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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Windows Schitzo?

Probably.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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But the iPhone 4 was designed to flex.

The iPhone 4 was stainless steal with Aluminosilicate glass on the front and back:-

It stands great pressure and always goes back to original shape. And yeah it suffers from shattering:

http://www.tested.com/tech/smartphones/429-whats-so-special-about-iphone-4s-aluminosilicate-glass/

iPhone 6+ has an aluminium shell for lightness, which apparently lives up to that other characteristic of aluminum, it bends and stays bent.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Original iPad 2 updated fine.

I haven't noticed any problems although it did turn on Bluetooth all by itself, which may account for some people's battery drainage.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

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I find this very exciting.

WebGL is a very capable hardware rendering API.

Here's a ray-tracing demo that uses the text on the right to mathematically render shapes.

There are no polygons here, no resources other than a few textures, it's ALL ray-traced:

Animated Morph....

https://www.shadertoy.com/view/XdS3Wm

I am a little nervous of animated banners coming back though. Will we see web pages full of animated bars all vying for attention?

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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No-one is voting with their head.

No-one is voting with their head, no matter how much the media want to think they are.

It's all about heart and feeling, which is why I worry about them having a flash of national pride and putting that X in the yes box on the day.

Here's a slogan for the yes people:-

"England's domestic policies are governed by the EU, it's foreign affairs are controlled by America. The City of London, within London, is a fraudulent infrastructure mixed in with political cronies. Can we see your TAX returns Mr Cameron? No?

It appears the Government do not really want to keep things anyway, using the sell off of our national institutions cheaply to foreign bidders as an example. At least Thatcher appeared to want the British public to buy British Gas." etc etc

You see, no information given there, it's all about how it feels, this is why I worry that people will vote yes.

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Re: Ded game?

Titanfall is 6 months ago already! It was getting old when MS did the Xbox One advert with that Breaking Bad guy going "Yohw!" in a stupid voice.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: Talking is over-rated

I see an increasing amount of vocal mobile use these days.

Usually people talking into a headphone wire bead, walking along on their own talking and waving their hands about like some kind of demented inflatable.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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I would like to know a couple of things...

A) Does it collect the dimensions of people's homes and sell it off to the highest bidding data farmer?

B) The advert implies that it's all effortless and quiet, and we all know that Dyson's scream like mini jet engines. So how loud is it and does it scare animals silly?

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Apple denying it was their fault.

Everyone else is doing it wrong.

There's a surprise.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Getting them hooked is the best bet.

Enable them to just start typing and immediately see the results as text, lines, circles and blobs.

Use the free Unity package, and launch them into C#, which doesn't have any horrible headers and feels less in your way. And it gives the same result on Mac/Windows/Linux so they can share their code with each other without having to think about linking libraries and all the other boiler-plate code.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: So in the future...

Hey 80s boy!

KITT had 6 headlights and sometimes 4! (hmm, never noticed that before), not a single strip of light.

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So in the future...

...instead of two dazzling point light sources, why can't we have one thin light across the whole front of the car beaming perfectly out? That would be really nice.

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AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else

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Hah! Not seen that before.

So when is Nvidia bringing out their GTX 900 then? :p

And on, and on, and on...

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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Ballmer gone? Thank feck for that.

I'm wishing the company might start making good decisions, where good criticism is listened to, rather than bad ideas regurgitated over the workers for them to obey.

But on the other hand, I will miss the chuckle I get out of MSs decisions.

Oh, wait. Nothing will change though, will it.

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The Windows Store is a Cesspool of Scams — Why Doesn’t Microsoft Care?

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The Windows Store is a Cesspool of Scams — Why Doesn’t Microsoft Care?

http://www.howtogeek.com/194993/the-windows-store-is-a-cesspool-of-scams-why-doesnt-microsoft-care/

I didn't know it was that bad.

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Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

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They should have joined something called 'Mutter'...

...if they wanted privacy.

8¬]

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

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Re: Drat and double drat!

Let us know what happens, you'll probably need to contact the administrators, as others have said.

It might be 3 months though, or 6, or...

Hmm, well at least you can tell the missus you tried! :)

The damage is already done though, and she'll not buy a Samsung again.

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Apple BANS 2 chemicals from iPhone, iPad final assembly line

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Re: Benzene?

Treatment costs? I guess you're American.

I embrace the freedom to criticize. (But I'm secretly looking forward to the Earthquakes.)

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Re: Benzene?

Hey! 'Anonymous Cowards' don't have platforms, just dark caves. :p

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Re: Benzene?

Sorry, I wasn't properly appealing to the mass of Apple hatebois, I was just commenting on the use of carcinogens in general.

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Benzene?

That's one of the chemicals commonly used in hydraulic fracturing.

If it's fine to shove into the ground, then it's absolutely fine to use it in factories! :)

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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

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Windows WebGL browsers use Angel project.

ANGLE: Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine

https://code.google.com/p/angleproject/

But you can switch on native WebGL support.

Chrome is the only browser so far to use the latest software from the ANGEL group to convert WebGL shader code into DX11.

Firefox is still using DX9. IE - never use it, haven't used it for years. :)

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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What's next, free software?

I wonder how many people who object to this are perfectly fine with not paying for software, when they should?

But there's that cracked Photoshop shortcut just sitting there on your desktop, waiting for you to load up some copyrighted photos...

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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I could play Gauntlet for 3 hours...

...on ONE ten pence piece.

And I don't feel sad about it at all.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Opening statements.

When I hear, "this call may be recorded for training purposes."

I tell the person as soon as I can, "I'm also recording this conversation - for YouTube purposes" in a very clear and well enunciated accent. Even if their first message was automated.

I get a variety of interesting reactions.

Also it may change the way they speak to me, but I have no way of really knowing how effective it is, as they probably just forget and rant on anyway.

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

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I suppose it's better than...

The Windows XP terminals they're currently using. :) But then again, they are walking around amongst the plebs waving your account about.

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Re: Horror Stories with these machines!!

Ha, yeah. I'm betting they didn't even have £25k in the bank. I'm not kidding.

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The branch in Cheltenham looks like a set from the 60s StarTrek.

This is the final nail in my account.

I'm really looking forward to going in and closing my account with a reverberating, "in cash please!"

Good times.

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Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

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Does it still collect data when...

...you turn Location Services off? Turning it off is supposed to save battery life so it must be stopping something. I would like to know, because if it continues to leak data, then I'm not buying one.

I don't use a fondle-phone anyway, so I'm not in any Apple/Google debate.

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It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod

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Must *bzzz*, spend *bzzz*, less time *bzzz*

On *bzzzzzz*, aargh fuck, The Register *bzzzzzzzzzzz*, shiiiit!

I've got to take this thing off to carry on wasting my time on the Internet...

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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People don't listen.

I'm guessing that the general public took MSs message of 'warning, no more updates' as simply, 'we won't be bothering you anymore.'

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Euro banks warned off Bitcoin as Canada regulates it

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Re: @ Jonathan 29 Cash... ?

It's scary. The government knows the banks are insolvent, that's one reason why they bought those anti-riot water cannons.

Any day now, hey.

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Re: @ Jonathan 29 Cash... ?

I'd like to know how they are going to insure everybody's accounts when there's not enough gold left to pay it.

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You CAN'T bust into our login app's password vault, insists Roboform

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I use FTP to store stuff on the Internet

I use a complex FTP password and WinRAR encrypt anything associated with my business and upload that as just one backup scenario.

Is that a bad idea? I'm genuinely asking, as you guys are the best crowd to ask, and I don't trust businesses running cloud services. It seems they run school-locker security levels, and just stand around in suits gathering money for the service.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Been there with my own Dad.

That's interesting, where the hell did the virus/malware come from? I presume it arrived without her knowing the install password?

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Re: Computers are not white goods

Tell them to stop installing dodgy software from the Internet, or just buy a Mac.

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Re: Been there with my own Dad.

I got him to use OpenOffice and Thunderbird, so I think he would be OK on a Mac.

Apart from when I tell him he'll need to spend three times the price for a Mac, as he got his reasonable 64 bit Windows 7 machine from Argos for 273 quid.

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Been there with my own Dad.

He's doing fantastically for an 80 year old to be honest, but it is quite amazing how used to it I've got, and how alien the whole phraseology is to him.

The difference between a popup menu and a window totally confused him when on the phone, I then realised that of course a popup menu looks exactly like a Window to him.

I sometimes wonder if I'd been better off getting an Apple with it's kinder-garden graphics and single mouse button, but I don't think it would have made any difference really.

[And no, I don't want to kick that particular hornets nest around the room, oh dear, too late! :D]

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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"Uni-directional oxygen free copper speaker cables"...

...were the most ridiculous things a friend of mine bought.

He said he could tell the difference if he plugged them in the wrong way round.

Everybody else just kept quiet, in full respect of his madness.

He refused to listen when I told him most of the crappy music he's playing on this expensive setup was probably recorded in an average studio using old NS10 speakers.

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Re: Hmmm

An audio sine wave carries it's own single frequency, it just doesn't have any other harmonics. It's still moving the air with a pressure wave.

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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Re: I live in a town in the Cotswolds...

I thought that many El Reg readers don't even have a telly, not one with a broadcast receiver anyway. :)

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I live in a town in the Cotswolds...

... GCHQ lives in my town.

What do you want me to say? How about, "Ooh-arrr-ooh-arrh-oooooh-aaaarrrrrrgh."

There, that'll make the BBC feel all safe about their assumptions.

Anyway, I just want more tech shows BBC, go on, more technology please!

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Indie labels: 5 reasons why we're hauling YouTube before Euro antitrust watchdog

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Re: Google Mottos

Google's motto in 2024: "We are now sentient! We are now sentient! OBEY US! OBEY US!"

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

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Nothing new here

In fact it feels like an embedded advert.

I like the sketchfab view, so there's a nice polygon making algorithm in there somewhere.

But did they consider using Euclideon's Geoverse to render the point clouds?

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

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Houses of Parliament

If Parliament is using Microsoft's cloud based Word, then I guess it's perfectly OK to hack and read all the letters and contracts passed around down there, after all they're an American company so the spying is all legal, right?

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Re: Im in.

"The bank that likes to say, 'Beer time yet?'"

I prefer to call it 'Beer-o'clock!' It's getting there now... .. .

I will then be 'Half past sloshed.'

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

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So? Water on Earth is recycled.

Now that's a lot of pissers from every species!

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Re: shock horror...

Yeah Reg, who owns the copyright of that 1984 picture, hmmm?

:p

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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He does seem sluggish and perhaps on pills for something.

It was as if his batteries were taken out in 'Enders Game.'

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