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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

Efros

Similar type of person totally different experience. I've had a tablet for about 4 years now, it is used for reading, playing games, casual pre snoozing browsing, and that really is it. For anything requiring extensive use of a keyboard, I dig out my laptop at home or get my backside in front of a desktop. Tablets are just no use to me for productive work, wonderful for wasting time and for leisure though.

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Apple bests Dell for first time as preferred US consumer PC choice

Efros

Robert Heinlein

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

*I'm sure he nicked that from elsewhere.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

Efros

I think this is definitely to do with what Americans find difficult to say compared to Brits. I too ran this through a few times and had no difficulty with it. Leith Police and Sheikh's sheep I find a lot more difficult.

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iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

Efros

I'd like to think

That what we're seeing is a move to "I'm not paying that sort of money for a F#@*ing phone".

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Vintage WINE laid down in SIXTEEN HUNDRED BC was 'psychotropic'

Efros

Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

The Independent a propaganda site?

At least you agreed he was a dick. I have no problem recognizing his accomplishments I also have no problem realizing that his "wildlife" exploits are indeed exploitative and little to do with the wildlife.

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Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

Nope nothing to do with cultural superiority, the man was a dick. Even as a kid watching his programmes I twigged that what he was doing had nothing to do with observation of animals in their natural habitat but everything to do with playing to the cameras.

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Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

Cousteau was a dick who didn't observe animals but molested them. His brother's antics earned him a trial after WWII, it seems that Jacques beliefs may not have been that different fomr his.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/20000-lies-under-the-sea-the-fishy-world-of-jacques-cousteau-1102346.html

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Cupertino clears Apple's Fruit Loop HQ - provided it coughs up more taxes

Efros

Agreed

Any community in the US at the moment would have bent over backwards to get this sort of investment in their area, I'm just glad they managed to get some dosh out of them.

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Apple's secret 12.9-inch MONSTER needs a good fondle, say biz sources

Efros

Becoming a bit like

very expensive Willy Waving. I wonder what they reckon as the fanbois tax on one of these things. I'd say a minimum of $1000, more likely closer to $1200.

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WHO ate all the PIs? Sales of Brit mini-puter pass 2 MEELLION

Efros

They're in my class

I use them with my electronics students as a means of showing them how to use digital I/O.

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Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

Efros

Re: Why the obsession with thin?

First thing you do is stick it in a case which normally doubles the thickness of the tablet and then actually makes it gripable rather than slipoutofyourhandstosmashintosmithereens-able.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

Efros

Re: Old hand meet new hand

1) I find hitting the power button will do a proper shutdown, provided you've set it up right.

2) Typing "Control Panel" in the address bar of an explorer window will bring it up.

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“You cannot install Windows on a USB flash drive from Setup”

If you get this error, which seems to be common if you have an original w7 upgraded to w8.0, then the value of PortableOperatingSystem key in HK_Local_Machine/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/ needs to changed from 1 to 0. Apart from that hiccough the upgrade was pretty smooth, SSD system.

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

Efros

Without getting you high

And where's the fun in that!

If you have to take the stuff this is probably a situation where the side effects would be quite welcome!

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Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

Efros

A lot of the US education market did not replace their Macs this year, This year the State of Maine offered their school districts choices including Windows machines for the first time alongside the Apple option. Many school districts are feeling the pinch and opted only for the 7th and 8th grade freebies from the State and declined the replacement program for their 3 year old MacBooks that their 9-12th graders have. The tech people in our local school district are looking seriously at Chromebooks coupled with a school Google domain as the best cost effective option for future investment.

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Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

Efros

♫ Get off My Cloud ♫

These things are truly awful, the whole My.... range is bedeviled with problems. I had a My Net Central for about 5 months, it died completely as far as the wireless and routing side of it was concerned and then had to be gutted to get at the hard drive that had required material on it. $199 for five months is not a good deal. Most of the remainder stores have been selling these off with massive discounts. If this thing is using any of the hardware that was in WDs previous boxes then I'd steer well clear of it!

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite: 13.3-inch slimline notebook with a secret

Efros

Too much moolah for too little performance.

500 quid, they're pulling your leg shurely!

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

Efros

Re: Nostalgic fortysomething

Damn right, did my teething on an AIM65 development system.

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LOHAN twangs BRASTRAP to unfetter mighty orbs

Efros

BRASTRAP much more likable than the Apollo LES.

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

Efros

Re: Upgrade a 7 pro to 8 pro installation

I know that, but the trick here is that under 8.1 microsoft want you to tie your account on your PC to a microsoft account to use Skydrive. So if you have an account dobbiesnutsack@hotmail.com and have skydrive associated with that account when you log onto windows 8.1 you have to log in as user dobbiesnutsack otherwise the skydrive app is not available. Any attempt to reinstall an older version results in immediate upgrading and back to where you were. So essentially if you don't tie your account to a microsoft account you don't get to use skydrive under 8.1.

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Upgrade a 7 pro to 8 pro installation

I have a few PCs running W8, one of which is an upgrade from 7 pro to 8 pro and is my main development machine, tried the 8.1 upgrade, no dice. Seems I have to reinstall my original w7 installation and do the upgrade from there. WTF.

Another thing I've noticed is that Skydrive seems to need the user to sign in with a microsoft ID to use it, or am I missing something.

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Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

Efros

They're doing their job.

What is surprising is the surprise that people are expressing that these organizations which have been setup to spy and decode encrypted material are actually doing what they are paid to do. If I was in gummint I would be annoyed if they weren't. How afraid I, as a private individual, should be of this sort of thing, I really don't know.

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Chrome turns five, gains new 'desktop apps'

Efros

TV ads

Chrome is now being advertised on TV in the US.

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

Efros

Pomagne

The sparkling plonk of choice for thousands of students was originally called champagne cider, but this was before the protected status thing. Sunny Wednesday afternoons, cold Pomagne liberally laced with vodka, the flight of the frisbee, the hangover ahhh!

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'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

Efros

Re: dude, yer dating yourself.

Yeah but they want it done properly!

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Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

Efros

Re: Real racing 3

Well I did download it, and played it, for a couple of hours on my rooted nook hd+, and it is indeed very nice. Unlike others here I found the controls very easy, it does remind me a lot of Burnout Revenge on the PS2.

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Efros

Real racing 3

780 MB download FFS!

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Workers at world's largest – and most remote – telescope go on strike

Efros

Showing my age

Bennies, I thought was benzedrine, didn't phase me, I automatically assumed that the astronomers were speeding their arses off whilst collecting their data. I was surprised it came as part of their contract... a that is when the penny finally dropped.

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'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

Efros

Re: Fished in!

that's iDon'tgiveashit shurely.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

Efros
Pint

Every 4 years there's a popularity contest

Every 5 years mate, our colonial cousins have 4 year terms.

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DON'T PANIC: Amazon's Chromecast late-ship email was a blunder

Efros

The hook

as far as I can see, and I use a Chromecast, is that you can immediately get what you're looking at on your phone/tablet/PC onto your TV with a minimum of fuss. I have an HTPC connected to my living room TV and it can do much more than the Chromecast, I should hope so given its cost, but it can't compete with using a tablet to browse the content and then get it on the TV. The 12 foot interface on none of the HTPC software I use or have used can compete with the tablet interface, having said that I only use the Chromecast for casual viewing and Netflix, other stuff still goes through my HTPC. The other advantage is portability, 5 seconds to disconnect it and then another five seconds to plug it into another TV. Oh and the price is the killer advantage of course. An ideal situation would be an app that easily interfaces and controls my HTPC via my tablet, which exists for MediaPortal in aMPdroid, but also one which will feed the URL of desired content to the HTPC, which it doesn't, for now at least.

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Imation posts FOURTEENTH loss-making quarter

Efros

They've always been overpriced

Never understood how they managed to get any business over the years, overpriced not overly good gear.

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

Efros

I bought the Chromecast, it arrived yesterday in the mail. For $35 it is very good at what it does, which TBH is not an awful lot, but it is good at it! It is a piece of hardware screaming for someone to write a couple of decent apps for, local media streaming would be a start.

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Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

Efros
Mushroom

Bit more serious

than "inevitable pinhole burns, All down the front of my favourite satin shirt".

"Jazz cigarette" indeed!

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

Efros

I read that Google are releasing the SDK for it so there will be apps appearing, if someone gives it local media support i.e. accessing local network content, then this will be a winner. It has already sold out in all the major suppliers in the US.

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Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

Efros

Just ordered one

Best Buy seem to be the last store in the US to have stock, either that or they are lying (not beyond the realms of possibility). I'll be interested to see the effect of this on the other TV boxes, roku, Apple TV, etc., not making any statements myself until I get a chance to plug it in and try it.

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Apple drops hints about future low-cost iPhones

Efros

"If there are lots of other tablets selling, I don't know what they're being used for."

Obviously not browsing, duh!

You think it might be games and/or reading.

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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

Efros

Re: Where is the fourth estate?

The media sold out to commercial concern over a decade ago. It took 3 weeks for the Occupy Wall Street demos to make it onto mainstream News Channels in the US.

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You, Google. Get back here and bend over again - EU antitrust chief

Efros
Megaphone

Money must be tight in the euro trough, perhaps trying to drum up some fine revenue.

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

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Thumb Down

I smell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoZ7JXkv6_o

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Apple files patent for refrigerator-magnet iPads

Efros

Hmmm, iPhone + Bank cards = weekend of penniless misery

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Home Office opens up anonymised crime data API

Efros

Scotland Ya Bass!

Police.uk my erse!

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

Efros

It is very clearly a microsoft product, Microsoft blue, annoying tiling, It even tells you in the address bar.

http://gyazo.com/a1bcc4e4b8fe29690c30b4fd23fc8122.png

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Efros
Pint

Probably says more about the average user's powers of deduction than anything else.

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

Efros
Mushroom

My subscription for this year became active on the 30th of June. Bar Stewards.

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Facebook restricts ads running next to dodgy posts

Efros

or alternatively ABP, never see ads on FB again. Ironic, actually not more like totally predictable, that the advertisers can decide where their ads appear and the users can't decide where the advertisers ads appear

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Barnes & Noble sheds Nook tablet albatross, will focus on ebooks

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Pint

Just ordered the HD+, I don't think they'll drop the price any further. If I'm wrong I'll buy another one. They really are very good android tablets especially for $149.

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Premier League seeks court order to ban footie-streaming Swedish site

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Pint

" If they pull out (and they will, if they lose enough money), the league (and the clubs in it) probably won't survive."

I don't see a down side there, Sky losing money and football bankrupt, sounds good to me. Next target Horse Racing, not cos I'm a animal rights bod, it's just effing boring.

Pint to enjoy in a pub without the football backdrop.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Pint

Indeed, at 6'4" the only place I can stand vertically is in the centre of the carriage. I swear there's a couple of 90 degree turns as well, at least it feels that way.

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