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Comment Re:Reliability and image quality? Ha! (Score 1) 651

"Ink technology is expensive, and you pay for reliability and image quality."

I guess that explains why every time I go to use it my HP inkjet printer it has clogged up and I have to waste several pages and plenty of ink just to get it cleaned up enough to produce a decent printout. Granted, I go a couple of weeks between uses, but why can't a printer handle a duty cycle like that? By contrast my laser printer handles printing just fine whether I'm printing every day or leave it for a month, and the toner costs a tiny fraction of the per-page costs of the inkjet.

Between expense and unreliability, clearly inkjet technology isn't yet ready for real-world use. Buy a laser printer.

I completely agree. Ink-jets work best (least worst) when they're in regular (if not continual) use. But regular use means you really get stung by the price of the inks.

Many people with ink-jets use them only occasionally, at most once or twice a week. So the ink dries up, and you have to use way too much just to get the ink flowing again.

(Where are mod points when you need 'em?)

Comment Re:HP continues to lie about prices (Score 2, Interesting) 651

Since I'm an old guy who was using PCs in the DOS era, I'm entitled to reminisce about how things were better in the old days:

In the mid 1980's, I was using a Citizen 120D, a 9-pin dot matrix printer (standard for So/Ho use at the time, real professionals were using 24-pin printers), and that cost around £150 in the UK ($180 in the US).
With inflation, that would be around £300 ($330) today.

Similarly, I had the luxury of using a DeskJet 500 in the late '80s. That was a $500 printer, but the thing lasted for nearly ten years. It was bulletproof.

For something like $100 back then, people in the UK could by a crappy thermal printer like the Alphacom 32

And that's when printers had their own ROMs so they knew how to print stuff without relying on drivers or Windows GDI. Before the cost-cutting started.

So I conclude that as printers have got cheaper, they've actually got worse. Any printer these days costing less than about $100 will be absolute crap, and for anything good, we should get used to the idea of spending $200 upwards for something that will probably outlast our PC.

Rant over. Get off my lawn, kids.

Comment Re:No sensible, honest person would work for HP? (Score 1) 651

...the consumer and desktop level printers are pretty much disposable junk with very expensive consumables.

Agreed.

The last 2 printers I bought were HP all-in-ones (printer/scanner/copier) at around £40 each. Both failed just after 12 months.

The first one (a C4180) gradually became unable to feed paper - I tried cleaning the rollers but that didn't really help; possibly some internal part had worked loose and was obstructing the paper.

The second printer (d7160 I think) suddenly became unable to recognise the presence of (genuine) printer cartridges.

So in the last 2-3 years, I've spent more on HP printers than on the ink cartridges, and after I bought replacement cartridges the printers never lasted long enough to use up all the ink.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 0) 282

...and the BBC isn't even allowed to show ads in the UK.

Of course they're allowed to show ads in the UK. They just don't need to, because they get revenue from the TV licence instead of from advertisers. They also get money by selling shows to other networks.

Why on earth would any broadcaster want to show ads? They only do it out of financial necessity.

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Funeral Being Held Today For IE6 194

An anonymous reader writes "More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old friend. The deceased? Internet Explorer 6. The aging Web browser, survived by its descendants Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8, is being eulogized at a tongue-in-cheek 'funeral' hosted by Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado."

Comment Re:Stupidest move, ever (Score 1) 246

So instead you prefer services tainted by the BBC's left-wing liberal bias?

If you're right-wing, then even centrists will appear to have a left-wing bias. That's why the phrase crops us so much in the Daily Mail, Express, Sun, Times, Telegraph, ...

To the raving nut-jobs in the UKIP, BNP and beyond, practically everyone looks left-wing and liberal.

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Tiny ARM-Based Sensor System Makes Battery Replacement Obsolete 96

An anonymous reader writes "University of Michigan researchers have crammed an ARM Cortex microcontroller, a thin-film battery, and a solar cell into a package that is only 9 cubic millimeters in volume. The system is able to run perpetually by periodically recharging the on-board battery with a solar cell (neglecting physical wear-out of the system)."
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Game Devs Migrating Toward iPhone, Away From Wii 143

A new report by Game Developer Research reveals that the number of developers working on games for the iPhone continues to rise, roughly doubling in number from last year. At the same time, the amount of work done on games for Nintendo's Wii dropped significantly: "Just over 70 percent of developers said they were developing at least one game for PC or Mac (including browser and social games), rising slightly from last year; 41 percent reported working on console games. Within that latter group, Xbox 360 was the most popular system with 69 percent of console developers targeting it, followed by 61 percent for PlayStation 3. While those console figures stayed within a few percent of last year's results, the change in Wii adoption was much more significant: reported developer support for the system dropped from 42 percent to 30 percent of console developers, supporting numerous publishers' claims of a recent softening of the Wii market."

Comment Well, duh! (Score 1) 189

Obviously, you wouldn't give these games to kids.

The article (yeah, I did RTFA) points out that those games are rated for age 17+, so I don't see what the issue is.

I wouldn't want my kids playing COD-MW2 or L4D2, but to be honest, they wouldn't want to play them anyway - they'd be much happier with the latest cutesy Wii party game, or something for the DS involving ponies.

Yet again, the mainstream media make the assumption that all games are for kids and are therefore completely shocked to see that some games involve blood, gore and subversive naughtiness.

Actually, I don't think they're shocked at all. They just think that their readers will be, and that's what sells papers and generates click revenue.

Games

Review Scores the "Least Important Factor" When Buying Games 169

A recent report from a games industry analyst suggests that among a number of factors leading to the purchase of a video game — such as price, graphics and word of mouth — the game's aggregated review score is the least important measure. Analyst Doug Creutz said, "We believe that while Metacritic scores may be correlated to game quality and word of mouth, and thus somewhat predictive of title performance, they are unlikely in and of themselves to drive or undermine the success of a game. We note this, in part, because of persistent rumors that some game developers have been jawboning game reviewers into giving their games higher critical review scores. We believe the publishers are better served by spending their time on the development process than by 'grade-grubbing' after the fact."

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