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5284 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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It removes your anti virus etc and doesn't tell you.....

Considering how deeply AV software integrates into the OS installation, I'm not that surprised Windows doesn't know what to do about it.

Side question; does W8 include MSE the same as W7 does? Always been good enough for me, coupled with the built-in firewall.

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What the CUFF? Nokia shows how a smartwatch really OUGHT to work

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Re: When you have nothing left

Yeah, having the world's most technically advanced and innovative smartphone is 'nothing'.

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Re: A lot of positive comments for this...

This is exactly why Apple are in no rush. They will sit and wait to see what people are doing and then take all the best bits and blend them into a slick, seamless package which everyone will fawn over.

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Re: Goes to show.

MS spend loads of money on wacky "out there" R&D, stuff that might be useful in a decade or more. I guess you didn't know that.

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Virtual segments

Finally, a practical way to demonstrate a spin-1/2 particle in real life.

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Somebody missed the point.

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Amateur image-wrangler reveals stitched snap of Saturn's splendour

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It's amazing how computer-rendered reality can look sometimes.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

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Re: Bollocks

Don't know how Logmein works technically but there is a big difference between RDP and VNC-based offerings.

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So you want to develop for Windows 8.1? Visual Studio 2013 is HERE

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Re: It's almost as if Microsoft doesn't want developers

Is it really that expensive though? Not for a full-time professional. I work with arty folk and they have to buy Maya/3DSMax which are much more expensive last time I checked, and then there's Photoshop. FOSS alternatives exist (Blender, Gimp) but people still believe the paid for products are worth the money and personally I think the same is true for VS.

You also have to remember that the VS Express tools are quite capable for serious use, many companies use them for creating commercial products and they are completely free. You can develop in VS without paying anything more than your Windows licenses if you use VS-Express and SVN/Git/etc.

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Windows XP folks: At least GOOGLE still loves you ... UNTIL 2015

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XP is possibly the best OS MS have ever made.

You totally fail to understand. XP is not likely to be compromised, it is GUARANTEED to be. Every time MS release a fix for Vista/7/8 attackers will be seeing if the thing being fixed is a vulnerability in XP.

Nobody should be doing anything to prolong the usage of XP in any situation it is outwards facing.

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Dangerous to users

Surely any company who offers support to their products past EOS date is implicitly making it easier for users to stay on XP, giving them false security they are still protected.

The responsible thing to do is for all software companies to pull together in trying to get everyone OFF XP. You know, the way they did with IE6.

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Re: Still not enough

Do they? Most regular Windows users (i.e. non-techies) don't really seem to like the classic start menu... nested menus are fiddly and you can never find anything. That's WHY so many Windows PCs end up with the desktop totally full of icons... which is not dissimilar from the W8 start screen.

I've yet to see anyone explain why a full-screen start screen is a bad idea, only to keep reiterating that is. When the start-menu is in use, you cannot use another application, the UI is fully modal. So making full use of the screen rather than force you to look in one corner while the rest of the screen is unused isn't really a bad thing.

You only have to look at OSX, regarded as easy to use, to see this is not some controversial new design. On OSX both the Applications and Launch-Pad thing open a big tiled window. Granted it's not full-screen but it's far more similar to Start Screen than Start Menu.

The Metro UI is clunky on a desktop, for sure, but that is now optional.

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

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Re: the russians

I wouldn't call dropping it and breaking it "first rate".

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>>don't the God botherers claim that the Earth is only a few thousand years old?

Well I'm in a church of 200 people which would be regarded as pretty fundamentalist and I know of 2 people who think this, and I know they are considered weird even within our weird church.

So I think the answer is no.

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

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the momentous day on which every phone call on the planet became a "local call"

Like Skype then. We can already call people anywhere on the world for free, hell we can do it with video.

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Dead Steve Jobs' Apple donut SPACESHIP HQ gets permission to land

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No, this is the reality whenever a town depends on a single company for jobs. Happens all the time.

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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Yeah, I don't think Apple want a slice of the budget market really. OK they have the Mac Mini and the iPod nano but both seem like nobody at Apple really cares about them.

You don't see Rolex selling a £50 watch or Ferrari a £30k car, premium brands retain their value by being premium.

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Re: Want an apple but not the 5c or the 5s

You can still get iPhone 5 on contract brand new, can't you? They were still doing iPhone 4 (non-s) when the 5 was out.

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Re: No mention of increased production of the 5S then?

Well obviously if more people are buying 5S rather than 5C, a reporter would simply say "5C selling below expectations". Facts just get in the way of the story.

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Re: See .....

Why do you think it costs significantly less to make than the 5[S]?

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Re: Shouldn't be hard for apple to break into the lower end of the market

If you think that stating something that is flat-out false counts as a joke, maybe you shouldn't be critiquing others' sense of humour.

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OAR-some! 18ft SEA SERPENT discovered off US coast

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Re: Oarsome!

Yes we do. Awesome is an English word - it's even used in traditional hymns.

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

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Re: RT is pointless

Why is lack of a selfiecam an epic fail on budget phone?

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Re: Success???

Where do you get that number from, did you just make it up to look cool?

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Give it a wrist, fellas: Sony's back with $200 Android Smartwatch 2

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The average smartphone user reaches for their device more than 100 times per day

wtf

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Apple's Oct 22 WORLD-SHAKING San Fran party: New iPads or what?

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Re: Highly Likely

Since they don't officially number the iPad since the iPad2, my guess is you're wrong.

Kind of excited by an iPad5 though, every generation has been a big step up in CPU/GPU and I work on stuff which pushes the iPad to its limits.

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Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

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Re: Ha....

And then everyone will simply un-tick it.

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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Re: shite

I think he means it would be a good way to transport Shepherd's Pie or Chilli con Carne.

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Re: Deal of the century

If Dominos signed up to this (being the only pizza chain with the resources) that would be incredible.

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Who cares if it's a really silly idea

It's proper SciFi and just plain cool.

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Re: What could go wrong?

You should probably write to them, they probably never thought that it would be good if their drones din't fly into things.

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Gates, Zuckerberg to deliver free coding lesson

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Re: Oh, how cute.

If you spout ill-informed and badly argued rubbish, what do you expect?

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Reboot the formula: F1 and FIFA tweaked for another year

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Re: Author has never watched F1...

You misunderstand Conor. You frequently see SOMEONE gain 3 or 4 places but he is saying YOU can do this on a regular basis and that's not realistic unless you're Alonso. That should only be possible with a lot of practice in a more simulatoresque game, considering real F1 drivers often muff it up.

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FIFA

It seems to me FIFA is one game that would merit being sold on a subscription basis. £40 (or whatever) buys you in and then £10/year keeps it active. Unlike other games, you'd rarely want to replay an older version once the new one is out, they really are updates rather than sequels.

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Island-hopping Beardy Branson: I'm dodging rain, not taxes

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Re: So tell us Mr. Branson

I apologise. I thought using all-caps would CLARIFY IT WAS A JOKE but clearly that was far to subtle for you lot.

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So tell us Mr. Branson

What reason could you have for living on your own PRIVATE TROPICAL ISLAND other than tax evasion?

Idiots.

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Netflix: OK, cable giants, who wants our PIPE stuffed in their BOX?

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Wow, they even have a WP7 client!

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

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a screen-orientation lock button

Hoo bloody ray!

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Re: 1080

That's what HD TV and my PS3 seem to do (ok HDTV is 1080i and PS3 is 720p but same principle, neither deliver 1080p).

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Custom ringback tones: Coming to your next contract mobe?

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So if I call Subway it will instead of "ring ring" go "eat fresh" over and over and over and over?

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Facebook throws servers on their back in HOT TUBS of OIL

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Re: Is it really worth the effort ?

When you have billions of facebook responses to generate, your servers are going to be running at high capacity. That's why FB needs entire datacentres in the first place... if they have 1000 servers and overclocking can gain 20%, that's a lot less servers.

Plus, this is just R&D.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: A well-deserved brew

If LO would properly support DOCX, it wouldn't matter if publishers used Word for their reviews...

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"The .doc file format was also obfuscated, deliberately or intentionally"

It's a good job we stopped using it a decade ago then.

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"Its pervasive near-monopoly status has brainwashed software developers"

Software developers generally don't use Word to write code. Other than rare cases.

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NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

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will arrive at the planet in the summer of 2016, provided it suffers no more problems

I imagine it will arrive then even if it completely fails, since gravity is a 3rd-party system.

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McDonalds tells fatties to SUPERSIZE THEIR BRAINS

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Re: Does anyone wanna bet

Well they already list nutrition advice on all their food in-store, and calories on the menu itself, (I think).

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Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial

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If a business is keen to invest in tablets, then W8 makes a decent amount of sense. No reason you can't have all your PCs on W7 and tablets on W8.

Seems they might as well wait until 8.1 though really.

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

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Re: I'm a little confused...

For this particular news story... I don't think you do. Someone can find your profile but they won't be able to see anything about you. Other than presumably your profile picture. If you're on the run from the mob, this could be a problem.

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Re: Different name

Why would total strangers be allowed to post on your profile/wall in the first place?

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Re: Facebook == Big Brother Watch

>>Do you really want everyone to know all this stuff about you?

I'm not really bothered. Just like I don't insist on whispering to friends in the pub in case someone I don't know hears my opinion on the ending of Lost.

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