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(noun) - A room used to complain about nocturnal birds.
....when Facebook rejected my legally given name as some sort of joke, demanding that I submit my driving licence and passport as proof of ID.
Fortunately I sobered up at the point and realised how close I had come to making a serious mistake.
NASA says there's absolutely nothing to worry about, so why the needlessly scaremongering article? THERE'S POSITIVELY DEFINITELY ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT! *wink wink*
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So now you can burn through your 5Gb data limit in minutes rather than hours now?
"The court hoped that the hefty sentences would deter others from writing similar stupid posts on social networks."
We're arresting people for making stupid comments on the internet now? Looks like the police are going to be on overtime with all the trolls.......what the hell........I DIDN'T POST THAT, SOMEONE HACKED MY ACCOUNT! DON'T TASE ME BR <kzzzzzt>
Once again, the repulsive spectre of the iPhone rears its head. While mobile gaming has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years, due to advances in hardware and screen resolution, I really don't see mobile phones obsoleting the 3DS and Vita anytime soon. Three reasons spring to mind:
1) The Apple "lockdown" thing. Many gaming titles are cross platform, even when it comes to mobile gaming. The latest garbage movie tie-in always spreads itself across as many system as possible, like a fat man on a sofa. It's to see the studios agreeing to have their gaming cash cow purely on one system only.
2) iStore, Amazon, et al: Developers tend to make precious little from sales as it is without Apple or Amazon's App Stores taking a hefty chunk of the proceedings from any title sale.
3) The big one: Controls. Controls. Controls. Ever wondered why the majority of titles for mobile phones tend to be quirky games such as puzzlers, casual games and strategy? Its for the simple reason that touchscreens are awful for anything fast paced. Can you imagine trying to play something like Street Fighter 4 using only a touch screen? Or perhaps a snowboarding game where you have to enter a hundred and one different button presses to pull off that amazing combo in mid air? Even if it were possible to enter commands that quickly and have everyone register exactly the way the gamer intends, you wouldn't be able to see half the action on the screen because your fingers are in the way!
Example: I bought a game called Sky Force on my Android phone. It's one of those vertical scrolling shooters that were in vogue back in the 80s, when I were a nipper. The graphics and sound are fantastic, the power system is good, bla bla bla, but I always end up getting stomped by things flying from the bottom right of the screen where my hand blocks the view.
More than that though, have you ever tried playing a game on a phone for a long period of time? Its a fantastic way to end up with your wrist and hand in agony for hours afterwards? Something with an involving storyline will have me playing for hours on end (say FF IV on the DS or Castlevania on the PSP). My hand would not physically be able to do that with a touchscreen on a phone due to the ergonomics involved.
So please, can we finally ram a stake through the ever recurring idea that mobile phones will be the death of the DS and PSP? Not in their current form they bloody won't.
PS: This argument applies equally to both Apple and Android fanbois, so you can both shut the hell up.
He patented it, so El Reg wasn't allowed to use it in Europe anymore.
They did it to "emphasise" a point in their argument. I could "emphasise" the fact that I have a 12 foot...., well, but it'd still be misleading.
How can you patent innovation, pricing and product quality?
They could all sign up for Meego....oh wait....
This is somewhat troubling news. My Nexus One is a faithful and solid little beastie - not the fastest but never crashes. My next phone will probably be a Nexus S. My first Android phone was the Motorola Milestone and the build quality was lacking to say the least. Not sure how well it will bode for Google's supposed flagship range if it's being made by the same people.
But the feel I got from the article was that everyone should stop making tablets because they'll only end up as inferior iPad clones. Is this really what we want? The iPod did a pretty good job of strangling diversity in the MP3 market, in no small part due to iTunes as well. If I asked you to name 3 prominent MP3/media players that weren't developed by Apple, you'd have to pause and think for a little bit.
Crap productss deserve to be consigned to the bargin bin of history but you shouldn't give up the race just because someone's in the lead.
I was hoping that someone had discovered a way to supplant supermassive blackholes into chips. Back to the drawing board I guess.
"....and that'd be the Alec Guinness Obi-Wan, of course, and not the pale Ewan McGregor attempt from George Lucas' *Heinous Embarassment Trilogy*....."
I don't know why but I feel a deep spiritual kinship with you Rik. With regards to the Emperor coin, is that the original style of the Emperor? I hope its not the freakish make up disaster from the 3rd film that was supplanted in the Empire Strikes Back DVD release.....
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Looks like quite a neat phone, if it's about the same sort of size as the Wildfire. Pretty reasonable specs as well but I guess the price will make all the difference.
Sounds fascinating. I'd love to know the science behind that.
"Movie makers have always been vocal supporters of Blu-ray," he says “but when you have a guy like George Lucas saying you haven’t seen Star Wars until you’ve seen it on Blu-ray, you can’t ignore the message.”
Funny, George Lucas seems to be pretty good about ignoring messages, leastways those saying "Stop screwing around with the originals and give us a damn theatrical release."
Is he going to get a slap on the wrist for this?
It reminds me of the problem the Spacing Guild had with trying to navigate their huge ships through folded space. There were so many variables and the reaction times needed were astronomically fast - far beyond those of a human. As we lack melange on this planet, perhaps an entirely computer controlled system would be able to make the minute and fast navigation adjustments needed.
CCTV footage caught live from Edinburgh:
That quite a few of them are "well hung over" this morning. They might be "drawn", depending on whether police still use sketch artists and hopefully "courted" very swiftly while the guy in the funny wig clocks up some overtime.
As we make our bold political statement by shovelling as many DVD players and flatscreens into the back of my mate's VW Golf. We shall send a message to the Halls of Parliament by mugging beaten up kids, setting fire to cars and burning down family owned businesses. Let our voices cry out in rage, although they'er slightly muffled as we're all wearing hoodies and scarves because we don't want to be recognised on CCTV.
Political disenchantment my arse.
The best bit about this game is that you get infinite continues after being arrested.
Can't see Boris Johnson pile-driving London's streets clear of thugs.
I think these rights are being caused by people that have read Terry Pratchett's Jingo:
"'Dis is da Riot Act and if youse people don't dip-, disp-, dipsp-, go away, da Watch is allowed to use deadly force!"
"What was that you used just then?!"
"Dat was you helpin' da Watch." said Sgt Detritus.
"Sergent, were you proposing to shoot these people in cold blood?" said Vimes.
"Nossir, just a warnin' shot inna head."
I can think of quite a few more things I could say about Teampoison in this particular instance, none of which would get passed a moderator.
...but even they don't deserve to have their shops and factories pillaged like this. And this is coming from someone with a whole list of reasons to dislike them.
My first "hacking" attempts were on an Amstrad, using a curious gadget called a Multiface.
The police suspect information database, known as MaceBook.
....anyone else feel like they've just been massively trolled?
So not only does the Pope shit in the woods, he now has something to wipe his arse with!
Inspired by equal parts Miss Lohan, Monty Python sketches and excessive caffine.
I'd give to people of impeccable moral standing, like 100,000 Daily Mail readers.
Why do I have the feeling that this "100,000 signatures" thing is going to be the punchline to a lot of jokes in the near future....
"How many Daily Mail readers does it take to waste countless hours in Parliament?"
The Alaska level was my favourite - A heavily defended fort, with multiple options for infiltration. The Atlantic Accelerator level was a nightmare though. Oo
I always gave a shit about Bullfrog. They were based just down the road from me in Guildford and I used to daydream as a teenager about playtesting for them one day, given the awesome games they put out: Syndicate, Theme Park, Magic Carpet, etc.
I couldn't give a flying f*** about the ungodly amorphous blob known as EA.
You tell us where we can legally buy a brand new copy of Syndicate and we'll buy it. Otherwise, please feel free to enjoy a nice warm mug of STFU.
I actually learned something useful today. Who'd have thought something good would have come out of an article with "Mircosoft" in the title?
"What I predict happening is that app makers will start producing "Amazon edition" versions of their apps where the name or branding changes and the functionality is slightly different."
Drastically reduced, for a kick off.
So all your customers download the app on the day it is free. Oddly enough, no one buys a copy afterwards because they got it on the day it was free.
Can anyone else see why a developer might slightly annoyed about losing out on revenue as a result?
....as the feeding trough is taken away.
But hydrogen is fun. Hydrogen goes *boom*.
Being serious for a moment, if you can't have a platform on the top of the balloon, you could launch from the side. From the top, it would look like a + sign, with strips bending downwards along the sides of the balloon. Three of the strips would have a weight on it equal to the plane, with the fourth holding LOHAN.
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Can't say it really does on a smartphone. It may look cool having your icons stretching into the distance in your phone but unless you can actually reach through your touchscreen, there's naff all point to it. 3D TV on a phone will be distinctly underwhelming, given that it hasnt even taken off on larger screens and given the dearth of decent Android games in 2D, I fail to see many game developers taking advantage of 3D processing power.
I'm going to blame the entire thing on the Daily Mail and watch the resulting implosion.
...can run Deus Ex: Human Revolution smoothly, has a keyboard from a 20" inch laptop and can fit a gaming mouse, then we'll talk. Until then, this guy is talking out of his arse.
I'd steer clear of the Droid/Milestone. While the screen and processor are pretty good, Motorola is terrible at updating and the keyboard is of very poor quality.
*REAL* engineers use duct tape!
The managing director of Foxconn was tragically killed today outside the Foxconn plant in China. Early reports suggest that he has been crushed to death by a robotic arm that was attempting the world's first recorded incident of "robot suicide". The arm has been offered theraputic programming and a firmware upgrade and should be back at work soon, once they've finished scrapping the managing director off him.
UbiShite is in the business of selling games. Who gives a damn what happens to the game after that point?
"IDEAL FOR THE ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION IN A HURRY" - Anon revier.
"Drive away the customers."
Fixed that for you.