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* Posts by Fuzz

823 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

IBM stuffs 64Gbps of traffic down 'low quality' fibres

Fuzz

57 Metres

Seems like quite a short link, what kind of speed can they get over 500m or 2Km of multimode?

If you've only got 60 metres of fibre then it's not going to be a big cost to replace it with singlemode if the need arises.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Headmaster

Re: Terrorism

Judge - "How does 15 years suit you, you selfish little fuck? <Bangs gavel.> Take him down..."

sounds like a great system, of course UK judges don't have gavels.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Re: Still far too slow

This is a micro SD card, it's not for putting in your £2000 camera, it's for phones.

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Re: I'd love to get a couple.

Also, this is news because it's the first _micro_ SD card that holds 128GB. You can already get fullsize 128GB SD cards and they are massively faster than this so would be far more suitable for readyboost.

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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Can't think of many applications for this

The only thing I can think of so far is a digital camera. Pictures can be geotagged whilst you're out without waiting for acquisition times and without draining the battery too much. Then when you transfer the pictures on to your computer you can calculate the actual locations.

It doesn't work for any kind of live GPS system because your power saving is going to be outweighed by the power use from the data send/receive. Also GPS will stop working if you have no mobile signal.

There's no point for anything with an engine because the power used by GPS is peanuts compared to that generated by the engine.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!

as above, I've never had a problem with prime. They've even started delivering items on Sunday that you ordered on Saturday.

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Re: Meh

seems to be some confusion here

Lovefilm by post = huge selection, pretty much any movie you want

Lovefilm instant = poor selection of both old and new films

If lovefilm instant had the selection of lovefilm by post, I'd sign up straight away, and I'd pay more than £5.99 a month. For £15 a month you can get a cineworld cinema pass that lets you watch every film that gets shown in the cinema. It should be possible to produce a streaming service that does the same and includes old films.

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Apple Safari, Mail and more hit by SSL spying bug on OS X, fix 'soon'

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that's not how it works

PTR records have nothing to do with SSL certificates. I'd bet most websites have either PTR records that don't match the A record or have no PTR record at all.

The certificate for https://gofail.com is perfectly valid so that site should load correctly on any computer, what the site tries to do is load a png from another server/vhost hosted on a different port at the domain. That server has a messed up certificate and won't load if your browser works properly. The site then uses a bit of jscript to show/hide an element to tell you if your browser is vulnerable or not.

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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Re: Utter f*cking idiots. Re. iOS 6.1.6

yep, loads of people are still on iOS 6 on there phones because they don't want iOS 7

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Years of AWOL Windows Phone features finally show up in video leaks

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Re: Also missing......

there are loads of podcast apps and I use one of them. Fact is windows phone has built in podcast support with background download over wifi but you can't use it outside of the US which is plain stupid. Even if the podcasts aren't made available in the store they should provide a way to grab the xml link and subscribe that way.

One of the big features on Windows Phone is the integration, you don't need separate apps for facebook or twitter because that stuff is built in to the OS. Podcasts are also built in to the OS just disabled outside of the US

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Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot

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Thing is your clothes stay pretty much the same size, data grows. Photos get bigger, more megapixels. Videos get bigger, HD higher framerates. Emails get bigger, used to be plain text now they're html with images in the signatures. More emails are sent if I want to keep a years worth of emails I need far more space than I did 5 years ago.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?

"My suspicion is no such scheme has been introduced as it's a useful source of income for the Royal Mail."

There's already a system for opting out of un-addressed mail. http://www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/how-do-I-stop-receiving-any-leaflets-or-unaddressed-promotional-material

That should stop the virgin stuff.

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

Fuzz

Re: New Wheeze

" It was designed and implemented for single CPU single core 32 bit PCs with less than 1GB of RAM"

XP worked fine with multi-core CPUs. The NT kernel had always been designed to support multiple CPUs. The 64bit criticism is more valid, XP 64bit is actually fine, it's based on Server 2003 (OS version 5.2) and server 2003 64bit is a decent OS. The problem as you've mentioned is drivers, hardly anyone published drivers for 64bit XP.

I'm personally fine with using Windows 8 on my home PCs. I like how quickly it starts up and I like the changes made to the desktop UI, particularly around dual monitor support. However anyone that claims the start screen is OK is either working for Microsoft or only has 5 programs installed. It's fine if you can remember the name of the program, you just hit windows and type same as you do on 7. When you have no idea about the name and all you can remember is which sub folder of the menu it's supposed to come under, you are in trouble also using the whole screen isn't a good thing when a menu is spread over the entire screen it takes longer to move your mouse from one side to the other.

All in all Microsoft have kind of ruined Windows 8 by reputation. They've fixed it up as best they could in 8.1 now they need to draw a line under it and get Windows 9 out

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HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

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Re: @Lusty

We don't have a 6 year warranty on anything. Goods have to last a reasonable amount of time what that means is going to vary from item to item. The responsibility for this is with the supplier not the manufacturer, I think most people buy their servers from their favourite distributor I know I do so HP aren't liable for anything.

In any case B2B doesn't count.

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

Fuzz

Wow

I see most people just like to read the headline then head here for a quick rant.

I can't see any issue with what Mozilla are doing here.

To all the people who can't be bothered to read the article, you'll only see these "Adverts" if you install firefox on a new computer and you will only see them until you have visited 9 different websites.

If you are already using firefox then there will be no change, once you've been using firefox for any normal period of time it will be no different to how it is now.

This is no different to the way the start screen for firefox is a google search page.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Re: Great article

joystick port on the CPC took any standard stick with a 9 pin D connector. I think you only needed the Amstrad sticks if you wanted two joysticks.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

Fuzz

Re: Serious question: why buy a new router?

Try getting the DHCP server to hand out a custom DNS address.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: Bollocks

I agree, I just can't see this working. The technical side alone is full of holes. Currently you pay for 1 license per household, it doesn't matter if you have 1 TV or 10 TVs, or any mixture of TVs set top boxes, USB dongles, PVRs etc.

In a subscription model every one of these devices is going to need a card. Lets say I have Sky, I have a single sky box but also I have 3 TVs in bedrooms upstairs that don't have Sky subs and are currently viewing free to air BBC. Under the new system do I pay my BBC sub to Sky? Do I then have to pay a second sub for my upstairs TVs? Is that per TV or am I covered for the whole house? If I'm covered for the whole house how many cards am I allowed? What stops me from asking for more cards than I need and giving them away or selling them on the black market?

What about all the devices that don't have card slots? My TV has one but my media PC just has USB tuners, will my subscription cover the cost of new tuners for my PC or can I only use a BBC approved PVR?

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

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Virgin should offer deals without phone

Virgin have a huge advantage over all the DSL providers in that they can provide broadband without a phone line. They should make more of this with deals for Internet only or Internet+TV+mobile which would suit loads of people far better than having to pay for redundant a land line.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Joke

Re: >sit too far from their screens to benefit from HD

"However... freeze frame on a scene involving a letter or a page of a book, held at arms length. Most of the time, you can't read the text from a DVD but you can do that just fine from a BluRay. Or watch Apocalypto, for example, one of the best early movies for HD."

I generally prefer to watch all movies like this. I just pause them and then advance one frame at a time, that way I don't miss anything.

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Fuzz

Re: 2K intermediate

Look at the current UK box office top 10 according to imdb

12 years a slave - shot on 35mm, 2K digital intermediate

American Hustle - shot on 35mm, 4K intermediate

The hobbit - shot on red, 2K intermediate

Frozen - digital animation, 2K intermediate

Last vegas - shot on digital, 2K intermediate

The Railway Man - shot on digital, 2K intermediate

Delivery Man - shot on 35mm, 2K intermediate

Mandela - shot on 35mm

Anchorman 2 - shot on digital, 2K intermediate

Paranormal Activity - unknown

So out of 10 films, only 1 uses a 4K process. My point is that this is totally different to when HD arrived. When 1080p came films were being shot and processed at that resolution so the benefits for new films was there. Now people are being sold 4K TVs and the content they are being sold is actually up-scaled 2K.

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Fuzz

2K intermediate

Where is this 4K content from?

Most cinema is processed at 2K.

4K just strikes me as a way to sell new TVs to idiots.

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

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Re: 8.1's not bad

"The left and right buttons are incorporated in the one piece surface trackpad. This required extreme accuracy in clicking or the cursor went shooting off"

If the trackpad is like the one on my vaio pro then it's one of the better ones. The trick is to learn to use the gestures, don't use the click it's clunky. Tap the pad to left click, tap with two fingers to right click. Once you get used to it, you'll wonder why this stuff was kept to Apple's for so long.

The downside of having a touchpad that supports gestures is that Microsoft think you would like to have random menus appear when you swipe in from the left or right of the pad with no way provided to completely disable.

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HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

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Looks nice but expensive

Information on battery life is in the quickspecs

HP EliteBook 840 G1

hard drive/intel 13 hours 15 minutes

hard drive/AMD 13 hours 15 minutes

SSD/intel 15 hours 15 minutes

SSD/AMD 14 hours 30 minutes

SSD/intel + slice 33 hours 45 minutes

These figures sound somewhat fanciful to me as they don't tie in with the results found in this review. The slice battery adds an extra 780g to the weight.

The price is steep, yes it has 1080p screen and 8GB of RAM but the SSD should really be included in a laptop costing this much money.

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Security holes in Word, the Windows kernel and Adobe Flash. Party like it's Patch Tuesday again

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Tiny

Smallest patch Tuesday I can remember for ages.

1 patch for XP/2003/7/2008R2

2 patches for 7/2008R2

1 for office 2007

1 for word 2003/2007

Should make for easy testing

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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Think I still prefer my vaio pro

The vaio pro has 1080p screen, weighs less than this, currently is selling for £950 with a pci-e SSD, no vents on the bottom so it won't overheat sitting on your lap or the bed.

The toshiba has better battery life and that's about it, if you want more battery life on the Sony you can get the battery slice and I think it will still only weigh slightly more than the Toshiba. Toshiba should get points for providing upgradeable memory. This shows it is possible on a lightweight machine.

Also as Graham has mentioned above, not just Sony but Toshiba themselves were producing a machine R500/R600 that is lighter than this but included a DVD drive.

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Intel and Asus put the dual boot in, offer 2-in-1 lapslab WinDroid

Fuzz

Not sure of the point here

This is a 13.3" laptop with a screen that folds back into a tablet form factor. When it's in laptop mode you're going to want to use Windows. When it's in tablet mode it is a pretty big tablet I'm not sure what you're going to use it for that you can't do in Windows. Media players and web browsing are pretty well catered for in Windows 8. That basically leaves games and to me the screen size is too big to be useful on most games. Couple that with the fact that because this is an intel chip running Android, native code has to be emulated.

It's not like you're going to have access to your windows files from Android.

For me my tablet has become redundant, my phone has grown and my laptop has shrunk and that seems to cover everything I used my tablet for.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Fuzz

noise

And how much noise do the fans make keeping it cool?

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

Fuzz

Re: In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?

48KHz is fine, that's the sample frequency. It's the 64Kbps that is the concern

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

Fuzz

I had windows mobiles that booted 6.5 and an early Android

When any "new" feature is touted for mobile you generally find that either Nokia or Windows mobile had it years ago

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

Fuzz

Pretty sure they're wrong here.

You wanted next day delivery, but you didn't get it. The cost for next day delivery is the total cost for delivery as it's not broken down into e.g. £1 for delivery + £1 for next day it's just £1 for delivery or £2 for next day. Ebuyer cannot substitute an alternative service and then expect you to pay for it.

This said in my experience I've always found ebuyer easy to deal with, everything delivered within agreed timescales, the one return I had to make (faulty SSD) was no problem. I've also had a firmware warning from them to tell me I needed to flash my SSD or risk data loss.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

Fuzz

reinstall

Quite often after the warrant on a server has expired I will re-purpose that server, either for lab work or for some non critical task. Does this change me I know have to make sure I've got a copy of all the drivers for the server whilst it was still in support and saved them? Currently I would just download the latest DVD from the HP site as required.

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Nokia 520

A nokia 520 costs £80 and comes with Nokia Here Drive. Why would anyone pay for a tom tom?

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Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

Fuzz

Re: Low voltage ring-main anyone?

because you would need cables the thickness of your fingers to be able to transfer the power required at such a low voltage.

You'd be better off putting the PSUs into the wall sockets.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.3: the Apple G4 Cube

Fuzz

Re: Not just beautiful, quiet too

The case doesn't need to massive to cool passively I have my media PC in a streacom case which claims to be able to cool 95W. Worth noting that the PSU is external on this case which helps get rid of a lot of the heat.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Re: TP Link TL-WDR3600

also this TP-Link doesn't do 802.11ac it's dual band but N only

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

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Why?

Why is the battery built in when the rear cover is removable?

Also the 8GB version should be ignored, for almost anyone that is going to be too little storage.

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Recommendations for private cloud software...

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filesender

I've been using filesender https://www.assembla.com/spaces/file_sender/wiki for a while works well for me my users find it easy enough to use. Has some limitations at the moment, like only being able to send a single file at a time so folders have to be zipped before sending.

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Anglo-Australian cricket brawl spills over into coding clash

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Brian Lara

Played codemasters Brian Lara cricket (I think also called Graham Gooch cricket) for years on megadrive, playstation and xbox. I was looking forward to this game coming out but it's been clear for a while it wasn't going to happen. Everyone though it would be released in time for the England 2013 Ashes, then it was put back to the Australian series and now it's dead.

There is one more waiting in the wings, Don Bradman cricket lets hope that resolves to a playable cricket game, otherwise I'm going to be breaking out the megadrive emulator.

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

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4GB

4GB of RAM is simply not good enough in a laptop costing around or, in a few cases, way above £1000. I know the Sony can be configured with 8GB (I have one) so I don't know about the others but really this should be a standard feature.

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Re: MoBo Blues

Keyboard backlight is on or off in windows so you aren't losing anything in there.

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Think unpatched Win XP hole's not a big deal? Hope you trust your local users

Fuzz

server 2003

There is a risk of attack for people using server 2003 terminal services or XenApp on server 2003.

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

Fuzz

Wrong on so many levels

NTSC differs from PAL in two main ways.

1. The way the colour is modulated on to the composite video signal. This means that you can't just feed a PAL TV with an NTSC signal and expect it to work. The TV has to specifically support NTSC or you will get black and white.

2. 50 vs 60Hz. Again the TV has to be able to specifically cope with 60Hz to be able to play NTSC. Also in the case of VHS the image is recorded on to the tape in diagonal stripes by a rotating head. With NTSC VHS the head moves faster so again the VHS player has to specifically support NTSC otherwise the playback head won't synchronise with the recording on the tape.

With modern TVs the situation is very different, modern LCD TVs will quite happily cope with all kinds of input signals. The problem here is that there is most likely that the TV signal is 50Hz and the xbox then converts this up to 60Hz for playback on the TV. Some TVs will cope with this better than others depending on there motion processing software but the fact remains that 10 extra frames have to be inserted each second so it's never going to be perfect.

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3CX PBX for Windows: Everything you ever wanted from a phone system

Fuzz

Re: What about "phone only" extension wiring?

have a look at E-Metrotel they do Asterisk based devices that support all the old Nortel Norstar/BCM phones, both IP (unitstim) and the digital stuff.

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Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)

Fuzz

Re: Licensing

After a further reading of the Amazon literature my guess is that they are not offering Windows 7. They advertise it as a "Windows 7 Experience". The assumption therefore is that they are using Server 2008R2 with desktop experience enabled so that it behaves like Windows 7. That way Amazon can purchase per user RDS CALs together with processor licensing for 2008R2 and they don't have to worry about the stupid way Microsoft have licensed desktop VDI

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Licensing

No mention of how they are dealing with the Windows licenses. A quote from the Microsoft VDI and VDA FAQ

"Currently, there is no SPLA model for Windows VDA. Hence, customers who subscribe to desktops from a third-party hoster will need to pay Microsoft for a Windows VDA license for each device accessing Windows client virtual machines in the datacenter. Additionally, hosters need to ensure they isolate the hardware and other resources for each company. Any hardware running an instance of Microsoft software (OS or application) must be dedicated to a single customer. For example, a SAN device that is not running any Microsoft software may be shared by more than one customer; whereas, a server or SAN device that runs Microsoft software may only be used by one customer."

So unless Amazon have some kind of special deal with Microsoft, there is no way that this can work running Windows 7.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

Fuzz

Things that need to happen

1. Legislation to make it mandatory for all new cars to be sold with multiformat (DAB, DAB+, DRM+) radios

2. Wait 10 years for new cars to become common

3. During that time develop new DAB radios that use as little power as an FM radio and are as cheap so people can replace all their portable radios and radios in phones.

4. Make DAB radio signal stronger so it can be picked up properly.

People don't need DAB radios in their houses. In your house an Internet radio is better. People need portable DAB in their cars and their hands, but until the above happens you can't turn off FM.

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

Fuzz
Headmaster

Re: Yes

gibi, mibi, kibi, pibi

It's the first letter of the decimal form plus ibi

megi, kili, peti would be confusing because they sound too much like the 10th power equivialants

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The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?

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not over till the fat lady sings

IE6 is the default web browser with server 2003, server 2003 has support until July 2015 so IE6 will live on.

IE6 is also the default browser in XP embedded which has support until January 2016

Fortunately Embedded 2009 which is XP based uses IE7

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

Fuzz

Re: No USB3

I totally agree it's stupid not to include USB 3 ports. Fortunately Apple seem to have included all 4 ports that are available on the Intel chipset.

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