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5405 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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They had ewoks in ST? I would say SW is far more serious SF than ST.

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It wasn't called ST 9. You're idealising ST to a ridiculous level, the original has none of those things you talk about. You're seriously trying to defend a show which had William Shatner as the lead as being serious, well-written TV?

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Because the old Star Trek films were deep cinematic masterpieces? Come on, I love ST but it's just trashy sci-fi.

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Re: Star "Coronation Street" Wars

Flogging a franchise that was originally planned to have 9 parts before Episode 4 was even written?

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Re: Oh God NO!

Fans pan new Star Trek film as "fun" and "enjoyable"?

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YouTube and Netflix take on AirPlay, DIAL up the big-screen goodness

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Re: Er, no

Who said devices will only support one jf two standards support very different scenarios?

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Microsoft may be readying Outlook for ARM – or not

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Surely they can do system/OS updates for WinRT... including updates for Office in case of bugs or whatever? So why couldn't Outlook be distributed that way?

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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Re: Got both - dont care which is supposed to be best.

Shiny look best when in optimal viewing conditions, but the range for optimal conditions is slighter.

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Michael Dell and the Curse of the Exploding Batteries

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Re: Never mind fires

It's not simply wrong, it's locally wrong.

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I like my aircraft to have metal, not glorified plastic

Metal's a bit new-fangled for me. Let's go back to wood, after all it worked for millenia in boats.

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Opportunity celebrates nine years on Mars

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Re: This is cool

It's almost like spending 1000X as much as seems sensible on massive redundancy and over-design is justified!

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

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Re: Gentle voice of reason! Do me a favour.

Or, you have it completely (and presumably deliberately) backwards. Are you denying 99% of the web's content is pointless nonsense (regardless of whether you put the Pope inside or outside)?

And it's not a causal link, but a statistical correlation... the difference is not massive whereas your statement suggest no very educated people are religious which is patently untrue.

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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Re: And the choice is....

Except the ultrabook would be running Windows too, so people might choose a fancy touchbook over an ultrabook.

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Re: Well, at that price

Yes and you can get a desktop for the price of an iPad too. I could buy a kick-ass motorbike for the price of a budget family car, but they're different things.

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Re: Too fookin' heavy

Sorry Charlie but as someone who works with 3D rendering, the modern Intel graphics chips are a world apart from the ones a few years ago. Full DX10/11 support, etc. It won't be great compared to a discrete fat GPU but then neither is any other option. Integrated graphics - Intel/iPad/etc - are surprisingly capable these days.

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Re: SSDs Save The Day

It's just a PC without a keyboard... so what's the problem?

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Re: How can Microsoft get this stuff so wrong

>>But then why bother with an Intel processor?

Well my main PC has 4Gb. I run Visual Studio, Word, Excel, Paint.net, a bunch of games, etc. MOST software doesn't need more than 4Gb, other than games and art tools. You could even run Photoshop or 3DS-Max on 4Gb (for limited complexity projects).

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"the perfect complement to the Surface Windows RT."

Does that mean I'm supposed to have both?

I actually kind of want one, though damned if I know exactly why.

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Re: How can Microsoft get this stuff so wrong

4Gb is fine. Mainstream desktops are still shipping with 4GB as standard, W8 is supposedly more efficient, the SSD will make swapping WAAAY faster, and ultimately the kind of apps which need 8GB are not the kind of thing you should be running on a tablet.

Kind of with you on the SSD except that for regular users, 64 probably is fine... meaning non techy types. With you on the keyboard.

Note though that this is really a reference device, anyone can make their own competing device since all this is is an ultra-slim touch PC. You'll have to wait for someone to make a beefier version.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: I'm sorry...

Why would companies leave France if they are still making profit after the new taxes?

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The report argues that tax hasn't caught up with the digital economy

This is the one part I can agree with.

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Google's Native Client browser tech now works on ARM

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Re: Terrible

It's more cross-platform. If you write a normal browser plugin it effectively is just regular .dll/.exe (or other OS equivalent) which is loaded by the browser. So you have to compile separately one version for Windows, one for OSX, one (at least) for Linux, etc.

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Re: Is this for real?

Every web-page you visit executes arbitrary code within a sandbox. It's called JavaScript.

And I guess it's much safer to download an application which runs un-sandboxed.

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Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?

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Re: Windows Phone is doing a great job of being a 2nd class product

If we go with the logic that whatever the mass market wants is 'best' then yes. But that also means Twilight is a first class movie, and Bieber is producing wonderful music.

One might argue Android is the Bieber of phone OS... lowest common denominator & cheap (please don't suggest the mass market buy Android because it's less locked down).

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Spanish startup to ship first Mozilla-phones

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whether the world wants another smartphone operating system

No. Next.

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Review: Infiniti M35h hybrid sports saloon

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Re: Well lets put this way...

Let's see...

- 33.6 is a bigger number than 26

- most people don't want to drive up a mountain

- choosing a car for its snow handling when it only matters one week a year is asinine.

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Nokia lets Lumia 820 owners 3D print their own case

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Re: Pointless Bling

Good job it's not shit then.

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Re: makes sense

Good to see Adam's sense of humour is firing on both brain cells with that original joke.

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

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Well we only really hear his side of the story. So quite possibly.

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Re: Doesn't surprise me

It's hardly rocket science that if you piss people off they will be biased against you.

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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

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Re: Best alternative is a Chromebook

Great idea. 200 students in a single room, all using laptops which require always-on internet. No problems there at all for the WiFi.

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@Phil

>>Pencil and paper? It's worked at the best universities for the last 800+ years#

I do love it when people post this stupid argument, thinking it proves a point. Before pencil and paper, slate and chalk worked just fine too.

The reason we used pen[cil] and paper for so long is ONLY because it was the economical, easy approach. NOT because it was the best. Phil has also missed the point that the top universities no longer use pencil and paper. Or even pen and paper... when did anyone last use pencils... other than a few subjects like maths, computers are the norm for writing essays and projects.

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Re: @AC Not wrong.

No evidence computers aid education? What?

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stop abusing and exploiting their student body

Did they ask the student body if getting free iPads made them feel abused and exploited, or make that decision on their behalf?

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Time Warner Cable to Netflix: We want your 3D films, not your network

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Re: probably won't notice

They seem to be adding lots of stuff all the time, many things are annoying absent here but we've not run out of things to watch and have discovered new shows through it. Also loads of older shows I would never pay to own, but are nice to watch once... in fact a way to watch 4OD content without adverts and at decent quality is possibly worth the fee.

The US content is way ahead but since Netflix has established dominance and online streaming is clearly the future, I'm confident it will eventually end up with just about everything.

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SimCity to teach SimMaths and SimScience at school

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Re: Wonder if...

A massive persistant online world? What a daft idea, nobody would want a game like that.

The problem might be that you're expecting it to be SC2000 with better graphics, rather than a modern game... WOW doesn't have offline mode either. OTOH it might just be crap, I need to read more to decide.

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NASA sends Mona Lisa into space by LASER

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Re: But...

I hardly think referring to the "radio spectrum" is "popular". It's rather pointless to use a definition of radio which covers any wavelength... we could similarly refer to radiowaves and gamma rays as 'light' which is technicallyt true but rather unhelpful.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Bought my copy

Foolish to think they would suddenly change their entire pricing model to mirror Apple's, but I'd forgotten how much full versions cost so buying ahead in case I need it seemed sensible... , maybe I'll dual-boot it on my Mac as my main PC probably needs replacing soonish and can live with W7 until then.

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Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

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Re: Of Course!

Java isn't a bug-riddled piece of crap, one particular implementation is.

If existing languages are all unsuitable, how come we haven't all switched to something new? The last new language to get mass acceptance was C#... even Python and Ruby remain bit players.

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Of Course!

The best thing to replace JS, a browser-specific language without decent dev tools, is not an existing language used across desktop & server platforms with a mature set of tools and proven track record, but ANOTHER new language. Because we don't have enough of those already.

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Google files patent for eyewear that SHOOTS LASERS

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I think people said the same about Tablet computers too.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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but the only place where regular mass shootings occur...

If we're focusing specifically on school shootings, I don't think either guns or games can be blamed because other countries have high gun ownership. It's something about the US' collective psyche.

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>>I been gaming for years, including the hyper violent "Worms" series of games, can't recall ever going out and killing anybody though

Your argument is like a nonagenarian smoker claiming that because they haven't developed cancer, smoking doesn't kill.

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They are against games where you shoot PEOPLE. A game where you practice shooting paper targets at a simulated gun range has nothing to do with that.

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Live blog: Facebook's 'screw you' to Google revealed at last

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Re: ...Really? This is news?

I guess you're an expert performing thousands of simultaneous queries on a multi-PB database then? It's called graph-search for a reason, the connectedness of a graph is in direct relationship to how hard it is to analyse.

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I think we're only scratching the surface what their data could be used for, the problem is it's so much data it's hard to process.

I bet you could in theory develop intelligence agents which identify criminal/terrorist groups based on the interactions and interconnections between people for instance.

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Re: Meh

How many are actual friends... all of them. Or at least people I know.

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Amazon rainforest starts making phone calls

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It might be suggested the people who developed the system know a bit about logging.

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Whoever said to put one on every tree... if someone is logging thousands of trees you could put one every square mile and it would be enough.

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Korean boffins crack art of bendy batteries

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Re: Flexible phones.... why?

Don't worry Charles, you just stick you your Nokia 3210 and let us kids get on with it.

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