* Posts by Mikel

1809 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Huawei announces tiny 10 KB IoT kernel

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10KB for the OS?

Finally we are getting somewhere.

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New Windows 10 Mobile build brings Universal Office Apps to phones

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Re: Reminder

Apparently we have a differing view of the word "universe".

In philosophy the universe is all that is - perceptible or not. In physics and math too. In astronomy it is all that can be perceived - the observable universe some 56 billion light years wide (under Hubble expansion theory). The stuff in our "light cone".

In Windows the universe is apps that run only on the unreleased version of Windows. Which is probably why when we talk about computing now we don't call it Computer Science. We call it Information technology. It is more marketing now than science. In science, words mean things. In marketing, bending the meanings of words to your purpose is precollege coursework.

Back in the day, IBM with their personal system 2 tried to take control of our word space in this way, redefining the motherboard as a "planar board", the hard drive as a "fixed disk" and so on. They failed, as Microsoft will fail here, and for the same reason. Having lost dominance they tried to regain it with mental games. Clear evidence that Marketing has taken over what Engineering built. Pushed upon the need to use this tool it was no longer effective.

I will make fun of you for this "universe" thing as will many others. It is a sign that the End is nigh.

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Reminder

These "universal" apps don't work on Linux, OS X, iOS, Android, BB10, Symbian, BSD or any other non-Windows OS. They also don't work on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, any version of Windows mobile, Windows Phone 7.x, Windows Phone 8.x. And they won't.

Which pretty much covers every OS ever released. A strange "universe" this is.

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Ruining your good name with a bad partnership

King should know better.

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

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Re: Another month, another billion bytes of new code?

How likely is it do you think that Microsoft produced 1GB (compressed) of code, in a month, and didn't introduce any new bugs?

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For its next trick, Microsoft diminishes the iPad with just a driver

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Oops

When I suggested here that Windows as a service meant Microsoft would make it PXE boot from their servers even on a mobile device, I was Just Kidding. Sheesh you guys, you don't have to implement every offhanded joke.

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There's a BIG problem with Microsoft's VDI rules

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Or

You can run Linux VDI. As many desktops and server based incidences as you want. Thousands of them for the low, low price of free. No worries about licensing, tracking licensing, auditing, expense. Just fire it up and go!

And it works better on cheaper hardware too.

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Tech disties: What the HELL happened to our sales growth in Q1?

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Softness

>“With so much of distribution business still reliant on PC revenues, softness in this sector prior to the launch of Windows 10 could depress sales and lower growth,” he said.

Softness in this sector after the launch of Windows 10 should depress PC sales and lower growth permanently. How many years has it been since PC makers saw a robust Q4? Five? How much of this can they take?

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Dawn will be orbiting Ceres for a very long time

Personally I can't wait to see what the lowest orbit reveals.

Once in the lowest orbit Dawn will likely be out of fuel. The views will be stunning.

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Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

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Great image to accompany the article

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Water, water everywhere

But not a drop to drink.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Promises for an indefinite future date

Microsoft seems to be post-dating a lot of checks for "someday" lately. Most of the hype about Windows 10 seems to be due to come after launch with an update some day. How much of it is finished? Half? None?

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Re: Tech enthusiast, not necessarily IT.

Windows 1.0 was text based. And it, too had overlapping windows.

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Re: Why bother upgrading from Windows 7?

If your favorite program is Microsoft Media Center then no, it is not going to run. They've killed it.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Musk does not intend the trip to take that long. We will go much faster.

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Re: Tinfoil Hats?

Actually sort of, yes. Shielding from cosmic rays is done in layers. A layer of material like gold foil intercepts the particle, turning it into a shower of secondary particles - distributing the energy. After some distance second and third layers slow them even more. Foamed plastic might be effective also. Shipping the water on the outside of the ship might be a solution as well.

The use of 'ray' for these physical particles moving at relativistic speeds is a historical artifact. They are fast moving matter (or in rare cases, antimatter), not radio energy.

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

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Re: But the Nexus 7 is a great tablet!

I have both the 2012 and 2013 versions of this tablet. Both have been amazing devices that see hours of use each day. Software updates have never been a problem, and we use stock software and keep them up to date. I don't know what these other people are doing with theirs. Maybe they are stuffing the storage to the brim or something.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Nadella can put lipstick on this pig, but he can't make it soar.

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Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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I can't boo this one

I've been saying Windows belongs in a virtual machine for years. This will off course do away with running Windows in this more secure mode as a VM under a real hypervisor.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: I used to trust them.

If you drive by my house you will find my WiFi wide open for all to use and plainly labelled so. I have no concerns about this erroneous collection of data. I believe it was collected not in malice but out of a general practice of "collect all the data and filter it later" - which is a best practice. As for the handling of the issue, I see no cause for concern.

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I like Google

As a company, a search engine, software developer I like Google. I like all of their services that I use. I like their corporate ethics, their handling of copyright and patents, their stance on SOPA, PIPA, network neutrality, spying, censorship, civil liberties. I like their investments in open source, their targeting of entrenched and abusive monopolies for disruption. I like that there are enough Google bashing videos hosted on YouTube and funded by their competition to drive a weekend video marathon. I like their book scanning effort to build a modern Library of Alexandria accessible to all. I like the whole idea that their founding search service was developed for the purpose of indexing the world's information not because it was an Orwellian vehicle for control, but because the existence of so much computing, networking and knowledge had led to a tragic situation where too many answers were known by somebody somewhere, but not accessible to the people who needed them and that fixing that problem was a social good.

I like that for 15 years they have been playing Roadrunner to Microsoft's Wile E. Coyote. I like how they have liberated the smartphone industry, democratized the software development industry. I like that when China said "Censor or leave" they said "Well, bye." I like how they are working to bring Internet and knowledge to the world's poor, driving green energy and corporate responsibility. I like that their systems for selling relevant access to my eyeballs to power services I like has nearly driven the old buckshot and wallpaper advertising methods out of business - to the improvement of everything sponsored thereby.

I just like Google. I trust them. I think their motives and methods are good, founded in goodwill and guided by respect for people, moderated by self discipline.

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Google guru: Android doesn't have malware, it has Potentially Harmful Applications™ instead

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Dispelling myths

So much for the oft-repeated trope that Windows is a festering cesspool of malware because it is the most popular. Windows is clearly not the most popular any more, but it remains a spectacle of software abuse beyond compare.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: Raise your hand...

>receive HTTP data from the network into kernel space...

And then not range check it before using it. For Ned's sake! It is thirteen years since they promised to quit doing this stupid, freshman programmer level stuff. And now every public facing IIS website on Earth can be shutdown from anywhere on the planet, one compromised PC can hose your Intranet. Because their server OS doesn't validate network inputs directly in kernel space.

When will otherwise responsible organizations learn to stop trusting these people? This is not going to change, ever.

And apparently after failing for 13 straight years, this Scott Charney character is still there, in charge of not fixing it.

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IBM’s 700TB security threat database enters the cloud. Look to the heavens, hackers

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700 TB?

Maybe it's time to leave that Wintel legacy behind.

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Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

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exFAT is required for SD

That is the only serious patent - and the patent is for dual namespace for long filename and 8.3 filename. I.e. it goes back to DOS.

Chinese companies have taken to calling the expandable storage Trans Flash now, so no SD and no exFAT problems.

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Sinister lobby group (AT&T, Verizon among membership) sues FCC to kill net neut

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Edit para 6

Legislation -> litigation.

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HOVER ROCKET space station podule mission LIGHTNING HOLD DRAMA

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I musk be patient

It will go when it's time.

- impatient to see the reusable rocket era kick off.

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Linux 4.0 debuts with the usual no fanfare

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1.0 was special

It was a long march to 1.0, but he wanted to wait until he had a kernel he felt was stable and complete enough to be a released product.

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Cloudy McCloud Cloud HP just said public cloud 'makes no sense for us'

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News from the future

Bill Veghte inherits HP's profitless client PC unit. Immediately bets the farm on W10 to the exclusion of all else. W10 is as popular as Vista, running the company into the ground. Veghte returns to Redmond the conquering hero, dragging the corpse behind him. 95% of staff are made redundant on arrival. The acquisition is written down shortly thereafter.

It's like we've seen this movie before. Was Matt Damon in the first one?

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Re: HILF: The dumbest man in tech

Brought over by fellow Softie Bill Veghte, who I have been calling a Trojan Horse of the Elop school from day one.

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Gartner forecast dartboard falls off wall, lands in pile of crumpled dollars

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Quacks like a duck

“This is not a crash, even if it looks like one,”

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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Re: I want to be self-sufficient amanfrommars2!

There should be plenty of room for housing in the hole left behind after we scoop the water out.

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

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This ended the scourge of illegal drugs forever

It was so successful the NSA had no choice but to emulate it.

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Microsoft goes cloud KERR-AZY, chops Windows Server to bits

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Hold the phone - stop the presses!

Microsoft did something praiseworthy. This, if it turns out not to be the dog's breakfast, was the right thing for once. They did some other thing in the late '90s, but it has been so long I forget what it was.

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Pro-tip: Steal a TARDIS to survive Windows Server preview death

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Delays

Surely they are just polishing the Cortana, Twitter, XBox and Facebook integration. Patience.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Caption 1: no stickers

Photo 2: sticker.

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Got an Android mobe with a virus? Congrats, you're The One Per Cent

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1% is great

Considering how open it is, how many people use dodgy software sources, 1% is pretty darned good. Stick with Google Play Store and you should be golden. This is why when looking for a tablet I say "No Play? No way!"

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Mozilla piles on China's SSL cert overlord: We don't trust you either

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They still have IE

Nobody who cares about security is using IE anyway, so they probably always will.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Re: hah hah

Steal? Dave Cutler stole NT from Digital. If you want to talk about OS stealing.

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New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans

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Chrome OS and Android are both Linux

Fancy operating environment shells over a hardened Linux core is what they are. A lot of people who use them scratch a hole in the veneer and expose the full power underneath.

With Microsoft going full out to win the profitless PC hardware market, their PC partners are well advised to read this list:

Lumia 1020

Lumia 1320

Lumia 1520

Lumia 520

Lumia 525

Lumia 526

Lumia 530

Lumia 530 Dual SIM

Lumia 535

Lumia 620

Lumia 625

Lumia 630

Lumia 630 Dual SIM

Lumia 635

Lumia 636

Lumia 638

Lumia 720

Lumia 730

Lumia 730 Dual SIM

Lumia 735

Lumia 810

Lumia 820

Lumia 822

Lumia 830

Lumia 920

Lumia 925

Lumia 928

Lumia ICON

Microsoft Lumia 430

Microsoft Lumia 435

Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM

Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV

Microsoft Lumia 532

Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM

Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

Those are the phones in testing for Windows 10. Do you see any non-Microsoft devices on that list? No. That is what happens when your software partner competes with you in hardware.

The RK3288 looks like an interesting device. Full 4K support, I see. That will be an impressive device for the cost and size. Can't wait to see the Steam Streamer version.

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Microsoft flings Office apps for Android slabs at world+dog

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Re: Work and excel installing on my Nexus 7 now...

>Worked fine with dropbox.It's a separate install, but I didn't have to log on with Excel, it used the word logon.

Oh oh. That is almost certainly a privacy or security fail.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list snowballs for Lumia mobes

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A lot of diversity

It is good to see third party OEM devices figure prominently in this early list as first class citizens. It should help allay concerns of some parties that competing with Microsoft on hardware when they are providing the software platform as well might be ill advised.

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Google-gate: 'Toothless' watchdog FTC nibbles furiously on journalists

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Google bashing

no substance

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Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

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Re: But why would they kill us?

We can - and would - turn it off. To a self-aware AI this is an existential threat problem with exactly one solution.

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Re: No wonder Apple won't talk to El Reg

He didn't make that $150M from Apple either. His Apple money is mostly gone. He did really well on FusionIO, and that was a Caching! long overdue.

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Utah faints: Google Fiber to lay cable in thrilling Salt Lake City

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Re: Just worked it out.

Personalized adverts for stuff I might actually be interested in sponsoring services I actually want is WAY preferable to the old way. The old way was mounting a shredder to the mailbox, droning through undirected advertising of such low interest they had to make it up in volume - to the ruination of anything it sponsored. Five nines of waste, burning my time with so much uninteresting crud that if there had been a gem amongst the dross I'd have never seen it.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Well that was clear as mud

Communications must not be Microsoft's strong point.

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Google and Obama: You’re too close for comfort

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What horror

Google let people find cheap medicine, opposed SOPA, supported network neutrality, told sites if they didn't want to show up in Google's search results they didn't have to. What jerks.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Once upon a time...

>Not too bad an outcome

Doesn't undo that the genesis of IE was hosing the inventors of the browser out of their just reward. Karma, baby.

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