* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1386 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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

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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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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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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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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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FAIL

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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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Re: "a lot of people can finish an ebook in two weeks"

I thought that the point of this comment in the article was that it wasn't remarkable?

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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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