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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Get the Facts

Microsoft Windows has short limited lifetime.

"Amazing new technologies were pouring out of Microsoft, and Redmond appeared to be listening to its customers." :D

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

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@El-Fev ... you don't live anywhere near the east end of the A66 by chance?

I can't see how they can get payment without being traced. I know CryptoLocker uses bitcoin but I don't think the police ones do.

I also wish those horrible people at Microsoft would do an update where the default "Hide known extensions" is not ticked.

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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"Get the facts"

Remember the "Get the facts" by Microsoft all about the total cost of ownership. The escalating cost of XP prove the FUD.

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Everything's going to be all white: Google Nexus 5 mobe expected Friday

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RE:From a Nexus 4 owner

I also don't have a problem with the glass back, but would not miss it.

It would be nice to have a phone that can receive telephone radio signals though.

(Admittedly I'm on 3).

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Google's leaky ship spills new Nexus 5 photos, $349 price tags all over web

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If you at El Reg review it, can you please also review its capability as a telephone.

My Nexus 4 is useless in low signal areas, and as I am on 3, that means most of the country.

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Microsoft store staff to hold all night vigil for Surface 2

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On wikipedia Mr Pitbull endorsed the Kodak brand :)

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Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

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@The Original Steve

Give your ill manners a rest.

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Review: HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

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Facepalm

"virtually every laptop running Windows "just works""

@DrXym

Seriously?

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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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@ForthIsNotDead ... speed it up. A 1980's BBC micro is at the command prompt within 8 seconds. I know Windows has graphics etc, but there must be loads of room for improvement. Make it more secure, less susceptible to viruses, reduce bloat etc.

But that would go against the monopolist's way.

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Windows

'under the bonnet' ... slow

Customers bring their new laptops to me to remove the manufactures crud. I have a new Acer Aspire here now with an i5 and 4GB memory and it is slow. 8 minutes to remove Wild Tangent games. There is also all the 'Bing' crud to remove now. The start button is still there it is just spread all over the desktop. Before I installed the usual apps like LibreOffice, I looked at the winsxs folder ... 7GB.

The bloat and slowness would be my main complaints if I had to use it.

Balmer is doing well here, he gets to sell the same stuff twice like he did with Vista and Seven.

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Linux

@Sandpit different product / market

@Mike Tyler Looking at my Farnell bill £66 for two inc VAT and delivery

@Anonymous Coward 15 the i/o is NOT 5V tolerant

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Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish

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FAIL

Glossy screen no ethernet port.

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

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FAIL

analogy

@El Andy Your analogies are wrong.

There is no cost for Android.

The Ferrari one is just stupid. May be a Ferrari that only takes Esso petrol.

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If bing were in google's position

Imagine if bing was successful, the monopolist domination would be complete.

Win 8 has a load of 'bing' default apps, IE 9 is by default littered with bing.

Dark kettles.

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Spanish Linux group files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

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Linux

Re: Wah Wah Wah

Why are the M$ shills always anonymous?

If as MacGyver says is true, then M$ tax one has paid is lost (assuming laptops).

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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Meh

unfair tax also

Have a large family with couch potatos, it is great value for money. For a single person who rarely watches, it is poor value for money.

@ ac 10:01 yes .. remember the £18M Ross affair and the proposed cuts for the great Radio 6, but we are not forced to pay it. @vimes ... unlikely.

I don't have a TV or licence, but am feeling a little guilty as I am sat here listening to the BBc's most expensive radio transmission!

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Copper load of that: Ofcom claims HUGE jump in 'average' broadband speed

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Similar position to Tom 7

Used to get a little under 2Mb now ~1Mb due to sodden ground, higher water table, etc. 2Mb is not bad for 6 miles though, I'm ~6km from the exchange. You may be on a new pair, but have a thougth for the poor sods that have your old pair! The people with the best wires are the ones that complain the most.

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Microsoft unveils even more tempting Kinect offering: Open source

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WTF?

Re: Plenty of hardware available.

Nothing should ever be said against your beloved corporation.

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Dear Facebook: I heard the news today, oh boy

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just had some nice tastey chicken.

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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IT Angle

road tax for bikes

Most cyclists own a car therefore pay road tax and are doing less damage than no cycling car owners.

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Sony: Can't beat Apple and Samsung, so let's be the Other Guy

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Pirate

@bodhi It is not 'petty' when rootkit removal costs the customer.

It is not 'petty' when something is bought in good faith with one paticular feature in mind.

Not a corporation to trust now.

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Nominet tosses plan for shorter .uk domains in the bin (for now)

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Mushroom

Independence

Will nominet get more dosh if / when Scotland gets independence.

foo.uk

foo.co.uk

foo.com.uk

foo.sco ... etc

Or may be Ukraine could get .uk.

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Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

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Pint

AC dribble

Does any genuine person know what the few ACs mean by most calls don't touch the BT network? Is it something to do with BT wholesale not being BT or something?

Have a good weekend all.

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FAIL

Caller ID

I blame the BT monopoly for most of these problems. I call my brother in NL he knows who is calling. My brother calls me all I get is "International". I pay additional for caller id, he does not.

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Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

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playing idiot

If hardware / firmware can be destroyed by software then that hardware is not fit for purpose.

Khaptain, you got downvoted because you do not understand the difference between firmware and software. Your comparison between this and chipping a BMW is laughable.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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Pint

Freetard

The free in this instance obviously relates to freedom as the MS tax has already been paid.

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Happy

The ACs got alot of bites from this thread. If any of them are serious, I hope they are not in technical jobs.

Wonder how long before the Chernobyl/CIH/Sammy strikes?

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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winsxs

The extra storage will be required for the ever expanding side-by-side folder

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Microsoft's Dell billions have Windows 8 strings attached

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Linux

Dell's penguin boxes are already underpowered, overpriced ... hence include the MS tax.

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Kernel hacker Alan Cox quits Linux, Intel

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Pint

me too

Thanks Alan Cox.

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Web is turning us into kid-ults with no 'private identities' - report

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Terminator

re:Twatbooking

Are we all free to use this term? .. or may be FaceTwatting is better.

@ Anonymous Coward 12:26 I just did a google search on your name .. I'm afraid your social on-line presence is massive!

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

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Linux

I got an Odroid-x and the hidden Fedex charges put it to > £120.

X86 is still cheaper, look at atom boards, AMD's low power stuff and old PCs, if you forget about power usage.

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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Meh

hidden from addd remove programs

What got me about the pinball was why was it hidden from add/remove programs in XP?

Because of this I always removed it (edit sysoc.inf) from customers computers, thinking it was some sort of MS spyware.

.. and Gates had the nerve to call Linux 'Pacman'

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

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Coat

May be a way around using Apple's patent would be to throw your phone on an inductive cooker to charge.

Instead of 20 years for a patent, 5 years would be more fair.

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Google's Drive + Gmail: A 10GB Dropbox killer

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Linux

If you don't trust the corperations then owncloud is getting very good now.

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

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stupid

Why do all the comentards say stupid USPTO, I would have thought they would more likely be corrupt than stupid. They are patent lawyers with qualifications I presume. I don't know .. I'm not a yank.

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Dell launches Sputnik Linux Ultrabook

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FAIL

@JDX I value my time. In order to get any laptop the way youwant it will take time. It is quicker to re-install Windows than remove the crud.

As with any Dell you still pay the M$ tax regardless, in this case without getting an M$ OS.

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Apple chief Cook is HIGHEST PAID CEO in AMERICA

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FAIL

Re: Anyone want to argue that he earns every penny?

Of course he is. Who works harder him or a 1000 consultant doctors a year?

He makes all those pads, cleans the bogs .. the rest of the Apple team are useless.

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Microsoft's Surface bait-and-switch won't make people buy Windows 8

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FAIL

Re: No-one buys an OS? AC 12:16

Eadon is not AC you are.

Dell do sell linux pc's they are hard to find, lower spec and more expensive than the Win equivilant

just google the microsoft tax.

Your four year old blog quote for the failure of linux is probably similar to Win8's apparent failure .. people don't like change.

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Microsoft-Motorola patent row: Google wants $4 BEELLION a year

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Mushroom

The lawyers are the winners, and we all pay.

Android users don't get their $5 back and the 235 patents are still not revealed.

But I hope Google beat the vile monopolist.

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Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8

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win sxs

Does Win 8 still have winsxs?

Also do the mobile versions also use this win sxs "technology"?

Just curious.

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Will Santa be working overtime to shift Win 8 kit? No. Yes! Maybe

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FAIL

I've only seen one Win8 pc, and that was an Acer laptop. It was broken, waiting to be returned, .. something about UEFI security not seeing a proper boot device.

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Google's UK grip slips a bit, brutal dominance basically unshaken

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Mushroom

duckduckgo

duckduckgo use bing as their webcrawler.

I f you think Google are bad, imagine the monopolist in control!

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Google stiffs Samsung on price, now wireless charging too

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No SD to avoid some of the M$ tax?

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Facepalm

Live by the sword die by the sword .. fsck M$.

This is why the monopolies want software patents.

The winners as usual , the laywers.

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Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures

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Happy

Thanks for the notice.

Celebrities on bank notes may devalue them.

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Microsoft: Welcome back to PCs, ARM. Sorry about the 1990s

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Facepalm

Win CE

So Win8RT just another name for Win CE

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Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

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Facepalm

why?

I don't understand this, one can get a great laptop for for these prices.

I only use MS where I have to, so would never want one. But is hard to justify the costs of *pads generally.

I also consider FreeRTOS a full blown OS.

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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

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WTF?

Would this site be free without adverts? The tracking is only done by software, not people following what you are doing. Anybody explain the problem with this? Having said that, my CPU goes to 80% with the full page ads here.

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Paul Allen: Windows 8 'promising' yet 'puzzling'

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Facepalm

"Allen seems to be the new Woz!

Good for him!"

Isn't he is a patent troll now?

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