* Posts by Boothy

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Re: Unfamiliar name

Quote 'Isn't it the "How do I download Chrome?" tool on a fresh install?'

I use a Ninite installer on a USB drive for fresh installs of Windows.

That way I don't need to touch Edge or IE :-)

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

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Re: How Did this Survive for So Long?

The only difference between Windows with Bing, and a regular Windows install, was basically the OEM licensing, there was no technical differences between the Bing version, and a regular Windows Home version.

Basically the OEMs had to agree to leave the default search engine as Bing, and so were not allowed to make any deals with Google etc to change it to something else.

Also as usual, all OS support had to be provided by the OEM.

The user was still free to do what ever they wanted, and so on first boot could go and change all the Bing related settings to a search engine of their choice.

Microsoft were betting that most people buying a new Laptop didn't really care, especially those buying budget models, and would simply leave it set to the default, and so drive more traffic to Bing as a result.

My guess is that this approach didn't drive enough traffic to Bing, and so MS just decided it wasn't worth the effort of maintaining another release of Windows.

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Re: W10 vs W8

SD is old school TV & DVD resolutions, so basically anything (vertically) around 525 (NTSC), 576 (PAL visible), 480p (DVD) is SD. Anything above this is a flavour of HD.

720p is 'HD Ready' (which personally I always thought was a waste of time).

1080p is 'Full HD'.

2160p is '4k Ultra HD'.

4320p is '8k Ultra HD'

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Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

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Quote: It should be interesting see which words are classed as generic, who decides, and who appeals the decisions though.

I would hope for a starter than anything in the dictionary, or other standard reference material, geographical names/locations etc. Would be classed as Generic, and not even open to discussion.

Amazon (the shop) chose to use a generic name years ago, and so must accept the limitations that come with that decision.

If they wanted to do whatever they wanted with their name, they should have created something unique.

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NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

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The wait

It must be a toe curling anxious moment waiting for the system to come back up again and start talking home again!

I get anxious after doing a local BIOS or boot loader change. "Please work, please work, please work <OS boot screen shows up> phew!".

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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Not sure why, but I suddenly pictured HM sat in the chair of a WWII type AA gun on the roof of the palace! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam!

Drones (and a few pigeons) falling from the skies!

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Four hundred MILLION vulnerable Androids are out there

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Re: No more updates for me

Similar here.

I got an LG GPad 8.3, a freebie with my TV about 18 months or so back.

That model (v500) was originally released in Oct 2013, so is basically 2.5 years old, and is still fast enough even for gaming, let alone regular usage, and it still only needs charging maybe twice a week.

So to me, that's still a perfectly good piece of kit, and doesn't need replacement.

But, it's been stuck on 4.4.2 for most of that time. It originally came with 4.2.2, but the OTA to 4.4.2 was released in mid 2014.

There has been a few minor updates since then, just patches, or updated cruft, with the OS version remaining on 4.4.2 :-/

And this despite there being a Google Play Edition that was updated to 5.1 in April 2015, that is the same hardware!

I have looked at rooting the thing, and stick a custom ROM on, but so far I've not managed to get the drivers to work, in order to replace the boot loader (despite doing this fine on other devices in the past).

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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

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Re: Units !

Also lots of people use the mobile site, and the Corrections button seems to be missing when viewing via the m. rather than www. URL.

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USB-C adds authentication protocol

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Re: Security?

Doesn't usb still need the data connections to negotiate any current above the minimum?

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Apologies in advance to all Christians......

" a man who can magically turn water into wine"

Even I can do that, takes me about 8 weeks.

Maybe Jesus just enjoyed making his own winde and a few people exaggerated how long it took?

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Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

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Re: All that about what VR is and how it works, not a word about what it does

Quote: "even a lowly Minecraft clone".

Why would a developer bother to make a clone of Minecraft for VR, when Minecraft already supports VR?

There is even a mod that enables the use of the Vive controllers, so that you can actually chop trees down and other actions via swinging your arm.

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Re: Still stereoscopic

Quote: "will probably get eye strain with longer use"

In real life, as you look around in the real world at real objects, they can be close, far, mid distant etc. Your eyes have to adjust to those distances, and it's this adjustment that causes eye strain, especially if you are switching between distant objects, and then close to. (e.g. Look at a map, look at the horizon, map, horizon, map, horizon, ouch after a while).

The VR lens systems are all designed so that your eyes are at a fixed mid focal point, that should be relaxed for your eyes.

And as you point out, this is not real 3D, but stereoscopic, so switching between far and close objects in the virtual world, doesn't require your eyes to actually refocus, as all the VR objects, are all at the exact same focal distance. So the same map, horizon, map, horizon switching in VR, doesn't require any focal changes in your eyes.

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Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

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Re: Wait

Gear VR isn't a rival, it's an Oculus (i.e. FB) and Samsung partnership.

Their buzz phrase is 'Gear VR Powered by Oculus'.

It's basically the budget cousin to Rift.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: Why?

Can't they just add a skin API/plugin type interface?

i.e. They provide a couple of built in skins, the new wizzy 'default' UI, and perhaps an old school retro/legacy one.

And then release the API docs, and let the community produce their own skins?

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

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Re: BBC

I gave up using the BBC News web site some time ago.

I still read the BBC news, I just use the Phone/Tablet app instead, a far nicer interface than the web site.

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Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

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Re: Inserted Adverts

Been going on for years already in some games, EA esspecially :-/

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

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Re: Picking the data that suits your argument

Interesting reading.

My guess is that 'gamers' are more likely to want the new shiny shiny, such as DX12, whereas more 'regular' users, basically don't care about the OS (stability of shiny etc).

Plus there are now a few DX12 games coming out, some of which are DX12 exclusive, which is forcing their hands, "Want this new game? You need Win 10!".

As far as I know, there are only a couple of games so far that are DX12 exclusive, but this is likely to increase over time.

As an example: Gears of War Ultimate Edition is DX 12 and Win 10 only, and can only be bought through the Windows 10 MS store. Lucky for me, it's not a game I have any interest in!

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Not sure why you got the downvote.

From what I understand, after the major criticism MS got over Vista, they spent a lot of time and effort optimising Windows 7 to make it faster than Vista, and bring things like memory usage and CPU cycles down.

MS, and with a focus on getting Windows to run on more mobile devices, continued that effort with Win 8.0, then 8.1 and now 10.

Benchmarks and other analysis done over the years shows this is the case, with things like games running faster on the same hardware with the newer Windows versions.

So other than driver issues with older hardware, anything built for Vista/Win 7, should be faster and have a a reduced memory usage, if Windows 10 is installed.

PS: This isn't a comment on the rest of Win 10, I still don't like the snooping or the GUI changes, and will stick to Win 7 for now for personal use.

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Re: Windows 10, like some drunk on a canal path.

I'm a gamer at home, so stuck with Windows unfortunately, at least on the gaming PC.

I tried Win 10 on my gaming rig, and it was a failure, stability issues, blue screens, driver issues etc. Went back to Win 7, and it's been solid (again).

I am now dual booting between Win 7 and Mint.

My plan now is to always use the Linux version of a game when available (which seems to be about 50% of my Steam library currently), and only use Windows versions as and when needed. (Some of which I can probably get running under Wine, which I've not tried yet, or Virtual Box).

My worry now is that we seem to be getting new applications and games that now need Win 8.1 or Win 10 as a minimum, and won't work on Win 7. Typically as they either need a newer version of DirectX, or sometimes is that they are using Windows APIs that are not available in Win 7.

I've only seen a couple of these so far, but this is bound to grow over time, which might start forcing peoples hands. :-/

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Waiting for your Oculus to arrive? Yeah, it's going to be some time

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Re: Is a Facebook account mandatory here?

Currently you need an Oculus account, not a Facebook one.

This may of course change in the future!

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: I read a lot...

When I think of this, I had a flash of the old JFK speech.

To paraphrase...

We choose to <do stuff> in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Quote: "Meanwhile all the supermarkets and DIY centres in Britain continue to charge £10 (949.93 INR)."

I suggest you try a different store!

Even B&Q, which tends to be the most expensive of the DIY stores, sells LED bulbs starting at £2 each, the £10 ones are either specialist units, or multi-packs.

And there are far cheaper stores out there.

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Re: Who's paying the piper?

Quote: "So, LED street lights really ought to come with a cover so that they only illuminate down."

The LEDs that were fitted on the road outside my place (about 3 years ago), are like an array of spot lights, (GU10 like) all pointing downwards, splaying out towards the edge. So no light at all going upwards (other than reflected light of course).

They are also lower than the older sodium fittings, so are at about the same hight as the bottom of the 1st floor windows sills (the older lights were around the height of the top of the 1st floor windows), which means little of the LED light hits the bedroom windows.

So overall, much better visibility outside, whilst at the same time, reducing both internal and external light pollution.

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Microsoft to add a touch of Chrome to Edge

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Re: I wish they'd develop

I've never really got the point of a browser plug in for PDF docs.

Yes please, open the document in a small constrained window with poor controls, and minimal functionality, rather than opening in the proper application I installed for this very purpose (Foxit in my case)!

In Chrome, I usually disable the PDF Viewer under chrome://plugins/

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Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

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Re: Poor Web Development

Ah, abuse of the height and width image attributes, I know it well.

i.e. It should not be used to scale your images, it's only there to pre-allocate the space needed to display the image on the page, so the browser doesn't need to keep re-sizing during load!

I remember being asked in the early 00s to check why a web page was taking ages to load over dial up. The remit to the developer was to create a page of thumbnails, that linked to some screen shots (about 20 of them).

Turned out all the developer had done was to upload the raw image files, then used the height and width attributes to create thumbnail sized images, rather than creating real thumbnails. So locally the page loaded okay, but over dial up this was painfully slow.

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Brit teen bags $250,000 in first World Drone Prix

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Re: says:

Vertical drops

Swinging pendulums.

Stompers.

Port holes of an ever decreasing size

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Live streaming in VR

This looks way more interesting for live streaming in VR/3D than things like football or tennis etc. At least for me!

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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Re: 'The End of Free'

Interesting listen. Thanks for the heads up.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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Re: Improve PC Specs

Quote: "Still running an i5-2500k at home and it does everything I need. Since this came out Intel have gone from 32nm to 14nm but the actual speed has gone up 200mhz, no increase in cores etc either.

Yup, this ^^^

My last major Desktop PC update (triggers broom style) was in early 2013.

New MB, CPU and Memory, everything else (HDD, GFX, case etc) was a carry over.

At the time I fitted an i7 3770K, stock speed is 3.5 GHz.

About a year later I fitted a liquid cooler (Corsair Hydro H60), and the CPU has hummed along at ~4.3GHz since, without issue.

The latest Skylake 6700k (14nm), has a stock speed of 4.0 GHz.

So 500Hz more than a stock 3770K, but 300Hz less than mine is currently running at. So I'd have to OC the 6700k to even match my current 3 year old system*

So an update just isn't really worth it.

* Yes I'm aware there are other benefits to the newer CPUs, but it's just not worth the time, effort or money to upgrade from the 3770K currently, and it's rare the CPU is ever the bottleneck.

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Re: My next machine will be a desktop.

@PC

I can confirm that Mint looks quite good in 3440 x 1440 :-D

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Re: I've had a rather productive weekend.

I've also had a productive weekend with Mint, building a dual-boot Win 7/Mint system.

I did try Debian at first (as I was already familiar with it), but hit a few hurdles (Grub issues, then X Windows crashing on boot etc.). So tried Mint instead.

Mint installed without issue, even recognising my GTX 980 Ti, and giving me options of which drivers to install. Propitiatory ones from nVidia themselves, or an Open Source version, all in a nice little Driver window, listing pros and cons of the different options. Mint recommending the nVidia propitiatory ones, which is what I used, and installation was just a matter of a couple of clicks.

The only issue I had was my audio, which is a Creative SB card feeding some 5.1 speakers. but I was already aware of Creative's lack of Linux support, so expected this anyway. (Mint recognises the card, knows it's a Creative sound card, but no sound comes out).

But my monitor has built in speakers (not normally used), and Mint automatically configured the nVidia audio driver in the GTX 980 Ti, which let me select Displayport as my audio output, so the system still has audio, just stereo at the moment, rather than 5.1 (for now).

As a quick gaming test, I installed Steam (direct from the web site), and then installed a couple of test games, which worked without issue. (About 40% of my 178 items in my Steam library showed up as Linux compatible).

I'll keep Win 7 for now, but hopefully over time the need for Windows will diminish, I've also set up a Win 7 64bit VM within Mint itself, which seems to work fine so far.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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Re: Auto generated passwords

"Honey, the free coaster delivery is here"

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Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

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So another one to add to the black list

Windows 10 Blacklist:

  • KB2952664- Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7
  • KB2977759 - Compatibility checker.
  • KB3022345 - Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
  • KB3035583 - Get Windows 10 app
  • KB3068708 - Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
  • KB3075249 - Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Win 8.1 and 7
  • KB3080149 - Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
  • KB3083710 - Changes to group policy related to Win 10 update
  • KB3112343 - "This update enables support for additional upgrade scenarios from Windows 7 to Windows 10"

And now...

  • KB3146449 - IE11 Update to add Windows 10 ads.

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Re: It didn't happen to me

@AustinTX

If your using Win 7, why do you have a Win 8/8.1 KB listed?

KB2976978 is the Win 8/8.1 'Compatibility update', KB2977759 is the Win 7 version.

I've also got KB3083710 and KB3112343 on my blacklist, but otherwise have essentially the same list as yourself (I'm also on Win 7).

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Nest: It's no longer all about you. Now it can recognize your kids, too

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Re: Already doing this

Quote "...and start predicting them, but then if that's the case a timer would surely suffice?"

As far as I know, it's not just things like getting home at a particular time.

It's tied to your phones GPS, it so starts to recognise if you hangout somewhere most days (e.g. the office), and what route you normally take home, and how long that typically takes. So if you head home early one day, it's knows to turn on the heat sooner, or if you are still stuck in the office, or traffic, it delays turning the heating on till it knows your on route again.

It also works out how quickly it takes to get the house up to temperature, from it's current (unheated) temperature, so in deep winter, it would turn the heating on sooner, but as the ambient temperature goes up, so takes less effort to get up to full temperature, it reduces the heating time.

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Quote: "How does it tie the people in the room with their account anyway, do you have to walk around the house waving your smartphone or smartwatch?"

I was wondering that too, once home (much to by gf's annoyance sometimes) my phone gets put down somewhere, typically the kitchen or the bedroom, and doesn't get touched again until I need to use it.

Unless the system has sensors in each room, it's not going to be much use to me.

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Google-backed British startup ‘stole our code’, says US marketing firm

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Site tries to 'induce' me to stay.

1. Copy Domain.

2. Add domain to host file.

3. Search for domain in chrome, and when it pops up in the results, click the 'block domain' option (provided by the 'Personal Blocklist (by Google)' add-on)

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Samsung is now shipping a 15TB whopper of an SSD. Farewell, spinning rust

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Quote "elsewhere on the internets the figure of 5K (in USD) popped up"

So quick calc, that's about 24p (UK) per GB, which is quite good actually (Using £3,553.57 for the calc). Although that likely doesn't take into account VAT in the UK.

Even at 1-to-1 US to GB (which is typical with tech prices here!) at £5,000, it's still around 33p per GB.

For comparison, current retail SSDs (consumer SATA) are around the 17-25p per GB (from places like CCL/ebuyer etc).

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Beep, beep – it's our 2016 buzzword detector. We see you, 'complexity'

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Re: You What?

"Leverage" and especially "Leveraging" [sic]

Makes my skin crawl. <shudder>

What's wrong with "use" and "utilise"?

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Turkish hacker pleads guilty to $55m maniac global ATM heist

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Re: In the place of guns and masks, this cybercrime organisation used laptops and the internet.

Quote: "this cybercrime organisation used laptops and the internet,"

I'm curious to know what the other cybercrime organisations are using, if it's not laptops and the internet? As they seem to be implying this is unusual behaviour for cyber criminals!

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Re: Spellchecking budget cut again?

Also why is 'Tips and corrections' missing on the mobile Reg page?

(And no option to add icons on the mobile forums either?)

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$17 smartwatch sends something to random Chinese IP address

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Re: I think I'll buy one

If it sends back GPS data, how about spoofing the location to make it look like you are heading for China?

If you can figure out the unique watch ID (assuming they have one), then you could spoof all the watches, and make it look like all the watch owners are heading for China.

If you could physically locate the phone home IP, then you could have everyone heading there :-)

Icon, well you never know...

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Zynga CEO resigns – again – after terrible results

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10 new titles!

Quote: "we are now poised to launch 10 new titles this year.

This smacks of pile it high, sell it cheap.

It also means that teams and people will likely be being spread around too thin, unable to spend enough time on a specific game, before they need to move onto the next, affecting things like quality, productivity etc.

They'd be better of focusing on just 2 tiles.

Where practical, create two internal teams, one per game, and set up some friendly rivalry between them. Maybe offer a bonus based on how popular the game is 1 month after launch.

Competition, especially with a carrot (bonus etc), rather than a stick (your sacked if you loose), drives people.

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Hardcoded god-mode code found in RSA 2016 badge-scanning app

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I'd have thought at this conference in particular, that the developer should have expected someone to try to crack the app.

They should have written it better, and then perhaps left some sort of Easter egg in there for people to find.

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

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Re: Rag Week?

Reminds me of the time some of my rugby playing mates popped into the local supermarket to pick something up, and when they got back to the cars, someone in a mini [1] had double park in front of one of their cars, blocking them in.

[1] This was the 80's, so a proper mini, i.e. it was actually a small car, rather than the bulbous large things they brand mini's now.

They were in a rush, so rather than waiting, they simply picked up the car and carried it out of the way.

After driving their car out of the space, and being the nice guys they are, they duly picked up the mini again and put it into the space that they had just vacated.

Okay, they weren't that nice, they did put the car in sideways!

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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Re: Why the fuss just about Ad blocking?

Some sites also seem to break if the tracking is disabled!

I've had things like missing buttons, or pages that just won't load unless you disable ghostery and reload!.

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Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California

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Re: Bus vs. meat bag

Google have apparently already updated the software so that this type of accident won't happen again.

Google cars now assume buses are driven by asshats, who will always just barge through, irrespective of the car being in the middle of a manoeuvre.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: I wouldn't worry

If you're using the standard Microsoft OS progress bar for that counter, shouldn't it be more like...

10,9,8,7,6,9,27,78388725518,5,4,3,2,1,0,1,3,2,9,8..........

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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It's ARMv8

According to http://raspi.tv/ the CPU is a ARM Cortex A53 CPU

A look on ARMs own site (linked from the above page) and...

The ARM ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 processor offers a balance between performance and power-efficiency and is capable of seamlessly supporting 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

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Re: #Error 2035

Working in Chrome too.

Although you do have to wonder why the Reg are still using Flash, rather than a HTML 5 based player?!

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