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1269 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

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Re: Microsoft silently tried to shove OneDrive on my PC

Surely only a matter of time before OneDrive becomes the new IE, and the EU slap them down for anti-competitive behaviour?

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Mozilla dev dangles Chromecast clone dongle

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Re: Strange description of Chromecast

Browsing Netflix's catalogue on a tablet, before flinging it to the TV must be better than navigating the catalogue on the TV, using the telly remote.

I imagine that the Chromecast has a good chance of having more services ported to it, too, unlike your "smart" TV, which is probably not going to get anything useful that it doesn't already have (no 4oD, itvPlayer, or demand5 on my Panasonic, for example, all of which exist as Android apps, and so will more than likely get the necessary development to run on the Chromecast).

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Barack Obama was ALMOST EATEN by a ROBOT GIRAFFE

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Which "British accent"?

I do hope that it spoke with RP.

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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Re: proceeded to review their samples based on their normal laptop usage

If a laptop were being advertised as a "desktop replacement", I think reviewers would be perfectly justified in comparing it to an equivalent desktop - if it had a smaller screen and a lack of ports, these would be legitimate criticisms.

If MS are touting this Surface as a "laptop replacement", surely it's reasonable to see how it performs it that role?

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Re: This whole thing is idiotic

If you got busted as a teenager for nicking booze, is it too much to ask that a) you've grown up since then and don't do that anymore, and b) we all be grown up enough to recognise that teenagers get up to all sorts of stupid shit and that we shouldn't let it define them?

If something really happended, and there was a record of that event, why would it need to be deleted? If it's slander/libel, then there are already laws to handle that.

I think I approve of the way Google is handling this one.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Looks like an accident waiting to happen.

They should plug it up with something.

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YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

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Re: Oh well...

Go back to sleep, Grandad.

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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

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Re: Currently BB10 can run Android binaries impressively...

They really should make more of this fact. Not having the Audible app available put my other half off of getting a Blackberry, a few months back, which was a shame, as it seemed like an otherwise ideal (and well priced) handset.

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Researchers warn of preloaded spyware in Android handsets

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Re: "...€165..."

A phone for when you're out and about, and a handy pocket computer for when you're at home (or in any other suitable wifi spot). Not everyone wants to suck down data when they're out and about, and not everyone wants to fire up a laptop just to check facebook at home.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Re: Unmitigated Bullshit

At least with Duke Nukem, Doom, et al., you played the shareware episode, decided whether or not you liked it, then paid for the rest of the game.

If it'd been a case of getting the first episode for free, having the option to free up space on the screen (remove ads), then needing to pay seperately for each new gun you picked up, having to pay to unlock the subsequent levels, and having to pony up some cash every time you died (or wait 24hrs for your health to regen), I doubt it'd have been half so popular.

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There's precious few mobile games that I've actually spent money on.

Think I've chucked about £1.40 at the makers of Cut The Rope, £0.70 for Sprinkle Jr., but that's about it. In-app purchases just strike me as a rip off - if the game is good, I would buy it, but the App-Stores seem to function on quantity over quality, so I just assume that everything will be shit* and play the free versions, chucking them once I reach the point where I need to pay to progress.

*Experience shows this to generally be the case, most mobile games are either outright dire, or get very dull, very quickly. Plenty of money being made, though, so someone must be hurling their cash at this crap.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Solar powered lantern?

Who needs a lantern when it's sunny?

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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Re: @ Trevor_Pott (was: @jake)

This thread is excellent - first time I've ever seen anyone step in to defend the tast of Budweiser!

What's next - a detailed critique of the unique nuances and subtle aromas of Mad Dog 20/20?

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Re: This has GOT to be ...

Does this mean that jake hasn't already built one of his own? First time for everything, I suppose.

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Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

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I don't think it takes a genius to work out why I don't have a smartphone on my bike's handlebars.

I assume the Samsung devs live somewhere with perpetually clement weather, smoother-than-silk roads, and no traffic?

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: Oooh, Crumbs!

I'm slightly too young to remember Chorlton & The Wheelies, but my dad got it on DVD for my kids. Not sure I could get all that nostalgic over what appears to be a recording of someone's nightmares.

Brr.

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There's plenty of content on CBBC that manages to bridge the parent/child gap.

"Horrible Histories", Help, I've Got No Head!", "Strange Hill High" and "Shaun The Sheep" all come to mind (less so on CBeebies*). Reimagining (blech!) a series from the parents' era won't do this, it'll have the opposite effect.

Bet it'll be CGI, too.

*the updated, post-privatisation "Postman Pat" is a prime example of how jarringly wrong a reimagining can be. I would like to see the return of "Bertha", though, preferably crossed with Stephen King's "The Mangler".

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

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Re: @Nuke

Very well put - that Grantham Grocer article is excellent. Depressing, but excellent.

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Unicode ideogram list-site Emojipedia goes titsup. Wow. Did you just give us the finger?

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Jaundice is a terrible condition,

and we should not make fun of those suffering from it.

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Hacker claims PayPal loophole generates FREE MONEY

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Has anyone lost a tenner?

Really? What colour was it?

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If I find £10 in the street, and keep it,

that's free money to me. Granted, someone else is down by £10, but it's not me.

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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£54 for a 120GB Evo, on Amazon, at the moment.

Eagerly awaiting the delivery of mine. Samsung, Crucial, Kingston, and Sandisk are much of a muchness, pricewise, right now.

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Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?

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WTF?

Now that we all have large, HD TVs,

and the consoles can now push out hi-res images, why isn't split-screen multiplayer The Next Big Thing?

4-player Goldeneye was great, and that was blocky, fuzzy visuals, on a none-to-big CRT. Mario Kart Wii is great in multiplayer (and the visuals are downright unpleasant on an HD-ready TV). Compromise the casual-gamer, family-friendly image, and Nintendo could have a nice USP over Sony/Microsoft.

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Flying cars, submarine cars – Elon Musk says NOTHING is beyond him

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Re: Amphibious cars aready done

He should have a word with Renault, have them revive the Racoon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_Racoon

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Howard, surely?

Unless he's going to skip on from flying cars and get busy building a wearable robot.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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Re: But the earth is only 6 thousand years old

A wizard did it.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: "Add an extra mesh option with the same animation rigs, and job done"

You left out the months of research and physics modelling that is necessary to ensure that their oversized breasts bounce in the appropriate fashion.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: And who will not be happy

If people checked their facts before yelling "fascism", Godwin would be wrong, and we'd never know that an arguement had run its course.

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Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors

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FIFA is corrupt,

and Brazil has squandered $millions on the world cup. No arguement there.

What will knocking out the Coca-Cola website acheive?

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Spanish village of 'Kill the Jews' votes for rebrand

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Re: "the village's coat of arms bears the Star of David"

Looks like a Stylophone, to me.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Thanks for the $20k,

enjoy your copy of Book 1.

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Samsung's 'OS of Everything' Tizen still has little to offer

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Re: Unfamiliar UI

So, awful, then.

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Re: "It is easier and cheaper to connect different OSs and devices"

Cheaper, yet, but rarely is it easier. Apple, Samsung, et.al. don't seem keen on open protocols, as they'd much rather you bought all your kit from one manufacturer.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

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Re: Mouse and Keyboard

Mouse certaily offers faster, more accurate aiming, but scrunching one's left hand into a claw for the keyboard element is murder, if held for any significant amount of time.

Aim assist and a decent gamepad, please (along with resigning oneself to getting repeatedly owned in multiplayer).

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Doubletalk: Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone

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But, geeks are cool now, right?

I assume that's what they're going for, anyway - besides, no one else is going to care that it can boot an operating system that they've not heard of.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: "if you have Android 4.0"

You can't quote sources on the internet, Alan - you're supposed to make wild, unsubstantiated claims!

I'm happy to stand corrected.

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Re: "if you have Android 4.0"

But isn't Gingerbread still the most prevalent flavout of Android?

I don't care much for the tone of Tim Cook's presentation, but he is right about many Android phones being trapped on a dated OS. I upgraded mine from Gingerbread to ICS, but I doubt I'd have bothered if I weren't the tinkering type.

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ICO raps UK Student Loans Co for leaking MEDICAL files and more

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Re: Fines are no use

Fines aren't a terrible idea - they could pay them to the students whose data they mislaid.

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

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That £12.90 deal from Three sounds ideal.

Shame I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole.

Not that any of the others are much better, but at least Orange didn't insult me when I called up to cancel/renew.

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

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I can see the attraction.

Maybe it can carve out a niche as the smart equivalent to Doro phones? Got my Dad the budget WinPhone at x-mas (520? something like that), which he likes, but does find a tad fiddly to use.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: Front facing camera

For a phone priced such that it's likely that parents would buy one for their child, I'd say that Motorola are performing a valuable public service, if the absence of the front camera helps to stem the tide of duck-face selfies.

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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Re: Meh

Did I read the review wrong, or is not the battery life improved over the previous iteration, whilst the tablet has become thinner?

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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re: "space"

Very much this. We had an Eye Toy on the PS2, which worked out little more than a brief novelty, as standing up and flailing your arms to play video games is not really very much fun (and it didn't work too well). The Wii controller works (reasonably) well, but experience has shown that sitting down and not having to point the controller at the screen is the preferred mode of play - anything that involves multiple players standing up to play together will inevitable get switched off after a couple of rounds (during which at least one person will have taken an elbow to the face).

I'm sure Kinect is technically very accomplished, but I don't think it's what people want in their living rooms (or bedrooms).

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Re: Macho

If it's good enough for Steven Seagal...

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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Re: @Ledswinger

Thanks for that - I needed a good laugh.

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Drug-dealing game Weed Firm tops Apple's App Store charts

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WTF?

Sounds fantastic:

an endless "fetch quest", with a little Farmville mixed in.

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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Re: most annoying thing

It wasn't Jar Jar, and it wasn't Anakin - it was the dull story, piss-poor scripting, shoddy direction, and rotten pacing that annoyed me. Or am I just annoyed at myself, for throwing good money after bad by also going to the cinema for Episodes II and III?

Compared to that lot, whatever they churn out for VII will be heavenly.

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GCHQ grants security clearance to Samsung's Knox mobe security

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I'm glad to see that Samsung have applied Knox to their Galaxy S range.

I'd hate to think of Civil Servants being issued with anything other than flagship devices by their employer.

Trebles all round?

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: "Cloud computing is shite."

I find your counter arguement to be compelling, Neil.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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Re: Eh?

Pretty much, yes.

I used Opera, but have Firefox installed as my son likes the logo. Opera will probably be gone, soon, as, far too frequently, I find that some pages won't load properly. Having to switch browsers to get a page to load is maddening, and Firefox tends to be on the list of browsers that authors test their pages against.

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