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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Re: Maybe MS should do what Apple does and keep its OS's secret from the press until they're ready

Yeah - cause Apple's failure to test their products correctly never causes any problems, right?

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Re: If you want major security improvements, you want incompatibility

"The only reason Linux hasn't wiped out Windows is it isn't as good for most customers."

Actually, for the 90% of customers that want to browse the web, send an email and maybe write a letter... It's perfectly fine. You can do all those things with little to no understanding of the underlying OS.

The only reason Linux hasn't wiped out Windows is that customers are too scared of change (which also happens to be a major factor in Windows 8's failure).

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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Re: @Roj Blake

"Although even a couple of days would be pretty unacceptable."

It's done over the intertubes - surely it should be able to guess fairly reliably within seconds that the recipient is not available via iMessage. Keep track of failures over a few days, and prompt the sender if there's a run of failures during say 7 days.

Not exactly a hard thing to work around.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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>Think of anything you can buy in a metal version or a plastic version.

Like a garden shed?

>And which is more expensive?

The plastic one. Near double the price ($AU460 vs $979)...

In this case, the "premium" priced product is the plastic one.

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Senators plot metadata pushback as requests keep expanding

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Re: "differences in reporting"

Brandis's way of lying about his lies.

I sent a letter via my local member a few months ago. No reply yet as to whether the metadata laws actually require me, as a private network admin, to collect metadata regarding the local users.

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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>One upside to pay-by-bonk is that the means to pay is almost certainly already in-hand (literally),

I'm considering taking my rarely used credit card out of my wallet so the only contactless card left in there is the card I want to pay with... Then I can just wave my wallet across the terminal.

My Aussie bank actually does support pay-by-bonk on Android (has done for about 12 months - didn't hear the media praising that innovation), but rudely only on a preselected collection of phones. My phone has NFC, but no support from them.

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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My vote...

I dont' really care too much where this all goes, as long as they stop with the dumbass idea of more gTLDs. Nothing looks more disorganized than the latest release of new ones.

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How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

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Re: More bad research?

>The.berlin works to promote ratings the same way that "www.berlin.example.com" would.

Exactly... Google uses the domain as part of it's scoring. A website with a direct domain keyword match will rank higher than one without. Of course if you fill the page content with obvious keyword spam, it'll de-rank like crazy still, but most genuine businesses don't do that.

Google's rankings are a little mysterious, but not that mysterious.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Prolific's been blacklisting their RS232 adapters for ages. And it causes problems even for companies like banks. An Australian bank ships Prolific clone cables with their POS integrated EFTPOS terminals. If companies like banks can end up with fakes, how is anyone else supposed to tell?

I personally think a warning should be displayed to notify the user when fakes are detected. That way you know WHY it's crapped out (you don't just call the real manufacturer names). And as long as this hardware fiddling is reversible, I've got no issues with that either.

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Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy

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Re: Newsreaders

Probably there for the newsreaders who live in USA, where they would leave out the "and", effectively making it $2m multiplied by 60,000 dollars when read out loud.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Not looking good for MicrosoftCraft videos then?

So once the Mojang/Minecraft buyout goes through, what will happen to all those Minecraft videos? Can't imagine the Microsoft Copyright Police would like to see all those blocky textures misused by having people entertain other product owners....

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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"Folks, it's time to enter the 21st century, and if you can't handle a connected account, maybe Windows 10 isn't for you."

Well, actually there's more reasons than a fear of "connection". Those MS accounts can store payment information, so when you're a computer repairer, requesting that password is REALLY awkward. It's like asking for the cutomer's credit card PIN.

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Apple tries to kill iWorm: Zombie botnet feasting on Mac brains

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Re: Doesn't a Worm have to infect without user intervention?

It's all becoming a blur now because of misuse of the terms and ever some malware doing more than one "style" of nasty business.

If my memory of my learning days is still OK, it goes something like this:

Trojan - idiot user installs, then it does it's stuff quietly while the user isn't looking (tends not to replicate itself).

Worm - exploits holes in security to "worm" it's way around networks (including the intertubes).

Virus - attaches to other executables and may move to other systems by finding "portable" executables (such as shared disks).

I'm sure I'm wrong in some way, but I spend all day having to dumb things down to "you had a virus" for customers.

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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"That would be more true if Google only presented a link, which is not the case."

Well they could provide you with a numbered listing, but how useful would that be? Any index needs to refer to the content it's talking about. The index in the back of a book has topic names with the page numbers, not just a listing of page numbers.

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Re: Google NOT responsible !!!!!

Or Apple. Apple was the one providing:

1) The broken security on the storage.

2) The suggestion in IOS that iCloud is essential to your life and must be enabled for true enlightenment.

3) No reminder that photos deleted from the device are not necessarily deleted from the iCloud service.

But Google? WTF? Are they too afraid to sue Apple in case they get permanently banned from the fruit farm?

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: Streisand effect

"More importantly, according to Apple only 6 iphones have bent."

The report I heard said 9 confirmed, worldwide. Still low, but I did immediately wonder how many sheeple simply hadn't yet reported the problem.

And as they've now commented on the problem, 3 things happen:

1) Every iOwner now checks their device regularly for bends.

2) Apple introduces a change to the design and replaces any bent units people complain about.

3) Apple makes no further comments on the issue, leaving the only comment as there is only 6 (or 9) bent phones.

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Opposition: we passed Australia's 'spook's charter' on PURPOSE

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And none of these clowns have even stopped for a second to think about the flow on ramifications of these new laws (assuming I'm understanding the possibilities correctly)...

Let's say ASIO breaks into a network, infects a few computers. The owners take them to a repair shop, where they virus scan, then connect to the network to check for updates. The ASIO virus then attacks the repair shop's network, infecting a few shop PCs (and perhaps other customer PCs).

Now a rep for Big Corporation comes in for a warranty issue at the authorised agent for their laptop manufacturer... The laptop is connected to the repair shop's terrorist suspect network, and also infected by ASIO's spyware.

How is it going to go down when a big company like News Corp, Foxtel, Telstra, etc finds signs of ASIO's busybodying on their networks? I suspect the end result is sueballs being launched towards the government.

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EFA looks to bust A-G copyright submission 'censorship'

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Maybe they're concerned the individuals might sue the government over breaches of copyright if they re-publish the submissions...

Has anyone started a petition to kick this moron out of his job? He appears to have zero clue about what his role is.

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Brandis: NO LIMIT to ASIO network taps

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Elections

"What you elected instead was a government more focussed on achieving its ideological goals"

I'm not so sure. I get the impression most of the pollies (on all sides) actually believe Brandis is keeping the national interests in mind. They just gather around, drink his KoolAid and pass his bills.

I'd have thought they'd give the job of AG to a person who actually understands how laws work (and how they sometimes don't)... But what would I know.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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Re: I want to know

"My network printers in use now have 500MHz processors. I do occasionally wonder why they need this level of power"

Print job processing. Especially as people expect more and more to be able to print out a full A4 high res photo in a matter of seconds from their shiny wireless gadgets.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Re: This will be interesting!

"If there is a move away from Java and into another language we may see an improvement in memory resources and a smoother experience on older slower machines."

Side effect is the likely dropping of non-Windows support. I can't see MS rewriting it in another language and keeping OpenGL involved, let alone popping out non-Windows binaries.

Maybe an OSX version would survive, but would be written by a totally different team, released in years the Windows one is not, and have a completely different feature set.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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Most public servers run on Linux too. Goodbye to those if MS decide to mess with the balance.

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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

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Re: Macs only need a HIPS..

"The only difference with Windows is so many of the applications put holes in the system, you really need to keep up with the applications patches. My brother tells me this isn't a problem with Macs"

Why wouldn't it be a problem with Macs when it is with Windows? It's still software.

Besides, most malware comes from an idiot specifically asking the computer to run the dodgy code, which then sticks itself into a startup folder/script/schedule. For Mac users, you can probably even skip the startup bit - they rarely log off anyway (shutting the lid is not shutting down).

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Re: Chowder

"missed by colleagues computers which rely on the work standard install of McAfee."

McAfee doesn't really detect anything. It just looks pretty in the system tray, and sometimes tells you the internet uses cookies.

Some might even argue the names of their products are in fact misleading.

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Re: Security questions?

"Caution: Apple do ask these questions is circumstances other than password recovery."

Australia's my.gov.au website, now compulsory for individuals wanting to deal with tax online, does this too. I created my account with random gibberish for the "security" questions, then got locked out when I next went to use it.

So next I switched to idiot mode to ensure I would be able to actually log in next time. Whoops. As it turns out, to reset the password, all one has to do is guess 2 of the 3 insecurity questions, then enter a new password. No confirmation email. No SMS.

I expect the Australian government believe this is called Two Factor Authentication too.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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"Procedurals that pretend to be about forensic science are the worst - Fox's Bones is a particular offender."

I don't even question the stuff on Bones - it's so fantastical that it just registers as sci-fi on my scale.

A recent episode of Major Crimes on the other hand... They physically took some servers and their tech geek says this: "The data will still be intact, but you're gonna need some help getting through their firewalls."

But as if that wasn't enough, they went on with the train wreck:

"Well, mom, these are most likely load-balanced servers running Apache. Or, uh, maybe Fedora under Linux. Nothing advanced I could probably get these booted up and reset the root passwords."

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Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

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Re: not sure about the load

The diesel is normally delivered by a tanker truck, not in drums.

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No one buys Fosters in Australia.

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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

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Re: Not fit for purpose...

"under the conditions that game ending achievment has not yet been achieved"

While that is OK circumstantial evidence, it's not really compelling. Achievements can be reset in most cases by a simple tool. Why rewrite that system when you can just say "no" to refunds?

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Re: Refunds are only sought for games that are not fit for purpose (i.e. don't run)

"What if I start up a game that's designed to take 200 hours to play through, and precisely 1 hour in, it crashes? I try again, with the same result. And again."

Simple - they check your session lengths aswell. I went through the refund process with Steam a few years back over a game that was basically a bad console port (and infected with GFWL for added fun). Among other issues, GFWL kept wanting to install updates for the game and it kept just loading then quitting to run a GFWL updater. Steam support said they confirmed my story of many short sessions, and issued the refund.

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"As far as I am aware, they are charging Australian customers in Australian Dollers;"

Nope. US dollars. We get special regional pricing though - some things are up top 5 times the USA price.

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Oz metadata retention won't include URLs: report

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Re: Scope and use

There's a PDF copy of the actual consultation document on one of SMH's articles... If you're keen on being really concerned about the plan, it's linked here: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/secret-data-retention-discussion-paper-leaked-20140827-108yyh.html

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Just tell us the bloody plan!

I wish they'd just come out and publish what they've got so far. All this hearsay and speculation is getting silly and rather worrying.

One major flaw I see is this - if only retail phone and internet providers are to comply, what's the point? Find a connection used by decent numbers of people with relaxed WiFi security, and sit in your car. Then it's their problem when George Brandis comes busting their door down.

On the other hand, if they want data retained by the customers aswell, then I see a BIG market for sales of equipment - compliant routers, new PBX systems, etc - and audit services to check your business complies. Might work out pretty damn awesome for some people.

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Big content seeks specialist court for copyright cases

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Re: Does “occur on a commercial scale” require money to be exchanged?

Scale would mean simply doing it enough that you could make a living off it if you did sell. There wouldn't need to be any proof of actually making money.

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Re: Perhaps The Australian Federal Circuit Court has...

Copright "theft"? Would that be the act of stealing the ownership of the IP? How do you even do that?

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: No thanks

"When games are easily available directly from the source, I don't see the added benefit of steam."

Well when the publishers decide Steam is the better method of selling, and make their DLC Steam only, it does start to matter... Euro Truck Sim 2 fans who bought non-Steam are a little disappointed right now.

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

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Re: Lighter apps

Pfft... The real geeky kids were waving animated flames on Windows Mobile and Symbian devices before Apple and Google even thought about making smartphones cool.

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Data retention means telcos risk Privacy Act breach, Pilgrim warns

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Also copyright?

In some variations on the theme, email headers were mentioned. Subject lines are a work composed by an author, and my understanding is that technically is covered by copyright laws.

If the government mandated retention of these emails, where does my right to control copies of my works fit into the proposal? It's somewhat ironic that the George Brandis was not that long ago banging on about illegal copying of content on the internet, and now wants to copy my content just in case I do something naughty in the next 730.5 days.

"I'm not pirating TV shows... I'm simply retaining copies in case they turn out to contain terrorism material and the police need them for evidence. I promise I'll delete it in 2 years."

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Yosemite Siri? Apple might plonk chatty assistant on your desktop - report

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Re: Or like original Star Trek?

"But windows gestures are a decade old."

But none of them invoked a digital assistant. There was a gesture usually given during the closing of the Office Assistant, but that's as close as it's been in the Windows world.

Although I do wonder if double clicking on the system tray icon for something like Virtuagirl would count as prior art... That's a gesture. And it technically is an assistant... A single purpose assistant, but the patent didn't mention how many purposes it needed.

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Joke

"Anyone with a real operating system won't see it so it's all right."

Anyone with a real OS didn't see the Office assistant back when it was around either, because WINE didn't run MS Office back then....

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Officeworks recalls dangerous USB charger

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Re: Tested?

"or a dodgy brother's import?"

Well following the links I finally got to a proper recall report... The importer is Ingram Micro. Ingram usually keeps the dodgy brothers employees in their customer accounts department, not the product selection department.

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Help Australia's PM and attorney-general to define metadata

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Re: The biggest lie is accessibilty

Not to mention that the same week they're talking about this, someone else announces a database of 1.2 billion user accounts has been collected by hackers... Where exactly are they planning on hiding this data so that it's more secure than anything else in the world? And what is their plan for when MY metadata gets leaked to Russia, China or the NSA?

Oh, and isn't Brandis also obsessing over internet piracy? Would pirating my email headers give me grounds to sue him?

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

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Cloudy places have their uses.

"Cloud" services are good when they're things you don't need live 100% of the time. Like overnight backups. As long as it works 99% of the time, it's not a big deal.

But for anything you need instant access to at random times, the cloud is not it. Think about how many things can break between your keyboard and the cloud provider's hard disks. Add in the number of people who can cock up a config or damage equipment between you and the cloud provider, and the whole deal looks really stupid.

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Re: It's not Open Source it's an open standard

"My email that goes back 15 years that started life on a 50Myte hard drive in windows 95"

Somehow I doubt that size. Even my poor family had a 486 with a 120MB HDD years before Windows 95 came out.

But I agree on the point - you just copy everything over. I don't know of many businesses or government departments that just abandon their data as technology changes.

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HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

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Was Chubby Checker (the musical bloke) in the business of estimating the sizes of sausages aswell as the musical bit? Or did the app use the guy's image aswell, thus causing the confusion required?

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

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Re: Really?

> Intesting, because in Australia, 80-90% of shops do it.

Yep. And most banks are steadily replacing the aging fleet of non-NFC terminals with modern contactless enabled ones as they fail. Some are still keeping their old dialup terminals going, but others are rolling out replacements there too. And with the Telstra 2G network being shut down soon, almost all mobile terminals will be contactless by this time next year.

> How many commentards have even *seen* a cheque in, say, the last 10-15 years?

I see cheques nearly every day. They're still quite popular out this way, particularly with older business people. At a guess, approximately 1/3 of payments made to my workplace would be cheques.

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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Re: As Winston (reputedly) once said...

"and it's clear why people prefer Apple once they have used it."

Maybe in the Apple user camp... The more I use them, the more I wonder how the heck anyone puts up with them. Some of the ways they do things is not only the opposite of the norm, but the opposite of common sense (for example the upper case keys representing lower case is plain retarded).

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

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Re: Did he really say this ?

"Have a group of OS's rather than one, and 2 for tablets FFS......"

A couple of us at work were talking about that last week, and figure it's time for someone at MS to have the balls to do with Apple did with OSX - complete restart based on a *nix system.

We figured a nice Windows (7) style GUI on top of a popular distro, a few tweaks to various things that aren't quite there in Linux and it's basically done. As a bonus, they could then offer the same MS Office on Linux as they sell for Windows, the same IIS for Linux as Windows, etc. Imagine being able to whack Exchange onto a perfectly good Linux server!

We weren't 100% serious of course... But given how Windows 8 went, it could actually work out better.

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Voteware source code review 'could lead to hacking'

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Re: Once a trouble maker always...

"I think there should be a law against electronic voting because it will never be reliable."

Human counting is also potentially unreliable, as seen in many corrupted nations. Even in Australia we've had paper votes go missing... It can be accidental or intentional, just like with electronic systems.

I personally think the electoral system in Australia is broken anyway. With what seems to be 99% of people thinking the Prime Minister is who they voted for, thanks to the media, there's almost no reason to care if the counting is flawed.

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"We know that Boris Johnson got the job, but we don't know that he was actually elected."

I don't follow London's Mayoral politics, but I gather Boris didn't care. I think he said it was verrry niiice.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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"Anyone whos blood pressure goes up using a device most grandparents can easily use MUST be overweight or at least have a bad cholesterol problem, so my point still stands."

Or perhaps they do different things on them. Does your grandma get asked to configure the perfectly reasonable things Apple or MS decided weren't needed?

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