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Shifty study proclaims Brits a nation of freetards

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But wait...

...what about the rightsless content that is also on P2P networks, e.g. Linux ISOs, home videos, public domain sound recordings? What about all the movie trailers that are dumped out by the movie studios? Are they now worth 25quid a pop?

Yet another completely pointless, self-serving junk report that proves only that the "researchers" suckled deeply on the corporate teet and hardly bothered to actually research at all.

And of course the report then becomes the foundation of "policy"... policy that the electorate does not want, need or support. Worse, the content of the report is never questioned by those deciding the rules; I bet they only read the summary page and then claim the time on expenses......

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Chrome feels the need - the need for speed

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hmm

Windows XP SP3

Opera 10 Preview: 152

Opera 9.64: 138

FF3: 147

Safari 4 Beta: 1137

Interesting, but I still wont give up Opera ;)

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Mozilla invites all comers on post-tab future

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Opera got there first guys...

To all those people posting that IE or Moz had tabs first... sorry but you are all mis-informed. Opera got there first in 1994 with the very first version of Opera (1.0), publically demonstrated in April 1995. Admittedly that was a limited release but V2 was an open release in 1996. Further; Opera has always been an MDI based browser with independent windows for each tab (which no other browser has to the best of my knowledge).

Checkout: http://www.opera.com/docs/history/ for the full skinny including features, release dates etc.

@Stormy_2021: IE1 was released in 1995 with the Windows 95 Plus Pack and OEM releases. The very earliest that those additional apps could have appeared would be around that time frame. With that said, 2 minutes of searching found that NetCaptor started development around 1997 with a first release at the beginning of 1998 (http://www.netcaptor.com/). Whereas, the earliest date I can find for MyIE is 2002 for a 0.1 release (http://www.maxthon.com/changelog.htm). Both quite a while after Opera. Oops.

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Windows 7 promises better SSD-ing performance than Vista

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@AC: I have a better idea

That already exists: RAM drives. There are several companies already producing them (e.g. Gigabyte). They can cost a lot, have limited capacity and battery lasts (depending) only 20 hours between power-off cycles (at least from reviews I have read) so you would have to ensure you have a UPS unit attached to your PC as well.

Linkage:

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Storage/Default.aspx

http://www.hyperossystems.com/

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T-Mobile getting out of blighty?

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shame

@jules: Tesco use O2 as their network provider, so doubtful they would want their own infrastructure. Porting all their users would be rather painful. I would say VirginMobile but are they still trading / in a position to acquire? (they are a t-mob mvno so makes more sense).

Would be a shame if T-mobile UK disappeared. They've been a reasonably decent company and quite often ended up with the best plans (do people remember Precept from the one2one days?! :) ) and their data plans (last time I looked) were the most reasonable of any network.

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Cameron: Give the UK's health records to Google

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@AC: Cancelling ID cards wouldn't save much, if anything.

Trust the government with personal and sensitive data? Surely you can't possibly be referring to the same government that has such a great track record of leaving details on trains, in taxis, losing millions of records in the post, allowing millions of records to be pulled from the system, that last year was losing at least one laptop a day and that's failed with virtually every major IT project ever undertaken in the UK? THAT Government?

Wow! You must be living in cloud cuckoo land.... either that or smoking something REALLY strong!

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Windows 7 gets built in XP mode

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@Paul

VMWare Workstation has "unity" mode. That is the equivalent of VMWare Fusions interact or whatever it is called. Basically minimises the VM out of the way and integrates the menu with the apps into the host. The VM then behaves just like any other program... all but one that needs at least a dual core CPU (preferably quad) and a tonne of memory ;)

And yes.... the bloody Vista sidebar would still be viewable... honestly though: do people actually use it?! It's one of the first things I get rid of!*

* When forced to use Vista.

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Sheep ad not cruel, bleats Samsung

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cool!

How awesome was that?! :)

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Doubt cast over ContactPoint security assurances

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Oh really?

"Furthermore users of the database will be unable to save data onto USB keys or other forms of removable media, Hughes added."

So what about the local hard disk? Is that still OK? They didn't say that users could not export data at all (which is what should be the case), so what the hell is stopping someone exporting to an already authorised machine and then oh, I dont know... dragging and dropping the file onto a removeable drive via Explorer... or uploading it to an FTP server or...

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Blu-ray to boom despite downturn

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BlueRay?

Only when:

1) I can watch any movie from any region without trouble and resorting to exotic hacks,

2) the disc prices drop (in Canada there is a 10-15$ premium at minimum, usually more) and

3) the range of titles drastically improves, most local stores have CUT the number of BD titles.

I dont expect anything to happen with regards 1, but I will not buy a player that cannot play any region DVD. I immigrated to Canada bring some 200+ DVDs with me, no way in hell am I re-purchasing all of them!

To be honest, I have still to see any BD title that really makes me go: "OMG I have to have one". Even the special home-theatre setups just haven't shown enough of a difference from a decent DVD setup. Oh well.

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Spam spurt fuelled by booming underground economy

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Unhappy

Bloody f'in spam!

I had been enjoying that brief period of next to nothing... now, I checked one account and out of 124 messages, all but 1 was spam. And that lot was received in less than 24 hours. I cleared out 700 odd messages at the weekend and last night there were another 200+ sat in my trash.

It's absolutely ridiculous. When MS said 97% of email is spam... in my case they were absolutely correct! Even with aggressive spam filters, I still get over 20 through a day not marked as spam. I sometimes wonder why we even bother with email these days.

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'Vista Capable' judge tosses class-action status - again

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@Pete Smith

It is my understanding that most of the PC's involved in the case that were sold as "Vista Capable" came with Intel integrated graphics cores. I dont remember which core, I915 or I845 I think, at any rate a core that is barely DX9 so there was no hope of running Aero. At least you had a dedicated graphics card in your machine so yeah, I would expect Aero to run, but on the crappy Intel graphics... no such luck! In fact if I remember correctly, MS revised down the minimum specs for Intel and internal emails / docs said that that would cause problems. And the reason for doing that was that Intels Vista supporting integrated graphics were not ready by the launch date.

Anyhew: I am not sure which way I stand. Part of me says yes the people shouldn't have been so bleedin' stupid, but the other says that MS did mislead people with respect to the Capable vs Ready program, but they did so at the request of one of their partners and for that they should be slapped.

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Google throws secret auto-updater to open sorcerers

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GoogleUpdate

There is also a registry key in: HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run loading GoogleUpdate on start-up so you will need to remove that as well if you really want to kill it off.

If you want another *REALLY* irritating auto-updater then go look at Javas jusched.exe. At least on this XP machine I am working on at the moment, the Java Options to disable auto-updates are NEVER applied so it gayly goes off downloading the entire Java runtime whenever a new one is released *grrrr* Just die damn you, die die die!

Oh and one more... Flash Updater / Adobe Updater. Several times now I have been prompted to download a new version of Flash on logging into Windows - but without having any kind of "check for updates" option set in Flash! Actually, Flash is just nasty since you can only configure it via some obscure web page at adobe.com. Urgh!

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AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890

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@AC: Academic

I bought 2 Dell home machines with ATi 3650 cards (1 for dad, the other for a friend), BOTH had incorrectly installed ATI drivers that caused errors and crashes.

The problem is the piss-poor way that Dell install them, not necessarily the hardware. The thing to try is a complete un-install of the Dell supplied drivers. Then use DriverCleaner or similar to ensure that all the registry keys have been removed as well. Then restart, and then install a new fresh, Catalyst from ATI. Do NOT use Windows Update or a Dell driver. That should clear up the issues - well fingers crossed! It did for those two machines mentioned above.

If not, then Dell has this annoying tendency to use PSUs that are severely under-powered for the hardware (my Dell Studio not XPS is a quad core, 8GB ram with ATi 3650 and had a pathetic 350W PSU). Try changing the PSU to a 500W min, decent quality PSU. Should help no end or see here: http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd4800/requirements.html for power requirements for the HD4800 series.

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Revolting French workers bite 3M's balles

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Now why can't the Brits get some balls too?

The French know how to stand up for their rights. Whether you agree with their methods or not, you have to admit they have got balls!

So how come us Brits are such a bunch of pansies?

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ID cards not compulsory after all, says Home Office

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@Justin Case

Or, they purposefully create something else to distract and then slip in what they previously backed down on.

Or they keep bringing up the same thing, with slightly different wording, and blungeon people down through repetition and boredom.

Or...

Yup, basically anything to get their own way. *sigh* Modern politics: it's not about the people, it's about the gravy train and how deep they can bury their snouts in the trough of public money.

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Microsoft promises 'lessons learned' on IE 8 download day

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Follow-up to my "Well I got it..." post

Installed it, used it a bit, and well... it is really sllllloooooowwwwwwww! Opening new tabs takes ages (seconds literally, I can count elephants waiting for it). The whole app just feels, sedate and sluggish. I usually use Opera, which is like greased lightning in comparison. Other things include IE8 will remember previously opened tabs, but not links from new windows. It will randomly open links in new windows instead of tabs - though I dont know if that was site specific (e.g. target=_blank). There are some interesting glitches where stuff works in IE8 mode, but not in IE7 and vice-versa.

Oh and what exactly have "Auto-run" settings got to do with Web Browsing??? (Checkout Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced and down near the bottom...).

I suppose marks for trying; but I will only ever use it for testing. It does not replace Opera.

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Well I got it...

...installing it now. 16.2MB download and then it downloaded more stuff. Not tried any previous version of IE8 so this should be fun.

Who wants to place bets that I will immediately regret this (idiotic) course of action???!! ;)

(Sometimes I hate being in web development :S)

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Microsoft throws Silverlight 3 beta at Adobe

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Ha stats!

"...there had been 350 million installs of Silverlight since 2007..."

Largely because Silverlight appeared as either a recommended or critical update to Windows in Windows Update. So unless you were monitoring updates and applying them yourself; it would have been automatically installed as a "recommended" update.

One question though: if SL3 will allow the download of library code, what's to stop malicious code being injected into it? I've not looked at it at all, but does SL have any kind of security context? What can SL do to your machine? Is it as leaky as ActiveX or did MS actually think about security with it?

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Juror tweets could force retrial

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@AC: The Twit who Twitted!

But then they'd struggle to find jurors ;)

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Forced retirement due to age can be justified, rules ECJ

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@Nick

Wow, well done. I think though you will find a lot of people will be lucky to have paid back their student debt by the time they are 65!

Want an example? I will be 30 soon (in 6 weeks), I've no pension and no savings. Why? Because I've spent the last 9 years paying back debt! For the first 5 of those years I was barely earning enough to live on, let alone even think about paying into a pension. It was only in 2008 when I eventually cleared all my debts. So it's only now I can start to look at sorting out pension / savings.

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Vista SP2 release candidate gets public airing

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Vista... meh!

I made the fatal mistake of installing McAfee 2009 on my Vista 64 install (it was free from the bank, I was weak! I know I shouldn't have...). Next cold start-up bluescreen of death. Then EVERY bloody cold start-up at least one BSOD. Found it was netio.sys that was dieing and it was *possibly* because of the McAfee proxy service. Killed that, seemed to be ok. Then another BSOD - again netio.sys.

Eventually I removed McAfee completely and went back to AVG. Was OK for a few days then, bang BSOD - netio.sys AGAIN. I've given up trying to figure out why. If SP2 can fix that, then great if not... well it may just be that I get a proper sound card and install Linux again.

I f**king HATE Vista!!!! *arrrrrrrggghhhhh*

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Adobe expects disappointing Q1 sales

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I've said it before, so I'll say it again...

...Adobe products are TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE!!!

And what is it with the installation size too? Even a lonely Fireworks CS4 requires 1GB or more of HDD space. And of course in CS4 they changed the interface around and CS3 has issues with Vista that have not been fixed - particularly Fireworks that has render glitches (upgrade to CS4 to get it fixed!! - um, no Adobe). *grrrr*

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Dell profits dive 48% in Q4

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Bloody Dell @$#$%!!!!

In the last year I've spent at least 7000CAD with Dell. This covered an XPS M1530 laptop (in the UK), 3 2408FPW monitors, 2 Studio Desktops and 2 MS Desktop 7000s (in Canada). You'd think that, that would mean something... you'd be wrong. Means absolutely f*** all!!

One of the desktop sets was DoA. It would not sync at all. The other was fine, no issues. Trying to arrange a warranty replacement almost impossible. 3 phone calls, over 3 hours on hold, one call routed to Business Printers department in the US when I called the Canadian number (WTF???) and then some t**t trying to tell me I had to hang up and call *YET ANOTHER F***ING NUMBER* because I mentioned that I had tried the keyboard on *gasp shock horror* an XPS system and the keyboard not working had to be addressed by that department (another WTF??). I only tried the damn keyboard on the XPS to make sure it was not the USB ports on the PC!! Arrrrgh! Finally got it sorted and replaced, but that wasn't the end of it.

I mis-ordered the monitors on the Studio PCs. So I arranged (quite easily to be fair) to return the monitors and re-ordered the 2408s. So far so good. They paid for the shipping and pick-up etc etc. How long to get the refund? Go on, how long do you think? 10 days? 20 days? 30 days? No... 2.5 F**KING MONTHS! That's how long!! F**King t**ts even LOST the damn returned monitors!!! I had to refer the matter to the Better Business Bureau because Dell were not dealing with it and ignoring the dam UPS shipping labels saying that the items HAD been signed for!! If it was only a few $$s fine, but this was nearly a grand!

I have absolutely no sympathy for Dells position at all. With completely f***ing useless service like that, I for one will NOT be using them again. It's a shame as the PCs themselves and the monitors are great (though I question the wisdom of any company using a piss poor 350W PSU with an 18A 12V rail with an 8GB quad core system, but I digress...). Just the level of after-sales service is appalling; never EVER buy any kind of extended warranty from them - its not worth it!

Contrast that to my dealings with TigerDirect where I ordered a ReadyNAS just after lunch and 2 days later had the thing in my hot, sweaty hands. I emailed them to say "Holy s**t well done!" and got not only an email back from their customer service saying "thanks!" but ALSO a call from their customer relations / business people to again reiterate their thanks. Now I dont expect that everyday, but from a company like Dell I expect substantially more than I have had.

Ok, now I feel better - sorry people had to rant :)

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IBM bricking Seagate SATA disks

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A title really?

I know that this article is specifically about the "enterprise" version of the drives, but the "consumer" range affected was far bigger than just the 1TB and 500GB models. It was that entire line of drives (see: http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207951) as well as some disks from another range (see: http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931).

It would therefore make sense (and in light of the enterprise disks) that drives made by Seagate using the same tech and based on the same firmware might be affected. So I for one, wouldn't be surprised if there was yet another annoucement that more drives *might* suffer the same issue.

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Teen sacked for 'boring' job Facebook comment

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Meh.

As far as I am aware, you cannot be pulled in and fired on the spot. There is a process and from the sounds of it, it was not followed. That wouldn't surprise me for a small business; so unless she was within her probationary period (which would still be one weeks notice or the contract terms) she has grounds for unfair dismissal IMHO, though IANAL. Saying that, there would be next to nothing to be gained financially (under 21, recent employee, blah blah blah).

@Greg Fleming: 16 & Administrator == Office Bitch a.k.a Gopher (go for this, go for that) *hehehehe* :)

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Cambridge security boffins slam banking card readers

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@Xander

Fortunately, no, never used them. HSBC (thankfully) never issued them.

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Life hands Sun steaming sack of...

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JavaFX Website

I followed the link in the article using Opera 9.63. It tried to load some Java applet and then threw up a security warning:

"(1) The certificate for "JavaFX Runtime" is signed by the unknown Certificate Authority "Object Signing CA". It is not possible to verify that this is a valid certificate.

(2) The certificate for "Object Signing CA" is signed by the unknown Certificate Authority "Sun Microsystems Inc Root CA". It is not possible to verify that this is a valid certificate.

(3) The certificate for "Sun Microsystems Inc Root CA" is signed by the unknown Certificate Authority "VeriSign, Inc.". It is not possible to verify that this is a valid certificate.

(4) The certificate for "VeriSign, Inc." is signed by the unknown Certificate Authority "VeriSign, Inc.". It is not possible to verify that this is a valid certificate."

Oops! Perhaps that is because Opera is missing a certificate licensor or maybe the chain really is broken. Anyone else get better mileage? At any rate, I clicked reject. Ho hum.

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War, Web 2.0 and the Fail Loop

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Coat

I know I will get lynched for this, so without further ado...

...it's "sped up", not "speeded up". Thanks.

I'll get my coat now; the one with the Monday Morning Grumpy Englishman in the pocket ;)

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Land of cheese adopts internet download tax

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Um...?

$11 million collected in tax over 2 years is going to make what kind of dent in an (presumably) annual deficit of $600 million?? (This wasn't exactly clear if the deficit was accumulated or annual and I CBA to look up, it's Friday after all)

Or is it more a case of "...every little bit helps..." ?!

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BOFH: Aspie no questions

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Finally!

Yes! More BOFH, I am happy that the writer is actually alive and well and hasn't himself become trapped in the tape safe, or had a trip down the stairs, or an accident with the halon system...

Just please... don't leave it another 4 weeks until the next one!

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Microsoft goes retail with own shops

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So when the stores are closed...

...will they pull down the blue screens of death over the windows??! ;)

Yeah, sorry... couldn't resist.

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Cisco Linksys Media Hub 500GB home NAS

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Looks nice...

But I just recently bought a NetGear ReadyNas NV+. Yeah I know, quite a chunk more expensive, but the 2x750GB HDD version here in Canada was on offer at 860CAD (ex tax) so, why not!

I now have that setup with 4 750GB hdds so essentially RAID5, with hot-swapping. It doesn't have the (admittedly) very sexy web interface of the linksys (at least from the piccies, may be a dog to use), but I recon it is a better all round product... for those that have the money to burn :D

Still nice to see companies at least making an effort; though why they think 500GB is sufficient for entry level I will never know.

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Windows 7 'upgrade' doesn't mark XP spot

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@slate

Re: "Besides, Who keeps their Data on their system partition anyway?"

Err, anyone that has bought an off the shelf PC (e.g. HP, Dell etc) and does not know about partitioning or remote storage. Or how about anyone that uses a standard Windows disk and has NO control over where Users (Documents and Settings) is located.

The question really should be: why the hell doesn't MS make it easier to move Users (Documents and Settings in Win2k/XP land) to a specific drive / partition? It *IS* possible - you can do it using xlite for WinXP but Vista is a lot harder... even though it too supports the option of setting the Users folder on another drive. MS should just have done with it and use "mount points" like oh, *nix ;) That would solve a lot of installation issues and user data being lost during system partition failure.

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You're barcoded: The sneaky under-25 route to compulsory ID

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@AC re: USA

I remember one trip to Florida, when I was younger, where my dad (grey hair, glasses etc... he was 65 at the time I think) was asked for ID at a liquor store and they would only accept his passport not drivers licence as proof.

Oh how me and my brother laughed over that one :) My poor dad though just couldn't understand it!

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US cable giant to throttle P2P

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Unhappy

Well,

...when was the last time that the cable co's invested heavily in their infra-structure? Seems to be at the back of all of their priorities. More a case of screw as many customers for as much as they can get and only on pain of death should extra capacity be added.

Granted in the US and Canada, adding capacity is going to be obscenely expensive due to the distances, but sooner (rather than later) there will be no option to and the longer it is put off the more it is going to cost.

The same applies to the UK with Virgin and BT. Years of neglect and massive over-selling of capacity. And now everyone and their dog are flogging their services because "look how fast you can download video and music". Cogeco do that in Canada. Advertise their standard net package, 10Mb cable with a 60GB cap and throttling - but it's great for downloading video and music.......... shame that 60GB in a month doesn't go very far when you start looking at streaming video and music.

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Digital Britain: A tax, a quango and ISP snooping

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Pack up and leave town!

What else did we expect from them? More jobs for the boys, yet another stealth tax and yet more inroads into privacy destruction (annoymous data but attached to your account details, hmm yes very annoymous that!)... BUT what if there was some central database that the copyright holders could mine instead? Oh hang on a minute..... *baulk*

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am SO glad I left the UK!!!

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UK.gov opens up delayed child protection database

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390,000 people?!!?!

How the hell can a system be called "secure" and "private" if "only" 390,000 people will have access to it?!!!??!?!?!?!?!?!?

Only the UK government would consider this a "sensible" approach. And as someone already said... post it notes will soon have access information doted about all over the shop.

So, what are the odds of a data breach in the next 6 months during the trial?? Or is that such a sure thing no one will be willing?

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Seagate promises second fault fix in 24 hours

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Unhappy

Hope it doesn't affect the 750GB HDDs

I just ordered 2 to go in a brand new NetGear NV+ NAS. No idea what brand HDDs the NetGear comes with (hopefully something else), but I am pretty sure that the Seagate 750s are of the same family as the affected 1TB and 500GB models :S

Oh well, just goes to show you that these days the overall quality of PC components is dropping. I remember a chat with my dad when I set up his new PC and his comments were "well if it lasts as long as the last one I'll be happy"; my reply: "ha, you'll be lucky if it lasts 2 years". His previous machine was a HP Brio; he ran it for well over 6 years with only a new hard disk at some point during that time.

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419ers take Canadian for $150,000

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Unhappy

Unbelievable!

Why do people keep falling for these things? The amount of times advance fee has been covered in the media you'd think most people would know better.

I guess it just highlights how greedy people can be - especially when it looks like an easy way to get money. *sigh*

Suppose we just have to wait for next months article about the next idiot who's lost $90K to 419's......

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VeriSign remedies massive SSL blunder (kinda, sorta)

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@Mike

I see your point, but no, not attach a replacement certificate! I meant a notice saying that the customer should contact VeriSign to have the certificate re-issued. I don't think I was clear enough (or rather presumed that it would follow a renewal notice). Of course no one in their right mind would go and use some attached certificate! but an email concerning cert renewal... and a message to contact your VeriSign rep leaving the customer to make the effort to contact.

I know when I renewed my last wild-card cert I contacted Thawte directly and to the same person that I dealt with the previous time and I think I did get a reminder. So it's not unfeasible really.

Hmm; on second thoughts... yeah you are right - completely dreaming. That would mean "Customer Service" and who the hell does that these days?!

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Ostrich syndrome

There is a known problem, but an "inconvenient" solution, so instead of actually *doing* anything, pretend that the problem will just not appear.

Just stinks of VeriSign not wanting to impact their bottom line. Fact is they KNOW how many MD5 certs they have issued, they KNOW all the people that have them and the principle contact. All they have to do is oh, contact the individuals and offer (preferably) new free certificates using SHA1/2. Yes it would take ages (</sarcasm>) to query a database to get that information and pump out an email message, but in one swoop they could notify and provide a solution. If free is not in the business manifesto, then a small charge to cover admin costs. To further make people play ball, they could retract the MD5 based signing certs (say within 3 months).

The point is, VeriSign is equipped to sort this out now, with a small amount of technical effort and without playing Russian Roulette with (possibly) 100s of thousands of certificates. Question is more of how much cost and having the balls to act.

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Confusion reigns ahead of comms überdatabase debate

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@Will Godfrey

But that doesn't stop them seeing something shiny and demanding to have it "now now now" like a spoilt 2 year old.

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I've only shagged two blokes, insists Paris Hilton

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Paris Hilton

You know it's just after holidays when....

Slow news day (week) at El' Reg by chance? And there was me starting to hope that the dire lack of (interesting?) stories was starting to fade away after the break.

Oh well.

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Nikon D90 digital SLR with HD video recording

Dave

How does the Nikon D90 compare to the Canon 40D?

I am due a new camera (overdue actually!) but I am still undecided on what to get. I have been looking at Nikon D80/90 (or possibly the 300) and the Canon 40/50Ds. How do fellow Reg readers rate the Nikons to the Canon cameras? What are the Nikon lenses like?

If you were going to get a DSLR under a grand, which would you get and why?

Cheers for any comments :)

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iPlayer chief pushes tiered charging for ISPs

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Hang on a sec...

...And exactly where is this "dedicated" bandwidth going to come from? If you listen to (and believe *hahahaha*) the ISPs then the UK is running out of bandwidth. So how the hell can paying MORE just for video streaming guarantee the necessary bandwidth?

If 14 million households all pay up, then that's 14 million lots of a minimum of 1.5Mbps CONTINUOUS streaming to be made available. Lets say 2Mbps - just in case. Now how many bloody ISPs fail to deliver that NOW? FFS! This is so pointless, it's beyond comprehension!

How can they talk about additional pricing when the UK infrastructure is so completely borked and out-of-date that it can barely deliver what has been over-sold already? Urgh! It just stinks of a money grab and yet another TAX for the UK populace to bend over and accomodate :S

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EA punts SecuROM-less games on Steam

Dave

Is there really no SecuRom?

Are the Reg sure there is no securom on the EA titles? If you view the product details page of spore there is this little section at the bottom:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/17390/

"...INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION, END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY..."

And the same is true for most of the games "Online authentication"; that to me says Securom is still there; unless the text is a straight copy and paste without alteration??

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Jacqui calls Vodafone man to run massive snoop database

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Public consultation indeed...

...what they actually mean is that; there is no need for any more involvement of the public, the Government knows best and so they are going ahead anyway. And now that companies and people are digging into the gravy train, does anyone seriously think that it would be de-railed at all? No thought not!

Instead "they" will just go ahead with total disregard to every single person in the UK. I've said it before, and I will say it again: I am SO glad I left the fucked up country that is Blighty. I wonder how long it will be before you need permission to leave with a limited stay??

@AC: Unregistered PAYG

I seem to recall that the plans would make it mandatory to present photo-id (e.g. passport, national ID card) before acquiring a PAYG SIM and that you would have to register it at the place of purchase. Presumably all existing PAYG SIMS would be disconnected to force people into re-registering. Yeah I know, I can see that one *REALLY* happening (</sarcasm>) but I wouldn't put it past El' Gov to try!!

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Adobe sales are flat in tough market

Dave
Unhappy

Price perhaps?

I went looking at upgrade prices for CS4 and my jaw dropped! How on earth do they expect people to afford it, or even bother to fork out for it?! I did buy Studio MX a looooong time ago, but apparently that is now no longer an upgrade path so I'd (presumably) have to pay full whack - a grand for Web Suite? F*** that!!

Seems to me that ever since Adobe acquired Macromedia, the prices have only ever gone up, even for things like Contribute.

Perhaps Adobe should update their report to say: "...our profits are flat because we are too f**king greedy!..." *grrr*

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Nine in ten emails now spam

Dave

Huh!

I know that just by posting this I will get a deluge of crap, but in the last week to 10 days, the amount of spam to my two main mail boxes has dropped from 40 or more like 60+ a day to 2 or 3!! There was a drop when that ISP was taken of air, but not as substantial as this. I have not made any changes to my mail server or changed any spam rules. Has another ISP been taken down that anyone knows about? I've not seen any reports.

Personally I hope it stays that way! but then with message rules I hardly saw the spam messages, just the overflowing Trash folder containing emails titled *** SPAM *** xxxcccvv ;)

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