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1850 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

That new 'Microsoft GCSE': We reveal what's in it

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Re: Good words

Or, given that they probably still have the same computers that they had when I was at school, BBC Basic.

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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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I believe Windows 7 itself does, but a lot of the software written for it doesn't.

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Three touts 'unlimited' Euro data roaming for a fiver a day

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O2 doing it as well

A message I got yesterday

"O2: From July, we're changing the way you can use your mobile in Europe. You'll pay a 50p connection charge to make or receive a call, then use your UK call allowance. And no more than £1.99 for a day of data. For more info (including standard tariff alternative), visit http://go.o2.co.uk/o2trpm"

When you follow the link, you find that "unlimited" means 25MB, about 1m 15s of iPlayer streaming.

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Thief open-sources Richard Stallman's laptop, passport, visa

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Re: I hope he has learned his lesson

There's no reason why he can't rsync his data to one of the FSF servers.

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Brit judge orders Facebook to rip masks from anonymous cowards

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Re: Will Facebook take any notice

I don't think Facebook are being obstructive here. It would be against the law for them to release someone else's personal data without a court order. Now they have the court order, I'm sure they will hand over the details.

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Not quite

It means she can now find out which ISP to serve a Norwich Pharmacarl Order on. If it is a mobile network or public wifi, then they probably can't be traced.

Otherwise, the next problem is to find out which of the account holder's children is responsible for the trolling.

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Japan still in love with the fax

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Re: Yes

It means "You have not changed the default paper size in Word from US Letter to A4. Please cancel the print job, change the settings in Word and send the document to the printer again with the correct paper size."

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Re: Fax.... machines?

They are like a photocopier where the scanner and printer are at opposite ends of a telephone line.

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Samsung's projector phone beamed up to Blighty

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Re: 720p...

It is 15 lumens. I did a quick google search for projectors. The first link was a google ad for dell, and the cheapest "small room" projector they do is 2500 lumens. If you ask their sales rep what it is like, they would probably say it is OK, but you are better getting one if their more expensive and brighter projectors. 15lm is probably around the typical brightness of a phone screen, fine to look at, but not to look with.

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16GB BlackBerry PlayBook flushed away by RIM

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Re: What a load of...

While a webmail client may be a work-around of sorts, it is much more convenient to have a native email client, especially if you have lots of email accounts. The native email clients on the iPad and Android slabs will download emails in the background, tell you via the home screen how many unread emails you have, and let you check them much more quickly. The only time webmail gets used on my fondleslab is when someone else wants to check their email on it.

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Euro 2012: England is semi-final probability

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What does the octopus say?

Paul the Octopus was far more accurate in his predictions last time round. He's no longer with us, but if there are any other octopi around, I am more interested in their predictions than those of football statisticians.

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Re: University of where?

The bookies balance their book so they have to pay out pretty much the same amount no matter who wins.

Because people in England will bet on their team winning regardless of any objective assessment of their team's potential performance, the bookies will be overweight on England, and have to adjust the odds accordingly.

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Ten... bits of Jubilee tat tech

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Re: Here in Sonoma, CA ...

I don't know whether the Faux News studios are based in Hollywood, but other than that, their perception is entirely correct.

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HMRC Tax Calc

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Re: PAYE?

It is useful if you want to know how your salary will translate into money in your pocket if you get a new job, a pay rise, or start a new tax year in your current job and pay.

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

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Re: While we are on the subject...

It's called the "do not track" header. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/01/advertisers_angry_do_not_track/

Most sites seem to ignore that when determining whether or not I have given them "implied consent".

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Re: 55 websites?

Actually it will if the sample is properly selected. You don't actually need that big a sample.

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AMD and Intel extreme desktop CPU workout

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A better comparison

How does the AMD compare with an Intel chip at the same price point?

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Re: Please kill Metro, or at least allow it to be completely disabled

Windows 8 feels faster than Windows 7 on a relatively underpowered virtual machine, so if they had a proper start menu and the ability to disable Metro, it would actually be a decent upgrade.

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Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

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Re: Just trying to get this clear in my mind

There already is such an application. I can't remember what it is called, but it is relatively easy to find with a good search engine.

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Department of Health tests online NHS 111 helpline

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Re: 111?

We don't have pulse dialling any more, so what's the problem?

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Tube bosses: 'Wireless tickets too slow, we think'

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If you could present a debit or credit card at the gate, or the mobile equivalent of one, it would save you having to buy a paper ticket or load up your Oyster, and save TFL the staff costs to process your transaction.

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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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