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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Lots of last-minuters out there.

I did, but that still doesn't explain the downvoting. Was I advocating the death sentence for cyclists or something?

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Re: Lots of last-minuters out there.

It's possible, Entrope, that your small companies are richer than mine. Some of mine have upgraded, but many have put it off for too long. Some have been planning to but this is the nudge they needed to get around to actually doing it.

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Lots of last-minuters out there.

My experience may not be universal, but in the last two weeks I have had a rash of customers calling me about the need to replace their XP systems. They've known about it for months, they've been told the system needs replacing, but until an alert appeared on their machine telling them that Microsoft Security Essentials would stop working, they've done nothing about it. I now have a couple of months of completely full order books while I replace these computers for Windows 7 or 8 (mostly 7) systems.

I would guess that there'll be a reasonably big drop in the number of XP users over the next 8 weeks, then you'll be left with the die-hards and the people who can't afford/don't understand.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: ... and a fitting tribute this is.

There wasn't a single currency which adopted the Euro where shops cut their prices. Why would it happen here?

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Re: Accross the ocean in Denmark

Would you please take your facts and experience elsewhere? This is ABOUT PROTECTING CHILDREN YOU MONSTER!!!!

Mumsnet and the Daily Mail say that porn is BAD and children are GOOD and if we put the good near the bad it becomes bad and that's bad. Bad bad bad. Boo hoo. So please, clever masters, make the bad go away and then the good will always be good and lovely and good forever. The end.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

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This reminds me a little of a story I read.

It might've been a James Herriott one, but probably not.

It was someone relating their experiences doing much the same job as this in times when electro-butt-plugs weren't available and artificial cow vaginas like this were more in use:

http://www.pakdairyinfo.com/semen.htm

As I recall the device was warmed with water and then the brave collector would stand alongside a fertile cow, and when the bull mounted to cow to perform the deed, the rubber cow vagina was slapped on the end of the bull's John Thomas.

Well, the vet in question was at the farm and asked the farmer's wife to put some warm water in the artificial vagina, which she duly did. The vet received the object back, got in position and the bull made his move at which point the vet slapped the rubber spunk-catcher on the old fellah's machinery.

Apparently the bull let out a squeal of agony, leaped two feet in the air, withdrew himself from the vagina and legged it for the other side of the enclosure. The vet discovered that the farmer's wife had taken boiling water straight from the stove and used that to warm the vagina, so when the bull stuck his old man in it must have been like slapping it in a kettle.

The bull provided a sufficient sample for testing, which was fortunate since he was somewhat wary of enticing young heifers from that day on.

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Infinidat quietly files THIRTY-NINE patents. Let's take a closer look

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Re: I prefer the KitKat Android web site.

You, sir, are a chump.

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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I only pooh-pooh the idea of keeping creatives happy. Let them be sad, for it is only through misery that they can really learn to express themselves.

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Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins

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Re: could be shrinking

Not all bumblebees are solitary.

I would be interested to know if the dose these bumblebees were exposed to, because IIRC the neonicotinoid ban came in because of 'research' that massively overdosed the honeybees and then claimed it 'proved' such pesticides were toxic.

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Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)

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Re: Wow....

Must HAVE.

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

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Re: What's the point of upgrading

That will tick most of the boxes for a gaming machine except for the graphics card one (IIRC) because the onboard PCI-E slot doesn't handle the most recent generation of cards. But as a home office machine it's ideal.

I am running a quad-core Q9300 which I built 5 years ago this March. I've changed the disk drive to SSD, changed the graphics card to play more games and put Win7 on it, and it's still as good as the day I got it. So you're absolutely right - why change machines. It does seem to be that everything you want to do with a desktop machine, you can do with a machine that's 3 or 4 or even 5 years old.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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Re: But...

You are entirely correct. None of them do pay sod all tax.

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It's the dream: Bill Gates chucks cash at WEE-IN-YOUR-PHONE project

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Re: But seriously though...

It's interesting how many American billionaires are spending their accumulated wealth for the betterment of the human race, in ways that governments can't or won't. I wonder if it's a cultural thing that encourages them to do that, rather than what seems to happen with Russian and Middle-Eastern billionaires who buy footballists and boats made out of gold and unicorn tears.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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Guido Fawkes is reporting that someone has ALREADY written a Chrome extension to get around the Great Firewall.

http://order-order.com/2013/12/20/how-to-get-round-daves-porn-block/

I'm not advocating use of it, no sirree. It would be WRONG to circumvent any restriction which is both impractial and legally dubious. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

I provide this information merely for its news value.

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

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Re: I wonder

No. It does surprise me that you know that, but I suppose Google is good for many things.

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Re: I wonder

At the age this is aimed at, which is before they're toddling or crawling, they are basically a couch potato and need no training to sit or lie there. No amount of motivational words will cause them to be able to leap up and run off.

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Re: It's not that they did it that bugs me...

Doctors, nurses, madwives - they all do it.

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Speeding cops, fearsome drops and Death Star shops

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Re: TDS

Yes, it's 'uninstall it'. Fun on my Lumia 720 right up to the point where it glitched and lost all the progress I'd made towards the next level. Did that repeatedly, until I became convinced I'd rather buy a time-waster game than fail to make any progress at all on a buggy free one. So I got Civ for a few earthpounds, and it's a far better way of timewasting.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Re: I genuinely do not understand...

The internet allows them to cause mischief with no risk of any consequences. If they tried it at school they'd get thrashed by the people they did it to.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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Re: Couldn't have they just adopted lightning?

And at £25 per cable, it's a veritable BARGAIN.

I suspect the hilarious overpricing of the Apple/Intel solution (and the fact that you'd be handing control of the world's sockets to a company famous for randomly changing stuff and then telling everyone to suck it up) is why they didn't go with lightning.

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Fat-walleted execs? Nope, it's a corporate tax swerve that REALLY ticks Brits off

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Re: Shurely shome mishtake

I don't think "left" or "right" are helpful terms here in understanding what's happening in politics.

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Re: I see the Windoze Fanbois are out and about

You probably got them from people who are tired of you turning up chirping 'Switch to Linux, it's r0xxorlicious' every time the word 'Windows' appears in an article.

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Re: are friends electric?

I have tried it, and used it a fair bit now and I really don't like it. I don't like the way it tries to shoehorn you in to having a special Microsoft account which everything's tied in to, and I don't like the colours on the screen, and I don't like the poxy programs for travel and stock markets which appear by default, and I don't like the fact that it tries to force you to use touch and mouse is a secondary consideration. It JUST doesn't WORK on a desktop. It doesn't.

I do like its ability to work with lots of devices and I do like its speed. But it is too much like Apple's OS for me, where you can use it any way you like so long as it's the way Apple like you to.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Well

Why indeed - so long as it's not THEIR government they'll raise a hue and cry. If it's something that a good Guardian reader hates, like Tories or Murdoch (hate hate hate), they'll go to the ends of the earth to expose it.

And if you want to see the average Guardian reader's opinions on Evil Web Filth, take a little jaunt on to Mumsnet and read some of the many threads cheering for filtering 'Der Porn'. Mumsnet is by Guardian readers, for Guardian readers (the founder's husband was a Guardian columnist who now works for the BBC on Newsnight) and the censoriousness has to be seen to be believed. Mostly it comes not only in the form of 'protecting the children' but also 'objectification', which is the term used by 'feminists' to describe the way men look at women.

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What could EVER go wrong with giving the government the tools to ban chunks of the interwebs.

I hope you're watching, Daily Mail/Guardian/Mumsnet readers. This is what happens when you say "If only the government would DO something". That's exactly what happens.

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Krakoom! OCZ flies into the ground. Time to salvage the engines and look around

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Anecdotes and data, but....

My machine has OCZ RAM in it and has never grumbled once in 4 1/2 years, and my OCZ SSD is rock solid. I must have been one of the lucky ones...

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

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Re: How about some cheapies?

Or 'Ten ways to make a Mac look reasonably priced'.

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ROBOT SWARM positions itself over EARTH ... to probe our magnetic field

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What about auroras?

Does this mean that there'd be four sets of 'northern lights' instead of two?

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

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Re: On side effects

Mmm, but this is the argument used by bansturbators now. Ban e-cigs! Ban menthol cigs! Ban fracking! Ban nuclear! We can't be absolutely 100% sure it's safe!

Reactionary nonsense peddled by the infantile.

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

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Although it's used an entire decade's worth of precious exclamation marks in just one post.

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CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Dell's Android PC on a stick to ship with Santa

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Re: Same shit new wrapping?

Certainly sounds like it. I have one, and it basically gives me an Android tablet on my TV. A USB slot takes a connector for a wireless keyboard and mouse. It works very well. I think Dell may have been too late to market with this device.

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

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Re: Daily Fail

T'aint just the Mail. Mumsnet, which is basically written by Guardian-reading media luvvie mums for Guardian-reading media luvvie mums, thinks that censoring the internet to get rid of kiddy porn won't have ANY EFFECT on liberties.

Idiots on left and right have united to Ban This Sick Filth.

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Bay pride: WD slips out FOUR-DRIVE network FILE STASH

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Re: Rebuild times

Netgear's ReadyNAS Duo offers that feature. My v2 takes drives up to 2TB so not as much storage as the WD one.

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

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Re: Third Price Rise in 12 Months

"But unlike the AC who started this conversation thread, you at least seem to have gone for a business service rather than a residential service - I take it you also work at home and so put it down as expenses..."

It was residential because IDNet were offering residential broadband at the time. They no longer offer it unless you ask.

2Mbit was just about adequate a couple of years ago, but I do work from home, and when fixing a machine that requires 800MB of updates/software which you can't get on DVD any more, 2MBit just doesn't cut the mustard.

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Re: Third Price Rise in 12 Months

Depends where you live and who you live with. You are fortunate to live in an area with serviceable ADSL and you clearly don't have a large family sucking your broadband dry like a crack pipe. For your circumstances, 13MBit is fine. Where I live the standard ADSL was 2.1Mbit. My fibre through IDNet gives me 26Mbit.

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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Re: Fast?

Well, I'm not 'hard working' like you, because I can't imagine a driving limit of 60 miles to be acceptable. You're forced to alter your driving habits to fit the poor technology - which is exactly the way the ecomentalists want it.

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Fast?

0-60 of 11.9 seconds and a top speed of 89mph is 'fast enough'?

For some, I suppose. People living in flat warm places where they don't have to be anywhere in particular any time soon.

Oh my paws and whiskers, it turns out the Nissan Leaf is perfect for pensioners in Bexhill.

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Definitely targetting the 'deep pockets' demographic.

It's twice the cost of a Ford Fiesta, with less boot space, roughly the same amount of interior space and (I suspect) about the same running costs once servicing and insurance are factored in. And it's certainly faster but when you're nose to tail in a traffic jam, does that really matter?

Yes, it's innovative, but - £26,000 for a supermini!!! £26 grand!!!

26!!!!

Lord above.

Not saying it isn't clever, it's just SO expensive for an electric supermini.

Edit: Downvoted by an iPhone owner, no doubt. ;)

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Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

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The 'Humane Society University'?

That sounds like the very definition of something that isn't a 'university'. A university is surely where you go to learn and have your views challenged, not where you apply a pre-existing set of values to every circumstance and find that circumstance wanting.

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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That sounds exactly like the end of ROTJ.

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This is JJ Abrams. He's likely to blast that canon in to tiny, tiny pieces and wee all over them.

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here

Much as I would love us to break free of the EU I'm afraid that isn't how it works. There are laws which regulate what happens when a chunk of a country breaks away and those laws state that everything which applied to the UK with Scotland in it now applies to the UK without Scotland.

The best and most sensible way out of the EU (IMO) is to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty rather than trying to repeal the Communities Act. The former gives us a gradual, organised breakup whereby competencies are returned to the UK, the latter creates an almighty mess whereby all our treaties are abrogated and leaves us with lots of paperwork to do in a very short space of time (and given the average ability of the average civil servant these days will lead to chaos).

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Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here

McHaggis - Nobody's saying that Scotland would be 'chucked out'. But Scotland would have to renegotiate membership, and that includes the Euro.

Don't take my word for it, here's old Jose Manuel to tell you himself:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/9734785/Jose-Manuel-Barroso-Independent-Scotland-not-EU-member.html

Scotland will be forced to adopt the Euro.

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Except that the SNP's policy on EU membership is very clear. They want to be balls-deep in the EU, not out like Norway.

(Norway is not 'part in' the EU. It is a member of EFTA, and not 'in' the EU at all.

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Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here

The EU says you're wrong. The Lisbon Treaty states that in the event of a country breaking up, the bit that's buggering off to be a new country has to reapply. That means Scotland. Act of Union, pish. It's like claiming that you could leave the EU by revoking the 1972 Communities Act, it's been superceded by EU law.

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Leveson: My Whingers' Charter™ is PERFECT, you impudent MPs

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Re: Wouldn't it be nice

Whose facts would they print?

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

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Re: Colour me skeptical...

The problem with fully multiplayer is the players you have to multiplay with, IMO. Just like in real life, some of them are ghastly.

IIRC Elite's solution is that you can choose to limit who you play with online.

I think that Star Citizen should also be a great game, and I hope they both do well. There's room out there for both games. I just hope I can find time to play them.

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Bees baffled by belching car exhausts = GLOBAL HUNGER

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They didn't actually test it on bees, did they?

They did the chemical stuff, but didn't test their hypothesis on the animal they're claiming is affected. Odd.

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It's official: Steelie Neelie is a triple-triple-TRIPLE win digital woman

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Re: Tech skills- not so much

I notice you didn't say "have had other jobs in the private industry of the field they were regulating".

But, of course, anyone who raises even the slightest objection to the All WIse EU must be a swivel eyed DM reading racialist, and anyone who loves it is wise and clever and far better informed than the monkeys who read newspapers with short words and big boobs. It must really grate on you that your vote is worth the same as theirs.

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"You Romans, you never bother to learn anyone else's languages" grumbled the Carthaginians.

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