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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Just because it's a powerful workstation does not mean it needs to be any more easily upgradeable than a regular workstation.

Most Apple using-professionals don't spend their time upgrading the thing. The old Pro might be great from a PC user's perspective but the sales figures show it simply isn't that interesting to Apple users. Cool is what Apple do...

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Air

I'll wait for reviews, but I have to say I am tremendously impressed they have focused on such a genuinely useful improvement as all-day battery life, rather than simply making it even thinner and lighter just because they can. Of course this is mainly down to Intel and will (hopefully) be seen in WinBooks too, but it's a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

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FUTURE of mobe tech: Today will be dry with chilly gusts of 12Mbps

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Re: Giving for free, whilst the Security Agencies have to dig for it

Please can we just ban cliched lines like "You're the product, not the customer"; honestly it gets so tiring and is just a way for people who nothing about the issues to trot out trite comments to sound current.

I hate companies trying to make their service better as much as the next guy, but really...

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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I wonder if anyone else will step up

To write Culture books... it really is such a great SF universe. I can't decide if it would be a good or a bad thing but amongst SF writers, it is not unknown for great writers to write in homage to other writers they are fans of, especially where an author knows they are dying.

Putting aside the question of if this should happen, are there any authors who you reckon could write stories in a Culture universe?

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Re: Public service announcement

Thanks Prof.

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If you are a fan of Iain. M. Banks, may I recommend...

...Alastair Reynolds' SF to you, especially the "Revelation Space" books. Definitely in the same vein.

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Re: A Great Author

May I recommend Alastair Reynolds' SF to you, especially the "Revelation Space" books. It's the closest SF to I.M.B I've come across.

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Enough of the "it's supposed to be hard" snobbery please. He wrote books to be enjoyed.

Personally I think Player of Games is his most immediately gripping Sci-Fi novel which doesn't let sci-fi get in the way of the story. I think lots of his works take a little getting into but are always worth the effort.

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Re: Public service announcement

I always wondered if the 'utopia' of the Culture was really meant as that, or a reflection on what society thinks utopia would be. i.e. was he a staunch liberal or was that a statement on liberalism?

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Apple unveils hints of Monday's new-product announcements

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Re: To recapitulate :

I missed the part where you were forced to read the article. And where like an idiot you wasted even more time writing a comment about it.

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Flat design

Copied from W8?

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Speaking in Tech: Endorsing LinkedIn skills on LinkedIn implodes the web?

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Re: Sinkedin BS

Here's a radical idea. Stop using sites you don't like rather than whinging about them.

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Re: LinkedIn endorsements

You can turn it off. Search online.

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Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig

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Hypocritical?

Or setting a good example to the world not to tolerate people videoing them just because the technology exists?

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Presto: Facebook reveals exabyte-scale query engine

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Technologically very cool

But please don't try to make "FB scale" some sort of metric.

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BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

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exceeds the annual budget of BBC4 and CBeebies put together

Wow, not CBeebies. Almost like you just went looking for two numbers that add to almost £100m.

And hang on... the annual budget of BBC4 and beebies is ~£100m?! WTF do they spend that on exactly? BBC4 has good stuff and I guess beebies is good for what it is, but a pretty girl talking to puppets and some footage of The Who from 40 years ago are hardly big-budget broadcasting.

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Re: Licence fee

If you want to know, try watching TV anywhere else in the world and the current "low" standard will be a revelation.

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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Being fully timelord wouldn't mean he could magically become her. It's a new body for the same person, not stealing somebody's body.

Also since it's the same person, changing gender just seems implausible. Gender is a part of your identity, not something tacked on.

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Long list, only one vote?

Couldn't you have shortened it or allow us a top-5... this seems too unwieldy and I like several candidates.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Seriously, how can you see to type with so much tinfoil wrapped around your head?

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Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"

I wonder... if the used-game market is squashed will new-game prices reduce at all? I am not holding out any hope, but in theory it could do.

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Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"

Stupid to predict One won't sell. XBox is an established big player with only one competitor.

Remember, most people plug their console into their router anyway. I predict the used-games thing will be a minor annoyance, not a deal-breaker. Speaking generally of course, of course there will be loads of people who are incensed.

However when you also factor in that serious used-game buyers who would not buy One based on this issue, are not buying many new games, and that games rather than consoles are where the money is made, it could be even less significant. Perhaps MS lose 20% of their customers, but new games sales fall only 5%, as an example.

Personally - I don't buy used games, I just wait for the cheap Platinum editions to come out.

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Review: Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate

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Re: purchase deferred till 2015

Fitting the spec of a laptop into something the size of a tablet is expensive, surely that is not a surprise. Lugging a tablet and a cheap heavy laptop around is also a PITA so this does genuinely fit a new use-case... not one for everyone but if you travel a lot it could be great - watch movies on the tablet, get some work done on your tray-table with the keyboard.

Question... if the keyboard is bluetooth does that mean you can use it when detached?

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Actually sounds quite nice

All the convertibles I've seen look clunky but that one looks rather nice.

I can't decide if £600 for a full-fat Windows PC that dinky is good value, if I was in the market for a tablet and a notebook I imagine it would be.

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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

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Re: I'd buy an all-in-one with Linux!

Can't you just install/dual-boot Linux onto your older iMac?

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Re: All fugly except the mac

It is amazing when you do a aesthetic comparison of Mac VS everything else how far ahead they are - of course many here favour function and cost over form but they are stunning these days.

More worryingly the other week I was looking at the bigger iMac in a store and caught myself thinking "that's not too expensive actually". I think I either got richer or stupider because clearly money > sense.

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The fearful price of 4G data coverage: NO TELLY for 90,000 Brits

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Wait for the Daily Mail...

To find £10k is spent on upgrading TV for a household on benefits.

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Freesat reaches just about everywhere and costs a good deal less than that.

Like 2 orders of magnitude less!

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Re: Freesat

It CAN stutter in the heaviest rain but that is a rare moment of pixelation, not anything that is a big problem. Satellite reception is affected depending if you are north or south, but you might want to get your dish re-aligned.

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MYSTERY Nokia image-mangling mobe spotted in public

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Re: If it was an android i'd have bought one already

Every device I own runs an OS I've no interest in. OS are boring.

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Albert Einstein brings cheese and clean pyjamas to space station

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Parmesan

I'd imagine grating cheese in zero-g is interesting.

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do you really want that smell wafting around a small, sealed space station

Surely the air is scrubbed continuously.

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Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options

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The underlying OS is an improved version of W7, why does it require changes when everyone says that's the bit which is good, and it's the UI that is the problem?

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Re: 4 apps at the same time?

Yeah, because iOS and Android let you do far more. Oh no wait, they let you use one app at once, or a couple on limited numbers of Android with specialist customisations.

As a tablet OS, which is what WinRT is, 4 apps at once is actually AHEAD of the competition.

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Apple claims shot in arm for Cupertino from new Fruit Loop HQ

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$175 for a turtleneck?

Wow. Oh wow.

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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

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Re: LoveFilm vs Netflix

Presumably they simply don't have the same depth of infrastructure... nothing wrong with Silverlight so it must be the back-end although that's a bit embarrassing considering this is Amazon we're talking about!

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Re: Oh, Amazon

The quality isn't crap, and DRM is irrelevant when you're streaming.

How about you grow up and realise that just because YOU don't like something, that doesn't automatically mean it's pointless.

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Re: Media types fail again

People ARE signing up in their droves though. Pick whichever service suits your taste the most. Doubtless it will mature but even if publishers don't sign exclusives, different providers are always going to have different views what is worth paying for and what isn't.

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Re: Oh, Amazon

How exactly is it pointless or crap? Millions of people clearly think it is worth a few bucks a month - you know regular people who don't feel compelled to maintain a server in the basement.

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Exclusive Halo game coming to Windows 8 and WinPhone 8

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Re: Well thats it then

It's not a FPS.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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we don't need a start menu/screen that takes up a whole screen

You don't need one crammed into one corner of the screen either. You can't use any apps while the menu is open so why not use the screen to display more things at once?

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Re: Nice ... Nice ...

Since when is Start-Menu the definitive last word in How Things Should Be Done? I seem to recall XP cahnged things quite a lot too, as have other versions.

Start menu is crap IMO. 4-deep nesting in one tiny area of the screen with menus that close if you move the mouse the wrong way, etc. When you're launching an app you are not multi-tasking so why NOT use the whole screen to show everything?

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Start Icon != Start Menu. This the problem.

Except to the users, whose #1 problem is "where the f*** are my programs"

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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

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Re: What about..........

The whole point is a tablet is a device you take out of the building, that doesn't typically run internally on the corporate network, no?

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Re: Unusable

The point is MS are not suggesting you use a tablet for your main work device. Hardly a fair comparison... open a doc in RT and the macros will still work on your PC.

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Surely it will be an OS upgrade available over the web.

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Re: VB Scripts - probably not

Can it not even run new macros written in whatever the modern way is... Javascript or something?

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Let's get graphical with Hyper-V

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Re: Yeah..sure.. build the Hyper-V user base for free...

They don't need to charge for Hyper-V if Hyper-V users are running Windows.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Re: Why would people want this?

It gives them more choice... longer battery life or slimmer lighter machines or more space for other stuff. Given the way things are going, I thing Apple would rather make the MacBook Pro fit inside an Air housing and that would be pretty cool from a pure tech point of view... but I'd rather one I could use solidly all day without looking for a mains socket :)

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So you say now...

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