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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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Re: This is going to kill their business

Around here, all the major supermarket chains have pharmacies in house. It's actually easier to get to my local Publix than to the nearest CVS. (Roughly two miles for either one, but it's one traffic light and a right turn to get to the Publix while it's two traffic lights, two left turns, and a right turn to get to the CVS.) Publix takes NFC and has not, so far as I know, taken action to block Apple Pay (or Google Wallet, for that matter). Better yet, the nearest Walgreens is literally across the road from the Publix; I have to pass it to get to the Publix when driving from my house. I only go near the CVS when there's something I need which isn't available at either Publix or Walgreens. Which means I haven't set foot in that CVS in the better part of a year. So I won't care if they block NFC.

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T-Mobile US chief SUCKS UP to Apple, gently ridicules rivals over SIM lockdown play

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Re: Complicated ?

A new SIM is _free_. Apple doesn't make one penny 'cause AT&T are being dicks.

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

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"Sounds like a pretty bog-standard lock-in to me. Can't say it's anything horrific, but it's no surprise that Apple plays that kind of game anyway.

Can't even write an app for Apple without paying annual recurring subscriptions and having to buy one of their devices to do it legally."

Errm... you _are_ aware that it's AT&T doing the lock-in, not Apple, aren't you?

And as for the "Can't even write an app" part... I've never paid any kind of a 'subscription fee', not even once, much less a yearly one, and I have XCode and the latest SDKs for OS X and iOS. (There's even a big fat 'register for free' button on the downloads page...) I merely went to the ADC site https://developer.apple.com and downloaded 'em. https://developer.apple.com/devcenter/ios/index.action for iOS, https://developer.apple.com/devcenter/mac/index.action for OS X. I registered for free over a decade ago and have never, ever, been asked to pay anything. Not even once. And _of course_ you need Apple hardware to do it. How else were you planning to test the damn apps, using wishful thinking? I can and have installed XCode on a Hackintosh. I just don't trust that anything created on that device will run properly on Apple hardware, so I do actual work on a Mac.

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"An Apple customer service representative told Ars that Apple SIMs are available for free at Apple retail stores."

So... AT&T locks a SIM card, but you can get a replacement, for free, and it's trivial to remove and replace the locked card. So you have two: one for AT&T, one for Sprint and T-Mobile. Or three: the last one's for Verizon, who doesn't allow switching.

I wonder if anyone's designed an iPad case which has pockets for SIM cards yet? Better yet, I wonder if anyone has designed an iPad case which comes with pockets for SIM cards _and two or three cards_. The cards are _free_, after all...

If I were in the market for a new iPad (I'm not, my not-quite-a-year-old iPad Air works just fine, thanks) I'd just get a few spare SIMs at the Apple Store while I was buying my new iPad.

This might actually cause AT&T more trouble than it does Apple.

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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They _are_ using the 'real names'. 'Baroness' is a title, not a name. Brinton is actually her name. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Brinton,_Baroness_Brinton. 'Lord' is a title. Marks is actually his name. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Marks,_Baron_Marks_of_Henley-on-Thames

And I really find it funny that someone who declines to use their real name is making a fuss about using 'real names'.

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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Re: drones huh?

"Since the actual only common denominator in all these violent situations is the fact futbol is being played, perhaps it's time for "reasonable regulation" of fans, permits to attend games, and restrictions on high capacity stadiums?"

You ain't seen a cricket match between India and Pakistan, now have you? Or Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Or Pakistan and Bangladesh. see further http://www.mizozo.com/world/03/2009/02/sri-lankan-cricket-team-bus-attacked-in-pakistan.html and http://fwdshortleg.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/terrorism-cricket-and-pakistan/

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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Re: Figure doesnt mean 1 million users

I registered. I downloaded. I tried to install in a VM (Virtual Box). It wouldn't install. Three times. I must be Holding It Wrong. Sometime over the weekend I might/might not try again. Or I might repartition that 2TB disk I've got in one of the spare desktops and install there. Or I might just toss the ISO and the disc I burned from it out and ignore the whole thing.

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Apple's new 'iPad Air 2' sliced open, revealing (possible) A8X core

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Errm... iOS 8 turned an iPad _Air_ into a 'stuttering and crashing mess'? I've got a 32GB Air and haven't noticed any stuttering or crashing. I haven't noticed much of anything wrong with it, actually. Well, other than the fact that wireless backups don't work anymore, but that's not stuttering or crashing, that's just a straight out glaring bug which should never have got past QA.

I suspect that 'tis not iOS 8, but rather the combination of iOS 8 and some other software she might have installed. Which would be another straight-out glaring bug which should never have got past QA. Apple's QA has been going downhill for a while now. iOS 8 appears to be particularly annoying in that respect.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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"Obviously the most difficult part is getting physical access to the computer inside the ATM."

Not necessarily. Here in Deepest South Florida, Computer Crime Capital of the US, there is or was a nice simple scam going on:

1 one member of the gang goes to an ATM inside a connivence store or a pharmacy or some such; CVS pharmacies were apparently prime targets. He fiddles with the machine, then goes to the clerk and reports a problem with the ATM. The clerk says that there's nothing he can do, contact the bank which owns the ATM, usually Chase in a CVS. Gang member departs. One or more additional gang members might show up over the next day or two, and also report problems. They make sure to note who's on duty at particular shifts.

2 another gang member calls the store, using a phone rigged to display 'Chase Bank' or some such on its callerID. He identifies himself as being from Chase tech support, and says that they've got complaints about the ATM at the store. Can the clerk verify? When the clerk report that there have problems (he'd be one of those who was there when the previous gang members reported trouble, because the gang made sure of who was on duty when they called) the 'Chase' guy says that they're sending over a tech, naming the tech and giving an ID number. They ask the clerk to have the tech call in to a number they provide when the tech arrives.

3 another gang member shows up, with a Chase Support ID badge with the name and number mentioned on the phone. He asks to call in to the boss. The clerk lets him. The 'support' guy opens up the ATM and spends time fiddling inside. Because the gang has at least one member who actually used to be a Chase tech guy, they know what to do inside to drop their payload. They have complete and total physical access to the ATM right there in broad daylight in front of God and everyone and can do whatever they please. And do.

4 later on, some other members of the gang come around and milk the machine for whatever the traffic will bear.

Yes, it takes a bit of effort to set up, but once it has been set in motion, it is quick and easy money until someone at Chase notices that there's a problem. And as it's Chase, that usually takes a few days to a few weeks. Allegedly two gang members have been arrested holding onto a million and a half in 20s.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Dangerous precedent

Son, it's Win OS X Yorkie...

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Re: Look out! Its the "Son of Clippy"

That's not Clippy. Clippy actually had some redeeming features. (I think.) That's Rover the dog from Microsoft Bob. People always forget Bob whenever lists of the Worst Thing Ever From Redmond come out. I remember Bob. I will never forget Bob. Bob is a major reason why I run Macs as my personal systems. Thank you, Microsoft, for Bob and making it quite, quite, QUITE clear that you lot were, one and all, complete idiots. (Although I must admit that not even Microsoft was silly enough to use Comic Sans in Bob, so even Bob has at least one redeeming feature.)

for further info on things Bob, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Bob

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Apple slaps a passcode lock on iOS 8 devices, but cops can still inhale your iCloud

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Re: sigh

not here, not unless the cops really want to lose a very expensive 4th (and 5th) Amendment lawsuit. (Illegal search & seizure, that's 4th. Protection from self-incrimination, that's 5th.) No, I can't stop them violating the 4th by doing illegal sweeps and decrypting everything they find. I _can_ make 'em work for it, and, unlike in Blighty, they _can't_ force me to give up the passcode except in certain very limited circumstances, such as, oh, going through customs. And even then, what they can look for and how much time they can spend looking for it is limited. The cops (especially the customs and immigration cops) _can_ seize lots and lots of stuff, but then they have to figure out how to open it themselves. I do _not_ have to co-operate.

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sigh

I have an iPhone, a 5s. I will soon have a second one (probably a 5c). I keep my backups of my 5s (and my iPad) locally, and they're encrypted. And the volume they're on is encrypted with FileVault. Should some annoying cops send a warrant over to Apple, they can get my iTunes info; they will discover that, for example, I have every Queen album ever produced (yes, even that one...) and that the only complete U2 albums I have are 'Joshua Tree' and a certain 'gift'. I suspect that they will not care. They can find that I've bought a lot of Apple kit from the Apple Store (both online and physical), something which they could have discovered by checking my credit card info (and you _know_ that the bank's gonna give _that_ up so fast there'll be a sonic boom...) and they'll be able to get some location info as to where the phone's been (which they could have got from the telco, and _they'd_ give it up so fast that there'd be Cherenkov radiation involved). To get much of anything else they'd have to grab the phone (or iPad) itself or to access the drive I have the backups stored on. Both iOS devices are passcode protected with a 12-digit passcode; the drive is protected with an 18-digit passcode. (and no, the fingerprint thing is NOT turned on.) Yes, they can crack that if they really want to. They'll just have to put some effort into it. Which is as it should be.

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15 MEEELLION malware-infested mobiles worldwide – report

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It's a cheap, low-end, no-name Chinese Android, a ZTE v768. You know, an example of the type of phone that Apple should make in order to rebuild its marketshare. Cost me US$50, and that was far too bloody much. Perhaps an expensive name-brand phone would be better, but I've cruised the various fora of several Android vendors (including, of course, Samsung) and have noted that a _lot_ of Android phones seem to freeze for no reason. Indeed, the very fact that there is a special way to unfreeze the things says quite a bit.

Basically, T-mobile support says (and numerous fora confirm) that when Android phones in general and my phone in particular run low on available RAM, they freeze. When they run low on space on their SSDs, they freeze. My phone is low on both RAM and storage, 'cause it's an older, cheaper, phone (it only runs Gingerbread and cannot be updated 'cause it doesn't have the RAM or storage, or, indeed, CPU, required) and unless I do things like clear files, down to logs, out of the storage and reboot the phone every ever so often, it'll freeze. It'll even tell me that it's going to freeze: I'll hear the little TM boing, and when I look at the phone it'll be rebooting spontaneously. Once it boots, I can't do anything with it. I can't get to the main screen. I can't send or receive calls. I can't do anything except pull the battery. Once I pull the battery and replace it, the phone works again. Until the next time.

I've seen reports of brand-new phones, such as S5s, doing the same thing. (See http://forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s5/379912-s5-freezing-up.html, for example; note that that thread's been going on for _months_ and mentions numerous Samsung devices, all new, all doing the same thing) I really don't see any reason to pay a lot of money for a major brand Android and have the same problems again. I really don't.

Sorry if this offends the local fandroids, but that's how it is. The Android doesn't work properly. It just doesn't. The iPhone does. As a direct result of my bad experiences with the Android (and my checking around to see if I was alone; I wasn't) I won't be chancing another Android. It's that simple.

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I was, not too long ago, downvoted for mentioning that my Android device freezes repeatedly, and that this was not a problem with the particular device but was a design issue as I am currently on the third example and it still freezes repeatedly. Meanwhile my iPhone simply works. Which is why the Android will be replaced by an iPhone.

If the iPhone had exhibited the problems that the Android does, while the Android was as reliable as the iPhone, I'd be replacing the iPhone with an Android. However, the simple fact that I have found Android to be far less reliable than iPhone seems to get up some people's noses and choke them.

Note that I have never encountered malware or policy problems on my Android, no doubt because the damn thing can't continue to operate long enough for me to do anything which might get me in trouble. Yes, it freezes that fast and that often. The cure is to open the back and take out the battery and then put it back in, as it can't be turned off 'cause it's bloody frozen solid. It's a _good_ thing that the iPhone doesn't do this, as it doesn't have a removable battery. On the other hand... the iPhone doesn't freeze all the bloody time.

I _will_ have a replacement phone by the end of the month, and if it's not another iPhone it'll be a nice cheap flip-phone. It most definitely will NOT be an Android. Not unless one of the fandroids around here send me one for free... and maybe not even then. A free Android which gives this much trouble would cost too much in wasted time to be worth the bother.

Downvote away.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: Dingo's kidneys

"deport said clueless politicos back to dear old Blighty in revenge for for certain - ahem - 'export policies' we had with regards to Australia in the past, and I can't say I'd blame them..."

Just deport 'em to Scotland when they arrive.

And spend some money rebuilding that wall thingie to ensure that they can't be sent back postage due.

<exit, stage left, to the sound of 'Cock o' the North'>

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Re: Sorry Tom

"if its unwritten how can that be enforceable?"

I'm pretty sure that he was being sarcastic. I know that I was.

Some of the commentards need to lighten up a little.

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Re: Sorry Tom

"Part of the BBC license agreement includes an unwritten clause that says if you're not directly contributing to the UK economy in the UK or you're on holiday outside of the UK then you're not eligible to watch the BBC over the Internet on your domestic license."

Unwritten clauses aren't worth the paper they're not written on.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Re: Not all collisions are high speed

"The minimum speed for a meteor is about 11.2km/sec"

Errm... not quite correct. Yes, that's escape velocity, and yes, an object would hit the Earth after falling from rest relative to it with that velocity... if you neglect _air resistance_ and the angle of impact and a few other minor problems. Small, rocky, objects tend to either burn up or simply explode long before they hit anything solid. It's the large objects that you have to worry about. This site http://www.purdue.edu/impactearth/ which is a joint project between Imperial College, London, and Purdue University in Indiana, may help give you a feel for what happens to smaller rocks.

Now, a nice big projectile, made of mostly iron ore, moving at a good velocity, coming straight down into fairly deep water, _that's_ something you gotta be ware of. I once calculated what might happen if whatever it was which made Tycho crater hit somewhere in the North Sea. It wasn't pretty.

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Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

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"If you do buy it would you use it? Would it be of any real use now?"

Depends on whether or not you could find a working copy of Bank Street Writer or Visicalc...

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Anyone who buys that

at that price is simply, totally, utterly, bonkers. Nuts. Out to lunch. His elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.

And I say this as someone who has purchased a _lot_ of Apple kit over the years.

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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

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Re: No slideshow?

it's up now. Just in the wrong place.

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Re: No slideshow?

no slideshow here, either.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Re: BSOD > Bomb Icon

Personally, I liked the bomb icon. and had since the day I read a review of then Aldus, not yet Adobe, Pagemaker wherein the reviewer stated that Pagemaker contained 'more bombs than a fully loaded B-52'. He was right, too.

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Re: He does love 'developers'

"Really? Have you, by any chance, got any evidence of that fact..."

Bend over near him. I'm sure that you'll get some evidence of exactly how much 'love' he has very soon.

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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

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not news

I am totally not surprised that Sophos scored well. I'm also totally not surprised that Norton, McAfee, and Webroot stunk up the place.

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Re: They didn't review...

MacKeeper is the single most widespread Mac malware. Ever.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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No, unfortunately. They know vastly more about tech subjects than they do about politics.

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Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

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hmmm...

I never thought that I'd say this, but...

BellSloth is actually good for something. The 2Wire (a.k.a. 'Pace') device they make us use for U-Verse (TV, phone, internet) service comes with WPS disabled by default. It also shipped with a _long_ random key printed on the side of the device; if you have physical access you know the key, if you don't, good luck guessing the 12-digit alphanumeric key. And they recommend changing the key, Which I have, to something a little easier to remember, though a bit longer.

BellSloth, a.k.a. AT&Useless, actually did something good. Probably for the first time ever, and by accident... Let's not let them know, they'll change it.

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Are we there yet, are we there yet? Ballmer 'like a small child' upon buying basketball club

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Oh, my

The Angel of Stern is very, very, VERY glad that he retired as NBA Commish _before_ Balmer became an owner. He had enough trouble dealing with Cuban. Cuban _and_ Ballmer? At the same time? Poor Silver's in deep, deep, DEEP trouble...

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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

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Re: The routers in question-

Linksys and Buffalo are both too reliable and too expensive. (though things are changing for Linksys thanks to a recent change in ownership; they may merely be too expensive now.) Undoubtably TWC is using Belkin routers.

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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Re: Flat, 3 core, single insulated, vs round, 3 core, double insulated?

My Asus laptop shipped with a similar cable.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Holding it wrong

errm.... my iPhone lives in a case. And not one from Apple. And there ain't a hole to show the logo. And there ain't a logo on the case (and if there was a logo on the case, it wouldn't be Apple's, 'cause the case ain't from Apple...) I suppose that I don't deserve an iPhone, eh?

Hint: a whole lot of people have reasons to buy iPhones which do NOT include wanting/needing to be seen with something fashionable... my iPhone does what I want, unlike my Android, which is going to be replaced Real Soon Now(tm) precisely because of its problems, which include freezing randomly. And, no, it's not a manufacturing defect, unless it's a common manufacturing defect as this one is the _third_ example of that particular handset I've had, all under the warranty, and all in less than nine months, and all of them have had the same problem. (Yes, it could be that this particular handset is a less than stellar example of Android phones. However, I am disinclined to repeat my experiment with another Android. This phone will be replaced by a iPhone 5c once the iPhone 6 comes out and the price drops on the 5cs. And I won't care what colour the 5c is, as it'll be in a nice black case, just like the one on my current iPhone.)

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And yet another 'Apple is dead!' moment

I'll let the good people at http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/death_knell/ know that #66 has arrived...

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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

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Re: Is El Reg also under attack?

Nah, that's normal.

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Re: Bouncy Bouncy

Surely Amazonian Geordie lasses wearing less than owt would be _welcome_. (Their brothers, probably not, but...)

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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why

"Apps that rely on iTunes' brand recognition are particularly pernicious. For example, there's an app that costs $8.99 called iTunes Player App that “helps user to know how to use [sic] and download iTunes”."

Why on God's green Earth does someone, anyone, actually want to run _iTunes_ on a _Windows device_? I don't want to bloody run iTunes on a Mac!

Anyone who runs iTunes on non-Apple hardware deserves what he gets... and the time is rapidly approaching where anyone who runs iTunes, period, deserves what he gets. (Yes, I've seen the iTunes 12 beta. No, I'm not impressed. Horrified, now...)

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Easy

I just upvoted mmeier for the first time ever, 'cause he's _right_ (this time...). The problem for those who would be Tuxers is, and always has been, applications. John User does not CARE what OS is in use. He simply doesn't. He only cares if the software available can do what he wants/needs to do. if it can, he does not CARE that it's evil closed-source, locked in, capitalistic software instead of pure, open-source, standards-based software. he just wants his damn spreadsheet to display and print properly. He just wants his email to arrive on time, his calendars to be updated properly, his reports to show what he wants. Linux could be all-singing, all-dancing, but if it won't support software which does what the users want it won't be used.

And, no, 'educating the users on the alternatives' won't work. That means that either the company or government or whatever has to spend time (and money!) training staff or the staff has to learn the new way on their own time (and dime). And, in many cases, the 'alternatives' simply aren't good enough. The GIMP is a wonderful tool, for what it does; it's not Photoshop and never will be. For certain jobs you simply have to have Photoshop, nothing else will do. (Of course, there ain't nothing which says that you have to have a _new_ version of Photoshop, so far Photoshop 5.5 has done everything I've needed it to do and I see no reason whatsoever to go near Adobe Clutch of Crap.) Thunderbird does some things nicely, other things not so nicely and other things not at all. Outlook may not be the best mail software in the world (now there's an understatement) but it can do things that Thunderbird won't even try. If you don't need those things, you can use Thunderbird and never miss anything. If you need those things, you simply can't use Thunderbird. Period.

One of the reasons why we don't use Apple iWork around here is _precisely_ that Apple doesn't support stuff for any extended period. (They not-so-recently dropped the disaster that is Pages 5 onto an unsuspecting world; if Microsoft had done what they did, then MS would have been lynched, and rightly so. I personally have a whole lot of old Pages '09 documents on my home Macs; they've being converted to DOCX format, not because I love Microsoft, but because DOCX is likely to still be supported ten years from now, while Pages '09 is dead, dead, dead. And, sorry, Open Office and Neo Office and Libre Office simply don't do what I want, what I need. Pages '09 did. Word 2010 and even (ick) Word 2013 do. Word 5 does not. Yes, I tried them. No, they don't do what I want. No, I'm not about to fork Open/Neo/Libre Office myself. Why should I, when Office 2010 and Office 2011 do what I want?) A lot of Tuxers do NOT understand that most people simply don't care about the OS, they care about the job. If Open/Neo/Libre Office could do what I want, I'd be converting my Pages '09 files to ODT, not DOCX. They can't do the job. LibreOffice 4.3 on a Mac cannot properly import a Pages '09 document. It just can't. That means that I'd have to export my documents from Pages to a format that LibreOffice _can_ handle. Pages '09 can export to some formats LibreOffice is familiar with... and which Word can read, too. And Word actually has certain features, particularly with regard to styles, that I want and LibreOffice doesn't have. Still. Word's had them since the 1980s. I've been using them for over 20 years. I like them. I really don't care if current thinking has them classified as old and stodgy and not worthy of being added to nice new modern software.

But, hey... carry on.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: "uninstall the botched update from crippled PCs"

As noted on MS's site... boot off of install media. What? You don't happen to have a bootable DVD or thumb drive handy? How sad. Too bad. If you have a bootable install disc/thumb drive/whatever, you can boot from it and fix this problem in any of several ways (MS's site picks the most difficult and time-consuming method, of course) and be up and running in fairly short order.

You could also have done what I always do before installing patches: make a _complete_, bootable, backup clone. Reloading from the backup is a lot faster and much easier than running any of the fixes. And this way I have a complete backup of critical systems at least once a month, and don't have to use standard incremental/differential backups. Yes, I'm old-fashioned. My way works.

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1 not one of the assorted Win 7, Win 8.1, Server 2008R2, and Server 2012R2 systems around here have had a bluescreen

2 I do, indeed, have Win 7, Win 8, Server 2008R2, and Server 2012R2 discs parked in a filing cabinet. Plus Server 2008, Server 2003, WinXP, and W2K discs. I used to have Win98SE discs but tossed those out a long time ago. (I also have a complete set of bootable media for Apple systems from 10.4 on, despite Apple's attempts at making this difficult. Generating bootable media for OS X 10.9.4 is a major pain, and all because Apple has gone out of its way to make this hard. No, I don't trust the bloody recovery partition.)

3 I also have complete, bootable, backups of my major systems, plus bootable rescue media with which to clone 'em over onto the systems.

4 yes, this includes my own personal systems, not just the office systems. Frankly, if you don't have bootable rescue media and a bootable clone backup you're playing with fire.

But, hey, most people find out the hard way when a BSOD or a KP bites them in the behind and they didn't have a backup or rescue media...

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: testing

Son, for about an hour everything I did on this particular forum (upvote, downvote, post) didn't go through. I tried three different browsers on two different computers running different OSes. I sent a little note into el Reg. They replied to the effect that there had been a problem and that it was now fixed. Some of my old posts, including the one to which you replied, popped up shortly thereafter.

And, no, i suspect that given the fact that I'm considerably bigger and in better shape than Julie the Ass(tm) it wouldn't be _me_ who got his ass kicked should St. Julie poke his nose out of the embassy. Assuming, that is, that he got to do anything whatsoever before being hauled off to be locked away for jumping bail.

But you're entitled to your fantasy world.

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Re: Logic fail

looks as though you stepped on the toes of one of Julie the Ass(tm)'s followers...

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testing

It appears that I'm not supposed to post anything about St. Julie the Ass(tm). Let's see if this one goes through...

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Hmm

You mean that Julie the Ass(tm) is still alive? Who knew? Okay, he can go back into hibernation for another two years now.

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Re: Please

"I'd say that gives a pretty clear view of his character, motives, and legal position."

Got it in one.

"None of which looks very pleasant."

That it doesn't.

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Re: Logic fail

"That is assuming that he's guilty of the crimes he's accused of and is actually given a custodial sentence."

As i understand it, he _can't_ be given a custodial sentence for his alleged crime. _He has already voluntarily locked his silly Ass(tm) up for two years for an offence for which he couldn't be locked up_. Yes, he's really that scared of the Feds.

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Re: Logic fail

"Possibly because one of the other small rooms he may end up in will have a slanted board and a bucket of water nearby."

Nah. Just putting a few members of the Swedish Bikini Team on the _other_ side of the bars would be sufficient. especially after two years of Ecuadorian porn.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Miller and Bud are NOT beer. They just aren't.

There's a reason why Bud ads feature Clydesdales...

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New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first

James O'Shea
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Sprint is doomed

They combine Verizon-level arrogance with truly breath-taking incompetence into one slimy package. Their network stinks, it's the slowest of the Big Four (and not by a small margin, either), their customer service makes Comcast look good, and they actively hide their street address. For some reason corporate doesn't want the customers to be able to send them messages in writing. Finding it was... interesting... and once a letter is sent, don't expect a reply. i sent off a little note on the 29th December 2013. No reply as yet... I suspect that no-one even read it.

I'm holding until the iPhone 6 shows. Then I'll be off to TM, and get a nice shiny, cheap, iPhone 5c. And have TM pay my early termination fee. And buy my old phone off me. And Sprint can kiss my behind.

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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"At least he apparently didn't use Apple's Maps. Otherwise the swamp might well have turned out to look like a desert...."

Sigh.

1 the Apple Maps joke is getting old. And Apple Maps _can_ find the way to Raiford quite well. i suspect that m'man is going to be spending a lot of time in a fine state-run establishment there.

2 He's in _Florida_. Only an idiot needs a map to find a swamp or a canal or some other location where it would be easy to get rid of a body. All he'd need to do would be to move in a straight line for a bit, he'd find one. There's a north-south, and fairly small, canal about three-quarters of a mile from me. That one dead-ends into a east-west, and much bigger, canal about a mile south. And _that_ one empties into the Intercoastal Waterway a few miles east. The Intercoastal is deep and wide and suitably weighted bodies won't be easily found. But there's no need to go that far, they just recently found a car in a canal, after nine years... <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2599207/Missing-mans-car-NINE-YEARS-later-canal-near-Florida-home-skeletal-remains-inside.html> It's hard to find stuff in canals around here...

3 He's in _FLORIDA_. If there's a body of water or a swamp in the vicinity, there's a gator, or two, or more, in the vicinity. (As long as it's not salt water, of course. Gators don't like salt water, and while crocs do, there aren't many crocs north of St Lucie County. Mostly American crocs live in Dade, in fact.) Every ever so often there are 'news' stories about people who've forgotten this, and walk their dogs too close to the canal and... oops. Buh-bye, Fluffy. Or who go diving in golf course water traps looking for golf balls and finding Something Else. <http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Alligator-Eats-Dog-In-Jacksonville-216753881.html> <http://on.aol.com/video/golf-course-staffer-bitten-by-alligator-518340462> And then there are the snapping turtles and the alligator gars and whatnot. They'll usually get rid of the evidence fairly quickly. Getting rid of a body in Florida is... trivial. It ain't like England, where the worst danger is the odd rabid Tory.

However, it seems that this lad really _is_ an idiot. He took his cell phone with him when getting rid of a body. He actually used the cell phone while doing this. And he's hired the most inept lawyers in Florida to defend him. Perhaps he's going to try a 'diminished capacity' defence...

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