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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Shooting X makes sense to the Win Borg.

Today M$ celebrates ridding the world of one more Android competitor while retaining all the R&D and patents they wanted. Now they just need to buy up and kill Motorola, HTC, Sony and all the other little league Androids to make it a 3 horse race properly. Apple, Samsung, Microsoft choose your masques.

Meanwhile the Moto G 4G continues to frustrate their budget ambitions.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Chaosium over TSR any day.

I played a lot of RPGs, the system I liked best was Chaosium's Runequest, used in many other iterations: Call of Cthuhlu, Stormbringer etc.

Gumshoe, the original game was an awesome concept but not enough people play. Shame.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Go NADs indeed.

I attached my Mac Pro 3,1 to my ancient NAD 3020e via an optical cable and an ARCAM rDAC.

The Rogers LS2a speakers (also venerable) sound fantastic fed this way and I will happily pass the speakers and amp to the next generation when I'm too deaf to enjoy them.

Tell me about this sound bar malarky again, none of them I've heard are a patch on the £250 worth of ebay audio amp & speaker combo above.

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Apple OS X Yosemite 4 TIMES more popular than Mavericks

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Mavericks doesn't need love.

Running Snowy, Mounty and Mavy on 3 different machines, they all do what is needed and run very nicely but Mavericks is the least inspiring of the 3 to use. No noticeable improvements over ML and both had Rosetta removed so Snowy is the winner for backwards compatibility. Why bovver I thought.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Folders in a UI who'da thunk it?

I think the first folder I created on a workbench was in AmigaOS on a 500 about 1988, or maybe an Atari ST, can't remember...

Since then I kinda took it for granted that any Folder based UI would have creatable folders in it.... like all of them.

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: So how does this connect ...

GE's Minigun is for pussies, Goalkeeper is the real deal for swatting undesirables from your personal airspace:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goalkeeper_CIWS

The GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm Gatling gun, as used by the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, was selected for the system. The 30 mm round has a greater mass than the M61 Vulcan used in the Phalanx CIWS, so it provides much greater destructive power with similar muzzle velocity and range.

The system's reaction time to a Mach 2 sea-skimming missile such as the Russian SS-N-22 Sunburn from automatic detection to kill is reported to be 5.5 seconds with the firing synchronized to start the engagement at a range of 1,500 m and ending with a kill at 300 m.

Them Cloggies know the score when it comes to lead curtains.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Hmm Solar Bag.

Sod festivals, that bag is going on my back as my Ninja's new bikelock holder. The No Fear one I have worn to death over 12 years has had it and can't charge my tat either.

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: compete with Apple's Siri and Google Now

"why do MS insist on having location turned on for even the most trivial tasks?"

Maybe they think Winphone and Surface owners are so special they have to know where you are at all times. I think we may have to spell special another way here.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

Colin Ritchie
Windows

2 USB ports?

If you wander over to sites with a rear view of the Alpha you will find another 4 USB on the back.

Not as useful as front mounted ones granted.

Having looked at an X51 and its paltry 330w PSU trying to drive an i5 and a GTX660 (it runs dry eventually) I wouldn't recommend a Dellienware to anyone. How the mighty fall.

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Dell bulks up its low end with tablet and convertible updates

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Too many TLAs

Europe, the Middle East and Africa, usually abbreviated as EMEA.

APJ? No idea... Australia, Pacific and Japan possibly?

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Mobile workstation?

Until they fix the Quadro drivers I will refer to it as the Fat Laptop with the Dodgy Screen.

Shame cos the Z1 workstation looks fantastic compared but is deskbound.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Hard to know what to buy

Sennheiser PX-100 foldaway headphones are about £40 and sound great, Grados SR60i headphones are even better but about £100 a pop. Pays yer money takes yer choice, I use both.

http://www.whathifi.com/review/sennheiser-px100-ii

http://www.whathifi.com/review/grado-sr60i

I didn't down vote anyone btw.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Pono Player

I think the Moto 4G will fix that for ≠Spartacus:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/moto-g-4g-vs-moto-g.

The article is not wrong in the 40 years of Audio Stagnation, my NAD 3020 amp and Rogers LS2a speakers still sound as good now as they did when built... about 40 years ago. The upside of this is good hi-fi is about £100 a lump on ebay and easy to use. Apple make nice looking stuff and their top end kit is found in recording studios often, buying up another music industry playa's business is probably just consolidation of the M$ of music rep it wants.

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The weird and wonderful mind of H.R Giger is no more

Colin Ritchie
Windows

RIP

The term visionary is often overused, except in the case of Herr Giger. Nuff said.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Good job they don't charge for Customer Care too.

We have plenty of Dell laptops and desktops at work and they all work to a given level of performance. Slow, generally flaky and frustratingly old at times they do deliver a service for a very low price.

The real weak point in Dell's arsenal seems to be attempting to buy anything off them in the first place or trying to get anything fixed afterwards. Fortunately our IT Dept is extremely good at fixing stuff back up without Dell's help.

If you peruse all the customer reviews of recent Dell and Alienware products you will find a solid percentage of punters with a gripe on either or both subjects. Machines sent out DOA, with the wrong spec or an annoying flaw/incompatibility previously not mentioned and the huge amount of amusement caused by Customer Care trying to rectify the cock up.

Fair play to Dell for keeping the bad ones displayed along with the fawning and drooling reviews, but they do stack them up in number of stars order so all the crappy reviews are at the back of the list.

Go read then consider if cheap is worth it.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

Colin Ritchie
Windows

£90 for an En-gerr-land shirt?

Seems a bit steep, they could get a bellend tattooed on their forehead for half that much I'm sure. Wouldn't need upgrading next World Cup either...

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

No need to imagine.

I bought a 60GB iPod Photo which lasted 7 years on 2 replacement batteries, no screens and no clickwheels needed, PC World replaced it with a 160GB iPod Classic under warranty when the hard drive finally went senile. £2 a month insurance ftw!

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: class action lawsuit

That legal spat is 10 years old, back then I was replacing iPod batteries myself with a £15 kit from eBay (fresh battery included), far cheaper than fighting a megacorp in court.

Today Apple offer a battery replacement service by giving you a new or refurbished iThing for a modest fee. Apple now control the disposal of your old device this way. How many landfill Android devices have the same service on offer? Not something to be very smug about at all.

http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=servicefaq&geo=United_Kingdom&product=ipod&select=BATTERY_REPLACEMENT

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Apple want you to buy AppleCare.

I have owned 3 iMacs and 1 Mac Pro, my GF's son has had 2 MacBook Pros and we have had 4 iPods between us. When the iMacs were easy to open and fix myself that is exactly what I did, the Mac Pro was the same, no need for a 3 year warranty. The MacBooks were the opposite in approach. AppleCare for both of them, and well worth the money as it proved. A knackered logic board after 2 and a half years would have been £750 to repair but the warranty meant free. The iPods have died from drops and old age, warranties meant we only paid for the original pod not the replacement.

This is how Apple want it and if that is what you want then buy the iThing. When the desktop range went sealed unit too I built a Hackintosh instead.

If you don't, you know what to do. Samsung and Lenovo will happily take your money too.

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Haunted Empire calls Apple 'a cult built around a dead man.' Tim Cook calls it 'nonsense'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Who are you calling a cult?

As a Tech agnostic with a home built Hackintosh I claim neutrality on the subject of Apple's influence on the industry. I like OS X but have no wish to donate excessive funds to the cause. As for iOS my phone is Android and augmented by an iPod touch for media use.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Who are you calling a cult?

When Steve Jobs was directing Apple's future from the brink of financial and market share obscurity Apple could have been considered a cult. Secretive, expensive, rarely seen in public and with a tiny user base outside specific industries (Video and Audio, 3D CAD etc.) Apple was effectively a cult.

Today they are a colossal business with wealth, popularity of product and high profile in a burgeoning tech market. Jobs is gone and Apple will develop along a different line because of this, their market is established and they are raking the benefits, the cult is over, now it is a mainstream religion.

The fact that some pundit can write a name calling rant and publish it with such high visibility just shows how mainstream this market is.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: "encourages stealing from others."

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/permission-sampled-music-sample-clearance-30165.html

The BBs sampled anyone they could reach, the nature of Hip Hop is to canabalise any other music to make a fresh new sound, ripping off another artist's work without permission is very likely to attract legal attention.

Weird Al Yankovic always asks permission before recording and distributing parody versions of other artist's work. He has never released any of his Prince parodies because Prince refused to let him.

If you respect an artist you should act the same way. Lack of respect leads to litigation.

Go ask the Justified Ancients of Mumu who had to burn the entire stock of their first album 1987 just because ABBA took exception to their baby voice synth version of Dancing Queen, used without permission.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

I can't stand it, I know ya planned it.

The Beasties will always have a place in my heart for making Rap an acceptable occupation for grumpy old white guys. Any adman messing with their legacy gets what he deserves.

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Crap turnover, sucky margins: TV is a 'terrible business' – Steve Jobs

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Pay for a telly? Soooo 1990s.

My last 2 TVs have been free cast offs, a 36" CRT the size of a fridge and a 42" Toshiba LCD which was deemed "too small" by its owner and replaced with a 50" plasma. Previous to that a tiny Sony Trinitron lasted 20 years thanks to several cheap repair jobs.

Apple's MO doesn't fit a market filled with sub £300 flatscreen units that last at least 5 years on average and can come with Internet channels, on demand and recording hard drives pre built in.

Bang & Olufsen buyers would be Apple's target market and it is tiny.

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Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates

Colin Ritchie
Headmaster

Re: Has Bill gone senile?

I think you mean kowtowing not towing a cow, but I can see how this could be confused when M$ is involved.

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Apple flops out latest OS X Mavericks beta, hopes sound+graphics sorted

Colin Ritchie

Dodging Mavericks till 10.10 arrives.

My Mac Pro 3,1 is staying on Snow Leopard so it can still use my massive library of Rosetta enabled legacy software, my Hackintosh is staying on Mountain Lion until Mavericks is all fixed and abandoned for the next iteration.

As the Dutch say, "The early bird is for the cat.".

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

Colin Ritchie
Windows

They demanded I change my password then wouldn't let me.....

I received a phishing attack on my BTmail account claiming that it was about to be suspended. Contacting BT about it, I was instructed to change my password, trying to do so I was bounced by the system because it thought I had already been compromised.

20 minutes on the phone to India got that fixed and I managed to remind them about the £50 voucher they had forgotten to send me when I signed up for Infinity.

Guilty consciences must have kicked in cos the voucher arrived today.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

Colin Ritchie
Windows

People still buy Dell?

Desperate times at Dell towers when they have to try and wring another sixteen bucks out of idiots too dumb to install their own browser of choice. Hope they have a better plan in the pipeline...

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

The future of cheap labour, just how the Tories want it.

Victorian values prompted hard labour sentences which replaced the workhouse tradition in the 19th century. Looking at the US penal system the list of private companies using cheap prison labour is impressive: http://www1.american.edu/ted/jail.htm

Check it out, the Tories would love our private sector to help pay for prisoner upkeep.

Just as well they destroyed heavy industry before they decided to use Lag labour on mass.

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X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

Colin Ritchie
Windows

We have austerity sunlight here in the UK, Australia has full fat sunlight by comparison.

I asked a digger why Australia measures temperature in the shade, he said "Cos the bleedin' thermometers explode if left in direct sunlight.".

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

Colin Ritchie

Smithers! Release the Blob!

Hope they get the port they want, Steam could use it.

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We nearly MISSED OUT on iOS7 redesign: But someone snatched Jony Ive from the jaws of quit

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Bond Bug was an Ogle design too.

Following the purchase of Bond Cars Ltd., Reliant commissioned Tom Karen of Ogle Design to design a fun car.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BondBug700ES.jpg

Bikers of the North would have loved to roll these in winter too I guess.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Warning: Uncensored Link

Google are merely extending the original version by adding Glass to the range of selfish things we can do to each other, sing it Dennis: http://youtu.be/UrgpZ0fUixs

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Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

Colin Ritchie
Pint

Adventure Game was mint.

I remember watching Mac beat the game, sorry for his passing.

"gnoballib a yb depmac namgaws ylloj a ecnO"

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SCREW IT, says Motorola: Moto G mobe goes on sale two months EARLY

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Fixed that for you.

Take that Lumia 620.

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'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Charge, charge, charge: the Rhino school of management.

Charge for Windows 8 which PC makers and their customers don't want on their non touch desktops.

Charge an annual subscription for the only serious product they have left Office 365.

Charge over the odds for low spec PC hardware dressed up as a next gen console.

Was that what his parting shot meant?

Hope they don't find a replacement who is sensible and boring like BG, they just might do what they intended instead....

Bye bye Monkey Boy life won't be nearly as amusing once you are gone.

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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: That's especially true if Microsoft is the company with the button.

When M$ was trying to sell Vista they released SP3 for XP. A friend of mine updated his XP box and suddenly his network connection to his Xbox and NAS stopped. M$ advised him that upgrading to Vista would solve this.

When Win 8.0 was dying on the shelves M$ released a patch for Win 7 which bugged 3rd party security suites and caused havoc for some folks. The M$ strategy for upselling products folks don't want is ignorance and fear.

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Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Sophisticated zero-day in-memory payload flaw ..

It is a reflexive verb, my program has a bug in it, your program has a flaw, their program is a car crash.

Been watching the slow motion car crash of IE from Firefox for over a decade. Have to thank M$ for ending IE at v4.5 on my OS.

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EYE-GASMIC: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display

Colin Ritchie
Windows

If upgradable tech is wrong I don't want to be right.

Got my mum a 13" MBP with non retina screen, she loves it; took me 5 mins and £36 to up its RAM to 8 GB, I will sling in a SSD when the HDD wears out. Tell me about this glued in battery and soldered on RAM again, I'm still not grokking it.

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PC market bombs in Blighty as Gartner tracks plummeting shipments

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Words from a Profit.

My employer recently offered a tech purchasing scheme with NI discount and repayments through salary over 3 years. The mass of orders generated were for iMacs,Tablets and Laptops. Mostly Apple kit but also many Galaxy Tabs. Folks who wouldn't have even considered giving their kids iPads for Crimble are now paying for several without even noticing. Vendors need to use enticement and easy terms to get anywhere now.

Previously technophobic staff who wouldn't pay £400 for a laptop are spending £1500 without blinking.

So speaketh the profit!

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Keep taking the tablets?

The very idea of folk touching a 27" IPS with their grubby little digits makes me come over all Sheldon.

Set phasers to Righteous Indignation!

I abandoned iMac format Macs in 2008 when I calculated I would have to replace with a newer model every 3-4 years due to the lack of upgrades. 2013 I am still using the 2008 Mac Pro octo 2.8 I bought with all the upgraded bits in it running very smoothly.

I added an i7 Hackintosh to my arsenal this year but both machines are used equally tbh.

The Macinnacan Pro out next will knacker upgrading anything Apple made when it is released. :(

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Hey it looks like a gaming PC not a console.... Funny that.

Steam is already built around the Intel & Nvidia PC hardware used by so many Windows users playing Valve's games. I don't think Valve want to make a console they just want all those existing gaming PCs to get their Linux distro installed on them so they can sell their market games without giving M$ the cut they want.

If I was Valve I'd do that, the hardware model is already sitting on their customer's desks. They don't need to buy another device they just need to slip in another drive partition.

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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: M$ would never extort money out of other businesses in this way.

1) Nope not claiming that, I'm saying that both companies are using antiquated patent laws to extract revenue from their competitors in a manner that makes both of them appear to be Patent Troll megacorps.

2) The amount of money paid out is kinda moot (arbitrary sums at best), the ethics of such behavior is the question. They both play this game to their own advantage and therefore are basically the same. Sell 500 million Xboxes? Yeah, they would love to wouldn't they. Then M$ wouldn't have to buy up the rights to license Nokia's patents for the next 10 years to help ensure future prosperity.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

M$ would never extort money out of other businesses in this way.

No... wait... Microsoft is estimated to collect somewhere near $8 in royalties per Android device, however, meaning its royalty fees could total $3.4 billion in 2013.

From now on I will be referring to M$ as Pot and Google as Kettle.

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The only thing holding Dell back is ... er, Mickey D himself

Colin Ritchie
Windows

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders,"

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Second-gen Surface and Surface Pro rumored to be minor upgrades

Colin Ritchie
Windows

But NO, Redmond hasn't given up on Windows RT

Shame cos everyone else & dog has.

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Hang on lads, I've got an idea.....

Maybe they could call this new venture and any new handsets MSN... no, wait...

+1 for the Patent Troll Division. I see profitability for many years to come, gouging fees from the competition, outsourcing all the hard work, developing, manufacturing and selling the hardware to the already dominant players in a market M$ still hasn't made significant headway in.

At least Mexico loves you Steve!

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Be a yes man instead.

When I receive a cold call I just answer every question with "Yes". Initially the sales twat gets quite animated at the sound of all these affirmative responses but when you state that your name or bank account details are "Yes" as well they begin to realise they are wasting their own time too.

"Are you answering yes to all my questions?"

"Yes!"

Hangs up....

If we all did it, all day, everyday, they might get just the message.

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Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Burn baby burn

In 2005 I was playing WoW on a G5 iMac, the IBM CPU would hit 90 degrees and keep the room lovely and warm on a long winter's night in Molten Core. The twin fans sounded like a remote control aircraft was flying round the room and my nickname on coms was Squadron Leader...

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Jump you suckers!

Is this the last Monkey Boy edict to M$'s pet phone firm? Full steam ahead and damn the Android torpedoes!

The turd polishing competition is certainly hotting up.

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