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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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Re: Ahh.So this explains

Reading/writing this mid jobby

Just thought I'd share...

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understood, but

I've never understood this stance on security. It's at best lazy and at worst negligent. It might be your boss, or your boss' boss that's to blame on this, but you don't have to drink the Kool Aid. Call a spade a spade. Too many people just "accept" this.

Nobody said work had to be easy.

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Re: Spelling in Title

...yet missed "buisness"

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Did it fall or was it pushed?

Surely the real question is:

How does it feel?

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

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Re: iTunes is pretty much malware under Windows anyway.

Er, hate to be a killjoy but surely it's USB that's inherently insecure, irrespective of OS?

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: Oh ye glods, not more

PORN

That is all

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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this is great news

People forget that information on jobs is appalling. There's no pov YouTube video showing you someone's average day doing jobs x, y and z, and telling you that even if you're the best person alive doing that it doesn't mean you'll get a promotion. In business a job needs doing and promoting someone that's great at x into position y means losing a great x and gaining an unproven y, then getting a less great x. Best to get a new y from another company... But if the x is a low paid, high churn position great, we can just get another one that's just as committed.

Degrees make sense though; it doesn't matter what it's "in", employers can assume you aren't completely useless if you've got one. I don't so I have to work a little harder to convince them otherwise. BUT, once you are IN a big company the focus isn't on the degree any more, it's on you. A " you" with detailed knowledge of the business/processes/real world experience vs a you that has a degree in an area a bit like what the job entails? Hmmm...

If, as a teen, you have a "calling" to work in I.T. then this is great news as it offers a much better chance to gain real world experience while getting paid, and you'll probably end up with a better job faster than a grad.

Assuming there isn't another recession and business gives up on the idea... Er...

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth

So when are we firing a giant ball of garbage at it?

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You've got three days to patch Adobe Flash, Air, Reader

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Re: Foxit is nice enough...

Active PDFs?

Ew.

That is all...

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Re: Foxit is nice enough...

Firefox and chrome render most PDFs without need of plugins or local PDF readers. It amazes me how many users stick with ie.

For anything else you can get away with Sumatra, foxit or perhaps pdfxchange. I'm using foxit at the moment but preferred Sumatra and may go back. I'm not a heavy PDF consumer and have yet to find anything the above couldn't handle.

Have you tried chopping the problem file up using something like pdfsam?

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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bollocks

I can only make and receive calls on o2 in the office. No other networks work.

My flat is a black hole. No networks work at all. 1 bar if I'm lucky, intermittently.

I switched to 3 from T-Mobile thinking 4g was coming. So is winter.

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Looking forward to the end of Tuesday? You've patched this month's 37 Microsoft bugs, right?

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Re: The complexity of Adobe Reader is the main problem with it

PDF viewing is baked into most w3c compliant web browsers.

Flash is going to die. So sayeth Ming.

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Re: Adobe update headache

Wish everyone else would just uninstall flash & air...

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Google's 'right to be forgotten': One rule for celebs, another for plebs

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Re: One rule for

I washed the blood from my trembling hands after killing the Grammar Criminal and removing their head with that bread knife over there.

They're not going to get their There's confused ever again!

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Thin naked model slips out of Apple's secretive lab ... it's an 'iPad Air 2'

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I wonder

Will it be "cheap"?

If apple are concerned about volume they may be contemplating a lower price point.

phbbbb bwah cough splutter a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Sorry... a further 30% markup it is then...

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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daten, bitte

Why do they want/need the data?

NOT why don't you want them to share it.

Is this about convenience? Is it about crime? Or is because of someone like me; a geek obsessed with connecting everything together and creating transparency, blinkered to everything but this vision of purity and logic, unwittingly the herald of the next Nazi regime?

To me this isn't about sharing data. It's about watching those sodding watchers and only providing access where it is relevant and legal. That's the difficult bit. How do you make a beautiful system and ensure the people using it have morals and integrity? I suppose you only give a small number of people direct access to this data, let's call them Intelligence Moderators. They operate under strict rules/guidance and all data shared is logged. Not the actual data shared but the type of request, by whom, when etc. Then we publish those logs publicly. How do we trust these people not to share too much? I don't know. It's imperfect. Maybe they have to meet really strict screening requirements for the job and we pay them very generously for what they do to avoid corruption. I can start tomorrow. Now... The real issue after all this political bs... how do we stop this being hacked and used for evil?

Let's not bother shall we...

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Re: Why won't they sort it out?

Because they've got plenty of time...

Big volume businesses are already committed to upgrading to win7.

I remember exactly 1 business user with a vista laptop; they were a "consultant" and bought it from PC world themselves. It only had 1gb of ram but was very shiny.

Business users with win8 will be like that consultant; buying hardware themselves from retail stores where there is no choice other than "pc or mac". They aren't "real" business users, just consumers that happen to use their laptop for business.

The next ms own goal will be office. "Wee don't want no steenkeeng subscreeption". Our users currently have office 2007 and some are managing to sneak through upgrades to 2010 but hell will freeze over before we allow 2013.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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I refuse to do backups - on principle

If something is important it belongs on a server. If you lose something that was filed locally then boo hoo.

Notable exception: outlook PST files. These ***** things constantly corrupt when kept in network locations so HAVE to be stored locally. They are an utter joke/and constant irritation. Is anyone aware of an alternative for archiving mail in an outlook 2007/exchange 2010 environment? ...Other than storing emails in file sys.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: Bring it on!

I'll wait for MKIII with the "fills self with fuel and uses car wash so you don't have to" addons.

And the built in toilet. "The car in front is a Kohler Mira GTi"

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Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

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why

would anyone want to trust adobe??????

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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popular

Get Boris to embrace Linux then the rest will follow.

Dr pepper

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Re: time for MS to

Sanity.

Now, let's get the schools and colleges to do the same thing please.

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soon...

"We've got this 300MB spreadsheet with macros in it a consultant from CapGemeni made us in 2002 linked to an Access database that we've been using to do business critical bean counting stuff every day for the last 12 years. It's broken. Can you fix it?"

Becomes

"Hello, I.T.? This consultant says we need MSAccess or he can't help us."

"Good. Tell him to fuck off"

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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

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hmmm

Firefox on KitKat isn't as good as chrome.

But chrome still has no addons.

I therefore put up with all the crap aimed at mobile users on some websites because, generally, chrome is faster/smoother/better.

Damn google, your evil schemes do work... Even on me...

If chrome browser had adblock etc I'd be happily enjoying mobile browsing without generating ad revenue. Once all the ads are gone the internet becomes quite a nice, well designed place, even on mobile. This is why I'm glad so many adverts still use flash...

We don't need no steenkeeng mobile sites or mobile apps, just a better advertising model. I for one favour having a setting in my browser that renders all adds 100% transparent. Let them be served to me, just let me not see them please...

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Re: Sigh......

We have

Cheap and nasty migraine inducing fluorescent lighting.

Gloss open plan desks to reflect said light directly into your eyeballs.

Those blue swivel office chairs everyone hates.

White walls.

Cheap and nasty diarrhoea brown coffee (or is it blood) stained carpet tiles.

Windows that don't open.

Air con that is either too humid, too dry, or, strangely, heating...

A big patch of grass outside that someone decided should be left to grow into some kind of idyllic nature jungle. It looks like a heroin addict's garden.

...but we have a fake Starbucks that does good coffee

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Faced with stiff competition, Facebook just can't satisfy – report

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Re: LinkedIn

Agreed. Everyone's just on there in case they get canned..

I avoid myface and shitter like the plague but I'm on LinkedIn.

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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...for how long?

Year 1: cheaptastic. This is great.

Year 2: it's how much? Well... OK... We've moved a lot of users over now, it'd be a pain to go back...

Year 5: this is ridiculous, and the service keeps going down for extended periods. What can we do to get off this?

Year 7: mummy?

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: Toilets

There aren't special private thrones at our head office for the board members to use so they have to poo with the rest of us.

We therefore have cleaners working all day long and our shitters smell lemon fresh.

I wonder if this is what we need to get the same approach to be taken with security? Perhaps we need an epidemic to force action, just like that one filthy loo seat with no toilet paper the MD was forced to use one day prompted this obsession with cleanliness? Do we need some skiddies to get in and replace all our corporate documents with bestiality?

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: I would laugh at this if it weren't so sad

Are you aware that the above sounds very xenophobic? Your country was founded by illegal immigrants. People just turned up and made their home.

...then they systematically murdered the native population, so perhaps you are worried that history will repeat itself???

I don't think snowden actually believes the things he is saying now - it looks to me like he is trying desperately to achieve celebrity status as a "white knight" so one day he can come home and spend the rest of his (long) life on daytime TV as some kind of privacy evangelist. He's still managing to spark meaningful debate so I say let him carry on, whether he is "devout" or not. This could be him attempting to do some damage limitation by publicly saying that the government isn't all bad and collecting all that data might have been in everyone's interests. It could well be a condition of his return to us soil to "get with the program"

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UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

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Godwin's law

"You can present the material, but you can't make me care." - Bill Watterson

I am constantly amazed and infuriated by the widespread apathy when it comes to privacy and the invasion of it. Governments exist to protect the rights of citizens to live in a certain way, not to dictate what that way is/should be. I used to be proud of the fact that I could walk down the street without someone in a uniform saying “Papiere, Bitte”; proud of my country and for the countless men and women who fought for my freedom to do exactly that.

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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terry gilliam

...works for nadella now...

Shame he didn't write his memos for him...

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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I feel sorry for these guys

For exactly 10 seconds.

Then I shout then to submission.

Just

Cancel

My

Fucking

Service

It works best when you are standing outside a church or primary school.

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: our acid test is.....

Could be a killer business phone if it has a strong battery life. El reg was hyping the 63X for business for some unknown reason - this is a different animal and I can see the appeal. The camera comes into play as a "screenshotting" tool for people who don't know what "prnt scrn" means or for those scribbles on whiteboards and flip charts. OCR?

What it needs is a decent hook in with "non Microsoft" business tools - e.g. syncing nicely with salesforce.com.

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Re: er, specs?

Sorry - I came across a bit harsh this morning. Mondayitus.I also had a killer hangover from the footie last night.

It was a good read; I was just hoping for a little table at the bottom benchmarking specs/performance. Appreciate it was a "first fondle" and that info may not have been to hand.

What can I say? I'm a sweary pedant!

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er, specs?

Your typical el reg reader wants specifics. That article would have been fine on a hipster site or on mums net but we want specifics here please.

How does the battery life compare to x? What CPU/GPU/ram. The camera does look pretty good but I'd rather know if ms have been stingy with ram again like they were in the 630.

I'm sure it's a cracking phone but I'd want to know how it compares to a reference device, like a nexus or iPhone.

I was quite critical of the 630, purely due to the stinginess of the ram, and I still stand by what I said now i've had first hand experience of using one. I'm sure the 930 doesn't suffer from this, but now I'll need to look elsewhere for more detail, and I can't be bothered...

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Will Microsoft devices sit happily on a single platform?

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the logic is undeniable

This is a damned fine idea. It's almost as if it was conceived by actual developers and not business people... No, wait... it makes good business sense too... Wow.

On the other hand, now we can have the same bsod on our laptop, smartphone, watch, microwave, car, TV...

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Re: Patching in Global organisations

I mirror your frustration.

XP. Check.

Ie6. Check.

Flash player 10. Check.

Java 6. Check.

FTSE 50.

I'm amazed we haven't had any problems. Yet. Websense can't be a complete waste of money.

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Panic like it's 1999: Microsoft Office macro viruses are BACK

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Re: business

Wow. I'm getting a few boo's from what I thought was a relatively tame post.

The moral was meant to be:

VBA = instant, which is great, but there can be unseen dangers building up if you rely on it too heavily and the users don't understand the code.

Full-on professional I.T. solutions are often "better" but can be prohibitively slow and costly.

...and I've seen far too many "experts" working on important projects who's only claim to fame = googling a couple of VBA scripts.

Users then trust these "experts" and, often, on their advice, tick a little box that says "allow all macros from all sources without notification".

Nice job ms BTW.

I don't want to see the castration of VBA but rather dramatic improvements to security in general throughout the windows os. I'd also like ms to build in a macro parsing "warning contains nuts" feature telling the user exactly what the code can/will do before they open/execute it. And ffs stop letting me crack all your ms office passwords in under 5 mins please using only the letters A and B...

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business

If I want a new bathroom I can "get a man in"; he ummms and ahhhs and gives me a price then quotes me a timescale;3 months and £5k later we are still picking out the colour of the tiles and showering in the kitchen sink, but we have a glossy brochure and are confident it will be the best bathroom ever.

Or, I can get "a man in a mate of a mate down the pub told me about" and he turns up with a sledgehammer and some polyfila that night after a few whiskies and a packet of pork scratchings. The next day I have a bathroom.

A year later the floor/ceiling collapses, but it's OK, we ****d off after 6 months to another house and did the same thing there, and we're moving on to gas pipes and electrical wiring next now we have so much renovation experience!

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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assumption: mother of all foo cups.

Wouldn't the real people the NSA want be well versed in spycraft:

MAC spoofing|proxies|2nd hand hardware bought in cash|public\cracked wifi|cloned sim with an all you can eat data tariff|etc.

But yes, they are likely well versed in gnu/Linux.

This also reminds me of when I went on holiday as a teenager with my family and my best mate came round to feed and walk the dog when we were away... and rack up a bill for several hundred £s of porn on our dial up. Dirty sod! :) Should you trust the people around you with your NSA/GCHQ web browsing profile??? Obligatory Rolf Harris reference...

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Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent

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I'm getting cold shivers already...

"It is an attempt to marry advanced spreadsheet reporting features with back-end collaborative features based on SharePoint."

This sounds horrendous. It's so far from "B.I." it could be bacon.

Mmmmm... Bacon...

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

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Re: What's the problem?

People do not answer these quizes to provide marketeers with accurate data, they do so to hopefully get to the funny bits at the end of the questions. I bet some people go back through the quizzes 2 or 3 times providing different answers.

The problem is not that sites like this are "harvesting" this data, its that there are people stupid enough to pay for it thinking it is in any way meaningful.

That's my concern... stupid people misinterpreting "data". Stupid people come in all shapes and sizes and appear to gravitate towards positions of powerful decision making responsibilities.

Luckily I, although stupid enough to be president of the us of a, am powerless.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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stupid question...

Plants turn co2 into oxygen, fruit, nuts and vegetables, right?

So why isn't the so called green taxation used to plant trees and plants everywhere? An airline should plant thousands of trees every year.

We could be buying back all that rainforest that keeps getting chopped down, couldn't we?

We could employ the empoverished people forced to chop it down to do the planting...

Or have I misunderstood again?

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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This is too easy

...therefore it must be wrong.

It's far simpler to make the 2 or 3 major search players responsible than it is to hunt down all the websites publishing the content and requesting that they take it down.

Even if the search results were to be completely censored, one could still access the content by going to one of many websites that would spring up overnight promising links to censored content.

This is just as ridiculous as making isp's block torrent sites.

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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Re: BYOD is easy

Of COURSE a "budget phone" will outperform everything else on the market with 5x the power under the hood... it comes with these magic beans... all you do is bend over and use the special "application rod" to get them nice and deep. If it does end up slow then it's your fault; you must be holding it wrong.

It's a budget device and unless someone tests it out in the "real world" in a corporate environment with heavy email use, the need to open and close spreadsheets and word documents and PowerPoint's and make and receive 20 calls a day and perhaps interact with a CRM system, some in house intranet / Java applets etc and, hmmm, maybe try some JavaScript heavy websites of clients... And that person tells me it's good enough, then OK I'll change my mind. But iphones and top end smartphones sometimes struggle to cope in that situation so a budget model will make people want to scream and rip their fingernails out.

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Re: BYOD is easy

iPhones have a reputation for being attractive and easy. (Ha).

People remember that XDA or winphone that was forced upon them all those years ago; the one without enough RAM to function as intended, and with the rubbish vnp connection that kept dropping out, and the sync that never quite worked. Then they remember bad experiences with windows; perhaps PowerPoint or word doc corruption, a bsod or crash and losing work.

iPhones don't have the same baggage.

To a certain extent android has suffered in a similar way; poor hardware and bad integration have switched people off in the past.

If MS want to get business to engage then the 630 is NOT the answer. It's too underpowered. I don't care what the shills say - if you want a device to exceed expectation then give it way more oomph than it could ever need. It needs to be at least as quick/well specced as the latest iPhone.

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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"binging it"

Ha! That ship has well and truly sailed. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face trying to force it!

Speaking of marketing b******s...

"Your potential. Our passion." (I think MS must have hired ex Durex marketing guys for that one!)

"To enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential." (Eh, you do what now? MS, are you selling a pyramid scheme?)

"You can make money without doing evil." (Google just don't feel like it!)

"Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" (...to the NSA, GCHQ...)

PS - "doing a chandler" is much better.

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

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Re: You're talking about picture in picture?

Martin, were you the genius behind tifkam? I will bow down to your greater wisdom and repent for my evil multi tasking ways.

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Re: magic

Duh... unless you feed your set top box THROUGH your Xbox...

Sorry,I've just this minute had my morning coffee...

If the other features were banishable I might be tempted by this. I like it a lot. Especially if it means my TV would therefore become voice activated as well.

BUT I really don't like the idea that it could record audio/video of the family without our knowledge.

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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2 girls 1 cup

Heh.

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