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Bloody good show
The french are pretty good at looking after No. 1
I hope Cameron/Osbourne are taking notes.
Well, the number of write cycles is certainly as important as the speed. In the long run more so?
It ain't easy
$PREVIOUSEMPLOYER got suckered by fake IGBTs. Their supply chain was unbelievably short: Fab-Warehouse-Factory. 3 steps, including themselves, massively complex 'release record' tracking, numbering, back-checking, supplier visits, external audits. But they still got suckered for $INDUSTRIAL_QUANTITY of Euroes. Police never solved it.
'twas reckoned the bad guys had to have people on-payroll in all 3 steps to get away with it.
It appears the cheap one has a memory card slot, and the dearer one doesn't. How very peculiar.
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Cherry flavoured whale
The EU could change its rules and have traders charge - and pay - the VAT in the country of use.
So, it seems that MS is not expecting Enterprise to adopt Windows 8. Thought not.
$MEGACORP still has hundreds of thousands of us on XP. I know there are some W7 users out there, but lots of corporate systems don't work on it, and our own applications for talking to customer machines are only intermittently happy. I suspect that we might be moving to W7, but I think mid 2013 is over-optimistic.
projectile vomiting illiterate crap
I've heard nothing substantive about what either candidate will do about climate, depletion of resources, overpopulation, employment, or making friends with other cultures.
I have heard a lot of manic hooting about who is allowed to do what to texan vaginas, and the more rabid ideas of nutters lower down the political pecking order.
Unless there is an alternate information stream available to the voters of the giant playground, I would suspect that the correct answer is "none of the above".
cat gets elected president.
Give one the nuclear button? Worrying. evil buggers, cats.
footnote: cats are more likely to be able to pronounce 'nuclear' than recent button-weilders
Re: Can I be the first
Do I want to know about 'Chaff Bag'?
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I can see the reson for the high score, but you can buy two ford focuses for that. or one, and an enormous amount of petrol.
It's getting cleverer, but what is the lifetime energy budget? By the time you have made, shipped, exchanged, recycled, and disposed of the batteries, are we collectively better off.
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will be improved by users upgrading to newer versions
Users upgrading? Users?
That's loads of phones to throw away, then.
Was it too much to hope that an OS with a unix heritage and written entirely in the 21st century would have been secure by design?
Re: How come Range Rover...
Evoque? good? It's a transit van for tarts, a Wag Wagon.
Re: While this lady surgeon doesn't wear make-up or jewelry or other adornments, most women do
hey! I'm a very masculine man, and I have a dell in Bright (alfa romeo like) red!
Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"
To be fair, they've done some pretty good compilers & dev systems. And Excel seems pretty good, especially at pretty graphs.
But there have been some real turkeys, and some half-finished stuff too. And yes, AD is the work of satan
It's a recession
It's a recession, sweetheart.
There was a chap on Radio 4 running a 300 year old building company, who has had to cut his staff to a quarter and is living off the cash they saved (saved!) during the good years. An self-employed relative of mine has had to cut his rates to about half just to keep in work. LSI's problems don't seem half as bad by comparison.
I'm expecting to be sitting this one out for half a decade. At least.
I think TIFKAM deservers to stick.
I think I have had a minor stroke.
As long as I could remember, up until 2010, I always knew where North was. In a locked room you could say "where is North" and I would point to it within 10 or 15 degrees. Then one day in a tent in Zambia I woke up having no idea at all where the sun would rise. It was terrifying.
I now carry a compass, but have noticed a lot of strange adaptations. Previously I could drive on the continent without bother. I now appear to automatically transpose left and right in my mind in order to do so. I noticed that on reading a sign in Groningen to use the East bypass, I turned toward the west. So both left turns and left-and-right on the map have been transposed. It's weird.
I can still navigate without GPS, but have come to use car sat-navs in unfamiliar places rather like old people have cookers with giant knobs - for comfort, not because it is essential.
Oh, and Mongolia is easy. Few roads, relatively flat landscape, good recognisable peaks on the skyline. And no woods. (the watch trick is a bit of a bugger when it is snowing heavily, mind) I recently got hopelessly lost in a 5 acre wood I have been walking my dogs through for 30 years. Had to go right out, work out where I was from the sunlight, and walk round the perimiter to somewhere obvious. (didn't need a GPS for that either)
Ping Shaun Dormon
Why not pass this comment thread to Lenovo, and let us know their reply?
Re: Lenovo, read! Re:1440x900
I reckon 1440x900 would still be a piss-take at this price. We have 5 inch phones at 1,920 x 1,080 on the horizon.
The best product differentiation Lenovo could come up with is a decent resolution screen, though I reckon Torben Mogensen is right - a nipple mouse is a Lenovo must.
Re: you might scratch the paint!
I will cheerfuly put my laptop bag on the roof of a hire car while lifting things out of the boot, but would never do it to mine!
If this is the oddest behaviour of the british public, we have become a very dull lot indeed.
And that insurance office must really be a bundle of joy to work in.
>Unfortunately there is no real competition for desktop users who *gasp* WANT A DESKTOP OS.
This is a terrible condemnation of companies like HP, really. They've known for over a year that W8 was going to be a turkey, and 18 months ago HP was going to be supplying WinOS on every machine they shipped. if they'd had some guts, and were not being run by witless beancounters, there would be a real pre-installed alternative by now.
I think that Linux and OSX are decent alternatives personally, but 90% of customers want a 300 quid PC that works out of the the box. And the box shifters have wasted a year in which they could have been planning to break the monopoly that sees M$ designing their products for them.
Greed, short-termism, lost opportunity.
Re: If Citrix...
I let them know.
Re: Learning from XP
>Microsoft found to their cost that their biggest competitor for O/S's was .... themselves.
This reminds me of Vauxhall.
Me: "I want a set of brake pads for a 2004 Astra please"
Spares dept: "Sorry, we don't stock parts for cars over 5 years old"
Me: "Why would I need parts for a car less than 5 years old?"
What about corporate customers?
The big corporations are just about moving to W7. They are going to expect proper support for half a decade at least. They won't be at all pleased about this.
And who can blame them?
Re: Nice idea
Then there is the HTC J Butterfly - 440PPI 1,920 x 1,080 5in - 16GB internal + up to 32GB microSDHC
Don't hurry. 700 quid laptops will still be x768 for another decade.
<gets off hobby horse>
"I wonder if it's friendly?"
In other news
Makers of gas mantles complain of falling sales.
Very poor market for starting handles.
Domestic coal deliveries at all-time low.
Fixed it for you
"Everything Everywhere prices up"
That's about it.
Re: TBottom image
"May contain nuts"
Re: @AC 13:56
>VM can go and boil their bottoms on this one
That cheered me up no end on a dull morning. Ta.
And the band played 'believe it if you like'.
Heard it all before. WM6, .net, silverlight...
Not quite an abbreviation, not quite an acronym. More like a word search puzzle in 1 dimension. That's a pretty desperate way to come up with a memorable name, taking the 'o' from 'exo'.
Good luck with the search, though lads.
Re: Illegal compilation of motorist plates?
Genius! Claim car numbers are copyright, & go after them through the courts!
Re: Re Morons
Having read some of the comment threads, I am worried that morons may be getting a bad name.
@Thorne: Re: Reverse tactics
>It's a total waste of time.
My view too. Subversive tokenism.
So the USA has trumped up a non-tarrif trade barrier. That leaves Europe as a market. So Europe will need a barrier, dumping looks like a convenient hook to hang it on.
I suspect that if the 80s & 90s were the era of GATT, globalisation, & the free marketr, the teens & twenties will be the reversal.
Once things are obvious enough that you can hit politicians over the head with them, things change.
deispite all the argument above
The fundamental point for me is
Gove == Idiot
Does this one have the developer switch that lets you install linux?
Red rag, bull, etc.
I had an Ipaq that I used for a couple of years, but it had to be rebooted daily to keep it working. What is the point of a phone that might not ring?
Re: Nokia N-Gage?
For the same reason they made it. It looked arresting.
Here in Lincolnshire we would be delighted by public wifi.
Well, there are 7.05 Billion of us, according to various sources. According to indexmundi 26% are under 14 years old. and 8% are over 65. So lets call that a potential world market of 7.05 * 0.66 = 4.65 Billion economicaly active adults. 
The suggestion is therefore that 23% of the adults in the world have a smart phone. Wow. And if it /does/ double, as they suggest, that will be getting on for half of us. 
I wonder what else has achieved market penetration like that? The ball point pen, perhaps. Certainly the knife. Shoes. If you include plain phone phones, how close to 100% do we get?
http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/facts/2011/material/ICTFactsFigures2011.pdf says there are 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions, that's 87% of the whole world population and 129% of my rough-and-ready count of world adults.
Now, look. This is something done by Science, not religion or governments. It has changed the world very profoundly, which is what technology has done since the stone age. religion and government is dedicated to the status quo, Engineers to tearing it down. I rather think I know who is winning.
 I am aware that in some countries schoolkids have smartphones.
 But not me.
Prior cartoon art
The story arc currently running in the web cartoon Schlock Mercenary had embedded blood-nannies being subverted and re-programmed by low-speed data steganographed into TV pictures. Maybe Fujitsu engineers read web cartoons?
¥600bn in loans
That sounds more like a noose than a lifeline.
Whatever control the Matsushita family still had over the corporation is likely now diluted to homeopathic levels.
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