* Posts by Thomas 4

1531 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Apple: Yes, Safari outperforms embedded iOS web viewer

Thomas 4

Hmmm

Maybe if we keep making snarky remarks about Apple in the comments section, they might go away again? =p

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HBGary's nemesis is a '16-year-old schoolgirl'

Thomas 4

No, I'm Sparticus

...and so's my wife.

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Rift

Thomas 4

PVP in Rift

I'm only 27ish in Rift but while there are certain specs that are powerful (Dominators, Saboteur + Bard combos certain warrior specs), almost everything has a counter in some form. It's still too early to make precise calls on balance (it's only been live a couple of weeks) but I do enjoy the PVP when I do it.

Druids don't have bears in Rift though, not even strong ones. They do have freakishly big satyrs at higher levels which are bad news for anyone near by.

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Thomas 4

Do it

Deus Ex was fantastic.

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Terrible review

"The character levelling system is totally blandflakes" - what the hell is this supposed to even mean?

I've also been playing Rift and while you could sit there and whine about it being unoriginal and ripping off your beloved WoW (and let's be honest here, you are hopelessly biased towards that game), I found it had enough differences to mark it out while having a firm foundation to build on future content.

Who else out there remembers Aion? Strikingly beautiful MMO with flying combat and cross dimensional zones was what we were promised but instead we got a broken grindfest with a few seconds of flight here and there, not to mention a crafting system that would reduce most people to rage.

It's all very well complaining about a lack of originality from MMOs - again, a large amount of the blame can be directed at your beloved World of Warcraft - but unless an MMO gets the basics right, how can it evolve into something different.

Oh and one final point - I have a hell of a lot more freedom when it comes to fine tuning my class in Rift than I ever did in World of Warcraft.

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Dell Inspiron Duo

Thomas 4

Nice try

But that Asus tablet with the slide out keyboard sounds more appealing, assuming it delivers the goods.

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Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

Thomas 4

Sigh

One thing a lot of people have overlooked in these articles on El Reg is that Lewis is basing his articles on the information available to him, whether its from World Nuclear News, science journals or astrological predictions. If a statement he makes today turns out to be incorrect due to a lack of information on his part, like a government witholding certain details for example, it's not really fair to crucify him because of it.

I've been following events closely through a number of articles on a number of websites and while there's no denying it does take a pro-nuclear stance, at least it doesn't seem to revel in the destruction while crying about the Hugh Manatee.

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AMD claims 'fastest graphics card in the world'

Thomas 4

Indeed

"If so, it appears that the Radeon HD 6990, formerly known as Antilles, may be an effective weapon."

Looks like this is merely the thin end of the Wedge.

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Sony wins subpoena for PS3 hacker's PayPal records

Thomas 4
FAIL

What the fuck?

So in addition to getting the names and details of everyone that's visited his website, twitter feed, facebook page and heaven knows what else, they're now giving a company a free reign to go through his personal bank accounts?

I've never really cared too much about the whole jailbreaking thing (unless you count the unwarranted removal of OtherOS) but this has convinced me that I've bought my last Sony product, ever.

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Fukushima reactor shell ruptured?

Thomas 4

At last, we finally nail down the problem

Nuclear energy is infallible. The humans that use it are not.

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Ubisoft reveals rock game with REAL guitars

Thomas 4

Tempting

I've always wanted to learn to play guitar but I found it hard to hear the notes over the sound of my tutor's molars grinding together. Shame it's being put out by Ubisoft but if it's on a console, the DNA scrape DRM should hurt less than the rectal DNA scrape the PC version uses.

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Fukushima update: No chance cooling fuel can breach vessels

Thomas 4
Boffin

I wouldn't mind getting this clarified myself

I've been looking through a few wikipedia articles on nuclear power and radiation and I must have seen at least half a dozen units for measuring radition intensity. Would someone be kind enough to enlighten me as to the current estimated level and how much is need for significant health problems or (God forbid) a fatal amount?

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Fukushima reactor core battle continues

Thomas 4

Same here

Had a read of that article yesterday myself. Being honest I found a lot of it hard to follow but from what I've been able to understand the Fukushima reactor and the Chernobyl reactors are very different beasties.

As for the whole nuclear debate, is *now* really the right time, when people are risking their lives trying to bring the reactors under control?

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Blofeld's Japanese volcano base erupts

Thomas 4
Unhappy

One worrying thought occurs

If this is in fact tied to the earthquake last week, would it herald further eruptions from other Japansese volcanoes?

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EA blocks user from game after alleged forum outburst

Thomas 4

Interesting theory yoy have there

So, if I happened to take exception to what you had written, hit the "Report" button under your post and got you banned for 72 hours, you'd be alright with that...?

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Another year, another iPhone time slip

Thomas 4

Wait....

the Jobs Distortion Field now affects time as well? Does this mean the man is now a walking black hole?

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Threat to third Fukushima nuke reactor

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Something I only just found out

I had a look on Google maps for the location of Fukushima - people do know these things were built on the coastline right? I'd like to see any building survive a 9.0 megaquake *and* a 33ft tsunami and escape without massive damage. It's also worth remembering that these reactors were of a much older design than some of the ones we have in the UK and that retooling a full installed and functioning reactor with the latest safety features is not an undertaking to be done quickly.

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Apple bans iPhone 3G patch omission talk from forum

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Seconded

What happened to the cool guys that made my iMac G5 (which I hasten to add is still going strong after all these years)?

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Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL

Thomas 4

The title is a fictional invention

Oh do lighten up, please. It's friday o'clock, I have a really long clinic ahead of me and anything that is good for a brief smile or a laugh helps time travel more quickly.

Now if I could just find a memory erasing device that can erase the last 2 minutes I've wasted reading and replying to your post, that'd be swell.

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Sony to sell PSN content over the counter

Thomas 4
Coat

Wait, what?

When did PSN have content on it instead of piles of meaningless crap? As a UK based PSP owner, I get about a tenth of the content that the American PSN store enjoys. Given that a large number of game stores in the UK have axed their PSP section entirely, I can't see them falling over themselves to sign up for this.

Mines the one with the content bereft PSP in the pocket.

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PlayStation update couples console to cloud and disconnects hackers

Thomas 4

You're asking the wrong question

The real question is which will happen first - PS3 being hacked again or Youness Alaoui (KaKaRoToKS) having Sony lawyers kicking down his front door?

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Tree-keen Toyota plans major e-car roll outs

Thomas 4

f)

Good to see them going back to their roots.

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Chicken Little report: Sat-nav dependency spells DISASTER!

Thomas 4

We didn't

I remember following an Ordinance Survey map and thinking "Gosh, I really wish I had a celebrity to tell me how to get to my destination instead of all these carefully laid out roads landmarks."

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Dentist cuffed for using lost credit card to pay for pizza

Thomas 4
Troll

Meh

Only thing worse than olives are olive fanboys.

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Thomas 4

Serves him right

Olives in a pizza are disgusting. =/

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HP to put a WebOS in every PC

Thomas 4

Sounds interesting

My IT skills are a little fuzzy when it comes to embedded platforms, etc - does this mean a HP lappy could dual boot between Windows and WebOS? That could be really fun for trying it out with the questionable safety net of Win 7 as back up.

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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

Thomas 4

I, for one

Am looking forward to the introduction of our Jedi faith schools. Until Anakin drops by and murders all the students, along with the franchise.

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Cure for BALDNESS causes IMPOTENCE, says new study

Thomas 4

Good news everyone!

A recent study* has determined that casual games can restore hair lost through male pattern baldness *AND* cure erectile dysfunction.

*Study funded by Popcap Games, not subject to peer review.

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Neighbourhood watchers in Reading get speedguns

Thomas 4

Well said

Been a long time since the Photographer Menace was brought to justice.

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YouTube punts filth to shocked Reg readers

Thomas 4

Unlike KFC

Some things are still finger lickin' good.

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Phantom Menace to be released in 3D next Feb

Thomas 4

"the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material"

Too bad they didn't have the utmost respect for the source material when they made it the first time around.

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Solution found for climate change: Nuclear war

Thomas 4

What's really terrifying?

The fact that someone managed to build and detonate a 50MT nuclear weapon - that stuff at the bottom of the article along with wikipedia details on the Tsar Bomba? That's nightmare fuel, especially when you think that it only had half of its intended yield of 100MT.

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Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned

Thomas 4

Two more from me

I actually own a replica of Sting from Lord of The Rings, made by the same guys that do the others. It's beautifully engraved and I'm told it glows when goblins approach. As I live in a goblin free area though I haven't had a chance to see it in action yet.

Would also give someone's right arm for a Soul Reaver from the Legacy of Kain series.

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iPhone to whup Sony PSP 2

Thomas 4

He may have a point

Speaking as a current PSP owner, I've noticed it's becoming harder to find shops that still sell PSP titles. My local Game and Gamestation have axed their sections and the UK version of Sony's PlayStation Online store reduces me to rage at it's pathetic range of titles, compared to the US or Japan.

It's also worth reminding ourselves that Sony tried to compete head on with the iPhone and iPod Touch in the form of the PSPGo, which due to the abysmal store, as mentioned above, tanked massively.

Will the NGP have more success? Maybe initially but with the iOS devices, not to mention the 3DS, Sony really can't afford to fuck this up.

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New charge against alleged WikiLeaker carries death penalty

Thomas 4

@Bryce

That's a very interesting quote at the top of your post - where's it from?

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Penthouse pokes punters in eye with 3D smut

Thomas 4

Meh

I'm looking forward to a nice nature channel instead, with a wide angle view of a range of peaks or perhaps the Grand Canyon.

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Council busts breast milk ice cream parlour

Thomas 4

Was anyone else reminded of

The scene in Dr Strangelove where the insane general talks about the contamination "of our precious bodily fluids?"

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Portsmouth redefines the Olympic-sized swimming pool

Thomas 4

Vulcanistic Pachydermic Calculations

1000m3 = 217 Elephants * 180 = 180,000 m3 or 39060 Elephants

That's the easy stuff out of the way, now comes the crunch:

2 inches = 5.08 cm or 0.058m

50 - 0.058 = 49.942m x 25m x 2.88m = 3595.824 m3

Now, drawing on info from the first pachyderm conversion article = 100 m3 = 21 elephants, meaning each elephant has a volume of 4.76 m3.

This shocking info reveals that by shaving a mere 2 inches off an Olympic swimming pool, Portsmouth are depriving their swimmers of almost an entire elephant. Disgusting.

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Jobs stand-in ranks iPhone over sex

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Flame

Kind of obvious that iPhones are rated above sex

...given that most iPhone users are wankers anyway.

Sorry, really couldn't resist.

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Julian Assange™ applies to trademark himself

Thomas 4

Seconding the first use of the verb "to assange"

If the US really are hellbent on destroying the guy, all they need to do is sit back and watch as the guy assanges himself so hard he's chewing his own tonsils every time he gives a public address.

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Exhibition to applaud videogames as art

Thomas 4

Meh, most of the stuff on that list isn't art

It's fanboys voting for their favourite game because it has good gameplay. Not to say that these don't but if you want *REAL* art in games, take a look at:

* Ico

* Braid

* Shadow of the Colossus

* Minecraft

* The Void

* Limbo

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Sheep as smart as humans: Official

Thomas 4

I beg to differ

I thought Facebook was populated by nothing *BUT* sheep.

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US scientists build laser-killing device

Thomas 4

Interesting

So if a spy were being submerged in a tank full of El Greg's finest, all he would need to do is position his silicon implanted damsel in distress for all the cranial laser protection he needs.

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Wanna puff the Old Republic? Only if you do it for free

Thomas 4

Agreed

Warhammer had so much potential as a rock solid PVP MMO. Where they went wrong, aside from hiring Mark "63 Servers" Jacobs, was refusing to listen to the fanbase and being very slow to patch. Problems remained problems for an extremely long time and with the players spread over so many servers, finding regular PVP proved impossible for many people.

We'll see whether SW:TOR does things differently but I'm going to take anything EA/Bioware say with a very large pinch of salt.

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Iranian web developer faces death over porn site charges

Thomas 4
FAIL

Deja vu....

This reminds me of the SHAMELESS SLEEZEMONGER that worked on CHILDRENS WEBSITES according to that reliable bastion of news, the Hull Daily Mail:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/04/hull_daily_mail/

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Is Angry Birds 2 a Fox film spin-off?

Thomas 4

A film huh.....

I liked the climactic finale where the birds launched themselves at the big evil parrot. I was less impressed when they missed and the sequence was repeated 64 times until they hit.

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UK tech retailers are rubbish

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A stirring tale, sir.

I can hear the violins playing even now.

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Thomas 4

The sales drone was quite correct

Should have gone to a pet shop.

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Prisoners cannibalise mice for mobile power

Thomas 4

DARPA would like a word with you

And that word is "Gimme!"

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Angry Birds 2 shots spied on web?

Thomas 4

Probably won't get the sequel

Unless they do something to drastically improve the aiming system or at the very least not have to spam restart because shot 2 of 5 was 1 degree off.

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