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* Posts by Thomas 4

1519 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Bald? Looking old before your time? Don't panic, but you might DIE

Thomas 4
Unhappy

Re: Oh dear,

It's been a blast guys.Have my ashes put onboard Vulture 2.

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Microsoft mulls 'Xbox Surface' slate for games

Thomas 4

Re: Control

Agreed. This problem has been the bane of hardcore games phones for years. Even a system with a dedicated touchscreen - the Nintendo DS - doesn't use it beyond a couple of quick time events and menu navigation because it doesn't allow for fast responses or multiple simultaneous inputs. Even if a touchscreen could register four finger presses at once, you wouldn't be able to play because your hand would be over the screen.

A gaming system must have dedicated (and ergonomic) gaming controls.

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WTF is... RF-MEMS?

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Quick question

If it's reaching the stage where it's becoming harder and harder to support traditional voice calls, why not scrap it altogether, allocate the bandwidth to more data and have phones communicate via VoIP instead? This isn't a troll attempt, I'm just curious (and ignorant). =)

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Apple rejects NAKED HIPPIE ebook, despite apple coverup

Thomas 4

@AC

Was it Scratch 'n' Sniff?

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Ten... Apple iPad Mini alternatives

Thomas 4

Re: I kind of like my PlayBook

Is it possible to get a keyboard for the Playbook? I'd like a really cheap tablet that has a physical keyboard of some sort. Something light I can carry to and from work and use it to type fairly long documents on. pdf and ebook support is a must.

Any suggestions? =)

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Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games

Thomas 4
FAIL

A major omission

Where the heck is Team Fortress 2? Whine as much as you like about hats but the original vanilla Team Fortress 2 is for many people the first step into FPSes!

Unreal Tournament is another one, although I can appreciate it'd fall under "Unreal". You also missed Left 4 Dead as well. That's a more important inclusion because it actively forced players to work together.

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SMARTPHONES make TEENS have SEX with STRANGERS

Thomas 4

Re: Fewer?

I've never had sex with a condom. I've only ever had sex with women. =/

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

Thomas 4

Well...

With Windows, you have panes of glass, so I suppose you could call it Panes.

Because then you could have growing panes when it is first launched and it can eventually become a pane in the arse once its established.

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Slideshow: A History of Horror in 20 Scary Games

Thomas 4
Unhappy

A shame

You missed Pathalogic and Ice Pick Lodge's most recent creepfest The Void. Hearing the Brothers speak in their hellish metallic voices, not to mention what they *look* like certainly gives me the heebie-jeebies.

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Volunteers sought to see if anyone actually can hear you scream in space

Thomas 4

They really shouldn't be holding their breath

I understand that having a lung full of air will cause more damage in a vaccuum than if you've exhaled completely.

Can't remember whether it was Event Horizon or Sunshine that put that theory forward.

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria review

Thomas 4

Re: WoW could have been eternal

While I don't agree with everything you've said, the comments about dungeons really does ring true for me. Granted, it was a massive pain in the ass looking for the right class with the right cc for a dungeon and using "Fear" was often an amusing recipe for suicide but because the dungeons were hard, you *had* to talk to the other people in the group and sometimes you'd even make a friend in the process.

I'd like to see dungeons go back to the time time when CC was essential and planning careful pulls was the mark of a good tank. It is really is just "go nuts with you AoE, don't forget the loot on the way out".

I still remember the dungeon runs people did for the Warlock and Paladin epic mounts back in vanilla. They were ball busting challenges and truly deserving of the "Epic" epithet.

Now get the hell off my lawn you goddamn punk kids.

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Thomas 4

The next new thing

Is this the mysterious "Project Titan" that's been alluded to in various magazine articles? It's been worked on for a number of years now iirc. I can't help wondering what the graphical quality will be like and whether it will be much of a step up from Warcraft.

I am truly hoping it's not just WoW 2 or World of Starcraft. It'd be nice to see Blizzard explore slightly more mature themes than fluffy pandas.

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Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

Thomas 4

Re: I can see this technology being very useful

I am deeply concerned about how the sensors identify a "ball".

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Apple turns off Siri’s potty mouth

Thomas 4

Mmmm

It also reminds me of the time a visiting sheikh looked for an escort service. He ended up riddled with bullets after the agency sent an 18-year-old girl instead of a bodyguard.

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Surface tablet's touch cover is ZX81 REBORN

Thomas 4

Re: Now you've done it

It is a positive if it comes with some of the old Spectrum games. =3

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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

Thomas 4
Pint

@enigmatix

Damn straight. You know what this story needs to liven it up? A patent trial where Bosch and Dyson race to get each other's products banned while driving judges and jurors to drink.

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Boeing recipe turns cooking oil into jet fuel

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Re: quite a nice breakthrough, if it, eh, breaks through

I think it's a bad idea myself. The plane takes off and the faintest whiff of cooking oil floats through the cabin, putting you in just the right frame of mind for a fry up and instead you get served an undercooked chicken swimming in a sauce technically described as "red shit".

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Panel production problems may stop iPad Minis getting into fans' mitts

Thomas 4

In other news

A notable El Reg commentard, Thomas 4, recently announced that his revolutionary new liquid storage medium, the iBottle, was experiencing supply shortages.

"Well, I only have the one empty bottle left after lunch and I dunno if I have the bladder capacity to manage another Coke right now," he was quoted as saying.

This shocking news has result in vicious battle royales between bottle fans desperate to get their hands on the iBottle, with opportunists purchasing the iBottle at its normal RRP of £369 before selling them on eBay for a tremendous mark up.

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WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

Thomas 4

@TeeCee

Whales or scientists?

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Five go wild with the Administration Tools Pack

Thomas 4
Stop

Re: Sadly

The problem with Server Snakes and Ladders is that there's one very, very small ladder at the start which you can only use once and every single other square has a malware-riddled snake on it.

Bitter? Me?

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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

Thomas 4
FAIL

Bullshit pricing

Seriously? £31 for a piss poor 500Mb a month?

As someone that moved around a lot for his previous line of work, I was dependant on a 3G dongle to play online gaming (and God forbid I should try to play a game that used P2P like Civ or Company of Heroes). In the space of a month I could *easily* burn through about 3Gb on nightly usage, game updates, driver updates, Teamspeek, Steam, etc, let alone downloading a full game.

No one and I do mean no-one uses 500Mb or more just to look at fricking web pages, which seems to be the delusion that Vodafone and other telecos seem to be living under.

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French cops cuff man over €500K Android Trojan scam

Thomas 4
Devil

@DJ

7a. Forced to code in Visual Basic on a ZX81 keyboard.

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

Thomas 4

Re: We have all been there...

That Firelands raid isn't going to organise itself and I speak from experience in this regard. -.-

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Thomas 4

Re: We have all been there...

I think it was XKCD that said something like "there is no force in the universe that can stop a geek desperate for an internet connection."

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

Thomas 4
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I forgot something!

I forgot to add the shining jewel of my obscure tech hoarding:

1 x fully boxed and working Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA.

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Thomas 4

Yup, my cupboard is a vertiable IT graveyard of various bits and pieces. Off the top of my head....

1 x Palm Tungsten T5 - fully boxed

1 x Palm Infrared Fold Out Keyboard

1 x Compact Flash I USB reader - I have no earthly idea how this got there

1 x Nokia 6230

1 x Blackberry Pearl

1 x Motorola Droid (now reincarnated as an alarm clock)

1 x Experia Play with a busted touchscreen that I really should send away for repair

1 x Amstrad GX4000 (old school baby!)

1 x Asus Eee PC 701 (Mint in box, used twice)

1 x unholy rats nest of VGA cables, coaxial network cables, fibre optic cables, audio plugs, microphones, antennas and something that scratches around in the bottom of the box and keeps me awake at night

I really should dump some of this crap on eBay. Except maybe for the last one. I'm not touching that. oO

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Craig, Connery or ... Dalton? Vote now for the ultimate James Bond

Thomas 4
Coat

Oops

Sorry sir, your jacket exploded and took half the room with it.

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Thomas 4

Agh!

My mouse has been hovering over the "vote" button for ten minutes now and I'm still no closer to a decision. X_x

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

Thomas 4

Re: I can't believe this would happen...

In fairness I would derive a certain satisfaction from watching Michael Gove get tasered though.

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Thomas 4

Re: Heresy!

How's that 15 year old purple iMac doing these days? =p

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Mac gamers a-gog as GOG goes Mac

Thomas 4
Meh

Re: Ooh, syndicate

I haven't given up hope on this one yet. Given that PC gaming critics are currently wanking themselves into a coma over the new X-COM, someone may decide that there's money to be made in high quality re-releases of old strategy games.

However, given that Syndicate is currently in the iron-clawed grip of EA, I'm not holding out a lot of hope that it'd be good....

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Anonymous turns on 'one man Julian Assange show' Wikileaks

Thomas 4
Unhappy

@BillG

You're not Spartacus. You're BillG. It says so right next to the title of your post. You're fibbing to us, *on the internet*. Have you no shame sir?

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Labour claims 'highest ranked UK politico in World of Warcraft' title

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Re: yeahbut

Disclaimer: I am not a Labour support, so don't read too much into the following.

So far, the only MP that has shown any kind of true enthusiasm for the games industry is a chap called Tom Watson. His name has often come up when Keith Vaz et al are trying to get something banned as the other side of the coin. I don't know what his other policies are - he might be a completely moron in all other respects. However, at least he legitimately recognises the rights of adults to play games without having to have their hobby gutted and vetted by the Mummy Brigade.

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Inside the mind of a Bond supervillain: Psychotic, autistic - or neither?

Thomas 4
Trollface

@Lockwood

If they were sourced by G4S, it would make for a remarkably dull and short Bond movie.

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Nokia earnings pain masks intact war chest, brewing counterattack

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Re: Here we go again

Ummm...just a small question. If people won't buy WinPhone 8 handsets until they have an established user base, how will they get an established user base?

Not a shot at you personally, more highlighting a paradox that can screw over even the biggest phone makers. Remember how long it took the G1 to get Android recognised?

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UN locks Apple, Google, Microsoft in a room for patent peace summit

Thomas 4

"We all want a fair and even patent system...

...we just don't want these other guys to have it as well."

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Edge-of-space skydiver grounded by ANOTHER bout of bad wind

Thomas 4

Re: Evidently

What, you mean you want him to pass the sound barrier *alive*?

People are so damn picky sometimes.

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Campaigners roll out political-correctness Voight-Kampff CAPTCHAs

Thomas 4
Devil

Re: thought police

"They really believe that by telling you what to think, you will end up thinking it. Has it ever worked on anybody on here?"

I'd reply to this but a thousand screaming fanbois have finally shown me the light and I'm now off to get an iPhone 5.

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HP: PC industry has forgotten how to innovate

Thomas 4
Linux

He's right

People don't buy the OS. I get mine from the CDs on Linux Format. =P

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'Small' upheaval at McAfee, not many fired

Thomas 4
Meh

Hmm

McAfee used to be a pretty decent AV system a few years back - it was fairly nippy and didn't ask for too much in the way of system resources to run. These days, it seems to have become a rather bloated monster, like Norton. Maybe by trimming some of the fat from their personnel, some of the fat may be trimmed from the software too. Although it's never cool to see a hard working person lose their job. =/

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USAF declassifies ‘flying saucer’ design

Thomas 4
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Re: Lets build it!

Better and much more enjoyable question: Why not?

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Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike

Thomas 4

Re: meal out of reach?

Just....a little....closer.....

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4K vs OLED: and the winner is...

Thomas 4

Huh.

It's odd that the Koreans are pushing OLED technology when it was a Japanese company that first started shipping a commerical OLED device about 10 years ago. The first time I became aware of it was with Sony's line of Palm OS handhelds. The very last one they produced, which sadly only reached the Japanese market featured an OLED display. It looked rather spiffy and was hellishly expensive.

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Experts troll 'biggest security mag in the world' with DICKish submission

Thomas 4

Not a bad article

But I preffered their one about Penetrating Encrypted Networks In Secret.

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From Dr No to Skyfall: The Reg's one month of Bond

Thomas 4

A monstorous commie plot

Maybe bond adds the peppercorns to get rid of the fluoride content of the vodka. It's in children's ice cream after all...

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Thomas 4

@Graham

I can see what you're saying about Brosnan, especially in the very sub par The World Is Not Enough. At the beginning of Goldeneye though, the scene with the power plant, he does have a fair amount of his old ruthlessness, given that he was willing to blow up his fellow agent in order to complete the mission, not to mention the scene where they're beating the crap out of each other on the radio transmitter.

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Thomas 4
Pint

Re: Surely that should be...

Hmmm...it's easier to evaluate them based on individual films rather than overall:

1) Daniel Craig in Casino Royale

2) Sean Connery in Goldfinger

3) Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye

4) Roger Moore in Live And Let Die.

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Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

Thomas 4

Re: Bondnote 3

I can't remember whether it was one of the books or the films but I recall one of Bond's friends saying that his Walther PPK was a "girl's gun".

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Facebook's CHAIR sat on by 1 billion people ... bitch

Thomas 4

Re: Optional

Anyone can sit on a chair. That is why Facebook is ass.

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