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

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Not having to pay the extra premium to a shop for the privilege of paying minimum wage clerks will save consumers cash

Er, no it bloody won't. EA and the like want rid of that overhead, but not so they can charge less for games. Their games aren't any cheaper online, and are often more expensive, because the profit margins rapidly increase in size.

Honestly, with the way most publishers are treating the customer like shit these days, overcharging for release content while simultaneously holding more content back for DLC - even stuff already made and on the disc you bought - along with their many other heinous practices, I think we may be heading for the second video game crash. There's only so far you can push people.

Bring it on.

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I can't imagine that anyone would make a games console these days that relies on a person walking to a shop to buy a piece of plastic.

"Relies on" != "has the option of"

This is Sony we're talking about. Their store is allowed to be so horrendously expensive that the games in it are often 20 quid more on launch day than the physical copies in the shop down the road.

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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

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Re: Not just the foam strike

Interesting. This is the one I have:

Contest For The Heavens: The Road to the Challenger Disaster [Paperback]

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Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

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THANK YOU! I long since dealt with the IE6 bugs in our site. These days all I ever fix is Chrome bugs. People love it because it's quick, but bloody hellfire that browser is bugged. That's what you get when you try to release three times a week just that you can have the biggest version number.

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Re: What I got out of this article

How dare those bastards include an optional extra that adds functionality to your site and doesn't break it for anyone else? SCUMBAGS, I say!

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Microsoft teases IE10 for Win7 with Blocker Toolkit

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Re: Nah, just a ploy to get us to upgrade to Win 8

The above is fiction but I can't help but think that this is the case.

Except that them releasing it contradicts your entire post...

It can't be that hard to port it now can it?

Nah, it's not like Windows 8 had an entirely new interface or anyt-....oh, right.

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Re: "Long Awaited"?

Not at all. I'm personally thrilled that new and improved versions of IE are coming out. It's the lowest common denominator, and I have to work to it (at work, anyway). The more new versions come out, and the more people move to them, the closer I am to ditching every IE hack in my code and telling IE8 and lower to fuck off forever.

In that respect, IE9 and above really are a god-send in terms of coding for the web.On top of that, they're vastly improved browsers in themselves. Anyone who's paid any attention to my ramblings on here knows I'm a Mozzy man, but if I'm in a situation where I have to use IE9 or IE10, I no longer feel like I want to throw the machine through a wall.

They're really not bad; they're just still seen as "uncool" because all the hipster kids moved to Chrome. </trollface>

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: someone please tell me

Trademark, not patent. Doesn't make it any less ludicrous, but the rules are different. Trademarks are even more litigious.

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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The prevailing opinion from many here seems to be "it's Windows, it can't possibly be any good, and anyone saying that it is is a fanboy."

Alright then, I'm a developer, and I use Linux 95% of the time. I also don't like tablets, because I want a device that expensive to be good at creating content as well as viewing it, and to me an iPad is an expensive picture frame.

I quite like the Surface. In fact, I'm quite fond of Windows 8, which is already running in the triple-boot setup on my Mac - I'm posting from it now - and I'll be buying a copy today (upgrading an old copy of XP so I can keep my retail 7 licence). I had a play with a Surface the other week and it's nifty. It's quick, easy to use and - admit it - attractive. I've been thinking this about Metro ever since I got my hands on a Windows Phone. It's very accessible and stupidly fast, two things I wouldn't normally associate with MS.

The Surface Pro appeals to me more because it can drop to desktop and run proper stuff. It might not be the right choice for me in the end because 5 minutes into doing any work on it, I'm going to want a Linux terminal (can you dual-boot them?). But to use, they're really quite good.

Windows 8 is a lot better than people say it is. It's faster, has some useful tools built straight in now, such as ISO mounting, and Metro isn't nearly as intrusive as I thought it would be. Same goes for the Surface; it's a lot better than the general haven't-used-one-but-its-Microsoft-so-it-must-be-shit consensus says.

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Re: I don't want to turn off my brain, ever

You seem to be providing a pretty decent impression that it's already switched off.

Fancy providing an actual argument, oh intellectual superior? Not sure how you get unintelligent from my post, however sarcastic.

Then read a flippin' book! "Sci fi" films have rarely if ever been more than lasers, explosions, and special effects, you are never going to get a proper thoughtful sci fi film out of Hollywood. Star Wars is fun for the light sabers, space ships, and engaging characters, it's a swashbuckling adventure and nothing more. Don't expect anything any deeper than that.

You haven't watched enough sci-fi. Try some 2001, Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly - hell, even Gattaca.

I can do action and explosions, too, but it needs a coherent narrative or it's just noise.

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Re: Instructions for enjoying Sci Films

Thank you for your Knuckle-Dragger's Guide to Film, complete with MULTIPLE EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!!!11!!!11!1*

I don't want to turn off my brain, ever. Present a film with a straight face and I'll view it the same way. Your argument boils down to "it's great, so long as you ignore all its flaws and just watch the pretty lights." That's not good enough for me, and defences like that are the mark of a really shitty film.

If all you want is lasers and explosions, then good luck to you. I like to have some kind of coherent narrative along with it. Maybe I'm the lunatic here, but to me good sci-fi is mind-expanding, not mind-limiting.

*CAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL

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Re: James Bond

hmmm so a few films later what do we think?

That the whole re-working of Bond was to emulate the superior Bourne movies? And I'd rather watch Bourne any day of the week?

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It wasn't called ST 9. You're idealising ST to a ridiculous level, the original has none of those things you talk about. You're seriously trying to defend a show which had William Shatner as the lead as being serious, well-written TV?

The original doesn't have any diplomacy? Any idealism at all? You're seriously trying to tell me that Gene Roddenberry conceived of anything even slightly in line with Star Trek XI? Did you watch Star Trek at any point? Do you know what the Federation is supposed to stand for? Don't be a moron.

And if you're going to have a cry about how it's totally not related to the original Star Trek because it doesn't have the number XI in the title, then

a) understand what number XI is before whining, so you look less of an idiot, and

b) explain the part at the beginning of the film where Abrams bends over backwards to connect the film to its predecessors, then writes them off and pisses on their graves

Christ, I'm not even that big a Star Trek fan, but I've seen the majority of it. More than enough to know just how afwul Star Trek XI is.

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Gah, don't mention the name Abrams... And don't you dare call him Star Trek's "saviour".

Star Trek XI was an atrocity. Even if you can summon the mental gymnastics to overcome the plot holes, the adherence to the "spiky haired young people who inexplicably know kung fu" demographic, the eye-burning abuse of lens flares and the utter stupidity required to write off decades of existing Trek, it looked, sounded and acted nothing like Star Trek. No diplomacy, no intellect, no sense of wonder or exploration, just BLOW SHIT UP!

Star Trek XII can go fuck itself.

Fortunately, I've long since given up on Star Wars. It was overrated to begin with, and the prequel trilogy was hilariously bad.

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

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Re: YouTube would need to offer a better way to find content

I wouldn't pay for YouTube as it is because there is so little content that is of any quality

Oh, I wouldn't say that. It's become a veritable archive for forgotten/unreleased TV shows. Everything from Horizon documentaries to 80s cartoons.

There are also a number of talking heads on YouTube that are actually worth listening to. Separate the camwhores from the skilled reviewers and you can find people like TotalBiscuit doing pretty good stuff.

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Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

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Re: Do they honestly think younger people dont read?

I dont think i could stand reading for too long on a tablet, my good old Kindle however i can sit for hours and read (and do). Am i nearly dead? At 31 I hope not.

I'm five years younger still (shocker for some of the old grumps on this thread) and I use my e-reader daily. My tablet? Oh, that's right, I don't own one.

But then I had one of these modern progressive educations, so I'm reading silly stuff like Verne and Wells, rather than the proper classics, like 50 Shades of Grey.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: I'm sorry...

Why would companies leave France if they are still making profit after the new taxes?

Because if France get away with it, then other tax-loving countries (like ours) will follow suit. Our public are currently acting in a fashion that seems demented to me; flat out demanding taxation from the government. They could totally put this into action here.

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Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

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I didn't realise the phrase "rock solid reliable" was that common.

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Spanish startup to ship first Mozilla-phones

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I was thinking of calling fake, that looks so much like an iPhone.

Still, gimme! Mozzy's way of doing things like this never ceases to appeal to me.

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Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

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Perhaps if you didn't constantly mollycoddle your children away from even the slightest mention of sex, they wouldn't be so fascinated with it?

Also, puberty. Let me tell you how this is: porn doesn't make teenagers horny. Teenagers are horny, therefore porn.

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Opera sings WebKit's tune for new mobile browser

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Re: F**k Opera

As long as Opera is the only browser on mobile devices that automatically rewraps text when zoomed in

It isn't. Firefox Mobile does it.

Now, I'm sure that someone will come up with the "...but there's a plug-in for Firefox that does that..." whine.

Nope, no plugin required (though on the original FF Mobile it was the most popular plugin). People requested it, Mozilla added it, job done.

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Re: F**k Opera

But but... without Opera, where would the Firefox developers get their inspiration from?

Yeah, I mean Opera's so awesome, it doesn't need a plugin architectu-.... Oh.

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Re: maybe firefox should follow suit?

Maybe Firefox should never follow suit. Webkit is fast, but it's also buggy. Comparing the number of site rendering errors I've had to fix in Gecko vs Webkit isn't even a contest, because the number for Gecko is 0.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Friend of mine went with them. Sure, on paper it looked good: piss cheap and a no-throttling guarantee. There was one part of the advert that put me off, though: the word "Sky".

Sure enough, his router now drops off the net completely several times a day, and he's had several long outages.

Over here, on Titan ADSL, I've had one outage in 4 years (excepting their scheduled 3am upgrades that I happen to be awake for).

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Mozilla picks JavaScript titan Eich to lead charge against 'Droid, iOS

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Re: Java

Plus I think Mozilla has been brainwashed by HTML5 gurus

Or they are the HTML5 gurus...

Mozilla are about standards and ideals, and generally hold to them with surprising (read: refreshing) tenacity. They're unlikely to want to build in anything that's even slightly proprietary, and from what I've seen of B2G in the past, it's a very open, standards-based system - exactly what I'd expect from Mozzy.

Besides, it's intended to run on even the lowest-powered smartphones. Adding abstraction layers and VMs doesn't exactly help with that.

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Google pulls 'racist' Make Me Asian app

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Re: BEWARE

All the more reason to push back. It is a bit like accusations of witchcraft a few centuries ago. In a free society, people have to be able to discuss what is or is not discriminatory.

....Like you're doing right now?

Oh, no! The oppression! How can I, a working white male, ever survive in such a restrictive society!

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Fucking hell, did I just wander onto the Daily Fail? First set of replies and people are spouting off about tree-hugging liberals and crying racism.

OK, OK, I did wonder about this, looking at the first half of the article. I mean, "asian" is the wrong term, but there are far-eastern facial features. If all it's doing is that, then...

"and superimpose “rice paddy” hats, moustaches and other elements."

OK, yeah. There is a difference between playing Photoshop with your face and releasing an app that changes you into ching-chong-Chinaman. What, did it have a "slitty eyes" slider?

As for the rest of you, I really wish Nelson and friends over at SYB were still going. They'd have a field day on this article.

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Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

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Re: The going rate

and they'll still only pay a couple of quid in business rates on the building

Yawn

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Why no one wants to Joyn GSMA's Skype-killing expedition

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RCS is universal, and that's all it needs to be. A universal standard implemented everywhere is never going to be bleeding-edge, but RCS still undercuts the core of what the closed networks do rather nicely. The person you're talking to might not have Facebook, Skype, etc, but you can bet your ass you can send them an SMS - that's the position RCS is aiming for. It doesn't need to do everything the others do, if users prefer convenience over a feature list (and we're repeatedly told that they do).

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FAA grounds Boeing's 787 after battery fires on plastic planes

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Re: An eco-friendly solution

I said I was going to do this and I meant it.

This is where you belong

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Re: You forget the 2009 Hudson River crash

Granted, it was not open ocean. But. it validates the safety card design, and that's the important thing.

I thought someone might bring this up. The article specifically said "ocean", so this doesn't really count.

Also, it's not really a validation of the safety card if an ocean crash doesn't happen like this. Oceans have swells, waves, etc that make them almost impossible to pull off a high-speed landing on. Rivers don't really have this issue.

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

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Re: Result skewage

Don't forget, those using OperaMini or Opera in super-zippy-whoohoo mode will appear to be from...where is it, Finland?

Better make sure to account for both of them, then. Not both browsers, I mean; both people. :-p

*Ducks to avoid Opera fanboy rage*

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Re: greetings from Austria

Here in central Europe we find it hilarious that 4" of snow can bring a country to a standstill. Friday is the right day to have it though.

The media are, as usual, playing it up like right shites. The BBC keep going on about a "rare RED weather warning." Yeah, that would be in Wales. On the Black Mountains. Ooooh, I'm so afraid!

The papers like to throw around "travel chaos!" and "country at a standstill" like they do everything else. And like every other regurgitated headline, their relationship with reality is strained at best.

This morning I got up, got into the car (which I didn't have to defrost, for the first time this week), and drove normally on perfectly serviceable roads/motorways into a major city. No issues at all. In fact, it was much nicer than normal, because so many people had actually listened to the media bleating and chickened out, the motorway was practically deserted.

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What ereader decline? Kobo pumps up the volumes despite grim forecasts

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Re: Just a consumer.

I am not a big fan of Mills & Boon -style paperback fiction but I'm sure it's a "great reading experience" for you. However try using your Kindle for PDF reference material intended for A4 size, you will soon wish you had a 10 inch tablet instead.

I do exactly that on my Sony PRS-T1. Pinch-to-zoom is obviously a bit laggier than a capacitive screen but works perfectly well.

I'm one of those people that believes in having the best gadget for a particular job. I own a smartphone, but keep an iAudio J3 for my music, because it's just far better at it, and has an insane battery life. Same goes for my e-reader, my PSP, etc; I have them alongside my smartphone because they're better at their given tasks.

Sure, I could read my eBooks on a larger, heavier, more cumbersome device with a lower battery life and a screen that can't be read in the sun. Alternatively, I could continue reading them on a device that fits in my jacket pocket, has a battery that lasts a month, and weighs practically nothing.

Seriously, when Sony touted this reader as the "lightest on the market", I honestly didn't give a shit. I've never gone in for "oooh, ours is so thin" with smartphones - hell, I used to own a HTC Athena - but I was surprised at just what a difference it makes with an e-reader. Makes a lot of sense when you think about it. I'm going to be holding the device I read on in any number of positions (such as above my head in bed) for long periods of time. Even the difference between the Sony and a Kindle is noticeable to my keyboard-buggered wrists. I'd hate to try using a large tablet for the same.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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Re: Follow the chain of logic.

There's a problem in there somewhere

Yes, there is. It's the part where you imply that it's stupid to blame a form of entertainment, such as video games, but then attempt to blame an inanimate object instead.

I don't blame the video game.

I don't blame the gun.

I blame the shithead pullling the trigger, and so should you.

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Re: Plan B? Plan C?

There still remains the issue that in the US you can get types of weapons, along with rather.. generous.. amounts of ammunition that fall well outside any need for personal protection and/or hunting purposes.

Because, for the millionth time, the guns exist as a means of potential rebellion, or to fight off invaders. The people who founded the US government didn't trust governments, including the one they were founding!

You can argue all you want over the current feasibility/likelihood of such things, but it will not in any way change the principle of the document.

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“Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds. We don't benefit from ignorance. We don't benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.”

Nice to see that the president isn't deciding anything in advance.

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Wanna really insult someone? Log off and yell it in the street - gov

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The police arrested someone for calling a horse gay?

So the police are saying that it's insulting to be seen as gay? Interesting...

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Re: It leaves the definition of "grossly offensive" up to police officers (and judges)

How much time and stress will it take to get from PC Pleb

Pleb? PLEB??

You're fired! Get out! How could you say something so horrendous. If this doesn't make the front pages tomorrow, there's something seriously wrong with this country!

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

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People realised that the Kinect is a piece of shit? The Move can be hit and miss, but when the game isn't a badly-coded Wii port, it works pretty well. The Kinect is just awful. Have a look at the reviews for the abysmal Steel Battalion: Heavy Armour. I saw it top several "worst of" lists for 2012, just because of how utterly broken it is.

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Re: Not in the UK I don't think.

Not so sure why Brits go for Xbox, though.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/345512/ps3-leading-european-hardware-sales-in-2012/

Couldn't find UK-specific data, but according to the European data, it's actually us buying the PS3s most recently.

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Re: Santa

Didn't know about PS compatibility still being present, I did download Destruction Derby for old school crashing :)

That's always bugged me. Sony let everyone say that they'd completely dropped backwards compatibility, and most people don't know anything about the PS1 feature in the slim PS3s. Surely that's a feature you'd sell? (Unless you were hoping to re-sell all the PS1 games on SEN...)

Hell, I think I was tipped off to it by a guy on IRC! Even my friend, who runs a local games store and tests PS3s pretty much every day, didn't know about it.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Re: Amazon is not evil

If you seriously believe that amazon provides a service that the rest of the internet doesn't then either you work for the company of you've got its Kool Aid on an intrevenous drip.

And the chances of your tiny company managing to get above Amazon in the product rankings on Google to get the attention in the first place? Amazon lets them be a searchable part of what is undoubtedly one of the largest product catalogues online. Set up your own tiny website with OSCommerce (because all small businesses know how to do that and can afford it) and see if you can get those customers as easily.

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Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

If I had an accountant, I'm pretty sure he could figure out a dozen ways of reducing my tax bill. The difference is that firstly it's not worth the cost of the venture, as I'm an individual not a company.

And secondly because morally I don't agree with doing so. So please don't be keen to judge everyone by your own standards.

I do. :-)

The government, via one method or another, takes at least half of your money as tax. They then put it through a process of monumental wastage, at the end of which you will see a pithy amount in return. The minute you give a quid to the government (and this goes for any government, not just ours) then you can kiss a decent amount of that money goodbye.

In a system where we are constantly reamed for more and more tax to pay for a ludicrously large public sector and hilariously mismanaged government spending, I think it's completely moral to try and keep as much of your money your own as possible. Last time I checked, we live in a capitalist society. If you set the rules, and I take advantage of those rules (without breaking them) to make life better for myself, I'd call that a success, not an immorality. Don't like it? Re-write the rules and cut wastage.

People want to give all their responsibi-I mean, money to the government, and have them handle everything. Doesn't work, unfortunately.

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HMV was too expensive to survive. Everyone knows this. Online ordering might be cheaper, sure, but when the series I want is £8 online and £30 in your store, I'm not going to buy from you. No-one in their right mind is.

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Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

Wonder how much tax HMV paid in comparison to Amazon.

Even if they hadn't been losing money, as others have pointed out, the answer would be "as little as humanly possible", like any company worth its salt.

Seriously, I'm going to start forwarding posters like you to the "Tax Bores" section of the Speak You're Branes archive. Company in "legally reducing tax bill" shocker, film at 11.

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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graphically demonstrates that Windows NT code still lurks under the surface of Windows Phone 8.

This is a surprise? I thought that was the point of modern WP?

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Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed

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The difference is the Apple keyboard is fine to start with - I have never met anyone who had considered replacing it - even if you could.

Oooh, oooh, me, over here! Had to use an iPhone for a while and I bloody hated the keyboard. Far too basic, far too slow. The basic Android keyboard allows for long presses to bring up numbers, special characters, etc. More advanced ones allow tap-and-hold for smiley faces, and then have a separate page full of additional stuff. Yet more advanced ones, especially the downright brilliant Swype, allow for continuous input that's way faster than anything else I've used on a touchscreen.

By comparison, the iOS keyboard is a piece of shit. Inputting passwords on it was a bloody chore.

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Re: Analysts don't know jack

There's no analyst angle on this. They've halved their orders. That's not some bullshit prediction or something I came up with over my cereal.

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Disney World slaps pay-by-bonk stalker cuffs on grown-ups

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Probably voluntary, one site only, stops working the moment you step off-premises. It's not like the Feds are doing it.

what they spend time doing (queuing mostly, from our limited understanding of the venue).

Honestly, the US theme parks are much, much better with queueing than the UK ones. Multiple platforms/carriages, lines that might be long but keep moving, and lots of stuff in the queueing area to keep kids occupied (the Muppets theatre being a great example).

In the UK, we have Thorpe Park, where the staff couldn't give two shits, load carriages like they're stoned off their asses, and the queues are just winding paths with picket fences. Two hours in the August sun to get on one sodding ride...

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