* Posts by Lamont Cranston

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Reviewed: LittleBigPlanet 3, Lara Croft's latest raid and more

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It's probably a little too late in the franchise

to shift Ms. Croft into a more realistic figure.

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Re: Not a comics fan?

Totally Awsome-sauce!

Brave & The Bold does owe a lot to the West-era Batman, but watching Bats don a set of brass knuckless and then sock some goons in the jaw, does shift the tone away from the purely camp. Weird show.

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How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

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Re: With clear heels

I hope they've got goldfish in them.

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Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

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Is anyone going to pass judgement on an adult

whose main mode of transport is a skateboard?

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

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Down with this sort of thing.

^ correct way to protest

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

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Re: Uninformed comments

Since getting rid of the previous 5.1 setup, I realised that my TV sounds sufficient, as it is.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: F1

Three hours of cars driving round in circles, serving as background noise for your dad to fall asleep to after Sunday dinner. Thrilling stuff.

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Good for him.

Appropriate choice of film, too (even if it is rubbish).

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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"Exemptions will apply for shepherds, cottage and fish pies."

So, a pie must have a pastry top and a pastry base, except when it doesn't? Quality legislation, that'll make.

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Re: Daft design

As stated above, they'll rise up at a predetermined hour, and sink below once the need has passed, rather than appearing and disappearing on demand. There's a simialr scheme operating in some British towns, except that, rather than rising from the floor, they're dropped off from the back of a truck, and collected up at the end of the night.

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

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I really like this idea.

Here's hoping they come up with a case that can protect against the usual bumps, but leave the rear screen readable.

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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

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Re: Sigh.

This is the last time I steal a joke from Charlie Brooker.

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Re: Sigh.

You forget to mention that playing PacMan doesn't make you run around darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music.

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

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Re: He's remarkable in other ways.

I blame those NHS death panels, that leave disabled people on mountainsides, to be devoured by wolves.

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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Re: 2012 Nexus models to stay at KitKat perrmanently?

I've yet to see a notification for it on my 2012 Nexus 7. Given what I've read about it, I'm not that bothered, tbh (quite tempted to get it back onto Jelly Bean, or find something whizzy on xda-developers, although it's been a little more stable, of late, so might just save the hassle and leave it as is).

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: Apple and Amazon... intangible?

Apple Turnover? Only taxed if you buy it warm, I believe.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: Just to throw in a subject for debate...

Yes, I rather suspect that it does, and we should probably be improving our sex education in schools, to help young people deal with these issues. What I don't agree with, is this crazy attempt to outlaw anything that isn't "vanilla" sex, on film.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: "held on by BluTac"

A loose internal connection meant that my +3 (I know, and I'm sorry) was fixed by jamming a Rubik's Snake between the Multiface and (I think) the video cable.

After I sold it to my more technically-minded friend, he popped the case off and soldered the connection back together. I still think that folding the Snake to exactly the right shape was the more satisfying solution.

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

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"did nothing else whilst viewing"

You call jumping around like a hyperactive idiot "nothing"?

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Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids

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Re: 8GB internal memory?

Quite. My other half got the Desire 500, and it was pretty much out of storage from the moment it was switched on. A nice phone, otherwise.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Police boxes had a telephone in them.

Doctor Who seems to use his quite a lot, in the new series.

Double Fail.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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A system that delivers electrical shocks to anyone filming with their phone held in portrait?

We need more of these things.

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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Vodaphone are incompetent, the police are corrupt.

Business as usual, then?

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: Ban Father Ted

Careful now.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Not far off

Knowing how to type the correct search terms into Google, can easily get you branded as some sort of "computer wizard".

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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Paid apps?

How quaint.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: why bother

"Bad news: your uncle has died. But, cheer up, he's left you his laptop..."

Aw, that was sweet of him. *fires up laptop, opens browser, is mentally scarred for life*

I think that's why.

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Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection

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I cannot read anything about HALO,

without wondering what Master Chef has got to do with it. Is Greg Wallace inside that green armour?

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FALL of the MACHINES: How to KILL the Google KARATE BOT, by our expert

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He can probably

be plugged in to the cigarette lighter.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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the left think "Democracy is fine, as long as we're in charge".

The trouble with democracy, is that it lets politicians get into positions of power.

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Microsoft to bring back beloved 1990s super-hit BATTLETOADS!?*

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Re: Nintendo rule:

Said the actress to the bishop.

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Bloke, 26, accused of running drug souk Silk Road 2.0 cuffed by Feds

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Re: People often become addicted to substances to which they can not afford to be addicted.

Quite right. A good thing that we've long since outlawed sugar, alcohol, and nicotine.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Who the hell is going to buy...

If you can get past all the negatives (of which there are many, so you really can't), who among us doesn't want to act like Picard, and be able to bark questions at the walls? Hook it up to a 3D printer, and you could at least ask it to form a cup to hold your tea, earl-grey, hot!

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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My parents would never let me have more than a few coppers for the arcades,

so I'd look on whistfully as others played Ghost'n'Goblins, Operation Wulf, or Outrun, as I pushed my coppers into the 2p push machine.

Once I'd bought myself a PlayStation (must have been 20 years old *sigh*) a Capcom compilation was one of my first purchases. Ghosts'n'Goblins (and Ghouls'n'Ghosts)! But, wait - it's bastard hard and I can barely get past the first level. *crushing disappointment*

Nostalgia is best left in the past. I had a lot more fun playing Smash TV (with infinite continues), but that quickly got boring as it rendered it all too easy. Surely there is a middle ground?

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Shame.

It's about time we put a Catholic back on the throne, too.

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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Unexpected item in bagging area.

How do they cope when I child attempts to hitch a ride on their back, or tip them over?

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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Re: On overpaid football players

I want to downvote this, on the grounds that footballers are overpaid, but what you've written is all true.

I think professional football is a load of rubbish, and thus throw precisely none of my disposable income at it, but plenty of people feel different, and jacking up the gate prices doesn't seem to put them off.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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WTF?

Re: Rubbish science

Why would you post this?

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: Won't anyone think of the scientists?!

Can't they get insurance cover for this sort of thing?

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Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries

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Re: Bakeoff?

Shirley it's "bake off"?

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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Re: disappearing up my own arse

Locking people up isn't primarily about punishment, it's about protecting society from those that wish to do it harm (and with the intent that they can be rehabilitated)). It's also absurdly expensive, and so would be best used only when absolutely required.

And no, I don't believe that a bit of litter picking is an appropriate response to a career criminal, but nor do I think that banging him up and forgetting about him is the answer. Oh, I know, let's just lop his hands off - that'll put an end to his schemes.

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Re: Totally inadequate

Unless you represent a danger to yourself or others, prison should not be required for your rehabilitation (unless it's the only way to ensure that you attend for it). Community service should be the preferred option in most cases.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Re: It's an Apple car patent

Surely, if you patent something not with the intent to make it yourself, but to prevent others from making it, you're abusing the system?

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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I do like the suggestion that

social media be used to inform people that their privacy might be being violated.

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: What we learnt...

Looked like Lemarchand's box, to me!

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Re: Who is the target audience?

You're spot on, here - Doctor Who is a kids' show, always has been, always will be. It's going wrong because it's trying, and failing, to appeal to adults, rendering it incomprehensible to children (quoth my youngest: "THIS IS BORING!").

I think it might also be suffering becuase the stories are crushed into 35/40 minutes, and thus have a hurried resolution - I don't necessarily want a return to the 4 cliffhangers + 1 resolution, of my childhood, but the decent stories of the past 2 episodes have had very rushed conclusions ("it's a flag, he's a soldier, I'll salute him and he'll fall apart" / "I'll leap out of my tardis, brandish my magic wand*, and they'll fall apart"), so maybe it ought to be split over 2 nights (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun)? It's in the wrong timeslot, anyway - it should come before Strictly!

*about time the Sonic Screwdriver went, too - occassionally well used, mostly just a crutch for lazy writing

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Re: Really?

Much as this case seems to scream "I'm an idiot, please give me money", I'm always slightly surprised that Lynx haven't been done for false advertising - it's ludicrous to claim that smelling like a teenage boy will make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

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So,

what noise does a football make as it flies through the air?

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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@Ledswinger

It's about time we implemented The Great British Bake Off, the way Norman Tebbit wanted a Cricket Test - if you're shown the Bake Off and don't enjoy it, you're promptly deported to somewhere far less British.

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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I read the article, and thought "what a good idea!"

Then I read the comments, and realised that it is a terrible idea.

Still, would be nice to do away with SIMs, entirely.

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