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Samsung's new co-CEO: 'Windows isn't selling very well'

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Re: If it ain't broke, don't...

"Google could turn around at any point and say "sorry, we're not doing OEMs now".

Google don't have a choice as to whether you use Android or not. They agreed to that much when they released it under the GPL.

If Google suddenly did an Apple, I think you'd find a very well-stocked alternative to the Play store springing up practically overnight.

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Reg readers reveal MIGHTY DOMESTIC DATA CENTRES

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Re: Bad photos

A single modern PC can't reliably give you a testbed upon which to develop datacentre-scale applications.

Well. It could, but I think after the first few VM instances things would start resembling treacle flowing uphill in Winter.

Sometimes, to test how a highly-parallel application will work on a lot of nodes, you need.. a lot of nodes. Preferably nodes that you own, that can't be sniffed out by Amazon and your next big idea ripped off and rolled into an Amazon service.

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Report says #Facebook #to #adopt #hashtags

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Re: Shift-3?

"it's not a special character. it's just option-3 instead of shift-3"

That means it's a special character. Just like the Euro symbol currently is on most UK keyboards. If you need to perform some arcane sequence of tapping on the magic glyphs, it's a special character.

"it's not windows having to type a whole series of numbers to get a Euro symbol"

You mean ctrl+alt+4? See above about arcane sequences. They're easy... if you know them.

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"i shall internationalise the second deck nonetheless"

The hash symbol is reached without even touching the shift key on a standard UK keyboard (that isn't a Macbook). It's the one next to the carriage return key (that is curiously still labelled 'enter' on this example). Holding shift+# results in a ~.

Well, I just had to.

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Re: Shift-3?

A friend of mine has a Macbook with a similar US-style keyboard layout. He wanted me to do a quick web page for him. Then I start trying to put #rrggbb colour codes in.

Hash key? What hash key?

Apparently that's a "special character" on a Macbook. Grr.

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Nelson Mandela's island prison hell to become game

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You sir, win one (1) free Internets.

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Re: Games are never realistic

"Again, a "realistic" FPS would be so damn boring nobody would buy it."

The Arma (previously Operation Flashpoint before some kind of kerfuffle over naming rights) series? Your character gets shot, he's probably dead. If he's not dead, he's rolling around on the floor screaming for help. If your medic gets shot on the way over, or if you both get shot while he tries to manhandle you to a safe spot.. well, too bad. Yeah, the medic isn't a miracle worker either. You'll never get fully healed by magic, though you might be able to stand up and sort-of-maybe aim the gun. Which in the case of an arm injury will wobble all over the place and cause all kinds of flashing red "this hurt like hell" warnings when you pull the trigger and it recoils practically straight up.

Oh, and plinking tanks with small arms fire will not steadily reduce their health to popping level. You need a sodding big rocket launcher for that, and even then you need a really good aim.

I wouldn't call it boring. Nintendo-Hard perhaps.

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Re: Stupid

I'm sure WW2 veterans are united in their anger at the Medal of Honour franchise.

Or not.

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Don't buy a Google car: They might stop it while you're driving

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Re: Google what?

Google+. You know, that thing that Google are so desperate to get people onto that you now need to have a Google+ account to leave Play Store reviews/ratings? Yeah, the one with the "Real Names" policy. That one.

Sorry, developers who like to nag for ratings.. go nag Google to remove the + requirement. No ratings from me, otherwise.

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

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Re: Fandroids or... Freetards?

What about the developers of Early Bird, that turned the paid version into a "free" adware version, and "updated" all of the paying users to get hit with adverts?

Or maybe Rovio, who are the masters of permissions creep?

Sorry, but if somebody is blocking adverts then that is an indication that they are never going to buy what is advertised. Suck it up, and make a paid version. Do not assume that people will not do exactly what they wish with what is on their devices.

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Re: fixed it

"Take away their income and you'll end up pushing them back towards only releasing on IOS."

You mean income from the adverts I will never click on, which will never send any cost-per-click money to Google or their Adwords partners? That income?

Advert blocking is a quite blunt but necessary demonstration of the end-user's likelihood to ever purchase what is being advertised. Personally I think the developers of apps that are on my devices, have gotten more money from me via paid-for apps than they will ever get via advertising. Especially the ones with permission-creep that get uninstalled the moment they start asking for all that bullshit (yes Rovio, I'm looking at you).

Now what was that about iOS, now with iAds?

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Medicos hack iPhone into lab 'scope

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Done this before

Using various lenses out of eyepieces, old microscopes and the likes. Some of them are useless for attaching to the phone. Others give an awesome macro ability, very comparable to a low-magnification microscope.

You'll never see your fingernails in the same way again. Ew.

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Self-healing chips survive repeated LASER BLASTS

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Re: "Quite a lot of states."

True. However those same 10 million transistors can probably be replicated several times over onto a suitable sheet of silicon these days. If "sensors" can be replaced by "testing units", maybe you can have a 32-core CPU with instructions replicated N times for redundancy and an automatic failover amongst various CPU cores and sub-components of cores, all in one package?

Now that could be useful on Earth, let alone Mars.

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Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

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Disco lights are expensive anyway.

A RasPi and a DMX controller could do awesome things to a nightclub ceiling.

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Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

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Writing this article...

...on the day I have a coursework full of JCL, C and Cobol due in.

I'll be sure to let the professor know he's a criminal. I'm sure he knows that already though.

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Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

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Ass kickings will be encouraged.

Threats against random people like this can be described perfectly thus:

Playing Russian Roulette with a 7 billion chamber revolver.

Good luck.

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Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

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Re: @ MGale Billy Bob Gates and Microsoft

Something tells me the EU fine isn't all that big, relatively speaking.

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"What on earth are we coming to when a court flat out says it doesn't trust a large (supposedly responsible) corporation."

I and plenty of others have mentioned this already but it bears repeating:

A public limited company (or corporation if you like American-speak) is legally bound to be a psychopath, placing money above all other priorities including human decency. The original idea of a corporation may not have been like this. The original "incorporated company" was limited in what it could do and what other companies it could buy, and stakeholders (not shareholders) were partly responsible for what the company did in their name.

After a couple of centuries of lawyering in order to get more power than the original laws dictated, the modern corporation is far removed from the original.

What amazes me is that they were ever trusted to begin with.

Also the movie "The Corporation" is a good intro for people who don't know the history. It makes for depressing viewing. Nice if you're in a "fuck the world" mood.

(El Reg editors: The movie makers don't care if people copy and paste the movie around, though you can buy it for £2.49 if you like. Please don't delete me.)

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Re: Billy Bob Gates and Microsoft

Oh I don't know. Both of them seem to be doing quite spiffingly well at the moment, assuming that the suicidal plunge towards everything-is-a-phone is arrested at some point.

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Something I have noticed.

The people who don't like the New Bullshit have varied and many reasons why. They will go into great detail about how and why Windows 8 is a step backwards from Windows 7, and how Metro really is an awful interface for a desktop, or even laptop machine. These are not people who are going on a knee jerk reaction. These are people who have tried Windows 8 and found it severely lacking. I'm not going to go into detail about it in this post myself, because I and everyone else have done it to death already.

These people then get set upon by a crowd of deranged fanboys who call them retarded, luddite, "MS Hater" (as if that's a bad thing) and various other personal insults, with a sneering, nasty and superior-minded attitude.

About the most convincing argument I've seen for Windows 8.. that is, an argument that doesn't involve telling me to enjoy anal sex with myself or comparing me to early French loom operators, is "it's okay once you 3rd-party-hack it all the way back to Windows 7".

You know, alternatively, I could just stick with Windows 7.

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Safety authorities to hold hearings into Boeing 787's battery woes

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Using an engine to start the engine that starts the engines?

The phrase I'm looking for here starts with the words "Yo dawg..."

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Re: NiMH

LiPo batteries are still very much a fire risk, and require charging and use via a kid-gloves treatment.

That said, I notice that LiPo batteries do tend to be used in heavy-current-draw situations. They are usually rated between 15C and 30C discharge rate.

Wouldn't want to short one, though.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Re: Get a games company to do an enterprise system...

Indeed. I'm sure the game devs will be too busy trying to manage scenegraphs, build shader materials, figure out where to squeeze that extra few FPS out of a massively complex scene and worrying about how to optimise collision routines to be spending effort on moving account details around a server.

Something tells me the OP is slighting game developers without a damned clue about what games development involves.

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Re: Maybe a friendly prirate has come up with a "Fix" for it.

"But sometimes a 3rd party software update is the only way to get the software working properly."

Too damned right.

Especially when the DVD case mentions absolutely nothing about requiring a not-necessarily-existant Internet connection in order to work.

I'm looking at you, BI Studios. I've been playing Arma and Arma 2 since it was called Operation Flashpoint. I have the full X Anniversary edition now, on top of two copies of the original, all paid for. You have multiple purchases out of me. I thought you'd managed to resist the tendency of game dev firms to infect peoples' computers with malware, hence the £30 purchase of Carrier Command. Ironically, the DRM remover was virus free and works very well.

You won't be getting any more money though. In fact you're lucky I didn't get a refund AND keep the cracked game copy. Shop says no refunds on PC games? I say Trade Descriptions Act.

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Re: a rock and a hard place

Query: What difference does it make if your player is called "Ryan Giggs", or "Ronnie Biggs"?

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Valve, EA, Ubisoft... and now BI Studios.

You can all kiss my winnets. By the way, the crack to make Carrier Command work without "Activation" is quite readily available if you know where to look.

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Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

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Re: With every move Microsoft makes...

"But, then I recall reading not so long ago how KDE 3.0 was just as shitie as Gnome was or is."

Mandriva chose to go to KDE4, when KDE4 was an awful pre-beta bug-fest. The interface isn't bad, it didn't try to rip everything up and start again like Metro or Unity. It's not an attempt to turn a desktop computer into a phone. It was just adopted way too early by Mandriva SA and caused a bunch of people (me included) to run screaming toward something that actually worked.

These days, KDE4 is quite stable.

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Re: Soo...

I wouldn't say they were heroes.

They just had some actual competition from Digital Research, which they soon killed off by rather more foul means than fair.

Not a lot has changed since then.

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Re: 2013 blows almost as much as WinH8TE

I also have to wonder how well these start-menu replacements will work when Microsoft change something and the whole lot needs to be reprogrammed again?

You don't have that issue with Linux. A program wants one desktop environment but you're running another? No problem, it'll just drag in the libraries it needs and work nicely. The OS and UI are separated.

Windows just doesn't work like that. That a 3rd party hack might kludge its way around the problem (for now) is immaterial. Windows is a bloody expensive piece of software, and the people who make it can't even be bothered to keep the start menu from Windows 7, maybe even improve it to Gmome/KDE levels of excellence (yes, KDE's start menu categories are better than Windows 7's dump-it-all-in-an-alphabetical-list approach, even if 7's automatic quicklist is quite nice), despite ever-mounting evidence that People Want It Back.

All to try and make 2013 the Year of Windows on the Fondle Toy.

Sorry to go a little Eadonesque here, but: FAIL. FAIL. And a thousand times, FAIL!

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Re: Soo...

Oh no they weren't. They were the ones accepting the IBM shilling to buy someone else's OS for Big Blue's new "personal computer" project.

Try looking to the people who reverse engineered the IBM PC BIOS, to see who broke up IBM's stranglehold.

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Re: 2013 blows almost as much as WinH8TE

"You complain about a much faster system with tons of new features because of a simple UI issue that's fixed in 30 seconds by a free download?"

I complain about the dumb, stupid way by which I am forced to interact with this new, faster system?

Why yes, yes I do.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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So, uhm...

...about the transvestite friend of mine who is making a pretty penny from adult cam sites. Going to remove that source of income, eh?

Charming.

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

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Re: I reckon the other source had it spot on

Personal experience, even. And too late to use the edit button too.

Damn my fat fingers.

(Maybe that's what someone said shortly after the start of the RBS outage?)

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Re: I reckon the other source had it spot on

"So all, technicians are incredibly overworked but still infallible, whilst all managers are lazy and incompetent. Procedures are completely unnecessary. Just get rid of all managers and procedures and everything will be fantastic."

And irate operators really do poison their bosses with halon. Oh come on, that has got to be the best rant I've seen in a while. Possibly it might have come from person experience, as far as you know.

Wherever it came from, I think Mike Smith needs to be hired as Simon Travaglia's ghost writer for when he's off sick and a new BOFH episode needs writing up. That was awesome.

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I thought one of the features of a mainframe...

...was umpteen levels of redundancy? One CPU "cartridge" goes pop? Fine. Rip it out of the backplane and stuff another one in, when you've got one to stuff in there.

Dual (or more) PSUs, RAID arrays.. and yet this happens. Oh well. Wonder what RBS's SLAs say about this?

They do have SLAs for those likely-hired-from-someone-probably-IBM machines, don't they?

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LIVE BLOG: Facebook News Feed revamp press conference

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Re: Welcome to our tobacco free campus?

Yeah, I saw that one. That's why you click the button five times to turn it off before stowing it in your suitcase.

Though to have made enough smoke to billow out of the coach, with nobody sucking through it.. that must have been one hell of a vape. Possibly more like the Volcano herbal vapes than an e-liquid vape, especially since the e-cigs and vapes by the likes of VIP and Halo have a 7-10 second safety cut-off. "Health aid for smokers" indeed.. naughty boy.

Did the passengers all stop off at the nearest pizza shop afterwards?

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Welcome to our tobacco free campus?

I recommend Halo's "Ultra Tank" portable vape. Forty quid for a kit including two batteries and three refillable cartomisers. Add in some 24mg/ml nicotine fluid and you're done.

It's also neither tobacco, nor smoking.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Re: Lock and load

"Hirsch" vs "Jude".

I can see how there might have been a problem.

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Re: MUNTJAC

ew.

<--- Oh god, not again.

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Re: Contraceptive dart guns?

Depends on your priorities.

Kill Bambi now, and watch the population bounce right back in a few years.

Or stop Bambi reproducing for life, watch the population naturally dwindle and take quite a while longer to recover.

As a fairly committed rabbit-food-eater, I'll at least mention population control methods that don't involve blowing big holes in things. In the absence of a cervine-targetted Combine suppression field, darts are probably the best option there.

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Re: Just Like Horse

<--- See that?

You bastard. Now I have to find a cloth or something, before some professor walks past and wonders why this lab machine looks pebbledashed.

(El Reg: Better than Facebook, which is what everyone else seems to be looking at)

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Contraceptive dart guns?

It's been done before.

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News Corp challenges iPad with $299 education tablet

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Meanwhile, in Tesco...

Android based, though for some reason they put "Monarch OS" on the front page of the site. Looks suitable though, mostly because of the thick rubber casing. Bounce proof? Essential.

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Cruel Microsoft will drive us into arms of iOS, Android, warn resellers

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Re: MS shills make Eadon sound right

Know what's even better?

That datacentre-edition license only covers two processors. A four-CPU machine needs two datacentre licenses. Really?

How many datacentres does anybody know that have two CPUs? Or does Microsoft count "A PC with a whacking big HDD attached to it" as "a datacentre"?

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Re: The thing is, he is right

"Easy fix for devs (assuming you're not on some seldom used mirror), just add a # of times downloaded, and give the option to sort by popular. Leverage the crowd."

What would also be nice would be two flags on each package. One for "program", one for "library", and packages can be one, the other or both. Right now, searching (for instance) for games in Linux brings up a whole load of supporting libraries as well. It's a little like doing a search in the Windows 8 store and coming up with stuff like direct3d.dll all mixed up with the games themselves. If I'm developing something I might be interested in downloading lib-something-whatever-devel, but otherwise, let the end-products decide which dependencies to download and hide them from the user unless requested.

Oh my word, did I just criticize the Holy PenguinOS? How unlike me (according to some).

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Next Windows 8 version can ditch bits of Metro

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Not often I accuse someone of being a shill, but there are an awful lot of ACs with a nasty dismissive attitude toward anybody who fails to love the new bullshit, and a completely brainwashed attitude toward Microsoft. They don't even try to say how I'm wrong.. just throw insults out like "it's easy, you're retarded, stop complaining, get a life" and all the rest.

I guess Metro really is doubleplusgood.

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There is nothing difficult about using metro.

Asides the massive information overload once you install more than a few applications, of course.

Asides trying to find out which TIFKAM apps are running and which ones aren't. Oh, yeah I forgot, Metro magically manages that by deciding for you what stays in memory and what has a few seconds to save its shit before being rather unceremoniously terminated regardless of your wishes. Because that's completely failproof.

Yeesh. I know I can be a sarky bastard at times, but the snark is so thick here you could cut it with a knife. Not that Microsoft Window doesn't deserve it.

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Japanese password protector floods screen with hoax cursors

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Genius.

And like many genius ideas, it leaves me slapping my forehead and going "that's just so simple, WHY didn't I think of it?"

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