* Posts by Mikel

2455 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

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Doom

> And if you choose to do so, you'll be helping to chip away at Intel's domination of desktop CPU world and inject a little more competition and innovation into the market. ®

Or you could just get a Chromebook and an Android tablet. They work well with your phone, and inject even more competition and innovation into the market.

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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They lied

People in swing states lied to the pollsters. Deliberately. That is what went wrong. And that is the end of the utility of polling.

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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

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Oh wow

Like we wouldn't anyway.

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Re: This is probably...

MJF covers "all things Microsoft". All the action is in mobile these days, and she would like to stay relevant, but Microsoft is dead in mobile. So rumors like this give her hope. That is what it's good for. She thinks it might bring Microsoft Windows to mobile.

It won't. Emulation is slow. It's not gonna happen. She fell for this once before, when reporting on the release of the original ARM based Surface.

How you bring Windows to the mobile ARM platform is simple: you don't ever stop developing it for multiple platforms. Unfortunately for Microsoft, they crossed that bridge and burned it over 20 years ago.

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Office Depot halts PC Health Checks amid bogus infection claims

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Great!

Now let's look at Firestone auto maintenance chain. They rob people in the same way.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Re: About time

Where have I read this before?

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

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Apparently Microsoft is a top Linux vendor. Who knew?

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Re: Great news!

"Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect." - Linus

Bonus: "If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won." - Linus

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Nice site

Too hilly for a solar roadway. If there are some lava tubes nearby, those might do for a base though. Gotta start somewhere.

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The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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This is a huge setback

... for the copyright maximalists and their war on the Commons. Just the copyright part of this treaty was grand theft of public property on a global scale.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Re: Like the alleged 'shooter' at the Trump rally

Use of the office to meddle in the election is just cause for termination.

But everybody knows the FBI is Republican and the CIA is Democrat. The NSA won't say who they're rooting for.

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Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off

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Re: Impressive but...

SpaceX hasn't reflown a rocket yet. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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Software licencing gets easier in the cloud? Not if your name is Microsoft

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May now play more

The plan is never to get less money out of the same customer. Never.

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Uncle Sam launches open source trove of government code

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It's a start

I imagine there is far too much to browse tonight. Some of the NASA stuff looks interesting.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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What about mobile?

In Q2 Microsoft's phones are no longer called out by name in Strategy Analytics' report. They are grouped in "other", and all of "other" sold 0.3%.

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Re: "printer manufacturers"

>" (2) most HP models with PCL support work fine"

HP buys companies from time to time, occasionally even printer companies. To my understanding only these recent acquisitions lack Linux printer support, and only for a short time. In servers (Compaq) and printers HP Linux support has always been leading, not following. It is their consumer and client tat that seems willing to require the Beast.

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Mobile beats desktop traffic

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An important milestone

The transition to mobile is here. Surprised it took so long.

The pee sea can't dry fast enough to suit me.

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

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Downgrade rights

I remember these from the Vista campaign. They kept trying to convince the world Vista was going gangbusters because they had sold a lot of licenses. But usage wasn't showing up because everyone was using their "downgrade".

It's all the same to their bottom line though. They still got the money.

At this time however it looks like that "1 billion installs" target for Windows 10 is far away indeed. Developers can take their sweet time moving over.

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

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It's OK. No big deal. Nothing to see here.

You weren't using Windows for anything important, were you?

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Nymaim malware got a major 'upgrade', says Verint

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Re: Macros

Macros in the original sense were great. Making them Turing Complete was the mistake.

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ARM draws new Mali GPUs

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Awesomesauce

A billion Vulcan devices shipping next year? Devs better skill up.

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Everything you need to know about HP's three-in-one x3 deals

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It's for Enterprise

In this case, "Enterprise" is defined as "Idiots spending way too much of somebody else's money on technology they're not personally going to have to use." Microsoft's ideal market - a field where the end user already knows he's a victim of procurement even before delivery, and must trudge on making the most of it because every month the rent comes due.

Because nobody sane would spend this much of their own money, or choose this.

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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It is good to see times have changed

Once upon a time their response would have been: "So?"

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Only 4GB RAM?

What is this? Memory for ants?

And disk... So slow.

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Exit through the Gift Shop? US copyright chief was assigned to shop till, tweeting

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Re: No mystery here.

Perhaps examination of her emails revealed that they didn't want her to send any more of them in her official capacity. Probably for her own good.

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Ah there it is

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/10/newly-released-documents-show-hollywood-influenced-copyright-offices-comments-set

She lied to Congress on the set top box thing, on behalf of the MPAA.

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Re: Commentards

For progress to occur, change is required. Microsoft has grown stagnant and begun to rot from within.

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Murder in the Library of Congress

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Hurray?

If it makes copyright maximalists unhappy, I'm for it. Copyright is a social contract: for a limited time you get a better ability to market your works, and when it's over it's over and the works are part of the common culture. As it had been immediately for the 10,000 years before copyright was invented.

Eternal copyright breaks the deal, indulging the creator in the fantasy of eternal profits but delivering instead consignment to eternal anonymity amongst a global forgettery where newer works are more profitable but older works can be locked away forever until they are lost to memory to make room for the new. This is not delivering the social good - progress - that was promised in the deal. A deal is a deal.

Each year we are cheated out of ever more due us under the deal. We did not agree to this and we will not comply!

"Write what should not be forgotten." - Mother Teresa

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Duck Google's data grab

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Tinfoil hat time

Meh

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Computacenter Q3 numbers lifted by weak British Pound

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The sun will come out tomorrow

Where have I heard that before?

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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Re: Seems prudent

@bazza

"Most do" doesn't preclude "many don't" in populations >4.

They have no hope of scaling production fast enough to meet even half of the demand. Impatient cusses with their hearts set on autopilot NOW and nothing else will just have to buy from one of the many other self-driving car companies. It's not like Tesla needs their business.

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Seems prudent

The autopilot is a big feature. But the primary draws for most Tesla drivers isn't autopilot. It's one of: electric car, ridiculous acceleration, Tesla brand.

I hope they work it out. Either way, it's not like they're going to run out of buyers.

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Here's how much HP's 3-in-1 PC replacement will cost you

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Sums

So. $800 for the phone, $600 for the dock, $960/year to actually use it like a $400 laptop anywhere you can get Internet.

Makes sense to me.

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NFL is No Fondleslab League: Top coach says he'd rather use pen and paper than Surface tab

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We feel your pain, Bill

This is where the comment would go if there were one.

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US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

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What a waste of money

Money is a philosophical abstract. The trick to it is to understand this basic concept: it has no more power than you give it.

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Re: What is its maximum performance?

Bigger? Ironically, the answer is smaller.

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Too close

You know they were getting too close.

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In 2020, biz will chuck $100bn+ at protecting itself online

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All for nought

Most will keep using hopelessly insecure operating systems because they support some of their legacy systems and applications. With each "upgrade" some -but not all- of these must be deprecated, so they recommit by building new ones on top. That way they never have to admit that getting committed to such an amateurish hunk of junk was a mistake in the first place. They can make it to retirement with their pride intact.

So there is nothing to do.

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Google splats 21 bugs in Chrome 54 patch run

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Oh the horror!

No, wait. The other thing.

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

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Only £4,529?

Cheap as chips. Probably use them as promotional incentives.

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Google, Facebook toss cash into LA-to-Hong Kong sub cable corp

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Peer exchange

I wonder if Google will own a share of the Hong Kong peering center also.

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Buggy Excel patch panned

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That's OK

You weren't using Excel for anything important, were you?

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Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

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Re: Volume or niche?

As was pointed out in the article, Apple's similarly premium product moves a fair bit of volume. As do other brands. This is a pretty big niche.

Realistically the price has to be high to ramp the volume quickly enough for the product to be significant. With only one year to be the top tier of the brand they have to invest billions in supply chain to accelerate from zero to wherever they end up when it's time to refresh, and that level is where the next gen starts. You just can't do that with 5% gross margin, even if you are the global online marketing champion.

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Re: Apples/Oranges

>Second, why did Motorola fail? That question is not asked but it is just assumed that Motorola Androids failed because Samsung.

It's amusing that folks assume Google's acquisition of Motorola failed. They still have the patents, and have been using them to win the mobile patent wars. They applied the accumulated business losses to their own taxes. They flogged off a viable phone hardware business with a legacy and culture that they didn't need or want at a fair price. There is a lot of odds and ends left over. They got a lot out of it. It's just not plainly obvious.

Or maybe you're talking about pre-acquisition Moto? That would be getting over leveraged to overproduce a couple flopped products while bleeding resources from distracting side projects. Nokia and Blackberry aren't the only ones to suffer hubris.

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Like it or not, here are ALL your October Microsoft patches

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Re: Offering Odds

I can't think of a single small business that doesn't have at least one blackballed patch that breaks something operationally critical.

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Is this it?

Is this finally the thing that will get people off the train to crazy town that is Windows?

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Mars by the 2030s: Obama

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Musketeers to the rescue

I'm sure they'll sell NASA a few seats.

Am really excited to see the support for manned spaceflight again.

Of course, incoming Presidents do retask NASA and we are due for one of those. Also the other party controls the money, and they prefer "whatever the Democrat doesn't like, built in my district". You know how we bicker over here.

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Oracle: We're going to be the practical AI people, we swear it

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Oracle AI

I can't wait to see their PCA AI pricing. "Per Contemplated Alternative". It ought to be hilarious until I remember that my tax dollars will actually be buying it.

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Security bod to MSFT: PowerShell's admin-lite scheme is an open door

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Re: Something seems odd about this as a security hole.

@phuzz

Every road warrior's exploited laptop is a server on your network. And every PC that clicked a wrong link in IE, or previewed the wrong email in Outlook. And so on. And every PC that ever shared the network with those, even for one minute. And the printers and many other networked devices too. So... Everything.

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Nokia crawls towards comeback with new phones announcement

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Re: Disappointing if true...

The Nokia legacy brand itself is worth a small per unit premium, so it makes sense to go for volume first and prove the concept. If they don't try to over-tax the brand they will make some profits and then they can come with the high end devices at a higher premium. The key is to smoothly integrate their special sauce and get it in front of as many people as possible.

It will be a difficult trick to take, but I believe they can do it.

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