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5511 posts • joined 28 May 2010

'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

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Probably because Pi is using the 'wrong' Linux variant or something equally heinous.

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Google to offer 'same-day delivery' Amazon Prime killer - report

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Sounds messy

So I have to search a whole list of shops for the product I want, then check if the cheapest is part of Google Express, then order? If it is delayed or doesn't turn up, who do I chase up?

Whereas with Amazon I just go to their site, order it and chase Amazon if there is an issue, and they will undoubtedly ship a replacement immediately, rather than wait to see where the original turns up.

I find Google product search is pretty annoying to start with, but maybe that's just my shopping habits.

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Re: Free delivery better

Nope. Everything arrives next day or the day after depending when I order.

Although I will say their free delivery is pretty good, way better than play.com.

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Review: Toshiba Satellite U920T Ultrabook

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Re: How to judge Win 8 popularity

How true. So many people deliberately won't learn how to use the bloody Ribbon so they can complain it's too difficult, while their parents struggle for an hour or two and then get on with it.

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Re: I tried it, finally

What are you messing about with the GUI for anyway? Aren't you a proper server guy?

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Re: Fugly..

I'm sorry, _Linux_ users are complaining about an OS that doesn't come perfectly tuned to their needs out of the box, and benefits from customisation?! Isn't that exactly the kind of thing you love doing on a Saturday night?

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Eeew

The back side of the tablet looks horrendous from those photos.

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iPhone 5S and lower-cost sibling coming this summer?

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Re: Still with the tincy-wincy liddle screen?

Why would they have to fragment? They could release the iPhone5 resolution on a bigger screen or the iPad mini resolution on a smaller one.

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Re: Yawn...

A bit like Samsung then.

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IT'S HERE: Seagate ships 'affordable' desktop hybrid drive

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Re: "affordable"

Definitely a subject worthy of swear words.

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Tesco: Every little (effort to kill Amazon, Spotify) helps

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Re: Not a chance this will work out for Tesco

I think you're 2nd point is a load of BS. Club card is entirely to make sure you always shop at Tesco not at competitors. They wouldn't put all those deals together for 4X voucher value if getting you to spend the vouchers in-store was their main gambit.

Rather they are much cleverer, and get people hooked to using vouchers as the foundation for their dining out... always buy Tesco 'cos it means we get to eat out for free.

And I'm not sure your first point is much cop either. Amazon is a massive hit in the UK, as is Tesco itself outside the traditional groceries.

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Re: Steam

>>but only "view" one movie at a time.

So now I need an always-on internet connection to view my downloaded content on the move? It's almost like it's more complicated than you naively imagine.

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Re: Meanwhile, Amazon screws the creators

That's ok, nobody wanted to read your books anyway. Which is what's going to happen if you don't go through a big reseller :)

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Re: @Lunatik re Tesco haters

Why Tesco hating rather than Sainsbury or Amazon... Amazon now corner the market in pretty much everything BUT perishable groceries!

Wonder if we'll ever see an Amazon supermarket!

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Re: Greed

Ha.

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Re: Greed

It's about as greedy as you expecting a pay-rise. Seriously, is there some connection between being left-wing and being blindingly stupid?

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Yawn

Blinkbox has some attractive deals and tie-ins (Dominos IIRC) but the service is just not very good IMO. But then, any provider who doesn't have a PS3 app is automatically shot down in my view.

A Tesco MP3/ebook store can't hurt but I think Amazon/Apple have this one sewn up even against Tesco in the UK.

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Re: more Tesco digital stuff

Yeah you wouldn't want low quality bits would you? <rollseyes/>

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Microsoft Surface Pro will land in UK in WEEKS*

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

>>There's distinctly more chance of a lithium fire causing a magnesium fire than there is of a couple of protons causing planetary annihalation.

In the same way that there is more chance of being struck by lightning than the LHC destroying the planet. If you get your device into a situation it could catch fire, you already have enough problems.

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Re: DO NOT BUY - Unavoidable limited life

Any component has a limited life.

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

In the same way that we shouldn't run the LHC in case it creates a planet-sucking black hole.

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Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

>>And 80GB is a tiny amount if you are working with modern software and images.

Then it's odd the W7 PC I use 8+ hours a day for my job as a software developer as well as for miscellaneous home PC user stuff is only up to 120Gb after 4 whole years, including all the old git/svn working copies lying around, my personal music collection, and all the crud copied from my last desktop "in case I might need it".

I repeat, you should not be storing everything on your surface in the first place, therefore 80Gb is loads of space... considering most tablets are 16/32Gb it should be pretty blindingly obvious that even 50Gb of free space is plenty, and therefore the couple of GB you lose for a Linux install is hardly a problem... surely your Linux/Win partitions can share files or you could even install Linux on a bootable SD or something along those lines.

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Re: Dell have beaten them to it

Why does anyone want to spend £1k on an ultrabook?

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Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

If only you could use external storage with Surface Pro.

Of course some of us would find the 80Gb or so free space on the 128Gb version is fine for work and Linux. You possibly don't realise how much space 80Gb is... if you don't fill the thing up with video it's a lot. 20Gb used to be OK for a desktop and PDFs/doc files are not really bigger than they were back then.

You shouldn't be using a tablet to store all your stuff.

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anything the Surface Pro can do that could not be done by a similarly spec'd laptop

Couldn't you say the same about ultrabooks?

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Price

Comparing it to a tablet it looks extortionate. No doubt some will be suggesting it should be £300. But it's not a tablet, it's a mid-range laptop squashed into a tablet casing. From the hardware side I think it's a marvel of modern technology to be honest.

But do you need a full PC in a tablet? If you do, this might be your wet dream. Otherwise just get an iPad :)

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Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

How do you know it "doesn't quite work" when it hasn't been released yet?

And why on earth do you think this is based on Server 2012... isn't it desktop W8? Actually since Pro is just x86, which edition of W8 is it anyway? And couldn't you set it to dual boot Linux+W8 or W7+W8 or whatever?

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Re: Everything is now Square.

I installed IE10 on Win7. It looks exactly like IE9 to me.

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No. I just upgraded from IE9 to IE10 on W7 and the basic interface is basically identical... I wasn't even sure it had installed until the "welcome to IE10 tab opened".

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Need an army of killer zombies? Yours for just $25 per 1,000 PCs

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Re: So...

So you want to make people think Linux is malware by installing it on their PCs via a botnet? Great thinking.

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per day, week, what?

Does this mean one could hire compromised PCs for legitimate distributed computing work more cheaply than EC2?!

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Flexy 'iWatch' glass said to be three years away

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3 years?

Just because Apple have a patent on a bendy watch doesn't mean they are only making bendy watches. After all, people have been making rugged glass-fronted watches for quite a while.

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

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17 months, no way to expel waste

That's a LOT of poo. If we say one movement each per day we're looking at 1 kiloturd.

Maybe that - kiloturd - should be the new unit of space travel, combining time spent and number of people travelling?

Either way it's a good idea but you have to worry the landing back on Earth is going to be more risky with all those bags liable to burst.

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Canadian cyborg says Google Glass design is cracked

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Dear Google

Please hire me and pay me $millions.

Love,

Steve Mann

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Euro watchdog bares teeth at Microsoft over browser gaffe

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Re: EU lost the plot

They are not using a dominance in one market to influence another. If Android had 99% of mobile then perhaps it would be the same.

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Re: "Whoops!"

I can't see it being deliberate really, daft to expect nobody would notice much sooner. All we learn is that the two sides are equally incompetent.

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Re: Who cares

Eadon you forgot to login.

Dying platform? Windows desktop dominance is the one bit of the OS landscape which ISN'T really changing. No matter how much MS screw up, Linux still can't stumble to victory.

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Re: Take the money

FOSS shouldn't need EU handouts...

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Architect pitches builder-bothering 'Print your own house' plan

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Re: do for building what Linux did for software

"this time next year Rodders"

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do for building what Linux did for software

Is that really the slogan they want to use? Come on who wants to go first... show us you penguins have a sense of humour too.

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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What they should do first

Is make two people think they've been selected, and then lock them in a super-realistic simulator for the same time-frame.

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happening during the 11-year solar minimum

I thought 2013 was the peak of the cycle.

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Sergey Brin emasculated after HORROR smartphone disaster

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You look very manly wearing big glasses, any science geek can tell you that.

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Apple assimilates France, Sweden and pals into iCloud

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Re: Just the usual question..

>>I think they will need to have more than just one copy to cover the different language requirements and possibly even 'Board of Film Censor' or whatever each country calls them

Then they're not the same files are they.

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Re: Just the usual question..

Yeah but who really cares. Why is the US government going to demand a list of the MP3s you bought?

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Re: Just the usual question..

It's not personal data, it's music and films and apps on their store. They keep one copy of each file and record who is allowed to access it.

Is it a massive problem if someone finds out you bought Justin Bieber's album?

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25% of Groupon share value WIPED OUT after rates slashed

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There are good deals although often they are similar to deals you can get through food club memberships or mailing lists. Once in a while something good comes along.

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Re: Soap bubble

Revenues of $600million suggest they are hardly marginalised just yet.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Re: Magic Touch tech which means you can fondle your slab while wearing gloves

I don't want to buy special gloves, I have ones which I like.

Sewing thread isn't an option on waterproof ones but you can buy little finger-stickers or so I hear. Maybe worth a look on Amazon

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So much noise on WinMob, but Microsoft's silent on lovely WinPhone

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Re: Really lovely?

Isn't FF the one that's going to be all JS/HTML - basically the same idea as ChromeOS? Or was that a rumour only?

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