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

captain veg

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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Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed

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my tuppence worth

"32-bit Windows coped with at most 3GB of usable memory,"

On the desktop. From XP SP3 onward. Because they nobbled it.

Server versions can go up to 64GB.

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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BitCoin is a FIAT currency

Unlikely. FIAT is an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, an Italian car maker.

On the other hand, fiat is a Latin word meaning "let it be done". Perhaps that's what you meant.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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From

Not of.

Still, might be good for Yessongs.

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

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web site DRM

I had no trouble at all copying the text off that web page. In Opera it was trivial. In Firefox a scroll to the end and a shift-click selected the text, no worries. Didn't bother trying other browsers. And you can always use the source, Luke.

If that's an example of DRM, we really have no problem.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: Hold on..

Hmm. Last time I specced a Dell PC (corporate policy, not my choice) opting for FreeDOS as the O/S was more expensive than SLES. Both are free as in free speech, but SLES costs money.

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Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

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Re: Disappointed with how naïve the dev is

Endlessly repeating the observation that MtGox used to be a game card exchange does not make you look any more clever than would blaming Nokia's current woes on the fact that it was a welly boot manufacturer.

On the specific point about keeping bitcoins in your own wallet, this is utterly immaterial. During the period running up to its disappearance you could not withdraw bitcoins from the exchange, no matter how much you might have wanted to.

And the losses reported in the article have absolutely nothing to do with the volatility of bitcoins. The allegation is that they were STOLEN. And if that is not, in fact, true, then there has been a FRAUD.

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MtGox MELTDOWN: Quits Bitcoin Foundation board, deletes Twitter

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Robbed

I have (or had) about a third of a bitcoin in MtGox, for which I had exchanged real money.

Not best pleased.

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Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

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for what it's worth

It took the best part of three days for me to transfer bitcoins *in* to MtGox last week, so I would say that the "technical" explanation is probably correct.

Oh, and if anyone is looking for tips on trading BTC, just watch what I do, and then do the opposite.

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Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

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missing

What you appear to be missing is a firm grip on reality.

Opera has been free as in free beer for years. And before that you could pay for it (I did) or just go full-screen to hide the ads.

It was never slow. It was often the fastest out there.

You might or might not have liked the default UI, but just about every aspect of it could be changed. It was mouse gestures that got me hooked.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

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Re: I HATE JavaScript

And this is one of the reasons I love it.

The poor thing is much misunderstood. It has taken time (and the writing of Doug Crockford), but I now can get my head around it, and get on with it very well.

Which means continued gainful and enjoyable employment. Ta.

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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Spammed

Was spammed from the Yahoo! account of a friend on Tuesday, presumably one of those thusly cracked. The spam contained nothing but a hyperlink, which I entirely failed to follow. I'm guessing some exploit attempt was on the other end.

Worryingly, the following day I got three very similar spams from the webmail of a relative, but not using a Yahoo! account. This time it was AOL. Is there some link between the two?

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

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Re: « Votre app américain sale »

Indeed, but for best effect when issuing insults, use the informal "ton" in place of "votre".

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Re: Umm....

That's easy. Wrong = null.

"If you've done nothing, you've nothing to hide."

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Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

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Re: Is there a JavaBlock addon, ala FlashBlock?

I know I'll be downvoted, but I can't help myself.

There is no such word as "ala". If there were, it would be written "a la" (with a grave accent over the first letter), but that's not English. What's wrong with "like"?

</pedant>

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Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark – F-Secure

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Re: CARD SHARP!

Unless that was his disguise...

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French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic

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Close

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attaque_de_l'homme_du_milieu

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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the problem is subsidised handsets

Mobile operators should stick to providing the best possible infrastructure at the lowest possible price, and let the punters find out for themselves how much it costs to actually buy outright a handset. As a bonus, it wouldn't come laden with the operator's crapware, or be locked in to their network.

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Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

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Re: Really really basic computers

> stupid grunt-work like adding a semicolon at the end of a line

That is (possibly) a task for the IDE, definitely *not* the compiler.

Have you never coded in JavaScript? Automatic semicolon insertion is certainly that language's worst feature. I know where I intend my statements to end, dammit, and I don't need no stinkin' computer second guessing me.

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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

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Re: IT Managers (in a windows world) dream of

> next to impossible to do our job

We had that when moving to a new enterprise-wide umbrella IT setup. Group Policy meant that me and my colleagues couldn't install *any* software, including that which we wrote ourselves. We are employed as software devs.

Doh!

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Furious French choke on chardonnay over NSA's phone spying in France

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Swadding Belgium

> the irony being French Fries are Belgian.

Unlikely, since there are documented references to them dating from before the establishment of that country.

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

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And "What if Bill Gates had left school at 16 to get a labouring job on a road-digging crew?"

Isn't that what actually happened? More or less.

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

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Re: Handwriting

A colleague once told me that I had missed a call from someone named "my gonads". Took a while to work out that the caller was actually "Mike Gomez", but we never used his real name again.

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Opera unveils iPad-only browser

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Eh?

> all of the sudden the web page changes because of what you did with the mouse

You mean holding down the right mouse button while swiping from right to left? I can count the number of times I've inadvertently done that on the fingers of one testicle.

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Torvalds frustrated at missing simultaneous release

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Thunk!

> Win95 made the Win32 API the first-class citizen

You are thinking of NT. Windows 95 was Win32s done right. Or at least better. User, GDI and most of the kernel were 16-bit (some in real mode) with a 32-bit wrapper.

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Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

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Re: Next Technology? Damn..

I remember that in the contemporary computer press it was often referred to as "Not There" on account of the delays.

Guy Kewney penned an article on the then new OS/2 version 2 ("better DOS than DOS, better Windows than Windows", remember?) in which he begged IBM to call it anything other OS/2. Tracy, even. So for me, NT always stood for "Not Tracy",

The Windows 2000 startup screen proudly declared "Build on NT Technology"; so that's "N[ew]|[ext] Technology Technology". Right.

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Google brings Blink-powered Chrome to Windows and Mac OS X

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Re: Oh nos!

Indeed. And the next version of IE will be code-named MARQUEE.

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

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Decided

> "Our society needs to decided where it draws the line between privacy and politics, and it needs to do so in a calm and measured way."

I don't remember anyone asking, but I was already decided for total privacy, thanks all the same.

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What it was like to grow up around the world's first digital computers

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Re: Digital Computers????

Look up "operational amplifier".

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KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal

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Stature

> "PRISM complies with applicable law, and may be stature or warrant based"

So no warrant required for tall people?

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

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good way to rid Office of its cursed ribbon and put the menu back

Doesn't completely rid Office of its cursed ribbon, but it does put the menu back.

http://www.ubit.ch/software/ubitmenu-languages/

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Symantec retires low-end security software

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Re: PCTools (DOS)

Yep, I had that. First software I paid my own money for. In return it gifted a boot sector virus.

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Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0

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Re: Real mode could run on anything up to a 286.

Moreover, even the 386 booted up in real mode. And it wasn't necessarily faster than a 286 (some of which were cranking along at 20MHz vs 16 for contemporary 386s), but it had a better protected mode that could multitask DOS sessions.

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Re: Infamous Filemangler?

Indeed. And it didn't lie to you, inventing spurious "My Documents" folders and hiding "known file extensions". Gah!

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BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

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Re: London - same old, same old: Paris the historic past preserved

Hmm. He'd love the view today of the Montparnasse carbuncle.

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Rogue Nokia splinter cell drops its Jolla phone A-BOMB

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Re: N9 Meego....

Another happy N9-er here. More of the same, with memory card slot and 4G? Oh yes.

Just sent off my 100 E's.

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