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1829 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

I need to multitask, but Windows 8's Metro won't let me

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At work, I may be performing only one task, but I use multiple programs running side by side to achieve that task.

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Online bookie can't scoop £50k losses made by 5-year-old

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How does that work given that the losses on a particular bet are potentially unlimited?

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Foxconn receives Apple smart TV order - report

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Re: Lessons from the past...

I don't know how they will do it, but I am pretty sure they can. When you have to use several different remote controls to operate all the stuff connected to your TV, each with their own different and confusing UI, I would say it is definitely an opportunity for Apple to show everyone how it should be done.

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Re: Who would dump their current set for one.

The Apple monitor has a resolution of 2560 x 1440. A TV would only need a resolution of 1920 x 1080, so that could make it cheaper.

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Scan co-jacking nets crooks '€40k in IT gear'

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Re: ".......a tell-tale sign of a 'co-jacking' that was spotted............."

A credit check in itself wouldn't help much. They would have got back the credit report for the real Scan which would say that everything is fine.

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Microsoft will fiddle with prices as euro burns, UK biz fears

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Re: People will just import cheaper versions...or even worse.

Yes. People from other EU countries were buying their MS software in the UK because it was cheaper. That's why Microsoft increased the price.

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Free Windows 8 desktop app development is dead

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Re: Talk about betting the farm on it

For anything other than a complete amateur, £300 isn't a lot of money.

The thing is that if you are a student hacking away at some project in your dorm, £300 is a lot of beer/pizza money, so you will put it together using free tools. You are not then going to rewrite it using Microsoft tools if it becomes the next big thing such as facebook. You will continue to develop on the same platform, perhaps using more expensive versions of the tools.

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Virgin Media wipes out websites with routing blackhole

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O2 is pretty good in my experience. OK it is only a 13Mb download speed, but I know someone with a BT infinity connection via Plus.net and their download speeds are only slightly faster. To be fair, they only pay 48p per month more than me for it.

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Re: Point 57 of a litre please.

Normal milk is in pints (or rather multiples of 568ml). Filtered milk, jersey milk and uht milk tends to be in litres.

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Re: Agree

Usually corn syrup rather than proper sugar. Most of the world's sugar cane comes from Cuba, and for some reason, Americans don't like them.

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Re: Agree

The British and American barleycorns are the same, however the length in barleycorns of a size 0 shoe is different.

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Pipex 'silence' condemned punters' emails to spam blackhole

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Re: So....

People still use AOL? AOL UK was taken over by Stalk Stalk a few years back, but I got the impression they lost most of their customer base in the switch from dial-up to broadband.

Having said that, I learned in today's edition of El-Reg that Real Player is still around, so who knows?

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Re: So....

I can't actually remember the last time I got any spam from those three.

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New smart meter tells Brits exactly what they already know

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Re: Nonsense...

At the end of the day, all the smart meter tells you is that you can save electricity by switching things off. Yes, it can help you work out that switching off your 3kW grow lamp will save you more electricity than switching off your 3W LED Christmas lights, but is it really that important? Switch both off if you don't need them.

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Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

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Re: As for all these "groovy" Metro apps....

If you just want to check out El-Reg, then a tablet will get you there much faster than a desktop or laptop.

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Re: Call Windows 8 anything you want...

It is undoubtedly faster on the desktop (or MacBook Parallels VM in my case), but how does it compare to iOS or Android on tablets?

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Jailed Facebook hack Brit targeted Justin Bieber's girlfriend

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Re: "She had a Facebook account on which she has 6 million friends,"

If you have a teenage daughter, she will explain to you that Justin Beiber is The Most Desirable Man In The Whole Wide World. Certainly, anywhere he goes, there are thousands of young girls trying to get a glimpse of him. Selene Gomez, as his girlfriend, is The Luckiest Woman In The Whole Wide World to be picked out of the millions of girls he could choose from. She's far too young for me, but certainly not ugly.

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Facebook IPO plunge sparks tidal wave of lawsuits

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Re: Good move

I personally think it is worth about $1.90, based on its profits, the fact that the market share is at saturation point, and the fact that it is a one-product company at risk of obsolescence when another student does what Zukerberg did in his student days.

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Chrome spends a week at the top of the browser charts

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Re: Windows 8 will save Microsoft

Safari is No. 1 in that market with Android browser a distant second. I think Microsoft will continue to make more money in ActiveSync royalties from those two than they make from their own offering.

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Waterstones stores surrender to Amazonian invaders

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Re: Beating browsing proper bookshop

The Kindle Store is based in Luxembourg where the VAT rate on ebooks is 3%.

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What's copying your music really worth to you?

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These days, music is generally not sold in DRM protected formats. Apple sells it as unprotected aac files which will work in a few third party media players. Most other shops such as Amazon sell it as mp3 files which will work pretty much anywhere.

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Re: CDs are only a delivery mechanism now

You can rip CDs to a lossless format, so that isn't a problem.

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Re: CDs are only a delivery mechanism now

I rip all my CDs to my computer and listen to them through the speakers attached to it. I could insert the CD into the drive and listen to it directly, but it is much easier to click on a file than find the CD I want to listen to.

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'Dated and cheesy' Aero ripped from Windows 8

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My thoughts

I tried out Windows 8 as a virtual machine on my MacBook. It is certainly faster than Windows 7, and about the same speed as XP, which is what I usually use When I need to run a Windows-only prog.

But, the start menu replacement just doesn't work for me. Having to scroll through hundreds of icons to find the program you want to run, with no way to organise them in a logical fashion is no good. Having to find the relevant pixels to click to get the dammed thing to appear is frustrating, and pretty much impossible if you are running it in a window, either a VM window or as a remote desktop session, or if you have set up OSX to use that corner of the screen as an active corner to activate a screensaver or similar.

For a fondleslab, it might be an improvement on the current start menu, but it is like iOS before they introduced App folders that you can organise things into.

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Iran threatens to chuck sueball at Google over missing gulf

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Re: On that subject...

An English person reading out "Cardiff" will come up with a pretty similar pronunciation to a Welsh person reading out "Caerdydd".

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Re: On that subject...

Because English is an official language in India, and Mumbai is the official name of the city in English, whereas Munich is a translation into English of the German word München.

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Re: Finally

Or they could deal with it in the same way as they label Northern Ireland's second largest city - as "Londonderry/Derry"

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Facebook jumps then slumps in first few minutes day's trade

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It is different this time

But only a little bit different.

Unlike the companies in the previous dot.com bubble, Facebook does make decent profits of around $1bn per year, so the company is certainly worth something.

The only problem with it is the price. It values the company at around $100bn. Why would you pay $100bn for Facebook when pretty much everyone who is likely to sign up for it already has, and there is a risk that existing subscribers might jump ship to something else in the future in the same way that people jumped ship from MySpace and Friends Reunited to Facebook a few years back.

Given the fact the company has reached saturation point, and the risk of something new replacing it, even $10bn would be expensive - that would mean a 10 year payback, and I don't really see Facebook still being around as the market leader in 10 years time. At $3bn or $4bn, I would probably bite.

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RIM-Moto sketch THIRD nanoSIM design as peace offering

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Re: Why do we need SIMs at all?

Well CDMA phones don't have SIMs, but I'm not sure that is a good thing. I like being able to move my account from one handset to another or changing my handset to a different account by moving the SIM card.

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Does Britain really need a space port?

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Re: Err...

and we now export more cars than we import. Car manufacturing is actually one of the best performing bits of our economy.

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'Shame on the register to post wrong informations'

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Re: DVD Regions

Well these days the films go to the cinemas on 350GB hard drives. Even at post flood prices, that isn't too expensive, and the drives can be reused, so what's the excuse now?

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Re: Creationsists

The other stupid thing about pricing is this:

Go to the iTunes store. The soundtrack album for the Titanic movie costs £7.99. Alternatively you can get the entire movie for only £6.99.

Why does an hour or so of music cost more than a couple of hours of film?

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Facebook co-founder renounces US citizenship pre-IPO

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Re: Really?

If he doesn't live in the US or make use of any of their public services, why should he have to pay tax to them? The US is the only country in the world that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income when they don't live in the country.

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Keep out of the Olympics' way, earn a haircut from TfL app

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Re: London Olympics

Drive up to Alaska. Go across the Berring Strait, in winter anyway, or perhaps a ferry is allowed. Drive across Russia and Central Europe to Calais. Wait 4 hours at the immigration queue for the Channel Tunnel. Go across the channel and spend some more time on the M25 car park [parking lot]. Somehow get into London while avoiding the zil lanes.

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Re: Bah!

The carbon comes from 100% renewable sources and the methane emited would be no more than normal.

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Three kingpin: Mobe termination-charge cuts can't hurt us

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Re: "hurry up and hold the 4G spectrum auction"

No. Obviously they can't start using the bandwidth until analogue TV is switched off but they can at least settle who's getting it so they can start placing orders for the kit.

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National Rail Enquiries

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Re: Alerts

Pubtran does this, and London Buses as well. The GPS function only finds stations and bus stops in the Greater London area, but you can get train times for anywhere in the country.

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My recommendations

For purchasing tickets, don't use TheTrainline, use an app provided by one of the train operating companies, it doesn't have to be your local one. That way, you don't pay booking fees.

On iDevices, TheTrainline is probably better for general information on services, as you can download timetables, and it doesn't have adverts. The Android version isn't anywhere near as good as the iVersion, as it doesn't have the ability to use GPS to find your nearest station, or download timetables.

If you want to buy tickets to London to connect with a Eurostar service, RailEasy sells a "London International" ticket which allows peak-time travel at off-peak prices for Eurostar ticket holders. There is a booking fee, but it can still work out cheaper than paying for a full price ticket elsewhere.

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.eu is a Euro domain, for Euro people - top legal bod

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Re: Sounds Like...

Every nation does have its own suffix. That includes .us , which you may not have noticed because very few people use it.

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iPad swipes more of tablet market

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Re: Exactly

The Galaxy Note is doing quite well

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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

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Re: disappointing pay alternatives

iTunes. Certainly legitimate, not particularly good, but nevertheless appears to be the best of a bad bunch. They only have one Indiana Jones film, and I don't think it is the one you were looking for.

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Re: Sir

It used to be illegal to broadcast the voice of a member of Sinn Fein. To get round that, the BBC had to get an actor to voice-over the video of Gerry Adams saying something.

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Man sues pr0n starlet after Twitter rejection

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Re: In case of porn, avoid court

Japanese women (and other orientals) generally look younger for their age than women from other parts of the world. Also, the age of consent there is 13. So it is perfectly possible that the porn vids had 18 year olds which looked to the untrained western eye like they were about 14, or legal-in-japan girls which look to the untrained western eye like they should still be in primary school.

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How politicians could end droughts FOREVER: But they don't want to

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Re: Hey Lewis, you missed something

You still have to pump the water through the graphene, or at the very least use gravity force.

When you add salt to water, it releases energy, therefore it must require energy to get the salt back out of the water otherwise you have the possibility of a perpetual motion machine.

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Re: Wind

At the moment we very rarely have more wind power than we know what to do with. From memory it has happened twice in the last 5 years or so when we have had freak conditions. One of them was when the main Scotland <-> England power lines were blown down. Scotland was unable to export its surplus electricity to England and the windmills were running at maximum output due to the weather conditions so ended up being powered 100% by renewables for a few hours.

Generally what happens is that when the wind starts blowing, we switch off a few gas power stations and save the gas for when we do need it later on. Also, large hydro stations can be turned off, and we let the water build up behind the dam for later use.

Having said that, yes it is likely that desalination plants would be used when electricity demand is lowest, and the cheap electricity prices they would get from doing that would reduce the cost still further.

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Re: Why not use solar-powered evaporation?

If you look outside your window at the moment, you might see something a bit like this

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02208/london-piccadilly-_2208964k.jpg

and you might reasonably conclude that there isn't actually a water shortage at the moment, it is just in the wrong place.

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Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi

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An iPad / Galaxy Tab or similar would make a very snappy kiosk, although probably a little expensive. They don't have Intel Inside (tm).

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

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City you were first kissed in

Is most likely going to be the same place as the city you were born in

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The truth about Apple's mind-boggling low tax rate

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Re: On this occasion I am willing to accept the iPhanboi argument that.......

If you take profits per country as being proportional to sales (which they are not, it is much more complicated than that), then I guess a bit less than half of Apple's profits are made in the USA.

There is another point to note which is that taxable profit is not the same thing as accounting profit.

Take for example the costs of developing the iPad. Under accounting rules, that is treated as an expense over the life of the product. For development costs related to a specific iPad model, that would be about a year, but for the stuff related to coming up with the general idea of selling a giant sized iPod touch, that would be expensed over probably about 10 years. In the UK, for corporation tax purposes, you can claim all that expenditure as an expense for tax purposes when you actually spend the money, which would be before you sell a single fondleslab.

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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

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Is this order in respect of "thepiratebay.org"? If so, they have already changed it.

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