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5651 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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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Reboot the formula: F1 and FIFA tweaked for another year

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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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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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force more content to be readable by everyone

Maybe in general, but not in this case. This story simply means that the fact you are ON facebook can't be hidden - that "John Smith" has a profile is searchable.

You can still lock down everything about you from strangers.

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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

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Re: Redmond?

How is your home-business going jake, I was meaning to ask?

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Re: Oh joy!

Wow, they've let you in on their plans for a product that doesn't even exist? You know that after all the rounds of discussion and testing, they won't allow you delete your 'cookies'?

Surely your NDA prohibits you disclosing this information.

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Re: It's what monopolists do.

Yes, bing and IE are certainly monopolies

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re:That might be true, but the literate technology users are the trend setters

Then how come IE was the dominant browser for a decade and MSOffice/Windows are still the de facto standard?

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

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Re: IE 6

"I had a call today from a friend who is a bit of a technophobe.

At home he has two machines, each running XP and IE6, IE6 that will not update as XP is the O/S."

So firstly he's the technophobe, but you don't even know you can upgrade to IE8 on Windows XP.

Secondly, he's running WindowsXP, and your solution is to install FireFox/Chrome? Never mind the OS?

Are you sure you're a friend?

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Microsoft Office on iPad: U can't touch this (yet) says Ballmer

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Re: the game?

With MS announcing their own iOS RDP client, maybe they plan to get into selling their own SaaS platform where you can use Office via a cloudy machine via RDP, without actually owning that PC - you simply run Office on the cloud connecting with your SkyDrive documents.

Other companies have already been trialling this but run into licensing problems, MS could quite easily do this with their Azure and 365 infrastructure.

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Microsoft watches iPads flood into world's offices: Right, remote desktop clients. It's time

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Re: I'll be damned

Since MS isn't seriously competing in the tablet world (yet) it only makes sense they would try to do this. If they get a decent market share with tablets running Windows, maybe they change their mind!

Bad luck for anyone selling 3rd-party apps...

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

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Re: Ethernet

I don't think lack of DVD pushes people to iTunes any more than it does Netflix - streaming video is where the world is going.

I prefer ethernet for my main PC but other than gaming, WiFi works great. More and more people are buying laptops as their only PC these days and they generally do not use cabled networking unless they have to.

In an office, I think wired is still a requirement but that's not Apple's target market for laptops.

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If you need a computer with DVD plugged in the whole time, just buy something else then. Hardly difficult is it?

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Re: "the company should include one of its external SuperDrives for free"

Yeah, it's certainly possible to run Windows on a Mac. I run mainly in Windows so would go the bootcamp route if it ever came about. My Desktop PC and MacBook are both getting quite old...

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"the company should include one of its external SuperDrives for free"

I can see where you're coming from but think this is a stupid idea. It wouldn't really be "free", it would merely mean the 90% of people who don't want an optical drive are subsidising the minority who do.

Personally, I would absolutely love a 27" iMac, but they're just so damn pricey. I was seriously considering it as I do iOS development, but then I looked at the Mac Mini spec/pricing... the only way an iMac could be justified for me is if it replaced my existing Mac AND Windows PC.

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Apple's new iPhones dope-slap Samsung in US

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Re: Newsflash

Seems to me that Android owners are pretty obsessed to show off this fact, after all you took the time to tell everyone. open-source people are WAY more evangelistic than Apple/Windows.

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Struggling

Why would people downvote a)someone asking a genuine question b)someone who takes the time to give real hands-on feedback.

Get back to jacking off to the Linux source code, you bunch of spotty virgins.

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Shall we all bookmark this thread

So when the Android fanbois start bleating about the new Samsung/Google phone outselling iPhone5S in a few months, we can remind them that outselling an old phone isn't a big deal?

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Re: 5S and 5C impressive for different reasons

Do you have to focus on using the fingerprint scanner, or do you find if you pick it up "the right way" (!) it automatically detects your finger and unlocks without you having to think about it?

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DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

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What is the point?

What do you do when it gets to 0 and you're still fit and well?

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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How do you know they can't find a way to make physical copies unique?

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Is this DRM or a better alternative?

Thinking about it, if watermarking is deemed secure then media providers don't need to be so paranoid about how they stream/deliver you the content. They can let you have the content to do with as you see fit, and still be confident they can identify you if you start distributing it.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

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Is he keeping his Oracle shares?

Is Ellison dead?

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AMD details new low-bucks, high-oomph graphics cards

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Out of the (render) loop

What's the current state of play with AMD Vs nVidia for consumer GPUs? Are they pretty level again or is nVidia still the Intel of the market and AMD is... the AMD of the market?

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Poor miserable Ballmer's pay SLASHED to a measly $1.26m

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Re: Ballmer’s bonus was just 79 per cent of his eligible total

I don't care a fig if they want to pay him $millions, but it seems silly that if Surface and W8 and WP8 had all done great, he'd NOT be able to be paid much extra.

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Ballmer’s bonus was just 79 per cent of his eligible total

So he stunk up Windows 8 AND Surface and still gets 79% of his maximum possible bonus? What exactly did he achieve to get this 79%? OK, WindowsPhone is showing some promising signs of growth but nothing stellar.

Seems like he should be getting 21% of his bonus, not losing 21% of his bonus.

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Wacky racers – The Reg's guide to 2013's Solar Challengers

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Wonderful

I love how some of the cars are incredibly slick and beautiful, while others look like a solar roof panel bolted onto 4 trolley wheels. A couple have a whiff of the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust about them for sure.

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

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So it's just a gaming PC in a pretty box then

Running a different variant of Linux.

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

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Re: Anonymous Moron

>>"I have a Surface Pro 256GB on order. They are simply the best tablet on the market."

>Just shows there is an idiot born every minute.

A full x86 Windows PC in a tablet by its very nature kicks Android and iOS to the side, simply because you can do literally anything on it.

The problem with Pro is basically the price, not the spec or the OS.

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GitHub wipes hand across bloodied face, stumbles from brutal DDoS beating

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Not even a small developer would trust it for private, internal code

What a stupid thing to say. Many, many businesses use services like github, bitbucket, asssembla.

Apart from anything else there are a whole slew of tech/software companies who are virtual/decentralised... they don't have a central location or an office in which to put a server.

Keeping a backup separate is another story of course. As is the fact that with git, losing your 'central' server doesn't matter.

But a physical git server in your basement... you do realise that's just security through obscurity, right? The moment anyone does want to attack you, you are far more likely to have serious problems. "Close the git server from the web" isn't an option if you want to allow your developers to work remotely.

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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Actually it's a great idea

Allowing customers to choose - what's not to like?

Personally I think they should let you choose when you buy it which you want, and allow expert users the opportunity to re-install later.

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re: *

I don't think the idea is to let you flip-flop, only to choose when you buy the phone or first use it.

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Amazon's EYE-OF-SAURON KindlePhone will watch you with FOUR cameras - report

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Here's a crazy idea...

A KindlePhone... a semi-smart phone which uses an e-ink screen, i.e. an actual Kindle with a phone not Kindle Fire.

I can't decide if this is really stupid, or something that anyone would buy.

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Obamacare goes LIVE, and so do the survey-spewing spambots

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Re: "enticing prizes or in this case, Apple products"

I was about to post the same comment. It's a bit harsh, an iPad is still pretty enticing :)

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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Re: Clancy and Dolby

None of the news stories have reported the cause of his death, which now makes me curious a)what it was b)why it isn't mentioned.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

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Re: But

Thanks for your valuable contribution to the forum.

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