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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Technically small businesses don't count as Enterprise but it would be interesting if there were a way to break down the figures based on numbers of PCs per company/location somehow. Any medium/large company - any company big enough to have an actual IT team - WILL be aware of 2014.

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Re: By coincidence

MS can extend support, but at an extortionate rate for individual clients only.

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Re: Techies hitting the beach perhaps...

W8's supposed to be leaner than W7 so probably would be OK if you can get driver support.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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What is with the

weird line

breaks?

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Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

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flick the phone over twice and the camera function automatically starts up

Finally they've found a way to make camera functionality easy and intuitive to use. I'm sure Canon et al will be desperate to introduce this!

Seriously that's a stupid idea. Maybe instead, some sort of button could be used. Or just say "Open Camera".

The only neat thing I can think of is that you could flick the phone in the air, catch it and the camera is activated. A bit like twirling a 6-shooter on your finger... pointless but fun.

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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And I wasn't kidding about the copyright and patent issues either

Well, you shouldn't be - it's a serious issue. If I spend money designing something to sell and someone scans it and gives away the specs, this is a problem.

I see 3D printing should work something like sheet music - just because it's the music rather than a recording you still normally pay for it. Likewise if you want to make something I designed, pay me for the blueprints.

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Wikipedians say no to Jimmy's 'buggy' WYSIWYG editor

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Seriously, they can't make a simple visual editor? It's 2013 for goodness' sake.

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How did Microsoft get to be a $1.2bn phone player? Hint: NOT Windows Phone

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Re: Couldn't help it...

I think so too. Granted MS are a massive company with big legal guns who would terrify most under their gaze, but the companies who have signed up include some other real heavyweights. Samsung in particular is not exactly averse to spending $millions on lawsuits so this does suggest there is a real case here.

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Google Glassholes to be BANNED from UK roads

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While it very well might be the case that Google Glass is unsafe for use while driving, that doesn't mean any wearable tech is. Glass can display anything like a video or a game or your email which is not a great idea. It could also display navigation apps, monitor your alertness and even detect and warn you of potential hazards before you spot them, which are great uses.

The problem is PC Plod cannot tell which you are using it for and that is a big problem. Wearable tech should maybe have to support a "I'm driving" mode to be allowed. Glass is really a prototype, there are many details to be worked out for real life use.

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New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

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Question

Have they got all the emails and social network data because companies are freely giving it to them, or through some other, cleverer route?

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It doesn't give any credence whatsoever, you conspiracy nutjob. Just because you have access to every email in the world doesn't mean you can read them all, or that your analysis software is perfect

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Re: Wake up call

It's time to stop overreacting. Never mind the "if you've done nothing wrong you've nothing to fear" argument... what actual harm does it do you if people can view your emails, compared to the hassle you want to put yourself through just to stop them for the sake of it?

I couldn't really give a crap that the NSA knows what I post on the Register for example!

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Google Glassholes can't take long walks off short piers thanks to Merc app

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Re: Not in West Virginia...

Nothing like a kneejerk reaction to technology nobody making the law has probably even used.

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Re: Privacy Stuff

Why are you wearing sunglasses to do a poo?

If you think NSA wants to watch you pooing, I think you're getting things a bit confused.

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Re: Yet to see one in the wild

"invented evidence" also has "evidence" in the name :)

I know two people who have them (as do I) but unless someone has their phone out I wouldn't be aware what phone they have unless they email with a "sent from my ..." signature or upload a picture to FaceBook with their phone.

In the same way, I have NEVER seen anyone use a non-Apple tablet which is plain weird as Android has supposedly got a decent market share now. I see loads of Android phones but no tablets. Also no Windows tablets but that is not very surprising :)

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Microsoft adds Visual-Studio-like text editor to SkyDrive

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Except VS is one of the best development tools out there. It sure makes Eclipse look embarrassing.

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Bank of Thailand bans Bitcoin

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How can banks have a monopoly? A monopoly means one company/organisation, and there are thousands of banks who are independent of each other.

Saying banks have a monopoly on money is like saying shops have a monopoly on selling things.

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When exactly did you (or anyone) look at what powers the Bank of Thailand has?

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Microsoft offers IE 11 preview for Windows 7 ... but not Windows 8

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Re: Cool

Because it's better than IE10?

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Cool

I was suspecting we wouldn't even get IE11 on W7, which would be a shame since they finally added WebGL support - meaning developers can finally start to use it as a serious option.

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Apple: 'Average' iPad toiler does a mere 46-hour week

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@dougal83

"That somehow alleviates ANY responsibility from Apple?"

Why is it Apple's responsibility in the first place? They have a business relationship with another business. It's in that company's hands to meet their laws and the terms of the contract signed with Apple. Even for Apple to stipulate the working hours for that company's employees is a little over the line, but if it's in the contract fine. Claiming Apple are responsible for it though, that's just hippy BS.

If you hire a company to clean your house and find they are using illegal workers, should you be punished for that?

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Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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Re: Any idea how I access the CEOP blacklist

No point, you won't be able to find it or any sites which talk about what's on it.

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Spanish mobile startup offers Firefox OS phones to world+dog

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Will anyone get on board?

Aside from personal feelings about the idea of FF and Linux phones, I'd query that the big manufacturers will want to be producing handsets on such a wide range of OS. You want your preferred OS on a decent, competitive handset and surely you're not going to get Samsung releasing the same handset with a choice of OS?

Hell, manufacturers aren't even that interested in WindowsPhone - so are we going to rely on some dedicated company making phones for these bit player OS?

How is it planned to play out? Not an attack on FFOS I'll save that for another thread!) but a genuine question.

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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

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Re: Not cynical, just blind

Although not having to let some guy inspect my meter reading every now and then is a blessing. And not having to keep track of my own meter readings so I can figure out exactly who would be the best provider based on real usage would be nice - sheer laziness but if someone else will record this so I don't have to, that's kind of the point of computers!

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Not cynical, just blind

This has become an article of faith in the industry, and perhaps we're too cynical, but from Vulture Towers it seems the electricity bill has been fulfilling that role some years

There are already devices you can buy which you attach to your main power line, and have a little display unit in your living room which tells you of your usage. These DO get people interested in seeing how much energy is used, and tracking down what is using power, because the immediate feedback of seeing the numbers spike when you run the kettle makes it more 'real'

However, these are given out for free by some companies and they seem to work just as well as replacing the whole meter at a fraction of the cost. So while I totally reject El Reg's rejection of the suggestion a smart meter will save you money, I still agree with you that the whole scheme seems a bit daft.

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Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

Absolutely no one? So you are staking your reputation on there not being one single customer doing this?

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Re: Oh really?

Some people don't object to paying for software...

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Azure inhales open source Java implementation

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Re: OpenJDK is more detailed

Why do I want to look at JDK source code?

And there's the Reg community in a nutshell - ask a totally legitimate question and get one answer and 4 downvotes.

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Somehow despite being a part-time Java developer, I never heard of OpenJDK. How does it compare to the Oracle implementation (and any others still floating around)?

Is it possible, since Oracle are being so slow with Java, that OpenJDK could actually implement a new version before Oracle do?

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Zuck on THIS: Mobile users propel Facebook to RECORD earnings

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Credit where it's due, they were struggling for ages to get mobile use up and find a way to generate revenue from mobile users.

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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Re: Note to laptop manufacturers...

The only reason tablets have such high DPI is because the manufacturers have decided this is an area they want to compete on. And then more pixels needs a better CPU to drive it and a better GPU for games.

Laptops haven't yet succumbed to this, they fight on other factors.

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Re: Love to, but...

>>...it doesn't exist.

Android tablets with SD slots don't exist? Or one specific tablet doesn't support it... if only there were a multitude of Android products available.

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Re: Nice but...

So buy one with an SD slot.

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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the chap who smashed his while using it as a sex toy

He must have been going some

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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Re: @Dave 126

I'd say Nokia have the best mobile apps right now. Probably including paid map apps.

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Re: @ _RCH_ -

5Gb is probably enough for most of the full applications I have on Windows 7! When you take video out of the picture, a gigabyte is a lot of data!

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Re: I like the very careful wording

It's probably going to be another quarter of sales figueres decline for nokia.

It's probably going to be another quarter of year-on-year decline for their smartphones.

But if we make this just about Lumias then by golly we might have found something we can spin as a positive!

Considering Android and Apple don't have a preceding OS to decline in the first place, hardly a fair point.

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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 debuts with IBM code side and centre

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Re: I'm on it!

Does this mean we could end up with LO & OO being even slightly incompatible with each other's documents?

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

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Re: Wind

There is now, because of all the coal stations. If they are turned off or our usage increases this wouldn't be the case.

Regardless the point is they have a way of storing energy so why not use it? Pump water up during the day when it's windy and gain another 10%.

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Wind

Since they have all that water hanging about, why not cover the surrounding hills with windmills in a sub-grid used solely to provide power to pump the water uphill.

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Dead STEVE JOBS 'touts rival Lenovo gear' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Dimitri Martin

Would have been a better fit looks-wise!

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Apple earnings slip, but numbers beat Wall Street estimates

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iPhones and iPads with truly revolutionary features and capabilities.

I don't think we need or want that, any more than I want my PC to be revolutionised - they already do what is needed of them.

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Re: In other news ..

And nerds would rather whinge about it on an internet forum than actually get off their arses and do something about it.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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Jeez

All you bike riders (what a surprise, cyclists being jerks) - just walk into the bloody shop. If you have a horse, tie it up outside.

If your local store only serves drive-thru at certain times, get there when it's open.

And stop expecting a burger-flipper to disregard the training they've been given and the rules they have to follow, to risk losing their job just so you can eat a crap burger.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

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Re: Slight confusion here

"...another persons right to believe in god..."

There is no such right.

How very liberal of you, to say people must believe the same as you. It sounds very similar to how England forcibly "Christianised" much of the Empire... "you will convert". Also communist Russia & China.

This is progress into a better world is it, where we're still told what we're allowed to believe but it's a different thing?

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@Obviously!

I just can't understand people. The clue is in the fucking name "faith"! It's not FACT.

The two are not mutually exclusive. A fact is true whether or not you believe it and whether or not you have evidence to prove it... if I have faith in something without scientific evidence I may or may not be right, not having evidence doesn't automatically mean I am wrong!

Those who are not religious seem to be better, more decent folk.

That's the exact opposite of what I see in my day to day life. It's a totally subjective position to take and entirely biased by the position you take on religion affecting how you perceive people. Plus of course which religious people you encounter... or rather people who you even realise are religious.

If religion is supposed to be the moral pinnacle, why do the religious nuts all want to kill?

What? None of the religious people I know want to kill anyone, even (especially) the creationist fundamentalists.

The reason "religious nuts" want to kill people is because they're nuts, not because they're religious... the answer is in the question.

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mickey mouse the fith

"There is no evidence for the creationism theory whatsoever, its all easily dispproved bollocks"

It's not disprovable, it merely seems hugely unlikely. A creator god could quite easily have created the universe 4 minutes ago and made it impossible to tell this wasn't the case... the whole "The Matrix" thing.

Anyway, using the silliness of creationism to attack all religion is pretty daft. It's like saying all Muslims are evil because some are terrorists.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

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True, an A4 tablet probably has a lot of potential uses. As did the KindleDX... a niche market found it invaluable but that sadly wasn't enough.

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Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m

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Crowd sourcing...

Isn't that for individuals who have no way of bringing something to market without funding, rather than for companies to avoid paying their own R&D?

Not a great trend we want to see starting IMO.

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Re: PC

When they're making a Linux phone, why not just get a phone that IS a Linux PC?

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