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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Re: Apple does it again ...

You say you want an i7-powered tablet that charges from a 2.1A (max) USB socket, and sign off as "Somene with common sense". Hmmm...

If you do want a tablet with OSX (and a high-end Wacom digitiser) for productivity, you can have it... but it ain't cheap:

http://www.modbook.com/modbookpro-features/

and you'll have to make do with a 13" screen and a Magsafe power cable.

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Re: SSD storage ripoff

They are a company. Their purpose is to make money. They achieve this by selling goods at a mark up against their cost of manufacture.

In other news, ursine creatures observed defecating in arboreally dense locations.

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Re: **Space is not grey.

Oh dear Tom, it would appear that you have some homework to do:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Dwarf#Setting_and_plot

And here's the latest smartwatch. Smart? It's got an IQ of 6000!

http://clickclicksnapsnap.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/holly-watch1.jpg

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Re: Retina?

It's easy to take the mickey out of 'Retina', but after TV companies confused the heck out of consumers with talk of "HD Ready", "Full HD", "True HD" and various 1080 720 i p labels, I think it was a sensible marketing decision by Apple to come up with a new term for their high DPI displays.

Of course they have some competition now, and their are a handful tablets and laptops available that boast more pixels (though users who really care will also look at tests of colour accuracy and the like, depending upon their own requirements).

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>**Space is not grey.

Holly: Well, the thing about a black hole - its main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?

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Woz: Google Glass will be SO COOL... just like BLUETOOTH

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Not on the street, but maybe the workshop

In the workshop I don't care what I look like (I'll probably already be in paint spattered boiler suit), and I have a need for eye protection.

Whilst measuring, a voice memo or or voice dictation facility would be useful, and whilst cutting a display of dimensions could be handy. Capturing videos or stills hands-free would be good in that environment.

That said, videos wouldn't be useful for general viewing, since the head-mounted camera would be moving around all the time.

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Re: On the spectrum of coolness

I like Woz's Nixie tube wristwatch.

http://www.cathodecorner.com/nixiewatch/

I also like a company who put negative comments about their products on their own homepage:

“If I wanted to buy a watch that guaranteed I would never get laid, I certainly wouldn't have to spend that much on it.”

—random Slashdot comment

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Re: D cell batteries?

>I guess they wouldn't be green enough today, because they used to go through D cell batteries in an extraordinarily ravenous rate.

They used to, but today have very power-efficient Class D amplifiers.

However, the only ghetto-blaster like things I've seen in the wild in recent years have been amongst builders. DeWalt make ruggedised stereos that take their power from 18v power-tool batteries, and include a waterproof compartment for your MP3 player to sit in.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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@Tom 38

JDX did acknowledge that 'bullying' was a very plausible reason for MS's actions, and then offered an alternate reason, clearly marked as merely a hypothesis.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Re: Technoluddites

>I never understand the complete opposition to the new that we invariably see here on the Reg,

It is not opposition to the new that has people upset here, but rather the threat to FM. FM radio a, works, b, is cheap, c is reliable and d, is very frugal with batteries, and e, is already owned in our homes, cars and phones.

I haven't any problem with DAB an *addition* to FM (though DAB doesn't sound great), but it just isn't suitable as a *replacement.*

If you read other's comments here, you'll see that their views are generally informed from personal experience, and are not a knee-jerk reaction to all things new.

> With more people listening, it can only get better.

I'm not sure that will help the DAB sound quality issue much, or the way it eats through batteries. Granted, more listeners might bring down the price of the sets or extend DAB signal coverage though.

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Re: Yes to FM switch off, but only if it switches off BBC radio.

Radio 3 is mostly classical music (with a bit of 'world music' and jazz at obscure times)

Radio 4 is all spoken word; news, documentaries, dramas, comedy. Sometimes the LW versions varies from its FM counterpart and has cricket and church services.

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Re: anti-DAB agenda

We're not so much anti-DAB here (live and let live) but rather pro-FM. It is nice to have a low cost, low power way of receiving news and music.

True, the choice on FM isn't always great, but you can currently choose to buy yourself a DAB set if you wish, or go online for tens of thousands of radio stations.

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Re: Things that need to happen

>During that time develop new DAB radios that use as little power as an FM radio

Good point, but how? Consider what eats your batteries:

FM Radio = Amplifier

DAB Radio = Processor(s) for error-correction coding, OFDM modulation, packet mode statistical multiplexing, frame synchronization and audio decoding THEN amplifier

The absolute best case scenario is that you can, in time, get a DAB radio receiver to use ALMOST as little juice as an FM set.

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Re: Local listening

There is a medium-sized town about twelve mile from where I live, with it's wonderfully eclectic community-run FM station. Alas, its signal peters out about a mile and half from my house.

I can listen to it over the internet, though.

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BIG, CURVY Apple models: Just right for SLAP AND TICKLE

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Re: hope this pushes Android to improve it's existing pressure support

Peratech were featured in one of the Engineering trade journals just the other week... the first product using their material is a cordless drill, which goes faster the harder you squeeze the (non-moving) trigger.

The website is worth a look, not only for an overview of the technology, but for this:

"How we work

Initial Contact

Peratech is fully aware of the need for commercial non-disclosure with regards today's product development cycles. With that in mind, after making first contact with our team it is then standard practice to mutually sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement so that both parties core IP and products are protected."

...making a El Reg's attempt at getting a comment from them seem optimistic!

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

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Re: FLOSS nutter

Okay vagabondo, is it possible you might have the cart before the horse here?

If Open Source programs for Windows are annoying to install (or result in a lacklustre experience in other ways) it can have a detrimental effect on the adoption of Linux as people's desktop OS.

If a Windows user (more likely to be lay computer user) has a good experience with things like The GIMP or Libre Office, they are more likely to try a Linux distro.

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Foxconn-rebrander Apple to rebrand hardware from other Taiwanese firms, too

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>Sure are a lot of butthurt iTards out today. You guys must be doing something right.

@Not That Andrew

The comments that proceeded yours were written because some of us feel that The Register should be accurate and amusing, rather than demonstrably incorrect and tedious. Is that not unreasonable? You then have the audacity to ascribe our comments to some irrational and unquestioning love of an inanimate corporate entity (and yes, I'll take that as a insult. Sod off back to the playground Andrew). WTF?

For the record, I've never owned an iDevice (well, I was once donated an iPod but I used it as a HDD donor for a rival device that was better suited to my needs). I'm pretty sure that Apple can look themselves without my help. However, this is a tech news site, it would be nice to be able to discuss technological products on their merit in a mature manner without every fucking thread turning into a name calling match. Some of us have a sense of fair play.

You, Andrew, seem to think that El Reg comment threads would be better if they were more like those found below Youtube videos, rectally-inspired abuse and all. Pillock.

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Re: Couldn't agree more.

The sad thing is that The Reg can still put out good, interesting stories... take http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/05/apple_sapphire_factory_in_arizona/ for example, which I found made me think about parts of the tech industry (paying for production facilities for future predicted future demand etc) differently.

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Re: This is getting a little tired

Indeed. Since the kit was never branded 'Foxconn', it can't be re-branded.

As we are aware that it is not the article's author who wrote its headline, it is a little unfair to Mr Hamill to make him appear as a new Anna Leach.

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Ogle high-end 3D models, games in a browser: Ask Amazon, Autodesk, Otoy

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Re: Aim Down Sights

> I'm not sure I see much need for this in regards to 3D modeling.

I think it could be damned useful for 3D modelling.

1, If a workflow requires features only found in one particular package, this can be rented for the job and charged to client -as opposed to a small shop making a large investment in the software.

2, No need to invest in your own render farm, since Mental Ray announced a similar service with AWS last year.

3, Corroborative design with engineers on different continents.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: Sweet-looking and the price seems right - some questions

The LG G2, upon which this is based, can play 24bit 192Khz FLAC files natively, without down-sampling on the audio path, though only through LG's own app since Android doesn't support very high quality audio nativily (though LG have released APIs in the hope popular 3rd party audio apps will support its lovely hardware).

I don't know if the Nexus 5 has the same DAC.

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Re: Screen size

Unlike 'Mini' versions of other flagship phones, the Z1 Mini retains most of th features (same processor and camera etc) as it's bigger brother:

http://www.knowyourmobile.com/sony/sony-xperia-z1-mini/21315/sony-xperia-z1-mini-launching-globally-november-12-sony-xperia-z1s

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>Oh, and whatever the make, it needs to be supported by Cyanogenmod.

Sony have been pretty good at providing instructions for unlocking the boot loader of their phones. XDA forums will provide you with more info, I'm sure.

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Re: Eight megapixels isn't as good as some of the competition...

Relax, most people these days don't take the megapixel count as a measure of quality.

That said, in conditions of good light (when most cameras take a pretty decent picture) a few more megapixles do allow for a bit more detail; whilst you might not be blowing up the whole image to A3, it is not unreasonable to want to blow up a crop of the original image to A4, for example. This is especially true when a shot can't be composed by using an optical zoom (cos there isn't one), so cropping is your friend.

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Re: Earbleedingly loud music on public transport..

>>"Nope, the iphones aren't the best selling phone platform (or if you mean individual model - "the iphone" isn't an individual model - the best selling model of all time is the Nokia 5230)."

@Mark. He didn't mean the "best selling phone platform", and he didn't mean "the best selling phone model of all time". He meant what he said, which was:

>"Lack of SD Slot and fixed battery have not worried the best selling phones of the past few years....."

Whether or not he is correct I don't know, but Wikipedia supports his assertion, depending on how his fuzzy premise is interpreted.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_mobile_phones#2011

In any case, his assertion that lack of an SD card is no barrier to mass adoption is correct. Hell, I'm rarely away from my computer for more than a few days, whatever music / video I happen to have me is enough.

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>The phone ships with a charger that uses USB, which hurts recharge times compared to other chargers but does allow you to simply plug the phone into your computer's USB port and it will simply show itself as a removable drive.

Er? Most chargers use USB these days... the difference is that some are 800mA, some are up to 2.1A; the one that ships with the LG G2 is not far off the latter. I know that some devices will draw more current if the data pins are shorted, but things have moved on since then.

> but does allow you to simply plug the phone into your computer's USB port and it will simply show itself as a removable drive.

That's handy to know for Mac and Linux users. Strange that Nexus device should sport it, since it was Android that removed this feature in the first place. Some Sony phones can also connect as Mass Storage Class (but not mine. Annoying, because Microsoft don't allow you to choose which programs are associated with files on mobile devices, so you're stuck with the godawful Windows photo viewer).

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Re: MicroSD slot?

@alpine

The previous LG-made Nexus 4 did not support USB OTG no matter what you did to it. If this feature is important to you, you should confirm its presence or absence on XDA forums first.

Hmm, some of the old Archos HDD-based tablets (up to 500GB) worked as media servers... I don't know in practice if this works on the hoof, though.

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Apple patents technology to STALK YOU in your own HOME

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>"but currently costs are high".... and I guarantee the apple stuff will be higher!.

Really? Have you looked at the price of replicating a Sonos-like system using Apple Airports and a Mac Mini?

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>I can't get 5.1 surround out of it as TV's do not pass through 5.1 to optical from hdmi sources...

I seem to recall my mate had that issue with some speakers and his PS3... I think he got a £10 HDMI > Toslink doodad off eBay.

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Some top tips, there, Mr Jones. I wonder if one can integrate into it some modules that can use an array of microphones to triangulate a persons position within the home? Not only would that achieve what Apple are trying to do with Bluetooth, but it could be integrated into baby/toddler monitors and burglar alarms...

Hmm, I wonder of household pico-cells can be set up to sound an alarm if an phone with an unfamiliar EMEI enters the house under certain conditions? (or just make a note of it for the police)

This home automation stuff is in it's infancy, but I'm glad the components are cheap enough now for home-brew efforts. I mean, we've had central locking in cars for decades, yet not in our homes...

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Re: I have these all over - they are called PIR (Passive Infra-Red) sensors

This patent application describes a mesh network that can triangulate the position of a person within a home by detecting Bluetooth/WiFi from a personal device, as well as relaying sensor/control packets on to relevant nodes. There is prior art for this kind of thing, but your use of stand-alone PIR switches is not it, sorry.

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Re: Will it have Couch Potato mode?

Some Sony TVs already turn themselves off - you don't need home automation for that to happen! Some models detect motion in the room (though evidently we've been a bit too 'relaxed' on occasion, since it thinks we're either dead, asleep or absent), others go to sleep when buttons haven't been pushed for a while.

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There is definitely a market for home automation and the like, but currently costs are high.

For example, Sonos home audio systems carry a very high price tag, yet many readers here could 'roll their own' at a fraction of the cost using Homeplugs and Tri-path amplifiers (okay, the end result might not be as 'polished', but the BOM is similar).

You don't have to suffer from full-blown OCD to sometimes have a nagging feeling "Did I turn the iron off before I left the house?" as you're on your way to work. A system that could provide such confirmation through one's smartphone would be welcome. The devil will be in the ease of use in the application.

Sensors are cheap, processing power is cheap. Using an array of microphones could allow the movement of people in a house to be tracked.... turning on lights is one application, burglar detection another.... or even "There hasn't been a sound from Granny's house for 10 hours, let's give her a ring and see if she's okay".

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EYE-GASMIC: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display

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Re: Does it seem to anyone else...

>I just want a nice mundane looking laptop that can play a game of Civ 5 on occasion.

You might be alright with Iris, then:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7399/215inch-imac-late-2013-review-iris-pro-driving-an-accurate-display/3

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Re: Its the Pro .....

Even the last gen of Intel HD graphics was no slouch at video transcoding. Anand hasn't got around to testing the new Macbook Pro yet, but he has the iMac with Iris Pro graphics. This new Mac Pro is a step backwards from last year's equivalent graphics wise, but not massively.

Some pro users might be using a Red Rocket decoder card through Thunderbolt. Laptops with upgradable ceepeegeepees? Sound good.

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Re: meh

>Moreover, unless I go up to the two grand model, I don't get all that CUDA goodness in Premiere, Photoshop and Aftereffects, either, due to no NVidia card.

Well, there is a fair chance your software will start supporting OpenCL instead, given the upcoming Mac Pro has two AMd cards and no nVidea option.

> I do love Coreaudio a lot- the WIndows sound subsystem is a pile of crap,

Yep

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Re: Want that screen.

>Yeah how many other retina resolution screens do you see?

Here's two that are close:

Toshiba Kirabook 2560×1440 @13.3"

Lenovo Yoga 2 3200 x 1800 @ 13"

but yeah, these are both 16:9 screens, not 16:10 as per the original plea.

The problem is that a good many Windows desktop applications (including expensive ones such as Adobe's Creative Suite) don't scale well, and so toolbars are left insanely small. OSX handles scaling differently.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/04/toshibas-2560x1440-kirabook-is-a-high-res-laptop-for-the-windows-world/

http://www.trustedreviews.com/lenovo-yoga-2-pro_Laptop_review

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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

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Re: So...

Oh Jeebus...

I was just going to refresh my knowledge of the six days of creation in Genesis to see how well it tallies with science (the order is vaguely correct) but I got distracted by this moronic site:

http://www.missiontoamerica.com/genesis/days-of-creation.html

I like the way that it explicitly goes out of its way to show that there can be no compromise between science and the Bible ( or their interpretation of their version of a bible)

Oh, but it gets better- apparently T-Rex was a vegetarian (else it doesn't fit the scripture):

http://www.missiontoamerica.com/genesis/dinosaurs-people.html

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Pasteur disproved spontaneous generation in glass jars of modest size, which were subject to limited physical influences (tides, hot/cycling etc), over a finite period of time.

Had Pasteur's test apparatus been a geologically active planet and he had a few billion years to spare, he may have observed something different. Even if you attribute life on Earth to the Panspermia theory, that in turn must have originated somewhere.

Some clays are crystalline, and like many crystals their form can be influenced by the seed crystal from which they grew... the theory that there was an inorganic precursor to RNA has been around for a while (how could a complex mechanism such as the ribosome boot-strap itself); I think Dawkins mentions it in The Blind Watchmaker, along with the wry observation that carbon-based life might eventually prove to be a mere blip between silica and silicon, should intelligent machines ever supplant us meatbags.

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Samsung: Get ready to BEND OVER – foldable fondleslabs 'by 2016'...

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Re: "rather terrible advert"

C'mon, this isn't even the worse Samsung presentation. See:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57576010-71/samsung-sorry-about-that-sexist-show/

Although regarding Farting Hippo's point, this one might not make your nadgers want to hide.

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>To be able to roll up or fold up, your mobile device requires foldable and bendable batteries, processors, memory and other bits, not just flexible screens.

Er... You might need flexible components to roll it up, but to fold it up you only need a flexible screen. See: a hardback book. However, for a 5" tall phone of conventional form, the folding approach would give a roughly 7" diagonal squarish screen, whereas the roll-up approach could give a roughly 10" 'widescreen' (or ratio of your choice).

As a culture, we've largely settled on books over scrolls, other than for projector screens (not the most robust of structures)

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Secrets of Apple's mysterious Arizona sapphire factory: Our expert whispers all

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Re: woot Arizona

I wonder.... are solar furnaces practical in Arizona? Are solar furnaces even suitable for manufacturing smelted materials on an industrial basis?

I really don't know. Any thoughts?

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>To obtain the maximum economies of scale, the sapphire glass needs to also be sold at reasonable prices to possible competitors. This is something that I just don't see Apple doing.

That's the point; the factory that eventually produces the sapphire / sapphire parts won't be owned by Apple, but by their partner; "it's almost vertical integration but not quite".

There are companies that aren't in competition with Apple who might buy the sapphire. Plausibly products such as lightbulbs or kitchenware might one day make use of sapphire in their construction, just as examples.

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RIIIGHT. Sysadmins: Have you ever even MET an overly suave IT guy?

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Re: Scruffy = status in sysadmin world;

Scott Adams made the same observation in a Dilbert four-panel cartoon, showing the dress of four office inhabitants. (I couldn't find a link to it, sorry).

The poorly dressed guy: "I am a worthless peon, treat me like earwax"

The smartly dressed guy with slicked hair: "Be nice to me, I'll be your boss one day."

The bearded guy wearing sandals, shorts and a tie-dye t-shirt: "I am the only one who knows how the IT system works; treat me like God"

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Forget 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' - how does its rival from EA stack up?

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This review of BF4 suggests that bugs are just a part of the Battlefield games:

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/11/battlefield-4-the-brutal-broken-beautiful-pinnacle-of-first-person-shooters/2/

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Re: top-spec PC

Here you go, Tom's cahrt of average frame rates for Battlefield 4 across a range of popular graphics cards:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-r9-290-review-benchmark,review-32818-6.html

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New US Apple factory will make INVINCIBLE sapphire glass for SHINY iThings

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Re: Ditch the aluminium

I think 'frank ly' might have been referring to Aluminium Oxynitride.

Another way to make aluminium work as a display of sorts (though not transparent) is to drill lots of tiny holes in it:

http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/29/apple-patents-invisible-button/

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Late with your ransom payment? Never mind, CryptoLocker crooks will, er, give you a break

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It is a measure of my ignorance that I have never understood why a system designed to simply display and print documents allows code to be run on your machine. Oh well.

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Amazon lashes Nvidia's GRID GPU to its cloud: But can it run Crysis?

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Re: What's it for?

Exactly: Why build your own render farm at great expense if it's sitting idle most of the time?

Renders often come towards the end of the job as the deadline approaches... having them done in half an hour instead of overnight can save a lot of stress.

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The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

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1980s video games taught me to equate 'Boss' with 'Big Baddie", to be shot, bombed, round-house kicked or shurikened as appropriate.

Luckily, I have come to realise that isn't always true.

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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Re: I initially read that...

If you can assemble your own system, it doesn't matter what the reference design look, it's the combination of the controller and UI design that is important.

I think a nice big passive cooler mounted in a chassis resembling a valve amplifier would look good on some people's AV cabinets...

http://www.2dayblog.com/images/2012/april/550x-nofan-cooler.jpg (95 W TDP)

That'll cool any sensible CPU for gaming, a shame there doesn't appear to be similar passive solutions for GPUs.

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