1492 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 12:46 GMT
At last, I have found my kindred spirits
Other people that agree with me that The Sixth Sense was a dire film. I remember when the wretched thing came out in the cinema and everyone was saying "Oooo, what a clever plot twist". Now, umpteen dire films later, I can cheerfully point my finger and say that you only have yourselves to blame for encouraging him.
Was anyone else
...praying really, *really* hard that the little brat in the War of the Worlds (the one CONSTANTLY screaming at the tiniest little thing) would end up getting roasted, vaporised or processed into alien Super-Gro?
That "special" was f***ing atrocious. If Naylor had wanted to make an appalling Blade Runner/Corrie Street crossover then fine but why the hell did he have to bring Red Dwarf into it as well?
I will watch the first episode of this new series with a laser glare and if there's even the faintest whiff of turd about it I'm reaching for the remote.
Wikileaks does make the world a safer place
....except for that bit of it currently sitting in a cell on suicide watch with all the rights of a convicted terrorist.
Misread the title there for a second
Thought it said "Sony buries hatchet in GeoHot in PS3 modding case."
All this stuff is no doubt interesting but I need it converted into units I can understand. Perhaps El Reg could calculate this stuff in terms of Hamsters or KiloHamsters:
Everyone knows the running joke about how slow servers are often the fault of hamster power (for those that don't a) get on the interwebs sometime and b) it is centred around the server drawing power from a hamster wheel).
When I get a chance, I'll have to look into some proper numbers for it.
One thought does occur
Well, if wind is unreliable as a means of feeding the grid continually, why not develop some form of storage for electricity generated through wind power and tap into it as needed? For example, on blustery days, wind power can charge up the storage facility and once the facility is full, divert to grid and on slower days, draw energy from the storage facility.
It probably won't be feasible but it worked for me when I was playing Total Annihilation the other day.
This review is really impressive and a colossal improvement over your Rift review. Plenty of useful info and helped to give me a broad overview of the game despite having never played Total War before. Might even have to snag myself a copy from my local Game....
Not on a 10 year old Siemens SX1 he won't be. Haven't seen that side number pad for years.
I won't ask where you got those photos but more than one of them is going to keep me awake tonight. Brrr.
On a separate note, it dawned on me that April Fools day is in fact National Trolling Day, a chance for everyone to unleash their inner internet turdspurter.
I thought Samba was a lion. He almost got flattened by a heard of wildebeast and had to into exile or something.
All this newfangled technology confuses me sometimes.
You are very cruel to deny him a Mac
I'm sure you can still find a first generation iMac (the huge heavy multicoloured ones) floating around somewhere and then downgrade it to OS 9.
Why Windows Phone is at odds with Nokia
I used to be a keen follower of all things Symbian many years ago, back when Nokia were pushing out handsets like the 9300, 6630, N90 and all the other numerical gibberish. While the phone's names were a great way to give yourself a headache trying to remember them all, what they *did* have was diversity. All manner of sizes, shapes, number pads, control nubs - you could be pretty certain that there was something that would suit you. Now Windows Phone comes along and demands that manufacturers adhere to very strict hardware specifications and Nokia winds up with a set of phones barely distinguishable from the other Windows Phones out there.
I can't comment on whether Windows Phone is a good platform or not - I haven't used it. I can't help but wonder though that if Nokia had gone with Android, would they still have that same diversity they used to have?
Ericsson seems to be a moderating influence on Sony. Perhaps if Ericsson had helped to develop the PS3, we might still have OtherOS on there....
I'm only guessing here
But 80% is damn fine score for any phone. If every phone received a score of 95%, it wouldn't be much use as a means to determine quality.
If I had to hazard a reason, it would be that the Incredible is not a huge leap forward in terms of new technology. So it is a good phone with a good score, not a fantastic phone with a fantastic score.
Don't knock it....
I could really see one of these things bringing aid to remote locations following a natural disaster. They could even field one with a trained team of doctors and medics on board and have a true Flying Hospital.
I think Naomi is one of the better candidates
A lot of the other suggestions so far such as Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Anna Chapman, etc don't really have the right ingredients for "celebutard" status as I understand it.
For a viable candidate, we need:
* A colossal ego
* A lack of intelligence, or pretence thereof
* Regular newspaper articles detailing their latest screw-up or hissy fit
Possible others include:
* Being female (if we want to keep the PARIS, LOHAN, ?? theme running)
* An IT angle would be beneficial (the infamous Youtube video for Miss Hilton and the Blackberry incident would qualify Miss Campbell - couldn't really say for the former Miss Lohan)
This is probably a reading fail on my part but by upgrading to Gingerbread you'll have a brand shiny new media player. You'll just lose all of your films and music in the process.
Yet another winning idea from Sony!
The problem with Apaches is that as soon as one goes down from lack of fuel in the final campaign, you have to invade the whole country all over again.
Enquiring minds wish to know
I was reading on another website about the usual queues of rabid fanboys & girls outside the Apple Store in Regent Street along with the long waits. "I've been here since 7:30am on Thursday", etc, etc. For the slavering fanbois out there, how exactly do you manage this feat?
Food is easily solved by bringing a few packed lunches with you and a sleeping bag can help you blend in with the other unkempt undesirables on London's streets but how, to put it blunty, do you deal with the pissing and shitting issue? You can't wander off to the nearest pub with the fanboy behind you waiting to shove you out of the way, you can't set up one of those chemical toilets you take camping. Do you use those gross astronaut pampers or something?
The problem with attachable keyboards for fondleslabs is that by the time you've factored in the extra weight and volume, you might as well just say "screw it" and buy a netbook. Same goes for the netbooks with reversable screens.
The only one that looks like it might have solved the formula is the Asus one with the slideout keyboard. Icon because this thing really needs a new keyboard.
You are quite correct sir
Because everyone that has an internet connection is THIEVING PIRATE SCUM, including you. Yes, you, the guy reading this sentence right now. Not the boss looking over your shoulder, you. You, and your filthy internet connection are depriving innocent musicians out of their hard earned money. Think about that the next time you play that illegal Justin Bieber album while molesting small kittens.
Perhaps a more sensible option
Would be a small cull in a controlled area, see whether it has any effects before expanding it on a larger scale.
If only El Reg had some sort of icon for issues involving black and white mammals.
A gaming column for mobile devices
Nice idea - look forward to seeing more. I would ask that if you review an exclusive game (e.g. Android only or iOS only), can you please include another review for the other platform as well, so that people aren't left out for a whole month?
What I would expect
...is for a reviewer to do theur journalistic duty and analyse the game from a professional standpoint and not bring personal bias into it. Adding a little humour to a review is fine and actively welcomed but not at the expense of conveying important information. To go back to one of the shining comments of this review:
"The levelling system is totally blandflakes"
..hardly tells you much about the process. There is no detailed information about the way the classes work, the use of different roles for different situations, the synergy between various soul trees and the way that points can be attributed. There is no mention about the overlap between certain classes means that some mechanics often override each other (for example, Warlord buffs are occasionally overwritten by Bard and Archon skills).
You could also cover how experience can be gotten from a number of different sources (quests, warfront PVP, closing rifts), talk about the various crafting professions (again, you could mention how certain crafts have issues at present, such as Apothecary). Miss Orr's problem with her reviews (not just this one - I'm also thinking of the review she did for the high performance network card) is that she assumes too much prior knowledge on the part of the reviewer. For some people, Rift may be their first entry into MMO gameplay and describing a certain warfront as "like Alterac Valley" is not particularly helpful if you have no idea what Alterac Valley actually *is*.
If I were doing a full review of Rift (a tempting idea when I have a free moment), I would use the time spent levelling from 1-20 as a good indicator of how well the game performs. As you point out, expecting a reviewer to reach the end game stages is unreasonable given the normal time for a review, which is why its important to explain as much about the early stages as possible. Granted, you don't have to get right down to tiny detail (e.g. attacks are performed by right clicking on an enemy target and clicking on various skills from the tool bar) - most gamers looking at Rift will have a little experience of basic RPG systems.
Just remember that not everyone has played World of Warcraft.
Hazardous radiation or no...
I'll still raise a glass this weekend to the tech guys at the reactor - they've been working like the clappers for these couple of weeks, not to mention being hassled by journos the entire time.
It's dumb parents like the one above that screw me out of 18+ rated games. So when little Timmy gets it into his head to carve up his neighbours rabbit with a knife and say he's playing Heavenly Sword (Christ knows what he'll make of the sex mini games in God of War), the parent will be the first to say "Ban this child corrupting filth" instead of taking some fricking responsibility.
Neither child nor parent will be screwed as a result of any action though - it'll be the adult gamer instead. =/
I'd pay some top money for a Blu-ray edition of the original trilogy PROVIDED nothing had been altered in anyway shape or form whatsoever. That means all the original scenes, right down to the damn fool Ewok song, no "remastering" where you shoe-horn in pointless scenes. Just the original stuff.
Get that right and I might even allow you to put on a directors commentry.
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