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50 posts • joined 14 Nov 2011

Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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30th not 1st

In my haste I said Ballmer was the first employee of Microsoft - he was actually the 30th

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Small point.

Ballmer isn't a co-founder of Microsoft. He was actually the first hire of the company. He joined AFTER it was founded.

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Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

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Re: No need for a Mac

Apple Lawsuit (TM) incoming in ...

3....

2....

1...

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Happy

On a related note the cleaner "JIF" had to be changed to "CIF" back in the 90s.

The reason, Spanish speakers couldn't pronounce Jif.

True story, bro.

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Female doctor?

They were talking about this 30 years ago. Was a silly idea then.

If they cast the Dr. as a female I will stop watching. What is next Mr Marple?

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Re: Looks really good

GB and Mhz are both different units of measurement.

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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys burns sales, profits up in smoke

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FAIL

Majority?

Since when did a 41% shareholding become a majority?

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Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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Re: "Elderly"?

Elbows too pointy eh?

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Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform

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Apple?

Surely the worst patent troll is Apple?

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

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I have always called it an espresso for fear of appearing uncultured and, er, wrong.

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

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Paris Hilton

Re: I really want to like the Daniel Craig films

Quantum of Solace was for me a complete dog of a movie.

Bond villains need to have an evil plan. As you say setting up a utility monopoly in Bolivia doesn't quite cut the mustard. It was the Diet Coke of evil master plans - just one calorie, not evil enough. (With thanks to Dr. Evil)

It wasn't evil enough or big enough. A water monopoly would have been fine - IF it covered the entire world. But Nicaragua*? Please!

Paris would have made a better Bond villain.

*I don't even care what minor country it was.

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Dalton fan checking in

I am a Dalton fan. I personally feel he was an excellent Bond and his two movies were both better than later Moores and all of Brosnans bar Goldeneye.

He played a Bond that was far closer to Fleming's character.

Was he my favourite Bond - no. Was he in the best Bond film - no.

He certainly wasn't the wurst* though.

*Oktoberfest - everybody drink!

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Fans rap Apple's 'crap' Map app

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Re: Native Google maps

Hmm....didn't Microsoft get hit with an Antitrust suit for bundling IE with Windows?

I am not sure what the difference is here?

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Home Sec to decide Gary McKinnon's fate by 16 October

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Re: I think there should be...

A builder who gains entry to a house though a closed but unlocked door is still guilty of B&E.

Ease of entry doesn't affect criminality.

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Apple hoards LTE patents to deflect Samsung attack

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Re: Anyone else wondering what LTE stands for???

Nope, LTE is 4G

HSDPA+ is what some refer to as 3.5G or 3G+ (Or T-Mobile in the US sell as 4G)

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3G Google Nexus 7 inbound

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Re: WiFi Only

Problem is my phone is normally flat after about 7pm....

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Booth babes banned by Chinese gaming expo

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Childcatcher

I for one welcome our new dignified Chinese expo overlords....

I don't see any benefit in these "booth babes". I think the Chinese are doing the right thing. Who would have imagined the Chinese teaching us something?

This sort of carry on is demeaning to women. I used to buy PCFormat magazine and that went through a spell of having a model in a swimsuit pouting with a piece of tech on each cover. If I want to find out about tech stuff I don't want a "booth babe" getting in the way. It just insults my intelligence.

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Ten... PC games you may have missed

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SWTOR - Is NOT free to play.....

Just an error in the lead.

SWTOR has an extended trial to level 15 - it certainly isn't free to play yet.

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Pirate Bay founders appeal to EC to save them from Swedish justice

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Joke

Svartholm Warg

....is just the best name ever.

WAAARGHGHGH the Orcs!

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O2, Be Broadband axe Pirate Bay access

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FAIL

The reason I can see it....

Just remembered I use Google as my DNS provider.

I guess this is why I can still see "The Bay" without any issues.

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FAIL

I can still see it...

Be punter here and I just checked and I can reach The Pirate Bay

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'Fake Carla Bruni' Twitter account spreads Thatcher death rumour

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Best PM...

......we ever had.

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ARM creators Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber

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Re: Blimey

What about trans-men you hatemonger!

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Re: Blimey

Surely saying trans-misogyny is more unattractive than misogyny is in fact...er...misogynistic?

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Ten... Satnavs to suit all budgets

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Re: I use paper maps. Free, from AAA.

Who or what is AAA?

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Parents shocked by priestly PowerPoint pr0n

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Trollface

Re: Wow...

You mean you are a lapsed Catholic?

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New version of XBMC released!

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Happy

Re: New version of XBMC released!

Funnily I found it easier to work with than Plex.

I was using Plex on Windows and I kept running into issues.

I think Mac people find Plex more straightforward (more mature on that platform?)

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HP offers contractors a choice: 5 per cent pay cut ... or 100 per cent

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Contractors moaning - say it isn't so!

Hmm....contractors will often earn twice what the local permies will earn. (Nevermind the guys in India)

Why do they moan at least 3.4* times as much as the permies?

It isn't unusual to see a guy performing a 60k a year perm job and earning 120k a year as a contractor - plus all the nice tax breaks.

*Stats from survey conducted in 2011

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Coat

Re: Removable solid-state storage?

I seem to have walked into a Monty Python sketch....

...I'll get my coat.

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Re: What about download limits?

I have purchased nearly all my PC games in this manner. Most PC gamers are the same.

We seem to be able to deal with all the big AAA titles - which are never big enough to fill a Blu-Ray disk.

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Re: Removable solid-state storage?

Youngster

Magnavox Odyssey was the old days.

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Anonymous takes down Vatican website

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Re: Ah. The Vatican. A mysognist business that is a registered charity.

You do know that the term "concentration camp" was first used in relation to the British concentration camps in South Africa during the Boer War

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Dotcom bail survives appeal, extradition hearing in August

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Re: Baffoolment

I don't know whether he is guilty or innocent of any crime.

I am shocked though at the lack of due process.

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Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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Re: Give me strength...

I believe Apple tried to patent "patriotism"

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Cameras roll on 'blockbuster' new Who series

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Re: "some familiar foes as you've never seen them before"

The Candyman - COOL!

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Hey Commentards! This pre-populated 'reply to' is for you

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Go

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: tarded.

This is fun.

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Tesco offers broadband for LESS THAN THE PRICE OF A PINT

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Unlimited?

I am really getting sick and tired of companies advertising limited products as unlimited.

I have actually just made a complaint to the ASA on this.

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Overclockers UK swallowed by private equity firm Afinum

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http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=43&catid=2053

There are some

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Brit pair deported from US for 'destroy America' tweet

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Coat

Wouldn't you need to remove a merkin to do any "bashing"?

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US entertainment lawyer casts doubt on Megaupload case

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Piracy....on megaupload?

Am I alone in only having used Megaupload for legit purposes? I have never downloaded anything ilegally from it. In fact I have never even seen anything available on there.

What I have done is downloaded lots of apps hosted there by the developers. I have downloaded lots of mods for games like Skyrim that have been hosted there.

In short there seems to be an awful lot of perfectly acceptable uses for megaupload.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2011 Winners

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Best Game?

Skyrim came second - well done.

Am I right in remembering that wasn't even listed as an option?

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GiffGaff boots freetards off mobile network

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Headphones!

If you play music on your phone and use headphones are you consuming the content on the phone or on the headphones?

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Connecting to another device?

Surely then that also includes the following :

Headphones

Chargers

Bluetooth Keyboards

You could probably include cases as another device which is connected.......

....just saying.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Devil

£5 to preorder

This was the most outrageous thing for me. If you wanted to pre-order this game. EA charged you an EXTRA £5 for the privilege.

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Happy

3 types

There are only 3 roles in this and other MMOs. They are often referred to as "the holy trinity"

1)Tank - Damage Soaker who stops big bad guys hitting the DPS and Healer.

2)DPS - Damage Dealers

3)Healer - Who, er, heals.

That is it. There is no ranged type. There is no force lightning type.

In this game you have ranged and melee tanks. I personally play as a healer. My healer is a Sith Sorcer who chucks lightning around*. He is still just a healer.

*If you only knew the POWER of the dark side.

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Apple shoots for Premier League soccer streaming rights

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Coat

I call it Soccer

To differentiate it from my favourite code of football. Rugby Union.

Mine is the club blazer with the beer stains down the front of it.

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Supply snitches: 4in iPhone 5 screens shipping now

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Ahem...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLw6FemRavs

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Politicians call for Modern Warfare 3 censure

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However...

You posted anonymously - I think a clear sign your mind has been warped by Spy vs Spy

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Interface schmiterface

Excellent piece here from the team at Rock Paper Shotgun

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/11/14/user-interfarce-skyrims-silly-choices/

They don't like it either.....

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Interface!

Great game - worst interface ever!

Yet another game dumbed down for consoles.

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