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  • UK changing approach to illegal torrents

  • StooMonster 22/07/2014

    can you actually download a HD movie legally in the UK yet?
    iTunes has sold 1080p movies for years.

    That's one example.

    You clearly just don't want to pay for stuff, and do so because there's no risk or penalty if you don't.
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  • StooMonster 22/07/2014

    when they actually have something to hide, a law abiding citizen has nothing to worry about
    In the news last week were stories of NSA employees sharing around nude photos of the public they'd gained by interception.

    The problem with massive state powers of surveillance is they are operated by human beings with their human failings, which is why you get cases of these kinds of workers stalking old girlfriends etc.

    You might say there should be process in place to stop abuse of system by employees, but no processes are perfect (never worked before) especially with determined abusers.

    That's just the unintended outcomes due to workers, there's also unintended outcomes due to badly drafted laws. For example, in the UK we have local councils using anti-terror laws to spy on parents (do they really live in catchment zone of school) and bin collections, not the purposes these laws were intended for.

    Thin end of the wedge, scope creep, that's why everyone something to worry about with big-state spying on citizens.
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  • StooMonster 22/07/2014

    I generally torrent anything that is not available at a price which I find "worth it"
    I don't find my local region region's government and social security systems "worth it" (i.e. UK) so I avoid tax wherever possible.

    If they had more reasonable rates of tax, then I might choose to pay them.

    Same argument.

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  • Can last-gen consoles handle Destiny?

  • StooMonster 22/07/2014

    Sales are low on AAA PC games
    If by 'low' you mean about the same as PS3 or 360 big AAA titles have often been third, third, third across those three platforms.

    If PS4 and XbOne bring fragmentation rather than additional sales it could be that PC is actually 'best selling' for a while.
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  • What if every PC game could run on your tablet?

  • StooMonster 21/07/2014

    @StooMonster RE pixel resolution

    So I've been playing Wolf Among Us at 3200x1800 and it's pretty darn good, amazingly sharp actually.

    When I am back home with some decent internet bandwidth I'll download some more stressful games and see how this Razor (2014) does.
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  • StooMonster 20/07/2014

    So I went to the Microsoft Store and bought the new Razor gaming laptop (on which I am typing this).

    It's very nice so far, installing Steam and games right now.

    Bit worried about the pixel resolution though, it's mental.
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  • StooMonster 19/07/2014

    New NVidia Shield tablet looks funky, what with separate screen and joypad, but it doesn't run Steam library.

    My current best bet is Razor laptops, but they are hard to get outside of USA; also, shame the new Intel Broadwell chipset has been pushed back to 2015, as that could be game changer for low-power on-the-go PC gaming.
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  • Microsoft announces 18,000 jobs to be cut in the next year

  • StooMonster 17/07/2014

    @dogmanstaruk Funny if Microsoft and Sony were both getting rid of internal marketing teams and outsourcing, Apple are currently doing the opposite and getting rid of their agencies and hiring huge numbers of people instead.

    So there should be jobs available for any laid off Microsoft staffers, if they don't mind moving down the coast.
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  • StooMonster 17/07/2014

    @homostationthinksurg Look at you pretending to know how trolling works.

    Also looking at your screen-name, I'd be surprised if it's not banned by moderators before long.
    Reply +2
  • What's in the Destiny beta?

  • StooMonster 17/07/2014

    Darn it, my PS4 beta keys are entirely wasted, darn this long sunny summer holiday and all the relaxing with no consoles or PCs, but gone before beta opens and back after it closes. D'oh! Reply 0
  • See how Bungie updated Destiny's Dinklage dialogue

  • StooMonster 17/07/2014

    Still awful, did Peter Dinklage phone it in or was his direction completely wrong?

    Nowhere near as good as Stephen Merchant in Portal 2.
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  • Frontier's drive to make Elite: Dangerous on PC future proof

  • StooMonster 17/07/2014

    The game already supports the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which is still in the development phase.
    The question is though, will Facebook's device support PCs when it is eventually released as a commercial product?
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  • The Last of Us Remastered lets you lock frame-rate at 30fps

  • StooMonster 17/07/2014

    @CynicalMe3 If it's a decent brand of TV you can usually turn all that post-processing crap off.

    Certain brands seem to approach TV and electrical goods with a marketing checklist approach and not only turn on everything (regardless of whether it actually improves image quality) but also crank it up to 11 (out of 10) so it pokes your eyes out too.
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  • Pinball FX2 Xbox One release date set

  • StooMonster 17/07/2014

    @frazzl I hadn't played it before, got it on PS4 and ended up buying a few tables as it's highly enjoyable and can be a tough challenge. Reply +2
  • Sony: PS4 targeting Wii owners who skipped PS3 and Xbox 360

  • StooMonster 15/07/2014

    @A_FAN Absolutely it is, and why shouldn't they have products they want too? Reply +1
  • StooMonster 15/07/2014

    But then I guess they (or MS/Ninty for that matter) can't just come out and say that remasters are easy money.
    What's wrong with "easy money"?

    If they make lots of money issuing HD remastered then that demonstrates there is a market for it, no matter if you are a customer or not.

    Microsoft clearly see same opportunity with Halo as Sony see with tLoU.
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  • StooMonster 15/07/2014

    @Darren Casual and family gamers? Singstar with mobile phones as microphones is surely top of that list?

    Teenage girl casual gamers are squeeeeing for that as much as Sims 4 right now.
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  • StooMonster 15/07/2014

    As a distinct market segment, I know quite a few families with Wii and no other console; both in UK and US.

    So I am not surprised that Sony have identified this segment to sell to, although doesn't seem huge to me although perhaps, on reflection, maybe more than at first though as it's where parents bought console when kids were very young and haven't updated yet.
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  • PS4 system architect Mark Cerny working on a new indie game

  • StooMonster 15/07/2014

    @OmegaNemesis28 I wonder if any of the people shouting "Knack is shite" actually played it.

    I'm a pretty hardcore gamer, and I played it all the way through (as did my young kids) so I've seen all of it.

    Knack is not the worst game I've ever played, I agree it lacked depth but that was probably worst problem apart from terrible story of course. But no technical issues, graphics cutely cartoony, gameplay simple (young kids liked it), not terrible just okay.
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  • Microsoft boss Satya Nadella commits to Xbox

  • StooMonster 11/07/2014

    MS DOS
    MS-DOS that was formerly 86-DOS from Seattle Computer Products that Microsoft purchased, didn't R&D.

    PowerPoint was developed by Forethought, Inc that Microsoft purchased, didn't R&D.
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  • StooMonster 11/07/2014

    @talalalreyami03 'Basically' he said it's "mobile-first and cloud-first" read the memo linked in the article above.

    My point as it's not clear to you is that's a terrible use of English for marketing purposes.
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  • StooMonster 11/07/2014

    @MattEvansC3 I don't hate Microsoft: I've got two Xboxes, Excel is my favourite software ever, I like Windows 7, big fan of Visual Studio, I think Azure is pretty cool, etc.

    First I don't think everything they do is perfect, like some fanboi idiot.

    First marketing bullshit is bullshit, no matter who spouts it.

    See what I did there?
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  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    If direction is important, how does it look for iOS to have gone from 80%-90% in the early days of the iPhone 3G and 3GS to 15% now?
    It's not 15% though, is it? Only if you include all those barely smart-phone Androids in China. ;)

    Latest figures show iOS has just increased in USA so is going in the opposite direction.

    But we were talking about Windows Phone, why do you keep bring up iOS? #distraction

    long list of market share figures
    Was to illustrate my point about Microsoft's new strategy of mobile-first and how much of a challenge that is for them at this point in time.

    As I wrote in my initial post, now they've started to release software for other mobile platforms (e.g. Office for iOS) with some success that perhaps they will build on that and do more.

    I've got nothing against Windows Phone, few friends and family have them and looks fine to me, but no matter which metric you favour it doesn't appear to be gaining any ground and in fact in many appears to be losing ground that's the truth of the matter.
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  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    @goggyturk Which came first, the mobile or the cloud? Reply 0
  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    @GermanQR China? Yeah, it's where most Android activations come from. Reply 0
  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    Actually, what makes me laugh about Satya Nadella's letter is Microsoft's new strategy:
    Cloud first.
    Mobile first.

    Which is it Satya? They can't both be first. Classic Microsoft incoherence.
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  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    It's funny: iOS can have a market share of 15%, and "we'll see more iOS". WP is at 10%, and it's "nearly dead".
    It's not the size, it's the direction that is important.

    Which direction is the market share headed in every major market?

    Nothing even comes close to Android.
    Which proves why it's not market share by numbers that matters, as you say.

    i.e. most Android handsets around the globe are barely smart phones. Check out this chart about screensizes of Android phones in China

    A third are 800x480 pixels.

    Metric such as how much money developers make, etc. is much better to prove how 'alive' a platform is.

    Which a crude metric of is how many of the "top mobile apps" are available for a platform. Of the current top 25 iOS/Android ones only 6 are available on Windows Phone.
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  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    Because it's a better experience doing it on a second screen.
    Right, so what I said about content was right then? It's duplicating what is already on the primary display. Adds nothing extra at all in that regard.

    Navigation is better with a touch screen than it is via clicking buttons on a remote
    Clicking buttons doesn't bother me, although sliding guides around with fingers is neat it's not life changing (as I said, I use it on Sky app).

    But mostly with Netflix I'm just clicking on app, then on whatever series I happen to be watching (as that's at the top) to get the next episode, literally a couple of clicks to get going.

    That wouldn't change with me using my finger than a couple of clicks of buttons.

    You don't need to launch the app first
    That's different to the replicated functionality, or using fingers rather than click for navigation.

    And that's fine if you want to be not watching what is on your primary display while you select something else on your secondary screen, but personally if I'm looking to choose a film or TV show I don't have another one on first.

    If I am watching TV, I think "I'm going to watch 24 now" and then watch it, then do something else when I've finished. Or maybe think "I'll watch 24 and then Utopia" and then do something else.

    I guess I'm selective.
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  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    Also, the advantage of a phone or tablet is that the screen can change to display more relevant information, so you can scroll through a list of films with box art, you can click on one and read a description of the film etc., which you can't do with a remote.
    Because say the Netflix app on my Blu-ray player doesn't have relevant information, nor enables me to scroll through lists with box art or whatever, where I can click an read a description of the film, on the actual screen I am watching on?

    Why would I need a second screen for that, when it's already on my primary screen?

    I do use these apps, but not for that. For example I've got Sky apps on my iOS devices, and I just use it for setting recordings when I am out. e.g. I read there's a new series of Utopia and I set it to record while I remember.
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  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    @houldendub LOLz, that link is so true. Reply -2
  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    I think they'd be nuts to dump Xbox. They've invested so much in it
    I don't think anyone has ever considered they should "dump" Xbox, but a lot of people were suggesting that should sell it off -- with a spin-off or a de-merger or a trade sale -- thus getting a return on their investment.
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  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    you can say "movies starring Tom Cruise" or whatever and it'll show you all the movies available, then when you click on one it'll tell you which services they're available on
    That's quite neat, I often have trouble finding which streaming services certain movies are on.

    But how media apps are installed and integrated doesn't change TV for me though, but streaming from web storage is good.

    I have universal remote control for changing volume on my AV amp, and turning on/off my entire setup including all the lighting in the room; which the kids and Mrs are perfectly happy with.

    Also, sounds like controlling via phone would suit a one person household, but I would be in trouble if my phone was the thing that controlled the household TV.
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  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    @NathanDaviesUK One of my friends and all his pack of kids have them, his rationale was "cheapest". Reply -6
  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming. We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation.
    Microsoft Phone is nearly dead.

    Market Share of Windows Phones, U.S.
    February 14, 2014: 5.3%
    March 14, 2014: 5.3%
    April 14, 2014: 4.7%
    May 14, 2014: 3.8%

    Market Share of Windows Phones, China
    February 14, 2014: 1%
    March 14, 2014: 1%
    April 14, 2014: 0.8%
    May 14, 2014: 0.6%

    Market Share of Windows Phones, Germany
    February 14, 2014: 7.5%
    March 14, 2014: 6.6%
    April 14, 2014: 6.9%
    May 14, 2014: 5.9%

    Market Share of Windows Phones, UK
    January 14, 2014: 11.3%
    February 14, 2014: 10.1%
    March 14, 2014: 9.1%
    April 14, 2014: 9.5%
    May 14, 2014: 9.1%

    I wonder what they are planning to do in this mobile-first world? Xbox Mobile? Maybe a Vita like console? Nah!

    Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. Xbox is one of the most-revered consumer brands, with a growing online community and service, and a raving fan base.
    Note he talks about Xbox brand and not the platform, so maybe we'll see more iOS and Android Xbox branded software from Microsoft?

    Also, wonder where this leaves PC gaming at Microsoft.
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  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    the X-1's TV stuff has completely changed how I watch TV
    Personally I never watch live TV (everything is Sky+ed, streamed or downloaded) nor even know what channel stuff I record is on (why care?), so a voice recognition feature that changes live TV channel when I say "go to Channel 4 +1" doesn't do anything for me as I haven't got a clue what's on that channel.

    Does the XbOne TV stuff do more than that?
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  • White PS4 will release on its own in Europe later this year

  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    @funkyman I had similar problem with my projectors drop down screen, it became sticky over time until eventually it would not unfurl.

    The problem is that over time the plasticiser leaks out of the screen, especially in warm weather.

    So I had to buy a new screen from Da-Lite when I had thought they would last forever.

    Plastics are complicated.
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  • Video: The flattest performances by Hollywood actors in games

  • StooMonster 10/07/2014

    Does that explain Michael Biehn's performance in Aliens: Colonial Marines, which sounds less gruff-but-likeable space marine and more confused, medicated man woken at 4AM and asked to read a script down the phone?
    Never got to hear it, Aliens: Colonial Marines was so shite that I uninstalled it before getting that far.

    Or maybe I heard it, and it was so bad that I didn't know it was him?
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  • Samsung's Gear VR headset revealed in leaked image

  • StooMonster 09/07/2014

    @saxxonde Google cardboard looks to be higher quality than Samsung's effort. Reply -1
  • Microsoft offers select Xbox 360 users $75 rebates for buying Xbox Ones

  • StooMonster 09/07/2014

    I think they may be worried that some of their previous 'very best' customers haven't come with them.
    Over in today's Sony PS4 exclusives articles, it's stated that 50% of PS4 owners did not have a PS3.

    One imagines that a large proportion (if not all) of those are 360 owners.
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  • StooMonster 09/07/2014

    Attempting to buy market share by sacrificing their margin, or maybe even dropping XbOne into loss leader territory, demonstrates that even the dropping Kinect and subsequent price drop hasn't moved the needle for Microsoft.

    They must really be seriously below their targets to go down this subsequent discount path.

    How much more will they have to discount XbOne before they start to get traction or will this price point work?
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  • How strong exactly is PlayStation's 2014 line-up?

  • StooMonster 09/07/2014

    "Almost 50 per cent of people who have purchased a PS4 didn't own a PS3, and that's lots of people that missed exclusive PS3 titles like The Last of Us, so it's a great way to welcome those people back to PlayStation, saying this is what you missed."
    Count me in, and that's a large audience for remakes that were previously successful -- lots of your marketing effort already done.

    Personally I am really looking forward to The Last of Us Remastered on PS4, whereas I've already played the Halo games on Xbox so Halo Master Chief Collection remasters of them don't appeal to me.
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  • StooMonster 09/07/2014

    @Baihu1983 Plenty of recent news stories that Vita is doing better than Sony planned in North America and is supply constrained.
    Sony Struggling To Keep Up With Playstation Vita Demand
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  • Barely interactive "mountain simulator" nearly tops the iOS charts

  • StooMonster 08/07/2014

    Enigmatic "relax 'em up" features "no controls" but is pretty.
    Sounds like a modern FPS.
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  • Microsoft is heavily discounting Titanfall and more this week

  • StooMonster 08/07/2014

    What is a "major nelson"? It sounds annoying.
    Variant of a Half Nelson
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  • Kids react to Game Boy

  • StooMonster 07/07/2014

    The little turd made me feel OLD!!!
    Was talking to some graduate recruits at work the other day about office life before the internet:

    "What do you mean, 'before the internet'?"

    "Like faxes and bike couriers carrying documents rather than email."

    "I've never seen a fax machine, my dad has mentioned them."

    Actually, turns out I don't even know where there is one in my building; if I asked somewhere where the fax machine was I really would feel old.
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  • MSI GS60 2PC Ghost with Nvidia GTX 860M review

  • StooMonster 06/07/2014

    slightly thicker laptop
    Weighs 4Kg (8.8 lbs) which defeats the object for me -- that's twice the weight of the one under review here.

    If I am carrying it to and fro train station an office then weight matters more than any other specification; if it's too heavy I am simply not interested, long gone are my days of lugging heavy laptops about.
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  • StooMonster 06/07/2014

    @INSERT-COIN Yeah, that is one thing putting me off ... nVidia have new generation of hardware imminent and also we might see the new Intel hardware soon too.

    Although probably nine months until we see them in a laptop like this, when I could be spending 30-ish minutes twice a day doing extra PC gaming (assuming I can get a seat on train).
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  • StooMonster 06/07/2014

    Went to MSI's website to look these up, as I honestly quite fancy one to play PC games with on train commute ... so weight is key factor for me.

    But saw this:

    It's like a computer advert from the 1970s.
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  • StooMonster 06/07/2014

    Does the 2Kg weight include powerbrick?

    If it's light enough I could see myself replacing my commuter friendly Vita with a Steam machine although will need to tether it to my phone to play though.
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  • Stranded review

  • StooMonster 04/07/2014

    Anyone know how I can add someone to my ignore list these days? Reply +3