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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

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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

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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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Fuming fanbois flood 'flimsy iPhone 5 Wi-Fi' forum

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Unhappy

think it is the os not necessarily the hardware

Have upgraded an ipod at home and now experiencing wireless connectivity issues.

can you downgrade ios?

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HP's Whitman promises 'more beautiful' PCs

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Unhappy

I'm still hurting

From the last purchase of HP workstations that have had continuous failures of their displayport to dvi dongles and a couple of 'high end' HP laptop graphics stations that simply must have been a lemon model that has caused lots of grief and downtime trying to get warranty support replacements.

We've had a lot of HP gear over the years, but I'm less convinced than ever of their quality.

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HP preps designer desktops for Windows 8

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FAIL

So far all of the AIO machines I have seen do not offer adjustable height on the screen. Which is pretty important to me when ordering bulk machines for work. Don't want to risk OOS issues. Also if the computer is in the foot, then I suppose the yellow pages can't be used as a 'temporary' booster either.

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Office 365 turns Lotus eater

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I thought Lotus was dead.

i.e. just a matter of when not if?? Some stats on the install base and latest version would be informing.

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Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8

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Megaphone

I have a list

on my wall - rather morbid thing about dying and what people regret. The link is, seems to me that some one at MS in their old age has finally understood that making things that ordinary people find easy to use is a good idea and that presenting content well should be the priority. Perhaps its that final effort to relive the glory days.

On the other hand, I expect it is the same old MS that has always been. 64bit dlls go in the x86 area and 32bit in the x64 folder. Countless meaningless 'uninstall' and 'digital certificate for vba...' icons will still fill up the majority of tiles. MS paint will still be the same as will notepad. Email will be turned off and then come back later, programs like Outlook will consume more resources and still not be able to render basic html emails. File explorer will be even more neutered and peoples data will be splattered across the entire folder structure in a random fashion so that search will prove its worth.

And yet I am vaguely optimistic that things may in fact improve once the dust settles, maybe it will take till windows 9, on the other hand our windows xp workstations are now seriously old and most of our third party apps are still windows only, so inertia may again rule the day and keep MS on top.

My recommendations:

- Call them tile apps but make them a desirable alternative rather than rubbing poo all over the vast majority of software on the platform that will remain old school for the foreseeable future.

- Tidy up that mess of a file structure, get rid of active directory and joining domains etc it no longer makes sense. People use many contexts, home, work, cloud, offline. AD is a dog you've turned relatively simple configuration information into a rocket science for no good reason. If you made Microsoft live sign on business friendly then that could replace AD for smb companies.

- work harder at making developers building for windows understand physical hardware, life-cycle, support and good file and icon management.

- Give badges to companies that make quality software. Why is it that all UK software we've had the 'joy' of using is so antiquated, poorly supported, hard to use with stupid dependency issues.

- ditch the registry - the central database for everything the compost heap of knowledge.

- wrap all files in xml meta data. Search is everything types tell us to fire data anywhere in a projectile vomit kind of way - it is better than creating structure apparently. Only problem is that files often don't contain nearly enough meta data to ensure I get the right one back when searched for. I want to get the latest data not a file written years ago with the same name, and many similar issues. I note that the symantec web guys have been saying that of Search for years.

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DARPA chips in on Terahertz research

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hd nudey scanners?

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DDR 4 sets the pace for fast memory

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Hi, only 2Gb/s is the top end of current memory? Doesn't that mean that 3Gb/s Sata2 and 6Gb/s Sata3 etc is all a pointless (presuming you've got raid 1 SSDs connected to it so you can actually pump that kind of data speed) waist of time since it can't get the data into memory due to memory bottlenecks?

How can 10Gb/s ethernet work if we can't physically get data out of memory that fast? Can someone get me up to speed. Ta

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Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now

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Stop

I thought I read that MS gets more $$ from every Andriod sold due to patents or is that an urban myth.

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Honour for Queen's IT manager

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Happy

As official IT Manger of my household

I confer upon myself the title of Grand Poobar and A S S of the highest order. I'm also on several other lists. ;o)

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Windows is the OS of the cloud, says Microsoft

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FAIL

I've seen fresh dog food before.

Such an apt description of what they do at Redmond.

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Megaupload founder gets uncuffed

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FAIL

Shonky John

FBI still took evidence from NZ illegally, NZ police still did a ganster type raid full of black opps and extra octane. If NZ politicians have their way, they will still be happily bending over for the US of A. Soon they'll sign the TPM free trade agreement and the US will be able to come over and do what ever they like.

I have no doubt the guy is morally bankrupt, that is the way to succeed in business and banking these days. It is just that some US companies that apparently own the US govt don't like the game when it is played against them.

So I hope he walks away with a huge cheque from the US for their trouble.

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Microsoft's FDS data-sorter crushes Hadoop

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ah ha

So that is the problem with win 2008 r2 file and print servers and why they are so slow at cifs. I need to trade in the gigabit routers and get 2Gb ones.

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US Trade Rep criticises tech trade barriers in Oz, NZ

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FAIL

politicians

Unfortunately, this is exactly the kind of nonsense that will get our nz politicians on there knees looking for the nearest US counterpart to kiss arse or worse.

Remember all politicians only care about what gets them the most ego points and maybe a vote in election year, they live for the instant and have little to no understanding of anything technical. Actually little to no understanding of anything at all beyond the very high level 'blue sky' board table thinking.

Practical, clear thinking, leave that to (quality) trades people. Get my picture with the US president, sure you can do anything you fancy. You will still respect me in the morning though, won't you?

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Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO

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Happy

MS eats its own dog food

Do they still say this? Seems spectacularly apt to me.

Dog food is made of offal right.

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Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall

Stu 18

thats all wrong

its

Dum da dum dum, dum dee dum, dump da dum dum, dump dee dum dum dum...

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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$30 upgrade, one version that does it all

If they are serious about getting people to ditch xp,vista,7.

It is just not worth more than that for a bit of eye candy and a few bug fixes.

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Official: Sony and Ericsson are divorced

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FAIL

2 SE phones owned

Two bad experiences.

The last one was recommended on this site. Goes to show that relying on 'reviewers' that probably don't do much more than turn it on and read the box cover is a waste of time!

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Microsoft launches Office 15 Technical Preview Program

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Can't wait for those new features!

Every day I'm typing away in word thinking I wish I could use Kinect and dance around on the opposite side of the room instead. (That was a joke) What would be really handy is Word recognising when I'm doing the fingers to the screen!

Actually no I do think Exchange needs a complete rebuild. Sure it works, but the lock in to the Active Directory mess and hardware locks to network cards etc makes it a DR nightmare. Unless there is a simple way to have a proper hot standby, we'll be going cloud and ditching that monstrosity next time around. (i.e when we finally do have to replace exchange 2003!

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Microsoft and Samsung uncloak slimmer Surface

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Meh

10% of customers got engaged

too each other? Just what was on that screen?

90% presumably already married or couldn't get near the dam thing.

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'Puzzling structures on surface' of YU55 spaceball

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Happy

Damm fault on the black

And the set goes to Alexandar Demtetri Schamozzacoff... what a night he is having...

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NZ ISP piracy law kicks in

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Please provide justification for your contention. As the ISP sets the IP address and knows the MAC address and username of the users connection, I should think reasonable proof as fairly easy to establish.

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Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner

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Holmes

landing fees

Not sure what it is like in other countries, but our airports are little monopolies that charge passengers for upgrading buildings, then revalue them at a higher price and then charge passengers more to land there. Another reason hub to hub sucks!

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Sony Ericsson: 'We dropped the ball on iPhone'

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FAIL

How about making phones that work?

After purchasing a SE based on a 'top ten review' on the register I am once again disgusted by the whole experience. The Phone OS regularly crashes forcing a manual reset that wipes all the text messages. Never going to buy them again. SE = POS

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Bot spanking for social network ranking

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I am the borg, YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN ASSIMILATED

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Autodesk shifts design apps to the cloud

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don't panic

Autodesk software is so fully of bugs that it will take them years to rewrite it.

Even though they release a new version every year, it is only to shift the menu items around and add new bugs, I mean features. They don't fix the oustanding ones.

It will also have autodesk stlye pricing, $500/hour sounds like them.

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Windows Server 8 plays catch-up with VMware and Unix

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Unhappy

virtual me

Actually win 2k8 was a big disappointment for us, new faster equipment and new os = slower file and print and the yucky win 7 gui. (I prefer the old windows explorer). No need for virtual blah blah, we are a simple SMB with multiple branch offices. Sure we could put it all in one office and spend thousands on faster WAN. Glad we didn't choose chc as the central location. Wlg or Akl is much safer - oh wait.

Next replacement will be back to basics I think. Cloud email, samba file and print, commodity storage. I don't see the value in Active Directory for 100 staff. A pretty average database that is hard to maintain and repair.

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'Find My Car' iPhone app finds anyone’s car

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my guess

Someone who knows a bit about programming and is a gadget geek wrote the code. Just enough knowledge to be dangerous, hmm like me really.

We need more people willing to just try stuff, especially with the potential of the cloud to shut out 'home grown' in favor of 'this is what you get' g??gle 'we own you' styles.

However whenever there is lots of personal private data involved, this is definitely not a place for the copy and paste hacker.

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Microsoft touts Windows 8 fondleslabness

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Stop

"The opportunity is with Windows. Applications will run on all new Windows 8 PCs, laptops, tablets. Any Windows 8 PC is your target customer - so the market could be 400 million people on launch."

Errm if Win 7 has just got to 450 million people several years after launch, seems that the launch numbers are out by a factor of ten or even 100.

Be great to see some proper cleaning up of the messy interface and more importantly the messy underbelly, sadly I only expect more of the current trend of dumming down, build it for monkeys thinking. (There is a difference between treat everone as idiots (current programmer styles) and treat everyone as humans who learn, like to understand but can get confused with inconsistency and random behaviours).

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