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* Posts by M Gale

3509 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Russian space research org targeted by mystery malware attack

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Re: I'm guessing South Korea.

The main North Korean population, perhaps.

I'm pretty sure the ruling elite will have all mod cons.

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North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit

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Re: North Koreas space programme

Jebediah for World Leader.

That guy is fearless!

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Re: Whatever it is up there, it's a lump...

Well, we don't know exactly where the ol' pater's kid is on the batshit scale either. As for it being a small nuke, I doubt it. The plot of Home Front might be fairly engaging and also quite obvious propaganda, but the US is neither on its knees through fuel starvation. nor about to do anything other than act like a rabid dog if somebody did EMP the shit out of North America.

Of course, that could be the plan.</paranoia>

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Considering any missions the X37B undertakes is going to be highly secret and we're not officially supposed to know it is up there, you could conversely speculate as to the life expectancy of the crew aboard once they get too close to an orbiting laser-toting shark, or whatever else is up there?

That or it could just be a mylar reflective beach ball with "lol, made you look" written on it in Hangul.

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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

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Re: "do you know what and (sic) an Android stick or media box is?"

you actually manage to infer here that a granny would know what an android stick is.

I'm sure she'd know how to use one after a little playing with it. Oh, you do know that using Android has nothing to do with Vim, Emacs or editing /etc files by hand?

Really, have you used Android?

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Re: If it looks like a computer....

So your average retired grandmother is going to get a Linux computer up and running on a TV is she?

Uhm.. setting up an Android device is not much harder than plugging it in and switching it on?

It's somewhat easier than setting up a VCR, and I see plenty of those in the homes of people older than I.

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Re: ReVuln seem like nice people

Yes, because not wanting to kill people means you want people to kill people.

Really, the mentality of some people amazes me.

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Microsoft Surface to hit third-party stores on Wednesday

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Re: And...The same applies to their WinPhone8 offering

On the contrary, when I used to work for a certain purple-uniformed big brand computer retail company, I got questions from a fair few people along the lines of "Do you do Linux?"

When they weren't the usual neckbeards, it was nearly always suited and booted business types fed up with Microsoft's license fees and/or bullying.

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Re: So, it's official

You know, I'm thinking that a symbolic dumping of a crapload of Nike, Adidas, McDonalds and other branded goods into Liverpool Harbour would be amusingly ironic around now.

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Top-secret US spaceplane sets off on another classified mission

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Re: Food for the secret moon colony

Stop it, you're giving me a nostalgia attack.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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SIlly idea

Not sure if it's already suggested, but that "send corrections" link at the bottom of the article might be better off pointing at a page where you can send corrections, rather than the generic "here's how to contact us" page. At least while logged in, anyway.

Sometimes I see an article that makes my inner proofreader want to curl up and cry a little. At the same time though, can I really be bothered firing up an email client just to tell someone they spelled "plant matter" as "plant madder"?

It's in the article on green Li-Ion batteries, by the way. You might want to check that. Or not.

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Re: Upvotes/downvotes

I dunno.

You can still see the post, so why not be able to vote on it? It's not like you can vote more than once without sockpuppetry involved.

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Microsoft notices Xbox gamers actually slack-jawed TV fans, adds 43 new apps

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Re: Well I Like It :D

At the moment I have a Radeon 5750 and some variant of AMD quad core phenom II. I'm pretty sure I can upgrade the GPU significantly before I hit the motherboard limit. I'm really not interested in spending £1500 on three high-end graphics cards in an SLI set-up, so I can get at least one fairly beefy upgrade out of this machine for not much of an outlay. £100-ish will buy me a GPU that, to use a time-honoured phrase, pisses on just about any current games console from a positively stratospheric height.

To be honest though, the current set-up gives the PS3 a good enough kicking as-is. Helps that I can turn the largely useless FSAA off too.

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Re: Well I Like It :D

"It will never be as good as PCs in terms of cutting edge and the ability to tweek settings etc but i dont have the time or spare funds to spend £1000 on a machine these days sadly :("

You can get a gaming rig built for you for half that price these days. I'm still running on mine from two years ago, and it still runs modern games quite nicely, if not in absolute top bollocks rendering-from-here-to-mars-in-64x-FSAA detail levels.

One quick graphics card upgrade later though, and that'll be taken care of. Not that I play many PC games these days due to most of them being infested with malware.. sorry, "DRM".

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Re: Holier-than-Thou Non-Believers

See I used to think that Microsoft charge for Xbox Gold membership because they host the servers, and bandwidth isn't cheap.

It's not like that though is it? They run a matching service, and YOU run the server on the Xbox. Fortunately I don't own an Xbox. If I did, I'd be pretty cheesed off after watching a friend routinely have the action stopped in the middle of a game with a "the person running the server is throwing a strop, spitting their dummy out and has turned the machine off, please wait while someone else becomes the server" messages. How Xbox Gold is different from Gamespy is beyond me.

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Netflix names Google Fiber the fastest ISP in the US

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I used to be somewhat envious of the Americans, back when UK Internet connectivity was via dial-up ISPs that charged phenomenal amounts, plus telephone providers that raked in the call costs.

How times change.

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Stephen Hawking gets $3m physics prize from Mail.ru tycoon

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Re: @AJ Macleod

The physicist frowns at the chemist who in turn frowns at the biologist, which of them is the most "science-y"

http://xkcd.com/435/

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Look out, world! Are you ready for John McAfee: THE MOVIE?

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Whereas on the other hand, We Can Remember It For You, Wholesale is a short story that can probably be read through in less time than it takes to watch either of the film adaptations.

I do hope the latest Total Recall ends in the same way as the short story, if only because it's completely unhinged.

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Big Data in creepy hook-up with big-game whales

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"At what point should these social media companies take some responsibility?"

These publically-owned companies that have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders but absolutely zero responsibility to society?

We reward psychopaths, and we reap what we sow. When that stops, then you can talk about shoulds and shoudln'ts with any hope of being listened to. Until then, you and your son will be bled for every penny you are worth, because it would be irresponsible to the shareholders to do otherwise.

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Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills

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Re: This is why I can't run an exit node

The way Freenet works, is that unpopular stuff gets deleted from the network first. Stuff that's requested a lot sticks around.

So by running a Freenet node, uploading popular content that isn't child porn, and not downloading any child porn, you make child porn less accessible.

Just a thought.

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GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes

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Re: Shock Horror

I am pretty sure that XP forces you to set an Admin password...

No it doesn't. It then proceeds to allow anybody to do aything to it.

UAC was possibly the only useful feature in Vista, and they ripped off Sudo to manage it.

Then applied a patent.

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Record €1.47 BEELLION EC fine for price-fixing display cartels

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look where the internet wasn't 6 years ago!

Lolcats, porn and goatse? I wouldn't say it's changed that much.

Well, except the sad loss of the aforementioned anally reamed shock site.

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Re: Notice more than one make Android devices?

They also make quite a few Windows PCs.

And probably a few iWotsit components.

Your point?

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Google enables private Play stores

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CNET? Really?

So I can download some extra bundled adware on top of the adware the app comes with? Not a chance in hell.

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Watch live! Crack LOHAN team to send SPEARS to stratosphere

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Re: Oh the humanity!

You know, if the parachute and balloon could be tied together with a length of fuse, might that work as a test of the ignition system at the same time?

That and the possibility of the balloon conflagrating after dropping the rig.

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What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

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Re: What do Motorola phones and Nortel have in common?

Kies?

That's your problem right there. Horrific shite, as bloated as iTunes, and Samsung insist on using it to provide firmware updates.

You may have a couple of other unofficial options though. Personally, back when I had a Sammy device, I installed, updated, then uninstalled pretty damned quick. At least Kies uninstalls nicely, unlike a certain fruity piece of software that tries its damndest to insinuate itself into parts of your system that it has no rights to be in.

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Rogue IT employees - give us the down and dirty

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Re: Technical, if not IT related

Oh, this I know. I've heard some stories myself, about a certain shall-not-be-named radio station that is now quite ironically legitimate. Rather than just let the coppers come, bust the gear, take it as a loss and get another transmitter, they'd be sitting at the top of the tower block ready to cob chairs, bricks and other ammunition down at them.

Gave pirate radio in general a bad name, and played right into the hands of the "hang 'em high" politicos. Fucking idiots.

Definitely not the same as getting nicked for trying to set up a radio transmitter on the tower behind Paddington Green police station. Yes, apparently the police were not convinced that the antenna was for a walkman that one of them was carrying, and the TX rig was a UFO detector. Gave up on trying to hit them with a pirate radio charge though and instead hit them with theft of electricity. By said uncle's own admission, that was a bit of a silly place to try to set a rig up.

Yes, some of the pirates were idiots. These guys though, were pioneers, doing live uplinks from a moving boat party and using Doilby noise reduction techniques before the BBC had even got its skates on. Now? It's just not worth it. Within 15 minutes of firing a rig up, the rig will most likely be located and ready to be busted.

And we're all the poorer for it, IMNSHO.

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Technical, if not IT related

I have an uncle, who was involved with the old pirate Thameside Radio back in the day.

Quite an advanced set-up. Proper transmitters, none of this noisy, leaky circuit-board-in-a-margarine-tub nonsense. They weren't stupid enough to transmit from the studio, but instead would have a few transmitters around, with an uplink that could be pointed to any one of them.

One of these transmitters was right up at the top of Trellick Tower. Apparently these sneaky chappies had managed to get hold of a set of fireman's keys for roof access. Then they found a nice room to stick the transmitter in, disguised the antenna as a TV aerial, and built a remote electronic lock to keep the door locked from the other side.

So the DTI (this was a long while before OFCOM) would detect a transmission and go up there to have a look. They knew the signal was coming from there, but could they find the transmitter? Could they hell. Even if a tramsmitter got busted, these guys would swing the uplink antenna around and be back up in seconds. Most frustrating for the DTI, I'm sure.

Even when they decided to call it a day, they did it with a nice big middle finger in the shape of a pirate TV transmission across large swathes of London.

I feel quite inadequate in comparison!

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Think Xmas bashes in your biz are scary? Try partying with the Channel

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Re: Reminds me of a friend.

Hah!

Not only titanium-plated bollocks, but teflon-coated everything else. This guy could, and probably would tell Travaglia and his pimply-faced protégé where they could shove their cattle-prod, and survive the incident.

Amazing what you can get away with when you're indispensable, in the right, and have bosses that know this.

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Reminds me of a friend.

This friend works for a rather well-known parcel post firm with distinctive green lorries. He routinely does 50 hour weeks, and is well known as the hardest and possibly best worker in the depot.

Anyway, it's the Christmas party. He sits down at a table, then finds out that he's accidentally sat on the table where all the managers are. Not just the local guys.. we're talking regional managers, VPs, big head honchoes, that sort of thing.

So anyway, he'd brought his girlfriend with him, and as he's one of the depot's best workers, the depot manager tells him to not bother getting up. Just sit right there, there's a whole crate of champagne on the way.

This was where it all started to go a bit wrong.

See I know this person very well. I have managed to stop this person from being arrested at least once after they started wandering all bloody-handed towards the police shouting things like "WHAT'S WRONG? IT'S JUST A BIT OF BLOOD!" I also know he's opinionated and couldn't give a monkey's left testicle who hears him, especially when intoxicated. So, the story of what happened next is entirely believable, especially since I spent 18 months in that workplace and know exactly what it's like in there.

Well, let's just say that whilst it's one of the busiest depots in the business, it has its problems in how it is run. This friend of mine decides to start getting very vocal about said problems, to the extent of telling the depot manager, now increasingly regretting his decision, to "shut the fuck up, you're fucking useless too."

Everyone got the knife, as it were. Other workers and managers alike, they all got told, and all got put right in their place. Very loudly, and very drunkenly. At one point, bits of pepperoni on the pizza that had been ordered started to be used as frisbees, being thrown at said depot manager alongside comments such as "and here's what I think of your pizza, fatso".

Next day, he wakes up to a phone call from his girlfriend, which went something like "you've got a lot of apologising to do". Strangely though, he kept his job. Not only kept his job, but pretty much made it bullet-proof secure. The big guys up at that table, far from being offended by this drunken tirade, were actually rather impressed by someone with the bottle to tell them in no uncertain terms what they were doing wrong. Also somewhat amused at seeing the depot manager being thoroughly embarrassed.

He still has his job, and now has the solid respect, not only of everyone in that depot, but of some of the biggest people in the company. I believe the term used was "bloody loud mouth.. he's right though."

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Microsoft STALKS YOU even more than supermarkets do, says dev

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Google are evil. Google are evil. Google are evil. Google are evil. Google are evil.

But surely Microsoft make all their money from borging whole industries, trolling other software companies with spurious patent allegations, and selling you overpriced software that has been shown can be made for free?

What, you mean they're all at the privacy-invasion game? Say it ain't so!

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TVShack O’Dwyer strikes deal to avoid US extradition

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This is how the extradition process should go:

So how many people did this guy kill?

Oh.. none.

So.. did he commit a crime on your soil and flee to here?

What, no?

Well with all due respect, do kindly fuck off.

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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Hm, I was taught that channel 10 was the standard drum channel. Of course, you can define any channel to mean anything.

Also MIDI is not General MIDI. General MIDI, IIRC, defines the standard instrument patch set including one drumkit. Other MIDI patch sets include XG (by Yamaha) and GS (by Roland). A musical instrument that defines itself as "General MIDI", basically has the same first 127 instruments and drum set as every other General MIDI device. MIDI (sans "General") devices simply have the same communication protocol.

For instance, for some synthesizers such as the Novation K Station or Yamaha AN200 Loopfactory, it makes no sense to have them as "General MIDI", as all of the noises they generate are somewhat wierd, bleepy techno affairs rather than anything approaching "Grand Piano" (GM patch #1) or "Pizzicato Strings" (GM patch #46). The same applies to MIDI controller keyboards or boxes that make no sounds of their own, but are used to send commands to other devices, such as for instance the Evolution X-Session controller box.

Happy owner of all mentioned devices, and yes, they're all awesome in their own ways.

http://www.midi.org/techspecs/gm1sound.php

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MIDI's a great example of the big guys in an industry seeing how a standard needs to be set, and coming together to make an open standard before either the whole industry falls apart amongst a mess of incompatibilities, or one company rises up and borgs everything.

Now if only Yamaha, Korg, Roland, Kawai, Oberheim, Sequential Circuits, Moog et al, were interested in PC OS interoperability as well, eh?

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Screw the badges.

There is? I guess this is for gold badge holders only.

Personally though I don't use ignore functions. It's like sticking your fingers in your ears and going "laa laa laa" while the people you don't like carry on talking anyway, and you're unable to counteract their arguments because you can't hear them.

Could be a bit of a backfire, basically.

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Re: Where can I check my upvotes?

Going too much the way of the zuckbook, bitch.

Oh god, it's never going to be THAT bad. I hope.

Okay, so it might get a bit Slashdotty, but it's still a tech site and user forums rather than a big online wankfest.

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Iran's Photoshop FAIL: 'New drone' actually Japanese university bird

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I think I found the original image!

Yep. It was those crazy Dutch who invented it all along!

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

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Re: Thanks but no thanks

The Start button vs Menu is an argument that's been done to death, so I won't bother. You quickly get used to it if you just take the time to set it up cleanly and properly - about the same amount of time to have a clean and tidy Start button menu.

You mean you have to reorganise and rearrange TIFKAM, every single damned time you install something. That's something I haven't had to do with the rather more sensibly heirarchical start menu yet. Really, it's worse than trying to use an Android phone by wandering through the App Drawer trying to look for stuff.

The Taskbar is perfectly suitable as a Quick Launch bar

In your opinion. In my opinion - and in the opinion of others - it's a confusing kludge that makes it not immediately obvious what programs are running or not.

The old quick launch bar has been absolutely superceded.

Evidently not.

In fact, if you pin programs to the task bar it gives you more options, as you can right-click and get a series of very useful options as well.

You can do that without pinning anything.

The control panel is immediately accessible VERY quickly by typing 'c o n' into the home screen

You mean like Windows 7? Come on, where's the advantages of TIFKAM again?

The lack of being able to get to it is like the mythos of it being hard to shut down. Ctrl+Alt+Del. Power Button, Shut Down.

You can shut Windows 7 down using the Vulcan Nerve Pinch as well. Come on, show me a real TIFKAM advantage.

It's strange. I don't particularly like the new Start screen

Well at least we agree on something.

Now all Microsoft need to do is get rid of it, or sideline it at least. Or maybe, possibly, just let those of us who don't want an Xbox, have our desktops back.

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Re: Thanks but no thanks

One of the few things you can put back without third party hacks is a proper, WIndows XP-style quicklaunch bar that doesn't make quicklaunch apps look like running apps.

Unfiortunately, using the same method for bringing a start menu back doesn't work too well. You end up with an heirarchy of folders that don't fill with program shortcuts as you install stuff. On the other hand, that godawful TIFKAM thing will happily fill up with one, long, flat, confusing list of shit if you let it.

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Re: "Lol"

About 27,800,000 results for Windows 8 get start menu back.

Sorry, it's not a few, ahem, "fandroids" that don't like it. As I've already stated around here somewhere, Microsoft could release a great big turd and people would still buy it, because they have to buy it or be unable to run anything.

A new version of Windows selling a shitload is not impressive, sorry. It's as predictable as the sun coming up tomorrow. How many of Microsoft's customers actually want to be Microsoft customers on the other hand? I reckon that ratio is significantly less than 1:1.

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Can't be arsed booting the Win8 VM up, but I think I might have about six icons left on TIFKAM after removing the "live" crap. I think my first reaction to that jumping, flashing, animated mess was "ARGH, MY EYES".

Do they count people who got a free MSDNAA (oh sorry, Dreamspark) version, gave it a go, then shoved it back in the computer equivalent of a dusty drawer somewhere while they go running right back to 7?

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Windows 8 launch outdoes Windows 7's, says Microsoft bigwig

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From the article:

License sales don't equate automatically to users and many of the licenses will have been sold to PC manufacturers who will pack the software on machines to be shipped out over the next few months. Reuters estimates that only 15 million users are currently using Windows 8.

From Phoenix50:

Microsoft have SOLD 40 millions Windows 8 licenses. They've not "shipped-40-million-and-we're-waiting-for-OEMs-to-sell-them-all-and-then-pay-us"... it's 40 million licenses IN THE BANK - and they're laughing all the way to it!

I do like this discrepancy.

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Nowhere to hide for Google users as Play is given Plus treatment

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Re: Further to previous post

I'll opt for making it up.

*sigh*

My motives for doing so? I've already been accused of being a Google shill before. Perhaps I'm also on Mastercard's payroll?

Dammit, I could do with the money as well. Bastards still haven't paid me.

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This week I have reading...

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Mostly?

Differential equations and image processing algorithms. Damned university coursework.

That said, there's that Battlefield 3 book by Andy McNab that's waiting for me to get the time to start on it. It's been waiting for the last three months.

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Tea deathmatch?

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Re: Tea deathmatch?

I do like a good strong builder's brew, but at the same time I've got a number of odd fruit or herbal things that taste quite nice.

For my nomination as far as this topic is concerned, though? Twinings-brand Chai. Awesome spicy Indian thing.. no I am not a hippy.

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Bye bye Usenet

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Is news.cis.dfn.de still up?

Just saying, they used to run a nice text-only free service back in the day.

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One in 10 Brit smartphone owners 'can't afford' to pay for apps

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I see which app you mean.

Super GNES lite, right?

Yep, there's a few idiot reviewers, which won't be prevented by Google's idiocy either. Still has a 4.1 star average though, which definitely puts it into the "awesome, shame you can't please everyone" category.

I'd give them a good review myself if it works nice but, you know, Google+ requirement and all...

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