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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Re: Sounds mint

Having upgraded recently I can assure you that you have made a sensible decision (for now at least). There aren't any "must have" features in the new release and if everything is working for you then you might as well stick with it.

FWIW: The only reason I upgraded was that I had broken the blue tooth components and could not get it working again. Serves me right for trying to install and then uninstall some shady software without backing up first.

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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Re: @ Acerimmer Why does

"no danger of seeing 'mine is better than yours' arguments"

Indeed, they actually descend into my not caring is bigger than your not caring!

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Re: Why does

Everyone who posted in here that's who!

After all they cared enough to click the article link, then click comments, then make a comment thus giving El Reg and all who advertise in her lots of reasons to carry on publishing this crap.

If you truly don't care (and I'm sure that most of you who commented on here wanted a good view of ol' Kim's arse) then DON'T FUCKING CLICK on it

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Highway neutrality

"Want to drive, do a track day."

Scenic routes where manual control is allowed would be preferable to a track.

I don't really fancy power sliding with a vomiting 2 year old in the back

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Middle Laners Anyone?

"So you’re driving along at 60mph and come across a slower platoon of some twenty vehicles moving at 55mph. You overtake them, noticing there’s no gap between each car in the platoon that’s large enough to let you in, and then you come up to the exit ramp you need to take but can’t get onto it because the platoon prevents you passing though it."

Already happens in the UK all the time. just change the speeds to 70mph and 55mph and "platoon" to "Middle Lane Morons"

Anyway if you're idiot enough to start over taking when your exit is coming up then you deserve to drive a few extra miles.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Weather conditions

" how do they cope with snow, of for that matter bright sunshine reflecting off a wet road?"

How do you cope with it? Have you got some sort of special x-ray vision which these robot cars won't have?

The driver-less cars will cope the same as everyone else... slow down, increase the safety margins and use a different reference point.

As for the bright sunshine reflecting off the road. The cars will probably have a few advances over the human eye when it comes to disadvantageous sun and rain positions.

Given some the shoddy and downright dangerous driving I see on the roads every day, these cars can only be an improvement on the average driver. (and if you think otherwise you're probably a below average driver in denial)

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Valve's Steam streaming service lets you play games on the toilet

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Super

I can run the game on my serious machine, and play it on the much much bigger TV screen using the TV PC as a guest

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Honey, the satnav app says you're to leave at 6am... Yup. I'll have that coffee off you

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Because.....

Newer sat nav and sat nav apps give you live traffic information allowing you to reroute as appropriate.

Although from my experience the information about the delays tends to come when I'm already stuck in the tailback its warning me about.

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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At least it saves me some effort

Now instead of ignoring Carphone Warehouse AND Dixons I have only 1 company to avoid.

Now if they can merge with PCWorld, Vodafone and Halfords the consolidation of shit would be complete

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Wrong Software?

The problem he seems to have had is that modern word processors are not built or at least not aimed at people who are trying to write a novel.

There are specialist authoring tools out there which are much more suited towards writing a 600+ page epic.

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

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Re: Dear Prof.

I can accept that - appropriate thumbs up applied

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Dear Prof.

Can I ask why the addition to the length of the river is a function of the length of the river?

Then we extend the river several times, each extension being a random per cent figure of the length of the river in question.

i.e why are we using

Xn+1 = Xn + f(Xn)

instead of

Xn+1 = Xn + f(R)

Where R is a random length factor added to the river independent to the length of the river

If I added a rock to the path of my river and it extended the river length by 5 meters it shouldn't matter if my river is 5 or 5000KM long

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Re: Reducing CO2 emissions?

"The biggest 15 supercargo ships put out the same crap as all the world's cars *put together*."

For the record - 15 super container ships do not emit the same CO2 as all the worlds cars put together,

However, due to the low grade fuel they use they do emit the same pollutants (mainly sulpher based compounds) as all the worlds cars.

http://www.gizmag.com/shipping-pollution/11526/

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No no no no no

More CO2 FIXES the problem

hot air makes Antarctica COLDER

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

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Headmaster

just add a webcam and voila.... You have a telescreen

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

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"Around 6,400 IT and operations staffers are being chopped by Barclays Group - employees who'd worked across the retail and investment banks."

They'll be replaced by an even greater number of contractors before the year is out

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

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Re: Eh?

"Did Scotty dismantle this prior to stage sep before de-orbiting, and then carry an extra, unplanned object of unknown mass back in the CM to Earth?

It CAN'T be the one from the LEM, even if it is an original NASA controller."

And thus the greatest hoax ever carried out was slowly unraveled

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"Financial chicken is what I call it."

A game with only "Win/Win" and "Lose/Lose" outcomes!

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Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

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@Boltar Re: It's not about the money

Clustering SQL Server databases does NOT improve performance, only the active node is handling actual user requests. The other nodes are simply sat there keeping themselves "current" in case of a fail over

Secondly, no one runs a single CPU environment. Minimum CPU spec is a quad core for a very small barely used database box. Most enterprise level SQL Server installations are on 8 to 128 core servers.

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Thanks for nothing, Apple, say forensic security chaps

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Re: Boo. Hoo..

Someones bought a time machine!

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/361693/teenager-jailed-for-refusing-to-reveal-encryption-keys

Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, Part III, it is an offence to withhold passwords and the teenager was convicted last month of failing to disclose his key.

Read more: Teenager jailed for refusing to reveal encryption keys | News | PC Pro

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Re: Congestion

Did you read the article or have you just woken up from a 5 year coma?

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

Add to this list

Super Bomberman (SNES)

and the game pad wrecking International Track and Field (PSX)

Brings back fond memories of student life in the late 90's

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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Re: lovely

Not to sound bigoted here

Bigot alert!

Do you also find yourself starting sentences with "I'm not racist but..."

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Teen student texter busts 20-second tongue-twisty SMS barrier

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Re: Who the hell cares? What's the point? Is there any worth to this?

Allow me:

Who the hell cares?

You, clearly, hence your post

What's the point?

Of what?

The world record? Simple one-upmanship which has been going on since the dawn of time

The Article? Entertainment and ad revenue

Your post? There is none apart from stoking your own ego

Is there any worth to this?

Again - you need to be more specific

The world record? In itself no but it does confirm that input methods into mobile computing devices is getting better

The Article? It will contribute to someones income

Your post? No

As someone who has worked with computers for a number of years I know the value of being clear and specific in my writing.

Maybe you should try the same

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Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, settle employee-fiddling class action suit

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FAIL

Not that great a win

The class action included some 64,000 engineers

The "win" was for $300,000,000

Average payout will be under $5,000

Companies escape after only losing a bit of pocket change

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: @DrXym

"But your warranty will be invalidated and the SOGA won't help you."

Dell don't (or at least didn't) invalidate your warranty for opening your own equipment and swapping components.

Of course if its the new component that causes the problem then you're on your own.

They even supply manuals on how to take your stuff apart. Here's the OWNERS manual for mine direct from Dell, notice the emphasis on owner not engineer.

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop /esuprt_xps_laptop/xps-15-l521x_Owner%27s%20Manual_en-us.pdf

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Some of it is quite good - like my Dell XPS 15 - L421x... or my old Precision M65 laptop which after 6 years of on the road contractor misuse has been re-purposed as a media center for the living room TV

Most of Dells image problem stem from clients purchasing the cheapest kit possible even if it isn't fit for purpose.

Written from a very very crappy Lenovo "ThinkCentre" that barely manages to run Visual Studio and Excel at the same time.

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Top Floors

"presumably for use by the rich execs who work at the top of it"

More likely the top floors will be a bar or a restaurant (or both!) with a express high speed elevators.

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Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'

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Re: So let's see if I understand this...

Its called click-baiting

and you clicked

you 'bater

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Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

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The biggest danger here is that this forced return to pre-computer methods might make people realise that they can do without massively expensive and complex computer systems.

Butlerian Jihad anyone?

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: @AC, whatever. (was: whatever.) @h4rm0ny

"I though that Mint might be a possibility, but it feels too parasitic to be regarded as a distribution in it's own right. This is true of all of the Ubuntu derived distributions."

Correct me if I'm wrong (not uncommon) but if Ubuntu is itself based on Debian then surely Ubuntu is a parasite too.

If you don't like Mint because its based on Ubuntu then try LMDE - derived straight from Debian

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Re: Strange picture

Simple explanation: Apple have made the screen bigger than the phone

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As a Sanmsung S3 and then Note 2 user

iPhones do feel absurdly small.

The larger screen is very nice for web browsing and emailing during the day

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Re: @asdf The desktop deadend.

I was shot down for this the other day, here is the method for upgrading:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/04/09/windows_8_1_update_review/#c_2160410

Not actually used it myself. I'm on Mint 16 ATM having started on 15 and then reinstalling from scratch (had a new laptop anyway). 17 will be my first upgrade

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

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Finally

Audio quality to match my speaker cables:

AudioQuest Terminated Speaker Cable

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: @janimal Windows 8 was built for one reason only

"I personally use mint on my laptop, the only thing that annoys me about that though is the upgrade process (at least the last time I updated)."

I have Mint too and although I love it I can see the lack of a clear upgrade method being a major issue for a lot of people who decide to ditch windows for Linux.

In my (very humble) opinion, every linux distro I've seen still lacks the completeness of product you get with Windows or OSX and they just aren't yet ready for the very casual user who wants something that works. Even I, a reasonably competent IT pro, managed to completely break my first Mint installation and had to reinstall from scratch.

FWIW here's the upgrade path from windows 1 upwards

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPnehDhGa14

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

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You're somewhat missing the point

The use case for this is a possible replacement for the CORPORATE desktop PC for people who computing needs are relatively low.

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IBM was wrong to force UK workers off final salary pensions – judge

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Read between the lines

IBM's "Project Waltz" was implemented in 2009 to help the company meet its 2010 target for earnings per share (EPS) and cut costs.

and

"IBM <snip> remains committed to providing its employees and retirees compensation that is competitive and in line with market conditions."

Should read as

IBM remains committed to paying its employees and retirees as little as we can get away with so we can pay our shareholders more.

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Chrome warned me about running as a background service and asked me permission to do so.

You can turn it off in the advanced settings, it's not difficult to find for someone technically competent

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Underlying meanng of the data ...

"So what exactly was your point ?"

Only 10 down votes ... people are starting to warm to jake's opinions.

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Re: What foods have a barcode?

No offense taken! Although I think you achieved new levels in meta-sarcasm.

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Re: Computer says no

"And what happens when the deliveries stop, when you click the button and nothing happens"

Happened already (about 100 years ago) when the middle classes stopped relying on domestic staff to do everything!

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Re: What foods have a barcode?

We get the majority of our family groceries (eggs, meat, cheese, veg, bakery products) from the local market... nothing, has a barcode on it.

I live in the UK

FWIW our local market is typically cheaper and better quality than the supermarkets.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: Is calling a bigot a bigot, being a bigot?

Luckily Mozilla is a NPO

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Re: I have lost a little respect for the LGBT community

"Sure, he's allowed to donate to a cause which seeks to hound people out of their right to marry. And likewise his opponents are allowed to hound him out of a job.

That's democracy."

Brendan Eich donates to a political cause which goes to public vote to become enshrined in law - That is democracy

The law was repealed as it was deemed to be unconstitutional and discriminated against minorities - That is due legal process

Extremist Pro-gay activists deciding that one person needs to suffer and be forced to give up their job. - That is a witch hunt.

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Re: I have lost a little respect for the LGBT community

"deny others the right and respect to live and love and build families and hold jobs themselves."

Proposition 8 - which he contributed to financially - tried to set in law that marriage was between a man and a woman.

It did not set out to destroy anyone's ability to build a family or have a job.

These sort of over exaggerations do nothing but hurt attempts for true equal rights

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LaCie adds fire to Fuel: Revs Wi-Fi external storage gadget to 2TB

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Re: Brave or Foolish?

"SO Reg readers don't want to see new tech?"

Correct

One just has to witness the wailing and gnashing of teeth on here from the bearded sandal wearers any time anything new is introduced

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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Re: A lot of common sense there

"So what actually is your concern?"

I just posted a comment with links which will probably take a few hours to be moderated.

There was some recent news about Three scrapping unlimited tethering. As its a feature which I too make a lot of use of I'm justifiably concerned about it being limited or scrapped.

Edit: This comment is also being moderated! Why?

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A lot of common sense there

As a Three customer my only current concern is tethering using the all you can eat data plan.

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