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COW a-BUNG HER, dude! 'Secret Santa' Bill Gates buys lass a HEIFER

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Re: Hate him but...

Bill Gates is rather a good (but not unique) example of why there is no such thing as making an "appalling amount of money". The only appalling thing is doing nothing with it once you have it.

I'd sooner see Bill make effective use of billions of dollars rather than teams of civil servants squander it as is usually the case.

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Microsoft admits: We WON'T pick the next Steve Ballmer this year

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I'll have a go.

I'm cheaper than Balmer and a little less volatile.

oh, and I'd give you a Start menu.

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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"And Cameron and Osborne are right fucking Einsteins aren't they?"

Not genius, certainly not popular, but you can't deny the fact that they've gotten the country through a recession compounded by Labour ineptness without resorting to the usual socialist panic spend, spend, spend (regardless of whether you have the money) approach.

Remember - Labour bailed the banks out.

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Marketing told us: 'Justin Bieber is a fad. He’s not going to last.' – Company formerly known as RIM

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Re: So, do we still think

I'm scared. My Dad dancing might be considered a WMD and I might get shipped to Gitmo!

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Re: Reminds me of Mary Antoinette

Mmmmm... Brioche....

Thick butter and jam on brioche. Warm summer mornings sitting outside a cafe. Attractive ladies walking by....

Ah, c'est la vie.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: dont forget

I hate to rub this in, but my brother had the Falcon and I had the AT-AT. Both were awesome and one of my biggest regrets was getting rid of them!

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Re: FX570 was a superb calculator

I had an fx-7000g, one of the first (if not the first) graphing calculators. I picked it up through school while in 6th form and got an fx-7700g on a trade-in a year later.

the latter is still working twenty odd years later.

They don't build them like they used to.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...

How about some form of GPS jammer or spoofer? Most of these sort of drones are likely to be quite dependent on GPS.

Otherwise, live somewhere high up and windy. That'll make it tricky for them nasty little quad-copter courier drones.

Failing that, nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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Re: Low power PC

You won't get RAID protection (except software based), your power consumption will be noticeably higher, but it'll be more powerful. However, just how powerful you actually need depends on what you're going to do with it.

I have a DS213 and it quite happily runs a DLNA server, ebook library, backup target for Apple time machine and file sharing. Sure, a Mac mini might do the same, but it's a bit overkill for my taste.

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And you'll need the cash back to compensate for the higher power consumption.

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Recommendations for private cloud software...

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VMware Horizon Workspace

The file sharing functionality is most of the way to what you're after.

Better get the cheque book out though.....

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I dived deep into the VMware community. Here's what I found...

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There's some gain in Hyper-V adoption, sure. Widespread is still something of a stretch - maybe in SME, and a smattering of public sector, but above that, VMware still has a lot of traction.

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PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate

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It's Friday and I'm bored...

The house at the end of George Road needs a large fountain to complete the image. Perhaps some nice big bushes around the periphery of Edward road and Yeoman Cottages too.

"Homes under the Hammer" takes on eye-watering connotations.

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Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

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Badly misread headline...

I nearly spat out my coffee when I misread the headline as "PS4 tries to turn it's enemy into an X-BOY". Sony in the sex-change market?

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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

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"Why is it alway Arnold that presides over these cases?"

Its efficient, dear boy. It means the studios etc only have to lean on/ wine and dine one judge.

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POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

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Re: where there's a will

"AFAIK none of the proposed fusion reactors are clean"

That's alright, no power source is clean. Those rare-earth materials you need to make wind turbines even nearly efficient aren't exactly a clean source (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/aug/07/china-rare-earth-village-pollution) and neither are the massive amounts of concrete poured across huge swathes of the countryside to keep them rooted into the ground.

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How to relieve Microsoft's Surface RT piles problem

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Re: Shills

You lost me at "tech savvvy consumers". I know quite a few (none of whom would use such marketing drone speak to describe themselves) very clever people who happily and enthusiastically use Microsoft products over alternatives for very rational reasons.

Let's take a look at Xbox. Not exactly a failure. I do believe they've sold quite a few and they aren't nearly as disreputable on the DRM front as Sony. Windows Phone? The Nokia line up is solid, with growing sales while the OS is much leaner than Android and has more flare than iOS. So what that the App store isn't as big - 250,000 fart apps, Angry Birds rip-off and obscure social apps isn't anything to be proud of.

I think Surface is probably the only one I can agree on. This was a bad misstep. They should have scaled up Windows Phone OS, not scaled down Windows 8. An already large x86 ecosystem on one side and a shared ARM derived eco-system (for phones and smaller tablets) makes more sense than three separate ecosystems, where MS have ended up.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Re: Too much of a reliance on MS to do basic tasks for my liking.

And this is becoming a common trend, even beyond Microsoft. Look at OSX and its increasingly tight integration with iCloud. The crown benchmark of this has got to be The Great Ad-Monger's Chromebook - it hinges on Google's cloud services by design.

If you don't like it, stick to Windows 7 or something else like Linux.

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LG G Flex: A new cheeky curvy mobe with a 'SELF-HEALING' bottom

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Self Healing Bottom?

Does this mean it comes with built-in Preparation H? The ultimate phone feature!

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NASA, start your torrents: 622 Mbps broadband link FOUND ON MOON

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Lunatic Gamers

Finally, the secret space Nazis hidden on the moon can do some online gaming..... Oh no, the latency! Back to the backgammon board....

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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Re: And now the world waits...

Poor argument. It's only free in the same way as a Windows Service Pack is free (or Windows 8.1 is free if you have 8).

Apple's licensing means you have to run OSX on Apple hardware -it's even more restrictive than Microsoft. Even trying to run it legitimately in a VM is only allowed if the VM is on a Mac. Therefore, to get your 'free' OSX, you have to buy a Mac with OSX.

While Microsoft may have/had questionable policies regarding OEMs and Windows licensing, at least you can pick and choose your iron (or even build your own).

While I'm not a Linux or BSD fan (purely a personal preference for Windows), it does have to be said that this is the only place you can truly pick up a free OS.

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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Re: Why don't you.....

Welcome to the Register. You will never find a place so full of narrow minded folk anywhere else, except for the Daily Mail. The key difference is that while the Daily Fail readers are all generally of the same mind, here you're guarantied to upset someone, be they a Microsofty, Fandroid, Mactard or something else.

RT is a reasonable, if flawed, concept for MS. They would have been better off scaling WinPhone up rather than Windows 8 down. Both of these products might have gained more from it. As an iPad owner already, I'm not in the market, but I'd have considered it, in the same way as I looked at phones recently and bought Nokia.

Some people do look beyond prejudices and pick what suits their needs.

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Now that's real science: CYBORG MONKEYS with PROSTHETIC ARMS

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Re: I for one welcome our new cyborg overlords

I seem to recall New York looking a little more.... 'Rural' in Planet of the Apes.

I'm sure the Green lobby might be happy, whilst under the whip of Cyborg Gorilla Warriors (TM).

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

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I agree....

But the stain resistant iShag carpet referred to earlier might....

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

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Re: So...

"Eflop was only allowed to fiddle with his Nokia"

I've heard it called many things, but not a Nokia. He wants to be careful though. If he fiddles with his Nokia too much he might go blind!

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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Re: Sad loss

The films generally murder the books, with the exception of Hunt for Red October that at least tried to stick to the story.

I still come back to Red Storm Rising from time to time.

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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But even the turd (as you call it) is still better than the latest abomination from Ubuntu. I guess if 8 is a turd, then Unity is the morning after a seriously strong curry and too much beer.

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

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Re: Biggest change

And everything on an Android handset defaults to the Info-snatchers, and everything on a Windows Mobile defaults to the evil Empire. Apple don't have a search engine of their own, so they'll default to whoever upsets them least (hence today, it's Bing).

Note the heavy handed use of the word DEFAULT? You can change it....

Oh, and in other news, the Pope defaults to Catholic.

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Re: As cheap as a Porsche

"The 5s is an average phone with a small screen, an outdated OS, no nfc"

Ok, I'll go with overpriced, but size of screen? No, I don't want a Jumbotron in my pocket. Outdated OS? No worse than Droid - in fact, moving to 64-bit and a glossed up GUI is hardly obsolescence or lack of development. No NFC is hardly a big thing in the same way as a finger-print scanner isn't a game changer.

I like the Porsche analogy though. You might be onto something with respect to the perception of cheap.

Porsche had a classic high end sports car in the 911, but they still built 'cheaper' models, such as the 924 and the Boxster. The point being that 'cheap' is relative. If you expected Apple to release a proper low end bargain-bin smartphone, then you may as well expect Porsche to bring out their own Ford Fiesta.

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@ Ross K

"What a fucking moron..."

Wow, what a pleasant guy you are.

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Rule of thumb.....

When your employer refers to you as a resource, rather than as a person, it's time to run.

In the good old days, HR was called Personnel and tended to be far more competent.

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Re: He's right.

While his technical opinion might be valid, his comment was tasteless and out of order, so wiping out any moral high-ground he might have been trying for.

For someone of an esteemed background to lower himself to the gutter level, I find it disappointing and childish.

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We made the iPhones, now we want OUR 'UNPAID' WAGES – student Pegatron toilers

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Joke

Baah! Humbug!

From - Management

To - HR(Human Refuseniks), Security

Subject - Troublemaking student comrades...

Give them a free iPhone each from the seconds bin and then get security to kick the militants out of the building, ensuring that they 'accidentally trip on the stairs' on the way out. Several times.

Remember to creatively fill out the Health and Safety forms and show the limp wristed CLW fools around the theatre set again.

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Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

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I remember this....

I came across this a couple of years ago during a discussion with a chap from Microsoft. I recall there being a split opinion in Microsoft with how to deal with X-as-a-service cloud licensing.

On one side, you had the grown-ups in the server side who were more than happy to work in a multi-tenancy scenario, which is why Server licensing isn't (generally) a problem, and you can run server OS in this fashion.

The client side were taking this stubborn stance of licenses are part of the assigned tin, which in turn must be owned by the user (or user's business, by extension). As I recall, you have to be careful of Office licensing too for the same reason. A ridiculous, and in the long-term, an untenable position largely born out of trying (vainly) to maintain some semblance of control while selling as many licenses as possible. In other words - the end-user side just doesn't 'get it'.

It's either 'the fall of the Roman Empire' or death by a thousand cuts. Neither seem a good idea.

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Don't bother competing with ViPR, NetApp - it's not actually that relevant

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As opposed to trying to layer an Elastoplast layer to try and make EMC's product range look like a unified solution (like VNX)? Or perhaps the terrible SMB implementation on Isilon?

Sorry, but your ignorance betrays your lack of knowledge and experience of OnTap. It works, and works well because of its relatively simple architecture. Oh, and snapshots work fine (and not just for NetApp - ask Dell, HP, Amazon and others).

You argue single point of failure, I'd argue less to go wrong - and having been on the sharp end of both, believe me - at 2am, OnTap is easier to get up and running.

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South Carolina couple cop cuffing for shed shag

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Missing a trick...

The shop should charge hotel room rates (by the hour, of course...).

On a separate point, I bet it wasn't one of the cheaper sheds, otherwise they would have been lucky if the damn thing hadn't collapsed around them (in which case the guy's one-eyed bishop would've been truly exposed).

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: This will stir up the interest in BlackBerry as well, I bet...

No hardware manufacturer will buy RIM for the hardware when they're already making their own (and in most cases better). What everyone wants from RIM is the patent portfolio and to some extent software.

On this basis, while the odds have gone down, Microsoft are still probably in the running. I'd agree Lenovo are favourites though - it sounds like they lost Nokia, but are probably still in the market.

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Picture Ballmer in a big chair, stroking a cat....

"Well done, Elop. Mission accomplished."

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Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020

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Call me uneasy...

If we're moving towards a driverless era (which is a shame - I still enjoy driving), I'd imagine that we're going to go through a dangerous interim first.

We're talking about first/second generation commercialised technology sharing the road with somewhat more meat-derived drivers. Not only is the tech rather new (I'm sure it's been well tested, but....), but these robocars are sharing the road with some great fellow road users.

How about 18 year old Daz in his 10 year old Corsa with lowered suspension, a fart exhaust and a stereo worth more than the car? He's out wid 'is mates, innit? Showing how fast he can drive, darting in and out of traffic. Can our silicon miracle judge the way this guy is driving and keep out of his way?

Or then there's 80 year old Enid in her Fiesta. She's driven (to the shops) for fifty years and never had an accident. She forgets where the indicators are and sometimes stops a bit sharply when she panics as she nearly misses her turn or doesn't see the traffic until the last minute. She'd be the ideal buyer for robocar, but convincing her might be a challenge (she still uses cheques...).

I'm not opposed to self driving vehicles, but I don't think the short term is going to be straight forward and 100% safe.

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

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Why do I keep humming....

Ding Dong the witch is dead.

He ain't gone yet.

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

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Re: Nooooooo

Zen.exe has caused a General Protection Fault....

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Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

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Re: Energy Deception

Nice bit of xenophobia there. You might be interested in the Daily Mail....

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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I was going to compare this to The Matrix...

But at least the first one was a decent film.

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Re: After watching the start ....

The only way you could improve Howard the Duck would be to include Jar Jar Binks.

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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Spoon holder...

My wife has a spoon holder. A nasty cheap plastic affair. I know this as I melted one side of it by leaving the thing too near the hob. The smell of burning plastic ruined the glorious smell of fried bacon.....

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Been hacked? Don't dial 999: The plods are too dense, sniffs sec bigwig

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Modern policing...

"Historically, the police have always been a force that acts after a crime"

An accurate statement, noting the "historical" point. Modern policing seems to seldom act, even after a crime has taken place. In most cases where they do act, what happens is half-hearted lip-service or lacking competence.

Some of it is understandable - why bother taking a scumbag through the legal system of sharp lawyers (and the perps themselves) playing the system, only to be faced by soft-hearted liberal judges who (sometimes)hand out soft sentences in soft prisons, or nonsense 'suspended' sentences?

Catching international criminals? Don't make me laugh.

Catching international cyber-criminals? Not a chance.

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Re: El Reg security credibility?

VHS.

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Tablets? Check. Mobes? Check. What's next, Apple? Fondlable CARS

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The car.....

.... Now reduced to mobile phone accessory.

Oh dear.

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Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone

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Re: If it's easy *anyone* can do it.

Oh dear. Droid conformist fanboy time.....

Innovation only happens when different things are tried. At the moment, as flawed as it might be, WinPho is a heck of a lot fresher than iOS or 'Droid and gives Nokia another differentiator against the Apple & Samsung corporate juggernauts.

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'Clippy' coup felled by Microsoft twitterati

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Re: Clippy for CEO!

If Clippy bought back a proper Windows 8 Start Menu, I'm sure he'd win a few friends...

Personally, I don't care.

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