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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: ..a multimillionaire already ..... can afford to walk away

"If you want to see his "moral compass" at work, try raising some money on Kickstarter to make a Minecraft Movie. He won't even sue you. He just calls some Silicon Valley buddies, and you just disappear from the Internet."

Maybe not an unbiased report, but Notch's explanation is that his lawyers (interestingly, without his input, apparently) said they could carry on if they removed the word "Minecraft", but they voluntarily shut themselves down.

He seems a pretty genuine/open person, from the interactions I've seen.

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Virtual-reality Dev Kit 2 game goggles by Oculus – now with less vomit!

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Re: Crystal cove @ Ian Yates

With a new lens system, this might work, but with the Rift you're essentially looking through a microscope at a screen*, so you only get a limited area of focus. How limited, I haven't checked, but I don't think that full 160o(?) vision is possible with the current design.

I tried the Glyph recently. Their approach to the "screen" was to use a micro-mirror array to project the image on to your retina. It worked really well (crystal clear HD image), but the actual view array was much smaller (well under half the Rift) and looked like it was being seen through a very long tunnel.

I think that this tech, projecting from more than just straight in front, is a good contender for full viewing angle.

* Not trying to be scientifically accurate

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Re: Crystal cove

Over 1080p is a must, which they hinted at on the forums some time ago.

I think (as do a lot of Rift users) consumer release 1 will be 1440p and a future version at 4k (2160p).

The current 1280x800 version works fine, but really isn't good at anything at a distance (racing games, HL2, etc.).

There's a good approximation of what the resolutions means in terms of screendoor effect here: http://vr.mkeblx.net/oculus-sim/

For me, the next biggest leap will be adding peripheral vision. I love playing on the Rift, but it does feel a bit like viewing a world through a pair of binoculars. The most immersive games are those where the character is intended to be wearing some kind of head-gear (space walks, HL2, etc.), as you feel a part of what they're experiencing.

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Wait, what?

Ugh! Java "generics"! What a waste of time.

When are they going to reimplement them to be true generics (rather than pre-compiler syntax sugar), with the ability to reflect on the underlying type?

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SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

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Or iPlayer for 5 more days. Enjoying it right now :)

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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Re: Bad Headline Writer! Bad! Down boy!

"Around two in five from a sample of 48 people who fell victim to CryptoLocker"

FTFY

Unless, of course, only 48 people have fallen victim to it.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Re: compatibility

My experience is that the limits they state are because the larger cards didn't exist to test at the time of release, so they don't want to be held accountable for mis-sold features if the newer cards fail.

Seems reasonable (legally), but definitely causes consumer confusion.

Wish my G2 had card expansion... Definitely becoming harder to find on high-end phones.

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Silk Road admins: Sorry for the hack, we're sorting out refunds

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Re: Ponzi scheme tactics

Isn't Bitcoin itself just a rather elaborate Ponzi scheme?

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Google slurps sound-powered security upstart SlickLogin

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Re: See the video for more information.

Except that it requires your computer to (a) have speakers and (b) have them turned on. Can't watch the video, so I can't tell if the app is then authenticating over the 'net or responding with a sound; hopefully the former or you'd need a microphone on the computer.

It's an interesting tech, but I don't see how it's better (meaning more secure rather than cooler) than using a QR Code and holding the phone up to the screen.

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

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Re: Rendering on PC:s

My first thought was Babylon 5, though they did have a special piece of hardware (Video Toaster). I'm sure there are plenty of other examples, though.

Sounds like a lot of hyperbole to me.

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Kerbal Space Program

That's the new definition of a difficult game; I had to learn about orbital mechanics and gravity assists, calculate delta-V, as well as design and test my own spacecraft.

It's the game I've spent the most single-player total time in. Quickly becomes a hobby.

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

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Re: So is anyone wrting an App Control App?

LBE Privacy Guard (amongst others), although 4.3 breaks it :-/

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

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Re: Richer?

"Move the price to double and you get current revenue - 40% who are willing to pay this price and 10% who would pay even more. 50% * 2 = 100%"

I read it as the 10% who would pay triple were included in the 40% who would pay double, otherwise the statistic makes even less sense than it does. Who would say they'd pay triple but not double?

So 40% * 2 = still 80%.

Not that it matters; these are hypothetical figures with little basis in reality.

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Re: Follow what money?

As in insider to Britan, I'm puzzled by this: "enrichifying"

To answer your question: I don't believe Ministers are benefiting from the licence fee directly, they just don't have to fork any public cash out because it exists.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Re: If...

"I'd be interested to hear exactly where you get the "most companies" statistic from"

Poor wording on my part. I meant more that most companies still on XP are that way because they see no reason to upgrade.

That said, I have personally worked at 4 large companies over the last year, all of which are completely or mostly on XP with varying plans of migration (and all of those to 7). The only reason behind the upgrade plans at these is support; they're not interested in any of new features (maybe some of the admin tools).

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Re: If...

Isn't the biggest issue that they keep making changes that no one wants? Most companies still have XP because it does what they want and little extra.

Who is the target audience for Vista / 7 / 8 - they all feel far more consumer focused than business. As a gamer, I actually rate 8 quite highly, but I can't see much in it worth recommending to clients.

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Most of the City businesses I know are only now starting the XP to 7 migration, having spent all this time proving hardware and software compatibility.

That second point is the most important: software. Most companies will only upgrade due to security necessity, and even then binary compatibility is priority #1. If they could run their obscure/bespoke 32-bit (because most still are) Windows applications on any other operating system, most would consider it.

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Pre-Xmas phone numbers: Apple slips, Windows Phone grabs 1 in 10 new sales

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Re: So this is a waste of time

I read that as meaning that although iOS was available for the whole quarter, the 5S and 5C were released October/November, so were only on sale for party of it.

As always, though, phone sale figures (like anything) are an odd statistic that don't tell that much of a story (what about returns, price point, etc.).

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

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Re: Haven't you seen Fringe ?

"Yeh, but don't the major airports already sniff and scan for such explosives? I know that I've been through puffer/sniffer machines, the kind that search for airborne evidence of the minutest giveaway sizing."

I can't say I've ever looked in to it, but I've always kind of assumed that these things are a bit of a hoax; designed more as a scary deterrence than actually as functional as they claim. Similar to how sniffer dogs actually have a very poor success rate (very high false-positive rate) but are still used in most airports.

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Just who is Apple's most frustrated fanboi? Surprise – it's GOOGLE

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Can't speak for NA universities, but during my CS course in the UK we were specifically encouraged to come up with more interesting names, especially for version releases. It's a bit of fun in an otherwise cold environment.

I still encourage interesting names (especially backronyms) in my professional life, and it does add a small amount of humour to planning meetings that the team can enjoy together. Just the other day we were discussing when "the new OWL will be ready", rather than "version 2 of Monitoring Tool".

True, it might be more appropriate as an internal thing, but it's hard to argue that names such as Yahoo, Flickr, Google, Git, Ubuntu, etc., are descriptive of their services and unrecognisable by the general masses.

@ David Cantrell

Just wanted to add that I agree with you on version naming. I normally espouse a more Ubuntu/Android-esque style of each major version starting with the next letter in the alphabet. No one can be confused if Mozart or Picasso is more recent.

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SCRUBBED: Technical oopsies halt SpaceX's bid for the Money Ring

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Re: Kerbal Space Program

Tell me you have an antidote?! Don't even want to think about the hours I've sunk in to reaching imaginary planets only to screw something up in the staging and dig a new crater...

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Re: Geostationary - bloody tough

Tell me about it! Not only do you have to get to the correct altitude, you need to do it in the correct position.

I can sympathise with SpaceX, as my attempts to do this in KSP have been highly stressful ;)

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

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I thought it was 101ml of liquid not held in a little plastic bag?

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Most of Dread Pirate Roberts' treasure still buried, say researchers

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Re: The guy is loaded, load-ed!!

"Because a value in Bitcoins means nothing to most of us"

But, given the volatility of the cyptocurrency, it's almost certainly wrong by the time of publishing. Not to mention that you're almost certainly never going to be able to convert that many Bitcoin in to real cash.

It's a pretty useless comparison, really.

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

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Re: Slightly off topic...

It's currently got a large sheet covering the offending (albeit not like the Qatari stadium) side.

Amusingly, the developers' defended themselves with (not verbatim): "this is a temporary problem as the sun will soon be at an angle that doesn't cause this problem"... somehow forgetting what seasons are...

But, as the other poster said, apparently they're going to coat the glass in something less reflective.

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Microsoft, Cisco: RC4 encryption considered harmful, avoid at all costs

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To be honest, I've never really understood what they mean by "import" and "export" in these things, apart from physical crypto gear. Digital "property" has blurred the lines of when something is entering or leaving your borders.

Plus, you can't control concepts, no matter how egotisitcal a government is. Cryptographic tech is just the implementation of a mathematical concept, which is easily distributable.

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

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Re: Not expensive at all for what you get!

I've had it for two weeks now, and *could* be happier.

It's the best (of 5) Android handset I've owner, and I even like what LG have done in terms of overlay, having been a Cyanogenmod user before, but they've made one massive fail: The cheapness of the screen lens.

Mine accidentally slid face down across a wooden floor, and immediately had scratches along two edges of the screen; something I haven't seen since Gorilla Glass become standard in other phones. I immediately bought the "smart" case, which is excellent.

Then, a few days ago, I dropped it from my hand (~1m) and the glass shattered, damaging the digitizer.

I've sent it off for repair, but I really feel that they've skimped on the lens in order to make it that little bit thinner.

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Ding-dong! Bye bye Sunday lie-in, your Amazon package is HERE

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Re: It ain't gonna work in the UK...

I know. They can't.

I'm currently awaiting a parcel to be delivered *for the third time*.

Courier 1 "tried" twice, without leaving a card, so the first I knew that they had failed was when Amazon emailed me to say that the parcel had been returned; full refund.

Courier 2 did deliver the parcel. Unfortunately, they delivered it 2.5 miles away to a completely different address. But it was signed for, so that's okay. They couldn't even tell me why it was delivered somewhere else, or even the full address of where it was delivered, just the signatory name and postcode. They expected me to figure out where it was, deciding that the driver had done it for the best of reasons.

On the plus side, Amazon's customer service is excellent, so they sent out a replacement without fuss and I'm now waiting for that to arrive, via Courier 3.

Unfortunately for some, none of this can be blamed on the Royal Mail float.

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS, it’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

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Re: Loving it for all it's flaws

The connection required thing was definitely true of 3, and I'm pretty sure of 2. It's the reason I won't buy 4 until they remove it.

For no apparent reason on 3 (and Arkham City and Arkham Origins), I've occasionally been informed that I've lost connection to their servers and lose all progress beyond the last checkpoint, which can sometimes be a long time ago or just before a difficult fight, etc.

For Arkham City (with the dreaded Windows Live integration), it actually completely corrupted my save, so I stopped playing.

Buying the game and getting a cracked copy is definitely easier than living with their failed attempts at DRM.

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Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

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Re: Holy Moley!

Talking as someone who works at a (very large) company still using IE8 on XP, I can say that we struggle.

Hooray for local admin rights!

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The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

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Re: Yup. That's me.

I used that very excuse yesterday... and got away with it!

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

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Re: @ Schultz (was: Total, complete & utter bullshit.)

If you can prove it doesn't exist at all, you should really be publishing your results as the scientific community is generally in agreement that this is a real phenomenon... hence this published paper.

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Re: 'Twas ever thus

I was with someone who had run out and (innocently) asked an American colleague if he could "bum a fag"... the look he got was absolutely priceless, and it too us Brits a fair few seconds to even recognise the oddity of the phrase.

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

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Re: Bahh!

As a G2 owner, I'd argue that the power button only has one proper location: on the back!

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

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Re: Idiot tech?

Thanks for the link.

Interestingly, it mentions the first thought I had: "Technology fans argue that Glass, which displays simple, monochrome information in the wearer's peripheral vision, is less distracting than satellite navigation tools that include a visual interface designed to be used while driving."

I don't get the logic behind it, but then I'm not a law-maker, so it's not my position to.

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Re: Idiot tech?

Was there a specific reason given? I don't really see the difference between this and people using a hands-free kit while having their satnav on their windscreen.

From what I've seen, some of the really fancy cars will even pop up your texts and emails on the central satnav screen... What does Glass do that's so different?

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

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Re: Finally

"Mafia Vampire Farm"

I would play that game!

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I clearly don't work in the ad-peddling industry for a reason, but in my wildest imagination I can't see the benefit of this. Maybe it's because I'm a trackball user, but I regularly move the cursor around the screen without any relation to my next action; what are they going to learn from that?

Assuming ads work (which is something else I don't understand), people either click on them or not... which is surely all the mouse tracking you need?

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Re: Much like the Higgs Boson...

Was it Asimov who said something like "the best scientific discoveries are the ones that start with 'that's funny...'"?

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HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

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Re: Very much more fo the same

I got it on PC for £25, which fees about right for, effectively Arkham City 1.5.

Not saying that in a bad way; I really enjoyed City and am enjoying Origins, but it really is just more of the same.

The best bit about it has to be the lack of Windows Live; the lovely and entirely superfluous piece of software that deleted my saved game just after completion, due to a known bug...

I'm also enjoying the new style Riddler puzzles, which feel more like part of the game than an forth-wall-breaking addition.

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Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps

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Could be wrong (and can't be bothered to look it up), but wasn't the solution to simple run left instead of right? Then you could fall down every hole and climb up the ladder

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

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Re: A thinner tabler is that it, how robust, it will need a bulky case????

"One might, if one were to be a bit pedantic, suggest that moving from a 32-bit processor to a 64-bit processor is something that qualifies as a bit more than an "incremental" upgrade."

I, however, will be pedantic and say that I think it is exactly an "incremental" upgrade... what other increment is there from 32-bit? 33-bit? 48-bit?

I can't make a comment on whether it will be more than incremental for performance, though.

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

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Only needs to be partially watertight and then pressurised; a motorised diving bell/bathysphere.

Part of me thinks Top Gear might already have done that...?

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

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Re: Serves him/them right!

I like the sentiment, but he's agreed to pay $110M, so I'm guessing he's done pretty well out of running the site.

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Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

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Re: More a TV remote simulator than a game

No having a PS3 meant I missed out on Heavy Rain, but I thoroughly enjoyed Fahrenheit / Project Indigo on the PC, and interestingly had the same experience as you where my sister basically watched the game like a movie while I played it.

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Bionic Brit Babbage Bear boards brilliant balloon, bests ballsy Baumgartner

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Re: A sad misappropriation of valuable resources!

I feel like I've wandered in to a BBC HYS...

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: Hold on a second

If you're worried about plot holes in a Star Trek film, you might be doing it wrong ;)

I think, lens flare and pop-culture-pandering aside, he's got the Star Trek "reboot" pretty spot-on. I see it as more of a homage to Star Trek than anything else, but it's highly entertaining (XI more than XII).

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Re: Hold on a second

"digital cameras still suffer from lens flare"

I disagree; in a JJ Abrams film, it's the audience that suffers from lens flare.

I like his stuff, but I prefer to be able to see what's happening on screen.

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Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

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"to find offence"

Felt to me like it was just more El Reg snark.

I like that Apple has a sense of humour; something that really doesn't come across in their other endeavours.

True, Google are a multi-tentacled beast of data/information gathering, but their humour and Easter eggs show a slightly more human face than many other companies allow.

<conspiracy>Or hide their evil ways!?

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Our Vulture 2 spaceplane sprouts sleek pointy beak

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Re: Knocking up a model of it in Kerbal Space Program now

Obligatory: http://xkcd.com/1244/

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