* Posts by TheVogon

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NXP flings sueball at Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

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Re: Going for Chip company

"“It's interesting that they're going for a chip company and not a product manufacturer.”

Well firstly Microsoft have one of the largest relevant patent collections on the planet, so NXP would risk being spanked into orbit by return fire, and secondly Microsoft don't so far even use Bluetooth or NFC on the Xbox one AFAIK so any 'damages' would likely be minimal.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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"Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10"

That's probably what Service Pack 1 (or whatever they decide to call the first major point release) will fix! Disagree on the ugly though - I think it looks pretty cool already.

Microsoft's recent OSs have all been useable and very stable out of the door, but there are always plenty of things to improve, clean up and optimise later...

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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Re: Wasn't Flash supposed to be history by now?

"Microaoft doesn't even manage to reach circular orbit around this kind of deadline."

You must have missed:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/2755801

Less than 24 hours from vulnerability to shipped patch.

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"Flash seems like the most bug-ridden and damaged piece of software still in use today."

You must have not yet experienced the wonders of Java then...

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: Truely holographic?

I predict that this will be big for interactive porn....!

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: I don't get Cortana either!

"Cortana will need to know the person talking to her/it is the right person "

In an office you generally use a headset / microphone for Lync, etc anyway.

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Re: Nobody talks to Cortana

"This means Microsoft needs to get business users upgrading again – 85 per cent of installations run Windows 7 or earlier – but without unnecessarily pissing off the minority who are happy with the 8.x Sinofsky’d Windows 8.0/8.1 design.

Microsoft is going to do this by writing off next year’s Windows upgrade revenue. "

Rubbish - this has nothing to do with business users. They generally pay maintenance and can upgrade for free anyway. And this offer doesn't even apply to business versions!

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Oh no!!!

"Modern Apps is that they start so damn slowly in comparison to far more feature rich desktop applications "

Install this

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2913270 and this http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=42642

Then from an Elevated command prompt, run this:

WSRESET

and then

powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.XML

and your issue should be resolved...

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"In terms of RAM, the limit is actually 8EiB. The top half of the address space is kernel space "

Kernels can use RAM too...the limit is 16EiB.

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Re: WTF.....

"Microsoft will continue to keep it current"

So Windows 11 is free too?

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Re: COULD BE LETHAL

"a free *UPGRADE* for an OS they're likely to abandon after <3 years?"

Windows XP was supported for about 14 years. And still is if you want to pay. I can't see the supported life for Windows 10 being anything under a decade.

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"Microsoft’s decision to give its next version of Windows as a free upgrade for 12 months"

It's apparently a chargeable upgrade with an up to one year evaluation period. After that you presumably must pay....

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: Well

"Please stop the bull crap. All ice core "measurements" are completely suspect. The other gasses that would provide the real proportion data are all more permeable than CO2. IE most everything else leaked away besides the CO2."

These measurements are extremely widely accepted - and we now have multiple concurring measurements from different locations. What real proportion data? All gases tend to be permeable! What has 'leaked away' that would change these measurements? You are spouting fluent effluent.

If you actually had any knowledge of what you are trying to disparage, you would understand that no other gases are directly involved in the measurement other than CO2 and that the temperature at the time the ice was deposited can be measured by comparing the ratio of isotopes in the water.

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Re: Well

Of somewhat more importance that which specific year is hotter - the actual effects of the ongoing temperature increases. Here is more evidence that it's actually worse than we thought:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/15/3611941/sea-level-rise-on-the-rise/

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Re: Well

"Out of interest TheVogon, what do you do for a living?"

Build intergalactic highways and hyperspace bypasses...

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Co2-temperature-plot.svg

(Actually this one goes back 800,000 years! Note where the current CO2 level of 400ppm is - the Earth hasn't seen levels that high for about 20 million years!)

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Re: Well

"If you look at the last 1000 million years, there is no correlation between co2 and higher temperature."

We only have records going back about 600,000 years (from ice cores). Which in fact show a very close correlation.

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Re: Well

"If over the course of the last decade the 3 hottest years are on record but of a similar record level but literally gigatons of Co2 have been released suggests that our understanding of Co2 is off and we need to be reexamined the situation so we can properly take action."

No it doesn't suggest that at all - graphs of increasing concentrations of CO2 matches the increasing temperature very closely in the medium and long term - and we have vast historical evidence for this - in fact going back over 400,000 years!

That there are other factors that may speed up or slow down the resulting effects of CO2 in the short term is well known - just look at the natural variations in temperature in the short term since 1880!. But in the longer term the correlation is clear - the eventual and inevitable effects of increasing CO2 in the atmosphere are well known and not in any scientific doubt. The only real question is how fast will it happen and how bad will it get?

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Re: Well

"it doesn't support anthropogenic global warming. "

Yes it does when you match it to the CO2 readings for the last 150 years. Which by the way have just gone over 400 parts per million - for the first time in the last 20 million years.

"Presumably something stopped the little ice age"

Presumably you need to Bing Maunder Minimum.

"that correlation between the two appears to have broken down in the last 15 years"

No - no it doesn't. The correlation is still well within existing historical variations.

"I doubt there was enough CO2 released in the 18th & 19th centuries to be the cause of that temperature rise"

Sounds very scientific.

That a) global warming is happening and than b) it is at least significantly anthropomorphic in nature have not been in any scientific doubt whatsoever for at least a decade now. You might want to argue about the impacts or what to do about, it but denying it is happening and that we are at least partly to blame is simply laughable.

nb - we are also now statistically about 99% sure that man is not just a significant cause, but is the primary cause of global warming.

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Re: warmists or sceptics

"because plenty of Scientists have disagreed with "wildly held beliefs""

For a very small and rapidly diminishing value of "plenty".

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Re: Well

"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."

Riiiight - but they are all in the last decade - so if the 3 warmest years since the 1800s are in the last decade, that sort of supports the global warming thing right? You are just arguing about the order of the deckchairs on the Titanic. Not to mention ignoring other overwhelming observable evidence like the on-going sea level rises every year, and that the oceans were the warmest on record too...

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Microsoft snubs Codeplex, moves big projects to GitHub

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"American version where they put dog shit in their chocolate by law"

I thought it was dried vomit? That's what Hershey's tastes like anyway.

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‘Get off of my Cloud’ Verizon tells users ahead of 48-hour maintenance outage

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Re: WTF?

"I thought the whole idea of hosted, sorry, Cloud computing, is how amazing and reliable it is"

No idea where you got that perception from.

Typical public cloud services offer only 99.9% uptime guarantees - and only limited credits if they don't make it. The normal approach is to run critical services across multiple zones or providers - or to split between public and private clouds.

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The Reg's review of 2014: Naked JLaw selfies, Uber and monkey madness

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Re: 10 page spread

Something else rather of note about 2014:

December 2014 will soon be confirmed at 0.6C above normal which means 2014 was the warmest year in the Central England Temperatures series which began in 1659.

Year Ave temp (c)

2014 10.93

2006 10.83

2011 10.70

1990 10.63

1949 10.62

1999 10.62

2002 10.61

1997 10.53

1995 10.53

1989 10.50

2003 10.50

2004 10.48

2014 was also the warmest year recorded globally.

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

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Re: Card cloning? What's that?

"most Americans are able to tie their own shoelaces"

I think most Americans havn't seen their shoelaces for a good few years, let alone be able to tie them!

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: TheVogon "Ponce"

"I remember the Vogons as being extreme beureacrats, not homophobes."

We are not great fans of sexual deviancy - unless it involves our grandmothers and / or moist peat, but I can't see anything referring to that in my original post? Or are all queers effeminate? - I must have missed that if so...

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Re: "Ponce"

Naming a ship after effeminate men. How appropriate for the US armed forces....

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Dunno about warming

" Nonetheless there are many reasons to be sceptical about the idea that humanity faces a disastrous 21st century of hugely accelerated sea level rises, crop failures etc if carbon emissions aren't massively cut."

No - there really are not. That isn't in scientific doubt. The only things in question are the exact timescale, and how bad it's going to get. The sea level keeps rising, the CO2 levels keeps rising, the average temperatures keep rising, etc. etc. We have just had the warmest 12 consecutive months globally since records began.

Lewis - take a free lesson from people who actually know the subject:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/climatechangecourse/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=metoffice2

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Re: Could be GCHQ that is playing up. Also, it's in Northern Ireland too

40GB != Infinity.

http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10495/~/bt-broadband-usage-policy

If you exceed your usage allowance, you'll be charged for any additional usage in units of 5 gigabytes (Gb), at £5.60 per 5Gb or part thereof, which will appear in your next bill, and you will be sent an email to let you know.

Screw that.

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Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes

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Re: What does this really mean?

"they have no real understanding of *nix, and assume that proper operating systems are as trivially attacked as their system of choice"

Welcome to the 21st century. Obviously you have been away from Planet Earth for some time, but since you have been gone it's now the other way round. Windows generally has far fewer vulnerabilities these days than most enterprise *nix versions that are also on average fixed faster. Internet facing *nix boxes are also several times more likely (as per web site hacking figures) to be remotely exploited than Windows Server based ones.

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Science, bitches?

"it's the extreme excursions in the opposite direction which are more difficult to explain (i.e. ice ages)."

No it's not. Milankovitch cycles.

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Re: "...lines running left to right..."

""Our surveys indicate that the floes are much thicker and more deformed than reported by most drilling and ship-based measurements of Antarctic sea ice," "

So presumably the massive levels of Antarctic ice loss measured by the Cryogen satellite are even higher than we thought! That probably explains how it lost so much ice it even effected the planet's gravity: http://news.discovery.com/earth/global-warming/earths-gravity-dips-from-antarctic-ice-loss-141001.htm

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Re: Well, that is all very nice but...

"...does it run Windows?"

+1 - no interest if it only runs Android.

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Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

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Re: If it can make it there it can make it anywhere.

Hopefully Sky and Virgin will now provide similar full service options in the UK on Xbox One and PS4 without having to rent one of their STBs...

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

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"Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record"

Right - so what? Hardly notable. Surely the fact that GLOBALLY we have just had the WARMEST 12 consecutive MONTHS SINCE RECORDS BEGAN in 1880 is of somewhat more interest?

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2014/9

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: IPCC Credibility

"Climate change is always irreversible and always has been irreversible because the climate has never been static and never will be static. Even if all humans were to disappear tomorrow, the climate would still change."

But at a rate at least several orders of magnitude slower than that already caused by AGW.

The effects of AGW can be mitigated and slowed by taking action now. All the models show that minimising climate change now is far cheaper than the changes required to live with it if no action is taken...

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Re: meaningless. how long?

"The report itself is characteristically alarmist in tone. For example"

But all those comments are entirely factual and as far as I can see have no emotive content. So stating the facts about AGW is now alarmist?!

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Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

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Re: Well lets name them....

Just make sure 'System Protection' is turned on, and then you can restore previous versions of files....

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"So thanks to bitcoin this kind of activity can "get paid" with zero chance of tracing the recipients? They dont even have to set up dodgy accounts that they fill up, transfer and dump?"

So just like cash and Western Union money transfer then.

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Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

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Re: If this article was by Lewis Page…

"and you are a believer in the warming religion"

A religion implies that faith is required. Whereas global warming is fact based:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2014/9

The past 12 months—October 2013–September 2014—was the warmest 12-month period among all months since records began in 1880, at 0.69°C (1.24°F) above the 20th century average. This breaks the previous record of +0.68°C (+1.22°F) set for the periods September 1998–August 1998, August 2009–July 2010; and September 2013–August 2014."

That finally kills off the "It hasn't warmed for the last 18 years" cherry picked time range bollocks brigade.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Google+

"Google+

Where intelligent people go to post"

So, presumably you are not intelligent then? Not that we needed any clues.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: Ah! - that'll be "Global Warming"....

"..Oh, wait....."

Until the latest warming figures?:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2014/9

The first nine months of 2014 (January–September) tied with 1998 as the warmest such period on record, with a combined global land and ocean average surface temperature 0.68°C (1.22°F) above the 20th century average of 14.1°C (57.5°F). If 2014 maintains this temperature departure from average for the remainder of the year, it will be the warmest calendar year on record.

The past 12 months—October 2013–September 2014—was the warmest 12-month period among all months since records began in 1880, at 0.69°C (1.24°F) above the 20th century average. This breaks the previous record of +0.68°C (+1.22°F) set for the periods September 1998–August 1998, August 2009–July 2010; and September 2013–August 2014.

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Re: @Vogon

"Got a peer reviewed article on that? l'inq please."

http://www.pnas.org/content/111/34/12331

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Re: oracle@delphi.gr

"If you trace back from the present you will find that you can go back 18 years and find no warming."

Nope - we find a small increase. As per your graph.

"Go back 30 years and you will indeed find warming. But this is not my assertion."

So you admit that you make a meaningless assertion with cherry picked figures that don't reflect the longer term trend. Glad we cleared that up.

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Re: oracle@delphi.gr

"I repeat again. Global temps haven't increased in 18+ years despite CO2 climbing steadily."

You keep saying that - but it's demonstrably not true as a quick look at any long term temperature record demonstrates. 18 Years ago was an exceptionally warm El Nino year and taken in isolation you might conclude that there had been only a little warming between now and then (but not none at all), however when you look at a larger data set, the continuing trend is clear.

http://scienceblogs.com/significantfigures/index.php/2013/04/02/three-iconic-graphs-showing-the-climate-fix-were-in/

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/global/lo-hem/201408.gif

The extreme level of obtuseness required not to realise this from only the most basic of research tells me that either you are incredibly gullible, or you are trolling...

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"Sea-level rise is decelerating."

Between 1870 and 2004, global average sea levels rose a total of 195 mm, and 1.46 mm per year. From 1950 to 2009, measurements show an average annual rise in sea level of 1.7 ± 0.3 mm per year, with satellite data showing a rise of 3.3 ± 0.4 mm per year from 1993 to 2009.

"'Extreme' weather is not more common."

Climate scientists in Germany noticed that since 2000 there have been an “exceptional number of summer weather extremes, some causing massive damage to society”. So they examined the huge meanders in the high-level jet stream winds that dominate the weather at mid-latitudes, by analysing 35 years of wind data amassed from satellites, ships, weather stations and meteorological balloons. They found that blocking patterns, which occur when these meanders slow down, have happened far more frequently.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/11/extreme-weather-common-blocking-patterns

"Global temps have been flat for 18+ years."

Although the rate of increase in the globally and annually averaged temperature of the atmosphere near the surface has slowed since around 2000 compared to the rate of increase over the preceding three decades, near-surface warming of the atmosphere has continued. The 2000s were warmer than the 1990s, and the 2010s so far have been warmer than the 2000s, and upper ocean warming has accelerated.

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Re: Antactica is melting too

"CO2 is 0.4% of the atmosphere it has no effect on global temps get over it"

http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/last_400k_yrs.html

"How bout this simply experiment anyone can do "

Done properly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwtt51gvaJQ

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Re: Antactica is melting too

Perhaps you mean Precession...

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"As the scientists say, the more we know, the less we understand"

Meanwhile the sea levels keep rising, the extreme weather gets more common, and the average surface temperature of the planet keeps increasing...

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: Sway.

"Microsoft has released a preview"

So not final then. So not even beta. So how is this news? Must be a slow day in Reg Central...

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No tiles, no NAP – next Windows for data centre looks promising

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Re: The tools to do our job

"Powershell's commands are much longer"

No they are not - they have abbreviations too if you don't like the plain English approach...

"It's also based around objects (so it has to be better), rather than text which is so easy to read/save it must be crap"

You can use text - maintaining readability - but giving you much more power and flexibility then a non object orientated script. For instance it supports Inheritance, Polymorphism, Encapsulation, Constructors with parameters, Notes – read-write variables, Methods – scriptblocks, Properties with Get scriptblocks and optional Set scriptblocks, Static and Private Notes and Methods, etc.

"Advanced line editing? pah, that's for wimps - powershell doesn't need that - it doesn't even need working tab completion"

You must have missed PowerShell ISE: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd315244.aspx

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