* Posts by N13L5

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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

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Re: Sadly it doesn't run iOS.

Well, iOS would be even worse for doing things the way you want rather than the way the manufacturer wants.

But Android 4.4 is plenty bad enough.

The author conveniently forgets to mention that in Android 4.4 you can't write anything to the SD card, making things terribly cumbersome in daily use if you're doing anything more than making phone calls and fumbling around on Facecrook.

Stability or not, at least Android 5 fixes that major issue.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: What's wrong with Volvo's?

The reviewer is all about personal bias.

Besides the 4G issue, he has provided no reason to believe he's talking about anything but his personal foibles...

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Re: The market has clearly signalled...

"The market has clearly signalled, at this end of the price range, that many buyers don’t regard the omission of a flash slot as a deal-breaker"

Who paid you to write this nonsense?

Could only be Google really, they probably got Tony Blair to call your editor to insist on the inclusion of this statement or else get people fired...

Without MicroSD card slot, there's especially no reason to buy Samsung.

But Samsung noticed already, hence the S6 PRO is coming with MicroSD card slot and user replaceable battery. Maybe even 4G reception.

So quit applauding this fashion victim of a phone, trying all together too hard to be metallic and thin.

And I've never heard anyone else bitch about Samsung's plastic but media pundits. Users were pretty happy with the high quality, near indestructible polycarbonate Samsung used.

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Frisky patent WAR: Samsung seeks to BLOCK Nvidia graphics chips from US market

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Re: Some really dislike patents

"If you spent hundreds of millions on something, don't you deserve...?"

No.

Hundreds of millions siphoned from employees and customers shouldn't entitle anyone to anything.

Make money lending for interest illegal again and all this bs will die down. And we won't have so much "legalized" criminality, pollution and general uglification of our surroundings.

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Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

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Rather inconsistent on the reviews but still a decent read...

One Headset gets a positive mention for being a USB (built in sound card) headset, while for another headset, the fact that its also a USB headset isn't mentioned,

A few words about cup size would also be helpful.

I had the Creative for a very short time, it was excellent in sound, but the bluetooth connection was unreliable, and the earpieces are small, don't fit around your ears, but instead press them to you head hard, which gets extremely uncomfortable after less than 30 minutes.

The Razer has 5" drivers, not 4". At least that's what it says on my package. I guess that could have changed between revisions?

On the expensive end of the spectrum, Samsung's Bluetooth headset might be worth looking at too. High build quality and their padding fits nicely around my ears without any pressure and they have both bluetooth and wired options. PHP 12,000 / 240 Euro at the local Samsung store.

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Re: Can we get more love for behind-neck headsets?

No, as there are none that are any good.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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marketing drones

Its all about forcing the Microshuft app store as sole distribution avenue and the 30% Microcruft tax to be collected on every sale from developers/customers, whichever of the two ends up getting snipped for that money.

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Midnight

Windows used to be there to take care of people's actual needs.

Now its there purely for Microcruft's corporate strategic goals which change every three months.

There is no better way to tank computer sales and send people looking for less precarious platforms to use, even if pickings are slim.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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Re: alternate reality??

That would be exactly the reason why Scott Ridley would be interested in doing this.

The Nuremberg court records where Nazi war criminals were sentenced show that all the I.G. Farben executives got their multi-year to life sentences commuted after just one or two years and - wonder of wonders, mostly got flown out to the USA, where many of them hold high positions in large corporations.

Hitler's top lawyer - (who carried out the I.G. Farben's number 1 priority to institute a new patent law in all occupied territories, before any other changes to local laws) - later became the founding Architect of the modern EU, actively shaping it for its first 10 years.

Thanks to the German's pedantic record keeping, you can also find in Nuremberg documents proving, that most concentration camp inmates didn't die in the camps, but were sold in bulk to I.G. Auschwitz (the largest industrial complex of its time) for "scientific tests", involving new medications, poison gas and other new weapons developments.

German Concentration camps also saw the first case of putting fluoride into drinking water - effective at keeping prisoners docile and, at sufficient doses sterilization of inmates.

German Chancellor Kohl was the offspring of an I.G. Farben executive - and the long time patron of current Chancellor Merkel.

On the day after the Nazis burned down and destroyed the German Parliament, the I.G. Farben transferred 500,000 Reichsmark to Hitler.

Nothing changed, except the language used in the news papers.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: Nice

Can't wait till people find out the exposed bent part of the display gets all scratched up in a short time...

Good way to get people to buy new phones more often, I guess

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Chasing pennies, Sony, Microsoft and smartphone biz rivals retreat to mid-range

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re: Do Microsoft, LG or Sony have the loyalty . . .

. . . "to command a €100 premium in a commodity market?"

If Sony fixes their adhesive issues for their glass backs, some of their features could yield them some loyalty - maybe, just barely...

The others? No way. The Chinese can build everything anybody else can - they've been building everybody else's phones for a long time now...

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Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

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re: "a few hundred dollars per month, per device"

. . . Do they install and maintain tiny rocket launchers on the phone for that kind of cash?

(all electronically aimed at encrypted targets in Palestine, no doubt)

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: "The lowest of the low phones comes with 16GB nowadays, and I only use 10"

Don't draw conclusions about others from your own lack of using the full potential of your tiny, pocket-able computer.

I have 20 GB of music, 32GB of about 7,200 books ranging in subject matter from technical, engineering to medical and also a few novels. Then a few movies, concert videos and downloaded Harvard lectures from Youtube and other tutorials for another 30GB. Beyond that, I take a lot of pictures and video with the phone, which also tends to grab space, so there isn't that much room left on my current 128GB MicroSD.

I can access all this without an internet connection, whenever I need it, as its always in my pocket.

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Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?

Certainly was never a Samsung "fan", but bought their phones because they offered the features I wanted, which included removable, swappable batteries, a MicroSD card slot (would have preferred two of them), and a high quality plastic that could take a lot of abuse without passing all the pressure on to the glass, like metal does, in case of a drop.

AND, I really can't wait until people find out that the curved part of the phone's display takes on scratches like no tomorrow and looks awful after a few months.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: Knowing the difference - "SSH != TOR"

Don't you think the NSA owns and runs TOR by now?

- if that wasn't already the case from the start...

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Lawmakers, cops, bankers, terrorists - all one and the same snake's nest.

Given that governments are still just the largest, most powerful organized crime syndicates in any given area, its easy to see from where the wind blows here.

Why don't you spooks and the f**kers behind you just declare martial law and model all our countries after Burma or Paraguay?

Security is an illusion.no matter what you people get to spy on or not. But what can anybody do with negative selection for positions of power built into the system and psychotics running the show?

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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

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Greedle taking the butter off Telco's toast...

...awww

Its like you got captured by Orcs, who are then slain by a Troll, which doesn't change your outlook one bit, because their plans for you are the same - roasting on a spittle till tender.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Greedle just says they're not making money to justify the next change of rules.

Whenever you want to squeeze a division harder, you have to first publicly complain that you're not making "enough" / "anything". Of course, that's a lie. They just want more, much more...

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re: You're NOT buying the tunes from Apple

+1 for splitting hairs.

+1 for also having your "facts" wrong.

+1 for fitting in really well with any blow-hard beer-garden discussion.

You're BUYING the license, not renting it.

The license is indefinite and not revocable, unless you violate the license.

Add to that worldwide laws that differ from country to country.

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The perpetrator of this distorted article...

...shows his mean-spirited ignorance by calling Youtube "idiot viewer".

Not even worth reading past that sentence.

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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

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Anything to rid us of ghastly Adobe and its hideous spawn one day...

...with its beyond awful installation routine trying to drop some third-party McAfee malware on your system every time, its ridiculous slow and frail downloader, and the never ending security holes.

I doubt I'll feel any love for Greedle's replacement, but it might just be a few percent points less annoying.

Maybe Firefox will even get along with that, so we can overlook their totally failed attempt at sand-boxing Flash to prevent it from crashing the browser every time you have more than a few Youtube tabs open.

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Get ready for the El Reg Storage Winners-n-Losers super chart

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Re: Graph

Displaying a graph with a pointless 3D effect that totally distorts the impression an observer gets from the chart, you have to wonder if that's just incompetence or malfeasance..

In the words of Grand Moff Kilran: "Lying or incompetent - it makes little difference"

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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

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Human DNA = hazardous material

Putting our DNA on the moon is retarded:

If good aliens find it, they will have trouble to no end, given we are the most aggressive and unpleasant species this planet had the misfortune to be infested with. At least they should also put a warning beacon, telling any passers by to stay away from the moon in the name of their own safety.

If bad aliens find it, our DNA will enable them to design very specific weapons to eradicate us while preserving the planet for themselves.

So either way, its the idea of a nutter.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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don't know how the review arrives at Apple's and HTC's design being better than this :p

both their mobes have metal framed in plastic, which looks cheap, gimmicky and in the iPhone 6's case downright stupid. Like it was made for the trailer park crowd.

This Samsung's metal bezel excels with simplicity, functionality and a beautifully machined camfer.

Its shape strengthens the corners and prevents the phone from slipping out of your hand. The corners also give your hand an immediate indication where you're holding the phone, so you know if the button is gonna be a little higher or a little lower, depending on how you grabbed it.

People lacking the slightest design background mistaking industrial design for poor personal taste and then writing about it. :p

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Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

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Re: It's still Oracle

What worries people more than any specific theory is the corporate credo:

"Its not enough that we win, we want the other guy to loose"

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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I don't need special cables to hear the MP3 warble in pretty much everything.

To hear that nasty MP3 warble, I need not use special cables, no super high end DAC, just a quality pair of 12 year old KRK V8 speakers or a decent midrange pair of earphones.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Re: Much ado about nothing

The "cluelessness of the government" isn't cluelessness. They are just following their instructions.

German Politician Seehofer put it plainly on TV: "Those who are elected have no decisions to make, and those who make the decisions haven't been elected."

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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streaming music sounds like crap

Unless you have really crappy ears, you can hear all the compression artifacts, not to mention the hick-ups from imperfect connections. And where's your music if you can't get a connection, or you failed to pay some bill?

A FLAC file recorded from Vinyl or CD is really the only way to go in an age of cheap storage and easy availability of reasonably priced high quality pro-audio gear. And if you really love your music, you need an EMP proof cabinet for your music storage and playback gear.

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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Blaming Climate change on CO2 is just to justify chemtrails and charge for breathing in the future

Suppose Eric Schmidt came into contact with the real powers and was given a choice.

Human emission of CO2 amounts to what, 2 or 3% of total CO2, which is needed for life to exist.

I think its an excuse for chem-trails for the U.S. military's project to weaponize the atmosphere.

And it'll help corporations start to eventually charge us for the air we breathe.

They already brazenly call water a "product"

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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Hah, what I want to know is who paid the millions for this and other studies of this ilk?

Studies in general have been found to surprisingly come out with findings that please those who ordered and paid for them.

To me, this story is just another Big Media plant to convince people of how bad it is to have an internet that is not totally controlled by corporations and spies.

boohoo!

I had an idea once, so me and my clan should be able to live for generations on the never ending proceeds MY intellectual property is a suspect idea to begin with, but worse, the I.P. rights almost always end up with large conglomerates that are generally in the business of making humanity miserable with their sorry single minded goal of maximising monetary profit.

Subservience to money is a degradation of consciousness.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: Trully the jesus Phone

Can only hope its not the second coming, or people won't have much time to enjoy their new electronic dog leash...

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Re: is it double irony

Hardly irony.

Thick skin? That only gets acquired by emotional injury. Injury to what?? False identification which certain products and ideas that got derided by some hacks in the interwebs?

Its a load of emotional baggage over things human beings should be completely and utterly aloof from.

Only a fan boy for some corporation or other can waste his time and brain cycles in so miserable a way. Well done corporate brainwashing... Maybe it was Apple's Orwell commercial that got him.

Or maybe the oh-so-shiny surfaces of various objects of tech-distorted desires. This kind of loving attention should be reserved for sentient beings, not dead objects.

Whatever...

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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

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Re: Imperator...

I don't speculate on Putin's personal desires, but...

Putin knows there's nobody else with even a faint chance to steer Russia through Nato's and the EU's continual encroachment on Russia's turf. Of course our western propaganda tells us, that we're in the right and he's in the wrong, but as usual, what we're doing is in no way the claimed bringing of democracy, (which took the place of 'bringing Christendom') as the excuse de jour for a blatant land grab.

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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Re: America - Home of Free Enterprise?

"The days of Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and pals weren't so great for their competitors."

What are you talking about 'the days of'...? A few of them are not only not gone, but they rule the club of the 0.01% and they hold nothing but contempt for the rest of us.

Old drug and slave trade money put into banks and multinational corporations still run with the same dinosaur mentality.

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Subservience to money is a degradation of human consciousness.

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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

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Re: False claims: NZ is on the outer with its former Allies.

"Key is left of centre when compared to most other countries... etc"

Hope you realize that all this left, right, center jousting is just part of a puppet theater to keep you sitting on your sofa in a daze.

If you throw out your TV and spend all your time gardening instead, you'll have no less impact on the world, probably more, as at least the bees and the birds will be pleased.

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New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'

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Re: I didn't believe the SCALE

The Bank ruled UK and the Corporate States of America have long since outdone the 3rd Reich in both propaganda and surveillance.

Nothing happens in U.S. Government that isn't at the behest of the ruling club of corporations and banks, owning FED, CFR and a general revolving door into any U.S. agency.

Don't blame the Americans per se, except for being fast asleep in front of their puppet theater on TV, while digesting their toxic food and hence blind to what the club of fat cats is up to.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: 420 patent applications

I can see how 90% of the money didn't go into the vacuum cleaner but was spent on patent fees and lawyers. I wonder how many engineers quit through this project...

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Unless, of course ...if it can vacuum up plant matter, combust it, convert it to a gas and spread it all around the room. In that case, they probably all stayed on...

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16 Years of intensive R&D for more than just another vacuum cleaner

"The Dyson 360 Eye has come about after 16 years of “intensive R&D”, according to the British firm, and the company reckons it will blow other robotic slave hoovers out of the water."

For sure, cause a lot of the R&D went into taking continuous 360 video of your house with its EYE, record any conversations and send them back to MI6 and NSA with a scrambled, undetectable, frequency hopping sender that looks like a vacuum cleaner brush.

It can also emit poison gas if intelligence suspects that you've been bad.

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Nokia: Read these Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear

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Coffee/keyboard

"Best reason by far to buy one of those watches."

True, but still insufficient...

Another battery to keep charged.

As trackable for anyone with an interest as an offender bracelet.

And where am I supposed to wear the mechanical time piece I favor?

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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The ultimate monopoly? Total information control?

As a current Android user, I look at this chart with concern.

Google needs better competitors. Without competitors they will become even more oppressive than they've already gotten in the last few years.

Examples:

Mandating removal of MicroSD Card slots from Nexus devices

Blocking various apps from Google Play, just because they didn't like them (the kind of stuff why I left Apple)

More and more locked down boot loaders

Google never bothering to fix a lot of audio issues...

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Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses – and that's a good thing

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Re: Health Is a Journey, Not a State

You're going to trust in tech for your health, rather than just taking care of and feeding your body properly.

You have become confused by food processing corporations making you sick and then pharma corporations telling you someone other than you must take care of your health...

Confused and sold out.

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Re: Surely ist should be Project E

yep, surely the holy grail of the eugenics people.

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EMC boss Tucci’s last battle: Stopping a forced VMware selloff

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Tucci could sell EMC and keep VMware :D

See how those Elliot investment-foam-whippers like that one...

Capitalism is a satanist religion, money is the Devil's blood and investment funds are His right-hand demons.

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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

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Sandisk's QC and service in the consumer space is terrible.

While I'm sure Sandisk takes good care of QC for its enterprise products, in the consumer space, they are horrible. Not only will they ship out SD cards that couldn't possibly have seen testing of any kind, their "customer support" doesn't deserve the name.

I won't deal with a company that treats any of their customers shoddy, because its only a matter of time before you end up on their "not important enough to our bottom line to deal with" list.

Business ethics shouldn't be optional, depending on future profit expectation.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Re: building "productivity" software for all

Before Nadella claims Software for all as a new focus, they should update the non-windows versions of Skype to within 2 or 3 releases of the current crap they're foisting on us.

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Re: Nobody wants storage

I guess you like to have other people take care of your stuff and hope that they don't loose it, delete it, copy it or pass it on to the NSA and who knows who else around the globe...

Maybe you should move into a hospital and let other people feed you, clothe you and take care of your body functions.

Remember, the servant always becomes the master, sooner or later. Storing your own data for yourself on your own media and keeping it backed up in a safe place of your own choice would be a good start for you, not to slide down that spiral ending in incontinence and continual painkiller consumption.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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re: PC gaming - gaming for people who like fixing broken crap.

Sorry for your poor luck with choosing equipment.

Other than broken down drives, which are also present in consoles, I seem to have no issue between the times when I decide things have advanced enough since my last build, to build a new system.

And building them is kinda more fun than most games ^^

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If this "Steam console" can't run GTA V, I don't see any point in this.

If you want a small gaming computer, build one inside of Silverstone's SG 08. Its a squeeze, but its as small as you can make it and still keep 2 key gaming system elements: really good low noise cooling and a high end dedicated GPU. I generally prefer aluminum cases from Lian Li, but Silverstone has them beat in regards to gamer layout and size.

Ironically, Gigabyte's own GPU cards with 3 large, slow-running integrated fans were the best I found for this purpose.

I just need a good Xbox and PS4 emulation software for windoze now :P

because no matter what games I'm missing, I'll never buy a stinking console.

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

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Re: Z2 Compact

I never picked up the Z1, cause it had larger bezels than the Z and so was much bigger than the Z without increasing screen size.

Gonna have a look at the Z2, to see if the ratio from display to overall size can match the Z.

In that case, I'll probably pick one up in the next couple of days.

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Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

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Crapple

Apple designing the nanny phone.

You should have expected that garbage from the walled garden people.

Boycott Crapple, Microcruft and Scroogle's SD-card-slot-lacking Nexus devices.

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