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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Re: XP? Pah!

My old shop closed about a year and a half ago and the CNC multihead drill/routing machines were all DOS running Norton Commander "I believe", and then run into the controllers from the early 80's that still had chromatic screens and the old paper tape feeders on them still but the things were still running decades later till the day the shop doors closed. Hell the newest machine the V Score machine was running Windows98SE and that had more problems than the DOS machines that from time to time just had the hard drives die from old age.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....

It's not so much the touch itself was a bad idea. I don't like putting my hand up onto a monitor because it's tiring and there's finger prints and such. A track pad like on the laptops just suck altogether since they are just a pain in the butt.

Now what MS could have done as an option would have like on Xbox gesture type design. Like a trackpad but you don't touch it you just have a small mousepad sized device connected wirelessly into your usb and have it so it can track your finger on xyz axis so you move back and forth front to back for movement and down to select. Sure you'd need a keyboard for doing anything business related since touching the keys just gives a more confident feeling yours fingers are aligned while typing and getting contact.

Basically the idea of making touchscreens seems like an expensive and a pain in the ass way of implementing touch when an easier on the arm way of using gesture tech on a desktop pad like the xbox has for games seems like a better experience for the users of a desktop systems.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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Re: Pokki...? Seriously?

That's the problem with MS's thinking. They made Windows 8 for touch screens and tablets and the fact is I don't want a touch screen and like the mouse since a touch screen would kill my shoulders after an hour or 2.

They really have to realize that a lot of people could care less about tablets or touchscreens and just want a regular cheap monitor and a mouse and a startmenu and a desktop and don't want to use paid apps and would prefer freeware downloaded from somewhere beside the MS store.

My boss uses Windows 7 and will probably be using it till 2025 and on the same PC if he has his way since he can't afford and doesn't care about every new OS. If MS listened to their customers they'd only have a new full version every 8 years or so which is the time it takes to get the bugs out from the OS that replaces the good OS as in XP right to 7 or 98 right to XP, can't wait for Windows 9 to fix all the crap no one wants or needs in Windows 8 or maybe Linux will make a big jump by then and be so user compatible no one would consider buying MS unless they've never heard of Linux.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Re: Left hand, meet right hand

If they keep making crappy win8 UI's they might not be in the OS business by 2025 since by then at the current pace Linux might be as easy to use and install as XP or 7 by then.

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More brutal PC numbers from Dell as revenues stay flat, profits sink

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My favorite with Dells and other pre built PC's is no OS disk or some lame restore disk and all the crap that comes with the systems. They also use hardware that requires a special driver you have to download off the Dell website and burn to disk since a normal windows disk does have the driver for this extra low end hardware they add to their cheap specialty made motherboards. Dell went from originally we'll build your PC for you to we'll build an overpriced crappy PC for you.

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Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks

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This is how the Democrats are about to lose a very large portion of their voting base to the Independent candidates.

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Lawsuit: Infosys abuses visas to discriminate against US staff

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They were never meant to be enforced since the lobbyest only bribed for enactment and not enforcement.

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Re: Beancounters

That sounds so much like a BOFH quote.

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Re: That's why they put WEEE recycling symbols on them

I was thinking the entire time reading this. Why doesn't some company make a real printer in the UK/USA with real steel and no cartridges and charge for the printer and not the ink? Make something that'll last a decade and isn't loaded down with a ton of useless crap. You just send it over the information by cable or wireless and it prints exactly what you send it in the same shade and size sent to it.

It seems like a company could make a killing when people realize they have the best basic printer in the world that will cost almost nothing to run and almost never breaks down.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: Are they also going to ban

So it's ok for it at the beach "wearing a bikini for a child" but if someone takes a picture it's dirty. Kids wear swimsuits all the time. If they find it dirty they must have a dirty mind since I see a child in swimwear. Now of course you don't let your 14 year old wear a thong or a speedo but unless someones just a sicko in the first place it's just a kid in a swimsuit and nothing more. Probably the same people that get excited over the Sears girdle section in the catalog. They really have to get out more often and realize the human body is not a nasty sick thing and there is a difference between porn and dress unless of course if your in the Taliban or something.

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Re: fight back

Good man. This like any prohibition will make it like alcohol. As soon as the kids leave the home they are getting drunk, stoned, and laid whenever possible. With this when children with the filters leave the home they will have no filters and will be feasting on porn hours a day since it is something they find was taboo and they have no self control as if they were already exposed in smaller doses. Like everything with the young if you ban it they want it more and if they all of a sudden have it unrestricted they will drown themselves in it.

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I remember that politician saying that. I laughed my ass off. I wonder who told him that? OK off to Redtube.

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Re: So....

You could have just said

Seriously...Cameron is a fucking moron

and that would have covered it all.

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Re: So....

I wasn't even going to reply here since I live in the US and love porn. You do make a good point on 4 chan though. I went there just to see what the hype was all about a few years back and found it to be one of the best places to find wallpapers that you will see no where else on the internet. I must have downloaded 500 of them in a few days and all where top quality. Sure some of the site is just plain erotica to just stupid but there are area's I would let a child view and I did download some wallpapers for my niece of cartoon characters and just stuff that little kids love.

Great point on 4 chan though they've got a bad rep, they still have a good side that is rarely heard about.

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US secret court renews government telephone snooping

shawnfromnh

So the secret court that approved the mass warrants is now approving them using the mass warrants. So basically the court is approving their own decision. Now who is appointed to oversee the secret court?

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Snowden, schmoden. Let's talk about crushing hackers, say US'n'China

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Priorities

I know we've both done espionage but we must put them hackers using P2P programs in the deep dark prison they belong in like little Tyler for instance. I know he's 14 but he's a danger to the world economy.

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US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

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Re: Suspect pollster

I've been talking to all kinds of Americans old and young and most of them that have heard of Snowden are fully behind him. I find it's the older people that aren't on the internet that are the uninformed or misinformed. I was talking to a 76 year old barber and when I told him the extent of the NSA's spying he was shocked/surprised. So this poll is bullcrap at best or they are calling people that rely totally on network news.

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US: We spied on you Europeans but we can still be chums. Right?

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It would be a good time

It would be a good time before the talks for Snowden or someone with full access to that information to release it to almost every newspaper in the world. I'm hoping it has blackmail files on leaders and politicians and that is the real reason the NSA/FED are so pissed because it's their leverage and without it they're screwed.

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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EMP

I know small scale is possible "seen plans to make one for $100 online" so wouldn't it be a problem is a very large electro-magnetic pulse was release at the barrel while it was firing causing the mass being fired to jump and make the barrel explode.

I can't see this being used for anything but very long range targets for that reason.

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

shawnfromnh

Re: USAs World Persona

"" Small minded people do this all the time.""

Of course they're small minded. Big minds are free from the box that only a small mind allows itself to be confined into by a governmental architecture that is in itself a huge clusterf**k.

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I get reminded

I read a series of books when I was young by L Ron Hubbard called Mission Earth. The book revolved around an alien secret police agent who was massively corrupt chasing the hero Jettero Heller around the earth who he made the earths most wanted criminal. President Rockefeller "really" putting all earths forces behind him in his pursuit.

It's scary how Snowden reminds me of Jettero Heller in his quest for truth and honor in this series.

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US State Department coughs up $630k for Facebook Likes

shawnfromnh

wrong title

US taxpayer cough up more money for State Department bullshit. They should fire this person and take money out of their personal funds since it shouldn't be the taxpayer footing the bill for workspace misbehavior.

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Blocking

Besides for investigative purposed I don't see why like a business Facebook, other social sites, and basically any site that has no purpose for investigation is even accessible through the government networks.

No business I've worked for even allows access since it lowers productivity across the board.

Idea, find out how many hours were spent surfing facebook and other internet websites over the past year not directly used for information or surveillance in an investigation. Then divide by 40, then lay off that many people starting with the biggest offenders of surfing while working. It seems this many at least manhours were wasted so they are obviously overstaffed by that many people. Finally do not try to replace these people but lower the overall workforce permanently to save tax dollars since if there is such a lack of work or actual hours needed to do work we need to drop the excess workforce just like private industry would do in a heartbeat.

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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Still needs some work

I downloaded it and then did a reboot and went into demo mode. Have a 10 year old Compaq Presario with a via chipset and an AMD XP processor.

I was excited since I had not used linux in years the last time Ubuntu.

I didn't get past the desktop. Mouse pointer moved "usb wireless mouse" but no clicks registered, Keyboard had lights "PS2" but keys did nothing at all, and lastly error message no internet from USB network adapter.

I think stable should be renamed stable but semi functional since when going back to Google for some research there are a lot of people that are having basic functional troubles with the mouse, keyboard, and internet functions.

On the good side the install was absolutely handfree and fast and since the first Linux I used was Mandrake and that install was slow and confusing "I was such a newb then" and it never made it to the desktop at all I will give the install an A but the drivers do need input from the user as in clicking to see if the mouse is active and same for keyboard because without either you cannot even fix or add drivers or change settings to let existing drivers work.

I was really hoping this was going to work since I really don't want to be stuck using Windows 8 5 years from now and need to become more familiar with Linux now while I still have a windows OS to fall back on when I have a bad install so I can go online to get drivers.

I think more focus on input devices during beta testing so there is a 90% chance all will do basic function would be a decent goal, at least the mouse especially since with that a virtual keyboard can be used to download the proper drivers or at least make it so when I have the drivers I have the ability to add them from a cd/dvd/usb.

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

shawnfromnh
Pint

BOFH

I am shocked with all this going on we haven't had a public BOFH story. I've been waiting for it since this Snowden stuff could make it the best story ever. Please enlighten us all with a tale you wonderful Bastard.

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India's outsourcers fume over new US immigration bill

shawnfromnh

Re: Not making sense

{Lest we forget the actual reason for the H1B program, as succinctly stated by former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan .....

"...by opening our borders to large numbers of highly skilled immigrant workers, we would provide a new source of competition for higher earning employees, thus driving down their wages."

How ironic that the destruction of well-paid American jobs has been so successful that the Government is now considering scaling back the program because it hits them in the pocket.}

Though known for long long speeches he was probably by far usually the smartest person in the room and when he said stuff like that made him also the man with the most common sense in the room. Short term profits in exchange for long term economic stagnation where your profit just stall was what he tried to tell them and they ignored him, off shored most of the computer industry, and created this crap economy. Guess they should have listened like stupid poor me did and understood every word of wisdom that came out of his mouth.

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Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

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Yahoo

Back when Yahoo had first come out with their video chat program come out back in early 2000's there was a time when hackers were hacking into live streams though a bug that was fixed extremely quickly as in hours or a day of discovery. I think they were using the yahoo servers to catch the streams live if I remember right.

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Leaked docs: GCHQ spooks secretly haul in more data than NSA

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Re: Guardian only slag off the tory govts.

They're all the same. Congress was corrupted fully when they created the committees with Chairmen for each.

This way you don't have to control the entire Congress but just have one person who is either loyal or has enough dirt on him to put him in jail for life. Then the Administration put on a show pushing stupid issues as in good vs evil to keep the morons "extreme left or right voters attention" and then avoid passing any good laws and just keep pushing oppressive laws or secret ones. Set up a few faux courts with rubber stamps and put a few candidates up for presidents that with electronic voting and voting law restrictions and you have a figurehead and nothing more to do whatever the people pulling the strings want.

Sure Congress might get something done but they would have to have all the committee heads, the speaker of the house, and whoever runs the senate removed or somehow have their power stripped or neutralized.

If something does pass the President just vetos it or the Courts call it illegal and nothing happens.

Unless the populations just rise up "unlikely" and make them physically or by means other than by current laws this will keep going.

I see it and I'm starting to not care about it, me, or anything anymore since giving a crap does nothing and most people can't even comprehend anything past what the news tells them or their church. We're screwed and we can't do a thing about it.

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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

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Not worried

Just because the US courts might side for some reason with SCO they can't tell the EU or any other country what to do and they can all take SCO to court and fight this and probably win since they do not like patent trolls and won't put up with this scam.

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Facebook, Microsoft beg Feds: Let us tell users what YOU asked for...

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Granted, they're not used with quite the same enthusiasm and gay abandon as the US

That's what everyone used to tell me. Also from what I've been reading if you have an internet fiberoptics backbone like the US they probably have shared this tech with certain other nations. So you might not want to make a bet on that.

Also in this comment area earlier "just scroll up" I posted something else that is really controversial and I probably shouldn't have done it. I have a very stable computer and in about 3 minutes of posting it here and on reddit I had for the first time in years the blue screen of death and a garbled screen which last time I say both was when I caught Chernobyl virus back in the 90's.

Amazing after the other post I did on this forum in around 3 minutes got the first BSOD in years.

What an unrelated coincidence......

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Patriot Act "almost martial law" + Prism "total information access" = Virtual total control

All politicians virtually being corrupted + Corrupt Administration + Supreme Court that doesn't or can't control them = Non Democracy

Military that doesn't step in = Virtually unstoppable dictatorship

Next step

Military steps in + Naive Drone operators + skinnable "like games in real time" drone control units = Drone operators seeing Iranians as they launch missles upon US troops sent into DC, Utah, NSA/CIA headquarter to retake the goverment for the people. A lot of US military arms have GPS so they know where and what the military will do realtime along with remote codes that can disable larger equipment so their enemies cannot use it against them.

You didn't think they needed 7500 drones for nothing did you?

Welcome to the real plan.

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Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

shawnfromnh
FAIL

Re: XBox - is a Licence fee

""too many school kids out there will guarantee that enough sales will happen for MS""

In the US it won't. Most kids don't have jobs, their parents salaries/paychecks have been stagnant for years, and the college kids are broke for the most part also and are going to be in debt for years.

As for me I hate MMO no matter what. I don't play well with others.

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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

shawnfromnh
Big Brother

Money

Congress could just take the money away and cancel the program or ban it altogether if they had the will power. Something tells me the NSA has dirt on virtually everyone so this would never happen. Another young boy Mr Senator, and about that vote coming up on Frid.....

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shawnfromnh

Re: This is a man to be respected

""I wonder if PRISM is also being used for industrial espionage and to give US companies an advantage ?""

Or watched Wall Street computers and gave themselves or their families an advantage. He did say that at his own computer "as a contractor" he could easily watch the President or a federal judge so I assume Wall Street would be just as easy selling or buying right before everyone else.

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Shawn Bows in respect

I guess I need to cross the Atlantic to find someone that understands these words and you made me smile with your eloquent reminder to everyone in the US and across the world we have been shanghaied by corporations and the secret and non secret parts of our own government. I find though unlike this site with such great reporting "and BOFH" the average American is pathetically apathetic and basically are trusting fools that believe or don't care what the government does.

Thanks for this and for making me a proud longtime reader "around 10 years" of The Register.

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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WTF?

100% security

100% really? I guess we don't count the Boston Marathon. I guess those brothers found the one way to get around security by just going to Russia to be trained and just come back and make a bomb with telling anyone or talking about it through some communications network.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"

Absolutely right. I just found my old copy of the original Diablo the other day and though I played the crap out of that game long ago I installed it and it's almost fresh again. I also don't need an internet connection or to register it online since I own it and installing a game and playing it less than 2 minutes without some stupid please register popup made me realize how good getting a new game used to be and why I rarely buy games now.

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FAIL

Open your eyes

Between the latest Sim City that was always on and lied about the ability that a hacker found for offline play, and the failure of Diablo 3 which I wouldn't buy because it need also to be on I guess MS didn't learn a thing. I also like a lot of gamers aren't into MMO's at all and would rather play against the computer like Diablo 2 which I played for several hundred hours.

If this crap keeps up there won't be any companies to have console wars.

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US Congress excoriates Apple's tax-avoidance shenanigans

shawnfromnh

Get rid of it

Just dump the income tax code altogether since there are so many loopholes it would take a decade or more if the congress even tried to actually fix it.

Instead replace it with a 15 or 20 percent sales tax and you get a flat known return from all products sold including imports from companies that pay no US income taxes now.

With this system there would be no reason to hide money since it won't be taxed unless you bought something.

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Murdoch Facebook gloat: You're like my $580m, 'CRAPPY' MySpace

shawnfromnh

The reasons I heard from friends on and off the internet for MySpace failing were to many ads, police watching it closely which bothered the ones that partied and had questionable stuff posted, and lastly because Murdoch who owns Fox News bought it "my biggest reason for leaving".

As for Facebook, it's always been lame.

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USA's H-1B skilled worker visa applications open

shawnfromnh

Re: This is the way to do it.

I agree, there is a limit and cross EU movement should absolutely be restricted to immigrants especially.

Just for a rough example say someone immigrated to France from a 3rd world country. They should not be allowed to just travel freely to another EU country even for temporary work for say 10 years or so just to make sure other countries don't become overwhelmed when they are turning away new immigrants. I am in the US but I'm watching the EU slowly being overrun with immigrants and a lot of them seem to be trying to change the EU instead of trying to fit in.

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Microsoft Dell deal would restore PC makers' confidence

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ME 2

So MS is going to just throw more money at the problem. Seems it would be cheaper to just fix the GUI so they get rid of that Unity desktop joke so business and your average PC user would actually want Windows 8.

Get your heads out of your a$$e$ and go talk to real people that make less than $500 a week and find out what is really going on since tossing $15 billion at a problem for the wrong solution is foolish. The reason you have this problem is you're only listening to people that can buy what ever they want without even thinking about it so they don't care about price and if they do make a mistake of buying Windows 8 they can just buy another computer with 7 but most of us have to save up just for Windows and I'm not spending good money on a touch screen OS for a new PC.

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Windows growth keeps Microsoft earnings relatively stable

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Fix it

The problem is the Metro UI.

The answer is just make metro for touch screen and wear ever that UI would work best

They should just take it as a lesson that Metro won't be good for a business or average PC user without a touchscreen. After they accept that fact they have to take Windows 8 and even if it takes 6 months they need to either remove Metro or disable it permanently and then come out and call it the new revamped windows 8 or something to let people know it's more like windows 7 and it is not Metro anymore.

They'd sure sell a hell of a lot more PC's with the regular desktop environment.

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5.6TB helium disks could balloon, lift WD onto enterprise throne

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A shortage

I hope they have secured a reliable supply of helium because I've been reading there is a big shortage of the gas in recent years and I've not read about any new plants opening recently.

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Charge of the Metro brigade: Did Microsoft execs plan to take a hit?

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Big Change, Total Change?

Seeing there are admins looking at this here and all over the internet this could be a big game changer.

With so much retraining for the new OS needed, cost of the OS, and then having to tweak the hell out of it for all the users to make it more productive. I believe those costs alone could justify admins to push hard for Linux since they'll have to retrain anyways. Linux is also more cost effective, and from what I'm reading may also now be more productive also compared to Win 8.

Microsoft might have just given Linux their biggest boost in users ever.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

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No Gates

This is what happens when you remove Bill Gates from the MS leadership.

Ballmer, it's not weak to ask for someone's opinion. It's lame though to pass off something like this as the next MS OS.

I should have figured though since ME, VISTA, and now 8. 9 ought to be pretty good then if the pattern is as usual.

I guess we'll have to wait till Ubuntu changes first so you can copy their GUI style and get it right this time or we might just lame out twice and create another Desktop phone interface.

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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

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Total layman

OK since they are using windows language in the OS itself it is written left to right. But Muslum countries like Iran have a language that read right to left.

So what if the readable part is left to right for the win OS BUT the code for the nuclear machines was written right to left SO the program is left to right EXCEPT for the objects which were written right to left and maybe the object part of the code was compiles separately first then added to the readable part.

So then you would have to decode/read it by decompiling each separately and backwards to each other like mirror images intergrated into each other.

I likely don't have a clue and apologize directly to the enlightened ones that frequent this sight in advance for having to read my drivel if that is the case. "Covering my ass so any real BOFH's here don't take action upon my lame ass for posting this"

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Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

shawnfromnh

One time seems like a huge waste of everything from the collector itself to the fuel to get it into orbit.

Maybe more of a trash bin than a suicide satellite would be better. Also make it so it can throw the waste downwards when it gets to a place in orbit where the waste will hit an ocean area that is not usually busy with fishing ships, freighters, or such.

Basically pick up the stuff and toss it into the ocean. Sure would lower the mission cost substantially.

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Carrier IQ meets feds 'to educate them'

shawnfromnh

Actually that last bit turns out to be not entirely true because the software firm was obliged to admit that a security bug meant its application did collect the contents of SMS messages in some circumstances. An SMS message would get embedded in signalling if, for example, a user received a message during a call. The data would be encoded and not easily readable by a human

Not easily readable by a human...

He's in a call now so call him and route the SMS to the office PC for decoding.

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Paul Allen latest plan: Space rockets on MEGA PLANE

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Why not

A Lofstrom Loop instead.

Here's a url if it's ok with the moderator.

http://www.keithl.com/

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