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Albert Einstein brings cheese and clean pyjamas to space station

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Parmesan

I'd imagine grating cheese in zero-g is interesting.

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do you really want that smell wafting around a small, sealed space station

Surely the air is scrubbed continuously.

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Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options

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The underlying OS is an improved version of W7, why does it require changes when everyone says that's the bit which is good, and it's the UI that is the problem?

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Re: 4 apps at the same time?

Yeah, because iOS and Android let you do far more. Oh no wait, they let you use one app at once, or a couple on limited numbers of Android with specialist customisations.

As a tablet OS, which is what WinRT is, 4 apps at once is actually AHEAD of the competition.

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Apple claims shot in arm for Cupertino from new Fruit Loop HQ

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$175 for a turtleneck?

Wow. Oh wow.

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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

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Re: LoveFilm vs Netflix

Presumably they simply don't have the same depth of infrastructure... nothing wrong with Silverlight so it must be the back-end although that's a bit embarrassing considering this is Amazon we're talking about!

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Re: Oh, Amazon

The quality isn't crap, and DRM is irrelevant when you're streaming.

How about you grow up and realise that just because YOU don't like something, that doesn't automatically mean it's pointless.

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Re: Media types fail again

People ARE signing up in their droves though. Pick whichever service suits your taste the most. Doubtless it will mature but even if publishers don't sign exclusives, different providers are always going to have different views what is worth paying for and what isn't.

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Re: Oh, Amazon

How exactly is it pointless or crap? Millions of people clearly think it is worth a few bucks a month - you know regular people who don't feel compelled to maintain a server in the basement.

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Exclusive Halo game coming to Windows 8 and WinPhone 8

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Re: Well thats it then

It's not a FPS.

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Re: Windows - now that *is* a name from the past...

I wouldn't quit your day job for the comedy career Bob.

Just imagine, a Vistakin-Eadon double act... who would play the straight man?

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Good idea

I'm not a fan but this is surely exactly the right kind of thing to do to get interest in the platform, over empty marketing gobblespeak. WP at least is a good platform, the major criticism is lack of apps for those who like apps, so some exclusives could be sensible.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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we don't need a start menu/screen that takes up a whole screen

You don't need one crammed into one corner of the screen either. You can't use any apps while the menu is open so why not use the screen to display more things at once?

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Re: Nice ... Nice ...

Since when is Start-Menu the definitive last word in How Things Should Be Done? I seem to recall XP cahnged things quite a lot too, as have other versions.

Start menu is crap IMO. 4-deep nesting in one tiny area of the screen with menus that close if you move the mouse the wrong way, etc. When you're launching an app you are not multi-tasking so why NOT use the whole screen to show everything?

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Start Icon != Start Menu. This the problem.

Except to the users, whose #1 problem is "where the f*** are my programs"

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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

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Re: What about..........

The whole point is a tablet is a device you take out of the building, that doesn't typically run internally on the corporate network, no?

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Re: Unusable

The point is MS are not suggesting you use a tablet for your main work device. Hardly a fair comparison... open a doc in RT and the macros will still work on your PC.

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Surely it will be an OS upgrade available over the web.

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Re: VB Scripts - probably not

Can it not even run new macros written in whatever the modern way is... Javascript or something?

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Finally a [slim] glimmer of hope for RT... proper Office+Outlook at least makes it useful and differentiates it from the competitors for those who rely on MS stack. The price difference from Pro and the free keyboard mean if I wanted a Windows tablet, I might actually consider RT now.

Probably still DOA rather than WOA though.

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Let's get graphical with Hyper-V

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Re: Yeah..sure.. build the Hyper-V user base for free...

They don't need to charge for Hyper-V if Hyper-V users are running Windows.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Re: Why would people want this?

It gives them more choice... longer battery life or slimmer lighter machines or more space for other stuff. Given the way things are going, I thing Apple would rather make the MacBook Pro fit inside an Air housing and that would be pretty cool from a pure tech point of view... but I'd rather one I could use solidly all day without looking for a mains socket :)

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So you say now...

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@TekYousa

"Every time I think this site is full only of people who work with IT, know about IT, understand IT and think carefully and perceptively about IT, up you pop."

You're new here, right?

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Re: EVOLUTION of IT

Appstore an evolution of Linux repositories, hilarious.

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If they are leaving optical drives out because they think most people don't need them, it would be plain stupid to then include an external drive with every macbook - most people wouldn't use them and it would push the price up for everyone.

Can you buy a generic external optical drive or do they have to be Apple? Is there anything special?

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Can lightning strike twice? Intel has another crack at Thunderbolt

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Why are they fighting USB3?

What is in it for them... licensing the tech or some other financial reason, or a genuine belief it's better?

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Re: Hugh Laurie

It would confuse the US audience why he has to do a British accent

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Re: Ben Cumberbatch

It's a bit "oh he's popular put him in".

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Eddie Izzard

Based on The Riches he can actually act, not just be zany.

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Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1

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Re: StartIsBack

That wasn't the point. The point is IT people are claiming it is UNUSABLE for them. This is patently false. For a non-IT person, the missing start button can be considered unusable since they may literally have no idea what to do. But people here aren't speaking on behalf of their mum, they are saying they themselves find it unusable.

Really? You can install and configure Linux but you literally cannot use W8? Look up the meaning of the word unusable.

Fine to complain if you find W8 annoying or crap, but saying it is unusable is, I would claim, a flat-out lie. You do not deserve to work in IT if you can't figure out awkward software... because about 50% of software is annoying. How about all those Linux tools which rely on you memorising hundreds of shortcut keys?

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Re: ActiveX

But it's OK for Firefox and Chrome to run native code in plugins?

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Re: So to summarise:

Did you actually have a point to make Philip? Because nowhere did I say W8 UI was better than W7, or that it was good. Nowhere did I say Ribbon was good either (though I think it is).

What I said was that all this "W8 is unusable" guff is just toy-throwing bullshit. I can count on one hand the number of times W8 has caused me any problems actually using my PC or getting work done. It may be a step backwards, but anyone with a brain and IT experience should be able to adapt within a few hours if not a few minutes.

The OS, like the PC, is just a tool to get work done. Learn how to use it, don't lie about being too stupid to know how to.

And grubbing for votes on a site where "M$" is enough to make people titter, how low you sink sir.

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Re: So to summarise:

Yeah because the start screen/menu IS the windows UI. Oh wait it's 1% of the UI that you use a few moments of the day.

It is bewildering how many supposedly smart IT people are so stunningly stupid at learning how to use new things. Even if you don't like it, it should take about 5 minutes to figure out how to use it and get on with your work. Same with Ribbon... a few minutes and you're back to work, and yet supposed IT professionals still bleat about how they can't understand it. If you were regular users I could understand the difficulties but you're not... perhaps IT isn't the field for you and you should be looking at flipping burgers.

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Re: StartIsBack

I installed W8 on my Macbook recently. It took me about 30s to figure out the new layout. Seriously are you that stupid you can't figure out a big scrollable screen full of icons... annoying perhaps but unusable, absolutely not.

Did you actually spend days trying to figure it out, or days deliberately not understanding so you could complain about it while I was getting work done on mine?

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W7 is Vista with new lipstick and it's great. W8 is fundamentally a tweaked W7 with no makeup :)

No reason W8 can't be good with a bit of tweaking and actually, these sound like decent changes.

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Amazon to deliver groceries in 20 markets by 2014

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No businesses pay tax on UK sales. They pay tax on profits.

What makes you think supermarket chains don't use the same legal tricks Amazon do... if they don't Amazon will easily be able to undercut them.

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Walmart and Safeway definitely run such services, very similar to Tesco here - we used them -but in small towns I'm not sure. You have to remember America is on a whole different scale to the UK; saying "they're backward because we have X and they don't" ignores the fact that scale affects financial viability. In the UK you are never far from a supermarket (with a few exceptions), in the US you can often have several miles between houses.

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Seemed obvious

I didn't know Amazon already did this but it seemed obvious, they are one player who can compete with supermarkets. Online grocery shopping exists in the US but doesn't seem very well known about, so they could "do an Apple" and get people thinking they invented it!

Over here, they would have an uphill battle against Tesco & Asda who both have strong online delivery infrastructure.

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Re: Pointless without decent delivery

Yeah right, they'll use a regular courier like yodel for groceries.

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Boffins build gesture recognition using WiFi

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Re: @Khaptain (Reg video still doesn't work in chrome)

Videos often stop working when Chrome gets out of date with the newest version, not sure if that's due to technical reasons or Chrome deliberately breaking so I'll update.

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Re: Reg video still doesn't work in chrome

Yes it does, and always has done for me.

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Sacked Zynga bods learn their jobs are gone via Facebook

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workers would get “generous severance packages”

Unless they bitch about it on Twitter of course.

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Review: Philips Hue network enabled multicolour lightbulbs

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Re: Why not intelligent sockets?

You don't need an intelligent socket to measure how wise an investment efficient bulbs are. You just keep a record how often you replace them and how much they cost compared to old-fashioned kind, and factor in the energy usage based on their Watt rating. A piece of paper and a pencil are quite adequate, or a simple spreadsheet if you want to be techy.

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I cannot decide...

... if this is totally pointless, or raises wonderful possibilities.

I think quite possibly it is both.

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Review: HP Slate 7 Android tablet

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I see more and more tourists around London capturing the sights with tablets

I really hope you 'accidentally' walk into them and knock them to the ground. As if London pedestrians really needed another way to be even less considerate of other people.

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EVE Online OFFLINE: Wannabe Capt Kirks clobbered in cluster-ruck

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"We will be looking at ways to compensate players"

I think forcing them to get off their computers is compensation enough.

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PowerShell daddy on Windows Server 2012 R2: Cloudy cloud cloud

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Re: Cloud

You missed the all-caps.

EADON FAIL.

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PayPal denies stiffing bug-hunting teen on bounty

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Re: Pulling a fast one.

Boo-hoo, one person CLAIMS they stiffed him.

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Love the fact that commentards automatically assume a hacker is telling the truth.

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