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1545 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: GlenP

Your post was full of sense until the very end.

and the phone gets upgraded at each contract renewal.

Why are you tied into a contract? What is the upside compared to being able to move networks and take your number with you on say a 'buy your own phone and have a one month £10.00 (or thereabouts) rolling contract type deal?

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Errrr?

Knocking off early for the weeked then Alastair? Friday's tomorrow....

Have had all sorts of translations of my Surname. Bayliss is quite common but I've had Bevis from time to time. {no butthead jokes please}.

Then there is this

Unlike inefficient staff, they say, a computer never needs training

WTF do they think that programming is? It tells the computer what to do. Training does the same.

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Cold storage, Facebook style? Flash FPGA controller to knock your SoCs off, vows upstart

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YASSPTH

Yet

Another

Storage

Startup

Promising

The

Earth

How many are just touting a theoretical product that 'blows the socks off the competition' in the hope of getting bought out by someone else for crazy money?

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Oracle: That BUG in our In-Memory Option will be fixed in October

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Paris Hilton

Re: SQL Injection For Fun and (Oracle's) Profit

Now don't go giving Oracle Ideas for when they are about to miss some absurdly high quarterly sales target.

Paris would not be amused.

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Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

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We know The Register hates everything about Apple

so accept that your readers know and decide on a new target for your angst because it gets a tad repetitive if not downright boring.

Then:-

How many other laptops use pci-e SSD's at the moment?

Why didn't you include a Thunderbolt display is you really wanted to push the price?

Or are you just interested in page hits?

{probably won't post this but it has been a long day dealing with idiots who are 4.5hrs ahead of us}

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Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage

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Re: BT won't tell you where they have 300mbps broadband

How about asking their PR dept? isn't that (300mbps) something they would be shouting from the rooftops? Unless they are afraid that everyone will soon start demanding.

Failing that, buy a single share in BT and ask about it at the AGM.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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good idea but....

If you are running windows then you have to go through all that palava of entering the product key and then waiting while the gods at microsoft licensing decide if they key is valid and authenticate the system.

This device comes with no Wifi or Ethernet so you have to buy something else so that the connectivity to MS Licensing can be made.

Yes you can call, get a number and enter that but how will the system cope without the regular Phone Home to check that all is well with the mothership that Windows seems to demand (at least the non server versions)?

This seems to be no more than 'Hey, I want a bit of that market' ploy by MS. Trying to have several fingers in every pie and could end up with most of them getting burnt.

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AWS hell no: Can Microsoft Azure sales beat Amazon's cloud?

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Re: Amazon is plenty profitable Competition abounds

This --> http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/26/us-amazon-com-ambitions-analysis-idUSKBN0FU2DQ20140726

might enlighten you as to the true state of finances at Amazon.

Sure they have oodles of $$$ in cashflow but they are presenting very little in the way of profits to their inversors.

Personally, I think they are getting rather too big for their own boots especially if they are planning on starting their own UK delivery service. That is a whole can of worms that I'd really not want to open.

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Re: Very confusing

What about the Moscovitch?

The Zil? Well, only if you were a party BigWig.

There were even some East German Wartburgs around.

Lada's were not the only Car of the good old USSR.

This is from a visit in 1981.

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Linux

Bring back Gnome-2

Gnome-3 , Unity and now KDE (if V4.0 wasn't bad enough) have all IMHO totally lost the plot.

nowt more to say really.

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Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

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Childcatcher

Re: Comment comment comment

One of the following

1) Google to remove Canada and all its references from its search engine (i.e. US laws rule OK)

2) Nothing apart from a few grumbles in the Press.

3) Tanks will start rolling north from the USA ( US Rules the World OK! and this just the excuse they need to remove that thorn in their side that is Canada)

4) Google CA gets placed into Liquidation by order of a Canadian Court who feel really miffed that their Bully to the south in interfering in Canadian Justice.

5) Something else not mentioned above.

I am joking - really Mr NSA.

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Swell. Apple buys 'Pandora-for-talk-radio' app... for $30 meeellion

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how long?

Well, if Apple want to keep selling Muzak then there is no reason why it won't.

There is an iTunes client for Windows so why not Android? Perhaps Google won't allow it to appear in the Play store?

IMHO, the iTunes business is all about selling content.and Apple taking their cut. Very different LOB to selling kit.

With the apparent popularity of services like spotify in the US perhaps this could be their own challenger to that segment?

Personally, I do listen to Podcasts but in a totally off-line manner.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Here you go

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/monitors/4kuhdmonitors/u2868pqu.html

28in £499.98 inc VAT.

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SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

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Hmmmmm

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Amazon's online shopping model is fundamentally flawed because individual delivery incurs very high costs. This is why margins have always been terrible.

I wonder if this is the reason why Amazon are going to start delivering their own stuff, much to the chagrin of the likes of ParcelForce etc?

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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Nah

As it is Oracle, then

NOFLYLIST - Tablespace extend failed - No Space available...

would be more appropriate.

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Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

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Pint

Oyster == Yes , Pay By Bonk ===== No way in hell

Simple as that really.

Nowt more to say. Time for a well earned end of week beer.

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Re: It's not Open Source it's an open standard

Knowing more than a few Civil Servants, I can pretty well bet that all they'd do is print the things out and file them just as their forebears have been doing for centuries.

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Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day

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Alien

Re: Exactly my thoughts as well.

Yes!

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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Not hanged but...

Promoted and awarded 'sales guy of the year.'

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Bloody hell!

The cynic in me thinks that this is nowt more than a deliberate ploy by the Government to get the lay validated in court before it is used in anger.

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Kickstarter tin-rattlers offer reboot of '80s Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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Boffin

But how long would 'Real' Beer

take to settle on Mars?

Could we all die of thirst before it was ready to drink?

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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FAIL

Re: TalkTalk blocked my site

Bummer, my wordpress site is not blocked by TT but by Sky.

I must shove that down their throats the next time they try to get me to sign up for their service.

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Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!

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Re: So, let me get this straight...

To put it simply,

Their 'be everything to everyone' plan is in tatters and to keep the shareholders at bay (oh, where are you Mr Icann?) they are saying that they will concentrate on things which have margin.

Oh goody... Can we see you kill Surface next please?

And there are your laughable retail stores.

Love 'em or hate 'em, Apple has showed you how to do retail in that sector. Your shoddy imitations are just that. They are the Poundland versus Apple's Harrods.

Surface is losing you money and we all know that the margins in hardware are wafer thin. Let those who know about hardware produce it and stop possing them off with your own brand.

There are lots of highly skilled people at Microsoft. It is a shame all your political infighting at the top is getting in the way of some fairly decent products. Just look at the number of people who leave MS and startup their own company...

This statement by the previous poster sums it up perfectly.

Microsoft looks hellbent on going from "strongly diversified damned-near unkillable colossus" to "desperately gambling one-trick cloudpony". It's absolutely irrational.

Time for a really major rethink MS not just this tinkering around the edges.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Apple Vainty?

Perhaps it the the so called Chinese Analyst's wanting to get hits on their websites?

After all these peddlars of wishful thinking have to get paid by someone don't they?

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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Productivity Suite?

IMHO, since the introduction of the cursed Ribbon it has been anything but Productive.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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FAIL

Re: No one ever heard of risk analysis?

Well Mr AC, Malaysian were far from the only airline to fly this route. I flew over Eastern Ukraine last weekend with 'Jet Airways' when flying from Mumbai to London. We were at FL 35 wheras the Malaysian 777 was at FL 32.

Lufthansa and several other Airlines also flew this route until recently.

It is not all about flying the shorest route to save money. Sometimes the shortest route is affected by bad weather, ATC strikes and severe turbulence. If the Weather people say that there is a chance of wind shear the Pilots will take a different route.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think

If you are really pissed off by the refusal of Mozilla to implement SVG fonts then the solution is simple...

Fork it and create your own browser with the feature included. If you get enough support then it will become popular and hey, who knows they might include it.

No? Well don't complain about the lack of functionality then.

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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But why would they be less cool

because of her appointment?

Ah, El-Reg is out for increased hitcount on a hot Friday.

Unless someone can explain exactly why their coolness setting is now warm and not ice cold?

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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WTF?

75 bucks? WTF?

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For your 75 bucks you get a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, a webcam, KitKat, a 1.2GHz

Then you quote the price as being £75....

So the new ElRef unit of currency is the buck where $1 == £1

The likes of Adobe etc will be grinning all the way to the Pub today saying 'The Register has caught up with us at last'.

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Intel teaches Oracle how to become the latest and greatest Xeon Whisperer

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Alien

Ideal for the new SPARC V7 CPU's then?

Just load some different microcode and charge the failthful (like church goers, dwindling) several arms and legs for the priv of using them.

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iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

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Re: This needs a patent

Like most patents, the submitter is trying to demonstrate a way of using already available 'stuff' in a way that might be different from other people.

The decision that will probably reside in the long term with the courts is, 'Is this method sufficiently different from other similar methods already patented by other companies'.

Now what would be true innovation would be if the device alerted the used of the presence of someone using a rival makers phone. (Then sent out a taser/lightning bolt to disable the other use/enemy... Just dreaming because the storms last night didn't let me get much sleep) :)

Note that I have not sided on Apple or Samsung/Android here. Samsung/Google could equally apply for that patent. Google may have already done so already... IMHO,it is not beyond the stupidity of the USPTO to grant almost identical patents to rival companies.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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"Microsoft knew what they were buying"

I guess that

"HP knew what they were buying" when they bought Autonomy.

It looks like Nokia was not the investment they (MS) might have thought it was.

But why oh why didn't Elop get his pink slip?

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

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New Businesses

Many of those who get their Pink Slips will indeed startup new businesses.

They will find that once outside of the MS Ecosphere they will have the freedom to develop all sorts of stuff that they would never have been allowed to do inside the Ecosphere.

Some will strike it lucky and could even find that their startup is bought (for a huge was of cash) by the New Microsoft as if flails around trying to find a direction.

A good few will make stuff that will have a good chance of eating MS's lunch.

All around the future for MS is distinctly cloudy (no not that cloud) and without a clear direction the only way to go is down unless they learn some hard lessons from the likes of DEC, Compaq etc.

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Microsoft: OK, Office 365 sellers – you can be customers' 'first contact'

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Re: So, handing over some control...

With added Leap Year support... That will be another $200 per year please.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

Steve Davies 3
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Re: Unique Passwords

Fluffy1 etc will fail the checks in many systems simply because they won't allow the repetition of characters.

the 'ff' is a failure, pure and simple.

That in itself is IMHO, a weakness those password systems. If an attacker knows that then then number of options for possible passwords is greatly reduced. I'd probably allow two characters but no more.

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Password Managers?

Wasn't there a post the other day stating that they were also insecure and open to hacking?

They are IMHO, a single point of failure.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Yep- Triples sound nice

Got three Triples in the Garage

1970 Trident

1973 Trident Three

2011 Tiger 1050

The best sounding is the 1973 model with some reverse cone megaphone silencers.

The only bike that could come close to it was a 1976 Laverda Jota. That was a great bike.

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

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Fire a few people?

As long as they start at the top I don't mind.

Step forward anyone who thought that METRO was a good idea on the desktop

Step forward those who thought that the Surface-RT was going to sell gazillions

Right, that's most of the marketing department and Balmers 'yes men' gone.

don't forget to take your coats with you when you leave...

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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But... It still takes up far too much

Screen Real-estate.

If MS makes it easy to get rid is the Metro crap (vis tiles) then it might pass muster.

(hits self with a piece of wet fish) Microsoft making things easy? Don't be silly.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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One more for the pot

LOHAN, Nulli Secundus

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: There is no precedent .... other than the making up of things on the fly

Shhhh. Don't shout that too loudly or the men in black might come calling around dawn and give you a one way ticket to an envlave on a large Island in the Carribean.

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Pirate

There is precident

Remember that US law already rules everywhere on the planet. It make little different what the [redacted] in Westminster say or do. so gripping their coat tails is (to them ) logical and makes our laws apply everywhere except the US.

Sadly 'les Frogs' will just say 'Non' to this like they do to everything else imposed on them from outside France. This will, I am sure be repeated in all sane nations.

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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To sum it up

A possible new device which has not been announced might have some production problems therefore delaying the possible announcement and possible availability of a possibly mythical product that may not even exist.

This is news?

I have a Yellow Unicorn for sale. Offers please?

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: But the demanding public need to know...

Ikea went downhill in my estimation when they stopped selling Reindeer Salami.

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

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Reminds me of putting Lipstick on a pig

Underneath it is still a Pig.

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Pint

Waste of a good pint if you ask me

They could have sent some Budwiser a.k.a. gnats pee up aloft to see if the freezing improved its taste.

Doubt it though.

They can have one on me (as long as it it drunk and not sent skywards)

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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What are the odds...

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Besides flexbility, transparency is set to be a major selling point

That if this type of device were to take off then they'd spend most of their time pinned up against a black background and shown the same sort of crap that current devices do?

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

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Hmmm

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"Paranoid I may be, but I doubt the months of digital video held in NSA vaults of me picking my nose are going to get me rendered on a top-secret Ryanair flight from Stansted to a five-year waterboarding holiday at Guantanamo."

Are you really, really, really sure about that? wisest not to temp fate methinks.

Time to pop me coat on and head out into my Spy Camera Free area and down the Pub for a quick one. No cameras there either. Plus, if I know the landlord, any idiot daft enough to poke their head round the door wearing a 'google Glass' type device will be quickly dispatched into the adjacent Duck Pond complete with glass device. do the locals have anything to hide? Shhhh better not to ask, Nudge-Nudge, wink-wink.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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MS are Floundering

around like a fish out of water (well that's how it seems to me).

They are trying to be all things to everyone and sadly faiing at most of them.

I doubt that Mr Nadella can change the direction of the MS Microsoft before it hits an iceberg thus paving the way from Bill to come riding over the hill and save the day for what is left of his once great baby.

The sad thing that MS seems unable to understand (other once great tech companies suffered from this as well) that their key markets are changing and changing rapidly.

It is no use dropping support for Operating Systems in an attempt to force users onto their latest POS, users will either move to something else or just say, 'meh, it works so why should I change?'.

Pissing users off by moving to a subscription model is also IMHO a dead duck. Yeah, the idea of that monthy income stream gives your FD wet dreams but.... for the average man/women in the street it is something they can do without in their already stressful lives.

etc

etc

etc

Metro? Lets hope the people who persuaded Mr Balmer that this was a good idea for all systems get their Pink slips ASAP.

In conclusion, MS are approcahing a tipping point. The wrong decision made in the next few months could see the company implode. (queue much cheering from the Anti MS Brigade)

This would hit business all over the world very hard so lets hope that his changes can bring about a soft landing and not a Nokia style pileup.

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Google's lounge room invasion advances with Chromecast upgrade

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Wasting time watching TV

There are still a few things worth watching at the time they were first broadcast.

Watching Germany stuff Brazil was well worth it.

Pretty well everything else gets recorded by my PVR and if there are adverts then the 'skip' function soon gets past them.

Do I hear the Advertisers gnashing their teeth????

Well, I (and probably a good percentage of El-Reg readers) are simply not your target markets.

Us Grumpy old geezers are not the demographics you guys target (mostly) so I wouldn't get all hot and bothered over it.

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