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

Paul Webb

Given the state it's in...

Perhaps that should be Dearth by Sway.

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Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

Paul Webb
Unhappy

Re: Who few still use Adobe Acrobat and Reader?

Those who have to deal with HMRC, amongst others.

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Re: What's a billion?

In 'British English' (English-speaking countries), a billion has been a thousand million (short scale) for a long time. The long scale (million million) is still in use on the continent.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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AllTrials campaign

On a semi-related note, I see that GSK is a supporter of the AllTrials campaign (http://www.alltrials.net/) which calls for all clinical trials (past and present) to be registered and their results reported. Whether they are just playing lip service or not, we'll just have to see.

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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Steve would say...

"Cider is pretty cool these days, let's lever our fruity heritage to produce an insanely great vintage."

Or not.

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Golf bloke to Richard Branson: Get on board the future bus, where there's 'NO WEATHER'

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"When I was toking on El Reg's Bong, it all went white."

Eurgh.

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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Re: That nearly gave me a heart attack

Amazing what you can do if you think before you act.

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MAC MEN: Apple hiring 1,000 people for internal ad operation

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FAIL

From a singular vision to groupthink FAIL

and the launch of the iClunker.

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Dell bulks up its low end with tablet and convertible updates

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Re: Too many TLAs

Asia Pacific Japan

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Google Glass? Feh. Behold Dyson's 2001 pocket 'puter techno specs with own 'Siri'

Paul Webb
Happy

Re: well very few products are competely new designs?

Actually, we had slightly different results after being immersed in a VR session. Back in the real world, people would then walk into doors because they expected them to slide open automatically and having to remember to move your legs if you wanted to go anywhere instead of pointing. This usually resulted in a lot of wobbling around and tripping over your own feet after 20 minutes standing still. Not to mention neck ache. Lots of fun though.

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

Paul Webb
Happy

At last

A BBC Micro I can afford.

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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

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Car left at scene

full of Android landfill?

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Suffering from IPO interruptus? Perhaps your Box is full of the same soap as the others

Paul Webb
Meh

You might as well have just said...

"What can Box, Square, or any other such company, do to differentiate themselves in a commodity market?"

... without the need for the rest of the article, which adds nothing.

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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USELESS DICKWIPES

That's why we need your data - so we can sell you some DIFFERENTLY USELESS DICKWIPES.

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BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again

Paul Webb
Unhappy

Virgin as well as BT

Virgin Media keep saying that I will get a doubling of my broadband speed but the date keeps changing to the extend that it is now a year since they first announced it was 'coming soon'.

Not that I want to stay with them after their take-over by Liberty Global (and previous fattening up) has seen a big rise in the price they charge me.

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OK Virtual Instruments, you've made a thing. Must you fill our ears with PR gobbledegook?

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Probe 'n' Tap

Sounds like a rather painful salesdroid 'experience'.

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Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

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Thumb Up

It's not that it's been done before

It's that it can be done again by even more people, at home (or wherever) on their own and not part of some team in a huge chaebol.

It's the proliferation, availabiltiy and low cost of off the shelf components that's cool. Add to that the (relative) ease of producing apps (back to bedroom programmers) and this should be seen as creative, exciting and fun. Yes, there will be plenty of fart app but some people can shit diamonds.

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

Paul Webb
Happy

£14.99 for PAC-MAN MUSEUM

Outrageously overpriced - but asking 10p per play would see me happily coughing up even more!

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Apple fanbois eat static as Beeb, Sky web stream vids go titsup on iOS

Paul Webb

Same here, nothing for radio or video from about 7pm (at least that's when I noticed it). Then it came back a few hours later but stopped again sometime during the night. This is Win7 btw, I was so hoping I could blame it on Virgin Media but everything else was fine.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Peak Beard

Seems we've reached the end of 'facial innovation' too:

'Peak Beard' is this the end for the facial hair?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27048100

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Happy

"Laugh all you like at that last sentence."?

I was laughing at the first one.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

Paul Webb
Terminator

What you need is drones with tazers!

Stupid C.U.P.I.D

http://www.chaoticmoon.com/case-studies/chaotic-unmanned-personal-intercept-drone/

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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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Boffin

So, who wants to learn COBOL now?

Is this demand for .NET and Java going to make it even more difficult to retrain people with these skills to look after all the big tin out there (as suggested by the article below)? Or will that retraining (eventually) lead to even better remuneration? Just curious.

'Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins'

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/20/compuware_mainframe_retirements/

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

Paul Webb

The Dreamcast was an awesome machine launched by a company so crippled by the failure of the Saturn (an overpriced 2D machine released at a time the world was going 3D) that it no longer had the financial or marketing clout to fully support the console. There wasn't much optimism even while the SDK was still being developed and the 'Dreamcast is Coming' teasers just baffled everyone.

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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"Hoover" was genericised to mean any type (or brand) of vacuum cleaner a long time ago. The (correct) expression the author was looking for was... "hoovers".

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

Paul Webb
Joke

It's the Year of Code

Why isn't everyone writing their own Farty Bird app?

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Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

Paul Webb

Sad about Opera too but vivaldi.net could be just the thing I'm looking for to escape the other usual suspects.

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

Paul Webb
Terminator

Re: glad to see those minds put to good use

No Captain Cyborg? Still malfunctioning all over Reading...

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

Paul Webb
Unhappy

Now that Microsoft has acquired Nokia

Perhaps they should abandon software and hardware altogether and invest in pulp mills and wellies. Might have to have square toes though.

Still, plenty of takers down here in Somerset.

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Ker-ching...Er, ZZZWIP: Square-alike mobile swipe type scores $96m

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Thumb Down

Chasing 'abandoned' sales

They must think the only reason a sale is abandoned it because they didn't pester you enough so this lets them (physically) beat you into submission until you will buy anything to leave you alone.

I abandon sales for many reasons (never to return) one of which is only by getting to the till am I able to see the full range of additional charges they wish to gouge me with.

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Sync'n'share firm Box secretly files for IPO

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Re: 2m for 100m funding is not a good return on investment.

The Quartz article suggests a valuation of "more than $1 billion" in 2012. Other sources value the company at $2 billion as of December 2013.

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Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

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"Each knows the other two has got it in them to beat it,..."

Competition actually spotted in the wild? It's been so long...

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: The Lawyer from Lima

I particularly like this paragraph:

In the same way, our proposal strengthens the security of the citizens, both in their role as legitimate owners of information managed by the state [my emphasis], and in their role as consumers. In this second case, by allowing the growth of a widespread availability of free software not containing *spy code* able to put at risk privacy and individual freedoms.

So here we are, over a decade later, reaping the rewards of not thinking along similar lines.

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Take off, nuke 'em from orbit: Kill patent trolls NOW, says FTC bigwig

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Re: As far as I am concerned the lady is well named.

Still sounds a bit fishy to me.

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Microsoft's next CEO: Who it WON'T be – Ford turn-around chief Mulally

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Re: My money is still on Elop

It will be raining pink slips whoever gets the job.

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Microsoft yanks Surface 2 DIM SCREEN of DEATH fix in update snafu

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'With Surfaces potentially going on the Christmas fire this season'

Especially any self-immolating ones - won't be roasting my chestnuts near one though.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.3: the Apple G4 Cube

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Joke

Mine defected

And turned into an Ice Cream Sandwich maker:

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/15343/Cuisinart-Ice-Cream-De-Luxe

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

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Happy

"It worked until I tested it!"

A great phrase from an old work colleague (about his own code).

Obviously, the solution is to not test/use it - works perfectly!

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Google shows off scanned-in Gettysburg Address drafts

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Re: My favorite version of the Gettysburg Address ...

I love the Organizational Overview (slide 5 of 6) -utterly, utterly, useless!

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SuperStride Me: Reg hack spends week working at 'treadmill desk'

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Re: Bad precedent.

They (or anyone) could install electricity-generating flooring such as that provided by Pavegen (www.pavegen.com) which converts footsteps into electricity.

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Paul Webb

Bob Cratchit isn't so far off the mark

as Dickens wrote standing up at a desk as did many others such as Churchill, Hemmingway and Lewis Carroll.

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Om-nom-nom-nom! Google's Cookie Monster DEVOURS MORE DRIVES

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Re: Oi Google..

Some people are even still lusting after the old Logitech Trackman Marble FX (to go with their Model-M) although not, I suspect, at these prices:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Logitech-904257-0403-TrackMan-Marble-FX-Trackball-/171047795507?pt=Mice&hash=item27d33e3b33

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Anonymous threatens cyberwar with Anonymous

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Re: Anonymous vs Anyonymous?

Alan Moore and David Lloyd find this all very amusing and Time Warner supposedly feel very uncomfortable about the association (but not enough to stop taking the money).

Time for a homemade Spy vs Spy mask because it will be panto season soon enough...

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Google's MYSTERY barges floating off US shores: The TRUTH

Paul Webb

Stormy waters ahead

Sergey's Underwater Nexus KitKats! - BARGE Adrift Ruins Google Experience

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MoJ fined £140K for EMAILING privates of 1,000 inmates

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Re: Fine

Which means there's now no more money left for (re)training...

I used to do this floppynet thing between two machines for exactly the same supposed security reasons back in... 1988? Fortunately it was only a high security MoD site (ordnance factory) with highly restricted movements of chemicals and suchlike in, out and around the site. Not a care about me taking my work home every night though.

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'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'

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Mircosoft makes 'Productivity Software' sound like an xymoron

And Charles Stross is not alone or the first, here's an 'oldie but goldie' from Edward Tufte on PowerPoint:

http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/powerpoint

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Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

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I still wish my phone was a Nokia

And judging by these comments I don't think I'm alone.

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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Works for me, and it's free.

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

Paul Webb
Pint

"Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent"

Says it all really - if it was a proper 'internetty' company then it would be 900%.

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Battery-free e-ink screen grabs screenshots from smartphones

Paul Webb
Meh

You won't get a shopping list on your fridge door

You'll get an advert for a special offer on an item you bought previously but have no intention of ever buying again.

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