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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Paul 135

Back in 2014?

Surely the date is wrong there?

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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

Paul 135

As an Android user, I hope Google get a good kicking here. The insidious proprietarisation of Android needs to be stemmed. I'm also a bit annoyed after the Kitkat update will no longer search meta data contained in 3rd party non-Google applications.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Paul 135

Re: So that's where they went.

Now, now, the Mozilla board says you can't say sticking your head up one another's arse is a bad thing. That wouldn't be "equality" now would it?

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Paul 135

More like a fault of those drones, particularly omnipresent in the Bay Area bubble, who worship the cult of the shiny rotten fruit, no matter the meritocratic value of anything it does.

It's rather obvious that his whole design has an aesthetic (as well as function, such as removing the menu from the easily accessible top-left corner on Windows) tailored by someone using a Mac for religious purposes.

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Paul 135

Re: re: make sense and look aesthetically OK on a Mac but it is horrendous on Windows.

It used to match the appearance classic Windows Taskbar very well (with small icons and text labels). Now it just looks out of place with those hideous tabs and a Mac-like grey and black everywhere.

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Paul 135
FAIL

It is clear that the UI designers are stuck in their little Mac bubble. This new UI might make sense and look aesthetically OK on a Mac but it is horrendous on Windows.

Before you could just throw your mouse to the top-left to access the menu -- much more efficient than a small squashed button on the right. Now everything, including add-ons are now cluttered into the top-right corner (with no other toolbars without dicking around with addons) -- the very reason I DIDN'T use Chrome.

I guess thought that's what to expect when these people seem to value fashion over meritocracy. If Brendan Eich were in charge of UI would this mess have gone ahead?

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

Paul 135

where does it say different things must always be "equal"? This is logical irrationality. How is a family with biological mother and father and multiple children of their own (where the purpose of marriage isn't simply "love", but to create a stable family environment) the same as a same-sex couple?

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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Re: On a slightly more serious note

An official Cyanogenmod build is in the works so you can always flash that instead.

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Paul 135

For your Pro, I would forget the Jellybean and instead wait for a mature version of Cyanogenmod 11 (KitKat) appears at http://legacyxperia.github.io/

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Paul 135

Agree. Unfortunately mine got water-damaged so replaced it with one of these Z1 Compacts (thankfully not the pink!). I love the Z1 Compact though, the improved performance, internal storage, screen, camera, modem, and more reliable Wi-fi still make it an upgrade overall.

Still, there are some occasions when using the landscape keyboard where you can't see what you're typing (which wouldn't occur on the Xperia Pro). Perhaps Sony could just make an official keyboard case for the Z1C that is powered by the dock connector?

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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This whole boycott thing could be a massive boon for Firefox development. With numerous irrational and hysterical people leaving the community then you are left with a more rational core that can improve Firefox in logical meritocratic ways. Hopefully this means that they will now scrap the "Australis" redesign and stopping the obsession with designing first and foremost for effeminate Mac users!

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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A hideously inefficient hardware design

I worked in the mobile comms industry at the time, and we analysed the original iPhone design. The hardware was extremely poorly designed compared that from any other phone maker of the time, and indicated they had absolutely no experience in the area. On one side of the PCB they had identical hardware to an iPod and on the other side of the PCB they bolted on a whole new set of ICs that a mobile phone would use. In total they used double the number of ICs they actually needed, had poor power consumption, had 2G only, had a poor camera, no video recording, no secondary camera, no expandable memory, no removable battery, no GPS, no 3rd party application support, silly SIM tray thing, etc etc.

We laughed our heads off at how poor the hardware was, yet the hype from the US media (and infecting the UK media even though the price was absolutely insane for a phone in the UK). It only reached industry standard quality by the iPhone 4 (except for the antenna issues that is!). Just goes to show that the best tech isn't always what sells.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

Paul 135

Re: Unfit for CEO

What is wrong with being discriminant in favour of those who can reproduce with regards to reproductive rights? As an atheist, I believe in deriving morals from natural law and that our model of Civilization should not deny biological reality.

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

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Re: Don't care.

I agree about Google being evil. However:

1. It allows competition in hardware.

2. AOSP can be forked.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Paul 135

Re: How do they count?

I'm not sure where you get the "most" statistic from.

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

Paul 135

Re: Disgraceful; but more women ain't the solution.

A dominance of emotional thinking and nuance-free hysteria rarely leads to good relations in teams of people.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Paul 135

An alternative strategy for phone makers would be to provide official slide-out QWERTY cases (I think Samsung might have one for the GS4, but didn't look great). The problem with most 3rd party accessories like this is that they are bulkier than they could be if they were properly designed together, and usually require separate charging for the keyboard.

e.g. Sony could design a Zx (Compact) landscape QWERTY "Pro" case that used their magnetic dock ports on the side to also provide power to the keyboard.

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Paul 135

Unfortunately, mine got water damaged in last month's storms that we had across the UK. :-(

Needed a phone immediately, so replaced it with the excellent Xperia Z1 Compact and love the much needed spec-bump. Though, how I wish for a Z1 Compact-sized device with a slide-out keyboard! (they could call it the "Z1 Pro").

Last September there were also leaks of a Motorola DROID5, though haven't heard anything about it since, and Motorola has a horrible habit of not releasing its QWERTY devices outside the US.

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Sony enlists Michael Jackson's GHOST to flog Xperia Z2

Paul 135

Re: Sony - confused technology firm with brilliant products

If Android were actually FOSS, and not merely an a insidious attempt to harvest data and push lock-in towards proprietary Google services, you might have a point.

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Paul 135

Just got one mail order without seeing it first, and it is impressive beyond what I was expecting!

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Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report

Paul 135

The greatest threat is more phones like the Xperia Z1 compact than the humungous S3. Absolutely destroys all crApple devices.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

Do you really think he is making these petty demands seriously? More likely, I would have thought they were a tactic to rub the faces of those in charge of the liberal system when they pathetically grant everything the prisoner demands.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

Paul 135

Re: Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?

... especially when if an old app is so unmaintained that it won't run on a modern operating system, do you really think these old unmaintained apps have the best in modern security hardening in mind either? To me, I would have thought this Microsoft "support" tax which they seem to be foolishly going to pay would have made little difference as any solution for these old unmaintained apps is going to be an insecure interim solution anyway.

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Paul 135

Re: Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?

That is exactly what I'm talking about, yet no one wants to answer the question. Is there really such a security risk or need for "support" if you run specific apps sandboxed in the integrated VM and copy of

XP included with Windows 7?

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Paul 135

Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?

And, providing the hardware can run win7, is there really a significant security risk in using "XP mode" only for specific apps in the interim?

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Samsung leaps out of volume PC game as UK market crashes

Paul 135

Sinofsky 's victims keep piling up!

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Intel and Asus put the dual boot in, offer 2-in-1 lapslab WinDroid

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Re: What they don't tell you...

Android x86 does not suck. Since most Android apps are just Java they run out of the box. We have a Motorola RAZRi (Intel x86 phone) in the household and almost every app you would want is available (including numerous NDK-based apps which have simply been recompiled for x86).

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Paul 135

Re: At different times...?

BlueStacks has been around for a long time already. It's just Android x86 running in a virtual machine. It runs quite well (much faster than the emulator in the Android SDK) and you can download it for yourself to try it out, though it will probably try to install some annoying game or another every day.

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Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

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Re: This is just as dumb of an idea as the micro USB "standard"

The microUSB standard isn't dumb, and the new reversible connector will be compatible where it matters -- electrically.

I'd also expect upcoming USB charging standards to be used for routers etc. too due to the ability of the protocol to negotiate a DC voltage/current requirement between charger and load device. Agree though that it can't come soon enough, as I'm fed up having to do soldering jobs for router extension cables!

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Paul 135

Re: Yet another failure?

MicroUSB is not a failure as it has electrically defined a standard for phones. Sure, the connector itself is a bit rubbish mechanically, but that is a problem hopefully soon to be solved with the upcoming C-type connector.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

Paul 135

Re: No, you couldn't pay me.

Surely you can use the Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Pro to run your old software?

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

Paul 135

Thomas Whipp, have you got a source for that claim?

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OpenSUSE 13.1: Oh look, a Linux with YOU in mind (and 64-bit ARMs)

Paul 135

"GNOME works seamlessly on OpenSuSE 13.1 (click to enlarge images)"

That's an odd caption to have with a KDE screenshot!

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

Paul 135

Re: Name Change?

They should just call it Windows Mobile again. Windows Mobile 9 could be the next version, and it isn't confusing at all with the version number at the end.

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

Paul 135

Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance

Intel have been fabbing ARM designs for some time via what was Infineon's Mobile SoC business.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

Paul 135

Re: Extensions

exactly, removing the status/add-on bar forces everything to be forced into the top-right corner -- this is one of the primary reasons I DON'T use Chrome. Such stripping down INCREASES clutter, it does not remove it.

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

Paul 135

None of these compare to Ulster brands such as Punjana (Thompson's) or Nambarrie. The former is available in Tescos across the UK.

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Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

Paul 135

All Sony phone comes with a shatter-proof screen protector out of the box. The screen that you are complaining about being scratched isn't actually the screen at all, but instead this replaceable layer of film.

If it's a choice between a shattered and permanently damaged screen or a slightly scratched but cheaply repairable screen, I know which one I would choose!

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Paul 135

Re: "Like all Xperias the battery is fixed in place."

I disagree that there is any positive aspect to a sealed battery though as stated with the "but on the other hand the handset doesn’t disassemble itself when you drop it" comment in the article. There was a Z1 drop test video published by someone showing internal damage to the phone -- at least when you drop a phone and the battery flies out, internal damage is not being done due to the energy being dissipated by the flying battery.

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Paul 135

Re: Zoom?

Exactly. This is why I don't agree with the "I don’t know about you, but if I’d bought a phone with a 20.7MP camera I’d like to set that as the permanent default." comment in the article. Surely when you take a picture at 8MP it is still using all 21MP for noise reduction.

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While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

Paul 135

Media loons love the 140 (or whatever the useless figure is) character limit as it lets them report quick sound bites in the headlines without having to do any research or thoughtful analysis.

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

Paul 135

You mean no SD card support.

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Irish privacy boss hauled to court for NOT probing Facebook for spook links

Paul 135

I doubt it's not only financial reasons why Facebook locates there. No doubt there are also plenty of opportunities to slip a brown paper envelope keep the politicians' snouts in the trough.

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Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

Paul 135

Re: N97 - the beginning of the end

Their mistake was clinging for the resistive variety of touchscreen for far too long.

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Apple ban win: Now you can't buy Samsung gear no one was buying

Paul 135

Re: Definitely puts an end to the fantasy that America is a free market

Indeed, can't understand why so many of our politicians endlessly such up to this untrustworthy lot.

Anyone following the recent BP fiasco will not be surprised.

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

Paul 135

Re: M Gale

Mir is irrelevant - - every other mainstream Linux DE is going Wayland.

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Sharp whispers its vital statistics: 15.6in 3840 × 2160 IGZO screen for next MacLap Pro?

Paul 135

That's 16:9

A crappy 16:9 ratio will not be used by Apple. As much as I dislike Apple this is one area where they always get things right.

No matter how many pixels you cram into a 16:9 display it will always be cramped vertically at this size (you are going to have to increase your OS's DPI setting anyway). Why can we not have 16:10 back Sharp?

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Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

Paul 135

Sorry Vince, but while I was initially enthused by the notion of a fingerprint sensor on the Atrix a couple of years ago, upon viewing review videos of it, it did not seem to be very instantaneous and required an awkward and unreliable swipe (as have fingerprint sensors I have seen on other devices).

From watching hands-on videos to date, the new Apple sensor is the first one I have seen on a phone which seems both instantaneous and reliable.

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Paul 135

Exactly. Fanboi logic is extremely warped. Ironically, I disagree entirely that Apple aren't innovating. Incorporation of a fingerprint sensor that actually works is about the ONLY bit of hardware that I have ever seen them having innovated on that hasn't been in another phone already.

(Not that I'm ever going to buy one or anything)

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