* Posts by Andalou

32 posts • joined 26 Mar 2012

Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Andalou

Who [ ] buys a laptop [ ] high resolution [ ] .screen - in order to use the command line?

Plenty of people. If you are staring at rows of text all day you don't want jaggies.

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Salmond forces 50% increase in costs to businesses for online presence

Is how some will happily headline this news.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Call me imaginatively challenged

Is this the radio version? You have to use your imagination to provide illustrations.

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

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Unsimple as A B C

For 'pimps up' read 'reduces usability'.

The A-Z listing is now wholly useless. Displaying lists of thirty to sixty programmes only three or four to the screen is bonkers. How is that supposed to help?

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

Andalou

Re: A quick correction

Quick correction - if you spend £6,000 or maybe £3,000 in Tesco they will bundle a tablet for an extra £59.

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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Re: Quality gets overlooked these days

SACD bombed because they used it to bump up "nice price" back catalogue prices by 50%. If they had continued to sell one album at £9.99 or £10.99 instead of two with one at £15.99 then more customers would have bothered to change their player when buying a new one.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

Andalou

Re: Best Tablet in the World?

It's the "who" not the "that" that matters.

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Huawei Ascend P6: Skinny smartphone that's not just bare bones

Andalou

Re: It's not upside down

That is not the issue mentioned in this review - I agree a headphone socket on the bottom can be preferable. With this phone the socket is on the side - so phone may not slide out cleanly, particularly if your headphones don't have an L-shaped connector.

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

Andalou

I was planning to rewatch the previous series (not sic) through Netflix before watching the final episodes. Only got as far as the very first episode when I noticed that Jesse's girlfriend was wearing a bra. Goodness knows what other ridiculous bowdlerisations the studio made to the version they give to Netflix UK.

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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1080 vs 1200

If you are drafting a royal birth announcement for foolscap there is not much difference in useability but for those targeting A4 the 120 pixels make a very surprising difference. Of course, affordable 1440 would be better. Indeed, for many uses, a 17" pivoted to portrait would be an acceptable option. (Sorry about the non-laptop aside.)

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

Andalou

Re: Bizarro Price Rise

Yes, it is a price rise to everyone except commuters. From £1.10 per single to £1.40. Although £12 per week is cheap for commuters Glasgow is small and the Subway even smaller and very few Subway users need return tickets each and every trip. With the random weather the carnet was useful for when it rained and useful for taking home shopping (without having to pay to go into town).

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Andalou

Re: Too cheap

No, it is not cheap. Bus travel is expensive - £1.90 single or £4 for a day pass in Glasgow. More expensive than when London offfered bus-only passes (Boris has now banned bus-passes, you now have to pay for trains as well).

The Subway in Glasgow is very small, a single circuit and only serves a small part of the City. And a ticket costs £1.40 (single) - not all that cheap bearing in mind its range.

The advantage of the old 20 journal tickets is that they do not expire and they can be used by anyone. For those who do not need a daily (or weekdaily) usage prices are now going up 27% from £1.10 to £1.40. For the weekday commuters prices are going up from £1,10 to £1.20 (though that is with a seven day pass for £12)

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Apple: Our data centers are green. The other 98% of what we do ...

Andalou

bit excessive

It is ridiculous to suggest the use of non-renewable back-up generators is 'disingenuous'.

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Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

Andalou

first they come for the...

So it isn't just their phones - now Samsung fridges can be banned!

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Review: Google Nexus 4

Andalou

Anachronistic metric

Never mind the smartphone - where are you able to buy a beer for a single token?

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Al Jazeera buys Al Gore's Current TV news network

Andalou

Depends what you mean by 'sympathetic'.

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UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

Andalou

Re: Just a thought

Tesco's customers will be spending two to five hundred pounds per month every month on other goods. Of course they can afford to cross-subsidise (just as they can offer cheaper petrol or Sky can offer 'free' broadband (if you commit to spend £65 or £75 every month)).

And the reason why an online store that also has a high street presence can't have a large price differential - uhm. surely that is self-evident?

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Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year

Andalou

A $100 difference on an £1100 purchase (and with duty still to be removed from that $100) is hardly extreme. And is as nothing compared to the gouge you face if you only want a better disk drive or graphics.

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BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update

Andalou

Re: Not again

Yes it happened before. I did not know they had even fixed the previous breakfast - I have been rejecting updates on restarts for months.

By the way, as something similar happened before then that feeling you had was not deja vu. You appear to misunderstand the whole bleeding point of deja vu. 'Deja vu' is now used 'correctly' as often as 'literally' and 'ironically'. Auntie would not be pleased. (And, yes, I do know that usage trumps pedantry. That is why 'correctly' is in quotes.)

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Apple scrambled to hire iOS 6 maps engineers DAYS before launch

Andalou

"fanbois and fangrrls across the world "

Boyish lesbians and punk feminists? Well, some of the women in the queue may have been of that persuasion but, at least where I am, they seemed to be outnumbered by the straight and the straights (not, of course, that this is something that can be categorised by such a superficial examination as a glance).

I don't know, I'm getting old. I can't keep up with this new-fangled argot. When did bois start having to share their name? What was wrong with calling fans 'fans' and 'fanboys'?

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Dredd movie review

Andalou

Re: Dredd 3D

I abhor 3D but think your example of The Hole is unfair. At least, being a children's film, it was widely screened in 2D. It was also one of the best horror films that year. It may have had a gloss of 3D turd deglossing it but is was not a turd that had been polished, iyswim.

As to Dredd, every 2D screening (only one screening per day!) was sold out. Despite this the cinema stopped showing the film after one week. 3D version still being shown. Whether it is the distributors or cinema that is responsible I don't care. It is bonkers.

Oh well. At least it was possible to see it in twod. Most 18/15 genre films are not given that small break (Underworld, Resident Evil, Piranha, Fright Night).

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Only 3% of UK's TV oglers want more sex

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Facepalm

Get tae <preserve our sensibilities>

The most bizarre example of censorship I have seen recently is this week on Breaking Bad (don't panic, not spoiling) where a verbal use of 'fuck' is cleaned out. They can show a tortoise like that, they can show that character showing the other side of his face, they can focus on a drug kingpin as a 'sympathetic' antihero but you can't show a single 'fuck off'???

Perhaps I've ahem'ed the Walmart version? Serves (intended) me right, I suppose. I wonder how much I've inadvertently missed from previous episodes. How many versions do they have?

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New gov.uk site hits beta, flashes SINGLE typeface to punters

Andalou

surely some mistake

"Iterate. Then iterate again."

A typical governmental waste of taxes - using a redundant tautology

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

Andalou

Not a tablet

It is a laptop with a touchscreen.

A tablet demands portrait mode. What is the point of another 16:9 laptop?

Oh well. At least it is not that resolution and 15"! At 10.6" a 1366x768 is a retina display.

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Retina Display detachment

Andalou

Re: I don't get the fuss

"Lower storage: uhh... you can buy a 768GB SSD for these things... that's more than apple have ever offered on any laptop (including as a spinning platter)."

Yes. Only £900 for the 512 extra GB. Bargain.

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Apple iMac refresh due Real Soon Now

Andalou

Re: Will it be a chinless wonder?

But instead of shaving off the chin the screen should encroach the jaw-line. More vertical pixels - it's a computer not a television... oh, what's the point...

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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

Andalou

Gouging for all

To be fair, this gouging is not unique to the 'elite' and 'professional'. A home user who just wants a neat one-box entry level iMac will have to pay an extra £370 if they have the temerity to need a bog-standard 2TB hard disk.

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MP blasts 'ineffective' games regulation

Andalou

You couldn't make it up

NomNomNom: "Snakes and ladders: a particularly sickening game..."

Too late. Snakes and Ladders is already 'banned' in America. The scary snakes have been replaced with slides and the game is renamed Chutes and Ladders.

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Sega squirts urinal game console onto shop shelves

Andalou

Not just a flight of whimsy.

It is not a whim. It takes longer to toilet train a Japanese child than a Western one. All that pixellation means they can not see where their bits are exactly so it takes far longer for them to blindly develop accurate hand-to-bits co-ordination based solely on touch.

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Publishers' club lauds UK e-book sales surge

Andalou

Really?

A decrease in cover price. A DECREASE in cover price? Of physcial paperbacks? My ar$$.

And even if, statistically, that is true... perhaps if publishers bothered to accommodate adequate gutters so you could read without destroying the spine. Perhaps if they did not print an inflated cover price that presupposed a multi-buy discount...

I hate the destruction of the nasty commie net book cartel. Pardon me for preferring the days of only having to make a binary choice between a £1.95 mass market Grafton or a £2.95 King Penguin and today's wonderful freedom of getting an X-Factor's wannabee biography from Asda for £3 and a literary novel where the £13 softcover is more expensive than the remaindered hardback. Thank you, free market. Fuck.

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Brazilian cops hunt pillaging 'gang of blondes'

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