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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Matthew 17

The only Ridley thing that's got the potential to be interesting is...

The 3001 Final Odyssey series, IMO it's always been a pity that only 2 of the books were made into films.

There's no reason to make another BR film, the original one, despite being the best film ever made lost money, no-one who loves the original wants a follow up, no-one else would be interested. All hollywood has to offer these days is endless sequels, reboots and Marvel films. It's a multi $billion industry devoid of an original idea or story.

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Re: How Possible?

No, as

A) - That was only relevant to the original studio release after Scott was sacked from the director's chair, the studio added the daft voice over and happy ending. There were no such prototypes in the Director's/Final Cuts of the film.

B) - No as Scott maintained that Deckard was a replicant, hence the whole unicorn scene (and of course 'too bad she won't live, but then again, who does?')

Finally having Ford in it is no assurance of quality, think of the god-awful Indianna Jones 4.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Scratch that, reverse it Edge of Tomorrow...

What bothered me mostly about the plot was Blunt had the ability to reset but lost it following a blood transfusion.

How could she know that she'd 'lost' the ability, she didn't know how it worked when she had it, only finding out after the first and subsequent resets, therefore the only way to know she'd lost it would be to die and discover that she was now dead, not much use. Sure she felt 'different' but you would if you'd just come out of hospital following major surgery. Presumably she'd lost the ability and decided not to risk getting killed again when TC conveniently turned up.

TC losing the ability and getting it again for that odd final reset seemed a little crowbarred in, still, enjoyed the film.

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Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

Matthew 17

RB's real interest isn't space, that's just a bonus.

His machine will enable you to fly from London to Melbourne in 3 hours, there's a lot of potential there.

It's rubbish that this happened but given it's all new it's unrealistic to have expected there wouldn't be setbacks, however they'll get it right (they're not far off), it'll be certified as flight ready and will change the world.

As soon as my numbers come up I'm buying a ticket.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Gorgeous

However, I wish they'd update their TB screen, at £800 they're looking a bit dated and over priced.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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C64 version for me

Put in countless hours on that game, run the arcade version in my MAME cab.

Another Halloween themed classic on the C64, Cauldron, well worth a punt

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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How much energy would you need....

to create your own magnetosphere for your craft?

The solar wind is electro-magnetic. If you can power large electromagnets you'd deflect the radiation round the hull of the craft protecting the cargo. You'd be surrounded in aurora borealis every time the wind blew which might be nice but more practical than trying to make a heavy lead-lined spaceship?

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

Matthew 17

Still think tablet computers are a gimmick

Long live the PC (& Mac)!

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Lovely, but can I have a 5k screen for my Mac Pro now please

The current TB screen, whilst awesome it a bit low on the ol' resolution.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: 6GB download?

This is one reason for the slow take up, yes the download is 1GB but as the installation process encrypts your device it needs 6GB of free space to complete the install and encrypt your device, as a lot of users don't have 6GB free and can't be bothered removing stuff, installing then copying it back they're staying with 7. TBH though as 8 has been a bit buggy I think the take up will be slow until 8.1 appears and resolves these issues.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: I dont get it.

To an extent but you remove all the pollution from urban areas so the air quality would be significantly improved, also the ambient noise from traffic would be reduced also. There are a lot of gains to be had with electric cars. The downsides are the short range (reduced further when driving in Winter and you don't have an engine to heat the car, so reliant on AC all the time), long refuelling times and maintenance costs particularly for battery replacement.

Still the technology is moving in the right direction and when it starts becoming a viable option for most people we'll see a lot more of them.

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

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Tin foil hat but.

Wouldn't it be fairly straight forward to falsely claim that the phones all have uncrackable encryption just to simply silence those concerned about the authorities listening in?

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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The perception is legacy

When CD's first appeared they were fairly hideous, plastic sounding things that illustrated the weaknesses of the low resolution, my first CD player had an 8-Bit DAC in it to exaggerate the problem.

Then in the 90's CD players started using bitstream which was basically oversampling or anti-aliasing and their sound quality was transformed. That said the vinyl purists had already made their mind up and and advancing technology wasn't going to change that.

When MP3's appeared they were generally quite low bit-rate, 128k was the norm, maybe 160 if you were lucky. They did all kinds of odd things to the sound, a highly compressed pop track sounded fairly normal but an orchestra sounded like a Casio keyboard. FLAC was preferable as it retained the CD quality. MP3's improved as the bitrate went up, now usually 320k and you can't tell the difference, however the FLAC purists are the new vinyl-types and have already reached their conclusions.

It's a pity that we're still using MP3, MP4 has much better compression enabling decent HD audio with sensible file sizes, there are few devices around these days that don't have sufficient CPU power to play them.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

Matthew 17

The Moon has more to offer.

Whilst a trip to Mars would be spectacular it has less to offer that can be monetised.

If Russia, China or whomever start mining the Moon they will be unstoppable.

The ISS is a bit of a lemon, another temporary structure that will be ditched in the ocean soon enough. A permanent facility on the Moon with a focus on extracting raw materials from space could transform energy and manufacturing. Launches from the Moon with its lower gravity to harvest asteroids should be more efficient once the infrastructure has been established. With their 'fuckit, it be reet' attitude to engineering they might be able to pull it off without haemorrhaging anything like the $billions Europe or the US would require to do the same.

Interesting times ahead.

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Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK

Matthew 17

is it quiet?

A lot of these attached storage boxes are really loud. Not ideal for a studio.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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Re: For goodness' sake

This!

However if you set iTunes or iDevices to 'automatically download all purchases' then the album would appear locally on your machine and not just in the iCloud to stream from. Where you'd then spend all of 5 seconds removing it just as you'd remove any other track or album you no longer wanted.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Worked for Prince

Caught his recent tour, he asked the same, most people were happy to oblige.

It made for a better concert as the audience actually engaged with the world rather than just hiding behind a little screen.

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Wetsuits, sunshine, bikini babes and a competitive streak: Epyx California Games

Matthew 17

Great game

Not quite as good as Winter Games or Hypersports but spend a crazy amount of time on games back then.

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

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Why doesn't it already do this

Hell my cheapo Sony BD player supports DNLA and MKV files, my PS3 also.

Don't MS market their machine as being the only box you need for all your media?

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Can you watch ANYTHING in 4K yet?

As sexy as they are I can't see it catching on for a while yet, most folk seem happy with DVD never mind BD/1080p. I fear it'll be like SACD, as long as it's good enough few see the benefit of upgrading.

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

Matthew 17

If only they'd let Jesus into their hearts

God wouldn't have wiped them out!

Maybe

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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compression

The reason most modern music recordings are overly compressed with a very narrow dynamic range has nothing to do with codecs or lossy data compression it's because so much music is portable played on tiny earphones. If you play an old recording on modern iPod earphones it's so quiet you can hardly hear it as all the transient peaks massively limit your headroom. In the old days we'd have big speakers and headphones powered by big amplifiers, if it was too quiet, turn it up! You can't now as the kit doesn't have the headroom to do this so compressing the dynamics enables the whole thing to be played much louder on the small equipment. The reason classical music still has dynamics and isn't overly squashed is because the listeners of that sort of music still tend to play it at home on a larger system.

When I've mastered albums myself for music I've made as I much prefer the old sound and dynamics I've produced the music accordingly and it sounds great on my trusty B&W speakers, however try and convert it to MP3 and play it on an iPod then it doesn't know what to do with it, sounds all wrong and is very quiet. So I use limiters and compressors and all kinds of tweaking to make it as loud as possible, all the subtlety is gone but it works on the go. Active speakers aren't new and using DSP's to correct for room irregularities isn't new either, higher bitrates and better codecs were tried with SACD's and DVD-A's but they failed as most folk just don't care about the quality of sound and they have a very high tolerance for distortion. As long as they can hear the song then it's good enough for them. I think what's also interesting is that when MP3 first appeared it sounded all wrong, the compression sounded alien. Everything sounded electronic and fake. However after nearly 20 years of it we've gotten used to it. If I play a classic CD or LP to my teenage son or his friends who've grown up in this modern audio era the old less compressed & more dynamic audio doesn't sound better to them, it's not the nature of sound quality they've grown up with or heard.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

Matthew 17

how are they likely to be in Winter?

An internal combustion engine keeps the car nice n warm and the ice away. An electric car is going to need a big fat heater to stop them freezing which would kill their range?

I'd like electric cars to work, the local air quality is bound to be miles better if/when they become the norm.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

Matthew 17

non issue

99% of computer owners don't ever open them up to upgrade a component.

We're the 1% that will, the machine isn't aimed at us.

This machine has a reasonable amount of RAM for the hardware so should perform well, those that buy it will be happy with it I'm sure.

And yes, Apple kit is a bit more than say a Dell, but when you trade in an Apple for a new one you get far more back so the upgrade costs are cheaper. A Dell depreciates faster than a Ford Mondeo.

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

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started with 10.7

Apple decided that ~/Library should be invisible in Finder, no idea why but have to 'unhide' it every time I reset permissions.

Didn't have this issue with /Users but it was fixed almost immediately.

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

Matthew 17

When I first learnt about the atmospheric makup of Venus..

I thought 'hey a cloud city would be possible, awesome!' However, it is possibly the driest place in the Solar System, always going to be foggy too.

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No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

Matthew 17

Cook's gone down in my estimation

He used 'off of' instead of 'from'.

Bad Cook, go and sit in the corner!!

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

Matthew 17

The art isn't really that great though

It's hardly the loading screen for Shadow of the Beast now is it!

I remember rescuing loads of MOD-tracker songs I'd written on the Atari ST and Amiga, had to format discs in MSDOS format and copy the files from the original floppies to those, load those into a PC, copy them all to a USB memory stick, then load that onto my Mac. Took quite a while but was an interesting process to get them there.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

Matthew 17

blame complacency of the West

It's easy to poke fun at the US, but the story is the same all over. In the developed world life is fairly easy, it's been that way for a long time now. We have no real concept of true hardship. There's an entitlement and expectation culture that's grown as a result, our politicians squander $trillions and we barely bat an eyelid, there will always be more. You don't really need to worry yourself about science or engineering or how it all works as that's all done for you. There's precious few people these days that actually know how it's all done, how say a TV or smartphone actually work.

Science is made boring, it's taught as pointless arbitrary subject rather than as the history of discovery, how we went from living in caves banging things together to ward off demons or a solar eclipse, setting fire to witches, that sort of thing to be able to cure diseases, travel faster than sound, transmit information around the globe at the speed of light, send probes out into interstellar space and take selfies with our phones. The things we got wrong, the hardships that were undertook to get us here, the knowledge that was squandered and lost for generations, the fragility of knowledge and how easy it is for it to be lost. We've come so close, several times to being completely wiped out, but no-one cares.

However if you look at developing countries, there's that hunger for knowledge, to progress, the discoveries and engineering milestones will be made in your Chinas & Indias all whilst the West sleep until we're all wondering what went wrong and go cap in hand asking them for a job.

Something is going to let go this century big time and I hope it doesn't catch us all asleep when it happens.

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

Matthew 17

Re: Hateful

I'm 6'6 and of the big hand variety (sized 15 feet too), those large 'droid phones that you see folk use are too big to use one handed comfortably, you have to hold in one and prod with other. Liked the smaller form factor of the iPhone, if I want to use something bigger then there's the iPad. Also with the constant size changing then any dock or car adaptor is no good again, only just had to replace everything to make it Lightning compatible.

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Hateful

WTF is it with smartphones getting continually bigger, who wants this?

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

Matthew 17

How long would it take Curiosity to drive all the way over there?

6 months? What if the alien moved?

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'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

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Re: I don't want a larger phone

I don't want one either, these huge slabs folk seem to be walking around with these days are getting silly, it's like the 80's all over again. I like a small iDevice that fits inside my pocket without getting damaged. I do wish they'd stop dicking about with stuff.

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

Matthew 17

They need a fire extinguisher to fly them there

I saw it in that documentary 'Gravity', maybe they've just not seen it yet

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Not a bad game

The appeal of the sequel was mainly that awesome theme tune, the game itself was a bit slow and clunky and that end 'sequence' just pissed you off!

I think 'Gods' was the BMB's finest effort however - 'Into, the wonderful!'.

The Amiga was impossibly cool when it first appeared, it did make PC's and whatnot look silly, but for only a moment, all other platforms were able to catch up and massively overtake it, Commodore were able to introduce some modest improvements to it but it still had a lot of the limitations from the original machine that they were never able to improve upon, the Video Toaster was cool though.

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Apple flops out latest OS X Mavericks beta, hopes sound+graphics sorted

Matthew 17

New OSX' always breaks audio

10.9 broke audio sure, it was fixed by manufacturers updating their drivers, same story with 10.8 and 10.7 and 10.6 etc.

If you're using your Mac for something audio-production related then you always hang on before installing a new OS to ensure any issues have been worked out.

If you're just dicking about looking at cat pictures and whatnot then you can dive in straight away without any real fear of a problem.

Nothing new or usual here.

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Apple fanbois DENIED: Mac Pro deliveries stalled until April

Matthew 17

Interested to actually see one

I've been interested in replacing my MP for yonks, the iMac, whilst nice enough doesn't have enough horsepower for my Logic productions, slightly frustrating it keeps being pushed back, wanted to see one in the flesh before placing the order.

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

Matthew 17

The horizontal kits are more practical.

http://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2014/1/31/rack-mount-kit-for-a-new-mac-pro-or-two.html

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Wii failed

I had one and those games, they looked awful, Nintendo were hoping to release the PlayStation as a plug in to the SNES but the deal went sour and they had to cobble the N64 at the last minute, it's the Atari ST of consoles. Being a Cartridge system with the low ROM capacity that brought made it the poor cousin to the DreamCast and PS1. The N64 was another machine I wasted money on only for it to sit under the telly forgotten.

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Matthew 17

Re: Wii failed

Possibly, he'd rather play COD or what ever with a pad than stand up waving his arms about. If you want exercise then you go outside.

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Wii failed

I remember when this thing came out, was supposed to be the hottest thing in the universe, the must have Christmas present. Typically in Nintendo stylee there were none to be found, I ended up paying £100 over the odds and having to drive 100 miles to meet a bloke in a carpark to obtain one for my Son in time for Xmas. I was a good Dad, I had succeeded where others had failed.

Come the 25th, he unwrapped it, with excitement waved it about and wanted to have a go. Success! However after plugging it in two things became apparent, 1) it looked awful, really bad, the SD analog composite-video output didn't play well with a modern digital HD TV, it looked all blurred and smudgy. 2) he looked really disappointed with it, standing up to play a game was a bit naff and the games were largely hopeless, at least he could play his Game Cube games on it. After 15 minutes it was switched off and the 360 fired up. The only game that got any mileage on the Wii was the Sports game that got bundled with it.

The SNES was epic, it had loads of killer games on it, the N64 looked dated at launch, the GC was great providing you imported your games as none of the interesting titles ever got a UK release. The Wii, just didn't work, was little more than a gimmick and with the HD games on the PS3/360 spoiling you for eye-candy and great titles Nintendo just lost the game.

They should go the way of the Sega and license their back catalogue so they can be played on other systems and remind people how great they once were.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Matthew 17

Will be getting one - probably

My trusty MP is getting a bit long in the tooth now, still a very powerful machine but shows its age with some plug-ins under Logic X. The new machine is lovely the spec is insane, the fact that you can't build something anything like as fast for the money is also encouraging.

What is frustrating though however is that Thunderbolt devices are so expensive, to add in a decent amount of storage is going to seriously ramp up the cost.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Probably going to need new hardware regardless

An old XP machine is likely to be a bit old and naff and unlikely to have the horsepower to run Windows 8 effectively.

I've tried converting people to Linux before but they always run into problems with propriety devices, media etc, compatibility etc so I usually just recommend a Mac when it comes to them getting a new machine, I help them get all their data across and after a little bit of handholding to get them started they never have to ask me for help again. My family members that are still using Windows plague me with 'can you look at my laptop?!' questions on a monthly basis.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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My smart phone has 8 of JMJ's albums on it

They were all bought on LP, then CD, then remastered CD, eventually transferred to MP3 and then my iPhone. He's already made money from me. If I have to pay tax for every device I buy that can play music or video then all content would have to be free to offset that cost rise, then how do you decide who collects the tax and who gets what percentage of the tax revenue? The model wouldn't work.

Despite 'losing' out on revenue due to piracy he's not done bad for himself, I think he should rethink his argument or better do another album it's only been 20 years since his last one, would be nice to be able to afford to take such a long hiatus from work!

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

Matthew 17

Re: So...

Spec-wise they're a bargain - http://www.iclarified.com/37089/building-a-windows-pc-equivalent-to-the-mac-pro-costs-thousands-more-chart

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Matthew 17

My 40th birthday in March

The new Apple wheelie bin will be the gift to me.

Nothing comes close spec-wise at that price point.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Rotten trick however...

When you're teaching technophobes or old people how to use a computer, the first thing you demonstrate to them is that no matter what you type or press you can't actually break your computer, if you do something wrong then computer will simply say 'no' but no harm done.

However in this instance it's not correct, it would be easy enough for anyone having a bit of a button bash to access this menu and cause the problem. MS should release a fix for this.

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BIG, CURVY Apple models: Just right for SLAP AND TICKLE

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Why are phones getting bigger again?

Seriously, if it keeps going we'll have 80's bricks and 'car' phones again.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

Matthew 17

I like it.

Installed yesterday, definitely made my MBP more sprightly. Most of the new features of the last few revisions of OSX don't really interest me but none of them get in the way of how I use my machines.

Apple sell the hardware, it's where they make their money, bundling their OS'es and software for free improves the value of that hardware further and increases the appeal. Yes their boxes are more expensive than your black plastic Dells and whatnot but the resell value is also much higher which more than offsets the increased cost of the initial purchase.

Microsoft's model is selling software, they don't make PC's, in recent years they seem to have lost their way with Windows becoming a bit of a mess, I think they'd be well to start anew with a completely new OS that has a Rosetta style emulator built in if you wish to run Windows software. Maybe if their cloud-based 'one interface for all' approach ultimately becomes popular they'll have a renascence but Google are certainly getting in the way of that ambition.

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

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Re: Too big

I have two 21" screens on my Mac Pro, two is much better for a workflow POV, however with a big screens I get fatigued quickly even with just one. The 27" screens look lovely but I can't sit in front of one for long and have to turn the brightness right down to avoid my eyes giving up.

regardless,having two screens is useful regardless of their size, if I had one mahoosive 27" I'd still feel a bit boxed in.

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