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Orange blames switch for data problems

Wibble
WTF?

Sorry to tell you this...

All the telcos are as bad as each other. I've used three different ones this year on the same commute and they're all crap. Like Vodaphone who doesn't have 3G in Victoria Station, or Orange and O2 who don't cover the city of London -- the lights are on (signal) but there's no connectivity.

The only thing they are good at is extracting money from our wallets.

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I want my money back

So if I had a 'temporary outage' of my payment, they'd be OK with that? What about money back for all the time it's not been available?

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Google algorithm change squashes code geek 'webspam'

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OK, naming names

I mean sites like caio, pricerunner, reevoo, etc. Whenever one looks for a particular model -- and particularly if it's rather obscure -- these sites always come up and add no value as they all show the same set of vendors with the same prices, few reviews if any...

In short they're a waste of characters in the Google result set. I've never really found them to be of any use, e.g. adding any value to a search.

Let me give you an example. I bought a telly over Christmas. The one I wanted -- from LG -- wasn't available, so I was looking for a Samsung. All of these sites came up with the same set of answers. None of them listed the company -- Comet -- which I found to be the cheapest. I hate to say this but, like the Direct Line adverts, price comparison sites don't always work.

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Personal blocklist

Would be nice if I could 'blacklist' certain sites from my Google searches. There's a pile of useless spammy tech sites that just parrot original content - and badly too. But my top blocks would be those damn stupid 'comparison' sites that add no value and are of no use to anyone.

At the end of the day Google needs to get on top of this in order to stay on top.

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ACS:Law turns back on file-sharer court case

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Go

Grounds to be counter-sued?

Given that the judge has expressed reservations, what's the chances of him being counter-sued for libel? E.g. making false accusations?

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Pirates: Good for Microsoft, great for open sourcers

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Alert

"This copy of windows is not genuine"

If you copy W7 it goes into lockdown mode, but this mode doesn't do anything save for whinge at you and change the desktop background. It allows updates and pretty much everything else.

This is MS's recommended strategy for training companies as they don't want 'live' corporate serial numbers to be used (apparently it's too easy for students to run an app to lift the serial number).

Kind of like MS tacitly accept piracy for exactly the reasons outlined in the article and they reserve the right to change this at a later date (they've got to wean people off of XP somehow:-O)

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Philips 21:9 Cinema 58in LED backlit TV

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£4000 is an utterly eye-watering price

This is many times more expensive than it's direct competition. With 55" tellies due to become mainstream this year, prices will likely drop to a quarter of the price of this telly this year.

Goodness knows how Phillips make money as they're always difficult to get hold of and rarely competitive against the mass market competition, i.e. the far-Eastern mega-corporates.

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UK short 100K tech recruits this year

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Male only?

I wouldn't say that. Sure, at the really techie end there's a definite lack of females, but IT isn't all tech. Move towards management or the business interface and it's pretty 50/50.

Pity that there's not more females interested in tech. It's a general societal issue where girls just don't seem to like "engineering" so shy away from it at a very early age. Maybe blokes don't care about being called geeky.

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Yippee!

Shortage of staff = higher rates. Can't wait. It'll make a change from the "take a 10% cut or sod off" attitude that's recently prevailed.

But what price experience? So sick of listening to people who want an "expert" but are only prepared to pay for a junior.

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Chinese crack down on 'money-sucker' Androids

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Headmaster

Makes Apple's walled app-store garden look good

Always the biggest problem when adding 'smart' to a phone.

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China announces Skype ban to protect telco revenues

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Big Brother

P2P is harder to monitor

Phones OTOH are very easy to monitor.

Wasn't it last year that GCHQ offered a 'reward' to any company that could demonstrate cracking P2P comms?

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BT fibre-up-your-exchange poll in 6-way Mugabe style pileup

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BT === tossers

What is it about BT that they want other people to do their bloody marketing. Years ago I had to go around the village to drum up support for Broadband. Now the scumbags are doing it again.

It's OK for the townies who always get the latest and best speeds. Try living outside of a major town and see what 100k BPS is like and with no chance of upgrade.

BT don't like the fact that they're required to lay the infrastructure but can't make a fortune from their monopoly: "why do we have to lay the infrastructure and then give it away to other providers".

There's sod all difference to providing Broadband than providing any other utility; water, sewage, electricity, (can't get gas out of town). Quite frankly it should be provided for, or at least driven by, the government.

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Paul Allen reloads patent attack against tech titans

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Some days it's hardly worth chewing through the straps

Bit different to the normal patent modus operandi - loads of big (US) companies getting together for a chat and all agreeing to do nothing except keep new entrants out of the market.

Let's hope that 2011 is the year that software patents are finally abandoned. Fat hope of that happening.

Still, at least it gives the big boys something to do and provides some quantitive easing for the poor beleagured lawyers. Pity it ends up as 'gadget inflation' for the rest of us; a tech tax.

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Massive new US spy airship 'could be used to carry big cargoes'

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Saving Helium

Why not pump the helium into compressed containers? It's well known that helium seeps out of just about anything, but if you were to compress it to a matter of 5 to one, you'd save on venting the stuff and be able to trim the height.

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Asus to punt Core i5 Windows 7 tablet

Wibble
FAIL

Another company that doesn't 'get it'

A bit of a consensus seems to be going on in these forums. Tablet form factors, as lead by the iPad, are great for some things and rubbish at others. The convenience of instant on, very long battery life, smallish (but not too small) and lightish. The breakthrough isn't the form factor, it's the operating system which is optimised for finger control, and applications optimised for this genre.

This machine looks as if it's a PC crammed into a tablet form factor:

- light weight;

- long battery life;

- high power.

Pick any two. Ye can't change the laws of physics captain.

The tablet operating systems, that's iOS and Android, are optimised for lower power processors, so there's no point in having high power unless you use a desktop operating system such as Windows which simply doesn't work on these form factors (no keyboard or mouse, limited battery, fiddly mouse-oriented UI, high power consumption interface, etc.).

Market differentiation in the tablet sector isn't going to come through higher power. In fact there's little that the hardware manufacturers can add to differentiate tablets at all. Differentiation's going to come through the operating system and application ecosystem and Apple's a formidable competitor with a massive lead.

How much evidence do they need to see this? Microsoft have been flogging this dead horse for years: more iPads are sold in a month than all previous Microsoft tablet sales put together -- that's since Windows 3.1 tablet edition through to the latest versions.

So, why bother when it's doomed?

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Microsoft opens playpen for 'unstable' web standards

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How does one treat a "reformed" convict?

They've stood convicted by the court of web developers as disruptive serial recidivists who care little of the trail of damage they cause.

It'll take a bit more than a few repentant words to fix the mayhem they're directly responsible for.

They should burn in the fires of Hades.

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Microsoft's Office nagware dead in icy water

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Office pricing

I bought Office 2008 home/student which included Entourage (=Outlook) for £80 (which included 3 licences). The new Office 2011 home/student doesn't include Entourage, so you have to buy the full version for £180 (one licence). That's a 150% markup, or 450% if you count the three licences.

Currently Office 2003 Pro is going for £50 on amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Office-friendly-system-available/dp/B00258L7KW

Office 2010 (complete with different interface, space and time wasting ribbon, licencing issues, etc.) is going for £329.

Milk that cash cow. Moo. Moo.

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Grenade

Note to Microsoft: piracy is your problem, not ours.

What value did it have? Pirates don't upgrade.

But it's lovely to be a Microsoft customer, or thief as Microsoft call them. Arrogant bastards is what most of us think of Microsoft.

Is it churlish to suggest that Microsoft's prices are the main cause of their piracy 'problem'? One could point out that Office has more than doubled in price over the last few years and the only real effort MS have put into later versions is the licensing.

Reap what ye sow.

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'Porn lock' heralds death of WikiLeaks, internet, democracy, universe

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One rule for parents, one for everyone else

Can't we have a rule that states "Anyone with children should have filters installed". Given the importance of looking after the children (and their insufferable parents), the filters should be crowdsourced. So no mumsnet or daily mail to fuck with tiny little heads.

What's wrong with banning children from the internet anyway? They're not allowed in pubs, so why do we have to put up with their parents whining on about the internets - ban the lot of them and leave the rest of us alone.

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Bummed-out users give anti-virus bloatware the boot

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Boffin

Me too

Run windows in a VM. Never use it for browsing. Why bother using AV?

It's a standard risk assessment. Probability x Consequences. If you don't have kids, don't use Microsoft, don't surf dodgy sites, distrust all attachments, ensure you've regular backups, have the skill to deal with the consequences and have fallbacks... the risk is low enough to consider acceptable.

All depends upon your numptie quotient.

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Apple iPad vs... the rest

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Go

Don't think you've really 'got it'

The iPad isn't a replacement for your laptops.

It is a great device for certain things which beats a laptop hands down. For example, lightweight browsing is great in portrait mode. I wouldn't use it for research, but a general poke around the web is fine.

It's instant on with no effort, meaning that I think "I need to look that up", I grab it, it's instantly on, I look up the thing I wanted to know about. Compare that with a lappie; it's got to be opened, switched on (fast on a Mac, less so for windwos), placed on your lap (it's got limited places where it'll work), fire up the browser, search. For me, the iPad is just a lot easier for casual use.

It's form factor is massively better than a lappie in certain circumstances. On a train/plane/automobile. Standing up. Portrait mode is much better for reading. Laying on ones side whilst reading in bed. Landscape mode for more detail, typing and films. Lappies don't have orientation choice.

An iPad is rubbish at doing multi-tasking 'work' things such as taking notes whilst reading a document (it's single-tasking user interface won't allow that). It's rubbish for long typing sessions, although it's fine for email, etc. The limited functionality of the browser means you're not going to use it to develop websites, not view sources. The 'odd' layout of the keyboard gets on one's tit - lack of tab or cursor keys for editing.

I paid £730 for mine and am delighted with it being a great device to AUGMENT my large 17" lappie, particularly when commuting, watching the telly, reading in bed, etc. It ISN'T A REPLACEMENT for a lappie. This is probably where people who 'don't get it' go wrong.

The fact it was given to you means it has little value to you. Why not give it away to someone who would value it, or even drop it into a charity shop.

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Microsoft boss to wave tablets in CES faces – again

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Pint

Struth, is that it?

Steve, Windows aint right on a tablet format machine. It didn't work with Windows 3.10, nor XP and it's not going to work for whatever your latest monster's called.

Oh yes, I remember, you're not good at listening.

iOS and Android aren't perfect, but they're a hell of a lot more optimised for diddy devices than a full-blown OS such as OSX^H^H^H Windows whatever Hence Apple have flogged more iPads in a few months than have ever been sold in nigh-on 20 years of windows for tablets..

I give up. You're not listening and you're late to market. Ye reaps what ye sows.

But then again, maybe a miracle awaits us.

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Samsung dangles £200 lure at iPad-eyeing punters

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Is dat because I is cack?

It's not about price, it's about quality

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Fanboi primer: How to move your iTunes from PC to Mac

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Boffin

NTFS has extended attributes

Just a small point, but NTFS always has had extended attributes that can be used to stash metadata/whatever.

Maybe it's because iTunes on Windos needs to work on FAT as well as NTFS; just create a single code base that works on all file systems? If they exploited NTFS, they'd still need an alternative for FAT; conversely if the FAT version works on NTFS, why bother building for both?

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Vodafone offers free mobile broadband in Europe

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Shirley this can't be so...

This means that the EU has done something good? Gosh that's hard to comprehend. There was me thinking the EU was faceless bureaucrats and pointless regulations leading to higher prices -- at least according to the right-wing nutters.

Here is proof that some markets need regulation lest it is left to shaft customers/users with aplomb.

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Monster iPad Case Test: Folios

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Boffin

Brightness control - iOS4.2

There's now a brightness control built into iOS 4.2: double-click the home button and scroll right to reveal the iTunes controls, volume and brightness.

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Corner and edge protection

One of the main reasons to put the 'pad in a case is to protect it when the inevitable drop happens. A lot of these cases don't protect the corners or edges of the 'pad.

One of the benefits of the Apple case, which I still haven't replaced, is that it does the job of protecting the pad exceedingly well. It's also extremely convenient being thin, relatively unobtrusive and the little stand, whilst primitive, works very well.

What's worrying is that despite the iPad being out for 6 months plus, none of the folio case makers have really bettered the Apple case in terms of core functionality. Aesthetics maybe, but functionally not.

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iOS 4.2: An 'ace' for iPad, a 'meh' for iPhone

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Breaks iTunes

Upgraded both iPad and iPhon overnight - 650Mb download for the iPhone, 550Mb for the iPad. Now standing on a commuter train for an hour with no music as both devices are stuck "cancelling sync". Power cycling has no effect.

The fix apparently is to re-synch both. Not bloody possible whilst standing so no music for me:-(

Somewhat pissed off with Apple over this.

At least multi-tasking works at last.

Damn fail icon won't work on the iPad

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Annoying network popup still there

The damn annoying "network disconnected" popup is still there. Designed by Microsoft, this popup is inevitable when your train journey includes three long tunnels.

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Tea Party activists accused of rigging Dancing vote to favour Palin

Wibble

Best strapline ever!

Now how do I get that tune out of my head?!?

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Ballmer, Gates won't slice up Microsoft

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Between the lines...

Are Goldman Sachs saying that they think Ballmer's got too much on his plate to handle all of the company?

No mention of all the enterprise departments flogging servers & services. Odd.

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Fanbois howl as OS X update bricks PGPed Macs

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Unhappy

Filevault doesn't work

FileVault doesn't work with Time Machine.

Nothing more to add.

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EVERYONE needs WDE

FileVault is a half-arsed solution that doesn't work with TimeMachine. It only encrypts the /users directory leaving all the system files and applications unencrypted.

Whole disc encryption means everything is encrypted all the time. No exceptions.

Who needs it; everyone who values their personal information. E.g. everyone. Anyone who carries other people's data around has a duty of care to protect it, for example your address book or email archive, or your client's information.

Laptop computers, particularly the shiny Macs, are prime targets for thieves. Just take a laptop bag into a pub in London and see how quickly it's stolen. WDE with a decent pass phrase and decent (different) logon password will render the laptop's data useless to all but the most determined or security services.

I struggle to understand how people don't get this simple fact.

BTW Symantec only recently bought PGP. There's only one other WDE system for a Mac which is owned by a company that's even less desirable than Symantec. TruCrypt WDE isn't available on the Mac.

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How long to de/re crypt a drive?

Encryption of a whole-disc-encrypted hard drive takes ages. It took 7 hours for a 3GHz MBP 17" on a 500Gb 7200RPM drive when I did this a couple of weeks ago after a hard disc failure.

No doubt it's the same to decrypt?

I *have* to run PGP whole-disc-encryption as it's the only one available. Apple only supply a half-arsed solution, FileVault, which DOESN'T work with Time Machine. There's one other company that does WDE, but they're on my list of "I just don't trust them".

Pity -- or maybe just as well -- that TruCrypt doesn't work on the Mac for a bootable full-disc encryption solution.

A HUGE thankyou to TheRegister forum poster "uncertified-dba" who made everyone aware of this yesterday.

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Nokia slips out Designed By Community handset

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Camera cover?

Pity there's no cover over the camera lens. As it sticks out, it gets covered in grime which somewhat affects it's performance. How strange!

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First day WinPho 7 sales top 40k, claims market watcher

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Ok, I'll rise to the bait...

You're right, it's too easy to say something like Win Pho sucky sucky. But why is it so easy. Oh, it sucks that's why.

It lacks basic functionality. It's buggy. It's very much a first version.

Platform & hardware aren't relevant as it's a software package. If you don't like Win Dog, just install Android. I'm sure there'll be a hackintosh hacked version of iOS to install one day.

There's little available software. Certainly compared with the 300,000 apps available on the iPhone.

To top the lot The iTunes^H^H Zune software sucks on Macintosh - I've never got any Windos Vista II on me and never intend to.

You sure lurve your WinDog:-). Good. I'll stick to my iPhone & iPad (used to write this)

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Dynasty?

Sounds like a North Korean dynasty Win Mo handed down to Win Pho. What happened to Win Dog?

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Apple ships Mac OS X 10.6.5 update

Wibble

Thank you

That's a huge issue for whole disc encryption users. Having just suffered from a disc failure, that would have been a real pain.

Thank you.

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First Windows Phone 7 handsets sell out

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Happy

Here we go round the goldfish bowl, the goldfish bowl...

I'm enjoying, nay relishing, no I'm "really excited" that Microsoft have eaten crow pie and finally come up with something that will be a worthy opponent in the forthcoming great SmartPhone wars. This is a genuinely good thing. It'll even improve Apple and Google's products.

What can't be denied is that Microsoft has released something that's truly a version one product when the competition are on their 4th major version (iOS), or second major version (Android - or is it the third?). Microsoft have an enormous chasm to bridge, and given their recent lack of innovation their biggest challenges are internal.

That said, I'm sure there's some good things about WinDog (I like that name, so I'm going to use it from now on). But you have to accept that there's a shed load of rubbish things about it. Having read some of the better reviews -- that's the ones that aren't paid for by Microsoft's PR department or written by barking MS fanboi shills. They all say there's a load of issues, as is quite reasonable given it's only just been released. Give it three more years...

Zune maketplace - only £90/year. Oh do leave it out. I've never bought a single track from iTunes, so what would I want with another DRM infested shop. I buy CDs and rip them. Or I buy tracks directly from the artist.

You didn't mention Office on WinDog. Wot a larf that would be to edit a document using a microscope. Still, at least it's not wrapped up in a ribbon. But in any case, Microsoft always add Office to their DogOS's. I've a 10+ year old HP Journada running Whince with Office. I never used Office cos it was crap then and nothing's changed since. Of course, if it were ported to an iPad with a decent screen size, that would be an entirely different story...

Sharepoint: snake oil. I once attended a 4 day introduction to Sharepoint course. I walked away with the feeling I'd wasted 4 days of my life staring in a marketeer's porn flick.

The fact is I, in common with absolutely loads of other IT *professionals*, have turned our backs on Microsoft. They make shoddy products, have the morals of a stoat, milk their cash cow markets dry; I'm tired of being lied to and Microsoft wasting my and my client's time and money. I'm thinking of IE primarily, but years of shoddy Wince phones, unreliable Office products and >100,000++ viruses tend to be rather significant factors.

For years I observed Microsoft release a product, pretty much any product, saying it's "the best", "they're really excited", etc. and that the previous product wasn't much use, certainly compared with the current release. Look at Office 2011, or Vista, or Exchange. When you've swum around the goldfish bowl a few times you recognise the same old rubbish and that it's really good to skip a few releases. I'm sure you'll grow to recognise it eventually.

So what makes you so happy about WinDog? Do you work for them or something?

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Badgers

Yes but no but yes but what's it *really* like?

> Yes they are a little late

Wow, the master of understatement.

> doesn't that say something about how well Microsoft have done with this product?

No. Not until it's in general availability and 'real' people have 'real' experience using it. At the moment it's very much a version one product with huge numbers of features missing and the only people reporting are either paid to report or have vested interests.

We don't know how reliable it is (fanboi shill opinions don't count); what it's like to live with; how long the battery lasts; if the missing features are really painful to live without; if the 'new' features are of any real use; being Microsoft, how much it crashes... It's a long list.

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WTF?

Gawd blimey guvnor...

Or a Cockney using the parlance of London: dog & bone = phone. Happens to fit the moment as "Windows Phone 7" trips off the tongue about as elegantly as a kebab hits the pavement on a Saturday night.

Why would I want to use the software? I don't do Facebook, think twatter is a bore and I've as much motivation to use WinDog as I have to downgrade my iPhone 4 from version 4.1 to 1.0.

You MS philes really are a sensitive bunch aren't you.

BTW how does WinDog work with YouTube? Can it render H.264 video in the browser?

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Only two phones available?

> HTC seems to be having some software problems with its pair of Windows Phone 7 handsets

That's why there's a shortage, I'm not surprised they sold their two handsets even with software problems. I'm sure that they could sell a few more than that to Microsoft employees, etc.

The iPhone sold in hundreds of thousands at launch, even when it was overpriced.

BTW, if the WinDog7 software turns out to be a, well, dog, can one just install Android?

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Dell dumps RIM, saves fortune

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Dell eating WinDog dog food

Competition's great. But in this case Dell have to eat their WinDog dog food; if they don't then who else would. What a minging phone though - I bet the employees are well miffed with handing in their dedicated and finely tuned crackberries for a house brick of a glorified Skype phone!

We don't have a pathological hatred of all things Microsoft. We do have years of suffering their bloody awful products and have wasted years of development time. So if it seems like we're anti, we're not it's just our enjoyment of watching Microsoft squirm as the ball is on the other foot for a change.

I doubt if we're going to see endless 'new' products from Microsoft simply because they've forgotten how to innovate.

Oh, I'm writing this on an iPad. Where's the Microsoft equivalent?

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Fans roast Microsoft for Silverlight demotion

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Adverts..

More adverts, innane animations, inept UI designs, sound, CPU wastage...

I've FlashBlock to calm Flash down and 'just say no' to prevent Silverlight from installing. Now if only I could simply eliminate pointless jQuery animations...

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Microsoft concedes on blank-screen operations

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Unhappy

What testing, there's been no time

It's been such a rush they haven't been able to refine the design nor test it. Are you surprised that they've not thought this through?

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First official HTML5 tests topped by...Microsoft

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Flame

Errm, what's the difference...

...between IE Nein and the other browsers?

IE Nein only runs on Windows Vista and VII.

So what use is IE Nein to the majority of the world who don't run Vista and VII?

What about the other people who run their festering previous browsers - all three of them.

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Microsoft nails Silverlight's future to Windows Phones

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Alert

In other news...

Microsoft are developing a phone browser that supports HTML5.

Seems only logical.

Pity the poor people who've been suckered in to invest a great deal of time and effort into SilverLight. That'll teach them for adopting new, proprietary technologies too quickly.

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Boffins mount campaign against France's official kilogramme

Wibble

State of the sun & moon?

I've always wondered if the state of the sun and moon should be considered when weighing things to this accuracy. After all, these celestial objects are responsible for moving giga-tons of water around the planet. Just ask Canute. Oh, he drowned.

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Microsoft's IE9 'nearly finished'

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Nowhere near finished

It only runs on a couple of obscure operating systems so how can it be finished. Doesn't even run on XP FFS.

FUD FUD glorious FUD...

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Microsoft sings Happy Birthday to Windows 7

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10+Gb winsxs directory

Why, for goodness sake, why is the winsxs directory so large?

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