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Crooks fling banking Trojan at Japanese smut site fans

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References

Err, why would Japanese people use Japanese smut sites? It's all censored and pixelated, so I think that is a bigger concern for the Japanese male population.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Police

Them there Japanese police must have sand in their vagina!

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

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Re: So... (@David Webb)

No, they shrunk.

Mac sales in ~2013 were 1.7m units, Mac sales in ~2014 were 1.6m units, a "growth" of -1.3%

The research firm corroborated IDC's report by noting Apple as the only top-five PC maker to post negative growth year-over-year, dipping 1.3 percent from 2013.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/09/mac-sales-continue-to-slide-in-q2-as-overall-pc-market-rebounds

So my original statement is correct, Apple shrunk, the number of units shifted is down, whilst everyone else is up.

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Re: So...

If you consider going from 10.9% to 10% growth, then yes, Apple grew.

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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Crack

Judges be smoking crack, there must be millions of stores around the world so there has to be stores that have a layout identical or very similar to Apple stores, how can you get a copyright on where you place furniture? Prior art = "yeah, we had a counter.... here"

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Nappy Ad's

I ain't really watched TV in a while, but my memory of adverts for nappies seems to suggest showing the undressed rear of a baby, so I'm not really sure an innocent photo in a non sexual context would really be deemed indecent under UK law when we're showing an innocent video in a non sexual context of a naked baby (or am I missing something important?)

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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Re: The "fruity firm"??????

Is an Apple a fruit or a vegetable? The answer there is the answer to your question.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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yo wot?

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BT and TalkTalk BOTH claim victory as Ofcom tackles fibre price row

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Technically....

A spokesman at the telecoms giant chided: "It’s like Spain’s manager saying they’ve had a good World Cup!"* He added to El Reg

Technically Spain did have a good world cup, they managed to qualify which is more than the majority of the world managed to do, they just had a pretty poor final stages, and by pretty poor I mean shocking. And by shocking I mean TalkTalk level of customer service shocking.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: Fees

Well, yes. The police would still have spent the £6m on policing, but on actual police work, not the sort of work you outsource to G4S in the hope the criminals get away to keep prison populations low.

Going at it from an IT angle, the BOFH suddenly finds his budget for the year is cut by £50,000 because the Boss decided to spend it all and buy 5 iPads, it's still the IT budget but it's been taken away from the actual IT stuff, like upgrading the PFY's PC to have 4 Titan's rather than 3.

We're spending £6m on 1 thing, guarding the embassy, rather than £6m on general policing of London, and when my local police force is having it's budget cut by tens of millions but £6m is being wasted, I'm pretty pissed that we're not demanding reparations from the embassy.

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Fees

Can't we charge the Ecuadorian embassy for the added requirement of police labour required to ensure the bloke doesn't leg it? After all, it's due to their decision to shelter an alleged rapist that we're having to stump up £6m and I'm sure they would throw him out pretty quick if UK.gov sent them a bill for added police coverage outside the normal required.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Meh

We have studios, tax incentives and talent, both in front of and behind the camera, which are amongst the very best in the world

Of course, we only have them because we import them due to tax relief, so really it's the huge studios in the US which earn the billions of dollars, but that's okay, no one will notice!

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

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Quitting Order

From what I read, the order of success in quitting goes :

NHS Help Service

E-Cig

Patches

Cold Turkey

The NHS service uses patches and supports you through the process, it's the most successful, but if the NHS service were to switch from patches to E-Cigs, wouldn't the rate of people quitting smoking become even higher? Obviously the government would lose billions in tax but they can pick that up from the anti-smoking fascist twats who want people who smoke to be treated worse than convicted pedo's.

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Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Far from innocent

Don't forget the several different women who are in love with the protagonist.

The upper class tsundere with blonde hair (foreign naturally)

The shy girl with glasses and huge 88 inch tits

The cheeky girl who has characteristics of a cat

The childhood friend who may actually be a bit of a stalker

The younger sister (yeah, Japanese manga/books seems to be going in that direction....

And assorted other women who want to shag the hero even though he's a bit of a plank and wouldn't get laid if he was a carpet.

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Apple patent pokes at holographic iPhone screen

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X Step Programme

Step 1) Watch a Sci-Fi Movie or TV show

Step 2) Write down the futuristic technology shown

Step 3) Make a vague patent on the technology shown on the TV show

Step 4) Sue anyone in the future who actually manages to make the stuff actually possible

I'm off to patent "method for using voice activated system on mobile device to transparently obtain information from another device (computer) or service (internet)" ala "Computer, search all my porn files on my desktops porn folder and display the newest obtained on my bedrooms television"

The question is though, can you patent ideas and concepts? 3D holographic displays have existed since (at least) the 70's as an idea/concept, so if Apple are trying to simply patent an idea/concept which already exists then shouldn't Lucasarts (now Disney) own the patent (or whoever actually has prior art, though not sure Asmiov/Clarke can file a patent).

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Japanese schoolkids arrested in £2.4 MEEELLION phone fraud bust

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As the kids are 17, they will probably just get a slap on the wrist unless the beak sends them to be tried as adults instead of minors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_child_murders for instance, a minor did a pretty horrific act which in the UK would have got him (even as a minor) locked up for a very long time (possibly for life), in Japan he was out again in 7 years.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only

Personally I think the Win 8 touch screen style is too far into the future, it may be a required feature in the future (maybe 5 or so years) but currently it's stuck between a rock and a hard place. Windows 7 is pretty unusable from a touchscreen perspective, it's developed for mice, Windows Metro is great for touchscreen but poor for mice.

As demographics move away from traditional beige boxes to portable, touchscreen, the Windows Metro interface becomes more and more understandable, but at the cost of usability for people with mice.

I've bought an Acer W500 to use Windows 8 on (full fat, not RT) and I'm looking forward to playing with Metro interface when it arrives, with the touchscreen it's going to make a lot more sense to use the Start Screen rather than traditional keyboard/mouse style, my desktop (Windows 8 too) will continue to use the normal desktop interface and I'll use it for stuff that the W500 isn't suitable for (especially games).

So that is my reasoning as to why Windows Metro (I know it's not metro anymore but meh) is poor, it's caught between desktop and touchscreen and maybe went too far over to the touchscreen side at the cost of desktop usability which garners the irk of traditional users.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: The real difference

Samsung has a real R&D dept. researching real, proper, properly patentable stuff

So did Nokia.... just sayin.

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Biggest issue that I can see is that FB wants all your data, ALL of it. They then suggest OR is perfect for talking to your doctor. Would anyone really trust facebook with the data they would get from a private VR chat with the doctor?

Watching tennis with it, expect adverts to be placed on the screen at set times, which based on your previous chat (not yours obviously) with the doctor will be adverts for Viagra.

That's before you get down to the fact that OR is very niche and very expensive and requires dedicated support to get it to work properly, so all in all it seems to be a very bad investment which is really going to destroy OR and feed it's rivals, still, it means FB has $2b less in it's pocket so it's not all bad.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Re: why not

I did, I said "dude, if the Universe is infinite AND expanding, what is it expanding into?" so he kicked me in the face and said "call me dude again and I'll kill you", dude's nuts..... oh shi......

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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Re: "expansion of space briefly exceeded the speed of light "

Well that just done my head in, how do we know one is 30b light years away when the light couldn't possibly have reached us?

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Beeb

I think many people are more than happy to pay £140 odd each year to watch TV without adverts interrupting what they are watching, where you get 3 minutes from the end, then 4 minutes of adverts before they give you the final 1 minute of the show and then credits.

Could the BBC *really* show Watchdog slamming down on Company X when Company X is a major advertising provider? (yeah, you wanna show that, you lose millions in advertising, understood?). Lack of adverts allows for better impartiality for us, the consumer..

Not that I watch much TV, maybe an hour a day, but even then I think it's worth it to not have Top Gear cut down by 12 minutes just to show adverts.

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Achtung NIMBYs! BT splurges extra £50m on fibre broadband rollout

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Flats?

With the hideous complication of getting FTTP into flats (wayleaves from the people responsible for signing the things to allow BT to install their bits of kit on each floor) I can't expect the takeup on that to be very high. Yes I'm bitter after waiting 5 months for a wayleave to be signed and still no sign of it.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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When one of the top search terms in Google is "Google" you know that people won't directly type in "Facebook".

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Did Microsoft actually put 'get repeatedly pwned by Syrian hackers' on its 2014 todo list?

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SEA

The SEA are responsible for the murder and torture of 11,000 computer systems, according to the UN.

... Too soon?

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Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)

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Re: can anyone....

Wouldn't it be easier to have it in Romanji so you can pronounce it?

自動詞 ?

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'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues

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Hrm

So, they set up a virtual currency which they knew would get shut down, make a stack of coins, get mass publicity (raising the value?) then sell up at a high before shutting down, how much $$$ did they make before the shutdown? General interest, above is just a theory and in no way alludes that this actually occurred.

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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Re: Leeloo Dallas Multipass

KeePass is what I'm using, due to that...

•Use strong, memorable passwords

is a moot point, I have no idea what my facebook password is, and even if I did I couldn't actually type it out! It's something along the lines of:

Îe.qînhóÏ@ÅÝ©Ê"¬æÈÁEt¡ÏÓq£¡h¼¡÷Ñw;ê|èø=I

Totally memorable, naturally only works on websites that accept any character and not the usual "numbers and letters only please", or worse, websites which don't let you paste your password into the "confirm your password" box so you have to have a weaker password.

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

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Sizes

Hopefully, now that the limiting factor isn't EA's piss poor servers, we can actually have maps larger than my ex girlfriends tits, you ever tried to build a city on a really small mountain with tiny peaks? Me either, but err, I may have lost track of where I was going, larger city sizes I think was my point till I got distracted by mountains.

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App to manage Android app permissions

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Re: Poor old Gary!

No, we won't buy your product because your product is crap, rubbish, stupid to install, ransomware (allegedly) and shouldn't be installed. We're not installing it because you're an American company, we pick and choose which software suits our needs on simple metrics, you can steal these!

1) is the software open about it's prices and not claiming to be free when it isn't

2) does the software have an easy way to uninstall without having to either ask other people or ask google

3) is the software in question "best in class", if it is, we'll happily pay an annual fee, if it isn't, it better be either bloody good and bloody cheap or it isn't going near my bloody phone

4) does the software offer a better performance or experience index than readily available free software, in other words, the Windows vs Linux debate, both are equally as good, your software (judging by the comments) is a bit like trying to get Windows RT to take over Linux/Apache for web servers (ain't going to happen)

5) does the company claim "we spend MILLIONS!" on developing an app which cost 20p and a pint of really cheap American beer

6) does the product in question appear to have fake 5 reviews of their product

The list goes on and on, so no, we won't purchase your product because it's American, we'll avoid it because it's a pile of rubbish, and this is a tech site, with people who know about tech (or at least have an interest in tech) so will call a crap product a crap product and go install the (free) alternative (which is actually free, not claimed as free but then has a charge to actually do anything)

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Re: Open Source FTW

Permissions suck. It seems the dev's just tick every possible box they can do when they don't require the usage of stuff. Each app *should* be forced into writing exactly why they require the permissions set to "on". We should also have the ability to deny each app (on install or update) a permission we do not agree with.

Facebook requires SMS for "sending premium rate SMS messages to sex lines" allow / deny

Spamalot Freemium Game requires Access To Accounts for "sending SPAM to your friends begging for a life" allow / SHOOT PEOPLE WHO DO THIS

Google Maps requires GPS Access for "finding your location and providing location based services" allow / deny

Give consumers the choice to pick and choose, if an app requires a certain setting to be "on" then highlight it with the reason why it has to be on so the consumer can choose to accept or deny the app, rather than the "give everything as many permissions as it wants" approach that is currently in play.

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Re: Anyone see a price anywhere?

I use Advanced Permissions Manager. It's free, you delete the permissions you don't want the app to have, it then recreates the app without the permissions, did I mention it's free? The only downside is the requirement to have "install from non google sources" enabled, but for some that wouldn't be an issue anyhow.

For security I use Kaspersky, a brand I trust implicitly on my desktop, so do on my phone too. Did I mention it's also free? I like free, it's my favourite price point.

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

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Monopoly

When you're a convicted monopolist you got to take the blows, not whine about it.

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Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

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Re: Excuse me?

I think part of the issue is that:

a) they can't move, prices have risen too much knocking them out of the marketplace

b) they are being forced to move as prices have risen and they can no longer afford the rent

There is no easy solution, the area initially wanted to get the tech companies in their area, now they are there, they have to deal with the issues surrounding that, maybe some other area will offer a huge tax discount and free transportation? Who knows.

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Steam and Origin gamers knocked offline by SEPARATE DDoS attacks

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Awesome

Steam was also hit with a huge DDOS last month, though really it was caused by their winter sale (which cost me lots of dosh, but the new tomb raider for £8, bargain).

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

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He was aiming for the North Of Darwin Award?

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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No Junk Mail

So any address with "No Junk Mail" on their box won't get these as the postie is only able to deliver post that has a named recipient? Who thought this was a good idea?

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Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

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Fluctuations

It seems to me that the price of Btc fluctuates too wildly. If Zynga set their prices at 0.01Btc when the value is $1,000 but then it fluctuates again to $750, the price is out of whack, or, if they set the prices when Btc were $500each but then another wild swing puts it up to $1,000 then people are losing out, money wise.

With non-virtual currency, £1 is £1 and $1 is $1, you may go to sleep with £1 = $1.50 but you wouldn't then wake up to find £1 = $15.00, it really needs to be much more stable, else people would buy the coins when they are cheap, then sell when they are high, not use them when they are cheap, a waiting game?

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Optional

Well, I too think it was about time, though in reality it should never have been a crime in the first place.

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Official: Apple hooks up with WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE OPERATOR

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3G

I thought Apples 3G phones were not compatible with that network?

Previously, China Mobile subscribers have not been able to use Apple's iPhone, because the firm's 3G technology was not compatible with Apple handsets.

From BBC news, so is there going to be a specific 3G model created for China?

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Windows Phone app developers: These games are made for you

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Re: Wont be found here...

Sweet, how did you manage to edit the hosts file in your Windows phone? :)

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China turns screws on Bitcoin with third party payments ban

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Re: It's an error. Fix it.

The problem then becomes, how do you spend BitCoins you own? No one in China (from an official standpoint) will offer an exchange from Btc > Yuan, no vendors will offer "Coffee 0.000001 Btc!". You could invest the coins in an external exchange, but then what, what do you do when you want the cash?

Here, you could go Exchange > Convert > Send to bank.

China? Exchange > Convert > Have the money sent to you by post?

Currencies value (to a consumer) is in what that currency can purchase, if you're in China and you can't purchase anything with Btc, nor convert it to cash in your own country, where is the value in anything other than an investment, where, if the price starts to go on a slide you can't really back out, or, if it goes on a huge upswing you can't really convert it to your local currency.

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

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Re: "the problem-filled world of ARM" (in the article)

I'd love that to be true but I've never seen any overall market share statistics coming anywhere near that. Have you?

Dunno, how many servers run Apache compared to IIS? How many webservers are there? Seems like a lot. Sure, in the server room of a large company it'll probably be Windows but for the web, the servers tend to be Linux based.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Eh?

If memory serves, didn't Apple, you know, charge for service packs? So Apple follow the MS method of making SP's free (for once, probably a once only ever offer) and someone demands MS do the same? Eh?

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Re: TP Link TL-WDR3600

My recommendation is the Asus RT-N66U, Gb ports, DB Wi-Fi, 2 USB ports (again, slow on transfer), doesn't have ac, just n but we'll not hold that against it. Built in torrent/nzb client to download to HD when you go to bed and it looks awesome.

Now to get BT to hurry up with my Fibre (only been waiting 5 months since they said it was available....) so I can switch from my crappy TG582n as a modem to something a bit faster.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Re: Consumer protection

I agree with you on principle, but not in this case. In this case you can't lock it just by pushing buttons. You have to enter the hidden menu (which could be done on accident) then enable Dev tools "Ohh, what does this do?" seems reasonable. Then you get stuck "what goes in here?" so search the internet to try to find out, the internet says "Enables Xbox compatibility" on 1 site and "HOAX!" on every other, you ignore the hoax and follow the instructions.

Should MS now be liable because the end user followed a procedure on the internet? It's like an MMO being liable for a player getting PK'd and losing all their gear because someone said "OMG, you can kill that player quickly by pressing Alt+F4 5 times quickly...."

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Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

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Re: Dear 8 Heavyweights

8HW - We demand you do this!

Spooks - Umm, okay, but only if "transparent and subject to independent oversight" also applies to your taxes, we reserve the right to alter the law to shut down all loop holes you currently use.

8HW - We retract our demands, sorry about that

Spooks - No problem, now, can you post us the private keys you hold?

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: Fallacious argument

(Does touch work with a tongue?)

Yes, now excuse me I need to vomit.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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Re: Pay the ransom?

Indeed, it's "safer" for the crooks to delete the keys needed to unlock infected computers, if the keys got out into the wild people could unlock it themselves, possibly, so much easier to lock the PC throw away the key and demand cash for something they can't deliver, and really, if they don't deliver I can't see Trading Standards knocking on their door in whichever country they may be based in.

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Apple's 'Smart Dock' patent filing makes Siri your new roommate

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Dum de dum

Computer - Earl Grey - Hot

beep beep beep beep

Unable to comply Captain Picard, Star Fleet has not licenced the patent from Apple.

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