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* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1191 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors

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FIFA is corrupt,

and Brazil has squandered $millions on the world cup. No arguement there.

What will knocking out the Coca-Cola website acheive?

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Spanish village of 'Kill the Jews' votes for rebrand

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Re: "the village's coat of arms bears the Star of David"

Looks like a Stylophone, to me.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Thanks for the $20k,

enjoy your copy of Book 1.

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Samsung's 'OS of Everything' Tizen still has little to offer

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Re: Unfamiliar UI

So, awful, then.

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Re: "It is easier and cheaper to connect different OSs and devices"

Cheaper, yet, but rarely is it easier. Apple, Samsung, et.al. don't seem keen on open protocols, as they'd much rather you bought all your kit from one manufacturer.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

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Re: Mouse and Keyboard

Mouse certaily offers faster, more accurate aiming, but scrunching one's left hand into a claw for the keyboard element is murder, if held for any significant amount of time.

Aim assist and a decent gamepad, please (along with resigning oneself to getting repeatedly owned in multiplayer).

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Doubletalk: Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone

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But, geeks are cool now, right?

I assume that's what they're going for, anyway - besides, no one else is going to care that it can boot an operating system that they've not heard of.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: "if you have Android 4.0"

You can't quote sources on the internet, Alan - you're supposed to make wild, unsubstantiated claims!

I'm happy to stand corrected.

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Re: "if you have Android 4.0"

But isn't Gingerbread still the most prevalent flavout of Android?

I don't care much for the tone of Tim Cook's presentation, but he is right about many Android phones being trapped on a dated OS. I upgraded mine from Gingerbread to ICS, but I doubt I'd have bothered if I weren't the tinkering type.

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ICO raps UK Student Loans Co for leaking MEDICAL files and more

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Re: Fines are no use

Fines aren't a terrible idea - they could pay them to the students whose data they mislaid.

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

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That £12.90 deal from Three sounds ideal.

Shame I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole.

Not that any of the others are much better, but at least Orange didn't insult me when I called up to cancel/renew.

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

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I can see the attraction.

Maybe it can carve out a niche as the smart equivalent to Doro phones? Got my Dad the budget WinPhone at x-mas (520? something like that), which he likes, but does find a tad fiddly to use.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: Front facing camera

For a phone priced such that it's likely that parents would buy one for their child, I'd say that Motorola are performing a valuable public service, if the absence of the front camera helps to stem the tide of duck-face selfies.

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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Re: Meh

Did I read the review wrong, or is not the battery life improved over the previous iteration, whilst the tablet has become thinner?

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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re: "space"

Very much this. We had an Eye Toy on the PS2, which worked out little more than a brief novelty, as standing up and flailing your arms to play video games is not really very much fun (and it didn't work too well). The Wii controller works (reasonably) well, but experience has shown that sitting down and not having to point the controller at the screen is the preferred mode of play - anything that involves multiple players standing up to play together will inevitable get switched off after a couple of rounds (during which at least one person will have taken an elbow to the face).

I'm sure Kinect is technically very accomplished, but I don't think it's what people want in their living rooms (or bedrooms).

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Re: Macho

If it's good enough for Steven Seagal...

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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Re: @Ledswinger

Thanks for that - I needed a good laugh.

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Drug-dealing game Weed Firm tops Apple's App Store charts

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WTF?

Sounds fantastic:

an endless "fetch quest", with a little Farmville mixed in.

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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Re: most annoying thing

It wasn't Jar Jar, and it wasn't Anakin - it was the dull story, piss-poor scripting, shoddy direction, and rotten pacing that annoyed me. Or am I just annoyed at myself, for throwing good money after bad by also going to the cinema for Episodes II and III?

Compared to that lot, whatever they churn out for VII will be heavenly.

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GCHQ grants security clearance to Samsung's Knox mobe security

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I'm glad to see that Samsung have applied Knox to their Galaxy S range.

I'd hate to think of Civil Servants being issued with anything other than flagship devices by their employer.

Trebles all round?

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: "Cloud computing is shite."

I find your counter arguement to be compelling, Neil.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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Re: Eh?

Pretty much, yes.

I used Opera, but have Firefox installed as my son likes the logo. Opera will probably be gone, soon, as, far too frequently, I find that some pages won't load properly. Having to switch browsers to get a page to load is maddening, and Firefox tends to be on the list of browsers that authors test their pages against.

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Re: Bad move

I remember when Firefox was nipping at IE's heels, working to depose it as the dominant browser. I've just looked at Wikimedia's usage stats, which shows Firefox as third, behind IE and Chrome - I don't think they have the same clout that they once did.

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Dogecoin off the leash after Doge Vault admits server attack

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Re: I am shocked and appalled....

Nonsense, the article style is just in keeping with the sub-head.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: dead animals: yes

Relaxed sphincter or not, once that animal's dead and decomposing, the poo is going to find its way out, sooner or later.

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Smash 'n' grab: Fighting GODZILLA in your lounge? Read this first

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No need for anyone to make "the next Rampage".

It takes a lot of play for Rampage to get old, and it's dead simple to pick up and play.

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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Re: Not just outdated...

They have a retro-styled "brick" phone for sale, now, which seems like an expensive, impractical novelty: http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/phone/other/the-brick

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Re: "aren't we all?"

Certainly not! My son has been busy trying to sort out the continuity between the (Hollywood) films, and explain why the new Godzilla is so different to the last one (he cried at the end of that).

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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Re: Interesting

@codejunky You seemed to have missed the middleground between "earn all the money and horde it for myself" and "do f*ck all and expect the state to care for me". I think most of us prefer to live there, but "fatcat bankers" and "benefit scroungers" make better news copy, so we get forgotten about.

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Re: "Dont take it from me, take it from him. He has more than me!!!".

Hey, there's an election, next week, and I haven't received my bribe. Could you let them know that I've been missed out?

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Re: Classic nonsense

Might encourage others to join in. Get enough of them, and it might make a difference. Has to be better than doing nothing, and they are at least putting their money where their mouths are.

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Re: "Dont take it from me, take it from him. He has more than me!!!".

I've always preferred "Take it from me, but please also ensure that a fair proportion is taken from him also. He may have more or less than me, so some sort of banded arrangment will probably be appropriate." I think this way, as I'm in favour of a sufficiently large state apparatus that is able to provide essential services (health, education, refuse collection, roads, and so on), ensuring that they are available to all, not just those with the means to pay for them at the point of need.

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Re: Easy

@Christian Berger I think Mozilla know that the users' action, on finding out that their video won't play, is not to contact the content provider, but to switch to a compliant browser.

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Anonymous: Why we're PICKETING Glenn Greenwald's book tour

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Re: Agent Provocateur

Might be a child.

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Moto E pops up with £89 price tag – alongside new LTE Moto G cuz

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I'm glad I put off upgrading.

I was hoping that the Moto G would shake up the market a bit, and the release of the E and the 4G G (hello, SD slot!) should force other manufacturers to raise their collective game.

It still beggars belief that Samsung have the Galaxy Ace out as their budget option, as it is a truly terrible device that deserves to get obliterated by the budget Motorolas.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: if you can't walk that, get a taxi!

If you can walk on to a earlier/later stop, you might as well. The bus will also be providing a service* to those who can't do that.

*well, it should be; no doubt it's been deemed to be unprofitable, and been cancelled.

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Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

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Re: Cheezburger

Nice to hear that something good has come out of those stupid cat pictures!

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Re: Bravo chaps

I'm not entirely sure what Dogecoin is but, based on the subheads to these articles, I'm assuming that it's something for morons. The financial equivalent of Cheezburger, or somesuch.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: what are they going to do with them?

Keep both brands and MAKE ALL THE MONEY, I expect.

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Re: Limited bit rate?

People get excited about access to lots of music in a convenient, portable format. Quality hi-fi gear is a niche interest, and thus there's not a lot of incentive to cater to that market, other than to mug them for more of their disposable income with nonsense products.

Beats is successfull because their products are fashionable, not better than their competitors - a good fit for Apple, I should think.

I can't remember when I last listened to a CD - everything is streamed from Deezer, via my phone, hooked up to the car stereo. The quality may be terrible but 1) I can't tell (I don't own any premium hi-fi kit, and never have), and 2) I don't care.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Re: Seems fairly pointless...

The small form factor is attractive to me, at least. I built my first PC, this year (about the size of a VHS player, replacing the mahoosive tower that I used to have), and a major motivation was to get the size down (and bring the spec up so I could play some more modern games).

What this Brix teaches me, is that I was probably wise not to go for the smallest possible case!

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We'd switch mobile networks, but we can't be bothered – survey

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Re: I have a little list...

From the small amount of research I did when renewing my contract with Orange, Tesco Mobile apparently throttle off the connection if you're streaming large quantities of data (no idea if that's true or not).

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What the frag? Earn millions as the world watches you SLAY rivals

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How the world has changed!

I can remember visiting my mate and watching him play the latest releases on his BBC Micro - not sure I'd have stood for it if he'd charged for the privilege!

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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

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Third stage: ???

Fourth Stage: PROFIT!!!

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Re: Am I the last person on Earth...

Sounds fair. Afterall, plenty of "free" phone apps have a "donate 69p to disable ads" option (I've even used it for games that I've actually enjoyed).

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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Re: Japan has it right

Yeah, just last week I was walking home from work when some chav in a hoodie sidled up to me and offered me a download.

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Re: I dont agree with piracy

Very much this. I've been digitising my DVD collection, of late*, and I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that it'd be considerably easier to just comb the web for the appropriate torrents. The existence of UltraViolet suggests that the industry are capable of acting on this, but that's along way off of being a comprehensive solution.

*whack it on the NAS, watch it anywhere in the house - really wish I'd started sooner.

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"I say, would you stop doing that, please?"

Followed by a "Paddington Bear stare".

A rather British solution.

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Damn, that was an annoying trick!

Almost as bad was the trick of hiding tracks before the first, so you had to skip the CD down to -1, or whatever, which wasn't always possible, depending on hardware.

If it's something worth hearing, include it on the album proper - if not, just leave it off, and save it for a b-side.

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Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

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I was in Carphone Warehouse, during lunch,

where the staff were refereshingly non-pushy ("you could buy this, but you probably wouldn't like it") - how are they going to explain this to the Currys sales-droids?

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