* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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Re: Trickier than docking with a space station without a docking computer?

If you want to see how easy it is to cock-up a docking procedure in E:D, watch the following review..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmcHLv7bAjQ

It's also hilarious :) Someone should give this guy a job.

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Re: You tell me,

"The campaign was launched as an online game and offline was added after a short while due to overwhelming feedback and requests."

Ok, you have a point there.

I haven't followed all of the developments intimately, but I have kept my ear to the ground a bit - and what I was hearing was that the offline single player mode had a stronger following than the online ever-changing universe mode did. To me that should have sent a very clear message to Braben.

Also, whilst we are on the subject of Braben, why did anyone think it was a good idea to put him in front of a camera to give an interview? He is a PR disaster!

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Re: This was going to be my first

Thanks for pointing out Limit Theory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tPdbLe3zx0

The procedural generation aspect is pretty cool, but I have my doubts around the game itself, mostly due to wanting my space-sim to be an OR experience first and foremost.

This game seems to have quite a bit of mouse/keyboard usage, plus the 3rd person/1st person view doesn't feel like you are politing a spaceship. I think I read somewhere that they were going to put in a static cockpit view, but I haven't seen it yet so cannot comment.

I know the game is, as yet, not optimised - but I am a little concerned about the amount of pop-up that I was seeing in the latest update video (see link above). Nothing would annoy me more than to be taken out of the experience and reminded that it was a game than having objects appear/disappear instantly, rather than a gradual fade in/out with distance.

Still, early days so it will definitely be one to watch on the game premise alone.

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Re: I don't understand the problem...

I think you've missed the point by several AU's my friend.

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Re: You tell me,

" that doesn't give you any sort of right to your money back if the scope of the project is changed"

I'm aware of the KS philosophy of it being a bit of a gamble and all that, but if you aren't wrong then you should be. After all, where is the line drawn?

What if he decided to change the scope to make it a platform game instead? Where is the line that says 'you can change the scope this much, but no more'?

People wanted an updated elite, not a version of Eve online with dogfights, so I can understand why they are a bit miffed. Single player first, multiplayer second (imho) is what I think investors were expecting. I think he got it the wrong way round by focusing on multiplayer first and creating a dynamic universe that needs to be updated from central servers. If the single player was looking empty, then they should have bloody well filled it.

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Re: I'll stick to the Classic thank you...

I recently played Odyssey 3011 on the xbox 360, and although you kind of run out of steam a bit once everything is upgraded and you can galaxy hop to your hearts content it was fun getting there.

Although once you are full kitted out, it's easier to get around if you are public enemy #1 since the cops only come at you one at a time. It also makes it simpler to make money -just buy as much Narcotics as you can at cheap places (you will never fill the hold). When you run out of money, sell it somewhere expensive and you will suddenly find you have nothing to spend your money on :( It could do with more complex missions etc. but otherwise excellent value and true (in spirit) to the original.

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"I saw one guy complaining that it wasn't the same as the X series and that there was nothing to do in the game !!!"

I don't think the X-Series supports the OR yet though does it? I heard that they have implemented a cockpit view, so they are half-way there :)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Oh for goodness sake

"I've already almost stopped noticing the changes in layout"

I wish I could say the same. I've given it a while to try and get used to it but it just isn't happening.

Funny thing about pubs, a few of the locals that I knew in my youth (that I stopped going to once they had their souls ripped out with a re-furb) have had more changes of management than I can count and are looking decidedly ratty these days (and not in a care-worn kind of way).

What those pubs forgot is that when they alienated the 10-15 regular drinkers to attract a more well-heeled clientele, they forgot about the tides of fashion and how quickly they can leave you high and dry. Those regulars (from one particular pub I know about) ended up patronizing another of the local pubs (not quite as nice as the original, but still has that care-worn feel to it). That pub is still going strong.

I'm not so egotistical that I believe I have a say in how the Reg presents itself, or generates it's cash to keep running, nor am I ignorant of the resistance to change that most people feel. I do, however, have experience of how easily a reputation can be lost, never to be recovered, when the hard-core of a site that makes it so vibrant and attractive to visit is alienated to the point where they drift off to other corners of the web.

For all I know getting rid of the current crowd of hooligans would be the best thing that the Reg has ever done - it may get a different set of loyal readers that actually see that adverts (let alone click on them!) - I'm not convinced though.

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Re: No "News" would be good news.

"Loose the News" and let slip the dogs of media?

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Re: Oh for goodness sake

@JDX - If people didn't care so much, they wouldn't take the time to complain (in their droves it seems).

If you are advocating that people should care less, then doesn't that have a knock-on effect to the (legendary) loyalties of the El Reg readership?

You know what they say, be careful what you ask for.

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Re: Marathon Bar

Although our 'Marathon' was actually called 'Snickers' everywhere else but the UK if I recall - we were the odd one's out there. Not a like for like comparison :)

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A nice parchment colour would be nice.

I've resisted commenting until I gave the design a chance to 'work on me' as it were, and I still dislike it.

Apart from the El Reg attitude and comments section, it now looks like any other site out there, covered in graphics and white space and hard to see what I want to read at a short glance.

However, it's hard to get to the El Reg attitude and comments sections if I don't actually read the stories in the first place.

I normally read around 50% of the stories on any given day, that's dropped to around 20% now as the site just feels less welcoming and familiar (being familiar shouldn't be considered bad btw).

Is this the 'new and improved' El Reg, the one where they change some of the key ingredients so it no longer tastes quite the same and your brand loyalty dwindles, letting in the supermarket chains with their cut-price equivalent that doesn't taste that much worse than the 'new and improved' old favourite?

I'll give it another month or so I expect, because I've gotten a lot out of the site over the years.

@Drew & Chris - I know you guys are doing your best, but I think you may have just pointed out to everyone in big bold (flashing) letters that you are media first, and the local rag second. Don't let the down-votes get you down, it's just the commentards way of saying they love you, but hate what you stand for :P

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Security SEE-SAW: $3 MEEELLION needed to fight a $100k hack

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In my experience it is one thing for a company to pay for, and deploy, a set of complex security products that combine to give a good view of what is happening on the network, where the gaps are and first line response tools etc.

It is quite another to make those tools work. By which, I don't mean just keeping the boxes up and running, but actually using the intelligence the tools provide in a constructive manner to secure the borders etc., especially in a large and complex organisation with many different trust zones.

Most of these large companies are buying this stuff to defend their crown jewels, but forget that their support models are all based on volume & 24/7 response time type SLA's etc. when what these types of products need is a Rolls Royce support solution that hasn't been fashionable in IT for nearly 20 years.

It requires a combination of product expertise and knowledge of the environment. Add to this a focus on the task at hand (rather than being a part time 'focus' group or whatever) and enough bodies that if someone leaves it doesn't leave a massive knowledge gap in your defences.

The business procedures also need to be aligned to allow the (hopefully properly tuned) alerts to get to the right people in the right kind of time-frame to make a difference to the response and how effective it will be.

None of this is cookie-cutter stuff, and the quality of people required to do all this properly for a set of 6 or 7 interwoven security tools means it is hard to achieve without some form of internal training from the people who know.

At the end of the day, to do the job properly it costs an awful lot of money (not just the equipment, licenses and support) to keep the engine tuned and working efficiently, money which is hard to come by on an on-going basis (as opposed to the upfront costs of setting it all up).

Unless you are a critical infrastructure provider, or a defense department skunk unit, it is probably more money than can readily be justified.

In the end most of this stuff ends up as shelf-ware, sitting in the network with no-one looking after it (or even looking at it) - which means all that up-front money was wasted.

A lot of companies buy the stuff without realising the support commitment involved. Just one of these products can be a bitch to maintain, bundle a whole load together and you are asking for trouble unless you know what you are about.

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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"Airing a film critical of the Norks on a day they HATE would've been a double-whammy."

I couldn't care less what the Norks think, but I think quite a few westerners probably feel that a Dec 25th release date was a bit tasteless.

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Re: I call fake!!!!

From an AC source, one can never tell. You only have to go and look at some Youtube comments to realise the bar is set depressingly low.

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Re: London 1970s....

That was before H&S and the litigation lawyers took over world though.

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Re: I call fake!!!!

You did see those leaked emails from the Sony management team didn't you? Why would they do that to themselves?

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Re: Grow some balls!

I keep seeing references to the Norks sending a Nuke to the US, but I wasn't aware they had that capability. Citation required please.

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Re: Explain to me

Except there are laws that cover those companies/agencies passing your personal details on to anyone else, and they certainly aren't going to be putting your mugshot through a series of checks to see if you mugged, raped and killed an old granny last week.

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Re: 12 million custody photographs

I think some of you have missed the bit where the copper said most of the photo's will have been of people who were innocent.

I see no connection between the interviews of only guilty people and the photo's of 12 million people.

Whilst you get a range of personality types for coppers (same as you do in regular jobs) the biggest problem is that the system they are forced to adhere to is skewed to encourage certain actions and priorities, unintentional consequences and all.

Most techies will recognise the Sales person who sells the unsupportable product/service just to get their commission which the techies then have to deliver - same kind of thing. If the logic isn't correct at the input stage, it sure as hell isn't going to give you the right answer at the output.

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One assumes that this will lead to pictures being used from social media sources at some point (if not already) which is very dodgy ground unless they are led there by a particular set of leads and information.

At some point, someone, somewhere, is getting paid money to process these pictures, which means they would be in breach of copyright if they don't have the copyright holders permission, doesn't it?

After all, making money from someone's creative work is an even more heinous crime than just making a copy for your own use apparently.

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Re: "...and maybe some beach-front property in Switzerland."

Rumour has it that the Swiss Army also don't use multi-function knives either.

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Roll up, come see the BOOMING HACKER BAZAAR!

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Re: not naughty enough...

If all the victims and families of victims of the murderers, rapists and drug barons all pooled their spare cash together to create a powerful lobbying group then they might get something done.

Justice is a wonderful concept, but it's a theoretical situation that could only exist in a lab environment - not something you see in the wild.

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Re: Police force

Finding out who the culprits are is one thing, establishing jurisdiction and enforcing penalties is quite another.

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Next gen ransomware: Elliptic cryptic, talks on Tor, demands Bitcoin

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Re: Specific to VMs...

I see a market opportunity for a hardware virtual environment.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: Nobody has answered the important question

Nah, you're thinking of a pulse laser.

A beam laser would sound like 'peeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww' until it overheated, but a full on military laser would be more like

"pwpwpwpwpwpw...................<wait for heat to drop>, rotate, pull up, line up 'pwpwpwpwpwpwpwp' <note incoming missile from second Viper> Activate ECM, rotate pull up 'pwpwpwpwpwpwpw..boom'.

Congratulations Commander.

Now you have 10 seconds to dock before the next Viper launches so you can sell your Slaves and Narcotics.

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Alleged Silk Road boss's lawyers want murder-for-hire evidence blocked from trial

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Re: why bother with the drugs trial at all?

There is only one 'conspiracy to commit murder' charge (not actual murder don't forget) yet there are probably hundreds of individual drug-related crimes he might be found guilty of.

In the US I think this means he can receive a sentence for each instance (rather than as one group of crimes).

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Finally, there's a "currently non-public matter" that they also want to discuss with the judge – the nature of which has been redacted from court documents – which will be addressed in a conference to be held on December 15.

Something to do with all those confiscated Bitcoins probably

For its part, the government has asked that Ulbricht's lawyers be barred from discussing the consequences for Ulbricht should he be convicted,

What, such as being made to work for the spooks?

and they also don't want the jury to hear about Ulbricht's personal beliefs regarding drug laws or regulation of online commerce, saying it could lead to an "erroneous assumption that good motive is inconsistent with criminal intent.

So on the one hand they want to include evidence relating to an offence that he hasn't been convicted of (yet) but they don't want the jury to understand the guys motives and thought processes? Are they expecting an insanity plea or something if the jury hear what the guy really thinks? Or are they frightened the jury might think he has a point in some way?

Here's your cake, enjoy.

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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I was going to say I would contribute only if Assange were removed from the list, but I like your idea better :)

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Re: Forced to view content (Adverts etc.)

"The alternative is jumping to the top menu and selecting "Play Feature"."

'That action is prohibited' <- Another good reason to rip/re-author

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: Article needs some edits...

"Whats that about those that don't learn from history?"

Pardon?

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"as the shifting of the vehicle in the rescue might result in the car just taking off."

At last! Flying cars! (And no-one told me :( )

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Re: "basic details such as..."

Don't forget the analyser built into the air-con system so it can work out if the single occupant has been drinking/smoking pot.

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Gaming's driving ambitions: The Crew and Grand Theft Auto V

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Re: Always online requirement? No sale.

Well played :)

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Re: Always online requirement? No sale.

Or if you had been using them too much and they had overheated well past their baking point?

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Re: Dumb TV please

@HMB, I might be using some tinted specs here, but I didn't say that the *picture* quality was better - some of the stuff on my Samsung D8000 is jaw dropping.

However, no matter what settings I use, playback of the Blu-Ray 'I Superbiker' which pans across landscape very fast is almost unwatchable. My wife complains about HD making films look more like documentaries, it seems to have lost some it's warmth.

When you watch some of the old movies that have soft-focus etc. they tend to draw you in more on an emotional level than something that is so crisp you can hear the scenery crackle.

There's a place for both I'm sure, but I don't seem to be getting many options for the older style of viewing where the content trumps the presentation. I suppose for me it's more about the experience rather than the technical abilities of the device I'm watching it on - and for some things they just don't work very well.

I haven't tried plasma ever since I had a set that was so shiny any kind of light source in the room used to make it act like a mirror, something that seems to be happening with these LCD's/LED's too now I think about it. Where are the matt screens?

PS +1 for the Alan Partridge putdown :)

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Re: Dumb TV please

I would also like a TV that can play fast moving action scenes with artifacts or requiring a degree is TV menu system configuration (which only reduces it).

100Hz CRT's, whilst not scaling to larger sizes very easily, delivered a better overall picture in my opinion.

What's the point of seeing the hair on someones wart when you get taken out of the moment by some kind of 'oh dear I can't keep up and keep things clear at the same time' moment from one of these so-called smart tv's?

They're shit. Just my opinion of course and I'm still on my first coffee, but I'll probably stand by that statement when I'm >50% human again.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: VAT for Dummies

The only real way to address this is to not allow multinationals to offset their taxes, or apply a sales tax based on yearly turnover in the UK.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: Prudes

And all films where someone gets shot apparently

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Apparently being crap at art is also illegal and you can end up in chokey, especially if you draw a sex scene and don't make the breasts on the girl unfeasibly large.

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Re: I like Randall's work

I nominate Randall over the likes of Bill Gates any day

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Re: Amazing body of work, remarkable bloke...

Doh! I'm a muppet. The OP is in all cases then!

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Re: Amazing body of work, remarkable bloke...

He says every East facing shore will face a huge storm surge, but the preceding sentence mentions the waves traveling East to West.

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Re: obligitory xkcd reference ...

http://xkcd.com/*

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

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Re: The main question is

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

All hail the VIC-20 RAM Expander pack!

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Re: I'm pretty sure it won't cut your hand off

I don't suppose the down-voters could enlighten me as to why I am wrong?

Surviving Jedi from first set of films=Yoda and Obi-Wan

Luke 'became' a Jedi, and Anikin/Vader was a Sith Lord so was no longer a Jedi

Have I missed anyone?

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Re: I'm pretty sure it won't cut your hand off

As far as I remember there were only two surviving Jedi, and neither of them had a prosthetic hand.

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Re: OMG... A little restraint please...

"Sorry for the off-topic rant. Just wanted to fight the usual cliché."

It was a tongue in cheek comment, I'm sure there is stress everywhere you go on this planet, Thailand being no exception. I have been there so I'm not completely ignorant, but I take your point :)

However, my point was that if you were feeling a bit stressed you could always find a little 'relief' for not very much outlay.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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"what happens when the sovereign side unilaterally declares, "Sod this!" How would the other side be able to make them adhere to the law?"

We already know the answer to that. You can't, as they just say some magic words like 'abracadabra' or 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' or even 'Paedophile' or 'National Security' or some such bollocks.

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