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Kenyan court case could sound death knell for mobile money

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Kenya

The only thing most people know about Kenya is that it is the birthplace of Barack Obama.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Apple?

Apple? Are they the company that used to be relevant when Steve Jobs was still around?

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Apple?

Apple?

They're still around?

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

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THE permanent solution

It's time to break up the monopolies again, and this time here's how to do it right.

One simple rule: anyone providing last mile connections, may not provide telecom services of any kind over those connections.

This divides the industry neatly into two groups: those who provide the wire or fiber from the central office to your home or business, and those who provide services on those wires, whether they be for Internet, television, phone, private connections, or whatever.

If it's done that way, the latter group doesn't have to be regulated at all. As long as they all have equal access to central offices, any telecom provider that gets as obnoxious as Comcast can easily be swapped out for another -- likely on the exact same wire.

Eventually some companies would pop up to be wholesalers of wireline services: "we have a presence in thousands of central offices, sell your telecom services on our network" and that would be fine too.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Apple who?

Apple? Is that the empty husk of the company that The Steve Jobs used to run? I didn't know they were still around.

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Not so ESXi? Open sourcery could help VMware win... virtually

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VMware and KVM

VMware and KVM are one of those examples that show the focus of both proprietary and open source software. Proprietary software has to keep adding new features to justify the price tag; people don't like to think they're paying for bug fixes. Meanwhile, open source software like KVM isn't driven by the upgrade treadmill, so they focus on doing the basics better than anyone else.

When you get down into the hypervisor level, KVM is far more manageable than ESXi. But you need other stuff on top of it to make it "enterprisey."

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

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The reason nobody will buy Dovecot

The reason nobody will buy Dovecot is because it's a pretty basic tool that anyone with a decent development team could write on their own in a very short time. The Dovecot guys have built a solid IMAP server, for sure, but at the end of the day it's just an IMAP server.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Microsoft removes 1,500 apps from WindoPhone Store...

...and the two or three actual WindoPhone users out there may or may not have noticed.

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Red Hat: ARM servers will come when people crank out chips like AMD's 64-bit Seattle

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Re: I agree, I would rather have FDT than UEFI

Locked UEFI presents a *problem* -- not for users, but for the Great Monopolist of Redmond. When they announced that ARM systems *must* have a locked bootloader in order to support Windows for ARM, they were thinking about consumer devices. They didn't want people rooting their Windows devices and installing Linux (Android or otherwise).

Fast forward to servers, however, and this becomes a problem. If there's going to be an ARM Server market, Microsoft wants a piece of the software action. However, in the 21st century, no server vendor in their right mind would lock out Linux. This will be even *more* true on ARM, where the ultra-portability of Linux is expected to give it an even bigger market share than it has on Intel.

And of course, no server vendor is going to say "you can only use the Linux distribution that came with the system" (ok, Oracle might, but they don't count). They know that reloads are normal.

So no, I don't think we're going to see locked UEFI on ARM servers, and if Microsoft wants a piece of that market, they're going to have to change their policy or be left out.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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I smell payola

If the success of Munich is discarded and they downgrade to Windows, several things are clear:

1. Microsoft is supplying the Windows for free

2. There are probably millions of euros in kickbacks coming from Microsoft on the back end

In short, any change from Linux to Windows means that Microsoft finally found the right people to buy off.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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New name for IE

They should just call it "Chrome/Firefox Downloader" (that's all it's useful for anyway)

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Apple BANS 2 chemicals from iPhone, iPad final assembly line

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Apple?

Apple? Aren't they the company that built a half-baked smartphone before Google perfected the product?

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

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Villify Zuckerburg, not Zuckerman

Facebook is *much* worse than pop up ads.

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Intel admits: Broadwell Core M chip looking a bit thin, no fans found at all

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Here's an idea

Here's an idea: Intel should just buy an ARM license and build those using its "new process." Linux runs great on ARM, and Linux is what matters for mobile devices. Trying to run any form of Windows on a tablet or phone is really just a clunky backport that nobody's really asking for.

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Khronos unveils OpenGL 4.5, broadens OpenCL 2.0 language support

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Microsoft FAIL

Dear Microsoft,

Welcome to the OpenGL working group. Before you are permitted to have any input towards future development of the technology, you must first axe DirectX and fully support the current version of OpenGL in all of your products. No bastardization, no microsoftization, implement it as specified. Become a supporter of this open standard. Only then will you be permitted to have any input towards future development.

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

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Microsoft FAIL

This just in: the world's least secure browser blocks a third party plugin. Nice try, Microsoft. IE is still swiss cheese.

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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I'd buy one for this reason --

As long as they haven't signed a Patent Protection Racket deal with Micro$oft, I'd choose this phone just to prevent money from being sent to the Great Satan of Redmond.

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Surfing the web from Android? We KNEW it – sorry, iOS fanbois

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Android+Linux FTW!

This is called "Linux kicking Microsoft's butt." How do you like your 2% market share, M$?

Apple is also demonstrating that their hope of ever being more than a distant second place died along with Steve Jobs. Let's face it: Apple without Jobs is incapable of delighting users.

VIVA LAS PENGUINISTAS!

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Oracle cold bath shrinks Larry Ellison's pay package

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poor guy

must be so sad that he's poor now ... poor guy will have to live on spam and ramen

NOT

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

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Best reason to avoid using the FB app...

Anyone even remotely interested in privacy should avoid having the Faecesbook app installed on their mobile device. The app requires your permission to turn on the microphone whenever it wants. It can spy on you at will.

http://www.infowars.com/facebook-wants-to-listen-to-your-phone-calls/

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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AGW == socialism

Gotta watch out for those watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside). Climate "scientists" who claim that AGW exists are not scientists; they are lobbyists. They are socialist tools who are pushing to raise taxes on energy.

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BBM beta comes to Windows Phone

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Microsoft FAIL

A messaging app whose popularity is waning, now available on a platform nobody wants. Dinosaurs mating.

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Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

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Microsoft FAIL

The problem with abandoning Windows Server 2003 is that it won't be long before they also abandon support for Windows Server 2008 ... leaving Windows Phone Server 2012 as the only option. I hope all of you sysadmins have your touchscreen servers ready. Or better yet ... start moving your applications to Linux where they belong. :)

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No sueballs needed: Microsoft and Canon buddy up on patent deal

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Microsoft FAIL

So this is it, Microsoft just turning into a patent troll. Moving from non-innovation by poorly imitating others' products and services, now into non-innovation by wielding bogus patents as a blunt object.

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NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

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Climate alarmists are NOT scientists.

Anyone who says "the science is settled" is NOT a scientist. Science is never settled; it always wants to be tested, experimented, learned. Climate alarmists are not scientists; they are political lobbyists who have made up a fictional story, and an even more fictional "concensus," to justify the increased taxation of energy.

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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Abusive relationship

Facebook users are in an abusive relationship. They keep thinking that Facebook is going to change, that it's going to somehow have a change of heart and stop beating the crap out of them. Guess what kids, it's not going to change. It's time to quit Facebook.

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Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

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Russia WIN

If they're willing to source their own microprocessors to get out from under American-designed silicon then that means they're probably also wanting to do the same with the operating system. This means a win for Linux in some form, and that's always a good thing.

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I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

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Microsoft FAIL

The nice thing about doing this stuff in a declarative language is that after the Microsoft-led fad of ugly UI's with blocky 2-D stuff finally fades, the same declarative language will compile down to code that drives the attractive and usable UI that comes later.

Hopefully we will settle down somewhere between the ugly 2-D extreme and the unusable skeuomorphic extreme. We want buttons that are 3-D enough to stand out and look like buttons, but not so photorealistic that you need a thousand pixels to show every detail.

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

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Microsoft says...

Microsoft says... "Pleeeeeeeease use our lovely open source C# compiler so that we can slap you with a patent lawsuit the moment you have a successful product!"

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

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Microsoft FAIL

So ... the Windows Phone that nobody wants, branded Nokia, will become the Windows Phone nobody wants, branded Microsoft. Nothing really changes here. Android still rules the roost, Apple still rakes in the megabucks, Microsoft still has a phone nobody wants, and a desktop that's been bastardized to look like the phone nobody wants.

Face it Satya, you've got a losing product that will continue to lose. The sooner you abandon it and start producing top-shelf applications for Android and iOS, the sooner you'll be able to start recording "mobile revenue" that comes from something other than patent extortion.

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Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

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Bollocks

Real Americans know that the whole "man made global warming" scam is just that: a scam. The fact that global warming stopped and the commies had to rename it "climate change" and attribute it to every weather event that would have happened anyway is proof.

This whole thing is being pushed by socialists both inside and outside of the US borders who want to accelerate the decline of America. Carbon TAXES are a great way to push that agenda along.

No matter what kind of energy one proposes, there are always a bunch of "watermelons" (green on the outside, red on the inside) finding a reason to knock it down. Guess what, kids: the answer is, in the words of Jethro Tull, "Nuclear -- the better way!"

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Samsung's 'OS of Everything' Tizen still has little to offer

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Tizen FAIL

While it is admirable of Samsung to attempt controlling more of their software stack, the fact is, we already have a declared winner in the volume market for a mobile Linux operating system. It's called Android. It has utterly dominated mobile (partially at the hands of Samsung itself) and is now in the process of dominating tablets, is creeping onto other devices, and is even starting to make inroads on the desktop.

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Microsoft and Apple FAIL

Remember how Google lost all that market share when Windows switched to Bing as its default search engine?

Yeah, neither do I. This will be no different.

Bing is a piece of crap that nobody wants.

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Apple's steamy OS XXX picture leak riddle: Blurry snaps deleted

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Re: Oh bollocks

Too much of a good thing. I'm glad that we've moved away from "photorealistic icons" -- that's just too much skeumorphism. But to flatten everything out to 2D? Now buttons don't look like buttons anymore, and the visual cues are all gone. We might as well go back to Athena Widgets.

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

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Foxconn

Let's face it: it's hard to beat Foxconn when they're using 11 year old girls as slave labor to build Apple iPhones.

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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

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Android has built-in SIP now

Many users of Android phones are surprised to find out that the Android OS has has a built-in SIP phone client for some time now. It's hidden in the phone app settings under "Internet calling." It's not as full-featured as Linphone/SIPdroid/3CX, but if all you need is a basic phone, it's a lot leaner and gets the job done.

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

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All Androids looking like Nexus == WIN

After owning a G1 and then an SGS2 -- and eventually switching to CyanogenMod on each of them -- I've got to say that the Nexus 5 is a breath of fresh air. I've rooted the phone but I didn't have to change out the ROM because the stock one is clean, sensible, and free of crap.

If the Silver program means that all Androids will look like this, then I say, bring it on!

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Who's top Microsoft shareholder? Uh oh, it's STEVE BALLMER

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Gates Foundation is EVIL

All comments about how Bill Gates is such a wonderful philanthropist are badly misdirected. Gates philanthropy does not excuse the decades of lying, cheating, stealing, and ruining of other people's lives and businesses that Gates (and Ballmer and others) performed in order to acquire all that money.

Furthermore, through the foundation, Gates and Microsoft maintain pharmaceutical patent investments, tobacco investments, investments in alcoholic beverages, petroleum investments, investments in experimental and controversial crops, and even investments in news/media. Gates need not even pay tax, though he keeps control of the assets and uses that control to influence private and public policy. Money talks and politicians can in turn be persuaded to buy from Microsoft. This dependence/lock-in cascades down to businesses and homes, creating a revenue stream that would not exist in a free market. Gates is also able to bring public money to himself through energy and public health policy. As Gates has diversified, his corrupting influence has spread to other portions of the economy.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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Microsoft FAIL

The only satisfactory outcome is for Microsoft to go out of business.

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Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

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Jobs and Gates

Gates spent his entire career copying Jobs. It is my sincere hope that the career of Bill Gates ends the same way the career of Steve Jobs did -- and SOON!

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 updates also tweak Windows Server 2012

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Bad choice

Microsoft has been going down the wrong road with Windows Server for more than two decades now. Server operating systems should not have GUI at all. Adding a touch-required UI makes it that much worse.

The sad part is, Microsoft had a good server OS, and they ditched it. It was called Xenix.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Microsoft FAIL

Bing has been around for a number of years now, and it's still completely unusable. Remember the rigged Microsoft "Bing it On" campaign, where they tried to make people think they were blind-testing Bing against a crippled proxy to Google? Yeah, that Bing. That's the search engine that powers Cortana, and therefore we can confidently say that Cortana is a piece of garbage.

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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Re: 2008 r2?!?

Have you *tried* Server 2012? It's the Windows 8 of the server world, optimized for touch just like Windows 8 is. Because server operators everywhere want touch screens, or something...

I suppose if you insist on running legacy applications like Exchange or Sharepoint you'd want a Windows server, but for most cloud-based applications, Linux is a *far* better fit.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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640K ought to be enough for anyone

MSDOS -- the operating system that inspired Bill Gates to say "640K ought to be enough for anyone" (and he's been denying it ever since!)

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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All together now!

I think I speak for everyone, everywhere, when I say:

Wow ... Real is still around ??

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Facebook hacks out PHP alternative

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Not relevant

None of this is relevant. Faecesbook is already in decline and hopefully their hack language will die with it.

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New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

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Viva la web web !

It's great that Netscape won the browser war. Things are getting better all the time.

Yes, you heard that right. The browser war wasn't really Netscape vs. Microsoft; it was web apps vs. Windows apps. Netscape TOTALLY WON the browser war, even though they died winning it. Everything is done through a web browser now.

Technologies like WebGL and WebCL keep getting released now, proving that there is NO application for which people can continue to say "that'll never be able to run in a web browser." And that's the real reason why Micro$oft is so afraid of Chromebooks.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Microsoft FAIL

The kind of people who are still running Windows XP are not the kind of people who know or care about operating system security patches. They'll continue to use the computer until it stops working.

If it's a corporate desktop, their IT department already has a plan.

If it's a consumer desktop, they'll either buy a new one, or take it to the "computer shop"

Smart people have already upgraded. VERY smart people don't run Windows at all.

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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

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Gates FAIL

Any "philanthropy" by the Gates Foundation is 100% irrelevant. It does not legitimize how Gates made his money: by lying, cheating, stealing, and basically destroying anything and anybody who got in Microsoft's way. Gates is a BAD PERSON. Nothing will change that.

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