* Posts by Clockworkseer

50 posts • joined 11 Mar 2010

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Clockworkseer

Also: no ads masquerading as something else. No ads under the guise of "Sponsored posts" "Suggested posts" things my friends have apparently liked, or articles.

If it's an ad, it should obviously be such.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Avast also breaks proper installation of Windows Subsystem for Linux, so that new shiny bash shell they've been touting doesn't work right.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Blame It On A Transporter Malfunction

"Or why Ferengi (etc) couldn't just use replicators to replicate gold-pressed latinum (that would quickly make it worthless, but let's not tribble, I mean quibble...). Or "

I seem to recall they handwaved it as being unreplicatable, for whatever reason.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: Fixed

No, not first. There's a poll making the rounds from yougov that suggests that 40%+ of brexit supporters polled believe that the whole thing is going to be fixed.

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Unnamed Retailer

But from the description, may be a very Direct supplier of Sports goods?

The last shoes I picked up from there where while Karrimor still meant something.

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Vodafone posts uptick in Europe but UK still a challenge

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For my sins

I'm with Vodafone, both for mobile and home phone/BB. My experience with their customer service has generally been "godawful" with interspersings of helpful. The last couple of times I've spoken to them I've ended up speaking to a UK callcenter, which accelerated things tremendously, the overseas ones generally being neither use nor ornament. I haven't had a recontract go without incident since I've been with them. The most recent one they managed to overcharge me because there was a part month involved, and some parts of their billing system don't seem to be able to handle parts of months very well.Fortunately, in this instance, they were swift. The previous recontract they managed to completely forget to set me on a 4g tariff, despite me getting a 4g phone, and forget the discount they'd offered me (because nobody ever notes things down.) I'm mostly still with them for asorted obscure financial reasons, but I must admit, the last month or two, they have taken a significant upturn in my satisfaction with them.

Now they just have to work the bugs out of this new billing system they have.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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Reminds me of the Gitwizard/David Blaine and his attempt to hang in a glass box over the Thames with no food. At which point the british public obligingly used remote control aircraft to drop cheeseburgers on the roof.

If there's a way to skewer excess dignity, the british public will find it.

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It no longer matters what they officially call it.

As thanks to the publicity,it will now, in the public conciousness, be forever "<soandso> also known as Boaty McBoatface"

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Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

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Re: looks much cheaper

I mostly remember the estelle as the car that made my life an utter misery for several years (because, frankly, there were few worse thing about being a 12 year old than being the laughing stock of your entire school year because your parents bought a Skoda.)

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Amazon launches Lumberyard beta, a free gaming engine, but there is a catch

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Although you apparently can use it in a case of the Zombie Apocalypse..

From the T&C's

57.10 Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat. However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

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There are other strands to the BT/OR issue, that aren't just to do with OR, and acccess to infrastructure.

I'm willing to bet that at least 50% of most customers (by which we mean end users) complaints as regards Openreach are based on some variation of the following scenario "We'll tell OR that this needs [activating/repairing/doing.] We'll let you know when they decide to do something. They say it's delayed. We can't get any information as to why, when it''ll be sorted, how you get it sorted. they will only speak to us, not you, and we can't push the issue with them." The complete lack of any accountability from OR for delays, timescales, information, anything.

Admittedly, this is at least somewhat down to the service providers, who seem to, as a general rule, be unwilling to try and hold OR accountable for their actions (convenient scapegoat ahoy) and hide behind the "we don't have any access to OR" rules, which leaves consumers feeling utterly powerless, when the company that's actually going to do the work isn't even contactable. At least with other utitlities where they subcontracted out, generally the contract means they actually have a measure of control. If the ISP's have any control, they mostly seem to be declining to exercise it, because it's no skin of their nose if OR screw up, as they can just go "not us, guv."

Divesting BT of OR may or may not help with issues of infrastructure access, investment and upgrading, but it probably won't fix the other issues with the system.

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Depends on the hardware

I have an old compaq laptop that I make attempts every so often to throw linux at, alas, it seems that the new shiney open source nvidia drivers don't really handle some of the mobile nvidia graphics chipsets very well, so I have to faff arund with grub just to get the livedisk to boot, and then faff with blacklisting modules when I get the thing installed (and even then, it mostly just seems to break on loading X)

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Minicab-hailing app Uber is lawful – UK High Court

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Couple of things that bother me

I must admit, as a taxi user, Uber does worry me for a couple of reasons.

1) Surge Pricing. Don't get me wrong, I'm well aware that cab companies will make you pay more at christmas/new year/etc. But all of those changes are well advertised, I know they're coming and when, and can plan accordingly. Uber, as far as I understand it, I won't know whether someone's chosen to up the price until the journey is calculated at the time. Kind of buggers up planning a tad.

2) Insurance, safety etc. Proper insurance and safety stuff is part and parcel of getting the private hire plates/taxi plates. Is the safety training and insurance part of the whole Uber deal, or can any tom dick or asshole with a car and a phone sign up?

Otherwise, booing a taxi through an app and knowing what it'll cost before it starts is a great improvement.

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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I'm now trying to work out whether I got the thumbs down because I was too nice about windows 10 or not nice enough?

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Once I'd turned off the report back crap, things so far seem to have been progressing smoothly.

Actual Issues:

1) On install, it failed to detect my nvidia card properly until i rebooted a second time, after that it had no problems with the card. I rather suspect this was a side effect of the shennanigans with the nvidia driver update they had just prior to release. Been fine ever since.

2) One day, I attempted to sleep the system rather than shut down, as a test,and it just woke itself back up a few seconds later. Need to explore this now they've run through the first big update.

Bugbears

1) The white explorer backgrounds and toolbars. One of the first things I did was the colour toolbar hack. Still needs work in that area, but it's an irritation, not a showstopper.

2) The sheer lack of customisability (For example, anything pinned to the right hand side of my start menu will never appear in the most used programs section.)

3) Half the settings in one place, halfthe settings in the other.

4) the menu and heading text in modern apps is just way too large and can't be changed.

Good Stuff

1) It's rather faster on the same hardware than 7 was. Stability is good too.

2) No issues with hardware support aside from that nvidia niggle on the upgrade.

3) I've always been impressed with the windows 8.1 task manager screens, and this is one of those improvements that found its way into 10.

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: Custom chips

Not just agnus, the uprated version was Fat Agnus, and the next uprated attempt was, yes, Fatter Agnus.

Along with the demise of Guru Meditations, I miss all the character from the amiga days.

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BT set to undercut rivals with return to mobile biz

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Hopefully better than Anywhere

Anyoen remember BT Anywhere? The last dregs of BT's mobile strategy previous to the EE thing.

"We'll give you a substandard phone for a large payment, and tell you you get inclusive calls. What you'll actually get is a small minutes allowance like a much cheaper normal mobile contract, and set it so that it switches to our VOIP when you're near one of our public wifi hubs."

Gods that sucked.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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The problem is that under most circumstances, it doesn't matter who's cheaper, it's what you can get in your area (In an odd inversion of the usual circumstances, I get VM just fine, it's BT who I can only get 1.5mb with, with no prospect of FTTC for the forseeable future due mostly to Digital Region bullhockey. Some choice.)

The endless tide of VM marketing mail saying "look at our TV deals" is irksome, but under the circumstances, I don't apper to have much leverage.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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-1 Geek Point

Hans Solo?

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Depens on how yu define choice.

I stick with Virgin for a couple of reasons. Crap phone lines in my building, and no prospect of FTTC for our city center for the forseeable future, for reasons including (but probably not limited to) the fact they had this shiny idea for a Digital Region, which meant two fibre players in the area already. Guess what, the Digital Region thing went belly up, so no prospect of getting new cabs from there (and its worse for some other poor buggers, they got fttc from Origin as part of it, but when the DR went tits up, tey have to move back to the regular bt cabs, and since BT didn't FTTC up some areas due to the DR, they get shunted back onto ADSL (with the resulting speed hit.)

In my case though, it comes down to BT/other ADSL or virgin. Unstable 1-3mb vs 152mb. That's a "choice."

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

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Kindle Users

Kindle users need not apply right now. Facebook seem to have been singularly incapable of providing the messenger app in the Amazon appstore, so if that version also goes messengerless, they'll hit a bit of a snag.

Granted, it;s possible (although fiddly and not always successful) to add the google play store as well, but if they can publish the main app on the Amazon store,the messenger shouldn;t be too much of an issue.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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It's interesting that the android top end appears to be a three-horse race this time out. The S5 vs the M8 vs the Z2. A cursory glance at the data so far suggests there isn't much in it in terms of spec and features (each seems to have a couple of features it's ahead on, a couple it's behind on, and the rest are much of a muchness. Would actually be interesting to see a direct head-to head on them, to be honest.) Not sure whether it;s a good thing or a bad thing that there's no clear leader of the pack, givent hat the main competiton for those three is the iphone.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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Injury to Insult

Childline is also apparently blocked. This will end... badly.

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

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Coat

The geek in me is compelled to mention...

... that should be 10th, 11th and X Doctors, if you want to go with naming him as an X rather than a specific number... (current bets is 8.5)

Mines the one that regenerated into a leather jacket.

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Amazon.com trumps other online retailers' sales by HOW much?!

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Re: Monopoly and an agency model

Enlightened self interest is also interesting in that it basically says "you make more money in the long term from a healthy market with healthy competition than you ever would from a monopoly."

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Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

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Its the gestures...

That really get on my nerves. I would like to be able to move and put the mouse where I like on my screen without something happening like a menu appearing or a charmless bar overlay what I'm doing until I have explicitly told it ti (ie.by clicking on something to summon it.)

Thats why I wanted the start button. Thats why I want buttons/menu options for charms bars etc. Having the gestures decide that because my mouse is somewhere that they are going to open an overlay menu interferes with my work.

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

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Lets not pretend that cost is limited to young drivers

As a newly-qualified driver at 35, you'd be amazed how little difference age makes. I get quotes of 2000+ for 15 year old cars a lot. One of these boxes in my car (especially if you throw in some mileage/time restrictions) would probably so severely limit my use of the car that it wouldn't save me any money by the time I was done (having to get up at odd times for work, and usually needing more than their allowable mileage a year, amongst other things.)

It's irritating, to be fair. I understand my lack of experience makes me a bigger risk than average for my age, but I'm long past the boy-racer 85mph everywhere careless yoof stage.

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News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

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And Nothing of Value Was Lost.

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

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BT did do this

BT have actually done something similar, by starting to move emails over to the office365/outlook.com solution.

Still dealing with the support headaches.

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HP warns consumers: Don't downgrade Win8 PCs to Win7

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FAIL

I also got bitten by the "buy nice little hp laptop, get stuck with the windows 8 horror" issue. I can see this coming back to bite HP on the bum.

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Chess algorithm written by Alan Turing goes up against Kasparov

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Re: Not the Turing Test again.

SImple problem of descriptors. What most laypeople think AI refers to is probably better described as "Artificial Sentience." Since we're not sure what sentience is in the first place, that complicates things.

Of course, what most people actually think when they see AI is "god that was an awful movie."

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Stephen Hawking to demonstrate speech via brain scan

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Go

I wonder...

Will he have to think in russian?

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Browsium rescues HMRC from IE6 – and multimillion-pound bill

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Re: IE6 Compatibility

If it's anything like some of the places I've worked, you start off with one little helper app with an activeX control, webapps have been the up and coming thing over the last decade or so. You then expand out as you add new apps and functionality, because the browser's alway's there, and why not just make this new java cms run on ie6 with activeX because the poor programmers can implement a HTML/JS/java based UI and not have to keep distributing program updates to everyone and and and ... you get the idea. It's the creep of taking the cheap way out once or twice, and then eventually finding out you have to stay that course, or everything breaks at once in an expensive fashion.

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Ten... boomboxes

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I keep seeing the Ion around...

Seems to be the new backing tape box/mixer/amp of choice for the segment of the Busker/Street performer crowd that uses such things.

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Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

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Farewell

Of the phones I have owned (up until I got the HTC Desire) the only two that I have any nostalgia about are my T29s and my T68i (the latter of which is somewhere hidden, sans charger, in a box of random stuff. Heck, it probably still works.) The T29 died the way they all seem to (the flip breaks off and even though you can mechanically put it back on, it kills the microphone,) and the T68 was perfectly functional, but had lost all the paint from its keypad, so having to guess at keys was proving fun. Until I picked up my desire, I never owned a phone I was happy with again, even though I went through three or four different manufacturers (Sharp gx29, Motorola Krap...err KRZR 1, briefly a Samsung Steel, and then the tragedy that was the Nokia 5800.)

I guess I'll miss the Ericsson part a little more than the Sony, though.

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Nuclear Mars tank to roam imposing crater

Clockworkseer

The missing one is...

Destiny Angel.

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Mobile operators argue with Ofcom over termination rates

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Sales drones can't admit the company isn't being fair

"He didn't seem bothered that it was unfair, but I suppose they're not being paid to give a toss."

No, but if he tells you it's unfair, or admits to any deviation from the "these are fair and reasonable" party line, then he can be disciplined and maybe fired for a little something called "Denigrating the Company." Extension of the same rules that stop people slagging off their employers online. Most companies extend this to "Imply or inform a customer that something we do is wrong, unfair, or just plain not very good." Any time someone blames the length of time they're taking to get your details on the system being slow, then you can bet some observer is going to write "Denigrating the Company" on the report, because you're implying that your companys computers have problems.

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SpaceX unveils new Falcon Heavy rocket - WORLD'S BIGGEST

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the tricky bit...

The tricky bit that SpaceX seem to have cracked isn't the launch payload, or anything like that. The truly useful part of all this is that titanic cost saving per launch. Yes, there are existing technologies for Heavy Lift, so making more is less of an issue, but SpaceX's achievement is making them much more affordable (for a given value of affordable.)

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Second explosion rocks Japanese nuke plant

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In The Water

As I understand it, it's down to the temperatures involved being so high that the cooling water's being cracked to Hydrogen and oxygen. Mix well...Boom.

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March Patch Tuesday leaves IE unpatched for Pwn2Own hackers

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Coat

Really?

And here I thought it was LCARS?

...

Mine's the one with the combadge on it.

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Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned

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and this is why larp is always more fun than reality

If you don't mind it being latex (and thus not having any shred of illegality about it) you can get a chainsword: http://www.artyfakes.co.uk/480_256_csupload_23916146.jpg?u=3406994020

...and the geek shall inherit the earth.

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Florida lag packs prison survival kit up jacksie

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the angle is...

about 60 or 70 degrees, to get all that up there...

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O2 to raise broadband prices by up to 27%

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be not magic bullet

To be fair, I was with be a couple of years back. They were starting to have issues with the number of people on the infrastructure due to O2 back then. In the end though, I ended up switching to virgin because of the one thing be couldn't affect; namely my buildings godawful phone lines and ADSL speed (even with virgin's customer service ineptitude, 2.5 meg or 20 meg is a no-brainer)

Be also lost respect from me when they redesigned their website to look like a 1995 era Geocities page.

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Microsoft issues temp fix for serious Windows security bug

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Imagine, if you will....

Now just imagine all those companies that still use IE6 (including several major telecoms companies) because their systems use heavily custom ActiveX and java that won't actually run on anything higher, and it's cheaper to manually bodge things themselves than pay to have those expensive consultants and outsourced software bods rewrite the whole show to run on anything higher.

Of course, the fun will be in three years, when MS removes IE6 support completely.

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Anne Hathaway slips into catsuit

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Repression? That's supposed to be interesting?

The problem is, the last thing catwoman should be about, as a character, is repression and negotiable affection.

You know, it's almost like the comic writers were afraid of the idea that a woman could choose to do something without that choice being influenced by repression, victimisation, or other such action by men. And don't even start on the Millerisation that led to the negotiable affection" backstory. A past as a victim or garden implement does not a strong female character make,

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US Army's new $0.5bn British airship will fly 'mid-next summer'

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Not Lighter Than Air

So, it needs forward flight to keep it airborne as it uses fuel, is what that seems to be saying?

Surely this negates one of the major plus points of using a blimp? Namely that you can keep station statically with no more effort than that needed to overcome air currents?

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Blizzard exposes real names on WoW forums

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Somewhat unsurprisingly...

Blizzard back down.

http://forums.wow-europe.com/thread.html?topicId=13816839821&sid=1

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Ten free apps to install on every new PC

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Not forced to install ask.com

Actually, last time I installed Foxit, it gave me the option not to install the toolbar. Just uncheck the box. Unless that changed in the last month or so...

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Novell (not SCO) owns UNIX, says jury

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Still going....

The only cloud on the horizon is that SCO still have a claim for performance in the works. ie, since the original contract says that they can ask for the copyrights if they need em, they want the judge to order novell to give them the copyrights anyway.

What a pity Darl said, in open court that they didn't need the copyrights.

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BT rolls out new, 'competitive' consumer deals

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Oh, another thing....

That price is only available online.

For the rest of the world who doesnt want to buy online, you're looking at the 9.99/19.99 option.

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