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5644 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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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: 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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Hey El Reg you got a namecheck

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie:

"Vastly improved”

—The Register

Final proof no doubt that El Reg are paid MS writers

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Re: Only Microsoft...

MS would be well aware that businesses wouldn't suddenly jump to W8 because half of them haven't jumped to W7 yet. It's a pattern they know very well because it happens every time and forces them to support software 10 years after the consumer market has stopped using it.

If IE10 was W8 only, that would be another story.

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

That's what I want. I'm sick of tugging my thumb out of my glove to use my phone.

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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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Re: I'm not suprised

My £150 WP lasts about a week between charges and has rebooted perhaps 4 times in the 6 months I've had it - I'd rather it rebooted than just locked up :)

Why does it need an iPlayer app, isn't iPlayer going HTML5 which is supported in IE10 (this is a guess I haven't tried).

It's got niggles and flaws but I've not really spotted bugs as such.

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Microsoft unwraps sysadmin-friendly Office 365 for biz update

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Re: IMHO it will lead to an increase in cracked versions and torrents...

I'd rather have a ribbon than use a full application through my web browser.

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Re: Subscription...

Or subscriptions to listen to music. Oh wait.

Or here's a really crazy one... a subscription to read books and you have to keep taking them back. Hmm.

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NO SUBSCRIPTION

The other thing is, if you look around you'll find the subscription model is the one which is taking over - hosting, source control, storage, bug-tracking, music, netflix, yada yada. I agree that the idea of the office suite being an installed app is deeply ingrained so it feels weird but maybe that's where everything is going. Or maybe it's just this decade's trend and it will revert when we get bored of it.

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Re: The Preferred Business Model

>>Users have total control over where documents are stored, no cloud required

You already do.

>>No restriction on transferring licenses between users and machines

I guess the problem here is that it's much harder to enforce, and we all know how a single copy of Windows will get reinstalled everywhere given half the chance.

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Re: FFS

>>Why use Office 365 - which is a cloud service then?

So you can switch devices, hot-seat on any PC, etc? Store files in your own private cloud/whatever.

Regardless you miss the point - only a large business can have their own data centre. Small biz typically have a server in a basement somewhere and someone takes a USB disk home at the weekend :)

For them, cloud-based is way MORE secure than they can afford - typically they might not even have a full-time IT guy, just someone helping out.

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Pro Plus?!

OMG

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Nokia wants to build the Google of human behaviour - and share it

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Re: Are we sheep?

You might think you're pretty smart and nothing like a sheep/insect. But it's been well-known for decades that en masse, people act in ways that can be studied.

Do you really think it's going to be as simple as "oh you're near this bar, lets send you there like everyone else"? Such a system would in theory automatically avoid these kid of issues although it sounds an absolute nightmare to create.

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Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought

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Re: employers are less than impressed

Because as a company owner yourself, you are well aware of the legal ramifications to the company and its clients? When your employer gets sued for $millions because the guy you hired unofficially was allowed to see sensitive data they promised their client would not go outside the building, you have insurance and legal protection to cover that?

You're just a wage slave totally ignorant to what goes on above you, which is precisely why it's dangerous if you blithely do things your own way. Shortcuts are called shortcuts for a reason.

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Re: Free market economy...

If the employee wants to do that, they should not be an employee. Be an entrepreneur and set a up a company selling the service.

An employee who does this has no protection if the people he hires screw his employer over. A service company has indemnity insurance, contracts with the sub-contractors, etc.

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Re: ummmm

>>It's a poor sword that doesn't point both ways.

A sword that points both ways would be useless. That's the whole point (!) of a sword, it has a good end and a bad end.

And I don't see you saying that the flow of money from employer to employee being one directional is a bad thing.

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@Steven Roper

I don't know what kind of weird entitlement utopia you live in, but here in the real world a company is not a person. A company hires you to do a job so they can make profit, not so they can help the employment figures. They can choose who to pay to do the work because it's their company, and they are the decision makers.

Or to make it simple for you... employERs do the hiring, employEEs do not.

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Re: Right of substitution

No, they won't. Many will but it's normally not something you could enforce. IR35 is based on the reality of your working relationship, not what the contract says... if your contract says "contractor will not be subject to direct control" or "contractor is not obligated to accept work" (the other 2 pillars of the IR35 core test) but your client approves your holidays and expects you to be there 9-5 every day unless they give permission, you still fail.

Come join our community http://forums.contractoruk.com/accounting-legal/

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

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

>>@JDX: You're a Windows Phone fanboi, we get it

Come back when you can make an argument rather than just insult people for upvotes. If a fanboi is someone who thinks WP is roughly on a par with Android and iOS then sure I'm a fanboi.

HTML5 is not the answer. It lacks many essential features and requires developing in a horrific toolset. That's WHY everyone writes apps for multiple platforms in the first place, not for fun. Maybe in 5 years your point will be valid.

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