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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Except your argument falls down in that satisfaction is subjective.

Someone editing 4k or using a high res camera would have a rather different view to you.

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Re: Att unwarranted triumphalism

I'm pretty sure someone buying a serious 4k gaming machine isn't considering an iMac for about fourteen entirely different reasons, cost being just one of them. You can build a pretty good 4k gaming machine for around £1200 these days, including monitor.

I know a few folks who are moving towards 4k film shooting - their interests are seriously piqued*.

It doesn't matter if it only sells 10,000 units a year - if Apple are making a return on them, and they're the only game in town (as they currently are for full-scale 4k editing on a normal sized desk) then they've done the job they were tasked with by their product managers.

Me? I'm happy enough at 1080p, although this talk fo £400 4k monitors is intriguing....

Steven 'stuck in the past' R.

*also, it's champing at the bit. Not chomping. Champing. Champing, champing champing CHAMPING CHAMPING CHAMPING

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Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV

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Re: good idea

50% of the security tools don't come with a half hour explanation of why they were built, and how they work.

Good grief, I'm not sure if you're being deliberately obtuse or you're just a bit dim.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Re: This thing's getting rotten

Another quick asspull in Dr Who to cover up poor writing - Classic Moffat!

Sorry, let me correct that - Classic New Who!

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Everyone does it. It's acceptable defacto, and the regs are mainly there to prevent the defeat of ANPR.

Cleverly spaced numbers are OK with ANPR, italics and other fonts are not.

Hence, plod are pretty chilled about it.

Unless you're being a dick, in which case, one more for the charge sheet!

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Re: Got to agree

Would I be right in thinking the VR6 is for packaging reasons as opposed to power? It's well known that the VR6 has poor power for it's capacity, and drinks like a fish too.

Which isn't to say I wouldn't mind a ride in it ;-)

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From what I understand, those plate regs are usually used as a totting up thing - IE if someone is taking the piss and gets pulled for doing 90mph on an A-road and is arsey about it (as opposed to 'sorry officer, won't happen again' and let off with a warning) then they'll use the plates, a worn tyre, etc to throw the book at you.

I've never heard of anyone being pulled specifically for the plate unless it was genuinely hard to read (IE italic, etc) - even the 'german' plates that are popular with the VW lot - unless you're in a position to be in trouble anyway, like if you're with a load of mates in MacDonalds car park being a nuisance. On the motorway doing 75-80 generally behaving yourself?

Not really a problem.

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It's either Pistonheads, or one of those places that hate Pistonheads, like the Evo (care in the) Community forum, where 'powerfully built company director' is used to describe a certain kind of PH user - brogues, rugger shirt, chinos, unwarranted selfimportance knobber - who seem to flourish over there.

Troy queef last time, PH this time, blimey, it's like having someone who knows about cars reviewing cars!

How unusual for a tech site...!

Steven R/Beany

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Re: Westfield SEight

The advantage of the factory built small engined option though is that it's warrantied and approved; although I agree that if you're a bit more happy with it a as a second/third car, the power to weight (and revs to weight...) you can get from a 'Busa or 'Blade engined Caterham are greater than this, but then this isn't meant to be a screamer track-day weapon - it's an everyday car that can go on track without being too intimidating or unreliable.

I like it.

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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Re: Absolutely True.

"The people who work at GCHQ would sooner walk out the door than be involved in anything remotely resembling ‘mass surveillance’.

We access the internet at scale so as to dissect it with surgical precision."

More like throwing machetes into a crowd, IMHO....

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

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To be fair though, Nolans stuff has generally been eminently watchable thus far - I won't call his work cinematic classics, but you've gotta admit, he has some fun and interesting ideas on what makes a film.

Probably worth a punt, I'd say.

Steven R

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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Bunged it on an Elitebook today

Folio 1401 or something, I think. Everything worked bar the trackpad on/off shortcut button, but the actual trackpad system settings works perfectly. Was up and running in 20 minutes, all updates installed, propietary bits installed, dual monitors over Displayport working perfectly - happy happy.

I could have gone with Debian (and I do for servers) but years of using Unity at home mean I'm used to it's layout and have a decent workflow sorted with it, so Umbongo it is for the works lappy. AS someone noted further up, I want something that works, and credit where credits due, if you aren't too fussed about being fully FOSS (the proprietary stuff sticks in some OSS peoples craw a bit - which is fair enough) then Ubuntu generally works better on more hardware than most other distros IME.

Anyway, seems like a solid release. Carry on.

Steven R

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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Re: So how long....

Big John - it's all about the fruit 'n' fibre. Hint - it's the raisins.

Also, oopsy!

Steven 'typo' R

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So how long....

...before some very large POPs and routing outfits appear just over the border offering dark fibre at (comparably) reasonable prices to the ISPs?

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Re: Wow so many cynics here

Construct the building out of batteries, rebuild it every three years with new batteries?

Problem solved made ten times more complicated.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: Huh?

Dan, like anyone needs more reasons not to use Safari.

*fires up Chrome, realises irony, sets fire to self*

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Will.i.am - cuff?

I dunno about that, but he can gladly 'koff as far as I'm concerned.

Steven R

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Re: Channelling Troy Queef?

Good lad. I look forward to seeing your next used car ad.

Jaguar Snatch. 3.333 pints. Automatic seven speed sunroof. Angry passenger. Want £10x2^4

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Channelling Troy Queef?

"I’ve neither the balls nor the ability for the odd dab of oppo, so took the one hint of lightness as a warning not to try again."

Apparently not. He'd never back down from a bit of oppo.

"Coming in committed to an especially knotty kinkback I slide loafer from loud pedal and feel the trailing end get tricksy. I simply catch it with a dab of oppo and I’m away.

The Nissan Qashqai Acenta 1.2 DIG-T 115 is a bitch. And I spanked it."

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

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Re: Stupid idea

On the flipside, I'll find myself not touching it for a few hours at a time, too.

If you spark up a fag, you *have* to finish it. If you take a few puffs on an e-cig, you don't have to do any more. I needn't explain why that's very handy in the car! No more fiddling with lighters at the lights...

I have considered getting one of those logging batteries to see what my usage is actually like, but TBH, I don't care enough. I tend to go by how many batteries I go through in a day.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: Doing your business in the long grass

I don't see why you need three disks in RAID 0 to get >800mbps; I can happily get >800mbps off the Syno box in RAID1.

It'll also do snapshot backups too if you want, although I'm not sure if it'll do them to a network location. Pretty sure it'll rsync to another box, although with RAID1 that's less of a concern (I'm well aware RAID isn't backup...). With three disks in RAID0, you'll *need* that backup.

The savings you got, I'd have had to put into learning OI and NappIt, and ZFS pool allocation.

Swings and roudabouts, though - if you were already fluent in that stuff and it was a doddle/fun to set up, all power to you.

These days I'm spending 12 hours a day out of the house for work, so my free time is better spent doing other things, like sleeping ;-)

Steven R

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Re: Is that all?

Except with a NAS, you don't have to teach yourself how each of these services works to prevent them from being a massive security problem on your network (because you'd also need to know how iptables works).

Consumer NAS's have all this stuff set up to be (at least moderately) secure out of the box, with zero learning time required.

I'm not all that up on iptables, but my Syno NAS is locked down pretty well. At least until Synolocker came about, whereupon I made it only available through a VPN on my router....

As I say, simplicity and convenience.

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Simplicity and convenience, maybe. Unless you can spin up a FreeNAS instance with iSCSI, NFS, SMB, and options for apache, MySQL, LDAP, BitTorrent client working fully, with a decent interface within, ooh, twenty minutes? ;-)

I'm not being facetious, by the way - I was looking at doing similar, but was busy at work so dropped a few hundred on a DS214+ and a pair of WD Reds. It hammers along at 100MB/sec, everything just works, and upgrades to fix security holes etc are a piece of piss and fully tested before release.

So it genuinely is simplicity and convenience - I could probably have built something comparable for about the same price, but had I put my hourly rate on it (not much, I might add) then the cost goes up.

Also, I'm seriously fucking lazy.

It used to be that building your own server was the only way to get decent performance and features at a reasonable cost - these days that isn't true any more.

Would you rather have a kit car or a BAC Mono? Would you rather buy a scrapper 7-series and fix it up or get one with tax and test on it? It's always about money vs convenience, and I'm getting too old for that shit now.

Well, almost....*taps fingers impatiently waiting for courier with an alternator*...

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Olivetti and Time Travel @_RCH_

"I don't use Linux now for a number of reasons"

Too much danger of meeting yourself and dividing by zero?

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: Well spotted

I'm using the commenTARDIS to post this.

<sorry>

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: Pointless Reviews

It's the Weekend Edition - basically a few bootnotes-esque articles that may or may not be related to IT, but are related to our general shared interests. If you missed the announcement, it's here:

See here for detais

I don't mind it at all, it gives me something interesting to read on a Sunday morning with a hangover and some more opportunities for expanded commentard interaction (as we aren't posting when we're meant to be working - I know I certainly find I can't dedicate as much time to spouting crap when I'm supposed to be doing something else I'm getting paid for) so it's all good as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: It's Dr Who

There is artistic license, and there's a disregard of basic, secondary school level physics.

One can help with the suspension of disbelief, the other utterly breaks it. The egg being laid completely ruined what had been a pretty decent little story for me.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Re: The Master

Missy - Michelle Gomez.

I'm not sure where the whole Missy thing is going and I won't waste my time speculating, but there's clearly going to be a confrontation of some sorts.

If you know the name Michelle Gomez or have watched Green Wing, you know that Capaldi vs Gomez is going to be just fucking amazing. She can make John Simm look reserved and subtle. She doesn't chew the scenery, she devours entire studios.

Or to put it another way, she took a scene where she had to birth a lion cub (from herself, I might add) and made it work. That's a rare talent.

Michelle Gomez is vastly underrated as a comedic/dramatic actress - hopefully this will give her the full blown, mainstream multimillion viewer recognition she richly deserves.

TL:DR - go watch Green Wing on 4OD and tell me you don't to see Missy and The Doctor duke it out verbally. I suspect it'll go down very well....

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Without wishing to sound arsey, a readers vote in the Radio Times is going to be confirmation bias city - it's bought by people who think the BBC is just wonderful.

I'm not saying it's wrong, but a BBC magazine read by people who like the BBC is unlikely to be the most objective source for data. It's like asking Official Playstation Magazine (are official console magazines still a thing? Last one I read was Nintendo Magazine System back in the N64 days) readers whether they think the PS4 is awsume or not. Your survey sample is not going to be objective.

I really rather like Capaldi - as noted in the article, the line about being his carer, so he doesn't have to care, was excellent, and I'm hoping to see more of this harsher, snappier Doctor as the series progresses.

Or to put it another way, my TV is used for Chromecast streams, and to watch Dr Who - something I haven't done for a while. I've been enjoying it so far. It's a nice bit of fun.

Steven R

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: tiles on the start menu?

I keep saying this, but having actually used server 2012 in anger since it was released, Modern UI on Server 2012 really isn't a problem. It's quite handy in some cases.

Winkey>ADUC (I think just typing ACT will do it)>return = Active Directory Users and Computers - which previously was three levels deep in nested menus, or found (along with half a dozen other MMCs) as shortcuts on the desktop.

It doesn't get in the way one jot, simple as that.

But then, I have actually used Server 2012, so, you know, I might actually have a fucking clue what I'm talking about.

Steven "Linux sysadmin" R.

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Re: Here we go again..

Give Canonical credit where it's due, they've been working on a version of Ubuntu that scales on the fly from a mobile form factor to a full blown desktop, using the same kernel and packages (just a different UI) for a few years now. Including plugging the phone into an MHL link and running a full desktop from the phone - Hence Mir, they needed the extra flexibility of a custom display manager, X was too restrictive by far, and Wayland wasn't going in the direction they believed they needed to be going in.

Microsoft deserve no credit for this at all, because it's not new, and their idea of 'cross platform' involves either crippled functionality (check out the size of the Windows RT API stack vs Windows 8) or having three code sources in one EXE, launching a different one depending on what hardware it detects - which I don't believe they've done yet, but which is about the only way you'll get an Office-class application (IE not a cut down 'metro version') running on a phone, tablet and desktop in any meaningful way on an NT6.x kernel.

Microsoft need to tear the NT6 kernel to shreds, and start from scratch, using virtualistaion for backwards compatability - it's the only way it'll work.

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Re: "... we’re not building an incremental product"

Sublime!

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I thought it was Windows 8 that was taking the P?

Apologies.

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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Re: 14.04

Maventi, I agree that OS X is still slicker, but only for two reasons, realistically:

1: 60fps desktop - Unity still needs some serious acceleration, and on ATI stuff, it seems to double or triple buffer, which can feel a touch laggy. Mir will hopefully make it as smooth on proprietary graphics as it is on the open source ones (I want proprietary for gaming, and I'm not switching drivers each time, period).

2: Apple Trackpad support. There is - quite genuinely - no better trackpad solution than the Apple setup. Materials, touch detection, operational use - all utterly top of the class. If I could hook an Apple trackpad up to my Umbongo box and have it behave as well as it does on OS X, Apple would easily have £50 out of me (or however much it costs these days).

Other than that, I agree with much of the rest of what you say - especially Windows 7. I'm just waiting for Windows 10 Tech Preview to get VirtualBox guest support (it works, but not with guest accessories, so no auto-resize, etc) to see if that helps. So far it seems like an improvement, but not enough of one to make me want to have Windows 10 as a boot drive for when Linux refuses to game properly (Metro Last Light seems a bit flaky on Linux...) - I'll stick with Windows 7 for now.

Steven R

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: What about Windows 9? @Steven Raith

Fihart, interesting!

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Re: What about Windows 9?

Or because DB8 is confusing to read.

Which seems more likely....

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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Re: Symphony of complexity

Delphi? Are you intertard stalking me?

Steven R (Beany)

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Re: Symphony of complexity

But how does Nyan Cat sound through it?

Or the title theme from Super Metroid?

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Bash bug flung against NAS boxes

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Re: Synology users Ok

I thought that was the case, but I'm running 5.1 Beta so I'm not sure how that's affected. It's only accessible via a VPN (like the rest of my kit) so I'm not overly concerned at this stage.

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Re: Synology users Ok

Not strictly true - it does use bash, but only internally and for non-public (AKA user accessible) stuff so it's still worth patching (When they release it) in case a seperate vulnerability exposes bash subsequently.

So it's not a priority (there aren't any known exploitation vectors at this time) but you want to keep tabs on the updates.

https://www.synology.com/en-global/support/security/bash_shellshock

Steven R

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Apple is GOLDBRICKING IT: BEHOLD the iPad Glister-Slab

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If he was at the stage where he was getting gold stars for his work, I'm not sure if that would be an appropriate insinuation to make....;-)

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OpenVPN open to pre-auth Bash Shellshock bug – researcher

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Re: My /bin/sh points to dash .....

The simple answer is Just Patch It Anyway -

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade bash

That way you're patched and it won't affect anything else.

As I mentioned elsewhere PATCH FUCKING EVERYTHING because if you don't know what on your system calls bash explicitly, and you don't know whether the package you have is exploitable, then you don't know if you're safe, period.

Remove it, or patch it, but don't just leave a package with a known remotely exploitable vulnerability sitting on the system - that's asking for trouble.

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: "since most of them can't be patched"

I heard it from a chum who has the technical nouse, career history, and - frankly - geeky interests that make me look like a casual observer. He might be wrong but I'd be surprised!

Still, even if the BT Hubs aren't affected, I'm sure there are some embedded devices that are, and the point still stands that updating those will be a mighty pain in the arse.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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Re: Reanult has a problem, called 'marketing'

Pete, I really like the idea of one of those engines, mit tweeks, in my Puma.

Those engines ain't cheap though...

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Re: Fiat 500?

"Not being rude, but how are you going to get a "sportier" engine in there?"

Dump the back seats, obviously - loads of room for a turbo the size of a monkeys head then.

See Renault 5 Turbo (not GT turbo) and Clio V6 for details.

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Re: Fiat 500?

Renault have played with the idea of a hot version in the Block Racers video, and bear in mind the Clio V6 was a 'silly engineering concept' before someone accidentally made it a production vehicle, so while I don't have much hope, I have some.

Chances are it'll have overservo'd brakes, numb electric steering and ESP and ASC and all the other fun-killing TLAs, however, which would sort of negate the whole idea of having a farily powerful rear engine rear drive car with a short wheelbase for those of us who like a challenge, but can't quite afford either a 911, or enough modifications to make a Smart ForTwo spin it's tyres....

Steven R

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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'Windows Vanden Plas'

Oh fuck yes! The imagery that brings up is just perfect! Have an upvote.

Steven R

PS: You'd need to be aware of car history for that - Vanden Plas was a trim level used by British Leyland brands back in the day to make their cars appear more important/luxurious/fancy than they actually were, using things like chrome grilles, extra features (includes cabin heater!), quad headlights etc to cover the fact that their cars were plain fucking awful.

Do an image search for Austin Allegro, follow it up with a search for Allegro Vanden Plas, but don't drink coffee as the results load, you'll spit it out with no small degree of incredulity at the idea of an Allegro trying to look like a Rolls Royce.

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Re: Skylight

" Microsoft Onelight."

Pfft. MIcrosoft NOtWorthALight.

And on the subject of Mobile First, Cloud first, how about Desktop First because, you know, that's where 80% of licenses will go, you moronic, dribbling cockslaps.

Steven R

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: MAGNA CARTA

It's quite astounding how many people bang on about freedom of speech, without realising what it actually entails.

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