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Amazon launches own currency

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Oooh, the Linden Dollar

How has Second Life been doing lately? I had the misfortune of losing my account as the CC that LL was charging expired and I didn't get the notices 'till a month later, so the account was closed. Whoops!

Though by the time I "left", most of the money making businesses were in fact *losing* money, and most of the dudes who went into the Second Life Investing thing ended up with crashed stock or Ponzi'd out (see: "Luke Connell" and the "World Stock Exchange".)

'Twas the unscrupulous investor's paradise: no regulation, no laws, high risk!

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PS3 uses real money

While you can pre-load USD (or EUR, GBP, JPY, whatever your local currency is) on your wallet, you can simply put in your CC details and you'll get charged when you buy stuff.

The Points thingy is with Microsoft, not sure if Nintendo uses the same point thingy with the Wii.

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France weighing 'culture tax' on phones, slabs, PCs, TVs

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Agreed on that

But they aren't the only overzealous laws concerning language. Spain also spends a lot ruining movies by dubbing them with wonky translations, and like the French they call computers "sorting machines" and (computer) files "index cards" among other weird things, just to avoid using any words resembling English. (Even the French think that the word "ordinateur" is wrong, but they refuse to use "computer".)

That said, the same guy is recommending a Hadopi shootdown. That's got to give him some good karma, as it would mean France would stick it to the MAFIAA.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: Hipster era is OVER – sorry, beanie boiz...

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Hipster posters?

I'd think that any smidge of hipster culture would get mass down votes. Especially if it involves Hipsters defending Apple and/or Jobs.

Arrogance, one of the Hipster hallmarks, is something mostly downvoted here as well!

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

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Re: Concert spending @Gerhard Mack

If you're in Spain, I can feel your pain. The only thing worse than Mexican Spanish-dubbed movies are Spaniard-dubbed movies. Not only do they sound awful, they start calling computers "sorting machines", files turn into "index cards" and they change most swearing to something to do about gilled chickens. Gah!

Also, to those who aren't aware of how stuff goes down in Spain: *everything* is dubbed. EVERYTHING. EVERYWHERE. I know people who were there in student exchange programs who would save up for a short UK trip just to watch the current movies instead of suffering the "gallego dub edition"!

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@Joseph Lord

I think the AC's point is that copyright law is too complex to be understood by the common person. Those of us who lived through the VCR era are used to having our time-shifting rights protected; the idea of taping a show to watch later, or months/years later is a given. So downloading a series that was on air 1 or 2 days ago, or weeks ago, whatever, will usually be classified as an equivalent action. Even if the MAFIAA says it isn't.d

Mind you, the problem isn't that people have misconceptions; the actual copyright laws and rights are broken. There's a good chance that if you "buy" the boxed series edition, you'll end up with a series that has its entire soundtrack swapped for something crappier because of rights stupidity. Hell, if you look for the earlier Beavis & Butthead episodes, chances are that you'll see 'em with the whole video segments cut out for the same stupid reason.

And then there's the stuff that just doesn't make it into official distribution. MST3K was, for years, unavailable. Invader Zim, being hated by Nickelodeon so much they cancelled it while still being a big hit, suffered also a long time of being unavailable. Older series that pre-date VCRs have been completely lost as their producers just don't release 'em. Why should they have the rights to exploit something that you *aren't* exploiting???

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Icahn, SAM to give MickeyD the boot if they take over Dell

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Re: Please stop

I know El Reg doesn't want to call him Vulture Investor, so I propose another term:

Scrapyard Investor.

As in, they take your company to the scrapyard and sell it all for scrap value, even if the company's good. Someone should lock Icahn inside a room full of former TWA employees...

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Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry go to WAR... in the Pentagon

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Heh

Interesting. BlackBerry has been the only one to get the approval for sensitive stuff, wonder who Apple and Samsung fare on this? Especially as they lack the FIPS 140-2 certification which is usually required for this.

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Ground control to major strum: ISS's Hadfield sings Space Oddity

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It looks awesome

We need more of this. It's cool enough to inspire more people into space exploration.

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PayPal security boss: OBLITERATE passwords from THE PLANET

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Re: It's a solution looking for a problem

I'm currently carrying not one, not two, but *four* token/keyfobs. I have to say, VASCO and RSA know how to make 'em strong. Except for the Challenge/Response calculator-style token, which does need to have some extra care. Other than that, I can carry 'em everywhere.

Tokens done right should be easy to carry, and they're usually part of your keyring. There it is, sitting near your Nirvana keyring. Ready to use if you need it, and easy to spot if you've lost it; that's when you have to report it stolen & replace it.

Granted, all these tokens are for e-banking solutions, but that's kind of PayPal's point, isn't it? Stronger authentication for stuff that deals with money.

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2 Factor auth

Using a password or PIN with tokens is part of the solution. Even if you know the password, you would still have to get the keyfob, thus the added security.

I actually like that biometrics bring up Demolition Man, the trend has been even touched upon in the Avengers movie as well. I fear for biometrics on anything, as it would obviously backfire with maimings and mutilations. I like my eyeballs too much for that.

Didn't someone already lose their fingers or hand when he got carjacked? It was a Mercedes with fingerprint security IIRC...

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It's a solution looking for a problem

The actual solution for this problem already exists... it's called "two factor authentication". Simply use tokens and the whole password problem goes away, and it is much more cheaper than biometric devices.

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PERIL in ORBIT: Emergency spacewalk as ISS takes a leak

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mmeier strikes again

Then again, it's the same Windows 8 lover, MS shill and Linux basher (basically, the evil version of Eadon) so it's probably just plain ole trolling.

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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haha, that number!

And with the added pause before mentioning the last digit:

0118 999 881 999 119 725......... 3

"Which country am I speaking to?"

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Icahn and Southeastern try to hamstring Mike Dell's buyout bid

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Hopefully they'll listen

... and do exactly what they should do ... the opposite of what Icahn tells them. I wonder why shareholders even listen this guy! He's not only destroyed entire companies, he's also screwed over other shareholders just to get his loads of money. Don't listen to him ... IT'S A TRAP!!!

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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So basically...

This gun not only fails to be a proper gun, but would probably even fail to turn its owner into a Darwin Award winner?

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So long, Hotmail: Remaining users migrated to Outlook.com

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Outlook

That makes as much sense as IBM offering free @lotusnotes.com addys.

Outlook is a bad name to email. Back when MS launched "Live Mail", user backlash was so great, they actually backpedaled and preserved the "Hotmail" brand. It's interesting that this time they did completely ditch it, instead of doing what they did with Live; they just stuck the Live interface to Hotmail and called it "Live Hotmail".

Been using Hotmail since 1996 for the same reasons other commenters have: it was the first free webmail/email service in the 'net, and I held to the addy because I didn't have to change addys whenever I jumped ISP or jobs. It was still called HoTMaiL back then, and not part of the MicroSoft Monopoly. Though there was a big time between 2002 and 2005 that I mostly switched to other options, as somehow Hotmail was stuck with 2MB o' space, even after Gmail came out.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: We told you it was shit

Interestingly, I've been able to work with Office 2011 w/o problems.

Why? Because the OSX version kept the menus, so I don't have to search the Ribbon for stuff that isn't obvious. I still haven't found how to merge cells in Excel, that I do from the menu. Among other features that are nigh impossible to find in the awful Ribbon. But hey, at least the OSX Ribbon version isn't as huge as the Windows counterpart; it is small enough to not be a nuisance.

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Next Xbox won't need always-on internet after all

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Re: Just like the Xbox360

It doesn't make him wrong. The Xbox360 uses low capacity DVDs vs. the PS3's Blu-Ray because MS was backing the wrong horse back then, and HDDVD was useless for data storage. Thus 360 players made a huge jump backwards with multidisc games, which is a nonissue on PS3. That MS caved in with using BDs as the new Xbox media says a lot on who's right....

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Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks

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Re: Daniel B. Good! @streaky

I'm referring to the whole country, not just Wikileaks, in response to streaky's suggestion that Visa might just uproot and leave Iceland. Wikileaks wouldn't make a payment processor just to get donations; but if you cut off an entire country, that country might actually get up and build their own processor. Thus the JCB example mentioned.

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Re: Good! @streaky

They'll probably switch to MasterCard. Or maybe even dare to prop up their own payment processor. Like Japan having JCB. Of course, it would suck for those tourists carrying Visa credit cards, but then when clients complain, they can simply point at Visa and say "they won't process the cards for us".

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Virgin Media: SO SORRY we fined your dead dad £10 for unpaid bill

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Re: Surely....

The fun thing is that another commenter posted a link to the Direct Debit codes, and there's a specific one for "Payer Deceased".

They can automate the workflow to cancel contract, service, and Direct Debit charges!

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Yes

it's mentioned in the letter.

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Google report shows record rise in government takedown requests

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Surprised Mexico isn't in the top list

There have been videos critical to the current government that have mysteriously been taken down. Could be government masquerading takedowns as copyright infringement as well; few Mexicans know how DMCA works and probably don't know they can file a counter-claim.

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

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Easier

- Do you watch Fox News (and believe the stuff they show)?

- Is Obama a secret Muslim/Communist/whatever?

- Do you think the theory of Evolution is incorrect?

That should shave away a lot of loons. Even filtering out posts for "MSM", "Obamacare" and similar gems would keep 'em at bay.

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Vietnamese madam cuffed after advertising girls on Facebook

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Re: Progress...

Yup, Germany got someone else to remove the evil Nazi government, though the Eastern part of the country had to endure an added 40-ish year period under the DDR and the Stasi. After reunification, the new reunited Germany made a point of respecting citizen's privacy and making sure that it will never, ever happen again.

At least in their country, that is...

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COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO: NASA rovers scrawl giant willy on Mars

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Botany Bay?

I wouldn't venture there with any rovers!

KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!!

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Another blow for Flash as Unity gaming engine kills support

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Adobe killed themselves here, though

They're dropping support for the Flash plugin on Linux. Really, why would Unity support them after that?

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Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

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Re: Easy to do @JeffyPooh

Oh, we can choose more than one gaming ecosystem. I still have a 20+ Steam Library on my PC, and a couple of GameCube, PSP and DS games to keep on playing. Didn't buy into the Wii, but that was because we usually play the Wii at a friend's flat when that was all the rage.

The one ecosystem I do refuse to buy into is the MS one, as I believe that paying for online gaming is so 1990's. I still remember Duke3D being LAN, modem-to-modem or "TEN". Where "TEN" was a paid-for service with a "high speeeed dialup gaming network" which has to sound funny even to 90's internet users. MS doesn't even have the faux "gaming network" argument, they use the internet!

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Easy to do

As a PS3 owner, I couldn't give a flying fudge about whatever MS puts out. While I'm disappointed at Sony's choice for PS4 hardware (really, x86? Talk about stepping backwards!) I refuse to give MS any more money than I have already given them for office productivity software.

Hopefully they do bring out an always on console, just to have it blow up in their faces.

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TIFKAM

Guess what they're doing. Yes, the rumors are that MS will also curse ...er.... "bestow" the new Xbox with TIFKAM.

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Cook: iPad is a gateway drug which leads to harder Mac addiction

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Halo effect still active

I know a couple of people who went into the iPod/Phone craze, went on to the iPad and finally bought an MBP. The Macs usually come in at the time they need to replace their laptop or main PC, so it isn't an instant thing.

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Re: Crikey...

Yes, it'll be like the old Computer wars of the 80's and early 90's!

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Re: And in the Microsoft World

As much a laugh as I got from that, the real story for mass-market ARM netbooks already passed.

Remember the Smartbooks? ARM-powered netbooks toting some Linux distro. The iPad came out and supposedly killed the market, but in truth MS and Intel joined forces and twisted the OEM's arms, a repeat of the netbook case. Except this time, they KILLED the product instead of hobbling it with Windows.

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Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber

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New Media

Yet another case where the "new media" got it wrong. The problem this time is that they actually took their pitchforks out.

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Java still vulnerable despite recent patches

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Re: Devices

Yes, that's how it is going down over here as well (Mexico). The Servicio de Administración Tributaria (Revenue Administration Service) uses Java for filing tax reports and mostly everything related to Tax Stuff. This is because everything is done online, then signed by a private key which has had its public key signed by SAT, and thus has official recognition. And this can no longer be done offline (the tax filing).

So killing Java means I won't be able to report to the tax man. Oopsie!

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Apple beats revenue estimates but margins are falling

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Heh

Maybe they should've paid dividends earlier? Though it was obvious that Apple revenue was going to stall eventually. No company can keep up growing on revenue infinitely.

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Boffins explain LED inefficiencies

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Weird physics

So basically it's heating instead of giving out light? Wonder if it can actually be fixed...

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Ding! Dong! —the witch is dead!

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Some of the hate she gets

... also comes from outside the UK. Namely, a lot of Chileans who are pissed that Maggie supported a bloody tyrant called Pinochet.

A lot of the stuff that people currently hate about NuLabour is actually a product of Thatcherism permeating the Labour Party. Yes, she may have fixed things that were wrong with the UK, but some of the bad stuff will linger for quite some time.

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

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@Dana W

There have been articles on that. Even here, this article mentions that IDC blames Win8 on the PC market crash. And they're right.

The thing is, MS screwing the pooch and crash-landing isn't even news anymore. It's more like the usual news whenever Redmond and Windows is involved.

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First the PCs, now System X: Is IBM ready to flog server biz to Lenovo?

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Re: PC-like servers revenue is dying

Dear AC, you've been blind for the last 20 years have you? Because what Eadon is saying is *exactly* what has happened in the server space. Linux has been eating away the commercial UNIX market, and stands pretty tall on the worldwide server OS market. Red Hat and others have made billions out of the Linux Services; IBM has also profited from Linux as well. The ones that have favored Windows over Linux are the ones failing, like HP and Dell.

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Human rights groups rally humanity against killer robots

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Anyone thinking on doing these for real?

Understandable to have this opposition, especially as most of the "autonomous killing machine" stories always end up badly. The Terminator, Screamers (based on Phillip K. Dick's "Second Variety"), even the I Robot movie which has 3-law compliant AI.

Notable that in Screamers (and indeed, in "Second Variety" which spawned said movie) the killer bots have a simplified rule consisting in "kill all humans not wearing a tag". The AI gets smart and "improves" into being able to kill humans that wear the tags, thus not only wiping out the enemy, but their makers as well...

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Nvidia Tesla bigwig: Why you REALLY won't need x86 chips soon

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Re: What he really means is...

... that Sony fucked up big time by choosing Craptel x86 for their next PS. In fact, the PS4 is going to be so underpowered that it won't be able to play PS3 games. The CellBE processor runs circles around even current-gen x86 chips, and it's at least 7 years old! The only things that actually match/overcome the CellBE are GPUs. Which is what Nvidia is pushing, and putting an ARM as the frontend. Basically, getting the boost AMD is now getting but also improving the x86 chokehold.

Good luck, Nvidia!

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Re: So... how do you boot?

A "PC" SoC would have a more firm interop standard. It would be necessary for mass production, so it will be there. Maybe Open Firmware or something like that?

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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Re: @ Eadon Wrong title...

Slightly different though:

Xerox STAR -> Original Mac -> Windows 3.1. (But they didn't get it "right" until Windows 95, UI wise.)

BSD/NeXT/BeOS/UNIX/Linux -> Mac OSX -> Vista/Aero.

RIO PMP -> iPod -> Zune.

Newton -> MS Tablets -> iPad -> Surface.

Netbooks -> Macbook Air -> Ultrabooks

(the zillion smartphones we already had) -> iPhone -> Windows Phone 7/8.

Yes, the late Jobs was an expert in copying stuff and succeeding where others had moderate success or even failed. But at least the Apple stuff has some brains in the copying instead of "copy X so Y will succeed". MS is now attempting to copy the Jobs attitude, the "my way or the highway" philosophy with Windows 8. Gross!!

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Re: The true parent of the Ultrabook

You can run Win8 con 'em now, thanks to the 10.8.3 update. But why would I want to inflict Win8 unto my MBP? I actually switched to Mac *because* of Win8!!!!!

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Review: Nokia Lumia 720

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Re: Almost perfect

There's no way Elop or MS are going to make me buy a MS-toting Nokia. Even if the Fabulous Fred interface copes better with mobile phones, I do not want MS creep in my phones. I still have a BlackBerry because I dislike both the iOS walled garden and Android's Google Data Slurp.

And as other commenters have mentioned, I dislike MS for many reasons, especially being the Galactus of technologies: FoxPro, Sendo, Palm... either they kill those who enter strategic "alliances", or absorb them and *then* kill the tech (see FoxPro).

I only wish Elop is given the boot while Nokia is still alive...

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Yahoo! Axes! Yet! More! Products!

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IM

Instant Messaging is supposed to be instant, and apps are much better than HTML-anything in that regard.

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Microsoft betting on smaller Windows 8 devices and subscriptions

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FAIL

Win8 *is* killing both MSFT and the PC market.

It's telling that most of the "pro-Win8" crowd are 'AC' commenters. Probably MS shills, who are also astroturfing on ZDNet (just read any Steven Vaughan-Nichols article, the shills will claim he's unprofessional, even when he's actually telling the truth). IDC is placing the blame on the sharp PC sales drop squarely on Windows 8. MS is probably trying to pull a Jobs here, but they lack the RDF, and even Jobs didn't go out and change OSX's interface like MS did with Win8. Launchpad, the iOSish app launcher is optional; TIFKA Metro is *mandatory*.

People hate it. It seems it will kill MS this time, I just hope it doesn't take the entire PC industry down with them. I still need 'em to get work done.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Geeze, lots of evidence

.... you'd assume that the fact that Plumpy used a *STOLEN* Credit Card to buy stuff would be enough evidence for the Met to get him, stolen laptop would be an extra charge against him.

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