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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

Craig 2

Microsoft really shouldn't piss off tech support people like this. After all, they're the ones recommending the next upgrade their users should get..

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Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

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On the subject of overpriced Apple:

Extended family has between them: iPads, iPod touch, iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPhone5S, Nexus 7, MotoG & Galaxy S4. I like Google's approach of good solid hardware with low cost, but I prefer the UI on Apple devices. (Even after de-cluttering Android) I definitely prefer family members using Apple devices because they cause far less support issues. The 3GS was recently handed down, wiped and setup from scratch and it's still a viable, usable phone for a light user.

Apple kit is expensively priced, but I don't think its that much overpriced.

I feel so dirty, I'm off to the corner to hang my head in shame.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Lots of last-minuters out there.

Personally, I think it was a mistake to make MSE complain about the end of life for XP. A lot of people ringing are worried that the antivirus is being retired and that they will be fine if they just load on AVG or something similar. It takes a lot of explaining to convince them that the OS (and usually the PC) is obsolete.

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Firefox's touchy-feeling Windows 8 makeover now in beta

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Joke

Now that is a REALLY impressive time to waste while looking busy. I struggle with just a Friday afternoon!

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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Look at this from the opposite side: Google would probably have paid 9bn just for the patents so they can help defend or deflect lawsuits. They know they are weak on mobile patents and open to attack from (mainly) Apple.

The attached company is irrelevant. 9bn was for the patents, sales of any assets are a nice bonus.

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UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

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Google ARE to blame here

They spend countless billions and employ the brightest people on the planet to make search results eminently relevant and useful, then blow it in a single stroke by placing paid adverts at the top of the list.

There's no problem with Google placing adverts on any of their pages, just don't make them look like organic search results.

Also, to answer "who sees Google adverts anyway?" - that would be exactly the kind of people likely to be fooled by those fake services.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Unhappy

Oh Joy

Another battery technology that we won't be seeing in the real world any time soon...

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Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

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This is great, BUT....

It should be a tenner, not almost £100!

As mentioned multiple times by reviewer, it's really aimed at the casual user. As such, it needs a `casual` price.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

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I checked the latest ie11 on Windows 7 the other day and was pleasantly surprised by the snappiness compared to Firefox. It was noticable, which means Mozilla are slacking.

Lets face it, the interface of a browser was `finished` a long time ago and now it's just mostly eye-candy and implementing the design vogue of the week.

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ETERNAL PATENT WAR: Apple and Samsung locked in battle again

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Re: "The Fruity Firm"

Or ever be born...

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And the lawyers keep on getting richer....

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German researchers claim 100 Gbps wireless transmission record

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“a narrow-band terahertz carrier is photonically generated by mixing comb lines of a mode-locked laser in a uni-travelling-carrier photodiode. The uni-travelling-carrier photodiode output is then radiated over a beam-focusing antenna. The signal is received by a millimetre-wave monolithic integrated circuit comprising novel terahertz mixers and amplifiers.”

A whole paragraph of awesome!

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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Early Jack Ryan novels were good (Red October etc). The `Net Force` series, well....

Too early to go though, people regard 66 as `middle aged` these days.

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

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FAIL

"RIM, on the other hand, understood the smartphone sector"

I read the article up to this sentence and then couldn't read any further due to the tears of laughter clouding my vision...

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Indian spooks snooping without ISP knowledge

Craig 2

As has been said before, we should fill all our communications with terror-related words, but.....

I'm afraid to be the first one to do it.

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

Craig 2

That is is fucking AWESOME to watch.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

Craig 2
FAIL

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD - Just have two OS types. It's a massive reduction from the many, many previous editions of Windows. (eg. Vista) You don't see Apple trying to shoehorn it's desktop OS on to mobile platforms. Sure, share codebase & whatever compatibility makes sense, but this is (still) madness.

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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

Craig 2
Trollface

However, decades-old dictionaries are still fairly useful.

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BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!

Craig 2

Re: !!!!!!

Please stop moaning about the added ! after every word in the headline when the article is something to do with Yahoo! It was funny once, about 100 years ago. Now it is just annoying.

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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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Big Brother

Interesting times....

It will be interesting to see if the general public accept this new paradigm of software `ownership` because it's a one-chance opportunity to nip it in the bud. If Microsoft make this console a success, it pretty much paves the way for ALL future consoles to follow their lead since it's the holy grail of publisher control. This is Joe public's last chance to stand up for what's right.... don't squander it.

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Bing uncloaks Klingon translator

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: 0/10

Maybe they only want to support one pointless language?

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AMD reveals potent parallel processing breakthrough

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Re: No more worrying about Graphic card memory

What woule be nice for gaming with a discrete 3D graphics card is if the new on-processor APU could be re-tasked to help with something like physics or AI.

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Oz volcano's lava lake spills from crater

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WTF?

I too had a logical disconnect reading the article and looking at the picture... "filled with molten rock" with a picture of a snowcapped mountain! A genuine WTF? moment.

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Google to Glass devs: 'Duh! Go ahead, hack your headset'

Craig 2

The bigger story...

Is that this guy is the life and soul of a dinner party.....

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Who's a Siri boy, then? Apple hoards your voices for TWO years

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FAIL

Strange usage of `anonymised` since my voice doesn't have an ID number and it can be easily recognised in a number of ways. Of course, Apple (or any other similar corporation) would never use pattern matching to link `anonymised` voices with recent `known` voices.

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ICANN under fire as Verisign warns of rushed domain-name expansion

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Re: It's basically a licence to print money

Bazinga!

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Craig 2

It's basically a licence to print money

and only governments can be trusted with that kind of responsibilty!

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Giant ad company (Google) offers tool assessing worth of ads

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More annoying than adverts...

Are all the smug gits shouting "Ads? What ads?"

We get it, you're clever enough to download AdBlock...

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Nokia turns a PROFIT. Sort of

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Re: Just curious

Sarcasm?

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Crap security lands Sony £250k fine for PlayStation Network hack

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Market opportunities....

Just out of curiosity, what was the black market value of the user data? If it's over 250k then they're laughing, and it could be a new revenue stream for unscrupulous companies. Just sell their user data to the highest bidder, say it was hacked, take the fine & pocket a tidy sum.

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Tell Facebook who's the greatest: YOU are!

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FAIL

Mourning HMV

I am mourning the demise of HMV, and I did go in there a lot.

To look at, or try somethhing i'm interested in so I can order it online!

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UK climate expert warns of 3-5 degree warmer world by 2100

Craig 2
Trollface

Excellent. I live on a hill and it's feckin freezing at the moment, so bring on the extra 5 degrees!

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

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FAIL

"if our rulers are too stupid to write decent laws that can't be twisted then more fool them."

This one sentence illustrates the author's ignorance of the realities of virtually every biological system and mechanism in the world, since the beginning of time. Every creature (including us humans) on the planet is trying to out-perform, out-think, out-evolve and outwit it's adversaries and to say that laws should be written "perfect" is ridiculous. Or, to put it more simply: There's always someone smarter than you.

Laws will be twisted, better laws will be passed, more loopholes will be found. Repeat ad-infinitum. (Until the revolution of course)

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Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram

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Re: FFS !

This comment just about sums up the apathy of the common man. What if everyone through the ages thought "what's the point in trying to improve?"

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Anonymous cell: Shove off, credit-hoggers, WE took down HSBC

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Re: PFLP anyone?

Splitter!

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Ubuntu 12.10: More to Um Bongo Linux than Amazon ads

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WTF?

Do people really succumb to these kind of adverts? I can't imagine a situation ever arising where I'm searching my computer for something then see an advert (even if it was supremely relevant) and click to buy it. I'm not even saying I'm immune to advertising; when the `Crunchy Nut` adverts appear I have been known to suddenly fancy a bowl.

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E-books get Brits reading more

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Re: Dear gubbinment

We buy lots of items from Amazon and over half of them come with claimable VAT invoices.

Play.com on the other hand....

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Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

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Trollface

Re: Written

You provided your own answer, it's saved millions of people on this already overpopulated planet....

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Sony: Our Xperia S tab COPIED Samsung's slab ... on price

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Sony the brand

As far as I'm concerned, Sony as a brand is forever tarnished by their dubious behaviour over the last few years. I'm not saying I wouldn't buy anything of theirs, but there would have to be a very good reason (significantly better, cheaper etc) for me to choose a Sony product over another manufacturer.

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

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Re: A bit off topic but...

The OS is getting more and more `dumbed down` and for savvy users it's taking more time to turn off all the safeties and configure a new install to your own preference. What is really needed is a question on install that asks "Do you know what you are doing?" and then dispenses with all the nagging questions.

The problem is of course, that most users will just click yes without actually reading the question, so what we need is another question to check you really meant to click yes. The problem is of course, that most users.....

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

Craig 2

"cats are likely killing more than four billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds"

Survival of the fittest at work, look what's happening to us humans now that particular evolutionary mechanism has been (almost) nullified.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

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FAIL

Sauce is what you put on food you don't like the taste of...

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Greenland glaciers not set to cause disastrous sea level rises - study

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FAIL

I do like reading the global warming articles alternately confirming/debunking theories on what is happing or going to happen next, and I have reached a conclusion from them all:

We haven't a f'kin clue what's going to happen, and that lack of `a clue` increases the further forward in time we go...

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Second 'Blue Marble' NASA sat pic apes Apollo 17's stunner

Craig 2
Unhappy

Shopped....

Imho not as impressive as the original because it's fake. Looking at the original `blue marble` photo makes me imagine what it would have been like to actually look at that view, and be in the boots of that astronaut. Looking at the new one makes me think `looks like Google Earth`.

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'I'm the first to admit that we've made a bunch of mistakes'

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"What Face Book did was NO mistake."

If you look at it another way, his mistake was thinking they could get away with it.

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Cnet slammed for wrapping Nmap downloads with cruddy toolbar

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@ IMHO

Completely true, but like most smart-asses you've missed the point that they should NOT be doing it in the first place.

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Boffin's bot spots red light jumpers before they kill

Craig 2
Unhappy

Traffic lights are just another example of a rule that an increasing number of drivers consider "optional". Just like indicating, speed limits, due care and all sorts of other "me me me" behaviour. It's part of the wider erosion of consideration for our fellow human beings, and cars bring out the worst of that mentality.

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Robot ostrich spy outpaces world’s fastest sprinters

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FAIL

Any two-legged robot is doomed to failure unless it can get itself up after falling over.

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Microsoft tempts Kinect developers with bacon

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Covering bacon with ANYTHING except a couple of slices of bread dipped in lard is a waste of good bacon.

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eBay boss declares era of e-commerce is over

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FAIL

Ebay should concentrate on making a great auction site and stop all the messing around trying to be some shopping `destination`. It now comes under the heading `have to use it` rather than `want to`. (Like Paypal did a long time ago)

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