* Posts by Richard 81

884 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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Publishing barons: Free speech a 'cloak for tawdry theft'

Richard 81

Re: Eroding Copyright?

No. If you create something you should get the money for it. If there was no copyright at all people would knock it off.

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Lenovo plans clip-on physical keyboard for tablets

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Re: Novel?

No, the *right* area of research for tablets is into that which will sell.

Besides, touch screen software keyboards are crap.

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The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

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Amazing...

Movable type!

We must keep these from the surfs. They might start getting ideas.

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Ten... Star Wars videogame classics

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Battlegrounds was rubbish. It was just an unimaginative mod for Age of Empires, which was already 4 years old. For goodness sake, Homeworld came out two years before Battlegrounds.

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

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Re: I know one thing...

Expect to see a patent for this design being accepted by the USPO any time soon.

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Lenovo intros carbon-fibre ThinkPad Ultrabook

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Re: Chick-lit

I'd be annoyed at the arrangement of the keyboard, but I think it's just a US layout.

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New Apple keyboard patent may spell trouble for Android

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Re: But, since the system IS in place...

A broken system is worse than no system at all.

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Virgin straps on phone masts for the flying upper classes

Richard 81

Re: Why only O2 & Vodafone?

Also, why not discount it for Virgin Mobile customers? There aren't that many of them, after all.

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Stuck in a dull conference? You need Verity's survival guide

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Social convention:

The attendee in the first situation will then be shunned for the rest of the conference, and rightly so.

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China begins work on world-beating MEGA power cables

Richard 81

Re: More than enough...

4.2 gigawatts! 4.2 gigawatts. Great Scott!

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National Rail Enquiries

Richard 81

Re: Silly Strains

What's the point of having a smart phone if not to extend the internet, and the information available on it, to wherever you happen to be?

OK maybe you need a personal organiser. You should have bought a PDA before they became obsolete. If you only need a phone that you can carry around, just buy a simple button phone. It'll be cheaper, get better signal and its battery will last forever.

If you own a smartphone this is precisely the kind of use it might have on a day-to-day basis.

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Richard 81

Yes, it should be free.

Or rather, some of the stupid money gouged out of me for tickets should have gone towards packaging this public information into a free app.

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You can flog 'used' software, but read Ts&Cs first – ECJ

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Re: @AC - So you can sell software you have acquired...

I actually don't have a real problem with download only software, if the price is right. OS X Lion at £20 isn't too bad. £70 is the best I can find for an OEM disk of Win 7.

I doubt MS will be selling their download Windows at that sort of price though, since it's their main income. Let alone console game publishers who have to pay a big cut to MS and Sony ...and are bloody greedy anyway.

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Tablets are the future of the PC, says researcher

Richard 81

Re: What's it called?

...my left leg would also get pretty sweaty, pretty quickly.

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Richard 81

Re: assuming retired after 3 years

...and not cost as much as a far more powerful laptop too.

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Suspected freetards to face piracy letters in 2014

Richard 81

Re: If its so widespread AND illegal

I quite agree

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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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