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Global execs name Apple 'most innovative company' – again

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More obviously, where is ARM?

Given that almost everything the top few have was made possible by ARM's innovations, it's clearly not about innovation and all about market visibility.

Not surprising though, surveys like this always were popularity contests that are very easy for the surveyor to influence.

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Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

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Re: IOS7.0.2 email issues

I've found iOS Exchange email sync to be half broken from the beginning, no real change there at all.

The new layout feels a little better, except you still cannot close a folder or change the order in any way.

I have folders that I never care about on my phone, but the only possible way to get then out of the way was to prefix them with "z" to push them to the bottom of the sort order.

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Re: How much do you have to use your phone to get seasick from it?

Boats always move, so entirely possible.

Especially a small boat, which will have moved under his foot as he stepped on board.

I don't know anyone that bad, but I can well believe it.

Obviously not a guy who's going to enjoy sailing.

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How does one do that then?

The publicity photos (and even videos) can only show you what it looks like, not what it feels like.

The only way you can tell if the upgrade is going to make you sick is to try it for a few hours.

- A brief poke in the pub won't help unless your symptoms are acute.

The only way you can try it for a few hours is to upgrade, unless you've got a friend happy to give you their phone for a day.

So the only way to know if it's going to make you sick is to upgrade it and try it.

Once you find that it's awful, then what?

All other smartphones and computers can be rolled back at will - not always easily but it is possible without preparation prior to upgrade.

iOS devices cannot be rolled back once the public release occurs, unless you take specific steps to keep the old keys before upgrading.

These people are not developers, they are not programmers or hackers, they just want their phone to work without making then sick.

Excessive animations are well-known to cause nausea in some people, which is why every single other OS allows you to turn them off.

Except Apple.

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US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report

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Re: Will Google change sides?

Pretty sure that's Google advertising to show it's not evil - or hedging it's bets by diversifying.

Google still make nearly all of their money through online advertising, which means it most definitely needs as many consumers as possible to see them.

What would happen if an ISP could charge more for ad traffic from some ad brokers than others, or even block adverts altogether?

Now swap "adverts" for something your employer makes their money from.

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Re: @Chad

Hey, Central and South America don't want your idiots, they have enough of their own.

Catapult them towards Hawaii, just make sure it only goes halfway.

Or dump them in central Greenland, let the Danish polar bears deal with them.

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Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

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If every journey had a unique ID with nothing to link it then there would be little to worry about.

- still possible to identify where people living at addresses in/near the covered areas work, but that route is part of the point.

The problem is that we don't know.

We didn't know they were doing this, and we don't know what the anonymisation method is.

If the method is "each phone has a random GUID" then it's not actually anonymous at all, because it becomes trivial to track an individual all over and then link everything together if they go somewhere "interesting".

So how is it done?

Without knowing the method, it's impossible to know whether the data is actually anonymous, or just "We changed everybody's name but you can still see their faces"

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Re: I am screwing up the results!

That explains the M4 bus lane!

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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

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Re: This is the most assine article ever....

You are aware that Flight Mode is available by default when the phone is locked?

Thus trivially defeating Find My Phone by default.

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Sofas with a roof and Star Trek seating: The future of office furniture?

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@Gavin King Re: Hotdesking is just evil

Hotdesking means having to carry all your paperwork around, it can't be left on the desk or locked in the desk drawer.

When that paperwork is a set of annotated building drawings, that's easily more than a kg of paper for just one project.

When you're working on multiple projects at the same time, it rapidly becomes impossible.

A notepad is a like a book but without any words inside it. You use a pen or pencil to put your own words and diagrams inside. Thoroughly recommended, they work almost everywhere even without electrical power or batteries, and some models are even waterproof!

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That circular pod is just insane.

Perfect for wasting tens of expensive square footage by making them utterly unusable.

Circular is BAD. It does not nest, it doesn't fit in with anything else - and often makes a large space claustrophobic, because you're always close to a wall.

What is it with these "design" people anyway? Most of those would be dangerous in a fire as hard to evacuate (and check), claustrophobic and unusable by anyone not the exact size and shape of the designer.

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Hotdesking is just evil

I hate hotdesking, it makes it impossible to personalise your space and worse, makes your notepads and printed copy a hindrance instead of the help it should be.

And yes, printed copy is necessary if you have fewer than four monitors or if your monitors are only 1080p or smaller.

Notepads are simply fundamental - you can sketch a thing faster on a bit of paper than it could ever be drawn on a computer, and it's compatible with all software and fully multi-tasked.

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Re: Loosing

One does not "fire" an arrow - unless you mean the action shortly before shooting a burning one.

An arrow is shot, loosed or released.

Although I suppose loosing an arrow tends to happen just before losing it!

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Creation of "life" is easier than it sounds

Because it's only got to happen once on the entire planet.

Think about it - if one molecule exists that automatically makes copies of itself, it will make copies until it runs out of material.

Allow for the occasional non-fatal error, and we have bootstrapped evolution that only needs time and energy input.

Panspermia simply expands the possible volume to encompass more worlds, as it says it's only got to have happened once within a possible-to-travel spacetime cone.

And doesn't necessarily require any more than one arrival on a pristine planet, either.

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Microsoft: Surface a failure? No, it made us STRONGER

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Re: they must be doing something wrong....

Most of that is "automatic", like the banks "borrow at 0.5%, lend at 6-20%".

In other words, if you do nothing at all you continue to make large profits, and you have to try really hard to lose money.

Eg by writing off multiple billions on failed projects.

Like Mr B has done several times.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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Re: Non Retina

Thanks for that, I'd never have found it otherwise.

Two things rather surprised me though:

Why does making the font bold force a reboot?

And why didn't it change the text on the onscreen keyboard?

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Korean stealth-scraper plans will turn 450 metre tower INVISIBLE

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What will it do the rest of the time?

The invisibility trick is the same as that thing Richard Hammond's team did with a van.

It needs a fairly high resolution display up the entire side of the building, perhaps around one pixel per metre. The technology is simple, just expensive - we've done higher pixel counts before (along a bridge)

The "Flame towers" in Azerbaijan are basically the same thing in fact, just different media source.

At night one could do rather a lot with that - here's hoping we get the job, could be fun!

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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Or they don't want to spend money on their PC

Believe it or not, there are plenty of people to whom their computer is just a tool for writing & printing the odd document and visiting a couple of sites on the Internet.

An upgrade to Win7 or 8, or a new PC would cost them quite a bit of cash, which they either can't afford or simply don't want to spend, as they have other priorities.

A free upgrade to Linux may well give them with a faster computer capable of opening the latest document formats and visiting their favourite websites (possibly better with HTML5 and all that jazz), for zero money.

This would be something relevant to their interests, unlike shelling out more cash on "the grey box under the computer"

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In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android

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Re: Who "finessed" who?

You are aware that Elop bought high, sold low?

He presided over (and probably directly caused) the biggest crash in shareholder value Nokia has ever had.

Perhaps it would have fallen anyway, but it probably wouldn't have been as fast or as far, though alternate futures are hard to predict.

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Re: Who "finessed" who?

That only works if you care exclusively about the continued existence of the Nokia parent company, and don't care about the public brand, the staff or the shareholders.

Sounds pathological to me.

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

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I wouldn't mind except they are lying

"The decision to turn on filters is then put into the hands of parents and carers who know best what is appropriate for their children."

(My emphasis)

By pre-ticking "turn on filter" they are in fact pushing you to have the filter, and it's actually "the decision to turn OFF filters".

Not to mention that a website owner can't get their site unblocked or compensation for wrongful blocking, this is an all-or-nothing concept, with no granularity (why can't I see porn on my login to the home WiFi, even though my kids can't?), is trivially bypassed by accident (connect to next-doors WiFi) and rightfully would need to block most of the "Red-top" news sites, Mumsnet, half of YouTube...

Basically, it's a bit of knee-jerk twattery that not only won't work, fundamentally can't possibly "work" in the way that its been claimed, will do a lot of damage and then get quietly (or perhaps loudly) dropped.

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How to get a Raspberry Pi to take over your Robot House

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Re: *Off Topic Feature Request*

You'll need to specify the hardware for the wireless RS232. If its transparently a serial port to Linux then this is easy.

Plus a link to the spec for ASCOMM, I couldn't find one in a quick search from my phone in a train station.

Either way, the Raspberry PI forums are probably a better place for you to put the request. Somebody might have already done it!

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Microsoft mocks Apple and new iPhones in vids it quickly pulls

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Re: Interview? An Hilarious....

That rather depends upon ones accent.

It's an 'ilarious video, isn't it Private?

Or rather, it's not.

Clearly an internal video that somebody posted onto the general intertubes without thinking about it, then got a telling off and pulled it.

Rather like that infamous Rainbow recording...

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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That's rubbish and you know it.

Most users already know which mode they want as default.

And if the option wasn't buried away in an near-impossible to find, illogical place, they could easily change their mind as they begin to use the device in their real world.

Even better, the convertibles *know* their hardware configuration so auto-selecting "users tablet/users laptop" mode at boot would be trivial MS they cared about user preferences.

It's this way because Microsoft know damn well that TIFKAM is despised by the majority, and their current strategy requires that it be rammed down all our throats.

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@mmeier

Given that quite a few programs (i.e Firefox) stack the "start new instance" and "running instances" icons

That's done by the Windows Taskbar from Vista/7 onwards, it's nothing to do with the application.

It is possible to force Windows not to stack, but it's difficult and Microsoft strongly discourage it, going so far as to bury the API. I don't get why, as many non-trivial programs have items of different "types" which probably should not stack.

Also, some older windowing toolkits (eg Delphi 6) avoid it because of the way they work, introducing different and highly annoying oddities.

Of course, in TIFKAM it's simply impossible to have more than one instance of an App running so you don't actually care about this at all.

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Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

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Re: You can get the AC adaptor with either UK or European power pins

Ring mains solve quite a few problems compared to radials or spurs in a domestic environment.

Much higher current available at a double (or triple) socket (kettle plus microwave at the same double socket), and no marshalling or junction boxes needed to join any number of sockets to a single fuse/RCBO/MCB at the fuse box/DB, as there will only ever be two cables at each join.

Construction is the same really, just pull the cable along the route and back, with a loop of spare at each socket, and if a run is hard, just cut at a socket and pull that run direct, same as for radials and spurs.

Not sure what you mean by "shrouded", but sleeved L&N pins have been a requirement on both BS1363 and BS546 since 1984, making it safe to slide child fingers behind the plug while it's being inserted and removed.

I've also not seen a BS1363 socket damaged by overload except when a fake (or wrong/no) fuse had been fitted.

That said, the "stackabilty" of the NZ/AUS plugs is rather nice and avoids a problem faced elsewhere.

Many UK multi-way adapters are actually rated at 6A or 10A total, making them annoying and sometimes dangerous as people may refit the wrong fuse after overloading them.

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Re: You can get the AC adaptor with either UK or European power pins

But standing on a UK plug won't break it. You have to drop them quite a long way onto a hard surface to damage them.

Standing on any of the myriad of EU plugs may break it, standing on a NZ/AUS plug will probably break it, and looking vaguely in the direction of a US Edison plug will shatter it into a myriad of pieces.

And no, there's no such thing as a standard EU mainland plug anyway. The only thing that's common across most of the EU is the approximate location and rough size of the two Live/Neutral pins.

Spain and France (CEE 7/5) are round and have a female PE off-centre, Germany (CEE 7/4) are round and use clips at the top/bottom, Denmark has a half-round PE, Switzerland (not EU but close) are roughly diamon-shaped with a round PE off-center, while Italian plugs (CEI 23-16) put the PE exactly in the middle and come in two nearly-identical but incompatible sizes, neither of which quite match anything else. Multi-standard sockets that meet CEE 7/4 as well as CEI 23-16 are getting common the Italy.

It's only physically possible to get a CEE 7/7 plug that correctly fits German and French (CEE 7/4 and 7/5) sockets. All the others are incompatible due to the impossibility of getting the Protective Earth.

The closest thing to an "EU mainland plug" is the un-earthed CEE 7/16 - which isn't a safe way of powering anything other than Class II equipment, and doesn't work in Italy.

In summary - everybody should use either B1363 or BS546 plugs and sockets, because those are by far the best ever invented.

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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

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Dear Google

Fight this. Fight it and kill it stone dead.

For the love of software, you need to do it to prevent the next piece of patent hostage taking.

Don't settle. Paying ransom money just funds the next patent attack or hostage taking and encourages other firms to try it on.

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'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail

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Re: Took a test once, never again

You're making the fundamental error of assuming they actually work, when they don't.

The only way they do work is when the testee thinks they work - much like Napier's soot-stained cock.

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Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

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Buying in Virtual Windows Desktops is dangerous then

So, right now you can do it with Windows Server, how long before MS notice and change the licensing rules?

Then what happens?

The hosting costs suddenly multiply by however many customers were sharing the Windows hardware. So the customer gets a x3 - x10 monthly bill increase, and/or the host goes bankrupt and the customers are screwed because all their computers stop working.

So quite simply, it's too dangerous to contemplate outsourcing a virtual Windows desktop.

And that's what MS wants, they don't want people being able to buy-in virtual desktop machines, they want thick clients running full-fat desktop Windows.

If a company wants to outsource their virtual desktop and actually save money rather than paying more, they must use Linux desktops - that's the only way to be sure that your contract costs won't suddenly multiply in the future.

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Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight

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Re: Virgin penetrates void

Yes, but out at the moon doing a urine dump or two can put you into a stable orbit from sub-orbital.

The point is that it doesn't have the delta-v for an orbit, which makes it considerably simpler.

For starters, no need to decelerate or aerobrake to get home safe. Just stay oriented and there you go...

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Just make sure there's a dog on board

Don't want the pilot touching the controls...

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Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?

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"No-one's asked"

Translation - the ones who want it already know that it doesn't do it and bought something else that does.

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Developers developers? Screw the developers!

This is probably the biggest reason Win8's TIFKAM is already dead.

It's hard to develop for, the rules mean no non-trivial applications, it's impossible to test...

Is it any wonder end users don't like it? All it ever manages is to get in the way of their "normal" Windows experience, which is where all their software actually lives.

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

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Or Option 3:

Make the smallest number you can get away with, in case an important hardware design issue is found - or it's a flop.

Then you have far fewer that have to be repaired/replaced, and even more importantly, aren't left with a massive stock you can't sell because they're either flawed and need parts replacing, or nobody wants them.

Both of these scenarios have hit MS in the past - RRoD, Surface RT...

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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*Ahem*

Windows and Linux recording software can use the live audio output of the PC as the recording source, no cables required. Still digital all the way as it's a function of the audio CODEC chipset.

Macs probably do the same but I don't have one.

(Yes, I am saying that all DRM ever applied to music is completely and utterly incapable of doing what it's designed to. When Bob, Eve and Mallory are the same entity, what does one expect?)

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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

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Re: Certification devalued

I'd agree if it was the bottom end they were scrapping.

However, that bottom end of "You turned up, have a cert." is staying.

It's the top end that's being killed - the ones who are few in number and peer-reviewed, so they have to be convincing (if not actually good) enough for their competitors to acknowledge that they should be in the club.

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

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Re: Money men

If they get one of those financial-manipulators, MS will have ceased to be within a decade.

They have a pretty big cash pile, but without compelling product they'll burn it very quickly.

That's been Ballmers problem - he's burnt a few billion in the last few years, and you simply can't keep doing that.

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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Getting pop stars wired for 30 years

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Re: One really cool feature...

The ANSI E1.11 - DMX512A standard requires the receiving circuit to be electrically isolated, and has done since 1990. IIRC, only the original 1986 version of the standard didn't require it, but did recommend it.

See sections 4.6, 5.7 and Figure 3. (There may be an RF bypass capacitor to Chassis, but nothing else.)

There is some very old (pre-1990) reputable kit without it, but nothing reputable designed since 1990.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of cheapskate pieces of **** which use an explicitly disallowed receiver circuit which breaks that isolation, either to save ~5p on 5V-ISO and opto or because they have never actually read any of the standard. I'm guessing the latter, as there's been a lot of inaccurate or outright wrong info on the Internet over the years. (Including some app notes with firmware (PIC) that get it wrong.)

This kind of equipment can usually be identified by the 3-pin XLR connector labelled "DMX", which is also specifically prohibited by the standard.

The standard is currently available for free from PLASA Technical Standards Program.

The reason MIDI uses current loop and DMX512A doesn't is that MIDI is a point-to-point (daisychaining is not recommended, but works for very short runs), while DMX512A is 31-receiver multidrop over very long (500m) runs where the devices could be a long distance from each other.

Current loop doesn't work for a long multidrop run as the resistance of the cable means the current vanishes into the first couple of receivers.

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Top 10 Steve Ballmer quotes: '%#&@!!' and so much more

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Developers Developers...

That was and is true.

Making Windows easy to develop for is what made Windows in the first place. Without that it'd be a mere footnote in history.

Failing to do that is part of what killed Windows Mobile (the other being it was awful) and what's killing Windows 8, damaging 8.1 before launch and is the main reason Windows Phone 7 tanked utterly and why Windows Phone 8 is not doing well.

A lack of applications will always damage a consumer computing platform, a lack of support for developers kills it stone dead.

In the last few years MS has been pissing off developers by doing practically everything wrong.

The new guy had better dance!

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Delta Air Lines makes mass Windows Phone 8, Lumia 820 buy

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No, it'll be about 2000 devices at most.

If they were even considering providing them to a significant number of aircrew as a company phone, that would have been the headline, not "in-flight purchases".

The phones will be provided per-aircraft, there will be at least two per aircraft but likely no more than four even on the biggest jets.

One main and one spare on the small aircraft, and two per aisle at most on the big ones.

Plus a few spares on the ground at hub airports.

They'll want the spares because if none of the device on a given flight are working they can't sell anything.

How many tills does a plane need?

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Marissa Mayer causes controversy after KEEPING HER KIT ON

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Re: Awkward

The legs don't match with either the torso or the lounger.

That's why it's firmly in Uncanny Valley.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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FAIL

Your grandfather would definitely have been against it, don't you worry.

If nothing else, it's a bloody stupid thing to do.

Radio interception worked because neither end knew whether GCHQ was listening in - they might suspect, but they did not know.

Marching in at all defeats the point.

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Re: DeMockRacy

Vote Monster Raving Loony!

It's the only way to get a sane Government.

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Re: Tantrum

It sounds absolutely ridiculous - and that's why I believe it's true.

You wouldn't try making this up, you'd invent something much less preposterous.

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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

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FAIL

Enough empty myths already

Long term disposal was solved decades ago.

The problem is the "green" activists who refuse point blank to allow the disposal sites to be built, even though the local population want them.

- ref. Sellafield/Windscale.

Nuclear has little to no subsidy - though it is hard to calculate, it's pretty much zero for new plant. (Old plant was subsidised by the military for obvious reasons).

Wind has a massive subsidy and solar has an IMMENSE subsidy - yet both of those added together made up only 14.5% of German electricity during the first half of 2012.*

In 2011, nuclear was 23%. Even after the eight plants were shut down it was still more than wind & solar put together.

* Electricity - Renewable Energies in the first half of 2012

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Re: The answer is obvious...

Nope, this should be a solved problem, but the Greenies refuse point blank to allow anything other than their current mania. Right now they only want Wind and Solar - everything else is the work of the Devil and Cannot Be Permitted.

The problem is the idiot greenies and BANANAs* who simply aren't interested in solutions, and are intent on shouting down every single attempt at actual solutions because they don't precisely match their fatally flawed preconceptions - flawed because none of them have any idea what "national scale" actually means.

They simply aren't interested in a reasoned discussion of "Here is the problem, what solutions can we afford, how can we move towards the final goal without bankruptcy and death?", they are simply Against. Against what? Well, everything.

The problem of Low-Emissions electricity supply in Europe is relatively easy to solve, if we actually wished to do so. It looks very much like our current mix, just replacing the coal with nuclear. Simples.

Or at least it would be if we'd started building them a few years ago. Now, we're simply utterly screwed.

* Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything

Oh yes, Solar-Electric has no place at all in northern Europe. The Sun doth not shine enough here.

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

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Nah, Outlooks down most days

Falls over more often than a drunkard in high heels on a Saturday night.

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Fear the JOBZILLA! 150ft STATUE of Steve planned 'lest fanbois forget'

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What's so special about him?

While Gates might deserve a statue for his charity work, should he for his computing work?

Does Ballmer?

Jobs was just a marketing CEO. A good one, but that's it.

This is the product of a crazy fandom, frankly I find it creepy.

Also, $50k doesn't get you a public statue. It gets you a custom mannequin, only suitable for protected indoor display.

A public statue has to survive the weather - and the traffic cone on its head!

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NSA coughs to 1000s of unlawful acts of snooping on US soil since 2008

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Re: mea culpa

We have the Monster Raving Loony Party!

Sanest guys in politics.

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