* Posts by Mage

6068 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

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It's nonsense anyway

a) Google returns higher up, sites that use their services (analytics, APIs, adverts, cloud etc) to make more money.

b) Google thinks you are more interested now in using them as a bookmark service (deliberately accentuating places you visited before) rather than wanting a genuine search for places you never have seen.

So obviously the screen shot is from someone always looking for warez, those are the regular sites used and/or they run Adsense etc.

They seemed to stop being a neutral genuine search service years ago?

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European Space Agency slaps CC licences on its pics and vids

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CC

Hipster.

Why not do it properly and make them Public Domain.

Or put (c) ESA <any desired relaxation of Berne rights>

No-one needs the confusing and complicated CC licences. Ordinary copyright with an addendum or Public Domain is fine.

However, very friendly of them to make the imagery available.

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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2 out of 16 aint bad

That's a really sad list. Arguably only maybe two items might apply.

Someone has been watching too much TV.

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Beeps, roots and leaves: Car-controlling Android apps create theft risk

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Re: Yet again the issue is CHOICE

"Well, you do have the option to choose not to buy it."

Actually no, not if you want a decent new car or TV.

Though at least with a TV you can avoid connecting it to the Internet, or set up cunning firewall rules if you do. You are lucky if you know what is embedded & connecting to a new car at all!

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Ditching your call centre for an app? Be careful not to get SAP-slapped

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PwC

You want a long spoon. Ask BT Italy.

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Re: This behaviour

You can buy 3rd party supported Open Source. Or out source your open source needs to an expert support company. How do you think Red Hat makes money?

Open source doesn't need to equal DIY or in house programmers, in house support or homebrew, though sometimes that is a better idea than bought in expertise.

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Re: This behaviour

However shareholders etc, may begin to question the vast rip-off of Oracle, Adobe, Microsoft, SAP, IBM licensing.

Maybe also Sage, Intuit and CA Associates too.

HPE.

Lots of rental for poor support, lack of use flexibility, incompatible upgrades, bugs, poor UX and bloat.

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NZ firm tucks into $27m on the back of VR 'hologram' promise

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Re: Holo-, Hologram

Along with LCD TVs called LED TVs, or even Stereo-viewing known to Victorians called 3D or Holo.

Or Hi-Fi systems that are not.

"Digital" earphones.

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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Misleading and toxic

They are not a spare time ride sharing operation. They are an exploitive and misleading taxi booking app with exploited employee drivers. So no surprise how toxic this misleading company is internally.

They are also gathering all customer use (identify, time, route etc) and driver information, which might be illegal. They are part owned by Google.

What is all the personal information used for?

It's not even properly secured.

Women are obviously smarter than men, as they are not prepared to support such a toxic company, 25% -> 6%.

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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Re: “identity management for devices is best served when it's centralised.”

Till hackers download the entire central database.

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Watson can't cure cancer ... or all the stuff that breaks IT projects

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Stupid

This was akin to buying fake snake oil, apart from the lack of governance.

IBM was Hollerith originally and made a machine to sort census data in the 19th C.

Watson is simply the 21st C equivalent for "big data". Someone has to put all the relevant data in first. It's only AI because in the last 40 years we have re-defined AI first as "Expert Systems" and now as "Machine Learning".

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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Re: Transition from Maker to Troll

"it's not as if the EU doesn't have a huge number of regulations and staff to see they are complied with."

Odd: Because Nokia has real patents. They actually invented stuff.

Not odd: Because Nokia has very deep pockets.

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Re: HR managed involved was led out of the building in handcuffs

I hope it's true.

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USPTO

More patents that should not have been approved.

RIM/Blackberry never invented any of those.

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Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

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Re: Regulation is required

We have the regulation.

Governments are not interested in inspections and enforcement. Because it would cost money and upset large corporations, wholesalers, donors etc.

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Re: Horse stable door bolted

"it's not as if the EU doesn't have a huge number of regulations and staff to see they are complied with."

Actually, no. CE marks are not issued by the EU. It's also the responsibility of individual governments to inspect what is on sale to the consumer. In many cases the "regulator" or department is "captured" by big business (Comreg, Ofcom, Irish Finance Regulator and Anglo Irish Bank and many more).

The issue is not the EU, but deliberate obstruction by Governments, who often make fake claims about what the EU is demanding (which in any case is decided in the first place by the Member States.). UKIP and fellow travellers are making UK LESS consumer and privacy friendly.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft.

Mattel has an evil "parenting" gadget like Echo.

Google TV certainly breaks this law. People are better NEVER connecting Smart TV to Internet, but using PS4 or some media box for Netflix etc. Most Smart TV makers seem to have abandoned their own GUI for Google's Android TV, which apart from being spyware, is a rubbish UX for TVs.

1984 was really about 1948 politics. However Orwell would be amazed that every democracy has allowed the Corporate "Big Brother" spying on their citizens via Browser stats, web cookies, clear pixels, javascript etc on the Internet as well as evil IoT personal data monetising products, Facebook (a dictator's wet dream), Echo, Spot, Siri, Chrome Browser, Chrome OS/Chrome Book, Android wearables, Android on phones, iOS, Windows 10, Android TV and etc.

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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re 20GB

My first PC had 100K floppies, I added a CP/M card, 80 column card, 1M dual 8" floppy and finally 5M byte HDD.

I've not bought an Apple since.

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Re: Not the compact cassette.

A Psion organiser with a USB read/writable mini-disc able to play music, video or hold data.

Plus a laptop with a 4:3 screen (1920 x 1440) able to run at 48, 50, 60, 75 fps (instead of stupid 60fps only and only 1080 lines). CD/DVD/BD bay, parallel & serial ports, firewire port, Analogue TV out (able to do 240, 405, 440, 525, 625 and 819 lines) as well as USB 2/3, HDMI and VGA. Optical audio I/O too. SD card reader, SIM reader. IR sensor and emitter to clone remote controls. 433MHz / 385MHz SDR to sense or operate doorbells, weather stations, IR remote extenders etc.

OS to be 2017 "Classic Edition XP Pro".

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

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Re: Invented Social Networking?

He didn't. There are few earlier ones, starting maybe 1998.

He's certainly been the most successful. But successful != good.

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The Anti-christ?

"Today we are close to taking our next step." That's today. It's happening right now and, let's be honest, most of it is happening on Facebook. All those pictures and updates – that is where the real work of humanity is occurring right now.

That's so delusional.

Facebook steals privacy, enables, bullying, causes depression. Email, Skype and phone are better for families scattered apart to stay in touch. You need email and phone to register with facebook.

Crimes against humanity.

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Google yanks workers from ISP outfit, it's THE FIBER COUNTDOWN

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Really?

Google Fiber has been instrumental making the web faster and better for everyone

Do Google-ish employees really believe what they say?

No doubt faster for people that got Google fiber and had no other fibre option.

But "better" and "everyone"?

I wonder what data Google's tame ISP stores and forwards on their users?

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

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Re: The bad decision that keeps on biting back

Websites were 1990s. Internet is about 10 years older in use, and designed earlier still.

The address size wasn't an issue for CPU word size or CPU address size.

A basic problem is that no internet resource using IP6 can turn off IP4 till everyone is using IP6 as there is zero interoperability.

At present "clients" have to use IP4 too, even if using IP6 because too much of the internet isn't accessible on IP6 only.

It's a mess.

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Re: And still there are those "legacy" IPv4 blocks...

Absolutely millions of IP4 by many USA corporations and Universities. EACH.

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Baby supernova spotted, just three hours old and a real cutie

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Good news for starships

“it is likely that not even a single star that is within one year of explosion currently exists in our Galaxy”.

So why are my starship insurance premiums so high?

Wonderful boffinry! It's in another galaxy, far away and long ago.

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Forget quantum and AI security hype, just write bug-free code, dammit

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Pascal

Like BASIC (cut down Fortran) it was invented purely for TEACHING. As such it was better, but not suitable for the "real" world. Turbo Pascal helped. By early 1990s there were very many suitable languages for secure, military, aerospace and telecoms. Pascal wasn't one of them. Even Modula-2, Ada or C++ with a scanner to check for people misusing it as C would have been far batter. Turbo Pascal became Delphi as it incorporated much from Modula-2, but was too limited compared to other languages.

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1980s computer science

We seem to have applied very little of what was learnt in 1970s and 1980s.

Most code is shocking quality.

Agile promotes bad practices.

Too much emphasis on "pretty GUI" rather than ergonomic and Functional and not enough on separation of the application and OS into functional services with secure resilient APIs that don't explicitly use pointers.

Not enough time is spent on design, especially internal interfaces.

AI is a dream.

Quantum computing is for very narrow applications, as such if ever mainstream it will be a co-processor, such as 387 FPU was for the 386.

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Hutchison's 3UK and Google push 3.5 GHz on both sides of the pond

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Re: 3.5GHz

Higher than 2.2GHz up to 400GHz is ALREADY used for backhaul, in some cases since 1970s! Were fibre can't be justified, which is actually rare. The licence on microwave link is expensive, it's ONLY LOS and very much less than fibre capacity.

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Re: 3.5GHz

If it was really about demand, then increasing capacity and speed by adding more base stations, having smaller cells etc. But the ROI investment isn't there unless they charge per Mbyte per hour.

They don't need ANY more spectrum outside 900MHz to 2,600MHz ( 0.9GHz to 2.6GHz).

It's driven by regulators wanting to sell licences.

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3.5GHz

It's been used by FWALA licence holders for 12+ years in Ireland.

One company used nomadic indoor terminals instead of outdoor aerials and had the most rubbish service.

Mobile was tested 10 years ago by Intel, Motorola and various ISps. Rubbish. The frequency is too high. One company went to indoor WiMax to replace the older gear, then LTE. It's still rubbish because the frequency is too high.

The 3.5GHz band is only good for open plan office Femto cells or fixed outdoor aerials using "nearly" line of sight.

Basic physics that no "5G" marketing can bypass.

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Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?

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Never is a long time

"Never" is rarely forever. It seems right now, for value, Android is only option, as Apple is overpriced for the contents. Certainly there won't be any mainstream "smart phone" option other than Android and Apple for quite a while.

I quite liked the idea of the double sided phone, eInk one side and LCD or AMOLED on the other. I'd like a bit more variety in form factor. I know that occasionally non-slab Android phones come out, but you only see them on obscure web sites. In terms of form factor, it seems the size is the main choice now.

The flaming batteries and Christmas helped Apple. They are a niche, and the iPhone 8 may focus more on being expensive and fashionable. Swiss fashion watch vs Timex "Ironman" and Casio.

Windows and Blackberry collapse is no surprise.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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Re: Privacy

Browser, by default, should only report window size. Absolutely nothing else.

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Re: Still using Firefox

I added another plug in to help fix the scroll bars.

It's crazy that "Classic Theme Restorer" is needed. Everyone I've set up hates the default FF.

Also why are various privacy settings STILL wrong by default (3rd party cookies).

Why isn't NoScript built in?

I can upvote the CTR post and article enough!

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Finally, a use for your mobile phone: Snapping ALIEN signal blurts

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Phones, SDRs etc

Too much attenuation and interference at ground level. Really you'd want a roof top "discone" and a receiver listening on an unused part of 900MHz to 2GHz, though most of it is in use.

A GPS unit has multiple 1.4GHz receivers, but too specialist, as are the radio sets in a Smart phone.

A cheap USB TV stick has a "bypass mode" and will allow 850MHz to 1700MHz, but it's only 8 bit so you'd want a pre-filter, AGC, LNA and outdoor aerial like a discone. From about $6

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Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

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Sexism or stupidity?

The general stupidity seems more terminal than their sexism.

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GRAPHENE: £120m down, UK.gov finds it's still a long way from commercial potential

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Re: Only £120 million & a few years ???

Also £120M is peanuts in the time frame.

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University DDoS'd by its own seafood-curious malware-infected vending machines

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Also

Disable uPNP on firewalls / routers.

The article is a catalog of incompetence.

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Apple joins one wireless power group, the other one responds with so-happy forced grin

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Mis-named Wireless

The systems are not wireless as we know it, but inductive plates/cradles that need a power cable, power supply and power outlet. They are only able to handle a marginal distance more than a traditional DECT phone or two way radio charging dock.

So while it is slightly useful for a watch, it's a lot less convenient to pack and travel with. I prefer coax mini-jack, mini-usb or micro-usb. My pocket BT GPS, BT earpieces, smart watch all are fine with a connector and same charger my Kindle, Kobo, Tablet and phone uses.

So really it's not comparable to VHS vs Betamax, as arguably you needed one or the other of those till DVDs came out (VCDs were not great). I can't cheer either outfit.

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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I'm baffled.

How do these guys get rich?

I think too many Silly Con Valley types read too many comics and poor quality SF thinking it's newspapers and Encyclopedias?

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Despite the spiel, we're still some decades from true anti-malware AI

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Alexa? Siri? Cortana?

"Unexpected item in bagging area"

Look up carrots.

The fact is that Supermarkets KNOW so called "AI" checkouts increase theft, however their IT suppliers have hoodwinked them into believing it's cheaper than a human checkout. Even if it broke even, the human operated checkout is less likely to put off customers.

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Re: AI vs Greed

Maybe in MARKETING Malware, I don't envisage any malware genuinely using Artificial Intelligence. Using Artificial Insemination to spread Trojan Horses is more likely.

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Naughty AI

Alarm bells go off when I read ANY advert / marketing / press release with AI in it, unless it's about horses, cattle etc.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Re: I am not sure about the 'dump Linux' part

Otherwise the problem is just someone is holding it wrong.

In Mage Towers the remaining Windows desktops are running windows versions of the same programs as used on Linux. They are all free. Many other Windows programs are not free, so could the changing Windows aspect be changing what programs are used on Windows?

BTW, "Neon" looks ghastly.

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Lovely. Now someone's ported IoT-menacing Mirai to Windows boxes

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Re: Bored of hearing crap about IoT

Make uPNP illegal on a Router and off by default (Kill SSDP and uPNP services on your windows OS).

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Voila! Bazinga! Amazon turns Alexa into an annoying 'cool' aunt

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No problem

I wasn't going to ever let one of these in the house anyway. Now I have another excuse.

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Nokia wheels out a complete MVNO package. Makes a change from WinPho

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Igor said

Igor Leprince, Nokia’s head of global services, said in a canned quote: “IoT connectivity as a managed service is an answer for enterprises to the current IoT deployments that are hampered by the patchwork of business agreements to connect devices around the world.”

"Master, you can use it for your international spy-ring!" enthused Igor. "Car diagnostics, burglar alarms, cat feeders, Uber Taxis, drone deliveries, portable TV & radio usage!"

Sorry is it Google, Facebook or Nokia we are talking about?

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Re: I'm not a major fan of Apple stuff (more Android/Linux for me) , but ...

Sir Jony only dictates the appearance. Real engineers design it. Mechanical, Electronic, Software, Product, Manufacturing.

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Samsung's Chromebook Pro: Overpriced vanilla PC with a stylus. 'Wow'

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School Lock down

The only suitable windows for total lock down and School was NT4.0.

Linux can be locked down for school use.

Chromebook may not even be legal for minors in many countries! Dataslurp.

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EFI

Though the Lenovo EFI didn't mind at all. I had to disable "legacy/both" and EFI only in setup so that the Linux live / USB stick would do the EFI based Grub.

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Also

What's the point of a Chromebook compare to same HW with Linux?

You can add whatever cloudyness you want to Linux. ChromeOS seems just like crippleware in comparison.

Looking at a Lenovo X201 Tablet. Decent touch screen which doubles as a Wacom tablet. It's six years old. It had Win7, but works better with Linux Mint + mate.

I can accept Android on my phone, because it's just a phone, I don't create more than notes with it and the realistic alternative is iOS with an iPhone at a higher price.

Similarly unless you MUST have windows on a laptop or possibly convertible laptop/tablet, the better options than Chrome OS are MacOS, Linux or maybe iOS on the Apple equivalent to a Surface.

I just can't see the point of this or Chromebooks in general.

My own workhorse is a Lenovo E460, i5 + GPU + HD display running Linux., My previous nearly 15 year old Inspiron 8200 still goes (XP so no longer on Web and not used since Nov 2016), with a slightly more useful 1600 x 1200 display. The Lenovo display is a little small at 14"+, but then a 17" laptop (the traditional 1920 x 1080 replacement for 15" 1600 x1200) is too big

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