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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

richy freeway Re:HCF (102 comments)

He came in my shop once and I gave him a pirate copy of Window 98.

about a month and a half ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

richy freeway Re: Not worth it (251 comments)

Yes to the 32/64bit key being the same thing. I'd argue the retail/oem key thing but you may well be right. It's very rare we see retail copies of windows, so I can't say I've tested it.

I'm definitely going to next time I do though!

Point still stands though that there's no such thing as a manufacturer specific license key.

about 2 months ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

richy freeway Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

We buy from our supplier OEM installation discs. It's just plain bog standard Windows as you would buy at retail, but with a different license key for OEM rather than retail. IE you can't use a retail key with an OEM disc.

The license key stuck to the side of your PC, right back as far as XP, is just a standard OEM key. You don't need a special disc from the manufacturer of the PC (HP, Dell etc), just the standard OEM disc from Microsoft will do.

In a nutshell, the keys aren't tied to the PC manufacturer in any way.

about 2 months ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

richy freeway Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

Not to mention that MS has done a lot of rectify the situation. With the last Windows 7 laptop I bough, the Product Key included was an actual Windows Product key that would work with any copy of Windows 7. It didn't need a special OEM disk that was available only from the manufacturer. This is much better than the old way where you'd end up with an OEM product key that was essentially useless, because you could only use it with a special CD you got from the OEM which would automatically install all the third party software anyway.

This has not been true going back as far as XP at least. The license keys can be used with any standard clean Microsoft OEM disc/ISO.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

richy freeway Re:Sponge-like? (110 comments)

Spongebob Solarpants.

about 3 months ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

richy freeway Cool video (200 comments)

Crappy camera work but I enjoyed it anyway. Surprised I haven't seen someone do it before (I realise someone may have).

The question remains though, when did this place become digg?

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

richy freeway Re:Plumbing & electrical ? (118 comments)

From the article : "The machines can also automatically embed all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning, as well as place electronic sensors to monitor the building's temperature and health over time."

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

richy freeway Re:Why complicate things? (208 comments)

You're assuming he's never going to update the storage before he dies. If he dies tomorrow, then it won't take twenty or thirty years for the will to be executed and the drive fired up.

If he lives for another 10 years and another popular interface and storage format comes along then I'd assume (based upon the effort put in so far) that he'd replace the USB hard drive with whatever the next big thing is.

So what was your point again?

about 4 months ago
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Cisco Spending Millions of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

richy freeway Re:But didn't their patents protect them? ;D (120 comments)

I'm enjoying Silicon Valley. It might have holes in it's portrayal of IT and technology, but at least it's got plenty of laughs and a story that doesn't make me want to slit my wrists (Halt and Catch Fire).

about 4 months ago
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Cisco Spending Millions of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

richy freeway Re:But didn't their patents protect them? ;D (120 comments)

It's utter drivel. The first episode at least showed a little promise, but whatever there was they swiftly destroyed in episode two.

about 4 months ago
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Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

richy freeway Re:seems functional (80 comments)

The old user accounts database is still there. I just logged straight back in with the account I set up in 2005.

about 5 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

richy freeway Re: Please quit conflating TV's and monitors. (207 comments)

You don't have to pay the TV licence if you own a TV, only if you watch broadcast TV. You can have an antenna connected and listen to the radio with your TV and still not need a licence.

about 5 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

richy freeway Re:environmental benefits (339 comments)

Accidentally the whole solar?

about 5 months ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

richy freeway Re:From the UK Readers (198 comments)

I thought the subject of the thread made my location fairly clear, but just to keep you on track. I'm in the UK. Home of the BBC.

about 5 months ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

richy freeway From the UK Readers (198 comments)

What the fuck is up with all these BBC International links at the moment? We can't view them over here without a proxy/VPN. Surely another source exists?

about 5 months ago
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For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

richy freeway Re:Durovis (50 comments)

Sorry to reply to myself, but I see it's actually mentioned in the article :D

about 6 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

richy freeway Good for you. (641 comments)

But 99% of Windows users can't/won't go to those lengths to stay secure. But congratulations on making life hard for yourself.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Upgrades MinnowBoard: Baytrail CPU, Nearly Halves Price To $99

richy freeway Re:HDMI CEC (92 comments)

XBMC was the first thing that sprung to mind when I saw this. Looks ideal for the job.

about 7 months ago

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