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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

Update of Windows 8.1 Update?

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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

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Re: So,

Maybe you should just run Linux on Google/Amazon clouds.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Mushroom

Hey Microsoft

While you're listening to customers, how about fixing the user interface in W8?

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

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Re: Who names these things?

@DropBear

In the post-Snowden era, surely it must be "Orwell".

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

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Time Warp

Reminds me of all the reasons why I stopped using Windows.

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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Re: Upgrade cycle

Upgrade cycles are a myth perpetrated by MS to get people buying the same software over and over again.

In a properly specified computer system, you buy a SYSTEM (hardware, software and maintenance) designed to run for a specific time, with essential updates included in the original cost. At end of life you scrap it, having already planned to the next iteration.

Attempting to run an IT system until it turns to dust is a moron's choice.

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Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again

"After 3 years on a Degree course they will enter the job market knowing how to use Microsoft Windows 7, Office 2013 (next year Office 365), Internet Explorer, Adobe Photoshop, etc"

1. It doesn't require a university education to learn these apps. A person with a university education should easily be able to adapt to whatever apps are required in the marketplace. If you UNDERSTAND how to do it in the GIMP, you can do it in Photoshop. If you're only TRAINED in the GIMP, Photoshop will be more difficult. University is supposed to be about education, not job training. The two are not the same.

2. With the speed that the market is currently moving, any app used in a three year course will be obsolete by the time the graduate gets a job.

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Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again

"I think even a bank would notice if it had been compromised over a number of years and as I say we're not talking about one bank here."

Recent evidence suggests that a bank wouldn't notice anything wrong with its IT systems until there was a total breakdown.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

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He who pays the piper calls the tune

It's about time telcos/ISPs wised up to the fact that the only reason their customers give them money, is to access content from the likes of Netflix, Google etc. They should charge their customers for the bandwidth they use, rather than making absurd claims for bandwidth they cannot deliver.

If they're mad enough to force short term charges on the content providers, the latter will simply build their own networks, undercut the incumbents, destroy their business, and buy their assets for pennies on the pound/dollar.

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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Re: ?

"What's this "innovating" thing he's talking about?"

I think he means "enervating".

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: 3 per cent?

According to Wikipedia, a 2011 BBC test of 5000 pound coins found 3.5% to be counterfeit. With 1½ billion in circulation, that will buy several pints even at 2014 prices. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pound_coin)

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Re: Sort of

"In the radio-contaminant sense of "lethal" there have to be deaths within a few decades."

And what is the half-life of contaminants in the water?

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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Shouldn't be long before someone leaves one in a bar. Then we'll get the real answers.

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Korean boffins launch K-Glass for hands-free Google Glass-ery

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Augmented Reality?

What is he on?

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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They were probably talking to the marketing people.

Most people who BUY domain names only recognise .com. as a proper domain

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

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Jobs for the boys

Presumably he was the only contender who looks like Steve Jobs.

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

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...boxed copy of Windows?

Anyone with any sense would build a DAW on Linux.

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Scores of profs give hated US patent law an F minus, demand massive rewrite

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Re: Next, try copyright law

You're taking the Mickey!

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Blighty's banks prep for repeated kicks to cyber-'nads in Operation Waking Shark II

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according to Professor Stupples. "They are stress testing systems against known threats,"

I should be most interested to know how the professor would test for unknown threats.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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@ DijitulSupport

Google is one of the few significant parties in the android world that doesn't pay the Microsoft tax for android.

SD cards use the FAT file system, on which Microsoft has a number of patents.

Go figure.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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Re: What is it this week?

Presumably the NSA hadn't updated their copy of your registry.

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BOFH: Is WHAT 'running slow'!? GOD

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"... I'll just pause the install process until you tell me what colour font you'd like on the console session..."

When you set out to kill the person who wrote the above referenced installer, can I come with you? I promise to bring something REALLY nasty with me.

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

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This malaria vaccine is just a vanity project for the Gates ego.

If we make the bold assumptions that the project is totally successsful in eliminating malaria, and also that the law of unintended consequences fails to rear its ugly head, so what? The people who would have died from malaria will instead die from whatever is the next most communicatable disease in their environment.

On the other hand, if we give them the means of doing business with the outside world, they have the chance to prosper and rise above their disease-ridden environment, just as we in the developed world have done. Necessity is the mother of invention, and hunger and imminent death are great motivators.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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@Dave 52

What do scientists do if dark matter can't be found?

They'll have to come up with another story to "help them secure further Department of Energy funding".

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Stab in the dark

The reason the detectors can't see the tiny flashes, is that they represent a new phenomenon that I name "dark light".

Please send my nobel prize...

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Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

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Re: Masturbation sleeves

"Orifice for Macs!

(I think MS may have a similarly named product)"

...but it's a different orifice.

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Re: Yes @ LaeMing

"Gigibyte (Megibyte, kilibyte, petibyte, etc) is binary. Short form is GiB (MiB, kiB, PiB, etc).

These things do happen to be (long-ago) formally defined for those who can be bothered to know their trade!"

I challenge you to show us where these are formally defined.

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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Re: vexabibulus is a word @ poopypants

Good word!

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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1. If coding were a mechanical skill, it would be done by computers, not humans.

2. Since computer use is so pervasive, and getting more so, a basic understanding of coding could be considered as important as the traditional "3Rs". After all you don't just teach writing to writers, or arithmatic to mathematicians.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

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Re: 2/3rds running iOS7

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

The purpose of statistics is to quantify differences. Depending on how you collect and analyse your numbers, you can get any result you want. People of integrity use statistics as an aid to discovery of new data: others use statistics to distort the truth, hence the famous quotation above.

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Microsoft: Ha ha, my Wall Street friends - THIS time the victory is OURS

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Re: why compare apple and ms?

iPads and iPhones are used almost universally by SENIOR people in business (ie those who earn over £250,000 pa) on a BYOD basis because they are tools to do business on the move. Sure they're useless for things like coding and editing, but people who do those jobs don't make that kind on money.

If you want MS Office without the ribbon, try Open Office or Libre Office. On PC, Mac or Linux.

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Nice job, technology. Now we have to work FIVE TIMES HARDER

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Re: Really?

MS have given us one great gift, the excuse that no-one ever questions: "the network is down".

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

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What an uninspiring list @JDX

Some of us use our computers to do work!

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LIVE CHAT: You, El Reg, experts chat about Win 8.1 and Surface 2

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Can anyone explain how the new naming convention for MS tablets is less confusing than the old one?

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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Re: And now the world waits... @ MyBackDoor

"Microsoft will just have to cave in to the almighty dollar and give it away to keep the dollars coming from other products. "

MS doesn't have any other products that make any money, apart from its enterprise software, which is only used by a relatively small number of very large companies. That's why it's got itself into this ridiculous mess with phones and fondleslabs that nobody wants.

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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Status Symbols

Most smartphone owners regard their phone as a status symbol, and flash it as often as possible to impress those of lower status. Thus they become targets of the criminal sub-set of that fraternity. People who continue to flash status symbols in public will be the targets of criminals until such time as they learn more modest behaviour, and these's nothing that anyone else can do about this.

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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Not for profit

So it's a grown up business machine that you can't use for business?

Insane.

I see another $900,000,000 write-down coming.

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

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@07:47 GMT Anonymous Coward

MS change their file formats regularly to force business users to upgrade to the latest version of office (so they can read new versions of old formats). Extensibility and other capabilities of the format has nothing to do with it.

".doc" is not a format, it's a name. The format has changed frequently.

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Re: Still not enough

What MS cannot grasp, is that to the user, the interface IS the product. Users don't give a damn about what's going on inside the box.

The problem with W8 in any version is that it's NOT WINDOWS. Call it somerthing else and give Windows users the option to downgrade to W7.

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Expensive blingo-rama iPhone 5S OUTSELLS cheapo-plastic 5C

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Status Symbol? @ elaar

I agree. In my local pub, in a wealthy part of north London, most of the staff have iPhones.

Most of the customers are on Android.

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Feline OVERLORDS ditch camera-toting human servants, film selfie vids

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Re: Urban dictionary has it about right @ Ben Rosenthal

...and the mice.

"Dolphins are the second most intelligent creatures on Earth, above humans and below mice" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_races_and_species_in_The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy#Mice)

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Windows XP folks: At least GOOGLE still loves you ... UNTIL 2015

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@dogged

Linux kernel development is primarily concerned with developing features and adding ever more driver support. There will always be new releases.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: Note3 & SIM region lock... @ Al Taylor et al

Conspiracy theorists should note that Samsung sells its phones as a brand, not a product. This means that the Galaxy XTZ you buy in London may be a different device to the Galaxy XYZ you buy in New York or Singapore, and may have a different processor, different 4G bands etc.

This may protect Samsung's margins in different territories. It also protects the naive consumer from dodgy grey imports.

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Freedom of Choice

Why do so many people here seem to think that the way they use a smart phone is the only correct way, and everyone who does something different to them is wrong?

Grow up.

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Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

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Re: Peak Register @SuccessCase

God invented the tablet. "And He gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of speaking with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God" (Exodus 31:18) It's just taken us mortals a little time to copy the idea.

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here

It's not for the UK to decide if an independent Scotland can remain in the EU, it's an EU decision. I personally think that the chance of Scotland being permitted to join the EU without embracing the Euro is negligible. Furthermore if they end up as oil-rich as the SNP claim, the EU will want a large slice of that to bail out Ireland, Portugal, Greece etc.

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Microsoft store staff to hold all night vigil for Surface 2

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I wonder how much they're paying people to turn up and pretend to be customers.

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NSA justifies hacking world's digital communications

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Paraphrase: "We will re-fight the last war until it kills us".

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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Hi, Fidelity

The Velvet Underground and Nirvana are of course renowned for the unsurpassed fidelity of their original recordings

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

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Re: Reversing Moore's Law

"box might just say

Tell me what you want to do?"

If that's what you want, get an iPhone.

The principal point of open source software is that it's free as in freedom. Canonical can do whatever they want with it, and so can you and I. If you don't like it, use something else, or roll your own. If Ubuntu was doing the same as Red Hat, SuZE or any other distro there would be no point to its existance.

Personally I currently prefer Mint/Cinnamon/Docky, but I keep a close eye on what Canonical are doing, because if they get it right with their PC/phone/tablet integration, they will have a dream system, unlike MS, who have got it just about as wrong as possible.

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