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Adobe Calls Out Apple With Ads In NY Times, WSJ

darien Re:Right on Adobe! (731 comments)

Terrible analogy. Adobe may not help you, but they certainly won't do anything to stop you. Very different to what Apple wants to do.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers

darien Re:WTF? (577 comments)

You're right about it being mostly Windows machines that get malware, but since that's 90% of the client market it remains a near-universal problem. As for your comment about taxes paying for benefits, that's exactly what this would be, the benefit being a reduced incidence of malware and all that it facilitiates (including loss of productivity, spam, phishing and information "theft").

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers

darien Re:I see how this works (577 comments)

Windows has around a 90% market share. If 90% of the shops in town were being regularly broken into, you can bet there'd be public action.

more than 4 years ago
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Delicious Details of Open Source Court Victory

darien Re:Believe It or Not (202 comments)

Did you tell them you weren't signing it? If so, and they agreed, then bully for you. But if you just ignored it and started work as if you had signed it, be warned that a judge could rule that you implicitly agreed to it. After all, nothing other than your agreement to your terms of employment entitles you to draw a salary.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Buy Abandoning "Optimization" Service?

darien Re:$5 per PC (156 comments)

Yes, poor build quality can catch cause problems, but a tenner says you can't provide a link to a laptop on either the Best Buy or Staples website that uses a desktop CPU.

more than 4 years ago
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Moving Decimal Bug Loses Money

darien Re:God Bless the USA! (420 comments)

Cheaper cars and buses in the long run.

about 5 years ago
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Intel and AMD Settle Antitrust, Patent Lawsuits

darien Re:Only $1.25 Billion? (165 comments)

"the upper end Intels will give you the best performance per dollar if you're budget allows"

That's simply not true. The Core i7-975 costs more than three times as much as the i7-920, but it performs only around 25% faster. Or are you talking about some other upper-end Intels?

more than 5 years ago
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MS Pulls Windows 7 Tool After GPL Violation Claim

darien Re:No way! (186 comments)

Presumably he meant "whoa, whoa, whoa".

more than 5 years ago
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The LHC, the Higgs Boson, and Fate

darien Re:So... (691 comments)

I find it pleasingly apt that the signature beneath this unparsable phrase is a description of a syntax...

more than 5 years ago
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Vista Share Drops for the First Time In Two Years

darien Re:Vista's share doesn't matter (332 comments)

Windows 7 forces me to use the retarded new start menu and the retarded new task bar

No it doesn't: if you right-click on the Windows 7 start button / taskbar, you can select "properties" and revert to Vista-style behaviour.

There's a surprising number of Anonymous Cowards spreading falsehoods about Windows 7 in this thread...

more than 5 years ago
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Nvidia Fakes Fermi Boards At GPU Tech Conference

darien Re:Even nVidia says it's fake. (212 comments)

Just on a point of information, the "PR drone" was actually Jen-Hsun Huang, company president and CEO. If the card he was waving around was a mockup, he surely knew about it.

Not that I see that it matters. Huang openly admitted they're at least "a few months" away from production, and it was strongly implied at the press conference that GeForce models would come before Quadro and Tesla (lots of airy talk about high-end customers running to different cycles). It was a cute spot that this was, most likely, not a real card, but it's not as if it blows open a huge lie.

more than 5 years ago
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Steve Ballmer Directing "House Party 7"

darien Re:OT - your sig (359 comments)

You're right, but the Shakespeare line is "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war". Your version doesn't fit the metre!

more than 5 years ago
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OS Performance — Snow Leopard, Windows 7, and Ubuntu 9.10

darien Re:Dock/Taskbar design (688 comments)

One word, dude... Copland?

more than 5 years ago
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OS Performance — Snow Leopard, Windows 7, and Ubuntu 9.10

darien Re:Dock/Taskbar design (688 comments)

Is this rhetorical astroturfing?

* Yes, you can drag folders into your "favorites" bar within the standard file requester.

* Yes, "Command prompt here" is built-in - hold down shift and right-click on any folder.

* Yes, you can set a keyboard shortcut just by right-clicking on an icon, selecting "properties" and opening the "shortcut" tab.

* Yes, you can reorder icons in the taskbar by dragging them.

I don't know about unlocker, and I'm not sure what you mean by going "back and forth between explorer and the command line" but basically yes, most of the things you want are built right into Windows 7.

more than 5 years ago
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Musician Lobby Terms Balanced Copyright "Disgusting"

darien Re:haha (319 comments)

Sorry but that IS what British citizens call it,

Sorry, but you've been misinformed. I'm British, and fully engaged with current affairs, and I have never heard anyone refer to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence as "nasty".

more than 5 years ago
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Musician Lobby Terms Balanced Copyright "Disgusting"

darien Re:haha (319 comments)

Psst... cost of a private cervical smear test in the UK: £140 (about US$ 230).

more than 5 years ago
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Apple To Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard On August 28

darien Re:GRAMMAR DAMNIT (647 comments)

Fewer.

more than 5 years ago
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Exchange Rates Spell High Prices for Windows 7 In the EU

darien Re:OEM Prices Please (548 comments)

I'm sure a lot of those files are the same across the 32-bit and 64-bit installations... it could work. Although since Windows 7 installs from an image, they'd have to be pretty cunning. More simply, they could just use a dual-layer DVD.

If I recall correctly, the Vista Ultimate retail package does come with two DVDs, but if you have any other edition it comes with only one disc; if you want the version for the other artchitecture you have to go to the Microsoft website and fill out a form to have it mailed to you.

more than 5 years ago

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Hands on with the Intel "Next Unit of Computing" (NUC)

darien darien writes  |  more than 2 years ago

darien writes "Working samples of Intel's tiny NUC mini-PC have been demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. PC Pro has tried out the hardware and looked over the specs — and come away impressed."
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Intel CTO shows off next-gen computing technologies

darien darien writes  |  more than 2 years ago

darien writes "Intel CTO Justin Rattner has closed the 2012 Intel Developer Forum with a demonstration of several new technologies that we can expect to see in coming generations of computing devices – including all-digital radio transceiver hardware, gigabit wireless connections and smart network controllers that automatically discard redundant packets."
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Thunderbolt finally goes optical

darien darien writes  |  more than 2 years ago

darien writes "New cables due before Christmas will finally turn the high-speed Thunderbolt bus into a true optical interconnect. Thunderbolt was originally conceived as an optical connection, and was first revealed at the Intel Developer Forum in 2009 under the name “Light Peak”. Since the consumer launch last year, however, Thunderbolt peripherals have had to make do with cheaper copper cables. Now, the first optical connectors are coming."
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Intel encodes data in flickering LEDs (and shows off other bright ideas)

darien darien writes  |  more than 2 years ago

darien writes "On the day before the Intel Developer Forum opens in San Francisco, Intel has been showing off some of its current research projects, including a system for encoding data in apparently steady light sources, a Kinect-based projected "touch interface" that works on any surface and an ambitious signage concept that could revolutionise your weekly shop."
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Fibre optic interface could replace USB

darien darien writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darien writes "Intel demonstrated its new "Light Peak" optical interconnect at the second day of IDF in San Francisco. The interface can carry any type of data, and the controller supports a transfer rate of 10 gigabits per second — though since it's based on light the potential for future upgrades is practically infinite. Silicon is promised for next year, though adoption is expected to be slow."
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First public sighting of Larrabee

darien darien writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darien writes "Intel has given the first public demo of Larrabee, its x86-based multi-core graphics system, at IDF in San Francisco. The demo showcased real-time ray traced reflections, but looked distinctly underwhelming compared to what's possible with current GPU technology — and no one was willing to talk about the technical details."
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Surprise! Firefox 3.5 arrives

darien darien writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darien writes "Just a few days after the release candidate, and with no fanfare, the official release of Firefox 3.5 has appeared. Currently it's only appearing by in-program update – it's not on the official Firefox site yet – so information is a little thin on the ground. Given the timescale, though, it's doubtful anything significant has changed from the RC."
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MS confirms six different versions of Windows 7

darien darien writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darien writes "Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 will be offered in six different editions. In a seeming admission that the numerous versions of Vista were confusing to consumers, the company says that this time its marketing will focus on just two editions — "Home Premium" and "Professional". But the reality is more complex, with different packages offering different subsets of the total range of Windows 7 features."
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Can unlicensed software hurt your business?

darien darien writes  |  more than 6 years ago

darien writes "Last week, Microsoft released a white paper (link goes to PDF) detailing the hazards of using unlicensed software at work. Unsurprisingly, the report concludes that "businesses using fully licensed software report they're growing faster, are more profitable, and are more likely to be leaders in their market". But is this a fair assessment, or could it be that good licence management is merely a symptom of good overall management? What are your experiences of unlicensed software in the workplace?"
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Managing consumer devices in the workplace

darien darien writes  |  more than 6 years ago

darien writes "Last night Symantec hosted a round-table discussion on the topic of consumer devices in the workplace. John Brigden, Symantec's senior VP for EMEA, pointed out that, regardless of the policies businesses may lay down, individuals will always try to use their favourite gadgets and websites at work. Reminds me of when I worked in IT support: no matter how many times we told users they weren't allowed to install ICQ, or to connect their personal laptops to the corporate network, they insisted on doing it. Frequently they even asked us to help them do it. What are your experiences of users bringing their own devices and services into the office? Where do you think we're headed?"
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Inside the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and 4870

darien darien writes  |  more than 6 years ago

darien writes "Previews and early benchmarks of the ATI Radeon HD 4850 have been cropping up on the web for a few days now, but today ATI has officially made public the full technical specifications of the card, plus details of brand new HD 4870. Hot features include GDDR5 and a gobsmacking 800 stream processors — and prices start from around $200. Sucks to be Nvidia right now — their GeForce GTX 280 has only been out for a fortnight, and now it's about to go head to head with a card costing half as much."

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