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Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models

saif

Re: College/school work?

Could she do everything she wants to do in a browser? Is she likely to be net-connected every where she wants to use a computer? Is she completely independent of any specific windows/mac software? If the answers are yes, then probably this is a reasonable choice. Chances are no.

I bought my first daughter a Chromebook for Uni. She could not get on with it. My second daughter uses it for everything she wants to do, and does not notice any loss of productivity. I find that spreadsheets and word processing functions very limited in Google's own services, but with Microsoft Office, Zoho writer etc these basic utilities are nearly very good.

The pluses:- fast start up, long battery life and lightweight, low-cost computing, with an option of Crouton for a fully fledged OS, mean that for some this is an excellent system

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

saif

Deja Vu

Ok not long ago an evangelical guru was appointed to migrate the NHS to open source.

Microsoft responded by making their licensing terms more generous.

The NHS accepted hinting that this was the plan all along.

NHS procurement is a corrupt, incompetent, bunch of bureaucrats who get things that they do not use themselves (software, drugs, implants) by putting out a tender, and waiting for the vendors to do their marketing. Those with the fanciest presentations and the biggest kick backs get the deal.

Ref: NP4IT, Microsoft NHS deals, Darent Valley and Pembury Hospital PFIs etc.

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Atten-hut! Linux Foundation welcomes three new recruits

saif

Profound changes?

New to the Foundation, but both already well established Linux companies. A significant change would be when a non Linux company joins the foundation...e.g. the NHS, the NSA, or Newscorp,

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Picture special: LOHAN makes fire in the sky at 15,000m

saif

The opposite of Gaffa...

Might be an idea to let the rockets escape...setting them off on a diverging, ascending directions and taking a wide angled picture as they head off into space. Advantage...also get an indication of thrust, acceleration and an idea of optimal launch angle...

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

saif

Well it stops people forking around, going where they shouldn't, unless they are Google

Makes sense to me. Seems it is the only way to get a unified, unfragmented platform experience, with hardware manufacturers differentiating with strengths of the hardware, and software developers having a consistent API to work with. Having a core that updates across all devices rather than at the manufacturers' or service providers' whim would be useful. Of course you might have some concerns about privacy...

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

saif

Of course, Android could run on a windows kernel

just like Gnome, KDE etc can run on Windows. It appears to be a way of getting the established android app ecosystem with a trajectory to have a windows internals in the future. Stage one of the good old Embrace, Enhance, Extinguish ideology

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Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance

saif

Even Russian hackers need inside info...

..and with no access to the back doors in American software, provided by the platform (windows, IE etc), or physical access to the networks of websites which mostly hosted in US (google etc) they have a tough time doing any effective cyber spying. Money is not the limiting factor, knowing the weaknesses (deliberate or discovered) is more important.

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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

saif

A tiger never changes its spots

Microsoft has a history of this kind of behaviour, deliberately crippling cross platform compatibility. Producing error messages that alarm users hoping to use non-MS products is certainly not new... avid reg readers will recall http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/11/05/how_ms_played_the_incompatibility/

and making people attempting to use Linux VMs uncomfortable clearly a key objective

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

saif

Ruskies annexe the ISS next

If the only folks that can maintain the ISS with people, fuel and equipment...they could claim squatter's rights...

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

saif
Linux

Hand back the geek ID card, return the butter knife and leave

All hardware upgrades should include a test of network connectivity with a Live USB or Live CD. True IT pros never leave home without such a bootable medium for roadside emergencies, much as ambulance men carry an Ambi bag with them wherever they go.. Modern OSes need network connectivity to complete installation, driver support, registration. Any reader without a puppy on a stick deserves nothing but a long (but not lonely) walk of shame.

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

saif

Crimea river...

Wonder if the Russian thought of counter-sanctions against the ISS. Without Soyuz that $150 billion dollar space station is toast

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

saif

.New-OS-talgia def. pain of installing a new operating system

It does not make sense to migrate a desktop system running XP into windows 7-8. For windows 7-8 you need a hardware upgrade with more memory, more cores, better graphics card bigger hard drive etc

1) Buy a new computer, 2)extract your old drive and attach it to your new computer running the drive in a virtual machine (e.g. virtual box) and 3) migrate gradually into your new OS, while retaining the continuity in you existing environment, copying the useful stuff leaving the cruft in old drive as a back up.

If you have to keep the old hardware, Linux is the ONLY way to go. Win 7 will run on old hardware but t will not be fun. I would dual boot, and then as above clone the drive to work under XP in a virtual machine...I did that 6 years ago...haven't looked back since, and use my old XP environment for the nostalgia...

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

saif

Makes harpooning one more rewarding

Fed up of the hard bodied fish robots getting away every time...try a c manoeuvre escape from that one, matey. But what wrong with an ordinary electrical actuator used in every other fish robot...sometimes engineers over think.

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

saif
Pint

Choose-your OS hardware...and the Susephone was invented in 1890

Ultimately the real revolution may happen when you can by your phone, much the same as buying a PC and choose to buy/download an OS of your choice, with proprietary BIOS/binary blobs that protect the network provider/manufacturer. The trouble is that networks don't like to give that much control to the customer...Once Ubuntu phones arrive, we should see SusePhones, fedoraphones and archphones. Of course Sousaphones have already been invented

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

saif

Transparently Two-faced

I have got eyes at the back of my head, but can still see one screen at a time...if have to flip the phone over anyway then...what's the point? It may save money having a front and a rear camera as the same camera...but then Apple != economy. Oh hang on...the first screen is transparent so you can see the second screen THROUGH the first screen? Genius!

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

saif

Sudden change?

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

Hang on a mo is that an oxymoron?...wasnt his goal supposed to benefit competitors, by eliminating "abusive monopolies".... But clever that he can protect competition, but not benefit competitors. I must be confused about what "anti-trust" means. Any way always glad when legal wranglings end...and that never happens.

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China targeted by new Android Trojan

saif

Is it a vulnerability if I let the burglar in?

"The bootkit operation of Oldboot leads Dr Web to suggest that it's being distributed via corrupted firmware that victims are using to reflash their devices. "

So, devices in which the user himself has installed dodgy firmware from unverified source..is that really a vulnerability in Android? No mention of specific devices, so probably targeting the no-name Chinese tablets, the android fragmentation protecting the rest of the population. Being relatively open source, easy to create malware, and then easy to detect and later easier to deal with.

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Lenovo reveals convertible Chromebook

saif

Android in Tablet Mode?

Would be really interesting if the product behaves like android in tablet mode and a chromebook in laptop mode.... with the option of using crouton to run a desktop distro for off line work it becomes a true all-in-one device. With 3G/4G, I can just picture me holding the 11.6 inch device to my ear.

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Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)

saif

Pronounced "minna"

They already have a Google Plus (a popular social medium I am told)...now for Google minus

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Microsoft Twitter accounts, blog hijacked by SEA

saif

Whose side are they on?

What's going on here? Security advice from the Syrian Electronic Army...these guys are clearly dedicated to public service

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Take off, nuke 'em from orbit: Kill patent trolls NOW, says FTC bigwig

saif
Childcatcher

Nice thought, logical ideology, BUT...

Lawmakers never pass laws that might stop them making money. Those billions in legal costs are not disappearing into both in air...they are going into pockets of lawyers. These guys will continue to blur the boundaries of the obvious so that they keep the fight, hence their going. The only sure winners of a war are those that sell the weapons, and victory goes not to the right, but the one for whom the cost of surrender is less than that of the weapons.

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ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris snapped by Earth's Gemini 'scope

saif

final front ear

All we need is warp drive to make these discoveries useful....seriously though, the image seems to helpfully draw in the orbits...it looks peculiarly like a diffraction pattern....would be shame if 10 years of research mistook a speck of dust on a telescope for a exo solar system.

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

saif

free software + high price = high profits

This is the inexplicably high price of freedom...and the value of something that cosys nothing. Realising people value freedom, the manufacturers inflate the price, without spending any extra on software development, and make greater profits. Are people who buy this freedom fools, rebels or just victims of commercial exploitation?

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The year when Google made TAPE cool again...

saif

The world's biggest sinclair microdrive

Do the borders flash black and yellow stripes and do you have screeching, pinging noise when your restore from back up?

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

saif

Landfill included?

I suspect that the stats do not include the majority of the unbranded tablets that appear to dominate the e-stores at least in the UK.

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

saif

Deliver products not promises

The rouble is that it is possible that convergence will occur on other platforms long before Canonical delivers a usable product. Despite Shuttleworth's evangelism, they neither have the marketing power or a cohesive developer base to deliver the product in time, while others will simply borrow some ideology and claim it as their own. The interface-that-used-to-be-called-metro is already on PCs, XBoxes and Phones

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Google search biz offer BINNED by EU competition chief

saif
Holmes

Dominant != Abusive

Having a fond association with abusive dominance, while being unpopular with those I wish to attract, I can provide a balanced opinion...

"Dominant search position" is not something that Google has forced on users. The users have put Google in that position. If the users feel that this position unjustified, they can easily go elsewhere. Having a choice of media to advertise in, obvious medium to go for is one with a dominant position. Exactly who is abusing who I can not tell.

Now these folks at alternative search engines to compete with Google need to be more popular and offer better returns from their advertising subscribers...different tackle is required..some leather-and-whips sort of abusive dominance....AKA Joaquin Almunia

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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

saif

Re: I will NOT trust MS enough to EVER have their Kinect in my home,

Yeah, just imagine that that Kinect might be sneakily reporting on your cue and ball action whilst watching those movies for discerning gentlemen

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

saif

Croutons anyone?

Folk who use Chromebooks regularly, will want to dual boot it or at the very least have a chrooted second OS using crouton. This gives a fully functional touch enabled platform at fairly decent price, combined with a fast booting browse only OS

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NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

saif

The "glamorous lifestyle." vulnerability

OK, you got me, best come clean..I have been leading a glamorous lifestyle, and even on occasion have used balsamic vinegar on my chips ordered online. I suppose having been so discredited I can't put on any of you guys to pass the salt eh?

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Boffins baffled after Sun fails to fry satellites

saif

re: Monopole

Its like going into a hand stand...for a moment your hands and feet are on the same side...picture a horse shoe shaped magnetic core. Come to think of it, if you look closely at the sun it does have a distinct 'U' shape to it. Made you look made you stare, made you glimpse a solar flare...shortly before you went blind.

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Astronomers spot 13-BEEELLION-year-old hot galactic threesome

saif

Re: 13 billion light years old or 13 billion light years away?

If it is 40 billion light years away, and got that far apart in 13 billion years then faster than light travel is possible or light travels faster than light...or...there are multiple big bangs happening all the time

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World's first selfie found on Wayback Machine

saif

Evolution

Here we see the primitive start of what evolves into the quintessential hallmark of the modern day selfie....the "duck face"

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Acer's new Haswell all-flash Chromebooks sip power for less than $200

saif

Re: Acer ripping off UK

The pricing is really not related to the cost of manufacture, distance for transportation, or even VAT, but the price the potential customer is likely to be able to pay.

The price of the 4GB c720 on Amazon.jp is 39,800 yen or £246 or $397 closer to the UK price, though closer to the manufacturer

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How to relieve Microsoft's Surface RT piles problem

saif

Problem with being third to market

Essentially WinRT tries to reap the benefits of an iPad like system with its walled garden and locked down hardware. But there is the problem - iPad being first to market (ok I am not inclding desktop tablets that Winodws had but never took off) with innovation has inertia. iPads premium price allows some competition from cheap android. With neither inertia nor competitive pricing a third entryinto an ecosystem just can not succeed.

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Google makes Gmail EVEN NOISIER, or should that be nosier?

saif

Doh...it's how they make money...can we back to REAL news now?

Any innovation that Google make may benefit some users, and may therefore be used or experienced by users and bring an audience for ads. This is not news, this is the modus operandi for crying out loud...it is a business model that everybody is well aware of.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane STRIPPED to the bone

saif

Thought so...This is patently copied form the Gherkin opposite Vulture Central.

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

saif
Mushroom

No mention of the most remarkable mini OS in the world. Kolibrios gives you a graphical envirnoment and boots from a Floppy disk. You can't get faster than pure assembly.

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

saif
Happy

Re: CUT to the CHASE - leave "ubu" join MINT

Well the article does say that Cinnamon is becoming distro agnostic. So you can use Cinnamon and keep Ubuntu. Seeing Mint is son of Ubuntu anyway, choosing Mint does not imply leaving Ubuntu. From my point of view I dislike Ubuntu, but if Mint had the Unity desktop I would download and install it immediately.

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Brit boffins trap light in Lego-like lumps

saif

Wait, you tried Gold and Silver first?

What is it with scientists always trying out rare earths and precious metals before the simple stuff from thier can of fizzy pop...

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Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

saif
Childcatcher

Fragmentation is necessary for true evolution

I see Mir as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. There is always the XMir compatibility layer for those wanting to stick to X11. The combination just allows a non-blocking migration to Mir, much the same way as Wayland/Weston as far I as I understand. And it seem there is only a minimal performance hit when running X Applications on XMir on top of Mir. So once Mir drivers are produced for a particular application, one should expect a big performance improvement....and even if it produces fragmentation initially, I would expect a future merger of the technologies. This "temporary" fragmentation is, one could argue, essential for any major transition from a legacy system.

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NASA Juno probe HOWLS past Earth - and goes into HIBERNATION

saif

Set your alarm clocks for....

August 9 (2014)...talk about advanced warning...that due date is a gestation period away...

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Apple to uncloak new iPads, iMacs at October 15 event?

saif
Coat

Convergence at last...Ubuntu Edge realised

"... and should have enough oomph to power not only smartphones and tablets, but also laptops that don't demand the top processing power... "

So is this next gen platform can run on a laptop, tablet or a phone? An Apple Edge in the making...maybe those guys at Ubuntu camp had something there after all....

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

saif
Linux

Head...errr count error?

I see more than 2 X 26 pins.......more like 100 pins altogether unless they are not all connected...

The biggest driver in these devices is not the performance or resources or even price...it is the ability to generate a big enough community to create an inertia...The beagle board has a big enough geek community, but the pi beats on presence in wider culture rather than feature set.

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US mulls outlawing rival product bans using standards patents

saif
Linux

"Standards essential" is less powerful than "trivial" then?

Clearly trivial patents can be used to block a product, where as patents that are critical to the whole operation of a device can be safely ignored. Common sense and Law never meet

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LOHAN ideas..

saif
Linux

Two balloons revisited...launch control and maximising lauch altitude

Problems 1) launch altitude control, 2) Maximise launch altitude 3) Deal with problem of premature balloon burst.

Possible solution have two identical balloons with launch triggered by the angle between tethering ropes which form a 'Y' shape with the launch platform. As the balloons expand the 'Y' opens wider and at a certain level triggers launch mechanically or electrically. The launch also is triggered by one of the balloons bursting by the same method (as the burst balloon falls, the 'y' open and also triggers launch. This also allows the possibility of maximising the launch altitude as the system will not become unstable with a single balloon burst. The balloon burst also means that the tension on one of the tethers falls to zero, this could also be used to verify launch triggering condition, avoiding complex circuitry.

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saif
Linux

Launch condition optimisations

The launcher/rocket will be swing underneath the balloon like a pendulum. Launch I guess should take into consideration attitude, altitude and the phase of the pendular swing. Launch triggered as the apparatus is moving backwards would not be as efficient as if it occurred in the forward swing. This probably most effectively be detected by another pendulum on the launcher, or much more simply by incorporating strain gauges in the the suspending cables.

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saif
Linux

Re: Launch rail and backplate issues

Issues with the back plate being asymmetrically attached to the launch rail...the effect of the thrust, (I agree with many of the posters here), will be to apply a rotational moment on the rail. The solution may be to have the back plate not being flat. A V shaped back plate, perhaps with a small central perforation will collect the exhaust from the rocket and be more effectively propelled directly backwards, acting more like the recoil of a gun.

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Apple relents, doubles EU warranty (sort of)

saif
Gimp

Touch Screen or Touch Box?

"Apple warrants the Apple-branded hardware product and accessories contained in the original packaging ("Apple Product") against defects in materials and workmanship when used normally in accordance with Apple's published guidelines for a period of ONE (1) YEAR from the date of original retail purchase by the end-user purchaser."

I am confused...does this mean that taking the phone out of the original packaging invalidates the warranty?...Darn it...

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Ape sanctuary seeks funds for armed Robo Bonobo

saif
Childcatcher

Android vs Apple market share amongst bonobos?

The "Ape"Pad looks like it is running Android, but the baby bonobo liked the iPad. Time for a poll methinks. I heading off the Ape Store...

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