* Posts by TVU

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Re: Happened exactly as I predicted on a thread here a couple of months back...

"Despite all the scorn and negativity from the typical, rabid anti-Apple El Reg crowd"

That is just so wrong on so many counts.

I actually want Apple to succeed and be relevant and successful 20 years from now and to offer a good alternative to whatever Microsoft is putting out.

That means addressing issues of design, quality control of both hardware and software, repairability, upgradeabilty, outdated specifications (at least 18 months behind Windows machines) and so on right now and not pretending that these issues do not exist.

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Hey, what's this quality control thing?

"We’ve two 2015 MacBooks bought on student discount (AppleCare for £50) and between them we’ve had 4 new keyboards, a new screen and a new main board. I should have bought the pro but even that is ruined"

What this amply demonstrates is that that there has been a decline in initial design and then quality control and that both aspects have really got to be improved by Cook & Co.

From an external perspective, it looks like they just don't care any more, particularly about professional users, and that they're effectively turning the MacBook range into high value, but less than useful, lifestyle brand goods for updating Facebook accounts, etc.

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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Re: Avoidance

"All of this hubalaboo ignores the fact that these families wouldn't be separated from their kids if they hadn't entered the country illegally in the first place. Full stop"

That is a horrendously reactionary comment that is out of sync with all civilised norms. It is just plain inhumane, uncivilised and unchristian to separate children from their parents and then place them in wire cages under any circumstances.

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Our future is India!

"Not the only ones. Started doing a bit of work last year for a US company selling kit into Europe. Their European headquarters used to be in the UK. Received a memo on Tuesday that they're about to open their European head office ... in NL. (Think the UK office is just going to deal with UK sales.) Yes, Brexit is creating jobs, just not in the UK :("

Brexit has turned out to be a wonderful jobs creation mechanism...but only for regions in the Republic of Ireland, France, Germany and elsewhere in the EU and all we get from Leave supporters is complete denial that this is all actually happening.

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Re: Brexit Schmexit

"No, what you actually want is a return to 'new labour' - the aberration created by Tony Blair that turned the party into a slightly-watered-down clone of the tories. It's not an opposition if they implement the same policies, you know! And no point voting between one or the other, either".

I certainly don't want to see a return of the Tory-lite New Labour in any shape or form. Then again, the bumbling and inflexible grandad at the helm of the party today isn't doing Labour any favours either. The Tories are deep in the morass of Brexit and all Corbyn can do is actually assist May, Rees-Mogg and Redwood in implementing their version of Brexit with his unimaginative, dogmatic and tribal approach.

What I want to see is a proper, competent, capable and progressive social democratic leader of Labour like they have in Labour's sister parties in Scandinavia.

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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Re: How about fixing the one where...

"Seriously pissed off with M$ about this"

An option might be to try out the Windows-like Linux Mint Mate and opt to install proprietary extras if and when asked. That should give you a working laptop and I should add that Linux Mint Mate can be tried out in advance using a live USB or DVD.

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NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

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Re: Suggestive, but nothing more

"we need something more compelling. bones would be nice. fossil deposition on mars may be completely different than on earth"

^ This. What is really required is humans on Mars with deep drilling rigs to dig right down into known ice deposits and lake and sea bed areas to extract long sections of stratified cores to see if there are any live microorganisms still left or if there, for example, something like bacterial microfossils. That is the only way I can see that the life on Mars question will get answered once and for all.

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"Organic material and methane finds can’t be tied to biological processes"

That is the key comment there. Organic compounds just means carbon containing compounds and does not necessarily imply the need for living organisms. For example, amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) such as glycine, alanine and glutamic acid have been found in meteorites but they derived from standard chemical reactions and not from anything living.

Similarly, the methane could arise from seasonal sublimation of ice that just happens to contain methane from Mars' ancient atmosphere when the volcanoes where far more active.

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Apple hit with another faulty hardware lawsuit – this time it's the Watch

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"Apple hit with another faulty hardware lawsuit – this time it's the Watch"

The underlying issue there is Apple's lack of sufficient quality control and testing and that applies to both hardware and software. That needs to be significantly improved and it's not as if Apple can't afford to do these things.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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"After Skype, Nokia, Windows Phone, Danger, Windows Mobile, the many recent apps they have purchased and all the previous acquisitions in yesteryear only to sunset i'm surprised that they think this will be an issue only now"

^ That all helps to explain the huge level of distrust and apprehension among developers about Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub. New CEO Nat Friedman is saying the right things about retaining independence, respecting developers and maintaining Atom but he now needs to back up those promises with actual deeds and actions.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: Gitlab is bad as well, looking for an exit

"Or BitBucket (SaaS), Sourceforge (got a new better owner in 2016), Git (itself) or to another repository system like SVN/Subversion or Mercurial"

Under the new owners, Sourceforge has been cleaned up and modernised so it's way better now than in the neglected old days.

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Re: Shite

"They might not fuck it up"

I was very disappointed that the early rumours turned into real facts.

That said, they have given an undertaking that GitHub will remain autonomous like LinkedIn is and they have appointed Nat Friedman as the new GitHub CEO. There is the opportunity now for them not to completely stuff things up and alienate developers. Time will tell.

I would have still much preferred GitHub to have gone down the route of an initial public share offering since that could have avoided corporate dominance but that's history and a lost opportunity now.

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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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"I hope Microsoft buy Github, and all your worst nightmares come true.

Signed,

A BitBucket user"

Surprise! Your wish is apparently coming true and Bloomberg's reporting that a deal's been done, possibly to be announced on Monday.

Frankly, I'm saddened that the GitHub executives sold out to Microsoft when they could have gone for an initial public share offering instead. While their wallets might be much fatter now, their consciences will be much diminished.

The only mild consolation is that it could have been even worse with Oracle taking over GitHub instead.

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Re: And Google is just as bad

"I voted for IBM as they seem to be less inclined to screw us up these days"

If Sun Microsystems had still been around today as an independent entity then I'd have voted for them as the least worst option.

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Ideally, I would want GitHub to remain completely independent of any of the existing large and flawed corporations because they each have their own agendas and they are not necessarily benign.

If they do go public with an IPO then I'd much prefer to see multiple shareholders so that no one shareholder can obtain undue influence.

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Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

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Re: O.R.A.C.L.E.

...and there was me thinking that O.R.A.C.L.E. stood for One Rich Abhorrent Controversial Litigious Enterprise.

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Re: O.R.A.C.L.E.

"So Oracle is offensive? who knew?"

Given Oracle's hostility to all things open source and the way that litigation is the option of first resort, I think it's safe to say that Oracle is deeply offensive.

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Toaster oven-sized boffin box bound for Mars to search for life

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Re: The Chilarity Reality

"Finally the question of life on Mars can be answered"

To be honest, Mars is giving out all the signs so far that it is biologically dead, the fact its atmosphere is in chemical equilibrium is a case in point.

Mars was only clement for part of its Noachian era so there was only a relatively short window of opportunity for life to potentially develop before the protective magnetic field and vulcanism died out because of Mars' relatively small mass (one ninth that of Earth) and the quick cooling of its core as happens with such small bodies.

Places like Europa, Ganymede and Enceladus look to be more potentially promising abodes of life though (in their case, they are the beneficiaries of ongoing gravitational tidal heating).

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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"Given the poor state of the clocks being used in the Galileo, the EU might come to the UK begging for access to the UK system..."

^ That is Brexit fantasy territory (again). You should know that France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium all have well developed aerospace sectors and they can manage quite well without the UK.

Furthermore, just how is the UK going to pay for this shiny new me too GPS satellite constellation? With yet more of those magic Brexit unicorn currency units?

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Re: Let's not question the EU

"The Remain crowd do our whole country a disservice by characterising Brexit as 'pulling up the drawbridge' on international co-operation"

^ But that is exactly what you and others voted for despite the warnings.

You are now finding out that crude, xenophobic and nationalistic isolation comes with a high price tag. That was your vote, you created this problem so now accept and own the direct consequences of your actions.

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Re: "opt-out was probably the best choice"

"Nothing collected by Canonical is GDPR infringing. It's basic hardware metrics on a machine similar (but more techy) to the advertising blurb you see on Dells website giving ram and cpu specs etc. A machines info inst covered under GDPR or DPA"

^ Exactly this. Not only that, and unlike with Microsoft and Google, a clear binary choice is offered - to take part or not take part in data sharing.

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Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0

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Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0

I don't doubt that this move will increase MariaDB's use and popularity although there's still a long way to go before it catches up with other open source databases.

As for Oracle, they are still sailing on the ship of complacency and they seem late to the party when it comes to trends like cloud database storage and big data that could affect sales of their RDBMS database.

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Void Linux gave itself to the void, Korora needs a long siesta – life is hard for small distros

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Re: Missing lead developers

"CentOS back from brink of death, Disappearing admin reappears"

Well, that certainly never happened with the mystery surrounding the demise of Pear Linux.

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Re: Korora

"Shame. Korora was the distro that I downloaded and settled on as part of my move away from Windows 10. Having not really worked with or used any UNIX based O/S for a number of years, it is a shame that even the simple things still seem difficult to achieve with Linux"

^ I also think it's unfortunate news because Korora is a nice, easy to use implementation of Fedora with the hard bits taken out.

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Mining apps? We're cool so long as they admit to it, says Canonical

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"Tomb, the post says, promised to play nice in future"

It is safe to say that after this incident, I will not be going near any of Nicolas Tomb's apps - ever.

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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Re: Form follows function

"Surely a company which claims to be as design-led (in the sense of practical industrial design, as opposed to designwankery for the sake of it) as Apple should always remember that form follows function, rather than function (or lack thereof) following form?"

It's got to be robust design though and not pretty but impractical design. Rigorous testing and quality control has significantly diminished at Apple since the unfortunate demise of Steve Jobs and that has got to change. "Quality First" ought to be the new mantra (for both products and operating systems).

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Wanna break Microsoft's Edge browser? Google's explained how

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"I'd like to personally thank Microsoft for the close relationship I maintain with my parents, going round to fix broken Microsoft stuff is the primary reason for 90% of my visits"

The answer to that one is to install the new "Windows" that is immune to CryptoLocker, virii, trojans, etc - Linux Mint Mate. Just watch the requests for help exponentially diminish.

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Oracle-botherer Rimini Street cuddles up to Salesforce

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"The firm's bottom line was boosted by a $50m payback from Oracle after a court of appeal judge upheld the verdict that Rimini had violated Oracle's copyright but decided the original $124m award was too high"

^ That they are getting back some money from the Larry Litigation Corporation is excellent news and may more similar examples follow.

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'Alexa, find me a good patent lawyer' – Amazon sued for allegedly lifting tech of home assistant

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"Amazon sued for lifting tech of home assistant"

^ Anything that makes a dent in the empire of that tax avoiding Bond villain who treats his workers poorly is fine by me.

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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Re: Embrace, extend...

"Microsoft has never been shy of adopting new platforms, once they reach some minimum threshold of seriousness. "Embrace and extend" flows inevitably into "extinguish" iff Microsoft's additions make the existing platform significantly more attractive to significantly more people"

For crying out loud, give that ever so outdated "Embrace, extend, extinguish" rubbish a rest. Linux has effectively won on everything but the desktop including supercomputers, internet of things and so on so it is impossible for Microsoft to challenge or eradicate Linux.

The last time I checked, over 40 percent of all virtual machines in Azure were running Linux. That is a effectively a sign of Microsoft's weakness because they now need Linux in order to make money. Ballmer has been well and truly defeated and Microsoft under Satya Nadella is learning to live with Linux. The war now only continues in some people's heads and not in real life.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: GIMP is pretty good

"No, it's not. I've used it for about 10 years now, and it's still pretty shite, and nowhere near the capabilities of Photoshop. I simply refuse to use Adobe so I just soldier on"

I'd suggest looking at the Affinity and Skylum/Macphun ranges of softwares to see if they meet your needs. They get good reviews and, best of all, they are available for a one off purchase cost.

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Re: "especially in the startup markets"

"It's this attitude that keeps Linux away from many desktops, and I'd really like to see more alternatives - even non free ones - to Windows and macOS applications"

I do understand where you're coming from. For me, I use Corel Aftershot Pro, Pixeluvo, Polarr and Photomatix for photos on Linux (I quite like Pixlr too) and I don't have to go anywhere near GIMP (the 2.10 version does appear to be a significant and upgrade and improvement though). I know of other photographers who are successfully using versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements via Wine and it is possible to use Adobe CC apps online too (look up This Script Helps Install Adobe Creative Cloud on Linux).

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Hypocrites

"Oh look, another bitter remainer able to see years if not decades into the future!

Please email me with next Saturday's lottery numbers"

It speaks volumes that all the diehard Leave supporters are hiding behind the Anonymous Coward masks because that's exactly what they are.

By the way, the International Monetary Fund can see into the future. By the end of 2019, the UK will have fallen two GDP world ranking places as a direct result of Brexit to end up behind both France and India.

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Re: Hypocrites

"Here! Here! All those stupid leave voters that didn't have the clarity of thought, vision and intellect that you possess! Time to make them reconsider their foolish decision! Why were those idiots even allowed to vote in the first place?????

The arrogance and hubris of certain remain voters is simply breathtaking"

The only reason Leave supporters are so opposed, and scared of, any second referendum is because they know that the voting public cannot be conned twice by the same outrageous lies such as promise that all EU monies would go to the NHS.

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Re: Hypocrites

"@AC. A democratic vote?

Yeah 17.4 million voting leave out of a potential 46.5 million voters is of course a democratic majority.

If 100% participation is your benchmark then I doubt there's ever been a national democratic vote in history.

Isn't it strange how you remoaners never seem to hold the EU to such high democratic standards!"

Now that's really rich! The morally degenerate side that you support could only obtain a marginal win and it was only able to to that by telling the most outrageous political lies like the lie that all EU monies would be going to the NHS and overtly racist lie that 70 million Turks would be coming to the UK unless there was a Leave vote.

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Re: Hypocrites

"Sadly, there are many who would prefer to see the UK fail rather than accept the outcome of the largest democratic vote in British history. Why such people even remain in the country whinging and whining is beyond me. Please use that wonderful freedom of movement that you hold so dear and head for continental nirvana! Anyone that refuses to respect the basic fundamental principals of democracy will certainly not be missed"

^ That is the worst kind of nationalist ego rubbish and, more to the point. it's untrue. It is you and all the Leave voters who did this country down by ignoring the measured pleas of British manufacturers to stay within the EU.

In that respect, Leave voters have been highly successful in shafting the British economy and degrading the pound's value. As a direct result of the Brexit vote, and all those who voted for Brexit, economic growth has pretty much slowed to zero, there is no consumer or business confidence and the UK will now be slipping down GDP world ranking places behind both France and India by the end of 2019 at the latest.

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: Windows

"My working day involves Adobe Captivate, Techsmith Camtasia, and a bit of photoshopping (I actually use PaintShop Pro as it's considerably cheaper than PhotoShop). Please explain how I get through a working day doing that on a Linux desktop. (Please don't tell me to use GIMP for photoshopping or I might fall off my chair.)"

I can only respond in respect of photography. I'm doing just fine with a combination of Corel AfterShot Pro, Pixeluvo, Polarr and Photomatix.

Oh, and while I remember, you might care to look at the very latest GIMP 2.10 which is a thoroughly modern image editor.

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Double double, soil and trouble, fire burn and heat shield bubble: NASA cracks rover, has dirty talk with ESA

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Re: No news here ...

"The bit that surprised me in this article was that it was tested at only 120% of the predicted stress level it will need to survive. That would show an extraordinary degree of faith in their predictions, not to mention extremely fine design margins!"

Mars has been a graveyard of planetary missions with a very high mission failure rate. The example of the best Victorian engineers should be followed - the mechanics, shell and electronics should all be over-engineered and have multiple redundancies where appropriate.

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Re: Why aren't we digging deep for signs of life?

"Even on Earth, where fossils are (presumably) far more plentiful than they would be on Mars, it would be very difficult to pick a landing site from 40 million miles away, and be lucky enough to find fossils within a small area around the attempted landing zone"

That's a very valid point and it gets worse than that. There was only a relatively short period during its earliest geological era when Mars was potentially conducive to the development of life so any biological remnants would be tiny microfossils which could be hard to identify. There just wasn't enough time for more complex life to evolve.

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Apple grounds AirPort once and for all. It has departed. Not gonna fly any more. The baggage is dropped off...

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Re: One of their best products.

"I have a Time Capsule that has just sat quietly doing its job for 5 years as both access point and backup device. Never a single issue always just worked. Also on my network is a netgear extender. It is throwing death spasms after far less time. It is a shame to see one of Apples best examples of their “It just Works” policy being discontinued"

Sadly, the way things are going, Apple Corp might just end up as IPhones/iPads, iOS, iTunes and AirPods.

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James Webb Space Telescope + luck = long distance astrofun

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James Webb Space Telescope + luck = long distance astrofun

That's nothing. If you go 550 astronomical units (8.228e+10km), or 11x Eris' distance. from the Sun, you can look back and use the Sun itself as one huge gravitational lens - look up the Fast Outgoing Cyclopean Astronomical Lens (FOCAL) project.

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Penguins in a sandbox: Google nudges Linux apps toward Chrome OS

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Penguins in a sandbox...

It'll certainly be useful for those who want access to full software as opposed to web apps.

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Springwatch: Windows 10 spotters May have to wait a few more weeks

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Re: That's really spooky .....

"And be a repository of malware for the rest of us? There are built in options to delay updates. Use those if you don't trust Microsoft to get it right first time. If you feel you need to disable them then use Linux instead. Please"

Well, what you can do is tell your relatives that there's a new version of Windows that's resistant to malware to try out and then you can install Linux Mint Mate with the Redmond theme and not get any calls any more about Windows 10 updates causing upset.

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GitLab crawling back online after breaking its brain in two

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"Everyone bashing GitLab and comparing it to Github are blind to the benefits of GitLab"

It has to be said though that they're the ones who are currently making the huge public and careless stuff ups.

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IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

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IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

Something is very wrong with the corporate model when failure and decline are actually rewarded with extra bonuses.

I'm looking forward now to reading about the TSB mega bonuses...

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If you're looking for bad news about Microsoft, top tip: look away now

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Re: Interesting

"It isn't hard to see why Microsoft really don't give a toss about criticism of Windows 10 from Linux fanbois on El Reg"

I think you'll find that you'll find that a lot of criticism comes from Windows 10 users themselves on assorted forums asking for help.

That said, I am pleased with the figures for Microsoft and it shows that Satya Nadella's thoughtful and pragmatic approach is paying off (a complete contrast to the Ballmer years!).

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Actually, Canonical have done their best to try to make the move from Unity to Gnome 3 as smooth as possible so that there's a Unity-like dock, "how to" documentation plus a couple of user consultations.

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Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

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Re: This is exactly why I now avoid Apple gear

"My 2 year old Samsung TV packed up last week with a bright yellow line across the screen. It was f*king expensive"

They are known for buying in el cheapo capacitors which, not surprisingly, fail after a few years. My advice is to avoid this brand entirely for televisions.

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Re: This is exactly why I now avoid Apple gear

"It was one of the old school Apple products built to last, unlike the thin designer crap they produce today. Given the fact it was used pretty much every day over an 8 year period and cost £600, that's twenty pence a day, so not bad value at all"

Since the unfortunate demise of Steve Jobs, quality control in respect of both Mac equipment. and macOS itself, has regrettably declined. Apple needs to make quality their prime consideration again and not thinness as at present.

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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"Some of the sh*** we hear is now so far out, that one starts to wonder if Whitehall water supply has been contaminated with Bolivian marching powder"

I'd heard that they were going to pay for this Brit satellite system with yet more of the magic Brexit unicorn currency units.

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