* Posts by Stevie Bob

4 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007

Office 2008 for Mac succumbs to Redmond disease

Stevie Bob

OOo 4 teh w!n

I wont be loosing any sleep over it. I've been using Open Office for a couple of years now. Yeah, it looks a bit ugly running under X11 but it does the job well. It is a godsend of a application if like me you flit between Window, OSX and Linux workstations.

Why Apple won't sell 10 million iPhones in 2008

Stevie Bob

Still achievable

The fact that this has some very neat features and the hype factor mentioned above, plus the existing iPod brand carries a massive fan base and this will certainly give it some early momentum.

You say Symbian sold 100 million in 10 years (10 million a year - yes I am a mathematical genius) so I guess you must admit it is possible.

Anyways, to pricey for my tastes but I'm happy to wait for cheaper options to arrive in a few years.

Man snaps up Sea Harrier on eBay

Stevie Bob

Replacement not the Typhoon

Tim, I believe the JSF replacement refers to the VTOL version of the F22 Raptor, not the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Barclays deploys PINsentry to fight fraud

Stevie Bob

Dont forget the rest of us

If they push this on to their customers let us hope they don't forget businesses like mine. We are using open source software whenever possible and things like this have the potential to cut us off from basic online services.

Take HSBC.net for example. That requires a smart card reader that only works on IE under Windows. Not even any support under OS X so forget Linux!

I don't even believe that banks are doing this to protect their customers. Once the cards can be duplicated or emulated we are back to square one. Your fraud coverage will evaporate. The bank will turn around and say that only you can authorise transactions because of the magical chip n pin system. Even though some evil bugger has just ripped you off.

Right now if somebody nabbed my pin using a hidden camera at a cash point, and then swiped my wallet or whatever and used the card with the pin the bank would refuse to give me any compensation as only I should know the pin. This has happened already.

And dont get me started on those black helicopters...


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