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Amazon to deliver groceries in 20 markets by 2014

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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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Exclusive Halo game coming to Windows 8 and WinPhone 8

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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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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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Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1

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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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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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Re: Pulling a fast one.

Or literally every single other business on the planet who runs such a program. It's their game, their rules.

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Or, 17 year old kid lies to get publicity.

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Microsoft opens kimono on Server 2012 R2 at steamy Orleans bash

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It's easy to mock, any fool can mock

You sure can.

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Joke

Martin Freeman?

Would be nice to have a black doctor at last

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Quantum boffins send data ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

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Re: Agh, my poor brain

I don't think it's really a theory, merely a useful mathematical construct - to TREAT anti-particles as regular particles travelling backwards in time is nice for the maths solutions but that's all.

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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

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Hmm

El REg said MS should and probably would do deals on free covers to boost sales. Now they follow your advice and you criticise them for it :)

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

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by the mid-2030s rocketry will not have advanced sufficiently

Has it really advanced since the 70s? It seems astounding to me that with the money being spent, things move that slowly... competition, either private sector or another space race, would perhaps be a good thing?

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Apple reveals bare bones iPod touch

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A cheaper 16Gb Touch makes sense since to many people 16Gb is enough. But that simply seems to be expanding the range a bit, and I thought we talking about a CHEAP iPhone not just a slightly cheaper one.

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

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Their customers have not been screaming for a Start Menu. Reg Linuxtards have been screaming about how Windows users are apparently screaming for it.

In actuality, the lack of the Start BUTTON is the single biggest confusion to users. A giant screen full of applications and documents is pretty intuitive - click on the thing you want - but getting to that point is the sticking point because many people aren't aware of the windows key.

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Re: "You can even use more than two apps at once – three, to be precise."

I don't think he understands that an app is not a desktop application.

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Re: IE11 - The only browser built for touch?

Supporting touch is not the same as built for touch. The latter implies they are designed primarily for touch, not just regular browsers you can poke at i.e. Safari on iOS.

There is definitely a lot to improve in this area. Maybe it's IE's turn to get things moving!!

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Living with a 41-megapixel 808 PureView: Symbian's heroic last stand

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Theory why it's Symbian only

Nokia cannot afford a high-profile flop, putting something new and buggy into Lumia. So they put it on a 'dead' platform where nobody expects much from the OS, and which gets little interest outside professionally interested people. Develop the thing on Symbian, iron out issues and make improvements to UI, etc... then integrate the polished, real-world-tested, version in a way most people will think is a 1.0 product.

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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

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Re: High Street

I'm pretty sure free parking is a big factor. Why go into town and pay £3 when the out-of-town-mall is free? Even a small fee can put people off on principle.

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Good

It would be better if town centres moved towards being interesting places focused on services like restaurants and coffee shops (independent please) rather than desperately trying to cling on to the old model of people going into town to shop. Put all the boring Boots/Tesco stores out of town if that's how it is going, and make town centres about leisure and people.

And please ban £ shops from the high street.

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the online retailers dont/wont pay any Tax due to legal loopholes

What makes you think the loopholes only apply or are only used by online companies? I don't recall Starbucks being an online company for instance. The loopholes are available to virtually every multinational company, which means the majority of high street chains since they are typically owned by multinationals even if they don't themselves operate much overseas...

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Re: This seems rather half-arsed

Customers complained they can't find how to launch apps. MS add a start button. THe way apps are laid out is not the issue and in fact for "your granny" a single screen of apps is arguably better than delving through pop-up menus which close if you move the mouse a bit hastily.

There is also nothing really wrong with a full-screen start menu because you cannot multitask while the start-menu is open anyway.

I had zero problems using the W8 start screen, it's simply people complaining about change and deliberately finding things difficult (Reg Users anyway).

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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

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Where is there a legal requirement for open standards?

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Warming: 6°C unlikely, 2°C nearly certain

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Re: Can I have my money back now please?

2 degrees would be quite nice in the UK. But it's not happening until after virtually everyone reading this will be long dead.

So now politicians have to keep everyone convinced that in the midst of recessions, it's better to spend trillions on something that will not benefit them or (in most cases) their children rather than helping them put food on the table.

I wonder if the pendulum of mass support for environmentalism will swing the other way in the next few years.

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So now we have to wait a century?

It's still "certainly" 2 degrees but now it will happen after we're all too dead to verify this, rather than last Thursday as was originally claimed?

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Mozilla teams up with Foxconn for Firefox 'fondleslab'

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Re: "Foxconn Fire"?

Foxconn Troll?

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Foxconn has been looking to reduce its dependence on Apple

Selling 8 FF devices isn't going to help. FF(O)S is going to make Nokia look like a giant.

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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Re: Bill is wrong

Except that in this scenario the role of the black people, who had no rights, is filled by the government, who make the laws in the first place. So it's not in any way the same.

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Re: Who pays corp taxes?

Rubbish. They only pay taxes on profits after paying salaries and fat bonuses. They only build CT into prices in the sense that they want to make money on sales.

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Opera debuts Chromium-luvvin' desktop browser Next 15

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Re: Tried it

This article is about Opera full-fat desktop version, not Opera Mini, isn't it?

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Differentiation?

As a non-Opera user, how does this new version differentiate itself from Chrome in terms of real functionality (rather than simply being Chrome without alleged spying)? Does it bring Opera's old featureset along, whatever that is, or is this a total restart?

I like Chrome but wouldn't mind trying something Chromey if it has some cool features.

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Google releases Glass' roots, warns it may turn specs to bricks

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Re: I'm still baffled ...

If you can't find an interesting/useful application for affordable wearable computing, you're not very imaginative.

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How interesting to know a list of things some anonymous person on the internet doesn't want to buy. Do elaborate - are cucumbers on that list too? What about your favourite brand of crisps?

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Stand by for PURPLE KETCHUP as boffins breed SUPER TOMATOES

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Re: Tomatoes in the fridge - Nooooo!

I like chicken.

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Re: Have you noticed that every effort to make food suitable for supermarket shelves

You can keep them.

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Re: the key question....

We already have beef tomatoes after all.

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

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You're going on a job hunt: Time to catch a big one?

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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Grow up. Nobody is interested in your political opinions or your little life. Maybe watch less sci-fi and read El Reg comments a bit less, and go outside for some fresh air, clearly you're very easily influenced.

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

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Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...

As someone who switches between Mac & PC I share your pain but I think it is the difference between the two OS which is to blame not either OS doing anything wrong.

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defeats the idea of using Win8 as a touch screen operating system

No because in case you hadn't noticed, W8 is targeting the 99% of desktops and laptops that don't have touch.

It seems a sensible idea but I'm sure I could easily configure one of the spare buttons on my existing MS mouse (Laser Mouse 5000, very nice it is too)

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Samsung, carriers tout first Tizen mobes for late 2013

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All these new mobile OS...

... a more serious question, is there a good comparison anywhere because I'm a getting a bit lost between the Mozilla one, Tizer (as I want to call it), Ubuntu, and who knows what else.

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