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50 posts • joined 31 Jan 2008

Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Coat

Windows 8.1 is good!

I agree, Windows 8.0 really threw me at first. I had to install Classic Shell just to be able to use it properly. However, after the upgrade to Windows 8.1, and discovering an almost perfect "Start" menu by right-clicking the new Start button, I no longer need or use Classic Shell (uninstalled it), and have set the Metro screen background to the same as my desktop, arranged the Metro screen to display all programs and shortcuts in one, name-ordered, scrolling screen, and set it to boot up into the desktop (all accessible under the Navigation tab under right-click empty taskbar area, properties), then, I have an almost perfect working environment. With my SSD-based OS drive, it boots in under 10 seconds! Support for massive (larger than 2TB) drives and huge expanses of memory (beyond 32GB), means that Windows 8.1 is a serious developers' environment and OS of choice. Go with the flow.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: AV Software is the biggest attack vector on any PC

Our company is a recent convert to Webroot and, I must say, it is an excellent way of ensuring your end users do not turn off AV ever, using tray icons and such. Also, it provides an easy central repository for monitoring all PCs protected under any given set of licences, and seeing infections and how they were dealt with. It picks up stuff Kaspersky never ever spotted too.

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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Coat

ebay's password policy ...

... doesn't allow spaces in your password! But it allows non-white space characters in it. So, I've set mine to G6^10aPPq9&£v$pil0¬ but I'm having trouble remembering it!

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Coat

That is a great headline! Perhaps the Register's headline writers could do some hard-to-solve cryptic clues for a technical crossword!

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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Coat

Re: Mobile phones don't have remotely enough range

Well, it's about time they started building phone masts in the middle of oceans for just such an occasion. :-)

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Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

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Reason for the failure

As manufacturers get ever more greedy for profits, they'll sell you stuff that has the latest gimmicks, despite knowing full well they'll go out of fashion in today's dog-eat-dog climate within a few weeks. The answer is simple - only buy what you really need, and, make it last as long as possible. Stop being a good, law-abiding consumer!

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Re: Great Idea

2000 rpm on my Zafira in 6th gear would have me travelling at 80mph! No, this is like all the subversive protestors' avenues of escape from the (fascist) law, are being shut down one by one.

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

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Coat

Re: iPad vs plastic trinkets

Plastic trinkets do not emit wi-fi signals, the long-term effects of which we are only just beginning to experience (alcoholism, depravity, unwanted kids, family split-ups, sexual dysfunction, increased cancer occurrence, insomnia, headaches, nose-bleeds ...) ;-)

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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

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Too right!

I agree 100% with you. "Classic Shell" is a superb, free-of-charge add-on to Windows 8 which turns it into a faster Windows 7 desktop arrangement. Security is simply not being addressed properly by the mainstream players. I wrote a free-of-charge security product for Windows ( jacobsm.com/mjsoft.htm ) called MJ Registry Watcher that safeguards the registry and all system files by monitoring for changes and, when something does attempt to change one of these sensitive system areas, it instantly undoes the change and allows you to choose whether to allow the change to happen. It uses next to no resources, runs on everything from Windows 95 to Windows 8.1, and does not need any signature files to be kept up-to-date. If anything tries to get into an "auto-start" situation, MJ Registry Watcher will stop it and kill it! It has silent modes of operation, including a service mode, and it can email people when alerts occur, for example, when it is running on our public-facing web-servers, it can keep my team informed of any changes to the server's configuration. <sweeping generalisation>All the best software is free-of-charge!</sweeping generalisation>

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OH what a LOVELY, well-rendered WAR: Yes, it’s 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

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Coat

Firing guns in space

From a physics POV, a machine-gun or any other gun that requires an oxygen supply to ignite gunpowder somewhere in its line of function, will NOT WORK IN SPACE where there is no oxygen. Geez! Bring back Carmageddon Demo where the physics really worked.

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

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Megaphone

Re: MS will win

Hey! Mr. Corporate Face! The majority of prospective customers out there do not work for enterprises. They want some simple home entertainment to consume. Android will suit them better than any of the other solutions available.

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Coat

Sorry, but it is too difficult adding a single mp3 file to the tablet if you have to use iTunes!

iTunes is awful because they keep updating it, which means that, by the time you want to add something to your tablet, you load iTunes, and it has to struggle through an auto-update before you can even start using it. Annoying is an understatement!

Android wins every time, because the tablets are cheaper (£129 for a new Lenovo one with dual SIM ...) and they can have files copied to them using micro-SD cards. Easy-peasy and very versatile! Android will win. Apple and Microsoft will lose. Google will run the world! Look at their Chrome browser - you can drag an image to the search bar and it will search for that picture and similar ones using pixel matching! Definitely cool.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Happy

Re: Commercial fusion may not be as far away as you think

The thing is, could you use someone like Homer Simpson to monitor it safely?

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Happy

My vote is for ...

... Martin Freeman. If he's in and they keep the Doctor's current assistant (meeeowww!), I'll be watching future shows avidly.

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Massive strike at Foxconn's iPhone 5 factory

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Coat

It seems...

...that, somewhere between these factory workers and Apple management, someone is being far too greedy. So greedy, in fact, that it is threatening the very life-blood feeding that greed. I would strike for life and die of hunger - that's what I'd do, but then, I'm brave and strong, not weak and bribeable with survival. ;-)

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'Programming on Windows 8 just like playing bingo' - Microsoft VP

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Facepalm

What is wrong with this dude?

He absolutely keeps splitting infinitives with the word "absolutely". Especially when there's a valid criticism being levied at him. Jeez! What a d**k! Bring back Gates - at least he could program...

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Vodafone inks deal with Zain to fly its flag across Middle East

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FAIL

Instead of making deals with oil-rich countries...

Vodafone would do well to see that their network fully supports 2G phones. As of 11am Sunday 9/9/2012, there is no service for 2G phones across the country and they seem reluctant to do anything about it. They just keep saying the same nonsense - remove your SIM, wait for 30 minutes, then try again. This is not solving the problem. See http://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Network/bd-p/usingnetwork for all the posts so far! It seems this problem has crept in over the past week.

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It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs

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Coat

Re: Eeeh, when I were a lad...

Well, we 'ad it tough. Our Dad would smash our eyes until we saw stars, and we called that "TV".

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mark jacobs
Angel

Safety in Numbers

I believe that the majority watch TV the old-fashioned way because they don't feel "alone" when watching live TV. It's as if there are thousands of others whose consciousnesses are all pointing the same way as theirs. It's kind of comforting! Video on demand doesn't quite have the same feel. However, I am in the minority and prefer watching exactly what I want, when I want and without adverts. But that's just me - born to be outside of the masses, like a dog rounding up sheep...

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RIM insists it is not exiting consumer market - just 'refocusing'

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FAIL

Re: Better stop calling them hoodies!

Better stop selling guns down at the local Walmart, then...

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Happy

Thank God!

I may be able to retrieve my daughter from her current BBM oblivion. The curse of opposable thumbs!

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Win 8 looks really bad but ...

Win 7 is a real pain compared with Win XP. Win 7 stutters, sleeps at the drop of a pin, and is always "delayed" in terms of response. XP is my favourite!

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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

mark jacobs

My friend showed me a meteorite ball he was given by a farmer who found it in a fresh crater in his field. It felt really heavy, and had the correct "molten layers peeling off" look to it. I filmed it and he said he would try to sell it. AFAIK he still has it. Could it be worth thousands to the right museum?

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Android's Chrome finish comes too late for Flash coating

mark jacobs
Coat

HTML5?

Believe you me, HTML5 has a very long way to go. At least Flash can buffer a video properly. Judging by Vimeo's site, HTML5 has yet to achieve that. I patiently buffered a 10 minute HD video with HTML5 to find that I could not jump around the same way I could with the Flash equivalent. As far as vieo quality was concerned, they were the same - HD. To write off Flash now is premature and immature!

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Try a 'shroom before ruling on chill pills, boffin tells gov

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Happy

Let Terence McKenna explain why mushies are illegal...

Have a listen to this 40 second mp3 (486K) at jacobsm.com/twhy.mp3

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mark jacobs
Alien

How's about...

Steve Jobs - he's made an impact on society and he did drugs for inspiration (by his own admission). Your arguments sound like vexed irrationality, frantically trying to back up a government policy that is both illogical and harmful to the public's health. Making alcohol and nicotine the only legal recreational drugs, is definitely a policy worth revising. Is anybody listening? It's the 21st century and aliens are p*ssing themselves laughing at us (the advanced species of this planet?) because of the way we make natural pleasures "illegal".

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Peeking up the skirt of Microsoft's hardy ReFS

mark jacobs
Childcatcher

We use compression extensively on our Windows servers. What is going to happen to us? They just don't care...

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Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

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FAIL

All your eggs in one basket...

I have been a Virgin customer since they started, and before that, NTL, and before that Videotron. Basically, as soon as Videotron put fibre-optic outside my house, I was on it like a randy dog on a bitch. Virgin have the worst customer service. When it went down last night (from 3pm to 8pm for me in Harrow), my phone, broadband and TV all went belly up, and left me without any recourse other than to phone Virgin customer service on my mobile. Their lines immediately went to "Call Rejected" so I could talk to nobody, couldn't get a service update and basically didn't know WTF was going on! At least Digital Freeview through the house aerial worked!

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Queuing for an iPad? Why?

mark jacobs
Welcome

Come now...

The iPad (like its titchy brother the iPod Touch) has a major advantage over all other suggested bits of kit here - it switches on immediately and is ready to use almost immediately. The unit is beautifully designed and, in use, a lot of thought has gone into how it "feels". For these reasons, it's bound to be a success. I want one, but I would wait until version 4.0 of their new OS comes out and beds in. I want one, but I wouldn't spend that much on one. I got a first gen iPod Touch 16GB off of eBay (not recommended) for £110 and have never looked back - they are flaming brilliant. Oh, and I'm no Mac fanboi - I use PCs and have never touched a Mac. It's just that an iPhone will load web pages faster than an HTC flagship phone on the same network - no contest. It's just that I don't have to wait a couple of minutes after switching it on, in order to use it.

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Halting McKinnon extradition not in our power, says Clegg

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WTF?

How come...

America has such a strong hold over what our policies are over here? Are we not an independent country with our own Judiciary? It seems that, no matter what governments are in power over here or there, someone else is setting the agenda, especially when it comes to UFOs in the Western world. Can't we all be sensible and just accept that UFOs have been coming to Earth for years (see http://www.crystalinks.com/ufohistory.html if you need convincing) and just get on with life, instead of all this "mock" secrecy? Jeez!

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Pirate Bay co-founder hopes it will die

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Coat

Just think about it...

All media amounts to a stream of 1's and 0's. If I circulate an MP3 file of Shakira's "She Wolf", I can get into trouble with the copyright owners. If I distribute a file of 1's and 0's and an executable that moves these bits around to form a stream identical to the MP3 file, could that be construed as copyright infringement? IMHO, I reckon it's time to let this go - all digital media cannot be copyrighted because it depends on bitwise interpretation. If I XOR all bits with my name, it wouldn't be copyrightable any more. If I then distribute this and tell people to XOR the file with my name, they would end up with a playable MP3 file, yet I haven't broken copyright. How do the big music companies going to deal with that? This DRM wrangling has gone on too long and it is getting ridiculous. A bit torrent is just that, a stream of ones and zeroes, so WTF are we paying for? Bit patterns?

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Windows 7 Ultimate product activation hacked?

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Boffin

@John Dee

From the 4GuysFromRolla page :-

<input type="text" name="IC_QueryText" style="font-size: 7pt; width: 100px; height: 16px;" vspace="0" hspace="0">

You can clearly see that the inadequate search text box is 16 pixels high! When I type in 'g' and then 'q', you cannot see which is which.

Win 7 is an offshoot of Vista, tidied up with some bugs fixed. But that leaves a lot of crap still in there. I'll stick with WinXP SP3 with WindowBlinds ($25). I got my transparencies, you get yours!

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To the Moon - with extreme engineering

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FAIL

These comments are...

badly moderated. You are reading what they want you to. If they really went to the moon, then why don't they point the Hubble at it and beam back pictures of artefacts left by the astronauts? Because they aren't really there! Fail, like the Register moderators always do.

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Opera slams Microsoft's Windows 7 E move - again

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Coat

Win 7 E

With no browser as part of the shiny new installed OS, how do you download FF or whatever you want to use? Answer : go to jacobsm.com/mjsoft.htm#pknife and download mathspenknife. You can give it a URL and it will grab the contents from there using the underlying internet functionality in the OS! That part has to be bundled into the OS or network comms wouldn't work out of the box! This discussion is ridiculous, and MS would be wise to offer a choice of free browsers at install time. IE, FF Opera and MJBrowser (jacobsm.com/mjsoft.htm#brwsr) would be good! ;-)

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Storage world asks: Is a copy a backup?

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Paris Hilton

Does a bear sh*t in the wood...?

The gist of this article is that eventually we will be forbidden to copy files, but allowed to back them up with relevant backup software. IME of backup software, most of it is rubbish, and I have always found my own backup solutions to be more reliable, share-aware and effective. What is the software world coming to?

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If they can break the law, why can't we?

mark jacobs
Coat

Perspective

While I was almost being swept up in the anti-official mania sweeping the minds of all good UK citizens, I Skyped my Aunt in South Africa, and we got chatting about this fiasco. She said it was a storm in a teacup, since the law breakages were tiny compared to what goes on in SA. Azuma held an inauguration party for one day that cost taxpayers half a million rand, while many citizens are starving to death or dying needlessly through lack of healthcare. This is common-place in 3rd world countries, and, if you do fall on the wrong side of the law, you can usually (and easily) bribe your way out of trouble. So, here is a plan of action for the world to take onboard :-

1) Nobody can earn more than half a million GBP in any given year. No ifs, no buts, that's the law!

2) Everybody who earns more than fifty thousand GBP a year, has to contribute twenty pounds a month to a third world charity like Oxfam.

3) All financial records are globally accessible to everyone on the internet with no passwords or usernames needed to see them. No arguments!

That will fix most things wrong currently, I believe!

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Boffin: Titan moon largely made of LPG, not cheese

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Happy

That's right - tell everyone

Now loads of entrepreneurs will be haring off to Titan to plunder its resources. Typical humans! Rape the universe and then curl up and die. ;-)

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Russian schoolgirl invents inertioid-driven Venus rover

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Coat

Natural Evolution of Consciousness

Put aside the external, and think in internal consciousness terms hereonin. We still have a long way to go before we realise that all consciousness is shared instantaneously with all sentient beings all around the universe and through all time. Call it quantum dislocation, but the neuronal pathways that make up the subconscious brain are too far apart for quantum energy jumps, but close enough together in the conscious brain. (Google Matt Pitkanen). There you go then. (Shhhh, I AM getting my coat).

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Tiscali shares suspended on titsup fears

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Coat

@seasider

"Wall Street found out the world is beginning to run out of idiots to buy crap products."

Oh God! Let's hope so! I, like many here, have seen the service go down the pan as soon as 'Tiscrappy took over. I had an F2S broadband account and it started off great, but when taken over, the service went rapidly downhill. Our business had a Nildram account which was brilliant until they were taken over, and their service went "crappy". 'Tis-certainly-crappy.

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Microsoft SKUs Windows 7 clarity

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IT Angle

Steer Clear of Windows 7

Windows 7 - Another flop in the making. There is something wrong with basing Windows 7 on Vista (as an evolution of Vista, rather than a fresh product). They have stuffed up Vista and it's so serious a stuff-up that even my technophile colleagues all tried it for 3 months and all went back to XP SP3 Pro. If all you are after is the Aero look, then use Window Blinds. I have used this for years and it has been an aesthetically pleasing experience, with none of Vista's drawbacks. XP works, so let's keep using it. Ubuntu isn't there yet - how does one get spinning cubes of desktops after installing it? It seems like a minefield!

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Born Again Delphi

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@Craig Young

I totally agree. We should get rid of programmer laziness and ambiguity. Keywords like 'with' and 'reintroduce' appear more like kludges than language enhancements.

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Lords, MPs go down on to the Erotic Awards

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Coat

@elderlybloke

They can already read your mind electronically, and then implant thoughts, feelings and emotions into you, either en masse or indivdually. Check out jacobsm.com/mumcw_jw.html for a list of patented devices (at the bottom of the page). Bear in mind that this list is old, and I bet they're doing more nowadays. The arms industries are doing this against their own citizens with tax money. Believe me, society is run by people who have successfully and demonstrably shown contempt for fellow mankind. That is one reason why Windows and MS became the mainstream PC architecture, rather than a superior product at that time, like Acorn Archimedes and Risc OS. We are born sh*t on, and spend the rest of our lives sh*t on. Go figure!

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Microsoft marks Windows' anniversary with Windows 7

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Paris Hilton

@All of you

Windows is a productivity killer. But it's a pretty one. Like a girl can seduce you with eye candy to her hollow core, so can any OS!

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Firefox 3.1 vs IE8: 'Alpha, beta testers step forward, please'

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Gates Halo

What's all the fuss about?

The majority of people on planet earth, are still using the extremely dangerous version 6 of Internet Explorer, laying themselves open to the risk of visiting the wrong URL and infecting their PCs. This is certainly true of developing countries like China! At least IE7 and 8 are more secure. And IE7 benefits greatly from applying XP SP3! Every modern browser I've tried still has some problem or other - Firefox 3.01, Safari 3.1.2, Opera 9.51 and IE8 Beta 1, but I like IE the best because it loads up fast and works with most websites. Anyway, there's some cud to chew on.

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Peter Gabriel cranks his f*ck machine

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Yet Another Portal!

Honestly, just let us peeps choose our own internet sources. We don't need a jumped up set of freaks filtering our web content for us. The NSA are already trying to do that for us! Jeez!

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UK electricity crisis over - for now

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Unhappy

We were down for hours!

Our offices in Watford were down for about 7 hours! WTF! Welcome to Britain - a 3rd world country.

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Discoverer of LSD dead at 102

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Happy

It's all in the skull broth...

LSD proved that a slight (micrograms) alteration of the brain's chemistry, can yield phenomenally changed perception of the universe we are part of, to the extent that all opinion structures are dissolved. The government spends a fortune instilling certain opinions in the brains of its citizens, and that is why they abhor LSD so much - it twonks their efforts to condition a good consumer.

Consequently, there is now a minority subset of humanity who realise the charade most other people live seriously. Quantum mechanics just reinforces the fact the we humans have no idea what is going on, and that what is in our heads is reflected in the reality we end up perceiving. (www.jacobsm.com/anarchy.htm)

Like a dog chasing its own tail, common man will be going round in circles, pursuing whatever agenda has been set by those evil wrong-doers in charge of the planet.

Take LSD a few times, and all this becomes transparently clear, much to the embarassment of those "controllers". Life is a journey, enjoy the ride! Your opinions are not important and have no effect on the reality of shared existence on a planet bursting with gentle, loving lifeforms.

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Dump IE 6 campaign runs afoul of dump IE 6 campaign

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Boffin

IE6 Javascript engine is better than IE7's

OK, I pushed at limits with this one, but IE6, Opera and FF all handle this page fine : http://www.jacobsm.com/hangman2.htm

IE7 fails, but it handles http://www.jacobsm.com/hangman.htm OK. How can the javascript engine get worse, going from IE6 to IE7?!? No wonder people don't want to upgrade.

Also, there are a lot of myths associated with FF - check out http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/FirefoxMyths.html

Opera still crashes and GPFs, so I am not happy using it. It takes a while to load too, like FF2. So, I'll stick with IE6 and run MJ Registry Watcher to protect myself - http://www.jacobsm.com/mjsoft.htm#rgwtchr

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How to speed up Windows Vista: official and unofficial tips

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Coat

Novell 3

I had a Novell server running with about 100 users connected to it and thrashing the living daylights out of it every working day. I checked its stats before we went up to Novell 5, and it had been up for 3 years 5 months and 17 days! Now, that's what I call an OS!

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Veggies a 'perversion of nature': Official

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Boffin

Don't let the icon fool you...

I agree with the sentiment that a lot of veggies are that way because of the lack of decent animal husbandry in the Western world. Natural animal care requires that they may be able to escape at some point in their lives. Those that don't are too stupid to survive, so we eat them! Just imagine if all sorts of animals roamed around the gardens and countryside of the developed world, and you just have to go out and catch your meat!

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