* Posts by JimmyPage

2589 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010

Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

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Re: I assume (hope) things have improved since.

Nope. 10x worse. Trying to google "how do I [x]" or "where is the [y]" returns pages of results which are guaranteed to be for a completely different phone and version of Android than you have.

And never post on a general Android forum ... you'll get loads of replies from people telling you how they do it. On their phone.

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UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

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Paul Pester

a candidate for nominative determinism if ever there were one ...

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Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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The key conclusion and recommendation of the committee was that government needs to act quickly to reach an agreement that preserves UK access to EU space programmes.

Good luck with that ...

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Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

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Test data ...

the problem with testing in these sort of situations is that the "test data" has been lovingly fiddled with over many years to be perfect.

Unlike the real world.

I have seen a few projects where more work went into fixing the test data than the program that was supposed to use it.

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: We all know that next time you look there are more cables than were there last time.

In which case some sort of cross-breeding programme with ballpoint pens might be an idea ?

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Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays schtum on specifics

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Re: IP camera that doesn't require an ActiveX plugin

All of them ?

Suggest you checkout Zoneminders forums, and follow links from there. There's tonnes of data on various no-name cameras. From my experience. they can all be controlled via HTTP querystrings.

(Funnily enough I just got an IP camera that's been off since 2013 working again under Linux. If it helps, you can catch 5 seconds worth of video with:

ffmpeg -i "http://192.168.10.123/videostream.cgi?user=admin&pwd=123456&resolution=640,480" -acodec pcm_mulaw -vcodec copy -force_key_frames 'expr:gte(t,n_forced*5)' -y -t 5 recording.asf

In fact if you Google "videostream.cgi" you should start finding links. Or if you're happy wiresharking or using Chromes debugger, you can see the data structures involved.

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HMRC delays digi tax plans amid Brexit customs woes

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So having to deal with Brexit ...

is actually going to hold us back in other - vitally-important-for-trade - areas ?

If only we'd been warned before the vote ???

It was utter insanity to expect a population that struggles with 3-for-2 offers to be able to understand the depths of the economic warnings about pratting about with such an embedded system as the EU.

Still, they broke it, so they can keep it.

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Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses

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RE:you may have heard of Joseph McCarthy?

Or to prove a point, Cato and Carthago delenda est from two millennia ago ....

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Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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We need a court action

to decide a minimum level of protection below which an organisation is simply negligent (and thus liable) set as a precedent.

Forget pratting around with the ICO - may as well talk to the cat.

Any lawyers care to advise if this is possible ?

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Sorry spooks: Princeton boffins reckon they can hide DNS queries

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re: Why on earth is this being considered?Oh Good Grief

because the powers that be have repeatedly shown they can't be trusted.

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Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte creating app to register 3m EU nationals living in Brexit Britain

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Re: Just look at the Northern Ireland border

I've been watching a fascinating documentary about how well the Soft Border is working already ...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tnc2x/episodes/player

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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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So many comments, but does no one remember

when it was called "File mangler" ?

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Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

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Not really dispelling the idea that generally the police are a little dim ..

is he ?

Why not sue the Highways agencies, for enabling criminals to move around ?

Or Southern Rail for the same (no, scratch that).

I really don't want criminal law to become "we'll charge the people we can catch" rather than "we'll charge the people responsible"

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Ass-troplastic! Printing parts from p.. er... human waste

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polyhydroxybutyrate

just made me think of

this

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Still Waiting...

The City and the Stars ....

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Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

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Having a common kernel is a good idea,

Is it ?

Single point of failure and all that ?

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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HMG (and other governments) take note ..

When you are looking for a needle in a haystack, the old-school real-world approach was top reduce the size of the haystack, not increase it exponentially. Which is exactly what this strategy is.

I have been suggesting for years now, that a good use of GCHQ resources would be to write bots to make phishing completely worthless by generating billions of useless login details.

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Are you able to read this headline? Then you're not Julian Assange. His broadband is unplugged

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RE:Any further suggestions most welcome

Papillon ?

McVicar ?

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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old skool: seen on usenet:

>>>>> 8. The battery is fairly new.

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>>>> And fucked. Buy a new battery.

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>>> You might be right, but is that the only way you're able to express

>>> yourself?

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>> Oh, dear, has the nasty man used a word you don't approve of? Well,

>> tough

>> titty.

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> You know, there was a time in this country - not a million years ago -

> when certain things were not said, and certain words were not used, in

> general social situations. That has changed, and now this sort of gutter

> language pervades almost all aspects of life. It hasn't improved

> anything, quite the reverse, and all it demonstrates is the inability of

> certain types to respect the language and other people.

History says otherwise

"What the fuck was that?" Mayor of Hiroshima

"Where did all these fucking Indians come from?" General Custer

"Where the fuck is all this water coming from?" Captain of the Titanic

"Thats not a real fucking gun." John Lennon

"Who's gonna fucking find out?" Richard Nixon

"Heads are going to fucking roll." Anne Boleyn

"Let the fucking woman drive." Commander of Space Shuttle "Challenger"

"What fucking map?" Mark Thatcher

"Any fucking idiot could understand that." Albert Einstein

"How the fuck did you work that out?" Pythagoras

"You want what on the fucking ceiling?" Michaelangelo

"Fuck a duck." Walt Disney

"Why?- Because its fucking there!" Edmund Hilary

"I don't suppose its gonna fucking rain?" Joan of Arc

"Scattered fucking showers my ass." Noah

"I need this parade like I need a fucking hole in my head." John F.

Kennedy

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UK.gov: Here's £8.8m to plough into hydrogen-powered car tech

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Maybe on the plus side ...

it's a good start to capture that otherwise useless (because of it's unreliability) "renewable" energy. (looks at wind farms).

Surely the best way to store hydrogen is .... as hydrocarbons. You know. Like nature does.

Where's that too-cheap-to-meter energy we were promised in the 70s (or was it 80s. Or 90s ????)

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FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

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Re: Bypass or neutralise the try limit ..

More likely they've POKEd a NOP into the JLE operand ??????

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

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Re: The One Retailer you want to hear go out of business

Whilst I get your sentiments, it's a shame it'll be the coalface staff that suffer, not their shitlord bosses.

As your Maplins, Comets, (and soon to follow) PCWorld/Dixons/CPW all go, leaving the internet as the prime tech supplier, I have a nasty feeling that general IT literacy in the UK (which, let's face it, is hardly starting from a high point) will simply sink further.

Which is a tragedy, when you consider that for a brief sneeze of time - BBC Micro and compulsory computing in schools - we had the US shitting their pants.

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Re: Doesn't the device have to have Windoze on it..

I think that was stopped when EU (pointedly *not* UK) courts decided that if you hadn't activated it, you were entitled to a refund.

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"Blank" PC ?

for me, that's a selling point ....

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Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

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Not bio-hacker "and" twat.

"Bio hacker" is a synonym for "twat".

Am I an old fossil, or do other Regtards recall one "captain cyborg" aka Kevin Warwick ?

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Intel: Our next chips won't have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about

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So a bug that's been there for decades is fixed in six months ?

Is it just me, or is it anyway you slice that it makes Intel look pretty shit ?

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Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs

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Tunnels and lifts

Up/down & left/right

That's a Star Trek turbo lify, surely ?

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Unidentified hax0rs told not to blab shipping biz Clarksons' stolen data

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Shame they didn't spend the money on decent security and encryption, really

That's all

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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Re: Back to basics

I keep on banging that the two areas that punters will be looking for are battery life and accessibility features.

A dead phone whose screen you can't see won't sell.

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Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten?

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Googles problem is

that it makes it's money from manipulating search results.

So - to quote GBS - this is more arguing over the price ...

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Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

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Re: They should have asked me ...

Don't confuse retail products with technology.

The building blocks for a smartphone were laid in the *early* 80s (if not 70s). GSM radio handsets, programmable calculators. Incredibly rudimentary, but jam them together and - voila - a proto "smartphone". Makes calls, runs "apps" and can be ported fairly easily.

Maybe Apples problem is they are now run by a bunch of hipsters who think everything was invented in the 21st century >>>>

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They should have asked me ...

Smartphones - like everything else invented in the 1980s - are now a mature market.

That means those that need already have.

Those that want can get an entry level model (either a noname, or a pre-owned one, if "second hand" is too declasse).

So any new devices are either replacements due to failure/damage, or a network-pushed upgrade (at no upfront cost).

All else is unicorn droppings.

Also, objectively, there's nothing you can do with a new smartphone that you can't do with a two year old one. Or (to put it another way) there's nothing in the last two years that requires an upgrade.

That's £100,000 of top-level research for you there.

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Well, that answers that question ..

Where the money/sense line can be drawn.

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Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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Re: before they convinced the pointy haired generals it was just coincidence..

reminiscent of the D-Day crossword scare.

On a related note, did anyone watch the documentary on Britains H-Bomb ?? I was intrigued to see that even the crew were no allowed to see the actual bomb itself. It was loaded behind curtains while they were in the plane.

So what was so secret about the shape ???

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Re: 9th largest air force in the world at the time

I recall that when "Lord of War" (great film - worth it for the opening sequence alone) was being filmed, so many (ex Russian) tanks were used in filming the CIA worried a coup was going down.

Another factoid ...

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We need baby Googles, say search specialists… and one surprising VC

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Re: Google Maps (for driving)

Totally useless *for me* as I have a requirement that I know what the speed limit of the road I'm on is displayed.

HERE Maps does this beautifully (If they could have a setting to start in "Driving Mode" it would be perfect).

Despite many calls for Google Maps to have the same (we are talking years, if you dwell on the Google Product forums as I do) it's just not happening.

Shame, as actually, Googles Maps "driving screen" is nicely laid out.

You can get 3rd party "apps" that claim to overlay the speed limit for you. But even after registering on all kinds of open source geodata sites, that's a day of my life I will never get back.

That said, I suspect some of Googles inertia is simply waiting for more Android Auto equipped cars.

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I'd settle for a Google that ****ing worked.

I'm getting to a 1/2 strike rate now with searches some days.

If Google really wants to make more money, they could offer a paid-for service that dumps anything advertised, and anything engineered to reach top (SEO shit).

Then they could invest that money into proper AI (not the shit they're serving at the moment) so that natural language queries are really and exactly that.

Because despite what they may say, they are still just keyword matching on steroids.

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Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries

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Balloons/airships ?

Is there any research (or any point into researching) using some sort of balloon to do the heavy lifting to 100Km, and then launching a rocket from that altitude ?

It's a question, not a suggestion.

If we can get a relatively cheap reliable way to get things into LEO, there's the possibility of building factories or really big moon/mars landers ?

In theory, you could build an entire moonbase in orbit, and gently drop it onto the moon, ready for habitation ?

Not being au fait with the science, how easy would it be to rig up a true conveyor (think paternoster lifts) between earth and a point in LEO. Mechanical stress issues about obviously. But you'd think that the descending weightpretty much matching the ascending weight would mean quite low energy to get a lot of stuff up there.

I recall Arthur C. Clarke seriously proposed a space elevator ... and he was worth listening to.

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UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

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Without doing any research ...

to ensure the proper Brexit debate, but I wonder if somewhere deep down the pipeline there's an EU directive bubbling away which would have forced Ofcoms hand ?

I'm asking the question, not asserting a fact, btw ....

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Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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RE: the speaker is rated to be able to handle the output from the power amp

Er .... I wouldn't want to test that standing behind it, as a pilot once said.

That sentence is missing a "Should", and I can well believe that some combo amps have been built down to a price and someone said "100W speaker ?, No one will notice if we use a 50W."

Especially as some guitarists might think the resultant distortion is "pretty groovy".

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Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear

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WTF?

The UK hardly has clean hands ...

HMRC vs. McVities springs to mind ....

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SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

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a recovery vessel, dubbed Mr Steven

Surely a missed marketing opportunity there ? Either get it sponsored, or have a $1 a pop naming competition ?

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Intel didn't tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn't help fix it

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It makes you wonder ..

what else could be uncovered with a little basic kit.

It's been many years since I worked in a lab, but a few logic analysers, protocol analysers, and oscilloscopes ...

Here's an El Reg challenge: what tools would *you* equip your exploit research lab with ?

It's much more likely there are more exploits than there aren't, I'd wager.

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A dog DNA database? You must be barking

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Re: Reintroduce wolves into Great Britain

Oh Yes !! Please in my lifetime.

I know farmers will moan (not that we'd notice), but even if we lose a few sheep, it would be worth it.

Personally, I strongly suspect we'd hardly ever see them. They are very intelligent animals, and would quickly work out the best way to avoid mankind is to not eat our sheep.

Besides, the UK is drowning in deer (no natural predators).

Did anyone watch the BBC programme a few years ago about the amazing effect introducing wolves to Yellowstone had on the landscape ? Stopped flooding within a couple of years ....

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re: the DNA test results

came back "dog". Anything else is a waste of (your) money.

There was an (as usual) excellent Infinite Monkey Cage recently where they explained why race is a nonsense (apparently "species" is starting to look a bit flaky). And how these "ancestry DNA" tests are a load of old codswallop the moment they stray beyond "human".

Looks like it's still available for download

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ybg84

I urge anyone who is interested to listen - it will reinforce any decision you've made to ignore those "ethnic origin" boxes on forms.

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Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

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DevOps ?

I'm pretty sure my understanding of DevOps isn't that it means "no testing" or indeed "no test platform".

I thought DevOps was basically an automated integration of the release process from development to deployment. Admittedly when you boil it down to that, it rather loses it's cutting-edge sexiness.

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Crisis actors ...

Did they ever find that bloke who was shouting his mouth off on TV seconds after Jean Charles de Menezes head was reduced to nothing.

For those that can remember he claimed to have "seen" the whole thing. Only unfortunately for his paymasters, everything he saw was later proved to be wrong in every respect.

But, job done. Most people still believe his version.

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

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Molten salt ?

aren't there some solar reactors which use the heat to melt salt, and that releases heat over the night so you get 24/7 power ?

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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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Seems to be the way things have to be ... in the name of "progress"

a zillion different systems, none of which can work with the other, and all of which add up to gouge you.

VHS/Betamax/Philips was bad enough.

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Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

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68000

Even at Uni, I remember thinking the 68000 family were much better thought out for memory management than the upgraded Intel 8080 which is basically what every Intel since has been.

Who remembers the Sinclair QL ?

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