Have to say I'm impressed with the speedy response
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What I found strange was not that they finally added colours but that they chose such hideous ones: the pink in particular was clearly meant to be red....
If I was buying a 5C (they would need to come down £100) I'd get White with a White case.
Every other colour and case combo looks like a child's toy.
I own both the current consoles and a high-end gaming PC so remain distinctly non-partisan. Before console "reveals" I was optimistic, excited and expecting to want one if not both.
Alas neither console impresses me that much from a "Core Gaming" perspective as both seem to be focussed on social / sharing nonsense and TV streaming rather than actual games.
I'm currently more negative about the XBox One because:
1. I don't want a Kinect, that's not only included but compulsory for use.
2. The name is plain awful and I won't get used to it : just as I never stopped mocking the Wii.
3. Most of the fancy TV/streaming services won't work in the UK.
4. It looks like a 70s VCR in black/grey motley
The PS4 has work to do to entice me to buy it but I'm already pretty confident I'll not want an XBox One.
Will be very interesting to see how they are priced if that's something they reveal at E3.
Hah! About to do the same with TalkTalk.
Weds: I get a "Health Check" call which is in fact a sales call to ask me to get their TV deals. Not the first time, happens every few weeks but picking up the pace recently. As usual I say "If I want more services I'll look on the website".
Thur: Another call from TalkTalk, I refuse to take the call and am told "It was TalkTalk doing a HealthCheck - they will call back tomorrow".
Fri: expecting another call tonight where I'll tell them as a result of their harassment I'm going to cancel.
Basically TalkTalk are losing customers fast so seems they are desperately trying to get their existing base to buy more of their services. Another free Netflix trial just appeared in my inbox too.
LoveFilm can jump off a bridge or pay me back the £10 they scammed out of me during their "free trial".
Re: Follow the chain of logic.
I do, but the availability of guns means the shitheads have an easy time committing these mass murders.
In the developed nations which have controlled guns it's blindingly obvious, just as it was obvious the US healthcare system was a giant for-profit scam at the expense of the people.
The corporate propaganda has been far too effective at conditioning Americans into accepting frequent mass shootings as "a price worth paying" along scapegoating everything but the guns.
Far Cry 2's bugs killed my interest before this was born
Stunning graphics but I shan't be touching it after the game-breaking bugs I encountered in Far Cry 2 made it impossible to complete. I spent an epic amount of time hitting 44% before it irrevocably broke, 20+ hours replaying and or trying to work around the bugs but was eventually defeated by that same bugged story quest. In some ways I was lucky as I heard many people encountered a game killing bug once they had fought their way to 88%.
Approximately 2 years ago the Far Cry 2 forum was little more than complaints about these bugs and the only official post I ever saw was "Good news, we are making Far Cry 3!!"
A mate of mine with 2 faulty iPads in a row (broken connector port followed by broken WiFi) said "If you don't have AppleCare, Apple don't care".
He and his wife own many Apple products between them but this experience + the ridiculous schedule of tiny upgrades has driven them out of the walled garden.
Re: Wasn't this more meaningful when...
I don't own any Android devices.
I do however know 4 people who own iPhones, iPads and iMacs and they do indeed update them at every iteration (sometimes "sensibly" skipping one) and could truly be called "Fanbois" (and girls).
They are now griping at the release frequency. I did warn them this would happen before the iPad appeared - they will keep adding products into the gaps, you will want them, they will keep updating them, you will want them and your wallets will bleed.
As a neutral observer I think Apple should release updates when they have something significant to update, not just because they have moved into the next quarter. Ah well, they're the billionaires not me!
Re: I don't buy it
Well, I think they are experimenting with their release schedule more than anything: how many products can we be iterating on and at what frequency to maximize money. The actual improvements in those products barely matter in this scheme, just keep announcing them and pushing them out the door until they discover the sweet spot.
I think they have likely gone too far this year, the iPad 4 appeared so soon after the iPad 3 I know a few true fanbois who felt agrieved.
And I am pretty sure with the iPhone 4S they said "you all told us you thought the screen size was perfect and did not want it larger" only to announce the 5 soon after with a new "perfect screen size".
Just as the iPad Mini was suddenly the "perfect size" and suddenly Retina screens did not matter.
Re: There will be no iPhone 5S...
Well said, I still think most of those are "good ideas" and with each new Apple product it's quite a simple task to run a checklist then walk away.
Until they do replaceable batteries, expandable memory and a reduction in their ridiculous price premiums I know I'll never buy any of their offerings.
No matter how shiny.
I'm a TalkTalk customer and I've noticed that my connection has been more stable in recent month: perhaps the lines are not quite so clogged requiring them to recycle me less often (I was getting a new IP Address almost every day at one point with regular disconnects at 6pm and Midnight).
However their Customer Service remains utterly appalling and I'll be leaving once this year's phone sub expires to one with a decent monthly allowance.
Retina or GTFO
This time the presentation/videos went to went to lengths to tell us that 7.9" is the "Perfect Size" as they glossed over the fact their now standard "Retina" display tech was missing from their latest product.
When they do the Retina version and drop the price a bit it might be the first tablet I'd consider buying since I got my HP TouchPad at firesale price.
Then again it won't fit in a pocket so perhaps 7" might have been more "perfect"
Re: So Called Fulfillment Centres
The scourge of internet shopping: we no longer have to get off our asses to shop and barely have to move to receive the goods so the hassle of waiting for couriers becomes the focus.
We just need 3D Printers for everything and then we'll only have to worry about earning the money and refilling the raw material vats :)
Idiot Ubisoft Trolls: not content with wrecking their games with DRM they are now inventing piracy figures, probably in the hope of making us feel sorry for them or to hide profits.
I've still not played AC2 since the DRM measured wiped my first hours of (dull) progress, I swore off their entire catalogue at this point excepting when I can get them for pennies via Steam :)
I'm a bit put out by the "Could'a / Should'a been American" comment: during the announcements and conferences I saw constant references to "Global Collaboration" with no sense that this was some kind of European "win".
Funding an expertise came from America as well as all corners of the globe and one of the commenters was right to call it a leap forward for mankind an so on.
Not a shred of gloating or Europosturing just a shared sense of achievment for physics/engineering/computing/theorizing etc.
I'd like to think that had the SSC been completed and found the particle they would have made a similar presentation but it now sounds suspiciously like it would have been another " 'merica, Fuck Yeah!" moment. Hopefully just the bittersweet response of a handful, one should be gracious in defeat and magnanimous in victory.
That's one heck of a sum and I'm glad to see that the money going to charity is a substantial %.
I really hope Martin not only keeps out their interference but himself can care so much about the few pounds we can save with his advice when he himself will be so spectacularly rich.
How odd, my car died this week and when looking at a replacement "Small Family Hatch" I saw this rated the "2nd best" by What Car and started reading all about it last night.
First off the Chevy Volt is available here for less but still a huge mark up over the US prices (£35K -£5 Gov. Grant).
It's electric range has been revised to 25-50 miles since initial claims of 50 miles proved bogus.
Charging from your home 230v supply takes 6 hours and since I don't have a driveway I'd not be able to charge it at all.
Finally I saw the discussion about "Payback time" vs the Chevy Cruz and pretty sure it said 26 years not 14 which made it utterly pointless for the US market where fuel is far, far cheaper.
Not sure what sort of payback time it would have here with our insane fuel prices (thanks to 70% Duty) but I think the car would have long-since failed before you made any efficiciency gains.