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Apple releases MEGA security patch round for OS X, Server and iTunes

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Lion EOL

Patches only for mountain lion and mavericks: looks like Lion is now end-of-life. Time to upgrade, I guess <sigh>

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: Trend?

Ha ha! That's a very interesting attitude you've got there. It's not Microsoft's fault for producing buggy, data-eating code, but the user's for being stupid enough to use the software that he paid good money for. <sarcasm>"Oh thank you, Microsoft, for letting me give you money and then corrupting my hard drive."</sarcasm> #fail

In actual fact DOS 6.0 was a serious problem for Microsoft. They had to release two/three updates pretty quickly in order to fix the doublespace bug (6.2) and changing the code to avoid infringing a 3rd party's (stacker, was it?) patent (first by removing doublespace in 6.21 and then reimplementing it in 6.22).

DOS 6.2 was a great OS (for the time) and was the last piece of software that I paid Microsoft full price for. I bought a 'discounted' copy of Win98 in Malaysia and more recently an OEM version of XP (for use by my wife in a Linux VM) on ebay for ~£12.

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Fancy some mobile filth? New logo tells you when not to bother

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Simple

" "Parents need to be confident that their children are not exposed to adult content when out and about in public places," Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson, said."

This is such a middle class 'problem' - just don't give your spoilt brats iphones. Problem. Solved.

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Microsoft links Skype to Lync

I_am_Chris

Re: Interact with technology how and when Microsoft will let you

Heh.

You're speaking a foreign language there!

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I_am_Chris

Re: What I don't understand

It's because it comes 'free' with office365 installations. Like my work has.

it's a pile of crap and adding bloat to it with skype is not going to make it better. Why does everything have to be integrated with everything else?

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This photo slide scanner costs €60... The bundled malware? That's free

I_am_Chris

Re: Strewth,

er... at best you're only going to see the same no. of pixels, only larger. At worst you'll see fewer, larger pixels.

TVs are limited to 1920x1080. lots of monitors have a higher resolution.

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Microsoft plans midnight launch for Surface

I_am_Chris

Re: Shhhh! - you'll ground the suspended disbelief!

It's like having meetings at noon. I can't remember the number of times I've had invites to meetings starting at 12am

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iPad mini to go on sale in one month?

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coincidence?

iPad 1 not getting iOS 6 - effectively EOL'd

Now, new mini iPad in the offing.

Coincidence? I don't think so...

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ENCODE’s ‘junk DNA’ claims spark biological bunfight

I_am_Chris
Boffin

Re: As one DNA strand...

<killjoy>Except the other strand is not a copy, but a reverse complement</killjoy>

If one strand is CAGTATCGAC, then the other is GTCGATACTG.

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We're raising generations of MUTANT KIDS, says Icelandic study

I_am_Chris
Boffin

Re: Careful with your evolution mumbo jumbo.

"Actually, we evolved from great apes. Monkeys have tails. That should help you in the future"

You're both wrong.

We didn't evolve from apes or monkeys. We evolved from a more recent common ancestor to the apes than we did the monkeys, thus we're more similar to modern apes than modern monkeys. What those common ancestors were we don't really know as they only existed ~5 million years ago .

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Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012

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Gimp

Re: ethernet

I also happily use a 2011 13" Air as my main office 'desktop' computer. I never bought the ethernet to usb adapter thinking I could get one if I needed it. 10 months down the line and I've still not got one.

Connected to a 30" 2560x1600 monitor makes it the perfect workhorse for enterprise with the additional bonus of great protability (weight and battery life).

It isn't used exclusively for 'office' tasks but for the analysis of scientific 'big data' in academia. Having access to a 500 core HPC cluster an ssh command away does help, though :)

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Digital music sales beat discs for first time in UK

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Re: iTunes vouchers of course

Mostly yes. There are some exceptions, but yes all of your purchases should now be available without DRM

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UK.gov beats down Microsoft software price hike to 1pc

I_am_Chris
Linux

How does this fit in with their new-found love of OSS?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/31/government_closed_source_kicked_back/

Surely, desktop software like this is prime for the OSS treatment.

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RedSleeve does RHEL-ish clone for ARM

I_am_Chris

linky broken

the link to the Dell ARM microserver links to www.com

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Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks

I_am_Chris

Re: Theory

Nah, it's to do with tellies.

Once LCD TVs took off the TV aspect ratio and resolutions became mass produced and cheap. Hence why many LCD monitors are 768p or 1080p - 1920x1200 or 1440x900 are non-standard and more expensive - thus are limited to 'high-end' machines...

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Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi

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Atom

surely, the atom is more comparable to an Arm. Low cost, low power, no fan and small. ok it doesn't have USB 3 or thunderbolt, but who needs it in this line of product.

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Ten... top Android games

I_am_Chris

Re: Ice Breaker

Doesn't work for me either

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Mutant heroes to rescue Ultrabooks from price trap

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"its Momentus has come"

<Groan>

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Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N 13.3in Ultrabook

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Short working day

I don't know about you but my working day is certainly longer than 5.5 hours, especially if I'm travelling. Added to the really poor screen resolution for a machine at this price, this is *not* a real business laptop.

A 13" Air is far superior in performance, usability and longevity. AND it is cheaper! An extra USB port would be handy and carrying about adaptors is a bit of a drag, but these are minor issues.

What's more important not needing a display adaptor or having laptop that is still working after 6hrs+? The Air is a *proper* business laptop.

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Ancient cave girl genome could crack Man's genetic puzzle

I_am_Chris

It's called open science and is happening more and more. In fact NIH require that all data are released immediately.

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I_am_Chris

The disk space requirements are much more that just for ACGTN as each base has quality information detailing how reliably that base was 'read'.

However the 'fastq' format is very space inefficient and is partly to blame for global sequencing data to grow faster than Moore's law.

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I_am_Chris

Bytes or bases?

When you say 500GB, do you mean gigabytes or gigabases?

Sequencing data is usually reported in bases in the scientific community.

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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

I_am_Chris

Increasing other people's premiums more like

I can see this as a way for insurance companies to penalise drivers who *don't* use the system.

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An NT-powered Windows Phone? Not so fast...

I_am_Chris
FAIL

Let me get this right...

MS are saying they will put the same NT kernel that was in XP. Is that right?

Remember Windows XP? It's the OS that was so full of holes that MS spent the best part of 10 years trying to fix it and then replaced it. TEN YEARS!

And now they are wanting to unleash it onto a market where anti-virus is unheard of, unsecured networks are commonplace and scams are a daily problem.

Seriously?!

MS are imploding under their own stupidity... EPIC FAIL

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Poll: Linux's big data guzzling worries melt away

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I don't get it

What on earth is this article comparing Linux to?

The only other OS specifically mentioned is windows. There's no effing way that that is better than Linux at handling big data.

Fail elReg!

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TalkTalk, 3UK scratched off Ofcom's Xmas card list

I_am_Chris

"If we could just get an ISP that delivers a decent phone line and broadband connection at a reasonable (doesn't have to be the cheapest, somewhere between TalkTalk and Virgin Media would be fine) price, that doesn't tie you in to a contract but instead pledges to keep your custom/loyalty with a decent service and good customer service, I do believe they would clean up"

One word: plusnet

I've been with them for ~2 years with no major problems; broadband + phone. Good value and good customer service.

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BT fibre rollout reaches Scotland, Wales

I_am_Chris

couldn't agree more

My exchange has had FTTC since the summer, but I can't get it :(

Some people on the same *street* are enabled.

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New account of Flight 447 disaster published

I_am_Chris

Not quite.'putain' is much stronger than 'bloody'; it's much nearer to fuck or shit. There's no way you'd see anyone on prime time tv use that word unlike 'bloody' over here.

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NASA confirms first Earth candidate in habitable zone

I_am_Chris

Awesome!

When do we get to move in? What are the neighbours like?

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WD My Passport Studio 1TB external hard drive

I_am_Chris

Wot. No thunderbolt?

Surely they've missed a trick there. What with Airs not having Firewire and the high CPU load of USB, that's a glaring omission. FAIL!

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Ubuntu team questions Distrowatch share slide figures

I_am_Chris

exactly!

It's always the same.

They believe the numbers when it shows them in a good light, but point to flaws when they don't.

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Genetically modified mutants 'safe for release' into the wild

I_am_Chris

"Selective breeding != Genetic Modification"

Sure it does. What on earth do you think controls the trait that you want in your crop? That's right, genetics. So, by selectively breeding for juicier tomatoes you're mutating the genome.

There's no such thing as 'natural' beef, corn, etc!

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MS and Samsung tout interactive table

I_am_Chris

Why such a pants CPU?

You'd think for that amount of money you'd get something like an iCore. The engadget review shows a less than smooth user experience :/

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NEWSFLASH: Chips cheaper than disks

I_am_Chris

That's nothing to do with the SSD; it's only windows being crap!

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iOS upgrade swells iPhone battery-suckage grief

I_am_Chris

Not in the UK

Strangely, here in the UK, the dept store John Lewis automatically gives you 2 years warranty on all electrical goods. Including Macs.

Plus the sale of goods act, puts no time limit on when you can return faulty goods.

There doesn't seem to be an issue here.

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Apple's iPad not so shiny once you get it home

I_am_Chris

Really?!

I'm surprised. We got one as a present last Xmas and we use it everyday.

My, self-affirmed technophobe, wife reads emails and surfs the Internet, and the kids play games.

I wouldn't have got one beforehand, but now I'm considering getting an iPad3 when it come out.

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Immigrants face £49k wage minimum to stay

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Who on earth are the ConDems trying to persuade to come here? More city and management wankers? Cos that's what they're going to get.

Knowledge based economy, my arse!

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 13.3in Core i5 notebook

I_am_Chris

Expensive

This is 300 quid more than an Air and people complain about Macs being expensive!

THere's no way this laptop is worth the money.

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iPad 2 made from T-Rex fossils costs £5m

I_am_Chris

2Kg of gold!

Christ! You'd only be able to hold it 5min before your arm gets knackered.

I guess that's what 'staff' are for...

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Euro banks unhappy with proposed e-payment rules

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Strange II

I'd change banks if IBANs are important to you. I know for a fact that first direct and RBS both print the IBAN number on your statements by default.

Also, last time I made an international payment (a couple of years ago now) it cost £14.

You're definitely with the wrong bank.

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Amazon’s shares slashed as profits drop 73%

I_am_Chris

Estimate!?

"between a loss of $200 million and a profit of $250 million"

Can they really not pin it down to a smaller window than $450m?

Must do better...

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Deep inside ARM's new Intel killer

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Go ARM

Great to see a UK tech company doing so well. <clap>

The gov must take note and grab the knowledge economy by the horns and invest in STEM industries. From school upwards...

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My Council Services

I_am_Chris

What on earth is a dairy bull anyway?

I get my milk from dairy *cows*. At least I hope I do...

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iOS update woes prompt gnashing of teeth for Apple fans

I_am_Chris
FAIL

And I think you to get back to bed...

It says it's 1.52 GMT. In the UK we're currently at GMT + 1 which makes it 2.52 or very nearly 3am!

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Prang finder site reveals accident blackspots

I_am_Chris

Mobile

The site is totally unuseable on a mobile. Poor. Must try harder.

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iPhone 5 to support 21Mb/s HSPA+ not LTE

I_am_Chris

Meh

The mobile internet can't even cope with current speeds, so talking about 21Mbps is pointless!

I just tested my phone on a HSPA connection with full signal and got a stupendous 353kbps download...

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Amazon intros $199 movie Kindle

I_am_Chris

With your use of 'profanity' makes me assume you're a left-pondian. Over on this side of the pond 'fuck-off' usually means excessively large, often in a scary sense.

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.Scot campaign seeks UK Gov backing

I_am_Chris
Flame

What a pointless exercise!

Why are so many people keen to carve off their own part of the web?! It's a global phenomenon - it doesn't matter where a website URL is 'from'. As long as the site is relevant it could be on the moon for all I care!

FFS people need to get a grip and spend their time and effort on worthwhile things like the deficit. Not waste even more public money on vanity projects - yes the SNP, I'm looking at you. The sooner we get this indepence referendum out of the way the better and you can spend your time looking after the scots properly, for a change...

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Apple makes a hash of password security (again)

I_am_Chris

not with an Air you can't

The new Airs will only work with Lion.

I really like my new Air, but Lion is turning out to be quite shoddy :(

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Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hard disk

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Applause

Happy birthday!

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