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Can Twitter and Facebook Deal With Their Dead?

Turzyx Sounds dangerous (284 comments)

I didn't realise using Facebook and Twitter was such a risky endeavour.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Finally Turning a Profit On PS3s

Turzyx Re:Has the console arms race ended for now? (117 comments)

I think it's definitely stalled, yes.

There is little point upgrading hardware for any other reason than improved visuals. You can get better rendering, AA, FPS. etc, but most people are satisfied with the visual quality of the current HD gaming systems.

Are there even enough potential buyers to support a new generation of consoles? I honestly don't know, but I think they are aiming at the majority of the user base (casual), like myself who will need some serious justification to encourage me to buy a new system, and I don't think they can offer any justification at the moment. We already have HD, decent surround, WiFi, browser, motion capture etc.

The next generation of consoles will feature 3D technology. That's the next logical step, but until there is a concrete 3D standard (not just Blue-ray 3D), there will be reluctance to gamble with technological development.

more than 4 years ago
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Senate Panel Approves Cybersecurity Bill

Turzyx Can someone explain? (269 comments)

Could someone please explain how this would actually work in practice? There isn't a single point that all internet traffic goes through, so how exactly would they achieve this? What about dial up and such?

more than 4 years ago
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"Cumulative Voting" Method Gaining Attention

Turzyx Re:Single Transferable Vote (375 comments)

There has been a lot of rhetoric in the UK recently regarding changing the voting system. I suspect the reason STV isn't favoured is because so called 'safe seats' will be put in jeopardy. It will also result in more hung parliaments if the most recent polls are anything to go by.

more than 4 years ago
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PS Move Launch Date and Price Announced, Portal 2 For the PS3

Turzyx I love Valve (145 comments)

I haven't played a single Valve title and thought I hadn't got value for money. Although short, Portal was amazing. I can't wait for Portal 2. In fact I think I'm going to piss myself in anticipation. /fanboi

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo Announces Raft of New Games, 3DS Details

Turzyx Re:The fanboy is strong is this one (240 comments)

Personally I think 3D is a bit of a gimmick at the moment. Kind of like HD was when it first came out, when there were only a handful of HD channels (in the UK, it is still only a dozen or so). The point is when someone pushes the boundaries (read: releases some new technology and catches their competitors with their pants down), there is a noticeable surge in the level of technology available to the consumer.

The 3DS might have few games for it, and have a smaller screen, but when someone else says "hey look, ours has loads of games, bigger screens AND better 3D", this is not a bad thing.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Wreaking Havoc On Apple Store

Turzyx Hey Steve (285 comments)

Latest hypometer reports say you have dropped to hypecon 3 since someone managed to place a pre-order. I think you need to throttle more bandwidth.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Police Ask Facebook For Police Alarm Button

Turzyx Re:I thought I'd seen this before... (237 comments)

The proposal was rejected by Facebook Instead, they said

UK users under the age of 19 will now be able to click on the ‘Report abuse’ link on each page and have the option to report the abuse directly to CEOP as well as to Facebook employees.

There is are lot of knee-jerk reactions in politics when tragedies such as this happen. Even more so when the currently uncensored UK internet (and incompetent parents) grant unfettered internet access to children who should really know better but don't.

Fortunately, that was the last government's reaction. When a gunman in Cumbria went on a killing spree recently, the current PM rejected immediate calls for heavier restrictions on gun ownership. I'm hoping the pattern continues.

more than 4 years ago
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Malfunction Costs Couple $11 Million Slot Machine Jackpot

Turzyx Re:No need to check the code... (479 comments)

This is a ridiculous situation. Although harder to argue, a casino could claim that a card shuffling machine malfunctioned thus dealing a winning hand to a player by accident, or that a roulette table wasn't greased correctly so delivered the ball to the wrong pocket.

If it was me, I would get a court to subpoena the machine, get the error independently verified, and while they're at it, verify the winning odds the casino claim.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Get Rejected From the App Store

Turzyx Re:Go buy an Android if you want freedom (252 comments)

I can understand both sides to this. On the one hand, Apple is trying to regulate its 'image' and reputation when it allows apps to be sold on their store. On the other hand, you have developers who, by all accounts, followed the vague rules and got their hard work rejected.

You put it nicely when you said "No one is making anyone develop for an iPhone" and given the tiny margins people make on apps, I'm surprised anyone bothers.

more than 4 years ago
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Google's Chrome OS To Launch In Fall

Turzyx Re:Can only guess... (375 comments)

I think it would be pretty easy for MS or Apple to simply say, "We will never collect any data about our OS users' application usage, browsing habits, or other personal information."

Except they have never said that, nor will they ever.

Chrome OS is also open source, maybe there will be some nice branch projects in the future. I'm concerned about how their OS is so entwined with Flash though, it hardly has a stellar reputation for security.

more than 4 years ago
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When Mistakes Improve Performance

Turzyx Re:Impossible design (222 comments)

Or worse, it could jump to itself repeatedly, thereby creating a HCF situation.

more than 4 years ago
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When Mistakes Improve Performance

Turzyx Re:Moving, not fixing, the problem (222 comments)

I'm making assumptions here, but if these errors are handled by software would it not be possible for a program to 'ignore' errors in certain circumstances? Perhaps this could result in improved performance/battery life for certain low priority tasks. Although an application where 1% error is acceptable doesn't spring immediately to mind, maybe supercomputing - where anomalous results are checked and verified against each other...?

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota Robot Violinist Wows At Shanghai Expo

Turzyx Re:OK, not bad for hardware.... (121 comments)

For a robot with limbs specifically to play this instrument, with programming to match, it is actually quite poor. It might be beyond the realms of the average robotics graduate, but from the worlds biggest car maker, I would expect much better. Very little progress since 2007. Clearly a PR stunt; I'm disappointed.

more than 4 years ago
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BP Prepares Complex "Top Kill" Bid To Plug Well

Turzyx Why is this taking so long? (365 comments)

Pretty much everyone has condemned the way BP has tried to 'save' the well during their attempts to 'solve' the problem, instead of taking a more direct approach, but it cannot be stressed enough. The oil rig explosion was on the 20th April. It's now the 23rd of May. For a company which is in control of, basically a WMD, there should have been contingency after contingency lined up.

No dice on the blow off valve? Next day try the cap, next day try the plug, then the current 'top kill' method; we'd be at the current progress within a week. At the moment it seems BP is making it up as they go along, that may be all they can do at the moment, but it is unacceptable that there was no preparation or protocol for a worse case scenario, which even this isn't. A tanker full of cement and rubber could have been there within a few hours, this is a disgrace.

It's going to be a long time before new drilling is permitted in the Gulf of Mexico, I hope that time is spent drafting up legislation that sets up some sort of oil spill crisis management that has direct authority to intervene immediately when something like this happens. This sort of task absolutely should not be in the hands of people who have such a blatant conflict of interest.

more than 4 years ago
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BP's Final "Top Kill" Procedure For Gulf Oil Spill

Turzyx Re:Environmentalism (593 comments)

What if a car drove off a jetty and crashed into an oil riser?

more than 4 years ago
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China Rejects US Piracy Claims As "Groundless"

Turzyx Re:you are correct, it's the cost (302 comments)

Gah, I should add that music and movie productions are done in our region of the world, and have costs to match.

more than 4 years ago
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China Rejects US Piracy Claims As "Groundless"

Turzyx Re:you are correct, it's the cost (302 comments)

That may seem fair in your region of the world, but it is ludicrously over-priced elsewhere.

Over priced compared to what? The pirated copies? Letting people who infringe copyright dictate price point is not a good idea.

In the UK a new release DVD can be anywhere between £10 and £15; a trip to the cinema for 4 people can be upward of £35. I'd say the price point for a DVD that you can keep, share, re-sell etc, is about right. Sure it would be nice if it was cheaper.

At the end of the day these companies have costs, risks, and an obligation to make huge profits. Do other manufacturers listen when you tell them to reduce prices and make less profit?

more than 4 years ago
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BP's Final "Top Kill" Procedure For Gulf Oil Spill

Turzyx Re:Environmentalism (593 comments)

What if a car crashed into an oil riser?

more than 4 years ago

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What to do with spare, aging PC hardware?

Turzyx Turzyx writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Turzyx (1462339) writes "I recently decided to clear out my spare PC parts box. After discarding the broken and virtually antique (worthless) components, I was left with enough bits to build a couple of dual core AMD systems with reasonable specs.

These parts have been doing nothing for nearly 2 years; I've upgraded family members PCs with the bits that I could, and the going rates on eBay aren't worth the time and effort to list and post them...

Given that I will likely have to justify the additional power consumption to my wife at some point, is there anything worthwhile I can use this hardware for? So far I've considered creating a net/file server (which falls at the first hurdle), or perhaps a media centre for the front room. Any advances on these?"
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Sexes show their true colours during downturn

Turzyx Turzyx writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Turzyx writes "

The BBC is running an article on the deflation of the UK economy. It appears that while staple products such as vegetables and general household bills are decreasing in price, women's clothing, footwear and video games markets are maintaining growth.

With the global economic downturn limiting expendable monthly income, have the two sexes resorted to stereotypical purchase trends to satisfy their boredom?

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