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Comment Re:Not flame bait (Score 1) 69

I have both consoles (and a Wii U in fact) and whilst the PS4 can list more exclusives, the vast majority of them are just really shit indie titles.

The PS4's exclusive lineup is definitely looking up, but until now I feel the Xbox One has had far better exclusives. Things like Dead Rising 3 and Ryse at launch were far more fun than anything Sony had on offer, and since then they've had titles like Halo 5, Quantum Break, Gears of War 4, Sunset Overdrive.

I'm looking forward to The Last Guardian, and I did enjoy games like The Order 1886, not gotten around to Uncharted 4 yet though. LBP3 was just a bit boring, more of the same. I thought Street Fighter V was just fucking awful, Mortal Kombat was way better, as is Killer Instinct on the Xbox One.

But although the PS4 exclusive lineup is definitely improving, so is the Xbox One lineup also. Things like Halo Wars 2 and Crackdown 3 are likely to be box shifters.

All in all I definitely prefer the Xbox One's exclusive list regardless of it's relative size - like the PS4, 90% of the exclusive lists are just utter shit, so factoring out the utter shit closes the gap regardless by shrinking both console's lists drastically.

But really, if exclusives matter at all it begs the question as to why the Wii U isn't the top selling console of this generation, frankly it has far, more, far higher quality, far more fun exclusives than the other two combined - Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Splatoon, Star Fox Zero, Mario Kart 8, Paper Mario: Color Splash. All these titles are far higher quality, and focus far more on being simply enjoyable than many exclusives on other consoles.

So I don't think you can realistically just relative merits and success by exclusives as an overriding factor anyway otherwise Nintendo would likely win hands down.

I think Sony simply have a powerful brand, and Microsoft ultimately fucked up early on above all else. Nintendo has struggled because it released an underpowered console in the face of last gen, when it should really have waited a few years and released a console with far more competitive specs. Specs shouldn't matter, but ultimately they are used to define or shame a brand, and unless you can pull off an upset as Nintendo did with the Wii where you have a differentiator that genuinely makes the specs irrelevant then low specs will get you fucked.

I think therefore it's really a combination of things that overall define the brand that matters - Sony has a reasonable set of excellent exclusives, it didn't have the DRM/spying rumours of the Xbox One, it has a massive general library, and it was a marginally more powerful device than the Xbox One at a lower price point. Those things combined are what have won things so far for Sony. It's worth noting that the Xbox One has made ground over the last year, I suspect this is because the tarnish of it's own brand from it's pre-release mis-steps are finally fading coupled with the good will it's gaining with new dashboard functionality and support for things like backwards compatibility. One shouldn't forget that last generation we had the exact reverse scenario - Sony started off behind due to a late release coupled with a tarnished brand from the past rootkit fiasco and so on and so forth, but eventually towards the end of the generation pretty much pulled things level with the 360 as the tarnish faded and it regained some good will with some of it's later releases (i.e. The Last of Us).

Comment Re:What do UK, USA, Aus, NZ, Can have in common? (Score 2) 95

Ironically that one female home secretary before Theresa May was also brought down by the fact her husband was caught buying porn using the MP expenses system. So you're right, there's zero merit in his porn theory.

Not that I disagree with him that Theresa May is, and is acting like a defacto authoritarian dictator though. The fact she believes something as important as the terms for triggering Brexit shouldn't undergo parliamentary scrutiny is astounding. It's the single biggest change to British statute in 40 years and she thinks parliament shouldn't scrutinise the terms? She couldn't be more dictatorial if she tried.

Comment Re:your privacy for some magic beans (Score 1) 101

Is there any statutory legal obligation to credit public holidays like Thanksgiving as leave for those who are made to work it in the US?

My wife works in retail and runs a few stores, and the only day they don't open now is Christmas day, however all 7 other UK public holidays are added to their leave so in some ways it works out for her as she can combine them all for an extra full week. Means she has something like 34 days leave a year now.

Comment Re:anonymous telemetry (Score 1) 101

Out of interest, by what mechanism is the data sent? Is there a service that dispatches it over a proprietary protocol running over TCP or similar? When is it sent and so forth? I'd be interested in snooping on it myself to have a look at exactly what does leave my PC, if what you're saying is true then that for us in the EU, puts Microsoft in breach of the European Data Protect Directive, and if I can evidence that happening from my machine then I can lodge a formal complaint with our Information Commissioner.

What happens if you block transmission of the data on your router's firewall? Does it just give up?

"Don't think you are having a private conversation when Cortana is on and your near your computer."

Unless she's developed the ability to detect sound through other means then this is at least one thing I'm safe from as I don't actually have a microphone attached to my PC :) Alexa on the other hand, oh, she's already listening. See my other post for my experience so far with her.

I was rather annoyed to turn my monitor on the other day and find the usually nice images that change through the day on the lock screen replaced with an advert for fucking Finding Dory. Thankfully it seems you can disable that at least, which I now have.

Comment No Fitbit then (Score 1, Troll) 183

Legalities aside, if this is how Fitbit treats existing customers now during an acquisition, I have no faith they'll do any better on their other products whenever they can get out of it.

I've seen some Garmin products at the store - probably I'll get one of those instead. At least they have a reputation for long-term support of their products.

Comment Re:So. 50,000 more H1-B visas need to be issued (Score 1) 320

lets check back how well trump's 'plan' goes. if we ever SEE anything real from him in this direction.

fact is (I know, we're post-fact now, sigh..) that he's a business guy and that type LOVES indentured servitude.

there's nearly 0% chance he'll cut back on cheap labor for CORPORATE AMERICA.

you righties are such gullible morans. sad part is, you just ruined things for all of us for the next 4 years ;(

Comment Re:Honestly (Score 1) 101

"Here is a little thought experiment for those who don't "get it". Would you accept someone sitting in a parked car in the morning waiting for you to leave your house then following you to work. When you walk across the street they are right behind you following your every move and recording everything you do?"

I actually rather think you've missed his point, his point is that Microsoft is sending anonymous data back - i.e. data that can't be tracked to you. Someone following you to work by very definition can be traced back to you because it's you they're following and tracking.

I think there's a fair discussion to be had about how anonymous the data is, and something still irks me to this day about paying for a product and using my CPU power, storage, and bandwidth for their commercial gain, but I do agree with the GP somewhat that there's unreasonable paranoia about telemetry sent in this way in general. Personally I think there should be something more obvious in it for me if they want to collect this data - i.e. give me a free copy of your software if I'm a test subject and let me explicitly agree to that. Don't make me pay hundreds of pounds for software only to use my computing resources to profit off me even further without my knowledge or explicit consent.

A large part the reason I think that is because people seem to not care that every search they make, every site they visit, every service they use nowadays typically involves anonymous telemetry being connected (even if you block tracking cookies, your actions are still being tracked and measured server-side). People still use these services, yet when the same thing happens from an OS, or piece of installed software on a desktop, or phone, they suddenly take bigger issue with it, yet the data collected may be no less anonymous than the data they're handing over on a daily basis elsewhere.

Comment Re:your privacy for some magic beans (Score 2) 101

I thought the Echo Dot would be a fun thing to play with so I got them whilst they were cheap during Black Friday fortnight or however long they've managed to drag it out for now. I read that you can even order food through apps like Just Eat, but when I first used it I didn't really know you had to ask specific Just Eat commands.

So imagine how disturbed I was when I said "Alexa, I'd like to order some food", and she replied "From your order history, I can see that you have ordered 12kg Dog Food. Is this what you want?". I shouted no, and I she repeated the same thing (I guess because we ordered the dogs different flavours they were treated as different products).

This is what they think of us, they think we should eat dog food, their path to making us subservient has already begun. I hope you like dried chicken and rice smooshed into brown dry kibbles, because it's all we're apparently going to be eating when they take over given that they apparently already view us as mere dogs.

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