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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

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Re: What an absolutely horrible ugly car

I agree that the B-Max is an ugly car (I had reason to consider this first hand at the start of the year when I changed my Ford Fusion, the car that the B-Max replaces, for a slightly younger Ford Fusion!) but that's no reason to remove the article. People won't know how totally ugly this car is unless they see reviews like this one or my own take on this -

http://mistie710.livejournal.com/92686.html

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Secretaries hate network printers!

We had a similar problem. The solution was to ask them what they needed the personal printer for then allow them to keep it, but only on the condition that they stocked and supported it themselves as the moment it failed, we would remove it and would NOT replace it. Very few folk took us up on that one!

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Re: Purchasing live in a different universe

Not only are Purchasing living in a different Universe, it is probably the same one as all the people who decide IT Policy for HMG.

Can we blow it up please?

What, purchasing or HMG?

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CFnM4SYQC8

Warning: It's loud!

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Re: Security

Ah yes. The world of the service desk has a word for this: "PEBCAK".

Problem exists between chair and keyboard.

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Re: The article does say

Well, that's one point in Mint's favour in my book. systemd is one of the biggest piles of manure to ever infect Linux.

You'll have to excuse me - I don't have quite the way with expletives that LT has!

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Re: Upgrades

Lucky you. To be fair, though, upgrades on openSUSE depend heavily on the hardware you are using. The machine I had 10.2 on upgraded fairly easily to 10.3 but 11.0 didn't happen without a shove due to hardware support issues and I eventually installed 11.1 clean on it to sort all that out. That system was decommissioned after that and the successor went to 11.4, the last version of openSUSE that I have been completely happy with. Personally I always prefer a clean install to an update.

There are lots of reasons why keeping your /home partition separate is a bloody good idea. That is one. :)

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Re: mousepads...

I'm also an opensuser but I don't mind having a peek. My biggest problem is the intense dislike of KDE4 and more recent GNOME, so Cinnamon is certainly a possible contender for a replacement.

My only concern is for what lies underneath - the reviewer admits a Debian bias, so I'll be a little cautious for now but I would be sad to see the back of Zypp in favour of something inferior so I need to be sure of what lies within (given that this means Ubuntu, well, that's why I have my doubts).

It's one of the bigger strengths of SuSE; the adaptability and configurability (albeit this is something which the pushers of systemd seem determined to undermine) so whatever Mint has in it needs to at least match up with that. If it can, then I could be sold on Mint.

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New job in 2015? The Reg guide to getting out and moving on

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Oh, do I ever hear that one! I'm just being pushed out onto the job scrap pile with a similar set of credentials for the second time thanks to short sighted downsizing and I am finding the whole thing humiliating, depressing and degrading. My own thoughts?

Shoot all recruitment consultants

OK, I could go on with a whole plethora of niggles including ads that ask for over-qualification (yeah, like you really need a degree to be a phone jockey on a helpdesk) or give a shopping list of obscure application requirements, but that one thing would make it a whole lot better given the sheer number of RCs making a buck out of your job hunting misery.

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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Re: Asparagus

I strongly suspect the teams in the prenmiership don't want to negotiate individually. They know the current arrangement allows a bidding war that brings in huge revenues.

I suspect that this is the crux of the matter. What you have here is, in effect, a cartel. OK, getting each team to negotiate separately or, at the very least, getting the league to negotiate games rather than seasons may be more bureaucratic and there may be losers in the short term but anything that opens up the games, especially the sort of games that would get less coverage under the current scheme, is likely to be good for everyone in the long term.

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Asparagus

It's something I've been considering for years. It's a setup that nearly killed more than one channel while draconian blanket agreements ensure that some teams and some matches never get aired which means that a selected few will always get the lion's share of the pot.

By allowing the teams to negotiate rather than just the Premier League or the FA, it can mean that more channels can take advantage of live football, bringing more matches to the public and more revenue to the teams themselves. There are down sides to doing it this way but it stops the middle men getting in the way and stops larger companies like Sky or BT effectively exercising a monopoly position which benefits only them.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Re: Don Jolly - Eat your heart out

I hate that ringtone.

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PHONDLESLAB-ULOUS: Motorola Moto X Android phablet

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Re: Fixed battery!

Totally agree. My current phone might be creaking somewhat, it does have the ability to have a new battery and a memory card as well as doing much of what I want it to do. Every time I see a possible phone that I could change to, the spec lets it down by pandering to current fads rather than providing a good, solid phone for a reasonable price. £420 for a phone with a limited lifespan? Puh-leeze!!!

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

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Re: Defeats the whole purpose....

I would have thought the answer was obvious. You get balls.

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DAY ZERO, and COUNTING: EVIL 'UNICORN' all-Windows vuln - are YOU patched?

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Re: Doesn't Affect Me

ISTR Microsoft did release a TCP/IP stack installation which was usable on all versions of Windows 3.1. As I recall, though, the biggest PITA was NIC drivers back then.

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Most convincing PHISHING pages hoodwink nearly half of you – Google

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Re: Hardly surprising

This is hardly surprising considering that many well known financial services organisatiions regularly send emails to their customers, with embedded HTML buttons inviting them to log in to their accounts and, presumably, enter their login details.

Totally agree with this. In fact this practice is not restricted to financial organisations. Generally I tend to never click on an email link no matter where it came from.

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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Re: "snore" "boring" "contradiction"

You want a commentard? Trouble is that it's 'ard to comment on a non-story like this.

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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I hate to say it...

The moral of this story is one that most realists will know very well.

If a computer, regardless of architecture or operating system, is connected to something else, then there is always a possibility that it will be able to download something that disagrees with it.

Apple systems are just as vulnerable as anything else. If anything, now that it has so much more of a profile in computing circles, it looks as if it is gaining some degree of notice from those that wish nothing but harm to online users in general. Any Apple fanboi that thinks otherwise is merely deluding themselves.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Midori anyone?

Heh!

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Well if you are running Linux, you are used to patching and compiling your own kernels, as well as spending hours on a command line fixing dodgy software.

I run Linux on a number of systems and have used Firefox in all situations. Yes, I have compiled kernels and worked on dodgy software but Firefox has not been one of those. Only twice has it ever gone wrong on me and in both situations it was because there was a fault in the underlying system which, when repaired, resolved any problem I had. Yet again somebody is spreading FUD based on age old experiences of Linux.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: How would you tell Drive wasn't working?

wtf is Google + ? Isn't it just that annoying login (I refused to use) on YouTube?

Yes and no. Google+ predates its integration with YouTube, this integration being part of Google's attempt to push Google+ on users that clearly didn't really want it just so that it could attempt to rival services such as Facebook. Despite the fact that Google+ is no longer the product of the moment (in Google's opinion anyway), YouTube users still have to put up with it.

And, like yourself, I refuse to use it. It's bad enough that I have to stop all the other Googlespy services from grabbing my info on site after site without serving up my details wholesale.

Google+? Just say no.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: You lost me at "no minimize button"

To an extent, I agree. I like KDE and don't really have much inclination to move.

I'm not in full agreement, however, and here's why. I use KDE3. Not 4. I do not like the direction that KDE are going in and for that reason I like to see what else is out there, whether it's betas like this or slightly more mature stuff like Cinnamon.

I like some of what this GUI has to offer but I'm not sure if they are necessarily going the right way either. I do like that they are trying though. If nothing else, it may eventually show developers at KDE or GNOME the error of their ways. Or not.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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Re: Win95 on a 386DX?

Sounds like what we did to a manager who complained that he didn't have an up to date PC even though we knew that he never used it or powered it up. We had a spare old 386DX knocking about onto which one of my colleagues at the time managed to squeeze Windows 98SE! We then installed it and waited to see what happened. (For the record, it booted but it was veeeeeeeeeeery slow!)

Suffice to say that he never even noticed!

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Re: nice

Wonder if could port RISC OS, or Amiga OS for fun

There are a few RISC OS emulators knocking about and at least one Amiga OS emulator that I'm aware of. Whether they'd scale down to a wearable is another matter, though.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: Class action law suit

Actually, methinks this AC has a point as the EULA is liable to run into problems with privacy laws in a number of countries, my own included. Goodness knows that there have been enough security hack cases in places like the UK and Germany (the first ones that spring to mind) and legal shinanigans with various companies including Microsoft that would have made them cautious about this sort of thing. The EULA might have some legal standing but it is not above the law.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: It's stupid but...

I wouldn't touch IE with a bargepole if I had a choice. One of the most annoying bits of kit there is, regardless of version 9, 10 or 11. For example, what twat came up with the idea of combining the search bar and the address bar?

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Oh how I've waited for somebody to back up my views on systemd. If it were any good, I wouldn't have half the headaches I've had with upgrades and installations over the last couple of years or so and any bad words from LT about this were, IMHO, well deserved. systemd is a great example of somebody rewriting from scratch something that already existed (and did the job reasonably well but just needed a bit of fettling) and now, because everyone + dog wants to be "up to date" (i.e. using the latest fad), it's headache time for everyone that has to use the damn thing.

I'd say more, but it wouldn't be safe...

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme

"This probably isn't the final theme. I imagine that they'll want it to look at least a little more different from Windows 8 to help distance it from that release. Perhaps there will be a new look ready to show off by the consumer preview in the spring."

I really hope so. My own theory (never been sure how true it was) is that Aero was sacrificed due to its resource footprint and possibly because the people programming the OS couldn't get on with it anyway. While some of that might be false (no doubt), the eventual outcome in my view was something that looked more like Windows 3 than anything else. And I wasn't W3's biggest fan. In fact, an even closer match was RISC OS back when it was 2D only but with some crippling extra bits that never troubled an Acorn user because Acorn were a lot better at handling the nuances of intuitive UI design.

IMHO that's the biggest hurdle that Microsoft face right now, even if the UI remains bug-ugly. They need to restore some of the intuitiveness that prior developers worked to bring to the mess that Windows was in its early days. Windows 7 wasn't perfect but it was a damn sight better than some of its predecessors. The W8 came along and killed it.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: Do they really care?

We were evicted from our allotment. We used to have to dig a hole int' middle o't road.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: It's actually Windows OS X

So you believe that it'll be a bit ruff?

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Re: Yaaaaawn

The term "your mileage may vary" came to mind as I heard the mention of "reworking the charms bar". Yes, they have brought a reasonable attempt at a start menu back but they are foolish to believe that this was the only niggle that people had about W8 and the "charms bar" was certainly one of these niggles.

In fact the biggest niggle of all was really the whole swiping business. Swiping from the various edges was what got them into trouble in the first place, especially as these gestures were far from intuitive. Redesigning is a good start but they need to make sure that they have addressed all the necessary points (context, continuity etc.) or they will just end up with the same mess they had when W8 came out.

A re-badge of "10" isn't necessarily going to work if the product is inferior (just look what happened to the XBone) and trying to persist with a combination of one system for many platforms needs to be weighed against the end result on each. As was rightly said in the article, W8 was seen to be unfairly angled at a small sector of the market that Microsoft had no real presence in at the expense of a market with many millions of users.

There's a reason why Windows XP still persists with some people and why Windows 7 was such a big seller and still dominates the market (and why Vista and W8.x was such a flop) and unless Microsoft can produce something that ticks all the same boxes (cringe - I HATE using phrases like that!) and stops trying to be something that it isn't, Windows 10 is doomed to failure.

But these are early days. Let's wait and see whether they produce the next best thing or crap it all up again.

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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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