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1525 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Kickstarter tin-rattlers offer reboot of '80s Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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But how long would 'Real' Beer

take to settle on Mars?

Could we all die of thirst before it was ready to drink?

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Re: TalkTalk blocked my site

Bummer, my wordpress site is not blocked by TT but by Sky.

I must shove that down their throats the next time they try to get me to sign up for their service.

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Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT TO THE RESCUE!

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Re: So, let me get this straight...

To put it simply,

Their 'be everything to everyone' plan is in tatters and to keep the shareholders at bay (oh, where are you Mr Icann?) they are saying that they will concentrate on things which have margin.

Oh goody... Can we see you kill Surface next please?

And there are your laughable retail stores.

Love 'em or hate 'em, Apple has showed you how to do retail in that sector. Your shoddy imitations are just that. They are the Poundland versus Apple's Harrods.

Surface is losing you money and we all know that the margins in hardware are wafer thin. Let those who know about hardware produce it and stop possing them off with your own brand.

There are lots of highly skilled people at Microsoft. It is a shame all your political infighting at the top is getting in the way of some fairly decent products. Just look at the number of people who leave MS and startup their own company...

This statement by the previous poster sums it up perfectly.

Microsoft looks hellbent on going from "strongly diversified damned-near unkillable colossus" to "desperately gambling one-trick cloudpony". It's absolutely irrational.

Time for a really major rethink MS not just this tinkering around the edges.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Apple Vainty?

Perhaps it the the so called Chinese Analyst's wanting to get hits on their websites?

After all these peddlars of wishful thinking have to get paid by someone don't they?

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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Productivity Suite?

IMHO, since the introduction of the cursed Ribbon it has been anything but Productive.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re: No one ever heard of risk analysis?

Well Mr AC, Malaysian were far from the only airline to fly this route. I flew over Eastern Ukraine last weekend with 'Jet Airways' when flying from Mumbai to London. We were at FL 35 wheras the Malaysian 777 was at FL 32.

Lufthansa and several other Airlines also flew this route until recently.

It is not all about flying the shorest route to save money. Sometimes the shortest route is affected by bad weather, ATC strikes and severe turbulence. If the Weather people say that there is a chance of wind shear the Pilots will take a different route.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think

If you are really pissed off by the refusal of Mozilla to implement SVG fonts then the solution is simple...

Fork it and create your own browser with the feature included. If you get enough support then it will become popular and hey, who knows they might include it.

No? Well don't complain about the lack of functionality then.

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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But why would they be less cool

because of her appointment?

Ah, El-Reg is out for increased hitcount on a hot Friday.

Unless someone can explain exactly why their coolness setting is now warm and not ice cold?

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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WTF?

75 bucks? WTF?

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For your 75 bucks you get a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, a webcam, KitKat, a 1.2GHz

Then you quote the price as being £75....

So the new ElRef unit of currency is the buck where $1 == £1

The likes of Adobe etc will be grinning all the way to the Pub today saying 'The Register has caught up with us at last'.

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Intel teaches Oracle how to become the latest and greatest Xeon Whisperer

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Alien

Ideal for the new SPARC V7 CPU's then?

Just load some different microcode and charge the failthful (like church goers, dwindling) several arms and legs for the priv of using them.

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iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

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Re: This needs a patent

Like most patents, the submitter is trying to demonstrate a way of using already available 'stuff' in a way that might be different from other people.

The decision that will probably reside in the long term with the courts is, 'Is this method sufficiently different from other similar methods already patented by other companies'.

Now what would be true innovation would be if the device alerted the used of the presence of someone using a rival makers phone. (Then sent out a taser/lightning bolt to disable the other use/enemy... Just dreaming because the storms last night didn't let me get much sleep) :)

Note that I have not sided on Apple or Samsung/Android here. Samsung/Google could equally apply for that patent. Google may have already done so already... IMHO,it is not beyond the stupidity of the USPTO to grant almost identical patents to rival companies.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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"Microsoft knew what they were buying"

I guess that

"HP knew what they were buying" when they bought Autonomy.

It looks like Nokia was not the investment they (MS) might have thought it was.

But why oh why didn't Elop get his pink slip?

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

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New Businesses

Many of those who get their Pink Slips will indeed startup new businesses.

They will find that once outside of the MS Ecosphere they will have the freedom to develop all sorts of stuff that they would never have been allowed to do inside the Ecosphere.

Some will strike it lucky and could even find that their startup is bought (for a huge was of cash) by the New Microsoft as if flails around trying to find a direction.

A good few will make stuff that will have a good chance of eating MS's lunch.

All around the future for MS is distinctly cloudy (no not that cloud) and without a clear direction the only way to go is down unless they learn some hard lessons from the likes of DEC, Compaq etc.

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Microsoft: OK, Office 365 sellers – you can be customers' 'first contact'

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Re: So, handing over some control...

With added Leap Year support... That will be another $200 per year please.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: Unique Passwords

Fluffy1 etc will fail the checks in many systems simply because they won't allow the repetition of characters.

the 'ff' is a failure, pure and simple.

That in itself is IMHO, a weakness those password systems. If an attacker knows that then then number of options for possible passwords is greatly reduced. I'd probably allow two characters but no more.

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Password Managers?

Wasn't there a post the other day stating that they were also insecure and open to hacking?

They are IMHO, a single point of failure.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Yep- Triples sound nice

Got three Triples in the Garage

1970 Trident

1973 Trident Three

2011 Tiger 1050

The best sounding is the 1973 model with some reverse cone megaphone silencers.

The only bike that could come close to it was a 1976 Laverda Jota. That was a great bike.

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

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Fire a few people?

As long as they start at the top I don't mind.

Step forward anyone who thought that METRO was a good idea on the desktop

Step forward those who thought that the Surface-RT was going to sell gazillions

Right, that's most of the marketing department and Balmers 'yes men' gone.

don't forget to take your coats with you when you leave...

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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But... It still takes up far too much

Screen Real-estate.

If MS makes it easy to get rid is the Metro crap (vis tiles) then it might pass muster.

(hits self with a piece of wet fish) Microsoft making things easy? Don't be silly.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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One more for the pot

LOHAN, Nulli Secundus

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: There is no precedent .... other than the making up of things on the fly

Shhhh. Don't shout that too loudly or the men in black might come calling around dawn and give you a one way ticket to an envlave on a large Island in the Carribean.

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There is precident

Remember that US law already rules everywhere on the planet. It make little different what the [redacted] in Westminster say or do. so gripping their coat tails is (to them ) logical and makes our laws apply everywhere except the US.

Sadly 'les Frogs' will just say 'Non' to this like they do to everything else imposed on them from outside France. This will, I am sure be repeated in all sane nations.

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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To sum it up

A possible new device which has not been announced might have some production problems therefore delaying the possible announcement and possible availability of a possibly mythical product that may not even exist.

This is news?

I have a Yellow Unicorn for sale. Offers please?

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: But the demanding public need to know...

Ikea went downhill in my estimation when they stopped selling Reindeer Salami.

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

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Reminds me of putting Lipstick on a pig

Underneath it is still a Pig.

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Pint

Waste of a good pint if you ask me

They could have sent some Budwiser a.k.a. gnats pee up aloft to see if the freezing improved its taste.

Doubt it though.

They can have one on me (as long as it it drunk and not sent skywards)

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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What are the odds...

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Besides flexbility, transparency is set to be a major selling point

That if this type of device were to take off then they'd spend most of their time pinned up against a black background and shown the same sort of crap that current devices do?

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

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Hmmm

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"Paranoid I may be, but I doubt the months of digital video held in NSA vaults of me picking my nose are going to get me rendered on a top-secret Ryanair flight from Stansted to a five-year waterboarding holiday at Guantanamo."

Are you really, really, really sure about that? wisest not to temp fate methinks.

Time to pop me coat on and head out into my Spy Camera Free area and down the Pub for a quick one. No cameras there either. Plus, if I know the landlord, any idiot daft enough to poke their head round the door wearing a 'google Glass' type device will be quickly dispatched into the adjacent Duck Pond complete with glass device. do the locals have anything to hide? Shhhh better not to ask, Nudge-Nudge, wink-wink.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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MS are Floundering

around like a fish out of water (well that's how it seems to me).

They are trying to be all things to everyone and sadly faiing at most of them.

I doubt that Mr Nadella can change the direction of the MS Microsoft before it hits an iceberg thus paving the way from Bill to come riding over the hill and save the day for what is left of his once great baby.

The sad thing that MS seems unable to understand (other once great tech companies suffered from this as well) that their key markets are changing and changing rapidly.

It is no use dropping support for Operating Systems in an attempt to force users onto their latest POS, users will either move to something else or just say, 'meh, it works so why should I change?'.

Pissing users off by moving to a subscription model is also IMHO a dead duck. Yeah, the idea of that monthy income stream gives your FD wet dreams but.... for the average man/women in the street it is something they can do without in their already stressful lives.

etc

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Metro? Lets hope the people who persuaded Mr Balmer that this was a good idea for all systems get their Pink slips ASAP.

In conclusion, MS are approcahing a tipping point. The wrong decision made in the next few months could see the company implode. (queue much cheering from the Anti MS Brigade)

This would hit business all over the world very hard so lets hope that his changes can bring about a soft landing and not a Nokia style pileup.

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Google's lounge room invasion advances with Chromecast upgrade

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Wasting time watching TV

There are still a few things worth watching at the time they were first broadcast.

Watching Germany stuff Brazil was well worth it.

Pretty well everything else gets recorded by my PVR and if there are adverts then the 'skip' function soon gets past them.

Do I hear the Advertisers gnashing their teeth????

Well, I (and probably a good percentage of El-Reg readers) are simply not your target markets.

Us Grumpy old geezers are not the demographics you guys target (mostly) so I wouldn't get all hot and bothered over it.

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Has Apple got a hit on its hands? OS X Yosemite 4X more popular than Mavericks

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Re: Mavericks TTL

IMHO, you should allocate more than a weekend to testing Linux especially, if you choose something like Ubuntu. If it is a rapid release distro such as Ubuntu, Fedora then you need to cover the period over a new release. If you choose something more stable like Debian, RHEL/CentOS then a month or two should do it.

Things that you take for granted just aren't there in Linux or if they are, they either have to be installed and confiured and may be considerably less polished/easier to use than what you are used to with OSX.

If you aren't a Linux sort of person, you will soon find that many of the features that works almost OOTB on OSX takes considerably more time and effort to get working on Linux. Something like Time Machine would IMHO be a great example.

As I have to use both Windows and Linux/Unix in my day job, I find OSX perfect for my use at home. I have to say, it just works for me. YMMV

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

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Re: Microsoft halts Windows7 support, no more hotfixes...

would you please care to post a link to the announcement?

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Bloodied Samsung's profits down 25% as it clings to mobe crown

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Being squeezed from both ends

The Beeb reported this morning that Samsung were being squeezed at the bottom end of the market by the rise of the Chinese makers like Huawei etc. At the top end, even the soon to be replaced iPhone 5s is holding its market share pretty well against the newly released S5. Now google seem to want to take control of Android back thus limiting the opportunities for Samsung to make their offering different from the rest.

The Analysists in places like Singapore were concerned that Samsung were relying far too much on their Mobile business for its profits.

Things might not be so rosy in the Samsung Garden. Perhaps they have some whizzo products up their sleeve that will shock the market and make them a lot of dosh?

There are a lot of people around the world waiting with interest for Samsung to do something dramatic.

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But WE want to rule the Internet of STUFF – Intel, Dell, Samsung & chums

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don't forget the silent partners

firstly, the Security Services making sure there are huge gaping back doors through which they can improve their spying on you 24/7.

then there are the malware people. If you think that the STUXNET malware attack was bad, then just think what fun they will have with all sorts of kit around your home all nicely wired up to the internet?

Going 'off grid' seems make more and more sense every day.

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Don't panic! Mega cloud biz group says NSA just one among many threats

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Re: If you're US you're under THE PATRIOT Act and f**ked anyway, For the rest of us...

We are also f**ked ...

If your data is held on a Server owned by a company that has a US presence of any kind then YOUR data is subject to the Patriot Act.

I'd even go so far as to say that even if you OWN your own servers but have them hosted by a company with an American presence the Feds are not going to let a little thing like Server ownership matter for even 1 nano second.

They really don't like just about anyone in the rest of the world. There are more than a few Amerikans who'd like to see the middle east (apart from Israel), North Africa and a good deal of Europe laid to waste so they they could say 'Job Done'.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Re: UAV's : bigger threat to planes than carry-on kit?

What about Bird Strikes?

I've seen one take down a Jet. At Dunsfold in Nov 1975 a Hawker P125 took off at dusk and ran into a flock. Both engines flames out and the plane bellyflopped over the peri-fence, over the A281 and ended up in the field beyond.

http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/history-from-police-archives/RB1/Pt3/pt3HS125crash75.html

A UAV being sucked into an engine just as the plane rotates is not something I'd want to happen.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: Bust-up

There you are waiting for a bus into town and suddenly 470 of them appear at once.

Is that a record for the number of busses appearing at once?

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Telephone calls

I'd just finished a long (3hrs) remote session removing a whole load of 'lets try this, it might fix the problem' changes to a Windows Server setup in India when the phone rang.

"This is The Computer Support department of Microsoft" said an Indian Voice.

My rant down the phone that lasted more than a minute made me feel a lot better.

The sad thing was that the caller was still on line. As soon as I'd finished, the poor man said,

"We have identified a problem on your windows computer"

Early beer o'clock for me today.

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Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

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You must be new here

IE is bound tightly to the underlying OS. Some of the DLL's it uses are also used by other key utilities such as Windows Explorer.

IMHO the real truth is that MS really don't have a clue when it comes to patching.

If you update Office for Mac, it complains if Firefox, Sudoku, Photoshop and other non Apple supplied Apps are running. WTF has Firefox or Sudoku being open got to do with an Office Update?

None so that really just don't have a clue.

don't even try to get me started on the seemingly endless update/reboot cycle you have to go through for .Net (when applied to a non WSUS System). My last could was 11 reboots for .Net 3.5 and 4.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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Re: From the Page household ..

Well Jimmy, I hope you can play the phone shopping biz as well as your namesake.

What happens when you are given a P-45? Or the company decide to charge you more per month for their phone than the £10 deal from GifGaf that Mrs Page is on? This happened to me in a previous job. I returned the phone saying that as I would no longer be paying for their phone, I would no longer be 'on-Call' at any time. The went bust a few months after I left.

Company phones are IMHO for company biz FULL STOP. I have an iPhone. It goes into Airplane mode (or switched) off as soon as I leave work. It goes on again when I get to work. No one at work has my personal mobile number.

Get a life, turn off that company phone and don't answer Emails at weekends unless you get paid for it.

Now off down the pub. Phone is off? Yep.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: todays encoding sucks

Youtube has sound engineers? Well wonders will never cease.

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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Black Helicopters

It is not only the images that are the problem

It is the often very lewd comments that go alongside it.

all sorts of claims like 'they suck in Bed', 'her t**s are false', 'his p***s is tiny' etc are made in order to embarrass the person in the picture.

Added together this is not nice at all especially if you happen to be on the receiving end.

The sad thing is that any court case will give the whole episode a lot more publicity that the original posting would have gotten. The Streisand Effect at work here.

I'd like for the subject of the posting to be able to remain anonymous like the victims in Rape cases.

As for pictures of boobs on a topless beach then that is in effect a public place and there can be no expectation of privacy whereas pictures of the ex in her dominatrix outfit might be very detrimental to their career esp if they were a teacher of under 16's.

Context is all important.

Are those a pair of chinook's I hear approaching?

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Redmond's EMET defense tool disabled by exploit torpedo

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Re: EMET needs to be downloaded and activated for each application?

The word 'activated' is enough to send the Black Hats into orgasm mode.

for them 'activated' means 'bypass this stupidity ASAP'.

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Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent

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Spot on

you start using this then suddenly it stops. MS responds by saying,

Oh Sorry, our bad. To access your data in future, you must uses SQLServer, BizTalk and .... Products. That will be $500 a month per CAL please.

What MS giveth with one hand that more than take away with the other.

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Who gives a F about privacy? New scorecard rates US pols on spying

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Re: New law coming?

They'd have to tell everyone where each and every NSA Facility was so that people would know where not to fly otherwise the courts would have a hard time convicting anyone.

That is probably not on the cards. The spooks really want to keep a lot of their locations a secret.

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Walmart in iPhone 5s, 5c price slash – gotta make room for that 'iPhone 6', right?

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Yes, Wallyworld's wages are crap

but if you are referring to the manufacture of Apple Products using slave labor, then I have to ask where all your 'electronic kit' is made? Perhaps it is made by the same companies that Apple use? Do you know for sure that your supplier is not paying less in wages to get their 'stuff' made?

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Today in IT news: iPad Fleshlight a reality

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It might be but a fanbois wet dream

I am sure that the Samsung copiers will be working overtime this weekend.

After all Appme can't be seen to be innovating now can they

{tongue in cheek comment}

Mines a pint of T.E.A.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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MS must be scared

That the NHS won't renew their purchasing agreement. This is IMHO a great way to scare them into buying more licenses 'just in case'.

time someone called their bluff.

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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nice review

Have once of these for including a 'fart' app instead of a 'cat video' -->>

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

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Re: AKA Apples WWDC of 2018

Well, because of the Patent madness in the USA who knows for sure that Google have not infringed on a patent that has been granted to Apple, IBM, Microsoft or any one of a thousand other companies?

We (as laymen/women) don't and simply can't know.

Patents aside, there are more than a few devices hitting the market in anticipation of what (if anything) Apple might start selling. Some are clearly rushed out simply to say, 'We were first'. That might be the case but I suspect that as has been proven before, if apple release a wearable device then they will probably implement it in a better way than the competition.

Then the Lawyers of the competition will be busy filing lawsuits against Apple.

Nothing is clearcut in the Tech World these days. There is always a huge amount of FUD and Lies and underhand dealings.

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