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* Posts by Blank Reg

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

Blank Reg

Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

This is why I don't understand all the commotion about this. As you've pointed out, other than swapping handsome for beautiful the statements are not gender specific. Had it been a woman presenting this slide comparing Maven to her boyfriend would anyone have cared? I doubt it.

Much ado about nothing, yet again

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Sony brags: We've hit over 2 MEELLION PS4 console 'sales' worldwide

Blank Reg

If this is the standard we go by for "not finished" then few electronic gadgets are finished at launch. Look at all the new features and fixes that get rolled out with every Android and IOS update for example.

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

Blank Reg

There must be a typo in the prices

Only $50 extra to add 16gb, that's almost reasonable. It must be wrong.

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Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

Blank Reg

We already had console games this gen with hundreds of players, such as MAG for example with 256 players, and not a cloud in sight :)

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

Blank Reg

Is there a Surface 2 XL on the way?

That docking station looks like it was designed for a bigger tablet than the current Surface 2, maybe there are some larger models coming.

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

Blank Reg

Re: quiet in here

Just because Blackberry is in trouble doesn't change the fact that they still have the best Mobile OS currently available. It's a sad but repeating pattern in tech that the best products seldom win.

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SQUEEEEE! Microsoft goes retro with pay-by-squawk NFC tech

Blank Reg

Re: Anyone remember BBC micro?

Microsoft Research has come up with some rather clever stuff over the years. Unfortunately it would appear that there are too many layers of boneheads above them that never let such ideas see the light of day. I guess management is far too busy approving projects to annoy and chase away their customers to be bothered with something that might be truly innovative.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

Blank Reg

I wasn't implying that there aren't still talented musicians as there definitely are, and I've seen plenty in clubs over the years. But such talent is no longer a prerequisite for success.

If you look at the current big name "artists" few of them have any real talent. Top 40 lists are littered with more talentless fluff than ever before, not that I've ever been one to listen much to top 40 even when it did require some musical ability.

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Blank Reg

That's because back then some level of musical talent was required before you could make music. Now all you need is your team of marketing and PR people, stylists, song writers, etc., and of course the guy to run the software that makes it sound like you can actually sing.

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

Blank Reg

I'm prepared to pay more, but Microsoft have yet to given me any reason to want to pay anything for an Xbox One.

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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

Blank Reg

Re: I think I've spotted..

Actually I do care about productivity, it's the main reason I hate using my Mac as the os seems designed to ensure you work as slowly as possible.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

Blank Reg

Re: Yet another tallscreen Android tablet?

Why would anyone want to put out something with the antiquated 4:3 aspect ratio? You just end up with a fatter and less portable device.

All new video is 16:9 or even wider and all other screens are using those aspect ratios, TV's, phones and tablets. The only media that is still predominantly in 4:3 is photographs. Non video media work just fine on a widescreen screen format in either landscape or portrait.

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

Blank Reg

Re: So...

You're implying there was a time when macbooks didn't have inferior wifi, in my experience their wifi has always been substandard.

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

Blank Reg

If you lack the coordination to use a controller well then there is always easy mode.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

Blank Reg

Re: used games and 24hourt authentication...

I think it was all put in there to slow down people trying to write an Xbox One emulator for PC, otherwise I expect it would be pretty easy given the low specs of the Xbox 1 and the fact that it's now basically a PC, and not even a special PC.

At least the PS4 has the 8GB of GDDR5 as both main and system RAM which will makes things a little more complicated for those trying to get an emulator running on a normal PC.

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Blank Reg

Re: Pay to Play and no one cares?

You can blame Microsoft for that as well. Sony would not have been able to get away with it had not Microsoft shown that people are willing to get ripped off for online for years.

But at least PS+ is a much better deal as you get so much more for your money. Also I believe this online fee is what allowed them to keep the price down so it's not all bad, especially for those that only want to play single player.

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Blank Reg

Re: Hang on.

You're right. It's only something special because of Microsoft's colossal stupidity and greed. It's only a minor improvement over the policies on PS3 so it would have been little more than a footnote otherwise.

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Blank Reg

Re: PS4 also has DRM on used games

Well they didn't mention that because it's not true. They've clarified that there is no DRM on any games and no online passes even for 3rd party games.

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Blank Reg

Re: Same ol Same

And yet the PS3 is the number one platform for Netflix usage so clearly many people want it on their console

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Blank Reg

Re: Rip off Britain

Keep in mind that the US price does not include taxes.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Blank Reg

Re: Eighth generation

That's right, not for the CPU and that's the key. The unified memory architecture will nearly eliminate copying data back and forth between CPU and GPU. Also a GPU with that amount of RAM would cost almost as much as a PS4+XB1.

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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

Blank Reg

Re: Wasn't it DECtalk?

Yup it's a DecTalk, I worked extensively with those back in the early 90's. But I thought Hawking was still using a DecTalk based system.

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Android device? Ooohhhh, you mean a Samsung phone

Blank Reg

Re: Two years baby

It's more likely that the rest of the OEMs will move on to something else since going to Android hasn't made them any money.

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Surprise! Republican bill adds politics to science funding

Blank Reg

Re: As one who at one time did benefit from NSF funding...

This pretty much guarantees that there will be little of any use to come out of US research institutions that rely on NSF funding.

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Internet freedom groups urge W3C to keep DRM out of HTML

Blank Reg

Re: Needs DRM

I thought this was all about streaming content, in which case this is a non-issue since DRM can be updated as needed.

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Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

Blank Reg

Well if they would hurry up and do away with IR as the communications channel then remotes could go away, or at least be more useful.

I have various Logitech remotes including the expensive ones with the fancy touch screen. Where they all fall down is that IR is a one way and not entirely reliable communications medium. The remote has no way of knowing the current state of the devices it's attempting to control. So it operates assuming the device was in the last known state and that any command sent is successful. The result is that it's often out of sync with reality.

By using bluetooth or some other bi-directional RF communications the remote could query the device to determine it's current state as well as get positive acknowledgment that the commands succeeded.

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Apple patents situational awareness for oblivious fanbois

Blank Reg

Re: Um, were the US PTO asleep when this went across their desk ?

Some phones ring louder if they detect that it's dark, the reasoning being that if there is no light then the phone is likely in a briefcase, backback etc.

Such a broad patent is unenforceable when there is so much prior art, it would fall at the first challenge.

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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

Blank Reg

Re: Why not just build a solar panel that covers half the world....

Space based solar power has been proposed before now. The idea was to put the solar panels in space where they would be able to operate much more efficiently due to the lack of any pesky atmosphere blocking their view. And since stringing huge cables from the surface up to space is somewhat inconvenient they would use a high powered energy beam (microwave? laser?) to send the energy back down to a receiver on the ground.

To me the most obvious problem with this solution, besides the outrageous cost, is what would happen if this multi-megawatt death ray misses it's intended target? Surely cities bursting into flame can't be good for the environment :)

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

Blank Reg

Re: Sony have dropped the ball

They have already said it has a 6x bluray drive. They didn't show the box because they are saving that for E3.

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Can BlackBerry survive? Well, the woods are still full of bear poo

Blank Reg

Re: the same way as blackberry?

I don't think the bezel is touch sensitive. I expect all they are doing is requiring that the gesture start from the very edge of the screen. There would be little benefit to actually using a touch sensitive bezel.

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'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

Blank Reg

Re: Java

No Java is dead, there are only about 10 million developers and many 100's of millions of users. /s

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

Blank Reg

Re: Otherwise the specs for the 9.7-inch tablet and its Retina screen remain the same

Well the surface pro comes in a 128GB version. I expect the reason Apple released the update now was so that when the surface pro launches they can claim to be have been the first to implement such a wonderful "innovation" as 128GB of storage.

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Blank Reg

128GB? That's still a little short of the 12TB I have on the machine that I built for video editing.

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Samsung demands Apple's iOS 6 source code in patent case

Blank Reg

Re: Saucy

Samsung doesn't actually get to see any of the source code. The way these things usually work is that a neutral 3rd party will be tasked with determining if the code violates the patent, after all the suitable NDA are signed of course. And normally the code is stored on a physically secure machine that is not connected to any network to prevent any hack attempts.

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After Sandy Hook, Senator calls for violent video game probe

Blank Reg

Re: Why is it illegal to slap a politician?

Sure such mass murders do occur everywhere, but they are far more prevalent in the US. Most countries will go years without an incident like this, the US can't seem to go a few months without another occurrence.

They aren't going to get a gun ban through congress, there are just too many paranoid Americans that think they need a gun for self defense. But they should try to ban semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. That won't prevent another mass murder but it would likely cut down on the number of dead.

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WD to crash down five terabyte desktop job, mutterings suggest

Blank Reg

Re: Digital Video

The machine I built for video editing has a combined total of 12tb of internal and external storage, so I welcome the upcoming 5tb drives, it would free up drive slots and cut down on heat and power.

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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

Blank Reg

Not only is it not worthy of a patent but it's also utterly useless. I turn it off in all ereader software that I use as it serves no purpose whatsoever other than to delay the page turning.

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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO

Blank Reg

My playbook and nexus fit inside my coat pocket, keys and wallet etc go in other pockets. The wonky aspect ratio of the ipad mini + the bigger screen means it often won't fit in a coat pocket. If I need a bag to take it then it's not coming.

BTW no one "where's" combat trousers, though on occasion I've been known to wear some.

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

Blank Reg

Re: Brings back memories

I still have an original IBM PC 5MB full height drive sitting in my desk drawer. I can't remember what it cost but it was likely in excess of $1000. My biggest machine at home right now has over 12tb of internal+external storage. If I haven't messed up some 0's somewhere then that amount of of storage using these old 5MB drive would have cost in excess of $2 billion, and probably nearly as much just to house and power them up :)

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Sony PS3 sales soar on slimmer system

Blank Reg

Re: LMFAO

I believe the 360 launched as much as 2 years ahead of the PS3 in some regions. So that makes the 360 the slowest selling console of this generation.

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Carbon fiber MacBooks to appear soon?

Blank Reg

Re: Patent... too late!

So they are copying Acer, Sony, HP etc that have all released carbon fiber laptops at least as far back as 7-8 years ago, if not longer.

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

Blank Reg

Re: aspect ratio

Almost every screen in your life is now 16:9, with the odd 16:10 thrown in to confuse things, and of course there are the ipads and previous iPhones that are not. But TVs, laptops, non-Apple tablets, desktop monitors and now most phones are all a widescreen format. When you develop an application for a new device changes in the aspect ratio is more of a problem than changes in the resolution. Changes in resolution may just require some resizing of images and UI components, aspect ratio can require redesigning the UI.

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Blank Reg

So with the release of the iPhone 5 Apple are finally admitting that the glass back idea was stupid, the screen was always too small and a proper 16:9 aspect ratio is better.

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Third of iPad owners want smaller slabs

Blank Reg

Re: I want a bigger one!!!!!

A 7 inch ipad would be too big for a pocket due to the silly aspect ratio, but a 7 inch widescreen tablet is only a little bigger than a paperback book, which have fit nicely in pockets for a very long time.

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Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

Blank Reg

What have they done different to everyone else that has used sodium borohybride for hydrogen storage? I'm sure I heard of its use in this application at least a decade ago.

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US mulls outlawing rival product bans using standards patents

Blank Reg

Re: What......

It wouldn't affect Apple as they seem to have few, if any, essential patents. Most of their patents that we see in the media are pretty worthless and likely to be overturned if a patent examiner with more than half a brain actually took the time to look at them properly.

Or maybe the media are selective and never bother presenting any Apple patents of real value.

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Panasonic chief says no to low-cost OLED TVs

Blank Reg

Re: Law of diminishing returns

Most people can hardly see the difference between a low end TV and those at the other end of the spectrum unless you put them side by side. Once it's in the house they won't care that there is something better out there.

I think they will have a better chance of a new, but smaller, upgrade cycle once 4k TVs come down in price enough that mere mortals can afford one. They truly are stunning to see. But that assumes sufficient 4k content. And that's probably the end of the line unless we all start buying 70"+ TVs because going beyond 4k on anything much smaller is an utter waste of money

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Sony, Panasonic to partner for OLED TV push

Blank Reg

Re: OLED's time has come

But will it really matter? I doubt a picture quality improvement is enough to get people to upgrade from their current HDTVs. The problem for all the TV manufacturers is that the bulk of the HD upgrade cycle is done in the western world. Most people have at least one now and aren't going to rush out and get a shiny new TV without some real reason to do so. While the picture may be much better on these TVs the fact is most people can't tell the difference unless you put the 2 TVs side by side.

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Foxconn daddy: 'Don't buy Galaxy S III, wait for iPhone 5'

Blank Reg

Re: Wait, what?

As long as Samsung didn't initiate the price fixing scheme then I don't have a problem with this behaviour. I'd do the same thing, play along just long enough to have enough evidence for an iron clad case.

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Sony slams Nintendo Wii U functionality

Blank Reg

Re: Only a little bit more.

But don't be surprised if Sony release a Vita+PS3 bundle at around the same price as a Wii U, or possibly even less. But that will only help if they have software to properly utilize the two devices together.

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