* Posts by Flocke Kroes

1369 posts • joined 19 Oct 2007

Nokia: OK, Q1 has been weak, but there's 'underlying' profit

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Judging by the prices, they should call Lumia a feature phone

Lumia average sales price is €182. Symbian ASP is €290.

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Gigabyte bats Brix at Intel's tiny NUC PC

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AMD do not need to compete with Intel

The need something to compete against the ARMs:

https://www.miniand.com/products/Hackberry A10 Developer Board

http://www.marsboard.com/

http://www.hardkernel.com/renewal_2011/products/prdt_info.php

http://cubieboard.org/

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/435742530/udoo-android-linux-arduino-in-a-tiny-single-board

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Internet Explorer makes modest gains against Google Chrome

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Where can I get IE for Android?

Not that I am interested in either, but for Google to offer IE as a choice, Microsoft would have to port it and license it.

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Four Apple execs among US top five best-paid in 2012

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'Because they can' is not a reason to pay someone lots of money

Apple spends huge amounts of money losing lawsuits against Samsung all round the world. They are also spending billions on a new UFO shaped HQ. Who benefits most from that expenditure?

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'Charge memory' boffins: Hungover Li-Ion batts tell fat whoppers

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First dix the problem, then find out what was wrong

Battery memory was a popular diagnosis for any reduction in charge retention no matter what the real cause. It is much easier to blame battery memory than to actually find out what the problem is. Here is a simple test for memory effects: Is the battery in orbit and charged by solar power? Without that precision repetition of charge cycles, you should be looking elsewhere for the cause of reduced battery performance.

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Half of US smartphone owners have no idea which mobe to buy next

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Market share figures

http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2013/04/when-no-means-no-what-part-of-no-does-nokia-and-microsoft-not-understand-us-consumers-reject-lumia-a.html

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Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?

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Take a look at some '50s research

http://library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/ignition.pdf

That is a summary of liquid propellant research (the good, the bad and the insane). They tried everything at least twice (US Navy or Army funding). I cannot imagine work like that being repeated today for at least three reasons. Governments are out of money. When they do spend money, they are useless at asking for what they need and even if they get that right, they ask companies that are experts at taking the money, delivering nothing and getting another contract to do the same thing again.

After reading about it, I can see why 50's tech is so enduring. (Spacex Falcon 9 is kerosene/LOX.)

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

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XP users should say 'thanks' to the penguins

Home users were supposed to get cheap Windows ME and anyone who needed to do anything was supposed to spend hundreds on Windows 2000. ME was a disaster in its own right, but the nail in its coffin was Linux with free stable multi-tasking. XP had its priced slashed for home users because Microsoft needed a competitor for Linux. Next came a whole stream of 'Linux not ready for the desktop' articles, followed by 'get the facts' wrong and still they could not increase the price of XP.

Eventually Microsoft got an operating system that they could charge for. Just when XP was about to be killed to force expensive Vista upgrades, out comes the small cheap computer running Linux. XP users got a stay of execution while 'small cheap computer' got transmogrified into 'netbook' and obscurity.

UEFI and secure boot are here to block Linux, so XP is no longer required. Windows users can now enjoy the yearly price hike an bi-annual hardware refresh that Microsoft planned for them 13 years ago. Enjoy porting to TIFKAM and get ready to port to Microsoft's new fashion statement every two years because Microsoft think you cannot join the penguins any more.

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Building the actual real internet simply doesn't pay

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$320 billion: $46 each.

If I could buy my share of the internet, I would not be paying monthly.

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

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Thanks, you made my day

Gordon Fecyk: I must be the only Windows 8 user on the entire internet that isn't having problems running the thing.

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2 steps back, one step forward

Fan: it may be quiet now, but a year from now, the noise will be annoying. It sounds like it is not a standard size, so replacing it will be a pain.

I have 5.6TB attached to a Pi via USB2. Fine for video playback, but for anything else, you really notice it is not SATA. Copying from one disk to the other rubs it in, and the network connection sharing USB bandwidth really hurts. At ten times the price, and Intel's NUC missed the opportunity to do better. After a minute of searching I found a $220 thunderbolt hub to get 1GB ethernet and some USB3 ports. That hub has DVI/HDMI, audio in/out, and must has a decent CPU inside - without a fan. What a pity that it needs a computer to use it.

The most outstanding feature of this product is that it comes with no OS installed. People can decide for themselves if they want to pay Microsoft tax. Ubuntu installed without hassle, but Windows didn't. Does Microsoft's current 25% market share mean they still deserve to be called mainstream? I think 'legacy' is a more appropriate adjective.

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Nokia deflates Google's video codec thought bubble

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What Nokia did not say

Nokia did not say which patents were allegedly infringed. This usually means that if there are any infringed patents at all, then they are invalid. VP8 was designed from the ground up to avoid patent infringement. The usual way to do that is to base the design on expired patents. The biggest technical complaint against VP8 is that it is old tech. If Nokia say VP8 is "no better than the existing H.264" then you can be sure that they wanted to say it is worse, but had no evidence. Releasing a statement through FOSS patents is also very suspicious. It is like they wanted to tell some really whopping lies, but were concerned about possible legal backlash. Florian was the only guy mercenary enough to repeat what he was told.

Nokia is in its final death throws looking for a way to bump up its sale price. They either hope that Google will buy them out or that a troll will buy them before it becomes clear that the 'VP8' patents are bogus. There is no way that Nokia itself could win a patent fight. It is hemorrhaging cash way to fast to last long enough.

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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I have seen something like this before - in 1996

I eventually discovered the problem was lack of a particular flavour of memory. Adding more memory solved nothing as it was the wrong flavour. The 'solution' was to reboot every hour or two - to be certain that the 'save' option was still available. I recommend abiword, kword, Libre Office or one of the many other fine choices available to penguins.

PS: Mrs D should think twice before attending PyCon.

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Refusal to swallow scuppers woman's tadpole-smuggling plan

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Was it a Coca Cola bottle?

http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/tadpole.asp

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Usine arborial defecation

If you are going to quote de Icaza as an open source guy, you might as well quote Florian Müller for Google and the pope for atheism.

Microsoft hired Novell to port .NET to Linux. Novell put de Icaza in charge of the project (Mono) and he has been trash talking Linux ever since. As Microsoft has been working hard on poisoning all their business relationships recently, it is hardly suprising that he has turned to Apple.

As we are here, lets look at de Icaza's complaints:

I have never used OS X, so I cannot comment on how well resume works on a Mac, but booting up a Linux laptop only takes a few seconds. I have never bothered to try suspend and resume on Linux.

Wifi did have me stumped for a while - my first wifi card was broken. After replacing that, wifi has worked solidly. Early on, lack of drivers restricted the choices for hardware. These days, you have lots of choice, but checking out http://linuxwireless.org/ before a purchase will let you select a card with all the wifi modes supported out of the box.

I got burned by video drivers once in 2002. Since then I have taken care to read up on graphics chip support before making a purchase decision. Support for the newest hardware is usually poor or absent. The exception is Intel, who have done an excellent job of providing quality drivers for their graphics chips.

I have not had to recompile a kernel to adjust this or that ever. I have not had to compile a kernel (or even a module) for years. If you really need to squeeze an extra percent or two of performance out of a box, there are plenty of kernel parameters to twiddle in /proc without having to compile anything.

I have never had to chase the proper version of a package for the current version of Linux. I can understand that this is more of a problem for someone working on the next release of SUSE Linux. The idea that a Linux developer would ever have to "beg someone to package something" is ludicrous. If a specific version of an obscure tool is not packaged up and ready for my distribution, I download the source code and use the distribution's packaging tools myself. I find it had to believe that the lead developer for Mono cannot do this - after all, someone has to create mono packages for SUSE. Why on Earth is de Icaza begging people to do his homework for him?

I can completely understand that while he worked and SUSE, he chastised people for not using mono. I have 3275 packages installed on this laptop and none of them depend on mono. It is not a popular technology with penguinistas.

My package manager shows 41125 packages available. The other main distributions can claim a similar number, and to a large extent, they are the same programs. How can de Icaza claim that there are incompatibility problems?

Finally fragmentation: When KDE went in a direction I did not like, I switched to Trinity. When Gnome did something different, some users went to MATE. Lots of choices, no need to beg anyone to package anything. When Windows 8 came out, lots of people screamed and whined. They have never had anything like the choices available to Linux users. I hear very few complaints about Apple's user interfaces, but there are some like the frustrating spelling corrector on iPhone. I am sure those Apple eaters would love a taste of fragmentation.

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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I prefer collateral damage tax to Nanny state tax

I am quite happy for people to poison themselves with alcohol. It would be nice if alcohol taxes paid for the collateral damage. Policy based evidence makes it hard to work out if that is happening. There are cost/benefit figures for alcohol all over the internet that support wildly different figures.

Total NHS costs: £128Billion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Health_Service#Funding)

It is not clear if that figure includes payments by insurance companies for road traffic accidents - some of which are alcohol related. Take your own guess at how increases in premium caused by alcohol related traffic accidents is split between drinkers, drivers and drunk drivers.

Alcohol taxes £10billion: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/receipts/receipts-stats.pdf

Now try to subtract the cost of collecting that tax, and find out if "customs duties" includes taxes on imported alcohol. Popular figures without citation on the internet are £15billion revenue and 2.5billion collection costs.

An early death from alcohol reduces the return on investment for state funded education, but also reduces NHS costs for care of the elderly. Different ways to account for that sort of thing can match the evidence to the desired policy. At some point, increasing the tax rate does not increase the tax revenue. Perhaps a few people will cut alcohol consumption. Some will cut costs elsewhere and the rest will brew their own. Distillation requires a license, but is not technically difficult - I remember doing it in school (1ml/year was legal for educational purposes).

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Top tools for junior Linux admins

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For the given example

Fiddling with /etc/hosts, /etc/hostname, /etc/network/interfaces and so on is fine for a few machines. If you have lots of (virtual) machines, try dhcpd.

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E-taxes aren't really stuffing Uncle Sam's pockets enough

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Re: US Sales Tax - you think EU VAT is tricky?

get_state_sales_tax is not defined. It should probably be a switch into a separate functions for each state. Remember to update each of those functions every year, and include the date of the sale to handle introduction of new tax rates. item_type_cd is not a simple propertry of items for sale. It depends on the state and the date. Compound items way have separate tax rates for different components. v_shipping_value is not defined. At a guess, it is the shipping cost for the entire cart, so it is getting multiplied by the number of different items in the cart. You did not include the quantity of each type of item.

This only deals with state tax. The web site will be showing one price will the customer shops, then a completely different price when you know what state he is in. No explanation for the price increase is given so there will be expensive phone calls from angry customers.

Premature/defective optimisation: skipping the multiplies for multiplies by 0 with a conditional branch is often more costly than just multiplying by 0 and adding 0. As it introduces extra code paths and extra tests I would leave out the conditional branches until processing speed becomes an issue, profiling shows this is a place to work on, and the change actually shows some benefit.

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Re: too many words

http://www.eexploria.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/lix-distros-2011.jpg

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Re: "Comfortable with the terminal"

"Linux will never get any market share until XXX"

Phrases like this keep turning up. Usually XXX is already available for Linux, and was probably available before it worked on Windows. Let's pretend you actually find a statement where XXX was on Windows, but not on Linux when the statement was published. How did DOS ever get any market share?

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Re: Lets see if this self-fulfills

http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html#intro

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Microsoft exec: No 'Plan B' despite mobile stumbles

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Their entire future depends on this

A raspberry pi makes fine thin client. Although Windows has been dieting, it is still far too fat for that price or power range. 3 of the top 500 super computers use Windows so the datacentre is not Microsoft's strong point either. Microsoft wanted to be the gate keeper between people and media content, but tablets without Windows do that job at half the price. Games and e-mail are mostly on phones. Microsoft's near monopoly in desktop operating systems means very little now that desktops (with tablets thrown in) are a small proportion of the computing market.

Microsoft's strong point is Office. They have said for years that their phones integrate well with PC's but that did not make them sell. The boot is being strapped onto another foot now. It is up to Microsoft Office to integrate well with phones. If people plug a keyboard and monitor into a phone to use an office suite they will not be using Microsoft Office. (If Microsoft continue in their current direction, Office will lose it's keyboard interface and be accessible only through touch.)

Microsoft must either get a near monopoly on phones or release a free version of Office for Android. If they miss this boat, documents will be created in a file format that Microsoft does not control and people will not be locked into the Office cash cow.

(A good phone user interface ports well to a tablet, so winning in phones is a good first step to the relatively tiny tablet market. Desktop to tablet is a more difficult step. Trying to restrict a desktop to a tablet user interface is insane.)

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IDC: Android, iOS now own 91.1% of global smartphone sales

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Separate figures for Android and Linux

IDC know that Android uses a Linux kernel, but want a name for the Linux based phones that are not Android. Moblin (Intel Linux) + Maemo (Nokia Linux) -> MeeGo (Strangled by Elop because it was outselling Windows). Tizen (Samsung + Huawei + others version of Moblin) will be on phones this year as will Sailfish (Ex-Nokia MeeGo developers Linux OS for phones). Also on the way are Linux phone OS's based on Firefox and Ubuntu.

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Nokia's Elopocalypse two years on: Has Microsoft kept its side of the bargain?

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Seagate: We'll bring down HAMR in 2014 ... this year, you get shingles

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SMR has its uses

If your use case is almost always one write, hardly any modify and lots of reads then SMR is fine. The obvious example is a DVD collection. As long as it is clearly marked, I am happy with SMR for certain applications.

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Windows Phone 8 hasn't slowed Microsoft's mobile freefall

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The other 0.4%

Ubuntu for phones is on its way (late this year?), so it cannot be that.

Firefox for phones should appear in this month if you search very hard, but it cannot be that yet.

Sailfish (next-generation MeeGo made by ex-Nokia Linux programmers) is in progress and I expect it will turn up in India and Finland this year.

Tizen (next-generation MeeGo made by Samsung) should arrive this year too. European and US will be able to buy it despite Apple's inevitable tantrum.

Palm OS - there could be some legacy devices still going, but it is hard to see how Palm could cause an increase in market share.

Bada (Another Samsung OS) got 2.9% of world sales last year, but mostly in poor countries. Some of the 0.4% of US market share could be from Africans bringing their bada phones to the US.

MeeGo (The Linux OS Elop restricted to small markets and it still almost outsold Windows Phone 7) might account for some of that 0.4% despite Elop's best efforts.

Windows phones are in fourth place if you only look at the US. World-wide, they are behind Bada. Tizen could easily pass Windows this year (US or world). If Elop keeps working hard, Windows could fall behind Sailfish. Elop would need a lot of help from Ballmer to push Windows below Firefox and Ubuntu. I cannot see how Windows could fall behind Palm this year, but if anyone can achieve that, it will be Elop and Ballmer.

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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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Neologism proposal

Next time some diplomat says something really daft we should call it "doing a John Rodgers" until he wishes he had the right to be forgotten.

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BlackBerry: Aaah, Microsoft, we meet again.. for another deathmatch

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Actual smartphone OS sales figures Q3 2012

[Place]) [Q3 sales] [Q3 market share] [Q2 market share] [OS]

1) 121.2M 70.7% 66.9% Android

2) 26.9M 15.7% 17.0% iOS

3) 7.4M 4.3% 5.1% Blackberry

4) 5.2M 3.0% 2.7% bada

5) 3.4M 2.0% 3.3% Symbian

6) 3.3M 1.9% 3.0% Windows

*) 4.0M 2.3 %1.1% others

Source: TomiAhonen

The Q4 figures are not complete and they are by manufacturer, not OS. Slightly oversimplified: iOS=Apple, RIM=Blackberry, (Symbian+Windows)=Nokia, (Android+Bada+Others)=(Everyone else).

1) ~63.7M 28.9% Samsung

2) 47.8M 21.7% Apple

3) ~20M 9.1% Huawei

4) 12.5M 5.7% ZTE

5≈) ~10.5M 4.8% Sony

..... 9.8M 4.5% Lenovo

7) 8.6M 3.9% LG

8) 7.0M 3.2% HTC

9) 6.9M 3.1% RIM

10≈) 6.6M 3% Nokia

........ 6.6M 3% Yulong/Coolpad

Android is selling, and the manufactures have no good reason to stop selling what their customers are buying. It is possible that the manufactures will fall out with Google. They have already fallen out with Microsoft, they are not getting their hands on iOS, so the obvious candidate to replace Android is Tizen/Jolla/(The next name for Linux on a phone). Pretend this actually happens and the Android market share gets split into Android + 2 Linux distributions. There is still enough market share for all three to beat iOS, and put Windows down two places.

I think iOS is staying in the top three despite Apple's claims in court that they need injunctions to prevent their customers going elsewhere.

Next up we have Blackberry. Microsoft might like to think they are a top three contender, but they are not in even fourth place. Their battle is not against Blackberry yet.

Bada is Samsung's other OS. I think they are keeping it in case Google starts charging for Android. Its obvious competitor is Tizen. Samsung might decide to keep only one of those two, but they can afford to maintain both. Windows would have to gain market share to beat one of these. In reality, Tizen will go on sale in 2013, and Windows could easily drop one position.

Nokia have set fire to Symbian. I am amazed that Elop did not find a way to push sales down another 100K in Q3 so Windows could come 5th. He did restrict manufacture and sales of Maemo. Without that strange choice, Windows would have been 7th. Maemo is dead, but the developers have banded together after being shoved out of Nokia. Maemo will become Jolla and could become another competitor for Windows.

So Windows was in 6th place in Q3, probably remained static in a growing market in Q4, might beat Symbian in 2013 but is likely to be overtaken by at least one other. Ballmer can say "good shape in order to be a very strong third ecosystem in the smart phone world" as much has he likes, but 5th is a realistic hope and 7th is just as likely.

Back to the article: I liked Max Guevara and Susan Storm, but neither could convince me to want a Windows phone. I had to ask wakipedia who Alicia Keys is, but that does not matter because I am a penguin and will wait for Tizen/Jolla/Whatever before I make a purchase decision.

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Plunging BT sales hit every branch of the biz on way down

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@FanMan

I would up-vote you, but I have never got through to a human at BT in under 40 minutes. I have seen a BT engineer sitting in his van for 45 minutes waiting for his boss to answer the phone. Once I do get through, the rep says I should have called a different number. An hour later I can talk to a rep on the other number and find out I should have called the first number. While this lunacy persists, I consider BT the supplier of last resort.

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Nokia tries its luck with a sub-£150 Win Phone 8: The Lumia 620

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Don't forget the jury foreman

Apple's most dangerous patents:

1) Glass to the edge of the device - not quite as the back cover curves up to the front.

2) Four columns of icons - only three in the pictures.

3) The colour black - black background and border - oops.

Only one of the three infringed, but I am sure Apple can find a jury foreman that can convince the others three is approximately four and they should award punitive damages for all the patents anyway even if they are not infringed. If we say $50 per device per patent and triple damages for willful infringement, I make the total fine about $4931.12 - assuming that they sell all 6 and 3=4.

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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Warning: please check that your irony detector is switched on

These days, part of the cost of a new lap top is buying a proper matte screen to replace the mirror that is fitted as standard to almost everything. Now that front facing cameras are ubiquitous, it is time to switch over to fitting matte screens as standard and overlay the image from the camera for people who love glossy.

Wide screen gets me two 80 column consoles side by side with no overlap in a clear font size. I also get an exciting grey bar on each side of The Register's web site. How many people visit The Register just to stare for hours at those stunning pale grey bars?

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Red supergiant Betelgeuse heads for SMACKDOWN with 'dust bar'

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Straw that will break the cammel's back

Betelgeuse was expected to go supernova within a million years before we saw the dust cloud.

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Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

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SEEME

Space Extra Expensive for Military Engagements

Spy satelites - looking for the next war to justify their existence.

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Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'

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Re: JMC

Wouldn't you rather contract out to Weyland Yutani?

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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BHP's measure ability in dollars

If you only charge 1%, that is how much your opinion would count. To get listened to, you need to charge double.

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LIVE TODAY: Windows 8 licensing - Speak your brains, believe your eyes

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Serious question

Does using a licensed copy of Windows 8 permit FACT to do a software license audit raid on your home and office?

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Brits' privates furtled in TWO-THIRDS of UK fraud cases

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Businesses have to prove their identity to customers too

I kind lady with an Indian accent phone me and asked the same questions my bank asks to confirm my identity. She was unable to demonstrate the she worked for a company I had recently purchased from. When I called that company, they had no way to confirm my identity now that I was confident I was talking to the right person.

Which slug brained nitwit selected this easily exploitable procedure?

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Lenovo offers Chrome OS ThinkPad for well-heeled schools

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The bigger story

A major Microsoft customer is openly selling a laptop without Microsoft tax. A year ago, a laptop manufacturer might have shown (and withdrawn) a theoretical Linux box to negotiate a better price for Windows. Here is an actual product for sale (to schools and universities placing large orders). That is a hefty dent in Microsoft's control of OEMs. I thought news like this was still years away. I would like to say a big thankyou to everyone at Microsoft who contributed to the user interface design for Windows 8. Their determined efforts have brought a choice of operating systems a big step closer to customers.

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Big spike in Euro patents - but 63% were filed from outside Europe

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Filing patents has nothing to do with innovation

Patents are for established companies who want stop block competition so they can scrap their R&D department and for trolls.

Good news everybody - the government has given us the patent box scheme: Tax cuts for patent trolls. Now all we need is a new Texas style court for resolving all patent disputes by fining the innovators into bankruptcy.

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

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Full circle

Power the CO2 to nanotube conversion with shale gas. That would provide an overabundance of concentrated source material. The atmosphere is only 0.035% CO2 and the concentration step requires energy.

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Why mergers LOSE money, but are GOOD for the economy

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Modern solution: Slow and violent death

When a company is clearly doomed, the modern thing to do is sue everybody for patent infringement. While the company's products were selling, cross-licensing was the sensible choice to avoid an injunction. As soon as an injunction is not a threat it is time to sue suppliers, partners, customers and anyone else who might have money.

The other tell-tale signs of an immanent self destruction are getting your products mandated by governments and whining that the new companies eating your lunch are breaking all the rules you used to break.

The old law about mandatory archery practice was to ensure continued sales of bows despite competition from arquebuses. The modern equivalent would be to get the government to buy an extra licence for all the pre-installed software on computers used in schools even if the schools are buying Pi's.

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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Re: @Zaphod

Time taken to hack also depends on the competition: there is plenty of other kit that is just as good, cheaper and does not require any serious effort to get root access. I do not expect to see good surface hacks until after the tablet sells at fire sale prices.

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Nokia decrypts browser traffic, assures public not to worry

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Re: none of the traffic is visible to any of its staff

I assume that means many non-staff members have full access to the traffic but staff members have to use a text to speech converter.

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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

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Segmentation and bundling

A high res-screen is a must-have feature for a certain segment of the market. That means manufacturers will bundle it with the most expensive pointless features they can find. The easiest way to bump the price is to insert an Intel CPU fast enough to do real time atomic bomb simulations with a leaf blower for cooling.

If you want high resolution is silence, buy something cheap and replace the LCD panel. That way you do not even suffer from a glossy screen.

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citation provided

http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/.a/6a00e0097e337c8833017d3f784e63970c-pi

(The final quarter is an estimate - ignore it if you agree with Mr Clarke or believe it if you agree with AC.)

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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

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Some people enjoy food more than exercise

Give them Baron Harkonnen's suspensor belt.

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Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install

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What could Google get from being evil that they do not have already?

I bet 80% of the passwords for Google stuff are also used for online banking.

(Chrome is not for me, but that is because I am a Penguin with a huge choice of browsers.)

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Vatican shrugs off apocalypse, fiddles with accounts dept

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You mean 292279025167 years

time_t is a signed 64 bit integer on a modern CPU, but we might switch to 128 bits before then.

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Google given a month to wriggle out of Euro antitrust smackdown

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One thing Google could do ...

.. is to put the whiners' sites top of the list for a month for relevant searches. The sites will fall over because they cannot take the traffic. If the whiners do not upgrade their hardware, no-one will look at their sites again. If they do get their sites back up, no-one will look at them again because they are useless. The reason these sites are so low in the ranking is because they are crap. Putting them in the top ten will not fix that.

I use wakipedia for searches that I expect wakipedia to do well on. I started doing this because wakipedia was often the top result, and had the information I wanted. Next choice is duckduckgo - I would give them 9/10. I rate Google 9.9/10, but they are third choice because I like to support competition. I tried Bing for a laugh. I am a dyed in the wool Penguin, so their thoroughly Microsoft biased results are mostly useless to me.

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If fimlming in cinemas is such a problem ...

... they should sell DVDs.

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