* Posts by nematoad

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Hmm.

Just a thought.

The phrase "Too smart for their own good." came to mind when I read this piece.

My Mini Cooper S has three manual keys. One for the ignition, one for the doors and one for the filler cap. The immobilser is the only electronic key on the car and that HAS been a right PITA at times.

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'Logjam' crypto bug could be how the NSA cracked VPNs

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Whoa!

"...and generate a new and unique 2048-bit Diffie-Hellman group.

Steady on. This could be construed as encouraging terrorist activities. Just like the spooks have warned us. After all, they only have our best interests at heart.

Joke alert icon used as there isn't a sarcasm one.

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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"Seriously though, talk about a solution to a problem that doesn't exist!"

I completely agree. It's about time someone took these characters into a room and made them write out the Unix mantra one thousand times

"Do one thing and do it well."

Oh and I corrected your typo.

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Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL privacy, warn Belgian data cops

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"Oh the ironing..."

Yeah, you shouldn't get too starchy over Facebook's practises.

Could it be that you meant irony?

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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Re: Well, what a surprise!

"To be fair, I bet the Labor Party would not be above this either."

What, you mean the Australians have had a hand in this?

Oh, I see, you probably meant the Labour Party.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Keep calm and carry on.

"I have a feeling that most people in this country are going to hate this government by 2020."

Do not despair. Yes we have a Tory government but one with a very small majority. If you can, remember what happened to John Major in 1992. He had a majority of 21 IIRC and that soon disappeared.

Hold on, keep your nerve and get the popcorn in. This could be interesting. Though it will get nasty for a while.

One last thing, I find myself in agreement with Theresa May to my astonishment. Yes the Tories are "The nasty party."

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: Evidence

"Likely because they want to protect the guilty, er, innocent."

Maybe, more likely someone running around doing random down-voting.

You can see down votes given to the most uncontentious, factual explanations on this forum. I've no idea why.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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And in the meantime?

Yes the Conservatives won the election and yes the stockmarket rose on the news. The same with the pound. But what happens now?

I foresee trouble ahead. The pledge Cameron has made to hold an in out referendum will sow FUD across the financial world. What's that likely to do to shares, eh? I'm told that business does not like uncertainty so will they hold back investment? Will foreign companies defer investing here? I don't know, if I did I would have a bet on the pound losing ground against the Euro and the US Dollar.

One thing you can be sure of, not everyone will suffer if things go bad. The rich will shift their money elsewhere and firms will look to see where the grass is greener. Some will make a lot of money out of it all but I think that it probably won't be me or anyone I know.

All very depressing but I still have hope that sense will prevail, if not a few by-elections may change the make-up of the House of Commons

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Now Smartflash wants $1.6bn for its iTunes patents. Apple: You'll get nothing and like it!

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Re: A pox on both of their houses

Agreed.

They may a pair of litigious, greedy lowlifes but it would seem that in the US the one with the biggest bank balance must be right. Otherwise why have they got so much money?

It's a strange echo of the Ancient Greek belief that if someone was beautiful then they could not possibly be evil.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: In fact, warning does make sense

"some berries, e.g. tomatoes, aren't even fruit."

Yes they are, it's just that they are not sweet.

By your argument avocados would not qualify as fruit either.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Well, as far as I know Suse, Ubuntu and Debian and a lot of the derivatives never had to reboot except when changing kernels. Now that they have changed over to systemd they will. Just like with pulseaudio, also I believe from Poettering & co.

Of course you haven't noticed a change in behaviour in your distro, you already have that "feature" so what you had is what you have got, it's just every other distro is just making its acquaintance.

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"Now when they get good enough to not require any restart except for kernel patches..."

Well, don't look at the majority of Linux distros if you decide to jump ship. With the advent of systemd, they'll all be rebooting at the drop of a hat.

Damn Poettering, Red Hat, et al for trying to turn my Linux box into a poor imitation of Windows.

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Docker ascendancy's ignites a flak-in-the-box cloud arms race

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?

"Rocket offers some real advantage over Docker...arguably, more in line with the popular Unix philosophy of small parts loosely joined."

Maybe not if it is using systemd. The whole rationale behind systemd is to integrate everything and make it so that everything has one point of contact.

A good discussion of the use of systemd with servers can be found:

Here

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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

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It's in the title.

Any ideas? Tell us in the comments if you can reverse-engineer the NPL's shonky sums.

Being as it is a quote from the national Physical Laboratory it'll be quantum.

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: eCall – Do you have any concerns for your privacy? You shouldn't ...

'I like how it doesn't say "That's not going to happen."'

I don't.

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

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Re: why

you can now buy hard copies of games at local stores that still require you to connect to Steam to activate...

Yes, Skyrim being a very good example.

I got a retail CD version and *still* had to go through through dreadful process of downloading the whole bloody game from Valve. Skyrim is not my favourite in the Elder Scrolls series but I would have had more time for it if it was not shackled to Valve as tightly as it is.

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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Re: Ah, but.

You built your own laptop ? Impressive.

Not personally, as a former support person I consider laptops to be the spawn of the devil. but it can be done.

See here:

and

Here

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Ah, but.

" I was forced to purchase a Windows license with each of my PCs..."

Real geeks build their own.

Then you know what's in it and you don't have to pay the "Windows tax"

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TURKEY-SIZED 'platypus' T. REX found by kid BAFFLES boffins

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A question.

If as Fernando Novas says Chilesaurus was so abundant and the beds are well known why was this species only discovered recently?

A bit of spin perhaps?

Surely not.

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Internet kingmakers drop ego, devise future of DNS, IP addys etc

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OK.

"... the US wants to step away from ruling the internet like an unelected king..."

"ICANN, of course, would love to run IANA all by itself..."

The King is dead, long live the King!

So we are swapping a supposedly accountable authority. (The US government.) for a non-accountable authority with a long track record of arbitrary decisions favouring their own interests.

What's in it for the rest of us?

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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Re: so what if you can't upgrade it?

"why would anyone expect to upgrade/replace parts in their watch?"

You obviously haven't been on any of the watch enthusiast sites then.

See here:

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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"When are Boing, Airbus, etx..."

Boing? Are they making aircraft now? I thought it was pogo sticks.

You probably meant BOEING.

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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

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Childcatcher

For some reason this news made me think of the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

I wonder why.

Maybe it's the idea of a pretty looking gift being offered and when anyone takes up the offer Bang, straight into the cage.

A long spoon may be called for here.

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Google has tested its speedy QUIC internet protocol on YOU – and the early results are in

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Re: Nope

Beat me to it,

I too have avoided Google for a long while. As AC says use Duckduckgo and keep away from Google's prying eye. As for Chrome, forget it, I'll stick to Palemoon, all the Firefox goodness without the Australis crap.

"So when do we all get to benefit from this?"

That made me chuckle, Google doing something altruistic or in the public interest? Might be in another reality but not this one sadly.

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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FAIL

Sigh

"Because the external hard drive is infected with these Trojans, however, Plaintiffs and their attorney are unable to safely access the materials on the drive..."

Now I know that this guy is a lawyer and his clients are, or were, police officers but did they get no advice from the security expert who scanned the HDD and found these nasties? If he was up to the job he could have pointed out that if the HDD had been read with a PC running Linux they would have been able to see what was on the drive. The malware on the HDD are as far as I know Windows only and would not have affected a Linux box.

On the other hand it would have knocked a big hole in their case.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Re: US officials haven't accepted anything

" I think the 10% revenue fine thing they claim to have the power for ridiculous..."

Claim has nothing to do with it. I think that you will find that the EU actually *does* have the power to fine a company 10% of revenue if found to be in violation of the rules in the EU.

As the old saying goes "If you can't do the time don't do the crime." I'm not saying that Google has done anything wrong, but if it is found that they have then the 10% fine is in my opinion entirely justified. Oh, a final thought, the 10% bit is the maximum that the EU can impose, not the amount they must impose.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Generalisation Considered Harmful

" ...the Radio 4 audience, which can name every character in A Merchant of Venice but who’ve never heard of Ada Lovelace or Gordon Moore..."

Don't generalise, it hurts your credibility.

I am a Radio 4 listener and I can't for the life of me remember the dramatis personae in A Merchant of Venice but I have heard of Ada Lovelace and Gordon Moore. I can't program to save my life but I did have a very well paid career in support roles. Thanks MS :-)

Not all arts graduates are technologically illiterate.

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Credit card factories given new secure manufacturing rules

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Oh?

"admins will need to separate <sensitive data type> "

"used to protect <sensitive data type>"

"and ensu[r]ing <sensitive data type> "

Is there something they are not telling us?

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Foreign firms must obey EU laws no matter where they're based, says EU. Hear that, Google?

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Re: Tit for Tat, EU. We can do that too!

"Just because some company does business in another country does not mean that their entire corporate structure and national sovreignity is exposed to the laws of that country."

No, certainly not, but when you do business on our territory you play by our rules or you don't do business here.

Though it does seem that the US is not in a position to lecture others on that. See

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Re: Strict privacy laws

"Not trying to make google out as good but the various govs do have difficulty looking like the soldiers of virtue and protectors of the people."

Yes, but who do we have the ability to actually vote out if we do not like what they are getting up to?

OK, I know that when we vote we often get more of the same but with a different coloured label attached, and yes there is a democratic deficiency with a lot of the institutions of the EU. What is the alternative? Do we blindly go down the route that companies in the US seem to prefer, i.e "All your data are belong to us." Or do we at least try and rein them in using the tools and levers that we have?

I know which I would prefer.

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TTIP: Protect our privacy in EU-US trade deal or ELSE, snarl MEPs

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WTF?

What?

“...unambiguous, horizontal, self-standing provision”

What in hell does that mean?

Now if it was a vertical, self-standing provision" it might make a little more sense. It must be one of those things that have got lost in translation.

Another thing, "...the EU Parliament could hold the Commission to ransom." I'm not sure if that is the way to put it. More like the EU Parliament is actually doing what it was elected to do i.e. to oversee the EU Commission and keep it in check.

I think we need all the help we can get looking at the prime movers of this secretive and potentially disastrous treaty that is being cooked up out of our sight.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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Stop

Wait a minute.

"Among the issues found were: open debugging interfaces that could allow remote attackers to run arbitrary code on a device itself, such as spyware; serious protocol weaknesses that could allow passive observers to access sensitive data; and lack of adherence to best practices.."

Perhaps we would all be better off waiting for SP2.

Seriously, this whole thing is starting to look like a solution in search of a problem. I'm going to stay away from this stuff.

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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Re: What study?

"If Apple got the likes of Aldi and Lidl..."

That might be a bit of a problem. The likes of Apple have one kind of market, the high "If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it." end of the market. Aldi and Lidl more for the "Watch every penny end."

On the other hand if someone has splashed out on an iThing then maybe they do need to watch what little money they have left.

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Get it here

"... but look for other distros to begin incorporating Xfce 4.12 into their releases later this year."

PCLinuxOS being a rolling release already has it in its repositories, I'm getting it even as I write.

Looks good so far.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Re: That Dutch MEP nailed it pretty much

It's a pity that not being Dutch I can't vote for her.

A politician in touch with what real people think and feel.

Who'd 'a thunk it?

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FCC supremo slams big cable in gridiron Robin Hood metaphor mash-up

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A difficult balancing act.

I have no idea how bad things can be in the US, I don't live there; but if anecdotal evidence is anything to go by it can be a bit of a lottery as to whether or not you have a decent broadband connection.

If ISPs were given the freedom to fully control their bandwidth as they like it may well become even more chancy.

I think that the FCC is in a difficult position between the telcos and the likes of Google and Facebook. They all want to have the playing field tilted in their favour and as they have pots of money and can afford to deploy lots of lawyers they are going to fight like mad to keep as much of an advantage as they can. With that sort of battle going on the only people that will lose out are the consumers, those poor saps who in the end actually pay for all of this.

I think that Kieron McCarthy is wrong in his analysis. The FCC needs to hold the balance between two camps of money hungry would-be monopolists and try and ensure that the customers are given the choice and service that they deserve.

Capitalism is said to be the least bad way of running an economy but if left unchecked it can and will turn very nasty as it becomes a case of "Take what you can, give nothing back."

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VMware tells partners, punters, to pay higher prices (probably)

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WTF?

Oh?

" We do this as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that VMware customers receive value significantly in excess of the prices we charge.”

If so how are they still in business? Or are they a charity?

No, didn't think so. PR BS at its finest.

Looks like VMware have taken a franchise on Apple's reality distortion field.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

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Eh?

Does my broadband feel faster?

No, it bloody well does not.

Akamai says it went up 20 per cent

I think that these reports are leaking in from a parallel universe.

4.5 Mbps? I wish.

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Metro app meets Windows 10. A Microsoft win? Maybe after a little improvement

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Looks like MS is going for the lowest common denominator.

It should be interesting to see how that works out. It's like trying to fit a quart into a pint pot. A good trick if you can pull it off.

If the new BBC News website is anything to go by there will be lots of white space, flat ugly icons, tiny fonts and a lot of confusion. Though of course anyone using Windows 8.X is used to that by now.

I don't have a smart 'phone, a tablet or any desire to go into the cloud so all this effort is doing is irritate me. But then I am, like J Clarkson a "Dinosaur" so it's not really aimed at the likes of me.

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Microsoft enlists web security pariah Adobe to help build Internet Explorer-killer Spartan

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Re: Are they already finding excuses for flaws in sofware they did not release yet ?

"... for an existing browser like firefox, improve a proven code base..."

Yes, get rid of all that Australis crap for a start.

Though I wouldn't hold my breath. FF runs on Linux so is probably persona non grata round Redmond way.

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Caught on camera: ICANN CEO slams the internet's kingmakers

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Ah!

"... that sees the organization given full control over the contract in return for some improvements in ICANN's processes."

Or in other words having the fox in control of the hen house.

ICANN already has an unfortunate reputation for being opaque and unaccountable despite measure supposedly put in place to keep them under control. If the Netmundial fiasco was anything to go by, with a stacked committee and permanent places for ICANN and its friends than they are the last people to be given full control of IANA.

Arm's length and strict supervision is what is needed with this bunch of would-be commissars.

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Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

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Re: I don't get it at all.

I didn't get it either. Not because I was given a choice, I wasn't, but because of the terrible mobile coverage where I live meant that they couldn't foist one of those things on me.

Living in a not-spot is usually a real pain, but not in this case.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: This herecy from Fanbois hurts the my eyes

"It is about time Apple changes its warranty regulations so it is entitled to fine fanbois going public with negative feedback..."

No, that's already been tried by some company called Roca Labs and it has not played well for them.

See here

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Re: Wipeout!

"... issues like this do a little more than just harming the reputation of Apple ..."

I'm not sure that they do. We've been here before with "Antennagate" and so on and Apple's sales just keep going up and up.

It seems that buying an Apple product is less about the actual thing and more into buying into the cult. Very subjective and not susceptible to argument of any kind.

Apple are now in the position that MS was a few years ago. They think that they can do no wrong, any criticism or difference of opinion seems to be ignored and/or dismissed. "You are holding it wrong." or in this case "You are cleaning it wrong."

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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Re: Is it just me ...

I have to say that I can't remember '80's GUIs looking as bad as this, though my memory is failing. One explanation may be that we did not have the computing power to do anything fancier back then, but now?

I think that the screenshots are pretty unappealing. Does it have to be this ugly?

It is better than Windows 2.1. Though not by much.

Who is all this supposed to be aimed at? I've no idea, but they do say that the "retro" look is in at the moment.

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Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

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Re: So if I don't use Azure then I can't have a biometric login either?

Agreed, this is AKA as "Lock-in" I foresee that if you want to use one of MS's services sooner or later you will have to use this system. And it will be deliberately incompatible to any other similar systems out there. OOXML anyone?

'We’re really excited about taking another step with Windows 10 to make computing more personal, and more secure, with Windows Hello and “Passport”.'

I bet they are, you just can't get away from these characters can you?

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

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I don't know.

"Windows 7 and 8 users will still have IE, although Microsoft is doing its best to make those operating system builds a dying breed."

I don't know about Windows 7, I've never used it, but as far as I can see Windows 8 if not actually DOA was brain-dead from birth.

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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"Mark Zuckerberg apparently "goes to great lengths to protect the privacy of his personal life"

Well Zuckerberg is rich, he's allowed to be a hypocrite and he has the lawyers to tell you so if you question it.

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