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2272 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Barnes & Noble answers Microsoft's anti-Android suit

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Barnes & Noble

Another company about to switch to Linux-only systems, I reckon. ;-)

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Acer Iconia Tab W500

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I like it!

That's more my idea of a portable machine - one that can actually DO stuff rather than just show stuff.

Now for the predictable cry....get Linux on it!

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Boffins pull plug on SETI alien-seeking antenna array

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Sphere?

I was wondering where you were going with that. The film you're thinking of is Contact. Sphere happens underwater, with lots of the scarybadthings happening.

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'Anti alpha' mirror-matter made from gold in atomsmasher

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Anti-science?

Much as I dislike the Republican party, I feel I may have to pull you up on that one, by proxy. Enter Mr deGrasse Tyson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Q8UvJ1wvk

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Computer glitch opens un-staffed supermarket to happy Kiwis

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CCTV will have been on

I mean, why would you ever turn it off?

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How I learned to stop worrying and love SSDs

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I'd have one as a boot drive

But I'd still have a fast mechanical (I currently use 15k rpm SCSIs) for my code projects to be stored on. Load NetBeans from the SSD, but compile to the mechanical. Compiling something the size of our system on an SSD every day would reduce it's life, without question.

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Facebook forced to reinstate snogging men pic

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Hi David!

*Wave*

Still sensitive about that one, eh?

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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Opera blah blah

How about Opera ones. Instead of angel/devil, you could have one covered in speed bubbles, and one gagged...

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Web 2.0 / marketing fluff

Perhaps blue sky with a flying whale. Or if you like Guide references...a falling whale...

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Sony ships 50m PS3s

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Over here!

I've got one, my boss has, at least three of my colleagues have, my brother is thinking of one and so is my girlfriend. The original 60GB PS3 is a great piece of kit. Backwards compatible to TWO generations, Blu-Ray playback, network playback from my server upstairs - the list goes on. It still amazes me that it was slagged off for being expensive @ £425 RRP, when the iPhone and iPad sell for over £600 a piece.

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Wrong on so many levels

"Plus, Mario Kart + Wii Wheel > any other driving game. Ever. I just wish they'd release Pro Evo and have you strap a Wiimote to each foot. That would be awesomes."

Not played a lot of racing games, huh? I loved Mario Kart back in the day, but compared to F1 Championship Edition, GT5, and just about any game from the Burnout series...welll...no. And do you really think no-one's invented a wheel peripheral before? I can think of three different models for the PS2 alone off the top of my head.

Can't stand the Wii Wheel if I'm honest. Tried playing Mario Kart with it and had a GameCube controller in almost immediately. And as soon as I plugged it in, I started winning every race. ;-)

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YouView mandates Linux, HD content encryption

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Whut, no gigabit?

Can we please stop tacking piss-cheap 10/100Mbps ports onto kit that should really be using an almost equally piss-cheap gigabit port by now? Never mind that these specs are for an IPTV box! It's not like gigabit Ethernet just rocked up or anything. 802.3ab was ratified in 1999 for Christ's sake.

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White iPhone 4 'in production'

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As I understand it...

...Apple have already changed how the i4 is made. They just haven't told anybody or admitted it in case all the mugs who bought the originals get pissed off. :-)

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Winfrasoft touts pattern-based password alternative

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Never allow users to choose their own patterns

Working for a company called Westhaven? Every pattern will be a "W". Guaranteed.

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Obama gets personal V-22 Osprey tiltrotor

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I'd rather have a Fujikoma

All the firepower, none of the annoying voice. Though you do need pink squishies to pilot them.

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Love these things

Every time I look at one I can't help thinking of Ghost in the Shell. Makes me smile every time.

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Wii price cut coming

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GameCube controllers are your friend

"-the gimmicky controllers. If I could just use a PS3/Xbox controller, I'd probably getting those last few Mario Kart wins. Plugging a "classic controller" into a Wiimote doesn't count."

Just pick up a GameCube controller or 4 for £2 a piece and use those. They're ten times better in a lot of games than the motion controller. If you have to bring out an accessory to nail onto the bottom of your controller to make it actually work properly, you're taking the piss.

My Wii generally gets love for light gun games. I love light gunners, and naturally the Wii has a few. Ghost Squad, the incredibly OTT House of the Dead: Overkill, etc. Aside from that....Nights into Dreams II? And do any of these light gun games support the Motion+? Of course not, because Wii games don't get patched.

If you even attempt a comparison with my PS3, the Wii really is a piece of shit, and the Move I got last weekend makes their motion control look like it was made by disabled chimps.

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Don't tell me they're going to make something new!

The Wii was a repackaged GameCube and half the shit on it was repackaged content, with the rest being shovelware. A few good (and in some cases really good) games occasionally appeared, but much like the DS, looking at the range in the local games store is just depressing.The number of games I have for my Nintendo consoles pales into insignificance besides my other, better machines.

I wonder what gimmic-sorry, innovation they have for us this time...

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Microsoft breaks own world record for IE nonsense

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Not the best analogy

"As for market share, FIAT Uno probably has a larger market share than a Ferrari."

How about if both were free, as browsers generally are?

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The truth is wrong!

They didn't skew the numbers enough in our favour, therefore the numbers are wrong.

God, you people are boring. Go away.

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In the very first post!

Looks like the Opera Rapid Response Squad were on the ball today.

Is "Opera is better" the Reg equivalent of yelling "FIRST!" on a Cheezburger blog?

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H2O water-powered shower radio

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Perfection would be...

DLNA/Mediatomb/Samba compatibility. Just aim it at my music collection and let rip.

Though DAB would be good too. The only radio station I would really care about is Planet Rock anyway.

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Red Dwarf to blast off on new adventure

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Back to Earth was SHITE

I loved Red Dwarf up to series 7. 8 was too forced, and suffered from actually having a budget, though it still had its funny moments.

Back to Earth? Dreadful 4th-wall crap.

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GNOME 3: Shocking changes for Linux lovers

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KDE also

"The "drag to top of screen to maximize" is also a feature of Windows 7."

You'll also find this in modern versions of KDE, along with the half-screen snap-to-sides behaviour. Personally I use them all the time, especially on multi monitor systems. Grab window on one screen, start dragging, and it comes out of fullscreen to follow you. Drop it on the other monitor and it restores itself. Neat and efficient.

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iPads mooted for Qantas flight manuals

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@peter 45

"So why do I get told that it is because electronics can interfere with landing systems?"

They tell you to turn off your mobile phone on petrol station forecourts in case it causes an explosion. You don't seriously believe them, do you?

Scratch and sniff

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/10/30/

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You don't know much about piloting

"do you really think pilots refer to the manual during an emergency situation?"

Go watch a few episodes of Mayday. The manual is their first stop when something goes wrong (and they're not plummeting from the sky).

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Exactly!

Exactly why this is a bad idea. The manuals are supposed to be your backup in case you have a problem with the hideously complex machine you're flying - don't make them battery powered, for God's sake!

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Cisco CEO: 'We have disappointed our investors'

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Joke

MY COCK IS BIGGER!

24 port unmanaged 100Mbps Dynamode swtich. How do you like me now, bitches?

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The Sun still not shining on Nintendo's 3DS

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Aw diddums

Still pissed off that El Reg didn't go batshit about a minor radiation leak during a country-destroying disaster?

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Photoshopped image scam used in rogue Facebook app trap

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Did anyone else...

...misread "clicks" as "dicks" and still see it as appropriate?

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Mozilla puts squeeze on slow Firefox add-ons

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We have a winner!

To the person from the last Firefox thread - this is what I'm on about.

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You want a real Java behemoth?

Netbeans. Oh MAN, does that thing take forever to start. If it wasn't such a great IDE the load time would seriously piss me off.

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Pot, meet kettle

"Good ol' Firefox leading the way, because this is nothing like the new IE9 performance tab for plugins showing how they've affected the browsers load times."

Erm...is Internet Explorer really in a position to claim leadership? Really? Given that IE7 was a massive Firefox rip-off, right down to the layout and keyboard shortcuts, accusing them of stealing from IE is a bit rich...

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In fairness to Firebug

It's a much more complex add-on than most, and the people that install and use it in a day-to-day basis probably aren't fussed about the startup hit, given that they're not end users. I use it everyday and I'd rather have it around than have Firefox boot faster.

But it's good to see Mozzy addressing this issue, especially with regard to add-ons dropped in by other installers. That is infuriating.

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Ubuntu's high-risk Linux Narwhal beta floats

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I'm posting from KDE on two monitors

And I've got three at home. :-) And both are ATI cards, if you can believe that.

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Kubuntu

The thinking nerd's alternative. ;-)

Teasing aside, have they fixed all the major cockups in 10.10? Plymouth springs to mind...

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Sega Mega Drive gets micro makeover

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HMV have had something similar for ages

See title. Looks like an interesting piece of kit, but I still have my Mega Drive 2, 32x extension and all, so I haven't really investigated.

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Microsoft: IE9 not yet 'broadly' available

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Then change it

"Don't actually care for the new FF look"

Only takes a few clicks to get it back to the old look. I'm with you on the look and feel thing, so that's the first thing I did. One of the nice things about Firefox is that you can mess with it until it's how you want it.

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Two different stats

The article is really about installation numbers, and in fairness, whether it comes through Windows Update or not, it's still an installation. I've got at least half a dozen browsers on every machine for testing. I might only ever use Firefox on a daily basis, but you can bet Chrome and Opera are including me in their installation stats.

The ones that really matter, of course, are the web stats showing usage. Those are the ones I'm waiting for. Actually, it's the 31st - IE9's first month should be available shortly.

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Digital player maker 'incited consumers to break the law', says ASA

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From my admittedly limited understanding

IANAL, but copying CDs in any way has always been illegal. However, it's tolerated simply because if they started actually enforcing it and arresting people for ripping their CDs to their DAP, there'd be an absolute uproar and the law would be changed immediately.

Better to leave the law in place, so the music industry can arbitrarily threaten people with it. ;-)

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Game stocks shops with Tesco 3DS consoles

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You missed my point

Did you read my post beyond the bit you quoted? I actually agreed that the big franchises out there are all about the sequels, but they're still new games. End of last year Nintendo were charging people £30 for MARIO ALL STARS. A bloody SNES re-release compilation, re-released again on the Wii! Thanks Nintendo!

And it's hardly alone. The 3DS is getting Star Fox 64 and Ocarina of Time, and that's just to kick us off. Rayman 3D? Rayman 2 in fancy pants. And we both know that Mario Kart 3D will be Mario Kart DS. Almost every other game on the 3DS could be prefixed with "yet another."

Sorry, but the modern Nintendo hasn't made anything that's impressed me in a long time. The DS was crap, the DS Lite was a badly made follow up, the Wii is a joke, and a huge portion of the games catalogue available for both is shovelware and shit. And from the time I've spent with a 3DS thus far, it's more of the same. To hell with that.

</rant>

Back in the day, the SNES was one of the best consoles ever made by human hands. All the Wii is is basic, friendly and stupid, and it treats you like you're equally thick. (5 minute unskippable movies showing you how to assemble and hold a fucking Motion Plus...)

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Bullshit!

"Nintendo are first and foremost a game company, unlike any of the competition."

My arse! Nintendo in recent years have done nothing gane-wise but milk their now-ancient cash cows of Zelda, Metroid, Mario, etc. What's one of the big games everyone's waiting for on the 3DS? Oh yeah, Ocarina of Time! No ta, I bought it the first time round.

At least the wealth of sequel FPS games that flood the other consoles are new games, rather than paper-thin updates/remakes/re-releases of their old stuff.

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You're forgetting something

"Nintendo are obviously giving Tesco a much better trade price, or they wouldn't be able to sell them so cheap."

You're forgetting that Game are a bunch of rip-off merchants. They were allowed, for some reason, to buy up the two other major high street gaming chains, and since then their prices have been even more bonkers than they were previously. I've seen games in there pre-owned for ten quid more than they sell for NEW elsewhere. Their only other real competitors in the pre-owned market now are CeX, bless their little red socks.

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Dixons whacked by profit warning

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Had the misfortune of walking into Dixons 2 weeks back

We saw a clearance bin, thought it would be good for a laugh. I wasn't wrong. 5m HDMI cable for £60! Not sure they enjoyed our amusement as we left.

How do they not get this?

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Firefox 4 for Android shuns ARMv6 phones

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It is nice, though

It really is a nice mobile browser, and Sync only gets better as it goes. Unless you're on ARMv6, I guess. But then while Fennec has been a concept/pre-release piss-around for a long time, it's only now becoming an actual final release doodad you can install and play with, so I guess there's still a lot of development left to do.

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Mozilla debuts Firefox 4 for Android

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Maemo users: installation

OK, so I was on the beta repository, and the RC and final version are obviously somewhere else. Soooo, here we go.

1) Head over to http://www.mozilla.com/m. Press the big shiny button on the right. This will fire up the app manager to install Firefox.

2) Get annoyed as the app manager tells you that Fennec is already installed, you beta testing scum.

3) Delete the beta and final repositories in your app manager.

4) Go back to the mobile site and try again.

5) The app manager will again tell you Fennec is already installed.

6) Decide to run the bloody update yourself. Drop to a root console and run apt-get update.

7) Read the GPG key error for moff.mozilla.org.

8) Go looking for the missing GPG key. Realise that it isn't on the Mozilla website.

9) Smash your head repeatedly off the nearest desk.

10) Run these commands to get the key from pgp.net:

gpg --keyserver subkeys.pgp.net --recv-keys FF445C24

gpg --armor --export FF445C24 | apt-key add -

11) Run apt-get update again. Read the error message about conflicting distributions.

12) Slit your wrists.

Nice upgrade path, Mozzy! Here's me hoping that since beta 13 you've actually made the browser move faster than a glacier, and I can't upgrade to see it! What's annoying is that Fennec is really, really good. Been using it as my primary browser on Android for ages.

Rant over, one quick laugh from the article.

"Mozilla claims that the browser's startup time is about three times faster than Android's native WebKit-based browser."

Errrr....no. Just no. Unless you're counting the system's boot time, in which case yes, but what's your point?

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Santander blames Firefox 4 for website fail

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Incompatible with your system != broken

I can't run iLife on Windows, but I don't call iLife broken.

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Firefox 4 debuts: The last kitchen sink release

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Hmmm

"Your strawman is showing, "fanboy"."

Uh-huh. You missed the mention of IE9 in my post then? That and Opera being installed on pretty much every device I own. Right next to Firefox, admittedly, but it's there.

As I've said a number of times, I think Opera is a great browser, but man oh man, its fanboys are OTT. So I find that if I'm near the beginning of a thread, and I make some sarky remark about them, they don't turn up for fear of me posting a large JPEG of a trout. Works well!

Well, until you showed up, that is.

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Really?

"it killed all the extra navigation buttons on my mouse"

That's odd, mine work fine. Logitech MX518. Whatcha got?

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