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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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New batteries...

Are like the new River Thames crossing in East London, I will believe it once I see them building it.

Or in the case of the batteries; I will believe it the day I can buy them off the store.

On both of those things (The crossing and the batteries) news of a better improved one come every now and then.

But until then it will continue to be the classic battle of educating the wife to buy the original rabbit batteries instead of the cheap Chinese generic ones they sell at the super market.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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I'm scared...

Of what they could have removed this time... they always remove something.

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Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU

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And that's why...

Everybody who can its movig to postgresql.

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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

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Re: hmmm

"""Firefox on KitKat isn't as good as chrome."""

Obviously you meant to say that -Firefox on Android is a piece of shit-

It is an UI nightmare tied to an incomprehensible font scaling algorithm.

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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""""When I met him he seemed to have his head glued on and understood the plight of his customers. But this apparently all changed when he took the CEO's seat."""

Just like any other politician these days.

MS's problems have always been the same:

1) They can not win, or compete, they have to dominate and crush the competition.

2) They are immensely greedy.

3) They resort to dirty tricks at every single opportunity.

4) They have an over inflated sense of importance.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Mozilla is as stupid as any big company.

Big companies think that because they made the software, and they spend a lot of time and money in changing things around to reflect the latest fad, they know much more than their customers on how the product should be used.

WRONG!

Functional changes to GUI interfaces (and more so big changes) should only be done when they fix severe deficiencies, and should always allow to revert back to the old behaviour when their purpose is merely aestetic.

Also stop thinking a customer is wrong because he's using the product not the way you envisioned, all you do is alienate them.

The GUI in the browser is a solved problem, stop fucking with it, of all the changes people ask of Mozilla, I have never ever seen: "Pleaze change the GUI completely to make it more like Chrome a coz chrome is cool and you're not"

Most of what people ask for is: Make it stable, make it use less memory.

One last thought if you plan to implement a massive change to the UI of a program for the sake of it (not because the program is impaired if you don't do it) Be sensible and add an option somewhere to select either New Interface or Classic interface. Your userbase will not be alienated and you will not lose them.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

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Microsoft certifications will never be taken seriously

Because to reflect real life scenarios in the exams, they would have to acknowledge that there are other products in the market that people use, products which are not based on MS technologies, and are not sold by MS.

This including not lying outright about the capabilities of those products.

Also in those exams MS should stop talking about a heterogeneous network as a network running different versions of MS products.

And of course stop behaving as if MS products are the only thing in life that you will ever need.

But MS we're talking about.

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It will never work.

You're asking too much of point & click engineers.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Empire was the first one I watched...

Same here, Empire was the first one I watched in the cinema, to this day I have never been more impressed with a movie. I was terrorized when Luke fought Vader in Vespin... and lost.

The first one (A new hope) seemed quite bland in comparison. Half of Jedi is decent, the rest in line with the new trilogy.

Lens flares? NUOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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Re: on slogans...

Spot on my friend, spot on, you just missed some strategic flexibilities (who doesn't like those) but otherwise spot on.

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Re: on slogans...

Yeah thumbs down because the message is so clear:

"We do know what we want, just do not know exactly how to get there, we know mobile and cloud (managed services) seems where the revenue growth is these days, so we say mobile and cloud like everybody investing any money in this market expect these days."

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Re: on slogans...

You are imagining things, the "Slogan" is quite ambiguous and can be used to mean anything.

It looks ambiguous, sound ambiguous, and quacks quite ambiguously.

Stop looking for meaning where there isn't any.

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Microsoft can only win...

Microsoft can only win on a market by incompetence or abandonment of the rivals.

Only if the competition fails miserably or if the competition goes bankrupt can Microsoft ever get hold of a market.

And once they do get hold of a market they do not let anybody else make money on it thus starving any possible future competition.

Why is Microsoft not successful at Phones, well because there is plenty of competent people making phones.

Why can not MS dominate the server market? There is a competent contender there. (Linux)

Why did the XBOX get some market? Sony's incompetence with the PS3's price and development environments being too complex.

Why is exchange dominant on the enterprise? one of the least efficient email contraptions ever being devised by humans?: Because no one has produced a decent alternative in decades albeit it has been perfectly possible for years.

And so on.

Nadella and the board will not change the culture of a behemoth that doesn't know well how to compete unless they have the upper hand.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Re: The ship has sailed, for me and mine

"""Ditto here... I have to say that in all likelihood Windows 7 will be the last MicroSoft OS I'll ever use. Given MicroSoft's insistence on Live Tiles..."""

LOL, If only the only thing wrong with Microsoft were the Live Tiles.

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Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!

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If only they had sent another couple of spacecrafts.

An orbiter to Neptune. (A lifelong dream of mine)

And a probe to Uranus. (A lifelong dream for airport & border security)

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

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News at 11

Breaking news cloud stuff made by Microsoft not so fluffy.

We told you so, said nice witnesses.

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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Less confused...

I read it again, so it goes like this:

Script uses shell expansion to execute/source an indeterminate number of scripts in a directory.

If the script is owned by root, a rogue script could be run/sourced by the "evil" expansion and that will mean that the rogue script could be used to escalate privileges or do bad things.

As I see it is not a vulnerability per se but as someone taking advantage of a retarded use of shell expansion in a script I guess.

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Confused...

So you need access to the box, and need sufficiently high-privileges to be able to alter other's people processes.

So... the root user is a hardcoded vulnerability then?

Sorry I'm confused... I'm I the only one who's wondering why is there such a pletora of articles lately highlighting "problems/defects" in non-microsoft products?

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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I actually prefer to work at the office...

Than to do it from home.

I find the office more conductive to work. At home I'm constantly tripping to the kitchen to eat/drink something and I'm under the impression that I get distracted more easily.

I do appreciate the option to work from home when the need arises though, like when not feeling well, but otherwise I prefer to come to the office.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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Re: Can you use the words "hoist" and "petard" in a sentence?

Problem is Amazon is like the publisher but on steroids once they have their go on the market and it is all under their control.

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Re: Grow a pair

Somehow "the internet" makes people's brains to stop functioning.

What the FCUK is what companies do not get about the internet that let them to think they need shops like Amazon to sell online?

Aaaah they do not want the complication of having to do the marketing & on-line work themselves...

Then learn that there is no such free lunch.

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Distributed Linux OS wizards CoreOS release first commercial product

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Please...

Use our services and disconnect your brain sir.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Re: ..service disruption..staff being unable or unwilling to adapt..

I know the best way to motivate employees to change.

a) Warn them they will get fired if they do not adapt

b) give them some bonus with some of the savings to those who adapt.

Suddenly motivation goes of the charts.

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Re: Time to say you're looking at those RedHat/SUSE/Ubuntu install DVDs?

""That would be your printer vendor's crappy drivers then. Not a Microsoft issue.""

Yes, the very same drives that underwent the Microsoft certification process.

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Surprise Android 'KitKat' update fixes nasty OpenSSL vuln

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Re: So,...

Do as grant 5 said and install cyanogenmod, you will get 4.4.4 in your phone.

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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The opensource stuff keeps getting better and better

Gimp

Inkscape

Scribus

At some point they will be good enough for larger and larger portions of potential Adobe's customers.

True Adobe may have the upper hand when it comes to high-end features, but that is not the point.

Also most big companies are moving to work-flow tools where they need very few Adobe licenses, thanks in part because of stupid limitations Adobe imposes on automation tools.

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Hubble Telescope loosens Kuiper belt to reveal ICY BODY for NASA boffins' PROBE

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I agree with you, but at the same time I wish there were orbiter missions to Uranus and Neptune.

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

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Re: Not surprised

Until one good day you apply an official patch to one of the components of your server stack, and it breaks the entire thing, and MS's answer is for you to migrate the entire stack to Windows 20XX (whatever the last version is) where you discover that some component you rely on has been deprecated.

Exchange 2003/2007 comes to mind somehow.

People here talk about having difficulty about tracking fixes on Linux, as if in Linux is not the norm that the distribution (specially RH and Debian) is the one that publishes the patches for you, and being able to patch even without having to restart services wasn't common.

While in Windows the norm is not only having to reboot the entire server, but also the fact that functionality may break with updates.

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Re: Richard Plinston Levent Zillyboy Chris Wareham

@Matt Bryant

I doubt you have much experience with Unix/Linux beyond looking after a couple of servers for which you from time to time used to login into the terminal and type a few commands, praying that something strange does not happen so it doesn't ruin your weekend, due to your very limited knowledge of the subject.

That is the feeling most Windows users and occasional Unix administrators have when they deal with Unix/Linux servers.

At some point in time in the distant past SWAT used to be part of the Samba download, but it was never enabled by default, and certainly not without a password unless the user configured it manually that way.

SWAT and Samba although related have been separated as individual components by most distros since I can remember.

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Re: "Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache"

"""it's just so much effort to evaluate all the security patches and keep them updated for a LAMP based solution. The Microsoft stack has had far fewer holes to patch in recent years - and it's much easier to do so."""

Bull****!

Bull****! of the highest magnitude.

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Re: Reg's standard for this?

Instant Classic!

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: Even with all that GPU power

You just described a female relative of mine playing any game that offers customization.

She spends more time drawing skins and changing dresses for her characters than playing the games.

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Re: A dev's p.o.v

"""That skeleton has different pivot points for narrower shoulders etc without which your female characters would look like a bad tranny."""

Discrimination against "transexuals" alert!

Sorry I could not avoid it!

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Re: So women deserve higher pay

"""Let us compromise and say broadly that they ought to get paid better than what they are getting at the moment."""

Can you give us examples of where women are paid less than men for doing the same work?

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PC stupidity again

I demand a tomb raider game where I can change "Lara Croft" into "Laro Cruft"! Tomb Raider is discriminative!

Political Correctness is going to kill us all!!!

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Docker opens online port for packaging and shipping Linux containers

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I see too much advertisement for Docker

And little next to nothing in terms of real-usage examples and decent documentation for it.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: @Stuart Longland

"""If you are seriously say that some kids cannot pick up logical thought I fucking despair."""

The sooner you realize that not everybody is the same and has the same abilities the sooner you'll be on the path of enlightenment.

And the least inclined to tamper with education for political reasons, least inclined to tell people what to do, society works better etc.

People often confuse equality in people's abilities with equality of opportunities.

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Don't believe the hyper-converged hype: Why are we spending stupid amounts on hardware?

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Nonsense, he's complaining about nonsense.

Companies like nonsense, and better yet, they love paying for it.

Last nonsense I found is upgrading a database spending an inordinate amount of money to solve the wrong problem by the wrong means caused by people too afraid they may lose their jobs if they pay attention to the IT department and change their practices slightly.

"We're the finance department, the lifeblood of this company, you do as we say".

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: That's actually quite offensive...

Shoo PC man shooo!!!!

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An even better solution

I'm a Linux admin if I fix your computer I will have to remove Windows install Linux on it.

Ah, the sweet sheer terror on their eyes!

So far only a brother in love accepted and we're both much happier :-)

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: Irony Failure

@AC http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2208422

"""Interrupts me when I'm working - Yep, its nice to have a break once in a while.."""

You're obviously not married.

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Re: Bad poll questions.

"""My first thought was, what if that was a women doing it about her boyfriend, I bet there would be no reaction....."""

Of course there will be a reaction, they will laugh, something it is apparently forbidden the other way around.

""This is no big deal unless your too sensitive..."""

Nope, it is a big deal if you're a stupid attention seeking @!$#?%!!!

Remember Political Correctness is going to doom us all.

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Cisco COO: 'I actually thank God that we had a crisis'...

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Cisco got it all wrong...

What they need to make sales pick up is to create the cisco "Jordan" switch range

http://www.jondube.com/resume/msnbc/palmjordan.htm

There company saved.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

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There are two things I will not get to see

A Neptune orbiter

Any of the morons in power getting a clue about how technology (any) works.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Poor performance

With Android if the tablet device is not viciously locked down or way too underpowered, you can keep upgrading it even after the vendor has discontinued the product: IE: motorola xoom and KitKat.

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Re: Idiot misses the point... on purpose?

"""This is not possible on Android. You need to get the phone manufacturer to release a new version of Android for your phone, which he has no inclination to do coz he wants you to get the new shiny one."""

Aaaand you miss the point that you can buy an Android phone where updates are released daily, weekly, quarterly, etc. If you wish so.

If keeping up with the latest and greatest is so important, buy a device which is upgrade friendly, for example the Google nexus line.

I run CM 11.0 and I update it monthly.

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Confirmed: Salesforce partners with 'evil empire' Microsoft

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Somehow this deal

Will only work for Microsoft.

Quite complicated to cheat the devil.

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'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

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Re: Sorry to ruin the party

Yup!

The solution is called Mouse and Keyboard, and a front facing big screen, or a laptop if the workstation is not at hand.

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Re: Sorry to ruin the party

I do not know what to think about your comment.

I think that either you have never had to do any manual job, or that you have never used a computer.

Probably both.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Re: Lots of great info... But...

"""What I mean is simple. Nokia never understood that Apple and Nokia kicked their asses not by making a better phone. The phone part is easy. They competed on fashion and media. The phone and OS simply wasn't relevant."""

The OS is quite relevant, it has always been relevant, in this day an age dare to sell a phone without a decent OS. The OS wasn't too relevant in the 2000s when all phones more or less just sent SMSs and made phone calls.

If the underlying OS is barely ok for the current hardware generation, but hits a barrier on the next one (Palm, Blackberry, etc) You are fine for a generation or two of hardware, then (as always happens with technology) once the market dynamics allow the competition to develop more powerful devices for less, the company gets steamrolled by the competition.

Everybody can tell the company is doomed, but no one can pin-point why, it is all downhill from there, all that is perceived is loss of more and more momentum (IE: Blackberry)

iOS or Android are not great OSs because they are technically brilliant, (which they are anyway), the brilliance in the marketplace and sales comes from several obvious facts:

The OS can take advantage of the hardware and use it well.

The user can use that hardware advantage to his benefit, movies, games...

The Vendor does not restrict (too much) the user from getting those advantages allowing them to install whatever they please.

Now Microsoft problem is very different than the likes of Blackberry or Palm or even Nokia.

Microsoft is an arrogant poisonous company that produces poisonous products. Everything they touch they ruin because they do not allow anybody but themselves to eat cake.

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