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Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

master811 Re:the USA will drop the Dollar Bill... (943 comments)

buying on credit

There is nothing wrong with this, I buy on credit all the time, it actually saves me money as it either gives me cashback or keeps the money in my savings account earning interest for longer. The problem is most people don't know how to manage it properly.......

about 2 years ago

Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

master811 Re:cannot install apps on micro-sd card (471 comments)

Erm yes, yes you CAN install apps on Android on an external SD card. I have one in my Galaxy S2 and it works perfectly. Originally yes it was the case that you were stuck with that, but that was about 2 years ago...... There are still a few apps which can't be moved to it, but overall most of them can.

about 2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III Launched, Hands-On Testing

master811 Re:Has anyone seen... (107 comments)

Yes you can, but as always I guess onboard memory is always faster than external SD cards.

more than 2 years ago

London Tube Stations Finally Get Wi-Fi

master811 Re:Oystercard: transfer of costs to the passenger (140 comments)

Actually there ARE machines that sell Oyster cards so you are very wrong there. They have them at not necessarily all stations (yet), but they are around.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Raises UK Prices By a Third and Can't Rule Out Future Hikes

master811 Re:Problem for Ireland (185 comments)

This is a pretty obscure outcome of the recent Quantitative Easing of the Fed and the Bank of England, and a little confusing as Microsoft is a US company.

You have to remember that Microsoft's main European headquarters is in Dublin in Ireland, and hence operates in Euros. The quantitative easing of the pound means that the UK goods become cheaper to export, and that conversely, it becomes more expensive for UK-ians to import good from abroad. In this case, it has become 33% more expensive for them to import MS software from Ireland.

You have it completely the wrong way around as this has nothing to do with quantitative easing as the Pound is currently stronger against the Euro than at any point in the last few years. This would make imports CHEAPER, and hence exports more expensive to Europe. Now if they were dealing with USD, then that is another matter entirely as the Pound is still relatively weak against it compared to what it was a few years ago.

more than 2 years ago

BlackBerry 10 Unveiled

master811 Re:BB is a business phone (185 comments)

Both can be forced to follow corporate policies.

Both can connect to Exchange - and I mean a full connection, syncing email, calendar and contacts - without having to buy extra software or hardware

Come again?? Since when can you force Android or IOS to use corporate policies like locking down the camera, disabling instant messaging, preventing any apps from (apart from those you allow) being installed.?

No they can't both fully connect to exchange without buying additional software. Specifically Notes and Tasks DO NOT sync without additional help, and if you are runnning pre 2007 exchange, it's even more of a pain.

more than 2 years ago

Did Microsoft Simply Run Out of Time On Windows RT?

master811 Re:No. (305 comments)

They didn't run out of time on it. They did what they've always done with what they see as "consumer" versions of their OS: they deliberately left out certain network- and enterprise-related functionality.

If that were true, I'm sure they would have an enterprise version of their tablet OS as well, but they still only have one version for the tablet. Either that or they simply think that the enterprise features just aren't needed.

more than 2 years ago

Crysis 2 Most Pirated Game of 2011

master811 Re:Smokescreen (383 comments)

Well in most cases when game is released on multiple platforms, they are about 25% cheaper on the PC than xbox or PS3 (at least in the UK).

I assume this is because the games are harded to pirate on a console, they can get away with pricing it higher.

more than 2 years ago

Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards Tested

master811 Re:I can't decide... (171 comments)

If this is a bigger slashvertisement for Tom's Hardware, or Battlefield 3. Meanwhile, there are much broader testing services such as Can You Run It? that will give you data on one page instead of thirty and on a much wider variety of games than Battlefield $$$.

That site is all very well, but it gives no real world performance. It's all theoretical. According to that site, my PC can "run it" just fine, but it would have to be at the lowest possible graphic settings according to the real world tests.

more than 2 years ago

Google To Shut Down 10 Products

master811 Re:Google pack :( (167 comments)

Have you tried

It's a pretty good replacement, if not better than Google Pack as it has a lot more apps, and full updates everything as well when you run it.

about 3 years ago

Sony Announces End For MiniDisc Walkman

master811 Re:Wasted opportunity for Sony (191 comments)

When Minidisc was announced I thought it would be a perfect removable storage solution; at the time people were using Syquest drives for "large" (44 and 88 MB) removable storage, and they were pricy; there was a market waiting for something cheaper yet still reasonably fast. I think a Minidisc could hold 250MB or something like that - good storage at the time, relatively cheap, and would probably have been pretty reliable.

However, Sony's anti-piracy worries made Minidisc inaccessible digitally - there were no Minidisc readers/writers and you could only use it for recording/playback of ANALOG audio!

Soon Iomega came out with the very popular 100MB ZIP drives and Sony's window of opportunity closed - and we got to enjoy crappy Iomega quality and the infamous "Click-of Death".

Sony does come out with cool tech sometimes, but their entertainment division screws it up every time. I guess Sony made their money from Minidisc, but they could have done so much more with it.

That's wrong. I still have my old MD player which could also record from a Digital Optical out on any CD player via Toslink cable.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach

master811 Re:Well... (404 comments)

Actually VISA do issue credit cards, not directly of course, but through other banks etc. Although, I still find it unlikely that these 2 people have actually lost money because of this.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach

master811 Re:Well... (404 comments)

Actually I just got a notifaction from Sony abou this today.
And According to this
The CC's are already in the wild.
I know Visa is aware of the issue. They have reissued me a new card based on this information.
So yea it could go somewere

And yet you believe this? There is no proof and according to Sony all CC data was encrypted. For all we know it's simply a troll trying to stir up trouble.

more than 3 years ago

LG Wants PlayStation 3 Banned From US Market

master811 Re:ahem (165 comments)

I know you joke, but it would be Sony Ericsson filing against LG, not Sony (which only half owns SE). This is different from Motorola, where they are all the same company.

more than 3 years ago

Google Pushes New Chrome Release, Pays $14k Bounty

master811 Re:One of the best things about Chrome ... (182 comments)

No the the installation of Chrome in the %user% folder is an an absolute pain. I'm sure the only reason google did this is to make it easy to install, but that doesn't make it the best place. Programs go in program files/system directories, NOT in userdata. I also hate the fact it doesn't just "update", it creates an entirely new directory everytime for that particular version, so you end up with loads of redundant folders.
No other major app does this, why can google get away with it?

more than 3 years ago

Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"

master811 Re:Of course (267 comments)

You realise right that the PS2 easily lasted the 10 years Sony said it would. It doesn't mean a 10 year gap between consoles as there will always be some overlap.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"

master811 Re:All this has happened before, (267 comments)

Except that Sony never said it had Toy Story graphics, It was all built up in the press, but they never once mentioned Toy Story itself.

more than 3 years ago

Vans Drive Themselves Across the World

master811 Re:Autonomous vehicles (157 comments)

London has the Dockland's Light Railway that has no drivers.

That's not entirely true though. Yes they don't have drivers per se, but they still have a trained staff member on board at all times, to manually control the train in the event of an emergency and to generally control when the train leaves and departs, - especially during peak hours, when the network is busy.

more than 3 years ago

PS3 Hacked Using Official Controller

master811 Re:The USB lockdown screwed me over (292 comments)

It's not 3rd party controllers, it's 3rd party unlicensed controllers which are not allowed. Microsoft and Nintendo do EXACTLY the same with their consoles. The difference is Sony has never enforced this until now.

more than 3 years ago


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