* Posts by David Webb

808 posts • joined 16 May 2007

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Official UN panel findings on embassy-squatter released. Assange: I'm 'vindicated'

David Webb

Why the UK? The dude is being held by the Ecuadorian in their embassy, I think this UN (non-binding) ruling should allow us to storm the place with SAS troops to rescue the poor dude who is being held hostage by them!

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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Coms

Isn't one of the main problems with sending a probe out to another star the distance for sending information back to Earth? Sure, it may take 36 years to get to another star system and start orbiting, but then it will take at least 4.3 years for the data to start coming back to Earth.

You not only need a probe which can survive getting to another system, but it would need to have some sort of AI to ensure that if any problems pop up, the probe can fix them itself without any human help, cause lets face it, waiting 8.6 years for a command won't work.

So, we need a probe that can last at least 36 years of interstellar travel. Be able to travel at 10% of the speed of light (avoiding any debris along the way, I figure if you hit even a tiny object at those speeds you're going to need more than a call out to the AA). An AI which can control the probe and react to any issue, including ones that us meat slabs haven't thought about yet. A way to communicate data over 4.3 light years without any loss of signal issues.

Probably not in our life times, but I think that eventually we'll be able to solve the issues, apart from the actual distance for communication from anything we send out there.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

David Webb

Well, them elements are totally pointless.......

Be right back, applying to appear on pointless.

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Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown

David Webb

Steam never shows full CC details, just last 4 digits, the rest as **** **** ****.

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25 years ago: Sir Tim Berners-Lee builds world's first website

David Webb

Goodness

One man, one idea, one project, billions of people benefiting. Sir Tim should be awarded a Nobel prize every single year for the rest of his life.

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Microsoft releases Windows Live Writer as open source

David Webb

Microsoft seems to enjoy putting awesome software on the back burner, even now, for home use, MS Money is possibly the best home finance software (easy to use, nice information presentation etc.), so sticking all their great products which they have dumped out as Open Source can only be a good thing.

I doubt they would do it with MS Money though, it would be a strong target for miscreants to steal financial information, which is a shame, it's still the best I've found.

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

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Bootstrap Paradox

I thought most of this series was about the Doctor winding up in bootstrap paradoxes, he explained it a few episodes ago and a fair few after that had the paradox in place.

Last week it was going around the area, finding messages from the previous doctors to hint at what is happening, but how did the 1st doctor discover it to leave the messages for the next doctors to discover?

This one is the Doctor stealing the tardis which Clara nicks, takes back to Galifrey (eventually) and then gives it to the 1st Doctor, making her the impossible girl and starting Dr Who.

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

David Webb

Du Be Duu

I think US tech companies are resistant to interference from .Gov for 1 reason, Dollars. They don't give a blind fig if the US government can read our miles or chats or anything, what they do care about is that if they give the US government full access, Johnny Foreigner will quit buying US products as they would want the best security, not the US security.

I can see the adverts now "Still using Windows or OSX? The US government has built in backdoors! Buy British, where our government is so inept they actually accepted it when we built a physical back door, in the building, and sent them the keys!"

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Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

David Webb

Oh dear

Now we're going to get the usual crowd getting the watch, noticing their resting rate is "rather high" and rush off to the doctor who will reply "it's because you're an unfit, fat bastard, why don't you just go for a bloody walk and stop wasting my time".

Of course, if you have a high resting rate AND run out of breath easily, go see your doctor.

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

David Webb

Re: Still available on Hola

If you're paying the fee, you have a home in the UK, so get a router with built in VPN (Asus make a nice one) and you're good to go, you also save yourself the cost of paying a VPN provider. If you have a home in the UK but no internet, buy a friend the router and use their internet connection.

Sure, that isn't an option for everyone but the BBC should have a duty of care to attempt to prevent their shows being watched in other countries over iPlayer, easiest way is to block VPN providers, leaving private VPN's alone so I could still watch any BBC (or ITV or any geolocked show) no matter which country I was in.

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Is streaming pirate video legal? Europe's highest court will take a look

David Webb

Re: hardware

No, the hardware (Pi) is legal, the software (Kodi) is legal, the question is if the hardware and software is legal if it also contains the ability to access pirate content as default.

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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

David Webb

Middle of cold war, on the border of all our nuclear war....... a dam in Scotland which was near a military base used by the British for training for war with Russia suddenly gets blown up..... Can't see a jittery government not thinking it's the Russians fault, did the Dr cause WW3 which gave us the "ministry of war" reference?

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Who gets Teslas made and throws Apple shade? It's… MUSK!

David Webb

Re: Dissing the competition always works right?

I'm not sure Apple would be able to corner (no pun intended) the market in up market cars.

a) they are an American company, no one (sane) buys American cars

b) their competition in upmarket is Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Bugatti

c) up market cars are either insane or gorgeous or (generally) both

d) where is the profit? Toyota and GM may make a few billion every year, but they have a huge portfolio of cars, not a single car, Aston Martin made around £80m profit

e) apple would not enjoy a patent war with car makers, especially their patent on rounded wheels.

So no, I can't see Apple getting in on the car game, I think Google are doing it as a tech demo more than anything, Apple would want to sell the same number of cars as Toyota but with only 1 car, a car which is inferior to Toyota/BMW/Honda/Skoda, priced to match Ferrari/Bugatti and with an upgrade cycle of 6 months..........

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Reviewed: Shadowrun: Hong Kong, Until Dawn, Hearthstone expansion and more

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Re: "The Grand Tourny is actually free, only costs 700 gold to buy each level"

I double checked, you can buy 5 (random) cards for 100 gold coins or £1.99, though as it'a random you could end up spending a fortune in real munneh and not getting the card you badly want, but yeah, it can be done free if you're willing to grind and grind and grind some more, then some more after you grind.

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David Webb

Hearthstone

The Grand Tourny is actually free, only costs 700 gold to buy each level, if you're just starting out in the game you can get 700 rather quickly whilst you play, I've already unlocked two levels just by doing dailes and messing around with my cards to find a pretty okay one (currently 17 but my win ratio is going up and up)

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iPhone 6 gives bloke 'painful, lumpy' skin condition in trouser storage

David Webb

Options.......

Option 4 - Go to a local church and ask for your leg to be exorcised by the resident exorcist, obviously your leg is possessed by Microsoft if it has a strong reaction to the phone of Gawd.

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Vote now: Who can solve a problem like Ashley Madison?

David Webb

Chuck Norris doesn't need to go onto the site to get replies, but every reply he did get, he replied to with a round house kick to the face..........

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

David Webb

Re: How nice

why is this on an IT/tech news site?

Knob jokes, obviously. Can't have IT without a knob.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

David Webb

Monkey Porn.

Damn, after watching it, I can see what that Chimp got addicted to........

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

David Webb

Personally

I'd take the lower offer, but with the stipulation that I continue to own a percentage of the land (not properties on the land) to the tune of $16m at current prices (where the land is valued at $55m). Then, if in 10 years time they are offered $100m for the land, he would get his cut of, what $30m?

It's not as if the dude is short on cash though, paying $4m back then, adjusting for inflation is $9m in current money, so it's not as if he can't afford to take a hit, but if he can continue to own a percentage of the land (again, not property, if he don't own the property he don't have to look after it) then it's a bit of a no-brainer.

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

David Webb

Re: WTF?

@I ain't Spartacus

There is a method for the CPS to inform a person they are not going to prosecute them, it is what is currently being used for that Bin Lorry case up in Scotland. They gave it to the guy so that he would answer the questions put to him by the inquiry without fear of prosecution from his answers.

Of course, the Bin guy has turned out to be a complete and utter bastard who shouldn't have been driving, knew he shouldn't have been driving and is basically tantamount to murder.

The whole thing of this case is just stupid, the Swedish have asked to interview him, the Embassy have kept rejecting their interview, time ran out and suddenly it's "ohhh, but I wanted to clear my name!". On the bright side, as long as he's stuck there, he can't go around raping other women (allegedly).

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ICO fines anti nuisance call company for making nuisance calls

David Webb

Re: In the US...

AFAIK, when they call you, you have to request them to not call you again, they go "sure thing boss", if they then call you again.... you can sue, my friend was telling me about it.

Over here in Blighty, I use TrueCall, costs £100 and the number of spam calls we've got since I installed it is 0, friends are starred so they come straight through, spam callers get a "we're screening our calls, tell us who you are" message and hang up straight away knowing they aint getting through. I highly recommend it.

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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

David Webb

Digital Media does exist in a tangible form, you can see it (video/image) or hear it (video/music file), a digital currency is basically someone saying "okay, you have this magic thing now, and it's worth MONEY!".

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

David Webb

Re: Hrm, no

I've used all of them, and not found any to be inherently bad. 95 was okay, 95 when you installed the update with IE was better. 98 was okay, SR2 or whatever it was called way okay. ME was okay. 2k was okay (and you had people who used that, they refused to go to XP), XP was okay, Vista was okay, a bit slow but not terrible. 7 was okay, 8 was okay, 8.1 made 8 better but was still okay. 10 is okay.

I wouldn't say any are a pleasure to use, or a pain to use, they are just tools for doing a job. The question you could ask if "would I go back to using the previous version after using this version for an extended time", if you're in the "I wouldn't use X OS!" but only use it occasionally, then yeah, you're going to have pre-conceived notions that the OS you hate, sucks.

I wouldn't go back to 8 from 10, but then, I wouldn't go back to 7 from 8. Certainly wouldn't go back from 7 to Vista, but then again, I didn't go back to XP from Vista either, and I alternated between Me or 98 or whatever I was using then, and XP, until I got used to XP in which case I wouldn't have gone back.

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David Webb

Hrm, no

If there was no star menu programme that could change it back to Windows XP, people would just figure out how to use the new start menu.

People, strongly, dislike change. You would have had people going from Windows 98 to XP and thinking "what the hell?" and trying to change it to look like 98 as much as possible, when Windows 7 came out, they would have tried to make it look as much like Windows XP as possible.

Hands up, how many people here have, since Windows XP, changed their desktop colour to the old Windows green/blue for familiarity?

We just don't like change, we don't like it when things we are used to alter slightly, let alone a complete overhaul. A hell of a lot of people here have been using Windows since the 3.0 era, but we'll skip that and go to the 95 era, so we're talking 20 years of having a start menu which looks like the Windows 95 start menu, so whats the first thing these people are going to do when they suddenly find their start menu isn't what they are used to? Change it to what they are used to.

I find the new start menu interesting, but then I use a Windows phone so I'm already used to having this sort of interface, I also used Windows 8 so I'm used to not actually having a start menu and just winkey/type-what-I-need method, so I'm just getting on with it, though where are the posts about Edge being the buggiest browser MS has ever made?

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German railways upgrade their comms tech from 2G to 4G

David Webb

That and the fact the writing is in English, two big pointers there. Sherlock got nowt on us!

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

David Webb

It's also surprisingly hard to change the default search engine from Bing to Google

Click the ... button

Settings

View Advanced Settings

Search in the address bar with...

Not all that difficult to switch search providers?

My only issue with Edge is that it takes around 10 seconds for bbc news to load up.

My +++ of Edge is when you right click / view source, well, I won't spoil it but I assume developers are going to love that functionality.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

David Webb

Re: Fix society

The joy of UK laws, you can get married, perform every single act on <random porn website, err.. random legal porn website>, record it to view with your husband, but you're not legally allowed to purchase the content of the stuff you're doing with your husband. You also can't distribute the video of you doing it with your husband (which is fair enough really).

You can imagine the scene now, a bunch of 17 year old horny college girls, having a mass orgy, resident geek decides to stick on some fluff from a porn website and gets hit with age verification, says "meh" and goes back to spit roasting that hot chick with the glasses who has huge tits.

Next up, legal age is raised to 18 (now that all the politicians who were happily getting off to under age kids are either dead or senile - allegedly)

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

David Webb

Meh

512 apps, I can cope with that. Cortana who replies "something went wrong", no matter what I ask, I can cope with that. A browser that enjoys hanging on BBC news, I can cope with that. Jumping through hoops to get a clean install, I can cope with that.

Screen dimming by default on UAC (and not popping up the confirmation box if you remove the dimming).... FU MS!

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

David Webb

Re: Meep.

Or you root it and stick on a custom rom and update it until you find the phone isn't powerful enough for your needs, I think that is the main beauty of Android, you have options. With Apple you're stuck, once they stop bringing out new updates for it, you're stuck with whatever version they decide you should have, so upgrade your phone.

Naturally I'm with Windows Phone, security by obscurity, best method, honest guv'nor.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

David Webb

Xbox 360

You forgot the Xbox 360. To sell it in the EU they had to switch out the solder, lead based wasn't allowed here so they went for the cheapest possible lead free stuff they could get their hands on. RROD!

Bloke does into see ole Steve and says "yeah, to fix this cock up, gunna cost us over a billion" and Steve goes "okay, do it"

On the one hand, we have the mighty cock up of using cheap solder which couldn't stand the heat generated, causing RROD's, that's the cock up that cost the billion+. But then we have Steve okaying spending that billion+ to save the Xbox brand, so, not all bad I suppose (unless you're in Japan, where the Xbox One struggles to sell triple digits a month)

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

David Webb

Correction?

A correction for the end? We do use DVB-T MPEG2, but for SD signals, for HD we actually do use DBV-T2 MPEG4, which is fair enough, 2 is fine for DVD quality, 4 for HD so I can't see why we would need to use MPEG4 for SD transmissions? Unless someone can explain why it would be better.

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Cheesy vid from inside Microsoft seller milks Office 365 for larffs

David Webb

But

It's still better than Twilight.

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

David Webb

My understanding, she was heavily involved in the AMA (the site couldn't do it without her, she had all the contacts etc. so when she got booted, no one could do anything), Reddit wanted to commercialise it, and do lots of stuff which was removed from the "spirit" of the AMA. She disagreed with that direction, Reddit fired her so they could find someone who would do what they wanted with the AMA.

It's actually pretty fair of Reddit to do that, they want their AMA to go a certain way, the person they have for it is "no", so they fire her and get someone who does, their issue was just firing her without first having someone in place who could take over the role, hence, massive cluster.......

Big question is though, how long can Reddit go without making massive profits? If they can't monetise their user base, eventually they will run out of money (or investors) and will be forced to close, then where will all the reddit people go for their gone wild pics n vidz?

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Re: I do not see why it should succeed

We have already bailed them out though, so it's basically a "should be ignore the fact we were lent around as much as Apple has in their offshore accounts?".

If Greece do decide to forget they owe cash, then leave the EU, how are they going to support their currency when no country in their right mind will lend them any cash? Not sure a country can survive without national debt, or a currency where 1 Euro buys 1,000,000,000 drachma.

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

David Webb

They generally do though, the BT DSL checker will give a rough estimate for your expected line speed, up to X MB is just that, up to, your ISP should let you know what speeds to expect. And no, I'm not smug because I'm not on an up to package, I'm guaranteed full fat fibre /smug

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AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

David Webb

Really?

"Unlimited means unlimited,”

Bollocks tbh, there is no such thing as "unlimited", the limit is "how much you can physically download in a 1 month cycle if you capped your connection 24/7 for that month" just doesn't sound very snazzy on the adverts.

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

David Webb

Call centres

When the wages in India go up and up and up, who will we have to call us 15 times a day to do fake surveys or to fix our computer problems for us?

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Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

David Webb

Re: Excellent work!

Yeah, cost is a huge issue, it costs a (scientifically speaking) metric shitload of money to put stuff in space, having a load of cheap stuff going up means weight, and weight means cost, so having one more expensive bit of kit which will most likely work (as long as you use metric and just metric, not metric and imperial) means you're not wasting a lot of cash getting stuff up.

Just getting an object into low earth orbit costs between $5-10k per kilo, according to the ESA, total mass of Rosetta was 3,000kg, at todays prices (lil bit more expensive 10 years ago) that works out at $30,000,000.

Of course, if you could invent a propulsion system that doesn't require burning off fuel in space, you could reduce that cost by over 1/2 (fuel for Rosetta was 1,670kg) and THEN you can send up a bunch of cheap shit which probably will refuse to even bother starting at -34C, let alone sit in space at temps that are a bit colder than "ahh bit chilly out there", knowing, in the back of your mind, it cost you $10k per kg of useless crap out sent up into space.

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Twitchy Google GAMES YouTube – hits 'play' on MULTI-BEELLION dollar market

David Webb

If they don't........

If they don't go all family friendly like Amazon are sending Twitch, they may do well, if however they go Google Circles or something..... meh

If I wanna stream topless, that's my business, true, you lot don't wanna see my moobs but I want the option!

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Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

David Webb

Patented

I'm sorry to tell Microsoft this, but Apple have already patented this device, in 2017.

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Ransomware-as-a-service business up for grabs to highest bidder

David Webb

Re: If you don't want to consider yourself a criminal...

all the signs of becoming a major scumbag amongst the biggest and worst scumbags

Well, he does have the usual criminal aspect required to become a politician, so you're probably right.

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Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

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Rumour is "The Institute" or MIT, so Boston.

Having a look at the source code (people do that....) Final script:

src="/57601643.institute.js"

So seems like a hint towards an institute (MIT!)

Am excited about a new Fallout game BUT the Witcher has set the bar really high for visuals on RPG's now, so Beth had better have a great engine cause, even though Skyrim looked okay, Witcher blows things out of the water, and that's the bar it has to reach.

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

David Webb

It isn't just about businesses with developers, it's about typical users with their own .me domain name hosting their blog about their kitten, they keep up to date with their updates, and their blog has all the HTML5 bells and whistles........... and is blocked from Firefox because they now have to go and get a certificate, install the certificate and, when their certificate is about to expire, renew the certificate or get a huge "this site is dangerous, don't go there" message.

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Disconnect app maker runs to EU to moan about Android

David Webb

Re: VPN/Privacy Android App banned from Google Play Store?

No, it would work as advertised but it blocks adverts........

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

David Webb

Re: I'm confused

2014 years ago, year he was born in would be year 1 not year 0 /pedantic

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

David Webb

Could they block it?

Isn't the Rift basically 2 monitors strapped to the eyes with software doing the heavy lifting? How could OR block porn, or anything really, from being displayed?

If I go into a computer store and look at the monitors there, I don't feel the need to ask the sales drone "scuse me mate, does this 27 inch 1440 monitor let me watch porn?"

On a closed platform (console), yeah, they could block adult games but on an open system like a PC, trying to block something is not really an option, so it's not that the Rift is open, it's that the system powering the Rift is open, just like the legs of that chick in the porn game from Japan, wait, why the hell do I have tentacles instead of arms? WHAT?

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LOHAN's final test flight set to honour PRATCHETT

David Webb

Re: GNU Terry Pratchett

I think it's awesome, there are so many small tributes to Pratchett in the tech world, space stations in Elite, headers, this, just goes to show how popular Sir Terry was to us tech fans.

Hopefully in a hundred or so years time, he'll have replaced Dickens as the author of choice for schools.

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

David Webb

I think it can be described more as........

WHY WON'T THEY CALL US BACK? We were not mean to just them, we're mean to EVERYONE! Apple are sluts.

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Reach for the popcorn: Obama opens personal presidential Twitter account

David Webb

Re: POTUS

Well, that opens a whole bag of worms, what if Obama writes posts about the Lakers but the next president is a huge fan of the Clippers? The POTUS will have lots of posts attributed to him about the Lakers, then Chris Paul will be all "yo, President.... you suck, gimme my signed ball back", or something.

Can you even transfer ownership of a Twitter account? I guess the best option will be changing it from @POTUS to @EXPOTUS, though in a few years, oh my, it's never ending.

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