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Microsoft reissues Windows 8.1 Update for enterprise customers

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how does one know if they have updated to the Update?

I have over the last couple of days installed what could be called a fuck ton (about 1gb) of "Windows 8.1 Updates" on one of our test devices, but can't see anything to indicate that it has been updated to Windows 8.1 Update (or what ever the hell it's being called).

That is one of the benefits of service packs, you can see nice and easily that you are on Win8.1 SP1.

Anyone else got more of a clue than I?

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Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

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Re: iphone?

to an extent, yes. there is an effect applied which makes it look like the icons are sitting in front of the wallpaper, instead of stuck to it. As you move (tilt) the phone around, the icons stay fixed, but the wallpaper appears to move behind them.

Pretty, but pointless.

(bit like an iphone really)

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: bah!

I could deal with a slightly larger screen than my 5s, but wouldn't want a much larger phone, so if they can work some 'magic' with the bezel, good luck to 'em, otherwise, I'm out.

Just a shame that this seems to be the way things are going, with not many higher-end phones that aren't on the rather large size. We have a galaxy mega at work, the thing is a joke.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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360 vs xb-one (vs PC)

just wondering if anyone knows if / how much of a difference there is between the current gen and previous gen version of Titanfall.

I could understand it (just about) if the multiplayer only thing was 360 only, because 'the old hardware can't handle a full campaign' (or more likely as an incentive to sell the new console).

But if they are basically the same game (except for some slightly fancier graphics), I can't help but feel that we gamers are getting ripped off. (or at least I would be getting ripped off, if I had made the mistake of not cancelling my xb-one pre-order)

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Mechanical monster macropod LEAPS out of the lab

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at least they gave this thing a face (of sorts). Looks a hell of a lot less sinister than that robotic abomination that is Big Dog

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Flame

Re: socket orientation

I swear I have had devices where the sockets next to each other have had different orientations

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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I see a USB port..?

Access to local storage?

If so, I'm sold (once available in the UK)

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Re: Double-tap to wake

one of the benefits of the single (multi purpose) physical button on the front of an iPhone. Easy enough to poke to get a quick view of the lock screen for time / notifications, and with the sensor on the 5s, it's a poke to see the lock screen,then you just keep your finger there to unlock.

it's one of the (many) things that i don't like about so many of these phones that (apart from the often awkward power button) only have software buttons.

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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Boffin

Re: Fuck that tech!

Brings water cooling to a new level

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: +1 for projectors

I picked up a fairly decent projector a little while back, at a very reasonable price, to take on a holiday that I went on with my friends. I knew there was no TV where we were going, and it gave us something to do (big screen movie based drinking games) when the weather wasn't so great. Having got back home, I decided that it was worth the trouble of re-arranging my living room to remove the unsightly black obelisk that just seems to draw the eyes towards it, (even when it's not in use).

So now, when I'm not using it, I have no 'tv' and when i am using it, i have a christ knows how big screen (really can't be bothered to measure it), at perfectly adequate quality for TV / movies / gaming. Likely hood that i will update / upgrade in the near future, pretty slim. Might need to buy a new bulb at some point, but that's about it.

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Satya Nadella's first act may be to launch Office for iPad

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Re: Do iPad users need Office?

very good point.

And in that time, any that do 'need' Office, will have found an alternative, as there seem to be many available

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

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Headmaster

(Pendantry)

Very good, but last I checked, the Arctic isn't that close to Australia. (Although, granted, geography was a little different back then)

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: EHT Dance

In what might be a first for the Internet, I actually did LOL, out loud, and everything (it was the words in time with the dance what done it).

getting funny looks now, must dash.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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www = internet

While this is genuinely amusing, especially for the likes of us Regtards. I work with people everyday for whom 'the web' and 'the internet' are exactly the same thing, and in many cases, both terms mean almost nothing.

Actual conversation i had while trying to help someone access an online database.

me - open your browser

them - what's that?

me - (realising my mistake) the thing you use to get on the internet

them - oh, you mean google.

(the worst thing here, is the didn't even have google as their home page)

i really, really wish this is the only time this has happened to me, but it's not, and i suspect it's because generally speaking, the general public don't care what this fancy tech stuff is called, as long as they can get what they want from it.

Which i realise is missing the point a little, and yes, those who report the news, really should know better.

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

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Re: Linux on apple hardware

"but I can't imagine you'd pay a premium for Apple hardware just to run Linux on it"

you might do if you needed lots of Linux boxes, but wanted it to look real pretty

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Renault unveils mini-SUV equipped with a QUADCOPTER DRONE

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Re: off road vehicles for off road use

I would just like to chip in my 2c.

My dad had a Land Rover, Defender 90, and it was great. All easily removable seats, metal climb plates all over it, and covered in mud, as all good off roaders should be. Never got to drive it unfortunately, far too young.

On the other hand, I see on a daily basis a horde of BMW x3's x5's and x6's and Porsche Cayanns (sp?) and they make me wince. Seems they are no longer just 'Chelsea' Tractors.

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

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Joke

Re: OTO Hand....

I like what you did there...

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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RaspBMC

supports most things (everything I have thrown at it) and you can buy licences for other stuff from the Raspberry Pi Foundation for a couple of quid.

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Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS

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Re: American beer?

Those monks really seems to know a thing or two about brewing. Spent a long weekend in Belgium a few years back, was rather enjoyable.

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Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

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Stop

-gate

The whole *-gate thing has always pissed me off.

No part of The Watergate scandal involved either Water, or more importantly Gates, so why the hell should all future scandals be labelled with something that had nothing to do with what they are being named after.

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Re: 8.1

No. I didn't say that 8.1pro can't join a domain, that is one of the main reasons (in my experience) to have the 'Pro' version of a windows OS.

What I am saying is that I have Win8 pro devices (on a domain), and I can't for love nor money update to 8.1Pro, hence, if I want my pro features, I'm stuck on Win8.

It appears to exist, I just can't find any way of acquiring it. I keep getting sent to the sodding Windows Store, and there is nothing there. Why they can't just have a download link on their website, I'll never understand, or make it available through windows update, like they did when they still did Service Packs.

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D@v3

8.1

Not available for Windows 8 Pro.

I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned here before.

So, if you want 'pro' features, like domain support, then you are stuck with plain old Win8.

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

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activist?

i wish people would stop calling this Icahn creature an 'activist'. It gives real activists a bad name.

I would give you some better suggestions of what to call 'him', but i don't have sufficient bleach on hand to cleanse myself afterwards.

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Re: now approaching midnight

Midnight in a perfect world.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Re: rhyming issues.

does round these parts

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Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

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Headmaster

A good cyclist uses her gears

Seriously?

Would it have been so hard to add a 't' and an 'i' to that?

Of all the active cyclists i know, 99+% of them are male, and of all the women i know, i can only think of a couple that even own bikes, let alone use them any where near regularly.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Re: Sphero

Sphero 2, from the gosphero.com shop, including shipping (to UK) and taxes, ends up as $189, or £115.

I got a sphero1 for christmas last year, and it's good fun, for a few weeks. The new one is supposed to be much quicker, which should make climbing obstacles (ramps etc.) easier, and you get two ramps in the box as well.

My main issue with the sphero1 (which i guess would apply to the 2 as well) is that to get the most out of it, you need a reasonable amount of space, as is true with all RC toys, which I, unfortunately, don't have.

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Hey, George Clooney. LOST in SPACE... and thirsty? Visit these 5 ALIEN worlds*

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None of the planets are candidates for immediate colonisation either, as all five are...

really, really far away

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

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Pint

Re: Maybe if you get drunk again when you need to support it

State dependant memory, works for me

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LOOK UP! Comet ISON could EXPLODE in our skies – astronomers

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Re: cloud cover

one of these days, the thick cloud that surrounds this land will part, and we will look up and see the heavens in all their expansiveness, and on that day (being the xenophobic bunch that we are) we shall proclaim...

'It's got to go...'

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

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Re: Of course they can make a difference !

your not going to catch me out with that 'gold' nonsense again, I've got the real deal now, was assembled in space, by unicorns. works a treat

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

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Thumb Down

back controls

the thing is, that i have just picked my phone up and held it as i would in a phone call, and i find that i have thumb on one side of phone, second/middle and to an extent 3rd and 4th fingers down the other side, with my index finger, pressing into the back (roughly where the apple logo is on an iphone (for reference)).

This is just how i hold a phone, mobile or otherwise. Maybe that's weird, i don't know.

i'am all for moving things around, and trying something new, but i think in this case i would find myself having to actively avoid the controls while just, using, my phone.

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Apple patents technology to STALK YOU in your own HOME

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home automation is fine

but how about they work on more location aware services on their phones first.

Geo-fenced reminders are great and all, but how about some location specific settings / profiles. (leave office, turn off work email and wifi. arrive home turn personal email on, set ring to loud), that sort of thing, can't be too hard, can it?

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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Re: underpowered but consistant hardware

i think part of the problem is that the last generation of consoles (x360, ps3) has actually had many more consoles, with different hardware than people think.

Time was, an N64, was an N64, but ever since the PSX (at least) things have changed mid-generation, with things like the PS1and halfway through the PS2 life cycle, the PS2(slim).

Even at launch, the x360 was available in 2 configurations, admittedly, at that point it was largely cosmetic, but then not much later the x360 elite was released, then the slim, and now they are gearing up for another x360 shortly after (?) the xb1 is released.

The PS3 has also been through many slight changes while staying in the same 'generation'.

While most of this has been cosmetic/aesthetic, there will have been changes under the hood as well, even if it is only using different chips to allow them to make the whole thing 'slimmer'. I'd be surprised if this had /NO/ impact at all on the way the software (games) runs on them.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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Go

Re: neither plants nor animals?

like hyper intelligent shades of the colour blue?

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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disposable inkjets

last inkjet printer i had anything to do with cost less than a replacement set of inks.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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nice idea

i like the prospect of being able to have a full fold out keyboard, that when not required could be swapped for an extra battery, or maybe a better camera with an sd slot.

not going to hold my breath though.

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Sketchy Soho denizens get mitts on London superheroes

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So 'London's Hero' is a sodding umbrella.

Good to see that national stereotyping is good and dead

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Give it a wrist, fellas: Sony's back with $200 Android Smartwatch 2

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FAIL

Re: This looks to be a better idea:

so its a second mini-phone to use with your mega-phone that you cant use as a phone (/mp3 player/ whatever) because it's too big...

A bit like having a normal sized phone, and, maybe a tablet or laptop.

How long before this 'mini-handset' gets upgraded with a bigger (better?) screen, camera, and other goodies, to the point where it's too big, and you want something small, like a watch, to let you quickly and easily see the information from your mini-handset, that you use because your 'phone' is so big you have to carry it around in a rucksack?

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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

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Re: Browser choice

You do get the choice, but IE is already installed, and i reckon a very large number of 'normal users' just click close on that, every time it pops up (along with all the other start up errors on a windows PC). every time they switch on their PC.

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

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FAIL

windows doesnt have any malware. really? Since when?

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Britney-obsessed Ubuntu 13.10 DUMPS X Windows-killer Mir in desktop U-turn

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Re: i was expecting this

http://xkcd.com/419/

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Sweet murmuring Siri opens stalker vulnerability hole in iOS 7

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Meh

not quite as bad as it seems

firstly, to get Siri to call someone, you need to know that the person you are trying to call is stored in the contacts. Yeah, i suppose you could try "siri, call Mum" but you can't guarentee that will work.

secondly, the number you're calling from step one, has to have facetime available, so either another iOS device, or a Mac.

Lastly, you need access to that other device to be able to end / cancel the facetime call.

So, yeah, while possible, not exactly plausable. It's not like i can walk through an office, grab someones iPhone off their desk, and use this to get access to their phone / contacts.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Re: Maybe a MONSTER...

"they prefer to obsolete kit the day after it gets sold"

Which would be why i was charging my 4s with the same charger and cable that i used with my 3G, from I can't remember how many years ago.

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

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Re: Music Magpie

good idea for a service, but from my experience they are pretty tight with their money.

I've had a box sitting around for months with CD's and DVD's waiting to go off to them, but I cant bring myself to let them go for such a paltry amount. The main reason for wanting to sell them was to free up some space in bookcases, now they are in a box in a cupboard, problem solved.

It seems to be something like 10p for a CD and 30p for a DVD (on average). If you have lots of big sellers, you are likely to get less for them, than if you have loads of hard to find stuff (which you probably wouldnt want to sell anyway).

My guessing is that they get hundreds of copies of the 'big sellers' so don't want to be giving out the big bucks for extras, but are happy to give out a few extra pence for another copy of something that they only have one or two of.

What I'd like to know is what they do with the stuff once they have it.

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

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stock issues

I was told by my local o2 store mid week (last week) that they weren't getting any 5s' for launch day, but would have loads of 5c's. You could place an order in store from Friday, and you would get it when you get it.

Or, you could order one (5s) online from the o2 site Friday morning, and get it Monday morning.

Slightly off topic, for all the people saying its (5s) not much of an update from the 5, they're right, but it is quite a step up from the 4s that I was using previously.

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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Re: no queues on-line

Ever tried getting tickets for Glastonbury?

Sitting in front of a PC for an hour, waiting to be served before being told they have sold out, sure feels like a bloody queue to me.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Re: Twas ever thus

"who are unable to enter University as they lack the required mental capacity. It would be wasteful to under-educate people who can benefit from a full education."

Yeah, it's much better to over-educate those that can't benefit from it.

Better to encourage all the clever clogs to go to uni, and get their psychology degree, so they can bugger off to work in a coffee shop, like a lot of people I encountered in my younger years, while I was off, learning on the job, and not running up a lifetime supply of debt.

Most people i know that didn't go to uni (myself included) instead spent their time doing an apprenticeship (or similar) and is now gainfully employed, where as many people that I know that did go to uni are now knee deep in debt and (some 10 years after leaving) are still not really sure what the want to do with themselves, and spend more time looking for jobs, than actually in them.

I'm not saying this is the case with everyone who does go to uni, I'm just telling it how I see it.

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

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oh, and one more thing

I'd quite to see a 'one more thing' moment on Tuesdays announcement, for an iWatch, coming in at around $195, 1 week+ battery and works with all iOS7 devices. I can imagine Samsung wouldn't be too happy.

Not that i'd buy one if they did, i'm quite happy with my Pebble for now

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HDMI 2.0 spec arrives ... 1.0 years late

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WTF?

Ethernet over HDMI

I saw such a thing in Game a little while back, as a PS3 connector cable, and was puzzled.

Long term, I can almost see the point to it (AV receiver as router, maybe), but surely, currently, there is no use case for sending networking information from say, a games console or blue ray player, or even a PC, to a display? What is the display going to do with said network information.

Surely, all the grunt work is being done by the device, and the Display, is just, you know, Displaying, what ever it gets sent down the 'video' cable.

Or am I missing something incredibly simple and obvious?

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