* Posts by GitMeMyShootinIrons

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail buying Yahoo?

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Re: But... but... they did it too...!

"But it still doesn't change what the Mail published, does it?"

You rather miss the point - You're basically punishing them for the sins of past generations of editors and journalists based on your present day political bias.

Remember also that many media outlets were rather keen on Stalin's Russia in the mid 40's when they were doing a fine impression of a steamroller over the remnants of the Nazi hordes - do we accuse them of being Reds-under-the bed too?

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Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year

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I will never buy a record player again.

Not for any quality or technology reason - it's just that my wife will dust off her Bros albums.

No. Just no.

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Google's dream city isn't a new idea

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Re: Bah!

I was just thinking that the Mickey Mouse outfit planned to build a city of tomorrow which became EPCOT.

At EPCOT, you don't trap the mouse - the mouse traps YOU!

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Tesla a greencar, really ?

"That would seem to be missing out the production costs of the fossil fuel and its distribution to filling stations?"

Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of the electric car (I remember electric milk floats as a lad), but before you start the high-ground moral willy-waving, if you want to bring fossil fuel manufacture into the debate, out of fairness, we should bring in the impact of:

- Rare-earths used in the necessarily larger electric motors.

- Cost of manufacture and transport of somewhat heavy batteries. This is not cheap tech here, sadly.

- Cost of running and maintaining nuclear power stations (including decommissioning, nuclear waste goodness), wind turbines (tend to be in lovely, scenic places that are conversely expensive to maintain), coal and gas power stations (say no more!).

Electric really isn't as green as you'd like, but it's an improving compromise.

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Re: Bizarre

Tesla's product has much going for it.

Firstly, it's not beaten by the Electro-car Ugly Stick as so many hybrids and other fully electric cars tend to be - such as the Prius or the BMW i3. What is it with designers? They stick their brains into duurrr as soon as they find it has anything other than petrol or diesel (except Fiat - they'll do it anyway - go look at the Multipla).

The next big one is range, as others have no doubt posted. This car, let's face it, is aimed at the Rep Machine market. Therefore, 100 mile commuter/shopping trolley range isn't going to cut it. Even 220miles is lean - particularly for a sales rep, but it's certainly in the right direction. It's this last factor that will win over the converts - if it's cheap to run, has the range and looks good, then it's onto a winner.

Though there's still the whole charging issue too that isn't fully addressed. The availability of public charging points is improving, but is still thin on the ground and takes a long time. Home charging simply won't be possible for many (example - Terraced houses with on street parking). Now, if you could replace the battery with a nuclear reactor... :-)

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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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Re: what happened to the tactical nukes?

"A new shiny F35 + Trident carefully joined together with copious amounts of BAE gaffer tape should be one hell of a replacement......"

Well, that's one way to get the F35B off the deck vertically.

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Re: Windows For Warheads ...

It's alright, they're deploying Microsoft Security Essentials. The world is safe again.

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

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But....

Can I play solitaire on it?

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Microsoft's bigoted teen bot flirts with illegali-Tay in brief comeback

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Isn't this how Skynet started?

Should I not be digging a deep hole and bulk buying 7.62 NATO rounds and Heinz Beans?

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

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Re: Fat, lazy and stupid

Big corporate mentality. Get smaller, more controllable entities to do the work for you and then take all the credit and profit if it works. If it don't, blame the subcontractor in an expensive legal case.

They're far from unique - how many western IT hardware manufacturers make all of their kit in their own factories? Many even outsource much of the design too.

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Re: The Department of Defense has become a vehicle to siphon money to Boeing and Lockheed!

The sun came up purely to illuminate the bear to assist in its forest based toilet habits.

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Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

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Re: The real question of course

Ah, but would that be Extra Strong, or Polo? The latter has a big hole that could be construed as a vulnerability.

Mine's the one with the pound bag of Murray Mints in the pocket.

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Bloody Danes top world happiness league

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Re: As a Brit.

Agreed - For Britain to hit the top spot is like divide by zero - it ain't happening. We have so many opportunities to moan about stuff (weather/politics/traffic/food/cyclists....), and this makes us happy - all very illogical and yet very British.

Certainly enough to turn to alcohol.

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NASA's mighty SLS to burn 1.215 Olympic-sized pools

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Needless confusion!?!!?!

Surely, a family sized pool depends on the size and composition of the family.

A family of Chinese dwarfs adhering to the old one-child-per family rule wouldn't require a big pool at all, while a good catholic family with poor dietary habits may need a really big one (probably not far off Olympic size).

Then, you'd think the family would pick a pool depending on budget and what they want to do in the pool.

Too many variables here to consider. I'm confused. I need beer.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Re: Solved the real problem

The EU referendum divides opinion whether on the left or right (Good examples - Tony Benn and Enoch Powell both opposed the EEC in '75 - against the Tory and Labour party lines). So, in the interests of impartiality, let me edit the last line for you. given the same could be said of Comrade Corbyn's New Old Labour (after all, the once anti-EU activist is now towing the pro-EU line).....

Whatever all these silly businessmen and workers think, the main thing is that the referendum has prevented Labour voters choosing UKIP, which is the reason we are having it.

After all, what's more important: keeping delirious left-wing EUtopians in parliament, or the UK economy ?

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We tested the latest pre-flight build of Windows 10 Mobile. It's buggy but promising

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@ Richard Plinston

Actually, I had an Orange SPV back in the day. I omitted them on purpose, which, perhaps I should have clarified. These were stylus driven PDA operating systems with phone functionality stuck on - so more a PDA that you could make phone calls on than the modern Smartphone. While useful, they were very much a sign of the times (ah, the iPaq, HP Jornada - all good fun). MS had that much of the (very business oriented) market at the time because it was they and Blackberry - no retail user friendly Apple or mass market Android to steal their thunder. No easy to use App Store. No 3G data. Need I go on?

7 was a true Smartphone implementation with a finger (rather than stylus) derived touch interface, an App Store and all those media and messaging apps 'we love' - so a whle different world to the early era. Unfortunately, for the reasons I stated earlier - it was too little, too late.

Don't get me wrong, if my phone went bang right now, I'd probably risk Windows 10 - mainly on the basis of better the devil you (partially) know.

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Depressed at the state of the market...

I have a Nokia Lumia 1020 on 8.1 - and a fantastic phone it is. WinPho 8.1 is a great OS with the apps and features I need - Cortana works well, the 41MP camera is great, even if the CPU has barely enough grunt to drive it. But its getting older and I'm probably going to want a replacement. But what to do?

Apple - I had an iPhone 3G and a 4 (plus I have a 4S from work). Would I buy one now? Good gracious they're massively expensive for what they are. Their hardware is nothing special (My 3 year old Lumia has a better camera for one) and iOS isn't nearly as slick as it used to be. Not to mention, they have a real habit of stitching up customers with older devices.

Android - I've tried it, and tried to like it. Trouble is, for all its flexibility it's too fiddly and inconsistent. Not to mention, there's always rumblings about lack of vendor support and security issues. Let's also remember that Android is a product of Google - the true, world-dominating data-monger.

Windows 10 Mobile - MS don't know what to do. It needs backing or killing off, not this limbo situation. Again, great hardware at good prices - but the declining support and poor quality release code, caused as much by indifference by MS as much as it is the market, will be its undoing. A 950 or the rumoured 1050 or Surface Phone might be nice, but is it worth investing in a device on a platform that might disappear?

While the hardware is moving forward nicely, at the OS, it's stagnated into too narrow a band - essentially a duopoly of Droid or iOS - MS had a chance, but being late to the game and mismanaging it after that has left its future hanging on the precipice. Not a particularly attractive choice in any case.

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Californian tycoons stole my sharing economy, says Lily Cole

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Re: Oh, poor Lily...

Astoundingly, turning a profit from Unicorn Steak has been tried (well, in a *very* loose sense) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicorn_Steak

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NASA preps stadium-size sandwich bag launch

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April 1st....

Hmmm. Anyone thinking this might just be some big prank, sending up a ton of tech using a giant inflated condom, given the date...?

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Eight in ten IBM Global Tech Services roles will be offshore by 2017

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Re: hmm.

"Laser focus? When you see a red dot on you, take cover."

It's IBM - shouldn't that be a blue dot?

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

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Re: Lockheed-Martin...

And the associated bribery and conniving to flog it to other countries. Bad enough that it was a key factor that resulted in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices act. Makes you wonder what a desperate project might do behind closed doors these days.

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Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

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So we have the value in Terrorists, but...

There is an alternative measure for this magnitude of weaponry - the number of Arnold Schwarzenegger action characters. For 500 or so guns and a quarter of a million rounds of ammo, the value in Arnies would be around 1.

I was going to suggest using Chuck Norris - but there aren't that many guns in the world.

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SpaceShipTwo ready to slip the surly bonds of Earth for Virgin Galactic

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To the negative comments...

Commercial passenger space flight has to start somewhere, if only to develop the technology and evolve passenger confidence. What Virgin are doing is no different to the first fare paying aircraft passengers in the late 1900s/1910s - a quick spin around an airfield. It's not big, but it's a beginning.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: Paperless office - about as likely as the paperless loo.

But how do these Dutch manage to roll their own joints if they're paperless. Surely it gets a bit messy...

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Ah, that new 'baby' mainframe smell: IBM shows off z13s

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New baby smell.....

Most smells coming from babies are not particularly pleasant. It gets worse as they get older - I remember one of mine eating some fish based baby food and then came the projectile vom from Hell. And now they're teenagers. Filthy beggars....

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Can't upgrade, won't upgrade: Windows Mobile's user problem

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"iOS9 is supported on a 4S, which launched at the end of 2011." As part of Apple's long running an-update-too-far policy to force users off older kit by grinding them to a halt. Having seen what iOS 7.1.2 did to my iPhone 4 and iOS 4.2 did to an iPhone 3G, well Apple aren't the best example to use.

My fear is that Microsoft are getting pressurised into doing the same thing here - releasing Windows 10 for devices that don't suit it. A more sensible path would be to keep older, low-spec devices on the reliable 8.1 release and keep it maintained in parallel for, say 2-3 years. Who knows, may be an 8.2 release with some feature updates as they did with obsolete Windows Phone 7 when 8.0 came out. Certainly better than promising the Earth!

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: 30 year useful life; 300 year useless after-life

Average life expectancy of a wind turbine - 20-25 years. I wonder how long the reinforced concrete bases take to degrade? And these are about as useless.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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"Boeing don't seem to get cabin noise. Their machines are so much noisier than the Airbus equivalents." On Long haul, I'd agree. On the shorthaul though, I tend to find the 737 tends to be better than the A320 family. They do make some rather loud groans when they move flaps and landing gear. I'm reliably informed that heavy consumption of beer suppresses the noise experience...

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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I used to do quite a bit of work on NetFintiy and System X back in the day. If I remember right, late 90's/early 2000's would have been IBM NetFinity boxes with PII and PIII Xeons. In fact a quick Google found this amusing piece from El Reg - http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/11/04/ibm_ups_pc_server_price/

The x235 was around 2003 (http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/rep_ca/9/897/ENUS103-039/). For it's time, a beefy little tower that could certainly support the specs mentioned, though it's likely a P4 Xeon.

A few wires crossed methinks. Happens to me all the time. I blame senility and overdoing the coffee.

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Murderous necrophiliac kangaroo briefly wins nation's heart

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Fifty shades of sand...

This image is for those who think the exploits of Christian Grey aren't quite twisted enough. Combining necrophilia and bestiality in one photo....

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Hyatt says hackers took card data from 250 of its hotels

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Fortunately..

...I'm too poor to afford such a luxurious hotel. Sleeping under a bridge with cardboard and a paper bag wrapped bottle of anti-freeze class Vodka doesn't require a credit card.

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Turkish carder scores record 332-year jail term

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Doing serious porridge...

He'll be watching Captain Kirk's five year mission live from his prison cell. Well, the pile of bones in the corner will be.

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Intel lobs out new Core m3/m5 Compute Sticks, shouts 'Fetch!'

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Wait for the new ones to come out and snap up last year's model for a bargain - These are already around the £70 mark, so the new ones should squeeze them down further.

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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It'd be more convincing with the BSOD screen saver too.

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Apply online to go to Mars. No, seriously

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Re: I know that I would make..

Jeeves was tutting and shaking his head when you made this comment about the lower end of the working community, or how I like to put it 'the gene pool'. I believe he found that it somewhat offensive.

I, on the other hand, found it amusing - I nearly spat out my caviar and dropped my breakfast glass of Boërl & Kroff Brut.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

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Re: Wow

Which is why Windows is so big on the desktop. Android - the mobile equivalent of PC Windows. A Pyrrhic victory at best.

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Re: Could have been a winner...

"I've owned several Windows Phones and I see no evidence to suggest they're any faster or responsive than Android."

Generally, that's because the Android manufacturers have loaded the phones with bigger CPU and more RAM to compensate. My various experiences with Android lead me to feel that it's 'adequate, but fiddly and underwhelming'.

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Re: the main question is...

I too have the 1020. It's Achilles Heal is this lag - largely down to driving a monster camera through a less powerful CPU. Still, I've yet to find an Android phone or iPhone I'd trade it for - 'er indoors has an iPhone 6+ which is massively over priced and offers me nothing, while my kid's Samsung was flimsy and I find Android too much of a faff.

I'm interested in the 950XL, but I think I'm going to hold off for a while and see how things develop.

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"The strategy (to be fair, not only Microsoft but many Android vendors too): ship it - sell it - forget it." Actually, 7 phones got a final update (to 7.8) that bought most of the 8 features to handsets that otherwise lacked the grunt to run 8.

Of course, you could go the other way like Apple who are not above updating a product to destruction - with the oldest product receiving 'one last update' that tips it into unusable, as happened with the 3G and the 4.

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Short weekend break: Skegness or exoplanet HD 189733b?

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Re: Reasons for not going to Skegness

It's Skeg-Vegas - if you're a bumpkin from the East Midlands, then you're likely to suffer some form of PTSD related to the place.

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Nano-NAS market dives into the cloud

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Cloud data services....

Sorry, but I've yet to be 100% convinced about using cloud as a primary data store.

1 - Getting the data there and back on a home broadband connection is somewhat less than reliable or fast. My LAN is GbE, my broadband sadly is not.

2 - Broadband goes down, so does my data. My LAN might still work, but that don't matter if my data is all cloudy. I'm not sold on Chromebooks for a similar reason.

3 - I'm supposed to trust these folks with my data. It's not extenal hacks or physical theft that worries me, it's the vendor themselves. Cloud providers and there offerings come and go, sometimes at the drop of a hat. One steep pricing change and you need to move your stuff PDQ!

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ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report

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In other news....

Isis released a press release announcing that they were outsourcing their help desk function to a call centre in Bangalore. Staff were notified this morning, with half of them detonating in protest, the rest beheaded as part of cut backs.

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Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

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Re: Never fear

"Yes, WinCE (aka "wince") had a respectable presence, but nothing compared to Nokia and Blackberry."

Actually, when the early Windows Mobile based phones were launched (2003), Nokia was essentially limited to the Communicator - a great device, but vastly more expensive and not all that more capable. Blackberry made nice phones (everyone liked the keyboards) that did some internet and email, but in those days (to mid 2000s) was purely locked into Blackberry services - a vendor lock in that in many ways proved its undoing later on (Note that the iPhone and Android went down the MS path of native connectivity rather than a proxy solution).

In terms of the US market, a bit of Googling shows that in 2007 (according to this article - http://bgr.com/2011/12/13/apple-and-google-dominate-smartphone-space-while-other-vendors-scramble/), MS peaked at 42% of the US smartphone market (Compared to RIM at 35%, Symbian at 3% and the new Apple iPhone at 11%). This surprised me, but, of course, MS didn't adapt - This was the Windows Vista period remember. RIM briefly resurged, but the Apple and later Android juggernauts all but gobbled up the market after that. Quite fascinating - if MS had taken the market seriously, they might still be a serious player. A pity really - the market is somewhat lacking in choice these days, particularly at the low/mid end.

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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Re: Work In Process

Name me a desktop OS that is finished (ignoring those that get 'finished' through abandonment or those burned into hardware)?

All OS, whether distributions of Linux, OSX and Windows remain largely unfinished. The earlier they are in their release cycle, the more issues crop up. I'm not saying Windows is perfect, but over the last 20 years, I've yet to find a completely flawless OS.

Perpetual fixes for bugs - ah, you mean patches. So these don't exist outside of Windows either? And as for phones, well, do we really need to go into flaws and bugs in Android or iOS, let alone Windows Phone/Mobile/Telex/Fax...?

The more features and twiddly bits people want, the more complexity rises and the greater the risk of faults creep in. Unless you want a really small, functionally hobbled install (which can really only be achieved with Linux), then its an inevitable evil.

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Damn! Where's that in the start menu? Or do you have to use a seductive voice and ask Cortana nicely?

TELL ME! NOW!!!!!

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US military readies drone submarine hunter

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Re: Skynet

I, for one, welcome our slightly damp naval Overlords.

Complete with Blue Squid of Death.

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Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

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Extreme solution

Instant termination on being found guilty of a crime. Any crime.

No prisoners = no prisons = no drone problem.

Problem solved!

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Re: Kaboom

"If a rare bird gets accidentally downed by one" - let me make that more accurate - "if a rare bird gets accidentally turned into red mist by one"

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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I've not watched it yet...

..but will it ever beat the accuracy and acting talent of the BBC classic 'Bugs'?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugs_(TV_series)

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Ever been burned by a bad IT decision? Of course you have!

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Not holding a grudge but...

I did once buy an Orchid Soundwave 32 SCSI sound card. When Microsoft released Windows 95, Orchid refused to release drivers for it saying that they only supported their new Orchid NuSound board. What a con!

I'm not bitter....

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