* Posts by Nya

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

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It's FRIDAY already?!

Ahh got to love Gina though :)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Why change RegRed?

I knew the logo didn't look right and that red was burning my retinas. Someone changed RegRed from #fd0000 to bloody awful #ff0000 !!!! Bring back RegRed (and the entire old site frankly!).

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Don't like

Nope, in the don't like crowd. The old page was much nicer.

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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WTF?!

Saturday...again?!!! Thought we got that fixed last week!

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Guy Kawasaki's guide to social media, Hanif Kureishi's cash crash catharsis and more

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Or probably more famed for the foundations of what became those annoying &£%^s called Apple fanbois. Back then he had the "evengelist" group in the late 80's and through the 90's which he used to rile up the far fewer fanbois in those days to attack any site, reviewer or anything else who even hinted a bad word at Apple.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Why?

Why can't MS say azure properly! It's driving me up the wall every time they say "azyah".

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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RCA?!

I really want to like it, but the need for RCA is a pain in the behind. HDMI should of been the output on it, yes more hassle but really for the modern environment the best way. Or even due to the size of it make it a handheld!

Also while whining, FS 12?! Come on, QA OP were always the big control keys back in the day! (Yes I do see why they did it as it's written on the keys).

So yeah, I want to like it but wallet is staying in the pocket for now.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: Ban Father Ted

Feck off!

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Dragon Age, Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

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£50!!!!

They are taking the piddle?! It's a PC not a overpriced console needing to pay to get a title onto them. Not a chance in hell at that price.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Too big

It sounds nice and shiny, but I want another Nexus the size of the 4. This thing won't fit into any of my pockets! And I ain't going around with a man bag just to house some porky phone. All I really need on my old Nexus 4 is a bigger battery, a clearer screen in bright light, better camera, USB OTG, and a SD card slot...oh and make it waterproof.

But nope, fantasy time over, no one makes what I want to buy! And those the get close end up filling it with bloatware and never update it. Grrr phones are a pain in the behind! What happened to Moto's idea of a modular build what you want phone! *mutter rant*.

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Microsoft to bring back beloved 1990s super-hit BATTLETOADS!?*

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Spaceship Vulture!!!

LOHAN get's an appearance in the remake! With huge royalties to the local vultures who then share the wealth buying us lot all a round :D

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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I actually quiet fancy one. Only real snag I have is it's tied into the whole Amazon eco system which other than buying the odd thing off when desperate I just don't use. The TV stuff is still lacking, and my music is something I wouldn't want to move. I kind of quiet liked the open pod bay doors idea also for it to control the garage door! But really something like this needs to works universally with whatever services I choose but that would need these services all to work together. And not a chance in hell of that ever happening!

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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What I don't get is why anyone, even more so a CEO of a big company needs to go and make a big publicity things about their sexuality or anything else. It's their personal thing, and fair enough. But why go out of the way to feed the trolls? People don't go on stage and proclaim they are heavily into porn, or donkeys, or intimate relations with Dyson's, so why do people actively proclaim to the world things like this. It's none of the worlds business frankly and people are just what they are and be damned what anyone else thinks.

Only thing I can think of is Apples about the come up with a anti troll device or something soon and this is some marketing trick.

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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

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They used a consultant to purchase them is how.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Re: Pasties

If it's something like a steak bake that you are wearing that gravy could be a bit on the warm side when you run into A&E wearing it!

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Re: Google could have gone the nuclear option

Too right. Best solution it seems. And it would of course be doing exactly what their lawyers are asking for.

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Chinese city creates footpath for smartphone addicts

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Re: Footpath to a cliff ?

They need to have the lemmings music in the background though also!

LETS GO!!!! de de de dah diddily diddly dah de de di dah....

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

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Don't even mention PAYG

Not just this issue. Orange (kind of connected) hasn't been able to authorise any new pay as you go SIM without a mountain of grief for the last few days. New SIM goes in, receive text message saying you'll receive a number and so forth in the next 24hrs. 72hrs later...nothing. Call Orange, can't talk to anyone unless you have a number (not yet given). So only able to talk to EE, who aren't best chuffed about discussing Orange issues, but in the end transfer you. Get through to someone, and Orange will then disconnect you. So back to EE, back to Orange again, and eventually get some poor bloke in India really ticked off at the number of these he's getting this week. He finally authorises the SIM, and gives you a number and a further 24hrs later ta da. A collection of working Orange SIM's. An utter waste of time at the moment though to deal with until they can get their back end sorted out.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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OK, I maybe misreading but everytime I see @bbccouk I see @bbcockup

Think I need new glasses!

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

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Re: Dear Judge. Can I call them scum sucking assclowns?

Naww, just keep calling them Apple will be fine with that :P

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Frame

Was thinking on the frame...Titanium's a bit too commonplace, how about something exotic (ish) like 953 Steel. Ok, sounds old school, but makes Ti look easy to work with.

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Re: Missed some

Same goes for cars who decide red at a traffic light doesn't apply to them also. Red light jumping asses come with any number of wheels attached.

An airhorn doesn't shift some numpties who utterly ignore bells. Trust me, I've tried!

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Re: Grumpy old git

Usually it's the second tier kit that gives the best bang for the buck. And yes most of the cost is sold via reducing weight mostly (except for the electronic gears etc which are simply far more flexible and accurate than cable) which all means better acceleration and easier climbing hills due to the weight being dragged along.

Once you try a system like Di2 sheesh, you wonder how you suffered the clattering and chain rubbing of cable systems.

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Missed a few bits!

You forgot the KMC DLC (Diamond Like Coated) chain! Let alone brakes, come on, should be looking at maybe hydraulics on a fully twinked out techno bike.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Did his research...

include shaking dribble time also?

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We'll PROBE Pluto's MOON CRACKS for mystery ocean – NASA

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Disney moment...

Probing Pluto's crack all sounds a bit Goofy to me!

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Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

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Re: How much?

Well the only way will be to use an adblocker...well that or some blacked out sunglasses. Although as soon as those start appearing your local governmental type, with no funding from anyone, will have this bright idea that blocking anything is anti competitive and bans all the adblockers before they retire somewhere as a "consultant" to an advertising firm :P

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: So close...

But we all know what MS will do. The new whizz bang budget 7" model will be out soon with RT...and do unless they've learned off Nokia on how WinMo only started to take off when it was cheap it'll fall flat on it's face again.

MS doesn't make niche products. It's always about getting things out for the masses and giving businesses the chance to make a livelihood off them. So far Surface has been a total feck up mostly through pricing and the lack of sources to get the things into market. They still haven't learned on the pricing issue as we've seen here sadly. Let's just hope this time they put them into the long established channel who sells MS things so that this time they can try and find places to sell them to instead of like last time and them going to Dixons Curry House Phone World to attempt to sell them to Britain.

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So close...

MS is it's own worst enemy. The design is right as is the ports etc. The snag is it's far too over powered and far too expensive. The screen didn't need to be bigger, or higher res. The processor didn't need taking up to an i7. It actually needed downscaling to an Atom and MS banging them out at the £300 area to go toe to toe with the 10" Androids (without having RT stuck on it). As it stands you might as well just buy a Nexus and run your Windows applications through remote desktop and save a grand. So close MS, but still missing the mark sadly.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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He's right!

He makes an interesting point though. If you listen to all the crap about the whole "PC is dying" brigade no one uses them any more. The thing is, like with Martin everyone still uses them, they are just happy using the old one the know good and well and have no intention of spending money on something new if they don't have to. We have machines running all kinds of stuff from DOS, 2k, XP, Vista, 7, and various Linux flavours. But it's the job which they do which matters, not what they run.

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HP exec: 'CYOD' will TEAR APART the IT dept as we know it

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I dunno...

Am sure letting them choose from a list of one would be perfect. They don't, and won't be getting any more options but that though!

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Oculus have proved to be a bunch of sell outs. Sad, I almost bought one of the dev kits, glad I didn't now. Good on Notch for leaving.

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What does people-centric IT mean, anyway?

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Velvet glove?! Bollocks to that! You go buy the latest shiny, you ain't getting to use company files on it!

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Tab for Xmas, Mr Consumer? Yes please. And Mr Busin... NOPE

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Which disties?!

Not one of the any of the ones which are our primary ones anyhow that's for sure. Oh forgot, they decided to give the majority of UK stock to DSG didn't they and now they are wondering why no one else could sell them. Strange that!

As for discussions with our businesses customers about what kit they need it's simple. Tablets (no matter Windows, iOS or Android) are a complete and utter waste of time to someone spending all day banging in accounts into Sage or using Word all day. These clients only buy machines now when they die, or they expand staff levels (still not very common at the moment) which is why nothing much desktop/laptop wise is selling. These customers have a 8+ year old C2D desktop which is good enough, fast enough, and ideal for someone to spend all day using for general office tasks. They simply don't need new hardware and that is the battle we have to overcome. Currently the only tablets selling to the majority of businesses are for the marketing and sales droids so they can dangle something fancy in front of the customer to try to impress them, or management who want something as they've heard they need one to look fancy while sitting in the airport.

As mentioned in the article. Yes Barclays bought a shedload of iPads. And they are going to be used by whom? Yep, sales droids selling stuff pottering around in front of customers. Are they going to sitting there typing letters on them all day? The RSI lot will have a field day :P

The majority of businesses are still a sit down in an office environment doing lots of mundane grunt work. Tablets, touch screens, gestures and all that are utterly useless. A good sized monitor and a full size keyboard and mouse are the perfect tool in this environment. The snag is that nothing is needing the power of a modern system in this environment. Why does the secretarial pool, or accounts need a bunch of i7's? Simply they don't, thus they aren't selling. As soon as the manufacturers stop listening to ANALysts and actually listen to the customers the better and quiet possibly they could get some sales going to them.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Looking at the gov list of file types to distribute things to us minions why apart from HTML are any of them even considered really. Surely these days it should be a format easily readable on any device which considering pretty much every manual on the planet has used for donkeys years (ok I hate to say it I'm endorsing an Adobe product) why not just shove everything in a pdf and be done with it. Ok interoffice stuff before el public get to see it fair enough odf etc, but to put all gov publications for Joe Public in it is just asking to (and agreeing with MS here) cause more aggro. Even the most general of the general public now know what a pdf is, so just stick to using them and don't fiddle!

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Robot army to police football World Cup

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Are these the ones which ok, are a wheelbarrow but they've mounted something like a 50cal to the top of it?

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

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Re: Hehehe so now they can sue Samsung...

Infringing yes...even though them (and LG and others) have been selling this tech for many years long before this patent. Really goes to show how utterly screwed up the US patent system is.

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Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

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Nice idea, only real issues are the name as that'll tick off many, and also the price tag. The majority of the retired folks who end up buying a lappie end up going to places like wonky world and buying whatever cheap tat with the lowest specs going as it was cheap. If they moved it down to an AMD (ok shudder) or an i3 and did it for under £500, preferably under £400 than the thing I bet would be a great success.

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

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Meanwhile...

Lenovo enters the server market (properly) at the same time. And what happens next will be a bunch of suits wondering what happened to the sales.

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Is Google building SKYNET? Ad kingpin buys AI firm DeepMind

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So Google's going to add it a British brain. So when it tries to take over the world we offer it a cuppa or a pint and it'll think sod it, am off to watch the footy instead :P

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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

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Re: Can be useful though

Sorry SP but you seem to be mistaken. Just logged in, and the user passwords (all of them) are all hashed out even when logging in with the main admin account. The DSL password is visible, but the user accounts aren't at all. Although you can still change them from here using the admin account.

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Can be useful though

The password being shown isn't the one used to log into that page. The one shown is the main DSL password. Which was actually quiet handy for me once to be honest when my router last went tits up and I needed it last time without having to deal with tech support or go through the pile of paperwork to find out what it was. Anyhow, if you have access to that page and wanted to do any kind of damage, the password is the least of it as you have full access to cancelling, or altering what the connection is, or altering your bandwidth shaping as well, or purchasing no end of other things off them.

Ok, this is typical user friendliness v security, but in this particular case when needed, I did find it useful once.

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Ancient carving of 'first human-built holy place' = Primitive Vulture Central

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Isn't the one on the left holding up one of those new Lacie spherical hard drives? Not so sure about the crocodile eating the vulture on the right, but the scorpion on the bottom looks rather like the Inq's logo (with a few extra legs) :P

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Mexican drink-driver shopped to cops - by his own gobby parakeet

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Re: Odd timing.

Kind of surprised Mr "N" didn't make it an ex- parakeet in the cell :P

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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About time :)

Nice to see one of the big tech companies doing medical things as for once it'll hopefully shake up the medical companies to actually make something for once instead of sitting on there "expensive research" and doing sod all with it until someone else breaks ranks and makes something similar.

As for the lens, the lights are a start, an actually number would be more handy though (speaking as a diabetic) and not necessarily just covering hypo but also hyperglycaemia and a blood glucose direction rating (many constant glucose monitors use a simple arrow, or multiple arrows if they are moving very rapidly in a certain direction).

A great start Google. Can't wait to see how you do with this :)

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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TIFKAM

Thought we had already settled and called it TIFKAM? even pages not on here, and the main press have used it. Although I guess licensing it off the Reg might of been a bit highly priced for them, there is after all only so many pints you can get stacked onto one of the licensing types.

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Smarty Ring promises technology at your fingertips

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So when the battery fails does that mean you get a burning ring of fire?

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Bollocks!

Oh fondleslabs will replace desktops...utter bollocks! While the marketing types out front might end up holding a tablet to sell something to look modern and fashionable to the punters, the grunt work, all those 10's, 100's, 1000's of thousands of entries which need entering into ass backwards software like Sage and the like will need someone chained to a desk with a keyboard and mouse typing away.

So PC (and I'm using this as a whole desktop/laptop/Windows/MacOS/Linux/whatever as a proper PERSONAL COMPUTER not a load of marketing spiel) sales have dropped, and tablets are increasing? And so what? It’s a different tool for a different job. Yes big companies like HP and the like are listening far to much to ANALysts and not to customers, or they might realise what the punters are doing. The PC, the venerable old bit of kit chugging away with its 6 year old C2D in it, is still "fast enough" and is going to remain chugging away until it either dies (and gets replaced) or the company gets more staff. Why do companies need to replace them on a 3 year cycle like they used to? because during the penny pinching times they realised they don't need to. New kit just means added hassle with down time and grief of getting staff to learn everything all over. Replacing a few machines at a time and yes you have to subject a couple of members of staff, or better still the new fellow to it but all is fine for most users and it keeps the grief down a bit.

Ok, I mention "good old" Sage here, but the same goes for many jobs, DTP, CAD, and even normal word processing for a company. A touch screen, and word processing?! Fine maybe for fast notes, but for all day banging out letters and things. The RSI brigade will have you lynched for it.

Is the PC dead? No. Has it evolved into that device which is only replaced as and when needed? Yes! Are tablets etc "good enough" for the home user online? Probably.

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Xbox One site BELLY-UP in GLOBAL Microsoft cloud catastrophe

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FAIL

This is why anything cloud related is utter crap. You have no real control of anything yourself.

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When three Linux journos go crowdfunding

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Good luck to them

Being stuck suffering management which won't use your good ideas to improve the product is always disheartening and hope it works out well for them.

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