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2921 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Dodgy Product

The windows market was dominated by x768 line laptops and dodgy operating systems. I had money in my pocket for something good, and Apple made it. So guess what?

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: I have to drive to Lincolnshire this weekend

I do hope your phone is not with O2

(views: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4220964 )

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Re: " it is harder to spot in a car most of the time."

I have had three hire cars with DAB this year.

A citroen which I used to drive from Lincolnshire to Cheshire via Derby and Stoke. I got DAB reception in Derby, for about 10 minutes.

A Vauxhall Insignia in which the tuning was so baffling that I could not find radio 4 /at all/ on DAB. The software writer appeared to think that /any/ station was what I wanted to listen to.

A VW Passat in which I drove up the A1. It worked for around 15 minutes, till I got to Grantham, then it never worked again. On the way home it did not start working either.

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Re: DAB...

DAB == Dead At Birth?

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Wait for the 15"

You suggest waiting for the next upgrade of the 15" model. Is that a speculative thing, or do you know summat we don't?

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

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Thomas J. Watson

What's the world-wide market for these? perhaps five?

(yes, I know he never said it)

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

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Is it me?

That still seems like an awful lot of money.

I can't use much of my home broadband when I am not there, so why should my mobile data cost so much from the same supplier? I'd have thought a fiver for unlimited would be an incentive to have BT broadband, but these prices don't look that attractive even if you are a home broadbean customer.

Now if they were to bundle the whole lot, home and up to 4 mobile users, into one flat rate bill, I might think about it. If the flat were flat enough.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Death

Pterry and his friend Neil Gaiman both had a character called Death. In both cases, they were the most compassionate characters in their respective universes. Another writer I am fond of, Phil Rickman, has mentioned the angel of death as a comforter.

The older I get the more I understand it. It iwas the genius of Sir Terry to be able to pass that wisdom, and a lot more insights like it, straight to young people. To grant them wisdom without any other experience.

The truly great writers are not the tragedians, who hold a mirror to that part of humanity we have known since childhood. But the comic writers, who can teach us the unexpected and the true.

One of his books was called 'The Truth'. It was his only stock in trade.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Oookk. OOK.

Oookkk oook ook.

Ook.

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Google gives spit n' polish to world's most expensive Chromebook

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Price

i5 = £800

i7 = £1000

Nearly tempted

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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i am amazed

I didn't realize anyone used Panda anti-virus

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Worth thinking about

I do think that there is a germ of political reality in the idea of finding a way to stop multinationals hiding profits. The amount of tax not paid in the UK by Google, Amazon, Starbucks, and probably Microsoft is a real issue.

But I am not convinced that our politicians are up to actually doing something about it, and this particular initiative sounds like a populist gimmick rather than a workable idea.

The idea that any government prepared to sign up for TTIP expects to be able to get multinationals under their thumb is simply comic. But then, they are all clowns anyway, so what else would one expect!

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Ad bidding network caught slinging ransomware

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Re: Flash

>If a site or entry demands Flash, then I pass by

... as have I for about a decade

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Ouch! Google crocks capacitors and deviates DRAM to root Linux

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Re: underlying hardware

I used to design embedded systems between the 70s and 90s, and we used to use static ram exclusively because of effects like this - accidental, not malicious.

If you are involved in volume design, then it is a lot easier, but in small volumes a cockup in the layout or timing of dram was very costly, in time and money. So we didn't use it at all.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Re: Tawnie Lynn (pictured)

>usual parade of people needing to disparage the looks of someone

I rather think that anyone who puts their head above this particular parapet is fair game for gettting shot at.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: Vivaldi?

Been using vivaldi since the reg first trumpetted it, and it seems quite good.

But yes, diversification is good

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Re: BASED ON A MORRIS MINOR

A half-timbered traveller, mayhap?

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D-Link removes fingers from ears, preps mass router patch

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well, there you go

Bit late. I threw mine away last week. The TPlink I bought instead is reporting twice the speed to the exchange, and all speed tests are better too.

No idea if the d-link was pawned, but it wasn't working well. Though I can't imagine a hack that makes it report the link rates wrongly.

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Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

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Re: You had me sold

Well, yes. Most of usenet is a puerile mess and full of trash, but uk.rec.sheds remains a beacon of what discussion groups should be like.

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Re: Tried it, it's stupid

Hmm. A number of lines of text seem to have vanished. Suffice it to say I went on to criticise the inability to make nuanced reports. You can "report" a post but not offer any explanation of why, and anything reported just vanishes. There does not seem to be any attempt to correlate reports and build up a view on the originator, who seems free to do the same again straight away.

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Tried it, it's stupid

The basic concept of g+ as a bit of social media is fine. But it seems to have gone all wrong.

* Hundreds of asians stealling and re-posting other peoples pictures, with no copyright traceability. They get "auto enhanced" every time till they end up looking like crayon images

* Snotty self-opinionated people setting up groups and then arbitrarily moaning about what you post.

* '+1' ing has become an end in itself. Loads of people trawling for likes

* I have not had a decent converstaion on it with anyone. Even facebook is better for that, and Usenet remains king for sensible discussion

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: Excellent pricing

Yes, that's my feeling too. Sensible prices for what you get, if only you got something else.

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Experience

>"Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?"

well, to be fair, the people molishing them have a lot of background experience in being spied upon. They may well know of what they speak.

And, as AW says above, I fear the near government more than the far away one!

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He's baaack: Microsoft's axeman Nadella to give Chinese staff the chop

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If I were a Microsoft shareholder

... I would be asking just what I got for my 5 billion dollars

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BP: Oil prices crashed, so must our ICT budget

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About a thousand years ago

I was working for the UK half of a USA petrol pump design company. We had just ordered a computer, a PDP11 to automate stock control and payroll. There was a downturn in oil industry business, and the instruction came from Texas to cut overheads in half.

Being scared of taking decisions, the local management sacked half the accounts department, and cancelled the order for half the computer. So we ended up with a computer that could not do the stock control and an accounts dept. that could not do it either

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Too late, too late

They are off my list, as are Sony. Still unforgiven for the root kit.

Look lads&ladys, the only way to bring it home to these companies is to stop buying their shit.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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Failed to get one

I played their stupid game and by the time I got past it the phone was out of stock.

Irritated now

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Re: No PC capability this time

I rather thought that the docking cradle thing was the whole point. Dissapointed now.

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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Re: Small touchscreen

I have an wacom intuos graphics tablet next to my keyboard which I can use as a touch device. OK, it's not got a display on it, but you can manipulate the mouse pointer, pinch-zoom, and do other gestures on it. It's great.

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

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Re: I miss the old days

>why not just use a single number

Firefox does that, and I still havn't adjusted

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Flash photography

I unforget being on a Seismic Survey ship with loads of reel-reel tape drives. You know, the sort of thing with a bit of reflective aluminum spliced in as an end-of-tape marker.

One day the Client Rep came in and took a photo. And all the tape drives went offline and started rewinding.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Geograph.org.uk

Can I suggest users of this app might like to photograph their walks and add them to the rather splendid archive at http://www.geograph.org.uk ?

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: OT, but is Google fleecing US advertisers ?

My local taxi driver used to pay google for advertising. He was paying 3 p per view every time his name was displayed and 11p per click if his web page was opened.

He is in Stamford, Lincolnshire. He started getting dozens of enquiries from Stamford, Ct. some even by phone. His ad costs went up the same month. He complained to Google who told him it was "not possible" that he had been charged for appearing to a US consumer.

He no longer advertises with Google.

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Morality

I agree with Philip Storry, that content providers who depend upon adverts need their cash stream. There is a complex morality issue here, I suppose.

In my case I object to paying high bandwidth charges for ads on my phone/tablet, and would not mind them at all on my unlimited home broadband. Unfotunately, the practicalities of installing blocking software mean I see them in exactly the inverse of my preferred solution.

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Fixed it

"No one is suggesting that golf carts are a practical vehicle to take out on the road and live"

there, fixed it for you

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Good idea, wrong price

if this was 2500 pounds, it might be useful and even sensible for the elderly in a remote market town, as an add-on to the Skoda Yeti they use for weekly shops. But I can't work out who would buy one at that price, except some metropolitan exhibitionist with more money than sense.

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Re: Well

when they start chucking them out next month, I'll give you 2 quid each for a dozen

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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The ultimate end

We are seeing now the end of the process that started in the 50s, with lower paid people being replaced by automation and all the money going to the management.

Of course, the chief beneficiary of this in the early days was companies like IBM.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: It's a trap

fair enough. Loads of journos now say this is not a subscription trap. I was probably wrong about that.

I guess after years of being stitched up, suspicion comes too naturally.

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Re: I'm free!

It's a trap.

I will get a "free" upgrade to the 8.1 that I paid for and can keep for as long as I want, but after the free year is up I will have to pay for it every year on subscription, like Office365.

Not free at all, then.

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Notebook news: Dell does density, but Lenovo's a lot lighter

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FAIL

the black part around the screen

You know, I always wondered what 'Bezel' meant.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Answers

@Cynical Shopper

And does the same legislation forbid them telling us what to actually expect?

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Re: Answers

>manufacturers don't claim the MPG figures

As far as I know the EU does not tell me what the results are, the manufacturers do. They could add "of course, this is bollox, the real world results will be...". But they don't. Seems a lot like a manufacturer's claim to me, in that they communicate it and don't offer any other value to use.

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Answers

>Does it cost a bomb to run?

My hire car managed 28.8mpg on diesel . Don;t believe what the manufacturers claim

> Is it safe?

In my experience no. Neither brakes nor lights were adequate, and it rolled like a tea clipper on the easiest of roundabouts or bends.

>Is it big enough?

No. Put a tall person in the front and the seat behind is only good for dogs.

>Is it reliable?

it has one of those proximity cards instead of a key. I did not have it long enough to evaluate reliability (although the passenger sun visor did fall off). But those proximity cards fill me with dread.

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Tried one

I was presented with one by a hire company for my trip to Cheshire and back.

Awful.

Underpowered, creaky, and with headlights so bad that driving in the dark in the rain was terrifying. I followed lorries all the way back on the A50 because I could not see to pass them. I also doubt that it would have passed them.

Not really much space for luggage either: my tools fit in the boot of an Insignia, but took up the whole car behind the front seats. That isn't safe if you brake hard. I doubt that it would have braked that hard thiough.

Dreadful. And dangerous.

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

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OH?

What does the Playmonaut have to say about this?

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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

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Re: Sheep

'flocks' - that's the bunny!

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Brandbollocks

this branding thing is weird.

The newspaper headline 'post code lottery' or "'health lottery' both denote something bad. So someone launches actual lotteries with those names, and idiots buy the tickets. Is that just because they are familiar with the phrase in complete isolation from the context?

Then there was Park Hampers, who went bust taking people's christmas savings with them. Within a year someone had bought the name, and up and down the land people were giving them money . What happened to the toxic assosciations?

Will people really think 'oh good, Palm is back, I must get one'? Yes, probably, in droves. Or should that be 'herds'? Sheep come in herds, I think.

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BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

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Comic turns of phrase

" that particular train has sailed"... Genius!

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