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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

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Is he keeping his Oracle shares?

Is Ellison dead?

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AMD details new low-bucks, high-oomph graphics cards

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Out of the (render) loop

What's the current state of play with AMD Vs nVidia for consumer GPUs? Are they pretty level again or is nVidia still the Intel of the market and AMD is... the AMD of the market?

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Apple's new iPhones dope-slap Samsung in US

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Shall we all bookmark this thread

So when the Android fanbois start bleating about the new Samsung/Google phone outselling iPhone5S in a few months, we can remind them that outselling an old phone isn't a big deal?

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Re: 5S and 5C impressive for different reasons

Do you have to focus on using the fingerprint scanner, or do you find if you pick it up "the right way" (!) it automatically detects your finger and unlocks without you having to think about it?

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

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Re: "the company should include one of its external SuperDrives for free"

Yeah, it's certainly possible to run Windows on a Mac. I run mainly in Windows so would go the bootcamp route if it ever came about. My Desktop PC and MacBook are both getting quite old...

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"the company should include one of its external SuperDrives for free"

I can see where you're coming from but think this is a stupid idea. It wouldn't really be "free", it would merely mean the 90% of people who don't want an optical drive are subsidising the minority who do.

Personally, I would absolutely love a 27" iMac, but they're just so damn pricey. I was seriously considering it as I do iOS development, but then I looked at the Mac Mini spec/pricing... the only way an iMac could be justified for me is if it replaced my existing Mac AND Windows PC.

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Poor miserable Ballmer's pay SLASHED to a measly $1.26m

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Re: Ballmer’s bonus was just 79 per cent of his eligible total

I don't care a fig if they want to pay him $millions, but it seems silly that if Surface and W8 and WP8 had all done great, he'd NOT be able to be paid much extra.

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Ballmer’s bonus was just 79 per cent of his eligible total

So he stunk up Windows 8 AND Surface and still gets 79% of his maximum possible bonus? What exactly did he achieve to get this 79%? OK, WindowsPhone is showing some promising signs of growth but nothing stellar.

Seems like he should be getting 21% of his bonus, not losing 21% of his bonus.

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Wacky racers – The Reg's guide to 2013's Solar Challengers

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Wonderful

I love how some of the cars are incredibly slick and beautiful, while others look like a solar roof panel bolted onto 4 trolley wheels. A couple have a whiff of the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust about them for sure.

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

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So it's just a gaming PC in a pretty box then

Running a different variant of Linux.

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

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Re: Anonymous Moron

>>"I have a Surface Pro 256GB on order. They are simply the best tablet on the market."

>Just shows there is an idiot born every minute.

A full x86 Windows PC in a tablet by its very nature kicks Android and iOS to the side, simply because you can do literally anything on it.

The problem with Pro is basically the price, not the spec or the OS.

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GitHub wipes hand across bloodied face, stumbles from brutal DDoS beating

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Not even a small developer would trust it for private, internal code

What a stupid thing to say. Many, many businesses use services like github, bitbucket, asssembla.

Apart from anything else there are a whole slew of tech/software companies who are virtual/decentralised... they don't have a central location or an office in which to put a server.

Keeping a backup separate is another story of course. As is the fact that with git, losing your 'central' server doesn't matter.

But a physical git server in your basement... you do realise that's just security through obscurity, right? The moment anyone does want to attack you, you are far more likely to have serious problems. "Close the git server from the web" isn't an option if you want to allow your developers to work remotely.

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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Actually it's a great idea

Allowing customers to choose - what's not to like?

Personally I think they should let you choose when you buy it which you want, and allow expert users the opportunity to re-install later.

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re: *

I don't think the idea is to let you flip-flop, only to choose when you buy the phone or first use it.

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Amazon's EYE-OF-SAURON KindlePhone will watch you with FOUR cameras - report

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Here's a crazy idea...

A KindlePhone... a semi-smart phone which uses an e-ink screen, i.e. an actual Kindle with a phone not Kindle Fire.

I can't decide if this is really stupid, or something that anyone would buy.

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Obamacare goes LIVE, and so do the survey-spewing spambots

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Re: "enticing prizes or in this case, Apple products"

I was about to post the same comment. It's a bit harsh, an iPad is still pretty enticing :)

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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Re: Clancy and Dolby

None of the news stories have reported the cause of his death, which now makes me curious a)what it was b)why it isn't mentioned.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

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Re: But

Thanks for your valuable contribution to the forum.

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Re: I wonder

Will it even fit in a back pocket for anyone not wearing skater jeans?

Regarding heat, it does have a much bigger surface area for heat dissipation than other phones!

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Whip it out in a bar and all your friends are certain to go: “Oooh...”

"... you tosser"

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

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Holes

What are they for? Wall-fixing?

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Dell ‘xpands XPS line with 'WORLD-FIRST' MEGA-RESOLUTION laptops

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640 (x 480) should be enough for anyone

As a wise man never actually said

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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lots of machines that people have forgotten about

If all those forgotten about 95/98/NT4 PCs are running, adding XP shouldn't change much should it? I mean you're already wide open to a gazillion attacks!

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the gap in hardware needed for Windows 7 or Windows 8

Considering 7/8 are more efficient than Vista, is this really true?

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Re: Doomed to repeat...

Moving everything toa web-app is just another trendy way to go though. In 10 years we might be complaining about having to write desktop apps to replace them!

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Re: Not The Whole Story

Isn't XP-embedded a whole other OS with different service policies anyway?

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Facebook allows full personal data ransack with Graph Search

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Re: think of the children

Your children likely won't even view the issue of privacy in the same way you do, just as young adults today view communications very differently from their parents (young person: I don't feel right without my phone with me. old person: I only turn the phone on if I want to use it).

Since privacy isn't enshrined as a basic human right (at least I don't think it is, though I am ready to be corrected) it's not possible to say "the old way is best" objectively.

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Aside from all the privacy jibber-jabber

I actually LIKE (no pun) the idea of being able to find information I've actually got access to on FB. It's bloody annoying when I remember someone was talking about something and I can't find it... compare that to gmail where it is incredibly useful to be able to dig up emails in this way.

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LIVE, my beauty, LIVE! Nokia revives dead phone with LIGHTNING powered Frankencharger

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Re: Weird Science

You do realise MS actually spend quite a lot on R&D, both mainstream stuff and wacky future messing about?

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Apple: Now that you've updated to iOS 7... YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK

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Pure not wanting to support older versions of the OS.

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If you hate the control center, why the hell did you install it in the first place?

Because you're going to have to eventually, so you might as well get it over with.

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Re: Peak Apple

You realise you can't just stick "peak apple" in a paragraph and expect it to mean anything.

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Windows Phone market share hits double digits in UK and France

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1020

They really need to hammer the marketing on this phone. For once they have a top-of-the-line model which actually genuinely stands out and does things nobody else can, but they need to communicate how good it is.

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Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

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Re: Does not compute

Yes, and Google employ people, providing them the money on which to be taxed, spend in shops, etc. There is an argument that all tax should be point of sale.

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That's slightly more than the £7.3m the ad giant coughed up in 2011.

Last time I checked, an increase of 53.4% is more than slight.

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Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

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Tell that to a parent whose kid spends 12 hours a day on FIFA.

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Re: Meh

They don't have any background in console gaming, and most of their games are not geared towards joypads; I don't need to see the hardware to know these things.

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Meh

It looks ugly and why would I expect a company who's entire focus has been on PC (i.e. not joypad based) games to know anything about what makes a good joypad?

Reads more like they just bundled tech into it to look cool. Ps3 controller is far better.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Docking

Isn't one of the strengths of Apple's connectors that they are big enough to have some strength, and allow you to drop the device into a docking station?

Does that work with micro-USB? Or could/would Apple put a micro-USB as well as their fancy docking thingie?

I wonder if Apple could/would push their socket to BE the standard.

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

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Lovely footage

Would be ironic to video it using iPhone slow-motion...

Is it weird that this video did more to advertise iPhne to me effectively than all of Apple's adverts? I kind of want one now!

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Uh-oh Google Glassholes: Sugar daddy Intel strokes HUD goggles upstart

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make hopeless geeks look totally ridiculous

You'd kind of hope a technology site would be a little more forward thinking than to pooh-pooh prototype technology because "it looks stupid". The same could have been said about early mobile phones.

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

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So the reason Android users don't update the OS to fix bugs and security flaws is because they're too smart?

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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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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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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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