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Apple will 'own games industry'

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Eh?

"FPSs and MMOGS may be part of the future of gaming -- but they're not mainstream, at least from what I can see."

Point to any male aged between 14 and 25 who hasn't played a Call of Duty game. Seriously.

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You didn't just...

...hold up Halo as an example of good game narrative, did you?

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I hope so

Steam is an absolute miracle, in that it's a piece of DRM I don't mind having. Because it's multi-platform *and* multi-publisher, there's competition in the market, meaning that unlike other online markets, prices do come down over time, promotions are worth the user's time, etc.

EA/Ubisoft/your mum might be working on their own delivery platforms, but because of their control freakery and tendency to shaft the customer, they'll fail,and end up back on Steam.

Apple? Phhhhht. Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja might be mindless commuter distractions, but given that the PSP already does this kind of digital distribution, and the next one will be 3G capable, who gives a shit about iPad gaming? Yes, very nice, keep playing with Baby's First Console, I'll be over here playing Uncharted.

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Sega celebrates two decades of Sonic the Hedgehog

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While I don't entirely agree

While I don't entirely agree - part of the rush of Sonic was the sheer speed and testing your reactions - I did feel sorry for the artists working on Sonic Adventure 1. All that effort put into making their 3D levels pretty to look at, all that detail, and you scream past it at 300mph.

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20 years since he started

And 10 since his games were any good.

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Child of Eden

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I tell you what...

...that "gears" level doesn't half look like the "fear" level from the end of Rez.

Man, I have been waiting years for this game. I loved Rez with a disturbing passion. Imported the soundtrack CD and it's other slightly *ahem* interesting peripheral. And being a PS3 gamer, I have to wait a little while longer...

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Yes, it's a Move game

But according to my yet-again-delayed Play.com pre-order, the PS3 version isn't out until September. Don't ask me why - the dates for the two consoles were identical right up until about 6 weeks ago.

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New Cassini pics of Saturnian 'Ice Queen' Helene

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Re: Appropriate Name

I seem to remember reading in a deGrasse Tyson book that all the planets were named this way - the planet itself after the Roman god, and the moons after the children of their equivalent in the Greek pantheon. Or something like that...

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The KILLER MUTANT FUNGUS in YOUR DISHWASHER

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Is anyone reminded...

...of an advanced civilisation finally wiped off the map by something contracted from a dirty telephone?

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Ten... Premium Android smartphones

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Way to deliberately miss the point

"I'm sure 99% of users will never want to do that."

What, multitask, use flash, and chat to people? Or are you just focusing on one thing I use it for? In either event, saying it's now too advanced for most people kinda contradicts it being "lacklustre".

Sure, it's a nerdy phone - you act like there's a problem with that. Non-nerds have the N8 and the upcoming Windows stuff, but I like that Nokia still make a range proper smartphones, with an emphasis on the smart over the stylish.

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Lacklustre?

Sure, the OS got dropped immediately, but MeeGo is not Nokia's baby alone by any stretch. And how exactly is the N900 lacklustre? It's chuffin' Debian! It came with Flash long before Android did, the integrated chat/social networking kit is just brilliant, the camera is great, the multitasking is as good as it gets, and in terms of customisation and actually getting stuff done, it's hands down the best phone I've used.

Put it this way - bouncing an SSH connection off the office to sort a Tomcat installation on our test server whilst waiting for the train is 10 times easier on an N900 with an integrated Bash terminal and a physical keyboard than it is on my (admittedly nice) Desire S with a touchscreen board and a crappy SSH app.

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It's a slider

There was a video on YouTube for a very short time before Nokia got to it, and it was a slider. Angled screen, too.

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Nokia N9?

Read some rumours yesterday that the N9 might be announced next week running MeeGo. I'm also wondering where to go after my N900, and that caught my attention.

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Desire S is a great work phone

Might not have some of the more advanced multimedia capabilities, but the Desire S is a good example of fixing the flaws with a phone. The battery life is vastly improved to the point where the phone is actually chuffing usable, and I don't have to worry about charge constantly. It's also fast, the touchscreen is really good, and I get better signal strength than I used to. Well worth fobbing my old Desire off on one of our users as an upgrade. ;-)

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Google bypasses admin controls with latest Chrome IE

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Just like Chrome!

"Google has released a new version of Chrome Frame – the Internet Explorer plug-in that turns Microsoft's browser into a Google browser – letting users install the plug-in even when they don't have administrator privileges on their machines."

Just like their main Chrome browser has been doing since it was released. Turn off install privileges for your user, and Chrome just installs itself in their user directory. I figured out the best way to stop it was to create the Chrome install folder on the machines in advance, then revoke any and all write permissions to it. Boom! No Chrome.

I don't know why they think this kind of thing is acceptable. Trying to up your market share at the cost of security on the few machines I have still running Windows == your product gets banned from the network.

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Infamous 2

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Screenshot query

Bottom of page 2 - isn't that one of the early missions from the first game? When you're still being introduced to climb+shoot they have you get that food drop down, and then you can choose whether or not to slaughter the crowd that comes looking. That square is definitely Empire City.

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NAME that DONKEY: Bella bests Barbarella

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Revenge for being named "Bella"?

See title

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Mozilla pushes out final Firefox 5 test build

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Wow...

...just when you thought the Opera fanboys couldn't get any more stupid. Version numbers aren't a dick measuring contest. Windows is still on 6.1.

Also, another way of looking at Firefox vs Opera is that it didn't take Firefox as many versions to be the better browser.

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FAIL

*Splutter*

"It seems that with every release they've done over the last year or so the browser has got slower,"

Did you just MISS Firefox 4 or something? Don't even begin to tell me that is slower than 3.6. When it came out I ran it through benchmarks and it was beating the then-current Chrome for JS times.

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No Gingerbread snack for Desire owners, says HTC

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Why is everything the worst thing ever?

Overreact much?

This is a bitch though, because if there's one thing the Desire needs, with its crap battery life, it's Gingerbread. I guess now it comes down to which is more important: Sense UI or better battery life. I have the feeling my Desire users will go with battery life.

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Duke Nukem Forever

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I apologise

I meant to say "most people with taste."

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Greg J Preece
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Way to trip yourself up

So it's not that bad, it's just in the same category as Die Hard 4?

Riiight. You know, for most people, "the same category as Die Hard 4" - and for Christ's sake stop with that point-oh bullshit - is "a collection of things I would like to ram up Piers Morgan's arse."

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BT earmarks 66 more exchanges for fibre-to-the-cabinet upgrade

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Finally!

I'm on the list! Oh yes!

*Dance*

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IATA: this iPad could BRING DOWN A PLANE

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Well fuck me, that's convincing evidence!

"IATA admitted it hasn't actually verified that any of these were caused by electronic devices, instead highlighting that crew members thought they were."

Cabin crew are known for their expertise in electro-magnetic fields and the like.

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The New C++: Lay down your guns, knives, and clubs

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Proper language?

I thought most people hated COBOL.

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Duke Nukem Forever rocks up on shelves

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Sod this, buy Madness Returns instead

The demo for DNF was ball-bustingly bad. Everyone I know that had pre-orders cancelled them. Me, I'm more interested in Alice 2: Madness Returns. The first game was incredible, and unlike DNF, this sequel doesn't look like a total ruination. It'll help keep me going until the ridiculously delayed Child of Eden arrives on Move.

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Phishers LAMP web hosts

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What's that got to do with PHP?

"Its not difficult to spot a Joomla or Wordpress site so any known vulnerability in that software can expose all my servers."

See title. Surely that's just the fact that "known flaws in software can be exploited."?

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That's a bit broad...

"between 76 and 82 per cent of respondents using one or more components of the LAMP architecture."

What, so 76 percent of websites use either Linux, Apache, MySQL or PHP within their system? Well duh! By that definition (unless I'm misunderstanding or the phrasing is bad) half these attacks could be Windows-based apps connecting to MySQL in the background, and that would count as an attack against the LAMP stack.

Maybe I'm misreading that, but something in there seems dodgy.

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Nintendo coughs to using Xbox, PS3 footage at Wii U event

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Sick of Nintendo

Oooh, another new controller. Big deal, you're still releasing yet another Zelda, yet another Metroid, yet another Mario. Innovation never sleeps at the big N, does it?

And finding out that they've been bullshitting people about the Wii 2's capabilities is hardly surprising. Too late though, all the fanboys and Guardian writers already believe them.

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Apple 'spaceship' awaits landing clearance in Cupertino

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Anyone noticed the centre?

Very Apple - a nice, ringfenced/walled garden, surrounded by something pretty and slightly impractical.

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Sony unveils PlayStation telly

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What would be cool...

...is if you could play multiplayer games without having to go split-screen!

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That TV is genius!

And the PSP2 is going to be cheaper than a 3DS?? They must lose tons on each one, but I'm not complaining - I wanted one before, now I'm definitely pre-ordering one!

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Apple uncloaks top 10 tools of iOS 5

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Don't be ridiculous

How does acknowledging that traditional computers still have a strong role completely remove all other devices from the equation? I carry tons of gadgets, but I still need my PCs, and not just for work either.

Your nan might be able to get away with just a tablet if all she does is check her lottery numbers online, and that's fine, but try replacing all PCs with tablets rather than augmenting them, and you might run into a few...missing features. Like being able to put bold characters in your e-mails, for example*. Calling that a "post-PC" world is just daft, especially at an event where you launch your latest PC operating system.

Wait a minute - Rosco? Not Scottish by any chance, are you?

*When I saw that listed as one of the new features after reading their blurb on "the world's most advanced operating system", I nearly wet myself laughing.

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Oh sorry

I forgot the upcoming model that isn't yet available, and was referring only to the previous 5 (is it 5?) generations of iPhone and 2 iPads.

Can you access the disk on the tablet yet to move files on and off, say via BT, wireless, or a memory card, or do you still have to go through iTunes - on a PC?

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"We're living in a post-PC world"

See, it's when people say stuff like that, that I have trouble taking anything else they say seriously. For all the shiny gadgets you can sell to people, offices are still packed with PCs, as are homes. They're still needed for a lot of computing tasks - for example, activating a tablet that can only be managed via a bloated piece of media software...

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Mac OS X Lion debuts in July as $29.99 upgrade

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Some interesting stuff

I like the sound of LaunchPad, and as a developer new APIs are always welcome. Listing the App Store as a new feature is a bit rich though, given not only that it's in Snow Leopard, but that you use it to run the upgrade.

The touchscreen blah-blah was inevitable - it's one of the computing industry's current gimmicks, after all. In about 5-10 years Apple will bring out a device with amazing new tactile response technology, called iButtons, and everyone will go mental for them.

Overall, it's likely that I'll upgrade anyway for the new developer kit, but it sounds interesting enough to be worth £30. When it comes to software, you can pay a lot more for a lot less.

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Sandi Toksvig puts the 'n' into cuts - on the Beeb

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FAIL

It's a word, get a sense of perspective

A word on its own can't hurt you, you fool.

CUNT! Anyone's ears bleeding? Skies falling? Nope? OK then...

Words are given impact by context, not spelling. Restricting what someone can say, or even imply, based on some puritan notion of there being "special words" is ridiculous at best, and marks you out as being quite narrow-minded and fragile.

By the way, I take great offence at the usage of the word "respectful", in any context, when used in conversation with me. As a result, I demand you remove the above post from the forums. Wouldn't want to be disrespectful now, would you? Think of the children!

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Gamers celebrate full return of PlayStation network

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Uh...huh...

Not that I like the X-box much, but did you *see* the way El Reg laid into the RROD problem? You really do come across as a fanboy in your post. Someone had a go at PSN? Obviously they're X-box adoring shills.

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It's not there yet

I read an article somewhere else - the PSN store is back but the Welcome Back package is yet to launch. Another couple of days to wait. PSN+ bonus membership time has been extended from 60 to 70 days.

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Oh good, snobbery

Do only the poor, unfortunate proles play those silly video games, then?

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Biodegradable products are often worse for the planet

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Bollocks, you're talking it

Have a look at a modern landfill, before and after. California's got some good examples. Their horrible, unusable landfills are parks, housing estates, etc, and the methane is captured and used to power thousands of homes.

Not everything about landfill is evil, and what's the alternative? Incineration?

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 10in Android tablet

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D'awwwww

May I be the second person to ignore the point of the article and focus on the kitty being cute?

Looks like a good tablet though. Would love to see a review of the MeeGo one when it turns up.

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Acer tweaks tablet with MeeGo move

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Ooh, ooh, ooh!

A tablet I actually come close to giving two shits about! If the interface is like the demos we saw last year/earlier this year, I'd be tempted. Lack of a physical keyboard is still a bitch, but Linux without an abstraction layer will always get my attention. Say what you like about its predecessor Maemo - and I could - it's very capable for nerdier shut-ins like me.

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Never heard of the Wii then?

Or the Pippin?

OK, scratch that second one.

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Android Marketplace starts cleaning house

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There needs to be a new Godwin's Law

For people mentioning Orwell in any context where they feel "oppressed."

Because an all-consuming totalitarian regime perpetuating a false war in order to maintain an iron grip on a deliberately undereducated populace is *exactly* like killing off emulators that illegally distribute Sega firmware (or rip-offs).

Perhaps we could call it Godwin's 2nd Law. Or the "Law of Get a Fucking Grip".

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New Mac scareware variant installs without password

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Deep, dude

Deep

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The reality distortion field at work

Mac screws up, blame Google!

If I remember correctly from the original article, Safari will auto-open any file it recognises as being "safe", which is part of the problem. Wouldn't you call that a massive fail from Apple?

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Greg J Preece
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Oh don't say that!

"meaning they don't need to enter the administrator password to install software in the Applications folder."

When I pointed this out, a whole bunch of fanbois told me I was wrong.

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Modern Warfare 3 teaser trailer reveals terror on the tube

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@Miek - Sorry, but I call BS

1) Dual booting is normal. All of my machines dual boot, except for one that triple boots. Linux for work, Windows for play.

2) The Sony headset is nowhere near as good as the Speedlinks I have on my PC, nor is an equivalent headset available for less than silly money, nor would it be as easy to set up as: *plug*.

3) Fair enough, personal preference. My mouse and keyboard are pretty nice ones, and I prefer having more explicit control in game.

4) Sorry, no. This just doesn't apply any more. The race between graphics and their hardware has calmed down quite a bit. Aside from the fact that games are getting held back from being graphically stupendous by their inevitable console versions, I've had a midrange ATI card for years now, and it played MW2 with everything on max last night. Does the same with Crysis. Newer games require newer consoles, too. The fact that PCs allow for continual advancement is not a downside, and if you don't want to play the latest PC exclusive at max graphics settings...don't.

5) Again, newer PC components don't overheat nearly as badly as they used to. And what was that tiny, minor fault with the 360 down to again?

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