* Posts by Philippe

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

Philippe

There can only two ways to trigger an anticipated general election

A bill was passed in 2011 about "anticipated general election".

It can only be triggered if:

A government bill is defeated, for instance if May was to put forward a bill to trigger Article 50 and that bill was rejected.

or

If 3/5 of parliament approved an anticipated general election. Basically the opposition would need to vote with the government. When you look at the polls, there is absolutely no way Labour would accept it.

In a nutshell, if parliement vote against triggering Article 50, then we'll have a general election.

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MacBook headphone hell

Philippe

I am not sure what the issue is, here.

Macbooks are used by musicians who will need to plug in a lot more than headphones. Hence, the Jack plug.

iPhones come with their own headphones which aren't exactly top notch.

Why would I even consider plugin them into a macbook pro?

If I wanted to use wired headphones with a macbook, I'd use quality ones and they come with a jack cable..

Vaguely releated, I browsed through the Tesco electronics aisle at the weekend and two- third of the headphones on sale were wireless.

The Jack vs usb vs usb-c vs lightning debate won't last very long.

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Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

Philippe

Re: Do people really buy them

I have only met two types of users,

People who work for a certain German company who use to be a partner of Fujtisu and Fujitsu employees.

Both were so very happy to be using those.

Very good quality kit.

It'll take Lenovo about 3 months to turn it into dust

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Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

Philippe

the Odeon website.

This thing is an abomination. My personal favourite is to try and use it on a phone.

That's proper middle age style torture.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

Philippe

Re: Class divide

Anecdotal you bet.

All the leavers I know, with one exception, have no degree, some live in council houses, read (watch?) the Express, and have never been abroad.

The one guy with a degree voted leave because, "He didn't want Britain to become a Muslim country".

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French maverick sniffs around O2

Philippe

That french maverick could be a blessing

When Free entered the french market, prices collapsed by 30%. I could do with the same thing happening in the UK. Their business model is closer to an MVNO than a network operator with most of the customer handling taking place online, with almost no shop and a limited choice of devices available. We'll see how it goes but I am far more confident for the future of O2 as part of Free than I was of that badly cobbled together joke of a merger with Three.

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UK competition watchdog gripes to Brussels about Three-O2 merger

Philippe

Re: BT+EE

France has got 4 Operators Orange, Bouygues Telecom,SFR, and Free.

the first two were negotiating a merger and they dropped the plan as it was too complicated.

Germany has got 4 networks two. Telekom, Vodafone, O2 and E-Plus.

The last two have been merging since 2004 and this is still going on,and might go on for another 2 years. They had to give away a significant share of their network in order to get green light and still prices have stopped falling since the merger was approved.

4 Operators, good for competition.

3 Operators, bad for competition

Simple

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CK Hutchison/O2: 'Four networks' dogma risks one giant and three hopeless dwarves

Philippe

4 network providers isn't dogmatic

So far we have 4 examples. Ireland, Germany and Austria in all three markets going from 4 to 3 provider led to higher prices. Austria being the worst example.d

If you look at France which went the other way (i.e from 3 to 4 networks) prices have collapse with the entrance of a fourth player.

There is nothing dogmatic about wanting 4 networks in a given country. It doesn't matter what the size of the various provider is. Orange in France was just as big as EE in the UK and still the prices collapsed.

That thing about MVNO providing alternative and competition doesn't mean anything. Hardly anyone ever heard of iD,

What people want is a named network and and low prices. You don't get that with just three networks.

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Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future

Philippe

.. because it looked amazingly cool in 1985..

The DeLorean was chosen for the role because it looked amazingly cool in 1985

No. It looked amazingly cool in 1985 and it still does today and will probably still do 30 years from now.

It was chosen because it looked like nothing else back then.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

Philippe

What about Vista?

I am devastated by this news.

Here I was so looking forward to install Vista on my next Kaby Lake system.

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Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones

Philippe
Joke

The tile is wrong

It should actually read

Windows 10 phones are now dead. Acer, Alacatel OneTouch just made some new ones.

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Virgin Media hikes broadband, phone prices by five per cent

Philippe

Re: I love they way they have been pre-announcing the speed upgrades

I am in the same boat.

My speed upgrade is planned for between April and September next year, although they sent me two e-mails telling me "soon". A year away isn't "soon".

the price rise however will be "soon".

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Microsoft Windows Mobile 10: Uphill battle with 'work in progress'

Philippe

Re: Huh?

I really don't know why you've been voted down so much.

One) Your comment was tongue in cheek,

2) There is a whole lot of truth in it.

Anyone who's lived through Windows Mobile 4, 5, 6 Windows Phone 7, 8 and 8.1 can confirm.

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Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

Philippe

Re: Halo effect

Exactly.

The rot started with Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Windows Mobile.

It has been downhill from there..

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A dual-SIM smartphone in your hand beats two in the bush

Philippe

Dual SIM on iPhone is a bit rough but doable too.

One of my UK colleague is based in the Netherlands.

He uses a iPhone case with two SIMs in it.

You need to manually select sim card 1 or 2 and the phone needs to be unlocked but it seems to work OK.

Data and voice both work.

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Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

Philippe

Re: It's 2011 again, again.

A friend of mine used to be an analyst at IDC.

Microsoft is (was) their biggest customer, and as such, Analysts should always publish whatever Microsoft wanted to hear.

She eventually got sick of it, and left.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

Philippe

not too disturbing

As a owner of this car since last week, I haven't found that "infotainment" thing too disturbing or difficult to watch in sunlight.

The Reg could have highlighted the real smooth multi driving mode, or that weird spaceship tone when you switch off the engine.

Only drawback I ve seen so far is the electric hand break. I can't see myself getting use to it.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

Philippe

Re: I sincerely hope

nope, still trying to figure out how to use Microsoft Word, I am afraid.

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Microsoft Outlook comes to Android, iOS: MS email now a bit less painful on mobile

Philippe

OWA or ActiveSync?

Many corporate e-mails now require the use of a privacy invading MDM client.

This can be bypassed by connecting through OWA instead of ActiveSync. Mail+ does it very well on iOS or Android.

Is that the case here or is this Outlook App ActiveSync only?

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

Philippe

Re: Fair play to them

Well for £749 you get a macbook air with an i5 processor and 128Gb.

Ok it has no touchscreen but I can't think of any reason to use touch on a laptop.

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

Philippe

Re: 1 teraflops, 10 watts

Yep, but it's still not enough to run Vista.

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Mozilla SELLS FIREFOX MOBILES ... in Greece

Philippe

great comment

I really don't know why some guy downvoted you. It was a good joke.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

Philippe

Re: Oh shit

Actually Sky hasn't bought Be. O2 kept it when they sold their customer broadband network to Sky. (Actually they sold the customer as the network was BTs).

Since then, O2 has been heavily investing in boosting this network in the background before relaunching a fibre broadband service.

It will be business only at first but eventually, we never know.

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IDC revises mobe sales forecasts. New crystal ball, anyone?

Philippe

It's time for a new approach with IDC

Whatever those guys say is miles away from any kind of reality.

They pick numbers out of their collective arses like Labour pick policies.

The time has come for the press to stop reporting on anything those wankers say.

It doesn't make any sense, doesn't add any value to anything, and most of all only serve to make them richer by somehow convincing Microsoft to keep paying for their "independent studies".

Please El Reg, kick them out of the frontpage, or backpage or any page.

Thank you.

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

Philippe

Re: Let me spin that a better way for you o2!

best thing I read today.

It's actually 6.5 p as they have 24 Million subscribers but we're still omly looking at £1.875 per subscriber per month. Considering the average bill is around 30 quids, it's not that impressive.

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BT in talks to RE-SLURP O2 after spitting it out a decade ago

Philippe

This is the stuff of nightmare.

O2 might not be the "best" network any longer but at least their customer service still got legs.

Bringing BT bureaucracy to O2 could create the biggest pain in the arse of a network the world has ever seen.

Hopefully this won't happen.

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Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads

Philippe

what the story doesn't say is

Were there only 50 MP who could be asked to get off their fat "derriere" and check the tabs out, or were there only 50MP in the parliament on that day?

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Philippe

Re: I want an upgradable OS and more than 4 Gb of flash on a bargain Android phone

You've found 60 WindowsPhone apps???

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Samsung's flagging phone fortunes hit profits hard

Philippe

Re: 2 words

Band aid?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

Philippe
Joke

Get ready for..

Samsung CEO coming out in 3,2,1.

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Philippe

Get ready for..

Samsung CEO coming out in 3 . 2 . 1

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Yahoo! finally! releases! Flickr! app! for! iPad! BUT! shuns! Windows! fans!

Philippe

Re: Don't need sympathy

Why would Yahoo spend time looking at 2.6% of the worldwide mobile phone marketshare?

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Philippe

Please point me in the direction of a business user who needs an optical drive to install office.

If you knew anything about Business IT you'd know that they use bootable drives for imaging and new software are pushed through the network.

Nobody has installed any software using an optical drive since 2008.

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Philippe

Re: $399 on the 16GB Wi-Fi model

The 100% satisfaction is on the mini retina.

The Air is around 95%

Both those numbers are independently verified using the same surveys used by other manufacturers.

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Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

Philippe

Re: It's a rectangle...

You can avoid putting a square in the middle of the home button, you can avoid having the glass floating above the metal part.

When putting together a powerbank (i.e external battery) you might also want to avoid copying exactly the side of a magic trackpad.

Every single smartphone bar the BB Passport are a rectangle, but only the Xiami ones are difficult to distinguish from the Apple products. Even for an Apple user.

Nobody can avoid being inspired by others but what Xiaomi is doing is blatant copy.

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Rupert Murdoch outs self as iPhone 6 fanboi

Philippe

Re: I think Murdoch would have to be a Microsoft guy

Why would he buy a WindowsPhone?

None of the TV channels or Newspapers he owns has an App for that dying platform.

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'I went from a two-hour commute to a 10-min scooter ride by the sea'

Philippe

Bermuda Onions on Pizza?

I don't know why but I really wanna try that.

One question though; What's a "check"?

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OMG, we're gonna be invaded by NEXUS 6 replicants – no, wait. It's just a rumored phablet

Philippe

Re: Galaxy Mega

Avis prices for GPS systems are outrageous.

I was in Canada in the summer. They wanted $125 for a week rental of the GPS system.

I just took the bigger car for $10 more and got the GPS included. Idiots.

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Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s

Philippe

Re: Are all the greymarket phones

nope, Space Gray.

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

Philippe

Re: Stop! Take a breath...

Windows Me should be kept in computer museum as the worst operating system ever released.

This thing was dreadful.

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Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

Philippe

Re: Change the name...

Huawei means "splendid achievement for China", or "action for China" according to Wikipedia

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New Lumia mobes nudge Microkia ever closer to biz customers

Philippe

Windows Phones?

It's getting harder and harder to get excited by these things.

The attraction for the business market isn't there. There are no valuable business applications available on this platform. Nobody wants to bother with it.

As far as Entreprise buyers are concerned Nokia is dead and therefore WindowsPhones are stillbirth.

Worldwide media keeps trying to get people interested but it's just not happening.

WP represents 2.5% of the market, they should get 2.5% of the coverage.

Nadella seems like a clever enough guy, hopefully he'll pull the plug on this sorry experiment before Microsoft loses too much billions on it

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

Philippe

Re: with Bing

I haven't tried W8.1 Update 1 with 1Gb of RAM but I've tried it with 2Gb of RAM on a Sony Netbook and that's pretty painful.

I reckon that if the SSD is fast enough it can make up for the lack of speed to some extent..

What's really painful is the 1028x600 screen. Nothing can excuse or make up for that.

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Philippe

Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows

About just as many running a different OS on their Android tablet.

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

Philippe

Re: No one believes IDC

They are the best at being the worst when it comes to projections.

In 2011, IDC’s 4-year projection put Windows Phone marketshare at 20.9% in 2015.

Basically WP next year growth will have to be amazing to go from 2.5% now to 21% then.

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BlackBerry lands feature-light BBM on Windows Phone

Philippe

So what?

Even if Apps were developed in HTML, no sane developer would waste time in targeting 2.8% of the smartphone buying population.

WindowsPhone is dead.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

Philippe

Re: major lag

For your average Samsung user that's not that impressive.

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Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away

Philippe

Re: I was very pleasantly surprised...

Congratulations, you just bought a netbook.

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Philippe

Re: Offer and demand

Agree with all points but one, WindowsPhone isn't gaining traction.

Latest quarterly figures shows 2.8% worldwide marketshare versus 3.6% a year ago.

The OS marketshare is down pretty much everywhere in Europe, UK, France, Italy and Spain. (German figures aren't available yet).

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

Philippe

Re: I like smart phones, but the real purpose of a phone is to make voice calls

Although I agree with pretty much everything in your post, I just wanted to point out that the Nokia 105 is not running S40 but S30 , which Microsoft is also killing off unfortunately.

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