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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

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Re: ahh the joys of console wars

"You have to feel sorry for Microsoft. Sales of its new, next-generation console, the Xbox One, have clearly so far failed to come close to those of Sony’s PlayStation 4"

Not sure why you would feel sorry for them though - sales are running at roughly twice those of Sony's PS4:

http://blog.infoscout.co/black-friday-console-war/

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iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

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"While in some markets in Europe WP may have around 10%, worldwide it is still at the 4% mark,"

Windows Phone is growing rapidly pretty much everywhere - and is a also at over 10% in much of South America for instance...

"and this is with the cheap end of the market and subsidized by Microsoft with $1billion/year plus marketing help."

It doesn't really matter how they get there - they are clearly succeeding....competitors like Google, Samsung and Apple spend similar amounts on advertising too...And of course the Android market is also profitable for both Microsoft and Nokia due to their licensing agreements.

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US Justice Department on Microsoft's Nokia acquisition: 'Go for it'

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Re: "Anger hundreds of Chinese workers"

There were some angry Chinese workers because of false rumours that Vietnamese workers had received a payoff related to the transfer and that Microsoft planned to decrease pay.

Quickly proved false and shutdown by guaranteeing the same wages for a year (actually a decrease when you consider inflation!) and by hardline action (plenty more of you where those came from, etc...)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/22/us-nokia-china-protest-idUSBRE9AL0I620131122

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2013-11/28/c_132926696.htm

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What lies beneath Microsoft's Cloud OS?

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Re: A Chain is only as Strong as it's Weakest Link

"I could - at the moment, and not for much longer - be convinced VMware is more stable and secure."

I have not seen measures of stability, but ESX4 alone has had way more security holes than the whole Windows Server 2008 OS....Largely because of the Linux related parts like the console. I guess that's why VMWare moved to Powershell....

If you compare ESX4 to Hyper-V Server, ESX has a couple of orders of magnitude more security holes!

http://secunia.com/advisories/product/25985/

http://secunia.com/advisories/product/18255/

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Microsoft wields turkey knife, slices Surface to $199 for Black Friday

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Re: Still $100 too much

"Android. Maemo, Meego, Jolla, Tizen, ..."

#1 is the only really useable OS there - and that's still a cut down - not a fully functional OS like RT. And it doesn't have a proper version of Office available except via the browser / Office 365. And is malware ridden. So thanks, but no thanks.

Whilst RT is inferior to normal Windows, its still far more functional than Maldroid or IOS...

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

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Re: And still more enlightening than 'Christmas Markets'

Pinocchio?

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Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

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Re: @TheVogon

Yes I do, pedant.

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Re: @ AC 14:14

"Ah yes, a report from 2010 is conclusive evidence of Linux vs Windows today?"

The gap is even wider now - Linux vulnerabilities have stayed pretty constant whereas Windows vulnerabilities have steadily declined in number....

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Re: Is it 1998 already

"Not exactly spreading - infects via php vuln, so it needs a running webserver to allow the infection, and then it tries to infect, using a binary from a single, known server, any other networked webserver using a small, motley collection of usernames/passwords."

Sounds like spreading to me

"After that where does it go ?"

To more similarly vulnerable devices presumably....

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TheVogon
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Then why bother posting it? Just makes you look like a pedantic twat....

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TheVogon
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Richto was my previous name on here - changed because of confusion it was some sort of boast about wealth - not a new account

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TheVogon
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"Yes, because IIS exploits are of course largely theoretical..."

IIS has a very good security record - one of the more secure platforms....current versions (IIS 8 / 8.5) have zero known vulnerabilities I believe....and before that you have to go back years to find anything that affected a default installation of an IIS webserver...

As per website defacement statistics - you are several times more likely to be hacked running say Linux....

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Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

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"Strange, I thought officially the PS3 has outsold the XBOX 360 in the UK...."

Nope - the Xbox 360 has even outsold the Wii in the UK - it's the UK's top selling console last generation console..

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Microsoft pulls its crowd-control tech from out of the shadows

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"The GA of Traffic Manager sees Microsoft overtake Google and lag behind Amazon in terms of features as Azure doesn't – yet – offer multi-region load balancing"

Yes it does - as your own article makes clear:

"Your applications can run in the same data center, or be distributed across different regions across the world," Scott Guthrie wrote in a blog post on Thursday."

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Forget ANGELINA JOLIE, Xbox One struts red carpet in London's Leicester Square

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Re: A Sham just like the Xbox360 launch?

I was at the actual Xbox 360 launch event in the Mojave Desert, and the only Microsoft employees there were running the show....

Seeing as the Xbox One Pre-Orders sold out months before it went on sale, those in the queues would have been purchasers...

'I had to sign an NDA not to talk about it' - lol to supposedly queue at a launch - that was already a sell out? I call Bullshit.

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Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

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Re: Ah, but why did they sell the dumb phones?

"Nokia’s smartphone strategy was unaffordable"

Erm - but Nokia were on target to make a profit on that business this quarter?

Windows Phone now has nearly 12% market share in the EU top 5 including the UK....

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PlayStation 4 a doddle to fix: Handy if it OVERHEATS, for instance

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Re: Hang on i thought it was 8GB GDDR5 RAM?

"and 2GB of DDR3"

No - 2Gb of DDR3...

"Also doesn't this all add up to 6GB of RAM?"

No - see above...

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Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

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Re: Hardware non-issues

"Back in the real world, the failure rate in context is 0.4%, which is pretty good for a new product launch."

It is much higher than that. Sony are of course only counting fault calls they receive directly. Not the many more items being returned via retailers that havn't hit them yet...

Plus loads of consoles will be unopened until Christmas...

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Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks

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Re: I'm in

"Indeed, BeOS (the company) was destroyed by MS OEM licencing that forbade OEMS from dual booting multiple operating systems."

Microsoft always allowed you to choose once from multiple preinstalled OSs. What they didn't allow you to do was boot Windows via a 3rd party boot loader or dual boot Windows. Which for support and security reasons makes sense - as well of course of locking out the competition from a co-existence embrace and replace strategy...

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Apple iOS 7 security bug allows fiendish wags to easily empty your wallet

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Re: I recall the 90's

"allows fiendish wags to easily empty your wallet"

Surely that was always a fundamental feature of Apple products?

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

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Re: WP

"Wrong. SecureBoot requires a UEFI bootloader. WP is firmware, not UEFI."

Wrong: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=266838

Windows Phone architecture uses a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design provided by SoC vendors. The SoC vendor and device manufactures provide the pre-UEFI boot loaders and the UEFI environment. The UEFI environment implements the UEFI secure boot standard that is described in section 27 of the UEFI Specification (http://www.uefi.org/specs). This standard describes a process by which all UEFI drivers and applications are validated against keys provisioned into a UEFI runtime variable before they are executed.

The UEFI and Windows document (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en- us/windows/hardware/gg463149.aspx) on MSDN describes the advantages of using UEFI and how UEFI is supported by desktop versions of the Windows operating system. Although the document focuses on UEFI and Windows, most of the information in the document also applies to Windows Phone.

Microsoft provides the Windows Phone boot manager in the UEFI environment. After the pre-UEFI and UEFI components complete their boot processes, the Windows Phone boot manager takes over to complete the Windows Phone 8 boot process so that the user can start using the smartphone. All code in the Windows Phone operating system is signed by Microsoft, including OEM drivers and applications. Also, applications that are added after manufacturing, or installed from the Windows Phone Store or a private enterprise store must be properly signed to execute

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

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Re: The PS3 was and still is a top-notch product

"Whilst it's true that the Xbox One is struggling to achieve 720p 60FPS, all the PS4 release multiplatform titles handle 1080p 60FPS without trouble,."

Not true - BF4 is upscaled on the PS4 - and looks worse than on the Xbox One as the PS4 upscales in software, whereas the Xbox One does it in hardware....And Watch Dogs only runs at 30fps on the PS4...

Forza 5 is 60fps / 1080p on the Xbox One - so it's possible to do - the Xbox One has advanced compressed texture tiling technology and a 200GBps on chip cache that the PS4 doesn't - that will take developers a while to learn to use....

The PS4 is a games only crippled PC - no CD, no MP3, no DNLA, etc, etc. I can't see why anyone would buy one versus a PC.

The Xbox One at least does a lot more that you can't currently do on a PC with Kinect and the HDMI input capability...

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BlackBerry flings John Chen $89 MILLION to save troubled firm

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That's a very expensive funeral....

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Microsoft buys all electricity from Texas wind farm

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Re: Does this explain Azure outages

"days when no wind = no electric thus no Azure Cloud"

Wind will fill in for other zero emission power sources such as Bloom energy fuel cells.....

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

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Re: Patent trolls

"MS who sued their way into Linux"

Really? I must have missed that - who did they sue and when?

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TheVogon
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Re: Sony

"Everyone involved in Android loses money on it except Samsung, not just Sony."

Erm, surely Google, Microsoft and Nokia also make money from Android?

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Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE

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Re: Blue Sky of Death?

Apparently it can turn itself on and off! Three times anyway:

http://www.informationweek.com/cloud-computing/infrastructure/azure-outage-caused-by-false-failure-ala/232602382

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Win XP? Your PLAGUE risk is SIX times that of Win 8 - NOW

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Re: I'm upgrading a lot of WinXP boxes for friends and family at the moment

I can see that working well when they want to play Battlefield 4.....

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Hybrid heaven: Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Azure

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Re: Sorry, couldn't see the correction link on this story

More to the point, presumably they mean SCAC - System Centre App Controller.....Not SCVMM.

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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

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Re: Some plastics do stink

"I was once given a flowcharting template made of a plastic which smelled of vomit"

Like Hershey's 'chocolate' ?

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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

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Re: Anyone here using Virginmedia?

"Wouldn't transferring my data outside the EU without my express permission fall foul of EU Data Protection Laws?"

Nope. Safe harbour provisions assume that companies will apply an appropriate level of diligence to your data if they store it in the colonies - but with no way of enforcing it if they don't....

Hopefully the Edward Snowden revelations will change all that and Europe will start taking the US approach of forcing compliance with our laws on those that want to do business with us...

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TheVogon
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Re: Why the hell...

" I download same 8.1 on torrents I get about 10mb"

Use port 554, forced encryption, allow ~700 peers, and limit upload speed to say 5Mbps. Then you will easily max it out....

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TheVogon
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Re: Why the hell...

No Virgin speed issues here - I can max out my connection any time of day without much difficulty. The fastest home service I have ever had, and I have tried a few 'fibre' based ones. I can hit the claimed 120Mbps down / 12Mbps up quite easily.

I suggest that your neighbour's issues are likely due to the Internet - not Virgin.

Your comparison is not valid as you are not testing anything remotely similar....

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TheVogon
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Re: What a bunch...

But Zen don't seem to offer anything close to a 120 Mbps service? The highest seems to be "up to 76 Mbps" for £25 + VAT

Also it doesn't seem to be available without a phone line costing another £17 + VAT a month....

Virgin 120 Mbps costs £35 + VAT with no phone line required....so cheaper.

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Nokia emerges smothered in red ink, manages to flog cheapo Windows Phones

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Smothered in red ink?! Nokia made a profit for the first time in years and their cash position is pretty healthy too - even without the proposed Microsoft deal.....

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Why did Nokia bosses wait so long to pop THAT Lumia tab?

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Re: Nokia saves another MS OS?

"You are confused, or deliberately lying. Windows RT _is_ cut-down, it doesn't have a complete Win32 desktop environment"

You don't understand what you are talking about. Win32 is a CPU specific API. Pretty much all of the underlying core Windows low level features are available in Windows RT - just via different APIs.

"Even Office RT is cut-down with many features not implemented."

The main feature missing is VBA - again which is largely CPU specific in terms of Add-Ins commonly used, etc...

"While Windows RT does run apps compiled for 'modern' these are not compiled to ARM _or_ x86 but to WinRT CLR."

Sure - but only for Metro Apps - and that's why Metro is the future Microsoft is pushing towards.....Cross platform from single compile, or where this is not possible, this is hidden via the Windows Store that automatically delivers the correct version....

"Actually Windows 64 can run 32 bit applications"

But not the other way round which is the point here.

"", Alpha could run x86 applications.""

Not via the OS. Only via a third party emulator - Digital FX!32

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Finally! How to make Android USABLE: Install BlackBerry OS 10.2

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Just bubbles from the sinking ship....

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IBM thrusts mighty cloud erection at US gov after Amazon beds CIA spies

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Re: Losers

"And no, life isn't about page views."

That was a statement worthy of the NSA. What he means is that it is all about advert clicks...

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Bigger, fiddly to manage: The second coming of Windows Server 2012

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Re: Too bad

"I'm surprised they didn't use R2 to launch a simpler way to link on-premise AD with 0365. My understanding is that ADFS can be a bear "

ADFS is designed as an Active Directory Federation solution for all requirements, so it would be more complex overall to offer multiple product versions. ADFS isn't that complex to setup and requires near zero management once configured....

"or they'd bake the needed parts of ADFS into standard server so it would already be linked"

ADFS is baked into Standard Server. You just select the Role you want installed using Server Manager....

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No plans for Friday night? There's a pile o' Windows Server ISOs feeling lonely

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Re: 2012 R2 - over-powered by FreeBSD and Linux

"There is absolutely nothing, except a few gimmicky add-ons that Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows InTune can do that cannot be done with greater scalability, performance reliability and security than a professionally configured and tuned FreeBSD 9.2 Server setup or RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.4x"

Really, Do tell me how you do Dynamic Access Control (expression based security ACLs and claims based authorisation) with Linux or FreeBSD? Or even use Kerberos constrained delegation instead of Sudo?

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

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"are they going to organically grow it then "

Surely all organic molecules contain carbon?

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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Re: april fools october

" come on microsoft show something innovative"

Like being ahead of everyone else in touch and gesture support you mean?

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !

"if the same expedience can be reached than with a standard Linux upgrade."

At least you can do an in place upgrade of Windows. Unlike with say Red Hat or CentOS....

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Microsoft sharpens blade, slashes high-mem cloud prices in Amazon duel

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Re: Ah, this could get interesting..

Worth mentioning that Microsoft's Azure storage performance is significantly faster than amazon too....So it's not just a price difference.

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Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2: Quick start guide for sysadmins

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Or you can just use MAK keys and avoid all that bs....

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BlackBerry's AD BLITZ: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated

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Re: Recently

These adverts smell of rotting corpse....

Nokiasoft will clean up in this space imo.

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Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial

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No reason you can't use WP8 on business desktops either. It's fast, secure and very stable.

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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Re: Cultural

Canned for too much Can surely?

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Will BlackBerry be cherrypicked, or bought by its daddies?

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I doubt they are after a long term relationship. Blackberry clearly doesn't have a future....

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New Development. Where do we go?

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Re: Solid Servers

"While the stupid Metro start menu made it's way into the Server 2012 UI"

2012 doesn't have any UI by default and there is no need to install one. Use the Remote Admin tools if your PowerShell isn't good enough....

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