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814 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

Microsoft extends Windows Server 2008 support

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mainstream support

I don't think you've read this right.

Microsoft have extended the mainstream support i.e. the product will still be in mainstream support until 2015 after that it will transition to extended support. Where it will receive fixes right up until 2020.

What's interesting here is that microsoft are treating 2012 as the replacement to 2008 rather than 2008R2.

I would imagine far more people are using 2008R2 than 2008

Of course none of this is important, the only important upcoming dates are 2014 for XP and 2015 for 2003 after which there will be no more support for IE6 and the browser can finally be forgotten about.

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BT to fibre up another 163 exchanges, coy on exactly where

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Crusty old wires

Don't quote me on this but I'm pretty sure that if your connection from your house to the pole is the old style single pair cable in a figure 8 arrangement then openreach will swap it out as part of the FTTC installation.

All the cables from the pole to the cabinet and the cabinet to the exchange should be fairly modern anyway.

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iPhone 5 Lightning cables sticking in USB ports

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It's no really an issue is it?

Apple probably have a batch of slightly too tight connectors, a visit to the Apple store will get them replaced no question.

I guess the story here is that if I bought a new phone and found the cable was too tight I'd just use a different one out of the drawer. Apple makes you go to the shop and get one from their drawer.

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Sky gripe grounded Freeview EPG facelift

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buy better equipment

If you don't want to lose your PVR schedules or have to retune when this kind of thing happens, buy some better equipment. A decent freeview PVR should be able to background scan the currently tuned multiplexes finding new channels and moving around the old ones without any kind of manual retune. Retuning should only be required when the multiplexes switch frequencies.

A decent PVR should also be able to maintain series links and scheduled recordings using something better than the EPG number.

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HTC hawks fresh WinPho smartphones

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choice

So again like the Nokias you have to choose between the high end model that has no SD card support or the low end model with SD card support.

Only Samsung are clever enough to realise that your top model should give away features to the lower end.

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Bonking payment by NFC doubled by Olympics splash

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contactless payments

contactless payments work well if they can speed up transactions to reduce the length of queues. I recently travelled on the M6 toll and you can now wave your card. This works well because it's slightly quicker than posting your card into the slot. If, however, you were to use your phone for this it would be far slower.

1. unlock your phone

2. load the NFC app

3. choose the correct wallet

4 enter a pin to unlock the wallet

These are not steps you need to be doing when you're in a queue.

Paying in shops doesn't work either currently because to pay with your card you have to tell the shop assistant that is what you want to do and wait whilst they tell the till you are paying by card and only then can you wave your card. The system needs to be

1. shop keeper says that'll be £3.49 please

2. customer waves card

Until the system works like that it's a waste of time.

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Microsoft promises two-step IE fix

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Re: Just fix it quick please

"For the sake of completeness you left out Safari."

So did Apple on windows machines, they gave up on it a few months ago. The windows 8 browser choice screen doesn't include it.

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Apple iOS 6 review

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Re: Mutual Benefit

I can't believe these kinds of features are only just being implemented on modern smartphones.

I'm pretty sure the auto reply with text feature was available on my Ericsson T28 if not it was definitely on the T39.

The Do not disturb feature used to be part of Windows mobile you could set the phone to switch to your meeting profile when your calendar showed you as busy. Of course this feature (along with almost everything else) went missing in WP7.

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ITU suggests replaceable cables for power supplies

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forget the itu

This needs to be mandated by the EU.

there's no need for all the different voltages we have now just have 2 or 3. Small devices like phones, cameras and tablets can use 5V which can be supplied via a USB plug. Larger devices like laptops can use 19V with a large coax connector. If a large coax connector isn't the best design make something flat but make sure it fits in both ways round. Maybe have a middle voltage like 12V for routers, battery chargers and anything else.

Make all cables detachable, make all PSUs sold meet strict efficiency requirements. Make the PSUs universal, sell them as single, dual or tri voltage. Tri voltage PSUs can do all 3 voltages, single can just do 5V. For the multi voltage PSUs make them able to automatically choose the correct voltage based on the attached cable.

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Microsoft, RIM ink new licensing agreement

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Re: Its about time...

Some facts.

1. It's perfectly possible to install extra filesystems on windows the manufacturers just need to write the driver and provide it for people to install

2. Manufacturers could choose to use any filesystem they like in the device and then use PTP or similar to attach the device to the computer

3. exFAT is the default file system for SDXC memory cards this means that all cards sold are preformated with exFAT

I'm not saying that Microsoft aren't using their position to gain license fees, just that there are ways around it that the manufacturers choose not to use so it's obviously worth their while paying Microsoft to use the technology.

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Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

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Taichi

Why would I want to pay for two 1920x1080 panels when I can only use one at any one time?

Also I had a chance to play with a Samsung 10.1" Windows RT tablet and it's too big. The stupid 16:9 aspect makes the tablet far too wide to hold comfortably in one hand when using landscape and it's too tall in portrait mode.

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Manchester is 'PIRATE CAPITAL of the UK'

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population

The population of Manchester is around 500000 but that doesn't take into account the Students or people who live in the Manchester area (Salford, Stockport, Trafford)

The total population of Greater Manchester is over 2 million. Without seeing some raw figures for the study I would guess this will somewhat skew the figures.

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iPhone 5: UK pay-monthly tariffs compared

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Sim cards

I wonder if O2 are only "coming soon" because they've made the same error of judgement over sim cards as giffgaff.

Traditionally if you want a micro sim from Giffgaff your request is forwarded to a giffgaff member who cuts a regular sim down to the correct size and pops it in the post. Of course this isn't possible with the new nano sim and now giffgaff gave announced they will have a solution in place in the "coming months".

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BT gets postcode knickers in twist, plants Shoreditch on Mount Everest

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not just postcodes that are the problem

The other problem with this map is that even if you make it work and show where you live. All it tells you is the status at the surrounding exchanges, it doesn't actually tell you which of these exchanges provides your telephone line.

If I type my postcode I see that all the surrounding exchanges are enabled and accepting orders bar one which has no current plans, I wonder which exchange is mine?

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I spy: Drug drops and foxy couples

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Re: 10x optical zoom?

32x on a camcorder/camera is not the same thing as 32x on binoculars.

32x zoom on a camcorder means the telephoto end of the zoom lens is 32x the wide angle.

32x zoom on binoculars would mean that at maximum zoom objects viewed through the binoculars are 32x larger than they would be in real life.

The two things aren't really comparable.

Also in this situation the digital zoom is important, the imaging sensor is about 4 megapixels. HD video is around 2 megapixels, that gets you from 10x to 15x without any up-scaling.

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Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

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Re: Contact cards

Agreed

I have facebook, gmail, hotmail and exchange/outlook accounts on mine and have no problems. Editing the contacts is easier because they're cloud based. If there is a limitation in editing those contacts it's not the fault of the phone but the cloud provider. The gmail tools for editing are pretty decent and support import and export to csv for more complicated edits or transfer between systems. I've never noticed a problem with editing contacts via outlook and owa is pretty decent.

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Final Office 2013 for ARM may not ship until January

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Re: Oh, you have it wrong ..

It doesn't support pop3 but it does support imap and it supports smtp

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Microsoft keeps Win Phone 8 under hype-boosting wraps

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disappointment

The only thing hype will bring is disappointment, nothing ever lives up to hype.

Apple have just announced their new phone and it will be in peoples hands in just over a weeks time. If Microsoft want to attract people away from Android and iOS they need to announce features and an availability date. All we know about WP8 is that you can resize the live tiles, this isn't enough to make people pass up a phone they can buy for one that is coming at some unknown point in the future.

If Microsoft have killer features they should tell people about them otherwise forums like this one will just remain awash with criticism of the 7.5-8 upgrade path.

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Apple Lightning adaptors reveal limitations

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which is it?

"Apple has introduced a Micro USB adaptor for its new Lightning dock connector. Speed freaks will be disappointed to hear its a USB 2.0 connector."

...

"It's not yet clear whether Lightning is based on USB 3.0, but given that all new Macs now support the standard, it seems unlikely that it's USB 2.0 only."

So do we know that the connector is usb 2 as the top quote implies or do we believe the bottom quote which suggests it's most likely USB 3?

Personally I think USB 3 is unlikely here, the connector seems to have 8 pins (assuming there are 8 mirrored pins on the other side to facilitate the dual insertion) which is only just enough for usb 3. On top of USB they need at least two pins for SPDIF or similar digital audio.

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Google sneaks in back door, slips YouTube onto iPhone 5

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dukebox?

Are they not Jukeboxes?

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Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs

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Re: Still haven't separated OS and Data

redirected special folders have been around since at least XP, maybe even 2000.

NTFS partitions can be mounted in folders in the same way you can on linux.

Windows 7 introduced (to windows) the idea of libraries, where you can group several folders together so you could have your documents folder spread across several disks but all accessed together.

The problem is most people don't have a clue about this stuff or why it's useful. I recommend to most people they just have one big partition and just take decent backups. I see a lot of laptops where the OEM has split the disk into two partitions for OS and data but the owner doesn't understand that so they have a full C drive and an empty D. Since keeping your data on a separate partition doesn't remove the need for backups and most people don't regularly reinstall their OS, I think most people are better off with a single partition.

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

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Re: Not this "pin everything to the taskbar" argument again

How small is your screen?

I can fit around 40 task buttons on a 22" screen. I have the ones I use all the time (about 15) pinned and everything else is launched by searching the start menu.

Personally I have no problem with the Windows 8 start screen apart from the way the search no longer automatically selects settings or documents when the applications are exhausted

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Re: Stardock

are you sure it was 98. I think it might have been possible in 95 with IE 4 installed.

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Ten digital radios to suit all budgets

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price

I'll echo the comments on price, for DAB to take off in any meaningful way the price needs to come down.

I've just bought a new DAB for the car so I can listen to 6 and sports extra but in the house I have a squeezebox which uses the Internet.

For a static radio the Internet wins you get almost endless choice in stations from across the world and you don't have to worry about signal strength.

My mum has two DAB radios in her house and she listens to both of them on FM because they sound better. Too many homes are on the limit of acceptable DAB reception and people don't want to have roof top or loft aerials for the radio.

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Fox to release movie downloads weeks before discs

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endless rental

I passed on the chance to see this in the cinema because the reviews were mixed. I'd like to see the film but I don't want to buy it. I'll probably watch it once.

I don't need it before the DVD release either, I'll happily wait.

Just let me watch the film once, in HD with decent sound for a reasonable (£2-3) cost. If I can buy the film to watch as much as I like for £10 this seems reasonable to watch it once.

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Mio Spirit 695 LM satnav review

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lifetime updates

Unless I'm mistaken, lifetime support, lifetime warranty, lifetime guarantee, lifetime updates, on any gadget, refers to the lifetime of the gadget rather than the owner.

This means that you will get map updates for the time the device is on sale plus some unknown time that mio will continue to support the device for. My guess is that you will get 2 or 3 years of map updates which is still better than nothing.

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Amazon unveils new hi-def Kindle iPad-killers

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data plan

Is that data plan for real? It's better than most ADSL packages in the UK. It's that kind of deal that is required to make cloud computing work.

Also, if it's possible to make a tablet with decent battery life and a 1920x1200 screen, can I please have a laptop with a 12 or 13" screen with a similar resolution. How hard can it be?

There's a good reason why Amazon have 20% of the US market and it's because the released a tablet for $200. The new models beat the nexus on spec and/or price so the question is just whether you want Google play on your device, or if you're happy with the Amazon app store.

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Raspberry Pi production back in Blighty

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tax?

My understanding was that one of the problems with building the pi here was that the components were subject to import duties whereas the finished unit was not.

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Apple land-grabs iThingy feature management patent

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enterprise devices

For all those who can't see a use for this, I think it's more aimed at enterprises who want to be able to restrict certain features of their staff devices in certain areas of the business.

Only thing is I thought you could do this already based on wifi connections. I'm sure I've seen the option on some device management software.

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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SD card

From what I've seen elsewhere it seems the 920 comes with 32GB of onboard storage but no SD card slot, where as the 820 has 8GB onboard but you can add your own with an SD card.

I think this is a real mistake, 64GB SD cards are now available for around £50. 96GB is going to come very close to holding my whole music collection finally pensioning off my ipod.

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New Zealand's Copyright Tribunal to hear first cases

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viable alternative

If you want to cut down on piracy then create a viable alternative. I have friends in New Zealand who tell me that CD albums cost around $35. If you charge that kind of money for music then you will encourage piracy.

The problem the record companies have now is that pirating music is now an everyday activity. Their failure to act quickly has meant that a lot of people simply aren't going to change their ways, even when that alternative comes along.

As to the tribunal, how is the evidence tested? Do the rights holders turn up with ip addresses they wrote down on post-it notes asking for $15000?

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Freesat eyes YouView USP for next-gen UI

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slowly

Slowly the STB are catching up with the features available in XP MCE.

Just think what Media centre would be like now if Microsoft had done any development on it.

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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

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Re: live tiles and pit to start

The problem with the live tiles is that most developers haven't found a decent use for them.

I have one app that has a decent live tile, the unofficial giffgaff app gives you your balance and remaining airtime on the front screen of your phone.

Most of the other apps I've seen with live tiles either don't work properly, or they don't give you enough information. The weather tiles are an obvious example they all show you the current weather in your current location. As pointed out I know the current weather in my current location because I'm there. If they could find a way of displaying future weather for my current location in an easily readable way it would make more sense.

I think the live tiles will improve a lot when Windows 8 comes out and there are more options for the size of tile, there just isn't enough space on the current tiles to show a useful amount of information.

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Facebook shoves your face in Microsoft's Bing thing

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facebook privacy

It doesn't matter how you set the "privacy" settings your personal data can always be shared by others.

If you upload a photograph to facebook and tag one of your friends that picture can be seen by all the friends of your friend. Those friends of friends are free to comment on your photo, when they comment on your photo their friends (3rd generation) are now able to see the photo and the comment.

So the only answer to facebook privacy is not to have a facebook account.

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Watchdog probes rules for naughty mobe fondling on flights

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Re: if

Thing about Kindles is they're never off. Most people who have one probably don't even realise that unless the radios are turned off it periodically scan for networks and check back with Amazon to look for new updates, books etc.

I doubt that most people owning a kindle or an ipad (other tablets and e-readers are available) would know they have a flight mode. With phones people know about flight mode because phones on planes are bad so they know there is a special way to make them safe.

If there was a chance of anything bad happening then it would have happened because I'd guess most planes these days have at least one device that has been accidentally or unknowingly left on during take off.

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Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

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roll back

As long as you don't need 1.7 you can roll back to the latest version of 1.6

1.6 is still supported and receiving security patches on the same 4 month schedule.

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Ten... all-in-one inkjet photo printers

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differences

The differences are explained right at the start of the article. A photo printer generally has more than 4 inks, some offer CD/DVD printing and some have negative/slide scanners.

The truth of all this though is that printing photos at home is a waste of time and money. Online photo printing services can have the pictures out to you next day and they'll be better quality and cheaper than you can possibly achieve at home.

When my current printer dies or the ink becomes hard to find I'll be getting myself a laser, probably black and white, and all my photo printing will be done online.

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Nokia's WinPho 8 double date announced

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Re: Very doubtfull developments

The different behaviour in different markets is definitely annoying. The one that gets me is that my phone isn't capable of downloading new podcasts over 3G, it can only download them over wifi. If I lived in the USA my phone would be capable of doing this.

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Hunt vows: 'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'

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Sweden

He's carefully qualified it with the term "major"

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Re: Not all fibre is the same FTTP

If fibre is already available in the cabinet then premises can be fibred to the cabinet. As long as the cabinet has enough back-haul to the exchange there's no need for every property to have its own fibre back to the exchange.

I doubt the length of fibre costs much more than the length of copper the real costs are in the terminations and the transceivers. With a system like this though you could use cheaper multimode and still get 1Gb connections within 500m of the cabinet.

I think BT already have a system like this on trial in some areas, at the moment targeting businesses but there's no reason it couldn't be extended to homes for those that want more than VDSL is providing.

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Merde! French Prez palace blueprints nicked from cable layer

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Re: I still fail to understand.....

hardware encrypted sticks are actually pretty cheap these days. You still need some software so you can enter the password to decrypt the stick. The software on all the ones I've seen runs on Windows and OSX. I guess some of the expensive models might also have a linux version.

The problem here though is that the files were almost certainly once encrypted. Contractor requires plans of buildings, client sends plans in an encrypted format. Contractor decrypts plans and sends to sub contractor who places them on a stick and loses them.

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Ivy Bridge for Ultrabooks

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screen resolution

Intel should make the 1600x900 a minimum requirement for 13" models.

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BBC gives itself a gold in 700Gbit-a-second Olympic vid sprint

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Re: Freeview?

The satellite streams were available on freesat including all 24 HD streams. I agree the options on freeview were somewhat limited but that is the fault of the platform.

I guess they could have put in some IPTV channels for those people with compatible freeview HD setups.

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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

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Make something better

OEMs are only worried because the surface looks good. Of course at the moment we know nothing about price or any real specs but if MS sells a tablet that is better than yours for less money why wouldn't you worry.

MS should do the same thing with laptops, turn out something with a decent resolution so the OEMs have an idea of what a laptop made in 2012 should look like (hint, it should probably have better resolution than ones sold in 2002)

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WD's 2TB Green giant can't jam hardness into standard slot

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Re: Won't fit a laptop ?

the drives that go into servers are already thicker than laptop drives however they tend to spin a bit faster than 5500RPM

This drive would be OK as an external I'm just not sure what kind of application you're going to want on 5500RPM drives that would benefit from the 2.5" form factor.

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UK 4G auction: No word on what will be flogged, or what it costs

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LTE

So these LTE phones at 2.6GHz and 800MHz are they ready to go? What about 1800MHz?

Are LTE phones comparable in terms of weight and battery life as 3G phones or is this going to be like when 3G phones first came out? I don't want to go back to a time when phones were huge with batteries that only lasted a day and were full of features you didn't want to use ... wait a minute.

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How one bad algorithm cost traders $440m

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crop report

sounds like someone tampering with the crop report to me

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Meet the company that wants to destroy Twitter. It's Twitter

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prepared to pay

The problem with trying to work out what people are prepared to pay to use a social network is that the value goes down if less people use it. So I put up with facebook because all my friends are on there, some of my friends might be prepared to pay to stay on facebook some wouldn't but if half my friends that weren't prepared to pay left then the half that were prepared to pay would no longer see the value in paying for the service.

If you are trying to start a service from scratch and you want to charge people you aren't going to attract anyone because nobody else is using the service.

It turns out (friends reunited) that charging people to use a social network doesn't work.

Of course if there is an actual product for sale then you it is possible. I pay for a flickr account, but for that I get unlimited space to store full resolution versions of my photographs together with the ability to download them as required.

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Microsoft: MED-V won't help you escape WinXP end-of-life

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Re: $40 upgrade

Not only is Windows 8, in general, more secure than XP but it includes Microsoft security essentials so there is no real reason for home users to need a subscription to an AV product.

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Dropbox blames staffer's password reuse for spam flood breach

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Dropbox

I'll add this one to the list of reasons why people shouldn't use dropbox for anything that they want to keep private.

I'm a big fan of dropbox, I find it useful to transfer files between computers, but I wouldn't dream of storing anything sensitive on there.

I'm glad to see that the employees are entirely convinced that the service is secure and are seemingly unaware of the security hole they are peddling.

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