* Posts by Halfmad

561 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


Undead nights: Zombie FPS Dying Light shines bright


Re: Dead Island...

21 hours into it and hardly touched the campaign, I just enjoy kicking zombies off the roof too much. Coop is simply hilarious, if you find single player dragging, get in a game with your mates, you'll be crying with laughter within half an hour.


Re: Good zombie game for a change

I've been enjoying it a lot, turn down draw distance and you'll see a good FPS boost, not sure what the setting does but it certainly doesn't seem to affect draw distance much!

Mostly playing on coop when I can, which adds an entirely new level of mayhem to the game as friends pull aggro from zombies and night becomes far less scary, but far more active as you purposely begin setting off traps etc to get into some enormous fights!

Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes


Re: The problem with hololens

This has quite a few possible applications in medicine, architecture, engineering and is frankly more a work friendly device than consumer - I'd be surprised if Apple wasn't considering something similar, but different (and probably more expensive).

NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet


Re: the minutes have been refused

If the FOI was knocked back on those grounds, a review could have been requested and if still not satisfied a complaints to the ICO about it would probably have resulted in them being released pronto.

Brit gun nut builds working sniper rifle at home out of scrap metal


Re: Scrap metal?

The Reg are taking tips from the latest edition of the "Daily Mail - how to create headlines" manual.

ASA raps vloggers over undisclosed ads


BBC got involved..

shortly after starting to target the same audience with their own youtube style site. Coincidence?

What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight


Re: A free speaker worth £199

What use is it though? I'm after a MOBILE phone so give me a speak? What the f..

Might as well have given me 4 pints of semi skimmed milk, I can use that whilst attempting to use the phone too.

Dragon Age, Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...


Re: £50!!!!

You'll get it well under £30 just about anywhere right now, give it a few months and it'll be half that..

Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid


PC Master Race says.

Go back to your console peasant.

Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to hefty bills


Re: for an IT site

Yes you would, just that Scotland wouldn't be in it. The United Kingdom of England, Wales and NI would remain.


The West Lothian Question (asked 1977 in Westminster by a Scottish MP) has been left to rot for far too long by the main political parties at Westminster. It certainly needs addressing and I think the tories could use it to their advantage by closing that loophole.

Remember Shetland and Orkney can only have a referendum if an independent Scottish government were to permit it and legally they wouldn't keep "all the oil", but we're forgetting there's oil to be had near Faslane on the West coast.


Re: As a Scotsman

can I say that a YES vote wouldn't actually mean the person hates the English. I say that as someone married to an English woman but living in Scotland..


Re: You know all this talk of things being more expensive

I'm hoping for a decisive vote either way, the polling companies are hopefully more inaccurate than normal having never had to predict this sort of result in this political climate within the UK.

All of the anti scot / anti english stuff aside, the Scots have 100% of the UKs Pandas, that's what we should be campaigning for.

Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume


Surprisingly disappointing

I'm no Apple fanboy, I use Windows 8.1 for my sins on my custom gaming PC at home and have a selection of android tablets that the kids use, but I usually find something during Apple presentations which I find cool. Not this time, seen it all before in one flavour or another by another manufacturer and the Apple Watch looked surprisingly similar to others.

Trying to figure out why anyone would want to carry another smart device around which has 10% of the functionality of their existing smartphone. To top it off though it's not even as "nice" as many of the existing smart-watches, they didn't so much as drop the ball as flatten it, make it shiny and try to strap it to their wrists.

Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3


Re: @Arnaut the less RE"......... but for the mass market it just costs far too much....."

I know.. no businesses with use MBAs in an enterprise environment. I do know several who use existing Surface and iPads though.

RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC


Re: Meh

Which is arguably why it shouldn't have that option during install, people switch off or go for the easiest options. By all means leave it in the software but have it as something you have to do after installation.

I agree though, idiots have nobody to blame but their probably part time/outsourced IT person they had do it for them, or who installed it so they could remote in later to fix printer drivers..

Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek


I'm not convinced

Screws? Apple have tended to use pressure and glue recently, it looks far less refined than even cheap mobiles in the photographs. So either Apple is putting servicing of mobile devices higher than aesthetics for a change or it's fake IMO.

Pushdo Trojan outbreak: 11 THOUSAND systems infected in just 24 hours


11000 windows PCs

But the story mentions 110000 unique IPs, surely that could be a lot more PCs.

YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire


Re: Not an ISO 3166 code

and we can get at the oil under Faslane.

Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'


We're having iPads forced on us at work too

How long until the first one is dropped?

How long until someone attempts a honeypot?

Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration


"Julius Davies, data centre technology specialist at Microsoft, also advises businesses to use the migration from WS2003 as an opportunity to start making decisions about the future."

Julius I'd be very careful what you ask for buddy.

Google policy wonk patronises Brits over EU search biz probe


Re: For a company flogging the discovery of information

It didn't come across as blocking, it came across as simply clueless as to how Google works. She seems vague and confused about what was being asked but still mumbled the same garbled shit out.

She wasn't the best interviewee but the interviewer could have asked better, more probing questions. Neither came out of it well tbh.

Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges


Re: An obvious embarrassment

The stats don't really tell us anything useful due to how they're collected.

Japanese boffin EYES up big bucks with strap-on digi-glasses


Extremely handy for meetings at work..Whilst you sleep.

BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat



Mashing the self destruct button with their foreheads then.

Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze


They can have some of hair off my back, what's the going rate?

Tizen devices are HERE.... Hello, Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches


I don't want a watch which needs to be paired with a phone, I want a smart watch which is a phone too.

MtGox MELTDOWN: Quits Bitcoin Foundation board, deletes Twitter


Re: Oops

MtGox needs to go down the pan, it's been poorly run. Bitcoin really needs a decent, secure and well run exchange and less of the amateurs who don't quite grasp how the system works.

Fortunately people can store their bitcoins locally, personally I hold none on exchanges and only usually sell via localbitcoins.

TONGUES OUT if you want to LICK Steve Jobs' BACKSIDE


I'm glad I come here for the most up to date information on IT.

Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal


Re: You can always be sure....

There's always an Apple fanboi banging on about money too.

Then there's the lurkers like me who don't give a toss what brand it is or what OS is on it, as long as it's the best device for my needs.

KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'


Don't wait on the company going to the ICO - this is the mistake many people make, they won't.

Report the company yourself, it takes all of 5 minutes.

MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines


My gaming PC is paying for itself, whilst the sceptics sit in cold room wondering what it's all about. £100/month after electricity is not to be scoffed at from alt-coin mining, but please continue to play it down whilst I continue to milk this whilst the going is good :)

Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April


Get in line, It's clearly good stuff.

iOS motion control iRing here at last ... but it's NOT made by Apple


Gets right into the bit of your hand where the germs love too, excellent!

Looks pish.

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET




If it's got a camera.

HALF of all Bitcoin-investing Winklevoss twins predict $400bn market for the currency


Re: Mining Costs and Speed

You don't mine Bitcoins anymore even with a single ASIC miner. You mine altcoins using ATI graphics cards, ideally several and trade those for BTC. It's much more effective.

ASIC miners can't currently mine altcoins like litecoin, digitalcoin, worldcoin etc as they use scrypt which ASIC doesn't support although there are rumours of them coming out in the future. However they won't mine faster than people using decent ATI cards, only run with lower power requirements.

It's still viable to run a PC with ATI GPUs 24/7, it more than covers the electricity and with a single 9750 you'll get around £80/month profit at current prices, but it's really those playing the long game - hoping prices rise that are doing it. Personally I'm not entirely convinced the profit calculators online are reliable anyway especially with the rising cost of electricity, potential HW failures if you don't keep everything cool and fluctuations in the BTC/LTC market which has been all over the place in the past month.

Women crap at parking: Official


Re: Multitasking men

Whilst listening for the partner/parent or sibling opening the door to their room..

Schmidt: 'Android mobes are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!'


I feel like I'm missing out on the hate party by having no brand loyalty. I don't care how shiny it is, I buy what's best at the time or is more likely to suit my future needs, not based on badge or corporate branding.

Snowden: Hey fellow NSA worker, mind if I copy your PASSWORD?


Only got themselves to blame..

I'm struggling to feel any sympathy to his co-workers, but is anyone really surprised that even in the NSA people don't quite get the importance of credentials being private?

Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money


That's a lot of staff, a hell of a lot.

Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters


Re: We'll see the usual pattern ...

I've got a Nexus 7 and iPad v 4, the iPad is firmly in second place amongst my family as it doesn't allow mutliple accounts. Where as the N7 has one for each of us.

Annoyingly I've spent far more on the iPad in terms of apps, especially for my daughter who won't even look at it if the N7 is available.

Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled


GG&C is a muddled mess of old health boards shoved together, they have a lot of management, team leaders etc.

I'm just curious if this is down to lack of change management with a staff member doing something silly, however as it's IT this would almost certainly be covered up with "transient network issues".

One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?


It's a bit of a silly argument to have on The Reg, it's not going to happen anyway. Truth is most Scots have kin in England, Wales and Ireland and frankly like being part of the UK. I personally think that'll show in next years vote.

Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE


This will continue to happen until we start seeing staff being personally held responsible for this and seeing it published - was this staff member sacked from gross negligence ? Was their department sticking to any agreed mandatory training for staff? If not why not?

People need to start losing their jobs for this sort of thing, but it rarely happens and usually involves some deal for them to leave with a golden handshake.

HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash


Re: English Taxpayers

Only for knuckle draggers - those with any common sense are waiting on the actual non-biased facts to come from the governments on both sides of the border and from the EU etc. Personally I detect Cameron, but I'm very skeptical of anything that comes out of Emperor Salmonds mouth too.


Why is this suddenly becoming abash scotland discussion?

I do love how this is twisted into an English V Scotland thing, would it have had that much impact if the Newcastle part of the story had been the main focus? Probably not, but then again bigots do thrive on bad journalism.

Dragging the referendum into the comments is purely retarded, it has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Let's all have a crack at Scotland whenever possible, but let's ignore the fact that a large number of English folk living in Scotland get to vote in the referendum, that Scotland is a net contributor in taxes and the fact that it's likely to remain part of the UK anyway, especially if the Scottish 16-18 year olds get a say :)

Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week


Re: heads need to roll

I wonder how many private firms are involved in running it..

Nicked unencrypted PC with 6,000 bank details lands council fat fine


Re: I did not cost the council one penny

I agree with regards to sacking those responsible - the problem is that councils and the public sector never do.

However your point about the private sector is a little odd, we'd never have known about this loss if it was in the private sector, the chances of them self reporting to the ICO are incredibly small and of course you couldn't use an FOI to investigate it.

Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is


Re: Sleek Looks vs Servicability

I don't want any company leaving site with either my personal data or that of my organisation, if it can't be done on site then the product and/or service isn't fit for purpose.

I use to repair Macs, back when the first iMacs came in and the clamshell ibooks, nice easy machines to work on even if they had a few sharp edges! But these days? I'm glad I dont' have to go near them.

Beautiful machines to look at and use, but no way I'd want to work on it's guts.


Re: All fugly except the mac

I really like the Lenovo, quite surprised as most of their stuff is hideous.


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