* Posts by Big_Ted

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Man thats a hot bit of kit.

WOW I just got wood .

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Manhattan-sized iceberg splits from glacier – and spotted FROM SPACE

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Childcatcher

Re: A God's idea of a joke?

Yeh but ones an act of God and the other a result of selfish idiots.

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Re: unlike floating Arctic ice which lowers sea levels when it melts. ? ? ? ? ?

How does floating ice fall off land ?

Thats even more magic

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WTF?

unlike floating Arctic ice which lowers sea levels when it melts. ? ? ? ? ?

Eh ? ? ?

I thought that icebergs like everything else displaced the same amount of water as their own mass, ie if it melted it would just fill the space it took in the water.

So how do these magic Antarctic jobs break the laws of physics ?

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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If you breath on it you cant see anything through the mist

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Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

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Alien

MY GOD ITS A NIPPLE....

Imagine what the baby looks like

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Facepalm

Re: F*ck you google !

My god what a sad post....

Google dont sale many phones and certainly not a billion of them, manufacturers such as Samsung sale them.

Google have already according to the story provided those patches etc to them as if you don't get it ask your phone maker why not , not Google.

As to root access etc, Google phones ie Nexus phones have root access very easily so you can do what you want with it.

As to 2 year old phone updates, again ask Samsung etc not Google.......

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Paris Hilton

What is it ?

with these foldable laptops....

If I want to use a laptop as a tablet at times I want a detachable screen to half the weight.

Add to that the chance of scratching or damaging your keboard....

Yeh maybe I might use tent mode but not likely as the screen is in that position anyway with the keyboard attached.

Nope cant see the use at all. If I was spending this much on something laptoppy/tablety I would go for a Surface Pro instead.

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BT issues formal whinge to Ofcom over Sky dominance in pay telly

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Re: Working or Broken?

Good, I only pay for the licence and get my content from streaming services, just get a good VPN or unblock US and you can stream content from US TV companies just as easily as you can the BBC etc.

Add to that Netflix or whatever and you get a hell of a lot of stuff for way less than Sky charge for the cheapest service.

Cut costs even more, get a £10 A month SIM from BT Mobile (link below) and use it for access to BT Wifi and dump your landline & broadband to save mega bucks.

My monthly cost is £10 for the SIM and £4.99 for Netflix and £2.99 for Eurosport, I use an old PC for the streaming and Hola in Chrome (Only use PC for this) and I have more content than hours to watch it plus a backup phone in the glovebox of my car just in case I need one.

http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/4g-sim-only-plans/bb.html

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Re: Who's competing with what, exactly?

Boy what a load of rubbish.

Firstly unless there is some way to start compition then you will only ever have one or two Big Ones, its the cahnges that wre made to how premier league football was bid for that led to others apart from Sky having some and we having some compitition on it. The same is true for everything else, don't forget for years Sky had the streming rights on most movies in this country and never used them which is why we have so little on Netflix or Amazon compared to the USA.

Secondly Sky are not the only broadcast service. TalkTalk and BT carry it over DSL and Virgin over their network. This is the same exactly as Sky just with wires / fibre. Add to that Netflix etc who you quote are purely stream on demand and not live broadcast then they are not part of the same system

What is needed is for Sky to be broken up the same as BT, Openreach was split off and must treat everyon equally, Sky subscription channels should be the same, a seperate company selling to Sky TV, BT etc on an equal footing. Then we would have real compitition with any company able to offer everything to customers and compete to get out business.

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Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

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Sorry don't see the point

Almost every one of the iPhone or other owners who might pay by NFC will already have a debit or credit card that does the pay by touch routine.

Its my main method on small payments. What therefore is the point of having this on a phone ? Whenever I am in London and using transport just letting my card go through the gate system or touching it against a big button on a bus just works without the risk to my phone by tapping it against some object.

Waste of time all round, just get a prepay card and use that if you are worried about it getting nicked.

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'I am so TIRED of your bullsh*t...' Sprint boss flips lid at T-Mobile US CEO

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Paris Hilton

I feel sorry for you poor people in the USA.

I have just taken a retentions deal with Three UK and for about $47 a month (£30) I have a brand new Galaxy Note 4 and unlimited minutes, texts and data (real unlimited, I use at least 100 plus gigs a month streaming and downloading torrents) on a 24 month contract.

To me thats the highest price I would pay for the deal. I look on in horror at what you have to pay.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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Happy

Re: Meh or just a me too service?

Sorry I have the opposite view.

I have uploaded 120 gigs of music going back to my youth in the 60's and having that plus everything on Google available is a dream come true.

Since subscribing I have not bought a single album so saved money each month. I have also discovered a load of artists I would never have done and developed an interest in Folk Music that I never listened to before.

Worth every penny that I spend on it.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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FAIL

Re: Apple don't make "cheap" products.

OK the answer to your post to try to offer a balance.

iOS costs ? well since it already exists its mostly adding new bits and changing the UI look feel and method.

So if we imagine there are say 1000 people programming iOS changes and they earn say $200,000, thats $200,000,000 a year, last year they sold about 170 million iphones and 65 million ipads. so thats less than $1 a year per unit. allow $5 billion for costs per year and wow thats just over $20 per unit.....

Sorry your figures don't add up, especially when you look at Apples profits last year.

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

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Facepalm

What a bunch of idiots

Who the hell are these idiots who leave government data so open that hackers can get in ?

Surely they could have the same security across the whole government server network......

Why would you have systems that are really hard if not near impossible to break through as I would assume the Pentagon / NSA / CIA have and not use the same everywhere ?

You want to stop the bad guys looking at your data ? atsrt with the best defences possible and then encrypt everything you can.

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Vodafone IS talking to Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global

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Ooops

Couple of things.....

O2 has already agreed to be bought by three so tie up with Sky not likely.

Secondly why would Vodafone and Sky be a BT/EE killer ? BT are already knocking Sky back with its "free" BT sport offer. I have a SIM from BT that for £10 a month gives me free BT sport and free unlimited Wifi. Add to that online streaming and I don't even need freeview or freesat. Top that off with iplayer etc and I have tons of stuff to watch. a few quid for say unblock us and I have all the US channels to watch that sky stuff as well.

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Jay-Z freestyle attack on Tidal's rivals leaked to Tidal's rivals

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Stop

Cor Jay Zed can't do proper poetry.....

What a shock, low talent deserves low wages mate, geddit .....

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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Facepalm

What a tool

Either the letter is a load of bullshit to talk up the price of the shares or the tool has made public trade secrets on Apples future plans.

He is therefore an idiot or should be investigated for attempted share manipulation.

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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

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Facepalm

Re: WooHoo!

Read the article again please....

"On Sunday, the BBC's Radio 4 programme World This Week wrongly reported that Gove – known for butting heads with May – would be "put in charge of" the Communications Data Bill, AKA the much-hated Snoopers' Charter"

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Angel

hmmmm

Apples watch

#Appleswatch

Apple swatch

Called the layers Swatch are using our name ......

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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Re: Downvoters...

Downvoted for coming across as a pompos MeMe

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Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service

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One thing not made clear

As the phone connects to free wifi hotspots I assume the data usage is only when connected to and using the cell operators network.

If not then are they saying they will charge you for free data usage on free wifi ?

In Comparison BT Mobile offer non broadband customers a SIM only 12 month contract for £25, thats for unlimited calls and texts plus 20 GB of data, plus unlimited connection to BT Wifi with over 5 million hotspots and BT Sports. I have it and don't need home broadband or phone any more. Shows how bad a deal you get in the USA.

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Facebook fiddles with News Feed algo. Brace yourself for CONTENTGEDDON

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You want traffic on your site ?

Well then post more stuff , anything at all, just post, post, post....

You will then jump to the top of sites users(sorry people) don't care about.

Sheesh what a waste of space and time Facebook is.....

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Someone PLEASE stop patent trolls' stroking their favorite tool, cries Google and friends

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Re: Hello pot, this is kettle...

Maybe shock/horror because Google is not an NPE and plans to use it in the future.

All hail Google and their beloved army

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Nah this is a non starter

There are several NPE's some even owned by roups of companies such as Apple who buy up loads of patents form all over the place and package them on FRAND terms or similar so you can get most of the patents licences you need to cover your product for a small fee in one place. These very useful companies need to be protected for all our benifit.

What is needed is to limit what NPE's can do, just stoping them from getting goods banned etc would be enough, they should even welcome it as the continued sale of goods could lead to more money for them.

Most of all we need to have each patent concidered for uniqueness etc and if it should be given the ok or canceled before any court time etc happens.

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

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Facepalm

Re: Planned £12.5bn gobble of UK mobile operator EE

What a load of bollocks

BT want EE but wont get the go ahead to buy it (If they do get it) until the end of the year

O2 are being bought by Three's owner not BT and that will again need up to a year for the go ahead.

BT Mobile is a virtual network just like Tesco and Giff Gaff etc.

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Re: Is it me?

They also include BT Sports App and unlimited BT Wifi hotspot useage on all sims so not that bad.

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Cyanogen finds $80m in collecting tin after busking session

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Meh

Unless they can get a mega company to buy into the OS like say Samsung and have them install it on their tighest spec phones then its a dead duck niche player.

The Chinese are already going their own way and companies are either using Googles OS or writing/modifying their own such as Tizen or WebOS. Lets be honest here, the vast majority of people in the world don't know what Cyanogenmod is let alone how to install it safely. They are just looking to buy a phone that can text / twitbook / email and take piccies of their lunch to post. Cyanogenmod is the last thing they want.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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WTF?

Re: I'm surprised by this...

WHAT ? ? ?

And where do you expect the bandwidth for the satellite system of yours to come from ? It would only work if all high bandwidth useage ie video were restricted to what is basically linear like terestrial tv.....

Dont forget most of us want to start watching a youtube video or film etc at different times to the rest of the world.

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BT set to undercut rivals with return to mobile biz

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OOooo PLEASE .....

Please please please BT announce some crazy low prices. My contract with 3 is ready for renewal and I would love something to use to try for a better deal.....

Would never go BT though or even EE after experience with them.

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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WTF.....

One (most likely ugly) feminist complains and they investigate ?

What a waste of time and money, there is nothing wrong with the pictures unless you are looking at them for that sort of reaction.

You see worst in the tabloid press every day.....

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Happy

Re: Don't stop there

Its easy, turn off your pc most of the time and use a chromebook or chromebox. Only use the PC for when you must have that windows only piece of software.

I started this last year and the pc is turned on at most once a week for a short time, the rest of the time my chromebook does it all for me.

Oh and the speed to turn on a chrome device against a windows one let alone the wait for the windows machine to shut down AND stop accessing the hard drive as part of the shutdown routine.

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Google gives spit n' polish to world's most expensive Chromebook

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Facepalm

Re: use the sd card for the os...

Um they are not there because they are not used in the OS......

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Me I would be more than happy to pay the licence fee and

Also pay an extra £5-10 a month if I was given access to the complete BBC library of tv and rado content to stream.

Just rewatching all the old stuff would mean no Netflix or Amazon prime needed for many years. add to that the radio streams and I wouldn't need audio books or podcasts so much either.

Giving the Beeb permission to stream their archive content would give them many millions a year and increase it to billions if they could stream it world wide.

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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

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"and now Apple Pay is threatening to eat everyone's lunch"

Say what ? ? ?

I have read that Apple have up to 50% of the smartphone market in the US of A. Therefore how are they going to eat the other 50% ofthe market ?

As for outside the US then Apple have much lower market share. Add to that just having the same stuff built into your credit/debit card then even more reason not to use the phone for it.

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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Facepalm

Re: There are still Blackberry users?

What a load of rubbish.

BB10 is built on QNX, the most secure full linux distro there is, its why its used so often in places like nuclear power plants.

Try google first, you might learn something

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Re: There are still Blackberry users?

Oh ha ha

Plonker comment used as nausium.....

As bad as all the fanbois / android / M$ stuff so many still are deluded enough to think is funny.

Oh and Yeh I have a blackbery 10 as well as an LG G2, both great in different ways.

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Facebook privacy policy violates European law, says report

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Devil

Well colour me shocked

Facebook doing what it wants without reguard to users rights etc I would never have expected that.

One of the many reasons I never use it.

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Apple: 100,000 lucky people can test our flaky iOS 8.3 code – report

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If so I'm amazed how many bugs etc have been missed so often in the past including the last version.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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What ?

@toadwarrior

You start your post saying hes right and attack the ability to have the colour you want on the back and even real leather if you want, also the trim on the phone and screen surround as you want and say its junk ? Its installed during manufacture and built into the phone not a 10p ebay clip on cover that many stick on their £500 mobile.

Then you say its like going back to a limited colour scheme etc, like the iPhone....

You sound confused,

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Big_Ted

The mans a dickhead

"And I believe that’s abdicating your responsibility as a designer.”"

WTF just how much design has gone into the iPhone since the first version ? Pretty much zero on the outside, it looks the same to me and with the exception of the 5c has a very limited number of options.

Oh and anyone who puts their phone in a case/cover etc must had it back immediately.

On top of that I still think WTF every time I see the pastel colours on iOS, can't wait to see how much they don't bother designing a working UI on the Watch and just use the BUTTON on the side.....

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

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Devil

My thinking is that if the US enact this type of thing as law then they are saying that they are more than happy for any other country to do the same to them.

Therefore all those countries they claim are conducting cyber attacks just need a court in their own country to ok it and its no longer an attack but a legal search for information......

Oh the slippery slope approaches....

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Thumb Up

Re: Pointless

FAIL, because...

There fixed it for you

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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French minister: Hit Netflix, Google, Apple et al with bandwidth tax

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Facepalm

Hey French film industry.

Its easy, just make films etc that people other than French people want to watch in English and you have a chance.

Otherwise your a niche industry and thats it.

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Devil

Who needs the NSA

When someone who could be Prez will give all the info to everyone on the web.

Putin, IS et al must be drooling at the thought.

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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One of the nicest phones I have ever held was the HTC 8X but I had to get rid of it due to lack of certain apps I needed that were not available at the time.

Might look for a good one now if it will get windows 10 upgrade.

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You gotta keep a smart watch on the Swiss, Apple: Enter SWATCH

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Happy

Re: Commoditisation

A minion shapped car ?

Change the colour to the correct yellow and I wil buy one

https://genophoria.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/shut-up-and-take-my-money.jpg

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Free OS upgrades - Yawn.

Or silverlight to stream content etc etc

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

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Happy

Re: The thing is....

You don't need them unless you have XP and can't find a copy of 7 to upgrade to.

10 ? the default best option will be a sort of 7 lookalike desktop and spartan is just chrome done by MS.

Save time and money, stick with the current OS unless XP for support or 8/8.1 for better UI and install chrome.

Or better yet buy a chromebook and use that

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