* Posts by Avatar of They

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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Re: Nice

**Cough** - POWERSHELL - **Cough**

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Battlefield 2142 once had a full street side billboard advertising a bank, with the tag student loans and being equipped or something. I was in a massive gun fight in a robot at the time and got a screenshot of the billboard. That was a blatant advert but kind of made sense being a billboard if you ignored the fact it was 2142 and earth had run our of resources so no one wanted a bank. I think if it makes sense and doesn't stop game play, like hiding behind a vending machine which advertises drinks..

HOWEVER if they interfere, pop up or require me to watch I actively ignore the game and never go near them as a brand, so they are counter productive in my case.

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

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Re: Pan Am Logo

I just watched the final cut over the weekend in preparation to watch this film. Coca cola is on the billboards a fair bit.

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We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Waiting a couple of minutes???

Seriously a baby in the middle of the street and you 'wait a few minutes?'

What for? The five second rule? Utter D*ck.

Look forward to the book review, I assume it will be filled with utter tripe and management bingo as he tries to leave his mark on history. Other than getting rid of windows mobile, killing Nokia and introducing the world to mainstream data rape with windows 10.

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Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

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Re: and off-grid paranoiacs

And those who travel and just want a phone they don't mind losing or getting nicked in far away lands. (Or the border of whatever racist dictatorship passes for the free world nowadays.)

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Not into iPhones but the concept of any OS that deeply integrates by default with social media, I think is the worst idea ever in the history of ever. (IOS or Android)

Some of us don't use a phone for face ache and whats app or snap chat and prefer not to be bombarded by morons liking cat pictures. And if I spent $1000 on a phone I would expect to be able to load up apps I want and not have them rammed onto the desktop by so called "great ideas"

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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You are not alone.

I have been waiting for Unity to die. Awful side panel and having to have a mouse wheel to move up or down in a folder. (Touchpad on a laptop make that feature a real winner)

Heretic maybe but not everyone actually liked Unity.

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Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

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Are we shocked

I mean MS backpeddling with something either surface related or windows 10?

They are doing it a lot lately.

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Trump upgrades Cyber Command, may sideline NSA in future

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That map real.

Only he puts all of the EU in the same boat as Russia.

So the one cyber command has to consider nearly all of his allies to be on the same par as.... Ahhhhh never mind.

This is trump we are talking about.

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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I love Florida

See title

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Re: As much as I hate nazis...

By your logic of an amoral ISP hosts would support child pornography websites being hosted, or worse.

Nowt to do with politics. This (Godwin law now permitting) Neo nazi racism is not politics, not when they declare in various ways their hatred of black people..

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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I would guess MS is to blame

Purely because someone somewhere in any other company in the world that uses skylake would be calling foul on their laptops? Or did no other make use them? Where are the lenovo help forums crying foul or the Dell ones etc?

And MS are so open and trust worthy now who could possibly suggest... Actually I can't finish that sentence.

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

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Re: How long

How long before some bastard monetizes it for the rich and famous (or so called famous) instead of actual NHS based need.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: Yes!

Well they are shit and carry out bad practices, so only fair.

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Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

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Again?

I think that is 4 times in 2 years, sure it was 3 raises in 2016. May have to seriously consider jumping ship.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: Windows 10 FAIL Creators Update

I thought that was the joke? No?

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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Re: Florida Man

Private Education as used by the so called upper class and creates people like David Cameron where having sex with swine is on the agenda. And Boris Johnson who lied on international TV during the leave campaign and was voted in again by the same morons who pay for an education. It creates a set of people called MP's and look where that got us.

Then again fear mongering environmentalism suggests you are in fact not a scientist and probably a Tory supporter who thinks fracking is a good idea and has a vested interested in the petrol industry.

Its not education that awards medals for taking part and stops competition. That is social acceptance and society by wooly minded teachers or a really bad secretary of state for education. And of course piss poor parenting with laws that stop you smacking a child. I know schools that now have a charter that tells parents clearly they promote competition and it is over subscribed with a waiting list because parents actually want that.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: Jesus, NO!

You do seem to be missing the point during your rant.

The ban is about the propagation of a harmful very addictive drug with unknown side effects long term. Which is currently and thankfully outlawed so anyone with working taste buds is spared having to breathe in a mixture of possible and probable harmful stuff (no one knows long term except the popcorn lung chemical that is now banned - allegedly.)

Everything you just listed is either proven safe to breathe in like perfume because it is extensively tested or has been around for year. Or is proven harmful (like bonfires) and has other laws surrounding it.

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Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

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Well done.

Good use of a technology that was in wide use when MS last cared about customers.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Re: what?

Vista?

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Ohhh goodie a quiz

Is it Microsoft who think telemetry is the norm and gave up writing good software years ago? No Apple... They have a religion now and war like fanbois? Oh... Choices. Choices....

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

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Have you noticed?

I like the way all through this set of comments there is one or two downvote to anything against MS which obviously doesn't do any testing or logical release management.

Like there is an ever present MS employee trying his best to suggest this isn't an MS cock up of possibly huge proportions. (how many people use Skype, or exchange, or both?)

The lonely fanbois crying out against the anger.

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Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

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Re: Where are the instructions?

Depends on the instructions but the IP address for the Super hub 2 they are on the sticker on the bottom of the router..

For the Super hub 3, they are on the sticker the engineer hands to you, a pull out piece of card between the router and the plastic feet, AND a sticker on the bottom of the router.

They really like to help you.

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NASA's Kepler space telescope finishes its original mission catalog

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Alien

We are soo not alone in the universe.

Did I read correctly. every 4000 or so planets gives around 40 - 50 earth like candidates (call it 10% then)

And we looked just at Cygnus. (Assuming the same statistics apply to every other section of the galaxy)

So vast numbers of other planets must exist that could hold life and other human colonies.

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Amazon and others sniffing around Slack

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Seems a reasonable purchase.

Is it because Amazon want to keep taking on Azure offerings and Slack gives them the messaging and collaboration tool that AWS could use to combat office 365?

And 5 million people that might be in the position of asking "which cloud is least worst" position, could be 5 million people easily swayed.

Makes sense they would be looking.

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Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself

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Re: Time zones

And for UK readers where none of those make sense. :) So perhaps a GMT in brackets (or UTC I suppose)

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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Re: Remote pilots?

Lets not forget the plane running out of fuel and gliding 60 miles from 41000 feet. Both pilots skill and experience are the only reason it landed.

http://www.nytimes.com/1983/07/30/us/jet-s-fuel-ran-out-after-metric-conversion-errors.html

It was power failure due to fuel loss so any remote ability would have disappeared.

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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Just to be clear

The update has a selling point that means you can pin websites to the start bar? And smoother scrolling between different monitor sizes to name a few of the ones listed.

I can do that in Windows 7, I could do that in XP I think. Fairly sure I had smooth scrolling between laptop monitor and main desktop monitor. Seamless in fact.

They do seem to be racing to reach first gear in a lot of ways.

Still Linux support is nice.

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Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

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Re: Now if just 1 major PC maker installed Linux by default...

I have a dell XPS laptop running native Ubuntu that Dell put on. Ubuntu 14 but runs sweet with a 4k touch screen and all the whistles.

There is a Dell support forum and I have downloaded the ISO and image files for when I break it :)

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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I have,

... Will do again.

People like Windows 10. Sigh....

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Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

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Re: Linux

Why would you want office 365 integration, its ruddy awful? And config is easy if you know what you are doing. The problem is few people know what they are doing because they grew up either with apple of M$

We have thin clients running Linux and it is locked down nicely and rolled out by the network, all sorted. And no office 365. :)

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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You had me at the headline. "Don't install windows 10" Probably already been said but worth repeating.

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

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Re: Petition to make Plasma (KDE) the default DE

Sorry what?

"the lack of such luxuries as a taskbar and minimise button will not go down well (you have to use memory to remember which windows you have open rather than a visual aid)."

I hated Unity as it didn't have scroll bar and there was no real clear visualisation to how many windows you had open, just silly little ticks. And Gnome doesn't even have that?

sure Ubuntu have someone that works in the real world???????????

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Re: More Magic than Goldilocks orbit distance...

Conditions for life as we know might have died out. But what do we know, until we fly over it and have a look. They could metabolise methane, like insects.

According to Space.com our galaxy has a 100 billion stars (upto 400 million possible). Even at 1 in a million that would be massive amount of planets.

Or put it another way. 0.1% which would be.... A million planets out there with life? If mathematically we look at such small and infintessimal odds, say 0.01% chance. That means there could be 100,000 other planets with life. Which puts us into Star Wars territory. If 10% of them, so 0.001% achieve more than pond life then 10000 other civilisation exist for us to get wiped out by.

At 0.0001% is still a thousand. More than Star Trek?

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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Re: Absolutely uncalled for...

Then how did 'Cruella deville' herself get elected Pry Minister of UK? Oh wait she wasn't elected, good point.

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Re: Yes, good idea

Last thing we want is an official spat between the 'monkey overlord' and the home office. It would lead to even more people having visa issues in the name of racism, sorry I mean in the name of keeping America safe.

But does seem to be good advice.

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

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I discern a few more things from this.

1. Football is definitely a business, not a sport.

2. ISPs should be banned from sponsorship.

3. More sport (so called) should be free to air and NOT paid for subscription.

4. The law can be bought.

Not that I care 1 tiniest of ioatas as I don't like football and don't use Kodi.

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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Re: But will Apple file suit against MS?

Careful. Windows 10 may be consigned but MS is on a roll (downhill very fast) so windows 11 will only have more.

You meant to say hope MS is consigned to history so lessons learned will include no spying and no ads.

Then again we live in a post truth trump, snoopers charter era. So spying, malware pumping ads and you renting your OS are here to stay.

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Re: Starve the beast

Lol, Used windows 10 once and found myself in the DISM. Powershell by another name, trying to add windows features.

Windows has a command line now and we ain't talking DOS, if you haven't had to use it then you are lucky. It is there and needed if you want to do something "extra"

Needless to say windows 10 didn't last as I couldn't understand why my new laptop had me in a command line and removing adverts for mirror.co.uk.

Minty penguins all round. Ain't no adverts here.

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Re: I had a bit of a search...

Make a good point, people jump to Linux and immediately make it look like windows. Not sure why myself as I like the cinnamon look as is.

Like the Golf adverts in the UK they used to have, where they made a point of people buying a car that was like a golf, but wasn't a golf.

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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Flying distance isn't known?

I would suggest the distance between airport and the tree for a starter.

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

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Re: For any non-tech/Slashdot readers here by accident...

And you rent but the landlord can come and go as he pleases, can rearrange the layout of the rooms, the presence of or armount of security at his wish and you have no chance of stopping them.

House improvements happen whether you like them or not and the only way to keep control of your property is to take it away from the street, move it away from the road completely and stop talking to all your neighbours.

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

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Re: Wasn't he the man....

Its not his money that makes him a tool. Lets be honest he could have paid more than 15 million without breaking sweat and really put his money into something useful for refugees.

It is the fact he is a tool, that makes him a tool. This just speaks of marketing trying to make facebook something good in the world instead of a wifi chewing black hole of personal data in the name of the almighty dollar.

Anyone that speaks of freedoms and helping people turn out to vote, and ending up with Trump should really just shut up for a bit. Then again when Trump is in charge every other tool is massively over shadowed and can get away with writing this garbage.

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UK uni KCL spunks IT budget on 'reputation management' after IT disaster headlines

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Silly you, not like this involves a place of learning, where supposedly clever people work and learn on a daily basis. That prides itself on being filled with clever people who can help teach other people important stuff..

Just saying.

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Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

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Ubuntu meh!

Unity was the death knell for me, quickly hammered in by its Amazon links. I went to MINT - I think it was a memory hog on older systems, or just didn't seem slick or fast so I didn't take to it. And not being able to see the tiny arrows showing me I had open windows or scrolling without a mouse wheel just seemed odd.

Recently I got the Dell xps with ubuntu native to it and I have to suffer Unity in a later version and can't get away from it. Four years on and still can't see tiny arrows showing me open windows and on a 4k screen it is even worse for my eyesight. Add in that I have icons scrolled off the bottom and on a touchpad I don't have a mouse wheel so can't scroll up or down in windows and I wonder who actually prefers Unity and why Ubuntu continue to steam roller ahead with it.

Thoughts of an all inclusive on any desktop version of Unity makes me shudder. This movement to having to type everything as it doesn't list your icons anymore, how will that work on a touch pad? What about scrolling in a window because the scroll bar on the side has gone. Going to have to overhaul a lot more than pretty icons to make it seamless between formats.

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Brexit, schmexit: Christmas sales up 4 per cent at Dixons Carphone

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Call my cynical... But....

Is this also because of "brexit currency changes." They put all their prices up, quite a lot in some cases. So they basically sold the same amount of stuff at higher margins?

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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Re: Enough Whining.

I lasted 3 days. I did an upgrade of my games machine, spent a few hours removing candy crush, telemetry and mirror.co.uk. (They came back) I tried to find some features and was directed by an MS article into the DISM or whatever powershell is called in Windows 10. While typing a command in powershell I suddenly had a moment when I thought, "I am in a command line, in Windows... an actual command line. This isn't Linux WTF."

As a mainly Linux user since 2008 I found it ironic they are copying Linux with multiple desktops and command lines. So I had a little laugh to myself as I couldn't find in windows 10 what I was after anyway, shook myself back into reality and rolled back to windows 7 (It is for my games machine you see)

But after reading the EULA on initial install and marvelling at how there isn't a "No" option without using invisible scroll bars to find it is below what you can see, it is easy to see how people get sucked into giving all their data away.

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Re: Enough Whining.

What's the pay and conditions like at Microsoft? I am curious.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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Re: Mature market shake out

Exactly.

Lack of new features in Windows 10 with the added negativity it, which may affect the kind of people that might be used to offer advice to family and friends. Nothing is a "must have" and there is a lot of "be wary"

And the price of new systems when people perhaps don't have pay rises to match. I mean the market is going surface pro and ultra books like the xps from Dell, but at 800+ with basics like a keyboard for another 100.

And any I5 or I7 is more than enough for people at the moment.

The only ground breaking new feature of anything is VR, but that is too expensive and you need to add 400 for a GFX card. Little too much for most peoples wallet at the moment.

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