* Posts by Mage

4894 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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Facebook Phone number

You need it for added "facebook features".

So I used a burner £10 SIM in a £15 burner phone. I use it with fake data and a penname.

Everyone saw this coming. Anyone with two braincells, otherwise why buy Whatsapp?

Facebook is a parasitical walled garden. Their privacy settings are meant to be awkward and ignored. They are making their fortune out of exploiting private information. If Regulators really cared about consumers, then Twitter, Facebook and Google would be shuttered, not because they help terrorism (they don't), but because they are the worst examples of exploitation of ordinary people. Apart from the exploitation they make bullying and spreading lies too easy.

Shame on the Media promoting and using them.

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Error: Print job 'Money' failed for laserjet001.lan.hp.com

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Re: "not all printers are created equal"

Brother Inkjets & lasers replaced Epson Inkjets and HP lasers here, they got too cost reduced about 10 years ago.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Not just Excel

Auto correct as you type is just evil.

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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Re: charge for driver updates after a while?

All the real Kindles are only USB storage!

You can connect it to XP, Win7, Linux and even Andriod phones or tablets via USB2Go adaptor cable if the Android device supports USB sticks that way.

It's not like one of those silly cameras that needs a driver, or like an iThing needing iTunes. You don't need ANY application other than a file browser, though I recommend Calibre (works almost all eReaders and many OSes).

How many other USB devices cause this?

Does turning off stupendously stupid autorun fix it?

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Solar Flares?

If life evolves there, won't solar flares wipe it out periodically, given the distance?

If not, there might be inhabitants that don't want extra people settling.

Project Starshot isn't very viable. Someone was reading too much SF. The original Project Orion is more feasible.

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Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

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Re: provide a more controlled environment.

Do railways first, then trams. Forget cars for now.

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processors that were stupidly fast

Rubbish.

It's a programming problem.

We also don't really know how people do it and real computer AI isn't invented yet (Only domain specific expert Systems = Databases and badly Simulated Intelligence) as we don't actually even understand any form of biological learning or intelligence.

Why aren't there trains without drivers first? A much more controlled problem. Then trams. Exactly what is Google's motivation on automated cars?

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Breaker, breaker: LTE is coming to America's CB radio frequencies

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Greed and rubbish regulation.

1) High capacity services need fibre.

2) Radio spectrum is never going to be good at high capacity.

3) Existing Mobile Spectrum is poorly used.

4) It's called cellular because to get more overall capacity you make smaller cells.

Greed pure and simple. King David and another man's wife.

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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

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#Cloudfail

When bean counters have outsourced everything they can to the Cloud, then one day it will be like E.M. Forster's "The Machine Stops".

We will get up on a Saturday to discover no Electricity (the network management), no ATM, no phone (the billing system down), no retail POS, etc.

Why Saturday?

-- A rushed release on a Friday evening. We have near mono-culture too.

Moral: NOT better management of updates and backups by the Cloud Provider, but if anything is part of your core business, run it on your own servers. Only use 3rd Party Datacentres for your Internet presence (probably core of it your own servers, co-lo to get connectivity) or temporary collaboration.

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Ireland's govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adapt

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Missed opportunity

To ditch MS Windows entirely.

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'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

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Re: Cool, neural network

Except it's not. Fake AI jargon* for a type of computer architecture vaguely inspired by biological neural networks, which are only partly understood.

* Almost all AI jargon has no relationship to the real biological world, it's designed to get grants. market expert systems (really human curated databases with interfaces based on simple parsing, written by humans. No real "self learning" or adaptation).

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Fujitsu: Why we chose 64-bit ARM over SPARC for our exascale super

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how many concurrent SIMDs the thing executes ?

Lots or many, I think, thinking of entire computer, not a chip. My brain needs cooled to count that far.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Re: Applause and wget

I've had the windows build of wget for ages on XP, without ANY *nix shell or Powershell thing.

What applause? I never noticed any. This is a halfbaked project.

I use Linux now for everyday netbook & workstation. XP, Win98 etc on some old HW for legacy HW I/O to program old gear via serial or parallel ports.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

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Questions?

Can UK afford a real Navy?

Does UK need one?

Which is more use, an aircraft carrier with decent mix of fighters & bombers and support defence or the Trident system?

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Swiss firm shrugs in defeat as Avnet preps to swallow Premier Farnell

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Unhappy

Sad to see it become a USA outlet.

But then Farnell was awkward in Ireland with their semi-fake Irish operation. Maybe Brexit makes them and RS irrelevant?

I don't know.

I've been getting more parts direct from China and though I used Farnell & RS since 1980s, I've not used either for about 8 years.

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Samsung's out of Milk

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eBooks

Yes, Amazon is destroying eInk eReader competition as they are a book seller. Sony got out. Really Kobo, Nook etc need better deals with publishers or those are doomed.

Phones at least are viable products without iTunes or support of a Telco as no Telco / Mobile/Cell operator has Google's or Amazon's scale and near monopoly. Regulators should ban KDP select and Amazon Unlimited. Anti-competitive.

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LTE-U’s window is closing and bigger 5G disputes may be coming

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Not consumer friendly

Fuelled by greed to (eventually have no WiFi in Mobes and) use paid Mobile access over WiFi Frequencies.

ANY convergence (i.e. call / connection handover) between Licensed and Unlicensed spectrum should only be using EXISTING WiFi or BlueTooth. Mobile Pico and Femto cells MUST use licensed spectrum. That was working 8 years ago.

Unfortunately many regulators (Ofcom, Comreg) are only interested in looking after big Telcos. See Regulatory Capture.

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Windows Phone dives into irrelevant-like-BlackBerry territory

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Re: The reason it has died a death

Symbian 60 was poorer than other OSes Nokia had. They went bad around 2002 / 2003 killing off S80 / Crystal. Then BUYING Trolltech rather than just paying them for an S60 GUI replacement was doomed.

Nokia must have killed off 3 to 6 better alternatives than S60 for GUI before adopting Win Phone.

Nokia knew the phone handset business was doomed. They got a good deal selling it yet keeping name and all IP. Nokia still exist and have eaten Motorola and Siemens Telco Infrastructure companies..

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Re: Apple need to innovate

The only useful innovations were bought in at the start, Multitouch and the GUI from Fingerworks.

Innovations like no SD card, glued in battery, cut down SIM and changing the dock are not consumer friendly.

Proposed future "enhancements" such as no 3.5mm jack socket or no physical SIM are to suit Apple, not consumers.

They tried doing a watch that needs an iPhone (many others don't need a phone or work with any BT device).

Unless there is some successful class of consumer product where is the Apple innovation possible? Replacing Mac OS and Mac Air with an iOS product that has a keyboard and stylus? Oh they did already.

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New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

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Psychology & Science

Some of it is science

This on the other hand is snake oil. The article is a whitewash, but critical information is removed, see talk.

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

Most of Psychology is too subjective to be science. Psychometrics is 100% fake snake oil.

The study of the robot report is horribly flawed.

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Re: A robot that is aware of it's own mistakes

No awareness or AI needed. Emotion is probably easy to program. But who wants a robot or computer that sulks?

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CERN staff conduct 'human sacrifice' at supercollider site

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Re: CERNs true purpose: destruction of the Earth

Oddly if you view page source

http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com

Also strangely though the page content is just

Nope

It wants to run a bunch of javascript.

Comment in the page:

<!-- if the lhc actually destroys the earth & this page isn't yet updated

please email mike@frantic.org to receive a full refund

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/ / \\\ Has the great lazer eyed bunny

\ \ \\\ destroyed the world yet?

\ \ \\\ _______

______________ \ \ \\\__ / \

____ _/ (O)\--------------------------------------------- / \

/ \/ ( __| | |

|____/ | ------- \\ status: In Progress \ /

|______________/_______________// [73%/100%] eta: ..Soon \________/

check out our exciting new social media presence at http://twitter.com/htlhcdtwy

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View in fixed font.

He can't spell Laser

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: Have you used Powershell?

It seemed a Latte alternate to traditional use of .cmd files using all those lovely Admin utilites on the MSDN / Tech disks, for people that had never bothered to automate creation of 2,500 NT Domain user accounts automatically from the student admission database. I didn't use a Unix shell on Windows, though I had one since 1998, but couldn't see the point of Powershell for people that had actually learned how NT and all the 32 bit NT console utilities worked rather than pretending it was a DOS console.

NT3.1 came out in 1993. By 1995 some people were quite expert at Admin of NT3.5, how do you think people PROPERLY did NT Administration using script / console / automation before Powershell came out, TWELVE years later? Without Services for Unix either.

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Re: Geeks bearing gifts?

Yep. After 20 years supporting and promoting Windows I now promote Linux Mint with Mate Desktop. Easier for Windows users or admins than Win8 or Win10 if you are used NT3.5 to Windows 2008, Though even Vista was a backward step and Win7 was only a fix of it.

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Re: Might be better to...

Since Unix Services for Windows in 1990s

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Brit cops cuff Sage employee at Heathrow airport

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Password

letmein

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

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Facebook already offers a “single unified screen"

Others lead MS copies ...

Oracle cloud Subscriptions

Google data slurping and "cloud"

So called "Cloud" Computing.

Certainly they might be happy to copy Facebook. They are doing very well.

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Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

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Re: Typical Intel

Also doomed.

x86 can't compete in portable, low power or IoT. Too expensive and too power hungry.

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We're going to bring an asteroid fragment into Lunar orbit

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What can go wrong?

Andromeda strain?

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WD: Resistance is not futile

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Re: Promises

I remember Bubble memory in the 1970s.

They did actually make real products, but it quickly was surpassed by Flash. It was always too expensive. Certainly clever.

I've wondered if using new materials it would ever come back?

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China launches quantum satellite to test spooky action at a distance

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Re: Three Body?

missing l on rumour link

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/second-earth-discovery-nasa-esa-space-solar-system-scientists-a7192341.html

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Alien

Can't be used for the instant transmission of data

Lies for children explanation as to why it doesn't give Instant communication:

Essentially you have two randomly shuffled packs of cards that you have NOT looked at. The change to the entangled particles essentially is the same as if both packs of card are re-ordered (and still match).

When you look to see the order the entanglement is lost.

Thus by being clever you can tell if quantum entangled communication has been tampered with (a man in the middle attack may be impossible), but actual transmission of actual information is limited by light speed.

So an "ansible" or other faster than light communications isn't stopped by practical limitations but by basic physics. Only entangled particles ever "know" there has been a change. The two observers can agree to look at the same time and compare results. Obviously the agreement to look and the measurement of state are both communications limited to light speed or slower.

Like all quantum mechanics, just when you feel you've grasped it, you realise it's not comprehensible.

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Flipping heck! Virtual machines hijacked via bit-meddling Feng Shui

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Samepage Merging feature,

Daft to have such feature across VMs.

It's good to hear it can be turned off, though if you are using the so called Cloud?

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: Going for the 'DownVoted' World Record!

I'm also always reminded of the guy in Fifth Element.

I have Space Merchants here too.

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: Two words

Eat Less

Not "low anything"

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Re: Fat chance: women's or kids jeans

Make sure they open the correct side though.

UK Size 12 OUGHT to be 30"

Take a tape as sizes are completely inconsistent between brands or seasons.

Children's jeans may be too short and too lacking in bum/hip.

If you are 32" or more you are at higher risk of heart attack. BMI is too coarse a guide due to muscle vs fat and different body types / bones / ethnic origin.

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Re: Do you even lift?

Lifting is dangerous and poor exercise. It will add muscle, but may not make you fit.

There is only one way to be less fat. It's not more exercise, though for fitness a minimum of activity is needed. It's eating less than you burn, gradually over a long period, a fast diet lowers the metabolic rate and later you put on more weight.

Fatness, bulk, fitness and muscle are different things, though related.

Lifting is probably the worst way to lose weight or fat. Even situps does no better than a corset, it just adds muscle to pull in the fat tummy, unless there is eating reduction and some overall exercise too.

There is no magic solution (diet or exercise) other than a reduction over a year and permanent reduction in food intake. If you are very sedentary, then separately you need also some regular daily activity (even if just using the stairs frequently each day), a weekend gym workout is actually worse!

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Helium supply

They just found a huge reserve.

Weather (wind) is the biggest issue for airships, this is what destroyed the ingenious USA airship based aircraft carriers.

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Hey, turn down that radio, it's alien season and we're hunting aliens

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Won't work

See Cosmic background noise vs Frequency (rises sharply as frequency reduced), Shannon's Law (Information) and Inverse Square Law. Also dish gain is related to the cube of frequency, thus 1/10th frequency gives 1/1000th gain on same size dish.

Only spectroscopic analysis is likely to give results, starlight affected by planetary transits. Radio is good only to a few light years or a bit more if someone is pointing THEIR massive array with Gigawatts of power at us.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Re: Surface RT with Android sounds good.

Linux Mint, Mate Desktop (change some default settings) and "Redmond" theme. More like windows than Win 8 or Win 10.

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Re: Ouch

Unless this is a deliberate mistake?

Discredits the FBI policy they hate.

Reduces howls of indignation about the orphaning of ARM Surface tablets.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Re: Ahh yess

Education and proper configuration and external firewall beats ALL AV for effectiveness. 30 Years of testing proves it.

AV is part of the problem, not a solution. False sense of security substitutes for users actually paying attention and learning how to use Windows safely. UAC is also pointless.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Win95

Didn't version b of Win 95 have USB?

I've been disabling Autorun on CDs, Network Shares and USB since they existed. I remember in 1995 wonder who had the the stupid idea of Autorun. (Though maybe MS copied the idea from Amiga)

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Re: Windows NT???

Win2K (NT5.0), XP (NT5.1), 2003, Vista etc are all NT.

NT4.0 actually did have a engineering release USB stack. It worked with Windows 2000 devices/drivers, if you hacked the installer to accept NT4.0 or your NT4.0 to report as NT 5.0 (Windows 2000)

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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Re: There is much more software available for Windows

Used to be true. However most of the engineering stuff I use hasn't been updated for years and doesn't work on various versions of Windows since XP (depending on application and version of windows).

I've had good success with WINE on Linux Mint + Mate. The only newer programs I want are English QQ, which doesn't exist on Linux (nor work on WINE), Digiguide, Kindle Reader and Notepad++ (which all do work on WINE). Compilers are no problem. LibreOffice, Inkscape, Thunderbird, Calibre, Celestia, Gimp, Audacity, Filezilla, PuTTY, Eagle CAD, Xchat (or clone), Scratch, Stellarium, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Skype, etc are all on Windows and Linux "natively". Many programs have less bloated Linux alternatives. I guess maybe Sage Accounts and Payroll might be a problem, I don't know as I don't do IT support any longer, thank God.

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Intel's smartwatches are so hot right now – too hot: Basis Peak recalled for skin burns, blistering

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Re: CPU and power consumption? @ diodesign

Bizarre

That's amazing they can make it run too hot. After all most gadgets the CPU/GPU consumption is related to screen size, decoding (i.e. H264 video) and refresh rate. A watch screen should use less power than the the radio, unless it's madly bright.

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CPU and power consumption?

What on earth was in it?

The 1998 486 based Nokia communicator N9110 didn't get too hot. Though after that they used ARM.

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Windows 10 grabs 22 per cent desktop market share in a year

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Re: 22% in a year isnt bad for a free OS

Actually was NT3.51 free to some or all NT3.5 Users? Though a true 32bit OS and Win95 wasn't (and maybe Office 95 wasn't a real 32 bit application), it could not run Office 95 as MS deliberately added new APIs not in Win32 on windows 95, to stop people running newer applications on Win3.x + Win32s. So MS had to bring out a patched version of win NT3.5, called NT3.51 basically to run Office 95. Later there was even a free Explorer Shell preview for NT3.51, which was more stable than NT 4.0 as it stupidly moved GDI into Kernel to improve video games (hardly seen on NT till XP due to Win9x being more suited and much cheaper for gamers).

So I guess MS stupidity dates back to Win9x vs NT feature drift in 1995-1997.

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Re: 22% in a year isnt bad for a free OS

It would be amazing for a Free OS. But we are talking about the first free upgrade version of Windows, and it being PUSHED, not people choosing to actually go get it like Linux or Firefox. Windows is not a Free OS, even though for a year people almost forced to have a free upgrade

So it's abysmal performance from the company that once had 20% of smartish phones in USA (CE based), most PDAs and about 98% of desktop. Their Server share too has plummeted since 2006.

Basically they lost the plot in 2003-2004. Vista didn't meet expectations of what was promised in 2003, it was so bad that Win7 was really a bug fix. Windows 7 SHOULD have been free to Vista users. Win8 was to converge Desktop and phone/tablet, a truly stupid idea given the radically different screen size, touch inappropriate on a desktop and serious multi-window applications vs full screen applets of phone and tablet. So they damaged the desktop product for a market (phones) that they have now lost utterly. Win10 is attempt to combine Google slurping and Adobe rental in a Cloud infrastructure, more appropriate for a phone or tablet than a desktop, turning desktop OS into a Chromebook!

It was ALWAYS stupid having ONE branding (Windows) for different form factors and use cases. Amazon is making this mistake now with eBooks and eReaders as Kindle eInk devices can't now read all content sold under Kindle eBook branding, and "Kindle" Fire (an Android Tablet with Amzon instead of Play Store) and "Kindle" Apps have quite different functionality and are not simply other device simulations of real eInk based Kindle eReaders. There seems now to be three different kinds of eBook sold under "Kindle" branding. Only one kind works on real eReaders. IDIOTS. They need DIFFERENT branding for things that are different, even if under the eBook/Amazon Umbrella.

Microsoft has learnt NOTHING from the débâcles of Win ME, Vista, changing Win Phone Internals, confusing Surface brand and strategy (ARM and x86). The surviving MS pro Tablet is basically a form of x86 Ultrabook.

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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majority still use antiquated film cameras

Ha...

Maybe officially?

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