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2275 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Sid Meier's Civilization

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This game is my cocaine

I love Civilization with a passion. I have lost large sections of my life to it. It's the only strategy game I've ever really gotten into, and the complexity of the gameplay still astounds me. Seriously addictive, too.

I bought the Civilization Chronicles boxset in my last year of University. I immediately gave it to a friend and said "under no circumstances are you to return this to me until after my exams." I knew what would happen if I were allowed to open it. It's just that addictive, and the only reason I kinda understand WoW gamers.

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CERN: 'Climate models will need to be substantially revised'

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@Tim - I take no side in this discussion

But quote-mining people out of context is the mark of a Creationist.

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Nintendo said to be readying replacement for 3DS

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Perhaps also because it's naff?

The adverts are amusing, listening to Nintendo breathlessly play up the console's "amazing graphics", that still aren't on a par with the original PSP., and the "advanced connectivity" that basically equates to "online multiplayer." In fact, the current ads barely mention 3D at all, to be honest.

There have been a good number of DS revisions now, and I've owned several of them. In truth, I'd rather have a PSP Slim than any of them, hands down, no contest. The DS range focuses on gimmicks and "family friendly" shovelware trash, whereas the PSP has titles that look suspiciously like actual games.

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Nintendo aims to fill stockings with Wii slim

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What is this strange notion we have these days...

First you build a console and sell it. Then you start removing functionality, and sell it for what the original console is now reduced to.

*PS3 has lost functionality with every redesign.

*DS Lite lost the GBA port when they made the DSi.

*Wii loses GB functionality when it goes slim.

*PSP Go lost the UMD drive (and suffered for it).

Back when I was a kid, the rule was release a console, then release more add-ons that enhanced its functionality, not rip bits out.

*The Super Nintendo had an adaptor *added* for Game Boy games. It also got one for satellite service in Japan, and god only knows how many peripherals. Still got my Super Scope, region adaptor, etc.

*The Mega Drive had two major hardware upgrades, and several integrated redesigns that were more advanced than the original. The games might have been shit, but the attempt was there.

*The N64 was given a hard drive.

*The PS One supported an external monitor (though they did drop some ports due to the smaller size)

*The PS2 slim came with the network adaptor integrated, rather than being a separate add on (though again lost the expansion bay). And what about the PSX?

Surely this is the selling point of a redesign or upgrade? More kit!

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Sony slashes PlayStation 3 prices

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Though we wish they hadn't...

...the 5200 was an absolute piece of crap.

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In fairness

Consoles are behind PCs about 10 seconds after they're released, if they make it ahead at all. Thanks to the bloody X-box most games are still stuck on DirectX 9, while we're all sat on Windows 7 waiting for DirectX 11 games.

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Holmes

Shock, horror

Inferior machine is cheaper! :-O Well I never!

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Wikipedia: It's not for girls

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20% cooler in 10 seconds flat

I can see your point - they are magical, after all.

Oh God, what's wrong with me??

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FAIL

See, if I were a lass...

...I would find the implication that I was only interested in "friendship bracelets and Sex and the City" to be a wee bit patronising. Perhaps the colour pink also, and My Little Pony?

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Apple changed shape of Galaxy Tab in court filing

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Rule 66

There is no escape

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Counter-Strike sequel aims for 2012 target

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Opinions: Get your own

And stop reciting Yahtzee quotes. :-p

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de_dust2

The most overplayed map on the most overplayed game ever. I would rather stick needles into my eyes than play Dust.

The only thing I'll still play on CS:S is the GunGame/GGT mod on gg_ar_glass_fortress_2a. The main game is a so-so shooter with way too many one-shot-kill weapons and ridiculous hit detection. I've managed to headshot people while aiming at their feet...

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About time

Counterstrike Source was tin-plated shit. Played it again recently to get tickets in the Steam sale, quickly remembered what a pile of shit it is. Uninstalled.

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Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

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MEEGO!

Come on, do it! That one really is open source, and it doesn't spy on you either.

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Firefox 6 silently released ahead of official unwrap date

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Cue Glaswegian accent

"Does this mean that the version 5 I'm running today will no longer be supported tomorrow? Oh good, more reinstalls,"

Whut youse talkin' abuut?

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Or indeed Chrome

Who started this pissing contest. What are they on now - 13?

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Pacific island mints Star Wars coinage

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Yes, thank you, I got that

It did take a considerable amount of brainpower to spot "Kirk" in "Kirkness", but afterward I still felt like enough of a fanboy to get a dig in about B5's superiority to both of them.

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User base

If he wanted to go for a quality series he'd be making Whitestar cases and talking to Boxleitner's lawyers. I think it's more "which series has the larger, more rabid user base with a proven record of buying stuff over and over again."

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PS3 controller makes move on Android games

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Was going to say

Keep up, Android users. Maemo's had this since launch, and it has Zeemotes and Wiimotes too.

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Spec set for 3D specs tech

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I hereby declare Rule 66 of the Internet

For every situation, an XKCD.

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BBC bigs up iPlayer for TVs and consoles

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It's actually been on PS3 for ages too

They're just re-launching it, but acting like it's a new product. Why? No idea.

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At a guess

It'll be because most people have their PS3 plugged into a TV....which can do the live broadcasts on its own...

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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You can always install more

I would be astonished if they ever had a login manager that wouldn't accept new desktop sets. I once had KDE, GNOME, Flux and XFCE on the same box, and they were all easily accessible from a drop-down on GDM.

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With you on that one

My users have done that to themselves enough times that I am now a ninja at restoring the KDE GUI.

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Tried out Fluxbox and XFCE

And while they're nice and lightweight, something about XFCE rubbed me up the wrong way. Fluxbox I liked initially, with its very minimalist interface, but I soon realised that any kind of configuration at all would be opening text files and mucking about with a syntax I'd not seen before - adding items to the menu, for example.

Now, I'll freely admit this was a while back. It's probably improved a lot since then. Might try it out, actually...

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KDE 4 has recovered

4.0 was a mess, but more recent releases of KDE 4.x are just fine and dandy, now that they've filled in the blanks and polished it up a bit. I much prefer KDE to GNOME, if I'm honest, and everything since 4.2 has worked fine. 4.4 and up are great, especially after they rolled kcm_touchpad into the main control panel. I'll be sticking with it for the forseeable future.

Hopefully GNOME can recover in the same way.

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Death haunts government petitions site

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@PC Paul

So it's your petition then? :-p

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I think you've got the message wrong

Only the banning of the death penalty is "valie" - all else is vile, vindictive, savage, degenerate, eye-for-an-eye bullshit.

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IT angle!

I found an IT angle in amongst all the mindless right-wing griping on that site.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/45

Lots of petitions related to driving, I've noticed. Increase speed limits, remove speed limits, remove points limits on licences, make undertaking legal. Let me guess - the authors of those petitions were, respectively:

*Done for speeding

*Done for speeding

*Banned from driving for speeding

*Done for undertaking

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PS Vita due in 2012 says Sony

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Not surprised

Given that this is *exactly* what they said when the Vita was announced. All the other dates were speculated by people other than Sony. Wishful thinking doesn't pull release dates forward.

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

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Braaaaaaanes

We're back on SYB with this one. Participants, claim your fame:

http://ifyoulikeitsomuchwhydontyougolivethere.com/2011/08/04/go-go-power-users/

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Oh God..

Opera users don't need more incentive to act like smug bell-ends, surely?

Tried using it again this week after I did something stupid to my Firefox profile and couldn't be arsed rebuilding it for a few days. It's never been a shit browser, but in the end I missed the Awesome Bar and my plugins too much and rebuilt my FF profile. Muuuch better.

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Sony Vita to control PlayStation 3

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I'm with you on this

"However, it's the 'Continuation Play' we're looking forward to the most, being able to play a game on one device and take it on the move with the other."

Me too! I've been wondering if they'll double-package the PS3 and PSP games together at a reduced price point to get people using it. They could patch the PS3 versions of ported games for the same effect. It's a fantastic idea IMO.

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Apple vanishes MySQL from Mac OS X Lion Server

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Sounds like an upgrade to me

The person quoted in the article is not wrong. PostgreSQL is just more sophisticated.

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Chrome 13: Google uncloaks search click prediction engine

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As if Google wasn't creepy enough

Yet another reason to stick with Firefox...

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Nokia N9 joins next month's mobile match

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Believe me, I understand

This is my only real alternative to Android. I don't want to use any of the big three on my personal phone, and Maemo was excellent for my purposes. I was hyped for its successor; such a waste...

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Schmaltz-powered Chrome overtakes morally superior Firefox

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Still spies on you, still has rendering bugs

So I'll still be over here on Firefox, ta. The upside is we have to support IE less and less. Just wish people would actually read the T&Cs before they install stuff like Chrome.

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PlayStation Vita release leaked

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3DS

While I concur that Sony are price-gouging Europe, as usual, might I remind you that the 3DS, a console that apparently cost £60 to build, came out at £220 in the UK, £10 less than a wi-fi Vita. And the Vita has a tiny bit more beef/kit, wouldn't you say?

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From Dust

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I'll wait for the PC version

Every complaint I've heard against this game is along the lines of "the console controls are crap", as is almost always the case with strategy/God games, so I'll wait for the PC version and use a mouse.

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Truck nuts swing onto US freedom of speech agenda

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Everything that's wrong with humans

"Genitalia is offensive."

You'd better cut yours off then. Wouldn't want you having any offensive children.

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Nintendo set to make a loss on every 3DS

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Don't tell me people are wising up...

...to NIntendo's bullshit? Re-releasing decade-old games and tacking on additional 3D gimmicks, remaking the same games over and over and over, not giving a shit about the quality of their online service, etc, etc?

Perhaps with their next console they'll get back to actually maki-oh, wait....Wii U.

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Sony Ericsson signals Xperia X10 Gingerbread update

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Not forgetting install-to-SD

The internal storage in the Mini Pro is a bit wee for a phone that can't install to SD.

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Adobe releases lengthy list of Apple Lion woes

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No it's not

"(XP-64 is as flakey as a certain yellow-wrappered chocolate bar)."

Can't agree. I ran XP x64 for years until Windows 7 came out on my desktop at home. I don't think it ever crashed, not once.

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You've got an iPhone, haven't you?

"trying to get Flash to work on mobile (it'lll never happen)"

Been using it on mobile for years. Where the feck have you been?

Oh, right...on iOS...

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Gamer claims complete console collection

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32x?

Can't see a Sega 32x in there with his Mega CD II. Also, he has the Jaguar, but not the Jaguar CD. Kinda hard to blame him for that.

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Apple kills MacBook, soups up MacBook Air

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Interesting...

...why so many downvotes? Have I desecrated a holy relic of the church?

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No MacBook?

Wasn't that the only model available in black? Slap an Android sticker over the Apple logo and no-one ever spots it's an Apple machine.

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14 arrested in crackdown targeting Anonymous

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Ten agents? Really?

Are the FBI such a crack force that it takes ten armed agents to arrest one teenage kid?

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'Wilful blindness? We've heard of it,' says Murdoch

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Not guilty of "willful blindness?"

In addition to having never paid attention to what goes on at his own newspaper, has he also never seen a Fox News broadcast?

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CERN 'gags' physicists in cosmic ray climate experiment

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You've got that wrong

It's not that they want people to consider this evidence over all other evidence - it's that they want people to consider it at all. The IPCC sure don't!

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