* Posts by Sampler

539 posts • joined 16 May 2007

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

Sampler

Windows Mobile v6 - Ok, you'll need to rewrite all your apps for Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 - Ok, you'll need to rewrite all your apps for Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 - Ok, you'll need to rewrite all your apps for Windows Phone 10

And they wonder why no developers want to get around the platform?

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No, Optus: don't try US-style net neutrality arguments in Oz

Sampler

A bad joke

Australian internet is a terribly bad joke, I've been to third world countries with better connections.

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MARIO MOBES: Nintendo hooks up with DeNA, births NX gaming system

Sampler

Leave Nintendo Alone

Yet when you feel a little sorry for the kid who got a Wii-U for Christmas rather than a Playstation 4, it may be too late.

To be fair, that kid got the better deal, I've had every games console since the NES (yes, including the Panasonic 3DO R.E.A.L.) and a fair few from before yet this generation I've only picked up a Wii-U.

It's the only actual 'console' out there, where the other two are just crap PC's, I have a fairly decent PC so I can just wait for a port of everything sans exclusives...of which I can't name one off the top of my head nevermind want.

It's also the console with the games I've enjoyed most last year, the re-release of Zelda and Mario 3D World both beat GTA5 (which I actually purchased my second PS3 for, having left my first in the UK when emigrating to Aus). I'm still playing Mario to-date as the Mushroom World levels are a lot of fun and a challenge to boot - and after that I've got the 2D Mario game to try.

Nintendo would do well if the media stopped slagging them off because they don't make shitty FPS games, there's a lot more to gaming than FPS - or fancy graphics that push up the development cost of triple-A titles, so bagging on a console that limits fancy graphics seems counter intuitive. But then what do expect from a reporter who can't copy check his own work:

The deal sees Nintendo take 10 per cent of DeNA and DeNA take 1.24 per cent of Nintendo as part of the deal. That the 16 year old mobile gaming company is worth 12 per cent of one of the industry giants is a reflection of just how much Nintendo has lost out by avoiding the mobile market.
And that's not the only error in there, just the most glaring..

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Malware uses Windows product IDs to mix mutex

Sampler

VLK

So how does this work if you have a raft of machines with the same id?

(genuine question, it didn't seem to be covered - does it use the code as a starting point and therefore all will be unique, I didn't get that from the article)

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Connected Data gets serious about the business of file sharing

Sampler

Resilient?

Transporter 15 with 8TB capacity (6TB usable), 15 users

Transporter 30 - 12TB (9TB usable), 30 users

Transporter 75 - 12TB (10 usable), 75 users

Transporter 150 - 24TB (20TB usable) and, you guessed it, 150 users

Presumably this means they're RAID5 devices:

4x2TB

4x3TB

5x2TB

6x4TB

respectively?

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

Sampler

So the canned statement from HSBC is pretty much "Yarp - we got caught and would've continued if we didn't, actually, we're not saying we aren't continuing".

$120b - it should be held frozen whilst investigations proceed, that'll teach 'em, especially as such a case could last decades..

Never going to happen.

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

Sampler

Re: Okay, tinfoil hatter time...

Why would they need to track your car when you take your phone everywhere with you that egregiously tells you it's tracking your whereabouts at all times, to improve your experience..

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I'd be more shocked

If Google WEREN'T planning a Jonny Cab style service, I mean, what a waste of a self driving vehicle if you're going to insist people own their own and it sits on the tarmac twenty two hours a day whilst you work and sleep..

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

Sampler

Awesome

Appears to be layout compatible with the B+ so existing cases will be alright (such as the awesome PiBows by Pimoroni) - I had been quite tempted to get a B+ even though it wouldn't help my struggling little Pi, now I'm sold - the current one struggles to run everything I throw at it (which, to be fair is a helluva lot for a little box) so this is great news!

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

Sampler

Re: True definition of "locked in"

Right click start, left click control panel - arduous indeed

Though Win10 is crap, new Start Menu is still annoying and not as good as the old Win7 and other than that it's pretty much the same as 8 so saying they named it 10 as it's such a giant leap from 8 is bullshit.

Though ctrl+v now works in cmd, that's a bonus (though, that could be in 8, I never tried).

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

Sampler

I'm no storage king

So this is a genuine question, dedicated parity drives?

My understanding was RAID6 spreads the parity across the storage drives as dedicated parity drives end up dying sooner due to the high usage of the parity drive compared to the storage.

Or are they talking simply in terms of storage and the parity will be effectively written across all drives and the figures are just in terms of storage lost to parity (ie ten drives worth from fifty five disks, leaving forty five disks worth of space)?

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

Sampler

Curiosity

So, if it's a case the fourth flap didn't open, could Curiosity bumble over and give it a nudge - what kind of distance are we talking here? A six month trek, two year?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

Sampler

Re: If only..

Sounds like they've got the leccy engines done right, so hydrogen fuel cells to power them instead of large batteries and you're good to go, you top up similar to petrol (ok, takes a little longer to fill the tank and you need to make sure you've got a positive lock on the nozzle, but hey, it's quicker than plugging in a battery).

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

Sampler

it's funny to techies

but non-techies would lap it up.

I was reading the reviews of an SD card on amazon to see if it's high speed claims were substantiated given it's low cost and there was a woman complaining her DSLR pictures were dark and blurry because the card wasn't fast enough

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You like that E Ink book, huh? How about an E Ink HOUSE

Sampler

Billboards?

Wouldn't these work as billboards, like, how billboards currently work - with a g'eat big light shining at the non-self-luminescent paper when the sun dips down - still gotta be cheaper in the long run over LED's, especially when you have to replace the handful of dead pixels when they start interfering with hocking your clients wares.

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

Sampler

Why's it need legs?

Unless the ISS have artificial gravity and they just turn it off for when they're filming to send back down here..

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Apple in 2007: Who wants a stylus? Apple in 2010: We want a stylus!

Sampler

How do you get a patent for this?

There's tons of these in the market back in 2006 when we were looking for them to automate field data collection (along with 'Smart Paper', PDA's and what was Tablet Computers then).

Pens, that would track what you've written (and also take pictures) that could then later bluetooth the data to a device (or even do it live to a 'smart phone', which by today's standards would be a 'feature phone') - they were chunky as hell and weighted a brick which I'm sure will all be miniaturised to a sensible degree now but still, how do you patent something that was on the market a good four years earlier at least (seriously, I'd like to know, seems like free money for patent trolling).

Or do I have to have "Submitted on behalf of Apple" on the form?

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Grab a SLIM MODEL for Xmas cheer: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sampler

Is the screen..

..as annoying as my Z2 handset? Retains finger grease like it's a precious commodity then shorts like crazy when trying to use the keyboard - never had this with any other phone I've put my greasy mits on (such as the several HTC's I owned before hand) or the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet I have.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

Sampler

Re: Do wireless signals know the boundaries?

If they turn the hotels into Faraday cages they're not going to need to spam de-auth broadcasts as the phones won't have signals...which means they can bring back overcharging for calls on the hotel phones - seems win win from their point of view, especially as you can get it in paint form - sure the $1,300 per twenty litres will soon pay for itself...

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

Sampler

Arguing over nothing

The solo mode offers a solitary existence for those of us who enjoy our space devoid of life, even though it connects back to a main server sporadically using very little data to keep the universe details up to date.

Those who found a game online, backed it online, paid online and have to download it online and complaining they're not online to play it baffle me.

Even in Australia I can play the game in solo mode with its "always online" connection over what Optus tells me is "broadband" but is ten times slower than my 4G connection, glad I live in a capital city otherwise god knows what I'd get in the sticks.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

Sampler

As a cyclist

This is very welcome news, a car that will give you safe distance when overtaking and not try to merge lanes through you.

Safe, predictable movements, driver's not intoxicated.

My only concern though is how long will it be before we're not allowed to drive? I guess it'll take a while, subsidized Jonny Cabs (via ad revenue played over the transparent OLED windscreen) will be cheaper than car ownership, making those where cost is an issue voluntarily exit vehicle ownership, this will have an effect on insurance premiums increasing and new car value as demand and volumes reduce.

Then they'll price out the young ones from being able to learn (insurance costs pushed up, prices go up, fewer customers, costs go up further, driving tutors exit the market, competition goes down, prices maintain or rise further).

They'll roll out the stats on how much safer Johnny Cabs are and now so few are able to afford to drive themselves that it's no longer political suicide to ban driving (or simply use the financial burden of ownership to keep it a reserve for the rich to dabble, much like days of old).

Thus the populations freedom is reduced, monitored, tracked, controllable..

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Sampler

Majel Barrett surely?

(well, some very good imitation, though I'm sure there's enough recordings for the system to churn through a derive it a close enough approximation)

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IsoHunt releases roll-your-own Pirate Bay

Sampler

Re: Mmmm.... mole~!

peer searches, because they were always reliable, it's how we ended up with indexed sites in the first place

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Sampler

But really..

..who's going to be dumb enough to host one of these?

Coupled with how many freetards are altruistic enough to host something that helps others - most aren't altruistic enough to seed torrents, what makes you think they're going to volunteer their head on the slab?

So this "international game of whack-a-mole" quickly becomes a handful invested in the warez scene suddenly making themselves far easier to identify and be picked up.

Unless Kim Jong Un fancies running one out of Pyongyang to cheese off the feds..

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

Sampler

Re: If I'd wanted a connected game I'd play Eve

There is a "solo" option, so you don't have to worry about PvP (ie some asshat ruining your game because they feel like it) - it's how I play, the game connects back to pick up universe information (and apparently utilises less than dial-up to do so - as attested to by my Aussie internet connection, no trouble what so ever) as player interactions affect the universe, such as cargo value at various ports up to the outcome of various galactic battles depending on which sides the players backed.

You can't spend real life money to buy ships (over the backer perks, such as mercenary edition that comes with an eagle instead of a sidewinder) - much to my dismay actually, I wouldn't mind paying $5 for one of the more fancy higher end ships that cost over 300 million ingame credits (I currently have about 40k so there's a fair bit of saving to be done!)

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

Sampler

BUT the idiots in motor vehicles can be identified via their licence. A licence may not stop stupidity, but it would help track it down. If the drone was fitted with a transponder the airport would have it's ID, then it's a simple case of looking up the registration document et voila, one idiot suitably fined and his toy taken away.

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

Sampler

Professor Green?

Has he been to deed poll by any chance?

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Experimental sci-fi novel Elysium is ALMOST irritating ...

Sampler

Sounds like..

Cloud Atlas - though I only ever saw the film (it was enough to put me off reading the book), I hope this one is more interesting

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

Sampler

2,147,483,647 views / 872 days = 2,462,711 views per day (102,613 per hour, 1,710 per second)

4m12s * 2,147,483,647 views = 9,019,431,317 minutes (150,323,855 hours, 6,263,494 days, 17,160 years)

Assigning this to cumulative time wasted assumes the user watched the video in its entirety and did nothing else whilst viewing, which is a poor assumption to make given anecdotal evidence witnessed amongst contemporarys..

[EDIT]

These figures are for guidance only as the initial view figure from the article is now 4,412,786 less than the number of views at the time of writing (or, another 35 years of viewing)

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

Sampler

If you're only looking for spreadsheets at a relatively standard res. than maybe worth looking into USB VGA adaptors.

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

Sampler

meh

It's too much anyway, we have full HD on our work laptops and either have to scale to 125% (which are apps don't support) or squint at the 15.6" screen they crammed all the pixels into, makes a secondary screen a must have otherwise you get a headache out of a days use, negating the laptop side of things.

But then the Toshiba W50 is so heavy anyway, it does must of the negating being a laptop before you even turn it on..

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

Sampler

Replaceable batteries

Even back in nokia days I never had a replaceable battery for my phone and have hardly been left wanting.

BUT on the occasions I'm expecting to smash my phones battery (say GPS tracking on a 14 hour cycle) I pack one of those USB battery chargers, top up my phone, helmet cam, csc-cam rather than being a spare battery purely for my phone.

In an age of such technology what's the benefit of paying as much for a spare phone battery and having to suffer the bulk and weight giving access to the battery adds?

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

Sampler

Aiming for the same

Recently work upgraded our aging laptops (i5 2.27's with 8GB of RAM and an SSD) to shiny new i7 3.2GHz with 32GB of RAM and even faster SSD's and a higher res screen (1080p inplace of 720p at the same 14") quadro nvidia card with 4GB dedicated RAM (of it's own, not out of the aforementioned 32GB)

However, I'm still using my old one, the upped screen resolution is irrelevant as we all have a second 22"/24" 1080p monitor as I didn't like the new machine much (the 1080p is useless at 14" so the machines are scaled to 120% only our primary app don't scale so we can't actually access some buttons without tabbing - or change the scale to 100% and squint). And all that extra power they paid for as people in my team complained they needed it is irrelevant - any work I do is on an RDP to one server or another, my desktop launches rdp sessions and checks my mail so I'm actually bringing my Galaxy Note 10.1 in to see if I can replace my desktop with it.

I can hook up my ergonomic keyboard and mouse (well, I have to my mobile in the past so figure that'll be fine on the OTG) so it's only the second screen which I need to work at. Once I get that sorted and a compatible VPN client the ageing desktop can go in the bin and the $4k shiny new one on ebay. I'll stick for a light and thin tablet that does my job and doesn't look like a laptop from the nineties like the "mobile workstation" they gave us as new laptops.

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Rich techbro CEOs told to SLEEP ROUGH before slamming the poor

Sampler

A night, a week?

Yeah, that's going to help understand how it is to be poor, because at the end of your night in a shelter or your week on food stamps you know you're going back to the same old lifestyle.

Being poor isn't about an uncomfortable nights sleep or a week of constricted diet, it's about daily, ongoing hopelessness. No hope of being able to better your situation as you're running to stand still, no hope of things turning around, not knowing if you can make the rent his month or end up in the gutter - when your mind is weighed with all these worries you don't have the capacity to get out there and resolve it, just sink lower as things get pricier (transport, heating, food, accommodation) whilst the pay cheque stays the same n(or even shrinks with overtime cutbacks).

I've been there, it's horrifying, I was near to the point of wanting to end it all as I played sick so I could work from home as I didn't have enough money to fill the gas tank for the fifty mile drive to work, cruising the reduced food isle at the local discount supermarket so I could eat that day.

I was lucky, I was helped out of it, I wouldn't have been able to do it myself, I'd've still been there, or maybe have finally gone through with the other option.

Someone above wrote "When the rents go obscene, you should be buying/building new accomodation to get rich quick, not whine about income inequality." Sorry, but how fucking retarded are you, when someone can't afford fifty pence for a meal how the fuck are they supposed to invest in building new accommodation; when they're so tapped out taking loans to pay for travelling expenses who's going to give them a mortgage to buy property? Get your head out of your arse, I'm glad you've never had to be in such a position (evident by not understanding the problem) but don't try and lecture the choir when you know nothing.

The system needs reviewing, minimum wages need to be exactly that, not below the minimum to comfortably live - but then that's never going to happen when the 'elite' who've never had to struggle a day in their life to keep their family warm and fed can wipe away evidence of them stealing from the public purse as they feel like it and think we're too stupid to catch up with them - each of them being paid more than most for a job they then claim everything back as an expense whilst also having lucrative 'deals' with lobbyists to further sell out their country.

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

Sampler

This is what annoys me..

..about mobile payments.

Google wallet was introduced years ago but could I use it? No, because my airtime provider were developing their own (now passed up on and forgotten) so they blocked Google's move preventing customers from doing what they wanted.

Now we have the other side doing exactly the same, all profiteering placed ahead of customers being able to simplify theirs lives.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

Sampler

Sounds familiar

When I beta'd Windows 7 (or was it Vista, slept since) and all the talk of the improved taskbar (must be Vista then) I griped about the lack of multi monitor support and having to use third party applications to give me a taskbar on each screen and I was told I'm doing it wrong and muscle memory for where applications should be would speed people up...I guess, if that's how that person thinks and uses a computer, and we know everyone thinks and uses a computer the same..

Iterations later and...still using third party apps for multiple monitor taskbar support..

They don't claim 1 million [i]installs[/i], just 1 million [i]sign-ups[/i] to the program. I've signed up and downloaded and ISO but haven't found the time to tinker with it as yet, wonder how many out of the mil haven't actually installed it..

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

Sampler

http://xkcd.com/936/

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

Sampler
Coat

Is this why...

..they've recently increased the security threat level around here?

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

Sampler

Re: Birthday present sorted :-)

Pimoroni do great cases for the B+ - the Pibow's are awesome

I have the wood and a green translucent one for my Model B's and they'd be my first port of call for a B+

http://shop.pimoroni.com/

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

Sampler

Snuff?

As it's a video of someone being killed, would it count as a snuff film? There must be laws against sharing and viewing those? (these are legitimate questions, I'm not sure and not in a position to be checking - thankfully el'reg is one of the few whitelisted pages at work!)

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

Sampler

Nathan Fillion

I'd watch him in anything...anything!

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Microsoft and HTC are M8s again: New One mobe sports WinPhone

Sampler

Re: One Mate

But their previous flagship phone was called the One (and OneX prior to that).

From this and another report I read earlier today makes it sound like the hardware's identical, so if Windows Phone can be ported to any android handset maybe MS will goto Samsung afterwards.

Afterall, even though the HTC phones seem to be consistently renowned as best in market in the press it appears the Sammy's are popular with the people. Getting WinPho on that could be a big step forward for them as most folk don't care it's an Android phone, just that it's a Galaxy.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Sampler

Re: Easy

galileo!

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

Sampler

erm...

Why does it look to be 50% larger than the standard A socket it's next to in the image - thus rendering it unable to actually fit in any USB socket (orientation regardless).

Maybe it's just an odd camera angle, maybe this is baloney - given it's an iThing (TM) rumour, I'd lean towards the latter..

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FREE PARTY for TEN lucky Australian Reg readers

Sampler

SHAME

Living in Sydney and being a long time reg fan but failing completely at being able to write limericks..

..not that being socially awkward and teetotal are conducive to a party with strangers..

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

Sampler

Light on the back

So when I leave my phone face down on the night stand to stop any lighting up disturbing my partner or I they resort to making the back light up so the whole room is still illuminated.

For a company that thought the sun shone out of its leaders arse they've finally eulogised him in his product...

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

Sampler

Contrary to most in this thread I enjoy going to the cinema and probably average a couple a month over the year.

Yes it's expensive (about fifty bucks for the two of us her in Oz, plus snacks) but it's a fun trip out.

3D is annoying and should go away, especially as an additional cost, as if you don't want to watch it in 3D you get stuffed into a small screen - if I wanted to watch on a small screen I would be at home. Films like Dredd were actually worse for the 3D too (highlighted the noise in the dark scenes).

There's more people selling overpriced snacks than tickets at Event's in the CBD - Hoyts make sense by having the people sell both.

I also have a large collection of bluray/dvd's as if I love a film I will buy it (unless the distributor try and screw you over like the case of the Lego Movie - half the extra's and no minifig on the Aus release vs the US, which you can't import, naturally, due to region encoding).

However I constantly feel shafted by doing things "the right way", if I were to download these it'd be easier than visiting a shop, I wouldn't have to put up with forced, unskippable, irrelevant trailers and piracy warnings.

They denigrate the customer experience where piracy only offers a better experience.

Same with services that retail online, and as I'm in Oz I'm in no position to use streaming services, I can barely watch a low encode youtube vid.

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

Sampler

and it is the B+. not the pi 2 - not mentioned in the article but a point they made on the website.

Also apparently the guy who got his early is full of shite too and stole the images from someone else who'd kindly taken them down as to not ruin the surprise. Personally I wouldn't link to his site to drive viewer stats but that's me.

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

Sampler

"our goal was never to upset anyone"

Oh, on the contrary, you manipulated peoples feeds to show them negative posts in hope to make them negative (as that was the outline of your research) whilst doing the opposite to the other half - therefore you fully intended to upset half of your research 'volunteers'...

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

Sampler
Coat

Does Jong-Sung Yu have..

..a t-shirt that says "I piss excellence"...

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