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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub


I've seen burn in on more recent monitors

Including an LCD attached to a server that had the Win 2000 locked dialogue burned into it

HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT


The Saga of the Saga Sagas

For Banner Saga, set in a Norse Themed world of Heroic Deeds, the word Saga makes perfect sense.

MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross


Re: IA Writer - a word processor designed for writers!

I like iA Writer a lot, but it is only Idevice and when I dumped my iPad that was that. I wish it was available for Android, as it is quite a useful thing.

However it suffers like any single document editor when you need to switch info around. I abandoned using IA Writer for a project I was doing, and switched to Scrivener (from the world of Mac but available on Linux and Windows) and that is a fucking joy and a half to use by comparison.

I still haven't totally got my head around formatting the output exactly as I want it, but fixing it is a minutes work in LibreOffice Writer.

If you have short docs, and liek having DropBox integration, and you live in the Mac ecosystem, IA Writer is excellent

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


You;ve not been home in a while have you?


The Isles think they should remain part of Scotland, last time anyone checked


Re: Am I the only one....

If Alex Sammons was after a place in history, he went a funny way about it. His talent would have got him far in the main parties

Bureaucrats foil Nestlé's bid to TRADEMARK KitKat's chocolatey digits


imitation Toblerone

M&S used to do a mountain bar, which was actually better than the Toblerone

Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB


I'd consider getting this next upgrade

I use a Note now. The simple reason why is my eyesight has deteriorated markedly. it was never great to start off with, but now I have keratoconus, myopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. I loved the sharp screen on my old HTC Desire (though it had a crap allocation of space for apps) but it got to the stage that I couldn't read it

So yeah. I'd looked at this in the shops, and as a device that's a phone and hovering near the 7" tablets I could see others, with better eyesight, liking it. To be honest, I use email, text and browsing with my phone far more often that I use it for calls. I can't be the only one that does that

ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...


I wouldbe wary of accpting LewisPage's word on the sun rising

especially in a field where he is a politically motivated amateur

In the field he IS supposed to know something about, Defence, he has been slavering and joyously promoting US kit that doesn't work and seems unlikely to see service

HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash


English Parliament

Interestingly enough I doubt you'd get much argument from the people of the other parts of the UK.

But you woul;d have to do a proper job of delineating between UK and English issues

SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix


The code allegedly ported was written by IBM in the first place

And, moreover, it seems to have had its origins in OS/2

So SCO are coming it

Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One


I wonder when that Steam Console starts up ...

If it keeps the offline mode, then, with the more open hardware approach, that seems more tempting


Help! I’m trapped inside the Chamber of Hollers


He SAYS Leith

Really he's from Edinburgh and is just trying to make himself look trendy

Microsoft: Office 365 reached 1 million subs faster than Facebook

Thumb Down

When El Reg comes decked out all in Office 365 colours and ads

Wht should I be suprised that vague puff pieces for the product are here filling space

Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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No second-hand games

It's reported that the XBox One will associate each game purchase with one user, so no selling old games or even lending them. That might harm its market a bit

The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode


Re: Transphobic

I didn't take it as transphobic. April opened up emotionally to Douglas. When Douglas showed himself to be small minded and rejecting the person he fell in love with, in the crassest terms, she got revenge.

Later on, as he modifies the sketch, he is showing regret

How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans


Re: You'd be surprised

There were 1930s US plans to invade Canada, war Plan Crimson. The Canadians were a bit miffed when those plans were declassified and they found oot.

Sony: Can't beat Apple and Samsung, so let's be the Other Guy


Not true

They also stole designs from Braun


Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal


Anotherone looking for a new ISP

We've been with BE for a few years.

I think now I'm goign to have to consider BT, PLusnet or Zen

Anyu other recommendations gratefully accepted, just not SKY (or Orange)

Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed


Can I just say "I miss File Manager"

I do.

So there

Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth


Not sure where "The Firm" picked up that song

But a guy called Laurie Pay had been singing it for years in the science fiction fan circuit, though the tune boure more resemblance to the "Music Man" and it started "I am the Star Trek man, I come from down the way, and I can play!"

The audience would respond "hat can you play" and then he'd say something like "I can play McCoy" and the verses were exactly the same as those used in "The Firm"'s offering.

I'll give them the "Star Trekkin across the Universe", that was theirs

Review: Lego Lord of the Rings game


I have

And I'm not the only one.

It's not a novel, or even a book of short stories, though there are stories in there, but it's good for background info on the world, as are some of the other "Hey, look what I found in dad's waste paper backet" books that Christopher Tolkien brought out.

That stuff is background and of more use to obsessives, but not necessary, the Appendices are different

I found in conversation with my wife about some things, like the significance of Gandalf helping the dwarves, or what he was doing when he wasn't around, she had no clue what I was on about. Found out her 1st volume set lacked the Appendices, which is a bugger because there is stuff in there that Tolkien though vital to understanding Arwen & Aragorn and how the Hobbit fits into the Lord of the Rings that he couldn't work out how to fit into the main text.

Dawn of the X-Men? MUTANTS swarm AMONG US, say geneticists


Re: Moties!

I suspect this is a post from him better known as "Speaker to Seafood".

Harley allows Apple to use 'Lightning' brand on 'playthings'


There's a plug in for Thunderbird called Lightning, that might be seen as vaguely computery

see above

Phone with Facebook hardware button lobbed out by Nokia


My wife just got an Asha 201

Because she likes a physical keyboard, finds the touchcreen HTC Desire I palmed off on to her getting a bit tiny for her eyes and a hassle to use, and she doesn't have the finances or life to justify being wired 24/7.

The Asha has a nice clear screen, she can get a twitter feed through it and the keyboard works.

And it's cheap