* Posts by mark jacobs

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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list snowballs for Lumia mobes

mark jacobs

Re: OK with me.

I am really starting to have my doubts about Windows 8.1 after a year or 2's usage. IE11 can still bring it (and the mouse pointer!) to a stand-still. Sometimes, stuff that would work faultlessly every time in XP or &, will fail inexplicably under 8.1, and then run fine when re-run. I trust Win8.1 less than I trust 7. And I trust 7 less than I trust XP. With Win10 patching itself as you run it, I am less prone to trust it at all!

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

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FAIL

The "Internet of Things" is going to comprise of things their current architecture would have to be rewritten to use, in the future. Things that we haven't imagined yet. So, we are still going to be paying for Windows 11, 12, 13, ...

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Megaphone

Re: A different Freak?

Opera 27.0.1689.76 is NOT vulnerable under Windows 8.1 64-bit Pro.

IE11 IS vulnerable under Windows 8.1 64-bit Pro.

** WARNING **, it is still not safe to do your banking using IE, unless you are banking with one of the very few banks that have enforced the more modern ciphers on their servers.

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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Coat

Re: Compare these to the 20MB MFM drives of not so long ago!

I run Windows 8.1 Professional on it. The reason that there is so much free space is because I had to wipe the drive and restore from an OS DVD with absolutely no foistware on it at all, just the bare OS. 'Kin A! Mean and lean is how I like to run things. Crude and rude.

What's nice about a small capacity SSD boot drive, is that I can easily and quickly switch the PC on to check something out on t'Internet, or some code I've written, and get to what I need in under 20 seconds. Browser load from cold start is pretty much immediate on an i7. Almost like instant-on. From sleep, it is instant-on!

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Compare these to the 20MB MFM drives of not so long ago!

I have been running a 128GB Samsung 840EVO SSD (with the relevant firmware patch) for 9 months now. The OS is on it so it gets plenty of reads and writes every day. It is always blisteringly fast, and I am still surprised at its speed even after 9 months of its unfailing alacrity. I still have over 90GB free, despite putting all my apps on it (my data goes on a standard 7200 rpm 500GB SATA 3 hard disk). It's not the transfer speeds (read and write) that get me, but the access times being in microseconds instead of milliseconds. Sometimes, it seems to have done what you wanted before you've even pressed "Enter"! This Novachips 8TB 1.8GB/s drive will probably become the norm, and drive speeds will start to tax the i7 processors we currently run at 4.4GHz! Wicked!

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Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

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Re: Problems with XP?

Totally agree with you about Opera and Firefox. I also had the same gripes about Chrome and its awful propensity to hook you up to all and sundry just because you're registered. Opera seems the least of all evils ATM! Safari is too crashy.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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IT Angle

I don't get it... ?

This happened nearly 4 years ago. Why are we only just hearing about it now?

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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Coat

I am getting my coat...

... Windows 10 is around the corner, and that patches the OS in real-time! Yikes! For example, working on a 300 page Word document for 3 hrs, and then hitting "Save", and watch as the patch to Word delivered at 2 hours in, renders the document unusable!

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Happy

Ha ha ha!

That was brilliant! Those poor aliens!

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Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

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WTF?

Honestly?

I left Virgin last year, when my 5th "megahub" blew up on me (completely dead). These substandard devices, cheaply made in the far east, always seemed to go wrong on me, so I moved to Plus Net. Not only did I get consistently fast speeds (downloads 3 to 3.5 MBytes per second, 1 to 2 MBytes per second uploads) throughout the day, evening and night, but their support was more personal and immediate. I'd move to them or One 2 One, and stick a finger up to Branson and his drug-fuelled island of depravity that he owns!

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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How to confuse AI and natural language analysis programs

Just write something like :-

"It's not as if this is the wrong answer ..."

AI thinks "this is the wrong answer" ...

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Don't count on antivirus software alone to keep your data safe

mark jacobs

Re: An example ?

"With drive-by infections, it is enough to simply visit a website to infect a computer with malware. Visitors don't need to start a download or install anything - the website does this automatically!"

My browser will not automatically download anything, without asking me where it should save it first. What kind of browser are you using that would do this? An idiotic one by the sound of it.

"Yet If a browser has a relevant safety gap, such scripts can access a user's computer directly. This therefore enables malware to move from the server to the browser, and via the security gap to the user's computer, without any conscious action by the website visitor at all."

Again, it's a problem with the browser, and you should change your browser.

The reason I mentioned ActiveX is because that is the biggest hole in your browser, then comes Java (I do not allow this to run), then Flash (run with permission). That leaves JavaScript with Ajax or other call-to-the-server methodologies, which can only write to the web page, open new web pages, or write to cookies. None of those compromise a PC.

JavaScript and HTML are not capable of infecting your PC. Buggy browsers, ActiveX, Java and Flash, however, can. The article is talking about Javascript. Now, go back to sleep!

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Re: An example ? @ Pascal Monett

If you cannot cite the offending Javascript/HTML code, then don't give me tripe!

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Happy

When I read comments like, "they run the risk of being infected by rogue JavaScript running in the browser." I cringe. There is no way on planet Earth of infecting a machine by it running some JavaScript and HTML in a browser. The only thing JavaScript can write to, is cookies. This, again, is idiotic scare-mongering to attract readership. Granted, if somebody clicks on a link and runs whatever it leads to by acknowledging consent, then more fool them. But, on its own, with no clicking or acknowledgement, a website cannot infect a PC that prompts for any activeX to run. JavaScript can't - someone give me an example, if you think otherwise.

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Facebook: Hey guys, come share all your securo-blunders with us!

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FAIL

Considering FB store your password in a server in Japan somewhere, and it keeps coming back to the browser as soon as you enter your username, no matter how you try to clear all stored passwords in Firefox, I will not be going near this tripe any time soon. FB users beware - your details and passwords are available to those who can pay enough. There is no security on FB. Close your accounts! You have been warned!

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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Facepalm

Every time our Win XP office PCs updated Windows, they would all switch on the (crap and waste of time) Windows firewall, which I'd have to go round and switch off again (we already have Webroot protecting us). It sounds like Windows 10 is the death knell for all Windows versions.

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We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

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Megaphone

You can see how much the British public trust our "authorities" nowadays, from the comments above! Having constantly shown how untrustworthy they are in the past, how can such a claim be made that they really will delete your records? This is an idiotic article - and Privacy International are really wasting people's time and their own money.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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TV is dead

I am spending more time on the computer and less time watching TV nowadays and wondered why. I believe it is to do with the number and frequency of adverts being too high, coupled with a drop in the quality of the content on TV. Plus, choosing your own entertainment is much better than being "programmed".

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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Coat

Re: Nexus 2012

Did you check the source code?

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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FAIL

Re: Key Strikes Yes - Letters NO

I suppose you can also see how useful it would be to be able to run an app that injects code into the memory space of another running app. And how useful it is to be able to patch the kernel so that low-level OS routines like writing to a file, can be hooked and redirected to your own code! Really, really useful! And extremely insecure for OS design! Let's face it - Windows is an extraordinarily badly designed (mainstream) OS. Like our (mainstream) democratic society - inordinately badly designed. Certain plants are illegal, but unmanned bomber drones aren't. You know what I mean...

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mark jacobs
Megaphone

Re: Class action law suit

There's nothing you can do, Dogged. Even when disconnected from the internet physically, Windows 10 uses the nearest unsecured wifi hotspot to get another connection. And, if your PC has no wifi adapter, it builds a "software only" version using secret kernel directives. You cannot and will not escape their jurisdiction! ;-)

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Coat

What a shame!

For a man with octophallic terata, he never did find his octopussy!

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Facepalm

Re: The Updates don't (all) workm(properly)....

My abacus has contracted bead rot - so they get viruses too!

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Coat

Re: Windows 8.1 is good!

Yeah, sorry about that. I didn't mention minimum requirements for 8.1 so here they are :-

50PBytes RAM

32767EBytes Hard Disk (SSD only)

200K X 130K pixels minimum display resolution (yes, I'm measuring in K now, but it will be M soon - don't worry, we're getting there...)

Sycophantic attitude to M$ an absolute pre-requisite

...

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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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California blue whale numbers soar to historical levels, say boffins

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Coat

I'm so blue, it's making me wail!

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Mozilla certification revocation: 107,000 websites sunk by untrusted torpedo

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Coat

In a few years time ...

2048 bits won't be enough, since hardware is cranking up the speed every time. My home PC is clocked at 4.0 GHz and has 8 cores and 8GB DDR3 RAM. Put a farm of 100 of these together and write multi-threaded software, and you could be hacking the DoD any time soon!

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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IPV6 and BT in the UK

I have heard (my sources will remain secret) that BT (yes, British Telecom) have recently rolled out a load of fibre-optic routers and other equipment that DO NOT SUPPORT IPV6 at all! If you are going to deploy IPV6 stuff, don't expect the UK to understand any of it in the near to medium future!

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Coat

Re: The internet is full

I used to give the excuse, "there's a lot of solar flare activity at the moment" ...

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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

mark jacobs

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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mark jacobs
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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