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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Not for me thanks....

Wasn't there some panic around the Google email backup streetview cars recording MACs and SSIDs and it being linkable with public IP addresses and MACs meaning public IPs could be easily mapped against a known location, within a WiFi range of around 30 meters? I guess if that's still the case then having a view into a known house would be pretty useful for a would-be burgular.

Not a worry for me though, my WiFi has always been separate to my router so good luck with that one!

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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Re: Excellent

Don't think I've ever seen the subject of a el Reg article down here with us commentards before!

Have another 'first'.

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Re: Mornington Crescent

As it's a Thursday after lunch I believe the diagonals are open?

I don't want to fall foul of the '89 Smith-Abbot ruling so I'll stay outside Circle.

Holland Park.

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GiffGaff spanked for clumsy attempt at mum-and-dad-humping humour

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To bastardise GiffGaff's tagline...

On the internet, the ASA isn't the boss.

Last time I looked the ASA had no remit to control internet advertising - the article wasn't clear - was it only internet based adverts or were they broadcast on TV?

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Re: @Mike Bell

I've had these sorts of discussions with self declared feminists before, especially around the subject of women-only shortlists for jobs where there may not currently be gender equality. When I argued that to exclude men from being hired because the current balance is not 50/50 is discrimination against the men, I was told that wasn't a problem because "you men have had it good for long enough".

"Woop" for equality!

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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Electric kettles?

Whatever will they think of next?

Mine's the one on the double burner ring in the middle of my stove.

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Flagship?

If I knock my 1020's camera down to only 8MP and switch off MMS then it's fairly close to the iphone 6.

It takes calls, messages, emails, takes photos, browses the web, plays games and handles social media without any noticable lag moving between apps. It doesn't have a fingerprint scanner though - well might as well chuck it in the bin.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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If they sell the hardware for almost no profit, why not open up Prime to Chromecast? That's a device already available, with an already wide adoptance, which can be bought from Amazon (I assume Amazon gets a cut of the price), and would make Prime services attractive to those who have a Chromecast, but don't have Prime.

Amazon seem intent on constantly reinventing the wheel, and making it about as hard for themselves to get into the market as possible. Also see the Fire phone... available exclusively on O2 (no thanks).

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

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Re: Pasties

The first thing that sprung to mind was...

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps - Jonny's Cornish Pasty Surprise. It's family friendly according to youtube!

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

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Re: Specs - blimey

That's part and parcel of the hardware industry. compare power usage for the latest x64 CPUs and they're massively more efficient.

But are they limited by their OS?

If you compare this one with the oldest that will still run iOS8, what can this one do that the older ones cannot? I understand it will probably open apps a bit faster, and framerate in games etc is better, but is it limted to just doing things a bit quicker?

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Battery life without the BS?

I've had a quick re-read but still seem to be missing how that reduction in battery size impacts the usable life. Does the new CPU, plus advances generally in power efficiency mean it's not required, or do you get less fondling between trips to the wall wart?

It's one thing to give us lots of benchmarking scores, but to miss off the typical charging cycle times is criminal!

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Re: Do iPhones/iPads allow SIM swap without a restart

Not sure if you know this but the Surface RT (and I assume other Win8lets) can do just that with bluetooth switching on the internet sharing and the wireless auto-connecting. Means a 3/4G enabled tablet is pointless when your phone has tethering and unlimited 3/4G data. Just a shame the unlimited data abroad didn't include tethering.

Not sure if Apple/Google have identified that functionality as a desired feature - it wouldn't be hard to implement in a future patch.

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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Re: AppV

Damn! That is a scary looking dude! The eyes!

I hope I can explain better with less maketdroid. In our implementation, App-V is not terminal based. It has a couple of back-end servers that manage and serve the packaged applications either as persistent or streamed applications. These run on the client PC but are effectively stand alone as they hold their own copy of the relevant registry keys and dependent applications etc. We use our existing SCCM infrastructure to provide application streaming/download points so remote sites aren't WAN dependent. It's of most benefit to us when we have multiple apps which are dependent on different versions of a service that cannot co-exist on differing versions. e.g. App1 needs Java 1.6 and App2 needs Java 1.7. This is all centrally managed through AD groups.

Is the functionality similar in Docker, even if the management of the apps is different? Interested to hear what it offers and how it's managed.

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Re: This all sounds very much like AppV...

Lazy downvoting because I mentioned Microsoft without the obligotory "sucks" after it?

AppV can run local, or stream sandboxed applications which from reading this article sounds just like what Docker does. Perhaps the article needs a bit more beefing up with detail for those of us who haven't embraced *nix yet? Rather than downvoting me, how about you post a comment explaining the difference and benefit(s), and then we can all upvote you?

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This all sounds very much like AppV...

...but a Linux version, of which MS has now also got a Windows version?

If so, then everything is really cool until you realise you do want some apps to be able to talk to other apps. So you put in rules allowing certain bubbles to talk to other bubbles. Before you know it you have Microsoft asking if they can take a copy of your config because they've never seen one as complicated - yet working - before.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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TL:DR?

So basically Google screwed up by removing the videos rather than the comments/accounts that had another company's IP in there?

I'm sure Google is "So, so, sorry."

Icon as close to Fr. Jack as is possible.

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

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up-to: the scurge of advertisement.

I've not understood to this day why BT et all are able to advertise their broadband using the up-to slogan. I'd be interested to know how many people are actually limited to the advertised speed and the what is the average. At least Virgin has been decent in that aspect - 62mbps on 60mbps service.

VM bundles however - bad riddence. Dropping TV and phone ASAP. Who needs it when you can get HD freeview, most channels offer online catchup services, and PVRs are getting cheaper with bigger storage.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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Re: Daily driver

Same here minus 1 day - couldn't get my PC to boot from USB (Thanks Gigabyte).

So far it has faired well. Installed without issue on UEFI. Performance is slightly improved over Win8 according to my Novabench rating (Win8 was slightly higher than Win7). The UI does seem a little split personality still with the 2 calculators being an example of this - hope they improve that as they go on. Compatability mode worked for apps that wouldn't run above Win8. I'm left wondering what has become of the big green button since Media Centre became an add-on for Win8, and isn't available in the BWin 10 Beta.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: Or alternatively...

HP Microserver N54L here running Nas4free. Got three N54Ls while they were cheap (Just over £100). Two came as ESXi bundles so had 16GB of RAM to replace the bundled 2GB stick, so the 3rd N54L got a 2nd stick. 4GB is plenty to run a Nas4free ZFS RAID5 with 4x 2TB enterprise SATA disks. It might not be enough for FreeNas8 which seems to have higher minimum spec. Setup was a bit tricky, and I didn't get it running just as I wanted on the 1st attempt. Performance seems perfectly fine for the amount of storage available. They're almost silent and with the correct stickers could look like a weighted companion cube which in my mind is a benefit.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: It would actually be a smart business move for Ms

For home users perhaps, Firefix and Chrome are tinned worms for the enterprise due to the number of weird and wonderful business critical web apps* we have to support and often bork at every increase in version.

I'd be happier if they bundled some sort of browser for reading local html files(read me's/help files) - but accessing something outside of localhost would prompt to choose an internet browser. Something like you can open docs in wordpad, but it's likely you're going to use open office/MS office/libre office/a.n.other to do any writing in real anger.

*Not our choice to run them - and the dev team probably no longer exist!

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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Re: 6 GB free

I'd rather delete my content than have to install itunes.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: @Trevor

But when I go explicitly hunting to turn it all off in a separate, created for the purpose of testing that functionality, VM I should be able to do it. Ensuring privacy controls work is a critical part of ensuring that the operating system is ready for prime time. And, to me, it's far more important than making sure the graphics subsystem works, or that the Start Menu doesn't irritate me too much.

Perhaps that part isn't ready for testing, or is not the current test target? You seem to have forgotten who's shedule a beta runs to (reminder - it's not yours). How about you switch off that VM, and we'll tell you when it's safe to come out to play.

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Dude, you're getting a Dell! Uni of Queensland adds AU$275,000 cluster

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Re: breaking news

BITS GONNA CRUNCH!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and some Apple bloke attend glitzy iPhone 6 Paris launch

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I really, really thought he was a creepy waxwork.

I'm more creeped now I know he's alive.

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Nicked iCloud snaps: Celebrities were 'dumb' – new EU digi boss

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Paris Hilton

Protect your company information!

Any multi-million company will have (I hope) a policy on protecting their confidential company data. That could be financial information, product schematics or secret recipes. That may include not using cloud storage for their most sensitive data in case of loss/leaks.

I see a direct comparison here. For these celebs their image is the product. They hire management to ensure they're seen in all the right places, and don't get seen in the wrong ones etc. These managers should be making sure the product isn't at risk, and that should include digitally - making sure sensitive *ahem* data isn't in the cloud or just about anywhere easy to steal/lose.

All in all, I put it down as a management cockup.

Cockups? leaking? Well there can be only 1 icon now...

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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"I'm very happy to spend $$$,$$$ on software assurance and receive zero new versions" - said no enterprise scale customer ever.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Well that answers that.

I was wondering how Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf was getting on. Looks like he landed a job in Apple customer services and is now called Aoife.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Having seen how well 8.0.0 and 8.0.1 have gone down, I will be using this as a fine example of just why I won't be going to production with your change today, and why testing is important. Perhaps you might just see a small spark in the PHB's eyes when you say "Push it through without testing? You mean like iOS8?"

I feel I should also appologise in public for any complaining I might have made about having to wait for WP8.1.

Sorry!

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Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

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Re: No Profit

The Xbox version already has in-app purchases for skins and DLC based on having a xbox gold account (for downloading maps like skyden). I assume it is similar for playstation and apple/android versions.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Re: All about build quality

@Tzael

My wife dropped her 1020 from a trouser pocket onto a carpet tiled concrete floor - screen smashed. Unless that was a poorly fitted screen that was already under some stress, it still shows that even Nokias need to be looked after to a certain degree. My 1020 has collected a few tiny scratches on the glass from what must be occasional meetings with keys or coins in the same pocket. Bit disapointed with the amazing gorilla glass on this occasion.

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Driving a fairly hefty boat by any sort of general consumer grade control device is pretty scary in my opinion. Tables and smart phones do crash, and it would be a shame if your boat crashed too because of it. We run a Raymarine ST60 system on our yacht. Despite the relative simplicity the modules are expencive; partly because they are built to be super reliable. Tablets just aren't stable enough to be relied on.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Speedo?

My 1989 Fiat Tipo had a digital dashboard. Can't help but chuckle at these 'modern' cars with their digital displays.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: Don't forget Microsoft

Don't panic! Just do the same fix and put a 64GB MicroSD card in the side, right?

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Re: You forgot something

Thanks. Thought I was missing something.

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Awwww Yeah!

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Sounds like he wants some... Facetime.

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Real life testing...

...4GB photo.

Who's real life are you living?! I thought my lumia was a bit mad creating 10MB photos!

Actually as someone still in the market for my first ssd, this gives some food for thought. I will pass my wish list onto my wife.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Says more about Reg readers

I had multiple desktops through the ATI driver package way back when (Windows 2000 or XP?). I probably thought it was a cool feature to have, but I found just ALT+TAB was more efficient. I've never since found myself thinking "I wish I had more desktops".

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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

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Re: surely just pop the back off and change the battery for a new one.....

Because you just pop the front off...

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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For warthunder my left hand is doing at the same time...

....throttle control and roll, possibly at same time as rudder while adjusting flaps and dropping bombs or launching rockets. Taking the whole of the left hand up with a joystick wouldn't be an effieient use of a high-accuracy limb.

It's not so much the use of the WASD keys being crucial, but the ease of using all the keys surrounding them.

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Re: K70 + RAT 5

Moved from an ancient Razer Diamondback to a RAT 5 a few months ago. I thought I was happy with my mouse until I used the RAT. It looks weird, but once adjusted fits my fairly smallish hands perfectly.

Next on the list is a new keyboard to replace my long-suffering Microsoft multi-media board. I was thinking a K70, so seeing a +1 for it here is comforting.

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

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Re: No thanks

I remember the days (and I mean sometimes days) of searching for a decent mirror for the latest countre-strike patch. When Steam came along with 1.6 it was both a blessing and a curse. No more malware infested click-lottery downloader sites - but also forced updates which could screw up offline lan gaming

Mines the one with the Steyr AUG in the pocket - not a Bullpup!

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

Sharepoint, is a pain to use, that may though be our IT departments fault can't really say, still a pain and I'm missing a lot of key functionality that I do expect from it.

Someone hasn't used Jive then?

It's like someone showed an A level student Yammer and Sharepoint, and then got them to create it in Frontpage 97.

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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Re: Stupid buttons on the side of the mouse

You can probably set the extra buttons to do whatever you want, but that means installing the mouse software.

Mine's the one with the RAT5 in the pocket.

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Naughty NSA was so drunk on data it forgot collection rules

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[REDACTED]

If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.

With the amount of hidden content I assume they have done a lot of wrong!

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Aviation geeks

You need to play more war thunder. Does wonders for your WWII aircraft identification.

TB-3M? Arm the rockets!

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Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Re: I'd love one, but

As you say, though: Touch screen? Detachable keyboard? SSD?

To which I say: Bigger screen. More USB ports. More connectivity in general

So we have identified one is a tablet, and the other a laptop, and you can only compare them so much. After that they both have advantages that the other cannot perform so comparing is pointless unless you want to discuss which features are people willing to compromise to have the alternative.

Would you drop the ability to use touchscreen and function as a tablet for extra USB ports and a wider screen? YMMV.

For me, having SSD is a no-brainer on a PC/laptop/tablet. I'd rather have 1/4 the storage but 4 times the speed. Storing junk is what NAS devices are for.

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Re: I'd love one, but

If they want to get some traction they need to drop the price on the RT versions. As much as I enjoy using ours, I wouldn't buy another at the current full price. £280 for the original and £360 for the 2nd gen are just too high co compete against the current market with the old/new iPads being £330/400 and every price point satisfied in the world of Droids.

When MS dropped the price about a year ago you could not find a Surface for sale anywhere. As soon as they went into stock they were sold. Ebay was flooded with people trying to make a quick buck on ones they have bought for cheap. If MS are serious about breaking into the market they need to take a short-term hit for long term success. That would be the price to pay for bringing a good product, but missing the boat by a good couple of years.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Re: Behold, the iPad Macbook Pro Retina

Balls. Missed one but it leaves scope for the next model...

The iPad Macbook Air Pro Retina

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Behold, the iPad Macbook Pro Retina

...did I miss any?

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China: Microsoft, don't shy away from our probe

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Re: Just leave now...

Most people don't want to buy Microsoft. They don't trust Microsoft, and they sure as hell don't want Microsoft's broken UIs

Citation needed?

In my experience, outside of the workd of Linux and Unix admins, most people are blisfully unaware of the OS on their PC, and just don't complain in the way you are suggesting. We must move in different circles?

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