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Huawei: There'll be BLOOD spilled in the smartphone sector soon

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Re: Long live HTC

I've never used HTC phones, to be honest, but the fact is that every time I buy something with the name Samsung on it, something goes wrong, usually by design. I have a Samsung TV that keeps blanking its screen for no reason. I had a Samsung DVD player years ago that wouldn't play dual layer discs as "it wasn't designed for that".

I've only ever had one Huawei device. A phone. An Ascend. The only problem I've had was that the battery cacked out about a year ago, so I replaced it with a slightly bigger after market one. Other than that, I have had no trouble with it and it works well.

I'd buy another if there was one in the range that I was happy with, but I'm a little dubious about the direction Huawei are going in.

Horses for courses, methinks.

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Re: "luxury"

To quote a passage from HHGTG:

"The secret is to bang the rocks together!"

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Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

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Who are we arse end...

Their lower end phones are bloody awful, particularly the Ascend ones.

I would tend to disagree with this to an extent in that my Ascend G330 is well into its second year of use and is still doing pretty well for itself.

Mind you, that tendency is tempered by the fact that I feel that some of the phones that are being brought up as replacements are actually inferior to it, hence the reason why I haven't changed it yet. Things like "we make it thinner but you can't remove the battery" put me off, for example.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: My faith in humanity wains when I read this site sometimes

People will discuss things they are passionate about. Preventing that is draconian.

You're free to dislike this.

You are free to express yourself, much as any of the whingers are doing. :)

To be honest, I've restrained myself from commenting about this, mostly because I'd be repeating what I've said in other places. I'm interested to see what will become of Windows with this new iteration in that I can admit that I was one of those that complained bitterly about the changes in W8 (so I W8'ed and stayed with Windows 7 and various versions of openSUSE) although I do have a bit of freeware doing my multiple desktops on W7.

The thing is that I always viewed the use of windows to organise work where I need it, so the use of more than one screen or desktop isn't something I often make use of. It would have been more useful back when I was working on CLI based systems, for example working on RSTS/E on the various PDP-11s I used to work on or maybe my old BBC Micro. While it's nice to have the option now on KDE or Windows, it doesn't get much use.

If anything, this just strikes me as another function that Microsoft have noticed elsewhere and have added to try and justify the cost a bit more over previous versions, much like the compression system they put in MSDOS 6.22 (I'll say nothing about "Stacker") or the zip-a-like function in Windows XP.

As far as the whole thing goes, as long as the system gives each user what they want and need and Microsoft don't try to ram the thing down everyones' throat like they tried to do with W8, it could work. The big thing that Microsoft needs to learn is that PCs are lasting longer and need the requisite support so pushing users to change OS every three years is no longer viable.

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Re: Gilbert Murray

Ah yes. Gilbert M. Actually, this whole thread reminds me of a certain story of Gilbert's, namely the story of Gilbert as the Member for Gypping, his colleague Ivan Tashag and his PA, Ms. Janet Alia.

Gilbert, you are remembered!

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Re: Sharon T. Pokeworthy...

But I've nothing left to swap! Curses...

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Re: "we LET IT GO for a SONG"

I'll take your word for it. Never really got into Judas Priest.

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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Re: The wonder...

That sort of thing, yes. Or the failed case in the US a few years before that. Like I said, I'm not holding my breath...

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The wonder...

My own thought isn't that I consider that the Chinese are being too harsh on Microsoft. It's that more countries haven't done this. Perhaps this will be the catalyst that finally starts to reign in the corporate excesses of certain Merkan one-percenters.

I'm not holding my breath though.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Inventing swear words...

Of course, the chakking noobs involved in this whole wolsh can never hope to keep up with all the new blit coming out all the time. It's all a total gratting waste of time.

Bloit you, Oxhorn!

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Don't worry. He's just being a ghent.

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Re: Odd List

Dont forget:

Tits like coconuts.

Is this a Paris Hilton comment?

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: Kickstarter space shot

That's just cruelty to Martians, that is!

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

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Re: This means mail has been lost

That's two words.

And I have little trust in the first one.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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As I recall, Kate tended to wear things that were a lot shorter than miniskirts.

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Re: Flash

If you've ever seen some of the footage of live J-Pop concerts, they tend to use those disposable light sticks instead.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: I smell a shill

Indeed. Chances are that the "functionality" argument is more likely based on the lack of certain high profile brand names rather than actual ability to do something.

That and a large sum of money.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: Linux - more stable.

Actually, I'm going through pains at the moment thanks to a certain distro and, more importantly, the video drivers they insist on. It has been about two days now since I last saw a full working desktop and I have had all sorts of suggestions on what has actually happened. Sounds familiar? Yes, that's what can happen in Linux, just as it can in any other operating environment including Windows. That's why I try not to take sides when this sort of thing happens.

Usually because I'm too busy cursing out the sods that caused the problem!

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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Yeah, but he was talking balls.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Re: my 2 cents....

I think the problem is the management of these big companies has NO CLUE about the software... they only recognise it from a business financial direction.. that is most likely why Nokia went for MS.. they just thought a big company would save their financial asses!! not much hope recently!!! :P

That has always been the problem. Microsoft learned their marketing trade at the feet of Big Blue back in the days when most company thinking was about buying big boxes because they knew no better. They thrust the shiny pamplets and whatever else came to hand and nobody else made a murmur even though, even back then, there were better things coming from several sources. Microsoft's product got where it was through the apathy of its competition, aggressive marketing and, most of all, the ignorance of the consumer.

The one possible saving grace here is that there are others in the market now. I say "possible" because I'm not sure I trust the competition either!

And yes, I wouldn't mind seeing Linux gain from all this, but I also doubt that this will happen either for all sorts of reasons. A shame, really.

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: Best Browser

Oh, zypp it!

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: Post Post PC

And therein lies the point.

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Re: Told ya!

95% of users don't need a PC? Where did you get that figure from?

Read what I said again. I didn't just refer to PCs but to general purpose computers. In particular, the last paragraph sums the problem up. OK, I said that "...everyone has a PC..." but that could just as easily read "...everyone has a tablet..." "...everyone has a netbook..." "...everyone has a smart TV..." or whatever. The problem with the market still remains, whatever the system is.

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Told ya!

Why am I not surprised? I have a tablet, but I have more than one computer. OK, that's not a normal state of affairs for the average home user but the question has to be whether a tablet can replace a normal computer as a general purpose machine. I've said in the past that it can't, and here's why.

A personal computer, regardless of the make or type or operating system, is designed as a general purpose beast. It doesn't do anything exceptionally but it does everything well enough to be usable for whatever is needed.

A tablet is not a general purpose system. The lack of human interface devices (as they call keyboards and mice these days) means that it is hobbled to doing one particular job very well but not really being suited to general use unless you start adding things, in which case it ceases to be just a tablet.

Of course, the biggest problem has little to do with PCs or tablets per se, but with a market that is obsessed with people buying more and more without considering things like market saturation, natural end of life of product and usage. If you have a market where everyone has a PC that is working well, then what is the liklihood of being able to sell a new PC to these people? Or a tablet? Or an operating system?

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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Re: Up to a point.

I had my feet in both camps until recently. Consider that I make my living by supporting Windows but that my home environment and a few other works bits are Unix or Linux based.

When the whole business of Windows 8/TIFKAM came up, I considered it and ultimately rejected it because while it presented a few good bits, the disadvantage outweighed the advantages. Ballmer and others were pushed out because of the cack-handed approach they gave this whole business as well as some other complete cock-ups such as the XBone.

I accused Microsoft of being pig-headed about their position. They just wouldn't accept that they were wrong with their approach to the operating system question, convergence and so forth. It was one of the reasons that ultimately led to a shake up in the top eschelons of power at Microsoft. Now we have this new bod in power and, for whatever reason, he is now pumping out the same b/s as his predecessors!

It has become painfully obvious that Nadella is not his own man. He seems to be simply a shill for the financial types that control so much of corporate Merka, not simply Microsoft but throughout the corporate and political circles that control Merka. As long as this situation continues, Microsoft is liable to dwindle until it is asset stripped and left for dead, just as with so many other companies of the type with no strong leadership.

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Re: Me too!

Everyone else is doing the flat look, so can we have some as well......Sigh.

And that's one of my biggest gripes and possibly the biggest reason why I still don't use KDE4 and am unlikely to use this. It seems that KDE are too keen to ape other styles rather than produce something that sets them apart from the crowd.

For myself, I will probably stay with KDE3 or TDE as long as I can. Possibly considering Cinnamon as a replacement if that doesn't pan out. And yes, this is another openSUSE user!

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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Muffins

Actually this seems pretty much like "business as usual" for Microsoft. They see a new market open up, ignore it or totally misunderstand it and when the market has grown enough, possibly a couple of years down the road, they jump in and try to hijack it, usually with something half-arsed.

This is no different to the way they got into the phone market, the mobile computing market, the games market and so on. The only hope they normally ever get is when at least one of the competitors stuffs up in some way then Microsoft dives in and munches on the carcass, much as a shark might.

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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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