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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

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Linux

My girlfriend's computer borked because of this. Blue screen loop. Nasty. In the end, tried to reinstall from my Win 8 Pro image, which is the only one we have (recovery disks? Only pirates want those, surely?). MS wanted to charge us 166€ just to get a licence key that would probably have borked again. So she's running kubuntu now.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Facepalm

If he thinks there's a 'front door' that can't be exploited by criminals, perhaps he should consider replacing all the computers at the FBI with paper and pen? Because if there's a 'front door' police can use, you can be sure criminals will work out how to use it too.

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

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Devil

The very rock yawns in anticipation of your next fascinating move...

To quote Dungeon Keeper. Icon is the nearest thing I could find to a horned reaper...

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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FAIL

I think we now have to change the phrase 'Death By PowerPoint' to 'Death By Sway'.

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Devil

Am I the only person in the world who went "ooh, cute idea, never seen that done before." Then listened to it and thought "meh, not bad.I'll keep it around for a change now and then."

Seriously... it's just a freebie. And if Apple want to give me free albums, paid for out of the huge amount of money I've spent with them over the years, then fine. Let's look on the bright side though - it could have been Coldplay. Or Take That.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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WFMU is way ahead of the game here

They have apps for their radio outside their boradcast area. Archives of shows, too. And it all scrobbles to last.fm. They've already been my favourite radio station for the last few years, and I now so rarely listen to the BBC that aside from The Archers I wouldn't miss it if it shut down.

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Black Helicopters

Chinese govt?

Google public DNS was used widely in a few recent protests, even graffitied onto walls to tell people how to get round local censorship. So I was just wondering... what with Hong Kong and Taiwan... just maybe they were trying to knock down something outside the Great Firewall of China?

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New UK.gov DATA SLURPING diplomat to push US telcos to share more subscriber info

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Re: I can almost hear America's reply already...

Didn't work with the Extradition Act though. Britain didn't get the quid pro quo in exchange. Likely that the same would happen again - UK gives carte blanche to the USA to do what it likes, gets nothing in return. Always happens with law enforcement matters.

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WTF?

I can almost hear America's reply already...

The polite version is pretty much going to be "nope, never going to happen, how dare you ask for this information about US citizens".

I can imagine the American media having a field day on this one.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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This should be a career-ending move.

Just saying.

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LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

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Devil

So LTE would appear to be a powerplay by Qualcomm, then?

Qualcomm essentially wants to replace everything everyone else owns with something they own. Which would make them the tollbooth troll of the internet, mobile, wifi and emergency communications.

Welcome to the new monopoly overlords...

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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How many iPhone 4 (not s) are left in circulation?

I'd guess a few. And they've just been stranded on iOS 7. So maybe the lower takeup is actually just down to the fact that iOS 8 supports fewer devices than iOS 7? Or would sales have negated that effect? Hmm...

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Facebook: Ha! Like we'd STOP trickcyclists messing with your MIND

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Megaphone

What they really meant...

"Facebook really cares about our revenue stream, and thoughtlessly allowing researchers to do what they liked clearly undermined the trust our advertisers place in us. So in order to ensure that we keep our hooks in all you gullible sheeples, we've added an extra tickbox researchers have to fill in that says 'I am not a psychopath'.

"Now that's enough complaining, children. Go back to Farmville, squandering your precious information and sharing baby pictures so we can advertise worthless tat to you, you dim-witted sheep."

There. I fixed their press release.

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Unhappy

I always wondered whether IBM bought Lotus just as a favour to Microsoft. Certainly their total lack of marketing and support for the thing doomed it to obscurity pretty much from day one of the acquisition.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Coat

The numbering makes sense now...

Microsoft usually does a "bad release, good release" schedule. XP good, Vista bad. Win7 good, Win8 bad. So skipping 9 and going to 10 is to indicate that they've just skipped the good release this time...

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EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else

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WTF?

Unhappy competing phone makers. Like Microsoft and Apple. Kind of makes me feel that the whole thing is basically using (or misusing) EU competition law to try and damage a rival. Which makes the fact that in Microsoft's case, they earn a royalty per Android device, particularly galling.

Not that I'm pro Google (I never use their search engine and I have more Apple than non-Apple devices these days), but hey...

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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Windows

Re: what else lurks

...and what is lurking supposedly more safe closed source code, like Windows, that we don't know about - and probably are never going to find out about, either?

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One sixth of the ENTIRE PLANET will buy a new smartphone this year

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A friend of mine just bought a "Cubot One" off Amazon - loves it. Seriously nice looking, well put together phone, just over a hundred quid. And these guys are not the only ones making phones like that by any stretch of the imagination. I do seriously have to wonder how long the likes of Apple and Samsung can charge small fortunes for their kit when stuff like that is around...

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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What's particularly annoying is that none of this Internet stuff actually helps real, actual, physical security. More likely, the information is fed directly to American companies to try and shaft the very partners that gave them the information in the first place.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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Thumb Up

Re: Yes we know you...

So many times I read these forums and someone just said exactly what I was about to say...

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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FAIL

Re: Nokie bring two things to the party

But this is Microsoft. It'll go the same way as Danger/Kin - everything not invented at Redmond will be junked, every engineer who hasn't been at MS for at least five years will not be trusted.

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

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Black Helicopters

Tom Baker was the first doctor I ever saw, but I'm not a fan. I'd rate him just below Colin Baker, but above McCoy (although McCoy's main problem was that ridiculous costume). Of the modern ones, I think Ecclestone is the best, followed by Smith, then Tennant, personally. Which makes Tennant the fourth best because...

For me Troughton was the best, and I say that having only recently seen some Troughtons. His performance as the doctor is birlliantly subversive - for example the lovely sardonic "I love to watch experts at work, don't you?" in Tomb Of The Cybermen, when the "archaeologists" are clearly about as useful as a chocolate fireguard (at being archaeologists, anyway...)

(Black helicopter - as used in the recently recovered "Enemy Of The World", of course...)

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Ten top stories from Classic Doctor Who

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Thumb Up

A good list, but I'm sorry, I think Enemy Of The World should be on there. A ho-hum story when only heard, and the weakest episode was the only survivor until recently, but the recent recovery of it reveals it as being one of the best ever.

Much as I love The Robots Of Death, I think I'd happily lose that one in favour of Enemy. In fact, quite probably any of the other nine actually.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Trollface

Makes me glad I'm a Libre Office fan :)

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

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Re: RIM has nothing MS wants

I think the point was that they used to have something MS wants very much for its phone business: enterprise customers. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed.

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Megaphone

Exchange is an awful product that should be universally banned. The sooner it dies, the better,

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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FAIL

To me, it looks like they took iOS 6 outside and gave it a good, hard beating with the ugly stick. I mean, it's hideous. Having spent three hours desperately trying to download it so I could play with AirDrop, I almost immediately reverted the iPhone to iOS 6.1.4. And that's where it's going to stay. Next phone will be an Android if they continue with this hideousness.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Surely, this means Elop is going to be the new MS CEO?

Because what I can see happening is any sane CEO going "right, let's ditch all the loss making businesses. Now."

Making an acquisition like this during a CEO-transition phase makes zero business sense... unless you already have your new CEO ready, and the direction for the next five years pre-agreed and mapped out.

My question is whether the MS shareholders will like this deal. And if they don't, are there enough of them upset about it to actually do anything about it?

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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FAIL

Re: Surface

And I can buy one of those x86 tabs that have been available since 2003... where, exactly?

It simply goes to show how badly Ballmer has mismanaged MS the last decade.

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Nokia's PHAB-ULOUS comeback attempt: Huge WinPho 8 mobe rumoured

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Meh

Re: Band Waggon

And worse, the Windows RT bandwagon already has a flat tyre and is parked at the side of the road waiting hopefully for salvation...

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Snowden's email provider may face court rap after closing service

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Black Helicopters

Re: but what about those who donated?

Undoubtedly they already have that information. I'd be surprised if all contributors weren't considered "persons of interest" already.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Re: Zero day?

Good point. I always thought the definition of zero day meant that you'd got in there before the fixers got to it. If there are no fixers, then surely there can't - by definition - be such a thing as a zero day?

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Trollface

Re: Nice OS you have there... shame if something happened to it...

If they ever upgrade to "The Other Other Operation", we're all stuffed...

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

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I can imagine quite a few large companies not being happy with being accused of being pirates by the FAPL. I can also easily imagine that this is quite possibly going to cost the FAPL quite a few pennies in out of court libel settlements, too.

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Your encrypted files are 'exponentially easier' to crack, warn MIT boffins

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Joke

Boffins prove crypto marketing 'exponentially' overhyped

There. Fixed it for you.

Seriously, it's marketing we're talking about here.

In other news, bear poop found in woods. Pope found to be Catholic. Film at 11.

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Blogs with 'weakest of the weak' passwords hijacked for bot army

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Joke

That's odd, because I was imagining it in my head as a late 70s western made in dody 3D. The brave army soldiers out there in the west come under attack by a band of Indians, construction workers, cops and bikers... with the expected outcome...

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Confidential Microsoft brief: 'We're TOAST if we fight Google on price'

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Trollface

Re: Well doh!

Reminds me of DEC. And we all know how well that worked out for them...

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MS Office on iOS is OFF the menu, says Fujitsu as it nixes Personal Cloud

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Windows

Microsoft just see prices going up and up... they lowered the price of Windows 8 for a while hoping for a massive success and then had to crow about it selling about as many as Vista despite being less than a quarter of the price.

How long before people wake up and start to see Office 365 (I originally mistyped Office 386, but that feels like a Freudian slip now) as a massive price hike, like they seem to be reacting to Adobe Creative Cloud? I can see Libre/Open Office gaining lots of new corporate users over this...

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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Facepalm

I have to say I can't see anything really positive in this. Three of the departments look to be name changes.

But "organising around engineering" is a sure route to failure. If they were reorganising to meet customer demand, or restructuring to be more agile, then great. But all he's done is reduce five warring armies to four.

And what was this about "we'll continue to run Skype as a separate company"? Apparently not. U-turns are always a sign of desperation.

Of course, it's probably more about how the figures next year will pan out. No doubt the high-earning products will be sprinkled around effectively enough to disguise the lossmakers from the investors. Which given the state of the PC market - and the fact that they aggregated pent up Windows 8 demand to make the Windows division figures look good - is probably the real motivation for the change.

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Apple TV 'close' to deal with Time Warner - report

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WTF?

Umm... you can already watch Disney movies on the Apple TV.

It's called Netflix.

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Rise of the Machines: How computers took over the stock market

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How long before automated trading gets banned? Or will we have to wait for a MASSIVE stock exchange crash for that to happen?

Just wondering...

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Not work! - Firmware hacks

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Forgot the user guide link: https://motorola-global-en-uk.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/91818/p/30,669,8503

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Thumb Up

This is a great idea... I loved my RAZR v3, I'd probably still be using it now had someone not stolen it while I was at a concert...

I found a repair manual that suggests it's a 52MHZ ARM7 chip inside, but we could probably have guessed that. (http://www.ko4bb.com/Manuals/Motorola/Motorola_-_Razr_V3-repair-1.pdf, if it helps)

I haven't found anything else yet - other than the user guides I've come up short too.

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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

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Megaphone

As a contractor, and renter (and former almost private landlord, in that the ex used to rent out her place), I can totally understand this. The only problem with the rental sector is that it's brutally expensive, and rental agents think nothing of charging two months' rent in total fees to a prospective landlord, and then charging another £250 to the landlord for credit checks that (a) cost them £2 and (b) the tenant already paid for.

If we cleaned up the sharkpool that is the estate agencies and made RSL housing more fluid, we might stand a chance of economic productivity picking up again.

In the meantime, let's all continue towards the economic doom of a massive wave of bankruptcies and recession like we had in the 80s by keeping those house prices high and those Daily Express readers happy, eh?

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Facebook RSS reader said to uncloak June 20

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Why do I have this vision of Google management waking up the morning after Facebook announce their RSS reader and screaming "what have we done? Oh God, WHAT HAVE WE DONE?"

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Apple releases Mountain Lion, Safari updates

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Safari 6.0.5 for Lion was released along with a security update for Lion as well. Presumably the security update backports the same fixes to 10.7 as the main update.

I'm guessing the habit of not posting the security details as soon as the update is released is some kind of "security through obscurity" policy, to avoid alerting all the script kiddies to have a last play with their soon-to-be-obsolete shiny toys...

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iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent

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Trollface

Re: Patents cost us money

There's a simple answer to patent trolls though. You specify that patents can only be owned by their original inventors, who must be individual people and not corporations.

Of course, all the corporations would fight that tooth and nail, so it would never happen. But hey, it's a nice dream.

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Three's mobile data goes titsup in mysterious spreading outage

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Re: Three -or None

3 use Orange to provide their 2G connection I believe - at least they used to a couple of years ago, not sure what they use now. Suffice to say I've ended up on Orange a couple of times when outside 3G area.

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Fancy some mobile filth? New logo tells you when not to bother

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All I've ever found is that these filters generally don't block any porn, just actual useful sites.

Case in point - I once made someone very angry by demonstrating that their "child friendly" hotspot blocked NHS Direct, but happily left RedTube accessible.

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