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We've got a beast of a laptop to give away for free as part of our Reg Hardware competition. If you're looking for something that packs a punch and half, this should be just the fillip. It's the afore mentioned Samsung RF711 17.3in Core i7 which should be more than enough wallop for most of your needs. It'll take approximately …

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Holmes

My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

1 + 1 =

A. 100

B. 2

C. -100

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Happy

Re: My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

Psst, everyone. The answer is (C). Trust me, I'm a professional and I'm giving you the inside track to winning this laptop. Don't answer anything else.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

Your mathematical ability is fantastic!!!

Getting 1+1 to = -100

Are you a banker or a tax accountant?

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Re: My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

That's a dodge. It's so they can call it a quiz rather than a lottery.

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IT Angle

Re: My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

oh shi! i picked A!

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Boring answer

Competitions have token easy questions so

a) they get round gambling laws (= a game of skill, not chance, which would be naughty)

b) more people enter (= more lovely customer data)

c) we read the review (= better awareness of product)

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Boffin

Re: My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

But, but, according to my programmer's calculator the answer is 10 ???

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Re: Boring answer

Second boring answer:

In addition to Ian's points a more difficult question would be pointless anyway as everyone would just google it!

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Re: My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

Neither, but he does work in mainframe support for HSBC.

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Paris Hilton

Re: My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

>> Are you a banker or a tax accountant?

No - it's clearly George Osborne...

Paris 'cos it's Friday!

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Re: My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

1+1=

I like to visualise sums like this. Helps me to picture the answer. Answer? 1.

I visualised half a grapefruit and added that to a similar half grapefruit. The total being one grapefruit. So I'll go for D. 1 (not listed).

;) Winning!

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Re: My Impersonation of these Questionnaires

Well Phil, I think you need to take your calcunow out of hex mode and but it back into dec mode.

I can see why hex mode is better though, especially for a Microsoft programmer, since B00B1E5 is a lot easier to spell out (184594917 btw).

Keep up the good work...

ttfn

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Might be an idea...

to make a note in the article it's only open to UK residents.

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Are you planning to disallow entries from people who always complain about 900 vertical pixels being crap?

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Re: "The competition closes on Sunday 29th July"

Err, according to the actual compo page itself:

Terms and Conditions: Competition closes 31/07/2012.

Who's right?

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WTF?

Not sure about the processor

Just checked the official Samsung website and apparently this puppy runs at 2.00Hz.

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Facepalm

Re: Not sure about the processor

Ooo. Lightning quick.

I think I could do calculations on a Casio calculator watch at that speed.

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Re: Not sure about the processor

I just had a look at the official website, it's another one where geolocation overrides common sense.

I type in "samsung.co.uk" and it decides that as the point of presence is somewhere else (some of our proxies are more forgiving than others), it'll give me a site I can't fucking read EVEN THOUGH THE .CO.UK ADDRESS IS VALID!

Obviously I typed in .co.uk in error 'cos I'm a complete bloody idiot who hasn't got a clue what he's doing. That's the message I got anyway.

They just got shitlisted for being too lazy to link the "real" in-country address to "samsung.com/${isoc}" and instead just linking the lot to their automated geolocation resolver. Dickheads.

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keeping my fingers crossed!

easy enough to do, here's hoping you'll shoot the lappy my way :D

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Re: keeping my fingers crossed!

Here's hoping you don't shoot the lappy his way.

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Re: keeping my fingers crossed!

Here's hoping you don't shoot the lappy.

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Does leaving a comment increase the chances of winning?

If it does, I'll do it. Can't be bothered if not though.

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Unhappy

RATS!!!

I'm not a UK resident...

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Anonymous Coward

Re: RATS!!!

I've always assumed that bit of small print is just a get-out to avoid the complications of running competitions where the legal situation is different?

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Re: RATS!!!

Boo hiss! Me too. Would love to get my grubby mits on that puppy.

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Re: RATS!!!

Me neither. Do you have any friends or family living there though? That should do fine.

If I win, I'll get it posted to one of my mates in Belfast and spin up on the train, make a weekend out of it.

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Re: RATS!!!

It's because of NI competition laws that most competitions have a "No purchase necessary" clause...

(Never understood how it worked. Do you write to the company asking to be entered into the competition? You'd surely need to buy the product to get the details / address / question?)

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Re: RATS!!!

Yes, you write to the company, and they send you the form/details/magic number. Just like you can't be made to pay the £1.50 fee for a premium text message (which is a purchase), so companies which ask for competition entries by text have to accept ones by snail mail as well.

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Trollface

Re: RATS!!!

Anyone who is not a UK resident, If you win, you can arrange to have the prize sent to my UK address...

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Re: RATS!!!

I'd have loved a shot at it. My experience of Samsung kit has so far been WANT! WANT!! WANT!!!!! My Samsung Fondleslab beats the bejeezus out of me every day. (Beat me at chess yesterday, but it was no match for me at kickboxing...)

(I'd have 'linuxed' that lovely Lappie puppy in a heartbeat, natch...)

Hey, El. Reg - how about awarding it to a commentard (UK resident) who has the most DOWNvotes! That'd be amusing....(Still probbly me, if I lived in UK...)

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Megaphone

Could at least have had a caption request like

"State one good reason why you want to have this laptop?"

Would have made a very jolly read if you then published the afore mentioned reasons!.

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Happy

Re: Could at least have had a caption request like

Is there any other reason than "I know how to use ebay"? Most people reading el reg already have a better laptop.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Could at least have had a caption request like

Not necessarily, some of us are married.

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Childcatcher

I wanted to moan about nothing...but there was nothing to moan about.

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Boffin

Moaning Minnie

Why don't you moan about the lack of moaning opportunities?

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Re: Moaning Minnie

He's clearly way ahead of you on that one.

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What the fuck is with that background image?

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Agreed wtf indeed

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Part of Sammy's ad campaign apparently

http://www.ideo.com/work/samsung-memory-brand-awareness/

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Re: Part of Sammy's ad campaign apparently

Wow. Apparently ad culture dropped Beefeaters for psilocybin -- maybe I'm in the wrong field!

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Yeeurrk...

It's one of those marketing campaigns that remains memorable for being utterly crap. Wish somebody would invent eyeball emetics so's I could un-see it...

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Re: Part of Sammy's ad campaign apparently

So, the image says samsung memory should be though of as an serious RTA with casualties (ambulance) etc.

Q to samsung marketing execs - what sort of muppet considers a FUBAR'd pickup and ambulance to be a good image? Is samsung memory as bad as their CD drives - i.e. do they consider memory bricking itself if used by anything other than windows as a "feature" ala thier CD drives? :-)

OK, I will admit I can see some japaneese execs going for the manga characters in the foreground but IMHO they look way too "smelly homeless wierdo" to me.

Jacqui

p.s. I think I met the guy in the middle some 20 years ago[0[ - he was an IBM consultant, wore sandals (even in winter - he called it blue toe weather) and only drank real ale and was a CAMRA "founding member". Nice guy.

[0[ it may have been his dad :-)

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The one thing I don't get about this powerhouse

Is that it runs Windows 7 Home Premium.

Maybe this is the sysadmin in me but I'd somewhat had expected Win7 Professional to be used.

But apart from that this looks pretty promising indeed. I'm pretty curious; this thing should be able to run multimedia software (Ableton Live 8 / Reason 6.5.1, etc.) even faster than a regular desktop. And if the internal multimedia is any good, hmmm......

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Re: The one thing I don't get about this powerhouse

Well, it won't be running Windows Anything once I get my hands on it ;)

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Re: The one thing I don't get about this powerhouse

Pro doesn't really offer any benefits over Home Premium for the laptop's intended purpose, at least not that I can see -- RDP access and ability to join a domain, sure, but how does that actually benefit anyone who might buy the laptop, rather than only those who have need of the capabilities? -- and the Pro SKU I believe costs extra, which would be reflected in the price at point of sale. (Not that driving that price up a hundred bucks further is likely to make all that much difference...) I suppose the idea must be that most will be satisfied with Home Premium, and those relatively few who need Pro or better can use Anytime Upgrade to get it.

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Re: The one thing I don't get about this powerhouse

As Windows 7 allows you to upgrade to Pro/Ultimate online, the vast majority of laptops just come with Home Premium nowadays. There's no difference in cost to the end user, it's just a bit more work involved for you and a bit less for the supplier.

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Better watch out...

With that headline you might get sued by Monster Cable.

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Re: Better watch out...

I laid a monster cable in the WC this morning - bring it on bitches sue me for it! That Samsung vs Apple judge will just tell us that, although my cable was composed entirely of shit, it just wasn't as shit as your cables - no case to answer!

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I am a UK resident, but our corporate network appears behind a German proxy.

I always get the answers to these competitions correct, often spending litterally seconds in researching the answers, but amazingly I've never won.

Is some automated process likely to be throwing away my entries because of assuming I'm German?

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