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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: Microsoft? Talk to users? ROFLMAO.

(3) Continue to roll out 'THE' number one office/productivity suite in the world, which remains so to this day, encouraging end users (businesses and Jo Public) and software companies/developers alike to buy into the OS dependency.

And now that Office is largely to be a Cloudy (SaaS) App, that can, and SHOULD run virtually in any Browser, on any Device EVER!....

Please remind my exactly why I need MicroSofts, latest, and greatest again?

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Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers

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No that's Apples racket....

However, they will not be able to "sell an end-user's health information collected through the HealthKit API to advertising platforms, data brokers or information resellers", according to the licensing agreement.

Why let Third-Party Devs steal your all of the Pie when you can keep it for yourself....

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

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So am I the only guy that actaully likes the old homepage?

enough so that I expressly ask for it in about:config "http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official" ?!

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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Re: Will somebody please think of the Elderly

I guess I'm just unduly concerned by the fact that Pale Moon uses (or is currently using), the same codebase as Firefox ESR24.7 at the moment. One of the saddest things I've learnt here recently is that Firefox ESR24.8 will be the last Update for the 24ESR from Mozilla before getting the Axe on October 14, 2014.

I addressed that concern over on their Forums, it would seem that they'd wish to continue such support as possible after that date. So bye bye Firefox. Hello Pale Moon then...

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At least with the Firefox Tiles you can turn off the ones you don't want, unlike that Pale Moon start page.

Again the secret is to bang the Rocks together guys!

about:config -- (search for) "browser.startup.homepage" and change it back to... "http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official"

Same thing with "browser.newtab.url" replace "about:newtab" with "http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official"

Now was that soooo difficult?!

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Re: I don't have a problem turning off tiles

I won't mourn the loss of tiles when I turn them off and will welcome a blank "new tab" page in future.

Or in about:config -- search for "browser.newtab.url" and then replace "about:newtab" with "http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official"

Same thing with "browser.startup.homepage"

Well thats One problem solved!

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Will somebody please think of the Elderly

and, please fork the Firefox 3 builds into a new safe browser that doesn't get all uppity at you?

I guess I could settle for a continuation of Firefox ESR24... But, even this is now on borrowed time. I'm of the understanding that Pale Moon, may still support that Build for a while longer. Which is I guess partly good news. But, at this point Mozilla is imploding faster then MicroSoft. As far as pushing unwanted, and unasked for Tripe is concerned.

Who knew that Browser Plug-ins would come to define a Browser. It makes me wonder if AdBlock Pro can't eventually filter out this Crap, or if Mozilla will bury it so deep into the Code that ADP can't get to it?

I guess I'd ought to download that Pale Moon Browser and see how far I can tweak it up to look like Firefox. Before I get saddled down with this Australis Crap. That I too had somehow never asked for, or knew I ever needed.

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Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

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I think I can hear the death knell

Really I know that Alienware was always a "Niche Market", but is there even the slightest justification to even misuse this as a gaming rig? I could understand having one for video editing / encoding. But I'd be hard pressed to want this just to play the latest hyped up Muder-sims. Which will undoubtedly be ported to the PS4 and, the Failbox One.

And then there's the Electricity drain... I don't even want to know what it costs to run it for a mindless Hour.

Plus you just know that this thing is gonna be infected with Windows 8 all over it! YUCK!!

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

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Ok I'll bite....

The shock here is that people actually use Skype!

Soooo what should we be using... If not Skype?!

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

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Re: In all the possible ways Mozilla are mindlessly following everything Googly...

I don't know about Windows but Firefox has been 64-bit in the Linux distro I use for quite a while

Please note... I was referring to Firefox. And not your favorite Linux Distro. Or other Windows 64 Users. From what I can see Firefox 64 is still a fairly newish thing.

Inb4 But, its been in unsupported Alpha / Beta since forever.... Which I suppose is true enough, but in this instance irreverent.

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In all the possible ways Mozilla are mindlessly following everything Googly...

This is One Page I'd wish they'ed lift up for both Linux, and Windows... 32-bit was so '90s, and needs to get dropped faster then 16-bit was back then. Really we've had x86-64 Architecture since the dawn of XP. (Athlon 64 anyone?)... Ok scratch make it by then by XP SP2 then. And, all the Market has done with it is to just sit on its Thumbs!

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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If the rise in GitHub means....

The death of stupid crap like *.rpm, *.deb, and stupid per Distro crap like apt, and yum, and replaces it with something both simple, and universal. Then I think I can learn to live with this. 'cause at this point you just tend to pick your poison. Be it Debian / Mint / Ubuntu etc... Or Mandrake/Mandriva / Redhat. And, then get on with it. There was a time when I was playing with a lot of Linux, back in '06, '07. Looking for an answer to a HTPC problem that MicroSoft were both unable, and seemingly unwilling to answer to this day... How to use their "Media Center" with a DVB-C Provider.

Thats what eventually drove me away from Windows. At that time I was running (or attempting to run) pretty much everything sans Arch. Redhat-type, Gentoo and Debian-type Linuxes. Of those I found the Debian-types to have been more common, and agreeable. In-so-far as I could continue use the "experience" I had gathered up-to-that time. Instead of hanging 'round on Board, and Wiki sites trying to workout how to unpack that *.rpm File, or how to sudo yum -y.

This fractured nature of Linux has been a major PITFA for too long now. So if Get-Hub can eventually morph into the One-Stop-Shop for everything Linux EVER! I sure as heck wont be bitching about it!

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Could Micro Bacteria, or Viri survive a trip like that?

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: New name for IE

They should just call it "Chrome/Firefox Downloader" (that's all it's useful for anyway)

That, or your... Friendly Pal, for those Second Tuesday of the Month Blues....

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Re: Don't mind it

TBH I dont mind IE. It's no worse than the creeping corporate death of Chrome.

Or its tied to the hip, fan of groupies over at Mozilla. That seem to be of the belief that Chrome is the Mutz Nutz...

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Re: Name

You can be even lazier and call it "Bowser"

Your ActiveX-ploit in in another Castle...

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That's cause its hard to beat free

First released in 1995, IE famously crushed Marc Andreesen’s Netscape in the browser wars, eventually grabbing 90 per cent market share.

Really I never was on the 'net early enough to have, had even to bother with Netscape, and with MicroSoft just giving IE3? away for free, on Windows 95. It was a bit of a no brainer, to install that then the $40.00(USD), that Netscape basically wanted for the same thing.

Now why is it that Linux can't seem to beat MicroSoft at that Game?!

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Re: Why is FF trying to become Chrome?

Firefox 24ESR will stop getting security updates on October 14th - 31ESR has been released, and there will only be a "2 cycle" overlap, as far as I understand. That's 6 months more support than he'll get for version 28, which "expired" in April, but the there were significant changes to the Firefox UI between release 24 and release 28, so the 24ESR UI might not have features that he's using in 28

Just One more Date to mark on the Calendar.... T_T

Christ where am I gonna go now? Why can't someone just keep pushing out the Updates and, just leave the rest of it the **** alone?!

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Re: Why is FF trying to become Chrome?

Who knew that, that info would be so helpful.... To me since my Windows 7 just tanked. CHKDSK just ate my c:\Windows Directory... And, left me with a Black Screen with just a useless Mouse Courser. Of course Rollback(s) weren't turned on at the time.

Thankfully a Live Linux CD, plus something called Photorec, saved my Bacon... Well as much as it was possible to considering. The RPIFA was the lack of any DVD-Rs or a working USB Stick. Of all the times it had to pack it in... It just had to be then!

Luckily I was able to reinstall off an External HDD, So I'm back again nice and fresh....

Just enjoying the next few Hours on Windows Update(s) right now.... Really is a Rollup Patch for Windows 7, just too much to ask for MicroSoft?!

Penguin.... 'Cause I should have used more sense, and installed Mint...

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Forget browser wars, how come email clients still render what the fuck they like with no concern for any standard whatsoever?

Sadly here I must admit, that I too have given up all use for a stand-alone e-Mail Client. Sans the One for GMail, and the other non-GMail eMail Client on my Phablet. Really I don't miss Thunderbird that much. And, somehow. I'd expect the MicroSoft (....to the Hilt) Corporates would all be using Outlook, for some reason. I guess this change must have happened after MicroSoft quietly dropped Outlook Express ~ca. Windows XP SP1. Some Ten Years ago now.

Sadly eMail just never really caught on in these here parts. Now adays we just use Facebook, or Skype to communicate. Seems the only thing eMail is good for is for registering on some Website or other... And, lord knows thats what Billy G invented (or bought out) Hotmail for...

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Re: Why is FF trying to become Chrome?

"Currently on 28 at work as I got Australised at home and I cannot stand it. Even with the removal tool it still looks shoddy...."

PROTIP: Install Firefox 24ESR (Current Build 24.7), and then use the up-to-then standard about:config fixes...

browser.tabs.on.Top: false (Returns the Tabs to the bottom!)

browser.download.useToolkitUI (Returns you to the older... More sane Download Manage!)

Make such other fine adjustments to the Back, Forward, Home (Cancel) / Refesh | History, and Activity thingy.

And that should set you up a working Firefox install. In the event that you are running Windows 7 w/Aero. IIRC you can correct this by adding this* to your userChrome.css File (x:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\****default\chrome)

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window, page, dialog, wizard, prefwindow {

background-color: -moz-Dialog !important; }

#TabsToolbar {

background-color: -moz-dialog !important;

}

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Re: IE

Hardly used? It has a larger market share than the other (desktop) browsers put together!

Yes, but, ONLY in the Week following the Second Tuesday of any given Month....

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Re: IE

hey all the best companies come from here, we're the silicon island, a hotbed of tech knowhow!!

Yeah I'm sure that the Tax Breaks those Corporations receive for being in Ireland, have absolutely to do with 'em all wanting to be there...

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All I ever wanted out of a Bowser....

Was answered back with Firefox 3.0 Its layout was SOOOOO good that I've been mimicking it in every subsequent release of Firefox since.... Till they basically sh--caned this idea starting with version 25. Thus alerting me to the existence of Firefox 24 ESR.

For me the winner of the next Browser War(s), will be the One that continues to mimic this "perfection", instead of mutating into a wannabe clone of Google's Chrome.

It's gonna be a sad day on the Wibbles once Mozilla decide to ditch this last good build. I might even need to SHOCK HORROR find a new hobby.. Perhaps I'll rediscover this thing called the Outdoors again? With the ESR Build currently at 24.7... It seems like we only have till about the end of the Year before this goes to. T_T

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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And yet...

Here we are as Android phone Users, getting treated less then Second-class Citizens behind the deluge of Apple iOS only Apps...

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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At least now we know the reasaon why Man U banned tablets.

Cause Phones are easier to control then a 7" or 10" Fondleslab? Someone should probably tell them that those have some decent Cameras too... BTW: Whats the story on Google Glass? Will the FA employ Drones to spot all those malcontented Glassholes?

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Re: Do not piss off fans

Or they will piss off leaving you with no money.a

Like thats really ever gonna happen....

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: The. Only.

Leave it alone as a gold standard and work on something easier using ROT 19 or whatever.

Fheyl gung fubhyq or EBG13

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Pass me my towel...

..it looks more like the spine of a long-dead sperm whale that hit head first in the top-left before falling sideways - we need to check for tunnels. The smaller oval impacts are a bowl of petunias, a teacup and saucer, and a digital watch... the scale might be improbable, but there's a penguin here who assures me that anything's possible.

It looks like your confusing Mars with The Legendary Planet of Magrathea. Which as any fule nos is right in the middle of the Horsehead Nebula now ain't it?, circling 'round those Twin Stars of Soulianis and Rahm. Some 1.500ly away from Sol!

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

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Re: I have this thing called a PC...

Yeah enjoy that PC thing for another cycle or Two... While I'm not as entirely aboard the whole "Death of the PC" thing... Its quickly becoming more, and more apparent that MicroSofts Era is at an end. And, this will catch up to you sooner or latter... Though I suspect that transitioning to Linux may still be cheaper then buying a PS5 or XBTwo....

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Re: USB drive formats

Yes, the only solution for a 4GB+ file on the Microsoft XBox 360 is to use an Apple file system.

Does this mean that One might also be able to read an X360 Drive off, an Apple Computer??

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Re: PS3.

Hell, I can even outright copy my songs into the PS3 and play them on Gran Turismo background, which very few, if any other consoles, can do.

Hell at the risk of being accessed of being in league with the MDF (MicroSoft Defense Force), I'd just like to point out that MicroSoft were doing this a long time ago with the XBOX. Now granted it was, and is more uptight and inconvenient about it then S0NY had made it with the PS3. (e.g. Coping *.mp3 Files). On the XBOX, as well as on the Failbox360... You had to first import such stuff as you wanted off an Audio CD. But a few Games that I can recall did allow you to play your own Music In-Game.

Sadly I never had a working 360 long enough to find a game that would allow it. It seems (using some Google-Fu), that the FailBox One... Would rather you pay them an additional $10.00(USD) a Month to stream such content to your Console...

To be fair though... AFAIK not even the PS4 currently supports *.mp3's Kinda begs the question whats so next-gen about a Console that only does about a Third of what the Last Gen., did. But, this is me hardly picking on S0NY. 'Cause MicroSoft are just as guilty in this respect.

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Re: Cinavia

BluRay on the XB1 is an OPTIONAL application install!

That's only available to XBL! Gold Subscribers?

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Re: Thank you

Thanks to all the ever so helpful folk on here informing us that you can use a PS3 or Linux server or many other devices to stream video to a TV. I had no idea.... There was me thinking this was a story for XBox One owners (or potential owners) when in fact it was a story where the more intelligent and educated folk out there can inform us what we SHOULD be doing rather than making our own minds up.

Again, thanks folks.

CITATION NEEDED: The Post where anyone's holding a Gun to your head saying not to buy a XBOne? Just that there are better, and cheaper alternatives out there, that'll probably spare you endless hours of ballache, in having to reconvert your "Library" into something useable by the XBOne.

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Re: Can't think why they want to make it more useful.

8.1 million PS 4 buyers versus 4.5 million Xboners, Sony making M$ look unattractive never goes down well.

Must be down to all those p!ssed off People effected one to many times with the RRoD... I for One know how that feels...

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Re: So they are

"It's getting MKV support with the update mentioned in the article."

Wow - will now have to go buy one just as a fuck you to the copyright cartels.

I'd rather just get a small Android Box to host XBMC, myself... Much cheaper, and way more gratifying for the cost then a Failbox One!

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Re: Genius!

--How come it didn't come with DNLA built-in?

>Implying that DLNA has ever been remotely useful to anyone.... Case in point I give you any Number of "Smart TVs", or even Samsungs Phablet to TV service "All Share". Which had about as much chance to work as a Stock XBOne, or a PS3/4. (i.e. It didn't!)...

Other less restrictive Software like Skifta manages to do a better job of it. But I think it still relies mostly on the fact that XBMC (Kodi), just doesn't enforce this sh-- DRM on us, and so... Just works.

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Re: PS3?

"My PS3 already does this. I still can't see the point of the XBONE"

As the Xbox One has a seperate BluRay player application that can be uninstalled, presumably it's not permanently Cinavia infected like the PoS3 and PoS4....

Funny my PS3 also lacks Cinavia... (Now that its running CFW). But even then, it would allow you to watch the first 20 or so Minutes of said Film before kicking off. Not that I had ever tested this myself. Like I said 99% of all the *.mkv stuff I had always came up as corrupted on the PS3.

But, now I can enjoy things such as PS2 & PSP Soft Emu (Using S0NYs own Emus!), as well as being able to watch most of my stuff now. Sans the stuff that was encoded in Hi10p that is.

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The only way to watch whatever ya want

Is to find the best low power option to get XBMC (a.k.a Kodi) working. Be this on a Raspberry Pi, an Ouya, or some Android ATV style clone Box. If it has the ability to run XBMC, and it has enough RAM in it, then you wouldn't need anything else.

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Re: PS3?

My PS3 already does this. I still can't see the point of the XBONE

Really, you could have fooled me. Considering all the "corrupted file(s)" My NAS was spitting out. Before I took the time, and effort to hack it, to install the latest CFW on to it, and then install the Showtime Media Player on it. Then yeah it started playing only some of those Formats...

Most People with a newer-type PS3 from ca.~ 2011 to date, though are screwed if they wish to try this though. As those Systems will almost never be cracked.

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Learn about Microsoft Cloud OS platform

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Does anyone really like ChromeOS? Will this "like" transfer (or rub off), on to Windows 9 when it finally hits in the backend of 2015 early 2016? I just don't see much attraction for Clouds... sans Google Music, or other such Services. I sure as heck would not care to trust my Companys Data on (or in), one.... But, hay thats just me...

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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Re: Britain's response to bombs

Is anybody questioning Britain's (and it's allies) fierce response to the bombing of London by the Luftwaffe? They absolutely did the right thing - they defended themselves by retaliating. Guess what, some German civilians were killed in the counter attacks. Should that have given Churchill a reason to not order the bombings?

Why is Israel's response any different?

Because this time the Palestinians didn't do anything. This current sh--storm happened cause One Jew kidnapped and, killed Three other Jews.... And of course the Palestinians must have done it. But, then anything to get them to move along so as to grow Israels "Lebensraum"...

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Re: De Tchooten!!! Again!!!

"Lebensraum (German for "habitat" or literally "living space") was an important component of Nazi ideology in Germany. The Nazis supported territorial expansionism to gain Lebensraum as being a law of nature for all healthy and vigorous peoples of superior races to displace people of inferior races; "

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebensraum

So could we use this to describe whats currently happening down there... Or is that still to near the Politically Incorrect. 'Cause they're Jews and Jews should get a free pass...

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Had this been Georgia, South Africa (in the 80s), or anywhere other the Israel then yeah they'd likely be gone, but this is Intel we're talking about here....

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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Re: Prior Art

Sorry but any patents based on anything I have already seen on TV (StarTrek/DrWho/Blakes7/Babylon5/FireFly/...) or read in a SciFi book should be considered to have prior art. To be patented, shouldn't it be a novel idea; not an idea plucked from a novel?

Does that mean that Douglas Adams owns the Internet.... *cough*... The Terrestrial Hitchhikers Guide... The standard Depository of all Earthly knowledge, and wisdom?

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To Hell with Cortana I want a Clippy AI.... to pop-up and go: "It say looks like you're trying to call your Mother!"... As well as the standard "It looks like you're writing a SMS!" This is how you do Digital Assistant AIs correctly!

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ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water

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The Glass half full...

Wouldn't it be better to NOT hope for... The next big spill... to ever happen?

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Re: Why won't they sort it out?

Pretty sure 9 will see a return to something more sensible. But they can't really "fix" 8 as they've stopped development on it. You don't suddenly completely change a product once it has been released.

Not unless you release a "Service Pack" for it. Which then means, an additional Five Years of support. Going by past Service Packs. Its likely why Windows 7 will never see an official SP2 update, or even just a Roll-up for that matter.

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Re: Why won't they sort it out?

2) because eventually you'll end up using it anyway, it's what you do

(perhaps not you in an individual sense, but certainly in a general sense)

The times they are a changing... And, while that credo might have had more merit not even Seven Years ago. The World has, and is moving away from the PC. Much like the Internet... MicroSoft has pretty much missed the IoT Boat again as well. While it will be the Corporates that'll clammier for the remnants of Windows 7 Licenses. The rest of the World will have moved on to Phablets and, low-power compute devices probably running some form of Android / Linux.

This is where I see myself in due curse. I'd personally give MicroSoft one last chance to deliver a proper Windows 9 OS that does what Windows 8 doesn't.... WORK!

But the fact remains that MicroSoft pretty much killed their own Golden Goose by nixing the stand-alone Office Suite. So assuming I wanted to actually use O365 (I don't!), why would I specifically want to access it from a Windows 9 Terminal? Adobe can perhaps get "away with it", cause quite frankly PhotoShop (amongst their other Software), is of that level where you're just not gonna find something remotely similar. Libre/Open Office however would disagree on that point however.

I think if we look more to this so-called "Death of the PC", and examine it with more rational. Isn't more like the "Death of MicroSoft"? That's dragging the "PC" down with it? I have now clue as to what MicroSoft's ambitions maybe. But, taken the as a whole the reluctance of those to just GTFO(ff), of XP. Can be, and should be seen as a failure on their part. And its probably already to late for them to even bother trying to recover it now. Which may go a way to explain their "Mobile first, Cloud first" strategy.

'Cause if you remove the "PC", in its historical sense. This is all that they have left....

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: Yet today, the PC is king

Tablets and phones are good enough for 95% of users anyway. As long as they can Like that kitty video, they're good.

Again sad.... But true. Though the Gaming PC may yet live on as the Steam Box... If Valve can somehow manage to tweak the price down by quite a bit. But the day of the ugly beige tower(s) are behind us now.

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