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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

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I still have a PS2 and a Wii.

Oh, and better* things to do with my time.

*<small>well, other</small>

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

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Re: Why insist on embarrassing yourself with your naive and outdated party political evangelism...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.

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GCHQ was called in to crack password in Watkins child abuse case

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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.

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PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate

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Re: Time to re-christen the local pub?

The Bell's End, shirley?

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Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox

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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.

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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).

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VIOLENT video games make KIDS SMARTER – more violent the BETTER

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Further evidence

that the mainstream media doesn't give a toss about FOSS.

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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.

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Samsung and HTC face Android 3D graphics test chart removal SHAME

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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.

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Romance is dead: Part-time model slings $1.5bn SUEBALL at Match.com

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"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?

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Gold meddler: Doctor Who is 50 years old TODAY

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Re: Tonights Episode...

@The_Idiot

I hope you're right. Still, cliff-hangers should come at the end, not be tucked away, mid-episode!

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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!

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Hooters, shooters and looters: Eidos’s Tomb Raider

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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.

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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.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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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!

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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).

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Re: "Tax" - really?

No need to pay the oppressive BBC tax - iPlayer, Radio 4 and 6Music are funded by pixies! Apparently.

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The latest stupid yoof craze: Taking selfies - while DRIVING

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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.

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@ Kubla

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.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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^ This.

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

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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!

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Vladimir PUTIN officially HARDER than CHUCK NORRIS

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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?

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Ditch your boring iPhone for a hot Android piece, says Google's TOTALLY UNBIASED Eric Schmidt

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You can't hold a balanced opinion here -

this is the INTERNET!

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London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?

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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.

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

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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?

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

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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?

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Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg

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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.

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From Dept of REALLY? Sueball lobbed at Apple over crap iOS Maps app

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@Tromos

Lucky for me that there's an icon for this.

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SCADA flaws put world leaders at risk of TERRIBLE TRAFFIC JAM

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So, hacking the traffic lights is out.

How about taking control of the airport?

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Citizen Kano pitches easy-build Raspberry Pi for code-hungry kids

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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.

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Re: Ok

I'm glad your enjoying your Lego, books, and outdoor games. What are your kids up to?

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Lovely.

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.

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Oracle pens recipe for tweeting turkey in Raspberry Pi sauce

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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!

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Bloke named 'human' demands 'COPSLIE' licence plate

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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"?

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Doctor Who nicked my plot and all I got was a mention in this lousy feature

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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.

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Deezer unveils tarted-up music-streaming service after $130m injection

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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).

What's "vinyl"?

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

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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!

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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.

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Unbelievably RARE, two-horned 'UNICORN' SPOTTED in woods

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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.

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Anonymous claims Parliament Wi-Fi hack during London protest

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Spoil your ballot?

Useless.

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?

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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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.

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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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!).

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AT&T?

Wasn't there enough product placement for those in Empire Strike Back?

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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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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Microsoft advertises Surface, Excel with maths mistake

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Re: Excel

"Saying simply change the column type to text is all well and good but someone has to realise there is a problem first."

Isn't that a bit like blaming the hammer, if you decide to use a hammer to paint your walls?

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Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

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Re: Oh noes...

Drop the kiddi-ness? Who do you think the primary audience for these films are?

They'd do better to make it more kid friendly - take away all the tedious political bollocks, the prequel trilogy is probably halfway entertaining (maybe not).

Disney know what they're doing, so it'll probably wind up like the last Iron Man film: a 2hr toy advert, with plenty of spectacle. Unlikely to win any Oscars, but a fine accompaniment to a bucket of popcorn.

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Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

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Re: I don't get why they bother to even wear those small bikinis

Nudity is not bad, per se, but naked people always look better with something on, in my experience.

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@MrXavia

You could at least ask permission (retrospective, perhaps) after taking your picture of the drenched woman, then delete it if she's not particularly happy about it.

You grubby little herbert.

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Re: if a women ripped your trousers off on the tube

Chance'd be a fine thing.

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@jedit

My wife got groped on the tube, a few years back. She was quick enough in turning round to catch him in the act, foisting upon him the look that she normally reserves for unruly pupils. Much more effective than thumping him one.

Doubt I'd find it so amusing if it'd been anything more serious, mind.

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