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Xiaomi: Hidden Android dragon is growing fast, despite being unknown in the West

Combustable Lemon

I think that video melted my brain.

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Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

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Re: Avoid for now

I have to agree with this post nearly entirely. The game itself is okay, there are some tweaks you can make floating about on the web to turn the mouse acceleration off by altering your config files but this should be in the menus really..

I also have to agree about the frame rate issues, this may be worth waiting for it to be patched. I am running nearly the same setup as above, i7 930 @ 4GHz, 6GB Ram but I have a Sapphire 7970 Dual-X OC graphics card with the 3GB required for the ultra textures. I can run the game at ultra and it seems fine at about 45 fps average but the moment you drive it really suffers ranging from 25 - 40 fps and with periodic dips to 10-12 fps it renders the game unplayable.

The problem is entirely remedied by switching to High textures and the game doesn't actually look that much different on this setting anyway. It's just frustrating that this seems to be more of an optimisation problem on the developers side than an issue with the hardware I am running. The game itself is still quite fun.

Also as I've just read above, the minimum spec for the game is 4GB, not 6GB and the recommended spec is 8GB. I've not seen the game use anything near the 6GB I have so I'm not sure why it would be an issue.

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EA games web server was hosting PHISHING SITE – securobod

Combustable Lemon

Why do this company still exist?

It's about time they didn't.

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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I purchased a motherboard (actually the components for an entire computer) from them a few years ago because they were cheaper than the company I normally use. There was something wrong with the motherboard that to this day i still don't understand, it kept rebooting the machine intermittently. I diagnosed it by replacing every other bit except that which obviously took time but it transpired that the motherboard was faulty from day 1, obviously at this point eBuyer dragged their heels over taking it back. I think in the end they dragged it out for the better part of a year before finally refunding the money (i posted it back to them with a note explaining the issue after they refused to take it back the nth time...). I'll never use them again and to this day I’ve stuck to that. I'd rather pay more to not have to deal with that crap when something does go wrong.

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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Re: How do I remove the Start menu?

I find myself annoyed in the same way. I was glad to see the back of the start button and now they are putting it back. I would hope there is some way to disable and remove it again because it's just wasted space. For the rare times i have to venture into the start menu there is a frikken button for it, right there on my keyboard... 2 of them in fact!

Do people not pin most things to the taskbar anyway? I do on my home and work machines (Win 8 and 7), between that and win + R i never click the start menu. I think i've opened it maybe once today... Maybe... Honestly if they removed the run dialog i could understand all the annoyance but a useless, hard to navigate, menu? Nope, no complaints here.

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Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

Combustable Lemon

Re: Uhm...

But alas, you didn't and he did.

Take the money and run I say.

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Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

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Ergh, Ubisoft

They've been crapping all over PC gamers for the better part of the last few years at least. Sadly, i do own lots of games made by Ubisoft.. HAWX, HAWX 2, All the splinter cells, a couple of assassin creed games and all the rainbow 6 games since Ravenshield. Sadly of all those games HAWX, HAWX 2 and both the newest rainbow six games are completely rubbish. The multiplayer for HAWX (the reason i bought them) is completely and totally awful, to the extent that i can't and never have been able to actually join a server, i have the same issues with RS Vegas and Vegas 2, the co-op just flat out doesn't work. How a game can have so many problems with connectivity (Even when the machine is in the DMZ, sigh) is completely beyond me. The input lag when playing HAWX normally is awful to the point of being unplayable, ever tried flying a jet in a game with about 0.75 of a second input lag between mouse and movement on the screen? It's fun for all of about 5 seconds... And this isn't just my machine, 4GHz OC i7 with a 7970HD, yeah, no.

And now we have this hacking thing, very frikken tedious. Ubisoft have just slid from marginally better than EA in my books to being right up there with them, useless bunch of idiots. Ruining gaming as best they can. It's about time they just vanished to be honest.

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Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks

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Meh

hmm

I hope there is some way to turn this start button off. I've quite enjoyed not having it there.

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'The Decider' quits Twitter to become White House deputy CTO

Combustable Lemon

@Article subtitle

What?

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

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Re: Crazy DRM

Yeah, i agree, that makes sense but anyone who remembers the start of Steam knows it didn't start that way. Is this to suggest that we are willing to part with rights for a price? By the same logic the only thing MS did was price it wrong, i suspect not many people agree that's the main issue here, so whilst that is part of the reason i really don't think it's all of it or that simple. hmmmm....

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Meh

Re: Crazy DRM

"You may think it is crazy but the many millions, if not billions, of people who have already locked themselves into such systems obviously don't (Apple, Amazon, Google, Steam, etc. all sell content in a similar manner). The key difference is that none of those existing markets (except Steam) tries to tie in the physical copy."

This is a point, how did we ever come to accept Steam? My Steam account has about 250 games on it, or so and i don't care that technically they could all vanish tomorrow. Steam does offer the ability to play offline but this won't prevent some games being classed as "unavailable" should you try to run them so how did this ever come to be? Is it purely down to the Valve never really being dicks about it in the first place so we've never much questioned it? They provide nice services and suchlikes (as in being able to hop into other peoples games easily and voice comms being included now, etc, etc) but then xbox has offered all of these abilities anyway. Maybe if the original xbox had started with the DRM and then added on features to compensate for it people wouldn't be so pissed?

I have no ideawhy this is but you have to concede it is interesting how Steam appears acceptable. Not sure i'll buy either console, pc does just fine with me but i am tempted by the PS4...

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Young blokes blinded by video-game addiction: THE FACTS

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Re: Cause and effect?

Someone had to link it didn't they, may as well be me:

http://xkcd.com/552/

This aside, i've played at a high level in FPS games for several years (dropped it off in the last 4 or so) and it has to be said that i think there is something in this. I learned to play FPS on a really old game whereby you could gain a significant advantage if you dropped the graphics settings to the point you could see people through the tips of hilltops, the game basically turned into 'who can shoot the pixel' because combat worked from that far away (games like this were way better, shooting another player in the face at 20 meters just doesn't feel skillful compared to this). It took a long time to be able to spot the moving black pixels easily but after a while you can just kind of learn to do it, the interesting part is that the skill is transferable between games. You just seem to gain the ability to detect very small details in large scenes very quickly and it's something i had previously noticed myself. I'd like to see more research in this particular area.

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Yes, maybe we should keep hackers in the clink for YEARS, mulls EU

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Joke

Re: I agree.

"Seems to me the NSA monitors everyone, except the people actually doing damage to the state of the world."

Fair point, i don't think they monitor themselves.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

Combustable Lemon
Meh

I quite like Windows 8, still sad to see the return of the (largely irrelevant) start button. It should be noted that Windows 8 is the same as Windows 7, it works exactly the same. If you previously relied on the start menu and start button to get work done on Windows 7 then i feel that i really have to point out that you were just doing it wrong. You can't cry "productivity nightmare" over Windows 8 without being a user who fully utilises the shortcuts provided in Windows already. Tidy your house before you start telling other people about the mess in theirs. I work as a software engineer and i am an avid gamer (ex pro-level, in fact [CS: S in case anyone even cares]) and running Windows 8 hasn't affected either of these activities in any detrimental way, in fact i've seen performance increases in a few games after having moved to Windows 8 (which i concede could be incidental due to Direct X/driver updates, etc). The installation of Windows 8 was also seamless but I hear others did have issues; I’m not sure how this is supposed to be surprising as I can’t think of a Microsoft operating system that didn’t have install issues on some machines.

Downvotes, etc. I care not.

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iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent

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I will be interested to see if they do get awarded compensation for the sales of all products found to be infringing backdated, now that would be interesting.

Overall i think i approve of this, only just, but i approve.

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

Combustable Lemon
Meh

Re: hmm

Paul, funnily enough my comment wasn't particularly aimed at you was it, are you amongst the people complaining who haven't used it? No, that's what i thought.

I've had none of the problems you've mentioned with Win 8 so far, It worked fine on all of my (far from current) hardware, all installed smoothly as well. I upgraded rather than fragged my Win 7 install which seems to have gone smoother than previous versions of Windows did when doing this. My opinion funnily enough doesn't come from the windows marketing team, i damn well wish it did... i could use the money. It is perfectly acceptable that some people can like Windows 8, and by the same token people can dislike it.

Disliking it without using it is somewhat less credible than having used it and disliked it though and i suspect a lot of people in these forums are the former and not the latter and i think this explains why Microsoft isn't listening to their "opinions", god knows i wouldn't.

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Combustable Lemon
Meh

hmm

I would be interested to know how many people here have run Windows 8 themselves amongst the people so incredibly enraged about its existence.

Credibility, some of you may have heard of it.

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

Combustable Lemon
Unhappy

I'm actually sad..

...that they have buckled and actually put it back in at all if i am honest. I don't miss it, i'm probably in the minority since i use shortcuts for everything but i was actually glad to see the back of the start menu in it's old form. If you all love it so much go back to windows 7 (with it's start button and it being a perfectly fine OS) and keep using that. I don't understand why you would bother to whine on here that windows 8 isn't how you want it, well that's unfortunate... Do you suddenly have to stop using 7 because of it? That's what i thought.

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

Combustable Lemon
Trollface

Re: Hrmm

I suspect many people would, given the nature of the internet and the amusement people find in tearing into other people over their (often, easily enflamed) views.

Troll for obvious reasons.

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YouTube beats off $1bn Viacom copyright case once AGAIN

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I rather like youtube the way it is..

...and as such i rather like this.

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Malwarebytes declares Windows 'malicious', nukes 1,000s of PCs

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Facepalm

Re: I patiently await

This pretty much happened didn't it?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/26/avira_auto_immune_false_positive/

Close enough, sadly i don't think it fell on it's own sword and instead it just had a bit of a fit.

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Samsung: Posting of fake HTC hate was 'unfortunate'

Combustable Lemon
Trollface

They aren't quite at the same level as Apple yet then...

They had to pay people to do it.

*Is not paid by anyone, just couldn't resist, honest..*

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Star Trek phaser sells for a STUNNING $231,000

Combustable Lemon

"For that sort of money, they could have bought eight and a quarter of Marilyn Monroe's bras."

Excellent! This is the new way all money should be quantified!

"That'll be 1/16th of Marilyn's bra Sir."

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Zombie apocalypse survivors frozen in terror by hacker raid

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FAIL

sigh

I had a beta account for this game, good job it used a unique password etc.

I've not even touched it since it was "released". This whole game is just a failure that keeps on giving.

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Google Street View releases devastated Fukushima town tour

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Black Helicopters

Re: If you ask me

"If you really think any data coming out of the self-regulated nuclear energy sector or their paid university minions is remotely believable, well..."

Yeah, you're right. I too have invested in a tin foil hat and feel safer already.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Combustable Lemon
Meh

Thankfully i've managed to shake "most" of the people i used to get this from but for a while i used to make a habit of "helping" in the sense i would tell them what was wrong, tell them what needed to be done but at no point even suggest i was going to do it for them. Very quickly the ones who don't want to learn cease asking you what is wrong, the ones that do want to know how to solve these petty problems i have more patience with.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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FAIL

Re: Seriously?

Yes because posting anonymously on an internet forum to aggressively insult a reasonably wide range of people with vulgar language based on your own personal opinion is the mark of a truly remarkable individual whose lofty heights of morality we should all aspire too.

Wait a moment, I’m sure I have a tiny violin in here somewhere to quell your pseudo-rage.

I have no vested interest in this either way, I just can't resist the opportunity to mock such a stupidly pointless post.

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

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Meh

Origin is hateful

Stating the obvious but still, it's true. Sadly i like the battlefield series to much not to install it, judge as you will. It did amuse me somewhat that i logged in the other night to be greeted with a 1 question survey asking me if i would recommend Origin to my friends, i couldn't hit the "no, not ever" response quick enough, i would hope everyone else does the same.

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

Combustable Lemon
Meh

Re: well hold on there pardner...

I installed Win 8 over a Win 7 install about 3 days ago or so, got to say that so far i actually like it. All of this rampant "it's rubbish" type speak is a complete nonsense. It took me all of about 30 mins to learn how to use it, since it largely works exactly like Win 7 did, and it is faster (or at least it seems to be on my machine).

As for the start menu, in between pinning to the desktop and windows + r what exactly do you need? If anything, for the type of user who needs to use the start menu that much, i'd think the visually appealing large interface would be helpful.

Downvotes, etc.

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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Unhappy

The best cup

This happens once a day, but not every day.

I originally thought that when I occasionally made a truly exquisite cup of tea that really it was just the best cup of the many cups I’d had that day. Now some days I don't manage to make a truly brilliant cup of tea at all. It always seems to occur sometime after eating (so, never in the morning) and I seemingly do nothing different when making it but somehow it is amazing compared to all the others. Despite years of trying, I have still to track down the exact method to make this infrequently occurring cup of awesome.

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

Combustable Lemon
FAIL

Re: Darksiders, Homefront and Saint's Row versus Zelda, Battlefield 3 and Grand Theft Auto

"My understanding is Darksiders was a moderate success,"

No, this isn't true... Darksiders, the original, was a moderate success, so much so that they were in two minds whether to even bother to make a sequel. They eventually decided on it and I think this firmly showed that they should not have made a sequel since it was just a re-hash of the same game.

Aren't we overlooking DoW here? That was a massive THQ owned franchise that had only gone downhill in recent times and I don't hold much hope for DoW 3. THQ failed for a multitude of reasons but being "too original" was most certainly not one of them, Darksiders was just a clone of 'God of War" for example...

Also Battlefield 3, a clone of CoD? Yes, I guess you may be onto something there. In the same way that Ridge Racer is a clone of Grand Turismo... As in they happen to be the same genre. I feel if you want to draw the similarities of CoD and BF3 into question then you can't ignore that God of War and Darksiders are practically the same game.

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Space station 'naut supplies Reg with overhead snap of Vulture Central

Combustable Lemon
Happy

Doesn't everywhere technically have exactly the same amount of history? Call me pedantic if you must.

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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FAIL

Re: "pillow biting"

I didn't actually know that. Well done for perpetuating a phrase that horrifically offends you by telling people just how offensive it is when, clearly, people just weren't making that connection.

And so the "I’m really offended by x" circle continues, sigh.

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

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Alert

"I still have my old spccies, c64 and cpc464, snes and nes etc and i love breaking them out for some old games. in 30 years and i get nostalgiac for some ps4 games i don't want to be stopped with errors because the sony server was decommissioned years before"

I think the main problem here is that by this time you will have used your Playstation 4 to keep the undead hordes at bay by hitting them with it and are now wearing what remains of it as a sort of improvised armour in the "Apophis" asteroid torn world of 2043.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

Combustable Lemon
Meh

Re: The Apple what?

Which bit wasn't a black eye?

The tedious little note added to their site regarding a UK court hearing that suggested UK courts are rubbish? (Which i don't particularly disagree with, they are, but it's not for Apple to be hinting at that).

The whole maps issue?

The lackluster release of products this last year doing nothing to really innovate at all? (Not that i am saying any company actually did, Samsung probably did more than Apple in the last year though, like it or hate it).

The continuation of these pointless, pointless court cases?

I could probably go on but i can't be bothered to go digging. Apple have had a bad year, both technology wise and PR wise. Maybe you need to start actually looking at what Apple did over the last year before you start trying to summon a hoard of fan boys frothing at the mouth from your imagination to explain survey results as anything other than they are.

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Black Ops 2? Really?

Shhhh, you'll just encourage them...

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

Combustable Lemon

Re: Hmmmm

It doesn't seem completely unreasonable. There are other devices whereby the solder on the board inside was less than perfect and had a tendency to crack causing connections to fail. This was fixed by heating it up at which point the fissures would re-seal. I wish i could remember what device this was but i think it's affected more than a few things. Not sure that is the case here, just thought i'd mention it.

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Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

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Unhappy

Have to agree with some people here, quite sad. I went from one of the top of the range Asus boards to an Intel board and couldn't be happier with it. The Asus (and all the hassle it caused me over the year or so i had it) was just flaky by comparison and when it's a third more expensive i'm not sure that's a good quality, amazing features or not.

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US general: Beware of Iran's Revolutionary Cyber-Guard

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Meh

Probably doesn't mean much, given how a guy looking for UFOs was able to access their network with no more skill than your average office worker. I would imagine they see most nations with computers as a "threat".

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Climate watch: 2012 figures confirm global warming still stalled

Combustable Lemon

"I blame the bow and arrow"

In the sense that you wish it'd been more effective?

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Don't shoot the Windows Live Messenger, cry IM users

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Meh

I'm probably the only one...

but i abandoned msn a long time ago for... Steam of all things, between that and whatsapp on my phone i've managed to rid myself of MSN entirely. It was surprisingly easy and i recommend getting rid of it to anyone over using Skype, the bloated piece of rubbish it is.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials

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Optional

Surely the idea here is that it would not be flown into a warzone? I'm not convinced they are trying to create it to fly into active warzones where they do not already hold the air. Take the Iraq war as an example, within 1-2 days of the conflict there was little/no threat of planes being shot down (although it did still happen, didn't it). Given the load something like this could hold, landing even close to where you'd like to be will still be a better idea than trying to get everything in using conventional planes (Considering cost/how much this can move) i'd have thought.

If it's largely hardware (vehicles, etc) then it can move on it's own after you land, if not and it's equipment then it's just loaded up and moved after landing via vehicles. I'm not convinced you'd even bother trying to fly something like a C130 into an active warzone where you don't already hold air dominance so i don't see this as being much different really.

If your against an opponent who has a reasonable air force/surface-air defence, i don't think this is "that" much more vulnerable than any cargo plane and if you are going to fly it over SAMs, etc then you deserve to have it shot down.

Just what i reckon...

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Musos blast US copyright bods: 'ARTISTS MAKE LOUSY SLAVES!'

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Meh

The way to do it...

Distribute your music for free via the internet, assault youtube, etc.

Then tour and charge money for that, make your money through live performances. I think these days the profit in this method is probably comparable to the usual method. (Although i will concede that this means you are actually good and don't just get rammed down the throats of the masses via repetative radio play..)

This isn't really about making a living, this is more about not being able to live in a mansion and have 17 cars, welcome to the rest of the world.

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2012: A generation-spanning year for gaming

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FAIL

Borderlands 2

Which part of Borderlands 2 was great exactly?

Story, average,

Shooting, average.

Abilities, OMG i can have ANOTHER 3% bullet damage.... Average (i'd say below average actually).

The game was so repetative i didn't actually finish it and i doubt i'll bother, it'd be a travesty if a game like that was awarded game of the year by anyone.

Still atleast it looked okay, sort of, ish.

Quite enjoying Far Cry 3 currently but Game of the year i reckon should be Dishonored.

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Australian Prime Minister: Mayan calendar 'true'

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Re: Goat Jam

@Sorry that handle is already taken.

Well said that man.

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Galapagos tortoise 'Lonesome George' might NOT be last of his kind

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Unhappy

Re: Nummy

May i just point out that given the time period when the turtles were being consumed in large quantities. It's likely they tasted fairly average but given the taste of most food in this period they probably seemed brilliant.

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Sandy 'Mary Celeste' Island undiscovered - again

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Meh

Re: 4 8 15 16 23 42

I hope you googled those numbers and didn't just recall them...

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Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games

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Trollface

Re: A major omission

Ah yes, i know that game. Something to do with hats right? I think there is a sub game included, something to do with objectives and shooting,

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Combustable Lemon

Re: Wot? No Deus-Ex?

Hmm, first thing i did on entering the comments here was find deus ex, i knew other people would be missing it.

Having read the rationale for ommiting it in the list i am slightly less annoyed. Aslong as we are agreeing it's genre defining for something then i'm happy.

I think we are missing some of the games that defined multiplayer FPS but i think that would be a different list.

Just on the point of dues ex, did anyone else notice that if you never level up pistol skill you can just outright sprint at single enemies and kill them in 1, unmissable, shot to the head because at point blank their head fills the huge crosshair? It's entirely possibly to do the first level (and more) only with the pistol and this tactic without taking a hit, hilarious stuff. Ahh, good times.

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Samsung posts record profits as Galaxy sales crush Apple

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FAIL

Re: Nice

"My point was, and I'll try to keep the words short, that they should be able to switch easily - but that its the software that creates the lock in - not the hardware. Whether a user uses Samsung or HTC matters not a jot because, ultimately, they're on the same platform (Android). It's when they switch to iOS, Blackberry or Windows that they'll have the problem." - 45RPM

I read all of that just for you to state the obvious... what a let down. Maybe you are so hyper intelligent i am missing the point, doubtful though.

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