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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Microsoft will hijack Steam Boxes just like they hijacked netbooks

I am grateful to Linux for forcing Microsoft to cut the cost of Windows 7 on my Netbook from $100 to $10.

How did you come to that conclusion?

Nobody was offering Linux as an option on netbooks by the time Windows 7 rolled around, so I wouldn't think much of your theory.

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Re: Microsoft will hijack Steam Boxes just like they hijacked netbooks

This is what happened with the Netbook where Linux was killed off by Microsoft offering Windows 7 virtually for free on Netbooks.

Are you serious? You think linux flopped on netbooks because of Windows 7?

First of all, cast your mind back. XP Home was installed on netbooks long before Windows 7 Starter existed.

Secondly, anybody who ever used that godawful linux distro Asus installed on the original Eee PC will know better than to blame Windows.

You linux fanboys are hilarious - you think every obstacle in the way of linux is somebody else's fault. It doesn't say much for the quality of the OS when it couldn't compete with XP Home...

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Being forced to put some extra hours into Half Life 2, Rust and Don’t Starve wasn’t too painful, although I did miss being able to play my new RPG game of choice: Divinity Original Sin.

Are game saves not stored in The Cloud™ or anything?

Some Steam games will play on Windows but not linux/SteamOS?

What's the point? it seems like a fairly half-arsed setup...

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Standard Windows timings

And that's only worth it if you have more than one computer to update. Why can't Microsoft offer updated install images as suggested above?

What a dumb suggestion... What are they supposed to do? Issue a new ISO every patch tuesday? Do you really need your hand held to that extent?

A clean install of Windows 7 SP1 will take 150 updates or thereabouts to be up-to-date.

Last time I looked (which was two days ago) those 150 updates came to about 500Mb.

If you're only doing an install ONCE I don't see the need for bitching - 500Mb is nothing.

If you're doing it multiple times you'll have an automated solution unless you're a total mouthbreather.

Maybe you should try installing OS X or Ubuntu and see how many hundreds of megs of updates you need to download after an install...

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Re: Standard Windows timings

Reinstalling Win 7 Pro seems to take several hours, if for no other reason than all the updates since the iso was created

They got this thing called slipstreaming now. You integrate the updates into your install image so you don't have to piss around installing updates post install.

Crazy, eh?

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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I have to wonder...

...what type of idiot can be arsed recording a gig on a phone.

YouTube is full of blurry videos taken from the back of a hall in 240p - why?

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EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'

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Re: Sauce For The Goose...

I still prefer not to take any risks of breaking them by posting under a handle that could be linked to me.

AC, you might want to think on if you're operating on the assumption that ticking the 'Post anonymously' box offers you some degree of protection.

If you had any brains you wouldn't have advertised the fact you work for a local authority. :)

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Re: Sauce For The Goose...

And the local authority I work for hires on talent

A local authority with talented employees?

That's what you call an oxymoron.

BTW why do you feel the need to post as an AC? Got something to hide?

Now get back to work. My taxes are paying your wages...

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Re: Sauce For The Goose...

So you pick out one sentence of a longer, more complicated post, and use a technical discrepancy between that sentence and your post to try to invalidate the poster's entire argument...and you call their argument a straw man?

A longer, more complicated post rant which had nothing to do with my original post. The person was expressing some butt hurt due to a perceived slight on my part...

Maybe you should do some learning yourself...

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Re: Sauce For The Goose...

Try working in local government before you rattle on about how corrupt/wasteful/secretive it is.

Straw man argument - I didn't single out local government for criticism, but don't let that interfere with your right to feel offended.

I doubt I'd ever get a job in local government anyway as I'm not female/coloured/disabled/LGBT or otherwise worthy of hiring to meet an equality "benchmark"...

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Sauce For The Goose...

Reicherts welcomed this: “If a company has broken the rules, this should have serious consequences. Yet so far, the fines European data protection authorities can impose are very low. For giants like Google, they are just pocket money.”

What about government bodies who breach data protection rules? They're hit with "pocket money" fines by the ICO...

Only difference is that when some NHS employee leaves files in the pub, or an MI5 agent leaves a laptop on a train it's the taxpayer who ultimately pays...

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Google to offer special accounts for kids: report

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Parental Responsibility?

God forbid parents would take some responsibility for what their kids do on the internet.

You can't keep kids off the internet, thanks in no small part to cheap smartphones.

What you can do is educate them about safety and privacy - don't give out personal info (including photos), how to lock down social media, how to deal with trolls and cyberbullies, etc.

It's not the EU privacy regulator's job to look after you kids.

It's not the government's job either. It's your job as a parent.

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Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again

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Infinite Monkey Theorem

"It should be made very clear that the WMF are subordinate to the community, not the other way around," writes one miffed contributor.

I'm sure there will be no shortage of opinionated twunts with hidden agendas to take the place of any miffed contributors who wish to depart.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: He needs the attention, but still...

Aah, the South Yorkshire Police. That fine upstanding force.

<cough>Hillsborough<cough>

The force with the nice officers who went to court to sue for the psychological damage they endured that day - after the families had been told they couldn't get compensation.

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Re: "Soon"

A whole post to explain yourself because you noticed some down votes? Do you have any self-reflection at all?

Ah, you must be one of the mentally challenged I was on about.

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Re: "Soon"

Two downvotes by 'tards who think 'Filth' means Assange, and one from a Police groupie? Or vise versa? Or....

In hindsight, 'the filth' may have been a bit esoteric for some of the 'tards on here.

I should have made it easier for the mentally challenged by using a different slang term for the police such as po-po, pigs, bacon, 5-0, narcs, bobbies, peelers, babylon, bizzies, etc.

Also some people are sociopaths and love downvoting posts for no reason at all... It doesn't bother me.

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"Soon"

Head WikiLeaker Julian Assange™ has said he is planning to leave the Ecuadorian embassy "soon"

The filth may have other ideas, although he could have tunneled his way out of the embassy Great Escape-style by now.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: Without coffee?

I'm unsure if that's a good thing or a bad thing

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Turkey‬'s foreign ministry has reportedly summoned the German ambassador for a meeting without coffee

Can't imagine much coming of that.

What's Turkey going to do? Let MORE illegal immigrants into the EU as punishment?

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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Now this. Very disquieting. Inland revenue 'rules' and 'guidance' - completely shortcutting the courts and democratic institutions. Making financial institutions an arm of law - no, of POLICY - enforcement.

HMRC can do this kind of thing thanks to the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (among other things) - they didn't just pull some 'rules' and 'guidance' out of their arses. They can also enforce delegated legislation (Google it).

They are one bunch of people I would avoid tangling with as they have a LOT of powers.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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The old bastard must be going senile.

I'd rate News International as a more despicable organisation than the NSA any day of the week - Google doesn't even come into it...

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Supervalu supermarket stores stung by sneaky sales system scammers

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Re: pos comapnies in the uk are no better

What pos software is she running?

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If card processing was integrated into the POS software - and the malware was able to intercept the card data - then surely the supplier of the POS software is liable?

I was under the impression that cardholder information was supposed to be encrypted, PCI DSS compliant, and all that jazz?

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

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Pure Genius

Obvious question is obvious, but did these Apple 'Geniuses' not realise that

- an abnormally high rate of returns in one particular store would be noticed and investigated?

- the phones would be detected as blacklisted or stolen once they went to the service centre?

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'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'

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Wot, No Swag?

Totes magotes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycyCDXhd_AU

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LulzSec supergrass Sabu led attacks against Turkey – report

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Anybody Surprised?

Dear Sir/Madam,

Do as I say, not as I do.

Kind Regards,

Your Government

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Mork Calling Orson

Probably about the same time we finally realize that suicide is a perfectly normal impulse/thought/wish to have and a sacred human right to carry out if one wishes to.

Uh, no. It's not normal.

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Re: When will we take mental health seriously?

Since he had sought treatment I think he was taking it seriously.

Thanks for the trite answer, but when I wrote "When will WE take mental health seriously?" I was thinking more of the families, friends, workmates etc of people suffering from depression. A lot of people walk around with their eyes closed, choosing not to see what's going on with the people in their lives.

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Mork Calling Orson

Sad news. When will we take mental health seriously?

BTW anybody see Family Guy on BBC 3 last night - the one where Peter turned everybody he touched into a Robin Williams character? Coincidence or no?

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Check your Clungene, Irish women warned

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Re: Better false positives than false negatives...

it may result in some poor unfortunate going through an extremely risky back street procedure for no reason.

Please elaborate on your theory regarding back street procedures.

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Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

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Re: Filthy Lucre

You have to wonder how viable Canonical would be if it wasn't being backed by a multi-millionaire.

I did try to answer my own question btw - I cant find any info on their revenue from the Amazon hookup. Weird.

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Filthy Lucre

How much money was this enhancement supposed to bring in for Canonical?

I'm assuming there was some financial benefit for them?

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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

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Yes please just store all your data with us in our "super safe free cloud thing", who would ever need to have physical control over their own data?.....

So when say speaking against fanatics who want to cut off your head in the name of their god is banned....

Or perhaps when discussion on how to avoid being spied on is banned....

If you don't like the "super safe free cloud thing" you're free to keep your kiddy porn, nuclear bomb-making manuals or other possibly offensive/incriminating content on floppy disks in a shoebox under your bed.

Keeping kiddy porn on your OneDrive is a n00b move IMHO.

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Re: Thin end of the wedgie?

Maybe your bank statements and financial data could also stand a quick scan, in case you're money laundering?

Sorry to break it to you, but this happens already.

Google 'SWIFT US Article 29'

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No. If you had bothered to read the article you would have noticed that the system checks for matches of images known to be in circulation already.

So it's doubtful in the extreme that the guy had some photos of midgets. Unless they were underage midgets...

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Dunno what you can say except...

Good work Microsoft.

"Microsoft must do all that it can to inform users about what proactive action it takes to monitor and analyse messages for illegal content, including details of what sorts of illegal activity may be targeted," Emma Carr, acting director of the campaign group Big Brother Watch, told the BBC.

Section 3.6 of the Microsoft Services Agreement clearly state that inappropriate images including child porn aren't permitted. What more are they supposed to do?

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Re: Seriously???

Obviously, open source software. For an operating system, Linux is a good start. The kernel and associated shells and tools are continuously being improved and tested by a huge global community.

Predictable answer. Spare me the evangelism - I've heard it all before.

I'm no fan of Windows 8, but I'd use it all day long before I'd resort to Linux.

I'm ignoring the rest of your post - you started off criticising a consumer OS and next thing you're going on about how great OpenVMS is... Apples and oranges.

As for the future, I am enlightened enough to know that I cannot predict it.

You missed my sarcasm. I wasn't really suggesting you're enlightened.

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Re: Seriously???

Windows IS the past.

What is the future, in your enlightened opinion?

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Re: But who got there first, China or the US ?

The US bans a massive range of Chinese made goods.

In that event, Walmart can close the doors and call it a day. Along with....

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Not a load of Tosh: 5TB 'surveillance drive' from Toshiba hits shelves

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Toshiba drives are shit

I don't think they've made a good drive ever.

I'm guessing they're running slowly to ensure they're under-stressed.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Downtime?

One assumes the CIA were installing a few patches?

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Defending your digital rights? Then you're a Nazi, says the Open Rights Group

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Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS

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Re: No ACs Allowed

What do you have to fear if we have the ability to hide?

You might think you have the ability to hide when in fact your anonymity has been compromised?

Without putting on my tinfoil hat, I have to wonder how many other Tor vulnerabilities are out there...

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Yes, really

Some of those countries are on track to adopt the Euro, others have negotiated specific exceptions (no longer possible until policy changes again), others are effectively exempt due to a loophole (not part of ERM II).

If you're "effectively exempt" the original numpty's assertion that "All entrants must take the Euro" is wrong, which is what I was highlighting...

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Re: I hope they do leave and learn hard reality.

If Scotland leaves it would only be fair for Northern Ireland to go with them

They have such similar cultural and religous interests, along with a pair of common languages it would seem a shame that the two regions are separated.

Well half of them anyway. The other half? Not so much. ;)

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Re: I hope they do leave and learn hard reality.

You'll be hoping Northern Ireland leaves the fold too then?

How much does NI cost the taxpayers every year compared to Scotland?

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Re: Realism

I haven't noticed anything wrong with Ireland's democracy recently. In the recent past it was a little theocratic for my tastes, but even that seems to be fading.

@Ken Hagan:

Just as a matter of interest, are you resident in the country and thus qualified to comment on the quality of the democracy? Or just on the outside looking in?

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Re: Fag packet maths

The EU Commission have said "No new entrants", and the EU laws say "All entrants must take the Euro". Even if Salmond could work through all that, Spain and France will veto it regardless because of the Basque.

"All entrants must take the Euro"? 0RLY?

Better not tell that to:

Bulgaria,

Czech Republic,

Denmark,

Croatia,

Lithuania,

Hungary,

Poland,

Romania,

Sweden

and the United Kingdom

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Headline wrong?

Basically, what you're saying is that the rich should be allowed to get away with anything and you're happy to pay for it from your own pocket. Good for you; you can pay my share too, thanks.

No you idiot. I'm saying people shouldn't use The Bankers™ as an excuse for every fucking misdeed. Sorry you have reading difficulties.

You can't justify making a company's share price bomb by saying "Oh well, The Bankers™ made XYZ Ltd's share price bomb too."

You can't justify stealing food from Sainsburys by saying "Oh well The Bankers™ stole food from XYZ too."

You can't justify driving past a school at 100mph by saying "Oh well The Bankers™ drove everywhere at 100mph too."

Do you see where I'm going with this yet, or would you like a few more examples?

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Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

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Anybody with Netflix or the ability to torrent should watch Terms and Conditions May Apply.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2084953/

Near the end, Zuck gets quite pissed off with the documentary makers as they film him in the street near his house.

Sauce for the goose, etc...

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