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Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again

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Phoerey on Democracy and Community

Free is worth the p[rice paid. Nada.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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The Cure lol

For actual issue and cures, see here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2982791

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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The piss always taking is he. Bastard the.

Then there is the same chit run through Google Translate and back out again. THAT is really Yoda talkin, then lol

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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sorry mates

Fire at will unless a union contract says otherwise. To heck with laws in general, that law in particular.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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I dont believe anything facebook says

The message they out up for me excused this odd time for an outage"Scheduled Maintenance" lol

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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No Surprise

Yes the questions are, are the likely changes worth bothering with? How much bother? With thar much bother, is the change or the bother better?

Yes, politicians represent the ignorant opinions and irrelevant but deeply held belief of their constituents.

Leadership is ignoring people's beliefs and opinions and focusing on what they are willing to sacrifice to accomplish, and making deals so the most generally important things get taken care of well enough tat the society services and the lives, liberty, and living circumstances of as many members as possible might be safer or even improved.

What I did for decades as pretty much the principle leader in my neighborhoods city and on some issues, state and rather large national organization. Not hard when you know how.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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free software

Free software from commercial teams tends to be worth the price charged. This is particularly true when the whole idea is an attempt at monopoly, as is the case with flash/reader and quite a few others. Ubiquity being the driving goal, all else is basically shoddy.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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F**K the Law

How can it be argued that any person, group of people, or the entire human race unanimously less one, has any right to regulate or prohibit ANY information or image whatsoever, true or false, defamatory o9r not, insulting or not, racist or not, moral or not?

The problem is that there is no way to prevent folks, and them assembling as a sovereign or world state makes no difference, trying to DO whatever they please also, such as punish people uttering, broadcasting, or obtaining disapproved information/images.

The solution is that technology will enable one person to publish whatever they please, and any other to obtain it, without it being physically possible for any or ALL others to even find out, much less interfere. THIS is the GOAL!

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Humourous

So this Emergency Team has discovered (1) Grisoft once was a fair AV package plus free (2) itself is now quite a nuisance (3) is infested with obnoxious tagalongs (4) most particularly an insecure "secure search tool bar" ?? And apparently (5) think this is NEWS?

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Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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1979 i think

My brother in law had a trash 80 and a 300 baud modem and am impact printer. Can't recall the board but it had to do with hobby kits

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Too Funny for words

No real people are in reality affected, except in their fantasy of placing some value on who appears to resemble whom. Feminists are racists on this issue - seeing folks as representatives of themselves or of a group and not as individuals.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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nothing offensive here

There are plenty of people richly deserving whatever epithet comes to mind whether or not including references to such things as skin tone, gender, language, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual preference, dis- or special-ability, or any of the categories we ALL recognize as valid but that the more rational of us refrain from using as if they were valid for OTHER things be they skills or morals or behavior.

I have an absolute right to offend insult and enrage however many folks I please.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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Pinketty understands nothing

Part of political economy is who is in charge and/or well off and who is not. There is no good reason to much care about those.

The guts of it are three simple things: (1) Does the system often intentionally do horrid stuff to people and there is no remedy? Any State-centered regime tends in that direction...(2) Is the system internationally secure and competitive? (3) Do all sorts of folks and the majority of families see (a) opportunity and (b) on the whole increasing prosperity - more ability to choose and obtain desired goods, services, and circumstances?

When the answers are "NO", "YES", and "YES", one has found an exemplary system. Constitutional republican capitalism IS such a system, and so far anyway, the ONLY such system.

Wealth can not concentrate indefinitely...from whom would profits be obtained? Also, for the most part, unusual fortunes may proliferate but they do not tend to stay intact over time. Firms and family fortunes go up and down the relative ladder. Indeed, that is the key to why the constitutional republican capitalist regime is relatively fee, secure, competitive, and prosperous: what currently is valued tends to attract attention and investment, displacing that which has been surpassed in utility.

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

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Where mite one stick it?

Suggest where the sun don't shine.

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

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what a nuisance

I suppose I shall burn an Alternate DVD and restore grub on the Linux partition, redo the multiboot stuff after if needed.

Snazzy mass market distro should not do such things. With dual boot in mbr and not with grup but with windows, none of the easier ways of addressing this type of thing apply. Takes too much fussing rebooting each time to verify which of Linux, grub, windows mbr bootloader, or that bootloader's multi-boot bcd entries or the config snippet from the Linux partition is a fault; to fix the offending component; and to verify everything works, not just the same or a different selection of some things.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Terible idea

I despise Chrome. And so-called modern UI concepts. Prefer text and menu bars.

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

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Escapes me how there IS any such thing as protection of anyone

Escapes me how there IS any such thing as protection of anyone as regards information. Information wants to be free. Who cares who knows what...if everyone could know anything anyone knew, the world would be far more peaceful and far more prosperous. Humans evolved where ALL community members directly or at most second had observed ALL activities.

Privacy is just a Mickey Mouse attempt to deny totalitarian power to an organized community, be it a business or a State. Such communities HAVE no legitimate power in the first place.

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Go Grinder Girl Go! Grind away!

New definition of the old bump - n - grind huh.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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typical of mobs

USA got mobs and interests now, not voters...most anything to do with the public's support is corrupt, by the public unfortunately. So we have an allegedly peaceful and egalitarian and rights-respecting government spreading poveryy, was, assassination, and espioage. Oh yea the tax system is ass-backwards as well.

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Patch Tuesday brings Microsoft fixes and Adobe Shockwave update

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What exactly does Flash consist of

besides flaws and exploits waiting to happen?

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

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Hope he makes it happen

Microsoft has always done well at several things. The third party developer environment. The packaging of software for diverse but actually quite related purposes. The proliferation of ways of doing one thing and the backward compatibility, as well as the semi-consistency of user presentation. Productivity tools for individuals, for firms, and for developers.

They've never been great at design per se. Nor have they been innovators, any more than Apple has been.

The thought that diverse platforms and form factors might present a unified experience is a good one, although I suspect unrealizable as long as physical screens and keyboards and pointing devices remain the main interfaces. But nobody likes any of those things anyway. Humans on their own don't communicate that way!

Perhaps our contraptions ought not to either.

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Classy Oregon diners tipped waitress with 'crystal meth' – cops

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from oregon, lived in Beaverton

Typical of my former community!

Arrogant, stupid, and stoned.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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That's ONE CUTE PUPPY

Did not know what an Andrex or a bog roll was. Now I do, ty.

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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Hilarious

This is funny. Like folks with no larynx due to tobacco, smoking through the hole in their neck. The whole concept is funny. And would be if the guy had been engaged in sex, or any number of notoriously engrossing activities. Not because there's anything funny about injury, but just because.

Ruining those who do it? WTF does that mean? It's voluntary, so doing it can't ruin anything. Ruin is when you want a house, but it burns down. Ruin is not when you set fire to the house intentionally to roast marsh mellows.

No one's business how people spend their time or their money. If someone would rather finish their chapter and burn alive, instead of losing the book and getting out, it's their choice. Where do these tyrants get off claiming a right to restrict smoking drinking gaming etc.?

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

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Uncontrolled is the sole virtue of "crypto" currency

There's no virtue in anonymity...people evolved to be the opposite of anonymous, in a fishbowl of gossip. Get used to it.

ANY regulation presents numerous problems. Whoever regulates monopolizes. (Voluntarily accepted standards are a different matter). Regulation also assumes that there is such a thing as legitimate government. There is not.

People forget that the idea of legitimacy whether of the voters or of the King has to do with avoiding the evil of civil strife, not with some sort of moral standing. Regulation which facilitates commerce, progress, etc. has its place...it's like a public road or a Defense Department. Those which secure rights, equality, and all manner of public protection for privately enjoyed things (caribou and snail darters come to mind) are just spoils of the system.

Anonymity is a tool to fight illegitimate (i.e. most) governmental activity.

CURRENCY ought to be about supporting trade. That means the value of it is not readily manipulated. Period. Governmental currencies by definition fail the test. Add ludicrous pension obligations to those governments, and we get a progress-stifling economy. An UNCONTROLED currency could take down ½ of this, and the loss of the ability to steal the pension funds from out of everyone’s pockets through inflation might curb the pensions. Who knows, with progress again enabled, robust pensions might again become affordable.

Gold tended to come and go as the balance between mined supplies and economic growth changed, but not all that much most of the time. The dollar or the pound were like that, once upon a time, but no more.

A bitcoin somewhere in the value range of $50.00usd to $250.00 USD would be in the ballpark for the actual value traditionally represented by dollars or pounds. The difficulty I believe lies in supporting a transition from an esoteric techie thing and speculative bubble and potential pay pal alternative, for which the total currency supply need not be large at all, to a currency base capable (as augmented by circulation velocity and the lenders’ magic of lending the same reserves more than once) of supporting the majority of the planet’s economic activity.

It’s hard to imagine how that transition could occur, without an intermediate step of coordination and control: back to the original central bank problem.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Good Take - cheapness and use case

Second intelligent comment I've seen on the subject (after my own, which isn't as relevant: touch as a unified interface for devices of all types).

Cheapness - mass market powering mass production with a steep downwards cost curve - that's what the PC was and the smart pocket device is. Personally I think the iPad size is either far too small or far too big, but the portable device is getting truly cheap and truly robust.

Use case - I've tended to approach tech since I got in to it in the early 60's as a question of toolkits, for which I would later find purposes. Most people do not look at ANYTHING that way - they already know what they want to do, and it will involve such things as people, entertainment, earning money, spending money, education. The only one of those that interests me in the LEAST is people, and that, not much for most of them.

But then, I am odd. So are PC's. A famous industrial design consultant with 7 figure earnings once spoke and answered questions afterwards. Asked about the design quality of PCs in general, he pointed to doorknobs. Doorknobs he said are designed so that any human being once observing a doorknob in operation knows all they ever need to know about how to make use of a doorknob: GOOD DESIGN. Then he said, if the Doorknob defines design excellence, then the PC is at the opposite extreme of the design spectrum. He's right.

Ubiquitous pocket wireless connected devices lend themselves to what people are likely to want to do, with these “APS” for every imaginable purpose. Maybe a PC is like a toolshed supporting a garden, but these BYODs are cornucopias full of grown vegetables, no experience required.

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US Supreme Court says 'no sale' to Amazon's New York sales tax appeal

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Headline is in error

The Court actually is upholding most of Amazon's contention...the tax upheld has to do with the activities of NY businesses, using Amazon in part as agent for collection, marketing, and/or shipping. Not with such Amazon sales as have no connection with a NY presence - if Amazon's 'own' sales were Amazon's ONLY sales into NY, the tax would not apply.

As to the principle, Congress probably ought to require sales taxes on interstate commerce to be collected uniformly at a State or Metro level at one rate, and then apportioned, but so far, Congress has not done this.

As to taxes in general, they are not the right of the Government to collect nor the obligation of the citizen to pay nor deserving in some fashion to support whatever the government supports. They are fees paid through the consent of the governed for services rendered. No in-state presence, no services received and no citizen representation either, so no tax. If it meant the total end of all non-voluntary payments, why that would be a darn good thing on its own.

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Hello Warsaw: Greenland ice loss will be OK 'even under extreme scenarios'

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Far worse than hippies - criminals against humanity

The yuppies/hippies would starve an impoverish billions in order to validate their class stealing all they can gran from everyone else. I say, shoot them all dead!

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Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store

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userscripts thread on topic...

http://userscripts.org/topics/113176‎

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The Future will be PERFECTLY SAFE

I see the future very clearly. There will be absolutely NO privacy. There will be absolutely NO security - no locks whatsoever, not on anything. Everyone will be able to exactly as they please to anything or anybody anytime anywhere.

Perfect safety! EVERYTHING being known, what is harmful will only be done once ever per perpetrator...

THAT is the solution.

Computer security is an oxymoron, get used to it!

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Vulture 2 paintjob: Four-year-old nipper triumphs

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Excellent

Go for it! Apparently 4 year olds have their art potential available, not buried by things alleged to be more necessary.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

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Guess I am spoiled as Ido as I please at all times

Really, I'm never in a situation where what I bring is not far more valuable than what I want, and I have choices, always. If I want to call or research something, I just do it, and if you decide to hate me for it, that is your problem, I don't need any particular individuals or groups for any purpose, I can get others, any time.

I'm seen as kind and benevolent by almost anyone, though. Must be because I do not play the game of wanting to do one thing but doing something else instead.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

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Count me in

Skype desktop headset BE my phone.

Hate mobile anything really. Refuse to use.

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

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Mushroom

To H with privacy

Humans evolved where everyone in the band knew everything everyone was doing. Good idea now, abolish privacy, record anything, discourage harmful actions. It's what acts people take when they learn things that matters. So what, what adult has sex, or how, with what other consenting adult, for example. Bravo to the Spies. But piss on the TSA.

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

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So What

Google is a PITA especially any sort of "search" that crowd sources / page ranks screw that. Likewise image oriented versions of web mail. No loss in either case.

But I use IE 11 and some of the goggle stuff esp maps and sometimes docs sometimes search, no such issues here.

Rarely go to web outllok fka Hotmail but haven't seen any change there either.

Suspect the people with these issues have i d 10 t or KITC errors

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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yep

Like most things, it's obvious given thought.

Lots of individual decisions work better than cooperation of any kind that involves more than a handful of people.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

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Mushroom

no such thing

The "Precautionary principle" is neither a principle nor is it precautionary. It is Luddite and the work of vested economic ideological and political interests.

So fracking might scare or inconvenience fewer people than coal, fission, wind, damns, or poisonous solar arrays? This is a problem?

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Mushroom

It's all Religion

MY religion is human power and empowerment!

I spit on the Religion of avoiding risks! And on democracy for that matter - useful to control the power of the State, dangerous to have actually in control of ANYTHING!

Thorium and Solar cells (or space-based) with decent in cost storage, those are great and were the point of the article. Not FuckYuppiesShima.

There is NO real problem at Fukashima, not compared to the hazards of hydroelectric damn failures in earthquakes, or mining, or even oil transportation. Wake up idiot environmental jihadists!

Maybe its better if you do NOT wake up. You are the ENEMY OF MANKIND!

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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Win 8.1 "RTM" is GREAT

Runs great! Nightly, ice dragon, cometbird browsers with 38 tabs, outlook, IE with maybe 10 - 3.2 gig memory used. Boots extremely quickly. Mounts *.iso. Runs hyper-V VM's. Bootleg true MS code installs fine with default key, activates with win 8.0 key. IE can be set to one mode only, desktop or TIFKAM. Tiled start screen manageable. TIFKAM side by side works intelligently. Between new "start" and older WinKey 'power menu', charms can be avoided. Ne search feature now works as they say it did in Preview. Media Center was there.

I don't see much reason to change/upgrade tools 'just because its new', but this thing is a real improvement!

There are issues imho with portable contraptions used as computers, even laptops, but both Intel and ARM chips and SSD storage are getting to the point where before long applications as opposed to "aps" will run and run well. The smaller display and small, non-existent, or add-on KB input means limit the use of such Iimho, but they sure are great for taking ones electronic connections, including the hundreds of thousands of 'aps, with one at all times. And the portables are largely used for networking, geography, media consumption, and communication.

Whether the concept of "one ring to rule them all" makes sense, I don't know. The use case differs. BUT. If it matures successfully, users and those who support them and code for them would have one and only one user interface to deal with. It's already converging - MAC OS X, Android, Windows, and most public-oriented Linux distros are looing more alike every day.

As to the upgrade. I put 8.1 RTM atop a 8.1 preview and yes I had to reinstall the limited number of aps , principally communication, browsers, and productivity stuff. There is no 'keep aps' option on this path, as was stated in the beginning. I AM WAITING for the actual final release code to upgrade 8.0. Screen shots from others who have put the RTM - ACTUALLY ANOTHER BETA - atop 8.0 show a "keep aps" option. Also, the real public release build will be supported for 90 days after install.

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Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

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not on madn aa

Academic INSTITUTIONS can get it not DreamSpark Premium students. Also it appears to LACK an opton to upgrade with installed aps in place.

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Microsoft: YES Windows 8.1 is finished, but NO you can't have it

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Re: I'll update

8.1 a bit more stabile especially browser. Tile interface is now tolerable with mouse, kb.

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

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Allright!

Ballmer the Salesman deserves his money, he did greatly help build that company. I dealt with him f2f and have reason to say that. Good for him.

But whatever Microsoft is going to do (other than curate Office), Ballmer is not the one to lead it there.

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

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amazing

To agree with Ellison, twice in one day! Google IS evil, and NSA are the good guys.

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Nude swimmers warned of GONAD-GOBBLING FISH ON THE LOOSE

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It's not a tropical freshwater fish in the cold Swedish seas

It's a new species! The Obama Fish!

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Admins warned: Drill SSL knowledge into your Chrome users

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NOT a fan lock forcing security

Work networks are different, at least as long as espionage in general and "Intellectual Property" are concerns - they are no concern of mine though.

I connect one box alone to do banking and that's all it does.

Other than that, I hate security - I can evict the unwanted on my own, have no secrets, and value convenience highly, and privacy not at all.

Many things are slowed down or sometimes obstructed entirely by dumb-ass security.

Chrome is a terrible browser unless media consumption is the objective, which for me it is not, unless it is printed text.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Bully for Bill

Bill Gates is said to be as smart as Einstein or Hawking ("IQ 160") and perhaps he is. Being a living man, it makes sense that he prefers philanthropy that may uplift the human condition is his lifetime, which his work fighting disease may well do. In the more tropical and poorer places where malaria is such a threat, the disease environment is probably THE major obstacle to prosperity.

As to panning Google, little that Google does provides much benefit IMHO. Previous firms offering free search functions, such as AltaVista, were superior to Google at least for anything I use search for (Google does NOT in the slightest implement Boolean logic - one has to inspect the results to ascertain what exactly Google search did with one's input). I have NO USE for anything that is based on the relative popularity of things ("page stank").

@Roo noted that interconnectedness has its payoff. I agree but I see that as much more likely to be provided by economic and political entrepreneurs (private businesses and politicians), neither of whom tends to pursue public health unless forced to do so.

But I think that after Gates and I are gone humanity will benefit greatly if by that time we have a sustained off-Earth presence. The beyond-Earth universe simply has too much to learn and too much to offer for us to not give space exploration a high priority.

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Arrr! Comcast working on new tech to nudge PIRATES to go straight

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No Such Thing

There are content creators but there are no "Content Owners" or "Digital Rights", only artist and customer EXPLOITERS.

CopyWrong must go!

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Microsoft offers IE 11 preview for Windows 7 ... but not Windows 8

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Researchers seek Internet's choke points

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what a headline

CHIPS are down? In that case, NO throughput!

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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Snoden Phoey, NSA Bravo

Glad we did it. Too bad Stuxnet could not cause radioactive explosions or at least meltdowns, but it least it cost the enemy billions. Let's do it again!

As to Snowden, someone ought to shoot him.

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