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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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Re: Australian wildlife

You forgot the croccadillo-pigs, when I was touring there was a thing going round trying to get stupid European tourists to believe them. :) I of course resisted.

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What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

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Re: Finally!!

Every year is the year of the Linux desktop, for me at least, since 2007. :)

But a new mint? Saturday afternoon it is.

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Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

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Re: New finch species developed in just two generations

They interbreed within two generations, does that count?

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SurfaceBook 2 battery drains even when plugged in

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Re: You are spoiling us Mr El Reg

If they weren't so bad and didn't do such stupid things as often as they do, it wouldn't be a problem.

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: Scouring of the Shire

Not sure on your logic. Tolkien was against technology and the rise of technology, hence Saruman was breeding better warriors and using things like crossbows instead of bows. The shire was a comment on how technology was ruining the way things used to be. If I remember his autobiography correctly, been a few years since I read it.

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USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

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Someone tell Amber Rudd.

If she has her way it will happen a lot more. - The unsecure part.

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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Re: "Windows Vista"

Remember those "Vista Ready" stickers. :)

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DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports

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Unbelievable

Lets not worry about the nefarious few and target the law abiding masses. It won't be the masses you have to worry about, they will be an annoyance at best. It will be the nefarious few that fly one of these things into a jet engine causing the crash on international TV.

They will change their mind if the regulator or a politician is on the plane at the time.

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What just counted $24bn in receipts, and rhymes with psycho loft?

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Re: All of this means 2 things....

No, depends on your licence. E1 has outlook online only if I read it right (bear in mind MS never have a clear licence, so I might be wrong) Its all confusing for a reason.

Then again they did announce they are bringing back local installs and offline mode. So in two years who knows (or cares) what they will do?

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Re: Looks like . .

Nah, just means people who are idiots don't read the comments sections. Which is fine because all the idiots can have their stuff taken, lives invaded or just letting them be given really poor software and services on hardware that is massively over priced but doesn't deliver on the hype. (That is just summarising the last few months of articles based on MS performance.)

Meanwhile 24 Billion and they have had 2 price rises in a year (13 and 10% - 22% if you include cloud) At what point can the words 'rip off', 'milking it' or 'taking the piss' be used?

When can we expect the bubble to burst as people realise now they are trapped with MS and Azure or office 265 but they can't afford a 10% year on year price rise. (or 22%)

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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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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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