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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.

Wow, a sensible comment.

This is my biggest concern. The law is going to have to take this sort of thing into consideration and sort through the ramifications.

That said, much as I adore driving, bring it on. Less congestion, more safety! How many hours have the Google cars ran on the public road? How many accidents have they had, and how does this relate to a human driver? Easy way to see the safety.

Those who think it is akin to ABS in that people will adjust to it... How? The human does not take control of the car, there is no risk to take.

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Re: "not be on the phone any more"

What do you mean "think"?

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Re: The fact that driving becomes an automatic skill is a good thing

I'd say somewhere in between. Driving should be an automatic skill. Awareness of your surroundings is where your concentration should lie, letting your automatic driving skill deal with what you observe.

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Re: As daft as the test on Myth Busters

Well, thank you for the compliment :)

I would counter the argument though with multiple cases of the same story where no hands free phone was involved and the driver was simply spaced out and not taking any notice of their surroundings. It takes me back to bad drivers will be bad drivers, full stop. I'm sure giving them an extra distraction does not help, but I'm also sure that concentrating on lighting the cigarette, without burning their eyebrows off, or looking the window controls to throw the dog end away (I hate it when people do this, you want to smoke in your car, keep your rubbish in there with you!) and trying to throw it out without it coming back in and setting fire to the car is also a bad idea.

I like the though of the idea of the context of the conversation though, very interesting thought...

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Re: Ackcherly...

I may have to give this a try then!

Thanks

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Re: Ackcherly...

Except for the fact that I can't stand Tetris I want to try this.

Can I say to the person I am talking to "this is getting complex, hold on" the same as I do on the car phone though to make it exactly the same? Or do I have to fudge the results by forcing myself to talk though the complex bits which I would normally not do?

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As daft as the test on Myth Busters

I watched the test on Myth Busters where they concluded that driving whilst talking on the phone was as dangerous as drunk driving.

What were they doing? Driving around a complex course whilst putting complex logical and mathematical problems at the driver. And they were not allowed to say 'Hold on a second, the road is getting a little complex.'

Removing your concentration from the road is dangerous. Full stop. Be that fiddling with the radio, sat nav, phone, seat, mirror or being distracted by passengers or people outside of the car.

I do use a hands free kit in the car, and you know what, just the same as when I have a passenger I can say "Give me a sec" and ignore the call completely. The only difference I can see with a passenger conversation is that assuming they have two brain cells they will shut up automatically and not need the "hold on" comment.

The problem of dangerous driving comes from people who just do not know how dangerous cars are and so don't give them the respect they reserve. Stopping them using hands free is not going to stop that problem - they will still be dangerous drivers if they don't know the amount of concentration they need to drive safely!

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Microsoft Surface Pro sales CANNIBALIZING Surface RT

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With the exception of the low res screen

I actually really like it.

I thought it was not going to be great, but then I played with one, and yes. It works really well.

Still, 700 euros is a bit much when I already have a Transformer Infinity... (Though if I was buying today I would accept the lower resolution and take the RT).

What I don't get is the stealth launch. Everyone knows the iPad. Most know Samsumg / Asus tablets. No one outside of an IT professionals who I know about the surface. If you don't even tell people about a product how on earth are they ever going to buy it...

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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I really don't get the problem...

I've used a couple of Windows 8 machines, and was that impressed I am currently getting everything together to upgrade my Windows 7 laptop.

Sure, the Metro works best with a touch screen - that is what it was designed for, and my next laptop will have a touch screen (as I found out from my Infinity the combination of keyboard, mouse and touch screen is hugely superior to just keyboard and mouse).

But even in it's current guise it works really quite well (in fact almost the same as Windows 7). you click the windows key and start typing the name of the app you want and 'ting' it's there for you. Where is the problem?

My only question on it, is whether you can make the task bar smaller and move it around as you could in Windows 7. I have tiny icons and the bar on the side as I prefer to lose some of the 1920 pixels than the 1080 pixels to it.

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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Re: Make it more expensive in supermarkets

Or get the pubs to stay open so people don't have to pre-drink and educate (it's not going to happen overnight) so that people don't order 4 pints at closing time!

Leave the price in the supermarket alone! Assuming the people who are priced out of drinking don't turn to drinking fermented Ribena (the drink of choice for many when I was at Uni as beer was too expensive) then you will only affect a very small amount of people. The rest will simply have to pay more.

Trying to get people to drink responsibly is the problem. When I first moved to Holland it was very noticeable that most of the real drunks were not Dutch, but the English expats who didn't know how to drink. Expensive beer (in 2000 a fiver a pint) did nothing to stop the expats drinking themselves silly!

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Re: Advertising

Hear, hear!

Living in Holland it's easy to get hold of really nice Trappist or micro brewery beers that are sold on word of mouth not advertising. I offered to bring some back to the UK for a relative and was told, "Don't bother, the in drink here is Bud at the moment, so I wouldn't drink anything other than that. I know it's crap - but it's trendy, ain't it!"

Unreal to choose that over something that tastes wonderful!

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Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

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Re: Why?

You post stated:

I'm all for equal opportunities, but only in the most minimum fashion possible. Therefore, nobody gets married. Everybody wins.

Equality for all.

I don't see that as a everyone wins situation, I see that as a very unhappy dystopian future that George Orwell warned against in 'Animal Farm' and '1984' where everyone loses.

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Why?

So because people are campaigning for the equal rights around marriage the only best way forward is to ban it for everyone?

That's like a child smashing something up because they have been told to share! If I can't have it exclusively, then no one can have it!

What I do think is that it should be completely separated from the church. Everyone should have to get married in a civil marriage ceremony to make them married in the eyes of the law. Should some people also wish to be married in the eyes of their religion then they are free to have a purely religious ceremony after the civil one.

It's the way that it works in The Netherlands, and I think it's a very good system. Complete separation of church and state on the issue. If the churches with to say no to people for their religious ceremony then that is their call - it has no impact on non-religious people any more.

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Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

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Re: Intel HD graphics

Because this is basically an ultra portable (hence the cost) with stunning pace for business and media use.

If you start to put discrete graphics in there you a) lose battery life and b) generate a lot of heat.

It is not a gaming rig, and you are not paying the price for a gaming rig. You are paying the price for a fully fledged computer to be squeezed into a package the size of an 11" screen whilst keeping 6 hour basic usage battery life.

It will not match an Alienware of the same cost, but then the Alienware will not have a long battery life or be light enough to take everywhere with you.

Horses for courses.

That said it does seem to have too many foibles to be useful (but then my last two Vaio's also got poor reviews on the reg and the two best laptops I have ever owned...)

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Apple files 'iWatch' patent application

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Re: Didn't Nokia have a video of something like this

Oh dear... Is that not prior art? Flexible display that can be worn as a watch?

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re:@ Jake @Stacy (was: Maybe...)

Thanks for the info! The car is currently at the stage of the body restoration is finished - bonnet and chassis are still to come before it gets its nice new paint.

The engine was the last item on my list - depending on finances the slightly modified lump will remain with bearings and shells replaced or a new engine will go in. If the RX engine is an easy switch then it is really worth considering... I was considering a stage 2.5 engine - harsh, but still drivable on the road); but it's always nice to have other options to look into.

I don't suppose you have any info do you?

To all: Sorry for the high jack :)

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Re: Maybe...

I could handle having to recharge after 100 miles of spirited driving in what is basically a track car.

What I couldn't take is the long recharge times before I can drive again. I can't wait for when I can swap my petrol engine for an electric one. Unfortunately I can't see that happening any time soon :(

Or even better - converting my old Spitfire to use an electric motor rather than the 1950s designed lump it uses! But I can't see that any time soon either...

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Re: In what way

I thought that the report (if you can call anything on Top Gear a report) said there was a problem with the car, not that the car ran out of charge...

And everyone knows that if you are pushing a car around a race track you are not going to get the range you would on the motorway... Petrol or electric!

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Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

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Ethernet (not gigabit, unfortunately)

Really? What on earth were they thinking?

Leave it off for more space (not my preference, but not everyone wants an Ethernet port these days) or put in a gigabit port minimum. Especially on a 1200 machine!

That, lack of SSD and the sub par camera on a machine this expensive just seems like someone looking to make a failure!

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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Aliens...

Were they not "inspired" just a little bit for the Genestealers by the Aliens themselves?

There is certainly a resemblance...

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OCZ omnishambles leaves flash chippery biz on knife-edge

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Re: Pretty sad really

Absolutely! I replaced the 7200rpm HDD in my Vaio with a Vertex 4 and it has made it a completely different machine in terms of responsiveness.

Shame to see that bad management may mean that my next drive won't be the same :(

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Schoolgirl's Hello Kitty catonaut soars to 93,000ft

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Re: Top work

Note to self... Learn to proof read! :)

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Re: Top work

I'm not sure I agree totally.

Yes we need more *people* and those people should be the most competent of the available selection, but we should be doing more to get girls interested at an age where they can do something about becoming one of those competent applicants.

And not get comments like 'What do you mean you work in <insert mail dominated profession here>, you're a woman.'

The amount of times I have had to explain myself for picking my career is not fun (admittedly it is mainly from the ageing generation and not people my own age...)

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BBC: What YOU spent on our lawyers in Secret Climate 28 debacle

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BBC Trust

You have to love the oxymoron don't you?

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Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

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Re: I avoid Belkin like the plague

Exactly what I was thinking. I've used Linksys since I started putting a wireless network in my home, and it has always been the easiest and most reliable kit I've used.

Friends and relatives on the other hand who have no idea what they are buying went with the cheaper Belkin (why would you choose to spend more? "Stace your insane when it comes to buying gadgets, you always spend too much") and then expected me to spend hours sorting out why the hell they would not work. In the end I refused to spend my time sorting our their cheapness and told them to get the kit I recommended if they wanted me to spend my afternoons fixing their network.

What on earth do I tell them to buy now :(

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

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Re: That's 100A per phase...

@Stoneshop! What! They never told me that (then again in the beginning they never said that there was anything other then the 3*80 either!)

Thanks, something to bear in mind should we add any other big kit :)

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Re: That's 100A per phase...

I don't know what that would cost in the UK, but over here in Holland it's prohibitively expensive! We just had the three phase wired into the house (it was built with 3 phase, but only one is attached by default) as our new hob needs 480v.

The cost of the upgrade was not too bad at +-700 euros (you have to pay the network company for that). That comes with 3*25 amp fuses. If you want more than that (the next step is 3*80) then you have what they call 'KrachtStroom'. Then your monthly standing charge goes from 18 euros per month to 180 euros per month.

We stayed with 3*25 obviously! (Though with what we run on 3*25 amps, I can't imagine the electricity bill if we did need to triple our capacity ;p)

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All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE

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Re: What's New?

@Mike Flugennock

I have a 1080p remastered Blu-ray of The Italian Job (the real one! You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!) and 2001 and the picture on both is just stunning.

The azure blue lakes in the opening of the Italian Job are sparkling! And in 2001 everything is crisp with bright colours.

The content is there, it's just not always new!

As for the speakers, I'm sure that there will be improvements made, but until I hear something to out do the CM9's in the living room (and are affordable!) I don't think I'll class them as obsolete! I guess I can keep them for a long time yet :)

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

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Re: downloads

Surely if it is not nice over a 30mb link then that's an issue as the servers end, not the clients? I have a 120mb connection (over the WiFi reduced to 60, and downloading DVD ISO's from my MSDN account takes minutes. Not bad at all. Even if you double the time it took to download (for the half connection speed) you are talking no more than 15 minutes.

Why should it take any longer for games to download via XBox live?

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Sir James Dyson slams gov's 'obsession' with Silicon Roundabout

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Back when I had just graduated (some 14 years ago) and was working for a company making production control software I was sent to a rather large engineering company in Liverpool for some trouble shooting.

Having lunch with one of the senior managers he explained the problem with engineering grads to be that they come in waves. At one point he had hundreds of grad applicants per position, and the pay was according to demand and supply. And so the students choose other studies, as the graduates dried up the salaries rose and then there was a new wave of people doing engineering courses - after all it's a growing industry - just in time for the market to be flooded again when they qualified.

Mind you the wages he was discussing (pitiful), along with the hours (far too long) made me glad I picked something else...

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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Re: Ultrabooks with "premium specs"

@HipoosRule

Because they have nothing better to do?

Honestly, there's far worse things in life to worry about though, it is quite literally the least of my concerns :)

I suppose it was partly an opinion and people are allowed to disagree...

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Re: Ultrabooks with "premium specs"

Re: the Sony Z

I got one this summer and it's an amazing little machine. Full HD with a 13" screen (but so pin sharp that readability is not compromised), quad core Ivy Bridge i7 and an SSD that I have never seen anything else get near to in terms of performance (esp on a consumer machine).

Add to that it's size (MacBook Air, albeit not curved at the edges) weight (makes the air look heavy), ports galore (GB Ethernet, VGA for projectors at work, HDMI for the living room and 2* USB 3) and 6 hour battery life I don't think that you can ask for more! And that is without the PMD for the extra graphics power, BluRay and ability to drive three monitors.

My only gripe would be that I couldn't load it with more than 8GB (I would have liked 16...)

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Lego quad-copter: your ultimate drone nightmare

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Black Helicopters

Wow, just wow!

I love reading things like this!

Makes me feel really guilty for not spending more time at the weekends on hobby projects though...

Black helicopter, well, because, you know :)

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End of days: Possessed POWERPOINT predicts Mayan Apocalypse

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Re: Whatever. It's SOLSTICE! Celebrate!

I hate to burst your bubble, but whilst the days are going to get longer (woohoo as you say) winter has to come before spring :) (of course you are right, spring is coming, it just has to wait for winter first...)

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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

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Re: Lost Audience

We have no blocks at work, people who take it too far are talked to.

It doesn't happen very often.

Treat employees with respect and let them act like grown ups and quite often they do :)

From the stories I hear from family and friends though this does not seem to be the way of UK employers...

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@Oh4FS Re: Feeling guilty? Bah!

What websites do you visit? I've never had to install an add blocker, and never had much of an issue.

Sure there are a few that have adverts constantly annoying the hell out of me. I just don't go back, there are plenty of useful sites in the world that don't have in your face adverts without having to install crap on my computer to make them to make them usable.

Imagine if El Reg started with adverts that meant you could not read the content until you had clicked lots of little 'x' boxes. Everyone installs add blocker, not much changes. Everyone stops visiting the site and suddenly there is a very different issue for the site and they have to do something.

Blockers and ranting are not going to change anything.

Or... Just use subscription sites that don't have adverts. I still don't get that people expect everything for free... Do you get paid for your work? Or should your boss just expect it from you for free too, like you expect content online?

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Re: Feeling guilty? Bah!

Err... Not exactly no. Some advertisers pay per click, some pay per display and some just pay a fixed amount. So by blocking the content you are possibly / probably blocking the revenue stream that allows 'free' websites to work.

The other option of course is a subscription model, where you pay for the content as in the days of buying a magazine in a store. But most people don't want that either - paying for something that you use seems to be a dirty thought these days.

To be honest most of the adverts that I see on the reg are fairly benign, nothing that really annoys me. If there is something that catches my eye I may even click it.

Having said all of that full screen video adds, with sound, with the same add up to three times a day (so many of these damn things will be seen each day!) would be enough for me to think twice about keeping my account...

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Quadriplegic woman demos advanced mind-control of robot arm

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After all of the awful news recently

It is so wonderful to read something uplifting like this.

And her quote is wonderful too!

As has been said, it is amazing just what we can do these days. And it's even more amazing just what the brain can do!

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Forget fluorescents, plastic lighting strips coming out next year

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Re: State intervention may well result in de-civilizatory effects

I don't know what lighting you are using but our home is 90% low energy bulbs or LEDs - and the results are fine. The living room has a total of 9w (one three light standing light @ 6w and three 1w ceiling spots). The spots are not as bright as the halogens they replaced, but perfectly good enough for living room lighting. You can read by them, but they are not overpowering. The standing lamp is the next gen of LEDs from the spots and are just as good as the halogens they replaced. So much so that we got the same lights, only for the ceiling with 6 LED spots (still @ 6w), for our dining room.

The energy savings were a bit poor about 10 years ago, but anything we have brought in the last 7 years has been instant on with no flicker or hum.

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Belgian finds missus was born a MAN after 19 YEARS of marriage

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Re: Eh?

Nope, according to the linked article he was glad when she said that she didn't want kids.

You're right, we'll never know the whole story - but they guy does not come across well in the article.

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Microsoft Office 2013 heads for the cloud but fails to soar

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Love it

A few people in the office have tried the Beta and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

There is nothing spectacular, but everything is just so much more pleasant than Office 2010 (that I am also a fan of).

The author fails to mention some of the nicer points:

- Office does, on the first attempt, suggest SkyDrive. But after a couple of saves it suggests the place where you save most of your documents. Much more useful than always suggesting the default My Documents

- The way the cursor moves across the screen as you type is wonderful, it sort of glides rather than jumping from character to character. It doesn't sound like much until you try it, but it makes typing a lot more relaxing

- Reply to mail defaults to a built in editor, rather than an pop out window - nice for 95% of the emails I type, and for those times when it's not it's very easy to make it pop out.

The only thing I don't like is the amount of space it takes, but then that's common these days...

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Samsung SSD 840 series storage review

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Re: TLC endurance is worse

I thought people brought them for their blinding speed. When I replaced my partners HDD for an SSD I thought I would have to replace it within 2 years. Expensive, but the performance improvement that came with it was worth the price for us. We just ensure that it's always backed up!

I only hope the Vaio Z with the soldered SSD doesn't die so fast... (It was a concern when I brought the laptop).

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Rockstar ramps it up with Grand Theft Auto V reveal

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Joke

Wow, scraping the barrel for sickening characters now!

A car salesman! That's just... Wrong - and here is me thinking they could not get more immorral than they had done in the past! :)

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina display review

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Re: Maybe, but ... WiFi performance

Err... I have a local SSD drive... And yes it is blindingly fast in the Vaio as it's 2 * 128 in Raid 0 (giving 1000+MB per second - it was a main selling point of the machine over the less than half of the speed MBP SSD's) Sorry, I don't get your point.

So... I can have a laptop that has to work over USB (losing a USB port and won't have 1000gb performance) *and* I have to carry an adapter. Or I can use the built in GB port on the machine.

And you think carrying the extra adapters is the better idea. Wow.

As for representive of the general public. Maybe not, I never said I was. But I am representive from most of the people I know - we are all ametuer photographers and working with folders full of RAW images (or even hi quality converted jpegs) needs quite some network speed.

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Re: Maybe, but ... WiFi performance

Nope, it doesn't matter how many access points you have. 144MB or 300MB wireless is never going to give the performance of 1GB wired. if you want to move big files, and work from network drives (which with such small SSD's you need to unless you want an external plugged in all day) then you need a wired connection to make things zippy.

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Re: Maybe, but ... (Laptops for wireless)

I'm sorry, but it's just not. It's the same thickness as the Vaio Z ( +/- .7 inches) and about 30% heavier - and the Vaio is jam packed with ports (IMHO no one can engineer a top spec, thin laptop like Sony...). The problem is that it is designed to look thinner than it actually is and so you can't put a port on there. I'd rather take a laptop that is the same thickness all around (which I prefer the look of anyway) and have all the connectivity I need without having to carry any adapters.

I'll agree on the DVD though. The external PMD of the Vaio is a great idea. BluRay and discrete graphics when you want it, thin, light and long battery life when you don't. Best of both worlds.

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Re: Maybe, but ... (Laptops for wireless)

I'm glad that OSX works so well for you - but I have tried it for a couple of months on a Sandy Bridge 13" MBP and both me and my partner thought it was awful to use. It's now sitting gathering dust whilst waiting for someone to buy it.

I don't buy the Mac's do it better than the equivalent windows machine. Macs do it better than the cheap laptops that I would never recommend anyone buy (750 euros and less), but whilst I can't compare the 13" MacBook with anything else I own (as they all cost twice the amount and perform sooo much better) my father in law has a 15" MBP that cost more than our windows laptops. And it doesn't come close to the performance (how could it - it has processors, memory and HDD that just are not in the same class as the windows machine). Of course they replaced an aging cheap laptop that I told them not to buy so they think it's amazing.

I don't buy the easier to conifugre printers either. Our windows machines connected to our printers in seconds (both the USB one, and the wireless one that replaced it),with full options and the ability to print at the higest resolution. The MacBook refused to use anything other than draft and had all of the options greyed out.

But, as I said, if it works for you - great! At the end of the day that is all that matters. But it doesn't for me and that is also all that maters :)

So I have to ask, why the no shit sherlock? :)

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