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Mozilla to Adobe: PDFs don't need no more steenking plugins

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I've probably still got the floppy disks for Word 6,

I'll post them over, if you like!

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Quite.

I could never really come up with an answer to "Why don't they send it as a Word document? Everyone has Word!" Other than the fact the "everyone" had a pirate copy of Word.

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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Ativ4zaggin

I hope it comes with Beats Audio.

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

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@ cornz 1

So, happy to watch BBC content, but resent paying for it? Did the reg commentards come up with the term "freetard" just for you?

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@ Simon Round

You forgot to blame Labour for the increase in living costs/wage stagnation.

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Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

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Are the signs in/around Wormshill still subjected

to the witty vandalism that I so fondly remember from my youth?

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Time has already run out for smart watches

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Re: Mens watches are jewelery

No they're not, they're a device for telling the time (and gradually falling out of favour, to be replaced by the ubiquitous mobile phone).

Would anyone who agrees with the statement that the watch "epitomizes prestige and is seen as an extension of the user’s personality and lifestyle/fashion sophistication" kindly step into the nearest meat grinder? Anyone who views their phone/car/TV/house/wife the same way, can form an orderly queue behind them.

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Raise a beer: Titans of tech fill out 'Worst CEOs' list

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I like wearing suits, although the opportunity rarely presents itself.

But people who regularly wear a suit to the office? They're generally untrustworthy wankers, in my opinion, probably more concerned with outward appearance, rather than what is actually going on. A shirt and a tie should suffice.

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Review: HP ENVY x2 Windows 8 convertible

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Batteries:

When the battery began running low, I simply re-attached it to the keyboard base - which contains its own battery - and continued working.

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

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Re: What else is there?

To be fair, Diet Coke is nicer tasting than regular Coke, owing to it being sweeter (I think this is the same reason that the Pepsi Challenge always resulted in the participants preferring Pepsi over Coke*).

I shan't be defending the OPs stance on tea/coffee, however.

*only true in small quantities, all types of cola taste pretty rough after you've had a cupful.

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Re: But... Brawndo has got what your body craves...

If you find coffee to be too bitter, you should try a cup of Kopi Luwak, as it's not bitter in the slightest, yet still tastes like coffee.

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Re: @Fibbles

I have a full time job and three children so, at the end of any day, I'll take whatever I can get - be it coffee, wine, or sex - and the quality is not always my top concern!

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Thanks, Ace.

Close enough, byt "even instant coffee is preferable to bad tea" was what I was going for.

A quick test for everyone: next time you're near a hot drinks machine, get a cup each of tea and coffee from it - both will be awful, naturally, but only one will taste like it's actively trying to ruin your day.

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Re: "more alike than we are different"

I'll drink to that, jake! I'm still not measuring the capacity of my mug, though.

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Re: Surely...

The choice between a limescalescale-encrusted kettle, and a boiler (which is only ever hot, not boiling) make a decent cup of tea an impossibility at the office. No tea is preferable to bad tea.

Instant coffee, however, is a little like sex or wine, in so much as that even though it is bad, it is usually good enough.

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"12oz cups"?

I drink out of a mug.

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5,000 UK pubs get free Wi-Fi... and they're not even all in London

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Here's your pint,

but I can't use your idea, owing to the fact that I'm scrupulously honest.

BTW, it's not a real pint - sorry.

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Free as in "complimentary for paying customers"

or free as in "give us all your personal details, so that we might pass them on to all of our advertising partners"?

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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Re: Takes

I have a rice cooker at home and, whilst it's certainly no quicker than using the hob, the results are better - no more stodgy, overcooked rice, no pan boiling over, pre-marked lines so I don't need to measure the water, and no need for a timer.

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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Have you not learnt anything from sci-fi?

Don't give the machine a reason to hate us!

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Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook

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Re: I've no use for this,

Retro all the way! If I had my old Amiga lying around, I'd happily rip the innards out and hide my RPi inside - having a keyboard sitting under my telly is already making me smile, having an ugly, beige keyboard, with a large backside, could only make my smile wider.

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I've no use for this,

but the keyboard looking like it was borrowed from an old, scientific calculator, has cheered me up no end. Now, can someone please install Win8 on Major Morgan, or a Speak'n'Spell?

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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

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Re: I do it myself

What happens when he's able to kick your arse and tea-bag your (virtual) corpse? Does this end with him putting out his own eyes?

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Re: It's not an illness

Video games might not be physically addictive, but the psychological effect should not be ignored. Humans are pretty weak and easy to manipulate, and online games are designed to hook you and keep you playing.

Still, yes, +1 to the parent's original thinking, although I'd probably just have taken his PC away (or cut off the broadband).

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Mega-res telly demand to boom, say ball-gazers

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If you've got a TV big enough for this to make any difference,

then I look forward to seeing your house on "Cribs".

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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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Greg,

it looks like a compact (y'know, mirror, foundation and a puff; women's stuff). Maybe a sign that gaming is no longer a male-dominated field, but still...

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Anonymous turns private eye in Ohio rape case

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Re: Why does no one care about the other dozens of girls who were raped that weekend?

Make enough fuss about one high profile case, and maybe the general attitude will change (the general attitude apparently being that rape is just a bit of fun, and boys will be boys)?

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Re: They only kidnapped, drugged and raped her...

@John R.

Sad but true - it's not rape if you pretend to be her boyfriend, apparently. As I heard it, she was asleep with her boyfriend, the boyfriend left, another male entered and she awoke to him raping her, which is charming. I would source this, but I'm not googling "rape" when I'm at work.

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Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth

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and TekWar is tragicall ignored,

once again.

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Microsoft: We're SO SORRY for Media Center TV guide titsup

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For a dedicated box the lounge, I probably would move to an HTPC OS.

As a bedroom TV, WMC on my PC is ideal. On the rare occasion that it deigns to start in response to the remote that came with my TV card, it's damn near perfect.

Horses for courses, I suppose.

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Re: They had no idea

I cut out TV entirely, and now force my children to perform plays of my choosing, in the living room. It's sooooo much more convenient.

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Re: well thats a surprise

MythTV etc. may be far superior, but WMC came installed with Vista when I bought my PC, and (generally speaking) works without any faffing about.

After 30 minutes of faff, trying to get the EPG populated on MediaPortal*, last night (tragically cut short by a power cut), I'm rather glad to hear that I can expect to see WMC working as expected when I get home.

*all the settings in a completely seperate application, with a different interface? My, how convenient that isn't.

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Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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Re: Iron man calling his attacks

Only one of them runs around with rubber nipples, yet still manages to be the idol of every boy (and an unhealthy number of grown men).

Wayne>Stark

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Re: Hawkeye

Giving him back his purple costume would have made him far more memorable.

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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I'll have to downvote you,

if only because of the memory of Major Kira running round in her grubby vest, like an female, alien, John McClane...

...ooh, cold shower, please.

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As an ardent fan of TNG,

I loathed DS9 when it first came out, as the whole "immobile spacestation" concept struck me as very much not Star Trek. The first series was a bit ropey (Dr. Bashir was just unlikable (probably suffering in comparison to the fantastic Garak!), and watching Avery Brooks chew up the scenery was at once hilarious and tragic) but, once it hit it's stride, it really was an excellent show. Shame I never saw the conclusion (think I stopped watching after it was alleged that Gowron had been replaced by a shapeshifter*), but I think it really was the equal of TNG, afterall (unlike Voyager, which was pants, and we can all pretend that Enterprise never happened).

*nothing wrong with the storyline but, as I was 15 when it started, I assume that I must have moved on to other pursuits by this point!

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Satnav-murdering Google slips its Maps into car dashboards

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@Guus

Depressingly, you are quite correct. However, smash two cars together, and block the highway for long enough, and they'll probably turn up eventually.

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Re: Satnavs - The curse of modern driving

Isn't "driving without due care and attention" a criminal offence? I'm sure the police would take a pretty dim view of it, at least.

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Lights, camera, infection: HACKERS get Bollywood makeover

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If Hackers is anything to go by,

Mr Cluely's concerns about glamourisation are unfounded. As for trivialisation, if film has taught me anything about hacking, it is that it is most often performed whilst on the run from G-men, probably on a skateboard, and by hooking up a Palm to a payphone. Trivial? It sounds like hardwork to me, and certainly not worth the payoff of inserting Max Headroom into the Superbowl.

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Samsung confirms Tizen-based mobes to debut this year

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Re: This is vaguely irritating

Don't do it - the current formulation of Tizer tastes nothing like the drink you remember (they've replaced all the E-numbers with "fruit extracts" or some other unsuitable crap).

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Major new science: WOMEN MORE NUDE more OFTEN online

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@frank ly

Coward! I just by porn.

No, I jest, no one buys porn, anymore.

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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Re: Meh, They may be better off without it.

I like how responses to this comment are all along the lines of "Wii is shit" and "Why won't you acknowledge keyboard layouts other than QWERTY?", missing the point that 1) Wiis are everywhere, 2) many people like to view YouTube, and 3) when using a Wii, the keyboard usually comes up with the expected QWERTY layout.

Are we overrun with Google shills, now?

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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@Oh4FS

Do you need to go for a lie down? You seem to have gotten yourself quite worked up over nothing.

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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

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Re: Basics: What Is a Contract??

Yup. Three took pains to direct me to the relevant small print on their website, when they decided to up my monthly charges. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, and assumed that this was what was written into the contract at the time I signed it, and promptly left them the following month (fortuitous timing, really).

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@Gordon Lawrie

Doesn't having multiple credit cards over short periods eventually wreck your credit rating?

I've often considered this approach, but worry too much about missing a payment, and thereby getting stung with some hideous interest charge, and so have avoided it, so far.

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

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Re: yet more pseduo-news with a ridiculous headline

Support for Windows Vista isn't due to end until 2017, so why shouldn't I still be using it?

Why Vista's Media Centre can't just pull the EPG from the transmission is beyond me, and has been ever since I set it up - the EPG that is downloaded from BDS (or whoever) is crap, and rarely matches up with all the channels, but it was, however, better than nothing.

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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

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@Sir Codington

Thanks for posting this. I set up my RPi at the weekend, and was worried that I was doing something wrong (Class4 SD card not fast enough, for example). Will probably be experimenting with some alternate OS builds, and looking forward to learning as I go (my Linux knowledge pretty much fits in a thimble, at present).

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@JEDIDIAH

Linux may be the dominant OS in the forms you describe, but they are viewed by the public as appliances, not computers. You don't need to know anything about Linux to operate your PVR, but knowing how to operate your PVR won't be of any use if you then decide to install Linux on your PC

That said, I think people still view their phones as appliances, and so Ubuntu for phones should have as much chance as anything else (probably not a hope in hell, given the dominance of Android & iOS, and the fact that every executive wants to be able to use his/her iPad as a business device). Good luck to them, though.

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Facebook tests feature to let strangers pay to message you

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The stamp goes digital?

About time, and it may even cut down the volume of spam I receive (yes, Dad, from you).

On the other hand, this looks set for an epic fail.

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New York takes 2,100 pervs offline, gets gaming support

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re: Mad but true?

It's madness gone politically correct!

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