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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

Allicorn

Just when it looked like they had a chance of sitting at the same table as the rest of the browser makers, they decide to turn up without any pants on.

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How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

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At the peak of NetWare I had high hopes that the big red "N" would hold off the charge of the Microsofties.

Now a NetWare 5 box acts a riser for one of my monitors. Like NetWare itself was, it's become an immutable, decidedly practical brick that few ever notice, with Windows sitting on top of it.

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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> the difference between both ends of a CAT5 is...?

Meditate enough upon this 5000 year old IT industry Zen koan and you may achieve enlightenment.

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Intel: Haswell is biggest 'generational leap' we have EVER DONE

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Re: Double the power of existing Intel graphics

Will it have double the driver quality too? That'd be... hmm... that'd be still a pretty crappy driver actually.

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TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

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Joke

Signed!

By which I mean: I didn't actually sign it, but I told people I did.

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Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak

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Meh

Root phone. Install hosts-based ad blocking instead.

Probably less than 8 steps and works for all browsers and all other apps too.

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El Reg seeks hoardiest reader for crap-stashtic honour

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Stop

Been skippin'

Just moved house after 17 years and skipped so much old technocrap. CRTs, EISA mobos, SCSI cards the size of cricket bats - you know the kind of stuff I'm sure. Of course, I /did/ hang on to my ZX81, several Speccies and a QL... I mean... I /need/ them... or I will sooner or later... probably.

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Facebook trial: Tell everyone where you are, have a Wi-Fi peanut

Allicorn

Friends don't let friends use public wi-fi.

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Apple accuses Samsung of abusing its 3G power

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Coat

I object to this post. It's a blatant rip off of the previous one with only minor cosmetic differences!

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Microsoft halts new apps on Windows Phone Marketplace

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FAIL

Testing Optional

Not a poke specifically at MS (for once) since both Apple and Google have borked their own app stores at one point or another: just how does one do this? You'd think (wouldn't you?) there would be /some/ testing involved when planning changes/upgrades/configuration of major client-facing services? Wouldn't you? Even of the most basic kind like, "If we change this setting, will one entire class of users no longer be able to use the service?"

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YouTube escapes Google's piracy site smackdown

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Holmes

"Google News filters its feed so that critical stories, such as (say) this one, disappear from view within minutes"

Are you saying that Google specifically de-lists stories critical of itself?

Citation needed.

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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

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Coat

Re: What about the Crown Court judge?

A window cleaner that's proud of his work?

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Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

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Coat

Re: Has this become a bankruptcy race between Balmer & Elop?

Not only octal perhaps, but also Visual Studio with monochrome icons and ALLCAPS menus.

MS have zero idea about interface design.

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Windows 8: Not even Microsoft thinks businesses will use it

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Classic Shell

Classic Shell beats Start8 IMHO. Once you log in and get to the desktop you have both a Start Button and a classic style Start Menu. Add Ribbon Disabler and Win8 almost starts to look like Windows again. Third-party hacks are hardly ideal for the Enterprise environment though.

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Apple seeks resurrection of HTC importation ban

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Facepalm

Doing it on a mobile makes it all new again! Yay USPTO - encouraging innovation!

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Why GM slammed the brakes on its $10m Facebook ads

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Re: like a puppy dog following you home

like a puppy dog shouty guy wearing a sandwich board following you home.

And, y'know, that approach always results in a sale!

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Ten... gaming mice

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Re: Think of the lefties!

SteelSeries Sensei. Symmetrical ambidextrous. Seven buttons, two right side, two left side. Crazy high max DPI. Customizable LEDs in various spots. Onboard profile menu and a small LCD screen on the bottom (I kid you not) for switching through the profile menu without needing to rely on software.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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WTF?

Skipping Vista-2 and waiting for XP-3 before I upgrade.

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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

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Trollface

Version numbers are getting a tad high. I propose we call this one "Vista 2" (and hopefully call the next one "XP 3")

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Leap-day Visual Studio beta provokes 'passionate' response

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FAIL

"Lets make all the entire interface monochrome!"

Good Lord. If ever there was an interface design move that proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that the /entire/ team responsible don't have a single clue about interface design to share between them, this is it.

Corel did the same with the latest version of their Photoshop competitor, Paint Shop Pro. Fortunately they listened to user uproar and hastily patched colored toolbar icons back in. One would imagine that MS will also reverse their design choice in response to the inevitable furore about this laughable ineptitude.

The damage, in some sense, is done though. Honestly, what confidence can one have in a team that would make such a mind-bogglingly naive mistake?

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Apple's Dutch Galaxy Tab ban shot down by The Hague

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Mushroom

Nuclear on lawyers.

Nuclear on the causes of lawyers.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android Tablet

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Alien

It's a very strange sensation to feel that I really /want/ one of these blighters but really can't imagine any time when I'd actually /use/ the thing.

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Jobs' 'nuclear war' is not doing Apple any good - analyst

Allicorn

Yes, but that was here - in the really real world. Not in La-La-Land where the USPTO exist and everything is novel if it's written in long-winded over-technicalese.

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T-Mobile boasts budget smartphone for less than £100

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Coat

> Say what you liek about apple..

I would, but I can't think of anything.

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

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Facepalm

302

302 million Yahoo users last quarter, I believe. Mocking anyone who relies on a different vendor than you do is the #1 sign of fanboi-ism y'know.

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Vlingo

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Holmes

Indeed. Better even on Android, since there it /does/ integrate into every keyboard so that you can always dictate in any app, anywhere there's a text field. Its "In-Car" feature is rather spanky too. Vlingo will listen constantly (sucking battery like nobody's business of course, so keep it on charge) for you to say a trigger phrase at any time like, "Oy, mush!". When it hears it, it asks for your commands, listens again, and executes them immediately. 'Tis like having a fancy 1970's era sci-fi computer on your dashboard. All it needs is an option to talk back in a heavily vocoded RP accent.

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Spotify adds 'temporary' private listening mode after Facebook backlash

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Coat

Jumped the Grooveshark

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Wyse does a cloud on the desk for iPad, iPhone

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Been using Android PocketCloud for a while for occasional remote desktop access. Obviously, fitting a multi-monitor Windows desktop onto a smartphone is never going to be a simple proposition but I reckon Wyse's nifty interface makes about as good of a job of it as anyone is likely to make. Turns out to be a very handy little knick-knack when you absolutely have to get something saved/printed/sent from within some bit of software on your home PC while you're out and about.

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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Pint

Title schmitle

I'll drink to that!

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iRumours: Flash sources point to cheap iPhone 4. Or 5

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Coat

Title schmitle

No, one can use the same two cheeks one would for any other Apple product.

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Google closes Android developer complaint forums

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FAIL

Title schmitle

Oh this'll really help, especially since some of the frequent discussion topics in the forum are of the type "Has anyone ever had a reply from an email to Google?", "Is there another any way to get help from Google?" and "Sod this for a game of soldiers... I'm off to IOS"

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Bug-Byte Manic Miner

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Holmes

Title schmitle

Neither is the first one: top of the tree trunk shows yellow, red and green pixels all within the same 8x8 attribute square. Not possible on speccy.

Nor the second one: Willy's white-on-black head and the red-on-black ground tile cannot share the same 8x8 square without becoming both white-on-black or both red-on-black.

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Hannspree Hannspad 10.1in Android tablet

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Google rolls its Facebook mimic onto rest of web

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Holmes

Title schmitle

The button image or JS will undoubtedly be served from Google's servers so even /seeing/ the button feeds information to them about your habits.

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Ballmer: Time up for 'stuck in the past' Microsoft CEO?

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Pint

Title schmitle

I'm so confident of my phraseology, I'm putting it in giant breakout!

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Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple

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WTF?

Title schmitle

Agreed this is crazy talk.

The only sense in which MS ever won over other browsers was in number of installs.

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Ubisoft to turn games into movies, TV shows

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Title schmitle

Silent Hill definitely. As far as game->movie transfers go, that's the one that I tend to think of when prompted for any that weren't an unmitigated disaster.

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Apple sued over iPhone location tracking

Allicorn
Happy

Jobs says

It's green. Now shut up and buy our stuff.

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Samsung countersues Apple on new ground

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Title schmitle

Does it have rounded corners because if not, y'know, it's missing that mind-boggling bit of original thinking there.

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'Real' JavaScript benchmark topped by...Microsoft

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Title schmitle

If we're including IE10 then why aren't the pre-production / nightly versions of the other browsers on the list?

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Microsoft wraps Windows 8 in Ribbon UI?

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Stop

Title schmitle

The ribbon is an abomination.

Give us Clippy instead, please, anything but that!

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Attack hijacks sensitive data using newer Windows features

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Title schmitle

Dear dear, lets all worry about Windows and IP6 now because if somebody physically broke in and added custom hardware to my Linux and IP4 network, I'd be just fine.

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Crysis 2

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Go

Title schmitle

I disagree. I think the FEAR series had some useful bad guys.

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IE9: Downloads beat Angry Birds, lag Firefox and Opera

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Aye

Forfty percent of people know that.

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Twitter ad play chokes third-party devs

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Stop

#jumpedtheshark

'bout time.

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Google contradicts own counsel in face of antitrust probe

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Unhappy

Simply

"Deny doing evil"

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'ALIEN' LIFE FOUND in California

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Stop

AGAIN

WITH THE CAPITALS?

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Feds pursue Russian, 23, behind ⅓ of ALL WORLD SPAM

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Coat

<aol>Me too!</aol>

Same thought here. I can deal with the occasional silly tabloid-ish pun headline, but a decision to deploy strings of capitals into headlines on any kind of regular basis will leave me thinking, "WTF Reg? I thought you were geeks! Geeks!"

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Wikileaks outs 400,000 classified Iraq War docs

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Title schmitle

Because in the minds of the types of folks behind it, war is Necessary... truth isn't.

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