* Posts by lpopman

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Dizzy: the Ultimate Cartoon Adventure

lpopman
Big Brother

titular things

@AC: This is precisely the reason I've not said a word about it until now.

Anyway, I'm going to shut up now and contemplate things. This could actually be bad.....

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lpopman
Pint

titular thingy

I've been thinking about getting in touch with WoS, but have been hesitant until now in order to protect my source. Now that they've left the industry I can be a bit more open about it. I'm thinking it may be worthwile contacting the Oliver Twins too, I've heard they're quite friendly :)

FWIW I wasn't really expecting ElReg to answer, It's just that I know they like to do these sorts of things in the pub. Any opportunity to try and blag a pint, basically :D

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lpopman
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titular thingy

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned DizzyAGE, an engine with remakes of all the classic Dizzy games and a few fangames as well.

http://yolkfolk.com/dizzyage/

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lpopman
Go

titular update

"How did you get hold of that??"

A contact rescued it before it went in the skip. The portakabins at the farm (literally a farm in Southam) were being cleared out for the next lot of coders and test monkeys.

At one point, I also had the source code to the Amiga version of Universe (by Core Design). Like an idiot, I needed some hd space so deleted it without backing it up. facepalm.jpg

50Mb was a _lot_ of hd space in those days, and on my budget that many floppies was out of the question.

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titular memories

"The original was coded on a CPC 6128 in the MAXAM assembler and then ported to the Spectrum using a special cable the Olivers had built for them. True cross platform development and all in their bedroom!"

Interesting that you mention that.

It is more than just a cable, it is a Z80 PIO hooked up to the bus on the speccy side, and the printer port on the amstrad side. I say is, because contrary to popular opinion, it is not lost. It is still sitting in a box in my private collection, where it has been for a long time. If I can find the driver software, I will have to dump it and create a schematic of the hardware.

On a related note, I must find my collection of master and sample tapes and dump them too.

If anyone wants me to, I can take some photos for verification purposes. It will take a few days though, need to get at the box in question. Hell, if ElReg wants to take a look and have a fondle of this one-off piece of hardware, get in touch.

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Apple’s Siri gets sweary with British child

lpopman
Pint

titular wankery

"shut the fuck up, you ugly cunt" - I always thought that was our local greeting here in Cov :D

That's nothing compared to what I did in our local WH Smith's back in the day. They had a seperate store for home computers and there were several display models in the window. Picture walking past a shop window, and seeing 20 or so screens saying "Fuck off, Wankers!!!".

Kids will be kids, and idiots will still allow full access to display models.

Oh, and news must be slow if El Reg is culling stories from the Coventry Telegraph :)

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lpopman
Childcatcher

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@casinowilhelm: "So far I just got the "trip over pavement cracks and sue the council""

hehe, I'm from the town in question and when I was 8 yrs old (32 yrs ago to be precise) , I stumbled on a loose paving slab. Lost my front teeth becasue of it. My parents never dreamed of suing the council. A strongly worded letter later (no legal threats or anything), and the slab was fixed along with many others.

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lpopman
Go

titular memories

I recall an episode of Chris Morris's radio show, where his Wayne Carr character got someone at heathrow to call for Anita Peacekwick and Mylexa Croist across the tannoy :)

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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

lpopman

titular nonsense

"Let's take a look at the currency cat. Chris."

Actually, I wonder what Peter O'Hanrahahanrahan would make of it?

"Peter, you've lost the news!"

The Day Today - News from telly to belly.

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Demon Currys iPad showered kids with HARD-CORE smut

lpopman
Pint

titular reminiscence

What about when PC's were starting to be noticed by the high street retailer?

Alter AUTOEXEC.BAT to echo swears in a loop, reboot and stand nearby giggling whilst the salesdroid panicked :D

Oh, and it was always dixons we did this in as the salesdroids were usually occupied trying to sell people extended warranties...

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lpopman
Paris Hilton

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Grot, Grumble, Jazz - who cares what it's called. It's all good :D

Seriously though, English changes its usage all of the time. It's quite fluid, really.

Paris, because of the grot connection...

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'Puzzling structures on surface' of YU55 spaceball

lpopman

titular musings

Ulla!

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Lemmings

lpopman
Headmaster

titular option

That would be the Shadow of the Beast, not to be confused with SEGA's Altered Beast.

IIRC the level even had a parody of the SotB theme playing in the background, I'll have to pull out my A1200 to check.

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lpopman
Headmaster

titular option

Actually, that's Lemmings Revolution. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmings_Revolution for more info.

There is a fully 3D Lemmings game called unsurprisingly 3D Lemmings. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_Lemmings for more info.

Personally I like all of the lemmings games. Nuke 'em all, I say :)

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Colossal dead black neo-sphere approaching Earth

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Go

titular nonsense

Good job I have a guitar to help fend off the threat then, isn't it?

Now I'm feeling old :D

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Ubuntu's Oneiric Ocelot: Nice, but necessary?

lpopman
Coat

titular thingy

Now, now. There's no need to make light of a serious episode in our history.

Unity is an abomination and should be treated as such.

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Genetics and technology make Columbus Day a fraud

lpopman
WTF?

titular revision

@P Saunders:

So explain to me why the indigenous population were deliberately given smallpox infected blankets then.

Here's a clue:- David Barton is not a historian.

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Euro beaks mull copyright of software features

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WTF?

titular bemusement

Isn't this like copyrighting individual brush strokes?

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Poll: Porn-watching, net-savvy kids are a myth

lpopman
Coat

titular amusement

Ah yes, the good old days of hedgerow grumble :)

Also, what ever happened to white dog turds?

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lpopman
Coat

Because you told him about RT, amirite?

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The Secret of Monkey Island

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Thumb Up

titular memories

I am rubber, you are glue

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Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

lpopman
Headmaster

titular admonishment

Upvoted because I agree.

However, the use of the phrase "I've brought PC's" is really annoying. It should be bought, not brought and I don't think you mean PC as possesive either.

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Google offers opt-out from Wi-Fi router location database

lpopman
Holmes

My whole Wi-Fi is off, actually, I was posing a hypothetical question.

There are some people out there who don't know what they're doing, and I'm not one of them ;)

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unnecessary titular nonsense

Ok, I don't use google location services. Could you tell me then, what benefit it is to _me_ personally to expose my private SSID data to google?

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

lpopman
Coat

titular nonsense (now optional)

I'm in two minds about the titular nonsense. On the one hand I didn't like having to put a title, on the other I have got used to putting stupid references in my titles.

Don't mess with my head, El Reg, It doesn't work well with my Asperger's ;)

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NASA releases stunning new moon-landing snaps

lpopman
Headmaster

titular blurtings

You do realise how precisely they can position the bird?

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Twitter users charged with terrorism for false tweets

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titular frothy mix

Not intended as a factual statement

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Sweden rolls out invisible infrared tank

lpopman
Headmaster

titular correction

I think you'll find it's No. 1 - The Larch

/me shakes head at all of the upvotes...

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'New laws not needed' to block / censor Twitter et al

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Thumb Up

titular advisory

Also cellphones were an instrumentation problem, not a fire problem. For the same reason that using them on planes was frowned upon.

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Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order

lpopman
Headmaster

titular disenoblement

Also numb-nuts should be hyphenated.

When there is the slightest smell of fascism, the (grammar-) nazis will appear.

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London Philharmonic to give videogame music concert

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Thumb Up

titular thingy

His cover of the theme to Capcom's Commando is particularly awesome, as is his Chicken Song medley.

Time to dig out my HVSC and have a listen :)

Memories....

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lpopman
Go

obligatory sing along

I'm making a note here, huge success!

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Game denies Steam threat claims

lpopman
Coat

titular disenoblement

Only a month? I would have thought it would be when DNF gets released.

Wait, what was that? DNF was released?

I want HL Ep 3 and HL 3 now, k :)

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lpopman
Coat

titular vent

You'll be waitng a while. This is Valve Time (tm) after all.

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Cyber cops arrest man, 61, for menacing chick-lit MP

lpopman
Coat

titular noncesense

this'll be the guy who supplies cp to /b

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Insulin pump maker ignores diabetic's hack warnings

lpopman
Headmaster

tituler disnoblement

"putting sugar instead of sweetener in a cup of coffee."

I can certainly tell if there is sugar in my coffee instead of sweetner. It has a sticky texture and a totally different flavour for one.

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ARM vet: The CPU's future is threatened

lpopman
Go

titular thingy

Layered chips are already here. Apple use it and have a patent on their particular process, and flash memory cards have an ARM processor for wear balancing layered with the flash wafer.

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Exploit writer spills beans on secret iPhone function

lpopman
Stop

titular thing

Probably because they would remove the functionality with a Kernel update. That way any exploits gleaned with a debugger wouldn't work right away, and without the debugger it would be more difficult to make them work. Not impossible, just more difficult.

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Microsoft to pay $250,000 for hot new security defenses

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Thumb Up

titular upgrade

iirc, aren't Microsoft legally bound to not enter the UNIX market?

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Boffins deduce chip's crypto just by looking at it

lpopman

titular thingy

hmm, better tell visual6502.org then. The ability to peel chips is a useful forensic tool.

Using the information directly to produce something in the same market is a different thing altogether. Just ask Atari when they copied the NES10 chip.

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Bullfrog Syndicate

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Thumb Up

titular memories

Amiga for the purist, most definitely. Must dig out my Amiga, I have a WHDLoad install of it raedy to play :)

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Scottish TV news pumps goatse link

lpopman
Coat

titular advisement

As the Viz Profanisaurus defines it:

Lemonparty (n): Something you probably don't want to type into Google image search with the safe search filter disabled.

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So, LOHAN: What's it to be?

lpopman
Coat

titular stuff

Needs moar blue rizla

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Man battles police siege with Facebook

lpopman
Facepalm

titular thingy

Freedom of Speech does not give you immunity from the consequences of that speech.

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Spielberg flung Fox from Transformers 3

lpopman
Coat

titular amusement

the _really_ serious problem would be inserting song and dance numbers about "jigaboos"....

Where's the "Not racist, just quoting from....." icon when you need it ;)

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Apple sues teenager for white iPhone conversion kits

lpopman
Coat

titular musings

Probably because your average windows user can't afford apple products?

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Sandi Toksvig puts the 'n' into cuts - on the Beeb

lpopman
Facepalm

titular cnut anagram

You put the 'D' in ick.

Words are words, language is language. It should be celebrated for it's diversity rather than being censored.

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Police ROBOT attacks and BURNS DOWN HOUSE

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Happy

titular announcement

BURN THEM! BURN THEM ALL!

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Supreme Court: DNA database retention regs are unlawful

lpopman

titular nonsense

@Zippy the Pinhead:

Ok then, retain only the DNA of repeat offenders then.

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Source code leaked for pricey ZeuS crimeware kit

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Happy

titular announcement

DMCA takedown notice in 3...2...1...

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