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Delving into Office 2016: Microsoft goes public with new preview

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Meh

Meh!!

If they are asking for features, get rid of upload centre, give the user a choice. (I know, dirty word as they might choose None M$ afterall)

"Do you use the cloud?" And if you don't, upload centre disappears as another unneeded bloatware. Which M$ said previously they were looking to get rid of.

If you like giving everything to M$ good luck to you, if you want it on your machine and not in the US then why have something annoying you all the time, like UAC does, did.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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So close to being a great article

Two problems arise.

1, If you take everything off a machine, then it is just another way for M$ to flog all that crap they call "cloud based stuff" which is right into the same ball park as the massive malware, bloat peddler Google. So your small slim phone, tablet etc, will be light weight and ultra fast but won't do anything without 4g web access because everything will be cloud based. Office 365 being the prime pre-requisite. With cloud comes perpetual cost, with cost comes handcuffs tying you into the contract. (And the fact they own your data) You are not buying a licence, but renting access to your data.

2. If M$ were capable of slimming down an OS then why haven't they done it? The flat install of windows 8 if scarily huge, windows 10 is not going to be slimmer and prettier. I have no faith in their technical skills of slimming it down, yet still leaving a phone with decent RAM and storage.

...But if we had a tick box at the start of install saying "I am about to install all of this cr*p, untick what you don't want." Then I can get rid of stuff I don't need, and then ONLY the OS and what I like is installed.

That would be soo refreshing.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Re: Update Security

I think if M$ servers are compromised then you have a point, however M$ have an interest in making sure they are secure.

Random chinese kid who downloads dodgy apps not knowing that they are actually targeting his peer to peer protocol won't be secure on any real set of measure to a multi billion dollar enterprise like M$

...and if say a hundred M$ servers are watched daily, the 10 million lazy / ignorant PC owners who haven't updated AV or got a decent update cycle) you can see which of them becomes a more likely target for script kiddies.

Bit torrent, you take what you get. M$ has at least a dedicated server and security team (you hope)

More interestingly, peer to peer are heavily traffic shaped in the UK, so would this fall into that? Steam, bit torrent and Windows traffic, all in one? Certainly makes the legitimate and dodgy downloads harder to track.

More worryingly the amount of people on the feedback process means we might actually end up back with TIFKAM, Oh heck!!!!

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Trollface

Even better idea.

If they can develop a tiny piece of software with more power than the windows OS, these guys should go an work at Microsoft. Just saying.

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Ban Minecraft? That's jive, Turkey!

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This actually a real story?

Turkey want to be part of the EU. Ban free speech like Twitter, Google books and youtube then it is unlikely they will find the EU to their liking. But when your country has a civil war going on with the PKK, its good to concentrate on the little things. Helps distract peoples gaze.

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Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

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They have to get it right.

After 8, it simply has to work as people need to upgrade to something.

So take all the time you need.

Just remember, the mobile world runs and IOS and Android now, so you have to work with others in your sandbox. Can't have all those work desktops running windows 10 when the management all have Android and ios phones or ipads unless you talk to eachother, and you are coming late to the party so you need to adapt, not expect them to.

Awful Office 365 is not going to save your a$$. Can't have everything in the cloud when DPA says no.

World standards are the norm, not the exception. Lets have a proper browser, music format, picture format. As standard.... We know you can do it, but how about defaults this time?

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Microsoft chucks patent sueball at Kyocera over Android phones

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FAIL

Call me cynical but is it just me?

MS want to take one of a very small number of phone makers thinking of actually making Winphone mobiles? Taking them to court over Android phones. Is that a really pants way of making them do windows phone only?

Maybe the agreement they reach is that whatever rugged phone they make, they will also do a windows phone. I hate to think of this as a M$ tactic to simply get someone else other than Nokia to make windows phone.

More importantly, M$ own patents in Android so surely it is in their interest to do stuff in Android. So why are they so resistant and have been for so long. Only now have the awful 365 office versions started to come out in the play store, where is the rest of it? (I know they want people to buy the Winphone, but as the numbers are tiny, why not embrace android as well?

Patent law is pants.

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Samsung-Microsoft deal will bundle Office 365 with Android Knox

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Happy

The note 4 is king of bloatware.

Depending on which review you read there is a Samsung version of every google app, and the google app itself installed on them. Mine has 2 separate app stores, 2 browsers, 3 office suites, 2 cloud options, 3 photo album things, 2 calendars, 2 music and 3 video (technically 4 of each) Just because S is in front of it doesn't mean it is any different from the other versions installed. Plus a ton of stuff I can't figure out that has Samsung Hub associated with it.

And some you can't uninstall, as Samsung app store is very basic, you try telling Samsung you don't want whats app.

None of that includes the ones bundled by the likes of 02 or AT&T. If you read the ars-technica review it came with 4 separate app stores including the AT&T.

Samsung certainly likes to pre-install stuff. And now the creepware Google is joined by the NSA creepware MS?

And will this need an office 365 licence? looking at the Play store offering for MS office they are basic read only versions unless you have the "Must be online to check" 365 licence. Which is just silly for battery and using it in the country, big building, server room etc.

Hmmmm... I can see why they did it, but not sure I agree in why they did it.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Meh

Gonna be expensive.

You can't put a case on, and I guess replacement screens cost much more now they are curved. AND given the sides won't provide even the tiniest of protection, that screen will crack.

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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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Meh

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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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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Happy

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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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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WTF?

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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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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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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...anyone else thinking.

I like that 12 year old. :)

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