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Coming to a console near you: Destiny beta and The Last of Us Remastered

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Re: £45?

Or they could have, you know, actually come up with an original idea or a fresh concept, something the new generation of consoles direly needs.

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£45?

For a mild reskin of an existing game with some extra particle effects and the DLC that should have been included in the game from the offset if the option of lazy development (AKA DLC) wasn't there?

I don't fucking think so.

HTH

Steven R

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Call me an old fuddy duddy, but I quite like being the designated driver (or driving to a mates 40 miles away for a catch up, bringing the booze but not drinking it) normally because I'll leave post-midnight sober as a judge, and then the roads are empty and you can really make progress on the way home.

York to Scarborough as a daylight driver? Anywhere between one and a half and two hours depending on the number of 40-mph-everywhere-numpties and the non-overtakeable queues they generate.

Same trip at night. 45mins is easy, but I've heard of people managing it in closer to 30. Presumably they don't have much time for points on their license, and have excellent headlights :-$

It does make the daytime trips seem like horrribly painful affairs though.

Steven R

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It's not a problem if you don't drink.

Although that does sort of make the journey to the pub a bit pointless.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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Re: "In the UK, Cortana will have a local accent ..."

Frank Ly - once you get past Inverness, it just starts grumbling about you not being 'local' and firmly suggesting you don't start any trouble...

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Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN

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Re: Fauna.

That deserves more upvotes.

Either that or I'm just tired and stressed.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Re: There is always...

Damn, I was using OS 8+9 in high school and that was over fifteen years ago.

That's some old kit you have there, sir.

(LCIIIs, and I can't remember what Quadras, and also two classrooms full of monochrome - yes, monochrome - Mac Classics)

Oof, nostalgia trip there...and looking at release dates of those make me feel old....

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Ball Ox

Unitron - that's simply too much obfuscating stupidity to claim at trial.

If you're clever enough to spoof a press release, and maintain the ruse when queried on it, you're clever enough to know the potential adverse side effects of said ruse.

To claim otherwise is simply naive, and offensive to anyone with an IQ over 75. Which is likely why he was advised to plead guilty - so as not allow the opportunity to utterly destroy that claim in open court.

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Re: Ball Ox

Matthew, that might have been true, had he not knowingly lied about it being a hoax to anyone who called him on the number he provided:

"That number was Moylan's own, so when journalists called to confirm the details of the fake press release, Moylan simply told them it was all kosher."

Kosher = legit = true.

So he deserves a punishment. To be fair, if he is of limited (aka average) means, then a suspended sentence and a four figure fine is probably about right. But he certainly didn't let people just believe what he put in the email off his own back - he confirmed it as the truth pretending to be a representative of the companies involved, which is direct fraud when you take the very, very obvious stock market changes into consideration.

If he does it again, though - he wants jail time.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Scots law

AC is, from what I hear, correct.

Get north of Inverness and it's basically a different country - more so than, say, Cornwall or South Wales, as I understand it from people from those areas; the hand of government sometimes feels like it reaches there. No so in Lybster or Golspie. Highlands and Islands council is God.

My contacts back up in Caithness area advise me that pretty much everyone they know who has critical thinking faculties is just rolling their eyes at this because it will make no fucking difference at all to them. The rest of them are just tubthumbing morons, frankly.

If there are any people up there making coherent arguments in support of independance other than fringe benefits (vague promises of faster broadband? Fuck that, they want their roads fixed more quickly, and better) they can't be heard over the people shouting about William Fucking Wallace.

Steven 'Born in Thurso, Grew up in Thrumster, schooled in Wick' R.

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Redmond in rapid rebuild after sysadmin request STUNNER

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Re: Well

"Failien"

I get it!

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Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends

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Re: So...

"I love you,

You love me,

So you won't mind

If I have you for my tea?"

*sounds of crunching bones and screams, followed by silence, and a single goofy chuckle*

"Wow, Barney has got dark since I watched it last"

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: top tip

Upvote B-)

I think the abuse I give this poor machine, I'd probably have spent more in replacement keyboards and displays than I spent extra on the Mac....which is a worrying indictment of what a careless bastard I am.

Steven "oopsy" R.

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Re: top tip

Jimbo, if you're referring to me, £600 initially three years ago, and threw a £150 SSD at it (I had some RAM kicking around).

A windows PC could probably be got of the same spec and upgraded for less, but when the wheel spider fell off my passenger seat and landed straight on top of the laptop during a brake test (had changed a wheel, wanted to make sure it was on ;-) ) I'm pretty sure 80% of Windows laptops would have had a broken LCD panel.

Macbook? A tiny dent barely a millimeter in depth.

As I say, that somewhat OTT build quality has it's uses to me.

If I move to a purely office job, with no need to be blatting about in my car with the laptop sitting in the passenger footwell - my opinion may change ;-)

Anyway, apparently I'm a fanboi now, so I'm off to lick an iMac x

Steven "The Worlds Poorest Fanboi" R.

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Re: top tip

AC, I'm just going off my opinion/experience - got a link to that Tom's thing, be interesting to see the math employed to back it up.

(I'd normally Google it but it's way too late night for that)

Steven 'closet fanboy, apparently' R

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Re: top tip

I'm confused. If I buy a £500 MacBook, throw £200 of shiny at it, it's a £700 machine. It's original purchase price, to me, is irrelevant.

Is my ratty old car outside a £15000 small coupe? It was once, to someone. To me it's a £600 fun shed.

I think we're approaching this from two opposite directions when congress assigning value and worth items. I'm interested in it's actual cost to me. You seen to be concentrating on it's total cost from new. Which is irrelevant to me.

Either that or it's 2 am and things have speed making sense and I should re read all this in the morning... ;-)

Steven R

PS: As per regulations, I have brushed my teeth with salt to wash out the inner fanboy that apparently rearing it's ugly head....can I blame that I it being late, too? ;-)

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Re: top tip

Except it's not a £1500 computer - it was three years ago.

Now it's a £500 laptop with £200 or so of bits thrown at it - that a new £500 laptop would also need to be comparable, and still wouldn't be objectively better when you consider build quality and overall design.

People are suggesting that used Apple gear is overpriced. It demonstrably is not when you look at the bigger picture of build quality, upgradability, resale value, performance, etc.

Steven R

PS: Comparing a car that gets 45mpg with a car that will likely never get more than 30mpg and usually gets worse, eats tyres, bushes and brakes due to weighing 75% more - now that was stupid. No-one considers getting a large, powerful, heavy car over a normal hatch without looking at...that's right, the bigger picture.

PPS: Am I turning into a fanboi or something? *breaks out the garlic and crucifixes, hangs off edges of monitor just in case*

PPPS: FWIW I'd be far happier if those 2011 MBPs were £250, believe me....!

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Re: top tip

Actually. the dual G5s are still pretty decent machines for non-crunch video editing, image fiddling, audio production and SOHO server duties - and people will pay for working ones for spares for their own machine as parts are getting harder to find (which is part of the reason G5 prices seem strangely high for old tech)

And pretty much anything (bar airs) from 2009 to 2012 is fairly upgradable with limited tools - so a second hand i5 Macbook Pro 2011 bought for £500 (they are out there - check eBay) with a current SSD and 8gb RAM slapped in it would make an extremely portable workstation and would likely be good for another 5+ years of hard work. Try saying that for any £500 windows laptop you can buy at the moment....

My own late 2008 Macbook with 8gb of RAM, 2.0ghz C2D and SSD 830 in it is still extremely usable for VMs, photo editing, etc - to the degree that I don't see me having to replace it till it literally goes up in smoke, which it shows no sign of doing.

There's often more to it than just the price when it comes to older Mac gear.

(and as I feel I have to point out when posting these things, I'm a fairly recent Apple user, but far from exclusive to it - the Macbook is my 'roving engineer' workhorse and is the only piece of Apple gear I own other than a ropey old iPod classic I made from two broken ones that lives in my car glovebox to feed my head unit. At home I run an A8-3870/16gb/SSD830/R9 280/Ubuntu workstation, a Nexus 4 for phoney stuff, and I fix Windows systems and networks for a living - and I've been doing that for fifteen years, so I'm far from biased. Or rich...)

That said, bricking systems with a firmware update? Oopsy Apple, oopsy indeed.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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Re: So it's OK to copy a series of photographs...

That's an excellent point - compression means, by default, that you aren't using the original, but are quoting it.

So any compression applied automatically means it's Ok to use.

We are fucking genius.

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Re: So it's OK to copy a series of photographs...

As long as your series of images is a quotation - so cut out the credits and studio notices, and crop it to 1918 pixels wide; that way you aren't reproducing the whole work, you're just quoting it in it's full context.

What a fucking stupid piece of legislation - a significant number of people in the civil service need to be sacked for this shambolic, rights stripping stream of piss, from ministers downward.

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Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day

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I'd say it was more likely that finding a chipset/CPU/GPU that could be passively cooled (as pretty much any fan in a 7" design would make it quite fat compared to the high end competition) and also provided enough performance to make Windows 8/RT run at a decent clip was damned near impossible.

That might change with faster, 64bit ARM chippery and the current race to use as as little power as possible in x86 everywhere the new (Core based atoms are pretty tasty by all accounts), but I don't think we're there yet.

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Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July

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Although...

I still find this hilarious:

"Is the pre-release software I am installing confidential?

Yes, the pre-release software is Apple confidential information. For example, don’t install the pre-release Apple software on any systems you don't directly control or that you share with others, don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet or publicly post information about the pre-release Apple software, and don't discuss the pre-release Apple software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the OS X Beta Program. For clarity, if Apple has publicly disclosed technical information about the pre-release software then it is no longer considered confidential."

If you don't want risk people discussing your beta, don't make it public!

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Oh well, as I semi-support Apple gear, I suppose I'd best sign up.

Can't be worse than Windows RCs, he says, tempting fate...

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Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

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Sounds familiar...

"We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one, single converged operating system for screens of all sizes."

You mean like wot Canonical have been laying the foundations on for a couple of years now - one kernel*, one application package, multiple interfaces based on screen type?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Ubuntu-convergence-shown-with-the-same-app-running-on-a-phone-tablet-and-PC_id52554

Except MS will likely still require their 'cross platform apps' to have the code for three seperate actual applications (WinDesktop, WinARM, WinPhone) in one package and it'll just launch the binary for whatever version is flagged in the OS....

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*pick your architecture, obviously, but you get where I'm coming from

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Are you implying...

I can't really justify 10Gb till I get a proper virtualisation environment set up - which needs money, which as noted, I ain't got at the moment - although hopefully an interview I have on Friday may help with that.

I suspect when SSD cost/capacity starts to get closer to spinning rust, we'll see consumer 10Gb gear drop like a stone in price as more SMBs start using it, chipsets design starts ramping up, volumes increase, etc.

Until then, I'll stick to CAT5e methinks. It's a tad more affordable and I don't need long runs...

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Re: Are you implying...

TBH it's a tickbox I'd like to enable to make myself seem more impressive than I actually am to people on the internet. :-)

I think what I mean in NIC teaming (IE getting 2/4GB links talking at the same time) so that iSCSI stuff has more bandwidth for VMing on a 'thin client' VMWare/KVM/Whatever server.

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Same for the DS214+

That's two seperate platforms (412 is Atom, 214 is Marvell Armada XP) so that covers most of their range, I think - most of them either run Armada XP of varying grades, or low end Intel platforms.

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Re: Are you implying...

Ben, I've got a pair of 2TB reds in my DS214+, they seem to work fine. Fine enough to delivery porn to my desktop at gigabit wire speeds, anyway, and that's good enough for me.

Performance on the DS214+ is fine for my current needs - I may upgrade from 2TB to 5/6TB later in the year, and then replace the NAS with something beefier (and sort out a link aggregating switch etc) - probably from Synology again - that supports SSD caching, and then I should be set until 10gbe becomes a desktop standard.

Mind you this is all dependant on me, you know, having money. Which is short at the moment...

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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I can't keep up with traffic unless Queens Of The Stone Age - Go With The Flow is playing.

Truth be told, it actually makes me overtake everything in sight, but it's better than holding people up, eh?

Steven 'Steering Wheel Drum Solo' R

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'We screwed up' sighs Sony bigwig after gaming portals collapse in DNS cock-up riddle

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Re: Typical twitters

Bugger me, Ed - I'd love to claim that was a hyper-meta reference to internet buffoonery, but - whisper it - I simply had a brainfart.

Oopsy!

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Re: The three things the Internet is good for

And ordering takeaway without having to speak to anyone - that has to be a form of evolution in it's own right, right there.

Flying cars, my friends, are surely only just around the corner.

Steven R

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Re: Typical twitters

There are only two things the internet is good for. Porn and ill informed supposition.

And poor grammer - as I think ill informed supposition is actually tautological to an extent.

Anything else is hearsay, rumour, or heresy. No, not hearsay, heresy.

Steven R

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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"Go go Gadget fingers!"

....and that was number 452 out of 999 innapropriate things to say to a first date.

Number 454: "I've got three bags of quicklime and a shovel in the car, if the waiter takes too long with your order. Just sayin' like."

Steven 'The Love Guru' R.

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Redmond may buy security company it says is wrong about AD flaw

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Re: Or upgrade

Maventi, don't be silly, a wizard will do it for you at no cost and it will all just work by magic.

Steven 'not sarcastic in the slightest' R.

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Re: Or upgrade

Guess what, you fucking numpty - most SMBs have one or two Window servers and little more, and that still requires downtime when you have to upgrade a server to 2012 to improve the AD level because most of them don't have a seperate server to host their data/exchange/AD environments because they can't afford to have 2 servers + hot spare. This is true of most SMB environments where no amount of telling them will encourage them to spend more than £3000 on critical infrastructure because IT is a cost centre as far as they are concerned. They'd rather spend that money on staff, office chairs, transport budget etc as they tend not to have money leaking out of their rectums.

And oddly, most clients don't believe that $$$/PA for SA is worth it when they'll likely upgrade their OS when they replace the server(s). Because they can't afford to just throw money at the OS whenever MS have decided they can't be arsed to fix an actual problem.

Pull your head out of your arse AC, you stink of fetid shit, and everyone knows it but you. When you don't have a minimum five figure IT budget per year, this stuff matters.

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Re: Or upgrade

Yup, because software assurance is free. Fuckwit.

And as for AD upgrades not requiring downtime - that's a dubious statement at best. Especially in the SoHo-SMB space where you're unlikely to have multiple servers to balance out the load while the operating system upgrade is ongoing - and that's after you've moved any data shares, exchange, etc off the server(s) you need to upgrade. Because new servers aren't free either.

Typical MS (as it's pretty much established that AC is a shill - or just utterly deluded) - absolutely no concern for anyone but the enterprise.

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Re: Or upgrade

Yup, I'll just run that Server2012 upgrade for my clients for free. Oh, hold on, Server 2012 *costs money*. As does my time, and the companies downtime while I do it.

Moron.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Chewie back?

Because waving your arms around and having gargling noises dubbed over you takes true dedication to the thespian arts than only a few, the rarest of the rare, the finest actors known to man can manage?

Or they could just get any tall guy who can follow directions, you know.

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Re: Try driving from LA to SF without a pit stop

Yup, a 150-200 mile range is about what I get out of my Puma if I utterly hammer it - more like 300 if I pootle along at 70-80 (km/h, officer).

A range like that on a moderate cruise is fine for most I'd say - enough to get a few days use out of it for the average joe. Not enough for a rep, but then nothing electric ever will be till they perfect the 15min-300mile top up.

Steven R

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WiGag war: Tiny low-power chip promises mobes 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi

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Pff..

"It's a tradeoff between cost and performance in the early stages of the market," he said. "You remember when 802.11n came out the first products were simple 2x2 antenna systems."

Most non-premium consumer gear is still barely that...

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: Dammit Lester!

Lyndon, I'm an upvote whore, I'll take them from anyone, even GHCQ.

On the subject of things that make you poo in extremis, I recently discovered that crushed chillis, while an excellent way to make almost anything utterly delicous, are rather like a good whiskey - not to be enjoyed too much on a worknight.

That day at work after that four cheese and a fistful of chilli dinner was an excrutiating one.

I'm 32, I should know these things by now...

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Re: Dammit Lester!

"I want a shrimp taco now......why doesn't the UK understand the importance of mexican food?"

In the UK, we have laxatives.

(apologies)

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

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Because the Nokia staffers might have differing opinions to the incumbent MS staff, and so must be sacrificed for The Greater Good.

"The Greater Good!"

"Oh, will you stop that??"

Steven R

(possilble double post, can't edit my previous version with poor speelung...

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Its a shame really

And the trailers. Don't forget the twenty minutes of trailers.

I went to the cinema for the first time in a decade to see The Hobbit with some friends (they're major geeks, but I thought I'd tag along). After about ten minutes of pish, I nearly walked out.

I eventually stuck around and the whole experience (once I got past my existing issues with anxiety etc...) was a bit lacklustre. Don't think I'll bother again, frankly. If I want to spend money to be made uncomfortable, there are far better ways of doing it.

Steven R

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Re: London Pride soars to 28,000m

Pride is perfectly drinkable, but I must admit a preference for the delicious rocket fuel that is Riggwelter.

I could drink that stuff all night if it didn't make me fall over so quickly. For drinking all night, Brakspear BItter is ideal - tasty, but mild. You can do seven pints in three hours and still walk home on it.

Ah, ale, how I love thee.

*necks old speckled hen from the can*

Steven R

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Faulty logic

Good point in all fairness, but the overblown way in which she makes it, throwing other accusations around is childish and stupid. That's not sexist, that's objective assessment.

If she wants to be taken seriously (which presumably, being a feminist and given the subject matter, she would) then she might want to work on her presentation and argument skills. She could be male, female, black, white, whatever - the comment comes across as being from a gobby kid, shouting out anything to get attention - the irony being it doesn't *require* that sort of behaviour as the point is already perfectly valid and worthy of debate/questioning/attention.

Again, all IMHO, etc.

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Faulty logic

"My hypothesis was correct: the reason I cannot use the word clit is because Apple is so entrenched with sexism and misogyny, and frankly, is terrified of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure."

No, it just means their horrible prudes with misguided (probably lawyer backed) policies on allowing words to be cut into the devices that will be on public show. I'm not sure how not allowing the word clit to be inscribed immediately means that they fear womens bodies.

I mean, she has a pretty good point about the rather strange lack of equality on this (even if it is a bit niche), but fuck me, lose the jingoism, it makes you look like you have a mental age of twelve, which is no way to get your argument across.

All IMHO of course.

Steven "I don't fear womens bodies and sexuality, I'm just fat and ugly and don't get any" R.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Re: "Adobe Flash Player was the most insecure program installed on UK computer users PCs"

"YouTube still requires Flash even if you have a HTML5 capable browser... Does anyone know why?"

You answer your own question with this:

" But many of the websites hosting games force you to use Flash, and with all the popup ads to dodgy Ad brokers,"

Implementing inline ads (and, additionally, encryption on streams for DRM) is tricky with HTML5 video, and the DRM part is poltically sensitive as they 'need' proprietary stuff in there which (rightly) sticks in the craw of the open source peeps - Mozilla, IIRC, eventually capitualated, but large chunks of the Linux world can't include that sort of thing by default.

In short it's all down to those slimy cunts in marketing and advertising - as it usually is. Come the revolution, and all that.

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It's more like Alien Vs Predator - no matter who wins, we lose.

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