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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: Any suggestions

5th ed looks good to me, my players say no though, we did the play test and they weren't impressed.

Pathfinder, on the radar, but I was never a fan of 3rd ed (didn't play 3.5). Shadowrun, I used to play and enjoy, wouldn't mind seeing what my players think of that.

Paranoia is my business trip game (we send nerds to all corners of the world!) :)

Maybe later in the year I'll run a pile of one shots, see what people think. All these suggestions are appreciated, thanks.

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Re: Paper shortages

I'm just wondering what it's better than, as in which edition of the D&D rules? And in what way?

I've been running a 4th ed session for some co-workers recently, but there's likely to be a few leaving and some fresh blood joining so I am seeing if I can get more opinions on the options before I splash another couple of hundred on a pile of books.

The criteria are:

Dragons are a must.

The rules have to be reasonably simple in the basics.

The dice have to be within the normal set (4,6,8,10,12,20)

Suitable for groups between 4 and 8 people.

Any suggestions?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Re: per ardua ad carlton

In that vein:

Playmonaut est in astra, playmonaut asphyxiat.

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

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In fact that last I looked, mac is the default platform at Google.

When you're out and about trying to tempt students to become interns, you often see Google stands about and they always have a macbook on.

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Re: Now THAT is what surveillance is for

I thought the point was that it wasn't warranted?

As in they quite literally were without a warrant. If they had a warrant, I don't think many here would complain, you have to be able to do that kind of thing, but judicial oversight is a safeguard.

What you need to be asking is how many innocent people had their rights violated because this kind of warrantless tapping was/is going on?

Reasonable suspicion, go to a judge, get your warrant, get the baddie (or not if it turns out they're innocent). That's how it's supposed to work. A judge will say "yes, this looks like reasonable grounds" or "No, you're just fishing, stop it."

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Re: There's precious few mobile games that I've actually spent money on.

I did drop about £20 on Final Fantasy: Dimensions, but that's because it was a Final Fantasy game you can't get on non-mobile platforms.

No in game purchases though, I paid my money, I got a game (and patches/bug fixes, which is nice).

Only time I've ever spent money on a game on a phone.

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Fantastic fantasy four-way fling – and family-friendly fun

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RoS was what saved Diablo 3 for me

Before RoS I had played a little D3, finished inferno and pretty much gave up, then I got RoS and frankly it's now the sequel to Diablo 2 that we always wanted, PvP needs work, but when ladders and seasons come in with 2.1, I can definitely see a lot of my free time vanishing into the ether.

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Redmond slow to fix IE 8 zero day, says 'harden up' while U wait

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Re: @ Kristian Walsh (was: Harden your browser)

it was built to transmit jake's wisdom to the great unwashed.

May his tecknowledge shine on us all.

Of course I don't need his knowledge, it's like I told Archimedes when he was having a bath (different times, told him a few things about displaced fluids too, very excitable those ancient Greeks), "Archy", I said, "It's like jake always says, everything that isn't a ranch owned by jake is suspect. You have to install a hardware firewall on your datastore."

Daft bugger set fire to Alexandria.

Still you can't help everyone.

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French software developers are all beautiful women

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Re: Too sensitive

Sadly you did not spell it correctly.

Professional only takes one f.

I could not stop myself replying with this answer for a quite large bag of wasabi peas. A beer would have stopped me though.

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El Reg posse prepares for quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Re: Find a restraunt supply store open to the general public.

An insular island.

Jake, the master of tautology.

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Skygazers prepare for 'blood Moon' caused by Earth eclipse

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Re: Why is this a problem?

Not necessarily , it could be orbiting at an angle, so the time it spends in shadow could be much lower, or possibly never in shadow at all.

If it's in an elliptical orbit it can skim close to the moon on the day side and then swing far above the moon's shadow on the night side too.

So there's a couple of ways it can not experience this in normal operation.

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SpaceX Falcon tests HOVERCRAFT tech – despite ISS outage

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Re: At last!

Ideally it should launch from a swimming pool, for security reasons.

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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

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Exactly my thought. The facebook messenger is a horrible thing on the website and much worse in the mobile app. I can't wait to be able to ignore it even more plausibly.

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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Re: Which will be the next flash in the pan billion dollar IPO?

I pray they never work out how to get money from 2048.

If they do, I'm lost.

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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Sure it's easier than digging a tunnel

but is it art?

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: EOF

As you wish.

You're thinking of the Latin "ante" as in antechamber, the a in am and "upping the ante".

Anti means opposed to, which is Greek.

Edit: gah too slow

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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Re: Wow, RealPlayer.

Realplayer, oh dear me.

I remember rmvb being the only format that vlc wouldn't play out of the box. I don't know if it's still true because like the dodo, the format is dead.

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

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Re: Get off my lawn!

Before I was sentient I think.

So sometime pre-1985.

I'm calling it an established term.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Re: The long drawn out tea-time of the soul

I don't follow why using all the "energy" for want of a better term would lead to the universe disappearing. I assume you're thinking of a halt to expansion and then a big crunch?

Current evidence suggests that we're accellerating, not slowing down, so no crunch in our future.

Penrose has a nice idea about heat death and minimal entropy being indistinguishable from maximal entropy that I find quite satisfying, I can tell you that we can probably work out when the heat death of the universe will occur.

I have no clue why you think energy and space/time are interchangable. I am sure I don't remember anything about that. Energy/matter can affect space/time, but the one isn't the other.

In other words, do you have a real hypothesis here or are you just trying to put a different spin on something you don't understand well enough?

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Wireless charging standards war could be over 'as soon as 2015'

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Re: Oh please...

It's definitely not slow charging, my nexus 4 charges as fast at least on the Zens pad by my bed as it ever did on a cable/wallwart.

A Qi charger shouldn't have any issues keeping a phone topped off with the screen on, though I have seen some handsets drop charge while plugged in if they're thrashing the radios and CPU and screen, so it could still discharge slowly even while being charged on QI I suspect (but what I saw was on some benchmarking so probably not real world scenario).

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Excellent stuff

More of this kind of thing!

Better than the year of code, the year of 'splode!

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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I actually want in on that.

My contribution, Spong can pitch shift your voice message past 21KHz so oldies can't hear it and overlay it on the song bit.

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Mozilla takes wraps off 25 DOLLAR Firefox OS smartphone

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If it's rootable

And it has USB OTG (unlikely, but I can hope), it's suddenly my new raspberry pi replacement, with an integrated screen, built in Wifi and it's own little UPS in the form of that battery.

Ok I'm assuming a fair bit with the OTG, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility. It'd make a lovely little hack project for me at that price point.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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As another Linux user, I can tell you they're video streaming services. It's not like you can't run Netflix in Linux.

https://launchpad.net/~ehoover/+archive/compholio/

You can even get Lovefilm in there too, it's a little wine container that lets silverlight run. Works pretty well.

I'm assuming you were being a facetious troll, but it might help others who would like to use these services. (I use Netflix far too much).

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Yeah right Anonymous Coward

If Apple or Google had started shipping phones which plugged into a dock and became desktops, he would have had a point.

Saying that devices of the future will have better processors and RAM isn't exactly clear evidence that people are copying him. It's like the above example of storage space, exactly like that.

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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My best spam

Was a rather enchanting little piece to my work email address imploring me to buy an oscilloscope.

I'm guessing that because I downloaded some BSPs they think I actually do hardware. Mind you I've never been so tempted by spam. I mean I don't _need_ an oscilloscope, but it's something you can imagine always being handy.

*goes to dig out the mail and see if there were any good oscilloscopes in there*

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El Reg talks beer and binaries with a boffin named Boffin

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Happy

The icons are still here.

And salut to a fellow astroboffin!

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Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

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Re: Good grief

I think the equivalent of 3D-TV in the phone world was actually 3D phones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_3D-enabled_mobile_phones

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Re: I'm obviously missing something...

For the sake of sanity, I'll assume you're serious.

A ram raid is when someone uses a vehicle to break into premises to steal something.

In this case the author has cleverly used the non-existence of said ram raids for the article in question (type-writers) to mock the squirrelling away of many of these articles instead of, for example, putting them in the bin or some other central location. (like a skip, tip, charity shop or E-bay)

I assume the word notorious was used to highlight the utter non-existence of type-writer theft or associated coverage.

I think that's pretty much killed that joke. Sorry Mr Dabbs.

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

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Re: I still love XP..

http://how-to.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_watch_Netflix_%28Watch_Instantly%29_in_Linux

It's possible to use Netflix in Linux, I find that it's slightly laggier and sometimes there's a touch of artefacting, but it's definitely watchable.

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UK libraries trial free access to scientific research

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Re: Indeed.

Quite.

I use my library regularly to borrow books, but I've never been there in person. I am not certain why these papers should be limited to a physical presense when a book isn't.

That said, if I wanted to really read a physics paper, I'd probably want to be in a library where it's nice and quiet. I'd like the choice though.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Potty time dilema

My winner at home is New Scientist.

Articles of every length from all lentil diet to intensive session and you might learn something (vanishingly unlikely given it's pop science all the way, but entertainingly so).

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

But seriously, Buzzfelch?

Arse kissers.

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Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

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Re: "Handy" - WTF

In Malaysia and Singapore, mobile phones (cell phones to our cousins across the pond) are called handphones.

I presume it's a similar thing in Germany, only abbreviated.

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It's doubly bad because it's a suffix.

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Tunguska object came from Mars say Russian boffins

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Re: Volcanic plug

5km/s on Mars iirc.

I suppose it's even a little easier if you did it from the top of Olympus. I don't think Olympus is that dense, I could well be wrong though. One course on "the Solar system" 13 years ago at uni isn't a lot to go on.

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Boffins measure 27 quantum states of light

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Re: Oh boy.

You don't need a degree in "Quantum physics" to understand it.

I don't think any one really understands it.

I can do the maths, but that's not the same as understanding it.

QM is just _weird_

Edit: My reply used to make sense, until the mods collapsed the waveform of some previous posts and it turned out that they were dead after all.

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Philippine govt to hacktivists: Please don't hit your shiny new site

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The Philippines

Are home to the best named terrorist organisation in the world.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The headlines from SE Asia often carry news of MILF attacks (and more recently talks, good news all round) and sometimes a MILF army gets a mention.

Sabah's incursion was by the troops of the Sultan of Sulu too. Scotty was too busy talking to Alex Salmond to join in.

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

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Re: New Linux based mobile OS.

They kinda did with Meego/Maemo.

Then they gave it up for Windows phone.

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ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

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Re: How many Directors

Are these bear hands the ones at the end of the bear arms that Americans have a right to?

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Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

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Re: I want one

I tried to get a surface with the academic offer, it was like getting blood from a stone, eventually I gave up.

Shame really, because the RT was something I wanted, it actually feels like a nice piece of kit in the hand. I just didn't want it enough to pay the full price for it, but I might pick one up on ebay at some point.

As a tablet UI though, I prefer Android partly because I'm used to it, partly because I can hack the crap out of it :P

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That's just El reg's little way.

if you can't work apple in to a headline, they don't like reporting on it.

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I want one

I can see a lot of use for something that, for example, let me read a website while streaming a video at the same time, or let me chat and have a comic open on the same device.

Two years ago I couldn't see the need for a tablet (check my posting history, it's true). Then I got a nexus 7. Then a Nexus 10, now I can really see that the extra screen and the multiwindow support would be awesome for my usecase. As it stands I'm often sitting on a bus with nexus 7 in one hand watching a film/tv series/anime and my nexus 4 in the other chatting to some people.

I'd _love_ to have them both in the one device.

Ok, it's not for everyone, I can see that.I've been resisting Samsung devices (well nexus 10 aside), because I like the stock android ui too much. This however has the screen size to let me actually use it with a couple of reasonable sized applications so I can forgive the rest of the Samsung ui (which I generally hate, the app drawer and the settings screens especially. Not keen on Odin either)

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Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

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Re: Next food attack:

Monty Python had a similar scenario with blancmanges.

In the final at Wimbledon no less.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Re: I can see it now...

I told her to come with me if she wanted to live...

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Re: Who cares what a PC box looks like?

For a long time I have been... not a great fan of Apple, but this design is truly different.

With the heat vented upwards, I can rest my tea on top of the round base and it will be kept warm . If I invert it, I can probably keep beer cool. It's _genius_.

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

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Wow

First controlled lunar landing in my lifetime and the comments pages are full of petty racism.

Really? They did what no one else has had the gumption or ability (or both) to do in over 40 years and people decide it's all a cheat or worthless because they're not white? Or time for some good old racial stereotyping, I mean after all it's not like the Chinese have any track record in innovation over the last six millenia is it?

I can't decide if it's just jealousy or plain bigotry. I'm normally pretty thick skinned, I've made my share of dentist time jokes, but this is a truly remarkable achievement and it's being mocked simply because it wasn't the West that did it.

I'm going to get a lot of downvotes for being a sanctimonious prick (probably true), but this event deserved more than some back handed compliments and petty racism.

For shame.

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Brilliant Brit bloke builds breakfast-belching BACON DRONE

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Ketchup?

What blasphemy is this?

HP or it's an abomination, also black pudding, where's that?

I much prefer HP's sauces to their computers, you can take the lid off and they're truly open sauce.

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

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The real message here

is that sitting down at a gig where poeple aren't singing in a foreign language and pretending to be telling a story is a bad idea.

Standing or it's not worth it ta.

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You have a Skype voicemail. PSYCHE! It's just some fiendish Trojan-flinging spam

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Mine are all whatsapp messages.

At least my Guild Wars 2 account isn't be sold now. It'd be such a shame to have it banned before I even bought it.

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