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1556 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Less than 24 hours usage before battery fails.

I'll be first in the queue!

Are we going backwards in a way?

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Decks and plugs and rock and roll: Tascam CD-A750 cassette and CD combo

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Re: Dolby

Yes I always felt Dolby C was awful. Like listening to music with cotton wool in your ears.

Dolby S however, with decent chrome/metal tapes, proper bias/levels was a revelation. That really worked a treat.

Too little too late though. About 18 months after I got my Sony Dolby S deck I traded it in for a Sharp portable Mini-disc recorder. Direct toslink copies from my Meridian 506 (then a 507) CD player.

Now that was fantastic! Even had a six MD changer fitted in the car.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Re: @Dave 126 (was: Been there, done that. In 1985.)

Does come across rather Walter Mitty.

Pinch of salt.

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Ex-Windows chief Sinofsky flogs brains to Valley startups

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Re: Insurance loss

This is the problem you get when you employ 'very wealthy' project managers with cast iron golden boot contracts.

License to dick around.

Use someone who has something to lose or someone that say a $2 million bonus for success would make a big difference to.

The Sinofsky/Mattricks of the world we can well do without. You had your turn now go play on your yachts and quit bothering us.

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Have to admit...

...I wouldn't rush to return his call.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: teenage kicks...

MASH DACs were great. Never heard a MASH CD player I didn't like.

My brother still uses my A400GTE (was one of the first to have the Tom Evan's Mod). We cleaned it all up a couple of years ago as it had 20 years of dust in it.

Lots of blown air and contact/switch cleaner later and it shone like new.

Bought that A400 the week Freddie Mercury died. So long ago......

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Re: TDK SA90...

The SA's were nice but if there were none in stock the AR ferric was a fine choice. The reason being your could redline them to buggary and they would still sound great.

I still miss the Saturday afternoons dubbing my latests fave compilations from the recent CDs I'd bought to play in the car for my travels.

Cleaning the transport, demagnitizing, tuning in the tape bias levels on my three head Sony Dolby S deck to then hook the Furukawa Phono cables direct from my Meridian 506 CD player into the back of the Sony to bypass the Pineer A400GTE amp. Just so there was a little more directness in the signal chain.

Of course I really can't be arsed with any of that nowadays.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Re: These articles make me so sad ..

I remember writing out my 1987 O level Computer Studies project on my bedroom floor in long hand.

Then I got to school and typed it up on the BBC B and saved it to 5.25" floppy.

There was a long queue for the Epson dot matrix to print all our code out on.

I still have my Computer Studies project folder with all the print outs in. I saved it from the parents bonfire a couple of years ago.

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Re: 32K- the BBC Micro's most annoying limitation

I always felt the BBC B could have done with losing a couple of expensive and probably not that often used ports and bumping the ram another 16k at least.

Wonderful connectivity but.......

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Re: Ahhh bless.

Oh I never said it was a bad machine. I had fun playing around on them. But you know what its like when your mates all have other machines (C64/Spectrum) and you are the only one with the Electron.

Not much game swapping going on there.

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Ahhh bless.

We always felt pity for the poor kid with the Electron!

Always a bit left out.

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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No crashes or lockups on my N4 with any version of Android since I've had it.

I do wonder at the exact makeup of these folks that are getting crashes though as I bet they are custom kernal/rom'ed to the hilt.

The only issue I have had with 4.3 was next to useless cell signal for 3G. 2G networks worked like a trooper but 3G was hopeless when it was fine with 4.2. I switched the baseband back to .48 (from .84) and its improved things.

Wi-fi has been fine though.

My only other issue with the N4 is I get loud crackles and pops on the first 5 seconds of any video I take with it. The next shot I take has none, just the first clip I shoot. Odd.

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Re: Retrain engineers to software development...

I remember sitting in on a software dev meeting where we were being shown a new insurance system by one of the engineer/developers.

He was going through the options and got to one of the many selection points and he said "Okay at this question you have to type in X1 for yes or X2 for no!"

We asked why they user couldn't just type in a Y or a N.

He paused, cogs were turning like crazy in his head, then replied with a frown, "Hmmm well I suppose they could!"

As a result of that meeting we spent a lot more time with them making 'suggestions'.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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Meh

We in the west havent had real democracy for decades. Only an illusion of it.

Whomever you vote for the same old agenda goes on. The few cherry picked bits of differing but irrlevant ideology is just there to let us know the difference.

Pick a western country and you'll see the pattern. Look at Bush/Obama/Cameron/Brown

Same song, different tempo.

Bit late to change it now though.

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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

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Re: "Sony's consoles have been harder to develop for"

@Paul Shirley

However, as game developers are in the market to sell as many copies of a game as possible it's not really in their interests to release a cross platform game that's wildly different between the two platforms.

Why sell 10 million on one platform and only 500k of the lesser version on the other when you can balance both versions and sell 20 million in total?

Plus having to deal with all the "EA I'm going to kill your family!" tweets from rabid console fans just isn't worth the bother.

I really don' t think they can afford to be too picky about one over the other.

Exclusives are a different matter.

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Re: Too late for me

Yes that's the issue in that most of the media/TV services will be US only. I bet most of the media services we will get in the UK will be just the existing ones on the 360.

For me a more media orientated box is the way to go (please god spare me from the 2004 nightmare of the HTPC, I don't want to go there again) with some gaming enabled. But really the XBone wont provide that for me in the UK and as for the PS4, I have no idea what that is offering.

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Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

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Re: re. 5GHz and walls

I can also recommend the TP-LInk W8980 router.

I got mine two weeks ago to replace my three year old Draytek 2710Vn (the wi-fi card had cooked itself plus other issues, shame really).

Flashed with the latest firmware its working a treat. I decided to split my wi-fi into two separate networks (2.4 and 5) so all the new gear uses 5Ghz and older gear uses 2.4. You do have to dig a little to get all the main settings though. But once done that's it.

I live in the centre of a city so around me are about 25+ networks on 2.4. On 5, I'm the only one.

Bliss!

One change I might make however, is to open it up and put some ram heatsinks on the main chips. I tend to do that with all my routers and similar kit. Though the Draytek did have heatsinks (well it did cost more) but not on the wi-fi card........

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Re: re. 5GHz and walls

I've found you get around 50-60% drop through one internal brick wall so pushing through plasterboard might be a little easier.

The fact that you may have no other interference may help the lower signal strength work just fine.

I don't regret going 5Ghz.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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In a similar vein...

I remember walking home one day and some young blokes drove by in their mum's Corsa and honked at this attractive lady who was walking with her young son and went "Whoooooooorrrrrrrrrr darlin!" etc. etc. at her.

Her son who was about 5 turned to her and asked "why did those men do that mummy?"

She simply sighed and said nonchalantly "it's because they were born without a penis!"

Good on yer! I thought.

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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It's not the guy with the phone I worry about on a flight.

It's the really clinically obese guy or woman five rows in front of me between my seat and the emergency exit.

No way is that person gonna shift with any speed.

Liability!

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Let me see....

Here is my Nexus 4 and what do I use most -

Gmail

Outlook Mail

Calendar

IMDB

BBC News

News 360

Twitter (Occasionally)

Tapatalk

Flipboard

Wi-Fi Analyzer

Maps

Thats from around 125 apps I have installed (all the usual suspects but no Angry Birds or Temple Run) some others are used occasionally. I bet I'm pretty common in my usage pattern. No I really don't need 2 million apps. Especially when 90% of the usage worldwide is from probably around 20 of them.

I will trim the apps down to the minimum soon, maybe when I get round to slapping Key Lime Pie on it.

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Western spooks banned Lenovo PCs after finding back doors

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Re: What

I wonder if kit made before a certain time would be less prone to having backdoors etc. ?

Could it be we will be going crazy on Ebay buying up all those 'secure' backdoor free single core laptops from 2003?

You know before Govts realised the internet was worth looking at.

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Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

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Re: It's just a really bad equivalent of AirPlay / DLNA; what's the big deal?

I would just like to point out that Apple took at least three attempts with their TV device to make it slightly interesting. Even then better results were to be had by hacking it.

So give it time. Apple has had plenty but still really hasnt delivered.

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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I remember the time......

...when a inkjet printer driver was about 20Kb.

Now a default install has to jam nearly 900MB of junk if you don't catch the tick box installed in the top left hand corner of the ninth splash screen you just blasted through .

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Anyone want to come up with a tool that.....

...can change your ISP issued IP address every 15 minutes?

Surely that would up the overhead of tracking/producing lists significantly?

However, I see yet another U-turn ahoy!

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Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws

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Re: The average enterprise has more than 50 versions of Java installed across its PCs and servers

I love cleaning off about 14 defunct versions from machines. Nice way to free up some space on the HDD.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Re: Technically brilliant, incredibly dull.

Now that you mention it I do seem to remember that it seemed a bit 'one at a time' when it came to opponents.

Ahh well.

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Re: One thing I do remember from Unreal..

@Tsung

Oh yes one of the best early moments in any game. Really freaked me the first time that happened.

This was a great time for gaming. I remember strolling down to my local Game store to pick up a copy. The guy behind the desk asked me if I had a good enough system to run it. I had a Gateway with a Pentium 200MMX CPU, Creative AWE64 sound card, Matrox Mystique graphics card and a Matrox M3D 3D add on card.

Then straight to WHSmiths to buy a PC magazine for the obligatory patches on the cover CD. Thank god for ADSL three years later.

It looked and played great. I think I preferred it to Quake 2 because it was a nice change from green/brown.

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Why I'm sick of the new 'digital divide' between SMEs and the big boys

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Re: Could not agree more

@Nick.

Indeed one of the first things we'd do on a new delivery project would be to get a length of brown paper about 40 feet long and 4 feet wide, a pile of post it notes and felt tip pens. Then we'd get a couple of Johnny Frontline staff and sitt for a week mapping out the entire business process that we were tasked with improving etc. from start to finish and back again.

After that week or so we'd know the process back to front, often finding some big flaws (even to the surprise of the staff) and places for improvement. Then we could build up a process to improve upon and refer back to the chart over and over.

So at the end of it all we would deliver a system that would cope with all the situations that could occur. It worked a treat and saved a lot of time and money later on.

However, over the years, new hotshot pink shirted project managers/contractors would arrive and they all laughed at my brown paper charts. Cue a lot of failed projects that just focused on one part of the over all process and didn't join up with any other part much to the annoyance of the customer.

All too quick to buy the lovely shiny hardware, didn't want to actually speak to the poor buggers who would be using it.

Still they all got paid a lot for failure.

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Re: margins etc,

Well my other half worked as a civvy in the Police Force for a while. She was given the job of keeping an eye on the many projects going on at the time. So the usual thing was knock on the door of some 50 something manager, ask him how the project was doing to be told -

"Why are you bothering me? It's a Govt project, we'll just write up a report the day before its due telling them what they want to hear!"

The other oft used phrase to any project that was just plain mad/incomprehensible/pointless was -

"It doesn't matter...it's only tax payers money!"

Yep, that's going on all over the country folks. They really don't give a sh*t.

At least my other half had the decency to hand her notice in after 6 weeks. She couldn't tolerate the thought that she might end up like them too.

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Re: Could not agree more

Fit for purpose! That's why with any IT project or requirements findings, I always started with the guys in the post room and worked up.

Most just speak to the CIO/CEO and never bother going any further.

Oh and remember it's not about giving the customer what they want. It's about giving them what they NEED.

Folks forget that too.

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Google study finds users ignore Chrome security warnings

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Re: Ask youself this.....

Nah, probably through Adobe installs and hundreds of other crapware downloads.

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US Congress proposal: National Park will be FOUND ON MOON

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Will they want to change one thing about the Apollo 11 site though?

The fact the flag was placed too close to the lander, that when it took off the blast knocked it over.

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Microsoft to switch off MSN TV

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Tax Loss?

Isn't it handy within a large global corp to have a few loss making divisions to put against tax?

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I have a Slingbox.....

....collecting dust if anyone is interested....

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Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

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Re: He was never snarky, pompous or clever-clever.

I still wish we could have got a glimpse of where he worked.

I'm sure we'd have all had our minds blown at the computing nirvana he would have created.

Shame.......

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Re: This is whats wrong today.

Well really all I'm saying is you tend to get different results from someone who HAS to deliver to reap the benefits than someone who gets the benefits win or lose.

Human nature.

SteviSi and Dan Mattrick are two prime MS based examples.

Both may be 'amazing talented guys' but both managed to deliver the wrong product and were shown the door accordingly.

However, they were laughing hard with a spring in their step as they went through it.

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This is whats wrong today.

We have people given great responsibility to deliver important products who really have nothing to lose if they screw it all up.

When I managed a project, if it got screwed up I would be fired and leave with just my desk stuff No golden boots, no mega share options, no multi-millions to fall back on.I therefore, always delivered what was required, when it was required.

Instead we have uber-rich Dept. heads that have nothing to lose other than a bit of embarrassment (maybe).

So all they do is play the exec playboy lifestyle, creating their 'vision' or 'legacy'. No need to worry about what the CEO thinks as well "he's got to pay me $20 mill if he wants rid of me!"

License to w*nk about really.

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Zynga zinger: Xbox chief bagged as new CEO

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So my comment.....

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2013/06/19/microsoft_uturn_drm_used_gaming_controls/

Was spot on then.

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30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

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Re: I wish(ed)

I was speaking to a chap today that shifts several thousand PCs a month. He cant shift stuff quick enough, doing crazy business.

Whats he selling?

Reconditioned dual core 2GB Dell business desktops circa 2008/9 with Vista or 7 on them. The hottest computing tech around at the moment. Like gold dust apparently.

According to him no one wants new i5/i7 stuff. It just sits there. Folks have wised up that the new stuff is largely pointless.

I bet Intel isnt happy about this.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Re: Is this low framerate why...

Also another factor is that if you check a lot of DVD movies from the past 5 years is that many of them rarely come in at over 5GB.

A lot will fit on a single density DVD. Very few use the full 8-9GB of space available.

Many of my earlier DVDs in my collection would come it at around 7GB+.

I dont know why. Maybe to reduce the quality so Blu-ray would appeal more?

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Re: It's not what you see that counts

I love my Meridian gear.

Why?

Beacuse its pretty much impervious to tweaking. It just works as it should out of the box. You can just get on with listening to the music.

I used to hate it when a person would post so proudly that they had bought a new £2000 Naim CD player only then to be shot down by being told he had to buy the optional £500 power supply upgrade "to make it sound right!" Charming! Why not make it sound right to begin with?

Talk about treating customers with contempt. But enough of the loyalists swallowed it.

And as mentioned earlier, VanDamme cable is all thats needed really. If it's good enough for a lot of recording studios then its good enough at £2 a meter from my hi-fi too.

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo: The big three slug it out at E3

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I have been wondering....

....if MS especially is going for a 4 year cycle with this console rather than a 8 year one.

Test the waters with a new approach and then deliver a new machine in a few years time aimed towards what succeeds.

Would both of them had gone so long had the downturn not happened in 2008?

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Re: But what about Windows?

So you don't think it was MS's plan knowing that chances are the cross platforms will be developed to the lowest spec machine all along, so make Sony push out a more powerful and therefore more expensive box and have them sell it at a lower cost to make them haemorrhage more cash?

I don't reckon there are many corks popping at Sony just yet.

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Meh

Neither are in consideration......

...until the first major price drop.

Just too rich for my pocket right now.

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Windows 8 hype has hurt PC makers and distributors - Gartner

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I love nothing more.....

...than to open up Task Manager to see a time intensive app using 25% across all four cores in 2013.

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Re: Didnt we have pretty much this same article.....

Ah yes you are right! Good to see the 'Consultancy Agencies' earning their money by copying all the others and stating the bleeding obvious.

Churnalism at it's best.

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Childcatcher

Didnt we have pretty much this same article.....

...last week...and the week before that.....

Can we have some new stories please?

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Not all data encryption is created equal

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There are two needs for encryption.

1. To protect financial and state secrets etc. from espionage/criminal experts.

2. To stop the chap who nicked your laptop from looking at what's on it before he sells it in the pub carpark for £30.

I think most of us fall into the second category.

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Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy

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The next step?

Adobe launch the .psdx format for those using the subscription version.

"Oh you cant open the files....you are on CS5?!"

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