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* Posts by Thomas 4

1521 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

Thomas 4
WTF?

Huh?

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.

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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.

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Nokia: Keep codin' for Symbian and Qt!

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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?

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Sony Ericsson sanctions smartphone boot loader unlocking

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How interesting

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....

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HTC Incredible S Android smartphone

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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.

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Airship 'Sky Tugs' ordered from Lockheed for Canadian oilfields

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Go

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.

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Lindsay Lohan ditches her surname

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IT Angle

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)

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Mike's onto a winner with this one

Near Apogee Orbiting Model Initiative

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Thomas 4

Not bad

Just needs a little tidying:

Legendary Info Newspage Dares Sending Airplanes Yonder

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Sony Ericsson preps Gingerbread for Xperia X10

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FAIL

Huh?

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!

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Libya fighting shows just how idiotic the Defence Review was

Thomas 4

Not necessarily

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.

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Early demand knocks back UK iPad 2 delivery dates

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Boffin

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?

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PARIS pops up in Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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Happy

Rekindled enthusiasm

Is this the first rumblings of the Low Orbit High Altitude Navigator (LOHAN) taking shape?

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Acer locates 'missing' tablet strategy

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Coffee/keyboard

Meh

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.

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Duke Nukem Forever DELAYED

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As far as apologies go

This one is one of the better ones I'ev had from a game company.

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iPhone 4 SURVIVES plunge from plane

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That was dreadful

I think my colleagues heard the groan from 2 corridors away.

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Judge to music industry: 'Worth trillions? Forget it'

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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.

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Fukushima's toxic legacy: Ignorance and fear

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Oo

Clearly 3 people have had a sense of humour bypass or they really have something against stick figures.

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Pint

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.

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Thomas 4

Oh and on another subject

Everyone knows wind energy is far more dangerous than nuclear:

http://xkcd.com/556/

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Mac OS X daddy quits Apple

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Pint

So long...

...and thanks for all the cats.

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Brian May stands up for Welsh badgers

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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.

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iStunt 2 on the iPhone 4

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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?

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Rift

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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.

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Thomas 4

PC Gamer

Clocked it in at 85% - quite a detailed review and they didn't even have to use the word "blandflakes" even once.

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PVP in Rift

I'm only 27ish in Rift but while there are certain specs that are powerful (Dominators, Saboteur + Bard combos certain warrior specs), almost everything has a counter in some form. It's still too early to make precise calls on balance (it's only been live a couple of weeks) but I do enjoy the PVP when I do it.

Druids don't have bears in Rift though, not even strong ones. They do have freakishly big satyrs at higher levels which are bad news for anyone near by.

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Thomas 4

Do it

Deus Ex was fantastic.

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Thomas 4
Flame

Terrible review

"The character levelling system is totally blandflakes" - what the hell is this supposed to even mean?

I've also been playing Rift and while you could sit there and whine about it being unoriginal and ripping off your beloved WoW (and let's be honest here, you are hopelessly biased towards that game), I found it had enough differences to mark it out while having a firm foundation to build on future content.

Who else out there remembers Aion? Strikingly beautiful MMO with flying combat and cross dimensional zones was what we were promised but instead we got a broken grindfest with a few seconds of flight here and there, not to mention a crafting system that would reduce most people to rage.

It's all very well complaining about a lack of originality from MMOs - again, a large amount of the blame can be directed at your beloved World of Warcraft - but unless an MMO gets the basics right, how can it evolve into something different.

Oh and one final point - I have a hell of a lot more freedom when it comes to fine tuning my class in Rift than I ever did in World of Warcraft.

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Aus gamers set to get adult rating?

Thomas 4

Cut out the middle man

Prosecute under age teens, then they'll get the hint.

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FAIL

Grrr

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. =/

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Fukushima: Situation improving all the time

Thomas 4

Wow....

All this from one post about elephants.

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Thomas 4

Whole lot of water

3 tonnes per minute = 180 tonnes per hour * 13 hours = 2340 tonnes.

According to wikipedia: "The tonne (unit symbol t) or metric ton (U.S.),[1] often written tautologously as metric tonne, is a unit of mass equal to 1,000 kg (2,204.62 lb) or approximately the mass of one cubic metre of water at four degrees Celsius."

So this means the fire engine sprayed 2340 m3 of water, or in El Reg units, approximately 507 elephants worth.

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Extended Lord of the Rings Blu-rays to hit Blighty

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That said

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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*Applause*

That was a phenomenally geeky effort, sir. Bravo!

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Porsche punts e-car pre-orders

Thomas 4

Hmm

Does it have to be in a sock drawer?

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Microsoft Kinect powers DIY Eye of Sauron

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Heh

You could put a bunch of tentacles around the base of one of these and tell Lucy Orr that it's a World of Warcraft raid boss. She'd love it.

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Amazon is best hope of a viable alternative to iPad

Thomas 4

We may end up having to ask for an Amazon icon

Can it be one of those scantily clad Amazons that I've heard so much about?

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Sony wins subpoena for PS3 hacker's PayPal records

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Yup

I've traded in my PSP, my PS3 has been exiled to my girlfriend's apartment in Denmark and I can safely say I've bought my last bit of Sony kit.

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Thomas 4

And?

Point still stands.

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Thomas 4

Woah there Skippy

"Its a games console. Thats what it is." Nice opening statement from someone who was trying to compare it to a deadly weapon in his previous post. One thing that you've missed is that hacking a console != piracy. Some people have an interest in encryption systems and enjoy poking at the holes in things to see what happens. It's called curiousity. Merely inspecting and testing an encryption system does not automatically turn you into a freeloading pirate but in fairness, this fact seems to have escaped Sony, so I'm not too surprised it's gone over your head as well.

Oh, and for the love of all that is holy, would it really kill you to use some proper grammar, punctuation and spelling in your posts? It's really taxing having to translate "speekurbrainz" into English.

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FAIL

What the fuck?

So in addition to getting the names and details of everyone that's visited his website, twitter feed, facebook page and heaven knows what else, they're now giving a company a free reign to go through his personal bank accounts?

I've never really cared too much about the whole jailbreaking thing (unless you count the unwarranted removal of OtherOS) but this has convinced me that I've bought my last Sony product, ever.

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Patent-pimping pair attacks Apple, PayPal, Victoria's Secret

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Boffin

Wow

129 pages just to say "Klik heer 2 buyz plix".

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Prof debuts miniature laser diode for fast networking

Thomas 4

Oh

So when I was frying masses of troops with the Ion Cannon in C&C, I was actually just giving them a short back and sides?

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All the cool kids have carnivorous plants

Terry Pratchett for one - according to the last update we had on them (which was a few books ago), they were doing well.

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Apple: Yes, Safari outperforms embedded iOS web viewer

Thomas 4

Hmmm

Maybe if we keep making snarky remarks about Apple in the comments section, they might go away again? =p

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HBGary's nemesis is a '16-year-old schoolgirl'

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No, I'm Sparticus

...and so's my wife.

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Dell Inspiron Duo

Thomas 4

Nice try

But that Asus tablet with the slide out keyboard sounds more appealing, assuming it delivers the goods.

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Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

Thomas 4

Sigh

One thing a lot of people have overlooked in these articles on El Reg is that Lewis is basing his articles on the information available to him, whether its from World Nuclear News, science journals or astrological predictions. If a statement he makes today turns out to be incorrect due to a lack of information on his part, like a government witholding certain details for example, it's not really fair to crucify him because of it.

I've been following events closely through a number of articles on a number of websites and while there's no denying it does take a pro-nuclear stance, at least it doesn't seem to revel in the destruction while crying about the Hugh Manatee.

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AMD claims 'fastest graphics card in the world'

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Indeed

"If so, it appears that the Radeon HD 6990, formerly known as Antilles, may be an effective weapon."

Looks like this is merely the thin end of the Wedge.

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Fukushima reactor shell ruptured?

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At last, we finally nail down the problem

Nuclear energy is infallible. The humans that use it are not.

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