* Posts by billy no mates

14 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Dec 2008

Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

billy no mates

Shame ShowShifter went under.

this was out before made media centre

The first 10 foot UI screen and generally worked well.

Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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I tested them

Had alot of fun testing GTA, GTA London and most of all GTA 2.

it was a chore but I just about coped playing GTA 2 for six weeks.

Only thing is when the game was released I had had enough of it then.

ah good old days of playing and being paid to play games. ahh bliss

Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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every little helps

This also helps Linux as well.

what with IDE environments like Cinnamon and mate, peopel will be tempted to jump ship.

i.e. if your standard base operating system has changed and no one wants to use it then there are alternatives that people will look at

Pfizer's Facebook page jacked by script kiddies

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This had my spitting

I find it a bit hard to swallow !

US Army trials Iron Man super-trooper exoskeleton

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non military uses

wow now we could have bed bound 100 meter runners !

I wonder if bed bound people can now get up to go to the toilet with one of these suits on.

Qualcomm UK engineers under threat

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A bit behind the times

I think this story is a bit behind the times.

A few friends have already been given the heave ho on Monday.

So its already happened.....

Obama says his new chopper is 'procurement gone amuck'

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sounds like US protectionism is on its way

take note everyone, US protectionism is on its way.

but then a nation that large doesn't really have an option, does it ?

Brit, French nuke subs collide - fail to 'see' each other

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Windows for war ships

maybe it was a double infection of :-

1. windows for warships (subs) installed in the British and French navy.

2. conficker virus outbreak

who knows ..........

Satellites crash over Siberia: Iridium bird destroyed

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claims direct rime

"Have you had an accident or fall at work that wasn't your fault ? "

Then sue the b*******

This is what the owners if the iridium sat could do.

actually thinking about it, I never thought 'cloud' computing involved satellites !

Its all in the cloud (sorry couldn't resist)

Optical delusion: Plasmon's ignominious end

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'bitterness' - no common sense

to 'bitterness', I am glad you got redundancy pay.

I didnt, the company folded.

i.e. no money to pay staff

people were looking for other lines of employment before Plasmon went down the pan.

Jobs are not two a penny at the moment in this economic climate.

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fair comment

Thanks for the story

Its quite well balanced.

As an ex-employee, being made redundant before Christmas was never great fun but I am glad the products live on (even if it is in the US).

There was lots of work involved bringing UDO to the market with a lot of dedicated staff.

As per usual in these situations, someone else will profit from innovation and other peoples hard work ...

I wonder what happened to the CEO, he seems to have gone to ground

Prolific worm infects 3.5m Windows PCs

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why Linux would never suffer the same fate

just as a heads up, If Linux was the most used OS a virus outbreak would NOT happen on this scale or like the fore mentioned virus.

Linux is very safe in this regard.

Say for example I were to get a virus in my email.

I would have to save the attachment

chmod +x on the saved file to make it executable then run it.

even then it would only run it as my local users privileges NOT as root user.

So at worst my own account would be screwed but not the whole OS.

bottom line, to screw up a windows pc you work with it, to screw up a Linux pc you have to work at it.

billy no mates

Virus what virus ?

I have heard of a large company (18,000+ employees) having a large outbreak of this virus on their networks.

It's been a support desk nightmare week !

The timing could not have been worse (as most people were off over the Christmas period hence no updates on work pc's).

since it spreads via the network and not the usual email its a real pain.

Its funny how Symantec rate it as a low virus, god knows what Symantec would label as high .....

Still I use Linux so im not bothered in the slightest.

Wolves gather around Plasmon

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Data Retention for legal reasons

Joe K, The reason why companies invest in say optical storage is for legal reasons.

Backing up stuff onto hard drive is ok for short term storage but long term storage is needed on something that does not require power.

Ever seen anyone guarantee a hard drive for 20 years ?

Take for example a car insurance company, They have to keep backed up data going back 6 years.

If old customers data is stored on optical media then there is no power requirements in keeping data. Power is only required to read back or write to.

Also this data is guaranteed for 50 years on UDO media.

Or another example is the film industry when shipping mastered films to different countries (say for a world wide release of a film at the same time).

Shipping mastered films on either hard drive or LT backup take is unreliable due to vibration, temperature.

Yes the film industry could use blue-ray DVD but then if it got pinched then anyone could view it.

Also mastered films tend to be larger (data wise) than the finished product.

So when it comes to security, you'd ideally want a medium format that not many other people use, less chance of a security breach then.