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Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

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Re: Spam

Fairly easy to remove the flow of 'legitimate spam' - just add a rule to your mail client that looks for the word 'unsubscribe' in an email and if it finds a hit, mark it as read and move it into your spam folder. Its there if you need to refer to it, but extracts it from the eye-line.

Not sure it may of helped in this case, but does help strip out that cruft that fills most peoples mailboxes.

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

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8.1 Useable

I was an 8.1 neigh-sayer until I installed it onto my machine as another OS, and I have to say, its okay. I did have to take a deep breath, leave my Windows perceptions at the door and use it for 4 or 5 hours to learn 'the new way' but actually, its usable and functional. Its still a bit off-putting when some apps load to the desktop, and others load into Metro, but once you learn that Alt+Tab is your friend and the split screen thing can let you see the apps side-by-side it's actually perfectly functional.

From my multi-boot, Win7, Win8, ChromeOS and Debian laptop, Windows 8 ends up being the OS of choice most of the time.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Danger Will Robinson

Some of the instructions on this article feel a little close to the limit of legality with regard to licencing. I hope El Reg's lawyers have reviewed this article before it went to press.

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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FTLOG

For those commentards reporting that they've got great coverage or piss-poor coverage, PLEASE install one of the survey apps if you've got a capable smart phone and add the details to the maps. The more current data, the better these maps become.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Token

If you'd like to post a token to my home or work address, I can consume my pint from here AND limit the carbon impact of having to travel beyond the gates of Nodnol. One of those bluey/green or orangy/brown ones will be perfect, although a purply/blue or red one would be equally well received.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Family Guy

I'll be interested to see what happens to Family Guy - it appears that it's not allowed on iPlayer, so I assume Auntie will either punt it onto BBC Two or give up the rights to it.

There's very little else on BBC Three I watch; Russell Howard's Good News and Bluestone 42 are really the other exceptions. And I'm in their target audience range. BBC Four however has some very good content, provided you enjoy being educated rather than being exposed to real life or actor peoples shouting at each other.

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New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

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Expensive

That's an expensive router. Say £200 all in for a mini-itx pc with memory, hdd, case and PSU plus an installation of pfSense and you're away. The only issue you may have is needing to have a gateway modem (£20 TP-Link DSL modem for me) if your fixed line provider doesn't have ethernet presentation.

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BT demands end to Ofcom wholesale broadband subsidies for BSkyB, TalkTalk

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Re: If you think it's unfair, split the company

I agree, BT Group has such a split personality when it comes to Openreach and their Ofcom excuses.

Spin off Openreach into an independent entity then BT Group, et al can compete on more level terms.

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Pork time! £350m in Health Service mail-etcetera cloud deals up for grabs

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A vision

I see Office 365 in their future....

I'm not even related to Septic Peg either.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Sideloading and Rooting

This marls an interesting and obviously controversial tangent for Nokia, but I think its a good thing, particularly for the lower end of the market. My concern is that their 'apk' store will be as mediocre as many others that try to compete with the play store, to limited success. I'll watch with interest as to whether the play store can be easily side-loaded, and also if rooting and romming become an option. It'll be nice to have a cheap, but quality brand in the Android space to compete with the Asian megacorps and no-name outfits trying to float their elcheapo turds at this end of the market, but only if a full range of apps is available.

I also fear that Microsoft will kill or sell the X range all too quickly once their feet are properly under the table at Espoo.

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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FRY

Perhaps this should be called a 'Fry-Moment' but "few applications drain a mobile device's battery more rapidly than contacting satellites." is just wrong when spoken about in reference to GPS. Receivers listen passively to satellite signals, they don't contact them. I thought everyone in El Reg knew this by now? Or that just Microsoft redefining the standard again?

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Comprehensive security in the home

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Thinking outside the box

Doesn't answer your original question about specific packages directly, but a good solution to home filtering on 'every' device is to have a proxy server sat between your devices and the internet.

I use pfSense (firewall), with Squid (proxy), ClamAV (AV-Filter) and DansGuardian (Dodgy site filter) which protects any device on my network, whether it has AV installed or not. The machine it runs on cost about £75 from ebay, and costs about £10 a month in electricity costs. Following some instructions on the net, it took me about 2hrs to get it all setup and working.

For my actual machines, I use Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows), ClamAV (Linux), and Avast (Linux), which seem to work quite well and have done an excellent job at keeping nasties away, and cover me when I'm off my own grid.

I've also heard good things about k9webprotection as a filtering web server, but that only does web filtering and is an install on every machine too.

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Forget unified communications, we want universal comms, Microsoft insists

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Re: If only...

I find the 2013 client reasonably snappy on Windows 7 and 8.1.

Strangely, I don't quite understand why an instant messaging client is a 300mb+ install.

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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Re: Instant Erase

I'm thinking that it may be a tiny physical 'hammer' that creates a micro-vibration and causes all of the heads to smash instantly into the platters, thereby eliminating your data immediately.

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THOUSANDS of Tesco.com logins and passwords leaked online

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CrapTastic

Just changed my password for Tesco as a matter of course.

Passwords can only be between 6 and 10 characters, and doesn't seem to support complex characters, only Upper, lower and numerical.

What year is this, 2002?

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Grimly determined Cisco reports weak earnings

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I can only assume the 'new economies' don't believe in the "nobody got sacked for buying Cisco" mantra that seems inescapable here in the UK. Whilst Cisco make some great core-networking gear, a lot of their other stuff has a perception of looking too proprietary, less functional (or conversely overly complex) and far far more expensive than their competitors. Plus they've really struggled to market themselves as agile vendors with lots of new idea's which is fine for big enterprise customers, but don't necessarily highlight their capabilities with start-ups and round 1 VCs.

They could have done so much more with Linksys as a Baby Cisco, but alas, the super-tanker is not for turning.

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Microsoft gets with the times, builds two-factor authentication into Office 365

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2FO

I don't mind 2FA when its relatively seamless like the Google Authenticator offering, especially as lots of websites now use this as an option, and the codes can be generated within a single app for these multiple sites.

I hope the 365 2FA works better than the two-phase authentication on the Xbox 360 platform which won't send me a text message to my UK mobile number (well, it apparently does, but disappears into the ether). I can cancel out of it, but every time I start the Xbox, install the latest patches, reboot, install the game updates and log into Live, I have to bin off several messages before it lets me log into the account.

I don't play Xbox much anymore.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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The symbol

Just as in the same way that + has come to mean 'has a record function', perhaps there needs to be a 'catchup via the internet' symbol, for example Φ. So if you have a freeview Φ or freesat Φ you know that you can use it to iPlayer or 4player or STV player to your hearts content.

The complete renaming of platforms with similar functions only serves to confuse and scare the general populous.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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"It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub"

The only thing I know about audiophilia is that you can't please any of them, any of the time.

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Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

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The Phone Call....

Hello, IT? This is God calling.

I divided by zero again.

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EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

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Stards

I was quite interested in Sky's broadband as a secondary service to my main AAISP, but was put off because it seems they don't like you using your own router, and don't support bridged mode on their router. There are apparently ways around it, but it looked like a proper pain in the rear, so have given it a miss. I currently use a TP-Link router running OpenWRT bridging to a pfSense firewall. I trust community code more than a narrow team of developers with their employers interests at heart.

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Google cleared to land in private terminal at Silicon Valley airport

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Mystery...

I don't understand why they need six private jets to conduct their business? Why don't they just use Hangouts?

Or don't they want their 'wheel greasing' pay-offs to international politico's and persons of power to be on the record?

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Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas

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A Christmas Tale

And lo, it did come to pass, that Linus came upon an inn, alone and in need of a power socket. And Linus did imbibe some refreshing beverages and reviewed some code, until it came to pass that he was able to perform a stable release, not entirely unlike that which was foretold 2013 years ago (depending on when your epoch is defined). And it was great and good and at least three wise men did install it upon their system.

Falala la la, la la la laaa.

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Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

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SIM Cards & Numbers

"consider a SIM for the same network. It may be a little easier for them simply to swap the number to the new SIM."

This may vary between networks, but recent experience suggests this isn't the case for T-Mobile (not sure about EE) and Three. With those networks, I've actually had to PAC my numbers out to a third party network (A PAYG sim will do) and then back in again as apparently they don't have the systems to move numbers internally.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

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Namco Ridge Racer

I still remember an installation of Namco's Ridge Racer in a Blackpool Arcade, except they had a "real" car and a projector out in front. Proper 3D graphics and realistic control, but as a youf you could only really afford one go because I'm sure it was about £5 a pop.

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Re: Such memories.....

Ahh Afterburner with the moveable cabinet that rotated to 'some degrees' beyond horizontal

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How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew

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Microfilm

A warehouse full of microfilm, plus some instructions on building a reader seems to my little head to be the best 'backup' strategy of still being able to read a document even if 'digital' file formats change. Ultimately if future generations can manage to build a microscope/magnifying glass and a light source, the data should be reconstructible.

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Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

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@Chris

Except all Linux engineers worth their salt only install a bare minimum system to start with and then add the packages afterwards that are required to perform the functions they need.

Anyone who installs X and OpenOffice by default on a server needs to be taken out and publicly flogged.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Priorities

Its not the iconography of the puppies that worries me, its the increasing size of the cardboard inner which riles me; the rolls look the same from the outside, but you get less for your money. Bar stewards.

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Microsoft expands Dublin bit barn to slurp Euro-Data

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PUE

I'm not overly surprised about Microsoft's PUE which from what I've seen is what you can expect from a well designed 'off the shelf' build-out. Every behind the scenes video I've ever seen suggests Microsoft using such hardware, unlike big G and Facebook who roll their own, with the latter releasing their designs under the opencompute project/brand.

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

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Re: idiots... what better time to develop a self hosted open source solution...

MMmm yes, because government IT projects have an excellent history of finishing on time and within budget.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Re: 11 miles to km

I'm sure I saw an Amazon promo video where workers had those shoes with a roller skate in the heel to get around on - able to walk when required, and scoot when not.

Until Amazon find robots which are cheaper, more efficient and more scalable than mechanical turks, these jobs will still need to be done.

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Little devil: Electric Imp is an Internet of Things Wi-Fi PC-ON-AN-SD-CARD

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Re: Missing the point

This is only a solution for limited run IoT devices - and even then it'snot really optimal, unless you want to allow consumer upgrades, rather than replacement (and where is the money in that). I can see a few Kickstarter projects using this where interest is relatively low.

If you're building thousands of devices, then you're going to be best off buying one of the multitude of SoC's that can do this sort of thing, and the dev kit to go with it. And you're probably going to want to employ someone with the experience of system and software integration.

I can't quite think of many people that this is going to appeal too. Its not flexible enough to replace Arduino and with a different use-case to RPI, and competitors like the Teensy 3 make it difficult to pin down exactly what this offers.

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Meet the BlackBerry wizardry that created its 'better Android than Android'

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Re: Well done guys, plenty of overtime coming up

Those were might thoughts exactly. Id imagine that every time Google update the Android API's, and particularly when they do a major release (Android 5 anyone) that the foundation of the House of Cards will be undermined extensively.

Id rather see them invest in porting their technology to Android or (shudder) Windows Phone. A 'powered by Android, secured by Blackberry' device could be a big seller in the corporate world.

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Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update as users moan: It's PANTS

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Fixed

I experienced similar problems with my S3, particularly the 'slow to wake' issue where you are never sure if its going to wake up after pressing the power button.

Still, I've managed to fix it. Just had to goto the CyanogenMod website, download the new Windows installer and associated app from the play store, letting it install CM10 (4.3.1) in about 5 clicks. Plus, it doesn't have all the Samsung crapware which is only a bonus.

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Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)

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Home Users

I wonder if I can convince my family to move 'to the cloud'? ~£22 for fully managed, 'unbreakable' desktops is an interesting, if slightly high price point. If it were around the £15 mark, or £20 with the office bundle, it would be a godsend, especially as to them its Windows. I'm guessing that the price is made up of something like 20% compute resource, 60% licencing costs and the rest left as take home.

Looking at the summary page, PCoIP so I'm guessing VMView clients may be the way this goes. But I think that a proper understanding of the access methodology is required - the big bugbear with VDI is you can end up paying twice, once for a local licence and once for the remote desktop. I see no mention of a Linux client at this time, and Id like to understand which browsers are supported.

I can see lots of use cases for this technology, and for small workgroups, its a damn sight easier on the CAPEX than Citrix or VMWare environments.

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Amazon lashes Nvidia's GRID GPU to its cloud: But can it run Crysis?

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Re: Colour me impressed

If you could use technologies like VMView PCoIP or Citrix HDX, you could probably make yourself a reasonable platform for gaming, however, by the time everything is licensed up, you'd probably be better off buying a gaming PC. Unless you're setting up an OnLive type service, where I could see it being beneficial.

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Funds flung at 9-inch fan-built Raspberry Pi monitor

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Re: I'm interested, but ...

Remember that the Chinese don't really do Xmas/New Year shutdown, so that's an extra couple of weeks development. Hopefully they'll be on a fast plane from China before their New Year shutdown at the end of February.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Chicken and Egg

The trouble is that without an end date for FM radio, manufacturers have to use DAB as a 'value add' upsell, rather than a 'you need DAB because otherwise this will stop working in x years'. But the MoF don't want to set an end date for FM because of the slow uptake of DAB.

Case in point; Cars. How many new car's ship with DAB as standard? Id venture <50% and that's probably optimistic. Most car's have a lifespan of ~12 years so if they cull FM in say 5 years, you're going to have a lot of vehicles on the road who have to fall back to CDs or learning what that aux port is for for a significant period of time, or force them to spend some money retrofitting the solution at a later date.

If they need to do it (and I've not yet seen the business case to support DAB) then it needs to be 10 years and a lot of promotion by both UKGOV and Retail plc.

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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Paste Reference Here

Insert generic joke about seamen pumping internet for a change.

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Finally! How to make Android USABLE: Install BlackBerry OS 10.2

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Re: RIM is not American. So not subject to THE PATRIOT Act

If the revelations are true (and I suspect they are), it almost seems a moot point.

I suspect those with enough resources can find a way.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

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BlueJeans

Anyone know the likelihood of this breaking BlueJeans ability to join Skype to non-proprietary video conferences?

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

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Murica!

Unless you live in the USA or one of its territories, no point getting too excited. *IF* this is remotely true, then I'd bet my hat it will launch with products designed for 110v power supplies and Mercan sized switches & sockets. The double strength voltages and interestingly sized sockets in the rest of the world make a worldwide product launch highly unlikely, at least until Apple have demonstrated product demand in their own back yard.

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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Err...

To err is human; to really FUBAR it requires a public body.

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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

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Organic Compounds from Earth

Does that mean, if they keep going through this heat cycle, and the levels of organic compounds remain about the same during each test, that there is a higher likelyhood that those compounds are part of Martian atmosphere.

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Re: The proof is in the....

"Show me an Android update that could cope with so many updaters?"

I suspect Google have a better CDN than Apple, given their primary business is delivering content across a network. Having said that, its a relatively MOO point, given that Android updates are generally governed by the carriers and device manufacturers, which is the one thing that blows with that ecosystem.

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Open source Android fork Cyanogen becomes $7m company

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Mixed Emotions

CM is by far the best alternative Android build (of course most ROM's are built from either CM or AOSP) so this announcement brings mixed emotions. Hopefully the team will bring some great new advances in future CM versions. On the flip side, starting to charge for the OS, bundling it with crapware or other corporate interests would ruin the project and betray the community. Another worry is that now there is a pot of money, the lawyers may take notice and start calling for patent fee's and ancillary charges.

Tread carefully CyanogenMod, for there be dragons ahead.

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Amazon cloud goes down in Northern Virginia

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Friday 13th.

Office 365 Lync had a little lie down earlier too.

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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

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In the Pond.

Just pondering here for a moment, the art of the possible. If Sammy adds 64bit to their CPU range, but the Android OS stays with 32 bit for the time being; given enough time and resources, could it be possible to make the underlying hypervisor split two 32bit instances and run separately with access to their own 'virtual' resources like RAM? A dual identity phone has been mooted for some time to allow separation of work and home life - I wonder if this is even slightly feasible.

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