* Posts by Richard 81

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

Richard 81

I'm hoping for Castaway on Mars.

...with a now defunct Martian rover playing the part of Wilson.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

Richard 81

Thanks El Reg.

That's Father's Day sorted :)

...assuming it turns up on time.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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God bless the MOD.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: Why call the July release 'Windows 10'?

Since they've said something like "Windows 10 will be the last version", with any subsequent changes taking the form of incremental patches rather than discrete service packs or full releases, why don't they just go the whole hog and just call it "Windows"?

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What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

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Re: Good idea

"Does anybody here upgrade their washing machines, toasters, ovens, HiFi amps, AV equipment, etc. ?"

Sorry, crap analogy. I rather expect my washing machine or oven (both of which cost less than this 'affordable' iMac) to last for at least 10 years. Sensible people buy AV equipment in modules, i.e. buying a separate amp, tape/disk/holo-disk-from-the-future reader, radio etc. and swap the individual components out as they become obsolete/break. As for toasters, I wouldn't spend more than £25 on one but I'd still expect it to last a few years.

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Re: Good idea

I'm pretty sure that iFixit have demonstrated that it's all but impossible to upgrade anything on the current iMacs. They're nice and all, but the overpriced options you choose at purchase are what you're stuck with.

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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

Richard 81

Shooters (first and third-person) will always be mouse+keyboard games, but I generally prefer using a controller for a sword, sorcery, and horse-riding game like this.

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Re: What a co-incidence

Just be sure to plan trips to the swamps to minimise trips back and forth. Otherwise it'll get pretty tiresome.

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

Richard 81

Re: Nice idea

It's more like Cadbury happily making and giving away chocolate for free, just for the hell of it, without involving Asda at all. Then Asda persuading Cadbury that they should start charging for the chocolate, as long as Asda gets a 75% cut.

Even that analogy doesn't work, since the biggest cut was going to Bethesda, who aren't contributing anything at this point.

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Re: why

One problem was mod developers taking down their own free mods and putting them behind a pay wall. SkyUI is a good example, since it's more or less essential to make the game playable.

However the real problem, as I see it, is that once someone pays for a mod they can justifiably expect it to actually work as advertised and receive support.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

Richard 81

Re: The Spanish Inquisition

"Nobody expects the... Oh bugger!"

Also, where the Spanish Inquisition after Jews, specifically?

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

Richard 81

Re: "if you're worried about longevity in overpriced consumer tech, you're in the wrong market."

Generally a watch that only performs the function of a watch doesn't need replacing until you whack it into a door frame and the second hand falls off. Battery death isn't even a problem, since A) they last for ever and B) you can open the back yourself and stick a new one in for a few quid.

I like techno bits and bobs as much as the next commentard, but I see no reason for smart watches at all.

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

Richard 81

Re: Awful acronym

CICADA: Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft

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Lib Dems wheel out Digital Rights Bill pledge as election sweetener

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Re: Oh look - the Lib Dems are making us a promise just before the election.

Julian didn't bother to turn up for the vote on banning letting agents charging fees to tenants. As a member of his constituency who doesn't enjoy coughing up £75 for a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy of a tenancy agreement, I say screw him!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Deep-fried cheesy Hungarian

Richard 81

Re: Suggested improvement?

...or a burger.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

Richard 81

Presumably Labour and the Conservatives where specifically mentioned because they've actually been in government, or at the head of one.

It's probably the civil service's fault as much as the politicians. I rather suspect they make all the real decisions, no matter what party is in power.

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SGI sales mushroom with Atomic Weapons Establishment deal

Richard 81

Re: Can someone explain....

Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

Richard 81

100mb/s? I'd be happy if the 30mb/s I pay for was stable.

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Re: So, I need to drink 100 pints to save a pound?

You must not live in the south. Here you'd have to buy at least 400 to get one free.

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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I guess we need to wait for Google flying cars that fly themselves before these things go mainstream.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

Richard 81

Re: failure or not

On top of what they'll be paying on their bills.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

Richard 81

Better to keep them all in one place, so they don't bother the rest of us.

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Re: Naomi Campbell

Everyone knows it's a small province of the superstate Oceania.

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

Richard 81

Re: I smell lobbyists

"Thankyou [...]. However in the future, I would prefer a nondescript briefcase to the sack with a dollar sign on it."

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

Richard 81

Re: Warranty void if seal is broken

If you chop your own hands off, you're holding it wrong.

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

Richard 81

Re: Could you perhaps tone down your laddish editorial? This isn't RALPH

I'm confused. If this was a serious article then your rant might be warranted, but I'm pretty sure the gist was:

- Study finds people who binge-watch are sad, lonely and overweight

- Study conducted by Muppet

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Richard 81

Re: The credentials of the authors of the paper ...

"The credentials of the authors of the paper ...

... don't automagically negate the observation."

That very much depends on the credentials of the author.

If they had a PhD in sandwich making, would you still take their conclusions seriously?

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

Richard 81

Now please make it illegal for a website to ask to install its mobile app every time you visit.

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By the power of Xbox, WE HAVE THE POWER! - Leakers publish One's SDK

Richard 81

Re: CPU power

It would, presumably, effect loading times. I've seen Assassin's Creed: Unity running on an XBone and the load times are ridiculously long; often they're well over a minute, per cut scene.

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

Richard 81

Austerity, we've heard of it.

Only two of these were less than £200; in fact they were £1 less than £200.

I would like to get better speakers for my TV, so a list of options around £100 would be very useful.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

Richard 81

Re: science eh?

What about all those technologies that came out of war that are now used in civilian life all the time?

Penicillin? Computers? Radar, and microwave ovens as a byproduct?

Of course, there are plenty of technologies that aren't useful for anything other than killing people, but in this case I'm sure there are plenty of civilian applications for big lasers that can burn things as long, safe, distances.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

Richard 81

Re: The only good thing about BT is....

I'm also a VM customer, and for some reason the only junk mail is from VM trying to sell me a service I already receive. Idiots.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

Richard 81

Re: So does this affect Amazon Prime Members?

It appears to (as I've said, I've just started the trial), and the best I could get on my purchase today was delivery on Thursday.

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Richard 81

Boo!

I've just started my 1-month trial of Amazon Prime. At best, I'll be getting the first class post option for free.

At least I'm not actually paying for the service I'm not receiving.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Richard 81

An article like this is always nice from time to time. The free AV tools people used to suggest are now bloated pieces of junk (I'm looking at you AVG), so pointing out the alternatives to those who haven't been following the trends is always helpful.

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Gates Foundation to insist on Open Access science

Richard 81

Re: Well done!

Lots of universities are adopting an open access policy though, even for industry-funded projects.

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Apple seeks patent for user-configurable progress bar

Richard 81

Re: And they need it!

"Sometime before the heat-death of the universe"

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

Richard 81

Cow-orker?

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Richard 81

@Infernoz

[Citation needed]

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

Richard 81

Re: I suppose it was inevitable...

"Hey you! Beardo! Mine's a latte!"

The economy will have collapsed, so you'll be lucky if it's Nescafe - *shudder* - Original.

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Re: London is a dirty unfinished shithole

Detroit isn't finished in the same way that Carthage is finished.

...yet

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Re: Isn't it weird...

Not really. It's news about an area of the city getting a revamp. The changes to the road are just to allow that revamp.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

Richard 81

Re: no way

YEAH! Why would you, when you can spend even more money buying a phone that'll just leak your selfies all over the internet?

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Richard 81

Re: With you on this

Just as long as that tax doesn't come from wages/salaries. Those are taxed enough as it is, thank you very much.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

Richard 81

Oh my how they'll complain though.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

Richard 81

Re: Which PHD thesis?

The "unfinished PhD" should not even have been mentioned.

An unfinished PhD is no PhD at all. If you haven't had your viva, then your thesis hasn't been defended and it could be complete tripe.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Richard 81

Re: Disappointing

"4:3 aspect ratio makes video playing crap, why have all those lovely pixels and waste a good chunk of them when you're using the damn thing?"

Unless you're trying to do work on it, in which case it's ideal.

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Re: there's now an Amazon Prime Android app

The issue with the Roku is very suspicious, since it's on the US version but not the UK one where BSkyB have a stake. In the case of this Google doo-dar, it's more likely to be Amazon's fault.

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Richard 81

Re: Google TV

...unless you already own a Roko or similar, in which case that revolution came and went.

I was kind of interested in this until I realised Amazon aren't putting Prime on it (for now). That's currently the only shortcoming of the Roku (in the UK), as either Amazon are withholding Prime or BSkyB are using their shares in Roku to block it.

Mind you, there's now an Amazon Prime Android app, so maybe it'll find its way to Google's puck.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

Richard 81
Headmaster

Re: Hogwart's Express

They say it's King's Cross, but in the movies they used St. Pancras.

...neither of which look much like they are described.

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