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CADs and boffins get some ThinkPad love

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Every time I see 'Apple like' or 'targeting the Microsoft Surface range' or 'for professional power users' or similar on a laptop review I excitedly open the page. This time like every other I'm disappointed, I didn't even have to scroll beyond the picture at the top to see it was yet another 16:9 DVD player on steroids. Why are Microsoft and Apple the only manufacturers that can grasp that for a professional user having a screen optimised for movie watching is just stupid?

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Also, there is ALREADY BUILT another 2 versions

That is a magic leap of faith, this is Abovitz talking here. I wouldn't accept any more than:

1) Version 1 has been built.

2) A cloth covering something unknown has been seen.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: What's the battery life like?

There's loads of choice on the screens, you can have 16:9, 16:9, 16:9, 16:9 or, wait for it, yes 16:9!

Way to go Dell.

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Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Fs#king Pisa Airport!

I've had exactly the issues Dabbsy describes. Multiple times. First time returning a car at Pisa last July I fluked it, no idea how. The next three times through Nov & Dec the befuddlement differed, <Impossibile verificare la carta</I> had that, cannot select a pump - had that. I ended up with a fistful of zero recipts. Those times resulted in me driving off to find somewhere else to fill up. This year I've admitted defeat and just use the one a couple of miles round the perimeter road.

By the way, cash only works if you know how much you need and it is exactly a note (no coin slot). Change is only given in the form of a printed code to type in at your next visit within two weeks. Fantastic con for the only station at an international airport.

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Relive your misspent, 8-bit youth on the BBC's reopened Micro archive

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Re: I had a BBC B, Then Master 128, then Archimedes

wondering how they could be transferred onto the computer

With a teletext adapter:

https://www.heyrick.co.uk/software/ttx/ttxouse.html

http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/docs/Acorn/Manuals/Acorn_TeletextSystemUG.pdf

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: World Gin Day

- the trick is knowing where to pick the sloes, and no, I'm not sharing :)

Miserable party pooper, I'll tell 'em then. At the bottom of my garden :-).

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Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

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Re: Good news everyone

I'm really not doing well today with the old English and spelling

Going through a bad spell?

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Activists hate them! One weird trick Facebook uses to fool people into accepting GDPR terms

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I found it exceedingly difficult to click on that taboola style title. My index finger just wouldn't push the mouse button.

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Uber jams Arizona robo-car project into reverse gear after deadly smash

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Re: Admittance of guilt?

Seems to me more likely the culture at that site is deemed irretrievably Kalanick (I know few higher insults). Perhaps Khosrowshahi and Hart see a better culture in Pittsburg. Cut out the dead wood, regroup, regrow.

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GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide

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@Mark 85

I've not had time to test it myself yet but I'll pass on a tip I picked up on these hallowed pages - Pi hole. Out of the box that provides network level blocking of ads but you can add a list to also block telemetry.

https://pi-hole.net/

https://wally3k.github.io/

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It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to England's Jodrell Bank

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I was wondering how the hell £12m lottery funding plus £8m government taxpayer funding added up to £16.1m. The taxpayer share is actually £4m (see link below).

http://www.jodrellbank.net/funding-confirmed-for-spectacular-new-gallery-building-at-jodrell-bank/

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HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

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Re: "most contractors would go permie"

What? Really? In what universe?

This universe. Ask your project manager about the comparative book cost to his project of permies vs contractors. In the oil & gas project I'm on now permies are the more expensive by far. Contractor rates have taken several hits in the last few years, everyone get's an email one day that basically says take a 15% cut or there's the door.... Contractors at Fluor are going through a 10-25% cut right now. What are the chances of a permie getting hit with that? Nil.

It was closer on the project I was on 6 years ago but the permies doing the same job as me were still the higher book cost.

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Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

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Re: Yes

The comparison is not fair. VW cheated for their own benefit, Ofcom are unlikely to cheat for the benefit of Virgin.

It is not clear but I think the chap from Which? might be acknowledging something amiss with their methodology. He certainly shouldn't be questioning Ofcom as Ofcom's testing methodology is the fair one. Ofcom tested the speed of the broadband to the building (92% of the advertised 200Mbps). Which? tested the speed of WiFi in the house, their result (26% of 200Mbps) is the slowest link in the chain and beyond the control of Virgin. Even if Virgin supplied the router they are not responsible for someone running the Which? tool from the end of their garden.

If I ran a Pi off a 9600 baud serial link what would that say about the broadband to my premises?

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Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

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Whether he was drunk at the end of a shitty day making that call is not relevant. What matters is his state of mind much earlier in the day when his rights were allegedly explained to him.

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Re: Signed a Miranda waiver form after being read his rights

Thanks for the link Walter, interesting reading.

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It is good to see that US law makes the distinction between writing malware (legal) and deploying it (illegal). Without that most security researchers would be inside by now.

Based on the evidence disclosed so far there's nothing to suggest Hutchins was involved in packaging and deploying Kronos. It seems he wrote some of the code in it but then so probably did hundreds of others if you look at all the dependencies and libraries down to the core. So looking good for Hutchins. Except of course that he'll be a Brit in front of 12 Trumpistani jurors and as any follower of Hollywood movies knows the Brit is always evil.

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How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

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My guess would have been four letters rather than French.

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Since we're all being terribly un-pc popping jibes at France I searched for this one I rather like, I couldn't remember the exact phrase:

Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. All you do is leave behind a lot of noisy baggage

I found it on this site which has a Complete Military History of France:

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/france.html

I commend that site to the house.

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Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured

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Re: Smartest People (without Fat Fingers)

Raises an interesting question... Do medical students who are used to using ludicrously long terms all day use better passwords than software students who habitually use the shortest possible acronym for everything?

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Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

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Re: "6502 CPU and two 6522 processors"

Thanks, you saved me looking it up. My memory alarms went off when I read that but I generally don't trust my recall system beyond 30 hours. To find it was working right after a mere 28 ish years in my case, all be it faintly, is cheering.

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Windows app makers told to think different – you're Microsoft 365 developers, now

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"We want to do things because they're the right thing to do, not just because we can," the veep said.

Oh goody, so you are going to shut down the whole 365 cloud debacle and go back to developing software we control resident on our PCs then? You're Not? You're going to go on pushing a method of software distribution that has advantages for the developer, serious disadvantages in usability, availability and security for the user instead? I don't quite understand your statement then.

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Former Volkswagen CEO indicted over emission cheating conspiracy

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Re: Something I have long wondered about...

...is why the other perpetrators are being constantly and consistently ignored in this. VW were only the first ones being caught, and were the first ones by pure chance--the road-test procedure used to check on-road emissions just happened to be tested on a VW Golf Diesel first, because the car was at hand. It could just as well have been an Audi A3 (OK, same company), a Honda Accord Diesel, or even a Jeep Cherokee.

You are conflating two issues. No diesels meet emission regulations in real world testing. That has long been known in the industry and is now known more widely. But there was no cheating going on, it is just a factor of poorly designed test regimes. Or rather - far too well designed test regimes that in seeking to give repeatable results became unrealistic. Take any BMW or Honda off the street and it will pass the test despite being dirty in real world conditions.

But what VW did was go further. Because the test is so predictable the cars were programmed to recognise when they were being tested and switched to an engine map that would never otherwise be used. If you tried to drive an Audi in that mode on the road it would be gutless to the point of being undrivable. Because they then didn't need to concern themselves with passing the test Audi engines on their real map became far worse polluters than the equivalent BMW or Honda.

The two situations are radically different and we should be grudgingly thankful to Audi because without dieselgate it seems unlikely to me that the first situation would be getting addressed. The tests would have just gone on getting tighter and tighter and less realistic very time. What we need are tests that are numerically less strict but applied all driving situations and so far more beneficial overall.

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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

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Re: I have always said...

Humans are no different. I frequently design/build/program according to the requirement spec only to find out when I sit down with the customer to conduct the FAT that what I've done is not what they wanted.

If I do a second degree I'll ensure the course syllabus is curated by Doris Stokes.

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45-day drone flights? You are like a little baby. How about a full YEAR?

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Re: Why just police?

Speaking of which, when is the next round of StreetView?

I saw a slurp wagon on the roads of North Yorkshire last Friday. I thought it was a continuous process with a small fleet once a country had been done once.

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HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges

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Re: Motherf***ers. I strongly doubt this is the only HP that has done this.

They are not, Brady are worse with their wire marker and label systems. Of course you cannot use 3rd party rolls in Brady printers but that is just the start. The rolls are chipped and a roll of 100 labels can only be advanced 100 places. That doesn't sound a problem until you consider that you cannot tear off the last label printed, you have to advance the roll to get at your label. If you then manually rewind the roll to print on the skipped label the printer will refuse to use the roll before it is empty.

Effectively if you are printing one at a time the cost of your labels is doubled and they are eye wateringly expensive to begin with.

Motherf***ers indeed.

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UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

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Re: fail @AndrewC

I occasionally make the effort to try and be interested when someone suggests I look at something on their faecbook feed. Then they try to find it. Scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll "it's very funny". Scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll "it's here somewhere". Scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll "you'll like it I'm sure". Scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll.......

By which time I've gone to the pub to talk to some friends that actually exist.

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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Re: Deleting emails

Surely that's all written down in your documentation? Yes, I've put a quid in the swear jar.

Wherever possible yes. The most common instance where it is not possible is on a drawing, there's no change history on those[1]. Sometimes a document referenced on the drawing closes the loophole but not always.

[1] By which I mean a detailed list of changes in each issue with reference to the requirement for each change. Documents can contain that but drawings just have a list of issue dates.

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Re: Deleting emails

I am a hoarder too, not for OCD reasons but because I have a lousy memory. 2 years down the line I will be damn sure there was a reason why I did X, X being not the obvious way to do something. Someone will want to simplify my solution and I'll just know that will break something. Will I be able to remember? Not a hope.

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Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

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Re: "Getting a cheap website does not get you known"

Frankly, I've seen almost no company, even small ones, which have only a Facebook page as their internet presence - and in that case I would discard them.

I have, plenty. Mostly it has been cafés and I've been looking for their opening times to plan stops on long bike rides. Some faecbook only sites manage to make the info available to non users but it's rarely easy to find. Others may as well not exist. If I can't get the times I'll go somewhere else. Even if I can get them if there's an alternative I'll use that. Any I do visit that are faecbook only I'll mention they need a real web presence if they want more customers.

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UK defines Cyber DEFCON 1, 2 and 3, though of course doesn't call it that

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You missed one @ZSF

Where does "Completely Norwegian Blue" fit on that scale?

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Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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Re: No email here

Similar here. Tried to log in despite not getting the email, password not recognised. It was possible, but not likely that I'd changed my password and forgotten to record it in my password manager so I did a reset. Can't log in with the temporary password either.

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Re: Window view @ SkippyBing

Thanks for the explanation. I always wonder about that while on a plane and without fail forget to look up when back on the ground.

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Re: Glossing a commercial turd

I would.

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Sorry spooks: Princeton boffins reckon they can hide DNS queries

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Re: Still vulnerable to identification through timing

Timing could be randomized a bit, but who wants unnecessarily delayed DNS queries?

Me. If it restores a bit of privacy I'll accept a small delay and so long as the server is good and busy it does only need to be small. A local DNS cache will ensure only the first request for a domain gets hit anyway.

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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Hyperbolae much

Love the title for the picture gallery on the Echo site, "Boat full of barbed wire..". Because barbed wire is sharp & might hurt someone, health & safety deathtrap, think of the children etc etc. In picture 8 (of 8) you can see a few coils of barbed wire, I doubt there's much over 5 meters of it.

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You'll like this: Facebook probed by US watchdog amid privacy storm

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Re: "You are always in control"

It didn't need to be discovered, it was logical. Faecbook logs every call a FB user makes and receives. Since there exist persons sensible enough not to be a Faecbook user it always had to be the case that data about non FB users is logged.

The laws need changing so that in these cases Faecbook can only record their victim^Huser made or received a call. Nothing at all about the 3rd party should be logged. Not the name, number, IMEI, IP address, not even whether the 3rd party is in the FB users contact list.

I would go even further. FB should be banned from logging details of calls to/from any number that could be in use by more than one person - all landlines for example. Only if a user proves they are the bill payer for a number and gives FB permission can FB user calls to from the number be logged.

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: re: F1 borefest

Even Hillclimbs are more exciting than F1.

Struggling to think of much that isn't more exciting than F1. Tiddlywinks - easily more exciting. An episode of Gardeners World (I hate gardening) - borderline. Going shopping with the Mrs - OK now there's something where I'd rather be watching F1.

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Ex-ZX Spectrum reboot man threatens sueball over unpaid invoices

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Article dated 23 March 2018:

accounts are nearly three months late, having been due on 31 January 2018

Tad early there Gareth.

Mind you, having been over 6 months late last year you think they'd get their house in order. Oh wait, Retro Computers Ltd, as you were.

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Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten?

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Re: Going back in time to modify history

Thanks Big_D, you and AC above make good points and have made me adjust my thinking on this.

I'm conflicted though. Searching for TN1 on google is not the same as searching for TN1 + (Criminal OR Conviction) on google. A CRB check is a search for TN1 + (Criminal OR Conviction) and not a general search for TN1 because of the dataset searched.

I think I'm coming around to the articles and book should be delinked for TN1 + (Criminal OR Conviction) and for TN1 on its own. The hard part is where to draw the line, should Alpha + TN1 return these links? (I've heard of Alpha, did TN1 work for them? Oh!)

It would be a whole lot simpler to ensure that anyone exercising prejudice based on a spent conviction gets properly punished. And that's far from simple.

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Facebook Onavo Protect doesn't protect against Facebook

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Re: It’s simple

I think faecbook just can't help themselves, they have to collect data even if they don't yet know what to do with it. Collect anything. Collect everything.

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Pennsylvania AG sues Uber over 2016 data fail

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Re: $1,000 for each of the 13,500 exposed drivers

The response from Uber started out well, basically "Happy to cooperate now the cunt at the top has gone". But then West reverts to Uber type:

"While we do not in any way minimize what occurred" he says, and then he proceeds to try and do exactly that by saying

"it's crucial to note that the information compromised did not include any sensitive consumer information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, which present a higher risk of harm than driver’s license numbers."

All data leaked makes the people more vulnerable to identity theft. Sure each piece of data on it's own is harmless but with just about every .com that holds data fucking up sooner or later it doesn't take long for all the pieces to slot into place. A bad place.

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Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor

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Re: Stuck with training wheels if you need them or not

This is exactly what I mean, people haven't been given appropriate training

Clearly this is true. If people had adequate training they would know that subcommands from the ribbon cannot be added to the quick access toolbar. Top level commands that are already a single click (left / centre/ right align text for example) can be added to the quick access bar. Nested stuff such as the rotate tools cannot.

Nor can they be added to a custom ribbon tab, they simply don't exist as top level commands any more. I can add a higher level group object that saves one operation compared to the 4 in my earlier post but I cannot make it a one click job.

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Stuck with training wheels if you need them or not

Minimising the ribbon gives me my screen space back but it guarantees an extra click. With it shown you just might already be on the right tab for a task, with it minimised there is no right tab. Do I inconvenience myself further or lose screen space? What a choice.

With the old button bars I would customise them so only the actions I use most were visible, 90% of tasks I needed were there to be accomplished in a single click. Usually that was one row of buttons. Loads more tasks I had the keyboard sequence or shortcut (not the same thing) committed to memory. Now the keyboard sequences are hopeless and The Fucking Ribbon™ takes loads of clicks to do anything.

Example: Visio - I want to rotate a shape. Click on home, click on position (because obviously a rotate task would be under position), hover over Rotate Shapes, click on the rotation you want. Visio 5 - one click.

I know what tasks I want, I know where those tasks are. Being stuck with training wheels means those tasks are clicky and slow.

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All that acreage and still a shit vertical resolution. Avid folk trying to work with 1080 video would be looking at this monitor and asking where's the space for my timeline? I'll be getting a 3840 x 1600 soon that at long last will give me back the vertical workspace I had before MS inflicted The Fucking Ribbon™ upon us.

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OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

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Re: Gun fire triangulation by sound

[I]It should be installed world wide.[/I]

I sincerely hope nobody from google or faecbook sees that. They would soil their underwear at the though of a global net of always on microphones.

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Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle

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Re: How Come The USA Thinks It Owns All The Slots In Space?

Of course Trumpistan owns space, they got there first (other versions of history are Fake News).

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Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

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Re: @ Aqua Marina Anyone want to make a lot of money?

Money isn't what I'm thinking when I have lawyers + shovels in mind.

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Uh-oh! Someone hit the Kalanick button! Uber's fired CEO claims Waymo deal vindicates him

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So that's it then...

The last chance for America to show itself and the world that behaving like a knut and a criminal for massive personal gain is unacceptable is over. And so the conclusion, given that Kalanick is now a cash billionaire, is that in America anything goes in the pursuit of riches.

What. A. Cuntry.

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New strife for Strava: Location privacy feature can be made transparent

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Re: It's not the first time it's been said

Did it need to be said? It was patently obvious, to this Strava user and I'm sure to many others, that centring your privacy circle on your own home would be fantastically dumb.

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Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments

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American democracy

ain’t it great

Right words, wrong order

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The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?

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Re: IICBTIMAF

Alt + tab tab tab tab usually helps, I find

Not if the software developer is sufficiently determined to depress you with his dedication to shitness. Citadon*, if you ever get the misfortune, for example. Not only does the logon screen appear behind all open windows (hat tip to CrazyOldCatMan upthread) but it stubbornly refuses to join the alt+tab party.

The shitness of Citadon is truly boundless, here's a couple that trip me up daily; Ctrl+v doesn't work in Citadon, you have to right click & paste. If you have some text selected backspace will delete it as you would expect but the DELETE key doesn't. How, FFS how do you break the function of a key accidently? It has to be deliberate so they can bill their victims when the request to fix it comes in.

*Go on, take a guess at what it is universally known as.

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