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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

Paul Westerman
Windows

Re: Go grab market, kill competition ....

I was thinking the same thing. I'd snap up a couple of Surface 1's for £99 and while in the short term it would take sales away from the Surface 2, it would massively grow the RT user base and would be good for the platform and its Store. I don't think it would do much damage to what's already a rather beleaguered brand. C'mon Satya, make a bold first move!

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

Paul Westerman
Stop

Re: 沖縄国際映画祭 日本語 メールニュース

But Miyazaki, surely?

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Other anagrams

Arty Truths

A Rash Try, Tut

Tart Shy Rut

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

Paul Westerman
Headmaster

prize another £599 from my wallet

The word is "prise", unless you're a septic tank. Thank you!

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

Paul Westerman
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Re: Similar problem with W7?

How do you put up with that? I'd have nuked/reinstalled it ages ago.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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END OF LINE

Better still

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Paul Westerman
Windows

Modern apps

I got Win8 early on and started off using the 'modern' apps for email, FB, news etc. I've found that I've slowly and subconsciously moved back to doing everything on the desktop. I've also installed Start8. I did try TIFKAM but it's just too difficult and frustrating to do what you need to do. Win8 itself is brilliant though - rock solid and very fast.

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The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

Paul Westerman
Paris Hilton

Joaquim

Joaquim? Were you thinking of something else?

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

Paul Westerman
Pint

What a great article

Really enjoy these vintage articles - thanks very much. I even have a new-found admiration for AMS after that!

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

Paul Westerman
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Re: I on the other hand....

+1 for mentioning Runaway!

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

Paul Westerman
Mushroom

Tony Sale

Not Sales, thank you!

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Paul Westerman

Keepass FTW

Password changed (only needed to enter once, as observed by others) to Keepass-generated 20 character jumble of nonsense

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Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT

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Nurse, the screens

Looks like by the time this comes out screens will be old hat and we'll be projecting images straight onto our retinas:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/09/avegant-retinal-hmd/

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Latest global menace: ELECTROPULSE NORKS, apparently

Paul Westerman

Let's not forget...

They also claim to have created nuclear fusion and found a unicorn lair.

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

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Re: The reference.

I'll do it

http://xkcd.com/1286/

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

Paul Westerman

Re: Not as pretty as the Blackbird, tho.

In X-Men: First Class the SR-71 not only carries passengers but is VTOL too!

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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

Paul Westerman
Coat

Quick fix

Ctrl-P

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Vulture 2 paintjob: Kim Jong-un battles flag-waving Brits

Paul Westerman
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Ariadne FTW!

please

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Phantom Flan flinger: The story of the Elan Enterprise 128

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I remember reading the original Your Computer article

and thinking how much I preferred the colour scheme of the mock-up to the primary colours on the final design (apart from the lemon yellow that is). Great article, thanks for the memories

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Dead Steve Jobs' Apple donut SPACESHIP HQ gets permission to land

Paul Westerman
Go

At last

The B-Ark is being built!

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

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Re: I might have missed something...

Yeah, definitely upside down. Invert one of the pictures and look at the people.

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WTF?

I might have missed something...

But why are the photos upside-down?

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Decks and plugs and rock and roll: Tascam CD-A750 cassette and CD combo

Paul Westerman
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My recommendation for tape transfers

Get a Philips DCC deck - about £20 on eBay these days. They play cassette tapes as well as DCC, sound pretty good and have a digital output. Much better than those crappy USB gadgets.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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Re: Jesus guys, let it go

How about because I'm a C# dev by trade who uses Cubase 7 to make music in the evenings, when I'm not playing Fallout NV or Bioshock Infinite.

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WoW gold farmer throws sueball over real world gold theft

Paul Westerman
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Re: death and taxes

Yeah all those companies that paid out when they didn't have to went out of business.

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BRUCE WILLIS (ad) DIES HARD (in Sky broadband telly fib ban)

Paul Westerman
Coat

Oh dear

That'll get the mercury rising at Sky

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Fed up with poor Brit telly and radio output? Ofcom wants a word with YOU

Paul Westerman
FAIL

Re: FM vs DAB

I bloody hate DAB. We get iffy FM reception so after being bombarded with adverts on the BBC with 'D Love' going on about how great DAB is we took the plunge. It's completely useless, we get no BBC stations whatsoever or the wife's Classic FM. We get something called 'Heart' which is terrible and sounds like it's underwater half the time, and 'Gaydar' which is clear as a bell. Thanks. Fortunately the thing is also an iPod dock. So is it our fault because we live in a coalmine or in the Outer Hebrides? No, we live on the south coast, near Brighton, along with a few million other people.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Paul Westerman
Windows

Re: Does anyone know

"I'm proud to say that I have only once tasted an item on their menu. It was so bad that after one mouthful, it went into the nearest bin. Since then, I have never felt the need to visit them again and if I have anything to say about it, I never will in this life."

Blimey, talk about being on one's high horse.

Try a Big Mac, they're nice :oP

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Who will Dr Who chew in 50th TV do before Matt Smith bids adieu?

Paul Westerman
Pint

It's for kids

Grow up!

</publandlord>

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Microsoft's next device could be a Surface Watch

Paul Westerman
Pint

Re: Wrongo boyo

FutureShock999 is right of course, but transparent aluminium is also used in the viewports of the Enterprise-D so TFA was right (http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Transparent_aluminum). Thank you!

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Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

Paul Westerman
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Re: Please define your acronyms!

IIRC, it's basically a backronym and they named if after Eos, the goddess of the dawn. It's not a good one is it, It's a very dull phrase and doesn't even mention the autofocus, which was the big deal when the 650 first came out. Still got mine, works perfectly!

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

Paul Westerman
FAIL

Re: Nah

Yeah, I've got Ker-Plunk at home, why would I want this?

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Re: Yeah.. I'm kind of with you on this..

"I think the overheads for games is tiny anyway in comparison to the end price."

Yeah most artists and coders will happily work for free on a project for three or four years. Plenty of games, big and small, don't make their dev costs back.

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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

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Re: £29 e-reader dodgy marketing?

I did the same as you, but I just ordered one using the link at the top of the article, worked for me (cue email in 5 secs saying they're out of stock)

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Google to Glass devs: 'Duh! Go ahead, hack your headset'

Paul Westerman
Happy

What problem will it solve

People had no idea what iPads would be used for when they first appeared, but seem to have found lots of uses for them.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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I've got one

as my 'walking about' phone (main phone is a Galaxy Note). Phone is well made and call quality excellent. WP8 runs very smoothly and is a pleasure to use, I'd give it a try before writing it off. Only downside for me is no notification LED (and no NoLED app equivalent), notifications appear on the lock screen instead.

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The fast-growing energy source set to replace oil: Yes, it's COAL

Paul Westerman

Re: A fart in a hurricane

Thanks! And I agree completely. I'd rather see those vast subsidies going into some of the interesting new reactor technologies I read about on The Reg.

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Paul Westerman
Unhappy

A fart in a hurricane

It seems rather pointless us spending years agonizing over a single windmill or hydro project when China are knocking out a new power station every week. I speak as a former 'green' who frankly can see no point and has given up.

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AMD posts mediocre numbers, cites 'difficult market environment'

Paul Westerman

Re: Poor AMD

"Fusion is way better than anything Intel has on offer". Really? I read the reviews and it looks like a low-power processor with a built-in so-so graphics part. I went Core i7 - and an AMD graphics card. Is it better for certain markets (enterprise perhaps)? Not flaming, just curious.

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Are biofuels Europe's sh*ttiest idea ever?

Paul Westerman
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Re: Betteridge's Law says 'No'

From Betteridge to Godwin, well done

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Australia gets a space strategy

Paul Westerman
Coat

Watch out

The drop bears are getting more daring I see

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PC World ordered to rip up promo for next-day repair promise

Paul Westerman
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Agreed

I'm no fan of DSG but this seems harsh, it looks to me like they've held up their end of the deal. There will always be the odd case where some gibbon messes it up.

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

Paul Westerman

Re: Warming the mug/pot?

I heard years ago that warming the pot was a precaution - old earthenware teapots could sometimes shatter with the sudden heat of the boiling water. Warming them first prevents this. Perhaps it's an urban myth... anyone else heard this?

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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

Paul Westerman
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Re: zombies with keyboards

PS: BRRRAAAIINNZZ. Doh!

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Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons

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surely..

Patrick and Moore?

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

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Ah, Elizabeth...

Really looking forward to Bioshock Infinite and am already in love with Elizabeth. The gameplay videos on the BI website are amazing - hope it turns out better than Bioshock 2!

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

Paul Westerman
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Curate's egg?

Some DS9 was great, classic ST. For me there were too many plodding Kira/Prophets/Kai Winn episodes and far too many 'hilarious' Ferengi scripts with the Grand Nagus and (argh!) Quark's mother. What nearly killed it for me though was all the 'Vic Fontaine' stuff on the holodeck. Always loved Voyager personally...feel free to call me a heretic, say my mother had a smooth forehead, etc.

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

Paul Westerman
FAIL

Re: Windows 7

I'm sure MS will be mortified that you're going to pirate Win7 rather than Win8.

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2012: an epoch-defining year for home entertainment

Paul Westerman
Mushroom

2012 may have confounded Mayan predictions of global catastrophe

Not yet it hasn't!

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