* Posts by Stu 18

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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If the people making the OS did their job...

In my view if the OS writers spent less time trying to create lock in and more time trying to make things better, then this wouldn't be an issue. We have sandboxing, virtual machines, built in AV etc, why wouldn't the OS prevent anything dangerous happening when a device is plugged in?

Why isn't there the same thing for installing an application in windows downloaded from the net, should this program have access to these files, should it be able to use the microphone, camera etc, this is trying to access these websites / IP addresses which are registered to ...

I think we like to believe we are getting smarter over time, but I think we are getting dumber and American tech companies are leading the dumb and dumber movement at full speed!

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Windows 10 Mobile bug fixes come thick and fast as official upgrade nears

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Be advised (all three of you), that your phone will auto update just after the boarding call.

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Scandal-hit Toshiba faces investor sueball over accounting woes

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I like Toshiba Portege laptops, they have been mostly very reliable and in my opinion more consistently better designed than the competition.

Granted they are not cheap, but I'd rather have a reliable work horse than a show pony that breaks down and spends more time in getting warranty repairs.

Shame they bloated into corporate malaise.

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Microsoft's full-fat E5 Office 365 plan with phone extras goes live

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We've had office 365 personal for a couple of years.

We don't use onedrive because it is useless, it couldn't relaibly sync anything and was extremely slow even though we have fibre at home. Went back to dropbox. As far as I can tell features keep disappearing instead of being improved. e.g. there used to be a images and drawings repository for publisher. Now nothing.

Very unlikely to 'go cloud' at work, we simply don't have people working at internet cafe's and can do all the collaboration we want with other tools on their laptops or tablets if we want to take the productivity hit of not using a keyboard.

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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Here is my suggestion to fix this ludicrous aspect of the American way.

1. You must file your lawsuit within 1 year of discovering that the patent may be infringed. The one year is deemed to start as soon as it is deemed that a person in that knowledge field would have a reasonable chance of discovering the infringement. Beyond the 1 year the litigants have to prove the infringement and pay all costs. If they lose they have to pay the other parties the same amount they were claiming.

2. If it is a technology that government endorses for national security, then they must sue the government on behalf of the people and can not sue businesses or private individuals. Rules for 1 may still apply.

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

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well I like the spending time with family bit

Although sailing off to sea is only real if it is a 30ft yacht not a cruise ship with 600+ people. Still the idea of not sacrificing your entire life (and kids growing up time) to the company should be applauded. Not very American I suppose.

That MS has completely lost the plot re OS and can't listen and don't envision a future that people want to be a part of is very regrettable.

Because though I do put the boot in - which they deserve - the reality is that there is only bits and pieces that I'd want to 'hook my trailer up to' from any of the other major players. I mean seriously yay Mac from the company that listens even less and you do what your told. Yay Google the company that defines data snooping.

Yay linux, oh but it won't run autocad or office or any of our multi-thousand dollar modelling applications. Yes I realise there are alternatives for some things, but our customers in multi million dollar engineering firms don't think how can I get cheap software, they think about getting the job done and the associated issue of retaining skilled labour that can use said applications.

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Junk your IT. Now. Before it drags you under

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A bit too long on the bong me thinks

what a load of drival.

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Mm, what's that smell, Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Yes, it's death

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All fine and dandy

Unless of course your ancient business software was written using a sql server 2000 (80) compatibility level...

But of course at least you can run that in sql 2008 - not in 2012 and presumably not in 2014 if you can still get those versions.

Never had any uptime issues with 2005, 2008 or 2012. Worst performance issues was shoddy sql code and crappy "treat it like a file" dump it all into c# objects and do all the sorting / joining / calculating etc there. I don't understand why you still want an sql server at that point....

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

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real time co-authoring

Can someone please does any tell me one what is the use case of real-time time document collab co-authoring of the document... bloody stop doing that, no you, I was here first don't hit the sub

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PRIMITIVE TOOLS found near MICROSOFT headquarters

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Happy

I thought this was an article about Steve Ballmer popping in for a visit?

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Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

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whoopeeee

Though I'm sure it is all very serious for people that enjoy wearing nice suits and sitting in the corner office, to me it is like a roller coaster at a fun park.

(since I'm not invested) - well apart from retirement thingies handled by third party so I have no idea or care - in fact super an seems a bit like taxes - they may bring about good or not, you won't know till your too old to do anything about it...

Anyway, of course all those companies are worth a fraction of what they were 30 mins ago. In the time that half the staff have read the paper and had a coffee, the fundamentals have clearly changed. I think they should make the market trading even faster - faster than light with those fancy new laser techniques. Then they truly might disappear up their own black hole, and we'd be all richer for it!

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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1 Thessalonians 5 The Day of the Win10

1But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that ye should be written to, 2for ye know perfectly well yourselves, that the day of [the] Win10 so comes as a thief by night. 3When they may say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon her that is with child or work colleagues; and they shall in no wise escape. 4But *ye*, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief: 5for all *ye* are sons of Linux and sons of day; we are not of night nor of darkness. 6So then do not let us sleep as the rest do, but let us watch and be sober; 7for they that sleep sleep by night, and they that drink drink by night; 8but *we* being of [the] day, let us be sober, putting on [the] breastplate of faith and love, and as helmet [the] hope of salvation; 9because Linus has not set us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our command line, 10who has died on us, that whether we may be watching or sleep, we may live together with him. 11Wherefore encourage one another, and build up each one the other, even as also ye do.

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KILLER! Adobe Flash, Windows zero-day vulns leak from Hacking Team raid

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Isn't the use of stolen code illegal? Therefore if Adobe or MS patch the problems the company Hacking something or other could sue them for theft?

Or does that not count when you pinch something like exploit code?

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Microsoft big bang = big fail

In my experience with windows 2012 servers on a virtual environment, it is bloody hard to make the time stay accurate +- a lot more than one lousy leap second!

Especially if you have active directory which competes with a myriad of built in 'ms knows best' mechanisms all in competition to set the clock.

I presume they must use third party code to fix it on azure, because ms knowledge base can't even agree on what is the best thing to do.

I'd wager that MS servers will be all over the place time wise for a lot longer than a second. However since they explicitly exclude 'real time' as a thing they can do, what do they care!

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

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yeah real funny with those sheep

A similar thing happened about 15 years ago.

That time it was 'lets test the backup fail safe system' with the outcome that the backup system wasn't getting updates as expected so radar controllers were left with a dot instead of the full info.

Presumably they decided that they'd give it another go.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: there's plenty of people willing to see ads

Awesome, you bring your mighty resources down to punish and hurt that evil company a mighty $1 or less at a time.

How many of these can you get through in an hour? Has their stock price been influenced yet?

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.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

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dont steal my business plan...

Keep this between us, but I'm in the process of registering

.reallysucks

.totallysucks

.probablysucks

.sceoisaXXXX

.iscodedbymonkeys

and similar for my corporate wing

and I'm thinking a gtld like '.iscrapinbed' and '.isaloser' and '.gotsuckeredforthecostofastupiddomainname' for when I go after the defensive personal market.

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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great read

Thanks Andrew,

Your not half bad at this writing thing. Go to the front middle backish of the class.

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Boffins twist light to carry 2.05 bits in one photon

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Re: Bah!

Yes, can someone tell me the point of this, or is it just plain research learning etc, when we already can get information to travel at bagigahertz down a fibre using light, it just seems this is a bit late.

I get that quantum stuff may mean higher security, but I could hide 6 bits in 60 trillion bits over fibre and you'd have a hard time finding them

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Microsoft opens kimono on Windows 10 Universal App Platform

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Re: Does not look like a good proposition for desktop app developers

You forgot the joke icon (re OneDrive and syncing - since the conversation has moved on.)

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Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

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Did they study the prevalence of bad certificates at the same time?

I have numerous sites I interact with that I have to click passed warnings because it is internal, registered in a different name etc. Of course I'm careful about what I'm doing and I realize there is a risk associated with this practice,

Unfortunately for Google I would add to the numbers that bypass the 'back away' button and they might not know that I'm fully aware of what I'm doing.

At the end of the day, some of these things are similar to 'Caution hot drink is hot'. If the users (you have / want) are that ignorant the issue the technology needs to change to cater for them - which could may make it unusable an inefficient in the short term.

As mentioned a key reason for error message fatigue is the facts that often they are misleading, attempts at automated help often cause more problems or are simply wrong or obfuscated with web links to dead ends or gibberish (thank you Microsoft) and any app on the machine can make them.

I think something like channeling through the OS / embedded AV (to check legitimacy) might be an option if you wanted to properly re-think things.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Content ID - obviously a solution by uni trained professionals

Allegedly it is entirely possible that some children I may or may not be related to, used to watch quite a lot of kids TV shows on you tube. These can be easily found by searching for such things as 'Pippa Piglet', of course you have to know the name of the show to find it.

Brilliant show btw, very clever (for the age group it is aimed at, as well as being acceptable to watch for older viewers) and I am happy to pay for that kind of material, and we regularly do, by buying DVD's as the online equivalent is a subscription where we don't want 95% of the content offered.

But I digress, ContentID might be clever at catching some material, but why not just start with greylisting all content that includes names of copyright material in the title?

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Re: LIfeSpan of a Tablet calculation

Safari crashes more and more - that is a definition isn't it?

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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Re: "data boost on your mobile data bucket from 4GB to 10GB"

What the heck do you do that uses 30-50GB per month without video? Run your company mailserver?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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So they purchased some star dock software and call it win10

What have they been doing for 2 years?

Sorry, my bad, of course, puberty

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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

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Re: Savings?

opps same as what s/he said

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Savings?

Because Azure is already that big that it can resource all that without having to grow, i.e. cost something? Is a large bit of it sitting idle at the moment? Take money out of left pocket and stick it in the right one.

Why people even bother working out how much you 'save' when you get the new thing is a mystery to me. Lets be honest, we want the new thing because it is shiny and it will probably end up costing more than the old thing, but we get this new functionality maybe.... That is how it has always worked.

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Dr Stu's school for the gifted

Right-O, everyone got that?

Your assignment is to develop an app for that to be handed in on Friday by 4pm

And no double swish finger this time, we all know what happened to Gavin.

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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or how about once a day for say 5 years or 10 ~ 3650 cycles before I have to replace the car/battery, assuming you plug it back in when you get home each day.

So with that electrical density number, can someone tell me how to work out the theoretical storage potential with a view to comparison with fuel cells, petrol etc. Assuming the tech improves would it be theoretically possible to have a car size battery with the capacity for say 600 to 1000km?

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Price cuts, new features coming for Office 365 small biz customers

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and one more thing

So it is more expensive if you have more users?! >300. I suppose I should be glad that the SMBs finally get to feel special for being to small to get corporate level discounts. But whaaaaaaat?

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testing 1 2 3

We have office365 at home, basically because my wife uses publisher. We have office 2010 at work without upgrade ass because I've never though that paying twice up front was a good idea. My experience with 365 so far is that saving stuff is very slow (even on a fibre internet connection) because of one drive and also the software has broken itself twice (i.e. won't start at all) in the 5 months we have had it. So far Office 2010 install is much more resilient, the only reason to switch to 365 rental mode is to move it from an "asset" to an expense in the accounts book in a year or two.

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

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humph

Just let my dropbox subscription lapse because I hate companies that 'auto bill' my credit card - yeah I see they all do. I still call it theft though, I'd much prefer a reminder, then I'll make the payment, it is my card and my money after all, I don't see the local shop saying 'we'll hold the card, please give us the pin so we can bill it when necessary'.

And One drive, only to cloud by default with just links stored locally, I'm pretty angry about that too and it is really slow saving files - even with 10Mb/s upload on fibre (I live in regional nz, we have fibre at home.)

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US dairy biz in a churn over TPP

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don't mention the other 'minor' side effects

Us nzers are in a fluster about foreign corporates being apparently able to take our govt to international court if they feel that some new law - like don't put gunk in the environment affects their profits. We don't have any faith in our smiling, patronising, head patting politicians that try to brush it aside either.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

Stu 18

Is that a machine gun to the front?

That would certainly help with obstacles.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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office 365 is manned by overly aggressive somethings..

Yup, how true.

Thought you were going to talk about office 365, we are about to hit end of subscription (still two days away), but for the last three weeks we've been hammered with email after email saying there isn't enough money in our credit card (it is one that you have to put cash into, not just open slather). It appears that MS check and recheck the card many times before the end of the subscription period and email more and more aggressively saying 'where is the money'. Feels like the mafia actually. Has this happened to anyone else? I was considering complaining to a consumer folks about it.

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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5 people editing one document simultaneously

Can someone please present a credible reason for having five people working on the same document at once?

A dictionary perhaps?

Last time I checked the training for creating 'large documents' in Word they were described as anything with more than 10 pages. I have seen people create hundreds of pages in a word document, but I wouldn't bet on reliable formatting, precise layout and a guarantee of no corruption.

But may be I'm behind the times with that?

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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re: Word User Friendly ?

Some of that clout of course was the in depth understanding of the windows api, documented or undocumented that gave them a massive advantage.

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– a trend it finally broke with the sixth version of the operating system.

Yeah, every version has been crap since then... :o)

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Spend zero notes to take all notes with OneNote: Microsoft makes app free, builds it for OS X

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pro priortary

Come over here and put all your important stuff in yet another format that will lock you in.

Which is why we have never let it install at work. I don't trust Microsoft, so I protect my users from them, if that means some ok ideas don't get through then that is a necessary price.

Is it paranoia, maybe, it has been mostly downhill since XP. Then again, it does support my theory that the world (and by extension programmers at MS) are getting dumber. Perhaps a bit like financial inequality, there is the super rich and the vast horde. Similarly there is the 'smart' (which is not necessarily tied to university degrees) and then there is the vast majority which now spend all their time watching tv and picking sticky things from their own noses.

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Forget superstars, this HYPERGIANT star is 1,300 times the size of OUR SUN

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WOW

That is truly awesomely wow! Sorry, just can't help but post my amazement.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Obviously the council has been blinded because the darth baddie dude is to well politically connected. Happens all the time.

I'm off to live in a swamp until an angstie teenager suffering from parental neglect comes to find me.

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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legacy desktop applications will be with us for 20 years

All switching to html, bollocks. The low hanging fruit maybe. Not the took 10 years of development in-house visual basic / dephi / c++ / c# with a bit of scripting thing that runs the operation and will cost $100k to recode.

I have seen to many rubbish 'terminal' apps that still run core business functions same as they did back on 386's and the business is still paying ridiculous license fees for them.

Brit developers I'm looking at you for building crappy applications with horrible UI and ancient toolsets!

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Sure Nokia has been hardware innovating in the last 2 years

But it doesn't make up for MS just sitting on win phone 8. So how is hardware being in-house going to change that? It is the OS team that need 5b worth of electric cattle prodding sticks poked at them.

I just wonder where Nokia would be if they had released that latest phone with an Android model alongside the wp8 one.

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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Where can I buy one?

yeah seriously, you have to search pretty hard to find one on NZ store shelves. I see even the pcs advertised often don't mention Windows anymore, instead concentrating on other brands like 'Intel' - clearly they want to promote without the taint that comes from mentioning win 8.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

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has your code evolved lately?

For technical readers, many of whom probably write very clever computer code, how many believe that if they leave their computer, or a main frame, or Google's entire system to its own devices, that any useful program, utility or intelligence will evolve randomly given enough time? Isn't that the same fundamental idea as evolution?

You don't have to be a person of faith to think that the idea of random changes creating improvement including changes that require many independent changes all coinciding together at the same moment to create a functioning whole requires more 'belief' than any other option.

It is also seems obvious to me that the scientific community has a great deal of difficulty embracing new ideas once it has got a consensus going. Any alternate idea, no matter how worthy is rubbished and more importantly the person vilified right up until and beyond when it is proven correct.

I would think that free thinkers would be happy that other people have different ideas and thoughts and be happy that their kids get the option to think and choose rather than be forced one idea.

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Microsoft's next device could be a Surface Watch

Stu 18

I got a new watch for my birthday

I'm really pleased, it is really advanced, it has a hour hand and a minute hand and a second hand.

It is really smart too, I'm quite pleased when someone notices it.

Additionally it doesn't need charging and doesn't weigh much at all and it didn't cost that much.

Maybe they need to stop doing 'hard' engineering and do useful engineering instead.... just a thought

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DropBox adds single sign-on

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What would be useful is multi box

At the moment, I have dropbox for personal use, so that precludes me using them for work unless I have separate profiles for 'personal' and 'work' use on my computer (not going to happen.)

What I want is to be able to sign into half a dozen dropbox accounts, work ones, client ones, personal - then it would be useful for business.

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Hipsters have spoken: Microsoft is 'hip to be square'

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consumers vs enterprise

This really is quite obvious from Windows 8.

But I wonder where the money is long term. There might be more consumers to go for, but they are a fickle bunch and they don't spend as much. I am guessing office for business is a lot more profitable than office for home and student.

BYOD by the way, is for people that don't have anything better to do with their money. If I have to work for someone, they can pay for a decent, reliable machine(s) to work on.

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Ballmer bets 'all in' on Phone 8 and Windows

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Unhappy

I'm confused

Who has lots of partners? Was that the girl or Microsoft. I'd be concerned for the kid if Mum can't keep track of all her partners, doesn't need a phone, needs to see a councilor or a minister.

Steve said he was gore to retire after the win 8 launch last year, just people have forgotten already.

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MYOB users didn't want no steenking cloud

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hmm - we use their online/offline payroll & leave tracking software

It is extremely average. The pc software is ancient relying on unstable pdf printer drivers and the online leave requesting software is slow, clunky and has had to be 'reset' i.e. completely re set up from scratch when one of their upgrades in the back ground caused a corruption.

It seems to me that cloud is synonymous with lowest common denominator, if you want the basics sold to a potentially huge customer base where everyone gets vanilla and no individual user matters, then its a perfect fit.

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