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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Jad

Probably Short Sighted ...

History and Evolution seem to point to the fact that it's not the animals/objects that are ideally suited to their environment that improve ... you need to take a step back and look at it from a different angle, from a small branch of the tree/code and look at making it better, while leaving the original intact ...

If there is no champion of the Labs, it will not succeed, if they bring labs in house it might be quicker at reacting, but it will not be able to produce things that are not seen as core to the browser, at least not core at the time that they are thought up ...

just my 2cents.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Alien

Perfume and Drugs ... and iPhones?

Products in economics that actually are considered to be better when you pay more money, therefore the price does not affect the supply/demand ratio ...

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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RE: Internet Exploder

In the days long ago when we used to use "Pegasus Mail" almost all of the icons in our company were labelled "Horsey" ...

I forgot about this for a long time, when one day I was helping someone on a support call and I asked them what email system they were using (we were transitioning to Thunderbird at the time) ... there was a pause at the other end of the line and then a very sheepish "Horsey" was announced ... I have to say that that really made my day :)

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Jad

New browser names:

In no particular order (names I've heard it called):

1) "Internet thingy"

2) "the world icon that opens the internet"

3) "Windows Internet"

4) "internet"

5) "the internet"

6) "facebook"

7) "twitter"

8) "google"

9) "search"

...

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

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Emails and Announcements

I set up a facebook account to see pictures my family uploaded online. I turned off all notifications and all emails, I don't want that stuff

My brother invited me to his sons christening on facebook.

I didn't log in to facebook until the day after the christening, missing the entire event.

He didn't get it when I told him that I have email, 3 phones and a physical address that he could have sent the invite to; why did he have to use facebook as the only medium ...

He's my younger brother, so I guess I'll just have to leave it at that ...

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Wireless-controlled contraception implant is coming, says MIT

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RE: switch off the contraceptive implant?

It looks like this is an activate each time type of thing, the power it uses to give out the drug appears to come from the wifi signal ...

The 2 problems I can see with it:

1) if it's manually delivered (or automatically delivered by a specific device) you have the chance of it not being delivered, or not getting the signal from the device, and therefore not activating.

2) You could receive a major dose (problematic?), and then not have any of the drug available in the future ...

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Shut up and take my money already!

Tell me when I can get it commercially, and I will have it in my computers that day! :)

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Nexenta beats off rivals as Citrix testlab rates its VDI offering 'cheapest'

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Re: Misleading

"Foolish to compare sw based, all flash, and "select" hybrid arrays"

maybe so, but looking at the Nexenta Blog (that shows the IOPS in it's graph) they appear to be performing at least as well per desktop ... only Violin and Sanbolic scored higher (the Gartner post shows different numbers in the IOPS in which GreenBytes also does well)

As for the Nexenta SW based RAID, I know they're using ZFS, which if placed on systems with enough memory can outperform hardware RAID based systems, especially if they're using SSD ZIL.

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HP exec: 'CYOD' will TEAR APART the IT dept as we know it

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Oh God no!

I can see all the cr*ppy white computers with no memory or hard drive being bought because they look nice ... And when they don't work they will require _more_ support than the boxes we currently have under our control.

It's easy to see what will happen, since we used to let employees buy their own printers ... everyone buys the cr*ppy HP wifi printers that work on some networks some of the time, and manage to overwrite the networking stack so bad that the computers don't work on corporate networks ...

Our users also believe everything that a droid from PC World/Currys tell them ...

BYOD is bad enough CYOD ... not while I have breath in my body!

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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Re: Serious point

http://dilbert.com/fast/2013-09-06/ :)

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Gubuntu

IIRC they did call the project Gubuntu (or Gnome Ubuntu or gnubuntu, or similar), but either the Gnome org or the Ubuntu org told them off for using their name incorrectly ...

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

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Re: Far too close to the bone,

We've managed to weed out most of the Applications that require Administrator rights to run (some of them walk over parts of the registry, some of them walk over parts of the disk, some of them should be taken out and shot ... but there are still a couple of programs that will not run unless as administrator.

Those machines have local groups modified to allow specific users to have access, as power users if possible, or administrators if not.

The biggest issue was for some of the laptops that go on site, with no internet access and "I need the ability to install a new printer when you're not available" ... we solved that issue by buying a large stack of USB inkjet printers (20+) of the same type and sticking them in all the offices so that people could pick up a disposable one at any time. without the need for new drivers.

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

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"Cross selling opportunities" means "We've sold some stuff to them, so they might be gullible enough to buy this other stuff that isn't related", surely?

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

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Re: Other interesting 'experiments' to try at home...

4) get 10 4k TV's and place in front of a toddler with a bowl of Weetabix (other brands available) to test for childproof

5) get 10,000 houses in somerset and pour 2 months of rain on them ...

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

Jad

Bad answers.

"Orange" is probably the only answer that shouldn't be given, especially when "Green" is present ...

After that, "Is the house untidy?" "do these shoes go?" "when will you stop doing that?" ... there are no good answers.

Seriously, your sister-in-law asked about the colour of a kettle? (Reminds me of the HHGG, where they wanted to know what colour the wheel should be) ... Tell her you're a man, and you just want it to boil water.

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If you're still waiting for Firefox on Windows 8, don't hold your breath

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Re: Shame - Win8 needs a good virtual memory stress testing tool

According to the Ghostery Website, this is available for IE ...

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BlackBerry nabs 'The Sims' to head up crucial Services unit

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Re: da da da dum da da da dum

Glad I wasn't the only one who would have been much more interested if it had been http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Simm

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

Jad

Re: Yes, make Radio 1 DAB

My wife has a Digital Radio, and she uses it to listen to "Classic FM" ... (there's no accounting for taste) ... Fortunately it has an FM mode for when they decide that Digital radio is dead in the water, and with luck "Classic FM" already have a channel on that "Low Power Medium" ...

Seriously, if we only had DAB and someone came up with the idea of FM, it would be regarded as a great upgrade on the original system:

1) lower power usage requirements

2) allows for easier management of local radio stations, with a lower cost of entry

3) de-centralised control of transmitting (If the mast goes down, it doesn't take all stations down)

4) ... I don't care I just don't agree that we really need DAB!

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Ten top stories from New Who

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Pint

"You can see why Christopher Ecclestone got the role, and see why it’s a such shame he didn’t want to take the character further."

I'll raise a Pint to that!

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Re: Heh heh

TBH, if you're looking to "upload" yourself to a running autonomous copy, you can probably live without your arm ... hell If you're squeamish you can just make a copy of yourself locally with a new "fixed" arm.

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

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Re: phrase of the day

Agreed ... a good end to a 4 day week :)

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The BOFH is BACK: And it's cloudy with a 90% chance of beatings

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Re: Never received it....

" there are the people that use deleted items as some kind of store. But that's for another day."

What is it with those people, every so often during "maintenance" we go into their machines and turn on the "empty trash on exit" ... or when it gets to be over 500Mb my colleague cat's devnull to it :)

"Can you get it back it was full of important stuff" ... what like you keep all your important files in your waste bin next to your desk?

However the "read-receipt" thing doesn't exist at my work, not only do all the clients have it turned off, but the mail server strips the header from the emails.

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Stop

RE: Latvian style

Looks more like a "break in" to me!

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Woman nails 'cheating boyf' on Russian 'Street View'

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RE: Russia looks very good

The roads could be better though, pot holes, random overtaking (watch the little blue car that follows the camera) ...

I still call possible fake though, because going away from them they walk off, but towards them and they "appear" from nowhere.

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Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction

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Article title Win!

see title

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'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

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Happy

Re: No comment

Oracle's "SQLDeveloper" requires Java 6 to be installed to work ... (most recent version Nov 2012)

I still find it funny that I have to manipulate their scripts to get it to work with :)

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Flash pioneer STEC invests in ZFS zealot Nexenta

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Ta

Good article ... Stuff I didn't know about, with a little of the stuff I did.

Any investment into Nexenta is only going to be good in the long run for the Illumos Community, one would hope, and the bigger the firm the greater the possibility for investment into the other "distributions" of Illumos.

Jon

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Review: Lego Lord of the Rings game

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Go

LOTR FTW!

My son got it for the Wii this Christmas, and I have to say I've not seen the bugs of the PC port, although it lags a little when there is loads of action (as is the want of the Wii) it seems to do it less than Lego Harry Potter (5-7), or Lego Starwars 3, or even for the matter Lego Pirates of the Caribbean ... not that I play too many of these games (or indeed have a higher % done than my son on all of them) :)

I like the fact that to complete the "quests" you can't just buy your way there with cash, you have to use up the mithril bricks you gain from completing levels, getting "true adventurer" or find lying around the plain ...

I don't like having to sit through huge, unskippable, cut-scenes, especially since I've seen them already, and know how the story goes ...

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Apple confirms Amazon ebooks bendover, EU watchdog drops bone

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Re: Optional.

My thoughts exactly.

Most people want to be legit about downloading music and books, but the higher you price them the more people will look elsewhere and the more "potential" profits you would lose (not discounting the people who wouldn't pay under any circumstances)

If you keep the price low then people have a legitimate way of getting access to the books they want.

I buy books (as in paper) from Amazon because with free delivery they cost less than the e-books from the same shop ... yes I have to wait a few days, and they take up space, but I get them cheaper and can pass them on to other people to read.

If they can finally discount them then I might actually start buying e-books from them.

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LOHAN fabricates full-fat fantastical flying truss

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Pint

To our (deceased) intrepid playmonaut!

May this ship fly in your honour!

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Brr, feeling cold? Galaxy is home to plenty of WARMER Earth twins

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Re: Now I get it!!

not necessarily, but it does explain why they don't want to visit this planet since by their standards it probably wouldn't be hospitable/habitable.

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BOFH: Cannot terminate PFY instance... ACCESS DENIED

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Phones 4 U ?

We're getting a new phone contract for the company, with a credit for phones and calls ...

You can tell that the IT department means so much to the company when they decide not to buy shiny phones and opt to buy us all Nokia C2's ...

Apparently we're "all in the same boat", except of course for the fact that we have to set up everyone else's smart phones because they don't seem to be able to do it themselves, and we are obviously blind to the fact.

I keep seeing "optional extras" (e.g. "Nokia WH-930 Purity HD Wired On-Ear Stereo Headset By Monster") for my C2 that I believe I might just have to purchase. Anyone got any better/more expensive options?

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Microsoft flings free Xboxes to long-term Live lovers

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Re: Seems to be limited

my only regret is that I have but 1 upvote to give you!

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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

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Stop

RE: Absolute BS

Absolutely, and as soon as they try and use the patent it will be thrown out ...

However, until it is tested it will stand, and that is basically what is wrong with the whole patent process, this should have never got a patent in the first place, and "Prior art" only works for companies in existence at the moment that have used this technology ... if a new player comes to the market then a patent exists to stop them implementing this.

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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FAIL

Re: portable DAB receiver

hmm ... doesn't come with a battery pack ... so not exactly portable for the price.

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Stop

RE: Microsoft's side

A button that is updated with data pertaining to the contents of the application ...

On windows, wouldn't the "Clock" do that?

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Chinese boffins discover bizarro fish-oid creature with FOUR LIMBS

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Pint

Re: They lie!

I upvoted you and I'm a Christian ...

PS. the bible doesn't say that evolution is a lie ... and until some merkans (and admittedly some "devout" englishmen) got involved pretty much everyone understood that most of Genesis was much more of a moralistic story than a specific way in which the world was created.

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Apache promotes OpenOffice to top-level project

Jad

RE: Can't they join forces ... ?

Actually they are in communication, but I'm pretty sure that there will never be a joining of the projects, since their goals are different.

Apache always looks to making the most stable, reliable project that is usable in all circumstances (pretty much bug fixes only)

Document Foundation want a product that can change and adapt to the way in which Offices run, including new import filters and plugins (can import Microsoft Publisher files for instance), tweaked to provide performance boosts and to this end remove old no longer used code (sun 2.4 compilers will no longer work ... but does anyone still have those?) ... this can cause API and functionality to change, and during transitions between working, alpha, beta and stable code will possibly be less stable.

My money on the future of the "open" office system is LibreOffice just because they _can_ adapt.

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Amazon UK leaks Windows 8 retail box, TV ads

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FAIL

Re: A few days early

Must have been a Unicorn (or possibly a carebear) Surely!

everyone knows that they puke rainbows.

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Microsoft extends Windows Server 2008 support

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Unhappy

Re: mainstream support

it'd really help if I saw "POS" as "Point of Sale" ... not "Piece of sh**" ...

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'Programming on Windows 8 just like playing bingo' - Microsoft VP

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Trollface

'just like playing bingo' ...

I would have thought more like playing Russian Roulette!

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Raspberry Pi patch adds warranty-safe overclocking

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Inquiring Minds ...

would like to know if it runs fine sitting in a drum of kitchen oil?

overclocked super computers here we come!

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Pano does browser-thin virty desktops

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Re: Wow, another company inventing the thin client. (again).

you can even get the sunray client software for Linux ... :)

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Multi-platform exploit sniffs your OS, penetrates your back door

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Stop

Good luck with that ...

Since I'm not running Java, or for that matter any of the mentioned Operating systems ...

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Museum of Computing recognised as PROPER MUSEUM

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Go

Re: Why isn't our national museum of computing in Bletchley Park?

I used to live in Swindon and all I can say is:

"The M4 goes straight past Swindon, and I would suggest you do the same."

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'Young people don't want to become like us', say IT pros

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Re: Welll...

We had a student with us on placement and we gave him a nice project to play with.

after spending weeks researching and learning and designing and coding and testing and re-coding he looked at me with a beaming smile on his face and said "Done it ... what shall I do now?"

I replied "Roughly the same thing for the rest of your life!"

The smile left his face ... I might have been being cynical, but I guess he realised something at that point because he left us and went off to become a teacher :)

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Google in dock again over defamatory auto-complete

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Re: Do these idiots actually believe ...

the best phrase there was "... which link through to articles defaming him ..."

so if they link to pages with him on them then as far as I'm concerned they are legitimate searches and legitimate suggestions :)

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LOHAN seeks failsafe for explosive climax

Jad

Re: Balloon Pop Detection

I agree, I think either the parachute will not open enough/swiftly enough, or you will have to have the line taut to begin with, so that the distance traveled isn't too large.

If you had to have a manual (not electric) system, you might be able to rely on the weight of the cage to provide friction that stops a weighted pin from falling, with the bursting of the balloon, and entry into freefall, the friction would be released allowing the pin to drop and the mechanism to fire ... but that is open to the pin sticking problem and in this case you cannot grease the pin.

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New Brit nano-satellite to use Xbox Kinect for docking in space

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Alternative to the M$ Product ...

http://live.leapmotion.com/about.html

"~100x more accurate than any other motion sensing/natural user interface on Earth." :)

"... David was working on a PhD in mathematics from UNC Chapel Hill and left to pursue Leap Motion. Before that, he was conducting research for NASA on fluid mechanics."

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Antitrust probe looms over Windows RT 'browser ban'

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Trollface

"Windows RT" makes me feel nostalgic!

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/winrg

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