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Film studios thrash BT in Newzbin site-block test case

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Holmes

On the other hand...

Maybe, just maybe, Mr Justice Arnold has set this up to go to the Supreme Court (European Court?) for full consideration?

Maybe, just maybe, it needs consideration by our elected representatives?

At some point personal rights need to be properly debated; which is supreme, (intellectual) property rights or individual freedoms.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part Two

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Mission control is rubbish

Since Leopard we've had Spaces which worked extremely well. This has now been replaced with the awful mission control which may be appropriate on a pad, but sure as hell isn't appropriate on a decent screen resolution or with multiple monitors.

Where spaces gave you two dimensions and up to 9 screens, mis-control has one dimension and list the ability to move application windows between screens. Given the chance I'd switch back to spaces in a trice.

Launch control is a complete waste of space. Just cmd-space and type the first few characters of the application name.

It's like the kids have been playing whilst the Jobs' is away.

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ICal animations

Can you get rid of that horrible animation in iCal? Straight out of the mid nineties; just as corny then as it is today.

Thankfully someone's done a different skin so one can ditch that hideous faux leather rubbish.

Still can't view weeks straddling months, e.g. Last two and first two weeks of a month.

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MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

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Boffin

But XP requires less resources than Vista/7

XP runs perfectly well in 512Mb VMs. Not running Office bloatware helps. Similarly, not running anti-virus adds to the performance.

The footprint of XP is MASSIVELY smaller than Vista/7; there's no winsxs directory at over 10Gb for a start.

Running a stripped down XP VM is almost pleasurable when compared with the Vista/7 nonsense.

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Microsoft muzzles IE chief's 'native HTML' nonsense

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Angel

Brilliant!

Thanks for the link; brilliant.

With all this native HTML5, I just want to forgive Microsoft's years of intransigent releasing of their non-standard, buggy, insecure, proprietary windows-only browsers. We see the light!

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Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come

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Numpties

Impractical, unworkable, broken, knee-jerk reaction created by numpties to a 'problem' that afflicts numpties.

Ignore it as everyone else sure as hell will.

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Microsoft warns on support scams

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Childcatcher

Idiot tax

Darwin writ large?

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Office 15 steals OVERLARGE font, design vision from Windows PHO

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Office 2011 - Mac

The great thing about a Mac is there's a single menu which is always visible. The Ribbon can only be an alternative and not take over the design; so it makes sense to be able to remove it.

Never understood why cluttering up vertical space is considered 'a good thing' in an age where widescreen is the most common screen format. The most appropriate format is to have a set of floating menus on the side of the page, a-la the 'traditional' Mac designs.

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Gates, Ballmer...

All shareholders in Microsoft as they get away with flogging more snake oil.

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Is Skype Microsoft's PowerPoint part deux?

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Headmaster

Bing is a noun

noun Grammar

a word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things ( common noun), or to name a particular one of these ( proper noun).

Anyway, what is Bing other than Crosby's forename?

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Easier cookie deleting comes to Adobe Flash

Wibble
Stop

Or ...

use FlashBlock.

There, fixed it for you.

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Dixons warns it's getting worse

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FAIL

He lied too

Worse than the BS he gave to the customer, he lied about the memory - both have 2Gb as 4Gb is build-to-order and not available through the channel.

It's amazing that the kids in the stores don't have the riot act read to them about the sale of goods act which renders the shop assistant liable for mis-selling. 30 years ago I worked in a Dixons over one summer and the managers beat that into the juniors.

Of course the problem nowadays is there's no managers who know their stuff; they can only afford to pay peanuts so there's no career hence no senior staff, leading to crap service, fewer customers and the inevitable slide into insolvency.

I can't help feel that it is possible to compete against the Internet based on service. Trouble is, there's sod all reason for going in a Dixons on the high street as there's nothing worth buying in store and what is there is completely overpriced (friends don't let friends buy Monster Cables).

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Think file-hosting sites guard your private data? Think again

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WTF?

How do these file hotels make money?

These file hotels make money by putting adverts onto pages. Therefore it's in their interest to maximise the number of page views.

In any case, anyone expecting security for free gets everything they deserve.

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IE is tough on Flash cookies but ignores homegrown threat

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Flame

FlashBlock rools KO

That is all.

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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Picture of a Frenchman

Image of a Frenchman comes to mind; beret, striped top, onions, head tilted to one side, hands held out and the word "baff" coming out.

That's what the bastard station porter did to me when he sent my bicycles on the wrong train in Nice.

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Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy look-and-feel

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WTF?

I'd rather the original

So you buy supermarket own-brand baked beans rather than the real thing?

I have had my iPhone for yonks longer than the Samsung copy. I couldn't give a toss what other people think; I like my iPhone and have done ever since I bought the iPhone 1.

It's completely reasonable to see Apple going after a company that, to be honest, seems to be copying Apple's ideas. At first glance the iPhone and iPad have been copied. When you see an iPad-like slab in the likes of PC World, they look remarkably like the real thing.

Hardly surprising that Apple are trying to protect their differentiation. I'm all for it as I don't want every pleb to have a rip-off copy of my exclusive fondle phones or slabs. I paid good money for that exclusivity.

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Flame

And copyright?

So, taking this to it's logical conclusion, you can simply rip off any software design you like?

Software patents are abhorrent, that there's little doubt. But copyright is another issue altogether. WTF should an organisation put a huge effort and expense into building a new UI just to have it copied almost exactly by everyone else?

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Stop

It's hard to tell them apart

To be honest it's hard to tell them apart, such is the similarity of the look & feel. It's hardly surprising that Apple are getting upset.

At least Microsoft didn't copy Apple with their nascent phone OS (still won't make it sell though:-)

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'Fierce competition' drives Apple's iPhone 6 changes

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Fewer dropped calls please

I do hope they get the basic P-H-O-N-E functionality sorted. I've never had a phone before that's as unreliable as the iPhone. That's holding it without touching the edges, just the glass covers and using it hands-free.

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Five desktop virtualisation tips for IT project managers

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Requirements, what bloody requirements

Rather an odd thing to ask, but don't you need to know what 'done' looks like?

The article appears to be written in management consultant mode; they don't like good requirements as it means a client that knows what they want so fewer change requests.

Why no mention of matching the tech to the possible given the constraints of budget, existing systems and hardware...?

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Server vendors and the dead hand of commoditisation

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Why use VM tech?

Just a point, but are't the VMs running on top of a Windows or Unix host? e.g. all I/O & memory scheduling goes through the host OS queues.

The main reason for using VM tech is configuration and logical functional separation, particularly in the enterprise space. As the previous poster points out, performance throughput & utilisation aren't the reasons for using VMs -- except, of course, in the minds of clueless SFB PHBs.

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Android, Steve Jobs, and Apple's '90%' tablet share

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Happy

Uses for an iPad or other tablet...

Commuting - excellent for catching up with your email, diary, browsing the intarwebs, listening to music or podcast, reading a book, whilst sitting or standing on a train/bus/plane.

Reading in bed. Excellent device that doesn't need the light on (thus not disturbing my partner). Also listening to the iPlayer, podcasts, etc. (much better sound quality from the built-in speaker than an iPhone). The screen's much bigger than a phone, so it's easier to read without my glasses.

Lightweight browsing in front of the telly, in the kitchen, on the bog...

Excellent mapping applications for use as a GPS substitute in a car.

Excellent charting applications when sailing (a tenth of the price of normal charts).

Playing the odd game - nothing like flinging a few birds at pigs.

In short it's an excellent consumer of information that's an excellent form factor - no keyboard, instant on, portrait format screen, etc.

It's not as good as the normal laptop/desktop when using it for serious browsing, development, writing, drawing.... All the sorts of things you'd use your ultra-portable for (but not in portrait format).

I'm absolutely delighted with my iPad and use it daily ever since I got it last May.

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Microsoft struck by HTML5 commitment phobia

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IE9

Just to point out that IE9 doesn't run on any operating systems I have, e.g. I don't have Vista or Vista II. I do have a Mac with XP VMs (Vista/Vista II takes up too much disc space, circa 15Gb, in comparison with XP's 'svelte' 3Gb).

Despite everything they say, Vista II isn't nearly as widely implemented in the real world.

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WTF?

Not on my Mac it's not

Who needs another Flash for more pointless animations and bloody adverts?

Meh

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Apple to dominate tablet biz through 2015

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Where on earth is Microsoft?

This is getting really odd; where on earth is Microsoft in this game? Even Ballmer must realise that every tablet sold is another nail in the "Windows everywhere" strategy -- it's only a small step to move iOS and Android into 'netbook' formats with traditional keyboard and mouse and the end of Windows is nigh for most low-end users. Sure, there'll always be a market for high-end computers for 'power users', but most people don't fall into this category.

It's like Microsoft have just given up.

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Fukushima fearmongers are stealing our Jetsons future

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WTF?

Horses are bloody dangerous

We couldn't possibly use horses as they're dangerous and unpredictable creatures.

We'd have to walk everywhere. Ah, but no running as children get hurt. Actually walking is dangerous - people die walking; no ambulances, so they'd have to walk to hospital. Fleck, no hospitals either as this uses technology to build the place. Argh, no food to feed the 6billion. You bastards, you mean we'd have to turn to cannibalism and eat the 5billion superfluous people. All because we have to think of the 15 children?

Why can't greenies think through the consequences of their beliefs? On the face of it there's little difference between environmentalism and religious beliefs in some deity or other - "greenimentalists"?

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Pre-release Windows 8 code hits PC makers

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Coffee/keyboard

Roll up, roll up, free phone with every app

>The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace was reported on Wednesday to have hit the 12,000 mark

So that's one app per phone sold? Only another 300,000 to go to match the iPhone/Android app stores!

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Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

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Happy

Or an etch-a-sketch

http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-04-03/

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Microsoft+IE9: Holier than Apple open web convert?

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Go

But where's the vision?

Seems like Microsoft's biggest enemy is itself. Sort of reminiscent of British Leyland with it's competing divisions.

Still, credit where it's due; it's a big step out of proprietary 'standards' into open standards. Especially as it effectively means the end of the desktop as we know it: Android, iOS, ChromeOS, WebOS, etc, etc.

If only there was a way to magically clean up Microsoft's mess of formerly 'great' browsers. We'll be cleaning up that legacy for years - good news for web developers who earn a good living from polishing the Microsoft turd.

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Microsoft releases IE9 for chip happy Windows world

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Wide of the mark

Talk about wide of the mark; Microsoft are concentrating on a minor feature only of interest to 'games' and advertisers, neither are of interest in the real world.

What's needed is a browser where the laggard corporate community upgrade en-masse. No support for XP and reliance on 'exotic' graphics hardware (not available in low-end corporate machines) consigns IE9 to home users only. So the train wreck that is Microsoft's web development strategy continues.

What a crock.

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Apple MacBook Pro 15in

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Happy

Like for like, Apple's good value for money

Expensive compared with what? A top-end Viao F series is (Sony's site is so damn slow it's timed out) - maybe it knows I'm just comparing prices. What a crap website.

Looking at other websites, there's no like-for-like comparison, e.g. with an equivalent processor, hard disc, memory, GPU, etc. From past experience their top-end machines cost as much if not more than Apple's machines and they're made from plastic and run "windows".

Checking Dell's website (that works although is very noisy) a "Precision M4500" specced up with an inferior 2.13GHz I7, etc. came to £2230. This is plastic and runs "windows".

Checking on the Apple website (it works and is fast - Sony take note), even when speccing up the machine to the max (8Gb, 2.3 quad-core I7, high-res screen) it's less than £2300. Perfectly reasonable price for a professional -- my plumber spends more than that on tools in his van.

BTW, speccing the Macbook with the slower 2.2GHz processor reduced the cost to under £2100, e.g. better performance for much less than the Dell.

From my own experience, Apple laptops are very much designed as workhorse machines.

The Viaos I've had in the past have really shown their age after a short amount of time as the plastic wears away and it cracks and creaks. IMO Dells are fugly, fully living up to their corporate drone persona, yuck.

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Wibble
Boffin

Remap the keys

There's a script on the web to remap the @ and ". Once installed you never need to touch it (hence I can't remember its name!).

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Adobe releases Wallaby to jump Jobsian Flash ban

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Praise be for AdBlock

> currently only converts typical banner ads to HTML5

Blocking flash is only one thing that's needed. Blocking adverts is essential. If they up the ante, then blocking all JavaScript comes next.

Animated adverts are probably the most loathsome aspect of the intarwebs.

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Dixons Advent Vega

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Why widescreen?

As it's widescreen, it's now too damn narrow for portrait usage.

All designs are a compromise. Obviously this compromises on day-to-day usability for watching films.

Meh.

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Legally binding e-documents: Germany pushes secure email option

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Boffin

I'll have the ring and watch please...

X400 failed, or at least it declined, primarily because of the excruciating prices charged by the providers. This rate depended on the destination (just like snail mail) and the size of the content. 50c per kB wasn't uncommon, although it was cheaper in bulk -- a few cents per kB.

(I once found an application that pinged a keep alive message via X400 every 5 mins - cost the company $30,000 in a couple of months!)

That and X400's committee-designed email addresses of bewildering complexity.

Choose between that and the basically free Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, it was hardly suprising X400 went the way of the Dodo.

This does sound like son of X400.

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Microsoft tablet OS to see light of day in 'autumn 2012'

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Alert

@Cheesy

There's more to an operating system than the kernel and drivers. The API for instance. And security - which in the case of phone-style devices is a hugely significant issue. Sure, it's possible to create a new shell, but that too is only a little part of the overall challenge. Then there's all the tools, applications, software distribution, DRM... If it were that easy MS would have done it.

One of the reasons (as far as I'm concerned) that Apple don't do 'full' multitasking is that the more work that's done, the more power that's drawn. Allowing unfettered access to the full multitasking functionality of a full-size OS such as Windows (or MacOS for that matter) is asking for trouble.

Most developers are rather average and very selfish. Whilst you may be capable, most aren't. Even if most developers are capable, the fact that *some* can screw it up for the others is a good enough reason to question the OS architecture that allows them to create poor code in the first place.

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Even longer

There was a tablet version of Windows 3.1 in about 1993. Having used one on a long train journey, I quickly realised then that a pen input device was completely inadequate. The user interface then was also poor for exactly the same reason that tablets failed in the early 2000's.

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Tablet OS != Desktop OS

A tablet operating system needs to work with touch screens using big fingers. It also must eek out battery life to beyond a day. Windows 7 - or any 'desktop' OS for that matter - is optimised for mouse input and consumes lots of power.

Even an infinite amount of bluster from Balmer can't change the laws of physics. Microsoft will have to create two completely different operating systems. They may be branded Windows 8, but they will be different in every way.

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Microsoft rallies IE6 death squads

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What about IE7. And IE8...

IE6 is a horrid, bug-ridden piece of junk. Always has been and was exacerbated by Microsoft's refusal to fix it.

Then came IE7. Basically the same browser but with a new frock. Still as bug-ridden, still as unreliable and it too needs to be consigned to /dev/null.

Then there's IE8. Better, benefiting from a big update to the underlying Trident engine, but it doesn't support the later web standards -- try the ACID3 tests for a laugh (acid3.acidtests.org - scores 20/100). This too needs to be pensioned off as it's lack of support for the HTML5/CSS3 standards is holding back the web.

What's left. Oh, the beta of IE9. Given that all the other browsers have severe limitations (that's being kind), it doesn't inspire confidence in Microsoft's development abilities.

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Boffin

IE8 (in)compatibility mode

IE8 (and IE9 for that matter) support a meta tag which you insert into the page to push the browser into incompatibility mode.

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />

This forces the browser to support all the bugs of IE7 -- countless broken box models, incorrect width calculations, collapsing margins, floating bugs...

The problem is that the underlying web applications are broken. All web development should be done on 'proper' browsers (Firefox, Chrome, etc.) with testing done in IE. Retro-fixing these applications will cost the proverbial arm and leg. Hence the incompatibility mode being quite attractive as you should be able to modify the pages to add this tag.

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Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2

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WTF?

Apple failing?!?

Just run that past us again please - we missed your point...

Oh, you mean Microsoft are failing as they don't have products that people want and their brand is waaayyyy from kewel.

You can't be talking about Apple; the iPad created the tablet market: prior to which there was no such market sector (don't even think about mentioning the Windos keyboardless PC things that have no battery life, aren't optimised for tactile manipulation, are heavy, look revolting and are totally undesirable). Apple can't make enough of the iPads to satisfy worldwide demand.

They've produced a solid update in the iPad 2 which doesn't alienate the iPad 1 owners whilst making it an improvement on existing tech. Not a bad achievement really.

What exactly was your augment? For the evidence doesn't seem to support your assertions.

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Questions, questions...

And what exactly has that got to do with the price of tea in China?

It's clearly not a problem for the 15+ million purchasers of the iPad thus far. Certainly never been an issue for me.

Actually I wouldn't want a wide screen display as this means that it's less useful in portrait mode -- by far the most common orientation for reading, emailing and browsing. In fact of the hundreds of hours of use I've put my iPad, I think I've probably watched less than 10 hours of films/vids.

OLED's still not practical for this size of screen and very expensive (you'd whinge at that too). With 64Mb, there's plenty of space and synching with my main machine isn't at all onerous.

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Coffee/keyboard

What's Flash?

Oh, the thing one blocks for adverts, spam, pointless animations and no battery life.

Flash - life is better without it. Steve said so:-)

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Wibble
Happy

Using my iPad

Sitting on a train writing this

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Fujitsu relieves Ballmer's iPad pressure

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WTF?

WTF?

> "executive-class" machine that's "designed for the high-security requirements of mobile enterprise computing."

If an "executive" doesn't know the difference between an "iPad" style machine and a "laptop" then they wouldn't know the difference between a 'Slate' and an Etch-a-Sketch.

Tablets are very different from laptops, not least the finger-friendly input and single-tasking user interface. Anyone who's attempted to use an iPad for writing a document or creating a presentation would know this.

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Microsoft's IE slipping into Chrome release cycle?

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Microsoft are always slow

The biggest problem with Microsoft browsers has always been their damnable intransigence to seldom update and fix bugs.

It's clear they're still slow in upgrading which doesn't bode well for the unfortunate web development community at always has to clear up their mess.

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EU agency calls for clear consent on indelible and zombie cookies

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Boffin

@Jim 'troll' Morrow

Cookies aren't evil; they're a necessary workaround to the limitations of HTTP. It's possible to code around using cookies in some circumstances, e.g. RESTful URLs, but this doesn't always work and can be a significant security risk.

There's two types of cookies: session and persistant. Session cookies only last as long as the browsers left open and are generally vital for any application that stores state, e.g. Logon. Session cookies are really important for most modern applications.

Persistant cookies are the ones that get misused buy the advertising community. These hang around for ages - years- and allow advertisers to re-connect your browsing history on the site.

Browser manufacturers should have a setting that limits the maximum age of a persistent cookie to, say, 7 days.

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After Black Friday, Nokia acts to halt share slide

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Money to burn?

> I'll pick up a few Nokia shares

Yep, they'll be dirt cheap and will continue to fall.

What an odd and risky strategy for a CEO: wiping out any added value in a stroke and reducing a venerable company to a box shifter.

Wonder what the next shareholder meeting will be like -- odds are that Elop will be out on his arse.

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Roberts Stream 63i

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Boffin

Living with it is a different matter

I've used Roberts kit for years and there's always problems. The predecessor unit I have in the bedroom is quirky to say the least.

The touch front panel doesn't work; one needs to use the remote to control it. The screen is too bright but when dimmed to minimum can't be read in the dark as there's insufficient contrast. Blue is the wrong colour; red would be better at night. The snooze control works on all functions; adjust the volume and it switches off. The remote control's UI is unintuitive and needs to be learned. IPhones interfere with loud clicks & bangs. The radio alarm doesn't specify the channel; go to sleep listening to Radio3 and go through the channel changing rigmarole (snooze, etc.) to change to Radio4 in the morning. It's a bit unreliable and needs occasional rebooting (disconnecting) to reset.

In short lots of niggles.

On the good side, it's a brilliant high quality sound that belies it's size. Much much much better than anything else on the market. It looks great. It's solidly built. The functionality is great.

Would I buy another? Without hesitation as he positives far outweigh the negatives. But it still doesn't excuse the considerable annoyances.

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Enough with the Apple App Store apathy

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Pint

Open sourcers = amateurs

Is open source better? Not necessarily as closed sourced software is, by definition, developed by professionals trying to scratch a living out of the success of their toils. Open sourcers are working ostensibly for fun.

Real innovation occurs when your life depends upon it. Hence 300k+ iOS apps.

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