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Dragon Age Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

Greg D

PC version - awesome

Just have to chime in here as a lot of people comparing the console version to the PC version.

I have the PC version, for which I paid £60 (digital deluxe, for the epic mount and starter gear, cos I'm that sad). I do NOT regret it and do not think it's overpriced. The game is beautiful and incredibly detailed, and I personally believe it was priced fairly.

It does NOT feel like a console port. It feels like Bioware has spent the time to make the PC version feel like a proper native PC version. I haven't even seen this weapons wheel that people are speaking of here (then again I've seen nothing of the console version of the game yet) and it feels JUST like DA:O did when using tactical view and using the power bar.

For me, this game is brilliant. The effort they have put in, in response to criticisms about DA:O and, in particular, DA2, really gives you the impression they listened closely to the fan feedback and made sure they got it right. It's the perfect balance between DA:O's engaging narrative and excellent gear/loot system and DA2's excellent combat style. They have got this one spot on.

Conclusion: Well worth the money. Best in the series so far (not even completed it yet at 90+ hours gameplay).

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

Greg D
Mushroom

I tend to find BMW man has been replaced by fake-4x4 man. Anyone driving those pointless pretend 4x4's are usually the ones driving like utter cunts. The kind of 4x4's which, while actually being 4-wheel drive (and possibly offering decent performance), offer no functionality beyond making the driver look like a pretentious cunt with a higher viewpoint so they can look down on all the other drivers. Then they go and drive like one.

The kind of 4x4's where they have all the equipment to tackle some majorly precarious roads, but will never be driven near a patch of mud due to the 20" pristine alloy wheels they are equipped with, or the 2-tone paint job some pretentious cunt paid loads of money for, and lowering springs to reduce comfort.

I'm talking any BMW X-series, Merc ML series, Audi Q-series. And lest we forget the Range Rover Vogue. All pretty much the same car.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

Greg D

re: Magic Faraway Tree

Also has more factual non-fictional information in it. Even if it is a self-professed work of fiction.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

Greg D

Re: Laughable

I think you'll find its more than 1% who prepare and send emails for a living.

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

Greg D
Mushroom

Am I in the right place?

I thought we all liked technology and science.

Am I at the Register? I seem to be surrounded by cynical old bastards.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

Greg D
WTF?

I question this....

"One developer claimed this was because the new operating system was a "nerd release" aimed only at power users."

....So a DEVELOPER is moaning that this is a "NERD release"?

I.. what?

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

Greg D

Well....

That... didn't escalate quickly.

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

Greg D
Thumb Up

Bahahaha, cheered my Friday up!

that is all.

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AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

Greg D

But AMD are making less money...

Makes sense to pay CEO less based on company performance?

Why is discrimination of some kind the first thing people look at FFS. So it's not really an insult to women anywhere, only the BS that the author has put in the article.

This is Daily Mail territory.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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Re: hate for powershell?

I respectfully have to disagree with most of your sentiments there Mr. Pott.

It may be a result of my line of work involving a primarily Mircrosoft server fleet, AD and exchange, but I use Powershell every day, for a huge variety of tasks (not just fettling with servers). I have written scripts for various other parts of the IT dept, all in Powershell, and even other parts of the business.

Its value to AD and exchange is incalculable in my eyes when working with large forests and exchange environments (we employ over 10,000 people, across the world, 3 domains in a forest trust and an exchange cluster in each main region). The GUI is just laughably useless for managing this.

The only thing that I cant do with it is administer our small fleet of Linux machines. SSH for that.

But, go ahead. Stick with your old alarm clocks, saucepans (which I can only assume don't get used since the non-stick surface would have gone long before now) and old man attitude. If you want to use a keyboard that's older than the surface of the sun, thats fine. Just don't act like I should be doing the same, when there are much better NEWER things around.

Consumerism drives capitalism, which ultimately drives society forward (whether you like it or not doesnt matter). If we all clung to our beloved old shit all the time, the damn society would collapse. I think your designing for obsolescence has a ring of truth to it, but ultimately reeks of conspiracy nut theory when applied to technology as a whole.

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Greg D

hate for powershell?

Why all the hate? It's the best thing Microsoft has done. Ever.

They completely fucked the GUI on Server 2012, so I dont even bother with that any more. Powershell and remote Powershell are the way forward if you are managing a Windows box. PowerShell 4 enables you to control everything the OS does. It's easy enough to learn the syntax and learning the commands is just a matter of repetition.

Seriously, its the only thing that's kept Windows alive on server. I imagine all the hate comes from BASH admins, who probably havent tried it.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

Greg D

Re: Fugly as all hell

I think you are missing the point. You only think its fugly because you have a limited capability to imagine a phone as anything other than a long, thin glass slab. This is aimed at business professionals, and brings a lot of innovative features to the market.

Who cares what it looks like when it does its job better than anything else available?

I for one would seriously consider one for work.

Good to see BB actually returning to their roots with this. I could never understand why they headed down the path of churning out el-cheapo consumer grade crap, along with their overpriced and over-complicated enterprise software.

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

Greg D

and here, folks, is why we dont use 'cloud' for our private stuff

'nuff said.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Greg D

I don't get it...

Let me get this straight.

The content is free to watch in both countries.

The content is already paid for by the UK license fee payer.

Where then is there a problem with punters obtaining the content from other source? Surely, if anything, they are doing the BBC a favour by lightening the load on their content network, right?

Some of what makes great programming great is in the fact that it is freely obtainable by anyone from anywhere. Product/content will only gain popularity if this happens. All I can see the BBC losing from this act of "piracy" is some metric data as to who is watching it and where.

Its all a load of cobblers if you ask me. BBC Worldwide trying to justify their shitty existence.

The term "piracy" on free content is laughable.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

Greg D

Re: still early days

The big players have decent nix drivers. It's the other guys, like Broadcom, Realtek, Asus etc. that suck. You need more than just graphics drivers to run a machine ;)

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Greg D

still early days

but I predict greatness for this platform. Just need game developers on side, and driver devs to sort their crappy *nix drivers and we're laughing.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

Greg D

UK Gov and Linux...

The reason they havent switched is simple;

They'd have to pay someone who knows what they are doing.

Even the Beeb doesnt do that.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

Greg D

Re: If I had £899 to spend on a computer

My point was that if I had £899 to spend, then it's more than likely I was originally in the market for a mid-high range computer in the first place.

Regardless of your take on inflation, there are some much more reasonably priced mundane-task-specced laptops for less than half the cost! In fact, some of those are even BETTER specced than this.

This computer is specced in the low-end market, but priced in the mid-high end market. People will still buy it though, cos you know, fruity fanboys and all that.

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Greg D

If I had £899 to spend on a computer

I would certainly not even consider this.

Totally ridiculous price for those specs.

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Netflix agrees to end network warnings in Verizon slowdown spat

Greg D

Re: TraceRt

lol no it wont.

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Samsung, Chipzilla in 4K monitor price cut pact

Greg D

Re: Size matters...

DPI does matter.

Particularly working with a lot of text, and imaging (photographers, designers etc). Current 1080p displays, even at sub-24inch are absolutely terrible and a massive backward step from where we were with CRT.

Then they go and start packing in outrageous DPI's on mobile phone displays, like anyone actually uses those for work?

IMO, 4K monitors are not good enough and have taken FAR too long to get this far. It's not like we haven't had the technology or ability to mass produce it cheaply for the past 5 years. Pure price fixing by the panel manufacturers, and this article points quite clearly to that.

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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Joke

Re: Only a beellion?

Yeah but unless you're buying the Globetrotters, they won't be nearly half as useful as this.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

Yup, it makes absolutely no sense.

Whoever said viewing distance - thats bollocks. I can see pixels on my 1920x1200 24" desktop monitor from 1m away and it annoys me. If my desktop screen res was the same as this phone, I'd be a lot happier. Higher would be better, but there simply isnt a desktop screen on the market that goes any higher within a reasonable budget.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

Greg D

Higher res laptop and desktop displays. MUCH higher.

More 4x3 aspect options (WITH higher-res than 1280x1024). Seriously we dont ALL watch movies/TV on our monitors. Some of us actually do work.

Also, the abolishment of Captcha.

Bigger batteries in phones. Or just better out-of-box settings, like turning off ALL auto-update bollocks by default.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Greg D

Re: yes but...

I dont understand why Chrome is particularly "untrustworthy"... weren't Google the company that did no evil at one point? (disclaimer: I dont buy into that personally, but you gotta draw a line somewhere between paranoia and sense).

Also, my issues were obviously exaggerated. Except the Flash problem.

I also noticed it wasnt suffering the same issue on all of my computers, particularly with the speed thing. But that's part of the experience I guess - Chrome behaves the same no matter what machine I'm on.

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Greg D

yes but...

Have they sped it up so it doesn't take half hour to load (on an SSD)?

Have they fixed the constant crashing issue every time you load a page with flash in it?

I stopped using FF grudgingly because of these issues specifically. Not really tempted to go back since Chrome just works so much nicer.

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

Greg D

Nothing about this idea is good...

Nothing. Or even workable.

Even if they do it on resolution, instead of screen size, all it will do is mean that poorer families watch nothing but 480p on their 1080p TV's, ruining the experience.

This dude shouldn't be working for a movie company if this is his thinking.

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

Greg D

Re: Why do they always blame enterprise for slow adoption?

I plan on brushing up my skills when the time comes. My point was that until this hypothetical situation of yours occurs, there is zero benefit to switching to IPv6. If anything we lose certain securities etc. The differences in protocols are huge in places from what little I currently understand of v6.

My other point was that this magical device I conceived, armed with my in-depth knowledge of IPv6 (utter lie), would be able to dynamically NAT v4 > v6 addressing and vice-versa, storing a local NAT table so it can remember what client was requesting what site.

That magical v6 to v4 NAT box of doom would be a piece of ISP kit that bridges the customer equipment running IPv4 with the ISP equipment running IPv6.

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Greg D

Why do they always blame enterprise for slow adoption?

So IPv4 is running out of address space and has been for years.

But surely this is only a problem for ISP's and big public data network providers?

As a network engineer for a large corporation, we have no intention of changing our LAN or WAN to IPv6. Quite frankly there is no reason to. Our network is private and we only require a handful of public IP addresses for certain services. NAT fulfills our needs fine for this.

In order to get out of trouble, at least in my little head, the ISPs should be deploying IPv6 networks and supplying customer kit that does IPv4 to IPv6 translation/bridging. So essentially all customer networks would be a private IPv4 network, and in order to get online they would need to hook up to an IPv6 ISP network via some kit that does some clever translation between the two IP stacks.

Maybe this is just pipe dream conjecture, since I dont fully understand how IPv6 works. There are a lot of fundamental differences - I know at least that much.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

Greg D
Megaphone

Why can't we have this DPI on desktop LCD monitors and laptops?

I'm tired of 1920x1080 and 1366x768 displays.

We had higher res back in the old CRT days, and DPI this high is fucking useless on such puny screens.

For the love of god give us this DPI on desktop displays!!!!

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

Greg D
WTF?

see icon

Sums up the thought processes here nicely.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

Greg D

Can we please bring back the start menu in Server 2012?

Seriously, who thought that a touch interface on a SERVER OS was a good idea?

Take a bow whoever that was.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

Greg D

its a shop.

I can tell by the pixels. And I've seen some shops in my time.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

Greg D

Organic vs non.

Organic food is the same as normal food, except overpriced and probably less healthy.

I ALWAYS avoid this shit in the supermarket. People come at me with opinions all the time saying how this chemical will kill you slowly or this GMO is unnatural and thus directly causes cancer. Guess what? These are OPINIONS. Not facts.

Fact is, GMO foods have many benefits over non-GMO and pesticides help to increase the resilience of crops to undesired insects, which have BOTH been proven over and over again to have zero negative-impact on human health.

Any of you organic food-fuckers come at me with anything otherwise, I want some peer-reviewed scientific proof, or I smack you upside the head with my GMO-enhanced marrow.

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

Greg D

Greenpeace? Guerilla hippies more like.

Nuke power should be along side renewable for 'green-ness'

CO2 is good for trees and reforestation.

Greenpeace should rename themselves to Guerilla Hippies.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

Greg D

@Rob

You dont know how much of a tech-hipster you sound like right now.

Is this sort of thing now common? I was sure this kind of use-case was very minimal (in global terms). Desktop use may not have changed much (in generic terms) in the past 2 decades, but the usability of the technology has, as well as become very much more refined. You XP hipsters are holding that up, which is where a lot of this weird hate seems to stem from.

In any case, you lot can rage all you want. Fact is, Microsoft are a corporation, and like all corporations on this planet, here to make money. Lots and lots of money. How can they do that if you tech-hipsters won't buy their new stuff?

How did you ever like Microsoft in the first place if you feel this way? Why aren't you using a 10 year old Linux kernel instead?

Now, can we get out of the 80's mainframe man mindset and continue pushing technology forward?

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

Greg D

yo dawg....

I heard you like spying, so I'm gonna spy on your spying to see if you're spying.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

Greg D

Re: Again..

This is not how Android, as the underlying OS works or operates. Just because it was built by an advertising giant doesn't make this sort of thing inherent to the system. There is much lack of understanding here.

The problem comes from the fact that most carrier networks cook their own Android ROMS, with very little to no controlling influence from Google. Ergo, it is the fault of the carrier and their unscrupulous ways that lead to this issue.

If you want to be truly free of this sort of shit, IOS is not the way to go either, as you'll get all the crap from Apple bundled into the device and be forced to use only the services they let you use (until industry groups pressure them to open it up).

The best way to avoid this shit is to either buy a sim-free Nexus device, or grab a custom ROM, such as CyanogenMod, and flash your phone as soon as you get it from whatever carrier contract you bought it on. The flash process has recently been made much easier, thanks to some great community contributions over at Xdadevelopers and CM (among others).

Of course, that isn't a good solution for a lot of people, in which case my only piece of advice would be to avoid anything advertised to you with the word "free" in it.

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

Greg D

list clearly satire

Pope? Bono?

Fucking please. If it actually is satire its not even funny.

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

Greg D

erm...

I'm having trouble understanding the purpose of a fine here....

Police force funded 100% by taxpayer money and government

Police force gets fined, by the government

It's like an infinite loop of cash from then on.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

Greg D
Coat

Re: Not correct!

So the pop artist(s), Chaka Demas and Pliers, translates to Pliers and Pliers. Every day is a school day!!

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Greg D

Re: gripping...

nope, just Friday!

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

Greg D

Re: Congratulations

You're the first person I've seen intone that anyone said anything negative about it.

Seriously, how does one manage to say for sure either way when it's only just been opened for beta?

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

Greg D

"Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,"

No, not a high enough body count.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

Greg D

Re: Wii failed

Yeah I can swallow that - there was a lot of personal opinion in my post.

However, the epic fail comes both in terms of the impact on Nintendo's image as a core gamer company, and impact on what it will be able do next. People that liked the Wii and still play it (those casual "non-gamers" I mentioned) have absolutely no reason to upgrade to a new overpriced console, which is being shunned by 3rd party devs. The only thing that will keep Ninty going will be its portables (DS, DS 3D etc).

As for the Wii's success - sales figures are one thing, but I know that most of the Wii consoles sold over the years got used for a few days/weeks, then spent the rest of their lives in the attic gathering dust (like mine). I wouldn't dare speculate on exact figures, but at a complete random guess, I reckon it would be over the 50% mark.

I could be wrong though. They might come up with a new gimmick that will pull them from the abyss.

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Flappy Bird crosses over into cryptocurrency, big data

Greg D

I am totally lost, dazed and confused. This game was wank. What the fuck has gotten into people?

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