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* Posts by Tom 38

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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

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Apple is more closed than Microsoft ever dreamed of being

Webkit

OpenBSM

TrustedBSD

llvm

clang

CUPS

Bonjour

I could go on.

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Philips 46PFL9706T 46in 3D smart TV

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Across my network, the set lost the ability to unwrap MKVs

I wonder, were these 'large' files - ie >2GB? SMB/CIFS version 1 has issues with large files.

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Australia sanguine on Assange-to-Ecuador, would fight US extradition

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Re: @John Wilson

What Sweden considers as rape is what Sweden considers as rape.

If you go to Sweden and do what Sweden considers as rape, don't be surprised if Sweden wants to interview you with a view to charging you with rape.

If you flee from prosecutors interviews in Sweden and have your lawyer lie to prosecutors so you can do so, don't be surprised if Sweden tries to extradite you.

If you've paid the bail of a delusional, bat shit insane Australian, don't be surprised when he tries to leg it to Ecuador.

I could understand his objections, protestations and appeals if he was being extradited to the US. He is not. Trying to claim you are a political refugee to avoid being extradited to face rape charges - well, actually, that does sound a little like a politician.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

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Re: David Hemler

Dude, you should go work for one of the intelligence agency, such is your level of insight into the US government's thinking.

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Foxconn daddy: 'Don't buy Galaxy S III, wait for iPhone 5'

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Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

To you or me, they are not "Genius" employees, but to my tech ignorant mum and dad, these guys can actually help them use their products. My mum can now make photo albums on the web, edit videos together and upload them to youtube and all kinds of stuff.

Sure, you and I can do this by pissing about with a computer long enough, but others cannot - in fact, that my mum could get help simply by popping into an Apple store is why she spent the extra and got a Mac. Why be so condescending towards people who need help using computers?

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Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe

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Re: Not bad...

Little Green Desktop is an Atari ST fan site. It has links to three working emulators.

As for the game itself, it is available on the Automation Collection disk 400. That should be enough information to find a copy.

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Re: Awesome game

This.

The game basically boils down to making sure that you own the multipliers, making sure that you pummel the opposition CF, CM and GK non stop - they should be injured and replaced by the end of the first half - and then romping through the second half.

The more you score, the more money you get for a win, make sure to collect as many upgrades as possible.

You can get out of league 2 easy enough by playing well and buying 'stars', but they are all league 2 stars, and so will suck next season. The absolute best players you get are the ones you started with, as these can all be improved to 250 on all stats, where as a star is quite fixed. So you need a few stars to help you in leage 2, but not more than 3, and keep pumping up your original squad.

I also broke a bunch of joysticks on this, I ended up with a custom built joystick with parts from about 3 knackered ones! The fire button was just a microswitch dangling outside of the case :)

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Retina Display detachment

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Re: Doesn't make it a bad product

It's a flying car. We can add wheels, but that's a £25 extra.

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Actually, I think £25 for a thunderbolt network adapter is pretty decent, it just should be included in the price of the laptop.

Or put it another way, where are the £10 thunderbolt network adapters?

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FATTIES are DESTROYING THE WORLD, scream mad professors

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Re: Statistics

This is like 'Poverty in the UK', which is defined as a certain percentage of the median income. One result of this is that there will always be some people in the UK defined as being 'in poverty', presumably because they don't have a flat screen TV.

It also means that if the high end income distribution changes, the median income drops, the 'poverty line' is hence lower, and a certain number of people are 'lifted out of poverty', without increasing how much money they receive or what that money buys them.

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Crytek says future is free-to-play

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Re: No thanks

Personally, I felt TF2 was ruined when they started adding 'optional' guns if you did X, Y, Z. It meant that people who spent their lives playing the game had an advantage other than skill/practice over people who only play it infrequently.

That and they totally fucked up by making the 'weaker' original classes like pyro much too powerful to appeal to noobs, and massively reduced the efficiency of the soldier class.

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Second hand steam

Wow, what nonsense. There are at least two ways steam accounts are traded:

There is a healthy market in steam accounts - where you trade an identity. Some people even put each game purchase on a different steam account/email address in order to simplify this.

Secondly, Steam have added an entire gifting system. You can trade games or items from within games with anyone with a steam account. It could not be easier to trade games on Steam.

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Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012

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Re: "iTards"

This isn't accurate. Originally, Thunderbolt was an optical technology with a marketing name of 'LightPeak', but they found they were able to get 10Gb/s out of copper and at the same time provide 10W of power, whilst the interfaces and cables are also cheaper.

Having dropped the optical aspect of the technology, it needed a new name.

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: One last thing. If we must adapt..

£25 for a thunderbolt adapter. The zenbook will come with a cheap USB adapter.

Guess which one will actually provide gigabit speed?

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Re: Surely some mistake, the Samsung Q30 was the first Ultrabook ;)

q30 is a netbook, or ultra-portable, with a 12.1" screen, 24mm height and a plastic body.

The macbook air you are comparing it to has a 13.3" screen, 4-19mm tapered height and an aluminium unibody construction.

The lower height, larger screen and unibody chassis is what makes it an ultrabook. I'm not saying it is better or worse, just that the macbook air defines the ultrabook category.

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Thief open-sources Richard Stallman's laptop, passport, visa

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Re: Keep Taking Those Meds Richard

Must be some different China to the one I just visited.

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Re: Can we at least be a little bit smug?

Never thought I'd see 'RMS' and 'pragmatism' in the same sentence, except when separated by 'has no'.

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Nokia's Great Software Cleansing scrubs off everything since the '90s

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Take as much data as the can

The most valuable data that us engineers have that makes us desirable employees is taken with us everywhere we go - its our brains.

OTOH, I've known salesdrones to walk off with client lists and contract details (and digitally tracked their activities, so we can sue the pants of them after they've left and gone to $competitor).

Good time to pick up some QT developers on the cheap.

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Wraps come off UK super-snooper draft plans

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Re: Benefits from this investment?

Depending on what the something is, typically you would not pay income tax on it, but CGT. If you sell your xbox on ebay, theoretically you should be paying CGT on the increase in value of the item, but since it has very likely depreciated in value, there is no tax to pay.

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Re: Hello Torproject.org

You'd think, but technology has existed for a long time to allow secure communication, but what do the terrorists do? Simple substitution ciphers using excel:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/22/ba_jihadist_trial_sentencing/

This jihadi even worked in IT!

If you think about, the kind of mind that is happy to blow itself up is unlikely to be rational or follow best practices.

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Blighty's new anti-bribe law will do more HARM than good

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Re: Where and When

This is patently not true. British (1 't' btw) laws can and do extend to british citizens abroad for various things. Go to Thailand and do a Garry Glitter, and the UK plod can and will do you for that. Bribery isn't any different.

The basis for this comes from the fact that abroad you are travelling on a UK passport, which gives you certain rights - the ability to travel to another country, chiefly - and certain responsibilities, including not bribing people and sex tourism.

You want the rights, but none of the responsibilities. Tough.

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Re: Give it a rest

Intriguingly, as I read this lunch time, a lot of the RN ships that fought/stopped/impounded the slave traders as they crossed the Atlantic from Africa were Bermuda Sloops, most of which were designed, built and manned by Bermudan slaves.

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It's important to not feel too much guilt about what our imperialistic forefathers did - if we hadn't been doing it, another European power would have been. You could go to any of the Imperial powers and produce another laundry list of dirty deeds. This isn't even a British or even European thing, Imperial Japan has its own long list of atrocities (ask any Korean).

What is more important is that we learn from our history and act more decently from now onwards to the rest of the world as a nation. Which we do.

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Apple silences mute kids' speech app in patent blowup

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Re: big surorise...

The firm you are saying Apple are siding with does not provide Apple with any revenue at all, since they produce their own (ridiculously expensive) tablet that only runs their voice software.

I feel for the parents here, but the way they have portrayed this is distasteful. Apple haven't taken anything away from anyone - anyone who has purchased the app still has the app, and if they had synched with itunes, would also have a backup copy of it.

What Apple have done is to pull this app from the app store, so that no new purchasers can buy it. I don't agree with this, they should have waited for a judgement, but the parents (and the reporters) play it as this:

She cannot ask us questions. She cannot tell us that she's tired, or that she wants yogurt for lunch. She cannot tell her daddy that she loves him.

(direct quote from family blog)

Actually she can, as she already has the potentially infringing app and no-one is taking it away from her. The parents real concerns are:

a) They won't get any more updates from the app developer

b) iOS upgrades may make the app not work correctly

Note that neither of these things are guaranteed even if the app was still in the app store. There is no contract that says the app will get updates and fixes, or even compatibility fixes for the next iOS.

If the case is resolved in favour of the app developer, the app would be reinstated in itunes and all these things go away. If it goes the way of the patent holder, the app she has would be proscribed from the app store by the court order.

Either way, she has the app now, will continue to have the app until the end of the court trial at least, and the courts will determine whether the app is available or not after that.

If you want someone to get angry at, try Prentke Romich. They sell a nasty $10k tablet that kids with speech disorders require, bilking your tax dollars (EU) or insurance rates (US). They are the bastards in this story.

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Asus Transformer Pad TF300

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"Already done", but only if you don't mind minor issues like "Touchscreen (it works but every few touches are off target by 1/2 the screen)"

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Re: ASUS Transformer Charger

The USB 3 spec does not specify a 15V@1.2A power, it specifies 5V@0.9A.

If you have a charger kicking out 15V@1.2A, that ain't USB 3.

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EU gives Google till July to offer fix for search dominance

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Re: Really couldn't care less

I agree mostly, but both Opera and Firefox are paid large amounts of money to provide google search as a default search engine, making IE the only major browser to not have google as default search engine.

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LinkedIn dials 911 on password mega-leak hackers

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"until they get around to finally salting those hashes"

And how, pray, will they manage that with just the hashed password. You cannot salt an already generated hash, you require the original password in order to salt it prior to hashing.

Therefore if your passwords are hashed but not salted, a hash can only be added at the point the user changes their password.

So many people with opinions but no clues. Here's Sherlock, to help you find one.

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Re: Cookie laws?

"reversible hash" is an oxymoron - if it is reversible, it is not a hash, it is an encryption.

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O2, Be Broadband axe Pirate Bay access

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Re: @tom 38

Who said anything about downloading music? Copyright infringement is not theft. This is not a personal opinion or argument, it is a legal definition.

The various trade bodies would like copyright infringement to be treated as theft - a criminal offence - rather than copyright infringement, which is a civil offence. To try and achieve this, they have repeatedly lied to consumers, to try and insert this 'fact' into the communal conscience. This behaviour is abhorrent.

FYI - although not that it is relevant - I pay for all my media, one way or another, and do not upload or share media with anyone.

Lets look at the damage to the music industry, in terms of global revenue over the last 6 years.

2006 ($60.7 billion),

2007 ($61.5 billion),

2008 ($62.6 billion),

2009 ($65.0 billion),

2010 ($66.4 billion),

2011 ($67.6 billion)

Really looks like they are struggling there. So why are they moaning so much? Lets look at a breakdown. This is global revenue from physical sales:

$33.1 billion (2006),

$30.6 billion (2007),

$27.5 billion (2008),

$24.6 billion (2009),

$22.2 billion (2010),

$19.9 billion (2011)

Aha. Now it makes more sense. Even as revenue has increased, their old stalwart of physical sales - where they bilk the highest margins from the consumer - has been decimated.

This is the same argument being peddled by the porn barons. The internet has changed how we consume media. We as consumers are no longer prepared to fork out obscene amounts of money for shiny discs, and they need to adapt rather than slavishly holding on to their old ways and trying to legislate/sue people so that nothing changes.

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Re: Not a torrent user...

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

Copyright infringement is not theft.

What? The movie industry seem to have brainwashed people into believing falsehoods by repeating things over and over again, thought I'd give it a try, but with the truth. Who knows, might catch on.

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You know what Google needs? Another Street View data-slurp probe

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Re: "...doesn't explain the collection of everything else they ended up with."

"The engineers" as you call them is actually Marius Milner, the author of NetStumble. So yes, I'm convinced that was the basic starting point and then he customized it.

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Allegations that Google may have had knowledge of their actions are extremely serious

Someone once alleged that I had knowledge of my actions, but I was quick to refute him.

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Prime Minister faces grilling at Leveson Inquiry

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At that point, the choice was between Brown and Cameron. He was our only hope, shame how that turned out.

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Climate scientists see 'tipping point' ahead

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Re: You've got two choices...

I prefer the Drax approach, nerve gas the entire world from space, come back in 5 years.

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Re: ?kill all humans? Wuz You've got two choices...

As the human race grows, the outbreaks of new or evolved viruses and penicillin resistant strains of bacteria also grow.

Citation? Sounds like bollocks to me. In 1918 the "Spanish flu" killed between 3 and 10% of the world population - between 50 and 130 million people - where as the latest flu pandemics have been relatively minor, like the 2009 swine flu pandemic which killed less than 20,000 worldwide.

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MPAA sympathetic to returning legitimate Megaupload files

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We get it, Kim Dotcom is a twat. Still doesn't explain the actions of Team America World Police.

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1,000 Foxconn iPad workers trash dorms in riot against guards

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Re: Why would slaves rebel?

HTC pay their assembly workers $100k a year.

Oh no wait, that's not right.

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HDD oligopoly to keep post-flood prices high till 2014

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Re: Oligopoly is a great word

I'm not saying cartel is incorrect, but oligopoly is perfectly fine. An oligopoly is a market that is dominated by a small number of sellers. Because of the small number of sellers, each seller can anticipate and be aware of the other sellers actions, and act appropriately for their business.

A cartel on the other hand implies collusion between sellers in order to achieve a more favourable market for members of the cartel.

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Geek moments.

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I like leet-o-clock - 13:37 - especially as it's in my lunch hour.

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

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Re: Shit laws should be ignored

With a minor change to the cookie "spec" (haha), this information could be easily transmitted along with any cookie, and it wouldn't require web developers to come up with 50,000 different definitions of the __gads cookie does.

Changes to the cookie "spec" happen when a quorum of browser developers determine that new features are needed, and can happen very quickly. Just look at the adoption of the "HttpOnly" and "Secure" flags on cookies.

I'd be fine on a law saying EU websites must emit a "Purpose" flag on cookies, and that browsers in the EU must implement a cookie control mechanism that displays and manages this information.

These sorts of laws should be run by engineers first so that we can say "No, you dipshit, that is complete bonkers, this is how the problem can be solved simply and cheaply".

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Shit laws should be ignored

Dumping this clusterfuck on web developers is inane and shows a lack of understanding of how cookies and the internet function. If cookies are an issue that requires legislation, it should be on the browser makers to provide controls that are suitable for managing cookies (doing the work in one place- well, OK, 5) rather than asking millions of websites to alter how they work.

After all, the website doesn't store or transmit the information in the cookie, it asks the browser to do it.

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OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB PCI-E SSD

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Re: Linux?

I've used the earlier version on BSD, where it presents 4 ATA drives for you to use. Can't remember if they presented as AHCI or ATA, but worked out of the box, no drivers required.

At least on that version, the board was basically two SiI SATA controllers, each hooked up to two Sandforce based SSDs.

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Re: The so-called future.

12 x 2TB spinning rust in a ZFS 2x6 raidz would give you ~20 TB of storage for around £780 + VAT. (and controller, although I get away with using onboard SATA and cheap 2 port pci-e x1 adaptors)

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Facebook's ONLY failure: Expectations management

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Re: hundreds of billions of dollars?

Technically, a trillion is still hundreds of billions of dollars.

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Matt Asay in wise-after-the-fact shocker. Could at least have been honest and said "Oh, and I'm one of those irresponsible fools who thought Facebook was worth hundreds of billions of dollars, but now I've changed my mind".

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Marathon

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Never played this

But the HUD display reminds me of BSS Jane Seymour, an early 90s romp around a semi destroyed spaceship.

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Adobe Flash is now baked into Internet Explorer 10

There is a catch though: Flash support only applies to sites on a compatibility list distributed by Microsoft.

This project seems like it is being managed by Ballmer. Whilst world+dog move to rid themselves of shitty Adobe products, MS go one further and embed it even closer into their OS - but only if you pay them first.

PS: The user who thought that the ad companies wouldn't get whitelisted for flash - dream on pal.

PPS: Burn in hell Windows 8.

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Hands on with the Intel-powered Orange San Diego

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@¬Spartacus

Way to miss the point fella.

One shouldn't care what processor is in a phone. However, phones using this processor have downsides that make you need to care. The 'first looker' didn't seem to be bothered by this, eulogising the "magic" that the manufacturer's press release espoused and playing it down, and then said it is fantastic value for money.

That's the point right there. Is it fantastic value for money? No-one knows yet, because you would need a full review looking at how this different architecture handles power hungry apps and real life usage. But the 'first looker' doesn't need that; he's read the press release, gone to the launch event and he's already sold on it's "fantastic value for money".

PS: I don't know why buying a Lumia would make you an Intel shill - it, like every fucking phone worth buying, uses an ARM processor. You do seem really miffed for some reason that people do not want power hungry x86 chips in their phones.

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iLuv Vibro Classic II

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Misleading name

"iLuv Vibro Classic" conjured up a different kind of accessory to me.

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