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5644 posts • joined 28 May 2010

iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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re:5K for a desktop that doesn't even have an optical drive?

Damn right. For 5k you should get an optical drive with BD read-write, at least 2 floppy drives (so you can copy between disks) and a ZIP drive.

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Re: the Atom in this one is plenty zippy for web browsing and office documents

If that's your use-case, you shouldn't be buying Surface. The whole point is it can run regular Windows applications, it's a fully specced PC.

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The company also bumped up the hardware specs on the Mac Mini with faster processors

But now no option for quad-core at all, even on the top-spec model? That was the key difference between the two models previously, the more expensive one could support a quad-core i7.

I was waiting for the new models to consider getting an iMac; now I'm wondering if I should be trying to buy the previous generation (where do you get those from now)?

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

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Re: OTT

When all the film has going for it is the GFX and SFX, you want to get the most out of them!

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Re: Kickstarter - why?

Generally because it's a product that doesn't exist already, not some variant on an existing product you could just buy on Amazon.

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Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

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Re: "an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film"!?

Not teaching children about religion for fear of indoctrinating them rather risks indoctrinating them in the opposite direction. It is a careful balance.

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I find the Anthropic Principle to be the ultimate cop-out/

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Re: there's now an Amazon Prime Android app

whoa, there is? Has it literally just come out because we were looking only a week back and couldn't find one (and couldn't decide if sideloading the Amazon store was possible)?

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Re: 64 bit processor support

It's a fair question. Even on desktops it is pretty unusual to need 64bit!

I assumed it simply had performance implications to be able to work on 64bit registers, e.g. for the same volume of chip or amount of electricity, a 64 bit chip is more efficient.

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3D animated buttons

Just what the world needed

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Women who are set on children know they need to leave a safety margin to have a strong chance, so that's basically early-mid 30s. Leaving it until early 40s, many women can have kids but the level of risk/doubt is much higher so you wouldn't do that. Knowing you can confidently get pregnant at that age might well mean many wait an extra 5-7 years, and those are quite possibly your most valuable years - you're an expert in your field, doing something quite senior. And yet you're still pretty young and healthy.

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Re: As a parent I frankly disapprove

People at 60 today are often as healthy as 45-year-olds were in the past. However menopause has not moved and is now relatively earlier in a woman's life.

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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Re: Face it, Windows is no longer the dominant OS on machines connected to the Internet

Of course it is.

Change "machines" for "devices" and you might be right although it would be interesting to see stats for total number of pages loaded across desktop & mobile OS, not number of unique devices, to measure where the bulk of usage is coming from.

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Re: Now that Windows is the niche

Nice try.

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Apple's new 'iPad Air 2' sliced open, revealing (possible) A8X core

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Re: "But maybe it's been a bit too long since Apple did anything really exciting and innovative."

I don't really see how the fundamental design of the iPad CAN be improved. I'll probably look back on that comment with hindsight but it's basically just a screen. Adding stuff for change's sake would more likely be gimmicky than innovative.

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Re: I suspect

"I guess it's not Haswell but the Mini is only incrementally behind state-of-the-art.

The current Mini is still a pretty good deal. It's hard/impossible to find or build a PC that size with comparable computing power and storage and an integrated power supply."

Neither the price nor the spec has changed for 2 years. You wouldn't pay today's prices for a 2-year-old PC normally.

It might be good value for the size (in fact I'm sure it is) but that's not an issue to me. It's just the cheapest way to get a decent spec Mac and PC, and by the time you put in a quad-core CPU it's rather expensive. The price creeps up on you... so a refresh would be nice even if only so I can buy a 2012 model more cheaply :)

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Re: Minor bump

I don't know how I'd tell if I was running up against the RAM limit as a user running multiple apps but as a developer you have memory limits and increased RAM presumably increases those. For serious apps/games, you can easily use that much memory. Not just in terms of bigger resources, but some algorithms can trade CPU for RAM, etc.

I'm not saying we should need 2Gb, but doubling the RAM is not insignificant.

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Minor bump

1->2Gb RAM is rather a big improvement really

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Re: I suspect

I really hope we see a new Mac Mini - I've been considering replacing my old Windows desktop and old MacBook with a single machine for a while, but have been waiting for a newer Mini since the spec is so old.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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Re: Yeah But

I bet ANY beta of this type has a very large proportion of people who register but never install, or install but never use, or install and use for 5min and then get bored. That's nothing unusual at all.

Even if only 5% of people give it a proper test, 50,000 active beta testers is huge at this early stage.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Well said. They have built a real sense of brand identity and to be honest I quite liked the adverts too.

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Re: Chump change.

You are seriously suggesting 5 billion people each bought one can of RB last year? No repeat customers or people who drink a can once a day/week?

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The company will also change future advertising to stamp out the offending slogan

Oh for goodness' sake.

I bought a promotional Halloween pack of Cadbury Mini Rolls the other day, which said on the front: "Individually wrapped... by vampires". How is that OK and this isn't?

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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There’s no official word from Tesco on the weight of the Hudl 2

Then weigh it yourself you lazy git. Don't you have the Scales app on your iPhone 6 (just put stuff on top of the phone and the pressure sensors are used to measure the weight)

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Stock Android (almost)

That's very cool news.

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Breaking news: Man with Apple shares really wishes they were worth even more

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Re: Screw Ichan

>>It's just a matter of time before the overall worth (not just $$$) of Apple takes a legendary dive.

So people keep saying. And it did take a big dive... but then it regained and exceeded the previous record just the other week.

If you mean "at some point in human history it will take a dive" then yes it's inevitable but that's a pretty safe bet.

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Behind the Facebook DRAG QUEEN CRACKDOWN: 'Anonymity soon!'

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Re: drag artists ... complained... the network was forcing them to ditch their stage names

I wonder if any of the people downvoting my perfectly valid question actually know the answer and just don't want to share it.

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Re: It doesn't need an app

Their site their rules. Use a site which doesn't care about who you are.

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drag artists ... complained... the network was forcing them to ditch their stage names

Um, I skipped over this in the subsequent "FB is evil" stories, but is the central premise actually true in the first place? FB may be (trying to) force people to use their real names for their personal profile, but it already has mechanisms in place for "public persons", businesses, etc to have a page/profile. Your personal profile is for you to network to your friends, these other pages are for you to interact with fans, promote your business/product/band/whatever.

It also means an actor can use their real name for their private profile and their actor name as their "public figure" page which is one example of supposed hypocrisy that was levelled at FB. Similarly a politician can have two profiles. This is all within the existing rules of FB so did I miss something in the story or has it been glossed over in the interests of a good ruckus?

This does not address the issue of transgender individuals who may endanger themselves but the story doesn't seem to be about them.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: what twat came up with the idea of combining the search bar and the address bar

Yeah, you wouldn't catch Mozilla or Google or Apple doing something that silly.

Hang on...

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Re: Made me smile

It's just hilarious since ChromeBook and Mac users are (still) such a minority anyway.

Make the OS free would be a saner idea in my book, then sell stuff on top as normal.

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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Keyboard won't be a gamechanger for BB

Not because it's not any good, but because if it is other people will copy it. It might be a gamechanger for phones but not BB specifically. Everyone (except iOS) has Swype now. Microkia and Android models with such things can no doubt appear easily enough for those who want them.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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Re: What IS the physics then?

>>The real physics is getting an atom to emit a blue photon...

That part I know, jumps between energy levels. It doesn't sound terribly revolutionary, more like trial and error. I wondered if some new understanding in physics allowed them to figure out how to do it, or if it's more a case of a long hard slog than a new discovery?

edit: hadn't seen the post above. So "long hard slog" is accurate but I don't mean that as a criticism.

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What IS the physics then?

It may be world-changing (and cynically the environmental stuff could be a factor these days) but what revolutionary work in physics was involved here? That's a real question not being sarcastic - the real-life implications are big but is it really a change to how we understand physics?

Anyone up for a concise, understandable explanation for the educated layman?

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Siri ... why is this semi headed RIGHT AT ME? Phone apps distracting as ever – new study

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Slight flaw

If they put 45 people in unfamiliar cars, using assistant systems they were not used to, there would be a learning period. When I got my new swype keyboard, it took me time to understand it before I grew more confidant than with the old way of doing things.

So this study seems to show there is at least initially a loss of concentration while acclimatising to a new system, which isn't ideal but if that is only temporary it is not as serious.

Additionally, who were the 45 people? Drivers who are used to using modern tech, or those for who it was something totally new?

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"more taxing on the mind of drivers than normal tasks, such as chatting to a passenger or listening to the radio"

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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Weird

So the massive changes to iOS7 were taken up quickly, and not that popular, but people are now happy to stick with iOS7?!

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Shift up, gran! Microsoft turns living room into AR game 'space'

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Clever but

Surely getting a headset to work properly would allow for far more realism... a headset could still incorporate input from a real-world camera so users can be warned not to knock things over.

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Re: 8gb? really?

Why on earth would you only want maps of Wales? The kind of person who never leaves Wales probably doesn't own a smartphone.

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Re: 8gb? really?

If you don't want to download video, or use your phone as an MP3 player, it's fine. I reckon that's actually a fair proportion of the market.

Of course 8Gb won't give you space for many apps either but again, loads of people want a smartphone for the purposes of text/phone, email and web-browsing. And I _think_ you could still fit on the entire UK maps for use with the GPS features.

Certainly not for everyone's uses, but didn't the article say it has removable storage as well as removable battery (can't be bothered to check now)?

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I was pretty sure you don't need to install the equivalent of those things (now called Windows Phone app) if you just want to access it as a drive. It does install something on Windows, but automates the driver installation just like any printer or portable drive, so I don't think you need to be concerned assuming you run Windows. The clumsy software you used with WP7.x is not used for WP8.x.

I have a 1020 on WP8.1 (was 8.0) and I would recommend the ecosystem. I previously had a Lumia 610 - the cheapest end of the 7.x range compared to the most expensive end of the 8.1 range I have now, and was impressed. All the reviews say the bottom/mid-range WP8.x phones are even better.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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I know it's a joke

But W8 isn't a bad a touch-OS. It's a good touch-OS which is being sold as a non-touch OS.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: What does Win 7+++ Offer?

It's faster, has far better driver support, is much more secure, and is still being patched.

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Huh?

That doesn't seem to show W8 falling fast, unless you mean W8.0 and are conveniently neglecting that W8.1 is gaining share. Unless you combine the W8.x data the graphs are meaningless - by eyeballing it suggests the total 8.x share is slightly increased or stayed about level, but 8.1 growth is pretty obvious.

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Apple's iPhone 6 can REVERSE BALDNESS (and cause it, too)

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"It catches my scruff in the seam"

I'm glad that referred to his beard.

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: There is only one way.

A well-crafted phishing spam email doesn't prey on greed, and doesn't fall under what most computer users would understand as "common" sense. An email which appears to come from your bank and has a link which looks legit (but isn't if you look at the actual URL) can easily deceive those who did not grow up with the internet... which is still most of us.

As the majority of computer users become those who grew up with the web, it will become common sense and scammers will have to get smarter.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Re: Jenna-Louise

He's not human, if he changes between incarnations his tastes could bend towards other species entirely.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: One app, many targets... what could go wrong?

Um, the same would be true in W10 as well... same binary with different interfaces. And actually, when you build an iOS app your app package contains multiple binaries anyway... watch it compile and it does a whole build for several different architectures these days... arm6,7,64, yada yada. Your single application is compiled for multiple targets.

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

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Re: I don't enroll in a local sport club under a fake nam

That's your problem, you're confusing nerds with normal people. To them, the internet is just one small part of the world, a way of finding information about the world and communicating with the rest of the world. It's not a separate world they need to hide in where they need to hide who they are.

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

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Re: Remote IMEI check

If you paid using PayPal you'd surely get your money back pronto as they side with the buyer.

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