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Microsoft de-cloaks Windows 8 push-button lifesaver

Richard 81

"Where would that come from? We already have a list of *well-behaved* installed applications that the user can remove if they wish. It's in whatever Control Panel calls itself these days."

That's pretty much the list I'm talking about. My idea would be to present the list in the refresh options, so that you can _put back_ everything you think is OK.

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I've had trouble with XP that needed a rebuild but it was mostly hardware to blame. On the other hand, without doing anything other than turning it on, Windows 98 SE sometimes just forgot where bits of it were.

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Richard 81

Uh yeah

I hope it works at least as well as system restore.

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Richard 81

Good stuff.

Sounds like a useful feature. Providing a list of desktop apps that were installed and allowing you to choose which ones to reinstall would be better than ditching all of them though.

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Homeland Sec., RIAA Torrent lists published

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Facepalm

Plonker

It seems to be pretty clear that your IP being listed proves absolutely nothing about whether you actually illegally download stuff. At most it shows where you live, but that doesn't mean torrents were ever downloaded from the location the IP is currently tied to.

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Richard 81

Not that the site authors care about this. If anyone mentions it, they say its just for fun, or just to show that torrents aren't secure.

I'd be a little more worried about false positives.

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2011's Best... HD TVs

Richard 81

Seconded

I doubt I'll ever pay a grand or more on a TV in my life. Something a bit more down to Earth would be nice.

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iPhone users get iJustHadAShag bedpost-notch boast app

Richard 81

We've come a long way

...and this is humanity's zenith.

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OnLive Game System cloud gaming console

Richard 81
Meh

I just don't see why

The little console thingy is £70 and buying a game costs the RRP and is unlikely to drop.

For that you're tying yourself to a service that may not last forever and you never actually own your game.

Why not just buy a second hand xBox 360 (I got a 2009 model Elite for £80 last year)? You can then hunt around for the best prices on new releases and pick up plenty of cheap old games. Or just rent them the old fashioned way.

No mention of the subscription fee. Is that still around or did they decide it was silly?

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Navy pays 2x purchase price to keep warship docked for 5 years

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£

You do have to pay £20 for a ticket into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which includes only one tour of HMS Victory.

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Richard 81

Commissioned in 1778

At that time we were the hated enemy.

Makes me feel all warm inside.

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IDC: Google needs DEEP tablet price slash to crack Apple

Richard 81

Um no.

Apple has invested a lot in having the biggest brand value. Even though some other manufacturers have brought out arguably better hardware, some of which is quite innovative (e.g. the ASUS transformer), there's just no marketing going on. Without making a name for themselves, people won't recognise the other brands and when Apple steals the best ideas (as they always do), people will just think it's Apple being clever again.

Also, although you may not agree, the "it just works" mantra around which iOS is designed appeals to a lot of people. Android is different on every machine.

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Siri gets Android rival as Cluzee goes live

Richard 81

"Keypads r mch nicr"

They don't help your typing though.

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Open source team creates apocalypse survival kit

Richard 81

Bread won't keep you warm in winter

Actually, good shelter is a pretty important consideration. In temperate climates you need a decent house to survive the winter. In hotter climates you need to be able to get out of the sun.

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Richard 81

Oh?

...and when that fondleslab breaks?

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Think your CV is crap? Your interview skills are worse

Richard 81

Good stuff.

Far better than your last article.

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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

Richard 81

Please, no.

Please, just let it be. The mini-series was god awful!

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Immigrants face £49k wage minimum to stay

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Indeed

You'd have to get to point 3 or above on the _top_ pay band at this uni to get over £49k.

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Ballmer disses Android as cheap and complex

Richard 81

Hot air

"...the leading smartphone operating system Android."

"The biggest advantage we have over Android is that you don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone"

I didn't realise there were so many computer scientists out there.

Nothing but hot air from a baffoon.

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Blow for McKinnon as extradition treaty ruled 'not biased'

Richard 81

@laird

Out of interest, how many requests have been made by the UK?

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World+Dog goes bonkers for iPhone 4S

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WTF?

What?

I've never understood the clamour to get something on release day. If you haven't pre-ordered, why bother?

"Rob Shoesmith, a former binman from Coventry, camping outside the Covent Garden store for ten days in order to be the first to hand over 500 quid for the new phone."

1. Where does a former binman (former? what does he do now?) get that kind of throwing away money? Clearly I'm not getting paid enough in science.

2. If he's working, why the hell would he waste his annual leave camping on a street?

3. If he's not working, first refer to question 1, and second, why isn't he spending this time looking for a job?

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O2 to trial VoIP over Wi-Fi

Richard 81

Better be free

If I'm using my wireless network, the bandwidth of which I already pay for, I'm not going to be sending my mobile operator money for something that I could use Skype for anyway. If it ain't free, I won't use it.

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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

Richard 81

Where am I?

I seem to have to woken up in Australia.

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Boffins fear killer gamma death blasts from space

Richard 81

A few pints and a packet of peanuts

"What do we DO about it?"

Nothing. Nothing at all. Even trying would be futile.

If it happens tomorrow, just try to relax and be thankful that your life has been good to you so far. If it hasn't been good to you so far, don't worry. It won't be bothering you much longer.

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Richard 81

If memory serves...

Ditching the telephone sanitisers resulted in the death of the rest of the species due to infection caught from dirty telephones.

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iPhone 4S pay-monthly tariffs compared

Richard 81
Headmaster

Except...

Unfortunately the whole 'lemmings charging off a cliff' thing is nonsense.

The moth metaphor would have been OK. Sheep is also an option, but would make you sound like an arse.

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BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, 4OD aim for Xbox

Richard 81

"Xbox is useless without Gold"

Mine is pretty useful without it. Plays games and can download stuff and everything.

Not interested in playing against 13 yr old CoD fans in multiplayer so why would I want Gold?

Besides BBC iPlayer must be free to a license fee payer by law.

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'Boss from hell' knuckle-rapped for 'firing contests'

Richard 81

"Ernst contested the claim"

"When they applied for unemployment benefits, Ernst contested the claim, saying that since the resignations were voluntary, unemployment was not justified."

Are you telling me that in the US a former employer can potentially block a unemployment benefit claim? Seriously?!?

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Open-source hardware group puts out vid system-on-a-chip

Richard 81
WTF?

Huh?

What wisecracks? What pooh-poohing? The author seemed pretty pro-this kind of thing.

Also, watch what you say about 'Britards'* and sciency stuff. Some of us do just that.

*Thanks for that by the way... *sigh*

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Virtual and real worlds collide in gamers' minds

Richard 81

Ah, I wasn't accusing the Register of being sensationalist, that was aimed squarely at the Mirror and Daily Mail. In a brief article like this though the description of the work made it sound like absolute fluff, which is the conclusion some of the commenters above have obviously come to.

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Richard 81

Sheffield has a horrible square ended cathedral in the city centre. Having played a lot of Fallout 3 on a pretty old PC, I imagined that someone must have set the draw distance quite low and that if I walked a bit closer the apparently missing spire would fade into view.

Not that I'm mad or anything.

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Richard 81

...and the way El Reg described it made it sound like bad science, i.e. setting out to do a study using a tiny and biased sample. Whereas it was really a paper that says to other scientists "hey this is interesting, we're going to study it further".

The Mirror and Daily Fail clearly only cared about a sensationalist negative anti-gaming article, but then that's not anything new.

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Gears of War 3

Richard 81

Not a binary classification

There's a whole spectrum of games between meat-headed COD and 'plan meticulously but still get shot by someone a mile away that you had no hope of seeing' Op Flashpoint. This is certainly closer to COD, but there is at least a semblance of tactics required, i.e. taking cover from time to time rather than running around like a maniac.

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Feds probe naked Scarlett Johansson outrage

Richard 81

Some people like to cuddle afterwards.

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Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany

Richard 81

...and how many professors actually wear their gowns to anything other than No.1 dress occasions?

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Ice Cream Sandwich Android out 'by November'

Richard 81

Just in time

Just in time for me to get a new phone when my contract runs out.

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'Satnavs are definitely not doomed', insists TomTom man

Richard 81

Final point

"On top of which, sometimes it is just better to have 2 devices for doing 2 different things in 2 different places."

I agree with this. That's why I'd rather have a PC with separate monitor, or TV with separate DVD player and digi-box, rather than any kind of combo. If something fails, or you want to upgrade it (my HTC hero is going out the door as soon as my contract is up), you just swap out one of your gadgets instead of buying a whole new system.

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NASA releases stunning new moon-landing snaps

Richard 81
Happy

It won't shut up the conspiracy nuts

...but I'm certainly impressed.

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New UK 'leccy meters remotely run via Voda 2G

Richard 81

Excellent!

Finally a way to deal with those beat-thumping hip-hop listening neighbours.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Richard 81
Coat

title

What a shame.

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Joe Public invited to hunt God particle

Richard 81

Not quite

Since SETI was essentially trying to find patterns in that static you see on an untuned TV, CERN have a slightly better chance I feel.

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Q: Why do defenders keep losing to smaller cyberwarriors?

Richard 81

Forward thinking of them

I first read the conference name as "20th Unisex Security Symposium".

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E-petitions site: Death wish FAIL

Richard 81

Perhaps

You then need to consider the possibility of getting it wrong. While your system is fallible, you can't allow capital punishment to continue.

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Tends towards Godwin's Law

All of them, my good fellow. Providing the "correct" political views are those of right minded non-bastards, i.e. those who don't go in for death penalty, human testing, torture, genocide etc.

To take your argument to it's ultimate conclusion, are you suggesting that an organisation should employ EDL, BNP, all the way up to (neo-)Nazis, regardless of their political views?

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Richard 81

Consequences

You'll find that those who support capital punishment would love to see the consequences you describe. Without actually considering what that would mean, or course.

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Richard 81

Commenter yes

Well I come to expect that from our community, but I was actually referring to the article author.

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Richard 81
Stop

What

Speaking as someone who is first hearing about this nonsense right here, it sounds an awful lot like you're pro-capital punishment. I feel I must have a faulty sarcasm detector, because I was sure El Reg didn't employ "that sort".

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Richard 81

If so

If so, that is possibly the most sensible thing the government has ever done. Balls to democracy. If the idiot turkeys decide to vote for Christmas, they need saving from themselves.

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12% of UK don't carry cash

Richard 81
Facepalm

LOMBARD

"half of us discard pennies and tuppences as pointless, and a third have refused to buy cheap things for fear of breaking a note."

Wouldn't it be nice to have so much money that you can afford a complete lack of common sense.

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19,000 papers leaked to protest 'war against knowledge'

Richard 81

Cha-ching

The author can at least pay for their paper to be made open access... if they can find another 1000-odd dollars.

It's a good scam those journals have got going.

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