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21 posts • joined 18 Apr 2008

Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft

True, but our Intellectual Property laws are such that no other company can take on support for Windows XP until 2096 or thereabouts, even though Microsoft don't want it. They should either support it, sell it to a willing third party, or open source it so we can all support and develop it collaboratively.

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Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

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Re: It's not a feeder for Windows Phone

Thanks for that link. I'd never heard of this blog but the article you took the chart from is excellent!

http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2014/02/modelling-nokia-x-scenarios-and-the-level-of-desperation-it-reveals.html

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

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Re: @BlueGreen

What does RIF stand for in your comment?

None of the definitions I can find seem to fit...

http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/RIF

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Re: Where's Linux and MacOS on the graphs?

If you follow the link to netmarketshare you can see the data in a variety of ways.

Desktop OS share gives Windows 90.72%, Mac OS 7.68%, Linux 1.6%, Other 0%

So Linux at 1.6% has about 1/6th the market share of Windows 8 (inc. 8.1) at 10.58%.

http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Fedora has up-to-date Cinnamon

Cinnamon 2 is already available in other distributions, Fedora for example:

# rpm -qi cinnamon

Name : cinnamon

Version : 2.0.3

Release : 1.fc19

Architecture: x86_64

Install Date: Wed 23 Oct 2013 11:58:06 BST

Group : Unspecified

Size : 6762352

License : GPLv2+ and LGPLv2+

Signature : RSA/SHA256, Sat 19 Oct 2013 02:02:52 BST, Key ID 07477e65fb4b18e6

Source RPM : cinnamon-2.0.3-1.fc19.src.rpm

Build Date : Fri 18 Oct 2013 17:57:02 BST

Build Host : buildvm-16.phx2.fedoraproject.org

Relocations : (not relocatable)

Packager : Fedora Project

Vendor : Fedora Project

URL : http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com

Summary : Window management and application launching for GNOME

Description :

Cinnamon is a Linux desktop which provides advanced

innovative features and a traditional user experience.

The desktop layout is similar to Gnome 2.

The underlying technology is forked from Gnome Shell.

The emphasis is put on making users feel at home and providing

them with an easy to use and comfortable desktop experience.

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US Congress proposal: National Park will be FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Damnit - Free Robot Assistance

You've not seen the movie "Moon" then?

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Thomas Sangster

Thomas Sangster was brilliant as a sort of mini-doctor in the Family of Blood episodes.

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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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Linux

Re: The fall out of Win 8

You could look at Xara Extreme as an alternative to Corel Draw and avoid some of those Windows boots.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

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Linux

And still included in modern distros. Here on Fedora 17 for example install the "bsd-games" package and type 'trek'.

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Blighty's revolutionary Cold War teashop computer - and Nigella Lawson

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The Case For The First Business Computer

> Nobody can say whether the LEO lived up to Thompson’s promise to cut expenses or whether

> it helped Lyons become efficient - I asked Frank and Ralph, and they reckon nobody really knew.

You would probably be interested in the following paper:

The Case For The First Business Computer

Author: Nick Pelling, 26th March 2002, Kingston University Business School, Surrey, UK

ABSTRACT

The business cases behind the five proposals made to the board of J.Lyons & Co. by Thompson and Standingford in 1947 - which led to the construction of the first business computer [#1] - are analysed, but found to be strategically lacking. Both an alternate reading of the case and some contemporary implications are then developed.

http://www.nickpelling.com/Leo1.html

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Lunar water-prospecting rover rolls closer towards launch

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Soviet find water on the Moon in the 1970s

We already know there's water on the moon, found by a rover in the 70s. Going back to find more is still a good idea though.

(Phys.org) -- In August 1976 Luna 24 landed on the moon and returned to Earth with samples of rocks, which were found to contain water, but this finding was ignored by scientists in the West.

http://phys.org/news/2012-06-soviet-moon-1970s-west.html

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New guide: Bake your own Raspberry Pi Lego-crust cluster

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Re: One Pi is Pi

The collective noun for Raspbery Pies is a punnet.

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Milky Way DOOMED to high-speed smash with Andromeda galaxy

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Re: We need to name this future galaxy

Actually, I like "Milkymeda"!

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Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR

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Re: Now that Radio 3 had turned into shit ...

Rubbish. What about Late Junction for just one example? Do Classic FM have anything like that? Not any time I've listened to it. Classic FM seems to have, generally, what I'd term "chocolate box" classical, whereas Radio 3 has a wider variety of music, of all genres, than any other radio station I can think of. Classical, Opera, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Electronica, Experimental, you name it. I've discovered so many great things through hearing them first on Radio 3.

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CowardlyLion

Re: What about commercial TV?

Exactly. I can't find a citation at the moment, but some years ago a research group did the maths for three consecutive years. It turned out that "free" ITV was, in effect, funded by a hidden sales tax of about £230 a year added to your grocery bill. At least if you don't have a TV you don't need to pay the licence fee, try asking Tesco for your TV subsidy back. As I recall the group in question were forced to stop publishing the numbers under pressure from the commercial broadcasters. Shame because I would love to see updated figures.

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Re: License Fee

It's to keep it separate from the government, as with the police and the courts. One of the BBC's prinicpal duties is to be a publicly owned body reliably and accurately reporting to the British people what the government are doing and why. It's one of our safeguards against fascism. Becoming a directly funded media arm of the government itself would be a very, very bad thing.

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Eddie Murphy heading for worst movie ever glory

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Ultraviolet

I nominate Ultraviolet. Despite it managing only a measly 9% on Rotten Tomatoes I still can't help feeling they overrated it.

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Android Market morphs into 'Google Play'

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WTF?

Re: From Google's blog

I've just had a notification pop up that an app (Angry Birds) requires updating. Clicked on the notice and I get the message "By using Google Play you agree to the Google Play Terms of Service, the Google Books Terms of Service and the Youtube Rentals Terms of Service" with accept and decline buttons. I read the first of those (Google Play Terms of Service) and did not like it, especially the bit that says, more-or-less, we reserve the right to delete anything we want off your phone any time we like. So I hit the decline button. That just quits the app, so now I can't update Angry Birds (as it is in this instance). Presumably I now cannot update any of my apps ever again until I accept these new terms, let alone install anything new - not even the ad supported freebies. This is not good at all.

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Teletext toddles off as licence taken

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Page 888

What about subtitles (i.e. page 888). Will they still work?

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How to destroy the music business

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Unhappy

Musicians can always make money from T-shirts

> Musicians can always make money from T-shirts and playing live,

> and as far as I know, no one plans to take that away.

Unfortunately, they do want to take that away:

"Time was when bands would supplement their income from selling

merchandise. Now, though, greedy venues want their share of the proceeds

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2008/jun/11/costoftouring

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Mystery HDD maker orders kit to build monster-capacity drives

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Disk Sizes

@David Corbett: That's an excellent metric - Reg please specify new storage tech as having a "song capacity of nnn C90 cassettes"!

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