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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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I have a 38 month old ford fusion 2.5l with 95,700kmand get 8l/100km (35.31mi/imp gal)

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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Re: What's weird is...

you don't need a keyboard. It's worth enough at the place I work that the upper management are replacing their own:

1) IPads

2) MacBook Air's (running W7)

3) W7 Laptops

They enjoy the ability to write on the screen into one note, or type into anything. They run all our standard software and yet are small enough that they are not a distraction while using them in meetings.

The field engineers are using them as mobile devices, using them to take photographs of the projects they are working on and annotating them and the roll plans for the project in the field. they use their phones as hotspots to then email these annotated images to the construction sub-contractors for their use.

Surfaces are very useful for people who get up off their asses and go and do stuff.

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Re: ...or what it might look like.

No it's not, other manufacturers do W8 Tablets as well.

I take it you haven't used one then. I use mine everyday.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Meeeh

How much more choice do you want Trevor? If anything W8 gives you more choice than W7, or XP.

My spouse is one of the least computer literate persons I know. We use separate IDs on this desktop machine. I configured it to navigate directly to the desktop when she logs on, I pinned Outlook, Word and Excel to the task bar exactly as I did when we were on W7. Those, along with IE are the only programs she uses.

I use both the Start screen and the Desktop with those programs pinned to the task bar as well.

Even corporately with W7 people did NOT want to search the start menu, so everything was either pinned to the taskbar, on the desk top or both. People just want to get stuff running as fast as possible and W8 does that much better than W7 did.

People did not like the change from XP to W7, they did not like the change from 9x to XP, they will get used to it and in the end, they will bitch when the change to whatever desktop environment W9 uses.

and at least Harmony wasn't personally insulting as you have been.

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Re: Meeeh

I swipe with my mouse alt the time on the non-touch screen I have on my desktop. I swipe with my finger, the pen and the mousepad on the touchscreen device I use.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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The boss here now uses an Surface Pro 3, he has given up both his MacBook air (running W7) and his IPAD. Actually he gave them up when he switched to a Pro 2. People here are actively requesting them. We are an engineering firm, so people in the field are using them in the field, taking pictures and writing notes on the pictures and on the plans with the stylus's (I smiled when I read that post),

They are not for everyone, but they are definitely have a place in the business environment.

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Re: Pen proximity alarm

Unlike the pen for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 the pen for the Surface Pro 3 is powered by a AAAA battery (yes, 4 As).

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keith_w

Re: One inconvenient design flaw...

I fold mine back and use it as a base for stand.

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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Can't you use Nuance's Dragon talk as an interface to any search engine? If so, then there is plenty of Prior art to blow Cupertino's patents out of the water.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

Not true. I know one 70+ year old lady who switched to a W8 laptop from XP desktops and loves it.

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keith_w

Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

Because you don't want to tell a company that exists to advertise what you do?

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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typos

"IBM researchers developing chips that mimic the brains of human beinfs say they've created a 4,096-core processor that simulates a million neurons"

Do you think it will be able to recognize typos?

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Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

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Reading the last few posts, I get the impression that these people are talking about having their home internet access throttled and other issues whereas the article was talking about issues with cellular access.

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BlackBerry boss John Chen: We're FINISHED (with the job cuts)

keith_w

BB have always had rounded corners, therefore prior art, apple can go fly a kite.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

keith_w

Doesn't the UK already have RIPA for that?

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

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Re: I call semi-bollocks

just drop a few around an entrance to the place you want to infect, guaranteed someone will pick one up and plug it in - and if there is bait on it, movies, music, porn, it'll get passed around.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Re: responsibility

I thought that Scottish implied trenchcoat, grump and sarcastic

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: Environmentalism

This morning I rebuilt a Surface Pro 1 from 8.0 pro to 8.1 with all patches & firmware updates and all our apps in under 3 hours - What's your problem?

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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

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Re: Oh Goody, Chinese Knock-offs On Their Way

Using a UNRWA school as a storage and launch site for missiles sounds like a war crime to me, as does using peoples homes as launch sites and so does encouraging "civilians" to stand around on roof tops of buildings for which warning "taps" have been delivered.

I am not happy with what Israel is doing in the Gaza Strip, but Hamas started it and the non-Hamas people who live there and are now suffering because of it are complicit in what Hamas did because they didn't say no, they allowed themselves to be cowed into permitting it. I have no sympathy for them.

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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Re: Its just a token tinkering of the law.

Or it could simply be the laws of supply and demand, when demand is high (eg, holiday season), prices rise until the demand balances supply, similarly, when demand is low (non-holiday season) prices lower to attract demand.

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Goodwill's goodwill rocked as Feds probe bank card hacking scam

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Re: First we deny the breach... then we privately panic ... then minimize it in our PR.

You are quite welcome. I hate to nitpick, but blaming someone who doesn't deserve it is something I really hate to see even more. Glad you got your erroneous attribution corrected.

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Re: First we deny the breach... then we privately panic ... then minimize it in our PR.

I would like to point out that the "Even the Best of us" comment was not made by Goodwill, or anyone linked to Goodwill. It was said by Dr Mike Lloyd, CTO at security biz RedSeal Networks.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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one way trips vs suicide missions

It disheartens me to see a one-way trip to Mars referred to as a 'suicide' mission. Unless the colonists are going to disembark and immediately kill themselves, it is no more a suicide mission than those settlers who travelled to the new world, looking to start anew, and possibly even less suicidal than those who crossed the great plains in the face of hostile native peoples in hopes of building a new life somewhere between the Allegheny mountains and the Pacific coast.

It is, probably, a one-way trip, but so is life.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Windows 7 isn't easy to purchase anymore, if at all.

so will Dell. Tiger Direct in Canada seems to have plenty of copies in stock.

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REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

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you seem to have forgotten 1 important fact. People will still be uploading crappy ripped versions of the music to eviltube.

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

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one possiblity

Is to deny tax deductions for the money spent with google. governments have auditors to check this stuff. Similarly, there are generally agreed on accounting principles (GAAP) which govern how accounting is done, so even if you play games with the way you spend your money, you are risking government ire if you don't do it correctly. Income earned in a country should be taxed in a country.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: As far as I am concerned

I would like to point out that these pictures are taken, effectively, with the permission of the subject. They stop at the bottom of the stairs leading from the stage on which the graduation ceremony took place, stand in front of a screen and have their picture taken by the official photographer. One would think that they would be able to say "No thanks, don't want my picture taken, it's against my Flying Spagetti Monster faith." but they don't so they are, by allowing their picture be taken acquiescing to the eventual sales pitch. I would also like to point out that parents/grandparents and lots of others also tend to have lots of opportunities to take pictures with the graduate as the subject, silly hat and all.

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Look out, FCC: R.E.M., Aerosmith, Jello Biafra, 57 others join net neutrality crusade

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Childcatcher

Re: Use the force

The problem with that is that it is not the peering connections that are requiring additional payments, it is the "final mile" connectors. That is, Comcast, for example, is now receiving payments from Netflix to deliver Netflix content to Netflix subscribers at a speed that allows the computer to receive the streamed signal without buffering issues. It should be noted that the Netflix subscribers in question are also subscribers of Comcast and should expect to receive that signal at the rate for which they subscribed.

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Microsoft's battery-boosting Surface slab cover to ship soon

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runtime

I have a surface pro, and I certainly dont get 7h of video playback - it constantly requires me to charge it up after a couple of hours reading web pages such as this one.

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Re: What the hell did they expect?

WebEx does not work in IE 11 on W8.1, although it does work in both chrome and FF. Java does not work in the TIFKAM environment, although it does in IE in the desktop. We have several Surface Pros and Pro 2s here. People are giving up both their laptops and their Ipads with them.

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Microsoft, Oracle name the date to consummate Azure deal

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Re: "Please use us!"

No, according to the article, MS runs about 33% of WEB servers. There is no mention of any number for internal servers such as file, print, or internal web servers such as MS sharepoint or server software running virualized under VMware all of which contributes mightily to Microsoft's bottom line.

Additionally, it says that Linux has been identified as running 31.8%, and BSD 1.1% of websites with an additional 34.1% running a Unix like server, but which are un-identified and therefore could be anything including AIX

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Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung

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Re: I bet that Apple's ...

"USD$1,800 an hour lawyer is loving every minute ($60) of this stupidity."

I am pretty sure that $1800/60 min per hour is $30/per minute

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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100,000 years? I dont think so

The article did mention that the one in Indonesia exploded 74,000 years ago, and another 26,000 years ago, so that sound like a 48-50 thousand year occurrence to me, so we should expect one sometime in the next 24,000 years.

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UNREAL, dude: Nvidia uncloaks Tegra K1 graphics monster for your mobile ... and CAR

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Re: ooh!

You will? Well, I suppose it's a job. Hopefully it pays well, especially considering how cold it is outside.

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Re: Surely there is another side to this...

I have noticed that if you are driving properly, and allowing sufficient space between you and the car ahead that you can simply reduce speed by releasing the throttle as needed, then some asshole on a phone will cut you off 'cause he's in a hurry and obviously you aren't.

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Re: How about passengers?

I think my phone already implements that - for walking.

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keith_w

Re: How about...

They already have that. Apply to the NSA for the records.

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Canadian teens cuffed over alleged Snapchat child sex pics ring

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Re: So a group of 13-15 YO boys outsmart a $3Bn corporation. Unimpressive for the Corp.

"BTW since when did Canada adopt the US legal system?"

Since Harper became Prime Minister.

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Re: Child porn charges???

I am pretty sure my mother never coerced me into performing sex acts before taking a picture to send to my grandparents.

As for all those who think it inappropriate to charge children with child porn, if they are doing this now, what are they going to be doing later in life? Also, laws are not just to punish, but also deter, and if some kids come to the realization that this is going to hurt if they get caught doing crap like this, then so much the better. The boys will not be harshly punished. They will spend some time in lockups and half way houses and their records will be sealed once they hit 18, assuming they aren't already there, so it wont be life destroying for them.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Re: Things that need to happen

I live in Canada, so we are not having the replace FM with DAB conversation here. However, the suggestion that you listen to your radio over the internet would not be appropriate in my house. I have many things that I do with my computer, and one thing I do not want to do is listen to the radio on it. I have a couple of cheap speakers and a subwoofer, but the sound is no where near the quality I get from my stereo system, which I just upgraded with a new pair of Warfedale Diamond 10.2 speakers. Additionally we use different logons rather than a single one and leave it logged off or turned when not actively in use.

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Sueball-happy patent biz slaps lawsuits on FOURTEEN tech firms

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Re: hmmm

But do they make them or just use ones built by others?

And if they are built by the companies that are being sued, and the suit is successful, then those optical devices will be banned as well, although not the equipment that uses them.

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

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Re: But surely Germany...

Commies. They spy on commies. and ex-commies. and countries that might be commies. and countries that might become commies. and Turkey.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Re: It isn't a huge prblem...

We have 4 Surface Pro's in use with managers and they like them so much they gave up both their desktops and their IPads.

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LIVE CHAT: You, El Reg, experts chat about Win 8.1 and Surface 2

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Re: Surface Pro 2

I just looked at the specs at Best Buy Canada, and they say that the front camera is 3.5MPixels and the rear is 5MPixels:

Rear Camera Still Resolution 5 MP

Rear Camera Video Resolution 1024 x 720

Rear Camera Autofocus Yes

Rear Camera Flash No

Front Camera Still Resolution 3.5 MP

Front Camera Video Resolution 1024 x 720

Front Camera Autofocus Yes

Front Camera Flash No

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US red-tape will drain boffins' brains into China, says crypto-guru Shamir

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Re: Grand Cayman on the other hand

"- Oddly, Hell is located there. It wasn't as fiery as advertised, and there was a distinct lack of brimstone. Hell does however have a post office and a petrol station."

Been there, Done that. Lovely place to visit.

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NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

keith_w

Re: Speed is meaningless,

I prefer to think that is travelling away from its former location at whatever speed is being referenced.

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Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders

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I am pretty sure every statement issued by BB (note, I am a shareholder, and a lot poorer than I used to be

:-( ), includes the weasel words at the end that say that this is a forward looking statement and represents the beliefs and hopes of management and not facts. I'm pretty sure that this will get kicked out of court in no time flat, ok, in lawyer time, which will cost me even more money :-((.

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Windows 8 fans out-enthuse Apple fanbois

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Re: Win8 is a bloated piece of shit.

RSTS/E or RT11

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

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MP3 in Cars

I listen to CD or Vinyl at home but for my car I have ripped all my CDs to MP3, cause the sound quality in cars sucks to begin with, so I am unlikely to detect any difference between the CD and the MP3 anyway.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Re: Commercial fusion may not be as far away as you think

NIST says its half-life is 12.32 years. I think it's rare because it's created by interactions with cosmic rays.

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