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Hold on a mo: Brits blow £56m a year on the blower to gov minions

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Re: David Pollard Hospital and prison telephones

Nobody's suggesting that hospital phones should be free, you silly little boy.

Merely that they should NOT be charged at loan-shark rates.

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@Irongut

Not that I'm a Tory supporter but it annoys me when they get blamed for policies that were actually brought in by Blair, Brown and their cronies.

Oh, quite. I don't support any of them (and won't until they stop tacitly funding organized crime via prohibition) but my point was, this report is likely to meet with a "good, let 'em pay" from George Osborne and his goldplated cronies.

As for Matt Bryant - a), you're still a cretin and b) one pound per head would indicate that everyone except the very very rich are on benefits/pensions. While doubtless this would suit Iain Duncan Smith's propaganda machine, it's probably not the case, is it?

Is maths too hard for you?

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Looks like Tory policy to me.

TAX THE POOR!

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Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

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Re: I really hate to say this...

I thought the Apple way was to give one single experience on one hardware platform and sneer at all others.

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Spotify strikes back at Radiohead - but artists are still angry

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Catweazel

Thanks for the memories.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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God has an ego and is one hell of a pendant

I know, that was a typo but presumably it's an intangible pendant which dangles ineffably?

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@loneranger

Presumably your imaginary friend is bigger than the Pope's imaginary friend, then?

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

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Re: @dogged

You can doubt that all you want to. I haven't warn a watch since my employer started routinely providing me with a cell phone more than 12 years ago. A while back we did a spot check on gaming night - only 1 watch amongst the 4 men in the room and 1 for the woman.

Because anecdotes are indisputable evidence, right?

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Pedometer, I suspect. And remote control for your phone, maybe. Both of these are useful functions but hardly world-shaking.

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Re: May I dare to disagree

Watches have now been superseded for most people by mobile phones

I doubt that. In fact, I'd bet that worldwide watch sales make worldwide mobile phone sales look laughable.

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Psssst: If you wanna be rich, make the next privacy Robocop app

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Re: Microsoft?

Given how Microsoft put back doors into Outlook for the NSA to access a users stuff (according to Snowden), why would anyone trust a system with MS OS on it under any circumstances?

Given that MS dispute this and claim that the Grauniad has misreported what Snowden said - and is allegedly going to court for the right to tell people what information they've given NSA as reported here on the Reg - while Google (for example) aren't denying anything.... why the hell would anybody choose Android or ChromeOS for anything?

But nice try, Eadon.

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GitHub to devs: pick a license, we dare you

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MIT

The MIT license is popular in code you're giving away as a public service.

Everything I have on t'interweb for free download uses it. It's nice and simple.

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Fanbois get Outlook app for iOS, but only if they sign up for Office 365

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Re: Translation...

I imagine that the shareholders would complain if it were "productive for Apple's cashflow".

Did you want free Outlook on your iPhone? Did you think MS would improve a different phone platform at the expense of their own? You must think they're as stupid as.... well... you.

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Microsoft's next device could be a Surface Watch

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Re: Touchscreen

That might not be necessary. If it ran with Kinect exercise programs - I understand they're excellent - or integrated with RunKeeper or something similar, it could probably make money.

I don't imagine that FitBit are a charitable organisation.

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Re: there's just a little niggle, MS

You are not everyone, AC. I wear a watch. I like my watch. It's by Fossil and it's a beautiful old fashioned analogue face bound in brass.

People wear watches. You don't but nobody cares about you.

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Re: Touchscreen

I wonder precisely how many live tiles they would try to fit into that area?

I find this interesting, too. And my best guess would be "one".

Combine it with swipes to change to tile and a watchface +notification icons lock screen... who knows? If they were to throw in a decent pedometer and HR monitor, it could even be a useful device.

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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Re: He's rude, but he's right

Seriously, you have a Preferred Supplier List of software only made by nice people? Please post a link.

Ray Ozzie is a nice guy. Then again, he gave us Lotus Notes.

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Look out, Lenovo! HP: We're not happy with being a 'number two'

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"a 'number two'"

Yeah, that pretty much covers it.

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The IT crowd: Fiercely loyal geeks or 'inflexible, budget-padding' creeps?

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Conflict averse?

Fuck that.

Well, mostly. I'm conflict averse on personal criticism. I just sit there and take that, no matter unwarranted it seems. Question my work, however, and you are in for a world of hurt, Mr Manager.

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We'll stop Johnny Foreigner gobbling our biznovation - UK gov

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Re: Can someone help me... I think I've slipped into an alternate reality...

REG: Right! This calls for immediate discussion!

COMMANDO #1: Yeah.

JUDITH: What?!

COMMANDO #2: Immediate.

COMMANDO #1: Right.

LORETTA: New motion?

REG: Completely new motion, eh, that, ah-- that there be, ah, immediate action--

FRANCIS: Ah, once the vote has been taken.

REG: Well, obviously once the vote's been taken. You can't act on a resolution till you've voted on it...

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Re: So I suppose...

Start buttons are essential though, right? Any OS that doesn't have is doomed, right?

No? I heard it here...

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Confidential Microsoft brief: 'We're TOAST if we fight Google on price'

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Re: First and foremost, it's the price that matters

Pimps Libre Office - check.

Big fat downer on MS - check.

Comments on all Microsoft-related stories saying they are doomed - check.

Pimps linux mint - nope, not yet.

It may not be Eadon but it looks feasible.

MS are in a hole of their own making with licensing. They have three models -

1. Free. And usually genuinely free without regarding you as product to be sold for ad money, which is quite a pleasant change.

2. Insanely expensive.

3. So bewildering that nobody can actually figure out what the cost is.

To be fair, the insanely expensive model doesn't quite reach Oracle levels of obscenity but it's close. The middle SKUs needs to go, though. Now.

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Google study finds users ignore Chrome security warnings

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Agreed. My current workplace does the same thing with test sites. The CSS guys routinely blow through security warnings because that's their job.

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Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

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Since it won't be marketed under EOS, there is no trademark issue. As you already knew. Troll.

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They're not using EOS. It was a codename for preproduction.

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Sadly, it does. link

There is no escape.

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Re: No memory card, fixed battery

Seriously? You take more than 32GB of photos without uploading?

Nobody else in the world does

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Microsoft: 'Google's secret government meetings let it avoid import ban' - Report

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Re: Sue happy?

Seriously? You think ANYONE is waiting to buy a Motorola handset which will, given history, be sub-par at best and literally NEVER be updated?

Yeuch.

All Nokia need to do to sell more phones than Motorola is highlight Moto's update history.

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Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

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Re: In the process of this discussion

BornToWin appears to be channelling him almost to perfection.

I say almost because his capslock works.

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Asperger's and IT

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Re: @Trevor

The very last thing anyone trying to deal with Asperger’s – which entails a lifetime of learning to cope with it so as to be accepted by “normal” society – needs is some asshole accusing them of faking it…or their doctors of misdiagnosing them due to “fashion.”

You sir, are that asshole.

Actually, I'm not. I haven't diagnosed or accused anyone and I am somewhat at a loss to understand why you continue to accuse me of doing so.

Lack of empathy? Granted. Never had much of that. But false accusations from me?

Quote it or climb down off that high horse before you get a nosebleed.

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@Trevor

A commentard further up suggested that Asperger's is seen as a good thing here, not me.

I haven't diagnosed anyone, nor am I likely to.

More to the point, where - exactly - do you get off reading content into my posts that I didn't put there?

Fashionable diagnoses are a real issue. I'm married to a doctor, her mates are round here all the time. I get to hear about it. Presumably you're upset because it's a condition you like or identify with? Have I done the equivalent of slag off a Sony product in front of Barry Shitpeas?

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Re: Little Johnny's name

@Trevor

Harsh. "Fashionable" and "trendy" are accurate descriptions for a diagnosis that approaches the mode.

Ten years ago, the fashionable diagnosis was ADD. Twenty years ago it was dyslexia.

While it's a good thing that genuine cases get diagnosed, self-diagnosis led by media-hype and anxious/desperate/"oh it's not his fault, he's got"-style parenting lead to false diagnoses which can actually be damaging towards genuine cases.

"Craniorectal inversion" might be something you think is a funny thing to accuse somebody with but a clear and unemotional (I do not have Asperger's or autism of any form and unlike some commenters, do not want them either) view i something that's unaffected by the increasingly monochrome world that I inhabit.

I suggest you may be suffering from pedal ingestion.

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Re: A touch of Asperger's ...

Lack of empathy can also be easily manipulated.

I find that outright misanthropy is the only surefire protective condition.

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Little Johnny's name

Have you considered that it may be "Johnny"?

I don't suffer from anything fashionable. Chronic degenerative monochromachia is too much of a gobful to be trendy.

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Swollen cloud could burst at any time, splatter us with FAIL – anxious tech biz

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Round of applause

Best article I've read on the Reg for ages.

I agree wholeheartedly. Yes, the Cloud is here to stay. Yes, trying to sell to Enterprise is a mug's game. Yes, security/trust is a HUGE issue.

Me, I think I'll write a SME-class Email/Calendar/CRM application since most SMEs will not go Cloud and Microsoft killed SBS. Thanks for the market opportunity, guys.

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

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Re: How To Please A Woman Every Time:

Or the edited highlights of a Carry On film collection, apparently.

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Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

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Re: Crimson Fist ?

He may be a tribute to He Man and Masters of the Universe, which as I recall was a children's cartoon featuring Ram Man and Fisto.

What the hell were they thinking?!?

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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

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Re: Typical, misguided Microsoft

Actually, I should go back to this.

Microsoft licensing does not allow you to run a multitennanted environment such as you describe. Different company? Different domain, different physical server. More licences. Separate CALs. Each company pays for it's own CALs, not you.

None of this disqualifies outsourcing of Exchange and SQL Server while keeping an in-house fileserver.

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Re: Typical, misguided Microsoft

Microsoft licensing was designed by the dark forces underpinning all evil in the universe.

No arguments here.

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Re: Typical, misguided Microsoft

Agreed, however in this case the goal is not to provide MS Azure. It's to provide a comparable level of service to their SBS installs.

Now obviously, there's some effort involved in it and you have to offer some incentive - service level is usually the obvious one. But just from the point of view of practicality, if you're supporting those SBS installs anyway, why not keep the boxes somewhere where your client can't fuck with them?

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Re: Typical, misguided Microsoft

I realize this may not be feasible, but you could always just follow the bear.

Assume that you run support and management for say, ten companies running SBS.

Those companies are going to hav issues when the product end of lifes.

Fuullblown Server2012+Exchange+SQlServer is too expensive for them justify - each.

BUT.

What if YOU set it up? What if your company basically made a "cloud" and sold the service to those SMEs, complete with known access to data, detailed backup and D/R strategy? And they paid you a sub to use YOUR servers instea of Microsoft's?

*shrug*

As i say, there are many possible reasons why it might make no sense. But then again, it might.

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Re: "no particular reason why it couldn't work on MySQL"

Transact-SQL has an awful lot of quirks.

Some of them are incredibly useful quirks, such as the Hierarchical column data type. Man, that thing makes recursive queries fly by!

Regardless, I don't think SQL Server is by default a part of SBS 2011 (except under the hood) so this isn't all that relevant.

You could replace the non-visible bits with PostgreSQL which does most thing that SQL Server can, albeit in a far less friendly way.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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Re: Truly great news.

No. Adapt or deserve to die.

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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Re: I agree wholeheartedly

Look at Ubisoft, look at EA, look how amazingly their DRM turned out.

Alternatively, look at Steam.

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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Re: But did you damage

The Range Rover sport isn't that great on headroom, especially in the rear seats. The actual seat are set very high. I bump my head more in my neighbour's Sport than I do in the missus's Honda Civic.

What you need is a Toyota HiLux. Best headroom of any 4x4 out there, in my experience.

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

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Re: Missed Opportunity

Tried WIndows Phone, hated it (based on the fact you couldn't tether the device).

Settings -> Internet Connection Sharing. Done.

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

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My usage includes weekends at race circuits in remote areas, travel at odd hours and "on demand" for a disabled family member, trips to the amenities site with garden rubbish, collecting a neighbours kids and their huge numbers of friends from club nights (when dad has had a few drinks and they missed the one evening bus), oh and I work odd hours too.

So you're an edge case and the scenario does not apply to you.

Okay. So what?

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BlackBerry's Heins beams: We WILL make some cash, just you see

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Re: @jai

They could always open up BBM, I suppose.

They'd lose in terms of exclusive device sales but those seem to be down the shitter anyway. And they might win in terms of service provision.

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Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

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Re: it's a shame

I agree about the prices. A decent RT tablet should be about 7.5 - 8" and cost £150.

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