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  • Aug 8th, 2014 @ 1:51pm


    Reported cases are on the up - Over here in the UK we're going through a whole epoch of childhood heroes being taken to court for sexual abuses done to children and adults.

    All that says is that is it easier to report these things now and will be taken more seriously than before.

    More reports to the police NOW does not mean that there were any less ACTS happening in the past.

  • Aug 1st, 2014 @ 2:13pm

    Re: Re:

    So what? what has that to do with gambling ? I don;t understand the issue?
    Why is online gambling a problem ?
    Why is the US govt so concerned ?

  • Aug 1st, 2014 @ 1:54pm

    (untitled comment)

    I do wonder about the gambling thing in the states though . Why ?

    I've heard its a sort of state based matter on what's allowed or not , so if that is right , why is the federal govt getting involved ? or have I got it totally wrong ?

    Don't understand what the problem is. Just down to not getting their share ? Or some moral thing ?

  • Aug 1st, 2014 @ 1:50pm


    I'd guess from random wandering round t'interweb that the tobacco companies wouldn't be that unhappy if THC heavy hemp was legal .

    Reefer madness?.. hmmm yes if you are predisposed to that , but no different to those predisposed to alcohol?

  • Jul 15th, 2014 @ 2:52pm

    (untitled comment)

    For me, I have recognisable handle I've used on t'internet for nigh on 20 years - there's someone in south Korea that uses it for Xbox gaming (and why would I care - I'm not claiming ownership over it), but that's it as far as I know.
    Its not guaranteed that'll it'll be me , but given my typing and grammar quirks you'd be able to spot a fake, if anyone cared .

    Why would I not want to use that ?

    tarquin fintim limbim bustop f'tang f'tang ole biscuit barrel.

  • Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 1:57pm

    Slite Kerrection

    Tis Peston , not Preston .

    Howev er endlessly regurgitating the issues will make a complete mockery of it all .

    So it'll get revisited and made worse ....

    ho hum .

  • Jun 5th, 2014 @ 12:53am


    Ask for Talisker - the whisky of Tech Journo's.

    Failing that Tobermory do a very nice 19 yo single cask bottling.

  • Mar 28th, 2013 @ 3:41pm


    Not so sure about this as there are various soccer analysis companies that calculate passes, distance covered, tackles made etc that managers in the leagues use. A player that may not make the headlines may be more valuable because to those hidden factors , and those headline (and expensive) players may not be all that good in the context of the team .

    It's easier with individual style team sports ( baseball, cricket) as there is a direct 1-on-1 situation but its not impossible.
    As for basketball - I have no idea - its a sport of which charms have passed me by .

  • Mar 28th, 2013 @ 3:20pm

    Re: Re: Wisden

    Which version ? there are about .. um, 8?

    20/20, 40 over, 50 over (1 day) , 60 over (no longer played), 2 day ,3 day , 4 day and Test.

    All (except 20/20, where you get a comfort break) with meal breaks and time to do the reason why you were there : socialize .
    Its the same with any sport , its boring if you don't understand it. Being a Brit baseball(rounders plus boredom) and American football (rugby league crossed with trench warfare) are totally nonsensical unless I find someone to explain it .

  • Mar 28th, 2013 @ 11:42am


    Cricket has lots of stats that are published every year into a huge (and expensive) tome called Wisden - my copy is from 2010 and runs to several hundred pages of that years cricket alone .

    ESPNCricinfo has a statsGuru application on their website that, with a bit of arm-twisting can give you practically any stat out of cricket you can imagine (if the info is recorded of course, going back to 1820's for ball by call commentary is not likely).

    The data is relatively open , the analysis will drive you crazy.

  • Jul 28th, 2012 @ 2:38pm

    and here is a sane response to fanfic


  • Mar 21st, 2012 @ 1:43am

    Not the only guy to try different things

    In the UK the comedian Richard Herring did something similar - gave away the podcast for free as a download and charged folks to go to the live performance.

    The was called As It Occurs To Me a free wheeling weekly sketch and stand show where it was about things that 'occured' to Richard that week. So it was an hour of new material every week of the run.

    He ran it for 3 series (plus special shows). It sort of worked - he wasn't getting huge amounts of money as he had cast to pay but it definitely got a bit of a following in the UK. And he did get recognition for it - a Chortle Award.

    Richard decided to pull the plug mostly due to the insane demands of trying to write something like that in 2 days on top of his normal touring and performances.

  • Jun 29th, 2011 @ 10:40pm

    Hp ad

    Hmm well the style of the picture isn't particularly unique - more 30's drawing done with a photo .
    Plenty of others have done the same. besides a picture of a sad boy doesn't mean anything without the tagline.

    Personally I don't really see the copying, similar idea yes, copied no - its not that original and HP has a history and a brand that harking back to the 30's style is not out of character - besides framing is wrong and the background colour is pretty much the same as the label's background colour - and its been that for at least 20 years .

  • Jun 29th, 2011 @ 10:12pm


    In the UK there's a comedian that's done 3 series of a weekly podcast that's run on the basis that its been funded by theatre sales and available for download for free. it was conceived as a way of getting his stuff out there when commissioning directors didn't want to . As a result he's been getting more work and more exposure.
    Des[ite the fact he's decided to can the series (more for sanity reasons than anything else) I would describe this as a success.

  • Jun 15th, 2011 @ 3:12pm


    Thatís exactly what happened when Edison didnít secure an international patent for his early film projector! Everyone in Europe, including those smarter and more passionate than Edison, had the opportunity to improve on his design and create the film industry that we know and love today!

    Except that :
    1 Europe isn't a country
    2 various others on this side of the pond had already done much of the ground work and had patents on it .
    see for example

    Classic case of parallel invention .

  • Apr 22nd, 2011 @ 10:08am

    Re: Re: Itís not $.99: Blame Al Gore & McDonalds

    The important thing is not the weeks long death marches to get the phe product out - its a waste of time cos if it doesn't do well then you're fucked. small gradual uplifts either by subscription or one offs but the point is start small and build. If its good folks will stick around with games.

  • Apr 22nd, 2011 @ 10:04am

    Re: Itís not $.99: Blame Al Gore & McDonalds

    I was going to mention modding as it was one of the obvious ways to enhance value - Qauake, the Original and Best UT(tm) were fantastic for their buyable/home made add on's - one of the guys producing UT maps was so good he apparently ended up working in the industry *

    * that's rumour , Angelheart is the guy I recall - if its wrong then its the industries loss...*

    I agree , build the framework and a core of maps/scenario/story and encourage others to add and then as time goes on add more .
    There is still a good amount of Unreal tournament servers out there still, (for me. the best of the series due to it s speed and fun value) so its not all about shiny , cos players know what they want , and that is fun ...

  • Apr 22nd, 2011 @ 5:46am


    Got a friend who works in the computer games industry.
    Industry is the right word as its stopped being about producing a fun game but churning out a "Flavour of the month" Play-alike, or porting whatever is popular to the other platforms .

    Trouble is the 99c guys are just returning to the early 80's boom where you could buy a tape of a game that was for the Commodore or Spectrum (from the UK so they were the prevalent systems) for that price , load it and play it for weeks or months .

    The Current games companies need to go back and strip out the "ooh shiny" and get back to inventing stuff. I've probably spent more time playing Spider solitaire or bejeweled than proper games since.... oooh Thief 2.

    Not got a gaming console so I'm taking it from an old PC gamer perspective ; one that's so bored of the shiny and need to upgrade for no good reason that he's not bought a game for at least 4 years and that one got played 3 times cos it wasn't as good as the previous versions.

    I'm happy enough to replay old games (stuff like atomix, Thief 1&2 and early Mechwarrior Doom and Quake are more than enough to entertain me besides the mindless doodlings of the likes of bejeweled
    The games industry is relying on the small indies to invent new stuff that they can buyout and endlessly clone. The fact that they've bypassed them totally in new markets has completely got them foxed.
    Bring back the early players (or the any folk that get it ) and get rid of the MBA's who can only look at the bottom line spreadsheet .