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2686 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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well quite

$MEGACORP migrated me to W7 and Office2007 last month.

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Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft

It is quite interesting that Garmin are still selling a phone with WM6.5 on it.

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Chronos

"MtGox was still accepting new customers right up until the eve of its shutdown, The Reg has learned."

Err, of course it was. Had it stopped trading earlier there would have been an earlier date for the shutdown. If you stop doing something, you must have been doing it right up till when you stop.

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Microsoft joins the cloud-empire club with Japanese bit barns

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Alternative view

"Some part of Azure is always in the dark?"

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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head, hands etc.

If this was the last problem that needed solving, the world is in a pretty good state!

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Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

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These diesel engines will never be as powerful as a steam locomotive! - says steam locomotive designer.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: Of course the state isn't doing dastardly things!

I think this is the real problem.

I don't suppose for a minute that anyone at the NHS wants to do dastardly things. I also assume good faith on the part of most of the Government. But that isn't enough. We now don't trust any of our power structures in this country, after 5 decades of ineffectiveness and occasional magnesium flares of corruption.

Duck houses, the way failed politicians run away to well paid sinecures in Europe, Blair and his housing stock, Thatcher and her cover ups. We don't trust them any more. At all. Over anything.

So when they try to do something that /might/ need us to take a balanced view of why they are doing it, we can't. Because we suspect everything they do. We have become uber-cynical.

The shame is entirely theirs.

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

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who are all these users

Twit.tv says that Whatsapp is big in Europe because it is cheaper than cross-border texting. You say that it's big in the orient ditto ditto. I'm an international service engineer, I go to dozens of countries and meet hundreds of people. I've never met a whatsapp customer asking if I am one too. Never.

Who are all these gazillions of users?

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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"contacting" satelites

GPS systems do not "contact" satellites. They merely listen to them as they go past. I can't imagine that a radio reciever - or twelve paralel ones - is the real problem with power consumption compared to the processing.

I should be used to Redmond talking bollox.

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

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does it matter?

Never mind the global warming. If we carry on burning hydrocarbons as we are we are going to run out before my Grandaughter retires. Can't we stop because of that?

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Office Online rises from ashes of 'confusing' Office Web Apps

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Re: clean cut & paste

And Edit-PasteSpecial-Unformatted always seems to work

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Err..

"Office Web Apps ... too hard for customers to understand."

head/desk repeatedly. This is the species that put a man on the moon and painted "The night watch". Is the bell curve catching up with us, or something?

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Seagate's LaCie touts a 25TB (not a typo) box o' disks for your DESK

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offsite?

25TB? offsite? that's going to hurt the wallet.

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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Re: Hmm

Catch?

You only appear to be able to buy it in Portugese and Spanish.

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Re: "a global presence in China, Hong Kong, Israel, Russia and Ukraine"

New york, Paris, and Peckham

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Hmm

http://www.bqreaders.com/gb/products/aquaris-5-hd.html

Dual sim, Android 4.2, sd slot 16GB, slightly slow but otherwise OK cpu - might give that a go for 200 german beer tokens!

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Microsoft slaps fresh paint on code-free Windows Phone dev tool

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Err...

" 350,000 developers of all skill levels have used Windows Phone App Studio Beta, resulting in 300,000 projects and 20,000 apps"

And they are pleased with that success rate?

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Or invent something else. Necessity etc etc etc.

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Emergency translation

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Emergency translation

I am very impressed with the use of google translate, and a few others, on my Android device - I can even talk to it in one language and it talks back in another.

But that needs an internet connection. I work in some very remote places and might have to say to a complete stranger, in a language I don't speak, "I appear to have broken my arm, please call an ambulance". And maybe he won't be able to read.

Can anyone recommend an off-line translator half way between Google Translate and the Franklin talking dictionery I carry at the moment, with it's 30-odd phrases per language? Something I can install on a memory card and rely on?

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HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

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Re: Caveat emptor

Not over simplified at all.

I don't actually care one way or the other. either they knew or didn't. They paid over the odds for somethign that turned out to be less than was expected. I suspect thier customers know the feeling.

welcome to capitalism, lads. How do you like them apples?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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floated around on its exhaust like

... and what a disaster it was. I used to pick it up so it would suck harder. More effort going into float than suck.

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Something else I won't be buying from Samsung

I am sick and tired of Samsung in so many ways.

I'l get a Vax, if only for old time's sake.

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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before my 50th b'day

My 70th, maybe.

What the blue blistering blazes are we all doing with all this data? I have getting on for a TB of photos I have taken - and I never look at the damn things.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: If they have to buy a whole new machine...

VFD -variable frequency drive. Yes you /can/ enter basic parameters through the keypad, but debugging and tuning requires a monitor. And those run on windows.

https://customer.honeywell.com/en-US/support/commercial/software/vfds/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.nidec-asi.com/english/ARTICS_sw_platform.php

http://www.abb.com/product/us/9AAC113388.aspx

And are you seriously telling me you can write programmes for a PLC5 or an S7 with some sort of text terminal? Because I doubt that very much.

http://www.industry.siemens.com/topics/global/en/tia-portal/pages/default.aspx

https://www.rockwellautomation.com/rockwellsoftware/design/rslogix5/overview.page

http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/products/cnt/plceng/items/index.html

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Re: If they have to buy a whole new machine...

>Two exceptions: games, and AutoCAD.

Let me add a couple more.

PLC development environments,

SCADA

FPGA development software

VFD configuration software

Engineers are often prisoners of Redmond

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Ono board mulls Vodafone's offer to grab its pipe for £5.8bn

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what?

80% return is "moderate"? who are these VC people?

To the barracades, mon braves!

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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'ang on.

>it could be very beneficial for a cop on patrol who walks into a building

If policemen are walking into buildings, particularly ones as large as they have in New York, then they certainly need glasses. Prescription, rather than electronic, probably.

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Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

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Bedfordshire

Shame we could not get them to refurbish the Cardington hangers too.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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Space

If space for a 2-box solution seems problematic, how about something that will hang on the VESA mount on the back of the monitor:

http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/mintbox/

http://www.solid-run.com/

etc etc etc

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Dual Boot

My solution has been to dual boot between Linux and Windows, and use user-space file system access to read my music collection in ether system. You can also set up thunderbird to read the same mbox file structure from both, and the pan usenet reader ditto. By sync'ng firefox via the web the same stored passwords and favourites can be used in both as well.

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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Re: How much?

>And want to charge £900 for the privilege?

Some years ago I formulated Harvey's Law. From about 1975 to about 2000 any desirable computer cost just about a thousand quid, because that was how much the chap in the shop needed to take off people to make enough profit to pay the rent and rates.

Then we had the laptop-price-crash and people were buying machines for £350. The trade doesn't make enough money like that, they needed to take a grand off folk, hence the rise of things like this and ultrabooks (which are only slightly better than a netbook, for four times the price).

It ain't the components. It's the rest of the business that costs the money!

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Hurrah!

I am glad to see someone trying something other than follow-the-herd.

The review is pretty encouraging too. My wallet has started making plaintive whimpering noises.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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"fourth-most-popular"

fourth-most-used, maybe. I see no evidence of popularity.

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Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

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Hmmm.

Given how entirely useless Dell's consumer support was before sacking all these people, I have very real doubts if it will be worth even bothering the web site after they get rid of them!

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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Re: Optimal solution?

Surely the optimal solution is to stop having wars?

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: SPF natwest.com

>set up by a big boy

No, they were lying. It is what businesses do now when caught out.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Oh?

Do they assume that everyone currently compelled would suddenly subsribe?

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

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Roaming

Is it possible that the charges wil be higher than O2's £6 per MB?

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Re: Do they have quantum PC's yet

yes.

and no.

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

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The clue is in the name 'NetApplications'?

Presumably these stats have nothing to do with what people do at work, only what they do on the innertubes?

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Bit of rounding going on?

65+31+5 = 101.

'down from last year in the face of growing competition.' - presumably from Microsoft, her figures leave little room for anyone else!

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You're spending WHAT on iPhone 6? Wells Fargo downgrades Apple stock

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Humph

And "Analysts at Wells Fargo" aren't do-nothing parasites on the business world at all, are they?

Chair weights. What have they created?

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

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They did. I saw one in Brazil at about that time, along with one shaped like a pen that was /entirely/ voice-op

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

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Re: It's coming along

Yes. This.

Bloody good show for trying.

Really hope something wonderful happens.

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You've got $60k: So, 2013 sporty Corvette, or a year of AWS's new I2 beast?

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1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Gurney Nutting Sedanca de Ville. GHL3 For Sale

http://www.realcar.co.uk/25_30_ghl34.htm

500 quid change.

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ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

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OK

...that's cool

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Santa brings Dixons £31m profits as ghost of Comet is laid to rest

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walked out yesterday

I wanted to try out some cameras, to navigate the menus, to see what the options were. All of them were connected with microUSB cables, so all should have been fully working. 2 out of 16 would power up.

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Excise Xmas prezzie indecision MISERY with El Reg’s gift guide²

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They have to buy their own printer

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Re: But what sort of hammer?

A dummy, of course.

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Re: washable keyboard?

Brilliant idea. Why has it taken so long?

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