* Posts by Avatar of They

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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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Joke

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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Coat

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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WTF?

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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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

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Re: It still has a pulse?

Have a pint for the monty python reference.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Sounds like staff I have working here.

When I was on helpdesk.

"Can you turn it off and on again." Me

"Done that. but the same message is on the screen." Colleague.

"Did you press the power button and the screen go black?" Me

"Yes..." Colleague.

I got up and walked across to her desk.

"Can you show me which button you pressed?" She turned off the monitor.

"No that is the monitor, the PC is under the desk."

And

"Hi, I have a message saying the network cable is unplugged." Colleague.

"Can you check that cables are plugged into the back, are any lying on the floor?" Me,

"Well I accidentally kicked them out, will that matter." Colleague.

"Did you plug them back in after kicking them out?" Me

"No..." Colleague.

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Re: "Can it run Crysis?"

It was my first thought, can Drawbridge replace wine as a proper supported MS way of running windows games on Linux.

But then I woke up and realised we are talking about MS.

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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Re: Wasted opportunity...

Depends, de-fenestrate is an open window. If it is closed it would be trans-fenestrate.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Pot.. Kettle?

"....effectively shifts blame to them and away from those who manufactured hardware and software that is not secure enough to be used online."

Like all those dodgy apps in the play store that are happily uploading and downloading viruses to anyone because Google don't care.

Oh.. that's Malware... Ahhh I see... Got it. virus bad, malware different thing so good. Not Googles fault for helping ship the stuff.

Until the world all has a working OS and well designed software, AV and anti malware is here to stay. And when Google lead the world in a perfect OS and set of software that isn't "Beta", I will listen. Until then sadly I will continue to make sure family and colleagues have an AV installed and don't stupidly click on links they don't need to.

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

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Re: Parts work

A windows phone user.... Don't see many of them in the wild anymore.

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Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

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$769 for the 32GB

Sorry how much for 32GB, does it have an SD card? :)

I have more than that in films and music and apps. Will stick with my note 4.

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Re: How on earth

...And more, plenty of things love SD cards. My sat-nav recently updated the maps and told me it needed an SD card as the maps were bigger than it could cope with.

Still after a decade of paying over the odds for peripherals, fanbois have finally woken up it seems.

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

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Re: Microsoft Surface Studio

Whaaa? John Lewis ain't no PC world. They are definitely pointing to people with money. They are a main street Ikea in they sell you tat for your house you didn't know you needed till you walked into the store.

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Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

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Re: It's the age old problem...

Doesn't Samsung have Tizan? Or whatever their version of Android is called, seems to me like the perfect opportunity to roll that out. :)

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Lenovo exec: Nope, not building Windows Phones

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Re: Microsoft & Nokia

I can only assume they went for the patents.

Or it was a plan ballmer had but never saw through because he was replaced.

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Signs of recent tectonic activity found on cooling Mercury

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Confused

I learned during my degree a ton of stuff about Mercury and its tectonics, how its planetary surface raises and falls with the gravity pull from the sun etc.

So how come they have come out now and said this? I learned it back in 96 - 99. Are you telling me my Earth Science Professor lied???? We also covered Mars which has since been proven thanks to the laser wielding robot.

And if memory serves the surface has risen and fallen by miles, so a few "scarps" doesn't equate immediately to tectonic movement but could be gravitational pull.

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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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Re: Windows 10? So What?

I agree, I thought I would give it a go. I had a dell laptop with windows 10. After three hours of scurrying through all the areas to turn off, like the advertising ID and the "default to" the cloud settings, and the "local account" please settings and the EDGE online marketing area that is stored in the cloud, and the security settings to basic (so they can't dial in) And Cortana's laughable breaks DPA if you use it setttings, and whatever else I could find.

I then had to unpick mirror.co.uk and candy crush that had been bundled to name a few.

THEN I wanted to add a windows feature (hyper V). Or rather check it was there. And I found myself in DISM, or powershell to the non windows users. That is when I realised after five hours of making the laptop mine (most time was spent hunting the internet) I realised that I was in an OS on a command line.

So it went back to the shop and I went back to Linux. Same experience without the hassles.

It is probably brilliant and anyone not caring about things like privacy or the law, it is fine and pretty. To everyone else is just a few headaches you don't need.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

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Erm.

Sorry the article also suggested this game had in app purchases. For a PC game you also have to buy?

Oh dear.

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Microsoft leads group pelting 'heavy duty' robot maker with $10.5m

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Mushroom

It has a glorious future ahead of it under M$ ownership.

Afterall they always do great things.

Cough... Nokia... Cough...

.... I must be getting a cold.

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Phones exploding in kids' hands, shares tanking – but it's not all good news at Samsung

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Re: Wouldn't it be funny...

Looking at the grip of death fiasco, I think Apple marketing would spin it like hell. Making it appear the owners were making it up and settling out of court, which I think I may have read that it has happened. Was it the iPhone 3gs or 4 that had exploding batteries? Google points to a few articles on both.

Either way it would be made out to be the user and not in anyway the white shiny exploding jesus phone.

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