* Posts by Excellentsword

310 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Jan 2017


Microsoft wants Activision so badly, it's handing streaming rights over to ... Ubisoft?

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Re: Here's A Deal

And Sea of Thieves wouldn't have to rely on Azure servers...

Man who nearly killed physical media returns with $60,000 vinyl turntable

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Re: Never mind the turntable......

Hi! It's a Firebird Studio. I don't think I like it very much but it has been my main and then only ax for almost two decades, I think. I grew up and had a family so it's been sorely neglected (as have any skills I might have once had), but the kids are now saying they want to play so it might come out this weekend if I can restring it.

California man's business is frustrating telemarketing scammers with chatbots

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If you want specifics, I meant people who think you can make money by selling AI-generated dross rather than actual human art.

California man jailed after manure-to-methane scheme revealed as bull

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Hey, it was quite difficult, OK?

Where are we now, Microsoft 362.5? Europe reports outages

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Re: No, Microsoft 356

Coming soon to a Register headline near you

Gen Z and Millennials don't know what their colleagues are talking about half the time

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Re: Re: I'll Be There

Reach out and touch base!

Google veep calls out Microsoft's cloud software licensing 'tax'

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Re: Never mind the article, who uses "veep"?!

Bet you're fun at parties

Dyson moans about state of UK science and tech, forgets to suck up his own mess

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Re: Lindsay Clark read Invention: a life

It is an opinion piece, you know, and clearly labelled as such

Google IO: A deeper dive into the developer day's details

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You do understand that we're a technology publication, yes?

Pixies keep switching off my morning alarm, says Google Pixel owner

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I am a dad, I like the Pixies. Ergo, dad rock.

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Re: Sorry not sorry

They're one of the all-time greats.

Storing the Quran on your phone makes you a terror suspect in China

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Re: Quote from the religion of peace...

Identical to Book 1 of Samuel in the Bible

Handwritten Einstein essay on theory of relativity goes under the hammer

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Re: "The auction will end on April 11"

Clearly I wrote this during amateur hour. Thank you, amended.

Brits start 'em young with 20% of tots 'owning' a smartphone

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Re: You might want to reconsider your overshare, Richard

Can't get flamed if you don't read the comments

Elon Musk actually sits down and talks to 'government-funded media' the BBC

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Adidas grapples with $1.3B in unsold Yeezy sneakers after breaking up with Kanye West

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Adidas... has a website?

My God, it's full of tabs: Vivaldi's coolest new features shine on phones and cars

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Re: "My God, it's full of stars."

Sorry, had a bit of a Mandela Effect moment

Sure looks like Beijing stole blueprints from chip fab world's ASML

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Re: Re: Warren Buffett tips


McDonald's pulls plug on Wi-Fi, starts playing classical music to soothe yobs

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Re: Methinks...

Don't worry, I've bitten more than my fair share of Big Macs too. I just try not to go inside the restaurants.

James Webb Space Telescope suffers another hitch: Instrument down

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Re: Eggheads

It is a term of respect.

Amazon warehouse workers 'make history' with first official UK strike

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Re: Not afraid to strike?

It's in reference to the amount of strikes going on in the country since before Christmas and a history of industrial action that the nation will not soon forget. Don't have a cow, man.

British monarchy goes after Twitter, alleges rent not paid for UK base

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Re: Not quite.

Charles, third of his name, king of the Angles and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm

Bringing cakes into the office is killing your colleagues, says UK food watchdog boss

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Re: Cake

I'm actually not that into cake, my weaknesses are beer and burgers. I ordered one after writing this. I shouldn't have because wife came home famished and not up for cooking so I skipped dinner and she had a burger too. Deliveroo is a slippery slope.

Software engineer accused of stealing $300k from employer was 'inspired by Office Space'

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Re: Re: Code review is for wimps

Also referenced several times in Office Space xD (I'm rewatching for nth time)

Move over, Kraftwerk: These musical instruments really are the robots

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Re: Re: sloppiness

I meant basically that although Steve Vai is an exceptional guitarist, I don't think he writes good music. Hendrix did both effortlessly. Just my opinion. I don't know why you have to drag Stevie Ray Vaughn into it, but definitely a talented lad too.

I like a rough edge, I like self-taught, I like innovation a million miles away from the technical insistence of music colleges. That's Hendrix, Cobain, Neil Young... punk without necessarily being punk. Raw, emotive, powerful.

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Re: sloppiness

Only sloppy in the sense that if you compare him to, say, Vai, one has more humanity and emotion than the other. So "sloppy" in a good way.

Of course U2 is one of Bill Gates' favorite bands

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Re: Is/Are

It depends. Not even in America would they say The Beatles is a band.

The CES tat bazaar: Bike desks, AI-powered bird feeders, and the smelloverse

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Re: Re: Half an hour doing dishes is enough to make the small of my back burn

It was fine when it was just me and missus. Now we have two kids and it never seems to end. That and laundry.

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Re: Half an hour doing dishes is enough to make the small of my back burn

Thanks for your concern! I do think perhaps the counters are a little low. On the other hand, I'm in the process of moving house AND IT HAS A DISHWASHER so no more burning back soon (I hope).

The Guardian ransomware attack hits week two as staff told to work from home

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Re: Ich bin ein Berliner

Very pedantic. The Guardian is still very much a broadsheet in how it presents news and writes it.

FTX CTO and Alameda Research CEO admit fraud, pair 'cooperating' with Feds

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Re: YouTube debunkers

I included the linked videos because Coffeezilla was on the Twitter calls and directly questioned SBF on a few occasions. The way SBF squirms throughout suggests Coffeezilla was the only one present asking difficult questions.

Man wins court case against employer that fired him for not liking boozy, forced 'fun' culture

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Re: Re: Their "fun"..

Read it again.

Just follow the instructions … no wait, not that instruction to lock everyone out of everything

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Every second comment you post accuses someone or something of being Nazi and you get moderated accordingly. Seriously, get a hobby.

NASA, SpaceX weigh invoking Dragon to take Hubble higher

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Re: Insufficicent

As much is said in the article.

Amazon fails to overturn New York City union election

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Re: I know they're underpaid, but....

Yes, the words the report used were "minimum wage."

Voyager 1 data corrupted by onboard computer that 'stopped working years ago'

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Re: AACS Acronym definition incorrect?

No: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attitude_control

You'll soon be able to ghost a WhatsApp group without making everyone hate you

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Re: With due respect…

It's August.

Bill Gates says NFTs '100% based on greater fool theory' amid crypto cataclysm

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Hey thanks, it's comments like these that keep us going

Amazon fears it could run out of US warehouse workers by 2024

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We didn't bring it up. He did. In court.

Always read the comments: Beijing requires oversight of all reader-generated chat

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Re: Re: Administrivia

You're posting at the weekend or we have other work to do?

Consultant plays Metaverse MythBuster. Here's why they're wrong

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Re: Re: MetaVerse

Snow Crash seems to have coined the term, though I agree it's been a trope for longer.

The Souls noob's guide to Elden Ring

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My response to that would be that I'm not "gud". There are different degrees of "gud". I'd say I'm possibly "gud enuf" to blunder through the game to the end. We will see. Then there are others who are very familiar with the feel of Souls-likes, having played them for years over and over.

The example I used is the Grafted Scion, which is possible to beat at level 1 if you're "gud". The rest of us will die almost immediately.

Most bosses I have to try anywhere from 3 to 10 times, and I haven't even got to the endgame fights yet. Looking forward to getting back on tonight now I'm back from holiday.

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Re: Excellent article- not so fond of the game

I'd just say keep at it. Use Spirit Ashes and level them up via gravewort (found in catacombs) after you meet Roderika near the entrance to Stormveil (there's a small group of shacks to the south of the gate iirc). There's also an NPC summon to the right of Margit's gate. The elation after beating a boss you've tried a zillion times is like nothing else.

UK suit over reselling surplus Microsoft licenses rolls on

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Re: Re: Licence, not license

Not "enterprise" enough, probably.

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Re: Licence, not license

Hi, we know licence/license. However, we have been told to use American spellings across the board.

UK regulator puts NortonLifeLock merger with Avast on ice

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Re: Re: CMA

Oh no, my sarcasm module must need rebooting

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We're not against it

Russian chip makers face uncertainty as war drags on

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Re: Great, looks like I've been put on "moderation" for pointing out propaganda

You've been put on moderation for using homophobic slurs.

Lost Ark: A pulpy Korean MMO-lite for idle hands

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Re: WHere is the paragraph about the effectivly BANned status is certain countries?

It wasn't relevant to my experience, being in the UK. The game won't come out in those jurisdictions due to their regulations around random rewards from loot boxes.

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Re: You forgot to mention the colossal sexism

I didn't forget. I said it "passes muster less and less among Western studios" under the bit about gender-locked classes and how women are represented.