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Suspected freetards to face piracy letters in 2014

Richard 81

Re: If its so widespread AND illegal

"Since I started buying CDs >25 years ago, no one seems to have been forcing me to re-buy anything.

Or even meaningfully trying to claim that I should."

So all the songs you bought back then and have since wanted to listen on your MP3 player, you just went ahead and bought again?

Don't you remember when they started mucking about with copy protection (car stereo killing in some cases, rootkit installing in others) on CDs?

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Richard 81

Re: Warning: PDF

"Warning: Movie clip" or "Warning: Has Sound" would also be quite good, where it's not obvious.

Finding the mute has unstuck itself when at work is not an enjoyable experience.

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Richard 81

Re: If its so widespread AND illegal

"So if enough people want to do something, it should simply be legalised?"

I believe that is rather the meaning of democracy, yes. For better or worse.

Although, here I think the point was that widespread piracy is at least partly due to the outdated business model of content providers. The refusal of the record companies to accept that we shouldn't have to re-buy all our music every time they bring out a new media format, for instance.

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Punters want BBC iPlayer in TVs, not 3D

Richard 81

Re: People want.. new content, not '3D' content?

"for a long time everyone was just watching SD broadcasts and pretending it looked better"

It does!

...but then if you're going from a 15 year old CRT TV to a big LCD it's bound to.

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Techie stages 'strip down' protest at TSA 'harassment'

Richard 81

Not necessarily

It would depend on her age and appearance. We do have some standards.

...OK maybe not.

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Microsoft to bake Windows 8 in three flavours

Richard 81

Re: media center?

I don't care for the UI much, which is pretty bloody sloppy in my opinion. The functionality is essential though.

Wasn't Media Center only on the Premium, Ultimate, or some other more expensive version than Basic?

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Richard 81

Re: Ability to turn Start Screen OFF?

It would have made sense on Windows 8 Pro. That's the one businesses would be getting if it wasn't going to be a clanger.

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Most anticipated videogames of 2012 revealed

Richard 81

Re: Dishonored

Rumour has it Prey 2 has been canned.

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Richard 81

Re: No PC games then?

@Anonymous Coward

You work for Ubisoft, right?

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Richard 81

"would us Brits really have better taste?"

We'd have a PC games list for a start.

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Ten... Kitchen Gadget Treats

Richard 81

I don't get why you would want a cartridge coffee maker. You're tying yourself to one manufacturer and are forced to pay whatever they want to charge.

They may have me on printer cartridges, but I'll be damned if they get their hands on my coffee!

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Wellcome Trust backs boffins in open publishing row

Richard 81

Re: What precisely

If you want to publish in an open access journal, or make your paper open access in a paid-for journal, you have to pay. Why you have to pay is another question.

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Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

Richard 81

"You know that you are old when you can remember when the Simpsons was funny."

That was around the second series right?

I know you're not talking about the first few series when they still tried to have a message.

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The Hardware Hacker's Guide to Home Automation

Richard 81

Re: Nest

El Reg ought to make a bigger deal about this. Looks like it's strictly US only.

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'As seen on TV' claims can't be made about unbranded props

Richard 81

Or

Or Rogue Trader.

...or even Crime Watch.

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TITANIC 'UNLIKELY' TO SINK AGAIN, says prof - apparently

Richard 81

Well

You see, it won't actually be a Titanic-like tragedy until the news media says it is. Much like a sinking of the actual Titanic, which was made an unthinkable tragedy by the papers after it happened. The myth that it was considered unsinkable wasn't banded around until after had gone down either. People who build ships don't say things like that.

All in all, the Titanic is a famous ship because it sunk. If it hadn't, it would be the Olympic we remember (though without the romanticism).

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Ten... Living Room Gadget Treats

Richard 81
Unhappy

So...

The Age of Austerity is just something that happened to other people?

Yeah, I know this is a tech site and tech is expensive. It's still bloody depressing when you're someone who has to think twice before spending anything at all.

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Condom compartment hidden in iPhone case

Richard 81

Re: yeah ok

I think you'll find one's success in these matters has little or nothing to do with the phone you own.

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Game closes 277 stores

Richard 81

Re: Suspension of Refunds, Exchanges?

"trying to figure out why somebody down voted you on this post. Baffled!"

Statutory rights are for bleeding heart pinkos... apparently.

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Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

Richard 81

Re: Not writting it off....

But it says it's dangerous on the walls of men's toilets, so it must be true.

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Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

Richard 81
FAIL

Re: simple solution

"Or, commit more to DLC."

I'll be sporting and give you a 30 second head start.

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Facebook 'cloaking' flaw allows unexpected snooping

Richard 81

Alert

Alert, Jason Togneri. You have been deemed a danger to the integrity of the hive mind. Remain where you are and await an enforcement node that will escort you to the nearest rehabilitation centre for evaluation and treatment. If treatment is unsuccessful you will be permanently disconnected from the hive and terminated.

Thank you.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Richard 81

Alien?

Philistine!

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Richard 81

Re: The Matrix 2

At least The Matrix 3 was funny.

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Android clobbers Siri in Japanese... and English

Richard 81

Re: Siri, bah

Why else would anyone have bought the iPhone 4S?

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Samsung Galaxy S II punters get a lick of Ice Cream Sarnie

Richard 81

Re: "Given that most phones are replaced in 12-18 month cycles"

Share and enjoy!

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Richard 81

Re: Coming to the UK

Precisely why I don't buy carrier branded phones any more.

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Richard 81

Re: "The ageing Galaxy S"

This is a good argument for buying a phone with vanilla Android on it, rather than a branded version.

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Richard 81

Re: Arrrgh... "and a photo editor"

Who says it can't be removed?

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iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

Richard 81

Well

*Assuming we keep the license fee, anyone who pays it should not be charged. Period.

Anyone else, including those overseas, should be asked to pay a reasonable sum.

*Should we keep the license fee at all? Difficult question.

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New iPads to hit Apple stores on Friday

Richard 81

Re: I've already secured funding for 80 units

You monster.

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if year > 2013 then PC != Personal Computer

Richard 81
Stop

Bushwa!

Not to this ageing dinosaur it won't.

...and I'm still in my 20s.

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

Richard 81

That may well be a major driving force behind this. Publishers hate second hand sales.

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Richard 81

Uh huh?

Anyone know what the relative cost of a DVD is to a memory card? Or are Amazon and its ilk going to be selling serial keys for games that people then download from XBox Live?

If Microsoft think they can survive on XBox Live sales alone, they've got another thing coming.

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New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost

Richard 81

Re: Holy major rip-off Batman

Is it £100 for 3G, or £100 for 4G and 3G one of which you can't use?

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Apple-Android peace talks

Richard 81
Trollface

Could this be...

...Apple's Operation Valkyrie?

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Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

Richard 81

Re: Re: Commentard

Well "boffin" is a fairly old English term for scientist. Think of it as the English equivalent to the USA's "egg-head".

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Feds to carmakers: 'Rein in high-tech dashboards'

Richard 81

Re: Head on a swivel?

While I agree with you that a pedestrian needs to keep his eyes open, that doesn't help when some arse (normally in a BMW) speeds up when he sees you're about to cross and continues to accelerate while you're walking across the road. Damn near lost my foot once.

Then there's the people who appear to be blind to red traffic lights... and to the half a dozen people crossing the road before they even reach the lights. I almost lost my Mrs the other day thanks to some kid who only realised there was a crossing after he'd got within three inches of her leg.

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Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

Richard 81

Then I call prior art.

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Boffins claim breakthrough in hovering robothopter experiments

Richard 81

@Ben 50

I agree with you there. Still, that doesn't mean that this isn't an interesting technology with a wide array of non-lethal applications.

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Richard 81

Yes and no

While I agree that death bringing is hardly a noble application of technology, don't forget that lots of today's bread and butter technologies came from military research. These tiny flying kill-bots might well become valuable tools for the police, or for searching collapsed buildings in rescue operations.

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Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?

Richard 81
Facepalm

Oh I don't know...

...someone with eyes maybe?

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RIM's cartoon superheroes inspire caustic Tweet-storm

Richard 81

From the UK too (although about half your age) and I definitely encountered the word 'spatula' as used to refer to a fish slice-like paddle implement before the scientific/medical spoon.

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Obama washes hands of O’Dwyer piracy extradition case

Richard 81

Could be worse

He could be a republican.

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Steerable bullet aims for mass army deployment

Richard 81

"Tuh, dumdums."

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Met Office cuts off Linux users with new weather widgets

Richard 81

No, not really.

El Reg may enjoy ribbing them, but personally I've found their predictions for this last year to be spot on.

That is, after all, what they're there for. Apps and widgets are just gravy.

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ITV wrist-slapped for showing video game as IRA attack

Richard 81

"As this footage shows, the IRA gunman succeeded in destroying a British helicopter... by firing a toilet at it."

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SOPA is dead. Are you happy now?

Richard 81

Gabe Newell said it

"In general, we think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the U.S. release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable. Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customers use or by creating uncertainty." - Gabe Newell of Valve fame.

Basically boils down to "if piracy provides a better service than the producers, of course people will pirate."

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Xbox 720 and PS4 on show at E3 2012

Richard 81

720

This whole 720 suffix thing is just speculative right? Right?

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Microsoft revives flight sim by giving it away free

Richard 81

It's a trap!

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