* Posts by Mage

7030 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Yahoo! dismemberment! begins! as! Oath! offloads! Flickr!

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no longer have to sign up?

Maybe you are thinking of Pinterest which is impossible without a Pinterest account. Flickr is sort of accessible without a login.

May depend on your script blocking settings.

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Serious lens people?

Serious Lens people do not rely on a 3rd person cloud that everyone thinks contains free to use images.

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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7V

Does sound sort of nominal.

But a good pocket radio design even 50 years ago assumed end point of a 9V PP3 was about 5.6V. The endpoint of a cell is regarded as about 0.9, or 1V to 1.05V for decent life on an NiCd or NiMH, which are only 7.2V or 8.4V fully charged (6 cells vs 7 cells). An Alkaline PP3 with 6 cells is almost 10V when fresh with no load. Some use 6 x cylindrical cells like AAAA and some slightly higher capacity use 6 stacked rounded corner button cells. The Rechargeable are only button type if 7 cells, otherwise cylindrical or button. The "Carbon" layer PP3 are about 460mAH, due to layer construction, and are better than cylindrical Zinc Carbon or Zinc Chloride, though shorter shelf life than Alkaline PP3.

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Time to ditch the front door key?

Not for anything that uses wireless only. I've frequently needed actual key & lock on car, yet battery was fine on fob & car. Also look at Rav4 and other car electronic locks.

Not for anything that connects to Internet.

Not for anything owned by Alphabet/Google.

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Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

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Everyone needs it

Really?

no-one needs it except Zuckerberg.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: Canary

I think it's a Norwegian one.

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Re: and it just works, but not on Win10

Win 10 upgrade to newer Win 10 on two machines: No sound card. Search Windows update, still nothing. Search windows.old folder and the driver there worked.

Linux 17.x to 18.x: Updated various netbooks, laptops deskstops: AMD, Intel, integrated Graphics, GPU cards, Broadcom, Scanners, printers (MFC & Colour Laser), USB sound boxes, Wacom tablets. All worked.

Win7 installs wrong drivers for the Wacom & Creative USB Sound box.

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Re: Almost all PCs sold these days run the 64-bit Win 10

Which is why MS supplies a free 32 bit VM with XP for certain versions, or did, which supports NTVDM and WOW32-16.

There ARE 64 bit OSes that run 32bit and 16 bit x86. MS 64Bit Win7 & Win 10 is less compatible with even 32bit Win applications than an x86 atom tablet with USB keyboard and 32bit Win 10.

MS HAS lost the plot. That's why my day to day laptop is now Linux Mint for last year (Been using Linux since 1999 and spent many years supporting & selling Windows). I do have a 64 bit Win desktop (for testing) and a 32bit Win 10 x86 Tablet (novelty value/tests) as well as boxes & laptops with WFWG3.11, Win98, Win2K, XP and Win7. No Windows server for some years (since WSUS or what ever it was called was ditched. We had IIS & MSQL as well as MSQL & Apache on Win2K Advanced Server).

I don't run Sage etc now, so no longer need Windows.

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Re: 3) You can't improve products by testing

You test to see if the product is compliant with design or if implementation is correct. It doesn't work if "so called" testing is instead of defensive programming and good design and the underlying problem isn't addressed. MS seems to be mostly using automated telemetry to see what kludges and patches to do.

You can only find mistakes by testing, not improve product, and uncontrolled use by millions is just poor unpaid crowd sourced tests of a very low value.

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Re: broadly akin to open-source software?

Not remotely.

You are focusing on one very narrow aspect.

Also unlike Vista, Win8, Win10: if Ubuntu / debian / Redhat / Suse etc mess up badly then some savvy folk will say "Fork YOU!" Hence CentOS (not exactly a fork) and now Linux Mint has overtaken Ubuntu (largely because of Unity & Gnome). There is also Free BSD, Open Solaris, Open VMS, and a Linux without Systemd.

See also: MySQL vs MariaDB, Hudson vs Jenkins, OpenOffice vs LibreOffice

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Re: pretty much every single alpha/beta test

No. Because proper programs use properly selected, statistically significant people and are properly analysed. There is too much of a self selection bias, too many people, too much analysis by telemetry and software algorithms set up to tell the managers what they want to hear.

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They'd be better off without it. Four years of stupidity of Win10 GUI and slurping proves it. They are still designing for a new platform that no-one wants and mobile/tablet, which is dead for Windows.

What sells windows (apart from being pre-installed) is ability to run stuff even from 16 bit windows. Legacy & Business applications. People using just email, web and Office for home use are not depending on windows at all.

Since 2004, MS has concentrated on the wrong things.

Yes there are also PC Games. The Xbox family was supposed to be the future for that.

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Windows insider Program

A total mistake for four reasons:

1) Totally unrepresentative of real Windows users.

2) Leads to lazy QC / QA as mentioned.

3) You can't improve products by testing, but by improved design & implementation

4) Focus groups, such programs, become echo chambers and encourage "design" by committee instead of a handful of experienced experts.

Started in 2014, but the rot set in as MS about 10 years earlier.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Insider

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Linus Torvalds schedules Linux Kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release

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Re: version 2.4 to 2.6 broke drivers

I remember some grief with a PCMCIA based RF modem. The supplier would not supply source, nor update it, so we had to find suitable old versions of Linux.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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special nostalgia glow

You'd be wanting to buy some of my (working) CRT based TV sets then. Not that I'm particularly selling, they are in the attic and shipping is costly.

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Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Re: ..amazingly, one-quarter ... continues to run a version... released in 2014.

It would be higher if the stupid stuff didn't (a) break, or (b) become incompatible with most main apps. See iBooks on iPhone.

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Re: Please no

Unless a Gesture GUI is self evident and obvious, it's a fail. It's been tried MANY times since 1970s. I worked on one in the late 1980s.

There are only a subset of the GUI things needed that are obvious gestures.

Also almost all most need two hands or a stable larger than phone screen on a desk.

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Brillaint

Now can PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTERS with massive websites and IT budgets stop subsidising and promoting the so called Social Media Parasites too?

BBC, RTE, C4 etc.

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Actually NO commercial entity should be using Facebook or Twitter for customer support. If they want to advertise on it that should on same basis as Billboards and especially the audited papers, magazines, TV and Radio. You'd never believe a paper's own claims of circulation. Maybe half of adverts paid for to Google are fraud. Who knows about Facebook?

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Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

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Re: live in interesting times!

Though there is a Chinese saying with similar intent this one seems to be a 19th C. English invention. The closest Chinese is "Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic period."

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Curiously the "Willow Pattern" china is an English invention too, in the late 18th C., adopted later by Chinese copies. Though it was inspired by Chinese designs. The fable was made up later as marketing by a UK company.

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I like to research things that my characters might say in my books, so I don't inadvertently reinforce urban myths. Some do have an element of truth, but in intent are false.

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The cuckoo clock

Ironically a German invention.

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India completes its GPS alternative, for the second time

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now how about spending the same billions...

Same applies even more so to USA. UK trying to catch up with the USA system.

Look at USA spending on Military vs Education and Healthcare, both of which are very poor for the average US citizen compared to OECD / GDP per head.

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Re: Why would mobile phones or TV be affected ?

They need pretty good reference clocks for SFN. They use GPS to save money at install time. It's an economic bean-counter decision, not an engineering decision.

Timing could also be distributed by fibre or microwave links when the distance/latency is known, but local clocks are the best solution. A GPS receiver is very cheap.

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Boffins pull off quantum leap in true random number generation

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Re: what about

You can use a zener diode and differential amp to null out PSU noise. Then ADC. The noise is random and due to quantum effects. It might want to be in an regulated oven... not sure.

It's actually really hard to remove external periodic interference making it non-random.

Any approach without a hardware generator is a delusion. It will be deterministic.

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Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

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Re: Security measure

No security needed.

Just stop gathering the information. Bin the "F" icon scripts and Pixel program.

Just sell ad space.

No app API access at all.

Problem solved.

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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

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Re: Call me a cynic....

And as a result the Fire is a crippled tablet if you want much outside Amazon's walled garden. The Fire is an attempt at iPad + iTunes, except for Amazon and using Android, because it's free and does most of what they want.

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Why C?

Why not C++ and ban use of insecure C and C++ libraries in building/developing the OS?

So there will be the same stupid mistakes in array and string processing that have been a source of exploits and crashes in every other commonly used OS?

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Snubbed R Us: Microsoft eschews Vulture Consultants in Playmobil tech research

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This is terrible.

People doing Minecraft or Lego video games instead of Lego (at age FOUR!) is bad enough.

Too much screen time already and not enough playing with actual stuff. You know, sawing off bits of Barbie and then taking her to hospital.

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Google wants to gobble up Nokia's airborne broadband biz – reports

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Re: selling stuff for a profitable price was actually quite good

Especially stuff they didn't want.

They missed out on that with paper, welly boots, set-boxes, TVs etc.

Personally I'd not buy anything Nokia is selling. I bet not only are "batteries not included" but IP and brands aren't either (except as licences!).

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Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

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Re: released with a usable OS

Debian is a usable OS (or Linux Mint now). Debian was fine on a prototype ARM 4G VOIP only PDA/Smartphone ... in 2007.

Nokia had a useable Linux OS Tablet before Intel got involved and messed it up. Though they should have PAID Trolltech for a GUI at the start instead of 3 iterations, then buying Trolltech for QT and messing it up. Too much money and politics in Nokia then. Though Google and Apple both bought in the GUI for their phones.

There have been any number of Linux based phones. The problem was never the OS but either uninspiring HW or poor marketing or both.

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Re: smartphone flip case with a bluetooth keyboard

No, needs to be a USB dock, like Linx tablets. BT keyboards inherently useless (sleep, wake, pairing etc).

I have on that works nice on smartphones. Main issue is the plug.

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Nokia communicator

Qwerty, email, fax, web, etc in 2002.

No need to open as the "lid" screen had a keypad and small display.

I had the mono x86 and colour ARM versions.

Sadly the OS on it lost in the 2003 internal Nokia politics.

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Re: I will be getting the shoulder holster

may not be a good idea in USA.

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Linux: all the tools are Windows-based.

Wut?

Are they mad?

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Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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More policing?

No, Facebook can run ads without all the evil data gathering and tracking. That is the big issue. Make that 100% illegal and independently audited.

Not policing of who gets the data or how secure it is.

Policing what is actually posted and if accounts are "real" (not real name, but not bots) are separate less important issues.

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No password? No worries! Two new standards aim to make logins an API experience

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logins an API experience

So absolutely stupid.

As are sites that use Facebook and/or Google as login options.

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Linux Beep bug joke backfires as branded fix falls short

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Re: Does the speaker sound driver still exist?

Yes, the Win 3.x speaker sound driver (that was on a cover disk once) does work on WFW3.11. It's possible it works on Win9x as those are basically Win3.x with updated Win32s, updated version of VFW, added Direct X (to allow porting DOS games) and the Win 3.x 32bit disk & network stack all "included". Replacing Progman.exe and winfile.exe with explorer.exe. It was sad that it was so popular and held back NT development and adoption, and ultimately saw programs with broken security on NT that needed you to be the Administrator. The Win9x development and inept win9x programs were responsible for most of the ills of NT 4.0 and NT5.x (Win2K, XP, Server 2003). After 2003 it's been downhill all the way.

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Re: Does the speaker sound driver still exist?

There was one on win3.x

I wrote one for DOS. About 5bit resolution as you can only turn pin on/off, so tones are rate using 50:50 and sound uses PWM, aka Class D.

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Re: Junk DNA

Some of these DOS devices can't be used as filenames on Win10

AUX 1st serial port

PRN 1st parallel port

COM1 thru COM4 Serial ports (NT had /has Com1 to Com255, TTY is UNIX/Linux equivalent)

LPT1 thru LPT3 Parallel ports (Don't know how many NT had)

CON Keyboard and screen

NUL Dummy (for testing)

Wasn't there also a punch and reader device in early DOS? (names?) or was that CP/M?

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Re: Of course it's not an important security issue

"The program 'beep' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:

sudo apt install beep"

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Re: "Doing a full and clean install occasionally"

Shirley that's a Windows thing. Pretty much mandatory going to a new release of windows. Usually on Linux you don't have to, though if VERY ancient, you might want to do clean install or you'd need an intermediate version.

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Twitter API overhaul threatens to seriously shaft apps... again

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Web?

There is this thing called a website.

I've had phones since 2002 that managed websites. If you need an app to duplicate phone access for a website, then the website is developed badly.

Let's not have a proliferation of proprietary APIs that often "leak" information they shouldn't!

Maybe some people are concerned about "notifications". Some are a slave to them, but email can work and can pop-up a notification on the phone screen. Or there is RSS.

Sorry I've only crocodile tears for 3rd parties trying to leverage SM, which is dubious anyway.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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bluetooth with Win10 is an iffy affair

BT keyboards are just iffy. They go to sleep. Take too long to wake, need re-paired if the host sleeps etc. Much as I hate Win10, it's certainly not worse on Win10.

So I use USB keyboards on my phones, tablets (Android and Win10) etc

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Microsoft outlines some ground rules to prevent it from nicking your IP

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Re: TADAG

Never heard of TADAG, so I looked:

http://techrights.org/2010/08/21/tadag-and-microsoft/

About 1/2 down 2nd page of search results. Not obvious.

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Re: Ha

"doesn't include Nokia"

Well, unlike Sidekick/Danger etc, MS essentially paid Nokia $11B for something Nokia no longer wanted. MS didn't get the name (just a short term licence) and got none of the IP.

Nokia didn't get such a deal when going out of welly boots, paper, TVs, setboxes etc.

Nokia is still alive and well and has eaten Siemens Networks, Motorola Networks, Lucent Alcatel and others. TCL pays Nokia for badge* on their Alcatel phones, though they had been Alcatel Mobile's partner since 2004. Curiously TCL also now does the Blackberry paying licence to former RIM for the badge etc.

So shouldn't include Nokia. Stephen Elop obviously wasn't a Trojan, unless a double agent.

[* Nokia may also own remains of RCA and French Thomson too. The once mighty RCA that bought the New Jersey company that created HMV,(EMI since 1928) and JVC died in 1986. Marconi was forced out of RCA predecessor by US Government as he was an "alien".]

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Re: Easy Like books

USA publishers ripped off Dickens, Conan Doyle and Tolkien.

USA Radio last time I looked still only paying part of royalties.

USPTO since Victorian era been handing out Patents (and Design-Patents later= UK Rg. Design) that are invalid as they get much more revenue from issuing a patent than rejecting an application.

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Re: “Oi! Did you copy my code?”

Original MS Basic ported over a weekend from Dartmouth Basic.

Original MS-DOS simply bought from a company the supposedly "Reverse Engineered it" from CP/M (Or CP/M 86, not sure as the 1st prototype version of CP/M 86 was created by running an Intel translation tool on the 8080 Assembler source of CP/M, later called CP/M 80).

They did at least buy in Sybase, (MS SQL) and Visio. If they bought Powerpoint, they paid too much.

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Don't judge a book by its Film

I think the best TV & Cinema are not adaptations of books, but written for the screen.

What works best for vision and hearing often doesn't work at all in words, and vice versa.

I no longer want to see any of my favourite books adapted as TV/Cinema or plays.

Look what they did to Earthsea!

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Wade is only content when plugged into the OASIS

Tad Williams: Otherland

Otherland is a science fiction tetralogy written by Tad Williams and published between 1996 and 2001.

Very much VR and dystopian and kids escaping from poverty situation etc. Ready Player One sounds like a poor copy.

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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Re: "not selling it"

Actually STOP collecting it and delete what you have.

Any one deleting [account access too] Facebook is missing fact that there is no evidence Facebook actually deletes.

Facebook is toxic.

It does nothing not possible without so called Social Media, except "stealing" everyone's information and interaction.

The only "innovation" is the massive invasion of privacy and exploitation of people. Even 3rd parties not Facebook "members", via 3rd party website "F" icon scripts and information posted by users. Encouragement on Twitter & Facebook to identify person in photos etc.

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Commonwealth Games brochure declares that England is now in Africa

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Re: That's Brexit for you

The Canaries are in the EU and Geographically Africa. They grow bananas. While Ireland has at times been the biggest Banana exporter (World? Europe?), Iceland is only grower of bananas in Europe (not EU).

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Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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Re: Groove is dead.

Why would you store YOUR music on someone else's cloud?

Plays for sure.

Amazon deleting their MP3 user cloud.

I store my CDs on my server's HDD, my laptop HDD and my phone's microSD card and my old 160G Archos PMP. Also a backup on my 1T USB HDD.

Storage is cheap.

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