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Tesla cars can now 'do an ET' without hurting anyone's bottom line

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Re: "...off and on again"

Well, I can personally recall seeing 3 cars with engine fires. But IMHO that was mainly because where I used to live, people tended to treat their cars like shit and drove them into the ground. Haven't seen one since I moved to the UK.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Don't use fly spray

Well, he did say he needed a new chair as well.

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Hotmail-gate: Windows 8 code leaker pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets

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Re: "Hotmail-gate"

It still redirects to live.com from both, though. I predict it will be renamed something like Skype Mail within 4 years and still redirect to live.com

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Dropbox have been blocking files to DCMA notices for a long while. As far as anyone can tell this was not an infringing file, but had a hash collision with one.

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Re: You forgot to tell us what perfect tool we should all be using

Just about all of the shared storage & "private cloud" offerings out there are better than DropBox. Probably even Microsoft's. DropBox it OK for personal use, but anyone using it for professional purposes is insane.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?

Thing is "good" homeopaths will recommend dietary and lifestyle changes, it is usually these and the placebo effect that actually cure whatever the patient is suffering from when homeopathy works

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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@I Am Spartacus Re: Head to head - Windoze upgrade

When your spredsheet is 3000Mb, surely you should be porting it over to a database, instead of faffing about wit OpenOffice and Office 2010?

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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Re: He makes a lot of sense

What are you talking about? Dungeon Keeper 2 was released shortly after Dungeon Keeper and was pretty much more of the same, although IMHO the first was better. Are you referring to the pay-to-win mobile game EA shat out not long ago?

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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And a video file format designed to contain executable content. Although in the case of AVI it made some sense as it was explicitly designed as a general-purpose multimedia container. Or was that post-rationalisation?

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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@Anonymous Coward

You should try high-index plastic lenses, they aren't too much more expensive than standard lenses

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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@JeeBee Re: local effect, global hype

yet the science that supports them is under 1% of published papers.

I assume you mean in climatology or one of its sub fields, but it would help if you enlighten us. You denialists are usually so insistent on being as specific as possible.

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Ex-Xbox gros fromage joins wireless speaker whizzkids Sonos

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Re: Obvious?

It's not as if ex MS executives appointed to companies in areas that MS might be interested in extending into have ever attempted to transform the company into an attractive target for a takeover by MS, is it?

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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Re: Moto 360

Assuming the strap isn't built in, it is possible to replace the strap on most watches with one more to your preference. If you are too ham fisted to figure how you can pay a jeweller to do it for you.

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PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov

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Pity they couldn't be arsed to even register a token objection to the sale of the Post Office

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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Re: Congratulations to the team ...

You seem to be confusing the Peace Prize with the other ones. They are awarded by different commitees, for different critera, and "Not being G.W. Bush" is generally not one of them. Although they have occasionally made egregious errors.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Re: I don't like....

As far as I can tell, she only went public about her reasons for resigning after the anonymous posts accusing her of being a terrible coder and incapable of taking criticism.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Best Headline So Far This Year

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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Re: Kiddy Mode

Heh, I remember referring to the changes XP made to the interface as "Fisher-Price". I'm sure people will refer to whatever replaces TIFKAM in similar terms.

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Re: Picking your battles...

Strange as it seems to you some people actually prefer a UI they can customise.

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Re: Thanks Mozilla

If its crashing your display driver then turn off hardware acceleration in FF. There isn't anything out there that actually depends on it (apart from the Angry Birds web app maybe?)

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ZEPPELINS to replace Goodyear blimps in American skies

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Pity that competition is only open to Yanks, I wanted to propose Graf Zeppelin as a name

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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Re: Hmm

But support for OS2 didn't end in 2006, EComStation still support it. Maybe that's what MS should do, find a third party who's willing to support XP, sell it to them and let them sort out the mess.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: I gave up and installed classic shell

Classic Shell is still free but it's no longer open source. Apparently the creator didn't like people reusing his code, which is kinda missing the point of open source.

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Re: The one Modern App

The best Metro program I've come across is Windows Media Center, but it's not included in Win8.x, maybe because it runs on the old fashioned desktop?

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Re: Pet peeve

For some reason I thought that also disabled the Charms Bar. Which you need because they've hidden some settings there for some bizarre reason.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Re: Others?

Probably mostly smartphones and tablets that they aren't identifying properly.

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Re: Interesting that Windows 7 increased linearly until 2012.

Good points. If MS had any sense the would definitely release another service pack for Win 7 and backport DirectX 11.2 and WDDM 1.3 as there is no technical reason for them being Win8 only. But as they have demonstrated to everyone's satisfaction they don't have any.

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

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@Jason7 Re: rollocks

My bad, yeah, Longhorn wasn't a rewrite, rather based on XP, but it did suffer from massive feature and scope creep and was dropped and rebased on Server 2003 SP1. That minimalist 2003 is what inspired MinWin, presumably. Pity that we will never see WinFS,

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Re: rollocks

Don't know who told you that but they were lying or grossly misinformed. Vista was apparently originally meant to be a ground up rewrite but the rewrite was running way late and overbudget, and fell foul of MS's Machiavellian internal politics so it was cancelled and the Vista we got was based on the XP codebase.

There are a couple of handy but minor new features under the hood of Win 8/Server 2012 but that's all. TIFKAM basically just sits on top of the Win32 API's much like the various wrappers they've cooked up over the years to make Win32 more palatable.

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Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

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I have never understood people's dislike for IKEA. If you have ever attempted to assemble something from their many imitators, you will realise IKEA is a bastion of sanity and quality in the flat pack industry. I long ago refused to assemble anything flat pack furniture from anywhere else and it has saved me a lot of grief

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

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Re: "Merely...make money"

As most of you know, websites unfortunately have almost no control over the adverts served by the advertising service they use, no matter how much control they claim to offer. All they can do is encourage users to report objectionable ones.

And chasing up potential advertisers is far too much hassle for most websites, which is why very few host their own ads.

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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Re: How do you know they aren't doing it

You're seriously deluded if you think the intelligence agencies give a damn about your data security

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Re: microsoft patents

I don't see why the can't continue doing that, unfortunately, they are not a member of any Free Software friendly patent pools, far from it. And the GPL has nothing to say about patents affecting GPL code.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

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Re: Yes...but is the Pope Catholic? Hmmm?

And that's just the sort of hard question we're willing to ask! More following the break!

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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The Ultimate Steam Box?

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Re: I can see the point

While not as bad as you, everytime I have to go near certain "ethical" cosmetics chain stores, it sets off my hayfever.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: This crap with OSes

Yeah, damn those barstewards at MS for removing Rosetta and Carbon from OSX!

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Even the first UK government IT project was an unmitigated disaster. Read up on the Difference Engine

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Re: Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?

He's talking about Win 7's Enterprise and Pro's XP mode which uses an XP VM, so should mostly work, but is of course subject to the same support cut-off date. Which is probably why Win 8.x doesn't include it.

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Re: How about @HollyHopDrive

I suggest you readup on the clusterfuck that was the NHS National Programme For IT. Part of the reason they have all those legacy applications and XP desktops floating about was because that was going to replace them all (and bring about the Second Coming of Christ as a happy side effect).

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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So he couldn't port a game in 2 weeks but he could write a Spectrum emulator? Maybe it was just a badly executed rush job?

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: Bah!

More like 40% bitching about Microsoft, 30% move to Linux, 10% move to OSX, 10% angry retorts, and 10% reasoned discussion

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Re: The ethics of the IT industry

Hell, even Office 2007 documents can screw up in 2010 and later. Microsoft don't do compatibility very well.

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Re: The situation with SCADA and Windows

I'd say a combination of most of the commercial Unixes dying off, Linux being immature at the time, MS and Sun being the only real alternatives, Solaris being rather expensive and massive bribes from MS. I wouldn't be surprised if the barstewards at Autodesk had their greasy hands in it at well.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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So they'll be testing facial recognition, but not testing to see if it's viable to use it to record encounters with the public? NYPD REALLY don't like being on camera.

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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Re: You can fix that bug...

What can I say, but "Yeah, yeah, yeah."

Pfft. I said a na. Na na na na. Na na na na, na na na, na na na. Na na, na na!

Come on, y'all.

yip yip yip yip yip yip bum bum bum bum,

perhaps?

Maybe I should just get a job

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: AS/NZS 3112

Ouch, those look like they could cause serious injury, even put one through your foot. But you can really cause a nasty wound with a BS 1363. I should know, as I've seriously mangled my toes on one

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Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

I'm pretty sure they do know the all the various meaning of felch, which is why they decided to use it. It's a parody of these content exaggerators, after all

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: No justification

Does an XML wrapper around a poorly documented binary blob really count as as an open standard?

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