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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Warframe - big value for money by comparison?

£48 for Destiny - not that I feel it wasted, mind you, level 20 already, etc, but entertaining enough. Glad I didn't pay for the fat £85 version though! About 20-ish hours into it.

However I've clocked over 400 PS4 hours on Warframe - it's free. I still really like it even though it's become a bit of a grind now, and paid only around £15 into it for some of the things that need 'platinum' currency to acquire. Warframe doesn't really have much story as such, not in the sense of Destiny, but there's a great many ways to kill things and a lot of missions to do and many character classes ("Warframes" which are your battle platforms/suits) with a large variety of special abilities from defensive to offensive, plus hundreds of mods for your weapons/warframes/companion units.

Easily worth a download. If you like Warframe then you'll likely like Destiny (if you've not got it and wondering about the purchase) and they're different enough to be able to keep both going. Destiny is more immediately accessible as a game, Warframe is pretty hard on noobs till you get some rank into your gear which doesn't take too long.

Oh, and if you try WF, go with Mag or Volt for your starter 'frame, imho ;o)

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And air

Echoes from rifle shots and the Fallen's apparent ability to not need to breathe (maybe they don't though they must grunt somehow!) ;o)

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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

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Flock?

I suspect the collective noun for 'Sheeple' would be 'Demographic'

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WordPress 4.0 is here, complete with one-click upgrade process

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I spent most of last year having to deal with WP. Its guts look like it was coded by a 12-yr old.

Multisite backup and restore to another instance? Forget it, had to code my own.

By Xmas this year there will have been around 9 updates to WP (I'm reliably informed by the WP bunnies I previously worked with) - that is a nightmare for any admin of a large installation.

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Re: For better of for worse?

Concrete5 FTW (www.concrete5.org)

Seriously. Never looked at anything else since I discovered that.

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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

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FTFY

iPhone owners must be so proud of Apple's latest and greatest features innovation.

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And we all thought that NFC was

Not For Crapple devices under any circumstances. Like larger screens.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Just remembered these two cyber-tools...

The Frontline Morale Destroyer aka Warbeast (Death Machine 1995 with Brad Dourif, Rachel Weisz)

M.A.R.K. 13 (Hardware 1990)

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Re: Morris Dancers.

Indeed, do not underestimate their gaily-garbed bell-jingling and stick-clacking jaunty ways...

In fact if there'd been an aled-up Morris Troupe (collective noun?) in the pub in Shaun of the Dead the outcome would have been far different.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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So. Pronography.

Does that mean if I watch porn I'm a pornographer? Where's my Aston Martin and tacky Pools winner's mansion then? If I watch BBC news, perhaps I'm George Alagiah or a foreign correspondent.

I'm off to watch Alien to see if I turn out to be Ridley Scott...

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Boffins propose security shim for Android

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Re: It's the humans, stupid, and boy, are they stupid

Not in 4.4.2 sadly, Google removed something that made it happen

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Hear ye, young cyber warriors of the realm: GCHQ wants you

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Re: Nominative determinism or in-joke. You decide.

Not to mention that the whole thing sounds like a cyber Ender's Game

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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Or maybe...

Not giving up your PIN Sir? Jail for you, then.

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TracBeam sues Apple over location

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Re: A US patent doesn't seem to be worth the paper it's printed on anymore

I'll see your 'mobile device' and raise you....

"In a public lavatory"

Drafting a C&D to George Michael as I click Submit...

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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Re: and there was me

Maybe they're going to become a CA

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Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs

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I'd rather have user-defined system-wide granular app permissions

As per subject

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Headmaster

Never mind Twaddler

I'm too busy with my mind's red pen correcting the English in that article.

3/10 poor effort.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Short term memory loss

IIRC, prior to said holiday (with David Geffen in Italy?) he had exactly the opposite stance

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Ummmm

Presumably he is not the subject of a court order that was served on him to not provide such access?

Unless his name's SKY or Mr British Telecom, etc

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

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Re: Left out

Or even

"Nah, playing Destiny"

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Re: Left out

Left out the best response:

"Meh"

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OMFG 9th September!!!!!

Destiny for PS4!

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Apple, Samsung call off all patent spats outside United States

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I am right remembering

That USA is apple's main market?

Perhaps the droid/other market share abroad has grown so large that it's not worth funding the litigation (won't someone think of the lawyers??). Plus 'abroad' doesn't have the USPTO and all 'specialness' that entails... (They ditched all the non-domestic battles they didn't think likely to win without that particular 'specialness', perhaps)

A possible sign of El Reg's "Peak Apple" ? Surely someone didn't just simply sit down and do maths of all the lawyers' bills vs revenue/potential gains, that's would be too, well, sensible and non-thermo-nukuler.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Re: Soooooo...

Perhaps start sending them to judges, coppers and politicians

Expect most of them will likely delete them as duplicates...

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Nothing to hide, nothing to fear

Unless you've not checked your email/IM/SocialMeeja within the last X hours...

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Israel snooped on John Kerry's phone calls during Middle East peace talks

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Or maybe

Add 5% to all their car exports cos the Yanks will still want Mercs, Porches, Audis and BMWs.

Fund the program from that and make the Yanks pay for for their own countersurveillance

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Surfing the web from Android? We KNEW it – sorry, iOS fanbois

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AC - Apple Cultist

It's maybe more likely that many people held off buying a tablet until they were higher-powered (as they are now) and that such a demographic of people, being more circumspect and probably thrifty couldn't see the point in spaffing a wedge more cash on an iThing when a droidThing does the same and cheaper, lighter, waterproofier (in the case of stuff like the Z2, at least).

Chances are they already have a droidPhone too (statistically) so logically a tablet would also be a droid so they could have familiar apps. Then they start using the internet on it as a tab is way more handy for webbyness than a phone.

So the stats increase.

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Vote them out...

In favour of whom, exactly?

There's one that can be trusted more?

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Re: Not Good

I don't have so much of a problem with the data sharing to be honest. There's a certain sense in it like motor insurance/tax/licensing/mot'ing already does.

It's the fucking data collection that needs reigning right in.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Brass?

That'd Nukuler, surely ;o)

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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You might have missed

The US offering newly be-rubbled countries 'rebuilding' aid provided, naturally, by US construction corps who go in, milk all the money out of the country and then bugger off leaving them newly be-skinted as well as be-rubbled. Then they have to go to the IMF or World Bank (or whichever it is this month) and beg for money on terms dictated by powerful western nations (to not point fingers any further).

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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The problem is

It lumps one into that demographic...

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Re: top tip

That's cos you can get a NEW PC for $450...

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Jeepers

That's quite the stuff-up

There must be some Dark Art to making shit break _that_ comprehensively

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: Any non-Latin in with a shout?

Donde esta la cervesa

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Re: An Old Favorite

In Soviet Russia....

and such

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The people called the Romans they go the house?

Can't believe I read it all, too.. .and understood half of it still...

*sigh*

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Won't be with us?

So they'll be against us...

No change there ;o)

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Re: Price isn't based on cost

uk.gov just did that...

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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So UK gov will get sued by MS then

When the TPIT or whatever it is gets ratified and (especially American) corps can sue (especially non-American) govs for doing things that injure their precious profits.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

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Re: So buried in an email you ignore...

So, you buy a fourpack of coke in the supermarket which says Four for £4 and because you don't check the POS display when paying and your card gets billed £30 you let it slide?

Right. 'course you would.

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Re: WTF?

They're regulated by the FSA in the UK AFAIK

Acronym heaven....

But calling it a 'feature' sounds like bullshit to avoid paying the bug bounty, I can't see how any court would allow a greater amount than that authorised to be vindicated. Well maybe a Nigerian one...

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Wow

Such genius

Much innovation

Great lying of phone on screen

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Re: Insulting

'Hola' makes you appear to be in the US for Netflixesque purposes (or anywhere else you choose for that matter)

Bloody useful on a phone or tablet, has a Chrome plugin for PC, etc

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Re: if i did buy it, can i get an instant refund when i dont like.....

Not that it makes him wrong...

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Re: Thin end of the slippery slope

Evidently it's still more financially attractive not to do that, despite their whinging about how they're only able to afford the one Bentley this year...

Proof, in of itself, that they're not skint else you can bet there'd be an epic digital dissemination system in place already if it were worth five dollah.

If Destiny PS4 preorders are running at nearly 1/2 million (maybe just USA alone - http://www.vgchartz.com/preorders/) and say half those people (conservative) downloaded beta last weekend but shared one code with a pal then that's 500,000 x 13GB downloads (about 6.5 PB off the top of my head). If a gaming co can handle that - and there was very little outage in EU Beta here - then the MAFIAA have no excuse.

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I wonder what constitutes 'may be'

An SSH connection? A VPN?

Or just the common or garden variety of unobscured Torrent traffic. It also implies they're guessing as to what's happening content-wise on your connection, too, though presumably they're not allowed to packet-inspect to see if you're downloading Ubuntu or Transformers (so you can delete it without watching it, natch)

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

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Re: Please let this not be true...

It was Tensie's hand..

http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Tenth_Doctor's_hand

So they say...

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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"The Metropolitan Police Force is due to visit Leicestershire"

I hope the Leics plods prepared for a sudden rash of 'false positives', then

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Re: The Wight Choice

Here's the others who voted NO:

http://www.tfa.net/2014/07/16/thank-you-to-those-mps-who-stood-up-against-the-drip-bill/

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