* Posts by Lamont Cranston

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

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Re: "... finds cheeky exploit a bitter taste"

Coffee is bitter, but Starbucks only serve warm milk.

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MARIO MOBES: Nintendo hooks up with DeNA, births NX gaming system

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Re: Leave Nintendo Alone

We got the kids a WiiU, mostly so they could play Disney Infinity on it - it's an awful experience, constantly throwing up warnings about there being too much on screen at once. I don't know whether to blame Nintendo or Disney for this, but I hear it plays really well on the PS4. The news that Splatoon will not have 4-player, split screen mode, suggests to me that the WiiU really is underpowered. Which is a real shame.

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

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Re: I see your shotgun, and raise you a chainsaw

Bezerk Pack and fists, please - nothing like watching your enemies explode in one punch!

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Re: evidence @Lamont

I attempted my 50m swimming badge on a full stomach, and threw up in the pool. Make of that what you will.

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Re: evidence @edge_e

Something my dad told me when I was about 7, when I enquired as to why Minesweeper was present on the laptop he'd borrowed from work. Seemed like a plausible enough reason at the time. I don't recall him making a similar excuse for the presence of Rogue, though!

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Re: Not just Eye Candy then

Windows has always come bundled with a few games. My understanding was that Solitaire and Minesweeper were there to teach new users how to use the mouse - surely this is no different?

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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Re: "You mean Amazon?" @h4rm0ny

No, the point I was making was that the service being offered by torrent sites was considerably superior to the experience of using "legitimate" means of obtaining music/films/whatever. My narrow example was a neat illustration of why an otherwise thoroughly law-abiding citizen would go poking around the less salubrious corners of the internet - and once said citizen has gone down that road, he/she/it might as well stay there, as they'll often find it a more pleasant experience than using the legal means of obtaining their chosen content.

The whole waah waah, you're stealing from people approach that you are taking, appears to be the same line of reasoning that leads the music/film studios into the endless hunt for pirates, when they would be better served by putting their own house in order by providing an attractive service to their potential customers.

"It's people's work that you refused to pay for"? No, people's work that I attempted to pay for, but wasn't permitted to.

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Re: "You mean Amazon?" @h4rm0ny

the huge, huge majority of it IS available for purchase?

The bit I wanted to purchase wasn't. Do you want a list?

Not that I recall, see previous point.

Nice that you're so well catered for - anybody with different tastes can whistle, eh?

Maybe you bought a second-hand one?

No, bought it new, but the expiry times on those codes is surprisingly short. Happened on more than one occassion, too. Taking it back's no good - the staff at Asda won't be able to offer anything but a refund - and getting on to the distributor might eventually get me a code, but who has time for that? (I tried, the first time, with a 20th Century Fox DVD and was rewarded, after much to-ing and fro-ing, with a low-res copy of my film - totally worth it!). Making my own digital copy (playable in every device that I own) is by far the simpler option. UltraViolet is a pretty good idea (you buy the DVD, you get the digital copy - exactly what I want) but it's implementation is somewhat lacking (I can watch some of what I buy, on some of my screens). I haven't quite got the point where I'm thinking "sod all this effort, I'll just torrent it", but I can certainly see why other people have (and I wouldn't condemn them for doing so - and this brings me back to my earlier point about the "illegal" service being far superior to the "legal" service, and why won't the content providers learn?).

poor logic and argument in bad faith

Ooh, you got me! I'd better rush home and put a drill through that hard-drive full of ill-gotten gains.

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Re: "You mean Amazon?" @h4rm0ny

Have you ever tried to buy a CD/DVD and found that it's no longer available, or not available in the appropriate region for your player? I have.

Ever tried to get around the above problem buy purchasing the album/film as a digital download, instead of physical media, only to find that it's not available as a digital download? I have.

Ever purchased a DVD with the intent to use the UltraViolet digital copy, only to find that the code inside the case has expired? I have.

Mind you, I have been know to borrow CDs and DVDs from other people and then make copies for my own use before returning the originals! I should probably go to jail.

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@h4rm0ny

This cartoon is getting old, however it is still true.

The pirates are giving consumers the content that they want, in a timely and convenient fashion. Rather than endlessly chasing the pirates (an exercise in futility, I'm sure we can all agree), maybe the content producers should look at what the pirates are offering, and make sure that their own product more attractive?

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: Live TV and record everything

I miss News Bunny.

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Re: Freeview Play

No need to worry, I'm sure that Panasonic et al. will be pushing out firmware updates to all their existing "smart" TVs that will enable access to this revolutionary new service.

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Re: uhd? i dont want hd!

I can spot the difference between Freeview and Freeview HD but, on a 32" TV, the difference isn't so great that it's worth worrying about.

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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I would just like to confirm

that dandelions are indeed very nice to eat. Easier to harvest than nettles, too.

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EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

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Re: Orange might have many customers..

I think I originally went with Orange because of the Orange Wednesday deal. Switched to Three, when I realised I wasn't going to the cinema very often. The only thing keeping me on Orange now is the Deezer subscription that came bundled with my contract. Lose that, and I'll be off.

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

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Re: "order picker in an Amazon warehouse is pretty far along from the worst jobs in the land"

From what I've heard, it has a fairly high attrition rate.

Besides, a job might be dirty and dangerous, but that's no reason for an employer to treat its employees like dirt.

BTW, automation seems to have done for ticket inspectors (no doubt fare-dodging is now non-existant, and ticket prices have fallen to the floor).

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As a resident of the town in question,

I'll look forward to my freshly re-elected MP trumpeting this triumph of job creation, and singing Amazon's praises. I doubt he'll make any mention of an Amazon warehouse being shit place to work - he not required to, of course, but that shouldn't stop media outlets drawing attention to it.

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Forced sale of Openreach division would put BT broadband investment at risk, says CEO

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Re: If the board @Lamont Cranston

Sooo, private and public ownership are equally shite? Yay!

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Re: If the board of BT plc won't invest in a demerged Openreach....

I can't say that the situation would be better under public ownership, but the UK's water network is crap: 22% loss through leaks, according to this.

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Spooks: Big-screen upgrade for MI5 agents fails to be a hit job

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Whenever I've seen Spooks on the TV,

the agents always seemed very keen to walk into an obvious trap (and die as a result, which is at least different from the usual TV formula). Expecting the film to feature intelligent characters seems hopelessly optimistic.

Harry always seemed to avoid the fate of his younger colleagues by preferring to remain in the office, pouting and frowning like he was auditioning for Hollyoaks.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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It's an iPad with a keyboard.

Credit where it's due: Apple know their market.

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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Re: Would it be ok...

Looks to me like a picture of a vulnerable adult, desperately clinging on to the son who is growing up, and growing away from him.

That's it's being perceived as homoerotic, says much more about the people doing the perceiving.

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Barclaycard axes bonking payments bracelet

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Re: "For people who can't afford cars then?"

Buying a car is easy, finding somewhere to park it is the problem.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: Edge Logo

Ha! I had to squint to get that to appear - otherwise it just looks like the old IE "e" with a Flock of Seagulls haircut.

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Re: Hatters Will Hate!

What's Luton Town Football Club got to do with this?

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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Re: "It can't have been me, I was out of the country"

Yes, I rather enjoyed that, too. Listening to him squirm is delightful.

Nick Clegg's suggestion that "Michael Green did it" was one of the rare instances of a politician actually making a good joke, too.

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Android gaming platform Ouya is down to its last life

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Re: The Key

Touch screen phones make terrible games controllers.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: "just have ones service number tattooed on each limb"

And everyone should wear identical grey pyjamas, because fashion is a waste of effort, and any attempts at individuality must be quashed. Pass the Soma.

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Google: We're not mad, our mobes-in-sky Project Loon is FINE

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I'd mostly agree with this,

except that "we in the west" have been actively engaged in armed conflicts for the last decade or so. Granted, not with each other, but still...

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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Re: Downvoters...

I upvoted your earlier comment, Jimmy, but now you're just whining about people on an internet forum not agreeing with you, so you're second comment deserves downvoting.

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New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans

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No one expects Apple to push out a jailbroken iPhone,

but plenty of Android phones are very amenable to having their OS replaced, so it's not a huge jump to expect similar behaviour from Chromebooks.

The Register attracts the sort of person who likes to fiddle with their IT kit, so the authors recognising this and addressing it in the articles isn't really a big ask.

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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Re: "she is legit on the meat market"

Congratulations. That doesn't make you sound like a creepy old man, at all. No, sir, not a bit.

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Ransomware holds schools hostage: 'Now give us Bitcoin worth $129k, er, $124k, wait ...'

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Re: Good for them

Thumbs up to this.

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

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Lovely.

A nice stick for me to beat Orange EE with, come renewal time.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Re: I like my coffee like I like my women:

coarsely ground and stored in the freezer?

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Hackable media box based on the Raspberry Pi compute module: Five Ninjas Slice

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I honestly don't see the point of this,

as it's just paying a hefty premium for a snazzy case and a remote, but if it raises the profile of the Pi as a media player, I'm all for it - get enough of these into peoples' houses, maybe the on-demand suppliers will start to take note (I'd love to be able to have iPlayer, Netflix, and what-have-you as workable add-ons for Kodi xbmc).

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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Re: maths is maths

Maybe a joke was a joke?

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Faux ‪pro-IS Facebook‬ shot down within hours of launch

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Shame.

I would have liked to find out what their stance was on pictures women breastfeeding.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: "not owned by the retailers"

I changed supplier shortly after smart meters were fitted at my property. I had to twist the arm of my old suppliers to get them to extract readings from the smart meters, and my new supplier has never read them (they use a different model of smart meters). It's a fantastic system - I still have to read my meters every month, but now it's slightly more difficult than it was previously!

Overwhelming consumer demand, my arse.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Re: Tawnie Lynn (pictured)

You weren't supposed to look at her face!

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W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

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Re: wankuh?

"Wankah", would be more appropriate. Watch something like Deep Rising, and see how Jason Flemyng is shouting it.

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Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

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Re: To the editors...

I'm really not a fan of the big pictures that have started appearing above the headlines on The Register, but if all of them could be pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, I think I'd be quite happy.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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If "Ultra HD" doesn't go the same way as 3D, I'll eat my hat.

HD has hardly been a massive hit, has it? DVD sales are probably in decline, thanks to streaming, but I'll bet they're more robust than Blu-Ray sales.

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FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

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Re: 8K screens are actually nice for low res content too

But not of 576.

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Drinking games: Tapper 1983, this Bud's for you...

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"THIS BUDS FOR YOU"

I can't see any rose bushes.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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Re: Our son is 18

And if all the first time voters think that way, your voting never will make any difference. Thank him from me, won't you, when the incumbent gets returned, and we face another 5 years of the current shower?

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Brightstar deal means Post Office mobile network could be a thing

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Re: Stamp it out

And what's the deal with airline food, eh?

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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Re: Three - customer service outstanding

The customer retentions (or whatever they're called) operator at Three called me a liar when I called to cancel my contract. Didn't stack up well against the people employed by Orange, who have never been anything less than polite, whether I've been leaving or joining their network.

That said, their high street outlets seem to be staffed with duplicitous sharks, unlike the local O2 store, where the lad was more than happy to let me leave without buying anything.

Swings and roundabouts, I suppose.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: "feminazi" strikes such a tender nerve

"feminazi" doesn't so much "strike a tender nerve", more it serves as a handy marker that the speaker doesn't really have an opinion worth listening to.

Believing that men and women should occupy an equal position in society, does not make one a misandrist. Nor does the condemnation of sexual violence.

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Re: Luther. Basically the ISIS guy of back then.

Good thing Superman was always around to stop him, then.

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