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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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Use it quite often. It's not.

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Re: Good observation

I use my PC about 12 hours a day for software development and I don't have a problem with W8... granted I don't use much of the Metro stuff but neither does it get in my way.

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Re: What IS surprising...

Good job they're about to bring out 8.1 then.

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Re: I only know one person using windows 8

@Eadon - of course Linux distros never use the same tactic of simply reporting the number of downloads rather than the number of installs or number of active users? EVERYONE finds the best way to present their numbers.

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Re: I agree...

Hit the windows key and you see a huge start menu listing all your applications... you don't have to type anything beyond hitting the windows key

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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

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Well Duh

Amazon and Google don't do it because they're evil, but because it makes financial sense - ergo every company with competent CFO will do the same by default - if they don't they give a huge concession to their competitors who are doing it.

Tough, but true.

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Amazon launches own currency

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Re: Marketing gimmick

I may be wrong but I'm sure on PS3 if I want to buy film rentals or downloadable games, the ONLY way to do this is via PSN points which you have to buy into your 'wallet' first.

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

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Re: What?

Someone else's copy of InDesign.

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Re: goodbye Adobe

Presumably they are more interested in professional users who use it all the time and "subscribe" already by upgrading to new versions as a matter of course.

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Its just makes it more difficult for new talent to enter the industry

Why? Surely they still offer a free trial at the very least?

I haven't looked, but do they allow short-term subscriptions that cost less than buying a boxed copy?

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

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What is not to like?

Everything else...

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Oh jeez, we're onto "morally correct" and your "right" to electricity? That's like the people claiming conservation areas which forbid satellite dishes are "evil" because "Sky TV is a right".

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Loads of households have an interest in how much they spend - "if it's yellow let it mellow..." - "turn the lights out when you leave the room" - etc.

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>>accurate billing

Just send them actual meter readings...

>>The oft-repeated premise is that once we can see live charts of our energy consumption we will rush about turning stuff off, as the ruinous cost of electricity at the moment clearly isn't motivation enough.

This is a fair point, well-tested in fact. Tested by all those people who have those little boxes you attach to your meter and wirelessly broadcast your usage. You can do it already and it works great.

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United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

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Re: Or...

Congratulations on making the UN not seem like the crazies, no mean feat.

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Deep inside Intel's new ARM killer: Silvermont

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Re: ARM killer? Not even a poke in the eye

Here we go again, emotionalising a purely factual discussion.

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Løvefïlm signs hit beards’n’berserkers series Vikings

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Re: Too many "exclusives"

Thanks to those who downvote a simple question but don't even bother to provide an answer. Presumably because I dared to suggest or at least imply that paying for content was OK?

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Re: Too many "exclusives"

WEll isn't that how it is in the US with HBO, ShowTime, etc - each is a separate package in some way? I never understood how US TV works...

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: All very true, but..

You couldn't just use a metal pipe, it has to be of very close tolerance surely? And using a metal pipe to ensure a proper fit would DRASTICALLY increase the pressure in the chamber which would promptly explode.

For now anyway - doubtless we'll be able to 3D-print in diamond soon or something.

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Nokia's debuts new 'Fastlane' UI in $99 flagship Asha 501

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Re: Nokia competing against Android

Because hardware marches on at a crazy pace... hence Lumia selling at £99 already which will very soon be $99.

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Re: Landfill

Please don't spout this crap. You might not like W8/Metro but WP8 is in no way a broken OS, I'm not sure even Eadon has made that claim, and the WP UI is at worst average.

Nokia is already selling non-WP phones as this article is all about, so obviously they are 'allowed' to.

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Re: Nokia competing against Android

Why would I hope that - I don't live in a developing nation. I know that WP is a good platform, and reviews say it is better than Android on bottom-end smartphone hardware so from that perspective it would be good to see competition - Android should not have the whole market.

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Re: How do they offer access to Facebook for free?

Easy to see which data is to facebook.com

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Re: Nokia competing against Android

Not really. You can't make generalisations across the entire world like that. WP could be a surpise hit in the low-price sector.

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$99

That's only a little below the full-smartphone Lumia 520 price-point. So presumably Nokia will soon be competing directly agaisnt android with WP8 in the low-end, which could be pretty interesting to watch.

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Review: BlackBerry Q10

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making the "up" swipe to see the active tasks

Isn't that what iPad does?

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Apple's head bean counter boasts WORLD'S BIGGEST PACKAGE

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Re: What on Earth is the point?

If you are controlling sales worth billions, why shouldn't you be worth 1% of that?

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Re: Goodness gracious!

Um, it's 9 Billion not million.

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IT'S ALIVE: Groupon stock up, spreadsheets still soaked in red

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poor sap businesses

Yeah, vouchers are such a new-fangled idea. Old ladies haven't been clipping them from newpapers since before you were born, proving that vouchers are a workable form of marketing.

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Microsoft 'poised' to SPAFF A BEELLION on e-book also-ran Nook

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Because fragmentation is a pain when moving devices. They could agree not to launch their own service in return for a share of Amazon's profits. DRM aside, Kindle is a great cross-platform solution.

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Why don't they just hatch a deal with Amazon - who sell more books on iPad than Apple do IIRC. Make Kindle the 'official' reader app for Windows.

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'No discernible increase in piracy' from DRM-free e-books

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Re: No No No This cant be right

You have it backwards. Piracy is going on, but adding DRM doesn't reduce it. For anyone to suggest people don't pirate music in massive droves is just naive/stupid.

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Re: Copyright Mafiaa wildly exaggerate, as this shows

Presumably the point is not that people aren't pirating their books, but that pirating DRM copies is so easy it makes little difference?

I don't know, do e-books suffer the same levels of piracy as music & video?

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

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Re: Antimatter and anti-gravity anyone?

Anti-matter responds to gravity in the regular way. AM in tiny quantities is easy to make as evidenced by the existance if the PET Scan.

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Re: *If* true that would make the Standard Model a pretty blunt tool.

Um, as a "religious nut" I applaud this kind of scientific progress...

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Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

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Re: C'mon, this is going to be great!

Good point. A new Twitter will arise that lets you literally follow someone as they walk about (or TWitter/FB/G+ will do it)... thounsands of people sitting inside watching Stephen Fry try on shoes...

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Move with the times

To all those who think nobody would ever wear anything like this... modern sunglasses would once have been very bizarre, as would a baseball cap or shorts. Fashions change so it's only a matter of time before this is seen as normal.

Plus of course, thick-frame glasses are cool right now so simply add another thick arm and some plain glass lenses and it will barely be noticeable, especially as the tech shrinks.

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I could see you getting the same treatment though without the need of a prosthetic.

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Facebook crashes into networking with open switch

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infrastructure czar

Grow the f*** up.

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Spotify spews 'unencrypted' FREE MP3s all over creation

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Sigh

Another great high publicity case to support DRM... if you want content not to be covered in security crap then act like responsible adults rather than take advantage.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

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I love the 2nd photo

Makes it look like a TNG shuttlecraft with the props invisible.

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Review: Crucial M500 960GB SSD

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Re: blimey

Chris I thought they became unwriteable first, so could be moved to spare sectors - why a drive has X% spare capacity?

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blimey

I have been toying with getting a SSD as second drive but now I might as well get a big SSD to replace my current spinny drive entirely.

Question: does fragmentation still exist on SSDs or is it entirely a relic of the mechanics of spinny disks?

(also I want to get a silver RAIN comment in but not sure if anyone will get the reference)

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Look ma, no plugins! Streaming web video with just JavaScript

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because DirectX is a nightmare in itself

No it isn't, it's far more friendly than GL in my book.

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WebGL

No IE support then. I didn't think browsers on mobile supported it either, I know my iPad doesn't (I checked).

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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I had to Google to find out how to restart a Windows 2012 server from an RDC connection

That's a power-user scenario, you're supposed to RTFM FFS if you're on a server.

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What's wrong with being able to buy apps through a store if you want to - Apple have this but it's unlikely anyone will go store-only for desktop apps as it would kill their sales.

As for confusion, maybe that's just you.

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Re: We told you it was shit

Yeah I've come to feel MS were right and we were all wrong on the Ribbon front... cue downvotes...

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

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Weed out the problem

How many morons are going to lose their hands when their print has a defect and explodes?

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Smaller, second-gen Surface slabs to arrive in June?

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Re: Really don't understand how Microsoft keep getting it all wrong.

Apart from the app-store, everything you say about WP is tripe.

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