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* Posts by Richard 81

818 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

Richard 81

Re: Test Results?

Never have I encountered such foul, mindless perversity. Have you considered a career in the church?

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TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

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Signed, for all the good it will do.

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TalkTalk was warned by the watchdog to consider use of the word "free" more carefully in its future ad campaigns, or else... not much.

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'Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an always-on console'

Richard 81

Re: 'Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an always-on console'

This may sound a bit conspiracy theory-ish, but if they were never considering the always online option wouldn't they release a statement saying just that? It would kill the bad PR dead.

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'North Korea Has Launched a Missile' tweet sent by mistake

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Re: Why?

"I mean for god sakes, they invaded Iraq over the fact they suspected they might have WMDs with no evidence."

No, that was just the excuse they gave. You'd be mad to invade a country that actually does have WMDs.

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Richard 81

Re: Why?

E: They're China's bitch, and China has no interest in getting dragged into a war and/or having a collapsed nation on their border when the North inevitably loses.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

Richard 81

Re: Let's call it a draw...

I've never met him, but these two posts pretty much describe my assessment of him via the various media I've seen/heard/read his work.

What's wrong with a little enthusiastic baffoonary anyway?

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Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

Richard 81

Re: I think theres a bit more to it than risk free and saves money.

@Rampant Spaniel

I wasn't suggesting that not putting new content on streaming services justified piracy. I was saying that it almost certainly increases it.

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Re: I think theres a bit more to it than risk free and saves money.

"I would admit though since signing up for Netflix and Lovefilm the amount of movie piracy I do has taken a massive dive."

Then this is the way to go. New content on Netflix at release. If you have to wait, people will pirate it and will probably never pay for it (despite claiming otherwise).

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Richard 81

Re: Presumably because it's risk-free and saves a ton of money

Regional licensing and pricing needs to die now.

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Richard 81

Re: The customer defines value

JC_, you're right. We need some haggling here. Big content needs to accept that they're asking too much and need to come up with a better deal. Downloaders need to accept that they can't have everything their way.

If the likes of Netflix got all content as soon as it was new, I would not only be willing to pay, I would be willing to pay quite a bit more that £6 a month. But it doesn't because the producers don't feel they get enough from it, so I won't pay more because it's a crap deal.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

Richard 81

Re: EA is criminal thief, takes money for nothing

Them guys ain't dumb.

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Throttled customers rage over Virgin Mobile UK's tight cap

Richard 81

Re: Cap? What Cap?

Lucky you. Mine just reported 2.2Mbps. Not too bad, but it's certainly been worse than that before.

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Richard 81

Re: Vote with your wallets

I was never offered a specific speed of connection, besides it being "3G". So no, it probably isn't.

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Richard 81

Re: I'm an EE customer

Me neither. I have, however, been getting a pretty lousy service with T-Mobile recently. Often when my phone claims to have a strong signal and is sending and receiving at H+ speed, it still takes an absolute age to download even the lightest website.

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Re: Again?

"let's outsource the work to someone almost on the other side of the world who'll do it for 75p/hour"

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"We are disappointed that our customers have faced disruption to banking services"

"...and we expect them to try harder next time"

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Megaupload extradition bid - Feds WON'T have to hand in their evidence

Richard 81

Re: Look, 2.3 million prisoners

That sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory to me.

...at least I hope it is.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Piano player, I ain't

I have a enough trouble using a Galaxy S2 with one hand. My thumb barely reaches the other side of the screen and often bumps the back button.

Unfortunate that the PadFone 2 is even bigger, otherwise it would be perfect solution. I'd like to have something the size of (or smaller than) a Nexus S, but powerful enough to drive the 10" tablet when plugged in.

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth embraces tablet terror: Our PC biz will survive, too

Richard 81

Re: Interesting

I've considered Mint, but after that recent article on distros I think I'll go with openSUSE.

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Richard 81

Re: Poll

Yes. Next question..?

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Richard 81
Stop

One doesn't need to be a fanboi to think you're wrong.

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

Richard 81

"Will it? What will you be developing?"

Scientific software. Linux development won't be the core of the role, but it'll be a good bit of experience nonetheless.

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Oh good. I'm going to be developing in Linux in my new job, so the experience will be handy.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

Richard 81

When I read that article I just new El Reg was going to have a go.

I'll admit they did labour the point a bit.

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iPad? Pah. Behold the EYEPAD, patented by Sony for the 'PS4'

Richard 81

Re: Obligatory Hawk the Slayer reference

Hawk the Slayer's rubbish!

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Richard 81

Re: wtf?

"Why am i yet to read about the Microsoft Illumiroom? Which imho is going to be a gamechanging feature?"

I had to Google that. I'm afraid I'm less than impressed.

I agree that it's going to be a game changer though. It'll change games that were otherwise enjoyable into silly light shows.

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Fashionably slate

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Joke

Re: Staring them in the face

Don't forget to make video calls only possible if the person at the other end has the same brand of TV as you. Interoperability is for communists.

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Richard 81

Re: I want dumb TVs

More HDMI and USB ports would be nice.

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"Is the TV really be best device for web surfing?"

No, but then I don't even think tablets and phones are. There are too many websites that just don't like small touch screens.

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AT LEAST two-thirds mobile traffic will be video by 2017 - Cisco report

Richard 81

Re: Data cap anyone?

Do they have a clause in their contract that allows them to apply limits later?

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

Richard 81

1. Mug

2. Tea, normal English (e.g. Yorkshire) brewed strong as death

3. Milk, skimmed or semi-skimmed, just a spot

No sugar. That's for coffee, and even then it should be brown.

Earl Grey is perfumed rubbish. If it absolutely must be drunk, it should never be with milk.

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Richard 81

NAAFI break

I believe that's commonly referred to as NAAFI tea.

My granddad used to tell my dad the same thing. He was in the navy.

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Kids as young as FIVE need lessons in online safety - NSPCC

Richard 81

Re: I'm not sure what exactly is happening

frank ly, you have actually been on the internet right?

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Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

Richard 81

Re: Yeah right

Sorry, would Edinburgh be more you cup of tea? Or are you a "nothing north of the Watford Gap" kind of chap?

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

Richard 81

Re: Greedy bastards

That is an extremely good point. There really isn't much point in spending the time and money to make a 1 min advert when no one will ever watch more than 5 seconds.

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BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog

Richard 81
Meh

And how much will BT be fined?

Oh, I see.

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British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

Richard 81

@Flawless101

They should also be taught to fire a rocket at their feet while in mid jump will boost their jump considerably, thus allowing them to reach even more inaccessible locations.

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Richard 81

Well

"when your pinned down and targets 500 yards away" ...you'll feel very silly for leaving your SA80 on the kitchen counter.

A pistol is for when you're caught with your trousers down at close range and, for whatever reason, you can't use your main weapon. .50 cal is for heavy machine guns (less important these days) and ridiculously long range rifles (hardly ever needed).

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

Richard 81
Boffin

Re: Deadly

Isn't it specifically the phosphoric acid in colas that does that? It's certainly been linked to osteoporosis in women.

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Richard 81

Re: Dyslexic analysis disorder

The same way everyone else does when reporting statistical findings.

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Richard 81
Flame

Splutter!

"Dr Chen is indisputably a real doctor and a proper boffin - as opposed to the larger and less distinguished category of "scientist" - being an MD as well as a PhD."

How dare you Sir! Such an inflammatory statement just caused this doctor* to splutter his delicious and health-giving juice of the naughty bean across the desk.

*PhD only and you can cram it where tech news hacks traditionally cram things.

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

Richard 81

Re: Asus PA248Q

1080p is fine for me. Glad my eyes are rubbish.

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Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

Richard 81

"and I still don't understand why we need 3g tablets when wifi will link up to your mobile hapilly.."

Dunno about you, but that's expressly verboten on my contract. I wouldn't have a network contract for a tablet anyway, but tethering isn't always an option.

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Victory on mobile belongs to Google in 2013

Richard 81

Re: that's the point.

Build a better mousetrap...

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Ten... tech stocking stuffers

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Unhappy

Re: I want to live in Bob's world

Some of them cost more than my total Christmas budget.

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Richard 81

£40 phone case a throwaway gift?

I'm clearly in the wrong line of work.

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Richard 81

Re: Yay, stocking fillers on the 19th December.

Don't worry, there'll be plenty of these in the shops. No one else will want them.

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Richard 81

Re: Yikes!

Indeed. These are a bit pricier than the usual chocolate oranges.

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Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

Richard 81

Good

They can sue each other for money if they must, since it largely seems to balance out, but full bans are bad for the consumer.

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