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2290 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

iPad 3 'first tablet' with Bluetooth 4.0

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Re: Crystal Clear Text

That's three posts spamming your product launch across the site today. Nice PR, there. Everyone knows that El Reg commentards respond well to spam advertising.

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Check out Ubuntu TV. I don't like Unity on a desktop but on a telly it's rather spiffing.

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LYING iPhone 4S mobes claim 4G connection on 3G network

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Re: Any speed works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8huXkSaL7o

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Re: This sort of tosh happens all the time

I was looking at the specs of the Huawei Mediapad on the Orange website today. Apparently it has "dual 1.2GHz processors". Really? Not one dual-core processor, then?

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Yeah, I mean for christ's sake, it's only a network/mobile maker effectively lying about their product's capabilities in order to promote it over identical offerings. Anyone would think this was a technology website or something! Let's ditch these stupid non-news stories and get back to global economics and interviews with Greenpeace.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster's works spotted in space

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Re: lets be honest

Missed Kitzmiller vs Dover, then? That was just funny. "No, I've no idea where those textbooks I personally raised the money for and ordered came from. What do you mean, lying under oath?"

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Lingerie-clad she-devils romp past watchdog

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Ah, the repressed sexual attitudes. God forbid that someone under the age of 18 ever accept their own horrible, nasty, filthy human body, or understand it. That would just corrupt their tiny, fragile minds. The mere mention of sex within 100 metres of an infants school would cause hundreds of deaths, grey matter leaking from tiny innocent noses.

Clearly, mollycoddling is the way to go.

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Re: Porn

"I don't believe I'm a puritanical prude, but I simply don't believe that that amount of flesh should be on display all over the place."

I've got some bad news for you...

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Apple pushes out Mac OS X update to fix Time Machine fail

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Wireless patches? Finally! The wireless on my MBP drops its connection every ten minutes in Mac OS X, but works flawlessly in Linux and Windows. It's infuriating, especially if you're downloading stuff.

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Jelly Bean confirmed as Android names get sweeter

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And yet again I get to respond to some miserable bastard with the two words "Snow Leopard".

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Minimum width of 1366 pixels? So how come after installation (before driver installs) it runs at 1024x768?

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Re: I overheard a guy on the train the other night

The Windows key on a Mac is the cloverleaf/command/whatevertheballsyoucallit button to the left of the spacebar.

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Re: KDE FTW!!!

Couldn't agree more. KDE might not be (by default) the prettiest or slickest UI in the world, and people looking at a fresh install might just think "Windows clone", but to me it's a well established system with a great app suite, and every single corner of it just bristles with config options.

How big do you want your panel? Should it be translucent? What should it contain, and do you need more than one? What widgets do you want on which screen at what size with what options? Do you want to ditch the whole thing and just have an icon-based launcher on the desktop? Should this window be solo, part of a group, sit on top, or drop its surround altogether?

If you're the kind of person who wants things to work your way, KDE is brilliant. It doesn't take long to config, as pretty much everything is GUI controlled, and once it's kitted out, everything you need is exactly where you want it. Been using it for years, and having played with GNOME/Unity from time to time, I can't see myself going back. (That is, on a desktop. Tried Ubuntu TV at the MWC and it looks fantastic.)

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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Safe mode can now only be activated by launching a normal boot and selecting it as a reboot option...

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Who the fuck thought that was a good idea??

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Greg J Preece
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Downloading now. Looks interesting...as with others, I'm really not sure about removing the Start button, but at least they're trying. I'm actually kinda warming to Metro, but not on the desktop. The whiplash I get from moving to and from it is just too much.

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iPad 3 launch news pushes Apple shares to $500bn high

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I don't want to live...

...on this planet any more.

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Sony shifts more than a million PS Vitas

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Make the games cheaper, and Sony wins. A + B= C.

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Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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Never mind multitouch...

""Object transitions" – changing the appearance of an interface element when it is selected or acted upon"

Who the hell granted that??

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Sony to strike gold with PS Vita - if it cuts the price

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Judging by this thread and others I've read, the common theme is "it's a really nice system, but we're waiting until it comes down a bit". Sony had better get on with those price cuts and take an initial-loss approach if they don't want this thing to suddenly flop like the 3DS did.

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It's not the console - compared to a 3DS and even the original PSP at launch it's pretty reasonable. It's the games. It should not even be possible to pay £40 or more for a portable game, unless it's bundled with the PS3 copy as well.

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Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft

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@nexsphil

Nice anti-Linux rant there, but at what point did I make any reference to it going mainstream? I was only talking about it being supported through the use of OpenGL.

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I don't think Windows will die, as you put it. I can certainly see its market share being drastically reduced, as we've seen with IE. Computing consumers these days are a bit more savvy to alternatives, and the ones that aren't are drawn in by Apple's shiny gimmickery. But I don't think it will die, simply because of what depends on it.

Games, for example, largely require DirectX, and while it's heartening to see the recent dearth of excellent indie PC games that have gone tri-platform (check out the Humble Bundles), all the big-name stuff is pretty much Windows only, with the odd one getting a Mac port a year down the line. If the death of Windows were the target, then lashings of money would need to be spent beefing up OpenGL and moving onto it. I'd love for that to happen (games on Linux woo), but I don't think it will.

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Leap-day Visual Studio beta provokes 'passionate' response

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"...eliminate color except for notification or status change purposes on the page and tools palette."

..........What?

In other IDEs I use, the colours are *essential*, indicating everything from errors/conflicts to versioning status. What made them think this was a good idea?

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Apple fanbois forced to go on the pull by Motorola patent

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Re: Weirdos

"And why the spite against a successful company that makes good, attractive hardware and software that real people like, even enjoy?"

Or worship? I mean, who doesn't say a quick prayer or two to Lord Jobs in the morning, before work? It's just a personal belief, and I'm entitled to it. Who are you to say that Apple didn't invent the wheel? Were you there? Can you prove it, or is this just another "theory"?

The ones to watch out for are the non-believers, these angry atheists. They'll distort history with lies, tell you that Apple are a litigious bunch of shitheads that gained a position through slick marketing and are now attempting to hold onto it with lawyers rather than innovation. I mean, we all know that Android is an evil communist plot. I've read the holy letters of Saint Steve, and it's right there in black and white. He said it, I believe it, that's an end of it.

</creationist_parody> (For thickos.)

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Re: Re: can you still cry with both eyes gouged out?

Don't worry, I was five seconds away from making the same joke.

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I'm trying to summon up some sympathy for Apple, but every time I do I end up howling with laughter.

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Samsung Series 9 skinny laptop priced for Blighty

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Re: What's the obsession with 'thinnest'?

Amen. People are always criticising my smartphone for being a "brick". Erm...what? My original mobile phone came with a belt clip and could only text in upper-case, and an N series is a brick because it has a proper keyboard and a decent camera?

I couldn't give two shits if another phone is a few mm thinner - what does that gain me anyway? A more fragile device? If it's an extra 20g heavier, will my weak, crippled hands not be able to heft it all the way to my head?

No, of course not. It's just faddish elitism.

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News of the World hacker named after court block lifted

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Re: And that may be true...

"It's definitely likely to be certainly possible that there was an ask-no-questions ethos pervading the NotW, allegedly."

My favourite sentence of the week. QOTW, El Reg?

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Let me guess - Murdoch still claims to have had no idea this was going on. It's totally despicable, he'd never condone it, yadda yadda.

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Ubuntu for Android: Penguins peck at Nokia's core problem

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Re: Spark Tablet

Genuinely not being a dick, but that's a tablet. :-p

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Nice idea, and I genuinely think that a portable personal "core" that you carry and connect to shells tailored for a given task is a possible future of computing.

That said, quit pissing around and make a smartphone already! Maemo/MeeGo are dead in the water (again), and everyone and their dog's moving to dumbed-down walled-off systems that send a packet back to the manufacturer every time you pick your nose. Canonical making a phone is my last hope for a useful Linux-based device that drops the irritating hardware abstraction, lets me hack it to bits as I see fit, and is actually natively capable of performing advanced tasks and getting things done.

You know - A BLOODY SMARTPHONE!

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Brazilians unveil Microsoft SkyDrive's secret – revealing pics

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Lots of downvoting in this thread. We got a bot around here?

Anyway, my arse that's a desktop client. Look at the rendering on the checkboxes - that's a webpage, that is. Carved up version of the Hotmail style interface. If it's a desktop app, why not show the window frame?

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FTC urged to probe Google's Safari-tracking gaffe

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"Windows Internet Explorer is the browser that respects your privacy."

Windows 8, on the other hand...

(Seriously, if you install Win8, for god's sake hit "customise" and uncheck the million "send your data to us" options.)

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Modern Warfare 3 shoots onto Steam for free

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This was announced last weekend, and I believe that it could be pre-loaded, so hopefully Steam anticipated that waaaay in advance.

I'm just brassed off that Killing Floor was piss cheap again this week. Every time that happens the harder servers flood with CoD/L4D playing newbies who reckon they're tough. They spawn into a game at level 0, cause a huge zombie spawn, get massacred, and rage quit, leaving the regular players on their own against a horde.

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I was only interested in the single-player, so I'll wait for the next Steam sale, ta.

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Ageing Mario blamed for Nintendo's woes

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Re: @Greg J Preece

"if they want to include motion controls in hardcore games at least give the option to disable it."

Agree 100%, and I was heartened to see several titles on the Vita that do exactly that.

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Greg J Preece
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You say that like it's a good thing.

"The first thing that comes to mind when Nintendo are mentioned is possibly the shittiest thing they've ever made!"

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Re: There are some good indy games on the Nintendo eShop

My first ever Wii points card came through the post today (Sin and Punishment the intended target), and I am <b>dreading</b> using it. For a start, it means having to use the bloody store with that bloody interface and that bloody elevator music.

Secondly, the card doesn't just come as a card, oh no. It comes with a DVD, and you just <b>know</b> that it'll be another patronising, repetitive for-fuckwits tutorial that you must watch to continue your task, a la Motion Plus. Five minute unskippable retard-guides, that's what my console was misssing...

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Re: Analogue Mario?

Unless you had a very unusual setup, he was at least output via analogue means.

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@FartingHippo

Surely you're not including Other M?

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Greg J Preece
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This has been the problem with Nintendo for years, but the fanboys refuse to admit or accept it. They just re-hash the same Mario and Zelda games every few years with very little in the way of actual innovation. (No, fanboys, gimmicky controllers and screens everyone stops using after they realise how much they suck do NOT count as gaming innovation.)

I have both console and handheld Nintendo platforms in my armoury, but finding decent games for them is a real challenge, wading through tides of shit and shovelware. That's why Mario games on the consoles continue to command insane prices years after release - because there's nothing else worth playing.

The Sony and MS consoles might have their own shitty "mainstream" titles that they roll out over and over, but at least the other developers are making enough of an effort that you can leave that well-trodden road and find the good stuff.

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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

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Re: Sounds familiar

Sure sounds familiar to me - Skype!

Synchronises my chats between my phones, all my computers, my Sony kit, my e-reader...

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Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

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Re: nearly 7 million quid to tidy up *one* piece of space junk?

If they're only 30cm long, I imagine the plan is to send up lots of them at once. Get the prototype working, then chuck a few dozen into a single rocket and hit go.

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Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

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There's a similar Space Quest pack that got released some years back, comes in a DVD slim case.

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There's also the slew of Atari porn games from Mystique in '82.

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/angry-video-screwattack/23884

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Black Ops has best videogame ending ever

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Now, don't get me wrong, because I *love* Okami, but I thought the ending wasn't that good. The last boss was a bloody insult. Some really creative, fun bosses before that, with personalities no less, and the last enemy is just a cheap, beardy robot who never so much as taunts you. "In that room there is the big bad, go murder him."

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Missed Deus Ex 1 from that - the branching endings were all pretty sweet.

Also, Psychonauts. Nuff said.

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Hmm, anything from before 2004 in there? Looks like another survey handed out to 13 year olds.

Personally, the most memorable for me was probably HL2, when time stops and the G-man just walks out at you. That was bloody cool.

Mass Effect is just one B5 rip-off after another, so despite its excellent presentation my brain wouldn't let me get excited by the not-great-machine at not-Babylon-5 about to be fired by the not-Drakh.

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Microsoft mulls touchscreen controller for next-gen Xbox

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The cockles of my heart were warmed the other day when I finally got hold of Super Stardust Delta on the Vita and found that there is an entire play mode dedicated to turning all that motion control/touchscreen bullshit off, and playing properly. Kick ass!

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Greg J Preece
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Amen! Shinier kit and fancier controllers do not make for better games. Even with the Wii turning into a shitpile of shovelware and the Kinect/Move largely falling flat on their arse for anything other than "party" (read: crap) games and 8-year-olds, console manufacturers have realised how much money they can make off all that peripheral goodness.

I just don't get it. Back on the PS2 it was nigh-on impossible to persuade people to buy a Guncon2, but people will queue for midnight releases for a bloody Kinect.

One thing that I think is weirdly true - the manufacturers are in danger of creating a generation of consoles that gamers don't want to play. And once the magpies get over their latest fad, there could be some interesting fallout.

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