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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Re: oh dear

I still have my OSF. I use it for a backup should I need it, and it has come in handy on a few occasions over the time since I stopped using it for day to day duties. The only thing I've done to change it was to ditch Eclair and stick something a little more recent on it courtesy of CyanogenMod. It also gave me the opportunity to get away from the Orange shovelware, possibly the biggest aggravation of the OSF.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: Unique Passwords

Simples!

Some people who design such password rules and systems consider only where a person tries to break in. Rules such as different cases, the use of non-alphanumeric characters, the possibility of common entities being used such as names, dates of birth, applications and so forth are enforced because they could be guessed by a person, especially with a bit of investigation.

The problem with that tends to be those people who use something else rather than the power of guesswork and investigation. Increasing the length and complexity can work there but for how long?

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Its a shame really

And the trailers. Don't forget the twenty minutes of trailers.

Yeah, but at least they keep them to the start of the movie rather than peppering them right through it. Mind you, with all the product placement we get these days, what is the real difference?

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Re: Add the 3d farce

Also irritating is, at least for those people not blessed with living in a native-english-speaking-country, are subtitles. They get in the way and distract you from the movie, even if you are perfectly capable of understanding the spoken english. Why they don't use the same technique as they do for 3d to give you the option of wearing those glasses to not see the subtitles I don't know.

Duuuuuhhhh....

Actually I've seen a fair amount of criticism about this, especially as I'm a veteran of any number of sub vs. dub threads on Usenet from back in the days when tape was all we had. It seems that not only are many English speakers scared of speaking other languages, but they insist on finding excuses for not watching video contents with subtitles. A pity, because they lose out on so much good stuff.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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A much better sales pitch...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=887fijRU0zc

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Before or after their users do it?

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Google YouTube U-turn: Indie music doomsday 'postponed'

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Google Minus

The trouble is getting the depth of material on an alternative. I've been watching content on Dailymotion for a few months now (pretty much since the whole Google+ thing blew up, really) and while it looks like a better deal, the overall content still has a way to go before it even touches YT.

Google knows this. It's why they are screwing everyone at the moment with impunity, whether it is content providers and creators, commentards or just ordinary viewers. They can do it because all that happens is that people gripe for a little then they can settle down and rake in the cash as antipathy kicks in once again and the ones that lose out just end up losing out regardless.

For example, I already mentioned Google+. Yes, it has been pretty much discredited and Google are not pumping the resources into it that they once did but I don't see any movement to remove it from YouTube right now and probably never will. But then who gripes about it anymore?

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: Where's the Embedded angle?

Embedded XP is still supported at present. The current end of life being advertised by M$ is January 2016. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-gb/product-lifecycles.aspx. Even NT4 seems to still be supported for embedded versions unless M$ made a typo.

Go fig...

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Re: Rule of thumb

The OS that tecchies want to see is safe, secure, quick, reliable.

The OS users want to see is quick, reliable and easy to use. But pretty helps.

It's a formula that's worked well for fruit based technology.

Agreed. I defy any end user not to find an Acorn running RISC OS easy to use. ;)

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Re: Why all the bells and whistle?

Why does it need to be so complicated? Can't it just be simple and secure?

People have been asking Microsoft that for years!

Mind you, the computer is possibly the only piece of complex equipment that people are generally expected to sit in front of and immediately understand. Think about it. You don't get into a car and drive it having never taken lessons. Why do we expect it of computers? Mind you, you don't hear too many stories about people being hit by a computer.

Well, not unless you read BOFH, of course!

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Re: Still asking why (anything post XP)

1) The Registry. Bloats and bloats and bloats, never shrinking, always getting slower...

Agreed, though a reasonable registry cleaner such as CCleaner can help if you are careful about using such tools (backups are your friends!).

4) Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware software. While these are more stable than they used to be, they do seriously impact system performance. With more templates and variations to check with every new virus / malware that is released, the more work these systems need to do.

The problem I see with many anti-virus systems is that they attempt to add more and more bumf to themselves to justify increasing pricing and to make it look like they are doing something worthwhile. Generally I tend to stick to an A/V tool that only does A/V. It's not a perfect solution but it's a start and it tends to be cheaper too.

5) Application update software. Little can bring a system to its needs quicker (ha) than multiple competing applications all running their own update check process every time the system starts. A good, flexible API and service from Microsoft could have helped with this, but no... and the hoops that some of these applications go through to provide background updates without a stream of UAC prompts is just horrible. And then the AV/AM software checks every file access and update by each of these update processes....

Totally agreed, which is why I either switch the buggers off or, at least, tell them to only alert me when an update is ready then give me the option to use or ignore. Biggest culprits here would be Adobe, IMHO.

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Re: History repeating

Actually YOU don't get it.

Oh good! I like a joke!

The only reason why people were content with XP was simply inertia brought on by the totally once-in-a-lifetime gestation period of Vista (through the period when it was Longhorn and after that was scrapped).

That's part of the reason, not the whole shebang. Consider the required for more memory, more disc space, more everything to get Vista to work, various incompatibilities, that rather annoying "Vista Ready" scandal, and you are getting a little closer to the mark.

Even so, Vista was necessary in order to move people onto new designs and features that Microsoft intended. Having Vista effectively "skipped" by releasing the next version of Windows after XP around the time of Windows 7 instead of when Vista shipped wouldn't have changed the supposed backlash.

Windows 7 has certainly become a success but it has its problems, just as Vista had. That's part of the reason why XP lasted so long after Microsoft realised that Vista wasn't going to work. Of course you will always get the situation that people will not move from an existing OS if the computer it is running on is too recent and Windows 7 also benefitted from that. Actually it has Vista to thank for that much!

Of course Windows "9" will be more readily accepted, they would have one OS' worth of experience with the new technologies introduced with Windows 8, in the same way Windows 7 was more accepted compared to Vista.

Then you know more than anybody else as we have yet to see the final product and have no idea if users will find a necessity to move. If anything, the "technologies" introduced in Windows 8 may drive users away so don't be to surprised if Microsoft hide all that under another layer.

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Free Red Hat clone CentOS-7 is full of Linux Container love

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Includes systemd? Oh shit. I was considering CentOS as a possible replacement for openSUSE who have really crapped their distro up with the piece of poorly thought out and poorly coded rubbish.

Mind you, I shouldn't be surprised. systemd seems to be a fad with distros these days. Yes, a fad. "Let's go with the latest shiny stuff and sod compatibility issues!" To date I have yet to see anything appreciably better than what came before; sysvinit, upstart, whatever.

I'd say more but what I'd likely say is NSFW.

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Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

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Re: "Providers have no reason to retain the data"

There's only one problem I can see with HMG bearing the cost of anything. They have no money of their own...

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Patch looks like Microsoft FAIL, quacks like FAIL, is actually quite good

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Re: Vista?

Stop stealing my rat's arses!

I suspect that MS cares about 7 because to do otherwise would cause a bigger backlash than the one they risked by killing XP, especially if they had stuck to their original plans.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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Re: As an IT contractor

I'm not so sure that it will be an owlling success, but then I could be wrong. But could I give a hoot? We shall see.

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Cisco okayed for UK government comms

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Re: GCHQ certifies it is secure....

I just love sarcasm in text... ;)

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

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Re: "You can have any kind of information security you like so long as it is crap."

The problem with the idea that you can have good security and privacy within any provider in any country is that we only really know about some of the providers and their agendas.

Yes, Merka has been found out and in a very big way, and a few other countries have also been fingered but it all comes down to the fact that you never know for sure what is going on with any given cloud in any given country because it isn't your machine.

Until a way is found to make absolutely sure that both security and privacy can be maintained and groups like the NSA can be pinned down, use clouds at your own risk.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: noooo

Actually, there was an episode in the original where Penfold went all girly...

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Re: BBC Radio 4 Extra

"Come on Wordsworth!"

Arrr... Cuckoo. You're all bloomin' cuckoo!

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Re: Aw man

The dialogue was really good in the original, and that was only partly to do with the writing back then. The problem is that they need to find voice actors that can interact in a similar way to David Jason and Terry Scott, and that's going to be hard to do. Even if they do find people that sound good and write some good lines, if you don't get the chemistry right, it will all be for nothing.

That's even before we get to who will be the voice behind the Baron and Stilletto, the latter being a problem even back when they did the original.

This might be a boon for new viewers but I suspect that the remake is being done for all the wrong reasons and will annoy fans everywhere. I don't mind being wrong about that last bit, but I suspect that I won't be.

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Huawei Ascend P7: We review the PANORAMIC SELFIE smartphone

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I'm going to keep an eye on this. I have been using a Huawei Ascend G330 for some time now and though it's a reasonable budget phone (if you aren't one of those that buys mobile phones as a fashion accessory, of course), it's a little strict on space so adding apps is a bit of a problem. Upgrading to something like this, especially if the price isn't too high, is certainly a possibility for me, especially as I seem to have gravitated away from the big names and more toward folk like Huawei, ZTE and the like.

Actually, I've been reading up on quite a few reviews and this one is probably the best one I've read so far, especially as it isn't quite so eager to steer you toward the latest Samsung, HTC or Nexus products (most of what I have read so far is "It's good, it's even great, buuuut.... LOOK AT THE [insert favourite here]" which can be helpful on occasion for comparison but gets really annoying after the first few times).

And so what if it looks a bit like an Apple? Actually all the various companies nick little bits and pieces here and there (sometimes a bit too much, hence the mobile patent wars of the last few years!). If it works and does what you want it to do, then overall looks matter very little (except, I say again, if you are buying it as a fashion accessory - yes, some people do that sort of thing!)

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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Re: This song is going to be in my head all day now!

Haven't seen it in a while but yes, it's a great song!

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FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority

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Re: Superior?

Oooo, this brings back memories! Suddenly I'm back in the days of the StrongARM and the sale of DEC Semi to Intel. All those Acorn RISC PC users that suddenly realised that they had, much to their chagrin, "Intel Inside"! And yes, I was one of those Acorn users!

Heh! Never mind. We got over it.

In other words... move along! Nothing to see here!

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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Great. Something else to pump us for.

You might have detected some sarcasm in that statement. If you didn't, well there was. Yet more outlets and more channels but no real mention of quality programming to put out on them because there isn't any quality programming left. Yes, you may have plenty of stuff out there that pulls in crowds and advertisers and money, but that doesn't equate to quality, especially with the tendency to target the lowest common denominator. You wonder why there are so many channels hosting repeats and remakes? People want to watch something good, but they are increasingly having to turn to archive sources, catchup channels, prerecorded shows, YouTube-alikes or even old tape they recorded back in the day just to fill those hours when, once upon a time, you switched on the boob-tube and vegitated to your favourite stuff.

The quality of the picture or the sound, the gimmicks such as ever widening screen sizes, higher resolutions and such wastes of time as 3D make no difference at all if what is being shown or offered is rubbish. You complain that FreeView is "ancient"? Well, consider that people are more likely to accept the idea of "free" if the stuff they are watching isn't really worth paying for, no matter how old the technology is.

You want to be paid? Offer us something worth paying for.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Expect the worst

I wonder how much spares are for that point where one part is lost or busted?

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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

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Re: XP

I may have mentioned this before, but you should consider that people that currently "click OK regardless" will do it regardless of the OS. XP may be dead as far as Microsoft are concerned, but a large amount of the problem with XP tended to be that people insisted on using administrative accounts for their normal use. This was partly down to the design and partly down to users not being completely knowledgeable about what the problem of running as an admin in a dangerous environment such as the Internet was. The trouble here is that some of these users will be doing the same thing on Windows 7 or 8 or MacOS or Linux as long as they are given the opportunity to.

By restricting the use of the admin or root account (select the appropriate account name according to the OS you are using) so that you only use it when you actually need it reduces a lot of the problems addressed in this thread.

Of course, it doesn't solve everything. I daresay that anyone reading this will already have a few examples in mind that could still occur, including the one where a user allows root/admin access where malware spoofs a legitimate product.

But then my own view is that there is only one completely foolproof way to prevent malware. Turn the computer off! ;)

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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The new C5

Wonder if Uncle Clive has an interest in this?

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French IT giant Atos is officially full of Bull.... and €620m lighter

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Re: Better title?

Sounds like a load of Bull to me...

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: Careful with that Acronym, Eugene

"And I never had to edit a registry key to turn the version of Windows running on this laptop into a piece of shit."

You never lived!

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Re: Is it not ethically and maybe legally questionable to provide this reg hack?

I don't believe that the issue here is necessarily the ethical or legal standpoint of the hack being discovered and publicised. The issue here is that there are patches available, possibly ones that are of use to XP users, yet they do not have access because the provider wants users to move to new products at a price to them. If anything, Microsoft can only really blame themselves for not getting more users off XP and onto Vista, W7 or the latest works and by the very fact that so many users of XP are still here and still willing to stay with XP, it shows a probable failure in Microsoft's strategy towards operating system environments.

It brings to mind the whole big bang upgrade vs. evolution conflict which pervades all operating system development (yes, even Linux - don't get me started on systemd and the crap I've had to put up with since openSUSE's last big bang upgrade!) Could XP have been evolved into something rather than just killed off? Consider whence XP came, namely Whistler (formerly Neptune/Odyssey, previously Windows 2000). Vista was arguably a mistake but could something have been made more directly of the XP design, say Windows 5.2, rather than punching up to Windows 6?

Yeah, now that I've mentioned version numbers, the arguments will probably follow...

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

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Re: Things are hidden :-(

eh?

Run --> cmd

ipconfig /all

Read "Physical Address" for the appropriate NIC.

Didn't they do this in Windows 2000?

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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Re: What amused me

I get rather annoyed overall by the use of the term "piracy". It's a catchy term meant to spotlight the actual act, but "piracy" is a specific crime related to something other than copyright or intellectual property theft.

Besides, the whole copyright/IP concept is broken in the extreme and a lot of the perceived theft is merely the result of an increasingly unfair situation where the copyright holders expect infinite protection. Yes, we are talking about a protection racket.

And when it comes to performers such as Justin Bieber or Nikky Minaj, the racket isn't even pleasant to listen to.

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Re: Give up, Christ!

CAPITAL LETTERS in a block for NO REASON.

Inserting WORDS into a sentence made up of #~%*!&$ punctuation.

Inserting! Punctuation! In! Inappropriate! Places!

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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White, eh?

Something that they need to consider is that the term "white" has a number of different definitions. Ask anyone that worked in the TV industry back when colour was being brought in and you'll hear all about it! Does this patent specify the exact illuminance and mixture of white that they intend to use?

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: Isn't Beats Audio just a funky way of saying...

Actually it's just a funky way of saying "I paid too much for my headphones".

Or, in other words, as a certain comedian once said;

"I got LOADSAMONEY!!!" (or possibly "I HAD loadsamoney")

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Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

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Re: Perhaps I'm a simpleton..

"Not to mention one of the only divisions that hasn't consistently pissed off their customers..."

So the period around the XBone launch - all the DRM, always online, no used games, offline users can go buy a 360 business - didn't happen then?

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Google+ maker Vic Gundotra: My work on this 'NETWORK THINGY' is DONE

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Why worry? Google+ is history

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/04/report-google-to-end-forced-g-integration-drastically-cut-division-resources/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mea5PsQZe2A

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

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Ah, yes. The obvious troll. *YAWN*

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AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip

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Re: Berlin

hUMA-na-hUMA-na...

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

The Windows 8.1 Update Strikes Back

Windows 8.1 Update Muyo (No Need for Windows 8.1 Update)

Gone with the Windows 8.1 Update

Or why not just Windows 8++?

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Re: No

Nor would I. But then I don't think that Windows 8 has a bargepole-touch-sensitive interface anyway.

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Re: Does ANYBODY still believe this tripe?

Always assuming that you had the base install media to do it with, of course.

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

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Re: Business as usual

Actually, you aren't totally wrong. Yes, there are some folk that are locked into WXP for all sorts of reasons but there are those with, perhaps, only a basic grasp of tech for whom the end of WXP has simply passed them by.

The thing is though that these folk are already affected by scams, bugs and other malware and this would not change even if they did upgrade to a later Windows OS or moved to Apple, Linux or whatever.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

I'd be inclined to say that you need to be careful about such accusations. Consider that while I agree that KDE4 at that point was only in its baby stages, KDE3 was certainly well ahead of anything that WXP could do and that there were a few things in the UI of KDE3 that Vista took on board.

To be honest, having watched this situation for some years now, one thing I have noticed that UIs tend to "copy" each other quite regularly. My own background UI experience started with RISC OS and Windows 3 and even back then you could spot ideas from one UI being tried in another. If you really want to go down that road, we could go back to Xerox Parc!

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: WAAAAAIT a minute....stop.

Yes. That's exactly what they are doing.

Windows 7 (and 8 presumably though I've not delved that deeply as yet) has many different tools included to try to make old software run, but some software just doesn't play well. Let's face it, there are some companies out there that still use software that goes back to the days before Windows XP and elder sister Windows 2000 which only just worked when moved onto these systems. I know as I still have the onerous task of dealing with some of this software!

While Microsoft can wail about the age of the underpinning that keeps XP from falling to bits and so forth, the other side of the argument is that much has been done by many to keep some applications, some of which are vital to some users, working on XP and have yet to receive the same degree of attention with regard to Windows 7+.

So you are surprised?

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: Bring the App Store to Windows 7!

You want the real reason?

"Microsoft cannot be bothered to add this functionality to an older operating system because we are finding it hard enough to get users off Windows XP and don't fancy the idea of having the same trouble when Windows 7 superannuates!"

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Rhubarb

while building smart bridges to the new modern user experience and ensuring customers can get access to all your great apps in the Windows Store.

This is where the trouble lies, I suspect.

"Great apps"? To quote a certain Internet celebrity; "You know what's BUUUUULSH*T?"

As I said in a previous comment, Microsoft need to swallow their pride, admit that they are wrong and do what they should have done in the first place. My own opinion on this is that they should have left the touch stuff on its own platform separate from the more traditional version until its coverage was big enough to put the two together. If at all. And as for "Apps" stores, they are likely to be as popular as Adobe's "software rental" model. Now here's the real "vulnerability" of the Windows Vista/7 gadgets - Microsoft's envisioned bank balance!

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

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Re: Orange duplicates every Google app that could run up charges

Agreed. This was the biggest flaw with my OSF and one that I eventually did something about by rooting it and slinging a more up-to-date Android on it, notably NOT an Orange one. Mind you, although I don't use it as my regular phone anymore, I no longer buy Orange/EE badged phones.

Although I suspect that some folk might look poorly on my current choice - a rooted Huawei Ascend G330. ;)

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Re: Too little too late? don't be preposterous!

> > Serious IT decision makers in Government and the Corporate world

> > trust them - and for very good reasons.

> Flimflammery, kickbacks and the delusion that Symantec Antivirus will keep the

> bottom from falling out?

Probably. The trouble is that too many people making the decisions are either of the over-cautious type (I don't want to change the habits of a lifetime) or the one-button-fixes-everything type. It isn't unusual for them to have an IT type advising them, but it isn't unusual for the IT type to either be almost as ignorant or, more often, ignored because they don't use the right buzzwords.

> > And also absurd to lay all the blame with Sinofsky - the buck stopped

> > with Ballmer.

> Yes, he should have cashiered the Sinoguy immediately instead of letting

> him run with dimwitted ideas.

Sinofsky probably got away with it by keeping his profile high only where it was needed. The problem there is that it's the sort of strategy that bites you in the bum eventually and when it does, your own bum isn't the only one up for mastication.

> But it's good to hear that Microsoft is finally shuffling its feet.

Maybe. There's still time for them to trip and fall arse over tip. We shall see.

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