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

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Re: Oh shame

I suppose you could try compiling FreeDOS for ARM (or even using DOSBox or QEmu, though that would be pretty slow), then running VB 1.0 for DOS on top.

Some people have already managed to get Win95B, 98SE and even XP running on a Raspberry Pi via QEmu or DOSBox, so maybe it's not too slow after all:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=10635

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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And nothing of value was lost...

See title.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: surely?

Indeed - MintPPC FTW!

http://mintppc.org/

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Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

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Re: Also...

"Everybody likes the Eagles!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWQc7uew0ug

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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Re: New Barbarian Manifesto

All very well, except government money isn't like household money - the government can create money whenever it feels like it (quantitative easing, anyone?).

The true consumers of government money are in fact the banks, and they no longer have any need for a "productive" side in order to generate cash, which is why the private sector is struggling.

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Re: First stop the illegal immigrants from voting

As Warren Buffett put it, "There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning."

So much for the war on the 1%.

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Which taxes, though?

Everyone pays sales taxes, for example - a flat tax that affects poorer people more than the rich.

The fact that so few people can earn enough to fall into even the lowest income tax bracket should be a source of shame for the 1%, anyway.

Giving out dimes indeed!

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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Wot no Fan Death?

There've got to be some gadgets aimed at reducing this well-known (but oddly unique to Korea) health "risk". A timer switch of some kind, possibly?

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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Re: Why, just Why?

You forgot the space between "GO" and "TO"...

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

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Re: Choose a Linux distro wisely...

There's already a project established to help: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/StartUbuntu

I'd recommend LXLE at the moment, and maybe AntiX for really old machines for which any Ubuntu variant is too much to handle.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: +1 for the Eee 701SD :-)

My 701 4G just keeps on going, and has been my main machine since 2008 - it runs even better now I've doubled the RAM, too. Bodhi Linux FTW! (and TLP for power management: http://linrunner.de/en/tlp/tlp.html)

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Google tickled with TINY fine from French privacy watchdog

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Holmes

Yep - it's just "the cost of doing business" - just like JP Morgan et al.

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DisARMed: Geeksphone's next high-end mobe to pack Intel x86 inside

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Re: Android.. on x86?

It can be compiled for x86 - it's open source, remember: http://www.android-x86.org/

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

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Re: Indeed...

Have you tried Oolite instead? It runs on modern Windows (as well as Mac & Linux).

http://www.oolite.org/download.shtml

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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TOR

I suppose this wouldn't affect the TOR network, would it?

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Re: It's called the 9/11 Rule:

They "moved on" less than 4 years after the Pearl Harbor attack, when IIRC a similar number of people were killed.

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Life imitates the Simpsons

"the security services have prevented hundreds if not thousands of terrorist attacks in the last couple of years and this is only down to the fact that they can spy on everyone and retain all the data they want."

That's nothing. I have a rock here that keeps away tigers!

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Re: It's called the 9/11 Rule:

What the difference between a cow and 9/11?

You can't milk a cow for 12 years...

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Re: Ways around censorship

There's always TOR, or even Lantern...

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Jupiter moon Europa spotted spraying WATER into SPAAACCCEE

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Re: Man the harpoons

"We're whalers on the moon/We carry a harpoon/But there ain't no whales/So we tell tall tales/And sing our whaling tune."

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Re: I have better idea

The only free method is to create a "ribbon" that looks exactly like the old menu - this company has done just that: http://www.ubit.ch/software/ubitmenu-languages/

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How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew

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Alien

Or we could embed it in a feckoff big black monolith and bury it on the Moon...

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

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They can run full-blown Linux, too, you know.

BTW I thought the Acer C720 was the one to get, or isn't it available yet?

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more

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Re: HP 995c on Win7?

"Works perfectly" under Linux, too: https://www.openprinting.org/printer/HP/HP-DeskJet_995C

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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"Intimated"?

ITYM "Intimidated", unless you are trying to intimate something different...

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Lantern lights the way to web freedom for Great Firewall prisoners

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Re: US state department funding?

Merkins don't do irony, except insofar as it pertains to things made of iron...

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Re: I'm not the pheasant plucker ...

I think the godbotherer on "Thought^H^H^H^H^H^H^HPlatitude of the Day" on Radio 4 gave it a go the other day...

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Google unveils ten-year plan to build its ROBOT ARMY of the future

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Re: Hastening French Revolution 2.0, I see

It should lead to the introduction of a universal basic income - the Swiss are due to have a vote on it soon, and it would lead to large savings in admin costs as everyone would be eligible.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income

Alternatively, wealth is concentrated to the 0.001% who own the robots, and everyone else gets put in camps or worse.

See http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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"Win 7 and 8 do not support some of the hardware, fingerprint scanner,wireless networking and bluetooth"

I'll bet that most recent Linux distros will support the majority of your hardware, though - take a LiveCD for a spin and find out. At least you'd be safe from zero-day exploits after next April.

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

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Re: Someone Else's Nostalgia in my basement

My attic currently contains (among other things - in desperate need of a clearout):

1 x ZX81 (not working - might be the power supply)

1 x Amstrad CPC6128 (w/colour monitor) - worked last time I tried it (about 20 years ago)

1 x Mac IIsi & Imagewriter II (worked last time I tried it about 10 years ago)

1 x IBM N33SX (16 Mhz 386SX) laptop (pre-Thinkpad) - worked 8 years ago but backlight was dying

1 x Blueberry iMac (350 MHz PowerPC, 64Mb RAM) - still works (have run both MintPPC and MacOS 9.2.2 on it)

1 x Amiga 600 (bought at local dump^H^H^H^Hrecycling centre for £5) - worked last time I tried it 7 years ago

There's also a Compaq Contura 486SX colour laptop on permanent loan (as in, I don't expect to get it back) running Win95C (installed from floppies!).

I had a (broken) Issue 2 Spectrum, complete with box, manuals, cables, Horizons tape etc., but gave it away in the days before Ebay...still kicking myself...

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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More like "YES I am a disgusting perv who is not to be trusted around decent citizens!"

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Confessions of a porn site boss: How I got it up on the 'net

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Re: Sadly modern porn is crap

"pulled out all its members"

I think you mean "refusing entry to all members", shirley? (Assuming AC is of the male persuasion)

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Low-resource OSes

I tend to recommend Bodhi, Peppermint (word processors can be installed from the Ubuntu repos, btw), and for really low-end, Crunchbang, AntiX or Slitaz.

Bitcoin mining is not really a profitable use for it - even dedicated GPUs aren't worth the effort.

As for Minecraft, a quick DuckDuckGo found this: http://www.wikihow.com/Play-Minecraft-in-Ubuntu

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Google puts Dr Who's Tardis onto Street View - and you can get INSIDE

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Re: You missed the Dalek

" there is nothing wrong with having the Tardis on the inside of the Tardis, since it's bigger inside…"

IIRC it does create one of those paradox thingies though - liable to set off the Cloister Bell if you're not careful.

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

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Re: Unmentionable?

He played a human called "Doctor Who". There is an entertaining speculation that he might be an aged Tennant-Hand (10.5 version), though...

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French Joli OS surrenders on the desktop, retreats to cloud

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Peppermint ICE

You should look at Peppermint's implementation of SSBs: http://peppermintos.com/guide/ice/

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Netbook alternatives

There are a number of low-resource Linux variants (of which Joli is/was one, based on Ubuntu originally IIRC).

If you really want a Chrome-like experience, there are the various "ChromiumOS" builds by Hexxeh: http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/

My personal preference is Bodhi, which offers a tablet-style interface if you want it. For a more XP-like interface, there's LXLE, Peppermint, Lubuntu or AntiX. Slitaz is very small and speedy for older netbooks, but with limited software repositories.

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Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg

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TARDIS navigation

"Going where/when you needed to be, not necessarily where you wanted to go" was pretty much assumed (if not explicitly stated - though I *think* 5 said this once). It was certainly reused by Douglas Adams for Dirk Gently's "zen navigation" principle.

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ROCK FROM MARS FOUND in Africa, reveals Red Planet's SECRETS

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Re: Trashy Planets

This came up just the other day, in fact (specifically about the Chixulub impact, though):

https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/56e227224a25

Earlier studies also showed significant probabilities of dispersal to other Solar System bodies:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.3375

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Hot digital dog: A man’s best friend is still his... K-9

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Re: But when ..

DON'T DATE ROBOTS!!!!!

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

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DIY smart TV preferred

As in my case, LG "dumb" TV with a RasPi running RaspBMC - instant "smart" TV without the spying...

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Google deletes Maps satellite photos of 14-year-old's unsolved murder

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Similar case

Guy lying on pavement with blood coming out of his head & police in attendance: http://goo.gl/maps/kLnAw

Apparently it was reported to Google some time ago but they refused to remove it.

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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

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Nico?

ITYM "Nena".

" He needs to buy eyeliner and sex toys as much as the next former Radio 2 presenter."

Now need brain bleach after thinking of Terry Wogan...

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Goodbye cruel world: Robot 'commits suicide' in KITCHEN FIREBALL

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Re: Motive

So, what you're saying is that it was too frigid?

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

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Re: Not just assistants that suffered...

That pretty much marked the point where I gave up on the classic series...

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Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts

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Re: There are so many things you can do in a bathroom

Wrong, unfortunately:

http://www.snopes.com/business/names/crapper.asp

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SECRET draft copyright treaty LEAKED: Meet the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Re: Just a thought.

That's what quantitative easing (aka money printing) is for, silly! See how the markets react when they threaten to taper QE - they don't need consumers, just compliant governments willing to print all the money they need.

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Stephen Hawking: 'Boring' Higgs Boson discovery cost me $100

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Re: Re. Slider remote

"I have yet to publish because its 40 pages and physics journals don't like accepting papers from non PhDs."

You can always put it up on vixra.org in the meantime (a sort of "free access" alternative to arXiv).

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Oh My GOD! Have the TORIES ERASED THE INTERNET?*

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What about the copy in the British Library?

Are these deleted too?

http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/

Tory speeches start here (as of April 2008):

http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20080410100951/http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=news.speeches.page

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