* Posts by Thomas 4

1524 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Modeling-clay iPads foisted on unwary Canucks

Thomas 4
IT Angle

We're missing the big picture here

Does it perform better or worse than the hand painted wooden iPad, now available from dodgy car parks everywhere?

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Plan hatched to view Milky Way's black hole heart

Thomas 4
Meh

Actually

I'd have to say a blackhole actually eats like my cat, given how often the wretched creature pesters me for food.

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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

Thomas 4
Unhappy

*sigh*

I'll be eternally grateful to the man that made A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. I won't miss the man he became, corrupted by his own self-importance and blind arrogance.

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RIM readies 7in, 10in BlackBerry tablets for 2012

Thomas 4

I'm tempted to get a generation 1 Playbook

*IF* the price crash happens in the UK as well. A realistic price can do wonders for oversold tech.

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Apple offers cash for old kit

Thomas 4

GX4000

The consoles themselves aren't too hard to find but the games themselves, that's serious money, especially if it's still boxed.

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Child labour, lost wages uncloaked by Apple factories audit

Thomas 4

The Foxconn School of Management

"Our customers are leaving us because of the way we treat our employees!"

"They've never had a problem with us giving them low wages and long hours before, why do they care now?"

"It doesn't matter! Unless we can find a way to bring them back to us, we're doomed!"

"Well, we could always try lowering our prices..."

"But where could we make the savings necessary to do that?"

"I know - we can 'recalculate' employee salaries and 'revise' their working hours....."

"I like the way you think."

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Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday in SOPA protest

Thomas 4

PROTECT-IP

Preventing Real Online Threats as opposed to fake ones?

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Ten... stars of the Consumer Electronics Show

Thomas 4
IT Angle

You missed a golden opportunity El Reg

If there was a product worth mocking at CES this year, it had to be Razer's Project Fiona with it's deadly serious trailer video - those who have seen it will know what I mean.

For those that haven't, Project Fiona is Razer's attempt at "mobile PC gaming", which in this case consists of a tablet with two Wii-mote lookalikes strapped to its sides. The net result looks hideously unergonomic, in addition to just being hideous.

Nice try Razer but I think I'll stick with my own method of "mobile PC gaming". It's called a laptop. Perhaps you've heard of them.

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'My product is driPhone, not iPhone'

Thomas 4

We are Apple

We don't have our cases dismissed.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2011 Winners

Thomas 4

I'd have to agree....

"Utterly Useful Mobile App of the Year" - Siri-ously?

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US killer spy drone controls switch to Linux

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Thumb Up

If we want to make these things super extra secure.....

We could have BeOS as an operating system!

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French get unlimited mobile for €20

Thomas 4

Errrm

I'm not a mechanical person, so I don't know how it all works but what's preventing your Wifi from getting a hell of a lot of lag every time someone walks by making a big download on their phone? Especially if you live next to a main road or similar.

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The US patent yeast batch continues to swell

Thomas 4

Incredible really

Each of those 200,000 odd patents they approved represents a unique and genius idea that could only be thought up by some of the most brilliant minds. Like rounded corners and the idea that a tablet should have a screen on it.

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Intel caught faking CES ultrabook gaming demo

Thomas 4

God forbid if it had a multiloading system

Fuck you, New Zealand Story. Seriously.

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Thomas 4

Whining about 2 minutes?

Back when I were a nipper, games took anywhere between 5-10 minutes to load from a cassette, complete with horrible screeching noises. Even then, we counted ourselves lucky if we didn't get a Read Error B at the end of it.

Goddamn punk kids, spoiled rotten these days....

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Billions of potentially populated planets in the galaxy

Thomas 4

Just think

Out there, in the vastness of the cosmos, there could be completely new and exciting forms of patent trolling and fanboi flame wars.....

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RIM demos PlayBook OS2

Thomas 4

Was it just me

...or did anyone else have flashbacks of another doomed enterprise caled OS2?
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Patients to access NHS records via web by 2015

Thomas 4

Oh definitely

Because what patients *really* need is to see every little thing a doctor has written about their condition, then obsess over the tiniest details. For example, a hearing test shows a slight dip of 20dB at point. The experienced technician knows to write this off as insignificant, the patient on the other hand will trawl through wikipedia and a dozen other internet sites and convince themselves they have Imploding Ear Sydrome.

I agree that a close eye needs to be kept on doctors and other medical professionals, and I say this as one. However, that eye needs to be one that knows what it's looking at.

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The Commodore 64 is 30

Thomas 4

Well well.....

I never knew that Commodore made a foray into the console market. I know that Amstrad did with the CPC464+ and 6128+ (I even have one of the old GX4000 consoles floating around at home somewhere!). Needless to say, the GX tanked horribly (although the Pluses had a minor modicum of success) - it's just nice to know that COMMODORE USING SCUM (sorry) also made the same mistakes.

/Amstrad Fanboi

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Nokia sheds light on latest Lumia

Thomas 4

Wow, you've destroyed all my doubts Nokia!

I was concerned that when Win Phone made it's grand appearence at Nokia, they would lose innovative and diverse range of design ideas that they had back in the days of Series 60. The Lumia 900 has assuaged my fears by being a completely new and bold reinvention of the phenomenally successful Lumia 800, rather than just being a carbon copy with all the charm and flair of a lump of granite.

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Official: The smartphones that suck much more than others

Thomas 4

Surprising

If I was going to pick a phone that would probably have a high upload/download, I'd have gone with the Xperia Play. Most of the games for it are in the x00 mB range.

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Cops cuff rectal shoplifter

Thomas 4

Nnnngh....too many jokes.....X_x

He's really in the shitter now.

He's given himself training for his time inside.

'Twas a really crap attempt at shoplifting....

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Nokia: There will be NO smartphone division selloff to Microsoft

Thomas 4

I remember Sendo fondly

Back in the days when they made the Series 60 Sendo X, it was a really handy candybar smartphone. I even managed to get they keyboard for it and very briefly, my hands on the Sendo X2. A real shame they disappeared into the gurgler.

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Thomas 4

Huh.

"The suggestion that Nokia will sell off their crown jewels to Redmond has been rebuffed before, and even had an impact on the markets last year, but despite the Finns repeated denials, the rumour simply won't go away."

Why does Microsoft need to buy their crown jewels when they have them by the family jewels instead?

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Reviewer is not really very bright, is she...

Call this a shot in the dark but perhaps the reason there are no pet classes is because *EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER* is effectively a pet class. Let's see what a pet class would be like:

* A main character providing the majority of the role be it tank, support, damage, etc - check.

* An AI controlled companion of some sort - check

* ....who can be controlled by a series of mode settings - check

* ....with a range of activatable abilities that can be set on automatic - check

The reason you don't have a "pet class", as you put it, is because trying to manage 2 separate AI controlled characters simultaneously would be a nightmare, in addition to being grossly overpowered in PVP.

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Official: File-sharing is a religion... in Sweden

Thomas 4

Book of Falkvinge, Chapter 3, Verse 10

"And thou shalt spread thy seed and receive a bounty and the many hands of the law shall grant it unto him."

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'Mobiles bake men's balls' bog ad is cobblers - new ruling

Thomas 4

"rather than risk exposure to the deadly interwebs"

This is spoken by someone that's never had the misfortune to go to /b/ or the SA forums.

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Google tablet to tackle Kindle Fire not iPad

Thomas 4

Curious

I wonder how well Amazon will take the news that their Android powered baby is going to be competing head to head with the Googleslab.

It's unlikely that they would ditch Android as an OS for the Kindle Fire 2 but in fantasy land, it could provide a window for WebOS to make a reappearence.

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Dizzy: the Ultimate Cartoon Adventure

Thomas 4

Oh wow

Now there's a blast from the past - the Knight series were, in a very roundabout way, an early precusor of the point and click genre.

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Thomas 4

And the correct answer is

A game called FlySpy.

Very, very confusing, especially the part when you're flying around in someone's brain. Had a very good soundtrack though.

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Darth Vader dies peacefully in hospital

Thomas 4
Unhappy

Of course he doesn't need to

He barely gave any credit to David Prowse, the guy who acted as Vader, so what chance does a lowly choreographer have?

It is really sad that I only knew about him and all the great works he did after he died.

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Smartphone accessories

Thomas 4

I still have my one

It was a very impressive bit of kit for its time, although the projection needed to be clearer and the keypresses needed to be a little more distinct.

If it were integrated into a phone, it would work well. From my perspective, having to lug around yet another bloody mains charger, the hassle with finding drivers and syncing the thing caused it to gather dust rather quickly.

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Lumia sales fail to set world alight

Thomas 4

Meh,

For something called a Lumia, based on these sales I wouldn't be using one to keep grues at bay.

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Facebook shoves your face into creepy 'sponsored stories' in 2012

Thomas 4

Well, won't this be fun...

For all those people that clicked "Like" on the website for the Pleasuremax "Leviathon" Personal Vibrator.....

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Santa's Xmas Caper

Thomas 4

Is that...

.....the same Monty Mole from Auf Wiedersehn Monty, Monty on the Run and Impossimole?

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Thomas 4

Hah.

Nuts to Doom, move over Rainbow Islands, throw thyself off a cliff, Lemmings...

All I want for Christmas is Santa's Xmas Caper.

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Amazon, MS and Nokia sniff around RIM

Thomas 4
Trollface

Ooo, I know!

HP could buy them out, make a pretty decent tablet, price it at a ridiculously high price, whine when no-one buys it, shitcan the whole operation and look surprised when everyone buys it in the ensuing firesale!

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Anti-piracy laws will smash internet, US constitution - legal eagles

Thomas 4
Unhappy

This is fucking terrifying

I read a few American articles detailing what was going on in the chamber itself, with US Senators twittering gems like "I just want to hurry up and pass this thing so I can go home" and "lol, too technical for me but we'll pass it anyway".

And to echo what others have said above, if SOPA & PROTECT-IP go through, it's not just going to be Americans that screwed, it's going to be *everyone*.

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Atari and Square Enix cough to exposing users' privates

Thomas 4
IT Angle

This is only part of the issue

The other side of it is the amount of data games companies are collecting about us. There was a series of recent articles in PC Gamer, Escapist and others (but not el Reg, surprisingly) about EA's Origin system. The EULA specifies that they can collect information from your PC pretty much at will without prior notification If that gets hacked (and there's a pretty good chance it will, given that even Steam got hacked) a lot of info is going to wind up in the wrong hands.

Origin in particular is worrisome as the data collected is shared out to 3rd parties as well. So it's all very well if EA's servers are like Fort Knox but GameAdServersTrololol are the digital equivalent of a hooker's knickers.

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Parody is illegal, say barmy bureaucrats

Thomas 4

Parody?

I would say "Help, help, I'm being repressed!" but then I'd end up being repressed.

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Asus pushes Prime pre-orders

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Can't wait for this new Asus slab!

Especially the bit where it changes into a robot and punches you for having an iPod.

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Logica axes 1,300 jobs as profits set to be just £240m

Thomas 4
Facepalm

A paltry £240 million?

Perhaps if we axe the rest of our employees, we might make a more healthy profit next year!

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Wikipedia simplifies article editing for world+dog

Thomas 4
IT Angle

"the encyclopedia that anyone can edit"."

[citation needed]

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Fans lose grace with Star Wars MMO

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Glaring Inaccuracy

"Star Wars: The Old Republic flies onto UK shelves tomorrow, 15 December."

Actually, I'm pretty sure, according to the heavily marked calander in the kitchen, the pre-booked day off and endless adverts on every gaming site everywhere, that it's the 20th it's released.

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The Dark Meadow

Thomas 4

Hmm

Reminds me a little of The Void on PC - surreal first person adventure with lots of cryptic stuff going on.

Also, can we *please* see some decent Android games being reviewed in iGamer, although I appreciate the very name makes this request unlikely to be fulfilled.

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I have you now! Top 10 Star Wars Xmas presents

Thomas 4

Is buying the Blu-Ray a good idea for the hardcore Star Wars fan in your life?

NOOOoooooooooooooooooo.

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Sony off the hook for killing Linux on PS3

Thomas 4
FAIL

...what.

What the hell does "insufficient facts" mean?

Fact 1 - The PS3 originally shipped with OtherOS active.

Fact 2 - Some people bought the PS3 with the intent of using the OtherOS.

Fact 3 - Sony removed the functionality of OtherOS with no recompense to the people in fact 2

Fact 4 - The people in Fact 2 were given the option of losing their ability to play new PS3 games or losing OtherOS.

How many goddamn facts do you need?!

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Sony takes PS Vita on Blighty-wide tour

Thomas 4

Hmmm, dunno about this

While it looks pretty good, without good developer support, it's going to be in serious trouble. I bought a 3DS a couple of months back and there's hardly been any decent games for it and the few that do exist are horrifically overpriced, even via Amazon.

Was actually thinking about trading it in and picking up an Xperia Play.

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Call of Duty is hottest selling entertainment product ever

Thomas 4
Facepalm

Seemed to go on for a hell of a lot longer to me.

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