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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Testing

This is why testing is such a large part of any engineering/new product. There is no substitute after you have finished playing with calculations and simulations.

I also note the lack of emphasis on checklists up to now.

Per ardua ad astra as proper pilots would say.

Good luck with the big one. Beer already cold.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Confused?

I certainly am.

Unless the reporting is completely wrong, this sounds like the best way to tick off your customers I have ever heard.

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Re: Our last XP machine was, pretty much literally, taken behind the shed yesterday.

"Why would I want to use a computer which is arguably less powerful than my phone?"

Maybe because it's all you need for the job?

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Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys

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"hearty big up to reader Robin"

If this was English I would salute it.

As it hails from somwhere near BBC R1 then can I say instead Thank you Robin.

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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

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Re: Moody Planes

It's not the plane, it's gravity trying to kill you.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: This is the fault of Trevor's clients

2 things:-

1. I have a machine tool here less than 10 years old - it runs NT as XP was too new then. I expect it to run at least another 10 years.

2. We run Bricscad instead of AutoCad - it is also available on Linux and uses DWG file formats.

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

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Er . . .

. . we could tell you, but the snooper dept. won't let us.

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Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

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Re: Fix what's broken

You didn't mention the fact that by default they also seem to treat their customers like criminals.

Perhaps it's just me then.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: How would anybody know the difference?

Yes I have a model 212 safe here. Why 212? Because it can stand the heat.

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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One word:-

Content.

It's amazing what people will do and put up with for stuff they have to have. Just look at sky.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Old machines

I don't see much discussion about what you do with all the old machines supposedly at "end of life". Sure you can just dump them (or the shop can) and forget about it.

You could try and recycle them, not always easy particularly for small businesses as it can still cost.

Upgrading the OS etc. is not currently practical with any MS products.

I currently favour slapping some Linux on them - some are going for many years like this until they are called to the big landfill in the cloud.

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Re: Why (sensible) people would buy a new computer.

" I'd be developing a slimmer Windows that'll run much better on existing machines"

But they can't do that, and the reason is greed. Once you're on a gravy train it's hard to get off.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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If only . . .

the police found an informer, you know :- a mole

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: £2

and re-introduce the groat and farthing, so that even poor people can feel they have lots of money.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Two things . .

1. This at least explains where MH370 has got to.

2. "you would eventually see pairs of particles and anti-particles (same mass, opposite charge) spontaneously pop into existence and annihilate each other, leaving behind a brief flash of energy" seems to also describe the workings of my bank account.

(The science is so beyond me this is the only way it makes sense).

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

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Re: Depends on if you mean when it was designed or built?

First Test Flight.

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Twitter sags beneath weight of Oscar selfie

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Yes we care

Not about the content, but next time someone asks you if "we really need x resource?" you can think about what happens if this project scales 100 fold, 1000 fold etc. Ask for the upper design limit in writing. Good luck with that.

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Something rotten stalks the Cloud Kingdom

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Occasionally the paladins will come to the door of a Peasant with strange letters painted above:-

"FOAD"

For this is indeed a powerful spell, the meaning of which is lost in the mists of time, but causes many an unwelcome visitor to tremble at the knee and pass by to seek more compliant victims elsewhere.

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

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"navigate uncharted territory"

Nice - I thought they left exploring to others?

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Charging . . .

. . .could be done with inductive loops in the road, so every time the car stops it gets a charge. On the M25 or M62 some days you could arrive with more juice than you started with.

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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BMW

If BMW did recalls on their owners instead that would be an improvement.

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SME storage challengers emerge one feature at a time

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You nailed it Trevor

For "small" SME's anyway. IT as a whole is just a PITA we would avoid if possible - it is often regarded as a cost without any benefit. Until it breaks.

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Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

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Re: The Alan Parsons Project

I see your Alan Parsons project link, and raise you Vulture Culture.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Maths

No your maths is correct, but you forgot about the costs of collection/distribution of the levy or "gravytrain" as some call it.

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Crafty French hackers tweak 'My Account' page, slurp 800,000 Orange users' details

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"never provide personal data . ."

To people who don't need it i.e. your phone company. Yes it's tedious but I have several birthdays every year.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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Re: pip pip pip pip...

Ahh 300 baud. I also miss prestel at 1200/75. Tell that to the youth of today and they won't believe you.

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Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

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Re: If you must...

Exactly - and given the attrition rate of the average bit of tech kit in the hands of most kids you should go for the cheapest or it will cost twice what you thought.

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: Excellent!

Er . . . Microsoft says it supports ODF, but if you upload an ODF file to skydrive, you get repeated warnings about loss of data, incompatibilities etc. This is for any file without special formatting. The warnings are there every time you open the file. Lets hope that gets fixed soon.

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Re: The Lawyer from Lima

That letter was genius (and very funny). It is certainly taking us a long time to catch up with Peru.

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BBC Trust: 'LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING' to this DMI mega-tech FAIL

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"It was fully buzzword-compliant."

Is therefore the phrase of the day.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: That was not nice

"knowledgeable old guys" (and gals).

They are made of stern stuff. They lived through a war or two. You can't buy that kind of training.

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IBM reveals radical email interface rethink

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Timing

Being able to analyse and categorise mail (both sent and received) according to time would be an improvement. e.g. I send an email and want a reply within a week. So I need a reminder in a week to chase it.

This has got to be easier than it is now so no more clicks/presses from me - must be largely automatic as the mail is composed/sent.

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HP Chromebook 11 quietly slips back on Google Play shelves... but where's the FIRE?

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Just got a C720 - nice bit of kit, about 8 to 10 hours battery. Apparently an Acer with a touch screen is coming soon.

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

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"pretty much all the IT people in the land and then some"

or about half the IT people in the land over 3 or 4 different devices.

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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

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Re: Antimatter information that is newsworthy:

"Transformers don't work on DC"

Er... actually they do, but not continuously. Can still create pulses.

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Office 365 Microsoft's fastest growing business, ever - Microsoft

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Numbers

Say they want 50 million customers worldwide (not unreasonable?) adding 1000 per day means it will take over 130 years. Still, early days.

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Consumers shove EMEA PC market down giant hole of DOOM

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Re: PCs are selling fine

Or with a keyboard (just ordered another chromebook).

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Pay-by-bonk on the blink: O2 loses Wallet

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Re: Mobile wallets

Exactly - agree with above.

Also seems to be a solution in search of a problem. This morning on the radio they did a speed test for Zapp against cash:-

'Go'

'Here's a tenner ... how long did that take? - how far have you got with the phone?'

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25727333 for more info on Zapp

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Re: WinOne

Surely they will be naming it "Skylight" so you get a better view of the clouds.

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Pre-Xmas phone numbers: Apple slips, Windows Phone grabs 1 in 10 new sales

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"kindle some (or any) interest"

Interesting use of the word "kindle" there, made me think of something else.

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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Re: GP's Opening Hours

Exactly. In my case you are lucky if you get to chat to a real person.

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Hong Kong to welcome planet's second EVER Bitcoin ATM

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Re: I had to find out more about this....

"Chief of Growth" - isn't that a farmer?

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Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

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Re: easy peasy

Also:- It's quite easy to overestimate the IT interest of the average person.

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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(TM) or (R)

As I understand it in the UK/EU anyone can slap a (TM) on anything, the (R) however is a registered trademark and should be respected accordingly.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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Re: That settles it. HP is in deep do-do

Exactly.

Dear HP:- IT peeps are smart and have memories like elephants. Servers like yours are not sold to dummies.

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

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Re: The Mossie

Anyone feeling flush can bung these guys a few quid to get one flying again in UK:-

http://peoplesmosquito.wordpress.com/

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DH.89 Dragon Rapide

You can still take a spin in one of these at http://www.classicairforce.com/ (Cornwall UK)

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

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"won't be able to hang onto the past much longer"

Yes we will.

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Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six

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When all your eggs are in one azure coloured basket . .

. . you better have a pretty strong one.

Or an escape plan when the interweb goes AWOL.

p.s. It will also pick it's moment to fail, just after you said "We'll test the backup tomorrow".

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UK fondleslab surge slowing, says sales-sniffing specialist

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Re: Coming to their senses?

No, it means most who want one already have one (or more).

Aldi sold all theirs already :- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25299602

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