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2275 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Barclaycard slaps pay-by-bonk plasters on mobes

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Re: Stealth Bonk

Stick it to the back of your hand and invent punch-to-pay?

Stick it to your grundies and do the bump? Bump bump bu-bu-bump aw yeah?

If they're in America already, I'm surprised someone hasn't had the balls to stick one to the side of his gun and scare the shit out of a few till operators with draw-to-pay, punk.

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Oracle v Google could clear way for copyright on languages, APIs

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"In recent years, a strangely zealous campaign against patent protection for software has been successfu"

Which planet have you been living on? "Recent years" seem to have been chock-full of patent trolling from where I'm sat. The campaign against it can't have been that successful.

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Google faces WHOPPING FTC fine for Safari privacy gaffe

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It's still further than our lot got in prosecuting them. It's been a while, but I'm pretty sure that the Computer Misuse Act 2000 makes their little wi-fi slurp completely illegal, and on the scale they did it, someone should get put away. Nnnnope, never gonna happen.

But then again, it didn't with Phorm either, did it?

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Microsoft details Halo 4 release

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Oh Christ, I had hoped this hugely overrated piece-of-shit series was dead and buried...

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Google G-drive app leak sparks 5GB file vault riddle

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No Linux support again, eh?

Assuming these rumours are true, I would expect better from Google of all people. Half the stuff they make is based on Linux, as is a massive chunk of their infrastructure. The Android SDK has an official Linux release, Android itself is Linux-based, as are Chromebooks, etc, etc, etc.

Make a chuffin' *nix client!

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Microsoft to bake Windows 8 in three flavours

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Re: Let's go:

ReTarded?

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Re: yep

"who ever knew that windows would be the star trek movies of software."

Only in this case, it's all the odd numbered ones that are any good.

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Sony: UK ebook shop open for business

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Re: amazon 3% VAT

....or reduce VAT where it's being horrendously overcharged? 15% for 18 months and then 20% for the rest of time? Yeah, thanks for that.

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Re: Been waiting for it to appear

I also have the PRS-T1. The store isn't that great yet - too few books and too expensive - but it's the Reader PC software that really gets on my nerves. It's terrible, with a pretty piss-poor user interface, missing options all over the place, and it doesn't handle sync properly. It assumes that its copy is always right, not the reader's, and you can imagine how that goes.

My biggest irritation is that I was stupid enough to create some collections on the reader from the PC software, as that kind of massive multiselect thing is always easier on a desktop. Collections you create on the desktop are locked on the reader - why?? I then got a new laptop, installed the reader software, and it refuses to synchronise these collections back! So now I have collections on the reader that neither the device nor the PC can edit. Someone needs a slap for that.

In fairness, the one thing it does do really well is updating the device's firmware - that was absolutely painless, just a notification and one button to click. I'm just glad that I applied the Android hack to my T1 immediately after getting it, so I have Kindle installed. Some of my stuff comes from there, and the rest are independently bought ePubs/PDFs from elsewhere on the net, copied via the filesystem directly to the device's /media directory. If Sony want me to use their store instead, they're going to have to try a lot harder.

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Apple finally deploys Mac Flashback Trojan terminator

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Re: @Greg J Preece: facebook needs no java-plugin

The uploader wasn't just a box with "select file" - it allowed for multiple select, showed upload progress, preview and rotate, etc, etc. Was actually pretty neat.

More info: http://www.stevepoland.com/facebook-image-uploader-java-applet-replica-script/

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Re: I understand Java and Javascript are totally different, but...

Last time I uploaded photos to Facebook from my computer and not my phone, that was Java. It is around, and it can look pretty enough that people assume it' not Java. ;-)

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The Flash Approach

Backed yourself into a corner by preventing Oracle from updating their own kit? Been made to look like ineffectual tits for 6 weeks? What's the answer?

Disable it!

Yes, that's right, when properly maintaining something you demanded complete control over is too much effort, and backing down would hurt your pride, just disable the user's functionality! If they complain, why not write an open letter attacking the platform as buggy/slow/a threat to users. I'm sure your legions of slavering fans will agree with your every word, no matter how demented.

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Re: Opera On-Demand Plugins setting

Good god, is there any article the Opera Squad won't invade with their gushing?

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FBI track alleged Anon from unsanitised busty babe pic

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Re: A few simple lines to save yourself from prison

My N900 auto-purges location information when it uploads photos to anywhere. No additional software required, it's built straight into the phone. Damn handy piece of kit.

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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

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I really don't want to answer this. I don't want to give them ideas.

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'Selling your citizens to foreigner is not acceptable!'

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Re: > remember when a smartphone used to be all about capability?

I'm going to go with cynicism. ;-) Back when I started buying smartphones, they certainly weren't status/fashion symbols. Big, ugly silver bricks cluttered with keyboards and styluses, when everyone wanted smaller, thinner, more fashionable phones, ultimately culminating in the - *spit* - Razr.

They were not pretty to look at, twice the size of anything else, and had pretty piss-poor user interfaces, but they could do everything. The current set of "smartphones" (Android and iOS) took years to achieve pretty much the same level of functionality. Oooh, your smartphone can multitask now, can it? I must have fallen through a timewarp to ten years ago.

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"This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade."

Says everything you need to know about the current smartphone market.... Does anyone remember when a smartphone used to be all about capability?

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Most anticipated videogames of 2012 revealed

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Re: isnt....

Do you care? It's a long time since the Aliens franchise made something new that wasn't shit/meh, TBH.

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Re: No PC games then?

"In the most egregious cases the pirated version is more functional than the retail. I pirated Crysis 2 after I bought it; the cracked version fixes a game stopping save-game bug that Crytek won't fix as the game is 'out of support'."

Funny you should say that. I had to do the same with Far Cry on WinXP x64 a few years back. I'm also of the opinion that DRM and publisher hatred is what tried to kill PC gaming (sorry, but it's not dead). Piracy happened all through the 90s, but the PC was absolutely golden. Then DRM came along, nuked the second hand market completely (meaning fewer games on shelves and no more people willing to pay £40 a pop than previously), and the publishers wrote off all PC gamers as pirates.

But don't be a smug console gamer, because you lot are next. Already the 2nd-hand taxes are being collected, and with the next generation, the publishers will try to kill off the high street entirely, so they can lean you over the coals for £50 a game. And unlike Steam, PSN sales are few and far between, include very few titles, and don't have nearly the same level of discount. So, enjoy that when it hits.

And if I have to hear that "yearly upgrade" FUD one more time... My PC just entered its 7th year of life, and only now am I *thinking* of upgrading it. Next year.

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Parents shocked by priestly PowerPoint pr0n

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Re: Wow...

"As an atheist, why would you care what the church thinks at all?"

Because they're counting me amongst their numbers, and those numbers give them influence on world events which is almost always negative. I don't want to be counted as a Catholic, because I don't want Africans dying in my name, or altar boys being buggered for it. I left Catholicism long before I left Christianity, because I simply couldn't continue associating myself with the horror and corruption of the Vatican.

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Maybe it was a collage? A big, throbbing celibate collage?

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Re: I find it more shocking...

Well, if there's one thing the Catholic church needs, it's money! Money cures bad thoughts, dontcha know? Either that, or it pays hush money to the latest victims.

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Re: Wow...

Hey, if you want some anti-Catholic vitriol, then as an ex-Catholic that the church refuses to acknowledge as an atheist, I have plenty I can spout, if you'd like?

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Coders' 'lives sucked out' by black-and-white Visual Studio 11

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Re: Windows 8 too (@Greg)

"You press the relevant button, the app goes full screen. "

Noooooo no no no no no no, that's not quite true, is it? You click the fullscreen button, it does a pointless animation (Lion is very fond of those) and you end up in a completely enclosed version of fullscreen where you have to do needless clicking just to get at the bloody menu, and the dock isn't available even on auto-hide.

And never mind that this super-amazing-wow fullscreen capability requires apps to be modified in order to support it - are you kidding me?? All that was required was a simple button that made the window expand to fill the available space - a maximise button. But Apple couldn't have that, as it wouldn't be different enough, so they took the most basic proposition and overblew it as much as they possibly could. It might seem minor, but it's the sheer pointlessness of requiring applications to update just to support a needlessly flashy window transition that brasses me off. That isn't "revolutionary" design, it's fucking around. And sliding between fullscreen apps? Wow, you've invented the virtual desktop switcher...

The real question is: why did it take 7 revisions of OSX to get such a function? I can't think of another windowing system I've ever used that is lacking something so idiotically basic. Perhaps their next amazing, revolutionary addition to the system will be lock-sodding-screen. Perhaps they can have the OS play a fecking waltz before a huge padlock animation plays, and unlocking will require a new and totally intuitive touchpad gesture, like wiping your nose on it.

Grrrrrrr Lion pissed me off. All flash, no substance, 100% Apple. Truth is, as a practical, useful windowing system OSX is a piece of shit, massively overrated and fawned over, and it was left far, far behind by other systems many years ago.

</Rant>

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Re: The Bethesda Excuse

The reason Bethesda create such excellent modding tools is because they know that RPG nerds are the pickiest, whiniest, most easily offended bunch of nerds on the gaming nerd spectrum. They know they can't possibly please all of them, so they let you mod the shit out of it until it is pixel-perfect to your exacting specifications.

Signed, an RPG nerd.

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Re: Windows 8 too

If Mountain Lion is anything like the Lion that preceded it, it can sod off. What an absolutely worthless upgrade that was. A fullscreen focus-stealing application menu (to add to your applications menu next to your other nested applications menu - usability!), the stupidest implementation of fullscreen apps I've ever seen in my life, a raft of bugs, and not much else. Wasn't worth the upgrade from the far more dependable Snow Leopard.

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Colour Vampires

I like that, I'm going to steal it.

But yeah, these people are right. It's just awful to use, especially when your other IDE is Netbeans with a modified City Lights setup and version control thrown in - colourtastic. I almost immediately went back to VS2010, new thingummies that don't work properly yet be damned!

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Internet Explorer nibbles browser rivals, swells by 1%

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What's the install base of Macs versus Safari's market share? Serious question, does anyone have stats on that? It would be interesting to see which OS users are more likely to keep the default browser.

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@Trollface

THIS!

I really quite like Opera as a browser. Not my preference, but it's not bad at all. The fanboys, on the other hand... Gee. Zus.

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Re: Wahey! - @AC

You say "unforgiving rendering" like it's a bad thing. Code your pages properly and there's no issue. ;-)

Interesting to see this reversal of fortunes for IE. People are playing it up all wrong though. Surely this is a sign to Microsoft that developing a fast, reliable browser that complies well with standards is a far better and more welcome strategy than their previous efforts? People are more savvy these days - Firefox and Chrome taught them that - and it's led Microsoft to create a much improved browser. Isn't this the end-result benefit of competition in the browser market that we all wanted? What the hell are you all complaining about?

I don't personally use IE9, but if I meet someone out there does, I don't actually mind. In the past, the developer in me would have gotten irritated and tried to persuade them away, but now IE has improved to the point that I don't have to worry about it so much.

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Sugar content now to be measured in Cadbury Creme Eggs

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Re: "In English"?

Perhaps he should have said, as I do, "what's that in proper money?"

Seriously, sod Imperial. It's a stupid system of measurements, and almost totally irrelevant today.

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Euro data roaming price cut too shallow

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Orange have a fairly decent (by roaming standards) package that our guys use when on the continental mainland. It sits dormant on your phone, activates the first time you use it each day, charges you £3 for that day, and you get 50MB to use until midnight, when it goes dormant again until it's needed. It's proved to be more than enough for our guys checking e-mail, viewing webpages, finding directions and so on.

Outside the EU, on the other hand, you're pretty much stiffed. Not only do you have to subscribe to a minimum 30-day roaming subscription (which they always "forget" to remove from your account) which costs a horrendous amount for little data, but the buggers pro-rata it!

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ALL Visa cards blab punters' names - not just Barclaycards

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Re: Yes

Look after your stuff better...

And if you weren't paying attention, what they've got now is more than previously. What happens when they break the whole thing open? "Oh, it's just all my important data being slurped from inside my jacket by some guy on the other side of the train. What's the big moan?"

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I don't get why people are surprised by this. It's a chip, in your card, that allows your payment details to be grepped wirelessly, and you thought that was a good idea??

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Munich's mayor claims €4m savings from Linux switch

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Re: hmm

"Please do explain why using Linux increases productivity for the average worker?"

I've got this one!

First up, it doesn't crash nearly as often. Boom, recovered hours of manpower right there.

Secondly, it has many many more features built in that don't require additional components or faffing around when you realise the attachment you were e-mailed needs an office service pack to be opened. Archiving is a great example. Windows will open practically nothing, and Mac about the same - Ark on the other hand will open pretty much anything you can throw at it, and it's integrated so the user doesn't even need to know what it is. PDF reading is another - Windows needs Adobe Reader, which I think we can all agree is magnificent bloatware. Every Linux distro I've used has an integrated reader, so again, no training or product knowledge required by the end user - just click the bloody thing.

Lastly (and these are just quickly off the top of my head) the file managers in anything that isn't Linux are atrocious. I thought Explorer was as basic as it could get, and then I used Finder. These things are terrible, and considering how core they are to the average office user's experience, it's pretty unforgivable. Something like, say, Dolphin, is brimming with useful and easily accessed functionality that helps me out on a daily basis.

Those are just the ones that sprung to mind. Others might be "having a network manager that isn't the most confusing labyrinth piece of shit ever designed by man", or "it's just way way way faster", but I'll leave those for other commenters.

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Apple slapped with second Siri senility lawsuit

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Re: Beta!

Siri's a gimmick for the gullible, but I would like to point out that another tech giant's favourite thing in the universe is to keep production products in "beta" for years so they don't have to concern themselves with such petty concerns as whether or not they work correctly.

How many years was Google Maps in beta, anyway?

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PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release

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Re: AMD?!? *yawn*

"I remember when Sony made cool hardware."

Your argument against AMD gfx chips being used is that they're...not.....cool.......... You're a CoD player, aren't you?

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Re: Sounds shitty

"Xbox games we can still play cheaper & better on PC."

Exactly why I don't have a 360. Between my PS3 and the PC, I can get pretty much any big-name game I want. Only some of the JRPGs and XBLA releases have tempted me over, but isn't XBLA supposed to be available on PC now?

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Re: You mean.. 1080p at last

"The only gaming platform that offers 1080p @60fps for all games is the PC."

Only 1080p? I've been running 4072x1024 for about 5 years now. ;-)

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Re: Pathetic

"know what would be funny, if the next X-Box release did the exact opposite"

Yeah, that'll happen. It was MS who started this whole unlock-code business, and it was a fair old while before it started to infect the PS3 library on any kind of scale. If this horrendous anti-consumer crap is what Sony are doing, how bad are MS going to be?

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Re: Time for the graveyard?

I agree with everything you said except for the AMD bit, which is actually where this console makes sense. Part of the PS3's problem is that it's insanely powerful, but the Cell is not something people are used to. The AMD chips, on the other hand, will use an instruction set people will almost certainly be familiar with.

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Re: Sounds shitty

Amen. Unless the retail games are cheaper as a result, or start offering more than 6 hours of half-arsed gameplay, you can count me out of that one. I love my 60GB PS3, and not least because I can shove PS2 and PS1 games into it.

It really is a massive shift in attitudes. Back when the PS1 emerged, Sony didn't care at all that it was being pirated left, right and centre (if they did, they did sod all about it). These days, all 2nd hand gamers are criminals.

Well, I don't give a toss about graphics, and games are turning Hollywood in their shittiness and lack of polish. This past year I've bought several games new that didn't work properly and have never been patched. So sod 'em, I'll buy up the previous 3 consoles' worth of good games, and go back to my PC, where the prices are cheaper, the graphics and controls are better, and the gameplay is far more involving.

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Plastic that SELF-REPAIRS using light unleashed by prof

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Re: ROTM

I thought the T-600s had rubber skin, not plastic.

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James Cameron back from dive to world's deepest point

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Re: Pacifist aliens?

2 minutes was all I could stand of the cliche-ridden dialogue, and was more than enough to figure out the plot of the next 20 minutes, ta very much. I don't have to watch all of a shit movie to detect that it's shit. Go watch the first 2 minutes of Transmorphers, then try and convince me that the rest of it's going to be a masterpiece, sarky arse.

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Pacifist aliens?

You obviously didn't see the director's cut where they threatened to annihilate the world, then. Much better ending, incidentally.

You can rail on Cameron (quite rightly) for Titanic and Avatar. I saw 2 minutes of the latter on a demo screen at HMV and it seemed pretty terrible, but most people lapped it up because it was pretty. That said, you shouldn't forget that he made Abyss, Aliens, and the two Terminator movies. That's not a CV I would scoff at.

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Windows Phone left on launchpad by Angry Birds in spaaace

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And as we all know, the Amiga survived and was totally successful, whereas the PC has nose-dived into oblivion.

Not the best example you could have picked. ;-)

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Worst movie poll screening delayed 7 days

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Oh hi, Lewis! Why don't you want to do my movie? It's real good, huh! Why don't you like it? Don't you know anything about life? You're tearing me apart, Lewis!

Come on guys, let's go home, huh.

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Mass Effect 3 crooks trick gamers with fake 'alternate ending'

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Re: Just a friendly warning

Please don't refer to that mediocre series as a "saga"...

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Re: No mass effect game of the year edition

ME2 didn't have a GOTY that I know of, but it did have a rather spandangly collector's edition on PC - all in easy-to-destroy card wrapping, naturally.

Man, that irritates me. Why are the editions that a collector is supposed to want to keep for years and years the most fragile? And then some (&$£%£ at the store goes and puts one of their impossible-to-remove price stickers on the ^$%^ing card.

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Managed to deftly avoid the spoilers above (knock that shit off!), but came on to point out the ironic part of this story: BioWare said yesterday that the feedback was so terrible they're thinking of releasing - you guessed it, EA fans - DLC to fix it!

Aaaaaaand this is why I don't buy EA games at release any more. I wait until they nickel and dime everyone to death for stuff that should be in the released game, and then buy the games once the complete game is out.

Incidentally, El Reg, <spoiler /> tags seem like a pretty good idea to me. Seen them put to excellent use on other forums. You either have to highlight the spoiler text or click a button to read it.

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