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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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So, exactly the same as BlackBerry's AppWorld_of_disappointment then...

95% rubbish.

Apple's App Store is *far and away* better, at only about 87% rubbish.

Hey: I had to reinstall Win 7 the other night. It's *way* more fun if you do this errand after several glasses of red wine. I don;t understand why IT folks aren't drunk all the time. Or, perhaps they are.

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

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"...just one day after..."

"...just one day after the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared..."

How long was it active? Starting on Day 1 until when?

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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About what it's worth...

"Walmart has knocked the price of the fruity-flavoured iPhone 5C down to just 97 cents."

The Apple staff that even came up with the idea of the colourful 5C, loudly proclaiming "I'm a cheap-wad that can't afford the 5S", should get a bonus of the same amount.

As TG's Clarkson constantly explains, the Porsche Boxster is a rolling advertisement that one cannot afford a 911. If the Boxster only came in bright colours, it would only be worse. I guess Apple staff never watch TG.

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Re: I'm not convinced

iPhones have had an *increasing* number of screws (as already stated, *inside*). They (eBay'ers) even sell special iPhone-shaped screw holders to keep them organized, starting with (I think) the 4. Not even required with the 3GS for example.

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Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC

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Re: Genuine question (and maybe that's not the point of the article).

Your instincts are correct.

Netflix has to fairly share costs for the dedicated interconnection. It's a matter for fair negotiation, not a campaign based on misinformation. E.g. that whole "3 Mbps" nonsense "when I'm paying for 30...".

That said, if specific telcos are cheating, then call them out. With facts. I think that they did so in one case. Lawsuits are reasonable in the worst case.

Netflix - purveyor of brain pablum. Explains a lot.

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"Net neutrality FUD campaign failure means Netflix has to share costs fairly"

There, I fixed it for you.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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Will they even bother with the plasticy iPhone 5C?

I predict that they would sell precisely zero of the cheap(er) and cheerful 5Cs.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Steam Streaming

We're just dipping our toe into the following: A several years old gaming PC in the basement (i7=920, 6 GB, GTX280), running Steam under Ubuntu OS. It streams the Steam games over the LAN to any old non-gaming PC or laptop.

The goal is the physical convenience of a laptop, combined with the gaming performance of a huge tower.

We can't yet report on the results, but it's looking hopeful.

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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

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Re: Percentages and bits

"Three bits gives you eight possible values; two bits gives you four possible values. That sounds like one hundred percent more information."

By your logic, a 6 TB HDD can hold more information than would fit into the known Universe.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Standard Windows timings

You beat me to it.

Reinstalling Win 7 Pro seems to take several hours, if for no other reason than all the updates since the iso was created. Disk speed limited, certainly not my Internet.

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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Re: Hoping for sanity

@FF

Implicit in your post is a false assumption. You assume that very long life incandescent lightbulbs would be A Very Good Thing™. Unfortunately, any wider view, including some very basic but essential background knowledge about filament temperature and illumination efficiency, reveals that very long life incandescent lightbulbs would NOT be A Very Good Thing™. They'd be a tremendous waste of resources, except arguably in some very limited circumstances where changing the lightbulb might be exceedingly difficult (e.g. top of a tower).

Perhaps, and this is speculation, perhaps the cartel was simply agreeing not to compete in the light bulb lifespan space, knowing that it would end badly in terms of The Greater Good™.

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Re: I think this is a made up story

AC: "Apple tends to apply its ability to simplify..."

So you missed that whole thing about putting a microchip into the tiny 'Lightning' connector?

Try to keep up.

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Re: Hoping for sanity

You mean like the USB socket in my kid's laptop? The broken one soldered straight to the motherboard.

Oh well, nothing that can't be fixed after three glasses of red wine.

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Re: I think this is a made up story

Agreed. It's *obviously* a fake.

Apple would have put a solar powered vision system and a motor to spin the connector into correct alignment as the user moves it towards the socket.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: Aww that's just unlucky

It's like the horrible Bruce Willis movie, Diehard, where everyone, and I mean everyone, was sharing the same frequency. Police, Fire, Rescue, ATC, CB, Aliens, everyone.

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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Been there, done that...

Bought a signed-by-the-astronaut book after some red wine. Turns out it's a soft cover book, not hard cover. Major FAIL.

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

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Lenovo laptops

Buy used.

I've done so three times in the last month. Thinkpads, Win 7 Pro, i5, Nvidia discrete graphics, $250-ish. Successful.

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Lenovo laptops

I've bought three ThinkPads in the past month, and now eyeing a 4th. Some for the kids, a couple for me. All came with Win 7 Pro, acceptably snappy i5 processors, discrete Nvidia graphics, loaded with features. eBay, used, great cosmetic condition. $250 price class each.

One has to be willing to accept some risk, work an hour to scrub them clean, possibly repair any minor issues, update the software (a GB of updates) and hunt down drivers. Likely buy a replacement battery pack or two. Might get SSDs for some of them.

Required being brave enough to click Buy, having faith in people's honesty, some luck, and some trivial IT skill.

Overall, happiness with these purchases is about 15+ out of 10. Seriously.

I've also been stocking up on Win 7 desktops too, four or five of those this summer. Same sort of deals. Mostly good results, with a few glitches along the way.

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Lenovo laptops

Buy used.

I've done so several times in the past month or so.

Win 7 Pro, i5, discrete Nvidia graphics, $250 price class.

Have to be willing to take some risks, and use your IT skills to deal with issues. It's worked out fantastic for us. Kids use one for Steam gaming, they're happy.

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"...there is no good reason not to use 8."

There's a point where such willful blindless is actually effectively deceptive and counterproductive. You're there.

Here are some examples of a fully truthful and precisely accurate statements, just so you'll learn the differrence.

There is no good reason why Microsoft cannot include an alternate Win 7 like GUI that would be a selectable option. That $5 aftermarket Start Menu fix should be bundled and supported by Microsoft.

There is no good reason why Microsoft should take it upon themselves to forcibly bundle a sub-optimal childlike tiled GUI, ideal for 5 year old little girls drawing happy faces for daddy, with other valuable and necessary OS improvements.

There is no good reason why Microsoft should literally withdraw Win 7 FPP (Retail) from the marketplace to force people to change.

They have made bad, stupid, decisions for seemingly GUI-religious reasons.

"Convert or die" is simply pure evil. There are vastly more evil examples in the world, but Microsoft are still clearly in the wrong.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Re: Linux maybe, but OSX.. You'd need to be off your tree.

Exactly correct. I bought a Mac Mini with 2007 Tiger. Almost useless a mere 7 years later.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Maybe... Crowd Source!!

How about they design the meters to accept both coins or fresh batteries?

There'd be a slot, the user inserts a fresh 9v battery (optionally, instead of coins), they turn a handle, the machine measures the newly offered battery and issues appropriate credit. Inside, the crowd sourced batteries would be in a revolving tray that turns as required to keep the meter powered.

Only problem in Detroit would be buying batteries in the burned out downtown core of a burned out city.

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Crowd source

Design the parking meters to accepts coins, ...or fresh batteries.

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Re: hahaha parking meters arent working

@Lies4U

If you'd put down your granola bar and buy a modern car, then you'd be able to venture outside the ugly concrete jungle and visit some lovely green spaces. In fact, you might even be able to commute to a high paying job, save your money, and buy some of your own personal green space. Such as several acres of lake front, with nature and cute woodland creatures, and enough space to park your hybrid or e-car.

I never did understand why the most virulent environMentals seem to never leave the downtown core; being that the downtown carbunkle-ugly concrete jungle coffeeshop urban hip lifestyle itself has a simply vast environmental footprint.

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Re: Only a complete idiot...

"...design battery operated devices to work on a larger range of voltages."

Must have been the same EE that designed my battery powered smoke alarms. Low battery alerts at 8.99 volts. Seriously. I'm not normallly an advocate of violence, but somebody needs a spank.

PS. There's a company in eastern Canada that makes better e-parking meters. Rugged as all get out I hear.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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Re: USB Type A has a quantum spin of 1 1/2

Downvotes for a hilariously funny, smart phone themed joke?

What a waste, using good jokes on this crowd... Sigh...

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Re: Size Part 2...

I tried that. I put ink dots on the top of some USB connectors. Especially the Micro USB used for charging things. Turns out that some gadgets have upside down sockets. * One can't win for trying.

(* This is the usage case where one has many gadgets and one wishes to share one charger and charger cable with the several Micro USB charge port gadgets. Each gadget gets recharged on different days or nights as required. Bedside table already has four chargers going, even with such sharing.)

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"...USB having permanent security holes?"

Speaking of "security holes", these new USB slots seem to be about the right size to be mistaken for Kensington Security Slots. I hope that they're current limited when Gramps shoves a solid block of metal into the socket.

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Re: USB Type A has a quantum spin of 1 1/2

You're holding it wrong.

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The nice thing about Standards, ...

"The nice thing about Standards, is that there are so many from which to choose."

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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Re: ive wondered why....

FotL: "...move around the room as per..."

Old subwoofer positioning trick. Put the subwoofer where you'd like to sit, then wander around until you find a bass hotspot. Then swap.

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Have we achieved 'Crossover' yet?

Where the Multichannel Audio data rate (Mbps) actually, literally, exceeds the Video data rate (Mbps).

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

I'm holding out for IPv8; I hear it's way better.

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

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Re: What's the point

Checking my roof for missing shingles, without bothering to get out the ladder.

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Trans-Pacific: Google spaffs cash on FAST undersea packet-flinging

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Nice

More like this.

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NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids

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64-bits? Is this where the 'Android is just copying Apple' comments go?

(Just kidding.)

((No seriously, JUST KIDDING!))

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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So, the hackers can't take "complete" control of the aircraft.

Okay then.

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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Re: "financially more viable to arrest everyone and let half of them go"

lglethal "...are clearly terrified in the situation."

How can the SWAT team tell that the innocent people are terrified when these innocent people are on the ground, facing down, with their arms hog-tied behind their back? All while being covered by 27 hyped-up, Steroid-enraged, adrenalin junkies waving their M16s around? Flip one over and you'd see he or she is maintaining perfectly tranquil composure.

I prefer the British model where the police phone for an appointment first. Even if it's 1AM. Sweet.

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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THEY'VE ALREADY TAKEN CORRECTIVE ACTION

They've requested their partner Ask.com to update the browser hijack Ask Toolbar to block all searches related to these vulnerabilities.

That should fix it.

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America's hot and cold spots for broadband revealed in new map

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Re: cost per Mbps

"Gotta say [Bell Aliant FibreOP] is a great service."

Agreed. Aliant have broken the FTTH code; they've figured out that being capable of offering FibreOP TV (better than Cable TV in every detail) pays for the FTTH roll out. The local Cable TV / Internet provider (Eastlink) was just a mile up the road for a bloody decade and refused to extend their cable to service our neighbourhood.

Bell Aliant has earned some Goodwill and Other Intangibles in my book. Too bad their billing system is so seriously screwed up. I'd like to get their billing IT folks fired. Useless idiots.

The primary residual issue is that FibreOP TV only offers one half of the 500 channel universe. We require some key channels that they don't (yet?) offer, so we still need satellite TV. FibreOP TV = 260 channels. Bell Satellite = 520 channels. We require a few in the missing half.

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cost per Mbps

A steep function of time here in Atlantic Canada.

Until recently, 1.4 Mbps ADSL, $100/month including telephone.

Now, 175 Mbps FibreOP, $100/month including telephone.

Plus a very recent $6 price increase. Applies to both.

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Virginia is tough on speeders

For every 1 Mbps over 90 Mbps, you'll spend a night in jail.

I read about this recently on the Interweb. Or perhaps I'm mixed up with a recent news story about motor vehicular speeding in Virginia.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Re: Maybe not the whole car....

At least some of the Fords had thin film metal plating on the windscreen, not wires as such. Their windscreens had a bronze tinge, except for a slot at the bottom middle where they left a gap - presumably so that one's radar detector would still work.

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Re: Golf GTi

What's the mass ratio?

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Re: "pre-crash preventative occupant protection"

My Merc has something like that. Basically, if you manage to frighten the ECU by spirited driving, then windows and sunroof will slam closed, seats will quickly straighten up, and seatbelts will tighten electrically. I've triggered it off by hard acceleration on snow (4Matic, studded tires) followed slamming on the brakes and sliding (studs foiled by layers of snow). The tightening seatbelts was the primary result. It's supposedly very good at reducing injuies.

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Re: Decision Inverter

Yes - you are exactly correct. Thank you.

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Decision Inverter

They should include a NAND gate at the output. So if their prototype is constantly making bad decisions, then they can simply set one bit to invert the output. Bad decisions instantly become good decisions. Decision Inverters are very useful for any system that constantly makes bad decisions with a rate higher than 50%. For example, Microsoft's OS dept. desperately needs one installed.

If the above proposal doesn't work, then their neural entire system must be a *perfect* RNG with perfect 50/50 randomness in the output. If so, then it has application to crypto. That would also be a useful result.

So this project simple cannot fail. It either works, or it works with a Decision Inverter, or it works as a RNG. Brilliant!

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Digital dongle transforms European XBOXen into tellies

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₤24.99

Inside the ₤24.99 box is a DVB-T USB RTL2832U / R820T Dongle that they probably bought off eBay for about $7 (delivered) in Qty 1.

Anyone coined the phrase "Microsoft Tax" yet ?

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