* Posts by HollyX

34 posts • joined 16 Feb 2010

Fragged, fragged and thrice fragged! 20 years of id Software’s Doom

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Devil

Nostalgia, not what it used to be!

I remember being handed the 1.0 two-floppy disks with a knowing 'you'll like this' from the physics department technician ... it's one of few games that actually gave me nightmares, lol.

There's nothing more tantalizing to a 16 year old girl than finding out you can shoot barrels next to people and reduce them to a set of spare ribs - a trick I repeated whenever possible >:-)

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2nd screenshot

The second one is ... if you find the 320x200 spritelyness of the original a little hard to bear on today's massive (by 1993 standards) there's a full 3D-mapped version thats actually quite good, even if it does take a little of the nostalgic magic out

Forza 4

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I should really dust off Live for Speed, used to love racing and drifting in that :-)

Has iRacing caught it up now, in terms of physics?

This year's comedy Xmas No. 1 contender: Silent song 4'33"

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Go out and buy?

Go out and buy? We have this thing called the internet now, take a look, it's really quite neat.

I think this is enough of thumbing one's nose at Simon Cowell that it's worth 70p and one minute of my time :-)

UK schools to maintain ICT spending

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Mmm

The only RM PCs I've seen arrive in the last 5 years (accross 85 schools) have been from the Tesco computers for schools programme.

It would appear there's a fair amount of mis-advice still circulating outside of this authority; as resources dwindle I'm hoping FOSS will get a foothold to get more value from old PCs and school advisors will pull their hands out of RM's arse.

Software re-sale restricted by US Court of Appeals

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Paris Hilton

In the clear

"Autodesk can stop a man from re-selling second-hand copies of its software"

The answer? Get a girl to buy your software for you ;-)

Facebook beta joins web Q&A craze

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Headmaster

Oopsie

"On Yahoo!, users must actively seek out answers they'd like to answer."

In some cases this may actually be the case ...

3D films fall flat

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To go against the grain

Up was fab in 3D, I've also seen and enjoyed Avatar (a lot).

It didn't give me any nausea or headaches and added a lot to the moviegoing experience. However, just like any other use of technology, it needs to be tempered to what people want - both in terms of the experience and the cost - and Hollywood doesn't have a stellar track record in that respect.

Hitachi hides Magic Wand vibrator under a bushel

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eBay

They're as good as their reputation would have you believe and not as noisy as a lawnmower ... and some people sell them on eBay UK ;-)

Not to be confused with the Purple Wand, which has different uses in the bedroom altogether ...

French judiciary makes transgender boob

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Exactly

"Thank God for the EU!"

Indeed, without them various governments, including ours, would be able to tell people that they had to look or act a certain way ... worth every penny for that alone IMO.

Steve Jobs beheads iPad apps for acting like desktops

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+10 points ...

... for mentioning AmigaOS ^_^

Was Microsoft's Office 2010 worth killing Clippy?

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Erm

OO.o can save files in MS Word/Excel/Powerpoint '97 - 2003 format. Version 3.2 will even open Office 2007 stuff.

It works well, I constantly exchange files between sites with OO.o and MS Office.

So, why did you buy Office?

New drug spray 'makes men as soppy as girls'

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Great idea

Then the enemy troops only need to behave like mothers protecting their young and America is defeated!

Excellent idea :-)

Android on an iPhone? There's an app for that

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"iRobot"

Isaac would be proud :-)

Lib Dems demand niceness, ignore technology

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Oh dear ...

Dear Jane, if you're going to politically spin your reporting it could at least be done with subtlety. This is insulting to your readership, you may as well have written "The Lib Dems are stinky poo poo heads" and left it at that.

I plan to be voting LibDem simply because they seem the least evil of the (realistic) candidates and if this sickly Pro-Tory torrent of reporting continues I'll vote with my feet in terms of Tech news, too.

Facebook rejects CEOP 'panic button' demands (again)

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Hmmm

This Jim Gamble character sounds like a nasty bully, if only there were some sort of internet organisation which I could report him to so that he could be locked away ...

Tories put ID cards, Contactpoint on manifesto hit list

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Thank you ...

... Register Editors for yet another entirely unbiased view of party machinations in this electioneering phase.

The Tory party would obviously do a fantastic job of ruling the country and I will be voting for them with pride in due course.

Tories drop opposition to UK.gov DNA plans

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(untitled)

Why do so many people list the BNP but not the Green Party?

Would they be any worse?

Photogs sue Google over Book Search culture grab

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Yes, but ...

Yes, the idea of an archive is a good thing. Google, however, are using other people's work for profit and market domination. They wish to set the market value, too.

It's not like there isn't an alternative, the article mentions another book archiver with loftier goals and better integrity.

Cartoon Law goes live

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Or ...

Can we create a civil action against all video and publishing retailers in the UK for distributing this filth? I mean, they have all stocked comics or movies at some time ... by the law of averages they will have sold something which is illegal under this law.

Privacy service knocked offline by 'no bullsh*t' registrar

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Ot does indeed work

It works very nicely indeed and has since it's first release (apart from this outage, of course) - I now view this as an essential addon for Firefox alongside ABP, NoScript and BetterPrivacy :-)

Skewing statistics: Booze, money and sex

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How terribly logical.

Yes, because people who neither smoke nor drink (or drink only occasionally) don't pay any tax whatsoever.

Software engineer demands source of his speeding collar

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Check facts ;-)

"So running red lights is safe is it?"

In the US making a right turn on a red is legal, you just have to check there's no traffic coming.

Paris Hilton crowned 'Worst Actress of the Decade'

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I'm thoroughly disappointed

that Transformers 2 managed to beat GI Joe across the board.

*sigh*

Asus goes small on aluminium, big on Bamboo

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So ...

... their support is equal to every large manufacturer?

Also, I don't see how no third party support or accessories will work - we have about 50 EeePC 1005s so far and about 300 of various older models, no problems with support or accessories so far. Same with the 200 Samsung netbooks and some other odd ones like Dell and Advent, too.

Other netbooks come with the same sort of support which is why everything we have comes under a fix-or-replace 3rd party hardware cover policy.

Google 'personalizes' one in five searches

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Or ...

... use the Google Sharing patch for FF as reported here a while back, which works very nicely :-)

Google Maps boss to Germans: 'We don't want to invade you'

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Things to point out

Google Streetview is repeatable; someone you know happening to see you becomes word of mouth but if it's on Streetview it can be called up time and again.

Streetview can allow the cross-referencing of address with the image being displayed whereas a chance appearance in a photograph may be tricky to pinpoint in an area the observer is unfamiliar with.

Streetview is available to the public, so not only can the anonymous spooks or powers that be see it, but everyone else can as well, thus opening a far wider window of viewers.

Now the question is do you trust Google to decide what is or is not appropriate to photograph or what is or is not an unethical activity? Does someone in the closet or secretly having a smoke or whatever have the right to choose to not be recorded by this system in light of these three differences over traditional media? If they have that right then consequently it should not be used as one cannot successfully selectively censor such a large system.

Gay site says bank shut account over 'objectionable' blog

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Yes ...

... that is usually what they say.

UK.gov IT minister makes open source gaffe over browsers

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No shock, no story

TBH it's an understandable mistake for a numpty to make ... and the government has an excess of numpties.

The next government will too, and the one after that, etc.

Microsoft aims thin clients at the classroom

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Hmmm

This might be kinda useful, if they were to lift the 10 client limit.

LSTP is good if you have a knowledgeable sysadmin to take care of it (and be a Linux cheerleader, train staff, not be put off by people decrying it, etc). Knowledgeable sysadmins are hard to come by - especially around LEAs with entrenched MS-itis ... there are schools who still buy PCs from RM *shudder*

As for Mighty Mouse, all the teachers I work with are more than happy with Smartboard's Notebook software and don't want to learn another new program. For many, changing the order of icons on the desktop is confusing ...

Apple strips top shelf, leaves corporate smut in place

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123, ABC

Want to behave like an idiotic hypocrite? There's an app for that.

I would like to know, however, who on earth still pays for pron? It doesn't take a lot of effort to find more of it than any one person could use in a lifetime for free.

Castleford locals storm Tickle Cock bridge

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Badgers

Butt Hole Road ...

... used to exist not far from where I live. *sigh* I never even made time to get my picture taken with the sign before it went, it's now "Archer's Way" which I doubt could be any more bland if it tried.

Voda goes ultra-cheap with handsets for the developing world

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We're already there

In front of me now I have a Nokia, it cost £17 in Netto and replaced my work phone a couple of years back. It came with a T-mobile pre-pay sim (which never got used) but wasn't network locked either.

I don't fancy a smart phone either, the charge on this thing lasts 5 days and it's small and light :-) It has a colour screen, to boot!

Too fat to fly: Kevin Smith and OpenOffice

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Of course, you are everyone

Sorry, but my EeePC is small enough to fit in my handbag and quick enough to do all my home computing. If I use your logic then nobody has any need for any Apple product because they don't make anything that suits me.

Now, on topic, Eeebuntu LXDE is the way to go, complete with OpenOffice by default ;-)

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