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5328 posts • joined 28 May 2010

ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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Re: In answer to that question

I often want to contact people I'm friends with on FB (and know in real life), and don't have their email. Which means I just send an FB message to them instead. So it doesn't seem a bad idea, except all my online friends are on FB not G+.

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

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Re: Grab one before they disappear

I bought a regular HD one for £80 or something, several months ago, as an Xmas present for the wife. We're both very impressed with it, after an initial panic before realising we needed an update to add Google Play Store. For 1/3 of the price of an iPad mini, it's pretty sweet.

I wondered about rooting/wiping it with stock Android but not sure what it would gain us on a device used mostly for internet, Netflix and silly games from the Play store?

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Netflix won't run natively on linux at the moment

Oh, I hadn't realised that was the case. Getting it on SteamOS would then be a major differentiator.

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@adniam

You totally evaded his question. He wasn't talking about the cost of the OS. The entire point of the article is that Valve are pushing special SteamOS "consoles". Sure you can install the OS on your own PC but that is not what they are promoting.

And the original point stands... why bother with SteamOS on your own PC when Steam already works on regular Linux?

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Re: The purpose of Steam machines is to attract console players

Saying Steam has hundreds of games while XB has only a few is a bit silly, because there are hundreds if not thousands of companies already working on XB games. And Steam games are generally not as big or fancy. Remember that indie games are sold on both XB and PS so there will be a glut of those on top of the big-name games.

Besides if number of games is the important issue, you'd go for a PS3 or 360 which have far more titles than Steam and are still getting new games.

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Difficult to predict

If they are going up against consoles, I can't see this taking off. Console owners like the ease of use from a console.

On the other hand if they are wanting to attract Steam users - the people who will actually have heard of it - these people are generally PC gamers and PC gamers are normally PC gamers because they prefer playing games on a PC.

The niches of nerdy console gamer or PC gamer who wants to play on their TV seem pretty small to me... if they're not going to market this in a big way to compete with MS/Sony it's a bit hard to see it taking off.

Question: since it's basically a Linux PC does this mean it will support Netflix and all those things and/or some sort of app-store, so it can be used as home entertainment hub in the same way as a PS3/4?

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This attractive-looking model from Alienware...

It looks like somebody dropped it.

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

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8gb, or 16gb isn't enough nowadays, and certainly won't be enough in 2 years time

Why not? Are all my MP3s suddenly going to be in a much higher bitrate?

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Re: Optimistic +1

Rhubarb wine is supposed to be nice,

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Spock-style gadget can SMELL my PEE! Weird gizmos of CES 2014

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Glasses free 3D

I'm aware how this works, or at least one implementation, but has anyone seen it in real life?

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iOS motion control iRing here at last ... but it's NOT made by Apple

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And so cheap they could give them away or release 3D print specs, to drive adoption.

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Whether the applications are useful, I have to applaud the simplicity.

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Pesky protesters FORCE GOOGLE STAFF INTO THE SEA

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Re: Hmmm...

Like they used to get scabs into work during all the strikes in the 80s?

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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(2) Not if you turn the lights off.

Yeah, one often wants to stand in a pitch-black room looking "out of the window" at a day-time scene. That's not at all weird.

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Re: But...

Or perhaps you've forgotten that not every single person in the world lives in England, where house sizes are fairly small on average?

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Re: why?

>>You are right, projection will never take off.

Your attempt to be a smart alec falls short when you remember that they turn all the lights off in the cinema to get the best results. With a projector the darkest you can ever get is the ambient lighting from the wall. That means in a well-lit room, it might look pretty but it's not going to be realistic.

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I've not come across these type of projectors before, kind of neat.

For realistic wall/viewers (like in The Hunger Games) you surely need the wall itself to be the light-source though.

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ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris snapped by Earth's Gemini 'scope

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expected to discover an exoplanet with life by the end of the decade

We may well discover a planet with life by 2020 but we won't know about the life!

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Block The Pirate Bay? Arrr, me hearties, new P2P client could sink that plan

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Is Tor illegal or blacklisted?

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Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

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Re: Money, so they say...

Actually they don't say that. Well they do, but they are propagating a mis-quote.

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Re: The rich get richer ...

It's not like Gates is spending his time trying to get richer. It seems he literally can't give his money away faster than he accrues it!

Also - I didn't get poorer. Did you?

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Android will ship more than ONE BILLION mobes+slabs in 2014

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No it isn't. Apple users are far more willing to hand over cash... the article itself says the bulk of these tablets are cheap models and those don't always even have access to the official app store let alone support running many of the top apps.

If you want to make money, write it for iOS.

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Re: RE: Quality not quantity

Apple devices are better quality than cheap tablets by other manufacturers. They are not (for argument's sake) higher quality than top-end tablets from other manufacturers. However the bulk of android tablets sold are cheap tablets therefore apple tablets are higher quality than most android tablets.

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Re: That's a septic billion, isn't it?

Yes that's right, the official standard billion.

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

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Re: I married an eye surgeon

Well, you may have been -8 if you'd not had the surgery. Generally you can expect to go long-sighted sooner than you would've.

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I should register

OptimaxShouldPayMeOrIDishTheDirt.com

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Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING

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Dust?

Is this dust or Dust we're talking about?

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Re: *How* much?

That's rather an inelegant solution though, and presumably the people buying these models of car value elegance over plain old bang for buck functionality.

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By then motorways will offer wifi

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Seems a bit daft

Why don't you just use 3g on your phone/tablet and bluetooth to the car? Then you can also download stuff in advance and store it, etc.

Does the system at least store everything locally after the first play?

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Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

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So basically this is a Star Trek 'clipboard'?

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New name for these giant tablets needed

Megaslab is too obvious, what about laplet for a conjunction of laptop and tablet?

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Panasonic will go Firefox OS for TVs

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Re: FirefoxOS?

I hope you turn your TV off every day...

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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Re: Right... so...

If it takes you two weeks to get an appointment, the leaflet is the least of your worries.

Have you geniuses not even considered simply phoning the surgery and asking the receptionist if they can put this on file for you, or give you a form to post?

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UNREAL, dude: Nvidia uncloaks Tegra K1 graphics monster for your mobile ... and CAR

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graphics capabilities needed to customize dashboard displays

With that level of GPU power we're not talking pretty displays or fancy HUDs - those could be done on a 10-year-old GPU. We're talking the ability to render to the inside of your windscreen a real-time view of what's outside, though it seems a silly thing to do!

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

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"they are also people who are prepared to forfeit their own lives for "an adventure""

Just like Columbus, Livingstone, Fiennes, Aldrin or for that matter any early astronaut or air force test pilot.

Everyone has to forfeit their life in return for getting to live one.

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Re: Surely most of these are Trolls

200k people is about one person in a thousand if you assume about 1/3 of the world's population have internet connection and are in a sensible age bracket.

The spirit of adventure is not dead.

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Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

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Google is an advertising company - can they grow the advertising that much?

Well they have a sizeable proportion of the world's online advertising, so let's say they can't grow much there (unlikely). But what about other advertising... imagine if they jumped, instead of from advert-tech to other tech, but from advert-tech to other forms of advertising? That's a massive market right there.

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Re: A quick look

Google would seem to have far more room for growth simply because they keep trying to find new markets. A billion here or there doesn't make much difference on speculative stuff, until they find themselves the leader in automated cars in 2025 or implantable technology in 2030.

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Re: Wishful thinking or just Clickbait?

If he thinks he's right then he'd be an idiot NOT to invest in Google. To be honest if you invest widely in the tech sector, you should have at least some GOOG shares regardless, probably MSFT as well.

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Re: Pha!

The "UK billion" isn't used by anyone and hasn't been for a long time. These are standard definitions, not stupid nation-specific terms like shillings and ounces :)

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Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES

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1080p/i cable TV and streaming video tends to be compressed to hell now

Works OK for me on Netflix and Blinkbox. And a better compression for regular HD can't be a bad thing.

Plus, HD is still the domain of downloaded rather than streaming video anyway, for the enthusiast who spends $1000s on their TV and AV kit. And you can bet proper 4k players/discs will be out shortly.

"But a 27-30" 4k monitor for my desktop would be nice."

Um, you've been able to buy such a monitor for at least two years. The fact it didn't have a stupid "4K" sticker on it is irrelevant.

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Re: What will the MPEG crime cartel do?

"Let's be very clear here: software patents are evil, and people who support them are horrible."

Let's be very clear here. You live an inordinately pampered life and have no idea what you're talking about. People who sell vulnerable young women as slaves are evil. By contrast software patents, even if you disagree with them, can only be described as bad/wrong.

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Re: Pi on their face?

Support... sure why not? Having the computational grunt to make it usable... maybe not.

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Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

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This is classic political maneouvering

Which scares people from entering the water, drowning or sharks? You're dumber than the politicians you're attacking, they realise that what people are worried about is what makes the difference to tourism.

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Re: An interesting fact

So because something is rare, don't bother about it? A politician who does something about a perceived threat, in order to safeguard $(tens of millions) of tourist money, is definitely not stupid.

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Re: People are feckin' stupid

I'm not sure how you think making American roads safer is going to make people who like to swim on Australian beaches feel safer.

More people are killed by bad diet/lifestyle than cars, but I don't see you on a treadmill. Now who's stupid?

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Pinterest who? EU rules social network CAN'T trademark its own name

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Re: What law & what locality?

Surely it would be legal, or at least possible to make it legal, as well as enforceable, for EU governments to instruct ISPs run in EU nations to block or fail to resolve DNS for websites breaking EU law, regardless where those websites are hosted and their owners incorporated?

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

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XP -> 8

Golly, that's a big jump.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Coca/Pepsi Cola is just water with sugar, fizz and marketing added.

Beer is just water mixed with a few plants and left for a while. So what?

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