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* Posts by Richard 81

805 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Foldable NFC keyboard could tempt Android users

Richard 81

Re: Battery aside.....

One could, but one would be kidding one's self.

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Richard 81

To hell with that!

That's ridiculously wasteful.

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Apple: Samsung was in 'crisis' over our iPhone awesomeness

Richard 81
Meh

Like most monsters, Apple are trying to rewrite their history.

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Ten... console games you may have missed

Richard 81

The Witcher 2 continues the story, so it might be a bit jarring if you haven't played the first one. Then again, the first one was pretty jarring, since Geralt's lost his memory.

The controls are very different. Combat in the first one involves pausing, clicking on your target and timing your attacks. The second one takes the more conventional "press X to swing sword" approach.

That all being said, The Witcher 2 looks significantly better on PC. Assuming you have one that can handle it.

...wish I did.

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Richard 81

all...

Except The Witcher 2.

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Richard 81

@AC

The 1990's called... etc.

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Cameron: We'll turn NHS patients into real-time drugs lab rats

Richard 81

If... then... else

If access to this data was properly controlled, then great. It could be extremely useful for any number of non-evil groups.

If, however, it is handed out to any Tom, Dick or Harry, or simply leaked by mismanagement, then abuse is going to be a serious concern. As mentioned by someone earlier, insurance companies would love to get their greasy mitts on this kind of dirt.

...actually, now I think about it, poor data quality may make this database largely useless anyway. Data from clinical trials are often really difficult to interpret since doctors don't care/don't have time to worry about consistent data entry.

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

Richard 81

Re: Congrats to NASA

I think the crater is pretty old and that it's provided enough shade for long enough that there could be some ice lying around.

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Richard 81

Oh, go and grow an imagination.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

Richard 81

Re: Brown sauce?

"A food product identified simply as "brown" would rightly be treated with suspicion here in the antipodes."

Only because Vegemite's name isn't sufficiently descriptive.

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Richard 81

Re: IT angle time....

"Anyway there was too much bacon in that pan, it lowers the temperature and doesn't fry properly."

Indeed. That bacon was hardly cooked at all.

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Richard 81

Re: Dangerous suggestion

Buttie just means sandwich.

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Richard 81

Re: Dangerous suggestion

Majo on anything hot is just weird.

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Richard 81

Surely...

Surely the latter option is just too complicated to cook after a skin full. It'd be pretty good as heated leftovers though.

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Richard 81

@David Knapman: Claptrap! If you're health conscious, you shouldn't be eating bacon.

Personally I like to butter one slice and put a mixed layer of English mustard and ketchup on the other. I'm not saying it's the only way to do it, but it's damn tasty.

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UK physical game sales hit rock bottom

Richard 81

Re: only gonna get worse surely?

Furthermore, I've tried gaming on tablets and phones, but touchscreens just don't cut it.

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Richard 81

Re: only gonna get worse surely?

"The future is surely tablets, and other devices running Onlive type services."

I bloody well hope not. I haven't bought a physical game in ages, but moving to a subscription and rental service is one step too far for me.

Plus, who the hell has the bandwidth?

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Apple plans extended iPad display through 'Smart Covers'

Richard 81
Trollface

I really should start sending all *my* idle doodles to the patent office too.

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

Richard 81
Flame

Canned apologies

Being told by a recording that "your call is important to us" and that "we apologies for the continued wait" is only slightly less infuriating than being informed by a recording that "on behalf of TransPennine Express, we apologies for the delay to this service".

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Richard 81

Re: Premium rate numbers

saynoto0870 is good, but not you can't get alternative numbers for everyone and a fair few are out of date.

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Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

Richard 81

Re: It's the carriers, not Google or the handset manufacturers

Don't buy carrier-branded phones. Manufacturer-branded sure, but not carrier.

My Samsung GS2, for instance, was bought from dial-a-phone on a T-Mobile contract but doesn't have any T-Mobile bloat and can be updated via Kies.

...not that Kies isn't a piece of crap, but at least I don't have to wait for T-Mobile to 'approve' any updates.

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Lenovo iPad-smiting Windows 8 slate slips out

Richard 81

Seriously?

I challenge anyone to notice a 0.4 mm difference in thickness.

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Richard 81

Re: Fingerprints

Barely sufficient? Honestly, kids today!

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Analyst says Surface could hurt Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablets

Richard 81

Re: Amazing

Sounds like MS' mark-up on memory will be almost as insane as Apple's.

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Richard 81

Re: well

The drunk icon was appropriate.

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Apple demands Samsung flogged for 'unethical' court doc leak

Richard 81

Re: Here we go again

"So who are the children and who are the adults?"

All of us here and certainly not you, respectively.

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Nexus Q preorders halted, price dropped to $0

Richard 81

Good

Yeah, I've found a similar code in a DVD before.

AC just riled me, as is an AC's want.

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Richard 81

Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers

That's true. Though my point was that, since it's free, any shortcomings in its software could be dealt with by flashing it like the Android hacker mentioned in the article. Flashing normally voids the warranty though, so if you've spent £100 for something you're less likely to risk flashing than if you've got it for free.

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Richard 81

Re: the problem

No, what they want is for you to buy it once for every device you own... or, even better, each time you want to watch it.

More seriously, they don't want you to have a choice of source since you'll always go for the cheapest, which will drive down profit.

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Richard 81

Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers

If it's free, just flash it. No warranty to void.

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Neurotrash creativity 'expert' created Dylan quotes from thin air

Richard 81

Re: Phrenology

A treatment pioneered by Zorgo, I believe.

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Lords blast UK.gov's fixation on broadband speed over reach

Richard 81
Mushroom

Re: Damn right

No. Telewest and NTL put the cables down. Virgin Media just bought it.

Now they're sitting on an ageing network that they have full control over and have no incentive to expand. Within the network they face next to no competition since BT won't put cable down in areas saturated by VM customers.

I suppose it could be worse, I could live in Hull.

@Ledswinger:

So first I was a rich middle class country type, now I'm a townie and the people in the villages are peasants?

You're right about water, fuel and food prices, but watch your damn tone.

Besides, wouldn't boosting the economy in that area by making it a viable place to run a business generally help the situation with more vital utilities?

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Richard 81

Re: Damn right

Middle class? I suppose, but it doesn't really feel like it.

Rural? No. I'm a Virgin Media customer living in the centre of Sheffield.

Just because I can get a service doesn't mean people living in the arse end of Cornwall shouldn't.

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Richard 81

Damn right

We don't need 100Mbit connections in every city. We need reliable 2-10Mbit connections in every village.

We also need to force all infrastructure owners to open up their network to competition. I'm looking at you, Virgin Media.

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Microsoft unveils fondle-ready keyboards, mice

Richard 81

"In my experience people often replace a Microsoft mouse with another Microsoft mouse"

I'm the same. Except replace Microsoft with Logitech :)

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Richard 81

"Win8 is supposed be all about touch"

Yup. That's why the Surface is being released with a keyboard and touchpad dock.

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Richard 81

Re: Looks like a nice enough keyboard

"Americanisms"? Pah! I think not.

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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

Richard 81

Re: ...

I can't think of any that have been denied classification. Was Manhunt denied?

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UK's thirst for energy falls, yet prices rise: Now why is that?

Richard 81

Did you also account for CGF?

*Corporate Greed Factor

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

Richard 81

I don't know...

That sort of ad appeals to me. I love programming and solving algorithmic problems, but I have no wish to end up in a grey cubicle.

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Richard 81

Re: brogrammer?

Surely a Google search would have done. Rule of thumb: if the meaning of a word can't be found on the first 2 pages of a Google search, then it doesn't exist (on the internet).

On topic: Brogrammmers sound like nobs.

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Ten monster tellies to suit all budgets

Richard 81

"all budgets"

My arse.

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'We asked firms if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed'

Richard 81

Re: Windows 8 Is Crap

Sure as eggs is eggs. Sure as every odd numbered Star Trek movie is crap.

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

Richard 81

Re: 50MB?

Or one page with anything made using Flash.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

Richard 81

Re: was it actualling bufferring? or do they mean caching.

Not sure why you were down voted, even if your understanding is wrong.

...maybe someone took exception to you failing to close your brackets.

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Droid X360 hybridises PS Vita and Android

Richard 81

Will a single core cut it though?

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UK Border Agency to create 'national allegations database'

Richard 81
Devil

Good good

A national denouncement database.

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Home Office doc 'not qualified' to assess McKinnon suicide risk

Richard 81

Re: Equador

Yeah... careful with your terminology there pal.

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Boffins demo passwords even users don’t know

Richard 81

I can see it working.

UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, A, START

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Apple iOS 6 beta limits number of apps per device

Richard 81
FAIL

Pardon the block quote, but:

"Now, 500 to 1,000 apps may at first blush seem to be far more than any rational human being might keep on their iOS device. But as macjeff rightly points out, if Apple expects your iPhone, for example, to eventually replace "your phone, your pocket gaming system, your smart-home remotes, your TV remotes, your day-timer, etc.," it might want to reconsider the limitation."

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