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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Re: Vince Cable

All this talk "ancient systems" and "skimping" - all sounds like he wants to push for a nice new system. No doubt the usual "government IT" project suspects are rubbing their hands with glee at mega-££££ quotes in the off'ing. I'd have expected such talk from an old school Tory looking for a directorship, but not so much from a senile LibDem'er looking for the nearest retirement home.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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24? The ultimate answer? Kiefer Sutherland will be pleased.

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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The problem becomes - if not touch screens, then what?

Customers are increasingly after twiddly features - SatNav, climate control, media services etc. These all require control of some sort.

Having masses of clear, single function buttons won't cut the mustard - too many would be more distracting than a touch screen. BMW use a wheel type device (other multifunction button solutions exist too, of course) - this too is distracting as you have to scroll around masses of menus etc (I know - I've had one). Voice control simply isn't up to snuff - most struggle with the combination of ambient noise, variation in accents etc.

So, really, how much worse is touch screen than any of the above if customers want these modern functions? Voice may be the answer in the long term for input, but audio feedback is point-in-time, so only of limited use (you don't have an audio output telling you speed). Like voice control, head up display is in it's early days, but a combination might work for some functions - but you don't want surplus stuff like air con splashed across the windscreen.

I'd also say a touch screen satnav on the dashboard is a heck of alot safer than a road atlas on the lap - and this was alarmingly common once.

I almost sympathize with car manufacturers trying to balance the wants/needs of the consumer with functionality and safety.

Bring on the neural interface!!!!!

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Golf:

Scirocco's dull, practical, humdrum sister for those who's budget doesn't stretch to an Audi A3.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Shortly after takeoff

"But they're still waiting for the small lemon-soaked paper napkins"

They serve KFC on their flights? Now THAT is proper in flight catering!

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Re: Tempting but...

In some ways, I rather agree. I have a Samsung 40 inch 1080p screen that also has your TAS feature (loving the acronym). It has a good picture, plenty of ports and works fine (though I'd love to be able to disable the analogue tuner...). At the moment, the only thing smart about my Samsung is a Chromecast up one HDMI port and an XBOX 360 up the other. I can do most things a smart TV would do quite easily.

3D doesn't make me rush out to buy a TV, and really, the smart trinkets haven't sold me (especially as they seem to be very model-specific and poorly maintained as models age). 4K is probably about the only thing that interests me and even then, only if I got a bigger panel and the price/quality ratio was right.

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Lord Lucan, Murakami's Strange Library ... and a hitchhiker's guide to the Computing Universe

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Re: Not the same

Silicone chips -

elastic compute resources!

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NetApp cyclists part from storage firm... go to Bora Bora

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Re: Hope they've sorted the legals

Warning - Daily Mail style joke response...

Oh, you know those clever legal types - The German lawyers will say "Ach! Our BORA has ze kapital letters, jah?"

The Italians will nod there heads and then beat a hasty retreat....

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Fact vs Fiction

Pleased to note that there are six factual books, with the remainder firmly rooted in the fiction category.

As works of fiction, the Qu'ran and the Bible are respectable collections of short stories, poetry etc, not too dissimilar to Aesop's Fables or any number of anthologies.

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Re: Important

I always thought Animal Farm was a better Orwell book than 1984. It's easier to read, more accessible to a broader audience and is just as well crafted as 1984.

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: Naming/Numbering

Works for BMW. I rather like the 6 Series.

Audi naming sounds like European paper sizes and they don't seem to have a problem either.

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Re: Just one question....

Counterpoint - can I buy a Samsung S5 or an iPhone 6, format it and put Windows Phone on it? That kind of flexibility would be nice. I suppose being able to by the M8 as either Android or Windows Phone might be nice - but a truly customizable 'Pick Hardware then pick OS' would be nice too.

I've had Android and I currently have Windows Phone. I have far less trouble and have a far more seamless user experience with my Nokia (or NOTkia now, I suppose) than my kids have with there flaky Android equipped Samsungs.

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument?

Well, for me, my battery life on my power-hungry monster Lenovo improved markedly when I switched out to an SSD, and it also ran quite a bit cooler too.

And that's before I start looking at performance.

For enterprise applications, there's a place for both. It's a bit like shiny 15K SAS/FC disks versus 7.2K SATA disks - performance quality balanced against capacity quantity, only with shinier SSDs at the performance end.

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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Joke

They should count themselves lucky as they had a u-boat sized mega-shark patrolling the waters...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/27/super_shark_was_size_of_a_world_war_ii_sub/

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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Re: Wrong platform?

"Will it open my beer bottle at 50 paces?"

I'd buy that for a dollar!

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Too late to the party...again.

Given MS are rather late to this somewhat narrow market, I really wonder why they're bothering. A smarter move would have been to buddy up with someone established, perhaps Samsung to do something around compatibility with existing kit. Let someone else do the leg work on this one instead of sinking money into yet another also-ran.

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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Missile defences are somewhat over hyped. Build smaller nukes, smuggle them over the border (and big countries with long border regions have a problem here) and your missile defense is an expensive trinket.

China used quite a big missile to take a pop at a satellite. The US achieved the same with a ship launched souped-up SAM, so don't believe the Chinese propaganda completely.

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Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

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Re: But....?????????

Perhaps were our heroic tailor a bit more product agnostic, he could cover other jumbo-phones, such as the Galaxy Note or the Nokia 1520. Might be a growth industry....

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

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Re: "I am giving him space."

Dropping 18,000 staff? Satya won't be needing help creating space it appears.

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Re: Heard it all before.

Mine streams to a Logitech bluetooth speaker and my car without issue. The camera (as with any camera) is only as good as the photographer - I'm not David Bailey, but the results are way better than my efforts with an iPhone 5. I have yet to see a smartphone that hasn't suffered bizarre behaviour, regardless of OS - having seen a friend lose his rag with a Motorola and demonstrate that they don't bend very well (the hard way) proved to me that no phone OS is infallible.

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Re: I'm sorry

I sympathize to a degree. I have a Nokia 1020. Runs rings around the iPhone and most Droids, but since the 8.1 update, there have been a number of crashes (apparently a known problem on the 920 and 1020, but with a lack of response from ex-Nokia or Microsoft). Mine is the 64GB version that O2 had for a while as an exclusive - and boy, those 40 megapixel hi-res photos like storage like a fat boy likes cake!

I otherwise like the WinMo ecosystem - I prefer it to the somewhat haphazard nature of Droid (and I do have a Droid tablet that I like, and I put my daughter on a Samsung S4 Mini as it was a good fit at the time), and the stupid pricing of Apple devices and increasingly unreliable iOS. However, if the Denim update doesn't improve matters, my opinion might be swayed.

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Alien gimp gag or cosmic golf ball? NASA tackles question everyone's asking

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Has our laser-toting explorer...

...found any cats yet?

After all, we all know what Curiosity has form for.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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Likely buyers for the lawnmower engine version.

Pensioners, drivers of a nervous disposition or (somewhat affluent) parents buying a first car for their little girl in funky colours might go for the less urgent model, if only for the cheap insurance.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: Moon is a harsh mistress

Putin wants a secret lair where he can sit in a ridiculously oversized 60's style chair and stroke a cat, plotting world domination. Think Bond villain or Dr Evil...

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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Re: Stop! Take a breath...

2000 was very much 50℅. It always seemed like a product rushed out the door, with XP being the intended finished product.

I had one of the early betas when it was still labeled NT5. Basically NT4 with plug'n'pray plus a few bells and whistles.

That's largely why I describe 2000 as 'meh' - it wasn't bad, but it wasn't finished either.

I ignored Windows ME because I'm in obviously in denial - I'd forgotten possibly the worst Windows release of all. I hang my head in shame.

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Stop! Take a breath...

It would appear that the negative ranters have already started.

Perhaps a pause for thought is in order. MS definitely have a subconscious alternating between releases. 98 was good (particularly SE), 2000 was meh. XP was good, Vista was an abomination. 7 was good, 8 - well beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Maybe 9 will be just fine. Take 8's underpinnings and fix the GUI and who knows...

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China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR

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So THAT'S how they do it....

I always wondered how all the cheap stuff on Amazon etc from China seems so ridiculously cheap given the shipping etc - they get the Yanks to ship it!

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Alternative name for Blu-Ray 4K...

A number of options...

1 - Spell "Blu" properly, and as it's 4K, hence more - Bluer Ray

2 - Purple Ray (or any other colour of choice "the new blu"...)

3 - I'd say Ultraviolet-ray, but as UV is already used for the DRM shackled download service...

4 - Don't bother with a new name as the adoption won't be high enough to warrant mass production and the associated marketing (cynical answer).

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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If I put nude selfies up, any thief would be straight down the pshrinks with PTSD. They'd be that bad, they'd probably qualify as WMD.

For that matter, I'd be ill if I saw my own (hypothetical) nude selfies....

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Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

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Re: Internet of toilets

Logging on?

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General Motors to intro HANDS-FREE DRIVING tech by 2016

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Token Ring.

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Thieves steal more iPhones than any other handset, warns UK government

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Lies/statistics

Well, having read this report, I'm not only glad I own a Nokia, but one that doesn't even register as a model worthy of thieving. Phew! I can leave my phone in the car etc and not worry.

Gotta love them statistical reports. I am definitely in the wrong job.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows

"Unless of course you mean a Microsoft Monopoly Sponsored portable."

Would that be as opposed to Google Monopoly Sponsored portables? Compare the number of Android tablets and phones to Windows and I think you'll see my point.

The days of MS being a full-on monopoly are largely over (and a good, healthy thing too - though now we have Google going down a similar road), however, bleating on about the bad old days does rather sound like a pensioner still refusing to buy German because of the war.

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Microsoft's SELFIE-TASTIC Nokia 830, 730: Complete with DOG SMILE WHITENER

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Re: Flash/Non Flash.

Let's take these a point at a time:

Windows Phone rot - 1.5% market share? According to IDC, it's 2.5%, and higher in the US. Even so, 1.5% is a good few handsets in its own right. It's squeezed out Blackberry, which isn't a bad performance for a platform that really is (too?) late to the party.

Nobody writes apps for that platform - OK, how about Cisco for a start, or Microsoft themselves. Maybe EA if you're into games. 120,000 apps isn't too shabby, so to say nobody is stretching it.

Consumers consider apps a must - Really? After a few games, it's mainly social media apps, email, browser and music apps. While a geek consumer may want a hundred apps to do the same job, average Joe, isn't nearly as fussed. Businesses might like to see more focused business apps.

MS has a poor record on hardware - Consumers don't currently 'see' MS hardware on phones - they see Nokia (or the odd HTC WinPho). Even if they did, poor record on hardware? MS have had the odd issue, but no worse than any other manufacturer. Look how many old MS mice there still are out there for a start.

...lies and mistruth - General consumers, again, haven't seen headlines on that area from MS in the mainstream press for sometime and they aren't so fickle anyway. If they were, more recent stores about Google's policies on information peddling would have them flocking away from Android and Chromebook, but they don't.

To close, vive la difference. If everything collapsed down to Android and a niche of iOS (now there is a declining share), where's the choice? Do we really want Google 'owning' all mobile devices in the same way MS 'owned' PCs? Why trust Google any more than MS?

Windows Phone is a worthwhile, easy to use, lean platform, even if MS haters are blinded by prejudice and Fandroids sneer. Its biggest sin? It was too late to a market already invaded by dumpster loads of cheap Android and established Apple.

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Not even CRIMINALS want your tablets, Blighty - but if that's an iPhone you're waving...

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Ah ha!

So proving the superiority of Windows Phone - no problems with theft as thieves apparently aren't interested!

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SHARE 'N' SINK: OneDrive corrupting Office 2013 files

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Fortune favours the foolish....

I've had no problems with Office 2013 docs on OneDrive, however, I am VERY foolish.

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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Re: @Joerg

I rather sympathize. I'm happy to see the core count increase, but I'd like to see the amount of supported RAM increase too. It's time that the manufacturers stopped simply feeding fanboy gamers GHz and driving up costs and started pushing more power efficient horsepower through smarter techniques (more cores/threads and improved simultaneous operations for a start).

Of course, the software industry needs to be engaged too - big fast single core, like masses of RAM and disk has lead to really lazy approaches to software. Don't believe me? Look at the disk foot print of Windows NT through to 7/8.

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HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

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Am I getting old?

I remember when Proliants were beige, weighed a ton and had a Compaq badge - and had the hot swap SCSI hard disks with the pair of claret colour catches that kind of butterfly out from the center. Ah, the good old days...

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: Look at the bright side

"WinPhone users know that they are part of the 1% (of the market) !"

Spoken like a true conformist. If the apps that are available (and there are plenty) are fit for what the user needs and the device and OS are stable, maintained and secure (sometimes an issue with some Android implementations), how is market share relevant?

I don't see Mac or Linux users bleating about small market share being a problem to them.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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colour me cynical...

This is nothing to do with supersonic underwater freight or passenger transport - this is a weapons project.

The Chinese navy have been pursuing ways to crack American carrier groups for a good few years to stop any intervention in a Taiwan crisis.

They already have airborne tech (ballistic and cruise) either in development or service, but these have or can be countered with existing technology.

What better than a standoff underwater supersonic heavy weapon? Place your sub say a hundred miles away and take pot shots with weapons that have practically no counter at the moment at ships that move massively slower - even a screen of sacrificial escorts wouldn't do much good as they are unlikely to be able to move fast enough to intercept.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Re: even a tomahawk can be loaded with a nuke.

Might make a good scalpin' a bit messy.

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Re: Why?

"...shopping in the market, attending a wedding - when a rocket from a US drone or aircraft "

Substitute (insert religious/ political belief) fanatic with a bag of semtex/cylinder of nerve gas/lethal bio agent.

Doesn't need super-tech to cause death and destruction.

What a wonderful world.

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Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"

The DF-21 is an old skool MRBM, similar to the old Pershing missiles of old. Being ballistic, those sort of speeds aren't unusual (the Pershing could do Mach 9).

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Puntastic..

Top Marx for the title. I assume it has Mao's support for an input device? I think its Stalin for a chance at getting somewhere, especially if they have a good five year plan, but in these early days, they're still Lenin.

I need more coffee.

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

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Re: It isn't called "Word" for nothing

A "Sentence" is what you've endured while trying to write a long document only to find Word hang and auto save corrupted.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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You know you've lived...

... when you've had vending machine coffee at a sewage works. Contrary to expectations, it wasn't pumped in straight from the sewage intake - the alleged coffee was much worse.

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Re: I'm a Nespresso fan

My wife is a fan. It's OK - certainly convenient, but somewhat over-hyped. I tend to refer to it as her MaxPaxKlix machine, just to annoy her.

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

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Re: I smell a shill

I smell irrational open-source fanboy narrow mindedness.

It's all about the right tool for the right job - if a closed source product (even MS) can do that better, so be it.

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

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Re: A country where it is harder to arrange extradition than the UK.

"Possibly because it has a history of turning a blind eye to the actual rules?"

Poor argument - it would still be easier to get him out of the UK. The British legal system struggles to protect its own citizens, let alone an arrogant, hypocritical self-publicizing foreigner.

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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Boycotted Intel? AMD do R&D in Israel and Broadcom have offices there that employ staff too - are you boycotting them too?

Boycotting companies in Israel is pretty pointless and in some cases counter-productive, especially if those companies employ Palestinians as well as Israelis (and most do).

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