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1526 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008

BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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If only we had snapshots and virtualisation.

Oh wait, we do.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Pretty much.

It's not as if the company deliberately is going to shun a black guy.

It's simply a matter of the best people applying and getting jobs are white or asian males.

That's not a problem with the business, it's a problem with attitudes or education, and frankly, overall demographics. In a country where whites are still the largest group, it would be understandable that that was shown in other stats.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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It's the right decision, make an android phone or don't, not this mess, but Satya Nadella is turning out to be one depressing CEO.

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Re: Looking forward to it

Model S is fifty quid? Bugger me, I better rush to a Tesla dealer right this second and buy a few.

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There's a remake?

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

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Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.

Yeah, I only use KeepAss too.

Never did trust the idea of using some web service to do the job.

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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Re: King Canute

My local is a Waitrose...

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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"Making a separate tournament for females is highly patronising and implies they are less capable of winning than a male player. Having a 'female only' tournament without a separate 'male only' is even more patronising, in addition to being by definition sexual discrimination."

Could not agree more. What a sexist farce.

Women are known to be great on factory assembly lines in China - they have to work with their hands very quickly then, and surely they have the same fight or flight instinct. Taking physical constraints mostly out of the way, the only thing stopping women competing in games just as well is likely the fact they have better shit to do.

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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.. and nothing of value was lost.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Re: still

That, and the sheer spectacle.

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

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Re: 3G

Well, that's the best we've got.

LTE advertised as '4G' mostly doesn't meet the minimum 4G standard that was set in 2008.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G#Technical_understanding

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Re: Why 3000mAh?

Should really be watt-hours anyway, or joules, to be specific.

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"let the resolution wars begin"

Goodness, I hope not. I want cheaper, longer lasting handsets of a reasonable size.

4.5" - 4.7" 1280×720.

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

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https://shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/F2J07AA?HP-Chromebook-11-1101-PC-Made-with-Google-

HP Chromebook 11. Uses a microUSB charger.

Also known for its charger bursting into flames.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/13/chromebook_11_pulled_from_sale/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/17/hp_chromebook_11_charger_recall/

That said, the story doesn't add up.

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I think it was more of a sound bite referencing standards; if the plug doesn't conform to Aussie standards, that's a good start to being suspicious about the quality of the device.

The same thing applies here to some degree, but sometimes those Chinese get confused and put insulation on the earth pin, which is a definite sign the thing isn't BS1363. (I've seen many other violations too).

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Study of Brit students finds TXTING doesn't ruin your writing

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*then select.

Also, a vote down? Is Kevin an El Reg poster?

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Never have used "text speak" in messages to others. It honestly just makes you look like an idiot.

Also, what's the point? We have predictive text for a reason. Often it can be faster to type a few characters than select the entire word than deliberately butcher a word.

Going past a one SMS limit is a load of old tosh. Most people have plentiful or free text messages these days (which I rarely use - e-mails for me). That said, if you're trying to post a message on Twitter, nobody can help you.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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Re: And in the mean time

I feel the same way about the actual raw resources that go into crap like this, and countless other swathes of useless plastic junk that never needed to exist. All to be tossed in landfill a year or two down the road.

It's not all going to last forever, we may as well make things that aren't totally awful.

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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

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You think beast, I think full chroma sampling

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EXPLICIT PICS: We take you inside Adobe's Creative Cloud update

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Re: Just add...everything

Quite.

Although as long as you don't use Paint to save as JPEG.

Paint's JPEG output is absolutely awful.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: Can you afford $15K to replace the battery pack?

The cost of the pack is something people would like to avoid talking about.

Some want to see it rolled into a lease, well, that won't work for most people.

Most people want a car free of debt that they can patch up when absolutely necessary.

Having a car that has a slowly shrinking fuel tank that costs a lot to replace is clearly a problem.

If people say "oh, but they'll get cheaper over the years" - that may be true, but it sure won't be for the old packs, and even if it was, they can charge you whatever they want.

Ever tried to buy a projector bulb for an old model? Just as expensive, if not more, than a new one. The good old razor and blades model.

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Re: On Street Parking

I can 'charge' my diesel car in a few minutes also, get over 600 miles of range with 55~ MPG and it cost me £3K. It's also a big estate so I can haul pretty much anything.

Although admittedly it is in no way fair to compare used and new prices, this is simple reality. How much is a used electric car going to be worth, seeing as the battery is considered a consumable, and the battery alone will cost more than an ICE car in decent nick? "Good money after bad" comes to mind, as an example, I bought my car just over 2 years ago, it's a '57 plate. If a battery pack in say, a Nissan Leaf goes: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=9820 $600/module - 48 modules in the full pack http://www.electricvehiclewiki.com/?title=Battery_specs - $28,800, then my guess is that vehicle is a write off. Does writing off cars because of batteries sound green?).

Yeah, electric cars have a long way to go. It seems fine now if you're an early adopter in many ways, but it in no way can scale the same way ICE vehicles have.

The sheer amount of energy we can pour in a tank in the form of refined oil in a brief time would require some genuinely INDUSTRIAL electricity supplies at every forecourt around the country and many more charging points than petrol pumps. Not to mention a battery chemistry that is going to take that kind of abuse on the chin every day.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: Everyone should learn how to design internal combustion engines

"Before a person turns 16 and can get a driver's licence, the person must be able to display a good knowledge of thermodynamics, mechanics and the chemistry of hydrocarbon combustion. Then they should also learn how to weld and spraypaint."

That doesn't sound stupid at all. That sounds incredibly practical and useful.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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I sympathise entirely

I was sat around at home after work, and suddenly had an unsolicited call from someone who had a problem with their laptop.

I swear my reaction was almost one of PTSD, and I refused to take the call until I had more information and had calmed down.

The idea that people may keep calling to ask about any and all problems is an idea of personal hell.

Maybe when I was 14 or so, when I was enthusiastic still about cleaning crap from people's computers and helping them out, but now, embittered by time and work, I don't want to fill up my own time with a stream of petty issues.

I imagine car mechanics have the same problem - so I suppose at least we don't have to climb underneath oily, greasy cars out in the cold.

I do feel sorry for them, because they're usually old and poor, but that makes it worth my time even less, because there's no point me charging a huge amount they won't be able to pay.

Oh, and that anecdote about "what laptop to buy?" is a good one, because you then have to ask them their requirements, because to be honest, any cheap shitty laptop these days is more than good enough unless you want to game. People also get confused when 15.6" laptops are cheaper than smaller ones.

But the best part is, the time you actually consider the question properly, and give a good suggestion, they end up buying some other piece of crap anyway, and wonder why it's not much use.

That said, I've had my advice requested a few times and it has been adhered to, so it's not all bad.

Keeping completely old pieces of crap is another problem these people have - I don't think they realise how old their machine is, and how much better one for less than £300 would be if they just opened their wallet. After all, it saves you time when you're using the machine.

I've seen silly examples where people have spent money fixing/upgrading ancient shitty machines when they would have spent a similar amount if they just replaced it completely and achieved a far superior result.

I'm glad you also touched on inkjets, which are a bloody trojan horse. Don't let one in your home.

A cheap mono laser for printing out your flight passes and instructions and so on, and an online print service if you actually want quality photos produced.

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My my, Intel, that's one speedy NVMe flash card you have there

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Re: Shut up take my money!

That's how I feel about it. A two terabyte insanely fast PCI Express SSD by Intel? So it'll be reliable, too.

I know what's on my wish list.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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I'm not a fan of overly slick experiences that appear to have read my mind, so although I have an Android device, I have a de-bloated custom ROM, plus I've frozen a lot of the Google services (google now, search, etc) using Titanium Backup, as I prefer to search (in Opera Mobile Classic) using DuckDuckGo.

I use XPrivacy to lock down anything that I am even vaguely suspicious of, and I rarely install new things anyway.

My phone has incredible stamina (RAZR MAXX HD) and a great form factor, and I can just dump any files I want onto it or the 32GB microSD card in the side at will (which I regularly do for shuttling large files from work to home).

I don't see what iPhone could do for me, other than cost me more, give me shorter battery life, and force me into an incredibly claustrophobic experience.

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HP reveals Apple-powered Android 'SlateBook'

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Re: Ha! Busted!

I'd point the finger at Windows' DPI Scaling and ill-informed consumers just as much as the manufacturers.

That said, I have a 13.1" 1600×900 laptop and I find that absolutely spot on, so, like others, I find 15.6" 1366×768 machines pitiful.

Bear in mind, though, that for certain reasons, low res screens are required.

Doing a mass rollout of corporate laptops, those aforementioned horrible 15.6" 1366×768 screens are actually fine, because most people don't like small text, and changing the default DPI can break lots of strange old programmes.

I came across a laptop that was 15.6" 1366×768 where the user had actually increased the text size. Yeah.

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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Re: HHHMMMNNN...

Great post and fantastic anecdote, but HR should feel bad. HR are often a bunch of oxygen-thieves.

This: "HR asked him what his weaknesses were" was a horrific read. Nobody should ask these clichéd bullshit questions, they're meaningless, as shown by the answer.

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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We make shite toasters now.

The Americans had this sewn up a few decades ago.

http://www.automaticbeyondbelief.org/

"There are no levers to press down. Just put the bread in the slot. The weight of the bread activates the heating elements, causing the center wire to lengthen microscopically and the bread to be carried into the toaster under its own weight.

Inside, the Radiant Control thermostat monitors the heat radiated (not conducted) from the outer surface of the bread, which is directly proportional to its color change. There are no timers. The toast is raised only when it is properly toasted; no sooner and no later.

When the thermostat opens, the elements cool, and the center element wire contracts. This movement is very small — on the order of thousandths of an inch — but a mechanical linkage multiplies this movement approximately 175 times. This is sufficient to operate the carriage and raise the toasted bread from the toaster."

The crap we have now is primitive in comparison.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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#2 - XPrivacy

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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Yeah, I use KeepAss, just updated ebay with a 20 character (maximum the field allows!) randomly generated password with brackets, special characters and so on enabled.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: "Cloud computing is shite."

"it is worst"?

Good thing you're not a journalist, then.

Edit: ah, bollocks, I've been beaten to the punch by some time.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: I would definitely rather drink some human piss than...

I should add some modifiers to be specific, before someone says something about stew.

You know what I mean. Warm, rotting flesh, covered in flies, gently warming in the sun.

As well as all the other heaps of muck in an open-air reservoir.

A bit of well filtered blood seems tame in comparison.

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I would definitely rather drink some human piss than...

Water that has dead animals marinating in it.

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TalkTalk broadband growth WANES as it reports surge in pay-TV customers

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People voluntarily give money to TalkTalk?

You learn something every day...

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Re: Not worried about viruses?

How would he get a virus exactly?

These aren't the days when he's getting random floppies from people, or putting in everything he can find from the front of a magazine.

He's booting up an old DOS machine with no network connectivity to do one thing only.

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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Absolute and total bollocks

"Lots to do, but assuming this merger is completed, it'll be a fantastic platform for growth and job creation."

How, exactly? The merger is to save money! How will this be done? Shops that are near to each other, scrap one. That's the retail stuff cut down.

Support staff? Don't need two sets, so they can massively cut down on those numbers.

It's to save money and increase profitability. Creating jobs would be directly opposing to this. Some people talk so much bollocks.

That said, I was amused by the suggestions of phallic names.

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: Meh.

It has 50% of the shaders in the GPU which is of otherwise identical architecture and similar clock speed.

The RAM in the Xbox One severely cripples the GPU, also. So 50% is a decent enough estimate.

Obviously the difference in the real world will be smaller as most games will be multi-platform, so look similar from a distance, but that's simply because it's easier to change a few settings for each platform as opposed to create entirely different assets to make the best use of the hardware.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Re: Hmmm...?

No, I don't see a problem, seeing as most games are still 32-bit executables.

There's little sense in having more than 8GiB RAM in a gaming machine.

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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

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Re: How about fixing the UI to one that works?

Extensions always break. It's tedious.

Download Statusbar, an essential one that many people used, broke with 26. Yes, someone coded a replacement, but this shit is seriously tiring.

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Apple poaches Nokia photo guru Ari Partinen from Microsoft

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No secret the Sony Xperia Z2 is the absolute dog's bollocks.

Now if only they made a 4.7" version of it...

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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Give up, Christ!

It's been shown that those that pirate are MORE LIKELY to spend more on purchases of music and videos.

Piracy is a MAJOR WAY shows grow a fanbase these days, the content providers have NOBODY BUT THEMSELVES to blame, because of the insane restrictions and often impossibility in obtaining the latest content.

Our government should waste NO MONEY ON THIS, because if we do, we are effectively pissing money up the wall to protect a handful of rich people in the US.

CAPITAL LETTERS in a block for NO REASON.

1 download ≠ 1 potential purchase. Almost never, ever, ever is this the case. If it wasn't available to download, people simply would never know about it.

But really, this is a waste of time, benefits the UK in no way at all, benefits the content producers in no way at all, and just stinks. It's good at least that it doesn't escalate to anything yet, but the whole idea needs to just go away.

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Apple pulls iPhone 4 from sale in India after just four months

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Re: reason Apple scoops so much of the industry's profit

Mission Complete!

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Web cesspit 4chan touts '$20 bug bounty' after hackers ruin Moot's day

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Re: I think it's a bit harsh

I don't actually think it is a safety-valve, I think it's more like a pressure cooker, or a cauldron, bubbling away.

Stirring shit that doesn't need to be stirred.

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Disks with Ethernet ports? Throw in some flash and you've got yourself a HGST p-a-r-t-y

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Re: What is needed...

Uh, it's 6 Gigabits per second, not 6 Gibibytes per second.

You've made a fatal mistake: you put a capital B when actually it's a lower case.

B = Byte

b = bit

You're misinterpreting the numbers to the tune of 8 times as much as it means.

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McAfee accused of McSlurping Open Source Vulnerability Database

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If I was from the OSVDB, I would..

Put in a call to McAfee sales, saying their business needs protection against data theft, and when they get to the nitty gritty with a technical department, email a log of McAfee's own data theft to them, saying that this is an example of the kind of issues they've been facing.

Shit them right up. Arseholes.

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Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors' details

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I'm not seeing any positive side to this. Sounds like a bit of dick, to be honest. It's not like we've discovered something useful.

Just randomly leaking private databases isn't a public good.

They'll throw the book at him, and really, they should.

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: I've missed something here

I'm not sure a general purpose OS is suitable for this, I'd rather see a true real time OS that's coded for the task, and doesn't have attack vectors because the code never existed.

But of course, that would require a lot of effort.

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ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

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8? 6? No, two.

All you really need is two. I honestly don't want a phone with a quad core, what a wasteful load of old nonsense. Even one is fine, but it's nice to have that extra hardware thread to keep responsiveness up.

Give me half a Snapdragon 801 (or whatever the latest, most efficient and highest IPC arch for phones is). (With the Adreno 330 intact).

Eventually my hope is that they'll do what AMD is pushing - use the GPU for heavier compute tasks. Having lots of CPU cores in your phone will then look like an archaic load of old bollocks.

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Comcast and EA said to be planning streaming games service

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Chill. Just never install Origin. Worked for me!

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