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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: OK for web browsing

Sorry I was thinking of the mode where it just replays a chrome browser tab,

I have to watch netflix through a VPN due to being geographically challenged - ie living 20km the "wrong" side of the border

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Re: OK for web browsing

>No Netflix? How come - ChromeCast supports NetFlix after all.

But chromecast requires you to have another computer sending the data. I can't see people buying this box as a replacement for the $25 chromestick thingy if they still need a windows PC to send the video,

Netflix does work (sort of) on the Samsung Arm Chromebook so perhaps they are working on a port for this.

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Re: OK for web browsing

Somehow I don't think computational fluid dynamics is the intended market.

Still it's tricky to see what the market is. For Google-Docs and Web browsing the Chromebooks are better. The only use for this is for content consumption - but it doesn't work with Netflix/Hulu etc - so unless Google are going to offer pay-per-view on You Tube (and fix the HTML5 viewer) - this is a bit pointless

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Re: Bye ChromeOS

If it's like the Gigabyte and Intel NUCs I have - it has a small laptop fan but you have to run even the i5 variant pretty hard to get it to turn on and you can hardly hear it.

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Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

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Except this is more like allowing the police to go around crashing the cars of people they don't like, and anyone else who happens to be on the same road

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Re: DDOS

>legalised assassination to prevent crime

Well anonymous were opposing the government, that makes them terrorists and shooting people without trial because they are terrorists is hardly new, or news.

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Dell reveals 'proof-of-concept' ARM microserver

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Re: Won't be long before Intel leans on Dell to drop it.

>Intel have to show they can do better MIPS per watt with the atom derivatives at less price.

And this "project" might be nothing more than a nudge to Intel to get their act together.

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Google strikes deal with EU competition chief over abuse of search dominance claims

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Re: But does this mean

No Google simply said that their complete and utter wonderfulness combined with owning everyone else while not being evil - had unfortunately led to a situation where there was no viable competitor - it's not their fault.

They didn't, unlike a certain other monopoly computer OS supplier, use their position to threaten to de-list anyone who didn't play by their rules. You can Google duckduckgo or bing on Google's site and the results show up like any other.

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Re: By god he's had a flash of inspiration.

>"My mission is to protect competition to the benefit of consumers, not competitors."

The official role of some countries's monopoly commissions is to protect business/industry/GDP, it just depends how the rules were written

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Re: Not Elop then.

Has Microsoft said what patents Android violates? Have they been challenged in court?

Or has their just been a letter to Samsung/Sony/Lenovo etc saying "call it $5 per tablet and you won't suddenly find your OEM licence to sell copies of Windows on your PCs and Laptops cut off. And this time it's not abuse of a monopoly because you are actually paying for patents."

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Re: Not Elop then.

>it was hardly the sort of turnaround success that Microsoft needs now.

Unless you subscribe to the theory that he was sent to wreck Nokia so MSFT could buy them, and their patents, for a pittance

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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Re: Optimal solution?

Or you could still have the wars but both sides have the drones in simulator mode.

Ultimately you could just play WoW instead

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Re: If they want the drivers out of the cabs

Union rules

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Google opens up data on secret data collection orders

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But this doesn't include

Any direct hacks at the ISP, any NSA taps into Google's feed or any top secret NSL intercepts.

So it's pretty much like the USAF's definition of surgical strike or collateral damage.

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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Re: Confusing

You knew it was doomed when they got the lottery grant to repair the house - no mention of computers

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Re: Confusing

>Pretty odd, given 99% of the people going will want to see the machines, not the grounds...

Not really, UK tourism PLC is in the business of preserving buildings and gardens not the falling down huts with a bunch of geek stuff in it.

I bet the people working in them don't even have any official qualifications in tourism interactivity studies.

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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Remember the birds are very angry.

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Microsoft takes InfoPath behind the shed, says successor will be better

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Re: Good riddance.

Pah - who needs drop box. We have a USB external harddrive that we just pass from desk-desk when we need to share files.

And the person who designed it claimed it was the only solution able to transfer 1Tb between users in under a second

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Re: goodbye Visual Studio Tools for Applications

If you use HTML forms your data entry minions might not need a full copy of Office running on a full copy of Windows with a few server CALS thrown in.

If they just enter data into a web page - they might as well go back to having IBM3270s on their desks.

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Snowden: Canadian spooks used free airport WiFi to track travellers

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Re: Par for the course.

Yes - but we used to think that the Chinese communist government along with the East German Stasi and the KGB were bad guys.

We didn't realize they were just rather less well organised versions of our own beacon of freedom and democracy.

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Robowagons roll! US Army tests all-drone supply unit

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Slight flaw in the plan

So somebody plants a bomb, rolls a rock into the road and stops one of these nicking the food, ammo, supplies it is carrying

You send out a crane and transporter to pick it up along with a squad of specialist mechanics.

The bad guys ambush them

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University boffins build snoop-spotting snitch app

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But ...

Wouldn't it need access to the location service to detect this?

And so could itself be a spyware app for the SNSA ?

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Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!

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Re: The trouble with ¡Bong!..

Remember (Alan) Clarke's law;

"any sufficiently advanced satire is indistinguishable from government policy"

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FCC says US telcos can start moving to IP-based calling, but in baby steps

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Yes - since BT's system X in 80s most trunk routes are digital

The phone companies claims are a bit disengenous (amazingly). They claim they want to replace the ancient obsolete trunk lines with modern digital stuff, although almost all of it is, and are using this as an excuse to supply you with a voip phone running over the data link you already have and pay for - while still charging you for the separate land line which you won't have.

If experience of the local telco here is any guide they will also block all competing voip products - claiming they damage the quality of service for other users

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: Sod standards, what about the sharp end?

He doesn't say that you can't use MS Office, he just says the documents should be saved in ODF.

Otherwise when one person in the government upgrades to a new version of Word everybody in the country has to so they can read government documents

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I think they meant documents that didn't need editing - like press releases.

Not that they were relying on PDF to stop secret enemies of the state amending laws with a bit of judicious Foxit hackery

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Boffins demo re-usable paper and waterjet printers

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Quick to kickstarter....

An etch-a-sketch, a couple of stepper motors and a raspPi - shouldn't be too difficult to make a printing tablet

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Reg snaps moment when Facebook turned air Blu: 1PB box for unloved pics

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Re: 1PB !!?

Not if the MPAA find out

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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

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Re: VMware CEO ...

And since you are going to be running Linux on ARM anyway there are a dozen different ways of having multiple "server" on one machine in Linux without the crude VMWare approach of full visualization or nothing

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VMware CEO ...

Vendor of a product that is necessary to share the cost/power/heat of x86 across different installs talks down a cheap low power server alternative.

In other news, Microsoft claims that Unix will never catch on in the data center and recommends Windows8

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The other end of the telescope: Intel’s Galileo developer board

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re: I don't see what "problem" this product is supposed to "solve".

The problem of a generation believing that Computer and Intel aren't synonymous.

Executive1: This low power embedded stuff is catching on - we need a product

Executive2: And it should be 64bit and multi-core and have every peripheral we make and run windows server

Executive3: We don't want to harm sales of Xeons, and it's about time we gave Microsoft a warning shot - stick Linux on it.

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MP 'shocked' at failures 'at the top' of the BBC over epic DMI tech fail

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An MP was shocked

that a major government/Qango IT project was a fuck-up OR that they only wasted a mere 100Million ?

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Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

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No because a single order can cover "all people in a specific location' and the specific location can be "the earth"

It's like the UK restricting laws to specific high risk terrorist targets and then having the Met classify all of London as a potential target for an indefinite period.

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: The ISP is to blame not the sender

>If he was getting his bill by post and the post was lost

But this is the equivalent of them sending out a bill disguised as a leaflet for free dog walking with an official statement on the envelope saying "not from Natwest - we promise" - you might be reasonably expected to throw it in the bin unopened.

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Re: more lessons

In most of business one receives an invoice and then one pays the bill - it's generally the responsibility of the person wanting the money to send out the invoice.

It would save us a lot of time and effort and bookkeepers if we didn't bother to send out invoices but simply assumed all our customers would remember to send us the money - especially if we were then allowed to charge them for late payment.

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Foxconn mulls US expansion as States compete for business

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Re: Translation.

All those subsidies for US electronics companies to open screwdriver plants in Scotland has already led to the UK being at the forefront of sub 10nm FAB technology hasn't it?

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Feds indict four over alleged Android app copyright infringement

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Re: I don't understand

If you are a kid in china and buying the game means having a credit card and a legitimate Gmail account then piracy may be easier

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Re: oooh

So why weren't they charged with threatening behaviour?

The concern is using the fact that electrons were involved to sidestep the law. In the same way that "conspiracy to" was used in 80s industrial disputes to add a 7year jail term to any action or "terrorism" is used for any anti-government protest today

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Re: Threats vs abuse

Because any politician who sent the police to arrest a protester at speakers corner would get it in the neck from the "free press".

But if you protest online then anything can be made illegal if they can find one person in who would be threatened by it. But don't worry because this law will only be used against violent psychopaths - like all those other laws that will only be used against terrorists

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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Re: Necessary?

Superfluous anthropomorphism OR they have the little Chinese guy from Oceans11 sitting in the thing driving it.

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Apple now spends more on chips than top three PC makers combined

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Re: Self supply

>There's only one reason to own your own production facilities, to eliminate the profit margin on production.

Or to stop you waking up one day and discovering you can't launch a phone because somebody has bought all the production capacity of flash or screens.

I don't know how the report classifies Samsung's own production - the company generally runs divisions as very competitive business - it sells chips to it's main competitor for example. So Samsung's $50Bn probably includes a lot of chips made by Samsung fabs

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

>You drag the disc to the trashcan to eject. Simples.

A level of UI design which makes the Windows "press start to stop" button seem like genius

You save all your vital work (no hard drives in those days) and the operation to take it away with you is "delete"?

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The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

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Re: Makes you wonder!

Well all my academic successes have apparently been due to my grandmother praying for me

I wish I had known about this in advance - I wouldn't have had to do any work.

It's also damn sporting of God to help somebody get an AstroPhysics PhD

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Margaret Hodge, PAC are scaring off new biz: Treasury source

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Re: Zero tax is the answer

Making the UK the tax haven center for the HQ of global companies will be a great boost to the British Brass Plaque industry

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Re: The staff at the Treasury et-al should grow a pair..

I thought all the companies had been scared off from the UK by the equal pay act, the minimum wage, maternity leave, health and safety, banning chimney sweeps, the abolition of slavery.

Everytime there is a law to improve the rights/pay/healthy+safety of workers for the last 200 years - the Tories have claimed it will drive companies away and destroy jobs.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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@monkeyfish: May I humbly suggest that gold badge members of el-reg are not the typical sheep audience that advertisers dream of.

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