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IBM brains ponder universe, say kids will go nuts for STEAMPUNK

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Re: I hate Steampunk.

There never has been anything "punk" about it. It stems from William Gibson's cyberpunk stories, and the ?-punk name just kind of went from here. Hence steampunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, <insert name here>punk, etc.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Re: Comprehension

The vinyl and also the first run of the CD (I have owned both) definitely say "streetsuss" on the printed lyrics. I always thought that was a little odd, but it was right there bold as day.

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Apocalypse in 9/8

Rumour has it that when Phil Collins played the drums for the Genesis track "Apocalypse in 9/8" (part of Supper's Ready) he didn't know how to drum in 9/8 and just did it by feel. Later he learned how to play it properly and many feel it wasn't as good.

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

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Re: Obligatory XKCD

Is it bad that I knew which one that was going to be before I even clicked the link? :o)

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Japanese firm lifts lid on Android-controlled toilet

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User accounts

Using your phone as a user token is an advance on previous generations of toilets like this that had their own UI and required you to identify yourself. Which brought a whole new meaning to the term "logging on".

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Twenty years of text messages: We've reached Peak SMS

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Re: How things change

I've just looked at my CV to make sure I wasn't confused, and it was definitely during 1996 as I clearly remember which company I was working for at the time and I left there in November 1996.

However, it could have been only Orange-to-Orange SMS before the full integration that the article mentions. Most of us were on Orange there.

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How things change

I remember being on Orange in around 1996 or 1997 and knowing that you could have SMS "turned on" for an extra £5 a month (may even have been £2.50 - I really can't remember) and nobody bothered with that as it seemed pointless. Then Orange changed it so you paid 10p for each message so naturally we all had a go as it was a laugh and suddenly everyone's phones were beeping all the time. That's when texting really took off.

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Real sci-fi space ships coming at last? NASA tests nuclear engine

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Re: Orion...

Dammit. I came on here specifically to ask when they were going to build an Orion. :o)

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Ten technology FAILS

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Gizmondo

I was hired as a contractor to work with Gizmondo, and it really was a pile of shite. But then again, since the whole thing was allegedly just a front for syphoning off large sums of Venture Capital (allegedly) which included crashing a Ferrari Enzo (remember that?) then I don't think it really mattered.

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Re: Secondlife Is still Alive.

Why so judgemental, Andrew Moore? People do all sorts of things and have all sorts of hobbies that they personally enjoy. They participate because it gives them enjoyment, not from some attempt to be "relevant".

For example, I simply can't get my head round football fans. I don't call them saddos though - why should it bother me what they do?

Likewise, many people still refer to people who have any interest in technology as "saddos" and "nerds". Which makes your comments all the more ironic.

Live and let live, and vive la difference, I say .

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BT.com blats small privacy bug, ignores GAPING HOLE

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Re: WTF

Exactly correct. All you need is the phone number, the postcode, and you have to tick a checkbox confirming you are the account holder. Apparently this last thing is very important, according to BT, and makes it all ok. :o)

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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Re: HP Proliant Micrpserver

Yup. You can't argue at that price. Buy it for £120, stick in four drives, install FreeNas onto a memory stick (sited in the internal USB port) and away you go. I have the older N36L and have just bought the new N40L for another project.

One thing I would advise is to to stick some more memory in though as the ZFS file system is quite memory-hungry if you go for a RAID-Z configuration.

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

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Re: House coffee

The other acceptable request is "Filter Coffee".

(Although you're as likely to get an Americano if they only have an espresso machine)

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Credit insurance: The hidden data-driven force which killed Comet

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Re: 2k -> 10k credit card

Martin Lewis has always maintained that you should substitute the word "credit" for "debt", to really underline what it's all about.

That gives you such gems as

* 'Debt card'

* 'Interest-Free Debt'

* 'Debt Agreement'

* 'Instant Debt'

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

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Re: Unfortunately

But, with any luck, he can hopefully be overruled.

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Cautiously optimistic.

Put me down as one of the 'cautiously optimistic'. Disney have done a good job with Marvel since they aquired it and I think they stand a good chance of doing the same with Star Wars.

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Bond fans: Test your 007 trivia, now!

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Re: I gave up...

I confess that one was a complete guess for me. I happened to get it right, but not through any knowledge.

But I could have told you it was designed and flown by Ken Wallis though.

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Very hard

I consider myself a huge bond fan and I got 28/50 and even then some were lucky guesses.

I mean, knowing the exact punctuation of the numberplate of the Goldfinger Aston? Blimey.

Still, thanks for posting the quiz up; it was fun.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 2

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Re: EPSON HX-20

My dad bought one when they were new and I used it extensively, both portable and hooked up to a telly with the very expensive external TV modulator. And later a FDD unit.

As far as I know, it's still in a cupboard somewhere at my dad's as he rarely throws anything out.

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Re: Surprised...

Would that not be the GRiD 1100 Compass which was "the world’s first clamshell computer and thus the template for the notebook computer"?

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Halo 4 game review

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I have a lot of affection for the original Halo: Combat Evolved because the unfolding story in the single player mode was pretty good.

However, I agree that it was heavily padded out in place. The endless waves of Flood in the Library spring to mind - a level that you think will never end. Likewise the unending progressions of identical rooms linked by corridors that you encounter later on (I forget when - it's been many years since I played it).

Oh, and the final dash in a Warthog though the Pillar of Autumn at the end was pure Sci-Fi Blockbuster, but not in a good way.

Overall though, it was a good story.

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Good review

Good, in depth review. A big step up from the usual superficial reviews we see on the Reg.

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

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Re: It's not just Star Wars we need to worry about...

Monkey Island was always, um, "inspired" by Pirates of the Caribbean anyway though.

(Not forgetting that Pirates of the Caribbean goes back to 1967 as an attraction at Disneyland and has continued ever since, and the films were of the ride and not vice versa as many think)

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Re: im excited by this

No idea why you got downvoted for that, Mike; you're bang on the money there.

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Re: Three trilogies

The books are canon within the Expanded Universe, yes.

George Lucas has always maintained that the films and the Expanded Universe are separate canon though, which gives him a nice Joker for not having to respect the canon of the Expanded Universe.

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Re: Hallowe'en

Totally with you on that; Dark Empire was really rather superb.

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Cautiously optimistic.

I think this could be good news and I'm cautiously optimistic

Disney have already shown that they can nurture a franchise with their purchase of Marvel. "Avengers Assemble" was absolutely brilliant. And I for one really enjoyed "Tron: Legacy" as well.

They also have the potential to pull in some decent directors and writers. Let's face it, George Lucas isn't actually a very good director and he's not that good a writer either. His character development and dialogue in Episodes 1-3 was pretty dire. Especially the love story between Padame and Anakin.

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Xbox mod spreads KILLER Borderlands 2 GERM

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Suffering from lag?

No offence, but BBC News got here 4+ hours before The Register and in more detail too.

I kind of expect El Reg to be first with Technology stories and in more technical detail. It's a pretty unfortunate state of affairs when they're several hours later and with less detail.

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Steve Jobs' Apple-powered yacht makes belated first trip

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Re: Perfect embodiment of everything Apple.

It was this paragraph that suggested it, Doug:

"The design suggests this isn't really an ocean-going craft, since those hull windows would be a liability in very rough seas and the doors and windows of the superstructure aren't slanted but run at a 90 degree angle from the deck. This make the ship trickier to steer in high winds and much less resistant to wave damage."

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Re: Perfect embodiment of everything Apple.

Yes, that was my immediate reaction too.

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Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

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Sophie Marceau

Has to be The World Is Not Enough, simply for the gorgeous Sophie Marceau as the delightfully complex Elekra King and the solid performance of Robert Carlisle as Renard.

But it was hard to choose as I have so many favourites. Tim Dalton put in a very solid performance as the 'Bond of the Books' but was let down by poor scripts, and Daniel Craig has put in an equally good stab at it too.

I was lucky enough that my dad bought a white Lotus Esprit S3 not long after The Spy Who Loved Me came out. Being dropped off at school in James Bond's car was totally awesome. So that film has a special place for me too.

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Re: OHMSS

Indeed. Much awesomeness with the Propellerheads track.

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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Re: "Nerd alert"

I had a pristine example too. My ex asked me to let her son have a go, and I said he would lose the rockets. She assured me he would not. With crushing inevitability, he immediately did. :o)

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Indeed. The white Esprit that went underwater was a S1, which was Naturally Aspirated and produced way before the first Turbo.

Pretty sure the one they blew up in For Your Eyes Only was a Turbo though.

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Now pay attention, 007: James Bond's Q re-booted

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"Old Q"

The article would have been better had it referred to "Major Boothroyd" instead of "Old Q". For that was his name.

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Borderlands 2 review

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I rather think you are missing the point of the game if you think that.

It's not meant to be realistic; it's meant to be a laugh. And it is one - a brilliant one.

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Yes, I agree. This is one of the most annoying aspects of the game - it's not something you can dip into and you have to be able to set aside time to play it.

Other than that it's brilliant though - really good fun and a good sense of humour too.

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Re: They are screen shots

Although the game does use a cartoon style, the pics in the article are not screen shots - they're artists impressions. The look and feel is subtly different to the in-game shots like the ones I posted.

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Re: Inventory fatigue

In B2 you can tag weapons in your inventory with a star to denote them as faves (ie. keep) or a red x (to denote junk). When you get to a vendor machine and select "sell" you can hit Delete to sell all items that have a red x next to them.

So that's an improvement over B1.

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Pics

Here's two I made earlier, Chris.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/31349295/pix/B2/2012-10-01_00007_e.jpg

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/31349295/pix/B2/2012-10-01_00008.jpg

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Bing is the most heavily poisoned search engine, study says

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Re: Method of measuring could play a role

I agree. My father, bless him, doesn't even know what a browser is. To him it's "the internet".

I installed Firefox on his PC when I was working on it once, and afterwards he asked me what "that Mozzarella thing" I installed was. I said it was an alternative browser. He asked what a browser was, I said it was like Internet Explorer that he already used, and he told me he had no idea what I was talking about.

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Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

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Re: Please Stop it.

Every time I turn my telly on it says that new channels are available and do I want to retune the telly. I gave up saying 'yes' after a while. It's really annoying.

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Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner

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Whilst it is within the manager's right to refuse entry, there's a right way and a wrong way to do it.

Publicly humiliating customers mid-meal, whilst no doubt personally satisfying, isn't really a good PR move. Quietly telling them at the end of their meal that they are no longer welcome at the establishment in future would have been a better way of doing it.

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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

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Eel have a hard time living that one down.

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

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Re: Not this "pin everything to the taskbar" argument again

I'm the same. But I also enabled WinXP's Quick Launch bar because that happens to work for me. Many people don't realise that Win7 still has it, but disabled.

I have to use WinXP at work and I choose to run Win7-64 at home, and I have to say I miss an awful lot of Win7's features when at work.

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Valve reiterates games hardware gambit

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Re: What is lacking in the controller space

You mean something like the 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator, Clive?

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If there's any cake to be had

Indeed. The cake could quite possibly be a lie.

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UK data-blurt cockups soared 1,000 PER CENT over last five years

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TrueCrypt

The thing I simply cannot get my head around is that we have military-grade encryption available to us all, for free, cross-platform and easy to use.

All data that goes out of my house - whether it be USB memory stick, portable HDD or laptop - is encrypted, the latter with whole volume encryption. I use TrueCrypt but there are others too.

So why do we keep hearing of these serious data breaches again and again? It's like hearing that some companies keeps getting burgled again and again because they are in the habit of leaving their front door open every night and don't employ a security guard.

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Ten movies inspired by video games

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Re: Old RPGs

We need a film of The Dig.

Considering it was originally going to be a film and was instead made into a video game, that would be do-able.

Not entirely sure Day of the Tentacle would work as a film, but I have very fond memories of playing it. Brilliant game.

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