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5656 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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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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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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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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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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