok by a long shot, it's crude, offensive and divisive. It perpetuates 70s stereotypes, you and all the upvoters of your pathetic comment should be ashamed."

As a bisexual dude, FUCK OFF.

A clever play on a company's nickname (and seemingly aimed in support of Google's initiative) is not homophobia, it's a fucking joke. If your life is so humourless that this offends you, I suggest you unplug and walk away from the Internet now. You aren't going to survive here.

I have no problem with gay rights (duh!), women's rights, or any other kind of equal rights. What I have a problem with is people who can't laugh at themselves. You perpetuate exactly the same kind of rigid, stern-faced miserable fuckpuppetry around the cause that the Muslims do whenever someone draws Mohammed in a dress. Nothing negative was said whatsoever. Get over yourself.

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Watch out for the GIGANTIC ALIEN JELLYFISH, warns space boffin

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Re: those aren't her ideas

I was also going to call on the stuff stolen from Clarke, but I was thinking Odyssey 3 (I think it's 3 - the aliens living in Jupiter's atmosphere).

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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

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"EFI is in all Macs and boots anything you like."

Er, no. Mac's bastardised version of EFI is in all Macs, and boots whatever you like so long as you buy it chocolates first, and know all the magic hexes required. Three reboots to get rEFIt installed is pretty easy, but on my 2011 MacBook the booting process is:

1. Hold down the option key to select rEFIt from the options under the Mac boot menu. This - *somehow* - gives the non-Mac operating system correct access to power control and screen brightness.

2. Select Linux or Windows from rEFIt. This doesn't boot Windows or Linux - it boots GRUB2.

3. Select Linux or Windows from GRUB2. Now they boot.

Bit of a faff, wouldn't you say? And don't even get me started on setting up the machine that way in the first place. The partition editor in OSX is a fecking joke.

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Leap second bug cripples Linux servers at airlines, Reddit, LinkedIn

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Re: My Windows servers never missed a beat :-P

Were they too busy remote-installing Skype across your network? :-p

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Re: Phew...

Like that multi-CPU desktop I've got at home. Dreading booting it up tonight now.

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Android Jelly Bean won't get Flash Player

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"Cool down, no is trying to say android sucks so no need to work up a fanboy rage."

Nice try, but I use Maemo. Try making a valid point without an ad hominem next time.

Apple launched an inferior product, then tried to pull a Microsoft and claim the inferiorities were features. Love your iPhone status symbol more because it does less. Saying that Flash would die off with HTML5 is as wise as pointing out the certainty of day following night.

I guess I just don't get how the world works inside the reality distortion field, where supporting only one format is *better* than supporting both...

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"Or, as I like to call anything to do with Android, cancer."

Ballmer, is that you? Step away from the chair. It won't make Windows Phone popular.

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@Nervosa

Erm...what? HTML5, including video, was a spec that Google worked on. A lot of people worked on it, even before the W3C accepted it. Everyone knew and indeed intended that Flash would eventually die off with this next generation. And that makes Jobs some kinda of visionary? My arse.

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Re: Die, flash, die

If it's Ubuntu or similar, install Flash-Aid within Firefox. It roots out the best Flash version for your machine and sets it up automatically with various custom config options. Always works well for me.

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1-0 to Steve Jobs and Apple.

I don't get how you figure that. iOS supports one option, Android supports both, and the rest of the world isn't/wasn't nearly ready enough for HTML5, making Android the superior offering for a decent amount of time. All this does is bring Android back to iOS' level, not make iOS any better.

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Mad fan-fitted mouse keeps mitts moisture-free

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Inelegant. Surely a better solution would be to have the fan mounted inside the mouse, and the skin made grille-like. Also, that's got to affect weight distribution. That would annoy some gamers I know quite a bit.

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Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser

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"Who is still using IE ??"

Well, if you're using IE9, why not? I'm just gonna come out and say it - there is nothing wrong with IE9. It's not as bleeding-edge advanced as other browsers, sure, but there's also not really anything inherently wrong with what it does. It's quick, seems stable when I've used it, supports the current standards far far better than older versions - what exactly is wrong with it, other than it not being fashionable these days? (Seriously, if you follow *trends* for a feckin' web browser, you need to re-assess your entire life.)

Wanna know how many rendering bugs I've had to fix in IE9 recently, or indeed ever? None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Doughnut.

Wanna know how many I've had to work around in Chrome in the past fortnight? Because it's not zero.

Personally, I'm a shirt-wearing Mozilla man, but I'm no zealot.

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"Over 60 billion words are typed every day on Chrome browsers, he said, with over a terabyte of data saved every 24 hours."

And that, right there in a nutshell, is why I don't use Chrome. I'll browse without you looking over my shoulder, thanks.

Incidentally, now that you've reached the heady heights, can you slow down and fix some of your browser's glaring rendering bugs? You launched a campaign to replace the predominant, buggy browser, and you're replacing it with another buggy browser, except this one spies on you.

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Star Trek app warps into TiVo space

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Re: Ah, the cartoons

"mmm M'Ress..."

I'd forgotten her! Mmmmmmm, M'Ress....

Apparently furry porn of her is so prevalent that it makes it into the image search preview at the top of a Google search for her name!

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"Do they re-release old computer games and make all the graphics better?"

Erm....yes they do? OK, the Monkey Island re-releases might have had a switch, but a very large number of the HD upgrades don't. Silent Hill HD was an atrocious upgrade - who the hell deletes fog effects from Silent bloody Hill??

I was actually impressed by the care taken in the ST remaster to match the original feel, and the original effects really do look hideous on hi-def equipment. I can think of far worse attempts at "updating" media than that one. (I know all you Star Wars geeks are thinking Episode IV, but I was thinking Ghost in the Shell 2.0 - fuck that!)

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Android Firefox: Screaming, awesome, you'll go blind etc

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Re: Awesome...

Perhaps they're a big fan of Awesomenauts?

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Firefox Mobile's been my default Android browser for a while now. It hasn't been nearly as fast as the built-in one, and not having Flash is a pain, but the extra functionality and sync with my desktop FF has been bloody useful. Plus, I quite like the fullscreen interface.

These new updates sound like exactly the kick it's been needing. Hope it's not as buggy as other commenters are making out. (Though TBH I had this thing installed on beta 1 - it can't possibly be as bad as that was!)

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Mensch pal Bozier defends Menshn security, dubs critics 'snippy geeks'

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Aside from everything else that makes this hilarious, I finally made it to the front page after several minutes, and the featured quote was:

"Hey Louise. Your government is inhumane. Bye!"

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Apple's iPhone 5 connector said to be a control freak

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And this is why you don't have the proprietary connector in the first place: because, at some point, you'll inevitably have to change it. Apple dug themselves this hole.

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Firefox 'new tab' feature exposes users' secured info: Fix promised

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Re: Chrome too

Really?

'Scuse me, off to check Opera/Safari...

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Yipes, that's a bit of a fuck-up. Surely during the development of a feature that takes screenshots of what you're doing someone would consider HTTPS and private mode? That's some serious derp.

I'm OK though, I turned off that quick-dial crap anyway. Always annoyed me in Opera and Safari, still annoys me in FF.

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Nintendo supersizes 3DS

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Oh wow, what a shock. No-one could have seen this coming from ten light years away, no sir. It's not like they already did this once with the DS.

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Reloaded Doom 3 shoots onto shelves this autumn

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"I take you were a Descent fan? : D"

You know, I was. :-p But I also quite liked Heretic, because it was everything Doom claimed to be.

Incidentally, all three were available as shareware, back when a demo was 1/3rd of the game, not 5 minutes of cutscenes and one firefight.

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I'm used to being the only guy who thought the original Doom games were a bit crap, but am I the only one who thinks £30 for this release is a piss-take?

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William Shatner confirms Devon town actually prostitute free

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Re: "Mr Shatner was not above making jokes at his own expense"

"Jeebus! George Takei... Strewth!"

Apparently our good Takei is *not* Shatner's biggest fan. That might have something to do with it.

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Ex-Soviet space gunboats to be FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Soviet-era space vehicles?

I seem to remember that they were just as reliable - if not more so - than the NASA equivalent. Are we forgetting the Apollo fires, two destroyed space shuttles and a certain Tom Hanks movie?

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ASA: Rooney tweet was advert, not written expression of his thoughts

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"Though Rooney did come up with ideas for the January 2012 tweet, Nike offered in its defence."

I'd love to see those. Probably comedy gold.

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Sony slams Nintendo Wii U functionality

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Re: By past performance...

*Sigh* Really? Are we still banging on about the rootkit thing?

I've got a new console to introduce to you, time traveller. It's called the Sega Nomad.

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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Soooo, let me get this straight. It's a touchscreen device running a mobile version of Windows, with a flat keyboard inside its case, integrated kickstand and stylus?

That doesn't half sound familiar...

http://www.4winmobile.com/reviewer/waveydavey/Reviews/Ameo/conv_1.jpg

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Crytek says future is free-to-play

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Steam could be a subversive set of shits and allow retailers to build code deactivation into their EPOS units. Scan the barcode of the game the spotty oik is selling you, and it automatically removes it from his Steam account! Owned.

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Re: Explanation needed?

Having played some of the quite astonishing rip-offs to be found in the free-to-play market, which are technically free to play - unless you want to actually have a competitive chance, or more than 10% of the game content - that system can frankly sod off. To pay for all the actual content in a FTP game generally costs more than a retail game would, or you can spend an amount of time equal to several lifetimes trying to unlock it all for free.

Was barely interested in Crytek's stuff before, less after they called people buying 2nd hand games thieves, and now not at all. Good job, guys.

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Mozilla plans multi-engine search results, native iOS browser

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What is the reason you would pick Firefox over Chrome?

I'm a developer, and FF works better for that than any other browser. Gecko > everything. That's always been my reason, and given how buggy Webkit is (stick your nth-child selector bugs up your highly polished ARSE!) it looks set to stay that way. It also has the best feature set, for my money.

From an end user's perspective, I can see why they'd be using Chrome, aside from the massive advertising campaign. There's no denying that it's bloody quick, and that seems to be the only thing most end users care about.

Personally, if I wasn't using FF, I'd probably be using Opera to be honest. All the speed, similar feature set, none of the bugs (just a couple of its own), and if you turn off Turbo, no dialling home either.

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Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

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Re: Great now we have a child

"After all, the whole Live Aid thing was wiped out when Bob Geldof asked us to give him our f*$%ing money IIRC!"

Without taking a side in the argument, and my own penchant for cursing notwithstanding, Geldof never actually said that. If you watch the clip back, he actually says "fuck the address", then goes on to the "give us the money" rant.

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