* Posts by David 132

59 posts • joined 1 Mar 2010

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

David 132
Coat

Re: Plus.

> an 8.8mm Canon to shoot down all those pesky new fangled drones.

An ore-mining machine with a very tiny clergyman? I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

The fact that I don't have this kit makes my deacon blue.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

David 132

Re: AT&T and Verizon are ever-attuned to the public mood

23 upvotes? For a throw-away remark? I certainly hit gold there. Thank you, thank you, you're a lovely audience *mwah!* *mwah!*

The 1 downvote puzzles me though. Someone who doesn't like or comprehend sarcasm? (Eh, understandable)

Or maybe works for one of those two lovely, fluffy companies?

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David 132
Devil

AT&T and Verizon are ever-attuned to the public mood

I'm sure AT&T and Verizon can rely on the vast amounts of public goodwill they've carefully nurtured over the last few years to sweep them to victory and popular acclaim.

Go get 'em, America's Most Loved Companies!

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

David 132
Joke

what will they eat in the Arctic?

Wildlife documentary-makers?

Oil-drilling crews? (perhaps that's the "this will help combat climate change" angle)

Either that, or they'll have to learn to swim, then strain krill and plankton through their teeth.

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David 132

Re: Tundra Colder?

And leaving footprints in the butter.

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David 132
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Well I feel sorry for Mrs Elephant.

On seeing the article headline, the first thing that occurred to me was the South Park "Elephant makes love to a pig" episode.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

David 132
Trollface

Re: Fun with ActiveDesktop

Evil desktop pranks...

Years ago, I wrote a simple Winforms applet that created between 4 and 20, 1x1 pixel borderless windows with backgrounds either #FF00FF, #FFFFFF or #00FFFF, and scattered them at random over the desktop.

Looked exactly like dead LCD pixels. Particularly fun when run on a colleague's brand new super-large, super-expensive monitor.

The CRT equivalent, of course, was to create a 3x2 pixel bitmap in MS-Paint, and colour every pixel the default desktop tint except for the top-right one, which would be set to magenta #FF00FF. Save it as the stretched desktop wallpaper, and Windows would do a beautiful job of scaling and smoothing it up to desktop size - et voila, huge and nasty CRT/phosphor magnet artifact in the top-right corner. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

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David 132
Windows

Re: Ahh, the old days...

All we had was a NAND gate made from twigs, and two delay lines made from old thermometers.

Thermometers? Luxury! When I were a lad, I had to stick the mercury up my nose and implement delays by opening and closing my sinuses.

Fortunately, it had no ill-effect on me whatsoever. None.

...buggrit, millennium hand and shrimp, I told em, I TOLD em....

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David 132
Joke

Re: Just one more thing...

What, like this one? - Alistair Dabbs

Fun fact: that's not actually a looping GIF, it's a real-time webcam. Showing a normal person's reaction to reading the Reg forums.

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David 132
Headmaster

Re: surely there was a reason that IE became so popular?

By using the "word" 'sheeple' you instantly made everyone reading your post think of commentard Matt Bryant.

Indeed. Torpedoes any valid point that you might make, unfortunately.

Apropos of nothing, and not having a go at the original poster - who actually did have a valid point - other red-flag words that immediately make me dismiss whatever an author is trying to say include...

- 'Windoze' (c.f. also 'Winblows', and variants)

- 'M$' ('Microsucks', 'Mickeysoft', etc. etc)

- 'Fanboi'

- Basic inability to spell or use punctuation, talking like a concussed valley girl

omg windoze is teh suck i h8 all you loosers

Seriously, don't make yourself sound like an 11-year-old.

Anyone care to suggest others?

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David 132
Coffee/keyboard

Re: IE Not So Bad, Safari? Chrome? Worse.

WinME? Stable?

You are trolling, right?

WinME was renowned at the time for being - to use an immortal phrase from Saint Pterry - about as stable as an upturned pyramid.

Those with any sense stayed on Windows 98SE.

Those with sense AND humungous amounts of RAM* moved to Windows 2000 as fast as their CD-burners would carry them.

*-64MB or thereabouts. Heyyyy, Big Spender!

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David 132
FAIL

Re: Ahh CL

Thank you x100 for the link to the page scan.

Heh, you're welcome, glad it was useful. TBH that isn't necessarily the best image of the AF blooper out there, but it was the first decent link google returned. As you and others below have mentioned, good ol' Lorem Ipsum is always the safest bet. That, and ELEMENTARY PROOF-READING BEFORE GOING TO PRESS, but it seems that's a dying art!

So, wandering even further down this off-topic path... if you're going to print placeholder text, why not put it on a lamp-post for the whole world to see?

http://cdn.elezea.com/images/3-deck-2.jpg

Mind you, it could be even worse - you could put a rude word in print AND insult a paying customer at the same time:

http://cheezburger.com/7355793664

(sorry for link to Cheezburger - again, I blame google image search. Don't get distracted by teh kitties OH MY GOD IT'S TOO LATE my precious IQ is leavingggg meeee wow such meme, very fail)

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David 132
Happy

Re: Ahh CL

Good times. And Crash for the Spectrum. Get off my lawn, you kids.

I still, somewhere, have my copy of the infamous "Type some shit in here please" Amiga Format issue.

https://twitter.com/russty_russ/status/417768019901689857

(TL;DR: sub-editor failed to spot that placeholder text (large, bold, and prominent on page #1) over an article describing software on the cover disk. What made it worse was that the software in question was a simple paint package for kiddies. A grovelling apology followed in the next month's issue.)

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David 132
Coat

Re: Ahh CL

The only IT mag I ever purchased religiously.

I used to buy Amiga Format religiously, until I got thrown out of WH Smiths. Some guff about how the chanting, incense and robes were freaking out the other customers. I told them it was my liturgical book and I needed it, but my missal defence tactic failed.

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

David 132
IT Angle

Re: Alternatively

Linguistic differences abound... Plural in 'Merika is legos.

Yep. Here in the Pacific Northwest, "niche" is pronounced "nitch".

and they sometimes look at you funny if you pronounce it correctly.

Amen. Or more usually, I get

[them] "Gee, I love your accent. What part of Australia are you from?"

[me] "Actually, I'm British"

[them] "Wow! So, who do you think killed Diana?" (or: "Wow! I just love Monty Python and Benny Hill!". To which my stock response these days is, "Oh, you're American? I just love I Dream Of Jeannie and Mr Ed...")

I'm just teasing, though, really. I've never met a more friendly, welcoming, polite and warm-hearted group of people.

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David 132
Unhappy

Re: Apple TV

The NowTV Roku-based box works a treat with Plex for less than £10.

Cheers for the tip, upvoted. I'll take a look at that. TBH though, the Roku boxes are solid, reliable, well-made and inexpensive enough (Costco has the 3 right now for <$85).

Edit: Never mind. Seems NowTV is a UK-only thing sold through Sky? D'oh. I'm now a leftpondian so, no good. And even when I was in GB, I would never have subscribed to Sky. Cue old jokes about "what do you call the small box on the back of a Sky dish".

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David 132
FAIL

Re: Apple TV

The second hand pricing on the ATV2 probably has a lot to do with the Jailbreak status on the ATV3 and will probably stay high.

Bingo. You nailed it.

I bought ATV2 units for myself and my in-laws when they came out. After jailbreaking, they were superb little media boxes that'd run Plex happily and play media-in-whatever-format from the local NAS.

Foolishly, I bought an ATV3 hoping for more of the same with added 1080p goodness. Waited for the jailbreak.

And waited. And waited some more. Finally, having seen how good the Roku boxes are, I craigslist'ed the ATV3 (still shrink-wrapped) and bought the Roku3 instead.

Apple worked so very hard to lock down the ATV3 against jailbreak, and completely screwed themselves in the process. Without jailbreak the ATV is crippled. Stray from Apple's model of "buy rent everything from the iTunes store in MP4 format" and you're SOL.

Roku and others saw the opportunity and came up with a much better product. The free market at its finest.

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

David 132

Re: COUNTRY.sucks

If this is about "free speech", will they be allowing...

Islam.sucks?

Christianity.sucks?

FlyingSpaghettiMonster.sucks?

But on a lighter note, I want

LowerAtmosphericPressure.sucks

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

David 132

^^ You're right. I hang my head in boundless shame. My comment above was typed in a hurry amid many distractions.

I will hand in my Pratchett fan-club card as I leave.

Still think "Witches Abroad" is a good book with which to start, though.

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David 132

Welcome.

All of the below is IMHO, and I'm sure everyone here will have their own thoughts...

I'd probably start with one of his Discworld books. Although they feature recurring characters and in-jokes, this doesn't mean you have to start with the very first. His style of writing and humour changed slightly over the years, meaning that some of the later books are much funnier than the very earliest ones.

Two "best book to read first" suggestions would be "Guards, Guards!" (introduces the hard-bitten, cynical misanthrope night watchman Sam Vimes) or "Witches Abroad" (which (ahaha) introduces the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick).

My favourite of all time is the non-Discworld "Good Omens", which as TFA mentions was a collaboration with Neil Gaiman. An angel and a demon collaborate to prevent the Apocalypse, involving the M25, black nuns, paintballing, a Satanic Hellhound who likes to chase cats, and various "Americans and other aliens".

RIP Sir Pterry. We met only once, at a book-signing in Chester, and my pimply 20-something self was so over-awed to meet one of my literary heroes that I stuttered incoherently and made a fool of myself.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

David 132
Coffee/keyboard

Could have called it the iWank.

Would have been one in the eye

Ewww.

This isn't the "Japanese/special interests" section of the local XXX bookstore, you know.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

David 132

Re: Hipsters

> I'd even grind my own beans if I could, but alas, I don't have a grinder.

Totally off on a tangent now but my advice to anyone is to buy a hand ceramic burr grinder (can get them for 30 to 40 dollars) and use a French press. It makes about the best coffee and though hand grinders are slower (but cheaper too) than an electric one there is something mildly zen about hand grinding before enjoying some wonderful coffee.

And to think the GP poster said Keurig was for hipsters.

Do you also hand-whittle your coffee spoons using vintage woodworking tools, and cast your own pottery for the coffee mug?

The ironing is delicious.

For what it's worth, I have a Keurig machine - I'd have thought it was about as un-Hipster as could be. Pop a capsule in it first thing in the morning, get a cup (or two - like teabags, they can be re-used once) of fresh tasty coffee 30 seconds later. Yum.

(And there are organic coffee-pods that use some sort of paper mesh construction rather than the plastic shell that this article references, if recycling's your thing. No discernable difference in taste.)

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

David 132
Headmaster

Re: Server 2003

A 'rouge' Wifi AP?

A typo that's far too common these days. Your too restrained - I tend to loose my temper when I see those, or assume there stupid.

</snark>

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

David 132
Facepalm

Re: Anyone know....

"...what that little backpack is attached to the toad in the photo? It's quite prominent in the picture, almost as if that was the whole point of taking that specific photo, but not referenced at all in the story."

Well, it's referenced in the fine caption under the photo (which is where captions usually sit):

'This is a cane toad with a tracking device attached at a dam in Australia'. Some days being a caption writer is OK.

To which I'd add... "and most days, being a caption writer is thankless because NO ONE APPARENTLY BOTHERS TO READ THEM." :)

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

David 132
Happy

Re: As much as it pains me to say this...

>you can even get away with "Ewah WooWoo" sometimes.

+1 upvote for reminding me of the old "Why does Edward Woodward have so many D's in his name?" joke*, which still makes me snigger like an 8-year-old.

*punchline: "Because if he didn't, he'd be E-wah Woo-Wah". I've never claimed to have a sophisticated sense of humor.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

David 132
Windows

Re: No new features for Windows 7...

> Memo to MS, a service pack with the last few years worth of patches rolled up would be nice.

Amen. I installed Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 (the MSDN image) on a laptop yesterday and it had 176+ updates to install; took about 6 hours to grind through it all. Admittedly, this was an older machine with spinny-disk storage, but you'd think Microsoft could at least merge all the updates into the ISOs they make available - to save traffic on the WU servers, if nothing else.

Yes, I could have used DISM or something similar to merge the updates into the image myself, but I only had one machine to build, then clone.

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

David 132

Re: Arkell v. Pressdram

I really should read to the end of comments before posting.

...said no-one on the Internet, ever.

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Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China

David 132
Big Brother

> So I wonder quite how sanctimonious we in the west look to the Chinese when we preach about internet freedom.

Good point, within reason, but that's like saying that we have no right to criticize North Korea's prison labor camps because we have prisons of our own. Shades of gray.

I left the UK a while ago, but tell me - are people being dragged away by the police in the middle of the night for calling David Cameron a hypocritical, arrogant two-faced tosser?

No?

Then let's continue to criticize China, and recognize that the West, though by no means beyond reproach, is still a goddamn beacon of freedom and liberty compared to there.

And just to earn my share of downvotes for the day I'll throw this thought in - if there's a threat to free speech in the West, it comes not from governments, but from the new authoritarian Left - "you can say what you want as long as it meets our standards of right-on Groupthink. And you can only have a valid opinion on /anything/ if you're not a heterosexual white male."

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

David 132
Coat

Re: I no what it is

> I'm aware that I may have upset the bourbon taliban

Led, I believe, by General Garibaldi.

Who is apparently one tough cookie.

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

David 132
Stop

Re: Some people took to Twitter to grumble after noticing the auction site had been hammered.

> Giving us opportunity to pad out an otherwise short article.

This.

What's the point of news sites embedding random twits into stories?

I have zero interest in Twitter, and even less in knowing that whatever-the-happening has disrupted @somerandomnonentity's day.

Grr. Going to get my morning coffee now. Sorry kids, I will not snapchat, instagram, tweet, or liveblog it.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

David 132
Coffee/keyboard

Re: "What the hell have you done with all the tits!!!"...

> Re: "What the hell have you done with all the tits!!!"...

> They went vertical.

Bravo, sir. A (subtle) COTW.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

David 132

Oblig. Penny Arcade

I am immediately reminded of this old PA strip:

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/08/18

Seriously though. DAB? In a modern cellphone? Why not mandate the inclusion of a minidisc player while they're at it? After all, people love listening to music, and what more convenient way could there be to put music on their phones?

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Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

David 132
Headmaster

Re: Freetardonomics

Question. Is a cogent and well-reasoned argument any less so because of an author who can't tell the difference between "lose" and "loose"?

*twitch*

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HP: We will eradicate the colour grey from our market

David 132
Flame

They want it both ways on globalization

Moving production to 3rd-world holes to take advantage of pennies-per-day workforce - great! Brilliant management! Shrewd financial planning to gain a competitive advantage!

Allowing Western customers to buy kit that's sold at cheaper prices in those same cheaper countries - grey market! Criminal! Shut it down! Fiduciary duty to our shareholders, lobbying government to get this dangerous practice outlawed, safety of our milk cows^H^H^Hcustomers is our primary concern yadayada...

I consider myself a free-market libertarian. What we're seeing here is a perversion and distortion of the free market principle.

TL;DR: Down with this sort of thing!

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

David 132
Unhappy

Amen to that.

Sunday evenings are LAN parties for my friends and I - we like PC games that

a) have a LAN-only mode (no connecting to the Internet if all hosts are on the same subnet), and

b) have a co-op mode against bots - I want to play alongside my friends, not against them.

Sadly, all the modern games are of the "play against random potty-mouthed 10-year-olds in France" variety, so we're STILL playing Age of Mythology and Battlefield 1942 - ancient games that are increasingly flaky on modern hardware. I refuse to get a console and have an aversion to Steam/Origin type spyware.

Segueing slightly off the topic of this article, can any Reg readers suggest suitable modern replacements that meet my criteria?

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

David 132
IT Angle

Re: Just don't hit a skunk

True dat.

I moved from the UK to Oregon recently and that was one of the very first things I learned (my Oregonian in-laws explained it to me, prompted by my cry of OH JEEZ WHAT IS THAT SMELL GAAAAAAAK)

We brought our dog over from the UK and he has no awareness of such things. Any day now he'll bounce on a skunk or coyote expecting it to play with him.

Also, not surprised this happened in Portland. The place is delightfully - although I must admit, a trifle self-consciously - weird. Would I swerve to avoid a skunk? Certainly. A hipster? Hmm, let me get back to you on that one...

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

David 132

@Trevor

Great points, well made with humour that made me laugh out loud, and if you don't mind I'm going to borrow the phrase "bucket of warm ebola®" as my preferred description of Windows 8. Work just gave me a lovely new Thinkpad, ruined by 8 so I am not feeling very charitable towards that OS right now.

Have an upvote from me.

Cheers,

-an Intel guy who's dealt with you in the past

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

David 132
Headmaster

Re: Why won't they sort it out?

@Michael Habel:

Good points. But why The random Capitalization? "MicroSoft", really? It makes It all really Difficult To read, you Know.

Tip: Amanfrommars is NOT a good role-model.

:)

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

David 132
Trollface

Re: When did you last misplace your vocal cords?

For most people, their voice is always available and doesn't need new batteries at inconvenient moments.

I'm Marcel Marceau and I find this post discriminatory and offensive.

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

David 132

Re: WTF

Are you THE Lincard who used to post frequently and outrageously on a.t, back in the mid 90's? Man, good times, consider this a "hi" from someone who remembers you (even if you never knew me. I think I posted a grand total of once.) I lurked there all through my student days and have never, ever laughed so hard as I did then. Saved many of the posts to my hard drive and they've been carefully migrated from system to system over the last 20 years or so. I always particularly enjoyed the stories from Tae Kim the paramedic. Wow. Thanks for the memories.

*wanders off mumbling about things definitely NSFW*

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Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

David 132

Re: Warm and cuddly

Bravo, sir. Most droll. I tip my hat to you.

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Judge rules Baidu political censorship was an editorial right

David 132

@sisk

"I'll need some time to consider and properly form an informed opinion on the matter."

You're not allowed to do that, this is the INTERNET. We demand your snap judgements and knee-jerk reaction based on group-think and a poorly-informed understanding of the topic NOW!

I do, however, agree with you, although I'm leaning towards the judge's side of the argument. As someone has said below, there's a difference between a government telling people what they can say (suppressing free speech under coercion of law-enforcement) and a private entity doing the same - the latter could be described as editorial licence, or more simply "my house/website/premises, my rules". As the judge mentioned, those wishing to make/hear a different speech viewpoint have a choice of search engines; of government, not so much.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

David 132

Meh. Roku barely more expensive, and much better.

I bought a couple of Roku3 boxes late last year - OK, they're more expensive than this, but the Roku1 is in the same ballpark ($50) if you don't want the waggly controller thing (oo-er). Combined with the Plex media server they work brilliantly AND do 1080p, AND can be controlled from a smartphone if for some reason you don't like the supplied remote.

Not tempted by this, myself. But each to their own.

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Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett: To lose 1 chief is unfortunate, to lose 2 is OK, apparently

David 132

Have they actually gotten rid of him yet?

My prediction is that actually removing him from the role will take a surprisingly long amount of time, there'll be lots of Googling for "how to uninstall Symantec CEO", and eventually they'll just give up and start the company afresh.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

David 132

Re: Unnecessary Windows 8.1 Hate

For me, the problem with Windows 8 was summed up by a quote I encountered recently - can't remember if it was here on El Reg, or on Slashdot. With acknowledgements to the original (unknown) author:

"Microsoft have given us new ways to do familiar things. The problem is, we wanted familiar ways to do new things."

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

David 132

Not on the Haswell generation, to the chagrin of many. The previous (3rd-gen) NUC product was available in a vPro variant, and I'm sure the next generation product after this will be capable - vPro is too important for Intel to pass up the opportunity...

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Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

David 132
IT Angle

Re: Remember...

...but Curvy is Pervy!

Ah, the late lamented Chelmsford 123 ("One for the Road" episode, IIRC)

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Museum of Computing recognised as PROPER MUSEUM

David 132
Thumb Up

It's worth a visit

I'm glad that the Swindon MoC has achieved this - Simon and the volunteers put in a LOT of effort to keep it running. It's well worth a visit if you're ever in Swindon, they have a fine collection of old computers and consoles, many of them in full working order.

Full disclosure... I (far too seldom) help out with activities and teaching at the MoC!

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Polaroid develops Android camera combo

David 132
Boffin

Second picture in the article

What's with the dodgy Photoshoppery in the second article image? Looks like a strip of the faux-leather texture has been duplicated & pasted several times towards the top of the camera (well, that's how it appears on my webbrowser, at least). If I were of a suspicious turn of mind, I'd suggest that there was some other ODM logo in that part of the original picture, and Polaroid "re-badged" it... Sorry. I'm pedantic.
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Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

David 132
Boffin

putting ATV to Standby

> Putting it back into standby requires turning on the TV, selecting the correct input, using the too-simple-by-far remote control to manually move through several menus to eventually reach the 'Stand By' setting.

Or you could just press Select on the remote control for 5 seconds, assuming it's the newer Alumin(i)um type controller.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3176

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