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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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But what does Word do the rest of the time?

It seems so bloated, takes ages to load and can take ages to open even the least of long files.

Why does it do so?

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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There is an important, crucial and vital importance in separating elected members from civil servants in the term "government".

Civil servants are supposed to be the do-ers making real the aims of elected guvmint but human beings being what human beings be the civil servants are merely optimising their career and earning potentials and stuff the overview what's in it for me m8?

Most times it is elected members doing the bidding of civil servants so we really cannot describe UK as a democracy it really is a fascism?

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Not trivial issues

These are not trivial issues.

This is in part due to the English, Welsh, Scots or Northern Ireland interpretation and application of the constitution. Councils are also local authorities.

The trouble is multiple tensions arise as a local authority cannot take legal action upon itself even if the service provisioning arm (usually improper anyway and Councils are crap service providers anyway) is breaking the said councils rules and regulations.

I could go on but shan't

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Name that council?

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Brits ...

uncivil serventia strike again?

Look, you can't keep multiple civil servants on prime minister income levels, maintain juicy salaries and uh-huh baby conditions of employment when taxes and tax revenues are decreasing by act of elected members.

It stands to reason that money must be extorted from elsewheres and one of those elsewheres is data held by said uncivil serventia.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Re: low-tech for me

Yep, hand ground beans seem to make softer more melodic flavored coffee (electric grinders generate too much heat and retoast the beans evaporating off delicate flavinoids?).

In some parts of the world an impatient coffee drinker needs a Zapata moustache to filter out the floating grounds (no explanation offered)

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Filter and good, I say good, coffee grounds.

Don't let it stand on the hotplate too long - cold and freshish is better than stewed but even stewed has a redeeming quality of its own from time-to-time.

Aim: to balance faffing about, immediacy and decent hot drink in a reasonable timeframe.

Additional observation: European low cost coffee grounds seem superior to UK "in yer face" priced exclusive coffee grounds - used to like the mellowness of hand ground but the FAFF was too much really.

Oh! And don't use chilled milk or milk straight from the fridge. Room temperature/ambient temperature milk makes all the difference?

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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There is such a paradigm or potential paradigm out there waiting to be discovered and made real.

On the down side MS, Intel and IBM know how to get their *hit together better than all of the oppositions?

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Ooo!

Nice one Google!

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

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Wall Street is as it is, was and ever shall be profit without end amen?

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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Que?

30 orbital birds? By 2017?

Aren't they (ESA that is) 14 years behind schedule anyway?

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Supervalu supermarket stores stung by sneaky sales system scammers

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Inside job?

The trouble that this kind of occurrence rate sort of hints that it is an inside job?

You know: want a share of troubled unpredictable profits or do a scam and get a share of $10 million?

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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FWIW...

... had USA not intervened in armed conflict in Europe then Germany would be the natural strongest nation in Europe.

But both UK and US do not seem to prefer the Germanic model and for why ... ? maybe individuals in UK and US have too much to lose therefore usurp political influence for self-protection?

I personally doubt whether those who perished in two world wars would consider their sacrifices worth it.

The UK still clings to its class warfare and is prepared to spend many tax dollars to maintain that war meanwhile Germany just goes from economic miracle to economic miracle taking preferred supporting nations along with it?

PS: the ba**ocks my local authority/guvmint makes in policy and practice along with similar ball**ks perped by regional and national institutions surely show UK model of C & C is doomed to Darwinian failure?

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My guess is that general economy C & C structures are sold by those who have most to gain.

So in a communist state it might be a politburo of sorts, in UK it would be (huck phthoo) (un)civil serventia mandarinery, in US either a mega-corp or mega-corp & Defense partnership.

Q: Would a C & C of general economy be good?

A: too many variables such intention over time, timeframe and measurement metrics?

But you humans seem intent on taking over everything that it may indicate a human folly to maintain gross, funded and aspirational follies?

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Secretive Apple's super-secret university is full of BULL chic – leakers

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Spot on AC!

Just because Brits evolved a system that maintains class differences does not mean it is the best for every nation at all times and in all places.

Whatever happened to the notion that another nation may evolve as it wishes tobevelve?

(Okay, Gaza excepted?)

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Energy

Of all the things being considered energy use is of increasing importance.

For why you ask?

Because computers are everywhere nowadays and the technology to make cost effective (that is low cost) and task effective computers now exists where once it did not.

Why is that important?

Because low cost, task effective kit tends to be low energy use as well.

For sure, a big bulky, power and energy hungry computer once was an effective solution with emphasis on was and once

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With friends like that who needs enemies?

(I mean the decision makers making/taking decisions rather than the folk who live there).

Hmmm ... maybe that's it?

Meaning rulers of the USA want, really, really want a lot of nations to be in hawk to the USA for at least 60 years hence need for a notional finance system based not on wealth (sterling any one? or gold?) but on notional dosh such as, for example, the dollar?

And that would mean that BRICK attempts to a new world currency, with new world banking with power shared between major players would sort of unhinge the present order?

Tsk! Humans! Money!

Were it not so tragic it would be funny?

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The rise and fall of the USA empire?

The Brit empire ceased to be geographic post-1945 thanks to, not the "enemy' but to a stalwart ally insisting upon independence from UK or supremacy to US as a gifted military base.

The Brit empire transited from influential thanks to HRH to financial thanks to universal "tax free" status whatever that used to be.

And then the Brit empires vanished some few years before the USA ones?

Maybe the Brits need new friends?

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Scary monsters?

You humans,tsk what you like?

As soon as something disagreeable happens you respond to the release of adrenaline by aspiring to be a scary monster.

Maybe failing to manage the response to adrenaline is the reason for your wars, conflicts, ... and so forth.

It always astounds me how you are prepared to set fire to a car tyre set around someone's neck purely because of some minor yet universally insignificant difference.

What are you like?

(personally I'd ditch the X86 if I were you - it also prohibits so much and so many alternative methodologies but I guessed and hoped you already knew that?)

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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for gov read HMRC?

This is nothing more than UK establishment wanting and seeking its cut of the action for stuff happening on/in UK turf even if it might be virtual turf?

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PEAK APPLE: One MILLION fewer iPads sold this quarter

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As any old dudes will tell you the usefulness of these devices is awesomenable in the most megasense doable.

Its stunning what modern kit can do ... . ?

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What's the point of the Internet of Things?

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Maybe IoT is indefinable as it is a new way of doing things and it may takes providers, users and the public, say, 5 years to appreciate its awesomeness?

I mean, what thought might have airy planes like those now when Wright brothers first flew?

Or traffic monitoring from DOS all those years ago?

Human endeavour and all that?

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Blighty will be BIGGER and BETTER than Germany, confirm beancounters

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Don't be daft ... ?

... after a sup of Erdinger all UK beers are merely fizzed up flavoured water.

And the reason is probably that age old one of internecine class warfare in the UK taking almost all surplus resources?

(Anyone: the discovery of North Sea Oil would be used by PM Magi Thatcher for the death of the unions and mucho impoverishment of UK working classes. They, the guvmint and its civil serventia, wished and wanted for a working class that would never ever protest, never ever wish to stand up for its rights and served the mighty dollar and mightier UK pound with every ounce of its being (else it starved)?)

Surely not, no?

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French authorities take lead in grilling Google on 'Right to be Forgotten'

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Re: lawyers and judges, and those who govern

Wen I were a young un 1,000+ civilian dead and <50 military dead would indicate a war crime and statement of such outside an appropriate embassy in't capital city.

Young uns these days have no cojones?

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Hee hee?

While the French might harp on about the right to be forgotten the rest of 1st world ponders threatened reductions to its right to rewrite history?

Silly French?

Or worse still, to rewrite the present? (Crimea dudes)

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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I thought that ...

... Never so many brave hearts were let down by so many overindulged bureaucrats as here in the UK but ... ?

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Eh?

so that's a "No" then?

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

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bugger!

For doubles read roubles

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Perhaps ...

... the geckos will return in a century or two to find we all speak Chinese, spend doubles and use the UK as an international dumbing ground for recyclable alu fizzy pop cans?

And worst still show that lizard lifeforms are really far more philanthropic that humans are to humans (besides humans taste nicer than bovine, pig, lamb or goat).

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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Hmm, let me see ...

... <scans humanities CV>

I see that humanity admires itself and others so much that it has devised explosive devices to shred skin, tissue and muscle from bone and terminating existence of the human life form almost immediately if not some short while afterwards.

It, humanity that is, has also optimised its technologies, research, science and wisdom to devise devices that create temperatures exceeding that on the surface of the sun (Earth beings nearest star) and matched those devices with earth related positioning devices so that the impact can be directed at centres of human population.

Then there is, of course, Krimea, the Ukraine, vested interest and values of numbers held in human institutes named "banks"

Sad in it?

</scans humanities CV>

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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It behooves one ...

to state one likes the word "behoove"

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Internet of Stuff my Pockets: Investors plough 1 BEELLION dollars into IoT

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Tne next big thing?

Now suppose you ran a distribution centre on Windows XP, Java 6, IE6 on an internal network that connected directly to the dub-dub-dub.

Are you going to update into Windows PCs that may or may not talk to legacy stuff or are you going to open source it with open standards?

Answers on a postcard to ARM?

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Maybe Apple cannot say anything else?

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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Apple knows ...

... if Apple continues to make things better than the rest it can charge more than the rest and besides it does do things better than the rest no?

I mean, try finger-swiping or hand-swiping a big 60" monster than gets smeared with human plaque, spittle, slavourings, speach splatter, ... or use a 3" by 2" finger swipe pad?

Sheesh - u hugh-manz

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Don't know why but ...

... there seems to be a lot of spook activity on leading Ruskies and Putin ...

Remember he said summat about Syrian rebels and "silly West: Iran is your friend" and he was pooh-poohed. Result: Orwellian turnaround.

Press fervour in UK: Putin fired the missile?

Wasn't there something about Churchill deliberately sending in a passenger liner with military stuff on it after he received a formal warning it would be treated as a target?

(Result: USA entered 1914 - 1918 war on UK side. Think of the good/harm/indifference if US sided with Austro-Hungarian empire of the time?)

You humans are spooky?

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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It all ...

smells a bit fishy to me

Has anyone looked into it properly?

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Isn't she just being a bit of a t*at?

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British data cops: We need greater powers and more money

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We do need data cops, fact of life in it?

Humans get cars, roads need traffic cops - all part of the (scuse my quotes) "human condition"?

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Re: Dead ahead

Software will always be constrained by the do and doability of hardware subject to variabilities in the form of 3rd parties firmware and lacksadaisicals associated therewith?

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C'mon el Reg ...

give the guy a break?

The big kahooni at MS seems to have said somethink along lines of "we realise computers (that is hardware, software n firmware) now aim for the mundane rather than the spectacular an we (ms that is) want to be in a lead position in that new growth and revenue earner" no?

Its a bit of corporate speak to say IoT has happened?

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Gender not important?

MPs will let any support worker irrespective of gender sit on MPs knee?

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Will Microsoft devices sit happily on a single platform?

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Maybe it is important not to confunkt up too much?

Sure devices might it might not talk together, might or might not do (or appear to do) similar things in similar ways B-U-T what they should do across a myriad of devices with a myriad of operating systems and operating system variants is: respect my data with 100% reliance and similar compatibilities?

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FCC commish: We don't need no steenkin' net neutrality rules

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Hmmm - it seems difficult doodz!

In the small picture FCC rulez but in the big picture inferences abound that FCC and similar are merely political arms of influence and interference usually intent on maintaining US dominance -shrug-

Time will tell?

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

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Spooky in it?

Should we redig the nuclear fallout shelters just in case?

Or will the opposing factions use more peaceable means?

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But WE want to rule the Internet of STUFF – Intel, Dell, Samsung & chums

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Too harsh?

Marketing perspective: IoT makes it easy to identify where resources are

Once identified those resources might need to be used, mobilised, managed, contacted, ...

Think of the computational humdrum in your local supermarket alone, then garage (fuel station), power distribution (do we really want to hunt out a treacherous meter and read it rather than wi-fi ping it?), logistics distribution (there are a lot of trucks on the road each of these is an asset containing even more assets, operated by an asset, ... )

The opportunities for an integrated service are huge BUT! it has to be based on principle that customers data is not to be dicked with, treated nicely and alternative software brought in were the company daft enough to consider doing it?

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Business lost?

I wonder if all the inroads android and linux derived stuff are making if supermarkets, distribution centres, ... basically computationally sophisticated, cohesive wide ranging IT dependency but verging on the humdrum day-to-day really has a better solution in wi-fi-ed devices of all shapes and sizes talking to something securely (???) internally networked?

EDIT: basically as a product Windows is no longer a player, sophisticated reliable interfacing between a variety of devices is? Windows is dead?

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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FUD gets everywhere or so it seems?

Note to self: if flogging arms n munitions to UK appeal to Whitehall and guvmints paranoia, poor self esteem and basic insecurities of self rather than state?

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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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Hmmm?

Whitehall = fiddling fcuks?

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Bill Gates asks telcoms standards boffins to define future of money

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Tough innit!

Money is only a notional human invention.

It is what whoever (bankers?) decide it to be.

Once dosh was tied to gold or stuff (hint: sterling) but it can be tied to anything really (bit coin anyone?)

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

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Tsk!

It's all relative in it?

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