* Posts by Excellentsword

246 posts • joined 13 Jan 2017


What job title would YOU want carved on your gravestone? 'Beloved father, Slayer of Dragons, Register of Domains'

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Re: Re: "Amazing Stunts with Grapefruit"

Email us corrections, there's a greater chance someone will see them.

The swift in-person response is part of the service (and nothing to do with the thing I broke while trying to help you)

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Re: Re: Pedantry detected on radar, incoming, brace for impact

It was discussed, but since a call was involved and the whome mailbag is rather full, we dropped it into oncall. "I'm sure the readers will be quick to tell me I'm an idiot," was also uttered.

Listen, son... Monster trucks just aren't cool anymore. Real winners drive Tesla Roadsters

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Re: Happy Meal tat

One of mine will watch me build it then put it on the shelf. Then the other will take it and tear it to shreds.

Something fishy is going on in Taiwan as folk change name to include 'salmon' for free sushi

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Re: Your sub-editors deserve a pint ...

The sub-editor wrote it ;)

No egrets: Ardent twitchers fined for breaking lockdown after bloke spots northern mockingbird in his garden

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Re: A quick snipe

Er... I'm just gonna say always intend your puns.

Xiaomi proof that we're a military company, says Chinese tech slinger as it sues US over ban

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Re: Typos a plenty

Lemme break it down for everyone writing in:

Xiaomi > show me

No, I didn't write the headline.

Biden administration pauses ban on Chinese tech companies suspected of military entanglements

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Re: @diodesign Re: "any post that questions their world viewpoint gets banned,"

Swot up on this:


And remember that moderation is at our discretion.

Over long US weekend, GitHub HR boss quit after firing Jewish staffer who warned Nazis were at the Capitol

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Re: Seems El Reg is still missing some facts.

That's bullshit.

This chip lark is child's play: Intel gives us the lowdown on Lakefield in language of Lego

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Yes, we even put a picture in for you...

OpenAI touts a new flavour of GPT-3 that can automatically create made-up images to go along with any text description

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I thought we were a way for the universe to know itself :(

Lay down your souls to the gods of rock 'n' roll: Conspiracy theorists' 5G 'vaccine' chip schematic is actually for a guitar pedal

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Re: Never thought I'd see the day...

We like our metal! (Well, I do...)

Cyberpunk 2077: There's a great game within screaming to get out, but sadly it was released 57 years too early

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Re: A fair review

Thanks for reading! I am really enjoying the game, though still stuck in 30s thanks to children needing things during the holiday period. Your comment gives me hope.

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Re: Yes but have you ever *read* the Neuromancer?

Yes, it's pretty bad.

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Re: I don't recognise the game in the negative reviews.

This review is based on the PC version, so no, it's not a flawless experience. Like I said, your mileage will vary as to what and how many bugs you run into, but pals who were also playing on PC have dropped the game because of bugs.

$900bn coronavirus stimulus bill includes $600 for most Americans, $50 in monthly internet subsidies, $1.9bn to help rid the US of Huawei kit

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Re: Outraged of Suffolk

Jeez, OK Stannis Baratheon.

PSA: The 2020 monolith is a dead meme. You can stop putting them up now. Please

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Re: IoW "art" claimed...

Cheers lad

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience

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Re: overwhelming evidence ?

It wasn't a observation made specifically about the efficacy of masks but people's tendencies to believe patently ridiculous things, of which there were many in the bloke's ads.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is a monastery-burning romp that would be way better if it was not an Assassin's Creed game

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I shouldn't have to play every part of the series for my opinion on this game to be valid. Thanks for pointing out that I've misunderstood some things – and I admitted as much in the article – but I think it only hammers home how convoluted it's become. I may not be a fan, but you're still allowed to like it.

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Re: What everyone gets wrong about AC

My problem is that it unnecessarily convolutes things.

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Re: You're either a fan of the AC games or not

I don't hate it, I'm having fun, there's just a lot of annoying things about it. It's like a solid 7/10.

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Re: I found the previous two games

No sea fighting, the longship is just a transport method and to raid on-shore settlements with your fellow Vikings as far as I can tell. If you liked those two, I imagine you'll get just as much out of this.

Ad banned for suggesting London black cabs have properties that prevent the spread of coronavirus

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Re: Re: Seems a bit harsh

That's some A-grade misanthropy.

Network driver issue shaves 12 more hours off Microsoft's '365' infrastructure, and yeah, it was Exchange Online again

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Bet you're fun at fireworks parties.

We've made it: Microsoft deems El Reg relevant enough to have a play with the nerfed version of its upcoming Xbox


Re: I'm confused

You can indeed buy games outright for the Series S, you just need to do it digitally via the Microsoft Store, which is accessible via the console's dashboard. The game is then tied to your Microsoft account so it would follow you system to system and install/uninstall as necessary. It's the same for the Series X, though you can also buy game discs for that if you wanted to. Note that playing games online (multiplayer) does, however, require a subscription to Xbox Live, which is one of the shittier things about Xbox.

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Re: Re: I don't get the "exclusives" idea...

Just because something is also released on Windows PC doesn't mean there's no reason to get an Xbox. First, you need a PC capable of playing the game. A console is a much more cost-effective way of joining in.

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Re: Re: I don't get the "exclusives" idea...

We got our PS4 for the games. Xbox One did not really compete last gen and we pretty much forgot we owned two until we got heavily into a Microsoft-owned IP. But yeah, no one would "switch" for a game, you just get both if you can.

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Re: Oh, the embarrassment...

Absolute chads...

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Re: The Reg reputation is at stake

I thought it was good so I said so. It'd be disingenuous to tie myself in knots trying to claim otherwise. We don't bite the hand for the sake of it, but I think there's also plenty of information here for you to draw your own conclusions.

Luke Skywalker used to bullseye womp rats in his T-16 on Tatooine. But Star Wars: Squadrons misses the mark

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I made reference to the X-Wing series as a whole.

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?

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Re: Poor On-Call this week

Seeing as there are 200+ comments, I'll chalk that up as a win.

From the Department of WCGW: An app-controlled polycarbonate lock with no manual override/physical key

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Re: Dabbsy's back

We've got just the thing on the home page now.

Can The Register run Crysis Remastered? Yes, but we don't see why you would want to

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Re: Crysis original

The difference between 30 and 60fps is enormous, as is the difference between 60 and 120. Higher than that will be less obvious. But the issue here isn't so much frame rates as it is stability.

Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?

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Re: Fictional report is fiction

Apols, I seem to remember adding it but apparently I did not. In now.

COVID-19 tracing without an app? There's an iOS and Android update for that

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Re: Re: UK IS testing app based upon the Google & Apple system...


Happy birthday to the Nokia 3310: 20 years ago, it seemed like almost everyone owned this legendary mobile

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My bad...

Death Stranding: Essential worker simulator unites its players amid a lockdown far worse than the real-life one

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Re: sounds dull

I think Phantom Pain really suffered at the hands of Konami, though I agree that the gameplay was great. I'd like to pick it up again at some point. Death Stranding is Marmite; hence my cautions of "not being for everyone".

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Re: 100 hours... sigh... Next...

I'm not sure it is 100 hours, just a guesstimate. I have continued to play because I'd like to get to the end before I pick something else up, and it feels like I'm moving into the ending... possibly. I was alarmed when a friend said "sounds like you're about 80% through". Similar sitch here with two kids – my strategy is a lot of late nights. Not everyone can do it :)

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Re: PC ports...

Ah, you say that but Horizon Zero Dawn, which was ported earlier this month and is built on the same engine, was supposedly a hot mess on arrival.

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

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You *bang* will never *smash* humiliate me *whack* in front of *clang* the teen computer whizz *crunch* EVER AGAIN

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Since I wrote both of them, I can tell you that you're both wrong.

Someone please have mercy on this poorly Ubuntu parking machine that has been force-fed maudlin autotuned tripe

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Re: Re: Thanks for the tips

Oh dear.

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Re: Re: Thanks for the tips

Mr Speed takes a very reductive view of my music taste

How to have a more positive 'outage experience' according to Microsoft: Please don't rely on the Azure Status page

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Re: Re: What a great way to blame the customer for problems

Ah gotcha. Well, it goes without saying that anything out of Microsoft is a puff piece for... Microsoft.

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Re: What a great way to blame the customer for problems

It's not a puff piece then, is it? We've reported how Microsoft is thinking about these topics. We haven't praised them for it.

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine

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Re: Why assume he will win?

I hope he doesn't, but I recall former colleagues saying "Trump will never win! He's an idiot!" and the like, while I went by the logic that if Arnie can be voted governor of California, Trump can be president. If anything, his cultist following has grown stronger since then, and looking at how his supporters view the pandemic, I don't think 170k deaths will matter one jot to them. I hope I'm wrong, for all our sakes.

Bored binge-watchers bork beleaguered broadband by blasting bandwidth: Global average speeds down 6.31%

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Re: Not bad,

You wanna switch seats?

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It was a cross-office effort.

If you're on invite-only tech-testing scheme, take care with Amazon's Alexa-powered answer to Google's Glass

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Re: 140 is expensive?

Alright Mr Moneybags. Goes up to $249.99 outside of this Day 1 thing. I see your point but personally I wouldn't happily smash something that cost north of a hundred quid.

The Last of Us Part II: Never mind the Metacritic nonsense, Naughty Dog's ultra-violent odyssey is a must-play*

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If they're made without playing the game, they're not valid. And review-bombing isn't criticism, just mindless trolling.

Elite name on Brit scene sponsors retro video games preservation project at the Centre for Computing History

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Re: Re: Screenshot

Closest I could find quickly that could be emulated in a click.



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