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2011's Best... E-book Readers

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PRS-T1 for me

Functionality is always key for me, and with the quick hack demonstrated on here recently the Sony Reader becomes a Kindle as well. I'm actually kinda surprised that wasn't mentioned in the article; El Reg did report on it.

I had a play with one in a Sony store and it's unbelievably light for its size. Fits nicely in my jacket pocket, runs Android, does everything I need and doesn't lock me in to anything or argue with me about file formats. It's the obvious winner for me, so I'll pay the extra £30 (or less if you go on Play.com).

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Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

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Truly you are the next Cuger Brant.

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US Martian nuke-truck launches without a hitch, but...

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I'll always upvote a Space Odyssey reference!

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Spillover from 400lb man squeezed fellow flier into galley

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First Class/Business Class come with different meals, different service, etc. I'm just talking about seats that are a bit wider. You'd still get the same shit orange juice.

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If you wanna be fat, be fat. I'm not gonna stop you enjoying life while it happens. But if you're gonna be fat, accept the inconveniences that come with it. The simple solution is to have a couple of rows on the plane with wider seats - a pair instead of a three between the aisles, for example. You pay a little more, you get a little more. Tall folks already have the option of paying for increased legroom, so why not?

That said, I think the minimum space regs should be looked at again. I don't care how thin profit margins are (and I doubt they are) - economy class seats are criminally small and cramped. As one other commenter has already mentioned, if nothing else they're bloody unsafe. I sure as hell couldn't get out of one in a hurry.

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Ten... top PlayStation Network game downloads

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Aaaaah, Housemarque

Love their stuff. Super Stardust HD and its PSP port addicted me half to death. Had a quick bash on Dead Nation's co-op mode, but not given the single player chance to eat my free time yet. Outland looks like fun!

Amazed that Super Stardust isn't on this list, to be honest. It's one of those games that makes me adore my HDTV. I pick it up fairly regularly and run one of the more insane modes/levels, just to let it melt my fucking brain. (And the PS3 processor.)

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Apple telly may sport Sharp screen tech

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Not a bad choice TBH. I've got a Sharp TV myself and I'm thoroughly pleased with it. Sharp picture, gorgeous colours, even the tiny speakers aren't that bad compared to their peers. It's not as pretty as the others, not as slim and shiny, but it does its primary function exceedingly well.

Actually, now I think about it...that's a terrible choice. This is Apple! They should go with an early Samsumg LED panel - thin and attractive, with god-awful haloing. Then they can just tell people not to watch dark movies - what's the problem?

The funny part will, of course, be buying the exact same TV with Sharp branding for £500 less.

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Chromebooks: the flop of 2011?

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I think they're useless, personally. Until our mobile net infrastructure greatly improves their usability is restricted by signal strength, which is always a bugger. Plus, it's Google. I just don't trust them to have access to every single keystroke on my machine.

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Penguin pulls its e-books off library shelves

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What about Sony? Their new readers let you borrow from UK libraries. Would that include Penguin books?

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Man sues boss for 'condemning him to eternal damnation'

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Obviously doesn't keep up with his claptrap - the mark of the beast has been updated to 616, referring to Caligula, I believe.

Meaning, of course, that for quite a long time religious nuts have been using Satan's mark quite happily, condemning themselves to hell. I can't help but smile. :-)

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China spacecraft masters the art of docking

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You're right, of course, but is it likely to happen any time soon? We would need to get the USA on board, and to them half the world consists only of backward savages trying to kill everyone, and the other half of possible holiday destinations and funny accents.

Dick-measuring contest it is, then.

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Might not be a bad thing. Given the casual racism^H^H^H^H^H^H nationalism often found in western nations, if the Chinese start doing something better than their American counterparts, another space race could be in the offing.

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Ten... remastered videogame classics

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The original UT also had a Linux version, but UT3 does not, which I reckon is a bit harsh considering how nice they've been to us in the past.

There was a Linux version of Steam in pre-release development, but it's never seen the light of day, probably due to publisher pressure, if I were to guess. If that ever got released, we might see some more Linux-compatible games appear.

By-the-by, if you want another great set of games that run natively on Linux, the Penumbra/Amnesia games from Frictional have Linux support.

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Beneath a Steel Sky!

That said, I think the old-timey pixel art and animation has its own charm that a HD remake would lack. There are very few modern releases with even a fraction of the atmosphere that some old pixel-drawn and well narrated PC classics have.

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And another thing!

Sega have got something to answer for with all these re-releases. The pricing of some of their re-hashes is a bit much. As an example, HOTD: Overkill recently made it to PS3, and they want £40 for the port! When Dead Space: Extraction made the same move, it cost £15. Even with the added content, that's a purchase I haven't managed to justify, especially as my previous PS3 purchase was Child of Eden @ £15 on release.

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Hmm, a dilemna. Do I track down a decent copy of the PC version of MGS2 for the superior controls, or go the PS3 route for the superior everything else... Also - are the MGS games the extended versions with more game and (proportionately) less movie?

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PETA claims anti-Mario campaign was a joke

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"Call of Duty, where characters shoot and kill animals"

And humans. Did you miss the humans? Lots and lots of humans? Seems like PETA don't give a fuck about their own species, only other ones.

And how often do you kill animals in CoD? Though I will admit to being surprised when my childish chicken-murder spree through the market in CoD7 was rewarded with a Steam achievement.

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Politicians call for Modern Warfare 3 censure

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You might be on to something there! Given the number of overblown teenagers on X-box Live, he might be trying to remove the competition.

Fuck these people. I've been beating the shit out of digital representations of real things since I was what, 4? No murders, no assaults, no arrest, not even a parking ticket, because I can tell the difference between pixels and people.

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Video games are bad. They make evil feckless layabout Young People want to kill their fellow man! They should all join the army and get a real career in state-sponsored killing.

It is astonishing how much of my time I spend pissed off at human logic...

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Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates

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Wait, "Koran" and "Torah" are offensive? How does that work? If you ask a Jew what the name of their holy book is, are they gonna go nuts and punch you?

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PETA riled by Mario's raccoon skin suit

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Animal welfare? Well, they do euthanise a lot of animals. Does that count?

Probably not, now I think about it. Oh well, hypocritical terrorist scumbags it is.

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition

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FAIL

I tried reading the review but couldn't get past all that gushing on the first page. Hearing people call Halo the greatest game franchise of all time...hurts. It physically hurts. I've got games in my veins, and I thought the first Halo* was so ball-bustingly mediocre I was baffled by it ever getting a sequel, let alone a misty-eyed re-release.

I await your (inaccurate) cries of "Sony Fanboy!", but since gaming got popular, it's suffered from a bulging, sweaty mass of players with no goddamned taste.

*Colon, Combat Evolved! Phhhtt....

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Valve says credit card data taken

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Still haven't seen it clarified yet whether this applies to all Steam accounts, or just those linked to the forums. Any news, El Reg? My details have already been swiped once this year, twice if I count you lot. ;-)

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Latest Call of Duty day-one sales hit $400m

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Doesn't matter - they never want to sell the bloody PC version anyway. On console it would just be a waste.

What I've seen of BF3 actually quite interests me, and I didn't think it would. I might give it a shot when it comes down in price a bit.

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The Adventures of Tintin: the Game

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Couldn't tell you why, but "crouching writer, hidden badly" gave me a chuckle.

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Valve admits forum hack exposed gamers' privates

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I'm also wondering if those people without a forum account are OK.

I've just remembered a dormant account I have with another bank...might make it a patsy account for online transactions, top it up as required.

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Is Apple nobbling iPhones to avoid more patent misery?

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It's not to hide from patent litigation - it's so they can enable the features later on a newer device and claim it's an amazing, magical new upgrade. Only $500, kids!

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Mozilla updates to Firefox 8, disables add-ons

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Largely, yes. The .NET Framework is one culprit, and the Windows version of the Java plugin from Oracle is another. When you install those programs they stick a globally available add-on into your Firefox installation. They're generally to help out with stuff, but not always, and prior to now you'd get no notification one was installed.

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Release branch for U11.10

Mozilla still don't have support in their repositories for 11.10. Can we get added in this release please, guys?

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Because, as we all know, you are FORCED BY LAW to use every feature available to you in a browser.

Idiot.

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Asus prices up five-core Eee Pad Android tablet

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Poor Asus girl. What did you do to her hands??

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Kids! You get back in front of that Xbox right now

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And hand-eye co-ordination. And, depending on the game, reflexes. After playing Time Crisis (yes, there I go again) to competitive levels, I've now got lightning-fast reactions. Pity my *ahem* chunky form doesn't allow me to make as great a use of them as I'd like.

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PlayStation Network downloads limited to two devices

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While it's not going to inconvenience most people, I honestly don't get the point. Steam will let you log in to your account from a range of devices, operating systems and versions, and get your games on all of them. You can only actually *use* any one given device at once, but that's the same as PSN.

Where I can see this potentially causing a problem is in anything that runs on both PS3 and PSP. I've already got one of each, and before long I'll have a Vita too, so Playstation Classics might be an arse...

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Apple assails mobile porn purveyor's URLs

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Did they say that? As if that was a feature on their end and not a lack thereof?

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Server, disc glitches mar Battlefield 3 launch

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I'll pass, thanks. All anyone can tell me about this game is that it's very pretty. Uh-huh....and?

The previous two games were just not-as-good Starsiege: Tribes knock-offs. Nuts to BF3.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes first commercial flight

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Never mind my arse, my chest is a good 22 inches wide. How's that for elbow room?

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Sony and Ericsson divorce

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What Boothy said. Even the new Sony e-reader I'm eyeing up runs Android. They obviously like it well enough.

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BT gets 14 days to block Newzbin2

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Nnnnnnnope

The thin end of the wedge was when they used these powers to block child porn. Now they're blocking copyright material on the basis that "well, you already have the capability to block, right?" It's good old function creep. It'll go something like this:

Block child porn (Think of the kiddies....not that way!)

Block anything considered extreme by middle class white people (The terrorists want to kill you.)

Block copyright infringing sites (You're a filthy pirate.)

Block any porn considered a bit much by middle class white people (It's filth. Think of the kiddies!)

Block anything you like so long as you can get the Daily Fail to support the ban. Site mentioning drug use? Ban it. Site potentially used for prositution? Ban it. Site reflecting real life? Ban it!

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Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

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Oh man, why didn't they build them?? That would have been awesome - a working Mk II StarFury. But then that's one of the things I love about B5 - their tech is futuristic, but looks and feels very practical, and because of that comes across as more plausible.

NASA, I am disappoint.

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JMS also

I distinctly remember Mollari in B5 rather grumpily swiping down a control on the right of a comms screen to turn it off.

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"Frankly it surprises me that Apple hasn't already patented it, given that it's one of the few things they did legitimately invent themselves."

Given that I was using it (after a quick mod) on Windows Mobile 5....no they didn't.

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Union enraged by secret driverless Tube plan

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The *tube* is expensive?? Phht, in my experience it's cheaper than elsewhere. Up here in sunny Leeds, we seem to pay more and more every 6 months, and get less. Our promised "new rolling stock" turned out to be 20 year old London hand-me-downs, and yet my regular commuter train has recently started turning up a carriage short, which is great fun.

No prizes for guessing where all our money's gone to.

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Well, you know, perhaps job losses in the public sector aren't always a bad thing. If new technology heralds a major improvement to a system that makes it better for every one of it's millions of customers (and, I would imagine, substantially cheaper), then the layoffs may simply be necessary. It's not pretty, and re-training or reallocation would always be preferable, but the notion that anything that costs jobs is automatically bad has always puzzled me. Technology's *always* done that. There's a reason we don't have hundreds of men staffing car assembly lines any more.

Plus, as you said, the tube drivers love striking more than they love Gregg's pasties.

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Hack reveals Android tablet within Sony e-reader

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Oooooh, I like this. Was just recently considering an e-reader, and a fully unlocked Android, however slow the screen is, would suit me much better than the locked-down UI.

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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

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I did post earlier that someone wasn't in the list I received, but it occurs to me now that this list is probably compiled from real name fields, and that your comment handles may well be (and it seems, often are) different from the name you input, so I will shut my trap and let El Reg answer from here on in.

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ME! ;-)

Your username doesn't seem to be in the list I got.

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Kinda split on this - half amused because it's you guys, but also as unimpressed as I would be by anyone else chucking my info around. I did get a copy, and it looks like someone pasted a big CC set in the wrong field and then didn't proof-read anything... Can we get a "rolling my eyes" icon?

Did decide to have a shuftie through the list for rude words and spambots, just because I'm a sad shit.

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Boffins insert 3D objects into any old photo... realistically

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Very cool. That second one isn't as convincing for some reason (other than the odd shape), but the first one is superb. Excellent work, sirs.

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Meteor shower falls from Halley’s Comet on Saturday

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"I'm no expert on this, but I understand there's already tons of space debris up there already."

Exactly - we don't want to make it worse! The Chinese blew up a satellite a while back and tracking stations all over the world are still following bits of it.

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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

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Um....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Revolution

OK, OK, not as big an impact as we should be having now, but while there were less of them, they didn't even *attempt* to lessen their impact on the environment, as the stained walls on this one Yorkshire street alone will attest.

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