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Comment The time (Score 0) 55

I find it odd to wear a watch these days when my phone is next to me when I'm out and about, and when I'm at the desk, in the lower right corner there's the time/date as needed.
Wife wears a broken watch that looks pretty as the phone is practically glued to her hand, and the moto 360 I bought her was worn for a week, then added to the tech junkpile that's my desk.
Perhaps we just don't need watches these days? Like we don't need a PDA and a phone. The phones ARE the pocket watches of old that do everything.

Comment Star Trek: Renegades (Score 1) 438

They should have a view different to the usual Star Fleet. Perhaps a small bunch of misfits trying to avoid the Federation, just making a living doing whatever needs to be done, keeping a low profile. But one of their members is more than they appear, and the Federation REALLY wants their living weapon back.
I know, I know, it'd be easy to create Firefly lite in the Star Trek universe, we had a bit of a bash tabletoping such a thing a solid 10+ years before firefly, but we had Ferengi/Romulans and a tank/Klingon. The cloaking device always needed topping up, but it was a fun campaign. When Firefly came out, we were sure the writers had been sat in some of our sessions, even some of the dialogue sounded familiar ("I'll be in my pillow fort")
But... I'm just bored of the sparkly feds, the honourable klingons, the sneaky ferengi blah blah blah, I want to see a different view of what we're used to. Firefly could almost have worked in the ST universe. Almost. Hopefully we get that, and not the filler episodes we had so much of in the past.

Comment Re:Military funding to thwart this threat? (Score 1) 273

Seriously, you want to spend 10% of the US military's entire budget on one line item?

One off payment for that much bandwidth, that improves the world's communications? Yes, I would. One of the best uses for taxpayer cash I can think of. Let the US own the world's internet hardware infrastructure, or at least have a backup to sell/lease to private companies in case their links get cut/broken.

Comment Re: Oh, they're a big company, (Score 1) 527

You will. One machine (win7 upgrade), no messages at all, all the others, yeah, the 365, the store, the 'new features to windows 10' (really? a couple of weeks after installing, NOW you're telling me all the cool things I've already been using?). The notifications window could/SHOULD be a thing of wonder, same as it works on Android, but I suspect it's going to be the next vector for mass amounts of spam (that Android USED to get until better controls for managing were added, MS will get around to it eventually). Not seen the Bing message yet though, maybe a bit more time.

Comment Re:Ulterior motive implied (Score 1) 198

Exactly what a few of us were commenting on. That it's go so many antennae for 2.4 that goes further, I'd expect these routers to be standard for Google Fiber installations to start throwing cell phone wifi coverage further out for people to hop on, and scatterings around other places too. One router patch away. Probably the sell would be 'earn extra data on YOUR Fi bandwidth if you share a small % of your home bandwidth out when you're not using it, here's some helpful friendly charts showing you how it'll work and how little it'll impact you". The main sticking point for non-Google Fiber will be the existing ISP's who as part of your subscription forbid the reselling of bandwidth, But with net neutrality, and encryption, they shouldn't be able to tell if you're sharing some bandwidth or using your own phone at home and voip. After them selling a lot of their tech to this router company/cross licensing patents, knew this was only going to be a matter of time. Look forward to someone tearing down these routers to see if there's anything else interesting about them over a regular router.

Comment Re:apple? (Score 4, Funny) 118

And after the first dozen accidents, Apple will trot out experts who claim that the 'drivers' were 'sitting in it wrong' and iCar 8 will fix the problems current drivers are having, but you'll need a new car to get the benefits. Plus, you won't be able to drive and listen to music at the same time, and if you buy the car with an AT&T plan, you'll only be able to drive 50 miles a week before you have to pay for more mileage.

Comment Re:He wasn't able to give it up. (Score 1) 466

Hmm, would it help if remoting to a datacenter in the NorthWest being powered/cooled by hydro? Ok, still the comms gear local but perhaps we can shift resources to where the power is with a bit of smarts. Sync'd machines over the US to take advantage of where the sun/wind/hydro is most efficient! Makes little sense in small scales, but scaling up, doable perhaps (depending on the tasks).

Comment Not sure this too valid (Score 1) 170

Not after playing with Win10 for the last day and a half. This isn't running smooth at all, the app store is down more than it's up (fair enough, everyone will be hitting it hard for updates, but even so, timeouts for this? odd for MS to not have the machine/bandwidth, unless it's others trying to mess MS about). At this point, to just have a box that plays games without having to fix windows permissions/dcom/registry tweaks, and connect upto the gaming rig that's doing nothing but run steam? I'm tempted.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 4, Insightful) 608

And without him to show up the lies, there'd be a huge procession of insiders lining up to say that what he released wasn't actually true. The spin would go into full force and 2 years from that date, 99% of citizens would believe he stole fake information and that there was no spying on everyone.
Wasn't sure about him fleeing at first, but the amount of trash thrown at the wall to try and stick, only to be proved wrong by him later revealing further leaks proved what was going on, showed he did the right thing for the people to stay outside the reach of the US law. One day he'll get a medal, but it'll be awarded posthumously.

Comment Re:The important details: Slower and over 540$ (Score 1) 75

Totally. I'll be running Titan X on my gaming rig, but a small NUC/media/remote to stream box? Sure, tweak up the gfx a bit for lightweight gaming. Having this as the 'bottom end' of gfx, will at least let game devs know what's likely to be out there for the huge amount of dell boxes being shifted. I'm also curious how having these sorts of gfx chips will let DX12 + higher end gfx card work. Can they add a few extra frames per second without judder?

Comment Re:Shocking (Score 1) 256

What's the law agency above an Attorney General? This seems to be a fairly clear corruption case surely? Why WAS this AG following orders from the MPAA? Was monies given to him for.. election? (dunno how it works, I'm a Brit). And if there's not a state law on these kind of shenanigans, surely there has to be something higher up? No idea what law technically is being broken here, but if this had gone through, Billions knocked off Google's stock price, who could they sue over this? Or is that why it was being done this way, as the AG is immune from lawsuits?

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