* Posts by JDX

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: "XBOX Vista" already dead?

You guys don't get it. Sure, moving house or if your ISP going down are a PITA but people are not going to make a decision on which console to buy based on the one which will work when they move house, something they do perhaps every couple of years. Most people won't even think of this fact when buying (tech-savvy people are like 1% of console owners) and even if they do, it's not the big issue. It's like saying nobody will take out a Netflix/Spotify subscription because they won't be able to watch TV or listen to music after they move house... it's an inconvenience (I just moved house!) but people still use those services.

All the people who use their PCs and PS4s to play online games won't be able to play them for two weeks either, but I've never read a review of a multiplayer-focused game which marksa game down because you can't play it after you move house.

As for dodgy internet... phoning home is not using a lot of data, it's just logging in.

And if it's really an issue... just run your phone as a MiFi for a few minutes.

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Re: It was bound to happen - somebody LISTENED to CUSTOMERS...

They haven't listened to what customers want, they have just taken the gold-plated opportunity to profit from MS' foolishness. Sony are ONLY doing this to steal MS customers and make more money, there is nothing close to "doing good" here, just a shrewd financial move.

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Re: Pricing FAIL

Perhaps because of import duties? Perhaps because you live so far away from the rest of us?

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Re: "XBOX Vista" already dead?

Except that to many players, having to phone home every day is inconsequential as it will always be online through WiFi.

The 2nd-hand game issue is the thing which could scupper MS, but I'm not convinced of that... yet.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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Re: "they probably won't have a real debate about selling more at the correct price"

I was being sarcastic, to highlight that even if they did sell it the exact same price everywhere, some people would still complain.

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"they probably won't have a real debate about selling more at the correct price"

Yet they probably won't have a real debate about selling more at the correct price. They'll just assume they're making more money by gouging the Australian people.

There IS NO "the correct price" you idiot. That's the whole bloody point. Even if there were, it wouldn't be the same price everywhere... if you sell it for $500 everywhere then it is cheaper for people in countries with higher salaries, that's not fair for people in poor countries...

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Re: Bad idea

Oh no, the government can kill my phone. Hardly near the top of my worries, like having them block my bank account.

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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Re: What's going on?

We've heard news before that Apple are under pressure to release iOS7 ASAP, rather than when they're ready too. Apple are one company who can play on their own terms so "release it when it's finished" has to be the right route here.

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Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

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Re: Yes, because I associate quality with Best Buy

Dummies are not a niche.

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

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The most boringly obvious choice

Pick someone who's already playing the role of an eccentric, almost alien genius, with floppy hair and no interest in women.

I really hope the BBC show more imagination.

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#Facebook: Now all your hashtags ARE BELONG TO US, Twitter

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Re: Hash tags make sense

Yeah, they're essentially just tagging which is tried and tested and makes perfect sense in this context.

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

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Re: hundreds of chest x-rays worth of radiation

Good to know JP19 is here to refute people who actually study physics for a living.

Nowhere did the article say dark lightning risks x-ray exposure. gamma rays are not x-rays (well there's a cross-over but the principle applies).

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Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

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Re: relies on DJs to choose the music rather than algorithms

If you don't want to hear people talking, don't listen to the radio, listen to a CD, you moron. The whole point of radio is it's not just playing CDs back to back.

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Re: a 3 page credit-card form every time you want to buy something?

I hope you leave your credit cards at home when you go out too, just in case someone mugs you.

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Re: relies on DJs to choose the music rather than algorithms

It's still humans picking the playlist, and there is scope for the DJ to change things or talk in between and muck up the timings.

From what I remember of listening to Moyles talk about things like this, you do get some sort of timer/count-in.

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Re: "You can easily buy it with one click!"

If you want to buy something, a 1-click experience IS helpful to you as well as great for the seller. Or do you prefer going through a 3 page credit-card form every time you want to buy something?

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Google gobbles map app Waze

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Re: "data generated by some 50 million or so users to provide real-time traffic updates"

They could but it only works because of a willing user-base. Waze already has that so if they carry on, the rest of us can benefit.

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

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Re: Familiar

You know deep down every iPhone user is going to look at this and think "well, they kept telling me this was better than the competition for all those years

Yeah, the average Apple user definitely thinks all that, rather than just buying iPhone because it;s cool and pretty. People buy phones because they like them, not as a result of prolonged introspection.

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Copying

That's how every industry works... products evolve most of the time, and they tend to do that by learning/borrowing from each other. Revolution is not the rule. If it were, things would be too confusing because every two years the OS would change totally.

Did Android copy Apple by launching a full-touch mobile OS? Or did they simply see it was the best way to go?

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

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Re: Muhahahaha

Companies run IE8/9/10 on W7 because they're locked in to IE6? Good argument.

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Re: Muhahahaha

Hey Eadon why don't you go and do some research on who uses IE... I'd guess you need to spend a couple of months. Then come and report back.

See you in August.

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Re: Incomplete

Do you also make sure to turn off unused power sockets so the electricity doesn't leak out?

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Re: Browser setup?

Well IE9/10 doesn't run on XP for a start.

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Yeah because W8 isn't more resource-efficient than W7, which was better than Vista. Oh wait, it is.

And good job for failing at science, when they eliminate the baseline the fact it's W8 is not a factor.

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Re: MS TELLS TRUTH SHOCK

People were using it in this test. Try to come up with something that at least makes sense.

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

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Re: It's Apple

These days, you do NOT need to upgrade your PC every year. A beasty 12-core machine is going to be quite relevant for several years.

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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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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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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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