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1863 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

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Re: Windows 8 or just Windows Hate?

But I think Windows 8 is a whole different kind of disaster to Vista.

Microsoft got from Vista to 7 by improving things they started in Vista, and perhaps more importantly, by the time 7 came out, most applications were designed to run with restricted security permissions.

In that respect, Vista was a necessary step on the road to Windows 7.

Windows 8 is a disaster in the same way that Microsoft Bob was, except that at least with Bob, you could delete it and use the proper interface. That isn't so easy with Windows 8.

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Re: As odd as it sounds

Apple isn't falling, it is growing slower than the market as a whole, which is not the same thing. The stock price has fallen due to a reduction in forecast future growth prospects.

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App stores and start menus are not mutually exclusive, there is no reason why you can't have both.

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Re: Think I'll wait for Windows 9

The mouse works perfectly. Windows 8's response to mouse interactions on the other hand ...

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West Virginia seeks Google Glass driving ban

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Re: I forget...

Well the thing is, I hardly ever actually look at the satnav while I'm driving. It is mounted on the corner of my windscreen, and I glance over to it when I'm approaching a junction I think I might need to turn at. With google glass, it is going to be in your field of vision all the time.

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Brussels 'mulling probe' into brutal Apple negotiations with networks

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Re: @LarsG

My point is that compared to UK general elections, there is very little campaigning for Euro elections.

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Re: @LarsG

The last election was 2009, and campaign contributions were approximately zero, or at any rate around the same as for a parish council election, and a bit more than for a police commissioner election.

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Chinese graves use quick response codes to recall the dead

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QR Code supermarket

Why would someone want to go to visit a high street shop in order to order stuff online?

For a big ticket purchase, I can understand that you might want to look at the display model and discus things with the shop assistant; and it is probably too big to fit in your car/bus luggage rack anyway. But for supermarket food, either you want to walk out of the shop with the stuff in your bag, or you can order it online at work or on the way home for delivery when you arrive back.

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PayPal glitch stalling Admob payments to developers

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Re: Is their year end

They are an American company, their year end is December. Not that many countries in the world have March year ends. The only ones I'm aware of are UK, India and Japan.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Re: A little bit I don't mind

If I'm following this correctly, it will be filmed with a generic car which will transform itself into a Ford / Ferarri / Tata Nano depending on what it thinks your demographic is.

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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Re: Coming to a wallet near you...

They would get the money from users in the same way that all other credit card cos do, by doing credit checks and having direct debit mandates.

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Hong Kong plans cavernous underground data centres

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Re: Say what?

Presumably in the same way that it was owned by the Queen before the handover and all land in England is owned by the Queen today. For all practical purposes, the private "owners" do actually own it, just like in for example Scotland.

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

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Re: Same old same old....

Anchor used to be made from New Zealand milk, but it is now made from English milk.

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Re: good for the soul..

Harvard Graphics and the one that came with the Corel Office Suite. Now the competition is Keynote.

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World's largest solar collection plant opened in Abu Dhabi

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Re: Questions

Basically, you can store the hot oil and use it at night when the sun isn't shining.

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FCC waves big fines at political robocallers

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Re: Stop the threats

I think Compuserve v Cyberpromotions covers that. You have a right to say what you want. You don't have a right to use other people's equipment to force them to listen to it.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: Sounds great

That's where O2's TuGo app comes in handy. If your local SIM has a reasonable data allowance, then you can make and receive calls on your UK number for the same cost as in the UK. If you have that, then you probably don't need to worry about voice minutes or texts at all on your local SIM, and you can just go for the one with the cheapest data.

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Re: Tested a drivers skill...

Another point. If you send a text while stuck at a red traffic light, the worst thing that can happen to you is that you miss it going green and you get lots of irate drivers sounding their horns to let you know it has gone green. Of course if you send a text while driving at 60 mph on a country road, you deserve every punishment coming to you, and more.

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Freeview telly channels face £240m-A-YEAR shakedown by Ofcom

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Re: what a useless shower

An ITV digital box purchased in 1998 will not work any more.

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France demands Skype register as telco

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Re: Skype is a phone company

If you dial 112, the telco will route the call to your local emergency call centre. Dial 112 on Skype and it won't have a clue where to route the call. If it ends up in Luxembourg rather than South London, it isn't going to be much use.

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BT engineers - missed appointments

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Re: BT engineers - missed appointments

Well they are 100,000,000 times better than ntl: (as they were known at the time I left them), but that isn't hard. Still useless though.

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ITV catches up with TVCatchup

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I'm sure if they ask nicely, TV Catchup will tell them exactly how many people are watching.

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

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Re: I doubt it

One where the PHB will only release funds for repairs when there is an actual service failure.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes

Does Excel tell you anything about what the program does? Or Lotus, Skype, Acrobat, Flash, or I'm sure I could come up with many more examples.

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Re: Huh.

SATs in England, and possibly other parts of the UK, are exams taken at the end of years 2, 6 and 9. An 11 year old would be doing the Key Stage 2 SATs in year 6. After that you have GCSEs (year 11) and A Levels (year 13). Scotland has different exams at those stages. English A Levels are equivalent to American SATs.

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O2 pops out vital new feature: Making phone calls from phones

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Re: Should I Skype or should I TU go now....

I plan to use both. Skype for calling other Skype customers, and Skype-out for international calls. Tu Go for incomming calls and calls to UK numbers covered by my bundled minutes.

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The benefits as I see it are that you can make and receive calls if you have wifi, but no phone signal, and you can make and receive calls abroad without roaming charges if you have wifi or a local SIM.

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Euro watchdog bares teeth at Microsoft over browser gaffe

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Re: Who cares

Windows still dominates the desktop, and is likely to for some time, but the desktop doesn't dominate the computer market to quite the same extent that it used to. Many home users find that an iPad is all they need for what they do.

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'Brit Bill Gates' was powerless to stop HP's Autonomy acquisition

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HP were vastly overpaying even if you take Autonomy's accounts at face value.

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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Re: Where to go then?

They are 100% owned by BT, but completely unlike their parent company in terms of customer service.

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Re: Most excellent

@ac The powers that be like to call them "safety cameras". That is why I call them revenue cameras.

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Re: Most excellent

I think our revenue cameras are too stupid to understand malware. Most of them still use film cameras, so transferring the data means taking the film reel out, attempting to find a photo development lab that is still open and getting humans to look at the photos.

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Wi-Fi hotspots, phone masts: Prepare to be assimilated by O2's Borg

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Re: Huh tell me i'm an idiot

Have you tried using Skype while switching between wifi and 3g? What happens with me is that skype loses its connection and has to log back in. That takes maybe 10-15 seconds, long enough to drop the call.

If you are downloading torrents, that probably won't be a problem, because it is designed to cope with people joining and leaving networks anyway. You never get a constant uninterrupted download stream with torrents anyway.

If you are browsing, then each page view is a separate download, and if one download takes place on wifi and the next on 3g, you probably won't notice.

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I've never managed to get an Openzone hotspot to work. But O2 and the Cloud back when O2 customers could use them did work quite well.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Re: People used to laugh at the size of my smart phone.

The want a paving slab, not a brick. Big screen is good, but it needs to be as thin as possible while not compromising battery life.

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Re: Does it download Chrome any faster?

It is not the only thing people use IE for. Some people use it to download firefox. In Ukraine, they use it to download Opera.

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Success for Einhorn: Judge blocks vote on Apple's Proposal 2

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Re: Owners

Maybe Tim Cook just doesn't want Apple to go the same way as Marconi.

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Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

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From memory, they forgot to renew the domain in that case.

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RIAA: Google failing on anti-piracy push

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iTunes on Google?

I'm surprised iTunes comes at all unless you specifically search for it, as you don't buy music from them off their website, you buy it from the iTunes app.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: Crap weather

It is easier to take photos in overcast conditions. If the sun is shining, you can only really take photos with the sun behind you.

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Re: Saw this on the ONE show last night

It is a bit bigger than Jeremy Clarkson's P45 - (the car, not the HMRC form you get when leaving employment).

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

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Re: Simples -- get an old Sky box and mini dish

Or get a Freesat box, does much the same thing as an out of subscription Sky box.

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Just what does BT have planned for its 4G licence: We drill into UK LTE

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Re: Have Offcom moved the goalposts

Yes. The HTC Touch HD2 was one of the first phones to support it, along with whichever iPhone was current at that time. Now, most mid-high end phones support it.

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Is it a bird? Is it a cloud? No! It's just a new Seagate biz NAS box

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Proliant Microserver

How does it compare with a Proliant Microserver with FreeNAS? The Seagate model is more expensive, it is any better?

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Re: If I can't have it, nobody can...

Well Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd owns this trademark http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/4/EU008495368 for for a whole list of different things, starting with "non-medicated toilet preparations"

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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You have been able to download Mac versions of both of those for a very long time. You can also get Neo Office if you want a more native port, but the advantages of that over Libre Office are not as great as they used to be.

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Tesco dials 999 after Clubcard vouchers are 'nicked' online

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Re: Again...?

Closing the freezer door after the horse has bolted ...

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Top Firefox OS bloke flames Opera for WebKit surrender

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Re: WebKit alone

Just like there was no problem when everyone was using Trident back in the bad old days?

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Google to open flagship retail stores by end of 2013

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Re: Times are hard

They are dying because people go to the retail stores to look at the product, then buy it online.

If they die off completely, people won't be able to see what the product looks like, and then they might not buy it. That is why it makes sense for companies to have retail stores as part of their advertising budget to showcase their products.

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#Forwhy: American Express lets you pay by tweet

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There is a difference between tweeting to say you've bought for example a Findus hosemeat product, and actually placing the order for frozen horse by sending a tweet to the supplier.

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