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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Andy Roid McUser

Upgrade the display ??

I'm a little surprised that you think not upgrading the retina display is a demonstration of Apple missing a trick. Got to ask you , have you actually used a retina 13" macbook pro ? well I can tell you that 2560x1600 pixels on a 13" inch screen is plenty, I have mine dialled back to 1920x1200 using SwitchResX . I'm not much fussed about the font smoothness, just wanted the real estate on a small device. The brightness and colours are perfect , if they changed a thing on the MBP display I'd be suspicious.

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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This is awesome

Some proper mathematics and computer science stuff going on there and it is to be applauded. We need more of this kind of thing rather than the 'where's my taxi' and lifestyle apps.

Love it - there is hope for the future.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

Andy Roid McUser

Fag packet maths

This is the fundamental issue that the Pro Independence lot tend to skirt over. It's all emotional pulling at the heart strings , oh look how wonderful Sweden are , we'll do that , we'll join the euro , no , we'll use the pound or bitcoin , we'll have the bits of the BBC we fancy, ohh look oil , that'll last forever... it'll be great and death to Westminster...

The Independence folk would win the argument hands down if they just presented clear facts and a solid road map to its people. However, no plan appears to be in place besides hope in the future.

Hope is not enough.

What they are proposing requires some proper grown up thinking, something sadly lacking. The people of Scotland deserve better and should call off this vote until it is thought through.

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BSkyB slurps Murdoch's Italian and German Sky assets to beef up European pay-TV biz

Andy Roid McUser

Moving money and assets around

So 21st Century Fox, a company controlled by Murdoch, sells some of its assets to another company where Murdoch has the controlling interest ( BSkyB ).

This isn't news, just an internal accounting exercise.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

Andy Roid McUser

cv in the bin

Candidates that place a high emphasis for MCSE qualifications on their cv are promptly placed in the t.r.a.s.h filing system.

If they are to make the exams harder/useful then a re-branding exercise is definitely required.

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

Andy Roid McUser

Re: a netbook by any other name would stink as much

I'll agree with you here. I just bought 6x Toshiba A6 Quad core laptops with touch screen for my son's school, these are running 8.1 and have all the nonsense removed and they are not a smooth experience by any stretch of the imagination, so I hate to think what 8.1 runs like on v.low cost hardware like say a Netbook...

Chromebooks maintain a super low price as the OS is little more than an X window running the Chrome browser and little or no storage - my mother has one and loves it , perfect for her use.

Maybe Microsoft have something up their sleeve .. but I doubt it.

Specs for one of the listed low cost notebooks. ( ES-1 )

Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - Intel® Celeron® N2830 processor (2.16GHz/2.41GHz w/ Intel® Burst) - 4GB DDR3L memory - 500GB hard drive - 15.6" HD widescreen CineCrystal™ display (1366 x 768) - Intel® HD graphics - stereo speakers - HD audio - webcam - multi-gesture touchpad - Wireless - Bluetooth® 4.0 - HDMI® - USB 3.0 - card reader - 3-cell battery - 1-year limited warranty. Color: Diamond Black

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

Andy Roid McUser

power

Most noteworthy change here ( for me ) is the removal of that pesky resistor that limited power in to 5v 1A. Now supporting 2A which makes the requirement for the external usb hub evaporate. Would have liked a little more RAM but.. the changes to power without having to pop out the soldering iron are welcomed.

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

Andy Roid McUser

banning these devices in cinema's is a bad idea

So we cant say..

"Ok Google, show me nudie picks of that actress/actor" ( delete as appropriate )

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Google starts selling Glass to Brits – for £1,000 a pop

Andy Roid McUser
WTF?

Re: Hmm.

I stand corrected and will endeavor to refrain from blurting out responses via mobile without verifying each and every word. Thus ensuring I do not 'elicit' a severe reprimand from people with far too much time on their hands.

Your feedback was greatly appreciated.

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Andy Roid McUser
FAIL

Re: Hmm.

As excited as I am about having an internet embedded heads up display in my glasses.. and .. considered buying the first tranche of devices once formally released in Europe, I saw a chap wearing a set yesterday at the train station and initial thoughts were 'what a complete tw@t'. Ironically, he was staring at his mobile for 20 mins through his glass, which appears to defeat the object of the exercise.

Miniaturization and total concealment are required before I put a set on my head in public.

These things illicit the same emotions of pity as wearers of bluetooth headsets.. that bad.

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Re: Oh come on,

Who down-voted Cliff ?? Serious sense of humour failure...

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

Andy Roid McUser

Re: Why not attack me instead?

Because no one gives a F$%k.

Dude I've sadly just read your 'blog' and it is atrocious , did you just make most of that up.. are you on medication ? Embarrassed for you.

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Andy Roid McUser
Joke

But the earth is only 6 thousand years old

So how can this be.....

Clearly the astro-boffins have got it all wrong using their "science" , "facts" and "empirical evidence".

What is needed now is for the above to be taught in schools , what could possibly go wrong ??

<coat>

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Tennessee bloke cuffed for attempting to shag ATM – police

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Picnic Table

One Word - Splinters....

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

Andy Roid McUser

Re: Background noise

Bodge solution yes.. put sticky tape over the web cam on the television. However, if you happen to be an electronics engineer, appreciate your house looking nice and tidy, then its best to not make it blindly obvious to the people who visit know that you've got a tin foil hat in the closet.

The elegant solution is the one you can't see.

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Andy Roid McUser

Background noise

If the NSA/GCHQ want to listen to me fart and slurp my coffee in the morning whilst watching the very early morning news, or my kids running around and shouting louder and louder on top of each other then good luck.

That said, If I bought a TV with a camera on it.. I would immediately void the warranty and disconnect it. The microphone I'm not so bothered about , quite like the idea of being able to talk to the TV. 'TV OFF PLEASE'. Conversations in our house are beyond mundane, all the secret stuff happens in the shed and office ;-)

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NO, Microsoft hasn't given up on .Net, and YES it's all about cloud

Andy Roid McUser

Sea change

The wind does appear to have made a rather swift dispersal out of the downward vortex Ballmer was sinking the company with, morphing into friendly fluffy clouds ( Awful analogy but I've yet to finish my coffee ).

I've been negative on Microsoft for the last few years with all the hostility toward other platforms and lawsuits but do like the noises coming out of the company since Nadella took the helm have been on the whole ... encouraging. Appreciate this may be heresy to some but I make my living out of FOSS and quite welcome a Microsoft that wants to embrace without all that extend and extinguish malarkey.

We've a room full of .Net devs here all using Visual Studio as their primary IDE, making it capable of true cross platform development would be a real boon. However the proof will be in the pudding ..

Who knows, maybe they will release an enterprise version of 8 and Server 2012 without a trace of that toy town fisher price interface. ( maybe asking a bit much here )

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Get BENT: Flexy supercapacitor breaks records

Andy Roid McUser

Acceptable losses in N.Korea

Quote from Kim Jong Un

"Some of you early adopters of supercap tech woven into official Nork state garments may spontaneously combust. As your leader it is a price I am willing pay. All hail me.."

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: one minor flaw

AC lighten up , it's a joke and there is never a requirement to make things personal. It's a giant neon sign of insecurity.

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Andy Roid McUser
Black Helicopters

one minor flaw

Actually what happened was that they gave the commandment to a junior to go and get the source code to iOS. After being laughed out of the room by both Apple and Cisco, the junior, using his initiative, got the closest thing he could... cOS . Not realizing that this is in fact the Chinese state funded Linux mobile OS. It was free after all and they gave him the source code wrapped up in a nice auto-loading USB key.

The Chinese now have a fleet of remote controlled Death Machines sat on US soil ready for activation as an incentive for the good people of USA to pay back all that money they borrowed.

I for one welcome our Chinese................

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ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

Andy Roid McUser
Alien

egg based measurement systems

It's about time the unit of a dozen was introduced into hardware terminology. All this counting in units of 8 or 10 has simply got out of control.

e.g.

"Dude.. Love your new (Brand X) mobile - how many cores is it rocking ?"

-- "Goes like stink and it's got half-a-dozen cores of ARM in it running at four dozen bit mode"

"Also, check out my new LAMP server, two dozen cores and 8 dozen Ryan Giggs of RAM"

-- "Amazing, what does that equate to in brontosauruses"

"Don't be a dunce.. A quarter of a dozen Brontosaurus is a unit of length"

Note : AMD used to employ the half-a-dozen core methodology in their Opteron chips, sadly it was more of a case that they simply couldn't get eight to operate than any desire to use that quite frankly superior Dozen system of measurement.

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Microsoft hints at smaller Surface

Andy Roid McUser

Its the interface

I keep on trying and I just can't learn to like it. ( being polite here )

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Andy Roid McUser
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xp

Never really give ATM's much thought besides the usual look for dodgy face plates / skimmers and only ones on the side of the bank protected by a camera.

After having my memory refreshed about OS/2 running on these things I never thought for a moment that anyone in their right mind would use XP for something that needed to run 24/7.

So for all the MS bashing above, I'll say this.. 99.9% of the time I go to use an ATM it's working , no error messages and the best technology is the stuff you don't notice, so for that , well done NCR and Microsoft.. Who would have thought...

I have no bias as to what OS they use, just as long as I can get my beer tokens on the way to the pub.

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

Andy Roid McUser
Pint

you can avoid nasty weather...

Sitting on your deckchair in a lovely walled garden running iWeather.

Problem solved. Thanks Apple.

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Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

Andy Roid McUser

honour the man who helped destroy the death star

Aim your missiles towards the light Chris an Stay on Target! !

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Nokia and HTC throw down swords, sign patent war peace treaty

Andy Roid McUser
Joke

good will to all men ( and women )

For peace to work all you need is one side with a bigger gun.

These patent press releases are hilarious.. Legal staff for Company X and Company Y sat around a table and after many courtroom drama's at a cost of $$$ Company Y has decided to give Company X a few SUV's full of cold hard cash. In return Company X will stop attempting to extort assets from Company Y now that Company Y has willingly handed over a lot of money. Company Y can now protect itself from future litigation by using Company X's patent war chest. Freeing up Company X to make litigation proceedings against Companies A,B & C now that precedence has been set.

Everyone at Company X is rather quite pleased with themselves. Staff at Company Y are wondering why they feel cheap , dirty and violated.

Not too dissimilar from 'Mob' protection money , just done in a court and with 'we're all great friends' press releases. Isn't modern business just lovely.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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Joke

perry mason

Wonder if MS will drag MicroNokia to court for infringing its patents, so all the other Android vendors don't feel left out. Then.. and just because this is all make believe , The Moto-Goog-Sung alliance leap to Micro-Nokia's defense with it's patent portfolio protection. Chanting 'we look after our own'.

Meanwhile - Tim Cook sits in the corner, lonely, talking to himself wishing an idea might present itself so those wild promises of 'something great is coming.. sometime in the future .. honest...' don't look so silly when he announces the iPhone 5ds.

Nintendo takes Apple to court for trademark infringement, wins, acquires Apple in the settlement and launches a dual screen gaming console with an integrated phone that's unashamedly plastic and captures the yoof market. Mario becomes self aware and get's a job with the Department of Defense.

Microsoft, after biding it's time, demolishes Nintendo in court for stealing it's dual screen Courier designs and acquires Nintend-apple, using the Johnnie Cochran Chewbacca defense that so successfully got O.J.Simpson off those nasty murder charges.

Steve Ballmer chucks a couple of cats at some chairs in celebration, rubs his hands and yells 'mission complete mother f£$ker... hell yeah !!!!!!' for it was Steve-o's plan all along to assimilate NokIntendApple and replace every device on the planet with the ever-so-successful Metro/Notro/Rubbish interface.

In a none too surprising move, Google gets rather miffed and launches it's little known attack dog department the Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate Ballmer and re-instate the puppet dictator .. Agent Satya Nadella.

Google gets back to 'monitoring' our activities after the little distraction. The news reports that Steve Ballmer, the computing visionary was lost at sea and the search has been called off due to no one caring.

I should go and do some work now.

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Bitcoin's so over. We're mining Primeco... Oh SNAP, my box is a ZOMBIE!

Andy Roid McUser

Re: Magical Internet Money

You could lose 50-98% of your investment or 1 BTC could go to 40k. No one knows. Its all just speculation. Play with money you can afford to lose and wait. If adoption rates continue to rise and .. the big if... there isn't a massive US clampdown like there was in china mid December. . It 'could' be worth buying a bit and waiting. Best time to buy is immediately after some bad news. Proceed with caution.

I work in VC and the current thinking is that between 0.5-1% of your investment should be in BTC. However. . If you have credit card debt.. pay that off first.. there is no easy money

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Andy Roid McUser

Re: Magical Internet Money

Profitability.

Single AMD 7970 GPU costs approx £220 , Generates approx 650kH/sec

At current difficulty with a single GPU mining Litecoin you'll earn $3.88 / £2.36 a day

Cost for running each GPU ( assume 250w ) = 6Kwh @ .15p p/kWh = .90p running costs

Pool fees = 1%

Total Profit single GPU = £1.46 per day. Then you just need 150 days ( at current prices ) to pay back the cost of the card ( this is assuming your motherboard , 750w PSU , RAM and CPU were free )

If you get free power ( Cough ) then you'll get your money back quicker.

Note , this assumes the difficulty doesn't increase , which it does over time and thus if the price remained static ( circa $24 per litecoin ) and the difficulty increased you'll maybe break even after six months.

The speculation comes 'if' the price of a litecoin doubles in price.

Yes , you can make money mining alt-coins , especially if you have free power and good cooling but if you're going to speculate , save yourself the hassle and just buy a Bitcoin and wait.

This is coming from a man who's running some pretty serious mining H/W and in scale, because scale matters along with institutional funding...

Just putting the mining profitability into perspective.

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Apple won't bag HUMUNGOUS 4G deal... 'cos China HATES plastic iPhone 5C – analyst

Andy Roid McUser

plastic

The term 'unapologeticallyplastic' still makes me want to shove an iDevice in SirJonny's face.

I appreciate this will not go down well with many and down votes are mandatory. Knock yourself out. I have a hangover and will not feel your keyboard beating.

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

Andy Roid McUser

classic computing

I'm currently restoring my 1979 Apple II. Haven't had so much nerd fun in ages.

these old (Relatively ) personal computers are worth maintaining as they become rare.

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Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

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thrilled

Dr.Who special without Tom Baker would have been a travesty. Met him once. I regressed into a 10 year old.. apologised for bumping into him in the london underground and out of all the things I could have said to him was .. 'you're dr.who' to which he replied 'yeeeahhhsssss' and walked off.

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Vladimir PUTIN officially HARDER than CHUCK NORRIS

Andy Roid McUser

Chuck Norris could whoop Putin blindfolded

Chuck Norris was once bitten by a poisonous snake. after three days of excrutiating pain, the cobra died

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We've found it – the ULTIMATE man-cave accessory

Andy Roid McUser

Re: Shed?

You've got to have a fridge in your shed. It's the law dammit.

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BlackBerry to be throttled by own supply chain

Andy Roid McUser

Where next ?

This is correct if you take the existing market as a snapshot in time. However, we're getting to a point in Smart-Phones where the hardware differentiation between top end models and lower-mid range devices is eroding.

Like with the business PC market, once CPU's got to 2.4GHz single core, or the first generation of dual core chips, that was enough power to do 95% of the tasks, so it became a race to the bottom and a market with only enough margin for those who could off-load massive amounts of desktops and see a return of 5%. The PC market consolidated into mass production 'good enough' desktops and premium workstations.

The smart phone will and is following this trend, where the differentiation will be in the quality of the materials used and the operating system, however, for much of the planet the price point of $550 for top end devices is out of reach. Where the large players will engage will be in the low-middle arena, something that Motorola has quite smartly identified - as there is evidently no room in the top end- high volume sales bracket for anyone besides Apple and Samsung ( currently ).

Watch for Huawei and Lenovo to join Motorola with a concerted effort in the $100-$200 bracket. The western market for top end devices is slowing, people may chop and change brands occasionally, but the real growth is in India , China etc. The low margin phones will still make a whole lot of capital to the vendors peddling last years tech as 5% profit on a billion device sales is still a healthy profit for those that can scale and ship volume.

Apple will never be in this market, no matter what the analysts or stock holders tell them to do as it's not what their brand represents. Had they wanted to launch a low cost phone, they would have done it with the 5C - they didn't and had they launched a $200 device it would have damaged the brand and crippled the very high margin premium ( 50% ) device where they make all their cash.

There is room for Blackberry but its in the enterprise sector, best strategy for them right now is to get their software onto iDevices , Android and WinPho providing the kind of end to end security that the Enterprises used to enjoy before a marketing firm re-invented the market ( I'm an Android User but still respect what Apple did ). Better to sell a few hundred million software licences on other people's platforms than to compete in a market that currently isn't allowing others to compete in.

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Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Andy Roid McUser

Black box theory

I don't see what all the fuss is really, all we need to do is smuggle the Internet into N.Korea.. After all, its only a little black box with a flashing red LED on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDbyYGrswtg

I'm here to solve the world's problems. Thank me later.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

Andy Roid McUser

my favorite Internet Explorer Commercial

This is more like it..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyGP0ZyxF5E

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

Andy Roid McUser

let me fix the title for you

"No Americans are listening to you on this call"

Should read..

"No, Americans are listening to you on this call"

Simple grammatical error corrected.

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HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

Andy Roid McUser

God needs a data farm

If the definition of a God is omnipotence then that can only mean she's built some hardware for the all knowing, all seeing Google.

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SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

Andy Roid McUser

good to see

It's encouraging to see micronokia doing a samsung and trying different form factors to see what sticks. The platform is 'good enough' now. Certainly better than my Motorola xoom 1 when it launched with honeycomb but I still use that device every day. When my battle weary xoom dies, which could be a while as its built like a tank, I could be tempted by some nokia hardware as for me the platform is irrelevant just can I do the stuff I need to do on it. .. jot down idea's, note taking, email , browse and watch movies when traveling.

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Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

Andy Roid McUser

when I'm dead

They'll on get my foreskin when they prise it from my cold dead hands

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Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig

Andy Roid McUser

can't let go

I fully appreciate that once they took the company public they ran the risk of being outed.. However, like gates and Ballmer or not, they built that company and in their eyes it's still theirs and no VC is going to tell them what to do or when to leave. In my opinion it is time for them both to go but I also understand their reluctance.

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

Andy Roid McUser

more staff lay offs

They still have staff left to sack. ? if they still have 10,000 staff left ( before this round of redundancies ) what on earth are/were they doing ?

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Mach 8 Scramjet flies but sends no data

Andy Roid McUser

Re: class - fly on the wall required

stereotyping but made me chuckle.

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Psst.. Wanna Android all-in-one PC? We have the chip tech, says Intel

Andy Roid McUser

Re: It sounds so nice

Also never heard of turbo tax especially when categorised along side such popular apps as office and lightroom.

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iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO

Andy Roid McUser

iWork

So what you're telling us is that it doesn't 'just work'.

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Essential maintenance website down for, er, essential maintenance

Andy Roid McUser

DIY

Must have been in-house development. You should always get a proper tradesman in to build your web site.

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Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

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siri

An awesome tool to protect the national intellect. Whenever xfactor or SOS homes under the bad parenting super nanny comes on we simply embed into the opening title music 'Siri, turn off the television'.

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

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SR-71

My favorite aircraft of all time. Mach 3+ using 1960's tech and it still looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. Dreamed of it as a little boy, saw one recently whilst in D.C. Still smiling from it.

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Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

Andy Roid McUser
Facepalm

Re: And what of the Microsoft tax?

I'm so tired I read that as 'Microsoft Holiday Tax' and wondered how they got the airlines to sign a bogus patent deal.

whatever next.. bedroom tax ?? Oh wait.

going to sleep under my desk for a while until this MS iFog has cleared from my brain...

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