* Posts by sabroni

2376 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Texas Chain Saw Massacre declared top horror flick

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no, you don't get it..

don't you have children? Or just no imagination?

Exorcist is more horror than gore. I don't think cutting people up and going overboard with the claret makes a good horror. The thought of someone you love being possessed by something totally evil, that's something I find much more horrible. Admittedly if you don't go with the story in the exorcist then it's just a comedy, but the same is true of all the films on this list.

Guess we'll just have to agree to differ....

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2 out of 3 Android apps use private data 'suspiciously'

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Unlikely...

the hackers go after the os with the greatest penetration. On desktop that's windows, but on phones surely Apple's os or Android are the ones that'll be targetted. The idea that win 7 will get enough market share to warrant hacking seems a little unrealistic....

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Sony PlayStation Move

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£30?

don't I need a ps3 as well? Doesn't that put the price of entry up around £300? Nintendo must be shitting themselves....

And it's not that I don't want to accept it's better than the wiimote, as I said originally an extra 3 or 4 years in the lab and it should be a lot better.

The point I'm making, which you just don't want to accept (irritating and patronising, isn't it?) is that that crude wii sensor bar makes a much simpler therefore more robust mechanism for driving a pointer. matt_payne666 said "it does need occasional calibration, but point at the camera nad press a button, its not too obtrusive...". The wiimote pointer doesn't need calibration.

As I originally asked, does anyone techy who understands exactly how the move pointer works want to explain it?

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sorry, I find that hard to believe

you say "so the thing is able to know its position in 3D space, even without the camera", I think you're wrong here. How can it tell how high off the floor it is with accelerometers and gyroscopes? The camera is surely an integral part of this ability.

I don't agree that the wii pointer is inaccurate or laggy, provided it can clearly see the leds in the "sensor" bar. As I said in my first post the pointer is the one thing that the wii does excellently. I don't doubt that the move is better at motion sensing but the basic pointer tech, however crude in the wii, is far simpler and surely more robust. While you can calibrate the wii pointer in some shooter games, once it's done it won't drift unless the sensor bar moves.

This isn't a dig at Move, I'm just interested in how much effort it is emulate the crude wii pointer with all that Sony hi-tech!

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Can anyone techy explain...

..how the pointer works? I know from comments that Move is loads better than the wiimote, and no doubt for gesture control it should be (it's had 3 years since the wii came out to get better!).

But the best bit of the wiimote for me is the pointer control, it's what makes all those light gun games (and there are many) so much fun.

Now the wii pointer works by having two leds on top of the telly and a sensor on the front of the wiimote, so as the wiimote moves it senses where the leds are and you get an accurate pointer.

The move seems to have a much trickier job. The camera can see where the ball on the front of the move is, but it must be using the position sensors to work out where it's pointing.

So how can it be anywhere near as accurate as the wii? Doesn't it suffer from calibration issues where over time, particularly in a game with pointer and gesture control, it get's a little unsure as to where it's pointing? Does anyone know how this works?

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Thieves jam key-fob lock signals in mystery car thefts

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if only...

..there was some way of using hardware to physically lock a car, maybe by inserting a specially shaped piece of metal into a hole and turning it. That would be difficult to jam electronically.

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Parents back legal ban of violent vidgames sales to kids

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FAIL

But...

how does a law banning sale to minors stop parents taking responsibility? You want shops to be able to sell these products to kids so the parents can then intervene and say "No"? Yeah, that'd be easy because I never let my kids out of my sight and don't let them have any money....

I'm sorry but your explanation doesn't really help explain. Why is it a good idea to allow shops to sell adult rated games to kids?

So presumably murder should be legal then, so people can take responsibility for not doing that themselves....

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WTF?

I don't get it

Neither side wants AO or M rated videogames sold to children. Neither side is saying that Parent's shouldn't be allowed to decide what their children play. So why are the ESA so opposed to a law that bans the sale of these games to kids?

Maybe they're some kind of lawyers charity, 'cos the money they're pissing away fighting this is going to make someone rich....

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ACPO defuses impending photo row with police forces

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WTF?

showing your age...

or rather lack of it. This soft of things been going on since the police were invented....

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All CO2-spewing kit now in existence is OK for the planet

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I'm a selfish thoughtless twat as well!!!

don't want to be left out just 'cos I have a pleb car!!

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Judge Dredd returns to the silver screen

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Tharg's been going on about this...

..for about a year now, if not longer. What do you mean you stopped your subscription to 2000AD?!

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what's wrong with it is...

..it's not Dredd. Apart from taking off his helmet he also snogs Hershey! Dredd snogging someone?! No!

It's not that bad a film (as moronic action films go) but it's nothing like Dredd. It sounds like the new film will be much closer to the real character. Here's hoping....

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Symantec and Snoop Dogg launch cybercrime rap contest

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so no "rap" music has ever been any good?

Wow, you've listened to all rap music ever? Or could it be that you don't really know what you are talking about?

Like any popular genre of music there is a lot of crud in "rap", but to say there's never been any good rap music is just ignorant. I'd suggest "Fear of a black planet" by P.E., SpeakerBoxx by Outkast, Stepfather by People Under The Stairs, Jeru the Damaja's Wrath of the Math, Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde by The Pharcyde, Power in Numbers by Jurassic 5, Mmm Food by MF DOOM for starters.

(ok, technically these are probably hip-hop, but I'm not clear on what the difference is)

I dislike both opera and country music, but I'm not pompous enough to say that all music from those genres is rubbish. I'm sure there's some good in both if you look hard enough....

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Sony Oz mod chip dongle ban hearing delayed

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I thought lik-sang were shut down...

.. for daring to export Japanese psp's to other countries. It was Nintendo that got them to stop exporting R4's and the like, which lik-sang did. Sony went after them for a very different (and in my mind pretty stupid) reason.

Why do Sony care if I import a psp from Japan? They make exactly the same profit as they would if stayed in Japan. (I did it to get a white one as a gift for the boy when all we had over here was black ones) Bizarre...

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Microsoft gets Speedos in a twist over half-naked 'Meter Maids'

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Happy

to quote Linda LaHughes...

...There ain't no such thing as bisexuality, it's just greediness!

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Microsoft ID guru slams 'duplicitous' Apple

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WTF?

do what?

that's just gobbleajook, isn't it?

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Google tests 'streaming' search engine

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yeah, I tried bing...

.. but for some reason on firefox (with noscript, not sure if that's relevant) searches for anything with "asp .net" in return an empty page.

Put up with it for a week or so after I mailed them with feedback (just using google for asp .net searches) but in the end I went back to google. it just works.

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Google Marketplace DRM broken

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like valve say...

..they're not pirates, they're customers who aren't being served properly. Make the legit version the best version and the piracy problem becomes insignificant....

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Unhackable PS3 finally jailbroken, video claims

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jeez nobby...

Yes, yes I would definitely appreciate someone standing over me with a big stick while I washed clothes in my toaster. We could use it to stir the clothes!

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No, that's not what I meant!

The hilarious joke I posted was what I meant. I haven't actually found a way to wash clothes in my toaster, silly!

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Joke

I want my games console to be a media player...

.. I'd also like to wash clothes in my toaster and bake bread in my fridge. Why do these fascist manufacturers keep making me use their products for the purpose they were designed for!! Bastards!

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Linux kernel purged of five-year-old root access bug

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hmm, you'll also need a bigger column..

..for the number of installations.

Do you think the fact that there are many more pcs, and more non-technical users, on windows thank linux explains this disparity in exploits?

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Woman sues to force exposure of YouTube bullies

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WTF?

miss the point much?

"If you don't want to be accused of doing a certain act, then don't do it."

Isn't this discussion about being accused of things you haven't done?

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Cracking software retrieves iPhone 4 passwords

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it's perfectly simple

if you store your passwords on a device they're not secure. It's a simple as that.

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Hands on with Nintendo 3DS

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well I'm 44...

and I want one. My DS has provided me with hours of entertainment! You don't have to stop having fun just 'cos you get older you know....

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Apple as a religion: How the iPhone became divine

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WTF?

oh, comedy racism is ok...

if you're talking about white people....

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Seagate intros networked storage for the home

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Pint

what's wrong with a single point of failure?

One might treat it as a place to stand a pint of beer, but that would be a stupid thing to do. Like only having one copy of your files....

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Symbian smartphone

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Curates egg

I don't think you mean it was a bit of a curate's egg. A bad egg is inedible, despite any good bits. The curate's a sycophant, trying to appease the bishop by saying parts of his bad egg are excellent. So, unless you mean this phone is totally rubbish with no redeeming features you've used the wrong phrase there... </pedant>

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Google's remote Android app installer explained

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in other words....

remote install facility + man in the middle attack = massive security hole!

Still, "apple and google aren't stupid" so it's ok. This is the apple that built a phone that drops signal when you touch it and the google that illegally captured a load of wifi data, yeah? Definitely not stupid!

Browsing and installing from the same device/process is surely far more secure, as mentioned in Bascule's post above.

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Google: Flash stays on YouTube, and here's why

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WTF?

streaming fails...

"I have yet to see a flash site that can reliably stream even standard definition video."

"Streaming video is a myth."

you know this article is about youtube, the world's favourite video streaming site (100 million videos stream daily), using flash to deliver streaming video? It's not unreliable or a myth, silly!

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Unix beardies vs. clean shaven DBAs

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best site ever!

Well, best site ever about beards anyway....

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Diary of a somebody - life in iPhone 4 land

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nintendo hate profit

that's right, they had tons of wiis that they could've sold but they just wanted to be awkward about it. Hate profit those nintendo boys...

When they announced the wii everyone thought they had no chance of beating Sony and Microsoft. So why would they produce millions of them just in case they sold out? They were also caught out when demand didn't dry up after the first christmas season. During the summer, when they normally get to stockpile product, they were still selling all the wiis they could make.

And I don't think the comparison between nintendo products and apple's is particularly fair. Yes, the wii front end and the iPhone front end are similarly simple, but wii was never targetted as a lifestyle, do anything product. It was marketed as a bit of fun, and that's why it sold so well.

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Microsoft trumps Kinect with 'sleek, silent, sexy' Xbox

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Wow, wireless built in!

My wii had that 3 years ago...

And it remembers 3 sets of network connections so it can be easily moved between different wireless networks (Sony, take note!)

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iPhone manufacturer to shutter China factories

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WTF?

fans of windows!?!?!

is this the only Reg article you've ever read?

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stock market should take some blame

when Foxconn announced pay rises the share price plummeted. Management can't afford to ignore this. What's the betting that shutting this factory puts the shares back up again?

When I worked for a large IT company they regularly announced redundancies (once a year for about 3 years) and every time they did the share prices went up.

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Snails on crystal meth: The facts

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And people think PETA are mental?

This sort of shit is why we have anti-vivisectionists. How many "scientists" are involved in this kind of pointless abuse?

Still, it's only snails, serve 'em right for not being cute and furry....

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Adobe to sue Apple 'within weeks,' says report

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Real developer?

pompous much? Real developers use whichever tool satisfies all the requirements and gets the job done quickest. When you say "native code" are you advocating everyone writing in assembler?

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Sony PlayStation Move: your questions answered

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but

>>I think you'll find tha'ts used more to figure out where on the screen the wiimote is pointing.<<

That's what I mean! The Move will have a hard time emulating the accurate pointing functionality that the wii has! The motion sensing hasn't resulted in many good games, but the pointer functionality is used in a lot of the wii's best titles.

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metroid?

the pointer functionality makes Metroid the excellent game it is! The point also drives all the "light gun" games (though I for one have had my fill of them), works excellently in the new silent hill, is used in lots of wii ware stuff like bonsai barber, lost winds and also the excellent Endless ocean games.

So, while waggle on the wii is rubbish, the pointer control is excellent and is the main feature missing from the Move...

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surely

the wavebird on the gamecube was the first mainstream wireless console controller?

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essentially the same as a wii remote

but the wii remote has a sensor on the front that reads the position of the "sensor bar" and provides the pointer functionality of the wii. This makes games like metroid prime and the various light-gun style shooters much more intuitive than using a joystick or even a mouse.

Does the Move provide this functionality?

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World of Google zombies mistake news story for Facebook

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Clickjacking

Go and read the article about how much google makes from people who mis-type things in the address bar of their browsers. Then consider the amount of mal-ware distributed from these "typosquatting" sites.

Going to a site you know (ie google) to safely navigate to another is not that stupid an idea.

Reading the comments on this page gives a clear impression of just how arrogant and out of touch with real people most I.T. professionals are.

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Apple pen-tablet plan revives Newtonian handwriting

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@ John Sanders

Digital information doesn't have wants. Don't you mean "I don't want to pay for stuff"?

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James Martin apologises for cyclist outrage

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@ Ray0x6

Spot on!

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Microsoft's Bing in travel trouble

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FAIL

both crap because

neither manage to work without Javascript enabled. It's just an html form posting some search criteria back...

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Sony loses $1bn in 2008

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Watchdog bans Natasha Richardson ski helmet ad

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@Lionel Baden

I think you mean "shouldn't have stolen them".

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LibDems uncover over 10,000 RIPA yarns

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@ AJ Stiles

Yeah too right! It's fine to ignore the rights of "idiots who think it's OK to dump their chip wrappers in the street or old furniture in lay-bys next to country lanes, and who don't clean up after their dogs (or, even worse: the ones who pick it up in a plastic bag and then leave the bag lying there)".

As long as they don't go to far, and investigate me, obv....

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BBC botnet investigation turns hacks into hackers

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@ Paul

dear mactard, like you could find 22000 osx machines......

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Behind IE 8's big incompatibility list

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@ Dan Moore

The problem is sites that render standards compliant html to firefox, chrome and others may return special internet expolorer markup if they detect an internet explorer user agent. That breaks ie8 where other browsers work correctly.

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