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3017 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Microsoft calls Intel's Windows 8 comments 'inaccurate'

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Almost

They're the ones still use in the Enterprise. Y'know, the folks who still use IE6 because they got systems coded to proprietary standards that can't be easily upgraded/migrated.

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To be fair...

...MS has been pretty good at maintaining backwards compatibility. Have you seen the video going from Windows 1 to Windows 7? I thought it was pretty amazing to be honest.

I'm pretty sure that one could not do that with OS X and as for any given Linux distro I don't think it would work either (downloading source and re-compiling is cheating. :-P)

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Sky-high megablog names top 50 'cloud innovators'

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Oh please

Give it a feckin' rest already.

"Hello, marketing? Can you turn your volume up?"

"Thanks, can you get every around you to be quiet please?"

"Great"

"A WEBSITE IS NOT THE CLOUD YOU BLOODY NIMRODS!"

"Who's this? This in Engineering."

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New PlayStation Network hack hijacks user accounts

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@RAMChYLD

So a PS3 can't be used without a 'net connection? Glad I didn't go through with buying one a month or two ago! I was planning to use it as a Blu-Ray player, maybe to stream content off my home network and to maybe play games.

But it if needs an Internet connection to do that - forget it.

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Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

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@pitagora

If the platform changes its model too much and breaks plugins too often then users will leave as its unstable and developers will quit it as there is too much re-work. If that happens, then the platform will die. Simple.

If what people are saying here is true, then Mozilla and Firefox should be dying. It does not seem like they are.

If one is using a piece of software that *IS* essential, then one should be paying for support. And if not then, to be blunt, one is also part of the problem.

From my experience, the only add-on to not work is TinyURL Creator. Hardly essential. But that is just my experience.

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@NoneSuch

Have you asked the devs of the plug-ins to make them compatible?

Have you offered to sponsor the work?

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Open source .NET mimic rises from Novell ashes

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@Sentient

I don't think its politics to be deeply concerned about the possibility of MS patent-bombs lurking in the Linux eco-sphere.

The question is, what itch is Mono trying to scratch, why were none of the existing technologies deemed viable and what can be done to improve them?

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Yes

There's Banshee, the default music player in Ubuntu.

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HP unveils stylin' new desktop line

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Hello?

This is the 1980s, we'd like our HiFi designs back.

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Renault readies sub-£7000 e-car for Blighty

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@AC

Buy bike armour. Well insulated, waterproof and you'll need it when some BMW/Volve driving ass-hat smashes into you. Cost to be fully suited and booted in something half-decent £500-£1,000.

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Umm...

...isn't that just a battery-powered C1 with 4 wheels? Think I'd rather have a C1 to be honest (and repeal the stupid helmet laws for such a machine).

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Microsoft claims Windows Azure appliances exist

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Sort of

I am sick and tired of El Reg only discussing Azure, when the likes of OpenStack, EC2 et al are tearing MS a new one.

Cloud is a bit like REST, it's an architectural idea and it probably won't scratch all your itches. But to ignore it is a bit naive.

Also, markteers should be taken into a small room by the techs and have the true meaning of "cloud" beaten into them.

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Samsung prices up Chrome OS netbook for Blighty

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Yup

If it was sold at the "true" price (which would have been about £213). Oh wait, tax. Make that about £256. Still pricey, but easier to swallow. But no, same deal as always. Rip-off the Brits.

There is a simple answer - don't buy.

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French publisher starts second round against Google

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I guess it's how it's used

If Google just uses it as some kind of index "Book X by Y, ISBN N contains what you are looking for" and maybe with a highlighted paragraph or something, then I totally fail to see the issue.

If, however, Google vomits up the entire book or sells/provides by any means a copy (or large portion) of the book for which the publisher receives no remuneration, then that is an issue.

And looking at Google Books it appears to be the former, so I am not sure what their problem is as Google Books just lets people find their book and then easily buy it. Surely that's of advantage to the publisher?

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David Cameron wants to push all of Blighty online

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I know the units in question

With 4gb RAM and a HDD to match, they will even manage virtualisation. half-Life etc will also run (and that was also on Ubuntu 10.10). The only problem is these units have a reputation for blowing capacitors.

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And looking at the site...

...only a £3 diff between Ubuntu and Windows? Really? Sod the PC, where can I get Windows 7 and Office for £3?

Something stinks.

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Ah

I did eventually find the Remploy Store on eBay, just a few crappy Dells really. That they're ones known to have dodgy capacitors.

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So where can they be bought?

There's nothing about it on the Remploy site.

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Super-injunction Twitter user in contempt of court if tweets were true

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Simple answer...

...to super injunctions. If you covet a public life and/or use your public profile to make a living (film/music stars, MPs etc) then avoid all the injunction hassle by not dipping your wick in someone else's wax, making false claims or otherwise being a total cock.

Personally I don't care if you like to be dressed as a baby and spanked by "mummy", but I do care when you try to cover up your actions and present yourself as something you are not.

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Official: Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5bn

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Skype on Linux...

...was never really a big project from Skype. You can be sure that MS will kill it stone-dead to ensure that the only real option is MS-centric

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Judge approves handover of BitTorrent IP addresses

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Err...

...Conan was Schwarzenegger. "Copland" was good, "Rocky I" too.

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Easy solution

Change the law to make you liable for what happens on your network.

Not saying that's a nice thing to happen, just saying it's something that could happen.

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Grow up

"Oh, but Hollywood only produces crap and doesn't deserve paid." Really? Really, really? So why are you so dead keen to watch it then?

"Oh, but I'm poor and can't afford it." Really? But you got enough money to spunk on broadband.

Why not support people doing stuff you like? Why not get behind other movements/organisations (such as vo.do)?

Got no sympathy for those who engage in copyright infringement via torrents.

There again, I also have little support for the antics of the RIAA/MPAA/BPI.

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Microsoft poised to make biggest ever buy – Skype

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@Giles

MS already have an alternative, OCS. It is one of the few things MS has managed to do right (although only allowing you to store conversation in Outlook is a PITA). Want multi-party video conferencing? Done. You do need to run a server though.

I agree - this is just about buying the user base.

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Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple

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Bleurgh!

Someone pass a sick-bag, please!

Is this how desperate MS is getting? Kee-rist. They don't even go into the "virtues" of Win7. "This one's touch screen". Ooh-wee, excuse me whilst I get some tissues. That is just a matter of hardware rather than OS as such (although is need OS support, obviously).

It is true that buying a new PC almost forces one to accept Windows, but that is more down to market abuse rather than an informed decision to buy Windows.

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Elite coder readies £15 programming gadget for schools

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@Marvin

WTF? I did learn how an engine actually works when driving, it gave you an understanding of the noises, why gear changes were important, why oil is important. It also gave you knowledge of when to break the rules (e.g. pulling away in second).

You to not need a PhD in electronics to run a PC, but knowing enough to know that increasing your ram to 32gb with one shitty HDD and a weak controller isn't going to speed things up *IS* important.

And as for cars, it is getting harder but many parts are still user-replaceable. I have often thought that road-side maintenance should be taken into the type approval e.g. "It my be possible to change any bulb on the vehicle within 10 minutes and without requiring tools."

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How to make Azure more appealing to Java and Open Source developers

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So basically...

...make Windows more like *nix? Why not just cut out the middle man and go *nix?

If .Net is going to be such a pain to port to Azure, the incremental cost of re-implementation on another platform won't be much more and will be off-set by the gains in efficiency (purchase, maintenance etc).

Lets face it "cloud" is just the 1970/80s with a bit of virtualisation (and lots of PR puffery). A big server sharing its resources is exactly the arena *nix was designed to work in. If that is already fit for purpose, why waste time on Azure?

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Sony’s sorry saga snowballs

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@AC

Yeah....sure you are. Sure.

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UK.gov would pay to have benefit claimants' tattoos erased

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Yeah

Because Bruce Potts just couldn't get a job, could he?

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Apple reportedly plans ARM shift for laptops

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Apart from...

...the fact the Windows will apparently run on ARM too.

So not only will users get low-power and portability, but also the rich experience of *the* standard environment.

Pffffttt............giggles

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Sony implicates Anonymous in PlayStation Network hack

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"I am in yur Internetz...

...stealin' yur Upload Codez.

Ok Tnx bbye

Teh CIA"

See? I can do it too.

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End of the tether: Google plays nice with carriers

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Why?

I pay for data. If I use that data for texts, web or to push pictures of fully kittens to my PC; so what?

Charge me for the data I use and leave it at that. Simple!

And "simple" is the problem - the market needs the confusion so consumers end up over-paying.

Net neutrality - they're heard of it and want nothing to do with it.

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Facebook fails webmail tests

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I have found...

...Indesit to be very good (just don't buy the cheapo models). Miele do have a good rep., as do Bosch.

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Ohio cops taze naked marathoneer

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Only in the USA...

...can one have the right to bear arms, but not the right to a bare todger.

And people think the UK is repressed!

What the cops should have done is scrounged a pair of shorts and gained some great PR. But no. This is the USofA. Shoot (tase) first and ask questions later.

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Hacker pwns police cruiser and lives to tell tale

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Has already happened...

...Boston area I think.

So why the downvote?

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Joke

A Linux box?

They should have been running embedded Windows. Far more secure.

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The Sandy Bridge Hackintosh

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Prices?

Did I miss these? Could you perhaps list the prices paid (and places bought from)?

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Mozilla ships first security update for Firefox 4

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And...

..."World Biggest Pac Man" still doesn't work. Who's to blame? MS for not sticking to the proposed-Standards, or Mozilla for not correctly implementing same?

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Is iPhone data collection legal?

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What?

In the UK ex-directory is free, there is no charge to pay. So either you are not in the UK or you are simply wrong.

THe one things that pisses me off about data is the likes of Experian. They collect data about ME that directly affects MY life, and then have the gall to charge ME for access to MY data. They should be forced by law to open it to the person who the data refers to.

Never happen though.

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Acer Iconia Tab W500

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@Tim

To be fair to @Fuzz, the Linux-a-likes installed on most netbooks/tablets are pretty socking. Each OEM stamps on their "brand identity" in order to "differentiate" and "provide added value".

Which translates to "mess it up", "slow it down" and "screw it up".

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PSN hack triggers lawsuit

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@Bilge

1) I did not realise that Sony had put their customer database up on teh torrentz. Can you give me teh upload codez?

2) Sony appear to have applied security to some aspects of their data, but not others. What is the ICO's position on encrypting personal data?

3) Unlike most government offices, I don't read anything in the story about Sony putting this data on an unencrypted USB stick.

4) Sony are a shower of anti-free-market asshats (rootkits, GeoHotz etc) and deserve everything they get, but I don't see how this suit helps. This is a *global* problem and needs to be addressed at a state level. The countries involved (i.e. just about everyone) should demand that Sony make good any loses and have ID theft teams.

5) *IF* one suffers a loss, *IF* one has evidence that Sony is responsible and *IF* Sony do not make good, then one should sue. *IF* this happens repeatedly, then the courts should consider punitive damages/prosecution.

Just IMHO of course.

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OCZ shares trashed by short seller's research note

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@AdamWill

Err....requiring people to have legal title (or at least, license) to sell stuff is an artificial restriction?

It's that kind of thinking that has caused the economic problems. Building markets on thin air.

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Actually...

...capitalism does work. What doesn't work are completely artificial trades like "shorting" where you don't even have what you sell. Or "collaterised debt" where you magic a negative into a positive and sell the risk to some poor sucker.

When one or two did it, probably tolerable. When everyone is doing it, it just builds a market on thin air (call it a "bubble") and as we know, all bubbles burst.

No one will complain whilst they trouser their fake cash. it's all milk and honey. Their milk and honey, not yours or mine. When it does go bang, then they come crying for hand-outs.

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Save the planet: Stop the Greens

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I am all for...

...more energy, cleaner energy and simply using less.

I think the big problem is trying to a find a "one size fits all" solution. Such a thing does not exist.

In some place wind makes sense. In others solar, others hydro, others...

Each needs to be seen in the local context (topography etc) and in the relationship to the global context ("If I put the solar cells there, how do I maintain/fix them?"). But governments do not like this as it makes it appear that people A get something different from people B and ass-hats in both camps kick up a stink. Despite the fact the peoples A and B actually have different needs.

This puts me in the curious position of quite liking the idea of wind turbines, but deploring they way they have the splatted all over the landscape.

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Google and friends wrap open video codec in patent shield

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Correct me if I am wrong

But I thought Google always opened the code after release?

That may not be "open source" in the GNU/EFF sense of things, but it is far ahead of anything MS or Apple ever do (both staunch freedom opponents).

And whilst it may be against the true spirit of "open", it does keep the forking down until after the code is stable and the hardware shipping. If the code was open, I would not put it past some corporations to begin forks just to try and poison the waters.

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Nintendo confirms Wii 'successor'

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Will it be called...

...a "Wii wii"?

(Got an original, well worth the money).

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I hope so

Then I can pick an old one up on eBay for little.

Hacktastic!

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Microsoft lobby will turn Google into Microsoft

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When Google (for example)...

...release a Google OS that comes with a Google Browser baked right in and uses undocumented Google-only APIs; then Google will be as bad as MS for lock-in and restriction of choice etc.

Google and FB have the *potential* to be as bad (maybe worse, considering the personal data they control) as MS; but so far they are not that bad. MS is still the anti-open, anti-standards, anti-freedom gorilla in the room.

Hell, IBM is more open than MS!

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Err...

"Likewise Google has come in for attention because it deliberately sniffed wireless connections and geotagged them all over the planet."

I know there was a big hoo-hah in the press and I know the politicians saw it as a popularity contest in "Who can be more outraged?"....but is it a criminal offence to record data that is being blasted into the air unencrypted?

I do not excuse Google from the potential abuses this data could be put to, but are they really the causal party? It's not as if Google had to de-crypt anything. My opinion?

The users were idiots for not securing their networks adequately. "Ah, but not all users are techies." Then not all user should be setting up routers and networks, should they?

Google were (at best) very naive to think that Europeans would not get upset by this. Europeans are much more sensitive to privacy that the USAians. In the USA it seems that asking for privacy is almost an admission of guilt.

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