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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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"Redmond told The Reg......... "

Well that is at least a little bit better than the attitude of "A Certain Well Known Mobile Phone Producer" who usually refuses to respond to any questions that El Reg might wish to put.*

*No, do restrain yourselves fanbois, I am absolutely not praising "The Demon Spawn of Redmond" regardless of my choice of icon.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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"One puzzle is why the 930 will take so long to arrive..........."

I seem to recall that they negotiated some kind of time limited exclusivity deal with Verizon did they not? Or is my memory playing tricks on me?

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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I am obliged to admit that I wimped out and could not bring myself.......

.........to actually watch the video. However, it is indeed an astonishing medical/scientific achievement and I cannot express too strongly my admiration for the team involved.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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I think that we should avoid too much gloating hmm...?

I would however like to make a point directed towards a certain type of Penguinista. Every time a softie fanboi logs on here to howl about the miniscule size of Linux on the desktop you reply stating, quite rightly, that its "parent" Unix is the basis of server architecture all over known space. Your problem now is that some black hats have also woken up to this. Time to think about the challenge rather than respond on auto here, hmm?

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Plod foils drone drug drop down under

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Why is it that I get the impression that these people...........

...........were not exactly the crème de la crème of the criminal fraternity?

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

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@Pet Peeve Re: "Was any of that necessary?"

Apparently so. He clearly needed to get his rancid contempt for all those lower down the food-chain than he is off his chest. One is of course entitled to wonder what the hell that has to do with the DRAM price-fixing ring. However, his personality problems are indeed his problem and not ours - praise be!

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PayPal mudslingfest TELEVISED: Icahn and Donahoe go on telly

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Vultures are very interesting birds and........

......a damn sight more attractive than that gentleman.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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Unfortunately although we may not like it.....

.......there are a lot out there who do, God help us all. Whether it's that ignoramus of a marketing manager or the retail market populated by those whose response to RTFM is to grizzle and whine "why doesn't it just work?" - it is big business with a lot of the folding riding on it. I for one am not looking forward to this brave new world.

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Secret Service probes possible data-leak hack attack at Sears – report

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@ecofeco and Don Jefe.

Thank you gentlemen - very informative.

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I am curious.

Just how much is/was stolen by means of the illicit use of this information? Just how profitable is this type of crime? I, personally speaking have no idea. Anyone got a clearer picture?

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Microsoft dangles carrot at SMEs, eases Windows 8 Enterprise licensing

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My eyes were already bleeding.......

........by the time I had read his title. I am also not sure that letting him loose again on that post would improve the situation.

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NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

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I do not think that Lenovo are fools.

Let us just see what they do with this purchase before we start to amuse ourselves at their expense, hmm?.

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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@Chris G I am very definitely looking at them with interest.

What really surprises me is how fast they came out of the starting blocks (three years?) as far as hardware design and build quality go. They at the top of my watch list as far as Android based kit is concerned.

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I have to say that I entirely agree that Huawei are worth watching.

After her indoors nicked my Desire Z (long story, won't bore you) I looked around for a replacement (I ran it in tandem with my Lumia 820 - cloned sims) and stumbled across the Huawei P6 Ascend. Quite astonishing value at a little over the 250 spons mark. Very nice build quality indeed (regardless of price point) and very decent performance plus a really nice 5 inch screen. In terms of the visual I do not much like the way they have skinned the os but the hardware is very impressive indeed at that price point.

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

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I think that we may see the mother of all cage fights in the US market.

After all the mobile operators are not going to sit still for this and they have some of the best politicians money can buy in their pockets.

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Microsoft courts mobe-makers, tweaks Windows 8 for WIMPs

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Trusting MS?

To be honest Trevor I have never seen anyone post arguing that we should. I fairly certain about that because I do not believe that I would have missed the massed howls of laughter if anyone had posted something like that. The rhetorical question "Can anyone trust Microsoft?" is in reality an Aunt Sally question. Anyone who actually trusts any example of "BigCorp" really should get out in the sunlight more often.

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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@James 51 "..... full sized usb3 port to my list of things......."

I entirely agree. In fact I am a little surprised that Toshiba did not take advantage of this tablets thickness to do just that. I understand the use of mini ports (usb and hdmi) where one of the crucial design themes is slimness but I do not understand it here.

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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Apple and Google agree on something?

Now I really am scared.

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iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

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Re: And of course Foxconn ONLY make kit for Apple don't they?

I hate to have to break this to you old chap but El Reg's subbies specialise in wind up sub-headings - and no, the "fruity company" is not the only victim. Any excuse to take the piss is their modus vivendi and they do not much care who they are extracting the urine from. That is their stock in trade, end of.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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I have to say that I am enjoying this thread.

The good manners and the experience in these posts is something that I am learning a great deal from. A big upvote to you all.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Re: Think of yourself ten years ago...

Words of wisdom old chap, major thumbs up.

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Useful criticism?

Useful, i.e. constructive criticism, is not usually couched in the form of personal abuse. Whatever Nadella's merits or demerits may be (and I am not in a position to have a worthwhile opinion on them) Kempin's approach sounds like the settling of old scores.

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New Microsoft CEO Nadella could earn FOURTEEN TIMES what Ballmer banked in 2013

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Fourteen times?

I strongly suspect that that would only be the case in a year that it was clear that all divisions were firing on all cylinders and MS had set a new company record as far as fiscal performance was concerned - anyone predicting that for any company in this industry currently?

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Microsoft takes InfoPath behind the shed, says successor will be better

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"SharePoint Conference? Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate ....."

...........La speranza eterna, hmm?

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Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street

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Translation:

The mystic megs got their crystal balls in a twist so the. brain dead and the greedy brokers reacted in the predictable fashion.

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Lenovo and IBM's System x biz: It'll be just like 2005's PC buyout

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Re: Ok, that one made me spit Sprite Zero....

Thank you kindly!

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"Successes? Oh, we've had a few...........

...........But then again, too few to mention"*

*Sorry Frank.

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

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@ AMBxx I agree. Whilst I still use Firefox........

..........as my preferred browser (habit I guess, although not solely that) I am obliged to admit that with IE10 I began to review my automatic hostility to Redmond's offerings in that area. I have been trialling IE11 for some little while now and am obliged to admit that it is a world away from anything they produced in the past. Pity it took them so long to get genuinely serious about good browser design.

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Big tech firms holding wages down? Marx was right all along, I tell ya!

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I am absolutely delighted to find that..........

...............a word like "monopsonist" exists.

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

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@Doug S Re:"....until they sold 7 billion iPhones every year?" A good point, however,.......

...........the problem is that the markets (and the analysts in this instance) are driven by fear and greed rather than by intelligence, genuine analysis and a sense of proportion. Cupertino is not going to enjoy stratospheric capital gains forever? "Oh woe is us, the end of the world is nigh - sell, sell, sell I tell you, the sky is falling in."

Apple is highly unlikely to stop making serious money (although they will be getting any of mine any time soon :P) but that is not enough for the stripey-shirted-brigade and the rest of their fellow sharks. Irrationallity and the aforementioned fear and greed - Masters of the Universe?

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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@Cliff Re: Reg, don't join in with 'troll', you're better than that

Agree entirely Cliff - see icon.

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Community service?

Whilst of course we have all seen cases where violence has not been adequately punished the scenario you describe is unlikely. Normally speaking being convicted of malicious wounding or occasioning grievous bodily harm will get you a custodial sentence unless there are very special circumstances and you have a very fast talking lawyer.

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

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@Don Jefe. Splendid post.

See icon.

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Nokia Lumia update spreads Black death

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@Big_Boomer. Re: "The grass is no greener anywhere else"

Indeed. However, you have to understand that the gold card members of the Anti Microsoft Choral Howling Society have to get their dibs in whether it is justified or not.

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Take off, nuke 'em from orbit: Kill patent trolls NOW, says FTC bigwig

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As far as I am concerned the lady is well named.

Absolutely Brill.

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Haters of lurid supershow CES: The consumer tech market is still SHRINKING

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Yes indeed toad warrior.

"You can't screw your employees on wages and expect consumer spending to climb."

However, this not new. The "Managerati" have been wilfully blind to that contradiction since the early days of mass production and the modern mass markets that it created.

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Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

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Splendid, I am delighted to hear it.

Unless of course anybody feels that "freedom of speech" is served by threatening someone with rape - hmm?

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AT&T takes aim at T-Mobile with $450 cashback lure

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@Kristian Walsh Regarding Apple's business model in the US.

".... the rest of the US carriers follow T-Mobile's lead, it's good for Samsung and Nokia/Microsoft, who have a range of mid-price and budget phones, but it's a disaster for Apple."

I think that if this continues and the Telcos' stranglehold on the retail mobile phone market itself is broken then you may well be right. Apple's focus on one price segment in the US (the very core of their business) would not have been the huge success for them that it has been without operator lock-in, the close to cartel conditions in the services market and the near monopoly hold over the retail phone market that the carriers have. It is an observable fact that the pricing and subsidy models used by the US carriers require that the deals available for the high end flagship phones (all such, not just Apple's) in fact are not subsidised by the carriers but by the rest of their poor benighted customers. If this new dawn is indeed breaking then any producer without the full range of price points in their portfolio will indeed, as you point out, have a problem.

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Drug dealer demands jail to escape 'unbearable' missus after NYE row

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Well, you never know.

He might have said to the judge that it was his decision but 'er indoors may have gotten so pissed off with him being around 24/7 that she gave him very little choice in the matter.

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Apple wants sales ban on Samsung smartphones nobody is selling

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@frank ly "It's a patent that is........"

Indeed, if you go into iOS under "tools and utilities" you'll find the app for it there along with the telephone number of their legal advisors "Sue, Grabbit and Run, Attorneys At Law".

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GCHQ spooks told: Break Huawei's grip on 'The Cell'

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The Cell?

This sounds like the next in the Resident Evil series - er, hang on a minute there appear to be choppers circling the house for some reas.............

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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@Trevor_Pott Re "I'm not a US person...."

Neither am I, although I have to admit that even if it were MI5 saying this I would not believe them either. As far as I am concerned I would not accept that fisherman's tale from the Almighty Himself without independent evidence let alone any country's intelligence service. What they are saying is that we are (excuse me, it's very hard to type and cry with laughter at one and the same time) just going to have to trust them (Oh God my sides are splitting).

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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Re: "I don't block ads, not deliberately."

Actually, what you describe is pretty what I do myself. One problem however in this context is those devs who refuse to do a paid version of their app with no more permissions than are necessary for the app to function. I have on several occasions had to reject an app because of this problem. One gets the impression that a fair number of devs are utterly uninterested unless they get to own your phone's arse.

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I think that there is a problem here.

Many apps that are downloaded are so called "free apps" where the deal is that ads are the "payment" - what about them?

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Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

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"....If you follow tech guidelines from.....then you're an......."

Well, if they buy their tech from..... oh, alright I won't go there, but it is incredibly tempting.

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Apple's spamtastic iBeacon retail alerts launch with Frisco FAIL

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Re: "iTout".

Hilarious, I love it.

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"Comfortable with that?" Er, well now that you mention it, no.

I cannot stand stores where you are pursued by bonus hunting sales staff at the best of times and if the shop itself were to start spamming me I would be out of there so fast that the only residual trace of my presence would a small local increase in temperature due to displaced air rushing back in.

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Apple's legal bill for Samsung patent fight tops $60m

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"substantial discounts" Hm..yes.

Cupertino do after all by their legal services in bulk.

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Submerged Navy submarine successfully launches drone from missile tubes

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"Das Dröne"

A definite thumbs up for that reference.

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Brit-boy Bates is Silicon Valley's pick for Microsoft's CEO

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Hi guys! Can we please have a little more.....

..........reportage and a lot less "Hello!" magazine?

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