* Posts by Greg D

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Web Interfaces/Web Apps - opinions

Greg D

Good points, well made.

I guess I'm coming at this from the Enterprise Sysadmin side of things, as opposed to the IT department forcing this down. Big name vendors, not outsourced IT depts (companies that do that deserve what they get).

Why vmWare thought a web app would be better than native, I do not know. I'm still using native, but they removed support for VM hardware above version 8 on the native client. The web interface is HORRID. As you say, its a perfect app to be native. Clearly they don't think so!!

In my experience, I've noticed that web is always slower, no matter where the database is stored. E.g. our Solarwinds platform is 2500miles away from us, but used to be much faster through the native app we used. Now its on web, the web server is basically slow, and dont forget the vendor is effectively forcing the customer to install MORE hardware (i.e. a web server), to run the damn thing, and the spec of that creeps up and up.

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Re: Web Interfaces/Web Apps - opinions

"If somebody chooses to use Mozilla or some other hideous browser to run it, that's their problem, you didn't inflict it on them."

Well therein lies my beef with the browser. As a developer, you are basically pushing the problem on to the customer (over which application to use etc) and removing their personal choice. Once the collection of web apps, designed to run in their supported browser, builds up, you are left with a customer machine running 4 different browsers, which is a nightmare in an Enterprise environment (like mine).

My ethos has always been, you are providing a service to a customer, therefore your service should not have to rely on the customer using a specific browser, which is a personal choice and there are many. If there was a single browser for the entire internet, and it was really good, stable and well maintained, there wouldn't be a problem.

To me the main issue with web interface is it just seems outright lazy, and a quick way to save a few quid. I get it can be a pain to patch (a fat client), and get working cross-platform, but thats the industry you're working in, so deal with it :) You [insert software/hardware company here] knew the risks, dont start pushing the problems on to the customer to make life easier for you.

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Web Interfaces/Web Apps - opinions

So a discussion came up at work, with a friend of mine talking about building an app for his services, but making it a web app to save costs.

Personally, I hate them. They are the devils own idea. They suck harder than a hard sucking thing. The main reason for my diatribe against web apps/web interfaces is web browsers themselves, as well as the uselessly written and un-maintained plugins used by big-name vendors to jerry-rig them to work with their hardware. Browsers suck down memory at a silly rate, they crash often, and most of these web "apps" use poorly coded plugins to make them work properly.

What makes it worse, is the big-name vendors jumping on the bandwagon. For e.g. recently we upgraded our vSphere environment to ESXi 5.5, which forces you to use the web app to manage the fucking thing. To say its horrid, and unfit for purpose is being nice. It actually relies entirely on Flash! What annoys me is that they had a perfectly good, respected, and fully functioning native app, which is STILL miles better.

This story rings true for many others - Solarwinds is another big one - we went from an awesome native app, to a horrible mess of a web version, and they completely pulled support for the functioning and nice to use native jobby.

The thing is everyone and his dog is doing it (switching to web browsers for their apps). What am I missing? When did native apps become so unloved by vendors? Is the cost saving THAT big? If so, WHY!?

Where do you lot sit on this one?

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All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

Greg D

Another new socket

Are they getting a payout from component manufacturers from forcing users to upgrade everything else when they buy a new Intel CPU, or is there a legitimate technical reason they keep switching sockets, that couldn't be achieved by any other means?

It's literally the only reason I switched to AMD. Okay, also from a bang for buck point as well, but that's becoming a bit of a bigger chasm these days with AMD's performance dropping enormously, whilst still sucking down all the power.

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

Greg D

Re: Works for me, too

Well said GregC.

More often than not, I can deal without half the content I look at. They are mostly clickbait ad-servers anyway, which is a fucking lazy, 'cheap' way to make money. Fuck the fuck off with that bullshit. If this destroys a few incomes, good.

I honestly don't think the internet will be any worse off for it.

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I like! Is nice!

Where's the Borat icon?

Sounds almost like what I'm achieving through ad-block plus and NoScript, but supported natively.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Re: Violated from looking at a dick pic?

Well no, actually you've made some assumptions there that are incorrect.

It's a dick pic. Not an actual dick. Its an arrangement of pixels that represents a body part. No one is being violated, no real rules are being violated, and that's not my lack of empathy, its my annoyance at the abuse of the English language.

If said dick was in close physical proximity, or touched you, then you can feel violated and that be a correct use of the word, since they violated your personal space and probably a few laws at that point.

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Greg D

Violated from looking at a dick pic?

Dont be a silly sod. The language people use sometimes is so over the top.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

Greg D

Re: 'Cheap' in terms of food, now means selling your privacy too.

AFAIK a number plate is not private information.

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Greg D

Re: It's pretty bad... Really

Thanks. Once I'm up and running in Windows 10 land I'll write a little .ps1 script to do all that :)

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

Greg D

Not entirely sure why this has caused so much butthurt?

The default behavior in Windows 7 has always been to not show all running tasks.

You have to go into the taskbar options and turn that on.

I don't think Microsoft have that much hubris (at least since Ballmer left) that they wouldn't make it a configurable option.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: Apps + Windows Phone

Awww that's not very sporting. 4 downvotes and no one replied explaining why I am probably wrong.

Ok, Windows Phone isnt full fat Windows - and runs on an ARM instruction set instead of x86. And has less CPU grunt.

But the general gist of my point was that there is a huge back catalogue of Windows software, and that's still growing. If they can get some kind of decent x86 emulation on ARM, then that's solved that problem, no?

*prepares for more downvotes*

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Greg D

Apps + Windows Phone

I dont understand why they are saying developers don't want to develop apps/programs/software for a 3rd ecosystem. Haven't they been developing programs for Windows for the past 20 years?

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Re: At least go to Windows 7

Well other than saying there are other means of getting it cheaply these days, that is a fair point. Although I don't know of anyone that bought Vista separately - it was one of those OS'es that was foisted on anyone buying a computer before Win7 was released.

Not sure on the tyrant description. They are not forcing you to switch or upgrade or even use Windows 10. Incentivising, yes.

I dual boot with Linux Mint - and I'm finding more and more games work well with Linux/OpenGL - however, OpenGL is lagging way behind DirectX now, and that gap is only widening. So for gaming it kind of has to be Windows. Although that's not really Microsoft's fault - general lack of actual competition.

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Greg D

Re: Prefer to stay on Vista

My friend, why would you torture yourself so much?

At least go to Windows 7, which was the working version of Vista.

I get your sentiment, but I can tell you with a modicum of certainty, there will be an option to create a local account without having an MSA set up. Although, they will try to obfuscate that option, meaning you'll need to look around for it.

To be honest, what's the harm though? You don't have to hand over your life story when setting up an MSA. I have one, but mostly for certifications, ISO downloads and the like (I'm an MS/Linux systems engineer).

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Disk is dead, screeches Violin – and here's how it might happen

Greg D

No, I didn't downvote.

I read it all and couldn't work out the analogy, since flash disk is so obviously superior in every way it doesn't seem to draw any parallels with CED/Laserdisc standards battle.

Disclaimer: I was only born half way through the 80's, so I'm using anecdotes and wikipedia for my information on CED. I was also going to point out that both formats pretty much lost out to CD in the end anyway, followed by DVD.

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Greg D

Again flawed reasoning. Laserdisc was superior in every way except cost.

The RIGHT format won out. Unlike the VHS/Betamax argument.

Also happened the correct way with Bluray/HD DVD. Although it required refitting fabs to build blue lasers and new discs, and was more costly in EVERY way than HD-DVD, it was the better format and had more potential for future improvement.

CED had literally nothing. It was a novel use of vinyl technology and from it's inception was already at the peak of how good it could get.

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Not something you can compare IMO. Flash has WAY more advantages than you give it credit for, with perhaps the only drawback being longevity and reliability.

Fact is, magnetic spindle storage has limits, and it's reached those limits in terms of data throughput. It just can't keep up with modern demands.

Flash is cool, yes. But it's also lighter, smaller, orders of magnitude faster (and getting faster still), and less unfriendly to the environment (less materials required to build, not sure on fab process!).

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Firefox preps processor revamp under Project Electrolysis

Greg D

Switching back from Chrome

Will be switching back when this makes it in final release.

Chrome has annoyed me by removing NPAPI support by default, when 2 thirds of the internet still uses it. I get it's a deprecated thing, but tell that to the web devs and admins still running it, not the fucking end users trying to use the sites.

Yeah you can turn it back on, but why?

And they are removing it fully by August apparently.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

Greg D

Do people still think Linux is invulnerable?

I thought we stamped out that moronic thinking a while ago.

Any OS/Kernel/software/code is vulnerable. It's just a question as to which platform/vector will yield the most results for a malware developer scumbag.

Usually that question boils down to ONE thing, and one thing only: market penetration.

Anyone that tells you Windows is inherently insecure and anything else isn't, is an outright liar.

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HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

Greg D

Re: Just give people what they want

Made all the more ironic by the fact they think they are being "different" and "visionary" by owning such common hardware.

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What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one

Greg D

Right, cos rational people base their OS decisions on test releases?

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Spoiling staff with toys could turn against your business

Greg D

Thats actually a really bad reason. Why would a company IT dept be interested in that? Microsoft maybe, but not typically data anyone needs.

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Greg D

Re: Don't treat users like children

Again, form my perspective (a lowly enterprise systems & network engineer), security is not the problem. My earlier posts hint at that.

The problem is support and standardisation. I'm not even going into it any deeper than that, the problems are numerous, and one would think, obvious.

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Greg D

Re: If you dislike change, you're going to dislike irrelevance even more

As someone else already pointed out, this is mostly laziness and penny pinching.

Or legacy applications that no longer have any development behind it, that a company relies upon. Again, that should be phased out before it gets to that state. Mostly due to cost saving or inability to afford a new solution to replace the legacy crap.

Throwing home devices into the mix is going to do precisely NOTHING to resolve that situation. Ever.

In fact, it will make it way worse. And already is in many cases where BYOD is taking over.

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Greg D

Re: What are we trying to prevent?

That whole attitude with customer contacts is utterly flawed. It's ludicrous to think sales staff won't have a copy of at least some of their contacts in that classic storage medium - the brain.

Sales team boss: "Oh I see you've handed in your notice. Could you pop by the neuraliser on your way out so you forget everything you did here? Thanks"

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Greg D

Re: If you dislike change, you're going to dislike irrelevance even more

This entire point is a pipe dream that the BYOD pushers want you to buy into.

Fact is, work is HELL in a BYOD environment. Ok I agree with some of your points - e.g. the employees effectively make the money, but you can't pander to all their whims. Most of the time, they are bollocks anyway. Companies need a stable and common infrastructure to allow efficient support and day-to-day running.

If some employees can't work with that, they need to adjust, rather than push for filling up the entire fleet with home bought crap.

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Re: What are we trying to prevent?

Another very good point. If you have put enough trust in a person to employ them, then what exactly are you preventing by making data hard to take off site, or transfer to non-company equipment?

There are obvious use cases where that will be a requirement, like GCHQ, or the FBI. Even the Police force need to be very careful.

But for us day to day enterprise level peons, the risk simply doesn't exist. You don't need military grade IT security policies to run, say, a construction firm.

In any case, I don't even think it's possible to truly prevent if someone really wanted to do it. You can put deterrents in, but that aint gonna stop someone on a mission.

From experience, BYOD generally provides most (if not all) headaches in the form of hardware and software compatibility with existing enterprise systems, and of course. the well known woeful reliability and build quality on consumer grade tat.

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Greg D

Disagree with blocking email on personal phones

Clearly never heard of remote wipe on ActiveSync devices?

Our ActiveSync policy allows users to sync to their personal mobes, But crucially the policy is set so that it forces the user to lock the device with a PIN (won't let them sync without this) and allows us to initiate a remote wipe from our Exchange console, should we need to (e.g. dispensing P45's for whatever reason).

To say you can't do it, or shouldn't do it, is completely missing out an entire range of applications. You should know this at el Reg :)

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What a Zuckin' drag! 'Frisco queens protest outside Facebook HQ over 'real names' policy

Greg D

Who cares?

It's facebook! Get lives.

Besides, I've seen MANY fake names on there. Not sure why they've got their Y-Fronts in a twist.

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

Greg D

Re: Silly

Doesnt make an awful lot of sense to fine a publicly funded body as a deterrent/punishment.

It's not like they're set up to make profit. It's a bloody public service. All a fine will do is make everything worse, piled on top of austerity cuts to the police force in general, it's even more insane.

Either demote, fine or discipline the officers responsible. We shouldn't be incurring financial penalties on non-profit or publicly funded services.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

Greg D

Re: Waiting for the genuine pirated version

Same thing with legit movies. Some releases have stopped recently, but I watched a DVD (woo, old skool!) recently at my mum's, and had to sit through adverts, trailers and intro cutscenes before I could even play the damn movie.

Pirated films on the other hand, download, play, enjoy. Sometimes even better quality, depending on the release schedule and rip source.

I agree with your view though - I use a multi-purpose USB bootloader crammed with different Linux and Windows installer ISO's. All of the Windows ones are pirate, although I personally own 2x Win7 Pro licenses, MS don't have an official ISO I can use with all patches, SP's and other apps I consider "must-have out of the box". Very inconvenient.

Recently I have been able to mount the WIM files from my Win7 Pro vanilla disk, stream in the SP's and patches, and set up task sequences through MDT and build a half decent task sequencer into it for installing my apps post-install. The tools are there, they just want you to do all the work :)

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

Greg D

Do you like fish sticks?

Oh wait, wrong joke.

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What the BLEEP? BitTorrent's secure messaging app arrives

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Re: I'll stick with TextSecure, thanks!

I question the analogy - you can buy a safe, see the back and still not know what holes are there, as the safe design is closed source.

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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

Greg D

All in 1366x768!!

And I bet everything they make comes with a 1366x768 LCD screen.

Sigh.

Even the "MacBookalike" machine looks like its running that ancient, obsolete, lacking in pixels LCD resolution.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

Greg D

Bye Bye Sammy

Just put my order in for a HTC One M9.

Sammy removed my favourite features - SD card and battery I can change out.

And kept the features I disliked - teenage girl touchwiz theme, touchwiz itself, and power button location.

It also looks too much like an iPhone. I mean they are not even bothering now.

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AMD opens kimono on chip futures a little more

Greg D

...And made Intel actually have to do something?

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

Greg D

That Dutch MEP nailed it pretty much

“What is next? Having a lock on the front door of your home being a criminal offence? Banning people from protecting their private communications is unacceptable in a democratic society. We are really on a slippery slope here."

Yup. How can any person with an iota of intelligence NOT see the ruse here? This is a collective effort of government spy agencies to use the excuse of counter-terrorism to gain access to all business and personal communication. I don't think counter-terrorism actually has a leg to stand on in this argument.

For starters, they (terrorists - or any law breaker for that matter) aren't going to listen to any laws stating encryption cannot be used.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

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Re: John Lewis? An ISP?

Pretty much my thoughts exactly. ISP in this sense is the entity that holds the contract with the customer as opposed to the entity which runs and maintains the infrastructure it all runs on.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

Greg D

annoyingly, I have to side with Apple.

I feel dirty now.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

Greg D

Re: Laptop manufactures take note!

Let's face it. A keyboard issue is not exactly going to tax anyone's brain.

The easy problems get good service. It's those slightly less obvious ones, where most customer service starts to fall on it's face.

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Greg D

You don't get this sort of shit from Apple because there are no Apple OEM's.

This is not Microsoft's fault per-se. They didnt put this software in the image for Lenovo laptops, Lenovo did. Had they also been an Apple OEM and Linux OEM, they would have put the same or similar on those laptop images also.

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

Greg D

All other arguments on this are irrelevant....

....in the face of the fact that if this were to pass, it would do exactly fuck all to help the spymasters (MI*, FBI etc) to catch terrorists. They will be the ones still breaking the law by using encrypted comms. Its the rest of us, law abiding (generally) citizens that will suffer! As always!

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Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

Greg D

Re: Awesome

That made me spit coffee.

*wipes screen*

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Virgin, Qualcomm, back 600-satellite space internet plan

Greg D

Latency?

Isn't satellite broadband inherently latent? Delays over a second on a round trip?

I'd rather 56k latencies tbh. At least I could game on that, just barely.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

Greg D

I would....

...MUCH rather risk the infinitesimal chance of being blown up in a terrorist attack than have all my conversations monitored.

This is too ridiculous to even imagine it could pass through. Another case of politician doesn't get IT.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

Greg D

Pics?

Why do a story about a huge tanker, and use a picture of some baked beans as the headline picture?

I want to see the tanker goddamit. Oh well, Google it is!

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

Greg D

uh-oh....

You mentioned a political party on an IT forum. Dumb move Reg...

Now all the Daily Fail militants and professional offense takers will run riot. Thanks.

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Dragon Age, Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

Greg D

Re: Great game, but the combat system...

Starting to see your point with the tactical view. This was really simple on DAO, but seems to be in console mode on the PC version of DAI.

I'm constantly struggling to keep a target under fire with the character I'm controlling - often forgetting to hold 'fire' ('R' or left-click) when outside tac view, and then forgetting to set a target in tac mode.

Hoping they patch that in the next release. The X-hair on the ground is completely pointless, and they need to adjust the control system to match DAO when using tac mode (e.g. you still maintain control of the selected party member when using WADS, instead of it switching to move the camera).

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Greg D

PC version - awesome

Just have to chime in here as a lot of people comparing the console version to the PC version.

I have the PC version, for which I paid £60 (digital deluxe, for the epic mount and starter gear, cos I'm that sad). I do NOT regret it and do not think it's overpriced. The game is beautiful and incredibly detailed, and I personally believe it was priced fairly.

It does NOT feel like a console port. It feels like Bioware has spent the time to make the PC version feel like a proper native PC version. I haven't even seen this weapons wheel that people are speaking of here (then again I've seen nothing of the console version of the game yet) and it feels JUST like DA:O did when using tactical view and using the power bar.

For me, this game is brilliant. The effort they have put in, in response to criticisms about DA:O and, in particular, DA2, really gives you the impression they listened closely to the fan feedback and made sure they got it right. It's the perfect balance between DA:O's engaging narrative and excellent gear/loot system and DA2's excellent combat style. They have got this one spot on.

Conclusion: Well worth the money. Best in the series so far (not even completed it yet at 90+ hours gameplay).

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