* Posts by Hellcat

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: Oh well

My roaming in France on 3mobile didn't work. Called their support number from my wife's Voda but no matter how many times I selected the required network it failed to connect. So no calls or data plus nearly an hour of holiday wasted.

The second I drove into Switzerland *BING* text message "Welcome to Switzerland, feel at home with no data charges". Same for Italy and then later Austria. I switched roaming off while driving through Germany and Belgium, and the gremlins must have been evicted by the time I got back to France as it worked perfectly.

For anyone who regularly visits any of the covered countries it's a real plus. I'd go SIM only next time though - they're not the fastest to get updates out to their locked handsets.

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: I bought one in AU for $39

You bought a handset that has only just been announced for less than the announced cost? That's impressive.

Unless you meant in general, but then I've owned my 1020 for over 18 months and don't see any of the issues you suggest. The browser seems to run at a decent speed, and renders most websites fine in desktop and mobile versions. The couple of radio stations I've tried to stream worked fine, however I prefer to use Tunein to get a standardised experience free from bloat and adverts.

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The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

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About time

Well, with IPv6 and everything being internet accessible, it's about time the security companies started talking about how we're going to stop a botnet of microwave ovens burning down whole towns. I've seen them sort of questions asked here enough about the internet of things, but very little in the way of answers from the developers and promoters.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Re: ...Fall back?

That will be the air/pro/retina/mini version available from September.

Delete as applicable.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: I think you'll find this is actually...

I thought this was the Princess in a Castle for accountants. Under no situations should you ever make any money. Break even, maybe even make a loss, but never profit!

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Re: Project ara related

Sounds like you just pre-invented the Steam machine.

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Re: So I take it ...

Minecraft. Mechano. Colouring books and even plain paper.

Wrong! All wrong!

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This needs 2 thumbs up.

1 for the overall point.

1 for a kettle of miscellaneous swimming things

The Fiat 500 has won numerous design awards, but with over half a million possible configurations they must hand them all back for abdicating their responsibilities as the designer.

What a cock!

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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Re: Elephant dead?

I'm struggling to find an app with adverts in it. I have a couple which do, but the majority do not. I don't notice the adverts and typically they're not as in your face as my Android, which were often pop-up full screen links just when you're about to click something...

I don't begrudge the developers the ad revenue, and if it's a good app I'll pay the £1 or so for the without advers version.

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Re: Elephant dead?

People are leaving Windows phone because of adverts? Which ones are them?

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Microsoft leaves the Rooms. How will Windows Phone OS users make to do lists?

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Didn't even know it was there, but have a group for my family contatcs should I want to sent a text or other message to them all.

I guess I won't miss what I didn't know.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: On the outside?

Is that from 50 shades?

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Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

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A lot of speculation and rumour in this Apple advert. Since its not in house, why was it included? Seems fairly weak journalism compared to El Reg's usual sharp attitude.

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Samsung snub sends Qualcomm into a spin over Snapdragon 810

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Re: Think of it another way...

Bit of a bad example. There is huge amounts of cross-engine sharing in the car industry.

Vauxhall (GM) use Fiat derived diesel engines. Suzuki have used Fiat diesels and in return used their small 4x4 platform (Rav4). My old Volvo V40 had a Renault engine, and a colleague's Kia had a Merc.

The main difference is car manufacturers can still stick their own logo on the engine cover, so to the casual observer it's the same brand engine. I can't imagine many people checking under the bonnet of their smartphone to see who's logo is showing.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Fwoar! Oh, my.

No, they said RT surfaces would get Windows 10, but not all the features. Not that it makes much difference to me and I even own one. The OS will still work long after Windows 10 is retired - same for Windows phone 7 handsets. They still make calls, text, facebook etc yadda yadda.

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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I'm far from an Apple lover. Don't like their products, really dislike their attitude to paying tax.

But.

Selling 34,000 phones, per hour, every hour, for a quarter of a year? Even just creating the 10 things a second to satisfy them sales, when they're a fairly complex device is mighty impressive. Mind blown as they say.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: Wow....

Reading around the i7 version is almost too powerful for the form factor. It's a real shame the disk space is directly tied to the processor spec. I'd be happy with the i3 if it had more GB of solid state.

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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Re: lone user

You're not alone, there are a few of us out there.

When they say it will run with some of the features, I wonder if that is in the same way that a phone will run with some of the features? I wouldn't expect to be able to install Exchange server on my RT device, but being able to run IE, skype, etc should all be possible. If so, then perhaps it's not the end lf the line?

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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I agree with quite a lot of your comment, but video out? You mean with w..w..w.wires?

PlayTo streams to any DLNA device including soundbars, projectors, TVs. Wires are so awkward. Micro HDMI? MHL (what version)?

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Re: Better than the Doro phone - just

That's the issue of the Office 365 accounts not being Microsoft accounts (what were Live accounts). This isn't an issue limited to the phone, and one MS still haven't decided on a direction for.

I asked them back in July last year, and wasn't that impressed with their solution then.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook_com/forum/oadmincenter-ocustomdom/will-microsoft-continue-working-on-a-single-sign/61b45518-23e8-4d74-b32c-4d6afbd372e8

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Not too sure

There is an awful lot you cannot do with the GUI that you can do easily, and most importantly repeatedly with powershell. A lot of advanced Exchange administration is PS only, and even for the basic stuff, who wants to run through 20 mouse clicks for 1000 users when you can just pipe it in with csv?

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Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

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Comes with Nokia maps? Great value sat nav system.

What? It does calls as well?

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: can we ban printers instead?

LC24-10 hooked upto an Acorn Archimedies A3000.

Fantastic little printer. Had my dad printing his school reports on carbon-copy paper years before anyone else started. It's all the norm now, but on multiple pages since lasers can't do CC.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: So really

By the time you've cleaned up the bathroom and blamed it on the dog. Got a taxi or a lift to the pub. Remembered it was the other pub you drove to, and had to walk there because your lift drove off... Then you should be fine.

That's when you realise you left your car keys in your other coat.

Happy new year.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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On-hover doesn't translate to touch. That is all.

Ok, just to be very clear. I can't touch and hover on the new navigation bar to then move to one of the sub-articles that appear. One of my most hated annoyances of using the tablet for any websites is having to switch to the trackpad because the desktop version has on-hover stuff.

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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So this puts more ambulances on the road?

When my young son was hit square in the lower back by a dinghy travelling at high speed causing him significant pain, how rapidly do you think the ambulance got there considering it was in a town centre, an under 10 year old, with a spinal injury, wet and cold, laid on a concrete slipway?

Three hours. We would have been waiting even longer for a paramedic to turn up to let the ambulance driver take him to hospital had we not given them premission to drive him there... slowly.

So permit me to consider this whole situation with some scepticism. It might call up for an ambulance, but there won't be any available.

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

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Re: Breaking News

Should have got a security consultant in...

P4ssw0rd!

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Apple seeks patent for user-configurable progress bar

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Your task is 10% slower than expected...

...based on our estimates for the 'new' MacBook Pro Power Air. Click below to purchase.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Re: Excellent article

Or dare I suggest, some sort of Merlin electric hybrid? Might even be able to get it exempt from congestion charging!

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Amazon's business model confuses the hell out of me.

Here they have a service company, that they could open up to other platforms and millions more subscribers - but they tie it down to a selection of in-house devices that are selling at a loss, and are likely not to catch on.

Full disclosure - (grumpy) Chromecast owner and Prime subscriber.

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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."

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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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