* Posts by Tsung

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DeathRing: Cheapo Androids pre-pwned with mobile malware

Tsung

"Lookout says DeathRing is the second significant example of pre-installed mobile malware it has found on phones during 2014"

The first was Lookout which was shoe-horned onto my mobile by EE. Of course it was the basic version, with prompts to update for £x a month and no way to remove it.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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So does this affect Amazon Prime Members?

If it does... then they have paid for a next day delivery service which they wont be getting...

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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FAIL

What a silly system!!

". When you select your payment option, you can now choose PayQwiq and run the app, sign in with a PIN and choose which card you want to pay with. This produces a QR code on the screen of your phone – you wave this at the machine to pay."

Whats the point? the whole process takes longer than paying with a debit/credit card. Waiting for people to count through change is bad enough (but understandable in these hard times) last thing I want is to be waiting for someone whilst they are playing with their mobile.

Still my Tesco's don't even have contact-less payment option yet :(.

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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

Tsung

Only £20.. a time.. However, automatic top up, means a stolen bpay band could be used to buy a lot of alcohol / cigarettes before being stopped. In a day, if auto-top up is selected, at the lowest amount £100 could be stolen the maximum amount £600.

(4 tops up x £20 + £20 on the band already )

or

(4 top up x £100 +£200 on the band already )

Ok it's unlikely, but still possible.

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eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

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Mushroom

To counter sniper bids, ebay should reset the countdown timer to 1 minute every time someone bids within that last minute. This ensure the seller gets the best price, and there are no benefits to sniper bidding.

Ok the auction would end a bit later, but so what?

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Amazon rekindles e-readers and Fire OS without weeks of whack-a-leak fun

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Wait for reviews...

The Kindle Voyager is pretty expensive; I also wonder if this page press actual works or if it will automatically be turning the pages when I'm holding the kindle? (I don't think I pinch hold the bottom corner of the kindle like they do in the adverts)

"PagePress is a custom-designed force sensor made of carbon and silver, which reacts to a subtle increase of pressure, triggers a page-turn and provides a haptic response only your fingers can perceive."

I really love my original kindle (with keyboard), I'd like to get one with a built in light but the whole touching the screen to turn the page to me seems unnecessary.

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

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Joke

When it comes to landing...

I expect their console to display the lunar lander game from the early 80's.

something like this..

http://moonlander.seb.ly/

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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If you are after a modern day version.

War for the OverWorld is shaping up rather nicely.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/230190/

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Google extends app refund window to two hours

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Angel

Preloaders...

All developers will have to do to get around this is have pre-loaders and in app purchase for the game. You get the pre-loader for Free.. (It could even be a trial version of the game, if the developer is feeling generous). To unlock the game you have to make an IAP, which I guess does not have a 2 hour refund window on it.

Problem solved..

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Nokia Lumia 530: A Windows Phone... for under £50

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FAIL

Like the 630 review before it..

WHERE can you buy this phone for less than £50?

The price on Nokia's website (sim free) is £90.

With a Pay-As-You-Go lock in it's £70.

The same issue plagued the Nokia 630 phone, where reviewers said it was less than £100, but in actual fact the price was £140.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Time on my phone, time on clock at work, time on my computer screen. I haven't bothered wearing a watch for many years. Nowadays, watches are mostly novelty fashion item. Couldn't really see a need for this one (or the apple one if it exists).

Maybe if the watch can monitor for medical conditions and notify emergency services if needed. (eg. the wearer is having a heart attack, or stroke) it might be worthwhile. I certainly wouldn't wear an expensive watch for exercise.

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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Re: Junk Mail gets me everytime.

Oh Yes!

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Tsung

Junk Mail gets me everytime.

I've even requested they stop sending it. They claim to mark your account "no junk" and yet sure as mustard, I get the marketing crap from them at least twice a week.

As for putting prices up? they seem to do it whenever without reason. It does seem strange they are now trying to offer me their full tv services + phone line + highest speed broadband for less than what I pay for broadband (£35 a month is the offer, apparently*).

*I'm sure that excludes line rental at whatever they like to charge for that.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Indeed the prices..

A decent enough mouse for gaming.. Try looking up Redragon on amazon. Decent mice, fraction of the price, still got the frilly bits (color customization, switchable dpi, profiles and programmable Marco's). I have the Lava-wolf mouse a mere £13, and it performs brilliantly.

As for keyboards, yeah Cherry Switches really is great. However I hear great things about the I-Rocks K10 keyboard currently £22 from Amazon. So for £35 mouse + keyboard combo for gaming on a budget.

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Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET

Tsung

EE Lost me as a customer

It was the amount of forced apps they insisted on putting on my phone (Galaxy S3 at the time) which finally did it for me. I didn't want Free Games, Lookout Basic and all the other tosh they forced onto my phone. OFC. there was no option to delete this shovelware and the phone ended up running like toffee.

Contact ended, I terminated it, and went else where.

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BOOM BOOM: Dixons fires the human cannon

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Re: Fewer staff

To hound customers don't you mean?

I play store pac-man; avoiding the "helpful" staff where-ever possible.

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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WTF?

Where is it sub £100?

The reviews suggest it's going to be released at £90 RRP, the website (Nokia & m$) have it priced at £129. So what has happened here? I have two cynical theories.

1. Nokia lied about the price to the reviewers; they review the phone based on the fact it is a £90 phone and it get's rave reviews. Nokia releases the phone at the true price of £130.

2. Nokia did intend to release at £90 RRP but when the phone got excellent reviews they decided to add another £40 to the price.

Before anyone says VAT to me, the RRP doesn't include VAT, thats rubbish. £90 + VAT (@20%) = £108. That's a long way from the £129 actual price.

Anyways, the review should be revisited based on the new RRP of £129. It might still be excellent value for money, or it might now not be so great against one of the competition.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Joke

No Front Camera, not a deal breaker!

Just buy a mirror!

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

Tsung

What are you playing virgin for?

I'm the opposite, I don't buy any TV services from Virgin, only broadband. Netflix is amazing, for a measly £6 a month there is no end of content available, I haven't even bothered to use DNS / VPN hacks to access USA content. There is no need. The UK services is fine with plenty of content available to watch,.

I have used Amazon Instant but found the whole service terrible. The Amazon player is awful; sometimes it was hit or miss for content availability. Once it decided I wasn't a subscriber right in the middle of a show and just stopped playing.Oh and it wouldn't play on my PC becuase my monitor wasn't compatible!

Oh well, carry on Netflix, I've been a subscriber for over a year, and really happy with the service :)

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

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Meh

Only thing I noticed about that video was the guy couldn't afford a matching pair of shoes.

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Twitter rejigs layout, opens wide to swallow SLURRY OF ADS

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Mushroom

If twitter wants to make money

Maybe they should charge the celebrities and companies that use twitter accounts a monthly fee to use them. Also anyone who has more than X (100?) friends on twitter who is using it a endorsement platform . If they are using and benefiting (financially or popularity) from the service, make them dam well pay for it.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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Mushroom

We're doomed!!

"Molyneux told GameSpot last week that he believes the fate of the God game genre itself depends on the success of Godus."

To be honest the first version was a terrble click fest designed for mobiles, the second attempt is not much better. I think Peter has forgotton that games are suppose to be fun; players don't really care about the "little" people in the game. But peter SO wants us to care!. As a "god", I expect them to worship me, and/or fear me.. In this game (at it's current stage) there is nothing.

He admits the industry runs in cycles, so whilst at Microsoft he clearly was protecting himself from the "non"-indy game cycle.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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Joke

Re: Ah for £86k I'd soil myself too....

And cost way more than £86k. The preps did Tescos a favour*

*assuming that Tescos wanted a hole new way into their shop.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: I'm not happy unless I'm complaining.

Isn't there a going to be a competition? If so I'll submit a picture of the Queen, a sure winner :D

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Joke

ISIS Security

Immediately made me think of Archer ( http://archer.wikia.com/wiki/ISIS )

As for fakes, the images must be fake, the coins are dated 2014, but won't be available until 2017.

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Mastercard, Syniverse target holiday payment security with mobile verification system

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FAIL

I think the banks are totally over-engineering on this project. Simple changes could make a big difference to card abuse. Changes like.

Allow customers to have a pin that can be 4,5 or 6 digits long.

Allow customers to set daily/hourly withdrawal limits on the card. For instance, I never take out more than £20 from a cash machine, so why can't I set a limit of £20 a day or hour?. Attempts to withdraw more without speaking to the bank could result in the card being held.

In a similar vein have an upper spend limit on a credit card (set by the customer). Day to day, I doubt I have a single transaction ever exceed £50, so why can't I set this?. Then if my card is stolen, and the thief try to splurge out on a shiny new toy, they wont succeed.

Finally, if going abroad give the customers an easy way to inform the bank, we are going to be in country X between Y and Z.

Tbh. banks aren't interested in making it too difficult to splurge your money. When spending many months out of the UK, I received a bill for £1000 for a credit-card I had previous cancelled, in branch (and cut it up and handed it too them). Despite me cancelling the card, the bank decided not to.:/

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Battling with Blizzard's new WoW expansion and Diablo revamp

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Stop

Diablo 3 Expansion.

Diablo 3 was a total let down; being forced to play on super easy mode, then easy mode up to still insane mode killed any enjoyment to be had. I have friends who stopped playing it well before they even reached the higher levels, because the game was ultimately boring.

Why on earth would anyone buy the expansion is beyond me?. Better games have come along since, Path of Exile for instance is totally free to play and you can build any sort of toon you like. Even Van Helsing was a 1/2 tidy game with some tower defence elements thrown in.

My love affair with Blizzard is over; a few years ago I would defend them. Warcraft 3, is superb, with excellent mod support (bring us games like DOTA). Early WoW was great fun, thou' I'm not a great fan of the new talent tree. It's like they are dumbing their games down as much as possible to appeal to the widest audience.

I've hope for Heros of the Storm, it looks good and will be the next game I would consider getting.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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FAIL

Opt out, isn't really opt-out at all.

I thought when you opt out it doesn't actually remove your data in any way. Instead they "tag" it with a "code" that means "don't look at me". Anyone who wants to use the data for "other" purposes isn't going to give too hoots about the opt out code. If anything it will make your record more interesting as you clearly have something you want to hide!

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Crafty French hackers tweak 'My Account' page, slurp 800,000 Orange users' details

Tsung

Tweak page?

If all the "hacker" done was tweak a page to gain access to other users account details, I would say that Orange are just as guilty of leaking it's customer data. Don't worry, rather that take any responsibility for protecting customer data we will blame the "hacker".

It sounds like the Hacker done something "trivial" to gain access to other customers records, probably stumbled over it by accident.

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

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Re: Radio 4 this morning

I agree I heard that very same interview, in the same sentences she was saying the data was anonymous and yet has a unique ID (NHS ID) that links back to you. But it's OK they have no plans to sell it to private companies. The explanation was as clear as mud, she had no idea what she was talking about. As for the coded bit, I guess she means something similar to hash tags on twitter.

Another question I have to ask listening to this interview, she said they have been doing this for the past 25 years. So I'm not sure why they needed a new system now? sounds to me like opting out is a wise choice.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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FAIL

Here comes the TV & Internet Licence fee..

I don't pay for a TV licence, my TV isn't tuned for any channel, I watch Film & TV Series from Netflix.

However, one of my biggest annoyances with the BBC is the technology exists to encrypt the channel and deliver it to just those who pay for it. The big digital switch over was the perfect time to incorporate this technology. Instead they would rather make out people who choose not to watch broadcast TV are criminals. I'm certain the "long term" goal for the BBC is this..

"We cannot possibly monitor everybody who uses I-Player and we cannot issue usernames / passwords for those who pay the TV licence so our only option is an TV & Internet Licence fee."

Lets see if it happens...

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

Tsung

Not suprised.

Bought a laptop from them, it was faulty, they wouldn't even entertain a return until I had phoned up and spoken to Lenovo technical support. Spoke to Lenovo tech support they agreed the laptop was faulty, and then ebuyer finally agreed to accept it back for refund.

Makes me very wary of using them again especially for expensive items.

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Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

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Good Advice

Setting up accounts is great advice, also if the product contains a downloadable code it's well worth downloading in advanced.

Last year my nephew got a VITA with FIFA13. The game was just a download code and about 2.8gb in size. Luckily his parents gave me the console first, so I was able to set up his account, charge the console and pre-download the game. This allowed him to play the game on xmas day rather than sitting there looking at a "downloading" bar.

This year it's BF4 on the Xbox, again they don't have the quickest internet so I've stole his Xbox, installed BF4 + downloaded all the patches and returned it. Come Xmas day, he will be able to open the present, pop the disc into his console and play (the way games use to be). Rather than waiting for all the patches to download.

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UK payday loaners cop MEGA £175K fine for 'misleading' SMS spam

Tsung
Devil

Re: wait

Yes it will make a difference; it will inform them that you saw their message and reacted. This will lead to more messages being sent to you because you bother to read them :)

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Tsung
Facepalm

Report offending spam texts to your network operator by sending them to 7726.

I find the worse offender is my network operator, does this still work for them?

(Actually it doesn't matter as on my phone there is an option to mark the number as spam and I never see a text from it again. Brilliant).

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

Tsung

Not sure how this is news?

I've been with VM for 1 year (just for Broadband) , in that time they increased my bill by just over 12% whilst still offering the service to new customers for the same price (per month) I paid a year ago. Luckly I have choice, so I can always switch to BT.

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TalkTalk to block nuisance calls with no help AT ALL from Huawei

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Joke

When I read the headline I thought Talk-Talk was going to close it's own (cold) call center so I wouldn't get any nuisance calls from them.

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Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

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Joke

Re: Maybe

Well of course not, the kids who met with the boogeyman weren't there to ask.

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Tsung

Data appears to be mixed up.

Why don't they separate truly risky behavior from virtual risky behavior?. Kids playing games rated 18+ sounds risky, but in reality isn't. There are a few 18+ games with material that is totally unsuitable for children. I wonder if the developers just aim for an 18+ rating (lots of swearing, some virtual blood) to make the game more desirable to children. Plus if asked most kids will say they have played it; even if they haven't.

Out of the 20% of kids who arranged to meet friends they made online, how many of these friends ended up being "unsuitable". Like "I ain't Spartacus" said, how many are friends of friends?. From the sound of the research the kids are at least learning not to go alone.

Out of those kids who spent 2hrs or more a night on the internet how many were doing their homework which seems like a requirement nowadays.

Still education parents is a good thing, and needs to be done. It seems that they are too busy to keep an eye on what their children are up to. Move that computer into the living room and in the evening take the mobile devices too. :/

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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Re: How sad

Going to Game and not queuing? In which mythical world do you live?. I don't think I've ever been to a Game shop and not seen a queue for the checkout. It's like they want their customers to get peeved off and go order online.

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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

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Stop

Maybe when Pro 2 is available..

I wish Microsoft would do two things..

1. Stop selling Windows 8 RT tablets; the reason they didn't sell well was they were no good. It also adds a layer of confusion when purchasing. Drop them, they didn't work, it just confuses the market.

2. Redesign/Update the Pro with the new Intel Haswell chipset which I believe draws less power and runs cooler than Ivy Bridge.

I know people who like the ideal of the surface pro but are put off by the fact this newer & better chip set is out there (or will be soon) . They would rather wait for that than buy early and end up with an out of date piece of kit. Who can blame them when the tablet is more expensive than the most expensive I-Pad?

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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Coat

Don't Worry

Anyone concerned about driver less cars shouldn't be. By the time they will be introduced we won't have any roads left to drive them on.

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Premier League boots footie-streaming site off Blighty's interwebs

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FAIL

Own Goal?

Never heard of firstrow1.eu until this court case / news article. So now I feel compelled to go check it out. I wonder how many other people will start using the site who have never heard of it before?

Internet blocks don't work, but lets not tell the courts that...

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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One thing I do remember from Unreal..

That corridor, where you go down a lit corridor and there is a switch at the end. You hit it, and you can hear a noise getting closer slowly every second or so. You turn around and notice the lights are turning off one at a time, getting close leaving the player in total darkness.

Great game.

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Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

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FAIL

Ubisoft... Grrr.

Ubisoft needs to sort out their UPlay platform. I have several accounts, not by choice but simply because it's been running for 13+ years and my email addresses change (and it isn't obvious the game bought back in 1999 uses the same uplay system as a game bought this year). Still attempting to merge all these accounts is impossible as it's 1 email address per account. Contact their support and they say they cannot do it..

WHY NOT, IT'S YOUR FRIGGEN SYSTEM.

So great, they now lost data for several accounts some of which I no longer have access to the associated email address. But nevermind, because I never given them my credit card details either. I do wonder if the passwords were stored in a plain text format, I've only got their word for that (and taken they cant merge accounts I cannot trust that).

I feel it's about time Amex, Mastercard & Visa got together and banned the storing of all credit card details on all system. If you want to make a purchase you have to enter your card details everytime. This would reduce the risk of mass credit card data loss from careless companies and prevent children from clocking up huge bills buying coconuts for their I-game.

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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Mitchell and Webb had it perfectly summed up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ss-59fi4nM

Hope You tube links work.

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US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

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Facepalm

One word.. Spoilers.

The problem with delays in releasing it is spoilers; people talk about the shows after they are released. A lot of the time you cannot even visit news sites without them trying their best to give the game away. The only way to avoid these spoilers is either a. disconnect from society or b. Watch the show as soon as possible after release. It's the same with films when they are released months in advance in America it's hard to go watch a movie at the cinema without having a good idea of what happens.

For some people they seem to like spoilers; they like reading/discovering about something then watching it happen. Other people like to watch and then advertise it to the world regardless. Personally I'd rather discover the film / tv program for myself without knowing the future; it makes it more enjoyable.

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Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums

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FAIL

Already exists!

I already have a device that can remotely locate my car in a busy car park. It's called a key fob, I push the button and if my car is near the car lights flash and the doors unlock. I'm not entirely sure what is original or new about this patent?

Again; we should be questioning the ability of someone's driving if they cannot remember where they parked their car.

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Happy

Ahh memories..

Paperboy was an arcade game you could crash by holding full right (or it might of been left) at the end of the level. This would cause you to miss the end of the level and carry on into the abyss. :) Space Harrier missing? makes me sad. That must of been one of the first full motion sit in arcade cabinet games. There are so many other iconic games missing, Golden Axe, Pole Position, Outrun, Mr Do, Bagman.. Maybe a top 100 list next time?

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