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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

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Hush now, remember, EU membership brings jobs. In this case it brought jobs in the phishing industry, which has been declining for decades under the Common Phisheries Policy.

It also provides useful work for the police service and the prisons service who otherwise spend all day sitting around polishing their uniforms.

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German brain surgeon flies in for vital LOHAN operation

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13 month old son?

He's probably glad to get away so that he can catch up on his sleep.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: Password Managers?

Or a notepad and a pen, which most of my elderly customers use, which is a single point of failure but is not insecure or open to hacking.

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BT: Whew, we've been cleared of major privacy breach. Oh SNAP, another webmail blunder

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Maybe...

...they should get on with fixing the problems they're having with customers who are being forced to create a BT.com ID (which is separate from a BTInternet email address) merely in order to access their email. Or customers who are unable to do said update because of the flakiness of the BT systems. Or customers whose accounts - old and new - have been hacked because of the abysmal security BT has in place in India. Or any one of the many, many problems I deal with in a typical month from poor, long-suffering BT customers.

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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A tablespoon?

So Dave Lister would be able to test for Alzheimers?

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Why the UN?

There's no comparison between the two situations. In your hypothetical toxic waste dump Switzerland would be affected.

Countries who aren't mining in space won't be affected by laws affecting ownership of stuff mined in space. There are no byproducts which might affect them. There are no labour laws which will affect them. Their ownership of resources on Earth won't change. This really doesn't affect most countries, and it really never will. I don't see why they should have a say in something which can not, does not and probably never will affect them.

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Re: Why the UN?

The analogy doesn't work because, on Earth, someone will own or live in the forest. There is no analogy for what we're seeing here.

And if you can't get in to space, why should you have ANY say in what US companies under US jurisdiction do with resources they exploit out there? Why should we go around asking Burkina Faso or Bhutan what they feel about mineral extraction in space?

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I must be the only one who thinks it's a good idea.

By guaranteeing, through some sort of legal framework, the right to own what you've extracted, that creates a structure in which companies can work if they choose to.

Yes, it's US legislation, and boo hiss America. But America remains the only country which is really doing anything in space at all, both in the public and private (eg Elon Musk) spheres. And this means that an American company, with its corporate HQ in America, can be certain that any minerals it chooses to extract will be its, and can't be appropriated by anyone else. It's the basis of property ownership and the legal guarantee of that ownership, and that's, perhaps, a start towards the exploitation of space.

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Why the UN?

I don't think it's a very good idea that it should be decided by the UN. You then have an awful lot of nations who aren't spacefaring and have no plans to go in to space deciding on the legislation. Added to that - what democratic mandate is there to have the legislation repealed at the global level?

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Lumia 930 is a real handful

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Re: Is this the review of a camera or a phone?

I agree with a couple of your gripes. The 'phone turns on while charging' seems odd. The skype client that doesn't allow all Skype logins is unbelievably infuriating. I don't like the sensitivity of the Bing search or the default to Bing either.

But I haven't had to delve through lots of menus, I find pretty much everything I need in settings and I don't find it hard to turn stuff off. The synching is useful rather than annoying, particularly if you have a Win8 tablet or tabltop (or desktop if you're mad) and it makes restoring a phone from backup much easier.

I do like my Windows phone despite the annoyances.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: I tried to like it - but failed

You're right, Win8 is no good without a touch screen. The more mobile the device you're on, the better the Win8 experience. Desktop Win8 is a hideous experience.

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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Re: Doesnt look like equality to me.

It could also be the kinds of games. If there was a Farmville contest I expect you'd need a special category to help the poor little men keep up with the women.

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Re: Couldn't agree with you more on Occupy.

Occupy destroyed itself because it was a bunch of rich kids protesting about the stuff their rich parents protested about 20 years ago and their rich grandparents protested about in the sixties. It wasn't a grassroots movement and it didn't engage, or make any attempt to engage, ordinary people.

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Viv Reding quits justice commish role - heads for EU parliament

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

What an astonishing argument. Really, truly. You think this is an advance in democracy? Does it bring the corrupt institutions of the EU one step closer to the poor schmucks who pay for their lifestyle?

This was no uprising of the people, and no democratic advancement, no velvet revolution. This was power politics, the powerful and wealthy amassing more power for their own ends. The head of the Commission and his deputy are now Parliament stooges. One chamber controls both forming of legislation and voting on it.

I pity the fools who can't see this for what it is.

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Re: Thank you!

Just because prices have fallen, that doesn't mean that non-roamers are not paying for roamers. The two positions are not mutually exclusive. Non-roaming telephone users are subsidising those who do roam and it is not an accurate reflection of the costs of the service. The EU is meddling with the markets in order to select its preferred outcome.

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

The Council of ministers chooses (until now) the head of the commission. The EU Parliament does not. This was a power grab. A putsch. Don't mistake it for democracy.

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

I despair of people who claim the EU is democratic because I don't see how it meets any interpretation of that much-abused word. Look at the UK's commissioners in the past. Neil Kinnock. Cathy Ashton. I mean yes, Kinnock was an MP, but who voted for Cathy Ashton? You're claiming that the process is democratic because a democratic government appointed someone with no electoral mandate to a position where they can create laws. You might as well say that my local traffic warden has a democratic mandate, because he was, after all, appointed by a democratically elected government.

The shenanigans in the Commission this time around ought to have convinced anyone with an honest opinion of the EU that they aren't at home to Mr Democracy.

What has happened is that the EPP has agreed to back the socialists' choice, Martin Schultz, if the socialists back the EPP's choice of Juncker. Both are arch-federalists and pro-EU fanatics. The viewpoint of a quarter of the elected MEPs has been entirely sidelined so that the Glorious Project can continue unhindered by any tiresome democracy.

In reality, the whole process is a massive stitch-up. The head of the EU commission has been selected not because he is approved of by the EU parliament but because a dirty back-room deal has been done between the federalists and the socialists to keep the new boys, who won their seats this time round, out of power.

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Re: Thank you!

People who don't travel around the EU on a regular basis are paying for this. It's certainly a victory for people like you, and EU commissioners, but it raises the phone bills of everyone else. It must be nice to be able to write laws from which one personally benefits financially, as Ms Reding has done.

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Re: Sometimes I wonder...

Much like Mage, I can see a time when my DVD collection becomes obsolete because I can store it on a NAS box. If an uncompressed DVD is 5GB (it's about that, isn't it?) I'd need 15TB of storage. In 10 years' time, perhaps, that will be on an affordable home device.

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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Re: Tickets

On all my previous visits to the O2 telescopes weren't necessary due to the honking great screens displaying all the action.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: It's basically a laptop in a desktop case

Do you sit it on your lap? Is it a portable computer? Can I unplug it from the mains and have it run on its internal battery?

It's a desktop.

The only thing this device shares with laptops is components.

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Re: Everyday performance

I wondered how quickly people would start apologising for the mediocrity of this machine.

It's basically a laptop in a desktop case. You lose the portability and you get more screen space. 5400 hard disk, ugh. Why? Why not stick a 500GB 2.5" hybrid drive in there? It'll cost a few quid more but the performance will be way better.

If 'average joe' doesn't need a dual-core i5, then perhaps they'd be better off spending £350 on a really decent tablet instead.

I'm sure that plenty of people will say "Hurrah, a Mac that isn't £1500 that can sit on my desk and look pretty" so I agree with you that it will be reasonably popular. That doesn't get away from the fact that it's a lot of money to part with for something that looks pretty on a desk. But when did that ever stop Apple fans?

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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Re: Wont be a hit until

I have been setting up Lenovo Yoga 2 11" tablets/laptops (tabletops?) for several customers over the last few weeks. Without exception they love the weight, the design and the speed. I think it's the first Win8 machine I've seen which has really made Win8 seem like an acceptable alternative to Win7 rather than a dismal failure which should be shot behind the sheds

The price is reasonable, the screen is good. It has an HDMI mini connector so that you can plumb it in to a larger screen. I'd buy one for myself but I simply can't justify ownership of another computer.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Individuals may not upgrade their RAM themselves but if the machine is slow they'll ask someone to look at it, and that someone will say "I can do a cheap upgrade for you that'll let you get more speed out of it." I have done many hundreds of RAM upgrades over my 983 years in computerising.

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Apple's Irish tax lair to be probed by European Commission

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Re: i agree

No I don't. MEPs have no responsibility for writing the legislation. They may amend it in Parliament and return it for reconsideration but they have no legislative powers. So no, I do not mean MEP.

I also do not mean 'my government' - because they did not write this:

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/company_tax/gen_overview/index_en.htm

The EU Commission is responsible for the legislation which specifies that corporation tax is paid to only one country. It is responsible for deciding the cross-border taxation mechanism.

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Re: i agree

The EU is the creator of this problem. It's EU law which states that companies who trade within the EU have to register for taxation in just one location and EU law which allows this.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: Electric cars just aren't there yet.

Yep, but I don't remember the taxpayers subsidising early digital cameras in the way we're expected to for electric cars.

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Back and forth

Better than having to use the destruction testing method to confirm this particular theory.

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Plugging the gaps in today's Macs: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

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Re: 200 quid?!

£200 for a device that provides all the sockets your £1,500 laptop didn't come with is small change considering an extra Displayport monitor hovers around the £700 mark.

Mac users are like Warhammer gamers - lots more disposable income than me.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Re: Identity Crisis

All it needs is Mac OS and all 15 versions of Linux and - hey presto! A machine to satisfy most of The Reg's Commentardiat...

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Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

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Re: If renewables can compete on price ...

Dear Mr Anonymous,

Why don't you tell us how windmills and suncatchers are made? Are they made, perhaps, from fairy dust? From old coathangers and lost socks? Or from rare earths, which are acid leached from whole mountains in China, where the acid then leaches happily in to the groundwater for hundreds of miles around? What about the steel and copper needed for them? Do they come from ethically farmed maize, or environmentally damaging mining and smelting techinques.

Everything has a cost of production. Your Toyota Pious might make you feel good but you poisoned a lake in China to drive it. The difference between renewable and fossil/nuclear cost of production is that the cost of the latter is offset by the vast buckets of power it provides. Renewables have a huge cost of production but then produce teeny tiny dribbles of power compared to fossil/nuclear.

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Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees

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Re: Nah.

No, no, no. That's not how they work. They don't want YOU to fly.

They have to fly so that they can go skiing or trekking across the Andes or highlighting the desperate plight of the Western Madagascan Cannibal Olive Tree or their son Toby or daughter Jocasta can go and find themselves by backpacking around the world.

But you can't, because it's bad for the planet.

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Nah.

Your big problem will be the ecomentalists. They don't want a solution that gets rid of carbon emissions or something that stops people using fossil fuels. They want people to stop flying.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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Win8 is fine for small form factor and touch. It sucks donkey cock when it's on a big-screen non-touchy environment.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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It's the price that's putting me off a Windows Tablet.

I'm very happy with my Win8 smartphone, but there's no way I'm paying that kind of money for a Windows Tablet. If Microsoft want to carve themselves a market in the tablet industry they're going to have to sell at cost, or a loss, to do it.

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

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Re: One for Mrs Cornholio please

IMO it's because Win8 actually works very well in a small form factor and with a touch screen. My 18 month old daughter can find her way around it to access what she wants.

Microsoft's error (IMO) was to apply look across their whole range. They should've gone with the phone look for phones and tablets, and a more conventional desktop with (for example) a switch-offable tile panel down the right hand side.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Re: Windows phones with keyboard.

I switched from a Blackberry to a Windows phone, and thought I could never get used to the touch screen and that a keyboard would always be faster. However, I find I can type messages faster on the new phone because the predictive text on the Windows phone is so efficient. I'm not sure a physical keyboard is necessary at all when the predictive text is so good.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: Limited bit rate?

I can't imagine how DJs couldn't know everything about sound. If there's one good way to improve your understanding of it, then spending 20 hours a week with 300dB of bass playing in a sweaty shed will be it.

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

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It's not the user's fault if you hide the updates.

Unlike Win7 updates, the 8.1 update is tucked away in the App Store, which many people never visit. I've seen a couple of laptops which have only been restarted for installing Win8 laptops once or twice in a year, because that's how the O/S is designed now - to make it hard to switch off (and thus install updates).

And it is a HUGE update - 2GB IIRC, and takes hours and hours.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

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Re: 2015? It's already too late then.

"We" didn't prevaricate. Gordon Brown prevaricated, because avoiding hard decisions was what he did best. It's hard to decide which of Labour's monumental failings was their lowest moment - mass immigration to shift the voting balance, energy security, the Iraq war or the banking bailout.

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Norwegians trial Oculus Rift in tanks: The ultimate battlefield simulator

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Re: Bad, just bad

You may have misread the article. It's not about using Oculus as a simulator. The article heading was misleading in that respect. It's about providing all-round visibility for driver and commander.

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Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

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Flick it on and off at high speed.

That'd give you a percentage of visibility whilst giving you protection. A bit like the black globe shields in the Traveller RPG.

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It's here, the 4TB FLASH drive: SanDisk rips sheet from the Optimus MAX

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Re: Rid of Rust.

There writes a man who never bought an IBM DeathStar.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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Re: Surface rocks

They are a good, clever piece of equipment. I don't have one, but I have a WIn8 smartphone and as I tell everyone, Win8 is very good indeed in small form factor and with touch. It is just terrible as a desktop interface.

Microsoft's big mistake was treating the marketplace like their dirtbox. As far as tablets are concerned, MS were a latecomer to the market and an upstart.

The best thing they could have done was taken a HUGE loss on Surface and cut the price very low and accepted that as the cost of carving out market share against Android and Apple. But they thought they were too good for that.

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NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away

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Solid surface?

Does that mean that it'll have a solid surface rather than a liquid one? Or a solid crust with liquid oceans of something or other? Or will it be a gigantic Jupiter?

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Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor

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Re: please, not the start menu

The tile implementation is broken on a desktop or a non-touchscreen laptop. It's an unpleasant place to work. Plenty of 'normal people' feel that way, despite your lazy dismissal of anyone who doesn't share your view. I own a Windows phone and I like it and I think Win8 works really well on small-form factor touchscreen devices such as tablets and phones.

The removal of all the functionality everyone's used to using has to be done for a good reason. Good reasons do not include "All computers must look the same, BY ORDER" or "Our marketing department told us that the start menu is so last week". Start menu removal was a dismal failure and was done badly and annoyed the very demographic that Microsoft HAD TO WIN OVER in order to sell their product - the geeks like me, who, when people say "What's Windows 8 like", say "It's a royal PITA and you should stick with Win7". Microsoft didn't learn that lesson with Vista. Maybe they'll learn it now.

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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Re: Well...if one doesn't USE Windows Defender...

I think that av-test.org site might be lying, because it claims Norton is the best not only for protection but also for performance.

Now, perhaps it IS the best for protection, I can't judge. But NO WAY is it the best for performance. Norton kills your computer.

Perhaps that's how they got the 'best for protection' rating, because viruses run at 1/20th speed thanks to the speed of the computer after they put Norton on it.

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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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