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TV transport tech, part 2: From sofa to server at the touch of a button

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It probably is a rebadged Supermicro just with a sub vendor logo slapped on.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Paris Hilton

Name

Browser

Sorry I am lazy :(

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Re: Gartner is, as usual, smoking crack.

I complain about everything, its to hot, its to cold, why did no one refill the coffee jar, the copier is telling you to put paper in, but mostly I complain about software.

Take a crappy software package (Which I think is worse than Mac OS9) which appears to be made for Windows 3.1, which can be made to run on Windows 7. Its actually supported but hasn't been updated since the last ice age. Last year the server software (Which needs to be run on the console session and annoys me by randomly stopping every year demanding I click Oui) decided it had no disk space available when it had 40. Turns out a very old bug in their dev software where if you have exactly a multiple of 4GB of space free it decided it was out of space. Every new OS that comes out I ask will it run on so and so and get told, no idea please let us know and how you made it run.

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Seven Apple Store staff cuffed in alleged $500k stolen iPhone scam bust

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Unhappy

More resale value than what it looks like I'll get for my Q10 once my contract comes up for renewal!

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

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HP Repairs

Recent years I have been surprised with all the outsourcing, HP for instants use BT for repairs where as before it was I believe a proper HP engineer (Could be wrong).

If any companies have issues such as the service company or the company producing the tech quite often its the customer who gets the run-around.

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

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Re: Authorship

Ah so he will be taken to court soon and forced to pay a few billion pounds.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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I know far to many users who use Password<number>.

They don't seem to get it that its a stupid password, as well as they don't understand why I am very annoyed by the cracked screen on their laptop, which magically appeared but also seems to be the same size as the paperwork they have in their other hand.

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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Alien

Phew

They didn't spot the double green rings

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

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Re: Eek. (@Captain Scarlet)

@ThomH "Internet Explorer was the default bundled browser with all Macs from 1998 until 2003 or so"

Which explains why I can't remember their being another browser on the system.

Learn something new everyday

*Shudders* OS9 X_x

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Re: Eek.

Or another release on MAC

/me remembers IE something on MAC OS9 because for some reason the company I worked for used it, exists nearest window

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

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Re: An alternative viewpoint is...

What if I want to go to Lake Side?

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Why do Reg readers deserve the big bucks? Here's why...

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Re: Mordac

Except this years Dilbert desk calendar showed the pointy haired boss telling Mordac to lower the shields, in which he did!

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Re: Even skinny spares are a problem...

"I assume by odd size you mean a so-called "space saver" wheel"

Yes for some reason I couldn't recall what they were called, my wheel with tyre actually do fit in the hole, but the width means there is a bump in the floor.

"Not many of us carry a spare vehicle battery."

Good point but I tend to replace batteries on my car as soon as I'm aware they are on the way out, so far I've never had a flat battery (Although I have probably doomed myself to a flat battery now I have said that)

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Re: Even skinny spares are a problem...

I still prefer a spare (Full size as current odd size spare makes roundabouts rather more interesting). I've had to grab my car from a car park at around 8 o clock to realise I had a puncture, being 50 miles from home I checked and was unable to find anyone still open. Although my speed was reduced it got me home and I could just drive to a tyre shop the next morning.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Re: Reall???!!!

Same here except BT also trolls me >_<

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Childcatcher

I would normally moan about not being extend storage, but 64GB would be more than enough for my needs. So far I have only ever required one 32GB sd card in my phone. However I don't use my phone to view videos on (Screen is to small).

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Re: responsibility

I remember disabling USB storage devices, I had to hide for weeks!

Weeks after several people brought in infected drives and they had to hide from the IT department (Its no wonder they outsourced us and changed our name).

Not Anon because I can't be bothered to click the Anon button

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Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

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Re: They need to drop the gimmicks.

Have to concur the games had embedded tech from GameSpy which also affects a large amount of PC games when the service was discontinued. Developers who had not gone to another platform as Steam nowadays require to use services provided by volunteer communities. Console users have little hope of online games ever working again (Which is a shame as Mario Kart worked well on the wii)

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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Re: What would you advise your Grandmother to use?

For myself I've come to the conclusion free AV's just aren't worth it.

I currently have Eset security suite on my parents computers and sisters which I renew yearly and do as part of their Christmas presents. The only issue tends to be renewal costs always cost more than buying from new and for more than 4 devices I am forced to go for a small business edition (Which is £20 more per machine, so at the moment I have a separate license for myself).

Of course you can use whichever AV you like, Eset means the username and password needs to be set and that's it unlike other renewals from other popular AV suites which require a new cd key. I've seen the cloud product from Symantec and although looked interesting is only really for businesses.

Yes it costs money but means less spam (AVG being one which confused family members whenever they released a new version).

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Odd in my Natwest the information desk will actually pay in Cheques (Although that was a few years ago), if they aren't busy.

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Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage

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What they meant to say was people in their 40's

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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I want both

Traffic jams are just a bore and a major annoyance (Looking at you stupid SUV owner who just barged into my lane), I wouldn't mind having a car do the boring journeys for me and when the traffic clears up I'll drive (So that will be one day per year).

I wonder how automated cars will handle ice.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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Terminator

neat additions to her personality

Hopefully the non psychotic kind

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Trollface

and that took 10 mins to remove

Let me guess, you brought a new one

/me runs from flaming Mac Users

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Arcserve on split-up with CA Technologies: 'We’re a startup now. We’re really hungry'

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SQL 20214

Wow ArcServe supports future MSSQL products from 18200 years ahead!!

:O

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Re: Sigh......

Cubical Green Carpets here

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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"average hatchbacks", odd I tend to mostly undertake 4X4, SUV's, taxi's (Excludes black cabs they are mostly in lane 1 doing 50) and people carriers.

Edit: Where I am traveling at the speed limit and using lane 1 because the outer lanes already have BMW's doing 100MPH, where there is nothing else in lane 1.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Re: Captains Log

I guess it was an euphemism since someone has down voted

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Big Brother

Captains Log

Facebook can't compete against it, well except the fact they tend to get left crashed on planets.

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Cisco relaunches Developer Network

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Re: Support, support, support

The main problem is most people on these programs will want to make money than provide help for free.

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Storage cost

Or a house to sell let alone a Flat

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Didn't realise that, so you can just replaced the outter bits and basically get a Q10

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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To the Russian Death Crash Videos

They hold the truth (As well as tonnes of crashes).

Of course other Crash related videos are available on the internet.

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Move up, Siri and Cortana: BlackBerry's new... 'Assistant' is here

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Does anyone actually use these?

I always find it annoying when someone uses voice stuff like this, the user also finds it annoying when you then randomly shout words to confuse it.

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

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Synergy

Reminds me of the Dilbert episode, I wonder if this is where Wally currently resides.

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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

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Re: 4TB SSD's

I think for consumer devices SATA is ok, even an SSD cache on my machine with SATA2 saw a huge improvement.

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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Re: "Marvel ARM 1.2GHz processor"

What type of ARM processor?

ARM have loads of different types of processors from fast single threaded to slower multi threaded designs.

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Ok I'll bite, how much does it store?

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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Re: That's not a rock...

Well I can't just leave my Mysteron devices unprotected.

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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

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Re: Taking you to the cleaners

Ah you have not seen Murder She Wrote or Columbo then, always feels like the crown jewels are nicked from them whenever one is present.

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We SO DO support Java on XP, maybe even JDK 8, says Oracle

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Re: Eh?

Except maybe web browsers on legacy OS's (I'm talking about Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 here which had browsers and can use TCP/IP)

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: I have your missing bits...

I also do, as well as someone to tend to me when I manage to hammer my big thumb, thankfully screwdrivers are not normally required instead hex keys which arent as sharp :D

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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What about Folded Displays

Would prefer a folded display, that way it can slip into a laptop case and be unfolded when required.

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

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Assuming the downvotes are because your line speed negotiated with the exchange didn't degrade?

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Sounds like an issue with your phone line degrading as it gets older

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Software giant CA Technologies dumps arcserve biz

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Arcserve

I remember those days, it was fine until it decided to eat its own database and I would wonder why no backup tapes were ejected (My fault for relying on the inbuilt database).

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Walk...

Oh I thought they would have travelators everywhere

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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Stop

But you pay for an Internet Service which in my books means they should provide a decent set of DNS servers as well as the connection.

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

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Re: now lightbulbs need a firmware upgrade?

Hmm if I could get an IOT front door and windows I could just make up stuff like oh sorry I am late for work, my door decided to update its firmware and lock me in until it was done.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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Re: Rather expensive versions chosen

Have to agree with the Car Dashcam, more decent car dashcams brands are becoming more available in the UK with a price range of around £70 to £120 for a decent 1080p camera.

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