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19 posts • joined 7 Oct 2011

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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hehe

Far be it from me to question Microsoft's business dealings.

But they have just spent several billion pounds purchasing a player-base of millions... Who, get this, *already own the game*.

There is no way Microsoft can ever recoup this expenditure. Unless they plan to launch lawsuits against the dozens of Minecraft-alike games proliferating the market...

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Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad

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Re: "Come again!...."

*groan*... and upvote.

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Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

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IT Angle

SEO whoring?

And the relevance of the McCann affair to this story is?

Is our Reg Hack fumbling to include a tenuous link to a trending topic in order to artificially inflate their stories popularity?

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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Re: "The presence of Michael, Franklin and Lester,"

You mean you haven't found how to unlock Lester Haines (http://www.theregister.co.uk/Author/29) as a playable character yet?

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IRON MAN MUSK: Elon reveals Tony Stark-style 3D design smarts

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Robbie Rocket Pants

You will never believe the elation followed by disappointment that I felt when I realised I'd misread the opening paragraph and that it referenced rocket "parts" and not rocket "pants".

"Elon Musk has posted the video of his Iron-Man-esque 3D design process, where he makes rocket pants using a Leap Motion controller and a 3D printer."

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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In other news

In the year 2017, the bottom falls out of the 3D printer market when someone realises that you can use your second generation 3D printer to manufacture other 3D printers...

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No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

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US Only

Currently only available in US, with no official UK release date. It would have been nice if this was made a little clearer on the article.

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BT unleashes SIP licensing troll army

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Re: How does this work?

Or indeed "Briton's". This is the place where we pedants hang out right?

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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

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Re: RMA policy

I can confirm that after speaking to Amazon through the "web chat" service they are happy to refund and will even pre-pay the return shipping. They couldn't replace it as the card was temporarily out of stock (but available for a couple of pounds more from a marketplace seller). As a result, they've also issued me with credit for the difference so I'm not out of pocket if I choose to re-purchase.

Now that's customer service.

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Re: RMA policy

Thanks for that. I've actually tried exactly that, but the retailer in question is Amazon - and I can find no way to return an item after 30 days, their help pages just refer me to the manufacturer for returns outside of this period.

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RMA policy

I'm currently trying to get RMAs for two 32GB Sandisk Ultra Class10 cards that have had this exact issue in Galaxy S3 i9300s.

Worth noting that Sandisk's RMA policy states: "Please note that replacing your product with us requires you to send it to our facilities in the Czech Republic at your own expense." and "you should expect a turnaround time of between 2 and 4 weeks."

"International signed for" comes out at £7.36. Still better than a replacement card (£20) but it would have been nice if I could have sent it to a UK distributor.

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SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

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9 out of 10 Llamas refused to comment

So am I the only one who actually likes the game and hasn't had any problems playing after the first few days? Though I am looking forward to the traffic routing improvements.

My dislike of EA runs deep, for many reasons (thanks for ruining Mass Effect 3 guys); but Maxis have made a very good game here! I'm quite happy spending my evening browsing El Reg while my city sims away in windowed mode on my other monitor. £30 well spent for me, considering £30 doesn't really buy you much (it's not even a night out).

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

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Scores

So five monitors share equal first place at 85%.

Five more monitors share equal sixth place at 80%.

Is the competition really that close?

I'm no closer to being able to chose my new monitor now than I was 20 minutes ago.

I'm sorry El Reg, I'm not a habitual flamer; but please give me more specs and numbers. Tell me how many dvi/rgb/dp connectors the screen has, also please give me a review score that doesn't end in a zero or a five.

Finally, the BenQ XL2420T gets 85% at £290 - also the AOC i2353Fh gets 85% at £130. Is the BenQ really more than twice as good in order to justify the price? Is it really so impossible to pick between these two that on a scale of one to 100, they both get exactly the same marks?

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Dropbox joins the security two-step party

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Clarification

From the article: "In July, the company pledged to the move after a bunch of its customers had their accounts hijacked and used to send vast quantities of spam for gambling websites"

Is this correct? I understood it was merely a spreadsheet containing a list of customer email addresses which was leaked from within an employee's Dropbox.

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Dropbox brings in crack team to probe spam leakage

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Full content including headers posted to pastebin

Postified:

http://pastebin.com/TG651duJ

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Raspberry Pi safe and warm in TINY Lego fortress

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One of the big benefits of the Pi is that the SoC (BCM2835) consumes only 1.5W. Even in completely sealed enclosures, it's difficult to get it to exceed 45C, partly because the board itself acts as a giant passive heatsink. A quick Google suggests the melting point of ABS plastic (such as that used in Lego bricks) is around 105C. I'd suggest that the holes left in the enclosure for connectors to poke through would provide more than adequate passive airflow.

I've just spent the last 5 minutes researching and justifying the use of Lego as a system enclosure. See, IT can be fun.

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WIN an HTC One X with Reg Hardware

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Re: I'm not normally one for competitions... but

Indeed.

It's Mrs W's birthday next month. I f I were to win one of these, that's her present sorted and I can spend her birthday fund on Plex for Eve Online :)

DW.

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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

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This is becoming an increasingly common occurrence across the globe, and you can bet for every time you hear about such a mistake, there are a few dozen data security breaches which are covered up.

46,500 people affected pales into insignificance alongside the size of breaches by the NHS and local council authorities for example which often run into the millions of records.

<exaggeration warning>Chances are, if you've been alive for more than a week then some of your data's probably been leaked somewhere. More than once.</exaggeration warning>

So, fresh perspective, your name isn't sensitive information. Chances are your email address isn't all that sensitive either (are they both on your business card? You've never lost one of these incredibly sensitive wallet-sized documents, or handed one to someone you don't know right?)

If it was financial or medical details I'd be livid, but with a sense of perspective it's not all that bad.

At least the senders of junk mail might start spelling my name right now. And if they know I've got an interest in IT it might even be well-targeted spam. Exciting.

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Lightsabres to illuminate Christmas dinner

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Spelling?

Lightsabre or lightsaber? Because these things are important to my innre pedant.

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