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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Perhaps they could convince the BBC to talk about them all the time

and ignore everything else.

Seems to have worked in another situation

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Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

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I would have seriously thought about this, if it had an ARM processor.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Re: Pregnant??

I'm glad someone else thought of that.

Given the obvious Danny Pink descendant, I am pretty sure that in the opening conversation of Dark Waters, Clara was trying to tell Danny she is pregnant. (And I'd not even noticed the "three months" post it.

I really enjoyed these two episodes.

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> how exactly - the digital dead minds can "feel" what happens to their physical bodies

> - providing of course that wasn't just a lie.

It was a lie. Presumably also used within the nethersphere to encourage people to press delete.

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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Re: All 'friends and relations' I maintain are using

OS X or linux mint, (apart from one Vista system that was unavoidable due to an obsession with genuine MS Office)

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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The myth is that all malware is viruses.

The Mac is pretty resistant to viruses.

People wrongly extrapolate this to it being immune to all malware.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Re: it might be hilarious if it were true,

Well they would say that wouldn't they?

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Don't forget in 1988, we had a similar law, now we have marriage equality.

(And I really think Thatcher and Putin are similar)

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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Re: forced to use Skype on my Mac

I have just moved my family (and also a friends family) onto iChat (using google accounts), because old versions of Skype no longer connect. (The new Skype is Intel only and quite unpleasant to use)

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Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model

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Re: I finally met someone with a Windows Phone

> Only having two OSes to choose from

A good job there are three others then, apart from Windows.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Windows 10 is fugly

Appearance wise it looks like I'd imagine Windows 95 would have looked like if the styling had stayed somewhere between that of Windows 2 and 3.0

Apart from that it seems OK, but nothing I'd rush out and buy.

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DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

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Would opening the file in LibreOffice be safe?

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Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

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Nice idea

But I wouldn't want an x86 phone or tablet.

(I already reject the previous Asus fonepad for the same reason)

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Rock and Roll is a young man's game

Gary Numan and John Foxx are now both producing the best music of their careers. So I disagree.

(But to be fair both produced a really rank album about ten years after they started, Numan followed with an even worse one before getting back on track, whereas Foxx did gave up music and took up digital art for a few years, before coming back on form)

Also Johnny Cash's version of Hurt was pretty damn good.

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Worth Every Penny

It wasn't automatically downloaded to me, I had to actually choose to get it.

It isn't dreadful. I have certainly paid full price for much worse.

It will be staying in my library.

However, it is wrong to download it without asking.

(Presumably it was added to some as a purchase, rather than offered to purchase for free.)

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Qik as mud: Skype adds self-destructing video messages years too late

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Re: Yipes! Who Skypes anymore?

I certainly don't anymore.

Not since they blocked connections from older clients, meaning the computer I would want to use is unable to.

And on all the new clients, it constantly shows people as online who aren't. They also have horrible interfaces, compared to the older versions.

So new it is unusable, and I have moved over to iChat (via gtalk) which works much better. (Family friends, and even a friend in a similar situation's family)

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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10.3 improvements over 10.2

Nice to see mention of the LED colours, but does it also re-introduce the auto power off-on timer, the ability for alarms to work when the phone is off and the phonetic non-latin keyboard layouts?

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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I have never seen anyone drink Red Bull to improve his "athletic performance"

You obviously don't go to a gym on a sunday morning, then. (Though to be pedantic, pretty much all I see or consume myself is generic energy drinks, rather than actual red bull)

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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they could have made Symbian fit for purpose (not an attractive option, but certainly an option)

The difference between the last version of symbian on the N8 and the version on an e71 or an e63 is huge. Had Carla not been cancelled and had been as big an improvement as the previous versions, then it would have been. Belle is mostly fit for purpose. Just a few nasties, here and there, but I'd certainly not prefer a Samsung to an N8 (before the loss of support).

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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Re: as Notebooks were a passing fad

(Presuming that is a typo for netbooks)

I don't agree. I think the maket was for simple devices that access the net without the bother of Windows .Microsoft prevented the netbook fullfilling this, so the market was ripe for the tablet.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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He also seems to have far less knowledge about human behavior and customs than before.

Having spent the previous 500 years+ (perhaps even 1000) in a tiny community that he was looked up to, would that not be completely consistent?

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: It will be business as usual.

> It's not a case of being thrown out but never being in it in the first place.

> Even if EU does fast track them to rejoin what the hell was that business about independence for?

Can you not see the irony of the use of the word rejoin?

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Re: You can't get thrown out of something you are not part of.

So Scotland isn't currently part of the EU?

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It will be business as usual.

Scotland will continue to use the pound. They currencies will be fixed (at least in the medium term) The RBS threatened move to London would seem to support this, they would stay managed by the Bank of England, so their existing arrangements will Scottish currency could remain and be expanded. (Look at the situation with Eire their currency was fixed with ours for decades.

Scotland will not get thrown out of the EU. It would set too many bad precedents. The EU shrinking, EU citizens' passports being removed. EU citizens no longer allowed to continue to trade and work freely in an area. And it would provide a very simple exit for the rest of the UK, if it so chose, dissolve the UK, and we are not in the EU. (Or England leave the UK, so just Wales and NI are left in the EU.)

Were I Scottish, I'd be far more worried about what happens after a no vote.

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Nokia Lumia 530: A Windows Phone... for under £50

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Re: Desperate Microsoft

> 3% of world market share... yep, pretty horrible.

> But then when you compare it to the approx 8% market share of "willing to pay for stuff" Android users

But how many Windows phone users actually install anything at all? (Perhaps whatsapp).

These things are obviously aimed at replacing S40, very few people I know who have had S40s used them for anything other than a phone and camera. These will be the same.

"Has Nokia's cut price cheapie cut too deep?"

I thought Nokia had flogged their phone business to Microsoft and gone back to making wellies or something.

Nokia is only a borrowed name in this context, not the company making and selling the product.

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Re: No child should be raised with the indignity of being forced to use a Windows phone.

I think it's a child safety issue.

The child will not get mugged for a windows phone.

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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Why would anyone want a 3G (etc) Tablet, rather than a Phablet?

If I am carry around a device like that, I don't want to have to (pay for and) carry a phone too.

I never use a phone against my ear, because it gives me a headache, I always use speakerphone or a headset.

A well designed phablet should have an incredible battery life when being used as a phone.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Brilliant.

I just installed quick user agent switch. (I just typed 'Netsurf' for the fake agent) Now google search and maps work much better.

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Re: I've given up trying to make my browser show me the fast version of gmail,

I block javascript, then it asks me if I want to use the non JS version of gmail, and that appears to be an account setting rather than a cookie.

Much better than the new style version.

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Nokia: Read these Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear

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I used my N8's satnav on holiday, it lasted 4 or 5 hours, and then the phone quite happily charged while continuing to run it.

Either the OS or the hardware is inferior to the older range.

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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

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I wonder if they intend to use skype as leverage against continued XP use.

They have been forcing upgrade to the latest versions on some platforms.

(This is annoying since the latest versions have a horrid UI on the Mac, and can't do video to older versions, they also, for me, show people as online, who aren't)

They have sent notice that they are dropping support (and presumably connectivity) for older systems, including Tiger and PPC macs, Symbian and (ironically) Windows 7 phones.

So what is the odds that soon (perhaps the first anniversary of support ending) that it won't work on XP too?

(I have read that blocking skype's access to ui.skype.com is a work around)

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

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Re: OS 7

There are quite a lot of things that haven't made it into OS 10 from the earlier versions, yet.

Such auto power on. Phonetic keyboard input for other alphabets, coloured LED flashing,etc.

Hopefully they will return them.

Also it would be nice if Blend could be used without special software through a lan. Perhaps a simple webapp generated by the device? Plugins for Thunderbird and outlook would be nice too.

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LG takes on Nokia X, Moto G: These are the cheapie 'droids you've been looking for

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Re: NFC

I have an NFC blackberry and an NFC Bluetooth audio adapter. As yet I haven't bothered to try NFC to connect. I would have to switch on NFC, and physically go to the device, as opposed to simply connecting to it from the phone screen.

I can see that a similar idea would be sensible for free wifi. They seem to want phones registered, presumably if something illegal happens they can tie the MAC to the SIM etc.

But I have never seen it offered.

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Red Hat: ARM servers will come when people crank out chips like AMD's 64-bit Seattle

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Right about needing a standard boot system.

I'm certainly of the opinion that the reason the IBM compatible became the main device in use, against far nicer systems (RISC OS. Amiga, Atari ST, Mac) was down to the ability to interface in a standard manner, allowing multiple vendors to produce equivalent devices. The BIOS being one of the most important, but ISA, and all the standard connectors used on the peripherals was important too. (Just look what happened when IBM tried to kill the royalty free clone market. OS/2 and PS/2)

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Re: Meh

Perhaps the no password option option should only be offered with control (without diving into config files) for the local subnet, and then only if the host is in a one of the private ip ranges.

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

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Re: Apple phase out support for older OS's a hell of a lot quicker than MS do.

The problem isn't so much the change of operating systems on Macs, the changes tend to be relatively small from the user perspective, and upgrades normally work. (I have an install that went from jaguar on a G3, to leopard then tiger, then moved to a G4, then a G5 iMac then to leopard then to a G5 tower.) They also tend not to be ridiculously expensive. (The latest upgrade is the 'right price' if you have suitable hardware.)

The issues are getting stuck on an old OS because either you have software that doesn't work on the newer OSes, or because apple drop support for your hardware (either because of a change of processor architecture G3 > G4/5 > x84 > x64 or because they decide older models are too slow.)

However on the upside I doubt I'd be typing comments on the reg at home from a Dual Processor G5 tower, had they not dropped support for it.

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opportunity for a product.

I am surprised that products such as scriptlogic don't include the functionality to remove all the metro garbage and restore the start menu, so that windows 8 looks and feels like Windows 2000, XP, or 7.

I am making the assumption that this facility isn't already explicitly, (obviously with a bit of time it could be contrived by a good sysadmin) built in and they just decided to keep quite about it.

Oh, and they could put back the old XP style corporate login, while they are at it.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: It's also a phone!

Alternatives to Dom Joly mode:

Bluetooth headset.

Wired heardphones with mic.

Speakerphone.

I would never buy a tablet device with cellular radio, that was unable to make calls and send sms.

Why would I want something that big, and STILL have to carry a phone?

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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A phone with a market.

I'm pretty sure this is a clever move. Probably something that Nokia had in the pipeline, and the sale included the rights to brand it as Nokia.

Ideal for people who want a simple phone, or to use one where a smartphone would be frowned upon.

What is the betting that the numbers of phones sold won't be broken down into dumb and smart phones, in their sales reports?

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Re: it's the only OS to fully support touch and gesture based controls

Android, iOS and BB10 don't?

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BlackBerry boss John Chen: We're FINISHED (with the job cuts)

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re: redundant within 3 months

A good point.

Maybe BlackBerry could prove this isn't the situation by finally giving BB10 all the features that it is missing, that BB 5 and 6 had, which really annoy me, given how good the rest of the system is.

The ones that currently annoy me: Alarm that works from powered off, auto power on/off, coloured indicators, phonetic non latin keyboard, UMA, ability to switch to 2G manually, and a usable mail editor (I have to use K9 mail). I'm sure there are others.

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China: Microsoft, don't shy away from our probe

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Re: Citation needed?

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I think you'll find the sales figures for Windows 8.x provide all the citation needed.

Especially when the general (techie) opinion (mine included) appears to be that if you remove the 'broken' UI you get left with the best OS they have produced.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Re: Are people actually installing Vista

I did, on an old machine with a Vista license that I was given.

I suspect quite a few people will have done the same, (not that I switch it on very often, but when I need windows for something, it is better having a system that is still being given security updates)

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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A modification to how windows works could stop this.

But XP would miss out of course.

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Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?

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If Scotland leaves the UK...

... I would hope it would put paid to any stupid ideas of leaving the EU.

England, Wales and NI outside the EU (and especially if Scotland remained inside, which is most likely) would be a very weak entity, and hopefully enough little Englanders may actually face up to this.

And given the choice between Scotalnd being part of the EU or part of the UK outside the EU, which would they choose?

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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So why don't they have a simple web interface for devices without apps?

I'm glad I don't have any Sonos kit.

This is just the sort of attitude I don't want.

If I had kit like this, repurposing old kit as remotes would be part of the purchase decision.

It has certainly reduced the odds of me ever buying any.

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Re: Revolutionaries

> It's just common sense

Common sense in government policies IS revolutionary.

The normal practice of government is to correctly identify an issue in the way they do things, then come up with a solution that makes things worse, because they haven't thought it through.

It will hit Microsoft, not because the big office suite replacements will be alternatives, but because they won't be forced to happen.

If a new computers appear with a newer version of MS Office, the documents will still be compatible, the change won't be forced. (Although technically Microsoft didn't force it, because converters for the old versions are available. Did you know that Word 97 and Powerpoint 97 work quite happily with the 2007 converter pack? Excel doesn't though, presumably due to the larger sheet support).

With the way governments procure, this may not be such a big effect, but once industry in general starts following, it will be.

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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the poorest version of Skype is the one Microsoft produces for its own Windows Phone.

Is this literally true?

The recent OS X version are vile and the BlackBerry version is very poor too.

If they aren't the worst then I pity and WinPho users having to use it.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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re: simply a ruse

Probably not simply a ruse, probably something they though would earn them some money, if Microsoft didn't buy them, but with the bonus of making that far more likely.

A bit of a poison pill though.

So Nokia (phones division) have pulled the plugs on or are doing so to:

Symbian

Meego

WIndows Phone 7

S40

X

How many customers and devs will that have pissed off?

The devs who signed up to X after the previous burnt platforms must now feel like Charlie Brown landing on his back after Lucy pulls the ball away, after yet again promising she wouldn't.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Different passwords for different uses of the same account?

I find it strange that the same password is used for an account with multiple functions.

For example, if a social network has a chat system and you are able to access the chat facility externally (jabber, or via 3rd party sites for example), then why doesn't it allow you to set a separate password?

Then if it compromised, your entire account isn't gone, (OK your friends will be inundated with spam, but they would have been anyway), you can reset the password from the main account, apologise to your friends and everything is back to normal.

(I believe facebook has a poor version of this, where it generates passwords for such a use, but not ones that can be remembered easily)

The recommendations seem to be good, so if Microsoft has people who can use common sense, why didn't they ask them to make the decision as to whether Windows 8 shipped with an on/off switch for Metro?

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