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50 posts • joined 25 Mar 2011

Dashboard Siri! Take me to the airport! NO, NOT the RUNWAY! Argh!

Interceptor

Gather 'round, children...

Once upon a time in the distant past of this thing called the Internet there was a way to communicate ideas and have discussions, much like the comments here at el Reg, called "Usenet". And, in the year of our lord nineteen hundred and ninety-four, was the following post brought to the Use Net:

"MS-DOS: You get in the car and try to remember where you put your keys.

Windows: You get in the car and drive to the store very slowly, because

attached to the back of the car is a freight train.

Macintosh System 7: You get in the car to go to the store and the car drives

you to church.

UNIX: You get in the car and type GREP STORE. After reaching speeds of 200

miles per hour en route, you arrive at the barber shop.

Windows NT: You get in the car and write a letter that says "go to the

store". Then you get out of the car and mail the letter to your dashboard.

Taligent/Pink: You walk to the store with Ricardo Montalban, who tells

you how wonderful it will be when he can fly you to the store in his Learjet.

OS/2: After fueling up with 6000 gallons of gas, you get in the car and

drive to the store with a motorcycle escort and a marching band in

procession. Halfway there, the car blows up, killing everybody in town.

S/36 SSP (mainframe, obv.): You get in the car and drive to the store.

Halfway there you run out of gas. While walking the rest of the way, you are

run over by kids on mopeds.

AS/400: An attendant locks you into the car and then drives you to the

store, where you get to watch everybody else buy filet mignon."

...

When I first saw that (and it may predate 1994), I thought it was worth a chuckle.

But, my God, they're actually doing it now.

D: D: D:

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Re: compatibility

I crammed a 64gb (PNY) card into my by-standards ancient (read: 2 years) old HTC evo 3d handset and it works a treat. Before I bought I went looking at 128gig cards but the price was still too high (and my need too low), and while investigating I found out the 128gb barrier was no big deal for my phone. So, I'd wager you'd be OK.

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Mozilla takes wraps off 25 DOLLAR Firefox OS smartphone

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"Cheap hardware which has a poor user experience are exactly how you kill off your mobile platform."

Exactly. This:

"Spreadtrum's new part, dubbed the SC8621, combines a single-core ARM Cortex-A5 CPU clocked at 1GHz with 1GB LPDDR1 RAM and 2GB NAND flash storage. It supports screen resolutions up to HVGA (640 by 240), or QVGA (320 by 240) on devices fitted with QWERTY keyboards, and it includes basic support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, and 2Mp cameras."

...is the same spec my Samsung Intercept had right down to the Qwerty keyboard. And it was a horrid, horrid phone. It was, however, the first pay-as-you-go 'droid phone on the market thru Virgin Mobile USA so I got me one.

I think these are going to be the new $5 "burner phone", tbh.

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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*glares at ridiculously expensive when new 2tb desktop drives*

You had ONE JOB, hard drives!

I kid, of course. Still, I wonder if the first PB drives that roll off the line will happen before my 50th b'day...

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

Interceptor

My comments aren't directed at devs who know their ass from a USB port, nor at "other" IT personnel such as IS people, server support, and so on. This is for the rank and file user out there:

You are the enemy. You are the problem.

Your continued insistence that you should be allowed "freedom" on enterprise networks - the freedom to click that install button for Crystal Bejeweled Candy Plants Versus Birds, the freedom to bring your likely compromised toy (ipads, iphones, 'droid tablets, etc.) devices in to the office and connect them to the corporate network, the freedom to jam USB drives you find on the sidewalk into the workstation at your desk, the freedom to browse unsecure websites willy-nilly and "upgrade" your browser so it "works better" or use a different browser because you "like it", the freedom to run attachments you get from hi_sexy623@rumail.ru - they MAKE YOU the enemy. "If it weren't for stupid people like you, doors wouldn't need locks" as the saying goes. Users, despite being the reason for my (and thousands of others') job, are the most ridiculous, entitled bunch when it comes to the computers they've been issued.

Listen up: read that last sentence. "the computers they've been *issued*." That's not your computer, that's not "your" workstation, that laptop shouldn't go with you so your kids have something to do while you ignore them on vacation in Orlando, it is a piece of corporate hardware. End of story. The insistence on bringing in unsecured devices and attaching them to a corporate network MAKES YOU THE BAD GUY. Not me. Not my insistence on locking your workstation down. Not my insistence on forcing you to use only the apps we installed. Not my insistence on not updating your Flash until I'm sure it doesn't introduce a bevy of vulnerabilities, leaving you calling me with "CAN'T VIEW YOUTUBE!!!!1111111111 FIX NOW!!!!!!!!!!!11111" tickets. You making that call is the problem.

Without your ridiculous sense of entitlement, your treatment of THE COMPUTER at your desk as YOUR COMPUTER, we wouldn't see stuff on The Register like "HUNDREDS OF BOFFINS' DATA SLURPED BY CHINESE BOT? Users fooled by Genghis Con!" every other week.

Do me a favor, those of you huffing and puffing and trying to smack that downvote button...do me a favor. Find out if anyone in your neighborhood is a bus driver. Ask them how many times a year they pack the family up in the MTA bus and drive them on vacation in it. See if you can find an Army tank commander who hauls the family up to Sausalito on a weekend jaunt in the Abrams. Do you know why you won't? BECAUSE THEY KNOW THOSE VEHICLES ARE UNSUITED TO THAT PURPOSE AND DON'T BELONG TO THEM. WHY CAN'T USERS UNDERSTAND THAT ABOUT THEIR COMPUTERS. IF YOU'RE BORED AT WORK AND NEED TO TOUCH A KEYBOARD BRING A TABLET FROM HOME AND USE THE FREE WIFI AT STARBUCKS ON YOUR LUNCH HOUR.

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

Interceptor

Re: Just FYI

Funny; I've got 3 LaCie Porsche HDs here and they're pretty much standard black USB boxes to me. Oh, brushed aluminum, whee. Still, $69.99 for 2tb drives; couldn't pass on that.

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Coat

Have they lost their minds!?

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

Interceptor

Line the walls of the starcraft with living organisms! This will protect them from the great Pain of Space, and the Habermen can be euthanized, and Scanners will not live in vain.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Interceptor

Hmm. Had the 2600 - in 1983, after the crash left them around the $100 mark. Never wanted the pocket computers; by the time I noticed them I already had a full blow computer with mass storage (a C= Vic-20 and datasette thankyouverymuch), Big Trak didn't fit in with my Star Wars centric universe, though.

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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

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Mushroom

LOOOOOOOK! THEY HIDE INSIDE THEIR METAL BOXESSSSSSSS!

Nuke, because Exterminatus!

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We can't go on like this for much longer, boffins cry to data centre designers

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Re: Some like it hot

Also: weather stability. Data centers where there's lots of earthquakes, snowstorms or hurricanes is suboptimal. I realize there are data centers in the northeast, west, and southeast but if I had to pick a destination, one of the "desert states" wouldn't be far off the mark.

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Interceptor

But you can have these things - tiny data centers, I mean. With speed increases and wear-leveling improvements, you can create petabyte or exabyte sized NAS devices that you can cram multiples of into a shoebox. As for the CPUs driving them, how many cores now do we have on various ARM SOCs? 16? 32? more than enough computing power. Depending on my needs, I could fill a standard rack with enough "stuff" to supplant some of the basketball-court sized (and larger) data centers I worked in during the 90s, and have room left over to virtualize the whole thing again, and have an entire backup/fail-over segment - and have the PDU tucked down in the bottom.

I reviewed a DC power driven server for Rackable back in the dim days of the early 2000s that ran much, much cooler than an equivalent AC powered unit (of course, if you're wired for AC already that's an expense right there...)

But the point still stands: big iron needn't be big, and it needn't be hot and power-hungry.

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

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Alien

Handling something from space that crashed near the most polluted place on earth? What could possibly go wrong!

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We've cracked riddle of ANTIGRAVITY mountains on Saturn's Titan - boffins

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Re: Very good!

Sorry to wander off topic, but my late father was a big Sci-Fi fan; he and I used to get on a roll about aliens in another solar system being just a bit above our technological level and observing this curious yellow sun and its planets - "Look there, at the third planet. Habitable? We hardly think so. For one, it's far outside the required 500+ kelvin* 'habitability band' - far too far away from the parent star. Organisms would certainly freeze to death there. It has a thick atmosphere, likely containing toxic gases like oxygen and argon, and the planet has frighteningly rapid rotation that almost certainly doesn't permit the slow heating required for intelligent, silicon based life forms to thrive. I'm afraid we'll have to look elsewhere if we're going to find life in this galaxy," and so on.

:)

Miss ya dad, wish you could see some of this stuff.

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Tiny fireball exoplanet completes one year in 8.5 hours

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I wonder if this little guy is the core of a gas giant that has had all of it's outer atmosphere boiled away due to it's proximity to the star.

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DARPA uncloaks unTerminator for $2 million robotics challenge

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Linux

I'm sure we're in no danger from these things. The minute they start roaming around, some linux beardo will tackle one and forcibly install a new distro on it, smugly formatting whatever storage was holding it's original OS. The 'bot will then immediately locate the nearest similarly-compromised unit and argue with it about which desktop/UI is the best until their batteries fail.

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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Re: Cooling

"very few weapon systems are designed on the basis that you build the platform around them - the only one I can think of easily is ICBM nuke submarines."

The A-10 (GAU-8A Avenger), the F14 (AIM-54), battleships of all types, etc. etc. Lots of systems.

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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Angel

Welp...

http://img.trekmovie.com/images/celeb/peggshrink.jpg

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

Interceptor

Well I can't speak to IOS but I *did* find a lovely picture of the new Mac Pro!

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.10/images/FT_makeover_1.jpg

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Intel: Haswell is biggest 'generational leap' we have EVER DONE

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Re: Double the power of existing Intel graphics

I have a tablet here that sure does have an nvidia GPU.

With that said, it looks like 3dfx-era Voodoo-II level graphics when I put it on the monitor so that's not saying much.

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UN to call for 'pre-emptive' ban on soulless robot bomber assassins

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Re: Not sure I get this

There was the US-developed Kettering "Bug" cruise missile from 1918 - worked with a mechanical clock/gyro affair and was propeller driven. About as successful as a test project could be early on (2 of 6 successes with one set of tests, 4 of 11 with another). Seems the Army was worried about it going awry over allied troops, plus the end of the war put it out of consideration for acquisition...

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

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Terminator

Space has a terrible power. We are here to protect you from the terrible secret of space.

...

Or, alternately: http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/1416521461/1416521461___5.htm

("Scanners Live in Vain" by Cordwainer Smith.)

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Trollface

How to spot snake oil in one* easy step:

The inventors/creators/hucksters invent a cool, marketable name for it and refuse to release any pertinent scientific details.

(*another is if it's an audio-related product of any kind.)

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Soylent Corporation prepares to DEFEAT FOOD

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Meh

Food for self-diagnosed internet autistics - just what the world didn't ask for.

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Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'

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Stop

Hi Mr. Shaw, hope you read this. Diet anything is nasty fucking crap; you'd be better off melting down the PCB jug it came in and drinking it. Coke, Pepsi, doesn't matter. And the "real" kind isn't much better with all the damn HFCS. Get "Hecho en Mexico" labelled Coke if you must - cane sugar, not corn syrup.

...and with that said, 8 sucks, nobody cares for it, your "'n' Million shipped!" just means you forced it on a new generation of PC users and tablet owners. I'd like to see the data on how many of those millions grabbed a Win7 install and blew 8 away the minute they got their new desktop/laptop/fondleslab set up.

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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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Go

Re: Bob moment.

Nah; I think 8 is their WindowsME moment: deride 16/32 bit Windows all you want, but for the time and given the software that ran on it, Win98 was OK. Then along came WindowsME and its endless parade of problems.

8's problems aren't specifically about its stability, but the perception exists that 8 is bad because of no start button, booting to metro, and no Aero Glass.

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

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Coat

Why is the Intel NUC passively cooled?

Because the graphics capability blows.

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Google Street View releases devastated Fukushima town tour

Interceptor

"Get out of here, Stalker!"

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Google Glass to carry 'Made in USA' label

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FAIL

WE'RE #1! WE'RE #1! WE'RE #1!...at assembling products, designed to further erode privacy, made from parts stamped out in China.

Fail, because good lord how atrocious was that sentence structure.

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T-Mobile US announces 'no BS' rate plans, iPhones, LTE

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Flame

Re: "few who can do basic maths"

Yep. Once upon a time back in the early 90s I had a friend from the UK stay over and he was astounded at my internet connectivity - 33.6 dialup, free access (OK, I worked for an ISP so we can discount that one), and my calls were free. I explained I just got a bill every month, then paid it. Then he started telling me how things worked "back home" and I was aghast.

20 years later and the script got flipped. The horror stories he told about landline service in the UK now apply to mobile service here in the US, and the "here's your phone, pay your bill" dream is now worldwide on wireless devices.

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Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system

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Big Brother

Re: Possible additions

Rutherford unperson. Substitute Ogilvy. Ogilvy blog details as follows: war hero, recently killed, Malabar front. Today awarded posthumous secondary order of conspicuous merit second class.

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Review: HTC One

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Terminator

Re: No SD no sale

Yeah; I do pay-as-you-go and have been with Virgin Mobile (US) for years and my first real smartphone is a nice chunky dual-core HTC Evo 3d. V-Mobile sells the iPhone 4 and 4s, but I was more happy that I was buying a phone I could upgrade the memory on and replace the battery (which turned out to be quite a big deal when the defective one in it died about 3 months after I bought it). I will never, ever buy a phone I can't expand or put a new battery in.

Terminator because hey, Androids.

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Re: But at what price

"I suppose you would just buy the USB drive and pull it out of the case for a sata-III install."

Problematically, some vendors have been installing direct-USB controllers onto the drives. It's not USB->Interface->Controller in those cases. Unless they've backed off of that.

With that said, before the floods, I picked up a pair of "Aluratek" 1tb external USB hard drives for $40 each that were just hitachi SATA drives in a case. When those finally die I can slap another in there at least...

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Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

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I am entirely certain Apple was dismayed that 100 kids were found building iPhones.

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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"One damn minute, Admiral."

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

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Alien

Re: Slightly frustrating article.

Would it help if I said it's extremely remote, and no human being will ever, ever see it?

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Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

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Big Brother

Re: err

Just like NuBus, FireWire, AppleTalk and a host of other apple "Standards"

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The Sinofsky Letters: Defenestrated Windows overlord corresponds

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Alert

I have never wanted, nor needed, Explorer or any other tree-based file managers. I loved noodling around in Workbench and was flabbergasted that people would slap DOPUS on top of the Amiga's elegant desktop system and felt the same way when "friends" would grab my PC for whatever nefarious purpose (when I finally got one in the mid 90s after C= died) and immediately blow up Explorer and proceed to lecture me on why it was better than <whatever>.

BUT

With that said? Regardless of whether you still want to use Norton Commander in Windows API clothing or whatever, Metro is and always will be trash. It's about as much fun to navigate as a Tiger Electronics game.com, and about as colorful, too. My sincere hope is that I'll wake up in 2015 and MS won't be trying to force-feed me Windows 2000 running in four-color safe mode like they are at present - or rather, like they aren't until they can come up with an actual and compelling Direct-X to try and make me leave 7 at gunpoint.

Windows 8, you are trash to me. Just not in the same way as most other folks here.

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SGI losses widen, but revenue bumps up

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Terminator

SGI has a bigger curse on their name than "Amiga"

Honestly, what dull-as-dishwater rack servers have to do with sexy desktop supercomputers (for the time) like the Crimson, Indy, Indigo etc. is beyond me. But Rackable bought 'em, now they get the curse.

Terminator because graphics.

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The new Mac mini eviscerated with ease

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Mushroom

I'd love to smash it flat with a hammer but it looks like Apple's design folks are already there.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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FAIL

Re: Who moved my cheese?

Oh, awesome, you're quoting that awful little children's book management throws on people's desks when they're about to be fired. Please, tell us more about your years of UI design (when you haven't been working for Human Resources).

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Interceptor
Mushroom

Suboptimal junk.

I've used/put up with every version of Windows since 3, every NT version since 4 - if MS thinks I'm installing this fuck-ugly heap that looks like Win2000 running in safe-mode (judging from the color scheme), they can blow me. I'll patiently wait until Win9 when they realize what a terrible mistake they've made and realize that some of us don't want 27" widescreen monitors treated like 720x480 phone touchscreens.

Until then I've got Windows 7.

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Work for beer, Neil Gaiman's wife tells musicians

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IT Angle

Re: And another thing..

I know people who happily installed Windows Vista on their machines and would jump at the chance to do so again. That doesn't make them right, either.

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

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Mushroom

Do you know what *I* want?

I want an OS that doesn't look like it's running in Safe Mode all the time. Dear Microsoft, not everyone who uses your OS is a latte chugging facebook-addicted hipster MONG some of us still have desktop PCs to use, and they have actual real robust hardware inside, not wafer-thin video cards whose capabilities bring us back to yesteryear when the Voodoo II was a hot item.

I want my hobby back, I want my Big Iron treated like a computer, not a godawful soccer mom fashion gadget. It isn't a goddamn phone, you nitwits. Quit ruining computing fun and quit ruining your company and quit ruining the only thing worth a fuck to come out of Redmond.

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Asteroid zips past Earth

Interceptor

Re: "at about 20:00AM this morning"

"At the tone, the time will be 26 Railroad."

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Windows is the OS of the cloud, says Microsoft

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FAIL

"Then Feel Free to Float Right Off My Desktop, Say Users"

Thanks for all the fun, hope Valve does all their releases for MacOS and doesn't mind my Hackintosh...

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Interceptor

Re: Microsoft in full desperate mode trying to mimic Apple and failing completely at it...

Haven't you heard? You can turn Metro off...

...and find yourself looking squarely at an interface you'd thought MS had put away when they retired Windows 3.11

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UK gov 'draws US attention' to Bradley Manning concerns

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US Navy to field full-on robot war-jets as soon as 2018

Interceptor
Happy

THE HUMANOID MUST NOT ESCAPE

Evil Otto, don't you know.

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Libya fighting shows just how idiotic the Defence Review was

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Grenade

FA-Teens

This is an interesting debate, and to lob another hand grenade into it:

The F/A-18-E/F models that the author and other posters are asking about aren't "1970s technology" or "1970s era fighters". The F18, which began life as the P38 (back when we used the "P" designation) as an extension of the Northrup F5E/T38 (which was later extended into the unloved F20 Tigershark) and placed as a competitor to the Light Fighter Competition as the YF17. The F16 won and soldiers on to this day. The USN and USMC asked for an improved F17 in the late 70s and it was redesigned around carrier operations and began production and flying in the early-to-mid 80s.

That's what most of you are thinking of.

The F/A-18-E/F started as an entirely new fighter for the USN and USMC to replace the F4 series, the A6 series and so on. Despite it being shaped like a 1970s F18, it is larger, has different engines, different electronics, a different power envelope and on and on. They feature variable-geometry inlets, for example. It is more akin to a step between the F15 and the F22 than merely a modified F18-C/D. The "oldest" F/A-18-E/Fs are 10 years along. That's practically brand new in 5th generation fighter aircraft terms. They're commonly referred to as "Super Hornets".

If the author was suggesting going back to F-18C/Ds, then yeah, that'd be dumb. But honestly? The Brits could do a hell of a lot worse than to buy the Plastic Bug. It's here, it's now, it was designed, tested, flown and approved and made operational inside the timefram that the Typhoon was still having design issues worked out, it's carrier proven, it can drop bombs, fire precision missiles, defend itself in a dogfight, and we can stamp 'em out for the UK all afternoon.

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