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46 posts • joined 5 Feb 2008

iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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Re: Sheep

I take it you have not noticed that tablets make quite serviceable thin clients.

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Who's riddling Windows PCs with gaping holes? It's your crApps

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Re: Delete Java

And while you're at it delete everything. Everything is bollocks. The only thing left for you to do might be to go dance naked on the M1.

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Schoolgirl's Hello Kitty catonaut soars to 93,000ft

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Re: Excellent

Traffic, go, play. You're a worthless ping of bitter.

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Apple TV demand may drive Samsung-sapping sales

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Re: The important question is... AC 18:57

Anything is possible in Wimbledon.

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Microsoft dragging its feet on Linux Secure Boot fix

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Call me a cynic, but I rather think that secure boot *might* stop that is likely a more accurate view of what happens.

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Re: @Tim Parker

I'd have to say then that you're ascribing to Microsoft both malice and incompetence. The best of all worlds.

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Microsoft: Just swallow this tablet ... the rest will take care of itself

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Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"

You had me up until AD. I'd sooner have an appendectomy with a blunt spoon than suffer AD.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

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On the bright side

They (Microsoft) probably pumped a billion or few at creating W8. And given this "investment" I'd say they have a vested interest in pumping a truckload more billions into getting it to work (or hurriedly moving on to W9).

So, if you hate it with a passion, enjoy the oodles of cash Microsoft will burn fixing it or moving on. If you think W9 will be all that, be grateful for no expense being spared to fix up the eyesore that is W8.

And yea, Ballmer said, W8 is all you'll ever need, until W9 comes up (I think rather soon).

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Study links dimwits to conservative ideology

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Mushroom

Studies like this make me want to hurl

They are long on conclusion, short on method and analysis and in all likelihood the data was made to fit the predetermined conclusion.

As we all know, it is the white mice we have to fear, and this researcher has as with many others fallen prey to their cunning ministrations and orchestrations.

Other than that it is amusing to see the revisionists hard at work trying to tell the world that Stalin et al weren't really the epitome of the left but were really right wing stooges.

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MS now issuing security advisories about third-party Windows bugs

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Jobs Horns

Flabbergasting...

I guess they had better hope they are right when they sling aspersions at other people's software. Or perhaps their lawyers are bored and promoted this idea so they'd get more work.

Just because Ballmer makes Jobs look innocent.

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Microsoft bricking lesson bodes badly for Elop's Brave New Nokia

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Of course the "funner" thing is...

Not that this update bricked some phones but the reports that Microsoft and Samsung are passing the buck on getting the bricked phones sorted.

One would imagine that from the get go there should have been clear lines of responsibility defined by the licensing and related agreements between Microsoft and Samsung.

Epic fail on both from both of them.

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Microsoft, Nokia, and MeeGo: Are they all doomed?

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Shrinking in the sense that...

There is no evidence or for that matter likelihood of Nokia regaining smartphone market share or even slowing the haemorrhaging in market share by this deal with Microsoft.

Note also that they are talking a two year time frame for implementation. Do you honestly think that the other smartphone makers are going to wait upon Nokia and Microsoft to release an offering before upping their game?

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We probe the Google anti-trust probe. Vigorously

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Which makes me think that...

Google isn't that stupid. Maybe they would even be kosher with an "independent expert" being tasked to poke around their algorithms to see how they work and report back to the EC on their findings.

The only problems with that is that they do risk the expert coming back and telling the world that their algorithms are about as "honest" as Bill Clinton when asked about sex, or that the said expert gets an "offer they can't refuse" from someone with deep pockets and a lustful look who happens to be wearing a "bing suit."

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besides, can't you do this if you don't wanna see google responses?

Add -site:google.com to your search.

Who knows, maybe you can set that as a preference if your knickers are so twisted about google that you are contemplating using bing :P

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Android out-runs Windows Phone 7 on price comparison site

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This would all be far less bollocks...

If there were actual sales figures reported for WP7 and the others. Surely they exist?

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BlackBerry boss renews disdain for Steve Jobs

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Is a leapfrogger...

RIM and others are scurrying around in catch-up mode. If they want to do something cool, then jumping forward of where iPad etc is is the way to go.

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So did Windows Phone 7 'bomb in US'?

Andrew Williams
Jobs Horns

Yes terror...

If the aforementioned beasty of Redmond is wielding a chair or few :P

Revulsion is reserved for when it dances.

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Ballmer woos students, ogles Google's search & ad model

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Hmmm, first a reduced bonus...

I wonder when Microsoft is going to ask him for its money back...

Happy days, blah blah blah...

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Microsoft and Adobe talk acquisition and Apple

Andrew Williams
Jobs Horns

It could be...

a) Ballmer looking to see if he can get a job at Adobe

b) A way for Microsoft to spend more than $40 billion on something it doesn't need

c) That Microsoft's lawyers are bored and need some anti-trust fun

d) It was a fun way to try and boost Microsoft's share price

e) They were bored and wanted to mess with people

Ballmer, king of the flying office chairs!

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Apple to sell 45m iPads in 2011?

Andrew Williams
Paris Hilton

Billions?

You're numerically challenged dude. If Dell/HP sold billions per year then every man/woman/child/other would have at least 1 of their PC's in their hot and sweaty little hands, or not.

I'm sure even Paris can count...

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Apple wants halt to $600m patent case

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I always thought that the gulls were "saying"

"Mate! Mate! Mate!" but then what do I know, I'm a Kiwi :P

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Lily Allen sues Apple over hacked Macbook

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Mayhaps...

It's her cunning ploy to get a date with Steve Jobs. Nah, that would make her more stupid than a dead hamster.

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Paul Allen's patent madness not worth single penny

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Maybe if he wins...

He will think, "Hmmm, Microsoft didn't license them either." Have at you Ballmer! Give me all your dollars and even your Rupees too!!"

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Unity – iPhone code swap approved by Jobs (for now)

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I guess that...

You're spiffy enough to write an uber-cool replacement for iTunes then. Or, you're just a disempowered whiner. I suggest take two chill pills and go buy an iPad. Or not...

I hate friggin' whiners. Hmmm... I'm whining about a whiner. I need beer....

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Boffins: Arctic cooled to pre-industrial levels from 1950-1990

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Erm, in science that's all it needs...

One thing that rips a prevailing view to shreds.

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Premature ejaculation means fanbois get iPhones early

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Pint

How droll...

And here was me thinking this blog was about Windows 7 mobile. What was I thinking! How could I ever suspect that the reg would ever stoops so low as to dupe a poor numpty like me. I'm aggrieved. I'm ever so tempted to throw a chair or few.

That or I'll just go looking for a better beer.

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Microsoft to extend Silverlight for Mac?

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Odd...

That Apple is thought of as a 2nd class citizen. Ah well, it has to be better than Moonlight which will always be a 3rd class citizen perpetually scrambling to be at best 2 versions behind, and unabale to fully implement.

At least it seems that Apple doesn't care, while the Moonlight crowd are just masochists.

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Microsoft stokes Google 'antitrust concerns' fire

Andrew Williams
Jobs Horns

One wonders...

Considering how loving (not) the EC is towards Microsoft that if Google ends up exonerated that they may be savaged once more by the EC for false allegations.

Now that would be a soap opera worth waiting for :P

Because Ballmer is an evil tosser.

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Polygamist Microsoft picks Amazon as latest Linux wife

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My guess is...

That Amazon and TomTom had made some custom mods to an internal version of Linux which breached something patented by Microsoft. Otherwise Microsoft would seem more than legally lax in not suing RedHat et al even up to IBM for patent breaches.

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Westminster politicos told to grasp Vista nettle

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Since when was expense a deterrent to politicians?

And here I was thinking that Windows was the system of "professionals" so what's up with the Linux is only for geeks mantra? It would seem that either Linux or OS X would have been far more obvious choices for the wizards of Westminster...

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US faces critical lack of (mad) computer scientists

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Seeing as CS jobs are largely thought of as...

The hamburger flipping level of employment, well, this asserted desire for CS whizz kids is a pipe dream, and in all likelihood dishonest.

American industry wants the cheapest labour and the cheapest materials on a day-to-day basis, unless there's a one of need to toss a few dollars at an actual worker or resources. All-in-all a pretty good framework for turning the place into a far more obvious than it can look third world country.

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i4i pats self on back for Microsoft patent win

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Undecided?

So, you'd rather have a world where you could make a handy dandy wee program that you were making oodles of money from, and then along comes Microsoft/Apple/Oracle/Whoever and says, dang that's sweet, and hijacks your unpatented work and includes it "for free" in their product range thereby boosting their sales and removing your earnings?

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Axeman cometh: Microsoft lays off 27 staff

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It'd be news if these 27 were all upper echelon serfs...

You know the people who are supposed to have a clue about what an earth it is Microsoft does, or at least appears to be doing, or thinking about, or something.

That being said, if it's just some tea ladies or whatever, then I guess it must be a really, really, really tedious day. Mind you, if it was tea ladies being fired and they went Columbine or Britney Spears down in Microsoft HQ that'd be news.

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NASA sat snaps LA wildfire

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Pint

Odd...

Here's a NASA satellite pic of a fire that's rather close to JPL, NASA's west coast hub. How close is the fire to that?

Knowing JPL, they might not have noticed the world or its troubles all that much... :P

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Microsoft! and! Yahoo! finally! sign! search! deal!

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I give it 18 months before Microsoft screws Yahoo completely

Mayhaps the Yahoos I know can escape before they're outsourced to India.

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Microsoft throws Bing into Hotmail mix

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For me...

I think this is another great way for a predatory monopoly to be seen to be leveraging (hotmail) to grow search (bing). Ah well, it probably won't be seen as such, and hence won't contribute to the soap opera of the millennia that is Microsoft's odd presumption that they will rule the computing world forever.

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Microsoft talks turkey in Brussels

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Talks turkey?

More like with forked tongue.

However, I think it's about time they were trussed, cooked, carved and served like a turkey.

Ah well, it's a nice thought...

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EC rejects Microsoft's browser promises

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@Psymon

So, you're a NBMer. So what. Also, IE's dominance is not a function of it being better, but of Microsoft's abuse of their desktop OS market position. Even the US courts found that was a matter of fact. So now the EC has decided to hammer them. Good on them.

As far as this lame 7 without IE ploy, why don't the Microsoft tossers just actually wait for the EC's ruling and do what the court/regulators tell them is required? Is that too hard? Will they stop making oceans of money regardless of when they release 7?

I guess Microsoft have got addicted to doing even more stupid things and just love paying the EC hefty fines and then having to act like a frog in a blender "trying to comply" or whatever.

Life was so much simpler when all Ballmer did was throw chairs and rant about crushing/killing people.

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Microsoft to bomb Europe with IE-free Windows 7

Andrew Williams
Jobs Horns

Well, just when you thought you'd have to duck a chair...

Ballmer and Microsoft must be crazy to commit to this, especially as the EC has yet to deliver its ruling on the matter.

The evil child in me wants the EC to make a ruling which screws this Microsoft decision.

Ballmer, because he is crazy evil.

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Ballmer clashes with Obama over US tax rules

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History repeating etc...

Well, Microsoft (and others) have gamed the system so they really don't pay squat in tax, so governments squeeze the wage and salary earner which means the rich get richer, the poor poorer, and it all comes crashing down.

I'd rather everyone, with no exceptions paid taxes at the same rate. Anything else is going to be gamed and the world will be as broke as California.

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Microsoft IIS6 bug exposes sensitive files sans password

Andrew Williams
Jobs Horns

To the AC Microsoft defender

It's oh so easy to assert it has not been used in the wild, but hey of course the only people to discover and use such fun little diversions are prone to tell the world. Well, no, they don't.

That aside, now that's it's "widely known" let's see how quickly Microsoft clan close the floodgates.

It probably exists because Ballmer thinks all your files are belong to him.

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Canadian Sex Party stands proud at polls

Andrew Williams
Jobs Horns

Sex party?

Why not go the whole hog and have a human/goat/other sacrifice party, or even "We should be able to marry hamsters" party?

After all, it's about as pathetic.

Ballmer, because we all know he'd be in favour of it, especially if Microsoft had perpetual media rights.

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Cuba, India vote no on OOXML

Andrew Williams
Jobs Horns

What's the hurry?

After all, they can still screw with the world with IE and slowing down/breaking anything that is competing with them. Or is the strategy to slow down/break international standards?

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US Congress members push Gates's line on visas

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@Brian

"Second, if it is the responsibility of the individual to keep their skills current, then the employer better expect constant turnover as they continuously upgrade to the newer technology. It is more cost effective for the employer to keep their workforce “skilled” – and there is plenty of evidence to prove that."

What a load of the proverbial. Current skills only happen when one is trained in them. Training for the "current" skillset never exists in universities. They're always behind the curve. And in case you are too young/stupid to remember, almost every company back in the day actually trained their new recruits and had a commitment to upskilling them as time went on. Now by and large people just think of coders as disposal commodities that are to be had cheaply and dumped when they get too good/pricey.

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US Army struggles with Windows to Linux overhaul

Andrew Williams
Linux

Look for Microsoft to take a share hit on this...

Big risk with potential takeover of Yahoo + Army waving goodbye. Who knows, maybe the Navy (remember the fun and games with that Windows implementation?) and even the Airforce might decide Penguin power is cool enough for them too.

Cry havoc and let loose the penguins of doom!

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IBM explores 67.1m-core computer for running entire internet

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Happy

Yay!

This rocks. I've been wondering if this type of thing was worth doing. Apparently IBM decided that it is. This looks so ultimately cool I think I will probably spend my off hours in the pub trying to read up on how this all works, that and see if I can tap folk who have IBM contacts to see if I can find out more. Ah well, momentary geeky rapture over :P

Argh! Now I can't help wondering if these new beasties can be clustered! Obligatory beowulf moment!

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