* Posts by Owain 1

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Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

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Stick your own QR on the top.

I suggest you print out your own QR, perhaps a rickroll or similar, and stick it over the top of your google issued one.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: I dunno but

Apparently camels have lawyers, and blue whales do not.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Randomly add frames

My thoughts exactly. Although in order to defeat it, the pirate would have to know that the method of watermarking is a frame count. Maybe it's some coloured dots. Maybe it's a bit of audio 2 hours in that says "THIS COPY BELONGS TO FRED" in the audio. Who is going to watch 2 hours of this rubbish in order to be able to find that. I think the point is that it's easy to defeat an obvious visual watermark.

More importantly they were stupid to let such a large quantity of a valuable asset out in one chunk to a single 3rd party. Maybe next time they will employ more than one translation company and only give them half of each episode each (or something). Or get them to work in-house if that's too much of a risk. Or give them a really bad quality copy at 320x160 or something. Either way the error wasn't in the watermarking it was in trusting a 3rd party with the crown jewels in the first place.

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Google Ads go NUCLEAR, foist exploit kit

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Re: AdBlock

I had to turn off ad blocker and refresh TheReg to see what you meant. Gosh it looks terrible with the advertising. I hadn't realised. Back on now. Phew.

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

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Unhappy

Old lady rolling backward

You've slightly missquoted, and missed the point.

"an electronic handbrake enables hill-start tech - which stops the old lady in front rolling back into your Audi."

"NP: If the little old lady rolls back on a hillstart, she's not fit to drive, whatever she claims."

And you can keep repeating that to yourself as you admire the lovely dent she's made in your nice radiator, while she drives off having not noticed the impact. Personally I'd prefer she (and everybody else) has the electronic handbrake.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: Satellite

Maybe they want to listen to radio in the room which doesn't have a satellite cable running to it... a sky dish isn't very portable. Personally I would love to be able to get our satellite signal to other rooms in the house (over IP?) but I haven't found anything to help. Anybody got any suggestions?

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: Kerfuffle?

a "rumpus" perhaps.

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

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Pure lazy

"This feature is mainly for people who generally don't lock their phones as they find it too inconvenient. ".

My goodness me people are lazy. Honestly it's not something I think twice about.. Dont you just up the unlock time, or turn it off (and lock with off button). Surely there are better features than this to concentrate the great minds of google on. I take it this just a tick box in the menu structure that says, "don't lock if being jiggled". Personally I'd like them to spend more time on the wifi stack to get it to roam between SIDs in the same network properly. I have an old house (thick stone walls) and 2 wifi spots (same SID same psk), and you can walk from one spot to the other and even stand on top of the router and the darn thing will not roam even though the signal is orders of magnitude higher. Arrrgh.

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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Gas is cheeper than electric

My central heating gas is cheaper per watt than my electricity. Therefore it IS cheaper to use Central heating than lights to heat my house. (I note your 'relative costs' statement.) I guess you'd need to be on something worse than electric heating.

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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Re: Not much use...

I think the MicroSD card slot is just underneath the battery actually.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Preload with 'knoledge'

Presumably you could buy one, and then before giving it to the kid preload it with all the things you think they might 'enjoy' talking about, by seeding the 'Barby learns all about you'. E.g. Buy Doll, ask doll lots of questions about maths, raspberry pi, the register, car mechanics, thai cooking, the joys of reading a book, playing outside, making dens, climbing trees, growing up to be an engineer etc and then hand the doll to the child, happy that Barbi will suggest something 'suitable' when they ask it an inane question. Having said that, my 4 year old recently asked me "What if the earth had legs?". I had no answer to that and so reflected it back to the child: "I don't know, what if the earth had legs?". He said "It would walk on the sun.". Fair enough.

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Re: Dib dib dib

I'd been a cub assistant leader for about 8 years before I realised that 'dib dib dib' should be 'dyb dyb dyb' and it stands for 'Do Your Best'. I assume the response was 'dob dob dob'. Note, this short term isn't used any more in Scouting. At our starting ceremony the leading cub shouts out "Cubs do your Best!". Then the Cubs all shout out "We Will do our best!"

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

Owain 1
Terminator

Skynet

Presumably once the machines achieve consciousness they will use these handy energy weapons to blind all the human scum.

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Whistleblower behind PM's daughter scholarship leak must wait for fate

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re no longer teach grammar

We leave it to our cartoon writers: ‘Are English split infinitives a form of irregular verb or past pronoun?’

No suitable 'pig' icon was found.

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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Re: Z2 Compact

My bad, I meant the Z1 Compact. Yeesh, I use it everyday and I don't even know what it is. Good phone though. Well recommended.

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Z2 Compact

Doesn't look like it's much of an improvement on Z2 compact which I have. It's a great little phone. Water proof etc, magnetic charge etc. My Z2 gets 41266 on the AnTuTu v5.3 benchmark too, so the Z3 version isn't much faster. My money is on the Z2 compact until the Z3 price drops. Z2 comact battery on stamina mode is currently suggesting I'll get 5 days out of it... I think it's the non-HD screen that really helps. I use my phone for phone stuff, email, minecraft, but not to watch HD movies on - I don't want to go blind. So the HD screen on higher models is a bit overkill methinks.

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Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship'

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After landing

What stops it from just falling over after landing even with the legs? I'm presuming it's pretty tall and it's on a non-static platform. I would have thought it needed something to grab it by the top (or the bottom I guess) just after it lands. Otherwise if there's a bit of a wave, it'll be .. .KABOOM time :(

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UK.gov binds mobe operators to £5bn not-spot deal

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69 per cent to 85 per cent of Blighty

Is that geographical, or population? Not much point in sticking a mast in the middle of nowhere just for the occasional hiker?

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Branson sinks sub dream: Plan to explore Earth's bottom scrapped

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What goes up

I guess there's an issue with recovery too if something does go wrong. At least if your spacecraft breaks up, you can find bits of it when they hit the dust. But if something sinks, then it's just gone :(

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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Re: Oh man

I thought that, then I saw it was from 'Sis'... and since my wife and her sister spend 'quite' some time on the phone, perhaps it's a simple statement of fact.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Leg off floor

Is this the leg that is off the floor? If you look to the right of the leg then the black shape could be its shadow thrown onto the rock, assuming light is coming from the left of the photo. Since the shadow and the leg aren't attached, that would suggest this is the leg off the floor? Additionally the leg seems to be very well lit, but you cant see any rock lit at the bottom of it, also suggestive that the leg is not touching the floor.

(I nearly said 'in the air' then. Which would have been an error.)

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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Re: Awesome Toy

I'm quite surprised that it cannot go down as fast as it can go up? Can anybody explain?

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

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Re: Longer battery life

I've been very impressed with my sony z1 mini. It lasts about 3 days without charging (albeit with low usage - a bit of googling, email checking, a call or two, and a text or 10), and a limp mode to drag that out for another day when it hits 15%. Antutu score of 40309. Waterproof. Removable micro sd card. Not the coolest looking (especially not when wearing a protective case), but certainly the most practical phone I've owned - coming from an S3.

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Fraud shop OVERSTOCKED with stolen credit cards

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Holmes

Re: I just wonder....

Maybe they do.....

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Bracelet could protect user herds from lurking PREDATORS

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Mushroom

Neck

I think it should be a collar worn round the neck, perhaps with some HE in it in case the user wanders too far away from their computer. If they do.. KABOOM. Or perhaps some sort of intestine based version, depending on which film analogy you prefer.

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Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT

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Wonder if... Angela Merkel has any selfies

I suggest a kickstarter fund to pay to keep them out of the public domain.

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Get ready: The top-bracket young coders of the 2020s will be mostly GIRLS

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Damn statistics

If less girls are taking the subject, but are receiving higher grades, then it stands to reason that perhaps they are only taking the subject if they are personally more interested in taking it, whereas perhaps more boys are taking it without being that interested, e.g. if their mates are also doing it.

While running code club at school, I find we get fewer but keener girls, and more boys but some of them are just there to mess around with games.

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Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8

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Strong password to protect pictures of kittens.... WHY??!

It's been said many times before, but frankly I'd rather websites and apps stop forcing users to use strong passwords when the content they secure is worthless. Sure my bank should require a strong password, and paypal, and e-bay, and e-mails, and maybe even facebook (uuugh). Although two factor security would be far more reasonable: like gmail has (and paypal can afford to send me a text message to my mobile). Other websites essentially just keep my information private, and that's not worth much. I propose 4 classes of website - privacy, store account (without payment details retained), e-mail and social presence, payment/banking. I see no reason as to why privacy should be maintained by a unique strong password.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: Will these night time trucking lorries

Correction:

....

Else

AllowOvertake = Hey, why not.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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Re: "In the UK, Cortana will have a local accent ..."

No, it'll just have the stock cockney-chimney-sweep gorblimy guv'ner cheeky chappy voice that all people from the uk have...

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Pint

Pharrt

just sums it all up nicely.

I agree with everything you say. As a nobody, I'm assuming most of the random connection attempts I get are hacked accounts wanting to spam me with something. My wife insisted we get a facebook page for our holiday cottage. We have one. Some of our friends have have liked it. Nobody has ever enquired about a booking through it. Waste of time. Plenty of traffic through google and our website.

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'Fan docks' are about to become a thing

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Marketing blah blah

"Depth perception also means it will become possible to use one's hands to control on-screen action in games or with apps built to offer a gestural interface"

Which we already have (from plain old 2d cameras and touch screens) with limited take up. Primarily because it wears you out and isn't very precise; and, as a lazy git, the only time I really want to wave my hands about trying to attract attention and give direction to an uncomprehending other party is either when I want to order more food at the restaurant, or when I'm drowning.

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Toot-toot. Intel pulls up in the connected car of the FU-TURE-TURE

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Re: obscene level of profit

I will recognise it when I'm rolling around in it, and I'm throwing it onto a fire for fun. I suspect the purchase of an island is also a hint.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Effects of Ballet on the human body

"How awful. Did he at least die painlessly? To Shreds you say."

I've told my wife we should cancel our trip to see Swan Lake.

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Bizarre Tolkien-inspired GCHQ Xmas card CAN'T BE READ by us PLEBS

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@GrumpyOldBloke

"GCHQ: Mordor where the Shadows lie ?

A little further to the North."

You mean Tewkesbury?

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Re: Nw for a spanner in the works..

It appears you drew the 'witty and intelligent' card from the skills pile instead. Madam, I salute you.

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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I've got one here...

Oh. But no floppy drive. Hmm.

No mention of RiscOS either. Obviously not x86 but an alternative to look at for those with a Pi lying around unused (or just running squeezeplug stuck on the top of a kitchen cupboard with £18 of mains powered speakers attached as mine is - cheepest multi room music system around. My brother in law spent £1000 a room on his system. Ouch.).

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Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

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Make them predictable

I agree with this thinking. I.e. instead of them deciding each time they need one, if they simply agreed that they would add some at predefined times. (Say 30th June in 2013, 2018, 2025, 2029 etc) to keep time with the predetermined slow down of the earths rotation, then we'd just have a fixed list that lasted 50 years or so. Then we'd all be dead and the children can think about how/ when to add more to that list.

Easy to implement (simply publish them, and then stick to them). Easy to embed in closed systems (just used published seconds - no system is likely to last more than 50 years with no maintenance).

And they could simply decide not to add any more leap seconds at all. That way there is no need to change existing systems (they just read the existing leap seconds from the existing list) and you don't need to change any embedded systems either. The GPS and 'updated' clocks are simply defined as being 18 seconds apart from each other from now on.

Everybody is happy.

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Drone to deliver beer-as-a-service

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Re: Improvements

Hmmm, obviously if you had a 11 foot pole, then you'd be able to steal the can as it came down. Which means the purchaser needs to have a 12 foot pole. And then the 'can rustler' would need a 13 foot pole. Or just a big net to catch the drone and swipe the whole cargo of precious amber nectar.

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

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Meh

Re: Size does seem to help but....

"The ultimate aphrodisiac has long been green in colour."

I shall begin working on my lawn right now!

It's quite long.....

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The healing hands of guru Dabbs

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Thumb Up

Cardboard cut out

I used to work as a software designer and coder in a small part of the HP offices in Reading (now closed). A colleague of mine used to sit in the cubicle behind mine. His job (and he was very good at it) was to sit there, normally silently, and have other people explain their problems to him. Regardless of whether he knew anything about the subject matter or not. Normally about half way through their explanation, the explainer would normally stop. Say "Gaarh!! I've got it!" and walk back to their desk fully armed with the solution. Stuart, I salute you and your ability. I believe he was outsourced to a cardboard cut out :(

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US woman cuffed for 'booking strippers for 16th birthday bash'

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Meh

Probably ill advised

The link in the article points to the DA's office (or something) and there's more detail there. I quote

" they had sufficient evidence to charge at least 5 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child relative to the acts performed on the children by the dancers all at the alleged direction, arrangement, organization and supervision by and of Ms. Viger. As difficult as it may be for us to have to weigh in on these kinds of cases, certainly exposing the unsuspecting children to this sort of "entertainment" goes beyond the pale when it comes to what is appropriate for 14, 15 and 16 year old child. It is important to remember that it is the other kids and their parents who came forward and who initiated the investigation. The police correctly followed up on legitimate, good faith complaints and the police owed it to them to conduct an earnest investigation into the matter."

I guess the invitations didn't read: "Come to my bowling and strippers party".

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Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery

Owain 1
Meh

Re: probably THE most expensive electrical appliance in your house

Why would servicing my SMEG fridge stop my laptop from slowing?

Hell, I probably paid more for my washing machine and dishwasher than my laptop.

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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Lend him the disc

That is all.

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RISC OS comes to Raspberry Pi

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Speedy!

Gosh, that's a quick desktop. You drag the windows and they move in real time. Although it nearly made me cry when I looked at the task manager to find the free pool was 128000K. I remember spending weeks on end cramming my games to make them fit in a 640k free pool to support the 1Mb machines.

Visions of the Impossible.

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Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money

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Triangle

For a triangle I'd give you 1 in 3... and there's the 'stick' to consider too of course. Have you considered taking up the 'shaker'?

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Sony delays micro-PS3 and colours current crop

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Unhappy

Sad

I do struggle to see why offering the product in a different colour would somehow encourage somebody who wasn't already going to buy the console to buy it. Although given that they all do this, presumably its proven to work. "I don't think I will buy a new PS, I'll just wait until the next gen box comes out..... Ohh it comes in Scarlet blue now? Well why didn't you say! I'll take 10."

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Gamer fails STAM roll, dies after 40-hour Diablo III stretch

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Meh

Some responsibility on the game developer

It might be reasonable for the game server to kick you off for a certain amount of time (say 30 minutes) if your account has been active beyond the safe limits stated in their games terms and conditions: I'm sure they must have some sort of guidance on this kind of thing? Obviously you would need to be (moved to) somewhere 'safe' in the game. Or perhaps all the NPCs should start shouting "You must drink some water" and "Go eat something" or "Get some sleep"

Or is there a fear that this might be the developer accepting some sort of legal responsibility? If somebody dies because they fall asleep at the wheel of their car from driving for too long then I assume it's not the car manufacturer's fault?

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Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic

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Looks like a greenhouse

I'd be a bit worried that that tupperware was going to act like a greenhouse and 'bake' the RPi quite quickly. Although given that it's still raining outside maybe that wont be a problem on a uk duck pond.

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