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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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Re: I suppose sending a 5 year old out to work on computers ...

It would allow for denser server rooms if we could employ children to crawl behind the racks in search of CAT5

OK, that one is worthy of a BOFH award. I salute you for creating the need to clean my keyboard :)

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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I'd love someone showing all the variables they had to control again. If you look what they had to do just to get in sync with this rock it amplifies the awesomeness of what they managed to do.

Yes, I know I sound like Kung Fu panda, but there is no better word for this :)

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WATCH: Rosetta astroboffin TATTOOED with PHILAE from the FUTURE!

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Well, applause

So many variables to control, and they did it.

Hat off - seriously impressive achievement.

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Google's Nest partners up with utility company – on smart thermostats

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Re: It lets utility companies change your settings

I'd say their basic desire is to simply bill you more, but make it so complex that you have no hope in hell working out how to reduce your bill or how to compare your bill to other providers.

In short, the aim appears to be the introduction of mobile phone style tariff games.

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Schneier, Diffie, ex-MI5 bod, privacy advocates team up on Code Red

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Re: Time for the downvotes, I guess

You remind me of a quote:

"Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows, and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon — so long as there is no answer to it — gives claws to the weak." - "You and the Atom Bomb", Tribune, 19 October 1945

That was written by one Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell.

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DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

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Yup. Generally a classic Denial of Service on common sense :)

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Bose noise-cancelling headphones.

There is just one little gotcha with noise cancelling earphones on long flights.

The "standard" crappy sets you get to listen to need a certain volume to work, so you dial it up, say, 7 (on a scale of 0 to 10) to get a level where you can follow a movie over the background noise.

When you plug in a decent noise cancelling set, you can turn it down to about 4 or so and you can follow it with good clarity, and you settle down to follow it either to the end, or until you doze off. AND THEN THEY MAKE A CABIN ANNOUNCEMENT, WHICH IS PUT THROUGH AT VOLUME LEVEL 8 TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE HEARS IT. Owwww.

On the plus side, it's highly unlikely you'll sleep through any cabin announcement..

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Just a drop?

Show a little sympathy. It ain't easy trying to save the whole friggin' world, y'know.

Well, I got to give it to him - he DID stop clapping.. :)

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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Re: Statistical Observation

As Chris 244 pointed out, the guy I was thinking of was in fact Eadon. Strangely, all of his posts appear to have been deleted by a mod...

Well, yes. The EU didn't invent the right to be forgotten, El Reg got there first :)

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Greasy.

if I find agressive attacks against my equipment, I can and will respond in kind

You may want to look up spoofing before you do that...

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: I wonder

I wonder

If Apple's campus content filter even allows El reg to be viewed? Somehow I have to think not...

However, ironically, there is an App for that :)

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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I'll stop complaining when they act with honour.

You better get some beer and pizza then, it's going to be a looooong night :)

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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Re: Holster

Would iphone fanbois be cool with a holster ?

That will last exactly ONE visit to an airport :)

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Maybe cargo pants will become de rigueur for avid phone users?

Definitely if they don't start providing batteries with more capacity..

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Third patch brings more admin Shellshock for the battered and Bashed

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Yup, OSX is safe too if you have installed patch 54 (https://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/bash/bash-3.2-patches/bash32-054), which was released late on the 27th of September. Otherwise you'll have to add patch 54, recompile and replace the binaries as before.

From what I've seen, most HOWTOs on the topic have been updated to incorporate patch 54 - nice to see that people are on the ball.

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Oracle plans German DCs to soothe NSA-ruffled nerves

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Re: Whilst you're right in fact

I think you're casting it too black and white. With ~$50Bn in the bank - that reduces the attack surface in all sorts of ways not applicable for smaller companies.

There has got to be massive tech industry pressure behind the scenes to kill off the MS vs DOJ Dublin data center case.

Sadly not. The problems for US based companies run a lot deeper than a couple simple court cases can fix. I would be extremely surprised if MS wins this other than via some seriously creative lawyering because the problems are pretty fundamental, and have been in the making for about 2 decades. That's not going to be fixed overnight. That's not even going to be fixed in a year - it'll take a decade, and that's assuming there is a WILL to fix it as some are making good money off it.

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Re: Don't get too upset

How did they block Skype if someone was tunneling? Did they block tunnels?

Taking the physics into account they probably don't have to - the overall latency will pretty much kill voice capability. IMHO this is also why they don't offer any voice calls, there is no way to get VoIP stable on such a circuit and the complaints about quality would pretty much kill off the service and any profit before they'd even got a return on investment. Smart decision.

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'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'

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Mark Fiore's take on climate talks

Mark Fiore makes a fairly astute observation re. climate change. Enjoy.

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Latest Firefox and Thunderbird updates plug CRITICAL SSL vuln

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Re: Security researcher at "Prosecco"

Or they make wine and security research at the same time?

Is there any other way? :p

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Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

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Re: Kaboom?

Personally, I prefer "Supercapacitors are like batteries, but more awesome"

Seconded :)

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Apple slaps a passcode lock on iOS 8 devices, but cops can still inhale your iCloud

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Re: surely the lesson here is...

The cloud use that amuses me most is cloud based password safes. There is only one I trust in that regards, and that's because it was screened by people I know personally to do a good job of it - but even then I am NOT using it..

Oh, btw, iTunes backups are also a risk if you don't enable encryption, and I have frankly no idea how good that crypto is - you best enable bootup passwords and full disk encryption if you really want to be sure, and that is assuming you bother to shut down the device after you've used it.

Doing it right is still a lot of work.

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

Um, generally the Big Bang theory is immensely popular with ignorant religious folk because it sounds just like "let there be light"

.. briefly :)

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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OK, QotW material

I hereby nominate yours:

In a flash of insight I realized that this product getting the OK meant there were no adults in charge at Microsoft any more, at least no sober ones.

:)

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Re: Suggestion

Try talcum powder - really!

Nope, no dice, and my skills to get things clean (and the resources I have access to in order to achieve that ) are a bit beyond average.

I know what Alistair is speaking about because it happened to me a couple of weeks ago myself - I was just unaware that it was the pen rather than something I did myself during my travels.

As I move around a lot (geographically), I have bits of kit scattered in various places and it means I thus don't see kit for months, as was indeed the case with the Bamboo tablet. My need for a digitiser is pretty much taken over by an iPad (with a Wacom pressure sensitive pen) although that may not last because it's apparently illegal to provide a pen tip thinner than a broom handle or stiffer than a cheap sponge. Although there is *potential* for better accuracy, everyone seems to be going out of their way to prevent end users from getting that. But I digress.

It was as if I'd stored the stylus near some very old tape that had since decided to decompose, like the stuff that remains on your suitcase after you peel off airport labels, or the crap that remains in your passport after yet another idiot decides that sticking a luggage ticket inside an expensive ID document you need to keep functional for years is the right way to make you happy. Thankfully they have not yet resorted to sticking it to my smartphone which holds the ticket, but that's because I reclaim that before the temptation even begins to form. I wonder what these people do at home.

I know a reasonable amount about materials, surfaces and how to keep them clean (which is why people with matte paint on their cars amuse me), so I sighed and tried to clean it off. Which isn't possible. Well, it isn't possible if your definition of cleaning involves getting to a stage where it will not spontaneously glue itself to whatever it touches. If you favour the now more improved "grip" I'm happy for you, and please don't ever come near me again.

In the end I did the only thing I could do as a faithful consumer.

I threw the whole thing away.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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I think you have pretty much the heart of it here. For those that like the Apple eco system (for whatever reason), the delta with the features that Android was offering may have kept them outside the walled garden. Now they are indeed functionally roughly equal, other factors come into play.

What I see play now is the very big difference between Apple-the-hardware-vendor who uses services to sell more kit and Google-the-data-grabber who couldn't care about the profit in kit because it's really after your data, and Apple has now started to aggressively throw that in Google's face. It's a good play on market sentiment by Apple, and indeed a rather big problem for Google. Especially the upper segment of the market knows that personal data has value, and is willing to pay to keep it safe.

Not only can I see that becoming a problem for Google - it will also become a problem for high value resellers of Android such as Vertu. Oops..

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Google Apple grapple brings crypto cop block to Android

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Re: Blame Your Friendless Miscreant?

Interesting, at least four do not value their freedom to chose a functional search engine or device. Nor do they value the chance that they might be free from the risk of being blown apart. Perhaps by someone who feels their desire to kill trumps all other issues.

Interesting, very interesting, I guess they all live in some sort of walled garden where nothing nasty can ever happen, please where is this la - la land?

No, you're seeing a natural reaction to governments pushing things too far re. privacy. No sensible person would get in the way of law enforcement doing its job, but they very well object to having their trust abused by overreaching grabs of data that has zip relevance to urgent threats, and with abuses hiding behind an abuse of "national security" veils. Abuse of power comes at a price, and people can only accept being lied to for so long.

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Out of curiosity, does it also have ixquick?

Nope, and no sign of startpage.com either..

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: Fill up yer memory

"Fill up yer memory"

That's hardly a practical idea now is it?

It is - TomTom is all you need :)

However, I don't think this update is automatic - too risky by far.

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Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

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Re: Why? oh Why?

Aren't HP taking the auditors to Court as well?

RTFA:

"HP says it is planning to bring separate lawsuits against [...] the UK arm of Deloitte & Touche, which audited Autonomy for the acquisition.."

It's about bleedin' time - that would have been my first move. The fact that they didn't says all you really need to know IMHO.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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Re: Bom bom bomb!

Well, no. The chances of there ever being a bomb at an airport is extremely small. The chances of there being two bombs is infinitesimal. Therefore it makes complete sense for the security forces to take bombs to airports as it vastly reduces the chances of another one being there.

I think we have a winner for QotW, hahaha. Brilliant :).

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: Left-handers are "left" out with the Apple Watch

You fit the straps the other way around, and tell it to operate in left-handed mode when it restarts. Easy.

The only issue will be that you have the knob* and button in reversed position, but I suspect that will be a less important issue.

(*) yes, knob. Button, winder. Digital crown is far too rich a name for it IMHO.

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Re: @Author

In fact I suspect if I bought one I'd go for thicker for strength and additional battery life - any thoughts, anyone?

100% with you on that. If they had kept it at the 5s thickness they would have probably doubled its battery life, which makes it just about useful.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: The IT angle is Fashion

Oh and it's got rounded corners.

But strangely, no sign of that Swiss train clock face they had to cough up for a few years ago :)

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Just be careful if you've been eating beans or onions

Are you referring to this incident?

:)

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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Re: Why?

Plus the subversion of any such system by the state/military.

Imagine the term "Google target with extreme prejudice" being common in future.

That chimes with something I was thinking earlier: what if Google is simply aiming at opening up another revenue stream by selling (more) to Government, this time the military? Bomb dropping drones? We got it. Shooting robots? We're working on it. Spy photos of all the population? Just use our raw Streetview and upcoming Google Glass footage. Wifi grabs? We will make sure we won't get caught again but yes, that's well out of beta now. Population intelligence? We scan every mail received and sent on our platforms (etc etc).

There's a lot of money they can pull in that way if it wasn't for the ethical problems. Oh, wait ...

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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"Apple 2FA is more like Sweet FA"???? Sweet Factor Authentication? Don't get it...this is why English news media should not rely on localized idioms.

This link at Urban Dictionary may help. Helpful for other such expressions too.

Having said that, yours sounded like "Sweet Factory Authentication", which made me think of Willy Wonka :)

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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Re: Apple does not limit the number of password entry attempts users could can make

Apple does not limit the number of password entry attempts users could can make

WTF?!?

That is the case in many online services where they don't even implement rate limiting or progressive incremental retry delay on failure, but the risks with an Apple account are much bigger because it's basically SSO - one password to rule it all. /Not/ good..

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Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic

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Re: Historically sound practices

I've been arguing for years that deception should be a standard part of network defence techniques, possibly with added tarpits on unused ports so a port scanner either drains its resources or is left with the high cost of maintaining a modified IP stack that times out quicker (which creates its own problems).

The problem is, however, that deception should mimic local conditions or it'll become easy to detect and ignore, so it takes skills to set it all up. Given that deception has an as yet undefined ROI I guess it may be a harder sell to the bean counters, but corporate lawyers help with estimated costs and impact of a breach.

Excellent research IMHO.

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HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

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Re: "Now you can deliver highly engaging ads ..."

The ads perhaps won't be quite as engaging as the advertisers want if consumers tick that privacy option in iOS that limits ad tracking. I can't think of any sane person who would leave that option unselected.

But it defaults to "on", of course, so you have to be motivated enough to find it. And reset your Ad ID regularly.

Still, this doesn't have to mean iOS will be suddenly ad saturated - there are also companies that use flat screens of any size as ad displays, I presume this is an attempt to get a fat slice of that market (as you can hook up any tablet to a big screen in various ways). I have been wondering for years why there are no (yes, zero) LCD photo frames that can load images from a network drive so I can change them every so often (or use them as system status display). Now I know..

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do the rounding and you've got 8 inches.

That's what I keep telling my wife..

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Bohemian Rhapsody week?

Two references to lyrics in one week. Is that song being played on loop at Vulture Central or something?

It's not unusual..

:)

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Re: Brilliant - re:self-education scheme

Which part? Reading BOFH or it's what you tell management as you roll them up in a carpet?

Why choose?

:)

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: @ Fred Flintstone

An honest question. Do you ever think styling can be included at times, though through verse and other means? This has some effect, does it not?

I think we need to be careful with terminology. I am a great advocate of the use of styles in full blown word processors as well as bare bones writing environments, but only insofar that it marks a section as being of a type (headline, chapter, subchapter, and more locally bold & italics, aka emphasis).

How such a style is formatted (i.e. font, weight, attribute, spacing, colour etc etc) is a later issue and is sometimes not even under your control (epub formats, for instance, can apply the reader's preferences instead).

Where practically all WP packages go wrong is that they permit localised formatting attributes, which means a Godawful amount of work post production because you have to strip ALL of it out and replace the formatting attributes with styling markers before you can start working on the look and presentation of the content. Personally, I think the ability to insert such local formatting should not even exist until the post creation stage, and it is my personal belief that that "feature" alone is responsible for an enormous loss of productivity in places that produce reports and documents for a living. They are genuinely producing documents without style :).

So, the short answer to your question is yes, it is more or less implied in the way I work. I start with a structure, which means I have a pack of lines marked as chapters which I can move around etc. In Ulysses I have some styles set up with highlighting, so I quickly get a visual overview of what I'm doing. Having said that, I am examining Scrivener now as well (thanks to this article and the comments, that's why I hang out here :) ) - just to have alternative options.

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Re: @BongoJoe: Word isn't the best tool for job

That rather suggests that you think there is some other software that is the best tool for the job. So, what is it?

It think the challenge is the downstream publishing process. The actual writing can be in anything that works for the author (more accurately, doesn't get in the way of the flow of the creative process), but it then needs to be presented in a format that allows markup and editing.

As I work on OSX I use Ulysses and Daedalus on the iPad for when I travel (they integrate to a reasonable degree). The apps go full screen and allow me to exclusively focus on structure and content creation, but stay away from styling which is IMHO one of the main problems and distractions with WYSIWYG based writing - basically, the whole reason many people still use LaTEX and derivatives.

I also use LibreOffice, mainly for short work and for mapping writing into some form of design template so that the Word addicts of the world don't get frightened by hints of something outside that narrow band of experience.

I don't create much on the iPad unless I have a bluetooth keyboard with me (I'm no fan of screen keyboards), but it's good for post production review and small edits.

So there :)

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Daytime running lights

I think the EU linked to the car's age - AFAIK, new cars must have it.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Price for the tablet is high, but not bankers considering the build

Is this called a contextual Freudian slip? :)

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Re: @H4rm0ny - "It's the same price as a MacBook Air with equivalent screen size"

Yes, there are use cases where people want a pen, and others where they want to be able to run full Windows software on a tablet, but this isn't a mass market requirement and it doesn't fair well against dedicated devices.

True, but although I /personally/ would buy a Macbook for that money, I can see the point for enterprise use. Many enterprises have invested heavily in an MS infrastructure, I reckon this will make it easier for them to engage with tablet computing where that makes sense without having to invest in an entirely different eco system and associated skill set. If you're not set up by default to run a heterogenous environment it is especially in larger companies hard to switch.

So yes, I can see a use for them.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: From the other side of the fence...

Upvote from someone who has come to the same conclusion quite a while back (for the same reason). I had to solve it by going for all these separate bits (and no, Thunderbird + add-on is NOT the same so I abandoned that, nor are web interfaces of any use).

Interestingly, none of the mobile platforms has gone for this integration either, which is a shame. I recall that I could schedule calls in my Sony Ericsson P1i, which was an excellent tool to organise my call schedule in the morning..

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