* Posts by Arctic fox

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Don't you see these simple facts? Destroy Facebook and restore human Liberty

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Way to go Andrew!

I think that you can guess what my attitude is to this example of antisocial media when I describe it as "FarceBooK". It reminds of nothing more than the circular letters that we used to get from a certain type of middle class acquaintance in the seventies and eighties, "Jeremy has done extremely well in his O-Levels and Samantha is becoming very horsey...." Excuse me while I puke.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: one hell of a metric

Indeed James. El Reg is one of my favourite sites but the eye-crossing ads/videos/popups really piss me off. What can I say?

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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I would just like to say that both the article (thank you Mr Dabbs) and many of..........

...............the comments BTL had me close to crying with laughter. See icon.

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

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Random Handle Re:"http://research.microsoft.com/apps/catalog/default.aspx?t=publications"

Very good points Random Handle, just don't hold your breath as far as there being any chance that they will take any notice whatsoever. :)

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@ simpfeld "to have produced virtually nothing that they have"

MS Research does a lot of long term basic research (basic as in not having an immediate commercial application). Their work takes years to pay off. One example of that work that is beginning to pay off is in the field of real time translation (as has been reported several times here at El Reg). I repeat, whatever you may think about MS' commercial operation; how many major companies would put as much money as they do into research that may not pay off at all, or may only pay off a decade or two down the line? The problem with any MS-thread currently is that, regardless of what the topic might be, it immediately becomes infested by large numbers of anti-Redmond hatebois whose only objective is to excrete large amounts of steaming ordure on the thread. There is plenty that MS deserve very strong criticism for but the utter incapacity of some to distinguish between issues is a royal pain in the backside for those of us who are actually interested in a worthwhile on topic discussion.

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Hmm, the usual comments.

Did you boys miss the bit about these employees joining MS Research? How did you miss the importance of Swiftkey's people's first class AI skills? Whatever you may think about MS as a commercial outfit their research division is world class in the fields they cover.

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

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@RedCardinal "..... probably considered by the general pubic to be disctinctly nerdish...."

I dare not speculate about what the average IT-pro thinks about the shiney-buying general public!

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31 nations sign data-sharing pact to tax multinationals

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Roq D. Kasba "Line targets up one at a time and coordinate the spending public"

Very interesting suggestion. It could as part of a solution (state level cooperation of the type referred to in this article, changes to tax law and so on included) be very effective. See icon.

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Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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Talk about gallows humour!

"The law of unintended consequences might have had an upside in this case, customers were likely to be prompt payers".

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

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Re: "It isn’t just the innumerati - Richard Murphy, Prem Sikka, Russell Brand, the Corbynite Left"

Indeed Boris, this exactly the kind of response I have been hearing from people who could not remotely be described as leftwing.

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"It isn’t just the innumerati - Richard Murphy, Prem Sikka, Russell Brand, the Corbynite Left"

Actually Andrew there are plenty on the "Corbynite Left" who are perfectly capable of counting without having to take their shoes and socks off to get above twenty who have made very clear their dislike of this "deal" without out resorting to criticisms that you would be likely to characterise as "hard left". It has indeed attracted well merited and clearly expressed criticism across the whole political spectrum (I am very glad to say). All you are doing with that kind of comment is giving the impression that you are paying obeisance to the Daily Fail and their like, something which I am very certain is not an impression that you wish to give. What is the problem with admitting that your feelings about this deal are also shared on the Left without making snide remarks? God help me, I even agree with Tories sometimes - not very often, but it has been known to happen. :P

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

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Re: "The rest of us should get by on beans and lentils -

it's healthier for us and the environment."

I realise of course that you were being satirical, however there are those who actually do believe that it would be better for the environment. It would in fact require a huge extension of arable monoculture farming right across the face of the planet in order to do this. The irony of the vegan position is that it would do massive damage to the earth's ecosystem if we all dropped eating meat.

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Apple's Tim Cook rocks up at Vatican - one week after Schmidt

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@Bbbit Re:"The Pope is allowed to eat beaver on a Friday"

Even I as a British English speaker chocked on that one. How our compadres from the western side of the pond are likely to react beggers the imagination. The Pope is allowed to engage in oral sex once a week - are you serious?

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"Leader of world's biggest religion meets the Pope"

I realise that the more fundamentalist wing of the iFanbois will likely be hugely offended by that subheading but I laughed like a drain. Thumbs up for an extremely funny bit of "subbing".

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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She found you and learnt how to downvote!

Thumbs up for that one Captain Scarlet!

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Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper still useless: Security bloke reveals lingering holes

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Re: they never call

God's in his heaven and all's right with the world. It is so reassuring that the Fruity Company continues with this pathetic behaviour. I realise that this will not go down well with the anti-Redmond hatebois but despite the regular slaggings that El Reg give MS (very often deserved but not always) MS usually reply when asked for a comment. However, with regard to Cupertino the only appropriate comment is "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose "

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Australia considers mass herpes release for population control

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"Not people. Well, not yet"

Given the rate of STDs these days people can manage that for themselves without need for government assisstance!

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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Re:"If you're a big guy, you could probably carry the battery and ammo"

Just about carry is of course the word. One of the more ridiculous scenes of that type is from "The Four Feathers" (1939) which features a scene showing Gary Cooper storming through the gates of a desert fort firing a Vickers HMG (WWI vintage) from the hip!

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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This kind of attitude to staff is as old as the hills...............

...........it is just being facilitated by modern technology. My dear mother had a job in a cigarette factory in Norway in the late 1940s. All the line workers were women and they discovered that the (male) foreman was (on the orders of senior management) following the ladies when they took a toilet break to time how long they spent in the loo. Mum promptly organised a strike (she was a bit of a firebrand in her younger days) and the management backed down. All that is happening now is they are displaying the same contempt for their employees - just using modern surveilence/sensor technology to do it.

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Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work

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@Diodelogic "One thing to remember when reading comments on the Register "

Your comment was a statement of an observable fact. Furthermore, your post was very carefully objective making it clear that you were not engaging in any kind of tribalist slagging. All the same I see that some saddo downvoted you. Have an upvote to even that up.

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@MikeeMiracle Re:"Our workplace has trying to lock this down for about a month"

MS made a point of announcing about four weeks ago (it was reported here at El Reg) that Windows Enterprise customers would be able to stop all telemetry if they chose to do so (as well as being able to block all up-dates until they had been tested and found by the customer to be acceptable). Has your IT dept got on to Microsoft UK and asked them what the fark is going?

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This pattern is entirely predictable

"See how Windows 7 peaks for five days, then dips? And see how Windows 10 and Windows 8.x surge at the same time Windows 7 dips? Line up the days from the data and you'll quickly see that Windows 7 thrives during the working week and other versions of Windows do better on weekends"

It has always been the case that enterprise adopts a new Windows iteration at a slower pace than the domestic retail market. I would be utterly astonished if that were not the case this time as well - it is not even yet six months since launch.

However, given that the current Enterprise version of Windows 10 enables both blocking of updates and blocking any "slurping" this iteration does not present issues for the business sector in the way that the Home and Pro editions do for private customers. That means of course that if there is no significant uptick within enterprise over the next year or so then MS would have good reason to be worried.

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Lovelace at 200: Celebrating the High Priestess to Babbage's machines

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@ 45RPM Re:"Bit part? Jesus! Are you serious?"

I wholly agree. The lady was a major contributor in her own right. I also take grave exception to the fact that El Reg mentions Apple's former CEO in the same breath as a genius like Turin. You would have to be a totally brain dead iFanboi to believe that such a comparison was appropriate.

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GCHQ mass spying will 'cost lives in Britain,' warns ex-NSA tech chief

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@ Thought About IT "The power that mass surveillance gives to the spooks"

I believe that the point that the gentleman is making (if I have not misunderstood what he has said) is that it does not, in practice, give them the power that they dream of. In other words indiscriminate mass surveilence does not in fact achieve what they believe it will achieve. IE. They are destroying the temple instead of saving it. What he is saying is that their strategy is stupid and counterproductive. Icon? My reaction to that they, in reality, appear to be intent on demonstrating that it is an almost biblical truth.

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Thinking of buying a Surface? Try a modular OLED Thinkpad first

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"Oh and it folds back on itself to make a tablet."

Oh and it reinstalls crap from BIOS level even if you do a clean install? Now that's what I call added value. Lenovo, the name you can trust - excuse me while I puke.

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Apple coughs up $350m – 2.3 days of annual profit – to make Italy's taxmen go away

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@John Brown (no body) Re: Reality Distortion Field

I think the clue lies in the phrase you quote: "We pay every tax dollar we owe." BigCorp (Apple or any other example) have a very differant take than we ordinary mortals on how much tax they owe. The phrase "as little as fucking possible, by any means possible as long as we members of the Managerati are not at any risk of being personally fined or doing jail time" comes to mind. Icon? My reaction to that type of behaviour.

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

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@AC "The MS Fanbois must be ZZZZZZZZing in bed"

Have you just come through the looking glass Alice? It is a matter of trivial observation that you will get far more downvotes by praising MS here at El Reg than you will ever get by attacking them.

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2015 wasn't about AWS. It was about everybody getting ready to try to beat AWS

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Re: Microsoft desperation and "dismal sales of Xbox one"

"Dismal sales"? What have you been smoking anti-Redmond hateboi? PS4 is clearly ahead by a very good margin but describing the Xbox sales as "dismal" takes FUD to a new hight. If you really think that the link that you provided justifies that assertion you should change your meds.

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2015: The year storage was rocked to its foundations

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"Everything is changing and we don't store the same"

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"

Thumbs up for that very sublte reference - I was genuinely impressed. Happy New Year everyone!

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

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@Richard Gray 1 Re: "sheep's leg that is cured for several months"

Yes, its a sort of "sheep ham" and very far from cheap as well. I remember working on a consultancy basis for a medical biochem company in the run up to Christmas a few years ago and they gave me a whole leg of fenalår by way of an extra thank you and we were still chewing bits of it in March! Good thing that La Señora both like it. :)

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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But have they installed Service Pack 1 yet?

I think we should be told.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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@Graham Dawson Re: "I think it's clear who was right." To be honest old chap...............

.................I cannot for one moment disagree with you. My lady and I are Star Wars fans from way back when. Indeed we watched the first of the originals in the West End in 1977 when it was first released and the experience for us was amazing. When the first of the prequels was released we almost ran to our local "picture palace". We left after half an hour - we were that pissed with what Lucas had done. To this day "Jar-Jar" is a swearword in our house that no expression from our upbringing in the east end of London could possibly match (quite apart from the many other sins that Lucas committed in that unspeakable trilogy).*

*I will be very open here and say that I regard the prequel trilogy as self-indulgent garbage produced by someone whose fortuitous success** with the original films had promoted him beyond his level of competence.

**Given that there were many others involved in the original series whose contribution was enormous - something that Lucas' ego has never allowed him to acknowledge properly.

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@Voland's right hand Re:"....you might as well put Jar Jar Binks in charge."

Ouch! What a nightmare vision. Mind you the most nightmarish thing about it is that you are right. I love the original trilogy but like you I am aware of the fact that it was Lucas' dependence on others when he made the orginal three that had a great influence on the result.

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Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

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@The Travelling Dangleberries Re: "Classic Theme Restorer"

Thanks for that heads up - appreciate it.

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Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws

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@Ken Moorhouse Re:"Time will tell if there is an element of "Channel Stuffing......"

I don't think that there is for two reasons. One, we see that since the launch of the SP3 and then the S3 the surface line has been doing well (roughly a billion dollars per quarter). The second reason is that, as we know, Redmond massively over produced and overshipped the SP1, SP2, SRT1 and SRT2 with the result that they got very badly burned and had to swallow a humungous write-down. I think that they would be likely to be very cautious after that clusterfuck.

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Typo in case-sensitive variable name cooked Google's cloud

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@dotdavid "Oh I dunno, a particularly grievous grammatical error might conceivably......."

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@Andrew Jones 2 Re:"To my knowledge "

Agreed. Furthermore, a typo committed by one of the El Reg journos would in all likelihood not cause this site to go offline for most of 24hrs!

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Microsoft offers Linux certification. Do not adjust your set. This is not an error

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Re: "Embrace the start of a well know Microsoft-linked phrase?"

Microsoft has not a hope in hell of extinguishing Linux, something the current CEO knows perfectly well and is clearly able to accept in a way that his predecessors were not. Given that, “approximately one in four virtual machines on Azure are Linux, and more than half of Azure Marketplace images are based on Linux”, Nadella would appear to be applying intelligent self-interest rather than the brain dead variety that both Ballmer and Gates specialised in as far as anything remotely related to open source was concerned.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

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@Olaf Re: "Phone might well run all day hardly using any charge then for some reason.....

......decides it wants to be a pocket warmer."

Just wondering old chap in context with my reply to "dogged", do you notice any context with which apps you are using when this happens? Genuine question, I am very puzzled by these phenomena. I get the feeling that a great deal of this is not connected to hardware issues in the phones concerned (at least not in the direct sense). I am beginning to wonder whether it is driven by the app-usage pattern. Just a guess on my part you understand.

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@dogged Re:"then started burning power like it was a space heater."

I have noticed a lot about this on various threads connected to this or that tech preview build and it does appear to be strangely random with regard to who is affected. I am running the latest build on a Lumia 640 and its bigger brother the 640XL and the battery life is excellent, at least as good as when they were running 8.1. However, I have seen a number of other 640/640XL owners reporting poor battery life and overheating issues (something which I have not experienced at all). There does not appear to be any explicable pattern currently. I confess that I am very puzzled.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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@Naselus Re:"They really, really weren't"

"They really, really weren't. For starters, you had a lot of private enterprise, no unions, and no rights for large parts of the workforce - most German industrialists were quite happy with Nazi party economic policy, and utterly terrified of actual socialism."

With that paragraph alone you summed it up. The Nazis ruled by diktat, they did not challenge (nor wish to) private ownership of capital in Germany and yes German capitalists were amongst their most enthusiastic supporters benefiting as they did from the slave labour factories.

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@Chris Dæmon Re"Nazis were national SOCIALISTS"

We can judge how much of a socialist Hitler was by his actions once he was elected chancellor in 1933 rather than by what he chose to call his party*. One of the very first groups who began to disappear (murdered directly or sent to the camps) were, in fact, the members and representatives of the Socialist Workers' Party of Germany and people from the German Social Democratic party (most of the latter regarding themselves as non-Marxist socialists.). Hitler in fact regarded the Left in general in Germany as his sworn enemies (along with Trades Union activists) and prioritised their suppression/liquidation.

*There were various historical reasons for his choice which had nothing to do with any committment on his part to socialism of any description.

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Re "that would be something to behold" Yes, especially the bit where a peculiar..........

..........moustache materialises on his upper lip and he begins to howl "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer".

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Windows' Nemesis: Pre-boot malware pwns payment processors

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"Cybercrooks targeting payment card data have developed a sophisticated malware...........

....................that executes before the operating system boots."

They have clearly taken a leaf out of Lenovo's, Dell's and Toshiba's playbook.

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: "James is a dick..." What part of the way he was treated in being............

.........summarily dismissed in such a cavalier fashion leading to him having no reason at all to show that company any residual loyalty did you fail to understand? See icon.

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

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In my opinion those who usually greeted this kind of thing with howls about.........

........"monkey boy" and the like should be a little bit careful about welcoming his comments simply because they happen to serve their current agenda.

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Well, well Andrew. It has been a while since I could simply give one of your articles........

.......a thumbs up without having to qualify it. The world that the "slurpers" are creating is horrifying.*

*Just so the anti-Redmond hatebois understand this, that term does not just apply to Win 10 however much you may pretend that is the case.

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

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Re:"Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm"

I am deeply relieved to hear it. The thought of those drones being powered by his intellect is terrifying.

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Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

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I may be being cynical but................

"That’s not going to happen overnight. But that training ought to to start today, because demand for immersive content is going to skyrocket. A year from now we’ll likely be in a world where demand has greatly exceeded supply. That’s an opportunity - but it’s also a danger, because if people can’t find enough novelty in the immersive world, they’ll walk away from it, and the technology will once again fail to live up to the hype. ®"

....................I do not think that it will be a problem. The moment the porn industry gets hold of this it will be a raving success.

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Thin-lipped chancellor tight-lipped on contractor-nudge-onto-payroll plan

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@Voyna i Mor Re: "seek to monopolise industries "

Indeed. The Grandad of capitalism Adam Smith observed and commented upon a similar context during what we might refer to as the late mercantalist period.

“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices”

When it all comes down to it the modern "Managerati" see it as in their interest to have prices as high as possible and wages as low as possible and they do not much care what methods they use to achieve this if they think that they can get away with it. The bastards are, in reality, the biggest enemies of the free market in our society.

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