* Posts by MartinB105

25 posts • joined 25 Apr 2012

Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

MartinB105

Re: SOS, DD, more phoney money baloney..

Arguing that artists should only get paid for performing is stupid. Some musical works are not designed or intended to be performed. For example, have you ever seen how many dozens of individual tracks a typical work of Shpongle is composed of!? There's no way Shpongle are going to be performing every single piece of that manually live on stage, especially since Shpongle is just two individuals. This is just one example; there are MANY more.

Let's not be stupid about this, OK?

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

MartinB105

A messaging app that's artificially restricted to use on smartphones, so you can't use it on a normal PC like every other messaging app in existence.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

MartinB105

C64 version had the best music!

I played the C64 version growing up. I could never get very far in it. I was so disappointed by the music when I later played the original arcade and Amiga 500 versions.

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

MartinB105

What happened to USER requests?

A search engine is supposed to work for the user, not some unrelated organisation.

If the film studios want stop me from accessing piracy websites, then they'd be wiser to come up with a legal alternative that lets me purchase films to play on my Linux-based XBMC media center system. Why can't I do this already in 2014!?

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

MartinB105

Re: There are much better alternatives to iPod

I don't drive myself, but the last car I was in had USB ports for music connectivity. I'm guessing this should allow you to use the stalk to control your music from any USB Mass Storage device, MP3 player or otherwise.

Of course, you'll be limited to the basic functionality and supported formats of the software provided by the car rather than the fancy software installed on your device, but I don't think advanced functionality and exotic formats are of much concern to those who would choose an iPod anyway.

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MartinB105
Linux

There are much better alternatives to iPod

There have always been much better alternatives to the iPod for those who are just looking for a dedicated music player and willing to do a small amount of research.

My current player of choice is the Sansa Clip+. Put RockBox on this thing, and you can use micro SD cards beyond the normal 32GB limit, so you can upgrade the capacity as the card technology moves forward. I currently have 64GB in mine, though I'm considering an upgrade to 128GB.

Additionally, it supports far more formats than any Apple device, has folder browsing and allows USB Mass Storage for data transfer (no crappy iTunes necessary, works on Linux, etc.). Sound quality is also better, it's cheaper and you can operate many functions without looking at the screen.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

MartinB105

Re: And what about electronic items WITHOUT batteries?

"If it won't power up, check it in your luggage."

I make a deliberate choice to NOT check delicate and expensive electronic devices in my luggage.

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MartinB105

And what about electronic items WITHOUT batteries?

I've flown several times carrying electronic devices that do not operate on batteries, such as my Acer Revo 3600 and my various games consoles (Wii, Wii U, PS2, PS3 and PS4). How will they handle those devices?

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

MartinB105

Re: Yes, because MP3 playback is "too hard."

They probably require Facebook photos because it removes the burden of cleaning up the naughty pictures from Sony. If Facebook take pics down because they violate TOS, then it presumably will disappear from PSN too.

As for MP3 support... I find it very hard to get worked up about something that I already have in dozens of devices, including my XBMC system on my TV, which completely crushes anything that any console can do in terms of media.

Ultimately, the reason I'm buying a PS4 is purely because that's where the great games will be from developers like Naughty Dog and Quantic Dream.

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

MartinB105

Re: WOW

The PlayStation Vita can do it too with the latest firmware, although it requires taking 38 photos in total and the resolution is pretty awful due to the poor camera in the Vita (640 x 480 if I remember correctly). It is extremely easy though and it lets you look around the resulting image using the Vita's motion sensing gyro. :)

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GTA V Online hits speed bumps: Short wait before you can rough up that hooker

MartinB105

Re: bah haven't had many downvotes lately

I haven't played every GTA game in the series, but I seem to remember that even the very first game in the series had multiplayer support?

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Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

MartinB105

When someone in the media industry decides to offers digital movie downloads in a format that plays on my Linux XBMC based HTPC, then I will consider switching to a legal service.

Simple as that.

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Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

MartinB105

Re: Meh, too early for PS4

Agreed. I still have a huge backlog of great PS3 content to get through before I even consider buying a PS4. Even if PS3 game production ceased today, I probably still wouldn't be finished with my backlog until at least 2015.

This generation of gaming has been amazing for me. :)

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MartinB105

Re: SingStar on PS3 XMB anyone?

The SingStar icon appeared without notification in a firmware update. If you're not seeing it, then maybe you didn't download the latest firmware?

I believe that it only affects European users, and may be further limited to specific regions, so this may be another reason that you might not see it.

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Six of the best Nintendo Wii U games

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Happy

You will be glad to know...

If it's like Nintendo's previous system, you can adjust the volume of the sound from the controller. The lower you set it, the louder it will be on the TV. At 100%, it won't come through the TV at all. If you turn it all the way down, the sound will come through the TV at full volume instead.

This is handy for those who play using closed headphones where hearing the controller would be difficult.

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Nintendo Wii U Review

MartinB105
Happy

I paid £199 for the premium

"Suggested Price: £260 (basic) £310 (premium)"

I paid £199 for the premium on Amazon.

I got lucky and happened to hit the site during a pricing error in mid-September. The error was fixed literally minutes later when my friend tried to order one at that price. I half expected them to cancel it, but my order dispatched yesterday and it should be arriving tomorrow. :)

I would not have paid £310 for the Wii U (or £260 for the basic for that matter), but I do enjoy some Nintendo franchises.

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Ten PlayStation 3 games you may have missed

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Go

Re: Okami

The Wii version was very easy too; I don't remember ever dying in it.

Anyway, this is not a bad list of games. I want to get Okami HD, but I can't justify £15.99 as I already have the Wii version; I'm waiting for a discount.

The Unfinished Swan is an excellent (although very short) game too.

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News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

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WTF?

Re: Some thoughts for Mr Williams

"It's not THAT hard to find legal options for your entertainment needs."

Name me just ONE legal way to get TV and film content onto my Linux + XBMC based HTPC. Just ONE.

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Wired broadband adoption dips as wireless flies

MartinB105
Happy

UPC five terabyte limit...

I wonder if that's the same UPC as we have in The Netherlands, who have an unspecified transfer limit imposed by a "fair use policy", who told me outright when asked that no-one has ever exceeded it, despite me once transferring 525 GB of in one month.

That was in 2006 too. These days they're not even phased when I download 85 GB of torrents in one evening, like I did earlier this week - and that's not even factoring in the upload traffic!

Great ISP. :)

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How to fix the broken internet economy: START HERE

MartinB105
Pirate

A. Pay for film.

B. Download film.

C. Play film on my HTPC running XBMC.

It's so simple. Yet it is still impossible to this day. Piracy it is then.

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Brits spent £334 each year on games

MartinB105
Linux

Re: Consoles: Don't get it.

The one word answer is "Games".

A PC may be more powerful and flexible, but what good is that if it can't run Uncharted, Resistance, God Of War, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, Heavy Rain, Journey, Mortal Kombat, and so many many more?

I'd estimate that about three quarters of my PS3 collection (97 games) never made it to the PC.

I just upgraded my PS3 hard drive yesterday to 1TB because I've managed to completely fill the 320GB drive that came with it with games (no media, I have a HTPC for that).

Tux, because he is the other reason I don't game much on my PC. :)

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Crytek says future is free-to-play

MartinB105

Re: Not Good, well maybe...?

TOM Blitz isn't that bad once you figure out that you can just forward your system clock to get free lives.

The recent bugs in the 1.50 update that gave out hundreds of lives and tens of thousands of crystals for free because it thought you'd been away for months (even though you only played the day before) helped a lot too.

I'm almost level 80, I've been at position 5 on the global leaderboard and I haven't spent a penny on the game.

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Head over Heels

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Anyone remember "The Pit" in Penitentiary World?

The only way out was up, and the only means of getting there was to build a tower of blocks by placing them on top of each other. If you had no donuts, you'd have a robot to contend with whilst doing it too (which could knock down your tower if you're unlucky). And if you did reach the top, but exited in the wrong place, you'd immediately fall back in causing the blocks to reset and have to start all over again!

So much frustration, and so much relief when reaching the top after finally learning to avoid falling in in the first place

Finished it on C64, Amiga and Linux with all the crowns. Amazing game. :)

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Skype dials onto PlayStation Vita

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Excellent, especially for those like me who have a Vita, but don't own a Smart Phone.

I'll definitely be trying this tonight. :)

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Ten... eight-bit classic games

MartinB105

Am I the only person who remembers that 8-bit games were still made after 1984?

Bubble Bobble, Chips Challenge, Creatures I and II: Torture Trouble, Head Over Heals, Loopz, Mayhem In Monsterland, The Last Ninja I, II and III, Turrican I and II (and III if you count the unofficial Smash Designs 2004 release), Wizball...

To name just a few classic 8-bit games.

I know you can't put everything on a list of ten, but this list is severely lacking in terms of the 8-bit life time.

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