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Comment Re: Edge on Linux and OS X could kill Firefox. (Score 1) 260

Agreed that Edge lacks that "finished" feeling - the mobile version on W10M is pretty good (certainly better than the mobile IE it replace) but the desktop version just doesn't feel ready. The impression is much more of a pretty good beta version than a finished product. Suffice it to say on my W10 boxes at home I use Chrome instead.

Comment Re:Microsoft is dieing (Score 1) 130

Another happy Windows Phone user here.. I have devices on Android, iOS and WinPhone (in fact as I type this I have an iPhone in my left jacket pocket and a Lumia 950 in my right), and while it's far from perfect (some of the changes they made between 8.1 and 10 are utterly nonsensical, and at least a couple of times a week Edge decides it's just not going to load anything and you have to close and re-open it) WinPhone is the only one I don't find frustrating to use day-to-day. It certainly hasn't been what you'd call a massive sales success but there are a few of us who really like it. The list of things I want my phone to do is pretty short - calls/texts, camera, sat nav, kindle, audible, and some light web browsing. My Lumia does all of these at least as well, if not better in some cases then the various iOS/Android devices I own or have used, obviously if you're someone who has an app for everything or is big into mobile gaming then you'll probably find it frustratingly lacking but I'm neither of those so I'm all good :)

Comment Personal responsibility - what's that? (Score 1) 496

I have every sympathy for the guy who got wiped out in the crash - he's facing up to what may well be lifelong impairments and I can see why the family might be looking for money because care etc for those sort of injuries is not cheap.

But I hope they lose the suit against Snapchat because they aren't responsible here - is the filter a bit of a stupid idea? Certainly. Is it aimed at people who traveling in cars or other vehicles at high speed? Sounds like it. But that doesn't make them responsible for what happened, this girl is someone who is supposedly responsible enough to drive, and she is the one who made the decision that driving at 100+ while dicking around on Snapchat was a good idea (Oh and with a pregnant woman in the car as well). Honestly she sounds like someone who shouldn't be trusted to be driving a pedal car!

Comment Not perfect but it's a start (Score 1) 101

While I think the figure would have to be more like 20% at least for me to really make use of it I don't think there is much wrong with the core concept. Buying games digitally is bloody convenient but it is a little off-putting when you pay the same as you would for the physical copy (if not more!) but have no chance to reclaim anything on it if you hate the game or just burn through it pretty quickly. It certainly raises my threshold for an impulse purchase game, which is a shame since impulse purchases are the IMHO the best target for digital buys. Knowing that I could recycle at least part of that cost into another game would make me more likely to give something I'm not fully sold on a try.

Some kind of open marketplace for digital copies wouldn't really work as a business model really - since a "second hand" copy would be identical to a new one there would just be a massive reduction in sales of "new" copies. What I think could work would be some sort of loan system where you could lend a game to a friend for a week, this would be relatively easy to police and may well result in increased sales as if the person borrowing the game likes it enough they may well buy their own copy.

Comment I just can't see it happening (Score 1) 410

The Halo example isn't really comparable - yes it was a new IP on a new platform and it did a great job of getting it's platform sold but the difference is that the XBOX was at least in people's mind as a gaming platform even if they weren't inclined to buy it before. Linux is not viewed as that and I can't see something like Steam OS changing that without a massive marketing push - which often means a big exclusive to showcase it and that brings me to the next problem which is that Steam is already spread across various platforms and I just can't see someone, even Valve developing a AAA exclusive game for it. Games of that calibre are just too damn expensive to develop to risk it sinking without a trace because of the platform. It's a different story for someone like Microsoft or Sony to entice exclusives because they are massive corporations with huge amounts of money to throw at it, even so it seems to be going the way that "true" exclusives are getting rarer and I might be wrong but it seems to me that many of those tend to either be developed by a studio they own or a smaller house that they take under their wing.

An existing, hugely popular IP would maybe have a good shot at raising the profile of the platform but why take such a risk with something that would be massively profitable if published in it's normal channels? A timed exclusive is unlikely to generate too much interest since people will just wait unless the period is on the long side and then the potential customers will just get resentful instead.

Comment "Web standards" as we know them are pointless (Score 1) 373

And the always have been IMHO - when ever there is a platform with a majority market share then the de facto standard is always going to be whatever that platform supports.Back when IE had overwhelming market share in the desktop people could cry all they like about how their code was "standards compliant" but if it didn't work for the vast majority of visitors then it was essentially broken and the devs were just wasting their time. Other browser vendors can either support what the majority holder is doing or accept that some sites won't work quite right and I don't see that has changed in anyway - just because it's the other way around now doesn't alter anything.

Comment Not sure this is the best idea (Score 5, Insightful) 62

I'm really not a fan of ISPs doing mass data retention but I'm not sure that going around endangering customers privacy is the best way of getting ISPs to respect people's privacy.

The problem really is that Anonymous only really has two tools at it's disposal for dealing with people and organisations they don't like - data grab 'n' release and DoS. And you know what they say about when the only thing you've got is a hammer everything starts to look like a nail...

Comment Re: webOS and HP TouchPad (Score 1) 64

"I don't get all the people rushing to hack these to run Android, quite frankly? webOS is far more enjoyable to work with for a tablet than any of the Android tablets I've seen. Android feels like it was "made for a phone, but shoehorned onto a tablet"."

I couldn't agree more... I bought mine for relatively cheap during the firesale with the thought that I'd probably just stick Android on it and it would be a cheap way to get better hardware than most of the cheap 'droid slabs that are kicking around, a few days into using WebOS though that idea just dissolved - it's so much slicker than and Android tablet I'd ever used before and I find that it suits my way of thinking much better than iOS as well. The lack of apps hasn't been a problem for me as so far it's only taken one WebOS update and three 3rd-party apps for me to get all the functionality I need.

WebOS certainly isn't perfect and neither is the hardware but then nothing is and since it's managed to go from an impulse buy to an essential daily device for me I'd say I can't really complain.

Comment Re:The number itself is entertaining but ... (Score 1) 348

I still want to know why the Linux kernel should contain anything from a company that constantly assaults the community. A company who calls us thieves and intellectual pirates. Microsoft is going after Android OEMs saying that Linux violates their patents so they have to pay up on licensing fees. Yet Microsoft won't publicly announce what any of those patents are. In fact when Barnes and Noble called BS on Microsoft and refused to sign the NDA. It turned out Microsoft didn't sue over Linux they sued over web browsing and the interface, which is a long long way from Linux itself or even any Linux distribution.

Maybe because some of us just want to Get The Job Done(TM) and couldn't give two shits about all the political bollocks

Comment Re:Just a prediction.. (Score 1) 792

Really?

"A non-free program is a system of unjust power and shouldn't exist. The existence and use of non-free software [which] is a social problem. It's an evil. And our aim is a world without that problem.'"

Sounds pretty clear to me (taken from TFA) Stallman appears to be (continuing) to bang on that any non-"free" (under his definition) software is inherently wrong. At the moment I have the freedom to choose to make my software non-"free" and users have the freedom to use my software or not, RMS has the freedom to have his own opinions and to use whatever software/devices he chooses - I wouldn't want to take that choice away from him yet it appears he won't be happy untill he has taken mine from me. Who's the more oppressive?

Comment Just a prediction.. (Score 1) 792

.. but I'm kind of expecting Stallman to eventually be found in a darkend room with both himself and the walls shrouded in tinfoil. The man is definately crossing the line into frothing lunatic.

RMS only believes in a very specific view of "freedom" - his own. What about my "freedom" as a developer to choose the license model for my software or my "freedom" as a software consumer to choose which software I get?

Comment Nothing will change (Score 2) 378

People who hate IE currently will still hate it (for some its almost a religion - IE could give them free money and they would still hate it), those who like it will probably still like it (having used some of the Betas I can't see anything that would piss off an existing user). There will still be lots of frothy-mouthed ranting on the internet and those of us who really don't give a shit about who uses what browser will still just pick the one we like and get on with our lives.

Comment Re:Good For Google (Score 1) 415

I'm no fan of the extremes that Apple take their control of the app store to - but that doesn't mean that there aren't legitimate reasons and app should be banned and this is most definitely one of them.

As a general rule I've found Google's stance on privacy of users data to be pretty poor so on this one I say Bravo Google! It would be interesting to see if what (if any) steps they take to protect the platform as a whole from things like this, after all the app store isn't the only way software can be installed on an Android device.

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