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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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HD my a$$....

I hate it when companies use TV related descriptions, to claim HD, when in reality in the PC world, it's a low res screen, and was a low res screen 10+ years ago, let alone now!

My first ever flat panel monitor was a 15" 1280 x 1024 (5:4) over 10 years ago, and that was considered a standard resolution back then. Especially compared to the much higher res CRTs that were around. (I bought it to take to LAN gaming parties, happy days...).

These days, anything under 1080P is low res, and should be labelled as such. I find it crazy that my 5" screen phone, and 8.5" tablet, have higher res screens than typical midrange or lower laptops!

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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@ I Like Heckling

Thanks for that, nice clear review, and straight to the point. Have a beer...

I liked FC3, so would probably like FC4, but if it's just basically the same game re-skinned, then I'll leave it for now. Not like I have a shortage of other games to play currently. (Elite, Borderlands etc.)

I'll probably get it at some point, but will wait for a few months/year for a GOTY or similar version to turn up cheap, with all DLC etc. (And on Steam preferably).

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Yes, high frame rate is needed, otherwise you start to get motion issues (i.e. sick!) 75Hz is the magic number currently as far as I know.

If you don't have access to the Beta currently, I'd wait for the official release before looking at hardware. They are still optimising code, plus the Rift tweaking isn't high on the priority list currently (which is understandable). Hopefully they will give the DK2 a bit more love after the formal release next month. (Frontier are a big Rift supporter, so I'm 99% certain this will happen).

Also of course the commercial release version of the Rift is likely to need different specs anyway. (Higher res screen, but likely more optimised hardware and drivers). So who knows if this will need more, less, or the same grunt!

My currently rig isn't exactly new, it's using a Core i7-3770K, from 2012 (3.5GHz stock, but mine runs at 4.3GHz with a Corsair Hydro liquid cooler). So far I've never had a game push this CPU other than some poorly optimised turn based strategy games, hence no upgrade for a while now.

The GPU is a Gigabyte GTX 780 OC 3GB, specifically bought last summer to play Elite with, as my previous GTX 670 wasn't up to the job (this was on a 1440p monitor at the time and the then Alpha was regularly hitting <20 FPS :-/ ).

The game runs smooth on the DK2s 1080p display (other than some current minor glitches, that are Elite specific, and known about).

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As someone who has Elite Beta access, and an Oculus Rift DK2, (I just couldn't wait for the released version!).

I can say that the DK2 adds a whole new level of realism to playing the game! Just rising up from the dock, via the lift, and into the open internal space of a station, and "Wow!!" as you look around. Everything just looks so tangible, the scale of the stations just seem so much bigger in VR than they do on a flat screen.

Not tried a car racing game yet, but I'd guess the effect will be very similar.

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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Re: Reasons for traditional HD

Quote: 'Give us a small and cheap but very fast PCI card to boot and run our O/Ses from!'

Ah-men to that.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: Some interesting possibilities here...

I would expect, to be part of the trial...

* You have to live within 10 miles.

* Have a secure location where the items could be dropped off safely (secure back yard, etc)

* Maybe have a box that items could be dropped into to, or at least an agreed dropoff point, X marks the spot etc.

* Maybe even a visit from someone at Amazon to confirm things are okay.

Only those that pass vetting, get to use the drone service, at least for now.

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Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER

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Re: Seems pointless.

What do you mean by 'bordering on'? I think they have already passed them, at least in the budget to mid range area, i.e. places where people don't have an unlimited budget. (Top end of course is a different story).

As an example, my current (8 month old) phone has a 1080p screen, so is already equal to the most common size of desktop monitor (also being 1080p), and greater than budget to mid range laptops, which typically have 1366x768 screens.

My GFs new phone now has a 1440p screen, so surpasses all low to mid range resolutions, and is equal to some high end monitors.

Of course nothing stands still, and if you're not budget constrained, desktop monitors are now coming in 4K resolutions.

Personally I think 1440p is about as high as a 6" screen would ever need to be, you'd need a magnifying class to see any higher on a screen that size.

Roll on the 8K and 16K 27" desktops.

As that would mean cheap 4K monitors :-)

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Re: Population density

We have one of our UK offices next door to St Pancras, and our corporate phone supplier is O2.

We get no signal from O2 in the building, even stood next to a window, despite being about 5 floors up, with clear sight across the roof tops of London! (EE works fine).

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Great US coverage of this story

Quote: "On a related note: I always find it strange that a main course is called an entrée in the USA. Don't they know the meaning of entrée?"

On my first trip to the USA, my friend, who was well known for playing pranks on people, told me on the flight over about the US using entrée in reference to the main course.

Needless to say, I thought he was pulling my leg, figuring how on earth could anyone be so stupid as to use a word that means Entry, i.e. the beginning of, or start of, to refer to anything other than the starter, rather than the main course. Pfft at your silly suggestion. My friend of course stating "You'll see, you'll see".

We landed, I saw! WTF!

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Quote: "What I don't really like is the requirement of having an online Microsoft account..."

With you on that one, not even a skip option, just Login to existing, or create new.

I really done like using an email address as a Windows login in!

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Re: Does Windows 10 actuall shut down when you click shutdown?

It shuts down, at least my VM fully exits after close down.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: Sticking with 7

Doing the same currently.

Got 2 PCs with Win 7, a laptop and a gaming desktop.

The laptop is getting a bit old, but only gets used occasionally, bit of web browsing etc. But all the family have Android phones and Tablets, so things like checking email just don't get done on the PCs these days.

It's still useful to have a portable device with a keyboard on it though, as opposed to a tablet with a keyboard stuck to it, So I think the laptop will be replaced by a Chrome book in the next few months.

Leaving just the gaming PC on Win 7 for now.

I have 2 other PCs,

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Proper clipboard support

Agree, "Hide extensions for known file types" is usually the very first setting I un-tick when loggin into a new PC.

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Re: Can't wait

Also in UNIX and derivatives, Ctrl-C (like in DOS/CMD) is normally the kill command, to break out of the current running script or process.

UNIX generally uses Ctrl-Insert to copy, and Shift-Insert to paste. (Not always the case, but usually is).

Linux using Ctrl-C/V to copy/paste at the command line, is rather none standard compared to other OSs.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: A little common sense is called for...

Quote: "So, from this month, you have to do your road tax by computer rather than join the queue at the post office."

You can still pay via the Post Office (assuming you can find one!).

You just won't be given a disk any more.

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The difference is you now loose the current month, that has already been paid for.

i.e.

1) Person A is selling a car and it is currently taxed to the end of the month.

2) Person B is buying the car.

Old way:

'A' can't claim the partial month back.

But the car remains taxed to the end of the month.

Person 'B', once sorting insurance out, could happily drive off, and worry about ordering a new tax disk before the end of the month.

New way:

'A' still can't claim back, as it's a partial month, so no change there.

But now the current months tax is not transferred to the new owner, so is effectively scrapped.

This means 'B' now has an untaxed car, despite 'A' already paying for this month.

So 'B' now has to re-tax the car immediately to be legal.

Therefore the DVLA get paid twice now for any month where the car changes ownership.

While I can understand to some extent not transferring the full month over, (as the tax payment would still be in other old owners name, not the new), they should keep the partial month on record, to give the new owner time to sort things out!

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Apple sues Steven Lamar over Beats co-founder claims

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Beats Audio

Beats Audio - A perfect example of modern day marketing, and the ability to sell a technically inferior product, to gullible people, at inflated prices.

Makes you wonder why Apple bought them in the first place? Oh, wait.....

Mines the one with the Flame Retardant sign on the back ;-)

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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

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Re: Is London the way to trial?

£20 is a max single payment you can make, not the amount on the device.

You could have £100 or more on the device itself.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: At the risk of being downvoted to hell

I dropped EE recently, and bought a 32GB Nexus 5 direct from Google's play store, and switched to Giffgaff.

I went from about £37 a month, to £12 a month (plus the initial £339 for the phone), for essentially the same service. (Speeds are actually faster, especially uploads on 3G).

Now I get the most recent updates directly OTA, usually within a few days of the release date.

Can't see me ever going back to a branded phone again, although I will probably move from service provider to service provider as needed, keep em on their toes...

Android Silver also looks interesting for future phones and tablets, although Google have stated the Nexus range will continue as well.

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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DK3 and/or EG 2 please :-)

Dungeon Keeper 2 and Evil Genius - Two of my all time favourite games, had both from new.

Still play both occasionally, completed DK2 (again!) only about 2 weeks ago.

I want DK3 (or a suitable DK reboot), and EG2. (and not some crappy facebook micro transaction POS!).

I'd pay money for them, really I would, I'd even pay EA (shudder), as long as they do it properly.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: At the third stroke

Quote: "Unless you are swimming. Or sailing. Or cycling."

Or in the pub with a pint in your hand :-)

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Re: Camera

Tell that to all the tourists I see wandering around London/New York etc, holding a iPad above their heads trying to take tourist snaps with it! WHY! Just WHY?! (Usually Asian for some reason?!)

Even a budget £50 compact digital camera would be easier to use, easier to carry, and take better pics! (and be less costly to replace if dropped or nicked).

Leave you're iPads in the hotel, PLEASE!

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Never gonna replace windows

Quote: "anyone who has Windows has absolutely NO reason to boot into SteamOS"

A lot of PC gamers are all about the framerates, if OpenGL gaming is faster under SteamOS than the same game under Windows (which seems to be the case from various tests I've seen), and as you automatically get access to all platforms supported when you buy a game, (i.e. you don't need to buy the game again), then I could see quite a few people setting up a dual/multi-boot rigs.

A lot of gamers are used to dual/multi boot anyway, i.e. Win 7 64 + Win XP 32 for those legacy games that don't play nice under 7 and/or 64bit.

Although I suspect the main use, would likely be something like an Intel NUC sat under the TV with SteamOS on it, and a Windows PC in another room, streaming to the NUC.

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

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Re: Remotes...

So plug one in. It's got USB, HID keyboards and mice work fine. (with the LG webOS TVs anyway)

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webOS user for about 4 weeks

I bought a 49UB850V a few weeks ago, and so far have been very happy with the Smart functions.

Everything is controlled from the same GUI, so not just the 'Smart' functions, but also things like picture and sound settings etc.

The Magic remote works well, just like using a Wii remote, the standard IR remote hardly gets any usage.

I also plugged in a wireless USB dongle (HID compliant), for a keyboard and Mouse, and it just worked. With the mouse controlling the pointer, and keyboard allowing text entry etc. Useful for search inputs, or when adding YouTube account details etc.

It also plays MKV files (including over DLNA if your server supports it) , which was a nice bonus for my, ehem, library.

There are quite a few apps that can be downloaded form the built in store, although so far I've not tried any of them.

Annoyingly the official Android app is just a place holder currently, due later this year apparently. But you don't need it to do things like send Youtube feeds from your tablet/phone to the TV, as the standard Youtube app recognises the TV anyway.

There is still room for improvement though. the DLNA client doesn't show folders, it's just one large list of everything. With the only filters being by type (video, pictures, music).

But it's early days, and the system has already had one update since getting the set, so I expect more will be coming.

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Re: I would wait until they fix the bugs...

I suspect GUI speed is probably dependant on your TV model. I've got the 49UB850V and the GUI is quite nippy there. About 10 secs to 'boot up' initially, but responsive after that point.

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Re: I actually want one

webOS user here too, and so far very happy with it. It was one of the selling points to getting the TV.

But I agree, the current DLNA client is rather clunky, it does work, but is missing things like the ability to browse follders.

You also can't access things like network shares, which is a shame.

But on the plus side, it does play MP4 & MKV without any issues so far, both directly via USB, and over DLNA.

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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Use of email addresses as usernames

I really wish they (whoever they are!) would ban the use of email addresses as user names, and simply let people pick a username instead.

I can understand sites (sometimes) needing to have an email address for confirmation of the account, or notifications, but that should just be a field you fill in when you sign up, not something used as a login itself!

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Re: Mine is great

The Nexus 5 also has 90 degree polarization, so the screen also can't be used in landscape with sunglasses on :-/

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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I'm a recent switcher from Avast to Comodo. Got fed up of the seemingly constant Avast popups that couldn't be disabled.

I was going to use AVG, but after reading a few current reviews, seems it had the same type of annoying user issues as Avast!

As you mention, you have to watch the installer for Comodo (as you do with everything these days!), and switch a few things off, (I always take the Advance install option for everything anyway), but otherwise it's been quite good so far, and a lot less intrusive than Avast.

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Malware gets your Android blabbering to HACKERS

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You would have through as part of the voice control function, it would have automatically ignored anything coming from its own speaker!

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Minions! I need more robotic minions!

The last proposal I saw was basically to build automated mining rigs, with a built in 3D printer.

The printer would use the mined resources (minerals/metals etc), to be able to create both the inevitable spare parts you'd need, and also to build new mining rigs. So self replicating.

Initially all the extracted resources would go to build new rigs, till you had a cluster of them, at which point most of the extracted materials would be fired of towards Earth orbit, where they'd be used in orbit (i.e. to build new ships, satellites, stations etc.).

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Re: Watch it, asteroid pirates...

Lol.

Just picked up my nice shiny new Mark III Cobra yesterday *, although not done any pirate hunting yet with it. Too busy shooting down Federal fighters :-)

* Elite Dangerous

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We've just unboxed our Google Android Wear. We're not appy

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Re: Do google test?

Why would Google test your apps for you? If you wrote them, you test them.

Now Google not testing their own stuff, that's a separate issue....

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Browsers aught to have a 'Allow Tool Bars' option, which if not enabled, won't allow their use at all.

Have the option unselected by default on first install of the new browser. (Perhaps via a hot fix for IE).

If you do want/need to use tool bars, then tick the box to allow them during install of the alternate browser, (or in the settings afterwards if already installed).

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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@ big_D: Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

Erm.. Check your info before posting.

Apart from the fact that things like lights and wipers are mostly automatic these days, the Tesla S does have manual on/off for all these controls on standard steering wheel stalks, just like any other 'normal' car.

The screen is for the none critical stuff, heating, music, map etc.

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Ofcom to BT Openreach: From now on, you'd better kill 70% of gremlins within 2 days

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@ Brian Morrison

Thanks for the heads up, haven't been on the ThinkBroadband.com site for years, will give it a go.

One virtual beer for you, thanks.

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Re: Do they still charge for technical support calls?

Quote: "Half the problem is you can't call openreach unless your an ISP/Communications provider. You have to go through your own ISP/CP, who then call Openreach, who then screw up, call the ISP/CP back (if you're lucky) who then call you (only if you're very lucky)."

I got this type of run around with Sky when trying to find out when/if my local cabinet would be upgraded/replaced with a FTTC one.

The phone line is from Sky, but of course installed by BT Openreach.

Sky: "erm, we don't have any information on Openreach cabinet update plans, you'll have to call them yourself.".

BT Openreach: As you mention, won't even talk to customers directly, and their web site contains nothing of any use regarding future planning.

And of course I can't talk to normal BT, as the phone line is listed as being Skys' !!

So at the moment, I'm stuck on ADSL, despite almost every other cabinet around Town being upgraded. And this is in a new estate, where instead of dropping a nice new cabinet in the middle, they wired everyone up to some old cabinets on adjacent streets!

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

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Re: Remote wipe?

Ah, so a remote Brick, rather than just a remote Wipe?

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Remote wipe?

Quote: "The new build will also include new security settings that can remotely wipe stolen Android handsets"

Erm, current stock Android already has a remote lock and wipe option, so what is this new setting actually adding here?

Just go to https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager

Log in and select your device, and click Lock or Wipe, simples...

Shows up for both my Nexus 5, and my first gen Nexus 7, and has done for a long time.

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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Re: meanwhile...

Not exactly a Microsoft fan here, but what does the cost of a fitted HD/SSD have to do with them? They sell software licences, not PCs.

Now the OEMs, that's a different matter (and that includes Apple of course).

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@ OP on price per GB

For price per Gig, (based on ebuyer prices, not the articles):

128GB drive = 42p per GB

256GB drive = 29p per GB

512GB drive = 30p per GB

I've been monitoring SSD cost per GB for a couple of years on and off, and ignoring the 42p one, those other two are the cheapest per GB I've seen so far from ebuyer, and that includes special offers etc.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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Re: how would this really differ

Or they just figured out how to use the build in Steam skinning options.

I like PixelVision myself :-)

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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So a thumbs down but no mention as to why?

Guess someone doesn't like their driving criticised ;-)

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erm, you do realise one of the main driving forces for automated cars is to increase safety?

Most crashes are caused by bad driving, either causing the crash in the first place (driving too fast in bad weather etc.), being unable to react fast enough when something happens in front of them (driving too close to someone while not paying attention etc), not being skilled enough to regain control after hitting oil on the road etc. etc. Most of these types of accidents and crashes can be avoided with automated cars (and busses, and HGVs etc etc.).

There would also likely be a reduction in overcrowding, as more vehicles are automated, they can start driving closer together, while still remaining safe, even driving in road trains on major roads, thus reducing the space the vehicles need to take up on the roads themselves.

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Good news for gamers who don't leave the house: SanDisk debuts 24/7 Extreme PRO SSD

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@ AC OP

Yup, my 18+ month old SSD already runs at that speed, and it wasn't a new model then, so no progress in the last 2 years then!?

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

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20 hours gameplay

I stopped buying FPS games about 2 years or so ago due to them all being about 6 to 7 hours long, and I have little interest in multiplayer.

So that's two short, or one long session and your games done. Hardly value for money.

20 hours though, this might temp me back. Although PC for me.

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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: A shame

Main issue atm seems to be the AAA titles, of which there are none on Linux Steam that I'm aware of, other than ones published by Valve themselves.

But for Indi titles, there are lots. and at the moment, a lot of these indi games seem to be way more fun than a lot of the churned out, AAA clones we see.

Last online article (Feb) I saw confirmed there were well over 300 Linux compatible games on Steam, which should all run under Steam OS of course. Compared with 60 games a year earlier. So the numbers are going up and most of the smaller indi titles do seem to be cross platform from the outset.

Obviously there must be people using Steam on Linux, otherwise no one would bother supporting the platform at all. This should mean once we see the official final version of SteamOS launch, there will be a large library of games already and this will also increase the Linux userbase as well, encouraging more developers to support the platform.

I probably won't bother with Steam OS myself, at least not any time soon, but I could see me setting up Linux Steam on my Linux XBMC media PC under the TV, which would essentially give me the same thing.

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Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK

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You can get things other than Pr0n on the internet now? Le gasp!

There, fixed that for you ;-)

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: Laptop resolutions...

Indeed. These days I think 1080p is the absolute bare minimum for a laptop display. Although personally I'd still rather have 1920 x 1200, than 1920 x 1080.

Anything less for productivity work, and you have to plug in a second monitor, which makes a mockery of the whole idea that the laptop is portable!

I find it crazy that my mobile phone's 5" screen is a higher resolution than my laptop!

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