* Posts by GregC

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Fantastic

That is all :)

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Gaming's driving ambitions: The Crew and Grand Theft Auto V

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@jai

It's not so much about when I'm at home - as you say, unless I actively disable wifi/unplug the cable then I'm online anyway. However I'm on the road a fair amount for work, and many hotels still (in 2014 FFS!) want to charge exorbitant amounts for internet access. These are also the times when I'm most likely to be able to have a really good gaming session if I feel like it, so if a game is always online it's going to cost me a chunk of change to play on top of what I've already paid for the game.

Plus, of course, the fact that always online is more often than not just another type of DRM getting between me and the game....

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GregC

Always online requirement? No sale.

This seems to be becoming more common, and I hate it*. Obviously it comes with the territory for multiplayer, but if I'm playing on my own, as I prefer to, there is no good reason to mandate an internet connection.

*Still very angry about Elite:Dangerous suddenly being announced as online only a month before release despite the repeated assurances it wouldn't be

And another thing.... When you're slowing a car down, you use the brakes. Therefore it's a braking point, not breaking.</pedant>

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Excellent stuff

Very, very impressive. The price makes me wince a little, but at least in this case you are getting genuine innovation for your money, and in fairness it's a nicely specced phone too.

This deserves to sell well, hopefully it will.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

GregC

I've also held off for a few days, to see how the dust would settle. Today I got the latest newsletter that seeks to "clarify" a few things. Here's what I'm now clear on:

- the suggestion/implication in the previous newsletter that an 'occasional' check in was all that would be needed is bullshit. Always online, or no game.

- no refunds.

I'd like to clarify a few things of my own:

- if offline hadn't been specifically promised on Kickstarter, I wouldn't have backed E:D. As has already been said, stinks of bait-and-switch

- if Frontier had said 'sorry, can't do offline after all, if this is important to you here's a refund form. Once we receive this your money will be refunded and your account disabled' I'd have reluctantly accepted it.

As things stand I have a game I that isn't what I was sold, that in it's current form I don't particularly want to play, and no chance of a refund. Didn't the customer used to be right in the good marginally-less-shit old days?

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Re: Do you really want a version where trading and combat is all you can do?

I'm late to this party, but to answer the question:

Yes.

Why is this so hard to understand?

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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Very tempting....

Ticks just about every box, as a Nexus 10 owner I'd prefer a higher res screen but then that would be reflected in extra £££ of course.

I don't actually need a new tablet, the 10 continues to do everything I need, but this is the first one that's come along with a combination of the "want one" factor and a sensible price (and extra kudos to Lenovo for not charging silly money for more storage!)

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It's the WORST game ever, just pulled from a desert DUMP ... now ET can be yours for $500

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Re: Don't blame the game for bad management.

Ah, Big Rigs. Now that really is a contender for worst game ever. I remember hearing how bad it was, not believing a game could be released that was really that bad, and then trying it. And it really was that bad, and then some.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re :Also how have the BBC not been sued by Apple for the name iPlayer?

It was established some years ago that Apple could not just blanket trademark "sticking a lower case i at the front of a word". One of those rare days when common sense prevailed...

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Rosetta reaches perfect position to get touchy Philae

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Come on El Reg, own up....

How long have you been waiting to use that headline :)

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Re: "Don't like it, change it"

While that is true, if I was spending that kind of money on a pro-level machine I'd expect it to come with a decent KB and mouse, not the horrible standard Apple ones.

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Re: Wotta lotta pixels

Couple of things...

So what could you actually display on a 5K monitor that wouldn't be as good on a 4K one?

As pointed out in the review, the 5k screen allows you to view 4k video at 100% in your editor of choice, while also leaving enough screen space for panels/toolbars/menus etc

if you choose to take a squint at the RAW format, the camera still has an anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor to reduce all those nasty Moire patterns.

My Fuji X series camera has no AA filter in front of the sensor, and I know that Nikon have AA filter-less cameras on the market too. Even regardless of that, I'd say this machine definitely has a potential place in a RAW workflow, if you're the type that regularly pixel peeps at 100%+

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ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

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Don't fine them, shut them down

No messing about, terminate the company with extreme prejudice. Ban all board members/directors from holding that kind of position for, I dunno, ten years. They are scum preying on the vulnerable and deserve to be treated as such.

In fact, while we're on it, can't we just outright ban cold calling?

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Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

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Life expectancy & diminishing returns...

are the major factors here, surely? People expect a tablet to last a while, so the replacement timescales are closer to a laptop than a phone, and when the improvements have become as incrementally small as they have the incentive to upgrade isn't there anyway.

The processor may be "twice as fast" as the previous model but if, in the real world, this isn't actually noticeable then why bother?

Oh, and this isn't just true of Apple gear - this is the first year I haven't seen any need to update either of my Nexus devices. Both the 5 and 10 continue to perform very well, and having put Lollipop on the 5 it's almost like having a new phone anyway. From a hardware perspective at least, it definitely feels like we've got to the point of rapidly diminishing returns.

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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Re: Five Hundred and Forty Nine???

Actually that's nearer 900 Yankee Dollars at current exchange rates - $886.50 to be precise.

Don't worry though, remember that UK prices always include VAT (sales tax) at 20%. The US list price works out at just $738.75. Bargain ;)

And yes, people pay these prices. As others have said, look no further than the iPhone....

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Re: Not sure I need 20 megapixels for spur of the moment pictures.

That was my immediate thought too, but what it does do is allow for a certain amount of digital zoom before you end up with unusable mush.

Looks a nice bit of kit overall actually, and while there is the inevitable OEM bloatware Sony are unusual in that some of what they bundle actually seems to come in for a bit of praise from reviewers. Put the stock Nexus launcher on there and I reckon I'd be pretty happy.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Re: the lack of SD in the N9 is very silly.

These are Nexus devices. Expecting an SD slot in any of them is - well, I won't say silly, let's go with "optimistic in the extreme". And no matter how much we complain about it, that is how it's likely to remain.

Google want you to put everything in their cloud. Giving you expandable storage in their devices doesn't help with this. The USB OTG solution works for me on the very rare occasions that I need it, but if you must have a micro SD option then a Nexus device isn't for you, and probably never will be.

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Re: Price

The 9 looks to me more like a replacement for the 10 than the 7 - I'm predicting a retail price for the base model of £319, which would be the same as the N10 was....

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Re: So Nexus 6 still 32-bit

And...?

What exactly is 64bit going to achieve in a 3Gb RAM environment?Don't get me wrong, if there are actual real world advantages to be had them I'm all over it, but it looks to me - for now at least - like it's just a pissing contest between Apple & Google.

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Re: meta-DNS lists

<Devil's advocate>But who maintains and secures the meta-DNS lists to make sure they aren't compromised? I know, let's have a meta-meta-DNS list just to be sure. But who maintains...</Devil's advocate>

Just sayin'

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GregC

And still they believe....

Those who rely on free, unsupported, services have surely had enough warnings that their optimism may be misplaced.

In other news, water described as "wet", big flaming ball of hydrogen and helium in the sky "a bit warm" and, bears have been seen defecating in arboreal areas.

And people are still blindly trusting this shit. Mind. Boggled.

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

GregC

Re: UK price

Fair play to them then, I stand corrected.

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UK price

So a quick € -> £ conversion + VAT would suggest somewhere around £275 for the 10" Android.

I wonder why it is, then, that I'm expecting the only thing to change between the euro and GBP price will be the symbol in front of the number...

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OMG, we're gonna be invaded by NEXUS 6 replicants – no, wait. It's just a rumored phablet

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Re: "describes himself as a "total internet ninja,""

A perfectly acceptable alternative...

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GregC

"describes himself as a "total internet ninja,""

Anyone who says that about themselves:

a) isn't

b) needs to be taken out back and shot

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Unhappy

Re: I'd still give anything for a modern Spec'd n900 running Android...

Same here, and I know of others. Apparently there aren't enough of us to make it worthwhile making such a device

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re:I wonder if their buffers overflow easily

For some reason that put the image of a man in a pinstriped suit in my head...

"Nice place you've got 'ere. Fancy buffers an' all - be a shame if anything nasty happened to 'em... I mean you wouldn't want 'em to start overflowing now would you...?"

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: Stop/start

I'm not familiar with the Fiat system, but the one on my car is reasonably intelligent - it doesn't activate until the car is warmed up, won't kick in when the weather is very cold and so on. It does take some getting used to, but my experience is that once you do it actually feels odd when you take your foot off the clutch and the engine keeps running.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: Do they really care?

Thistle? A thistle? Back in my day we had to make do with some poison ivy (etc etc...)

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Gaming gasm UK: Rubbing shoulders with LEGENDS and newbies

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Re: No Elite:Dangerous?

Exactly what I was thinking - though I guess with it being in beta now, a lot of us that are interested in it are already playing it.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

GregC

Depends on the context of the incitement, surely?

ie, if "she" sends him a few flattering messages, and he responds with a picture of his knob, then he's been caught bang to rights.

On the other hand, if "she"'s been sending him stuff like "come on big boy, show me what you've got" then that to me is entrapment.

Either way he's an idiot, mind...

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: The real reason for the iWatch

Apple have just copied a great idea...

FTFY

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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Re: OS updates

The ease of upgrading iOS rather than the pain Android and Windows Phone give users

Don't know about Windows Phone, but I'm struggling to think of anything painful when it comes to system updates for my Android - I get a message saying an update is ready, I click ok, it reboots and updates. My iPhone owning friends tell me this is also the process for them.

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

GregC

Can't be arsed to read all the Murdochian bull

As title. That said, Google may well be too big, too rich, and too powerful for most of our good, but if in some way they really did "destroy" News Corp and the rest of Murdoch's empire then you'd find me doing the happy dance...

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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sigh

Let's see...

(Another) FPS

Massively multiplayer

There you go, two things that are guaranteed to put me off a game. I know I'm in a minority here but I can't stand 1st person shooters, and for me gaming is most satisfying offline and solo.

I know, don't buy it then - and that's fine. It's frustrating at the moment though, there is a definite shortage of games that I'm interested in.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

GregC

So the watch then..

El Reg says:

It's certainly a nice-looking bit of kit, as we've come to expect from Apple

Really? The design of the watch face on the display is OK, but the hardware itself is decidedly meh, at best. Compared to the round Motorola and LG offerings it looks very dated. Even if you like the rectangular form factor, the newest Samsung looks nicer to me.

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

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Re: Was interested in the 360

Fair point - depends what else new and shiny comes along in between I guess.

Not that I'm a sucker for gadgets or anything, obviously....

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Was interested in the 360

but at £200 it's just that bit too much. At £150-170 I could have just about justified it as a toy (which, let's face it, is what it is) but not 200 for what it does. Oh well, on to the next shiny thing...

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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Re: "fadlet"

Excellent.

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So after all these years....

it turns out Dom Joly wasn't just making comedy sketches, he was really predicting THE FUTURE!*

*Sorry. Couldn't resist Register-ising it....

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A Terabyte in my HOUSE? Got more than that in my POCKET

GregC

Re: Not really useful

Also, from the article:

Integrated FTP means, WD says, “the drive connects to compatible wireless cameras so that users can automatically transfer photos from their cameras to the drive as they are taking them.”

Or is FTP on it's own not enough?

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

GregC

Re: Give rhe devil his due .,,

Yep, have to agree. Reasonably informative, and gives options. Compare that to a web application I've had to use until recently, where I would log in and start doing stuff, then for no apparent reason get a plain white page, with just the following text:

"Error:

There has been an error!"

Great. Thanks for that. Might as well just say "Oh Noes!!!1111!one!".

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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@Splodger

The only reason that Win 8+ is creeping up at all is because it's almost impossible for your average punter to purchase a Win 7 box/laptop.

Really? I've got a new laptop arriving this afternoon from a consumer oriented vendor, that offered me various flavours of Win 7 or 8 from a drop down list*. The prebuilt option of my machine even has 7 by default. Based on the various reviews I found prior to purchase they sell kit to many "average punters" - whatever one of those actually is.

*I chose 7. Obviously.

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Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

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Re: Have to say...

So now that you're a hand-assisted self-abusing, acne-ridden, bedroom-dwelling, porn-obsessed, blinkered, depressed, egotistical, selfish, smelly and vapid grownup, you've switched from lusting after products from one overpriced, overhyped vendor to another?

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: Getting there with the looks...

For me the Moto 360 is by far the best looking of these - maybe a bit on the big side from the pictures I've seen, but it looks properly nice. To me, anyway. If they'd get around to actually selling the damn things I'd consider getting one....

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

GregC

Re: You're all couch potatoes

Guilty as charged (of couch potato-ness) - if a show is compelling enough. I have been known to do an entire season of 24 in a weekend. Can't remember which season it was, but it was a particularly good one.

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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Am I the only one who's getting a decent service then?

Reading the comments here I'm starting to wonder. I don't live in London, or in a major town, though I'm not really out in the sticks either, and I travel around a fair bit. I'm on PAYG so if the conspiracy theories are true I should be getting a shit service. However my experience over the last two years is that I've found exactly one "no signal" area (at Watford Gap services, and not a black hole any more). The only time my service deteriorates is when I'm at an event with 20-30000 other people in a relatively small area, ie large motorsport event, where I'd expect congestion to be a problem.

Maybe I'm just lucky.

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

GregC

Re: Perhaps

There are many things to be said about the Apple walled garden. In the context of security I'd describe it as a sticking plaster over user ignorance/stupidity (delete as you feel appropriate) and an encouragement to users to abdicate any responsibility for their own device and it's security.

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Re: I wanna see light moving at a leisury place

If you haven't already seen it, you might like this video - it's not quite a one take trillion fps, but it is a visualisation of a pulse of laser light passing through a coke bottle done using multiple passes, and it still makes me go wow....

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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@ KjetilS - good point

I'd forgotten about disabling apps - just checked on my Nexus and you can indeed disable Google+ or any other of the bundled Google stuff, though it does give you a dire warning that this might break other functionality.

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