* Posts by jason 7

1833 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Re: Land of the Free?

Obama's guilt?

Why he's just the same as Bush before or Romney had he won. As I mentioned, Democrat or Republican, at their core they are the same corporate sponsored lapdogs.

Do you seriously think that if the Republicans get back into office next time they will be switching off all these systems? Like hell they will. I don't think you'll be seeing any great server bonfires around the country.

Plus I'm sure Obama inherited a lot of snooping systems from the previous administration.

Look at us here in the UK. Before the last election the Tories manifesto was very anti Labour's new IT snooping bill. But just a few weeks after they got into office it was all "Oh actually this looks a jolly useful idea!"

Whoever you vote for.....

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Re: Democracy and the US

Yes the US government system wasn't actually created to "get stuff done for the common man".

It was to keep power to the land owning/trading elite. Something it still does very well today. Basically Democrat or Republican, the corporate/1% agenda carries on regardless.

After all, what can the average American do? Come next election, vote Republican?

Yeah...okayyyyyyyy

However, it is much the same in most western 'democracies' now. All the parties have been bought and paid for.

I really don't know how we can change it. It's rigged very heavily against us.

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Re: I grew up with the constant shadow of the IRA - but it never led to this, it was life as usual.

Yes always amazed at the change of policy from the IRA days to today.

Back then it was a day or two of outrage in the press then all back to normal. No one panicked, no one said we should live in fear, just carry on and ignore it as best you can.

I think that method was far more preferable. This is why I have always felt this change of policy has little to do with actually defending us from terrorists. It's more about legitimising snooping and restrictions on liberty for average citizens.

Odd that all during the Cold War we were kind of under the impression that our Governments felt the old Soviet way was the wrong way but probably in secret they were very envious of what the Soviet regime had created.

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Re: War on Terror or war on us?

Malaria would decimate any on that list.

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Re: Bin Laden Athletic 4, USA 1

I've always said terrorists have never taken away any of my freedoms, just my government.

To be honest I reckon most of it is a smokescreen for building a huge monitoring network so the ruling corporations/financial institutions can do full profiling of us all to weed out those it wants to live/work/consume and those that can wither and die in the cold.

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Re: Land of the Free?

Oh indeed. Personally as a Brit that's had to sit and see folks from the US laugh at us for our UK Govt. announcing new monitoring initiatives I find this quite frankly hilarious.

Especially when the same folks covered their ears when I said they would be naive to think the same wasn't happening to them.

"They wouldn't dare cos we got ourselves a constitution, democracy and guns buddy!"

Yeah see how that worked out for you. Just as powerless as the rest of the world's citizens. At least mine had the decency and courage to let me know it was snooping.

Welcome to the real world!

Now we'll get loads of talk about "rising up and taking back our gubmint!" except nothing will happen as this is nowhere near as important an issue as the banning of 16oz sodas to the average American.

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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

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Re: Lot of money....

I had a Caterham delivered in boxes in 1997. Does that count?

Plus in my experience comparing a 45 minute PC build which only needs one screwdriver with building a car is a bit silly really.

Plus you can still buy an off the shelf tower unit that's far easier to fix.

If you buy a All-In-One just make sure you get that John Lewis 3 year warranty.

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Re: Lot of money....

Yep that's the problem...people don't think about it. Like RoHs built kit is just so reliable these days, especially cheap laptop spec kit with the higher end Intel chips in cramped hot locations.

"Oh its stopped working!"

"Did we keep the box it came in?"

"How do we get the hard drive out?"

"Going to cost £500 to repair!"

I see these machines as a real liability. If you want a all in one then buy a mid-range laptop and take the hit. After all these machines are basically that laptop with a 27" screen thrown on it.

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Lot of money....

......to pay for less reliable laptop parts.

I think I'd rather build my own. I don't care care for all in one machines. The reason being as you see in this round up they all have glaring omissions (SD tuners really?), cost more than they should and don't bode well for long term support.

I like being able to swap out the ram or a graphics card in less than 5 minutes without having to send my whole PC back (oh yes after I've backed all my data up off it). I'm old fashioned that way.

Style over substance I guess.

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IT staff clamouring to pay for their own BYOD kit, says survey

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Re: 70 % of Mobile workers

Good point.

Plus the term mobile worker has changed a great deal over the past 5 years.

I don't class those that work at home as mobile. Nor those that answer the odd call whilst out on a fag break.

I used to work for a large multi-national and our mobile workforce (account managers/inspectors/investigators/engineers etc.) was probably less than 1%.

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Re: Actually

Wow 40% reduction in performance with encryption??!!

You might want to pay for someone to do that properly or change the encryption software.

I've fully encrypted quite a few laptops and the performance drop is negligible.

Certainly haven't seen a drop from 80MBps to 50MBps type thing. Maybe 80 to 78.

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Re: Yeah, right

IIRC I wrote up that in a few years when you sit down at your 'hot desk' back in the office there will be a electric meter beside it wanting a 50p before you plug your laptop in.

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MYSTERY Nokia image-mangling mobe spotted in public

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Re: Always wondered about the lens size on Smartphones.

Ahhh so you cant have one without the other then.

So the restriction is due to the depth/thickness of the phone.

Thanks for that Richard.

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Always wondered about the lens size on Smartphones.

Take the lens on my Nexus 4, it's maybe 1.5mm wide and takes 'okay' shots.

So why not install a 3mm wide lens?

The lens on even my cheapest compact is about 12mm. So I guess I'm saying is how does lens width/size correlate to the quality of images taken?

Would a 3mm wide lens be too big?

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Interview: Steve Jackson, role-playing game titan

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I remember reading the first few of these.

I used to run out of fingers holding all the options open so I could go back if I got killed.

A fun way to pass a couple of hours.

I had the Warlock of Firetop Mountain game for the Spectrum. It came with the book in a set.

I have to say not a great game.

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Apple declares WAR on Spotify: iRadio bags streaming rights

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Re: Am I the only one?

Dunno about you but I currently have Spotify playing the Rolling Stone's Gimme Shelter through my Meridian/Monitor Audio Hi-Fi and it sounds great to me.

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Re: Please make it cheaper than Spotify

Oh no that's like two coffees and two sandwiches!

All that music for less than the cost of one CD a month.

Yeah..I'm still not really seeing the pain here.

You want it for free I guess?

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Re: Please make it cheaper than Spotify

£4.95 a month too much for you then?

How much do you pay a month for your Phone?

How much was that Pret sandwich and coffee you had for lunch?

Just saying.

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Mars Express' 10th birthday celebrated with Martian atlas

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These projects are truly scary.

In the amount of time they take from a person's life and then if it fails....

Did anyone else see that documentary on the Titan probe? What was it about 20 years in the making, the guy leading the project ended up getting a divorce etc. due to this devotion to the project, you saw him get older and older.

Then the day of arrival happened and watching them waiting for the data to come in and it didn't....at first.

Those were a few very tense minutes to watch. Imagine the despair you must feel after 20 years of your life just went out with nothing more to show than a blank monitor screen.

I don't think I could do it. I doff my cap to you all!

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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

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Re: Classic government

If I walk around the centre of Norwich we have masses of large empty purpose built office blocks. All of them within 500 yds of the train station. It's terrible but the rates they want for these offices haven't changed at all.

The other issue is that the council decided to install all the pubs and strip joints around them and that was a major reason for many of the companies moving out. They just got fed up washing vomit and suchlike off their doorsteps every week.

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Think you're ready to make a big career bet? Read this first...

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Re: Being an IT guy but not talking like one... &... The art of bluffing...

Yeah being honest and open with the customer is something they really appreciate (amazing eh!). Plus being able to explain things in concepts they understand is vitally important. Most customers go into a IT meeting expecting to be totally mind-blown so will either go "Shields up!" or just "Eyes closed!"

In my role of IT Relationship manager I've had to subtly take over many a presentation that is just going over the horizon. "Okay I think what Gary is trying to say here is..."

If you make them realise you are not giving them the BS they trust you and you become the trusted partner. When you get to this level of relationship the customer doesn't mind so much any negatives or issues that crop up as they feel there is still a level of control and they are still getting the best advice and decisions made. They don't have that feeling in their gut that "something just doesn't seem right somehow!"

Plus on launch day there are no surprises.... Customers hate those kind of surprises.

"What do you mean it doesn't work with our E-commerce platform?"

If you are having to lie to a customer then you really aren't doing your job properly.

As one of my customers said when I left my last relationship role -

"Oh Christ what do we do now? You were the only one of them that spoke any sense that we could understand!"

I kept the email as a reference.

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Re: As always, enjoyable

I myself will look forward to the reality of how BYOD will be adopted (read totally bodged and point missed) so that in fact a lot of companies will need a full time IT support person on each floor or dept to make it all work...kinda.

Looking forward to reaping that big time till sanity comes back and its all back to the standard approved kit support model.

This sort of stuff always goes in cycles.

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Firefox OS: Go away fanbois, fandroids - you wouldn't understand

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Re: Its an interesting strategy

I have to say looking at that pic and the spec list it looks like they 'borrowed' an awful lot from WebOS.

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EVE Online OFFLINE: Wannabe Capt Kirks clobbered in cluster-ruck

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Oh boy.

When I think back to my time playing Eve (2006 - 2010) it makes my head spin.

I just dare not go back. Will be like someone from the 19th century trying to get up to speed with today.

I still think of all my ships gathering dust in the station.........

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Re: @ MattEvanC3 Bunch of nancies

And there I was pointing out that folks cant quickly sort out what are mostly cosmetic UI changes.

Yes sure there are some changes deeper under the hood that might cause some folks issues, that's happened many times over the many versions. That's a pain sure but it happens.

Yet most of the stuff moaned about over and over on these topics is pretty simple cosmetics.

Essentially 80% of what folks are complaining about in Windows 8 is largely trivial and easily changed.

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Re: @ MattEvanC3 Bunch of nancies

Well enjoy next April then!

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@ MattEvanC3 Re: Bunch of nancies

"Its second nature now but that learning curve should not be there and acting like anyone who gets stuck isn't an IT bod is a bit discourteous."

Yes it may have been however, when I see post after post on TECH forums from 'TECH people' saying -

"It took me three weeks to work out how to shut it down!"

"I cant stop the Metro Apps appearing!"

"I cant use it! It's impossible without a Start Button!"

And many more non issues that are quite simply sorted or adjusted then you have to wonder -

1. Have they actually used it?

2. They work in IT but can't handle a simple challenge/find a fix?

3. They didn't think to use Goggle to find out how?

4. Have they no ability to learn a new way of working? Often in work and life we have to learn new stuff we don't like necessarily but we manage and get on with it.

You can see my point surely? It does all look very suspicious, so forgive me and a few others here when we call 'bullsh*t!' on occasion.

These issues should be so very very trivial for virtually everyone here but instead folks are making out it's impossible to work out and just give up.

Do they do this at work when their boss asks for something new? I'd hope not.

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Re: Half way

Well you seem to have done far better than some of the readers here. Well Done!

Seems from reading some of their posts that the idea of using Google to find out was beyond them.

Also things like installing Classic Start, setting your Default Apps to the Desktop ones, how to use Search all eluded them too.

Oh and deciding to look away when the little training video comes on at first boot to tell you the basics...like where to find shutdown...or just press the power button...

I keep seeing all these posts about how folks keep totally ballsing up what is quite a simple situation.

My Windows 8 boots straight to the Desktop and that's where I stay. I never see the Start Screen or any of the Metro apps all day. Took me a few minute to configure, that's all.

No Fuss No Rage.

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Re: Bunch of nancies

Actually he might be one of the dozen or so people here that have actually used Windows 8 rather than just following the herd in largely ill-informed or just downright pointless outrage.

All I'm seeing is a lot of people that aren't as good with tech as they think they are.

If someone can't configure Windows 8 in just a few minutes to their liking (unless of course they have some bizarre custom setup that no OS would please 100%) then really they should find another profession.

And don't give me all that "Oh you shouldn't need to configure an OS to work" crud as we all tweak and configure our OS to our liking when we install it. I doubt very few here just install and go without installing any further apps/software/GUI tweaks.

Really guys, the fact that Windows 8 doesn't have a largely useless Start Menu anymore isn't worth the fury. Especially when it takes all of 30 seconds to put one back for free.

Maybe aim it at something more important?

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Re: Out of the box

IT 'experts' talking about how unusable or difficult they find using Windows 8 = Bunch of tards trying to hump a doorknob!

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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Re: single biggest war criminal of all time etc.

Maybe this is you know who's new alter-ego?

I really do wish sometimes I could see what these people actually look like and where they live.

I'm sure many of them live in medical institutions.

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Symantec retires low-end security software

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Also add in...

EMET 3.0 for all the Zero Day stuff too.

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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Re: Xbox One

Doesnt matter which is the more powerful as the developers will build their cross platforms to the lowest powered machine anyway.

Its only in the dwindling number of exclusives that it matters a bit.

How many companies nowadays can afford to develop a game for just one console unless Sony or MS are paying for all of it?

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AMD's three new low-power chips pose potent challenge to Intel

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Unfortunately, it will mostly be for nothing.

Because when Joe Average walks into PC World, he'll buy the Intel powered laptop.

After all he's heard of Intel (jingle), 'they make all the processors don't they? Never heard of AMD, they can't be any good can they?'

I still do not understand why AMD continually fail to market and advertise their wares when the average Joe is who they are largely targeting these days. They have next to zero brand awareness. Brand is what it's all about these days.

I would love to see an interview with the AMD Marketing team...well that's if they even exist.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Re: re:screen res

A lot of Windows 7 Starter windows wouldn't fit in the 600 depth screen either.

Not a good experience.

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Re: OK. What's wrong with XP?

Erm I agree with you. I don't use Macs much at all (I had a 512K Mac in the late 80's) and this week I had to install some software on a customers new 13" Macbook. Apparently she "didn't have a clue how to do it!" Well not having a DVD drive and her buying the DVD version didn't help her much.

Have to say not the most fluid or intuitive 30 minutes or so I've had with a computing device.

The Macbook just kind of sat there as much to say "okay what you gonna do?"

I got there in the end but it did seem I had to ask her for her password every 20 seconds (she wouldn't tell me).

Yes lovely hardware but I think Mac fans might be living on past glories if they think OSX is still the slickest/easiest OS around. It all felt a bit old fashioned to me.

I'm sure with a serious overhaul it could get back up there.

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Re: More than half?

I think it was the choice of dark purple for all the Metro shots that did it.

Just not a colour many people would go for.

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Re: Trivial

Epic Fail for another reason.

I agree that the effort required to negate all the rage about Windows 8 is trivial and takes all of about 4 minutes to rectify. Yet it seems so many supposedly IT guru types just don't seem to get it.

"Oh you shouldn't have to modify an OS to use it! FAIL!"

Right so all you guys just install your OS and leave it at that? You don't do any tweaking or install any third party software at all? I really don't think so.

If the damn thing was incompatible with 90% of hardware and software, molested your mother or was BSOD'ing all the time I could understand the rage. But just a few minor UI tweaks to make it all better?

Never in the history of computing has something so pointless been argued over by so many that shouldn't find it an issue in the first place.

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Re: More than half?

@cyborg

"All I know is that when I bought my parents a laptop for Christmas that they knew enough about Windows 8 to mention that they would prefer not to have it."

I have heard the same thing from some of my customers when I offer to put Windows 8 on a new build for them.

I ask them simply "why?".

The answer is always "Er well I dunno, I just heard it's not very good?" Hmmm okay.

I then explain the changes and they are happy to go ahead. Haven't had any issues yet.

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Re: So regulator...

So you haven't set your Default Apps to the Desktop versions then?

Here you go -

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3381610/how-change-default-programs-in-windows-8/

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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Re: BBC article revelations... XBox is not about games!

@JEDIDIAH

"That's a kind of "you use our stuff only" kind of assumption. It ignores anything else you're doing and the ability of your equipment to handle all of it. Not to mention the space."

???

Sorry, can you run that past me again?

If you really really need to play old games then keeping the original console is not a hardship. Plus it will be far better than any kludged software "PowerPC to x86 conversion process for selected titles only" solution anyway.

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Re: XBox One vs PS4

And what will happen is the developers will all code to the slowest machine for the cross-platform titles.

Its only on the dwindling exclusives that the extra power might help.

So having a vastly more powerful machine is a waste of time.

The thing is if Sony's is more powerful, then can they sell it cheaper than MS? Probably not with their financials right now.

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Re: BBC article revelations... XBox is not about games!

Why do I need backwards compatibility when I already have a 360 or a PS3 which gives 100% performance on those titles?

Is it too much hardship to run two boxes for a while or relegate one to the spare room?

I mean if its that important you find a way surely? Maybe take the VCR to the Heart Foundation instead?

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The day of the Games console is over.

Basically what the 'suits' were getting at is that we are now in the age of the 'Entertainment Console'.

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Re: No second-hand games

Erm I think I still have 45GB free on my five year old 60GB drive.

Why do I need much when I have a NAS for my media that I can stream to the Xbox?

I not usually in a hurry to play games so waiting a bit for them to load isn't an issue.

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US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

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Re: So Eadon...

Hmmm no response, that's a shame.

Maybe he's shy or actually works in PC World?

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So Eadon...

...as someone suggested a few days ago, when are you going to let the folks at The Register come visit your workplace to see the Linux Nirvana that you must have created?

I'm sure many of us here would love to see how you have managed to cultivate the perfect open source infrastructure and also to hear from the staff how they get on with it all etc.

It truly would be invaluable to all of us here to see it as well.

Then we could truly hail you as the genius you think you are. I think you owe it to the wonders of open source to do it.

Register...can you make this dream interview happen?

I'm sure others here will agree? If you want this then vote this post up!

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Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

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Re: Balmer is safe because...

The box-shifters are struggling because they got lazy and greedy. Their products are just crap, it's not the OS that's at fault here.

They haven't brought anything new or dynamic to the table. The Likes of HP/Fujitsu/Acer/Asus etc. have just decided that 99% of their products will be boring, bottom of the barrel standard, 1366x768 TN screen, loaded up with penny per unit bloat and crudware.

They are the ones holding PC development back, not Microsoft.

I really hope MS increases its hardware ranges. Then I can buy a MS laptop or PC with just Windows installed on it with all the right drivers. You know...just how Apple does it.

Most of us know that if you just do a clean install of Windows it works just fine. MS does a good job on the whole.

It's the moribund box-shifting partners that are doing their own damage. They need to quit blaming MS and get their own houses in order.

I am prepared to pay bit more for something better.

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Nvidia opens pre-orders for handheld Shield console three days early

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Just a shame that....

......outside the ever decreasing PC enthusiast market, Nvidia has next to zero brand recognition compared to Sony/Nintendo.

Lot of cheaper better supported hand-held out there to keep the kids occupied on long journeys.

It's a tough sell.

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Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced 25% up on top-o-the-range iPad

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Re: MS needs to stress

I know and this is supposed to be a tech literate group too.

I do wonder sometimes however.

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