* Posts by hammarbtyp

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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Memory vs Processor

I would suggest that nowadays 8GB (and a 64bit OS to access it) is the new norm.

Unless the PC's are easily upgradeable, I would be worrying about that more than peak processor performance especially if you install memory hogs like chrome

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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This mirrors the real software world

To be honest, working in software today mirrors a lot of that. Today we actually right very little original code.

The job now is largely understanding the problem domain, and the then creating the best solution with the tools and libraries available.

The truth is, even in the embedded worlds, the processors are so powerful there is little need to handcraft that bubble sort. The days of trimming bytes of the code to fit it in 16K of ROM are long one.

So if the kids are learning how to create imaginative solutions to their world problems, good on them.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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Re: Apache Harmony

Judge William Alsup showed in the original case that he was far from technically illiterate, and actually for a judge had good understanding of programming, calling the code copyright that Oracle was obvious and something a 10 year old could do and hardly worth the billions Oracle were claiming

Unfortunately the appeals court had no such technical nounce and threw the case back to him after they disagreed with his findings

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Stand your ground

Them darn airliners kept overflying my properties so I took it out with my Stinger I got in Walmart. Serves them pinko commies right in thinking they can look at my children.

It's my right as defined by the constitution, darn it

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Re: Upgrading tonight

or not depending on your success...

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Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

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Will someone think of teh artists?

I hope they included DRM on that disk when they sent it off. We don't want aliens profiting from illegal downloads

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Intel tests definition of insanity with (leaked) typoslab Skylake CPUs

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Maybe the wrong battleground

I think Intel is going to always struggle prising ARM from the mobile market, ironically for the same reason no-one has moved the Intel architecture from PC's. There is too much investment by mobile manufacturers in the ARM eco-system and they like the control ARM provides over the SoC. for example, is Apple going to handover it's special sauce for making chips to Intel for it's iphone? Probably not

However there are other markets where such chips would be great. Industrial control solutions and IoT for starters. . However they are not sexy applications and Intel seem very reticent to use there most power efficient cores in these areas allowing AMD and lately ARM to make headway in these areas.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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To paraphrase Reagan...

A billion here, a billion there, and soon enough you'll be talking real money...

A few more... Skype, Yammer, Origami

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EU squashes bogus copyright scare as red-faced Guardian slaps down Wiki's Wales

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Confused...

So let me get this right, MEP's dropped an amendment that did not exist.....

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: Cockpit

I will bow to your superior knowledge @cray74. I have never had the privilege of touring or ever seeing a B-52 in the flesh, so most of my knowledge is based on Dr. Strangelove....

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Aiming Error

It wasn't perpendicular, it was at an angle. the angle was calculated to have the maximum chance of at least one bomb hitting the runway.

In these days of precision guided weapons it difficult to remember the bombs the Vulcan were using were not any more accurate than the ones used in the 2nd world war. They slightly better radar and computers, but not much better.

Dropping 10000ft meant it would not take much of a change in wind speed to cause the entire stick to miss the target, so they decided on the least risk strategy.

I also disgree that it had no effect on the war. The fact the RAF proved they could launch missions at such range, meant the Argentinian air force was forced to keep more planes on the mainland in case of attack on the air fields there.

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Cockpit

If you get a chance to climb into the Vulcan cockpit (at EMA aeropark they have open days), do so. You will be surprised by disparity between the size of plane and the crew compartment, which is let us say, snug.

None of the huge acerage that the yanks have in the b-52, which makes the black buck missions even more remarkable.

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A privilege to see her for the last time

Went to see her for the last time at EMA Aeropark.

She's a sprightly girl for a lady of 55 and it was a privilege to see her for the last time.

I doubt we will see her like again. The costs of keeping some complicated machines flying means there will probably never be a equivalent project in the future. Congratulations to the Vulcan to the sky team for keeping her going this long.

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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Re: Maybe nothing. but why take the chance

Sorry, but you don't really understand the law - which is a bit alarming even for a hobby photographer.

That's because I'm not a copyright lawyer, I do have some standards. I would take a bet that 95% of photographers have little or no understanding of copyright law. After all it's a hobby that causes no harm to anyone, why should we spend time studying law texts?

As most photographers I use the law of common sense. Don't trespass on private property, avoid taking photos around military installations and parks where children might be playing and be polite and courteous to all around you.

This is the problem with copyright law(yes I have studied it a little bit). Once you manage to dis-entangle it, it makes little common sense, so goes against most peoples expectations. That is a crucial test of a good law.

You may be being hassled under terrorism laws, but that is nothing to do with copyright.

No, but it is an example where laws are misused to restrict rights that people widely believe they hold. Copyright law is often used in the same way.

The "freedom of panorama" doesn't need "saving", as this is not a legislative proposal.

Yet

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Maybe nothing. but why take the chance

I think Mr Orlowski has (and not for the 1st time) missed the point.

I'm no expert on the EU legislative process (who is), but a number of facts stand out.

The MEP made an attempt to hamonise the law on the side of the artist in terms of who owns the copyright of public buildings. This was turned round so that the proposed legislation would actually go in the opposite direction.

There is a fair chance that this will never become law and be squashed in the many stages it probably has to go through. However that is no reason why every attempt should be made to squash any possibility flat before it has a chance of being born.

As a hobby photographer I find it has become more and more common to be hassled when trying to take images in towns and cities. Legislation that was designed for anti-terrorism has become a catch all to stop anyone with a camera taking photos by any security guard with a Napoleon complex. What we desperately need is greater clarification about the rules on photography in public places. Any whiff of any legislation that affects those rights should be stomped on quicker than a wasp trying to sup your beer.

There is a online petition if you agree

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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Re: Use-case for colour e-paper: digital frame

I think the challenge for that sort of application would be the brightness and resolution. Most of the e-ink colour displays I've seen make the image look like its been dipped in mud. Also e-photo frames don't need to be portable, so battery life is not a great issue(if you wanted to save power connect a sensor that turns the display off when no ones around.)

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Pros and Conns

I've had a kindle e-reader for years, the one with Whispernet(does that still work?) and physical page turn buttons. I bought it originally as a e-reader, but also so I could access the internet while camping(I was too poor/tight to afford a smartphone in those days).

This instantly showed the limitations of e-ink, in that web browsing was a frustrating experience(however it did so the benefit of having a always connected clod device). However as a e-reader it has been great, and generally I use it when flying because I know that I won't be eeking out it's battery life at the end of a 8 hour flight(I also like the fact it is not touch screen. Physical buttons are far better for page flipping).

However it has its limitations. While it is great for text based literature, it is is generally useless for anything technical in nature. The small screen size and the tendency to re-format pages on a ad-hoc basis means that code examples or technical diagrams tend to be distribute haphazardly or badly rendered.

I had high hopes for the A4 reader that Plastic Logic were promising to bring out in the day, but that turned out to be vapourware. I still think a low power A4 device would be great for schools and university if the price was low enough, but now you can get a perfectly usable A4 android tablet for less than £200 maybe that market has gone

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US students prevail in rocket-powered egg challenge

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Happy times

Anyone remember the great egg race? These sort of challenges bring back warm memories when engineering involved more than minecraft

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Good luck with that

I live near Donington Park. By the end of the festival you will have trouble identifying the species never mind what their face looks like

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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As long as there have been telegraphs, there has been tapping...

Electronic espionage is just an extension of the age old practices. For example Queen Elizabeth I security services would intercept sealed messages, copy them down and re-seal them.

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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Re: Astronomy

I remember going there too, although I wasn't aware it was Will Hay's old place. Some impressive instruments, but terrible location. I remember one problem they commented on was getting Mercury lines on their spectrum caused by the local football grounds floodlights.

However I was impressed by the CCD one student had built housed in a old bake bean tin...

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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Re: Sharholders != Investors?

well, that's a good question and complicated that they may be the same individual i.e an employee, may also be a shareholder and a customer.

But let's assume the majority of the shareholders are not employees, just people who are using the shares as an investment. They don't in any way contribute to the success of the company, instead ride on the company coat tails. In fact you could argue they can reduce the success of a company by indulging in short term speculation which results in a lack of long term strategic thinking from the company involved, for example paying large dividends to maintain the share price rather than investing in R&D, infrastructure or retaining key employees.

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Sharholders != Investors?

Once the original shareholding has been sold, are new shareholders really investors, or more equivalent to parasites riding their host and trying to suck out it's life?

Ok, an increase in shareprice may have some benefit to a company, but if I buy shares in company A, what benefit does that accrue to the company. Presumably they don't get a cut of that money?

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Steve Jobs movie gets October release date

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Re: Not another one!

Jobs wasn't the messiah, he was a very naughty CEO...

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Not applicable

Had a blue-ray player for about 2 years. Bought it when the DVD went pfft, and it was only £5 greater, so i though why not.

Since then it has never seen a blue-ray disk. On the rare occasion when i do buy a DVD, I look at the price difference and think what's the point. Yes it may display a bit clearer, but it won't make the acting, script, special effects any better.

If I would to see a film in hi-def I goto the cinema.

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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Re: Conservative Majority again.

I think it was P.J O'Rourke who said that the right wing are always more sexy because no-one ever fantasized about woman standing over them with a whip dressed in a liberal uniform

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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hmmm...

well an interesting article, and it's so nice for El Reg to become the UKIP's mouthpiece. Of course this is not the BBC so I won't hold my breath waiting for the opposite piece for balance.

But still he nailed his colours to the mast early unlike some daily express article pretending to be balanced, so lets see what we've got

"The economic effect of leaving the EU would also be nothing"

Interesting, so basically he is saying that the EU has no effect on our economy? So why is everyone getting upset? I on the other hand contend that there will be an effect, I just don't know whether it would be positive or negative. Unlike pollsters and economists, I don't pretend to have crystal ball. What I do think, working for a major multi-national is that it will will be worse for me because the UK may look like a less attractive place to invest. But's that's just me. All I can say is that the reason why the UK joined in the 1st place is that the EU region economies were growing faster than hours. Since we joined the rate as evened out. Causation or Correlation. Sorry not qualified to comment.

"the EU is a political system "

Fine, but that assumes that trade is not a political issue. Trade barriers, import duties, even harmonization of things like capital gains tax are political artifacts.The difficulties is defining where trade ends and local politics begins. the truth is with globalization it is very fuzzy line when trade embargoes can be the goto weapon of choice against countries you don't like.

" Britain pays into the general funds very much more than it gets out"

True on a simple balance sheet type of analysis. But there is of course the other things like access to European programs like those involved in science. Also how do define the cost of influence? It really is not that simple.

"a free market and free trade economy becomes more and more efficient. And more efficient is a synonym for the people getting richer, for GDP rising"

Efficient. Nice word. Free trade marketeers are always putting this forward. But efficiency has a price.

China is very efficient, of course you don't have any job protection or health and safety, but everyone's getting richer so that's ok isn't it. Of course not everyone get's richer, but's that's OK as long as your one of the lucky few.

Also we need to look outside the pure economic argument. Being part of th Eu means we are part of a larger club, not just those who can afford it(it is amazing how many anti-EU have villa's in France and Spain). it means my kids will have opportunities to work and live anywhere, and we have access to the best talent in Europe. Personally I'm happy with that. The fact it probably still makes economic sense is just a bonus.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Not really equivalent

Skylab 4 was an 84 day mission. The astronauts were exposed to about 17 rems cumulative over that time, or 0.17 Grays

I could be wrong here, but wasn't skylab in low earth orbit so was protected from the majority of the nasties by the earths magnetic field? I guess the closest equivalent is the moon missions but of course they only lasted 4 days so it would be difficult to extrapolate to a 2 -3 year mission.

Of course the best way to reduce exposure would be to get them there and back faster....

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Re: Cactus?

I had a ZX and a Xsara. I had a total electrical failure in the ZX due to the brilliant design decision to route the engine electrical connector through the top of the bonnet where loose leaves could cause a blockage, causing water to accumulate and submerge the connector in water for a considerable period of time, so rotting the seals.

In the Xsara, it seemed to eat radiators. I went through 3 and then the internal heating sprung a leak meaning I had to drive in a fog(virtually impossible to get to, to fix). Similarly the ZX manifold sprung a leak meaning eventually the aluminum engine had to re-skinned(partly my fault, should of taken it to the garage when I noticed the water level continually getting low)

I now drive a Skoda (imagine admitting to that 15 years ago),and the difference is chalk and cheese. Far more reliable, but the important thing it feels solid, compared to the Citroens which feel like things will come off like some clown car if the hit a bump.

Citroens were always quirky, so you would forgive their foibles. But when they tried to go mainstream, it was harder to forgive their faults, especially when there were better alternatives.

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Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

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If a political party could choose a programming language...

Tory - Cobol - Traditional programming values plus tends only used on Mainframes so that poor people can be stopped from using it

Labour - Java - solves everything, but at a cost

Lib Dem - Scratch - A language for eveyone which never quite seems to do anything useful

UKIP - Assembler on a ICL mainframe - harking back to when Britain had an empire, before these pesky foreigners mucked it up for us

SNP - ML - Scottish languages for Scottish people

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Now there's a politician I could vote for

Pity he lives in Singapore. My local MP probably thinks C++ is woman's clothing size

It should be mandatory that all leaders know at least two programming languages (and no Mr Cameroon, Miliband,Farage et al, HTML and Word do not count)

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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

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Times they are a'changing(maybe)

"There's free software and then there’s open source,then there is this thing called the GPL, which we disagree with. It creates a license so that nobody can ever improve the software"

Bill Gates

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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Can't wait

It is fantastic to see these images come in and a a great testament to engineers who put this together. As someone who throws things around when his code takes more than 10 seconds to compile,. I can't imagine having to wait 9 years to see if the system would work as planned.

Is it just me, but can you see a lighter patch to the bottom left of Pluto? Can't wait for the close-ups

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Could we have some grown-up options please..

While I applaud Google attempts to make Chrome more secure, I do wish they treated us as grown-ups.

If after weighing up the risks I want to run a potentially in-secure plug-in I don't see why I cannot be given the option. Why should should Google arbitrate on my level of risk?

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What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

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Eating it's own tail

I have noticed a number of Intel design wins for Android devices recently, and I wondered what they are making on those. The answer know is clear, nothing or as near to nothing to make no difference.

It is clear they are eating their own tail in order to make a dent into mobile and having limited success

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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My theory

The Sentinal

Here's hoping...

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Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way

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PC

Surely they are "star challenged" galaxies..

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Intel slaps Iris Pro GPUs into Core i7 silicon to woo desktop gamers

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Fixed it for ya

About 70 per cent of the world's PCs rely on Intel graphics,

About 70 per cent of the world's PCs put up with Intel graphics,

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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His many talents outweighed his character

There is no doubt his character of Spock was a great role model for me. I mean here was a character who was a expert in science and technology, but also could kick serious ass when needed and was a serious babe magnet, without even trying. Up to this point all nerds were played as bumbling boffins in white coats trying to locate their glasses or acne ridden four eyes youths with as much sex appeal as a road accident.

However his later life showed a man of many talents that should not be over shadowed by that one role. Not only a great Actor, but Photographer and Director,

Will be greatly missed, but always remembered LLAP.

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Moto E 2015: The builder's cheapie gets a serious upgrade

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Great phone, but...

Typically I bought a Moto E for my daughter at Christmas. She love it, and has not felt constrained in any way on the present lack of front camera or processing power. So I am sure the new camera would improve a already great little phone. Not sure about whether LTE is important at this price point, although I guess it makes it more future proof.

My only real complaint about the Moto E is the lack of a decent flip case. I love my case on the Moto G, which also switches the phone from standby to online when I open it. I am guessing the Moto E does not have the proper magnetic switches to support that, which is a curious omission considering how much money Motorola must make from accessories markup

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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that's one way of looking at it, here's another

We have an incentive to provide new features very quickly, to ship them as they are ready."

Well, that's one way of looking at it

Another way is that developers can get away with doing bugger all, because whatever they produce you are tied to them for life.

At least with the upgrade model, companies had to work hard for our money, now it just rolls in every month whatever they do.

The truth is, if Photoshop had any glimmer of competition out there, there is no way the could support a subscription only model. I wonder how long until they end up like all monopolies, fat and lazy.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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The Photoshop CC Good value myth

I get a little tired of this myth that paying a creative commons licence is somehow good value.

It really depends on what you do. If you work for large company doing advertising images or your buisness involves photographsetc then it might well be. But for the hobbiest photographer it makes far less sense.

For people who already have CS6 it makes no sense, since there despite Adobe's publicity there has been virtually no must have features since the day they turned off the purchase outright option. Apart from UI tweaking it could be argued that there has been no major feature added since CS3

If you do not have a copy, it seems great that you get the latest copy of PS and lightroom for a monthly outgoing. But remember it means that if you have a life event where £110 a year could be useful, that means you lose not only access to software now, but also the ability to access your old files in PS format.

Also do you really need PS CC? If you are a photographer, lightroom will do 95% of the job which you can buy outright. (The reason lightroom has not gone totally CC is that there are plenty of competition out there for Raw processing such as Dx0)

There are only two good reasons for getting PS CC. One is that there is training for virtually every manipulation task out there, but virtually all use PS. If you use GIMP somehow you have to translate the instructions to an alien interface.

Secondly is plug-ins. Plug-ins like the Google Nik collection are in some ways more essential than PS itself. Then again they can also be used in LR.

Personally I use PS CS2 and can do most of the things I want and 99% of the tasks can be achieved without paying blood money to Adobe each month. Hopefully I will get to the point where I can understand photo processing basics enough to ditch PS totally and move to something like Gimp

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

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After watching many episodes of timeteam, it is apparent that any object found with no obvious purpose is instantly cataloged under the global moniker of "object for religious offering or deity veneration"

Saying that, in some cases they may not be too far from the ballpark

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Let see you keep that warranty

hmmm, 2000 years. I have trouble getting some companies to meet there 1 year guarantee obligations.

It will be intresting to see someone try it in 4013 if it turns out not to work.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: Should be easy enough to clear up

She should put it on youtube....

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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I think you'll find that in the last year alone Apple copied the concept of the wearable in the form of a Watch

but have also blown the smartphone world apart with their astonishing discovery that everyone was buying phablets so copied the form factor pioneered by Samsung et al

Fixed it for ya!

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Come on, they made it thinner. What more do want?

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Looks great, but when will we actually see one in the wild

Sounds exciting...but then again I'm still waiting for MS to release a consumer version of it Table surface product they announced in 2008.....so maybe we are getting ahead of ourselves

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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1 vote for Battleship. the film that is the very epitome of what is wrong in Hollywood

(P.S to the commentator who voted for waterworld, that is suprisingly watchable, now the Postman is another story ....)

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