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2686 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Microsoft explains Windows 7 Phone phantom data cockup

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how odd

we were not trampled afoot by the rush.

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FAIL

version 7 ???

version 7 and basic bluetooth functions are missing?

version 7 and no USB storage mode?

version 7 and no mp3 ringtones?

version 7 and no USB sync mode?

version 7 and no cut&paste?

This is an "upgrade"?

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Italy sues Microsoft for box-bundling bungling

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Novatech Yay!

I'e bought a laptop from them, and put Suse 10.2 on it, perfectly happy with it.

Can I also mention http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimus/ who also do not insist on the Microsoft tax.

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Just don't buy that machine!

Fair enough. Have you tried?

>If there's any blame it should be reserved purely for the resellers they should

>include an option to buy it with no software.

I've lost count of the number of times I've tried, and been told they are 'not allowed' to sell it without windows. M$ has them stitched up like a kipper.

>I know dell used to have an Ubuntu option

They had a very carefully hidden ubuntu option on one or two of their products. I tried to buy a mainstream laptop without windows and was refused.

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Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu

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Unhappy

Yawn

yawn.

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Mozilla blocks Firefox-breaking Skype toolbar

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Aye

I sympathise with Moz. I've blocked /every/ toolbar that tries to install itself. Why, for example, does a java update want to install a Yahoo toolbar? it's bollox, thats what it is.

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The Last Airbender up for nine Razzies

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soft targets

I don't think that bad parodies like 'Vampires Suck' should be in the list, as it detracts from the chance to give a serious kicking to utterly dreadful things like SITC2, which deserves taking out and burning, as a nasty, sexist, racist piece of crap.

The boy Kermode does a nice line in rants, but Vampires Suck did not get one. Just a telling off for being a waste of time.

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Apple seeks touchscreen display mouse patent

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Look it's 2011, we are in the future now

Where is the black hemisphere on the desk that I can think at and that does everything I want?

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Bot attacks Linux and Mac but can't lock down its booty

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re: The OSX statistics in the article are a surprise, however.

I guess it's a more homogeneous ecosystem than linux

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Acer backpedals from 'phasing out netbooks' claim

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no-name

MY local computer store is selling a no-name chinese tablet with android 2.2 and a micro-sd slot for UKP90. it's got GPS too. Only downside I could see is it takes about 4 mins to boot from cold, but in normal use you'd put it on standby and wake it up - both instantly. rouyghly half the screen size of the iPud, but nice and clear.

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HP WebOS tablets won't ship until September?

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Oh, for Glod's sake

What on earth is the matter with these people?

I loved my Palm V, So was so impressed by webOS when I saw the phones. I really want one of these tablets.

But no matter how good the engineering, the money-men running companies do their best to kick me in the head. Phones on exclusive contract deals, and now a year late with the tablet.

This product line will fail, and it will have nothing to do with how good the product is.

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Apple without Jobs: Who's next?

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Gambling

The stock market is a gamble, like horse racing.

Anyone caught sneaking round the stables asking for details of the horse's condition gets horsewhipped, not privelige.

Nervous about yer money? sell up & buy GM.

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Stop

in Other disclosures

"Our CEO lives in a country where madmen can get sniper rifles, yet insists on travelling between home and office without building a private underground railway"

"Our CEO goes on skiing holidays four times a year, and enjoys off-piste skiing in areas of high avalanche risk"

"Our CEO plays tennis with the wife of a Russian Oligarch with mafia connections. We don't know if he's shagging her, but the Russian is very old, and our CEO seems to need all afternoon to shower after the game."

Come on, anyone can get sick, and everyone dies. Investors should not need the humanity of CEOs telegraphing to them. And if they think its a one-man-band, there are loads of other places to invest. I'm sick and tired of rich people thinking wealth deserves privilege.

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Shocked mum muzzles foul-mouthed toy mutt

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A bumb?

Not now, Kato!

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Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

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trolley busses

part of the whole 1960s 'break with the past' thinking. Nonsense then, nonsense now.

Go to Munich, Zurich, a hundred other European cities. Loads of trolleybusses. Mate of mine built a van with trollies so the city would pay his fuel costs, got him a year inside for theft and a 5 minute slot on the telly.

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US Eye-o-Sauron border scan tower project finally axed

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Oh

So you are suggesting the pantomime cow option?

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Israel and US fingered for Stuxnet attack on Iran

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No

Vultures passim.

It's a plc-based virus, with a windows based delivery system exploiting the programming environment.

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Go

Get evidence

I hope enough evidence emerges to let Siemens sue the arses off whichever government agency was responsible for it.

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Steve Jobs takes 'medical leave of absence' from Apple

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Hope its not serious

I, for one, dont' want to make snarky comments about share prices or dividends.

He's someone's son, someone's father, and someone's husband, and I hope he gets well soon.

And, yes, I admire what he has done for his company, but that's his business, not mine.

GWS

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Online sync'n'store services

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Penguins?

Not enough mention of Linux clients for my liking.

* dropbox has a well-regarded linux client, but is very expensive.

* carbonite doesn't like penguins.

* Ubuntu One does 20Gb for 30USD per year, which still seems over-priced to me.

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Steve Ballmer at 11: A Microsoft power play too far?

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MSCE?

I recall a double MSCE, married to another MSCE, who had to ring her dad to find out how to copy a file from a floppy disk to a hard disk....

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Soap opera

A thoughtful, well researched, and insightful piece about what might have been, or how things could have been otherwise.

And you know what? I don't care. When companies get so big (and I work for another $MEGACORP) the decisions become divorced from the product, customers, and workforce. People start to see the abstract or intangible as real, and the real as mere 'detail'.

It becomes - as so eloquently reported here - about personalities. So much management effort expended on everything but the product. This is why Vista was such a dog, Phone7 is a lash-up, and security is never good enough.

Ho hum and goodnight. I don't care.

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Google Apps contracts promise no 'scheduled downtime'

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Joke

depends

did anyone else have the chilli?

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Spain grovels to penguins over 'Linux' anti-terror plot

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and

If they;d called it operation windows phone 7 they would have been too late to achieve anything

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Bogus Kama Sutra presentation opens your backdoor to hackers

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Linux

ha ha ha ha

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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Microsoft disputes Apple's 'App Store' trademark

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et en Francais?

In these internationalisation days, I wonder if the same fuss is being made in French, Urdu, Mandarin or Welsh?

Thought not.

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Space boffins save BT's satellite station for Mars missions

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Transit passes

In about 1969/70 I was on a tanker with a satellite dish. To call goonhilly you had to stop the ship, get a really good nav fix (probably bearings off a pair of radar beacons) and contact Portishead Radio by morse on short wave with the details. If you were lucky you got a timeslot, transponder frequency, beacon frequency, rise time, rise azimuth and orbital inclination.

At rise time you steered the dish around the rise azimuth till you saw the beacon on the spectrum analyser, then started tracking up the inclination. although semi-automatic some manual steering was still required. Then you tuned the transciever to the transponder & listened to other peoples calls till your timeslot came up. The Skipper or the Chief engineer then spoke to head office for a few minutes till the end of your slot. Typically a 25 minute pass was split into 2 minute slots.

Frankly, compared to SSB on short wave it was a right palava. It didn't really catch on till Inmarsat A came out.

But I loved it. Real satellites. Goonhilly. Mechanical x-y resolvers to do the tracking. GOONHILLY! I was talking to Goonhilly on a sputnik! spectrum analysers, double logarithmic AGC Cascaded filters, link budgets, sun avoidance, band choice, horizontal sextant angles, low-elevation diffraction, 350ms propagation delay, true and false horizons. Goonhilly. satellites.

God, it was dodgy and awkward and unreliable, but it was so much fun. Now THAT was cutting edge

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T-Mobile imposes swingeing cuts on fair use data limits

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inevitable

I never trusted this mobile internut idea. They hopelessly over-sold what wap could do, then a few years later tried to cash in on a bit of unused bandwidth. That sold, rather to the telcos surprise, so they exploited it as a new cash bonanza. Did they build a matching infrastructure? did they bollox.

When people tried to achieve what they had been sold, the telcos - who already have the cash, just withdrew the service.

Same sort of scam as adsl, but with even less chance to deliver.

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DisplayLink tools up iPad as wireless Windows screen

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WTF?

whot?

"after you've downloaded it, it will tell you how to get the Windows code"

why?

Is there some terrible secret?

Like it costs £99?

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Ofcom preps 'digital dividend' selloff, kick in the (foot)balls for Sky

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yep

Its difficult to see how an enforcement operation could be run the way Ofcom is currently structured.

Bring back the GPO, I say.

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Philips 46PFL9705H Ambilight 46in LED 3D TV

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ye glods

You can go to the theatre a fair few time for that much cash. And not have to knock through to the kitchen to fit anything on the wall.

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Motorola dual-core Android phone to pull off laptop trick?

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yuk

Just because something is possible, that doesn't make it a good idea.

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Amazon slips out Microsoft's Windows 7 Family Pack kill date

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expired

Well, frankly, the whole windows thing bores me to death, so maybe thats it?

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ha ha ha ha

That's still nearly £50 per machine to buy something you already have!

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AMD gooses graphics, specs first CPU/GPU mashups

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Transpondian Lingo

I have noticed several stories talking about Goosing things, and am having a reality failure. Where I come from "goosing" is a less-than-innocent intervention of one [fully dressed] adult upon another. The sort of thing made famous by Beryl Cook:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/05/31/article-1023215-016E7ADD00000578-405_233x312.jpg

(sorry about the origin of the image, google images has no taste at all.)

Can someone offer a translation of the Left-pond usage for a rather startled brit?

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BT confirms broadband upgrades for rotten boroughs

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Yawn

The publicity machine rolls on. BT got what they wanted - a positive image. The campaigners got what they wanted - a faster feed than their brother-in-law. No-one died. And, Frankly, Nothing much happened.

Yawn.

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iPad's biggest rival? Microsoft's dead Courier

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Well, quite

A bit of folded cardboard and some computer annimations are a long way from a real product.

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Labour moots using speed cameras to reward law-abiding drivers

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or

There is a point, people just don't enjoy it.

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LG uncloaks six-foot 3D TV

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but

surely the more of the buggers there are, the more bandwidth you need?

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It's really Steroscopy

I can't be doing with it all, I really can't.

Its really hard to justify HD, let alone 3D.

Pubs are full of Giant 625 line screens showing footie to halfwits. I've never once heard a knuckle-dragger complain that there weren't enough pixels on that.

The more pixels there are the worse the compression artifacts get. You know those amazing shots of the start of the London Marathon? or of flocks of barnacle geese all changing direction at once? I've seen those block-and-freeze on ordinary dtv. 3D must have twice the pixels. No thanks.

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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A decade too late

Why, in the name of glod, didn't they do this a decade ago? or two?

Along with a standard file format for address book entries? That could be read straioght off the phone in usb mode, rather than requiring MS Look Out?

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Mozilla takes on web data miners with privacy icon release

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echo

I've had that problem. Worse, I work abroad so I get charged for receiving sms spam.

If a web site insists on a phone number, I either use their own or 0207 944 1212 (whitehall 1212)

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iPhone outlook goosed to 21m for early 2011

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Selling point

If apple made a dual-sim one I'd buy it tomorrow.

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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

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Pint

Yeah

come back happy, or not at all as my old boss used to say.

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Mind your own: Scotland unveils privacy principles

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Excellent

UK government please note. And copy.

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UN defends human right to WikiLeaked info

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seriously vague

The League of Nations was set up After the first world war, precisely because of the desire to avoid a war. It was discredited by the outbreak of the 2nd, but is an important predcessor to the UN in many ways.

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London's tube demands faster-than-NFC ticketing

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German

Our German friends do that with the trams. But you need a rules-complaint population.

In some cities if you buy a one-use paper ticket you are supposed to stamp it as you get on to stop you using it twice. I've seen people in Hannover get onto a tram with a broken stamper, and then get off to wait for the next one so they can remain compliant.

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2011: The year open source (really) goes capitalist

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Miss!

He said "Lappy" Miss! we aren't supposed to say "La..." Oh bugger.

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O2 promises to tap-up customers in 2011

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FAIL

Are people simple, or what?

Your phone suggests you buy something and you do? Oh come on.

Open your wallet and repeat after me "Help Yourself"

Anyone tries this trick on my phone and it will meet with a nasty accident.

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Microsoft ARMs Windows for iPad assault (allegedly)

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yes!

"Windows tablets aren't failing because they have x86 processors. They're failing because they have Windows. "

Applause.

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