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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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...In other news, BP are following Sky's lead and becoming "P".

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

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My old unlocked S3 running cyanogenmod already does everything I need well enough. What extra would an S5 get me that is worth the $780 cost of an unlocked device?

Especially at that price, it boggles my mind why Samsung didn't use premium quality materials, not just obviously cheap out again with more plastic. Really Samsung... would it kill you to spring for the extra maybe 25c per phone on some actual quality case materials for once?

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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I can totally imagine how relative safety will just become another pre-purchased software option.

The hypothetical head-on-crash scenario above would be immediately preceeded by the two cars talking to each other and comparing how much money each driver spent on relative safety, with the lowest having to get out of the way of the highest at ANY cost to itself and passengers (e.g. driving off a cliff).

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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>> Barbie's 1337 skills seem to devolve down to getting boys to do the hard stuff and then claiming all the credit,

Actually all 3 females on my CS course got through their whole degrees exactly this way.

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>>> We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits.

So deluding them with lies and false expectations is now a GOOD thing?

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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....Of course the fact that this move is necessary to enable them to further monetise the game with micropayments etc. whenever they like is COMPLETELY coincidental, as is the fact that they actually just did a classic bait-and-switch move on everyone that donated.

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British drones target ISIS for the first time

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Whats the maximum range on detecting those little RFID thingys embedded in the back page of UK passports? I hope the RAF drones make a special point of targetting ISIS fighters carrying them. The one good thing about the war against ISIS is that it got a bunch of the worst muslim psychopaths to leave the UK to go over there and fight. The last thing we want is to let those scum back in. We need the RAF drones to find and wack them all before they can get back on the plane home.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Re: Stupid question

...Because for developers other than those working on windows products, and for many other experienced computer users, Linux also makes a better desktop environment than windows.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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This just underllines how obviously stupid it to run any campaign off a facebook page instead of your own website. I guess common sense isn't one of her skills.

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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

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This is bullshit. You have to have bought a pre-built PC, it does nothing for people like me that actually bought Intel P4s and other compnents separately to build their own PCs.

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

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Nice thing? Really?

From the description it looks like someone took an old cheap phone and added a metal ring around the edge, believing thats enough to fool people into thinking its as classy as an Iphone.

You'd think that someone somewhere in Samsung would "get" what classy design means, but apparently still not.

The lack of an SD slot alone would keep me from buying this, let alone that the rest of the tech specs (battery, screen res, USB interface version etc) are all compromises, and look scarily like the spec a 3-4 year old phone.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Re: Can't believe that I agree with Balmer

but does he really STILL say Apple are crap?

Sure he would have had to deny that anythnig good ever came out of anywhere but Microsoft when he was CEO of it, but if he's still actually saying that now, I'm amazed at how someone so genuinely clueless could have ever got where he is/was.

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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I'm amazed we haven't plonked a few MBTs down in Iraq just for some semi-modern battle experience and just to see how they really work out these days.

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>> steel balls can provide hours of fun for the home experimenter.

...Might be fun but it doesn't sound very comfortable.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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Re: US chocolate stereotypes are 20 years out of date

I'm an English expat, been living in the US for about 12 years.

I think the actual chocolate (and cheese, and good bread, and reasonable cornish pasties) problem in the US is not that you can't find it _somewhere_, its just that its going to require uncommon local knowledge of where, and a (probably 50 mile+) special trip to get it. Then it will be hideously expensive.

Pretty much all food in the US (even stuff that you wouldn't expect like bread, milk etc.) gets massively oversweetened with high fructose corn syrup. On top of that natural food like meat and especially vegetables have little to no natural taste (relative to same in the UK/EU) because they are all genetically modified to grow unnaturally large as fast as possible.

Its so prevalent that when arriving (back) here, the only taste you experience at all for about 2 weeks is high fructose corn syrup. After then, your taste buds just give up and shut down in total sumbission so you cant taste anything anymore, except spicy food.

I think Its why Hersheys, Liptons and Buweiser can all get away with tasting like crap yet are pretty much the only brands that Americans buy. They literally can't taste them, and also have hardly any opportunity to experience actual chocolate, tea and beer.

IMHO nothing is as good as the bar of plain Galaxy and regular old Cheddar you find cheap at just about every supermarket in the UK, and cost a fortune here in the US if you can find them at all.

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Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

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What a joke

This is all just a giant charade by Microsoft. They are being vocal and visible about privacy only as a marketing strategy, and only because even Microsoft are starting to figure out that people actually care enough about privacy that it really does translate into purchasing decisions.

They are simply trying to fool people into believing that contrary to the long history of hard evidence, Microsoft really aren't completely supportive and compliant in allowing the US and other government entities full access to any of the personal data that Microsoft OS's, browsers and apps already secretly collect on us. Don't believe me? just google cofee as one example of Microsoft's duplicity.

It is really no secret that all Microsoft's encryption tech has government-sancitoned backdoors, and that Microsoft have been caught out multiple times at repeatedly doing things like designing IE to secretly store lists of every website you ever visited in files that the OS in turn explicitly hides.

For most companies, a few low-key statements aboout protecting privacy would be enough, but because Microsoft were pretty much the pioneers of having PCs secretly undermine their owners privacy, they now need to fake an appearance of not only suddenly caring, but also becoming the staunchest advocates of privacy. Nothing less would cut it enough even to fool the most ignorant of masses. For those of us with longer memories than your average goldfish it just looks like what it really is: ridiculous. Anybody with half a clue just doesn't buy it, nor will ever trust Microsoft.

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I've previously worked for the MOD. I know nothing of this specific case, but would be surpised if its anything other than inside the UK only (and possibly not including Northern Ireland depending on the project's actual security classifcation).

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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I'll show you the D next week – billionaire space baron Elon Musk

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>> Such a system would be relatively easy to put in place he claimed, saying all you'd need would be a radar system, cameras with image recognition, and long-range ultrasonics.

Thats a particularly clueless statement. The items he listed are all just sensors. They don't make decisions any more than your ears or nose do.

He forgot the part that actually takes that collected data and makes good safe decisons based on it, and THATS the difficult bit that takes all the time/money/development effort you've got and more.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Yeah. Whatever X-based window manager I was running on SunOs/Solaris back in 1989 had it, as does every distro of Linux I have ever used since.

I have to say, its ususally one of the first things I turn off.

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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Re: Only one word comes to mind.

>> That said, new* album comes out next month.

Damn really? cool.

Don't get me wrong, I *love* the old stuff, but I hope the new album won't just be mostly do-overs of from Dark Side of the moon and The Wall again, like they did with the last album (Division Bell). If they are going to do old stuff then they should do the really old stuff, like from Live at Pompeii and the 30 minute surfing sequence on Crystal Voyager.

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Re: Only one word comes to mind.

>> Other people actually buy this kit as a careful, deliberate choice

Not true. Any well-informed person that made a choice not based entirely on fashion would have bought an Android-based device.

On both functionality and price (i.e. the actually important stuff) Apple doesn't have a prayer against Android.

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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Dont feel sorry they WANT this.

Seriously, what normal person takes naked pictures of themselves anyway? let alone puts them on a network storage service, even if it is meant to be private.

There's only one reason celebs are taking naked pictrures of themselves and putting it where it is likely to get hacked... its because there is no such thing as bad publicity, especially when backed up with fake moral outrage.

Newsflash people: They WANT the pics to get hacked and the media and the more lame-brained amongst us keep feeding right into it.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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As a male, I find it highly depressing that other males feel its OK to act this way. Or even want to.

I'm guessing from my own long time experience as a geek in the industry that you're either overdramatising this A WHOLE LOT, or you are VERY attractive. If its the former, shame on you.

Assuming then its the latter, you're probably also used to being approached innaropriately by men in every situation, not just at geeky trade shows or whatever, so again shame on you for singling geeks out for public discreditation when in fact its more than likely that geeks aren't really any worse than anyone else.

If indeed you are very attractive, You proably think its tough being you, but I can guarantee it actually has more upsides than downsides. You know, all the extra help and consideration you get from guys when you want/need it? Or the fact that going out for an evening doesn't necessarily mean you need to drive, buy tickets, food, drinks or even take any money? You probably just think they're just "being nice" and would do that for anyone, even other guys, right?

The reality is that society is unfortunately still such that guys are the ones who are expected to work hard and put ourselves, our hearts and the fruits of our hard work out there to find/establish relationships, as most women who normally claim they want equality still conveniently rationalise ways that equality stops at having to actually pay their own way, especially on dates, or even just asking guys out. So, until that gets fixed by equality-driven women actually stepping up and taking on a truly equal role, your gender, especially the more attractive ones, are going to have to deal with all the down sides of (admittedly sometimes clumsily implemented) approaches and all the other benefits you actually get.

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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I'm just amazed at how much shit Windows users will continue to put up with, and still not switch to Linux or Apple.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: Stupid

Sorry but this has to be crap.I completely dont beleive that any modern distro of Linux would or could totally lock up or even fail to boot just because you installed an application.

Unlike Windows, Linux is fundamentally protective of the whole of its system area, and also has package managers that won't let you screw it up.

To experience what you are talking about, you are doing at least one of using a VERY old version of Linux, trying to do something very stupid like force a 32 bit driver into a 64 bit kernel, or are manually messing with the system files, (which made completely unnecessary by the package manager).

Tell me which distro/version and which app you installed on it, and I will verify.

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Re: Well Doh! Haven't people learned by now

>> so we are stuffed with living with their crap.

You're really not. You and every other Windows user really don't have to keep taking this shit.

Its just that for whatever reason, most people choose to remain stubbornly ignorant of, or averse to, moving over to Linux, even though its MUCH more stable, secure, standards-compliant, powerful and logical in its operation than any Microsoft product.

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Meet Solaris 11.2, where SDN means 'Software-Defined Net profit'

JustNiz

Wow... Solaris news...

The thing that most amazed me from this article was that Solaris is actually still around.

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Euro banks warned off Bitcoin as Canada regulates it

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>> The EBA says it's identified “more than 70 risks” that apply to ... fiat currencies.

...so that includes the Pound, the Dollar, the Euro and just about every other current national currency then.

Interestingly, Bitcoin is the only one of which actually isn't a fiat currency. Unlike dollars/pounds etc, the maximum number of Bitcoins is finite, governments cant just print more at whim, and they are actually based on something tangible (computational work).

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

JustNiz

Bogus stats biassed towards Microsoft.

They are using statcounter which only gets data from what the browser identifies itself as in webpage hits on associated websites.

Apart from the fact that it makes a massive assumption that every type of computer is necessarily hitting the same webpages at the same rate, it is also assuming that the browsers are correctly identifying themseleves, which they are usually (on purpose) avoiding doing.

Many websites serve up different html based on what a browser identifies itself as for compatability reasons. Many browsers identify purposely themselves incorrectly (as internet explorer and windows even if they really aren't) to make sure they get the "standard" website. Consequently browser ID does not actually identify which computer is connecting. Its more used to identify which standard the browser adheres to.

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

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Re: A good move

wow what a windows troll. How much are Microsoft paying you to write this crap?

>> Given the shaky foundations that SteamOS is built on

Linux shaky? lol what are you smoking? especially when compared to windows.

>> (with the very poor support for modern graphics cards, gaming peripherals, video streaming etc)

Where are you getting this from? Its not even close to true. Not only do intel, nVidIa and ATI all make linux drivers that support ALL their graphics hardware (especially the most recent), but many if not most games etc actually run faster/smoother on Linux than windows.

>> it makes perfect sense to move over to an more flexible platform.

Yes it does, thats exactly why most people with an actual clue have already left windows behind.

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

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It looks hideously chunky.

What would this do that my phone doesn't already do better?

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OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

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No SD slot = No Thanks.

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Dorian Nakamoto gets $23,000 payout over Bitcoin invention saga

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Dumbasses

Basic common sense clearly eludes these donors. There's only two possible situations. He either really is or really isn't THE Satoshi.

If he is, then he already is one of the richest people on the planet so this money will make less than no difference to him. If he really isn't, then this donation is even more obviously misplaced.

Hey I'm not Satoshi Nakamoto either! Please send bitcoins to me too!.

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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>>> Castrillo* Matajudíos (Castrillo Kill the Jews) will vote on Saturday on whether it's time to change the name of their small hamlet in the province of Burgos to something a little less offensive.

Yeah they should definately drop the Castrillo part. It might offend anyone called Castrillo.

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Entry-level HP SAN array stoops to conquer small biz bods

JustNiz

Can someone please explain what's the difference (if any) between a SAN and NAS?

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China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux

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Dammit

Dammit there goes the long term support for my favourite distro. I think I trust China more than the NSA.

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

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Re: Irrelevant

Try telling that to the Americans. They are all brainwashed in school and by their media to think that the US single-handedly saved the entire planet.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Seems like this must be bullshit research (i.e. hopelessly biassed towards Microsoft).

For one thing Android isn't even mentioned, unless you could seriously believe it is included in Linux's 1.5%.

Their browser study shows ie overall market share is still over 50%, when everyone else is stating its less than 20% for example:

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Really? These all suck. They all look like warmed-over crap from the 8/16 bit days.

Actually scratch that, at least the 8/16-bit guys had the good excuse that they were actually maxxing out their hardware. Given today's hardware I'm sure they'd come up with something much better than this crap.

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

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GPUs are already not cost effective for Bitcoin mining anymore.

Its ASICs or nothing these days.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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This is outrageous. That repulsive CEO should be fired immediately, and the job should be given to the amazing Mr. Carroll should he still want it.

Even while standing in the heart of Bletchley, that clueless CEO will never understand the same Britain that Mr. Carroll's own generation fought and died for.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

JustNiz

Just tried upgrading to Petra and frustrated to see it still has the same stupid issues from as far back as Mint 14 or so, that prevent the mint installer from running on my laptop so I can't install mint.

The root of the problem is the retarded decision to use the nouveau driver by default even in the install phase. Nouveau is still too immature/buggy to drive my laptop's nvidia GPU properly, so with nouveau, my laptop always locks up solid after about 10 seconds of X firing up. It works flawlessly if Install the proprieatary nVidia driver however I can't easily get to a persistent environment to install that first. Its this sort of stupid shit that will put new users off Linux forever immediately.

When booting from the Petra Iso, the boot menu you can get to by hitting Esc during 10 second countdown to booting a live envioronment no longer even includes the command-line install option, so now you HAVE to run X (and therefore nouveau) to run the installer. What a retarded decision. Noveau might be a nice politically correct idea but in real life it still far from ready for general use. I wish Mint would finally accept that and at least not enable it as the default if you have an nVidia GPU. Even Ubuntu still uses the nVidia binary driver by default, at lest last time I checked.

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Security researcher Cédric 'Sid' Blancher dead at 37

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Probably a hook turn

I'm guessing "Low turn" is the maneuver known as a Hook Turn in most English-speaking countries.

It is generally held to be a fucking stupid thing to do, as its a high risk maneuver the only need for which is showing off, and if you get the timing wrong or even if just a gust happens at the wrong time, you are pretty much guaranteed to do potentially serious injury to yourself. In many dropzones performing them is outright banned yet people still persist in doing them and often getting hurt or even killed. If he killed himself doing a fast/low hook turn, sorry but he only had himself to blame.

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

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Neither for me

I won't buy either as the new generation of consoles ride all over any notion of users rights. I apparently have a longer memory than most sheep-like consumers so won't trust either Microsoft or Sony as they have both demonstrate continuing and systemic policy of abuse with stuff like rootkit scandals and cutting people off from media they already bought whenever they feel like it.

Besides I dont give a flying *uck about social networks or whatever other "value-added" shit they're building in with this generation. Call me strange but I just want a simple box that plays the game I bought, and without becoming some company's bitch to do so.

This new generation's always-watching-me tech, requirements to be always-connected + mandatory ongoing paid subscriptions to Live or PSN, and artificial restrictions on used games can all suck my ass. Even though Microsoft hastily weakened some (but not all) of the most heinous restrictions after so many people spotted them and complained that even they were nervous about upsetting Christmas launch profits, its blindingly obvious that within the next few compulsory firmware updates, the same or worse restrictions be added right back in. And of course Sony won't be far behind as soon as Christmas is over.

I think I'll just keep gaming on my PC which I already own, already has better performance and graphics than the surprisingly and disappointingly low hardware spec of new consoles too.

I am still interested to see what Steam console looks like though, as its basically a standard (user-hackable/expandable) PC and I can't imagine Valve also has the the same customer-rights-insulting mindset as Microsoft and Sony do (at least yet).

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

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"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time."

Nope, the right time was 13 years ago.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

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Costs too much

I wouldnt mind giving it a try but $65 for a weeks worth is Waaay too much.

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Panasonic pitches Ultra HD 4K x 2K monster tablet

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Linux instead of Window 8?

I will seriously consider buying this but only if you can install Linux on it instead of Window 8.

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Razer uncages Core i7, GeForce megaslab for hardcore gamers

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1366 x 768 is laughable on such a device. I cant beleive they didnt go at least 1920x1080.

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Review: HP ENVY x2 Windows 8 convertible

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FAIL

but...

Not interested until it runs something other than Windows 8.

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