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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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But surely Cortana is limited?

Maybe I remember it wrong but doesn't Cortana come to a sticky end by thinking herself to death? Is that really a good business plan Microsoft?

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Copyright

You keep using that word....I don't think it means what you think it means

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LOHAN preps Vulture 2 for hot vinyl wrap

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So, are the SPB including a 24hr guard to stop any sneaky smartphone snaps of the finished product appearing on the intwerwebs?

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

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Re: old news kind of ...

I was thinking that myself.....worked for a couple of companies that had to supply a fix for accessing their VPN using a BT 'box' and that goes back 3-4 years

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Meh...too simple

At least we have stopped using a ten hundred of herring which was 1,200 fish

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Re: 2014 DX110

Lots of people knew about it but they were not famous Astronomers so didn't count

(Thank you for every quote Sir Terry Pratchett)

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Belgian judge mulled BANNING APPLE (actually, its website) in Euro warranty row

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Re: Simple

Oooh no.....got a better idea, $1 per hit until it complies. This gives a direct link between their guilt and the fine.

Just hope that nobody would consider click-storming the site if that was the penalty though

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Chicago cabs embroiled in debit-card breach claim mystery as bank tells folks: Pay by cash

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Joke

Under investigation?

So will that continue until they find a way of saying it is not their fault?

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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

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Hmmm....outsource the back-office?

That does at least go along with the logic where HMRC went to Lease-back for their buildings to save costs only for the ownership of those very buildings to end up with a nice Bahamian off-shore tax-avoiding company...

No irony there then

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Lawmakers huh?

A group of people who would never allow common sense, logic, practicality or even need to get in the way of a verbose knee-jerk piece of legislation.

and no....they are not limited to one country, more's the pity.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Re: Damn thieves

Hence the old ditty....

Volts jolts but mills kills

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Re: @Nya

If you think that PDFs are bad then you should see how HMRC are making use of them.....There are now a number of forms which 'must be completed electronically using the supplied PDF'. Just a shame that the PDF is stuffed to the gunwhals with executable code which give non-windows machines a migraine. Thos who have a Windows PC are not much better off as if you try to restrict what executables your staff can download then the filtering kicks the form out before it even gets started.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Re: Pfft .....

Perversely, I play the XBox360 games using a mouse and keyboard....just can't get comfortable with the console controller.

Of course this does rather shine a light on the whole argument....what works for one may not be the preferred oiption for someone else. Just a good thing there is some choice around

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Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

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Find the fault or restore the service

a perennial problem with support...you know that switching off/back on again makes a problem go away but doesn't really fix it but the guy who knows how it really works is on extended leave because he wasn't allowed to take time off. Come year-end he had to use up his leave so he was out for a few weeks but now he is back he can look to see what the fault really was and everything will be unicorns and rainbows.

Or something like that

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Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

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Much clearer now

Very much supports the view from the comments on the earlier story that this case was as much about Microsoft getting a precedent set for future cases. The not quoted but clearly relatively small compensation also leans the story that way.

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Microsoft claims victory over second-hand software broker

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Re: Another "grey imports" fiasco

I would go further and say that as they are not 'New' licences and there is no attempt to market them as such then the trademark aspect should not be relevant here.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: HUD? - modern satnavs

There is at least one BMW motorcycle which comes with a SatNav which is integrated with the rest of the electronics and if you get a low fuel alert it pop-up the route to a petrol station......but does that count as a safety feature, a distraction or just useful info?

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Re: isn't there a name for this type of legal claim?

I thought Barratry was when those in command of a ship/aircraft/other military unit rebelled against authority.....

To be fair though I read it in a book and not on the Internet so it may not be true.

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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Prince/Squiggle?

I seem to recall that when he stopped being Prince he made all sorts of pretentious statements about being a different person from Prince.....I assume that didn't extend to not taking the royalties then

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

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Said it before...

....and I'll say it again. Fines are pointless and saying 'stop using the advert' is always too late in the day.

The only way for the ASA to be anything but nominal is that when an advert breaches the code, the company is banned from advertising for the period the offending advert was in use.

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

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Re: No psychics either

Many years ago before even the days of Wildcat BBS, a local paper had picked up where a Psychic group in the South of England had cancelled a two/three months hence meeting because the weather would be too bad to travel. Would love to know if they had been right but never got off my backside to check at the time.

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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

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remote re-programming?

Maybe I read the article incorrectly but I thought it said that the two proof of concepts showed how they could remotely reprogram the firmware to allow the camera to be on while the light was off....

Yep, just went back and re-read it and it clearly says they used two different ways to modify it remotely

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

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Marvel Sueball?

Only if they also threw one at the Care Bear Stare....seem to recall that they all pushed a 'beam of lovingness' out of their chests....

...or something like that. I was only peripherally watching when the kids were small and I was not in the slightest bit interested in scouring the internet for details and having that show up in my browsing history.

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Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad

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Re: If you want condoms that fit you...

It is a matter of great pride that when my wife was working as a sexual health nurse she managed to get me a mouse mat from Pasanta (?) which had pictures of their condom range with sizes.....went down a storm at work but I had to take it back home or else risk getting it knicked

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Not as worrying as...

when I was doing an installation job at a hospital. All their toilet paper was 'Professional Toilet Paper'. None of your amateur arse-wiping there then...

To say nothing of the recycled toilet paper you can buy....no no no no no....brainfloss please

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Spinning rust and tape are DEAD. The future's flash, cache and cloud

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Sensible?...Logical?

Very much horses for courses, if you are only likely to want resilience then it's fine. If you want to be sure that you can go back a couple of days to back out a modification(deliberate or otherwise) then it's fine. If the Regulatory body which oversees your business sector says they want you to provide an accurate audit trail of selected data items from cradle to grave (or up to 7 years anyway) then no, just no.

People are forever predicting the death of tape but they always neglect to explain what will replace it for very long-term storage.

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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

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I am helping skew the results

While I do use a couple of websites, I am reasonable sure from also using them with a real screen (attached to a proper PC) that these are ad-free websites I use to check on train times and suchlike.

I do wonder how many assumptions were made regarding similarity of use between people who have updgraded to iOS7 and those happy with the old one as it is not broken. My assumption would be that people who have upgraded the OS are more likely to be heavy web users and will have much higher Advert hits than those that just want a phone. Maybe the number of iOS7 users should be halved? Who knows? To claim they can be more accurate about actual device numbers would need them to track activity per phone, are they willing to hitch themselves to that bandwagon?

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Microsoft 'cautiously optimistic' about Christmas sales

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Re: A casual Observation

I stil remember the day when discs dropped below the £1 per MB barrier.....a 120MB drive for £105 including VAT

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LOHAN embraces handsome young autopilot

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Thank heavens for boffins

You read story after story of some Big Bad Corp or Corp v Corp sueball tournament and then suddenly as a bolt from the blue there is this bunch of enthusiasts and real world companies willing to put reputations (and money) on the line for pure escapist fanatasy projects.

Gawd bless 'em one and all

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Judge upholds UK ban on HTC phones, but HTC One gets a pass – for now

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Seem to recall

that the HTC One was using a microphone designed and patented by Nokia which is world leading for removing background noise and which HTC got hold of because the company making them for Nokia sold them without permission. It still had the Nokia part number on it when installed into the HTC One...

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Happy Thanksgiving, Apple. Now how about THREE more patent legal battles for dessert?

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Re: any patent using words with more than 3 syllables

Well that's the word 'automatic' banned then

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Telcos can be forced to turn copyright cop, block websites – EU law man

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Please Sir

Since you can find all the links on Google can we block them too.....

Sauce for the goose etc etc

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Haitian snapper humbles photo giants AFP, Getty Images in $1.2m copyright victory

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behind the times there..

It already is illegal under the terms of the Theft Act. They are using the images with the intent of obtaining financial advantage by implying that they are the owner or have permission from the owner to do this. The act makes it clear that it does not matter if the real owner does not lose possession of the article and was designed around the idea that you might borrow something and offer it for sale then run off with the money after handing the item back.

The problem with dealing with the BBC is that all their money comes from the license fee so the only people who feel the pain are the general public.

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We're making TOO MUCH CASH, say CryptoLocker scum in ransom price cut

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Re: how to profit on bitcoin

I have visions of those nice record labels or movie studios using this as a way of being given permission to scan all the files on your hard drive to track down those naughty freeloading pirates while making money out of it.

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Meet the BlackBerry wizardry that created its 'better Android than Android'

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Re: Not surprising

To be fair to the guys, saying that another OS/Kernel/whatever already does it does them down. Writing the code to get in working in your specific situation is a different order from asking if it can be done

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

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Day One updates

I know there is a lot of this kit built in advance for a launch day which may not have the latest version of the software but why do all the games have Day One updates which are of a size similar to the main game itself?

Actually, why is there so much work on the console software being pushed out so close to launch? Surely the bad press you will get from umpty-Gigs of 'patches' on Day One would lead you to stop releasing updates to the console build group x days before launch and then putting it all out in one hit a few weeks after Launch Day 'in response to user coments'.

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Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks

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Really?

Touchscreen for a Linux laptop? So were these planned as Windows 8 but there was no demand or are Dell once again trying to prove no interest in Linux laptops as a follow-up to their last games where you could have a Linux laptop if you accepted a slightly lower spec at a slightly higher price.

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LOHAN sees bright red over Vulture 2 paintjob

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Re: Aerodynamics?

Actually, many years ago in Omni magazine(?) there was a very interesting article about this very topic. When doing test flights on some new business aircraft they discovered that the performance was fractionally better when they still had the tufts fitted to show airflow over the wings. They played around and eventually used a corrugated film just like the stuff used for those cards you could tilt to see two different images (yes I know it probably has some precise technical name but I decided I don't care). Having the ridges running parallel with the leading edge of the wing gave a much cleaner boundary layer and so smoother airflow compared with a polished surface.

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Heins didn't have the beans. Can comeback king Chen fish BlackBerry out of jam?

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First step should not be hard

The changes to BB10 from the handset side were good as the new handsets are better than the old and still include a physical keyboard option for people with fat fingers (yes that does include me)

Where it went spectacularly wrong was on the back-end with BES10....the previous server system worked on the premise of 'one server to rule them all' etc etc but with BES10 that all changed. Mail/Calendar no longer routes through BES meaning you have to setup extra servers at which point why bother with BES at all? Yes they have lots of extras which are really funky like making files on your network available and suchlike but they have lost the core product.

If they offered a BES10 version of the old command/control/delivery server then handset sales would improve as companies actually considered it as an upgrade path. At present BES10 is just a dead-end.

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

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WTF?

So Nortel had all this IP which all these companies are apparently infringing and it decided to sell it off rather than sue their way to bonuses all round? Either there is no infringement or Nortel were too nice to survive anyway.

Why the hell is it possible to buy IP and then sue people for products which the previous IP owner did not object to. Surely the lack of legal action is an implied permission?

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They've taken my storage hostage ... now what?

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Re: Backups, backups, backups!

You have forgotten the most inportant part of making backups.......TEST THE BLOODY THING

If you haven't checked that you can recover a random file from your backup then it is just a bunch of tapes

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BBC's Clangers returns in £5m 'New Age' remake

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Re: Swear like Troopers

May be an urban myth (I do so hope not) but when they were trying to sell it to a German(?) TV channel they offered to re-do the soundtrack but the visiting execs refused the offer as they could understand what the Clangers were 'saying'

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EasyJet website crashes and burns

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Hmmm, no website

So having been sensible and booked your flight ages ago while it was in it's cheap window you had to then wait to check in. Now when you get to the airport with no boarding card will they supply it free of charge?

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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Re: Silly Turkey

How do you make men stare at a pound of fatty tissue?

Put a nipple on it

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Apple hires streaming vid bloke: Nurse, the corpse of Apple monster telly is twitching again

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Back 20 years

and there was me thinking that it was because he had a Black and White set

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Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled

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I told them....

once you give up quills and parchment it will all go wrong but no they went ahead and had the 19th century regardless

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British Gas robo home remote gets itself into hot water

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Re: What a waste of time and money

"My heating never goes off...that's what the thermostat does."

Yes, yes oh my GOD yes. I really really never understood all those people who 'turned off their heating' at the start of Spring and were then surprised when strange things happened when they turned it back on. With proper modern valves on rads then the whole problem has gone away, you can even retro-fit them to old rads.

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Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

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Re: Prank?

Round here there is a penalty for walking away with your PC unlocked as you will find you have sent an email around the office promising doughnuts for afternoon tea-break. Tends to concentrate the mind much better than vague 'mis-use of corporate IT equipment' type phrases.

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

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You could always

just do your own model of the Isle of Wight. Not sure if it would handle the model village in Godshill which is a model of Godshill complete with the model village which includes a model village. Seem to recall it has four iterations but it's been a while.

Would certainly allow a much better scale though

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Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

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as someone who has always liked BB

I have to ask...what the heck were they thinking with the BB10 back-end?

The older BES setup was exactly what most businesses needed and gave both mail delivery and full control of handsets in a single package. They also had BIS for 'da yoof' to hook into their hotmail/google mail accounts.

What is the new offering? Well you have one server to control the devices another to share network files etc etc etc but as for delivering the mail??? Oh yes, and no more BIS for 'da yoof'

Just a shame that the new handsets are actually very very nice. Still, I can use on to hook into my mail server and just get the mail that way, I don't need the BB back-end any more and it seems nor does anyone else.

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