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Nearly 2 MILLION US Facebook users quit social network

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Re: "Fashionable to hate Facebook / two sides to a story" I will freely admit that my personal..

........name for FB is "ArseBook" which will give you some idea as to how I feel about it. However, I am sorry to see that a polite, friendly and rationally written post should be down-voted. I can only add an up-vote and say that I appreciate your contribution.

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@localgeek Re: "You're Welcome, Mr. Zuckerberg". I congratulate you and...............

...............no, I am in fact, not being sarky. I will however say that I am deeply delighted that my good lady and I were never tempted to have our daily distraction level increased to start with -:). Being part of the "Global Village" is one thing, being part of a poisonous and demanding "Global Gossip Shop" with its attendant security risks is quite another matter.

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Intel CEO Otellini promises $699 ultrabooks by fall

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"Intel CEO Otellini promises $699 ultrabooks by fall"

If true and they are decently specced (yes I am, amongst other things, looking at those screen resolutions - if we are still talking no genuine high res they can go screw) then Intel's hopes for a mass-market in this form factor may be fulfilled. I remain to be convinced, especially since I am still not sanguine as to whether or not Intel has finally got the memo about what they can rationally expect to be able to charge for their cpus.

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UK's tax-funded boffinry to be published FREE for all

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Splendid!

See title. -:)

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iPhone 5 to be skinniest Apple yet SHOCK

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@No, I will not fix your computer. Thanks for reminding me of that sketch...........

"Rowan Atkinson sketch where he starts a stopwatch, rips of in his car through back alleys, screehing tyres, across paths, through parks, through red lights, then drives onto the beach, stops his stopwatch and puts a sign in his guesthouse that says "less than 5 mins from the beach"."

.................I laughed out loud when I read your posting - its been years since I saw that one, I had quite forgotten it.

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Thinner, lighter, blah, blah, blah. It's all very well but there must come a point when............

................these devices (and no, I am not just having a go at the iPhone) are thin and light enough. At the present state of the tech these obsessions come at the expense of other important elements - like having a decent sized battery in there just to mention one aspect. I am beginning to get arse-tired of hearing how light and how thin the latest offering is (regardless of which company we are talking about) when the net result is that the phones concerned often are not as good as they otherwise could have with regard to other criteria because they are being shoe-horned into ever smaller bodies (in the volumetric sense).

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More Steve Jobs iPad mini attacks from beyond the grave

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"One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70 per cent..............

...................... of the benefits of the 10-inch screen."

I am frankly surprised that he spoke as if everybody is thick given that he normally had a masterly grasp of his relationship to his customers. Even someone who has no idea how to calculate the percentage increase in screen area per inch increase in the diagonal size can clearly see that the visual real estate increases sharply as the size of the diagonal increases. That is an elementary not to say trivial visual observation even for those whose trigonometry isn't up to very much.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Actually the visual difference is in practice not that great.

I downloaded the beta myself and installed it on our Win7 box in the front room. Using it as a keyboard/mouse package is to all practical intents and purposes little different from using 2010 (let us please not discuss the ribbon -:P). Unless you actually install it on a touch device you will not, in practice, notice any of the touch-UI optimisation. The package is no more/no less usable on a conventional pc than the previous version and the implication in the headline that it has been "metroed" is, to say it mildly, somewhat exaggerated. It has some new/extra features that the individual user may find useful but if you did not like 2010 you are not going to feel any friendlier towards this version.

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Apple Store staircase flagged as Peeping Tom black spot

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I assume that you are trying to claim that you have no personal experience...............

"Although the steps themselves are opaque, it is still possible to cop an eyeful from below through the gaps between the steps ... err, apparently."

............dubious, very dubious.

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Eurozone crisis hits pay TV: Punters pick broadband over telly

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I am not surprised that they almost can't give it away.................

................I've seen Norwegian TV! (See my handle). On a more curious note I realise now that I and my good lady have been seriously radical and ahead of the curve for once -:P. We have not bothered with the Telly for several years now. The only reason we have the service available is that the cable company (Canal Digital) won't supply you with a broadband connection unless you buy the basic telly package as well. Our Sammy in the living room is our home cinema screen and a monster pc monitor - I honestly cannot remember the last time we actually used it as a TV.

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Phishers use less strident subject lines to deliver new cunning attacks

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@Tom 13 : I should of course have made clear that I am in my middle fifties - that makes.......

...........my point about the time-line and "culture" issue I referred to rather clearer. That was the "we" I was speaking about. -:)

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@Tom 13 RE "but not so much for your average punter."

Yes, this is in fact a real problem that I in my opinion is rooted in the education system. We are the last generation that have grown up with people for whom the pc is some "new thing". When I was a very little lad a much loved friend of our family was a very elderly gentleman for whom the telephone was something he hated and feared despite the fact that he was a chap of considerable intellect. This "technophobia" is something we have to address - though how we tackle it is something that I do any good suggestions for.

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"tricking prospective marks into clicking a link"

Until the average punter learns that he/she should not click on any link in any context unless they are certain of the site's or the e-mail's bona fides these scammers will continue to be on earners. It is not as if people are not being regularly warned about this kind of thing in the main-stream media - they are. I frankly speaking do not have any idea what can be done to get the average pc user to stop doing this. These issues have had loads of publicity all over, not just at sites like El Reg. It ought to be bloody obvious by now that "free porn", "you have won", "account cancellation alert", "update your account details" etc should ring very loud warning bells even amongst those whose IQ is challenged by their shoe size. I am not seriously suggesting that people should have to apply for a pc-license and take a test but sometimes the temptation to do so is overwhelming!

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in

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Re: "Look into my Apple Logo"

Very amusing - the down-voters should get a life.

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Christians get God-optimized 'Edifi' Android fondleslab

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"he smashed the tablets"

...............after he discovered that they had been bricked.

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Re: "Is rooting a mortal sin?"

Only if you are an Australian.

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Kiwi pooches turn into ROACH MUNCHING DOPE FIENDS

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"“how to tell if your hound is high”"

It start humming "pass the Dutchie pon the left hand side".

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China's censors move to stamp out sex and violence online

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"the Grass Mud Horse"?

If that has anything to do with sexual content the mind absolutely boggles.

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Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface

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I think that when Ballmer says................

..........."but we need partners to have that diversity of devices" that he actually means it and is not (on this occasion anyway) just making mouth gestures. For MS to become any kind of "sole producer" would (in order to set up the whole system) from their starting point in today's reality would be a huge undertaking that would cost the earth plus several local planetary systems without any way of estimating likely success or failure. In other words they would be taking a gigantic punt which if it went tits up could/would break them. That they are currently giving the OEMs a firm nudge - that I believe. That they may well start to produce (over a longer period) more devices - that I also can believe. However, that they have at the present time any real plans to bet the entire financial foundation of the company on such a move - that, I most definitely do not believe.

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UK judge hands Samsung win for being 'not as cool' as iPad

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@Nine Circles RE ".............from the perspective of an informed user."

Interesting that the advice to judges from the Court of Justice of the European Union is framed in that way. It is also interesting that implicit in that advice is the acknowledgement that judgements delivered in the absence of such a perspective are delivering it from a lowest common denominator consumer point of view. By that I mean that if it is possible that a significant number of The Transcendent Order of the Ignorati might be fooled then it is accepted (currently in the US at any rate) that the defendant is in breach. It does of course offer an amusing picture of a fantasy courtroom somewhere in the US (or in Germany given some of the judgements that have been handed down there) where Apple lawyers are questioning prospective jurors (if juries were used in such cases - I said it was a fantasy courtroom :P) "do you have difficulty tying you own shoelaces without a diagram? No? Rejected, next candidate!"

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@TheOtherHobbes RE: "I wonder if it's really quite a clever way of dealing with the issue."

Having now read both your comment and what the Judge said in detail I have to say that I think that you are certainly correct in your interpretation. What on earth are Apple going to say now? "The device from Samsung is as good as our iPads and equally as stylish so please ban them"? I think that His Honour has been very clever indeed - tongue was undoubtedly firmly located in his own cheek and not up Apple's cheeks, in contrast to some other judges we have heard from during the last year or so.

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Lookout mulls flagging privacy-invading phone apps as adware

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5 per cent? I have to admit that I was relieved when I read that.

Had I been asked to guess I would have thought it was rather more. However, their sample size (some 300 k or so) is reassuringly trustworthy as far as statistical confidence is concerned so I am inclined to take it on face value.

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Burnt Samsung Galaxy S III singed by external source, probe reveals

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Not the sharpest tool in the box? You are being far too kind. -:)

Some person or persons put a wet mobile phone in a microwave to dry it out? Thus making sure that (apart from any direct effects of the radiation on the kit) the water would boil inside the phone - I am speechless. Then after having done this and wrecked said phone they go and inform World+Wife+Dog via the internet as if they were somehow proud of what they had done. How is it possible to be that brain-dead? The only way that they could have made bigger fools of themselves would have been to film themselves doing it and posting the result on YouTube.

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Phone-raiding Trojan slips past Apple’s App Store censors

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We can conclude then that "Fidall-A" turned out to be "A-Fiddle".

See title.

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Apple 'fesses up: We broke App Store downloads

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@Oninoshiko RE ".....going to deal with the one star reviews given to products because of this?"

Yes, that is an awkward one and I imagine the devs will be complaining loud and long on exactly that issue. Is it possible for Apple to "reset" the star ratings with a short one or two line explanation as to why do you think, without it creating a problem with the system at their appstore? Even so they owe it to their devs to ensure that those of their customers who do not read tech fora like El Reg are made aware that those ratings are wholly unfair currently.

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Excellent. Let us hope that it is the start of a trend as far as how................

..............The Man From Cupertino deals with problems and how one communicates with those who are affected. I criticised Apple in the thread attached to the previous article concerning this issue and I am happy to acknowledge that they have moved way faster on this occasion (as far as communicating with their customers and the world at large is concerned) than has typically been the case until this issue cropped up. I am however obliged to say, "about bloody time".

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Trekkie pays £45,000 for rusty shuttle

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Re: "Please don't encourage him! PLEASE!"

Indeed. Like the Patrician I am in favour of the Scorpion Pits for mime artists and people who make puns like that.

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Judge: Patent litigants behave like animals

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Re: "Nice one judge." That I am afraid is utter nonsense.

As a synthetic organic chemist working in drug design and discovery in a small R & D company it is my professional observation that getting one drug to market (through the basic research, synthesis, mass testing of analogues in vitro, testing in animal models, pre-clinical trials, two to three stages of clinical trials and finally the various regulatory hurdles) takes ten to twenty years and upwards of two billion dollars. I have no time for the behaviour we have sometimes seen from Big Pharma but to say that drug development does not need some form of patent protection is ridiculous.

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'Apple is corrupting App Store downloads', warn angry devs

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From a company who are regarded (with some justice) as master marketeers it seems to me....

........to be very strange that their usual response when something has gone wrong is silence. Not exactly straight out of the customer care handbook, is it? Oh and by the way, this page loaded unbelievably slowly and then I saw that you were advertising McAfee. Can their adverts really have the same treacle effect as the software itself? -:P

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Orange San Diego Intel-based Android phone

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@Andrew James "Surely its an 85% for its price point "

That indeed is the issue and I have to say that given the net balance of plusses and minuses the phone is a very good piece of kit for 200 spons. I honestly do not know what some people expect for the given price point. If it had cost £300 I could understand some of the criticisms - that would immediately have made the lack of flash card support a deal-breaker for me. However, the overall package is very decent indeed for the price and if Intel are accepting that they cannot get away with their usual usury and extortion chip prices in this market - all the better.

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Big media little iPad stories suggest Apple is cranking up the spin cycle

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"Officially sanctioned leaks?"

Pope still keen on Catholicism, bears still evacuating their bowls in sylvan groves.

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HTC bags UK win in patent war with Apple

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@Keep Refrigerated Re "....don't give praise to the UKPO....."

I think that when he posted "yay for the UK patent office" he may not have been being entirely serious, hmm? You know, the concept known as "satire".

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Apple's UK smartphone lead shrinks

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You are simply getting the same treatment....

....that anyone posting a factual statement concerning MS that the howlers do not like will be subjected to - learn to live with it.

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Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

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Re: "Don't overclock? Don't build it yourself?"

No, that is not the take home message for those of us who like to build ourselves and "fettle" a bit. The (rather obvious) take home message is that if you do, use decent components. If you do not, or you buy a box from GenericKrapTek PLC you are likely to end up in bother - thought we all knew that didn't we, hmm?

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Second win for Apple as Galaxy Nexus sales banned in US

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Re: Someone explain to me how the Nexus looks anything like the iphone?

The situation may possibly become rather more richly ironic and costly for Apple than they are expecting. It is frankly impossible to judge what kind of impact in the tablet-pc market that Win8 and/or Win RT may or may not have. However, if either MS with it's Surface offerings and/or MS' OEMs actually produce something the public want then the net result of Apple's behaviour may be to create space for Redmond in the tablet market which might otherwise not have been there without Apple's legal assault on the Android os in general and that operating system's leading OEM, Samsung, in particular. Apple may in fact end up being badly damaged in the war with their "auld enemy" by virtue of their patent trolling attacks on Mountain View. History is after all littered with examples of the workings of the Law of Unintended Consequences.

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Panasonic chief says no to low-cost OLED TVs

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Then they can go screw before......................

.................we get rid of our wall-mounted 55-inch LCD Sammy and buy an OLED TV - simple as that. I do not expect to pay bottom feeder prices but they can forget us paying what they are hoping for. Engineer down the costs or kiss my arse - their choice.

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Half the team at the heart of the RBS disaster WERE in India

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Re: Beware of the weasel

The one thing that this proves (whatever else it may highlight) is that the "Directorati" are so fucking ignorant that they do not understand that (in modern industry, whichever type of industry it is) you cannot cut IT support in the same way that you can (if you are very bloody careful) in other areas of your business. The domino effect of the wrong decision in that area of your activities can have utterly disastrous effects - as we are now seeing.

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Ultrabook makers take the Ivy Bridge path

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I think this issue with the ultrabooks is an example of why MS have chosen to produce.......

...........the "Surface" themselves. Too much of what the OEMs produce is boring, unimaginative and often way overpriced. There are of course some exceptions but they are usually in the high-end price wise and are not going to exactly contribute very much to building the mass market Intel are hoping for (Intel's own greed when it comes to their chip prices doesn't help very much either). When the customer's reaction very often is "boring" followed by "WTF! How much?!" then "mass market" does not appear to be exactly looming on the horizon.

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Apple wins US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Most peculiar. I may have misunderstood of course but when a judge granting a.......

.....preliminary injunction (granted usually where the judge feels that there may be a case that the defendant (in this case Sammy) has to answer) uses words like............

""Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products," she said."

....................she is giving the rather unfortunate impression that she has already made her mind up about the final merits of the case before the full trial. Or have I misunderstood what is going on here? Any suggestions?

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Fujitsu bigwig: Microsoft's doing us a favour with Surface either way

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Re:"Was there a story in there somewhere?"

A CEO saying something sensible in public?

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Why the Windows Phone 8 digi-wallet is different to the others

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@h4rm0ny Re: "We're called old people."

Indeed, furthermore if we are to judge by the degree to which nefarious activities utilising modern tech provide substantial earners for the ethically challenged amongst, we "oldies" are not always simply suffering from not having read the right memo. Our wariness is actually sometimes not without some justification. -:)

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

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Re: "What ads?"

I think that you have just summed up what is terrifying the entire industry. They are beginning to believe that almost nobody is watching those ads. If that is indeed the case then a more classic example of the emperor's lack of any connection to sartorial reality would be hard to find.

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Samsung frees fanboys from iPhone with freeware

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@Tom Maddox

I think he just does not get El Reg's style of satirical hyperbole. Sad really. Given the number of enthusiastic Apple customers who post here you would have thought that the line "Reg readers - iTunes refuseniks to a man jack of 'em" would arouse the suspicion that it was not to be taken seriously. However, it is very clear that some people simply are "satire blind" - they would only recognise if it jumped up and bit them in the arse and perhaps not even then.

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Samsung to probe Galaxy S III blaze claim

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Re: Oh Nokia where art thou... Yes I know but look on the bright side.

Whichever one you get it will cost you £500 - £600 pounds and be shiny shiny. -:P

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Consumer Affairs Victoria says App Store contains malware

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".........selling Apple IDs for as little as AUD$33"

The price suggests that obtaining such IDs on a fairly large scale is relatively easy. Rather more worrying than CAV's less than impressive command of tech terminology I would have thought.

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CAPTCHA-busting villains branch out from spam into ID theft

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Re: "It wasn't even the inane ramblings of a self-obsessed teenager!"

You never know, they may have managed the inane rambling bit. -:P

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'Kindness of America' snapper shot himself in 'act of self-promotion'

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"Only in America"

Sorry, that was impossible to resist. -:)

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BYOD: The great small biz security headache

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"...the seniority to override rules and use them at work if they want to."

"These people are a double threat to security. They are senior enough that saying “No” to them is a difficult option, but they are also likely to have access to just the kind of data you most want to protect: confidential sales projections, business strategy or sensitive IP, perhaps."

Arrogant, ignorant shits. That's all.

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Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

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"ATI (AMD) haven't been all that good supporting Windows lately"

That has been my experience as well. I've been running four Win 7 installs since the os was launched and the only time I have had any trouble has been with screen card drivers from you-know-who - which is indeed a pity because the cards themselves are very nice.

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