* Posts by Vince Lewis 1

132 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


Viagra's Irish plant STILL giving local men and dogs stiffies (not really)

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Aren't The Proclaimers Scottish

Unfortunately I'm not feeling witty or awake enough to find and pervert any Irish Artists work. I'm sure you could get Westlife and prick together in a sentence.

It's 2017 and the UK's competition watchdog just got a data-tech team

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Re: Yet no digital right

Unfortunately for PC games that is not an option. Even if you do get physical media, the game is often bound to a steam subscription.

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Yet no digital right

While these issues are important, we are in desperate need of some basic digital rights.

Simply put if I get hit by a bus my next of kin have no rights to thousands of pounds of software, music and video.

UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

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fairer economic landscape online

Matt Hancock needs to start looking at better digital ownership laws.

One of the most important law cases that didn't happen, was the misreporting that Bruce Willis was going to sue apple over the lack of digital inheritance with his massive iTunes library. A cynical person might say those with influence in this area told him not to pursue the idea. Its a shame, someone of his influence could have made the digital landscape a lot fairer for consumers.

Right now, in the UK I'd guess there to be hundreds of millions of pounds of digital assets owned buy consumers. iTunes tracks, google play videos, Steam games, amazon eBooks and so one. None of which the consumer has any defined rights of ownership. You die and you next of kin have no right to them.

Things like Steam impose ridiculous restrictions. Own 2 computers and 100 games, play 1 game on one computer and the other 99 are locked out from any other computer.

We desperately need digital ownership laws to give consumers basic rights that have been taken away,

Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

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All this money spent of education...

... and yet still half the population remains below average.

Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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Re: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1999/2083/contents/made

I thought about using this against VALVe, but since their Lawyers convinced a Judge Computer Games are not Software, I don't fancy my chances.

Particle boffins show off 'cheap', cute little CosI, world's smallest neutrino detector

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Faster than the speed of Light... through water

I'm most likely horribly wrong, and this comes from a vague memory during a 1992 A-Level Physics talk about Neutrinos.

The Detectors work by have a huge volume of water in a dark place surrounded by very sensitive light sensors. The neutrino which is travelling at light speed unhindered by pesky stuff like matter, has a one in a billion chance collision with said wet matter. A physical particle is then accelerated for a fraction of a second at a speed faster than light in water. This creates a tiny cone of light which is detected.

In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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So it was nothing but God that held us back....


The mythical beardy one was there in your living room stopping you from leaving?

God: "Just wait a few more minutes, did I tell you about the time my son got lost in the desert? Sent one of my earlier creations down to offer him some food and water, flat out refused.... that's gratitude for you."

It was luck, not divine intervention. I don't believe in the chap myself, but from a theological point of view the guys got a non-intervention thing going on.

Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

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Re: WHat I want to see in a digital rights bill

> Vince dear, buy them on CD/DVD/Other physical media,

> rather than a personal license to use/listen.

While that is an option (for now) with CD/DVD/BluRay, it is not for things like PC games almost all of which are tied to Steam or some other service. Currently Console games are not ties to a service, MS tried with the XBox ONE and had to back down due to fan reaction. I fear the PS5 and the XBox RAND( ) will be either media less or have media with unique keys.

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WHat I want to see in a digital rights bill

I'd like to see actual laws that clearly state what people get when they buy a license.

As the law stands Publishers have their rights protected by Copyright law, they then use pseudo-contracts to the limit and remove any possible rights the purchaser has. Its all wrapped on in case precedence rather than clear rights for the consumer.

I'd love to see a laws that clearly state that If I get hit by the proverbial bus, my next of kin have legal rights to any digital assets I've purchased (Such as music, videos or computer software).

Witcher dev CD Projekt Red says hackers stole game concepts and asked for ransom

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Its a nod to those that played the PnP game.

El Reg. When mentioning Witcher it is traditional to use the Bath Tub photo.

Think politics is tumultuous now? Wait till the transhumanists join in...

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Re: Senescent Cells

Live long enough and you'll get to live forever....

Digital Upload.


Live Forever


Your mind will be hosted by Facebook

The imaginary Dude in a dress with the big beard starts to look more tempting.

Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

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What is it was tiny handed women...

Dominating him? Would there have been such an witch hunt.

Human nature is complex, with wants and urges that can seem odd.

As long as he wasn't treating women as inferior outside his fetish then he should never have had such action against him.

You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

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How about worst Assitant Poll

Personally I put Clara Oswald at 0.7 Langfords

We finally forced our way through the last (Season 9 New season) of Doctor Who, in the hope to See Clara's final and painful death.

But no, she was saved again. What (or who?) did she do to deserve 3 over acted and elongated death scenes.

Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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Re: Blame the EU?

Due to the rise of the second British empire in the late 21st century. Well I say rise, we got as far a South France and stopped for Tea, before we knew it the Asteroid WilWheaton took out London.

Beauty is in the AI of the beholder: Young blokes teach computer to judge women by their looks

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System not working as expected

Researcher_1: "I've run through with the new parameters, 999 were assigned to group 1 and only one was assigned to group 2"

Researcher_2: "What's the new parameters?"

Researcher_1: "Would they Talk to me"

Researcher_2: "Harsh, Still using your Mum's picture in the data set?"

Researcher_1: "Yes, but she wasn't the positive"

Researcher_2: "Who was?"

Researcher_1: "The head of HR"

Researcher_2: "Ooo, Looks like you've got mail. What does it say?"

Researcher_1: "Its from the head of HR, wants to see me in her office to explain why I've been photographing the campus females"

Copyright crimefighters FACT change tack after Hollywood calls The Terminator

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Re: TheBox.bz

I missed that place. Not only that you could get shows that never saw the laser light of DVD or Streaming or long since vanished from of torrent sites.

I had such high hopes when the Beeb said they'ed digitised their entire library. It was suppose to allow people access to all kind of shows. But instead its a piss poor money making machine that is releasing already available material at inflated prices.

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Games should be covered by FAST?

Or has no-one cleared up the nonsense spread by Nintendo and VALVe

DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Either the figures are wrong or 1/15 drivers are not insured

Given you can't get insurance without valid TAX and MOT, we could assume no TAX = no insurance.

Lets say car tax is £200 (its less but its easier for figures), that 2 million vehicles. There are about 31 Million vehicles in the UK, and about the same amount of drivers.

So that's 1 out of every 15 drivers not insured.

Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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Thanks for the poppies reference.

That just made my day

Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

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I've always backed AMD

I could never fathom why AMD doesn't have the lion's share of the low to mid range laptop sector.

AMD bang for buck in that market is far superior than intel.

In my experience; for all round performance, including casual gaming, intel based machines are dire until you pass the £600 mark and get dedicated graphics.

My son uses an AMD laptop bought new for £200. It plays 80% of my games.

Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

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windows store is horible

After hearing the new tomb raider game is to be released via windows store, I gave it a look.

Bloody hideous.

No filter on price, genre and so on. No way to filter out the millions of crappy tablet games.

They need a proper managed store.

What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

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Re: I was wondering when the Reg would start reporting on this

But it could also bring a lot of false positives.

If included as general back ground check for unrelated offences (such as speeding, shop lifting) it could throw up DNS results from an disreputable Advert or malware.

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I was wondering when the Reg would start reporting on this

I read about this on the BBC News. From what I read there, the IPB will require ISP's to log all DNS look-ups.

Which to me seems like the absolute maximum an ISP could do with out serious impact on cost or speed.

It also will have zero effect on any criminal with 1/4 ounce of IT knowledge.

I'm setting up my own DNS server anyway to increase our own security and web safety.

We’ve got a leak of the European Commission's copyright plan

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Re: Bloody Insanity

exactly. A lot of technology has been developed to control Digital media so it works more like traditional media in order to protect the publisher, yet it goes beyond that restricting users in ways that would be impractical or unethical in the physical world.

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Anything about software?

Any chance they've decided to sort out the corruption of software copyright caused by publishers being able to put ridiculous terms in their EULA's.

We desperately need proper legislation to stop this continued abuse from publishers.

Why can a business sell their oracle licenses yet consumers are trapped in life long contracts with a DRM snake oil producer unable to use 2 (or more) different games at the same time on different computers.

Consumers should have the same rights as big business when it come to their software.

Reviewed: Shadowrun: Hong Kong, Until Dawn, Hearthstone expansion and more

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shadowrun hong koong is also on gog

For those that don't want to be under valves thumb.

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Gonna roll this log on to the next bastard that mentions car insurance.

Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby

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No-one else going to point it out

The main protagonist in Alien Isolation is Amanda Ripley, Ellen Ripley's daughter. You do get to play Ellen in the DLC though.

Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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We're been testing these things with primative apes for years,

Though this is our first non-human tester.

Gamers Steaming over dumb Valve password vuln

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thanks for the heads up VALVe

I'm on the Steam forum every day and I read sbout it here.

Mind you on VALVe 's 100 thing to do list, customer service is somewhere in the low thousands.

Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

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reg gaming desk to busy playing with themselves.

I'm rather shocked, that firstly you've not reported on this while it was happening and secondly that no effort had gone into detailing the almighty multi-level cluster fuck of a mistake this was.

The fact the modder only got 25%, while exploitive and underhand, is in fact rather secondary to the other issues raised.

The EULA of most games gives ownership of any User Generated Content to the publishing company, thus if a mod is sold is it the publishers responsiblity? Do the modder have any claim to their creations, if not how can they protect themselves from someone copying their work.

Further more mods are not a commercial product, the modders behind them are not in the position to ensure a reasonable life span of the product.

The refund system of 24 hours fails to account for mods conflicting further down the line.

All in all this is much bigger issue than VALVe and Zenimax getting money for other peoples work.

A system like this should never exist in a normal commercial setting, since each party will have it rights and responsibility clearly laid out. Here it was completely ignored for a fast buck.

There needs to be a serious look at how Consumer software and media is licensed, because consumers are tied to vague onesided agreements that no commercial entity would agree to.


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below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy



Intel slaps Iris Pro GPUs into Core i7 silicon to woo desktop gamers

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Re: Fixed it for ya

The majority of computers are used for office productivity or basic internet/facebook. And an intel chipo can handle those tasks.

However the article is about intel trying to make a gaming orientated graphics chipset. They've made this claim before, yet produced a chip that struggles to play an 8 year old game on minimum settings.

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from experience intel graphic are the absolute pits

Last year I bought a low end laptop from PC World (£350). Remembering a previous vow by intel to improve their onboard graphics and the vehement assurance of the PC World Drone that the laptop will indeed play the 8 year old game of WoW, I bought an i5 based laptop.

20 fps on the lowest settings.

Took it back, demanded a refund (mis-sold by drone) and a got an AMD based laptop

40 fps, on high graphics settings.

intel make the worst on board graphics

Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

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i wonder if their draconian restrictions will apply here..

I'm sorry you can't render that tea pot because you are rendering a car on a completely different computer.

Agreed with other posters, AMD and nVidia need to be behind this too. AMD linux drivers are still patchy.

Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Re: £12

If you ever intend to share your life with anyone, Get it on gog.

With gog you own your games

With steam you may own the game but VALVe can choose if you get to play it.

Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

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Not so much the westen way or die, there are pleanty of crimes the western states need to address. However public torture is not one of them.

Remember, your sarcastic use of a religious figure would leave you jailed and beaten elsewhere.

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The may have popular domestic support, because those that do not support the system are publically beaten and incarserated for decades for not supporting the system.

There is no way to knowing with out a great amount of blood shed.

I was thinking more of severe sanctions, with out the money from oil these countries will have to be more mindful of international opinion.

I am aware of the civil wars that ravished europe, which effectively split state, church and monarchy apart. It is unfortunate these countries will have to go through similar bloodshed.

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The sooner the western world removes our reliance on oil, the sooner we could stop pussyfooting around and do something concrete about these dictatorships.

India digs deep to bury neutrino-hunting chamber

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mutated neutrinos

I hope they'll be able to detect those mutated neutinros before they overheat the earths core creating a global catastrophe.

Euro iTunes customers get 14 DAY refund option

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Yes, in the same way killer bought to justice is news

Now if only valve will comply with EU law my children will be able to play my games

Kindle, meet my partner. Darling, play nice with Kindle, please

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Re: they're doing sharing wrong

I'm being sarcastic.

Valve are not being reasonable.

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they're doing sharing wrong

When you lend a eBook all other eBooks should be unreadable.

If your wife is reading an ebook from your library, and you start reading a book, her kindle should lock her out.

if you have 3 kindles in the house only 1 can be used to read books, the others are for decoration only.

VALVe have gone to great lengths to redefine sharing, and amazon come along with their liberal hippy version of sharing.

How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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though i feel there will chronic oversights still

maybe they'll fix the ships computer with a iPhone from outside the ships hull , while a solar storm ravages the hapless astronaut..

Virgin Galactic vows to continue space program after 'serious anomaly'

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Re: Alternative propulsion?

This shows your misunderstanding of Virgin Galactic's craft.

Firstly it does use more traditional and energy efficient aeronautics to get the spaceship up the first part of the journey.

Secondly SS2's rocket is different to those used in normal rockets

Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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I've got a great idea for a script

The plot revolves around a veteran script writer tasked with making Tetris into a movie.

After months of writing crap after crap drafts his mind starts to crack, the tetris blocks start super imposing themselves into his life. His apartment becomes full of badly stacked objects.

From this point you've got two directions.

Torture Porn, where he starts using humans as the shapes.

or descent into madness, where more and more of his life is ruled by stacking blocks of objects.

CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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" Apple is trying to promote its new Family Sharing feature in iTunes but I’ve got a family and it’s terrible. The Family Sharing feature, that is, not my family.

When I exchange a CD with my wife, for example, we don’t ask each other to read and accept a terms and conditions document lengthier than War and Peace before insisting that a binding legal transaction has just taken effect. Nor do either of us have to configure settings and permissions and user groups and IDs and such arse."

At least when you've done that you and your wife can listen to your music at the same time.

On Steam family sharing you go through similar hoops, but if I'm playing 1 of my 100 games, the other 99 games are locked out and unplayable.

Divinity Original Sin and Wasteland 2 reviews: Turn-based gaming's not dead yet!

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As a Gamer and a father to 5 children (3 of gaming age) who tried to use Steam Family Sharing only to be shat on from a great height, I'm very happy I can get divinity on GoG.

Leak: Intel readies next round of NUC

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Re: the latest and greatest


Almost none of the gaming market needs a discrete GPU. "Hard core" gamers are a tiny tiny fraction.


Really? If you consider farmville most of the gaming community and playing something like TombRaider hardcore you would be correct.

But most people playing a normal AAA game on a PC would like it to look a little bit like the console at a playable frame rate. That is never going to happen on an imbedded intel graphics solition.

Yes there are hardcore that want 4K at 200FPS, but most are happy with default graphics at 720 or 1080.