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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

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Folks, give EMET3.0 a try.

It's designed to mitigate the unknowns by forcing all apps (or those that you choose) to run with DEP/ASLR and SEHOP. It acts as an extra defence along side your current AV.

Anything nasty or unknown just gets stopped dead in its tracks and you get informed as to why.

Been using it with MSE for several months now and I install it on all new machines I rollout with the 'All' apps profile (stored in the EMET file in Program Files) at maximum settings. I then add in any other .EXE files that may go near the web.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2012/05/15/introducing-emet-v3.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29851

http://www.rationallyparanoid.com/articles/microsoft-emet-3.html

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Re: ...spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”

@Eadon.

No you can't.

You cannot leave the setup and running of a proper system that is required for any official or educational purpose to the hands of a 'Linux Enthusiast for free'.

Will that person or persons then want to tie into a service contract? Have SLAs (will they want to be called out at 6am to help fix an issue before exams start at 9am?). Offer phone support etc. etc.

People like that can be a great help for when you get started, everyone loves setting up folks new kit. But when it goes wrong or stuff needs sorting, folks giving their time for free, usually find they are 'busy elsewhere' when you need them.

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Drobo B1200i: The heavy-duty array even your mum could use

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Avoid OCZ for RMA

I recently had some ram fail that cost me £85 (inc VAT) so I got in touch with OCZ to raise an RMA.

Now I know that OCZ no longer make ram but they came back saying they would give a market value cash payment.

They offered me £14!

I asked them to show me where I could get similar ram for £14 and they pointed me to a website showing ram for £14 but less VAT and P&P. So basically £25 ram.

They wrote back saying they don't take into consideration VAT and P&P in valuations (how handy for them).

Anyway I pushed my point harder and in the end they gave in and gave me what I asked for (just the full cost of a standard 4GB DDR3 kit).

But I have to say I have done RMAs with many other companies (Corsair/BFG etc.) and none of them tried to palm me off with next to nothing like OCZ did. They all provided a like for like or similar if no longer available.

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Osborne stumps up £20m of your cash for wiggly wonder stuff graphene

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Oh god history is littered with examples of that from 1945 onwards between the US and the UK.

We come up with world changing stuff and then sell it lock stock and patent to the US for pennies.

A very special relationship indeed.

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

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Re: And this is the problem,

Same here. I don't use the Metro side much, but it has novelty value.

However, the desktop still works just as fine for me as it did in 3.1/95/98SE/NT/2000/XP/Vista and 7.

I haven't had any issues at all. Neither has anyone else that I've rolled it out to.

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Do users have enough power?

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Oh no not the IT Magpies...

...the ones that feel entitled to every new bit of kit whether they needed it or not and sod the poor buggers that actually do need it.

I so despise them. I used to love doing 'gadget sweeps', mopping up such people and re distributing their unused gear to the needy. Their tears sustained me.

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Re: When a business workforce is spending more time fighting the systems than using them...

In our corporation, we just kept tight control on the admin password and changed it reasonably often.

Kept most users with their standard user accounts locked down.

The other thing is keep the staff busy enough so they don't have time to dick about.

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Re: When a business workforce is spending more time fighting the systems than using them...

Brother! Where have you been all my life????

I agree 100% with what you say. I made a similar if smaller comment along the lines above earlier.

Way too many senior IT managers think they are the ones running the company and that attitude filters down to their IT staff which it turn just makes a 'them & us' situation.

I remember telling several grey haired IT Managers they very same things as you mentioned about getting to understand the business, knowing how they work and becoming the trusted partner when I was going for job interviews for IT Relationship Manager positions.

I think I scared the life out of them, hence I didn't get the jobs. I guess the last thing they wanted was someone trying to work WITH the business rather than against it.

But it just makes life so much easier.

"Instead of arguing, lets just work it out and then we can all go down the pub for a pint?!"

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Re: Whatever.

What has always annoyed me is that too many corporate/company IT depts. feel that the business that it supports is actually there to support and work for the IT dept.

They forget it's the business that makes the money. IT is just one of many enablers.

If you work in IT then often you are 'just there to serve'. Make sure the business has what it needs to meet current and future challenges (not what it wants, big difference) and you are golden.

Oh and speak to the customer, sit with the staff and take the time to learn how they actually work. Helps to avoid all those costly assumptions. Sitting in your IT bunker isn't helping. Dangerous talk but it works.

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PGP, TrueCrypt-encrypted files CRACKED by £300 tool

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I always say.....

...encryption is just there to stop the guy who nicked/found your laptop on the train, taking a look at what's there before he wipes it and sticks something else on it or hands it in to the relevant parties.

If you have data that requires a greater level than that then speak to someone else or change your data policies on remote equipment.

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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Re: After Windows 8, was Vista's bad reputation REALLY deserved?

Hmmmm it all depends really.

My experience of Vista from day one was as follows -

Installed on a dual core machine with 2GB of ram with a clean bloatware free build it ran just fine. I never had any problems with the two Vista machines I ran (with OEM copies of Vista 64bit) and in fact the best version IMO was Home Basic as it did all you wanted with less stuff thrown in.

However, if it was installed by Dell/Toshiba/Fujitsu/Asus/Acer/HP etc. etc. with the general lack of attention they give, the dodgy pre-release drivers and masses of bloatware that was designed to work with XP then you got into trouble. That and the low ram and single cores they were pushing out at the time.

I get these old Vista machines in from time to time to service and they are truly awful disk thrashing machines. But I back up the user data and then install a clean fresh build of Vista with all the service packs and latest drivers and it runs as sweet as a nut. Basically as good as 7 does.

Customers are amazed when I hand them back.

The problems with Vista were it needed another couple of months polishing from MS.

The Hardware manufacturers needed to have developed proper drivers (32 and 64bit) for it. They had plenty of warning but had got lazy over XP lasting so long before Vista.

The PC/Laptop sellers skimped on the specs and loaded up the wrong bloatware (if there is such a thing as right bloatware).

A clean fresh install of Vista works fine.

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Re: win 95

I don't remember seeing it installed on many machines.

I never played it either.

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Re: Good job no-ones using Win 8 then!

I'll add another fave oft used witticism -

"(insert any year here)...the year Linux goes mainstream!"

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Valve hauls down The War Z, offers refunds

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Is this linked to World War Z?

As the movie of the same name (after the book) has had to have about 75% of it re-shot. Not good.

Looks like its a cursed franchise.

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

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Well just gone thorugh all the fonts on my web designer GF's machine.

The update was installed on the 12th. She loves her fonts does this girl.

All of them work fine. No issues using them in Word or Photoshop.

Works fine for us ...so the problem must be you!

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: Difficulty vs annoyance

Once again a classic example of someone making things stubbornly difficult.

Having items in the taskbar is no less difficult than having to go to the start menu, in fact more useful. I have zero difficulty handling many items in the taskbar. Are people suddenly getting tunnel vision or something?

As for metro, I dont use it. All I am saying is, for most 7 users the Start button isnt needed or used as much and with a bit of tweaking Windows 8 in desktop mode works pretty much the same as 7.

Just not worth all the pant wetting I'm seeing here over and over.

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Re: Difficulty vs annoyance

I'm with you on this. Never have I witnessed so much moaning pathetic bullsh*t in my life as folks who just wont pull their bottom lips from over their heads.

The reality is the Start button is largely redundant since the Win7 taskbar change. If you have an HD capable screen you can add 20+ applications to it which covers most folks. Shortcuts on the desktop or just using the winkey does the rest.

Change the default apps to all desktop ones and you rarely need to venture into metro land. You can delete most of the metro apps anyway.

You can add Control Panel to the taskbar from a winkey search. Not difficult.

Takes about five minutes to adjust it if you dont want to fully go 'metro'.

But any time anyone not sulking tries to point all these simple steps out to supposedly clever tech types....oh dear...heresy. Lalalalaaaa they just aint listening.

And folks tell people to switch to linux without sensing any irony.

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The Start Button really is a red herring.

Folks moaned (and are still moaning) about it and I did too at first.

Then I thought about it and realised that the number of times I actually used the Start Button to actually drill down through the levels of software I had installed was very little.

100% of the software I use everyday is added to the taskbar. The other applications I use quite often are shortcut icons on the desktop.

To me the Start button was just used for restarting and shutting down. It had pretty much become redundant.

I have asked many others this, to seriously think about how often with Windows 7 they actually drill down through the listings to find stuff. All of them pretty much went "hmmmm....ermmm....actually hardly at all!"

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The best smartphones for Christmas

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Ordered a Nexus 16GB today.

6-8 weeks is fine with me. Will have cleared off the xmas crap off the credit card by then and its something to look forward to in the new year.

I will miss the superior swipe gestures and multi-tasking of my Pre2 though. Back buttons are a bit retarded.

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum FAILS latest radio noise rules SHOCK

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Then look at it another way, we have all these new regulations and now have electrical appliances and TVs that generally only last the warranty period of a year and then fail.

Whats the average life of a modern LCD TV? 2-3 years? I remember a time when a TV would last 15+ years.

RoHS has just meant brittle inferior solder that cracks at the first sign of heat/stress and then it's landfill bound. Now that's eco friendly.

They giveth with one hand...

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Is that a MK2 board.....

...pictured in the article? I think it is.

May be worth trying a MK3 board. Just for giggles.......

http://www.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/computers/zxspectrum/spec48versions.htm

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Windows Phone 8 must be Microsoft's priority one, two AND three

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Re: Is that question rhetorical?

Unusable? You call yourself an IT guy.

Quit being hysterical. Have a cup of tea. Switch the pc back on and try again.

Open the control panel, switch the default apps to the desktop ones, use the taskbar and it works the same as windows 7.

Windows 8 certainly has done one thing, shown which IT folks can adapt and be a little more grown up about changes to IT.

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I was keen to buy a 920 or 820.

I thought as MS would be keen to try to shift as many of them as possible we might see a respectable price for them. I was looking to spend around £300.

It's not unheard of for firms that need to build their market share to cut the price.

But they then released them at silly premium price (like they did for RT etc.) and my interest faded.

I'll be getting a Nexus 4 after xmas it seems.

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

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Re: "make photo look worse"

I agree. I have asked many times what exactly is the point of Instagram and its USP of 'make your crappy pics crappier'.

Never got an answer.

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Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

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Got 16 GB of fixed storage on my phone. Got all my apps, email etc. in it. Some pictures and video clips.

Lets see...13.5GB free.

Oh I so wish I had more.

Seriously, I cent understand the need to carry my whole 'digital lifestyle' around with me.

I bet those that scream they need 64GB+ only ever have around 10GB in constant churn the rest sits there unread from the day it was installed.

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Tech titans lose our loyalty: Are fanbois a dying breed?

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Indeed.

Imagine if we just had one brand of computer gear to use for everything.

God what a dull world it would be.

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Well it had one point that most tech journos are forgetting.

That one solution does not fit all. Fair point.

I have seen too many articles written recently by tech journos whose job is mainly creating large blocks of text to send to someone to throw up on a website somewhere claiming the end of desktops, laptops and basically any IT device weighing more then a kilo.

Well yes when you job revolves around a task that is no more difficult that tapping two fingers on a 10" slab of glass, it may seem that way. However, some others have proper work to do.

"Well I can do all my job on a tablet sitting in Starbucks, I don't see why everyone else shouldn't be able to as well!"

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Ten technology FAILS

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Re: Sony MiniDisc

Yeah minidisc compression was designed by audio engineers first.

MP3 was designed by mathematicians first.

Go figure.

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Re: Blu Ray

I guess you didn't twig that I was being obtuse/sarcastic about the benefit of HD regarding pores.

I'm not that bothered anymore from having the best of the best. I can see BD looks better than DVD but DVD gives a perfectly good distortion free, solid SD image that to me is perfectly watchable. I watched SD stuff for the first 35+ years of my life. It's not a biggie.

I really don't care all that much about being able to see to the nth degree. You watch Prometheus on BD and I watch Prometheus on DVD we'll have both seen the same disappointing movie. It's just I will have paid less and wont be so annoyed.

I used to have a full Meridian Hi-Fi setup and sweated all the small stuff, such as stripping and cleaning it ever 4 months, having it perfectly level, filtered and isolated blah blah bollicky blah.

Then one day I realised I was wasting my time and realised that the tech and the gear was actually getting in the way of just enjoying the music or video.

I just changed entirely. I now just enjoy DVD played through my Xbox 360 or streamed via Lovefilm (I have a 16Mbps connection and it looks as good as DVD for me), my CD collection sits unused as I stream via Spotify (standard paid account) through my PC and its speakers.

It's so much more FUN. I feel really sorry for those that cant relax and just listen to a tune of a film unless all is perfection. I used to be one so I know what's going through their minds.

Enjoying movies and music isn't about the tech. If you think it is, then you are getting it all wrong.

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Re: Blu Ray

Oh rentals still work. In my Lovefilm subscription I get as many single DVD rentals as I can watch.

It's just actually buying media to keep that seems rather old fashioned and expensive, to me anyway.

I guess at age 38 I realised I amassed 'a lot of crap I never used' and decided there were more important things in life, like beer and such.....

Never looked back.

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Re: MiniDiscs

The great format that never was. Was superb for in the car and at a time when MP3 players were few and far between limited to 64Mb, on the move.

I had a 6 disc MD changer in my Puma and loved it. The media was cheap, and hooked up by TOSLINK made great effortless copies of your CDs.

The biggest loss was it never got properly pushed as a PC data medium. There in 1993 we had a cheap reliable re-recordable data format that could handle 150MB of storage.

Most HDDs were only that size around then and affordable/usable CD burners didn't really exist for another 2-3 years and as for CD-RW........

Plus it looked really cool.

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Re: Blu Ray

I don't really need to pay £15 for a BD to just see better pore definition on some actors face.

I and many others have woken up to the fact that many discs purchased since the dawn of DVD only get watched once, sometimes twice and thats it.

Waste of money really. With cinema now so expensive other options need to be explored.

Why buy a new release BD for £15 when you can rent it from the local library for £2? A netflix or Lovefilm subscription for £8 a month also reduces the need to buy physical media.

Buying discs just takes up space. Most of my DVD collection went to Oxfam.

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Re: Linux?

Probably referring to the almost annual Duke Nukem like adage of "**** (insert year)..the year Linx goes mainstream!"

I and many others are still waiting.

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You can tell xmas is close and enthusiasm is flagging.

This is the first of the 'Worst tech' articles you see a lot of this time of year.

Cut and paste from last year.

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Microsoft braces for Surface RT feedback storm

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I agree. I often see such posts from supposedly IT literate folks getting themselves into a real muddle.

I sit there using the same kit thinking.."well it's all working okay for me!"

I often wonder how their day goes with other things they own.

"Damn you washing machine!! Why cant you make toast instead of just soggy bread??!!"

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Re: Looks nice, but horrible to use

Blackberry Playbook - 411 +9 bonus points.

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Motörheadphönes Motörizer rock 'phones review

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Re: All so establishment in old age...

Well that pension fund does need the odd top up now and then.

Age the great leveller.

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Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification

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Re: what's the best alternative

Kaspersky makes me laugh when it asks ordinary folks -

"ALERT Kaspersky has detected that EXPLORER.EXE is trying to run! Which totally arbitrary and made up security group would you like Kaspersky to assign it to so that it may run appropriately?"

Ermm...........................

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MBAM?

I have dropped that from my suite of scanners for cleaning up HDDs.

For around a year now its been virtually useless at detecting anything. I really don't know why folks still recommend it. Even when it was vaguely useful it still wouldn't detect everything on first pass and needed another pass at least to get rid of the rest. Though mop ups with the likes of Combofix were still needed.

Oh you did run at least two passes with MBAM?

I smile when I read folks writing "Oh I just ran MBAM and that seemed to sort it!"

Like hell it has.

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Strange that I'm seeing a lot of these reports slamming MSE...

....just as it's now incorporated as standard in Windows 8, removing the need to bother with the likes of AVG/McAfee/Norton/Kaspersky etc.

Is it a few folks are very worried they could be out of a job in a short while?

If you use MSE and are concerned then install EMET3.0 which is specifically designed to fight Zero day stuff.

I run it at max settings for all my machines and it works fine.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29851

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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Re: Best ever?

Yeah when I saw the article I thought "oh have they changed the dull grey spreadsheet look then?"

Nope.

Predictable if nothing else.

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Nintendo Wii U Review

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The future?

Collecting dust under the TV by February like most Wii's.

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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Proteus

I think the scariest of them all.

One of the best ever bits of voice work there from an uncredited Robert Vaughan.

Truly menacing and vengeful.

"Clean the lenses!!"

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

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Re: Lapland phone

Guess where all the legit "slightly scratched" iPhone5 bodies go........

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Data cop slap for Brit text pests

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Hmmmm......

So you make a dodgy £10 million and then have to pay a fine of £400000.

What's the catch here? Can they write that off against tax?

Seems like a winner to me.

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

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Re: desktop camper

Yes I don't get the "you need multiple apps for weather/stocks/sport/news/travel" thing when my web browser pulls all the same info into one application.

T hats the only part of Windows 8 I don't really get. Seems odd for a PC.

Other than that, back in desktop land it's fine.

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Peter Moore: IT consultant, Iraq hostage - Part Two

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Sensitive employers.

We'd like you to work in Afghanistan......

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Windows 8 launch outdoes Windows 7's, says Microsoft bigwig

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Well....

I've bought 4 copies so far. No issues.

More than I bought at release for any other OS.

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Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push

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Individual...as in owning an iPhone like everyone else?

Me? I don't have a Windows/iOS or Android phone. Pre2, now that's individual.

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Yes may I just add....

...I wasn't referring to personal phones.

I was referring to whatever kit the company issues as standard.

You take what you are given and get on with it.

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