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Microsoft LOVES YOU: Free Wi-Fi on the British railways for a month

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Re: Dear MS

Freetards seem to have this overinflated fear that people are continuously straining to view their files. It's pretty similar to the way Americans used to be afraid of Communists hiding behind newspapers and equally silly.

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Re: On the other hand

You should be on TV with material like that.

Then we could turn it off.

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Re: Dear MS

Nobody is interested in your boring documents.

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Microsoft's 'Gemini' project will be the Windows Blue of Office

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It only makes sense a subscription based suite should upgrade much more frequently and with less hoo-hah about new versions, only new features.

Does anyone know if IE10 is being included in this model or will that remain monolithic?

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Free speechers want into Apple and Samsung sealed court filings

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Clearly they are keeping it secret if they are.

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Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

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Re: Tried papers on tablets

How about on Kindle (or Kindle App)?

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Dragon capsule makes fiery entrance, safe splashdown

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Re: Dirty Laundry and Empty Packaging?!

It can't be fun being the guy who has to unpack it all, scientific equipment padded out with soiled underpants...

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Lots of these drunk no doubt

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Angry commentard mobs to feel Facebook jackboot in site tweak

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@Inachu

Ah, the typical teenage misunderstanding of the internet.... "it's the INTERNET, I can do whatever I want otherwise they're NAZIS oppressing my FREEDOM!!!1"

A website belongs to someone buddy. FaceBook is someone's property. If I own a website I can delete content on it as I damn well please if I don't like it - just like The Register deletes comments which it doesn't like.

A website gives you far fewer rights than the real world... no recourse, it's typically a dictatorship and you can't do anything to appeal.

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Re: This

>>Time to see Facebook for what it is, advertising.

You think it's a revelation that people using FB Pages for their business/product is advertising? You know, a bit like their own websites?

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While it allows owners to try and suppress bad comments, it is still a useful feature based on the way the other changes are described.

Also, how DO you expect a tool which allows users to fight trolling/spam not to also be usable to selectively promote/demote stuff?

But finally, it's worth noting that for companies using FB effectively as a webpage, this is way less control than they can use on their own site. Deleting unfavourable forum posts or what have you is very common when you own the site so this isn't actually changing anything except giving owners more control over things rather than letting FB be in charge as much.

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Google improves Chrom’s spel checkr

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Re: Oh look, it needs a constant connection to the net

A web browser needs an internet connection? Whatever next....

It's almost as bad as The Register - everytime I post a comment those bastards store it on their server.

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Microsoft splashes coat of paint on Windows 8 comms apps

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Re: Outlook and Taskline

I can't even remember Outlook crashing and I use it 8 hours a day...

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That is work, not life.

Work is a subset of life. A fairly important one as it takes 50%+ of your waking hours.

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Roomba dust-bust bot bods one step closer to ROBOBUTLERS

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Re: Asimo...

Asimo is pretty big and isn't it connected to a bank of eternal CPUs? Either way, the difference between Asimo and a £1500 laptop is pretty massive.

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Nanowires boost photovoltaics sunlight capture by 15X

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Re: >>unlikely to provide enough spot power for a 3kW kettle

I am not necessarily saying solar-only is a viable option for the UK. But if solar panels and a couple of lorry batteries could reduce your usage 30%, that's pretty significant and potentially worth doing. Or if you could go solar-only in a few months a year, normal power stations can adapt to that... they can't ramp up on a daily basis but can over weeks/months (I'm sure they already do in the winter).

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>>unlikely to provide enough spot power for a 3kW kettle

If only there were some way to store the energy harvested during the day at a few hundred Watts, for when you need a couple of kW for a short period. Someone should work on that...

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Re: Fantastic!!

I like the way you point out a few valid points in general terms and then conclude in hand-waving generalisations that logically this means you must "find yourself blanketing an equivalent area in solar panels".

What about the billions of people who live in sunnier climates? We'll just kill the research because it might not be viable at all latitudes?

And even then we'd need proper figures. You say 1KW/m^2 is maximal (where - UK, equator, 1 mile above sea level?) but even at 10% of that with lousy weather, well doesn't the average house have 50-100m^2 of roof? If you could consistently generate only 100W, that negates a LOT of the stuff you leave turned on all day.

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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"I find it hard to believe that the life expectancy is as long as two years..."

"I find it hard to believe that the life expectancy is as long as two years, since that’s about how long the average corporate laptop lasts when given to grownups."

a)just because a corp replaces things every 2 years, doesn't mean they only last 2 years.

b)You've not been in a school have you... they often have old PIIs chuntering away, struggling under all the 'security' software (that stops you changing the desktop wallpaper but happily lets you view hard porn), on which kids are supposed to learn about computers. Then the teachers might have 4-5 year old laptops.

The wife's school has some iPad 1 units that haven't broken yet.

For very young kids I think tablets are a great resource, you do not see 2-3 year olds able to use keyboard+mouse but they are very easily able to learn how to use an iPad (scarily so, almost - weird to see a kid who can't talk but knows how to find Cars in Video app).

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Re: Why do people put forward the idea that iPads are good for art?

You don't need accuracy for art. You need accuracy for some sorts of art. Loads of artists just fat brushes!

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Re: Hey, I stopped reading on the first line because of asshattery.

Looks like I touched a nerve.

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Just wait until they can do it for audio...

Normal person watching

"Hey Billy do you wanna shoot some hoops after school?"

Reg reader watching

"Hey Billy do you wanna come and re-compile Mint after school?"

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Re: Hey, I stopped reading on the first line because of asshattery.

Really? So that's why in an era where main music sellers are selling music in non-DRM MP3 format, people have stopped pirating music?

Pirates will not stop simply because the content will run on all their devices because most pirates don't care about DRM any more than most paying consumers do.

Stop trying to justify why you're crusading for what's right, rather than just stealing. If it was the former you would pirate an 'open' version and then give a fair price to the author/publisher, or even to charity. But you don't, because you're a thief looking to justify it.

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Bill Gates offers big bucks for better condoms

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In countries where hygiene is a problem, you want them to try washing condoms? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

Another con is that it would have to be much more durable and therefore it's harder to make it as comfortable as current disposables.

A pro, you can make it more expensive so different materials are in reach.

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Re: Just give us a male pill already

Then men will either use the pill or lie about being on the pill rather than use a condom, and continue to spread diseases.

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Re: And Yet

Are you sure Islam says it's wrong?

And Catholicism doesn't preach abstinence, it preaches procreation!

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Nvidia unveils Minority Report-style face-bot tech

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I suspect you will see these happen in our lifetimes:

I think that's a dramatically easy bet to make. I suspect you'll see that this DECADE, or start to.

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Re: It's all in the eyes

This seems like the kind of claim which ends up with declaring real photos and video are "clearly fake". When you know something is fake or are trying to find evidence, you can easily fake yourself into seeing fakery :)

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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Re: Feedback?

That's right, they hire experts on this sort of thing. When you let a regular person - a manager running a startup project for instance - design the UI it ends up FAR worse. When you let programmers design the UI, you get 19 levels of menus, with options like "abstraction 4" and "go!!", or just a lot of key-codes you have to memorise.

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Other problem with the browser

Is it encourages people to make up any old interface rather than use the built-in components everyone understands. Buttons no longer have to press down, no consistent language of UX, etc.

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GE puts new Nvidia tech through its paces, ponders HPC future

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The PCI-Express bus has been a bottleneck since...

How wonderfully, scarily fast things change.

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

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Re: Confrontational?

It's better to just learn to drive properly. Why are you starting from 0mph on a sliproad to join a 70mph traffic flow? You're not, you are already moving as you enter the sliproad. Even if you were, sliproads are long enough to do this anyway. For instance, you might have noticed that lorries and buses have no problem.

Granted 0-60 in 13.5s doesn't allow you to accelerate to 85 and undertake traffic before slewing out straight to the fast lane, but see original point.

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does your house wear out ? Do you sell it and get a new one every 5-10 years even ?

Are you actually retarded? A car is not a house. Even boats - which have FAR more longevity than cars - eventually wear out.

And your point still makes no sense because you still need new parts to replace the ones that wear out. You're still building new cars, just in bits. When your engine wears out, you can replace it with a new electric one.

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a)If you buy a car based on how fast it is, you're not the target market

b)If you buy a car based on how fast it is, you're a tit

c)don't you read how he said it "felt faster"?! Presumably like how a 900cc car feels fast due to the thrashing you have to give the engine to get going?

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completely useless beyond a few niche users

You mean the few million 'niche users' who live in cities and drive only a few miles every day? How many people exactly do you think live in Greater London alone and drive to work?

It's good to see that just as Londoners are ignorant of everywhere else, bumpkins also assume everyone is just like them with their 50mile commute.

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Re: Fail

What a stupid argument. Lets all buy 2nd hand cars because clearly then we'll never need new ones.

The point is that the new cars being introduced as old ones wear out should be as clean as possible, not that everyone should ditch their car for a new e-car. It's a long game, there is no infrastructure for everyone to switch anyway.

Stop making ludicrous arguments. Drive your car until you would buy a new one anyway, then switch.

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@thegrouch

>>I suppose the pollution generated from power stations providing the electricity for this car would fall into that category

Please learn a little something before making stupid statements like this. It never crossed your mind that the pollution per unit of energy released might differ between burning petrol in your car and burning coal in a power station?

Just as we talk about CPU power per watt these days, we need to compare CO2 per KWh for petrol Vs electric to see which is actually cleaner... it's possible your point might actually be true once all factors are taken into account but only by coincidence.

Plus of course you totally miss the point that lack of exhaust in a city centre is a good thing.

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Contactless Charging?

Is this feasible for a car... built into parking spaces for instance so you simply stop and it charges?

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Software glitch WIPES OUT listings of 10,000 eBay sellers

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Re: Effectively another "cloud" failure.

That's like saying that depending on selling your brand of ketchup in major supermarkets, or relying on selling your beer in pubs, is too risky. It's how things work.

Granted, ONLY using eBay or ONLY using Amazon is a bad idea, but not relying on 3rd-party portals in general. You can of course still sell direct, but expecting that to give the same sales is silly. Nearly anyone who manufactures anything is dependent on their reseller - lose them and you have to find another pronto.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

I wonder if Feynman got this kind of stick too, for being able to articulate his thoughts and have hobbies outside science.

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Universe gains an extra hundred million years

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Re: In other news...

I came to the comments specifically to pre-empt one of our regular anti-creationist trolls. But you beat me to it.

WGAS what a minority group think?

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Review: HTC One

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Re: fixed

It's generally very dim people who can earn enough to spend £500 on a phone.

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"Chrome just doesn’t excel at JavaScript rendering"

I saw this mentioned in the other review too, and found it surprising. Isn't insane best-of-class JS performance one of the things Chrome is known for?

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Re: No SD no sale

Just because a phone lacks one feature you deem essential does not mean it can't objectively be deemed the better phone, if that feature is one few users want or use.

The fact storage support hasn't become the norm even now some people provide it, seems to show it's not a big deal to the majority.

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Microsoft starts to roll out Windows 8 in embedded flavors

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Re: Why bother?

Why bother?

Probably because W8 embedded/etc versions are more often going to be used in tough-based scenarios, and because they have kinect-functionality so you can interface without having to even touch the screen. I can see real uses for that.

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Re: there's a limit on how smart you need a coffee machine to be

Thanks for feeling the need to tell us which brands you're snobby about Ross.

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there's a limit on how smart you need a coffee machine to be

Even if that were true (doubtful for many nerds) most are not smart at all. How can you not want the ability to select your coffee type from your phone/PC as you leave your desk and find it ready waiting for you by the time you arrive?! Just think how much time talking with colleagues about their stupid pets and boring families, or pretending to care about sport, could be saved¬

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Breakneck star orbits black hole at record speed

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Re: Pretty slow

In general, I think these 3 comments show who knows science and who watched Big Bang Theory.

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Researcher sets up illegal 420,000 node botnet for IPv4 internet map

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Re: Using a default username and password isn't hacking

Are you being deliberately stupid or does it just come naturally?

How is your friend possibly equivalent to a stranger trying all the door handles to see which are open?

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