* Posts by Mark Broadhurst

190 posts • joined 14 Sep 2007

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

Mark Broadhurst

1 billion dollars

Even though he is leaving he is still laughing to the bank the shares going up on his leaving means that he gets nearly $1bn for his 333 million shares.

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Air mattress blast blows German man across room

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FAIL

Re: Something not quite right..

Thats a different story the chap in this one is 41 years old and unnamed, your link is about a 59 year old man and no mention of a air mattress. seems odd there would be 2 explosions in one town in a few days of each other ?

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Amazon tightens grip on cloud market, report shows

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Billion Dollar Business?!?

So if that is all of MS's Cloud offerings it would include Office 365, Team Foundation Service, Xbox Live and Windows Azure.

While I'm sure thats worth over a billion its hardly a fair stick to compare to the rest.

Its also not hard to guess why AWS and Azure are the top performers. Amazon is really easy to get started although their Paas offering was weaker till recently. Azure again is really easy to get started as a Paas and Iaas, but really only existing MS users are going to look at Azure even though they support Java, PHP etc.

I'm most surprised IBM are able to keep up as I didn't even know what their cloud offering is called let alone costs etc ?

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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"The Guardian has admitted that it paid for his flights"

I wonder if they were in on it ?

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs

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Coat

Re: "...another upcoming Steve Jobs movie"

Well its not version 2 but it does end with an "S".

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

Mark Broadhurst
Stop

Re: 'could sport a gaudy "champagne gold" coloured case'

"champagne gold" runs the risk of turning "urine yellow" over time after fading.

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The Pirate Bay's new censorship-dodging browser 'not secure'

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WTF?

Internet against TPB ?

This is the first time in recent memory that TPB have done something promotional like this and had the internet rather than the authorities blow up in their face.

I hope its not the beginning of the end.

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Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

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Coat

Re: Ugh

Happy Decemberween!

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Go

Re: Content is King.

I agree but why would people who have a PS3 as a blu-ray drive buy either a Xbox 1 or PS4 ?

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FAIL

Err neither Sony nor Ms have offically sold any units so they have both "lost" money till they are released.

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You, Google. Get back here and bend over again - EU antitrust chief

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Do no evil.

I think we can agree that the past is over...

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Admen's suggested tweaks to Do Not Track filed straight into the bin

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FAIL

Re: I love W3C

Chrome has the DNT feature.

Settings... > Advanced > Tick "Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic"

Granted it could be easier to find but its there.

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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013: Netbook with next-gen tech

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Leading the pack

It depends what stick you measure with to quote from one of the other two macbook air reviews:

imaginarynumber wrote :

Whilst there are no "cheap" high spec'd ultrabooks, there are ones that cost marginally less, offer similar under-the-hood performance, are lighter and have vastly superior (touch) screens.

The problem regarding compromise is that some people take the Air as the yard stick by which to measure others. Unless another device has identical characteristics at a lower price the devotees scream "compromise".

For years the devotees bragged about the weight of the Air, citing superior Apple design and the use of aluminium. Then the likes of sony start to use the lighter/stronger carbon fibre, eventually getting to the point where you have the Vaio Duo 13: In part lighter because of the carbon fibre and a smaller battery. The smaller capacity battery offers less time between charges than the Air. Now the devotees cite battery life as being the most important metric, who cares about screen resolution (until a retina version is released).

Ok lets find another machine to compare to the Air, lets take the Vaio Duo 13. It has a larger battery which lasts longer than the Air's. The downside being that the unit weighs the same amount as the Air, but it still has the better screen. "No, no, no" (they cry) "it's not as good, it costs more than the Air".

In the event that someone apes the Air' design but making it cheaper, same specs otherwise though, the devotees will accuse them of being a cheap knock off (and then point out that it doesn't run OSX but some variation on W98).

The Air is a decent machine but for the majority of people it is not the "best".

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

Mark Broadhurst
Coat

Odd marketing move ?

Hey look we are just like that operating system from twenty years ago from that company you probably hate. Come try it.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

Mark Broadhurst
Flame

Re: "I guess what I'm saying is Thunderbolt was more a markettting failure than technological"

I think of thunderbolt as the new firewire.

Techincally superior but will be beaten by USB because of propitiatory bullshit.

Just like its grandfather.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: Windows struggles in Boot Camp

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FAIL

Attention grabbing title ?!?

Would it not be more accurate to say "Bootcamps struggles with windows 8" ?

If MS's primary market was to support the Mac the title would make sense unfortunately Windows is primarily for a PC and OSX for a Mac, fortunately the fruity company has made it compatible to run windows on OSX. However it sounds like they need to do some more work to get it to work with Windows 8 (something probally which isn't too much in demand for now).

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Your own £19 Pocket Spacecraft could be FOUND ON THE MOON

Mark Broadhurst

So what is on offer here ?

It sounds like I can pay money to put my image on a little disc with hundreds of others, then they are going to fire my disc in to space and crash it in to the moon. Where it probably will be ripped to shreds ?

And that the best possible outcome ?

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Zynga lures Microsoft's gaming chief with bulging package

Mark Broadhurst
WTF?

Re: Gonna end in tears

Its in his interest as the $30m is shares will be worthless if the company goes under before he can sell them.

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Fines 4 U: Mobe insurer cops £3m penalty for grumble dumping

Mark Broadhurst
FAIL

Re: It's always a scam

I stopped using Phone 4 F***ing U over after a sales person said I couldn't take out the contract until I heard the sales speech on insurance.

I went elsewhere.

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

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Apple it just works

Execpt when it doesnt and then your stuffed and have to send it away (normally for a premium).

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

Mark Broadhurst
WTF?

£1.10 for a return?

The cheapest way for me to get to work is a £3,000 pa travel card which works out at about £8 per day or £4 per trip.

The most expensive would be £25.50 per day if I bought it on the day everyday.

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I, for one, welcome our GIANT TITANIUM INSECT OVERLORDS

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Joke

Alternative Title

Boffins announce "We have finally gotten all of the bugs out of printing."

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Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

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Flame

Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

I agree but it is hypocritical when apple have sued Samsung for copying their iPad and iPhone "in order confuse customers to buy the Samsung model rather than the apple" which they won initially in the US then lost in Germany, samsung counter sued and won and then overturned the US verdict.

It reeks of hypocrisy if apple are they going to turn around and openly copy what Samsung are doing (and probably try and sue later).

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Microsoft adds two-factor authentication to Windows Azure

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Price make sense

Unfortunately since there is a running cost for the service in the form of the call centre I can understand both why the price is so high and why its per authentication.

I would be better if they split the normal 2 factor authentication via software and the more expensive with call center. However I would probably guess that the call centre would not be profitable without the additional users not using it.

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Mark Broadhurst
FAIL

Windows Azure and Ms Accounts already have 2 factor auth

when logging in you already can use 2 factor authentication you can even use the google authenticator if you so choose. This is additional service on top of that for example you can phone a call center if you want ( hence the additional cost).

I think its good that they offer it but it will be too pricey for most businesses.

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#Facebook: Now all your hashtags ARE BELONG TO US, Twitter

Mark Broadhurst
Coat

Should that not be #Verydisappoint ?

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Mark Broadhurst
Holmes

Re: if this is a new thing....

Its clients like tweetdeck which can update twitter and facebook at the same time so there's some bleed over.

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

Mark Broadhurst
FAIL

1 Watt ?

1 Freaking Watt ? It takes IE longer to render a page than other browsers so you will be consuming that one watt less for longer using IE.

Now I'm the biggest M$ fan but this just is a petty fail.

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Microsoft brings back Windows watch after Apple seeks 'flexible' bod

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Coat

Re: My watch is in the bedroom drawer

i'm sure with an iWatch you can make phone calls and look like dick tracy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dt2wrr.jpg

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Xbox 720 to double-up as a DVR

Mark Broadhurst
Stop

XBMC

Xbox Media Centre acts as a media centre extender for a PC you still need to have a TV card or what not in the pc and have it record the Xbox just plays back or lets you schedule recordings.

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Humans, insects set to OBLITERATE frankincense supply

Mark Broadhurst
IT Angle

Well if it gets rid of a lot of the celeb perfumes like "Ke$sha's pong", its not all that bad.

It basically means that perfume will cost more. I doubt the trees will just disapear as their value will increase as they become more rare and demand rises.

While trees don't have a predictable growth pattern I would have thought that enough people would be trying to grow them that they wont be wiped out ?

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Ebooks must stay fat with VAT, blame the EU, MPs told

Mark Broadhurst
Black Helicopters

Ask the government if it should tax something ?

What answer are you going to get apart from "YES of course"

Its like asking a company if it wants tax breaks.

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MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

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Security

New security holes are being found all the time. New versions of software get patched old ones dont.

If you value your data then you keep yourself in the patching zone.

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Running XP on a current machine isnt normal

If you bought a PC in the last 2 years it probally came with windows 7. if you bought a PC before that it had vista. unless you downgraded your OS you are running some seriously old hardware.

Which is what the vast majority of people would have done.

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Sony restores PlayStation Network in full

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Mushroom

E3

Just in time.

I'm sure its a coincidence.

Coze they would have got crucified if they hadn't.

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Woman fingers ex in 15-foot strip pole theft mystery

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Get your stripper pole here.

Is it just me or did this read like an advert for people to buy stripper poles ?

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Apple to Microsoft: 'App Store name is not generic'

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FAIL

Apple owns you all.

I've heard many times people refer to the Android App store (sure the offical name is Market).

Personally I think that it is too generic its the 2nd or 3rd step to apple owning the dictionary after they claimed they owned the letter i.

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Memo to iPad mimics: No one wants a $799 knockoff

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Fanbaiting ?

My personal feeling is that the Ipad and the Android Tablets all suffer from the same thing.

Its phone software on something which isnt a phone.

I hope the next generation acctually take a proper OS and shrink it so it works with a touch interface rather than upscaling a phone.

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Countries where Facebook is not, yet, king

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FAIL

765 / 2 = ?

"The missing pieces of the jigsaw equate to 765 million users – half of that number would give the site another 382 million members."

Basic Maths FTW!

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Steve Jobs takes 'medical leave of absence' from Apple

Mark Broadhurst
Jobs Horns

RE: Maybe his stand-in...

You never know when you might need something that costs 40 Billion.

I hear black market livers can cost quite a bit.

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Oz pair in blow-up sex doll whitewater ride

Mark Broadhurst
FAIL

I read the title as O2...

Interesting promo for them I thought...

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LG whips out dual-core Android smartphone

Mark Broadhurst
Coat

Nice but....

Can it play "Crysis" ?

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Sony PlayStation Network vs MS Xbox Live

Mark Broadhurst
WTF?

Web browser

Is that really a feature?

I dont know of anyone who would choose to browse on their ps3 or wii.

Most have a mac\pc and prefer it or if not then their phone.

the browser on a console is like 3rd to 4th choice for vast majority of people.

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WikiLeaks urged to stop hosting on Russian blackhat ISP

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FAIL

Its almost like they wanted a legit host like amazon.

but they wouldn't let them.

People go where they are driven.

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'ALIEN' LIFE FOUND in California

Mark Broadhurst
Coat

We have all known this for years...

Its well known that aliens appear in hollywood all the time.

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Apple to give away iPhone tracking tech

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WTF?

and Hacked in 3...2...1...

If it ever does get hacked you could brick the whole worlds iPhone.

Extra Kudos if they hack it from an andriod phone.

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iPad tethering does disappearing trick

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I couldn't agree more.

How this type of thing is not false advertising is beyond me.

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WTF?

"Giving operators the option of disabling tethering makes sense"

I don't see why operators are so against it surly they just need to sort out the price and stop selling limited "unlimited" deals.

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Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones

Mark Broadhurst
Jobs Horns

Re: Umm...

I agree with you and apple that people should not expect apple to support unlocked or jailbroken phones (or any other type of hardware).

But disabling or spying on the user sounds like its more than a bit illegal.

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Ads watchdog: PS3 graphics 'discernibly' better than Xbox

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WTF?

Bias title

I do like how they normally drop the fact that its only one game from the title.

I'm sure other games the opposite is true (GTA4 for example).

If you drop the game the story is much more interesting.

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