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* Posts by Thomas 4

1520 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Blu-ray

Thomas 4

Extra extras

I was kind of hoping for a scratch 'n' sniff card with it so that now you really can smell the Elderberries!

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Carmageddon coder seeks gamers' cash for revamp

Thomas 4
Meh

Re: Post I made on the Steam forums about this:

I dunno, I'd have to disagree that all Kickstarter games are like that. Grim Dawn springs to mind - the team developing it (the same guys that made Titan Quest) have managed to make the basic outline of the game including some very solid looking demos of actual gameplay footage and have turned to Kickstarter to get it finished off.

Not disagreeing with your take on the Carmageddon project - if they really did spend 333k just getting the naming rights before doing a spot of code - but don't be too quick to discourage others from looking into Kickstarter games.

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Head over Heels

Thomas 4

Classic indeed

Sadly though I doubt this game would sell in the modern day, especially as a multiplayer:

"FFS noob Head, you can't aim donuts worth shit!"

"lawl, fail Heels can't do the pick up & jump trick"

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'Giant vampire squid' seeks social media guru

Thomas 4

Hmmmm

"Giant Vampire Squid" is not a bad analogy but it instantly puts me in mind of a Facehugger from Alien. You deeply regret making out with it and then find out in the worst possible way it left a little surprise for you.

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Nokia: 'hybrid' mobiles will save us

Thomas 4

Re: Dear Jorma :- I am curious.

I fall under the category of want Nokia to go back to what they were in the late 90's and early of 2000-2010. I want to see them push *original* ideas for phones, stuff like the Communicator range, the original N-series phones, the apocalypse surviving 6210. I want to see PHONES from them, not black slabs with Windows OS shoehorned into a generic form factor.

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Microsoft mulls phone-style contracts for Xbox

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Facepalm

Oh for fuck's sake....

Seriously?

It's bad enough that we can't even sell on or pass on our games anymore and now you want us to rent our fucking consoles as well?

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RIM wakes up woozy in Australia

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Actually, it was a mistake

The Black Bus was supposed to stop outside RIM HQ.

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Moon at annual perigee this weekend

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@Pete

Quick, someone phone Roland Emmerich! There's a disaster film in there somewhere!

When you think that the Moon is the closest celestial body to us and then realise it's still 350,000km away, it's a little disheartening to think how far we'd have to go to reach somewhere like Mars.

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Dinosaurs were DRAINED of blood by GIGANTIC HORROR FLEAS

Thomas 4

Wow

These things sucked blood like a Street View car sucks Wifi.

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Nokia's 41Mp cameraphone shoots towards retail

Thomas 4

We've got a pulse!

....admittedly it's a very, very faint pulse but it appears that Nokia is not creatively bankrupt yet after all.

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Phone-hack saga: Murdoch 'not fit' to run News Corp, blast MPs

Thomas 4

Quite right!

If anyone's capable of realising when something isn't suitable for it's intended purpose, it's our MPs.

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Nympho hauled to loon-cooler after serial bonkathon brutality

Thomas 4

Re: IT connection

It still makes me snigger when I hear my South African colleagues refer to a USB stick or floppy disk as a "stiffy".

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Freed Facebook hack Brit vents fury at $200k cleanup claim

Thomas 4

Re: Huh?

Well that's okay then, if no-one's actually been extradited. Gary McKinnon has been having a nice, relaxing easy life arranging his schedule around, lawyers, more lawyers and staring bankruptcy in the face to fight an extradition charge.

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Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them

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Pint

Seems a little implausible

£22,000 worth of Macbooks. Now, being educationally minded, these probably aren't Macbook Pros but one of the older, pre-Air sorts. Now, assuming the school cough about £1k per laptop, factoring in bulk buying and less taxes, etc, it's 22 Macbooks.

In an adult, it can contain about 300ml, according to wikipedia or in another word's a Coke can's worth. In a child it's probably about the size of a Capri Sun.

I'm just trying to work out he would have arranged the Macbooks in order to ensure they all get soaked to bust the warranties. If he put them all in a huge stack, i.e. 22 ontop of each other, would he have been able to fire up to reach the ones on the top?

But then if he laid them out on the floor in a 4x5 grid arrangement, would there be enough surface area to cover them all....?

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Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'

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Re: The cure to nostalgia!

That, sunshine, depends an awful lot on the game in question.

Although graphically something like Elite is crap compared to a HD game like Skyrim, the gameplay mechanics of it are still as rock solid now as they were back then. Don't believe me? Fire up a good two player game like Ikari Warriors or Vindicators and plow through waves of baddies to the accompaniment of explosions everywhere. Or perhaps with your new found gaming leetness, you can finally finish off that game of Dizzy that you almost-finished-but-never-quite-made-it.

Sure, not everything that came out on an Amstrad or Spectrum was gaming gold and some of them were truly awful but to dismiss everything as being unworthy of a second playthrough many years later reeks of snobbery.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to that game of Syndicate I'm playing on GOG.

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Thomas 4
Trollface

Invitation accepted!

So having successfully thrown away the rose-tinted spectacles of nostalgia, you now spend your days looking through the rose tinited touchscreen of an iPad 3.

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

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Pint

Re: Oh yeah...

Yay for other Amstrad users! ^_^

CPC6128 user myself, with a COLOUR screen. Those were the days, when a game was £9.99 for a new release (or if you wanted to save yourself a multiloading headache, £14.99 for the disk version). The budget ranges like Hit Squad and the ever cheap and cheerful Codemasters releases with Fantasy World Dizzy, Magicland Dizzy and Dizzy in the Shamelessly Shoehorned Into What Would Otherwise Be A Crappy Puzzle Game Adventure.

The joys of Read Error B and its more evil cousin Read Error A. These no good punk kids don't appreciate what makes a good game these days....

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US doc finally fingers elusive G-spot

Thomas 4

Re: Not knowing exactly where it is ...

It's in Poland?

No wonder I couldn't find it.

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Official: Britain staggers into double-dip recession doom

Thomas 4

Re: It was obvious

Pretty much this.

You can call it whatever you've been calling it for the past four years but the economy doesn't need a special label for everyone to know it's fucked.

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Ten... eight-bit classic games

Thomas 4

Re: What?! JK Greye and Malcom Evans!

Seconding all of these.

You also missed classics like Pitfall, Boulderdash and for CPCers amongst you - the Roland series (Roland in Time, Roland on the Ropes, etc). Also, I saw a reference to Adrian Mole but no Monty Mole? For shame.

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Educating Rory: Are BBC reporters unteachable?

Thomas 4
Pint

Re: I haven't heard any comment from any teachers

This is going to sound appallingly arrogant but fuck it...

The thing that educated me most about computers wasn't the clapped out BBC Micro I had in middle school, because it was just one program we used on there to teach us how to form sentences, a task that could have been more easily done with a blackboard and a book.

It wasn't in secondary school either, where we used Acorns for 5 years and only had a brief glance at Windows 95 in our final year and what "IT" information was in the course was confused and pointless.

No, my real education started at the age of 5 or 6 with my Amstrad CPC and learning to type out lines of code in BASIC. Fiddling with bits of information here and there to see what would happen (hint: it usually ended in the phrase "syntax error").

The next phase of my education came with my dad's 286DX PC and a floppy disk that offered to teach me the mysteries of MS-DOS. It started as boring distraction but the more I messed around with file systems the moer I began to enjoy myself and the knowledge I was gaining.

Phase 3 still haunts my nightmares even now and it's all thanks to Desert Strike. A highly frustrating game in itself but even getting to the final mission of the final campaign and dying to a lack of fuel was nothing compared to getting to actually run. Yes, from this monumental pain in the arse I learned how to edit config.sys and autoexec.bat files - the arcane mysteries of EMM386.exe, LOADHIGH and HIMEM, all trying to squeeze the right mix of memory in order to run it.

Then came Windows 95 and my inevitable surrender to a non-command line OS. Again, most of what I learned came from trying to run games - things such as drivers, installing new hardware and basic PC housekeeping. My dad had finally relented at this point at got me my own PC at last. The blistering speed with which it ran when it had a whopping 16Mb RAM.

I guess the point of this horribly self indulgent wall of text is that most of the stuff I learned about computers didn't come from school tuition, which in my teenage arrogance I saw as being vastly below me, but instead came from crashes, debugging and a burning desire to play games.

I still have fond memories of almost failing my computing A-level. I got bored with the database they'd asked us to work on and instead spent my time building a quite passable game of pontoon with an AI that knew when to bet and when to hold.

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Getting rich off iPhone apps is b*llocks, say UK devs

Thomas 4

Awww...

So you mean our Silicon Roundabout really *can't* compete with Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook?

Awwww. ='(

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Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER

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@BB

Yup - you've nailed it there.

Cruise put in a fairly decent performance, the special effects were good and the terraforming sequence was creepy as hell....

...but that kid, that ENDLESSLY SCREAMING KID. Jesus.

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Nokia loses $1.7bn in Q1, sales chief falls overboard

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@Fibbles

I too have fond memories of my earlier Nokia phones. I loves my faithful 6210 with its cutting edge IR port for my Psion Revo. I remember the bold designs Nokia came out with in its first launch of the N-series, the N90 that changed from a clamshell phone into a camcorder (sort of).

And now? We have an endless series of the same boring black square slabs that every other manufacturer is cranking out, except with an OS that Joe Public doesn't understand and techies do not like.

Fuck Elop and his reinvented Nokia.

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HTC One S Android smartphone

Thomas 4

"The One S is the Panther tank to the One X’s Königstiger."

Someone's been playing Company of Heroes too much....;)

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Austrian village considers a F**king name change

Thomas 4

Carry on Fucking

That is all.

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AssangeTM TV broadcasts this week

Thomas 4

Hmmmm....

"Trumped up allegations of sexual assault"?

While he is facing a charge of sexual assault, should you really be saying whether it's trumped up or not?

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LOHAN ideas..

Thomas 4

If we're looking for Friday afternoon suggestions...

....perhaps an interview with the hapless pilot in charge of this suicide mission could be fun....;)

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Five charged after fanboi sells kidney for iPad and iPhone

Thomas 4

Cool!

And when he's on dialysis later in life, he can tweet it from his iPhone and use his iPad to renew his 10 different types of medication online!

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Samsung rolls out ultra high-speed microSD cards

Thomas 4
WTF?

......

"[The UHS-1 interface] allows consumers to enjoy high-quality images and video playback directly from the memory cards."

So where the fuck have I been watching stuff stored on my memory cards before?!

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Yahoo! axes! 2,000! workers!

Thomas 4
FAIL

Re: YAHWHO?

Much to my shame, I admit using Yahoo for a quick view of the days headlines and it's absolutely repulsive. The articles lack spell checking, have never seen an editor of any sort and the comments section seems to have been taken over by Neo-Nazis all hellbent on out-trolling each other.

I need a new news website. -.-

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Netgear Powerline Nano 500 Ethernet-over-mains adaptor

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Re: Interference - @Mage

I'm afraid I'm with the others on this - you need to link documents and research to back up your claims otherwise you'll have a hard time convincing people.

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Linux boss: We're number one where it counts

Thomas 4
IT Angle

If you're looking for a quote of the week

Then this is it:

"The wider problem with patents is – and it's a problem the software industry as a whole faces, open or closed, is that there are a lot of crappy patents out there,"

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

Thomas 4

True

...but I'm sure I wasn't the only that had to stop and wonder for a moment.

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PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release

Thomas 4

Re: Games please, not consoles

Hmmmm. The PS3 isn't completely bereft of ideas - check out a title called "Journey" on the PSN. Very beautifully done adventury-platform game.

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With this ring, I thee frag

Thomas 4
Flame

Re: Ahhhhh!

Ahh, true love.

'Twould be so much simpler if everyone had access to flamethrowers.

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Hasbro fails to win Asus Transformer Prime ban

Thomas 4

Seconded

They deserve everything they get after those Michael Bay monstrosities. The animated Transformers Movie with the voices of Orson Wells, Leonard Nimoy and Eric Idle is the only one as far as I'm concerned.

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Size DOES matter: Nokia snubs Apple's royalty-free nano-SIM

Thomas 4
Pint

This was the first thought in my mind as well...

Maybe we could turn into a drinking game. Every time you see something that's potentially patentable, you take a swig of your favourite tipple.

" Apple's proposal, we're told, has the nano-SIM the same length as a micro-SIM is wide, encouraging the user to jam the wrong SIM into the slot."

Patent Pending: Case marking showing where to insert SIM card. *drinks*

"The addition of a loading tray, as proposed by Apple..."

Patent Pending: Grav sled SIM card insterion method. *drinks*

I forsee myself getting quite drunk after reading a Samsung or Apple article.

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HP finally decides the future of the PC: It's a printer accessory

Thomas 4

They haven't killed the Touchpad

After all, HP is TOTALLY COMMITED to the future of WebOS.

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Lawyers of Mordor retreat from The Hobbit

Thomas 4
Flame

@TRT

Die in a fire please. Slowly.

I'd forgotten that wretched video until you brought it up. >:(

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Thomas 4

Re: @ TRT

Be nice. Nazgul will only attempt to murder you and enslave your soul to Sauron. Completely different from copyright lawyers.

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Eddie Murphy heading for worst movie ever glory

Thomas 4

@Arrrggghh

I take it we're not talking about Neil Marshall (Of Dog Soldiers and Descent)'s "Doomsday" right? Because I quite liked that one.

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Thomas 4

Oh, if we're looking for worst films ever

I would like to put forward my two nominations:

Never Been Kissed starring Drew Barrymore. I'm not overly keen on romantic films at the best of times but this was the most god-awful and unfunny piece of crap I have ever seen.

Alternatively, M Night Shyalaman's entire body of work. Sixth Sense was utterly predictable and Haley Joel Osmont got on my tits, Unbreakable....well it was ok I guess. The Village dragged on without going anywhere and don't even get me started on The Happening.

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Mega squid use HUMONGOUS eyes to spot ravenous sperm whales

Thomas 4
IT Angle

It is dark.

You are likely to be eaten by a sperm whale.

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Nokia design chief ayes tablet plan

Thomas 4

Well....

This could be a chance for Nokia to claw back some market presence. Part of the reason that Android tablets haven't taken over iPads (and please, please, let's not go down this route until after I've finished speaking) is because some of the Android names like Lenevo, Asus and HTC are not as well known amongst the less tech savy older generation. "Nokia", however, is a name that still carries weight with them, despite their recent horrific attempts at making phones.

IF Nokia can make the tablet easy to use and IF they can reach this market, then it could be the lifebelt Nokia needs in an Apple flavoured sea populated with Android sharks.

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Cameron denies personal Trident missile firing iPad app

Thomas 4
Mushroom

A glimpse of the future

Out of the radioactive holocaust, as civilisation freezes under a nuclear winter, vault dwellers will ponder the meaning of the words that led to mankind's demise.

"Bloody Siri."

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Flying Spaghetti Monster's works spotted in space

Thomas 4
Pint

You know something?

I actually hope the Flying Spaghetti Monster is real. I want to see it flying towards Earth as scientists and priests sit there weeping into their textbooks and prayer books. As the colossal meatballs roll across continents and oceans turn into tomato sauce, I will laugh hysterically, comforted by the fact that everything the human race knew and believed was utterly ridiculous and pointless.

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The one tiny slip that put LulzSec chief Sabu in the FBI's pocket

Thomas 4

Reading through that pastebin dump

It seems to me that Virus is definitely the smarter one of the pair where as Sabu sounds like someone who's completely in love with himself.

What happened to the "Virus" guy? Did he end up getting collared as well?

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Carmageddon

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Pint

Re: In my puritanical youth

Good man. We'll get you playing Doom yet and maybe, if you keep working at it, we'll even treat you to a foul and perverse Mass Effect sex scene!

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Peter Molyneux parts with Microsoft and Lionhead

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Re: The problem with Peter...

I miss Bullfrog. So many great games.

Black and White demonstrated quite neatly the problem with Peter's brain.

The building settlements, enouraging believers and hurling deific magic around was great fun. Having a creature that you could train and develop was also fun. Using gestures to cast magic - again, great fun.

Trying to stop your creature from eating your village while at the same time trying to cast a spell to protect your villagers was an exercise in mouse-devouring frustration. And don't even get me started on the Fable series. -.-

Although that said, I do actually have a copy of Fable 3 signed by Peter Molyneaux for some reason.

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