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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: There is a market for this.

yeh they'd be ideal for the oculus for sure.

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Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

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@T.F.M.Reader

I'd suggest it is a batch job that runs once a week - that'd do it.

not only that, but it's exactly the sort of crappy requirement that businesses come up with:

- run batch job once a week on monday morning: If >364 days, send out letter.

Result:

coded by (offshore?) monkeys that haven't the sense to ask 'er.. u sure about this ?'

and tested by (offshore?) monkeys who blinded test on the requirements (which are clearly met).

job done.

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code examples

Ok boys - so about we post examples of how WE would code setting a date to current date + 365.

To add my 2c - I'd first get the requirement defined. Do they really mean 'same time next year' and it has been defined incorrectly as 365 ? If so - just change the year to +1 and job done. Even it is WAS really +365 days if they were happy with it being 1 off, it still could be the acceptable solution.

Julian dates... really ?

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A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

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WTF?

Why?

I'm struggling to see what possible benefit knowing where it is gives you ?

If it ain't in the baggage hall, WTF difference does it make where it is ? Do you think informing ryanair that your internal gadget has detected that your case is in rome will make them take action any quicker to get it back to stansted ?

They should have made it more useful - a timer starts after the first SMS is sent. You inform airline that it is out of your control - unless the timer is reset by your fingerprint in 24 hours, the case will explode. that would get it back quick enough...

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GoPro's new lens: Like a GOOGLE STREETMAPS car... for your life

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I designed a 3d case

A few weeks ago for 2 gopro 3s since gopro didn't have one.

I've not got around to sticking it on grabcad/thingiverse but will put it up this week for anyone that wants it.

Unlike the gopro one, you can mount your gopros either way depending on the depth you want.

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IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels

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Nice place

I'm an IT Consultant for a 'gold partner' of IBM. So I've spent a lot of time down there - courses, presentations, and working also working on customer problems (IBM happily let you come in to the customer centre and work on their 390s/datapower boxes/etc if you need to.

I've been 'blue labeled' a few times too - i.e. working in South Africa for a few months, badged as an 'IBMer' since IBM lacked the skills for the product internally at the time (datapower).

Winchester is a nice place too - lots of pubs, etc.

I've always found the folk at Hursely to be a good bunch. Unlike the USA contingent who can be a bunch of wankers.

We are big into MQ and Messagebroker for example.

About 7 or 8 years ago the US based websphere group made a bid to try to takeover SOA within IBM - got everything renamed into the 'websphere' family - and made it clear to customer that MQ/MB was dead/dying and they should all use websphere messaging, websphere ESB, Process server, etc.

I remember being at a partner event in Dublin in around 2006 where I was told by a bunch of shiny america IBMers all about websphere ESB and how wonderful it is. Everytime I asked about why it couldn't do this or that, and why was it slower than MQ/MB, etc I was met with stony silence as if I clearly should be shutting up and accepting the shite they were coming out with.

It was clearly utter shite, and never going to happen. MB/MQ is rock solid mature tech that 'just works'. customer love it.

You could see it really rubbed some of the Hursely guys up the wrong way that US IBM websphere group was trying to shut them down.

8 years later: MB/MQ is going strong. I've never met a single customer who has every used Websphere ESB.

Long live Hursley.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Alien

@Iglethal

exactly - like a spacecraft.

A large spacecraft, filled with single celled lifeforms - to create life on earth.

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@Tom 7

no one know what Panspermia requires.

3.6B years ago life started on earth. no one knows why.

3.6B years ago, a massive 'thing' hit earth.

there is insufficient evidence to conclude Panspermia is not possible in this scenario I would suggest.

I am not a 'believer'. I am simply stating that your premise is unproven.

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Re: Wiped out species in existence?

yes sorry, i meant billion obviously.

my point being - life on earth started 3 6B years ago, not 4.5B (which is the age of the earth).

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Re: Point of order.

"... or even 27"

well... to be fair he did say 'circular' not 'spherical'.... :-)

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Re: Wiped out species in existence?

"No, that was around 4.5B years ago."

eh ?

no it wasn't. that's the rough age of EARTH! it WAS around 3.6 million years ago.

which does surely beg the next question... if it was a comet... could it have been the panspermia event ?

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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

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@Richard 12

I agree. Seems silly they are bothering with a pilot at all really.

But certainly an ardupilot for 30 quid is more than capable of flying this (it doesn't care what size it is - and control surfaces are all the same).

Does add an interesting question or maybe a next project for lester ?

- build a small 'drone' (rc plane size) fixed wing, which has sufficient solar cells to fly indefinately - fully autonomous with ardupilot, etc: and let it take off and fly around the world. GSM where available can let it inform us of its location and send the odd picture. Be a great project.

OK... not strictly legal... but if it flew at around 10k feetish, it's unlikely to be spotted. It won't appear on radar because of size, and is no more a risk to aviation than a bird strike....

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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Re: @ stu4 - @ Acme Fixer - not gaming...

"CC. CS?

How much happens on the GPU? Tried it?

Sigh. Nevermind."

yes. every day.

lots.

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Re: @ Acme Fixer - not gaming...

"Sorry, but there is no hardware solution for Photoshop or Lightroom. Specially not for CC."

eh ?

yes there is: most modern graphics cards. including this one.

http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cs6-gpu-faq.html

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

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tethering

I'm confused.

some of you are saying you have used this 12.90 sim deal for tethering ?

but when I tried that, it works for a week or so, then I start getting bounced to the three page telling me I can't use tethering on the SIM ?

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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it aint hardware, its software

Occulus ain't hardware. not really

it's just a dumb screen with some optics stuck in front on it. I build one myself 5 years ago for FPV.

Occulus is software - it's the drivers and the SDK.

the hardware is pretty much an irrelevance.

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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Blackmagic disk speed test

For mac.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/blackmagic-disk-speed-test/id425264550?mt=12

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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Re: Memories

I keep telling folk there was one where they had mice or something breathing under 'water' - some sort of liquid. and said it was going to revolutionise diving.

people have pointed out this is a scene from 'The Abyss'. But I'm SURE it was on tomorrows world first!

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Limited

No mention made of the 100s of other better specifed androids dongles around the same (uk) price ?

808/809 and xbmc, etc is far better specified with none of the tie in crap.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Demo Scene

I'd like to see The Reg do a retro article on the Demo scene.

Something really started with Amigas, and bringing truly amazing programming.

Jesus on Es

sound of silents

state of the art

they are all still available on the net and play great on the emulators, and still sound awesome too.

In fact the demo scene is still active and new amiga demos are still being made.

Back in 1988 when I got my A500 getting the latest swaps of demo disks from swap mates around the country was the highlight of the week - 'this is the ameeega speaking'!

Then with the A1200 in 1990, I remember watching Jesus on Es with it's awesome music, and state of the art with its rotroscoping and just being bowled over with the awesomeness of it.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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No Lucas involved

So Might actually mean it has you know, characters you care about and a story.

I just hope Disney carry on George's racial stereotype characters he so loves... who doesn't like the

- stupid black man (jar jar)

- the sly chinese (nemoidians)

- the sneaky jew (watto)

Disney can maybe put the crows from Dumbo in there as a jar jar replacement call back.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: Another interesting hypothesis

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/09/does-decimate-mean-destroy-one-tenth/

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pish and bollocks

it's in Russell Square.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5224509,-0.1258966,56m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

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pfft

it's clearly just got stuck in the time portal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_(film)

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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Not New

There are a number of android watches out already from chinese companies. A few of them actually look ok. e.g. the geak watch.

i.e. they run full android rather than just working as a 'companion'.

A few have GPS too (like the geak W1), making full moving map navigation possible on a watch.

I was tempted to buy one last week to run some navigation software for flying my paramotor that I currently run on a MOD Live.

It might not be great as a watch, but as a tiny fully sensored up miniature computer on your wrist, there are a bunch of interesting applications one could think of to write for it.

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Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit

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@an

" but seriously, unions? Do you think taxi drivers are unionized anywhere in the US?"

er.. yes

http://www.taxi-library.org/history.htm

https://nytwa.org/

wtf made you possibly think they weren't ??

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@Ian Michael Gumby

1. how does a 150 limit solve the tax issue ?

it doesn't

2.how does a 150 limit solve the safety issue ?

it doesn't.

3. how does a 150 limit solve the 'customer recourse' issue ?

it doesn't

Sorry, but it IS protectionism pure and simple.

IF they had issues with your 3 (very valid) points, they could have put proposals forward to solve them., They did not.

This is absolutely a case of union/group lobbying exactly like the NJ tesla case.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Protocol breakdown by traffic

Would be interesting.

What with the insurgence of web mail, I'd imagine you could make a pretty good case that the internet IS WWW now more or less by % traffic anyway.

usenet is pretty much just hanging on, when was the last time you had to use an FTP server (on the internet not intranet), gopher ?

I suppose torrent traffic is going to be in there alongside HTTP/S but I'd be surprised if anything else makes much of an impression theses days.

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You thought it was dead – but Flappy Bird may return: Millions prepare to poke own eyes out

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Re: So it WAS a PR stunt.

"I wonder what Commodore 64-era games he'll steal from for his new games. Maybe he could make a game about a squirrel mining for diamonds while avoiding falling rocks? He could call it Diggy Squirrel."

i hope so!

diggy squirrel is a great name for a game!

I'd buy it.

p.s. if yer talking about boulder dash there were no squirrels in it ?? WTF would a squirrel be doing mining for diamonds. Squirrels prefer opals. everyone knows that FFS.

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

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HD

There 'HD' is a joke though. always has been.

It's like no HD you've ever seen. unless HD to you means "about the same as a regular SD broadcast compared to our normal stream which is like a pixelated 'can you guess what it is yet' rolf harris video."

At least with Netflix I get 3Mb/s HD. which doesn't look too bad. And even their adaptive streaming works nicely over mobile.

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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older generation

"The high contrast and ability to scale fonts has made the Kindle very popular with the older generation"

hmm... or maybe because that generation still know how to read.

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

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Re: "that’s a serious amount of money"

I got the Lacie one last week for my imac 27.

I copied the OS over from the 1gb HD (just the OS/user libraries, not my pictures, movies, etc).

I'm getting in the high 300s read/write. which is massively better than the HD, and about 50% quicker than the SSD on my macbook pro 15 retina.

I just put soft links into the the movies, documents, downloads directories on the SSD to my imac HD.

Though I keep my current FCPX project library on their too (so it's fast, but also so it's portable to my MBP).

It now screams along - it's like a totally new machine - FCPX was taking minutes to load, and now loads in a few seconds. Highly recommend it.

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Final LOHAN test flights codenamed 'Punch' and 'Judy'

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Re: "Punch & Judy"?

eh ?

Scotch and Water, and Richard

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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Re: Pronouciation

Hawaii.

job done.

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Loki, LC3 and Pandora: The great Sinclair might-have-beens

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eh ?

"Basically, we thought if we could do an Amiga for under £200 with decent graphics there’d be a big market"

So... the defining characteristic of the Amiga was its amazing graphics.... so what is being said here ? The only way I can translate it to make sense is:

"Basically, we thought if we could do a piece of crap for under £200 with amiga like graphics but none of the rest of the good stuff, there’d be a big market"

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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We did it first

Parajet did this a few years ago. Exactly the same pretty much.

http://www.fly-skyrunner.com/

stu

(paramotor pilot)

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

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Easier than the old way

You still see a lot of there hanging on the walls of spanish pubs in central spain:

Basically a 2 feet long leather tube/bull condom.

You'd have to pull it's nob out the cow, slip it into the sheath instead and let it thrust its way to completion.

technology seems to have made it a bit easier.

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

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render farms

If your business is on FCP/Motion/Compressor for example, then your compressor render farm is gonna have to be on osx too.

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Micro Men: The story of the syntax era

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The real Jim Westwood

that's him behind Jimmy Saville is it ?

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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6128 talking

My second computer - after upgading from a spectrum - it really felt like a massive step.

disk drive, real colour, great keyboard, etc.

And I remember using the full 128k to digitise a few seconds of 'walk like an egyptian' and playing it back - I thought that was amazing.

I admit that on demoing this to family and friends they maintained all they could here was white noise and hiss, but it was there! It was the future!!

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

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Re: Final Cut Pro X

spot on I think.

I spent 700 quid on FC Studio 3 (FCP7, motion, color, etc) . It was/is great, but 32 bit, not very multicore friendly, etc...

I was looking forward to the X upgrade.

Oh... so.. you want another 200 quid off me.. and there IS NO upgrade.

10 versions on (10.01-10.1) and we still don't have basic shit like motion integration (motion is awesome, and a bargain price now for anyone, but without integration into FCP timetime there is no round tripping at all for titles, etc... i

And still, clicking on things works maybe 50% of the time, the interface wanks for the world, and it takes >2 minutes to load now as it insists on loading every single fucking event I have on every hard drive i have connected (apple solution: rename/move the ones you don't want it to read..!!!!!)

But the 2 factors : multthreading speed, and editing speed (when it does work) means FCP7 is never opened anymore.

But FFS, it could have been sooooo much better. What a bunch of arrogant arseholes.

Have they learned ? Have they fuck. 10.1 forces you to have to have all your events/footage in libraries rather than just the horrible 'only in this directory' of previous versions.. .so again, forcing me to have to make massive monolythic 500gb libraries of all my previous footage. utter wankers.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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eh??

ok.. so I just installed it...

is the burd supposed to disappear when you tap, then you have to wait for it to reappear to know where it is ?

after 10 minutes my best score is 2.

man that is one shit game.

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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

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Re: What does sapphire have to do with this stupid headline?

Sapphire IS transparent aluminium

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Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

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Re: Nice idea...

Stubilizer stabilizes across +-45 degrees on each axis.

The best sensor stabilizing systems in the world are +-1-2 degrees tops.

it can work well in combination with a stabilized camera, but is in camera stabilization is a completely different (and pretty much useless) technology for action use.

Nothing is 'wrong' with PID controllers. Stubilizer uses them. But they are setup and configured at the factory for the Gopro camera - the user does not have to fanny around trying to set them up themselves.

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Re: Good work..

As it mount to a regular GoPro mount, it's just a matter of you mounting your sticky gopro base pad via any weak link you feel is acceptable for your sport.

Rather than having to design 100 different fitments for 100 different applications, using the standard mount, leave you to sort it out.

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

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Pentagon Wars

It's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pentagon_Wars all over again thought isn't ?

What problem is this thing trying to solve ?

make em cheap, and who care if they are shot down sometimes for fucksake - you just send in more of the buggers - surely the main benefit of not having a water bag in there!

Christ by the time this is active visual technology will probably be good enough that the fact it can't be detected on radar will be about as relevant as Prince.

utter fecking mince.

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

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George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman must be beating them off with a stick (sic)

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Re: Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

"The biggest joke is FPS games with their quick-save keys. What that really comes down to is a manual god mode. You can't lose, your death is inconsequential. Developers need to stop handing players such things that the players incorrectly think they want."

so what ?

I was under the impression playing games was something you do for fun.

If I happen to enjoy saving all the time and using that as a way of progressing what the hell harm is it doing anyone else ?

I cannot stand games that make me replay anything - it is an immediate turn off. I don't want to be 'educated' about why I should 'get better' or put up with it - it ain't the olympics - we all don't need to play games the same way for some sort of 'global fairness' FFS.

HL was one of my favourite games. If I couldn't have saved games and tried again and again to get more health, etc I'd have never bought the game after the demo.

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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"Lost in the bowels of his website:"

It conforms to my 'mentalists put it all on one page' theory.

You see it on quack websites claiming the latest diet with bogus references (e.g. GM diet which was NEVER done by GM), conspiracy theorists like David Ike's (who sadly has went more commercial and regular in his website design now), people complaining about a company for some reason (which reading confirms is that basically they didn't know how to treat someone who is clearly mental), etc

It's weird how they all conform to the 'I NEED to stuff everything on one single massive page' web design.

But it does mean, when I'm looking for info on something it's a great way of immediately realising what I'm looking at is the work of a mentalist, so saves time.,

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Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

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not true

There's been a samsung experience section in both the heathrow t5 dixon stores at least for the last 4 months or so.

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