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Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

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Re: Only the second?

The thing with Windows ME is that it wasn't force-fed to users at all. Back then, you could still buy either 98SE or Win2000, so many people went for these versions. The ones hit by ME were the suckers that bought it, and damn were they hit hard by it!

Vista and 8 are both cases where the alternative is made either hard to get, or outright impossible to buy. Thus 8 is "the second" in that sense.

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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Re: Your underlying assumption

Yes, but it isn't the only thing that isn't being cut out from this pseudoinvestigation. Other mitigating factors that make the train time non-productive involves:

- Working in secure environments. Some resources might not be available outside the corporate network, and sometimes even with VPN access they are unavailable for security or legal reasons.

- Sometimes, internet access while on the move will be flakey. If your work needs constant internet access, you will suffer.

- If the trip is long enough, instead of working on the move, I'll revert to sleeping through. That'll end up being wasted time anyway.

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Very much agreed

The article itself lost me with the first mention of "model toy trains". I'm currently living the hell caused by a government actually axing intercity rail transportation: trying to get into or out of Mexico City is HELL. At certain times, even when you've left the city, there's a particular toll station that will be packed with lorries, and it will take 30 to 40 minutes just to get through the damn thing!

If we had even a not-so-high-speed train linking say, Mexico City with Querétaro, the 2.5-hour trip would cut down to little more than an hour. But noooo ... our government decided to hear the stupid car-centric gringos, and now we all suffer the consequences!

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

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Re: the fat lady is warming up

If you have actually monkeyed with a Z10, you wouldn't be so sure of the S4 kicking the Z10's butt. The one thing that does sway people toward an S4 is that there are more apps on Android than BlackBerry. But that might change as well.

I'm sitting 'till the Q10 comes out, because I don't like keyboardless smartphones.

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Re: Maybe

MSN is still alive, though the client itself is no longer downloadable. But if you did have it updated, it'll still connect.

Agreed that being forced to Skype sucks; for me Skype is the thing for VoIP calls, not for messaging.

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Steve JOBS finally DEFEATS the PC - from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Windows 8 did tank PC sales.

"No, it didn't, hasn't and won't.

Microsoft could have not bothered with Windows 8 and we'd be up to Windows 7 Service Pack 3 by now - it would have made no a single jot of difference:"

But it did. Sales for PCs show a steady decline, then a sharp downturn right after win8 came out. Mostly it happens at the point where all the remaining Win7 stock sold out, and everything was slapped with Windows 8. That was when PC sales went down the drain!

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Re: Colour me shocked

Eadon's right, dudes. Everyone knew that PC sales were declining for all the known reasons (current ones are good enough to chug along for years, tablets substitute casual use) but Windows 8 managed to make the sales decline steeper. Even IDC knows it.

MS really shot its foot this time.

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Hemp used to make graphene-like supercapacitors

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Hemp!

One of those things that used to be grown in the US, before DuPont got Marijuana banned because hemp-based paper was a danger to their wood-paper patents.

Now it is not only a good fuel, it's a good supercapacitor material as well. How long will we suffer for this boneheaded lobbyism?

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Feds stamp on cash pipeline to Mt Gox, Bitcoin's Wall Street

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Re: A non-merkin writes....

"Mexicans crossing the Rio Grande?"

I think you mean "Rio Bravo" ;)

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Meh.

The first paragraph sent my brain into full alert. But then the second one mentions "Dwolla". Meh. That's a US-only thing, and in fact it once was suspended from Mt. Gox for chargeback frauds.

The note is really more about "Dwolla curbstomped by DHS". Sure they're probably going after Mt. Gox, but they're basically stomping a US-only company.

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Sony investor wants to break up firm, re-invest in hardware biz

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Re: The problem with Sony is

They used to be different in the 80's. In fact, they were the ones that fought for time-shifting rights, getting us to tape TV shows as "fair use". It was only after they bought BMG and the studio stuff that the entertainment arm started infesting the rest with pointless DRM crap.

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Re: Vita vs Smartphone

I'd rather buy a Vita if the objective is gaming, because:

- I already own a smartphone,

- Phones suck at games for lack of controllers, and

- the Vita actually has real games, vs time-killers in the smartphone area.

One of the biggest misconceptions in the gaming industry is lumping up casual gaming with hardcore gaming. 7 years ago, many "experts" were announcing Nintendo as the undisputed winner of the console wars, as they outsold PS3 & xbox combined. Years later, most of those Wiis are now gathering dust, while the PS3s and 360s are still being played.

Same thing with the "social gaming" stuff, oh no they're the future! They'll take over Steam and the consoles! ... yet now Zynga's bleeding money because people are now bored of their games.

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Watch out, Nokia: Global mobile phone sales slowing

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Dump MS, Nokia!

Elop brought only grief to Nokia by dumping Symbian and tying them to the unsellable MS/WinPhone platform. The cursed ship has usually claimed the companies that have backed it, like Sendo and Palm. Why the hell did they take that path?!?!

It is probably still time to dump Elop and change course. Nokia should do it while there's still cash to do so...

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Google adds Atari Easter Egg for Breakout's birthday

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Hehe

This game I came to know under the name of "Brickles 4.0"... and it was on a Mac+. Even though I know all the Atari Breakout story or "How Jobs cheated Woz out of the big prize", I had never seen the actual game 'till today. So it is Brickles daddy!

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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Steam OS stats

"Looking at OS stats on Steam, Windows 8 64-bit in third place (behind Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit), so I think there are more people using it than you realise."

Windows 7 64-bit 54.18%

Windows 7 13.39%

Windows 8 64-bit 10.86%

Windows XP 32-bit 8.25%

Windows Vista 64-bit 4.45%

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Win8 might have a third place, but the two places above Win8 take 67.57% of the cake, vs. 11.65% for Win8. (I'm adding the measly 0.74% for Windows 8 32-bit.)

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Re: Astrobait

JDX already bit the bait, now just waiting for mmeier and the "AC" army to appear.

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Daniel B.
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And for the actual, corporate data

Our clients skidded all purchasing orders to a halt when Windows 8 came out. This is in spite of an XP to Windows 7 migration project going on corporate-wide in at least one of our clients. And I'd like to note, the project is still Windows XP to Windows 7 migration. Windows 8 is banned from corporate premises. Only one exception was made for a consultant who was hoodwinked into buying Win8. Said consultant has since switched back to Win7 because Win8 blows.

For the clients I'm talking about, this would be a "sample size" of at least 2500 users. Not one of them wants Windows 8. The real idiots are Sinofsky and whoever thought the Metro/Modern UI was a good idea to force upon Windows users.

On my side, I congratulate Microsoft, as they ended up making me switch to Mac, even though I hate Apple's wall garden policies and Jobs dick moves and control freakery that seem to still haunt the company, even 2 years after his death. At least Apple seems to be better at testing the waters on UI changes.

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@Simon Barker

The difference is, of course, that on OSX you're changing the UI paradigm to the one that MS originally ripped off anyway. Instead of a Start menu, you get Spotlight (search for apps), the Apple menu (for system-wide stuff) and the Dock.

Oh, and if you have to use Office, even with the latest 2011 version you still have MENUS. You know, the ones that MS excised in the Windows version. Yes, 2011 has the Ribbon, but it is less annoying as it doesn't take that much space as in Windows and you can bypass it mostly thanks to the menus.

Thanks to Windows 8, jumping to OS X is now less painful than jumping into the Fabulous Fred toy OS...

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Analysts brawl over 'death' of markup language

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XML is bloated.

It does have its uses, but "XML Fever" has made XML find its way into stuff where it was never intended to be used.

Then there are those who now eschew XML ... and then instead come up with JSON. Gah!

All of these schemes are basically re-inventing ASN.1 anyway...

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Dell committee to Icahn: Show us the money

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So basically

They're calling Icahn's bluff? Whatever Icahn says, be very weary! The SS Ichan's Jolly Rodger is up!

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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Re: Kiddie interface @jaywin

The difference being that the XP preschool UI was more of a skin makeover. You could keep it enabled and not suffer any changes between "Classic Mode" and "Luna UI".

OTOH, Metro/Modern forces you to use it (no disabling) and it changes how you do everything. So while XP didn't impact productivity, Metro/Modern does.

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Interesting

Actually, I'm betting they're giving "Blue"/Win8.1 as a SP because this allows them to backtrack on the issue without giving away the clusterfuck that Win8 is. When they rushed 7 as a Vista fix, anyone could see that Win7 passed Vista sales real fast, thus confirming what everyone knew: Vista was shit. If they sold Win8.1, the same thing would happen (assuming they'll demote Metro on the Desktop PC versions).

This way, the "fixed" Win8.1 version will silently overtake the kiddie toy UI version and MS can keep it all hush-hush.

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Kiddie interface

A preschoolish UI does not a secure system make. Did Microsoft Bob give Windows better security? No, it didn't. Neither does Metro.

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Re: “advance the bold vision” I call bull

"Ribbon has (by and large) won users over, but it took a long while - many staunch haters now actually like it."

Many staunch haters still cling on Office 2003. You might be talking about Office 2010, which partially "restored" menus in the form of the File menu. That one has got a less flamey reception, but the thing is that the Ribbon still sucks as a full menu substitution. Fortunately, I don't have to fight the Ribbon in the Mac. Using both menus and the Ribbon here, it does work; but notice that it is when combined with the menus that it ends up working.

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Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours

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Re: Reg: Suggestion - use "The Sun" or "Sol"

So, I see I wasn't the only one that read "Sun" and assumed Sun Microsystems. Sadly gone down the Oracle's belly, though if you watch closely, there's a Sun/Oracle logo to be seen in Iron Man 3...

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United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

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We already do insect as food

In a large part of Mexico, you can buy a bag of fried "chapulines" (I think you call 'em either crickets or grasshoppers), and they're eaten mostly in the same way as potato chips.

I have to say, they *are* tasty. So it's just a matter of which insects are in the menu ... I would never, ever eat other kinds of bug (i.e. cockroach. Gross!!)

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Amazon launches own currency

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That's not how fractional reserve banking works, though.

"(riddle me this: how can a bank take in $10 in deposits, then issue $80 in loans, and call that legitimate? Where did that extra $70 come from?)"

Actually it works by taking in $100 in deposits, then issuing $80 in loans. So they remain only with $20 cash, which will work as long as account holders don't do a withdrawal stampede. Theoretically.

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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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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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