* Posts by Steve Davies 3

1987 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Magpie and School?

I went to a Bog Standard Comprehensive thanks to Harold Wilson's Government.

I hated Magpie. I got my Blue Peter badge so that tell you what camp I was in.

Forget Chelsea vs {the rest} for rivalry, BP vs Magpie was just as bad.

As for a TV. Just the one in my house. A 42in LG jobby with FreeView and FreeSat. About 5ys old now.

I'll research any replacement very carefully. No TV of mine will ever be connected to the Internet. So if it don't work without being able to phone home then I won't buy it,

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Guess who filed most Euro patents in 2014? Yep, still Samsung

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Beat you!

My Patent application reads

Making things fall down using gravity using a Computer and or other internet connected device

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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Re: Badges?

They are obviously thinking of the 'Badger' that is very drinkable around this time of day on a Friday.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Don't worry, it is Friday (TGIF...)

Apple doesn't do PR in El Reg's direction, on the basis of ancient grudges about our predilection for colourful language and not being gushy about everything it does.

Is it any wonder given the style of headlines that appear hear when there is a story even remotely connected to 'crapple'?

Perhaps the headline writers are auditioning for a job on the Daily Star?

Anyway, have one (not on me coz I ain't been paid yet) and perhaps you can try even harder next week? You guys will probably go all apoplectic when the A-Watch is released. It will make interesting reading (no not about the watch) for those headlines alone.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: I think you'll find this is actually...

a.k.a The Hollywood Rules of Corporate Accounting.

For example, none of the Harry Potter films made even $1 in profit.

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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

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Isis?

A nice place for a 'punt' on a Summer's Evening if you are around Oxford when the 'nobs' have gone home.

The 'isis' crew can also be seen battling it out with 'goldie' on the Thames.

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

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FAIL

Epic Fail here

On the part of Norton not nuking IE from the system once and for all.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: US International layout (Windows)

This advice is all well and good BUT

(the following mostly applies to Windows)

1) Many corporate devices are so locked down that you can't change the keyboard from US English. This applies to devices in used all over the world.

2) Plugging in even an international English Keyboard is a possible sacking offence even in non financial/medical/defence companies.

Even worse the keyboard needs a driver that you can't install because... you can guess the rest.

3) These corporate devices sometimes won't let you even change the handiness on a mouse.

4) Most US based support desks don't have a clue when you mention things like a 'cedilla' and think this this # is a pound sign and can't understand that this '£' is.

Currency signs other than $$$$$ are just not in their Vocabulary.

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How many Watches will Apple flog? 20, er, 18.5, no, five, wait, 50 million!

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FAIL

Bloody anal(ysts)

If they think that 50 millions suckers will go out and buy this POS.

Notice that Apple hasn't forcast any sales?

1-2 Milllion (for the die-hard Fanboi/FanGirl) is my estimate especially as once the 'This thing sucks' reviews start raining on us.

Total failure on the part of these so called experts.

I have to wonder ho many are preparing to storh Apple Stock? Big up a crap product and when the share price falls, they can make a killing.

Shoot the lot of em!

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UK.gov can't get farmers onto its Verify service – even to claim subsidies

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Re: Slow connection

Aren't all GOV.UK projects Flashy by default? How else will the tech illiterate Minister sign them off?

Cue Homer Simpson 'Oooooohhhhhhh Flash' moment

Ok, I'm outa here. Coat with a Flashlight in the pocket.

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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Office 2010 Patches as well

The last patch Tuesday had a shed load of Office patches.

After they were duly applied, suddenly all my 'Print To' was going to OneNote. Not that I'd ever used it.

All my Default Language settings in Word were back to US English (not really English if you ask me). The print size was US Letter (WTF).

Why do you mess up with the customisations like this? Come on, we deserve a good reason.

Not impressed at all.

Come on Microsoft you really have to do better.

Hence the Fail Icon.

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'We have NO IDEA who put those ads on our TVs', Sammy simpers

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Samsung don't know who put the ads there?

Bullshite.

Now we have news that they are going to pre-load Microsoft Apps onto the S6 (cue much gnashing of teeth by Fandroids and very justified IMHO).

IMHO, they seen to be flapping around all over the place trying to find a niche where they can make some money. Rather sad really becuase I'm sure that at one time they felt that they could out Apple, Apple.

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Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

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Ah, the wonder of woolies

sorry windows.

I just did a Server 2008 R2 Update. 66Mb download and somehow more than 1Gb of disk space disappeared.

The mysteries seem to keep right on coming like a Soap Opera plotline.

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BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

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So where's the laptop

(ok luggable)

that can :-

1) take 64Gb RAM?

2) Have a screen better than 1920x1080

3) has a CPU better than an Quad Core i7

4) Comes with 2TB of M-Sata SSD

My HP Laptop runs at least 6 VM's most days. 28-30Gb ram.

sure this is an exception but like another poster says, this is my personal go anywhere cloud server.

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Re: The Size of My Package...

At least when your train is stuck inside Gasworks Tunnel waiting for Platform 0 to become free the Twitterarti can't complain about it to the outside world.

So unlike what happens outside Waterloo. I've seen people tweet when we have been held at signals for 30 secs and we are still early and ontime when we pull into the platform.

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Gleeful Apple and Microsoft bathe in bathfuls of debt

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Don't forget

all those lovely sub-prime mortgages that were sold to millions of Americans.

They had a big impact as well.

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Cortana to form CIRCLE OF LIFE in Windows 10

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Yes But...

Microsoft has revealed more details of just how its personal assistant Cortana will work in Windows 10

Ok, hands up all those here that will turn this off right after installation?

Or will MS make it respond...

"I'm sorry Dave, I can't allow that."

When we try.

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Internet of Thieves: All that shiny home security gear is crap, warns HP

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HP is taking the Sauce!

HP are simply saying that 'Out Snake Oil is better than other brands of snake oil'.

The only HP I have in my home is a brown bottle of stuff for using on Bacon Sarnies.

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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Re: Yes, Samsung TVs are spying on you

But Cortana knows more (according to the MS TV adverts)

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Er?

But does anyone actually believe what Samsung are saying?

wouldn't they have a bunch of clients all lined up for this juicy data feed. Think of all that 'sex in front of the telly' sound and video that they are now not going to get.

Just what the company needs to prop up their sagging finances.

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

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Re: Just a beginning?

Police? Oh, I seem to remember seeing one around here once upon a time.

They've closed all the local Plod Stations so I'd have to trek into Blazingspoke some 20+ miles away (After making an appointment) to get my bike frame etched. How many people who got a bike for Christmas will be getting their marked? Not many is my guess.

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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Windows 10 is Dead. Long live windows 10

We should really be talking about Windows 365 not that Redmond has Trademarked it.

(in the US at least)

Get your subscriptions ready chaps.

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Re: One teensy question

Don't you have to actually disable the Windows Update Service to stop this from happening?

If you didn't do that then perhaps someone changed the Windows update settings.

But honestly, given the number of bum patches the MS (they aren't alone here are the Apple?) have released why would you leave any critical machine running with windows update allowed to apply the patches automatically?

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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

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Zero Wastage?

More like 100% wastage if I encounter this on call I make.

There is no way that I am going to hold on while somthing that I don't want and am not interested in is advertised to me.

Like other posters I'll probably send them an email stating the reasons why their company has lost me as a customer. If enough of us do this then perhaps (yeah right!!!!) this 'feature' will be consigned to the great waste bin in the sky.

No, No ,No. This is so wrong.

To the people who dreamed this up please see the icon for what I'd like to do to you.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Listers chutney

Farmers Markets can also be a source of decently hot chutney. I bought some just before crimble at one not far from Norwich. Being used very sparingly.

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Nice Recipe

Shame about the Bread.

Ok, I'm a bit of a bread snob. Any bread made using the Chorleywood process is IMHO crap.

Now, it you had put the eggs etc between some chunky slices of my homemade Rye and Wholemeal Bread then the end result would be gobsmackingly yummy.

Kneading Bread is very theraputic after a hard day fighting software bugs.

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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GPS and SatNav

A friend of my other half lives 400yds from her local Tesco. you can see it from their driveway. But everytime she goes she sets the SatNav. The same for the return.

When asked why she did this when you can see the place from home, the reply was, 'There might be a traffic jam and I can take an alternative route if this tells me to'.

Doh! Facepalm and everything else.

Not that far from where I live there is a dirt road. At the start of it there is a 6ft high notice saying,

SATNAV Drivers STOP. Go back. This road does not go to *******.

almost on a daily basis, an HGV (usually from foreign parts) gets stuck half way down. The local Truck breakdown service charges 200GBP to get them out but still they come.

What is the use case for this bit of tech again?

I'm sure it might have some use (I use paper maps) but for most of us, it is IMHO nothing more than a distraction.

"Eff off Cortana"

"I'm sorry Dave I can't do that."

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Legion of Superheroes fly in from Redmond for SQLBits bash

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Superhero's?

IMHO that means all MS Staff will come dressed as Superman or SuperWoman. After all their products are indestructable aren't they?

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'Privacy is DAMAGING to PROGRESS' says Irish big data whitepaper

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Re: Wot?

It is a wonder that they didn't cite the 8th Century Félire Óengusso (In Irish naturally) as a reason for not wanting privacy.

Ok, It is Friday and all that.

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Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

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Re: Malware Solution

Minimum Wage Barrista's can't afford the solution.

Neither can most people so they just get on with life.

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

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Re: High street stores are irrelevant

When the chips are down

mines the one with a dog eared copy of June 1972 ETI in the pocket

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Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

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Yeah

They are wetting themselves with the thought of all those service contracts that will bring 10000% more profit than they make on the devices themselves.

I can see the TV ad now.

"With the Dixons (of dock green) Connected System, it calls us when there are problems so we can serve you better (and sell you more interconnected crap)

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Re: No

Don't for get the Warranty that costs 1/3 of the price of the device!

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Google Now now SLURPS data from third party apps so YOU don't have to

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Relevant Information?

Relevant to Who exactly?

my guess is not the owner of the device.

Where the 'up yours' Icon when you need it?

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Er?

Wasn't it Richard Hammond who had a whizzo prang due to his carbon fibre velocipede getting stuck in some tram lines?

Back to this little beast.

It does seem to be an answer where the question got lost. It is neither one thing nor another.

Renault probably built it to satisfy some french beaurocrat's tick list.

On the plus side, seeing it on Top Gear and now reading a review does help us get a better picture of its suitability.

Probably ok for the commute to Effingham Jcn station and that's it.

{effingham because that's what you will be doing when you get back on the 20:15 from waterloo and find that some scumbag has nicked it}

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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How does this square up with...

the 76 million flagship phones that Apple sold last quarter?

come on Mr O, we'd like an explanation or perhaps people are just turning away from flagship phones made by companies other than Apple?

Otherwise, the article is saying,

Apple is Doomed I tell ye, doomed.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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If....

BT were to offer a Fibre connection to premises there the last bit is from a pole and overhead to the premises then an awful lot of propeties could be connected quickly and (relatively) cheaply. No need to dig up people's driveways.

But pig might fly because this is BT isn't it?

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Lets hope for two things

1) all these little tricks get collected together

2) MS don't play hardball and take out things like this little tip.

You never know, they might just mess it all up out of spite especially if the people involved in putting the Start Menu back are the same ones who took it all away.

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SamSUNK! Korean giant's electronics biz takes punch to the smartphone profits

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Apple does not bake their own silicon

They use the likes of Samsung and TSMC to do it for them.

Other than that, it seems that the writing is on the wall. If they don't manage a specucalar turn around their high end (and thus the bigger profit margin) devices will become a liability.

At the bottom end, can they really compete with the likes of Lenovo and Xaoimi?

It appears that they can't, Then IMHO it looke like Samsung Mobiles will become a niche player much like HTC etc

Now if only the Google devices were more widely available.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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Hotels next step?

will be to start lobbying the inhabitants of Capitol Hill.

Then they'll put pressure on the FCC

Normal (WiFi blocking) service will be resumed.

Then the lawyers will get involved.

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Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

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Re: Another prior art work

From the article

The patent has been pending for six years and

Unless Logitech can show that their solution is totally different OR has a prior date to this application then there is nothing for them to gain from starting a case against Apple.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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no surprise there

given the amount that MS spent on advertising the Surface over Christmas.

The other question is (apart from are they making a profit) is how their market share is looking?

Then the thing that mayt well put this into perspective are the Apple numbers for their Q4.

How many more iPhones than Luminas did they (apple) sell?

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Nexus 6 would have had a fingerprint reader, but Apple RUINED IT ALL

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Re: Court ruling

No need for a finer control

Just implement a feature where using a certain digit (or password) invokes a hard data erase.

Then the Feds etc may think twice about forcing you to allow them access.

Or be like me an not use a smartphone for personal use.

Mines the one with a Nokia 6310i in the pocket.

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'Linus Torvalds is UNFIT for the WORKPLACE!' And you've given the world what, exactly?

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Compiling Kernels?

The last time I built a custom kernel was around 10 years ago.

Sure, I can still do it if I wanted but I really don't have to these days.

Personally, I still prefer the RSX-11S Sysgen Process. Now that was a custom kernel.

(ok, the RT-11 one was just as good)

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Well Duh!

Lawyers and Accountants who become Politicians ONLY pass lawys that will benefit their bretherin. viz, other Lawyers and Accountants.

When the rest of us plebs realise that we might get both a legal and political system that will serve the rest of us and not just that clique.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: Look at meeeeeeee!!!!!!

How do you know? do you have some inside information on the subject?

The last time I went to a Physics Lab there were a good few babes in white coats working there.(I was fixing an errant Computer)

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What was Tim Cook worth to Apple in 2014? $9 MILLION, apparently

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how does this compare to the heads of ... say,

Oracle,

IBM,

Microsoft

HP

Google

Facebook

Twitter?

etc?

For a company this size, it does not seem to be that high.

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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Re: That's my job!

Those MCSE drones would have to use Bing. That's why they can't find the solutions.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: Pricing

This is a perfectly good question. One that a lot of people would like to know the answer for.

Yet it gets a downvote?

Would the person who downvoted the post care to explain why they did this?

Or will they just downvote this one as well out of spite?

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Brilliant Comment!

Apple made iphone just happen, in parallel, and made it a business. With WP, MS are stuck on that file transfer dialog from windows 95 that keeps getting 5 minutes longer, every 5 minutes.

Those few words realy sum up the difference between the two systems.

Thank you.

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