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Valve: Games run FASTER on Linux than Windows

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Re: Why the Steam hate?

Pretty much what the AC said. It's a toy, not nuclear launch codes. If it's not as simple as "install, play", then my money goes elsewhere.

Fortunately for me, I'm not addicted to the shiny. I get as much enjoyment from the (DRM Free) Gratuitious Space Battles, as I do from something like Dead Island or Half Life 2 (which, amusingly, I played to completion at a friend's house who got both from the Bay). That's £17.38 + £4.99 + £6.97 for GSB + Galactic Conquest + physical CD delivery to Positech Games and approximately £0 to Valve. Yes, GSB is available on Steam, but when it's a DRM-free download direct from Positech's website, why the hell would you want to punish yourself?

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Re: Gabe!

Things talking to a third party server across the Internet in order to prove you're not a pirate is a central component of DRM. Steam is a particularly virulent variety that demands you create an account in order to be buttraped effectively.

At least all Doom 3 did was contact some authentication server, and even then the worst that could happen was multiplayer got disabled if your copy didn't pass. Steam? No ta, I like to avoid malware.

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Thought it was pretty obvious.

DIrectX, a kitchen-sink API that tries to do everything and be everything to everyone.

OpenGL.. it does one thing, which is to push pixels, at incredible rates.

Though the only upside I could see to Steam being successful would be other games developers making stuff for Linux that doesn't require Steam. Do not want, will not buy. Just hope it doesn't come as some bundled-with-the-distro thing that I end up having to delete with every single distribution upgrade.

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Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

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Re: Skin/ui customization

Anybody who likes a phone not laden down with crapware would probably go for a "pure" Android over some awful manufacturer-buggered version.

Problem is, most people don't know what that means until you stick the two side by side for a performance and bloat comparison. Leaner? Meaner? I'll have that one, please.

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http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

I find that link a whole lot more useful than a single pie chart. The rate of ICS adoption is increasing quite a bit. In fact it's made quite a jump in just three months. Doubled, if those figures are accurate. At this rate, I'd say give it six months and ICS will be where 2.x was a year or so ago. You might want to contrast that with say, Vista or 7 adoption compared to the XP juggernaut that just keeps on trucking.

Nothing to see here, move along people.

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Google opens up pay-by-bonk Wallet to all credit cards

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"Perhaps *you* should explain how NFC is hackable."

perhaps The Register should?

or Engadget?

And it's not like these will be the only vulnerabilities, or the last. Sorry, but my bank card is going to be electrical contacts only, and I refuse to store it in a phone. In this case, simple is most definitely better.

Now perhaps you should explain the advantage of NFC over slotting a card in a machine, asides maybe two whole seconds?

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Re: But, but...

So can the downvoters explain how proven-hackable NFC tech on proven-hackable smartphones is better than putting electrical contacts on a card that require you to physically slot the card in a machine?

Or is it just that you're addicted to the shiny?

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But, but...

I already have a bank card, and it comes without silly bloody radio shite attached!

Still wondering how to permanently disable NFC, whether it'll be as simple as cutting a track. I really hope so because it's getting difficult to find a smartphone without it these days.

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Lenovo: 'Us, buy Nokia? Surely you jest'

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Re: "can't really give a good reason why"

@Dave 126:

I had the same problem as well. However, for the first time since I updated the device, I went poking around in the location services section of ICS. They now have three checkboxes: "Google's Location Service" to use the wifi location. "GPS Satellites" to use GPS, and "Location & Google Search" to let Google use your location.

You can tick the first two boxes and leave the third unchecked if you like. Wonder what else GPS is used for on WP8 and IOS when it's enabled? Ever noticed how Microsoft and Apple only appear to be concerned about privacy when there's a bit of a Google scandal going on? It's probably because they're all in it up to their necks and are just glad it's Google that gets caught so they can look good, while continuing with as much data mining as they can get away with.

Anyway, whoever said "CIAndroid" doesn't have a clue about mobile phones. I suggest you never buy another mobile phone and destroy the one you have, because pretty much anything connected to a mobile network these days is also a tracking device.

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Thanks for all this data, UK.gov, but what on Earth does it mean?

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Re: Bung out the data

Fortunately, on the Internet you only need one person with a computer, scripting language and some determination to find the 0.0001% and show it to everybody.

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Analyst says Surface could hurt Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablets

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Re: Eh?

Full blown desktop OS on a tablet? If they do, they'll be sorely disappointed. WIndows 8 RT is not Windows 8, and Metro is a design experiment that belongs on the occasional smartphone, to be fiddled with before going straight back to Go Launcher EX or some other, more usable equivalent.

I believe Microsoft tried XP for Tablets a while back and it was a resounding failure.

And has anybody who thinks Android isn't suitable for tablets even tried ICS on a 10" screen yet? Personally I still like the old 2.x grid of icons, but for people who like being blinded by shiny, ICS definitely has a gleam to it.

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Will Samsung's patent court doc leak backfire spectacularly?

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Pretty much what others are saying.

"I know the F700 predates the iphone, but you didn't follow my diktats so I'll rule in Apple's favour".

That would be a judge straight out of kindergarten, if it went down like that. I'm hoping it won't, as the Judge wouldn't be punishing Samsung so much as every single entity that gets sued over rounded rectangles from here on in, because the patents have been "proven valid", even though plainly they aren't.

Hopefully Judge Koh has more sense than to throw all her toys out of the pram in a fit. That wouldn't be good for anybody, and Samsung do have a point. The F700 does look an awful lot like an iPhone, and does predate the iPhone. Surely that's game, set and match to Sammy?

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Nasa guides Mars Rover with Kinect

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Re: Nice.

...and a reply from the resident Microserf? I should have guessed.

When I see anybody I know, at all, who has a Kinect, I might take you even semi-seriously. This thing would probably garner more attention as a ROM available for DS R4 carts, as it will as Kinect software.

Not saying I don't want a go but.. Kinect? Really?

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Nice.

Now if only I was one of the two or three people with a Kinect...

Surely a mobile version would be more widely used?

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Microsoft unfurls patent lasso, snares Linux servers

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Bit of a masochist then, are you?

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Just remember.

This proves that people would rather pay Microsoft protection money for nothing, than actually use Windows.

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Readers fret over LOHAN's chilly bits

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Coin Cells vs AAAs

Duracell CR2032, shorted through the multimeter. Maximum current reading, about 25mA. This may have been a faulty battery, as a much smaller L1131 button cell gave about 450mA, rapidly dropping to 400mA and lower.

Duracell Plus AAA, shorted through the multimeter. Maximum current reading, about 1.5 amps.

Just out of curiosity, an Energizer Ultra+ D cell, maximum current draw of around 2 amps.

Make of that what you will. I'd go for solder-lugged AAAs, myself.

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Re: replace batteries

A fuel cell seems possible, but it weighs about a kilo for a 100W PEM fuel cell before you start adding the hydrogen tanks. Given the cell also requires oxygen, you'd also need that taking up as well. It's also about £800 for the cell, before you start going into specially-designed low pressure storage tanks for the boom juice.

Definitely not cheap, probably about a kilo and a half to two kilos all in, but you get a steady 100 watts at a flow rate of 1.3 litres of hydrogen per minute according to this source.

Yeah, a stack of D cells would last long enough and probably weigh less. Including, perhaps, the vacuum flask.

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Stack o' button cells.

Nice idea, but does a series stack of CR2032s give enough current to set a fuse off?

If not, three cheap-ish lipo cells (100-150mAh or so) probably will work. Might even be able to make the whole affair light enough to have two or three firing circuits just to make sure.

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Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu

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Re: Interesting rant, obviously never tried it

So...

I can use Steam without creating an account? Or hoping that Steam's servers don't fuck up for the activation of a game I've bought? In fact can I play a game without somehow activating it, like Micriosoft's insidious and just as awful WGA abortion?

Ah. I can't.

Sucks, then. Sorry. No, I haven't tried it. I just have to see other people trying it to know I don't want it. There are games out there that don't demand installation of malware though, fortunately. They are few and far between... but they get my money. Valve does not. If it's not as simple as "install and play", I am not interested. It's a toy, for fuck's sake.

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Re: Ummm?

Try and buy a PC game without it and you'll see what I mean. I do not want another forgettable, hackable username and password creating just to play with a toy. I will not risk some third party's servers fucking up and denying me access to software I've paid for and I resent the accusation that I'm a pirate and I need to be proven innocent first.

It's bad enough on Android with the perpetual "license error" bugs. If I'd have known that paid apps on that platform were basically Steam-ish shite by another name, I'd have not paid for them. Just another thing driving me towards root and the 'bay.

Ya hear that, Valve? Google? EA? Ubisoft? The lot of you fucking retards? Paying customer here, or I could be. Get rid of your invasive malware or I will make unauthorised, ironically malware-free copies out of principle as much as practicality. There is a bloody big difference between copy protection and the shit you are pulling.

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"When Steam for Linux does go live, it'll be available on Ubuntu 12.04"

Please don't tell me this is more shite I'll have to uninstall? I've been avoiding that malware ever since it came out and I don't intent to create an account for it now.

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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

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Re: Who the frig cares? Browsers never made any money....

"OSS projects have been able to gain a foothold in many server applications because of the wide utility of highly commoditized, simple protocols. By extending these protocols and developing new protocols, we can deny OSS projects entry into the market."

"By folding extended functionality (e.g. Storage+ in file systems, DAV/POD for networking) into today's commodity services, we raise the bar & change the rules of the game."

"Part of the reason that Apache was able to get a foothold and take off was because the HTTP protocol is so simple. As more and more features become layered on top of the humble web server (e.g. multi-server transaction support, POD, etc.) it will be interesting to see how the Apache team will be able to keep up."

All made possible by bundling their own browser in with an OS that has a near-100% market share. If allowed to succeed, Microsoft would quite simply control the Web and be able to tax it and exclude all others as they see fit. A bit like they can do already on the desktop.

Like I mentioned earlier, you'd think some people had never read the Halloween Documents. Take a good look, and tell me whether Microsoft don't desperately deserve everything they've been hit with and quite probably a good deal more. It's no good shouting "MAKE BETTER STUFF" if you can't "MAKE BETTER STUFF" without being owned by Microsoft, or indeed, any other patent troll.

They'd de-commoditize the English language if they could.

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Re: Totally pointless

A few years ago, Microsoft were very close to making it so that you needed to have Windows and IE in order to view the Web. See my previous post about HTML extensions that depend on DirectX, which is only ever going to be available on Microsoft-approved platforms. You know, like Windows and the Xbox. In this case, the browser that people want would be the only browser that would have worked on the vast majority of websites, which would have been IE. Running in Windows.

Sheesh, it's like people don't read the Halloween documents. You think Microsoft have changed in the slightest since then, except for the worse?

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Re: Users didn't notice it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

Sure.

About the same time that Microsoft stop trying shit on like filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Fade(sProperties).

Which would be, uhm, never.

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Re: And at what point...

About the same time they gain near-enough 100% of the desktop computer OS share?

Let's face it, you can get along quite nicely without ever touching an Apple-branded machine. Try that with Windows and see how far you get.

No, neckbeards who like to pretend that LaTeX is the same as Office or in any way appropriate for normal people, you don't count. And yes, I do use various Linuxes.

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Slash for cash: boozers' bladders primed for Olympic pee game

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So it's like one of those old Speccy/c64 games...

...only instead of buttons, the game developers have restored the old, and original meaning of the word "joystick".

I wanna go.

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Sleek new Macs violate fanbois' Retinas with display garbage

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"I think we get the message"

But evidently Apple don't.

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Re: Fell at the first hurdle (almost)

I still don't know why the big deal over valves. Sure, you can get nice-sounding valve amps these days, but you can also get lovely-sounding transistor amps that don't have the requisite 30 second warm-up associated with valves.

In a guitar amp? Sure, the overdrive characteristics of valves provide a much richer distortion than the awful, scratchy clipping you get from an overdriven transistor, but we're talking hi fi here, shirley? You know, as in trying not to overdrive things?

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Re: Bonkers? oh yes.

If you're that serious an audiophile, you'll already have digital everything from the CD ROM to the amplifier. Any DAC will be inside whatever expensive amplifier you have, with nowt but raw digital data being sent via SPDIF, digital coax, fibre, or whatever digital output is on the back of your PC. This is without going into skip and jitter prevention technology like, say, a buffer.

The days of analogue audio cables running from the back of the CD ROM to your sound card through the copious RF noise inside your PC ended some 10 years ago.

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Re: Bonkers? oh yes.

Laser turntable

Only a snip at $10,000USD or so.

Oh, and $770 for the remote control. And another three thousand Amurrican bucks if you want "High-Resolution Sound Quality", whatever the hell that means.

Perfectly suited for this set-up, then.

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Finnish boffins don tinfoil hats, admit Northern Lights are noisy

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Science is a methodology and cannot be arrogant.

However there are some unscientific scientists about.

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Whatever it was, that bloody huge fireball back in March made a hell of a noise. I thought it was a jet engine on fire at first.

I'll probably never see something like that again, either.

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Tablets, copycats and Weird Al Yankovic

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Anorak != Uncool

You'd be surprised how many people wear them. Rugged outdoor clothing is not just the domain of trainspotters and star trek addicts.

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Cut'n'paste UK launch for cut-price Motorola Android

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"panned on Facebook"

Must be good, then.

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Anonymous vows to wipe web clean of child abuse scum

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OpPedoChat

Perhaps there's a few Anons concerned that their image of pedobears, cake and CP is being taken too seriously?

"We're trolling you, you fuckwits. Need some proof?"

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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

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Re: Baffled...

You would be surprised. While running the mobile chipset takes up some juice, and running wifi takes up some juice, running the portable AP does seem to eat vastly more juice than both put together. The more data you transfer over it, the faster your battery flattens.

It's kind of telling that my Xperia Arc S only gets really red hot when I'm running the portable AP. So hot in fact, I've had it stop charging itself - apparently this is a safety feature.

Kind of annoying that since the ICS update, it randomly turns the AP off though. Ho hum, that is a different issue.

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Quick query...

25 watt speakers? Or should that be 2.5 watts?

Assuming RMS and not some bullshit PMPO measurement, 25 watts is less "annoyance on public transport" and more "let's have a party on the bus" levels of noise.

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Re: Baffled...

How long for, and what's your battery mAH?

I'd be surprised if it was longer than a couple of hours, assuming your battery was absolutely full to begin with.

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3G

Fine for youtube, fine for web browsing.

The only thing 4G will give you is the ability to hit your unlimited limit faster.

You do know the iPhone only had EDGE when it came out, right?

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Re: 3G

Has anybody here complaining about 3G tablets ever actually tethered through their phone?

If they had, they'd know that the wifi hotspot feature might as well be called "the energy vampire". It eats batteries for breakfast. Alright if, like me, you have £80 worth of Energizer XPAL in your pocket, but that's just more dicking about on top of the dicking about with a phone when what you really want to use is a tablet.

Plus I've seen people with dual-SIM contract deals anyway. One for the phone, one for a dongle... or tablet, if you like. Ask your provider.

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Japanese boffins demo EV on-the-move charging

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I want this in Formula One

Well, haven't you ever played a futuristic racing game with boost strips painted onto the tarmac?

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Global warming: It's GOOD for the environment

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Just to be a little pedantic.

I thought "plant food" was a mixture of nitrates and phosphates, usually provided by the rotting matter in the soil and sucked up via the root system?

CO2 is plant food in the same way that O2 is animal food, shirley?

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Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

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He's not alone.

And "just send it as an email attachment" is not a solution, at least not outside the USS Dipshit with its perfectly functioning terabit-level 3-million-G coverage.

Yes, let's send a bunch of pictures and MP3 files halfway around the world and back again, via spotty 2G/3G will-it-won't-it coverage, to my friend sat 3 feet away from me. Think Different? Yeah, I'm sure a lot of the kids on the short bus think different too.

Fuxache Apple, support OBEX already. Bluetooth's main uses on a phone is earpieces and file transfers.. unless you have an iPhone, where bluetooth is about half as useful as with everybody else. For no good reason.

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Re: No-one took it off you.

Meanwhile, on the Starship Joefish, where hardware lasts forever...

...but back in the real world, things break.

And spinning disks are far from dead.

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Re: quite a lot of people, actually

"Who wants a crappy mechanical spinny-plastic-disk interface taking up so much space..."

Anybody who buys music from a shop?

Yes I know, it might be hard for those up in a Jovian orbit to realise that some of us might visit the real world on occasion. You know, where shops are made of bricks and mortar, and have physical products in them. Including CDs, and DVDs!

And no, streaming shite and buying the right to download an MP3 is not an acceptable substitute. Not unless you're paying my traffic bills.

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Review: Samsung Chromebox

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Re: much, much, MUCH too expensive

I wouldn't call him too tight fisted. This is a cloudy OS, where everything you do and everything you type is more than likely being keylogged and mined for all it is worth by the world's largest ad company. It's a paperweight if, like me, you have an Internet connection that comes from a phone and isn't there when the phone isn't.

If anything, £190 is over the top. I'll have one if it's free and Google pay me to use Chrome OS, but not otherwise.

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