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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

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Re: @Rockstar

I'd actually like to have a finger-pointing Nelson to replace the fail icon. It would convey my (and others') feeling of schadenfreude so much better.

How about it?

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@Rockstar

<Nelson>HA! HA!</Nelson>

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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Nice to see that the Antivirus software MS is peddling is finally reaching maturity - are there AV products that haven't ever caused Windows to become unbootable?

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Re: @Sandtitz Some nice ideas @poopypants again @Trevor

"my usage of lolcats-like meme grammar didn't spell it out clearly"

Oh, I thought you had a stroke or something. Speak l33t next time, I'm not familiar with your lolicon mutterings... :-)

"How is the average user...supposed to update if the store download is borked?"

Oh that...I don't know. How does an average user fix any other borked OS?

I gave a 'HTH' answer to poopypants. I'm not living in la-la land and expect your dad and his granny to have any knowledge of computers, but I expect El Reg forum users to at least know what .iso file is and does.

Satisfied?

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Re: @Sandtitz Some nice ideas @poopypants again @Trevor

The link I gave has a link to a Microsoft page where one can download the 8.1 ISO and upgrade 8.0 with it.

I have done 8.0 -> 8.1 update with that ISO (USB stick actually, nimbler), as well as clean OEM installations of 8.1.

Satisfied?

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Re: @Sandtitz Some nice ideas @poopypants again

Sorry to hear about your problems.

My 8.1 doesn't have USB/keyboard/mouse problems and neither have I witnessed such problems in other computers either. Perhaps the problem lies within specific hardware/drivers?

Try upgrading your Win8 with these instructions. Perhaps the 8.1 update will fix your borked Store too?

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Re: Some nice ideas @poopypants

Yes, let's hope they do. Let's hope all the other OS manufacturers fix their shit too.

Other people can google for "<random OS> problem" also.

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Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

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Re: 10 years+ later @Tom 7

"Somewhere I have an old 50Mhz 486 with a gig of ram in it."

Fantastic story, but I'm confident that there has never ever been a 486 system with support for that much RAM. The top-end 486 systems (that I know of) had support for maybe 256MB and even that would have been ludicrously expensive way back then (1993ish?), and still very expensive even in 1998.

- The bandwidth of the 486 memory system (assuming FPM mem) is well over 100MB/s and the latency in that 486 memory is thousands of times lower than on hard drives. Not that big of a deal and compares to these in-memory SQL systems that are popping up these days (HANA, SQL et al.) - very quick and very expensive.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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@Lapun

"http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/en/SpaceLaw/gares/html/gares_34_0068.html

Article 11:2

The moon is not subject to national appropriation by any claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means."

Yes, and Russia signed a treaty 20 years ago to honor the independence and territory of Ukraine. Big deal. There's some similarities with a certain Munich Agreement, wouldn't you say?

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Re: The MS plan advances...

This MS plan sounds exactly what Google is already offering.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: One Question

If you're running Office 2007 or 2010 you'll get automatic updates through Windows Update.

Same goes with SQL Server, Visual Studio and so on.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: Snared on a thin thread... @Dr

will the 8.1 iso available via Microsoft Store include it by default pretty soon?

I don't know.

If so could you download the 8.1 iso from the store, use a generic 8.1 key to install it and then use an original key to authenticate? Updating numerous pc's at a fraction of the bandwidth...

I've made my own Win8.1 USB installation media with these instructions. The USB stick works with Win8 licensed computers (with the Win8 license burned into BIOS) and with OEM installations as well.

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Re: No more security updates if you don't version update @Clyde

Repeating disinformation doesn't make it true, you know. Apparently that Mark Ciampa (you're referring to) is spouting ignorant bullshit.

Go check the Windows life cycle page:

When a Service Pack for Windows is released, the previous Service Pack level still gets around 24 months of love from Microsoft. XP SP1 lost support in 2006, SP2 in 2010 and SP3...this week. Likewise, Vista SP1 or Win 7 (RTM) are no longer supported.

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Re: Snared on a thin thread...

1) downloading it again for each and every pc

You sure can do that if you want. If you have several computers to update, I'd recommend downloading it separately.

2) no way of making straight to 8.1.1 installation media

Windows 8.1 itself can be downloaded as an ISO file from Microsoft and updates can be "slipstreamed" on the media.

BTW, this update isn't "v8.1.1", it's just another update on top of 8.1. Windows doesn't report itself as 8.1.1 after the update and neither does Microsoft refer to it as such.

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

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Re: Won't affect El Reg though!

There's lot more than a few SSL secured websites. Many hardware firewalls use OpenSSL libraries. Many installation are old enough to contain the older, secure OpenSSL libraries but that's not the case everywhere. I'm personally waiting for Watchguard to come up with their patches.

The problem with small businesses (without IT admins) is that they may have a firewall which was installed by a 3rd party and never updated again. Same with secured websites too, no doubt.

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Why can't manufacturers default to UDF? It's supported by practically every OS made in the last 20 years, it's a royalty-free ISO standard (I believe).

Why (Ex)Fat? Are there some caveats with UDF?

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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Re: NetBEUI

NetBEUI works under 32-bit Windows 7 (and Vista). I've done it and others have too. With Vista/Windows 7 you'll still be on borrowed time since they're going to be killed by MS in a few years from now.

Also, why do you think protocols other than TCP/IP cannot be used in VM? Try bridging or dedicating your ports.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Re: Lots more than that -

"It's released under the Apache licence"

Now now, look what you did - you spoiled all the fun with your unwelcome little fact. Tyrion was an a roll with 5 upvotes already!

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Mt Gox staff tried to warn CEO of Bitcoin loss risks – reports

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Re: Magic The Gathering

Offline, actually.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Amazing

OMG, it's actually like Windows 95.

So Ubuntu is *less* than two decades behind. Kudos to Canonical!

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

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@beep54

1) Most Windows 2000 drivers worked fine in Windows XP, drivers weren't a problem.

2) Windows XP hardware requirements didn't differ from W2K that much. The Microsoft recommended hardware level was actually the same (300MHz & 128MB).

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Android update process gives malware a leg-up to evil: Indiana U

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Re: @Vector again

"First, I hope that you're prepared to back that statement with facts as I suspect that there is malware out there, you just haven't heard about it yet."

I'm quite sure all the people with vested interests (Antivirus industry, pro Apple/Android users) would make a meal if the aforementioned MS operating systems would get infected. I cannot prove that malware doesn't exist - but I cannot prove that gods don't exist either.

I don't think that even these MS operating systems are 100% secure - nothing is - but so far I haven't heard of anyone even rooting them.

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Re: @Vector

You're right about the mobile and desktop thing. Fully functional x86 Linux distros and Windows can exist in mobile devices - at least in tablets.

But the whole mobile device economy is dominated by mobile phones and tablets, and mobile devices with the x86 Windows are in the minority.

The reality - however - is that there is malware for Android, but the Winphone (and RT) malware stats are still zilch, nada, zip, zero. While eulampios can froth about all the malware Windows has had (and still has), those malware statistics are meaningless in the mobile operating systems Microsoft is flogging, just like the Android malware doesn't concern my laptop with Mint.

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Re: @eulampios

The AC wrote: "Android is the Swiss Cheese of mobile OSs"

I see you didn't refute the AC's claim about mobile OSs at all. Why?

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: $1000 wouldnt be enough @Nathan

Sounds like the problem wasn't with the shitty OS but shitty hardware. Was it an Acer...?

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Amiga v PC

Agree - and disagree on your points.

Graphics were blockier - partly because of the resolution - but I remember playing a lot of Amiga games on a composite monitor which softened the edges more than VGA on those resolutions. SVGA (640x480x256) looked really awesome when PC games started to support it around that 1994 timeframe you mention.

Regarding the "plinky tunes", you're probably describing games with MIDI music played with Adlib FM emulation (Soundblaster and all the rest did it too), which was plinky as you put it. If he'd had a real MIDI card (Roland SC and MT32 were the most popular I think), you'd have listened to music played with real instruments. You can compare the Speedball 2 intros with PC vs. Amiga

There were of course games that played digital music (MODs or CD tracks), which would have at least equaled the A1200.

Windows 3.x was crap in multitasking, that's a fact. Transferring files with modem was touchy at best and even if one's COM ports didn't have the 16550 FIFO's you were pretty much limited to watching the download progress when ZModeming the latest educational GIFs from local BBS...

OS/2 2.1 and Warp 3 did multitasking properly - as did Desqview for DOS to some degree as well. OS/2 was great unless you wanted to play games or use Windows software, but it did eg. Autodesk Animator rendering in the background while I was being frustrated by Nethack.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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@AC

"but they tend to last a long time"

What's the point in (supposedly) enduring hardware if Apple has cut software support? Upgrade to OSX 10.9 is free IF Apple has deemed that your old Leopard/Snow Leopard era machine is eligible. Also, Mavericks (and earlier) certainly do not have 100% backwards compatibility with software or hardware.

Anything older than OSX 10.7 aren't supported. Snow Leopard (10.6) was released almost simultaneously with Windows 7 and the latter still has a good 6 years or so of life support. Probably even more if Microsoft extends the kill date as they did with XP.

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Update your Mac NOW: Apple fixes OS X 'goto fail' SSL spying vuln

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Never mind that SSL fix...

[TheReg]"you'll be pleased to know, fixes the unread email count in Mail"

Actually, Apple release notes say:"Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail"

So its even closer to the actual unread count, but no guarantees yet?

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MtGox MELTDOWN: Quits Bitcoin Foundation board, deletes Twitter

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Re: Looks like a black hole @Adrian 4

Think of it this way:

There is a finite amount of Bitcoins, 21 million or so. 744,408 bitcoins is 3,5% of all Bitcoins that will ever be available. 3,5%! The thief can sit on his loot for years and eventually turn those Bitcoins to something that is much more valuable then. Unless the bubble bursts that is...

Besides, the pro-Bitcoiners have told that all transactions can be tracked (like sequential bills) and thus the thief would immediately be caught if (s)he'd use those Bitcoins. Or was that just BS from their foaming mouths?

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Seagate's LaCie touts a 25TB (not a typo) box o' disks for your DESK

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Re: what i really really DO NOT want

I remember a lot of those Bigfoots crashing sooner rather than later and some being damn loud. I also remember buggy firmwares with data corruption bugs.

If you can fit say, five 3,5 drives on space occupied by three 5,25" drives what's the point? The data density would differ that much if at all. 20 years ago many computer cases had many 5,25" slots whereas nowadays outside realm of enthusiasts there may be a single such slot already occupied by the ODD.

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Microsoft claims x86 hypervisor market lead

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Explanation, anyone?

Are all those downvotes for all pro-HyperV posts from Microsoft haters or VMWare lovers, or both?

The AC post about HyperV having USB passthrough and disk expansion got 6 downvotes already. And that was purely informational post.

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PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

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Re: Ubuntu preloaded

Do they? They probably ought to advertise it on their website then

The XPS range has models with Ubuntu.

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Server vendors lovingly dress Intel's latest Xeon in memory jewels

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@phuzz

"Why would you try and install a brand new CPU yourself?

Because it's simple to do and contracting someone else to do it costs money.

And if you did, why would you bend any pins?"

There's a lot of butterfingers around. The LGA pins are easy to bend if you even just lay one CPU corner on top of the pins.

(Although I assume that the new Xeons are like the rest of Intel's chips and have the pins on the mobo, not the CPU)

Your assumption is correct.

Now, why is El Reg bringing up the whole HP smart socket thing? The smart socket installation system has been around 2 years - since Gen8 servers were released.

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No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

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Remember the LHC doomsayers?

With black hole predictions and so forth? Colliding particles is really extremely boring business as can be witnessed at the official webcams here:

http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html

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HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

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@Maikakaat

"I think the EU expects that hardware should function for 5 years"

That's a bold statement. Can you back it with a reference in europa.eu website?

...or are you just mixing consumer protection with b2b sales?

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Re: _ @Michael Habel

BIOS: Basic Input Output System

CPLD: Complex Programable Logic Device

No shit, Sherlock.

Since you got mad googling skillz there mate, why don't you explain what the CPLD does. Fan control, PDU, ...what?

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@ender

recent ProLiants have built-in firmware downloader in BIOS (which failed to do anything every time I tried to use it

Try plugging the network cable next time you try. I've had no problems with the Intelligent Provisioning firmware update. It doesn't upgrade to later BIOS versions than included in the latest SPP packages, which is a long minus though.

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HP has possibly changed their pronouncement and will offer "Safety and Security" firmware updates to existing customers. This brings up questions such as "How does HP differentiate between safety and security updates?"

The VP states in her blog that only BIOS and CPLD firmware (anyone care to explaint what that is?) are not available in the future unless under warranty/contract. I've never heard of a Proliant with BIOS vulnerability, nor have I seen a BIOS update release notes that resolves vulnerabilities.

"What are the other updates and what is the value proposition"

The VP states in her blog that only BIOS and CPLD firmware are not available freely.

and "Why would anyone expect to be charged to help HP support their products as they promised they would work?"

Promise? Since when did HP et al. promise their products would work? They'll probably promise to give their best effort or something similar and that's it.

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@Lusty

"Maybe in America but in the EU it's 2 years and UK it's 6."

That 2 year rule is a consumer protection act. That doesn't concern b2b and I guess only 99,9999% of Proliants and other servers are bought by businesses. Small businesses aside I also guess most companies opt for a 3-year or longer warranties to have broken hardware fixed quickly.

I'm not a UK citizen and know next to nothing about UK law, but the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (I just googled it) seems to have provisions for businesses to exclude liabilities in a contract.

Or do you guys in the UK actually have a 6-year-warranty on everything - even in b2b?

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Re: @Sandtitz - Can I get a refund...

You are right. You don't need a licence to drive a car. Perhaps I stoop too low on my quest to question your thinking.

Now, please indulge us and tell why you think you are entitled to get a refund for your old used vinyls.

Cheers!

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Re: Can I get a refund...

No, you don't get a refund.

Similarly you don't get a refund for your old car if you lose your driver's license. You can, however, try to sell it to someone else. Same thing with your old records.

Try another straw man.

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@Blobster

Then again those synth manufacturers have probably sold a lot of gear to people who were inspired by Jarre's music.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Re: Wow, it's just skyrocketing! @John Tserkezis

"Windows 8.3 will address the cheesy interface and make it as usable as earlier systems. It'll just cost you 6.4Gb of a Windows App Store download, with no chance of a separate downloadable service pack"

I too detest that 8.1 isn't distributed through Windows Update. Windows 8 will be prevalent for a long time because many users don't use the App Store and thus they don't get updated. (and probably aren't even aware of 8.1 update)

However, 8.1 can be downloaded from Microsoft and the upgrade assistant (or whatever it's named) offers creating a bootable USB stick or ISO burning.

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HP offers $150,000 for 'exploit unicorn' in Pwn2Own hacker competition

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Re: EMET

"Maybe it is something that cripples the PC to be usable, otherwise it would be standard"

Se it's akin to SELinux?

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Re: RE: Daley Thompson & joysticks

I think Quickshot 2 came with my C64, and after several other destroyed joysticks (including the Turbo) I settled on TAC-2. It was durable, simple and accurate.

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Botnet PC armies gulp down 16 MILLION logins from around the web: Find out if you're a victim

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Re: Überprüfen ist sehr einfach!

Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

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Microsoft empties a can of BUG SPRAY on Visual Studio 2013, hands sticky result to devs

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@Pascal

I'd say most if not all VS users know how to operate the registry editor. Is your mother a dev as well?

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Did Microsoft actually put 'get repeatedly pwned by Syrian hackers' on its 2014 todo list?

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Re: Not Microsoft's fault @Sanctimonious

You can point fingers at any of the big corps. Despite raking in billions of dollars annually they have loads of vulns all the time. Millions of lines of code tend to include bugs.

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Players, insert coin: PlayStation 4, Xbox One top up AMD's coffers

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Re: This is good @AC

"about letting AMD have the console market (at least this round of them"

They weren't even in the competition.

Intel has no products that could compete with the AMD graphics in 1080p resolution. They could have provided a cheap CPU and the GPU could have come from NV or AMD but a single chip configuration is easier to implement and uses less PCB space and the cooling is also simpler. Both of which brings the costs down.

Also I imagine Intel probabily wasn't to interested in the amount of time and money it would have taken their r&d teams to match the gpu capabilities AMD have in such a short time. They probably have a longer roadmap to achieving in that area.

Money doesn't help that much if they don't have the know-how to match the GPU.

Once in a while Intel is touting their graphics as a real contender for the performance crown, but fail dismally (i740) or fail to produce anything at all (so-called Larrabee). AMD and Nvidia one-upping each other all the time and this fierce competition really leaves everyone else in the dust.

Intel is content on providing good enough performance for casual gaming on low resolutions.

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

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Re: @AC - @Sandtitz - @Hugh

I'm SHOCKED to hear that the anonymous cowards are ignoring me!

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