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* Posts by Thomas 4

1518 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Could this be Google's slick new touchscreen Chromebook?

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Dunno....

It's nice hardware, if legit but I still don't know about Chrome OS though. How much room do you have to fiddle with a Chromebook, upgrade it, etc?

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US military advisor calls for McKinnon pardon, recruitment of "master hackers"

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I forget who it was that said something this

No-one knows who the world's greatest hackers are, because you've never heard of them. They leave no abusive messages on the system, they mess with as little as possible and above all they keep their mouths shut.

Hiring someone from Anonymous or Lulzsec will be as much use to you as a chocolate kettle and considerably more noisy.

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BlackBerry 10: Good news, there's still time to fix this disaster

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Re: Get Facts Right!!!!!

"In your article you wrote about not having a home button, who cares, "

Someone that wants a home button might.

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Hmmm

Had a brief play with one in my local O2 store. It didn't strike me as being very intuitive and the way things kept hiding off the edge of the screen was something of an annoyance.

But this was an extremely brief look and YMMV.

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Tick-tock, TalkTalk: Users face fourth day of titsup broadband

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Trollface

If you are having trouble connecting to the Internet

...why not visit our website or send us an email?

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Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz

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Have to agree

I only have a Bamboo Fun drawing tablet but it works very well for what I need. A Samsung tablet, with Wacom stylus tips and tricks....the only thing missing is a tablet adaptedversion of CS6 and my happy places would most definitely be tingled.

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Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

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Re: Windows 8

Why didn't they put Win Phone 8 on a Surface instead of Windows CE mark II?

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Sick software nasty uses child abuse pics to extort infected victims

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Well....

What exactly stops someone taking a screenshot of the fine pop up window, either with a camera or print screen and then taking the PC to the cop shop? It'd be strong evidence in your favour that some bastard dumped it on your PC.

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BlackBerry bets fans are willing to upgrade skills

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Re: Pricing

Those prices are very interesting. Hitting that sort of spot makes the Lumia 920 look extremely expensive (about £70 more) and the Lumia 820, while £100 cheaper, lacks 1GB RAM and has an inferior screen.

Could we be seeing a price drop on the 920 soon? You can see the effect of the Microsoft licencing fee for Win Phone 8 at work here.

All that said, I'm looking at either the Z10 or a Win Phone 8 of some sort for my next device. Which would you lot go for?

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Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss

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Re: I really wish people would stop doing this

You make a good point about price but then you might also have to factor in a 24 month contract as well with some of the devices.

Don't get me wrong; having seen some of the gaming phones are capable of, there will be a few 3Dses and Vitas unbought as a result (Sony, why did you have to make such a f*** up of the Xperia Play? >.<) . I guess my point is that not everyone buys a smartphone purely for the gaming capabilities of it, whereas everyone buys a handheld gaming console for pretty much only that, so comparing sales figures is misleading.

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I really wish people would stop doing this

"The 3DS fared better, with Q4 sales up 11 per cent year on year, from 11.43 million to 12.71 million. But that’s still far behind 217 million smartphones that shipped in the last three months of 2012, according to market watcher Strategy Analytics."

When you can make phone calls, plan appointments & meetings, send emails, send texts and take camera-quality photos with a 3DS, then it will be a fair comparison. But as it stands now, it's like comparing a car with an iPod. Both have the capability to play music but they're for two completely different purposes.

Compare like with like, please.

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Mild optimism

Hmmm, I can think of a few worse candidates for Star Wars. Michael Bay, M Night "Talentless Hack" Shyalaman, Uwe Boll, George Lucas....

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'We are not concerned about your patents at all' - Jobs

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So essentially what you're saying

Is that Mircosoft is being run by Cersei Lannister?

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‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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In this grey world of ethics

...I take comfort that I have such a noble and moral company as *Apple* to show me the path to righteousness.

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Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

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Hardly the scientific approach is it?

What exactly does the term "pornification" actually mean? Is there some kind of scale for measuring pornification? Perhaps something in boners, milliboners and PSBs (porn star boners) might make acceptable units?

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Holy classic car auction, Batman! They sold THE Batmobile!

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Re: Rick Champagne

Or "Rick French Whine" as appropriate.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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I'd feel rather hurt by the implication...

....but fortunately I'm an emotionless void with a lump hammer.

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Oz library finds Lance Armstrong books a new home: The fiction section

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This isn't funny

Classing these books as fiction is disgraceful - they should be moved to the biochemistry section.

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why is there an Apple forum?

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Re: why is there an Apple forum?

Several months ago, there was a board meeting at The Register offices, with Mr Orlowski and the sub-editors in attendance. The meeting covered opening up the comments section into a full-blown forum. They discussed the pros and cons of such an action; increased page hits, potential liabilities and so on.

At the very end, one of the sub-editors said, "This "dogged" guy, what can we do to troll this bastard as hard as humanly possible?" and bingo, an Apple sub-forum was born.

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Playboy fined £100k by Blighty watchdog for FLASHING SMUT at kids

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Coat

This is just the start of them coming for the porn.

Nope, far, far too obvious really.

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McDonalds burger app gives it to you straight from the horse's mouth

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In other news

A Tesco Express was razed to the ground in Westros by Dothraki screamers, after traces of pork and beef were found in horse burgers.

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

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Re: But what of the

What about the Spork version?

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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FAIL

Alright then...

I'll agree to this...

...if violent movies, violent books and highly aggresive songs are also included. If not, then f*** off.

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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

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A question of worth

To Mr Taxman: "These patents and trademarks? They not really worth the paper they're written on. Mere trifles, pay them no mind."

To somone looking to license them: "Prepare to remortgage your company HQ."

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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Re: An NRA spokespersons said...

He is quite correct though - video games *can* kill people.

I remember from my time in college someone brought in a pirated copy of Doom on CD. My friend already had it and, in a fit of boredom, turned the CD into a ninja star and almost took our lecturer's eye out with it.

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Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

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Bad news for gamers

If you play any kind of P2P multiplayer game, this will not be welcome news. I had any number of NAT failures when trying to play Company of Heroes and god help you if you want to play something like Civilization.

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Smooth criminals spared the clink for hacking Sony's Jacko archive

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What kind of half-assed punishment is this?!

6 months suspended is nothing for releasing more of Ms Spears garbage on the world.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

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Re: : )

I wouldn't be cheering just yet, if this article is correct. It's like chasing away a pirahna and ignoring a very hungry great white shark sneaking up behind you.

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

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Re: So...

My god, it all makes sense now. Cthulhu is the CEO of Coca-cola.

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So...

Why doesn't El Reg have a coffee icon yet?

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Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence

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The poor bastard has already lost

Not in the sense of the trial but in what he was trying to achieve. He sure as hell didn't leak all that information "for the lulz" as most hackers are wont to do. He leaked it to try and get the military to be more open with its mistakes.

Now however, no-one in possession of a full set of marbles will try to leak military detail in future. "See that guy we locked up without trial and subjected to inhumane conditions? That's exactly what you'll get if you try and do what he did."

All the stuff about the trial is merely paperwork. The mesage has been made loud and clear.

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Baby sharks are so HARDCORE they avoid baddies like tiny ninjas

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Evolutionary mischief

It might be in a few million years that certain species of shark develop this electro-sensory organ even further and become fully electrogenic, like eels and rays. That'd be awesome and a great saving on laser beams.

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Report: RIM plans six BlackBerry 10 handsets for 2013

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Re: My thumbs...

I miss my Communicator as well. It briefly resurfaced the other day but the battery had dodo'd, which was a shame because the rest of the unit was in pretty decent condition. It's so hard to find a phone with a decent keyboard on it and weight be damned.

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At last! A REAL use for NFC: Bonking butler bots and oven-puters

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Bonkers

Bonking in the living room, bonking in the kitchen but alas no bonking in the bedroom yet.

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Hey, tech titans! Those smartmobe sales bans? Give it a rest. NOW

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And there's the problem

"Of course, while their opinions may carry some weight with judges and lawmakers, no one actually has to obey the statement as it's not legally binding."

Neither Apple or Samsung or anyone else will play nice unless they are legally forced to. "Why the hell should we when all these other bastards aren't?"

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Guess who'll grab Facebook Sponsored Stories payout? (Hint: Not the victims)

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cy-pres?

Looks like those angling for free cash were barking up the wrong tree.

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Which qualifications are worthwhile?

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An update to the OP

First off, thanks for all the replies so far, including the ones doubting my sanity.

To elaborate a little on my interests - I do actually *enjoy* working with computers, especially dealing with the hardware side of things. I get a strange sense of satisfaction in watching a system I've put together or upgraded boot up and run as sweet as a nut. I also enjoy exploring things about computers that I don't know too well. Manually configuring networks, the dustier corners of Control Panel, mucking around with Linux. Learning new things and then being able to apply them in a troubleshooting context - I like stuff like that.

Of course, I do understand that a large amount of stress comes from computer problems that are not software or hardware related...but then again, I can't imagine it's too different to working with patients. Failing that, there's always the five-pound lump hammer in my IT toolbox as well.

I have done a Computer Studies A-Level in my dim and distant past but the majority of it was taken up with building a database and front end in Microsoft Access, which bored me to tears. We were also taught Pascal which was much more engaging - during the same period I also taught myself Visual Basic. The latter was not such a good idea; I wasted most of my lessons writing an almost passable game of "21" with a basic level AI opponent and forgot to work on the database.

Amusing anecdotes aside, ultimately I'd like to go into network administration, through means of support and helpdesk work (hands on if possible), looking after individual computers and building up from there. Linux support also looks very appealling but I was advised that I'd need some basic level Linux experience first before I'd be able to do the Comp TIA Linux+ course. I'm guessing books would be a good starting point, unless anyone knows of any good online resources?

Once again, I really appreciate the lengths everyone is going to to help me out here. You guys and gals rock.

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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

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WTF?

How the hell can this possibly be healthy?

Nutrition isn't my particular field of medical expertise but wouldn't this leave the stomach open to all kinds of potential infections, not to mention screwing up all kinds of delicate systems in there?

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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And many thanks

...to Mr T. Cook for the news tip.

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John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

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I salute you, righteous fruitcake o7

These stories are massively entertaining.

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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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Re: Undecided

All good IT hardware should be capable of inflicting horrible injury.

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IT Angle

Undecided

Like many other folks, the aesthetics don't really hold much appeal for me.

That said, the ergonomics of this thing could be a very different kettle of fish. I played on a 3DS and found the controls immensely uncomfortable, having rather large hands. Even the PSP didn't get it quite right. A full size X-box control I can use comfortably for several hours of gaming. Maybe it's not something you'd play on the way to work but it'd be ideal for playing on holiday. The screen size should be larger than that of a PSP or 3DS as well.

As always the two things that are going to make or break this are the actual games available - the Xperia Play languishes in my cupboard due to a lack of decent titles - and pricing as well. If the price isn't on a par with either the 3DS XL or PS Vita, this thing will be dead in the water.

By the by, wasn't Razer working on something like this, or was it something else with a screen? Can't remember.

EDIT: Just thought of something else. The PC Streaming feature would be a very nice touch for me - playing Dark Souls & Witcher 2 while laying in bed or even in the tub (with caution ofc) sounds like a might appealing idea, especially considering how heavy my last laptop was.

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Mega-res telly demand to boom, say ball-gazers

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Nah

Blu-ray hasn't succeeded in replacing DVD by any means and if video streaming services like Netflix and Lovefilm continue to grow, why will people want to shell out a fortune on expensive TVs when a computer is capable of doing the job?

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Brazilian slammer guards nab mobe-smuggling CAT

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Morons

I bet whoever came up with this plan is feline pretty stupid right about now.

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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

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Should have played EVE Online

I know a number of highly unsavory individuals that would be more than happy to grief someone repeatedly, often completely free of charge too, especially if there's lulz involved.

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El Reg's 'Chuck Norris' faces down charging elephant

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IT Angle

An alternative unit of Force

I humbly put forward the Yoda as a unit of Force.

Now before you all start groaning at the lame-ass pun, hear me out. The little green guy is capable of quite a large amount of thrust, as we saw in Empire Strikes Back when he lifts the X-Wing out of the swamp. Randall Munroe does a considerably better job of explaining the details: http://what-if.xkcd.com/3/

However, Mr Munroe's calculations only give us the potential wattage produced by application, not the force output.

So, based on the supplied mass of an X-Wing as 5,600kg (5.6 metric tons) and acceleration of 0.39m/s2:

5600 x 0.39 = 2184 N

Quite a lot lower than a charging elephant but 20 times stronger than the Norris. Hmmm. More thought required with regards to scaling here.

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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Re: More than a B5 Ripoff

Oh man, all those guys have died? I feel sad now.

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