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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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weather

GPS location is okay but it's very poor at telling you your altitude.Barometric pressure handy here.

Humidty? Weather?

Temperature.. weather?

Aside from the fact that some sports fans like having those sort of sensors for instrumenting thier runs/rides

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We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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Android fail

I don't wish to denigrate the excellent hard work that people have put in to make a titchy box of electronics with software and bring it to market - it's not an easy task; But this product is a technical achievement with hardly any potential customers, bit like the Wii-U.

It's bad enough taking conventional controller-centric games and putting them on a touch device.

Then you come up with the genius idea of taking those (poor) games and putting them on a platform based round a controller.

"Who's going to buy it?" Should have been the first question.

"No, really, WHO is going to buy it?" Should have been the second.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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You're entitled to compensation

All this snooping would be a lot cheaper if they didn't have to slurp the

"Your entitled to compensation for that accident" and "You're legally entitled to not pay back your debts" spam I keep getting. I'd like to see the slide that shows how much of that rubbish gets sent every day..

Anyone that hoped their data was private has quite clearly never worked with technology, or even been paying attention over the last decade or two. Or three. Or four.

It never will be private, never. It's just data.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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Kids DON'T WANT privacy

I don't know if he's seen Facebook or used snapchat recently, but keeping things private seems the last thing the youth of today want.

But as for mass survelliance, a quick check of the crime clear up rate would suggest that criminality is still, on balance of probability, something you can get away with. That would tell me that for all the "woo, scary" big brother bullsh*t, it mainly doesn't work. So good luck to the NSA etc monotoring every communication, they will never crack every case and have a working pre-crime unit.

For the tin-foil hat brigade, someone once said to me "if you want to keep something a secret, don't tell anyone", Good rule of thumb, that.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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PCW programs

Those listings... OMG typing pages of code into a TRS-80 and trying to work out why they didn't work. My first intro to debugging someone else's code, aka "software maintenance", a bread and butter software job..

I think we're missing the point that most SW dev work is going abroad and won't come back, as it costs too much here, apparently. Maybe in ten years time offshore costs will have peaked and it will suddenly become economic to do back here... which I guess is why the sudden push for training the kids now.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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Good work fella

As most coding jobs have (and continue) to go abroad (India, Czech Republic, Poland.. next stop Ukraine), he's got a point.. why try to force the reluctant to try yet another skill they'll find dull, resent and ultimately despise, both the subject and the exponents of it? There's precious little work in the UK for any decent money, as most of it has been offshored.

We'd be better off teaching bricklaying as (in case you hadn't noticed) the standard of work provided by builders is expensive and shocking. Just add a bit of gravel and concrete into the sandpit and tell the kids they've only got a few hours to play with the lego while it's still "workable".

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Oooya

This Ouya#2 console concept just doesn't stack up. Buy new bits for it? Okay, so I basically buy a new console every six months? Er.. great?

What about game pads? I guess I just buy an Xbox or PS controller? Er.. great?

Oh, I use a mouse and keyboard, on my sofa? Er..great?

Oh it will run

<loading>

HL3

<loading>

There's a story that needs

<loading>

Great?

Valve are like the Rolling Stones. Their old stuff was amazing, still is fun, don't need to really do anything else, cash constantly flowing out the Steam taps.. but the likely hood of anything new and interesting turning up soon is highly unlikely.

When Steam stops making money, maybe they'll wake up.

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Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

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FAIL

Re: Dual boot phone?

I guess you have no idea of the real effort in porting an OS to a hardware platform, nor the effort in testing that it works, flawlessly, with all apps.

"free" OS. Yes, "free" as in right up to the point of writing the GFX driver for your video, supoort for your choice of bluetooth and WiFi, LCD backlight, panel, the touch controller (ad infinitum).

"Free" software ho ho ho

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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Roll on the cheap TRUE 4K PJ

Sod you lot trying to download 4K movies, I want to play true 4K games on my XBONE/PS4/PC.

And as for still versus moving, the bit you tend to concentrate on in an image is the non-moving bit, which does benefit from higher res.

Yep, 4K for me please. Hurry up.

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Virgin Media signs 3-year telly deal with BT Sport

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Unexpected item in channel area

smug Virgin XL customer writes :-

Excellent news - extra sport for free! Well done Virgin & BT

Totally unexpected news that.

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Facepalm

Re: Content is King.

Have you tried using Lovefilm on a PS3 without creating a "PS Online" account? No, didn't think you had.

(BTW you can't.)

I really can't understand the fanboi nature of this - they are both pretty much the same. I'll get both cos I want to be able to play the best games on whatever platform has them.

I love the Halo franchise and my 360s (Had two, including a launch machine that STILL WORKS, crazy huh?) but for me the best game so far is The Last Of Us - the only game I've played to the end on my PS3, as it's main duty is being a Blue Ray player.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Devil

Re: Big. Deal.

Don't get in a tizzy. just don't buy one. It's not mandatory.

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Re: Big. Deal.

exactly. oh so so so many hours playing DF. Best StarWars game by a mile. {sigh}

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Devil

Re: Big. Deal.

Yeah, so how often DO you unplug your 360 from the net? Aside from when your ISP inadvertently does it for you? :)

The "you"s in the next bit arn't directed to you, dear commentard, but to the reader in general.

If you thought your browsing or phoning was private, then you have never worked in IT or engineering. Idle techs will happily read your emails for kicks, check your internet history or listen in to your calls. People get bored, and, truth be told, it's a giggle.

As I've said elsewhere on the net, you are more likely to get shot in the US than have any of the agencies take an active interest in what you, joe public is really up to. Unless of course your mate you phone every few weeks is a coke dealer or an unknown-to-you armchair jihadi, in which case you'll pop up in their network analysis.

This sort of SIGINT has been around for bloody years in the UK along with ANPR cameras.

IN reality there is so much data, most of it is ignored. UK goes bonkers and elects the EDL on a landslide, I'm not worried. Its still quite easy to be an unnoticed child/soldier murderer with dodgy browsing habits, so most of the overly paranoid non-gamers on this thread can continue spitting their dummies out with no discernable impact on Xbox One sales.

I fully expect the "must phone home" time to slip to 3 or 5 days or even longer once launch comes round.

As a parting gambit, I guess most of you downvoters turn your phones off and take the sim & battery out once you've made you call or checked for SMS's.

I think the PS4 might win the console "war" by virtue of being faster and bundling a library of games for a yearly subscription, a kinda netflix-for-games @ £50pa or somesuch; sorta xboxbox live with a point.. It will have zero to do with this farago.

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Go

Big. Deal.

My XBOX is connected to the net 24/7.

I'm taking a wild stab in the dark that 90% of existing 360's are connected 24/7

The only thing that perturbs me is VirginMedia's inability to provide 24/7 internet, so I guess a switch to BT is inevitable come this autumn.

Otherwise I am just not bothered in the slightest. My PC Steam account sure likes to check into the net regularly too.

Of course, if you are

a) Paranoid

b) Like stealing your games

This DRM 'centric move is probably gonna annoy you. Stick to your free add-sponsored mobile games or fire up your old 486 for a game of Dark Forces or Tie Fighter.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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I'm the F***ing Doctor

Peter Capaldi

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

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BBM is the only thing ..

The kids used to use BB's for BBM. The latest trend is to ditch BB's and get iPhones. It's aspirational, check what handset your local 15 yr olds scaring you by hanging round your street corner have got.. It's not a BB anymore.

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

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FAIL

Am I missing something in these comments?

Company fleeces 2.5 billion from UK businesses and pays 3.5 million tax? And that seems fair and equitable? or is this comment section just inhabited by self-interested contractors and French ministers?

Sure seems to be the I-would-if-I-could brigade.

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Nature pulls ‘North Korean radioactivity’ story

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FAIL

I'd annoy NK a bit more

I'd insult the NK's a bit more, get them to use up ALL their stockpile of weapons grade fissile material in ever bigger underground tests. That would leave them with nothing to threaten anyone with.

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iOS 6.x hack allows personal data export, free calls

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Stop

its not exactly very usable

Thats quite an involved hack that requires you to hold the sleep button the whole time the device is cracked. Its not like the device is unlocked or 'day-to-day usable. I'd not get the SW team working the weekend on it if I was Tim Cook.

If ppl want to sweat about security, the majority of front door locks in the EU are easily bypassed by crims, but I don't see Yale coming rounf my house with an urgent patch for snappable barrel locks.

I'm just curious how the jailbreak kids found the 'unlock sequence' (if you can call it that).

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Japan promised Ultra HD TV broadcasts two years early

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Pint

if you cant tell the difference between SD and HD...

You need either a guide dog or a decent telly. Ok, maybe you just watch Mrs Browns Boys.

As a lover of sport, movies and gaming, I will form an orderly queue for a 4K telly / PJ as soon as they retail for less than 25% of a decent salary.

Sure is likely to spur a bump in display sales that 3d was never, ever going to achieve.

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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Tried Netflix...cancelled netflix

Netflix - has some odd "cult" movies, rest of it was a real "meh". XBOX app was an awful way to try and find content I wanted to watch.

I guess I kinda like discs and browsing in video stores - the sound and image quality from full-fat BluRay is wonderful. Until they come up with a great way to find content and can provide it in high bit rate..

Content it key though. BlinkBox has got HBO stuff, which makes up for me not having Sky Atlantic. Good for them.

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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

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Headmaster

Re: Wow, just wow!

"Better still, the Segway is actually a natural replacement for the wheelchair. There is already at least one (German) engineer who has designed a Segway-based wheelchair which offers..."

The Segway is actually derived from his original design which was a wheelchair that could go up stairs; it's where Kamen designed his original stability concept. It had three wheels each side.

/pedant mode

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Samsung, LG 'lose confidence' in OLED TV tech

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Re: The real competition isn't TVs

£2500 for a 4k projector? Really? Those JVC PJ's arent really 4k...

I'd happily have one for that, if they could start bunging out 4k versions of movies on demand or blue ray. I'm assuming the next xbox or PS4 can do 4K, and as I spend most of my TV time playing games or watching movies, I'm all in. OLED? Meh. Projectors FTW

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How IT bosses turned the tables on our cushy consultancy gigs

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Great article

Yep, it was 2001 when it all changed.

IR35 and India coming online about the same time. Quality and speed of delivery went down the pan but industry didn't care - they'd all done the projections and seen the size of code and man-years of effort that future projects would need and swiftly realised that the current way of working would never deliver it.

Well, nice while it lasted.

I was lucky enough to leverage all the diverse experience I'd gained in 15 years of working to re-position myself to be useful today - I guess everyone on here has done the same; evolve or die trying :)

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STILL TRUE: Facebook and co to handle taxpayers' ID

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FAIL

I just dont get it..

I've got a unique ID already... my national insurance number. Isn't that managed by the govt? Don't we employ a doughnut full of security experts that could implement some uncrackable authentication mechanism?

I'm assuming we'd have to pay someone to knock this up, why not pay our own civil servants to do it?

Or is it going to be a legal requirement to have a valid, genuine, your-name-here facebook account?

b-o-n-k-e-r-s

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Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual

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Linux

The only truth..

is that hydrocarbon resources are scarce enough to continually increase in cost to a point where most people cannot readily afford them. This should limit CO2 commissions nicely, regardless of the eco politik.

The main beneficiaries of high fuel prices seem to be footballers; the most successful clubs being the ones owned by the hydrocarbon barons.

Icon a penguin, cos they will notice little difference to their daily life for the next millennia...

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Developers get to touch Microsoft's SmartGlass

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Holmes

.err..

..why do I want to interact with my console using a touch screen in my hands? I have a mahossiff HD screen for the game or movies, played mainly in a dark cinema room, why do I want to be fiddling about with a titchy hand-held screen?

Maybe Microsoft has it right - release an app for people who feel the need to have that connectivity. I've got the "bluPlay" app for BluRay playback on my PS3 and I never use it. Glad it was free :)

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Home Office spunks another £12.8m on face recog tech

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FAIL

Border control

I arrived at Gatwick a few weeks back, I was put in the "automated facial recognition" kit queue, my g/f went to the human recognition unit.

She was through in seconds, I had to wait five minutes to get to a station where it took a good minute to check my passport and another 4 minutes to scan my shiny, suntanned old face and work out if I was the same pasty-faced youngster from 6 years ago that's in my passport.

If the tech is slower than a human, it's rubbish tech. If it's slower AND MORE EXPENSIVE, I am one very p*ssed off taxpayer.

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Australia should head-hunt Michael Gove

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Childcatcher

A generation of linux driver writers

Yeah, that's what we need. A Generation of linux driver writers. I'd suggest a better approach would be coaching them in writing Android or iOS apps; at least they'd probably be able to monitise their endeavors a bit quicker than writing a mouse driver.

Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of a R Pi, and I too caught the coding bug from TRS80s and BBC B's.

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OnLive

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FAIL

Technically great

but practically? What market is it aiming at? SMART TV owners with no PS3 or XBOX or Wii? I just can't see it succeeding, unless Cable or Satellite networks build it in to the STB's and productise it. Does it do voice comms? It just looks like a solution for a non-existent problem right now.
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Software bug fingered as cause of Aussie A330 plunge

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boeing?

Why did 737's keep piling into the ground? Dodgy tail control hydraulics? Wind shear? or poor design?

I'll still to non air-france Airbus flights thanks.

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UK.gov threatens to 'pull plug' on smart meter rollout

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WTF?

£12bn??

I bought a smart leccy monitor, hoping it would help me shave ££ off my bill.

Then I found out that I use b**ger all anyway.

Switching off a TV that was in standby? Sod all difference.

Switching of a STB or PVR in standby? Sod all difference.

Unplugging a unused phone charger? Sod all difference. £ per year? What, 2 quid?

Heating via Electricity is where the cost is. I don't need a smart meter to tell me that and the country could sorely do with £1B a year spent on more useful efforts, such as social housing.

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Virgin Media touts high-speed signups and TiVO

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Unhappy

TiVo is great but...

It's great BUT

* for gawds sake rework the remote - it's bog-awful

* Update the UI...

Why does series link require 4 clicks and take me to a blank-out-video screen telling me to click OK to continue? fkin stupid.

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Intel turns its back on the small screen

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FAIL

If it had bought NXP....

The TV chip manufacturers had been making TV devices with networking since *at*least* 2000, but the rapid fall of TV prices from glorious pieces of kit to cheap commodity items just ate into margins.

Maybe if Intel had bought NXP (ex Philips Semis) they could have bought IP,market share and got somewhere, but the price was way too high.

Shame.

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Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

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WTF?

"If your car refused to start because you had installed a new radio from a third party dealer, how would you feel?"

That the radio was poorly designed.. assuming that my car wasn't an unreliable POS.

I've had flakey Fords, (1980's Escort, anyone?), Vauxhalls that broke with no warning, Peaugots that would stop mid-driving, Renaults that fell apart.

Now I have an Audi, it only visits Audi dealers and it's a wonderful fault-free experience. I have an iPhone too. Same story.

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TomTom fights falling satnav sales with iPad app

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phone maps??

Free mapping via smartphones are great if you've got perfect reception to download the maps on the move, and aren't roaming to a different country where you have to pay a million pounds for a K of data.

I must be the only person with no problems with the TT's I've used, whereas I find the UI and performance of the Garmin units to be pretty poor IMHO.

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Europe's PC mountain barely dented in price slash bloodbath

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in other news.. the Titanic sank

If I need a PC, I've got my works laptop, a sweet I-5 number.

If I had the cash for a gadget, it would be an iPad.

I've got an XBOX and a PS3 so that's gaming sorted.

My iPhone gives me mobile data....

So, what do I need a home PC for? I need petrol and food instead.

No wonder those online PC bits and pieces vendors are getting nervous and sending me discount codes; they haven't heard from me for a good long while

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Best Buy slams brakes on UK stores amid spending freeze

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I really like the local BestBuy!

The one near me in Southampton is a really decent store! Prices are on a par with Amazon and the delivery is instant. Not only that, but if I have a problem, I can take it back easily.

The staff are super helpful, knowledgeable and not pushy. Sure, they don't get many iPads in but I have my local apple store for that.

"Computer fair"? {Shudder} Jeez, the thought of rubbing shoulders with *that* sort of consumer, or that kinda retailer.

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Boy George promises to cut employment rights

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Unhappy

Boy Goeorge is asking...

The (ex?)) Chairman of Tesco how to reform employment law. Should get good, well balanced input from him, I'm sure.

No risk of Clegg finding any balls either, that twat is full on for NHS reform despite his posturing,

WABOC.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Launch Games

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A lot of fun...

The tech works, the games are fun, job done I say.

Kinect Adventures was more engaging than I was expecting though, like all motion/getsure party games, I'm not going to invest Fallout3 levels of game-time in it.

Dance Central though... brilliant.

Kinect is here and it works well. Not all games will be worth buying, but that's the case whatever control method is used, but Dance Central... awesome.

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MS to Kinect up UK in November

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Gates Halo

Are you sitting comfortably?

Bring on the fanbois.

Sitting/standing... I thought all this gesture stuff was about standing and waving about anyhow? playing tennis sitting down? Playing bowling sitting down? Why is sitting down and gesturing apparently the killer app all of a sudden?

Kinect will win where the others fail - in analysing your movement without having to hold on to a remote control. Dance Central will shift a shed load of units, no question; other games will follow.

It's too late to the party to usurp the Wii's dominance, but I really can't see the Playstation Move control being anymore than a me-too copy of the Wii.

Kinect is genuinely doing something different to the Wii & Move.

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Microsoft prices up cheapo Xbox 360, Kinect bundle

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Gates Halo

Kinect Adevnture?

Can't we choose Dance Central as the bundled game intead? Or Kin'animals?

But £130 for Kinect + game doesn't put me off in the slightest.

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Loons speak brains on gov Treasury crowdsource site

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FAIL

Better than B3TA

Thanks so much for that website - it's a complete laugh!

But is is set up by the government? Seriously? If so, this country is in serious trouble; we are being run by retards.

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Government plans 'NHS information revolution'

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FAIL

Based on a falicy

Based on two fallicies

1) That public feedback is useful

2) The idea that choosing a hospital is like deciding which hotel to stay in

For option 1) , see the memorial site for Psycho killer Roaul Moat, with 2K plus fans. Do you want people like this helping you decide which hospital to go to?

As for option 2), do you get to check an NHS app on your iPhone whiel you dial 999? "Yes, I'd like to go to Bolton Royal Infirmary" as you bleed all over the pavement in Plymouth?

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Five quits Project Cartel

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Freeview Inside

Panasonic, Philips et al buy their chipset solutions in; so long as the silicon vendor can supply a software stack to decode it, they don't care.

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3D TV: Avatar or Ishtar?

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FAIL

3D a non feature

I'm not gonna rush down to buy a 3d set, nor am I going to pay a premium for a 3d set when my current panel comes to end-of-life, nor will I pay for "glasses" etc. So that's a FAIL.

Holograms..remember them? They were cool back in 1983. how many have you got on your wall?

3D is not good enough, content is not good enough, content will not be significant enough to justfiy it.

I could almost see hardcore gaming being worthy of it, but the future of gaming is non-hardcore... think Wiii, think Kinect, think 3/4+ people playing gesture games, can you really see that many people wearing expensive glasses to watch the main telly in a home? Only if you're a marketing dreamer working for Sony.

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Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip

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Unhappy

industrial design

Make the strip break in the middle of the top and bottom and no one would hold it wrong...

As for cases, FFS, I pay for a beautifully designed phone, not to ruin it's look by putting it in a thick silicone condom making me out to be Mr Clumsy..

..do you do the same with your car incase it gets scratched in the car park??

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Broadband boss: 'The end of freeloading is nigh'

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Stop

Did I miss something?

Is this a pitch for why people need satellite broadband??

This article just don't make sense... unless I'm mistaken all ISP's have a top limit for downloading, 20gb for instance with my account from Zen.

Easy to max out if you're downloading movie ISOs or show torrents, or nowadays by "renting" movies from XBOX Live or PSN. It's cheaper to get that content from Sky using their flakey HD box.

Everyone knows that IPTV can't arrive before the whole infrastructure is upgraded; Don't they?

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Tories may scrap IR35 tax rules for contractors

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Unhappy

I went permie in 2000

..like the posters above, but the reality about contracting is that India came on stream at the same time. Fat, lazy, self-important, tax avoiding job hoppers found the contract market disappear, with companies blaming "IR35" but in reality outsource agents were the ones that came knocking. Why put "an expert" on the job for 70K when you could have three people offshore?

Don't get me wrong, I loved contracting for the 8 years I did it, but permies have got a chip on their shoulder about them, managers typically dislike them and you're just expensive compared to India, Russia, Turkey or any of the outsource hotspots.

IR35 won't go, and even if it did, the good times ain't coming back.. ever.

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