* Posts by The FunkeyGibbon

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NY Museum of Modern Art embraces 14 video games

The FunkeyGibbon
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Nice to see games finally recognised as art

I understand that art is in the eye of the beholder (see Mark Rothko, something I could never agree as art - but clearly somebody does, the mad fools!) and so any list will be subjective and this isn't the complete list either but I do hope they include Limbo, that was incredibly beautiful given it's limited pallet. It takes artistic ability to achieve what was done with that game.

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

The FunkeyGibbon
Trollface

Could I patent 'Patent Trolling'?

Or do the actions of every major tech company in the world mean I can't have that due to prior art?

Troll face for my company logo...

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Six of the best Nintendo Wii U games

The FunkeyGibbon
Meh

Odd

Nintendo know that their market are fanbois and casual gamers (hence the "We only need to sell one game to be profitable" statement) so releasing an upgrade on the Wii with another gimmick that Microsoft have already managed to clone with Smart Glass seems odd.

Nintendo are always behind the curve technologically, at least since the N64, and this gimmick isn't anything like as ground breaking as the Wii was. Can I see all the casual Wii gamers binning it off for a Wii-U? Nope.

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

The FunkeyGibbon
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Cake, and grief counselling, will be available at the conclusion of the test.

I know she's (it?) been mentioned before but I think GlaDOS should be on this list. Not only is she utterly ruthless but also is only doing what she's been programmed to...

"There was even going to be a party for you. A big party that all your friends were invited to. I invited your best friend, the Companion Cube. Of course, he couldn't come because you murdered him. All your other friends couldn't come, either, because you don't have any other friends because of how unlikable you are. It says so right here in your personnel file: "Unlikable. Liked by no one. A bitter, unlikable loner, whose passing shall not be mourned. Shall NOT be mourned." That's exactly what it says. Very formal. Very official. It also says you were adopted, so that's funny, too. "

"You look ugly in that jumpsuit. That's not my opinion; it's right here on your fact sheet. They said on everyone else it looked fine, but on you, it looked hideous. But still what does an old engineer know about fashion? Oh, wait, it's a she. Still, what does she know about - oh, wait. She has a medical degree. In fashion. From France."

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Iran's Photoshop FAIL: 'New drone' actually Japanese university bird

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FAIL

Iran aren't the only fail here...

"It's like spot the difference, onky without any difference"

It's like English except not proofread.

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BlackBerry 10: AWESOME. If the hardware matches it, RIM jobs are safe

The FunkeyGibbon
Meh

Honestly, too little too late

It's not the hardware (fairly unspectacular) or the mobile OS (middling to poor) that has been my biggest problem, it's BES. The whole thing is just awful. The number of tweaks, battery pulls and hacks needed to get the damn thing to remain in sync with Exchange is painful. No OS upgrade is going to change the fact that the underlying tech that makes BB painful for me.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

OS/2 stole my cash card...

I never got to user OS/2 but I sure as hell remember it booting back up after the ATM swallowed and refused to give me back my card. Grrr.

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

The FunkeyGibbon
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Samsung... grrr

I have a Samsung TV and the volume control for iPlayer is via the app rather than the TV and it goes in huge steps. I find 3 too quiet but the next step up to be far too loud. Also because I have a moderately priced set and not a £2,500 beast I can't get Netflix via my TV, Netflix blame Samsung and vice versa. *sigh*

However there is salvation, my Xbox is a brilliant way to access iPlayer, Netflix et all. With Kinect I get voice and gesture control. I'll admit neither is perfect but it works well enough that I'll never use the 'smart' TV again for anything other than being a TV.

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Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

The FunkeyGibbon
Mushroom

I wondered if they have considered....

Screen sizes? Everything could be broadcast in 4:3 and the edges of the screen could be used for honking great big adverts that really don't distract from the content AT ALL. Honestly.

Now where have I seen that before...?

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Adobe spurts spackle* into Flash's gaping holes

The FunkeyGibbon
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Anybody think Jobs was wrong still?

I know Apple's refusal to allow Flash on iOS was at least as much to do with protecting their walled garden as anything else but their observations that Flash was a security nightmare clearly weren't wide of the mark...

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Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013

The FunkeyGibbon
Meh

Re: Folk still using IM clients?

MS will try to sell you Lync or Lync365. That's what we use.

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Bird of Prey: 1980s IT on on the small screen

The FunkeyGibbon
Joke

Re: Beware: Many different productions using same title

Or worse still "Birds of a Feather".... :-D

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New Mac mini: Business in the front, party at the back

The FunkeyGibbon
Trollface

When Apple said so.

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

The FunkeyGibbon
Facepalm

Re: Niche legacy hardware?

Target Disk Mode anybody? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_Disk_Mode

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Red Hat stalks VMware in field sport ambush

The FunkeyGibbon
Happy

Re: QR Code?

Could you imagine asking the pilot to swing around for another go at scanning it? :-D

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Better the banners from Microsoft on El Reg

Seriously, those side bars make me thing of Vegas. Vegas = gambling = Windows Server 2012 is a gamble....

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EU green-lights 'copyright land grab' law on orphan work

The FunkeyGibbon
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Strangely I can see the logic in this

Normally the idea of more legislation from the EU makes my skin crawl as it almost always codifies something in law that is ill-thought out and perverse. In this case recovering the use of these orphaned works is a good idea. I particularly like the idea of UK to make it so commercial payments are accounted for so that orphaned works are not abused and so that an author who can identify their work can still claim the remuneration for it.

I still think there will be abuse of the system though and I agree with Mr Koch that there will be a "new Lawyer Opportunity Zone" but on the whole I approve. I'm shocked.

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$3500 will get 13.3in Mac tablet in your mitts

The FunkeyGibbon
Paris Hilton

If you have the money, why not?

I guess there are worse things to spend your money on. However looking at that, it has stylus and didn't somebody once say "If you see a stylus, they blew it?" ;-)

Paris because if you have that much money...

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Paul Allen: Windows 8 'promising' yet 'puzzling'

The FunkeyGibbon
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Re: Its a new paradigm

"Windows is priced correctly, and not all that bad"

Wow, there's a ringing endorsement if I ever heard one. Have Microsoft PR been in touch for their new ad campaign?

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RIP Psion PLC: You're with Motorola now

The FunkeyGibbon
Unhappy

Very typically English

It's very typically English to have something superb and then not have it fulfil it's potential. What would a Jonny Ive designed Psion been like?

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Facebook's latest brain wave: Flogging REAL fluffy tat

The FunkeyGibbon
Paris Hilton

What is Facebook for?

Once, long ago it's purpose was pure and obvious, now it's just a mess with people vomiting up the most pointless crap and Facebook themselves trying to take our data and sell us junk.

I think I seriously need to consider if I need social media in my life at all.

Paris because if Facebook made women...

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

Cheese? Egg? PEANUT BUTTER?!?

Wrong, wrong and VERY wrong.

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'What was Google going to do, force Apple to change its mind?'

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

We have Root

Nice one Shuttleworth, using spurious logic that says that because Canonical doesn't screw your machine with their uber-power, then surely their partners wouldn't miss-use this data.

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McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

Great PR!

I wonder what the difference in value between that tiny amount of chocolate and the negative PR is in terms of pounds sterling? The wastage alone on spillages from the shit delivery system they use for McSlurry's is greater than the 'crime' committed here.

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Google exec faces arrest after vid tears strip off Brazilian

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

Losing the plot once again.

Isn't this a bit like me thinking "Wow that guy cut me up!" and then asking for the chief of the Highways Agency be brought to book over it?

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Everything Everywhere's 4G: Why I'm sitting this one out

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FAIL

Coverage will be the killer for me. 3G is fine for now, I'd rather better coverage of that and better prices on data than a faster tech that I can't get because I don't live in London.

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Now Apple cuts back on Samsung displays

The FunkeyGibbon

Re: An Eye For An Eye

Or in the case of patents leave the whole world without innovation for fear of litigation. Your version is snappier though. :-)

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Brains behind Kazaa and Morpheus unleash patent storm

The FunkeyGibbon
Devil

If legal systems could mate...

What kind of unholy beast would be created by the coming together of two of the worst ever coming together, the demons that are the US Patent System and the Liable Laws from the UK....

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TripAdvisor didn't defame hotel by putting it on 'top 10 dirtiest' list

The FunkeyGibbon

Re: Bad priorities

Sure, no fire without smoke I guess. The problem here is the uncritical nature of many people when look at a sites like Trip Advisor.

Anecdotally, I did over hear a really obnoxious American woman once demand a room upgrade for free "...or I'll give you such a shitty review on Trip Advisor you'll never have any guests again!" While she was clearly overstating the effect of a single bad review, people are starting to see Trip Advisor as important and influential enough that there might be leverage in using it as a threat. When that becomes the case then surely the site has to take responsibility?

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So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?

The FunkeyGibbon
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The Bacon Sandwich Experience

Much has been said on how you make a bacon sandwich and I think from this we can gather that it is as personal an experience as can be had when it comes to food.

Personally I like good quality white farmhouse bread with a good crust, three thick rashers of unsmoked back bacon from a butcher with a good dollop of HP sauce and freshly milled black pepper.

Almost as important is the accompanying drink. It has to be a strong cup of white tea. Anything else would only be doing the majestic sandwich as disservice. On this at least we can all agree, right? :-)

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Open source author pulls code after GPL abuse

The FunkeyGibbon
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Re: All this and the Open Source community...

Ah, the argument that shifts the goal posts. Did I say that Closed Source\Commercial software was never abandoned? Did I say that they were saints who didn't upgrade at will and never provided you with a situation where you had to upgrade or be left behind a la Microsoft's Office 2003 --> 2007? No. But you chose to think I did because it suited you to make an argument against a point that was never stated. Bravo.

The number of downvotes and replies are evidence not of the 'fact' that I am wrong but that fanbois spend too long arguing the status quo rather than making a substantial argument that disproves the original point. I even put added a nice picture of a troll so that there might be some small hint that I wasn't being serious, that I was looking to provoke and yet the fishes still bit...

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The FunkeyGibbon
Trollface

All this and the Open Source community...

...wonder why 'business' doesn't go wholesale for 'free' software. This kinda fighting, petulance and clearly not understanding how licences work are all things that you can't afford have in a commercial environment.

If you were using this Mayan or a fork of it as an integral part of your business you have no assurance of ongoing development or even if these fights are going to cause issues going forward with the actual use of the product. If you have to switch to another fork or whole different DMS who's going to undertake the work to get your data across and ensure it's validated? Reliance on a community which has no incentive to not be 'flaky' is not something I would imagine any sensible business would do.

I certainly wouldn't invest in a business who used Open Source for business critical data, it's just too risky unless they had their own dev team.

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Apple CEO: Frothing fanboi iPhone 5 hype screwed our sales

The FunkeyGibbon
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Cry me a river...

"Our enormous profits are slightly less enormous just ahead of a huge rush to buy our new product! Boo hoo!"

Shut up Cook, you know there are loads of frothing fanbois who are asking Siri on a daily basis "WHEN IS THE iPHONE5 OUT?!? I must have it, it is the precious.." who will queue like zombies the very moment you announce that your new phone is out.

Dear God the whining from companies that their obscene profits just aren't obscene enough... talk about 1st World problems.

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Sony preps PS3 with old-school design

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

The last drawn out death rattle of the current generation...

This is absolute proof that this generation is coming to a close. Sony did this with the PS1 and PS2 to try to eek out some last cash from the few people they could persuade to buy it.

12 months and this will be irrelevant.

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Android Jelly Bean won't get Flash Player

The FunkeyGibbon
Joke

16 years old...

....and it just got fucked. :-)

Flash has done well to last this long but like the old faithful hound who can't stop shitting on the carpet, it's time to put it down.

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Facebook replaces non-Facebook mail addresses on Timeline

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

Out of control?

Facebook used to do Social Networking. Now it wants to be an e-mail service, identity service and God only knows what else!

Whatever happened to designing something for a purpose and not having massive mission creep...?

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Chess algorithm written by Alan Turing goes up against Kasparov

The FunkeyGibbon
Mushroom

Well done!

You've taken an article on a historic curiosity and merked it with some of the most inane comments ever....

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Brit telco flagship BT joins blockade of Pirate Bay

The FunkeyGibbon
Trollface

Oh noes!

Now people are being told that they can't steal... how awful!

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Special Projects Burro pops his hooves

The FunkeyGibbon
Happy

I'm not sure Aladdin is dead...

I think he'll be on the board of RIM before the day is out, along with all the other donkeys.

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Official: Apple, IBM are world's most valuable brands

The FunkeyGibbon
Paris Hilton

Brand is such a fickle thing...

...ask Paris, she knows all about taking a famous brand and then dragging it through the dirt. :-)

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Orange pulls out of women's Fiction

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

Is it just me or....

...does 'Everything Everywhere' just sound like the most desperate name ever dreamt up? It just screams "We'll do anything, just give us money!".

As for not sponsoring the award, big deal it's sexist anyway.

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BBC deletes Blue Peter from BBC One

The FunkeyGibbon

*Yawn*

This is this really worth reporting? Neighbours didn't suffer by being binned and then picked up by 5. This is just a juggling of another out-dated program to an appropriate channel. To be honest if people let nostalgia rather than sense rule then we'd still have 'Why Don't You..?', 'Grandstand' and 'Kickstart' clogging up our screens.

The BBC needs to decide what it actually wants to be, it's not the 1970's it can't be all things to all people any more.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

The FunkeyGibbon
WTF?

I'm confused...

Can somebody explain who we are supposed to be fighting with these carriers and planes? Back in the Cold War days I could see how fear and political ideologues made the case for a floating air-force. These days I can't see it's worth, if the Middle East collapses the F35 won't be the answer. The F18, the Tornado and are more than a match for what most of those countries can muster.

The UK has to remember we are not a big powerful country any more, trying to have a military like we are is crippling and pointless. We need a better strategy that focuses on skills not huge numbers.

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Dot-brand explosion will shell-shock lazy coders - ICANN

The FunkeyGibbon
Meh

If ICANN are so concerned...

....why not hire a bunch of coders to write a few code libraries for parsing their new gTLDs and then release it under a GUN licence? That'd be the non-lazy way of dealing with the issue, rather than blaming everybody else for not instantly responding to your money making scheme.

Besides as David Given points out, when was the last time you typed .biz in ANYWHERE? I can imagine that the only people who are going to buy the vast majority of these domains are cyber-squatters who think they can make a buck and companies trying to protect their brand.

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BT fibre-up-your-exchange poll in 6-way Mugabe style pileup

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

BT will blame 'hackers'

They'll then consider the whole set of results as invalid and continue their policy of only adding fibre to major metropolitan areas. Oddly my town, a smallish area just off off J14 of the M1, has been enabled but the much bigger area that abuts it has, in the main, not been able to "feel the fabric of their fibre".

It's a good product.... if you can get it.

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In-flight fight for stubborn iPhone-loving teen

The FunkeyGibbon
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Dude, it's was Mandleson...

You were supposed to choke the every loving shit out of him with he headphone cord. It'd have been a mercy killing. For us, not him obviously. :-)

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Labour moots using speed cameras to reward law-abiding drivers

The FunkeyGibbon
Black Helicopters

The best thing about being in opposition is...

... you can spout rubbish like this and nobody has to take you seriously. :-)

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Cuckold computer tech faces ID theft charges over Gmail 'hack'

The FunkeyGibbon
Paris Hilton

What I want to know is...

... was she out with the ex-husband or not?

Paris because she might be able to 'comfort' Mr Walker in these hard times.

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

The FunkeyGibbon
Jobs Horns

Apple are signed up? But...

.... since when do they play ball? How does this affect the after-market sales of iJunk docks, clocks and other 'stuff'? Don't they all need to use the Apple proprietary connector?

I don't see how Apple can be part of this at all unless they want to abandon their existing user base.

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Cambridge boffins rebuff banking industry take down request

The FunkeyGibbon
FAIL

Banks fail. Again.

You'd have thought the banks would be keen to avoid yet more bad publicity. Can there be an institution so shameless?

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