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    Not all that shocking, if I'm honest. Microsoft can commit to cross-platform Call of Duty support as much as it likes, but that's not going to alleviate worries that it will purposefully worsen the experience for non-Microsoft platforms and...
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    Can't complain for that price, even without the gift card. You're right that a basic laptop will do the trick here — the only way you could do better is to buy an open box or refurb, and not everyone is comfortable with that.
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    Still early days, but not seeing a huge improvement on the Pixel 6 just yet. Going to give it a day or two to see if there's a practical difference.
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    Installed it last night, but haven't had a chance to test it. One of the definite perks of Pixel ownership is iPhone-like speedy access to new updates — obviously other brands won't get Pixel drops, but it would be nice if more brands committed...
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    I'd have to disagree to some extent. As I understand it, the Alcatel/TCL OS version update policy tops out at three years for "Pro" phones, and just one for everything else. I know software upgrades aren't everything, but I don't think we should...
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    Aurelius replied to the thread Samsung Z Fold 4.
    The Z Fold 3 apparently held up well so long as you took reasonably good care of it, and I'd expect the 4 to be a bit better. With that said, this is still young technology that's more fragile than conventional phones. If you have to ask...
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    This is partly why I have to giggle a bit when some folks claim the latest consoles are doomed because a good gaming PC can technically outperform them. That's true, but the gaming PC market isn't dominated by enthusiasts who drop a small fortune...
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    The issue, I'd say, is that the most successful Linux consumer experiences are the ones that are as least stereotypically Linux as you can get. The Steam Deck is mostly doing well because it's a tightly integrated, easy to use platform that...
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    That may be a fairer way of putting it. Personally, I'm willing to accept the risks of using Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, and there's no evidence they're recording 24/7 or otherwise doing dramatically more than their creators claim. There...
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    I won't rehash UnknownSouljer's position beyond pointing out that you just amplified the reductio ad absurdum to an even greater degree between this and the "if they didn't have the data they couldn't lose it" statement. You need a baseline level...
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    Okay, and how would life work? In order for that idea to work then get all of your money out of the bank and store it yourself. No loans of any kind, home, car, or other. (Especially since there are credit services that also track information...
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    This is an incredibly ignorant response. This has ZERO to do with data brokering. If we had "magic" and we could remove 100% of all "malicious" data collection in the universe: bad administration of important data would still happen. This is an...
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    Eh, assuming extreme abuse is not rational and fosters unhealthy levels of paranoia. I don't doubt that these companies are pushing harder than we'd like, and occasionally what they say they're doing. But there's still a distinction between that...
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    I suspect there will be a lower price, design tweaks or both. If it was just a name change, it wouldn't take much more to relaunch the GPU than reprinting boxes and changing device IDs.
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    Good grief, folks... NVIDIA messed up, but it's not some unforgivable crime. If the RTX 4070 Ti is basically a 4080 12GB at a lower price, the company will have learned its lesson.
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    Aurelius reacted to UnknownSouljer's post in the thread iPad Pro 2022 with M2 chip with Like Like.
    I perhaps didn't word it right. The previous 12.9" M1 iPad Pros have (as far as I know) the same displays as the new 12.9" M2 iPad Pros. What I meant to say is that this is the first time the HDR capable display has become relevant from a color...
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    Aurelius replied to the thread iPad Pro 2022 with M2 chip.
    Sounds about right. Like Apple's "Pro" Macs, if you can actually benefit from the added performance... you'll already know. I'd say the iPad Air M1 is plenty for everyday users who are serious about the iPad, and you only really need the iPad Pro...
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    That's one of the things that amuses me about the "smart speakers are spying devices" crew. The AI can't even recognize some of our commands when we explicitly state them, but somehow it's supposed to be good enough that Amazon or Google can...
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    Er, no. Argue against a real person, not a straw one. I hate it when anyone uses the "if you have nothing to hide" argument. You should expect reasonable protections against non-consensual uses of your data. But it's also wrong to throw out "omg...
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    I have always looked at it as this, if someone has a smart phone and power it on AND someone has any concern about data collection of any other smart device but not the phone, that individual will always get a blank stare from me.
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