* Posts by Flocke Kroes

1466 posts • joined 19 Oct 2007

Linux distros fix kernel terminal root-hole bug

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In the Microsoft World

The patch would be ready today, but you cannot have it until Tuesday.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: Limited bit rate?

You can be reasonably confident that an MP3 player can decode bit rates up to 320kb/s. A few decoders can handle higher bit rates. See the --freeformat option in the man page for LAME. Selling music encoded with a higher bit rate risks complaints from customers when they find they cannot play their purchases. On the other hand, CD quality converted to FLAC is somewhere between 700 to 1000kb/s and storage is cheap these days.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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You can still read those Amiga formatted disks

Pick your favourite Linux distribution, and type:

ls /lib/modules/*/kernel/fs/

I found affs there, so the kernel still understands Amiga Fast Filing System.

The other thing to look for is in:

ls /lib/modules/*/kernel/drivers/block/

I found floppy.ko, but I do not have the hardware handy to test it. Back in the day, I used to format a floppies with 5x2kB sectors, a 1kB sector and a ½kB sector on each track (1840kB) to cut down on the space wasted by sector headers and inter-sector gaps just like on 'modern' 4kB/sector hard disks.

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UN to debate killer drone ethics

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Military contracts are at risk!

Quick! Round up the people who are shouting the loudest and give them tax payers' money to argue with each other.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

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No loyalty card = Terrorist

If you do not use loyalty cards you must be hiding your participation in a terrorist organisation - just like those dangerous hackers who enable privacy features in the browsers. Failure to carry a mobile phone is sufficient evidence for being arrested for suspicion of terrorism:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/10/mobile_phone_tracking/

Remember, being suspected of terrorism means you can be imprisoned for 28 days without charge:

http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/policy.php?id=1039&display=motions

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AMD beds ARM in 'Project SkyBridge' and home-grown 'K12' ARM architecture chips

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So, I buy this Opteron ...

It would have been nice if it were called and Armteron or Phonoron or anything but Opteron so I have a big warning about what is going to happen next. Modern motherboards have UEFI firmware so the drivers are written in byte code which will run on any CPU with the appropriate byte code interpreter ... installed in the firmware. In theory, you can pull out an X86, plug in an Itanium, boot from CD and install any OS ... digitally signed by Microsoft. I have no idea if this ever works in practice, but I bet plenty of motherboards do not come with a byte code interpreter compiled for Itanium, none have one for ARM installed and that will change at the speed of a sloth on ketamine.

The entire purpose of UEFI is to prevent a computer's owner from being able to install his choice of firmware so he has to put up with the manufacturer's choice of operating systems, bugs, spyware and now CPU architecture.

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

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If we are looking for a money pit that interests rich selfish people ...

... how about cures for heart disease and cancer?

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Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

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Why scan the in-box?

All that tells you is that everyone wants to be harder, thinner, has been mis-sold payment protection insurance and has an opportunity to earn millions helping someone transfer money from Nigeria. If you are going to scan something, it should be the sent items.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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If this is not just an Orlowskasm

Samsung has Tizen ready now in case they ever want to part company with Google. Nokia/Microsoft have Meego if they want an OS with better reviews than the iPhone. Most of the other manufacturers have been working with (and sometime distributed) Maemo/Moblin. If they want something more Androidish, they can license CyanogenMod. There are plenty of other choices like Jolla's Sailfish, Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch.

The big selling point of free software is that if one maintainer goes in a direction people do not like then there will be a fork of three that goes in a better direction.

PS: Why is Android landfill? Nokia/Microsoft sell phones at the bottom end of the market at a substantial loss. If anything deserves the name, it should be landfill Surface.

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

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This time Microsoft did not use their tried and tested strategy

1) A crap product bundled with every laptop and PC.

2) Wait for the competition to die.

3) Argue in court for a decade.

4) Pay a small fraction of the fine for illegally using a monopoly with one product to get a monopoly with another.

Anyone would think they do not have a monopoly any more.

World wide market share figures (here) look much worse Windows Phone than the selection presented in the article.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Re: Indian traffic

The only thing that did not make sense to me was the motorcyclist who stopped and made a phone call. How could he hear anything and why did he stop?

The obvious way to make that junction safer is to wire the horn to the brake pedal so drivers have a hand free to make phone calls.

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Stephen Elop: I was RIGHT to BURN the PLATFORMS

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It's simple

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo took charge in October 2005 and was replaced by Elop in September 2010. During that time share prices rose the fell. Highest to lowest is a fall of about 75%, but over the full tenure, Kallasvuo and Elop are about equally bad.

http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/chart?symbol=NOK1V.HE

Elop did a Ratner and Kallasvuo didn't. Elop did an Osbourne and Kallasvuo didn't. Elop destroyed carrier relations which were top of the industry with Kallasvuo. Elop destroyed customer loyalty which was second only to Apple under Kallasvuo. Elop made a loss selling smartphones, which was a first for Nokia. Nokia had a top level credit rating until Elop's burning platform memo sent the credit rating to junk. Nokia had strong sales with Symbian, until Elop cancelled its future. The N9 was later than it should have been, but it could be manufactured in Nokia's (idle) factories, did not require a license fee and was wildly popular in the small markets it was restricted to.

I really do not understand why Elop keeps sticking to his revisionist history. He did what he set out to do: turned the biggest threat to Windows Phone into a Microsoft subsidiary. He turned a world leading company (twice the market share of its nearest rival) into a tenth place has-been in under 4 years. No one has done a more successful job of trashing a fortune 500 company with a single memo. I think Elop should put this unique achievement front and centre on his CV.

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@JDX

Elop wrote his burning platform memo in February 2011. The phone that was rushed to market in November 2011 ran Windows Phone 7. Nokia did not have a Windows Phone 8 phone until September 2012. Nokia had definitely destroyed its customer base by late 2012. The customers who had bought early had the choice of being stuck with all of '7s problems, or buying a new phone. Lumias could not be upgraded.

The really stupid thing was Nokia released the N9 (in a few small markets without the enormous advertising campaign that Lumia got) in September 2011. It outsold Lumia and got reviews with comments like "better than iPhone" and "it's worth crossing the border to get one".

Elop's real spectacular achievement was he did all that damage to Nokia without going to prison.

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What was the point of getting Lumia out in record time?

When it came out, it had a huge bug list. Nokia used to have strong customer loyalty, but 85% of Nokia owners bought something else, and most of the rest said they would not buy a Nokia again.

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Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

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They are thinking different

The money is being spent on Samsung patent litigation and a new HQ.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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Not convinced

Elop ended Symbian, restricted Meego to small markets and made Nokia into a Microsoft Partner. The results were so devastating that it looked like Microsoft would not buy Nokia and Elop would not get his $25million bonus (with his specially reduced tax rate). I thought Nokia's Android phones were released to hit Microsoft on the head with until they bought Nokia. If Microsoft wanted to end the X family, Elop would have released another 'Burning Platforms' memo as it worked so fast the last time.

Microsoft Android remains in existence for a reason. My guess is that Microsoft know the carriers will not tolerate Windows Phone being successful on their networks. The carriers understand that being locked into Microsoft technology leads to becoming a Microsoft Partner (then it's bend over and trouser down while Microsoft empties your pockets).

Personal computers are now called smartphones, so to stay in the computer business, Microsoft needs a presence on smartphones. That is why we have Office for iPhone and Nokia X (Android without Google Play). Microsoft started Linux distribution when Novell became a Microsoft Partner (where are Novell's trousers now?). All that remains is Linux on Azure.

Microsoft Linux is here to stay - the OS for those who cannot afford the ever-rising Windows lock-in costs. The most obvious threat to the Nokia X family is a re-release the N9.

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Awkward? Elop now answers to ex-junior Nadella as Microsoft closes Nokia buyout

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@ Sean Timarco Baggaley

Pretty graphs showing Nokia doing well when Elop took over in late 2010. The first iPhone was released in mid 2007, so that was not the event that caused the nose dive. The key event was the 'Burning platforms' memo, after the Q4 2010 results were announced:

Nokia revenues, Smartphone sales, Nokia smartphone sales, Nokia profits. (for some reason these links require the re-load button to become visible).

Nokia went from 34% market share to 3.5% because Elop selected Windows Phone (Nokia could not manufacture Lumia in their own factories) over N9 (excellent reviews, but Elop restricted sales to small markets so it would not outsell Lumia). Nokia stayed in business because of Microsoft handouts, Symbian sales and selling the head office (counted as a smartphone sale to make that division look less bad).

Microsoft has strong legacy software revenues that even Vista and Window 8 cannot destroy (but Surface losses did wipe out the profit). There is only one way that can go - shrinking market and increasing prices. At some point, the market will shrink faster than the prices can rise and Microsoft will have to have something else in place ready to provide revenues.

Personal computers are now hand-held battery operated devices with the market controlled by the network operators. Those operators will not tolerate Microsoft in their cartel, so Windows Phone will never get anywhere. Microsoft has announced this clearly by saying their Androidish products (Android OS, without Google's app store) are here to stay.

Linux on Azure and Office for iPhone are all clear signs that Microsoft knows it is on a burning platform. There will be more generations of the Surface and Danger/Kin will get repeated because Microsoft need a future and they have the revenue to try again and again. The silly thing is that Microsoft do have a solid new revenue stream with an unlimited future - patent trolling Android phone manufacturers.

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You missed one big bit

When Elop joined Nokia, Nokia sold more smart phones than Apple and Samsung combined. Nokia's market share was rising. Elop turned that around with a combined Ratner and Osbourne, then followed it up by restricting the N9 to a few small markets because it got better reviews than iPhone. Elop flawlessly executed his plan to trigger a $25million bonus from Nokia for selling Nokia to Microsoft. That is the sort of vision Microsoft needs from its employees. I am sure Elop will be sending his CV off to Samsung and Apple next.

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Already happened

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jolla

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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Dan said it was one word so they took the average

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/d/danquayle387146.html

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Distribution via John Lewis is sensible business strategy

If Microsoft restricted sales to people calling in person at their shop on Mars, they would lose much less money.

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So gnomes got their plan wrong:

Step One: Collect underwear.

Step Three: Vision, purpose and execution.

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Look at this and try telling anyone Samsung copied Apple

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/02/apple_uk_samsung_apology/

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Misco Shared Services Centre drone brands customer 'insane'

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Might not be an off-shoring problem

When I was at university, I took a holiday job with a mail order computer supplier. A batch of defective interface cards came in (many obvious dry solder joints on each card). I gave them to the boss so he could get them replaced. When those exact same parts came back from customers I walked out. There are places where the way to deal with defective kit is to sell it to other people until someone cannot deal with the bullying from the returns staff.

I used to buy from Misco when they had UK customer service staff. As a business customer, they tried to avoid replacing kit that failed after a month because 'I had not bought an extended warranty'. They also cold called be with sales pitches. As a home customer, they sent me defective kit then tried to blame me for ordering the wrong type of memory (paired SODIMMs - one worked and the other didn't.) Misco's behaviour reminded me of my old temp job.

I switched to Novatech. After years of reliable service, I got my first piece of defective kit from them on Friday. The customer service rep was excellent, and the working replacement is here today (the original order was due tomorrow).

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Which sweaty exec dreamt up Office for iOS? Ballmer, Ballmer, Ballmer

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What next?

*) Steam on X-box.

*) Microsoft Linux for Desktops/Notebooks/Surface.

Place your bets...

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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So many parties ...

... only one policy. You are free to vote for any party. It does not matter which because they all do exactly the same things.

They keep saying the recession is ending, and now their important work is to 'turn this country around'. First time I beleived something a politician said for years. I am sure that if nothing distracts them, they can cause another recession.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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How to avoid getting soaked in a storm

Stand under a tree. When the tree gets wet through and starts dripping on you, go stand under another tree.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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@Tim Starling

Thanks for the link detailing how US aid money for Afghanistan is divided. I am more interested in results:

29% for economic development. Production is up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Production_in_Afghanistan

Is the rest of the spending as successful?

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Photosynthesis, solar, ...

Power is power wherever it comes from. The same laws of physics always apply. The thing that matters is the cost - which is not always easy to convert into money. Gas is cheapest right now because new supplies have been found (and sometimes taxed out of existence). France has far cheaper electricity bills than the UK because they are 80% nuclear, and we are 10% wind (in the record breaking month). Photovoltaic is profitable when large populations live near a desert. Perhaps the price of the panels will fall enough to make them profitable in the UK one day. You still need a huge area to generate a significant amount of power (10-20W/square meter).

Photosynthesis is solar power. Plants are one or two percent efficient at converting sunlight, CO2 and water into sugar and oxygen. Make sure you include all the costs - transport and distribution of fertiliser to maintain soil quality. Irrigation. Transport and conversion of plants into biofuel. Starving hordes setting fire to your local MP because using all the farmland to make biofuel has sent food prices rocketing. There are theories about dumping minerals into barren oceans so phytoplankton can grow. The good news is that it does not use up all the farmland and might create a fishing industry. As far as I know, there have been no large scale tests (because they would be illegal).

All the information you need to understand the scale of sustainable energy can be found at: http://www.withouthotair.com/

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How hard it is to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere

The formula you need is E=kTN ln(C/c) / m

E: minimum energy required per gramme of CO2.

k: Boltzmann constant (1.38x10^-23 Joules/Kelvin).

T: Temperature in Kelvin (0 Centigrade is 273K).

N: Avogodro's constant (6.022x10^23 molecules / mol)

ln: natural logarithm

C: Output concentration - say 100%

c: Input concentration - say 0.3%

m: Molecular mass of CO2 (44g/mol)

That works out at about 420J/g, or £17.50 per tonne of CO2 at the UK price of £0.15/kWh. The bad news is that is the minimum cost permitted by the laws of physics. In real life, the process will not be 100% efficient, so you should multiply that cost by about 3 to reach a sensible guess at a practical figure.

The really bad news is you have to pull the oxygen atoms of the CO2 to get carbon - the reverse process of burning coal. That costs 24000J per gramme of carbon (100% efficient process). As you need 3.67g of CO2 to get 1g of carbon, the theoretical minimum cost of getting carbon out of the atmosphere is about £1/kg. A practical figure would be much higher. On the other hand, you can get coal from a mine for £0.35/kg retail.

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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

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The stupidity ends ...

... when the lawyers have all the money.

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Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

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We do not know if it is a short lead time

The death of XP has been forecast for years. This might be a tested and working solution sitting in the background waiting for an excuse.

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

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Re: Intel

For a long time, Intel have have done a proper job of providing high quality open source Linux drivers. Their GPUs have been poor compared to ATi and nVidia, but the drivers have been stable and never restricted what kernel you could use.

ATi and nVidia grudgingly gave us binary blobs and tainted kernels. A community effort produced drivers of varying quality despite lack of documentation. AMD released proper documentation when they bought ATi and eventually, after some rude words from Linus, nVidia followed suit. ARMs come with a wide selection of GPUs - and the driver is almost always an unsupported binary blob.

Intel provided proper free software Wifi drivers. The competition gave us binary blobs if we were lucky and a chance that Windows emulation would work with the unsupported chips. It has not been all good. Intel implemented fine grained power management which was working with Windows before they documented it publicly. As for the people responsible for UEFI, I hope they get stuck with Windows 8 with an undeletable Clippy.

Intel was impractical for many mobile and embedded applications because their needed too much power and their prices were too high. Intel have got the power requirements tolerable for some applications and they are taking steps in the right direction on price. Intel are ahead on documentation and drivers, but ARM are catching up: The Mali GPU has a community made Lima driver. nVidia are making an effort with documentation and Broadcom have documented the Pi's GPU. If you want embedded system using a GPU that can have kernel updates for a decade, Intel are still a good bet.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Perhaps not

The the register linked to a Polish article that links to:

http://www.se.pl/wydarzenia/kraj/szatan-czai-sie-wszedzie-klocki-lego-kucyk-pony-i-hello-kitty-gdzie-jeszcze_389274.html

At the end of that article it says: Publikacja: 31.03.2014 13:42 Aktualizacja: 01.04.2014 14:04

That was sufficiently ambiguous that I decided to look more carefully. Web searches on Slawomir Kostrzewa mostly show articles in English dated second of April with a few dated the first. By chance, I noticed his name is really Sławomir Kostrzewa. Most of the links go to unrelated people with one of those names, but on the second page, there is this:

http://www.fronda.pl/a/ks-slawomir-kostrzewa-diably-staly-sie-modne-i-swietnie-sie-sprzedaja,31423.html

Google translate tells me Sławomir thinks modern popular culture makes young girls act like necro-vamps or prostitutes. The date at the bottom is 21.10.2013

I would expect a loud mouth like this to have more form, but perhaps there are more entertaining loons in Poland keeping him out of the news.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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41MP?

My TV is 2MP and my printer is 6MP (without using a magnifying glass). There are 8MP televisions. What is the difference between 20MP and 41MP?

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"wildly successful Lumia 520"?

Anyone got numbers for that? As far as I know, Microsoft and Nokia do not release figures for individual phones, but only an aggregate number. According to http://blog.adduplex.com/2013/08/adduplex-windows-phone-statistics.html the 520 has almost 30% of "the market". The market in question is the Windows Phone 8 market. The same site says the 520 has 18% of the "Windows Phone market", which is a figure we can use. 2013 data can be found here:

http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2014/02/final-2013-smartphone-market-share-numbers-full-year-and-quarterly-q4-data-by-top-10-brands-plus-os-.html

Windows Phone has 3% of the smart phone market, so the market share for the 520 is 0.54%. Microsoft accounting gives Linux 1.5% of "the market" (They might mean the pre-installed OS on desktop and laptop computers but never actually say). With tripple the market share, Linux on the desktop must be spectacularly successful.

If I was feeling particularly cruel, I would ask how profitable the Lumia 520 was.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Wrong economics

The question is not 'what cost should XP support be to give Microsoft equivalent profits to upgrading to Windows 8'. The real question is 'How desperate is the customer'. In this example, replacing the equipment would cost $7 million, so the desperation is $6.9 million divided by the expected life time of the new equipment - say 20 years. That makes an annual fee of $345,000. Putting up the prices, reducing salaries,mortgaging the site and giving 100% of the profits to Microsoft should be enough. As a side benefit, no profit means no taxes!

According to http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/20/doh_microsoft_nhs_one_year_xp_deal/ the NHS is desperate enough to pay £30-40 million and "Microsoft’s list price for custom support is $200 per PC in the first year of a support deal, $400 for year two, and $800 for year three". I got burned like this 20 years ago, and ever since my rule has been 'No source code, no sale'.

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Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

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Has its uses

My Pi's do excellent work, but they do struggle with internet banking and some shopping sites. The vast quantities of javascript required to increase the attack surface and run exploit code slow page loads enough to test my patience. The Pi can just about handle Libre Office or the GIMP, but there is visible latency and given the choice, I use an ancient laptop for all the above tasks. The Pi's 100Mb/s ethernet and USB2 mean the Pi often spends all night transferring newly format shifted DVDs to the backup disks.

1.5 SATA interfaces, 1Gb/s ethernet (both not on USB2) and a USB3 interface make this product useful in situations where a Pi would be a poor choice. Intel have made an effort with their traditional weakness - price. The photograph without the heat sink is worrying: 5 to 8 W should not require a fan, but Intel have messed this up before often enough that I want to see the complete product. Also: why UEFI? there is enough space for uboot and a Linux kernel in the on-board NAND.

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US judge tells Marvell to pay Carnegie Mellon Uni $1.5bn in patent fallout

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Do juries get this sort of thing right more often that tossing a coin?

Invalid and non-infringing is clear enough. Remember Oracle verses Google: Oracle tried to sue with hundreds of patents. The judge said that was impractical and they should pick their best three. If they succeeded with those three, they could come back with more. The best three turned out to be mostly invalid and the few claims that survived Google did not infringe. The case was reduced for a copyright claim for the test code for range check, which the judge said was so trivial as he could code it himself.

Patent litigation is stuffed full of invalid claims against non-infringing products because the results are random. Billions in judgements and millions in Dane Geld whether or not there is any substance to the claim. According to Marvell, CMU's patents are so complicated that they cannot be implemented in real world chips. Marvell selected something simpler instead. I have no idea if CMU have invented anything, but I have yet to see a hard disk SOC manufactured by CMU. Perhaps it really is impossible to implement their design with current technology.

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Chinese patent app tries to own Wine on ARM

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Just like any other patent

I am sure that prior art, obviousness and the utter jibberish that is supposed to be the disclosure will be no barrier to getting the patent. Nuisance litigation to follow. Who is more stupid - the Americans for insisting China create a patent system or the Chinese for actually making one? (My vote is for the UK for reducing the tax rate on troll income.)

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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

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Reading practice required

Check the article: "Microsoft shipped ..." and "Apple sold ...". We have no idea how few Microsoft sold. Only that the the figure was so low they had to compare apples to oranges to make the figures look terrible instead of abysmal.

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YouTube follows Twitter onto Turkey's block list

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Isn't this was the DMCA is for?

The court order was obtained because of copyright - one of the actors agreed to work on the film as it was described to her, but the film that was made was completely different. Perhaps if the officers who were recorded complained that they did not sign a copyright release for their performances the could issue a DMCA take down.

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Gone for ever - unless it gets help

The sun's gravity will always pull Voyager 1 back, but the spacecraft will eventually get closer to other stars that will pull it away from the solar system. If it does not hit something first, Voyager 1 will wander around the galaxy and is very unlikely to come back here.

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Re: Fahrenheit .... in space?

The strange thing is, The Register has has a web page specially prepared for unfamiliar units of measurements: http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

If the article had said -12.9Hiltons, it would have made some kind of sense. Is there anyone with a clue what -432 Fahrenheit is without converting it to Kelvin (or possibly Centigrade) first?

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Boffins power wearable tech with body static

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Wonderful

About 10 minutes of stroking your phone gives you enough power for a 1 second phone call.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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And there are the first three hurdles

Decades ago computers came with floppies/CDs to re-install the operating system. At some point, users were supposed to burn those CDs themselves from images on hidden sectors of the hard disk. The first hurdle is to find those CDs - if they exist, and hope they are still readable.

Next up, part of the terms and conditions of using Microsoft software is you agree that you can be raided by FAST - at your expense. Having genuine retail install disks is not sufficient to avoid getting fined. I would also need the receipt - and the chances are even if you have one, it is not legible after 8 years. Software houses had difficulty enforcing re-sale bans, but I really do not want the hassle and expense of proving I have a valid XP license to a judge while all my computers and disks are locked up as evidence for months.

I had forgotten about the activation hurdle. Does it mean phoning someone who tells me XP is not supported and cannot be activated or does it mean the computer talks to a server that says XP is not supported and cannot be activated?

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How much of a challenge is re-installing XP?

I switched to Linux before XP was released, so I genuinely have no idea.

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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Are there any test results?

Air travelling over the bump of the vehicle has to go faster than air travelling beside the vehicle. The energy for that extra speed comes from reducing the pressure. That shape generates lift. If the vehicle stays on the ground, it is because of the weight of the armour, not the shape.

A more obvious shape would be some legs sticking out sideways to stop it tipping over and an a disk on top: flat on top and curved underneath. That would create down force from wind in any direction.

The only way I would drive either design is by remote control from the safety of a storm shelter.

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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Why all the down votes

You claimed Windows ws the most used saver OS in the world without supporting evidence, and people do not believe you. By all means, show some evidence. Here is a little for you:

http://popcon.debian.org/

Less than 1024 of any ARM flavour, so 2000000 Raspberry Pi's do not show up. Most Linux installs do not phone home.

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Have you got figures for 'servers installed and used' ?

Microsoft like to quote market share figures and say they sold so many million dollars of server licenses. 100,000 Linux boxes at Google, Facebook or Twitter result in zero dollars of server licenses. My router is a DHCP server and HTTPS server. Smart phones are often MTP servers. Server market share depends entirely on how you count them.

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