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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Google whips the sheet off new Gmail interface

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FAIL

Had my Gmail since 2005....

...when it was by invitation, no less. Looks like with all these "improvements" I'll be needing a new email provider in order to avoid all the portalitis / Google Minus "integration" features...

I would go over to outlook.com but I've tried that and it feels like being repeatedly having "you're stupid" shouted at you by Steven Sinofsky to me...

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Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter

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Big Brother

Predictably, the scumbags are using the Woolwich murder to further their creepy Stalinist Big Brother ideals. I don't find it difficult to imagine that they rubbed their hands with ghoulish glee when they saw the headlines.

The fact that it's coming out that the security services already had them under surveillance - thus proving that the "very important" law is neither necessary nor relevant to the case in hand - seems to be being cheerfully ignored in order to further their cause. Which is, quite possibly, the cause of receiving large cheques from people who make "lawful intercept equipment" for "consultancy fees".

More pork, vicar?

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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FAIL

For me the big fail is reliability and stability. The number of crashes, hardware driver failure and blue screens per day I was getting on my PC was more than I'd ever had before I upgraded it from Windows 7, so I moved it back to Windows 7.

Really, for me, TIFKAM is a minor point. Windows 8 is about the least reliable version of Windows I've used since Windows 3.0. Definitely not ready for release to manufacture.

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

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Big Brother

And what is being done with this data? And where is it going? How long is it being stored for, and who has access to it?

I suspect the answer to this question is: the "security" services and anyone we can get away with selling it to.

Of course, as soon as a tipping point is reached for how many people have the discount, it will cease to be a discount. So insurance prices will go right back where they were and they'll refuse to insure you unless all your movements are tracked by MI5.

It's another step down the road of government tracking everything everyone does everywhere. Rather than encouraging it, we should be lobbying to outlaw the use of these boxes altogether.

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Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours

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Trollface

Usually maximums take a break halfway through and hit a minimum, now we're coming into a maximum.

Of course all the government's spy bill will be irrelevant if we have another Carrington event and all the world's silicon gets wiped, but hey... I'm stocking up on tin foil hats and tins of baked beans in advance, just in case. They're not getting my previous bodily fluids, that's for sure!

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

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Devil

Wonder how long before the 2G signal is switched off by the phone companies as uneconomic? I'm betting some time around 2015 myself...

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Ancient thumb-driven whirly-wheel smartmobe UI ported to Android

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I'm right handed, but as far as I can tell (not having kept detailed statistics on this), I just as often hold the phone in the right hand and use the left to operate the screen. So... yeah. That.

Still, looks nice though.

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

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FAIL

I suspect a lot of companies might just nope their way out of the Adobe camp and over to open source. (Must admit, I've found GIMP much less buggy and crashy than Adobe over the last few years, much to the annoyance of the designers I work with)

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EE: Of course we're going to get 1m 4G users by the end of the year!

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Devil

So many puns...

So many opportunities for puns the first time they have a connectivity "issue".

"Nothing Anywhere", anyone?

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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Devil

Isn't Harrogate the highest town above sea level or something like that? I seem to recall in "The Kraken Wakes" that it gets redesignated the capital of the UK and becomes a lawless zone where everybody wants to live.

Maybe it's time to move to an isolate cottage in the Dales or Pennines, complete with nuclear bunker and a small arsenal to cope with the inevitable destruction of society....

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Judge scolds Apple, Motorola for using court as 'business strategy'

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How about this... patents can only be owned by one original inventor, who must be a human being and not a corporation. They are prohibited from sale, only licensing is allowed.

I'll go get back under me bridge...

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

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Devil

Surely they are overlooking something? With Android you can install whatever you like, even non-Google Play apps. If Microsoft were forced to open Windows Phone up the same way Android already is, Steve Ballmer would be throwing chairs until Christmas.

"They're doing better than us because they let users do what they want and we don't. They shouldn't let people do what they want - it isn't fair."

Disclaimer: my main combo is iPhone/iPad, so I'm not that much of a Google fanboi...

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Tick-tock, TalkTalk: Users face fourth day of titsup broadband

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Happy

Really?

I'm very very South East, and on Talk Talk. Working fine for me - I was watching Red Dwarf on Netflix last night with nary a slowdown in sight...

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UK.gov's web filth block plan: Last chance to speak your brains

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It doesn't work

Their Word document you have to use is so loaded down with images it crashes my Word every time. So, I can't comment on this

You have to wonder whether this was a deliberate attempt to ensure that ordinary people couldn't actually comment on this policy - so now they can say that "well, nobody responded with any complaints, so we can go ahead regardless".

Despicable, sneaky and anti-democratic if that's what they're doing. Or, if you're feeling charitable, they're all clueless idiots.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

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If Windows 9 is blue, is this red?

I seem to remember the last OS that had colour themed editions was OS/2 Warp. I wonder if Windows 8 will do as well as that did...

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Microsoft 'mulled Nokia buyout, ran away screaming'

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Devil

Yahoo?

It struck me reading this that Yahoo might be the perfect buyer. They already have lots of services that could integrate - simply bring back Symbian, rebrand as "Yahoo! Mobile"... Asian markets love Yahoo already, there would be a HUGE user base out there. Yahoo would establish Symbian as a third "ecosystem" very quickly, and start on the read to profit again. Just make sure Yahoo Messenger was bundled on the phones and the jobs a good 'un.

Of course it would annoy MS enough that Yahoo would have to start providing their own search results again, but that wouldn't be a bad thing either :)

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Bug-Byte Manic Miner

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Remake for DOS

Andy Noble did a fantastic remake for DOS which is available on his site: http://www.andynoble.co.uk/games.htm. I wasted lots of time on my (much missed) old Libretto playing that! :-D

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Government will shred ID card data

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Joke

Hmm, nationalists and socialists

If only there were a convenient, pithy, one-word shorthand to refer to nationalists and socialists...

Oooh, I know - zinas!

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Top Ten Retro PC Games

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Dungeon Keeper?

My partner is still playing it, even after 10 years... I've even learned how to write new levels and have constructed 75 (so far) for her to play. And no matter how hard I make them, she's never defeated! (Just don't play her at multiplayer, she ALWAYS wins!)

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Microsoft secretly yanks TechNet product keys

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Gates Horns

Can you spell "class action"?

Surely if the product keys were part of the conditions of the Technet licence when it was purchased, changing the number of keys means changing the product. Since the sale constitutes a contract, surely anyone who has already paid can sue M$ for breach of contract?

This sounds to me like a move that was - at best - ill thought out, and at worst, disastrously brain-damaged, if not actually criminal in many legislations.

Silly, silly Microsoft. This is one that they might be likely to end up regretting...

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