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Office, IE, Flash fixes accompany Windows XP's final Patch Tuesday

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Devil

Re: Sneaky bastards

Ahhh but they are convinced the reason you are not using the interface formally known as metro is that you haven't given it a chance - by sneakily driving you back they expect an epiphany.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Meh

Can't see this catching on....

Nice to see a little innovation but I can't see this catching on in a big way. 4K won't even take off until you can pick one up for around the £200-£300 or future equivalent. Given as most content in future will be streamed in whatever definition your system will cope with there will be no "forced" uptake of beyond HD. From what I have seen the "full HD" experience worth less to consumers than the "nice big thin TV" - so the drivers that changed living rooms from CRT to LCD/Plasma do not exist for LCD/Plasma HD to 4K or 3D or Curved or a combination of the three.

I may be wrong but what would be nice is a little more innovation in the Audio department - flat screen TVs have terrible to dire sound quality.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Facepalm

How long.....

Yep just checked - I first got an gmail account on the first of November 2004.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Gimp

It will be a re-imagining of

The Star Wars Holiday special......

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

Wow- now you've explained it I'll rush off an but win8 right away...... alright I won't I've already got win8 installed and even now after 3 months of use it still finds ways to annoy me (did you know that dragging an app to the bottom of the screen doesn't always close the app - I didn't (talking to you useless mail app)).

Even with classic shell installed and file associations set to desktop programs (took me about an hour to get it to work like my previous Vista install - sucker for punishment me) every now and then it will fire-up in app mode (and on a 28 inch screen this is not an efficient use of screen estate) . If it would let me run the start screen in a window (so acting like a shortcuts folder that I create and used on all previous versions of windows - if I'm drinking coffee I only have the one hand free) then I probably wouldn't get annoyed so much.....

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Coat

If ICT was cool and fun.....

Why is it only us nerds/geeks in here?

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Not enough Women in the Drainage and Sewer Maintenance industries either.

I look forward to the EU campaign to redress this imbalance.......

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Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON

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Re: Facts

1 - CO2 does not "absorb more heat" - CO2 absorbs a thin band of electro magnetic radiation in the IR frequency range by dipole moment changes. These IR photons do not have the momentum to increase the translational kinetic energy of the CO2 molecule (temperature) instead the dipole moment changes are transmitted via collisions (with non-IR absorbing O2 or N3) before the photon is re-emitted (or at least that's what the GHG theory postulates).

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FAIL

Re: To the first AC:

So you've Debunked the RSS satellite temperature record have you? SkS is a propaganda site run by a comic strip artist (John Cook)

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Re: To the first AC:

"we know that warming is almost certain to accelerate"

Erm no we don't and if the last 17 and a half years of no global warming (RSS) is anything to go by then acceleration is not the word you are after.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Re: London's a pain in the arse to get to...

I used to live around the corner from there - never a decent pub that side of the river at the time..... Sorcerer or the Copperfield used to be my usual haunts.

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Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

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Given the anniversary last week...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31600K9A154

The Amstrad CPC 464 version......

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Mode 7 Starwing?

Mode 7 was the videotex compatible text mode implemented using the SAA5050 chip.......

My mistake - wrong nostalgia thread.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Code was "Midnight Sun"

Quickly escalated into MAD if you started to use nukes (and if you managed to outflank the Warsaw pact forces and march on into East Germany).

Best to hope for as NATO is fighting the pact into a stalemate.

(yes I spent too long playing this game as well).

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

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Re: I got one for Christmas........

Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Science_Fiction_(Bookshelf)) was my first stop.

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Happy

I got one for Christmas........

Been great finding lots of Sci-fi magazine stories from the fifties for free.......

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Still use

my fx-7000GA purchased for my A-levels. Have the 7700 (I upgraded for university) as well but it eats batteries at an alarming rate (and I don't need the additional functions in my day job).

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Anglo-Australian cricket brawl spills over into coding clash

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Coat

Probably better than

Aliens: Colonial Marines......

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Hello Warsaw: Greenland ice loss will be OK 'even under extreme scenarios'

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Pint

Where did the scientific optimism go?

What happened? When did scientific discovery move from wonder to fear? The data on climate is scant the proxies are poor, the only reliable measurements (CET) shows nothing to fear in 400 years of measurements. Sea levels as measured barely show any increase and yet we must all scurry back to our caves and beg forgiveness from Gaia for having the audacity to want to be warm when it's cold.

Did all the A-arc scientists leave after the second world war and all that's left are b-arc climatologist? When did putting more food out for plants become a bad thing - when did slightly warmer become more feared than the known quick death from cold?

This ones for you noms - where is the evidence outside of the iPCC's scary computer games that there is actually anything to fear? Even in AR5 the likelihood of anything bad happening within the next 100 years is extremely unlikely to not very likely!

Stop being afraid of science - there is nothing to fear except wilful ignorance - and the precautionary principle is for cowards and slaves. Nature is not fragile it exists in evolutionary stable systems - and the more CO2 in the atmosphere the more the biosphere responds.

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

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Facepalm

Re: Password generation

Nope all my passwords are now "correct horse battery staple" as it's the only one I can remember....

Thank you XKCD!

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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Joke

Which is why.....

My password is set to "f* off copper I'll never tell you my password".......

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

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Black Helicopters

"is not monitoring and will not monitor"

The translated transcripts on the other hand............

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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Sun alarm clocks

I have one of those sun alarm clocks that 30 minutes before the alarm goes off (option of radio, birdsong, waves, beeps or frogs) slowly and gently lights up.

I now wake up half an hour before I need to.....

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Unhappy

Simple mathematics

If you take from the rich you make them into poor people. If you take from the poor they are still poor and there's so many more of them to take from. Ergo take from the poor and give to the rich for perpetual economic good times......

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Re: SteamOS

There are quite a few games that now run on linux (and I've tried using Mint 14). The notables are the valve games L4D, TF2, Portal, and HL. I've also tried Trine and the X games. The good thing is you buy one (windows version) and you get the Mac and Linux ones to use as well.

The idea of having monster machine with all the heat and noise issues somewhere else and streaming the games to a quiet little box in the living room appeals to me and solves the associated power/heat/noise problems.

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Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

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Paris Hilton

Everyone knows you get better pr0n that way........

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

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FAIL

Re: I wouldn't mind except they are lying

I can't get the check box to work.........

:D

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Happy

Re: Copyright on what exactly?

I would like to license your list to enable my shopping function - can you supply pricing for a single use?

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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

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Joke

I can see multiple packages of the XBox One available

Premium edtion - includes 1 Surface RT

Classic (cheaper edition) - includes 2 Surface RTs.....

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US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. DEAL WITH IT'

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FAIL

Deniers like...

Dana Nuccitelli?

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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There are some depraved people in the world

And all of them have internet access.

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

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All ISPs to announce "we've blocked all the Child porn".

And as soon as someone says "no you haven't" arrest them under the strict liability law....

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ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...

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WTF?

Re: Difference between comments and forums

Psychological projection perhaps? Biffa, Man and Marcott are the epitome of cherry pickers.

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Re: YES - Move Mr. Page to Forums.

So you prefer churnalism to journalism?

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Increase CO2 and plants use less water to grow.

No one is suggesting plants will no longer need any moisture (though this can be obtained from the atmosphere rather than root osmosis) .

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US gov SMASHES UP TVs and MICE to nuke tiny malware outbreak

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Definitely possible

I know we used the Y2K thing as an excuse to upgrade the rusty 486's we had lying around.

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Decade to 2010 was hottest, wettest: WMO

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FAIL

Re: Less than 1 degree since 1880

And how many did you have in 1880?

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Less than 1 degree since 1880

Woopie do.

Not even enough to escape the error bars of the thermometers.

So doubling CO2 has led to less than 1 degree.

Can I have my taxes back?

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O2 and Capita finally ink £1.2bn outsourcing deal

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Coffee/keyboard

Well it ony took an hour and ten.....

To cancel my contract - transcript available :o)

Time to take my PAC elsewhere.

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Coat

Time to change supplier

I've been meaning to leave O2 for awhile - news like this is just the kick up the backside I needed.

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Oz's 2013 heatwave was man made

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Stop

Re: CO2 levels

Erm no they haven't. Whilst some increase can be attributed to mankind the out gassing of the oceans as the earth rebounded from the little ice age is responsible for a fair amount of CO2. Also if you haven't noticed the increase in CO2 has increased the "green" - we are improving our deserts with this increase in plant food. I'd also like to inform you that CO2 does not "trap" heat. It may effect lapse rates but only when H2O is not present (the main GHG) and whilst your Hiroshima bomb quote is only relevent if Trenberth's "missing" heat actually exists (and is not a figment of poor energy balance assumptions) spead thoughout the atmosphere is less than a drop to an ocean (And I thought the current CAGW nonsense was "it's all gone in the oceans" - in which case where's the problem?)

Shall we look at some other measurements that Nasa conducted? Like measuring the troposphere that should have pronounced warming if the CO2 theory was correct? How'd that one go?

You cannot change the laws of thermodynamics but given as they rely on equibrium and closed systems you can ignore them for the atmosphere.

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Woo Woo alarm......

So man induced global climate change is causing warmer weather in Austrailia during the summer - proof provided by running lots of models with no skill and comparing with an unreliable temperature record. Woopie do. Well done you pseudo science guys.

The thermosphere has already shrunk and have a look at the ice caps why don't you? And you're worried about warmer weather?

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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Stop

Broken it already.....

But then fixed it. Not Mint's fault but just a little warning to AMD/ATI gpu owners out there. I use dual screens which work fine with the installed driver (2D) but won't run any 3D direct compute (open CL) - obviously. Now the word of warning - if you have a HD 6XXX or 7XXX (6570 or 7750 in my experience) do not use the flgp drivers and then try to extend the desktop - kills cinnamon stone dead and trying to back track creates havok in the gnome-like fall back desktop.

Install the latest drivers from the AMD website and extend (multi desktop on multi monitors) in Catalyst. Other than that - nice clean desktop environment and looking forward to trying the L4D2 beta when I get home tonight (no games huh?)

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Rise of the Machines: How computers took over the stock market

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Holmes

Hmmmmmm

So with a bit of judicious share reaction watching you could highlight a particular spread - short on those shares - as the HFTs kickdown, ride the wave and profit on the rebalance?

Or am I missing something?

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Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

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Coat

Well if she stopped playing the game like a girl.....

Too soon?

Oh.

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Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

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Re: Sigh

I was going to post a "so if those arn't spiral arms, more spiral legs, that makes us a spiral eurggh" type comment but you got there first.......

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Holmes

Re: Iraq?!

Have an upvote for answering your own question......

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Fancy some mobile filth? New logo tells you when not to bother

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Devil

Is porn a problem?

As a nation (UK) sex has always been a taboo - whilst in other more Scandinavian countries sex/porn has always been more accessible. Now unless we are suggesting Scandinavia is a cess pit of biblical proportions perhaps this anti porn thing is a little hysterical?

Maybe more porn of the sort we wish to encourage (loving situations between adults) is the answer not draconian lock downs that encourage work arounds that expose the less wholesome side of the internet?

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Warming: 6°C unlikely, 2°C nearly certain

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Pint

Re: They have discovered the oceans are thermal sinks now. Nice.

Erm Noms - when it's summer in the Arctic it's winter in the Antarctic. PS you might went to tone back the Arctic ice loss panic, the hysteria might come back to haunt you (we only have 30 years of satellite data not even one full cycle) . Also given as an ice free artic allows the ocean to cool quicker it might be self limiting.

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Re: Waking up from the slumber...

Have an upvote for mentioning classic shell. I installed win8 on my spare machine knowing sometime down the road some of my family will need help with a "new PC" - so a little knowledge of the latest MS OS is a necessary thing (don't want to spend more time with family than I have to). I will be carrying classic shell on a USB stick along with all the other usual tools (ccleaner, defraggler, malwarebytes, boot-able AV software: atm kapersky) just to improve the MS experience the next time I need to visit.....

As to the 8.1 faux start menu - guess we'll have to wait for 8.2 then.

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