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Facebook bows to pressure, vows to rid itself of sexist hate speech

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@Frankee Llonnygog

That warning is oh so appropiate.

Damn, I hate to say this, but ... WAM is right. While black comedy can be done, most of that shit is just downright SICK. I'm surprised that FB *didn't* consider these things as hate! Ow!

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So...

What are they campaigning against? If it is against actual rape culture, or demeaning tripe like showing a scantily clad woman, with overlays saying "and then they cry when they get gang-raped" I'm all for it. But if it's against black comedy humor, not so much.

I've actually reported actual hate speech sites, which seem to be real common among the far right-wing leaning sites, but FB never acts or judges "it's OK for us". I have a gut feeling that these pages won't be acted against, as nobody has spoken out as the #FBrape women have...

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Re: Bunch of nancies

Did that MS paycheck arrive on the mail yet?

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They pulled another Apple.

Apple went on and handled Antennagate by saying "oh, death grip happens with all phones" and swiped away the real problem: touching the gap would short the antennas and kill signal reception, which was an iPhone4-only issue.

MS goes "oh, you want your Start Button back? There it goes!" while swiping away the real complaint: "I want my Start MENU back!" coupled with "how do I disable this baby toy UI?"

Hopefully, users will hold on and *not* buy in on Win8 even after these "changes".

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

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Hm...

People wearing Guy Fawkes masks are taking on a Fascist organization. Where have I read this before?

EDL is probably close to Norsefire, even though it isn't an actual political party.

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Raspberry Pi puts holes in China's Great Firewall

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Re: PPTP and L2TP

Yes, not blocking at least PPTP is more of lazy people, not "break the internet in blocking this" people. As someone else commented, it is much harder to block OpenVPN on port 443, as it looks like HTTPS traffic. But even then, some firewalls manage to block even that by limiting how much MBs go through a single HTTPS connection...

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OKPay suspends payment processing to all Bitcoin exchanges

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Oh dear

That's what I get for my "meh" reaction to Dwolla. I'm now hit by the OKPAY suspension. This is getting stupid. Can't they just not process US Citizens at all? And OKPAY, unlike Liberty Reserve, does ask for official ID.

Sheesh!

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Dialog Bluetooth chip boasts battery life of four YEARS

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Not WiFi.

WiFi is too power hungry for remotes, which would end up being more of a battery-muncher than any BT remote. Hell, it manages to be more of a power drain than 3G on smartphones! Also, a WiFi remote would be much more complex. If the average user is intimidated by the weird codes for universal remotes, try getting him to search his TV's IP! Ow!

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Re: Beggars belief that TVs & remotes don't use bluetooth

How many phones on sale today support AVRCP > v1.3 for example (media player remote control with textual feedback of the file's metadata), as host or device?

My 2010 Blackberry 9700 supports it as a host. I'm pretty sure that any phone from that era or newer supports it. It would be pretty weird to have my 3 year old phone toting features that the latest shiny thing doesn't.

And I agree with DrXym. The PS3 has had a BT remote since *2006*. The only real complaint I've heard about it is that it doesn't have an outright "off" button. Pairing the remote to the PS3 is easy. The complaints on the PS3 BT controller being the only one able to control it are a bit misguided, though: it is more that none of the other things have jumped to BT, even as a second-option control. Mostly the complaints are from people who use those one-control-to-rule-them-all thingies, which are only IR. Ironically, BT should be able to handle this as well, and much better than plain old IR.

Heh, TV makers even had the opportunity of a lifetime to do the big switch: the Big Analog Switch-off in the US had people trashing their old CRT TVs and buying new HDTVs...

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PC market facing worst-ever slump in 2013

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Re: Windows 8 not helping

Either way, why would windows 8 be anything to do with sales of pcs when you can simply switch it back to windows 7 or whatever else you might want to use? I don't follow that logic.

For the same reason you claim Win8 isn't suffering. Most non-El Reg people aren't savvy enough to even know you can swap out the OS. And even those of us who can do that swap, can't get a Win7 license from MS anymore, as I painfully found out back in December 2012. If you go to any brick&mortar store, you'll see that most if not all PCs are now toting the Playskool interface. You'll also notice that *nobody* is checking them out at all, and the few that do get annoyed pretty quickly.

I've only met one person who voluntarily bought win8 and likes it. Another person did the switch, then switched back after giving win8 a shot for 3 months. The rest are avoiding win8 like the plague, and this includes "normal people". Hell, it even involves "normal people without techie friends giving advice".

And well, companies have all but banned Win8 on premises. Most are still doing WinXP to 7 migrations, but new PC orders were halted when OEMs started offering only Win8 boxes. Oops!

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We gave SQL Server 2012 one year to prove itself: What happened?

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TCO depends

SQL Server is a database. It has a much lower TCO than most other databases...

Depends on whether you have any Windoze servers on your site.

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

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That's going to be a quick removal

Which is a good thing, as I, for one, would not leave the gates of parliament unless and until the law reverted, or I was removed.

If you don't have a permit, the Met is going to do it very, very quickly. Check out "Steven Jago", who got arrested while holding a placard quoting 1984 outside Parliament. Oh, the irony...

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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Re: We're in trouble...

Just take some time to look at what his foundation is achieving, then jump off your high horse.

Quite a few druglords were able to earn the locals' loyalty by using their ill-gotten gains to build hospitals, clinics and making their hometowns a better place. Even when they engaged in these altruistic acts, they were still ruthless criminals in the business.

So while Gates' foundation might be doing good stuff, it doesn't serve as an automatic bad karma antidote.

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Oi, butterfingers! Drop your mobe in a pint? Hope it's not an iPhone

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Re: Half a second?

Phones which have the "feature" of a user-removeable battery will survive a short dunk if the user's quick enough to do this. Had that happen with a couple of Nokias. They lived on without a problem, except for one that required replacing the ringer.

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'$6bn money-laundering website' Liberty Reserve kingpin cuffed in Spain

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Not surprised...

Late to the party, El Reg ... this blew up on Friday!

Most, if not all of the e-wallet/money transfer services will ask you for official ID before even letting you move money. Which means that either these guys were very naive (doubtful) or they were fully aware that the service would be used by criminals.

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Re: Looks like generic cr*p

I unfortunately can infer that even before watching any trailer, because of this:

picked up by The CW Network, a youth-oriented outfit that is home to shows including America's Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, 90210, Arrow and The Vampire Diaries

The only show barely worth watching in that list is the one featuring a pirated version of Ezio Auditore. The others are crap!

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Nope

I have never watched the original one, but I did get to see a couple of episodes from the 90's revival. More like X-Men, maybe, except that all of 'em have a base set of powers vs. having a special one.

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Investor Icahn needs a loan of $7bn to tick off Mike Dell

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Technically

... neither were the first iPhones more than a pricey, shiny feature phone due to the lack of apps. Yet they were still counted as smartphones back then (they turned into one when they released the iPhone OS 2.0, now retroactively known as iOS 2.0.

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MS did crash Nokia

While Nokia wasn't doing so hot before the Elopocalypse, they still had a large share of the smartphone market. Elop's switch to WinPhone killed a thriving market overnight, and replaced it with a DOA platform. Real bad move!

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Now it gets serious: Fracking could RUIN BEER

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Re: Fracking needs to be fully controlled @Charles 9

"Not without the specialized equipment and trained experts that went WITH THE OIL COMPANIES they won't."

Easy, the government just nationalizes it. See Mexico's PEMEX, Iran's State Oil thingy, more recently Venezuela did something like that.

Given enough resources, governments can and will take over all operations, which is why oil companies shouldn't piss off the gov't.

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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Re: Morphing more and more into PC's

I consider this generation to be the one where the ki'box (Stephen King reference) and the PSX lines are truly morphing into overpriced PCs.

I do get the differentiation between consoles and PCs as a gaming platform, but it used to be that the console hardware was running stuff that let them get better performance for games. That has mostly gone from the new gen, as they're going to be basically crap PCs, kinda like the original Xbox. Ironically, the underspecced Wii was the underdog on the current gen, while the WiiU will be the only one that isn't an overpriced PC this gen.

However, I'm still probably going to buy a PS4, even if it is a glorified PC...

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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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@Aoyagi Aichou

I haven't heard of any case of "I sell games to be able to afford new games" and I live in a pretty poor country

Your country must be incredibly rich if nobody's doing this, then. I can actually vouch for a country where quite a large percentage of the population is poor by most standards: Mexico. Selling old games to afford for new ones (or at least, other second-hand games) is pretty much the standard for most low to lower-middle income people. Piracy used to be rampant (and still is on the PC area), but it is virtually nonexistent on the PS3. Xbox360 is still pirate paradise, however. But hell, there's even a whole store that basically makes a living out of second-hand game sales, and the kids that trade in their games are usually the ones that don't have the money to buy new games.

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Article title misleading

What actually will happen is that the hobbling of second-hand Xbox1 games will DOOM the Xbox1.

Which suits me fine. MS already had done some EA-style evilness on the console market by charging for online play (something PC gamers haven't seen since the early 90's) so they deserve to lose the gaming market.

Meanwhile the current gens will still thrive, plus WiiU and PS4 as they don't have these stupid schemes on their platforms.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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Re: Seriously? Gadget envy isn't a purchasing decision FAIL

"The PS3 suffers from various weaknesses over the Xbox 360.

Firstly Sony's crap security, which took their online services down for ages. Secondly the PS3 is a nightmare to program, hence why games like GTA4 ran in a lower resolution on the PS3 and they couldn't be bothered to optimise the code for the PS3."

Umm... GTA4 runs on 1080p on the PS3 w/o trouble. The actual FAIL there is to Rockstar, which seems to have b0rked something in their code which makes it prefer 720p over 1080p. If you change Video settings on the PS3 so that only 1080p and 480p are enabled, GTA4 will run on 1080p. There are two other games I think that have the same bug, can't remember which ones.

I do think the x86 switch is a huge step backwards, we should be getting rid of x86 crap instead of propping up consoles with it.

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Soylent Corporation prepares to DEFEAT FOOD

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Interesting name

So what is Soylent Food made of, then?

Now this should give "crowdsourcing" a whole new meaning...

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Re: What? It isn't green?

The Green one was the one made of people, but the others (theoretically) weren't.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Re: Good.

TBH, they tried to pull a Jobs with Sinofsky, plugging their ears to the zillion devs/beta testers who told them TIFKAM sucked. The difference is that they lacked the Jobs RDF, and that even Jobs knew better than to make Launchpad mandatory, or Gatekeeper, or having the iStuff apps use iCloud exclusively.

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Re: OK. What's wrong with XP?

"Personally I bloody hate OS X's UI, with the unified confuso-menu,"

Um... in fact, the ever-present menu bar is the original paradigm. That feature has been there since at least System 3, maybe even the first Mac there ever was. And all of those pre-date Windows. Sure, some of the later UI changes aren't nice, but they're still much better than the toy UI rammed into Win8.

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Real Solutions

The solution is not to use Classic Shell or Start8. It is to not buy Windows 8. At. All.

Vendor broke it, vendor should fix it. I wouldn't buy a car with the gearbox mounted on the roof, neither should I pay to fix something as stupid as that.

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Wrong joke.

"There are more Windows 8 users than Linux on desktop users combined. Deal with it."

THIS is the actual joke that should be put to sleep. It's not even funny, given that Android+Linux tablets probably outnumber Win8 installs, including Tablet versions.

(Not to mention that Linux servers still outnumber Windows Servers as well.)

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Re: Choosy mothers chose JIF

So my memory *wasn't* off track! JIF immediately made me think about peanut butter, even though I haven't seen JIF since 2001...

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1.2 Gigabytes!

Um... isn't "jigabyte" the correct pronunciation? Of course, "jigawatt" for Gigawatt was popularized by "Doc" Brown at least a full decade before we started handling Gigabytes, so probably the pronunciation stuck from those days. Then there's the thing that I'm both an English and Spanish speaker, and Spanish pronunciation of "Gigabyte" uses the Spanish-J pronunciation of G as well.

I actually consider the hard-G usage in Giga- as the odd one.

That said, GIF is hard-G. JIF is Peanut Butter (or was it a cleaning product?)

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Sony's board debates breaking up with Spider-Man

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Re: Whatever...

I didn't enjoy the Spiderman movies either, but that's because I never even cared about Spiderman at all. Not quite sure why, but it was one of my least favorite superheroes. (I did however like the Spiderman Unlimited animated series. Too bad it ended in an unresolved cliffhanger.)

I also prefer the X-Men animated series; that one is probably responsible for bringing the X-Men into the mainstream audience. The movies were good, though they deviate from the main plot, agreed that 3 just went way off course.

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I don't like scrapyard investors

... but Loeb is right on one thing: the "Entertainment" arm of Sony that isn't "Playstation" is very much responsible of the evil karma attributed to Sony these days. Remember the rootkit fiasco? That was "Sony"-BMG, emphasis with BMG. Hollywood studios and recording industries are the ones that love sticking DRM and stupidity up consumer's butts, and they managed to infest the whole Sony hardware division. See the Playstation 3, originally pandering to the scientific and Linux community, then doing a 180 when a lame non-working "hack" was demonstrated by GeoHot.

Their Entertainment arm has poisoned Sony. Maybe they would be better off spinning out the thing, while still reaping from the Entertainment profits...

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Murdoch Facebook gloat: You're like my $580m, 'CRAPPY' MySpace

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Not a Ratner moment.

A Ratner moment would be Murdoch telling the truth that everyone but US Conservatards know: that Fox News is full of bull. Now that would be an awesome Ratner moment!

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

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Fiat!

Where can I buy this Fiat Currency, and what's its top speed?

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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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That $1,000 the lad in Lagos needed? Just email it with Google Wallet

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Re: Paypal and GWallet

Hm. Maybe I don't have much of these problems because there's no such thing as an overdraftable account in Mexico? Either your checks go through or bounce, no middle ground. Same thing with bankcard charges. CCs might get overdrafted, but that's usually by mistake, as payment processors and/or issuing banks sometimes lag in reflecting charges against your CC.

That said, I would never, ever link a savings account to PayPal. Or any other service.

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Also in this continent

There's a recent pay-by-text system in Mexico as well. Some banks are implementing it, though they don't directly link it to CCs or bank accounts, but creating a specific "mobile" account for funds transfer.

I've opted out from these things, as I would rather have my money safely resting in the bank, thank you very much.

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Who is the mystery sixth member of LulzSec?

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Not the sharpest knife in the drawer

"Police latched onto Monsegur, an unemployed 28-year-old from New York, after he made the mistake of logging into an IRC chat server used by LulzSec without using the Tor anonymisation service - and just days after LulzSec had attacked the Feds."

Monumentally stupid move. That's like having your KGB spies show up with KGB badges outside the FBI. Really, doing something like that is a surefire way to get the Feds knocking on your door!

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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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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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