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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Re: Only Microsoft...

You mean like how IE9/10 run on Windows desktop, phone and tablet which are essentially 3 separate OS?

What they're thinking (I suspect) is they want their new software to use the new OS features, rather than simply target everything at WinXP APIs.

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A bit dubious

I'm all for grabbing the new version and taking it for a spin... getting a bit disenchanted with Chrome and went off FF ages ago. IE9 is pretty good but still not as good as Chrome so I'd hope IE10 would be good.

BUT that "protracted development" makes me nervous it might not quite be there yet. Not that I use IE as my main browser just yet anyway so maybe I'll take the plunge as and when it wants to install.

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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

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Re: Why not just build a solar panel that covers half the world....

We talk of Nuclear as being a clean sustainable power source but surely the one thing it is not is sustainable. Even coal and oil are continually being regenerated (slowly) but the very nature of radioactive material means it is always downhill... supernova creates heavy elements which accrete to a planet and then you have a fixed time span until the radiation is all gone... even if we don't use it it's disappearing (even more slowly)

Are there any sums on how much useful material we have?

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build a 150 million km pipe and suck the heat right out of the sun...

You don't need a pipe, the vacuum of space works quite well.

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Re: Makes no sense to me

You can make a convincing hand-waving argument either way, there are two many hard facts which make an intuitive answer very hard. We need proper empirical or theoretical work - build a scale model or simulate it on a nice super-computer.

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Re: Makes no sense to me

Simply using the argument "taking energy MUST reduce the wind" isn't enough. You have to show how much. Is it like me diluting the ocean by running my garden house onto the beach, or something reasonable? We have several Km of atmosphere, how much difference does clogging up the bottom 30m make?

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Re: This should not be a surprise.

Let me get this perfectly clear so there's no doubt.

Collecting energy caused by the sun causing air currents to move around is a hopelessly indirect method of harnessing the sun's energy.

Collecting energy caused by the sun's light being collected by forests growing over hundreds of years which then die and rot and over millions of years are converted into coal/oil which we expend tremendous effort digging up and treating and transporting all around the world, and then burn, is sensible and efficient.

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Re: I'm shocked, shocked...

Hmm, obviously the moment science appears which supports a cynical viewpoint it's taken as gospel truth? Hardly a scientific approach.

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You mean like the real scientists who disagree with them?

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Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

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Re: Intel HD graphics

Sorry Jason but you're wrong. Modern onboard graphics are a huge leap forward from the i945 chepsets or whatever we used to have. It won't run a brand new game like your gaming rig but duh.

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Q: Do people really "lounge around and watch movies" on a tablet?

Is that even a serious question?

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Price?

No mention I could see in the article.

I started off being cautiously optimistic this could be a cool device but it just ended up sounding shit, not something that should be sporting the Vaio brand at all.

Is the crap design to distract you from W8's own faults? ;)

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Apple to cough up $100m after kids rinse parents' credit cards on apps

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Re: It is all so very simple.

Easy to say that but if you have a family PC 1) is not possible. Some of us object to buying multiple PCs.

You perhaps forget kids have been doing this for decades... it used to be ordering over the phone with daddy's card and putting on a deep voice.

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Since the move to iOS 6 app updates no longer require a password

Are you certain because I know I have iOS6 but I haven't recollected it. Unless the absense of the problem wasn't noticeable of course.

And being asked when you are paying is fine... though "are you sure" might be better than "enter your password AGAIN"... but for free stuff it gets wearing.

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>>How many times a day do you buy or update apps??

Some days, several times - I might download a dozen apps looking for the best one. Having to re-enter my password 10 times in a row is a PITA.

Obviously when MS do it with UAC it's crap. But if Apple do it - with a really ugly popup - it's stupid to suggest otherwise.

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I was just thinking the same - every new app or app update requires a password, even free ones. I never did an in-app purchase but had assumed they were the same.

Or can you turn off the password check?

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Google+ goes single sign-in, exec roasts Zuck's 'frictionless sharing'

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Re: Still enforcing "real names"?

Pretty atrocious to suggest we should have some sort of accountability for our actions. I think it's an assault on our freedom I can't use my handle on my passport.

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Re: Fixed it for you

You stick to 400 accounts and passwords then. I'll get on with using my PC to make my life more rather than less easy.

Trust me, your life (data) is far less interesting than you imagine it to be.

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Woah they didn't already have this? Like it or loath it, this is one of FB's biggest strengths.

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

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Which post are YOU responding to?

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You don't mean creationist, you mean young-earth creationist. They're a pretty small minority so why the rush to bring them into a serious story?

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Gravity is also a theory. What's your point?

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That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging

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even I recognise that a new OS entering the market can only be a good thing

Why? If we have only one dominant player or even 2, then more competition can be good. If we already have 4 (iOS, Android, WP, BB) then we have competition and differentiation already. A slew of similar competing nix-based OS does not seem to do anything but fragment the ecosystem, especially the nix part of it.

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Re: Graph with *3* lines on it

WP has something new to offer was I think the point - a massive company backing it. Whereas all the other new platforms are just rip-off of Android. Android does things just fine already...

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North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some

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Re: Daily Mail

Never mind the DM, what exactly does this have to do with World IT?

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5 part series "Let us trim our hair in accordance with Socialist lifestyle"

Where can I get the boxset? It has to be better than the last series of Lost.

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Barnes & Noble to sling their Nook - report

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Re: What a Ballmer! MSFT owns 17% of Nook

Don't Amazon sell more Kindle e-books to people running non-Kindle hardware?

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Hands-on with Ubuntu's rudimentary phone and tablet OS

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Re: GUI for wimps, Give me the Command line Phone

A phone which is command-line only would be awesome :)

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long-term plan ... a single Ubuntu OS ... phone, tablet, desktop, and TV user experiences

Well it worked well for MS...

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Cheap iPhone mini 'makes sense' for world domination

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Re: iPhone for the masses - long term suicide for the Apple brand

Not if they only sell it in emerging markets.

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Re: Good idea....

>>Yes, they already sell a smaller cheaper phone - the IPhone 4

Now go back and read the article. The whole point is people see it as a stigma to buy an old model. By re-packaging a 4/3S as a new model for emerging markets, this stigma is avoided.

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Good idea....

Squeeze 3GS/4 tech into a 'new' iPhone mini handset. Sell ONLY in emerging markets. Bingo - new revenue stream.

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Razzie voters drive stake through Twilight

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Re: probably closer to the actual public's view of the commercial film scene

>>Don't confuse 'commercial success' with 'being a good film

OK then base it on DVD sales, which will typically be much more biased to people who saw the film and still wanted to buy it :)

IMDB is probably the best bet - the Razzies are deliberately set up to mock and criticise and as such will get a very non-typical demographic... cynical sarcastic fault-picking types.

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probably closer to the actual public's view of the commercial film scene

No, closer to geeks' and insufferable windbags' view of the scene and/or the public's view of the scene.

The actual public's views are measured by bums in seats and pounds in tills. Therefore in the public's view, those twilight films are worth watching even if we think they suck.

Assuming you are a typical person who speaks for the people is tremendously naive and/or arrogant.

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Dell takes aim at iPad, uncloaks enterprise-level Win8 tablet

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Dell has updated its Windows 8 tablet line

I genuinely hadn't realised Dell already entered the tablet market!

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Best Buy takes axe to touchy Windows 8 PCs - lops $100 off price

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Re: Customers are happier with Win8 touch-

Are you really too stupid to understand that if something new turns up which people aren't aware of or don't understand, it may not sell even if it's better?

The phrase "barrier to entry" is the issue here. And no I'm not saying Win8 is better or touch-PCs are better. But people have preconceptions or sheer lack of knowledge - the idea of a tablet PC seemed daft pre-iPad.

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Success for Einhorn: Judge blocks vote on Apple's Proposal 2

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Re: @ThomH: Aren't they?

>>If they're shareholders, they kinda are owed a payout, aren't they?

If they'd sold at $700 they would have one. Like I should've done!

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Great idea. Buy shares. If they go up, clap your self on the back for smart investing. If they go down, blame the company and demand they give you some money.

I've lost money on AAPL but that's the risk I took buying them.

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Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel

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Re: 13"?

There's no reason the display density is an issue. Simply set the video mode to 1280x850 if you are running apps which don't scale... the whole "retina mode" is the incompetent design in my view. Windows already lets you adjust DPI on icons etc so it should be fine, though I don't really see such a high DPI screen being sensible anyway... although games would look pretty incredible (except the hardware can't keep up).

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13"?

I didn't actually see the screen size mentioned in the Reg or linked article, though a few have mentioned it being 13" in comments. Could someone confirm this?

It seems VERY expensive for the spec other than the fancy screen - I mean 4GB only for a grand? Even cloud-based stuff might need more if you want serious apps in the browser like NaCl games or something.

Two linked questions...

1)Do Google make ChromeOS publicly available so you can install it in a VM or multi-boot/Bootcamp it? That might be fun to try. Or even on a bootable USB?

2)If you bought a Pixel, could you put W8 on it either alongside ChromeOS or instead?

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Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

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Dearie me

Out of interest, have the other big players had similar screw-ups? I know things like gmail have gone down but has the entire google app cloud or EC2 flopped like this?

Maybe it's deliberate ploy by MS to make cloudy computing generally look bad so everyone stays with desktop computers, running Windows :)

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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Re: New blow for Microsoft Surface?

>>You can get MS systems with touch screens now. They are not selling. The reason? Metro

No, the reason is people aren't keen on touch-screen laptops. Possibly for good reason. As a touch-screen UI, Metro is quite fine even if you hate Windows underneath it. If Apple or Google can popularise the touch-PC so it's more common, suddenly MS get what they wanted.

Damn... replied to this as a serious post before seeing it was Eadon.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface?

Maybe for Surface, though I doubt it.

But anything which makes PCs with touch screens gain interest is massively GOOD for MS because their main OS is focused on that.

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

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Many people think my charismatic church is a cult because we do/believe some weird things. But is it about numbers - surely CoS has quite a lot of members now. Many say Mormons or JWs are cults but similarly, aren't they too numerous?

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Re: Religions...

"Time to remove the tax-exempt status on all religions. If because they are doing good in the world, then why are they different from other do-good organisations?"

Charities get tax breaks too. In fact typically an independent church IS a charity, run not for profit. So if a church spends its money on paying salaries of those running it, and on doing good, they should get exactly the same treatment as other charities.

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Re: Religions...

>>I fully object to those believers forcing their opinions on other people

What if their belief is that forcing their belief on others is important? By saying they can't force their opinion on you, you're forcing your own opinion on them.

Fun isn't it!

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Re: CoS

>>FFS, relax. Take some valium. I don't think we have any wannabee terrorists here

Yes but this kind of "I hope he dies" or "she deserves it for being so stupid" is exactly the kind of stupidity you get when everything is anonymous. You have to wonder if killing the people was somehow as easy and consequence-free as spouting about it on the web, what would happen. Just look how silly indiscriminate hatred turns into real violence at football games.

Maybe the OP was deliberately making that point but I doubt it.

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in a civilised society ... able to speak freely of things you criticise...using my own name

I think that's a very important point.

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Twitter opens ad API... awaits cash TSUNAMI from ad-slingers

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Re: Time to delete that account then...

It seems it's probably the right thing for them to do as a company - sadly. Though I don't have many thoughts I want to share with the world, I think Twitter is a useful and important thing. Before everyone rushes in to deride celebs and idiots filling the service with crud, consider that the internet is similarly full of crap but that doesn't stop it being a Good Thing on balance provided you can filter out the parts you don't care about.

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: Social? .... Where's the SPLIT-SCREEN gameplay?!

>>I lament the loss of SPLIT-SCREEN gameplay

I agree. With the average TV size so much bigger these days it makes SS a better experience. And there's that TV tech which lets two people on different sides of the room see totally different images too.

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