* Posts by Zimmer

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Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly

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Big Brother

Stealing the Internet bandwidth..

...and finally creating Big Brother..

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Invisible app ads slug smartmobes with 2GB of daily downloads

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Unhappy

Re: The poor advertisers...

A couple of years ago I was on a 2Gig MONTHLY limit on the desktop. Rarely exceeded it, except when downloading a new .iso ..

Even regularly played Wolfenstein ET.... service was upgraded to 'unlimited'.

Last year used the router to monitor data usage and it was running at 2 Gig a day! (and at this point the game playing had stopped.)

It's not just advertising, but it seems that websites are too keen to throw more and more images and video at us per page.. (and a certain social media site has a lot to answer for, too)

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

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....steal their screens...

" I suspect the mechanics of docking all these different phones are more expensive than actually providing dedicated compute power (and that's assuming there's any standard for the interfacing and docking anyway)."........

Well, that's the excuse Line 6 trot out when users of their kit, that interfaces with iPads and iPhones, will not work with Linux etc.. but you have to admit it is probably cheaper for them to build an amplifier or effects pedal that will interface with an "i" product so that they do not have to build in a screen and graphics processing power, even if it means only those WITH and "i" device will buy it..

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Re: Rabies? and Sparrows

Not the sparrows you should be worried about, but definitely the gulls (not Girls) at Landudno.

Warning: do not attempt to eat your picnic lunch on the promenade nor your ice cream cone... and if you have been close enough to see the size of these birds then you will understand how they could do you a real nasty...

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

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FAIL

iOS ...again!

The fact that these type of devices seem to only support iOS (yeah, ok, new expensive Android , too in this case) limits take up.

Their argument is always that they can only support a specific hardware set...

As a portable Amp/Stompbox modeller the Line 6 Pocket pod seems to outdo the iOS devices. More Amps etc(32 Amplifiers) built in. Screen built in (yes, small and crummy but still a screen). Battery or mains power too and free software for the desktop...

It would appear from your review that this iRig is useless without a phone (or as somebody suggested, a Pi, to interface to.) This drawback also applies to the latest Amplifi products from Line 6 . iPhone owners only, please.

Sorry, but there's a Stagg unit for less than £14 that will interface to most phones and any of the free guitar apps that are about...

"For £30, what’s not to like?"........ well, the fact I need a shed load of

other (more expensive )equipment, amplifier patches and dangling leads to jam away quietly in the garden..

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

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FAIL

M.O.T. ?

Ah, but would the HUD pass the M.O.T. ?

http://www.motuk.co.uk/manual_830.htm

(Icon? Well, they'd fail it for a distracting chip in the glass, wouldn't they? )

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

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Thumb Up

Still HERE

Yes, they do still ship it with new Lumias... at least the 640 purchased earlier this week came with HERE

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

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Re: Aliens!

THARGOIDS!! We have found the THARGOIDS!!!

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

Zimmer
Flame

Re: No issues here...

Ah, yes, but maybe (unlike me) you do not dual boot using GRUB.

It has tried to update three times since Thursday... failed, but after further restarts has at least recovered to boot pre-update.. (vital, as I am only using Win7 to play Elite:Dangerous ).

I have deselected the offending update in Windows Update so as not to disturb my gaming.... (never a happy chappie as far as Microsoft are concerned...)

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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Linux

Impress -ed

Yes, Video in a presentation... been doing that for Kid's Christmas plays for some years now - with Open/LibreOffice

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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Tabs on the right?

OOOh... from the look of your screenshots the tabs can be moved to the right... that and a proper speeddial is what I have missed with all the latest browser offerings and kept me on a hobbled Opera v.12.16.... simple things..

I must investigate further..

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

Zimmer
Linux

Re: What El Reg Really Needs

Too late for that-

..and in any case Scaryduck would win every time...

http://scaryduck.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Kim%20Jong-un

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Headmaster

Re: IT angle? Who cares?

Modern (and not so modern- like me) Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motors employees and former employees don't take it too well if you ask that, either...

..and (this one for the author) the correct spelling is 'Rolls-Royce' ...don't forget the hyphen...

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Yahoo!-backed Hadoop biz Hortonworks flings itself at the stock market

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Coat

Dr Seuss

So..

Hortonworks hears a Yahoo !

(sorry...couldn't resist...)

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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Stop

Re: UK needs to learn from other countries

How about asking the bank to provide you with a card WITHOUT the facility... it is what I did.. (NATWEST, should you be interested) .

Makes it clear to the banks your feelings on the matter.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

Zimmer
Unhappy

Re: Interactive photo?

Echo that... brought Opera on Linux to a virtual standstill here.... as do all the dodgy ads from Microsoft...

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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FAIL

Re: Sounds like the ID Card sophestry again

All an ID card allows you to do is identify the perpetrators AFTER the event.

NO! All an ID card allows you to do is read the details from an ID card... TFTFY

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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...and the business angle?

So, a reform. What is 'business' going to gain from this? Free use of parodied music for jingles in TV ads ? The use of parodied characters from well known books, Films or TV shows without permission or payment ?

Hmmm... who knows ?

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

Zimmer
FAIL

Re: Windows.

Linux user since 2004.......my son convinced me to install Win 7 on the SSD of the computer we just built (that took 20 minutes, the build that is.) 3 and a half hours later (ladies in the family tapping feet, consulting watches giving us dirty looks as they worked out that they would not be home in time for Emmerdale...) Win 7 seemed installed.

Back at home I booted up and Win7 wanted a further 3 quarters of an hour of more patches before it allowed me to work on installing some Line6 software to it.

I then installed Linux Mint 17 MATE to the traditional spinning iron disk in the machine ... 6 minutes..

and a further 25 to download and install updates (and remember that also includes an Office suite and sundry software)..

My Son assures me Win 8.1 is quicker....... I guess MS have not bothered to do anything about this as they expect Windows to be installed on Brand New machines at the Manufacturers..

Oh yes, ready to leave house for appointment, shutdown Windows...Windows is now applying updates...do not turn off machine...paranoid Missus will not leave until finished so as to turn off the electricals...ARGHHHHH !!

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Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

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Joke

Re: Political mistake

...Don't let Wolowitz drive.....

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Coat

..Elite? Oolite, more like..

Only dangerous at the moment.. (638, Galaxy 2..)

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Joke

Your name, too, will go on the list..

'What iz your name, boy?'

'Don't tell him, Pike !!'

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UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

Zimmer
Big Brother

What scares people..

...."What scares people about the Internet of Things - that human beings are going to be left behind, somewhere out there someone’s going to be controlling your data, someone’s going to be managing your life - that’s the wrong image"..............

Wrong image to sell it to the masses, maybe, but fundamentally correct; which is what indeed DOES frighten us. It is also a question of WHO is managing our life.. Government of the day.. corporations... hackers and script-kiddies... crazed, power-mad delusional dictatorships(see also - Government of the day. ;) ) and, worst of all, PR companies and advertisers..? I'm sure there are more for this list that I have not mentioned..there's probably a queue forming as I write..

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Frikkin' LASER BEAMS on its head: Formlabs announces Form 1+

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Joke

Re: Will it be available in £s?

...simply exchange the Dollar sign for a Pound sign. It's known as foreign exchange when it comes to pricing for the UK. Perhaps the Scots will get them cheaper after independence and we can all go smuggle cheaper IT goods in white vans via Gretna Green....

(Joke icon. However, I guess it's only the suppliers who are laughing... :( )

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World first: ANIMATED GIF of Mercurian SUN ZOOM from MARS

Zimmer
Devil

NO! NO GIFs for Commentards!

I have enough trouble with the b****y MS Cloud animated adverts slowing mouse wheel scrolling to a crazed, jerky nightmare without anymore senseless animation.... I currently have to hunt down the offending tabs and close them before I can read the articles..grrrrr...

(The name's Meldrew, VIctor Meldrew.. )

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Watch your brain LIVE in 3D, then train your mind from inside it

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Facepalm

Re: Oh dear, I'm 61, too..

..I signed up for Steam..and I've forgotten the username AND password...DOH!

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Stop

Re: "Just don’t let them spot you buying a Vodafone SIM card."

Not just EE..you cannot port a number within the network on Vodafone either (and possibly all the networks?) computer says 'No!' (to stop people who are current customers becoming NEW customers for NEW Customer Deals without upgrading....so I am informed) .

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

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Re: Surfers paradise

Monetised? Well how about licensing all those nice computers out there in households without a telly.. whether they watch it or not ? Thin end of a very expensive wedge.

Perhaps someday the internet will disappear to become only a medium for broadcast/stored TV...

The download speeds for some are bad enough already without all the contention from telly watchers on the net!

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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Coat

..also..

..minces raw or cooked meat, as long as you haven't lost the Dooflab for fitting it to the table..

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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FAIL

Re: fund it from general taxation

Great idea! Lots of Upvotes.. However, the powers that be will have the whip hand when the The Beeb come begging for the cash from the Treasury. Less cash, poorer output - and goodness knows what sort of pressure to paint the 'powers that be' in a good light, no matter what, in order to receive the cash to continue..

Great idea, but unintended consequences...

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

Zimmer

Because...

No one in their right mind would opt in! And apathy would prevent the rest from opting in, too .

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

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That field looks suspiciously like the one in the link here:

http://www.snugburys.co.uk/content/news/dalick-whos-for-ice-cream

see also here..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/55881215@N03/9535597731/

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Happy

Re: Testing in a representative environment

Hand up here, sir! Me,sir..!! 2007 Fabia Estate... 64mpg mixed driving ... can get (and have had) 80mpg over a 30 mile trip along A and B roads... Hammer it on the motorway on a trip and you only get 63mpg :( shame, that..

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Brits are world's most wired drivers, says fleet tracker CEO

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Re: Not a shock--- so report it...

I believe that once a pot hole ( or other serious road defect) is reported to the appropriate authority then any damage suffered as a result of it could be claimed from the appropriate authority. Once reported it is their responsibility.

A case in point was a hole at the junction of our street that was reported and subsequently collapsed under the weight of a passing car ( a drain beneath had partially collapsed allowing water to wash away the road from beneath). The car did not 'pass' and cost over a £1000 to fix.. It is no wonder councils are quick to pour a few ha'porth of tar in a pothole, once it is reported.

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

Zimmer
Unhappy

Re: Nice idea, but... X marks the spot.

Actually, the graphics problem is probably the fancy new detection stuff in the latest version of X . I have an old Shuttle running Mrs Zimm's XP... It used to run Ubuntu fine..when X was set up manually... as the old screen does not talk to the OS to give it the EDID.

Now, although I have dual booted Mint on it I have managed (somehow) to start in a low res and I have to xrandr to get the right res... cannot find the right documentation for customising the new X with the previous screen settings(changing the old xorg.conf just does not seem to want to work succesfully anymore).

Now my laptop* (which has been working Linux for the last 6 years) has developed a screen problem and is not detected on boot... dead (also on all previously working newer versions, tried booting from other partition installs, external USB HDD etc..).. However, plug in a Puppy USB and it comes to life...

So any new potential user with a less than modern screen (or a dodgy one) will find Ubuntu et al a no-no... shame...

*Using another laptop (Mint, SUSE 12.3) until I can find time to trawl the net for answers.. AGAIN!!

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Loads of mis-sold PPI, but WHO will claim? This man's paid to find out

Zimmer
Happy

SAS and R

Thanks for that. The heads up on R (on Linux) will make me investigate it again. As a ( early) retired SAS programmer I have often missed the tools necessary to muck about with data in the way I used to at work.

:)

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Yahoo! web! traffic! BIGGER! THAN! GOOGLE! in! July!

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Re: Hard to believe

I Use DuckDuckGo, but then , it IS the default on Linux Mint so I expect BILLIONS of users do not bother to change it....

I'd add an 'I'll get me coat ' icon, but everyone knows it's the mac with the paperback from a well known publisher in the pocket....

(so many puns, so little time...)

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Google's Street View cars venture inside TARDIS

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Coat

Needs more work...

How about.. click on the controls and the 'Tardis' takes you to a random spot in the world and you can leave the Tardis there for another 'lucky' punter to find?

(It's the coat with the woolly scarf and the brown fedora, thanks. Have a Jelly Baby!)

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

Zimmer
Linux

Recovery

Social engineering to encourage users to install malware will always stand a chance of succeeding and the prospect of a Trojan appearing in the Repositories is not too far-fetched (but you still have to manually find it and install it from the 41,440 already there.)

But I expect the 'non-Linux' users/experts/fanbois are salivating over this (somewhere).

However, in the event of a malware moment, the Linux user has a disc/usb stick with the OS on it and can re-install a clean system in about an hour or so, depending on the spec of the computer. The Linux user has probably also separated his/her data from the OS into a separate partition.

In the event of needing a working computer immediately, the Linux user can use that Live Cd or USB to get up and running at once...

Can the Windows users say the same? For the majority of Win users out there I guess that the answer to that is, 'No'...

10 years ago...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/10/06/linux_vs_windows_viruses/

and it's an old one, I know..

http://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/evilmalware.html

and the long read..

http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/index.php?page=virus

... all we can do is remain paranoid and vigilant...

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

Zimmer
Stop

Settings... Advanced

Untick the box that says ' Offer to Save Passwords I Enter on the Web'.

Next.....

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Been hacked? Don't dial 999: The plods are too dense, sniffs sec bigwig

Zimmer
Holmes

Re: Not their job

...although recent figures suggest that crime rates are at their lowest for 30 year, for what that's worth) so it looks like something's happened.......

What's happened??

see..

https://shijuronotgeorgedixon.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/those-crime-figures-again/

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NASA Van Allen probes discover PARTICLE HURRICANES

Zimmer
Happy

Re: NOT CO2, THEN WHAT?

amanfrommars had to leave hurriedly for home when news reached him of a ruddy great rover vehicle drilling in his back garden ... :)

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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Coat

Re: Not just Apple----correction

... surely a Typo ? It's a WUNCH of BANKERS...

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The great $45m bank cyber-heist: Seven New Yorkers cuffed

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Re: "shot dead at his house while playing dominoes"

The chip holds the PIN and using the terminal it verifies/authenticates the PIN used. Most terminals are now wireless in Restaurants etc. and are brought to the table so the card does not leave your sight.

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Boffins KALQ-u-late the ultimate 'board for two-thumb tablet tappers

Zimmer
Headmaster

Oh, the irony

...... or should that be iorny.. ;)

“An error-correction algrithm was added to help address linguistic and motor errors.

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

Zimmer

Zotac rival?

Can only see this as a rival to the Zotac Zbox Nano ....

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Boffin road trip! The Reg presents Geek's Guide to Britain

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Happy

Secret Bunker

Don't forget the Secret Bunker... it's signposted from Nantwich and environs....

Secret Bunker, oh the irony...

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Bundestag holds 'unusual' hearing on German Copyright Act

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..just lying around..

Putting 'stuff' on the web is akin to leaving it lying in the street (much as this post is like me being in a Town Square, standing on a box and shouting this to anyone within earshot).

Putting a book out in front of a store, on the street, (or even displaying the book inside on a shelf) affords the passer-by to read a little of it (or even - shock! horror! - make away with it..).

Attempting to use the medium of the web to sell items that can be copied was always going to end in tears and tantrums. Especially when the business model was going to be based on charging the same for digital content as the hard copy and taking all the profit that would have been made by the retailer, distributor etc and keeping the savings from NOT producing hard copy. .... (which appears as 'greed' to the consumers).

Not sure if there is a solution..Search engines effectively advertise your stuff.. no advertising=less sales...

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

Zimmer
Linux

Deja vu all over again

Similar situation in 2002.. 3 legit copies of Office Pro which would not install on new XP machine.... not used MS Office since.. not missed it.. Not missed MS Win much since 2004, either...

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Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

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Re: Star Wars is Science FICTION for a reason...

Everything you say is true; but that's not the point. The point is to encourage and to practice methods of analysis in general terms. That way, when something does happen that is outside the knowledge or experience of a scientist, they will have the intellectual methods and ability to deal with it...........

Agreed! Whenever reading Sci-Fi the curious mind will always try to reason whether or not something is possible (and often some of the best of the genre can be discerned in this way) and curious scientific minds are necessary if new things are to be discovered..

But when reading for enjoyment never let impossibilities get in the way of a good yarn :)

After all, it's impossible to say we could drive a car remotely on Mars, isn't it? Oh, wait....

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