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US judge 'troubled' by Apple's $450m bid to end ebook price-fixing row

Tony Paulazzo

Cote found Apple liable for conspiring with the five major publishers to fix the price of ebooks

So why aren't they being punished? If Apple have $160 billion (or whatever) then $500 million is barely a piss in the ocean...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/04/13/fun-number-apple-has-twice-as-much-cash-as-the-us-government/

It’s true that when you look at the balance sheets then Apple, say, has $160 billion in cash available

So they should be fined, say 10% of their wealth. That would send a real message to all corporations: Don't fuck with the law!

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Satya Nadella announced the cuts with a widely criticised and badly written 3,300 word epic...

I’ve determined we’ll never make money in tablets or smartphones.

IMHO, that's because they tried to ape the Apple business ethos, sell high (probably because of their losses in the xbox dept making them skittish). What they should have copied is Googles, get a partner to make it at a low cost - (or buy Nokia) and get them to make reasonably priced tablets / phones, with the Windows eco system on it.

Also, if the damn things need a keyboard to operate better with, include that in the price, don't try and nickel & dime your customers another £120 when they're already paying over £500 for the base, trying to sell half a laptop was never going to work.

Customer obsessed my arsehole, I mean, I know it's too early to tell, but I'm not getting the impression he's listening to what his customers want, just closing the most obvious departments that come to his attention, this generally means the best arse lickers will remain safe, and those best at what they do (work wise as opposed to sucking up), will be jobless.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

Tony Paulazzo

You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.

'Some Book'

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Data retention saves Australia from TERROR says Labor MP

Tony Paulazzo

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/13/edward-snowden-condemns-britain-emergency-surveillance-bill-nsa

Wow, the fucking NSA aren't even being surreptitious anymore. Wish our (UK) government had the balls that German woman did in kicking out the American spy masters from Germany.

Can't wait for a zombie massacre to make all those reams and reams of data utterly useless.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

Tony Paulazzo

Just think...

If prostitution were legal and there were no drugs prohibition this story would probably never have ended in tragedy, so chalk another one up to 'The Justice System'.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

Tony Paulazzo

"It's something we can all be comfortable about."

And yet, I'm not. Neither am I a terrorist or serious criminal. Wankers! (keep that for your records).

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

Tony Paulazzo

Re: One of the dumbest shows ever on TV.

The show (second season on) that finally showed a ballsy black character as one of the main characters? Granted, her acting wasn't the best, but she was my first positive black role model on English telly - and it still had spaceships and dodgy fx... and Servalan!!!!

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Tony Paulazzo

World Science Fiction Convention

They could take down Iain M Bank from the featured list of guests - unless they're planning to speak via Ouija board.

http://www.loncon3.org/

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Google's Quickoffice taken behind shed ... 'Oh, what's the gun for?'

Tony Paulazzo

You will be missed

It was the first decent (and nicely priced) iOS Office product that could open / save docx and xlsx whilst retaining the formatting and opened fast - used on the iPad.

I hope the developers got a nice pay off from Google, they definitely deserved it.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Sad

legal requirement for a 5 year warranty

Oh man, that would piss off the Corporate Whore Masters screwing us over simply for the profit margin.

Seriously, corporations are now utterly out of control, they need to be **** slapped untill they remember, 'The Customer Is Always Right!' and given prison for tax avoidance (the CEO), and forced to give a quarter of their profits untill there are no more starving kids anywhere on the planet!

They are ruining this civilisation - and it started off so well...

/rant

The UK opted out of the enforced 2 year manufacturer warranty as we have the Sale of Goods act

John Lewis (UK) offer a two year warranty, on all things PC at least, without charging extra for the device. They also have the best customer service support (they'll actually phone you back when they say they will), I've come across.

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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Re: Where is the competition

I'm forcing myself to learn Gimp, and after getting thru the inertia of not wanting to learn something new, it actually doesn't take long to find your way around, they've implemented layers in a weird way, but that's balanced by the pure speed increase in, well, everything - this program should be in every school by law.

The only problem is that there's still no good replacement for Dreamweaver - still using version 8 on my Ubuntu box (the Macromedia version before Adobe bought it out) - just to stay on this side of legal, but Adobe did make some good improvements along the way, much as I hate to say it.

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

Tony Paulazzo

Boring!

and pointless, unless you're an Amazon - olic, in which case you'd already have the Kindle Fire. I don't think it'll do a Facebook phone dive - there's a lot of committed Amazonians out there, probably enough to stop it sinking like a lead balloon.

Also, aren't AT&T like the devil or something? why only do business with the worst phone company in America?

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Researchers warn of preloaded spyware in Android handsets

Tony Paulazzo

Researchers believe that the malware performs a number of basic spyware functions such as listening in on phone and SMS conversations, reading email messages, and collecting mobile browsing information and account data.

Don't Panic! It's just the Chinese government selling that information on to GCHQ / NSC or whatever.

The solution for westerners is to not buy a cheap no-name brand you've never heard of, but pay more for a Samsung, LG, or whatever.

Perhaps not everyone is as rich as you, but still wants 'nice things'. Also, does this mean you're advocating the closure of all Pound shops, market stalls and other poor people shops?

Also, you can go to malwarebytes site and it directs you to (I'm assuming) the real play store or Amazon to download the mobile app.

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Fantastic fantasy four-way fling – and family-friendly fun

Tony Paulazzo

Re: "The Peter Jackson films continue to do justice to this awesome source material"

LOTR was filmed with love, respect & hard work, physical and practical effects, travelling all over NZ and tight editing, etc whereas The Hobbit is CGI craptastic with awful editing - you can see the seams where it was stretched to fit three films (the river run and mine running).

Also, Elder Scrolls Online is awful, two of the classes are completely broken (the nightblade being one of them which the reviewer discovered, passive skills that don't work etc), and after you finish the 50 levels, you repeat the game in the other two factions to get to veteran rank 10 (now 12), with bots rampant in the lower levels - theme park? it's barely a theme ride it's so on rails...

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

Tony Paulazzo

Re: possible (ish) now

Someone shoot the cameraman, but otherwise - Wow!

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China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

Tony Paulazzo

Is everyone forgetting

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/25/windows8_smartscreen_spying/

Wikipedia:

Windows 8 introduced SmartScreen filtering at the desktop level, performing reputation checks by default on any file or application downloaded from the Internet. Microsoft faced concerns surrounding the privacy, legality and effectiveness of the new system; suggesting that the automatic analysis of files (which involves sending a cryptographic hash of the file and the user's IP address to a server) could be used to build a database of users' downloads online, and that the use of the outdated SSL 2.0 protocol for communication could allow an attacker to eavesdrop on the data. In response, Microsoft later issued a statement noting that IP addresses were only being collected as part of the normal operation of the service and would be periodically deleted, that SmartScreen on Windows 8 would only use SSL 3.0 for security reasons, and that information gathered via SmartScreen would not be used for advertising purposes or sold to third parties

Nothing about not handing it freely over to the NSA, and that MS Office 2013 defaults to saving all your files onto its Amercan based (One Drive) cloud server unless you explicitly tell it not to and that Bing does just as much data harvesting as Google's search engine.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Don't Panic!

@ Grease Monkey

Not sure why you got downvoted, I agree, I still think FF is better - Ghostery, Noscript and Adblock, at least we have the choice - and whilst it did go thru a memory leak / really bloated stage, it's def on the up now (IMHO).

I mean, I even install Chrome onto many customers PCs because it's nice and friendly and faster than IE and (poor dears), they don't have to remember to update Flash every other day without installing the auto opted in McCaffee AV scanner.

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Tony Paulazzo

Don't Panic!

Don't Panic! There's still Firefox! Google has so far not put a gun to anybodies head and forced them to use Chrome as their browser. You can even use FF on Android phones and disable Chrome, try doing that with Safari on iPad / iPhone - hint: you can't.

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ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

Tony Paulazzo

Re: What a fracking waste of taxes.

City of London police

They're actually not held to the same laws or something...

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/oct/31/corporation-london-city-medieval

...exists outside many of the laws and democratic controls which govern the rest of the United Kingdom. The City of London is the only part of Britain over which parliament has no authority.

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Oculus boss: True virtual reality is 'a decade or two' away

Tony Paulazzo

The end result would be a more important technological leap than the invention of the computer itself

WAW! What A Wanker!

See, saying 'better than sliced bread' is ok, because we'd still have unsliced bread, but saying a piece of tech is a more important tech leap than the piece of tech it relies on for its very existence is a logical loop hole / singularity - or, what a wanker.

Go and spend your two billion dollars muppet - in fact, I now hope Zenimax wins!

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

Tony Paulazzo

Damon Lindelof will take over writing

Don't forget he was the one who created such believable characters and their motivations in Prometheus (ie the geologist who got lost after mapping out the tunnels and the biologist afraid of dead alien bodies but not obviously dangerous vagina headed snakes).

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Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

Tony Paulazzo

A smartphone is only as 'smart' as the user attached to it.

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Worth adding...

Ian Bell

I research the Occult and technoshamanism. I enjoy raving and UV body painting, DJing electronic music, juggling, massage, martial arts. I love programming as a creative activity but hate having to use crap tools and software. Take C for example. The entire industry uses a one pass compiler! Is it any wonder so much software sucks?

Tells me everything I need to know. As for Braben selling F:FE as a new game I got the impression it was the software house (Gametek?) as much as anything that caused him to do this - and it was such a clusterfuck of bugs (release day update (because the game wouldn't actually start) sent out to customers through the post), I doubt anyone made any money off it in the end.

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Tony Paulazzo

Re: £100!

£20 gets you the digital download on release.

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Xiaomi launches Mi Pad fondleslablette – your (legal) move, Apple

Tony Paulazzo

So you include a boring picture of a product that looks precisely the same as an ipad mini, but not of the (Chinese) boss dressed like Steve Jobs - missed opportunity El Reg.

Wonder what the battery life is like - any chance of a review?

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Sony bosses will return bonuses as firm preps for BILLIONS in losses

Tony Paulazzo

Sony said it will put a hold on development of OLED (organic-light emitting diode) tellies and focus on 4K high-def goggleboxes to get its business back on track.

Yes, because that's what consumers are crying out for - oh, wait...

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Pride goeth before a fall

Must have been somewhat sweet to see Blu-ray triumph

But from I recall reading at the time, didn't Sony pretty much pay off Hollywood to ensure Bluerays success? can't imagine that was cheap. I still haven't got Blueray, but I thought the PS4 was a collosal success, not enough?

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

Tony Paulazzo

Jeez Louise

Google: Cheapest quality phones & tablets on the market

Google: Cheapest fibre broadband to certain American cities

Google: R&Ding driverless cars, voice 2 text, TV services and more exciting future stuff...

Google: Free software inc mapping, Earth, Mars, Browser, Apps - cost to you: Advertising.

They don't eat children, they fight against SOPA and they're joining in the fight against the FCC destroying net neutrality and Hollywood hates them. Are they self interested like all corporations? of course, but for once that self interest seems aligned, mostly, with what we want.

Google Glass aren't on general sale, they're pushing them onto developers, seing what they bring to the table - all it takes is one developer to create the 'must have' app for them and bingo! a massive seller - @ whatever price (which I'm betting will be in the $200 - $300 range).

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After 13 year console ban Xbox One set for official launch in China

Tony Paulazzo

I take it that this is conditional on them handing over huge swathes of always on Kinect data to the Chinese authorities.

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

Tony Paulazzo

America, Fuck yea!

Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose...

Individuals might also be unwilling to transfer personal data abroad if they were uncertain about the level of protection in other countries...

The EU's Data Protection Directive also foresees specific rules for the transfer of personal data outside the EU to ensure the best possible protection of your data when it is exported abroad...

Last update: 25/11/2013

So if the above is true, MS (and whoever), would have to break EU law to satisfy American law. Holland has already stated Dutch government will not be using Google / MS etc cloud services due the Patriot Act - and, even tho' under no illusion of UK privacy, I feel the British government should follow suit, to remain within EU law.

America is fast becoming a rogue state and the sooner we sever ties with them the better, IMHO.

I sincerely hope the American people can do what they did before and rid themselves of a cancerous ruling elite (and that's from a Brit!).

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Brazilian president signs internet civil rights law

Tony Paulazzo

Re: "From the country that gave you"...

Meanwhile, in the land of the free

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/9/5597074/inside-comcasts-shaky-fcc-defense-of-time-warner-cable-takeover

TL/DR - Comcast is trying to buy the internet...

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Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor

Tony Paulazzo

actually...

I quite like the Start Menu as shown in the article. I never found the live tiles totally objectionable, just stupid looking across two non touch 23 inch screens. But as shown, almost phone size, assuming they don't take like 5 seconds to open the start menu, it's fine - however the new 4 GB downloads and 2 hours to update I could quite happily live without..

this whole Windows Cloud business sounds a bit fishy to your humble Reg hack

The first hit is always free, business 101.

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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

Tony Paulazzo

Google's influence creates some ironies, particularly with libertarian and pro-business groups.

How better to win the 'game' than to play the 'game?

I would rather have Google on 'our' side than theirs and let's face it, SOPA probably would have gone thru' without 'some' powerful friends in the background.

Just maybe their 'do no evil' mantra is taking a look at the long view, maybe, I hope...

Ah fukit! I'd like to be the first to welcome our Googly overlords, please may we have some broadband fibre?

Something to do with lying with dogs and fleas, the sky falling or burning, Romans invading a little Gaulish village.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

Tony Paulazzo

It issued the following statement in a bid to head of a potential consumer backlash

I think you seriously over estimate the power of a 30 second news report on BBC's Click.

Also, most people will turn off this security features after a few hours as the drag fingerprint sensor (or the one I tried to use at least on an HP laptop), was notoriously crap unless you dragged your finger at precisely the same speed and angle as when it was learning - which probably explains the unlimited tries thing. I mean, if you're going to copy Apple, do it better not worse.

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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Their web page is already snooping...

The easy way:

http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman

been using it for years, and Noscript is now the only reason I stick with Firefox.

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

Tony Paulazzo

Re: It must be said repeatedly...

When I read the last article about this I went online, deleted all my files on Dropbox then deleted the deleted files (the first deletion doesn't actually delete anything), but I didn't close my account - most of those files are also on MS Onedrive and backed up on Google servers too, so the NSA/GCHQ definitely have a copy (I just consider it probably the safest backup storage available on the planet), but it is important to send Dropbox a message.

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Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom

Tony Paulazzo
Big Brother

Litigators will need to “pierce the corporate veil” to link van der Kolk, Ortmann and Dotcom to the copyright infringement to succeed.

American Corporations who own the entire media take foreigner to American court where it's already be proven the American DOJ is utterly corrupt and morally bankrupt in its search to attain guilty pleas (for lower prison sentences), so as to 'prove' how only the guilty are ever accused...

I personally think Dotcom is a big bully, happy to infringe and who made a lot of money from it, unfortunately he's met an even bigger bully with the colossal resources of the NSA to 'find' anything they need to fuck him over.

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Is Google really mulling building a US cellphone network? Allegedly, yes

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Dear Google

Yea, as much as everyone screams they're black hats in sheeps clothing, they are at least trying to shake up the telecoms industry in their country and introducing new ideas in the tech world.

I for one would welcome the Google overlord in the UK, I doubt they'd be any worse than the current lot - and we'd get free stuff!!! Just use Adblock. ;)

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

Tony Paulazzo

Re: LOL

I'll be sticking with the Start Screen, thanks all the same.

And that's great, but now, we all have a choice, which is better.

When my Lenovo is in tablet mode I'm happy using the Start Screen (and even, sometimes, the apps, tho' some of them are beyond craptastic), but when it's in secondary screen mode with primary large screen plugged in and USB keyboard & mouse I prefer the desktop with Start Menu.

It's all about choice.

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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

Tony Paulazzo

Re: ... notoriously unreliable and Samsung can't bother to fix them

After four, count them, four times I've given up. Samsung does not want to replace the device, and refuses to acknowledge any problem because their technicians can't bother to leave a device on long enough to see it.

Film the problem, stick the vid and pics in an email whilst record delivery a letter with dates and times of returns and breakdowns with a threat of small claims court* - the threat is usually enough but be prepared to follow it up.

The reasons companies pull this shit is because we as consumers can't be arsed to follow it up - we have protections but we need to use 'em.

* Assuming you're based in the UK

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Interesting take on the 2 ways to solve a problem.

The price is also good I can see a lot of people just buying it to try

Guilty! I tried to stop myself, told myself something better would come along, went and did a bit of googling, then ordered one. I am so weak... Tho' with the 3D films part of it I doubt it'll languish in the cupboard, I'm a total sucker for 3D films (and VR looks to be pretty interesting if you could somehow stream the game from your PC).

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

Tony Paulazzo

& don't install the latest Ubuntu on a 2 GB WinXP machine, it'll run like a dog, you need to go back a few iterations with maybe a different flavour - Xubuntu 12.10 worked ok for me on older hardware.

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

Tony Paulazzo

Re: I'm all for this stuff...

They could get into bed with Microsoft

If Sony are producing this (and get it to market in a reasonable state - price, quality, etc), then MS will need to jump into bed with something - unless they're working on VR in secret.

Consumer in supermarket, 'Will I buy PS4 or Xbone?' Store clerk, 'Well PS4 has more future proofing with this cool 3D VR headset at only an extra $??.?? and has cool six axis whatever the heck that is... Xbone just spies on you in your underwear for the NSA, lols.'

As a committed non console consumer, if they threw one of these in with the PS4 I might just uncommit.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

Tony Paulazzo

Re: America's distorted view of Freedom®

In the recent 'Dawn of the Dead' remake, a scene showing a half naked female zombie shuffling towards our hero and you see her thru' the windshield. In the UK version you see her fully naked dead breasts but for the American release they had to digitally put blood spatter on the windscreen to hide them.

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Satya Nadella's first act may be to launch Office for iPad

Tony Paulazzo

So, they're going to sell it for £15? Although, if it's gonna be as good as their MS Notes for ipad, they seriously shouldn't even bother. Quickoffice for ipad (now owned by Google), can open, edit and style retain all the latest MS Office formats (Word, Excel & Presentation), ten bucks - been using it for years, I don't need Office (tho' I suppose Outlook would be quite nice - but even there, the ipad email and calender utilities work as well as I need it).

I suppose it's going to be for companies who don't mind paying over the odds for ease of use.

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comiXology's Phantom Zone breached by villainous Haxxor

Tony Paulazzo

I'm buggered if I can remember my login details, the only problem when ipad remembers all that stuff for you.

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

Tony Paulazzo

dodging and blocking have saved my life on several occasions but it does take heaps of stamina.

It's the first Elder Scrolls game where stamina was as important as the other two. I thought that was good.

if you pre-order you get this code automatically

Review or advert? and their first paygate.

Overall I had a blast, huge Elder Scrolls fan, from Arena all the way through to Skyrim, MMO newby, only Star Trek Online (and now SWTOR to get used to MMO's).

I loved the crafting, the environments, mostly the quests - tho' they started to feel a little samey after level 7, I found fighting better in third person, exploring in first - awesome sunsets.

Didn't get to PVP.

Dislikes: The three realms felt very... similiar; no Argonian marshlands, no wood elves deep forests, the high elves buildings fusing into the landscape, Redgard deserts. Also the 'You're the hero who will save everyone just like all the other bunny hopping wannabes surrounding you.'

In Star Wars: The old republic, it gives you eight totally unique storylines to play thru for each class, ESO has three (two of them fairly similar up to lvl 10). The Mage, Fighter and Undaunted guilds share the same storyline no matter where you come from.

Swtor gives you choice in quest rewards - or sell for a decent price, ESO appears to delight in giving you great equipment that you can't use or sell for a fraction of it's worth (green text heavy armour sells to you for 650 gold, sellable by you for 8 poxy gold), the economics feels broken. Tho I did craft a really nice medium armour for myself - the crafting looks amazing and deep.

Also, I thought Tamriel was going to be one entire continent - it's not, you can't even walk from zone to zone, I tried, there's an invisible wall blocking your progress - so much for my desire to walk from Daggerfall to Morrowind.

Will I buy it? At £40 and no sub - yes, at £10 a month and free download - yes. But at £40 primary rental price (you stop paying it stops working), £10 a month plus a £20 paygate to get extra's (before release) - no!

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Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

Tony Paulazzo

Dark Matter, the hypothetical stuff we can't see but which should probably be there in order for our models of reality to work

Best line, ever. Douglas Adams would be proud!

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

Tony Paulazzo

So, when the great central update machine is finally turned off, will Microsoft be removing their DRM (Windows Genuine Advantage) off every copy of XP out there, or when you reinstall XP on an old machine will the activation servers still be running?

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