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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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Re: I always wonder

A great number of people have been secretly imprisoned, tortured, and killed over the years, usually at small airports or allied military bases. If they survive torture, they usually get trialed by a secret court, happens abroad aboard aircraft, or in small dark, wet rooms the NSA rents out in military bases. It has happened, is happening right now, and will be happening tomorrow - that is the daily task of several forces of the iiiii.

There are countless reports of people being secretly withheld and tortured, some till death, happens mostly by the hands of US personnel in military bases in countries like Poland, Belgium, Germany for example - that is where most reports come from, at least.

Some people are taken into "custody" because they wear a type of watch - you won't believe me, that is fine, read wikileaks, it is all in there.

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'White hats don't want to work for us' moans understaffed FBI

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I thought they were into Millenium-type gals (the movies) full of piercings/tatoo's etc, that act autistic, listen to aggressive music, and never wash ... hard to find, that, when you are also looking for tech savvy ...

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

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Joe, one piece of advice, leave that amateur club, now!

>running the lab wasn't really a part of my role

Don't do it, get the manager to find somebody who's role that is.

>A newly-installed anti-virus product wouldn't let anyone do remote access unless their machine ran the same AV software. And Joe's machine was locked down by IT, so he couldn't just install the software himself and get on with things.

This guy is a techy and they lock down his PC, really ? I can remotely understand that you lock down machines the drones use, but techies ???

If he had gotten the manager to move off his backside and find the right guy for the task, with matching AV on the laptop, they could have saved quite some dosh ...

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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

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>What really troubles me is that several decades after the first hard drive crashed, we still have people who don't back up their stuff.

Well, what use are encrypted backups? It will certainly encrypt your backups if you do not disconnect the drive prior to installing the ransomware, and who does that ?

Windwows 10 is ransomware, you will see come 2016 ...

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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Re: Bi-polar OS 2.0

>18 thumbs up & 18 thumbs down

TheVogon has 18 accounts, who'da thought that possible ... ;-) Guess he's creating a new one for every upvote ...

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Re: Bi-polar OS 2.0

>1. Windows Phone is not hardware. It is software. You might want to learn the difference.

Software they are giving away for free, so the only cash they could make is on hardware, which they keep writing off ... it's dead, Jim.

>2. <RandomBS>

cf 1.

> 3. <MoreRandomBS>

cf 1.

4. <YetMoreRandomBS>

cf 1.

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Bi-polar OS 2.0

Windows Mobile > Windows Phone > Windows Mobile > Obsolete

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Missing in action: The OpenStackers lost from Gartner's quadrant

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Huawei took Gartner rep out to dinner, easy.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Wait for SR1 before you upgrade to Windows 10, I tell ya!

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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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Re: Yes

The WHOLE POINT IS: user chose a browser in, say, Windows 7, and the upgrade overrides that choice, by default. It should be OPT IN, NOT OPT OUT.

Per definition, Windows 10 upgrade is a trojan horse, homepage hijacker, and search provider hijacker.

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Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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>Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

Usually, plural means more than singular ... except for the word freedom.

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HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

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Where, ohhh where is Matt Bryant when you need him ? Installing Windows 10?

Apple has absolutely NO dress code, you can turn up in a nightgown if you so wish ... except in Apple stores, there, you must wear a silly T.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: No Control of Updating

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So some MS employee ... maybe Vogon's second account, who knows ... ;-)

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Re: dealing with waste from nuclear power

>Ever been to where they're made? As I recall, both wind and photovoltaic require plenty of rare earths which are tricky to mine and have toxic byproducts such that countries that don't care about the environment (like China) are pretty much the only places to get them.

BS, they make them in France and Germany, utter none-sense ...

> PS. Here's an interesting comparison of scale. The largest solar-thermal plant in the world (capable of generating even at night) produces enough electricity for 100,000 homes. Thing is, nearby Los Angeles County has over 10 MILLION homes. Meaning it barely meets 1% of the demand of that tiny little part of California. And that's in a sun-rich area in the California desert. Imagine trying to do this up north where the sun is weak enough in the summer and practically useless in the winter.

The biggest enemy of solar panels is heat, in the north, you use solar panels, go and ask the Germans, I am sure they can teach you a lesson or two.

There is a solar-thermal plant in Spain that produces leccy night and day, they use a wateraccu, I guess, much like you guyz in Californication.

The thing is, how much did it cost ? I mean, it is a few pipes, a turbine, quite a a few mirrors, pretty massive, however, no toxic/dangerous materials involved - this is just a guess from the Spanish counter-part. Now imagine the cost of that ... how many can you build with 10 billion ? The price of a nuke plant ... knowing that a nuke plant with three reactors cannot cope with 10 million homes, you would need a second and third, so that's 30 billion. When you are finished with the Primary School maths you will realized that you can STFU.

Sad, I know ...

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Re: dealing with waste from nuclear power

> New reactor designs are slated to totally eliminate waste storage by milking existing nuclear waste for all it's got.

BS, of course, you fall for that ? Incredible.

> And Fusion will complete the solution.

Insider info suggests they are getting nowhere, the prototype, promised last year, will not be done before 2025. They still have not reached 5 seconds sustained operation, spend months replacing parts inbetween runs, consume humungous amounts of nrg to get to the point of fusion ... looks like a dead end. An excuse to continue to operate fission plants, which arguably have nothing to do with fusion.

>We just have to decide to do it, instead of wasting resources on buddy-financing wind or solar programs that are, apparently, supported by the Mafia.

LOL, godda be kidding, pulling the Mafia string ... of course, renewable is easier to implement since you are not dealing with highly toxic, explosive, and otherwise dangerous material. Since mafias have quite some dosh, they can get into it also ...but mafias also control vineyards, should we all stop drinking it because of that ? Thought not.

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What can't sell Galaxy S6s and keeps going down on you? Samsung and its profits

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Well, supply problems are to blame ? BS

Supply problems create demand: it is the shiny new thing nobody can get because it is sold out ? I want one! Go ask Apple!

Sadly, it was not the shiny new thing, it was a slightly better phone than last time, not worth an upgrade.

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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

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Seeing my daily intake, I think I would need half a dozen of those to keep up ...

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Christ, they are giving away Windows, Office 360, and now Windows server for free ... they must be getting desperate.

I needed more popcorn, so I bought a popcorn maker ;-) now I only need more beer!

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: Why not?

Have a 4k display ? Then upgrade, but ONLY if you really, really, really need to, else, switch to Linux - if elReg commentards are anything to go by ...

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Re: Screw Windows 10!

By the time 2020 comes, Steam will have ported all interesting games to Linux anyway ... ;-)

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>There's also nothing to stop you postponing for endless number of 4-hour intervals.

BS!!!!!!!

You can postpone by 4 hours TWICE, then, it will reboot WITHOUT NOTICE - that is why I hate w7 with a passion. Mind, they might have changed that in W10, I have not tested it, but I doubt it ...

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Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep

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>"The company is committed to ensuring that the transition is seamless and transparent to its community and clients, while working to maintain high levels of quality as it does today," DHI said.

Fsck, NO, we do not want it to be a seamless transition, you a$$holes, we do not want your "high levels of quality", they are piss poor, we think.

I just hope some FSF-aficionado will grab those.

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Don't touch this! Seven types of open source to dance away from

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Re: Adrian

@Adrian, did you read the article ?

He read Whitehurst's book and decided to write up an article on the matter, then, he also got some info from a bloke apparently working for a research center named "Forester Research", you know, the shop that is competing with Gartner for the "Purveyor of Most Gullible BS of the year" award.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Annotations for terrorism laws

Georgians are like Texans, embarrassments to mankind.

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Unhinged Linux backdoor still poses a nuisance, if not a threat

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For el Reg, it would be greatly appreciated if you could do a little more research into this nasty ... we would all be very thankful, after all, this appears to be virus string #8 for Linux, in over 20 years ... In this article, you have literally copy-pasted the first few lines of the virus database entry and made an article out of it.

The problem I see is that you used their incorrect wording.

Another problem is, that you have only linked to their page about this. Has this been confirmed in the wild by anyone else ?

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Ok, so, a backdoor means there is a vulnerability in the target system that can be used to alter/take over the target machine.

In this case, it seems to be a virus.

From the linked article on DrWeb.com

>The file is encrypted with Base64.

Thanks for the laugh, they actually mean "encoded" which is totally different from "encrypted".

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Exactly why I use "feminine" sounding pseudonyms for online games ;-)

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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Re: Just like the UK gov?

OpenDocument support in MS Office sucks golf balls through garden hoses, ever used it ? They skewed it up totally. Word even crashes on some files created with OpenOffice...

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Re: Misleading

>However, I thought DOC/XLS had long since been cracked by everyone and their dog to the extent that support for DOC in mobile devices is far better than DOCX.

Considering even official MS Office releases cannot reliably display XLS/DOC files which were made with another version .. now, don't get me started on cross-platform compatibility ... Office for Mac is even worse in this respect.

Hove you ever opened the XML in a DOCX ? They cut sentences off randomly, formatting is all over the place ... worse than frontpage, and no, I did not think that possible, either.

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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

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>Phone Hardware was down 37.7 per cent in Q4, with $1.23bn in revenue. Worse, the division's gross margin was down 292.6 per cent, causing it to post a loss of $104m.

Windows Mobile^H^H^H^H^H^HPhone is a dead end, I told you - it is getting hard to compete with Chinese knockoff androids.

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Dough! Dominos didn't register dominos.pizza – and now it's pizz'd off

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Re: I'm not surprised

>When I first ordered pizza online from Dominos a few years ago

Did you eat that? Seriously ? Yuck!

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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>It's a shame Linux doesn't have sensible and modular architecture that can control authentication centrally and not allow an application to compromise something so basic as account lockouts!

Ever heard of PAM ? thought not. shut up!

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Re: Kernel mode fonts

>> 386 were having issue to display bitmaps fonts on VGA displays, and were doing it writing directly to the video buffer..

>Ok lets assume its 1994 and we buy that excuse. Fine but its frigging 20 years later. Next you will say fonts are naturally something that kernels should be dealing with directly.

Don't give this idiot the slightest of attention, an Apple LC could render both vector and raster fonts pretty amazingly, with a 16Mhz CPU, all while running Quark.

We always get the exact same "excuses" from window cleaners and surface experts, got the same for the vuln found in http.sys ... Windows is inherently slower because it runs a gazillion obsolete subsystems, the dependencies are a complete mess even for veteran kernel developers, so they are forced to shuv everything they can into kernel land, making the whole system insecure.

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

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Re: Notice the ruse?

>There seems to be an assumption that hydrogen is always split from water using renewable energy. It's a nice concept, but it's simply not true. Not yet. Not even close.

An Italian team has developed a water-based battery, not for cars because of the weight.

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Re: Even so...

>The guy with the ruined battery pack was reportedly quoted $40k. It was in the news.

Care to share a link to a "reliable" news purveyor covering the story ... not News of the World, The Sun, Daily Mirror, Telegraph, etc ... thanks.

It is BS because the battery pack has a warranty, or the guy tampered with it, in which case, you know what ...

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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I upvoted because "software defending itself" sounded funny, but a rootkit lies in kernel space, not bios, afaik.

It could well be an 0wned BIOS, though my bets are on bugs.

To the BOFH, did you hold the USB stick correctly before you inserted it ? Did you ask the computer before inserting it ? You would not want to be charged with rape in Texas, would you ?

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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@sequester

Are you a spammer ? Please be more verbose about your rant ... if you want to avoid a lot of spam, a receiving system must be able to test if the sender really exists.

SPAM accounts for over 97% of email our company receives, yes we manage to filter out the whole lot of it, no, we do not use gmail, but I guess that for gmail, it is more like 99.99997% (note that that was just a wild guess, it might be much worse), checking the sender is legitimate.

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Microsoft to HIKE Azure prices as exchange rates shift

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Re: Price rises from Microsoft?...

>I assume the local competition has gone titsup.

That is what they think ... ;-) Google Australia just filed for chapter 11, or was that just Nadella's dream ?

They are feeling the pain, Windows is making no money anymore ... so they hike up the price of office^H^H^H^H^H^Hazure ...

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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MOD needs cash so, if you want a tank:

http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehicles/,42,/Collector%27s_Vehicles.htm

And for those saddened by sudden loss of production of the Defender:

http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehicles/,25,/Used_Land_Rovers.htm

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Re: Must have been an interesting sight

>Mutter ficker?

Mutterficker, no space.

As for WWII regalia, personal possession is forbidden in Germany if it sports NAZI insigna.

The only "battle" the British Empire and French won over the Germans was the race to Dunkirk, and then again, the German army let them win ... All battles won by the allies included Soviet or "troops from other places of the world".

Then again ... "Listen, don't mention the war! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right." Basil Fawlty

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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Re: In addition

>The US could drastically cut it's carbon emissions (and electricity prices) if it weren't more difficult to build a nuke plant than it is to put a man on the moon. Actually, I guess they are about the same - we haven't done either since the 70's.

Well, nuke power is not it ... how much does it cost to decommission a nuke reactor ? How much does it cost to build a new one ? When will you need to decommission the bulk of your plants in the US? I am unsure, in France, it is estimated to be 3bn/reactor, they have 50 to decommission, 30 to build @10bn a piece - now, that is close to 450bn to be found over the next 20 years, knowing that no provisions have been made in France for decommissioning the plants. The sector already has its woes without even considering decommissioning the old plants ... so, how is it in the US ?

I do not believe what Gates is saying, as usual, BS to promote his personal profit ... where exactly are those 98% of 52bn you were supposed to give to charity, Mr Gates ? Still in your pocket? I thought so ...

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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SNCF badly run

Why did I read Worstall, again ? To give him another chance ? Shit ...

> The German government isn't all that good at running Deutsche Bahn, nor the French at running SNCF.

They seem to have come up with pretty good speed trains, that take you from Marseille to Paris (400 miles) in less than 3 hours and cost less than half of a discounted ticket from Portsmouth to London, which also takes 3 hours, mind, if you get the stop train ... what distance ? 90 miles ? ROFL

The ICE is pretty "cheap" compared to British train services as well ... ever heard of the term "ripoff Britain" ? Thought not ...

Even the Eurostar in England gets overtaken by commuter trains because the tracks are not maintained properly.

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UK.gov spaffed billions into IT projects at 'high risk of failure' last year

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Re: Accountability or lack thereof...

Would you dismiss your mate from a position because he wasted billions of tax payers money, yet, still managed to redirect millions into your personal Singapour or Isle of Man account ? Thought not ...

Why do they not disclose precise amounts of the various deals in question ? We are paying after all ...

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Re: I wonder when we'll reach the crossover point?

>I'm betting on December 2016

That would be 2014, if you ask me ;-) A really sad joke, sorry ...

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Re: Government?

>including the auditors, have the slightest clue where any of it came from or where any of it actually went

Of course they know, it came from tax payers and went into a private bank account on the Isle of Man, what did you expect ?

Closest icon I could find for burning pitch forks

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: Old rant...

>Ok, tell me one. Libreoffice and Openoffice DO NOT count.. I use them, and donate to the projects, but have to resort to the "real" thing for complex documents.

Seriously, use inkscape to create some jaw-dropping SVG graphics, put them into OpenOffice, save as PDF and show the result to anybody, whatever they use, like InDesign, you name it ... their jaws will drop ... especially when you compare file sizes. Don't come with MS Word, you will be laughed out of the building ....

Define "complex documents" ? Are you holding it right ? ;-)

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Re: Bah...

you forgot fanboy icon ...

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Look it up, I have written many times already, MS will abandon Windows Phone sooner than later. I re-iterate, there will be no Windows Phone 11.

This whole thing happened even though they have increased licensing costs in the data center (Windows Server, anybody?). There is NO MONEY to be made on Windows Mobile^H^H^H^H^H^HPhone, the money is in hardware you do not write off. ROFLMAO

The beginning of the end, spiraling into and under ground.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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