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817 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

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@Bill the Sys Admin Re: Supprised companies on XP

I guess your "sys admin" role doesn't involve administration of Windows systems. XP runs IE 8

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'Wireless charging' in Galaxy S4 will betray Samsung's best pal

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Re: Since the charger needs a wire

It stops being a gimmick once it becomes ubiquitous. When you can stick your phone on your desk at work, your coffee table in your house, your bedside table, on the table in the pub or on the dashboard of your car and have it charge without you needing to plug it in it becomes useful.

If the only way of using it is as currently, via a special charger, then it's no better than the desktop charger on the MicroTAC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_MicroTAC

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Oracle trowels more plaster over flawed Java browser plugin

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Re: last java 6 update?

It said that after 6u41 so who knows when the actual last version of 6 will happen.

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White House comes out in favor of legal mobe unlocking

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Doesn't go far enough

It should be illegal to lock mobile phones to a provider.

When you sign up to a 24 month contract with a provider you have agreed to give them an amount of money every month for that duration. If you choose to take the phone you're given and use it on a different network then that should be your choice, you're still paying for the contract.

We have the same stupid system in the UK, your phone is locked to the contract, at the end of the contract you can request your provider to unlock the phone. The provider is allowed to charge you an "administration fee" for this service. I think Orange currently charge £30.

Locking phones to networks is anti-competitive and should fall foul of competition laws.

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Global smartphones sales set to outpace standard handsets in 2013

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very vague

It can't be anything to do with data or having a browser, I've had data on every phone I've owned and GPRS since my T39. I definitely had email on an early Sony Ericsson, maybe the K700. The original iPhone didn't have GPS so that can't be a requirement. The original iPhone also had no way to handle 3rd party apps (how's that going to take off?) and most phones can handle java apps including web browsers and maps.

It seems that a smartphone is one that has an OS, but that would mean that what we think of as feature phones are most likely smartphones.

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4G operators move into new homes in the spectrum 'hood

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Re: For those of us less technical.....

If you buy something with integrated freeview HD then you're sorted for the time being. The only time this issue is likely to arise is if you're using an amplifier on your TV antenna. If you are using an amplifier, stop because it most likely isn't doing you any good at all unless it's on the mast or you're using it for distribution.

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Keyboard, you're not my type

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Re: Microswitches

The Dell keyboards were re-badged IBM model Ms

I got rid of mine because of A. the noise and B the footprint on the desk.

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Re: In the UK

whilst diesel isn't as flammable as petrol it most certainly burns once you get it a little warm, if diesel didn't burn it would make the diesel engine much harder to achieve.

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Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

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Price

This is pretty close to being a decent machine but I don't really want a tablet/laptop hybrid so all the compromises that have been made to make that possible are just going to annoy me. Give me a 1080p screen on either an 11.6" or 13.3" laptop with 8GB Ram and either a 256GB SSD for a sensible price or a cheap 2.5" HDD that I can swap out myself.

If you want to upgrade this Vaio from a 128GB SSD to 256GB the cost is £250 !!! At a time when a decent 256GB SSD is £130 and top of the range is less than £200. Sony want £250 for an upgrade.

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Four firms pitch hi-def DRM for Flash cards

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How is this better?

So I download a film and put it on memory card. I can then watch that film wherever I like as long as it

1. Has a flash memory slot

2. Supports the DRM scheme.

So can I watch the film on a Google Nexus or an ipad? Doesn't look like it. Can I play it on my no name linux based media playback device connected to the PC? doubt it. Do I have to store all my films on tiny little memory cards? That seems to be the implication. Is this in any way better than buying a DVD or bluray? I don't get that impression.

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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revisionist history

this article reminds me of that seen in Woody Allen's Sleeper when the scientists from the future are quizzing woody on 20th century artefacts and their knowledge of history is slightly mixed up.

I had a sharp vinyl player, can't really call it a turntable because there was no table part, the vinyl went in vertically and there were two needles. At the end of side one the record direction was reversed and the second needle played the other side.

A friend had a similar device but the records were horizontal and a single needle played the top side then travelled round the edge of the disc and played the second side from below.

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Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel

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3:2

awesome, not 16:9, not even 16:10, 3:2. 1700 pixels of vertical resolution. If it wasn't stuck with 64GB SSD and 4GB RAM I'd buy it to install a proper OS.

Who is making this for Google? Can we petition them to put out a version for windows? Like this but with 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and a matte screen option.

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

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Re: Sigh

"I need Freeview to work, and as all of our channels are at the top end (we're still getting the multiplex with BBC1 on channel 61 at the moment, so will have to retune again at some point I guess), it is very likely we will be affected. And there is no cable installation."

27th March for your retune, down to C49

If you have problems when the 4G goes live then AT800 will sort them out. If the only way of solving your issues is to install freesat in all your rooms then I'd imagine that's what they'll do which is why they have up to £10,000 to spend.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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Re: "Blow"?

there is one, but it's more than a dollar. It's called the surface 42 and it's made by Samsung.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Flash!!!!

Why the fuck is this done in flash? There are plenty of decent ways of doing this kind of thing in html5 and there are better technologies that don't have that jarring effect when it switches resolutions as you zoom in.

Why in all these panos is 50% of the image sky? 160 Gigapixels of grey clouds; great.

The zoomed out images are horribly sharpened, makes it look like someone has drawn round the outlines of the buildings in marker pen. When you zoom all the way in and the image switches to the full resolution original it suddenly looks much better (although never in the same place as you were actually zooming to)

The image pans left when you drag the mouse left, sounds sensible when you write it down but this is the wrong way round. When you drag your mouse left the image should move left (pan right)

It's such a shame when all that time and effort put into constructing the thing and the viewing of the image is flawed. Perhaps they should speak to Gigapixel or Microsoft who both have technologies for doing this kind of thing that don't suck.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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Re: earth to moon is a bit further that reported ...

ISS not moon

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Any storm in a port

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Re: I have no idea what the problem is

I used to think this was the case until a few months ago I bought a new logitech remote control. The USB cable that comes with that is a full size A to micro B (same cable used to charge all non Apple phones), I was amazed to find that logitech had put their own logo on the upper side and USB logo had been relegated to the bottom.

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HP cranks up bandwidth on BladeSystem sheaths, adds pretty platinum stripe

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what do you use the display for?

Don't think I've ever used the display other than setting the initial IP address when the enclosure was first installed.

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Re: I never believe these stories

It doesn't sound like this guy panicked. He seems to have calmly phoned the emergency services who gave him some advice which didn't work and so he agreed with them to end up in a ditch.

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Headmaster

Re: "he drove the car off the road when it ran out of petrol."

"The chances of winning the lottery are 1-in-14m, but if enough people enter, someone is bound to win..."

Not necessarily it's just quite likely that someone will win. The chances of everyone choosing a different number are very high so there are plenty of numbers that have no winners the only time you can guarantee there will be a winner is if an infinite number of people enter. Weirdly at that point you'll have an infinite number of winners and an infinite number of non winners.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Re: Chrome?

The numerous processes is a feature of Chrome, every tab runs in its own process so that one dying doesn't take down your whole browser

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Apple tech FOUND ON ANDROID: Passbook gets pay-by-bonk

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technology looking for a problem

NFC isn't a technology looking for a problem, it has loads of uses. Pay by bonk from a phone is not one of them.

The main use for NFC is to initiate pairing with other devices. This link can then be used to play music over wireless speakers, transfer files between phones or anything else you can think of.

People need to stop pursuing the pay by bonk concept, it's not convenient to have to

1. Unlock your phone

2. Open your pay by bonk app

3. enter a pin for the pay by bonk app

4. choose the virtual card you wish to pay by

all to make a "quick" payment, imagine trying to do that at the M6 toll booth with a queue of cars behind you.

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Doped nanotubes boost lithium battery power three-fold

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comparison

How does this compare to current li-ion batteries?

Saying you can charge it in 10 minutes is fairly irrelevant, if you have a 5Wh battery and you charge it with a charger capable of producing 5W (as is the case with all modern USB phone chargers) it will take at least an hour to charge. The only way to make it charge quicker is to use a bigger charger. The battery on my current phone is 8.7Wh, if the new style battery provides 3x that then that's 26.1Wh. To charge that with my 5W charger will take at least 5h12'. To get the charge time down to 10 minutes would take a 150W charger, i.e. something nearly 3 times the size of most laptop chargers.

The useful thing here is if they really have managed to treble the capacity but if this comes to market we'll see HTC produce phones with the same size batteries that last longer which will be ignored by the buying public. Then Apple will release an iPhone with the same battery life but the smaller size of battery will allow them to make the phone thinner. Then Samsung will copy Apple's lead and all we will have gained are slightly lighter phones that still need charging every day.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Writer was intent on high risk of failure

"I don't know of anyone (with reasoning skills) who totally relays on a cars "Mile to Empty" gauge in any car. Everyone knows the cold can/will affect your cars battery, so this twit should have AT LEAST considered the fact that a car that relies only on battery power, could also be affected by the cold weather."

I do, when I fill the tank in my car the gauge says 439 miles, it's never done less than that. If the gauge says 100 miles left I'd quite happily set off on an 80 mile journey with no petrol stations along the way. If the car says you have 180 miles of range and you want to go 120 then I would expect that to be OK. If it's not OK what's the point in the gauge? Nobody is expecting it to be accurate to the mile but I reckon most people expect to get within 20%.

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Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

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Re: Ethernet (not gigabit, unfortunately)

It will definitely have some SSD as all ultrabooks have to have some. It will use Intel's caching system to move frequently accessed data onto the SSD.

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HP jumps on Chromebook bandwagon with 14-incher

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bestseller

"The $249 Samsung Series 3 Chromebook – the most popular model to date – topped Amazon's list of bestselling laptops throughout the holiday shopping season, "

That's because it's cheap and it looks like a laptop and providing, like most people, you never want to take the laptop out of your house it works great.

If you sold proper laptops for $249 they would sell way ahead of the chromebook

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Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz

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back to the tablet PC

To qualify as a windows tablet PC the device had to have an active digitiser. I'm guessing most of these were made by Wacom. The one on my Panasonic CF-18 is.

Anybody whose only experience of using a stylus input is either a resistive screen or a capacitive stylus just have no reference as to how useful a stylus can be.

When I'm using the CF-18 I use it in laptop mode and I use the stylus instead of a mouse, it's very quick and very accurate.

The important differentiation between a digitizer like this and resistive or capacitive options is that the digitizer doesn't respond to your hand touching the screen. This means that for a tablet you can rest your palm on the screen as you would do when using paper and when in a laptop mode you don't have to contort your hand to keep stray fingers from the screen.

The S pen gives you both capacitive input from your fingers and digitizer input from the pen so you get the best of both worlds. This is one thing that keeps me looking at the surface pro.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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RE: cheap tablet

This tablet has a 1024x600 10.1" screen, a crummy processor and poor wifi.

It's got 4 stars on Amazon but all the reviews say something like.

"I love this tablet it was so cheap, only problems are the wifi drops out all the time and the screen is a bit fuzzy and [insert name of app] keeps freezing and doesn't work properly.

Sounds like a great buy to me, I'm sure Apple and Samsung are worried.

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Nokia tries its luck with a sub-£150 Win Phone 8: The Lumia 620

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get it down to £100

Get this down to £100 and they'll sell loads, £150 is still a tiny bit too steep.

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Re: One question

My Ativ S can send contacts via bluetooth or NFC, I can't remember if that option was there on my mozart because I can't remember the last time I wanted to send a contact via bluetooth.

1. send contact

2. searching for bluetooth

3. not found

4. tell friend to check they are discoverable

5. go to start

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

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Buying office for the home

Who buys office at full price for home use?

If you've got kids who need to do their school work then you can get full pro license for office for peanuts (I think the UK price is currently £30).

If your place of work has a subscription to office then you can get office on a cheap deal

If you can't get either of these then Google Docs is pretty good, the online version of office is pretty good, if you must have a program you can use offline then libre office or openoffice.org will do the job.

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: "The ribbon makes more features visible"

I don't know about Outlook because I haven't checked but certainly in Excel you can use all the old shortcuts as well as the new ones even though the options aren't displayed on the screen.

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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improvement not from windows 8

The improvement the engineers are seeing is from having new hardware to run on, although they seem to have downgraded on quality. The old CF-29 was a beast capable of surviving drops from huge height and had no need for a case. The new equivalent would be the CD-31.

It sounds like they're trying to write some windows 8 style apps though so maybe that will make it worthwhile. Somehow I doubt it, I find that as long as you have a keyboard it gets used over an onscreen replica

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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Average

I take it this is a mean average.

I think for this kind of study you'd be better off rounding all the speeds of to the nearest 512 or 256 kbps and then using a modal average. That way it doesn't matter if there are 10 people in your sample that all have 300Mbps connections on test from virgin. It would be far more informative to say most peoples connections were 1-2Mbps at peak and 10-15 off peak.

It also presents a better metric for uswitch to get people to switch. I'd imagine that on the whole most providers are very similar when you take a mean average of speeds.

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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screen choice

Recently a friend broke the gloss screen on his laptop, he bought it to me and asked me to replace it. I asked if he wanted a matte screen, he practically bit my hand off.

Now a matte screen replacement for his laptop was readily available for the same price as the glossy version. If that is the case why don't we see this as a choice?

Once you get passed the matte vs. glossy there are more problems. Resolution is one, laptops don't have enough resolution. At the same time screens made for desktop business use are being produced with daft resolutions my users don't want 1080p 21.5" screens. They liked the 1680x1050 22" screens. I'm not saying don't make glossy screens or 16:9 business screens just give the market a choice instead of deciding what they want for them. Personally I think 3:2 would be quite a nice ratio for a screen but nobody's going to start making one now.

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No UK date, no biz disties: Will Microsoft cock-up the Surface Pro too?

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Re: Looked good...

Exactly 4GB is OK for most stuff now but you can't upgrade it and also 4GB of RAM is cheap and this is a premium product.

At least offer a model that has 8GB of RAM and then consumers will choose.

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Wad of BlackBerry OS 10 pics 'leaks' from RIM's inner circle

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Re: print to go?

I think it works as per your second theory, i.e. the blackberry appears as a printer to the computer. On the computer you go to print your boarding pass, train times etc. etc. you choose the blackberry as the printer. On your blackberry you can view the "printed" document.

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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dedupe

I don't get it, how do you dedupe encrypted files when they're encrypted with different keys?

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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How can Microsoft get this stuff so wrong

It's not hard.

1. This device needs 8GB of RAM, 4GB is fine most of the time but sometimes it isn't, RAM is cheap but you can't put any more in this device so the manufacturer should include it.

2. The keyboard should be bundled, it's a major selling point of the device without it it's just a very expensive tablet with a limited supply of apps. If you're not bundling it then it should be $50 tops.

3. The SSD should be 128GB or 256GB, 64GB is going to disappear very quickly when you've got a full install of Windows. My laptop has a clean windows install and it's using 20GB, the surface pro will have a recovery partition using a similar amount. By the time you've installed Office and you're only starting at the formatted capacity of the SSD you're going to have about 10GB left for files.

My laptop is old and clunky and I'd definitely replace it with a surface if this stuff was solved, but the main problem with my current laptop is that it is maxed out at 2GB of RAM so I'm not going for anything that can't be upgrade to or comes with 8GB to start.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Re: I would upgrade but...

I think the upgrade assistant is confused.

Your USB3 will work but not with whatever drivers/tools you have installed now, Windows 8 has native USB3 so will provide its own drivers.

If you have a bluetooth stack I'm guessing your laptop is Toshiba if that's the case you'll find the Windows 7 one works fine but you'll probably need to uninstall it and then reinstall after the upgrade. Your MS tools will also be fine. I haven't found anything that runs under 7 that won't run under 8. Also there is compatibility mode for really troublesome apps.

Of course the best thing to do is not to actually upgrade but run a clean install.

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Re: Two questions

Question 1. Yes

Question 2. I don't know, as you say from a technical point of view it's fine and will work. I'm not sure whether your license to <del>kill</del> use windows 7 is revoked when you install the upgrade.

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Re: Upgrade = Full

Have you tried either of these? I'm pretty sure neither will work, however the upgrade copy of Windows will quite happily install and activate on a clean machine.

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@Eadon Re: Shooting themselves in the foot? - yes, by releasing Win 8.

"The directory layout is crap - "program files(86)" - Users/My Documents" etc. No! I want to work from a subdirectory that hangs directly off "C:\""

how is the directory layout of Windows different to unix. On unix home folders are /home/username, on windows they're C:\users\username. On unix programs are installed in /usr or /usr/local or /opt depending on how they got there. In windows, programs installed properly are in c:\program files. On unix settings are stored in /etc on windows they're in the Registry. Data used by programs is in /var on unix and in c:\programdata on windows. Apart from the registry it's total stupidity to think that these system differ in much more than the names.

"The Windows 7 file system is poor. It takes a long time to copy /manipulate files, relative to Linux / Mac etc. "

NTFS is a very good filesystem, compared to ext4 it's amazing. I performed a live expansion of an ext4 filesystem the other day I need to grow a 6TB array by 1TB, it took 4 days. The same job on NTFS takes a few seconds. Also deleting files on ext4 is very slow compared to NTFS. Unlike you I'm not going to comment on the mac filesystem because I know nothing about it, it could be the greatest filesystem going but I don't know, because like you and Windows I don't use it.

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Use your loaf, Europe! Eat more fibre - high-speed web lobbyists

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fibre not the problem

I don't think fibre to the home is the problem here. I have a FTTC based VDSL product and it's connected at around 80Mbps, however if I'm downloading a file the download speed will only rarely hit 7MB/s usually I see 4-5.

BT have a FTTH product but it connects onto the same backbone as the VDSL so I'd wager a lot of the time the improvement is minimal.

At the same time the amount of data people need to download will plateau the big consumer of bandwidth at the moment is video streaming, but compression techniques are improving all the time. 80Mbps is already enough to stream native bluray content video can be compressed far better than it is on a bluray. Problem is that there are very few services that could cope with a lot of people all wanting to stream video at those kinds of rates.

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Viruses infect vital control systems at TWO US power stations

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Re: @Artic Fox: You are surely not suggesting that there are companies out there........

Windows 98 would be no problem, there's no way anyone got 98 to recognize a USB flash drive.

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Playboy fined £100k by Blighty watchdog for FLASHING SMUT at kids

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Re: Its never the parents fault eh?

not usually, I drank pretty much every week from when I was 15 until I was legally allowed to buy alcohol at 18, (I didn't stop then but that's beyond the scope of this comment). My parents would have been outraged if they had known but I would go out and stay with friends or come back late after they were in bed.

If you have a law that says it's illegal to sell alcohol to minors then it makes perfect sense to test and prosecute shops that don't comply with that law.

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Facebook shoves biz pal Microsoft aside, unzips new Graph Search

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first thing on the list to do

If facebook want people to use their search then probably the first thing on the list is to make the search box on the site look more like a search box. At the moment the box is slightly reminiscent of the interior of a Hotblack Desiato stunt ship.

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Live blog: Facebook's 'screw you' to Google revealed at last

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Re: Search for which movies or music your friends liked!

Forming your own opinions is not the issue. The problem is some of my friends have terrible taste in films and music, they aren't my friends for their film or music tastes. Therefore if I'm wondering what films or music my friends like I'll generally ask them when I speak to them, which I do because they're my friends, rather than waiting for them to volunteer this information to a social media site and then leeching the information from there.

Similarly if I need a plumber I'll know if any of my friends have used one recently and ask them about that.

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Mysterious Facebook product plumps up shares on Wall Street

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buy buy sell sell

Best get selling those shares off whilst the price is good.

Nobody wants a facebook phone, if you want facebook on your phone there are loads of phones that do that already either with apps like iOS or integrated into the OS like Windows phone.

To make a search engine that people stop using Google for you will have to make something amazing, since facebook isn't amazing why would anyone think that a search engine produced by facebook would be amazing.

A facebook OS? Seriously

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Today's antivirus apps ARE 'worse at slaying hidden threats'

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Problem is people don't like not having access to files

I have friends who are pretty IT literate and they refuse to accept that it's not stupid when windows denies you write access to program files. They can't grasp that their should be no reason to write to program files as a normal user and if they have a program that requires that then the either the program needs rewriting or the program should set the correct permissions when it installs.

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