* Posts by Thecowking

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

Thecowking

Re: Are Canonical still waiting for Intel to make x86 Phablets a "Thing"?

Ubuntu Touch was RTM a few months back. It's meant to be hitting the markets in the next month or so (well, so Meizu say).

Of course you can put it on a wide variety of devices yourself already. Oh and it definitely runs on ARM chips.

I don't actually like the UI, but I do follow the mailing list.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

Thecowking

Re: Prime was trumpeted as...

I will.

Give amazon their due, they do respond to those letters normally. However I'm writing one a month or so at the moment, which no amount of apologising can make up for.

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Thecowking

Re: Prime was trumpeted as...

This is the usual "We'll try and get it to you next day" which sometimes goes awry. That's fair enough.

This is "We're not actually going to even pretend to get you your stuff in the timescales you've paid for. We won't tell you either."

You _can't_ even choose actual next day delivery, so they've basically admitted that the service you've signed up to is not being delivered. Fie on the terms and conditions, they can write what they like in them, I don't care. It's all about what they sold, and they're no longer delivering on that.

I've not had an email saying "Sorry, this has happened" or even seen a notice when I placed an order. Nope, they've basically just removed the product I paid for.

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Thecowking

Re: Prime was trumpeted as...

Those terms and conditions don't mean much when they are not delivering what the headline feature of the product is.

They sold it as free next day delivery. Now it's three days for me to get a hat from them. I was planning on leaving when this period ran out anyway (the instant video is nearly worthless to me without it on Android tablets* or chromecast), this just made it certain.

Shame, I used to like Amazon.

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World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

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Just another voice

Saying that the expansion is actually _really_ fun. I had cancelled my sub and not played for months at the end of MoP but I succumbed to the expansion on Saturday morning in a moment of weakness.

I am actually feeling like I want to play more again. I'm looking forward to raiding again. I am actually really liking the garrison mechanics and the perks it allows. Like a kind of external talent tree.

I'll be playing tonight as well, I've got my war mill and I'm questing in Nagrand for some tasty epics.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

Thecowking

Clearly all they need to do

Is make a GUI in Visual Basic to trace the killer's IP in real time.

I saw it on the telly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkDD03yeLnU

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

Thecowking

Is this the same as

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3322870/Gecko-lizards-inspire-Spiderman-gloves.html

Because it looks like it's 6 years later and pretty much what they said would be ready in 3 years.

Pretty fun stuff though, I expect it'll be useful on the ISS for tools and the like. And I personally would love that backing on posters.

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

Thecowking

Re: I mean, it's interesting and all, but...

Not posted under the science section?

Like all the other IT on this tech and science site.

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Pay-by-bonk chip lets hackers pop all your favourite phones

Thecowking

I leave them all enabled because I use them.

Bluetooth is on when I leave my office so it pairs with my headphones.

NFC is combined with tasker to switch the state of my devices automagically when I put them down in different rooms. NFC stickers are pennies and it's an easy way to set your phone to a profile suitable for the room you're in

Wifi is always on because I'd rather use that radio than 3G because it's much lower latency for web.

3g is on because I can't always get Wifi.

Yes, there's a potential for attack in all these channels, no it doesn't bother me. There's risk in every activity, if you're aware of it and plan accordingly, there's no reason not to partake. I really love the capabilities of newer devices, I use them and they make a lot of things in my life a little easier, a little faster or a little more capable.

Sure it's not in everyone's risk appetite, but it is in mine. For me the pay off far outweighs the risk. Not everything is, I won't use a credit card in the US any more for example. (not until they get chip and pin at least)

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Italian appeal court clears seismologists of manslaughter

Thecowking

Re: So...

Are you trying to make a case against Michael Fish? :P

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

Thecowking

Oh after some searching, apparently German and UK accounts won't stream to tablets. So that's very nice of them.

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Thecowking

It works on Tablets now? Is it US only? Because I've not been able to install it on a Nexus 7, or at least I couldn't two weeks ago when I complained about it to Amazon.

Just tried again and it installed on my Nexus 9 which is nice.

No videos work (this video is not available for this device), but it's slightly better. So while I briefly thought "Hurrah" now I'm back to hating Amazon.

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Thecowking

The note 2 is a phone, not a tablet (just :P ), amazon instant video works on phones, because they've accepted that no one wants the fire phone, but they still think people might want the kindle tablets. Thus it won't run on android tablets.

That, combined with the fact there's no way to unbundle the instant video from prime and you have to just suck up the extra cost is why I'm cancelling my prime account after many many years. Shame really, I liked the free postage and the next day delivery.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Thecowking

Re: Lunacy

Except this is calling back to a larger computational engine for faster processing of the data. It's nothing to do with storing your personal data, excepting your phomemes.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

Thecowking

Re: Who wears a watch these days?

By the shadow of the horse, does he know the time.

By the passing of the birds, does he know the season.

By the passing of wind, does he know the last meal.

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Google's Nest partners up with utility company – on smart thermostats

Thecowking

Re: Nest and Hive

I'd love a less interesting life like that.

Sadly I use the rail network to commute, so I really like my Nest.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

Thecowking

Re: For all the naysaying here

Played some full metal alchemist with the sound at max and it was awesome.

It's very impressive, though I would still prefer my Bluetooth speaker in general, it'd do well in a pinch.

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Thecowking

Re: For all the naysaying here

Don't know yet, it's a bit anti-social to try them out at my desk, but I'll give them a go when I get home.

I had one brief blast when I tried opening a game at lunch (it hadn't set the sound off then) and that sounded quite good, but it was only a couple of seconds before I muted it.

I plan to give netflix a whirl on it tonight.

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Thecowking

For all the naysaying here

I'm really enjoying my nexus 9 (arrived this morning) I've so far found it to be fast and fluid, though the initial patch when I turned it on was a bit annoying.

I'm definitely looking forward to having a good play with it when I get home. Thus far though, it's a nice upgrade to my nexus 7. I just need to upgrade my pockets now...

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

Thecowking

Re: DARK STAR

If you stick your fundament out into space, you might well lose your bel.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

Thecowking

Re: smart watch usage

Except things like skipping music tracks, playing and pausing, or whatever else an application binds to the accelerometer on my pebble.

It makes you look daft, but skipping a track by waving your hand gets normal surprisingly fast.

Of course people get used to you looking like a plonker at about the same speed, but I was already used to that :P

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

Thecowking

Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

Personally, it's Ubuntu Mate for me rather than Xubuntu (I'm not averse to an XFCE desktop or two, but I prefer mate)

But the _best_ thing about GNU/Linux is that we're all using it and we all have what we want, even if some people like Unity, it doesn't mean we have to use it. So that's nice.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

Thecowking

Hangouts weren't working

I know that because I kept getting "message not sent" this morning and I was forced to retreat to the stone age and use text messages instead.

Combine that with someone sending me an actual paper cheque last week and it's like I'm living in a Dickens novel!

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

Thecowking

Re: @rpb - Currant in Yorkshire

Oooh, egg tart.

I've not had one of those in years. Of course, I live in the desolate wastes of the South now (Cambridge has only one Greggs and that's a Greggs café, bloody barbaric I tell you), so such pleasures are lost to me.

Ask for a bacon barm round here and they look at you funny. Ask for a donner kebab and they serve you some anemic little thing in a sodding pitta rather than a proper portion in a naan like you get back in Manchester.

I do miss it there. One day I shall move back and revel in proper food and being near hills again.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

Thecowking

Re: Trolls....

Stop! You're making me nostalgic for my days on the WoW forums.

Ahh the way you could really annoy people by being completely literal. I do look back on those days with fondness. The best bait was to leave out a line which was sure to get some bites, then dissect every reply for logical fallacies which of course generated masses more ranting until you got people banned.

Such good sport.

I do still have a WoW account...

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BEND IT like YOGA: Newest Lenovo gadgets have built in PROJECTORS

Thecowking

Re: UK price

http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/tablets/lenovo/yoga/?cid=uk:sem:E9r805|g-c

Apparently it's £279. Now I need to decide between this and the galaxy note pro 12.2 for Christmas for myself...

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

Thecowking

Re: All the more reason...

I've been playing WoW on Linux (Fedora core 6 what what I started with) for years.

I currently play Diablo 3 on Linux.

It's not hard to play Blizzard games on Linux, yes you need Wine, but it's pretty trivial to do it, especially with things like Play on Linux. They even do a Mac port of all their games so you get OpenGL mode as well as DirectX.

Complaining about not being able to leave Windows because of Blizzard games is silly.

I've assumed you mean Blizzard games as opposed to Activision games because you explicitly said Activision-Blizzard, as opposed to just Activision.

Amsusingly I can't play Diablo 3 on my Windows 10 test machine because the Nvidia Optimus drivers are borked on Windows 10. Other than that it's a nice little system. I was well aware of the tracking, it's a test release after all, it's expected.

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

Thecowking

Re: Docking

Damn you elinks, you're making me look slow.

*mental note to refresh pages before posting*

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Thecowking

Re: Docking

Select the window you want, press the windows key and left or right as appropriate.

I was happy when I discovered that.

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Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

Thecowking

Re: Am I the only one here...

Jennifer Lawrence was in X-men: First Class and X-men: Days of Future Past, and the Hunger Games films (which I've not seen, but people seem to like them).

She's not a z-lister or anything. She's actually a very good actress.

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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

Thecowking

Preloaded contactless

that doesn't mean I need to get a card or phone out of my pocket?

I'm interested, I won't lie. I might look like a plonker waving my wrist at the till, but at least I'll be a plonker who can call it early adoption.

Hurrah! If I can add cash to it from my phone it'll make it extremely convenient for me. Hopefully it'll mean the end to my shrapnel piles around the house if it takes off.

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

Thecowking

Re: Sleeping

I also read everything about the Android wear watches, then bought my Pebble.

I really like that I can charge it when I remember, like my kindle. They both last long enough that I never get anxious about their battery life.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

Thecowking

As of yesterday, you can get instant prime video on stock android phones. It was added yesterday afternoon, just make sure your amazon app is updated and you can then use it to download the amazon instant prime video app.

It's not enough to make me keep prime after it runs out later this year, but it's close.

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

Thecowking

Re: Rampant Imaginings

Ah, you've been to a user requirement meeting then?

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Thecowking

I wasn't impressed

My office has them, had a play over the recent long weekend, and despite my being a complete google fanboy, they were much less impressive than I had hoped.

They did very little that my pebble doesn't do, except the pictures. Sadly as alluded to in the article, these aren't great. The navigation was a nice touch, but the voice recognition was terrible compared to my Nexus 4. Conversely I found battery life to be quite decent when integrated with my general working day, but I was never able to dismiss the overlay of the prism from my vision, it was very annoying.

General view for me was, it's fantastic for taking bad pictures quickly.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science

Just found out the earlier book in this series is under 2 quid for the kindle.

So that's the weekend sorted then :)

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Thecowking

I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science

It's not like you need to understand the maths behins QCD to follow that reference. If you've done any reading involving snipers, bathtub draining myths or weather patterns, you'll be well acquainted with it.

Still, this has piqued my interest and I might just indulge in a new book for the bank holiday weekend now.

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

Thecowking

Re: Quick Reader Poll:

My pebble lasts a week or so quite easily, and I use it to control my music on my commute and netflix on the Chromecast at home. It also controls my heating (via nest, so I suspect a lot of commenters will loathe me on sight for such blasphemy as enjoying a connected house)

So weekly's good for me, only takes a couple of hours to charge too.

Though sometimes I do miss the reassuringly solid feel of my old Citizen ecodrive.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

Thecowking

Re: Oh ye glods, not more

Yeah it's like those people who read fantasy novels instead of playing D&D or Pathfinder.

I mean why watch someone else tell a story when you can do it yourself?

Or possibly you can enjoy watching something as well as doing it.

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

Thecowking

Re: Bad typo in first sentence

Actually they're database theives.

It's a whole new paradigm in tech theft, they actually delete the data they copy from the compromised system.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Thecowking

Re: Scarcely relevant musing

So you pronouce pâté as pate?

How do you deal with fiancée? The accents aren't just decoration.

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

Thecowking

Re: Splendid!

Indeed, I can't wait for this, if one charger does multiple devices, it's going to make my bedside table a lot neater.

edit: just discovered that you can already buy multiple device chargers for qi, well it's still nice, but I can neaten it up by tomorrow if Amazon Prime actually works today.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Thecowking

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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Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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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