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iPad? More like iFAD: Now we know why Apple ran off to IBM

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Re: Ipad only a content consumption device

The number of people who consume content is many orders of magnitude greater than the number who create it. A modern PC is massively over-specced for the vast majority of users.

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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Re: WTF

“How the Hell, can you not manage to computerise a paper based system with that level of funding.”

Actually it's trivial. Paper based systems are never complete systems, particularly in bureaucratic “organisations”. These “systems” rely on the existence of a small proportion of operatives who are smart enough and willing enough to add functionality to the system. When you remove the smart element and make the system run at GHz clock speeds, you get a solid lock-up.

The only way to get a working computer system, is to create a perfect system, then computerise it, as any fule kno.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Re: why does this remind me of IBM

Microsoft(ies) should note that IBM had to lose $7.5 billion, two years in a row, before it came to its senses and started to change into a sustainable business, and it came out on a much smaller scale.

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Re: Buzzword bingo

Nadella probably writes in plain English, then runs it through Bing translate.

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1992-12-21/

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: Unique Passwords

@Neil Barnes

Be grateful you weren't born in Scunthorpe!

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Microsoft's Lumia 930 is a real handful

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Re: What, no whiny "Pity it runs Windows" comments?

Perhaps because for that money, you have a huge range of Android phones from which to choose.

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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Re: I am amazed

If this data is supposed to be so secret, what is it doing on internet connected servers in the first place?

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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Re: The draft bill says they can require the ISPs keep EVERYTHING FOREVER

"A retention notice may—

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(e) make different provision for different purposes"

Surely that makes ALL other laws redundant!

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Re: Overseas firms

re Huawei

It should be obvious by now, that the "problem" with Huawei gear is that it DOESN'T have backdoors.

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Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

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"Communications data is now used in more than 90 per cent of serious and organised crime investigations..."

because playing with a computer is much easier than getting off your arse and doing proper police work.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Re: I wonder how they got this information?

I'd rather have my freedom back, and run the risk of getting blown to smithereens. We're all going to die sometime, but I want to enjoy the time I have here.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Re: Bane of my life

If MS produced a version of Excel that fixed all the bugs that have previously been reclassified as features, that would be the end.

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: Elephant in the room

Maybe it was running XP.

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Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2

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Re: Target Market ?

I'm sure the good folks at Cyanogenmod will have a version of kit kat running on this soon.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Sad

The Surface 3 is not sold in the EU.

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

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Deja Vu

This is a mistake the phone companies made when they offered unlimited data contracts, at a time when "no-one" was using data on their phones.

It won't be long before someone invents a use for all this "free" storage, and MS will have to start charging customers for this, after they've become committed to the data use.

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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

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"I'd love to run KitKat on my Galaxy S3"

Why not try Cyanogenmod 11? I'm running an unofficial build of it on my rather more modest Huawei Y300 and after 2 weeks it's proved to be stable and reliable.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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Pint

I'll have some of what he's on, please.

(Whatever it is I'm sure it'll fit in a pint glass.)

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

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Re: "Who knew the NSA might have some real benefit to the masses?"

Scott Adams has of course been here: http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-09-06/

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The cute things they say

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I once had a boss who spent hours creating spreadsheets of prices, discounts etc.

He did all the calculations on a calculator.

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Linux

Re: Combo Upate

"Can't all their engineering brains sort this mess out?"

Obviously not.

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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

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Go

Maybe they should ask Stephen Fry to make some for them.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: @Domeyhead

"The car is hard to quantify..."

Rover, any vintage.

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Re: definition: applied scientist?

Agreed.

The idea that boffinry goes with certain job titles is well wide of the mark, and it is noticable that this has been ignored by most commentards.

I also reject the suggestion that incomprehensibility is a requirement for boffinry, although it is often an accompaniment. Richard Feynman was a boffin of the highest order, and noted for his ability to explain the most abstruse concepts to mere mortals. He even induced arts students to voluntarily attend theoretical physics lectures, an awesone achievment.

Surely the essential characteristic of a boffin is the ability to put vast amounts of learning to a practical use that benefits the rest of us.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Meanwhile we have c200 tons of plutonium which will be a hugely expensive storage nightmare until we "burn" it to produce nuclear energy.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: Intelligence on the internet?

It's a long time since I was 13, but I seem to recall that mumbling a lot and refusing to complete sentances and answer questions were par for the course.

It should be easy for a computer to replicate that.

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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Re: Driverless car

"If it goes ahead, justifying train drivers will get hard."

You are making an assumption that passengers are rational beings.

Do you have any evidence to support this?

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FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority

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There are three kinds of lies: my benchmarks, your benchmarks and his benchmarks.

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Linux users at risk as ANOTHER critical GnuTLS bug found

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Linux

Re: How severe is this bug?

"If I buy a car..."

And if someone gives you a free car, and explicitly states that it is not guaranteed, and that you are responsible for determining its fitness for purpose...?

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Microsoft's 'CEO of no' on Xbox: NO SALE

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Re: Good luck

The problem with maintaining the Windows business is that it is based on selling an OS that is so bad that people will willingly pay for a new version that claims to improve on the old. I have personally purchased numerous DOS/Win upgrades for this reason, before moving to Linux.

Compared to its predecessors, XP SP3 was good enough that people had less interest in upgrading. W8 with its not-Windows interface really killed the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Microsoft now has to get out of the OS businerss to survive.

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Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

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Re: My hovercraft is full of eels (Bing on Facebook)

I have a Hungarian friend on Facebook who sometimes posts in her native language, which Bing then offers to translate for me. The "translations" vary from completely incomprehensible English to almost pure Hungarian (only the word "fuck" was in English). I've never seen one which was in any way worthwhile, except as a joke.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Re: Bar Transport

"Or for old people"

Or for young people who are too stupid and irresponsible to drive safely

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Linux

Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha.

Can't wait for the follow up stories.

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Beijing to Washington: Ratted-out routers not welcome here

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Re: TRUST? HUH?

"And so you shouldn't - someones probably swapped the tin for cheaper aluminium."

Foiled again!

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: "Surface ***3***. i.e. this is our 3rd attempt after 2 dismal failures"

"Microsoft are very good at iterating. They don't give up after just one go; if they think the concept has legs, they'll keep trying and trying until they get it right."

That's why I'm looking forward to Windows Phone 42.

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Creepy Facebook urges users to pester friends about their SEX LIVES

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Unhappy

Elbow? Meet Arse.

The irony here is that advertisers use of the data is counter productive to them in my experience. I have turned off targeted advertising from Google, not because its use of my data is intrusive, but because it keeps showing me endless ads for stuff I've aready decided not to buy.

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Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

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Pint

Drink up

After a couple of pints of proper cider, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Android and IOS anyway, they'd both be fumbleslabs.

Mine's a pint of Old Rosie, as that's the closest I can get in North London.

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

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"Wondering how much of the generously donated money is swallowed up in 'admin'"

ALL of it. The only thing you can do with money is pay people. It has no other use. (Buying "things" is an illusion.)

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Re: Not worried about viruses?

"Technically you can even boot from a write protected floppy disk"

If I remember correctly, you cannot boot DOS (or Windows) from a write-protected disk, as the OS needs to write to the boot medium as part of the boot process.

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Re: You wouldn't give him a hard time if he was using a typewriter

"I suspect vim would also work as well."

When I was using VI, I prayed every day for Wordstar. Joe didn't exist at the time, and I didn't know about Fenix, until I started selling it, the following year.

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Re: Almost, but not quite, entirely unlike DOS and Wordstar

If you asked me how to do something is Wordstar, I probably couldn't tell you, but if you sat me in front of a computer, I could probably do it without thinking.

I recall that in the days before standard GUIs, a good bet was "when all else fails, try Wordstar commands".

Memo to self: Must install joe.

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Survey: Patent litigation skyrocketing, trolls top 10 sueball chuckers

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Headmaster

Edjercate Me

I like your new method of counting (1, ii, C). Where can I learn more about this?

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: Cockfosters?

Mornington Crescent.

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

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Alien

Re: Wrong place.

No, it's behind you.

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

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Linux

Relax

Relax - Linux Mint 17 is due at the end of the month.

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

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Pirate

Redundant?

Rationalisation and restructuring - excellent. What could possibly go wrong?

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

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Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud

@ Don Jefe

Frightfully sorry, old chap, but I must point out that “English” is, by definition, the language of the people of England. It follows that the way the language is spoken in England is the “correct” version.

We are quite happy to have you foreigner johnnies speak our language, with your strange accents, as it saves us the fag of learning your language, but it is still our language.

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RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

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FAIL

Deja Vu

The single point of failure remains where it always was, the board of directors.

IT is as fundamental to modern banking as is risk management. There should be a person with in-depth understanding of IT at the same level as the Finance Director. Only then will sensible decisions be made on IT.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

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Re: Wotta bargain!

bogof!

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