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BlackBerry CEO John Chen: Y'know what, we'll go back to enterprise stuff

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SAP HANA

Yep, and it's nothing to do with Sybase.

Maybe you're thinking of IQ - great product, ignored by SAP.

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AMB-York

Re: wow gj sherlock

>> a reference to his time as CEO of Sybase

Ignored for years, bought out by SAP, now ignored by SAP too.

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Lyrics upstart Rap Genius blacklisted by Google for Justin Bieber SEO scam

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However

If Google had their own lyric site, the EU would be investigating about now.

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Guinness gives games geek world record for 10,607 piece collection

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Re: emulators?

How on earth can a great story like this descend into an argument? Come on, Christmas is still in full swing. Enjoy what he's done for the sake of it.

Maybe you all work for HP in which case you have my full sympathy.

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Microsoft yanks Surface 2 DIM SCREEN of DEATH fix in update snafu

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2000?

Is that it? Hardly worth worrying about for just 2000 devices. Come on MS, get your act together.

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Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

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Joke

Re: Thank you Facebook

Surely the timewasters are those using Facebook?

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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Why ask the government for help?

Sorry, but the best thing the government can do for business is keep out the way. Plenty of other ways to raise money.

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What you need to know about moving to the Azure public cloud

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Still not sure

I keep toying with the idea of moving my servers to Azure. As part of my Action Pack sub, I get a budget for cloud.

2 problems:

1) It seems to become very expensive very quickly

2) I get a weekly email about scheduled downtime - I'd normally arrange downtime of my own servers around my work. not possible with cloud.

I'm just using it for demo installations at the moment. That brings the other problem that you can't use Save/Resume as in HyperV, so get the choice of running all the time (expensive) or allowing time to start.

Nearly got caught out the other day - if you shut down from within the server rather than the console, you keep paying!

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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

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Windows

Would be lower

if only it were possible to go back to iOS6.

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NASA opens its Jupiter photo album to honour Pioneer 10

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Come on Nokia

Forget that stuff about taking wedding photos on a phone. Send one up to Jupiter instead.

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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I always like the idea of these

until I work out what I'm paying for - empty box, mobo, processor, power supply and a network card. Plus a cut-down OS.

I'm sure I could do it just as cheaply with an old Windows PC with some extra hard drives without worrying about the esoteric format the HDDs use.

Even more sure there's some open source build of something out there that does it dead cheap too.

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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

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Innovation

All those years of rapid innovation at Apple, but the iPhone still looks the same.

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Who wants a Xeon-powered, 12-core, RAID 10 … LAPTOP?

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Paris Hilton

Maybe 5 years late

Would have been great as a demo laptop a few years ago. Able to run some decent server software rather than struggling with a laptop with too little RAM and slow drives. Now, you just fire up a cloud server, so not so useful.

Paris cos she was better 5 years ago too.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

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Facepalm

Frustrating

I use IE for work apps as I can keep cookies etc kept open. I use firefox for general browsing. Just wish they'd stop mucking around and do some proper 'innovation'. Rounded boxes don't count.

Google gives me the creeps, so no Chrome. I found Iron to be unstable. Didn't like Opera, so that leaves me with IE and Firefox.

Come on - fix the plugin mess - what were they thinking when they disabled Flash without a popup to tell you what was going on? Slight change to the web address far too subtle and not visible in full screen mode.

Just wish the end result of open source software wasn't a messy UI and a massive settings/options dialogue box. Nobody wants to work on the boring stuff - rounded boxes are much more interesting!

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Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

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Is it just me?

Or are all the rival search sites the ones I'd really like to exclude from every search I ever do?

I don't use Google, but I get fed up with low quality search sites cluttering up search results on duckduckgo.

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Wouldn't it be easier

To just use a PC/Mac connected to manage everythin?

I have a £150 Windows PC connected to an amplifier with decent speakers. Same PC connects to a projector for films. Can control over whatever method I prefer.

Speaker cables are run along the skirting boards - plenty of easy ways to hide them.

I'd like to go wireless for the HDMI connection, just not got round to it yet.

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

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Re: WP

I should point out - the bit about being secure through having a minority device was a joke.

The bit about owning a Nokia 520 in nasty red is the truth.

I like my Windows phone :)

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Re: WP

Doesn't look like it. All us WP users can be smug in the belief that we have a safe phone OS. Sadly, the truth is that we're an obscure minority who buy cheap phones. Not worth hacking as there's not enough of us and we can't afford a better phone, so nothing to steal.

Mine's a Nokia 520 in a nasty shade of red.

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Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts

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On the other hand

I'm self-employed. I normally work 3 or 4 days per week.

Having mobile email means my customers don't need to know, and they think I'm always available. Makes my life far more flexible. Also means I don't have to check email when I get home from a day-long meeting.

Bit crap if you're a wage slave though.

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

AMB-York

Smartphone definition

Perhaps be better if we only included the phones where someone bothers to install something rather than just using the bundled apps? Smartphone with just the default stuff is no different from a feature phone.

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Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

AMB-York
Paris Hilton

BUT YOU CAN'T TRUST THE GOVERNMENT!!

Paris 'cos even she has more sense than to get paid in bitcoins

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OH what a LOVELY, well-rendered WAR: Yes, it’s 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

AMB-York

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Wake me up when someone comes up with an original idea for a game.

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

AMB-York

eff off at real.com

Same happens at any site that forces you to create an account just to download an eval or to install.

Real Player used to need a username just to install.

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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

AMB-York

Re: IT Managers (in a windows world) dream of

Don't you just love end-users who don't see how it all works!

"I have 2 computers at home and some ethernet cable. Therefore I'm an expert"

For the record, you can control iPads - as soon as you connect to email using ActiveSync, a bunch of security settings are forced upon you.

There's also software out there that allows you to control the iPad security settings. As far as I know, it just needs to integrate better with AD.

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Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

AMB-York

Re: Whatever it is...

Are they taking pre-orders?

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Samsung is officially the WORLD'S BIGGEST smartphone maker

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Joke

Blackberry on the up with 38%?

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GOV.UK swells organ donor signups by 10,000 a month

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FAIL

Join the public sector and make it great.

Then get outsourced to a large private company. Shortly followed by redundancy as your job is shipped overseas.

Think I'll keep freelancing thanks.

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

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Just drop the price of the Q10

And I'll buy one.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

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Re: 2/3rds running iOS7

So, 2/3 of users installed an update that was automatically downloaded when they connected to Wifi/ Why is that impressive?

I'd like to go back to iOS6 - even with bold readable text, iOS7 is horrid.

Why does the keyboard keep changing between the old and the new? Looks like an OS cludge.

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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No Fanboi

No Fanboi here - Windows wall to wall, including phone. Just have an independent viewpoint.

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FAIL

Just use Windows Phone

Given what a great job Nokia have done with Windows Phone, I'd love to see what they could do with one of these running WP8.1 rather than wasting time on RT.

RT is like Google Chrome - nobody wants it, but nobody has the guts to kill it off.

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New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight

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Car engine names

I think you'll find they have internal names - my Land Rover Defender has a Puma engine. That dates from Ford's ownership, so I'm sure it's more widespread than we realise.

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

AMB-York

Works for me

Been fine since I patched Exchange 2013 last month.

Still can't download SQL Express though!

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

AMB-York

Re: Right click admin options

I've been working with Windows 8 for a few months now. Windows 8.1 on my laptop for the last month or so.

Yesterday, I had to work on a Windows 7 PC - the whole start button thing seemed very primitive.

Strange what you get used to.

Worth having the Start button again, just for using remote access - getting the menu up was a pain over a windowed RDP session.

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ITU to Europe: One charger for all mobes good. One to rule them ALL? Better

AMB-York

Re: Good news....

So what happens when someone comes up with something better? Not allowed?

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

AMB-York

New phone!

I've had my Windows 8 phone for nearly 2 weeks. I like it, but can't believe it's taken Microsoft so long to get this far.

There seems to be so much really simple stuff missing, and no apps to add them, so I assume the API is quite limited - is it too much to ask for auto on/off & sound profiles?

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

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Q10

Just waiting for the price to drop. Great phone, but way too expensive.

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Cerberus circles BlackBerry as Canucks warn of more losses

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Re: Sad farewell

I'm way ahead of you there - took the account as right at the start, otherwise BES can't claim 'Send As' permissions. It's something more than that - the server would work for a week or so, then stop. Recreating my account in BESx would make it work for another week or so.

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Sad farewell

Sad to hand back my Blackberry Bold today. Major problems with BESx with Exchange 2013, started due to being domain admin with email account (I know you're not supposed), took myself out of the group, but still failing for the one account. Tried using IMAP etc with BIS, but never seems to sync back to Outlook properly. I just don't have the time or skills to fix this.

I'd love to go for a Q10, but with O2 offering me a Nokia 520 at £60, how could I refuse? Got a red one, so hopefully my wife will like it too, then I can get rid of BESx once and for all.

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

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Dull

I had an A4 sport back in the late 90s - great car. Looking for a new car recently (A3 size), just don't like the look of any current Audi - shame really.

Bought a A Class Merc in the end - very nice. Test drove the AMG version - wife wouldn't let me :(

Daftest extra it had was that every time you drove past a road sign, it displayed the sign on the dashboard - very distracting.

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

AMB-York
Windows

Microsoft?

Have Microsoft paid these guys to try and make the Windows 8 program manager look good?

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'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

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Real story

Scientists whose careers depend upon the presence of global warming will find a reason to say why this proves the existence of global warming.

And the merry go round continues.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

AMB-York

DAB in cars

£420 optional upgrade on my new car. That's after paying for the 6 CD changer and MP3 gubbins.

Be better spending money on nationwide 3G, then stream radio that way. Alternatively, just stick with FM.

DAB is 20th Century solution to a problem that doesn't really exist.

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Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India

AMB-York

Re: The Third World Smartphone

You might no like his comment, but India has an average income of $1400 (US).

So the real headline is 'Microsoft come second when people can't afford an iPhone'

(Still a BlackBerry user)

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

AMB-York

Re: Why?

Why are you talking about Talk Talk? No mention in the original post.

Managed to transfer my parents and my in-laws away from BT. Little by little...

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China, India the key to Micr-okia's fate says IDC

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Fix the email first

Took a tour of the phone shops at the weekend. I have 10+ years of email arranged in 1000s of folders.

IPhone/iPad can't cope as it truncates the folder names.

Windows didn't appear to work with folders properly.

Android, too many to be sure, but my Nexus 7 can't cope.

That left me with my old Blackberry 9700 doing a fine job.

Apart from email, Windows looked pretty good though, but I don't use more than email & geocaching.

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

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FAIL

Methode Champenoise

Actually, that changed in the mid-90s. You'll find now that they have to use Methode Traditionelle.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

AMB-York

Good bye

Nothing of interest in my facebook account. Be even less now. I manage without Google, I'm sure I'll manage without Facebook.

LinkedIn though - not sure I'd want to lose that.

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Hacktivists boast of English Defence League KO after website downed

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Facepalm

Victory for freedom of speech!

Oh, wait. Um..

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A single company is responsible for 1 out of 4 BlackBerry apps

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Re: New phone time

Looks like I may change my mind. Thanks

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