* Posts by Steve Davies 3

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

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Gives new meaning to 'Having the Balls for it....'

Coat, no firther explanation needed

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

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Re: Upgrades

Or for making just about any flight taken for personal reason more bearable.

Any flight of more than 4 hours and for holidays etc then I travel at the front of the plane. I spend more than enough time at the back in a year to want to even consider doing it for a holiday.

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Vectone Mobile gone for the week, don't know when it'll be back

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Re: "The Register did not receive an answer when it rang the company,..."

SOP then.... Not news, move along there, (and to quote /.) Film at 11.

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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Removing the KB is not the enough?

I removed it from one windows 7 system (In a VM).

Sure the files in c:\windows\system32\GWX were removed.

However these were left behind.

Directory of C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-gwx-uninstall_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7

2015-03-25 04:22 19,968 GWXGC.exe

1 File(s) 19,968 bytes

Directory of C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-gwx_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18804_

2015-03-25 04:22 459,264 GWX.exe

2015-03-25 04:22 658,944 GWXConfigManager.exe

2015-03-25 04:24 499,200 GWXUI.dll

2015-03-25 04:22 393,216 GWXUX.exe

2015-03-24 23:20 353,048 GWXUXWorker.exe

5 File(s) 2,363,672 bytes

Directory of C:\Windows\winsxs\wow64_microsoft-windows-gwx_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18804_

2015-03-25 03:59 392,704 GWX.exe

1 File(s) 392,704 bytes

Total Files Listed:

7 File(s) 2,776,344 bytes

The copy of GWX.exe in the amd64 directory is identical to the copy that got deleted.

You have been warned. Windows 10 will not go away. You will be nagged until you comply and join the W10 Borg collective.

See Icon for what I'd like to so to the person in MQ who thought that GWX.exe was a cool idea

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Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

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What idiot thought this one up?

Were they from Japan by any chance?

No, no and thrice No.

Remember folks that the 'selfie' will have your GPS location tagged in it. Woe betide you if you happen to capture the little bit on the side as you take your 'selfie'.....

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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Dear MS, Please put your own house in order

And stop nagging me to install Slitherin (Silverlight) on my systems. It seems that no matter what I do it keeps coming back as a 'optional update'.

I wonder if we tell Cortana to go F**k Silverlight in Windows 10 what will happen?

Will it respond with the oblig 'I'm sorry Dave I can't do that'?

See Icon for what I'd like to do to Silverlight AND Flash.

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Server guys: Are you running fewer than 200 virtual machines?

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Reduce your Technical Debt with this new buzzword?

Not when the programs (sorry Apps) are full of hacks and work arounds it won't!

Another Gartner 'content free' report. Just like most of them really.

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Re: Hyperconverged infrastructure systems (HCIS)

Yeah Man, bring back RSTS/E or even TSE

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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Imagine...

An Office with say 200 PC all using Cortana.

Enough to drive anyone to Drink

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Re: "no significant known issues"

Plus given that there are a huge number of 1366x768 laptops out there (and more being sold every day - sigh) why have they put so much 'white space' in the controls? Some really quite simple one have bits that disappear off the screen. Started a little bin in W7, got a lot, lot worse in W8/8.1. Now? gone bonkers IMHO

It's not like that they actually care about the usability of their stuff. The majority of us have to use it and that's it.

Microsoft - The modern version of Henry Ford's 'You can have it in any colour you like as long as its black'.

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Samsung ousts Apple as top US smartmobe biz

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At the risk of repeating myself...

At the beginning of June I had a few hours to kill before my flight out of Denver so I stopped off at a large Shopping Mall in the City.

A Sprint Outlet was offering a Samsung S6 contract where Sprint really did give the phone away over two years.

Is it little wonder that they shifted a shed load of them? If the phones are that good why can't they sell them?

A more reliable stastistic would be sales by value rather than raw numbers. I'm sure the Fruity Firm would come out on top.

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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Re: WHO is paying for fiber investment?

So your locaity has had 'cable' for years.

Now that you have FTTC then there is er.. um... competition. Isn't that what Sky/Talk-talk etc want?

Perhaps some of the residents in your area are fed up with VM?

Now they can move to another broadband supplier AND get some decent speeds.

That's exactly what has happened up my street. 9-% were on VM but the internet in the evenings was unusable because VM wouldn't replace the 20+ yr old Coax with nice new fibre. So when FTTC came along those of us savvy enough moved from VM to another provider.

So BT (or whoever) is laying Fibre near you.... You should be cheering instead of griping. Don't forget that you don't have to give BT a penny directly.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: Rolls royce got

It wasn't the Trent series of Jet Engines that got RR into deep shite. It was the RB211 series. Speciticaly those for the Lockheed Tristar if my memory is correct.

Otherwise your sentiments are spot on.

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If you are old enough to remember

the dark days of the 1960's and 1970's AND have an understanding of Economice then IMHO Privatisation makes a lot of sense.

The Leccy, Gas, Water etc industries were still run as they were at the time they were nationalised.

BR had tried to modernise itself but... the unions had (and still do have) a lot of power to stop it.

The majority of them were deep in the RED when it came to their bottom line. This RED line hit the HMG finances and their ability to borrow.

Dennis Healy had to go to the IMF for a bailout loan. Sort of sounds familar does it not?

The whole nation was stuck with a £6 a week max pay rise. I'd just gratuated the year before.

The new intake of graduates were on £300 a year (a lot of dosh back then coz I was earning £2750 with Hawker Siddley) more than those of us who'd been there a year. To get more money we had to move jobs.

The Water industry (to take an example) had a pending programme of major infrastructure renewal that HMG Just couldn't fund in a million years. Privatisation put that risk onto the new owners. IT also allowed the working practices in many of thise industries to be modernised.

My father was a staunch trade unionist and had been a uniom member since he started work at 'The Vauhall' in Luton in 1936. He was also a memeber of the Labour party but even he recognised that the only way forward at the time was to sell off a lot of the 'crown jewels' because the country was living way beyond its means. (Fast forward to 2010 and see the similarities...)

I'm not saying that it was done properly or that we couldn't have raised more money (Shhh don't tell SID) but we were up shit creek in 1979 when Maggie came to power.

If someone else could have come up with a viable alternative then or now then please speak up.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Very nice Motor

Had one of these as a Rental in the USA a few months ago. The 2.5L Petrol was great to drive but the it sucked fuel rather than sipping it. 30mpg (US Gals) on the Interstate at 65mph or thereabouts.

It easily beats the Chrysler Equinox and the other GM tank that I drove last month.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Re: ME! Oh ME! MeohmeohmeohMEEEE!

Add :-

32Gb Ram at least

2TB of SSD or at least make it easy to remove CD/DVD drive and put in a second SSD OR

have at least 4 M-Sata slots size for size these are smaller than SATA SSD's so you can have more storage in the same space

17in Matte Screen

Long life Battery option as per old Thinkpads

Do all this and HP (currently using an Elitebook 8770W) go kiss my ass.

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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Re: Don't believe it

In deepest Nebraska recently, a bridge was washed out on a short but vital link road. IF I was in my EV and needed the charging station that was located on the other side of the washed out bridge I'd be well and truly stuffed. The diversion was a cool 118 miles. The road closed was 12 miles long.

So how does your grand plan work then?

Imagine that I'm on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 50 miles away is the South Rim where my nearest charging point it. Does my leccy car suddenly sprout wings?

Go on, tell us. I'm sure you can become an overnight trillionaire with your grand plan for leccy chargers everywhere (I think not)

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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

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Re: Which of course the

Will the HR dept see some 'rightsizing' now that there are less bods to 'look after'?

Nah. Thought not.

What I'd like to do to most HR departments I have had the displeasure to encounter in the last 40+ years of employment. --> See Icon

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Re: One big problem

A big bit of Hayes, Middlesex ** had a 6+hr power outage on Tuesday. JCB dug through a 11Kva cable.

The phones still worked. Strange that!

** Part of the old EMI complex. Vinyl forever!

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Courtney Love in the crossfire! Paris turns ugly over Uber

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Burning Tyres?

SOP for any type of protest in Frogland.

Time to think about building another Tunnel but this time to Belgium or even Holland.

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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A laudible aim

He said the firm's infotainment systems would be modular to allow silicon horsepower to be jacked up in the future without scrapping the whole vehicle.

Until the bean counters get in the way.

Then it will be...

"Ah Sir, your car has told us that it needs an upgrade. Let me show you the latest model. Good? That'll be £60,000."

"What's that you say? Your last car was only £40,000."

"Well Sir, this new one has done away with all manual controls. It is totally automatic."

"Yes, I know the last one was like that. Now you only have to think where you want to go. Telling the vehicle your destination is so 2019."

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: There is a problem though!

SAP - A weapon that can be made out of a soft leather pouch filled with lead shot.

SAP - Some German Software that beats the living daylights out of anyone trying to install and/or use it.

not a lot of difference really.

And when it goes wrong it spews loads of technical German at you just to make sure that you know who's boss.

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We need to know about the Internet of Things, say US Senators

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Re: Smart TV

Just don't connect the smart bit up to the interwebs.

That will work until the on board Wi-Fi gets smart enough to find an unlocked network somewhere in the vicinity to the TV then all bets are lost.

My so called Smart TV complains everytime I switch it on that it can't connect to the MotherShip 'for vital security updates'. If it ain't connected to the network then why does it need those oh so important updates.

However, this is the tip of the iceberg. I am sure that it won't be long before that new toaster insists on an internet connection so that it can report the number of slices passed through the machine on every second and just stop working when the mothership says so.

Or even worse, insist on verifying that the owner at a certain GPS location has a license to use the device. move house and you pay again. (see icon)

It is a Toaster for crying out loud!

but I am sure that you can grasp the way I see things evolving in the world of connected domestic appliances.

Better stat buying those dumb devices right now.

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Man in India claims his new iPhone 6 combusted in his car

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Yummy - Baked Apple on his menu

opps.

mines the one made out of flame retatdent material.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

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Come on El-Reg

Can't you find a non soft focus, non airbrushed image of her anywhere?

No one living has skin that perfect.

Or won't her PR company let anyone see images of the real Ms Swift?

What with all those restrictions they put on Photographers at her events?

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: Tip of the hat

In other words, it's all well and good showing kids how to use PowerPoint, but let's start by showing them how the actual computer works.

Using animated powerpoint naturally

Mines the one with a wire-wrap tool in the pocket (yes I have one from the days of actually wiring up computer backplanes)

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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Re: Which as we all know is the only way to be sure

Is that because of the lack of a magnifying glass or a lack of Sun?

I'm sure the readers would like to know which one you think it is?

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Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH

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Re: Yeah but we've got Charlotte Church and Russel Brand

And they could even claim Gift Aid on it.....

That would take even more money away from Georgie.

But will they put their money where their mouth is? Any bets?

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Nah, next she will announce that she's running for President

Watch out Hillary, Lady Swift is on your tail.

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20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

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Re: Wangaratta *snigger*

But mandatory pre-loaded Windows on a PC disappeared over 15 years ago

Eh? Perhaps for business users maybe but there are still retailers who insist that it is illegal to sell a PC without Windows pre-loaded.

Can you (as a non business user) got to say... Dell or HP and buy a new laptop without Windows? Are you even given a choice?

Sorry, nothing (IMHO) has changed over the years. MS still has the leverage over the suppliers.

Can you go into PC-World (shudder) and buy a PC without Windows?

I very much doubt it.

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ITU: we'll have 5G standards ready by 2020

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2020?

That will mean 2030 before we get it anywhere outside London then.... and at a 100% price premium to boot (remember EE's 4G intro prices?)

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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Saw my first one yesterday

Heading for the supercar shindig at Dunsfold. Almost missed it what with overtaking a lime green Lambo on one of the few passing places on the A281.

mind you, does not really belong in a supercar class but for an Alfa it ain't half bad.

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Re: What's with car reviews on an IT site?

Lighten up there's a good chap. It is the weekend after all.

All IT chatter and no play doth a dullard make.

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

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Re: Street vendors ...

Real Pig product? How must sawdust/rusk do you think are in the average Roadside burger van saussage?

Now if the bangers were the ones from my local butcher that are made with 'Hogs Back Bitter' or proper Lincolshire Bangers then fine but the average fast food outlet serves crap IMHO.

http://www.alfturner.com/about-us/

http://www.alfturner.com/products/hair-of-the-hog-sausages/

Those will be on the barbie later. Drinks? Surrey Nirvana and T.E.A naturally.

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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If Sweden wants him so much....

Let them pay for the Met's Policing. If not then I'm sure that the money spent 'guarding' him could be better spent elsewhere in London?

The words 'flogging a dead horse' come to mind here.

He is just a pawn in a political game.

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Donatelli's Oracle arrival leaves Fowler in corporate no man's land

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Elop to the rescue?????

Shudders....

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Reddit joins the HTTPS-only stampede

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Re: Front Page of the Internet?

FrontPage? Shirly it is Sharepoint

Or for Facebook it is Internet.org and nowhere else.

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Facebook Moments app NOT COMING to a mobile device near EU soon

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Re: Facebook: The new big Brother

I think you are trying to say...

Stop the world I wanna get off

I tend to agree.

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There's a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, but you can't upgrade to it

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Re: Uh huh...

When your device gets bricked with the update, MS will calmly point to some line (at 4pt font) in the EULA that says something like...

Microsoft is not liable for any faults arising from udating of their devices

If you were a lawyer for a Behmoth like MS would you allow anything out the door without a clause like that burried somewhere in the terms and conditions?

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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Re: A sort of tearing noise

don't forget the MNV networks that they host.

So I think you are right. They don't want to be half arsed when it comes to managing us plebs, sorry bog standard consumers. We don't make them enough dosh to be bothered with. I think their game plan is to move everyone who is not a business customer or on a MNVO to another network or to one of the MNVO's they run.

Got pissed with this mob years ago when despite the OFCOM rules they wouldn't let me take my old number with me when I deserted ship. No desire to go back.

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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FAIL

They did Nowt for TWO Years?

If the documents that Snowden leaked really contained details of spies and there whereabout then it is beyond belief that the security services would have left them in place and at risk for so long.

IMHO that is just a coverup for another monumental cock-up by the three letter services on both sides of the Pond.

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Cortana ...

Go and delete yourself.

I'm sorry Dave I can't do that.

IMHO, this is another example of Microsoft fiddling while their empire burns all around them. (see icon)

This tool might be useful on a phone (at least that's what the adverts tell us) but on a desktop? WTF?

At least Apple haven't unleased Siri to the Mac users yet (AFAIK). now that would result in a lot of Fanboi gnashing of teeth and a hundred blog posts about ho to remove it.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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all you lefties and champagne socialists should...

Go and sign up to vote in the forthcoming Leaderership election for the Labour Party.

If only cost you the price of a Mocca Latter (£3.00) to get a vote in the election.

Then you cann elect the leader you want to fight the Tories in 2020.

My I humbly suggest Mr Corbyn as a viable candidate because he is well left of Centre.

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Jurassic World: All the meaty ingredients for a summer blockbuster

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Wot!

no middle aged Brit thespian as the 'bad guy'/mad scientist ?

Hollywood casting must be getting senile.

Doomed to be a failure (sss Icon)

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Re: I got one...

Watch out with Amazon. They'll try to sting you UK VAT even if you are physically outside the EU and not liable for UK VAT If you use your UK Amazon Account

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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Amazon set the precident

They took it all the way to the US Supreme Court and won the right not to pay their drones during bag (and other) searches at the end of the shift.

Apple could just do the right thing and set an example and pay their staff. Ethics and all that....

Nah, thought not.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Stop annoying Les Frogs

otherwise they'll send a raiding party to rescue Emperor Napolleon III who lies burried in Hampshire and still refuse to return a couple of Henry's who are entombed in France.

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Shouty investor Elliot trains guns on Samsung merger

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Or....

Does Elliot also own a stake in Apple?

Just Askin'

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

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Re: Anyone know if it supports caching?

It would be nice if it could cache a few days' worth so you could load it up on wifi and have it play when you're on vacation without needing cellular data or when out of cellular range

Errr..... That's why you load up itunes (purchased or ripped from CD) on your iPhone/iPad/iPod with your songs before you go on holiday. Saves a packet in Data charges.

My iPod Touch(circa 2009) was loaded with a good part of my music collection before I went on a 3 week trip to the US. Large parts of the Western states have no mobile coverage let alone half decent 3G let alone 4G services expecially if you are on T-Mobile so an MP3 player is the only way to go.

Frankly I don't see the point of streaming services. First you have to pay for the stream then you have to pay your mobile company for the data it graciously lets you recieve. But hey, each to their own though.

I fully expect one (or more) wags to be along soon predicting that the advent of Apple Music will allow Apple to reduce the amount of storage on their iDevcies thus boosting their H/W profits even more. The 9Gb iPhone is not a thinkg of the past folks!

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

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Mattte Screen - Yay!

1366x768 resolution? Boo Hiss

What a load of old Tosh. IMHO Glossy screens are only there to make the latest hollywood/bollywood releast look half decent. For some of us the reflections on a gloss screen is a real PITA.

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