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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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Re: Why the negativity?

Currently Apple aren't registered for tax anywhere on the planet, so they don't pay any.

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Re: Why the negativity?

@Mad Mike

Surely it's cheaper to remain legally "homeless" for the purposes of tax than to build a damn great solar plant?

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Re: Why the negativity?

Error - assumes Apple intend to pay any tax at all. We're not seeing much supporting evidence for that assumption.

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US State Department coughs up $630k for Facebook Likes

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She was slammed for failing to create a happy workplace by fuelling fears of cronyism, failing to engage with staff and leaving some meek souls too scared of dismissal to offer dissenting opinions.

Sounds like a perfect candidate for HP.

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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

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Re: The Premium Economy of Supermarkets

Asda?

Where's Lidl then, in the baggage hold?

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Re: Hold on a second...

Downvotes from gits aside, does this mean Tesco use O2's network?

If so, that would actually make them an option in rural areas.

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Hold on a second...

O2 own half of Tesco Mobile?

I thought Tesco were an MVNO piggybacking t-Mobile?

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Windows 8 apps pass 100K, Windows 8 passes Vista

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Re: Hate Win8? Get Classic Shell.

Well, one downside of running an XP box is that you can only run an XP box. Hyper-V will jut as happily run any OS you care to load it up with.

It's brilliant with a Technet subscription because you can test anything and everything is available.

For now. Some fuckbag in accounts at MS has killed that plan, sadly. But at least they're offering the freebie trials.

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ChromeOS

We hear how everyone is buying Chromebooks and ditching Windows all the time on the Reg, mainly from commentards.

How much of a percentage of "other" is ChromeOS? 0.1%? 0.2% maybe?

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Re: Hate Win8? Get Classic Shell.

Except that it does.

Trust me, built-in Hyper-V beats "XP Mode" every time.

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

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Re: The one built by a competent admin

They do regardless of your choice of OS, sadly.

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It is.

It also absolutely follows the maxim that security is a trade-off against accessibility. AS/400 is a nasty bitch.

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Re: VMS?

Digital were sadly unforthcoming in supplying replacement manuals, even to the state owned electricity company of a (at the time) booming EU nation.

Without those, privileges were seriously annoying to achieve.

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Re: VMS?

Not especially. I once got hired to firefight a VAX where the admin had changed all the passwords and then had a nervous breakdown and run off to Laos.

It wasn't that much tougher than cracking NT. Irritating more than hard.

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The one built by a competent admin

Perhaps stupidly, the easiest OS to secure is probably Windows 8 because it has built in on-by-default AV and firewall.

That doesn't mean its the most secure. I could build you debian server than would give anyone pause - in fact, that's probably the most secure OS build that I personally could produce. However, just because it runs on debian or a fork thereof doesn't mean it's secure - Exhibit A being Eadon's blog.

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

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Re: Cost and tools

It's a bit more than £100 for Objective-C because you need to buy a Mac.

And then learn how to pray to the OS to do anything, of course.

Java is free to download but you might want to update your antivirus.

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Because the write many/run many model is so awesome?

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Re: I don't see this as an advantage.

@jaywin

of CoffeeScript if your tastes run that way and you don't mind rewriting your existing javascript to work in it.

But given how much TypeScript is starting to look like EcmaScript v6, it's not a bad bet for the future.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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s/two/n/

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HP confirms it's back in the smartphone business

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@JahBless

Presumably you have unimpeachable sources for this declaration?

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What's this? WP8 generates low support costs?

HP will definitely go Android then.

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Re: return of the ipaq?

I agree that Android is the most likely choice.

However -

The HP phone will definitely run Android. Anything else would be suicidal. Windows phone marketshare is in freefall

No it isn't, Barry. You want it to be but it's growing like a fungus on the corpse of Blackberry. The latest Kantar results show a continual market share rise at Blackberry's expense.

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Re: How long ago?

If the survey was in 2010, presumably this has been rumbling for a while.

Then again, how many of the general public would have known what DropBox was in 2010?

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Facebook restricts ads running next to dodgy posts

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Re: So wait

Facebook - soon to be home of the Phallus-Avatar.

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Microsoft's MoodScope app predicts smartphones users' feelings

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Re: not going to work

The iOS default setting?

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Win 8 user? Thought that was a CAPTCHA? R is for ruh roh

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Re: So, just to make this clear...

You're right, there are vanishingly small chances of any of these not working. Vanishingly small. Multiply those probabilities to get the odds of them all not working at the same time. ooooooooooh, scary. Not.

And you qualified on the second condition by your petty choice of abusive monikers.

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So, just to make this clear...

IF you've got SmartScreen turned off AND IF you've changed UAC to allow anything to do anything AND IF you don't have any AV, including Windows Defender THEN a) this might allow somebody to execute some code on your machine and b) you're a massive retard.

Is that about right?

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: Apropos of nothing..

The place I lived was so small - 11 houses, a pub and a church that opened once every month - that we had numbers from the village three miles away, which was a whole 5 times bigger!

(No Monty Python Yorkshiremen sketch here - this is actually true)

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Apropos of nothing..

386 was my phone number as a kid back in the early 70's. And the phone was the same colour scheme as that one, albeit I remember it as much less long.

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UK treasury minister sticks up for HMRC in Google tax row

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Re: Customer Relationship Managers?

Isn't that the scheme where they agree that Vodafone doesn't have to pay any tax in exchange for three big dinners and a Thai ladyboy prostitute?

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Windows 8.1: 'It's good for enterprises, too,' says Redmond

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Re: "Consultant" indeed.

I dunno. If fifteen years of UI design is meaningful, then why was there ever a Start Button in the first place? Surely the Program Manager interface was perfection?

Or previously, the DOS prompt?

And again, you're doing that thing where you forget that the desktop is still there and is actually better than the Win7 desktop in many ways and worse in er.... none.

Older is not necessarily good and new is not necessarily better. In my experience Windows 8 needs a fortnight of your time. You spend a week swearing, a week shrugging and then a currently undefined amount of time vowing to never go back.

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Fed cheerfully by you, no doubt.

And you ran it in a VM for roughly 4 minutes for "evaluation" before you made your superinformed decision, right?

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: Speak your brains

You know, I'm pretty certain it would be easy to write a Twat-O-Tron™ for Reg readers' comments on anything related to Windows 8 or indeed Microsoft in general.

Throw the phrases "Fisher Price" and "Start menu" into the mix and you're golden.

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MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

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Re: There was a british camera industry?

Not really.

Cameras have traditionally been German or Swiss here - with many German makes marketed as Swiss post 1945 for reasons of actually wanting to sell some.

At the low low end, they were American and at the "enthusiast" end, well, a good friend of mine still makes her own pinhole cameras and takes some remarkable pictures.

http://slowlight.net/ - see for yourself.

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Samsung quits desktop PC biz, will stick to all-in-ones and portables

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Re: Wrong apparently...

They actually announced two new desktop units in the far East on the very day this rumour was published.

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Re: Wrong apparently...

Yup. The relevant bit being directly from Samsung -

"The rumor that Samsung is withdrawing from the PC desktop business is groundless. Samsung will continue to offer diverse products according to market needs, including our recently announced ATIV One 5 Style, a stylish all-in-one PC. We will continue to open all possibilities in PC business including our PC Tower business, to satisfy consumer's diverse lifestyle and needs."

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Making the case for upgrading from Server 2003

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Re: SMB

Chopped and stir fried with black pepper and pancetta wins.

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Re: SMB

and fuck you very much if you suggest I use Windows 8.

Yeah, because everyone knows that Windows 8 doesn't have a desktop. It's all tiles, all the way down, right Trevor? ALL TILES ALL THE TIME. THE TILES ARE COMING FOR YOU TREVOR. RUN AND HIDE TREVOR.

Or in the universe the rest of us live in, make your desktop tile first on the Start Screen and click "enter" when you log in.

The desktop enhancements are worth it.

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Re: no smb 2012 !!!

You might be right.

Second bet would be an SBS2011 license from ebay, I suppose. Or Scan have it.

clicky

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Re: Eadon, I have had enough of you derailing our forums. You are zapped.

As articles those are by definition on topic - an article cannot derail itself.

However, the religious fundamentalists who invariably pop up and tell Lewis that climate isn't weather but rather a magical thing that happens when people are naughty and don't pay money to green charities and eat lentils; those people can and do derail.

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Re: You like hard questions? ;)

"Why make the move to Server 2012 with its dinkey-toy interface, while you can still get Server 2008R2?".

If your only reason not to go 2012 is the interface, you're a poor excuse for an admin.

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Re: Hyper-V

The storage arrays are still going to be a bugger through virtualization.

You could try mapping drives in the host 2012 system and making those available to the VMs, I suppose.

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Re: no smb 2012 !!!

It's a little cheeky but you could just grab an HP Microserver (around £100 including cashback) a couple of 4GB DIMMS (around £30) and a Technet subscription (£99~ish per year) which gives you everything that isn't labelled "Enterprise Edition" or a dev environment.

Job done.

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Not work! - Firmware hacks

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Anything involving the word "Clearcase" automatically excludes "fun".

Although I do wonder if the new all Googly Moto might be friendly if approached for some toolchain help.

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Re: Some places to look

If anyone else is also interested in this project, I found the following site - http://www.7900novadrive.com/v3/v3x.htm

Towards the bottom there's a four-part guide to modding the V3x, which is P2K rather than P2K05 but still a really great resource for anyone who wants to know the terms people were using back then.

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Re: Another idea, potentially daft:

I have actually thought about that but as always, it's going to be all about the drivers. Second screen, keyboard, buttons on the side of the top-flip, that joypad-alike controller, not to mention the seperate nvidia gfx chip this thing has...

It's tempting but I can't really see it being feasible.

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This is great stuff, thank you.

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Re: @ deMangler - charging RazR

Mine charged from USB as soon as Motorola's drivers were installed.

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That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers

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Re: starbucks start paying tax

Don't go mad, anon.

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A question of forum etiquette

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May be (urban?) myth but allegedly before the Great Fire of 1666, Threadneedle Street in London was actually "Gropecunt Lane".

Also, there's an awful lot of "post deleted by moderator" on threads which mention Microsoft today.

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