* Posts by Mikel

2288 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

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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Re: Optimistic?

Microsoft owns Cyanogen now. Nokia isn't going to get caught in the same trap twice.

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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

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Re: Well, I agree in theory but...

> Since nfs-kernel-server isn't kind enough to proved a human parsable entry in /proc to let you know which instance of nfsd is actually holding a given file (and since each nfsd process doesn't map 1:1 to a particular nfs export that wouldn't help even if they did) there's no way to know which instance you can kill to get your lock back.

This sounds like something you could fix right quick, if you had the source code.

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Microsoft boots fake fix-it search ads

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Re: the internet, can't live with it .........

Have become?

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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Re: Google catches up to Apple, while Microsoft trails the pack

Hey - at least Microsoft gave the world a Flash replacement. It's called Silver light. ;-)

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Supernova bubble clocked at 19,000,000 km/h

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Re: A long time ago and far, far away...

It's all relative.

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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Gas stations

All the way out.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Public money

You're not going to get public money for transit in the US without a plan to carry the Mobility impaired passenger.

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

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Re: Good

> “The cost of updating the code to keep this feature working combined with low usage and low demand made this not worth further investment. Wi-Fi Sense, if enabled, will continue to get you connected to open Wi-Fi hotspots that it knows about through crowdsourcing.”

Another abandoned legacy security hole then? Didn't Windows already have enough of those?

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Imation's losses deepen 500%. CEO says things are 'successful'

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Re: wow

This is how you game the quants. You have a "reset" year, and then carefully manage profits and cash flows so that it looks like you're a tiny startup on a logarithmic growth pattern. Defer revenues initially, booking profits years later. In year five you are back to where you were and generating revenues by selling to yourself (or a partner who is doing the same thing) and pre-booking fictional future profits just as your options vest at an insane 250 P/E. Then you take the money and run engage in pre-programmed sales as part of your personal wealth management diversification strategy.

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Made a little money on this one recently

Got in and out quick though. They need to stay above $1 or they will be delisted. It will be interesting to see if they can do it.

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IE and Graphics head Microsoft's Patch Tuesday critical list

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The patient is terminal

Compatibility with your legacy software is the vulnerability. The fragile system itself, its vestigial remnants of once-hot ideas, the need to continue support of 20 years worth of false steps and strategic faults in order to preserve the function of business critical apps is the cause of this ailment.

There is no cure. Businesses come to the realization that they need to move on one at a time. Microsoft has no platform to take them forward because "there is only One Windows" and if they abandon the legacy compatibility all at once they lose everybody all at once. So they lose them one at a time.

There have always been more fundamentally secure platforms available, built on sound technology principles rather that the driving forces behind Windows' rise to dominance. We have known about secure software sourcing, surface area limiting, app isolation, secure development principles, least privilege, compartmentalization of utility, "do one thing well" and a whole lot more for much longer than there has been a Windows. This is not new. What is new is that ubiquitous mobile Internet has finally brought the issue to the fore, at the same time putting more rationally designed systems in every pocket as a conspicuous example that there is a right way. Everyone has experienced having a computing device that works well all the time, without continuously running three software firewalls, Symantec AV *and* McAfee Endpoint Protection. And they like it.

So one by one they port their data and business logic to open systems until they win free of their reliance on the legacy of horrors. And one by one they leave it behind. And there is nothing to be done. No way to excise Microsoft's diseased organs without killing the patient.

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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Re: The market's invisible hand (or at least, its finger)

It would be nice if consumers (even business consumers) valued security enough to make real security (including patches, but also architecture and design) critical to product success. Then the market could settle this properly. But they don't.

If they did, there would be no Windows.

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Microsoft bods tell El Reg: We've re-pivoted open-source .NET Core

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Re: Re-pivoted

Swivelled might be a better word, implying it's in their nature and certainly going to happen again.

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The real news

They're talking to the Vultures again.

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Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub

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Indeed. Had me thinking of a particular landing on Halsey Field at Coronado, CA. Didn't know they let civilian pilots do that sort of thing.

San Diego Naval Supply Center NIA

https://goo.gl/maps/hQqbA3VAZyC2

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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That was quick

They're already working around the cutoff.

http://betanews.com/2016/05/08/windows-10-free-accessibility/

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They have to

It has to do with the accounting, and how they booked the OEM revenues for the W10 launch. They have no choice but to sell it at least for a little while. This dog will be licking at its own vomit soon enough

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Not bad

I could watch these all day. Boring? Bore me!

Exciting times my friends, and for once it's a good thing.

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Wouldn't it be nice...

Wouldn't it be nice if Microsoft would just stop messing with people? Breaking their stuff, forcing their updates, taking away features they already paid for?

But they won't. People tolerate this behaviour. Consumers and businesses are so committed to Windows they will never leave. So Microsoft can do anything they want. And they do.

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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The war has been over for some time

It turns out we don't need nor want the legacy Windows apps and all their associated horrors running on our phones. We need our phones to work more reliably than a PC. If you absolutely must, you can run that junk on an old PC or in the cloud, and access it from the phone. Until you can win free of the reliance on it.

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Chrome edges out IE for desktop browser crown

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Re: Complete coincidence

It is important to note that IE's share is "fragmented" across five major versions - each of which is incompatible with all the others. And they are bound to the OS version in such a way that most versions are not available to everybody.

There are different versions of Chrome too, but they all work pretty much the same. And they can all update to the latest version on any OS, OS version or hardware.

The "versions" of IE really shouldn't be lumped together. The point is the relative market strength of each browser to the developer. In that sense IE is actually five different browsers, not five versions of one browser. Each must be supported individually or not at all.

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Re: IE must die

>IE in recent years has come on leaps and bounds.

What's this whining then from the Windows Phonies about Google sites not working properly in IE?

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IE must die

Die, IE. Die.

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

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>, either get a Nexus and automatic updates, or try not to run any dodgy apps or open any video files from people you don't trust. ®

Or both. Nothing new then.

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SpaceX adds Mars haulage to its price list

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Design flaw

There doesn't seem to be any way to add it to your shopping cart on the website.

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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

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Re: Don't see Intel succeeding at IoTs.

Pi 3 B appears to be in stock at $35, and apparently no limit. That was quicker than I expected. I am hoping to buy some for my daughter's Elementary School classroom. They must have sorted out their volume ramp.

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Windows Mobile

It's not a thing. Intel sacrificed their opportunity trying to make it a thing.

Windows IoT is not a thing...

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Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

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So what?

The government needs to know how technology can improve government and efficiency. Where better to get that know-how than Google?

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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Sellout

Cashing in.

It's not about open. It's about money.

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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

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The reason Congress might be interested is simple: price. SpaceX can launch its standard rocket, the Falcon 9, for $80 to $90 million. ULA’s launch cost is higher: The Government Accountability Organization has reported their average cost is more than $400 million a flight, based on actual Air Force contracts. Bruno says the cost is lower—$164 million to $350 million—but it’s not clear how those figures relate to the costs taxpayers actually cover.

Asked why SpaceX rockets are so much cheaper than those built by ULA, Shotwell offered the harshest burn of the night, telling lawmakers “I don’t know how to build a $400 million rocket, I don’t understand how expensive they are.”

http://qz.com/365033/spacexs-only-competitor-needs-russias-help-to-survive/

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

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Come on now, a joke's a joke

Where are the real candidates?

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SpaceX: We'll land on Mars in 2018 (cough, with NASA's help)

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Let's hope they get it in one go.

Rapid Unplanned Disassembly on rockets headed to Mars make for slow iteration, what with there's only the one launch window every two years.

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Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

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Don't believe it.

They are just pretending to be nice to get through the evening, and get into Google's bed. As soon as they're cuddled up in the dark though, the knives come out again.

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

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The Wintel PC's long tail

It does seem they're trying to shorten it themselves.

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If Android’s wings are clipped, other Google platforms may gain

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Poor timing

ChromeOS just got Google Play, and millions of Android apps.

Oops.

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Microsoft, Google bury hatchet – surprisingly, not in each other

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Following up on the patent truce story

As I wrote then...

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2015/10/01/google_microsoft_patent_agreement/

Spurious claims that Microsoft was going to slaughter Android with patents are tossed in the bin.

I hope Google was wise enough to include all of Microsoft's proxies and puppets in the deal.

Microsoft hasn't got it in them to give up the sneak attacks and dirty tricks. They call it "hardball" and are quite proud to lead the league. They will always believe this one is plausibly deniable, that one was survival essential. They will just say "well, we just weren't sneaky enough before, because we got caught, so this time we will apply the triple blind double-sneak and be golden.

Cheaters cheat. Liars lie. It's not what they do, It's what they are.

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