* Posts by Avatar of They

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

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Re: Uh, yeah ....

Didn't Gabe of Valve and Steam fame port Left for dead to Linux and come out with 30% better graphics when leaving DirectX3D in favour of OpenGL.

Or did I imagine that in the Reg article?

I can think of lots of MS games, Most are Ensemble or Bungie. Not sure any are Innovative. Halo is a clone of most things going and based on a book, Ensemble makes very good RTS games.

I digress.

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Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

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Re: Like I always said

Isn't that Bill Gate's mantra?

Naughty MS, silly MS, one step forward, 3 steps back.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: Flaw

Probably because like star trek or star wars, each planet would be its own entity in a greater alliance. So nukes might kill off one planet, but there would be enough colonies to continue survival of the species.

Assuming of course it isn't like Babylone 5 where the alliance then infights and more than one colony picks a side and gets nuked.

He is talking about survival of the species afterall.

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

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Can't wait for the pics in spring.

I can't comprehend how complicated it must be to travel outwards from here, for 3 billion miles and manage to meet everything else out there which is all moving at around 31,000 or faster.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Sadly not the case,

Our planet does that, Chandler wobble etc. 16000 and 32000 years if you look at the magnetic field and then the actual poles. Evidence can be found in the way magnetic particles are arrayed inside the earths crust, sediments etc. They align one way and in the next layer they are all another.

My geology degree had a piece on it, helps lend evidence to the theory that Atlantis was Antarctica because 10000 years ago it was on the equator. (well people walked on it)

Assuming we live that long as a species it will be 'interesting' day to relay on magnets or electromagnetism.

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China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****

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WTF?

Really?

Eh? The two biggest dictator ships and home to most of the hackers and internet scumbags want to impose government control of the internet.

When they can promise they can stop their countries being filled with spam, hackers and "security" holes then I will care. And Ideally when they can prove they are not horrendously nasty to their own population as this smacks of them keeping control to stop people speaking out?

But Cameron will probably agree as I think he is working on being the third biggest dictator....

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PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

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Re: Linux and Chrome OS could explain some of the difference...

Really? No one uses Android?

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Wait a second....

I thought "PC's were dead" and "tablets for the win". Few years ago apparently that was what will happen and we will all be mobile.

What happened? Oh yeah, market saturation and despite using 'tabs' for everything people are realising they have their use, but PC's are the ones you actually need for work etc. Now PC's are bouncing back? Probably not back to pre tablet days but easy to see the market is now perhaps levelling off to something of a norm.

All I got from this article is "Analysts are a bit pants".... Shocker.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Wow....

Surface 3 is nice piece of kit, I have played with one for a bit. But at the price to get a good one (512GB SDD and the i7 and decent RAM) with the add-ons you are talking nearer 2000. That is above imac-book-pro-air territory. Which is bigger and probably better. That is the problem.

Still 10 million phones in a market of 1.1 billion. Yikes!!!!!!

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

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Re: So let me get this right...

In all fairness it isn't just google. When I wrote to my MP and Phorm (all those years back) The ICO replied and said "...because people were not technically competent to understand the issues, I will not proceed on this matter."

It is a nice 3 page latter summarised with that one sentence.

Naughty Google.

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Really?

You have read some of the maths being banded about here, this place is filled with boffins.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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Coat

Re: Politicians

Yeah not like he is up for election soon... Or anything.... Or aware his party is fubar'd or anything.... Or trying to find another job POST MP. (Like on the board of Netflix)

I mean that would be lunacy to speculate...

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Re: Great news

Whaaaaaaa? Where do you work, seriously. I have never worked at a company where post-it notes are not needed. Hand written notes are not day to day.

Granted I also have never worked at a company that consider a tablet as business capable or been in a meeting where they haven't had to reach for the chargers of those iPads, (Thus running out of battery and then referring back to hand written notes. That bit always makes me smile)

Or worked for a place that is as security lax to allow evernote and cloud based file stores freely.

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Re: "The guy seems like exactly what MS needs."

Funny you should say that, I am having many problems in windows 8.1 trying to remove some files that are virus related but I can't because I am not an admin, yet I am an admin in groups and profile, 8.1 simply doesn't believe itself.

So when you don't want to be, you can be.

When you really frikkin' need to be, you can't. Gotta love MS.

Still if Google actually were keen on security they would fix any issues thrown there way to maintain the moral high ground. So it is a bit petty and childish name calling all this. Even though carriers and manufacturers not just giving default android with OTA when Google does are kind of to blame as well.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: WTF?

You don't know many banks. You might want to tell their cashpoints "department", some near me still run XP. I know because they blue screen in old XP style.

:)

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You go fast, but we go 'further' and 'deeper' – Voda tells 'Speedy' EE

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FAIL

As if....

One goes 'Fast', one goes 'further' and 'deeper' but both are incapable of covering my house in anything other than 0%.

And I live on the M62 corridor Not exactly the isle of Skye.

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Microsoft flings Office apps for Android slabs at world+dog

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Re: People still use office?

Wow, I looked at Google docs and our IT security pointed me to the security flaws in cloud computing, the DPA regulation, FSA regulation and general worry about how "££$"!$"!£$ Google Docs is for actual security and then showed me the notes from an IT Security conference in 2014 he attended which listed the security flaws and bad practice Google / Android has, was and is in general for anything corporate. And we ran screaming from Google Docs.

Hope you are not meant to be looking at the DPA and FSA rules. (Don't even mention PCI or the GSX network) Which would rule out govt, insurance, financial, banking and the civil service. (but not NHS)

....but In app purchases... Errgggg that reads of money grabbing like the new photoshop cloud thingy.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Have an upvote.

I got the reference.

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Not app-y with VAT: Apple bumps up prices in Blighty, Europe, Canada

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Speaking as a non Apple person

If that is true, then good. Should be paying taxes locally (looking at all the big companies here). but when you are looking at 69p, the raise really going to be that big?

If you can afford the overpriced fan boi tablet anyway, a few extra pence won't matter?

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Lollipop licked: KitKat still king in Android land

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Unhappy

Manufacturers are to blame me thinks.

I would love lollipop, I would love kitkat but mine has an encrypted bootlocker and isn't supported by the manufacturer anymore as they want to sell more kit. So my tablet remains old.

Should be a law that says all updates after a certain time come direct from google and you can click somewhere to accept that it might not work. instead of a really expensive phone / tablet being stuck years behind. Or just one simple process to remove all the bootlocker cr*p that WON'T brick my tablet so I can stick on a mod.

And because of fads by big tech firms, I can't get a like for like to my transformer prime. Nothing with the keyboard and battery, instead I can only get plastic magno-lock type styles which are pants.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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I think you hit the nail on the head.

Also a good reason this article is perhaps laden with bias.

A game that has a huge outcry because they are not doing what they said for offline play and making everything online, then loses all of its online play.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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FAIL

Or another angle.

If it becomes law, the hotel chain that doesn't do it wins the competition for market share by grabbing all customers. Surely?

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Reviewed: LittleBigPlanet 3, Lara Croft's latest raid and more

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FAIL

Title.

Lets be honest most of the characters in this game and others in the series only appeal to geeks. Most new people won't know Marvel or DC story lines, like Marvel heroes FF versions of the X men, and half the DC bad guys are unknown as they appear outside of any Film or TV link. Lego Lord of the Rings included characters from the Silmarillion, so you can't even use the word 'niche' to describe the minority of people that would know what "Sauron of the Second age" looks like.

It is just stuff to pick up and collect to round out the numbers.

My only annoyance with this is now Telltale have started doing the DLC / money making exercise. Already I see "season passes" and "Exclusive" content for various formats.

Shame as Telltale made some honest and valued games in the past, but "freemium" seems to be key.

I'll wait till the game of year edition comes out on a Steam sale as I can't be bothered with 6 DLC's at £7 or whatever it will end up as. When some DLC give you a hat, or some new clothes on a character it's just cheeky and can be ignored. But some DLC for this has been noted as giving you access to new worlds etc.

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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Happy

Does it need more guns?

As for weapons, surely just make it explode. It can simply swim right up against another harbour, boat etc and then detonate below the water line?

What could it wield that would sink an enemy ship etc

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Finally kicked that Minecraft habit? Story time!

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Title.

I have committed way too much time to finding villages, mining moria and building railways in open ended worlds to go and do it all again in another game. If it doesn't bolt on I am not bothered.

And they just added day and night to the tablet game which is so far behind other versions. Why not just concentrate on getting it out of alpha (Beta on Xbox) and making all versions (PC, Xbox and PE) the same before you bring out something else.

Gotta love M$.

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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FAIL

*Sigh*

So to recap.

Terrorism 1, Reality 0.

I predict.

This will end up as a film in itself in about 5 years.

Another raft of "Evidence" for so called anti-terror laws will now be brought forward by our dictatorship loving MP's.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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EMP?

Just saying.

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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Mushroom

Hang on. I call Malarky!!!!

Who gives a hoot about HOW it was tested as long as it is consistent testing across the countries.

If all testing is equal (car, backpack, carrier pigeon) and UK still comes in with a very low ranking, then the UK is crap and all that money we throw at mobile operators is simple wasted by them. And OFCOM as per all QUANGOS is just as pointless as ever.

We don't use different concrete in our buildings, or tarmac in our roads and we don't have different air than Europe (unless someone now points out there is a different section of stubborn UK Air that slows down radio waves) We are not flatter than Holland and we are not 'pointier' than Austria, S Germany so Geography is out.

So it has to be provision by Voda, EE, O2 etc and how much they actually get their tech to work. Which is proven now to be, badly.

Secondly, I don't care about 14 cities. I live in a town with poor reception. 98% coverage, as long as you stand at the end of my drive with your arm in the air. EE and Voda are both just as bad.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Don't get it.

Two things spring to mind with all this.

1. Everyone has welcomed a piece of kit into their front rooms, that does watch your sofa and does listen to all the kind of conversations you have in much better quality than the average CCTV, that is secured by someone other than you and you can't change it, have no control over it and it is always on, with possible recording, and filming. Which goes to an unknown location where people you don't know can do what they want. And it is all legal because it is called Kinnect and M$ sell it. But Skype, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, EA (EULA and in game cameras) and the like are all to blame for similar data retention and eavesdropping possibilities for far less effort. Not to mention my Samsung Smart web accessible TV with hand gesture camera that films all the time.

2. Our UK government have basically made eavesdropping legal for any state sponsored or "in any way possible put a link to a legal entity here" type company. With DRIP and digital economy bills.

Don't need tin hats, five-eyes alliance handbooks and conspiracy theories to know all this, so why is this website anything different?.

Ahhhhh it is a Russian website, and the doom mongers will have us believe the cold war rattling is going on.

Now it makes sense.

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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Exactly

Dropbox it appears as a folder in your documents, you can have as many subfolders as realistic and everything syncs. Android, Linux Mint and Windows 7 all just sync.

Well that is how I use it.

MS should just copy dropbox. (I would say buy drop box but I like dropbox and want to continue to use a good product.)

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Facebook sticks vid ads on faux retro photo app biz Instagram

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Top Marks

I like what you did there El Reg. I have to skip an advert for Connect in order to see the 15 second advert you were trying to show me.

...But still no effect on me as instagram is pants.

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Samsung's flagging phone fortunes hit profits hard

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Mushroom

Costs....

And making them £600 (Note 4) is taking the pi$$

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Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape

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Pint

Awesome band.

That is not the weirdest lyric by any stretch of any imagination in any universe.

"Dr worm", "I palindrome I", "the triangle man song.", "Minimum wage" To name some of the other oddities.

They do a kid friendly matinee on stage with the "Avatar of They" glove puppet (hence my name on this forum) and are completely mental.

They are scientists as well, adding healthy (proper actual science) science in songs and on stage "the sun is a ball of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace." became "the sun is a miasma of ever changing plasma" etc. As science moved on our understanding about the sun. :)

I never knew any of the dial a song stuff apart from their compilation album having that name. Makes a lot more sense now to some of the references in there.

Thanks Reg - have a beer.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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FAIL

I don't see a need so why design the solution.

Reminds me of groove, and net meeting, and InfoPath, one note and all those other little office add ons that come out over the years, chew up RAM and HDD space, no one uses and no one cares.

People only want the main three, (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) maybe access and publisher for the minority. They want to write, to add up, to show off and then maybe store some data and print pretty leaflets.

Basically this is another way to promote 'cloud' and 'ipads', as it looks touch based interface and that horrible 2013 everything is 'square' look. And cloud based stuff just doesn't meet the DPA real world scenario. (Or where BT run your internet speeds.)

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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Meh

priced out of competition.

The Surface pro 3 looks and feels good, but at the price for a good one you are more than a mac book pro air thingy, so no one is going to buy one when Apple is simply cheaper for much more.

Unless they figure that at 1600 quid for something to future proof and run things (quad i7, 512 SDD, 8 GB RAM), is too expensive, when you also have to pay for the keyboard at 100 on top of that. You realise they have no chance. Even a base model that is really pants it is 300 more than a laptop of equivalent spec (625 for base + 100 for keyboard)

And having only two sales methods (M$ online or john lewis) won't help people accidentally see them in passing.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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WTF?

Re: WTF?

Really? MS isn't recording every move with messenger, Skype, One drive and office 365 all being part of PRISM? You think Bing and IE isn't doing exactly the same???????

The only difference is Google make money from spying (and probably report on the spying), and MS is just openly one of the creepy brigade.

I like the feedback idea, but should be proven to work. Has any of the feedback been taken up I wonder. I mean what good is the tiles on the start menu if it doesn't actually allow personalisation.

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Galaxy Note 4 latest: Samsung rushes iPhone 6 Plus rival to China as Apple flails in dark

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Does it bend

Given Apple are meant to be world class, 'bending' phones is a bit worrying. Looking at the Note 4 as my next upgrade from the Note 2 and I really need to know if it bends.

Come on el Reg, get one and give it a road test. :)

But early release dates are a good thing. (As long as it is ready and not just being rushed)

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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Happy

Exactly

Pretty much summed up my comment I was about to make. Have an upvote.

....But will MS have learned ANYTHING this time round????

Probably not.

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

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Re: Aw yeah.

Nah, I read it as KFC and thought something very different.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Loving it so far.

@Downside

I have been streaming my steam games onto my ASUS transformer prime, borderlands 2 running via limelight, which is the steam streaming android thingy.

Ran okay despite pants controls (touch screen) and pants wifi. But the development of where Steam is going is always forwards. My transformer prime is a 5 core (apparently) 1.6? but my game machine streams it beautifully. Consoles are locked and all games are limited by the hardware, updates only do so much. and you are left with not much innovation in games and then the market stalls, giving you 14 odd rehashes with little new ideas (Rage, Dragon age, Skyrim...) that might be nice for the console junkie that wants another COD incarnation, but if GFX don't move on (COD ghost), the games suffer as the PC now follows consoles, badly (Watchmen toning down their GFX for example).

Really good future for gaming all round to have someone do something other than yet another XBOX money making device, or Sony lock in.

And it breaks the reliance on MS which is also nice.

.......BUT 500GB install... Holy jeez... WTF???

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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Coat

...anyone else thinking.

I like that 12 year old. :)

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

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Mushroom

HOLD ON.... One cotton picking minute.

The population of London is what? 7 million, 8 million?

"So this basically says our roll out of super fast broadband is soo pants we can't even ensure our capital has it at 95% coverage."

Absolute shambles!!!

That is all.

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Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

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Dunn what's worse with this article.

That Ubuntu have not listened to the people that use it for so long.

That the ICO said it is reasonable (thus not understanding the point of his job)

or that it took the ICO two whole years for him to come to that "Brown Envelope" position.

Still for me Mint is a nice replacement and has been since 11.10 :)

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Car hackers build kit to protect you and your motor from fiery death

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Re: "Turns out IDS is actually useful for something".

I read this article purely because I wanted to see what angle the Tories were bringing to car safety.

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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FFS

Just when you think light is indeed at a tunnel somewhere being shined, they say 2015.

My knowledge of windows 8 is limited to a three day trial and argument over licencing with MS. (As and upgrade licence that formats your hard drive by accident because the installer is written by a bunch of retards invalidates your licence and you need to buy a full licence.)

However recently I have had a spate of relatives and friends with crippling viruses, the like of which I can only remove with a fresh install as AV won't touch it and they are hijacking browsers and rewrite the host file with 127. entries.

But all problems in fixing it stem from the very poor design in how the system sets itself up. And how you navigate between areas.

If it wasn't for Google and Safe mode (And my bought CD of windows 8) There would be a few more Windows 7 licences in use and less Windows 8.

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

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Happens elsewhere

Mercury is the same, at times its crust bulges by upto 400 miles (vertically) due to the pull of the sun. If I remember my Geology degree correctly.

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Comment

My "ghast" is officially flabbered

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Flame

Title.

RIP Democracy.

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Bezos house 'on FIRE': Amazon in-app kiddy megabuck charge storm

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WTF?

eh??

Why would you accept oversight, surely it is permanently there? That is like saying you won't accept the law of the police, or the ownership by the bank with your mortgage etc? Sounds madness.

Still good to see some action against in app purchase stupidity. :)

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Trollface

As trolling goes you get gold.

"Pure opinion" of most of the scientific minds on the planet who consider physics, astronomy, Geology and biology as their main science is slightly more than some random troll on a web page.

"Hard evidence?" When I studied geology for 3 years and went on fossil digs, I remember my hammer and chisel were helping dig out fairly hard evidence. Draws full of fairly hard rocks with trilobite, graptolite and crinoids in them.

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