* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1293 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

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Re: In addition to Steam it's also Linux

" fully supports more devices than any other device ever"? Pull the other one - finding appropriate drivers for some pretty mainstream hardware is what puts me off pushing my family on to Linux. Granted, the fault generally lies with the manufacturers, but the fact is that an off the shelf printer/scanner will work fine on Windows/Mac, but I'll be lucky if I can print a wonky test page from my Mint install. I can forgive my TV tuner not working, given that it's from an obscure manufacturer, that appears to no longer exist (even if the chipset is listed as supported in some list I found), but the software required to use the PC as a TV looked pretty crappy in comparison with Media Centre.

Ranting aside, this SteamOS idea could well push Linux towards mainstream acceptance, which I would welcome (mainstream acceptance = recognition by device manufacturers).

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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I like the sound of this.

If they can sort out an easy way of printing from Android, I'd even be tempted to invest in a keyboard for my Nexus 7 - granted, it won't completely replace a PC, but it'd be ideal for bashing out the odd letter and maintaining my gas/electric spreadsheet. MSOffice is overkill for the home user.

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Michael Gove: C'mon kids, quit sexting – send love poems instead

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Romance, eh?

"Roses are red,

Cabbage is green,

I like your legs,

And the bit inbetween."

Piss off, Gove.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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Re: How do you pronounce it?

I'm assuming it's "huddle", as in "let's all huddle round the tablet and watch YouTube videos".

£60 (+howevermanyClubcardPoints) is the sort of price where I would consider giving in to the kids and letting them have one. Tesco are probably big enough to shift these in significant numbers, too.

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TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

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Mushroom,

mushroom!

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Re: Reg Reader -meeeehhhhh

I assumed that this article was more in the vein of "hee hee, it says BUM!", rather than "grr, that's an offensive word - OUTRAGE!".

That said, there are doubtless plenty of uptight numpties who would be thrown into fits of apoplexy by the sight of the word "rectum".

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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Translucency?

Wasn't that Microsoft's big thing when they introduced Aero with Vista? They should sue, or summat.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Re: Luwak coffee - a question

Kopi Luwak is delicious, assuming you like coffee but dislike it's bitterness (you could, of course, obtain the same effect for less money by buying your coffee at Starbucks).

My wife's a vegetarian, but didn't see anything wrong with Kopi Luwak (apart from the whole "you're drinking brewed poo").

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Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

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Re: Personally if i was spreading a virus

Mortal Instruments is probably the next Twilight/Hunger Games/Harry Potter, so full marks to the virus makers for staying abreast of the current trends.

Full marks to them for being appalling human beings, too.

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Pizza drones, mad cyclists and Bitcoin-for-arms traders: A vision of LNDN 2023

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I can't tell if this is real, or some clumsy attempt at satire.

I already think that London is overrun with wankers, so maybe it makes no difference.

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It's official: The iPhone 5S bling-mobe IS chavvy. OR, Burberry isn't

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Re: To paraphrase the darling of ElReg, Stephen Fry.......

I thought that was Alan Coren?

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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Re: "Suicidal squirrel”

That's a good point - I did see a couple when I was in Scotland, last year, which were quite the novelty to a southener like myself.

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Re: "Suicidal squirrel”

No problem with flattened, red squirrels, in the UK - the American grey competed them out of existence.

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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Re: What a pile of immature excrement.

I liked because it was angry. Most amusing. I don't normally bother with the SFTW? column, but this was superb.

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Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS

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Re: Friday night telly!!!

Far more excited about Agents of SHIELD, to be honest - don't think that the IT Crowd is one of Linehan's better efforts.

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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Re: the future's bright, the future's orange

Did everyone view Idiocracy as a documentary, rather than a piece of entertainment (or have I made the similar mistake of taking this forum far too seriously)?

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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I could see banning offensive words,

although you then wind up with "scunthorpe" becoming proscribed, so that's probably unworkable, but compiling a list of otherwise innocent words that may (or may not) be used by undesirables to refer to illicit activities? Would this see meow-meow.uk being banned, as it might possibly be a page about mephedrone, rather than kittens?

Still, maybe paedos are as thick as Nominet seem to think, and forcing them to rethink their vocabulary will drive them off the internet? Mumsnet will be thrilled, I'm sure.

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US mobile app dominance threatened by ANGRY BIRDS revolution

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I'd heard the same (on Radio 4, I think),

but I'd expect that Rovio must be making a pretty penny on merchandising, too.

Simple game? Cute character(s)s? HERE, HAVE ALL THE MONEY, JUST GIVE ME A T-SHIRT!

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Re: Hang on...

It's about as robust as the "I am over 18 and legally permitted to view this hardcore smut" button that I, I mean some people, regularly click through without reading.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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I can't speak for the Guardian, or GCHQ,

but I routinely store my laptop in a liquid nitrogen bath, to avoid data loss, so this all seems perfectly cromulent to me.

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Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

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Re: Sennheiser

Upvoted, for the last sentence!

I use a pair of earbuds, when out and about, purely because I can squish them into a pocket when they're not in use.

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Getting worried, Assange? WikiLeaks spaffs out 'insurance' info

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The risk of being extradited by the UK

is the reason for him hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy, is it not?

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Think your smutty Snapchats can't be saved by dorks? THINK AGAIN

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Re: Meh

To quote my old French teacher, upon pausing a video, and inadvertantly giving the class a wobbly view of one, out of focus, mammary: "Eh, once you've seen one, you've seen them both."

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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@Condiment

Eek! Did he cross the line into libel, or something?

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At last, Linux is being treated as a mainstream OS.

WHAT'S EADON'S TAKE ON THIS?

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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"No one has wilfully or knowingly ... tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies."

It was the machines what done it.

Huzzah - plausable deniability! Well done that man, have a promotion.

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Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

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Don't like being bullied on the internet?

Don't go on the internet.

Thanks, Dave! Hold on - isn't this exactly the opposite of the message that Stella Creasy et al. have been trying to get across?

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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@NukEvil

The more I use the "this being the internet, this sort of thing should be more or less expected" arguement, the less I like it.

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Wii U sales plunge: Nintendo hopes Mario and Zelda will shift some kit

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I'd quite like a WiiU, for the kids,

but I can't really see it offering anything more than the Wii does. That, I think, is Nintendo's problem: the Wii is perfect for casual/early years gaming, and still is. If I wanted to get back in to "serious" gaming, Ī'd upgrade my PC, or buy one of Sony/Microsoft's offerings.

That said, there's a good few months before the PS4/XBox1 become available, so there's still the chance that some killer title for the WiiU will appear. Don't think I'll be holding my breath, though.

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Re: Competence

" In any other area (defence, health, treasury etc.) you'd expect the people involved to have at least some semblance of understanding of the topic that they're meddling in.".

Yeah, that'll happen.

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Being a responsible parent, I decided that I would

use OpenDNS to filter my net connection (I've got a few years before the kids understand enough to know what they need to change to get around something like that, by which time I should be comfortable discussing "adult content" with them). Luckily for me, BT have locked down the DNS settings on their latest HomeHubs, necessitating that I either a) use their software filtering (not a enticing prospect, given the volume/variety of devices in the household, or b) faff about with the firmware on my own router to enable me to bypass the HomeHub settings.

Thanks, BT, for making it more difficult to be a responsible parent (I pity the tech-illiterate), and making Cameron's "default on" filter seem like an attractive option in the eyes of my better half.

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Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.

Quite right, Anonymous Coward. Why, just the other day, I was casually surfing the web, when I found myself confronted by a wealth of grot; before I knew it, I'd accidentally caused the deaths of three children, and maimed a dog.

My wife was livid when the penalty notice came through the post.

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Capita IT Services staff plan strike over pay this Friday

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All the more reason for the top brass

to behave equitably, then.

Idealistic, moi?

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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Re: Forget H&S, policies, road laws, etc

She did try to obtain her for without walking her horse into the establishment, but they refused to serve her. Non-violent protest is a good thing, and if brief proximity to horse shit is going to upset your tummy, might I suggest that you refrain from leaving the house, let alone eating at McDonalds?

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Must be fairly new rule,

as my better half used to take her horse through the drive-thru. Friends of mine used to go through on skateboards, too - they'd be told it wasn't allowed, but be served, regardless.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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The "opt out of filtering" doesn't bother me,

but the idea that the PM can dictate what terms we can/cannot type into a search engines, is a terrifying thought.

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

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Re: Already done

"Mind the door"

Was that the episode that featured the line "Stand on my shoulders and pull me up"? Somethings just work better on the radio!

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Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

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@ Hairy Spod

That's the best arguement in favour of smart watches, that I've heard so far. Of course, the watch that you describe is nothing more than a wrist mounted vibrator (oo-er) that previews text messages - given that it disregards all this "app" nonsense, you can probably keep the cost to a minimum.

Quick, bring this to market and destroy the competition!

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

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I bought a pint glass.

NO ONE WARNED ME THAT I COULD PUT BEER IN IT. Oh, woe is me.

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Put up your ... err ... hand for free vasectomy streamed online

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Female nurses at mine, too.

One of them offered to hold my hand! I declined, and got an electric shock from the trolley, so i assume the doctor hadn't been earthed properly.

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Daddy-o, you're all wet... baffled by your own kids on the web - survey

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In order to best protect my kids,

I shall take to hanging out on various youth-oriented websites, and learn the lingo. In order to blend in, I shall adopt the persona of a 12 year old girl, and behave accordingly.

What? Don't look at me like that...

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Google loses Latitude in Maps app shake-up

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@ David D. Hagood

One of us is probably suffering from confirmation bias.

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Re: Android will become a poor choice soon enough

How come everyone went apeshit when Sony took OtherOS away from the PS3, but when Google take away off-line maps, the "freetards" should just shut up?

I paid money for my phone & tablet, so it's disappointing to see them lose functionality.

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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^ Downvoted for being pro-Range Rover?

Gotta love these forums!

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

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Re: Have and have nots

Oh, dead. This is veering perilously close to the "I don't have kids, so why should my Council Tax be spent on schools?" arguement. The greater good, remember?

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Ciseco Pi-Lite: Make a Raspberry Pi trip light fantastic with 126 LEDs

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Re: Any one remember ...

I remember buying a frisbee that did that (from the Ideal Home Show, of all places), and those wierd, metronome-style clocks were a brief fad.

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Re: Pi

Balls to surfing the web. I left my newly setup Pi alone for 5 minutes, and my kids were running the preloaded Python games, and dragging things about in Scratch - OK, they didn't get anywhere (at an average age of 5, I can't blame them), and I was woefully inequipped to point them in the right direction, but it's a start!

Dumping the user at the command prompt would probably scare most people off (if you've never used one before, you'll be sorely disappointed that they don't work like they do in films!) - a GUI is familiar enough to encourage some exploration.

I do agree with the comment about the presence of 2 Python interpreters being confusing, though.

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Anti-PRISM Trojan explodes over Jay-Z fans

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^ Thanks

This still took me by surprise, though: "The malicious code poses as a real app released through the official Google Play store ". Having checked the Play strore on my phone, it looks like the app has been pulled (couple of obvious fakes still there, though), so maybe the almighty hand of G is already at work?

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US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

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Big Brother

NSA data gathering was unnecessary and intrusive,

but Snowden was wrong to expose it? Ignorance truly is bliss.

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Dell explores wearable computing as PC base crumbles

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"Having a watch on your wrist – that's pretty interesting, pretty appealing"

As is the movement of small pieces of green paper, but it still won't make us any less miserable.

<- Mine's the one with the towel in the pocket.

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