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2236 posts • joined 8 May 2007

ALIEN ARTIFACTS can best be FOUND ON MOON

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where do i sign up

I'm well up for this. Galaxy Zoo was good fun for a few otherwise dull sunday afternoons. If they can put the data up on a website without the use of flash, then I'll happy contribute from the sofa while the missus is watching her tv programmes

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Solicitors from hell website unplugged by libel judge

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interesting

So was the site actually pushing lies about specific solicitors then? Or is that just how it had been spun to get the court ruling?

On a different note, did anyone else find that the article itself seemed to be written in legalese? Felt like every 2nd paragraph was saying the same thing, just in slightly different wording.

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David Cameron gets custom prime-ministering iPad app

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anyone feel like a race?

to see who can produce an app to the same specs before they can?

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Christmas solar plasma belches to hit Earth, Mars - and Mars rover in space

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Shields up!

Red alert, number one!

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Inventor flames Reg, HP in memristor brouhaha

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I was going to give thanks to Mr Mouttet for using up 15 minutes of my life that I wouldn't get back any time soon, but in fact, I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion within the article, and indeed in the above comments. Didn't understand hardly any of it, A-S Level Electronics was oh-so-very long ago, but I still enjoyed it all.

Here's hoping it's a sign for 2012, more top drawer boffinry all round please, no more stooping to the lowest common denominator.

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Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

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still dubious

TV sets are low margin these days aren't they? I don't see how that's a market that Apple can conquer.

(Then again, would have said the same thing about mobile phones back in the day, so....)

However, the rumours are still very vague. Will they be set top boxes? Is it just AppleTV3 and you use your own tv. Or will it be built in to iMacs? For a product that's only half a year away, seems like there's still a lot of guesswork going on.

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Facebook suggests you get out more - and it'll tell you how

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but how frightening will it be if it does??

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you check-in at all those places?

so someone only needs to watch your facebook page to know when the best time is to pop round your house and steal your telly?

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2012 Games Preview

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sad about last guardian

I too would like them to take their time with Last Guardian. Team Ico games are not so much games as they are works of art. I'd be happy to wait another year if the creators felt it needed it. It'll be worth the wait.

Also missed off the list was Wrecked: Revenge Revisited. Although, technically that would have been a 2011 game had the xbox submission process not been screwed up. But if it's anything like it's predecessor, Mashed, and all the video and screenshots suggest it is and more so, then it'll be the most fun you can have multiplayer racing since... since... well, since Mashed i guess.

For me, 2012 is all about Max Payne 3 and GTA5. _Can_not_wait_to_play_them_!

Will we see Starcraft 2.2? And Dawn of War 3?

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New ATLAS particle part of 'everyday mass'

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chi-b?

Are all the particles short, with cute faces and big eyes?

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No winner in Android v iPhone 2011 marathon

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kids

"They're not growing up with Microsoft Office. They're growing up with Facebook, with texting."

What were you doing when you were a kid that you were a) using Office and b) could afford it?

I know we didn't have Facebook when I was a nipper, but we found interesting and innovative things to do on our computers that didn't involve word processing for school work. MS Office is key for business. What you're saying is not that the future has to be all interconnected cloudy webbyness, but that most kids these days are going to be completely useless in front of a computer when they're faced with their first day of real work in a company when they go out to earn a wage. The future isn't all bright and shiny cloudy goodness, it's anarchy and dystopia as our companies collapsed because they're being run by idiots who spend their whole day on facebook posting lolcats pics. and commenting on El Reg articles ;)

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'ullo Webster, it's been a long time.

I think the article does in fact state that Android has the market share, just not the profits. Apple, in fact, trounce (which I think is the word you were trying for) Android when it comes to REAL MONEY MAKING from the smart phone market. Then again, reading whole articles, and understanding the FACTS within them never was your strong point in the old days. It's nice to see that some things never change.

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

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@Stef 4

"they should have used the tools provided for exactly this situation"

Yes, an the most appropriate tool for this situation would have been to rush into Toys'R'Us, appropriate a different coloured lightsabre, and then return to the perp and defeat him in Jedi/Sith combat.

Instead, the cops took the "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good tazer at your side kid" approach, and we all know how that ends: with the woman you have the hots for getting off with her brother instead of you.

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Sentencing

"three counts of fourth-degree assault, second-degree disorderly conduct, third-degree theft, resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer"

I believe the current sentencing for that particular crime is carbonite freezing...

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Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

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spinning blades are so imprecise

no matter how sharp your stanley blades are, and how fast or slow your spinning plank of wood, you'll never get all the grass at the same height.

So I suggest the use of lasers and small mirrors from the outside of a disco mirror-ball. position the mirrors all around the circumference of your lawn (reflective side inwards). Then set up one of those military spec lasers at the desired height on the top of a spinning lawn waterer gizmo. Switch on the spinning, switch on the laser, and presto, uniformly cut lawn. just make sure the lawn is empty before you begin the process, no responsibility will be accepts for any cats missing their paws below the kneecaps.

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Console accessories

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that looks awesome! and I was just wondering how feasible it would be to sneak the ps3 into the car so when I open my xmas present on sunday and it's a ps3 game, i'd be able to get a few hours playing in. but sadly, not sure the girlfriend's parents would appreciate my taking over the telly. THIS however would be the perfect solution. The _almost_ perfect solution, actually, as would still have to find away to avoid the girlfriend's wrath when she discovers I've disappeared from the annual xmas day family marathon board game event and am plugged in to Uncharted3 in the front room instead :)

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Ofcom's Local TV dream: No smut, an hour of news, endless ads

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so, can we expect lots of....

"Wayne's World

Wayne's World

Wayne's World

Party on!! Excellent!!!" type quality programming?

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Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

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damn that's ugly

I know LarsG already said it, but it's that ugly it deserves to be said twice.

To many, I'm sure, a smartphone is just a phone with more bells and whistles and so perhaps aesthetics shouldn't count, but when the other phones on the market are so much nicer looking and provide the same functionality, in some cases, better, then there's no excuse for making a phone that looks like it hit every branch as it fell out of the ugly-design-tree....

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Ofcom grills pirates, loses report under fridge for two years

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typos?

"more aware that what they were doing was legitimate, but had more justifications for it"

If it is a legitimate activity, why would they need to justify it?

"then legal file sharing would not have taken off"

I thought legal file sharing didn't take off and it's the illegal kind that is the most popular?

Also, can't believe someone got paid to conduct "research" on only 36 people and then have the audacity to publish the results as if they mean anything at all.

Even your suggestion of using a sample set of 2000 seems a bit small to get decent results.

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O2 denies Nokia WinPho handset cull

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404 error now

now the links just give you a 404 not found

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Facebook shoves your face into creepy 'sponsored stories' in 2012

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simple opt out?

surely the easiest way to opt out is to stop clicking "like" or rsvp'ing to anything on facebook?

actually, there's an easier way, it's to delete your FB account.

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Sony Tablet P split-screen Android fondleslab

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gaming

shoulder buttons on the top screen? so nearly impossible to use while your thumbs are on the controls on the bottom screen then. and so totally useless to play anything more complicated than the likes of Crash Bandicoot on.

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Sony PS Vita sales fall shy of 3DS launch volume

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sterotype

that's such a typical response from a PC FPS'er

not everyone in the world plays Counterstrike or Modern Warfare. and equally, not every game that is available for the Vita can be played on a pc or a smartphone

the Vita just needs a few big brand exclusives to draw in the crowd. It's already got Uncharted. It just needs GTA, God of War, Killzone and Metal Gear Solid titles that aren't available on the PS3 and then it'll shift a chunk more units to fanatics like myself who otherwise wouldn't bother.

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Shed Xmas flab and debug code with treadmill laptop contraption

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wrong market - should target the fat MMO players so this way you can exercise without having to logout and interrupt your quests/raids/guilds-flashmob-dancing/etc

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Cops target climate-sceptic bloggers in three countries

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a bit slow?

So, those likely to be targeted by the police, were told a week ago, and so had plenty of time to move and erase any suspicious files and run a 72 times zeros to the empty space on their drives before the rozzers turn up and half-inched their hardware.

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Nokia lightens Dark Knight with Batman blower

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tucks! "T"ucks!!!!

"tucks an inebriated Bruce Wayne"

man did I read that wrong on the first pass....

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Grand Theft Auto 3 fires towards fondleslabs

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awesomesauce

recently played GTA3 again when it came out on OS X a couple of months ago. was a massive slice of nostalgia. and quite surprising how much fun the game still is. graphics, obviously, looked very dated, but will be interesting to see how they fair on the mobile screens, probably look quite reasonable.

there's no finer way to pass the time than driving around Liberty City, working for the mob, listening to Lazlo on the radio offending just about everyone.

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Apple's founding contracts sold for $1.59 MILLION

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bad luck

so not only did he sell out of the company early and so give up what would now be 2 billion dollars, he also sold the documents in '94 and so missed out on making 1.5 million if he'd sold them today.

that guy has had a really long run of bad fortune. dude is either due a lottery win, or did something so terrible that karma has spent all his life screwing with him.

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Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

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Not sure about consoles.

Very few people buy a ps3 just to be able to stream media from their pc or the internet to their telly. Whereas for AppleTV and Roku and the rest, that's their primary function.

Also, the types of people (like me) who would buy an AppleTV, are also going to have at least one console connected to the telly as well. And I use both for streaming video media (AppleTV streams iTunes content, PS3 streams avi's and divx's).

So including consoles would complicate the results terribly because you'd have to account for those that bought and use multiple devices. Whereas I doubt anyone uses both a Roku and an AppleTV.

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World's biggest music streaming service launches - for tech idiots

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oh really?

"HP has agreed to bundle the service on their hardware"

and I seem to remember they said they were going to bundle WebOS on their hardware too... we'll see how long they stick to their word, eh?

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Beeb rescues old Who episodes

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intergalactic tivo! :)

In space, no one can hear you scream... above the cacophony of 50's sci-fi television episode signals colliding with last years reality-tv broadcasts

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Acer CEO: No more 'cheap and unprofitable' products

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crossed lines?

So, if Gartner reckon that ultrabooks are over priced and the prices must be reduced, how are Acer going to return to profit? They will again be chasing a market were the profit margins get smaller and smaller. Won't they just be in the same position in two years time, but instead of stacks on unshiftable notebooks, the piles will be a bit smaller because they'll be stacks of unshiftable skinny ultrabooks?

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Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty

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tough on crime...

and yet, a quick google for "Sao Paulo riot" shows that such toughness wouldn't have done anything to stop the London riots this year

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UK.gov to require YOU to opt out of data-sharing plan with drug firms

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The danger will be in opting out

If you opt out, then the govt/nhs have to keep your records in a separate, secure confidential database, away from the more readily available one.

So you're guaranteed that someone will leave a copy of your health records unlocked on a laptop or usb drive on a train or in a taxi every 4 months. Whereas, by staying opted in, your data should be safer by obscurity, as it'll be lost amongst all the rest of the populations data which will be held in a privately run database with the correct levels of access controls and redundant backup systems.

Possibly, they've spent the last 5 years consistently "loosing" people's private health data in order to convince us that being auto-opted-in really is the better and safer choice.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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huge!!!

I can just see Dom Jolly walking around a library with this by his side....

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Dead at 13: Napster 1998-2011

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rental

Isn't this the exact scenario that most people envisioned when looking at the music rental model that they tried to sell us, and the reason why most of us didn't choose it?

Are people accounts still working? And if they are, for how much longer will they remain working?

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Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime

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stop complaining

you only have yourselves to blame.

if you'd accepted the Truth and converted to the Way of Mac years ago, you'd have avoided all of this built up angst and dangerous levels of blood pressure when talking about this software.

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Greatest ever first-person shooter* brought back to life

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the test of time

The game was incredibly good fun, back in the day. and the way the story was handed out to you piece by piece created the atmosphere and made it so enjoyable.

i tried Aleph One a few years ago, and it was okay.

Shall be interesting to give it another try now that it's reached a full version number, to see how it compares in these current days of gaming.

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Does your smartphone run Carrier IQ? Find out here

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iDevices

"leaves open the possibility that earlier iDevices"

no, it means what apple said, that if your iDevice has iOS4 or earlier still, then you might have CarrierIQ running on there.

but as has been pointed out elsewhere, the resources that CarrierIQ is able to snoop on under iOS are much less than those it can report back when running on Android.

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Lord British: Games consoles 'fundamentally doomed'

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> "The creator of the popular Ultima RPG"

which isn't exactly a game that works well on a console platform, so possibly, Mr Garriott doesn't have the best experience from which to speak?

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Hands on with Star Wars: The Old Republic

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very looking forward to it

I know people claim it's much like WoW and very cookie-cutter, but, it is an MMO. There's only so much you can do with that genre. The alternative would be something totally different like Eve Online, but that wouldn't appeal to as many people.

I've heard that the devs have made a concious effort to ensure the game is story driven, so not so many random pointless quests purely for the sake of leveling up. Also, no grinding mobs for the sake of levelling too. All of which appeals to me.

And to be honest, the core demographic for this game will be Star Wars nuts, so it makes sense for the story to drive the game.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much, MMO's aren't really my thing, but I'm quite a fan of Star Wars, so I played it to check it out. And I really enjoyed it. Found myself logging back in for another hour or two again and again. And when I wasn't logged it, I found myself thinking about it, wondering what it'd be like when I got to the higher levels, what it'd be like to play the other classes. Whereas, with WoW, I only played the other classes out of boredom, not because I was genuinely interested in how they differed.

Can't wait for Dec 20th.

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Ravens' secret sign code probed

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other animals

my dog uses deictic gestures all the time

if he wants food or water, he paws my chest while i'm slouched on the sofa

if he wants a toy from his box, he looks from it, to me, then back to the box, and then to me

if he wants to go out for a piss, he looks out the door and whines

and if he's desperate for a crap, he barks and pounces on my genitals, since he's worked out that's guaranteed to get me off the sofa regardless of what is on telly

I think scientists spend too long being smug and assuming they're so clever and not enough time paying attention to the world around them

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The BBC Micro turns 30

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A final BBC Micro, the A3000, was launched in May 1989. It was the last of the line.

"turns 30"

Are there any still in active use anywhere? A better title would "BBC Micro would turn 30 if it hadn't died 15 years ago"

Never was a big fan. Not sure if that's because we used them at school, so associated it with school work, or just because I'd been using an Apple][ since I was knee-high to a snail, and two years before I got a BBC Micro to help with school projects, my dad had brought home an Apple Mac to work on, so the idea of the command line interface seemed prehistoric to me.

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Ten... top PlayStation Network game downloads

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coming soon

the one to look out for is Wrecked Revenge Revisited which must surely be due for release any week now.

it's guarenteed to be the best multiplayer fun you've ever had.

it's by the team who did Micro Machines V4 for the psOne and the incredible Mashed games for the PS2. This is basically Mashed, but with flashier graphics and physics. It's going to be awesome!!

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WinPho sceptics cut Lumia 800 sales estimates in half

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very nice

Colleague at the office has one of these, and very nice it is too. Feels well build, and the rounded edges spark nostalgia for the way the original iPhon felt in the hand, or an old iPod nano.

Interface seemed very nice and fast, although I wondered how it would work if you have it loaded with a lot of apps. Would it still seem so easy. But then, that's not a problem until there actually are a lot of WinPho apps that are worth having, i guess.

Overall, I liked it, and if it wasn't built by Nokia, and running M$ software, and I didn't already have an iPhone, then I'd likely consider it at length, before choosing an Android or iOS phone instead.

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Pro-game MP rewrites Modern Warfare censure motion

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shocked!!!

I'm somewhat gobsmacked to discover something sensible has happened in parliment.

Where's Toto, surely this is all just a dream....

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Hubble snaps mystery green death nebula in NGC 1846

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You'd prefer another target? A military target? Then name the system!

That's no moon....

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Samsung jumps into bed with Google TV

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different

"Samsung's Google TV was going to be different from its rivals"

At least, it'll have a different shaped bezel around the edge...

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Microsoft and Samsung uncloak slimmer Surface

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how much does it cost?

i want on in the lounge

not that i'd ever really use it, but surely you could get a MAME emulator running on it and play old fashions pub table space invaders on it, no?

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Supercomputer Watson too thick to use Siri

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incompatible

"It's not just the different ways they take input that makes the two incompatible."

Is it not rather the very fact that both take (even require) input, that makes them incompatible?

Both are designed to be given some data, and then do something with it.

For a system to be compatible with Siri or Watson, it would have to be capable of coming up with a question that it wanted an answer to, without any prompting, and to be able to do something with the response, other than interpret it as a question.

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