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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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I wear a watch. I find it quite useful to tell me the time.

I have a phone somewhere with a clock on it but it doesn't keep good time (why does 'sync to the network' never work ?), at best it's buried in a pocket and at worst it's on a table somewhere.

Phones as timepieces are pretty poor. Throwback to the pocket watch.

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Edward Snowden documentary premieres across the UK

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Who's up for a group trip to watch it ?

In Cheltenham, of course.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Pirate

First, the engineers start and run the company. Exciting things happen.

Then the accountants take over, giving up innovation for the sake of stability. Sad, but inevitable.

Finally, the lawyers move in and preside over the picking of the bones.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Re: Regurgitation

It's possibly the other way around : there are some advantages for us (the comparison with industrial IoT is very good .. what we're talking about here is making it affordable for consumers) but the attraction to corporations is all about what they can get out of it .. and that's largely hype, and relies on us naively allowing them access to it.

Bring it on, I say, but keep it useful : don't give away access for peanuts, as we have with so much other data.

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Pen-testers outline golden rules to make hacks more €xpen$ive

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Re: Just a thought...

"The overwhelming majority of users had no need of a browser to get their work done. So why put a malware vector on the machine to start with?"

What century are you living in ? This might be true of a few sweatshop environments, but for any creative work (and I'm talking engineering, not just arty airheads) it's completely ludicrous.

Just try disabling your own internet access (I'm assuming you're in some IT role) and see how much work you can get done.

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Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

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Re: Was this a Bash bug attack on Belkin routers?

Do you actually know that any routers use bash ? It seems rather big for a router, which are not fitted with a huge amount of storage. Even an intentionally tweakable firmware like OpenWRT uses ash.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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Re: Every cloud has a silver lining

I'd like to think the government would get a grip, too.

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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Why would they want to differentiate on OS ? PC manufacturers don't, they see the ability to run one particular OS as a major feature.

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Some tablets & phones - those without removable media - don't even need FAT32 names.

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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Wrong way around

No, Mr Bristow, what's too weak is the accountability and responsibility of the government and its agents.

Do you remember when YOU worked for US ?

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Report: HP to SPLIT OFF PC, printer biz from enterprise wing

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Re: Again?

You're out of date. Agilent are just the life sciences equipment now .. the real HP, the test equipment division, is now called Keysight.

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: Touch typing

I prefer the mouse for cut & paste too. But applications under the X window system seem to have gone backwards - it used to be easy to mark, cut, paste with a three-button mouse. Now, half the applications (web browsers particularly) seem to inhabit a different cut & paste world leaving a frustrating failure to paste between them.

I suspect this is a user problem (it does sometimes work, and I'm aware there are two paste buffers) but I'm lost at how to use this mixture efficiently. Can you help ?

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Curious - I remember a major usability rule was that you shouldn't force the user to switch between mouse and keyboard, as it slows them down. It seems to have been forgotten recently.

It's possibly untrue if they can use their dominant hand for the mouse and the other for the keyboard, but that would require left/right handed users to learn different keystrokes, which isn't sensible.

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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

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The chromebook already has a linux distro (Android) on it, doesn't it ? I'm puzzled as to why it's claimed not to be supported.

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Beijing says YES, GIVE US the iPHONE 6 even if it spies for the NSA

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Big Brother

Deal

So Apple have offered backdoor access to China as well, then ?

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Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

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Black Helicopters

Mother

And then there's this thing, but it's sort of weird. Reminds me of Psycho.

https://sen.se/

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@Adze

You didn't read TFA then ?

It's not about caring, it's about different lifestyles and expectations.

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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Re: 14.04

Using control chars like \h in directory names is never going to work out well.

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EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

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Re: Good

Unless, of course, you failed to make any roaming fees because you were too expensive, and the other operators went to your competitors.

Why wouldn't that happen ? Perhaps because the operators had a gentleman's agreement not to compete ?

Except Gentlemen wouldn't have such an agreement. Only criminals.

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Yahoo!... Our Alibaba stake's worth BILLIONS. Oh – our shares are in the toilet

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Re: That's what makes horse-racing

Well said. The current market price is what the current market will pay : stock markets are a self-fulfilling prophecy. It has nothing to do with the value.

Yet another way in which our financial systems are hopelessly dysfunctional.

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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Re: Arrogant much?

lol banks

If he's arrogant, then surely he's got more self-respect than to work for a coin-clipper ?

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eBay, Facebook, Tumblr ALL go TITSUP in me-too MULTI-FAIL

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Holmes

It's not callled ..

Provocative Maintenance

for nothing.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: Just don't do it

Which bank is that ?

I opened a bank account with cahoot specifically because of the virtual card facility .. which they then dropped (after first making it windows-only .. lol)

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: Personally ...

Because a wanter wants to write, not page-set ? As someone else said, the content is very different from the layout. Concentrate on text and let the typesetter make it look pretty - you'll be more productive and he'll do a better job.

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Re: @ Khaptain (was: Personally ...)

Nano is awful.

With so many common control-key shortcut standards available, why did they have to produce another one ?

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Great, maybe...

In this country, using fog lamps when there is no fog is illegal. Rightly so, because ancillary lights are not checked for alignment and so can cause dazzle.

Sadly, this doesn't seem to stop 50% of drivers from using them unneccessarily, nor, surprisingly, have the police latched onto this flagrant breach of the law and the potential for income from fines.

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Re: Daytime running lights

No, a shortsighted invention which reduces road safety.

It draws attention to the subset of vehicles that have them, hence the improved safety for the early adopters. Like any road safety improvments, that attention doesn't come from nowhere - it's diverted from vehicles with less light. This makes it a one time journey, as Sweden has found : the only way to keep the improvements is to keep increasing the light levels. While pedestrians, cyclists, animals etc fade into the background.

The reason those DRLs lights exist is not to do with safety. The clueless politicicians and daily mail safety writers have been tapped to support them, but the real reason is bling - car designers trying to make this year's model stand out.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Re: We should outlaw DRM

I have no love for DRM or for Hollywood. And I don't even care about watching content. As far I can see it's all crap anyway. But it's not true that DRM stops caching.

It's perfectly possible to cache data without breaking DRM. You merely need to make each block identifiable so the cache can tell when it's needed again. This doesn't mean you're caching the film in plaintext.

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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Re: Work around the system?

Are they worth $600 ? Are there any other credit agreements where you can back out without cost ?

I don't have any love for the networks, especially if they try to gouge way more than the cost of the phone from their customers. But I don't think it's entirely unrealistic to expect the consumer to pay back their loan, one way or another.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Losses

If those funds have passed their decision making over to automatic systems, they need to accept the consequences when their programmed decision making is wrong.

Overall, there was no significant change to the share price, so if there was a crime, it was victimless. Anybody who lost out was matched by an equal number of gains, and since they're in short term trading that should be pretty much their expectation. In fact, they want short-term fluctuations since that's where there profits come from. Their only objection is that they didn't expect (ie cause) the fluctuation so weren't able to profit from it.

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For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

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Re: Learning curves and walled gardens

It sucks when the distro you know and like gets less popular. But at least there's a good choice of alternatives : you don't have to make the winxp/win8 or win/mac switch.

I suggest :

Move all your user data to its own partition, i.e. make /home a dedicated partition or even drive.

Install a new distro, whatever flavour of the month is (probably Mint, unless you have specific preferences).

Be careful not to lose /home, it's not difficult but does need you to think about your install answers. For additional safety, use a separate drive and disconnect it while installing the OS.

Install appropriate applications

Profit.

This is probably much like you'd do on Windows, except that it's a lot easier to keep data in the right place when it's in a home directory rather than where the application chooses, especially as Windows isn't helpful in maintaining a separate drive / partition as a user space.

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Summary

So .. Lenovo has sold out of one line, is planning to restock with an upgrade. They've stopped selling some things that didn't sell well and diverted them to somewhere they do sell. And they're still selling some things that sell well.

In other news, some paint dried in Salford.

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Re: Why would anyone want Windows (especially 8) on a tablet?

That might be why they'd BUY them. But then reality struck and they realised that all the things they imagine make their workers productive are in fact completely unusable on a tablet (it's good at other things, but not deskbound jobs). So orders fell off.

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

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Re: Epic Fail

Given the number of MPs caught fiddling their expenses a few years ago, is it the case that MPs are more likely to be acting criminally than the average MOTP ?

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Re: Vouchers

Hobbies are changing back. I've seen more stuff built by enthusiasts in the last 2 years than in the previous 20, and the online stores like Adafruit have fantastic ranges. Hackspaces are everywhere and commercial equivalents (with prices and service to match) are starting up. Maplin is picking up a bit of this : they've embraced the Arduino and Pi genres and have other useful stuff too (as well as the old dreck).

I do think they still have a use : I might hate to pay 40p for a resistor (by the way, there's a little known discount code that makes buying 10 far more reasonable .. if they actually have 10 in stock) but when it's a choice between buying it locally at the weekend or waiting until tuesday for farnell or Rapid, I'll pay it and smile. Whether they're useful enough to kepp paying the staff is another question.

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You're inventing the wrong sort of tech for bad people who want to buy it. Stop it at once

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Re: I'll take your quote and raise you...

Aren't the exchanges the parasitic middlemen ? The hint's in the name : they don't want the commodities, they just want trade & skim them.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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Re: Nightmare

Is it also the reason those supermarkets all have their own road networks to deliver to their stores ?

What's that ? They don't ?

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

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You realise this agreement is not for random things you buy from Amazon, but 'retailers...signed up to the service'. Maybe it would include shipments from Amazon's own warehouses, but not all the many 3rd-party sellers.

What a pity : all they're doing is arranging for these companies' delivery trucks to call at railway stations, thus reducing their delivery costs. Just like eBay's similar trial. It's not an alternative postal service.

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

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Re: Pharrt

Underappreciated article at the guardian :

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/07/mind-your-manners-guide-social-media

Though it's way too nice about LinkedIn

" LinkedIn is a group of dead-eyed, sharp-elbowed junior executives in the bar of an airport Novotel at 2am after a conference, slapping themselves on the back while scanning their peers for signs of weakness."

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Congress passes crackdown on NSA surveillance

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Re: Oh goodie.. now we're all safe

Trouble ? Indeed they didn't. At least, only Snowden. None of the actual perps of the offence have been touched.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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Re: WTF?

El reg is a red-top. You have to expect some of the style.

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Intel reveals its FrankenChip ARM killer: one FPGA and one Xeon IN ONE SOCKET

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Or they could put neither on, and use all that backward-compatibility silicon for something modern.

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

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Re: Tinfoil hat time

The Xbox was already on. How do you think it noticed the words 'xbox on' ? What else was it doing with the other words it heard ? 'Xbox on' just means 'turn on the lights and grab the TV'.

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Re: Android is just as bad

This isn't going to end well.

We have web pages that you have to snake around to avoid the popups jumping up over the text you need to read. We have Windows 8 that constantly jumps off the desktop screen (and application you're using) because of some hotspot inadvertantly touched.

Soon we'll have to avoid a growing list of key words that might be misconstrued by lurking devices if they're heard together. Laughably, this will REDUCE the number of times we use the words Google, Xbox, and other hard-won brand names.

These ideas sound great taken on their own. When everyone plays, they're awful. For another demonstration, look at the destruction wreaked on the useful Oyster cards in London by having bank cards that trigger the same readers.

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The Strippers, Unicorn Computers and Martian Watches of Computex

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Depressing marketing non-science

Please ditch the use of dumb terminology such as '3000mAh'. Or worse, the totally incorrect MaH.

Ah means amp-hour. The amp (ampere) is named for André-Marie Ampère and so gets capitalized. H for hour doesn't. It's the amount of electrical capacity needed to supply 1 amp for 1 hour, and is largely meaningless unless you also know the voltage it's delivered at.

mAh means milli-amp-hour. That's not a single word, it's amp-hour with a milli- prefix indicating the units are 1000 times smaller. You can read it as 'thousandths of an amp-hour'.

So 3000 mAh is read as 'three thousand thousandths of an amp-hour'. Which is absurd. It's simply 3Ah, 3 amp-hours.

MaH is much, much worse.

M is a prefix meaning mega - a million. aH isn't a unit (it might mean atto-Henries, which would describe the inductance of a uselessly short piece of wire), but if we assume you meant Ah then a 3000 MAh powerbank is somewhat impractical as a portable charger. A lithium 3.7V 3000MAh battery would be something like the size of an olympic swimming pool, or more than 4 million bulgarian airbags.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Re: king of fools Article correction

And an anti-grump upvote from me.

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Microsoft's 'evil open source' man on life as HP's top cloud-wrangler

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Re: And from Microsoft's attitude...

Embrace, extend, extinguish.

It's the Microsoft Way.

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Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update

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My (gingerbread) android does that. It's a real nuisance. Whenever it sees an open wifi (ie everything with a signup page) it connects to it and sets a default route there. Of course, it doesn't work because it doesn't do the signup stuff - but it does stop the 3G IP route from working.

Result : if I don't want to sign up to some wretched 'free' wifi, I have to turn the wifi off before I can use 3G.

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Re: I'm sure that will be very comfortable to wear

Be glad you can see that they _might_ be taking your picture, allowing you to dodge it.

It's actually more convenient to take a picture with a concealed camera than it is with google glass. Unless you can think of a way to stop that, moaning about Glass is pointless.

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ACLU launches user-friendly database of every Snowden doc

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Re: Better host it somewhere safe

You haven't heard of Technology Transfer then ?

US government agencies are REQUIRED to allow their work (already paid for by the US taxpayer) to be made available for public use. No DMCA possible.

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