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    Gizmodo care to crowdfund a film?

    I was thinking a scifi based on the hundred coolest bits from every scifi but then I burned out:

    ENHANCED MAN UNION
    EPISODE 1
    The Jessica-Six Uprising

    CHARACTERS
    THE JESSICAS, Genetically Enhanced Clones
    BRAND KIRK, A Human
    HEIN SOLO, A Human

    BLACK

    TEXT APPEARS ON SCREEN: It has been five hundred years since the establishment of the Enhanced Man Union (E.M.U.).
    FADE OUT

    TEXT APPEARS ON SCREEN: Man’s dream of an empire built on the backs of a Genetically Modified Clone underclass has been shattered in a bloody reprisal abandoning Homo sapiens on the verge of extinction.
    FADE OUT

    TEXT APPEARS ON SCREEN: The only humans left fight for scraps of Penguin meat in the Gulags of Antarctica.
    FADE OUT

    1. INT. THE BRIDGE OF A STARSHIP.

    The Bridge of the Enhanced Man Union Deep Space Gunship Philadelphia. The only light source is the three vertical poster view-screen ‘windows’ that reveal the stars past the curve of the planet Earth. In the Darkness, sounds of sexual gratification can be heard from the human sized shadow straddling the Captain’s chair.

    JESSICA ONE
    “Jessica-six!”

    Lights come on revealing the Ship’s Bridge.
    Captain Jessica-one is standing at the entrance to the Bridge flanked by six lesser ranked clones armed with heavy assault Weapons as the lights flip on.
    Jessica-six is sitting in the Captain’s chair with a socked-hand between her thighs.

    JESSICA SIX
    “Captain?”

    Jessica-six seems distracted by something.

    JESSICA ONE
    “What the hell is going on here Jessica-six?”
    Jessica-one advances on Jessica-six with her guards.
    The Socked hand looks downcast and ashamed as the hand-puppet stands upright next to the blue haired Jessica-six clone.

    JESSICA SIX
    “Mr Fibble and I have been having…an affair.”

    Jessica-six smiles defiantly.

    JESSICA ONE
    “How long has this ‘relationship’ been going on?”

    Jessica-one points a pistol at the sock puppet.

    JESSSICA SIX
    “Six hours…Mr Fibble is very talented.”

    Jessica-six stops blurting out her confession as the Sock puppet acts all smug.

    JESSICA ONE
    “Six hours…” Jessica-one raises her voice to a scream,”…WITH MY SOCK?”

    HARD CUT TO:

    2. INT. EMERGENCY ESCAPE CORRIDOR. POINT OF VIEW: LOOKING AT CREW ESCAPE POD HATCH.

    Jessica-six is in the single crew eject-pod behind a round glass porthole. She can no longer be heard.
    Captain Jessica-one lowers ‘Mr Fibble’ into a zip-lock plastic bag held open by one of her officers and seals it herself. Jessica-six can be seen through the porthole crying for ‘Mr Fibble’s’ embrace.

    JESSICA ONE
    “Wash this…repeatedly.”

    Jessica-one hands the bagged sock back to her subordinate officer before looking back at Jessica-six.
    Jessica-six is now staring at her like a hungry predator, face up against the glass, her target decided.

    JESSICA ONE
    “I don’t think so Jessica-six.”

    Jessica-one flips the red switch to manual eject the eject-pod.
    An orange light begins to blink in warning.
    Jessica-six is joined behind the porthole by a sock on each hand (Mr Fibble and his evil twin) – one holding a sex toy.
    Mr Fibble, holding the Captain’s favourite sex toy, goes down on Jessica-six to her gratification.
    He is followed by his evil twin.
    Jessica-six throws a naked hand against porthole glass as the eject-pod launches.
    Jessica-one looks around to find her crew incapacitated and the zip-lock bag empty.
    3. INT. CREW ESCAPE POD. POINT OF VIEW: LOOKING OUT THE EJECT-POD PORTHOLE AT ITS MOMENT OF LAUNCH.

    JESSICA ONE
    (Seen to be Screaming)
    “You Whore! You Dirty, Dirty Whore!”

    The escape pod launches into space and the rebellious trio are catapulted away from the Enhanced Man Union Deep Space Gunship Philadelphia through space and then down into the Atmosphere toward Antarctica from High Earth Orbit.

    4. INT. ANTARTIC ICE FIELD. POINT OF VIEW: FROM INSIDE THE EJECT POD.

    Jessica-six can be seen walking through the snow and ice away from the pod wearing a Silver Hostile Environment Suit with a Fishbowl helmet. Mr Fibble, armed with the Captain’s sex toy seems to fall against the inside of the porthole glass. Mr Fibble’s ‘twin’ is impaled on the sex toy ‘up the hole’.

    FADE OUT TO TITLE.

    TITLE IS REVEALED:
    ENHANCED MAN UNION
    EPISODE 1
    THE JESSICA-SIX UPRISING

    5. EXT. GLACIER EDGE OVERLOOKING RUR TOWER.

    We find the silver suited Jessica-six is standing on the edge of a mile high glacier overlooking RUR Tower. RUR Tower (a single half-mile high building of black stone and Obsidian with neon red Rossum’s Universal Robots ‘rams-head’ logo ) is the original site of the first genetically modified clone production factory and has a harbor where ships might have once docked.

    JESSICA SIX
    “Home, sweet home!”

    Jessica-six nods at her predicament.

    6. EXT. GLACIER EDGE. POINT OF VIEW: LOOKING UP

    Jessica-six leaps from the glacier as a Genetically Modified Yeti having come from the white of the blizzard coming up behind her takes a swipe at the air where she was standing.
    Jessica-six descends in a furious vertical descent with the ice axes that have somehow leapt to her hands from their place of concealment in the sleeves of her silver hostile environment suit.
    Above her the Yeti simply looks over the edge to reveal big dark hungry eyes and then drops down toward Jessica-six who is still descending while looking up.

    JESSICA SIX
    “Oh, Come on!”

    Jessica-six halts her descent by driving one axe into the glacier wall with force and continues her descent with the remaining ice axe.
    The Genetically Modified Yeti barely misses the metal protrusion with its groin and is consequently split open at the belly.
    It cries like a dying Wookiee as it descends past Jessica-six toward the ice floor, clawed powerful arms thrashing about for justice.
    Jessica-six senses an opportunity and rides the dying Yeti to the ground.
    On impact Jessica-six is no where to be seen.

    7. EXT. BOTTOM OF GLACIER.

    Several minutes go by until a foul, gore covered Jessica-six struggling to emerge, stands up out of the steaming belly cavity, her helmet shattered, and the back of her hand to her mouth trying not to vomit at the foul taste.
    She is unsuccessful and wretches several times.
    Walking a hundred metres, Jessica-six reaches a ventilation hatch from which warm air seems to exit continuously and sits down next to it to rest.

    JESSICA SIX
    “Yep, that went well!”

    In the distance a half dozen Yeti can be seen converging on her location from the White as the Blizzard hits R.U.R. Tower like an avalanche wall.

    8. EXT. ANTARTIC ICE FIELD.

    Several of the Jessica clones in silver hostile environment suits are inspecting the crashed eject-pod used to bring Jessica-six to Antarctica. Further out from the group, one stands apart from the rest.

    JESSICA ONE
    “Well?”

    Jessica-one is looking at the distant Blizzard through infra-blue goggles. The Captain looks back at Jessica-five who is inspecting the eject-pod.

    JESSICA FIVE
    “Look Sir, Two Socks and a Sex toy.”

    Jessica-five holds up a zip-lock bag with the offending items sealed within. Mr Fibble is looking rather betrayed and abandoned as his evil twin sits in the opposite corner of the polymer sack sulking.

    “Shall we return to the ship Captain?”

    JESSICA ONE
    “No. That bitch is out here somewhere and I’m going to have her.”

    Jessica-one looks about without the goggles before turning back to face Jessica-five.

    “Contact the ship! I want a Sweep of this grid.”

    9. EXT. ANTARTIC ICE FIELD. POINT OF VIEW: LOOKING INTO THE SCOUTCLASS HOVERCRAFT.

    A hatch opens and Jessica-five retreats into the Scout class Hovercraft. Inside, she contacts the E.M.U. Deep Space Gunship Philadelphia.

    JESSICA FIVE
    “Stagger! This is Waldo! Send me a Sweep of sector one.”

    Jessica-five glances at the feed before returning to the outside.

    10. EXT. ANTARTIC ICE FIELD.

    Jessica five emerges from the scout class hovercraft.

    JESSICA FIVE
    “Stagger says there was a hotspot eight clicks to the coast, but it went cold when the blizzard hit it.”

    Jessica-five looked over at Jessica-one for a command decision.

    JESSICA ONE
    (Looking north into the blizzard)
    “Get everyone on the Scout. We’re moving out.”

    Jessica-one follows her crew into the Scout-class hovercraft. The hatch seals as the turbines whine to full power.
    The Scout flies across the ice and snow into the edge of the blizzard.

    11. INT. HABITATION LEVEL OF ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS TOWER. POINT OF VIEW: INSIDE A CAGE FIGHT SURROUNDED BY ONLOOKERS.

    We are on the Habitat level of R.U.R. Tower. A group of Humans are gathered around one Man fighting it out in a cage match with a Giant Genetically modified Penguin. “Skeee!” The killing howl of the penguin causes Brand Kirk to leap for a hand hold on the highest part of the Cage.

    BRAND KIRK
    “Come on guys! Enough is enough! Get me out of here…”

    Brand Kirk Kicks at the Monstrosity.

    “…before the bastard takes a chunk out of me or something.”

    Brand Kirk looks at Hein Solo looking apologetic.

    HEIN SOLO
    “Say it!”

    BRAND KIRK
    “All right, I’m sorry I let your Yeti out. OK?”

    The crowd instantly grumble in a crowded uproar and pay up their loosing bets to Hein. Hein collects first before cutting Brand Kirk loose from the Cage.
    The Penguin rushes the gate and knocks Brand and Hein aside with the cage door before launching itself at the Obsidian window glass. The ‘Obsidian’ window seems to explode under the force of impact and the penguin slides down the side of the iced up tower. It can be heard howling its cry of fury as it descends.

    HEIN SOLO
    “Shit!”
    Hein laughs at the event that has unfolded.

    BRAND KIRK
    (Looking concerned)
    “Fuck Me! Is that supposed to break like that? I always lean against the one in my Apartment.”

    Hein Solo looks at Brand Kirk and laughs at the idea of Brand Kirk following the Penguin out the window.
    Brand Kirk laughs to be seen to be Sociable.

    CUT TO:
    12. EXT. BASE OF ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS TOWER.

    Jessica-Six is being held off the ground at the throat by a Yeti. This comes to an instant conclusion when a Penguin Falls out of Sky and impales the Yeti that is crushing Jessica-Six. The Other Yeti having seen this kind of thing before flee before any further bad luck conspires to annihilate them.
    Jessica-Six is now covered in even more gore.

    JESSICA SIX
    (Shakes the goo off her face and hair)
    “We’re Alive!”

    Jessica hugs her breasts for emotional support.

    CUT TO:
    13. EXT. BASE OF ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS TOWER. POINT OF VIEW: LOOKING AT EXHAUST VENT COVER.

    Jessica-Six pry’s the Grate off the Air shaft and enters.

    Then I thought Horror and came up with this:

    1. EXT. NIGHT SHROUDED STREET NEAR SHOPS VENDING MACHINE. POINT OF VIEW IS FROM THE VENDING MACHINE.

    Only the vending machines and their close radius are illuminated from above by a light source.

    Martin walks out of the darkness to stand in front of the vending machine. He is listening to the music ‘Perfect Day’ by S.R.MEANEY on his IPOD headphones. Martin inserts currency into the appropriate slot. People are running past in the dark street behind Martin in crowds from left to right of the screen. Martin makes a selection and waits for the drink can to eject it self. They are followed by some great dark lumbering shadow that catches someone directly behind Martin’s head.
    Martin bends down to collect the drink and the monster in the dark is partially revealed to be eating someone. Martin stands up with his drink and walks off screen left. He is oblivious to what is going on behind him in the dark.

    HARD CUT TO TITLE:

    WARDENCLYFFE

    FADE TO BLACK

    2. TEXT ON SCREEN: Yesterday, 3:24 A.M.

    EXT. IT IS A FOREST BOUNDED AND MIST SHROUDED HIGHWAY RUNNING SOUTH TO WARDENCLYFFE FROM MAINE. POINT OF VIEW IS LOOKING NORTH ALONG THE HIGHWAY FROM A POSITION IN FRONT OF CLAIRE.

    Claire is walking south along the road and a vehicle (The Vehicle is a muscle car with a snow plough blade fitted across the front) is approaching from behind. Indicating with a thumb that she will accept a ride, the girl turns as the vehicle pulls along side. The Driver cannot be seen in the dark car interior.

    CLAIRE
    (Leaning down to look into vehicle)
    Where are you going?

    SERIAL DRIVER
    (Driver cannot be seen in the dark)
    ...York.

    CLAIRE
    (Claire pauses for a moment)
    Any chance of a ride?

    SERIAL DRIVER
    No!
    (Laughs and accelerates away down the road)

    The car accelerates away down the road and vanishes into the mist. It is only visible by its rear lights.

    CLAIRE
    (Making a rude gesture in the direction of the car)
    You fuck!

    A frightening shadow looms in the distant glow and the vehicle swerves off the road with the horn blaring. The car horn goes quiet. There is a scream in the distance.
    Claire is paused by indecision before deciding to walk down to see what has happened to the driver.

    CLAIRE
    (Within a reasonable distance of the car)
    Hello? Are you O.K.?

    The Car is still idling, the driver’s door is open and the driver is missing. Claire continues to approach the driver’s side door. It soon comes apparent that she is standing in a huge pool of bile and blood that has sprayed over the car and road.

    CLAIRE
    (Looking around)
    Hello?

    Other than the idling vehicle, it is very quiet. Claire gets in the car and drives off.

    A naked man, gore-stained emerges from the forest. He is carrying a harpoon (made of a heavy threaded rod and a heavy cross spearhead blade welded to a long sleeve threaded on the end) out onto the road pausing in the middle of the bloody residue of the attack. He touches it with his empty hand and looks about.

    THE HARPOONIST
    (Stands up, looks about, and calls aloud)
    Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!

    With no response to his call, The Harpoonist then begins walking in the direction the vehicle went down the road.

    HARD CUT TO:

    3. EXT. SUNLIT SHOPPING MALL CARPARK AS VEHICLE PULLS INTO SPACE BETWEEN TWO CARS. POINT OF VIEW: HEAD-ON WITH RADIATOR GRILL. Yesterday, 10:15 A.M

    Claire gets out of the vehicle, looks at the blood now dried on the vehicle and on her clothes. Looking around, Claire, now obscured by two vehicles, strips off her gore stained clothes and puts on clean clothes from her pack.

    Claire Walks off.

    FADE TO:

    4. EXT. SUBURBAN STREET SCENE. POINT OF VIEW: CLAIRE IS WALKING UP THE STREET TOWARD CAMERA. Yesterday, 10:56 A.M

    Claire is passed by several cars and a child riding a bicycle.

    CHILD
    (Singing to self)
    Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.
    (Repeat.)

    Claire looks back over her shoulder at the singing child.

    CUT TO:

    5. INTERIOR CAR DRIVING THE LONELY HIGHWAY IN THE DARK. Yesterday, 4:40 A.M
    Claire appears to be having flashbacks of the red stain glow of blood while she was driving in the Car.
    Claire is disturbed by the fact she is again behind the wheel of the Car and not walking along a street. She struggles for breath as a blinding light forces Claire to swerve.

    CUT TO:

    6. EXT. SUBURBAN STREET SCENE. POINT OF VIEW: CLAIRE IS WALKING UP THE STREET TOWARD CAMERA. Yesterday, 10:56 A.M

    Claire is passed by a child riding a bicycle. The Street is otherwise empty. Claire seems confused as she walks along the street.

    CHILD
    (Singing to self)
    Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.
    (Repeat.)

    Claire looks back over her shoulder at the singing child and stumbles.

    CUT TO:

    7. INT. CAR. A DARK STRETCH OF HIGHWAY CAN BE SEEN THROUGH REAR WINDOW. Yesterday, 4:42 A.M
    Claire corrects the vehicle and is again confused by the fact that she is in the Car. Now a Red Glow is coming up behind her on the highway (Like a Vehicle in reverse with two Powerful red lights).

    CLAIRE
    (Singing to herself)
    Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.

    The lights seem to bob up and down as though something were very wrong with that distant vehicle’s suspension.
    As Claire passes through the street lights of a cross intersection, it is revealed in a single moment that it is not a car. Some mammoth dark form has been chasing her down the highway. Just as it is almost revealed, a Mack Truck takes it from a cross lane (right-screen) and carries it off (left-screen).

    CLAIRE
    (Singing to herself)
    Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.

    CUT TO:

    8. EXT. SUBURBAN STREET SCENE. POINT OF VIEW: CLAIRE IS WALKING UP THE STREET TOWARD CAMERA. Yesterday, 10:56 A.M

    Claire is passed by a child riding a bicycle. The Street is otherwise empty.

    Claire
    (Afraid as she walks the street toward her home)
    Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.
    CHILD
    (Smiling at Claire)
    Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.
    (repeat.)

    The Child continues down street on the bicycle.

    CUT TO:

    9. EXT. STREET SCENE. CAMERA VIEW: FROM BEHIND CLAIRE FOLLOWING CLAIRE ALONG LEFT SIDE FOOTPATH FOOTPATH. Yesterday, 11:08 A.M.

    Claire turns in off the street and up the path of a residence.

    CUT TO:

    10. EXT. CLAIRE’S HOUSE. Yesterday, 11:10 A.M.
    Claire is on the Step to the front door of the house.

    CLAIRE
    (Knocking on the Door.)
    Hello?

    CUT TO:

    11. EXT. CLAIRE’S HOUSE. Yesterday, 11:11 A.M.
    Claire is on the Step to the front door of the house.

    CLAIRE
    (Desperately banging on the Door.)
    Hello? Dad?

    CUT TO:

    12. EXT. CLAIRE’S HOUSE. Yesterday, 11:12 A.M.
    Claire is on the Step to the front door of the house.

    CLAIRE
    (In tears as she bangs on the Door.)
    It’s me! Please let me in...Daddy?

    Claire collapses on the doorstep weeping.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    13. EXT. CLAIRE’S HOUSE. Yesterday, 11:20 A.M.
    Claire is on the Step to the rear door of the house. She has a brick in her hand. Claire smashes in the glass of a door and lets herself into the house.

    CUT TO:

    14. INT. CLAIRE’S HOUSE. VIEW: FLOATING HANDYCAM. Yesterday, 11:21 A.M.
    Claire is walking through the house.

    CLAIRE
    (Angry)
    Daddy! Where are you?

    CUT TO:

    15. INT. CLAIRE’S HOUSE. VIEW: FLOATING HANDYCAM. Yesterday, 11:22 A.M.
    Claire is rummaging draws for money.

    CUT TO:

    16. INT. CLAIRE’S HOUSE. VIEW: FLOATING HANDYCAM. Yesterday, 11:23 A.M.
    Claire smashes the Television and hurls things about.

    CLAIRE
    (Screaming)
    Where are you?

    CUT TO:

    17. INT. CLAIRE’S HOUSE. VIEW: FLOATING HANDYCAM. Yesterday, 11:25 A.M.
    Claire pours kerosene all over the room and sets it on fire.

    CLAIRE
    (Screaming)
    Fuck you! Fuck you!

    Claire forces her way out the front door and walks off down the path.

    HANDYCAM HOLDS INSIDE FRONT DOOR: WATCHES CLAIRE LEAVE.

    At the Street, Claire turns right and vanishes from view.

    CUT TO:

    18. EXT. REAR FACING VIEW CLOSE UP OF CLAIR IN COMPRESSED TIMEFRAME STREET PROGRESSION. 11:26 A.M.

    CAMERA LOOKS AT HALF OF CLAIRE’S FACE AND THE STREET BEHIND AS SHE IS FAST FORWARDED WALKING DOWN ROAD BACK TO SHOPPING MALL – FIRE TRUCK AND POLICE CAR PASS HER ON ROAD GOING THE OTHER WAY.

    SLOW FILM SPEED TO:

    19. EXT. SHOPPING MALL CARPARK. FILM SPEED NORMAL. 1:02 P.M.

    There are cops all over the abandoned, blood soaked car in the car-park. The scene is surrounded by local TV crews trying to film the bloody car.

    TV REPORTER
    (Wipes her hair aside and nods into Camera)
    Yes George. The Police Forensics Officer has just informed me that there are body remains stuffed under the car wheel wells and blood all over the Seats and driver-side door. There are also tracks headed in the direction of the adjacent Suburb where Emergency Services have been called to a suspicious fire.

    FRAME RATE IS INCREASED BY MAGNITUDE OF x4 TO SHOW:
    Teenagers and young people in White Storm-trooper Uniforms begin exiting the Mall which is host to some Convention or flash-mob. They are carrying an assortment of Weapons from Machetes to Shotguns from the Sporting Goods.

    The Surprised Police Open Fire on the Mob and are met with force.

    FRAME RATE BACK TO NORMAL

    TV REPORTER
    (Ducking at the sound of Gunfire)
    Oh my God...George...Yes...this is terrible...Pete are you getting this? A group of young people dressed as Storm Troopers have just emerged from the Mall and attacked the Police with Weapons.

    CLAIR IS SEEN ON CAMERA PICKING UP A HANDGUN FROM A SHOT OFFICER. SHE TURNS AND SHOOTS THE REPORTER.

    CLAIRE
    (Looks into Camera)
    Mom...I’ll be home soon.

    BEHIND CLAIRE, THE CROWD OF STORM TROOPERS CAN BE SEEN LIFTING THE CORPSE OF A NAKED MAN. IT IS THE HARPOONIST IMPALED ON A HARPOON.

    CLAIRE SHOOTS THE CAMERA MAN.

    CUT TO BLACK:

    A SOUND: DEEP RYTHMIC DRUMS STRIKING SLOWLY AND DEAFENINGLY.

    END

      This is incredible, Robert. Thanks for sharing this. Before we get going, are you happy for White Noise commenters to pick it to pieces? That's what's going to happen now I imagine.

      What are the 100 best movies you thought of to write this from? I can see a few but what are the rest?

        Space Opera - 100 scifi good bits:

        http://paizo.com/forums/dmtz16z2&page=4?SPACE-OPERA-the-100-best-moments-from-Scifi

        Needless to say they went overboard...

      i cant be bothered reading all that, and i read all the time on paper and ebook. scifi and many other genres. your style is not new and not interesting, sorry dude, i can't swim so i don' t get in the pool, maybe you shouldn't either

        Dude it was obviously just a giggle... Something he threw together to get a laugh! Just because you can't swim doesn't mean others shouldn't test the water!

          Exactly. At least have a lighthearted read before you slam it?

    Hah.. very funny, although I did find Mr Fibble to be a bit woollen.... ;)
    I've tried to write SciFi myself, but you sir, are a serious contender...

      I still like Horror more...

        :) ... It's all in the style, and it helps if you can keep the reader in the moment, which you've done nicely here.
        I have a wall full of books of all genres, (mostly SciFi) so I think I have a good sense of the style of a writer. On this little tongue in cheek giggler, you ended it just at the right time. Well done, hope to see more of it...

    And yes I am prepared to have these critically chewed over by white noise commentators...that's expected.

    Just curious what happened to your mobile site? Right now m.gizmodo.com.au is directing to the desktop version.

      Uh, sorry, I take that back. Seems to be working now. Weird.

      Nope, still redirecting to the desktop version for me. Mobile site hasn't been working for maybe a week for me. I thought it may have just been a new ROM on my phone causing issues, but I'm not the only one.

        Strange. Sorry about that guys. The site should just detect what device you're on a mobile device and throw you at the relevant site version. What devices are you using?

          @Luke - it doesnt work from HTC One XL, HTC Velocity, HTC Desire (so: Android 2.2, & 4.03 - either default HTC browser, or Chrome : fails on both browsers). I suspect the detection code either needs to be updated, or got accidentally removed. also saw it failing on a Samsung Galaxy S3, so i dont think its just the HTCs. it could be something to do with Android devices.

    "Do You Use A Password Manager?"
    Well gee I'd tell you if there was a comments section attached...! :)

    I hate this type of journalism, the headline says "It took Dr Who to stop Piracy"

    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/television/abc-warps-time-to-put-dr-who-online-early-at-iview/story-e6frfmyi-1226460269988

    First i do applaud the ABC to at least trying to stop piracy but i hate how they think that by airing one show just an hour after it has aired in the UK that its magically going to stop piracy, a big reality check says that it wont even take a dent out of how many people will still torrent this show illegally.

    The one thing that the stupid idiot Kim williams should realise is that i get a better service pirating shows, i can get TV shows an hour after it airs, i can get it in HD and i dont get a cut down show just because of ads, FTA are the worst offenders when it comes to cutting shows for ads, the absolute worst is channel 9 and Top Gear.

    I like Gabe Newell's strategy to combat piracy, and that is to offer a better service then what pirating offers.

      So here's our take:
      http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/08/why-doctor-who-on-abc-iview-wont-matter/

      It's not going to stop piracy simply because of quality.

    Interesting that Nokia have been advertising their Lumia range more heavily here and on Lifehacker recently. Surely, being the Gizmodo/LH crowd, the punters are going to be more informed than yer average phone buyer and wouldn't be touching them given the impending launch of the WP8 range? Seems a waste, is all...

    Just throwing this out there as an idea: A shooting challenge where people can only use phones. The recent shooting challenges with prizes seem to have resulted in more professional and semi-professional photographers submitting photos. While I don't think that is a bad thing (and the photos have been brilliant) I think it could be interesting to see what happens when people are all using a basic device.

    What does everybody else think?

      We've had a mobile shooting challenge before and it's definitely something I'm interested in doing again. We just need to wait until the time is right! What sort of camera phone do you have?

        I have an iPhone 4S myself

          Ok, same. So long as you hold it steady you should get an awesome, non-blurry shot! I'm keen to do that one day.

    I have noticed that some people manage to do things like italics in their comments.
    Is there some information available on what tags are supported?
    Is there a preferred way of quoting somebody else?
    Can we create proper hyperlinks rather than just pasting a url?

    Sometimes long threads with multiple replies can get a little confusing, so some little tricks might be helpful

      Basic html is supported. That I'm aware of, I don't think there's any "preferred" method - I just do it for a bit of clarity as to what I'm responding to.

      < i >without spaces will give you italics< /i >
      < b >without spaces will give you bold < /b >

      For hyperlinks:
      < a href=“http://Internet URL goes here.” >Title the visitor sees.< /a >

      For embedded images:
      < img src=“image name goes here” align=“Use left, right or center” >

      That said, of course we're all eagerly awaiting the new super dooper comments system that's been promised which will make all this redundant

        We can embed images? High five!

        I naturally assumed all html tags would be stripped out. I wonder what is possible...

        Hello Gizmodo!

          Looks like embedded images don't work (at least not awesome cat gifs)
          Also the greatest piece of HTML code ever created, the marquee tag , is not supported

            It can be done but might be disabled to regular users, Danny Allen in last weeks Whitenoise posted an image so that feature might be for editors only.

              I've never actually tried to embed an image - never been a need; I just assumed it worked because Danny has.

              testing a theory here, it might work or it might not.

                Nope, it looks like posting an image is disabled for regular users, i tried to use a gizmodo logo but it looks like it doesn't work.

                i tried to use a url to an image but it doesnt work, oh well maybe when the mythical new commenting system comes to fruition maybe we will be bestowed the privilege of uploading images.

                  I don't think I want everybody posting images.

        Thanks, i also wondered how people managed to use italics and bold font.

    Does anyone know of any cheap computer parts sites?

    I am looking at saving up for a new video card, i am going to set myself a budget of $400 for a decent video card, my PC only has a PCI-E 2.0 so it rules out the GTX 6XX range of cards.

    I was looking at Amazon but it looks like they dont ship that sort of stuff anymore.

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