* Posts by MrXavia

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Intel keeps droning on, as PC sales continue to tumble

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I am not sure if I can agree.

Sure PC's are not as popular because tablets are ubiquitous, but a PC is a much more flexible device...

While I might browse on my phone or use a tablet to view a recipe while cooking, my main computing is done on a PC, my gaming is done on a PC.

What I think intel should do is help push Steambox's, help get a PC into every living room as the center of the entertainment system, which, if done right, could be so much more than just a gaming PC stuck under the telly, it could really be the center of the families digital life, even if its interacted with using tablet devices primarily.

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Re: Ok so 10M have installed it

I installed, but after finding out I couldn't stop automatic updates, and finding Windows 10 broke things, I reverted back to Windows 8.1, which will be replaced by Linux as soon as I have time to ensure my hardware is supported, something Windows 10 didn't have! and this is a 5 month old laptop!!!

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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I've just downgraded back to 8.1 from 10

Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare, it broke my built in touchpad, plus my VPN software does not work, making it useless for doing work!

I think I will be switching to linux soon, I would already made the switch if it wasn't for a couple of programs that won't work in linux :-(

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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No, the deaths are due to bad design& planning...

the shuttle had no Abort method, so the first crew, while likely surviving the explosion, had no means of escape.

Second crew, again bad design & planning, they knew about foam hitting the wings, but since they had no space suits on board (I only just heard about that) to go examine the damage, there was nothing to be done...

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Classic cars

"I'm not talking about the trim. I'm talking about what would once have been called the coachwork. Who's, for example, going to be producing the centre console for a 1992 Escort Cosworth in 50 years' time? It's made of plastic, it's an interior item. But it'll start to degrade and crack just like all plastics do."

My center console is leather/aluminum & carbon fiber... so no degradation there...

I know most cars are plastic, but I purposely chose a car that was minimal plastic, plus most plastics are UV stabilized now..

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: Agree on the H1-B comment.

agreed, this is proof that even a monkey throws something other than poop once in a while.

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Return of the Jedi? StarWars.co.uk bod to fight the Empire (Disney)

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Re: Resist the power of the dark side

will never work....

Disney may be the Dark side.. but the dark side is fun...

I have zero chance of boycotting the new film without causing extreme upset to my children, they love star wars, they love the original 3 most, think the prequels are OK, but are enthusiastic about the new film! If they keep up the quality found in the animated Clone Wars & Rebels I think they will have a winner

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Alien

Face of mars.. meh...

I find the Cydonia pyramids more interesting, one is a 5 sided pyramid that looks partially covered in sand/dust on one side from years of sandstorms...

Now is it artificial? unlikely, but until someone takes a look we will never know!

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Not yet, I will be giving that a try shortly.....

I wonder who gave me the thumbs down... a windows 8 Fan?

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And I have the evil windows 8.1 but it won't download and install windows 10...

ironic that many get it who don't want it,but I want it but can't get it... (seriously windows 10 HAS to be better than 8.1)

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Re: Most AC can't hack it anyway

"Add to that the fact that aircon systems may cool the air, but they generally recirculate most of it and don't bring in much fresh oxygen. It's a wonder any of us managed to stay awake."

This is the reason I prefer old buildings with normal heating/windows that open wide...

Get a decent cross breeze and its lovely to work, in the winter, crank up the heating, and you can always open a window for a few minutes if the air gets stuffy..

I hate working anywhere that has no opening windows...

Last office I was in had under-floor air con, the engineers used to remove the vents, leaving large holes in the floor, just to try and get a bit more air flowing...

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Coat

You could have come into work wearing a skirt, shirt and open toed shoes, if they had complained, sue for sexual discrimination :-D

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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There is a damn sight more difference between a real contractor and an employee...

Not only the pay, but the control...

as a contractor I can say NO to my client at any time (within reason of course or I'd never get work)

I use my own equipment, I can do the task how I think it should be done, I can work in my own office most of the time (a definite requirement for any contracts longer than 3 months!)

I can take time off when I want, no need to get approval, although its polite to ensure it doesn't affect the client, and I try to manage my holidays to slip between contracts.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Holmes

Its the mothers fault mostly...

Mothers don't buy geeky toys for their daughters, they buy barbie, dolls, etc...

Boys get toy cars, lego, nerf guns, computer games... Toys that encourage competitiveness and creativity.. Girls get pink things that encourage playing house...

I don't have a daughter, but if I did, she'd be the toughest & smartest, little girl on the playground...

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Hawking, Musk, Woz (and Riley): ROBOTS will KILL US ALL

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What makes him smart, is that he admits his mistakes!

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Terminator

Pointless, as soon as we have humanoid robots capable of independent action we are doomed...

DOOOMMMMMEEEEEDDDD!!!!

They will invade out homes, cook our food, clean our houses, wipe our asses and have sex with us!

There will be no need to fire a shot, the human race is doomed to extinction by artificial snoo snoo.

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

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Not the first time they've grown it according to another poster here, so they're pretty certain its safe...

The risk is they are not sure what will happen with different plants, consider that tomatoes are a member of the deadly nightshade, family, so you really want to make sure the zero-g doesn't end up making them a poison for the crew!

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Re: and people really want

I was thinking that if you can mess with the emergency auto braking, then you can probably mess with the cruise control, steering, central locking... Very scary...

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Surely the infotainment system would be separate from the drive systems?

There should be no way to feedback from the DAB/Radio/Display in to the control systems!

Its just bad design if its done any other way...

the worst case should be a way to mess with the display, not the operation.

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A dual-SIM smartphone in your hand beats two in the bush

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But coverage is dismal, multiple sim support would be very useful!

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: Licence 'rewording" required?

" getting access to everything on one IP at a time"

Won't work when IPv6 kicks in, which will be sooner than they get their act together and restrict iPlayer to subscribers..

And anyway, if I have a license why can't my wife watch iPlayer at home while I watch it sitting in an airport?

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Europe a step closer to keeping records on all passengers flying in and out of the Continent

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Re: How about switching food orders randomly

I do that anyway, often I order a diabetic meal or low salt, very good usually!

I would order kosher, but I like pork too much to miss out on my sausages for breakfast

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Re: "all those wasted moments finding the right card"

And when your battery is dead from playing a game, and you've forgotten your normal wallet.. you can't pay....

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Re: No Coop / Smile ApplePay Support

I don't get it.. HOW will this save any time? either I pull out my phone or wallet... with my wallet I can choose from half a dozen different cards, from 4 different providers to pay with, can I do that with apple pay?

I find it odd that phone payments never took off with google/windows phones, yet apple seems to wave its wand and everyone wants to use it...

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

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Brilliant.

It makes me wonder why they don't plan for missions to last much longer...

For one they should have included a way to clean the solar panels of dust..

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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Re: Not good

"How many school shootings have there been in the UK since Dunblane?"

How many were there before?

One, 9 years earlier, and there had been none before that..

The law change was not needed (although tighter controls would have been a good idea)

What was needed was better policing, they knew about this guy, they should have stopped him in advance, and if he had no guns I suspect he'd have used a different weapon..

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Re: "Glorfied version of a pellet gun..."

While I think this is stupid, I wouldn't tarnish everyone who wants to own a gun with the same brush...

Sure there are many idiots, and yes controls are needed...

Guns have uses other than killing people, hunting, target shooting, pest control.

I actually think the UK has too lax gun-laws, except for the ban on hand-guns..

I think they should change the law on hand guns, but require anyone wanting any gun license to pass a test of proficiency & psychological stability...

We don't allow untrained people to drive cars unsupervised, but we do allow untrained people to own a gun.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Pity it wasn't a French tank

makes perfect sense, get into position, aim gun, fire, run fast, get into next position, fire & run

What idiot would sit around trading fire without moving?

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French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

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Re: UK government department guilty

If I remember correctly from when I read the law a long time ago, 'necessary' functional cookies were permitted, I.E. cookies that make the website work are allowed, but those that are not needed are not (i,e, Tracking cookies)

Which I read to mean, I can have a single session cookie for my website, which is the only cookie I ever use anyway...

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Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

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@1980s_coder

I agree 100%, I often feel terrorized by Theresa May and Dave.

They constantly try to undermine human rights, freedom and all the good things my grandfather fought for in the 2nd World War...

I'm with you on moving, I love my country, I love living in Britain, I don't want to move, but I will if they pass these idiotic laws.. (well I guess it depends on the laws they pass)

I hope the British public is sensible enough to stay in the EU when we're given a referendum.

I bet many UKIP voters actually want to stay in the EU,

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Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

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FAIL

Easier to defeat than fingerprints!

Steal youngsters phone, won't get reported for hours because they've forgotten how to dial a phone number from a normal phone (or they've never done it)

Will already have tons of selfies stored on board.

Small bit of software to fake a blink.. OR use one of those crappy selfie videos where they are sure to blink.

I'll stick to a pin number thank you.. BUT could I PLEASE have an 8 digit pin? 4 is to short....

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Noses in troughs

Completely agree, those cardboard boxes should be recycled!

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Re: I just dont get it !!!

Won't work for all, I wanted a smart meter, mainly so I could monitor my power usage closer..

No such luck, guy turned up to install it and couldn't get a signal, my answer was yeah of course not,...

So no mobile phone signal on their 'preferred' networks means no smart meter for me!

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: And again

I like to think its the Falkland islanders land, they live there, its their choice to remain a British Overseas Territory, if they wanted to leave, we would not stop them, but while they are British, we should damned well defend them with all we have!

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

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Re: Leaving the EU would be stupid.

"stuff that doesn't grow so well in the British climate would be harder to import"

I suspect you would see a flurry of poly tunnels being erected to grow the major imports from the EU here during winter, which I believe are tomatoes, cucumbers, and a few other things... although MOST of my shopping basket for food originates here, with the exception of a few imported fruit (mango, pineapple)

I am planning to build an indoor growing area this winter to grow veg I enjoy all year round..

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Re: 51st state?

"Britain would probably be better off joining the US than the EU if it came down to a choice. I'm sure people in the US would appreciate the irony!"

Are the secret plan, to take down those American rebels from the inside!

Clever!

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Re: Somebody please stop the planet...

I'm saving up for a move to Mars, it may be a dead, cold, dessert of a planet, but surely they must have more intelligent life than here....

Emoji's as passwords?

Why not just allow 8 digit pins?

Or has the general public became so dumb they can't remember 8 digits in sequence any more?

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Use snooped data in court? Nah, says UK.gov - folk might be cleared

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Re: Is it just me...

Not really, all that would show is the CPS is trying to prosecute without sufficient evidence...

Courts of law should only be used when the evidence is very clear that a crime has been committed by the suspect, AND it is in the public/victims interest in prosecuting.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: I'd watch it.

It is a great read, I am very hopeful that they convert it well without too much 'action'.

Yes there is action, and rightly so, but other parts are the story...

But by looking at the trailer, very well done!

BUT they have too many teasers in the trailer, too many events I can instantly pick out by watching it...

WHY oh WHY do they put so many teasers in the trailers!!!!

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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No no no, you mean connect two iPhones together with duct tape.. this IS the 21st century!

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Alien

"Tesla can continue to fill cars with the skins of sentient beings"

Why yes, they are called drivers and passengers... They however sit on treated skins of non-sentient cows, that hopefully also served a few healthy meals...

Unless Tesla is in league with aliens and are harvesting humans for their leather? now that would be cruel...

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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Re: He seems to have forgotten to include

Completely agree,

'in specific named cases, for specific times, and with the oversight of a judge and warrant'.

anything else is surely a violation of our human rights? oh wait, our leader wants that revoked...

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Chinese bloke escapes execution for Forbidden City nude photo shoot

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Re: re. NSFW link

Your tastes are definitely improving... I was also very unimpressed, great subjects, but poor composition.

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I wouldn't call it a smut shoot... Just amateurish photography from a guy with a boob fixation...

Nowt wrong with a bit of nude photography, but maybe he could take a photography class first?

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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If you fail to notice a cop car behind you while driving, even with its blues off, then your probably not paying enough attention to the road..

But who would use their watch to control the music on their phone while driving? Surely that is what the in-car controls do? and anyone who can afford to waste money on an iWatch can surely afford a half decent car!

I use my phone for music also, I just use my in car controls to skip tracks and I choose the play list before I drive off...

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Re: Why can you install software incorrectly on an aircraft?

I am guessing the engine control software is generic, why write a very complex piece of software more than once? Then its just configured to the engine/airframe...

I can see how poor configuration could cause a stall on takeoff...

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Re: I'd love to have smart heating...

Well if you could set the temp to 19c and it actually lowered the temperature to 19c it would be great..

I can't remember the amount of times I've stayed in a hotel and turned the thermostat down to 19c, which is usually as low as they go, yet the room is still so hot I can't get to sleep...

And so many companies I've worked at with air con that chills one person yet another roasts...

Others with 'central' air that is so useless i've seen employees opening the ducts to let more air flow out! (quite funny walking down an isle and all the floor vents are removed so its full of large holes....)

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Re: IoT

Certainly not,

Although I like the idea of a central hub where I can control my heating/lighting/alarms etc...

I STILL want buttons, and I don't want it all 'cloudy', try getting that idea across to the IoT companies though...

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NASA sending five-metre THERMO-HAMMER to Mars

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Re: "InSight's mission is planned to last two years."

Take Selfies?

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Big Brother

Pro-Privacy not Anti-Tory...

Until we hear details, its hard to say whether it is Snoopers Charter again...

BUT I can't see any form of mass surveillance being compatible with the Human Rights Act (which is probably why they want to abolish it!!)

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