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Ten movies inspired by video games

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Re: There's a movie begging to be made

They made Hell Boy, which was a close enough approximation.

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Only a passing mention

Mortal Kombat (the first one) was rather enjoyable I recall, especially the brilliant casting of Christophe Lambert, who you suspect was constantly thinking "how on earth did I get cast in this role?"

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

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Re: Would this infringe Copyright legislation?

Probably not, or a SCART cable would be equally as guilty.

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Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions

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Re: To paraphrase Orwell...

You're thinking of Appletalk... since deprecated and replaced by Bonjour...

*cough*

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UKNova drops torrents after threats from FACT

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"But didn't they do an awful lot of "capping" as well? That changes the dynamic from humble torrent links to something more prosecutable"

That's pretty much *all* they did, that was the point. Basically the idea was the 21st century version of taping stuff off the TV for your mates. But only stuff that wasn't commercially available, so no Sky stuff, nothing available on DVD, nothing available on iTunes etc.

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Re: It's just not cricket

"Are they claiming that not one episode of "Only Fools and Horses", "Red Dwarf", "Soldier, Soldier" etc made it's way onto the site?"

Yes, they are saying that. Maybe you should have used the site to understand how it operated? As someone else has pointed out, even a release notice for an upcoming DVD meant you couldn't post it on UK Nova. It was screen caps only of non purchasable material.

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Samsung fights to stay on US shelves as Apple calls for ban

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Re: I'd like

" I hear the real ales, brewed locally in the Apple brewery is quite nice!"

If it's only Apple products we're allowed in the future, surely the only alcoholic beverage would be cider...

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British Minister likens Anonymous to fascists and racists

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Re: Yes, but that's not the only charge.

"The other one was shagging the other girl the morning after in her sleep."

Except it wasn't the only other one, was it? Arguments look good when you cherry pick.

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Re: Get out of jail card

"And am I the only one thats concerned that the Ecudorian president belives that rape isn't an offence worthy of being a crime?"

No, but sadly very few people are surprised.

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"Correa told the UK’s Sunday Times that the sex crime allegations made against Assange would not be deemed a crime in Latin America. "The crimes that Assange is accused of, they would not be crimes in 90 to 95 per cent of the planet," he said."

Sadly, that is probably true, but nothing to shout or boast about really.

"they want to extradite Julian Assange for not using a condom, for the love of God"

Yes, but that's not the only charge.

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UK kids' charity lobbies hard for 'opt-in' web smut access

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Re: The problem with this thread.

"The problem with this thread is that the commenters do not identify themselves as having or not having children (with whom they live - absent parents' opinions are not as important as the opinions of parents who actually take care of the kids.)"

Firstly, it's irrelevant as it's impacting *everyone* so all opinions matter. Secondly, the relationship status of the parents generally has fuck all relevance to how much they "take care of the kids" as you so charmingly put it.

To put it simply for you, this type of law or proposal is the equivalent of, say, ardent cartoon haters insisting that ISPs block any cartoons by default because they don't want to see it, and forcing anyone who likes cartoons to be forced to "opt in" to see it.

It's for the <insert group here> to have an opt-out if they really want it, not to have everyone else to take action on their behalf.

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"the image of goatse.jpg shall be indelibly etched into the fragile mind of Little Johnny"

Hmm... actually you've just sold me on the idea of the filter now - any chance we can get a goatse-filter? I'm 31 and it's indelibly etched into my fragile mind!

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Re: Im so sick and tired of the word twisting...

Indeed. I'm not entirely sure why the onus is on *me* as a non-parent to opt-in to a non-ruined internet so that parents can remain on their arses doing sweet F.A. to protect precious little Johnny's eyes. "porn blocked" filters block much more than they intend - for an example, look at O2's mobile filter that randomly blocks cycling forums.

I think The Office sums it up rather well..

"Do you think we care as much about your baby as you do? Just because you let some useless tosser blow his beans up your muff. "

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Re: Possibly an Opportunity?

But fortunately leave 587 open

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It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Re: Market stratification makes me sad

"Even 30 and 40 years ago Lego sets were still kits intended to build a particular thing like a space ship or police station."

I'd tend to agree but the difference is that the kits of 30-40 years ago were generally regular Lego blocks with instructions and the correct quantities to build a model, occasionally with some stickers, but they could be made in conjunction with just about everything else. Today's kits usually have a fair number of custom blocks and/or colours.

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'United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks'

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Re: @ Annihilator Another Example of Splaffing Imperiously

"A country's laws on extradition do not have to be justified to other nations, any more than it's laws on rape do."

Do keep up, even if that were true (and it's not), they do have to be justified and written in their own statutes and they're highly unlikely to change them on the whim of a suspected rapist and bail dodger.

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Re: Splaffing Imperiously

"Comment Is Free" - well you certainly get what you pay for...

All that article says, in a long rambling diatribe (I assume he's paid by the word) is that a government can overrule extradition orders by the court (same way Home Secretary can be appealed to here). Doesn't change the basic premise that a) the same government official would be in place if extradition was served or b) that to pre-judge and rule on a non-existent extradition request outside of due process is fundamentally flawed.

Glenn Greenwald has effectively corrected a spelling mistake and thinks he's debunked the entire argument.

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Re: Straw man

"If that is the case, then what harm would there be in giving him the assurance that he requested? If it's really that simple to proof him a liar, then why not do so?"

And what would this promise of magic beans look like exactly? There is nothing they can provide, assurances or otherwise, that his legal team wouldn't just say "that's worthless" to. And again, they know that. It's like asking for a magic carpet.

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Re: Straw man

Not to mention Sweden *CAN'T* declare they would ignore or decline any extraditions to the US without first seeing it. Any guarantees they make would be meaningless and probably illegal as it pre-judges a non-existent extradition request. Assange and his legal team know this too.

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LOHAN turns up the heat on Vulture 2 motor

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Re: Timed pre-ignition heating

^^ that. You've already got a power source in the mothership for the camera, GPS etc, so just run off that. You can connect it via a contact pad in a Scalextric style-ee, instead of using the daughtership's power supply (which I assume it has for its own GPS tracking, pictures and radio downlink?) to minimise the weight at rocket launch.

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Boffins zapped '2,000 bugs' from Curiosity's 2 MILLION lines of code

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Re: But....

Further ridiculous! <insert your language of choice here> and <insert alternative language> are for people who don't know they were born! When I were a lad we wrote <insert chip type> assembler code.

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Curiosity preps for first Martian road trip

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Re: wind sensor fault

Yeah, you should send your own probe to Mars, show them how it's done.

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Sony PlayStation Vita sales crawl

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Re: marketing?

Good to mock, but there's some truth in it - can't say I've seen *any* promotional stuff around the Vita or its games, would have thought a TV ad campaign couldn't have hurt.

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Anonymous takes down UK government websites in Assange attack

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Re: Hmmm ...

"Makes you wonder, international red notice terrorist arrest warrant, and no charges ... what could possibly be going on here them?"

"red notice" makes it sounds dramatic, but it's what/how a wanted person is described. Thousands are issued each year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_notice#Notice_types

"no charges" is also misleading - an arrest warrant is out for Assange (though Assange apologists are quick to over look this and say it is merely some questions that could be done anywhere). Charges can only be laid by Sweden after he has been arrested, pretty much how it works in this country too. If you doubt this, may I suggest reading the High Court judgement?

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2011/2849.html

A very good summary of the myths perpetually spun by Assange can be found at the New Statesman ( http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/david-allen-green/2012/08/five-legal-myths-about-assange-extradition )

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SHOCK: Brainwave readers work as advertised

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Re: Good luck

" I wish them every success in generating the 12 digit card number"

<cough> 16 digits...

I'll get my coat..

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Ageing star sucked retinue member to death, evidence indicates

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Hubble excels itself

Either Hubble's far more impressive than I'd ever realised or you forgot to tag that picture as an artist's impression :-)

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Cosmonauts step out for six-hour space walk around ISS

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Launched next year?

They're more compliant than me - I'd have probably thought "4 months?? That's ages yet, I'll do it tomorrow..."

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Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

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Re: Too much willy-waving all around

In short, the answers to points 2, 3 and 5 are:

Because legal systems don't comment on hypotheticals. Any extradition attempt, if it existed, would be heard on its own merits and not whatever Assange thinks it might say. And as pointed out, any US attempt at extradition would be requested through Sweden and subsequently the UK.

If it were all about getting him to the US, why on earth would they not have just asked the UK while Assange was in custody?

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

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"My NAS drive isn't compatible with Windows 7"

I'd advise getting an actual NAS then. Whatever you've got isn't a NAS if it fails to do such a simple thing as present an SMB share.

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The problem with wireless: all those effin' wires

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Re: Poor workman blames his cables.

Power Monkey was my choice, and that's to power a variety of devices (PSP, iPhone, external battery pack) with one charger and a choice of plugs to front it + a tiny USB 12v car adapter.

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Assange's fate to be revealed at high noon

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Re: Legal basis?

In very very short terms, "diplomatic passport" <> "diplomatic immunity". Ecuador can give him a certificate declaring him a God for all it matters, as soon as he walks out of the embassy he's on UK soil and they can do what they like to him. So he's effectively in prison.

Plan B is the UK let him go to the airport, effectively barring him from ever entering Europe again as he's now a wanted criminal (bail dodging, suspicion of sexual assault etc), Jemima Khan loses her bail bond.

Unfortunately, what will likely happen is the Plan C will happen - the UK will challenge Assange's right to political asylym (as I understand it, the right only applies if your own or host country is persecuting you - the US is neither) in international court, thus dragging it out another 12+ months meaning we never hear the end of it.

I'm all for Wikileaks, but this is very little to do with them, and all about a man scared to face up to his accusers.

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DVD plus nano-rods equals security, density: researchers

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Re: I may be wrong but here goes ......

I'm failing to see that this is nothing but expanding the key-depth though. In the case of 100 sub-boxes (say 128 to make it easer), you could get away with having a 6-bit key instead.

It's good, I'll grant you, but I don't think the killer app is crypto. They've just created a very expensive 1-time pad.

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Boffins say Vodka Red Bulls make you sensible

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Re: That is to say,

"In any case, mixing caffine with alcohol makes the more destructive drink more addictive. For that reason alone, it should be illegal or heavily regulated."

We must ban Kahlua immediately! And vodka & cokes!

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Re: Really

And the accused wasn't the type who would do that regardless?

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Apple seeks cable connection for set-top box

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Oops

I read the article involving "Apple" and "cable" and though "hmm, probably be a proprietary overpriced one that has a standards adapter for £30"

Then realised it was about cable services, and not Apple coming up with a new cable.

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Shops 'mislead punters' over phone contract prices

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Show me the link for your "deal" then on buymobilephones.net then?

http://www.buymobilephones.net/mobile-phones/Samsung/Samsung-Galaxy-S3/Vodafone/Vodafone-Choice-300-(18mths)-Internet/13732577 is all I can find. As for "upgrades" on existing networks, they take into account your mug-factor, i.e. how much you've (over)spent to date (compared with how much you actually got).

Even if all that were true, you can equally go into a shop and TALK to someone on a SIM-only deal to get cheaper than what you're quoting.

Mobile companies aren't charities, they're giving you nothing for "free".

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Re: "buy phone... almost always cheaper"

"Galaxy S3 on contract, better tariff £31 * 18 months = £558"

And where are you getting a free Galaxy S3 for £31 per month? I see O2 doing a £31 18 month contract, but they want £299 for the phone upfront. Three do a £31 contract, but for 24 months, and still want £99 for the phone.

So yeah, your way is cheaper if you ignore some of the costs.

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Re: Misleading is wrong but...

Potential increases are prevalent in most mobile contracts, but only to the rate of inflation (and capped at 10%). To sample O2s:

"5.3 You can end this Agreement without having to pay the Monthly Subscription Charges up to the end of any Minimum Period you have left, if:

(a) we increase your Monthly Subscription Charges by more than the Retail Price Index (RPI) annual inflation rate at the date we notify you of the applicable price increase; or

(b) we increase any of our Charges (apart from for Additional Services) in such a way that would have increased your total bill for the immediately previous month by more than 10% (if the increase(s) had applied for the whole of that month)."

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"I've learnt, from now on, I'll the buy the phone myself and get a 30 day rolling contract, I am not getting stung like this again"

Almost always the cheapest option regardless.

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

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Re: Streisand effect?

"Looks like their epetition just got some free publicity"

You spell it "optician". Unless you're south african, in which case your phonetic spelling of "epetition" may be correct. ;-)

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Well all surgery comes with risks, even elective surgery like this one.

But yes, I wouldn't be giving it a go, particularly as a friend of mine was refused the surgery due to only having one eye - they apparently considered the risk to the remaining eye as too high. I'd be suspicious of anyone who thinks having two eyes is a contingency plan. I use extended-wear contact lenses which more than suit my needs.

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Re: I actually LIKE aero

They had to get their performance improvements somehow... I suspect disabling Aero probably had something to do with it.

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Flash Player to vanish from Android store on Wednesday

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@steogede

"That's fine, but was it written round these here parts?"

Yes, Brian May wrote it B-)

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Re: Flash..........

"Need we say more?"

Yes, we spell it "saviour" round these here parts ;-)

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New MPEG format paves the way for UHDTV

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Re: HDTV at 8k! Just wow!

Dude, a new TV coming out doesn't mean your 1080p TV stops working, much in the same way you kept your last TV for 12 years and didn't bail out in 2008 for a 1080p TV then.

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Goldeneye

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"No other game I can remember had different reactions like that depending on where you hit people."

Not sure if you're saying that no other game did this (as it was probably a first) but Soldier of Fortune was the first I saw to do it really well, about 3 years after Goldeneye. Think SoF was the first implementation of the GHOUL damage model.

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Vodafone UK web titsup blamed on 'holiday maintenance'

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Re: Usual performance

Your point? It would be incredibly stupid if it were one big system, so of course some services would still be available.

I notice their mobile network was still processing calls during the outage. Suspicious!

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Alleged 'Xbox 720' dev box eBay'd for $20,100

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@HaydnH

"I don't know about the US, but in Europe software can be resold, google "oracle software license resale" for info on a previous failed attempt by Oracle to stop this."

It's likely that whoever got their hands on this kit from MS had to sign a pretty hefty NDA to get it, so while you're right in that you can re-sell software licences, this won't have been a purchase from MS.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

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Re: "click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"

@harmony "to the best of my knowledge no-one has been billing that feature being a selling point."

Except the person who started this thread in the first place?..

"Works exactly the same but with extra functionality imo. ie, click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"

In summary they said "I like Metro, because it's like a big start screen except it's better because I can have links and type the name of a programme" - not much of a selling point...

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Re: "click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"

"And it is still the same in W8, Windows Key -> start typing... except you get better search functionality."

Erm, yes, that's the point. The OP sold it as "additional functionality" of a start menu, when it's existed since Vista. It's not new, and it's not a benefit of Metro.

Plenty of us have tried Win 8, and I don't think we're wrong if we think it's got potential for being a good tablet OS, but not for touch-free machines.

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