* Posts by Thomas 4

1531 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Sony piques PS3 fans with PlayTV patch fee

Thomas 4
Unhappy

Huh

So it's free of charge to take features away like Linux capability and backwards compatability but if we want new features it costs us?

Think my next console will be an Xbox.

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'Unicorn' captured in remote Laos mountain forests

Thomas 4

Greetings sir

The laos saola are extincting. Please send monies for non-extincting to ladsfromlaos@419. scam

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Reg hack celebrates happy event

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Next year's births are Ballmer, Bill and Brin

Isn't that insulting to a perfectly good donkey?

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It's alive! Duke Nukem Forever breaks out of vapour trail

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Oh ye of little faith

After all, Alien vs Predator turned out just peachy didn't it? There's even people still playing it - both of them.

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Acer Stream Android smartphone

Thomas 4
Flame

The operating system runs like a scalded cat

The UK Internet lynch mob would like a word with you under suspected animal cruelty charges.

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.XXX domain deal stripped bare

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@batfastad

Before people get too carried away with the whole cybersquatting thing, would *you* visit a site called www.apple.xxx, loaded with pictures of fanbois cracking one off over an iPad?

Didn't think so. Next.

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Jobs takes swing at Google over Android activations

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Customers don't want computers in their living rooms...

...says the guy that spent an awfully large amount of time pushing the Mac Mini in this very direction.

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Galaxy S firmware update invalidates Voda warranties

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Gosh, decisions decisions

A Vodafone update with lots of super new features or a Samsung update which merely fixes bugs...

What, why are you looking at me like that - 360's not going to install itself you know.

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Unhackable PS3 finally jailbroken, video claims

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@Highlander

I respectfully disagree with your comments. Recently, I've been trying very hard to find a way to mod my PS2, via the use of disks, usb, whatever (can't solder for the life of me) *specifically* to play games that were never released in this country - Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Parasite Eve. I have no interest in pirate games - I can easily afford to buy the games I want without batting an eyelid.

If Chrono Cross was released in the UK, along with its ilk, I'd have zero interest in mod-chips, disks, whatever. Don't assume everyone is a pirate.

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Intel snaps up McAfee in $7.68bn deal

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WTF?

Two questions

First of all, why?

Secondly, seriously, why?

What does Intel (mainly a hardware manufacturer) have to gain by acquiring a system resource hogging piece of junk AV like McAfee? Not to say that Norton or Symantec are any better.

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BBC dumps Gulf oil spill on Middlesbrough

Thomas 4
Boffin

Calculator time!

Size of an Olympic swimming pool = 50m x 25m

(50m / 1000) * (25m / 1000) = 0.00125 km2

20,779 km2 (the area of Wales, according to wikipedia) / 0.001250km2 = 16,623,200 Olympic swimming pools to cover Wales.

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Apple fans drool over Liquidmetal widget

Thomas 4

A superior tool...

...for supreme tools. 'Nuff said.

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Giant vulture menaces Scottish skies

Thomas 4

Uh-oh

"And coming live from Scotland we have the re-entry of the Vulture 1, being rapidly pursued by Vulture 2."

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Cynicism, grumpiness cause heart attacks, strokes

Thomas 4
Stop

Nonsense!

I'm a bitter and deeply cynical man, whose main idea to improve the human race involves several megatons of radioactive fission and I'm still hale and heart-

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George Lucas names Star Wars Blu-ray release date

Thomas 4

Exqueeeeeze me

Meesa likin' dis idea!

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Thumb Down

Hmmm

I have nothing against him improving the picture quality or adding small minor scenes, like the stormtroopers in the desert. What I do take umbrage with is screwing around with important details, like the Emperor's face in Empire Strikes Back, losing the "Yub-Nub" song at the end of RotJ, replacing with it victory shots of Naboo, etc and the replacement of the old Vader with Mannequin Skywalker.

Not that the old scenes were particularly good but letting those..things...from the prequel trilogy infect the old Star Wars films almost seems like sacrilege.

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iPhone users get more sex than Android fans

Thomas 4

Huh?

I thought honest-to-gawd physical contact was what this whole sorry argument was about.

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Thomas 4

Only to be expected

An article with sex, potential flame wars and trolling is an ideal place for an El Reg commenter to display his wit. Or half of it.

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Thomas 4

Another way to look at it

...is to say that iPhone users enjoy getting screwed.

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Thomas 4

Before any Apple fans get carried away....

It's worth remembering that iPhone's are much more prevalent than Blackberries and Android devices and I'd be willing to bet that you could insert any statement and find that iPhone users get XYZ more than Android users *purely because there are more of them*.

"iPhone users steal more things than Android users"

"iPhone users indulge in necrophilia more often than Blackberry users"

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Beeb deploys ISS as unit of measurement

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Pint

Beer-o-metric calculation

Okay, I can do this.

Height of a pint glass is 15cm, according to wikipedia.

15cm = 0.15m = 0.00015km

Altitude of the ISS = 350km

350km / 0.00015 = 2,333,333 pints (because you can't have .3 of a pint)

2,333,333 * 6.29 = 14,676,666 pints in height

So, $1.1 billion dollars is the same as 14,676,666 pints. Given the price my local is charging, this seems about right to me.

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Vodafone won't act on customers' HTC Desires

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Well, it's Voda users own fault

If they had actually bought their phones from Vodafone instead of leasing them from Vodafone, then they would have some say over what went on them...

Wait, what?

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Navy SEALs to deploy armoured dogs in A'stan

Thomas 4

Not bad...

Get back to me when they have frikkin' lasers attached to their heads.

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Solar plasma aurora storm ongoing debate

Thomas 4

I have an alternative term

"Magnetic effluvia from the solar ejaculation"

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ET voted fave family film fodder

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Flame

I disagree

I really don't get why ET and all that crap is so popular. Even as a kid I thought it was manipulative sentimental rubbish. Now The Goonies, that was a kids film. I also remember crying as a child when Han Solo got frozen in carbonite and when Darth Vader got burned on the pyre.

I do have a soul - it's just a geek's soul. Or, from another perspective, a soul with cinematic taste.

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NatWest calls off legal attack dogs

Thomas 4

@AC

I've found just the song - "Money" by Space:

"I didn't lose your money, I didn't lose your money,

"Oh no your money just lost yoooou...."

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Thomas 4
Boffin

Please be assured we will be feeding this back to our agents

Did anyone else have a sinister vision of people in suits with sunglasses?

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Authentic Navy rum: Yours for £600 a bottle

Thomas 4

Philistine

If you insist on drinking that poisonous crap otherwise known as Bacardi, of course you will have a dim view of rum as a proper drink. A good bottle of Havana Club, served on ice, would soon set you right.

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Chilean tarantulas menace Bolton

Thomas 4

Over-reaction? No.

Civic improvement? Yes.

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Thomas 4
Boffin

Sic the adders on them

I used to be in the boy scouts, so I know what a Chilean Rose tarantula looks like.

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Serpent imprisons rattled Yorkshire family

Thomas 4

If they're worried about the poisonous snake

....maybe they shouldn't be trying to eat it?

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UK.gov slams Facebook over Moat fan clubs

Thomas 4

Woah there...

I made my point a little clumsily. I feel sorry for the stress he was under and for the fact he snapped but I sure as hell don't endorse bunging the guy on a pedastal, or laud him as some sort of hero for killing cops.

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Thomas 4

Interesting POV there, AC...

May life never cause *you* to suffer a mental illness and hurt people you care about.

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Thomas 4
FAIL

Sympathy

I don't recall anyone saying that sympathy should only be limited to one person. I feel sorry for the girlfriend, her now fatherless children and the poor cop that was blinded by Moat.

I also feel sorry for Moat himself - normal, mentally balanced individuals do not go on killing sprees. The guy was paranoid and a drug abuser. He needed help, didn't get it and went mad as a result.

A shitty set of circumstances for all involved. One other point - controversial subjects attract trolls like a magnet attracts filings. Does our web-savvy PM really think all those messages are genuine?

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Apple spews Judas Phone signal bar 'fix' to world+dog

Thomas 4

I tried to update this over the air...

....but it failed because I was holding my phone the wrong way. I then updated it from my PC and it knows works properly - I have a maximum of 2 bar signal strength everywhere I go.

Being serious for a moment, what happened to the guys that made my iMac G5? It's served me faithfully and has never let me down. I don't know who these new guys are by they sure as heck aren't the Apple I know and respect.

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Symbian Titanic heading for iceberg

Thomas 4

Psion ftw

Evolution was not kind to EPOC. Sure the first few Communicator handhelds (e.g 9210 and 9300) were pretty decent phones with decent UIs but the latest iterations have been garbage.

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Consumer Reports: 'We were wrong about the iPhone 4'

Thomas 4

No no no.....

You're testing it the wrong way. The way CU checks antenna strength makes it seem worse than it actually is. We're going to put out a software fix that should correct the problem and show as a full 4 bars when in a testing chamber.

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P2P judge trims student's fine by 90 per cent

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Ummm...downloading is stealing

We should know, I have seen those irritating warnings on my (legitimately bought) DVDs enough times. In fact they make a very heavy handed point of saying it, even including various analogies and very angry soundtrack.

If the RIAA and music industry tell us we're stealing, should we not be tried for stealing?

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For sale: Dr No's Scottish bunker complex

Thomas 4
Boffin

Important questions

* Does it have space for a shark tank?

* Does it have a series of cells with locks that can be defeated by a suitably obscure gadget?

* What are the connections like to the National Grid for powering industrial, spy carving lasers or doomsday devices?

* Seriously, does it have space for a shark tank?

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George Lucas rattles lightsabre at Jedi laser firm

Thomas 4
Boffin

Hmmm

After the furuoe surrounding the laser's initial launch, I went over to the website and had a quick shufty at their forums. To my surprise, these laser enthuiasts seem quite a level headed bunch and were just as worried about morons using them irresponsibly as the rest of us - many were actually in favour of a qualified license system for the more potent ones.

If I had to hazard a guess, someone in the marketing department screwed up and then a series of Chinese whispers reached the ears of the media, with someone using the word "lightsaber" along the way.

My current thinking is that although there is a real hazard of Jedi-morons waving these things around and blinding someone (hopefully not a passer-by), George Lucas does not control all the lasers in the world and a manufacturer is quite entitled to put a snazzy case on a laser without having accusations of lightsabers thrown at him.

Maybe he's just pissed because he's not making money from them, like the gold-seeking whore he is.

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Fanbois love sex toys: Official

Thomas 4
Boffin

More detail required

Before assigning a place for Linux, more info is needed on the exact type of sex toy each user is buying. Apple users I'm guessing buy something flashy that causes them to finish in seconds, Windows users buy something dull and routine in an attempt to liven things up but ultimately results in failure and I'm guessing Linux users are a bunch of freaking perverts.

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All gov jobs to go online

Thomas 4

I'm all in favour of business development directors

...as long as they can still pick up a bog brush and work in the lavies, they can call themselves whatever they want.

"Chief Hygiene Strategy Advisor for the Porcelien Collection Office".

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Blizzard exposes real names on WoW forums

Thomas 4

It's not my first name that's a major problem

It's when my first name is combined with my surname and then combined with the wit only a four year old or forum troll possesses that it becomes an issue.

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Thomas 4
Flame

Well, there goes my Battle.net account.

My two main reasons are:

1) I have a lot of baggage from a previous realm I played on and I don't want it tracking me down and following me to a new realm, which it is more than capable of doing.

2) My real-life name earned me a large amount of derision and piss-taking at school and I have no desire to have a billion pre-pubescent repeat the experience for me, thanks.

If I want my name splashed all over the damn internet, I'd get a Facebook account or whatever else these damn kids are using. Now get the hell off my lawn.

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Brighton NIMBYs complain over BT broadband upgrades

Thomas 4
FAIL

Spoken like a true NIMBY

“Having said that, I'm not convinced the solution put forward by BT is the right and proper one. We are not saying no – we just want to be consulted.”

And then after we've been consulted, we're still going to say no.

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Revealed: Government blows thousands on iPhone apps

Thomas 4

Huh?

Exactly how useful is this app on car maintainence, given that every engine layout is different? Besides, is it really the DVLA's job to teach you how to look after your car? That's what the owner's manual is for, or a Haynes manual will do at a pinch.

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Superpowered energy-storing wonder stuff created in lab

Thomas 4

I think we're missing the key point here

How long would a battery containing this sort of technology power a head mounted shark laser? Would it be long enough for a rambling monologue *AND* the insane laughter at the end?

Seriously, where's the icon already Lewis?

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Apple denies iPhone 4 antenna glitch, blames inaccurate signal bars

Thomas 4

I would call bullshit on this...

...but I can't get the signal strength.

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Motorola advert revels in anti-iPhone schadenfreude

Thomas 4

Conspiracy: Gizmodo killed the iPhone 4!

Now before you all start flaming me, let me explain:

* iPhone 4 starts to near completion - iOS is ready, internals assembled, awaiting testing on antenna.

* Engineer is unchained from his Cupertino dungeon for an antenna strength field test.

* Revelling in his new found freedom, he is overwhelmed by strange sensations such as sunlight and the lack of whips.

* He seeks refreshment at a nearby tent and after having the tiniest sip of beer, he is immediately rendered unconcscious.

* A nearby Apple fanboi recognises the burning brand mark on the engineer's arm and immediately sets about rifling through his pockets, discovering the iPhone prototype.

* Absconding with his ill-gotten gain, he starts whoring the phone out to various tech blogs, eventually striking gold with the Apple sycophants otherwise known as Gizmodo.

* Various underhand dealings take place, resulting in transfers of money and the unfinished prototype, otherwise known as selling stolen goods.

* Meanwhile, Mount Jobs erupts - they still don't have any feedback on the antenna performance and the sweatshops, er, manufacturing lines in China are almost ready to start production.

* Gizmodo proudly announces, like a child showing you a full potty: "LOOK MA WE HAZ NU iPHONEZ!"

* More underhand dealings take place and Jason Chen's front door gets kicked in by the cops.

* Unholy father and unnatural spawn are finally reunited but Apple run out of time for product testing and the prototype gets shipped out to China.

* Engineer also shipped out to China to work at Foxcomm, where he is quoted as enjoying the relaxed and friendly working environment and the softer whips the overseers use.

* iPhone 4 launch day arrives and the prototype is shipped to Apple's flagship store. None of the others have actually been made yet in order to simulate stock shortages.

* Early adopter starts whining about antenna reception.

So there you have it - how one techblog's enthusiasm for a product caused said product to fail miserably!

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Cisco uncloaks Android video tablet for suits

Thomas 4

Interesting

If this thing has an up to date version of Android with full access to the OS (i.e. full installation of apps, etc) this would make quite a nice consumer device, if it wasn't for the hellish price tag. The Android app store also needs a hell of a lot of work (being able to buy apps from my damn Milestone would be nice) but I appreciate that isn't Cisco's fault.

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