* Posts by Hans 1

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Apple's Beats, Google, and Sony hammered with unpaid royalty claim

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Streaming Oldies ?

I do not get this. The only music that needs streaming tech is most of the music produced since ~2000, lots of music from the 90's as well. For most of the rest, copies are in order ... so, stop streaming that stuff ... just sell it.

I think 20 years is more than enough time for royalties, if you ask me. There are a lot of traditional publishing houses that sell songs without paying the artists ... really many, don't believe me, ask Edwyn Collins (A Girl Like You). All those compilations, best of the 90's, for example, never pay a cent in royalties to the artists, song writers ...

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Joke

I witnessed a surface sale, today ... should have bought a lottery ticket.

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@AC Re: The days of needing a Windoze O/S upgrade to run PC hardware is long gone

As much as I would like them to get their act together, Gnome 3 is pre-alpha quality - it lacks fundamental things such as a theme chooser, proper power management settings, screen settings dialog ... the control panel needs a hell of a lot of care.

Cinnamon ? Maybe ... not sure

KDE ? Certainly not. It has the settings alright, but Suse lacks backing and Redhat has better things to do (enterprise), besides, RedHat does not have Yast.

Then you have the systemd debacle ...

<wishful_thinking>Maybe FreeBSD will come out as a winner here ... funny, waited 15 years for the year of Linux desktop and FreeBSD takes over</wishful_thinking>

Na, OS X is a nightmare, a real nightmare ... since Mountain Lion when they removed an entire ui framework ... wtf. The API keeps evolving^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hchanging, so software has to be written (iwtf!), with a yearly release cycle, they are committing suicide - hardly any professional sound cards have Mavericks drivers, let alone Yosemite drivers, lots of games no longer work ...

Can we please expell the gnome3/systemd backers ? Then we would have hope ... I doubt it will happen.

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'Linus Torvalds is UNFIT for the WORKPLACE!' And you've given the world what, exactly?

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Re: He is right though, too many cooks does make for shite

@ Alan Denman

Go read the "Cathedral and the Bazaar", yes, there is a PDF for free on the intertubes and yes, O'Reilly has published the book, no, it is not 100% gospel, however, pretty insightful ... if you ask me.

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Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

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Sidekick was supposed to compete with jesusPhone

cd title

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Microsoft: Flunked our test? Fear not, techies...

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Re: @Evile Graham Second time?

>- The first search result was actually the same story in the Daily Mail, so I spared you that at least.

Got my upvote ;-)

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Re: Self

What enterprise software runs on Windows Server Core ? Oracle ? DB2 ?

Windows Server Core is yet again the admission that freetards are right, you need a modular OS that you can strip down to only the features you need. This of course means less patching is required, as there are fewer attack vectors, better performance, unused subsystems are not eating CPU cycles/wasting memory. Less patching on Windows has a much greater benefit than on *nix, because you have to reboot Windows to install patches. However, unlike Linux, on Windows, hardly anything runs on Windows Server Core, so nobody uses it.

On paper, Server core is great, but when you compare it to the competition, not the same league. A good start, pkgmgr needs to be a CLI client to the Windows App Store, the App Store needs to house Windows server components. Server software that does not need a ui should run on server core without modification, not the case today.

MS has already acknowledged that the Bazaar dev model is the best, software repositories are the best, OpenSource is the best model, how long till they find out that Free Software (free not as in price, no proprietary software house gets that) is the best strategy ?

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@Evile Graham Re: Second time?

>However, there does seem to be some evidence behind it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/7260489/Safe-drivers-have-already-failed-a-driving-test.html

You have the balls to quote a telegraph article on this site ???? Impressed.

Use it as a source ????? Beyond help!

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Re: @Snorlax

If you read some of my recent comments, you will notice that I know that stuff pretty well. I learned Korn shell back in the day, use mainly bash now, and PowerShell is pretty impressive and accepts much of the same syntax.

As for server core ... its package manager lacks the functionality of a 1994 Linux distribution package manager. Remove only ... ROFLMAO - look up pkgmgr

Now you see I know these, but seriously, who of you uses them ? Exactly, nobody uses server core, and powershell is used by Unix gurus who are tasked with fixing your point-and-click fuck ups.

Yes, we have been telling you lot to stick to windows and desktops, brooms and sponges, but you just won't listen ...

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Easy certifications, Redmond's plan to world dominance - an entire army of bigoted point & click experts who fail to understand the most basic security measures, indoctrinated with the latest propaganda to advance Redmond's agenda.

The army that gave rise to malware galore that benefited from a software portfolio full of security sieves, with a still dominant belief that security through obscurity is the way to go.

Now they give looneys who failed the exam a second chance for free, since professionals are leaving the Titanic in hordes.

Looks good on CV's? Not to the tech savvy, no!

I'm lovin' it!

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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@Arctic fox Re: RT seems pointless now

So Windows Phone^H^H^H^H^H 10 will be Intel only ? Thought not ... Windows RT is dying because they failed and are canning that, there will not be a Windows Phone^H^H^H^H^H 11, they will can that as well, eventually.

They have less than 3% market-share, are spending billions on advertizing alone across the globe ... all those prime time tv ads, product placements in series ... and they do not get it ... Windows is synonym with malware-ridden - that is why Windows Phone is failing - Windows 10 [for mobile] will be even worse.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Am I a wrung'en?

> unlike Mrs Thatcher (BSc Chemistry)

She must have been sniffing lead vapours day in, day out.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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GNU/Linux Touch Displays

I have am abomination of a desktop from HP with a touch screen, came with Vista, put 7 on it with an SSD - the thing works pretty well ... I do have Debian on it as well and the touch screen is detected and drivers loaded automatically.

This means that I can use either, mouse and touch screen.

I have not tested it on unity, but the unity ui is a touch-centric ui - say what you want, guyz, but half inch by half inch icons are for touch devices, not pointing devices - the same holds for the default menu in gnome 3 as well - this I tested and it works pretty well. Now, I never use the touch screen (except for the tests), nor do the kids except for the 2 year old, she loves it - mainly because she still has coordination issues with pointing devices!

Tuxpaint on a 17" touch screen is great for toddlers, but touch screens on desktops are otherwise useless.

So Metro/Unity/Gnome 3 have become toddler uis.

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Open-source Java pals Groovy and Grails seek moneybags backer

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Feelin' Groovy

Groovy is one hell of a language - I like it and I am sure they will get support from other big players.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Stylus ?

The whole point here is that to use the iphone you do not NEED a stylus, you could use one if you wanted. It is much easier to draw with a stylus, for example, than with your finger.

There are plenty of stylus models for iOS devices.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/10/2925937/best-stylus-ipad-review

I assume the ipad they will be bringing out will have a stylus, however, it will accept your finger input as well - and that is the whole point. Back then, a stylus was the only thing you could use on other devices, well, maybe you could manage with your fingernail, but that was hard.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Someone had probably written a batch file for him.

Actually, it was bolted on later - we are talking NT-based systems, here, NOT DOS/9x.

The cool thing about powershell is that a lot of the stuff that works in ksh works in Powershell ;-) .. Ok, backticks are backslashes, use $(<command>) to execute a sub-command ...

Yes, Powershell is worthy, CMD.EXE is piss-poor - I much rather prefer to ssh into the windows box from UNIX or GNU/Linux with a proper terminal.

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Samsung joins BlackBerry in trashing Reuters biz gobble 'exclusive'

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BS

What a load of BS!

BB and Samsung are hw business partners, that is about it. BB are recovering faster than expected thanks to the Snowden allegations ... so why sell now ???

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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3% market share ? Oh, how sad ... imagine the cash they flog in advertising on prime time TV, the TV series they support with "Lumia devices", Hawaii 5.0 "Lemme Bing that for you." ROFL

Pay up, pay up ... there is only so much you can afford, MS ... and you start feeling the pain, don't you ? Recently hiked up the licensing prices, to support your crusade ...

I am lovin' it!

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Heroin

Another desperate attempt by Microsoft to get the serfs hooked on Office360, to regain market share.

Sad, really, upside, however, is there is no way they are making any money on this, especially considering the Office360 subscription they are giving away for free.

Go, MS, go ... like the Nautilus.

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Re: I have a Kingsing W8 8" tablet

>Haven't tried a USB HDD, yet, though there may be problems about delivering enough power.

Ever heard of a powered USB hub ?

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@ werdsmith

Upload 1Gb per movie ? Some of my movies are closer to 5Gb in size, are you serious ? Wanna watch a movie, darling ? Ok, we will have to wait 30 minutes for it to download, darling.

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Middle finger

>Just a polite request to consider where your audience accesses your site, that's all.

Ohhh, come on ... where do you work ? Seriously ? Kindergarten or Airline ? This reminds me of Jim Jeffries "Business Class" act ... have your coworkers never seen a middle finger ?

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: linux n00b

I agree with 1, somewhat with 2 (I use rsync, no mounts), but 3 ? Shit happens, bugs happen ... wait for Steam to mature a bit before you trust it, I would say.

In Linux/FOSS you have bleeding edge and stable, bleeding edge has more goodies, yet, shit can happen that YOU are expected to fix. Stable is as its name implies, pretty stable. Choose bleeding edge, learn a whack in no time and have fun.

It is like skiing, take the red or black slope on your first day, you learn how to ski in no time ... follow everybody else down the baby slopes, you'll never learn.

;-)

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>Well, unix is unix. rm is just a hammer, and whatever you hit with it gets hit.

Watch out you must, young padawan, for confused Linux with UNIX you have.

Try "rm -rf /" on Solaris, or look it up.

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Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings and a quiet dog

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Re: Microsoft doesn't do ideology

>It aims, as best it can, to win.

webmail (owa), Office360, .Net - severe headshots

It aims, as best it can, to make itself irrelevant.

Fixed that for you - yes, it started with webmail =:> no more need for outlook, Office360 =:> no more need for windows, .Net =:> please come back, developers, we do love you ...

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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

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Re: @Marketing Hack - Chromebook

I guess that for this to happen, size matters ... ;-)

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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WTF?

So, somebody has managed to extract H2O, along with some minerals, out of excrements and you call the extract "poo" ? Do you study chemistry at all in the UK?

This comments section is full of teenagers, where are the UNIX system admins, Microsoft certified surface specialists ?

Could you use a joke icon next time ? Coz, guess what, we all drink poo, all the time [if all it takes for the H2O molecule-minerals combo to be called poo is they must have been in feces at some point in time]

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: Don't shoot me down in flames...but

@AC

>The two main political parties will basically do everything they can to maintain the status quo, keep their cushy jobs and at all costs avoid having to answer for their past mistakes. UKIP are trying to change this. You may not agree with their methods, or their policies and you might think they are all loony right wing mentalists but have to agree that the huge support they are receiving is a sign that British people feel they have been shat on for too long by the political elite and they want change.

All happened before, in a time of crisis (1930's, Berlin):

The two main political parties will basically do everything they can to maintain the status quo, keep their cushy jobs and at all costs avoid having to answer for their past mistakes. NSDAP are trying to change this. You may not agree with their methods, or their policies and you might think they are all loony right wing mentalists but have to agree that the huge support they are receiving is a sign that German people feel they have been shat on for too long by the political elite and they want change.

If you tolerate this, then your children will be next.

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Re: I am a UKIP member.

Down-vote ? Truth hurts ? I am sorry, sincerely. I understand that you or close friends of yours, like mine, are in a difficult situation. You have to understand that, as much as I hate [New ]Labour, the economic downturn was not their fault ... proof, and I will get a lot of downvotes for giving facts, a lot of countries suffered the same fate. No amount of savings beforehand could have relieved the UK, OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY, from this global event, worse, it would have diminished economic growth during the good years, which would have made the downturn even worse.

Buying 1% of growth during a crisis costs exponentially more than during a time of growth, such are the laws of economics. Public spending drives jobs, the economy ...

Those who claim the harsh down turn was Blair's or Brown's fault are mistaken, and I despise fibbers in parliament, New Labour, the conservatives (and equivalents in all countries). The conservatives have wrecked both UK and Europe (to be fair, not just UK cons, I mean the cons Europe-wide, excuse my French [look up the English translation of "cons"]).

If you think for a minute, stop being a bigot [the same holds in France, Germany, Belgium, wherever], why would Blair, Cameron, or Brown say the EU has too much power over the UK ? MEP's have been elected by citizens of all member states, they control the commission [commission members are elected by the parliament], just like the British gov (except that the head of commission is chosen by Cameron, Merkel and Hollande (the other heads of state do not really have a say, well, I guess they could veto, maybe), then parliament votes him/her in or out).

So, why do gov's keep scaring the shit out of the Brits about EU ? Because if the EU gets too much power, they will be out of work - as easy as that.

Would you like a big portion of a small cake, or a small portion of a humongous cake ? The French are not morons, nor are the Germans, we are the same ... OK, some of the French (barbarians) eat horse meat, but we, like the Germans, eat jelly (some French [a majority, but I managed to convert a few ;-)] cannot even stand the look of it).

Do you really think we would be better off without the French and German economy on our side ? We are so much stronger together, think about it.

The politicians we have are the best we have to offer, don't like them, want economic growth ? Vote green, green is the future. Nobody does, coz AGW is untrue and my child's asthma is due to bad luck, I could go on forever.

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Re: I am a UKIP member.

@AC (original poster)

>Its damn sight more serious and honest than either of its opposition parties.

I can debunk anything in their agenda for you (from the low level BS I have heard so far, btw, some of which I have debunked above). They are lying, dishonest, have a reality distortion field. The NSDAP had some highly qualified execs as well, means nothing.

The one thing you and your friends do not understand is economics - it is what makes our world go round, sadly, but so it is. How are you supposed to govern a country when you do not even understand the basics. Go read/listen to what the French nobel prize winner (2015) wrote/has to say - quite the opposite of what Nigel says, right ? Who is nobel prize winner in economics ? Go read up on www.oecd.org the benefits of immigration. I could go on ... seriously, you are being cheated.

Accept that you could be wrong, go read up on neutral websites, neutral books ...

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Re: They arent a serious party..

@Jim 59

The problem is, arse-holes come in all colors, shapes and sizes.

When you refer to someone or a group of people by their ethnic background, sexuality, nationality, belief and give that person/group certain properties and you mean or infer that all members of the group are the same, good or bad, you are xenophobic.

White, yellow, black, red, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, Aryan, Caucasian, African, Asian ... whatever ... there is no need to be a racist ... 99% of times when somebody gets called out for being a racist, there is a reason.

I would take it even further ... as a human, why would somebody who was born in a place have more rights than somebody who was born elsewhere ? Why would somebody have more rights than another, just because he had the right parents ? (I am not talking wealth, here, I mean civil rights) Tell me !

Does the birth place, parents matter ? In the UK, it matters a lot ... look, you have lords and a monarch ... most "developed" iow "educated" countries in the world did away with that bullshit centuries ago. The people seizing all belongings of the monarch ...

Ever heard of communicating vessels ? That is planet earth. The best way to describe it would be to look at earth from outer space, no borders, no nations, no bullshit.

Gods and religions

Civilization wars

Arms, flags, countries and nations

Always make us cannon fodder

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Re: They arent a serious party..

@ Just Enough

You owe me a new keyboard and carpet cleaning ...

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@ YARR

Have I ended up in a time machine ? This reads like 1932, Berlin.

>Thanks for your opinion, but most of the rest of the world is outside the EU and it's not dangerous for them.

Do 80% of their exports go to the EU ? thought not. Are the developing super powers (India, China) same size as UK (population-wise) ? UK is not even in the same league ... ouch.

What are Africa and South America trying to accomplish ?

Their implementation of EU.

Why ?

To be able to survive in the new world order which will see China and India bullying.

>Moreover Britain's membership of the EU has coincided with our relative decline after reaching our zenith as an independent nation.

Ever heard of the world wars or 1970's oil crises ? Why would UK want to join EEC, why did they try so hard, de Gaulle was vetoing UK's entry ? The steel and coal alliance was hurting UK jobs.

>As for blaming "immygrunts" for "ruining everything", once an area is overpopulated like many areas of Britain are, adding more immigrants reduces the standard of living for the majority....

The UK is not overpopulated, please see the the list of most densely populated nations. The Netherlands is one of them, they are well off ... ouch, I know.

Almost every idea UKIP convey is FUD. Almost every idea UKIP convey is FUD. Almost every idea UKIP convey is FUD....

I say "almost" though I must admit, I have yet to hear anything sensible from them ...

As for the euro, read my other comment ... ;-) Who will laugh comes 2016 ? Studied economics at Uni ? I have.

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Re: Major update cockup?

@dogged

European parliament, like UK, is governed by conservatives ... vote for labor or commies and Europe will care for the poor. I am not saying I hope for the commies to take over, but a strong commy party makes sure the EU takes care of the poor.

The EU has always been governed by conservatives, and the UK conservatives are part of the leading fraction that governs, and have been since inception. Blame it on them.

As for corruption, all governments are corrupt, to a certain extent - corruption is how the boys and girls get into office.

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Re: Major update cockup?

"How can we give £1bn [...] to Bongo Bongo land"

Now, you can write what you want, but to even consider using a derogatory word as such denotes deep sincere racism. I would never have thought of using such a term, maybe he could not remember the name of the continent ?

Besides, UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom has absolutely no clue of international trade or humanitarian aid, for that matter. Now, it is true, we have quite phenomenally improved living standards in third world countries, just look at the decline of starvation and malnutrition over the last 20 years. However, people in the 3rd world are still starving to death; we have "products" on the market called weight watchers and slim fast.

He was then referring to corrupt governments across Africa that take large chunks of the money we allotted to their country ... just how do you think we get our natural resources so cheap, Mr Bloom ?

Now, I condemn this situation, of course, but for every £1 we give these bastards (corrupt officials), we get 5 or 10 back.

Margareth Thatcher was just as blind folded when she said "We want our money back" ... she wanted "le beurre, l'argent du beurre, et le cul de la cremiere" (excuse my French). The E.U. costs a lot of money, agreed, but 80% of our exports go to EU member states, we need the EU. We do not want to go back to borders, tariffs etc ... well, EU has a price. UK is making many times more from the EU as it is than it is contributing to it.

The world is changing, we need a big market to compete with Asian giants (India, China). Can UK ban Chinese imports on its own ? What effect will it have if they threaten to do it ? What impact does it have if a market 10 times bigger threatens to ban imports ? Right.

Imagine the EU football team, the best players of all European Nations ... unbeatable, unbeatable ... a dream team. It is exactly the same economically ... together we are bigger than China or US, GDP wise. Together we can say fuck off to whichever nation we want.

These are things UKIP does NOT understand. Their miracle solutions are mirages, in France we have the same, with Le Pen wanting a return to the <jokeAlert>sesterce</jokeAlert>.

The worst of all is, the UK education system has produced a nation of bigots. I am sorry, you really need to have lived abroad to understand what EU is all about (it is not your fault, it is what you were taught). I have met numerous Brits abroad who admitted they only just discovered what this was all about. If the UK government had any common sense back in the 80's and 90's, London would have been the European Stock Exchange, not Frankfurt. Blame Maggy!

If the French had common sense, we would have had a constitution by now, the 2008/2009 global crisis would have been much smaller a problem. We are now 18 players on a pitch with each and every one of us having a different strategy ... how are we gonna score like this ?????

Besides, Greece is richer than some Lander (Germany) or richer per capita than some Regions (France) - sure there is an equivalent in the UK, now, I do not hear much uproar in France about the poorer regions who live off the back of us ... we NEED TO stand together, we all profit from it.

We need the euro, which is a blessing ... ever noticed why it was so high for so many years ? To counter balance high energy prices, which are paid in $. Now they have fallen, the euro has been allowed to lose value, which will dope our exports. How about the pound ? Well, you know what, all exports from the UK will be more expensive in euroland ... will that help your exports ?

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Microsoft lets devs with form skip MCSD exam

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Desperate ?

Totally ... I mean, how low can you go ...

Up next, a free blow job for each dev who manages to produce an app that gets published.

What will this entail ? Another great number of unqualified, yet certified, Microsoft Certified Surface Specialists. I will tell our office cleaner, I am sure he stands a fair a chance.

Imagine, all the trojan, browser toolbar, clock.exe devs becoming MCSD ? hilarious.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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WTF?

This is US Regulation, FFS

1. US has this brain-dead regulation that says that on outbound flights to the US, electronic devices must be checked (turned on) by security personnel.

2. She might have had Linux installed, which the airport security staffer has probably never seen (they do not go to libraries much). Or the Windows/OS X logo was not displayed before decryption.

Why is this news ? The French are actively trying to comply with US legislation, maybe a tad zealous, but hey ... as for the privacy moaners ... what personal data does a a login screen expose, exactly ? A custom background image, maybe ?

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Music fans FUME over PJ Harvey ticket CHAOS as Somerset House site buckles

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PJ Harvey ?

Is she still around ? Man, last time I heard tunes of heirs must be 20 years, almost ... Ok, not quite ... but back in the day (mid 90's), I would listen to her music a lot, then she got famous and I forgot about her ... will pull out the LP's tonight ... I can hardly remember any of her songs, now ... :-\

When it comes to music, when you become a star/top of the pops/... your next music has to please as many as possible, so all the "heart" and "honesty" vanishes ... coz the labels expect you to sell, not be honest with yourself.

Look what U2, (Zooropa+) Coldplay, Keane, Pulp, (random list of bands), Stones (since 70's, I know I'll get massively downvoted here, but their music died with the bloke - to claim he was not doing anything anymore is more than suspicious, the rest of their stuff sucks) are/were doing ... One band that has managed fame is Buzzcocks ... though I doubt anybody here would know them ... precisely ... but each and everyone on here know a song or two ... a cover, ok, but still, funny, huh ?

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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French Saying

Qui part en Renaud rentre a velo.

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Re: Answers

@ Cynical Shopper

News flash: Brit blames EU.

Please, you do not know what you are talking about. They are bringing specifically modified cars, with overinflated tires for example, different clutches etc to the test.

The manufacturers are cheating ... you cannot yet launch a class action suit in France (it will be coming, I heard), but you should certainly do so elsewhere if your country allows it. They are advertising results for a non-showroom car - that's it, false advertizing.

Apple analogy: Apple claim its iPhone 6 can hold 40Tb of data - well, because the prototype with new generation flash ship showed that in its tests.

Apple do not do that, they would get in trouble ... car makers? No problem! Why ? Jobs, not Steve, workers in Europe ...

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Re: It is a French car.

@ Nifty

> Subsidy is money contributed by a government to make an item or commodity cheaper than it's cost? I thought France still levied a tax on diesel, albeit not as large as UK tax.

Yes, well, in France, the taxes on diesel are lower (%-wise) than those on unleaded petrol - mainly because some lobbyists told the French government that Diesel was cleaner (more environmentally friendly) with, of course, absolutely no reliable data to back that claim up. Not sure how they convinced the gov ... especially if you consider Greenpeace, grey beards, hippies, and the French Green party kept saying it was utter bollocks. Who knows what happened ...

I know what happened, but the moderator will veto my comment if I tell you.

Now, almost 20 years later, 70 to 80% of private cars use diesel and health problems have proven what the consequences of the decision are. Then again, who listens to those idiots ...

For those who live in France, there is a pretty reliable study made by a pediatrician (air sensors in prams), using an army of mother's to record air quality in a city in France. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_Halimi

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

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Re: Ah... a defaced website or two...

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>That will teach us infidels, won't it? I'm assuming that anyone who missed the bus and was late for work could claim that the reason was a "terrorist attack"?

You do not take the bus, do you ? Of course not, if you did, you would know that since the cultural revolution of 1979, you can no longer rely on any time tables for public transport in the UK. You cannot miss a bus, the bus on the time table will be hours late. You do not really notice on busy routes, you do when you have to catch any of the first 3 of the day or you are on a route with poor service.

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German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

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Re: How can grown adults not tell the difference between fiction and reality?

>If you were to lift a fingerprint from the phone itself, what are the odds that (1) it would be a finger that the phone was programmed to recognize, (2) there would be enough of the fingerprint to fill the entire sensor, (3) that the lift would give you enough quality and resolution to fool the sensor, and (4) you could do all of this in less than an hour, which is probably the worst-case amount of time I would need to notice that my phone is stolen and remotely wipe it?

Actually, you can tell from the finger print which finger it is. They could be at quite a distance - all they need to know is the finger you used. It is on there unless you use gloves ... do you not hold backspace a few times when you type passwords in public places - I do sometimes forget, but try to stick to it (type something, first x letters are good, then hold backspace to delete more than one character - as many as required to get to x letters - then type on) ?

I have fat fingers and do it accidentally as well ... I mistype my passphrase quite often ... a sentence full of silly typos.

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James Bond - Diamonds Are Forever

Where are the bond fans when you need them ...

Diamonds Are Forever: Bond uses a fake fingerprint that clings to his thumb to trick Tiffany Case into believing he is Peter Franks.

Diamonds Are Forever, 1971 ...

So, how is this even news ??????

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: They have a point...

>detoxmymac.org

LOL, no, ROFL ... do you know "du" ?

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Re: truth in storage

@ ST

>I am a techie. Guess what: it is not obvious to me at all that the iPhone has only one physical storage device available, and that its Operating System is installed on the same physical storage device as the one dedicated to general-purpose storage.

You are NOT a techie, cut the crap! All current generation smartphones use this storage strategy. I heard Nokia smartphones were different back in the day ... Note that I did not/will not comment or vote on the guy you are answering to ...

>The Tech Specs do not mention any details about the physical storage device layout, nor do they mention anything about how many I/O channels are available on the iPhone's motherboard. And assuming that a mobile phone has only one physical storage device available is just as dumb and ignorant as assuming that a laptop or a PC has only one hard drive available, or that a laptop or PC motherboard has only one I/O channel available.

Do the tech specs mention expansion slots of any sort ? Yes. Do they mention a built-in sd card port ? no ... ouch, sorry. Now, why do you need to know how many I/O channels a device has ? You know, it can have 1000, if they are not hooked up to a connector, you will not be able to connect anything to them - unless you bolt something onto the hardware.

Now, an iOS device can read an sd card!! You can get an sd card adapter that plugs into the magic connector (dunno the name of that thingy on JesusPhones, too lazy to look it up). You can get an sd card adapter that converts a micro sd card into a plain sd card as well ... no, you cannot launch any apps from it, just like unhacked android phone. Not sure you can write to it ... I guess you can.

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>that's odd, my galaxy S2 with cyanogen

Well, I think we are talking vendor android, here. Not everyone has the time or expertise to do that.

Since you installed cyanogen, you damn well knew that the vendor android version does not like using the sd card for apps. So, cut the crap. Android is cool for techies, sucks for the rest ... serious business users go with Blackberry 10, the rest use iPhones ...

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@Anthony Hegedus

Amen, I upvoted! Fanboys have been downvoting you ... maybe because they claim you can install a non-Sony Android firmware, but come on guyz ... as for 64Gb SSD, that was a silly mistake ... but don't worry, you are not alone ... I believed what the android fanboys say on el'reg and got my son and wife Sony Xperia M's ... 2 Gb internal storage, but a beefy sd card would make up for that ... I had to download the SDK to issue some kung fu to get the phones to use the sd card as application storage ... did not work :( ... it worked on a no-name tablet, so I did the kung fu right.

Yes, I can go through the hassle of downloading a standard android firmware for the phones ... Not really what I hoped for ...

Sony will never see any of my cash again - 2Gb storage and lockdown is pisstake.

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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

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@ cambsukguy

Oh I know, I know ...

1 or 2 people using an online service does not sound like a joke to you ??? Naïve ? If you do not know what that means, get a thesaurus, if you do not know what a thesaurus is, get a dictionary and work yourself up.

Besides, 316 million is the entire "estimated" population of the US and I don't expect toddlers to be using bing, for example, note that there are many more age groups that do not use the Intertubes. That is why you got my downvote.

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

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"Last Known Good"

That is the best part of windows and on my system, it boots a Linux kernel ... soon to be replaced with FreeBSD.

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