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Surprise Automotive X Prize winners announced

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Tons and Tonnes

No, a ton is not 1,000kg (it's 907kg). A tonne is 1,000kg (yes, the spelling *is* important in this case; it's not just pedantry).

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100mpg?

This is a UK site featuring a USA story - so is the MPG in Imperial or in English? Why not quote figures in metric anyway, this is the 21st century you know and it saves the confusion caused by historic measuring systems. I guess they're asking the vehicle to do about 2.35 litres/100km.

Anhyoo - have they not heard of the Honda C90? It's been doing economy of that level for years! Why do people need a car when there is usually only one person in it?

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Project Canvas becomes YouView

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YouView?

Surely "WeRerun" would have been more accurate.

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IE9 strips to win Chrome fans

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Jeez

Have people around here had an irony by-pass or something?

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Disappointed

I got so excited about the new, faster, stripped-down IE9 as a replacement for Chrome that I downloaded it and could hardly contain myself. Imagine my disappointment when it wouldn't install on Ubuntu, Fedora or OS X!

Well it just the beta, so I hopefully MS will make the other platform installs available on release day.

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Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP

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Oh well...

...one more reason to ditch MS then. Plus ca change.

As for the "great job" they're doing on Windows 7, could they please explain why Windows 7 runs slower for me than XP ever did? Can they also explain why it takes Windows 7 longer to log in than it does for Lucid (on much older hardware) to wake from a cold boot and let me get going?

And is it just me, or does the phrase "It's now like a website running outside of the browser" in reference to Windows give anyone else the screaming heebie-jeebies?

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As an aside...

...I pratted about with w3m yesterday for a few minutes. When IE9 (or any graphical browser) gets close to w3m's rendering speed, I'll be interested. I must also remember to use w3m (or similar) when at location with limited bandwidth/sever usage cap.

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Dell comes clean on open source

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How long before...

...MS demands that Dell drop the 'droid and use Windows Mobile 7 instead?

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Veteran spam suit troll plaintiff calls it quits

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I see that...

...some pro-junk email spamtard has been down-voting posts.

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They may be a troll...

...but they're my kind of troll. I waste more time than enough telling companies again and again that I do not want adverts (any media) for their crap. That's despite telling them at the time of original purchase/contract I don't want any garbage posted/e-mailed.

And the thing that really irks is that every time you contact them they presume that you want to get their crap and have to jump through hoops to (unsuccessfully in many cases) prevent the deluge.

For spammers (and marketeers in general) no punishment is too harsh in my book.

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Mozilla chucks Roc at Microsoft's new hardness

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When...

...IE (any version) can do hardware acceleration on Mac and Linux I'll take an interest. Until then MS can just shut their yap.

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Burglars used social network status updates to select victims

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Terminator

New "Adventure Staycation"?

Post on "FB: I am sad! Just got a new 3D TV system and full home theatre, but have to go away for a week. Haven't even managed to get them out of the boxes!"

Then hide in the under-stairs cupboard armed to the teeth and wait to be "burgled".

Cheap and low-carbon!

(Don't actually try this at home kids)

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Pandora tops 1000 boxes

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Perhaps...

...people don't mind paying a little bit more in order to support a cause/company they believe in?

If you think it's too much, don't buy it. No one is forcing you to. The only "fail" here seems to be yourself.

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2 CPUS 1 CUPP

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I fixed it for you

"You can run the PC in two modes, opting for ARM and Ubuntu for low power and long battery life, and Intel /Windows 7 mode for high performance"

should read

"You can run the PC in two modes, opting for ARM and Ubuntu for low power and long battery life, and Intel /Windows 7 mode for viruses and other malware"

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/13/malware_threat_lanscape/

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Cinema chain bans laptops, tablets

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Get a grip

It's not taking the equipment in that's the problem, it's the use of it. It should be easy for the ushers to spot someone actually using said kit have have them dealt with.

An last time I checked, we all have audio-visual recoding equipment hard-wired to our organic control units (full 3D too!). Are we all now banned from Vue cinemas?

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Email worm wants to party like it's 1999 (almost)

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Autorun?

Am I the only one that disables that as pretty much the first thing on a new Windows install? Mount the device, sure; but don't do anything else. Don't even bring up an irritating dialog asking me what I want to launch it with, or a file browser or anything. Just mount the sucker and be done with it.

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Microsoft to embrace and extend HTML 5?

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And you also miss the point

Flash is at least fully cross-platform (slow, bloated and a security threat I grant you; but fully cross-platform nonetheless). Silverlight is not, so shrinkage of OS share is *very much* the point when it comes to such technology. Why base a site on it when a reducing portion of customer can access it with that tech?

As for the in-fighting, if you draw up a list of the company reps throwing a strop and blocking progress and a list of companies bringing out their own proprietary tech to "fix the standards lagging" issues; you will find you have two *very* similar lists. These bully-boy tactics are also affected by OS shrinkage.

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In ten years...

...I hope that Windows share has dropped far enough the proprietary crap like Silverlight is simply not viable. MS is nowhere in the mobile market and that can only be a good thing for standards plus the industry as a whole.

And speaking as a developer, IE (all variants) does my box in. IE9 is the least bad, but it's still bad.

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Ummm....

YouTube, you tube. :)

Just one example.

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Police, ACPO, public set to clash on filming rights

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Did the cops try...

...asking politely if they could copy the relevant section of the recording?

Surely that would be good enough?

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Microsoft wins court order crushing mighty spam botnet

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That's one for the list!

Good things MS has done:

1. Jiggered Waledac

2. "Freecell"

3. Err...that's it I think

As for disinfecting...perhaps if Windows wasn't the Swiss cheese of OSs it wouldn't have been so easy for the black hats to crack it in the first place. The Windows paradigm is to run as Admin so one can get things done, Win7 has addressed this to a small extent but it still looks like a kindergarten attempt when compare to more mature and capable OSs.

Although one does wonder why MS had to make these moves (or are they indirectly admitting their OS is insecure?), what the heck are ISPs doing? Why are they continuing to fail (bar Cox it seems) to detect and isolate infected client systems (be they home PCs or servers)? Or to report infected PCs/servers to fellow ISPs and then block those ISPs if they do not take action? Surely protecting their primary asset (network bandwidth) is in the interest of ISPs?

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McKinnon family welcomes extradition treaty review

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One sided is right

Whilst the USofA has ratified the treaty, the level of proof they need to grab anyone from the UK is non-existent whilst the UK must prove it has a case in a USofA court before any extradition, It is high-time our "ally" stopped treating us like the enemy and dealt with us on a fair basis.

What McKinnon is was wrong, no doubt on that, but he only managed it because in the 15-odd years the USofA has had to increase security since Clifford Stoll raised the alarm, they have done jack-shit.

We should, in this instance, try McKinnon in the UK, punish him here (if the cased is proven) and tell the USofA to shove it. Of course, maybe the USofA will just "extract" him covertly - they have form for not caring on the legalities of foreign countries or individual freedoms.

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Adobe Reader 0day under active attack

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Simple answer

Hmm...why not run a Linux distro as a host OS and have it fire up a VM on power on? The VM can be Windows, and hold Adobe Reader etc, with all files held on shared folders (either managed by the host Linux OS or up on a server). End users won't notice any difference (the only clue to them might be a change in what they see during boot) and "machines" can be easily reverted to a clean base-state should they become infected.

Interesting that all OSs seem to be vulnerable - why the hell does a PDF need JS anyway?

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Brits don't want in-flight calling

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Flying calls?

If one's staff are so inept that they can't cope for the few hours while one is out of contact due to a flight, then one has hired the wrong people or failed to train them adequately. What do they do when one is asleep? Or on holiday? Or ill?

And if the answer is "Well, I'm big and important and I am the only one who can make decisions. Plus it makes me look big and important to the plebians." then...[slow clap] you have just gone and made yourself a single point of failure. Way to go.

We don't need "always on", all we need is a little bit of fore-thought. Proactive, not reactive.

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'Copyright troll' seeks $150,000 from republican candidate

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Hear, hear

The more people who set/support these crazy laws (or the crazy abuses of the law) who get it in the neck, the better. Hopefully we'll see some changes.

However, I do wonder about the legality of this. Surely the first question from the court will be "Did you give the defendant an opportunity to rectify?" hopefully followed by "No? Kindly bugger off then."

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Open source's ardent admirers take but don't give

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Size

And what is the size of Canonical (yet to turn a profit I believe) vs Red Hat (raking it in)? Is Canonical's 1/16 or Red Hat's really so far out of whack?

And even if you don't think it is, Canonical's 1/16 is still better than 0/16 and leagues ahead of the likes of MS.

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Rise in Latvian botnets prompts Spamhaus row

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I agree totally

Rights to free speech, movement, freedom from torture etc are basic human rights. The inalienable rights. Those we'd still have if we returned to the trees.

Everything else is merely a benefit of our technological age.

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Northern Ireland gets upgraded spycams

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Not just in N.I.

Before they got booted out for being inept (allowing in a coalition of ineptitude) Labour policy was total observation. This is why they began rolling out ANPR all over the south of England. So recording the movement of mostly innocent people in N.I. is just brining them into line with the British values.

Labour may be out of power for now, but you must still obey the machine they put in place.

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Conroy, Family First isolated on Oz internet filter

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If I had kids old enough...

...I'd give them a restricted account, only sites/services on white-lists allowed. As they get older and smarter, they will work out how to by-pass the security. By they time they can get all the pr0n they want, I'd expect them to be old enough to cope with it.

(I only ask to be in the room when they stumble across 2-girls-1-cup for the first time. Evil? Me?)

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Must. Control. Fist. Of. Death.

"Labor, they claimed, had comprehensively failed to deliver on cybersafety policies for children"

That pisses me right off, it really does and I'm not even Australian. We see the same thing here. "The Government MUST protect the children!" blah-de-blah-de-blah.

Last time I checked it was the responsibility of the *PARENT* to protect their children! Do they let their children play with guns? On the motorway? Drink bleach? No! So why when it comes to the 'net to they want to divest responsibility to the government?

And what will happen to children on the net?

A few will be predated on and that's not a good thing to have happening, but it happens all the time (relatives/family-friends are the worst - ease of access). Do parents expect the state to mind-scan Uncle Joe when he pops round for tea? So why demand the near-equivalent when their kids go on-line? We are talking about people savvy enough to realise that there is some level of threat on the net. If they are smart enough to work that out, they are smart enough to apply their own content filtering (plus firewalls etc). And if they are not smart enough to do that, they should not let their sodding kids on-line!

But for most, by and large nothing untoward will happen. Apart from the fact they will realise 99.99% of decent, 99.99% are honest. 99.99% of people want the same things they do. Oh, and 99.99% of people are seriously pissed of with the increasingly dictatorial nature of supposed democratic governments.

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Deviant Google Android probes Linux kernel re-entry

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All moot

Whether or not Android makes it in to the main kernel really doesn't matter. Once Windows Phone Mobile Handy A-hoy-hoy Zeiben hits the streets, the whole world will realise the error of their ways and return to the loving embrace of Redmond.

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Anti-virus defences even shakier than feared

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@Bollocks

So if a local admin account is logged in and walks away without locking the PC, then any moron can just click "OK" and do what they want? FFS. It's still crap!

*ALWAYS* challenge. Or store a time-limited permission or something. But *DO NOT* assume that just because the logged in account is "AdminBill" that the primate bashing the keys is also "AdminBill".

I do wish people would think through basic security before commenting.

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@These days

Yeah, and what a piece of crap that is. No password required! So any moron can escalate without needing to know the password for root access. It's bloody stupid.

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How about...

...running an OS that is less likely to get royally shafted by malware? Y'know, because the user doesn't run as Administrator? Y'know, because the other OS actually has proper user security?

Just asking.

(Cue the down-votes)

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Malware gang steal over £700K from one British bank

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In it? Probably.

Someone on average wage and with various outgoings would probably not have £800+ in their account for very long.

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Which bank?

I think this is pertinent information.

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Turkish groom accidentally sprays wedding guests with bullets

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Perhaps...

...this would the only time a groom would be happy to be firing blanks?

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Ballmer's 'lost generation' note finds resonance

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Err...Sean

You do know you are using a Unix OS on your Mac, yeah? And be thankful to sweet zombie jeebus that you are!

As for flint axes...they (well, bladed weapons in general) score over more modern equivalents in many ways. 1. They are cheap. 2. They are silent. 3. They don't need reloading. 4. One can draw a knife and complete an attack faster than one can use a gun (just ask the Thai army...).

Unix may be old, but that does not make unfit for purpose. In fact, one could take the view that Unix (and Unix-a-likes to an extent) have most of their mistakes in the past.

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IE9's Acid, speed and HTML5 trip to land lost surfers

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Just a guess...

...but maybe IE9 vs FF3.6 isn't considered "fair" and they're waiting for FF4? I really don't know though.

I did the tests last nigh on FF 3.6 running on MS's end-user OS (Windows XP) and some worked (slowly) others didn't (e.g. "Space Invader"). Here's the thing, you can get FF for FREE! You could test and publish your own results! You'd need to test IE9, Safari and Opera on the same hardware for a fair comparison though.

As for "it can [optimise] everything for Windows", I really don't care. Windows is becoming increasingly irrelevant by the day.

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95%?

It does not get 95% The 95/100 isn't the "score". I realise that "The Register" is not pitching itself to be the IT equivalent of "Nature" but really... ...there are something simple things that the authors should *know* and to be able to explain correctly to readers.

When writing a price of browsers, the author should actually have a clue what ACID3 is and how it is measured.

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Microsoft dry-cleans browser trousers ready for IE 9 beta

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How many times?

Even 100/100 on ACID3 is *NOT* a pass! Jesus wept. It must also match (to the pixel) the reference rendering. Then there is how smooth the animation is and how long it takes.

So is 95 "impressive"? I dunno, we have no information on the other critical factors of the test.

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UK ICT classes killing kids' interest in tech

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Word processing...

...is to computing as cooking is to chemistry. They are both vital skills, but it is important not to confuse the two.

"Hard" subjects (mathematics, all sciences etc) have been in decline in Britain for years, while or competitor nations (India et al) invest heavily in such subjects. We are already paying for that failure with lower investment and a lack of innovation.

I did the GCSE back when a Master 128 was a shit-hot beast. We never did mail-merge or anything (I have no idea how to do it today, but I have a fair idea of how computers work and how to read the chuffin' manual!), we had to write our own applications in BBC BASIC (I did a very small amount of assembler). Then again, we weren't allowed calculators in maths classes either.

And we were told back than that the GCSEs were too easy!

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Google boss turns Wave demise into success of sorts

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Exabytes

"There was five exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003,"

Probably. And most of that data was unique and precious. Today we get 4.99 exabytes of regurgitated, manipulated, distorted and duplicated vacuous bullcrap (this post adding to that total) every two days!

There is probably more value in one essay from Aristotle than there is in the sum total of most blogs that are spewed forth every day.

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Apathy kills Google's new-age Wave

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It was interesting...

...it just didn't solve comms problem any better than anything else. And some of the features just sucked donkey ball (showing people what you type, as you type? Pun-leeze).

It was newsgroups for Web 2.0 and it managed to not be as good as newsgroups.

Oh, and not havig stand-along apps was a fail. I don't want my comms in a browser, I want them integrated to my device/desktop.

I am sure that we'll see components/ideas in other offerings despite it's problems.

Want to solve my comms problems? Give me voice, video, instant messaging and email; all integrated. Encrypted, based on Open Standards and working seamlessly with MS Office (no matter how good OpenOffice is (and it is pretty good, i use it at home) it does not format/render documents etc *identically* to MS Office and some of us have to use it....grr...).

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UK.gov smiles and nods at commentards

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What's wrong?

What part of "it does not work" do you not understand?

If placebos are so powerful, why do doctors bother giving drugs at all? Perhaps what they should do at the first appointment is shake the "magic tambourine" and declare you cured. See if the placebo effect can cut admissions and drug prescriptions?

Who is to say that homeopathy is any cheaper anyway? Many drugs for day-to-day problems are either produced on a mass scale or can be purchased as generics; this makes them cheap.

When you start to get to the expensive drugs/treatments, you are getting towards serious heart problems, cancers and a whole slew of nasties. But not to worry, a sugar pill is cheaper. Jesus!

They only "alternative" medication that can claim any real credence is herbalism - and that's hardly surprising as we still get lots of drugs and compounds from plants. But this does not mean I expect the doctor to treat my skin rash (say) with lavender tea. Unless lavender tea has been proven to work in a double-bind study that has been published in a peer reviewed journal.

The very fact that homeopathy is even given elbow room in the NHS is a clear indication of governments ruling by populism rather than evidence and fact; and the populations growing inability to critically assess data and reach logical conclusions (not being helped by the disaster that is the British education system)..

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Sky faces competition probe over film rights

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Eh?

Sky do not want Ofcom to interfere, but as soon as the BBC et al try to enter Sky DEMANDS that Ofcom interfere.

You can't have it both ways.

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OOXML and open clouds: Microsoft's lessons learned

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Phase One...

...Embrace has begun. Extend and Extinguish to follow shortly.

MS have, at every possible turn, tried to attack/destroy open standards and interoperability. They should not be trusted one iota in this arena. C'mon, they can't even write a browser that follows the HTML standards FFS!

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Microsoft rushes out emergency fix for critical Windows bug

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@AC 10:45

"I'm sure if we all switched to Linux based machines, it'd only be a matter of time before we were back to our usual routine of patching holes every other day."

Very true. At least the repository system employed by many Linux distros would make that task much, much easier and there'd be no need to reboot the machine (well...rarely a need, kernel updates).

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Win 7 up, Mac OS X down in market share wars

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@DEAD4EVER

What prices I have seen reported for Apple's OS X upgrades list it as cheaper than the comparable upgrades for Windows 7. I do not believe you can buy OS X stand-alone, I could be wrong.

Apple hardware may not be suited for games, but it is more suited for other applications (e.g. graphic design). You pick the tool for the job based on evidence, not ideology.

Actually, any modern windowing system is about as easy to use as another other one. Familiarity, of course, will make one *appear* easier than another to any given individual. I use Windows (XP, 7, and Server), Ubuntu and OS X; they're all pretty much the same although the do have their individual strengths.

If old hardware works, then it works. Why should it be retired if it can still fulfil its function? If it works, or can be re-purposed, then use it. I certainly can't afford a new PC every couple of years and I am gainfully employed! I suspect you are not working and have your needs met by Mummy and Daddy, your attitude will change when you have to provide for yourself.

I am pleased to hear that your mother got such a good system, does she play games? Or did you spec it for her? For day-to-day use you can get a perfectly good system for about half the price you quote (less if you opt to re-use hardware or a different form-factor).

MS is a dead-duck in the Smart-whatever market. That it ruled by Symbian, iOS, and a legion of Linux distros. So if the world does shift from the desktop to that kind of arena, then we could see the landscape change. Which would be good. Competition is good. Struggle is good. For too many years IT has been stagnating in a monoculture. It needs to diversify, if only to save itself.

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"one last thing if you cant understand me then stfu i dont give a beep"

Well, you should. ifyouexPressyOurop1n1oninaw-ayth-at1shardtounder5t4nd then people will struggle to follow your opinion. Any valid points you may make will be ignored and simply add to the noise.

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DfT denies deliberately misleading on speed cam stats

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You already have two of those

Eye-ball mark one. Simply slow down and the the prat go past (assuming it's safe to slow down of course).

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