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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: Sinner

It's been like 7 years. Get over it already.

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Re: Don't forget W12K

You're supposed to use the command-line like a man!

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Re: What we want to know is...

So switch to desktop mode. You don't need to see all 28 applications when you're launching a new application. Even in WinXP the start-menu was by definition a modal experience.

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Sinofsky’s logic was that this would brute-force...

The "we know best and we're going to force it on you" approach is not fundamentally bad, and even if you're wrong, can succeed if you really do force people to get over the changes so they can get on with things. Ribbon is a good example of that; some people hated the thing until they were forced to use it and then decided it was great, others hated it but had no choice but to learn it and then get on with doing some work... mission accomplished for MS (before someone says "OO was an option", it wasn't an option for the masses).

But if you're going to ram something down users' throats which is a big change, you can't at the same time make it confusing what the change IS, and that's the problem with W8. A clear vision, even one which wasn't very good, could have been pushed through and accepted after initial griping - regardless if it should work that way, it can - but a messy vision like W8/RT meant nobody even wanted to try.

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Nokia Lumia update spreads Black death

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It's not like Apple and Android updates ever introduce problems.

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

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Re: Sometimes

It just means tiny tubes went in and were used to release radioactive dye (so x-rays could be taken of the blood vessels), and blocking selected vessels to reduce blood flow. The tubes were inserted through the guy's artery, not stuck up his willy.

So sounds pretty OK, considering.

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Large Hadron Collider competition: VOTE NOW to choose the WINNER

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Re: Really!!!????

I didn't enter. I think I'd have written about someone who gains powers of a Bose-Einstein condensate.

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Re: Really!!!????

Indeed. These are the best? You didn't accidentally sort them backwards?

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Tech titan Bill Gates: Polio-free India one of the 'most impressive accomplishments' ever

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Re: Mumps!

In which case it should be the law you have to be immunised. Saying schools should be allowed to exclude people for entirely legal decisions is idiotic.

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Re: Mumps!

Why would you exclude them when everyone else is immunised?

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'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues

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Re: Humourless.

Probably his legal team informed him about it and told him he needed to oppose it, and as he pays them to know best about his legal affairs, he did.

It might be a bit of fun, on the other hand they are using his brand to get recognition. He worked to create that brand as something valuable, why should someone else cash in on it?

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Two websites you should show your boss if you want to be paid in Bitcoin

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Re: Savvy?

The ones who were paid in them previously and made huge profits seem that way.

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Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

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Re: No, it is not

Hearing it go wrong as you move rooms is far more noticeable than a minute difference in the 120-125Hz range.

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Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT

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Excellent Bandwagon-jumping Mr. Eich

Well done you.

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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Re: Competition

I assume you people jumping to criticise Google for taking away other sites' sources of advertising revenue don't run ad-blockers. Otherwise saying it's short-sighted to support this for a better user experience would be pretty hypocritical.

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The thing is, if I search for something and Google can show me what I need without me having to manually load another page, that's of benefit to my user experience.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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@Tony Green "Religious groups often try to portray atheists as monsters"

I've only ever heard the opposite, atheists claiming Hitler as a Christian to support their arguments. I didn't even realise religious folk had tarred him as an example of atheism!

It's a funny old world.

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Re: Even worserer

I'm not sure the Koran is a rule book, but the Torah and Bible aren't so I'm going to assume you're just a lazy troll.

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Re: Depends which parts you are reading

Yes but AC wanted to make a really original and cutting joke about "fairy stories", which we hadn't all heard before.

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Reading the Bible on a train can get you some funny looks, especially if you're young and dressed for a smart city job.

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

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Block by default

Blocking outgoing data by default could be argued. Blocking all scripts on a website by default couldn't. Modern websites are not static HTML+CSS with a bit of JS thrown in for sparkle. JS is an integral part of a modern website!

If you make your browser safe than JS can't hurt it.

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Blasphemy! Finns trample over Windows Phone home screen

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Re: Almost.....

It already was, to those who have used it.

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

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Re: Grab one before they disappear

Not bothered about the Nook app/store, we buy all ebooks through Kindle anyway. Might look into it once we've properly got to grips with it.

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Re: Grab one before they disappear

I bought a regular HD one for £80 or something, several months ago, as an Xmas present for the wife. We're both very impressed with it, after an initial panic before realising we needed an update to add Google Play Store. For 1/3 of the price of an iPad mini, it's pretty sweet.

I wondered about rooting/wiping it with stock Android but not sure what it would gain us on a device used mostly for internet, Netflix and silly games from the Play store?

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

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Re: End of the sensible world ... @ Michael Habel Posted Friday 10th January 2014 15:33 GMT

Crap joke. Even if it was fully replaced with the HTML5 web version, you still need processing grunt to run the code.

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@Michael Habel

You've got to be a proper, proper nerd to not just feel disdain for those who can't build their own PC, but to express disbelief such people exist. You are more out of touch with the common man than most MPs.

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Re: Worst. Year. Ever.

It's measured on growth not absolute number.

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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Re: Another opt-in by default...

If only GMail had really good anti-spam measures. You'd have to expect that since you're messaged from within G+, this will make it even easier for them to detect spam.

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Re: In answer to that question

I often want to contact people I'm friends with on FB (and know in real life), and don't have their email. Which means I just send an FB message to them instead. So it doesn't seem a bad idea, except all my online friends are on FB not G+.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Netflix won't run natively on linux at the moment

Oh, I hadn't realised that was the case. Getting it on SteamOS would then be a major differentiator.

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@adniam

You totally evaded his question. He wasn't talking about the cost of the OS. The entire point of the article is that Valve are pushing special SteamOS "consoles". Sure you can install the OS on your own PC but that is not what they are promoting.

And the original point stands... why bother with SteamOS on your own PC when Steam already works on regular Linux?

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Re: The purpose of Steam machines is to attract console players

Saying Steam has hundreds of games while XB has only a few is a bit silly, because there are hundreds if not thousands of companies already working on XB games. And Steam games are generally not as big or fancy. Remember that indie games are sold on both XB and PS so there will be a glut of those on top of the big-name games.

Besides if number of games is the important issue, you'd go for a PS3 or 360 which have far more titles than Steam and are still getting new games.

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Difficult to predict

If they are going up against consoles, I can't see this taking off. Console owners like the ease of use from a console.

On the other hand if they are wanting to attract Steam users - the people who will actually have heard of it - these people are generally PC gamers and PC gamers are normally PC gamers because they prefer playing games on a PC.

The niches of nerdy console gamer or PC gamer who wants to play on their TV seem pretty small to me... if they're not going to market this in a big way to compete with MS/Sony it's a bit hard to see it taking off.

Question: since it's basically a Linux PC does this mean it will support Netflix and all those things and/or some sort of app-store, so it can be used as home entertainment hub in the same way as a PS3/4?

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This attractive-looking model from Alienware...

It looks like somebody dropped it.

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

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8gb, or 16gb isn't enough nowadays, and certainly won't be enough in 2 years time

Why not? Are all my MP3s suddenly going to be in a much higher bitrate?

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Re: Optimistic +1

Rhubarb wine is supposed to be nice,

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Spock-style gadget can SMELL my PEE! Weird gizmos of CES 2014

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Glasses free 3D

I'm aware how this works, or at least one implementation, but has anyone seen it in real life?

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iOS motion control iRing here at last ... but it's NOT made by Apple

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And so cheap they could give them away or release 3D print specs, to drive adoption.

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Whether the applications are useful, I have to applaud the simplicity.

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Pesky protesters FORCE GOOGLE STAFF INTO THE SEA

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Re: Hmmm...

Like they used to get scabs into work during all the strikes in the 80s?

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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(2) Not if you turn the lights off.

Yeah, one often wants to stand in a pitch-black room looking "out of the window" at a day-time scene. That's not at all weird.

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Re: But...

Or perhaps you've forgotten that not every single person in the world lives in England, where house sizes are fairly small on average?

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Re: why?

>>You are right, projection will never take off.

Your attempt to be a smart alec falls short when you remember that they turn all the lights off in the cinema to get the best results. With a projector the darkest you can ever get is the ambient lighting from the wall. That means in a well-lit room, it might look pretty but it's not going to be realistic.

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I've not come across these type of projectors before, kind of neat.

For realistic wall/viewers (like in The Hunger Games) you surely need the wall itself to be the light-source though.

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ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris snapped by Earth's Gemini 'scope

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expected to discover an exoplanet with life by the end of the decade

We may well discover a planet with life by 2020 but we won't know about the life!

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Block The Pirate Bay? Arrr, me hearties, new P2P client could sink that plan

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Is Tor illegal or blacklisted?

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Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

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Re: Money, so they say...

Actually they don't say that. Well they do, but they are propagating a mis-quote.

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Android will ship more than ONE BILLION mobes+slabs in 2014

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No it isn't. Apple users are far more willing to hand over cash... the article itself says the bulk of these tablets are cheap models and those don't always even have access to the official app store let alone support running many of the top apps.

If you want to make money, write it for iOS.

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Re: RE: Quality not quantity

Apple devices are better quality than cheap tablets by other manufacturers. They are not (for argument's sake) higher quality than top-end tablets from other manufacturers. However the bulk of android tablets sold are cheap tablets therefore apple tablets are higher quality than most android tablets.

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Re: That's a septic billion, isn't it?

Yes that's right, the official standard billion.

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