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Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

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Re: Clever...

My life for Aiur!

Oh, now I have to go and install that.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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What about a QUOTATION watermark

With legally specified dimensions and padding relative to the size of the image, and an inversion factor for each pixel of it (so it's not just white/lighter text on a white background, as that would pull it towards the "darker" end of the scale).

Solved for 99.9% of cases?

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

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Despite risking trying to reason with a crazy person (folders are about as inventive as rounded corners on icons) but Windows Mobile 6.5 had folders. About a year before iOS. Probably at the same time Android got them.

While it's nice that you're trying to join in with the patenting jokes, the cargo culting approach to humour does mean that you miss the fact that Apple are the ones who've done the most public and hilarious patent enforcement in recent years.

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Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

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Re: Back to the Future

While I'm sure Microsoft's PR department is happy that you're giving them credit for virtual appliances (note: virtual machines run multiple applications that can bluescreen, or they would if they were really in evidence in 2001), but I'm pretty sure this is a Linux-only thing for now.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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Re: Dare I say differentiation

Not really, no. The UK's infrastructure is very strong, internationally speaking, but I'm currently working in South Africa, and having monthly access to the internet is pretty normal here as well.

Pro tip: you don't need a long stretch of high rises to lay phone cables or set up cell towers.

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Re: Dare I say differentiation

Maybe it calls once per month, but what if it happens when you have no connection?

Exactly - all I want to do is go into the wilderness and create Adobe files. It's bad enough I have to connect to the internet to send them to someone.

AND, did you know this tablet can't even run a full month without being recharged with electricity? This thing is so impractical, I'm surprised anyone is tricked into using it.

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Re: What purpose does a tablet serve?

Any argument that can equally argue for only ever using IE6 on Windows is being unfairly applied.

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Apple's steamy OS XXX picture leak riddle: Blurry snaps deleted

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I hope the other OSes follow suit

And offer a more "flat" style. Can't wait!

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Re: "Anonymously because i do work for Oracle."

Don't apologise. Tomorrow you won't be hysterical, but he'll still be rich :)

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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Re: Camera button

Yes exactly, Live Tiles are in no way deprecated.

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Google's SPDY blamed for slowing HTTP 2.0 development

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Re: Good

At least it's still an optional protocol, so it can always just be turned off if it's as bad as they say.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Amongst the worst...

I'd prefer Darth-Darth Binks

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Re: Yes, let's not

Joss Whedon would've been my pick.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Re: This mythical Microsoft Phone you speak of

The new version does have separate volume controls. Just for your FYI.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Hang on a minute

*Goes off to write an article about how all journalists now and forever more only like the simplest form of journalism*

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Hang on a minute

While in general I don't like the cloudification of things, I would say that this article is only slightly removed from the simplest form of journalism, which would see cloud and immediately "spot" a trend that will result in everything going into the cloud.

This article is at best one step better, and has spotted cloud not working due to a technical failure, and predicted the demise of everything cloudy.

I'd say stop "predicting" eternal trends, even though it's easy money, and instead say that probably some more stuff will shift to the cloud, but not everything, unless we invent something that completely changes things. That's rather more likely.

For example: logging in to use local Photoshop - probably not a good idea; it should be the same or give a slightly degraded service if some stuff requires the cloud.

But, logging in to access a cloud-rendered Revit 3D view - probably always going to be necessary unless local computing power catches up.

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Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

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Creative department?

It's possible that applying Photoshop effects to images should not really count as creativity.

Also if everyone uses the same product, are they really creative? :)

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Speaking in Tech: 'I get told to wear makeup by other women'

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Re: men get told every day to conform

Agreed. There are many more white males passed over for promotion than anyone else, because they're often the majority, and just because people who say things like "Oh please, if you're a white male you're playing the game of life on easy level." who think that white males are the only people it's okay to publically bash, it doesn't make it true.

Just because no one will shriek at you when you say it, doesn't make it not bigoted. Just means there isn't a market for professional white males to be representatives on chat shows.

Suggestion: next time women are on the Reg podcast, let's not hear about what it's like for women in tech. Let's just hear about technology. That will do more for equality in hearts and minds than anything else.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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Re: My worst fear about the new SW movie

This certainly seems worth becoming a hermit for. Thanks!

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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Yeah, and also we haven't done anything like create something that can think. Progress in AI to us means a better way of finding a good enough value in a colossal search space. To non-CS people it seems to mean anything they can think of from a scifi novel.

Honestly, if it weren't Hawking opining this fluff, it would never get a mention anywhere.

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Voters pick luminous tech spacesuit as NASA's off-world fashion statement

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Re: Freaking ugly.

I was hoping for something like this: http://tinyurl.com/nasaspacesuit.

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

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Olympus?

Seriously?

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

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You can sideload. And you can access direct OS updates through their developer preview app, which is just an easy way round carrier agreements - you don't need to be a developer or pay anything to get the app.

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Re: I actually like Windows phone

That's one of the top, most expensive Android phones. Even the cheapest WP model ($80 off contract?) is crisp, tidy and ultra-responsive. Find an Android phone that cheap that doesn't stutter.

And as for people laughing at you - what weirdos do you hang around with?

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London Tube has new stop at Azure Station

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IoT dashboards ARE all about data presentation

The demo was impressive, but also not much more than a nice dashboard for existing sensor systems.

What else do you want? Automatic event logging etc will happen somewhere else in the chain, and the sensors are in place.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Re: @JDX

They have right of way. Unless it's a motorway or slip road. If you're in that much of a hurry, you should've left home 7 seconds earlier, to make up the time.

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It can already handle any command signals the NSA throws at it. No more pesky guns needed for assassinations.

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Boss of Russia's Facebook says Putin cronies have taken over his company

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It's good to antagonise people like that, if it means exposing them in some way. Rather him than me, as well.

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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I have a friend who won't convert because he says the Android music system isn't as seamless as the Apple one. Is it possible to keep all iTunes purchases and have all devices synced without an iPhone? Scope this question as broadly as you like :)

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Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

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Re: Developer unlocked?

You don't need to be a developer at all. The Preview for Developers app is what you're after. It's basically a getout for Microsoft so they can get around carrier restrictions and deliver the update ASAP.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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Flat icons a la iOS?

Can't wait til Windows Phone gets that!

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

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Re: Next big tech wave?

I think the idea is that Windows 8 runs on tablets, not necessarily so that you can touch your monitor, although you can do that as well.

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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

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Windows Phone as well

I know there aren't any apps for it ROFL but if there were a Facebook app, it would also be stopping doing messaging in favour of their Messenger app (that also probably doesn't exist LOLCOPTOR!!!)

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: How to fix all IE compatibility issues

Thanks for hitting reply, but I'm not sure you were replying to my post :)

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How to fix all IE compatibility issues

Call it something else.

Then all the quirks mode stuff will still work for legacy browsers (i.e. IE), and you can start with a new user agent string. That's how you walk the line of negative width, Joel.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Coined the term iAnywhere?

I think we'll hold off on saying whether or not he successfully coined a term until we see it in common use, and not by analysts.

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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No RIAA lobbyist money

That's why.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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Re: App gap

There's a nice 3rd party Google Maps app for WP8 which you can set to stream Google Maps data or use your HERE maps on your phone (or stream HERE if you don't have that country's map downloaded).

I also love the Natwest WP app. And there are generally extremely high quality 3rd party apps for social media gaps like Snapchat. Rudy Heyn is a dev who's made a lot of them, and they're all extremely high quality.

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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This is amazing

Can't wait to see that famous face!

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Microsoft in OPEN-SOURCE .Net love-in with new foundation

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Re: Move on, nothing to see

Wow, that's the most reasonable thing someone's ever said on here. Thanks!

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Still a gratuitous risk?

Given that they've open sourced the .NET SDK, how is Stallman's quote still relevant?

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: Animals

It's very simple. No one said they don't have the right to do something. And stirring up people against someone is not the same as quietly taking your custom elsewhere.

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Re: Animals

It wasn't this man's bigotry in this case. Everyone involved chose to do what they did. He didn't pull some levers that had predetermined consequences, he has certain beliefs that other people don't like, and they kicked up a massive fuss.

Whether those beliefs are right or not is another matter, and until half the commenters here can understand that distinction, then this discussion is going nowhere.

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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

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Re: One friggin small universe I'm sure.

No, Joe can sideload on a dev-enabled device.

He pays a small fee for dev registration, but that's about it. I think I paid about 20 quid for a year's registration. I'm not even sure if you need to pay that for sideloading. Visual Studio for Windows Phone is free to download for 30 days, and then free to register after that.

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Re: For Fart Apps

1) Everyone does this. Apple, Android and now Windows allow you to keep the same app but have multiple screen definitions for different resolutions.

2) Most apps are not serious GUI applications, and don't need to be. They're frontends to servers. They aren't 3D modelling tools or accounts packages.

But you beat that straw man. Straw kudos to you.

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Re: Universal?

Universal here having a similar meaning to Apple's universal binaries, which only run on any copy of OSX, whose market share is apparently a little less than that of Windows 8.

I'm no MS fan, but some of you guys say and upvote such rubbish.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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Re: No single player game...

My web browser also conforms to that definition of always-on DRM. They're out to getNO CARRIER

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Re: It's already here (and has been for years)

For me that's not just a line in a book, it's a bug report I get once a month.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Looks quite nice

I'm looking forward to quite a lot of that. And one of the best features I heard was in that isn't mentioned here: you can install apps and download free HERE maps onto the micro SD card, which is a lifesaver for budget phones. And HERE Drive+ will work everywhere, for every phone. Free offline GPS!

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: We have all experienced Schrödinger's USB stick@Michael H.F. Wilkinson

Exactly - was about to post the same :) I want the 16-spoke star USB configuration.

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