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Comment Re:It's a shame. (Score 1) 90

Yes - there's a reason. They've bought various bits of kit like Good Enterprise etc. which work well for keeping people on corporate email, intranet access, IM chats etc.. They also have server products for security, though to be honest I know a lot less of those.

For a consumer, can't think of a reason. For a business looking for good BYOD-style options, yes - there's some decent stuff done by them.

Comment -Still- looking at you, BBC... (Score 3, Interesting) 96

BBC still requires Flash on my desktop Safari. Switch the user-agent to being an iPad and presto - nice, working HTML 5 video without a single layout change either. Have sent in 'feedback' time after time after time.

Honestly, get with the times and dump Flash. Or at least service HTML 5 for preference and only fall back to Flash. Not this "let's serve Flash to HTML 5-capable browsers" rubbish.

Comment Anything to address spam? (Score 1) 85

Am very, very bored of the "Look for the lowercase L" copypasta spam everywhere, or ASCII tanks or whatever the current fad will be. Being copy/paste it is surely easy to detect and autoremove. This spam posts star ratings too, which will contribute to the overall standing of the game even though it's just gibberish postings.

Comment No different to Usenet kill files (Score 1) 220

This doesn't look much different to business as usual to me - can't see where the outrage is coming from.

Honestly, this looks no different to Usenet kill files, which I personally have been (lightly) using for around twenty-five years. On Reddit I've also got a fairly extensive kill file-alike set up, via RES and the Alien Blue app. Really don't see the issue in them introducing this, sounds more like a nice-to-have feature that some people will use, some people won't.

Comment A fanatic is... (Score 5, Insightful) 74

Churchill's quote: "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."

This situation and post has literally nothing to do with Apple, yet at the time of writing there's around a third of the threads talking about Apple and some fantasy reaction they may or may not have had if faced with this circumstance. People - for gawd's sake give it a rest.

Comment Re:Dogecoin? (Score 1) 74

Dogecoin was, and is, a joke. People taking part in it know this and do it for fun - I have a handful of coins worth...err....hmm. Well, I'm sure I'll find enough decimal places somewhere.

That doesn't mean it hasn't done real things though: Josh Wise and the Dogecar being one of the more notable. It has also provided clean water in Kenya and sent the Jamaican bobsled team to the Winter Olympics (source). So yeah - it's a joke. It's a good one though, and has done some good things.

Comment Re:If you're refusing a refund ... (Score 1) 467

Partially agreed, but whether the game is designed to require more than 50 hours or not you personally would be able to tell whether you were enjoying it by that point. I have hundreds of Skyrim hours logged, but would have stopped playing after only a few hours if I didn't like it. Conversely I tried The Witcher (first one) recently and just didn't get alone with it at all - about two hours in total. Elite:Dangerous, a very direct comparison to No Mans Sky, I've not really got along with either despite being a massive original Elite fan and a passably high-tier Kickstarter backer of this one. I'm glad the new one exists, but it's not for me. Logged time - 9 hours.

You get the idea. The game may well require more than 50 hours, but if you're not enjoying it you'll know well before those 50 hours are played.

Comment Re:If you're refusing a refund ... (Score 5, Insightful) 467

50 hours of gameplay is a long time. As an example, I started playing Tomb Raider (2013) a few days ago - got it in a sale literally years ago and never played, finally got round to playing it. I've completed the story, and am just going back to polish off the areas I didn't get 100% completion on. Only two of those to go, and I'm done.

I have 56 hours of gameplay logged. Just to recap - I've done damned near everything, thoroughly enjoyed myself, and have 56 hours logged. 50 gameplay hours at a game I hate? That would be insane.

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