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Apple boots STD psychic healing app out of bed

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Damn!

And I was going to host my "iChiro" app today as well. It would correct spinal deformities (which would cure everything from hiccups to cancer and bulimia) by reducing the quantum flux distortion caused by all that money in your pocket.

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Microsoft defends death of free video in IE 9

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h264 costs to rise

So MS are losing money? Prediction: once h264 is ubiquitous the licensing costs will rise so MS and Apple can provide a decent RoI and coin it in. The public will be screwed over (again) but the fat cats an continue to get fatter and grease the palms of the parliamentarians, so that's OK then.

Pedantic: "codex" != "codecs". "codec" is from "compression-decompression" whereas "codex" is generally considered to be a bound (stitched) volume (book) as opposed to individual scrolls.

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Applesoft, Ogg, and the future of web video

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Umm...

...don't install it then? Try Kubuntu, or Xubuntu. Or Mint. Or Fedora. Or OpenSUSE. Or Mandriva. Or MacPup. Or Slackware. Or....or...or...

I dropped 10.04 on the other day. So far I have left everything at default (yes, even the window buttons). It seems slick enough to me (boots fast enough), stable. Only complaint I have is that Ubuntu One seems to be as chronically unstable as ever.

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Internet Explorer drops below 60% market share

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You can't actually delete IE

You can remove a few shortcuts etc, but IE is tied into the Windows OS far too deeply to be removed.

As for search engines - you can actually change those; you know that? And if you want to type the URI in, you can do that too.

Also with browsers, there is actually a choice. Something MS does not give you (because, as I stated initially, it is not possible to completely remove IE).

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Utterly irrelevant

The public could stop using IE tomorrow, but it still wouldn't matter. IE6 is *THE* standard browser because it is what is used in the corporate enterprise. It's a pain in the ass, I agree, but that's the way it is. We may see uptake of IE8, but that still won't really help. It'll be running in "quirks" mode to support all those sites coded for IE6 that people are too scared to change (or can't because they don't have the code, it's all proprietary and the vendor has gone bust - this is why you need to buy open source!).

FF, Opera et al are pissing into the wind if they thing they will get anywhere in the corporate world given there current support for roll-out etc. And why would any corporate install another browser when Windows comes with IE "for free" and IE can never be uninstalled? The likes of FF don't even make it easy for corporate roll-outs or to respect group policies etc. They just don't care about the corporate world - the first browser to actually address this *may* have a chance; but I am not holding my breath for someone to create such a thing.

I displike IE for its lack of standards compliance and I utterly despise IE6. But I know the reality of things, it will be here for a long time yet.

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Google borgs 3D desktop

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FAIL

Umm....

...search function? Just a thought.

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Desktop organisers?

WTF? Who needs them? Who puts so much crap on their desktop that it needs to be organised? That's what folders (and other, umm, organisation systems) are for. One actually needs precious few (if any) icons on the desktop. It's usually hidden by windows anyway.

If you want to see desktop organisation done properly, look at KDE (and this is coming from a Gnome user).

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 shuns open video

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You forget...

...Google are going to open up VP8. Ogg Theora is basically VP3 and some people argue it can approach n264 (I've new compared, I can't comment). However, when VP8 is opened and supported by Chrome, Firefox, Opera and others, h264 will hopefully fall from favour.

Technically there is nothing wrong with h264. It's a good codec.

But there is that poison, proprietary pill and for that reason alone it should not be used.

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Student found guilty of obstruction in Sarah Palin email trial

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How about...

...if Palin hadn't BROKEN THE LAW by using a "personal" account for government business. When will she be in the dock? If anything this kid should get "whistle-blower" protection and be praised for exposing illegal activity.

One law for the proles, one law for the elite.

This poor kid will be left to rot and in a few terms the Yanks will have that muppet as Prez.

May the incorporeal supreme being of choice have mercy on us all.

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Microsoft's Courier tablet dies before it lives

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"It's in our DNA"

I hate that phrase. Utterly hate it. You get it in all sorts of PR crap from motorcycles to IT and it is just crap. It's some vacuous attempt to sound all sciency and knowledgeable and it is just total bullshit.

It's in their BUSINESS PLAN to investigate new products/innovations and to try and MAKE MONEY.

Why not just say that?

PR wankers.

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And another thing...

...Windows in charge of fuel pumps? That should be enough to given anyone "Teh Fear"(tm).

I get nervous using ATMs that are clearly Windows boxes, I wonder how many trojans, backdoors and viruses it is riddled with.

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Microsoft's FUD goes mobile

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Which is why...

...one shouldn't use FAT. Simples.

(One can install the ?FS drivers along with one's Windows integration client)

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Palin email witness decries 'dog and pony' prosecution

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FAIL

More importantly

When will Palin be in the dock for using Yahoo! for government business?

Surely her deliberate acts to try and by-pass federal law as as serious, if not more so?

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx stalks PC and Mac converts

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Agreed, to an extent

There are certain niche (for relative values of "niche") products that aren't available for Linux (not just Ubuntu). You will not see Visio (or any MS product) run native on Linux. Although there is Crossover Office (or whatever it's called), and various "tricks" to getting MS Office to run under WINE (I've had no luck with them personally - OpenOffice does everything I need).

Photoshop is another. Yeah, GIMP is good, but why learn a whole new program (which may or may not do the right things) simply to switch OS? AutoCAD is another one.

Many games run under WINE (C.o.D may be one, I dunno, I am not a big gamer). Native Linux games are growing (Steam seems to be coming to Linux) but it will be a few years yet before Linux truly competes with Windows as a gaming platform.

One option, if you like Linux enough but can't give up a few Windows apps, is to switch to Linux and then run WINE (for the that work under WINE) and host a virtual Windows box in VirtualBox. But if Windows is the only thing that scratches your itch completely, then use Windows; no shame in that.

My main OS is still Windows XP. When that gets too long in the tooth (and that time is fast approaching) I will switch to Linux 100%. I doubt Windows 7 has support for my hardware and, quite frankly, I don't want to blow £200+ just to be able to watch TV (amongst other things). I'll just install Myth and go from there.

I run Linux on all my laptops - it's awesome there. Way better (and more stable) than Windows ever was.

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Microsoft FAT patent appeal upheld in Germany

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A tool for a job

For flash drives, perhaps EXT2 or something like that (less write to the media IIRC)

For video on a hard disc, JFS?

For backups, ZFS?

For general use, EXT4?

(These are just examples, I am not trying to praise one over all the others)

Rather than "one size fits all" people need to realise that some file system are better at some things that others, while some are good "general dogs-bodies". Linux (and I guess Mac, BSD etc) can happily read many file systems, Windows is still stuck in the (proprietary) dark ages.

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No FAT?

Every removable drive I have bought has come formatted FAT32. Only internal drives are blank. FAT32 is seen by people as "the standard". Hopefully now they will see sense and start to use ETX2/3/4,JFS,ZFS,whatever instead.

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Screw MS

If enough companies get together and agree to support "?FS", producing open source drivers (assuming none already exist), supplying them F.o.C and generally building support; then MS can go an whistle. Their FAT-tax no longer applies.

As for Windows not support the FS...does it matter? It can read a CD can't it? That could install the drivers.

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EXT2?

Umm...maybe. Ideally it should be a format that is "best" for the media. If Windows (or whatever) does not support the file system OOTB, simply provide the drivers (or get together with other companies to write said drivers). Whether it's EXT2 (or 3, or 4...) or something else entirely I do not care.

Linux et al can work with these OOTB.

WIndows users are sued to having to install and then reboot every time the wind changes direction, so they won't mind.

Macs...I dunno about Macs. Sorry. But my guess is that can read EXT2 or something like it.

If MS want to stamp their feet over FAT; let them. Just don't use FAT! Simples.

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Hawking: Aliens are out there, likely to be Bad News

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There is no defence

If there is alien life...

If that life is intelligent...

If that life has technology of any kind...

Then, considering cosmic time-scales, it will either be too primitive to get here...

Or so mind-boggingly advanced that it could get here and we not know one damn about it...

And if it got here with malice, then there'd probably be feck all we could do about it.

"Ah puny human, a nuclear bomb. How quaint. I'll see your nuclear arsenal and raise you that moon. Yes, the one now dropping towards you. Toodles!"

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Microsoft's Silverlight 4 - more than Flash envy

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4) Video

There's no "if", Google are releasing it.

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Sky punts 'truly unlimited' 20Mb/s broadband

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Agreed

It's either unlimited or limited. Binary choice.

Personally I find my (actual) 4mpbs (capped, shaped and limited) is good enough for my needs just now. Why pay more?

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Ten free apps to install on every new PC

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Screw VMWare Player

Get Oracle's VirtualBox.

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No voice

That it Pidgin's greatest failing, it just doesn't do voice. Whilst the SIPE (for Office Communicator) plug-in works, it can't give you any voice support. AFAIK Digsby doesn't support voice either, so there is no alternative to MS Office Communicator.

Am I wrong? Please tell me I am wrong. I cannot stand MS OffComm.

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Johnson: ID cards will pay for themselves

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In summary

"The idea is bollocks, but we've given so much to our friends...err...spent so much on consulting that we will press on.

'Sunk cost'? Never heard of it. Is it relevant? Bloody impertinence, interrupting like that...

Well, anyway; so much has been blown on this that is it like a bank - too big to fail. It's not our money anyway...well, it is now due to the lucrative perks we've all been getting from our new friends; but again is that relevant?

Where was I? Oh yes. Not our money. We spent the taxpayer's money and we are going to get those idiots spend it again by getting them to pay for something they've already paid for.

Will it lower fraud, stop terrorism, cut rape levels? It will do, and I would like to point to the squillions we ave spunked on it as proof of that. People will be able to sleep soundly as they know there's no point in robbing them. They're either now too poor from buying ID cards, or too poor due to a cock up it with the database.

Err....you can cut that last bit.

What do you mean it's live? Shut it off! SHUT IT OFF!"

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C language inventor spurns Google's language exam

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Good. Sort of.

A professor of physics (say) is not allowed to rewire your house, even though they could explain in excruciating detail by by-passing the RCD is a "Bad Thing"(tm) and even manufacture an RCD out of duct tape and a milk-bottle top. Put simply: they are not an electrician, even though they are very good at the theory.

It's the same here. Mr. Thompson may be very good, he may be very smart; but he still has to prove that as well as being a good "physics prof" he is also a good "electrician".

Having just said that, most programming exams are a pile of crap (I've done a few). "If you see code like this, what happens A) B) C) or D)" The correct answer is, of course, "E) Find the person responsible for this incomprehensible horror and beat some sense into them". And the other classic "Is method A on class B? Yes/No" Correct answer "Umm...this is, like, why we have API docs. No point in knowing it's there without knowing how to use the wee beggar."

So yes, do not allow commits from Mr. Thompson until he passes the exam.

After said exam, do not be surprised if Mr. Thompson rips the exam (and its writers) to shreds.

The ultimate irony would be if Mr. Thompson was involved in writing/approving the exam!

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'iPhone 4G' loser outed

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FAIL

Nice PR stunt

And it seems to be working.

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MS kernel patch skirts infected machines

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Does it warn?

"Dear User,

One of the MS updates could not be installed as your system is infected with a 'rootkit'. It is string advised that you disconnect from the internet and hire a professional to fix your system."

Or something. If they don't do that the n they are not helping to stamp out the millions of infected Windows boxes that plague the net

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Apple bans Pulitzer Prize political cartoons from iPhone

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Cretin

Think what you like about Jobs, but he is no Hitler. Your moral relativism is disgusting and belittles the suffering and deaths of millions. Go hang your head in shame.

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Chinese go beyond binary with ternary molecule

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Joke

EmoBooleans!

True

False

Meh

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Volcanic ash grounds dozens of UK flights

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Umm....

...it was filed under "Physics". You could maybe argue that it should have been filed under "Geology", "Meteorology" or even "Geography"...but that's it. It's deffo news, it's deffo important.

If you don't want to read the non-IT news, can I suggest you stay out of the non-IT areas or simply not click on them?

Is using your brain simply too much to ask?

I am sure Ms. Bee has contemplated finding me and slapping me on a few occasions; but I hope nothing I have said or done has been as vacuous and pointless as your derisive missive.

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Commodore 64 may come back as Warren Beatty

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Not new

When this story last broke it was pointed out that this case and system were already on sale (http://www.cybernetman.com/).

So, El Reg, why not do some journalism and ask these jokers how they think they can get away with claiming someone else's product as their "own" and simply re-branding it for cool?

They've not even bothered to try and get a customer case/colours/keys FFS!

The Cybernteman looks like it could scratch a few itches and if the Ubnutu distro was properly re-themed and configured, you could maybe ape some Commodore cool (pre-installed Commodore emulator, games etc).

But this? This is a feckin' joke.

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Milkman skewers Google Street View over garage break-in

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In this case...

...you may well be right. It smacks much more of a crime of opportunity, and if it wasn't - a lot of effort went into stealing £50 worth of bike! This does not negate the fact that Street View and Google Maps could be a valuable assets to the criminally minded.

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Joke

House stolen?

Cripes. I've heard of shoplifting, but houselifting?

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Sorry, you fail

If he didn't open the door, how would he get the car (or anything else) out?

*LEAVING* the door open for extended periods without good cause is the issue.

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You can bet they are...

...the police use Street View for planning raids FFS! You can bet your arse that the (smarter) crooks are using it too. Rather savvy, the modern day scum.

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Oracle freshens its VirtualBox

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Hardly matters...

...and this is what is good about F/OSS. If enough people find that VBox scratches their itch, if Oracle do something stupid a new version will come from another quarter befor you can say "Fork in hell!"

A F/OSS version would lose USB etc, but I am sure a way around that would be found.

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VBox is (almost) freakin' awsome

The seamless integration is cool, but that's just eye candy really.

The ability to run the images headless AND to have it's own RDP host is the cow's conkers.

The user license is also very liberal, and the community is great.

Just a shame the USB support is still a bit shaky.

Oh, and some MS products run like a dog (but that could be more the fault of MS than of VBox).

Have a hosted Linux show you 3d Compiz magic on a windows box is pretty trippy!

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Visual Studio 2010 opens Windows to outside help

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Is MS scared?

If so, what of?

As far as I can tell, Linux* is still no threat, nor is Apple. Or is Linux a major part of the cloud-world (something I have nothing to do with) and giving MS cause for concern? Or have they some crystal ball and can see a paradigm shift coming (Linux** on mobiles, set-top boxes etc).

Their talk of "community" amuses me. All the "communities" I am involved with have rather open and frank debates, usually with the oh-so-precious code clearly visible, showing its warts to one and all. Anyone is free to update, add-to or even fork the project. No way in hell MS will truly engage with any community in what one could call and "open" manner.

MS do make some good GUI tools. Previous versions of VisualStudio have had quite a few things going for them. If MS want to help a community, how's about they help the already flourishing Eclipse community? Hmm, wossat? Not a chance in hell? Yeah, thought as much, just more empty words and double-talk from the Beast of Redmond.

If they actually did what they said they wanted to do, then they might just get a positive response. Instead I think we'll just see more words and then another lawsuit or something.

*Sub 1% penetration - but it does depend a lot on how you slice 'n dice the figures.

**I say "Linux", but it really could be any non-MS OS. e.g. BSD, Haiku...

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US Justice to ratchet tech no-poach probe

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FAIL

Apple...

...is not a monopoly player, other computers, portable players and phones exist.

If Apple controlled, say, 90%+ of the desktop PC market and acted the way it is currently, then you would have a point.

This is why it is MS (and not Apple) who needs to face the judge again.

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A user's timetable to the Digital Economy Act

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Too much data

I wish I had the time to listen to/watch/play all the crap I can get perfectly legally. Want some music? Spotify is free (bar ads) and pretty good, or any internet radio station.

What to see film/TV prog? Might be on demand, might be on air (so just record it for watching later), might be cheap on DVD.

Want to play a game? There are seriously good games available as abandonware or FOSS.

Even books! Project Guttenburg.

I think this is what the major labels fear, a total collapse of their market. I, you, we simply don't need them. Content creators need not fear. marketing distribution etc. need not fear (although their jobs will certainly change). but major labels ripping off their talent and squeezing the customer for every penny they can get certainly need to fear.

So they lobby governments to pass laws that entrench their out-moded and dying business models and carry on shafting their customers even more.

I've not mentioned anything illegal - and I simply have no need to buy anything at full price or to even use illegal channels.

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx turns back on Yahoo! search switcheroo

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Why not...

...check out the (public!) bug report?

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/light-themes/+bug/532633

Open Source generally encourages involvement and community. Even if a decision does not go your way, you will often find out how to configure things to suit your needs.

So rather than sit on the interwebs and whinge, why not actually do something?

Just a suggestion.

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Shuttleworth goes Maverick with Ubuntu's 'Perfect 10'

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FAIL

Reinstalled?

Per unit, (beyond right at the start when I was playing silly beggars) I have only upgraded the OS with the release cycles. So once every six months (I don't have to, of course; it was my choice). The system keeps itself up-to-date and only needs to reboot if the kernel gets updated.

This is much less hassle than Windows which needs to reboot after just about every update and which also moans, moans, moans, MOANS! if you do not retsart immediately.

You clearly have never run Ubuntu, let alone and modern Linux distro, so why not keep your ill-informed opinions to yourself.

Linux is not perfect, but it is arguable less imperfect than Windows.

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Microsoft roasted for Office 2010 standards FAIL

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Downvotes

I see the MS astroturfers are hard at work.

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Microsoft clutches open source to its corporate heart

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The UK supports MS and only MS

The UK supports, nay, forces MS on users. It makes sure that MS products are given to schools (either free or at heavy discount). Laptops given to schools carry the MS infection with them.

People are taught how to make MS products do this or that, not how to use a computer.

Exams are set that can only be passed by using MS products.

So, in the UK at least, the government does not support F/OSS, has never supported F/OSS and probably never will.

That will explain why all their major IT projects have been such successes. Hmm.....

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Google to digitize world+dog with People View

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No apologies for strong language

In two words: Fuck that.

It's all very "Ghost in the Shell" if you ask me. Quick! Best get those attack barriers in place in case of a back-hack.

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Best Buy buys in modest iPad supply

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Love 'em or hate 'em...

...you have to give kudos to Apple for the way they can manipulate their customers and whip up a media frenzy.

(Sod the iPad, gimme a wePad or whatever that Chinese one was called.)

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US lawmakers urge trade commission to scrutinise Google Buzz

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JSITFO

Just

Switch

It

The

F...

Off

Or use another mail service, it's not as if Google has a monopoly or antyhing....

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Video giant embraces Flash-phobic iPad with HTML 5

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H.264 is open...

...but patent encumbered and you need a license if you are encoding for anything other than personal use. At least that is my understanding.

And sorry to burst your bubble, but OGG.Theora is inferior, it is based on tech that precedes H.264 by a good few years (OGG.Theora is base on On2's VP3 codec, they were at VP8 when Google bought them: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/20/google_nabs_on2/).

Why choose H.264? Hardware support, pure and simple. None exists for OGG (Theora or Vorbis) and there is plenty floating about for H.264 (and MP3). This makes the encoding/decoding a much easier proposition. Xiph simply isn't in a position to bargain for OGG Theora/Vorbis hardware support, and there is not point in using OGG as there is no hardware support. Chicken, meet egg.

It would be nice if OGG won (and even nicer if Google released VP8 under irrevocable license), I won't argue that. But I fear it won't happen. Vested interests, money and shafting the consumer once again are much more important to Google et al.

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MS to release emergency IE fix on Tuesday

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My thoughts...

...exactly. And I use the fox!

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Why the Google antitrust complaint is not about Microsoft

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@Say What?

Smart meters aren't here (yet) in the UK but the poster is right, they will be able to control power consumption (switching off non-essential items when demand spikes to smooth out the load). That's before we even consider how long it will be before these meters get hacked and what (if any) recourse consumers have against incorrect billing.

The same mentality can be see again in the Labour (and Tory?) backed policy of having a remote system control the speed of your vehicle. This is what the Galileo satellite system is for.

This is the same mentality that is giving us mandatory ID cards, the DNA database and the CRB check idiocy (not so much the idea of a check, but the crazy way it has been implemented).

Tin foil hat maybe, doesn't make them wrong though.

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