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Comment Re:"Standardize hardware" might be the wrong term. (Score 1) 231

But running next years software on last years hardware is expected by consumers. Look at iOS. Your phone is supported software wise for 3 years from release of that model. Windows 7 is likely to run as well as Vista (or better) on a 2007 PC. I agree expecting new software should not be expected to run on old hardware, but only to an extent. I think it is reasonable to expect a few years of life out of some electronic device

Comment Re:Windows "was" a competitor? (Score 2) 342

Correct me if I am wrong, but the Apple "gadgets" don't use OSX, but iOS.

Almost everything Apple uses OS wise is OS X (only things that don't are iPod Classic, Shuffle, and Nano). iOS is built from OS X, and Mac OS X is built from OS X. OS X is to Apple what the NT kernel is to Microsoft, nothing uses it on it's own, but basically all Microsoft devices are using the same NT core, just with different features and frameworks built on top of it. (That said I can't actually remember if WP7 née WinMo née Win CE uses NT)

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PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Comment Yeah (Score 1) 165

You wouldn't get the sights and sounds of a campus, personal contact with professors, or beer-soaked frat parties, but you'd end up with the knowledge you need and the degree to prove it."

Personally speaking, it is this sort of thing that I think is as much a part of University as the education itself. Generally speaking, campus grounds always have a great atmosphere, your Professors are usually decent people, and pretty much at no other time will you be able to drink and party so hard with so little consequence in your life. Cutting that out would IMO, be a big loss for young students.

Comment Driver for PS1 (Score 1) 261

I always loved the secret Newcastle level that was in the PS1 version of Driver(Not sure if it is in the PC version). Screaming around a vaguely recognisable city in an old Jag was pretty cool. Needs an Action Replay code to work though, and my AR disk won't work in my PS3, so I'm SOL for now.

Comment Not a great experience (Score 1) 739

First time I used Linux 6 months ago at Uni. The PC's were running Kubuntu and it made me want to kill myself using it. Generally doing anything on it was a complete hassle and not worth the effort put in to it. Alot of the other people in my class felt the same (BSc Computer Science) and we've now only ever used that Linux lab once :V

Comment Re:I recommend... (Score 1) 466

I wholeheartedly agree. I used 7 on my 901 for a month, and the native multi touch support and combined with a task bar that actually works when moved to the left hand side makes it such a great fit for netbooks. Only thing is that 7 took up like 3.5GB of my 4GB SSD in my 901, so I gave in and put XP back on it, and that is only like a 3GB install for me. I really do hate the usability of XP compared to 7. It's just nowhere near 7 or even Vista in terms of usability.

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