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1999 posts • joined 16 Jan 2012

SimCity 4

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Simcity 4

I've just gone back to playing this after the Simcity 5 debacle.

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Microsoft unveils even more tempting Kinect offering: Open source

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It's an interesting input device

Can you use it to detect a users expression of horror when they realise they've made a cataclysmic mistake?

I can see an application here for an automated undo feature :)

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Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story

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Re: These were great

Downvoting me after losing my copy of Ant Attack is just adding insult to injury!

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Re: These were great

Except that if you forgot and left a cartridge in the drive when you powered the damn thing on, it would wipe the tape.

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Boffins build robo-CHIMP for DARPA challenge

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I want one!

Preferably equipped with an on board set of tools like Johnny 5 had.

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Self-healing chips survive repeated LASER BLASTS

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Re: PETMC

Well if the chips respond to damaging stimuli by repairing themselves, then I guess that zapping the chip with a laser would make it feel pain that it had to respond to by rerouting its circuits.

Holy Crap! They are torturing those chips!

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Terminator

I predict

That the first application for these chips will be in robots to fight frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads.

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

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Re: no man is an island

No upvotes?

Too soon?

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Isn't it about time that roaming charges were seen for the rip off that they are?

There is practically no real extra cost phoning home from Dover or Calais for the network operators, so why do we allow them to keep fleecing customers like this?

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Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

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Learn COBOL, even if it cripples you mentally

I still have flashbacks about writing sequential files to tape.

Sometimes, late at night, I can still hear the tape flapping, and the anguished screams of someone that's just dropped a box of punch cards.

The horror.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs

I once offered a fiver to anyone that could write a COBOL program in vi without setting off the terminal bell.

No one ever claimed it.

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I have lost the ultra-violet wiping-out gadget (ask your dad)

Am I so old now that this is ancient technology?

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: If it slips from your grasp and twangs back in mid-pee

Please tell me this has actually happened! :)

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Re: Lastpass for me

My brain currently fills all those functions.

Barring accident, injury or alcohol, it seems to work quite well.

Oh! And it's free!

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The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

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Re: If (when?) they're banned

Dammit!

Someone get me a mini-cam, a tube of tennis balls balls, some hair spray and a lighter.

There goes my weekend....

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Microsoft preps UPDATE EVERYTHING patch batch

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Re: Counting security holes is not a good guide - windows has HUGE HOLES

Gotta love linux users that think their boxes are unhackable :)

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Photoshop fakery exposed by fake Photoshop tool

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Re: They will use any lie in the book to get you to buy.

Advertisers lie?!! Say it isn't so!

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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Looks like a perfect phone for kids

And wont cost too much to replace if it's lost, stolen or broken.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Maybe a friendly prirate has come up with a "Fix" for it.

I own plenty of legitimate games.

But sometimes a 3rd party software update is the only way to get the software working properly.

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DWP denies major IT problems with One Dole To Rule Them All system

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Telephone and face-to-face support would be offered only as a "fall-back mechanism"

I've read that bit five times now, and it just seems like a big screw you to people that don't or can't use computers.

What guarantee have I got that I'll actually be able to speak to someone that can help in a timely manner?

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Re: Can we have some bears too?

Lions, Tigers and Bears!

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USA is the best country in the WORLD... for sending spam

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Re: Can't ISPs detect zombified PCs?

Ok, do you want to volunteer to have your traffic profiled first?

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'Quantum fridge' gets close to absolute zero

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It's not white for a start.

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Overclockers are rubbing their hands with glee

I'd worry about frost build up on the processor though.

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Oz Senator says Google Glass could 'end privacy as we know it'

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The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Run for the hills Cory Bernardi! We're all doomed!

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Boffins implant almost-cellphone in the BRAIN

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Re: My last excuse...

Your phone is there for your convenience, not other peoples.

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How do you model one system onto another completely incompatible one?

I don't know. I'll have a go at figuring it out after I've taken this pen and paper business process and automated it on my PC.

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Proto Steam box may feel your arousal, hints Valve daddy

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Electric shocks when hit by a plasma bolt

Finally! A way to electrocute people over TCP/IP!

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First C compiler pops up on Github

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First C Compiler

Or, the great grandmother of all compiler errors.

I can use = instead of == in an expression and that's valid?

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Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work

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Re: I wonder how they tested the "will not work with a severed hand" part.

Gimme Five!

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Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA

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Re: IT BEGINS!

Let's hope that it doesn't have a solid core of naqahdah...

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Military-industrial patent troll demands BEEELLIONS from Cisco

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How could anyone have granted those patents?

Which can be paraphrased as "What the internet already does."

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Welsh bureaucrats busted for getting political on Twitter, Facebook

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The UK Civil Service has a code governing honesty?

I wonder what it says?

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Anonymous becomes peacemaker as hacktivists battle

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And what exactly have you done to try and make the world a better place today?

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LHC spots mesons flipping between matter and antimatter

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Mesons play for both sides in polarity switch shocker!

So where's the sexy footage of mesons oscillating?

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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Technically he's right.

But you can produce as much CO2 if not more, by sitting around talking bullshit all day long.

And lets face it, there's a lot more of that going on than cycling.

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US gov cash slash threatens manned trips to asteroids and Mars

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Re: how much use would you or I get from that?

Probably about the same amount of use as the Apollo program. In other words... A lot.

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Apple 'insider' explains why vid adapter hides ARM computer

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Re: Just get a Raspberry Pi

And just how am I ^H^H^H^H is a hacker supposed to convince someone to hook up their iDevice to a raspberry pi to steal their credit card info?

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I wonder if you can hack the cable...

Maybe get that little ARM chip to do something useful.

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Storage glitch sends Curiosity into safe mode

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Re: Three digital watches...

But do any of them display the right time?

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SpaceX Dragon eventually snared by ISS

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Re: It's never embarrassing to fix a problem.

We all make mistakes. It's embarrassing not to learn from them. There's nothing embarrassing about fixing them.

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Chinese Army: US hacks us so much, I'm amazed you can read this

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Re: Security isn't a dirty word

Darling: So you see, Blackadder, Field Marshal Haig is most anxious to eliminate all these German spies.

Melchett: Filthy Hun weasels fighting their dirty underhand war!

Darling: And, fortunately, one of *our* spies--

Melchett: Splendid fellows, brave heroes, risking life and limb for Blighty!

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Cambridge boffins reveal prehistoric prawn monster

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Have they named it yet?

Why not Zoidberg?

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Mind-melded rats could herald organic BRAIN-COMPUTERS

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Yeah, you're going to need to replace all that with Rat 5.

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Re: ""Rats don't have a sense of self"

Are they sure that rats don't have a sense of self?

My rats apparently seem to have a sense of self. Which I can demonstrate with two rats, a mirror and a banana chip.

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Big Blighty telcos ordered to block three BitTorrent search sites

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Blighty telcos ordered to play whack-a-mole again.

This should solve the problem once and for all.

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First, servers were DEEP-FRIED... now, boffins bring you WET ones

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Interesting Article

But what does it taste like?

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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"Dangerous Ordnance"

As if there is any other kind!

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Re: Everything is now Square.

Of course everything is now square. It's the only geometric shape that's still in the public domain.

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