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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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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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Cyberthugs put YOUR PC to work as Bitcoin-mining SLAVE

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Re: What is "the puzzle"?

It kind of does serve a useful purpose, in the sense that "mining" is actually securing transactions. That is, miners are actually people who keep the whole system up & working, and the "mined" BTC are basically payment for keeping up the whole infrastructure.

It doesn't have an extra value though.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Re: They bought a stolen laptop.

Both moral and legal implications are different. Stealing something deprives the owner of the object being stolen. Unauthorized copying deprives the "manufacturer" (usually the author) of a work from one sale. But the original work still stands, and can in fact be legally copied even after the copyright infringement.

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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Re: $20 per bitcoin was the low???

Hell, I'm thinking that. Last time I checked, it was somewhere around $3/bitcoin.

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Re: Non-scammable?

Yes, part of the problem with BitCoin is that some people buying into the whole BTC thing aren't able to differentiate between BTC as a currency and payment processing systems. BTC is NOT a payment processing network. It does have transactions, but they exist because it is the only way to trace the currency at all!!

For true online payments, anyone using BTC for payment should be using actual payment processors. Those would be able to initiate chargebacks if needed.

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Actually

if you read the Reddit thread, the guy in the pic actually admits this is exactly what happened. They raced on ahead, then posed on the roadside. He's even got pics of the car in question as proof. Hehe...

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News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

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Re: Typical

START PARSER

"Typical Left Wing"

FOX CONSERVATARD DETECTED

It's kinda awesome to see how the first three words in a given comment give away that it comes from a typical US Conservatard. I could probably set up a Bayesian filter to detect 'em, hell, even a simple filter like searching

- Obama AND Muslim

- "liberals" in quotation

- Liberals, with capitalized L

- Left Wing

- MSM or Main Stream Media (variations thereof)

- liberal media

Fun to run this game!

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Re: study goodness

Shit that passes as news is worse than no news at all, which is kind of the point of that study.

Only stupid people and rabid bible-thumping Conservatards actually believe Fox News actually says "teh truth". Murdoch is basically the 21st century Citizen Kane / Hearst. The kind of people that believe Fox News are the same that call Newsweek "Newsweak" because they don't believe in the retarded stupidity they do.

Hell. Maybe the problem isn't actually Fox News at all ... it is that there are people out there stupid/crazy enough to believe the stuff they put out!

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Nice!

Getting rid of the garbage in open TV can only be seen as an improvement. By now even conservatives are thinking FOX is full o' dung news.

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Intel doubles Thunderbolt speed to 20Gbps

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SAN, not NAS

For something using Thunderbolt, I would think of a SAN instead of a NAS. Or simply attaching one of those big-ass 20TB 5-disk arrays with RAID5 support. Though these days I'd also think of using ZFS on the array; that way I can set up the array as a JBOD *and* have a very reliable FS on the attached stuff.

The other use? A plug-in acceleration card for your x-treme gaming needs.

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Bitcoin briefly soars to record $147 high, driven by Cyprus bank flap

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Re: Bitcoin

I'm actually wondering if the effort of minting BitCoins is still far over the economical benefit of having those 25 BTCs given. At current trading rates, 25 BTC cashes in around $3450 USD. That's got to be enough to pay for a high-end CUDA-toting PC *and* the leccy bill. Maybe even two of 'em. Of course, this only holds if the price point holds...

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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

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Re: Not so much @mmeier

I do agree that current tablets are mostly "toy tablets" ... but I don't think MS is going to "save the day". In fact, the reason the whole Personal Computer industry has mostly stagnated is *because* of the Windows/Intel curbstomping in the desktop PC market. If the transportation industry were to match the computing hardware industry, we would all still be driving horse buggy, albeit with steroid-pumped, genetically engineered super-horses doing 100MPH down the motorway. But an internal combustion engine would still outrun the super horses, and the same applies to current x86 crap vs. RISC hardware. The reason we don't see RISC chips doing circles around x86 arch stuff is because nobody outside of ARM and SPARC are really investing in R&D on 'em. And yet, ARM is ever getting closer to x86.

Eventually Microsoft and Intel will fade away; what we don't know right now is who will take their place. Neither Google or Apple are better than them; ARM is good but still lacks the punch to really take over the hardware market.

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MS shills strike again

"Microsoft have by far the best OS for touch and gesture based computing in Windows 8"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

Oh dear, both one of the zillion AC MS shills and mmeier, the MS evil Eadon clone.

Realistically, Windows 8 might actually trigger a faster migration *outside* the MS ecosystem. People were already setting back new PC purchases; with the Fabulous Fred interface infesting all new PCs and Windows 7 off the shelves *and* MS site (both offer win8 only), consumers are put off.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: oh yes, people are dumping iPhones for Windows phones all day long. SURE they are.....

While dumping iPhones for Winblows Phones is iffy at best, the iPhone->Android migration does seem to ring true. Not all iPhone users are fanbois, and those who aren't might actually switch for many reasons.

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

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Oh please...

MS Architect. I might have bought not needing the five-nines availability, but someone pushing MS stuff is usually trying to cover up for MS failings, availability being one of those.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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MS take on version numbering?

OSX does use a different kernel versioning, but at least the 10.x versions usually match a major version in the Darwin Kernel.

Sun would use the second decimal for Solaris, so SunOS 5.10 is Solaris 10. They also do this with Java, with 1.7.x being "Java 7".

MS however seems to be unable to standardize versions. Windows 7 is actually NT 6.1. Ow!

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Federal lawyers, MIT threatened following Aaron Swartz' death

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Re: Oh the irony!

Yes, JSTOR decided not to press the charges further. But the prosecution decided to do so anyway, especially Ortiz; *those* are the guys who are actually being pilloried.

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