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* Posts by g e

2658 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Sugar content now to be measured in Cadbury Creme Eggs

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How much money is that

Measure in UK workers-sacked-by-Kraft wages?

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Apple pushes patents for 3D avatar authoring

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HAHAHAHA

Any game that lets you mod a character... Mass Effect 1,2,3 anyone ?

I bet they get awarded it, all the same... Useless Stupid Patent Troll Orifice

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Google planning to brand and sell Android tablets

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Android UI issues?

Never had any on my phone, maybe it's tablet-specific instead - no use for a tablet yet. At least the touchboard is capable of displaying lower case when you're typing or can apple tablets do that - their phones & mp3 players certainly don't seem to be able to.

I always assumed Android tablets were like phones but bigger, interface-wise, maybe the Honeycomb UI is a bit poo?

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Climate-change scepticism must be 'treated', says enviro-sociologist

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Re: I'll consider myself cured, then

Ahhh of course, a politically correct/markety thing, like BC/BCE and AD/CE, then?

Inconvenient bloody weather, eh?

LOL

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I'll consider myself cured, then

When everyone agrees that all the climate 'science' has been independently peer-reviewed and that what's left is as real and factual as it can be.

There, warmologists, the cure lies within your own hands.

NB I don't not-believe in global warming, just the highly lucrative shrieking of 'man-made' by our new plutocratic warmology elite who have shiny new lifestyles to maintain.

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Apple slapped with second Siri senility lawsuit

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Siri is beta?

From all the guff surrounding it I thought it was a finished V1.0, just the 'beta' thing alone is misleading, surely, given the hype that emanated from Cupertino's marketing strike clones.

Never mind the fact that it doesn't actually do what is claimed to the standard that is claimed/implied.

"There is no SiriGate". OK, we'll pay out. History repeating ?

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Apple fires up Antennagate settlement payout

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"There is no Antennagate"

Yes there is you mendacious, grasping, control-freak greed-failists or you wouldn't be paying up now, would you?

Lies, Damned Lies and Big Business

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PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release

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Re: Wait till the car manufactuer's get a whiff of this...

You can expect Microsoft to do this too. It's be the Game Development Co's pushing the whole secondhand tied-in thing as much as anyone.

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Sounds shitty

All that lock-in. No backward compatibility (OK Cell emulation might be vvvvvv hard on an x86)

Won't be rushing to get one, methinks, and I'm quite a fan of Playstation as a brand.

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Warner, Sony commit to UltraViolet in UK

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Ho hum

They really know how to sell stuff, eh?

Sounds like the mother of all lock-ins plus the chance to eventually pay rent on your own purchases, maybe...

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Probably an obviously dumb Q but...

So, how will this work with secondhand discs?

Bet it doesn't. (Though I'd rather have the media than an online thing I have no physical control of, anyway)

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Hasbro fails to win Asus Transformer Prime ban

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Go

GOOD.

That is all.

Let's hope they get their arses handed to them at trial plus ASUS' costs.

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Re: Hasbro being a bit silly? Looks like it

They specialise in it, pretty much.

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Hollywood studios line up to kick Kim Dotcom

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The MPAA

Would deny it began with 'M' if they thought it made them look better.

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European Parliament votes against ACTA legal review

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Pah

It would just be nice if the UK Gov had some decency fullstop.

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Zombie LulzSec brags of exposing loved-up privates

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Oops

What's the betting the same dating engine is used elsewhere, too.

They usually are.

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Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant

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WTF?

Him and every football-chant-singing loon on the terraces, then. Or all the football chants polite and complimentary these days?

The South Africans have a pretty unpleasant 4-letter word beginning with M if I remember right.

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Force Google to black out searches in new privacy law - MPs

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Re: "Possible" is not the same as "Possible in my lifetime"

An old choice I always used to offer a director I worked under some years back...

"You can have it (the feature, etc) now or you can have it working"

No prizes for guessing which he always went for.

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Re: VPN's are cheap and easy to setup

Absolutely.

Perhaps it would be better if people rich enough and self-important enough to try & get super injunctions just kept their trousers on and didn't do The-Stupid-Thing-They-Want-History-To-Forget in the first place.

Oh hang on, footballists may be involved. They're too stupid to think first, act second.

I wonder if there's some physical principle the LHC may yet discover which relates the amount of cash, the stupidity of its possessor, the mindless banality of their action and some form of Einstein-Rosen Bridge that can actually erase their moronic behaviour from history when combined with a suitably modulated inverse tacheon pulse?

The justice system really needs to move back to the 'You shouldn't have been so stupid in the first place, case dismissed' mode of operation from days of yore.

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Judge orders O2 to name suspected smut burglars

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Re: Golden eye?

Or perhaps keep the adjective and simply replace the noun...

Golden Shower.

Pint (cos it probably tastes like Carling, nearly a Paris, though)

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Being porn films is no reason....

No... but merely being 'alleged' filesharers would be, you'd hope. What's the betting one turns out to be blind & deaf, one a little old lady who's 'never been to Dover' and one a person who's been dead six years.

Shame a judge doesn't require a bit more evidence than (apparently) a (C) chaser's say-so.

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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

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Quibbling with semantics

If indeed, there's no such thing as a real 4G network then WTF is it doing in the description anyway?

Come, come, Mr. Bond, surely you don't expect me to believe you have a functioning 4G network...

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Senators chime in on employers’ Facebook snooping

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I notice the question they didn't ask was

Whether or not they could actually request the login information at all in the first place.

So apparently they're OK with that as long as they info accessed isn't used for discriminatory purposes, etc..

Perverse.

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Hard-up Iceland plumps for cheaper open source

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Crikey!

"A group of unnamed specialists has been formed to monitor the project to prevent failures."

Can they send some of these guys to our government in the UK, too, please!

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Medieval warming WAS global – new science contradicts IPCC

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Re: Business as usual.

Yup, wherever there's a lot of money to be made take the 'facts' presented with a pinch of salt. There's a correlation between self-serving bullshit and revenue/chance of revenue in everything.

Even you, dear reader, will massage information on your CV using (doubtless) accurate wording which you've changed to create the impression you want in your client's/employer's head.

The difference is you stand to make a few thousand from your employer so the lies are smaller than if you stand to make a few million. If I thought I stood to get a few million based on what I wrote in a paper you can be damned sure I'll write what I think will make me more likely to get it.

If anyone thinks the IPCC and its chums don't have an agenda they're deluded.

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Re: Is this a news article or an op-ed?

So the IPCC stuff is all peer-reviewed then (by non-IPCC people, natch)?

Just checking, seriously, I don't know if it is or not.

'Alarmist' would be somewhat unjustified if it is indeed all peer-reviewed work. Not if not.

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On a tangent

I wonder if there's a correlation between fanbois/fandroids and warmologists/sceptics

And if there is, which demographics would have the highest overlap...

Joke or Troll... hmm troll then I can pre-empt the inevitable...

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Re: Seriously

I think the implied context there was...

AT THE SAME TIME

rather than over 50 years or whatever

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Mass Effect 3 crooks trick gamers with fake 'alternate ending'

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Agreed

Spoiler tags required!

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Re: Possible spoiler-guessing

Ah well, I *tried* to get the guessing bit below the fadey-outy-thing

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Half of Apple fanbois would bank with the iPad titan

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Domain/trademark payday opportunity for someone?

Registrant:

Credentrust Software Inc.

3151 Airway Avenue

Building G003

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

US

Domain Name: IBANK.COM

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Report: Nokia, Apple battle over ultra-tiny nano-SIMs

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WTF?

"require users to be able handle the nano-SIM with alacrity"

Which surely a nano SIM defies by definition?

Having a caddy probably defeats the object of having a nano sized SIM, too, doesn't it...

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Re: Ammo against samsung? Errm... no.

Which of course, is fine to spout if you have none to license... do they have any?

I promise not to stab you in the back with the knife I don't have.

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iPhone 5 gets a 5in screen

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Not toooo big

The Galaxy Note - played with one for a weekend recently, wayyy to big for a phone although a nice device and it _does_ fit in your (jeans) pocket.

Was actually comparing my DesireHD screen against the guy next to me earlier in the week and those apple screens are miniscule. They look nice (Samsung?) as a display but god are they undersized.

Are they really calling it 'five inch' in their blurb? If so then they really are just cock-measuring (which would mean by implication they think they're now playing catchup to the oriental manufacturers).

4.6" should be a good size, though, but my next upgrade's almost certainly going to be an SG3 (defo Android, regardless). Heard apocryphal rumours the SG3 is to be announced today... we'll see.

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New iPad can't get its Wi-Fi up

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WTF?

Surely not..

They must have learned from their first antennagate uberfail, surely.

I can't believe they don't now test 'holding stuff' for everything they make with a wireless doohickey in it. Unless they really _do_ believe it's all the users' faults????

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Re: Surely this is illegal

You'd actually bother replying before getting up and walking out?

:oD

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German court: Rapidshare must HUNT for dodgy pirate links

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Re: As usual

You nearly mentioned it once, but I think you got away with it ;o)

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Bye bye YouTube then

In fact it would seem to have create a viable DOS attack for any site that allows posts from users...

e.g.

Oh freddled gruntbuggly thy micturations are, to me, as plurdled gabbleblotchits 'pon a lurgid bee. Groop! I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes, and hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewardles lest I rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon. See if I don't.

(or something like that, anyway)

Now El Reg has to be bent over in Germany (ew. What a thought) for reproducing Douglas Adams' Vogon Poem from HHG

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Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

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P.S.

I don't play much multiplayer at all, so that has little value to me - there's only one giant flatscreen with a surround system in the house and it has to be shared between PS3, XBOX360 and SKY+, 3 kids and a wife and annoyingly I have to spend time eating, sleeping and working, can't spend it all running around with an MP-5SD and night goggles.

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Re: Boo Hoo

No. I never go to the cinema as experience shows that when I do I was better off watching the advertisement trailer which had all the best bits of the movie in it compressed into 1 minute for free, all the hype & marketing being absolutely no more than hype & marketing.

I do pay Netflix though, and so far have no problem with value for money there, mucho TV series to marathon through plus reasonable movie selection. I also have no problem with games like ME3 as stated above, that game just keeps on giving.

Thinking you have a right to some residual income from secondhand sales is ludicrous though. Anyway they'll have pretty much destroyed that market in the next generation of consoles. Watch prices NOT fall, though, regardless.

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Boo Hoo

It's one of the remaining methods of not paying full price for a game that's legal.

I'm not convinced that paying £40-ish quid for a game that you complete in 20 hours and no point re-playing once completed is value for money.

If more games were like Mass Effect (86 hours to complete) with the attendant depth of story, characters & gameplay and production values then yes, that's worth forty quid.

So. Perhaps what the consumer should be asking is 'will you slash your prices by 75% (80/20 = 4) if second hand games are made illegal?'. No. Thought not.

That latest Splinter Cell game.. about 5 hours to complete. Utter rip off, played it and punted it on eBay to recoup losses, a tragic end (presumably) to a classic game series.

If your game takes 10 hours to play then it's worth a fiver based on Mass Effect 2's 86 hours gametime (not completed #3 yet but looking like 80 hours, too), cos if ME is worth £40 quid then _your_ game *isn't*.

I've nothing against game developers making money, many games provide loads of fun (Portal a great case in point) but be realistic about what it's worth FFS,

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Oz billionaire says CIA backs Greenpeace

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Re: Assuming the accuracy of the 'facts' mentioned

Two words

Rainbow. Warrior.

Maybe they dressed like koalas for that, too.

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Re: Assuming the accuracy of the 'facts' mentioned

Yeah but... 'generous support of the Rockefeller Family Fund'

Is a bit of a giveaway when it's common knowledge it's a CIA cashpoint :o)

Greenpeace would take money from Exxon if it furthered their cause.

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Assuming the accuracy of the 'facts' mentioned

It look pretty straightforward really.

Even if the guy's considered a nutbag by the Aussies, why would anyone not on the eco-payroll believe anything Greenpeace said these days anyway? They're mostly ecomilitants and self-serving enviroloons anyway.

At best it's tinfoil-hatter meets the Golden Children of Warmology, at worst it's true. It's also what the CIA do best, so if a conspiracy yarn it's a classic because all the components are, individually, true, only their acting as a whole in this context isn't verified.

Helicopter. Black one.

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Samsung backside-bitten by emoticon patent trollery

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Re: Hahahaha

For good measure I added 'uspto' and 'patent lawyer' to urban Dictionary.

Amazed they weren't already there to be honest.

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Hahahaha

Bloody Americaland again...

Surely Skype was doing this beforehand though?

Or is it somehow different if you do it again on a mobile, then a car dashboard, then a toaster?

Unwashed

Stinking

Pustulent

Toxic

Orifice

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Free apps suck your power: researchers

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Airplane mode

Sorted.

Not like you wanted to be interrupted by a call mid-game anyway.

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Facebook 'cloaking' flaw allows unexpected snooping

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Ummmm

Maybe only add _friends_ to you friends list then.

If you add ForeignSlut57 Won Hung Dong and Debbie 'T-V Ejaculatrix' Jones you really deserve everything you get. Facebook, shite as it is, is at least Darwinian in that respect...

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That MYSTERY Duqu Trojan language: Plain old C

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So....

It was created by professional developers [check] quite possibly in an organised team of developers [check] where some aspects of the team worked on separate chunks of the code [check] possibly unaware of what other coding cells were working on [check]

So, CIA / NSA, anyone (or any other shady TLA agency)? Team A with lower clearance worked on general framework while team B (and maybe C) worked on sensitive and intricate exploit code to run within it...

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