* Posts by big_D

1935 posts • joined 27 Nov 2009

2015 Fiat 500 fashionista, complete with facelift

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Re: Leagues per hour?

I use Nokia Here, a cute German female voice.

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Crims and politicians using RTBF to scrub themselves from Google? Not quite

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Removing index cards?

If Google are doing it properly, then they aren't removing all of the index cards. They should be removing the index card with a specific name on it, all other index cards should remain in the box...

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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I did an in-place upgrade of my wife's Sony VAIO when Windows 8 was released. It went fine and the VAIO was a lot more responsive afterwards.

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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Re: It's a sad indictment of our industry....

Any real-time protection relies on knowing what bad things are out there or how malware generally behaves (holistics). It can only work based on knowing what has happened before. If new malware comes along, working in a new manner, then the protection system won't recognize it, so won't protect.

Therefore the first defence is to ensure that any know security holes are patched.

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FLASH MUST DIE, says Facebook security chief

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Re: A message from Mozilla

Mine doesn't... Oh, wait, I don't have Flash installed.

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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

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Re: where's the new hardware

@dogged the ad platform results for the last quarter have 2 quad HD Windows Phone devices cropping up (check out Thurrott.com).

So it looks like the new top end phones are at least in testing.

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KILL FLASH WITH FIRE until a patch comes: Hacking Team exploit is in the wild

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Re: Ok

I uninstalled it in January, I haven't missed it so far.

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Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

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Petrol taxi?

I haven't seen a petrol based taxi, ever.

All the ones I've used and seen have been diesel, since I was a nipper in the 70s.

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

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Re: Irritating

@noem, I'd rather see "We couldn't find any products matching your search criteria. Here are some similar products."

That would be fine, for me. I then know that there is no point searching through 40 pages of results, because what I want isn't there, or I can look at the alternatives, knowing that they are the only option.

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Only if i have comprehensive insurance, if I have third party I can't claim on my insurance.

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Re: Correction, here ...

@gnasher729 which is a problem for Uber drivers, because they don't have a meter at all... Without a calibrated and sealed meter they cannot carry any passengers for profit.

There is a loophole, you can carry a paying passenger from A to B, as long a 1) you were going from A to B yourself or that A and B are on that route and 2) that you do not charge any more than their share of the fuel used on the journey.

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They want unregulated, unlicensed, uninsured taxis. The state does not allow it.

There, fixed that for you. Personally, I beleive that the state should not allow you that particular consumer choice.

Certainly as a road user, I don't want any uninsured vehicle in my vicinity. If they cause an accident, then I am left to sue them for the repair of my vehicle and personal injury, which means they will probably just file for personal bankruptcy...

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Re: Correction, here ...

ANY taxi can have their prices lower than the competition. Regulated taxi fares are a CEILING not a floor.

I don't know about where you live, but here in Germany, it is not a ceiling, it is the price and the taxi meter is calibrated by the local authority and sealed, so there is no fiddling with the price.

If a driver is caught with a tampered meter, then they are in big trouble, will face a hefty fine and possibly lose their licence.

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Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

In Germany it is the same, the local council sets the per kilometre and per minute (standing stationary in traffic, for example, or waiting while the passenger goes into a shop etc.). The taxi company have to display the official rates and they have to have a calibrated meter (it needs to be recalibrated on a regular basis) and taxi inspectors make spot inspections at taxi ranks etc. to ensure the vehicles are in good working order, the driver is licensed etc.

I haven't heard of passengers being assaulted here in Germany, but drivers get attacked now and again.

Uber have the similar problems in Germany. Their drivers are for the most part illegal and how they are driving is illegal: they have to have a professional driving license in order to drive a taxi (and Uber is classed as a taxi service), Uber doesn't ensure their drivers have the proper driving license AFAIK and without that, they cannot get insurance for their vehicle - if they are caught carrying passengers (or have an accident whilst carrying a paying passenger), then their insurance is null and void, which means a heavy fine and, in the event of an accident, carrying the liability for all repair costs and personal injury claims.

That is why they are banned here, although it doesn't seem to stop them trying to do business. In their current form, there is no way I'd risk riding in an Uber and I just hope the drivers are never involved in an accident, because it will be a real struggle for the other parties to get restitution.

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YouTube is responsible for user content, says German court #1

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Re: GEMA

True Grumpen, but in this case YouTube has made them smell of roses...

In the last round, they lost because they said that GEMA had told them to block music... Only for GEMA to win against YouTube, because they never told YouTube to block the content.

That got YouTube to change the message from "GEMA told us to take it down," to "this content maybe copyrighted and we haven't asked GEMA if they mind." (Well, paraphrased.)

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Re: TPB + Google

Given that every other website has been responsible for what is posted on it since the late 1990s in Germany, it is hardly a surprise.

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

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Disruption?

New technology can be disruptive, especially for established industries but Uber is helping to create tens of thousands of new economic opportunities--as well as a reliable, convenient way to get from A to B. There is a way forward, with regulation that is focused on the needs and safety of the public, while also allowing more people to take advantage of these new opportunities.

New technology can disrupt, no problems there. But they are not disrupting, they are flagrantly breaking the law. If they want to disrupt, they should ensure they either do so within the law, or get the law changed before "disrupting"...

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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

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Re: In the mean time...

You can hire over time (E.g. rent a limo for a day or an evening), but everything else falls under taxi.

You also need a professional driving licence in order to carry paying passengers, another thing Uber refuses to enforce among their drivers.

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Re: In the mean time...

I don't know about France, but over here (Germany) the local council sets the rates and all taxis have to run with a calibrated meter (including Uber vehicles, but AFAIK they don't, so are breaking the law). If they don't have a calibrated meter and use it, then they face big fines if caught.

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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

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Re: Fools and Horses

I hope your translation site is better than Google's. If you use theirs, then the recipient of your complaint probably won't have a clue what you are trying to say - or it will be praising it!

Interestingly the more formal the English, the less likely Google is to translate it accurately!

I tried converting a handbook to German for work and thought Google Translate would save some time. It just made me laugh, then I had to translate it by hand.

Things like "do not open the case, high voltage inside," translated into the German equivalent of "open the case, high voltage inside." Better yet was "do not open the case, no user serviceable parts inside," translated to the equivalent of "open the case, no parts inside." :-D

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: Hurrah for the Beeb

Principled choice? This is how it is supposed to work.

General search must not return the information for the named person. That doesn't however mean the source material has to be removed. E.g. public record or one person in a group put on trial is found not guilty, so links should not be returned when searching for his name. For all other search combinations the pages should be returned.

If Google are disappearing the pages completely, for all search terms, then they are doing it wrong. The pages should still be listed, if you don't search on the "forgotten" name.

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Data centre?

No way! IF the car is going to drive itself, then it will need to do it without having to rely on a data centre! I have no problem with it getting traffic condition updates through the DC, but being driven FROM the DC? Nope, no way, no how! If that is the case, I'll stick with driving myself.

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Re: His Kung-Fu is the best

That was my first thought as well.

PDF is dangerous, read this PDF to find out why! P4WN3D!

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

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Re: Hoist by there own petard

Simple, which was founded fist, the river or the company? Which one was there the longest gets the domain.

But only people who actually live on the river banks can apply for the domain. Easy.

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Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

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Re: Yup

@Graeme Facebook are retiring the API used by Microsoft for WindowsPhone integration.

There is still a Facebook App, but the ability to see updates in the contacts app etc. will go away.

Don't ask me how it works, I haven't had a Facebook account for over 5 years.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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@AC it isn't about the likes of Taylor Swift or auto-tuned big names. Their deals are secure.

The argument is over the artists with independent labels, who can't afford to take a quarter year hit on royalty payments.

While she might be doing this to gain some publicity and to make more direct sales (she pulled off of Spotify with her last release ISTR), at least she is making a stand.

If enough big-names pulled their catalogues from Apple over this, they might be able to force a better deal for the indies.

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Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

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Re: That's nice, but

@DHorse over here, unless you are a celebrity out in public, they can't publish a photo of you without your consent.

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Re: That's nice, but

Last year Google were claiming the right to be forgotten in Europe was wrong, now they are starting to offer it in other regions (for specific offences). Well, it is a start.

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Facebook Moments app NOT COMING to a mobile device near EU soon

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Re: Facebook: The new big Brother

I agree with the first part AC, but the conclusion is wrong, as long as you surf the net or you have friends who are on Facebook.

My wife is paranoid about pictures of her being taken and whenever someone at a party, even a family event, she always explicitly states that any photo may not be posted on Facebook or the Internet in general.

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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We have delivery services that use "normal" people to do the last few miles over here in Germany.

The couple of cents they get per envelope means that if they have 1 letter in a remote part of their catchment area (sometimes a radius from 20-30KM), they will hold onto the envelope for a week or so, to see if they get any more for that area. Or they will send it back, because it isn't economical to drive 60KM round trip to deliver 1 letter for a cent!

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Belgium privacy commish ambushes Facebook with lawsuit

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Ambush?

Surely an ambush is a surprise attack of sorts?

If Facebook have been warned about their behaviour being illegal for months, with warnings of legal action, then it can't be an ambush if they get served?

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Google – you DO control your search results, thunders Canadian court

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Re: De-indexing is not the same as removing

Linking isn't a crime, but links to sites which are illegal should be removed.

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Re: De-indexing is not the same as removing

The problem, according to the original article is that they are setting up new websites faster than they can take down the old ones. Therefore delisting is also an important part of the enforcing of the ruling - although it shouldn't be the only part.

Google also doesn't seem to have problems delisting websites and companies they have arguments with - remember the BMW case, where they removed BMW from their results, because of the way they were getting referral links?

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If hackers can spy on you all then so should we – US Senator logic

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If hackers can spy on you

Then we are doing our job wrong.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: Movie adaptations

That is the problem cray74, the book is brilliant, and it doesn't need a protagonist, there are enough problems facing our hero to keep it interesting. But translate it to a film, especially a Hollywood film and I have my doubts about it being anywhere near as good and I fear they will try and make some bureaucrat who will try and nix things, just to give the film a villain. It doesn't need a f****ing villain!

A film doesn't need good guys and bad guys to be a winner. It needs a good story, and this is a stormer.

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Re: I'd watch it.

I listened to the audio book. Absolutely brilliant!

Oh f*ck, I'm going to die!

If you like the Dukes of Hazard, then you'll love the book. A love for DISCO will also help.

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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Re: Unrealistic and dangerous

Meh, we had 5 computers for a class of 35. We learnt to code long hand, debug it, then take turns sitting at the computers and typing in the code and running it, printing out the results and comparing to the dry runs.

That led to far fewer errors than today, because you had to think about it and doing the dry run in your head, you found a lot of the mistakes before you got anywhere near the computer. Today you can usually just hit the compile button and a few seconds or minutes later you can see what happens, or you get a list of silly syntax errors, that you would probably have spotted 2 decades ago, long before the code got anywhere near the computer.

I'm not saying that there aren't advantages to modern technology, just that we have become lazy using it.

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And he'll be able to recognise when the program is churning out the wrong results.

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Here, for many professions, it is part of the application test to become an apprentice to be able to calculate in your head.

For example, if you want to become a painter, one of the interview questions will be, given a room with such and such measurements (length, width, height) and the wall paint that uses x ML per square metre and the ceiling paint uses y ML per square meter and the ceiling needs 1 coat and the walls 2 coats, how many 5L tins of wall and ceiling paint do they need to decorate the room.

If you can't work that out in your head, you don't get any further in the interview process.

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EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

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Re: Get a life

Some minor 'elected' representative from a constituency you have never heard of wants you to drop what you are doing, fly to a country you have no interest in and answer in detail an bunch of unfocused questions that could cover any, and every aspect of your business, and in return you will get... nothing.

A country you have no interest in? The EU is a bigger economic market than the USA. That is a huge market to suddenly not be interested in.

If they decide to reform the tax laws of those countries (like they just did with sales tax / VAT - Amazon now has to pay the VAT in the land where the customer is located, not the tax haven where the company says it is operating from (E.g. customer in Germany, warehouse in Germany, sale "from" Luxembourg)) and the multinationals can't be bothered to explain their tax avoidance, then they could be in for a few surprises, when the new rules are announced.

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Net neutrality? Meh. But don't you dare slow my video streaming

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50GB cap?

Streaming video is okay on a 50GB cap? :-O

I use Amazon Prime and was catching up with a couple of series last month, and we watched a few films. We breezed past the 350GB by the middle of May, I didn't actually look again at the end of the month...

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HTC reflects on Champions League iPhone cock-up

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So, marketing agency

doesn't make all their employees working on the HTC campaign use HTC devices... Yawn.

This is most probably an external marketing agency gaff... Maybe we'll hear a story in a few days that they have appointed a new agency?

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: A scarily appropriate comparison

I was secretary of the Austin Healey Card Club (New Forest) for a while. My brother had a Sprite IV with a 1340cc engine in it. That was fun auto testing.

Back then most Caterhams were kit-built and the motor was usually a donor Crossflow out of an old Escort.

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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

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Re: Nothing new

You were always entitled to your money back, if the goods were faulty. Accepting a replacement or in-store credit instead was your option as the customer. Just most didn't know that and shops try and use that to get the best they can out of the situation.

In Germany the seller have to be given 3 chances to rectify the problem. If they cannot rectify the problem satisfactorily then you can have your money back. Giving them the chance to repair is fair enough in most cases. Although with a burnt-out wreck you don't have much of a chance of repairing it.

I had that with a set of speakers, there was a loose wire and they fixed it. Another time the motherboard on a gadget was defective, but they refused to replace it, so after the third failed attempt, I just got my money back.

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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

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Re: Flashblock for android

I've been running Flashblock and NoScript (Firefox) for nearly a decade. Google have only just now cottoned on to this?

On the other hand, I de-installed or disabled Flash on all my machines back in January. Can't say I've missed it so far.

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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Re: Dear ThreeLetterAgencies. Fuck You.

Many of us grew up in countries where terrorism was a daily threat, we lived with it, we didn't let it affect us, we just got on with our lives, with the thought that the next waste bin we pass could explode buried deep at the back of our minds.

My father was lucky twice. When based in NI (RAF), he and some friends were off duty and went to the local pub. His mate ran ahead to open the car, while my father and the "girls" wandered slowly up the lane. As his mate arrived at the car, he was gunned down.

Another time, he was visiting friends in Belfast and had to drive one to hospital, after he was crushed by a heavy machine they were unloading, as it slipped and pinned him against the side of the lorry. On his way back, he was stopped at the lights, when two men in raincoats walked past him, opened their coats and riddled the car in front of them with bullets.

He didn't let it affect his daily life. Likewise, growing up I was affected by his example. On 9/11 I was staying on the 46th floor of an American brand hotel on the flight path to the airport. A lot of guests booked out, but the English guests remained where they were.

If you give in to the terrorists and allow the government to eliminate your freedom in the name of security, then you have let the terrorists win.

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Apple and Google protecting consumers

against identity theft, data theft and scammers would be more accurate.

If the FBI want no encryption on these devices, then maybe they and their colleagues should concentrate on doing their job and getting the scammers and thieves off the streets or off the net. If the net was a safe place to "walk down the street" there wouldn't be a need for the encryption.

And if they hadn't been involved in mass surveillance of innocent people, then people also wouldn't need encryption.

They only have themselves to blame. They have been distracted from doing their real job and got so greedy that the people reacted. Deal with it.

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Spaniards get that cinking feeling

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Re: Optional

In Germany it is WLAN (veh-LAN) instead of Wi-Fi.

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Re: Personally. I love the melting pot of language.

Germany uses a lot of English words as well, they are "eingedeutscht".

They can also be confusing.

Beamer = Projector and not a BMW over here.

Handy = mobile / cell / smartphone

User (the correct German is Benutzer)

Computer or PC (the correct German is Rechner)

Password (the correct German is Kennwort)

Uploaden and downloaden as verbs.

And it seems to be very cool to use English words in advertising - although I sometime cringe at the inappropriate use of English in adverts.

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What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

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Usually because they have some piece of software that only runs under Windows that they need for some task.

Often there are equivalents under OS X, but they might lack functionality, not fully support the file format of shared files or the corporate bosses won't certify the OS X version and you have to run the Windows version.

A lot of business software is Windows only, although much of it is slowly moving to being cloud based (and I'm talking about bespoke software, ERP software, CRM etc. not Office), although SAP have had an OS X GUI for a few years now...

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