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5377 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Microsoft to merge Windows, Windows Phone stores in 2014

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Desktop App Stores

Have even Apple convinced their users that buying desktop applications through an App Store is the best route? I don't really like it but I don't know many Mac users to ask their opinions.

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Re: 3 different code bases was a mistake

While mobile apps are generally limited compared to what a full blown desktop application CAN do, that doesn't mean you'd never want to install a mobile app on our PC. I think it would be useful in fact because a basic tool costing a quid is sometimes all you need, not an application for £30.

Even being able to play some mobile games on your Mac/PC would be nice at times.

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'200 million' fanbois using iOS 7 just a week after release - study

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Are most people updating deliberately, or because their device asked them if they wanted to? I only ask because my iPad only told me yesterday that iOS7 was available - that was the first notification I got on the device.

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Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

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Since when can unwashed masses afford an iPhone? I am clearly in the wrong career.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Re: Watching with interest

"And consoles like that are the reason that modern games have to be deliberately dumbed down. PC game development is stagnating because of the constant need to make them run on outdated hardware."

That's totally untrue. For a start 90% of the extra power is used for prettier graphics only, which doesn't make the game less dumb.

Then, PC games have to support a range of hardware. This means it has to be as 'dumb' as the minimum spec allows. You don't get games which have better AI on faster machines, or gameplay features.

A fixed spec forces developers to work to get the most out of the hardware. This takes time... on a PC you don't get time to fine-tune to your hardware because it keeps changing. Take a release title from PS2/3 and the most recent games and compare them.

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SteamOS

I know Steam/Valve have been promoting Linux for a while now, but aren't most steam games still Windows-only? Has supporting Linux on Steam actually been enough to get developers to do the extra work or like most PC games outside Steam, do the developers spurn Linux as not being a big enough market?

A proper Linux platform will presumably make supporting Linux more attractive but you need a critical mass like WP8 appstore all over again).

Any [Linux] Steam users able to comment on the current state of affairs?

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Upgradable, run on any hardware, etc

Did they just invent the PC?

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Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

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Who exactly are all these people who want to buy a tablet and have even heard of UEFI? A few geeks who probably wouldn't buy one anyway.

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Re: LostALLFaith: Will they still be around next year?

MS is STILL profitable even with all those losses. Even if they make NO profit, that means they have paid all their staff and kept the business running and their cash-pile intact.

When you can 'waste' $5bn and still be in profit, you're not about to disappear.

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Re: The maddness continues

They've said that converging the OS is on the cards already.

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So apart from being able to actually interact with it, it was just fine? I think that's part of my argument... non-RT apps (i.e. all those Windows applications) will look crappy on 8" and be hard to use.

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I think Pro on a 8" screen is pushing too far. OK for the common W8 stuff it's fine but you can do all that on RT, and I don't think regular apps will suit a small screen. Plus trying to fit a fully fledged x86 PC in an 8" case is really sounding hard to me.

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

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Re: Oddly, airlines can work better than Easy Jet/Ryanair.

If a plane is late, is this actually EJ's fault? They don't run traffic control...

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Re: Yeah right.

Hey Andy, 5 people apparently were there and as eyewitnesses have downvoted you.

Or, the typical Reg commentard believes it is their right to be a complete prick to anyone and that being called on this in anyway is a breach of their freedom.

Doing a lot to dispel the angry social-inadequate nerd stereotype guys.

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Yeah if you were a lawyer you could have bleated about your human rights and put him in his place.

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Re: "It's called free speech"

The point is, the employee didn't know if they were legally allowed to deny him access or not. Nobody has commented on this. But being a typical arrogant lawyer he uses this as a threat. Lawyers do this all the time and since the person they're doing it to is rarely a lawyer, they can get away with anything. Nobody dares deny a lawyer.

I knew you lot were a bunch of whinging sad-cases, but seriously sticking up for a LAWYER?

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"It's called free speech"

Well then sir, here's your £8.70 back. Didn't you read the small print which says we don't legally have to carry you on our plane?

Typical, a lawyer trying to scare people to get what he wants.

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What do you expect the EJ person to be doing, pushing the plane? Perhaps out with binoculars looking where it had got to?

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Ellison ditches own cloud keynote for billionaires' America's Cup boat race

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Re: Poor form, Larry

Important to who?

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Re: this should give everyone a pretty clear idea ...

If I owned an A.C. super-boat I'd damn well be watching it rather than attending a conference too. Those things are incredible.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling

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Re: Curved, hmmmm

A tie in with Pringles on the cards?

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Revolting peasants force Wikipedia to cut'n'paste Visual Editor into the bin

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Re: Nothing wrong with the editor

Maybe go back and read what he wrote again.

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Elop's enlarged package claim was a cock-up, admits Nokia chairman

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Re: I'm getting divorced so I need 18.8 million Euros

Or, her lawyers will tear him to shreds if he voluntarily accepts less, because it affects what she'll get.

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Looking for freelancer

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If it's full-time for multiple months, you could buy an ad on JobServe or similar. You might also try advertising on jobs.joelonsoftware.

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Fan whips out own pair of iPhone 32Cs, 'unlocks' mobe using breasticle

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Re: Nipples are "like snowflakes",

Fun when you first see them, but boring once you've been staring at them for a week and you need to go outside?

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Re: Waterproofing is pretty cool though

I was thinking the same... add a feature that was a joke and get all the media coverage.

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Re: *holes

Diddums, so it's OK for you to call people names but not for people to call you on being an obnoxious jerk?

PS: I've never owned an iPhone.

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Re: *holes

If you can talk out of yours, they can probably use theirs as fingers.

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

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You know

Sometimes what is best for Google is better for users too. They may be doing it for business reasons, but I like the idea of conversations in comments, and seeing if anyone I know has commented, more than what 46000 poeple who can't spell think.

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Speaking in Tech: 'Why are you talking on your iPad Mini?'

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RSS?

I see three provider-specific links, but what is the actual RSS URL for me to plug into my preferred podcast tool (Juice)?

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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just a 15-minute walk from El Reg's bureau in the city

I hope you've sent your man down to question them about this in person?

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

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So all this "nobody is buying a 5c" talk is nonsense... even in America in in 4 people choose a C over an S?

I'm not sure about the colours, but don't they do a white C - perfect for someone who wants a cheaper iPhone? It's basically a 5 after all.

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Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi

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Re: CD/DVD drive

You're going to say it's not all-in-one because it has a MOUSE? What kind of retard ARE you?

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Re: all-in-one iMac

I bet it doesn't include a modem either.

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Re: Next gen WiFi???

Andy Prough... that could be anyone.

John Downs, age 24 3/4, 56 Poplar Drive, Guildford. (left off postcode to protect my privacy)

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Re: Can we PLEASE get to grips with this "Apple are expensive" line?

I think they are still very expensive on pure spec. £1750 for a PC with 8Gb of RAM and an i5 seems a lot... this is not a top spec for a desktop PC.

I actually believe design is worth something, and that screen is very pretty too, but I don't think arguing "it's a reasonable price for the spec" is tenable.

Just for laughs I spent 30s on Dell and got a 12Gb i7 & system for £1050.

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Re: Did you really need to explain what an iMac is on a tech site?

Actually, I just did go to the Apple store.

http://store.apple.com/uk/mac/family/imac

Since there was no i7 model listed I assumed El Reg were correct. Hiding it as a final customisation offer wasn't something I spotted until I double checked.,

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Did you really need to explain what an iMac is on a tech site?

I do some iOS development on my 2008 MacBook which is starting to show its age. I have to remind myself more and more frequently that a Mac Mini would be a more than adequate replacement, rather than splashing out on a 27" iMac.

Shame there's no i7 version though. If you're going to splash out, you might as well do it properly!

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Robocars, backseat fun, satnav 2.0: Meet the bit of Nokia Microsoft didn't buy

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"We will still surprise people with leading-edge hardware."

As in, it'll be a surprise if they produce anything leading-edge?

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Facebook Frankenphoto morgue will store cold, dead selfies FOREVER

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Your old photos aren't going to be much use to advertisers. One assumes if the advertisers needed these photos they couldn't be stored in this way!

Very interesting tech, but moving to such vibration-sensitive drives seems like a step back. The benefits must be significant to outweigh such delicate hardware...

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Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

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Re: Campaign for real English words...

I'm sorry but in a complaint about new words being devised, you use 'buzzword' without irony?

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: They still don't get it.

Pro isn't aimed at the masses but as a "business tablet".

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Actually looks quite nice

...I just can't see any reason to buy one (RT that is). Perhaps styling and design is an area they hope to score points on. In my personal view, iPad is still a mile ahead of even top Android tablets in terms of "how pretty the box is" and sells a lot of units on that basis.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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He's not even looked at the multiplayer yet.

It's too early.

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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

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Still seems more secure than a PIN to me.

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Re: This is the most assine article ever....

How has it been proved wrong? Creating a 2400dpi latex fingerprint copy is not exactly an easy process.

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Re: Funny really ...

So you think a burglar is going to follow someone around, waiting for them to discard an empty soft drink can, before fishing it out of the bin and then nicking their phone?

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Re: How easy is it REALLY to get your fingerprint from a phone?

The only means... no. By far the biggest.... yes. Someone nicks your phone and wants to be able to unlock it.

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How easy is it REALLY to get your fingerprint from a phone?

The idea that a modern phone is a perfect fingerprint retrieval surface seems to make sense, but is it really? Maybe when your phone is new and clean, but what about after you've been touching it dozens of times a day? Won't the prints all be overlapping and smudged?

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WHY do phone cams turn me into a clumsy twat with dexterity of an elephant?

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what appears to be a giant inflatable cock

Considering the band, I think it probably is supposed to be a cock disguised as a bird

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