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Hands-on with Ubuntu's rudimentary phone and tablet OS

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Re: With a PC it is generally straight forward to replace the OS

"You're really not up to speed on Secure Boot, are you?"

And you're still missing the point. I'm talking about breaking away from the old monolythic attitude that phone manyfacturers have of tying a particular hardware to particular OS. I'm not talking deep-dive technical, more philosophy. And besides, SecureBoot (if implemented properly) needn't be an impediment to this.

But don't worry your pretty little head with such matters if it's all a little too conceptual for you.

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It's all very well seeing new OS for phones but...

...the issue of being locked in gets in the way. The issue is not dissimilar to PCs only being shipped with Windows (upsetting Eadon and co for example), only even more complex.

With a PC it is generally straight forward to replace the OS. With smartphones, in spite of very similar architectures to each other, replacing the OS is near impossible for the man on the street. The manufacturers compound this by insisting that a specific handset is tied to an OS - look at HTC who offer a specific design for a Windows phone and another for Android.

I'd like to see manufacturers offer a range of handsets from cheap to top end with a choice of OS and the ability to change the OS in a relatively simple manner. Obviously, you wouldn't get Apple on board, but it's in the interests of Microsoft as they haven't made the inroads they would like and it broadens their potential market, while it also opens the field to Linux derivatives who can enter the market place without needing to develop hardware. If the datamongers at Google are as open and nice as they claim, they too would be able to jump on board. Heck, even Blackberry might be able to clutch a straw.

Now that's what I call an open architecture that might drive some innovation in an otherwise stagnant space.

We can but wish. I see the porcine community donning jet packs as we speak....

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US woman cuffed for 'booking strippers for 16th birthday bash'

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Hmmmm.....

Most 16 year olds have seen far more on paper/screen anyway and have the Kleenex to prove it.

"The firm suggested the matter had been "blown out of proportion". "

I'm sure the lad in question wishes this was case....

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VMware sharpens axe for PCs: Horizon boxset brings Windows to iPads

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Re: Oh VMware

You rather miss the point. You do realise that this is actually about accessing a remote virtual desktop (View), rather than actually running Windows on an iPad?

This is about the ability to access applications and data regardless of platform and (believe it or not) has its uses. It obviously isn't that bad an idea - VMware aren't the only ones who do this, such as Citrix.

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Nature pulls ‘North Korean radioactivity’ story

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Re: Worlds most handsome man...

He's a North Korean who farts Xenon-133?

I bet he's a bit sore. You wouldn't want to be in a confined space with him either.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

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Re: @jason 7

Something pretty to log onto.

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Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month

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Re: Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month....

But if the droop continues, will Wang find himself hung out to dry? I mean, if things get that bad, Acer may see Wang as well hung.

Sorry. I couldn't resist.

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iPad? Pah. Behold the EYEPAD, patented by Sony for the 'PS4'

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You know those edges.....

..... Do they have corners? I'm sure someone has the exclusive patent for those....

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Does this mean...

... The Return of The Rise of The Machines?

More stories of machine/user failures looking like evil acts by possessed technology always welcome!

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

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Time to....

Syphon the python over these clowns...

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Tesla's Elon Musk v The New York Times, Round 2

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Foolish response.

I'm not especially a fan of electric cars - the poor range characteristics and cost being my issue (just doesn't suit my usage). However, I think Musk has rather fallen into a common mistake when handling reviews - he keeps giving them the oxygen of publicity with his rants (right or wrong). He's being a tad over-sensitive, which betrays one of a number of flaws. He's either lacking in faith in his investment and over-compensating, or overly protective of 'his baby' and doing likewise. Either way, he needs better anger management. This is the press he's dealing with and they tend to be a little prone to dramatisation for a good story (look at media coverage on global warming for that - probably done the cause more harm than good).

History is littered with similar examples of overreaction - the Peter Wright book Spycatcher wouldn't have sold in as big numbers had the UK government simply ignored it. Likewise, the Satanic Verses. People are more cynical these days. They aren't as lead by individual reviews as they once were. Musk should take a lesson from other car manufacturers - odd bad reviews happen, just don't feed the troll.

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Journo says Elon Musk apologized for Tesla battery fiasco

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Re: Basically still not "Fit For Purpose" as a replacement for Petrol/Deisel

Agreed. As pointed out earlier, until batteries are capable of reliably holding sufficient power (regardless of weather) to cover 400+ miles (and to really compete, you're looking more like 600+) and can top up in five minutes to at least 80% of that, then forget it.

There are many occupations that require such range on a car on a daily basis, ignoring daily commuters. Sales types, field engineers and taxi drivers spring to mind.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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WARNING - Sexist remark - WARNING

"And he also can pull nice looking birds as a result."

Nothing wrong with that. If you've got it, flaunt it.

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Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

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Re: MS did not even cover pre-orders in some cases, so they could say "SOLD OUT"

Maybe MS were listening to Eadon's constant rants about MICROSOFT FAIL and decided not to produce too many Surface PROs, expecting it to fail.

They now, of course, have learned that Eadon has a bit of a hair-trigger temper and a tendency to over-react where anything not Google is concerned....

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Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

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Start of a new range....

Perhaps this opens up a whole new range of underworld options...

- Seedy strip joint, complete with pole-dancers and dodgy drug dealer type.

- Prison set, complete with over crowded cells - BUY NOW - comes with Prison riot expansion!

- Crime Boss set - Swanky office with Big Boss at desk with white furry cat. Complete with a set of heavies working over a snitch.

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Big Windows updates may ship this summer – and every summer

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Re: Rumour has it...

Macs are stale, not really moving forward for a while, besides the odd under the hood tweak. They may not be successful every time, but at least MS are trying.

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Re: Big updates?

Don't be silly! That'll never work ;-)

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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Playing Devils advocate...

Lets say his rampant belief in fairy tales is rational and assume that these deities are at work.

Rather than assuming that this is the devils work him being given the magic number for the Australian fuzz, perhaps it is Satan's opposite number trying to either send a message or prank the poor sod.

After all, we know his holiest has a great sense of humour (e.g. earthquakes, tsunamis, promoting religious fundamentalism, the X Factor etc...)

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Wind now cheaper than coal in Oz: Bloomberg

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Re: Other impacts !?

Bird strikes are negligible? I suppose it depends on your perspective. Check this out http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8807761/wind-farms-vs-wildlife/

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Microsoft's Surface Pro team takes on Reddit to finesse fondleslab

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Re: MS Surface pro FAIL

Yawn. Here goes....

Mac UI -> Windows UI - so Windows 8 is a copy of Mac? Wow, that's a different take. But don't worry, they all ripped of the WIMP approach from Xerox. FAIL

ARM -> ARM - no, MS buy it in like everyone else, either from a licensee or as a license to produce themselves. FAIL

Make hardware -> make hardware - Xbox, mice etc have been pretty good products, not to mention profitable and MS foing hardware is nothing new. FAIL

iPod -> Zune - I'll give you that one ;-)

iPad -> Surface - like all the Android tablets too. FAIL

App Store -> Microsoft Store - No different to Google. Hell, there have been other app stores on the Windows platform for years - Steam and Intel's spring to mind. FAIL

iPhone -> Win Pho 7/8 - it might be rubbish, but Windows Phone (Pocket PC 2002) goes back further than the iPhone (2007), so.... FAIL

Go after the high end -> Go after the high end - MS have always covered all markets - different offerings for XBox, Windows editions (before 8). And why, pray, is this a problem? FAIL

Apple retail stores -> Microsoft Retail Stores

etc. - Another one I'll give you - can't really see the point.

Microsoft also copy Google, Sony and a plethora of others too, the copying is irrefutable. - And they do likewise. GMail copies hotmail, for example. Android copies iOS in many ways (and vice versa). That's the cost of competing. FAIL

Nice try, no cigar.

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Re: Other operating systems @Eadon

Oh, that's right, it's rectangular, therefore has corners, ergo, they've copied Apple.

And it isn't running Chrome or Android and is automatically rubbish.

Yawn.

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China is world's most malware-ridden nation

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Re: Malware

It's a classic numbers game - if you're going to put effort into writing malware, you write it for platforms that have a high head count relative to effort. In the past, this was exclusively Windows as MS had the market stitched up.

As times move on and mobile platforms as well as Apple's OSX gained traction, these get attacked.

OS that are prevalent in home user kit is also a more likely to be attacked - it's amazing how many machines with no (or expired Symantec etc) there are. Corporates tend to be better protected, so require more effort. As Linux in the end-user context is not too common (not to mention has more forks than my mums cutlery set), it's not worth the effort at the moment, ergo no virii.

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US military advisor calls for McKinnon pardon, recruitment of "master hackers"

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Re: Master Hackers get $10,000 an hour

" tempt him over to the dark side (of the pond) with offers of SQUEEEEEEEELIONS of dollars"

That's what the villain in Die Hard 4 did. Worked out well for those 'hackers' too....

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Kirk to beam up chat with ISS astronaut on Thursday

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Re: Redshirts

I didn't know the Tholian Web episode was such a redshirt slaughter! With that body count, Arnie or Stallone would be proud!

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BlackBerry: Aaah, Microsoft, we meet again.. for another deathmatch

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Re: @Lord Elpuss and the article

So perhaps iOS and Android is perhaps a better description - but as iOS is strictly an Apple product, saying Apple & Android is (just about) excusable.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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Re: There is a simple fix

I have to agree. I have no problem with a product failing when someone throws something at it that it isn't designed for - so if it was designed to run Windows (and just Windows), and they're clear about this, then bricking it with A.N.Other OS is not Sammy's fault.

However, as dear old Sammy then offered code that is supposed to support this functionality on a given product, then they're in the wrong. I wonder if they put a disclaimer with the code to cover them on this....?

In other words, Sammy should've offered no code rather than dangerous code.

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Microsoft's Dell billions have Windows 8 strings attached

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Re: I agree with dogged

So not too far than Google's approach of making the customer the commodity, selling any data harvested on them to the highest bidder?

Keep'em coming Eadon - why bore everyone with moderation when rabid, unfounded rants will do?

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

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You want portable?

How about an ultrabook? A quick look at John Lewis (not a massively cheap outlet) will flog you a HP Envy Touchsmart i5 box with 8GB ram, 500GB HDD and a 32GB SSD for £800 all in. Go for a tailend Windows 7 ultrabook from an Amazon/eBay disposal store and you'd get an even better bargain.

Hell, a MacBook Air isn't much pricier than one of these iPads.

I like the iPad, but not at these prices.

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New slicker Shylock Trojan hooks into Skype

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And they're stopping Messenger?

When Messenger goes, I think I'll give Skype a miss.

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Google denies smacking Botswanan ass

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The Google-driver thought he saw a tunnel.....

.... but it turned out to be an ass hole....

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How to build a perfect private cloud with Windows Server 2012

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Re: Windows is the wrong tool for the job

"A professional solution architect that knows what he is doing will use a Linux / hadoop / Open stack architecture."

Let me correct you. A professional solution architect that knows what he is doing will make an assessment of the technology to be used based upon the requirements of the solution, balanced against available options in the market place.

In other words, only bring bias to the table if you work for a vendor/reseller with a vested interest. A Linux bias is no better than an MS bias and would do a customer an equal disservice.

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Nokia: Ship's now stable, all we need is passengers

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Eadon the Google mouthpiece...

Do they have you on retainer? You really should ask.

Most people don't give a crap what platform it is so long as they can talk/message/photo/browse and play a few games and listen/watch some media. So long as the platform performs adequately and is attractive to use (and WinMo does both at least as well as Droid), then that's a start. This is doubly so at the low/medium end, including the third world.

Only fanboys such as yourself who are so blinkered one way or another get so obsessed. Still, keep trying, maybe Google will send you a nice letter and a badge.

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook

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@ the-it-slayer

While the Jobs argument is valid enough on vertical screens, the problem there is completely unrelated to the software, but rather in the hardware vendor implementations - so while on an iMac, touch would be bad, on a Macbook, it would be slightly better and a tablet better still.

This, of course, is not Microsoft's problem, more the hardware vendors not being terribly imaginative. Of late, there have been some attempts to innovate here, such as the Yoga, and (for those who don't want to waddle with Penguins or eat the Apple), Microsoft, with 8, finally have a tablet interface that is pretty friendly. To balance that last comment though, I do agree with a comment made earlier - this doesn't mean that Microsoft should be applauded for making the user suffer when using a keyboard and mouse. A simple option 'Touch or Mouse' would have been marvellous - perhaps with driver support so if you convert a laptop to tablet it switches. Perhaps Win8 SP1...?

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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Re: Win Pho - 1/10

Ugly UI - yet to see a 'droid that impresses or isn't an iPhone rip-off. The iPhone is looking tired too (and I'm a tired iPhone user).

Insecure OS - Android is worse by virtue of the mis-use of appstores and social engineering. But you're somewhat bias against MS, so a little blinded by stereotypes of the desktop OS.

Closed, walled garden - one of the reasons why Android is less secure. Closed architecture has strength in security that open can never have. It's a choice of flexibility vs. security/reliability - there's no right or wrong answer here.

People haven't bought into WinMo as it was too late to the party. With iOS (with a competent but unevolving product) and Android (passable, but I'm not a Goigle fan and theres too many crap handsets out there for each decent one) both very established, squeezing out older platforms like Symbian and BlackBerry, MS were always likely to have a tough time in this market.

Keep ranting though - great comedy value.

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

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Re: Difficult to see

"Windows is no match, on servers it's just a toy that needs rebooting all the time, requires anti-virus, doesn't scale and is generally poor at file and memory management."

You do know that we aren't in the '90s talking about NT here? If I wanted to slag Linux off with old stereotypes, I'd bleat about poor driver support and the need to recompile the OS for any minor rubbish, but I'd be wrong to do so.

If you run a file server of any OS without antivirus, you get what you deserve (infected clients most likely....)

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Don't shoot the Windows Live Messenger, cry IM users

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I have to agree...

The later versions had some nice features, but of late it had become too unwieldy, full of 'look what we can do' adverts using too much screen estate.

Still better than the flakeware called Skype.

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Lenovo proclaims PC victory, re-orgs to take on Apple

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Give'em a break!

"A Think-branded business unit's chance of taking on Apple seem slim."

The Think brand is their strongest hand. To those with the knowledge, it has some pedigree. To those who don't, but do their research, they'll pick up on this.

In these days when people foam at the mouth for a pretty badge and something that looks nice, Lenovo have to start somewhere and the Think brand is a good place. Also, they need to set an objective - with Apple and HP being obvious ones. To set anything 'less' would be limp-wristed.

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Eric Schmidt's Norks outing poorly timed, tuts US govt

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"Poorly timed"

Was this the date the USAF were planning to roll the bombers in....? Bad PR accidently dropping a Mk 82 on Mr Schmidt's entourage....

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NYC mayor pins crime rate spike on iPhone, iPad theft

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Re: Just ban Apple products

Conversely, force an Apple monopoly and set up OffApple to set Apple prices at a level that even a Blackberry buyer can afford.

You destroy the fashionable argument, but I suppose the downside is eventually 100% of stolen phones are Apple. Damn you, statistics!

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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Re: Diamonds?

Oh, you can get a diamond encrusted Air if you want something bling....

http://stuarthughes.com/newdawn/product_info.php?products_id=83

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

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Re: Published data

As opposed to the Union funded so-called think tanks, such as the Fabians or Compass, looking after their own self-interest and trying to justify their own jaded idea of utopia?

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Re: One or the other

It always amuses when people use the word 'fair'. You could say 'fair' is in the eye of the beholder.

For example, you can make tax 'fair' by rationalising it down to a page or two saying that everyone who has an interest in this country (work, residence, investments) pays a given rate on income above (for example) minimum wage), no exceptions or loopholes. Trouble is, you'd never get such a scheme through the politicians. A complex system works well for either side of the political spectrum - on the right, you look after the tax accountants and lawyers, while the left needs to keep plenty of union dues flowing by justifying lots of tax office workers as well as the need to be seen punishing the rich.

As for 'fair distribution', this is even more dodgy to define. Someone who has been able to acquire and exploit a particular (or unique or rare) skill should be rewarded by having more of a share of wealth than someone who won't/can't or has less valuable skills. Is it 'fair' to punish success? To those who aspire to the idea of a 'fair distribution' of the wealth, the answer is yes - after all, it's apparently 'fair' to reduce everyone to the lowest common denominator.

At the end of the day 'fair' is an illusion - life wasn't fair to the dinosaurs, the dodo or the cart builders and lamplighters, but c'est la vie.

Of course, this may not be a popular view, but I'm not fussed - after all, who said life was fair?

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Ten… top tech cock-ups of 2012

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Meh.

You could equally substitute Google here (blatant info peddlers that are as bad as FB for reducing their customers to being the product), except the Emperor's new clothes still look fine to the Droid drones, even if they are surprisingly similar to Apple's cut.

Once upon a time, I'd have said MS could fit in too, but they fall down on the last point - were they ever actually cool?

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Lego quad-copter: your ultimate drone nightmare

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'Legos'

Just what my Granddad used to call it. And given I got most of my Lego at Christmas, an appropriate memory.

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Valve hauls down The War Z, offers refunds

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Re: sadly

To be fair (and I'd say this applies to all app stores), 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' - I'd sooner a store owner makes sure that it runs and isn't a dodgy dialler than say whether its fun or not - that's what comments are for (and some of those rants are waaaay better value than the games).

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VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

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Re: Commercial 'qualifications'

To technical people, yes, to an extent you're right. There are quite a few book/bootcamp MCSEs out there proving that.

However, there are quite a few HR drones, bean-counters and under-qualified IT managers (emphasis on 'manager') who do attribute value to those pieces of paper and that value can transfer to a tastier contract.

Not to mention that I find vendor multiple-choice exams strangely therapeutic.

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Shh! Proxima Centauri can hear us!

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Re: 4 years from now

And we shall send our awesome army - the X-Factor contestants. They will hit them with the mighty sword of talent!

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NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

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Re: Thanks for not mis-calling it the 'dark' side of the Moon...

Maybe it does have a dark side and it just isn't saying.

I mean, Jimmy Saville had a dark side, didn't he? Maybe the moon has all sorts of dark stuff. Maybe a secret space-nazi base...?

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

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Re: Don't be evil!

"We don't have to let Google do business in the UK. Booting them out might even help local startups."

An interesting one. Short of Chinese or Iranian style measures, how do you propose you do that? I'd expect such ill-thought ideas in the Mail, not on the enlightened El-Reg.

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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

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Re: Rootable? You'd hope so!

"If I buy something, it's mine. I can use it as bought, or I can mod it, or I can plant tomatoes in it. It's none of your or anyone elses' goddamn business."

True, but then there's the tinkering that leads the manufacturer opens to legal action when the idiot user tries watering his tomatoes. Not to mention the warranty claim when the TV won't show Eastenders any more because the tomato plant has cracked the panel.

Manufacturers design a product to do a job. It's their choice to design and implement it how they wish in the same way it is your choice not to buy it. If they lock it down to prevent uses for which it wasn't designed, that could lead them to be open to legal action for *not* preventing misuse, I can't blame them.

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