* Posts by GitMeMyShootinIrons

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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Re: Linux is much more stable for gaming than windows

"Pathetic, eh? OK, what frameworks does Windows have for running Mac games?"

It's not really worth writing a framework for running Mac games on Windows as there are too few Mac-only games to make it commercially worthwhile. Not to mention - it's a brave software house who dares to tread near the hallowed turf of Appledom - if something so much as whiffs of Apple, the iLawyers will start circling.

If you'd have said a platform for running Linux games, then you'd be on a safe footing. Otherwise, on a seperate note, I think it's great that developers are being more agnostic in their development - ports between platforms might be of better quality, not to mention come out in a similar time frame.

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'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands

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Re: That's not a moon... @GitMeMyShootIrons

Blimey. There's a few people who forgot their meds today, aren't there? I take it that sense of humour is sadly lacking.

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That's not a moon...

.... It's a state funded infrastructure investment program

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Re: $852,000,000,000,000,000

A job for life then...

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China plans astro-farms on Mars

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Re: It also gives them somewhere to sit while the nukes get flung about on earth.

"I can't imagine a better ring side seat for it."

The moon would be closer than Mars, not to mention the orbit lends a better all-round view of Earth's demise. I'll bring the deckchairs and popcorn.

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Start the clock! Public sector web MUST be disabled-friendly by 2015

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Re: Not just for the public sector?

I wonder if this will lead in turn to personal web sites. This would be somewhat excessive, but I can see the more militant disability groups, backed by the usual Politically Correct suspects will wave around 'human rights' and you'll end up with a really bad piece of unnecessary legislation.

I'm always wary when governmental organisations legislate on things like this, even with the best of intentions - it's a form of back-door censorship - you can only put something up if it fits THE STATES criteria. Something about the road to hell being paved with good intentions here leaving an unpleasent taste in my mouth.

Paris - because I'm sure she's got disabled access...

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Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

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Re: Really?

"In the UK, owning an iPhone doesn't mean your wealthy. Every chav pikey and their dog has one."

I believe that the Chav Choice is generally still the Rioter's favourite, the Blackberry, with free-with-a-packet-of-crisps 'Droids equally attractive. It's more the fashionistas and Essex crowd who'd head for the iPhone.

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Scientists build largest ever computerized brain

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Re: How about ..

By that measure, it should be possible to simulate our illustrious deputy PM using only a matchbox and a peanut.

As for the respected leader of the opposition, he can be simulated using only a petulant expression.

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Sony tempts 4K Ultra HD TV buyers with free films

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Re: The Bridge on the River Kwai

I'd have sooner had Lawrence of Arabia or Zulu.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

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Re: Won't happen for that price

"how many vegetarians can a Dragon carry"

I'm waiting for the punchline...

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Man facing rare refusal-to-unlock-encryption charge: Court date set

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Re: der! hidden volume!!!

Having spoken to my local beat copper, you could probably just set the file attribute to hidden to confuse most. It's the clever ones you have to worry about, hence my encrypted files detailing the plans for the Death Star and world domination stored on lozenge shaped USB sticks carefully inserted in the rear of the local cat population....

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BYOD: A bigger headache for IT bosses than Windows Metro?

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BYOD as a solution to Metro....

BYOD puts the onus on the end user to source a PC. If it's got Windows 8 and Metro on it, then it's no longer the IT bosses problem. Metro problem hand-waved away.

DISCLAIMER - Obviously this ignores any of the other cost/technical/political pitfalls of BYOD that may bite our heroic IT Boss in his ample behind.

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

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Re: Really?

What is it about Apple fanatics blaming everything else for not supporting their cherished OSX? Standards are there for a number of reasons (even old ones) - One reason, applcable here, is to simplify implementation. If the operating system HOSTING a peripheral supports the protocol, then (hey presto), the peripheral works straight away without fiddling, or even 3rd party software in some cases.

The Browsing function is based upon an established standard - if Apple can't manage that, then why is that Microsoft's problem to fix?

Even playing Devils advocate, I'm sure Microsoft would prefer to keep Windows phones in the Microsoft eco-system in the same way that Apple prefer an Apple eco-system. I'd say Apple are VERY good at this, better than Microsoft. For example, look at the massively locked-in Apple TV platform. Try and get that little box working with a NAS or anything outside the iTunes client on a Mac (or the Apple-derived excrement version that Windows users put up with) and you'll see what I mean.

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

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Re: The key may be in the name.

If they were using Apple maps, they'd be looking for it in a completely random place. When I tried just now, it came up with Salt Lake City. Well, it is sandy around there.

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Driverless trucks roam Australian mines

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And I, for one.....

Welcome our robotic wagon driving overlords. That's a big ten-four, rubber duck.

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Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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Re: On the upside...

And so ends the whole concept of childhood. Now children need to have lessons in the three R's and copyright law?

What a narrow minded apologist. It starts with criminalising children with attempted copyright infringement. Where does it end?

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This is a 9 year old CHILD...

She is likely not even aware that what she did was illegal - many adults aren't that sure. Equally, how do they prove that the father had any knowledge that the child attempted this?

This is a ridiculous act of 'summary justice', only matched by the brutal, ham fisted handling by the police.

Would the same gestapo tactics be employed for other minor deeds by a child? Doubtful. And as for the attempt to get the father to sign an NDA over the settlement, I too would apply FOAD as well and post the damn thing and the full story with as many news agencies as possible.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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Re: Don't forget

Not 100% - there were a few minor fixpacks. I remember running around a bunch of satellite sites with a couple of floppy disks. Happy times!

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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Re: Sounds like a great idea.

On the flip side, as we've already inflicted ourselves on this poor place in the traditional human style, perhaps it's a great place to try these ideas, than, say, the Brazilian rainforests.

Of course, we could have just gone down the boozer instead. It is nearly beer'o'clock.

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HP PC chief: Microsoft's Surface is 'KLUDGEY'. There, I said it

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Re: What always surprises me...

" ...does he surf the net on a surface when he's taking a dump..."

Now that's really not a pleasant image.

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'I'm a PIRATE' confessions spew from OED iPhone dictionary

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Were I a pirate....

I'd be just fine. I don't use Twitter.

Aaaarrrrgggghhh! Dead man's chest! Splice the main brace!

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Skype IDs hijackable by ANY FOOL who knows your email address

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And this is the replacement to Windows Messenger?

Fills me with real faith....

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Take action on climate change OR THE PANDA GETS IT

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Mmmmm....BBQ-Panda

"But essentially useless (not sure what they taste like - I may be prepared to revise that statement if they are particularly tasty)."

Was black and white, now black and charred. Serve with noodles.

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FOlA judges: Secret 28 who made the BBC Green will not be named

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Re: TV licences aren't exactly compulsory.

The TV license is tax by another name. If you want to watch TV, you have to pay the license, even if you don't want to anything to do with the Bolshevik Broadcasting Charlatans. Of course, Auntie Beeb is protected on high, so there was never any way little people (or license fee payers as they call them) were going to win.

This was nothing to do with protecting journalism. This was a means of deciding BBC bias, in spite of their so-called impartiality. All protected by expensive lawyers and cloak-and-dagger meetings behind closed doors.

It's the same as the tax on petrol - you don't want to pay, don't drive - still a tax though.

So yes, the license is a tax, pure and simple. To deny it makes you a BBC apologist or easily lead.

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At last, a bionic arm that passes the Beer, Egg and Looks Cool tests

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Re: £25k???

Go-faster stripes, DAB radio and a big chrome exhaust. Just don't ask where the latter gets fitted.

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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"@Neil Barnes: What century do you live in where you need to pay for a radio license?"

Neil is essentially correct in that the BBC run some stations on AM. However, the amount of money the Beeb saves axing AM would be small enough that it'll be barely noticeably - it might pay the salary for a few window-watching middle managers or the fees for lawyers to protect them from FOI requests or Saville victims attempting to sue them.

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Hitachi buys Horizon to save UK's nuclear future

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Then you need:

1) Constant wind at the optimal value 24x7.

2) A massive amount of space to ensure that they don't disrupt each other. Either high ground (perhaps a nice national park will do...), or out at sea.

2) A fleet of landrovers/boats and diesel to keep them maintained.

3) Mucho quantities of concrete to mount them on - probably as much as you'd need for the nuke plant.

4) 216 turbines with those wonderfully environmentally friendly to mine Rare Earth metals.

5) Massive amounts of governemt subsidies to make it look economically viable.

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Re: building projects in the UK. will it be this simple?

"Wattle and daub huts in Gloucs ?"

They could make the outer layer of the new Nuke Powerhouse out of wattle and daub. With a nice thatch roof and painted wood beams as an alternative.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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Re: Windows 8 task manager?

"special shade of purple - you know, the colour of someone's vomit after drinking red wine "

I knew I'd seen that colour before.

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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Re: Niche legacy hardware?

"Hey Mr Designer, here's my USB drive/Dropbox account/etc."

Hey Mr Designer, I don't want to put my data on a 3rd party website that could be breached. Equally, I don't want you to alter the data I've given you. If you don't like a DVD, I'll find a designer with a Mac Pro or the last generation iMac - or a generic PC.

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Save hefty Dr Who and Bond girl 'Flossie', pleads vintage computer man

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Re: Unbeleivable

This is one seriously sizeable tablet. Even too big to describe as a suppository.

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US climate-change skeptics LOSING SUPPORT

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Re: I drink Lewis Page's tearshake

Since when has public opinion been right?

I believe that there are a substantial number of Muslims who believe women shouldn't drive/have education/show their face - it doesn't make it right. In the 30's, there were quite a few people who thought that Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini were the good guys - that wasn't quite true either was it?

Public opinion surveys prove very little - like any statistics, they are easily skewed - either accidentally through when/where/how/who was surveyed (try this survey at a Republican oil baron's convention!), or by design by vested interests (eg Scots Nats ask Sean Connery a well worded question).

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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Well....

Don't forget that Bond has driven that classic Rep Machine - the Ford Mondeo - in Casino Royale (one of the greatest examples of product placement cramming in movie history).

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Apple banishes Java from Mac browsers

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Click install to uninstall...

This sounds a little backward to me, but I guess it's a feature of the software. Maybe they're catching up with Microsoft's classic "Click Start to select shutdown"....

But hey, it's Friday, I don't care.

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Windows 8 'bad' analyst says Store is a weakness

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Re: Windows 8 Bad or author bad?

I agree, it is rather a poor argument - "the app store hasn't many apps, therefore it is rubbish" seems a little bit flawed. Any platform that sells a product range is going to go through a period of growth, usually quite sharply at the beginning (hopefully!).

Perhaps if the appstore was slated for being unstable, insecure etc, it would have been more valid.

And as for the stupid fgiures of tens of thousands of apps in the Google/iOS stores, it begs the question - just how many fart-noise makers and similar one-trick 'fun' apps does a person need?

Windows 8 has problems, sure, but I don't think the app store is one of them. Yet.

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A lesser-known new feature in iOS 6: It's tracking you everywhere

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Re: As long as they are tracking via iOS6 Maps......

This being the case, I'm never going to move over to Android...

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

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"You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter."

Or put it in a multicolour cardboard box....

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Kissane to mould NetApp: Time to turn off the tap on ONTAP

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"no disk-to-disk backup system"

SnapVault and Open Systems SnapVault?

As for VTL? Clunky and a bit old fashioned - backup to image on disk is more than sufficient for most needs.

The strength of ONTAP is that it isn't a disjointed kludge of components pretending to be a 'unified storage' solution (EMC, I'm looking a you) - it genuinely is unified. I agree that NetApp needs to broaden there horizons, but go to far and you end up master of none.

What NetApp need to do is sort out the software stack surrounding NetApp storage. Snapdrive is fine (but could do wth a built in scheduler), but the SnapManager suite is very disjointed, inconsistent and, at times, flakey. As for management, it's also a bit of a disaster at the moment, with the OnCommand suite badly in need of a decent GUI designer.

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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Le Chiffre...

By virtue that all beancounters are inherently evil, not to mention that he's a pretty unpleasent character in general.

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Microsoft fast-tracks Windows 8 Service Pack updates

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Re: Err...

"Time is free. If someone else is charging you for their time, you got done. ;)"

So you work for nothing? Very generous. I prefer getting paid.

Time is free in the galactic sense, possibly, however, my time is a finite resource (if only by virtue of my life expectancy). Like any finite resource, it has a value, that being defined by the skills required and how rare those skills are in the market - e.g. plenty of people can sweep floors, less can code an OS, hence the latter gets paid more.

Are we learning something yet?

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40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

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Re: Proving yet again that the inmates are running the asylum

"If the Tories are any indication right wing nuttery and incompetence are transnational."

But given their long, illustrious history of screwing up the country, Labour are just as bad (let's not forget the 'loony left').

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US trounces UK in climate scepticism jibber-jabber

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True, but science can be used as an excuse to justify almost anything, such as increasing taxation to levels far beyond reason - case in point being the tax escalator on UK fuel prices.

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Intel pushes Atom-fueled storage for homes, SMB

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Non-expert home users shouldn't need to worry about what OS it's running. Like mass-market Blu-ray players, media streamers and washing machines, they should simply be seen as appliances that do the job they're asked to do with the simplest interface and best reliability. The end user shouldn't need to know/care whether it's Linux, Windows or some custom beast.

In the case of a NAS, it depends on the features required, but in all cases, there needs to be a well documented backup mechanism, whether cloud based, or a USB hard disk or another PC/storage device. As someone else has put it - RAID is not backup, it's just better resilience.

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Forget Apple's AirPlay - it's Windows 8 you want, says speaker maker

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Re: Hello!? Standards!?

Bluetooth is OK for headsets and hooking it into a PC, but see how many NAS servers support Bluetooth. How about multiple sources supporting multiple devices easily? Also, why should I broadcast yet another network stack around the house when I have a perfectly good wired/wireless LAN? A standard protocol for delivery over IP networks answers this - DLNA is a pretty good starting point for this, but Apple and others love that funky proprietary vibe to sell more tin.

Take Apple TV (and I mean the little box, not the mythical TV) - a lovely little box, hobbled by Apple's insistance on either web based services or a PC/Mac with iTunes - forget using it with a 3rd party iTunes server or DLNA or even good old CIFS file services.

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Assange movie portrays leaker as teen rebel

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Re: Only in nightmares...

I pray for women frequently. Well, at least beautiful ones to throw themselves at me.

However, my prayers are seldom answered....

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EE sets October date to power up UK 4G network

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Not worth worrying about...

Let the early adopters go through the pain.

By the time coverage is at least worthwhile and technical issues have been put to bed, your S3, iPhone 5 etc will have been replaced by the S4 and iPhone 5S.

I'm staying on my current phone, stable with 3G on a cheap rate until 4G is worth the effort.

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New science: SEAS WILL RISE due to CO2 ... but not for centuries

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Which 'truth' to believe?

So you don't like this opinion/evidence because it doesn't tally with your opinion/evidence that you believe?

Climate science is the latest religion - with all the same schisms and factions all bickering over which 'truth' is correct. Like religion, it's all rather comical. Each vocal faction (Global warming or not, human effect or not) is guilty of the same thing - waving their own 'evidence' in the air and slagging off everyone else's.

Thing is, like religious differences, there is no concrete evidence to actually put one opinion over any other, while there are plenty of contradictory models, theories and ideas. So all the zealots pick the 'God' of their choice, and all others are heathen 'non-believers'.

So, come all ye climate fanatics, both pro and con. Keep bickering - the hot air alone will probably cause man-made global warming.

Just don't resort to guns and IEDs. Like religion, it just isn't worth it.

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iPad mini to go on sale in one month?

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Re: Saw them being built two weeks ago

They had realised that making plastic mock ups to sell to analysts was more profitable than making the real thing.... :-)

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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But even the Air is compromised...

I like the Air (not keen on OSX, but that's just a personal preference and not the point here), but it's connectivity is limited. No ethernet (not even 10/100) and no HDMI - while you can get adapters, these add to the cost.

There appear to be few Ultrabooks that really tick all the boxes. Somewhat surprising really.

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Sharp punches out über-retina phone screen

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Too big...

As already pointed out, it would make a nice photoframe screen, but other than that, it's a bit of a lame duck size.

It's too small to be worthwhile as a tablet screen (perhaps 7" at a minimum), but too big to be useful on a phone - Around 4" - much bigger is too cumbersome for a phone, which is what puts me off many high-end Android handsets and may put me off the Nokia 920.

We do need better resolutions on cheaper 12"-15" - too many laptops with 1366x768 out there.

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