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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Generally tech people I know are empirical, logical thinkers and will investigate things and make their own mind

I can only presume that you don't frequent these comment boards

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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Re: @ lesession (was: Whatever.)

" is there anyone well known you think did do anything good, or useful, or maybe just a wee bit better than you, in the history of this stuff?!

Al Gore! It was him and Jake what invented the internets

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

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Re: @ Michael Habel

"Does Linux come with spelling and grammar checking options?"

Some do but not for his distro

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

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Re: browser restrictions

MS had a browser monopoly

Emphasis on HAD. Their share is down to 10% now

They've lost out to Chrome

Personally IE is my favourite browser... for downloading chrome

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Re: Company Car vs Company PC

A few years ago, the IT team at the company I was at announced that they were removing admin rights from our laptops. The email chain went something like:

IT: "Can you please schedule a convenient time for us to access your laptop, we need to fix the access to remove admin rights to non IT staff"

Me: "Before you do that, I need a copy of your call out rota"

IT: "We don't do out of hours call out"

Me: "We do, I'll just call your mobile at 3am when my laptop needs support and I have an urgent production issue to fix"

IT: "Forget it"

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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"Like most people my PC is at a desk"

Define most people!

Most people outside of the techie circles are ditching their PCs in favour of tablets and laptops. Just look at the sales stats. The desktop is dying

The only significant people left buying PCs are enthusiast gamers and techies who market wise are in the minority and should know how to fix an OS to suit their means anyway.

FWIW I can count the people I know with a desktop PC on one thumb and personally,as a travelling contractor I've relied on laptops for the past decade

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Too much choice for the average desktop user

Too much choice:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9a/Gldt1009.svg

It's a shame, linux has the capability to be an amazing OS but the fragmentation comes with 2 major problems:

1. It puts off new users in a big way

2. Duplicated efforts. Instead of everyone trying to make a small number of distros better they decide to break off and do their own thing.

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

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Re: RE: service charge

You seriously need better clients if installing firefox (or anything else) for 10 minutes is going to piss them off

8 years of contracting - 6 of which at top rate (based on itjobswatch.co.uk) and 12 clients and I have never ever had a client complain about their time/money being wasted.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Re: Road Colours Still Wrong

"True, but you could make the same argument about traffic lights too. By custom and practice we've come to expect that red means stop and green means go."

Look up the Vienna Convention which sets international conventions for road signs and traffic lights

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Tech Data execs: Nooooo... It's the INCREDIBLE SHRINKING payslip

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$4.31M to $4.2M

My heart bleeds

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: 236kbit=2g?

How do you know if they are working?

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Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

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They will probably be more reminiscent of Sony Centers which IIRC pre-date the Apple Stores

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

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It Just Works ™

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9,000 heads to roll at Dell? Tosh. It'll all go down in Feb and it's THOUSANDS more - insiders

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Being a Satisfied Customer of Dell

Is the loneliest feeling in the world

Maybe I'm a distant relative of Michael Dell

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Still buying CDs?

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Bin them

External drives are cheap and so much quicker to back up to that you'd be wasting your time backing up to DVD or CD.

There is a reason they are being phased out of laptops - slow and low capacity!

I've also had problems with the reliability of data DVD's, although it was 10 years ago when I stopped using them for backups.

Just remember to have an "off site" solution of some type if not for everything then at least for critical/valuable data

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Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

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Re: 1000's of years to measurable.

Let me explain it for you.

The lower friction was due to the grounding line - the point at which the glaciers weight is carried by the sea rather than rock - moving backwards a few km's

The grounding line is moving backwards because the glacier is thinning and becoming more bouyant.

The decrease in friction is NOT due to the bedrock being "worn down"

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The acceleration you describe would take 1000's of years to measurable.

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Let Google's tentacles fondle your mobile's web downloads and Chrome will put the data on a diet

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Already Got it

"Just when we will be able to get our hands on the new goodies, however, isn't quite clear"

Just checked my Chrome settings and this option was already there, no update required.

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Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

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For hifi wifi transmission the best air is no air

The second best is air that is completely unreactive to those wifi signals

My living room atmosphere is now 99.999% helium-4

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Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids

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GT3

Personally I thought that the Gran Turismo series peaked at GT3.

For them to have STILL not fixed the AI of the other drivers is IMO unforgivable.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Re: On a roll

"I wonder how long it took their marketing department to decide what colour it should be?"

Probably about 2 seconds after the first "Andrex" joke was told about the white prototype

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Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

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Re: I hope Avon have got good lawyers

"Can anybody guess why?"

Because nobody likes to admit that they have made a $100 million mistake. Usually there is more than one person involved in the decision and unless you have a complete regime change there will be no admission of fault.

In this case, Avon should be publicly applauded for being so open about the mistake and the fact they have decided to stop throwing good money after bad.

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SAP

Verb

"gradually weaken or destroy"

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/sap?q=sap

Synonyms:

IBM, Accenture, Thoughtworks, Capita

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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

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Seriously?

"This has led to many bizarre situations, such as people "Liking" the fact their chum's parents have passed away, because there's no other way to express an emotion."

How about thinking outside the Thumbs Up box

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Santa brings Dixons £31m profits as ghost of Comet is laid to rest

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It will only be news when...

"customer satisfaction and profitability up considerably year on year"

...Customer satisfaction reaches positive numbers

I popped into PC World last week in need of a set of precision screw drivers so I could swap a laptop hard drive.

"Sorry sir, we don't sell screw drivers of any description" was the response.

Goes without saying that had I bought the hard drive from them then I would have been going straight to the tills for a refund

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Speeding cops, fearsome drops and Death Star shops

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Re: Personally

I think not

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Personally

I fucking hate the freemium model of mobile games.

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NO XMAS PRESENTS FOR Google Now and Siri: Chirpy scamps get a C+

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Boffin

Google won't use that information against you in a court of law

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Another party trick is to use the Nickname function on contacts.

Set a friends contact nickname to "Dinosaur Breath" (Or other insult of your choice)

Then show them how clever Google is by asking it to "call Dinosaur Breath"

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

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Re: @William Boyle - Protection

"does anyone market a laptop shell into which a smartphone can be plugged?"

Asus Padphone?

Alternatively, do not install any OS on the laptop and instead use a thumb drive with Linux... You can configure these to contain a persistent data store

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Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

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Change your surname to "Accenture" and start sending the Gov. large invoices

The fact that you will have produced exactly Zero will actually be noted somewhere as an improvement in service.

When this happens you can double the amount charged

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Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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Digital vs Film

What this article brings home is not the benefit of Digital over Film (or vice versa) but the importance of knowing how to take good photos and how to properly use the tool (i.e. camera) you're currently using.

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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

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Re: LOL sad MacBookPro copy

keep their crappy design trends out of my products.

My products? Seriously?

Are apple coming round to your house at the dead of night and surreptitiously fitting components you don't want to your tech?

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Re: LOL sad MacBookPro copy

Having been a heavy laptop user for the past 10 years I now find full size keyboards awkward and horrible to type on.

I currently run a Dell XPS 15 which has a similar keyboard to this one. It is very nice to type on and an improvement on my older Dell. The separation between the keys and their shape makes for quite a pleasant typing experience. There isn't much if any flex either which is nice.

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Thanks! Will have a look

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"WTF not even the better specced dual core offerings?"

Have you had a look on the Dell website? There are dual core options

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

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Re: Who?

I hadn't heard of Vincent Washington either

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Re: Peggy Babcock

Try saying

Jeremy Hunt culture secretary

Very quickly, 5 times in a row

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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

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Re: Ho hum

"they will revolutionise the gaming market with bling."

You mean INVENT gaming and the gaming market

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Inside IBM's vomit-inducing, noise-free future chip lab

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At what point

Is it simpler/cheaper to build the chip fab in SPAAAACE thus avoiding pesky Earth based vibrations

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4G networks are BIG TIME SUCK for us videogame-obsessed Brits

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Re: Subhead

"the mall" in the subhead is not capitalised, so is not the definite article, i.e. The Mall (AKA Pall Mall) and so it would refer to the other usage of the word as a synonym for what us normal people call a shopping centre.

There are some malls in the UK, Bluewater (in Kent) refers to itself as a mall as does BIrchwood Mall near Warrington. I'm sure there are others!

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Google to CyanogenMod: YOU! GIT yore warranty-BUSTING ASS outa Play

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Re: Warranty vs Firmware?

Overclocking is definitely enabled on many custom ROMs - although they always come with a big warning message.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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Re: General IT

"But don't just expect me to jump because you have "and other reasonable duties" in my contract."

Unfortunately, there is a reason why it's in your employment contract. You belong to them and if they ask you to jump then you either jump or face the possibility of it being used against you in a court of HR

Thats one the benefits of contracting... my "very specific" business insurance does not cover me when undertaking any tasks not specified in the contract

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VIOLENT video games make KIDS SMARTER – more violent the BETTER

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Could be worse, you might have become an unscrupulous landlord happy to bankrupt tennants with extortionate rents

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Re: Question:

Ironically the only GTA missions I can think of that involve prostitutes are:

GTA III which had a couple of pick up and drop off some hookers in a set time missions

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GTA San Andreas which had a the optional "pimping" missions which meant driving the girls around and protecting them from any abusive punters.

In all the missions a dead hooker equals failure

IIRC The killing prostitutes line comes from a daily mail article when GTA III came out. One of their journalists obviously had a very warped mind when they sat down to play it.

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

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Re: Your choice of degree is an example of lateral thinking

"And of course physics guys are too lazy to learn quicksort. "

Do people still need to write their own sort routines?

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Re: The findings are bollocks

Give me a "B" graduate with an interesting bunch of projects on github over an "A+" graduate who only focused on their coursework.

Pros and cons with this approach

The problem with any job is that there will be large amounts of time spent doing stuff you rather wouldn't have to do. An "A+" grad has already demonstrated the necessary discipline needed to maintain focus.

The "B" graduate would probably start posting bollocks on el reg as soon as he/she got bored with whatever it is they are supposed to be doing for you

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What’s new in SQL 2014?

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Re: SQL 2014

As someone who works as a contractor almost exclusively with SQL Server in companies who predominantly use SQL Server, I have never had the impression that "SQL" was synonymous with "SQL Server".

The one caveat is the occassional non technical user who tries (badly) to use the lingo.

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Too soon for a new SQL Server?

It feels as if 2012 has barely got its foot in the door in terms of market penetration vs 2008/

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