* Posts by Alasdair Fox

5 posts • joined 14 Nov 2008

Prof: Global windfarm could power entire human race

Alasdair Fox

hot wet wind

Can't we just build the windmills over rivers and cover the turbine in solar cells, thereby giving a 3 in one wind, hydroelectric and solar generator?

Patent pending.....

Transformers helmsman demolishes English language

Alasdair Fox

pun alert

hmm, there's more than meets the eye to this....

Govt advisor calls violent-videogame tax

Alasdair Fox

Real life vs.Virtual

Wonder if anyone's considered the fact that a teenager playing his Xbox is one less kid running around the streets shooting people in the ass with his air rifle?

There weren't any realistic and violent games around when I was a kid, and yet a lot of kids were still likely to be playing about with air rifles, slings and knives, and violent behaviour still occurred.

Of course, it must have been the 'video nasties' that we were all watching. Are they putting a tax on violent films / television programs then?

Another generation, another scapegoat....

City of Heroes fingered in MMO patent lawsuit

Alasdair Fox

Google earth?

City of Heroes does indeed have HTML in it somewhere, but I don't think it can be reasonably argued that it is 'integrated into the environment'. Many MMO's use an HTML window for in game browsing and help/bug reporting, but none of these in my experience are 'integrated into the environment' in the way the patent covers.

I would think Google Earth would have more to fear from this one, but MMO's should be safe! Too much prior art around for this one!

Warrington first to get Virgin Media 50Mb/s

Alasdair Fox

pretty decent throttling compared to some

I'm on Virgin Media's 20Mb service, and the throttling is actually ok. It only actually applies during peak times (i.e 4pm to 12am), and i get throttled back to 5Mb for a few hours. Outwith these hours, bandwidth is unlimited and not throttled.

I've also never been throttled unless i exceeded that 3GB limit.

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