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Asia leads global BYOD race

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They Don't Care

Well yeah - obviously those countries "lead" the way for BYOD. Mainly because companies in those places don't give a monkeys about data security, viruses being on their network, spam being sent from their servers, or pirated software being used for their work (more than likely theirs is anyway) or any number of other security no-nos. All they see is a saving because they don't have to supply stuff, which means more profit when they sell their shit quality products.

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Google compressed-filth legal battle with smut site ended in US

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Re: I'm Confused!

Google index "everything" - i.e. stuff they have not made. Stuff that belongs to other people. Stuff that they do not have the copyright for. Is that not what various news outlets were complaining of? And what of the stock photo companies who now get less revenue because everyone just copies an image from Google image search these days?

Also, TPB is user contributed so anything can be indexed there too.

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Solving traffic jams with maths

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Re: simple

Yes - because there is REALLY a viable alternative to cars for every situation.

Not every city has London's public transport system.

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Government pledges tougher games sales law

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Joke

Re: Loosing the BBFC report is a pity

You are doing it wrong.

You seem to think that it's your job as a parent to look at what your children are doing rather than using the convenient "Yes or No" rating system.

I bet you are one of these terrible people who want to supervise their Internet activity as well rather than trusting the good old government to do it for you.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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My 3

Some cool ones there but I can't believe you didn't put in paint.net - it's a wonderful little replacement for paint. Great for quick bitmap graphics.

And backup I'd say Cobian is better too as someone mentioned earlier.

As for text editing, I prefer SciTe because of it's configuableness though notepad++ is decent.

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Redmond revamp: Bing gets social bling

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Re: This is gonna get ugly

I currently use Bing as my primary search engine because over the past few months, the quality of Google search results has plummeted for what I generally search for (geeky stuff mostly). It's ever since they "integrated" their services. I really don't want it to search youtube if I am looking up something in regular expressions ...

Hopefully they won't spoil Bing with too much social rubbish :(

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At last! A use for Blighty's phone-boxes: Free Wi-Fi hotspots

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London

Great - more cool stuff for London, which we won't see anywhere else.

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Cisco hits the roof in Olympics marketing dash

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Ugh

Olympics, Fry, Cisco - Fuck off.

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Amazon takes on Microsoft Azure head on

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Azure vs AWS

But Azure has always been shit. SQL Server was (maybe still is) nobbled on it where as on AWS it's fully functional (with more besides).

As for web applications - I'd much rather be able to RDP on and have access to all the server stuff (as you'd been able to do with AWS as long as I've been using it) than have to use the horrible, limited silverlight mess that Azure relies on. Not to mention that you have to redeploy the WHOLE thing just to make a single (persistent) change.

Basically - Amazon aren't the underdog here so they don't need to "take on" Microsoft. If anything it's MS who are playing catch up.

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Microsoft, Motorola legal bickering sparks judicial disgust

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Well really it's the patent system that's in the wrong for letting companies patent abstract concepts.

Also (in my opinion) judges should be able to throw out frivolous IP infringement cases and fine the claimants and their lawyers for contempt of court. Same goes for BS litigation seekers (ambulance chasers).

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'ACTA is dead,' says Europe's digital doyenne

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Stop Ripping Me Off And You Can Have Some Money

Maybe they should realise that people are just sick of being ripped off.

I was looking at box sets earlier today. The majority of them were £55+ (not special editions) which is simply not worth it for me when I can download it for free. Look at the X-Files for example - you are talking £150.

But take a look at the Alien quadrilogy - that's £25. That's fair and I'll probably buy it.

I also recently bought the 2 in 1 box edition of Life of Brian and Search for the Holy Grail for a fiver.

It would really help if they'd get out of people's faces with unskippable previews and warnings too.

It's really not rocket science - lower the prices or offer economy versions for the non-enthusiasts and stop putting unskippable rubbish before the show and we will buy stuff.

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Cameron hardens stance on UK web filth block

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complex problem

For it to be a complex problem it needs to be a problem in the first place and frankly it isn't. To turn "their" usual argument against them - it didn't do me any harm. In fact I'd go as far as saying that having unfiltered access to porn and access to communicate with others who share common interests actually made me a much more confident and productive individual.

Also - quite hilarious how those that are most adamant about blocking sick Internet filth are usually the same ones who want to have teachers commit acts of sado-masochism (caning) on their kids. Crazy world ain't it.

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Hampshire council throws BYOD party, hires extra security

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Facepalm

Jos Creese:

"We need a THING it can be an app right? They are cool - and it can be on the cloud! It'll wipe it all remotely if we need to and will make everyone more productive."

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Nympho hauled to loon-cooler after serial bonkathon brutality

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Re: To all the "what if it was the other way round" commentards

Duhhhr. Rape lol haha really funny. Me think rape funny.

So imagine you go to a gay club for some reason and in the bathroom a guy rapes you. Still so funny?

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Terms

Man accused of forcing woman to have sex = rapist, arrested, charged, name and photo made public, life ruined.

Woman definitely forces men to have sex = nymphomaniac, taken into "care", identity protected, victims mocked.

Disgusting.

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Apple blocking Dropbox SDK over in-app buying

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WTF?

Re: Anti-competitive?

I've been wondering about that since they brought out the iPod and forced everyone to use iTunes.

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GCSE, A-level science exams ARE dumbed down - watchdog

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Trollface

Re: Wrong in the first sentence.

10 seconds? Haha

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FAIL

Except that in the "good old days" it was hard because absolutely every topic was learn by wrote with no thought going in at all.

Ask anyone over a certain age what 7x12 is and they'll tell you in a second. Ask them 14x6 and they'll have trouble.

Understanding is much more useful than memorizing.

HOWEVER - we do allow people to "pass" when they really shouldn't.

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Expert: UK would break its own rules with web-snoop law

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Why Bother?

I don't know why they are even wasting their time thinking about such things - everyone knows that these organisations only care about the DPA in terms of "can we tick the box" and never actually adhere to it's principals.

I'm sure that there will be nothing to stop individuals short-cutting any process that is put in place by simply copying data to a (unencrypted) thumb drive then giving it to whoever has asked for it (over the phone with no formal request or paper trail of course).

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Panasonic touts monster 8k by 4k 'flickerless' plasma

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Real Journo

So at what point do people become "real" journos?

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China goes green with rare earth plea

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Trollface

Yeah Right

Pull the other one - it's got lithium on.

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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Press

The only reason that Apple are doing so well is that the entire mainstream media and graphic designers seem to love giving them free advertising.

They always seem to use a Mac whenever they need a stock photo of someone using a computer and usually use an iPhone-like icon to denote a smart phone.

Still - the press are notoriously fickle so when the wind changes (and it will) their bubble will burst.

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Can Windows 8 bag Microsoft 20 more years at the top?

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Trollface

No - lol

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Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management

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Re: Too much AND too little process

Same here. It's probably more common than you'd think.

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Killers laugh in face of death penalty threat, say US experts

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Re: I'm reminded of the Life of Brian "Jehovah" sketch

"Can you imagine 70 years or so in a prison, knowing you aren't getting out?"

It must be at least something like what those who care about the victim feel, knowing that person is now gone from their lives.

So yeah - sounds like a fitting punishment to me. Much more than the death sentence (life is cheap to those people anyway).

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'Attitudes to robot sex will change'

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Fun

I'd give it a go - sounds like fun. It wouldn't be the same as with a living partner but why not? And the implication seems to be that only singles would use them but they could be good for couples too. Male ones would even be better for guys who are "straight" ;)

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Microsoft tears the wraps off Windows 8 Enterprise

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The deleting thing, yeah ... I guess though more annoying (IMO) is when something has locked thumbs.db or similar and you can't delete the folder containing it.

The second point though - the reason they wouldn't go looking for bugs is that they won't get paid for doing it. The bug will be reported to them, they'll fix it and get paid for it then move onto the next. In a company as big as MS, it's not the job of the bug fixer to go testing - though they could probably email a tester and say "this class is shit - please look for issues similar to bug x".

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'Perfect storm' drives electronics stores to EXTINCTION

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touch-and-feel

Online, you can find stupidly high res photos of any new tech that you will want to buy these days.

In store they will be be annoyed if you tell them you want to look inside the box. In places like PC world the actually go to the trouble of wrapping plastic bands around boxes just so you can't do this.

Unless there is a version out on display, it'll be harder to see it in store than online so that is pretty much an invalid argument really.

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BYOD is a ticking time bomb for B2B resellers

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WTF?

Lies

Is this actually happening anywhere other than in tiny start ups?

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Kinect gives Skyrim fans something to shout about

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Meh

Bleh, waste of dev time. It would have been better if they'd working on making the UI less horrible.

Still, at least the recent PC patch fixes all my CTDs :)

Shame that the game was generally a bit of a disappointment though (for me anyway). They could at least have got nice, dynamic, drifting snow in there like they said they would years ago when they were deciding whether to do Somerset Isle or Skyrim.

Compare it to Morrowind where there were different transport modes and cities like Vivec or Ald'ruhn felt huge because of the number of shops, not to mention guild and house facilities they contained.

It's still ok though now that I've got about a million mods, just not as good as it so easily could have been.

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Laptop computers are crap

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Pint

Haha, what a strange article. I was about to tell you you must just have bought shit laptops because even my little (quite customised) Inspiron Mini does not fall foul of much that you noted as long as I don't expect too much from it. But then I read the end.

Nice :) Probably should have put the troll face as the icon though.

I don't think any of the existing form factors will ever fully die out. At the end of the day it really just comes down to personal preference and need.

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Soup up your home network

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Boffin

Separate Router And Switch

In my experience, broadband being faster than the LAN is not an issue. Maybe if you live in London it can be though?

My main issue has mostly been that the routers I've been given / bought are generally only 100Mbps so it slows down transfers between PCs quite a lot.

To combat this I bought a budget but still decent stand alone switch to connect all the PCs and 1 port used for the router. And it's wonderful :) (Wireless still comes from the router but that's slow anyway).

Also - I ran a cable from the study (where the kit is) to the living room, in the wall. It's so much better than trailing cable down stairs. And for neatness - put cables under the carpet (there's usually a big enough gap under the skirting board for a good few network cables.

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Developer leaks Microsoft product plans for next two years

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Oh Dear

To be honest, I really like the current crop of products, which I use on a day to day basis (Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010, Office 2010). And I am not a fuddy duddy because I really like the ribbon.

The thing is that Microsoft seem to be going completely mental at the moment - we already know that Windows 8 looks like a nightmare to use for actual work and Visual Studio 2012 has been sapped of all colour to the extent that it's unusable. I dread to think what they will do to office. My guess is some kind of gesture based method of making the ribbon appear or if you are one of those crazy people, not using touch; having to hover the mouse over a specific 5px section in bottom of the screen.

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Pint

Re: Dear Microsoft...

If I could up-vote you more - I would.

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Nokia on 'brink of failure', warns analyst

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Re: Nokia are doomed, but Elop could have done something

XBox is indeed their only hardware success but by the sounds of it they are going to make damn sure to change that with their next version if what people are saying is true (killing second hand market, locking games to 1 account etc).

MS seem to have really gone a bit mental recently. It's worrying because I really don't fancy moving platform any time soon.

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170m people 'upgrade' to Google+, but how many stick around?

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FAIL

I saw the advert for it last night and to be honest, the UI does look snazzy and I like the idea that it's based around social circles.

The thing is the ad is so sugar coated and clearly trying to tug heart strings that to anyone who has even the tiniest amount of cynicism it comes across as pathetic and more than a little creepy. Very much like the Chrome ad.

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German scientists link two labs with ‘universal quantum network’

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Terminator

Indeed.

And if you think about it, how long will it be before those of us who are happy to use science to change how we think about reality and how we live our lives are so different from regular humans that we could be classed as a different - "higher" species.

The connotations of such concepts are quite interesting.

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Japanese bank palms off customers with biometric ATMs

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Re: Looks like you need their whole hand

It's Japan. You could walk around with 100,000 yen sticking loosely out of your back pocket and no one would steal it.

(Sad because I wish we had such a low level of crime, petty or otherwise)

The populace would love the t-shirts though, even if they didn't understand them. They'd probably copy the idea but get the English slightly wrong with amusing consequences.

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iPad to reign unchallenged as KING of FONDLESLABS

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How about people who want a way to browse YouTube and play crappy games but don't want to pay loads of money?

Personally I don't need or want a tablet but I can see the reasoning of those that do and a cheaper one would be more than enough for most users who don't use even half the power of an iPad.

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Devil

Re: BYOD

Don't give them the wifi password. Whitelist devices, tell them "tough" and laugh at their tears and foot stamping.

Failing that, ensure that their device adheres to your "rigorous" (BOFH) PAT testing procedure, which involves how well the device copes when dropped from a 3rd floor window and being sliced in half with a buzz saw.

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Iran's plan to UNPLUG the INTERWEBS back from the dead

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Re: LEAD THE WAY IRAN

<-- I think you meant to use this icon.

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OnLive goes legit with licensing downshift for virtual Windows

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WTF?

What's the Ppoint?

I don't really get the point of this service.

Why not just create a (mostly) free AWS instance and use that with the existing remote desktop client? That way you don't lose your settings or anything either.

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MS Office coming for Symbian

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Re: The N900 can run OpenOffice

You use a spreadsheet program to make floor plans ... how strange. Still, at least it's not Powerpoint I guess.

Seriously though - have you tried Visio? It's kind of one of the things it is made for and does rather well.

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No-strings nookie radar tugged offline in stalking backlash

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If they'd had to actually enable themselves to the app before they appeared then I'd say fair enough (I think that's how the gaydar one works) but as it is this one does seem quite stalkery.

The idea seems like a good one in theory though for people who are usually shy and have trouble just going up to someone they like the look of, just needs a bit more work.

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Coders' 'lives sucked out' by black-and-white Visual Studio 11

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The Bethesda Excuse

"Modders will fix it" is just arrogance.

The fact is that the majority of users of anything stick with the default set up even if they hate it. They just complain more, which makes the product look bad.

Bethesda can get away with it because they have enough hype for apologists to rescue them. Microsoft don't have that luxury.

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High school student expelled for dropping F-bomb in tweet

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Re: To far

I agree. Unfortunately children do not have any rights.

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Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

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Big Brother

Lies

I've been using the Internet heavily for the past 15 years or so. I use it as the source for pretty much all of the information I consume whether it's about gaming, work stuff, news, history - anything (yes, even porn) and I have never in my life come across these kind of sites, which "normal" users apparently "stumble" over all the time.

Maybe I need to get out my tinfoil hat but I really doubt whether they actually exist or whether it's all just made up by the likes of the IWF. If it was SO common then I'm sure I'd have stumbled across it in my time.

Also, why would a pedo put pictures and videos up on websites anyway? Surely they'd use forums or peer to peer? Setting up a website would imply they were trying to make money but from the description, the content was freely available so where is the motivation? It makes no sense.

The only plausible reason I can think of is that these sites are all actually honey pots set up by other agencies.

In any case I agree with other commentators here about there being a disproportionate focus on sexual abuse, to the extent that violence with no sexual motivation is increasingly seen as "ok". Very dangerous.

Also it seems like police only care about porn and not even those who commit the crimes. In any chavvy area you'll see 20-odd year old guys with 13 year old girlfriends but nothing gets done about them.

What a crazy world.

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Electronic patient records rollout cocks up hospital clinics

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CRM

I may be totally missing something here but is there really any reason why any of the standard off the shelf CRM systems could not have been used for this stuff?

I mean Microsoft CRM is pretty damn customizable and I'll bet even it would have been cheaper than the mess they've had half-developed. Hell, would have even been a good marketing tool for MS so they'd have probs done the consultancy at a massive discount.

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HP finally decides the future of the PC: It's a printer accessory

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Devil

You only have to look at how their horrible drivers treat your PC to know that they assume that all you want your PC for is to use their printer. It's absolutely disgraceful how insidious and naff their installer is. And you wanna choose not to install "HP Helper Print Internet App Scan Agent" so you untick the box from the form you have to get to from a hyper link? TOUGH, we'll whack it on anyway!

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Windows 8 on ARM vs iPad: Has Microsoft lost already?

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Azure vs AWS

Azure is still a very incomplete product. As a software dev of real systems for real businesses, I am a big fan of SQL Server. It's easily the best product that Microsoft has made. But on Azure it is totally nobbled - it's like using 2000 in many ways. They will never be able to compete with AWS on this unless they allow the real fully fat version of SQL server on Azure. And let us permanently update single files in web site deployments.

As for Windows 8 - They have gone mad. Completely mad.

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