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Good Eats / Infinity Chilli Sauce
« on: October 29, 2010, 11:19:59 am »
Pretty much the hottest thing in a bottle. The Chillies are rated at over 1.1 million scovilles. The sauce has a bit too much lime in it for my taste, but you soon forget about that. Awesome!


Movies, Shows & Books / Currys Star-Wars advert
« on: October 29, 2010, 09:12:29 am »
R2D2 and C3PO break into a Currys shop. Well written and proper interaction between the two droids, obviously done by SW fans ... can the team behind this be given a lead role in whatever Lucas does next please?


General / Cheb Shots!
« on: October 20, 2010, 10:01:43 pm »
I know we used to take plenty of drunk up for it lasses back in the Blaises and Arena days, but at least we had the decency not to make a website purely around them.

Of course, the whole idea is crass, tacky and juvenile ... oh, alright then!  ;D


General / Outage this weekend
« on: September 30, 2010, 07:59:35 am »
The datacenter where the Haxed server is located is having some work done on it's power systems this weekend.

As a result, we will be unavailable on Saturday morning, from Midnight through to about 8AM.

Ach! Bugger! Got the wrong day!

Games, Computers and Tech Issues / PS3 Jailbreak with N900. oh yes!
« on: September 03, 2010, 10:31:21 pm »
As the title says, I have just put my PS3 into development mode using a crack written for the N900.

Truely, is there anything this phone cannot be made to do? ;D

Apparently, it uses a similar exploit to that used by the USB dongle that Swony recently sued a company in Austrailia over.


Movies, Shows & Books / Four Lions
« on: May 07, 2010, 10:30:22 am »
The thought of Chris Morris doing what he does best - Lampooning current mindless bandwagons - makes me happy. Him doing it with a full length film makes me happier.

'Four Lions' not being shown by either the Boro Cineworld or T'park Showcase ...  :sad

Limited time offer.. Wolfire games have bundled together five indie games : World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru and Penumbra Overture. Purchased separately at normal price, these would cost about $80. This bundle will let you pay exactly what you want and you can ask for half or all of your payment to go to charity (EFF and Child's play)

The games are all cross platform (yes, you can get them on Mac and Windows too if you're that way inclined), have no intrusive DRM and all of the money paid goes to the developers and/or charity (minus their paypal/amazon/google fees of course) - none of this goes to the likes of EA or activision.

I got World of Goo a while ago and it is a really fun game, dunno about the others but it's worth a punt surely.


Just don't be a dickwad,pay something reasonable - they need to eat.

General / Random, drunken abuse of power stylee banning : Psy or Wrong
« on: April 11, 2010, 12:49:40 am »
Pseudo democracy in action boys & girls!

There's a pretend hatred there that clearly has some sort of homo-erotic roots and frankly I'm drunk and would like to see their political differences put to the ballot box. That we may get a period without the public fight between them is an added bonus!

Vote now! Genuine 24hr post ban for one of them when/if I remember I posted this vote!

Games, Computers and Tech Issues / Google maps streetview
« on: April 01, 2010, 12:32:46 pm »
You'vce probably all noticed, but all the local stuff that they went round getting last year is now live 8)

... and it's in 3D (is this another AFD thing?)

Movies, Shows & Books / IT Crowd Series 4!
« on: March 29, 2010, 02:20:04 pm »
Looks like it's in production ...

Tweet from Chris O'Dowd..

Application to be in the audience ...

General / Facebook fingered in local Syphilis cases
« on: March 24, 2010, 03:41:25 pm »
According to the Register, the Gazette are blaming Facebook for a recent rise in the number of Syphilis cases locally...


General / Three phone network
« on: March 20, 2010, 09:20:11 am »
I'm looking at possibly moving phone network from T-Mo to Three. As I'm only looking at 30 day rolling contracts I've grabbed a Three sim and am running it concurrently for a week or so before dropping one or the other.
For 15 I'm getting 300 'minutes', unlimited calls to other Three phones, unlinimted SMS, 1GB data transfer. pretty much the same as I get fromT-Mo except for a bit more call time.

Big difference is that Three apparently don't have arbitrary restrictions on data usage and, after trying a few tests, appears to conststently provide 3-4 times more bandwidth than T-Mo.

I've had peope warn me about network coverage but I got the same warnings about T-Mo and have had no probs.

Does anyone have any non-anecdotal evidence of Three being crap?

General / British Web Archiving of Haxed?
« on: March 06, 2010, 02:09:34 am »
I have been reading on Slashdot abut some issues with UK copyright law and archiving of British websites. The British Library would like to make an archive of pretty much all UK websites with the same sort of powers as they do with books, and do a better job of it than archive.org is doing from the US.

Their problem is that apparently UK copyright law doesn't give them a clear-cut right to do so (as with books), as described in this article (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-03/05/archiving-britain%27s-web-the-legal-nightmare-explored.aspx).

I will admit that I love the whole archiving aspect and the ability to go back to what was important or trivial gossip to us several years ago - something which some of you may remember me semi losing an argument stopping club owners and the like from deleting old threads from their boards.

We are currently not in the British Library archive and whist I can't say for sure if we fit within their 'culturally important' remit, I feel we are much more worthy of preservation than may of the other sites in their database.

Whilst I am clearly happy to give them all of our data (barring personal details, password etc obviously) on a platter, and the agreements involved whilst registering probably give us the right to do so, I feel like throwing the question open. I am not currently aware of exactly what I would need to do to give them the permission that they would need, but I want to get a feeling from you lot - does the thought of the possibility of contributing to and being referenced in the studies of some snotty-nosed young being from alpha-centaurai in ancient Earth civilisations some thousands of years in the future appeal to you?

Games, Computers and Tech Issues / Heavy Rain
« on: February 28, 2010, 11:52:17 am »
This thing is fantastic, though you have to appreciate what it is rather than what it isn't as it isn't what most people would class as a 'game'.

Quantic Dream call it 'interactive drama'. I suppose that is a pretty good description. The closest thing I can compare it to are the old 'choose your own adventure' style books. That's an unfair comparison as this outshines them in every respect. The writing is great and the storyline is excellent. There also doesn't seem to be any of the annoying 'you fell down a random hole and died, go back to page one' situations - there again, there's no easy way to keep the last 'page' bookmarked do you can go back if you screw up.
The 'choices' are actually made through a combination of quick time events, button manipulations and conversation/decision trees. I did find myself getting involved and caring for the characters so much to the point where some of the decisions to be made were actually difficult or made me feel uncomfortable. The fight scenes (mainly QTE powered) are well choreographed but with it being what it is, I guess that, although they are usually a long string of QTEs, there are only ever one or two possible outcomes of the fight, but that doesn't matter - the story and narrative are king.

The augmented reality device operated by the FBI agent is a thing of beauty, but it is annoying that he will only use it in certain scenes.

There are some downsides, the general control system feels a bit clunky to me - getting the characters to go where I want them to is sometimes a little frustrating, sometimes it is a little unclear where you have to go and the translation between non-interactive sections and stuff where you have to control a character is non-existant. This is most prevalent when you change between characters in a scene or are controlling a scene with a character you do not usually control. There were several occasions where I've sat for a few seconds without realising I was supposed to do something, or had missed a completely out of the blue QTE. The beginning of the game is very slow and quite dull. There are also a large number of dull scenes scattered throughout. There's one scene where - in order to gain someone's cooperation - you have to change and feed their baby. While bearable first time through, I think that those sort of things will hamper re-playability.

Before release I had compared this to Shenmue. I was only partially right with that comparison. Shenmue leaned heavily towards being story-oriented rather than gameplay oriented, this takes it even further.

This does what film-makers try to do but all to frequently fail - get a reaction from the viewer - unfortunately, that can only be appreciated by a single player at a time.

Anyways, the story has just revealed a massive twist that I should have seen coming ... and my PS3 has just started playing up again :fork - no YOLD just yet but I think it's coming.

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