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SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

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Tbh i cant see why people are moaning so much about always online DRM.

I don't really care about the DRM angle, and personally I am only going to play games at home.

But if you wanted to play on a laptop while on a train or whatever, that's a PITA.

I think the biggest legitimate (rather than hand-wringing "it's just bad because it is") concern is that you are reliant on their servers. Never mind the odd outage - many games have been released buggy - but what happens when they pull the plug? You can still buy and play SC4 as they are pointing out, but in 5 years will SC still be playable?

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allowing the game to be played offline would require "a significant amount of engineering work

>>This appears to contradict EA/Maxis' earlier claims that allowing the game to be played offline would require "a significant amount of engineering work by our team".

Does it? The hack lets you play offline as long as you don't want to be able to save your game. That could be relatively substantial to rewrite depending how it is set up.

Presumably someone will set up an alternative server, or a way to run a 'local server' with a hack to let you point the game to any server you wish.

Of course EA could still release an "offline play" patch and say "this took a lot of time but we've heard your love to play SC offline and have put your first"

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Google Drive goes titsup for MILLIONS of users

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Re: Death to the cloud

>>Dream on with that belief. The only thing the "cloud' is, is that you are handing over hardware responsibilities for someone else to handle.

Someone with hardware and backup redundancy about 100X better than anything you can hope to build. And security the likes of which you can only dream about. In these big stories, I don't recall them talking about data actually being lost. Scale wins.

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@JimmyPage

>>that's not the point. If YOUR servers go down, then it's in your power to get things fixed. You can apply what resources (or not) you see fit.

In a medium-large business with dedicated sysadmins working 24/7, sure. For a small business where people go home at night, not so much.

Let's face it, the longest outage we've seen has been something like a day, to fix a total global screw up. That's pretty impressive... I'm pretty sure Google's thousands of people working 24/7/265 are going to fix things faster than a developer who got lumbered with the sysadmin work because he knows how to build a home network :)

I want to focus on developing stuff, not managing my network.

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I'm sure the timing of this is a great relief to MS, that it's not simply them with issues.

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Re: Death to the cloud

Because your local servers NEVER go offline and take hours or days to fix?

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BlackBerry CEO: iPhone past its prime

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My phone is basically a touch-sensitive rectangle. I don't think that has changed in the last 5 years. A bit like how Windows 95 thru 7 kept the same basic interface, I don't really see the need to innovate the basic UI if it works. Apple have a design that works. Android have a design that works. MS have a design that works (no, really). Now even BB do.

Well done chaps, but just because you only just got yours finished doesn't mean it's better than those who got there 5 years ago.

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Samsung's new co-CEO: 'Windows isn't selling very well'

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Re: He sounded quite plausible...

>>@JDX - Have you noticed yet that people here automatically downvote you, then sometimes read what you posted?

Clearly you have access to the Reg database so you can track a given user's voting & commenting times.

Either that or you're a small-minded immature FOSSboi who takes any critical comment about FOSS software (or even a lack of attack on M$) as a personal attack.

I wonder which it is.

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He sounded quite plausible...

...right until he started banging on about Tizen (keep thinking it's Tizer). It's got about as much future as Ubuntu-mobile and that Mozilla Javascript abomination.

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Re: More dire news for Microsoft

The "good guys"? Oh Bob you don't just have wool over your eyes, but a sheep sitting on your face.

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Nvidia, Continuum team up to sling Python at GPU coprocessors

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Re: The source of those figures:

Well corrected Dave, thanks.

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While it's cool to have more GP languages, I call BALLS that Python is the most popular language.

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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

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Re: Pastime

Hmm, I've only ever used off-the-shelf PCs and I've had one die, ever, in 13 years. And that was a single component - one component in 13 years is hardly unreliable.

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Re: And some folks just build these.....@jason 7

Please define 'worthwhile', oh lord of other peoples' business.

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Re: Bonkers?

How is that going to give you a better FPS or run at higher detail settings? It's not.

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Re: Cores

>>this wasn't about "building a prudent, realistic, budget but well rounded gaming machine". So this comment has no place here.

You miss the point which is that a 6-core PC could be slower than a 4-core one. Bonkers means the pinnacle of performance, therefore the components best for games should be picked rather than the most powerful components in a general sense. Chips which auto-overclock one core whe the others are not being used for example - which possibly those CPUs do anyway?

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Cores

I'm not convinced most games are optimized to maximise performance on 2 cores, let alone 4 or 6.

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Lenovo: Windows 8 is so good, everyone wants Windows 7

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SimCity 4

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New disaster type in SC5

"Cloud outage"

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Re: so...

Yeah... it's not like these old game articles are blatant adverts... they note problems as well as successes.

Personally I've really enjoyed the series.

<=== EA you owe me one

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Personally I wish they'd make the original SimCity available on ios/android

There are official SC iOS apps, I think based around SC3000 but worth a look. Just google simcity iphone or similar.

Review here: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2010/12/14/simcity-deluxe-ipad-review

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Re: My introduction

Now you put me off, I wanted to buy a copy as an old SC2000 fan who doesn't want the SC2000 ugliness on a modern PC.

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Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

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Maybe when you start up a company, rather than 'fleecing' your customers you can pay developers £30k a year to write lovely software you give away, running on servers you pay for.

Of course you won't be doing it for very long.

Seriously get a grip. It's not 'fleecing' for a company not to give stuff away for free. It's only ever done to build a brand or on the shareware principle (I'm not considering ad-supported as free).

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Re: Leaving Google didn't hurt. Who knew?

Here, let me pass this toy back to you, it seems to have fallen out of the pram.

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So they should spend $millions and then give it away? It's their code, for them to bury or burn if they want since they paid for it.

I do fully support the IDEA of them doing as you suggest, just not that they have any moral duty to even consider it.

Although, isn't this exactly what happened to Wave?

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>>they are still making plenty of money so I don't see the point.

Companies don't like to make "plenty" of money. They don't like to make a "reasonable" or "fair" amount of money. They want to maximise their income.

They are under no obligation to make any of their products free except market pressure... trying to charge for gmail would make everyone leave.

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Who's riddling Windows PCs with gaping holes? It's your crApps

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Re: of course C# is lovely

They pirated an open specification? Good one. I suppose D pirated C++ and C++ pirated C?

C# is way better than Java these days.

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Re: crApps

Good point about servers... how often do we see Linux servers compromised via vulnerabilities in PHP, Worpress, and other 3rd party applications. In the web world, admins are already aware that keeping those apps updated is super-important.

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Re: .Net vulnerability being exploited in vast numbers like the Java ones are

As a developer, .net (well C#) is bloody lovely.

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Re: Surely

If you want to allow applications to do something useful then they have to be able to do stuff on the system - modify/delete files for instance.

Of course you could have an OS with different permissions "modify files outside own directory" etc but it won't help because everyone will accept the permissions.

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Driving with an ... almost-illegal level of blood alcohol ... no more dangerous than taking a call

Let me see... "almost illegal" that means the same as legal doesn't it?

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Reader slain? 'Even the Google apologists on G+ are p****d off'

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Even the Google apologists on G+ are pissed.

Well people on G+ are generally Google fan[boi]s so of course they'll use Reader.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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connected to a drain plug of salt that has been frozen solid

Or to put it another way, salt.

Although the idea of disolving stuff in molten salt is quite enthralling.

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Re: Where is the innovation?

>>How can you say that! My phone still can neither make me a cup of tea, nor a bacon sandwich!

People are still adding features to phones. But they are just cramming new things on as gimmicks, not finding needs to meet. Like apps/web-connected TVs. You'd be better with a dedicated bacon sandwich machine.

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Re: Where is the innovation?

There's no longer a need to innovate, phones are already so good and do what is required.

Everyone's been saying Apple stagnated 2 years ago but presumably that is just because they were 2 years ahead and now the rest have caught up.

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

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Re: More adverts, everywhere.

>>sure did spout on about how the platform was all about being open

Is their app store part of the Android platform though?

>>When a company proudly proclaims that their mantra to be "Do No Evil", they openly invite comparisons of evil to their actions - especially this one.

If you think a company trying to make money is "evil", then I suppose you're right. It's pretty clear their mantra was about not having closed standards, using their position of power to crush opposition, etc. Not having restrictions on what can be sold in their own appstore WHEN THEY ALLOW OTHER APPSTORES AND LET YOU INSTALL APPS DIRECTLY.

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Re: More adverts, everywhere.

@El Presidente

Please, FFS grow up and stop using the word "evil" for anything you don't like. Maybe when you spend hundreds of billions of dollars building a platform you can decide to just give it away from the goodness of your heart, until then you'll have to continue being a whiney little bitch.

Just install it the regular way and stop acting all offended they don't allow apps which block their revenue stream in their own app store.

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Re: It's my device

It's their store. They will decide what they want to host within it.

You can still decide what's allowed on your device, you just have to do it yourself. You have absolutely zero moral grounds to tell them what they can or can't put in their store.

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$1.5k per complaint. Up to 1,900 gTLDs. Brand owners, prepare to PAY

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Re: Money... That's what they want....

How else would we get URLs like little.fluffy.cloud or sitonmy.face?

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Eric Schmidt trousers his monstrous package at Google

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Re: Let's hear it you labor-voting lefties...

>>I am glad that I can help pay for the society in which I live. I could go contracting and pay myself minimum wage, clawing the rest back in dividends but I don't.

You totally fail to understand the very point of contracting which is lifestyle rather than tax dodging. You can be a contractor and pay yourself a regular salary. And you have to pay tax on dividends, moreso dividends which take your personal earnings above the higher rate.

Typical leftie rant... bang on about morality while being factually ignorant. I assume you don't have an ISA or pension?

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Re: $1 salary...

I think you accidentally got here instead of whingingleftwingentitlement.com

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Woah

He earns less than Wayne Rooney?

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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Re: Arse.

It's not open source?

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Re: This is a product for which I am willing to pay.

I don't use Reader but it's a discontinued product I've actually heard of for a change. And I thought Reader was close to being a standard for RSS so it does seem odd to axe it unless it mysteriously uses a LOT of resources.

Is it a standalone product or integrated with gmail?

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Re: Farking idiots!

Cutting off your nose to spite your face, smart move.

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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

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KindleBerry

I don't really see the point of this one. Can you really not buy a small portable LCD screen for the same cost as a Kindle, hell you can get a complete Android tablet for under £100 in the first place. I get the point is fun over function but this seems one step too far.

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Medicos hack iPhone into lab 'scope

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Re: Am I missing something?

Well the doctors aren't necessarily the ones in poverty.

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Pretty cool

I'm surprised I have never seen official microscope add-ons for iPhones, etc. Do they exist... if not would be better than most of the other accessories out there. Get kids into science etc.

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GoDaddy gone, daddy: Websites go titsup in server assault

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Ah that's what it was

I had a friendly email from Google this morning saying they hadn't been able to index my site.

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Ten ten-inch tablets

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I was pretty sure it had better battery life for an equivalent battery, meaning you can make RT tabs thinner/lighter.

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