* Posts by Al Black

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

Al Black

Re: more?

Yes: Mobiles at school could be MAKING YORE KID MORE DUMBERER!

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Post-PC era? Surely you're joking, says Lenovo as computers fly out of door

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Re: captain obvious here

Precisely!

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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Re: @ Flocke Kroes

I agree with you that AGW is a busted theory, but this has very little to do with multiple Quasars!

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Australian opposition floats startups-and-STEM stimulus plan

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Bill Shorten is at least 30 years behind the times, and so economical with the truth that his nick-name is "Bull Shitten!" Training kids to cut code when all these jobs will be outsourced to India, Vietnam and China is a waste of tax-payer's money. We should be teaching our kids how to think, and to solve problems: those skills never go out of date.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Not really equivalent

Protector - Larry Niven.

If you haven't read this you are a cultural illiterate.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Linux

Re: Allocation mismatch.

Pedant!

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Linux

Re: Kaysh

We say KAYSH downunda too, but we do have the odd bogan who says cachet or cash, just as you do!

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Forget Nokia: Finland's promising future is to be server central

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Linux

Byzantine

Werdsmith gave the most common usage, which is fair enough.

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

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Who are we?

Who are we? Huawei!

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Stop climate change by drinking Coca-Cola says Oz government

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Carbon sequestration?

Carbon sequestration?

1) Cut down big trees and build houses out of them. Carbon is locked away for hundreds of years.

2) Then plant new, fast growing trees which thrive in high CO2 environments and lock away more carbon in wood.

3) When trees grow, Repeat 1) and 2).

Simple.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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It isn't stupidly targeted: they have money!

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Becoming Steve Jobs biography: ‘Much of it was chutzpah and self delusion’

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Re: What's the fascination?

Adolf Hitler did win power in a democratic election, and it is nonsense to say he "never got the "popular vote" in Germany: he won by a landslide and was hugely popular right through till the end of the War. people forget that Hitler was a Socialist with a very popular range of spending policies to rebuild the German economy. The National Socialist party was the German Workers' party and on paper, was very similar to the Australian Labor Party of today. The main difference was the ALP plans to borrow money to bribe voters and leave it for our grandchildren to pay back: Hitler planned to steal the money back by invading any country he owed money to!

Having said that, comparing Steve Jobs or "the Israeli government to day" to Adolf Hitler is facile nonsense.

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'What don't we want? Robots. When don't we want them? Ever.' Anti-droid hipsters hit SXSW

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You clearly missed the point that the whole "protest" was a marketing gimmick for a dating site. So far there are only a very few people seriously concerned about the rise of Artificial Intelligence.

Steven Hawkings is one, who famously said "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."

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Turnbull says no need to future-proof NBN

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Keep Making the Same Mistakes

dshan, You seriously need a personality adjustment: virtually everything you say is wrong.

1) Every time a business is run by a government it costs far more than the same business run by Private Enterprise. Why? Because Governments are lousy employers with a conflict of interests: they'd like to manage the business, but they also want to be re-elected: they are useless at making the hard decisions that businesses make every day.

2) Tony is an Australian who came here from England as a child: that makes him as Aussie as every other immigrant. Didn't you notice the last Labor Government "destroying strip mining Australia, selling it's assets & infrastructure to overseas "investors" "? Nothing much has changed in the last 18 months because this Government is blocked at every turn by a Labor/Green dominated Senate. The legislative framework is very much what Labor left us with: you can't blame Tony or the Liberals for any of this stuff.

3) Your final, hate-filled paragraph could have been written by Man Monis before he headed to Martin Place. You need to take a good hard look at yourself, then seek counselling or other psychological aid. You clearly need help.

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Re: Would you Future-proof a PC?

"If you're going to be digging up roads and footpaths, running cables into peoples houses", you are going to run out of money very fast. Running cables to the home should be a user pays exercise. Most people don't need Gbps Internet, and those who do should pay for it.

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Re: Would you Future-proof a PC?

Reasonable for the PC Vendor, perhaps. I have always bought the PC with specs that were cutting edge 12 months ago, that they can barely give away today. This has saved me thousands over buying the cutting edge machine of today. The same does apply to the NBN, especially to the Fibre to the home option. PC's are being replaced by mobile devices, cables by wireless. Only the fibre to the node option still makes sense in a wireless future, which is already here: it's just not very evenly distributed.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Win XP

For real trends, you need to add Win 8 and 8.1 together. They are essentially the same OS.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Why go to the moon?

When people say "Look at all the technological breakthroughs that war gave us", I say the Space Race gave us similar technological breakthroughs without the need for millions of deaths. A Mars Race would be both a moral equivalent of War, and a means of avoiding a real war on Earth. At some point in the next few million years (or tomorrow) a planet-busting asteroid will impact on Earth and do to us what it's predecessor did to the Dinosaurs. It would be nice if there were viable populations of humans living on the Moon, Mars and in orbit before this happens, so that after the Nuclear Winter ends, they could re-colonise the Earth. At the moment we have all our eggs in one basket.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Anonymous Coward Says it all!

2014 is read the truth at http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/5/2015/01/19/no_scientific_consensus_on_2014_hottest_year_on_record_claims/

"Our best estimate for the global temperature of 2014 puts it slightly above (by 0.01 C) that of the next warmest year (2010) but by much less than the margin of uncertainty (0.05 C). Therefore it is impossible to conclude from our analysis which of 2014, 2010, or 2005 was actually the warmest year."

So the truth is: No significant warming, since at least 2005.

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Re: Didn't have to look

Does the word CROM mean anything to you?

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Re: Didn't have to look

Yes, the USA is the GLOBAL leader of the free world and still the largest economy. What they think matters. What it proves is that depending on where you live, the Global Warming is not experienced as warming by large numbers of people, but as cooling. This makes selling the Global Warming message (You're all going to fry and drown!) somewhat difficult.

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Re: @skelband

So you are saying that Democracy "is pointless and counter-productive" because the average Joe isn't as bright as you think you are? Maybe, but it is the best substitute for a Dictatorship we've developed so far. When you have something better, let me know.

As for benefit fraud, I know people owning millions of dollars worth of rental property, living in a mansion, who through the magic of negative gearing qualify for every welfare payout in the book. Rich people don't pay income taxes, so we should reduce income tax rates on the rest of us and increase GST/VAT: it is the only tax rich people cannot avoid.

In the meantime, if 70% of the voters think Global Warming isn't happening, or isn't important if it is, then they have more intelligence than you give them credit for.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Why is it the Register's coverage of global warming is the truth?.

Wrong, if we take all the actions proposed to cut CO2, we dramatically cut our standard of living, and we destroy the natural environment with the land covered in Solar Panels, and Wind towers slicing our birds and bats into confetti. If we do nothing until the temperature trend is known, maybe another 15 years, we have lost nothing. Climate change is slow and gradual, so slow and gradual some of us don't yet believe it is happening. There is no urgency to take draconian actions to reduce our wealth and welfare while simultaneously bribing the third world to stay in poverty.

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Re: Cut the sh*t!

The hypothesis is that Global Warming stopped around the turn of the Millenium, some say 1998, some say 2000. Either way all argee that it was warming from 1975 to 1998, so your bet is dishonest. Make it 15 years and you're on.

Al

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NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

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Re: Hmmmm Chicken and Egg

Why not Xemself?

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

Al Black

Re: Hmm, it's small

Price is correlated to marketing, and has nothing to do with quality. Otherwise Samsung phones would cost more than IPhones.

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Re: Apple Sense

Apparently it comes with Office 365, so the software is fine, it is just that the hardware is insufficient to run it properly. Not Microsoft's fault, although maybe they should refuse to install their OS unless there's 4 GB RAM installed.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: Hydrogen? Milk Bottles

"Its far far cheaper for me to buy bottles full of beer than it is to buy empty ones in the UK."

Talk about First World Problems! You're complaining about that? The third world would love our market economy if their despotic leaders and the UN (Including the IPCC) would let them have one.

Solution: swap your full ones for my empties: the market works!

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Carbon Sinks:

Yes - the answer to Carbon pollution is Carbon Sequestration by fast-growing young trees, binding that nasty CO2 into sacred-to-greenies timber. If I can describe to you a plan that will lock vast amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere for hundreds of years and will consume no arable land or threaten food production and will create new jobs and exports for our economy, do you think that would be a good idea?

Forests are very efficient at converting CO2 into wood in the first fast growing 20-40 years, after which carbon capture tails off. “Old Growth” mature forests are almost useless for this purpose.

The Farmers are afraid Governments will fund continuously expanding plantations of new growth to keep forests locking carbon in place, but the same result in Carbon capture can be achieved without putting any new land into forest, by better managing what we already have in bush. We also have a problem of increasingly dangerous forest fires caused by excessive fuel loadings in unmanaged forests. The answer is not to put more land into forest; it is to mill the "old growth" forests that are no longer pulling their weight in Carbon capture. Whether the wood is used for house framing or exported as lumber, pulp or fibreboard, it is out of the Carbon cycle, potentially for hundreds of years. Even if it is made into disposable products like paper, that remains in landfills for hundreds of years. Landfills should also be recognised as carbon sinks.

Then the new planting that Greens want will be on the newly felled land, replacing the lazy "old growth" trees with fast growing carbon-binding new trees. In Australia we could replant with specific species of Eucalypts that Koalas like to eat, thus expanding their habitat at the same time. The tree felling, if done in strips across the prevailing summer wind direction, can also be used as fire breaks. It is all win-win! This will actually make money for the country, and is much cheaper to introduce than the untried technology of coal fired carbon capture at power stations.

Sold properly, we'll have Tasmanian greenies protesting for more pulp mills to convert their forests into carbon sinks! And we would bring back a golden age of Forestry, strip felling vast swathes of bush with a clear conscience. I imagine the fanatical warmists would soon be demanding that we clear-fell 5% of our national parks each year to attain our Carbon reduction targets, by sequestering massive amounts of carbon into lumber.

Smart people can probably add a bunch of improvements to these this fairly basic concepts, but the objective is clear - scrub CO2 out of the air to off-set our coal burning power stations with new wood. Carbon sequestration is most easily achieved by converting trees into lumber and building houses out of it, then growing more trees on the same ground.

Just think of the slogans:

The Tree-fellers will be our new Eco-warriors!

Save the world thanks to Sawmills!

The chainsaw shall become a symbol of hope to the Carbon-phobic!

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

Al Black

Re: Nuclear

No - A Maunder minimum would in the normal course of events lead to a little Ice Age such as froze the Thames each winter for several decades in Medieval times. This should put the final nail in the coffin of Global warming.

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

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Holmes

Re: I find this report...

Low Earth Orbit communications satellites for LEO Phone systems. They could be used to provide LEO Phone coverage in war zones where cell phones no longer work (due to a lack of surviving cell-towers).

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

Al Black

Re: Time to rethink

I installed a Win 8 upgrade on a tired Win 7 Core 2 Duo Laptop. To my surprise, Win 8 ran in Desktop mode nearly twice as fast as Win 7 had been running on the same hardware. Given that desktop mode is so easy to switch to, and that it is indistinguishable from Win 7, I don't see what the fuss is about. The OS is better than any earlier Win version for the user, although I understand that Corporates have major issues with verifying compatibility with hundreds of Apps, which means Win 10 will be out before they are ready to switch to 8. I don't think it is fair to say "a Windows 8 operation system companies avoid like a vial full of Ebola", but they do have to do due diligence before adopting a new OS, and that takes time: more time than a MS Version release life-cycle. Microsoft need to move to 5 year releases with free bug fixes in between.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Is it triple irony?

The ironic thing is that the "heartbreakingly dead staggering genius Steve Jobs" was stupid enough to entrust his liver cancer to a Homeopath. Homeopathy is a medical practice that claims to work by diluting various things in a solution. Homeopathy is the exact opposite of modern pharmacology in the belief that things get more potent as they become more dilute. By current laws in most countries, in order for something to be labeled as "homeopathic" it must not contain anything but the solution that the treatment has been "distilled into". Homeopathy is entirely "natural", and "harmless", because it is in most cases simply water.

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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

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False claims: NZ is on the outer with its former Allies.

The "exclude NZ" button was designed in, and was required at a time when NZ was part of ANZUS. When it joined the Non-aligned group of Countries by reneging the ANZUS treaty, it was excluded from the intelligence sharing that came with the American Alliance. Snowden knows this, but chooses to interfere in what he perceives to be a right wing government (it's not: Key is somewhat left of centre).

Kim Dotcom is an Austin Powers fan who couldn't make up his mind which Mike Myers character to emulate: as a result he got stuck halfway between Fat Bastard and Dr Evil.

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

Al Black

Re: Universe Mark 1 to Mark 9

My advice is to view it in Desktop mode!

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

Al Black

Re: Why won't they sort it out?

That's a smart Dog you've got there!

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

Al Black

Re: Windows is nothing like the Windows of XP

It's cheaper to buy a new (but not top of the line - last year's top model) Laptop with Win 8.1 installed than it is to buy a windows upgrade for your XP box, but that is cheaper for the average PC user than installing Linux. The operating system of choice for SysAdmin types is a massive learning curve for a Windows XP user. Unless you think your own time is worthless, stay well clear of Linux and its impenetrable pirated UNIX jargon: "Linux does not log you in as root", "chmod +x", etc.

By the time you are a Linux expert, you will have spent in man-hours far more than the $750 or so for a modern Win 8 touch-screen laptop that is far superior to an XP-era primitive PC, now lumbered with an operating system hardly anyone wants.

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Tiny heat-sucker helps keep Moore's Law going

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Moore's Law

Tell how a 24% efficiency improvement will allow a doubling of processor speeds?

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Windows XP

There are at last count over 500,000 PC's worldwide still running XP. They will not all suddenly stop working when the OS goes out of support. For most people it will just mean that the Microsoft Support they have never used will no longer be available. As PC's are retired at end-of-life they will be replaced with Win 7 or 8 PC's: this is now cheaper than upgrading the OS on the old PC. So don't panic, just accept that this highly successful OS is on its way out.

The differences between Win 8 and Win 8.1 are so trivial, they should be considered the same OS.

The fact that over 10% of the world's PCs already use Win8x is a fairly good start, considering

a) Corporates have just finished moving to Win 7 and have no driving need to upgrade, and

b) Apple OS X is installed on 7.7% of desktops after a much longer release.

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Intel and Asus put the dual boot in, offer 2-in-1 lapslab WinDroid

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Re: What they don't tell you...

No, We DON'T "all know Windows 8 sucks badly" - that is an article of faith in the anti-microsoft world, not an actual fact. Win 8 supports touch-screens, but works fine without it. I like the interface once I got used to it, and was disappointed when 8.1 put the start button back in; a retrograde step, but even 8.1 doesn't suck. it runs twice as fast on the same hardware as Win 7 did, for one thing: That is the first Windows upgade I can say that about.

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Re: The mighty have fallen half way

"as soon as Android effectively supports the notebook form factor (keyboard and mouse) I suspect I'll buy one." Good news then: the ASUS TF300T Transformer has a docking station with keyboard, touch-pad and USB port, that you can plug a mouse into. Or you can detach it and use as a tablet.

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Human overlord Watson lives in the 'clouds' now, in a $1bn cognition unit. Don't be afraid

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24 times faster

Just a heads up for you: 24 times faster is exactly the same as 2400% faster.

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First China banned Bitcoin. Now its crooks are using malware to steal traders' wallets

Al Black

Bitcoin should be banned

Since Bitcoin is the currency of the dark web, it should be banned. If no bank or trader will exchange bitcoins for real currency, then it will die a sudden and well-deserved death.

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Oz Government: TPP papers will stay secret

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Trans Pacific Partnership agreement

If the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement makes parallel importing illegal, then we should not sign it at any price. Free Trade becomes unfair trade if anti-competitive rules enforce import monopolies. Free Trade should be just that: Free, with the maximum competition between Retailers and Suppliers to deliver the lowest prices to consumers.

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

Al Black

Re: This is not "post scarcity"

Buy up deserts for solar power farms? It would be less harmful to the environment to build more coal-fired power stations. Eventually Hydrogen Fusion will render both technologies obsolete, but right now Coal is the cheapest source of electricity (in places where hydro dams cannot be built).

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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

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Windows 8

Microsoft Version numbering has zero effect on users abandoning Windows, and there is little evidence that they are doing so on the desktop. On Phones and Tablets, the biggest player is Android, but that is because MS was too slow to develop an OS for Phones. Windows 8 is their belated effort, but shows promise. I use an Android tablet and am too smart to own a smart phone (a Nokia classic is fine by me) but really like Windows 8 on my Laptop. I think Windows 8.1 was a backward step, but I'm on it anyway to keep current.

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MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

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The United Nations of Earth

"The UN decided that no one should be allowed to own anything up in space." Too bad they don't have jurisdiction there: Perhaps one day there will be a United Planets, a United Systems or a United Galaxies, although I hope not: I predict we will leave bureaucracies behind on the planet's surface, but will take our Capitalism with us wherever we go.

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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Re: Off-topic: Electric cars?!?

Yes, an electric car is only a coal-fired car at one remove since 90% of electricity comes from Coal-fired power stations, unless of course you are using clean green Nuclear Fission, in which case it's a fusion-powered car! I'll take CO2 emissions any day over enriched plutonium, thank you very much! I guess you could plug your Tesla sports car into a rack of solar cells and leave it to charge for a month or so between drives. For most of us, if we buy one of these expensive rich men's toys, we would plug it into the nearest power outlet, and suck the electricity straight from the Coal or Nuke.

Cleaner to burn petrol.

Why are we not developing Hydrogen-powered cars?

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SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini

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Re: I want a Neptune orbiter

Haven't you heard? Uranus was such an embarrassing name they decided to change it to Urectum!

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Re: Floppy disk -- I've got one in the car

I had those on my IBM System 34: 8" floppies and harddrives the size of attache cases made of Plywood, with motors like a landrover starter motor, that only stored 16Mb but cost $30,000 each! Those were the days!

No mention of Borland's Geoworks either, a GUI OS that ran on a IBM PC XT, killed off by Windows 95...

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