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* Posts by Mikel

1829 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

HP's split surgeon Bill Veghte splits from HP

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Curious

I had figured him for the role of leading HP's post-split PC division to an acquisition by Microsoft.

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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This is a good mission for them

No sarcasm intended - I like it. This guy is starting to impress me, and I am not swift to praise anything Microsoft does.

Of course if Sauron directed the Nazgul: "Go out and upgrade the world", the results are still predictably not rainbow butterfly unicorn kittens.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Re: Guessing games

>They don't know where they're going.

Everything is changing so fast, it's hard for anybody to even know where we are.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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There are only two viable phone ecosystems: Apple and Android. They are 96% of the market. Apple doesn't sell an affordable phone, therefore Android wins "poor man's phone" by default. Since Apple also doesn't do a lot of other things, Android also gets "keyboard phone", " removable battery phone", "SD card Phone", " Broad selection phone ", " Keyboard slider phone", "Projector phone", and about a thousand other categories Apple decides not to compete in.

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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I for one am interested to see if Nokia can still pull off some high quality design that serves to create good demand. If they manage it, that will put paid to the myth they had no choice but to drink the Windows Phone poison.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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People aren't holding out for Windows 10. They're giving up on the PC. That clunky old dinosaur is dead. The corpse will quit twitching in a bit.

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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Re: Given the €18.8m payout to Elop when Nokia sold to Microsoft

His ex wife got half.

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Feature-rich work in progress: Windows Mobile 10 build 10136

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Say what you want about Sinofsky. At least he could ship product.

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

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Do their deployment and management tools even work now?

Last time I saw them they were a torturous exercise in self flagellation.

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

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It might be 2015

But it's still Windows, IE and Office. Some things never change.

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Open source? HP Enterprise will be all-in, post split, says CTO

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HP's other half

The other half of the HP split will cling desperately - and exclusively - to Windows as it sinks, until the former Microsoft execs running it drag its drowned corpse home to Redmond.

The future is often cloudy, but this one is easy.

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Holy SSH-it! Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell

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Whoa

Multiple desktops and now SSH? Windows might someday be fully functional.

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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

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Re: So that

You could always just not buy it. That is still allowed.

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Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

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Oh my goodness

If Google Cardboard doesn't suit you, I suppose you could ask for your three dollars back.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

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Five years

Five years ago PC sales had never declined before. Not even for Vista or ME. They have not increased since. Five straight years of declines.

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Re: Drivers

No doubt Microsoft will quit signing new and updated Window 7 drivers any day now. You will move along whether you want to or not. The question is: to what? Another circle once around the turnstile, tramping out their grain with more of their ware and the prod again at the end? Or something new?

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Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

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Quoting myself here

>What if Microsoft offered Office for Android, and nobody cared? - Me

Apparently the answer is you'll get it whether you want it or not.

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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

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On a related note

The top ten list of apps in each category will be reduced to the top five - until such time as there are ten apps in the category.

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Sir Jony Ive, chief Apple doodler, promoted – into job he already has

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Ew

>Read it if you've eaten something nasty that needs to come out. ®

WARNING: This was not sarcasm. It was literal.

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HP beats the street on earnings, misses on revenue in Q2

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Lost decade

Is it time to talk about HP's "lost decade" yet?

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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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