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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

Mark 110

2 factor

Is there not a market for a widespread 2 factor, or just physical authentication service. I would use it.

Give me a key fob (or mobile phone app) with a number changing every minute that I can use on all participating websites. I'd pay £20 a year for the inherent security and lack of password hassle. Blizzard implemented something similar for stopping WoW hacking, but I just want one app for all my authentication.

Its got to be a viable business opportunity.

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Great Info

Thanks to all intelligent commentators for lovely info.

What on earth are people doing on a pure tech thread slagging off Googles ethics. Go to a big IT ethics thread to do that you f-wits.

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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

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Superb. Thanks. I should distribute this to the Business Analysts. Wish the bloody projects would think about the needs of IT support 1% as much as they think about the needs of the business :(

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

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Re: Getting closer

I am intrigued. Bit late to do a detailed reply but you seem to be saying you haven;t had a HTC since a Desire but you don't like their new phones. How would you know?

On the battery front - I don't see the problem. Are you really ever that far from a plug?

On the Sense UI front - if the last version you used was on the Desire then how do you know?

Stereo speakers - horses for courses - not something I would ever use but not a reason to dislike the phone. Some people will like it (them pesky kids at the back of the bus)

Automated photo effects - instead of doing them in a paint package?? Not something I use but why not. Better than wasting time doing them in a paint package when it could be automated.

Pretty - nothing wrong with being pretty but its more than that - look and feel are what us humans live on. Look cheap and plasticy like a Samsung or sheek and metallic like a HTC or sleek and glassy like an iPhone? HTC won awards for look and build so hard to knock it so frivolously.

Updates - my HTC One just got updated to Kit Kat. I doubt they will support updates for more than a couple of years but who else does?

I am not sure why you are so down on HTC or what experience you have of recent HTC phones. Kinda feel like I am feeding a Samsung troll or something with this post. Oh well. Eat away.

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

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Re: Mixed signals...

I think the point is that if you are driving a car you are supposed to be watching the frigging road . . .

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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Better coverage in the jungle

I was amazed when I was in the middle of the jungle in India, 20 miles from anywhere of note, that I had 5 bars of signal. Mountainous area. No signs of dense population. 5 bars signal.

Yet I get on a train out of Southampton to London and its utterly pointless trying to do anything with a mobile phone til you hit Woking. Had a similar problem when I used to travel down through Oxford and Reading to Basingstoke.

Huge swathes of the highly affluent areas of one of the richest countries on earth with no mobile signal and yet I travel to one of the poorest countries on earth and there's 5 bars of signal in the most unexpected places.

(Currently using the EE network via VM in this country)

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Re: Must be a techie...

I heard a thing on Radio 4 this morning by the BBC political editor. Apparently when he went to Benn's house to interview him the place was crammed full of old tech - 8 track tape decks, BBC micros, etc - all still working.

Apparently Benn has been recording and writing all his life and needed to keep the old tech working so he could access his old stuff.

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Re: Sir

Indeed. Mr Dabbs. Please acquire the key and open the safe and report back. Please.

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

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Re: Come and get them

But the current value of Bitcoins is based on their uniqueness. They were first. People are using thhem. There is nothing about them that cannot be copied. When they are copied their value will fall. Their value is actually wildly volatile currently.

It will be interesting to see if a bit/alt coin ever starts to function as a stable currency. Stability is important. You would not put your savings into a currency that might be worth 20% less when you need it, or worthless by the time you retire. Whilst the inherent built in limitations to the supply of Bitcoins, currently, are increasing their value, their is very little to stop a government (China? India? Iran? USA?) building a datacentre the size of ten football pitches, full of BTC asics, hooked up to spare nuclear plant capacity (fairly free) and just owning all of them..

I doubt this experiment will work. Governments will insist on control of the money. Interesting to see how it pans out though.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

Get Swiftkey - its quite difficult to make spelling mistakes with it and might up your wpm :-)

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Blighty's winter storms are PUNY compared to Saturn's 200mph, 15,000 mile wide HEXACANE

Mark 110
Boffin

Why a hexagon?

Why is it hexagonal? Anyone?

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Re: what else is in the bill

Mmmmmm bacon

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

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Its probably the behaviour of the 40% that are under 18 they are trying to control. Once you get past 20 then aimless abuse becomes a little despairing.

Nothing wrong with demanding a little civility in my opinion. You would not expect to be allowed to wander into John Lewis and be allowed to start threatening to rape peoples mothers . . .. so why would it be OK in Microsoft's place of business?

I am an avid swearer. But I don't do it in strange company, and restrict it at work, and if someone asks me not to then I respect that. Whats the problem?

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Mark 110

Two minds

One mind: I hate censorship.

Two mind: But then I also hate taking verbal abuse from people that really really really wouldn't say that if they were in the same room as me (44 years old, 6.2", wider at the top than the middle) . . . I'm a peaceable guy but if I took some of the random abuse in person that I have taken online then I may have done a mischief to someone.

I guess banning profanity is an effort to tone down the abuse. It will just mean the abusers will need to become a little more imaginative with their English. In the meantime . . . while they learn some new words (beyond the 5 they were using). . the rest of us might get a bit of a break :-D

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Mark 110

Two minds

One mind: I hate censorship.

Two mind: But then I also hate taking verbal abuse from people that really really really wouldn't say that if they were in the same room as me (44 years old, 6.2", wider at the top than the middle) . . . I'm a peaceable guy but if I took some of the random abuse in person that I have taken online then I may have done a mischief to someone.

I guess banning profanity is an effort to ton tone down the abuse. It will just mean the abusers will need to become a little more imaginative with their English. In the meantime . . . while they learn some new words (beyond the 5 they were using). . the rest of us might get a bit of a break :-D

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Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display

Mark 110

Has to be an opportunity for someone to clean up by catering for the droids though. I would have been tempted to buy stuff (speakers, music centres, etc) if it didn't need me to buy an iPhone/iPod first.

I look at potential purchases in shops and then the "optimised for iPhone/iPod" sticker looms so I walk away. Their loss, not mine - I do my own better (but more effort) solution instead.

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Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly

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I read a lot (all maybe?) of the Doctor Who novels when I was a kid and was fascinated by the Daleks being living beings that had escaped their dead world by automating themselves. It leant some sanity to their motivations for seeking new worlds to take over.

The whole transformation of them into the " we do this because we are evil" thing kind of breaks the story. If you analyse the recent Dalek story lines then the Daleks are just insane. The early stories had them as sane but malevolent. Much scarier.

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We'll build Elon Musk's Hyperloop ... if you lob us ONE-MEELLION dollars

Mark 110

The Future

This was one of the future tech ideas in a kids technology book I got for Christmas off my auntie when I was about 10. Great idea . . but keeping the air out of the tube is going to be a little bit of a challenge.

I want one anyway :-)

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Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

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Re: NO, Windows 9 is make-or-break

Just pin the control panel to your taskbar . . . Or use the handy desktop icon maybe?

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Mark 110

Re: It's a bit of a shame.

You clearly haven't used it. I never consume media on my PC - use it much the same as I did Windows 7. Web, Word, Excel, eMail, etc - all just the same. Theres some metro thing they added which I ignore. Thats all.

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BT slammed for FAILING to explain why its broadband investment has shrunk

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Re: Not a monopoly

Not actually true. I can't be arsed to do the research but there are all sorts of regulatory barriers to laying stuff under roads and pavements.

Virgin Media, BT, Transco, whoever owns the water and gas pipes, that telco in Hull and thats pretty much it. There was a reason that the government sold cable franchises and it was because without one you couldn't do it.

So don't talk bollocks.

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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Calm down

I don't see the problem - they aren't saying that you can't optout.

Just got a new sim card. Parental control was on by default. I phoned them and its now off. If they remove the right to turn it off then yes I will scream but this seems a good thing to me. There is some awful nasty stuff out there and if I had kids then I would prefer they get well into their teens before they run into it.

I would filter it myself true, but not everyone is a techie.

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Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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Re: Still selling

Edit: Though I am kinda baffled by the over emphasis of the speakers in the marketing for the One. Its a niche feature rather than a USP.

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Mark 110

Re: Still selling

Agree. I have a One S, girlfriend Desire X (cracking little mid ranger - quite jealous she paid a 3rd of what I paid for the One S, which apart from a slightly cheaper build and camera does all the basics superbly) and two best friends have Ones (superb phones).

Not sure how/why HTCs results are so bad.

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Apple launches global 'iWatch' trademark blitz

Mark 110

I want . .

I want an iNeuralLace. Has to be the way forward. A phone mounted on my wrist lacks ambition.

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Apple 'iWatch' trademark filing hints Cook's make-or-break moment looms

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Wearables

Theres a lack of ambition here. iNeuralLace has to be the way forward surely. I'd get one!!

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Amazon reaping $600 MEELLLION a year in ad sales

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Re: Their targeted ads aren't the best

Kind of annoying having to look at ads for the thing you bought three weeks ago everywhere you go. I do need AdBlock switched back on.

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Intel: Haswell is biggest 'generational leap' we have EVER DONE

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Re: 2-in-1 WTF?

I think they are referring to touch screen laptops that you can detach or hide the keyboard to form a tablet.

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

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Re: Baffled

I didn't say everything was fine - I said I was baffled why people want the Start Menu back - getting rid of it is a good thing.

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Mark 110

Baffled

I am baffled by everyone going on about how they "loved" the start menu. It was rubbish. Have you actually used Windows 8??? The best thing about it is finding and opening the application you want - the old Start Menu was useless unless you spent ages keeping it organised (which I did for a while but got bored doing silly unnecessary admin)

As it is I have 14 apps pinned to my task bar and plenty space for another 20 more. If I need anything else its a quick search and click - all that poring through cascading menus is no more - its wonderful.

WTF is your problem? Try using it for a bit before you curse it to hell.

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Virtual machine high availability and disaster recovery

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Erm - most of Unilevers (2012 revenue 51 billion euros) Windows estate (along with some Linux stuff) is being (mostly has been) migrated onto HyperV.

No - noones using it.

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Re: Out of the box

Have had it on my desktop since launch. It works. Mostly zippier than Win7 and once you get used to what they have done and have pinned your most used programmes to the taskbar then its fine. But thats the problem - the "once i got used to it" - bit. It really should be a little more intuitive on the desktop.

Bringing the start button back is a start. I would also suggest a "Destop/NonTouch Installation" which automatically boots to the desktop instead of the homepage (yes I know its only one click to get there but its one too many) and loses the Metro apps (have tried using these and they are a pain in a non-touch world).

The Home screen is (without the Metro Apps) much quicker than the old Start Menu. i just use the search function and what I want pops up as soon as I start typing. All that ridiculous searching through menus for something rarely used and in a folder named after the publisher when I can only remember the name of the tool is now gone. Wonderful improvement. Making the look and feel of the Home screen much the same as the desktop will help too.

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

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Pint

Use of Weapons

I have been meaning to read Use of Weapons again for ages. Even though I know the twist in the tale. But I couldn't put it down the first time so missed loads cos I should have been asleep instead of "reading".

Good luck to the man - I hope his end is not too painful. He has expanded my mind.

As someone else said "Thanks for all the books".

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US bill prohibits state use of tech linked to Chinese government

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Unhappy

Re: Protectionism or xenophobia?

"autopedicution" - apparently thats not a word. I wonder what you meant?

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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Re: Not biased at all. Oh no.

I read it as a "whats the point in wasting money on tablets diatribe". Which makes sense to me as tablets seem like an unnecessary luxury. A computer with a proper keyboard is a necessity. My nephews school has every kid with a decent ruggedised Windows 7 laptop - makes much more sense.

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Google exec defends search snooping, location tracking

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Re: What a load of self serving tosh..

We aren't really defending them as "something good" - although we do find their services incredibly useful I guess - we just don't understand people getting so emotional about something that they don't have to use and about a quality of that service that we quite like. I really don't mind them knowing where I am and what I'm buying - it can be useful (although the tendency to advertise stuff to me that I have already bought is irritating). If I am doing something I want to keep secret I can just turn my phone off or not use a computer to do it.

I don't understand why people get so excited about this stuff.

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Cable Cowboy lassoes Virgin Media with HUGE £15bn deal

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Hasn't he owned it before

I seem to remember that back in the day before the NTL Telewest merger that Malone owned a large proportion of the bonds that had been bought by the two companies to finance the two companies building their networks. And that the meger was triggered by Malone calling in the debts. Does this ring any bells?

Just wondering - seems like he has owned this network before and has just been waiting his moment to come back in.

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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WTF?

Re: they have the goods but not the skills.

You are recommending legalising carrying guns based upon the quality of British driving!!!!!!!!!!!!! 20% of drivers seem to forget or ignore everything taught on lessons the second they leave the test centre. Another 30% are just useless. And now you want to give them guns as well . . . .

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Spanish startup to ship first Mozilla-phones

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Re: Bleh

Did you install some addons / plugins that were constantly getting upgraded I wonders? I had that problem too.

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

Mark 110

I quite like . . .

I quite like Windows 8 . . once you have everything to hand it works. Obfuscating the start menu seems a strange thing to do but life is much easier without it once you get your head around it.

I actually think it will work wonderfully on a tablet. A Windows 8 RT tablet is now on my shopping list as I think its gonna make a much better experience than an Andriod one (girlfriend has a Transformer).

Anyway - write Microsoft off at your peril - its not so long since Apple nearly went bust and Sony were top of the world.

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Free WiFi in London Tube stations extended until end of 2012

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Re: extending free access to the service ... until the end of 2012.

Virgin Media and Virgin Trains are completely unrelated other than they pay Branson's brand for the privilege of calling themselves "Virgin". They are not part of a group.

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Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters

Mark 110

Hmmm. Its a nice shape. I think it will sell. iPads do and it looks better. It needs some software though.

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Vodafone to let you roam in Europe at UK prices

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Re: O2 similar

Think I paid £15 for unlimited data (well 50MB per day cap or something) whilst on holiday in Spain recently. That was with Orange. They do a day rate as well I think but £15 seemed pretty good value compared to the normal roaming data rates.

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Pirates not to blame for Big Media's sales plunge

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Excellent article

Can't argue with any of it.

Another facet that has been bugging me lately is the lack of competition in the IT industry. Pretty much 3 or 4 major players in the data centre / server / services sector - HP / IBM / CSC / Accenture, etc. And if anyone trys to compete they get bought. Really needs some regulation - stop them crushing competition with their wallets and make them compete on product and price. Build their owntechnology and customer base rather than buy someone elses.

The article made me realise that exactly the same thing happened in the music and movie industries. Where once there were scores of record labels and a score of big movie studios if you now actually look at the ownership of big media rtheres 2/3 players in both sectors, even though they are still often trading on the old brands. And the competition and innovation dried up.

The parallels are extraordinary.

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Cambridge Audio iD100 hi-fi dock

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Are there not?

Do they only make these things for Apple stuff? I am never gonna buy an Apple device - sorry I just don't like all the lockins, culture, crazy fanboy shit, itunes, whatever - so it seems to mean that I am never gonna be able to dock my phone or mp3 player to anything.

What gives?

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IBM woos Oracle punters smarting from price hikes

Mark 110

Happens

Where I work (2nd or 3rd - not sure - biggest FMCG manufacturer in the world) are in the process of migrating all there SAP databases from Oracle to DB2. Oracle just charge too much. This will happen if people are prepared to put the work in.

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iPhone 5: Apple 4S, pundits 0

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FAIL

What a lot of bollox anyway

Its a phone ffs.

How much better could it be than the last one? Just because theres some people that get all sticky over the possibility of a new phone doesn't mean that its something worth getting sticky about. What exactly is it that you are expecting from an iPhone 5 that will produce the stickiness?

Its likely to have a faster processor, a bit more memory, a slightly better camera and a better display.. If this gets you excited then . . . well. . . . get a life.

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Microsoft milks Casio for using Linux

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Which patents for what?

Could the venerable ElReg possibly enlighten us as to what these Microsoft p[atents are that Linux is infringing upon. I'm no fanboy but whenever its Apple being silly we get the gory details yet when its Microsoft we get nada.

So what is it? Are these real and genuine inventions that have been copied?

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Google now a serious rival to Microsoft in cloud email

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OK can we have a top 10 cloud email providers review please. Can't be assed to do it myself but is definitely good content for ElReg. Seems theres definitely some good startups that need the exposure judging by previous posts.

Can we fill the rest of the thread up with suggestions to be reviewed and criteria for them to be reviewed by - should give the vulture something to get its beak into ;)

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The amazing shipping container: How it changed the world

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Thanks all

Nice article Tim and lots of intelligent comments. Thanks all.

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