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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Re: The Longest Yard

Yep, Burt was the quarterback.....this was re-made as Mean Machine in an British setting with Vinnie Jones in Burt's role forming a team of prisoners to take on the guard's football team.

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Sad news

Really liked the way he played the role in both films and his conversion from the dark side was nicely scripted.

All in all it was a good role to get your teeth into

Yes...I've gone now

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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Re: Is the default for apps to want everything?

Had the same experience with a spirit-level app. I would say that while some of this may be malicious, the vast majority is going to be down to incompetence and an inability to write minimalist code as in the old Windows Xp days when every game needed Admin level access to run.

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Welcome your new digital.. commissioners? Likely pair could fill Steelie Neelie's shoes

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Wow...generate HOW MUCH?

I just love how they come up with these figures and expect people to actually believe them. So a single Digital market will generate €250billion will it? Where from and what will it have to replace and how much will that cost?

I could see it having a value in that ballpark but this would not be new money, just existing value re-assigned.

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Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

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OK, I'll bite (and may get flamed for this)

If there are no default passwords, how does it get automatic updates? Surely any process to allow them is a potential hole?

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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Am I missing the point here?

How far away from a 55" screen do you need to sit to take it all in without moving your head?

Oh yes, and how many modern houses have a room big enough to even get that monster in, never mind sitting far enough from it to watch.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Re: Remembering the bloke who was Admin for the PDP11...

I got severely chastised for setting passwords to 'Changed'

Seems users didn't know what I meant when I said "Your password is Changed"....maybe it lost something in translation

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Ah but..

Does this kill off my most hated MITM vector also known as 'Verified by Visa'?

That is such a secure model that as long as you know some basic trivia about a person you can reset the password. I no longer bother trying to remember it and do my best to avoid sites that inflict it on me.

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Re: Breach or not?

How true, perhaps a more penetrating question in these situations would be..

'Does your default security system prevent brute-force style attacks?'

We all know that no security model is perfect but as many commentors abovce have said, there is an assumption from the public that you have a limited number of guesses since they see that on their bank cards etc etc etc.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Prior art?

So did they steal the idea from MassEffect with it's same-sex/different race seduction naughtiness possibility which caused a handbags at dawn moment in Singapore?

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LOHAN gets laughing gear round promotional mug

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Complaints

That's what I see here, nothing but complaints...

I for one am overjoyed to see the offerings and I would be willing to pay double, nay treble the cost to support such a well-meaning body.

Oh, not actually got any prices yet. Must have fallen into a Python moment there, apologies all

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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The USCO say what?

Just wondering what relevance the US Copyright Office have here as the photographer is not a US citizen and the photograph in question was not taken in the US...

Are they trying to jump on the Google Book Scan bandwagon?

If the US want to declare that you have to be able to prove a human took the photo in the US then that is their problem, I would say in response to @Joylon above though that this means your meat tripod DOES own the copyright.

Meanwhile. in the real world we can still continue using common sense (although it is getting less common by the day).

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US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale

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Damned good thinking but it is probably a result of the early auctions where spectrum went for stupid money that I struggle to believe the companies could recover. All governments now see big pound/dollar signs in their time in office obscuring the option of, as you suggest, leasing it which means the other mob may get some benefit from it when you get kicked out of office.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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Re: Let them feel

I think you forgot to add the Joke icon....

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Marvell: NO WAY should we have to pay jumbo $1.54bn patent judgment

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USPTO liability?

Is there anything in the rules under which the USPTO is governed/runs to exempt them from liabiity when they issue these patents which can be shown to ignore a library of prior-art?

It would be interesting to see if the lawyers could be set on the USPTO instead to try to make them do the job they are supposed to do. Plus that would keep the lawyers too busy to interfere in real life.

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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Whatever the final name,

just keep taking the Tree/Air Boundary Location/Evasion Tactics

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Eargasm...

Old-time civilian pilot defending his beloved Britannia against the upstart Tristar...

"which would you rather have...four screws or three blow-jobs?"

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Digital dongle transforms European XBOXen into tellies

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More to the point....you are connecting all the sources to a single display system?

This may work great in your minimalist loft-style apartment bachelor pad but as soon as you get a life (and at least one more person living in the property) the conflicts start where one wants to play on the XBox (other games consoles are available), one wants to watch the football on Sky (yada yada) and a third has bought that film that everyone wanted to watch but couldn't be arsed to pay out to watch in the cinema.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: I'm wainting with baited breath...

Indeed. Even the populist science gurus in Mythbusters work to fairly strict standards and if they get an answer they don't expect they look to see why. They are peer-reviewed (viewer responses) and have re-visited with different test methods to verify their results. Even then they are not always willing to label an experiment as passed or failed and leave it in the middle ground.

From the News Site viewpoint though they need viewers and that often requires click-bait headlines.

El Reg is exempt that accusation though as everyone knows they would never tease with a headline (or sub-head I hear)*.

*OK, I made that bit up.

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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

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Re: Arrrrr

@Gordon 11 and @Anonymous Coward

Actually the wording is such that it does not require you to own the original. We are heading to the same state that exists in Switzerland (and I think Portugal) where copying of copyright material for personal use is permitted regardless of the source and yes, The Pirate Bay is accessible in Switzerland.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Immortalised in....

Just bought a bag of tungsten-tip screws: never gonna use 'em, Lyn, never gonna use 'em.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Alternatively....

If a third of the CO2 has been released and there was no significant change in temperature then does that not suggest that CO2 actually PREVENTS global warming?

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Apple stops caring about Samsung kit everyone else stopped caring about years ago

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Re: Apple,

I tried going to specsavers but couldn't read the signs so went home instead

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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But they cannot set a harsh penalty

Otherwise some smartarse will use that against media companies (such as BBC and chums) who quite happily steal content from the web to plump up their sites scraping off any inconvenient marks of ownership along the way. They could hit the four strikes in seconds...daily.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Confused

So is that a simplified version of the website or a website for simplified people

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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My 2p

I have to wonder if the people who 'could' be good TV drama/comedy writers are being blocked by comparison with the programs on endless loop from the 70's and such. There have been some good series more recently but in some cases there is a clear understanding that these series have a natural lifespan before they drag down the good start point while in others they are a little 'edgy' which makes suits uncomfortable especially if something happens in real life which could be taken as a parallel. Examples of 'live' stuff I am watching which stand up well are Bluestone 42 (totally not PC so may struggle to keep going) and Death in Paradise (already on a new lead actor in series 3).

There are good nuggets out there but the sheer volume of competition keeps them niche.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Only Lab-based tests?

Not when Mythbusters went about it. They have compared Drunk driving, Mobile use (with and without hands-free) and tired driving. None of them compared well with the 'normal' state of the drivers.

You may not feel that they used a sufficiently large sample size but the differences they recorded were big enough for each driver to be relevant and possibly a lot more relevant than stats which start by removing lots data to eliminate 'other' factors. You say that even if most ignore a ban at least some will observe it but could those be the same people that were careful before the ban and did not have accidents whilst on the phone?

Gets us into the territory where they list the cause of an accident as 'Speed'...this is simplification of cause for ease of collation. Speed is the cause of every automotive accident as without it no two object can come into contact with each other (although technically 0 is also a speed). The critical word missing is 'inappropriate'. Go at 60 round a bend marked at 30 and the likelihood is you will have an unintended occurence, travel at 90 on an empty dry well-lit motorway way and your are much less likely. Use your mobile phone in the midst of rush-hour traffic to get directions when you are lost and it is when, not if, you will hit something. Do the same on that aforementioned motorway and the reduction of attention on your actual driving is not so relevant.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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and this is why...

I always regretted not learning Latin. Bad enough that I couldn't understand some of the jokes in the Astrix books but now I can't understand my favourite Tech-site.....

I would add though that the clip from Life of Brian in the Sub-head was a real obstacle on my German A1 classes when trying to decline verbs

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: iOS is worse!

I would be careful with your degree of smugness.....I too like BB10 but when I wanted a spirit level and thought 'there must be an app for that' I found the first three all wanted access to my contacts and the Internet???????

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Microsoft: OK, Office 365 sellers – you can be customers' 'first contact'

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So, handing over some control...

Must be about to announce the replacement products then leaving the channel partners to handle encouraging 'their' customers to migrate.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

There was a reviewer many years ago (Dragon type era?) who defined the problem with voice input perfectly.

At some point there will be an amusing misinterpretation of what you have been saying and your voice will change slightly because of the incipient smile which means there are more misinterpretations until it reaches the point where it is laughter in and garbage out.

A secondary problem is that in order for the computer to have a chance at working out what you are really asking (in type you can see the difference between two, to and too but they have the same sound) you require the person speaking to roboticize themselves.

This is a project much easier to describe in words than to implement.

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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Re: It could be their best chance for a solid return...

- Does it support "normal" ActiveSync instead of the BES stuff?

Yes. I had a BES5 server but got myself a Q10 which would have required upgrading the server. This was too much hassle just for the one device so I used the ActiveSync connection instead and send/receive all my mail fine

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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Yet curiously

this is one area where the French got it right, and to paraphrase....

'there is almost no difference between men and women, vive la difference'

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OMG, sorry about 'poor comms' on Facebook secret emoto-meddle tests. Laters!

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Re: I lie to them

I tried that when I was required to have an account to help various family members out with those wonderful games they have. Unfortunately I can no longer remember the ficticious DoB I used so I can't pass their security check as I have since replaced my laptop.

At least that's what I tell the kids when they pester me about logging in

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Twitter takes on GOOGLE, swallows wannabe YouTube firm

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Links to BBC?

So Twitter shows snippets of news articles on the BBC which are derived from trending twitter feeds...so who earns the most from looping twits?

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

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Same here...

We had a courier tried to deliver something but no-one was in so he threw it over the back fence and left a card to say it was safe in our back garden.

Just a shame the contents were now in tiny pieces

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Home automation while it's hot: Winter warmth for lazy technophiles

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Re: Can't see it catching on widely enough

'but I reckon most ordinary folks will stick with a thermostat and a timer.'

Well, that and thermostatic valves on the radiators to give a bit of room-by-room control.

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YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

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Re: Im shocked I tells ya - shocked!

Downvotes or not, this is a valid comment.

YouTube works because stuff gets uploaded and viewed globally before anyone has a chance to object. This can mean that by the time a producer finds all the uploads and gets them blocked, any impact from the launch of a new track has been lost.

To say that Google get no benefit from this delay is disengenous to say the least. YouTube gets known as the place to see/hear stuff before it is released and a nod/wink to advertisers about how popular it is 'wiv da yoof' or whatever today's magic phrase is results in a few more pennies heading Google's direction.

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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Re: Spanish selection

To be strictly accurate, it is possible to show that England lasted longer in this World Cup than Spain regardless of the results of the match tonight etc...

Of course you would have to be the sort of pedant that uses number of minutes since the opening ceremony as your timeframe rather than minutes played on the pitch but whatever....any method that works, well, works

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BlackBerry inks deal with Amazon to get Android apps on its mobes

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Re: Dilemma

I have a personal Q10 and a work iPhone and any form of typing is so much simpler on the Q10 because of that very 'fat finger' issue. I know that eventually the iPhone will (mostly) work out what I am trying to type since I always hit P when I meant O or whatever but it just annoys me each time I try to use it.

I am probably not a 'target audience' smartphone user as 90%+ of what I do is phone/text/email and having just checked there are 9 downloaded apps on the Q10 of which I really only use 4 since the latest OS update activated the in-built radio capability. What I can say though is that it may not have mass-appeal but it does the core things very well indeed.

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Apple settles ebook price-fixing damages lawsuit with US states

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Re: Errr

Oh no, we are there with the 'traffic school' concept and when it was originally launched it was too popular as it was the same cost as the previous fine/points option but this time with no points on the license. It was in fact so popular it only got offered to people who were only just over the speed limit.

Now it is apparently MUCH more expensive than the fine and it is getting close to the bit where it is cheaper to accept the points and the hit on insurance premium rather than to go to 'traffic school'

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Amazon Prime Music opens – but where's the streaming music?

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Re: "doesn’t include any tracks newer than six months old"

Saw an excellent T-Shirt....I may be old but I got to see all the cool bands

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Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS

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Really?

You have to send a picture back before you can look at the pointless kitten photo someone sent you?

So double up the dross to try to kill the backhaul

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

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Re: The figures look really bad

It's probably a comment on the wonderful use of statistics. The RT and Pro are very different pieces of kit with an over-arching label of Surface and as such there is less justification to roll them in together than models differentiated predominantly by size. Of course...down at the basement level of market share you will use anything you can to make yourself look more significant.

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iDevice gizmo-snatcher Oleg... you must be taking the Pliss

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That would certainly fit with not being set-up to collect the ransom. Hard to berate him if the fix is as simple as the original break.

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Former Azzurri project manager who stole £1.3m ordered to pay back £146k

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Re: Seems reasonable

Yep it's the old adage....if you owe the bank a thousand you have a problem but if you owe them a million, THEY have a problem

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Open wide, 'Friends': Facebook wants to give you a 'Privacy checkup'

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Old sayings

Anyone else heard the phrase

"A stranger is just a Friend you haven't met yet"

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NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

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Hmmm

Watch out El Reg...the headhunters could soon be circling the SPB

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Not smart at all

Oh dear time to try to get over a fairly basic lesson.

Apparently you do not know but the way a DVD player reads a disc is not the same as the way a computer reads the disc. When you load it into a computer it checks specific tracks/sectors to look for various information which it needs to know where everything is and what type of data the disc holds. When you try to play a DVD with a movie it can instead launch a run-time version which is intended to stop you ripping the DVD and bypassing all the unskippable anti-piracy sections. Various music CDs have a similar setup.

The problem is that this runtime system is a Windows only process (actually there may be an Apple version on there but I don't have the kit to check) so if you insert the DVD into a linux PC it will not work.

Hopefully I did not use too many complicated phrases in there.

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I have to agree with you about the OS and business software side. There are a number of products I use for work which simply do not have a Linux flavour available and while you can use 'equivalents' in a small environment this is not always an option when you have to work in an Enterprise scale environment. There is also, on the domestic side, the issue with things like DVDs which detect they has been inserted into a computer and then try to launch the Windows run-time app. Yes, you could try ripping to a usable format etc etc but it is at minimum an extra level of complexity which discourages moving away from MS products.

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