* Posts by Lamont Cranston

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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SICK FILTH

^ BAN THIS

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

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Re: doughnut

Am I the only person who thinks that "Krispy Kreme" sounds really unappestising?

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Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

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@Symon

That's a very interesting and highly laudable approach - treatment/rehabilitation should always be preferred over retribution. I do have to wonder what happens to the victim of abuse, in cases where the perpetrator confesses his crime to his doctor, though.

In the case of reddit, I suppose they need to draw make a distinction between openly discussing a criminal acts and inciting others to commit them.

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Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

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Re: Pretty offensive article.

Glad you like your WiiU, Steve, but I must take issue with a few of your points:

4. WiiU games work properly at launch instead of requiring massive day zero critical patches

Not entirely true. Of the half dozen WiiU games that we own, only 1 has not gone online and downloaded stuff on its first run (it's a console, I expect all of the games to work out of the box - the kids certainly don't want to sit there and watch a progress bar fill up).

5. Lack of third party support is a blessing not a curse [...] no gamer would ever buy one of these 'games'

"Third party" doesn't have to mean shovelware. I certainly enjoyed Arkham City on the WiiU, and I don't think that was developed by Nintendo.

7. There's no fees for online WiiU gaming, Splatoon + all it's dlc has been free

All the Splatoon extras might be free, but this isn't true of, say, Mario Kart. I can't say I was particularly put out by paying for the extra tracks/karts/characters, but there's no point in pretending that Nintendo are just giving this stuff away. They'd like you to by some amiibos, too. Still, it is nice that there's no charge for the privilege of online play.

9. Most games for the WiiU are half the price

High street prices are around the £40 mark for new releases. I do hope PS4/Xbone players aren't paying the best part of £100 for their games?

I don't think it's offensive to the dead to consider the fortunes of the company he was running.

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@ Tim Jenkins

I would agree with this, but I picked up a copies of Nintendoland and Marion Party 10 recently, and the kids went ape for them (so did I, if I'm honest*). I think the real tragedy is that only Nintendo have any idea what the gamepad / wiimote+nunchuck can be good for, hence the lack of 3rd party titles.

*Was playing the Metroid game with my eldest, the other night, and it played like I wish the Wii had - smooth control with the nunchuck, and aiming with the wiimote actually worked (used MotionPlus, I think, which should have been there from the start). Really well done, just a shame it's relegated to a minigame.

The fact that Splatoon doesn't have 4 (or 5) player local multiplayer speaks volumes as to how underpowered the WiiU is, though - it'd be on my "must have" list, otherwise.

Oh, and Dan55 is spot on about media player functionality. Our old Wii was hacked to play DVDs and stream across the network (although it wasn't particularly good at this), which was a real boon. Sony recognised the value of this when the PS2 came out (DVD playback was a major selling point), but Nintendo don't. OK, there's Amazon Prime / Netflix as standard, but no chance of any other media player getting added to it, so it'll never be the entertainment hub that it should have been - a real missed opportunity (and the presence of the TV remote functionality of the gamepad suggests that it had occurred to someone at Nintendo).

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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I put all my eggs into the one basket. Far more convenient that way.

No worries for me - the basket weaver assures me it's drop-proof.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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I can't help thinking that,

in a sane world, you'd be able to buy the device of your choosing, then buy the books from the stores of your choosing. If, say, Sony were to restrict their Blu-Ray players to only play films from their own studio, everyone would think them mad.

As a side note, I've put a few books on my android tablet, and found Adobe Digital Editions to be a steaming heap of poo.

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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The way I read it

was that he'd been taking photos using the Google Photos app, which was automatically saving them to Google's cloud, which was as he expected, but then he uninstalled the Google Photos app and assumed that this would take the cloud backup element of the app with it. Which it didn't, and so photos taken with a different app (maybe the stock Android app, maybe whatever Samsung had foisted upon him) were still being backed up by the remnant of the Google Photos app.

I've never used the Google Photos app, although it is installed on my Moto G (just seen the pinwheel icon in the app tray), but a check of the Google Settings shows no entry for Google Photos, so I'll (naïvely) assume it's not slurping my pics. I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that if you go to the bother of uninstalling an app, it uninstalls completely?

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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Re: More and more people expect to be spoonfed

I only cycle at night, so I can navigate using the stars. I'll bet you've got a sextant installed on your handlebars, like some sort of cissy.

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Re: Rules are for you too.

Normally I'd see a comment about cyclists, pedestrian crossings and red lights, and immediately summon the waaahmbulance, but I see you're talking about Cambridge, so you're concerns are fully justified.

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Quite agree.

This nonsense is why I'm locked out of the Just Eat and Hungry House apps. All for the best, though, as those companies are useless parasites on small businesses, and the man in my local curry house is a lovely chap to chat with on the phone.

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BT issues formal whinge to Ofcom over Sky dominance in pay telly

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Competition is usually great for consumers,

but the way that the football gets carved up is laughable.

I assume they're fighting over the sport, as that's where the money is?

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Florida cops cuff open-carry, balls-out pirate packing 'operational' flintlocks

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Re: "There is no reason to coddle criminals like you do over there"

I've always been quite proud of the fact that we don't generally* allow summary executions, over here.

*Yes, the police are authorised to shoot to kill in certain circumstances, but arrest, conviction and rehabilitation are the general aim. Granted, we've yet to perfect the rehabilitation element. And the conviction element. And the arrest element. Still preferable to having petty criminals shot to death in the streets, though.

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NHS trust's crack IT squad claims its first digital upgrade hits

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Paperless by 2018?

Is it April Fools Day again?

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Chinese takeaway, hold the Google: Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android

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Re: USB

My cable draw is awash with mini-Bs. I live in hope that it will one day come back into fashion and displace the popular micro-B (of which most of mine seem to be falling apart).

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Fixed battery, no SD slot,

and a dodgy version of the Google apps APK? Shut up and take my money!

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Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

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Re: "it's still faster"

I've not been given an NFC card, yet, but I'd assumed that I'd be able to just move my wallet towards the contactless payment terminal, without bothering to take the card out - does it not work like that? Obviously this wouldn't work with multiple contactless cards in one wallet, or one of the metal enclosures that the paranoid have, but I've seen plenty of people who keep their credit card in a holder with their mobile, too.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Meh

Ever since I was little,

the complaint was that "there's nothing good on TV*". The difference now being that we can always find something else to watch, be that video games, streaming, or something else on the internet.

I'm a big fan of the BBC but, if TV is going the way of newspapers, then so be it. Just so long as radio can survive.

*kids get way better cartoons to watch, these days, though.

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

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Re: almost identical?

Look at the King! Look at the the King! Look at the King, the King, the King!

The King is in the all together

But all together the all together

He's all together as naked as the day that he was born.

The King is in the all together

But all together the all together

It's all together the very least the King has ever worn.

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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

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Re: fuck everyone else, right

Or the phone could be configured by the manufacturers so that it doesn't inconvenience the user?

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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Velma Dinkley should sue.

Someone's using her image without permission.

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For fax's sake: Medic chaos as e-Referrals system goes offline

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Re: It's no longer allowed.

Decent commissioning should see it classed as Follow Up activity, but I'll eat my hat if tertiary referring really has been stopped just because CCGs don't want to pay for it!

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Re: Was never un-cocked before.

That's awful. I understand why you can't just drop in to see the consultant next door, but what is stopping the current consultant referring you on to his colleague (tertiary referring, as it's known)? Have you complained to the hospital/CCG?

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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

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Re: "use "general" codes as they get paid more for those"

There's little to no evidence of that actually happening, though.

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Re: Why?

@LucreLout You're assuming that the NHS is a lot more joined up than it really is. Once you get past the Department of Health, it's really many much smaller organisations (some pulic sector, some private), operating independently. Previous efforts at getting it all better joined up have involved flinging loads of money at external consultancies, and watching them fail.

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Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

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Google may indeed never look at any of the video that these things pick up.

They may never even sell it on. Good for them.

Now, how common are data breaches at large corporations? How confident are you that the feed from the camera to wherever the recordings are being stored is secure? Do you really want more of this?

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Re: "merely reporting observations"

The observations - that men and women are incapable of working together without falling in love, and that women are emotional timebombs - are both obviously bollocks. Sir Hunt may be incapable of working in a mixed environment, but most people are better adjusted than he.

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Re: Why Apologise ?

Most adults are capable of working in a mixed sex environment without giggling like a school kid. If colleagues are falling for each other, is it too much to ask that they be professional about it and not let in affect their work? No need for gender segregation. Despite what Tim Hunt may think, he's more than likely not [deity]'s gift to the opposite sex (or the same sex, for that matter), so they'll probably be able to keep their hands off him - be nice if he did the same, hmm?

As for the crying thing, if he's making his colleagues burst into tears on a regular basis, most likley he is the problem, not them.

Feminazi? Frightened of women not conforming to your hausfrau stereotype, are you?

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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You wouldn't let your kids have your credit card,

so why the hell would you want to let them loose with an RFID payment system?

Not so worried about the facila recognition system, though, so long as the police agree to leave enforcement in the hands of a Jim Caviezel look-a-like in a smart suit.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Excellent Godwin.

Congratulations, AC!

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Festival tech: Charge your mobe while you queue for a pee

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Re: This is all wrong

Anyone who takes a set of speakers to a campsite, is probably a bit of a bellend. Anyone who takes a set of speakers to a music festival has obviously forgotten why they went there in the first place.

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: "I only needed my passport number"

Not everyone has a passport.

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Spaniards get that cinking feeling

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Re: "Barthelona"

Surely "Barthelona" has traction thanks to Fawlty Towers? That, and all the "eth-eth-eth"-ing from The Fast Show.

¡Buono estente!

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'There's a problem with my whiffy.'

Good moaning. I was pissing by your door, and noticed your awful whiffy. 'Allo, 'Allo was ahead of its time.

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The USB Lego, bluetooth coffee cups and connected cats of Computex 2015

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That Lego USB charger is a great idea,

expecially as the minifigures make excellent cable tidies.

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Strap-on fiddle factor: We poke ten Apple Watch apps

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Re: kitchen computer

That is fantastic! I do hope I haven't been suckered by an out of season April Fool.

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Re: Re Recipe App

Quite. If it's paired with a phone (or better still, tablet) anyway, you'd be far better off propping that up and reading the recipe off it, surely? Plus, the tablet can double as a chopping board, if needs be.

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LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

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Re: Nice LG advert...........

It's certainly a gushing review, but the author does admit to preferring the S6.

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New kid on the blocks: Lego Worlds game challenges Minecraft

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I hope they make

the Minecraft-themed Lego bricks available, in game.

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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@TRT

Sorry for the downvote, but you made me think about that terrible, terrible film.

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Re: "hundreds of metres away with high powered, sniper-scope equipped weapons."

Given that he lept into the water and stuck it with a spear, I'd say this guy at least had the stones to tackle the fish on its own terms.

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Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

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Was really looking forward to this,

but was crushed to learn that local multiplayer is restricted to 1-on-1. Did Nintendo forget how well-loved GoldenEye was?

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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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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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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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