* Posts by Roger Greenwood

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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"HUD? Or a fighter jet?"

Both of course, preferably a flying car.

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The future is HUD.

Like on a fighter jet.

I already want one.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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"Information doesn't want to be free"

by Cory Doctorow.

Of course most of you will already know about this, perhaps someone could give a spare copy to Andrus?

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400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

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“Microsoft is not open source so nobody can write the patches. . ."

What is this open source of which you speak? Must look into that.

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LOHAN sponsor Lucidica explains the benefits of being French

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French Foreign Legion

Not to be messed with.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Wot no Bomb 20?

Dark Star?

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Given the speed of change in IT generally . . .

. . predicting anything more than a year ahead surely can be nothing more than either a wild guess or a wishlist.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Re: Server or backup?

only 3?

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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or you just carry on using dropbox.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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In days of yore . .

. . .that's what school was for - to give everyone a grounding in all sorts of subjects. Recently we seem to have focussed more and more on passing very narrow exams at the expense of a breadth of knowledge and experience.

So I welcome the school initiative, and also sending back to school anyone who "missed a class" which is pretty much everyone over 40.

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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MPs using pure logic . . .

would lead to "the needs of the many . . ."

That would certainly be different to the current situation.

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All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

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"inserting section breaks"

Is pretty simple, and often used by me at least, so why cripple that?

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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Horses for courses

Posted from a chromebook, on a train.

Yes it could have been a laptop or a phone etc, but the battery/keyboard combination is a winner for many with a few hours to kill.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Coffee

I was past my second cup before I noticed, and only had contacts down.

Back up a few minutes later.

For a no charge service it's like a Star Trek movie:- Infrequent, expected and of little impact.

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Police stats inflate the number of guns actually stolen in Blighty

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Badgers are taking them

Be afraid - they will fight back and they don't need image intensifiers to see at night.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: FFS

If she's anything like my daughter it will be broken (dropped) soon enough and need replacing by Christmas. There's another problem solved!

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: A personal experience

And there, for many, is the thing we should do as we get older:- miss a meal every day (or 2).

In your case (Will) it was the doughnuts (or donuts?), for others it may be easier to miss the mid day meal. Do you need a mid day meal? Of course not. Do you miss it? Yes. Can you get used to it? Yes - go for a walk instead.

With regard to the statistics, do these take into account an aging and longer lived population? It seems that as we age we don't change our food habits much, but we do slow down and therefore expand.

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Brace yourself for a 12-inch Apple maxiPAD – probably... maybe... ish

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16th October

Isn't that the date the new Nexus 6 is also due out? Here's hoping.

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Yes. Economists DO love MAGICAL, lovely HUMAN SELFISHNESS...

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"she'll be right"

Is also said in Yorkshire as "be reight".

That's economy for you.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Re: Does anyone else remember...

I remember. Excellent reputation, very good kit.

(34970A owners club).

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Canonical, AMD, team up with OpenStack-in-a-rack

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"Ubunut-powered Hadoop"

Ubunut - I like it, has a nice ring to it.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Maybe . . . .

. . . they will pay in Linden dollars.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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Re: NaCl sounds a bit dodgy to me...

I'm glad I'm not alone thinking tabletop seasoning every time I see that.

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Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook

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This sounds like clippy . . .

. . brought into the 21st century and likely to annoy just as many now as it did then.

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

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With you there Tim

10 or 15 years ago many company accountants would have had to record all IT spend as an asset otherwise they wouldn't get approval and the balance sheet would look crap. Then it was written down at 10 to 25% a year so never hit zero (really - I had many computers in skips which still had a value).

Yet the day it got installed it became essentially worthless (in the sense you couldn't sell it for anything like the same money). Part of this comes from the habit of dealing with machinery and cars etc of course, which do retain a value for longer.

These days we don't captitalise anything IT - written off as expenditure on day one, and we buy in smaller chunks (rolling replacement) exactly as you say.

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Russia: SEXY LIZARDS which landed FROM SPACE are all DEAD

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Re: Geckos! Frozen Geckos!

"he hasn't even peeled them!!"

. . or taken the bones out.

(Well they wouldn't be crunchy).

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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"hard core of folks"

e.g.

1. lazy

2. cheap

3. poor

4. ignorant

5. CBA

any more?

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IBM: OK, Watson, you've won Jeopardy. Now, CURE CANCER

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"..research paper is published nearly every 30 seconds.."

And most are kept closely guarded within the academic community so the rest of us can't read them anyway.

I understand some of why that is so, but I don't like it.

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Honey, I shrunk the workstation … into a Chromebook

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Re: opengl over X?

But the way Google do it makes it accessible to folk without an IT department to set it up for them. There are a lot of small businesses who may find this useful. Just my 2p.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: Bing Orgasm

Bingo - I think you may have something there.

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

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Re: Would be even better

Linux runs fine on my Z570, but support for different graphics cards may be patchy. (Got such a good deal at the time I didn't care that the windows tax was applied)

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Sir, sir, my cloud ate my homework: Google touts grading tool to teachers

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Re: think about the children...

"can't afford computers"

Its ok - they can use the local library.

Which will be closing next year.

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/library-service-facing-savage-cuts-7491375

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

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Re: Really?

"relatively simple NFC"

Is that why it's rubbish and insecure?

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: No they don't

@Alan Brown

"won't change temperature"

I beg to differ - but maybe not a lot at 8 to 10A.

The plug certainly will change temperature, mainly due to the fuselink and I^2R. The socket will depend more on the wiring size perhaps.

I have run 13A plugs at 16A on test and they get HOT. Much more and they fail of course.

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Re: No they don't

"only talking 2kVA"

That is quite a lot of power - the average UK 230V 13A plug will get warm running that for more than a few minutes. Even if the finished unit gets down to only 5% losses (quite a challenge), thats 100W heater sitting on your lap.

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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This above all :-

"The cloud has to be cheaper than 5 year refresh cycles for the commercial midmarket and 10 year refresh cycles for the smallest businesses."

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Pint

Surely the important thing here . . .

. . is that yet again beer provided the answer.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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This new stuff looks boring

Needs a LOT more knobs to tweak, flashing lights etc.

An app on a smartphone just doesn't cut it.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: I liked the Windows 2000 interface... @CAPS LOCK

@Nigel 11 "There's no good equivalent of Autocad on Linux"

Yes there is :- Bricscad

But I agree with your sentiment - alternatives can be hard to find.

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"Power Users ... who are accustomed to multi-tasking between different apps"

I guess that means I am promoted!

It was a surprise to see Microsoft adopting so many of the changes intoduced by Unity/Ubuntu etc in recent years. And making all the same mistakes.

Also avoiding 1000, waiting for 1001 (maybe).

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Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

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Hardware support

You would think that as single server hardware gets older and no longer supported (looking at you HP) that would be a big push to upgrade. After all, that's what is most likely to fail.

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Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

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Re: Now maybe all those Brazilians will learn the lesson I learned

Sounds like you should have been listening to RMS -:)

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

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"highest moisture-and-dust-resistance score attainable"

That would be IP68 then (continuous immersion).

IP67 is rated for temporary immersion (up to 1m deep for up to 30 mins).

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

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Re: It would help an awful ****ing lot

"mother's maiden name"

Standard reply:- "Smith" then see what happens.

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

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Higgs boson even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins

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If there is more than one Higgs boson . . .

. . . then the first one should be called Peter.

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How Microsoft's cloud aims to cover the world

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Re: what is the meaning of cloud?

Whilst I agree with Sgt. Pinback here in many ways, what else is MS going to sell but but re-badged "technology" invented by others? Where is the innovation?

When I was a lad an Azure sky contained very wispy insubstantial clouds with a lot of blue.

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

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Re: my 2 cents

"don't seem to be any visionaries left"

I see your pessimism and raise you:- skylon.

http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/space_skylon.html

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Surely the only legitimate reason . . .

. . . for joining such networks is to claim your favourite username. After that direct all mail to null and be bothered no more. After all, you never know what may be useful in the future.

My kids tell me facebook is dead already (they haven't quite reached Linkedin). Bit harsh maybe, but kids are fickle. Good job for the investors that another batch of innocent kids will be along in a minute.

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Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

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Re: Office 365...

If a few million invested $20 each in Libre Office . . .

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