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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Why can't we have this DPI on desktop LCD monitors and laptops?

I'm tired of 1920x1080 and 1366x768 displays.

We had higher res back in the old CRT days, and DPI this high is fucking useless on such puny screens.

For the love of god give us this DPI on desktop displays!!!!

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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WTF?

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Sums up the thought processes here nicely.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Can we please bring back the start menu in Server 2012?

Seriously, who thought that a touch interface on a SERVER OS was a good idea?

Take a bow whoever that was.

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

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its a shop.

I can tell by the pixels. And I've seen some shops in my time.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Organic vs non.

Organic food is the same as normal food, except overpriced and probably less healthy.

I ALWAYS avoid this shit in the supermarket. People come at me with opinions all the time saying how this chemical will kill you slowly or this GMO is unnatural and thus directly causes cancer. Guess what? These are OPINIONS. Not facts.

Fact is, GMO foods have many benefits over non-GMO and pesticides help to increase the resilience of crops to undesired insects, which have BOTH been proven over and over again to have zero negative-impact on human health.

Any of you organic food-fuckers come at me with anything otherwise, I want some peer-reviewed scientific proof, or I smack you upside the head with my GMO-enhanced marrow.

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Greenpeace? Guerilla hippies more like.

Nuke power should be along side renewable for 'green-ness'

CO2 is good for trees and reforestation.

Greenpeace should rename themselves to Guerilla Hippies.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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@Rob

You dont know how much of a tech-hipster you sound like right now.

Is this sort of thing now common? I was sure this kind of use-case was very minimal (in global terms). Desktop use may not have changed much (in generic terms) in the past 2 decades, but the usability of the technology has, as well as become very much more refined. You XP hipsters are holding that up, which is where a lot of this weird hate seems to stem from.

In any case, you lot can rage all you want. Fact is, Microsoft are a corporation, and like all corporations on this planet, here to make money. Lots and lots of money. How can they do that if you tech-hipsters won't buy their new stuff?

How did you ever like Microsoft in the first place if you feel this way? Why aren't you using a 10 year old Linux kernel instead?

Now, can we get out of the 80's mainframe man mindset and continue pushing technology forward?

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

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yo dawg....

I heard you like spying, so I'm gonna spy on your spying to see if you're spying.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Again..

This is not how Android, as the underlying OS works or operates. Just because it was built by an advertising giant doesn't make this sort of thing inherent to the system. There is much lack of understanding here.

The problem comes from the fact that most carrier networks cook their own Android ROMS, with very little to no controlling influence from Google. Ergo, it is the fault of the carrier and their unscrupulous ways that lead to this issue.

If you want to be truly free of this sort of shit, IOS is not the way to go either, as you'll get all the crap from Apple bundled into the device and be forced to use only the services they let you use (until industry groups pressure them to open it up).

The best way to avoid this shit is to either buy a sim-free Nexus device, or grab a custom ROM, such as CyanogenMod, and flash your phone as soon as you get it from whatever carrier contract you bought it on. The flash process has recently been made much easier, thanks to some great community contributions over at Xdadevelopers and CM (among others).

Of course, that isn't a good solution for a lot of people, in which case my only piece of advice would be to avoid anything advertised to you with the word "free" in it.

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

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list clearly satire

Pope? Bono?

Fucking please. If it actually is satire its not even funny.

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

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erm...

I'm having trouble understanding the purpose of a fine here....

Police force funded 100% by taxpayer money and government

Police force gets fined, by the government

It's like an infinite loop of cash from then on.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: Not correct!

So the pop artist(s), Chaka Demas and Pliers, translates to Pliers and Pliers. Every day is a school day!!

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Re: gripping...

nope, just Friday!

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

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Re: Congratulations

You're the first person I've seen intone that anyone said anything negative about it.

Seriously, how does one manage to say for sure either way when it's only just been opened for beta?

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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"Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,"

No, not a high enough body count.

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

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Re: Wii failed

Yeah I can swallow that - there was a lot of personal opinion in my post.

However, the epic fail comes both in terms of the impact on Nintendo's image as a core gamer company, and impact on what it will be able do next. People that liked the Wii and still play it (those casual "non-gamers" I mentioned) have absolutely no reason to upgrade to a new overpriced console, which is being shunned by 3rd party devs. The only thing that will keep Ninty going will be its portables (DS, DS 3D etc).

As for the Wii's success - sales figures are one thing, but I know that most of the Wii consoles sold over the years got used for a few days/weeks, then spent the rest of their lives in the attic gathering dust (like mine). I wouldn't dare speculate on exact figures, but at a complete random guess, I reckon it would be over the 50% mark.

I could be wrong though. They might come up with a new gimmick that will pull them from the abyss.

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"Gameplay is more important than graphics."

True, but when you release a unit that outputs display at SD resolutions, when I'd dare say EVERY single household that bought one had a HD display... very short sighted decision there.

We all know how awful SD looks on a HD display (particularly the earlier generation and cheaper HD displays that don't have sophisticated software to smooth it out).

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I hear what you're saying there. I owned a Saturn (didnt bother with 32X - what a waste of effort that was) and I have to say as much as I wanted it to be awesome, it was a very lackluster console. I think Sega's main issue with that was lack of decent titles, and Sony releasing the PS1 to a huge marketing campaign. Sega didnt seem to spend a penny on their marketing - or more likely couldnt afford to from what I hear.

Very unfortunate, since the Dreamcast should have turned their fortunes around. I guess we have the fickle gamer mentality to thank for that. And Sony's budget.

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Oh believe me, I know this trick! One of them I killed myself while attempting to use a PS/2 optical mouse to replace my broken Dreamcast mouse - alas PS/2 into a custom USB bus kinda blew the USB controller in the Dreamcast up.

The next one was a terminal PSU failure.

The next a GD-ROM drive failure (yes, I forgot Sega even bought out their own disc format! Gigabyte Disc)

The last another PSU failure. I think. I may have thrown it out not realising it was still working. If I did I will kick myself.

They all lasted well over a year though with a LOT of use.

Oh yeah and I forgot Ready 2 Rumble boxing. Frikkin awesome game.

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With you on the Dreamcast thing.

I am still, to this day, baffled as to how this did not save Sega from oblivion. The console was so far ahead of its time, clearly, even gamers didn't realise what they were missing out on.

The graphics were amazing. The online capability worked so well for a lot of games. It had a keyboard and frikkin' mouse you could use to play Quake 3 online with for christ's sake! Powerstone obliterated the playing field for 4-player on-screen fighting action, followed closely by 4 player DOA, and Soul Calibur blew my mind. Metropolis Street Racer bought racing to the streets of London in all its graphical glory (still not sure the PS2 was that much better, if at all!). Crazy Taxi, such an epic game, showed how you were supposed to do arcade ports (for all intents and purposes, it was EXACTLY the same game minus the coin-op).

I could go on. I owned 4 Dreamcasts and played them into oblivion (they slowly died over the years). I still have all my games. I miss Sega :(

Maybe Nintendo were shit scared after seeing what happened to Sega, and decided to release the shitty consoles they do these days. IMO, Nintendo were not worth a rub since the N64. Nothing after that came close to any of their predecessors, or any of the competition.

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Re: Wii failed

No, I'm pretty sure he was talking about the Wii.

While a financial success for the box shifter in Nintendo, the console itself was an epic fail. Mainly due to the reasons already given; looked AWFUL on a HD LCD telly, gutless and substance lacking games, kiddy visuals, non-gamers bought it (that should have said it all)... the list goes on.

I bought one - I admit it. I got caught up in the hype, and wanted one purely for the gimmicky controller. I played some Wii Sports (tennis and bowling) but that was about it. After 10 minutes, it then sat and gathered dust for the rest of its warranty lifetime, whilst I played some real games on a real console (PS3 and PC).

For a kid, who had a 360 or PS3 (or even a PC) I could very well understand the disappointment they had when seeing the awful migraine inducing graphics for the first time.

Alas with my Wii, I really tried to make it work. I even bought a Sega game (Sega on Nintendo is a sacrilege in most gamers opinion despite the fact I was always a Sega fanboy growing up) - Madworld. Fun game, but again after about half hour, I was bored of mindlessly swiping my chainsaw to kill blurry black and white cartoons.

All in all, Wii was a prolonged, elongated path to failure for Nintendo.

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Flappy Bird crosses over into cryptocurrency, big data

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I am totally lost, dazed and confused. This game was wank. What the fuck has gotten into people?

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Gamers save Nvidia's bacon in storming fourth quarter

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Good to hear at least someone doing well in the PC biz. Especially considering PC gaming is to thank.

Still think nVidia's top-end hardware is unable to stand up in a price:performance market against AMD though. Although superior GPU's, the AMD equivalents are far cheaper. Drivers are a non--issue these days.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Potty time dilema

My Kindle is my potty time companion. Although I get looks in the office now when they see me walking toward the duns with a Kindle in my hand.

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media.struq.com

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yup, I'm seeing this too.

But the URL it always gets stuck on is ads.rubiconproject.com

Each article I click on loads the first paragraph and gets stuck for like 60-120 seconds before loading the rest, no matter how many refreshes I do.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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A lot of bad drivers here.

Anyone who says you need 100% concentration on the road ahead is talking out of their arse.

Peripheral vision is highly valuable (with racing/rally driving you practically never look at whats directly in front of you unless you want to crash). Rear-view and wing mirrors are indispensable and a requirement to pass your test. Checking your speed, engine temps, dash information - all essential to driving.

So; to say a pair of glasses that can provide a graphical HUD to display this information in one place WILL cause you to crash is utter bollocks.

Obviously they would need to implement some way of preventing the user from reading their emails/text. But IMO, those users who want to read their emails while driving will just go straight for their mobile phone and do it anyway! So whats the point?

Why penalise those of us who would like to see practical uses applied to this technology to spite those that would flaunt this privilege?

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

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no problems here

I have to say Three have been the most reliable network I've been on - and I've used them all (whether personal or company phone). Hassle free on my personal phone for a good 6 years now.

Data is, bar none, the fastest there is on mobile - well maybe except EE 4G now, but coverage is limited and speeds aren't THAT impressive in metropolitan areas.

My friends, by comparison, have chopped and changed networks with each phone they get, constantly whinging about speed, coverage and downtime. That was till I convinced them to go to Three.

Ok grovelling over.

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Feds indict four over alleged Android app copyright infringement

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Piracy...

For a publicly traded company like Ubisoft, with only two things on their minds - make more money for their shareholders at any cost and how to shaft their paying customers - I can understand why you'd pirate their games/software. EA included. Adobe included. Microsoft included.. ad nauseum.

However, to shaft the individual devs of these indie titles (and lets not limit this to games!) for the sake of a fucking McDonalds cheeseburger? Cretins!

It's not even worth the effort, surely?

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Patent-holding firm's lawsuit against Googorola kicks off

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Re: @Someone Else Pot calling the kettle black?

Mr. Gumby, I believe you are missing the reason people don't agree with you. The patents in question here are laughably invalid, due to prior art, obviousness or ambiguity. Often all of the above.

The USPTO has only just begun to make some changes to their practice when awarding software patents, but they are both not enough, and too late - since the wars and non-producing holding companies (read: trolls) are already well into the patent dance. They (USPTO) now have to go back and rescind the existing patents they awarded to stop it.

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Worst. Analogy. Ever.

It's so wrong, it makes well documented wrong things look right.

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

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yay for this.

Great move from Valve - more sauce for moving away from Windows and DirectX's monopoly on gaming.

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Can we loose the annoying "auto expanding" ads?

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With you on this one. Whatever ad is doing this is driving me nuts. Get 1/2 way through an article then suddenly I'm at the end...

I too respect the requirement for tea, biscuits and nice pottery for Vulture Central's shed, but this is taking in your face advertising too far.

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Re: Reverse

No, but also off-topic, I am getting more than a little annoyed at the slow-to-load page elements that cause the text formatting on the main article completely move around. I lose my place, but its just annoying as hell on EVERY article.

Bloody adverts. Reg, fix your code please!

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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But whos to say that Google Glass couldn't actually benefit your awareness?

Why are you so close-minded when you think of this. I like to think that most people are not stupid enough to be watching cat videos on YouTube while driving, but thats besides the point as others will.

BUT, why cant this tech be used to help you identify hazards, the same tech Google are also building for their self-driving cars!? They have a 'driving mode' which I would imagine does exactly that, and with newer cars with added sensors (the like you'd normally see on a self-driving car), they can all link in to Glass and assist in your driving.

Why is this a bad thing? You havent a clue what Glass is like to use, and you wont even accept that there ARE potential benefits of the technology.

Go ahead though, carry on living in the 1900's. The rest of the world will leave you there.

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Re: Huh?

No it's nothing like that at all.

Murder is defined by the killing of a man. Driving with a 'monitor' visible (like a mobile phone in your hand etc) cannot be applied in the case of google glass.

a) it was switched off

b) its an augmentation of your vision, not a all-out dedicated monitor in the sense defined in the law.

You are an arse for even comparing the two.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Does anyone actually like DAB?

Cos from what I've seen and used of it, it's similar to FM in quality, but generally MUCH shitter in everything else.

For example: My DAB alarm clock used to get reception. I haven't moved the antenna, or tuned to a different station or moved the radio itself, yet all I now hear is gurgling sounds, like someone threw my radio in a lake of mud.

On topic - why would anyone think that a £324 per year internet streaming service (which is worse than Spotify), using a 3G data connection, in a MOVING vehicle (often moving miles from any civilisation let alone a 3G mast) , is a good idea? WHY!?!?

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Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

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Re: Riding the internet, bareback

I used to do this, but I used my Windows box as my main one, and had Flash player and Java installed. I got cold feet purely from these two attack vectors, so installed Kaspersky.

I dont really notice the speed loss with an SSD, but it definitely screwed up my boot time on my old SATA drive-run antique.

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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Re: So much for that idea

You're still not getting it are you?

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Re: So much for that idea

Does a "smartermind" come at the deficit of a sense of humour?

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Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

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Re: Sounds like a fringe use case?

The real killer is the x86 app suites, with the 20+ year back catalogue.

Until they port that, or emulate x86 on Android/ARM, AND provide a means of control via AD and group policy, then nothing will end the PC/Laptop dominance in corporate environments.

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Re: Sounds like a fringe use case?

Not really with you there at all.

When working with any kind of document (spread sheets in particular), screen real-estate is king - and I dont mean high res on a tiny little area, cos that involves squinting and text you still cant read.

So not a fringe use case. This is aimed entirely at the working professional.

Still not as good as a laptop though, for many reasons, but mainly x86 apps.

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Idiots

I like how everyone jumps on the bandwagon without knowing anything about their internal policies or methods.

Fact is, most returns are not faulty, or may be just bogus requests (or attempts to gain from their occasional delivery cock-ups where they deliver two of the same item).

This is more than likely a way to get staff to think twice before accepting any and every RMA willy-nilly. I highly doubt this is how they actually rate their staff performance and base anything meaningful on it. More of just a talking point for lunchtimes in the kitchen.

That said, I've never had an RMA request rejected. Then again, all my requests were genuine faults or ordering mistakes.

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Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

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"4chan really have become a bunch of morons of late."

No. They were always morons. You moron.

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UK fondleslab surge slowing, says sales-sniffing specialist

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Re: Coming to their senses?

I am referring to their use as a productivity tool. They are consumptive fondle-tat.

I'll stick with my x86 PC laptop with my back-catalog of apps spanning the past 3 decades thanks!

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Coming to their senses?

You mean people are finally (slowly; too slow IMO) coming to their senses that tablets are pretty much useless novelty items?

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

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Re: I genuinely do not understand...

I can think of two reasons:

- To make enough people do it, in turn forcing MS to make the thing backward compatible (or at least acknowledge it was a mistake not to). After all, the 360 was just another x86 PC-in-a-box.

- To point out the fact that MS made their console so easy to brick

On the whole though, anyone stupid enough to follow advice from 4chan deserves what they get.

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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

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Re: Ugh!!! Yuck!!!

Tablet user? Get orf my land!

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Re: I had to Google how to find the Control Panel...

I've been happily using Windows 7 x64 since 32bit XP became too limiting for me.

I have avoided Win8, for several reasons. I did have a play on a VM in my lab once, with Win8 RC1. Dont get me wrong, I was happily accessing the control panel .cpl's via the run prompt (and all the MMC's I normally use). I just couldn't locate the GUI shortcut to it.

MS engineers need some lessons in HCI.

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I had to Google how to find the Control Panel...

I've been fiddling with computers since I was 6. Professionally for the past 10 years.

I have used all kinds of OS, from the CLI up. Usually takes me no more than 5 minutes to familiarise myself with any new (to me) OS GUI and find my way around.

I was asked to setup my friends Win8 PC the other day, and I spent 10 minutes trying to find the Control Panel.

After a Google search, it turns out I have to move my mouse to the top-right corner of the screen and use the slide-out menu. Of all the hair brained UI ideas, this has to be the worst. What kind of imbecile thought that this implementation would be a good idea? It's completely unintuitive, requiring pre-requisite knowledge of the UI. In fact, I hate everything about the Win8 UI, especially the new tiled start menu replacement thing. I find it completely pointless on a PC.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Clear proof....

That most people on the Internet are insane, and will argue about anything as if they are experts.

Why would you care what a company uses to market its goods?

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