* Posts by GregC

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Live web vid spaff app Periscope shoved up Android mobes

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This might just be me..

..and I've never used it, so I could easily be missing something - but what is it about Periscope that's special? What does it do that any other "film some stuff, shove it on the web" app doesn't?

Genuinely curious.

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+5 ROOTKIT OF VENGEANCE defeats forces of gaming good

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Re: "Fully streamed"

They say games may need to be "fully streamed"

They can, frankly, fuck right off.

I don't really care either way about people cheating at games (and, at least for single player games, don't understand why anyone thinks it's a big deal), but I've said it before - the day that I can't just play a game, on my own, without needing to be always online is the day I stop buying new games.

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Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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The Dalvik runtime is deprecated in the latest Android releases in favour of ART - not sure which runtime Arc Welder uses/emulates but I'd guess ART given that's the standard going forward.

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Starry-eyed hackers stuff Eurovision's voting app

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I have to confess...

...to quite enjoying Eurovision itself, it's fun in an odd kind of way, but in many cases your use of the word "music" may be stretching the definition a bit.

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Siri, you're fired: Microsoft Cortana's elbows into iOS, Android

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Re: Yet to see

The key part of that is "in public". I use Google Now a fair amount (mostly for reminders and quick unit conversions) but always at home or the office.

Incidentally, Google Now, for one, doesn't require a connection to do the voice recognition - you can download offline language packs for many locales.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Re: Turtles all the way down

@ Arnaut the less - I can, without any hesitation, recommend that you read Raising Steam. The satire is as biting as ever, and the wit and charm are all there in the usual abundance. Whatever else the disease did to him, it did nothing to impede his ability to tell a story.

You do need to have read Thud and Snuff first though.

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:(

RIP Sir Terry.

What a terribly sad couple of weeks.

But at least, as someone else mentioned, he got out before the embuggerance could do it's very worst, and for that I think he would be glad.

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

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Re: Nexus 5 / Android 5.0.1 / Chrome 40.0.2214.109 - oops

Yep, same here :(

Firefox on the same phone seems to be ok.

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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Sounds great..

..until the tiny thing gets dropped/lost/eaten by the dog and your 200GB of data is gone.

But it's ok, as we know everyone has a backup process in place, right?

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Sleep well, sir

I can't think of anything much to say right now, but simply Rest In Peace. You will be missed.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Um, what?

Moreover, he said, Redmond is concerned that other browser makers' reliance on WebKit is creating a "monoculture on the web" – something that today's Microsoft is apparently against.

Sorry, this is coming from Microsoft?!? What with the open sourcing of .net and now this... Either I've fallen through a wormhole into an alternate universe, satan has his skis on and is at the top of the slope, or there's some elaborate trick going on...

Yeah, probably option 3 then.

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: @GregC - Blank box

No, not a Dell or HP (that wasn't specified in original comment, btw) - the company I was thinking of is PC Specialist, who on most of their products offer a No OS option. As that's the second time I've mentioned them on here in a few days I'll leave it at that lest I get accused of being a shill for them...

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Re: Pokki is fine

you'd rather have a malware vector than Windows 8.

Jesus, the lengths some people will go to in order to avoid learning something.

I agree with the general thrust of the first part of your comment.

However the second part is something that really fucking winds me up. I've got a machine with Windows 8.1, and I hate it. It's not about "learning" anything. I know how to do whatever I need to on it. I hate it because it's ugly, inconsistent, and schizophrenic. Oh, and the ribbon.

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Re: Blank box

Shame we can't buy laptops that have no OS at all installed on them...

Except we can. Shop around.

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Give us a week to GUT Superfish, begs Lenovo CTO

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Re: the buyer should pay what the device is worth.

And there, in a nutshell, it is.

In the past year I've seen both sides of this. Looking for a "serious" machine, I found the right laptop, at a sensible price, with no crap on it. This involved a bit of research, time and consideration but I ended up with exactly what I wanted.

On the flipside, about a month ago I needed to replace an ageing netbook. I spent an afternoon wandering around various shops until I ended up with a cheap-as-chips Lenovo, complete with bucketloads of shite preinstalled, including Superfish.

You get what you pay for.

I'm in now way offering excuses for what Lenovo did, by the way, but all the time the consumer market continues to buy the cheapest, lowest common denominator, crapware infested stuff it isn't going to stop.

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LinkedIn values your privacy at ONE WHOLE LOUSY DOLLAR

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recruitment site social network for business annoying source of unwanted email.

Small correction, purely from my point of view...

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Re: lenovo and market pressure

I'll offer a vendor that may or may not be lily white, but did almost* everything right when I bought a laptop from them in the middle of last year - PC Specialist.

No crapware installed? Check. I had options of having antivirus and Office trials installed, but the important thing is they were options - I chose "No antivirus" and "No office software", and sure enough there wasn't any. And there was nothing else, either.

Choice of OS? Check. Win 8 or 7, or no OS at all if that's your preference. They could get a bonus point by offering a Linux, but then which one?

Proper, old fashioned, install media? Check. Vanilla Win7 DVD in the box.

Extra little touches - how would you like your HDD partitioned for example. Just saved me a little job, cool.

Basically they delivered the machine I wanted, ready to go, complete with reinstall media should I need it. And no crapware. Price? Reasonable for the spec I wanted. I would recommend them to anyone who's not in a huge rush (see *note...)

*My only real problem was with the build/delivery time - what was "estimated" at the time I ordered it was 7-10 working days, and it was nearer 14. Doing my research before ordering, this was a fairly common theme, but also the only major complaint I found and I wasn't in that much of a hurry. That said when I rang them to see what was going on I spoke to a bloke in Leeds, who went to the production area, found my order, and told me what to expect. That works for me.

Reading this back it sounds like an ad. It's not, I'm just a satisfied customer. Whether the model of basically making decent machines for a sensible price, without installing crap, is sustainable we'll see I guess...

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Looks like they are, at last, trying to start the process

It's a bit mealy mouthed initially, but they have now made a statement that suggests they are starting the kind of process Trevor has espoused - see here, complete with links to how to remove Superfish and the root cert

Time will tell if this is anything more than PR guff in an attempt to save face, but they say they are going to pretty much go down the route Trevor suggests in the artcle. We will see, I guess. They'll be on my no-buy list for a very long time regardless.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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He's right, of course

So if he could just crack on with working out a functional warp drive that would be splendid :)

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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MS removal instructions don't work

I've got one of the afinfected laptops - first thing I did with it was remove all the crud, of course, however this article got me double checking, and while Superfish itself is nowhere to be seen sure enough the root cert was there.

The MS instructions don't work on 8.1, at least not on my machine - the Remove option is greyed out. I had to go into certmgr.msc to delete it.

Needless to say, it will be the last Lenovo machine I ever buy...

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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No. We really don't.

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Never mind, Samsung, GOOGLE will EAVESDROP as you browse on Chrome

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Re: Hotword

Seriously? How often do you find yourself saying ' OK Google' in conversation. I have a Moto X and it's never once activated due to an accidental muttering of "OK Google".

Neither has my Nexus 5. It has, however, activated several times in response to normal conversation not containing the phrase "OK Google".

I know this, because my audio search history contains several instances of "I didn't f***ing say 'OK Google!'".....

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: more advertising

sending out interesting content in order to advertise stuff has been around for quite a while.

If the majority of advertising content was actually interesting then perhaps fewer people would object to it so much. The vast majority of ads seem to me to be inane pap designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: I have one

In fairness, this was actually mentioned in the review:

All the ancillaries like the cameras and speakers (and yes, the phone bit) do a fine job

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Back off – it is ILLEGAL to make us accountable, claim ICANN lawyers

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So ICANN is based in California

and they are subject to Californian law. OK, I understand that.

They are meeting in Singapore why? I mean apart from, in the words of Not the Nine O'Clock News, to gamble and screw and get pissed.

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Went and saw this yesterday

and it is a deeply, deeply silly film. Criticisms of the acting and, especially, the dialogue are entirely valid.

However...

Despite (or maybe even because of) the issues I also found it good fun, in a disengage brain and let it wash over me kind of way. And it is visually spectacular

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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"And then there's the class of information that people don't think about - such as email verification e-mails telling google that you've signed up to that racy porn site"

If you're using your day-to-day, personal gmail account to sign up for porn sites then you're doing it wrong. That's what a secondary hotmail account is for*

*Ahem. Not that I'd know about pron site signups. Obviously.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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SIM only is the only way for me

and has been for years - just pay for the service and update my phone on my terms, as and when I want. People I know seem to be increasingly doing the same thing as well, and with handsets like the Moto G doing 90% of what a flagship phone can at a fraction of the cost it's becoming a practical option for more people.

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Re: Sol Trader

Really? I thought the tiers were pretty clear - £10 gets you a copy of the game on release, from there up through the usual beta/alpha access options and then the expensive name-a-city and so on at the top end.

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Sol Trader

It's a little frustrating to see this blasting through $3m in days, when Sol Trader (described as a "Fusion of Elite, Asteroids & Dwarf Fortress" by the developer, what's not to like..) is struggling along at under half of it's very modest £20k target with only 8 days left.

Yes, this is a plug :) I really would quite like to see it getting made...

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: So pray tell,

You might want to have another read of the article...

"The first, Holo Studio, was a design system for building 3D objects using parts and coloring options displayed on a Photoshop-style menu."

"The second demonstration involved using HoloLens for a Minecraft-type game, where hologramatic game graphics were projected onto furniture."

"Your Reg hack had to miss the third demo for time reasons, but it involved a HoloLens-enabled Skype call that allowed the callee to add annotations to the view of the caller."

And then the Mars thing.

Or am I missing something here?

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Content content content....

All these 4 and 8k TVs look great, but where's the content? Can I get a 4K Blu-ray movie? I assume that 4K on normal broadcast channels is out of the question, but on cable or satellite?

I'm not being rhetorical here, I'm genuinely curious as to how much, if any, content there is out there for these super duper tellies...

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Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas

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Re: NAK Kim Dotcom

Given that Kim D only actually intervened on the XBox side, why should Sony thank him for anything?

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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Re: There is also a game about getting a refund

Oh the irony of an online "game" to get a refund about a game not having an "offline" mode... :-)

And someone else misses the point entirely

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Re: I bought an early

Question for you:

Did the developer specifically say that those features would be in the product, no question, absolutely - then subsequently pull them anyway? If not, then it's a different scenario to the Elite situation.

As an aside, a friend recommended Kerbal Space Program to me last week. Just been having a look at the demo and it seems fun, just need to give it some more playtime I think to get the hang of it.

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A couple of points for the hard of understanding

- during the Kickstarter period, a number of questions were raised about offline play. In response, Frontier stated, without equivocation, that it would be possible to play completely offline. No ifs, buts or maybes. They also said it would be compromised compared to online.

I backed the KS based on those promises. If they had not been there, I would not have backed it. As far as I am concerned they have gone back on that promise, and I do want my money back.

- with regard to all the comments about 'ooh, look at all these people complaining online about an offline mode'

It's not, for me anyway, about having an internet connection. It's about being an infrequent player, and not wanting my game to be influenced in any way by goings on in the online universe. When I save the game, I need to know that when I load it up 2 weeks later it will be as I left it. I need to be able to pause the game when the phone rings, and know that when I unpause it things are unchanged. Basically, all things you would expect from a single player game, and of course not from an MMO.

And before anyone jumps in again saying 'you signed up for an online game/MMO' - no I didn't. When I signed up, offline was a promised feature. It was taken out, in a nasty sneaky non-announcement in one sentence in a newsletter.

I just want my £60 back (which also incidentally included a 'DRM free boxed edition' - I don't personally consider always-online to be DRM free...)

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Fantastic

That is all :)

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Gaming's driving ambitions: The Crew and Grand Theft Auto V

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@jai

It's not so much about when I'm at home - as you say, unless I actively disable wifi/unplug the cable then I'm online anyway. However I'm on the road a fair amount for work, and many hotels still (in 2014 FFS!) want to charge exorbitant amounts for internet access. These are also the times when I'm most likely to be able to have a really good gaming session if I feel like it, so if a game is always online it's going to cost me a chunk of change to play on top of what I've already paid for the game.

Plus, of course, the fact that always online is more often than not just another type of DRM getting between me and the game....

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Always online requirement? No sale.

This seems to be becoming more common, and I hate it*. Obviously it comes with the territory for multiplayer, but if I'm playing on my own, as I prefer to, there is no good reason to mandate an internet connection.

*Still very angry about Elite:Dangerous suddenly being announced as online only a month before release despite the repeated assurances it wouldn't be

And another thing.... When you're slowing a car down, you use the brakes. Therefore it's a braking point, not breaking.</pedant>

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Excellent stuff

Very, very impressive. The price makes me wince a little, but at least in this case you are getting genuine innovation for your money, and in fairness it's a nicely specced phone too.

This deserves to sell well, hopefully it will.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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I've also held off for a few days, to see how the dust would settle. Today I got the latest newsletter that seeks to "clarify" a few things. Here's what I'm now clear on:

- the suggestion/implication in the previous newsletter that an 'occasional' check in was all that would be needed is bullshit. Always online, or no game.

- no refunds.

I'd like to clarify a few things of my own:

- if offline hadn't been specifically promised on Kickstarter, I wouldn't have backed E:D. As has already been said, stinks of bait-and-switch

- if Frontier had said 'sorry, can't do offline after all, if this is important to you here's a refund form. Once we receive this your money will be refunded and your account disabled' I'd have reluctantly accepted it.

As things stand I have a game I that isn't what I was sold, that in it's current form I don't particularly want to play, and no chance of a refund. Didn't the customer used to be right in the good marginally-less-shit old days?

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Re: Do you really want a version where trading and combat is all you can do?

I'm late to this party, but to answer the question:

Yes.

Why is this so hard to understand?

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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Very tempting....

Ticks just about every box, as a Nexus 10 owner I'd prefer a higher res screen but then that would be reflected in extra £££ of course.

I don't actually need a new tablet, the 10 continues to do everything I need, but this is the first one that's come along with a combination of the "want one" factor and a sensible price (and extra kudos to Lenovo for not charging silly money for more storage!)

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It's the WORST game ever, just pulled from a desert DUMP ... now ET can be yours for $500

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Re: Don't blame the game for bad management.

Ah, Big Rigs. Now that really is a contender for worst game ever. I remember hearing how bad it was, not believing a game could be released that was really that bad, and then trying it. And it really was that bad, and then some.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re :Also how have the BBC not been sued by Apple for the name iPlayer?

It was established some years ago that Apple could not just blanket trademark "sticking a lower case i at the front of a word". One of those rare days when common sense prevailed...

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Rosetta reaches perfect position to get touchy Philae

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Come on El Reg, own up....

How long have you been waiting to use that headline :)

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

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Re: "Don't like it, change it"

While that is true, if I was spending that kind of money on a pro-level machine I'd expect it to come with a decent KB and mouse, not the horrible standard Apple ones.

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Re: Wotta lotta pixels

Couple of things...

So what could you actually display on a 5K monitor that wouldn't be as good on a 4K one?

As pointed out in the review, the 5k screen allows you to view 4k video at 100% in your editor of choice, while also leaving enough screen space for panels/toolbars/menus etc

if you choose to take a squint at the RAW format, the camera still has an anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor to reduce all those nasty Moire patterns.

My Fuji X series camera has no AA filter in front of the sensor, and I know that Nikon have AA filter-less cameras on the market too. Even regardless of that, I'd say this machine definitely has a potential place in a RAW workflow, if you're the type that regularly pixel peeps at 100%+

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ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

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Don't fine them, shut them down

No messing about, terminate the company with extreme prejudice. Ban all board members/directors from holding that kind of position for, I dunno, ten years. They are scum preying on the vulnerable and deserve to be treated as such.

In fact, while we're on it, can't we just outright ban cold calling?

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