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Bring out your dead: Reg readers reveal filthy, filthy PCs...

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A good indicator of a persons house.

If I get a PC dropped off that looks like a vision of hell inside, then when I take it back I know their house will be a hellhole.

Never fails. Yes people live in conditions that look like those photos.

Since I've been a roving IT tech I've been quite amazed at how many people live in total shitholes. These aren't 'poor' people, these are folks living in large barn conversions that must have cost £400k+. The new BMW 530i is outside but inside, your skin crawls.

Have some self-respect people!

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Plunging BT sales hit every branch of the biz on way down

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Please........

....can we have broadband only lines. I'm fed up paying for landline usage that I don't use.

Just bundle the whole thing together and switch off the voice calls.

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Netbooks were fine.....

....and quite the novelty at first.

Then after a while the usually crappy trackpad and 600 pixel depth screen just really got on your nerves.

I'm no longer a fan of netbooks. My heart sinks if I go to see a customer and there is one sitting on the dining room table.

My own Acer netbook with its 8 cell mega battery sits collecting dust in the corner. Every time I do bother to switch it on the version of linux has totally changed.

However, my new Samsung Chromebook turned up today so that will be interesting. Gives me a few more vertical pixels after all.

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BBC: What YOU spent on our lawyers in Secret Climate 28 debacle

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Re: Downvoted, eh?

@g e

Indeed, I have long said that Climate Change is the wrong poster boy for the green/eco movement. It's too divisive, just causes arguments and in fighting which distracts from the real problem at hand.

Which is?

Pollution.

A lot of pollution is visible and there for all to see. If we worked to spotlighting this and cleaning up our doorsteps then chances are we'll take care of the other pollutants that may be having further effects on our environment.

I'm sure the big corporations love pumping money into both sides of the climate change debate as it keeps the environmentalists distracted while they go on dumping.

Time to get back to environmental basics with actual visible proof than piles and piles of weather data and graphs,

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BlackBerry bets fans are willing to upgrade skills

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Re: gimme a portrait slider

Well the fact that using my lovely Pre 2 was like being the last one left at a really bad party (tumbleweed) was enough to make me move to a Nexus 4.

I haven't regretted it.

I still have a Playbook to keep me in the swiping mentality.

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Amounts of apps in a store is misleading.

To find the actual number of even vaguely worthwhile apps you take the total number and divide it by 1000.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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So the Macbook Pro won eh?

Shame no one is buying them anymore really.

20% down year on year........

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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Re: @Chad H. Win 8 is a grower

So you don't use the Taskbar that on a standard 1920x1080p panel will accommodate around 25 applications?

Maybe another dozen on the desktop for lesser used applications? So thats nearly 40 applications in easy fast reach. You don't have to go crazy, but its not like the days of 3.1 when icons ate up the ram and performance.

Much quicker than drilling down through folder after folder of applications in the Start Menu.

You know things move on and change.

How hard do you find it to buy spats and antimacassars these days?;-)

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Re: @Chad H. Win 8 is a grower

No, all we are saying is if you don't like Metro then you don't have to use it.

There is no gun to your head. When you actually get round to trying it properly you'll find that quite quickly.

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Re: Win 8 is a grower

@Chad H

Erm just set your application defaults to the desktop ones. Have you not done that before? I've got three or four items of software open on my Windows 8 desktop right now. Still haven't seen Metro since 9.03am this morning.

I rolled out a Windows 8 laptop to a 75 year old lady yesterday. She took to it just fine. In fact she was really pleased with it. I skyped her today to check up and she's still there, happy and getting on with it.

At no time did she jump up and down screaming that it was terrible, pissed her pants, threw shit around the room and shouted "Windows 8 lover FAGGGG!!" in my face.

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Re: Win 8 is a grower

I know it's crazy isn't it.

Just hitting Enter after start up shifts me into Desktop and that's where I stay for the rest of the day. Metro/Modern never appears till I switch it back on again the next day. Metro time per day? About 1 second.

And we keep saying, like concerned parents with puzzled looks on our faces as though talking to a distressed 5 year old, "but you don't have to use Metro!"

Yet the haters just still keep going "but I have to use Metro!" or "You cant avoid Metro!" or "Metro is unusable!"

You do really have to wonder at whether they have actually used the damn thing or their claimed level of IT proficiency.

Never has so much hate and anger been wasted on something so trivial and almost non-existent.

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: SkyDrive?

Cheers Nick!

Noted.

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MS Office?.......

....girls software!

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Re: SkyDrive?

DPA issues is something that really appears to have been brushed under the carpet by all concerned in the 'cloud arena'.

Not that long ago I was hunting round for cloud storage that was contained in the UK. The couple of companies that fitted the bill were totally clueless about it when I called them.

Needs a major investigation and kick up the arse to clarify.

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Re: There are these things called...

Not exactly the most elegant or robust solution though.

16k ram packs spring to mind.

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UPnP scan shows 50 million network devices open to packet attack

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So what are the steps for the average user to take......

....to mitigate this in the simplest and least crippling way?

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Review: Intel 335 240GB SSD

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Re: Actually.....

I've had good results running Samsung 830 SSDs with older SATA2 kit.

The Sandisk drives work fine too.

No idea with Macs though.

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Re: no rating?

To be honest ratings are pretty useless.

I'd rather just have an honest user experience review and that's it.

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RIM PlayBook trumps new iPad in UK channel sales - analyst

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Re: Playbook

Yep I bought one in September. Great little bit of kit. Since I've had it, several friends and family have picked one up too. Robust, simple to use and a decent range of the core apps and games that you would want.

Oh and it has a proper web browser and multi-tasking too.

Be interesting to see what happens if and when it gets the BB10 update. Though its a pretty sorted as it is.

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My top tip for Microsoft: Stop charging for Windows Phone 8

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Re: "the writing is on the wall for desktop computing."

The decline in desktop sales is only down to the fact that the software isn't there to take advantage of any CPU tech since 2007. I'm not including games in this though that sector is still lagging.

Take any old dual core enterprise PC off the IT Stores shelf and slap a new build on it and its good to go

Folks still want and need desktops just not in the sheer numbers we needed 10 years ago. We can just sweat the assets far longer.

As for needing more CPU power, other than video transcoding software, anything in the basic business software remit that would make a CPU spin up to 100% for more than 5 seconds would be viewed with suspicion.

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New stats: Blighty's PC market ended 2012 on its KNEES

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Re: I wonder how mac sales are doing?

Here we go -

http://www.itproportal.com/2013/01/25/mac-sales-dip-amidst-imac-constraints-ipad-cannibalization/

I like how a 20% drop was considered just a 'slight dip'.

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Re: I wonder how mac sales are doing?

I read somewhere yesterday that Mac sales are down big time too and have been for the past 2-3 years.

Folks just want the shiny phones and tablets.

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Indeed.

My customers just ask "what do I need that's a bit better than what I have?"

When what they have is an old Compag from 2005 with a single core Celeron, 512MB and a 4200rpm 40GB HDD, its hard to justify them spending more than £400.

I tell them to get a cheap one, run it into the ground over the next 3-4 years and then get another for a third less than what you paid for that one.

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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Re: "Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me..."

Yes with Eadon around it's like having your own Forum Court Jester.

Except we got lumbered with a not very funny one.

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Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

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My heart always sinks...

...when I visit a customer having internet problems and they have a Belkin.

I have to admit I gave up on Linksys gear several years ago too. Never seemed to last more than a couple of years for me.

Strictly a Draytek man now.

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No UK date, no biz disties: Will Microsoft cock-up the Surface Pro too?

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Re: You're missing the obvious

"Windows 8 was never intended to be a corporate / business product."

Well done. I'm amazed so few have realised this.

MS knows the way its operating systems get taken on by the corps and enterprise. The schedule was set with most corps switching to NT4in 1999 for Y2K, XP by the mid 2000's and 7 for the past couple of years.

MS knows full well 8 isn't going to be a enterprise/corp OS so it's taken the move to bring out a more domestic consumer orientated one. They can do this as the corps will be still rolling out 7 for the next couple of years.

MS is now back on its new OS every 2-3 years schedule so it knows that corporate take up wont probably come around in any great numbers till Windows 10. In the meantime it's trying some new stuff on domestic consumers than the corporate ones. The next Windows could well be a further enhanced version of 8. 10 could well be quite different and more business style. A lot can happen in 7 years or so.

Any IT Manager/consultant that hasn't figured this out should really try and be a little more perceptive, or find a new job.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot? - yes, by releasing Win 8.

@Eadon

Truth hurts I guess chap!

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot? - yes, by releasing Win 8.

Another Eadon post!

They all sound the same, it's like Uncle Albert from Only Fools And Horses...

"when I was in the war Rodney....."

Change the record chap. We know you think Windows is crap, tired of hearing of it. In fact I bet the linux folks are too. Not helping!

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Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

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Re: Hehehe, Crafty, Creative

The problem is that most companies have got rid of the old 'people manager' the person who kept an eye on staff, monitored the work, did all the staff management duties, appraisals, training etc. etc.

Those people largely don't exist any more, Instead you have a manager that's only interested in how good he or she looks to the guy above them and maybe the guy above them too.

As long as there are not sh*tstorms heading their way they don't care what the staff are doing.

I and my other colleagues used to have to submit a lengthy and tedious weekly progress report. After a few weeks of doing this I took a gamble and started just submitting the same report every week with just the date changed at the top. Never got noticed.

If you have to do reports like that try it. Just create a an actual report for that first week just in case it gets noticed (oops I sent the wrong one!) and then send in last weeks weeks. If it works carry on. If it happens for several months and then gets noticed you have the comeback of advising them would it be worthwhile for everyone else to be made aware that their reports were not being looked at most of the time?

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NASA aims Curiosity's percussive drill at pink, veiny target

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C'mon and start drilling already.

Havwent they been at this stage for over a month now?

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Today's antivirus apps ARE 'worse at slaying hidden threats'

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A big rush for everyone to discredit everyone.......

...since MS bundled the rebabdged MSE in Windows 8.

Now the gentleman's agreement is over its gloves off and a right slanging match has ensued.

The fact that the worst virus stuff is written and released on a daily schedule, it's a no win situation.

I always say getting a virus is like a broken windscreen. You can go years without one and then get two in as many weeks.

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Biz users, hard-up punters: Nobody loves Windows 8

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Re: another reason

I think MS knew that Windows 8 wasn't going to be the Enterprise/Corporate refresh OS of choice. That runs on far longer cycles. Chances are the next one wont be till 9 or even 10.

Hence why they went for a more domestic orientated OS with 8.

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Re: I really like Windows 8...

I slapped Windows 8 (£25) on a old Tecra M7 from 2005/6. I upped the CPU to a 2Ghz C2D (£15 on Ebay) and it had 4GB of ram already. I also slapped a 64GB Samsung SSD in it (£65)

Absolutely flies with 8 on it. In fact I took it along to one of my small business meetings to show it off to let folks know that they didn't have to buy a new laptop to get decent performance. Managed to get several SSD/Win8 upgrade orders out of it as a result. They all didn't seem to mind Windows 8 either.

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Review: Google Nexus 4

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Re: One of the worst run Tech projects ever,

Indeed I have tried PC Worlds for miles around to no avail. Just out of stock everywhere. I'm not paying £350 to a online Ebay scalper for the privilege either.

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One of the worst run Tech projects ever,

Google's supply chain team need sacking or a good flogging.

I have a Nexus on order. It's like it's 1981 again and the terms "allow 28 days for delivery" are back but only worse.

I'm also trying to buy a Samsung Google Chromebook. Nope cant get them for RRP either. All gone.

It's an odd way to try to gain market share.

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British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

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Re: shooting Glock 17 from a UK newbie.

@AC 4.17GMT

So a few people lost their toys. So what.

I guess you are from the other side of the pond and a gun supporter? I guess the concept of people not feeling they need firearms and not having ever been directly affected by them either fills you with dread or jealousy?

Me? I fell pretty relaxed about it all. Handguns...we never needed them in the UK, totally different culture with regards to the needs of firearms. The country was largely settled and tamed before firearms even appeared.

From my experience of living with folks in the US, many nasty situations would be avoided if they just locked their doors and windows at night. Kind of a vaccine rather than a messy cure.

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Re: shooting Glock 17 from a UK newbie.

As a 41 year old living in the UK I am more than happy that handguns are banned.

That ban affected very few people (just collectors and a few other individuals) and was no great loss.

So in my 41 years of living in the UK I have never seen a handgun in the hands of anyone but an armed Police Officer. I have never been threatened with a handgun. Never been shot at. Never seen any direct evidence of their use in my daily life or never had any of my friends hurt, killed or threatened with one either.

I'm more than happy for it to stay that way.

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Re: shooting Glock 17 from a UK newbie.

The Gf and I were in Vegas a few years ago and I wanted to go along to a gun shop to try some out.

Off we went and the Gf had a 9mm auto to try out (wasnt a glock) and quite enjoyed that.

I on the other hand first asked to try a M16 in 5.56mm. Quite nice, pulls up and to the right. I reckon a few more clips and I would have got the hang of it just fine. On semi auto or auto it really gets through the rounds quick. Blip blip blip and you are done. This wasnt the pre mid 70's clip size either.

Then I asked rather cagily if they had anything in .44 Magnum calibre. Well you have to really. So the guy smiled, reached under the counter and pulled out a stainless steel Ruger with a 9" barrel. "This do?" he asked.

So there I was left alone with a .44 and twenty rounds. Found it not that hard to shoot, quite a kick. Must say my right thumb ached a bit the next day.

If I go again I might try the Barrett Light 50 and a classic Browning .45.

When we walked on the range someone was trying out a Thomson 'Tommy gun'. That had to be heard to be believed, even with ear defenders.

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Re: Don't Understand.

I read somewhere that the pistol is only really there to help get you back to your rifle which you should never have dropped in the first place.

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Re: @jason 7 RE: "Did you not mean 50 yards?" I would imagine the he in common with.........

I was being generous I know.

I remember reading up that after the Korean war to investigate body armour they pulled together all the injury stats from WW2 and up to Korea and found that in actual fact, in battle, you have much chance of being hit by an aimed bullet as you have with a random one or shrapnel. It's just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Plus most injuries occured within ranges of 300 meters not 2000 as has always been specified by the army ballistic rule book.

Basically in a actual battle situation accuracy and range goes to pieces. Being able to spray a lot of ammo very quickly in the enemies general direction is often the most common scenario.

Hence why there was a move to smaller caliber ammunition like the 5.56mm that didnt need to have effective aimed stopping power over the longer range 7.62mm.

Taking out bad guys from 100m away with your Desert Eagle is for the bad guy in the Steven Segal movies.

You might hit an elk at 10m with it though.

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Re: @Zmodem

"I'm no army man"

Yes it's bloody obvious. One shot within ten yards and you'd crap your pants like the rest of us.

Stick to packing your 360 controller instead. Fantasy warrior!

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@Zmodem

So when and where did you serve in Iraq or Afghanistan? How many tours did you do?

Just interested in your wealth of experience of combat situations.

Kind of intrigued about these 500 yard gun battles with over-powered handguns and shotguns. Did you not mean 50 yards?

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Bad news: PC slump worse than feared. Good news: It's Friday

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Re: smart

I'm getting a bit tired of the constant "It's Windows 8!!!! That's the reason....." articles.

Got nothing to do with that from what I see with my customers. They don't care what OS goes on the machine. They really don't.

The main reason is that the dual core PC or laptop that they bought in 2007/8/9/10 is still going strong.

The need for constant power upgrades is over. The OS only matters to Corporate/Enterprise refresh cycles. We all knew that 8, no matter what it was like, was never going to be the main corporate upgrade choice.

Thats partly why I reckon MS went with a more consumer approach with it.

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Re: Moore's Law and ignorance

It really was the advent of dual cores that ended the constant need for more CPU power for most.

With two CPUs under the hood we could then do at least two things without the machine grinding to a halt.

Game over.

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The thing is that......

.... a lot of folks bought XP machines. it was the only game in town for so long.

They held off and and then bought Windows 7 machines like crazy when it came out.

The fact that MS brought 8 out so soon is not going to alter things much. The big rush for now has passed.

It will hit again in about three years time.

No one that bought a Windows 7 PC or laptop in the past two years (who isnt an enthusiasts or has money to burn) is going to buy another Windows PC right now.

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Re: Have you tried Win 8 with a mouse

I know amazing right? It's like you woke up one morning and everyone around you has had a stroke and can't remember how to use a computer or learn new things.

Most bizarre.

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Razzies set to torpedo pop minx Rihanna's Battleship

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Re: Missed on my picks

No, I watched the DKR on Xmas Day.

Very disappointed. Not a great script, not a great villain and 20 minutes too long. Bit of a mess really.

Kind of expected more after the previous two.

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WTF?

Surprised Prometheus.....

...didnt scrape in there for a nomination.

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Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

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Reverse case here!

My Mum and Dad live out in the sticks. They were with TalkTalk and the service just fell apart over the past couple of years. Line dropped to 0.1Mbps from the 2-3Mbps they originally got.

This went on for a few months. I changed the router and filter and also removed the bellwire to zero effect. Calls were made to TalkTalk and they said there was nothing they could do.

So I told Dad to switch to BT. Yes I know!

He switched over. We plugged in the router and got 6Mbps instantly!

Been like that for the past year. Solid.

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Kill that Java plugin now! New 0-day exploit running wild online

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Stop

I'll say it till I'm blue in the face - EMET3.0

It's designed to stop Zero Day Stuff.

Install it, set EMET to maximum security and then load up the application profile called 'ALL' in the EMET Program Folder/Deployment/Protection Profiles.

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

For god's sake MS just install this as standard and start using the bloody security you install by default.

Who cares if some bit of shareware from 1998 wont work if you do.

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