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Comment: not good enough (Score 2) 244

by stevencbrown (#44760143) Attached to: Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

really don't see why anyone would get this.

Expensive for needing a main device as a companion - making hands free calls is not a good enough reason for a $300 device, and the other items "alerts you of incoming texts/emails/etc" is a bit so what - if you have to pair this to a phone, having it near enough will mean that you'd get notified of this anyway.

I think it needed either a cool factor (flexible/wearable), or to be very useful (standalone device that could replace a phone).

+ - Russians space push->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Putin unveils $50b drive for Russian space supremacy:
President Vladimir Putin on Friday unveiled a new $50 billion drive for Russia to preserve its status as a top space power, including the construction of a brand new cosmodrome from where humans will fly to space by the end of the decade."

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+ - Google launches "Inactive Account Manager" to deal with Data after the Death -> 1

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "Google has announced a new Tool “Inactive Account Manager” which gives Google users the option to have information from inactive accounts wiped from the system or to be shared with friends or family members.
Inactive Account Manager will allow the users to have their data deleted three, six, nine or 12 months after it becomes inactive. Users can also select “trusted contacts” to receive information from various Google services such as Blogger, Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, Google Voice and YouTube.
Google users can access “Inactive Account Manager” from here."

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Comment: Re:Going to have a hard time topping modern remake (Score 1) 173

by stevencbrown (#41895119) Attached to: David Braben Kickstarts an <em>Elite</em> Reboot

absolutely right on the money.

Elite was a huge achievement for the time, of which Braben can be justly proud.

He's spent the years since heading up a development studio who seem to have cranked out years of bargain bin pish, and is now seeking some sort of relevance again.

Nothing about his track record suggest this has a high probability of even being average...

Comment: Re:Hmmmm, yeah (Score 5, Interesting) 274

by stevencbrown (#40690353) Attached to: Facebook Loses Users, Satisfaction Higher at Google+

there is a definite spin to the article - not like slashdot.(!)

I like G+ as well, but just don't see how it ever reaches critical mass, and even if it does, will it supplant facebook, or will it just become as annoying as facebook.

I use 3 social media sites, and feel the all fulfill a certain niche, and not sure that will change for a while.

Facebook, for semi-interesting mix of updates from a variety of friends and acquaintances, just dip in now and again when I'm bored, certainly don't feel I'm missing out on anything if I don't check.

G+ fulfills more of my tech need, as I most of the stuff I follow in there is more tech related, and I tend to check it every day, and usually get some interesting reading out of it. (though had to unfollow NASA, they provide way too many updates if they had been landing somebody on Mars, let alone just updates about the effects of micro gravity on small screws).

Twitter is good for when I'm on the toilet and doing a dump.

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