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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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Re: can't resist

Or a computing device described as 'magical'.

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Review: HP ENVY x2 Windows 8 convertible

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Not bad...but.....

...the price for the performance is a bit high. £100 cheaper might be better.

Plus not being able to charge the tablet part on its own? So you still have to lug around the base if you are going anywhere for a while.

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

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Re: Not in the UK I don't think.

I must say that my experience in the UK is the same.

I know at least 15+ friends that own a 360 and 2 that own a PS3.

Anecdotal I know.

However, a lot of folks forget just how large the population of Japan is. Ask a lot of people and they'll often go "oh I dunno, say 50 million!"

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Shock News!

One antique device sold marginally more than another antique device!

After all this time those figures are pretty pointless really. Time to bring on the next batch.

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

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Re: wishful thinking

I see where you are coming from but even though I went through the joy that was the 8 bit period and had some fun in the 16bit (had a 512K Fat Mac) I look back at what was basically a period of toys. I didnt know many people that were trying to run their business off a C64 or Spectrum. A few tried on a BBC B but when you had the money to buy a BBC B.......you know what I mean.

We could have had a situation by the late 80's to early 90's where we had -

Apple churning out expensive Macs.

IBM still pushing PCs running DOS (would they have created a new front end? Would OS2 have occurred had Windows not existed?)

Amiga still pushing out their ever transforming line up. They never seemed to have a clear vision.

Atari?

The UK computer industry? I still think it would have imploded. A couple might have limped on a bit longer.

Sure things could have evolved differently, we'll never know but I still don't think Microsoft's influence was all bad. A lot of us here are having very nice careers because of them whether good or bad or we use it or not.

Would linux have become what it is without MS helping to get a load of PC kit into the hands of folks and enthusiasts? Or would linux been enough to fill the gap had MS never existed? Would there have been the need to 'create' linux had MS not existed?

Oh we could debate this down the pub for ages. A forum like this isn't good enough really.

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Re: wishful thinking

A lot of tech journos seem to forget its Microsoft that gave them a career.

It wasnt linux or Apple. Microsoft did more than anyone to push cheaper affordable computing into the mainstream so that now most western households have probably more than one computing device.

If it had been down to Apple it would still be £3000 for a simple computer. As for Linux....

I'm not saying that means a slavish devotion to MS. Not at all, criticism where it's due at all times. However, MS gave the journos an audience that is interested enough to want to read their articles.

If MS goes then I don't think it would be the great computing nirvana that many here think it would be.

Apple's prices would skyrocket, computing/internet advancements would be restricted and I bet they would then turn their cash reserves and lawyers on hunting down linux and picking that off one by one.

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Re: You're not the first, however

Same here. The Tiles appear then its hit enter and into Desktop for the next 7 hours.

Cant see what all the fuss is about really. Set your program defaults to the desktop ones and get on with it.

I have also mentioned to some about why have 10 different apps to do what I do in one browser application.

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Nuisance calls DOUBLE, Ofcom vows to hunt down offenders

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Re: Cant I just ask to opt out of receiving any calls from India?

Yes but if I want to opt out thats up to me.

I can always give those that need to call me a mobile number.

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Cant I just ask to opt out of receiving any calls from India?

Won't affect me at all.

I don't tend to deal with companies that offshore either. No loss.

A digital exchange would be able to do that surely?

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Bletchley Park boffins start trailblazer EDSAC computer rebuild

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Probably arrive before....

....my Nexus 4!

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Mozilla claims 25 per cent JavaScript speed boost with Firefox 18

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You know why this is......

...no one ever bothers to do any real testing anymore.

Why bother when version 19 will be out in a month promising it will be better.........

Rinse and repeat.

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Windows RT jailbreak smash: Run ANY app on Surface slabs

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Re: Children please.....

Well you can make excuses all you like but when you sit down and clear your mind of herd rage a lot of the changes are pretty minor in most cases. Really not worth all the spleen venting.

It's like all my fave tech forums have been taken over by 14 year olds that have had their Steam accounts suspended or similar.

If only all this anger and outrage could be used against something that really warrants it, like child poverty.

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Re: Children please.....

I and the other half dozen I have rolled it out to havent struggled either.

Quite easy once you stop moaning and following the herd rage.

In fact I'm getting asked to supply other Windows 8 machines to those that see the ones I have put out there. They don't have a problem either.

I think most of the issue was in the minds of all the tech journalists. I guess just using a iPad to do your work on for the past three years shrinks and weakens the brain?

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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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Re: Well when you've been dumped by everyone else...

Consoles dear boy, consoles.

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Well when you've been dumped by everyone else...

...what do you do?

Only trouble for Nvidia is next to zero market and brand awareness with the general population who might buy this stuff.

"Nvidia? Who are they? Do they make cheap tablets or willy pills or something?"

Yes PC gamers I hate to break it to you but you are a very small (but vocal) minority.

We'll see this time next year.

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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

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This isnt about making stuff faster.....

..it's all about market churn that's all.

Ohhh stir it up a bit! Look that one goes one louder!!!

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It takes all sorts to build a cloud

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Maybe in the early stages you set up a specialist team from all areas and then once its bedded in you send em back let them expand the knowledge and treat it as business as usual.

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

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Re: @DJ

@AC Re. recent AV tests and MSE

I've found it quite interesting that for quite some time MSE always tested really well and was always recommended.

However, now that it's been reconfigured into Windows 8 as Defender as standard (which basically means you dont have to buy Kaspersky/Norton/McAfee etc. etc. anymore). We are getting a raft of 'independent' reports stating its not very good.

Coincidence?

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