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Emotional baggage

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Re: Shouldn't this be in Bootnotes?

This is AD channelling Private Eye's ace columnist, Phil Space.

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Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

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Re: Wait a minute...

Failed Anonymous Coward tries to spread FUD about phone not existing and demonstrated -

http://youtu.be/sRMaVNf3zOQ

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Re: Nokia's share price dropped 10% after the announcement

Apple's share price always drops during phone announcements, too. Did you ever notice that?

My guess is "not".

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Re: spec

1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon, 1GB RAM, 32GB on-board, 8.7Mpx camera, 1280x768 Marketing Speak display, 17 hours talktime.

That last one is the spec that grabs me - 17 hours talk time. That's huge. That makes the GS3 look like a mayfly.

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Famous SAS man trousers £1m as e-publishing startup sold to Tesco

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Re: Nice one

If I could upvote you fifty times, I would. And it would still be more intellectually stimulating than reading his shitty books.

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'Nutjob' serves half-baked Raspberry PI scam

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Re: "Is it because I is Black?"

An anti-Smite Jewish guy would make a good character but I think SB-C wants you to hate his creations and will therefore probably never make a comedy Jew. Just a comedy everything else, because that's not racist....

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Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery

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Re: IE vs Chrome

IE10's alright. If Adblock+ was supported, I'd consider using it as a "main" browser.

And then, through inertia, keep using Firefox.

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Safer conjugal rights via electronic skin

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Re: @HelpfulJohn

Oh, my stalker strikes again. Downvote for offering sympathies to a bereaved poster. That's a new low.

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@HelpfulJohn

That's a shame. My sympathies for what they're worth.

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

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Re: Is that the sound....

Besides, what child actually wants to be able to listen to their parents' music collection?

My old man left his awesome Motown/Northern Soul collection. Just because YOUR parents have shit taste..

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Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

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Re: Win Pho 7 was their last bet

You could have said that about WP7, and it didn't fly.

WP7 lacks on features, and especially expandability. The lack of an SD card slot to a buyer who uses his/her phone as a PMP is a breaking point.

This is actually the reason why my sister bought an HTC $Something. The ability to carry 32GB of music around.

WP8 does not lack in this department and also permits "nice-to-haves" like Skype. As I understand it, it actually integrates VOIP services into the Phone UI, so that's an improvement over iOS/Android.

Anyway. Point is, WP8 fills the holes in WP7. Shame about the messy UI.

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Re: Win Pho 7 was their last bet

I'd like to try to answer your questions as honestly as possible.

I don't know whether WP8 or tank, meander along going nowhere or pwn the marketplace but I do know a bit about why iOS and Android phones are selling.

The iPhone is selling because it's an iPhone. It's gone beyond a marque and become it's own thing. A lot of non-technical consumers go out specifically to buy iPhones. The reasons aren't important but they have brand recognition and it's working for them.

Android phones are not sold as "Android phones". They're sold as Samsung phones or Motorola phones or HTC phones or, frequently, operator branded phones. Orange are buggers for this but Vodafone do it too. Non-techie punters who buy one of these never stop to think about Android. Most would not even recognize the term. They have a Samsung or an HTC or a Motorola. I know you guys don't like reading this because it's alien to your worldview but I swear, it is the truth.

Now throw WP8 in there and remember that Samsung's just been burned pretty badly (wrongly, in my opinion but my opinion doesn't matter to the consumer) and remember that Android means nothing at all to Joe Punter. He just buys a phone.

So. Assume you've got an SD card slot (which you have), that you've got a flashy camera (Nokia have Pureview), that you've got 100,000 apps in the App Store (there's actually more than that but hey) and probably LTE or NFC or something to get attention.

Unless everyone in the whole world hates the interface - and user surveys indicate that actually, only nerds hate the interface* - there is no difference at all to the consumer beyond price.

So why wouldn't it fly? There really is no reason.

*Disclaimer - I like the WP7 interface with the blank space along the right-hand side and the even-sized tiles; I think it's clean and elegant. The WP8 interface looks ugly and cluttered to me. Matters of taste cannot be argued.

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Re: why would windows phone 8 succeed?

experience (and knowledge) is better than FUD

And anecdotes are evidence?

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Talk about failing Maths

Windows Phones are not sold or manufactured by Microsoft.

Therefore they can only receive license revenue. You appear to e suggesting that a WP7 license costs $500 whereas in fact, the best estimate is that it costs $10-$15. So, using the higher figure to reduce the sales volume because making out that WP phones have only five users is super popular here on the Reg, that means 736,000,000/15 = (approx) 49066666 licenses sold.

It's actually less but that's because this will also include the 30% protection money MS get for selling apps through their marketplace so not a massive amount less (unless you want to argue that the WP7 marketplace is hugely profitable, which you probably don't because you're a Reg commentard).

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Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

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Re: Apology

@AC - as a fiscal conservative but social liberal, if I were in the USA 40 years ago, I would have proudly considered myself a Republican.

I do not consider the current Republican party to be Republicans. You can go ahead and vote for the American Taliban if you want, though. I'd make the most of it, if I were you because if they get elected, you might never get to vote again.

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Fired for accurate reporting?

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Windows 8 tablets unwrapped in Berlin: Dell goes keyless for ARM

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Re: A few things Windows will get right

Seriously, if Microsoft knew what they were doing, they'd have added Win32 support an an x86 emulator to Windows 8 RT.

Because then it could run as slow as Android! What a sales technique!

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Re: Do these tanks have the grunt to park on Apple's lawn?

Put Android on them and they'll fly above the whole property and even have the option of leaving the county.

Really? Android tablets are available in all these form-factors and more. Are they outselling iPads?

No.

Android cheerleading in the tablet format seems to be futile. Give it up.

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Brummie plod cuffed in Facebook troll hunt

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Stop

You have the legal right not be be assaulted.

You have NO RIGHT not to be offended.

Deal with it.

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Samsung readies handheld releases for Windows 8

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Re: Oooh...

I seem to be having terrible trouble with my lifestyle.

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Ho ho ho! Apple's Samsung ban bid pushed back to Christmas

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Re: Meh.. Will be overturned LONG before then.

Yowch - from the patenspostgrant article:

"After September 16th, defendants will have a choice to continue on to roll the dice at the district court with a jury trial of laypeople, or avail themselves of the new USPTO patentability trials of the AIA. The new trial proceedings of the AIA will be completed within 12-18 months of initiation and will be conducted before the USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB).

Unlike jurors, the decision makers of the PTAB are not laypeople. Rather, PTAB judges are experienced in the application of U.S. patent law and must additionally have an engineering and/or science background. In addition to the established expertise in technology and patent law, unlike the courts, PTAB judges do not accord patents a presumption of validity, nor do they require clear and convincing evidence to invalidate a patent. Indeed, patent claims are accorded a broadest reasonable interpretation at the USPTO, which makes them that much easier to invalidate."

Trans: If Samsung aren't retarded and push for an AIA/PTAB hearing (as is their right as defendant), Apple are fucked six ways from Sunday.

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AMD to double up cores with Jaguars

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Re: Apple lawsuit in 3...2...1

Depends on whether the AMD guys can pronounce "Jaguar".

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Watchdog probes rules for naughty mobe fondling on flights

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Boffin

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Question - if my Kindle can crash a plane, why aren't $terrorist_flavour_of_the_month using Kindles to crash a billion planes per week?

Answer - because it can't.

So these rules are pretty stupid.

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Nokia's WinPho 8 double date announced

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Re: Nokia is dying, and it will die.

All Lumias have WP(version*).

The Belle phones are marketed without the Lumia moniker, even in China.

*7, 7.5. Who knows whether the WP8 variants will be named "Lumia" or not; seems feasible though.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet review

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Re: Split screen...what next...

You must be right because Windows 8 doesn't do split screens at all and doesn't have a desktop environment where you can pile the windows as high as you like.

Except that it does. So your comment is... stupid? Yeah, let;s go with "stupid".

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Password hints easily snaffled from Windows PCs

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Trollface

I'd be interested to know how relevant the penguin is to your registry. If you've managed to install a linux registry then I have to ask a) why and b) what the hell is wrong with you?

Wait, aren't you the guy who always says how horrible all Microsoft products are? And YOU have a registry?

Hahahahahahaha

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Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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AC's exclamation mark button is stuck OR he/she is really, really excited about Three.

Hmm.

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

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Re: Metro is a teenagers untidy bedroom (It's like a home for old people...)

Friend, you need the new (old) Windows 8 (Isle of Wight Edition) where it's permanently 1955.

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Google loads Moto Mobility cannon, fires patent shells at Apple

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Re: I know what I would love to see.

With the patent licensing that pretty much every Android manufacturer has signed up to, that would probably hurt Microsoft's bottom line too.

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Re: Media player

What about Media Player? It hasn't changed, except it's not Aero-fied anymore.

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Re: 15% speed increase where?

That said if your primary screen is the right one hitting the start area is too vague.

You've done something in Settings, then. I'm using three monitors, all corners of all monitors are "hot".

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Re: Windows RT for me

You have absolutely no idea what you're talking and plainly don't use the damn' product. And don't call me a shill, you ignorant prick. My opinions are free.

Lose screen space - not in Desktop, which is what you'll be using because you hate Metro.

Play catch with Start - press the fucking Windows key. Unless you're "point&drool or die" in which case you're not worth answering.

One extra click or keystroke - (windows key when Metro is open goes to desktop) for a massive increase in boot performance. Oh, poor wickle you.

I am currently running Firefox on Win8. Chrome didn't want to install but that's Google's problem.

System tools? Which ones? Control panel is WinKey+CONTR or less characters. All the other tools are there too. You mis-click with those huge ugly rectangles that you hate so much? How? Is your motor control as poor as your knowledge of the thing you're criticizing? It must be.

So you're not interested for a whole bunch of made up, bullshit reasons. Go you. Go enjoy OSX or whatever. Just cut it out with your "facts" that aren't and do NOT accuse me of being a shill.

Asshole.

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Re: Windows RT for me

Cons list?

"The start button is gone and pressing the Windows key now opens a Metro launcher".

Woohoo, that cons list is brutal.

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Re: a whole hour?

And 8 minutes is more than enough for the legions of Microsoft astroturfers and shills.

Negative comments outweigh positive comments about Windows 8 on the Reg boards by about 10 to 1. Downvotes for positive comments are rarely less than 10 greater than upvotes.

So tell me, Barry, who's Legion and who exactly is attempting to sway public opinion? I suggest that regardless of your protestations on behalf of your obvious employers, somebody wants Windows 8 to fail. Whether they pay you to say that it already has in EVERY SINGLE WIN8 ARTICLE are not, I leave to the reader.

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Re: MS lacks clever

MS is addicted to drama and nonsense

right now Windows is a burning platform.

That level of hypocrisy means you forgot the "Joke" icon.

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Re: a whole hour?

I used the Consumer Preview (and just upgraded pretty painlessly to to the release version) on a development machine with three monitors. I'm actually typing on it now, on Firefox, on the "new" desktop.

It's very simple. It's very easy. Unless you're a Sheldon Cooper "Change is always bad" type, there's nothing to worry about. There was a curve - not a learning curve, more a familiarity curve. "Learning" would be a huge exaggeration for what's basically just a launcher. As the article says, hit the Windows key and all becomes clear.

I don't feel that "I don't like how it looks" is an acceptable argument over actually using it. We're supposed to be technicians here, not four year old girls.

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Re: a whole hour?

Don't feel bad, 8 minutes is plenty of time for the usual trolls.

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High tech toilets receive big prizes from Bill Gates

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Re: The just took over a once fine mobile company in Finland to distribute their excrement

Here's Bill, trying to save the world. Not good enough for you, is it Bob?

Twat.

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Privacy snafu as TOPLESS Mark Zuckerberg picture leaks online

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Re: I'd like to see

Rather better. He competed in the Moscow Olympics.

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Re: I'd like to see

Putin is an extremely high-ranked Judoka.

Zuckerberg would be toast.

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Microsoft: It was never 'Metro,' it was always 'Modern UI'

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

It's not Windows getting a hard time that concerns me, it's Everything. Even Yammer and Skype caught it after MS bought them.

And the 45 users thing is a joke but not without some merit. Mention an update to Windows Phone and watch the "all seven users will be pleased" comments roll in. It's okay to use a minority OS as long it's not a minority OS that you don't use, or something like that I suppose.

Call it frustration. You know as well as I do that 90% of the world is using Windows and the odds are on that 90% of the Reg's readers are using it, too.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

It seems that almost NO-ONE love microsoft - some find them useful, some are forced to use their software, some game, some know no better. But hardly anyone likes them.

I agree and yet, this does not make their products universally bad. Which, if these boards and this site were all you went by, you would be forgiven for thinking. In fact, you'd be unlikely to think otherwise.

This view is very popular but it is wrong. Not every Microsoft product is bad and many of those who criticize do so without experience of the products in question. The articles tend to be mean-spirited but this is the Reg so you pretty much expect that. The comments, however, go way beyond and into the realms of outright falsehood in what could be perceived as a deliberate attempt to discredit.

That it's (claimed to be) voluntary rather than paid negative astroturfing makes it worse because it indicates that these commenters put blind hatred and/or favouritism toward a different product/manufacturer above rationality. It is irrational. It is not sane behaviour.

The idea that any one of these people gets to make business decision which affect jobs, families and livelihoods when they are irrational is deeply worrying.

Fortunately, they're mostly first-support who read from a fucking script and pretend to abilities which they plainly do not have; the root of skilful manipulation of technology being sound analysis and their analytic skills being negated by their evident irrationality.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

I know, 45 is a huge exaggeration.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

The DIFFERENCE would be that no-one is paying them

Oddly, that makes it worse.

Compare against AnandTec or TechRadar or even Engadget or the Verge and the Reg comments suddenly looks like a collection of fake user accounts created by all 45 users of linux on the desktop and probably funded by Google.

Observe reactions to stories about -

Apple :- About 60/40 anti-Apple vs pro-Apple. This is normal, fanbois are obsessed.

IBM - Little but love except when somebody mentions a Lotus product or any of the Rational suite.

Facebook - universal derision

Google+ - disinterest except for the few regulars who insist on how much better it is than Facebook

Google advertising/Wifi slurping etc - Overall negative to count by individual accounts but massively unbalanced by pro-Google types. Barry is a fine example.

Android - By individual account, about 80% overwhelming love. You do get a few tenacious Apple fanbois insisting it's a crap copy though. And one or two programmers (I include myself) who think it has glaring faults but generally wish it well.

Microsoft (any product) - about 90% hate, regardless of any possible qualities (positive or negative) of the product. The only exception is XBox and even there, Barry Shitpeas and Bob Vistakin (usually posting anonymously) will jump up and say it's crap because it's Microsoft. At any hour of the day or night.

Now, you say those people aren't being paid. That would indicate that the Reg comment boards have become a self-selecting group where a qualification for entry is hating on Microsoft. Which given the law that competition is good for consumers is financial self-harming. Even leaving aside reviews by people like Trevor Pott which are generally favourable but are ALWAYS torn to pieces in the comments, and always by people who haven't even used the damn software, it's just weird.

You can play the "I'm an embittered old sysadmin and I hate everything" card if you like (except you're not, you're first line support and you read from a fucking script) but even then, to attack without knowledge is the sign of an idiot.

Not surprisingly, the Reg itself now almost never posts a story which MS in any favourable light because they tend to reflect the views of their readership, like any other publication. Which means you are making the Register less accurate as a source of decent news.

If the Reg was all I read, then MS would be heading for bankruptcy at the end of the year because everyone and his cat hates Windows 8 without ever using it and Asus don't like Surface and Nokia are already in receivership and Google rule the entire world except for the US legal system which Apple has locked down.

No doubt that's how some of you wish the world actually was. But then, Daily Mail readers wish the Nazis had won.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

I see a lot more anti-Microsoft shills hitting their voting buttons than the converse.

Including you, Barry.

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Thrillpower! Tharg releases 2000AD iDevice app

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Re: 2000AD

No.

In 1999ad, they had a reader vote about what to call the title in the following years.

The overwhelming majority voted to keep it as 2000ad. So they did.

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zarjaz

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French minister: 3 strikes anti-piracy rule a 'waste of money'

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Vive la France!

Yes, but this is the French we're talking about.

Tell them they MUST do something and it's illegal for them to refuse and watch them sit back and smoke Gitanes while cheerfully ignoring you forever.

The only exception has ever been their politicians, who agree to all sorts of bullshit that the population totally ignores. If only we in the UK did likewise this country would be a much happier place.

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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

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Re: $90

I think rather a lot more want NO OS devices so they can chose !

Maybe they're selling on Earth and not Planet Nerd.

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Re: @RICHTO - You REALLY dont know what you're talking about

Maybe if the two major linux distros had secure boot and antivirus baked in they wouldn't have had such a poor record over the last two years.

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