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Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations

Vince

Several years ago? Why, were you running an operating system in a time machine sometime in the future, since 2012 R2 hasn't been out for "years".

Or do you mean 2008 R2 in which case your entire comment is invalid since the article is talking about a specific version.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Doesn't sound like he knows what he is talking about to me...

"Netflix generates huge amounts of wasteful, redundant traffic and then refuses to allow ISPs to correct this inefficiency via caching"

So this doesn't exist then: https://www.netflix.com/openconnect

...for example.

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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4G smugness

Can't help but feel smug, he said, writing this tethered by 4G in his office, in the basement.

My phone spends about 40% of it's life on 4G (thanks three) and the rest on 3G. I don't have 2G enabled on my phones at all...

It should be this way for everyone though, I agree. Call quality on 2G sucks, never mind data.

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

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Re: As a Moto G user

Yes they do indeed update it more often, however:

(A) On Android most of the stuff is an App and not in the OS itself, so the functionality itself gets regular updates.

(B) Most of what Apple adds is stuff Android has had for several versions at least now, so it's not such a benefit getting what everyone else already had.

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

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"That brings back memories from a long time ago. Is it still a large, round underground chamber? Always made me think of a dungeon when I was a sprog :)"

Sorry no - they've redeveloped the whole area - in fact they're re-re-developing the branch again now - which is why for a couple of weeks I haven't been able to pay money in etc.

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"Barclays Bank is following the lead of London Underground and replacing counter staff with machines and people loitering around to show customers how to use them."

They've been doing that in the Exeter branch for ages and it's seriously annoying because as soon as you walk in there they pounce on you, so every time you have to explain you're clueful enough to use the machines on your own, and then the second they hear a noise from the machine they're over - assuming you're unable to cope rather than simply still feeding the paying in machine a few notes at a time.

And just **** off with iPads everywhere. God the totally un-necessary and utterly pointless use of them is really grinding my gears. Go into certain stores and they now have them in horrid mounts in an effort to find any excuse for them to be used - as if having them somehow makes it better. So instead of the nice big easy touchscreens we used to have, we now have overpriced small screen ipads in ridiculous anti-theft cases. Yes, much better and a real improvement in usability. Said nobody, ever.

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: Is this the review of a camera or a phone?

Sync = mandatory? Weird because I can choose.

Plain SMTP Auth works just fine to my MTA - maybe yours is broken.

Skype - I'm logged in with my "old" credentials

"Interminable menus" - give me an example?

SatNav - what are you using? Here maps is very goodf.

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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Re: It could be their best chance for a solid return...

I'm not sure what I think of the Passport per-se but the Blackberry 10 OS is actually really very good.

It's a shame that they've not got the "app" support that everyone cares about all of a sudden, because in reality, as a phone, an organiser, e-mail and messaging device I'm absolutely happy with my Z10 and it blows everything else by everyone else out of the water by miles.

It is pretty credible at everything else too in my experience - and a colleague has the Z30 and seems pretty happy with it. The "app gap" is an issue, purely because the world is obsessed with it now and sadly mobile web sites are often now wrapped in a special "app" but offer more. That's the single biggest issue Blackberry have from a "once you've bought it, keep them happy" angle.

The biggest issue before that though is that people generally think Blackberry means the out-dated, slow devices they USED to be - and still sell. I've lost count of how many people didn't even consider a Blackberry device because they thought it would be the slow and old device of the past, OR thought it would be really heavily locked down (which is more a function of corporate controls and security than capability itself).

It is a shame because BB 10 OS is unbelievably quick and slick. Yes you have to learn the gestures, but there are demos and videos & they do make sense - but I don't think any of that is enough on its own. They need to really push the "getting apps" angle.

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Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

Vince

Re: Since 2003

You did an amazing job then considering there is no SBS 2010 ... presumably you meant SBS 2011. The smarter move would have been moving away from the EOL SBS product entirely.

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Backup bods Acronis extend disk-imaging support to Macs at last

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Re: Time Machine

...tell that to my customer who thought this only to find out that wasn't at all the experience. It was also responsible for several of the connectivity glitches she had with it's insistence on controlling your Internet connection by default.

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'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

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Re: Good to know

Of course, this does explain why Insurers always find it incredible that you do sustain losses when you make claims, if they think 1000's of devices being reset had no cost.

Given they've got a bunch of iwhatever though, I'm not surprised. Surely everyone knows they're really just company paid for so everyone can have shiny toys to use at home?

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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"What do you do when a critical Word document won’t open?"

Restore from the backup. Job done.

Although given your more-effort-than-needed approach to the anti-spam setup recently, I'm sure you've used the worst possible concept of a backup too.

If "restore from the backup" is not a valid option I suggest you should retire.

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Security stock slinger Symantec speeds up with latest Backup Exec

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Re: Fast?

What he said! Backup Exec is a steaming pile of arse.

See also:

http://backupexec-hell.blogspot.co.uk/

...older posts are Backup Exec before we switched to DPM (where our backups have worked ever since - and importantly our restores too!)

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Could a 'Zunewatch' be Microsoft's next hardware foray?

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Re: Zuney Bin

Microsoft haven't announced it, or even a name, what has happened there is el reg is (as usual) cheekily swiping at Microsoft there. Only you seem to have spent less time reading the article than MS did analysing how big a deal "the internet" would be.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: And so the countdown begins

"the majority"

Care to back that figure up with anything meaningful, like facts?

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Vince

It's Microsoft's product, they specify you have a perpetual use license, they don't specify you'll receive perpetual updates, many of which address issues that weren't even likely to be an issue or even known about in any real sense over a decade ago.

Presumably Apple should also still be providing updates for OS 9? Are they?

Are they even providing updates for older than 10.6 in any meaningful way? Nope...

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Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?

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Stopify

Well they did have more subscribers, but I binned mine because the shambolic new UI for the windows app smacks, and the windows phone app didn't have half the functionality of the one on other systems (and although I had the premium option, was still miffed that unlike android/ios you couldn't use it with a free subscription at all).

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Microsoft may launch several new Surfaces on May 20 – report

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other Lumia options...

"Can someone tell me what the differences are between Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT in terms of apps?"

Yes, the applications available are different, many will be available on both - and more commonly as time goes by as the active push to get one framework for all is gaining momentum.

For a bigger screen than the 920, try also:

- Lumia 1520 - 6" screen, windows phone setup - what you know, but bigger

- Lumia 1320 - 6" screen,. windows phone setup - what you know, but bigger

- Lumia 2520 - 10.1" screen, windows rt 8.1 setup - alternative to surface

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Re: "4.4 per cent of the market"

You can't have been looking very hard then, because they're increasingly appearing - I can think of quite a few people with Windows Phones - all Lumia variants (not sure anyone else really actively makes them in a stocked-and-can-buy way...

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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Re: I'm no Murdoch fan but...

Yes - "no instances, ever" - I've just had the new UI on HD, and apart from being surprised it's so different, I've got all the 2TB of recordings (or whatever it is you're actually allowed to use of the storage these days) I had before the upgrade.

Same goes for every time in the past decade...

Only BT could still be considered "leading" by the majority and still get the lion's share of the business in so many areas and still be so utterly shoddy.

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Re: Smart consumers

"They realised quickly what total shite Sky 'Broadband' is. Other consumers take note."

Actually as it happens, my experience of Sky Broadband is entirely positive - quite the opposite of what I expected, it's fast, reliable and doesn't have any limits or shaping rubbish.

...and lately that Static IP thing has been heard of... only rDNS and such to go...

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Go ahead and un-install .Net, but you'll CRIPPLE Windows Server 2012

Vince

How desperate are you guys for news now? Scraping the barrel on your MS bashing efforts I feel.

I'm not aware of .net "using ram" or "cpu" when nothing is using it, so I'm not sure what that cobblers is about.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

Vince

Before the usual "ipad is better, surface is shi*" debate starts, I should point out that many people *want* a Surface, or indeed a Surface Pro.

Getting hold of them is significantly more difficult - especially if you want them for business and not buying them one at a time from John Lewis etc. I've got customers who want them, and I've had to go to John Lewis more than once to get it because the distributors rarely have stock.

MS could sell a boatload more if they were actually able to get hold of them...

Everyone I know with a Surface (and it is a growing number) likes them - I like my Pro 2, but while I like the lighter/thinner form of the RT, it's not good enough as I want full Windows... either way, no good if you can't get them.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Vince

...and sadly Dell continue to be used by people. I have no idea why.

The kit is shoddy and often unreliable, the prices inflated, the performance is poor (when compared to the same base components chosen elsewhere - I have real world experience of this) and they generally suck.

Yet all too often I still see room full upon room full of Dell kit turning up.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

Vince

Interesting. I would have upgraded to 8.1 and by definition 8.1 update 1 except we have discovered it leaves remote app support broken, causing apps to just keep stealing focus all the time. The problem is a major ordeal.

I wouldn't mind except I am running server 2012 for our server side, so you'd think it would have been detected and fixed since we're not talking about ancient releases now are we?????

Fix that MS and we'll update!

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

Vince

"Three’s definition of “unlimited” is 25GB, buried in the terms and conditions PDF. I guess that’s the “Display Department”."

Sorry? Where is this? The document I have on my OnePlan states "1000GB"

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

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Re: The cloud...

"but it worries me that people may start to think of having access at all as being a feature of "The Cloud".

...there, fixed that for you.

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

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Re: "Fees ... are equal to those charged by the registry"

A large number of providers charge, it is not at all uncommon to charge for transfers (in or out). It's pretty much always the case on .com/net/org and so on for other reasons, but it's not unusual - the lack of notification however is...

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Re: Domain registration *should be* loss-leading

Er, no they aren't (unless something changed and I missed it).

They were setup by the same people originally yes, but 123-reg/webfusion/host Europe were sold long ago and the owner did then setup heart afaik. Not sure there is any current connection.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

Vince

"What if Microsoft announced it's not ending support for Windows XP next Tuesday after all, and instead will offer perpetual updates"

I for one would be angry and cry. Windows XP is outdated, and just not fit for modern purpose. The effort to make most things work outweighs the benefit, many apps would be crippled by being restricted to 32-bit (more and more *need* 64-bit to function).

XP sucks, it has had its day, and needs to be put out to pasture now.

Do you think Apple should still be supporting the OS available on the Powerbook G4 too? No - why should Ms be supporting something on such ancient in technology terms hardware? It's so old, it hurts. Literally hurts.

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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

Vince

Depends how you define "better" I would imagine. If you think that having the highest spec translates into the best overall experience... which you clearly do "lolz" indeed.

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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

Vince

I tell you what not having Surface inventory in the channel is doing, it's making some of us have to resort to going to John Lewis if we need the odd unit, which is a pain in the ass, or, worse we're just not entertaining the requests to start with.

There is demand, but the distributors and resellers we deal with are not pushing it simply because they cannot get the device. As usual, and for reasons that make sense to absolutely nobody, Microsoft is strangling it's own product and wondering why everyone goes with the competition.

It isn't rocket science - I can't but what doesn't exist.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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Re: mac book air screen

Aren't the manufacturers in the war for size that they self created?

None of my devices are "the smallest" ones because I work on functionality first. I'd rather a thicker phone with better battery life, or more capable of handing a bit of abuse.

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Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G

Vince

Great all we need now is for usage allowances and tariffs that are sensible.

£67.99 for 20GB a month. Won't be chucking out that Three contract quite yet then...

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Re: Linux? @El Andy

Actually you have an outdated understanding of windows.

You aren't running with "elevated" (eg root) rights in windows even logged in as an administrator out of the box (of course if you disable all the security you are of course then doing so, but I don't think that makes windows insecure, but you a total tool).

You often have to specifically choose to run with full elevation for more and more tasks - to make sure you absolutely totally and utterly mean to allow unfettered access.

If all the Linux evangelists and friends could stop pretending they "know" windows security when they haven't used windows in years, and certainly haven't deal with anything even vaguely recent (hint: unfettered access has been gone since XP was replaced and every version is more secure and more slickly implemented in this regard) we'd all be fine.

You can use Linux by all means, that doesn't bother me at all, but please stop complaining that MS spread FUD when you do the same thing. Windows is nothing like the Windows of XP, 2003 and before.

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Re: Linux?

majority? A large % sure, but I don't know that there is any meaningful statistics - several flawed conclusions including one recently published on el reg. Truth is, nobody really knows.

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

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Re: Perhaps one reason why they don't want an Apple phone.

IIRC you can't out of many Lumia's running Windows Phone or the Blackberry Z30 - granted there are variants in both case, but I suspect your thought is nonsense. Like most of the comments & the article itself.

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What do you mean there are no Surface Pros? HAND 'EM OVER, yell Microsoft resellers

Vince

Yes, where are they?

Interesting because I've just fired off an e-mail (literally minutes before seeing this article) to our distributor asking when I will actually receive the Surface units we've ordered.

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

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Re: Whattaya gonna say?

Awesome so voice calls go back to sounding horrid and poor on 2G - one of the nicest things about 3G and HD Voice is much better and clearer call quality.

That'd "differentiate" them (well that and perhaps making usage allowances meaningful at those speeds)

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Tab for Xmas, Mr Consumer? Yes please. And Mr Busin... NOPE

Vince

Sounds like your employers are deploying common sense THIS time around:

1) Identifying purpose for said device and intended use case

2) Trialling said theory to see if it works in practice (clearly missed before)

3) Roll out if successful with trial issues resolved

...is more successful every time.

Bonus points for not just throwing things away but finding an appropriate onward journey for what is blatantly perfectly serviceable kit.

Mines the one with the Surface 2 Pro in the (large) pocket. Touch or not, having a keyboard makes all the difference (as does having the Operating System I happen to prefer, have every application for and so on). Equally the ability to run multiple apps in real multi-tasking. Not on an iPad.

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"This equates to a little over 4,900 Windows 8 tabs being sold via distribution"

I call **** - we're a tiny company, we've sold them to customers, I've bought one personally and they're appearing in various coffee shops (slowly, but surely) - and I hardly live in a major city.

I don't doubt that the ipad sales are significantly high and by an order of magnitude (given they're being used for just about anything in the most ridiculous scenarios to "justify" purchase - often when they're probably the least practical option for a task), but I also don't think the sales are *that* low.

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Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

Vince

Re: Personally...

You should move to 3 then. They've got excellent 3G coverage in Devon. And no 2G. Bliss.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

Vince

Blackberry Queries...

"I have a whole bunch of applications I've bought on Google Play. Will those be available (and usable) on a Z30"

Not as such as Google Play isn't. If it's a free app, and you can get via Amazon App store it's dead simple, you can also use various other methods like Snap to get Android apps on. Other apps work generally well too. Some exceptions apply but generally it's pretty good.

"or will I have to repurchase them?"

Probably. Same as switching to Apple etc - although despite owning many smartphones, I have paid for very few so it's a non issue to me.

"What are the native apps like?"

Variable. As with any other platform. The good apps by good developers are good, and the ones written by clueless half-wits exactly the same... But if you actually mean are "good blackberry 10 apps any good" then absolutely yes. Fast, slick and functional.

"What is the battery life actually like?"

I have a Z10 which has a poorer battery than a Z30 - every software update makes it better (after a couple days for the caching, indexing to rebuild) - mine lasts all day and is heavily used.

"How badly does using Android versus native apps affect battery life?"

No idea - mostly because I haven't noticed enough of an issue to difference to register there is a difference. I suspect a tiny difference but insignificant - frankly most apps I want are native anyhow.

"Will Blackberry (the company) be around long enough to see the two year contract through?"

Yes

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Yeah right Anonymous Coward

Motorola did this with the Motorola Atrix - Android smartphone when docked to the laptop kit became a Linux PC, and when connected with HDMI ran an on-board entertainment center.

It wasn't quite ready for prime time, but the concept was awesome - it's just a shame it didn't get more traction or be worked on until kit was quite fast enough.

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How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

Vince

Irrespective of the "science" of the analysis, I fully agree that Hitachi drives are reliable, and fail rarely. I agree that WD are middle of the road and generally offer good reliability vs cost, and I also agree Seagate are overall terrible.

I've had far more Seagate drives fail and especially the stupidly thin 3.5" ones (which were also unreliable when branded Maxtor, whom I believe Seagate acquired).

In *my* experience, in *our* facilities, plus those of customers, i'd say the analysis is spot on and I'd also agree "enterprise" drives don't fail less, they just perform better the rest of the time.

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PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

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Re: rapid cadence, MS lost the plot

"I doubt even MS can waste all the CPU cyles and IOPS with new versions of a client OS that hasn't done anything inovative in years"

Um... yeah sure. If you like. Because Windows 8/8.1 is so similar to XP in capability. Must have missed that because there are quite a few things XP can't do either at all, easily, well or fast.

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France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

Vince

french balls

Seems not - the notice appears on my smartphone which is considerably less than 30in. However it seems the French have considerably than 30in balls as they're quite good at this stuff.

It hurts google more to have the notice than a pathetic 150k fine. It's not like they're now the second biggest valued by market cap is it. Oh wait...

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR

Really? My Blackberry Z10 has been dropped several times, and only now after many drops has it got any damage. Smashed screen? No. A hairline fracture on the main board that means when it's moved slightly it reboots. After 1 year, hundreds of hours of use and being dropped on concrete many many times.

an iPhone typically breaks on drop 1 because the design is just fragile to start with. Looks over durability. Helps sell new iPhones see...

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

Vince

Re: Sorry, Audiophile and Sonos in the same sentence?

Bluetooth? For Audio. Is this a joke?

Are you in a car?

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Intel to shutter AppUp app store

Vince

I noticed that some Lenovo kit came with that. Recenntly I made an attempt to run the app. It never managed to do anything except have a splash screen. So I have no idea what it contained, but I assume since it doesn't even load, it wasn't much good.

I don't think I'd ever heard of it until then and I have never ever heard of anyone using it.

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