* Posts by Mikel

2324 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

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Re: There's an old saying

> problem is that Microsoft has billions still to burn before they finally fold

They have amazing money burning skills though.

And a huge amount of that legendary cash pile is foreign cash locally borrowed against to get around the tax law. But to pay the debt they have to pay the tax. So it's a lot less than it looks.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Margin is an odd measure

How is this margin calculated? Do they know how much the supplier paid?

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Intel mulls sale of Intel Security – reports

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It was a sad day when Intel bought McAfee

It was solid evidence the MBAs had gone soft in the head. If your endpoints and network are running a secure OS and apps then you don't need the product. And if they're not, nothing will save them so the product is worthless.

In the meantime having a major asset that relies on the prominence of the fading Windows platform and propping it up at All cost is a conflict of interest for a chip maker that helped kill their mobile opportunities.

Of course when the founder himself crowed relief that they were relieving him of the burden of sharing his good name with that garbage - that might have been a clue.

Good to see them getting shut of it.

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Dev boss: What will Microsoft do with Windows 10 Mobile? Surprise – it's for work!

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Declare victory now

They're going to declare victory and rejoice in their triumph over whatever challenges they have overcome, by defining the goal as what happened. Might as well do it now, get it over with and move on before they burn another $10B on this pyre.

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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16 bits? Nicely done!

I would have gone for 8. Lazy me.

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Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk

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Been meaning to get me a few.

Want to do a few maker projects. Garden control with automatic sensor driven watering, misting, and Internet monitoring via periodic picture email and on-demand live streaming for example. Maybe archiving periodic pics so I can make an annual time lapse movie.

They seem to have cured the stock-out problems with this model.

As for the gnarly circuit board, a broad variety of cases are available.

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Musk's Tesla to buy Musk's SolarCity for US$2.8 billion

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Synergy. We has it.

In an IT merger there is always talk of synergy. Here we have it. Solar homes with solar powered batteries that power your life, and your car. Everything in your personal life powered by fusion. Guilt free, CO2 free, even the factory that makes your stuff powered by solar energy. But not the "living in a yurt" "Mother Earth News" self-deprivation kind of life - the rip your face off four wheel traction limited acceleration kind of life. The kind of life that's worth earning a boatload of money to pay for.

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The deal will close

And the next day Musk will ask the Street for more money. And they will give it. At the last possible second.

Man this kid has got a brass pair. He's not happy unless he's dancing on the razor's edge of failure. I can't wait to see what he can do with my little bit of spare money.

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Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

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Re: This is why AMD and NVidia are making ARM chips

There were two companies working on ARM servers a few years ago. HP and AMD were designated to take them out behind the barn and do the unpleasant needful.

I said at the time that it wouldn't work. Progress can be delayed but not prevented.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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Re: A dog isn't just for Christmas...

Animals that eat other animals rather than plants - particularly feral ones - tend to be a more risky disease vector.

We eat pork and pigs are omnivorous, and chickens are fed meat meal also, but in agriculture great care is taken to preventing introduction of disease in animal feed. Not so with feral pets.

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Cherry picking

No doubt their billions of data points told them which notebook, and specifically what to test.

Of course since I don't have anything left that could run Windows, nor especially Windows 10, and If I had I wouldn't, we don't even get anywhere near the browser selection question. But in the bizarre alternate reality where that might be a choice, "not theirs".

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Intel-supported Open HPC stack to land in Q4

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Sweating a little

Now that China topped the list with homegrown chips.

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Out of gas

When the satellite operators are being charged extra not seeing their reusable rocket rebate, this sort of thing may become less common. Some won't care. They will load the thing to the gunnels and then some to keep their bird aloft as long as possible and with as much capability as possible.

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Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules

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A long as we give them money

They will continue to use it to fight for their interests and against ours.

So stop giving them your money. You are not stupid.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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Re: Hmm...

Three months. No doubt the irreconcilable differences have already begun on first contact between the actual teams, not the executives.

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Re: The destruction of value is astounding

Theoretically.

That is enough money to wire much of the US with gigabit fiber.

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The destruction of value is astounding

Mind boggling. Imagine what useful things they might have done with that money.

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Finding new work

Presumably the LinkedIn team knows how to use their own product. Which is good, because they need to.

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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

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(June) (GWX)

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: $26B????

They are going to have to onshore foreign cash and take the tax hit, so more like $40B.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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An oldie but goodie

The First Honest Cable Company. https://youtu.be/0ilMx7k7mso

At work you will want the headphones.

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Verizon: We're sick of waiting for the FCC, so here's our 'net neutrality'

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They lie

No matter what. They haven't got the truth in them to give.

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Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Hopes Intel Skylake CPUs, Windows 10 will draw in punters

Mr. Dell, you might want to sit down. I have some bad news...

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Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

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Dark money OMG

The number two privately held US corporation is in the top five for lobbying? You don't say.

The way their arch nemesis Microsoft throws political money around they had well better spend even more. If they don't want their products banned, that is.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Works with HyperV

Breaks VMWare?

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Not gonna happen

I guess it's one way to get your name in print though. Used to call this sort a 'flackalyst'. Speaking of which, has anybody seen Rob Enderle lately?

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Humanity will only buy 47 smartphones per SECOND in 2016

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Let's take a moment to appreciate

Somewhere near half of all Mankind now has constant control of a personal computer with always-on Internet. And it happened in a few short years. We whizzed right past "the next billion users" so fast we didn't even see it happening, and the third billion, and we're closing in fast now on "the last billion".

With that comes the ability to share, to learn, to communicate. To lift up ourselves and the people we care about, to do things we couldn't do before. And it becomes much more difficult for oppressive regimes to hide the truth from their people. It turns out that the people in faraway lands don't ride flaming dragons seeking to roast and devour small children. They are pretty much like us: striving to get by, to get along, and to get ahead.

So. Hurrah!

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Intel reveals Xeon E7 v4: Is that 24TB in your pocket or are... oh, it is

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Re: In China, you say?

This is actually "why China?"

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Microsoft mops up after Outlook.com drowns in tsunami of penis pills, Russian brides etc

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Lowering Expectations

Microsoft is a $400B global corporation with decades of Internet experience, huge cloud data centers, the finest minds imported from all over the world. We are told over and over how spotless is their tech cred, the creativity of their machine learning code boffins. Some would have us believe they have an organic understanding of all things programming and networking light-years beyond that of us mere mortals.

So, yeah, maybe they should be able to block spam by now.

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Re: Breaking news

Isn't that what it's for? I have always only used it to catch the spam from various websites that demand an email to register. Am I using it wrong?

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That sinking feeling: Itanic spat's back as HPE Oracle trial resumes

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The disconnect

There is a rather fundamental disconnect between HP's Itanic marketing people and common sense. It is so extreme that is difficult to have meaningful communications with them. It seems that if you are not presold on the value proposition of their USP over price, performance and compatibility with modern technologies, they can't understand you either. And they don't want to understand.

It makes it hard to discuss issues such as distributed reliability with them.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: What an absolute

Do you remember when Microsoft began requiring signed drivers and so many of us Chicken Littles were howling "that is too much power! They will abuse it!"

Well, here we are to say "we told you so."

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Re: If proof is needed...

or even monitors

It takes a special kind of fail to make an OS version upgrade not support a monitor. The deliberate kind.

Samsung is killing Microsoft in Mobile. Of course Microsoft is trying to return the favor in PC, which is still their domain. For now.

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Microsoft wants to fling money at startups. Don't all rush at once

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Preparation is key

You will want to learn key protocols for dealing with the Redmond giant: https://rcpmag.com/Articles/2007/07/01/Minding-Your-Microsoft-Manners.aspx?m=1

And maybe look at what happens when you "win" a partnership deal: http://www.asymco.com/2011/02/11/in-memoriam-microsofts-previous-strategic-mobile-partners/

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NASA: We'll try again in the morning after friction ruins engorgement

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Re: Delays

There are some Russian rocket engines sitting in a warehouse 50 years waiting for their ISS mission.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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The sales drone was right.

Just buy another one. And a spare.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: so Desperation

Desperation. This tells us their secret. This level of desperation can only be fuelled by fear. Their analysis of the situation must be that if they don't successfully migrate everyone to W10 they are doomed.

And with that I do agree. The end is nigh for them.

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Re: I did upgrade recently

That is quality software engineering right there.

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Re: My opinion on this?

The meaning of the policy settings will be changed.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: I understand...

The Gates From foundation does not ever own Microsoft stock by policy. And Bill Gates just doesn't have a significant share of his wealth in Microsoft stock, so his input won't be impacted. He has been divesting for a generation and soon will only have a token amount. He doesn't even own as much as Ballmer.

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Re: As a consumer - 2 key issues ...

You forgot Microsoft Kin. But so has everyone else. Two models only sold 300 units worldwide in five weeks before it was canceled. Compared to Kin Nokia was an epic journey.

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Re: Total fiasco

Lumia: the birth control phone.

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Re: Probably cheaper

Imagine they had decided to put a man on Mars instead. They could have saved billions.

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Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

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Re: Peak AAPL

Sounds to me like AAPL is on sale for 30% off again, for a limited time only.

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Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

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An exciting evolution

I can't wait to see what is available for Christmas.

A Chromebook Pixel with Kaby Lake, cellular data, GPS, Android apps and 4K for me please.

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VMware flushes Windows vSphere client and Adobe Flash

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Ouch. That's got to sting.

To have such a close partner abandon their Windows client altogether in preference for a browser based solution available on every platform has got to hurt. No more Windows client lock-in from VMWare.

More and more houses are doing this.

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CONFIRMED: Google bakes custom data centre chips

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Details would be welcome

I doubt they will be forthcoming. And Google won't be selling any of these fancy TPUs either. It looks like the rest of the tech world is going to just keep falling further and further behind.

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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Re: What will be their selling point?

They still have some great engineers. Or at least know where they are.

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