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I didn't think I'd ever say this, but the new Myspace looks really cool.

I could actually see myself getting an account, to follow bands and that.
The new Myspace is the social and music discovery destination powered by the passion of fans. Music, videos, photos, and TV, made social.
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Only just seen this, courtesy of +Louise Meigh . Actually crying with laughter.

"The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic."

Brilliant.
An elderly parishioner stuns Spanish cultural officials with an alarming do-it-yourself attempt to restore a prized fresco of Jesus Christ.
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I also died with laughter when I saw it. Absolutely hilarious.
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I've been looking for a good Tasks app since I first got Android, and have always found them to be pretty confusing (or rubbish). This one is great -- it syncs with Google Tasks; has a clean and simple interface; and is such nicer to use on my Nexus than the web interface.

It's so good I even paid £1 to upgrade to the ad-free version.
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I've got quite a few tasks lists set up, and I've been pretty good at following them so far.

One of them is just a list of the games in my backlog, so I can keep track of what I'm playing. :P
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Remember Nick's website idea from The Apprentice this year?  You know the one -- it turns recipes into online grocery shopping baskets, and lists of ingredients into recipes.

Well, he found funding elsewhere (yay) and you can sign up for an invite at www.whisk.co.uk.  Definitely interested in this one, as +Louise Meigh keeps pestering me to write an app for her that does this...
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Absolutely amazing. #b3ta  
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I'm pretty sure that everybody I know already uses Dropbox, but they're offering 500MB of cloud storage per referral (up to a maximum of 16GB).

If you don't already have an account, then click:
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Over the weekend I read Mass Effect: Deception, by William C. Dietz, in preparation for the release of Mass Effect 3. Thanks to blogs like Joystiq I was aware of the “Errors with Mass Effect: Deception” Google Doc (which contains a list of errors compiled by fans of the games/comics) but figured that most of the complaints other people had would pass me by — after all, I’m not an expert on Krogan biology or fictional future history.

…I was wrong.

I was able to forgive the minor errors in the lore (since I wouldn’t have picked up on them without the document), but there were much bigger problems: one character’s name changed from Nankin to Narkin in the space of three pages; Gillian Grayson’s autism is dismissed as her being simply an “awkward teenager”; there are lots of events that don’t fit in with the events of previous books; and literally hundreds of grammatical errors (one page describes the difference between “an Level 1″, “an Level 2″ and “an Level 3″ biotic).

The overall story is kind of interesting, and I’m sure that some of the events that take place will feature in the next game, but that’s not a good enough reason for me to recommend the book to anybody. It is, in short, rubbish.
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I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favourite post on the Citadel
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I've never seen a man so happy to be playing the drums. Courtesy of +Steven Wright .
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Just completed Spider-man: Edge of Time.

Whoever it is over at Beenox that's in charge of this franchise is clearly a Spider-fan; the dialogue and voice cast are spot-on, the story is interesting (and original) and the game features the coolest alternative Spider-man ever -- Spider-man 2099.

Unfortunately, and it pains me to say it, Edge of Time just isn't a very good game.  It would have been perfect as a film, or as a graphic novel, but it just doesn't work in this medium.

The main reason for this is that the whole thing (which I'd place at somewhere around 10 - 15 hours) takes place in a single building, fighting the same enemies, solving the same kinds of puzzles and never really getting to web-swing anywhere interesting.

The fact that the key story point -- that the two Spider-men must co-operate to stop a supervillain from messing around with the timeline -- is barely used as a game mechanic is also frustrating, since there's so much potential.  It's sole use is to spice-up otherwise boring boss fights ("Spider-man!  Destroy the robot in the past so I don't have to fight it in the future!"), to introduce fetch quests ("Spider-man! I need some DNA in the future!") and to place barriers in your path ("Spider-man!  This door suddenly turned into a wall!").

...but it was only £10.  If you're a die-hard fan of Spider-man, I'd recommend this for the story alone -- but if you're looking for something fun, then this is not the game for you.
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The combat seemed a little better this time, but not by much. There are also WAY too many of those "fall really fast" sections.
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Just received my Graphic Novel Collection mug from Hachette.

I am not impressed.

Sent a rather douche-y e-mail. Subject: "Complaint - Broken Mug"

"Hi,

I have just received my "POW!" Mug in the mail (see attached). I've been waiting for it for several months, as they were apparently out of stock at the time of my first delivery.

As you can see in the photo, it is broken. I would appreciate it if you could arrange for a replacement.

My subscription code is: [redacted]

John Pennycook"

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After seeing [redacted], all I can think of is Portal 2.
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Google Docs in Google+ Hangouts

Last year we launched Hangouts with extras as a way to preview certain hangout features. (http://goo.gl/yXhB1) Google Docs integration was one such extra, and the Google+ community has used it for all sorts of awesome -- from trip planning and lecture notes to doodling and charades. Today I'm happy to announce that we're graduating Google Docs to the core Hangouts experience for all users.

To try it out, just click on the new “Docs” button inside your hangout:

- you can add an existing document, or upload a new one
- added documents are available as a list on the left-hand side
- you can switch between and collaboratively edit multiple documents at once

As always, let us know what you think in the comments, or via the “Send feedback” button!

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  • University of Warwick
    PhD Computer Science, 2009 - 2012
    "Evaluating the Performance of Legacy Applications on Emerging Parallel Architectures"
  • University of Warwick
    BSc Computer Science, 2006 - 2009
  • Truro College
    2004 - 2006
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Makes code run faster.
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I'm a recent Computer Science PhD graduate from the University of Warwick.  My research focused on the utilisation of many-core architectures for high-performance scientific computing.

I play games, make games and write comic books.
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Doesn't afraid of anything.
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Application Engineer
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C, C++, Fortran, CUDA, OpenCL, OpenMP, MPI
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    Application Engineer, 2013 - present
  • Intel Corporation
    Technical Intern, 2011 - 2011
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