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2686 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Microsoft: Here, we'll make it easy for you Gmail lot. Meet our Outlook.com movers

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Gmx

I pay for a mail.com account, but you can get the same thing free from gmx.com

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Proverbial move.

"Out of the frying pan...into the fire"

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Microsoft rallies channel troops: Sell, sell, sell our spanking new 'Cloud OS'

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Watch yer backs

So that's 25 companies lined up to be shat upon in 2.5 years time, is it?

Microsoft's "partners" have never been guaranteed a long advantage in the market place.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

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Yep

I've used it when self employed to manage my business, and to do Xwindows development on.

I also persuaded a couple of survey ships to standardise on it to avoid the continual virus infections they were getting.

It is superb for electronic chart applications too: run VNC on the chart computer and display it anywhere withoug worrying about licence fees or updating or antivirus. Or people installing stupid games.

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

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What the UK can bring to the table.

We have a pretty impressive set of people who would improve the planet. By leaving it.

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Cheap 64-bit Snapdragon hopes to blow Chinese middle class's SoCs off

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Attention Ofcom

FM radio, you notice. Not DAB.

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Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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Democratised

Yep. For example look at geograph.org.uk .

3 million pictures by people, people like me.

A handful are good photography. You still need to know where to point it,what not to include, and how to be patient.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: So that's one fondleslab

>1280x1024 (svga) recommended

And yet they flogged us all those x600 or x768 screens!

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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

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Re: Are offset touchpads common now ?

It seems to happen when there is a numeric keypad, yes.

I'd quite like the touchpad to be at the end near where I would use the mouse - so I did not keep moving the cursor while touch typing.

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Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers

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Sick and tired of remembering hundreds of passwords

1960s technology belongs in the 1960s.

It really is about time we had a better way of proving who we are.

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Calling Doctor Caroline Langensiepen of Nottingham Trent uni

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Ah

So it's you who has my old saw? I was looking for it this morning.

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Recommendations for private cloud software...

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recomended

Sharefile.com have collaborative workspaces with secure access, not sure how good the logging is, never used it.

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DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

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Re: Build It And It Will Come

Don't bother.

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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I just think it's a shame

That they can't make some RiscOS machines for fun. With an income like that they could afford to fill British schools with them, for free.

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

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Re: Or get this..

I assume you are having a larf. So I will. Can you install Linux on it?

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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impressed

Ok, 1080 lines isn't much, but its a fair price & nice to see wired Ethernet..

I might buy it.

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ZTE becomes latest to cuff self to smartwatch bandwagon

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easy

>For £100 I would buy a semi-smart watch with a camera

http://www.tmart.com/Q8-Dual-Sim-Quad-Band-FM-Watch-Cell-Phone---1.33-Touch-Screen-with-Spy-Camera_p111833.html?cc=gbp

41 quid to you, mate.

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"comparable in features "

That's not going to set the world on fire.

FDS, come up with a compelling reason. Some desireable feature unavailable in any other way. Mousetrap, better, path, beat etc...

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

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Re: Theater, indeed

>If you wanted to make a terrorist attack, why wait

>until you are through airport security?

Or, indeed, why this obsession with aeroplanes? Why not attack a nice, unpatrolled, railway terminus or cathedral or bus station or ferry terminal? All these, and more, feature in terrorist attacks in the mad orient, yet no-one imagines it will happen in the dignified occident.

We have even had attacks on busses and stations and branches of Mcdonalds, and yet only airports get the drop-yer-trousers approach to security.

Bonkers.

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Simplest weapon

The simplest impromptu weapon remains the smashed duty free bottle, or the 'penang lawyer' walking stick. And yes, the molotov cocktail would be pretty devastating.

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URGH! GPS, that's another delayed mess you've got us into - suppliers

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Cloud provider?

Don't MI6 or GCHQ have the expertise to run a government cloud?

They could house the swervers at Bletchley Park, the tunnels at Dover, Portland heights, Lunna,

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Hooters, shooters and looters: Eidos’s Tomb Raider

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Re: Sirs

>rather boyish buttocks

Nothing wrong with that.

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Little devil: Electric Imp is an Internet of Things Wi-Fi PC-ON-AN-SD-CARD

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Re: conflicting form factors

You are obviously in possession of advanced info - you seem to know it won't cause damage. I did not deduce that from the original article.

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conflicting form factors

I don't mind them nicking the SD card layout, as long as damage can't result from mis-plugging.

Looking at the demo, they could add a large plastic wumph on the top to stop it going into a normal slot.

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BOFH: Resistance is futile - we're missing BEER O'CLOCK

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@Chad H. Re: Irony

I've nicked that for my .sig file

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Deep beneath MELTING ANTARCTIC ice: A huge active VOLCANO

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Re: the next Yellowstone

I thought recent news suggested that the next Yellowstone would be Yellowstone?

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Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

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Re: Never buying SONY again

I have an Xperia tablet from work. Connecting a Bluetooth keyboard kills thw WiFi dead.

Sony have /never/ replied to reports, emails, posts on their own forums or on farcebuk. I have tried to telephone both them and O2 and had no responses.

Buggerem. Sideways. With a rotating pineapple.

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TOQ of the TOWN: A second screen for the second screen. Third screen?

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anti-fashion

All these things look like a dick Tracy Crystal set radio from the small adsin american comics, along with the seebackrascope & x-Ray spex.

I might become interested when they

*don't make me look like a berk

*do something revolutionary and indespensible

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

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...the worst backup software there is except ...

The thing that annoys me about Acronis and all the other "user friendly" systems is you can't find out what they do from any documentation. When you fire up and give a backup name do you need to include the date? will the next one ask you again, append to that one, make a delta, make a new one by auto-increment the first name? what? say you want to use a physical device for backups, does it have to always be there? can you move the backup set to another bigger drive in 2 years time? or does it have to do it.

Seems to me the only way to find out is to try it and waste a lot of time.

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'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

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Re: Monster mash

That's a million-to-one, surely?

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We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

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Re: trouser pockets

Is it time for the thigh pocket ('sadlebag') to escape from the hill-walking fraternity and make it to high fashion and saville row? One of these monster phones is not unlike an OS map, after all.

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Pebble smartwatch app guys! Put your mind at WRIST: New SDK + iOS 7 alerts

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rushed out

Yet another root-and-branch upheaval a few months after launch.

Does no-one finish anything before selling things any more?

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OK, maths wonks: PRIME TIME has arrived

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One hour at a time

So now we know it takes less than 60 minutes for the angels to wreak eternal vengeance, 'cos they have to be done in time to move on to the next time zone.

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Is it TRUE what they say about the 'Moto G'? We FIND OUT on the 13th

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Re: iPhone

Dual (or more) sim would be a killer!

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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

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Re: it just needs to integrate better with AD.

Everything you say is true.

It doesn't make me stop wishing that AD would die in as horrible a way as possible.

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Playground insults

It does rather read like "Apple are smelly 'cos I say so".

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Blighty promises £49m to get more British yoof into engineering careers

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Re: IKB must be spinning in his grave.

But knowing him he will be doing at at some hitherto impossible rate!

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The Prof is absolutely right

Where I work at $MEGACORP engineers are lower paid than managers or sales people.

I just spent a whole year sorting out an impossible system that some idiot sold. I got it working. All I got was my salary. The idiot got a huge bonus for selling it, despite that it cost us nearly twice as much to get working as we made on the sale. He got the bonus last year, and there is no way of taking it off him.

Two ideas:

* Engineers should not be lumbered with student loans. If the country needs engineers, the country should train them.

* Engineers pay should always be higher than the pay of people who merely sell things.

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Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

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Analsysis flawed?

You can buy an unlocked phone from Apple, so why do you think the problem lies with them rather than with the resellers? Is there some contractual complexity you aren't telling us about?

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Re:waiting in the publication queue

... which probably accounts for the dead link on page 1.

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Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

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Re: they really have nothing

>Side profile is pretty much identical to an Apple wireless keyboard / magic pad

It's been while since someone invented a new topographic form that hasn't been seen before.

you might just as well say that the Psion had a round bulge at the hinge and so has this...

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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

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IRTA

"Dell's Latitude 6430u Ultrabook Stink " ... and of cat pee

Sorry to Dell, whose hardware actually looks pretty good.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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The triumph of commerce over democracy

I thought governments were supposed to listen to us?

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Sueballs lobbed at Tosh, Samsung and LG over 'optical disk cartel'

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You need to make what people want

I stopped buying HP optical drives because they did not support DVD-ram, and kept disconnecting in Linux.

Sorry, HP, it's not a cartel at thier end - it's overpriced mundane products at yours!

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LG G Flex: A new cheeky curvy mobe with a 'SELF-HEALING' bottom

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H21 1D

The fact that they are still selling Windows Mobile 6.5 tells you a lot about how little Microsoft has thought about their legacy customers when designing WP7 & WP8.

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a front trouser pocket

That's not a pocket, that's the fly.

Some of us find the space within already filled.

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Re: HTC

Aye. I rather liked that design.

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Re: Curved is good

The thing is, curved is only good if the length matches the ear-to-mouth distance, like the old telephone handsets.

That said, being curved in this plane makes more sense than the Samsung version!

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Singaporeans BEG government to block website

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Old idea

A girl I was at school at opened a card-index and telephone based version of this back in the 1960s. She laid on the hotel rooms and the champagne as part of her fee, and ended up convicted of 'procuring' or some such anti-pimping legislation. I do wonder if M-A charging a fee doesn't lay them open to the law in some countries.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

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You can't have it both ways

But what products do Apple (or Microsoft Surface for that matter) offer for people who [i]do[/i] want to chose serviceability rather than thinness?

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