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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

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Re: and maybe DELL, according to this

Mind Forbes thinks that London is the most influential city on the Earth because of the lack of inertia in the "Global Market's", rather than the fact that it's slightly less 'stabby' than New York.

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Re: The PS2 bus! Get rid of your old motherboard design!

Assuming this was a damning by faint praise post, I think you'll find people actually like the interrupt based PS/2 for the things it was designed for, over polled USB.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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re:- " Brits don't like us because we don't use the letter U in every second word..."

I suspect the "Brit's" don't like the US because you took advantage of somewhat significant European and Eastern events during the first half of the 20th century which effected the "Brits" trade. Admittedly the US did turn up - late both times - but only after agreements which effectively neutered the resolve of the "Brit's", and then only to protect US economic expansion. Nicely done in the short term, but a bit buggered with China coming onto the scene.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Re: "the US has a shortened that to "presumed guilty"

So French then? (Given their history, it explains alot).

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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F**king crappy terrestrial self drive cars!

Where are the jet packs we were all promised???

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re:"Haven't you seen the film Conspiracy Theory?`", etc...

If I'd had a bottle of plonk on a very warm sticky day, (well in UK terms), that's the sort of thing I'd say. Actually I have had a bottle over the day, and still haven't said anything that silly here - well as far as I know. It's been a hot sticky day, and I've had a bottle of plonk. (cheap South American if you are wondering. Sort of dark red with industrial chemical undertones and probably originally premium tanker shipped to Germany for bottling and general distribution throughout the EU and other foreign climes).

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For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

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Re: " have never understood this apps criticism."

Analogy :- "You cooked a meal, but it never turned out how you or your dinner guests wanted. However this microwave substitute goo is just fine because both you and your guests actually don't know or care what is actually required as long as you can slurp it down with a spoon - until you come to the porcelain throne of your expectations"

(Fairly sure there are loads of mixed metaphors in there - bit like Windows 8.x).

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UK.gov's data grab and stab law IMMINENT as Drip drips through House of Lords

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Re: "The tories want to redefine human rights ..."

Ermm, this was an all party vote. They are doing it for your benefit!, (errm IGMC).

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HDMI, thy end is near: Qualcomm's Wilocity gobble will let mobes, tabs beam 4K vid to TVs

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Re: On the subject of HDMI...

"Any experts in Register land that might have a solution or at least a handle on what the issue is?"

Stan O'Neal knows the answer.

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Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

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Re: Can't see the gray area here

"Is it generally just technical or IT fields where it's considered "acceptable" that an employer tries to decide where an employee may work afterwards"

In UK the contract is generally with the Ltd. company, rather than the person who is actually doing the work, (even if that person is the only employee of the Ltd. company). If said person claims employee rights they will fall foul of IR35 gubbins. Perfectly acceptable to put a restriction against the Ltd. side, (in fact that's good because it an indicator that they arn't an employee for tax purposes)

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Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

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Re: unsuitable for countries that follow the Muslim faith...

Since when couldn't they eat lettuce?

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: "You could at least be sure that Han shot first with Quentin at the helm."

I very sure that Han shot first having seen it at the cinema at the time and also having the last unmolested pseudo widescreen VHS release in my possession.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: "....level of accuracy you had in a phone from about 3 years ago."

Not sure that's the problem. Both GPS & GLONASS need terrestrial base stations to achieve that accuracy. From my reading of the article it seems the GLONASS lot arn't being given the ability to use or piggy back off the terrestrial part by using the already established GPS transmitters. Early 90's GPS was rubbish until the fixed point base stations were set up to negate the errors intentionally set in on the free to air signal.

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Beached whale Symantec watches revenues recede 7%

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Re: "What is Peter Norton doing these days?"

I suspect kicking back, doing what us mortals just dream/wish about if we could have gone there & done that and come out with a big wodge of dosh without all the takeover political mismanagement rubbish. Nice to see someone go low profile for once.

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

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In what way, (other than GUI), does Powershell actually suck?

I haven't had anything overly problematic with anything I needed to do in it. Is this just a troll question or is there something fundamentally wrong with it which I need to know about, just in case?

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RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

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Re: Would have been a lot cheaper

Cheaper to who? They seemed to have done quite well out of dumping staff, fiddling with the dubious markets & general mismanagement. Might have got a bit of bad publicity, but that didn't really have any consequences - obviously apart from a big government bail out(*)

(*) but that really didn't cost them anything.

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

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I like IT!!!!

You can go balls deep into to an area you know nothing about, (initially), and come out with congratulations & money. It also let's you have quite a lot of time off to follow other interests. The cycle tends to be in my experience around about five years, so no point in going for a mortgage, just suck it up in the downtime - which is going to be significant, and use cash for the up times. So:-

a) Don't make plans.

b) Have other interests which can keep you occupied

c) Scan for those 'little' gigs which actually are interesting and worthwhile and make you happy to do them. (This is quite important because it shines through in the interviews).

d) All HR departments are run with f**kwits.

(Fairly sure this isn't is how it should be done, but it can be done).

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AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

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Re: Apparently not. They're still using AOL...

Loads of small companies still use it because they got suckered in during the 90's and can't be bothered to get proper hosting and new e-mail addresses because of the perceived disruption and cost of changing letter headings and informing clients about the new address. I'm not saying this is ideal, it's just the way things are.

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Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

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Re: "They should not allowed any control etc."

Ummm, well it's their money, so I suspect they will have a significant say in it's development in the future. It's nice to see some proper backing for something which is quite important. If there is a problem with that someone could always fork it

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HP's top-end array just TOPPED ITSELF

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Re: " what is the sales pitch?"

Printer ink and IP(*). Well that is what I was informed when contracting with them, circa 2K - although it might be different now. However they did have a large legal department in the same area as the R&D bods back then.

(*) Yes, HP - even though they are not that bad in the context of things, really did send their R&D staff to sunny climes, so they could 'think' of tech spins on on the then current tech, and get the legal bods to start the protection process. (Round corners don't have anything on them).

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It's GOOD to get RAIN on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD

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re:= "Performance tweaks and power savings – what's not to like?"

Well the V4 was cheap but wasn't very nice and "reviewers" thought that was "ok". It was just the people who got one who complained - but that's plebs for you.

(Yes I know that this isn't anything like the V4 tech - or in fact the very good M4, but they did go there, so it's worth bringing up for early adopters to note that they might have problems as there has been a history - and storage is quite important).

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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Re: "Microsoft makes OSes. Let them do what they do."

I think that is a bit simplistic. Microsoft do make 'OSes' and also applications to run on those 'OSes'. They also spend quite a lot of money to "ensure"(*) the former & latter are the go to products for any organisation with the money to pay for their products and services.

(*) Where "ensure" can be read as you want and is purely a subjective term.

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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Re: " R Brooks and M Clifford"

Fairly sure they have it coming though. (whatever "have it coming" can be subjectively perceived as).

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: "For the love of god give us this DPI on desktop displays!!!!"

You didn't get the memo about "everything important is now being done in a coffee shop" then?

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re:-"MS haters".

It's a good point, however 8.1 does seem to have some weird problems when it comes to internal security settings for TIFKAM. My 8.1 upgrade went totally smoothly when it was released, however back in January all the TIFKAM stuff just stopped working, (including the store). Having searched the net for appropriate solutions and none of them worked, (MS site being somewhat useless - because everything works from their point of view or they say just do a clean install because your setup is not our problem)

The solution was to download the system internals process monitor. Start a monitoring run - filtering just registry accesses. Then start a TIFKAM application which wasn't running, (store first). Stop the monitor as soon as the TIFKAM app failed and look through the logs for all the 'DENIED ACCESS' events. Then manually change the access rights on those registry settings which were being denied. Repeat for the rest of the apps. Took pigging ages, (but wasn't willing to give up/do a reinstall because I like the machine the way it is).

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Not entirely sure you can do an inplace install from XP to Win7!

You can do an inplace install from XP->Vista->Win7. However I would love to be proved wrong, and if so maybe someone can write an article on how to do an inplace install from XP straight to Windows 7.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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The thing is...

now they allow the TIFKAM apps to reside in the desktop space, (abet when launched going full screen), it does allow the pleb user to see how utterly crap they are in comparison to existing applications - with the disadvantage, from MS's point of view, when saying that "it's a different paradigm so you should expect them to be less functional and basically rubbish because the "technology" hasn't matured".(paraphrased - but you know what I mean).

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No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

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Re : "Love Google? Thank the first dot-com bubble"

Ermm, I suspect that the only reason Google got the foot hold was because back in the day they provided a very plain search screen with good results. As opposed to Excite - the big player at the time - which filled their initial search page with adverts - (Their search wasn't actually worse, just filled with junk adverts). This was actually a problem when most of us were on dial-up. The thing is that Google in current times hasn't really learned from that lesson and is actually salting the results with crappy ad's.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: "Now what happened to Kylix on Linux ? About time someone tried again."

http://www.lazarus.freepascal.org/ should fill your void.

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Twitter rejigs layout, opens wide to swallow SLURRY OF ADS

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Re: I always said I didn't "get" Twitter

Don't they already have the money? Anything that follows is just lip service to the "investors" to show they are doing something. Doesn't actually matter what they are doing, just something.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: SAD

$1,205 and $2,069 is between £720 & £1200 per box, (real money). I suspect this is a bit high in the context of a 10,000 PC environment if they are basically being used as dumb terminals. However for a smaller setup it's not that much out of the way. Basically you'd quote that, then the client says "I can buy a new machine for cheaper than that", then you say "Yes you can", then they say "Can you transfer our applications and data across to it?", you say no problem it will take "this" much time - depending on setup. The off shot of which with new PC & transfer of data and applications across, it is probably going to be between £720 & £1200 - probably more because they'll want some old application which they really need and don't want the newer version because it looks weird.

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Re :- Lock down and look sharp, it's the hackers' game now"

Errrm, it always was the "hacker's" game. MS didn't provide anything during their "support" period which wasn't retrospective to something found by someone else - and then only grudgingly.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re :-Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

That would be interesting.

Not related but also interesting is that on the wikimedia statistics page, XP/Server 2003 only account for about 8% of the hits in the "Breakdown per OS version, non mobile" space for February.

http://stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportOperatingSystems.htm

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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Re: "The final episode of Reg-favourite TV show The IT Crowd is leading this year's.....

.... BAFTA nominations with four nods"

Does it? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure?

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Time is on their side: NIST's new atomic clock accurate for 300 MEEELLION years

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Re:- "I won't believe it until I can see it and check it for myself"

What will you be checking it against?

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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Re - "We are all gonna DIE ! ! !"

yep, that is a true statement. But, more importantly, why won't anybody think of the children?

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re:- How about "Active Desktop"? Oh, no - that was a different nightmare.

Indeed or how about just a "sidebar.exe" type thing like? (e.g. just split out the whole explorer.exe into different modules which us users can switch on/off to our hearts content. But that's just madness!!!!! MADNESS I tell ya!)(*))

(*) Wish I was a designer and "actual" programmer at a main stream company with the conversational and political skills/influence to see my ideas released to the world at large. But I don't - just a crappy contractor A/P with no influence at all in the scheme of things. [Sad Face - but not really]

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It would be nice if those live tile thingies could be placed on the desktop, using

some sort technology to be named later. But obviously that would just be madness - especially if you allowed designs other than squares or rectangles. However if that technology was invented I think they should be called Wadgets or maybe Gidgets.

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CCL Computers probing source of fake virus-riddled dispatch mail

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I got it,

but I never have bought anything from them. Weird.

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

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Re: "Real computer companies do weeks of QA to test their designs, etc."

Ok not going to the whole what hardware works type thing because this is a software thread. So lets put the whole "Real computer companies do weeks of QA to test their designs and tweak them to make carefully chosen kit work properly.", to a simple test from a software perspective.

1) Which company in recent times, (let's say 10 years), has had multiple published problems with loading/importing data in various formats into their consumer level products because of coding issues, (e.g. - buffer overflow,etc.), which have allowed executable code to be run from malformed data?

2) Which company in recent times, (let's say 10 years), has fixed said issue on a problem in hindsight, but hasn't the intelligence to say to themselves, (and that's all the the fuckwits there), "Oh lets audit the rest of our loading/import code to see if there is a problem."?

3) Which company in very recent times, (let's say 1 month), has identified a potential problem with loading fucking RTF files?

4) Which company in recent times, (let's say 10 years), has basically screwed up whatever goodwill they scavenged from developers/support type bods from the past.

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HP exec: 'It's our GOD-GIVEN right' to rule the world of biz fondleslabs

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How?

I mean HOW?, do these people get into the managerial/directorial positions they get themselves into? Is there a book somewhere which all numbwits have access to as a part of their education? - which the rest of us don't get.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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An e-mail client?

(ignore if WSUS offline includes the Windows Essentials stuff)

Also Paint.Net & Notepad++

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EXPOSED: bizarre quantum sibling LOVE TRIANGLE

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Re: No, this doesn't undermine Einstein

@ James Micallef - Re :- "I saw it the same way as synchronising 2 clocks and taking them to different places. The hands on both clocks are instantaneously mirroring one another but no information is being transferred between the 2."

Didn't Mr E also have something to say about clock hands when the clocks were taken to different places?

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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This article does come over...

as a "praising via faint damning" promo piece. Is that what was intended?

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Dragon's Den star's cloudy biz still losing MEEELLLLLIONS

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So is this....

a) Don't trust those people off the telly type thing? (They got where they are from scamming people).

b) A schadenfreude type thing? i.e. those people on the telly have done something which isn't working, so lets gather around and point at them - because they were on the telly.

c) Some journo type thing? i.e. someone just wanting to earn some pennies for their mortgage?

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

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Re :- " I assume the records were finally destroyed when the building was redeveloped"

Developers seem quite efficient at that. Look at the old Coulsdon Cane Hill looney bin site. C) says "Nope you can't knock down that listed bit", D) says "Ahhhh! sad face", then big fire on listed bit, C) says "ok do what you want".

(In no way am I implying that C & D had anything to do with it - just a time lined observation).

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Assuming the other comments are taken on board,

(i.e. WSUS offline ISO, etc), take either a USB DVD drive and/or a spare IDE DVD drive & cable with you. Always useful when the one in the box is fubar/not working to specification.

If I had a pound for the times I've gone somewhere and the DVD/CD drive has been used once in about five years and has basically stopped working over that time, I'd have a few more pounds than I do now.

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iOS 7's weak random number generator stuns kernel security – claim

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1011111011110010100101001010011011110001010011001010110...

101000101101001101010101010101010010110100011111111100100100011000000101000011111110000011110000100010001010100100101111110001010101010101011100101001001010100101111111111100000111111100101010101010010011100101000100110001001010101010101011111110001010101001010111100010101000111100101001010101011111110000011001010#

That's all I have to say on the matter.

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It's not just incredibly hard, it's really quite pretty: Dark Souls II

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Yeh! a game review which doesn't mention Titanfall...

oh!, ermmmm.

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

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Re: Family Guy

Agree. It'll be interesting to see what happens to Family Guy & American Dad - they are the only things I watch on Three. However as most of the funny references in those programmes probably arn't picked up by the target audience because of their age, it could probably be slotted to four.

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