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1518 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

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*Applauds*

Someone had way too much fun writing that subtitle.

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Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

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It's too big a gamble

$549 for a tablet running a relatively unloved operating system with a sword of Damocles hanging over it. If the RT had a Touchpad firesale and the price was slashed in *half*, I would be much more interested. But a Galaxy Note would be more appealing still...

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'Thundering mechanical behemoth' walker mech to attack Leicester today

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So basically

He wrecked a perfectly nice park to faff about on something that looks like a very ugly rocking horse?

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The Yawhg vs XCOM: Enemy Unknown. How small devs can win against the big boys

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Very true

Indie teams often have a better idea as to what makes a good game better than mainstream publishers do.

For example, take EA's Syndicate. It had little in common with the original game and was little more than an attempt to cash in on the success of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Now, on Kickstarter, the original team behind Syndicate is making a game called Satellite Reign, which is being touted as a genuine sequel to Syndicate Wars. It looks more like what EA *should* have released than what they *did* release.

Hope it makes its funding goal.

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Oi, jobless yoofs: Upload a witty video bio if you wanna find work

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I think it's a splendid idea

If you have enjoyed "Adam Johnson's Curriculum Vitae", why not check out some of these other videos:

"Adam Johnson boning his girlfriend while dressed as Batman"

"Adam Johnson out on the lash on the weekend"

"Adam Johnson's annual EDL meet up"

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US gov SMASHES UP TVs and MICE to nuke tiny malware outbreak

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It's not an unreasonable course of action

"Well, we can either destroy a whole bunch of expensive IT equipment, or we could install Norton AntivIrus on them."

"Pass me the sledgehammer."

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

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Doesn't sound promising

At this rate BB10 is "bedding in" to a bed with an earth mattress and stone headboard.

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Snowden's Australian 'revelations' are old news

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Old news is not necessarily bad news

"Hey, you remember a few months back that guy mentioned that the government were spying on us?"

"Yes?"

"They've just republished the story again. Yawn."

"Well, did anything change as a result of it?"

<goes off to check> "Hey, nothing changed! They were hoping it would all just be forgotten - and we forgot!"

****

Sometimes old news repeated can serve as a reminder just make sure changes are actually happening.

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Put up your ... err ... hand for free vasectomy streamed online

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I applaud folks that are willing to deal with the population crisis...

...by taking a hands on approach. They're truly a cut above.

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HP confirms it's back in the smartphone business

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Run, Firefox OS, run!

If you value your existence, shoot the HP rep in the kneecaps the instant he sets foot on Mozilla HQ.

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

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Designing a perfectly safe computer

The most secure computer is one that doesn't power up and lacks a keyboard, mouse and touchscreen. The hard drive is housed in a cpu tower made of heavily padlocked concrete and it has absolutely no ports anywhere on it. No, not even that one.

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

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Re: Beasteality ?

Hmmm, I'd probably put a WH40K spin on it and go with Xeniality for loving aliens, derived from "xeno".

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

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Running forward is easy

...stopping before you go arse over head into a pit is not. -.-

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New Motorola Mobility badge: Too late for this pinball machine lover

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Re: I think we're missing a trick here..

Chuck in a good quality emulator and some Atari games and I'd buy one.

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UK.gov finally admits it will MISS superfast broadband target

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Just out of curiosity...

...Remember the vast wads of cash that were earmarked for 95% broadband in 2011 and 2013? Anyone happen to know which trough that lot disappeared into?

Sorry, did I say trough? I meant carefully planned and well thought out Government Spending Plan.

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Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

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Christ

This isn't prison, this is slavery. When you stop and think "even people at Foxconn have better working conditions", something is massively fucked up with the world.

I'm now actually looking at my Lumia 820 now and wondering who the hell made it.

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Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

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Re: "doesn't actually risk the earth-shattering kaboom of a matter-antimatter annihilation."

Or to put this another way, an antimatter reactor is unlikely to be feasible in the near future. =(

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Re: It just costs money

"If it ain't broken you don't fix it."

Bingo. It's the same reason why the computers and processors on deep space probes are frigging ancient by today's standards. The technology may be old and slow but it is *reliable*. Reliable counts for a lot when you're a million miles from Earth or when you're nuts deep in nuclear crap.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

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I'd have to disagree. A stylus is infinitely more precise if you have to sketch something on a screen.

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Google flings another £1m at online child sex abuse vid CRACKDOWN

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This isn't the DM's style

I'm fairly sure the DM would rather that £1,000,000 was used to hire hitmen to murder suspected "paedo scum" before they get to court.

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Microsoft Office 365 on iPhone NOW: No, we're not making this up

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Ummm, hang on a sec

I thought Apple got stroppy about people charging subscriptions and micropayments on stuff bought through the App Store? Has Office 365 found a way around it?

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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I'm on the fence on this one

It's not nice to see any species being culled but it's sometimes necessary for the ecosystem as a whole. Deer immediately spring to mind as an example.

It might just have been where I was in St John's Ambulance as a kid and therefore read up more on badgers but I'm under no illusions that they are adorable fuzzy wuzzy creatures. They can be vicious little sods - the American badger for example can disembowel a coyote and is capable of even seeing off freaking *bears*. It's European equivalent shouldn't be any less capable, given it's half as large again as its American counterpart.

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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

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Re: Seems legit

"Earth Porn - as approved by Eccentrica Galumbits."

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

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Re: I've seen the future and it will be

We can only hope. Knowing my luck though, a merger between those two will actually open some kind of interdimensional rift to Hell. -.-

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Jailed LulzSec hacker Cleary coughs to child porn images, will be freed soon

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Re: Under UK Law

"Your Honour, the prosecution wishes to submit Exhibit A as evidence against the defendant on child pornography charges."

"But that's just a hard disk that's been set on fire."

"But why would the defendant set fire to it if there *wasn't* sick filthy child porn on it?"

"GUILTY! Lock the little bastard up for life."

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: Well done Sony.

Sony have done a lot of crap in the past and I'm one of those folks that was really pissed about OtherOS. Today's shenanigans however come dangerously close to making Sony look like a decent company. In a dim light. With poor vision.

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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Sounds promising

As for the issue of looking like a berk when making a phone call, a bluetooth headset fixes that problem quite nicely.

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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Bingo

People like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are the ones that have put their asses on the line for free speech, Assange is just a publicity whore looking for attention....

....but that said, a whistleblower's message can carry a lot further with a good publicity whore.

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Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

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Re: this sums it up

This particular video has been doing brisk business on the interwebs this morning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kWSIFh8ICaA

*snerk*

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Re: XBone

I read it as XBoned, because this console is royally.

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Chewbacca held up by TSA stormtroopers for having light sabre

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And this was the point...

...that Chewie regretted not paying attention when Luke was prattling on about Jedi mind tricks.

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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

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This is a man to be respected

I have no doubt Edward Snowden is very much aware of how the US has treated Bradley Manning for his leak and yet despite this, he's stood by his beliefs and shown the world what the US is doing with PRISM. A very brave man.

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Help! I’m trapped inside the Chamber of Hollers

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Re: Something that worked a bit with one chap...

Would this be the 2 x 4 sort of volume control or the oversized wrench sort of volume control?

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Neat

I've never seen a console kick itself in the balls before.

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Jack Vance: Science fiction’s master of magic, mischief and sex

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A newcomer to Jack Vance

I've heard his name mentioned on some of the RPG forums I visit and from what I've gleaned from the article, I think I'd enjoy his work. Any recommendations on a title to begin with? =)

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Exclusive Halo game coming to Windows 8 and WinPhone 8

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Re: Windows - now that *is* a name from the past...

Who would be the audience?

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Re: Bill Nighy gets the William Hartnell vote

As someone that grew up with Hartnell, Troughton, et al, I heartily endorse this suggestion.

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First female Doctor

I'd actually like to see this. It'd be cool to see how he reacts to his new gender and whether it changes any aspects of his personality as a result.

Billie Piper - No. Too much storyline associated with the character.

Olivia Coleman - While she was great in Peep Show and Hot Fuzz, she doesn't really strike me as "Doctor" material.

Helen Mirren (?sp) - Now we're getting somewhere.

Alex Kingston - An ideal candidate....but too much storyline already associated with her.

I think it'd need to be a more mature actress, someone age 40 or older. A 20 or 30 something wouldn't really have the air of authority the Doctor needs.

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Obama: Just call me Billygoat Gruff the Third, patent trolls

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Re: What is he doing????

I *am* thinking of them. Which is why I'm laughing at the moment.

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Re: Pull the other one - its got bells on it!

Oh, you mean the English Defence League forums.

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EVE Online OFFLINE: Wannabe Capt Kirks clobbered in cluster-ruck

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Re: Single sign-on

Did anyone else get the launcher appearing in Russian at one point yesterday?

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Re: Single sign-on

Yeah, the new launcher has not been a popular decision on the forums.

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BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!

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Yahoo is a foul and loathsome company

...and their comment forums are one of the foulest places on the Internet. So long and don't let the hit you, knock you down and grind your body into a thin red paste on the way out.

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Fear the Embarrassing Bodies webcam

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Re: What kind of crazed saddo...

Someone that's afraid of the answers their GP will give them. Someone that can't sleep for worrying about what's happening to them. Someone dreading being told they might have the Big C.

An appointment over a webcam makes the process seem more detached, like it's happening to someone else. If it results in a "crazed saddo" getting the answers they desperately need and maybe giving them the courage and motivation they need to get further treatment, the process is worthwhile.

Embarassing Bodies is not a fucking freakshow. That illness you're laughing your ass off about? That's a real person that's having it happen to them *right now*. My job would be a lot easier if people stopped taking the piss out of the patients I see.

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

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Re: Oh FFS

No.

Freedom of speech allows you to say what you think. It does not grant you the right to act on those thoughts. Far too often I see religious folks saying horrific things about the LGBT community and when people try to call them to account, they claim religious persecution and oppression.

Freedom of speech allows you to say hateful and bigoted things. It does not grant you the right to *act* as a hateful bigot.

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Re: Results Desired and Obtained

"Why did we waste NHS resources on treating the Woolwich scum should they not have simply preyed for recovery?"

Because we still believe in justice. You remember justice, right? It's when a person is called to account for their actions, when a crime is carefully examined to ensure that the right perpetrator has been found, to offer them a chance to explain their reasons and to sentence them appropriately. Justice is done with logic and reasoning.

We are not savages. The moment we lynch someone in a fit of rage, we *are* no better than those we claim to fight. Justice can be corrupted. Justice can make mistakes. But I wouldn't want to live in a world without it.

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Hrmm

While I really do enjoy seeing someone sticking the boot into wankers like the EDL, there are folks that sign up to forums like theirs to protest against them. Not everyone on that website is a frothing at the mouth nationalist, yet they run the risk of being lumped in with the rest of the English Dickhead League.

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Wonder substance pulses QUADRILLION lasers per second

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Re: Is there anything Graphene can't do?

Get a user to remember their password?

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