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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: 'Click to view the map'

Do you really expect me to click to download a 320GB jpeg over my puny broadband?

Do you really expect that they'd be able to afford the bandwidth costs of sending out the whole image file to everyone that clicks?

It's like google maps, it only loads the bit you need to see at one time. each time you pan or zoom it loads the next bit of view for you.

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

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Re: Sweeney

So bad fiction automatically equals an absence of Truth

the clue is in the word "fiction"

or do you lot have your own bloody dictionary too now?

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Re: Hmmm

and then a spaceship lands and John Travolta and a bunch of Psychlos run out and kill everyone?

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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game.co.uk

Well it seems Game.co.uk are taking pre-orders already.

Or rather, they want a £20 deposit from you, and then i guess they'll charge the rest of the price on the release date.

Trouble is, not sure I trust the Game brand, weren't they teetering on the brink of oblivion recently along with HMV and the like?

Think I'll wait until Amazon have it up for pre-order instead.

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Well we saw Killzone

And there was talk of Final Fantasy, which presumably is going to look mind-numbingly incredible.

I wonder if GTA 5 will still come out on the PS3 or if they will slip the release date a bit further to be part of the PS4 launch.

Is there going to be an Assassins Creed 4?

Surely they won't be able to resist putting out Uncharted 4 also.

and Gran Turismo, of course.... cept we probably won't see that until 2018.....

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Really? cos the only PS2 game i ever got around to playing on my PS3 was Shadows of the Colossus, and it looked really poor. And then they released the HD version for the PS3 which looked great so now there's zero need to fire up the old PS2 again.

With the PS4, you'll likely be able to stream PS3 games to play them, so you can sell all your old PS3 games via music magpie to raise the cash to buy access to the streaming version of the few PS3 games you'd actually want to play again.

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Re: Price...

@Captain Underpants

I disagree, i'd say that people who aren't audio/videophiles would be the ones who see value in buying a single piece of equipment that does the job of 3 or 4 (games / blu ray / dvd / streaming iPlayer/Netflix/LoveFilm / plays music / etc).

It's the audio/videophiles who will be wanting to spend even more on a high spec blu ray player that's seperate to their home cinema 7.2 surround sound system, and also a seperate dedicated dvd player because it upscales better than the blu-ray player does, and a dedicated NAS box somewhere for streaming their downloaded content, etc etc etc. The PS3 did all that stuff okay, but it wasn't the perfect option, if you were particularly obsessed with sound or image quality..

Most of the people i know that are non-techies and have gotten themselves a tablet are the ones who only really had a cheap laptop before, sitting on the coffee table. And now they've got a more expensive iPad instead. i'm not sure how that works, must be Apple's RDF in action i guess.

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if the specs are similar, and the chipset is very similar, presumably this will make it very easy for developers to write games for both systems? so perhaps no longer any need for a title to be on one device and not another perhaps?

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Re: Sony have dropped the ball

Thing is, when Apple show off their new shiny shiny, it's generally either available to pre-order (for delivery within the month) immediately after the show is over, or it's in their shops at the end of the week.

Sony have at least 6 months before putting the PS4 in the shops. If they show off the design now, there's plenty of time for Microsoft to copy and improve on any particularly good aspects of it.

And it's not like they have any competition at the moment - you can't go an order/pre-order a competitor's next-gen console today because you didn't get to see what the PS4 will look like.

So they can wait - If Microsoft are going to show the next Xbox at E3, then Sony can also surprise everyone at the same time by showing the PS4. And it'll be the PS4 that gets all the headlines, precisely because they've created all the hype now by not showing it.

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Re: Price...

It was far too expensive for a games console, perhaps yes, but for many it was also the cheapesst blu-ray player at the time, so actually made economical sense to get one.

Or at least, that's how I rationalised spending that much money to myself.

Then again, I'm not sure the same laws apply. In a world where we're buying tablets for 500 quid just to surf the web and play "small" games, why would it seem daft to expect people to pay up a lot more for a next gen console that again is not just a games machine but also a full media centre for your living room?

I wouldn't be surprised to see both the PS4 and the next Xbox with (at least initially) asking prices similar to the expensive tablets.

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Oklahoma cops rake ashes of 'spontaneous combustion' victim

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Was there a tv nearby?

There's a well documented cause for SHC:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blipvert

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Re: By any chance

"the life of a repo man is always intense"

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Apple FINALLY fills gaping Java hole that pwned its own devs

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How would you know your machine was part of a botnet these days?

install something like LittleSnitch. That'll alert you to anything new that starts communicating from your machine to the outside world.

It's a pain for the first week or so, as you get alerted to everything, and have to acknowledge the ones you're okay with and investigate the ones you're suspicious of. But after you've got it bedded in, then you know that any alert that comes up which you didn't do anything unusual to initiate is likely malware trying to dial home, and so you can kill it.

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perhaps not the best idea

except, for some of us, we have to run Java to do our jobs. and if we don't, then we don't get paid, so can't pay the rent and so are thus homeless and starving to death.

so, on balance, i'd say installing Java to remove the malware was a good idea, and at the same time, following the advice in this article to be aware if someone does manage to get malware on my machine:

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57415311-263/monitor-os-x-launchagents-folders-to-help-prevent-malware-attacks/

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Boffins use DVD burner to scale graphene supercapacitors

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at last a use for it!

i've got one of these dvd writers. seemed like such an awesome idea - burn a disc, and at the same time, burn the label to tell you what's on it!

sadly, the reality wasn't as good as i'd imagined it would be, and while the labels were readable, you mostly had to be in the right light holding it at the right angle. so i think i only used the Lightscribe part perhaps 3 times, it's been used as a regular dvd drive ever since.

but now! now at least i can feel that it wasn't completely wasted money! now i have something useful. if i can just get someone to employ me to make them supercapacitors....

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Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

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Re: I've been trying it.

Apple's desktops have long since had native PDF ability. Since 10.2 i think.

Because of this, not only can you view pdf files with just the system tools, but also makes it very easy for any app to render a pdf doc - hence Safari has been displaying PDFs from the web for years without needing to install a plugin. A nice side effect is that because it's part of the system, any application on a Mac that uses the default Print dialog should be able to print directly to a PDF document instead of a printer.

So i assume the same Quartz code that is baked into OS X was also included in iOS from the start as well.

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

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The headline has this text 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me' in quotes.

I thought quotes were used when, you know, quoting what someone said. Not for when you're paraphrasing and using your own emphasis on the word KILL. And failing to include the quote from the movie which puts a more humorous angle on the rest of the quote.

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Apple and world HACKED by Facebook plunderers

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Here's an article that describes where to look on your mac to see if it's got the malware. Apparently the site that was hacked to distribute the malware was a "mobile developers website"

They're suggesting that the idea was to allow them to inject malicious code into the code being developed for mobiles, rather than trying to hack mobiles directly.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57570100-263/new-mac-malware-opens-secure-reverse-shell/

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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bad advertising

they're an ISP but they're taken out by a DDoS

suggests that any sites they host aren't going to be very well protected against DoS's either.

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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another move in the software giant's territory battle

Territory battles in software usually result in prices being brought down, not up.

Someone needs to explain to M$ that increasing prices isn't the right way to attract new customers - perhaps they had a price-userbase graph displaying upside down on their Surface pad

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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Re: Gates quote

Totally agree - i think he's just trying to find something to say to give the end of the piece a positive spin.

Windows 8 - too early to call, but if it's the "key to the future" then it hasn't had the greatest of starts.

Surface - again, doesn't seem to have done anywhere near as well as they would have liked it to, but need more time to tell i guess

Bing - "people have seen is a better search product" i dunno about that. i switched from Google to Bing after all the UK tax issue, but i'm going to be switching back again because Bing just isn't as good, the top results often aren't the ones i'm trying to find.

XBox - while yes, it's been a successful product, it's at the end of it's life and hasn't really done anything in the last year, has it? Everyone is looking towards the next XBox, not the old one.

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iPad? Pah. Behold the EYEPAD, patented by Sony for the 'PS4'

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Re: "The device is called an EyePad not to primarily annoy Apple"

EyeTV is already used by Elgato:

http://www.elgato.com/elgato/int/mainmenu/home/what-is-eyetv.en.html

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

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Re: People actually read the Wikipedia front page?

i had no idea there was a front page! i usually just go straight to the topic i'm looking for directly from google or bing.

possibly this whole Gibraltargate is an attempt to make people aware that such a front page actually exists?

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Android? Like Marvin the robot? Samsung eclipses Google OS - Gartner

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I dunno, I'd imagine Google exec's aren't entirely happy about this news.

What happens if Samsung suddenly decide to switch their devices over to Bada instead?

If the general public are buying Samsung's because they're Samsung's and not because they are Androids, then there's the risk that Google will lose that install base.

This gives Samsung a very strong hand against Google, should they ever wish to use it.

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Cambridge White Space boffins cook up Weightless chips

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I thought this article was going to be about a joint venture between McCaines and WeightWatchers

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Micron glues DDR4 RAM to flash, animates the 256GB franken-DIMM

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>Holding big databases in memory

But surely the appeal of having a big database in memory is that you'd get memory speeds.

From the way I read the article, this would allow you to load the big database into memory, but you'd still be caching from the slower flash chips and so you'd still have performance not much better than holding the big database on a flash hdd and caching through your standard memory, no?

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Engineering judgement

are the birds the result of Space X and Tesla? or just solely the result of his vast piles of cash?

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Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons

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wish we could name them "#itIsAPlanet" and "#damnit!"

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Re: Hrm?

"that's no moon!"

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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

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Re: Iphone4s DDOS update.

that would be the networks the phones are tied to!!

O2 is the network that the iphone was originally tied to. but so far, haven't heard of anyone on O2 having this problem.

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

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Re: Don't go into that TRAP DOOR!

thank you sir! i'm going to be humming the theme to that show now all day

(which is not a bad thing, so again, thanks!)

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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So basically there is no practical use for this discovery

depends, the number of calculations for this kind of thing are huge. so i suspect, the scientific drive to find these number does, in part, fund the research into making faster and faster computer systems. and eventually, that research filters down into the graphics cards that allow us to play such great looking games on our PCs and watching stunning CG fx in movies.

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an i7 ?

When i was a young'un in the 80s my pa was working for Cray at the time they found the 32nd Mersenne prime.

That was a Cray 2 - the liquid cooled the size of a large fridge.

And now they're finding these exponentially larger numbers on core 2 duos and i7's like we have in our desktop machines.... which we use for reading email and playing farmville????

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NASA deep space probe sends back video of 'Comet of the Century'

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Re: poor FX

Can NASA make it look better? Yes, for barrels and barrels of money

while my original comment was made somewhat tongue in cheek, what i meant was, couldn't they run the video through a filter to remove all the noise and speckles? that wouldn't cost barrels and barrels of money, i'm sure something as simple and free as iMovie can both remove camera shake and despeckle the video image.

it's like they left all that in, to purposely make it look like it was a poor video sent from the middle of space.

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poor FX

that looks like a scene from the worst of cheap B-Movies from the 40s!!!!

surely NASA can do better than that, at least some kind of post-processing to clear up the noise on the images.

Or are they afraid that presenting a too-clean image will incite everyone to claim it's as fake as the moon landings?

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Re: I just hope...

Kevin Smith and his pool toy would be far more effective!

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The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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The inverse mullet for the fashionably adventurous?

Suit trousers and a hoodie?

Sure, people will scoff, but that's only because you're at the cutting edge of business fashion. Plus, hoodies always have those big pockets on the belly, the perfect size for carrying around your tablet of choice.

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

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Re: Saints Row 2 vs GTA 4

did you play the Episodes From expansions to GTA4? they seemed a lot more fun.

the characters and the missions were a bit more outrageous than those in the main game.

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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my favourite tea

best tea i've ever had is at my grandparent's house (this might be biased slightly by childhood memories of cups of tea and my Nanna's home made chocolate cake or lemon cake etc, but regardless).

i recently found out that they buy loose tea, English Breakfast and Earl Grey. And then, in an ancient square tin, my grandfather blends the two together, one part Earl Grey to 3 parts English Breakfast.

they live miles away, and after the long drive to see them, that cuppa tea is the most curative and restorative drink ever (again, an opinion perhaps influenced because of it's close association in my mind with my nanna's home baking).

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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wrong number

wasn't there a bit on QI where they explained that 666 isn't actually the right number and that technically it's something like 616 or something that's the real number of the beast, according to the original texts?

so not only is this guy a doofus, he's also completely wrong in his facts

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'You get burned out on Facebook after a while'

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Death Star UK

One interesting side effect of the Death Star kickstarter is that the guy raising it is from Leicester. This means that, should he raise the required money of the stretch goal to actually build it, it'll be a UK production, and so under our control and not under that of the sceptics.

Whether or not that makes them more or less likely to view the Earth as an Alderaan substitute depends, i guess, on your nationality.

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

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Re: Aren't you forgetting something?

you got the wrong icon, you should have used the Thumbs Up one :)

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Re: But%20at%20what%20price%3F

really? Amazon are selling the Hitachi 4tb Desk for £150 and the 4tb Pro for £175

those prices don't seem astronomically high to me. i remember when an 80gb drive would cost that much!

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A new Mac Pro coming this spring? 'Mais oui!'

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Re: Nah.

i'm not sure i'd class a Thinkpad as a workstation though. it's a laptop isn't it?

the OP didn't say the Mac Pro was the most recognisable computer in the world, he's talking about the kind that people normally hide out of the way under the desk, not sit on the train with it on their laps.

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Fed confirms but downplays Anonymous Super Bowl banker hack

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Re: Sad lack of hip-hop knowledge

yes, that's what they _want_ you to think

but it's cunning the way that the silver top of the microphone, round like an eye, sits in the middle of the pyramid shape

and lets not forget, Destiny's Child was originally 3 people, then Beyonce left, leaving 2 behind. and 2 plus 3 = 5

and what did this superbowl performance take place in? 2013. 2 0 1 3. or 2 + 1 = 3 or "the other two" plus "Beyonce" = "Destiny's Child"

there's no escaping the numerology of it, numbers do not lie.

time to face facts: the eschaton is about to be immanentized whether we like it or not

<fnord>

</another afternoon of consuming too much sugar to keep me awake until going home time/>

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

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Re: I'm worried...

apparently tv execs are convinced that kids have no attention span.

this is probably because no one makes tv shows for kids that are any longer than 30 minutes so they're not used to the idea of paying attention to a developing plot.

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with any luck...

Fuzzbox will reform and re-release their sublime International Rescue single to go along with the show! :)

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Netflix tempts binge viewers with House of Cards pilot freebie

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Re: nice idea but..

Well then watch it on mobile phone or tablet or PS3 or Smart telly.

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Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

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Re: Depends on the game

like i say, you're playing the wrong games then :)

(j/k i do love a bit of SSX)

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