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* Posts by M Gale

3504 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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Re: Creepy?

BT/Mumsnet

FTFY

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Samsung reveals prices, availability dates of 'Pro' tablets

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Re: Just buy an Apple...

Samsung can't do quality.

Which is why Apple use them for so many parts.

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It's kinda average on tablets and phones, nothing to make a song and dance over.

And utterly shite on anything else.

Strangely enough, most of the "haters" seem to be saying the same thing you are.

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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I remember that old Amstrad mash-up well. It worked well if your use case was "PC = Office, Sega 16 bit = games", and even supported the CD through a funky adapter cable. The 386 was getting a bit old by then though, if your intention was to maybe try PC gaming too. Plus I don't think it had a VESA slot for local-bus graphics. I think some review mags were a bit upset that you couldn't use it as a console dev platform (as if) and that it was, in the words of one magazine, "a Megadrive, a PC, and a roll of sellotape."

And IIRC, the only 486 option was an SLC. Eurgh.

Still, it did what it did well enough, and the PC half of things stayed awake while you were playing. Plus playing console games on a monitor was a massive upgrade to the usual RF lead, composite video or big block o' SCART.

And yep, it's the first thing I thought of after reading the review for this thing.

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Re: Just wish

People said that about Linux and wifi cards. And then all the wifi cards started working because, surprise surprise, people either wrote drivers for them, or wrapped Windows drivers up for them.

No reason a Linux couldn't be finagled into working with the OS Swap button, given enough popularity and motivation to do so.

Also this is The Register. One would think that "stick a Linux distro on it and see what happens" would be a standard part of the review.

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Re: Linux

Seriously, corporate whores are the only people left using Windows.

[spanish_accent]

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You called my mother a whore. Prepare to die.

[/spanish_accent]

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Re: Just wish @ jason 7

Runs great on Arm too I suppose?

Why would that matter for an Intel-based fondleslab?

Oh and it appears to run, if via WINE and PlayOnLinux. Couldn't tell you from personal experience though, because I'm really not interested in F2P-P2W.

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THUNDERING GAS destroys disks during data centre incident

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Re: Holy s**t.

Hah, I distinctly remember cracking the valve open on a 5 foot tall helium bottle minus its balloon regulator.

Never again.

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See also

Don't get angry at your disk arrays. It upsets them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4

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Microsoft to build 'transparency centres' for source code checks

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Re: No panacea

Also, if you believe that Linux users can verify the build on their machine

Not every user. However I would bloody well hope that government, and big business users, would be able to.

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Here's our source code, honest.

Of course, you can trust that this is the exact same source code that made the binaries you're using.

Oh yeah, we'll be suing any departments that commit any source to the Linux software they are using now. They obviously stole it from us.

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Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

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Well why do you think it comes with no source code available?

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The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications

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Re: ACLU and EFF

And if users get control of the permission, what do you think will be among the first things turned off for adware apps (unless the app itself needs it for normal function)? Network access. This will probably start app devs packing some ads into their programs so they can't be blocked.

Good.

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

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Re: "... a spacecraft flying over the Moon ..."

Sure the cockpit isn't where the craft's "joystick" is?

Think of where the pilot sits on early aircraft, and where the control stick is. Now you realise why it got the "joystick" moniker, and, possibly, why the bit of an aircraft where the pilot sits is the, ahem, "cockpit".

Urban Legend or Urban Myth? Not sure, but it's amusing enough.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: It's all good

And when Google Glass manages to prevent an accident due to pertinent information being right there when needed...

...we'll never know about it. I'd like to say "because accidents not happening isn't news", but more likely because it will be impossible, because fuckwits from the Peanut Gallery are colluding however unintentionally with fuckwits in government to get it banned BECAUSE IT JUST NEEDS TO BE BANNED. Oh, and glassholes. The way that word is spat out here makes it sound like it begins with an N.

I guess all Glassholes should get on the bus eh? The back of the bus?

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Re: Once upon a time....

People drove with doors unlocked

Silly question but, unless you're driving in a really bad part of town or travelling with young children (who should be in the back anyway), why would you lock the doors? In a crash, I would rather have a small chance of the doors being jammed, than an almost certainty.

As for the rest of the post, this belongs in the "all cars should have no seat belts and a nine inch iron spike in the middle of the steering wheel" field of fuckwittery that seems to infect some people. Fine. You first.

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Re: Issues aside

Certainly easy enough to use a gyro or combination of accelerometers to detect head orientation and throw a loud *BEEP* into the headphones if it detects you nodding off. Possibly not foolproof, but without actually looking at the eye and scanning for the visibility of an iris/pupils, a possibly useful helper.

But hey, let's ban it instead.

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Typical response.

Let's ban it! It... is technological!

Yep. Definitely got to ban it.

Of course, a little whiff of jealousy and sneering from the Peanut Gallery helps to get such acts passed. They're only Glassholes, after all.

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Re: Simple

On a train? Sitting in the passenger seat? Bus to work?

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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So what about the username and password which is plainly still stored so that you can tell me that my old account got "deleted", with massive sarcasm quotes added for effect? You know, the one I can't change due to, well, the account being "deleted"?

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Bye-Zynga: online games maker laying off 314 staff

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Zynga?

Zyn-gone.

Unsurprising. I'm wondering whether I'm the only one for whom that name is an anti-brand. A reason to NOT buy something.

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Fujitsu: PC market... doomed? LOLZ. NOT FOR US, pal

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The (desktop) PC

One of those few devices where parts are most definitely user serviceable, and for certain values of failure, are economically viable to fix when broken. Even economical to build your own out of parts.

I can see why some manufacturers would rather we all be using sealed netbooks and fondle-toys.

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Patent-holding firm's lawsuit against Googorola kicks off

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Re: Lol.. "bullshit-fu is weak"

-- TiZen could make MS and Google less nettlesome, ms less meddlesome, and put sordid, convoluted patent trolls back into hot, roiling boiling kettles some...

Tizen is one of them Linux things, which means Microsoft will just carry on trolling. It might shut Oracle up though.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: It's true but the time is probably off

a)You need something to move TO

It's a bit geeky, but Retroshare is showing some promise. Decentralised too.

Chat, forums, mail and file sharing with a Web Of Trust network topology. Easy to set up, easy to use, and speedy enough to not get bored waiting for the latest lolcat picture to load. All it needs is a profile page and a wall that people can scrawl on, and you're done.

Of course, it's more for keeping in touch with your friends rather than keeping in touch with your "friends", so maybe not. But hey, maybe!

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Candy Crush King went 'too far' when it candy crushed my app – dev

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Small suggestion

Rename the game to "Crush the King."

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Sega should sue the fuck out of King.

Panzer Dragoon Saga.

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Wow, gamers on YouTube really love the Xbox One. It's like they were paid to say that (Hint: they are)

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Yep, this is shitty.

However, it's likely to get a lot more favourable footage up on Youtube than Nintendo's approach of demanding all advertising revenue from videos that feature Nintendo game footage.

Which doesn't stop it from being shitty, and perhaps more than a little bit desperate.

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Pay-by-bonk? YEP, it's an Apple patent now...

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Re: What does this solve?

you know, that thing you are paying them to carry around and track you.

Shut up, you. Only Google does that. Sez Microsoft and Apple.

You should really "get the facts".

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'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'

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Re: What about storing coldness in liquid nitrogen?

There's a reason that nitrogen-cooled freezer wagons have instructions to leave the doors open for 30 minutes before going inside. The first thing you'd notice about being in a nitrogen atmosphere is when you faceplant into the floor from oxygen deprivation.

That said, dumping nitrogen into the coolant reservoir might be an idea for an emergency "we need 120 seconds to shut everything down nicely" solution.

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Ex-Google, Mozilla bods to outwit EVIL BOTS with 'polymorphic' defence

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So co-opt the browser engine?

Rather than scraping the site and parsing hypertext directly, automate a browser. Find out where the relevant UI elements get rendered in the page and from then on it's "that input element at that position, whatever it's called and however many zero-margin DIVs it's embedded in."

And yay, yet more patents pending on software. Guess this'll be kicked into the long grass for the next 25 years, then.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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I double dare you with sugar on top to determine if I'm a different person to whoever else is coming from the same mobile provider.

Carrier NAT. It's shit, but it has some uses. Especially if you're a bit of a troll or a company shill.

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User-defined avatars - we don't want to have to store avatars, or vet them, or get angry if someone changes avatar to something abusive.

Aw, please?

Think about it this way: The moment someone sends you goatse as a picture to review, you can invoke a "we don't want to see that shit" clause in the terms of use for this place. Rather than ban them, well, that's a use for up and downvotes. To get the ability for a custom avatar or selection of icons back, you're on probation and you need to get a 75/25 split in favour of upvotes over the last 200 (or so) votes on your posts with the count starting from the start of probation and continuing for as many votes as it takes to achieve 75/25 people from the last 200 liking your posts. Until then you're stuck with Anonymous Coward, Hello Kitty, or some other variety of dunce cap.

If it's something less gross, say annoyingly repeating attempts at trying to get the same disallowed image approved, you can implement the same sanction but maybe minus the enforced dunce cap and with a lower voting sample and easier ratio required to get it back.

I reckon there's enough people posting and voting for an idea like that to work, and I know I honestly couldn't care less about waiting a week to a month or more to see a batch of icons get approved. I know it's going to take someone a while to sift through the requests at first, and I don't think people will make that many requests when they realise it takes a week to a month or more for changes and updates to be approved.

If there's a hardware issue, you could always go the whole hog and make it a feature of a Register Plus Ad Free Paid Membership or something. Keep Free pretty much as it is (maybe fix the threading issues, oh please fix the threading issues), £10/year per member to hire a few terabytes in a rack somewhere, buy your own fat pipe and some boxes, or some kind of big blob of virtual cloudiness?

How much do you reckon you make per commentard (as opposed to, ahem, read-only viewers) from the ads at the minute? If the price is right, I reckon there's people here who'll buy into extra bells and whistles and a full page of news minus the ads, even if you can just run ABP+ for the latter feature.

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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

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If this is confirmed, I'd say Eclipse Internet deserve everything they've got coming to them.

Anyway, a domain name should take 24 hours or less to switch. Couldn't you do it anyway and publically put the blame where it belongs when the site comes back up? Give existing customers advance warning of an outage perhaps.

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Indeed. It's not like they have any excuse either. Pretty much any server-side language worth its salt (heh) is going to have some kind of readily available Digest library. This could be fixed with.. well, I'm no huge expert but I'm reckoning less extra lines of code than I have fingers.

Keep on 'em, Reg. You wouldn't want to miss the inevitable massive hack attack. I'm wondering if they even sanitise dirty data? They going to get intimately familiar with Bobby Tables soon?

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Google cleared to land in private terminal at Silicon Valley airport

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Re: Not unusual

I suppose only General Motors should be allowed to have a company car fleet?

No haulage unless you're into postage?

Can a business buy a Ford Transit if it isn't a building firm?

Oh, and do the vending machines in the cafe have to be taken out if it's not a Starbucks?

Really, I'm not seeing the problem here. Google have struck a deal, a new terminal is being built. They ain't taking an existing one. They're not robbing people of the ability to get cheap flights to Bumfuck, Ohio. Wouldn't surprise me if part of the deal means it becomes even easier to do so.

But let's see, eh?

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they want their own transportation that the serfs are not allowed to use.

Well I'm pretty sure you wouldn't like your car being co-opted by the Collective either.

If Google as a company need to shuffle hundreds of people over long distances each year, doesn't it make sense to do a deal to basically build your own terminals right next to where you need them to be? It's not like they are robbing people of the terminals that are already there, and do you think the council would be spending $85 million if they weren't getting something out of it? You know, something that might mean lower taxes, better services or both for the people living there?

I'm probably one of the more cynical people here, but all I see from this rainy island is win/win for everyone involved. Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but time will tell.

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Re: Mystery...

Why don't they just use Hangouts?

Probably prefer hangars.

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Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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Death Penalty, Mr Katt?

Now I know some fanbois can get a bit, well, fanatical. You however, take the batshit-crazy religious-fruitloop cake. Death to the unbelievers, next?

Are you real, or rubber?

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My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

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I guess I could be the worst of the lot.

Domain names with wildcard redirects. AS MANY EMAIL ADDRESSES AS YOU LIKE. My god, it's like concentrated cocaine.

On the plus side, it's amusing to see people trying to exploit majordomo@, listserve@, root1@, root2@, root3@...

Oh Mr Bayes, how I love you. As much as a man can love another man nonsexually.

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Rosetta comet chaser due to wake up for final rendezvous on Monday

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Cometary Catbird Seat?

Space gryphons?

Squawk.

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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GPS are only for those who can't read a map and are unable to hold basic route instructions in one's head.

I'm sure the various lorry drivers and other long distance, international types will love having to keep a whole box of maps for every area they drive though.

You do know that a GPS navigation device is basically a map with a homing ability, right? That's what those funny squiggles on the screen are. You know: roads.

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Re: Next time ...

If it stops motorcycles from weaving down the white line when the other traffic is "only" doing 65mph then fine, make helmets illegal

I get the feeling that you're exaggerating.

Don't get envious of the legal ability of motorbike riders to filter. Get a motorbike, and take advantage.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Possibly something that needs a certain number...

1, or perhaps 2?

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Re: Save billions on marketing

Henry Ford said something along the lines of "if I gave my customers what they wanted, I'd be in the business of making faster horses."

And people said the same thing about Steve "Seven Inch Tablets Are Way Too Small, and you really like iTunes, no you really do and you must have it" Jobs.

Mind you, at least the iPod and iPod Maxi ended up being somewhat popular.

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Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

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Re: Fair's fair

Correct but remember we're talking about Google, who's entire business model is based on making money by leeching off other people's property.

Is this becoming a fashion? "lol Google steals ur stuff"? Thought-stopping cliché, much?

Plenty of things you can accuse Google of, but this is not one of them. Of course, you are free to rewrite your robots.txt so that Google never touches your site again. Even perhaps block the entire Google IP range from your servers.

Now why don't we talk about Microsoft, whose entire business model is based around, oh, leeching off other people's property. The golden screwdriver business model, with added overtones of extortion and racketeering. Or Apple, who so desperately desire to be Microsoft, even while Microsoft wish they were as "cool" as Apple?

Frankly I'll take Google any day over those bridge-trolls.

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Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it

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Re: @Andrew Orlowski

http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/

The simplest way to make a program free software is to put it in the public domain, uncopyrighted. This allows people to share the program and their improvements, if they are so minded. But it also allows uncooperative people to convert the program into proprietary software. They can make changes, many or few, and distribute the result as a proprietary product. People who receive the program in that modified form do not have the freedom that the original author gave them; the middleman has stripped it away.

Though you are probably thinking of the following paragraph:

Copyleft is a way of using of the copyright on the program. It doesn't mean abandoning the copyright; in fact, doing so would make copyleft impossible. The “left” in “copyleft” is not a reference to the verb “to leave”—only to the direction which is the inverse of “right”.

See, I don't read that as "abandon all copyright". I read that as "abandoning the copyright on your product as a way of putting it into the public domain". Abandoning all copyright would mean that "proprietary", ie uncopyable, products would be impossible to legally enforce, and there would be no need for copyleft. Therefore, copyleft is invented as a means to subvert (or perhaps invert) copyright. Therefore, I don't think the people who invented copyleft would be all that bothered if the notion of intellectual property (note I did not say 'copyright' there, two very different beasts) went out of the window.

There is also the very second sentence in the GNU GPL preamble:

The licenses for most software and other practical works are designed to take away your freedom to share and change the works. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change all versions of a program--to make sure it remains free software for all its users.

Sounds pretty hippy-dippy-free-love-and-pass-the-flowers-around to me.

Of course I guess we would have to get an answer straight from Stallman, ESR or the various other GNU guys' mouths, to know for certain.

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Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

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Re: "alert the victim that something had happened"

There's a few ISPs out there whose authentication procedure is "ah, you're coming from that wire. You must be genuine."

In that case, a router would not have a username or password (or copied MAC address) to reset.

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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Re: Far too expensive

Ask yourself why laptops sell more than desktop PCs.

Because they are shiny and you can take them with you. At least, that's why people were buying them when I was asking them as a computer salesman. Most of the time I'd just find them an appropriate laptop. Occasionally (like when it's obviously for a kid) I'd give it "err.. sure you wouldn't like something less delicate?"

They usually stuck with their choice. I suppose some commentards here would be trying to hide a smirk at the inevitable smashed-up junk that landed on the service desk three months later.

As far as the article goes? Hey, might make a nice little box to velcro to the back of a telly. It'll never be a gaming PC, but it might run a web browser. Which makes me wonder, why on earth is the only option £300 for a welded-in i5? Jokes aside, you don't need an i5 for Firefox, and £300 plus adding your own RAM and your own HDD? Bit pricey there.

That and "the general public" tend to not want to do all that super hyper advanced stuff like "put the memory stick in the slot". They want it all done for them. This box apparently doesn't do that. Oh, and then you need the license for Windows. Good luck trying to sell THAT on its own without Microsoft's special "only if you only sell Windows, and only built into a new PC, and if the motherboard dies you buy a new Windows" discount.

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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

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Re: If it's not broke...

Many top-notch computer scientists and hackers have some kind of autistic spectrum disorder. It's one of those weird conditions that in milder cases can actually be beneficial if your job involves systems analysis and design. Not so much if it involves a lot of customer-facing work.

Though I do have to wonder exactly which one of the buttload of comments up there you were replying to?

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Skype's Twitter account, blog hacked to spread anti-Microsoft messages

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Re: @ cornz 1

Just like when people ask you what you were doing on 9/11/2001

I suppose at least when the psychopathic god-botherers blew the fuck out of a few tube trains and a bus in London, they did it on a nicely unambiguous 7/7. How considerate of them.

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