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Oracle's Larry Ellison has the MOST MASSIVE PACKAGE IN PUBLIC

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all that dosh...

But is he happy....

Yachts, islands, a room full of $100 bills to roll around naked in (probably).

Of course he is.... lucky git

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VMware 5.5: Plenty that's new and exciting... but what about the obvious stuff?

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real shared storage is nice for an enterprise deployment... but the restriction was an arse for single box setups... no 3TB drive support meant bodging physical RDM's or in my case passing through an HBA to a machine and loosing some VM features and capabilities

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two things bother me with ESXi... making management of the free hypervisor a pain in this release... nobbling the v-sphere client so latest virtual hardware isn't manageable without v-centre.

im not just being a freetard either, Single host, small deployments are easier to manage with the stand alone client...

Secondly... actually buying a license.... when I want to spend money, it shouldn't be as tricky as this... 5 multiple choice questions to locate a partner.... I had more luck with my lottery numbers!

I went from being quite into ESXi, but now finding (for my needs - single host, 2-3 vm's) server 2012 hyper-v to be a more interesting buy, especially with the licencing for small deployments

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LSI embiggens MegaRAID flash stash

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me too, but I feel less likely to get a test sample than you!!

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We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

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how can intel launch a 'flagship' product when the write speed on the smaller drive is half that of a bunch of commodity drives?? I was hoping 550 read 550 write, or thereabouts... or improved garbage collection to safely run them behind a real raid controller....

5 year warranty is due to the extra time needed to write files to the thing!

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You've got $60k: So, 2013 sporty Corvette, or a year of AWS's new I2 beast?

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Surprisingly slowly... top of the head sums... but

A Celeron based machine with 4 top end gpu's would eat that machine for breakfast (single 3.4ghz Haswell core mines at 25mhs single ATI 7970 mines at 600mhs)

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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windows phone

Used to have an atlas stretching the rear seat pocket, GPS clip on for vector based nav on my palmV, stand alone Tom toms, copilot on my iPhone and now drive+ on my Lumia- none are perfect, but drive+ is excellent, offline maps, 3d landmarks, real time traffic, web search for places, road name announcements and all for free :)

For the cost of that TomTom you could buy a pay Nokia with NFC/wireless charge cradle (automatically optimise phone interface for driving) and still have change for a motorway coffee, but not necessarily a slice of cake to enjoy with it!

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Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

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I appreciate that this sort of project costs a LOT of money to design and implement, hardware, licencing, bespoke software. Training and conversion of legacy data...

how are the tenders actually presented? Do the companies produce a PowerPoint without an estimated cost?

surely, if the winner of the contract is unable to deliver on tine or within a reasonable shot of the quote, then they should be accountable? It would stop these greedy sods from just milking the fat government cash cow.

in half tempted to tender next time... Sort the problem for a monkey, in 6 weeks... A few years and a hundred million or so later i could call from my new, suspiciously expensive yacht that actually it might not be a good idea to continue, but thanks for the cash...

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Developer CEO 'liable for copyright infringement' over unlawful tool

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Ok then... I buy a Dyson vacuum cleaner... modify the crevice tool into a point and use it to stab someone to death... will I be sharing a prison cell with jimbob Dyson as he didn't build in enough safeguards to prevent this sort of misuse?

I'm not a fan of piracy, but surely the original author can only be liable for his work... if this encryption bypass tool was in the code... so be it... but if someone just added it then its the actions of the second author...

Maybe that example is a little OTT... how about someone takes an open source Linux bistro, adds code to trigger a bomb... is the original author accountable?

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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I has a go on second life once... never found anyone as interesting as a spy, terrorist or even anyone close to that... was I just in a dull part of the world, or do they ignore noobs!

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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touch screens all the way... much more intuitive and accurate for all tasks... lets fire up solidworks - take manipulating a complex 3D object, would I rather use a 3D controller and have natural access to 3 axis of movement? with modifiers at the end of my fingertips? or a glass slab with no tactile clues?

for basic selection of jumbo buttons, yes, stabbing a screen is fast... but there is life left in dials, buttons, mice, stylus, 3d mice and various other input methods...

Learn to live with win8... even with a non touch device locating and selecting an application is faster for me than with the legacy start menu... the icons are large enough that muscle memory will guide my pointer to my most used applications much faster than the fine motor skills needed to start clicking and hovering and clicking in the old way

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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

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heres my view... Xboxone and PS4 are both good consoles... both have small advantages and disadvantages, sales will even out over time and both will sell in far greater numbers than you or I could be bothered to count to... both will have similar lifespans and their own hard/software issues...

all the fanboi-ism is no different to saying BMW will collapse because the new X series Coupe isn't as nice as the Mercedes X Class Coupe...

lets just enjoy the same games on different platforms and lust after exclusive titles that are only available on the competitors console!

peace

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Bigger on the inside: WD’s Tardis-like Black² Dual Drive laptop disk

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another alternative....

a medium sized SSD - 256gb jobber for stuff and online storage for cold data...

I run a 256GB Samsung Pro and have 125GB in a skydrive account... running win 8.1 I have the default save locations in the cloud with local sync on my commonly used folders. big stuff like VM's live locally on the SSD... works a treat - cold boots take 15 seconds, read and writes are 450 upwards, my day to day files are at hand and general guff is only a quickish (transparent) download away...

This arrangement does rely on an internet connection for my photos and crap from 2004, but I don't need that on this machine... the tinfoil brigade will also point to the NSA/Mi5/the irish or any number of online authorities that may be interested in cat photos and whatnot, but that doesn't bother me...

the setup also makes workstation builds a breeze.... upgrading from win8.1 ent preview to 8.1 enterprise final took 4minutes to install (rfom a usb3 zalmann virtual drive) , then a further 30 mins to install applications and instantly my documents and settings were inplace with a fully useable online machine in less time than an edition of strictly

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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Ok... a new connector, its not the end of the world! Lets look at the current state of things... my laptop has a plethora of USB2/3 connections on it... I run/charge a selection of devices - phones, hard drives, printers, glasses, game pads....

My usb2 cable wont fit in my mini USB devices

My mini USB cable wont fit in my micro USB devices...

My mini usb2 cables wont fit in my mini USB 3 devices...

My mini USB 3 cables wont fit in my USB 2 devices....

My USB2- apple 30pin wont fit in any of my USB devices!

So... my laptop bag contains... USB2 a-b, usb2 - mini usb2, usb3 - mini usb3, USB-apple 30pin...

The nice thing with USB as a standard is the use of dumb cables... at a few quid each I can have them floating about in the bag... and I wont cry if I loose one somewhere...

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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Nice, but I just can't get excited with 2 bay enclosures when an AMD based micro server with 4 drive bays and a PCI-e slot is less then £100 with its cashback....

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US Justice Department on Microsoft's Nokia acquisition: 'Go for it'

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Re: poor telcos and device manufactuers: Microsoft + Skype + Nokia

How could the Skype monopoly be any different from how it is now? Microsoft already makes the software that runs on 100% of windows phones....

Anecdotally More people use facetime in the mobile world than Skype and that is 'monopoly ' owned by apple....

With an optimistic 10% market share I see no reason why there should be any issue with the merger...

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Microsoft leaks reveal 'Threshold' projects looming in 2015

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Re: Major revision to Windows RT will probably be to kill it

RT devices wouldn't need to die... the hardware is close enough to winphone that the various API's could be merged and extended to run on both platforms... the same way ios runs on iPad and iPhone.

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iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

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Re: Lolz

Much like then I bought my MacBook pro SD - nearly £2k and made obsolete less than a year later with the Intel releases....

If you male a major hardware change you need to draw a line... this will hurt a certain percentage of people...

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Re: Lolz

Win 6x is far from dead... its still the OS of choice for handheld point of sale terminal....

the hardware inside win phone8 and RT devices is no less powerful than current mid to high end android... so I expect ti to run the new converged os comfortably...

as for making hardware obsolete... apple cuts features from each out going model too... pre iphoone 3? door stop... 3 series... no updates for years... 4 - os is hobbled compared to 4s, probably wont support ios8...

all hardware reaches its EOL sooner or later... apple is no exception....

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That toolbar you downloaded is malware? Tough, read the EULA

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Re: "do mathematical calculations ... to confirm transactions and increase security"

Justakos, its not obvious, but its not misleading, they are just explaining the background as opposed to advertising their reward... no toolbar is 'free' and the fact that they are making money for authenticating the bitcoin chain is no different to them making money selling your search results or supplying advertising....

One of the advantages of metro internet explorer is the death of the 3rd party toolbar!

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

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Re: these look somehow familiar...

I cant remember the last time I saw a black MacBook air built from carbonfibre with an edge to edge glass display... ;)

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Dell Latittude

Nice to see the 6240 in this list... I have the 6230 and its a great little machine - i7 and 16gb ram - its the only machine in the line up that has a real docking connector too so a nice desktop replacement when docked with real displays and keyboard.

Not sure about the 6240, but the 6230 runs real laptop CPUs, not the ulv ultrabook jobs, so running a bunch of VM's is a breeze

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Who wants a Xeon-powered, 12-core, RAID 10 … LAPTOP?

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Demo server...

Yes, there is a use... running live demos... currently we wheel about a small rack with a couple of older servers and a rack ups - this would do a similar job, but fit in a bag and produce less noise in the conference room...

but - it wouldn't be as powerful and with all the gear needed, mics, pa, etc the space saved wouldn't be quite so dramatic...

and... an i7 laptop could be specced to do the same job in this disposable data environment

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Sony's new PlayStation 4: Early faults ENRAGE some buyers

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and your rig cost £400??? for that sort of performance your looking at £1,500 or thereabouts... so using your logic your kit should be capable of preforming 4 times the PS4/XBONe or in other words you have overpaid twice for your kit...

oh, and does your pc fit under the TV in a footprint the size of a phone book and only consume a few hundred watts??

the PS4/XBONE arnt supposed to be the worlds most powerful machines... they are supposed to be a sensible amount of power, built to a sensible price to produce a good experience on home TV setups for the next 5 or so years till the replacement is leaked... Im sure that even you would rather play Battlefield 4 or COD Ghosts on an Xbox360 or PS4 than a £400 8 year old PC...

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

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Re: it only does everything

My view exactly, I don't have time in my life or space in my media centre for a dedicated games machine, I do have space for a multi purpose device... my ps3 - its versatility is what pushed it head and shoulders above the Xbox when I bought it...

To leave out simple, basic functions seems very short sighted... it makes sense to add used features to an expectant audience, it also helps in the Dick swinging contests....

Its not like Sony don't know much about media playback!

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'Burning platform' Elop: I'd SLASH and BURN stuff at Microsoft, TOO

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I'm no manager and don't really see the ins and outs of big business, but to me this slash and burn seems a little OTT considering the position Microsoft currently hold, they done 'need' the money...

Yes there is some restructuring to be done and some streamlining, but binning off a product that generates a lot of publicity (XBOX) seems a bit drastic, office on ios? Good idea, but then that is the final nail in RT's coffin... office is the selling point for surface.

Bing - hmmm.... yes I can see the point of binning that off, Microsoft will have Nokia maps to fall back on for mapping, so hopefully enhance that product...

Pruning branches makes a tree grow bigger, but cut too many and the whole lot wild just die... I think Elop could take a more cautious route....

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'Last EVER REAL Nokia' phone heads for Verizon, leaky pic-spurt reveals

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Re: 'Last EVER REAL Nokia' phone

@JahBless

Innovation is a personal thing, but comparing them to say apple, moving from a grid of small icons (my palm III had the same launcher as iOS) to resizable icons showing live data is different from the rest of the phones out there...

Wireless charging and NFC, Optical Image stabilisation, colourful polycarbonate bodies, ceramic buttons, bluetooth file transfers, internet tethering as standard, HD displays, Wide range HMR microphones.......

innovation is surely lacking from microsoft/Nokia...

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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Re: Why don't you.....

Its good to see peoples attitudes softening slightly... I had written off RT as useless until I got one for next to nothing and its great... it doesn't replace my laptop, but for the majority of things I do it does a more than adequate job...

And when people see real word and find out that you can open and print office documents without any messing about they are very surprised, to the point where I had one person question the purchase of iPad for staff.

Classic desktop is the easiest way to organise and shuffle files about, move them To a network share or USB drive, and all natively...

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LIVE CHAT: You, El Reg, experts chat about Win 8.1 and Surface 2

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You just can't compare a surface pro to an iPad, its a MacBook air with a touch screen....

But as far as the RT goes, I just got one cheap and am hugely impressed with it, as are most people that have seen it, a London commuter friend of mine likes the screen aspect for films, he likes that he can just drag and play all his (non mkv) titles from his nas and play them...

At work the ability to just open a word document from a USB drive (without murdering the formatting) edit and print to a domain printer made several management types instantly question why they have just deployed ipads....

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'Please, steal my phone' TV ads by T-Mobile US slammed by legal eagles

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Re: Cmon

I send your comments... its a phone advert... I've seen better, but I've sure seen worse! Hell, it made me smile... that reminds me, must upgrade my phone.... where's the nearest 3 store!

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

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Re: Hmm

That moves music, but doesn't backup applications and their associated data... the skydrive sync copies most phone settings, but if you just not to swap one phone for another your bang out of luck...

When upgrading my old iPhones, I just did a full backup in iTunes, plugged in a new phone and hit restore... done and dusted in the time it takes to copy the data over... the new phone was a carbon copy of the old...

When I did my Lumina, I had to spend ages putting my start screen back, resetting locations in weather and news apps, popping passwords back into tvguide and other apps, etc... a few days before everything felt normal again... even after I still found the odd app devoid of data or setting that needed setting....

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Re: Hmm

I'm with you there, the phone is pretty good, but the sync is dreadful! What I would love would be a full phone backup and restore like the iPhone... I managed to break a phone and was quite disappointed to find sync reinstalled my apps, but with no data... and there is no way to backup in app data unless the dev builds it in... so my high scores on the couple of games I played all went to pot....

Will make life a sod if I replace my phone with a new one at contract end...

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Re: Driver mode

Does it? My iPhone 3, 3gs, 4, girlfriends 4s and 5 are unable to automatically suppress or read aloud incoming messages, switch the start screen to a locked down selection of giant shortcuts when you place it in a cradle... my Lumina 920 can... maybe your girlfriends father has a windows phone....

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Re: Title is too long

Tethering is already supported natively in win pho8, no extra apps or network restrictions... unlike apple and android......

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WhatsApp crypto snafu drops trou on users' privates

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Re: Nothing to see here, move on...

My thoughts exactly.... this is a throw away messaging system for inane chit chat, not the exchange of sensitive data.

I don't believe it has ever advertised itself on the security of its message transport and even though the odds of someone hacking your message is so slim I do wonder what percentage of random messages are intercepted and then the percentage actually compromised.

If you have metallic headwear or have something to hide, discuss it in person, in the middle of a wasteland, or swimming pool, or somewhere equally un monitored...

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Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

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Strange article... of the 3 current main smartphone ecosystems 2 (Microsoft & apple) haven't produced a wrist mounted device, but only one is singled out as being behind the curve, even though the article states that it tried and canned the idea years ago........

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

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Re: Can someone explain

Its all very useful... I used to have Bang Olufson light switches in the house, I could from the comfort of the sofa change the light plan without getting up, watching a movie, the lights go down... lovely.... then when I leave the house a press on my keying and the lights dim and go off, the Av all dims and goes off...

Its all pretentious crap, but similar views were thrown at remote controls - how hard is it to get up to change channel on the telly..........

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Wireless charging snakes' wedding of tangled alliances gets WORSE

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I think you are in the crazy minority... yes, standby uses fractions of a penny a week, but bending over and unplugging things every morning and night could well end up with you pulling your back... most people are more than comfortable with parasitic waste from standby chargers- which plague all chargers, not just wireless ones...

I have a qi phone and a wireless pad to charge it - its very convenient, but certainly not life changing, I could live without it, but then I wouldn't go out of my way just to have it again... just being able to reach over and look at my phone without pulling on the connector, or having to look for the wire when its charging time are handy... maybe im lazy, but I tend to also use the remote control to turn on the tv, even if I walk past it...

as for life? well I race yachts, have 3 kids and level 2 accelerated freefall qualification.... wireless charging has neither helped nor hindered in those past times...

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Microsoft Surface 2 fondleslabs finally get off ground with airline order

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Re: ve have many vays of kontrolling you

you can in deed do that, or manage an iOS device with a multitude of MDM solutions, but the configuration is just stored as a profile, much like the BT cloud wifi profile... an administrator cant lock down that setting from a user, which means you can just disable the profile...

I run a mixed OSX/Windows network and was looking to deploy several hundred iOS devices, but after 3 days of iOS Enterprise deployment training, the instructors couldn't give me an option to mandate any setting to be locked from a user - its not apples design ethic - one device per user with that user being an administrator of his device...

As the LA education board found out when trying to roll out ipads to the students - 300,000 had the security removed in the first week...

Profiles work lovely in a BYOD environment, where I can setup our radius and VPN by a user connecting to an open wireless network and installing a profile, which they then discard, but for properly administered security, your bang out of luck

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Re: ve have many vays of kontrolling you

that's the thing... you cant stop an employee from messing up an ipad... just go to the settings and remove the profile...

a device used in a mission critical operation - like a flight deck needs to be locked down. The tablet is not a personal entertainment device for bored pilots, its an electronic manual... its no fun when a plane is falling through the sky, your running through your emergency procedure when a words with friends request comes in and instead of looking at glide configuration, your greeted with a scrabble board!

saying that, im not sure if 8RT cant be controlled with Group policy, but I believe 8.1RT can

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Re: product usage rights

here was my forgotten link to military aviation computers for windows...

http://www.bes.co.il/products.htm

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Re: product usage rights

this is only one example of windows in use in military aviation....

I think you will find windows in a LOT of critical environments - Warships, missile systems, medical imaging......

other OS's are used too... but there isn't a blanket ban on windows, which is a perfectly useable and stable platform when trimmed and managed properly

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

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Re: That last sentence says it all.

Tom 38 - bad Microsoft for supporting an OS that is now almost 13 years old...

how many security fixes have Apple released for Puma? or how many current applications will run on that platform?

Or maybe Linux? is Red Hat from 2001 still supported?

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Sweet murmuring Siri opens stalker vulnerability hole in iOS 7

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Re: poorly designed OS creaking at the seams

if you have the nokia car kit with a compatible windows phone, will pair via BT (like a normal phone) and NFC automatically toggles the phones car mode when you place the phone in the holder - oh, it also charges wirelessly too while there!

Car mode changes the ring profile and also replaces the normal start screen with a few giant buttons to operate a cut down UI with favourites based addressbook, navigation and music....

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Microsoft to merge Windows, Windows Phone stores in 2014

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A step in the right direction.... incompatible software just wouldn't show up in the store, much like the play store and the way that the current windows store allows different pricing for nokia apps on nokia phones...

Ive always thought that winphone8 and windows RT should be rolled into one unified OS... Im not a programmer, but in android land the same apps run on Tegra based devices and Snapdragon machines, so in my simple brain it should be possible to rejig things to make the same happen with phone and rt titles...

instead of one incredibly niche tablet and a low market share phone fighting, the devices would compliment eachother nicely like the iPad and iPhone

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Apple: Now that you've updated to iOS 7... YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK

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Why would you want to revert?

iOS 7 is more perfect than its perfect predecessors.............

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British Gas robo home remote gets itself into hot water

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I like the idea of remotely controlling my heating... not so much now that im a grown up with children... the house is always empty at 9am on a weekday and its always occupied from 3:30 in the afternoon... so the olf thermostat does a good job of controlling the temps...

but, in my past I never knew when id be home (if at all!) so being able to turn the heating and hot water on when I left for home would have been useful...

as for £200? its not cheap, but ive pissed larger amounts up the wall for less useful gadgets....

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

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Its my aeroplane, its my rules....

No such thing as free speech when your in someone else's house and your critising your host...

on the small print T&C's there will be a paragraph stating something along the lines of... Easyjet reserve the right to boarding if the passenger is or appears to be under the influence of drink or drugs, poses a threat to staff or other passengers, has a ridiculous haircut or is just a cock...

The bloke is a 'cyber law' buff... so he should know better... His tweet was inciting the mob... if that was sent by a football hooligan/religious zealot/thug, etc then they would be explaining their actions in the comfort of a police interview room....

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'Bet Lynch' types BANNED from zoo for upsetting not-so-wildlife

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Re: On an estate

cute and dressed in some form of skimpy nighty... no... I really don't have an issue with this....

but yes, only the other day I saw a rather haggard old trout walking her dog... pjs + dressing gown... fag hanging from her mouth... not at all pleasant!

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Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

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Ive got a sony UX1-XN - that managed a fully fledged x86 machine with a 4" screen

It was perfectly useable, ticked along ok with a Core Solo (even did hardware virtualisation with a bios hack!)

just two let downs, a resistive touch screen - it was 2010 and an awful keyboard...

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