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840 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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

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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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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Richard 81

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

Richard 81
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

Richard 81

£

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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81
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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