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1863 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Re: They should do it the Apple way...

From reports elsewhere, it appears it is a German cash & carry outfit that are complaining about it.

The French borrowed the name for their underground railway from the District and Metropolitan Railway in London, which was often shortened to the Met or Metro. It became more frequently known as "The Tube" some time after they added actual tube tunnels to the network. The Geordies call their underground network "The Tyne and Wear Metro"

As pointed out elsewhere there is also a 1980s car made by the British Leyland Group with that name.

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

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Re: Premium rate numbers

0845 numbers have not been "local" numbers for some time now. There is a small kickback for them which is how the dial-up ISPs funded their service back in the day.

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Nokia stuffs Groupon deals into Maps app

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Re: Why does a fish need a pedicure?

A fish pedicure is where you put your feet in a fish tank for half an hour and let the fish nibble away at your feet.

I have no idea why anyone would want to do that, and saying as the fish pedicure place in my local shopping centre closed down after about a month, it would appear nobody else sees the attraction either.

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Microsoft RTMs final Windows 8 and Server 2012 code

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Re: @Ken

Nothing changed from the release candidate some of us downloaded a while back ...

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Microsoft: MED-V won't help you escape WinXP end-of-life

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Re: And When I'm in Charge

Customers want to stay with Windows XP because it works, and continuing to use it costs nothing. Even if Microsoft gave away Windows 7 for free along with new computers to run it on, a lot of companies would stick with XP due to the costs of migration.

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New version of Chrome can WATCH and LISTEN

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Re: In soviet Russia

Chatroulette is Russian, and that is an example of a place where the porn watches you.

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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

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Re: App store

If you write a game and sell it to Gamestation for them to put on their shelves, it is their responsibility to ensure that only people of the correct age buy it. I guess it is the same if you get Google or Apple to sell it for you.

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O2 dropped the ball in Olympic cycle race Twitter fiasco

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Twitter isn't the main culprit

I was at the race - outside Harrods rather than Box Hill, and a lot of people were trying to watch TV footage of the race on the BBC Olympics app on their iPhones and Androids, not surprisingly without much success.

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Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

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Re: Luckily no Olympic rings visible

They have the Olympic rings visible on the side of the swimming pool (sorry "Aquatics Centre").

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Samsung plonks universal search BACK into Galaxy S IIIs

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Re: Fail

Well MFI was a British company, and their tables couldn't withstand people looking at them never mind sneezing near them.

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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

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but they made sure he wasn't carrying any dangerous substances such as Evian mineral water, so the public were not at risk.

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Devs can't be bothered with Nokia's Windows Phone – report

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Re: Did you just...

He did. I got as far as that word, realised the post was written in corporate bs speak, and moved my eyes onto the next comment.

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Re: Duh!

Because while you probably can run an app designed for a 24" screen with keyboard and mouse on a 3" touchscreen phone, it isn't really a good idea. You need to completely redesign the interface for a smaller screen and different input methods.

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O2 floods London with free Wi-Fi

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O2 are installing a lot of wifi hotspots in pubs, so you most likely picked up one of them.

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Asda snaps up Polaroid telly tech

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Polaroid isn't a photography mogul any more, it is a company that purchased the trademark off the liquidators and allows various manufacturers to slap it on their products in exchange for some cash.

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Skype: Nearly half of adults don't install software updates

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I do regularly update my software, but being prompted to update when you run a prog is very annoying. You generally open the prog because you want to do something and running the update and the inevitable reboot means you loose your train of thought.

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Nokia woos networks with 'exclusive Windows 8 mobe deals'

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Re: The real story is

Whenever you see an app being advertised, you always see the Apple App Store logo, you usually see the Google Play logo, you very rarely see the Blackberry Store logo and you almost never see the Windows Marketplace logo.

People don't write apps for Windows Phone because nobody buys the phones. People don't buy the phones because nobody writes apps for them. It is exactly the same network effect that works in Microsoft's favour in the desktop market working against them in the phone market.

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ITC was wrong: Apple, RIM owe us $1bn for that patent – Kodak

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Re: Bingo

There is such an icon

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Gov must act on 'innocent' web-browsing copyright timebomb

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Re: Nope...

If I post a comment somewhere saying, "Hey, check out this amazing article - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/23/gov_should_act_on_web_browsing_copyright_issue/" El Reg could possibly sue me for copyright infringement in their article, or maybe not. The issue is being argued in court at the moment.

Some people want the government to change the law to make it clear that such an act is legal. The government wants to wait to see what the outcome of the court case is.

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Office Web App upgrade adds long-needed features

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Re: Word count

Word-count is an essential feature for journalists and students. For most other people, it is completely unnecessary.

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Pure Stream takes on AirPlay

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Re: Apple Tax.. extra revenue

I have an oldish PC running OpenSuSE and the Netatalk service, and I can do time machine backups to it without any problems. I'm guessing your Netgear runs Busybox with the Netatalk service. Most network hard drives run Busybox, and if they have Netatalk as well as the more usual Samba, they will work.

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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

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Re: Erm...

The monitor is receiving a TV signal from the laptop, so go directly to jail.

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Judge: Apple must run ads saying Samsung DIDN'T copy the iPad

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An Apology

On dd/mm/yyyy we claimed that Samsung copied our iPad. This statement is incorrect. Sumsung did not copy

[list of features that iPad has and Galaxy Tab doesn']

In the Patent County Court in London, Judge [x] ruled that the iPad is much "cooler" than the Galaxy Tab.

We apologise to anyone who purchased the Galaxy Tax thinking they would get a copy of the iPad.

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PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

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Re: Thats funny

They are registered with the Luxembourg FSA as an electronic money issuer. That isn't quite the same thing as a bank. They have some regulation, but not as much.

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Outage outrage: O2 dishes out 3 free days, £10 voucher

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Re: Good for O2

They probably put mine in your envelope by mistake. Prince Philip might ask if their mailroom is staffed by Indians. I won't comment though.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

Save it in MS Office format, and it will work in MS Office. Opening Office documents in LibreOffice might not work, but there is more chance of it working than there is of it working in a different version of MS Office.

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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

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Re: Who the frig cares? Browsers never made any money....

Have you seen how much money Mozilla gets for having Google as the default search engine? Browsers do make a lot of money.

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Re: So that's why my browser disappeared!

It isn't illegal when the law requires them to do it.

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Re: When BCS will be available for Apple iPhone/iPad?

Chrome is a skin for Safari. The only alternative browsers are Opera Mini and Skyfire which render pages on an external server.

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It costs $450 in marketing to make someone buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

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Re: Please don't insult OS/2

I'm sure there are still some museum artefacts out there, but most cash machines these days run XP Embedded.

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Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

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Re: So...

Office 2003 still works and you can still use it.

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Apple rejoins EPEAT green tech cert program

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Re: Batteries glued to the case?

They replace the case as well as the battery.

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Phishers use less strident subject lines to deliver new cunning attacks

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Re: Now ask me why ...

Email exploits these days don't have infected code as an attachment or a script, they encourage you to visit a website that contains the payload. As a result, it makes no difference whether your email client is Outlook or an ASCII only client.

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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

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You can't get it apart safely - you end up with battery goo all over the place. That means when the battery goes, likely to be the first thing to go on it, you can't replace the battery, you have to get a new computer.

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Microsoft sets October date for Windows 8 release

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Re: Will have to buy a copy.

I tried Windows 8 on a Parallels VM on my Macbook. It is certainly faster than Windows 7 on the same hardware, and only slightly slower than XP, which is what I use most of the time.

However, two problems with Metro. First, you have to hunt through all the non-important stuff (eg. Canon Utilities which you run once to set up the printer, then never look at again) to find the progs you actually want to run. Second, if you run your VM in window mode, useful if you regularly switch between Mac and Windows progs, finding the exact pixel on the screen that activates the Metro UI isn't that easy.

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Anyone with a hotmail account already gets free Skydrive. Do you get more storage if you have Windows 8?

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How to screw LIBOR and alienate people

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Re: They're watching you - but how?

If the authorities want to know the location data for 07700 900 123, they can get that easily enough.

Getting location data for a pay as you go phone that has a strong correlation to the location data of a bank issued phone, and probably isn't on the same network, isn't so easy, if that is all the information you have to work with. And this is back in 2007-2008, and they probably don't keep the data for that long unless they were asked to at the time.

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Re: It would be conjecture...but

Barclays had written lots of interest rate swap contracts. Higher interest rates meant they had to pay out more money on these contracts. The total value of the LIBOR swap market was around $300tn, and Barclays is one of the largest players in that market. Barclays weren't the only bank involved in this scam, there were other major players who also stood to benefit from it.

That brings us to the SME swaps scandal, where lots of small businesses were sold unsuitable swap contracts. For example the contracts went on for a lot longer than the duration of the loan they were insuring against. As a result of the LIBOR scandal these businesses had to pay out a lot more money to Barclays and other banks than they should have done, and quite a few went bust or had to downsize as a result, leading to redundancies and unemployment. That does affect Joe Public directly.

Turning to compensation. The entire GDP of the UK is $2.2tn, so 0.7% of the swap market paid as compensation would wipe that out completely.

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Climate was HOTTER in Roman, medieval times than now: Study

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In Roman times, Egypt was a major producer of wheat. Now it is a desert, so we've always known it was a bit colder back then.

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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

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Re: Puma redux

Because it is an incremental upgrade rather than a major new features upgrade, just like Snow Leopard.

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British Gas bets you'll pay £150 for heating remote control

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Re: Hmmm..

Or you can just wait 2 minutes once you get home. Switch it on, take your coat and shoes off and it will be ready by the time you get back into the kitchen. That's why nobody is buying these things.

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Open source incest: GPL forked by its coauthor

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Re: fork !=war

The problem here is licence incompatibility meaning that people can't combine code from two different projects with different string copyleft licences. For example Linux can't offer support for ZFS because the licence that the free version of Solaris is released under is not compatible with the GPL.

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New UK network touts FREE* mobile broadband

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Where do I sign up

They didn't pick a very googleable word. A search on Google for "samba" comes up with the following

News articles from other news outlets reporting on the same story

Some server software for sharing files on a LAN

Various things to do with Brazilian dancing.

the Society for AMBulatory Anesthesia[sic], whatever that is

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GPS spoofing countermeasures: Your smartphone already has them

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Re: WiFi MAC database flaw

When I tether my iPod Touch to my Android phone the wifi location on my iPod is pretty accurate, even if I am on a train travelling along at 125mph.

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Re: @Dave Bell

It doesn't have to be free wifi. It can pick up the location from WPA2 protected hotspots even if you don't know the password.

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Microsoft names Zeus ringleaders and notifies FBI

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Re: "Or do you prosecute a bank robber for one crime if they've hit ten banks?"

If, for example, you have a burglar up before the magistrates court for one offence, and he is found guilty, he may tell the court he committed 100 other acts of burglary and ask for them to be taken into consideration. The reason he would do that is because the sentence for committing 100 burglaries is a lot less than 100x the sentence for committing 1 burglary. By pleading guilty to these other burglaries and being punished for them, it means he can't be prosecuted in future for them.

These people are guilty of 779,816 counts of unauthorised access to a computer system. English magistrates can only take into consideration the offences they committed in England, possibly Wales and maybe in limited circumstances Scotland and Northern Ireland if there was an English or Welsh link to the offence. They have no jurisdiction in any other country, and can't punish them for offences committed there.

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YouView recommends radio hams' pet peeve

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Re: Out of cat5 range?

Or alternatively http://www.maplin.co.uk/cat-5e-network-cable-utp-solid-76

Of course using all 305 meters of it as a single length of cable isn't recommended.

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Apple will only reinstate mute kids' app if makers win patent case

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Re: Sounds like an opportunity

We are talking about a table app that doesn't require a network connection to run, and if the kid needs it to talk to people, it probably isn't going to be used for anything else. The app costs $300, so it is a major investment, not an impulse purchase. If you support even just one model of android slab, that gives people exactly the same amount of choice that the had with the ipad app. A wifi slab would be perfectly fine, and the wifi is likely to be switched off most of the time to extend battery life.

They could even buy a load of slabs and sell them with the app pre-installed.

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Re: Sounds like an opportunity

With Android, you don't have to distribute it on the Play store, you can sell it yourself, and email it, provide password protected access to a download site of whatever. Most Android devices support non-market installs and the company could provide a list of the slabs they support. People would buy that particular slab just to run the software on it.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

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Re: Just use a search engine.

Probably because if you want to know what happened in Scotland, or in Northern Ireland during the times they were responsible for extraditions, those records aren't held in Whitehall and you would need to ask the question in Hollyrood or Stormont rather than Westmister.

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