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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: The big fight will begin....

I still have two machines running vista (HTPCs) - font rendering is far sharper than Win 7 or above at 1920x1080. Admittedly I am looking to migrate both onto a Linux variant at some point.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Pint

Probably pointless....

But I have responded to the consultation - though I had to use the politician's technique of answering the questions I wanted to answer and not the ones offered.

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Re: The Great Thing About the Internet

Have an up-vote for winning the stating the bloody obvious award of the day!

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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Like DAB radio

The smart meter technology is already out of date. But like DAB radio the government is unable to contemplate that the technology is outdated/unwanted/unneeded and offers nothing to the consumer they can not get elsewhere better and cheaper. A small monitoring device which communicates with a smart meter app is all that is required to give the "benefits" to the consumer, they don't need a LCD display, and they don't need the ability for the power companies to remotely turn off their power.

I've had the same conversation as a poster above but refused one one the grounds that it did not encrypt what I considered personal data (the times I am at home or not - as I live alone this would be easy to determine) and as such contravened the data protection act. Via DD they already have control of how much I pay them the least they can do is ensure I have power when I want it.

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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

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Re: "Next week, I shall review the Large Hadron Collider for Gizmodo."

Plenty of other particle accelerators to compare it with:

http://www-elsa.physik.uni-bonn.de/accelerator_list.html

But I'm sure there will soon be an app.

PS - bumped into Steel Panther at the launch of COD Modern Warfare 3 - so there's the IT angle if you needed one.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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New and improved?

So we've been putting up with old and inferior all these years. Scepticism, sarcasm with a healthy dosage of irreverence (and irrelevance from time to time) is why I keep reading El reg, would be a shame if it morphed into just another tech news website.

One thing though; "peer" review isn't a gold standard and is heavily weighted by the journal it is published in (the nonsense that gets in "Nature Climate Change" for example) - and retraction watch should be compulsory reading for any article writers relying on "peer" review for "evidence based" stories.

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El Reg picked a pack of ace pic-titlers

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Whilst they appreciated the enthusiasm...

Lucy couldn't quite muster the decorum required when working on the Samaritans' help desk.

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UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

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Time to ring up Sky Broadband....

"Hi is that Sky broadband - I've heard you can now block pron sites?"

"Yes sir indeed we can"

"Excellent may I have a full list of the sites that are blocked using you new routers?"

"Of course - we can send the list to your sky email account."

"Sorry I don't have a Sky account any chance you can email the list to *****@virgin.net?"

"We can - are you thinking of joining Sky to get this service?"

"Dear lord no - just wanted to get my weekend sorted....."

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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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Re: The problem is that Critical Thinking is not taught in School

Whilst studying comparative religion an ability to critically assess different theologies was a boon. I suspect the cognitive dissonance suffered by accepting all theologies are true would have weeded out those unable to use critical thought.......

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Food, water, batteries, medical supplies, ammo … and Windows 7 PCs

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Re: Another highly satisfied Mint user here.

I would normally recommend Mint as a windows alternative - but for older hardware (designed for XP and earlier) I have converted to Lubuntu. My old Dell Latitude laptop (core Duo - 2GB) zips along with this LXDE Ubuntu spin-off.

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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Time for operation haystack

All I need is a nice little worm that will spoof IP addresses and create a bogus random browsing history. Infect a couple of more popular ISPs used by MPs and bob's your man from uncle. Plausible deniability for all.......

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

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Amstrad CPC

No mention of the Amstrad CPC version? - much more colourful than the Spectrum version.... Cannon fire was continuous - fire button released you heat seekers.

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Sharp's new TV has over 7,000 lines of pixels – but there's NOTHING TO WATCH

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My TV

Only has 1920x1080 pixels - and there is still nothing to watch.....

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Man given positive pregnancy test in an Apple Watch box

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Re: Tasteless, and not funny.

Succinct review of the iWatch Jake. Well done.

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Arctic summer ice cover is 31st HIGHEST EVER RECORDED

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No we won't

There is zero chance of ending up like Venus (well until we are both engulfed by the Sun as it Red-giants as the hydrogen is depleted). The Earth is a water planet - the water exists in all three states. That buffers the temperature of the Earth - total energy with the Earth's system can only be determined when you know the ratio of vapour to liquid to solid H2O. This will adapt if there is more energy or less energy (until ice ball earth) keeping the temperature fairly stable.

CO2 can only theoretically have an effect where there isn't any H2O - (especially with the overlap in IR absorption spectra)

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Vanished global warming may not return – UK Met Office

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Re: record temperatures every year, who said it stopped and why the biased article title?

It has passed 1 degree since the beginning of the industrial revolution (though technically "Mann" can only be blamed since 1950) so we have only 100 years to save the earth from being slightly more pleasant .... again why worry?

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Re: record temperatures every year, who said it stopped and why the biased article title?

So 200 years needed before the dreaded 2 degrees (invented figure by an economist) is reached?

Why are we concerned again?

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Struggling AMD re-orgs graphics groups as Radeon Technologies

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A lot of hate for ATI

Yet for desktop GPUs (since my humble 2400XT) I've never had a problem with drivers for windows. Linux has always suffered a bit though one generation behind the latest cards have always been fine - (I've had in various builds with HD3450, 4550, 5550, 5870, 6570, 7750 and R9 270)

Red screened on win 8 with beta drivers but never had a problem with the latest builds. All the above cards are still being used in various machines amongst friends and family members (not a single hardware failure yet - mixture of brands though the majority are Sapphire).

The laptops I've had recently have been NVidia (525M and 660M) so I'm not a rabid fan-boi.

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Boffins build magnetic field cloak 'wormhole', could help MRI scanners

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Re: Easy...

I think that definitely can be listed under the "not exactly helpful" column. Horrible things MRI scanners (I've been in two so far) - if you want to experience the feeling put yourself in a old steel rubbish bin and have and angry dwarf randomly whack the outside with a cricket bat. And if you move you have to restart the process........

Not sure why the cricket bat wielder must be vertically challenged but adds to the overall strangeness which you will also feel.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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After manually searching his complete directory tree, Geoff was most perturbed to discover his pron collection had been removed....

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Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

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4K - not for awhile

Given the costs involved (and unless my six numbers come up in the meantime) It will be sometime before I even contemplate 4K gaming (only on 28 inches of 1920x1200 at the moment). Next step up will be 1440p which requires a new monitor and a new GPU (adding another R9 270 in Xfire would probably do it but the 2 GB frame buffer may struggle at 1440).

So minimum spend is in the £500 to even go that one step closer - I'll have to pass for a few months at least. Enjoy your monster rig but try not to rub it in too much.......

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Alien

So I spent Saturday...

Upgrading the other half's Alienware machine from Win 7 pro..... took hours.....

Long story short:

She now has a lovely clean install of Win 7 pro.

I'll try again sometime but I think I'll wait until the official - your upgrade is ready - message.

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Re: DRM again........

Suggestions? I haven't found any that don't require a periodic update to play the latest Blu-ray discs. It is getting to the stage that I will rip his disks for him and provide them on a USB stick - but this removes his independence on buying and playing what he wants when he wants.

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Re: DRM again........

His HTPC also gives him access to email, the internet, google earth etc. Why he should be forced to purchase software again and again just to use the Blu-ray player which he already owns, a little harsh don't you think?

Yes a separate player is possible but then you need to change the source with the tv remote (with it's little buttons) and use another remote for the separate player. If you suffer with poor eyesight you may understand that an HTPC can have the buttons on screen as large as you need them, the controls of a mouse and backlit keyboard are far superior than a small remote control.

Streaming in HD will by the way forward - as Blu-ray is destroying itself.

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DRM again........

My father's primary form of entertainment is TV and film due to reduced mobility and eyesight (50 inch screen up-close helps with that). BD though is a huge problem - he recently purchased Interstellar and it would no-longer play on his HTPC as the Power DVD 10 BD edition required an upgrade..... out of support.... want another £50 of him to upgrade to Power DVD 14 BD. This happened previously with Power DVD 7 BD edition...

So understandably he is no longer going to bother with Blu-ray.

When being legal exposes you to extortion you tend to give up on it. The sooner Blu-ray dies the better for everyone.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Re: Oh wow...

My nephew is using my 9 year old workstation as his gaming rig (Dual Xeon Dell Precision) . Doesn't seem to suffer too much :)

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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I had a similar issue.....

With EA over Christmas - google EA Fifa 15 fraud (other search engines are available) - ended up being locked out of my origin account for a month until it was sorted.

The presumption of guilt was the most annoying thing and I'm of a mind to never purchase anything from EA ever again.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: Those Bell inequalities...

idkfa

Just checking.....

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Drinking games: Tapper 1983, this Bud's for you...

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Re: I had the C64 version

Definitely a me too. Never got passed the sports stages - and the stress from sending an extra beer (IIRC the more full the beer mug the greater the distance the patrons were thrown back) - great game. Uridium huh? More of a Paradroid fan myself.

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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FAIL

Small self selecting sample..

Proves conclusion predetermined by researchers. Film at 11.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Mushroom

Re: to places where Climate change is real.

I didn't down vote but mightily tempted now - repeat after me weather does not equal climate. Also flooding is a civil engineering problem (well except during Noah's time) there used be a time when humans would find solutions to problems not run around in fear.....

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: The Register Has Failed to Register the Larger Context of the 2014 Record

It depends on whose measure you use - 2014 was an El Nino year if you use Japan Meteorological Agency's metric http://ds.data.jma.go.jp/tcc/tcc/products/elnino/outlook.html

I'm not sure where you get your land temperature data from but given as the "back with a vengeance" cannot be seen in the lower troposphere data (https://bobtisdale.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/05-rss-tlt.png) then I suspect it is a figment of your imagination.

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Re: The Register Has Failed to Register the Larger Context of the 2014 Record

Muller was never a skeptic - more than enough evidence online to disprove this line. Warm does not equal warming - if CO2 drives temperature, warm doesn't cut it only warmer will do.

2014 was "almost" an El Nino year (under certain definitions it was) - it was predicted to be one and hoped for by many on the warmer side of the debate (that it wasn't might be a concern to amount of energy "stored" in the oceans) .

The complete failure of the models to predict temperature would imply our understanding of the climate is not good enough for scientists (google Prof Phil Jones and 15 years) and definitely not good enough for policy - especially ones designed to keep developing nations poor and to kill the old in the UK.

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

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Re: Nobody Cares!

Agreed. Now how do I register internet.meh?

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: I am a UKIP member.

Building up a deficit during the boom years was not mismanagement of the country's finances? I suspect you are guilty of not understanding economics. France and Germany are economic competitors, their economies are not "on our side". Irrespective of your feelings against UKIP your arguments are not particularly coherent.

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Re: "the domain name doesn't expire until 22 March 2016"

They won't need it then as they will be UKIP.gov.uk

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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So looking forward to my next call from...

"Windows technical support as there is a problem with your computer." - cold call.

Instead of my usual nonsense I will now ask if they have addressed this.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Re: Elite has so far never worked for me

If that's the error from the launcher have you tried adding a rule to your firewall to allow the launcher .exe through?

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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And a mention for my favorite Hex editor......

XVI32 - for when you really need to edit a text file.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: Nuclear Power

Citation required: Uranium (fission) is still simply too dangerous to mine, extract & use as well as the dangers of theft.

Please provide deaths per MWh in comparison with all other forms of energy generation. Also add in protected bird and bat populations as well ;o)

Seriously though fission is good and safe enough for the majority of base load generation (ask France) with gas (either fracked or not) for peak loads. Of course though all fuels are renewable (many take a bit longer than others) it's the rate of use that may not be sustainable.

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Dragon Age, Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

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Still trying to....

Finish off all the content of DA1 (and awakening) - never seem to have enough time to sit down and play through it all. Might get my grubby mitts on this over Christmas and put some time in. Is DA2 worth paying budget prices for or should I skip it?

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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Very pretty but contradicts observations...

Like the ones GOSAT has been taking http://data.gosat.nies.go.jp/GosatBrowseImage/browseImage/fts_l2_swir_co2_gallery_en.html

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Wind farms make you sick claims blown away again

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So they didn't include every community near.....

a wind farm. Cherry picked communities perhaps?

Who funded this study?

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Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

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Seriously?

Where's the causation? Have they really eliminated any other factors or is it purely the "must be climate change" meme? Have they assessed the feed, local flora, grazing range, local populations (greater population would lead to more competition for resources reducing overall size over generations)?

Nope climate change- even though no one has been measuring climate for years (near surface temps are not climate).

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Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

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I've been a Cloud Observational Expert for years....

Then they told me to stop looking out the window and get on with some work......

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Demon Seed anyone?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075931/

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Surface temperature response is only....

One way more energy in the system can be arranged. Given the atmosphere can contain H2O in all its states simultaneously - an increase at surface level in average kinetic energy is very unlikely and would only occur in the simplest of systems. So no "whilst the level of CO2 in the atmosphere is still increasing" it doesn't follow that "therefore so will the [surface]temperature."

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Re: oracle@delphi.gr

No Statistically significant warming - ergo you cannot differentiate it from zero (allowing for errors etc.)

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Wow truly wow

1870 - 2004 - period of 134 years (little consistent methodology)

1950 - 2009 - period of 59 years (mixed methodology)

1993 - 2009 - period of 16 years (current methodology)

And you are comparing rates of change? Seriously? Where did they learn statistics?

2 - IPCC AR5 - try reading the CAGW bible for a change and you'll see no link with "extreme weather"

3 - nope no warming in over half the satellite record. Try doing 2013-2003, 2003-1993 etc and see if your decadal pattern holds..... "upper ocean warming" - hmm pretty flat since 2010.....

Winter is coming.

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Re: Winters coming.

No unfortunately it isn't (global ice is up). And no unfortunately it won't - albedo of water at north pole due to the angle of incidence is not vastly dissimilar to ice at the north pole - ergo the growing at the south pole especially as the area increase reflects more radiation (angle of incidence is less) is of great concern....

Winter is coming.

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