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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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I no longer install it on any machines I build or rollout. I go on the principle if someone needs it they will shout.

I've dumped a lot of stuff over the years Air/Shockwave etc. etc.

Flash is the last holdout.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD to DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: How about getting that kind of dosh for my HDD-based...

Actually my 30GB Black Zune Mk1 bought new for £75 in 2007 is still working just fine. Still pondering slapping in a 60GB+ drive.

Ignore the MS connotation/baggage and take it as a PMP, it was a great device.

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Re: saturation...

The issue is that ten to fifteen years ago the fact that if you wanted to record a record you had to pay to go into a recording studio.

That acted as a great filter to those that could not and should not and prevented many talentless people from ever being heard.

Now with a laptop and a few bits of software you can do what you like, where you like.

It's like writing a book. Publishers on the whole could tell a half decent read and put the rest in the recycling. Now anyone can get their dirge pushed onto Amazon etc.

Sometimes the digital revolution can go horribly wrong.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Yes I would say Netflix And Amazon Prime make up for 3-4 hours of viewing a night this time of year. Not to mention the stuff we watch separately (Lost Girl for her, Community for me).

When you can switch on the streaming box and you have hundreds of seasons of top US drama and comedy shows, you just keep going. Sat and watched three episodes of The Good Wife last night.

Terrestrial TV watching is now down to just CSI Vegas (coming to an end), CH4 News and maybe the odd music documentary on BBC4. Hardly worth the cost to be honest.

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Re: Netflix UK has a fraction of the selection of Netflix US

@Alaskahome

You appear to have a very different view to myself and my friends and family here in the UK.

The quality of UK TV has nosedived so much over the past 15 years it's unreal. The BBC and ITV now have just two or three premier shows that they make so much noise about it makes it look like there is so much more.

But really there isn't. Take Dr Who, Sherlock and Top Gear (to be honest the quality of all of them is suspect) away from the BBC and you are left with very little of depth and entertainment value. Plus the actual watchable output hours of those shows per year is tiny. Not to mention, where did all the good comedy go?

Now compare that with all the major US based drama/sci-fi/comedy shows over the past 5 years and you are swamped for choice.

Folks aren't subscribing to Prime and Netflix in their droves for Strictly Come Dancing.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: My dad and my brother...

It might. It's just that owning and driving a Caterham is all about the raw essence of driving. It's like taking up a Tiger Moth rather than a Jetstream.

The less clutter and electronics the better. You only need an engine that goes up to 80-90mph anyway because with a Caterham whatever speed you are actually doing over 40mph, it feels 30mph faster than it really is.

Simple engines in the Caterham are great too if you like home servicing. Garages love working on them for that reason as they don't need to mess around.

Keep it simple.

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Re: Prices - Need the exact model for a comparision, but...

It's an odd one. I remember wanting to buy a Ford Puma when all the car importing stuff was going on with Carbusters etc. at the turn of the century.

The local Ford Dealer wanted £16000 for a Puma.

I went to Carbusters and they asked just £12000 for a UK 1.7 spec Puma.

Now that £12000 car had the Ford factory cut, the Ford dealer in Duisburg cut, the UK importers cut and also Carbusters take too plus VAT etc. and still came in £4000 cheaper.

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My dad and my brother...

...both had Caterhams.

My dad had a late 1980's Prisoner spec style racing green one. It was a gentleman racer with a uprated 1700CC Ford engine. Twin carbs and an exhaust that popped and crackled like crazy. You could hear that car coming into the village from about two miles away. He sold it about a year ago as it want getting the use it did.

My bother has a mid 90's standard spec Caterham with a 1600cc Ford engine. He still has it and uses it often in the summer.

They were the only two cars that the guys at the servicing garage in town would drive over specially to collect...funny that.

With Caterhams the general rule is simplest/basic is best. Big mega engines are a waste of time as the design is inherently flawed in its aerodynamics. Once you hit the 90-100mph range the power needed to go over that goes up exponentially.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

I rolled out quite a few Windows 8/8.1 machines to baby boomers and a few XP hold-outs back in April May this year.

I have to say they went down pretty well with the users. I just spent 15-20 minutes with them going over the differences between XP and 8 and it was fine.

Whilst the initial design of 8 was flawed in some ways, the basic rule of "if you go in thinking you'll fail before you try", then getting to grips with it would be an uphill struggle. Those that I trained with few pre-conceptions got on just fine. "I don't know what all the fuss is about!" was a oft used phrase.

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Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

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This is one issue that the EU could for once be useful on.

Making sure that devices have a certain level of replaceable parts/repair level rather than just being automatic landfill.

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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Hmm bit like testing a Ford Fiesta against a BMW M3 really.

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Re: Samsung

Yeah I've said before that I was sniffy about them at first then nearly two years ago I bought one and have been smitten ever since. The robustness of a tablet with a decent keyboard attached.

I took mine of a three week holiday to Canada a few weeks ago. The gf enquired why I was taking it but was rather glad when something at work went tits up and she had to spend a couple of hours pinging emails back and forth which wouldn't have been that fun on her Nexus 7.

Plus I didn't take the charger with me and it lasted all holiday with an hour to spare.

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Vulture trails claw across Lenovo's touchy N20p Chromebook

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Re: But isn't the whole USP for a Chromebook

Actually that res on a 11" screen isn't that bad. I do not abide it on anything larger however.

1600x900 should be the minimum on any laptop screen nowadays IMO.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Re: More security, or more Big Brother?

Does anyone know of a 'mere mortal' IT user in the real world that has ever clicked 'No' to a UAC pop up rather than just click 'Yes' automatically?

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Re: Security

Yep you would be surprised how many people when wanting to install say Skype and presented with the following links from 'whatever rogue search engine' they installed -

1. Skype.com

2. Skype.bargaindrugdeal.manhoodenhance.youllbesorry.virusahoy

Will still click on the second one.

"But how do I know?" is what they ask me afterwards.

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I worry when I see...

...the word 'encryption' when it comes to user files especially if teamed with 'by default'. It just adds another level of danger when it comes to failed HDDs and data recovery of folks data that doesn't require such levels of protection.

"So you did a back up?"

Of course not. Their tears will sustain me I guess. This also applies to basically re-installing the OS and data too. Just making the support folks job all the harder and economically not viable.

On a side note when will MS enable DEP/SEHOP etc. etc. by default? You know, basically slip EMET into the OS as standard. I would have thought that would be a step in the right direction that should have happened at least 5+ years ago.

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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Re: No no children

You'd almost think Eadon was back!

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Crimestoppers is the worry

I lived in a similar area. Walking through the village and seeing shotguns and cartridges left on the back seats of cars overnight was a common occurrence.

They are not gardening tools or plumbing equipment.

A small minority inside another small minority.

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Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

I thought it was highway robbery.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: obviously using your logic

Of course the end game is about cracking down on dissidents and political criticism. Being able to 'deal' with those that rock the boat.

However, the moron trolls, by not engaging brain and just typing what they think they can get away with has given those in power all the ammo they need to persuade the Daily Mail readers and lovers of herd rage that laws need to be tightened. Played right into their trap.

My whole point is, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Bit too late now. A small minority have ruined it for the rest of us.

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Re: obviously using your logic

Exactly. People can act big and say terrible things to targeted people when hiding behind a keyboard and screen but you put that person in front of them and would they say it?

Probably not.

Would you also sit with a group of friends in the pub and say "Cor she really annoys me..I want to rape her so bad and slit her throat!"

I guess not also.

Big difference in criticising or calling someone an idiot or a fool, most folks can handle that kind of abuse but not the nasty threatening kind you should just keep in your sick head.

There are levels and limits.

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If you don't have the guts...

...to say something to someone's face then you don't have the right to say it no matter what laws exist.

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Re: I can handle a couple more subscriptions.

I just want a data line...why do I want voice tied to a physical location...so I can be told about a great new Government scheme...? I've even got my parents to finally call me on my mobile number, that hurdle has been crossed.

The pricing you mention doesn't really make sense nowadays. Needs to change.

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Re: I can handle a couple more subscriptions.

Well said!

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Re: I can handle a couple more subscriptions.

I would argue there isn't that much of real quality left to watch on the BBC. The 'good stuff' on the BBC is all made with export in mind anyway but that's another story.

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I can handle a couple more subscriptions.

I currently pay for Amazon prime and Netflix. I can handle a couple more £6-7 a months subs BUT there will be a loser.

I'll drop the license fee. It's becoming irrelevant to me as 90% of my viewing is now subs based. I can do without the other 10%.

The license fee is one of those annoying archaic vestiges that bug me, like having to still pay for a 'voice line' and calls for ADSL when I don't use the voice/calls part.

I just need a data only line!

Sod the "you still need a license cos...".

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Incoming Hacker/security snafu/corruption/duplication issue in 5..4..3..

Well it's probably likely isn't it...?

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Re: Nexus 6

Looks like the Nexus 6 isnt following that price trend unfortunately.

End of an era! Sweet while it lasted.

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Re: Nexus 6

Well the Nexus 4 got a big discount at the end so who knows.

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Nexus 6

I was hoping for a non-phablet 4.7-5" phone.

Such a shame. Will have to try to pick up a Nexus 5 if/when they go on discount.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: Windows 10 who cares?

Also often the main cause of infection isn't necessarily Windows. More often it's user ignorance and other software creating other vulnerabilities (Java etc.).

Bit like criticising a car for having doors after the owner willingly opened it and let a nutjob get in.

It's a pretty tough job making millions of lines of code water-tight and idiot proof.

Personally I would prefer my OS to have a full custom install option that lets me cherry pick the bits I really need and leave out the stuff I never use. IMO having stuff installed I never use is just another avenue for attack.

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Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK

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Re: And after you have splashed out so much cash..

Erm in that case then most people do that when they plug a standard PC into the wall. I don't see why a NAS is an alarming oddity in this respect.

Just a little perspective really.

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Re: 16GB of RAM

Why was your system crashing in the first place?

Was it the caching system or something else?

I think I'd rather use ECC ram with such a caching system anyway.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: Hmm

Well the Gf/wife might be a little more impressed as it would look a bit more value for money.

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So you are entering into a $2.5 million dollar deal to buy a tank...

...I would have thought there would be some form of paper trail, contracts, etc. to prove this situation one way or another?

You don't just send a cheque out of the blue through the post with a post it note slapped on saying "This is for the Panzer IV!"

Or maybe you do if you are a billionaire?

By the way the FHC has a nice blog here - http://flyingheritage.tumblr.com/

Plenty of interesting facts and oddities about the aircraft they look after.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Says more about Reg readers

Must admit I've never known I've needed this feature after using Windows for over 20 years.

Never heard anyone else mention it either in all that time.

This is more likely MS looking around for anything they can throw in to make more 'value add'. I cant say I'm desperate for any particular features. I just install an OS and slap the stuff I need into it and I'm done.

I look forward to all the support calls from the baby boomer customers asking me why their desktop has swapped to an empty one. There could be a reason why MS never bothered with it.

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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This is good news...

....for BetFred, and all the other high street gambling chains as another shopping unit will be up for takeover soon.

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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Re: Feeling old

Or back in 2001/2 pulling a 16MB Compact Flash card out of the new camera I had just bought from Jessops which shouldn't have been there!

Bonus!

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Re: Blimey

I remember having to unzip the Doom folder to play it and then rezip it when I'd finished on my 120MB HDD.

I thought technology had reached its peak when I bought my first 64MB USB stick and cold finally start to think about leaving my parallel and serial link cables and Laplink V.1 floppy at home.

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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No love for a Master of Orion 2 special?

Please?

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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Smartwatches

The 1970's mini portable TVs of the 21st century. Nice idea but I'll wait another 15-20 years.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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All they had to do...

...was say "Yes Steve signed off the Watch before he died!" and it would have been golden.

I'm expecting that snippet to be pushed in a few weeks if the press coverage doesn't improve.

As I've said before, that poor guy must have been so busy approving/signing off all those prototypes and concepts for the next 8 years from his death bed.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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I really don't know why it's so complicated.

I have a Nexus 4 and a £7 a month tariff.

400 mins, 2000 texts and 500MB of data. I reckon that would do for most here other than the 14 year old girls and Netflix addicts.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: The biggest buzz I've seen re. the Watch...

Yeah takes me around 2 minutes to change a watch strap but I have fingers...probably a different matter...for sheep.

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The biggest buzz I've seen re. the Watch...

...from the tame tech media is......

...you can change the strap!

(Mindblown!!!!!)

That's clutching at straws really.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: or manage which 60gb

A lot of cars come with USB input now so I just use a micro 32GB USB stick and have around 300 CDs ripped to that.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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The BBC...trading in a reputation for quality it lost a long time ago.

Most of their output isn't even written or designed for the UK License payers. It's mostly created for worldwide export.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Owning a Supercar...maybe 'seemed a good idea at the time'?

I'm sure the whole ordering and waiting process for a top of the line supercar is great.

But then you get it and I bet actual ownership is a total nightmare. If you just take it out on a journey somewhere you must have to go into some advanced logistical planning to make sure it arrives there and back in one piece.

Speed bumps, kerbs, decent parking, parking with wide enough bays, ramps, narrow lanes, security, gravel drives etc. etc.

Damn just clonked an alloy! Thats £4000 to fix and a 3 months wait!

One of those situations where the dreaming is better than reality perhaps.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Hmm dunno, looking through the comments I see very few that are for this stuff.

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Re: Implicit assumption

My take is, it doesn't matter how many devices you have, if the device you are holding at the time delivers a crap user experience then...it's crap.

This is purely manufacturers clearing out all the nasty crap hardware that's been developed but no one wanted.

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