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Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

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Your kids no longer get an 'education' at school.

They purely learn how to memorise what's on the exam.

It's not about educating and producing socially aware human beings. It's all about getting the school's stats higher.

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Re: Depends on what it is for...

Even after the 4-5 years or so that Apple no longer supports it and you cant update it? And the compatible software gets smaller and smaller...

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: Not being a professional techIe I wonder if you guys could help me with a question.

Humans are lazy.

Testing ...is a drag and it costs money.

Worry about it if and when it goes wrong.

"It worked last time so it should still work this time I guess!"

etc. etc.

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Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

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Just close your accounts.

And move on.

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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C'mon we all know what the problem is.

I'm pretty sure it accounts for 95% of cock ups whether IT or Admin.

Basically the working population in the West doesn't give a crap about their jobs anymore.

They've all been kicked in the nuts or ovaries so many times by those at the top they don't don't give a sh*t.

If they see a major issue or bug on the horizon do they dutifully get up and report it? Nope, sod it, who cares, let it happen! Maybe our boss will get the sack and we'll get a new douchebag in his place. He/she might be less of a douche so it might work out okay!

To quote Office Space -

"It's not that I'm lazy....it's that I just don't care!"

If you are a Boss, think long and hard about what you have done to make staff 'want to take a bullet' for you or the company over the past few years. Yep...thats why they all keep coming in later and later with longer and longer faces.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: How long....

In case people are wondering I was meaning in relation to HM Govt. can get ANYTHING through THEY really want in super quick time.

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How long....

...did it take to sort out Fox Hunting?

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Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

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Re: Anyone interested should read -

Quite right.

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Anyone interested should read -

ENIGMA The Battle For The Code by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

A lot of names and detail but explains that it was a massive effort from a lot of people not just the two or three players the movies concentrate on.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re: I think... Far East manufacture there you have it

I think I was told it costs around 50p to ship a TV from China to the UK. However it costs many time more to to get it the 150 miles from the Cargo port to the distribution warehouse.

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Re: I think...

I remember years ago on the Money Program there was an investigation into this and they interviewed Rover who proudly boasted they could sell a Rover MG sports built in Britain for considerably more than they do when they ship them to Hong Kong.

Richard Branson also though it hilarious that CDs he manufactured in the UK sold for nearly half the price in the US. Thanks Richard.

My other half worked for a electronics firm that actually made components in the UK. Their pricing was purely based on "how much we know we can get away with!" So the US got a part for 10p a pop whereas the UK firms would have to pay 50p.

Adobe has always maintained the difference in cost for the UK and US versions of their products was due to 'language issues'.

Really just need a UK wide campaign to 'Stop buying over-priced crap!" for a month.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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My faith in Shatner went up considerably...

...when a few years ago at a Intel Tech Conference or some such where he was a guest speaker.

He stood up and reeled off a load of current must have tech and finished the list with the phrase -

"And none of this s**t actually works!"

Or words of a similar nature.

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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Re: When did Britain lose its way?

I remember the days of the IRA bombings. We'd get two days of rightful outrage in the press and then back to normal ASAP.

Stuff happened in the background but we didn't know and it didn't appear to affect us or require any major changes in laws and legislation at the time.

But as I mention elsewhere the masses were a little happier and less informed/aware of the bigger picture back then.

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It's all about...

...protecting the 1% from the other 99% when they come asking for it all back.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: I'd also add...

Well the magnetic core also deflects such stuff as cosmic rays etc. that if they hit the surface would spoil your day.

Massive amounts of radiation tends to kill most things. Hence the term 'dead planet'. It's engine stopped a long time ago.

I really don't understand why they go on so much about terra-forming Mars.

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Re: I'd also add...

Barrummm..tishhh

I thangyor!

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I'd also add...

..a working magnetic core but I guess a little factor like that got overlooked in all the excitement.

Mars..is a DEAD planet.

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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Re: Interesting, my Synology is significantly faster

Seems to tally up that you need 500MHz of CPU power to push around 20MBps. 1.6Ghz = 60+MBps.

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Re: My old 400Mhz ARM QNAP...

I tell a lie, I just actually checked and is a TS109-II with a 500MHz CPU and 256MB of ram. Not much different I guess.

Buy yes it pushes around 20-22 MBps on a good day. THe HDD is one of those odd 1TB Samsungs that runs at 5900rpm rather than 5400rpm.

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My old 400Mhz ARM QNAP...

will give around 22MBps. Fine for a bit of backup and network storage for two persons.

The recent small business QNAP with dual core Atom would push 100MBps over a single ethernet. Didn't get time to test it with both ethernet ports but it didn't seem to be breaking a sweat.

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So thats...

...25 users pinging the odd 33KB word doc back and forth or 25 users streaming HD video 7 hours a day.

Which seems the more realistic usage scenario in the average small business office?

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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It weighs in at 167g, and it's a very heavy 167g.

So there is also a light 167g then?

My Nexus 4 in a case weighs 184g. I hardly notice it and I am not burly of frame or a small marsupial. Just a human being.

167g is not heavy.

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Hey Microsoft: You want to keep hardware partners onside? Stick to software

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Actually...

...I'd really like MS to start selling laptops with just Windows on them and configured to work straight out of the box like Apple does.

The likes of HP/Acer/Toshiba/Lenovo etc. all make their laptops look stupid by piling in the useless crapware that just ruins the experience and also means its an hour and a half of messing about till you've got rid of the crap and burnt your reinstall DVDs etc.

I don't see any reason that MS shouldn't get its own laptops built and configured so they work. It is possible as many of my customers bring their still unopened laptops to me to clean off and configure and they work perfectly after that.

No one ever used Oberon Media...

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: Can we get rid of the AC function?

It is Jason actually.

But one of millions of course. However, as the poster above me says at least people can track back and form a opinion of what I say as Jason 7 on this forum.

Whereas you hide so bravely behind the AC moniker. It's so much easier when you see a nutcase post and realise "Oh it it's just that window licker Eadon at it again!"

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Because then...

....we can identify the 'usual nutcases' and apply 100% insignificance to their posts.

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Can we get rid of the AC function?

I automatically reduce the validity of any AC comment by 90% if someone doesn't even have the balls to put their 'made up name' to it.

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Re: Just waiting for the main review...

Hmmm seems The Inquirer has written just that.

Predictable.

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Just waiting for the main review...

...where it says "the beefy Lumia weighs in at a huge hefty titanic biceps snapping 20 grams more than the iPhone!"

Like somehow the human race has become enfeebled and cannot carry anything more weighty than a feather in case it snaps their wrists.

Note to Smart Phone reviewers, some of us are still capable of getting ourselves dressed in the morning.

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Re: Hmm Hang on.

Hmmm again.

My laptop running a fully updated 6 month old Windows 8.1 Pro setup with Office 2013, Libre Office, Firefox, Chrome, Skype, Spotify etc. etc.on a 120GB SSD...

21GB.

If you go to Drive tools you can trim out all the unwanted files...including the updates and the previous version of 8 from the 8.1 upgrade. So it's dead easy to trim out the junk.

So quite what this tablet is doing with only 60GB free...

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Hmm Hang on.

You say the tablet has a 128GB SSD in it with Windows 8.1 Pro installed, leaving 60GB spare.

So say 120GB usable. Install of Windows 8.1 Pro about 18GB, so that leaves us with around 100GB spare..

A recovery partition usually takes around 10GB say.

Thats some bloatware on that tablet!

As an aside I'm running full blown laptops just fine with some old Intel 40GB SSDs that even with Office installed still leaves around 10+ GB free. Perfectly good for general use.

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Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models

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Re: College/school work?

A Chromebook if nothing else is a cheap handy backup if a main machine goes wrong.

Especially if all her work is also backed up into Google Drive.

The 11" Samsungs are on special offer in a lot of places.

You should always have a backup machine, not just a data backup.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Or...

Not sure why the downvotes.

Just pointing out on a Windows box if you press the Off button it properly shuts down the PC. Well it does on mine.

Fairly simple for most people I would have thought.

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Or...

...press the Off button.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Re: How to prefer XP to 7/8

So switch Secure Boot off.

I've done it. Not difficult.

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Re: What's to look forward to?

@Ivan4

New machine.

Why would you get someone to pay for a new OS and to install it on a 6+ year old machine with parts that will likely fall over in a year or so.

Why would I make someone continue to suffer running a old Athlon PC with 512MB of ram and a less than stellar 160GB HDD?

Dual booting an old wreck doesn't make financial sense. Nor good use of my time.

They get a new machine fully setup with all their data and email migrated plus a training session on how to use it.

Sometimes you just have to move on.

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Re: There's not much wrong with windows

I must admit I had a few customers (about 4) I thought I'd 'lost' a while ago as they decided to switch over to Apple for work use. Nothing wrong with their older Windows setup but I think they had bought into the Apple ethos kind of. Shiny stuff is nice.

Anyway fast forward 18 months later to today and they are now all back on Windows machines. It just didn't work out for them I suppose.

I've had some good offers on partially used Macbook Pros though!

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Re: What's to look forward to?

In my experience as a local IT Guy, once you move those people who love XP over to 7 or 8.1 then they don't want to go back after a week or two. I moved a lot of baby boomers and older over to 7 or 8 back in March/April and none of them have gone back to their old XP machine nor would they want to.

It's the usual "I'm comfy/secure where I am" syndrome, thats all. Once you put a faster more capable machine in front of them then they realise things have moved on.

As for Windows 7 going up in price. I'm still paying the same price if not less than I was a few months ago. No change there as far as I can tell.

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PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM

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Re: Use spotify myself

Well I guess if or when the apocalypse comes, I'll be the one getting my hands on the shotgun and the tins of baked beans while the rest are tweeting about it whilst running around trying to charge up their smartwatches...

Could make it easier for me I suppose.

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Re: Use spotify myself

Wow I guess some folks hold superflous fluff like 'streaming music services' far higher than I do in my list of critical life priorities.

In fact I don't reckon it would appear in my top 50.

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Re: Use spotify myself

If Spotify goes tits up?

Well it's hardly the end of the world. I still have a huge rack of CDs behind me I could dust off...or switch on the radio.

Solution - Unsubscribe and subscribe to a similar service. Or just unsubscribe and keep the money.

Not a problem.

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Re: Use spotify myself

What's the problem with DRM?

I don't mind paying for digital media that someone has taken effort over and spent money to create.

Therefore, as far as I can recall DRM has never caused an issue for me. So what's the issue for you guys?

I am now (and have been for many years) fully conditioned to expect that 'nothing lasts forever' in this digital world. You live for now. If you want something to 'last forever' then look elsewhere than the internet.

Full Premium Spotify user here for 3+ years and loving it.

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Redmond's EMET defense tool disabled by exploit torpedo

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Re: Eh?

As mentioned it can't be enabled by default as then thousands of in house business software packages and loads of software that isn't coded properly or written before say 2005 will fall over instantly.

I've installed it on quite a few customer machines and even today modern software like Firefox and Chrome still cock up updates that trigger it.

Again its the human element that lets it down.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: The thing I love about my watch...

Eh? Why spend £200 on a toy watch of dubious value?

Buy a proper watch that will last longer than six months and also still hold its value.

Plastic straps... Well really.

A toy.

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The thing I love about my watch...

..is that it simply tells the time and the day of the month.

Oh and it only needs a new battery every 2-3 years. In that time it just keeps working. No forgetting to charge it up, not having to worry if I'll be able to tell the time come 11pm.

It doesnt distract me, make noises, require updates.....be obsolete in 8 months time.

Why in this day and age are we replacing simple, efficient well designed devices for devices that at best offer lower reliability, are kludgy and much much higher maintenance?

Am I the only one not taking crazy pills?

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Yeah the staff at the Norwich city centre branch are generally a fairly human and helpful bunch. I don't require their assistance but they always say hello and I've never had to jump in to correct when I over hear them giving advice.

I only use them for emergency "I NEED IT NOW!" stuff and when I do the prices make me wince. Usually its for the odd bits and bobs but now I have Amazon Prime I can order a 5M CAT5.e for half the price and have it turn up 10am the next morning.

I do wonder at their strategy when I see things like graphics cards selling for £80 in their cabinet that I could get from Amazon or Ebuyer for £30.

How many £1 special offer keyring screwdrivers do you need to sell to keep you afloat?

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Once you've used one for a while, plugging in a cable does seem a bit old fashioned and a faff.

One of those little things you have to try to realise the benefit.

Its no fun if that pathetically feeble micro USB port breaks too!

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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

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Hmm wasn't graphics heavy by any chance was it?

I remember back around 1994/95 being grilled by a few project managers in Norwich Union about the Internet as they were planning on putting together a NU website and I was the only one that had internet access at home that they knew of.

First thing I told them over and over was "Don't put large images on the site especially on the Homepage! You will piss off the customers!"

So a while later the website launches and what do we find...yes you guessed it, a huge full page image of little use that took around two minutes to appear on screen.

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Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

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Office 365...

...the most confusing product/products that MS has ever produced.

I get customers calling me not being able to make head or tail of it. Is it web based? Is it local? Is it one user and five machines? Is it one user one machine? Why is is cheaper a year for one person and five machines than one user one machine? Why do I need a Microsoft account? Why do all the staff need a Microsoft account? Why do they want to mess around with our domains?

Why? Why? Why?

And all just to write a letter or make a spreadsheet.

If somone invested a few million in Libre Office...

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Crooks use Synology NAS boxen to mine Dogecoin, yells Dell

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Are Dell...

...selling QNAP then?

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

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Re: Maybe...

Yes I remember back in the early 90's if you were stuck around Liverpool Street station at 7.30pm on a Saturday night the only place to eat/drink in was the Pizza Express about 200 yards away. Everywhere else was shut like a ghost town.

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