* Posts by Khaptain

2299 posts • joined 4 May 2008

The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

@Pete 2

We already have the technology but it just isn't as functional, or intelligent enough that it can currently replace the KVM solutions that we use today.

The reason that keyboards and mice are still in use is because they are simple to use ( with only a very small learning curve).

I wouldn't like to suggest that we will never use any other method but for the moment nothing is better that what we currently have.

Swiping a tactile screen has become the defacto interface on SmartPhones because it works for that particular format. Swiping a large tactile PC is a pain, a mouse is a far better medium - for the moment.

Evolution/advances in technology will always provide us with alternatives but until those alternatives have some distinct improvement over the existant then I doubt that anything will change.

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Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

@Pete

>So the user can write, speak or draw their request

So what's wrong with the Keyboard and mouse solution, they are proven, they dont break down very often and the simply work.

Speaking requires interpretation.

Writing requires interpretation.

Drawing requires interpretation.

Interpretation leads to false positives, then having to repeat the command again and again, a long learning phase etc etc ...

In other words, they are far more pain than they are worth....for anything but minimal commands ( swiping on a smartphone is fine)

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Desktop != Tablet != Smartphone

They wanted to create the same experience for the various platforms : fail....

They made MAJOR changes to a very functional OS ( XP , W7) rather than taking small steps = fail.

The expect that users will forget 10-15 years of habits and instantly move over to a new paradigm = fail.

All they had to do was move in small steps, test the water and either implement or remove...

Now they are in a position that they need to make new radical changes in order that the userbase falls back in love... but that is not going to happen overnight.

The tablet world is not the proffessional world is not the smartphone world... Different userbases, requirements and situations. MS Please, please, please stop confusing them, I can easily handle the differences between the three, they really don't need to have the same interface..

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Gimp

Frustrating

Now you will be able to see all those parts that are not user replaceable.

Oh look :

There's the ram that I can't change.

There's the battery that I can't change.

etc, etc

Also if your iDevice get's dirty on the inside, dust etc, now you will be able to see the dirt/dust whereas before it was not a problem....

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How to make $7,000 a month and benefits: Be a teen tech INTERN

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Syntax error

Coding does not = innovation.

The world is full of great coders, linux stands as proof of this fact. What the world is not full of though is innovators and I am not convinced that that is something that money can buy...

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Bloodied Samsung's profits down 25% as it clings to mobe crown

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Re: Saturation?

>You can't soundly conclude either (i) that any particular proportion of sales were people buying into the hype (though almost certainly some will have been); or (ii) that laptop sales will climb.

Agreed it is very difficult to make a true conclusion but :

Who actually did buy the tablets ? The professional market, the only people that I have ever seen using tablets are sales droids showing product presentation... I don't seen them on public transport during commuting hours and I don't see them in the streets as we do smartphones.... So who the hell bought the damned things.

What I do beleive though is that Joe Public simply doesn't need these gadgets. He actually has very little usage for them. It would be extremely difficult to build a use case model that was actually serious. That is why I believe that most of them are hype driven, why else would Joe Public buy one ?

My wife works in the education field and all of the staff were given iPads but no-one uses the damned things because they don't truly provide the platform that is required... Again these were hype driven purchases, Silver Bullet if you will. There is an once opended iPad box on top of my fridge that we simply can't find use for and I am convinced that we are not alone in that respect.. And from what I understood all of the schools, at least in my region, were given them.... I don't consider this as professional, this is educational, which is a different market althoug no better in the end..

I find that a reasonable smartphone covers 90% of Joe Publics real requriements. The tablets might cover 5%....

The market might be saturated but it also can't fnd any true prupose for tablets that would justify an upgrade or renewal.. the fad has come and gone

>that laptop sales will climb.

I don't believe that laptops will climb back up either.

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Re: Saturation?

Tablets have suffered from Silver Bullet syndrome since the beginning. They have always promised to deliver something wondefull but in the end they are for the majority just more landfill.

There are a few examples of where tablets are usefull but they are in a very small niche and certainely not anywhere near the percentage of the unwashed masses that bought one to realise that they dont really have any need or requirement for one.

Tablets were for a whle a marketing wet dream but that bubble has now gone pop.

I can't imagine laptops coming back from the dead, so what's next, I have no idea but it will probably be as usefull as a fishing rod for a yodelling ostrich.

Unless of course someone brings out "FlipTopSmartLapTab" that has triangular corners and is capable of time travel.......or at least that's what it will say on the box...

Touch of sarcasm in there, nah not me...

The Ostrich might be thirsty after all that yodelling so I'll buy him one of these while he reflects on where to find a small lake.- ------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

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GUAM

Guam, is that like a cut down versionof GAUntanaMo. I suppose that is better than being dropped of in Guano.

What's the betting that Putin couldn't give a shit about Seleznev, Snowdon is a much larger fish... a very public fish.. like Jaws but with glasses.

Unless of course Seleznev is actually an NSA/FSB special/double agent/spy character who has already hacked Putin's/Obama's personal smartdevice..... dream on....

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It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod

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Re: Why would I do that?

"Ordered from an agriculture store in Germany"

"Cattle Prods" for getting the cattle to react.....

"Vacuum pumps" for sucking on teats.....

"Pointed nose rings" which can be inserted into orifices...

"Large vibrating sticks" apparently for stimulation during the insemination periods.

"Whips" all the good cowboys had a whip n'est-ce pas.

And which is actually a front end for the largest S&M distributor in Europe...

I am sure that there are others but not being a daily "Skins" mag reader I must admit to lacking the finer details of aforementioned hobby/lifestyle/choice/fantasy.

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Help us out readers: How would you sniff and store network traffic?

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Wireshark maybe

Wireshark would be my first choice but what exactly are your needs.

Do you just want to make a general sniff or is it more application oriented sniffing that you are after.

As an example : Are you looking to sniff out the various layers of TCP/IP or are you after the URLs that IE is browsing ?.

How much space/resources do you have : Is it only the client machines hard disk, or is there also some kind of NAS ?

Do you need this traffic sent real time ?

Do you need 24/24 worth of sniffing or just periodic snapshots ?

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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Re: @Khaptain - Flower Power + Darwin

http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/8-reasons-why-rome-fell

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Flower Power + Darwin

Today's 60 somethings are the children of the 60s. Is it any surprise that they are not complaining at least about the sex and the drugs.....

On top of that the Internet has introduced to Sex and Violence on a whole new scale. The TV cannot even begin to compete with the web....

So yes, we have become blasé to the sex and violence. Yes, society is on the decline and yes it's all down to something called "evolution"..

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Japan makes Prius palatable with road map to hydrogen cars

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Re: Go Japan Go

I must admit that until reading your reply that I had assumed that hydrogen was in abundance, wrong... and therefore a good thing. I had always thought that the only difficulty was in the storage...

I also didn't realise how much energy was required to "synthesise" it either... I read a quick paper on why it is not economically viable and I digress, it is not a justifiable solution at the moment.

Shit, I go back to square one....

One of these for me ------------------------------------------>>>>>>

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Go Japan Go

I truly hope that they succeed on several levels :

* That they really do manage to produce a mass production Hydrogen Engine.

* That they succeed in breaking the Oil cartels by doing so.

* That it begins a new positive industrial era...our current one is pretty grim....

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What do we want? CAT VIDEOS! How do we get them? TOR!

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Re: Ha ha ha...!

Or even an AlligaTOR waiting to pounce on a cat.

I know that alligaTORs are not known for pouncing but he might be a particularly virile reptile.

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Facebook pays half a billion dollars for firm that slaps ads on videos

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Coat

It's all in the name

An ailing liver is never a good sign..

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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New York or Los Angeles

If I record all of my videos in the middle of Manhatten,LA, Biejing or Bankkok and they manage to discover this fact will it really make anything any easier......

I have difficulty in understanding just how usefull this really is. The proximity would be so large that it would be unusable.. or is there a factor of detection that I didn't understand.

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

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Nick,

I would argue that the difference between the two devices is that it is quite obvious what someone is doing with their smartphone, whereas it is far more discreet with Google Glass.

On top of that, yes, it is the fear that is yet another domain that will quickly fall into the already powerfull and monopolistic hands of El Google....

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Pas en France

>Punters are already told to put away their smartphones in auditoriums

I wish they would do that here in France, every bloody time that I go there are at least a half dozen twunts tweeting, smsing during the whole damned film..

Personally I don't care about someone being a Glasshole in the cinema, they are no where near aas annoying as the texters/smsers...

As for the film industry, well that' a discussion between Google and the MPAA Mafia....

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

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Wide or narrow definition

It would be interesting to have a precise translation of what they deem to be "extremist". There are the obvious Religious, Hard Right Wing forms of extremism but what of the those that are a little less obvious.

As an example:

Would Pussy Riot be consiered as extremist ?

Someone demonstrating peacefully against the hard line government tactics ?

How about Ukranians defending their nation ?

Yes , I know that this is a little bit of Daily Fail tactics but it would still be interesting to understand where the line lies.

Also is this any different from what is happening in the USA, UK ? We just give it a different kind if publicity and nicer names....

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Dragons' Den newbie firm Outsourcery: We are losing sales, we need to go DIRECT

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As solid as a puff of smoke

>next have swung from a profit of £3.5m to a net loss of £1.4m.

So what happend to the £4.9m ?

>Outsourcery has sufficient cash flow for the short term, it said, but over the medium term - in line with the monthly recurring revenue delay - the company warned it is reviewing options to improve working capital.

In other words they are next to broke - Sufficient short term cash flow usually means that they are in a borderline position and that any unexpected bump will send them under.

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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

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Re: Poor child

Just like Berlusconi... who is after all just a big child too, with a shiny boot-polished hairdo...

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Re: What a waste . . .

Surprised to see that several people really didn't undertand Dan1980's comment.

This is for those that dont quite grasp anything below the first degree.....----------->>>>>>>

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Impossible, I say

After having downed any more than 5 pints of Guinness ( replace with your favorite beverage), which my cat does not do or at least I am not aware of, I am almost sure that I spend longer than 21 seconds sprinkling that porcelain edifice.....

I am not sure that I really want to bring out a stopwatch in a pub toilet in order to verifiy the fact though....

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Today in IT news: iPad Fleshlight a reality

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Re: N! S! F! W!

The priest uses his during confessional, it is after all a gift from Gode.

PS : You have to speak a little bit of French to understand the 2nd part...

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

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Holmes

That's a lot of chumps

So there have been 2000 people, this year alone, that have over 10 grand on average in the bank that have stumped up all their details over the phone and then got ripped of for the 10K.

People with over 10k in the bank are usually not in the "*chump" crowd.... I am a little bit dubious about what the bank are claiming to be scams.

Now if the bank manager needs a new car / GPS for his yacht or house repair and is a little short then I can easilly see how it might get taken care of....

Needs a little bit of this guy in order to verify the validity of the claims ------->>>>>>

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Half a meellion euros stolen in week-long bank smash 'n' grab

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Mule Accounts ???

Those mule accounts were created by someone at some point in time, who.

Also, ATM transactions are usually limited to a certain amount per month, so how on earth did they manage to pull out 1/2 Million so quickyl. That equates to a hell of a lot of ATM transactions and a lot of ATM cards.

ATM machine have cameras in them, or were they switched off.

Don't the banks have automatic alerts when certain machine are put into overuse ?

Questions, questions, questions.... Something doesn't quite add up here, either the bansk are incredibly stupid or they had inside help.

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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Maybe not so innocent

So that's why Paddington Bear has a rather smug look.

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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

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Question

If they were found guilty, had to pay the fine and did actually pay it, what would the sum of monies actually be used for ?

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

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Re: Preferred the real thing

Try telling that to all the Interwebby pRon users..... Some of them might have been lucky enough to have had a little taste 9 years ago.....since then they are more than happy with just the images (vids).

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

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Re: Cameras in a secure environment

I suppose that takes "Reverse Engineering" to a whole new level.

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Cameras in a secure environment

First question : Why was a picure allowed to be taken within an environment dealing with security.

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Star Wars museum to land in Chicago

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Re: Marin and San Francisco counties both screwed the pooch.

I would have put them on about even.

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

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The contemporary King James Bible

And the Lord God decided to smite the people for their sins with seven terrible punishments..

As they walked down the street they were surrounded by advertising.

As they watched television they are subliminally exposed to advertising.

As they surfed the web they were smitten hard by advertising.

As they supported their favorite sports team they were blasted with advertising.

As they listened to thy radio they were interupted with advertising.

As they sat waiting for the main film to start they were forced to watch 20 minutes of advertising.

And as they defacated they even had to read the advertising on the toilet paper, as it was the lastest place on earth that advertising had reached......

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Moral of the story : A man can't even shit in peace nowadays without someone coming up with an idea for advertising, how much worse can it get.

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Nokia 3310

Looking better every day.......

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Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2

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Target Market ?

>It's not planned for a UK launch but then neither was the X

Which market is it coming out it in ? For 100$ I would be happy to buy one.

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

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What has changed since

Now tha the Snowden affair is dimming into the past it would be intersting to know if the NSA/GCHQ/etc have actually changed anything at all about their respective methods or procedures for large data collection, or is it still BAU.

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

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Re: I think I'm going to move to hidden cave in the mountains and become a hermit...

They're coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!

They're coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa

To the funny farm. Where life is beautiful all the time and I'll be

happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they're

coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!!!!

Napoleon XIV

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Re: So if we want to break into your house...

following on :

Latest Tweet :

John Smith's robot has been remanded in custody for violently tazing Joe Bloggs. Online tweeters tweeted that Mr Bloggs was apparently found in a shocked state with one hand still desperately clutching his smartphone, the last unfinshed tweet simply said "ohh fuc.......".

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: What about rain?

> Also at different times of year I find the grass needs to be cut at different intervals,

You can send it out every day so the grass will never really get any longer that a day or twos worth.

As for the ramps well I am afraid to tell you that you will probably need to fork out £5200, one for each section....ouch.... You will be the poorest man in the neighbourhood but will then be in a position to win a prize for your multi-tiered, automatically cut, perfectly groomed lawns....

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Animals

How do these things behave when confronted with children or animals. Ok, most dogs will simply run away and cats generally don't hang around but let's say for arguements sake that one of my dogs is having one of his sunbathing sessions and is lying(sleeping) legs fully stretched out. Will this thing simply whip of a piece of skin or two as it passes by and leave said doggy in a miserable state or will it stop, back up and complete it's task thouroughly.

Our dogs are not the most intelligent and tend to want to play with dangerous items rather than ran away from them. Since this thing is electric I presume that it doesn't make much nose compared to a pertrol driven version.

Also will they mulch through aforementioned doggies waste products.... Our dogs are small and have the nasty habit of leaving little black treasures on the lawn.

Kudos for being able to use "punctiliousness" in an article.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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Nightmare

Why do the operators have physically seperate networks anyway. Why don't they just pool their resources and have one excellent system rather than a multitude of expensive to maintain individual systems.

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#YO_NO! Messaging app 'Yo' gets hit by hackers

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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It's all in the timing

Third time lucky, i doubt it.

Late to market, definately.

Peak tablet already come and gone.

Potential, small to slightly above small.

Now if this were to come down to the 400 ( Euro, Dollar, Pond) mark then that might be another story....

As it is, for the same price I would prefer the Yoga as does the poster above..

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HP Enterprise Services staff feel the burn as managers turn off the cash taps

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Quick Win

The first stage in cost reduction should be the interdiction of expenses at the Directors level.

Most people would be appauled to learn what goes on those "personal expense" forms. No, it's not just the govt ministers that play that game.

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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

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K.I.S.S.

As they as the don't try and compete with the other offering and that they remain focused to business I see no reason that they shouldn't succeed.

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Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

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Re: Office 365...

And with the $20Million they could start by improving that Fugly interface. In my personal opinion, It doesn't matter how often I install it, it still looks/feels like crap.

And yes, before anyone jumps own my throat, asthetics/ergonomics are important in interface design.

The other thing that they have to change is the name "Libre office" will never cut it. For anyone that doesn't know Libre is the French word for "free".... As soon as you add the word Free to anything it instantly sounds cheap....

I would suggest something like Business Office, Professional Office etc something that sounds less cheap or more serious.

And now for some tongue in cheek stuff : They could also try renaming the applications to Ward, Axel, PinPoint and Overlook .......

Just for info : I use Libre Office at home but not at work.

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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"The chief constable that was around at the time this project was approved " probably also lives in a very confortable house and drives a nice Range Rover thanks to the that project. (Whether it went AWOL or not)

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: Ecuadorian embassy

Didn't a certain Mr Obama swear to remove that facility ? Julian could have released some very interesting leaks about Gitmo.

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