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1522 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

The KILLER MUTANT FUNGUS in YOUR DISHWASHER

Thomas 4

So in real life

Mushroom eats Mario?

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Elite UK police agency website downed by Lulzsec

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Um.

"Sure, you will mostly disagree, but you have to applaude anyone who poke an angry bear with a big stick."

I could also stick my cock into a mains outlet* but that still wouldn't stop it being a really dumb move.

*With a suitable adaptor from PC World ofc.

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Thomas 4
IT Angle

Back when I were a nipper....

We 'ad to use social engineerin', brute forcin' and all sorts of TCP/IP jiggery-pokery when we were 'acking, unlike these new-fangled kids with their botnets and DDosin'.

Now get the hell off my server.

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US air passenger cuffed over low-flying pants

Thomas 4

True

But as theories go, it's not a bad one plus I'm pretty sure it would have the desired effect, assuming the low-trousered yoof puts down his bottle of White Lightning long enough to listen to you.

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Sony preps refreshed PS3 and talks down PS4

Thomas 4

Title

"What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. "

Except for security. Who in their right mind would want to hack a PS3?

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SpaceX goes to court as US rocket wars begin

Thomas 4

Agreed

At least SpaceX seem to be taking an active interest in the development of their tech, whereas Lockheed and Boeing seem to be doing it purely for the government $$.

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Kindle Store awash with auto-generated crap 'books'

Thomas 4

Perhaps not as serious a problem as first thought

When I look for titles on my Kindle, I'm usually looking for big names or well known books (currently working my way through Game of Thrones). The search function removes a lot of the chaff but the main one is Amazon's sales ranking system. When people do a search for "Song of Fire and Ice" for example, the first one that comes up is the main book because that's what people want to buy.

So while Hubert J. Copypasta's seminal work "Singing a jaunty song of fire and ice" can be uploaded to the kindle store, it's very very unlikely to knock George R Martin's book off the number 1 search spot.

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DARPA issues call for notions on Starship-for-2111 plan

Thomas 4
Flame

Good thinking Mike

Perhaps El Reg can adopt the Deep -fried Mars Bar (DMB) as the official unit of energy?

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LucasArts Day of the Tentacle

Thomas 4

@AdamWill

For me, it was Campaign 4, Mission 1 of X-Wing, where you had to defend the galaxy's slowest moving freighter from a Star Destroyer and a never ending wave of TIE Fighters and TIE Bombers, with only one other X-Wing for assistance.

That was a true gaming challenge and it felt pretty epic when I finally managed to beat it.

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Thomas 4

Pfff

Probably got your expanded and extended memory mixed up again =P

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Thomas 4
Thumb Down

Lucasarts....

....how far you've fallen. From Day of the Tentacle and Tie Fighter to Force Unleashed II.

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BioWare latest hack victim

Thomas 4

Seems like a reasonable policy to me

Kill everyone involved in this sordid affair and start from the ground up.

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Facebooking juror gets 8 months

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Durrr

They can't find me, I'm on the internetz!

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Cloud: Do Reg readers care?

Thomas 4

Cloud services are notoriously unreliable

If he's not blowing up Mako reactors, he's harping on endlessly about his past.

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Motorola Milestone 3 no longer bound for Blighty

Thomas 4

There might be a reason for this

The keyboard on my original Milestone was a poorly put together piece of shit, with each key being nothing more than a rubber square glued roughly into place. From the looks of this latest one, it appears to be exactly the same.

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LulzSec hacks EVE Online as rampage goes on

Thomas 4
Mushroom

As a friend of mine pointed out last night

A lot of Goonswarm folks were displeased at the prospect of unwanted EVE downtime. A showdown between the wretched scum of 4chan vs the wretched scum of the Something Awful forums will make for superb entertainment.

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Midlands council laughs at zombie-apocalypse threat

Thomas 4

I'd feel sorry for the zombies

They'd starve to death up there, poor things.

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Duke Nukem Forever

Thomas 4

Haters have a point

My copy of DNF ran over my dog, burned my flat down, ran off with my girlfriend and somehow managed to land me with a Daily Mail subscription.

DNF is pure evil in gaming form and we should form a lynch mob to execute everyone at Gearbox for even thinking of making this game.

Or, as a radical idea, those who don't like the game can simply not play it....?

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EA angers fans over Battlefield 3 pre-order exclusives

Thomas 4
IT Angle

It's a good job I'm not the cynical sort

....otherwise I might have said that maybe EA is doing this *deliberately* in order to drum up a few headlines over Modern Warfare, with absolutely no intention of seeing it through to release. I might also have said that when EA backs down from this as they originally planned, they can say they were "moved by the passionate feedback of its fans" or some other marketing friendly bullshit to make themselves look like a caring company, rather than a bunch of manipulative money grabbing opportunists whose souls not even Satan wants.

Oh and before the downvoting starts, I couldn't give a fuck about Battlefield or Modern Warfare.

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Motorola Atrix dual-core Android smartphone

Thomas 4

Not the first time a phone as tried this trick

A very long time ago, back in the early days of Series 60, Sendo developed a full size foldout keyboard for their first (and sadly only) smartphone design. This is a really good idea by Motorola, although the cost is rather steep at the moment, with Lapdock and SIM free phone clocking in at £800. Granted, most people will get it on a contract of some sort but it will still be hellishly expensive.

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Living, biological raygun produced in lab

Thomas 4
Mushroom

A glorious day for science

Who needs sharks with frikkin' laser beams attached to their heads when you can have SHARKS WITH BUILT IN LASERS!

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Mole: iPhone 5 in testing now, on sale in September

Thomas 4
Coat

If Apple wants to stop leaks from moles,=

....maybe they should stop burying their iPhones underground?

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

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Psychology graduates remain poor for life, study shows

Thomas 4
Happy

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

And when these graduates all feel depressed and develop self-esteem issues, they can go and see one of their colleagues!

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Apple 'spaceship' awaits landing clearance in Cupertino

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Hmmmm

"We spend a ton of time identifying and hiring what we think are the best people in the world for doing what we do. The last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt," said the man who sources his components from a factory where suicide happens on an almost monthly basis.

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Most gamers are middle-aged adults: FACT

Thomas 4

Would be interested in some El Reg coverage of E3

A deeply cynical eye on some of the presentations would be a welcome change from some of the fawning media crap on other sites.

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NHS Direct

Thomas 4
FAIL

Oh *good*

As a medical man myself, I can see this app becoming a royal pain in the ass for me. The problem with self diagnosis apps is that patients tend to treat multiple choice options like dishes in a restuarant:

"Let's see, have I got a headache....well, it feels a bit funny, so I'll say yes and my stomach feels queasy that had absolutely nothing to do with the raw 3 o'clock kebab last night, so that's another yes.....oooo, looks like I have bubonic plague, better go see the doctor..."

"No sir, you haven't got plague, you're just hungover."

"Worthless quack, this NHS DIrect app says I have plague."

"I see. Did the programmers do ten years of medical school?"

"No but it does have a very shiny interface."

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Sony Bravia KDL-40EX724 40in LED 3D TV

Thomas 4

Because its a Sony

It will suck out your childhood memories and dump them on a server somewhere. Next thing you know that dreadful nativity evening where you played a sheep is being auctioned off on eBay.

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Cellphones as carcinogenic as coffee

Thomas 4
Meh

Sigh

It seems like anything which doesnt cause cancer these days is caricogenic instead.

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Name that donkey: Barbarella battles Bathsheba

Thomas 4
Coat

Lester must be over the moon

He can now brag about having a great ass.

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Toshiba reveals iPad 2 rival

Thomas 4

Oh really?

Could open up some really interesting possibilities, hardware wise.

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Stealth-cam software snaps laptop looter

Thomas 4

Re: Linux equivalent

Be serious. Anybody who nicks a laptop and finds linux on it will more than likely take it back to the owner and ask if they have anything better to steal.

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Verity Stob and the super subjunction

Thomas 4

Very funny but sadly all too true

And once again, the English, kneels to the service of l33t-speeking teens as would a $10 hooker.

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World Health Organization: Mobile phone cancer risk 'possible'

Thomas 4

"Would you put an incandescent light bulb in your brain?"

Sure. Sounds like a really bright idea.

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Sony restores PlayStation Network in full

Thomas 4
Trollface

I'll see some of that action

Put me down for "stays up for ever and ever because Sony is an infallible company that takes the security of its customers details far above clawing its way out of the red".

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Star Wars fanboys to restore Tatooine Homestead

Thomas 4

Dont be so down on restoration

I'd love to see the original trilogy restored on DVD/Blu-ray. The Theatrical version, of course, not the bastardised crap that's been released so far.

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New Mac scareware variant installs without password

Thomas 4

The OS for the masses

System asks - "you're trying to run some really dangerous shit here, are you sure you want to run it" (or it says "Are you sure?")

This is the sort of message an operating system needs to give people, along with such favourites as "Stop clicking that fucking mouse button a billion times, I know you want to open up Internet Explorer to look at porn, I'm working on it. It's not my fault you didn't bother to give me a decent processor or RAM."

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Thomas 4
Dead Vulture

There's an error in the article

It states that a Mac was infected by malware, which is clearly a mistake. Only PCs suffer from malware.

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RIM PlayBook strikes back at Jobsian internet dream

Thomas 4

Slight misnomer

CEO: "We want a serious, professional-grade tablet for the high powered executive types in the business world."

Marketdroid: "Sounds good. Why don't we call it the Playbook?"

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Brit expats aghast as Denmark bans Marmite

Thomas 4

You goddamn whippersnappers

Go away and let me play with my Meccano!

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Groundhog day: more Sony breaches

Thomas 4

We'll give it up

....when I can trust Sony to look after my personal details again.

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€1bn handout from the EU targets ambient nagware and robot pets

Thomas 4

Very very wrong

Space flight should be a primary concern so I can get the fuck off this rock and away from these morons.

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Ofnuke: UK is not Japan

Thomas 4

No!

We have to do away with nuclear power! Won't somebody please think of the radioactive, glowing mutant children?!

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Videogames give kids the munchies

Thomas 4
Coffee/keyboard

@AC

"Land whale". Now that's a phrase that's going to stick in my brain.

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Thomas 4

Does the opposite for me too

When I play video games I forget to play video games.

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PS3s overheat after firmware update

Thomas 4

Wait

People use PS3s for gaming now?

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Mumsnet founder: Our members are 'very keen' on PORN ...

Thomas 4
Flame

Oh please

Why do governments and companies insist on listening to these whiny, self-important overprotective people? It's really not rocket science to look at a browsers page history and if your juvenille-delinquent-in-training has been looking at something they shouldn't have been, then take their damn computer away. Want to know why the web is full of messed up shit? It's because people are messed up shit and like it or not, your precious little angel is one day going to wake up to the fact that s/he is messed up shit, just like his/her parents.

Now piss off back to the Daily Mail forums where your kind is tolerated.

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David Davis: Jobless should dig trenches for fat UK pipes

Thomas 4

Now, now....

That's just crazy talk.

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Pint-sized 3D printer produced

Thomas 4
Pint

It's alright, I guess

...but can it print an actual pint?

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Japanese still locked out of PlayStation Network

Thomas 4

Smart move by Japan

Why is it that only the Japanese government is willing to annoy Sony in this way whereas Sony Europe is willing to just shove its services back up with a promise that (for all we know) could be so much smoke and mirrors?

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Boffin quests for, finds 'earphone Holy Grail'

Thomas 4

I admire people like you

You help keep me employed in my audiology clinic.

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