* Posts by sad_loser

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Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

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Holmes

Re: If there is no infection at all then 1% of the population will still test positive.

This gets into understanding how medical tests work (IAAD, and this is a bit of a niche) and which tests you should use.

If there is a very low infection rate, and you are looking to 'rule in' you need a test that is very specific (is only true in disease) otherwise you suffer from too many false positives.

Equally, once the infection is fairly widespread, it is generally safe to assume that anyone who looks like a zombie, is a zombie.

We generally use medical tests with a 1% 'error' rate because in practice that is usually good enough.

To look at this problem in a better way, Likelihood Ratios are the way to go.

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Happy

Re: It really is like a war ...

Firefox + AdNauseum = everyone wins

I see no adverts on my page, but in the background the ads get shown and clicked on

The site get the click throughs, I don't see the ads and (even better) it polutes the metadata aggregator profiles so they don't know who I am or what I am actually interested in.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

sad_loser
FAIL

Re: If it got interrupted...

The issue is that what was someone doing in the DC playing with buttons they should not have had access to.

If your IT workforce is all in house then you don't get contractors wandering around unsupervised.

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

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Happy

Great analysis - thanks

So the question is - why have you got several thousand W7 desktops unpatched?

While I understand that the servers will need to be a variety of VMs I would just use a standard image of NHSbuntu [ www.nhsbuntu.org ] for the sheep as I can lock it down tighter than a duck's chuff, and it has secure email, an office suite, web-browsing and that is all I want them to have.

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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FAIL

It is the apps tied to ActiveX that cause the problems

[I work in NHS IT]

Some of those places worst affected are just poorly managed but the reason why somewhere like Royal London (a new £1bn hospital) kept all these PCs with XP was that certain critical software could not be (cheaply) updated because it needed XP because the browser interface was written with a load of ActiveX that only worked in Internet Explorer 6 which is part of XP.

The root cause of these issues is therefore Microsoft's use of non-standard extentions as part of the embrace / extend / extinguish browswer wars.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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FAIL

Re: Risk Management

This whole episode is microsofts' fault.

The root cause for all this is IE6's non standards compliant browser with ActiveX controls that microsoft then did not upgrade.

A lot of NHS software was written by people at that time and now cannot be upgraded, and so we have a lot of XP systems sitting around.

At the Royal London then the CT scanners went down so it could not take trauma / stroke / cardiac patients as these are all likely to need CT scanning.

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Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS

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Thumb Down

there is a bigger problem

The medical heirarchy are wedded to a 1970s vision that all data must fit insided a RDMS model.

The dinosaurs have not yet worked out that while some structured data needs to be collected, the advances in indexing an mapping unstructured data in the last 15 years mean that they are using ancient technology to sove a problem that now does not exist.

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Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

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Unhappy

The curse of M$ investment?

Invest, extend, extinguish

The new business model!

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Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

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FAIL

Help

I can remember that the EPO is the biggest cesspool of technical and managerial incompetence this side of NHS digital. And that is impressive on its own.

What I can't remember whether this guy is heroically trying to drain the swamp, or is busy dropping his own Gallic flavoured brown trout into it.

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EU puts out prescription for smart hospitals

sad_loser
FAIL

ISO 13485 does this, and is already here

And surprise surprise, good quality software which has properly tested is expensive.

Unbranded untested IoT junk from China is cheap.

This is why the hubristic Shoreditch clowns who claim that the NHS is going to be cured by funnelling vast quantities of landfill data from Mr Averages' smart watches may need resetting by the BOFH.

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Bookmakers William Hill under siege from DDoS internet flood

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FAIL

This does sound targetted

On the Melbourne Cup, the biggest race in the Southern Hemisphere

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BYE, EVERYBODY! Virtual personal health assistants are coming, says Gartner

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Replace Emergency Departments

This is the only NHS you will be left with once Jeremy Hunt has finished.

Enjoy!

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Super Cali: Be realistic, 'autopilot' is bogus – even though the sound of it is something quite precocious

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Stop

self driving in Europe != success

I followed a Dutch registered Tesla model X on the outskirts of Cambridge last week that appeared to be in self-driving mode.

The reason I know this is because it spent most of the time with its outer two wheels way over the white line in the middle of the road, and this would never happen in a normal car - even LHD. The oncoming cars were understandably distressed by this behaviour.

I think self driving is fine if you are on a big ol' highway in Murica with plenty of room but in Europe it is going be much more challenging.

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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

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Black Helicopters

This is OK

[IAAD]

If I were a patient then I would be OK with this but I would not be OK with what Royal Free did which was to release the whole lot of identifiable patient information which is totally unacceptable. If Royal Free were a company then the Board would have to resign and there would be an eye-watering fine.

How about a rule that if there is a hospital data breach then the directors should pay the fine themselves AND have their medical data published on wikileaks?

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

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Thumb Up

This problem has been sorted in the past

but big pharma killed the process because it was so effective.

In Australia in the 90s they had the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme that priced all drugs of a certain type according to the cheapest price. If people wanted the more expensive branded version they had to pay the difference.

It worked a treat, to such an extent that big pharma killed it off as part of a big trade agreement.

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Prospect of fertilisation really blows bees' hair back

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Go

I think you mean

Prostitutes for the bees.

The sky's beginning to bruise, night must fall and we shall be forced to camp.

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Commercial software chokkas with ancient brutal open source vulns

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Re: In fairness...

top handle there, PG!

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Surface Hub: A Howard Hughes folly, or a cunning Post It Note killer?

sad_loser

Jumped the shark

And done it in style. Big shark, big jump.

This is going to make Zune look like investment of the century.

Trebles all round.

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Smartphones help medicos, but security is a problem

sad_loser

other options

IAAD and this is a real problem. In the ED we quite often want to take pictures of wounds, particularly if there is bone sticking out, as we don't want to keep unwrapping them to let people have a look as it makes infection more likely.

The NHS rules are very clear that taking pictures yourself would be a major offence .

The other way to do this is to use the patient's own phone to take the picture, and very few patients don't have a phone with a camera these days.

There is a wider problem with consumer technology being touted as a medical device e.g. heart sensors etc without going through proper (ISO 13485) accreditation. This means that Billy No Mates can create an app for health use with no quality control in either software or hardware engineering. This is why Apple has just shut down a lot of its health programmes - the risk of harm (= swingeing lawsuits) is not worth it.

The NHS needs to get its act together and regulate on this or face a lot of pain when these apps are shown to be as effective as the Bomb Detectors the UK sold to Iraq. Reminds me of a quote from that great philosopher Benny Hill - 'just because no one complains, it doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect;,

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Security real talk time: So what exactly do we mean by 'backdoor'?

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Backdoor Beauty

I can never talk about backdoors without thinking of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120669/synopsis

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Open source Gov.UK is 'example of UK soft power'

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G Cloud mixed blessing

The overall look and feel and sentiment is good.

is a nice idea, but we didn't get any contracts out of two cycles so have not been a direct player for the current one, and we are exactly the SME it was set up to attract.

NHS procurement is ridiculously complex and there is an opportunity for G Cloud to be a threshold test, and if you meet that and there is a specced contract that is all you need.

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

sad_loser
Trollface

Don't feed the troll

Your columns are excellent and are pitched just right for an audience that is interested in this and has a bit of experience.

Also appreciated by my daughter who is doing economics A level and applying to university to do economics.

My guess is that the push is to be more IT focussed rather than expand the magazine aspects of the weekend topics.

This is a mistake as the Register was building a powerful brand 'more than just IT' and as we know from Top Gear, this sort of branding that reaches across many demographics is very valuable, very difficult to build and very easy to destroy.

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Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

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Black Helicopters

more to this than meets the eye

While I would like to believe this is a straightforward 'plucky brits give johnny foreigner a bloody nose' story, I wonder if there is something more.

It looks like a great phone and well put together at a knockout price, that manages to undercut some big boys.

It is running cyanogen.

Now let me think, who owns a chunk of cyanogen, has failed completely at mobile, has lots of money, and wants to piss through Google's letterbox?

Would be interesting to look through WileyFox's accounts and see just how much they are being subisidised.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Black Helicopters

Belkin

I never buy Belkin products because they did something relatively benign (router inserted ads over your html pages) a long time ago.

It is the Pinto Memo problem.

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

It is not just that someone has done something bad to their customers, but they have calculated the risk of being found out / it going wrong and they have still done it !

Commercial suicide in the internet age

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Care.data is a complete omnishambles, says study into hated scheme

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Unhappy

care.data is ....

the turd that won't flush.

I work in informatics and do a lot of work in/around the NHS and they spend so much time gold plating the most minor stuff and then mess up all the really big things.

Information Governance is not handled too badly at a local level but that is irrelevant if at a central level the captain has broken the team's bats.

The people in HSCIC at a junior and mid level are decent people trying to do a good job, but higher up there are a lot of people who are promoted way above their knowledge or competence.

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Google presses 'send' on 'undo send' – AT LAST

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Thank you Malcolm

I think there is a generation of us who have learned the hard way and who now always double check.

The biggest danger I find is colleagues who will forward stuff that is obviously confidential to the least suitable person

I would like a non-forwardable self-destructing email and although it would be possible to screenshot, most people are not capable of doing this.

Agree - nice MT reference

It is so hard to get a leadership mentor these days, but with virtual leadership coaches like David Brent and Malcolm Tucker, the NHS is safe in my hands.

my personal favourite - Malcolm doing some career counselling. ( NSFW, but this was a broadcast BBC show!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NwvjPlcC3w

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Childcatcher

SFR

No one seems to have mentioned Special Fried Rice.

My top 3

Lamb rogan josh with a naan bread

Kebab made from lumps of identifiable meat rather than elephant leg

SFR

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Big Content picks on small Australian ISPs again

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Fighting a losing battle

You can get pretty much all the media content you will want on a 3TB hdd which costs £75

If they stamp on downloads I would be able to mail order a pre-loaded hdd +media server from china for £100.

At the moment home media server set up is a bit geeky.

They might find it rapidly goes mainstream if they do this.

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Mad Frankie Maude hangs up his axe

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we have had a lot worse

he has got his hands dirty in policy and understood the importance of good information.

he has the testicular fortitude not to be bowed by the big corporations and a politicians' common sense when he sees a care.data turkey.

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and other governments e.g. Australia have copied Maude's work through the Cabinet Office, so I suspect he has done a pretty good job.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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WTF?

WTF ???

Schoolboy error here I'm afraid

fry the pancetta,onion chilli and spices first.

Then tip in one's precooked garbanzos and some fresh tomato.

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NHS: Go digital or you won't get paid, warns Kelsey

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Thumb Down

Re: If they can't

The big data loss, when it happens will be incompetence not malice, and sloppy processes in the NHS are likely to be at fault

i don't understand why all NHS organisations aren't ISO 27001 compliant as at least someone would have documented processes.

It would be the minimum standard in any high grade commercial sensitive data.

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Microsoft jolts awake, remembers it still makes Office for Mac

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Outlook is shockingly bad

I have to use outlook because the nhs arXXholes make it difficult to use anything else.

drives me nuts. I hate it with a passion I normally reserve for NHS software.

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Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to care.data scheme

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you would trust NHS IT people more if they hadn't got a reputation as a bunch of cowboys who got bent over a barrel by the big consulting groups, software, hardware and service suppliers.

There's a reason they have that reputation.

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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compensation

apology is all well and good but I have been sick with worry as my friends thought I had spent money on a U2 album.

I am setting up a class action to address the reputational damage caused to many people like myself who have been harmed by this thoughtless and unnecessary self-indulgent noise pollution.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

sad_loser

Convergence done properly

the true convergence is probably 3 years off but as Mac has been 64 bit for 5 years and iOS for 1 year you can see how a common code base would be a good thing.

Cleverly, they made the big jump OS upgrade (Mavericks) free and pretty bug-free to take people with them.

MS tried to do it with win8, but instead of showing their supporters the love, they couldn't help themselves and just rogered them senseless with big fees and a non-intuitive UI. Meanwhile android and chrome are cannibalising their core market.

All good fun

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Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

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Look it's pretty simple

If it isn't someone else's fault, then it must be incompetence at HP.

So sue everyone else and cross your fingers.

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Nokia Lumia 530: A Windows Phone... for under £50

sad_loser

Re: That's a low price for a smartphone..

Agree. It should come with Childline on speed dial.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

sad_loser

Why??

Just tether off your phone.

Saves a whole load of grief.

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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B.O.S.E

Buy

Other

Sound

Equipment

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

sad_loser

whither = wither

whenever anyone uses the term whither about a product / company / service, I know it is withering.

yes he is verbose, but at least there is the nub of a sensible strategy: stick to the knitting.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

sad_loser

wrong market

This is fine for my mum who wants to do email and watch cat videos, and do a bit of light word processing.

In short it is something quick and easy to use for those people who have bought an ipad or iphone and is a chance to bring them into the OSX fold.

There are a lot of these people and they have the disposable income so if it comes in at a halfway reasonable price and it plays nicely with ipad/ iphone - they're in.

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NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

sad_loser

HSCIC = CfH

Never forget that that HSCIC is just CfH rebranded, but full of pretty much the same bunch of cock-up magnets as before.

The same bunch of 'have a go heroes' that pissed £ 20bn of our money by being willingly bum-raped by every IT consultancy and major IT supplier that ever drew breath.

Yes they have sacked the most incompetent, and there are now a some people around who know what they are doing, and the lower rungs have always been decent people but the case for dropping a nuclear device on Leeds is still overwhelming.

COI : I deal with CfH and now HSCIC on a regular basis.

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Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

sad_loser

Re: Anti-trust?

I think that is right. I was an avid microsoft user then.

I used to set aside a day a year to clean all the cruft out of my MS box.

back then apple was flaky, linux desktop was only for the dedicated, and tablets and phones were dumb bricks.

Microsoft execs seem to exist in a parallel universe where they think the world owes them a living.

They are destroying their business by reaming all their commercial customers who will jump to OS/ cloud asap and their Office business by being late to the cloud and then overcharging.

They don't seem to get it that google doc and dropbox have changed the game

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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Happy day

DH did studies to look at the effect on Emergency Department attendance as a result of putting in NHS Direct.

It doesn't prevent people coming at all and if anything NHSD just trained patients to come straight to the hospitals because that is where the doctors are - they don't get dicked around on a phone for 2 hours and then told to come to hospital anyway.

http://www.collemergencymed.ac.uk/photos/EIEDattendances1987-2013.png

When people are ill, they want someone else to take responsibility for managing their condition - they don't really want advice, and if they did then they have wikipedia. But most of the time people just think "I don't get a website to manage my plumbing, I get a plumber - someone who actually knows what they are talking about" why would your illness be any different?

So I am afraid you wasted 6 years of your life. sorry. that is why they shut it - it is expensive and it doesn't work. Now we have 111 which is cheaper and guess what? it doesn't work either.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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IT Angle

thyrotoxicosis ??

The IT angle on this story for some reason eluded me.

always a bit dodgy making diagnoses over the internet, but it looks like he has got Graves disease - thyrotoxicosis, whch can send people a bit mad.

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

sad_loser
FAIL

That's just silly

I paid similar money

£325 for a crucial m 500 1TB SSD

£13 for a nice innateck USB3 enclosure

I have then distressed the enclosure so no one would bother nicking it

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Reg hack fondles a sexy Pro: An Apple MacBook 13in with Retina display

sad_loser

Re: Where's the matt screen?

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/matt

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sad_loser

Where's the matt screen?

I have got the money ready but until I can get a non reflective screen, am sticking with my 2010 15" MBP with a 512 SSD.

C'mon apple, some of earn our living with this kit. We aren't all sitting round in shoreditch being Nathan Barley.

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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Trollface

Re: I suppose...

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with shill....

or have I just been trolled?

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

sad_loser

Missed some essentials

red swingline stapler for TPS reports

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/61b7/

Big post-it notes

http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/catalog/catalogSku.do?id=4864082

scotch C10

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotch-C10-Desk-Tape-Dispenser/dp/B000KJOI0E/

www.amazon.co.uk/Scotch-Magic-Tape-Invisible-Dispenser/dp/B000LCVHJA/

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