990 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
Re: @AC 23:44
Porn does normalise the treatment of women as sex objects (hey, this'll be a popular point of view). The erotic context of cherub statues seems to have passed me by, however.
@Graham I think that GTA puts its content in context (and it's BBFC certificate indicates that it's intended for an audience who can appreciate that) - I certainly wouldn't argue that child/sexual abuse is something that should never be tackled by the arts, but I'd view with suspicion anyone who enjoyed themselves in a rape simulator.
I'm not big on banning books/drawings/holodecks, either, but could the arguement not be made that sexually graphic depicitions of minors in such media risks normallising the treatment of children as sexual objects?
Works like Lolita and Romeo & Juliet are not intended to arouse, but a holodeck simulation, wherein you could screw underagers, would appear to have no other context, and thus encourages users to regard such behaviour as acceptable.
Re: 'cracked the password'
Accounts from other sources suggest that it was a rather weak (not to mention distasteful) password, although I've seen it reported as the password to his laptop, rather than cloud locker.
If the crack wasn't performed by a pair of scruffy oiks, in a darkened room, accompanied by blaring techno choons, I'll be sorely disappointed.
Re: Fixed storage - my main issue
I'm wary, too. Got a Galaxy Ace for my Mum, and it was complaining about a lack of storage from the get-go. Killing off all the Samsung crud would probably leave her with a nice phone, but why should we be jumping through hoops?
I like the look of this Moto, though - a practically naked Android should mean that 8GB will be enough for my nearest and dearest, so I know where I'll be pointing them when they want new handsets.
What about all those rocket launchers that were mounted around London
during the Olympics? Someone's probably itching to let a couple of those off.
You'd better not be hiding in the wardrobe when I get home.
Humans routinely perform fellatio?
Someone ought to let my wife know.
Sorry, I'll be on my way...
I still have a PS2 and a Wii.
Oh, and better* things to do with my time.
Re: Why insist on embarrassing yourself with your naive and outdated party political evangelism...
Alright, Russel? You missed an opportunity to plug your new DVD, there.
Re: Time to re-christen the local pub?
The Bell's End, shirley?
Re: At the risk of being a negative nelly,
Better a choice of devices/designs than the black-box-or-nothing approach of regular games consoles, I suppose.
At the risk of being a negative nelly,
that looks to be a large, ugly box, and not the sort of thing I'd want occupying space in my living room (much like the XBoxOne).
that the mainstream media doesn't give a toss about FOSS.
Re: why prostitute murder
In my (admittedly limited) experience of under-15s playing GTA, they will quickly abandon the story missions in order to rampage about and obliterate the civilians (literally - chainsaw-ing the corpse until it fades away is hilarious, to the right mindset).
Factor in the prostitutes, where you can pick one up, have her make sex noises, then murder her with the over-the-top weapon of your choosing, and it's basically catnip for boys.
As to why news media focus on this? It has plenty of shock value (murder and sex), and thus is a sure sign of the collapse of civilisation.
Re: Benchmarks, Schmenchmarks.....
Tell me about it. Everytime I buy a car, I make a point of ripping out the radio and throwing it at the salesman.
"Not a day goes by when someone doesn't tell me that they saw my pictures posted on Match.com "
Is it the same person, over and over again, hoping that she'll agree to a date?
Re: Tonights Episode...
I hope you're right. Still, cliff-hangers should come at the end, not be tucked away, mid-episode!
Re: Tonights Episode...
I enjoyed it, but the whole rewriting of the recent continuity for the sake of a happy ending left a bad taste (not to mention the way the Zygons storyline was forgotten about). Still, no point moaning about poor continuity in Doctor Who, as it's one of the hallmarks!
Re: From the people who bought you Rick Dangerous
@DaneB No, I had a Playstation, not an N64. Platform games peaked with Decap Attak on the MegaDrive, anyway.
Re: From the people who bought you Rick Dangerous
I'm with you, Mr Hill - Tomb Raider was crap. It being one of the first things I played on Playstation, it quickly became clear that platform games don't work in 3d (Spyro soon corroborated this; see also that awkward moment in Half Life where you need to jump onto packing crates over the obligatory bottomless pit). Add to that, wandering alone around enormous caverns, whilst technically impressive, is dull as ditch.
Most fun I got out of it was drowning Lara in her own pool.
Re: Logo OG
Thanks for posting this. I couldn't answer the "why have they picked up the TARDIS with a helicopter, and why can't the Doctor just teleport them away from it?" question over the weekend - now I can!
Re: Cooking etc.
Yes, that's great - use the BBC as a proving ground for Sky.
Most of what I watch is on 4 or five, and they're always under the threat of their programming disappearing off to satellite (I quite enjoyed the first few series of House, for example).
Re: "Tax" - really?
No need to pay the oppressive BBC tax - iPlayer, Radio 4 and 6Music are funded by pixies! Apparently.
Re: This is a very bad idea, however
Oh, I don't know. 20 pints down? Unfit state to drive. Eyes glued to your phone? Unfit state to drive.
Now, if you'll excuse me, my LSD flashback is just starting to kick in, so I need to find a multistorey to fly off of.
The photo metadata can give away the device used, can it not?
Still, little chance of the law stepping in, so let's just cross our fingers that the stupid buggers manage to crash somewhere remote.
I expect Amazon are working on that, and then there'll be howls of outrage as all these rubbish jobs are given over to the machines
Re: Could be a lot worse
Yes, it could be worse, so shut up and enjoy what you've got, proles.
That's a fine attitude, that is.
Edit: I sort of regret typing this, as walking 11m/day really doesn't sound that bad. Oh well. Up the workers!
Re: which will do more damage to either society?
Only one of them is running a country, unless I've missed a recent update to the Chuck Norris Facts?
You can't hold a balanced opinion here -
this is the INTERNET!
Ah, yes, a crowded tube station
with half the punters carrying large boxes down the escalators - what could possibly go wrong?
Having an open ticket office would have made things easier for me over the weekend, as then there would have been a human being on hand to explain that my travelling companions were not children, they were unpersons, and my making that mistake was why the ticket machine wouldn't sell to me at the expected price. What's better: reading all the fine print on a VDU, with a huffy queue building up behind you, or having a member of staff who knows exactly the ticket you need to buy? I've met my share of numpties through TfL, but I'd still rather argue with a numpty than ticket machine.
Re: It is not an unknown incarnation
Beyond the fact that he's The War Doctor, he's still an unknown - unless you've travelled to Saturday to watched the new episode, and have popped back to be smug about it?
I agree that it depends when you first encountered the show.
Being the age I am, Davidson, Baker (Colin), and McCoy are my Doctors - I have a particular fondness for McCoy, but that might have more to do with Ace and my hormone levels at the time. Regardless, I always enjoyed watching repeats of earlier series and it was always The Doctor, no matter which actor was playing him - I don't think they've ever miscast.
It's a crying shame that McGann never got to do any TV episodes, as he's a fantastic actor, and an excellent Doctor Who (judging by his audio work, and the recent mini episode). Thanks to the extend hiatus, the new Doctors just aren't my Doctors - my kids are just getting into it, now, so I'm hoping that will change.
Is there an icon for terminal fence sitting?
Am I the only one
who didn't think much of The Doctor's Wife? The TARDIS being alive and having a mind of its own is a given, but I didn't need to see it turn into a person and have it and The Doctor express their love for each other. It's bad enough having all his companions fall in love with him, we don't need it from the bloody police box, too!
Here's hoping that Capaldi's Doctor can be more grandfatherly, and less teenage heart-throb.
Lucky for me that there's an icon for this.
So, hacking the traffic lights is out.
How about taking control of the airport?
Hold on a minute!
"tweaked version of Debian Wheezy which guides the young user through assembling the machine"
Dad, how do I put this together? "Just boot it up and read the tutorials." How do I boot it up if I haven't put it together yet? "You need to read the tutorial." How do I get to the tutorial? "Boot it up and ... umm ... there was a little man ... in his hair ..."
I'm also looking forward to the text version of Snake.
: GO NORTH
You GO NORTH. You are in a room.
: EXAMINE ROOM
There is a NUMBER.
: EXAMINE NUMBER
It is a NUMBER 3.
: EAT NUMBER 3.
You EAT the NUMBER 3. You grow longer.
I'm glad your enjoying your Lego, books, and outdoor games. What are your kids up to?
Now I'm torn between this and my intended "father/son bonding project" that would have been helping the little'un to build his first PC.
Re: Tweets from my Pi?
Isn't this just the sort of hardware hack that the Pi was designed for? Never mind the ends, just focus of the means!
Re: 'I disagree with what you are saying, but i defend to the death your right to say it'
I'd be all for the right to free speech, if people weren't so insistent on exercising that right. Maybe the "right to free speech" should be paired with the "responsibility to shut up"?
Re: Who's Doc Who ?
I can only assume that you grew up during that dreadful period when Doctor Who only existed as repeats on UK Gold. Kindly direct your anger at your parents, not The Doctor.
I get it as part of my Orange/EE contract.
My experience so far is as follows:
- Having not used any similar services before, I think it's quite good, but I wouldn't spend money on it.
- Playlists are a fine idea, but cannot be reordered, and don't play back in the order they were compiled.
- Many tracks drop out during the first few seconds of playback, whether on 3G, WiFi, or cached copy.
- Choice is good, but not comprehensive, so it's easy to not find the track I'm after (or end up with a cover version).
Re: Sorry not interested
I wanted to downvote this, but the truth is that Firefly was much better than Agents of SHIELD. Pretty sure AoS is only there to keep us attentive for the release of Avengers 2, but it's working on me and mine, anyway!
Re: Just a TV show (and a boy band)!
What do you mean "might be ruined"? Of course it will. I'll watch it anyway, but the BBC should really issue all parents with a cheat sheet, to answer the inevitable slew of questions from any children in the vicinity.
Re: All references to unicorns are just for the hype
4 legs and horns on its head? Probably a more credible contender for "origin of the unicorn" than the narwhal, all things considered.
Spoil your ballot?
If it really is the case that none of the candidates are fit to represent you, surely the onus is on you to become a candidate, and hoover up all those votes from the otherwise disenfranchised?
Re: Local listening
There are plenty of interesting local stations, but they either serve a tiny market, or operate without a license (so far as I could tell - I had some fantastic drum'n'bass station cut in to my DAB rebroadcast when my car went over the QEII bridge, and I'm assuming that the hyperactive loon, clearly broadcasting out of his shed, responsible didn't have a license).
Shunting the large commercial operators onto DAB would free up the FM space, and probably deal a death-blow to the identikit chart pop stations, which is win-win, in my book.
I wouldn't blame the actors for what happened in Revenge of The Sith.
Plenty of good actors in that film, hampered by a shitty script, and a director with no ability to draw decent performances from any of them.
Ian McDiarmid seemed to be enjoying himself, mind (a bit like Raul Julia in Street Fighter!).
Wasn't there enough product placement for those in Empire Strike Back?
I don't subscribe to BT Vision,
but would like to extend my thanks to all those that do, for helping to get football away from free-to-air telly. If you could now persuade BT that Eastenders would be a worthwhile purchase...
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