* Posts by sabroni

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Sony pains pre-owned game punters with PSN Pass

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the PSN Pass is essentially a tax on folk who buy pre-owned games

Really? Looks much more like a charge for using their servers to me.... Or do you think they're obliged to allow access to anyone?

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Nokia X7 Symbian Anna smartphone

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except...

this bit:

screens swiping exactly when your finger does, and the accelerometer spinning the display as quickly as you turn the phone. The three home screens of the N8 stacked with shortcut icons respond instantly

The boy has a San Francisco, and it's a good cheap(ish) way of getting an Android phone. However, you couldn't honestly describe it as always responding instantly. So while this Nokia phone, on paper, has low specs, what's important is how well those specs deal with the OS. Judging by this review, it manages that fine, with a responsive ui and battery life of "over a day". In my opinion those statistics are much more important than processor speed or amount of RAM.

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That's why the iPhone is the best phone ever.

it has the most apps. There was me stupidly assuming a phone was for phoning, when of course that's got nothing to do with it! And this Nokia phone's expensive, no one buys expensive phones! And people do hate symbian (I regularly hear people saying just that when I'm sat on the bus) so no way will it sell.

Well done anonymous, you've really hit the nail on the head with that post! No really, well done!

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Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'

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Actually, big fat speaker cables rule

I bought some cable for a pa and ended up using it on my hifi (it's 80 core copper wire, I think.) It made a massive difference to the sound quality, particularly the bottom end. And I listen to vinyl.

I think you're underestimating just how bad crap speaker cable can be, and what a hideous effect it has on sound quality.

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LG Optimus Black

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or read the review...

>> The brightness comes in handy on sunny days, cutting through reflection and making the screen easy to read. <<

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Music on plastic discs still popular, apparently

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nice things

I buy all my asian pop on cd. The korean stuff in particular is always beautifully packaged. The Narsha mini album, for example, is the size of a seven inch single and folds out to a cross shape. It contains the cd, a booklet of pictures of Narsha in various ridiculous outfits and a lyrics sheet (gold on black!).

I'm quite happy to pay a bit more for a physical copy if it comes as a nice thing!

Got the last The National album on 12inch purple vinyl. Lovely!

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Liverpool cops compulsively snooped footballer's record

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would you?

I wouldn't wonder, I'm fairly sure it's because he is a famous footballer with tons of cash...

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Google Chrome extension busts Murdoch paywall

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is it too much to accept that as DRM schemes go, this isn't really that bad or unfair?

Think about how this works. It serves content to everyone and relies on the client, not even a dedicated client but whichever browser you choose to run, to restrict access to it after it's been send to the client device. That design is fatally flawed. It's ridiculous that they went to market with this system, apparently even clearing your cookies breaks it.

While it isn't unfair, this system is clearly not fit for purpose. A proper paywall wouldn't be fooled by simple browser shenanigans like this.

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Microsoft commits to Windows makeover for Node.js

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Can someone explain this simply to me?

I thought node.js was a javascript library. If that's the case (and tell me if I'm wrong) surely MS should just be providing a host for the javascript runtime. Why is there the need for a specialised node.exe? Surely a more general purpose solution would be running javascript inside iis? That would allow any javascript to run on the server, rather than just node.js...

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Want to keep Android apps from spying on you?

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Gorilla victory dance!

was a common mime to indicated success back in the day. Well it was in the office I worked in.....

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Wikipedia awash in 'frothy by-product' of US sexual politics

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WTF?

No court on the planet can deprive you of them.

Your planet sounds nice, but it's obviously not earth. There are plenty of courts here that will deprive you of your basic human rights.

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Google: Our rapid load won't give you anything nasty

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@h4m0ny

>>I'd challenge you to come up with any realistic search term that doesn't produce more or less the same results as Google<<

didn't go looking on purpose, but just found this. Searched for "What is TPop?" in google and bing. Google, first entry, explains what TPop is (Taiwanese pop music). Bing doesn't have the foggiest, thinks I'm asking "What is Top?".

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try using bing..

... I did. I hate to say it but Google search is loads better. I try and avoid Google 'cos they're so evil, obv., but if I've got something I need to find for work then Google gets results where bing turns up nothing or relevance. (Last time I tried switching to bing it was returning empty pages for any search with asp in it! Irony!). Till Bing search gets better Google aren't really in danger, no matter how awful the interface is....

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Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come

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@ Richard 12

That's fine for all the sites that force you to go via the landing page. However, websites often allow any page to be a landing page (to allow bookmarking, for example, or to send a link to a friend). For those sites your solution won't work. Think it through...

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Duke Nukem Forever

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most people with taste...

...similar to yours, surely?

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'Great Reversal' as world's forests stage a comeback

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your suspicions..

..are wrong. I didn't dislike the oxfam article, it's this one I was commenting on.

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The Register parroting a press release rather than taking it to pieces?

and one that seems just ripe for a piss take if the majority of comments are anything to go by. 20% of fuck all is still fuck all.

Compare your reaction to this patently unscientific report to the way you looked at Oxfam's grow campaign recently. I for one would take your opinions a bit more seriously if you applied the same scrutiny to all press releases irrespective of origin.

Or you could just concentrate on the IT stuff, it's what I come here for (when not trolling, obv...)

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Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

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I disagree.

but I respect your opinion....

See how it works now?

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point proved..

see title.

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@ every comment on here so far! Comprehension fail.

couldn't manage to get to the end of the article? Just love being rude and confrontational? Or genuinely unable to respect other people's opinions, however misguided you may believe them to be?

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The New C++: Lay down your guns, knives, and clubs

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at anonymous pussy, 20:34

Ever work with other engineers who aren't as perfect as you?

But regarding your points, a) if it works and is done to schedule then it's right. I could refactor my code endlessly making it prettier and prettier if I didn't have work to do.

b) And adding a comment saying "end xxx" to a "}" doesn't mean that's what that curly is doing, unlike a verbose language where typing "end if" where you mean "end function" will give you an error. That's clearly better.

c) well written verbose code needs few comments, the language is readable.

Your point seems to be "I know c++ really well and can read it quickly". Well great for you. No really, well done. I can already read English so find it quicker to read languages based on that. I'm not saying you're wrong to like C++, I'm sure well written C++ can be lovely to read, but you can't really argue that "}" carries as much meaning as the many end statements it replaces in other languages.

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Meh

Doesn't really address the issue..

.. "next counter" or "end if" are still much clearer than "green }".

I'm not saying that c style syntax is unusable (spent the last year working mainly in javascript), but from a human perspective I find words easier to read than punctuation or colours.

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hmm..

apologies for lack of formatting in comments, when I see this:

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I don't know what it means.

but this:

end if

next Counter

end function

end class

I can read and understand. This is why I think verbose languages are better than c style syntax.

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Toxic Plankton feeds on Android Market for two months

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FAIL

but in the paragraph above..

Ten of the apps reported last week by North Carolina State University professor Xuxian Jiang contained highly stealthy code that collected users' browsing history, bookmarks, and device information and sent them to servers under the control of the attackers

Either you need to read more carefully or you think "Privacy is for people with something to hide"...

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Most gamers are middle-aged adults: FACT

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Stop

I said, and I quote less selectively

"They'll think you're a lot cooler (which means they be more open with you)"

You need to read, think, then comment, rather than just read then knee jerk abuse at people.

"deluded gaming community many of them probably pre-pubescent if only in mind and not actual physical development." Get off your high horse, you're coming across as a right dick head. I'm 45 this year with well adjusted children of 17 and 19 years old, not a pre-pubescent physically or mentally.

A quick google for "Videogames and mental development" indicates that your "complete twaddle" comment is at least partial twaddle itself.

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and..

..what most of us are doing WHILE we play computer games...

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quote selectively why don't you

I don't take on minors in shootems (I think you mean FPSs, shootemups are something else), the boy is 17 and just massacres me, has done since he was about 14.

What's your point? You saying my boy is a closet psycho? you've obviously never met him, one of the sweetest people I know.

Besides which, I even qualified the "they'll think you're a lot cooler" to show that the reason I like them thinking I'm vaguely cool is because it means we can talk about stuff like sex and drugs without them getting too embarrassed.

Still, as the other replies to you indicate, most people realise gaming with your kids is just another way that you can spend quality time with them. Maybe you should just get on with parenting your own children and stop telling other people they're wrong...

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"real" parenting?

what is that supposed to mean? Playing videogames with your kids is a lot more stimulating and educational than sitting watching "britains got talent" with them.

The idea that "real" parents don't game with their kids is bollocks. Real parents engage with their children, if the kids love gaming then join in with them. They'll think you're a lot cooler (which means they be more open with you) and you can make sure they understand the difference between a headshot in a game and in real life.

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Nintendo takes control with next-gen games console

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not many..

..but mine has been used pretty consistently since launch. Got 50+ games to prove it, too (not counting downloadables). But yeah, if you don't like Nintendo product you don't like Nintendo product. It's good to have an alternative to ps3/360 though, rather than 3 platforms all producing very similar product.

Still, decent challenging content? Super mario galaxies, metroid prime, zak and wiki, sin and punishment, little kings story, lost winds, no more heroes, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, Monster Hunter Tri, Wario ware, Muramasa, house of the dead overkill, silent hill shattered memories. Just off the top of my head.

Not to your taste maybe, but decent and challenging....

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WTF?

and..

..so you can play all your old games when you upgrade.

Bastards!

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cracking and Homebrew-enabling your Wii is the only way to make it useful.

shit, what have I been doing with mine since launch? Stupid me, I've been playing games I bought on it, obviously I should've been moaning that it's not a dvd player....

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Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app

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"only so many ways to skin a cat"

there's also only so many ways to lay out icons on a phone screen. Didn't stop apple suing over a grid array of icons on a phone. There's only so many names for a store that sells apps, Doesn't stop apple trying to trademark "appstore". What's sauce for the goose...

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....is goose sauce, obv...

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Apple iCloud: Same old cage, new height

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ft shortsighted?

Your post confuses me. If you want to consume ft content on your ipad what difference does it make if it's in an app or a browser? What would make the app worth paying for that isn't available on the web?

It's not shortsighted to see past the current popularity of iDevices and instead adopt a platform agnostic approach. An iPad app runs only on iPads, a tablet optimised web site would be good on all tablets that have a browser.

So who's being short sighted here? I would argue it's you....

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iTunes Match is iPiracy, claims loopy Oz industry troll

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Uh...

no.

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'Dodgy Android apps are breaking our phones' - Motorola

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this whole conversation thread

demonstrates the reason people pick apple products. The idea that users would be happy to do anything to the phone other than give it to someone else to fix. The fact that so many posters here think this is a user issue.

It's purely about happy customers vs unhappy customers.

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Vertu Ascent TI Ferrari Collection which cost more than my car,

wow, I'm impressed. My car cost £700, fancy paying more than that for a phone! Very clever!

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Wake up, Linux hippies: No one 'morally obligated' to give back

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an emotional rant at a bunch of people you find ideologically disagreeable.

Kettle? Meet Mr. Pot....

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Billionaire Zuckerberg kills to eat

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vegans are a different matter?

no, they aren't. It takes a lot of effort (and some sunshine) to get a balanced diet, but it can be done without supplements.

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reflecting on your words?

did you really reflect on them? that doesn't sound like a particularly thoughtful response. The original post could certainly be argued with, but "ha ha, i will eat you" is not really pushing the discussion forward.

TBH you sound like you're protesting a bit too much. Reflect a bit more, do you really think the unnecessary taking of animal life makes you better than someone who survives without it?

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if god didnt yadda yadda make them out of meat...

All of the comments on here come from people made of meat. Unless you're advocating cannibalism (you aren't are you?) that "made of meat" quote is bollocks.

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35m Google Profiles dumped into private database

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look where your post is though..

...directly below one explaining how use of google services can unwittingly result in you creating a profile whether you intend to or not.

Yeah, it's in the Ts&Cs somewhere for the service you used, so strictly speaking you gave permission for this, but to clearly state "this is not a security issue" seems a little premature.

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New Mac scareware variant installs without password

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WTF?

so this is Google's fault?

no wonder you post anonymously.

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Vodafone touts low-tech phone for app-phobes

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but look at the size of those buttons!

Sometimes lots of extra features are not only unecessary, but actually hinder the use of a device. My mum is 70+ and has a total nightmare with her cheapy nokia mobile. The buttons are too wee and the phone does too many things. A mobile phone that works like her house phone does would be just the ticket for her. If this manages to be simple enough for old technophobes to understand then that, and it's big, easy push buttons, make this a worthwhile addition to the range of phones available.

This phone might not fit your requirements, but different people have different needs...

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Virgin Media TV Powered by TiVo

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When will these companies realise that they are now just another utility?

About the same time you realise that someone who thinks "I'd go get a small-ish, quite PC (something like a Fit-PC2, but maybe with more oomph) drop XBMC/Myth on it and stream from a common source " isn't the target demographic for this device?

This is for ordinary people, they don't want to do what you describe, they want someone to come round, install the magic box for them, then leave so they can watch tv...

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Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple

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Giles is right!

while from a developer perspective writing web apps for ie 6 meant non-standard markup, from a consumer perspective that doesn't mean anything.

If using ie was as horrible an experience as these comments state the internet wouldn't have got this popular.....

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HP exec: WebOS tablet will trounce iPad

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Indeed.

I've worked on a number of different mobile "platforms" over the last couple of years and they've all been slightly different implementations of html, javascript and css platforms. They're all just different enough that you can't seamlessly port between platforms though. Palm is another of these, though it's cleverly moving from one html/javascript/css framework to a new one for the pad style device.... (presumably because some people were becoming familiar with the old framework).

However, the real point of this is that the "universal app translator" you want is already here, it's using these technologies over the web. Apps like this can run on all the major (and not so major) platforms. Device speeds these days mean you can achieve an attractive and functional ui with this tech. Difficult to get people to pay for access though, unfortunately....

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Linux kernel runs inside web browser

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@jake 19:10

>http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/H/hacker.html<

yeah, that's one definition, a brief scout round the interwebs reveals quite a few others, but I take you point.

"Basic was the javascipt of the late '70s, 80s & early '90s"

Well, sort of, but javascript implementations are all based on w3c script standards. QBasic wouldn't run on a commodore pet, a spectrum or an atari st. Whereas Javascript is genuinely able to run on devices from mobile handsets to web servers. So I disagree here, basic is too fragmented and non-standard to claim it's the same as contemporary javascript.

"I had VM hardware machines "just about anywhere" on bare hardware a couple decades ago, WITHOUT the need of an additional OS, browser, scripting language, and hardware emulator to run the OS and software"

These days most pcs have an os, browser and scripting language. So running this would be much less effort than setting up the bare hardware and virtual machines you mention. So maybe keeping it simple from a client perspective is also valuable?

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that reminds me..

.. of being 16 years old, in my first job and noticing that you could shell to a cpm command prompt from inside a cpm command prompt. Oh the hilarity of watching people type "quit" (or was it "exit") only to see the command prompt appear again. Some things never grow old.....

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no idea what you mean by "SCO Xenix"

but I'm confused by your definition of hack. Writing a processor emulator isn't a hack. Making an existing piece of software do something it wasn't designed to is a hack. Javascript is a language and this guy has written an emulator in it. He hasn't hacked anything, he's created a pretty cool piece of code.

This isn't roughly equivalent to doing anything in Qbasic. Javascript is everywhere these days, on devices of all sizes from many manufacturers, running server side and client side. So this actually enables 486 emulation just about anywhere.

You consider this work to be kinda pointless? He did it for fun. If you don't think having fun can be a valid reason for doing something then your life must be a bundle of laughs......

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