* Posts by Semaj

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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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Unhappy

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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Trollface

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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You're crap and paid too much for the little work you actually do

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You really are everything that's wrong with both the recruitment and development industries.

The real lesson I am picking up from your articles is to pay close heed to my inbuilt bullshit and numpty detector when dealing with recruiters and contractors alike.

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Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR

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Holmes

"The silence is deafening. Could anyone tell me why that would be?"

Umm, maybe because it's all been tried (and ignored) before and for many years.

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Portal 2 prevails at Bafta game awards

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Trollface

Re: Missing Category

Darn, I hate it when I type in instead of is ...

Also sometimes a post really could do with a supplementary icon. Troll face is also applicable XD

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Missing Category

"Bethesda's RPG, Skyrim, went home without a single win despite nominations in five categories"

They mustn't have a category for most over-hyped game that fails to live up to even the smallest of promises.

I used to be a big fan of the Elder Scrolls series (no arrow jokes please) but I will not be buying the next one (Oblivion was bad enough but Skyrim really in an insult in so many ways). I'm only just getting into it now that I have installed so many mods that it is practically a whole new game. I pity all those suckers on console - especially PS3.

I can't decide whether it was more of a let down than Saint's Row 3 but they are very close either way.

So good on you Bafta, well done for not giving in to hype.

P.S. I know I've not given specifics as to why I don't like it - they have been covered by many fans in great depth. The general theme can be summed up rather well by one phrase though - "The almost a thousand steps"

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AOL: No plans to bin instant messager

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Re: I don't care about the software, but....

Same here to an extent.

And what have we got instead - MSN, where the simple task of adding new contacts now seems impossible (I've added about 4 people recently and none of them have gotten the "you've been added" request or vice versa).

YIM it is then :/

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Death Star SUCKS PLASMA FROM SUN in NASA riddle vid

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Terminator

Mantrid Drones

Ever see Lexx when the Mantrid Drones eat that star?

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Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?

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'But we had nothing to gain'

Most normal people don't know the difference between an iPad and a Kindle and if they are going to be buying something to read books they will consider both. Their argument is obvious BS.

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Greenland melt threshold lower than thought

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Boffin

2,000 years

If we are still around by that time it really won't matter.

However, the zombies will have come way before then. (We need a zombie icon)

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Apple wants ebook price class action suit thrown out

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Mushroom

Never mind eBooks

I don't know how they have gotten away with their anti-competitive behaviour of forcing people to use iTunes for so long.

They have had a practical monopoly on MP3 players, smart phones and tablets for years now yet they are still allowed to force their users to buy every bit of content through their store / iTunes. If that isn't making use of a monopoly in 1 industry to unfairly gain advantage in another I don't know what is.

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Sun belches wonking solar flare

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Trollface

So BASICALLY

... we're all doomed!

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Boffins, tourists threaten Antarctica with alien invasion

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Trollface

Re: Science

"how nature colonises formerly barren areas"

Like animals inadvertently carrying seeds for example?

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India splurges £100m on new mega internet snooping HQ

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FAIL

Draft emails ... really? Draft emails, which are saved locally. Because they are a draft. Because they aren't ready for sending yet. Right. Unless they think only web mail exists these days, but in that case that would just come under the regular traffic snooping surely.

No wonder Indian software is such "high" quality.

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Irish ISPs urged to fit child porn filters

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FAIL

High number of Blocks

Firstly, ICBS on the massive number of sites blocked. I refuse to believe that child abuse material is THAT widespread.

Secondly, if the numbers of sites blocked are so high and remain consistently high year on year then clearly blocking does absolutely nothing or we would see a decrease.

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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WTF?

Hot Areas

One thing that I have been trying to puzzle out (I've been to lazy to actually try a preview yet) is whether there is any visual indication whether these "hot areas" in the corners have any kind of visual indication that they exist.

I'm normally very pro change and generally like Microsoft's stuff (I even defend Vista as in my opinion it was much better than XP and I enjoy pointing out when someone talks about a great Win7 feature, that it was actually in Vista) but using the metro UI as a replacement for the start menu just seems completely daft why not a supplement if in desktop mode? Click start button, get starts menu AND metro ui.

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HP, Dell warn of price hikes after Foxconn wage rise

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Stop

Re: Re: How big a rise?

Not unless people in Africa stop killing each other so much.

Africa by rights should be the richest place on Earth - geographically it is perfect - it has everything. But corruption is so ingrained into the various societies that it's unlikely to really ever be truly utilized. At least not in our lifetime.

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Third of Blighty stuck on snail-speed broadband

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Re: Re: Yawn

More than likely you have the same problem I do. New big area - practically a whole new town but rather than building a new exchange they just put in really long lines all the way to the city centre.

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Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

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It really seems like we are reaching the stage where everyone seems to think it is their right to be able to go through life never being offended by anyone. It's so stupid and dangerous. The law should not be about preventing people's feelings being hurt. Especially when it falls short on things that are actually important like people being physically attacked.

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Top Euro beaks to probe ACTA for rights breaches

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Trollface

No 3 Strikes

2 it is then

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French National Front woos internet pirates

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Pathetic Socialists

So just because they happen to agree on a point with a group they are opposed to, they changed their views? That is exactly what is wrong with politics.

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Canadians revolt over draconian internet privacy bill

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Good to see that the Canadians are giving this moron (with his stupid idea shared by so many across the western world) the contempt he deserves and have not fallen for the old "rename the bill to something no one would oppose" trick.

Still though - they were (one of) the first to have the stupid anti-cartoon porn laws so they don't pick up on everything. I'm guessing the government were sneaky with that one too.

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Social networks can't be forced to filter content, rules top EU court

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Joke

You are Doing it Wrong

They seem to have actually consulted real experts in the field to come up with this answer. I demand that they go back and come up with their proper answer in a closed room without consulting anyone or doing any research.

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21st Century Sex: the shape of things to come

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"Why they didn't choose to call it an image file instead of a pseudo-photograph is something I'm less clear on"

Because they wanted to leave in a really open ended term, which could apply to tracings, renders or even regular "realistic" drawings if argued by enough of a snake.

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Reverting to Form

That is an interesting article and raises a lot of nice points :)

For me, I see the technology as a massively positive influence in all things sexual. Without going into too much detail; without it I would not be the confident, happy and successful person I am today. Finding that I was not alone in the kind of things I like really brought me out of my shell.

What I see more and more really is humans reverting to form. You say that it takes a long time for society to adapt to change and you are right. The thing is, the very prudish society of recent times was actually very short lived. Look at how people acted in pre-Christian times - much more liberated.

Humans, both male and female are very sexual creatures and always have been. Combine that with our amazing ability for abstract thought and it's no wonder we have the wide and wonderful variety of sexual desires that we do.

The Internet and technology in general is helping people to embrace their desires again and opening up whole new possibilities and after we've been repressed for so long, it's wonderful. And the best part is, no matter how much "they" try to stop it happening, it's going on anyway - it might not happen in our lifetime but future generations should be MUCH more liberated, happy and accepting of others than ours. And Good on them :)

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Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

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Mushroom

End Game of Patent Wars

No company releases any electronic product in the west. Unauthorized imports and clones soar.

Everyone gets access to fewer cool gizmos, companies make less money. Everyone loses.

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Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'

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Unhappy

Glasses

I already wear prescription glasses. Will I be screwed like with 3D movies? I bet I will :(

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Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?

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Flame

So you spent "ages" looking on how to go back to the old way rather than just attempting to use the new way? If you were so terrified of change then why did you even upgrade?

Every time I've heard someone complaining about the ribbon, the option they were looking for is so much easier to find than it used to be in the menus (usually it's on Home). In fact there have been several of occasions when I've heard people saying how great all these new features are when actually they are old features that were previously impossible to find in the horrible menu system.

That said, I am not a fan of how 8 is looking at the moment because with no start menu, surely there'll be no search box, which is one of the best vista / 7 features IMO. If that's coming back (or being made even better) though then I'm all for it.

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Boffins uncloak G-rated teledildonic breakthrough

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Aids

Well this COULD evolve into something of an AIDS prevention device if people end up "making love" by proxy rather than directly ... I'd think it'd take the fun out of it somewhat personally but hey, some people will like it.

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Troubled Game wins reprieve on debt, mulls axing more stores

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They write on game boxes with marker pens, ruin manuals and throw away inserts.

For this they must die.

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Euro watchdog asks Google to HALT privacy tweak

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Stop

Mary Bono Mack

Jeez, just because you are a woman you don't NEED to mention family and children at every possible (however contrived) opportunity. Maybe if female politicians stopped being such stereotypes people would take them a bit more seriously.

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Demand for safety kitemark on software stepped up

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Kite Mark

The problem with the kite mark idea is that software really isn't like the kind of product you buy in a shop. There's still going to be nothing stopping a lone dev putting out their own things they've made as a hobby on the net and there's nothing stopping companies from developing their own internal systems and that is a good thing.

I'd say a developer is more similar to a builder. There are cowboys who will do a shit job for a large amount of money and there are better people who have ethics. You get people building their own walls and sheds. Some of these are awful and fall down and some are ok. You even get big building companies making huge developments with the guarantees that they will not crumble in a year.

The only viable solution I'd say if to regulate us in the same way as builders. I know they have certifications so we should have similar. MS have their partner thing for companies - that's the kind of thing I'm talking about but something platform agnostic would be even better.

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Robot rabbits take on Facebook, female orgasms

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Nabaztags and their kind are a cute and quite fun idea but the servers are always down and there are a really disappointing number of things you can do with them. Even fewer now that they've been taken over by a new company. Plus their site is all in French and just doesn't seem to work.

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

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Awful Brand

The problem is that people hate Windows Phones. It doesn't matter how good they make the phone, people hate the brand for it's past.

They should have totally ditched the Windows Phone brand and called them Metro phones instead, not even including the Windows logo.

Otherwise yeah, all good points in the article, especially the comparison to XBox.

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