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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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Coat

I'm guessing that nobody has a Wii U then based on the comments. ... Bah you can probably piss on a hooker in GTAV anyway :)

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How I hacked SIM cards with a single text - and the networks DON'T CARE

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Please explain, not my area of expertise.

I just thought the SIM card had a subscriber / number to identify you to the mobile base stations so they could route calls to you, oh and some space to store 150 contact numbers that nobody ever uses any more as they sync everything to either exchange, google or Apple.

Now I get the impression that the sim has a processor of sorts that can handle some authentication to the network / probably obvious and sensible. Why the heck can it access anything on the device ? Is there any need ?

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Re: Truth or consequences

It is our company policy not to give references for staff that have left 'just in case'. Fortunately the ones that I like have my mobile number and i am more than willing to speak to their prospective employer for them. If they were good at their job ( and paid their way at the pub) they get a shining embellished reference, if not they don't get one simples.

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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I just had a very productive day in work setting up ownCloud on a Centos vm.

It is probably not anywhere near as secure as mega or Dropbox but it will only be accessible via vpn. Costs a lot less as well.

Once I'm happy with it I can't see me paying for anything else, even if it has crypto it is still off site and out of my control.

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

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eh

What was all that about ?

If it is more secure than Dropbox and offers some additional features I can see a market for it. There is also the fact that it will probably avoid hosting whatever it can in the USA and that has to be good for privacy.

I think I will stick with my 50GB free Dropbox account for now though, Thanks Samsung :)

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Space shuttle to slip surly bonds of Earth one last time over California

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They should crash one of these shuttles into the moon....

Yes i know they are not built to go that far but if you dont mind it taking 20 years to get there i am sure some smart ass can come up with an orbital plan..... you know for the giggles :)

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Oi, don't leave Cymru in broadband slow lane, MPs warn

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Unhappy

Sort out Cardiff first.

Internet access just outside Cardiff is shockingly bad and our work connection will drop numerous times every day screwing up our VPN's. There is no realistic alternative available other than paying BT £6 K to install a fibre connection that will cost around £4 K a year or wireless access from a local IT company for around the same price.

Thank god for auto failover to a 3G USB connection, its not ideal but at least it works better than our ADSL !

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Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them

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Negligence

You can't place all the blame on the kid, why did the school leave 20k worth of laptops lying around ?

Not locking stuff up creates theives.

They should have at least been in a secure storage / charging area. I am just shocked that they did not get stolen.

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BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down

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Overpriced...

I went to watch Pirates in the cinema last light with my 2 children and am now £40 worse off.

On a positive note it was only the three of us watching it at 7pm so it almost offsets the price :)

I wonder how much it cost them to run the film lol.

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Ten... Bedroom Gadget Treats

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Flame

Hot wax

"Candles, though, need to be managed. They go out, they drip hot wax and, well, they’re a fire hazard, frankly."

They go out, yeah handy that when you are going to sleep.

They drip hot wax, thats the best part :p

They are a fire hazard, true but they have been used for thousands of years and we are all adults here.

Why spend £65 on some plastic crap that you dont need. With the same £65 you could get over 1000 candles that will last a lot longer than the rechargeable batteries in this tosh.

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Anti-phishing DMARC adoption gathers (free) steam

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Meh

Spf and Sophos Puremessage are working fine for my companies mail system. Not looking forward to implementing additional layers of complexity no matter how easy it is mean t to be :(

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David Cameron gets custom prime-ministering iPad app

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WTF?

An app.....

Do they really need to make an app to do this ? I could probably throw together a website with the basic functionality in a few hours that will work on almost any device not just imbetterthanyoucrap.

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'Why the hell are we paying elite crypto crackers £25k?'

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Optional title

"Why are we paying world-class cyber security experts what we pay passport-stampers at the border-control-agency?"

The real question is, why are we paying passport stampers 25 K ?

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When geeks turn Green: Performance tune your energy bills

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Mushroom

Eddie and Richie

They had the right idea. For those that do not remember the full story. They are stealing gas from next door when the gas man arrives :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cbj2jOozyo

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Apple was OK to fire man for private Facebook comments

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Says it all really

"image is so central to its success"

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DARPA drops another HTV-2

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Joke

Meanwhile, in a paralell dimension.

Another alien craft has appeared out of nowhere travelling at a speed faster than is thought to be possible.

It was witnessed by passengers in a zepplin who commented "it seemed to do a barell roll followed by a loop the loop leaving a trail of flames in its wake.

It then deployed some sort of large gravity arresting device believed to me made from a very light and strong fabric of some discription and was suspended beneath it before touching down in the ocean.

The Defence Against Research Proliferation Agency is investigating.

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Sky wins TV riot battle

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BBC News @ 1953 hrs

Reporter on the phone in Manchester : "OMG the police are running at us with battons"

Reporter in the office :" if you can wait there we are going to look at some pictures of smoke" cuts audio.

Looks like they are on the ground somewhere :)

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Prime Minister recalls holidaying MPs after London riots

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Title

The armed forces would not be used against civilians, that is what the police are for.

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Apple sued over Mac OS X 'quick boot'

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Joke

Title

Does this mean that the boot is now on the other foot ?

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Caltech sends light on a one-way trip

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Coat

hmmmmm

At first i thought "wow thats clever" then i got all confused when i realised that one way mirrors / windows have been doing the same thing for a lot longer.

I realise that process is probably completly different but hmmmmmm physics has never been my strong point :)

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Lost 1967 spacecraft FOUND CRASHED ON MOON

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Scrap Yard

They really should crash land all the dying probes in the same place to support future manned moon missions, you never know when you will need a scrap yard for an extra bit of gold foil etc

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Hundreds of dot-brand domains predicted

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and

Oracle, Sun, Insight, Transcend, Crucial...........

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Scotland Yard still have no idea why their network fell over

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WTF?

50 users ?

Why the hell are you using a shitty consumer grade laser printer for an office that size, it would cost you a fortune (if it actually worked:) for new toner / drum / itb / fuser etc.

Just bite the bullet and get a colour copier ffs.

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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad

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Meh

Devs

I assume they are accounting for the probably quite large number of web developers using iPad emulators to test sites and check how other sites are handling certain limiting features ?

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Akira Blu-ray remastered disc set

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Love the film,

but i am still not sure if it is worth the upgrade over my DVD version and my "all in one" surround sound.

If you like Akira you should also watch "Cyber City Oedo 808", i did an art project based on the car in the opening episode it is that good.

Also "Ghost In The Shell" and "Dominion Tank Police" need a mention.

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Do we really want 100Gig Ethernet?

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Faster

In the immortal words of Daft Punk.

Work it harder, make it better

Do it faster, makes us stronger

More than ever, Hour after

Our work is never over

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Microsoft pounces as Mozilla shuns enterprise

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Firefox in the office.

From what I remember IE has a lot of settings that can be controled by group policy to "provide a consistent reliable system".

I do not believe Firefox can be controlled in this way and as far as i am concerned it should not be bending over backwards to support a proprietory Microsoft technology.

As for support, the software is free. Do you really expect something for nothing ?

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Sophos says sorry over Google Analytics false alarm

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Coat

Affect Effect Infect ?

Quote "Sophos rapidly pushed out an update, which ought to apply itself automatically but may take time to propagate around all infected systems."

I think it is a bit harsh to say that the affected systems were infected especially when the effect was to speed up the systems in some cases :)

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Google opens peephole on mystery data center practices

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All that security ?

Any tom dick or harry can now find out your location thanks to Google not securing your wifi MAC address and location details

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/22/google_android_privacy_concerns/

and link to the map / tool

http://samy.pl/androidmap/index.php?mac=00%3A11%3A24%3AEC%3A72%3ACF&commit=Probe

Why do they bother with the physical security ? They have failed at data security at least twice (Chinese hackers, and Buzz fiasco) that i know of.

If they were in the UK i would have sent them a data protection act disclosure request, anyone else tried this ?

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1000s of websites vanish as TalkTalk lets domain slip

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Gone Now

Pipex Business were great but they got bought out by Tiscalli then it all went down hill.

As a point of referance, Pipex Business managed to changet at least 5 TAG'S for me when other so called ISP's said that another ISP was "holding" them and i should contact them. Also MAC codes suck ass.

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Leeroy
FAIL

Direct

If you are a business you should learn from this and use a "proper" web host for your site. As far as i am concerned ISP's are not web hosts they just provide the pipe.

£30 a year will get you a basic web host, control over your domain, uk based support and prevent this sh*t from occuring.

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Wireless devices to break one-billion barrier in 2011

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Pint

More cat5 :)

SO.......... when a client wishes to extent their wireless netowork or just improve their current one i will be fighting even more devices and AP's.

Plugging in an of the shelf repeater is starting to have bad results and i am having to resort to dd-wrt routers with higher output to work around the issues. It will not be long until i can start charging for running cat-5 all over the place as the customers cr&p is in the cloud and they need a reliable fast connection to watch iPlayer on their TV. I love progress :)

Cat 5 is much more cost effective for my wallett / beer fund.

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IP registry goes to Defcon 1 as IPv4 doomsday nears

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Give me IPv6

I am all set with IPv6 internally as far as i can test.

My ISP on the other hand is still issuing IPv4 Addresses and will not provide IPv6 addresses for my router let alone my internal devices.

Does anyone know how to kick them in to gear ?

PS. Oh crap i need a load of static IP's next month for SSL sites. WTF do i do if they are not available ?

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OFT probes extended warranties

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Restricting access

Quote "The OFT also said today it would not be investigating the market for repairs of domestic electrical equipment, because it did not find enough evidence to support claims that manufacturers are restricting access to technical information and spare parts by independent repairers."

As a self employed copier engineer and previous experience as an electronic engineer i frequently repair washing machines and other domestic appliances including TV's, PC's consoles etc.From my experience It is almost impossible to get hold of "Service Manuals" for all but the most common devices and parts seem to be lucky dip most of the time.

It should be a requirement for manufacturers to supply a complete service manual on demand and get rid of (or properly document) the "secret" service interfaces as well, KM and Olivetti i am looking at you.

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Facebook's open hardware: Does it compute?

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Nice title

It is interesting that they can get the motherboard designed and built cheaper than the can buy a standard one from Dell or HP, they must be ordering a hell of a lot of them for that to work though.

Now, you motherboard manufacturers take note ! I really really need a Micro ITX board with 6 to 8 SATA 2 interaces for my storage servers and NO I DO NOT WANT A FAN ON THE PROCESSOR :)

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DARPA: Send limbless troops back to war with robo-arms

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I know what the date is...

But the article is still in bad taste....

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Google drops Schmidt for Elop, Android for WinPho 7

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Whats the date

Very good, thanks for the giggles.

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Arkansas governor spanks arse cleavage

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WTF?

WTF

This is why they should be wearing school uniform.

Simple really.

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Acer boss quits after board disses his future strategy

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Title here

"In addition, we are stepping into the new mobile device market, where we will invest cautiously and aim to become one of the leading players."

Investing cautiously and becoming a leading player do not seem to go together at all. Perhaps this is what Lanci was trying to tell them ?

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UK boffins to develop 'Solar Squaddie' electro-uniform

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Coat

Electrical weapons ?

I hope they do a better job with this than with Bowman.

Mine is the one with the integrated power station.

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Megaquake cuts Japan phone lines

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Shakey shakey HD

I am surprised the storage systems in the data centers are still working as i thought vibrations were very bad for mechanical disks etc. Apart from the actual movement caused by the quakes, racks falling over would probably be a bad thing.

Would be nice to see some of the systems that they use to reduce the effects of these natural disasters on their infrastructure.

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Japanese nuke meltdown may be underway

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@ Elmer

You are correct, the Japanese PM made a statement yesterday that everything was under control and while the automatic shutdown did not function correctly the manual override did. Everything seemed OK on the nuclear front.

Today there is an explosion that was not expected and had not (as yet) been explained.

If the pressure vessel fails are we looking at another Chernobyl or worse ? I can't see a huge concrete dome surviving the earthquakes that it would frequently experience.

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Microsoft compares Amazon cloud to 'horseless carriage'

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Mmmmmm i dont get it.

Where do i draw the line with all this "cloud" / offsite IT stuff ?

Hosted email is the first step, then hosted (Google) apps, then moving your apps to the cloud.

How far is to far ? would you want to run Sage on a cloud instance, what about Photoshop ?

I am worried that if we go down this route we may loose what i think is the most important thig about a PC, its ability to work unconnected to any external network. With Windows 8 apparently connected to the cloud what happenes if i move house and it takes a month to get broadband working ?

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Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned

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Final Fantasy

Since when did Final Fantasy have the "patent" on attaching a knife / sword to a gun ?

I am sure if anyone has a case for banning replica weapons it would be H & K for continual use of its weapons in nearly all (semi realistic) FPS and war games.

As far as i am aware most ground troops the world over carry a bayonet for attachment to their rifle during combat, they are also used for cutting barbed wire with the scabbard, ripping out throats with the serrated edge and it even has a blood channel to ease removal from the enemy and they are not even that sharp. Probably a lot more deadly than anything Square Enix can come up with.

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Eurofighter Typhoon: It's EVEN WORSE than we thought

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Stop

When facts are not facts at all.

While I agree that the project looks like a mess and has cost a lot of money, aircraft generally tend to be quite expensive. A few of the presented "facts" seem to be slightly off.

"And the Raptor has third-generation Stealth: the Eurofighter has no stealth features at all.

From the sales brochure

"The Low observability technology is incorporated in the basic design." -snip- "The Eurofighter Typhoon is, by any standard, a low observability aircraft with a fleet effectiveness superior to any other competitor. The airframe is constructed mainly from Carbon Fibre Composites (CFCs), lightweight alloys, titanium and Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP). "

The pilot can also control the electronic emmissions of the aircraft directly including features such as passive radar etc. This seems to sugest the aircraft does have at least some stealth features.

"The Raptor has thrust vectoring for unbeatable manoeuvrability in a dogfight: the Eurofighter doesn't."

The F22 has thrust vectoring due to its size. The EF is a much smaller plane and uses its foreplane / delta configuration to increase manuverability without sacrificing speed as the F22 does when using thrust vectoring. It is believed that the EF would be superior in a close quarters (less that 20 mile) engagement with an F22.

"The Raptor is a hugely more sophisticated and powerful aircraft"

More sophisticated ? it can not attack ground targets, imagine the outrage if the UK had bought a fleet of "Air dominance fighters" that could not attack ground targets ?

A few more points, EF service ceiling 65'000 ft vs F22 60'000, runway length 2500 ft vs 7000 ft oh and the icing on the cake is that the EF can target an F22 at BVR (beyond visual range) defeating the design goal of its main competitor (if you can rellly call it that). FFS you should be behind the plane and its designers even if the financial side is a complete clusterf?*k, a bit of national pride would not hurt every now and again !

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Nvidia revs up CUDA GPU coder toolkit

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WTF?

Missed something

I wsa surprised not to see a mention of OpenCL in the article ? or did i totally miss the point that if GPU computing was to become widespread it would have to run on different hardware from different manufacturers including intels future laughabee and AMD ?

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Adobe Flash: 20m phones flip Steve Jobs the bird

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Apple dont like flash because of its app store

It really is quite simple......

1. Apple dont like flash because you could play games etc on your iPhone without them having to be approved / paid for via the app store.

2. They have a point about power drain, but all games seem to drain the power on my android and before that my nokia. I am sure that the app store bought games on the iPhone / Pad drain the battery just as much.

3. You can block flash.

4. Let Apple / Oranges do what they like, I have the choice at the end of the day and competition is good for consumers.

5. The 80 / 20 idea will not be "Blown to bits" any time soon.

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Disabled dude demands EA improves gaming access

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Device Maker ?

It seems to me that his control device works just fine and he has a very valid point about the developer allowing him to customise the input method to suit his needs !

The device maker can only do so much if the developer has hard coded the input method, eg Xbox gaming pad only or no mouse support.

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ICO pays through the nose for 'website development'

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WTF?

Fair enough ......

Fair enough if it looked any good but to me it just looks like somone has just typed "ico." and stuck it on a blue background. It is also scaled badly and difficult to read.

A favicon should be part of the overall web design and if it cost £585 for the icon how much did the site cost them in total and why was it not included in that price originally ?

I dont know if i am totally wrong here but if a client asks me to change a favicon or phone number etc i usually do it for nothing, keep them happy, keeping the renewals and hosting fees coming in and me in a tidy honest profit.

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

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Paris Hilton

Alternatives

1. For around £30 a year you could use some cheap web space that could be easily backed up via FTP. You could alternatly use it as your backup destination if you did not mind people seeing all your crap. Your links would never break as you could just upload the entire sets / file structure from your backup or local copy.

2.Or why not host it all yourself on a spare PC + Dyn Dns, its not offsite backup but at least it eliminates one point of failure and you have most of the advantages as above.

Why people expect ANY free or cheap online service to provide a decent service is beyond me. Its up to you to keep your stuff safe and being in IT that guy knows it all to well. The only reason they want your crap is to data mine and then advertise to anyone looking at it, do they REALLY care if it goes missing ?

Icon ? once its in the "cloud" it is out of your control !

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