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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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how about a GPL version?

Open Windows.

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RG

http://windowsreallygoodedition.com/

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Re: OK, it's very rare

> X pounds to deform, Y pounds to separate

Yes, but the aluminium frame means that the Adonis-phone takes a set in the stressed form.

Z pounds to snap it while trying to straighten it out again?

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Adonised

"adonised aluminium-wrapped phones "

So no longer the Jesus phone, but something more Greek god-like?

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Shark jumped

> "Sadly, after listening to hold music courtesy of Adele and Coldplay"

They really have lost it, haven't they?

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Same here

Not only that, but my N9 survived being chucked down a cobbled hill from my speeding bike (zip failure) with no visible damage whatsoever.

Aluminium case, eh? Like with the "digital interference" prone external antennae on the iPhone 4, this is what happens when you let designers do engineering.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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to be fair

Mr Fry's Graun piece is explicitly a profession of unconditional faith in the Jobsian heresy. It's just as embarassing as any other religious rant and self-invalidating as journalism.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: If i had a vote

Algerian independence: 1962.

EU created: 1993.

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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

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Re: Shut up already

> Why doesn't everyone in the United Kingdom get a vote?

Possibly for the same reason that Dave's putative EU referendum won't be open to the French, Germans, Luxembourgers etc.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Re: Licence fee to ITV and Channel 4...

Here in France there is a licence fee (which is added automatically to local taxes unless you can prove that you don't have a telly) *and* the channels it supports carry advertising.

You don't know how good you've got it.

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Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook

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Dig and Delve

Shouldn't someone tell them that the hole is big enough already?

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Re: Viper-engined bike is not so strange

Back in 2003 at the last "Coupes Moto Legende" to be held at Montlhery, some bloke brought along his modified Kawasaki Z1300. The original is a 6-cylinder beast, but he decided it wasn't quite enough and doubled it up to a 2.6 litre V12. Had proper Z2600 badges too.

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Re: Cycle helmets need ventilation slots

They need to be light too. How much weight do the electronics and the battery add?

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Re: You cannot put the brakes on progress.

The standard repository of all knowledge states:

"[A]n August 13, 2014 decision banned the service from operating in Berlin due to safety concerns—the latter decision, which includes a €25,000 (Euro) (US$33,400) fine for non-compliance, cited issues pertaining to unregulated vehicles and unqualified drivers who are not properly insured."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uber_(company)#Germany

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You cannot put the brakes on progress.

You can put the brakes on anything you like in a regulated industry if you are the regulator.

But somehow I don't see how unleasing a bandit horde of untrained, unlicensed, unregulated and quite probably uninsured "taxis" on to the city streets is any kind of progress.

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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

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Re: Look at the price graph.

It was looking pretty stable before the MtGox fiasco too...

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

It certainly is coding, assuming that you're doing it in some kind of text editor, but it isn't programming. The article alludes to fact that there is a difference.

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Google could be a great partner for Iliad in its quest for T-Mobile

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Re: Free mobile doesn't use WiFi

Same here. Freemobile voice calls go over GSM/3G, no exceptions. I can make SIP calls over WiFi, but that is associated with my landline number -- also provided by Free -- not the mobile.

As it goes, I would absolutely love to be able to route my mobile calls over internet since most of my home is a mobile dead spot, but I can't without upgrading my terminal equipment and fitting the optional femtocell, at my expense. It still wouldn't be over WiFi, though.

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Office space outfit Regus suffers 'UK-wide' network outage

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Re: Okay who broke the internet

> What is going on here?

Sounds like some kind of outages are being reported.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Re: Vienna Airport has free WiFi

Valencia (Spain) was properly free last time I passed through. Was a while ago, though.

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Cheapo Firefox OS mobes to debut in India – definitely not one for selfie-conscious users

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Re: Dual SIM

Slightly closer to home, dual-SIM devices are readily available in the retail outlets of the (small) country-sized duty-free outlet that is Andorra. Why might that be? Maybe because they are selling them outright, no contract, no carrier subsidy, no need to shape the feature set to the needs of long-term revenue extraction.

Almost everything that is wrong about the mobile telephony market comes down to locked-in subsidised handsets. Just say no.

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TV transport tech, part 2: From sofa to server at the touch of a button

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Oh the irony

Android devices served by Microsoft kit. Is that even allowed by the licence terms?

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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

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Re: Medieval terror bastards?

"Medieval terror bastards ISIS"

Now *that's* how to start an article.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Standard Windows timings

> Booting Windows once loaded will take up to two minutes.

... unless connected to Active Directory, in which case there will be a delay of several millenia while Group Policy is applied.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: "Outlook wasn't my choice, it was the users."

> When you are selling hosted services, you give the end users (ie customers) what they want

The customers are IT and/or finance, certainly not the end users.

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"Outlook wasn't my choice, it was the users."

You just gave the game away there. No IT department *ever* gave users what they wanted. Ergo, this is a made-up anecdote.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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hoover

They should call it Microsoft Vacuum Cleaner.

At least then it probably wouldn't suck.

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Dragonfly

Still using Opera 12 for development and debugging here. Such as shame that they killed Presto; I *almost* wish that Microsoft had bought Opera ASA rather than polishing the Trident turd.

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Re: Browser emulator

> You know it's not going to happen.

It might. (Cough) Wine (cough).

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Re: "The pressure to differentiate is more intense than ever"

Upvote from me, but strictly Iron is simply a Windows build of Chromium, and Chrome = Chromium with stalkware added in.

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Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'

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Re: Maturity is beginning to appear

Because it had a physical keyboard, yes? Sometimes I still miss my old Treo.

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Re: Good luck to 'em but...

Same again. Ordered a Jolla. got the T-shirt, don't use the phone, sticking with my N9 for now. For me the killer is the lack of integrated SIP client. Mind you, once they sort that out, the easily replaceable battery and microSD slot do sort out a couple of the biggest gripes I have with the last true Nokia smartphone.

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Torque champions are not wrong per se.

Indeed. But they are confused.

What they are really talking about is flexibility, which is the manifestation of a flat torque curve, nothing to do with the peak figure. Which means you don't have to change gear much.

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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Re: muppet show

Insert "MSE" after the comma in the last sentence.

Muppet.

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What would you advise your Grandmother to use?

A tablet.

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muppet show

My favourite anti-virus strategy is "not being a muppet". Don't run software whose provenance is unknown, don't click on random hyperlinks, disable autorun and the fetching of external embeds in emails, etc. This has the advantage of being very efficient in terms of machine resources and does not require regular updates.

Sadly it seems to be beyond most non-technical types, and a good few techies too.

Alas, for work purposes Windows with an "approved" AV is required to connect to the VPN. To my surprise, does the job while being fairly lightweight.

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

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PROPER linux

I might well be interested if that were indeed possible. Anyone know? And would the touch screen work?

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Not an ISO 3166 code

> the country is the UK, with or without one tiny part

Not really. The kingdoms concerned are those of England and Scotland. If the Scots vote to leave, they dissolve the union.

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

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Re: la red

Indeed. And World Wide Web != internet.

Most days I use a mail transfer agent to send and receive emails over the internet, without using a browser! Sometimes I move files around with and FTP program. I have been known to make internet phone calls. still without touching the web at all!

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Re: la red

I'm disappointed, Lester. Web != (Inter)net.

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la red

Surely Spanish "red" means "network", not "web"?

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telaraña

I once saw a Spanish colleague writing "figbag" in an email. Turned out he was asking for feedback.

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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school days

You could have paid attention. Then you might realise that "could of" is illiterate.

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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Re: ok.. who sets the base reference for prices?

"Is there a law in France that states that regular, non-discounted prices have to be above a certain value?"

Effectively, yes. It is illegal to sell at a loss. Sometimes you see signs in supermarkets stating that a price is the "lowest authorised".

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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IT Angle

the point being...?

Public service broadcaster solicits opinion of public on its service. This is news?

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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inflation

> Why wouldn't such a plan work?

Bank of England pays you 0.5%. Inflation is 1.8%. You lose money.

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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just for bucks

"Those guys slurping the Big Data streams couldn't give a hoot how we get our jollies, nor what our political beliefs are. They're just out to make a buck or two by getting us to use their services."

Certainly they are in it for the money, but it ain't as benign as just getting us to use their services. The reason for trawling so much personal data is to analyse your behaviour in order to change it. It's really not just about paid advertising.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Who is still using a netbook!!!

Is he? The Doctor?

Well me too. I love my AA1, it does everything I need, was cheap and is massively portable. Shame the screen is only 600 pixels deep, but that was Microsoft's doing. Ah yes, good old Microsoft was happy to flog XP up until really quite recently, anything to stamp out the possibility of OEM shipping PCs with Linux. Waiting a few years and then pulling the rug out from under us is typical, but despicable.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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Re: Ahem. @Graham Cobb

>> Thus we get told we must recycle more

AFAIK the reasons for so doing are to do with energy use (=> climate change), not material scarcity. There's also the fact that not everyone want to live next to an open-cast mine or have their mountain tops sliced off.

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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merits

There is no merit in so doing unless you wish to demonstrate that you are American.

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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Re: anti semitism question

"The Jews are an unfortunate people. They have suffered greatly at the hands of governments, leaders and other peoples since ancient times. Why? Because this is the will of God. "

Muammar Gadafi · The White Book, further thoughts, 2002

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2004/mar/25/libya.foreignpolicy

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