* Posts by Thomas 4

1531 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Sony Ericsson Elm

Thomas 4
Coat

Are Sony...

...branching out into the hippy market with these or just barking up the wrong tree?

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

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Ball lightning is all in the mind, say Austrian physicists

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Awfully dismissive of them

There have been people admitted to hospitals with severe burns resulting from a hit by ball lightning and I'm pretty sure the doctors aren't hallucinating as well.

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World's mightiest supercomputer to design new nuke plants

Thomas 4

So.....

Anyone else awaiting the obligatory "can it run Crysis" comment?

Oh wait.

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O2 to release Palm pair on iPad day

Thomas 4

Pre shmee....

Bring back the Tungsten T3 already!

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Siphon Wars: Pressurist weighs into Gravitite boffin

Thomas 4
Happy

This is awesome

Watching Gravity fanbois* and Atmospheric Pressure fanbois** duke it out, while a small minority of Surface Tension supporters claim it's all about them at the end of the day.

Completely unlike anything else on the forums!

* also known as gravitards

** ummm....atmosfanbois?...best I could come up with.

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The iPad, news saviour? Murdoch may have something here

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Downrated the article

..because you made me realise how much I miss my Psion Revo.

As for whether iPad news will be a substitute for a newspaper, tough call to make. I could see the free papers like Metro and Evening Standard being quicker to adopt to this than the Sun or Daily Fail, as the Metro et al already get their income from advertising and if it can save them print costs as well, then its all for the better. However, I can't see this happening for at least 18 months to 2 years, even if the iPod Chunky and AndroidPad take off . Until over 80-90% of a newspaper's readership is in a position download e-newspapers, newspapers have little to fear.

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Reg reader applauds World's Crappiest phish

Thomas 4
Dead Vulture

El Reg units

If memory serves, the standard unit of size and weight is the "Wales".

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Pirate Bay resurfaces after German legal depth-charge

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That was beautiful

Nice find, good sir.

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US airforce shifts 30,000 troops to 'cyberwar front lines'

Thomas 4

Listen up, maggots

"Today, you become proud serving members of the finest cyberwarfare division ever seen on Earth and it will be our duty to protect the mighty U.S of A from terrorist hackers. As these tend to be thin on the ground, we'll go after guys with Asperger's Syndrome instead and haul their asses to Guantanamo. Any questions?"

"What's this thing with the screen in front of me?"

"That's a computer, son."

"Gosh, sarge, you're so smart."

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Vodafone shocks data users with roaming price rise

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Why are you so upset?

The article clearly states that this only affects a small minority of users, so it's perfectly acceptable to screw you rigid.

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'Lost' iPhone 4G brouhaha: Jobs gets on the job

Thomas 4
FAIL

Well well....

What a cheerfully sordid little story this is. I feel bad for the Apple engineer and Martinson who tried to convince the idiot phone thief to do the right thing. The former is probably on his way to unemployment and the latter will soon be turfed out by her pissed off flatmates. Gizmodo have also shown themselves to be gutter journalists by not only handling stolen goods and blackmailing Apple but also by humiliating the careless engineer just to score points.

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NZ spider objects to Canadian's todger

Thomas 4

Fear not!

They blur your face and body but leave your whangarei in crystal clear focus.

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Garage worker prangs £200k Ferrari

Thomas 4
Coat

"My boss will kill me"

Before or after the owner of the Ferrari?

Mine's the one with somebody else's car keys in the pocket.

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Adobe declares 'LOVE' for Apple

Thomas 4

Confirming the presence of Flash on my Milestone

Or something that behaves very much like it - the flash elements of the trainline.com seem to work just fine.

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Norks 'have answer to humanity's greatest problem'

Thomas 4

*raises hand*

*wonders about the power generating potential of norks and how one would harness it*

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Steam rushes from Valve onto Macs

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WTF?

Really?

That's cool - I have used copies of C&C 4 and AC II to sell them.

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Taking bets.....

.....on how long it will take before someone start whining about the evil DRM of Steam. I preferred the old look but that's my only gripe. It's really good to see Valve actively taking an interest in the Mac as a gaming platform, following the recent conversion of Team Fortress 2 and doubtless the other titles such as L4D to follow.

Too bad my old iMac G5 won't be able to run this but then again, my iMac probably wouldn't be able to run most of the games. *shrug*

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HTC slaps back at Apple patent slap

Thomas 4

It's said that when there's no more room in Hell...

....the lawyers will walk the Earth.

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US Navy's plane-hurling mass driver in tech hiccup

Thomas 4
Coat

Based on the results of the EMALS

....I'm not going to be the first in line to try a railgun or Gauss gun based on this.

Mine's the one with "Industrial mishap" on the back.

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Brit consumers shun the iPad - for now

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"iPod Chunky"

Ladies, gentlemen and commentards, I think we should adopt this name for all iPad stories. Kudos to the bright spark that came up with it.

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Thomas 4

Pretty much my thoughts

....but put me down for an Android one for about 2/3 of the price of an iPad. Really pleased with how well my Milestone performs with all that stuff but the big question is whether an Android or Linux version will cope with music, ebook and video importing.

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Apple promises fanbois iPad WiFi fix

Thomas 4

I really hate posts like these

They remind me how much I miss my Psion Revo. It wasn't flashy, it didn't have wifi or bluetooth but it was bloody efficient at organising my daily life. It also had a distinct lack of demented fanbois, unlike Palm and Windows Mobile systems at the time.

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Waterstone's whips out its pendulous dugs

Thomas 4

What the hell was wrong with the old logo?

It was classy, dignified and despite just being a single letter, was instantly recognisable. When the revolution comes, assuming it doesn't end in a hung revolution, I suggest Venture Three is first against the wall and we auction off places on the firing squad.

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City Police still using Terror Act to bother photographers

Thomas 4
FAIL

How to phrase this without sounding like a DM reader

I really hope the officers involved in this fiasco, which smacks of bullying and intimidation, get their balls nailed to the wall for this. Metaphorically speaking.

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Mobile Broadband

Thomas 4
IT Angle

A disappointingly light review

While good for the basics regarding speeds and dongle quality, there are afew other areas I'd have like to have seen taken into consideration. I mainly use my Vodafone Mobile Broadband for gaming and have been having problems not tied to firewalls, AV, etc but within the actual service itself. From what I have been able to figure out, this seems to be linked to an inability of Vodafone to support certain P2P connections for games such as Borderlands and Civilisation 4 amongst others.

As there are more people slowly beginning to use their mobile internet connections in this way, it might be something to consider for future reviews. The other one, of course, is customer and technical support being included as part of a review but I can imagine that would be hard to test.

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Mafia Wars dons deprived of pit bulls

Thomas 4
FAIL

Zynga were wise to listen

Being neglected and being abused are things PETA has a lot of experience with.

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Pirate Party UK sinks on maiden voyage

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Good effort guys

Don't agree 100% with everything you stand for but it's cool that even a small party can make some headway.

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Voting chaos in not-fit-for-purpose electoral system

Thomas 4
FAIL

A real let down

I was bitterly disappointed when I found out a hung parliment did not involve several hundred metres of rope.

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Scammers attempt to cash in on volcanic ash travel chaos

Thomas 4

Hubert J. Farnsworth, huh....

"Doomsday device? Now the ball's in Farnsworth's court!"

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Apple-obsessed geeks launch fanboi dating site

Thomas 4
Flame

Oh God...

I'm crying real tears here for the gene pool of human race. My sole consolation is that the ratio of men: women is proportional to the number of police officers needed to arrest a Gizmodo journalist.

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Phillies fan tasered for field incursion

Thomas 4

The correct use of Tasers, Tasered, etc...

I was under the impression that as Taser was a brand name, it didn't really matter too much about it was conjugated into a verb.

Also, when are we going to get a tasering/electric justice icon?

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Oz gov in confusion over net filter plans

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Paris Hilton

I'm going with...

Restricted Content, at a guess.

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Sony sued for dropping Linux from PS3

Thomas 4
Linux

My 2 penguin's worth

I've been keeping half an eye on the whole Sony/Linux thing for a few years now - came close to getting a full Linux kit for my old PS2 until it gave up the ghost. The people that are really suffering as a result are folks like those at Yellow Dog Linux, who have been working on a PS3-specific version of Linux only to now have all that effort wasted.

Granted I don't if I will get around to putting the Penguin on my PS3 but it's an option I don't want taken away for the most vague and pointless of reasons.

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Hackers crack Ubisoft always-online DRM controls

Thomas 4

45 minutes....?

We suspect these pirates may have methods of mass production.

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Good lord

I remember the multiface - an amazing little box of gadgets. I wasn't old enough at the time to fully appreciate everything it could do but the ability to modify the code of games directly for the purposes of cheating never failed to impress me.

And being able to copy from tape to disk with it was a lifesaver.

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Thomas 4

@Vlad

Yes, and that makes Steam different from all the other DRM nasties out there....how? I'm pretty sure that's what UBISoft's and EA's always on stuff is doing.

What I was trying to say is that if the DRM makes itself unobstrusive and beneficial to players, then I really don't mind it. I've yet to see a way that always-on and SecuROM make themselves beneficial to players.

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Well, what a waste of goddamn time that was.

I'm interested to see what kind of rubbish Ubisoft will come up with for their next DRM measure. I suggest some sort of subliminal message that hypnotises the user into killing themselves if they even think of pirating.

Mind you, EA scored a massive own goal in this regard a a month back. We had the beautifully DRM-free Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 and then followed it up with the always-on DRM of C&C 4. Thankfully, the game was c*** so it wasn't an issue. Even the SecuROM obsessed folks at Gearbox *eventually* listened to their customers and removed SecuROM from the Steam version of the latest Borderlands add-on.

Steam is the only service to have got copy protection right, imho. Steam games get their copy protection, gamers get a store (with dubious pricing at times, but that's another story) a good match-making system and in-game communications overlay. You don't even have to be online to use your purchases!

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Asteroids the source of Earth's water, NASA suggests

Thomas 4
Stop

To the commentards that just read the above

I know what you're thinking and I can see your fingers *even now* banging out *THAT* phrase regarding threatening beings not of this world and enslavement....

Don't. Seriously, don't.

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Thomas 4
Alien

Well well....

If Stephen Hawking was looking for evidence that alien species are ultimately bad news for a planet, this would appear to be the proverbial smoking gun. Or smoking rock at any rate.

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HP agrees to buy Palm for $1.2bn

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Unexpected move

I really expected Palm to end up being bought out by Huwaei(?) or or another Chinese company rather one of the major players like HP. I have fond memories of my Tungsten T3 and my first PDA, an iPAQ 3870. Merging the two together would have been really cool a few years back but in this day and age I'm not sure if it can make a comeback. It certainly won't make a dent in the consumer section, Apple and Android have that wrapped up but it might have a place in the hearts of nostalgic IT managers looking for a RIM alternative for business.

Above statement may have glaring errors and a demonstrable lack of understanding about corporate IT.

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Brazilians ordered to have more sex

Thomas 4
Boffin

Intruiging idea sir

How exactly would this sex tax work? Is it based on the length of the nookie, the intensity of the climax? Would you avoid the tax by having sex with someone other than your registered partner?

Over to you, wise folks of the comments section.

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Don't try to sleep with your iPad, doctor warns

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Alert

Misleading title

....hands up all those that thought this article was about Apple fanbois trying to f*** their latest gadget?

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Stick a fork in floppies - they're done

Thomas 4
Unhappy

Tell me about it.....

There was a gorgeous South African girl I used to work with and one day she asked to use my stiffy for a while.

I was really disappointed when she reached for my disk.

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Thomas 4
IT Angle

A fond farewell o7

Ahh the early days of PC gaming, when the latest big budget games like Syndicate came on 13 3.5inch floppies and the joyous fun of working out which order they needed to be put in in order to stop PKUNZIP throwing a hissy fit.

36 years, huh....wonder whether CDs and DVDs will make it that far.

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Cops raid Gizmodo editor in pursuit of iPhone 4G 'felony'

Thomas 4
Pint

To our Californian readers....

First one to send a tip off to the cops saying Chen has a 4G iPhone hidden up his ass gets a free pint. You get get another if you manage to get photos of the ensuing cavity search.

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Jobsian drones shackle gamer with 'lifetime' iPad ban

Thomas 4
Stop

I'm sorry sir, but you have reached your lifetime limit for posting

.....is one way to keep the commentards away.

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'Beauty with antimatter bottom' created out of pure energy

Thomas 4
Boffin

Register Science.....

....we do what we must because we can.

You know, if El Reg took its science seriously instead of looking for SUBATOMIC DEVESTATION and QUASI DIMENSIONAL RIFTS TO LIZARD SPACE, it wouldn't even be a tenth as awesome as it currently is.

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'iPhone 4G' loser outed

Thomas 4
Black Helicopters

One bit of this story doesn't add up...

This mysterious "unidentified person" that nabbed said iPhone and was also responsible for selling this story to Giz and Engadget - if he really was just some random person, would he honestly have cracked the case on this device? The average person on the street certainly wouldn't have done so and a lot of tech people wouldn't have risked damaging the phone by taking it apart.

I call bull**** here.

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Icelandic ash cloud to keep UK skies closed 'til Saturday

Thomas 4
Flame

I know the culprit behind this

I recently cancelled my EvE Online account in order to pay for a flight to Denmark. Damn you CCP! *shakes fist*

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Commodore 64 may come back as Warren Beatty

Thomas 4

Nope...

The PS3 recently gots its ability to host Linux distros taken away by a bunch of paranoid, tinfoil hat wearing f***wits at Sony.

Yes, I'm bitter.

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