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1671 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

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Re: 3D printing with metal is hard on earth

NASA already commissioned a metal printer on Earth. It is supposed to be spaceworthy, but they probably don't want to risk it in confined quarters on ISS.

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Wasn't it all supposed to be so different by now, Meg?

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Cast off the boat anchor

PC biz is unprofitable.

Bill Veghte (formerly of Microsoft) will take over for Meg as she sets her sights on another world to conquer. No doubt he will continue to ensure that HP enterprise and cloud management consoles all require IE for no rational reason.

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

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People like iPhones.

They are not for me, but hey, if they can get people to pay this much for them why not cheer them on?

What is the cash pile situation like?

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Play store

Most of the value of any Android phone is in the Play Store. No Play, no pay.

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Google's elves work on Santa to rein(deer) in grinchware

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Google uses a lot of Macs

They have ever since all their Windows PCs in China got hacked through IE. No Windows at Google now, unless justified to the CIO - in person.

No doubt they see no reason not to share their internal app signing and white listing system, for the good of all.

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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More and better

There will be no lack of material for stories like this in the years to come.

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Launch failure

From the launch video, any sort of launch failure could lead to an impromptu BBQ.

I would not bet against Elon Musk. The guy seems to be a winner. The reusable rockets scenario has high promise. If he can't get commercial cargos for the reused rockets it looks like he can launch his own Skynet.

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Frisky patent WAR: Samsung seeks to BLOCK Nvidia graphics chips from US market

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You try to block our products

We try to block yours. Everybody loses.

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HP boss Meg Whitman shuffles exec pawns just before biz splits

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At the time

Apothecker wanted to cut loose the PC and acquire Autonomy. At the time I said he was a genius for the former and a fool for the latter. Got a lot of heat for that here, and HP went the opposite way. Now we see how that turned out on both. How is Meg still in charge?

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Naval Gazing

The opportunities for humor on this split are going to be rich.

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First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you

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Re: "Do no evil"...?

Hey - this is AT&T and Lenovo. No need to call Google out on this one :)

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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Funded by Google's oppostition

I would say their competition, but that would be factually incorrect, yes?

"Make Google be not so good. Oh and if you could fetch us their secret sauce recipe too that would be nice."

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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What?

Someday WP will become relevant to somebody somewhere? Shocker!

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Re: Windows 10

That was glorious. Thanks.

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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Re: MS, please help me understand

S. Nadella took an Axe

He gave Nokia forty whacks

When he saw what he had done

He gave trusted computing forty one.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/19/ms_shutters_twc/

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Re: so much for...

The next one though, that one will be fresh baked from scratch.

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Patch

And patch again. There are more where these came from.

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Smartphone chip champ Qualcomm says it's ARMed for server wars

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It would be good to see their weight thrown in

They definitely have it to throw.

Stacked designs show a lot of promise. Imagine moving to quad core 64 bit ARM with a decent GPU, 16GB RAM and 128GB stacked on top all in one package. Then mount them 8 or 16 to the module and see how tight you can jam them in to a rack.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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Cloud down

Fog.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: why not here?

Billions of suns for eight billion years before Sol's first light. Stars born and burned out their life before there ever was a man to look into the night sky and ask, "are we alone?"

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Nvidia doubles Tesla grunt at SC14

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only $5000

What a great card. Xeon Phi looks sharp enough to compete too.

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FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools

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Mandate his bosses products

Thinking of the children I am sure.

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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Re: Ah Miguel

The devil offers a good salary, but the retirement plan sucks.

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Ah Miguel

The cost of loyalty becomes apparent.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Icaza

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Make mine with Linux

Am not sure what possessed Intel to make a 64 bit CPU that only supports 1 GB of RAM in 2014 but whatever. A Linux tablet for $100 with these specs would not be too bad.

I would still feel bad about swelling the Windows sales figures. But at least Microsoft isn't getting any unearned profit

Thing is, we put 2013 Nexus 7s under the tree for the whole family last year. Dealing with these crappy screens might consign even a Linux tablet like this to the hobby projects bench now. Robotics applications might be interesting, or balloons. Multipoint cameras and the like. It's Raspberry Pi for folks who prefer a more complete kit.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Way to go

I hope they get it enough light to do some science. But landing on a comet alone is amazing.

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

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Poor Leawood Kansas

Leawood was going to get Google fiber, then it wasn't, then it was going to get AT&T fiber, now it isn't. Maybe Verizon should come tease them with their FiOS as well, then pull it away.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article3540109.html

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Fiber to the press release

Now no fiber to the press release.

AT&T really dodged a bullet here by not ever putting their money where their mouth was. Unless they never intended to. /s

Roll on Google Fiber! Light that pipe. Go rainbow bunny, go!

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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MT @esaoperations: Harpoons confirmed fired & reeled in. Flywheeel now be switched off. @Philae2014 is on the surface of #67P #CometLanding

8:12am - 12 Nov 14

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Help us Google Fiber

You're our only hope!

I'm all in favor of granting Tom Wheeler extended accommodations at Guantanamo Bay Resort. President Obama did appoint the top cable and wireless industry lobbyist to chair the FCC though. It isn't like he can pretend to be surprised.

I think I am going to go with my original comment on this. "If they can't get no regulation at all, muddled unenforceable regulation will do. Heck, it might even be better as they can tie up potential upstarts in red tape and sue them into submission."

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Third party app crashes on Windows. Check.

Competes with Microsoft product. Check.

Shocker! Shades of Borland and Lotus.

Now buy Office for your Android. What could possibly go wrong?

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Elon Musk and ex-Google man mull flinging 700 internet satellites into orbit

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What better use for reused rockets

Than low cost laser commsats?

I still have latency concerns. In some places kites or tethered balloons might be better. 4 Km up has quite a ground footprint without ruining the latency.

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Microsoft's 'loss leader' Office 365 pricing strategy? NO THANKS

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We are altering the deal.

Pray we don't alter it further.

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All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

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Re: Linus once said...

Yes, this counts. And we already had this discussion when they released the phone version.

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Microsoft software on my Nexus?

What could possibly go wrong?

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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Re: Fail and fail hard

If you are relying on HDD soft failure modes preserve your precious snowflake pictures it is you who has hard failed. Redundancy.

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Re: Reasons for traditional HD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=mini%20pcie%20ssd&Submit=ENE

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Secrets in Seattle: Apple opening base on Microsoft's doorstep

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Since the settlement

Since the settlement of Apple V. Microsoft in 1997, the two have been secret lovers.

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Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps

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Re: I fail to understand

They are trying to cut off Google's air supply. It is not working out.

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Re: The only good thing about Bing

Yes. Bing Is Not Google.

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

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Merry Christmas

The PC market is doomed, fourth year in a row.

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Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

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Re: good faith and fair dealing

Sorry if I disappointed the down voter, but we are talking about the company that invented the knife the baby strategy.

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good faith and fair dealing

At they sure they know who they are dealing with?

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Desktop Linux users beware: the boss thinks you need to be managed

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LTSP

Over fifteen years now. Hmph.

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More Microsoft staffers shown the door in Round 3 of job cuts

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Trustworthy Computing Axed

Mission Accomplished, go home everybody!

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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

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Flea bay for the servers

Hold out for the Storinator for storage though.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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Re: intel license ARM technology?

Intel still has an ARM architecture license.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/computers/intel-we-have-arm-license-no-plans-to-use-it/5845

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Nokia STORMS back into profit, FREE from phones and Windows

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Totally unrelated

Microsoft profits dip 13% for the same quarter, driven by losses in recently acquired phone unit.

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Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill

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Amazing pics

Still a killer if one like it were to hit us.

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