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* Posts by Thomas 4

1520 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

Thomas 4
Boffin

Re: Prior art?

@MacroRodent

If even half of that comic is correct...wow. Why the fuck was I learning about Edison in school?

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Japanese firm offers 4-tonne GIANT MECHs for just $1.3m

Thomas 4

It's a good step in the right direction

It reminds me of the mechs from the Armored Core games. Only the bipedal ones could truly walk, the four legged ones moved in a similar fashion to these.

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Belgian finds missus was born a MAN after 19 YEARS of marriage

Thomas 4
Stop

In Lester's defence

Lester is normally a very enjoyable writer and his articles have often given me a laugh when I needed one. The other thing to bear in mind is not everyone has had the genuine pleasure of working/knowing transfolks; as a consequence not everyone knows when ribbing turns into hurtful remarks. This article has been a swing and a miss for Mr Haines but if were revised to be more sensitive, I'd be cool with that.

Christ knows there's enough bloody witch hunts in this country at the moment without needing to nail Lester for a one-off fuck up. Just as long as it is a one-off fuck up. =)

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Re: @ Don Eh? - Thomas

Good luck AC - I hope it works out for you. =)

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Thomas 4
IT Angle

Hand on heart, it wouldn't faze me in the slightest. What has someone's sex got to do with whether you love them or not?

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Re: Eh?

Although not LGBT myself, I do hang out with a lot of transexual folks on another forum. The process of transitioning is unbelievably tough as it is without articles like this. Rather than painting the husband as being gamed or conned, have a thought about what the wife's life is like. After years, she finally feels safe and accepted about who she is and then *bam* - she's lost the man she loves in the most devestating way possible and now articles are popping up all over the web painting her as a liar and digging through her past for sordid details.

Not cool, El Reg. Not cool.

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Boffin claims Bigfoot DNA reveals BESTIAL BONKING

Thomas 4
Boffin

Re: One night stand from hell... Ouch

So what you're saying is that making the beast with two backs makes a beast with one back?

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

Thomas 4

Re: Begin settling space,

@Cynical

You forgot the Patent Lawyers.

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‘Anonymous’ takes down Texan RFID-tracking school

Thomas 4
Black Helicopters

Re: Smash the schools. Like the Taliban is doing.

"We don't need no thought control"

No but you're damn well going to get it anyway.

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

Thomas 4

Re: both new Lumias are a curate's egg

El Reg doesn't have any horses. The closest thing you've got is Lester's ass.

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Apple versus Samsung: everything infringes everything

Thomas 4

Re: Why I'm Not A Judge

@Danny14

I'd sleep terribly I must admit because I'd be up all night fiddling around with kernels other Linux nonsense on it. =p

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Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER

Thomas 4
Devil

Re: > Keith regrets buying a no-name Power Supply Unit

So your son has learned the valuable lesson that setting something on fire results in shiny new replacements? An IT career beckons!

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Just bought an Apple product? Need support NOW? Drop an F-BOMB

Thomas 4

With great power comes great responsibility

Me: "Siri, what the fuck is this article suggesting?"

iPhone: "Help me, for the love of God help me, I'm trapped in here."

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Nickers nab Assassin's Creed cache in Benelux blag

Thomas 4
WTF?

Re: Why is Ubisoft still producing games?

@AC: Holy shit. I was actually being slightly tounge in cheek with my first post. I never expected to be right. oO. From your description he sounds like a real asshole.

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Thomas 4
Happy

Why is Ubisoft still producing games?

I really don't get it. This isn't a dig at the quality of the games or their gigantic hard-on for DRM. It's about the fact they really, honestly can't stand their customers.

We've already seen previously their views on their PC owning customers, with the phrase "thieving pirate scum" taking a prominent role in that discussion. Now, they seem to be saying "Oh, the AC3 Collector's Edition's got lifted and pre-orderers won't get their shiny medals. Who gives a fuck, right?"

This seems to go beyond mere contempt and veers into actual dislike. Maybe they should do what their hearts are telling them to: leave the gaming industry and settle down on a farm somewhere and raise sheep. They bleat less and they don't need as much copy protection software installed on them.

Do the right thing Ubisoft. You'll be happier in the long run. =)

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Mint Linux gifts Unity haters with 'Nadia' ... plus her Mate

Thomas 4
Linux

Re: Have to agree

This is actually what I'm hoping to get up and running on my new computer this weekend. Its a standard but high end desktop with an Nvidia GTX 670 as I understand Nvidia has marginally better Linux support than ATI. From what I gather, the Linux version of Steam has only been tested on Ubuntu but given Mint is a spin off of Ubuntu without the crapware, I shouldn't have too many problems, right?

It's the first time I'm using Linux on a desktop so any pointers would be appreciated (I have Windows 7 as a back up OS for the more system hungry stuff like Planetside 2).

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NASA's Mars rovers feel effects of TITANIC DUST STORM

Thomas 4

?

What's that green stuff along the bottom of the photos? Is there Tiberium growing on Mars?

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Swedish woman cuffed for sex with skeleton SHOCKER

Thomas 4

Re: All together now...

*applauds*

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Thomas 4

I look forward to the Hollywood version

...with "Bad to the Bone" as its theme song.

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Patent suit targets Formlabs and Kickstarter

Thomas 4

Re: Speaking of Kickstarter

Bear in mind that Elite still has at least a month to run and that many people may be more inclined to pledge after payday at the end of November. Also, most Kickstarters tend to slow down in the middle phase before ramping up again at the end (The Double Fine and Order of The Stick comic were two that followed this pattern).

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Thomas 4

I don't know...

I admit my knowledge of 3D printing is shamefully lax but I don't think this should be dismissed as just another patent troll case. Reading through the patent on another site, it's a pretty convoluted method, so it doesn't fall under "rounded corners" or "slide X into slot Y". The lawsuit against Kickstarter should be a non-starter though.

*****

As an aside, I've just had a rather wonderful idea. Kickstarter is a way of funding worthwhile ideas through crowd funding. So it got me wondering as to what the reverse might be and bingo:

www. classactionstarter . com

Lawyers put up various situations and ideas that they think might be grounds for a class action lawsuit and if an idea gets enough support and money to cover the legal fees it goes ahead!

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McAfee takes time off blogging to concentrate on being chased by police

Thomas 4

Re: Hmmm

Highly entertaining reading material like this blog. =P

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'There may come a day when Hobbits promote slot machines ...'

Thomas 4
Devil

What other Hobbit merchandise could we be seeing soon?

Perhaps Glamdring and Sting type contraceptives that glow blue in the dark when foes approach?

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LAST EVER British typewriter manufactured in Wales

Thomas 4

Was never a huge fan of typewriters

Awfully hard to concentrate on writing when something's banging away in the background.

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London gets huge Defecator Enthroned statue for World Toilet Week

Thomas 4

It reminds me of a Creeper from Minecraft

One can only hope it doesn't strain too hard or there's going to be a bloody great crater on the banks of the Thames.

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US paper spaceplane disintegrates at 107,000ft

Thomas 4
Black Helicopters

Uh huh

So that review of the high powered lasers on El Reg a couple of weeks back was *entirely* a coincidence.

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Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery

Thomas 4
Devil

Re: What did people expect

@AC 12:42

Nice try but does anyone else remember when you could reset someone's Android G1 simply by texting the word "reboot" to them?

My friend still hasn't forgiven me for shamelessly abusing his shiny new phone.

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Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag

Thomas 4
Joke

Re: Inc Lawsuits against the underarm smelly company.

Actually, it'd be kind of apt given that they'll both stink to high heaven.

It's the one with the little red arrow on it, Apple fans! =D

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Long-suffering Virgin Media victims see no end to vid PURGATORY

Thomas 4

Re: scum

Don't be too harsh. You'd probably get faster internet with gambling companies.

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Thomas 4
IT Angle

Re: Noticed this too

My connection seems a hell of a lot faster since my "bye bye to Virgin Media" upgrade.

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Belize PM: McAfee boss is 'bonkers', should 'man up and talk to cops'

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Re: I did some research

Rather apt, perhaps, that he submits his interviews to Wired...

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Vodafone will rent you an iPhone 5 for 69p* a day

Thomas 4

oO

I can't even imagine the amount of crapware there would be on a rented phone...

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Lord to sue Twitter users who falsely accused him of abuse

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Re: The Pedofinder General has found you guilty in the court of public opinion!

Recently, I've been reading books like Malleus Maleficarum as part of a pet project I'm working on. I am deeply grateful to the British public for giving me this opportunity to see what 15th century witch hunt was like.

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

Thomas 4

Re: Divorce

If you are in a successful and stable menage a trois relationship, I strongly suspect you have more entertaining things to do with your time than worry about a Facebook page.

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Thomas 4
Meh

Re: This strikes me as more than a little desparate....

Well, I guess it's better than Amazon's couples page.

"If you have enjoyed shagging this person, why not try shagging other people enjoyed by them?"

The business with the star ratings was an unnecessary cruelty, I felt. -.-

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ROGUE PLANET WITHOUT A SUN spotted in interstellar space

Thomas 4
Unhappy

Re: Too obvious?

The article misses some important details about the planet that really need answering:

a) Does this planet have horns?

b) Is it largely made of metal?

c) Is it voiced by Orson Wells?

Deeply concerned minds wish to know.

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Subjects bestow Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Queen

Thomas 4

Not a good idea.

If my collection of shiny toys from yesteryear is anything to go by, after 3 years or so the battery on that thing is going to be totally shagged and unusuable. A shame really. I'd love to get my hands on a fully working good condition Tungsten T3. =/

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

Thomas 4

A Patent Wars icon is needed

Perhaps a picture of Lucy Koh facepalming might be appropriate, or possibly a crying toddler.

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Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

Thomas 4

Actually...

If this article is accurate young limbs can most definitely be separated.

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Thomas 4

Re: Should that not have been

Or possibly boning-fide research.

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

Thomas 4

Not all bad suggestions

I'm sure "Annakin Montana" would be considerably less of a whiny girl than the version we got.

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Thomas 4
Meh

Why conjure up a host of new characters no-one cares about?

The Timothy Zahn series featuring Mara Jade and the sublime Admiral Thrawn would make a fantastic film series, while still featuring all the old familiar names.

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A bitter spill to swallow, or 'how to smeg up your keyboard'

Thomas 4

Re: Anyone else..?

Now want to stuff their users in a dishwasher?

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iPhone senses you typing on table, bit of wood etc, turns vibes to text

Thomas 4

Re: Back to basics..

I did a review on one of the iTech Bluetooth Laser Keyboards for All About Symbian a few years back. It was an interesting bit of kit but had issues in strong sunlight. It was also a gargantuan pain in the ass getting the bloody thing to connect to my phone.

Think I've still got it hidden away in my mountain of abandoned gadgets somewhere...

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Navy SEALs from Bin Laden kill unit spanked for video game work

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Richly deserving of punishment

I'm reliably informed that Warfighter is a fucking awful game.

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Apple removes apology-hiding JavaScript from UK website

Thomas 4

Re: words

Samsung/Apple makes me think of a highly awkward slash fiction pairing where Tim Cook makes out with Kwon Oh Hyun.

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Bargain! Desperate Comet SLASHES price of £4,400 iPod Nano

Thomas 4
Joke

Don't feel bad about Comet

It'll be back in another hundred years or so as a herald of doom to the IT sales sector.

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

Thomas 4
FAIL

The patient is always right

Never mind that the cardiology technicians and consultants have told him the data is of no medical use, he is a PATIENT, godsdamnit, and he knows more about the finer points of cardiac function than some asshole that spent best part of a decade qualifying as a doctor and he says "fetch".

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Apple is Superman's digital Kryptonite

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Re: So the news is

My guess is that its to do selling content under the Apple store. Isn't there some kind of issue that prevents an app selling items without letting Apple getting a slice of any proceeds?

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