* Posts by Arctic fox

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Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

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Sometimes comparisons can be a little bit tricky to make.

Let's take the example of Office, the version installed from disk that the customer has purchased contra monthly subs for Office 365. It is not reasonable to compare the contracting sales of the product in a given year against the increase in the number of subscribers to the online version in any one year because that fails to take into account that for most customers (private or enterprise) they do not buy the latest Office package each and every time one is released. One would have to compare with, say, a three year period of subs to 365 contra sales of the latest "on disk" version for that given period. How this in fact is going to come out in the wash for Redmond I do not pretend to know - I think we need a couple more years figures before we can draw any conclusions on this particular score.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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@Tommy Pock Re: "Nope." I agree.

The only reason I would have had to upgrade my Lumia 1020 would have been if it could run the very latest imaging software for the Pureview cameras. It can't of course because unlike a couple of the other high-end Lumias it does not have a quadcore cpu. Like you I will be keeping my 1020 on 8.1.

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'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

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I an pretty certain that the nation Portuagal.........

.......will survive Farsebook. Indeed I would despair for the future of humanity if I did not believe that this was the case.

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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@Danny 14 "more "phone" level than tablet level of battery."

Yes Danny 14 that about sums up my experience with my Lenovo ThinkPad 8 HD. The performance is entirely acceptable but the battery-life is not yet quite there. However, the tech is moving on, at a very high rate of knots in fact. In practice, for most "ordinary mortals" the bottom line is "does it last the day"? When Intel chips have squarely tackled that issue (I do not believe that we are talking more than about 12 - 18 months here*) then I believe that any x86 system (not just Windows) will be the equal of anything the competition can throw at it.

*I have to say that IMHO Intel should have been in this position at least three years ago, that they only now are really beginning to do the business is not exactly impressive. Indeed I am fairly convinced that MS' announcement at Windows 8's Build Conference 3 years ago that they would release an ARM-version of Windows (i.e. RT) was at least as much driven by the desire to give Intel a good kick up the arse as any great desire to be involved in that hardware platform (outside of course of Sinofsky's apparent belief that Windows RT would stuff the iPad - ho, ho, bloody ho).

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@Hans 1 ".......Windows Phone is failing......" You will have to help me old chap..........

............given that you are apparently "replying" to my post. Where in either of my posts did I say anything about Windows Phone, explicitly or implicitly, hmmm? As far as I can see I was very clearly discussing Windows x86 contra Windows RT in the context of tablets.

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Re: "RT became an anachronism even before it hit the streets."

It did indeed big_D. I run a Lenovo ThinkPad 8 whose SoC is the most powerful of the current Z-series generation and it is more than adequate when handling basic "desktop" tasks. Handles the full Office package without stumbling etc. Highly mobile of course but at the same time I can dock it via a receiver/HDMI setup with our 55 inch wall-mounted Sammy and use it as a basic living room PC via keyboard and mouse in the comfort of my favourite (not-ARM)chair. This area of the market is in another period of rapid change - should be interesting going forward.

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Re: RT seems pointless now

I agree with you JDX. Indeed I find some of the take in this article rather strange.

"That sounds like bad news for Windows RT fondlers. Even if Redmond isn't killing off its ARM OS now, the fact that it won't promise full feature parity with Windows 10"

RT did not have full feature parity with Windows x86 at any stage - and I believe was never intended to. It was intended by Sinofsky to compete with iPad/iOS, not with its x86 older brother and we all know how well that went. As you point out full fat Windows devices are popping up at almost all price points and with Intel (finally) getting its act together when it comes to producing chips that really tackle the power consumption/processing power relationship in a way that begins to make sense in the context of tablets, both price-wise and performance-wise, then it is difficult to see any point in RT at all. With the former Windows Division boss out of the way then I suspect that the general balance of opinion amongst senior managers at Redmond may have swung decisively in the direction of not seeing any point in RT, at least not to the degree or in the same way as Sinofsky conceived of it.

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

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@wolfetone RE."....Windows 10 isn't getting rid of the Metro/Tile........."

I'm running the Win10 beta on a laptop. It looks like a desktop based pc and behaves like a desktop pc "right out of the box" including a traditional start-menu from which you can, if your little heart desires, remove all indications that tiles even exist and clicking on "All Apps" gives you the traditional vertically scrollable list. Win10 is a very different baby from Win8. It will only show the Metro UI Modern UI if you want it to. Right-click taskbar/properties/start-menu and then check or uncheck "Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen". It is as simple as that. If you install on a PC it will default to desktop mode. If, and when, it is installed on tablets it will default to tablet mode - which you can reverse by the process described above in the event you wish to dock it and use it in desk-top mode with a full sized external screen. In other words you not forced to use the OS in a mode you do not want.

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Cheap Android phones? Bah! How about a $29 mobe from Microsoft?

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@thames Re: ".....than they were to stick with Nokia and buy a Windows phone."

They had already found out that punters upgrading from a feature phone to a smartphone were far more likely to buy an Android phone than a Symbian phone, a situation that led to Android overtaking Symbian by the end of 2010.* This situation was the result of several years of very poor decisions taken by Nokia senior management combined with a very destructive internal turf-war between the Symbianista and the Meegoites over the future of Nokia's proprietary OS. The incompetence of Nokia's senior management had to all intents and purposes sealed the fate of the company's phone division long before any of the original conversations with Redmond took place.

*I myself upgraded during that period from a Nokia feature phone to the original HTC Wildfire, my first ever smartphone.

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Whew, US cellcos... Better find a new revenue stream, QUICK

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"... be consigned to a spiral of rising debt and falling margins."

The tears were streaming down my cheeks as I read of the likely sad fate of the telcos in Europe and in the US. I cannot tell you how deeply move I was to read of their plight.*

*Satire alert.

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Zuckerberg asks the public to tell him where to go in 2015

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Be polite?

For some strange reason the only thing I want to say to that gentleman is "vanish making short sharp jerking motions" - I cannot think why.

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Re: Maybe it's China doing it?

I agree Mark 85. The possibility that China has deliberately turned the tap off should not disregarded. What their motives might be is another matter entirely.

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Re: "Gadzooks!" I don't normally do the grammer nazi routine but this one............

.............I cannot resist.

"Where, prithee, didst thou procure this?"

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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Re:"...............1.5 Billion cannot be considered petty crime..............."

Indeed, Khaptain. I do not in fact understand why the usual "authorities" have not, apparently, pursued the matter. It is obvious that Redmond would far rather that public law enforcement agencies showed some activity because that, to some degree, would get them off the hook. However, given the complete (apparently) lack of interest on the part of the federal law enforcement institutions it is clear that MS feel they have no choice but to go the civil route. That we are dealing here with large scale fraud which is AFAIK a criminal offence it is difficult to understand what the hell is going on here.

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RE: ".........(law enforcement) have AFAIK pretty much ignored the problem....."

I think that this is highly likely. If it is the case that MS have received over sixty-five thousand complaints it is very difficult to believe that many of these people have not also contacted the police. Given that fraud is a criminal offence it is difficult to understand why law enforcement agencies have not been pursuing this with rather more high profile vigour. Indeed this may explain why it has taken the time it has for MS to react publicly and to react by going the route of civil action - they themselves may have believed that the authorities would take action and are now doing so themselves precisely because of the lack of action from public agencies and the damage that this kind of thing does to a brand.

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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@Trevor_Pott Re: "For all Microsoft's faults, the Azure guys ........."

Indeed Trevor, that has been my impression. However, not just with their "cloudy compadres" but also with certain other parts of the conglomerate that MS clearly is. There appears to a process going on there that may or may not lead to collective improvement in the company as a whole. It will be interesting to see what actually comes out of the wash in the medium to long term.

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Hmm... Whilst there is much that one can criticise Redmond for I have to say..............

...........that their openness about what went wrong on this occasion is to be welcomed. I am sure we can all think of one or another example (no names, no pack-drill) of BigCorp who would under no circumstances have published such a report when its admissions were as embarrassing to them as this report must be for MS.

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Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

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@dogged: Indeed, however they saw the name MICROSOFT................

.............and what followed was not exactly surprising. My point (and of course clearly yours) was that if your OS has to interact with today's web then it is essential that it is a modern os with the wherewithal to tackle modern conditions. That our critics mention isolated systems is idiotic - such systems are irrelevant in this context. I repeat, I do not care whether we are talking about a modern Windows system or a modern Linux system; if your system faces "The Great Outdoors" then using an os that is more than a decade out of date as far as its fundamentals are concerned is idiocy, neither more nor less.

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I think that the following is the key issue here..........

............"All in all, I think that the price [of support] is almost immaterial. The disadvantages of staying with this OS are so manifest that anyone staying with it is assuming a high risk for technical problems, security exposure and, in today's regulatory climate, legal exposure to both regulatory bodies and private lawsuits."

How many instances have we still got of IE6/7/8 out there for example? Where the organisation/institution/department refuses to do anything about it? Answer: Still an embarrassingly large number. I would have grave doubts about doing business with any firm that refuses to replace equipment (in this case WinS 2003) that is so out of date and frankly speaking bordering on the defective in comparison to more modern systems (whether we are talking about a modern Windows based system or a modern Linux based system). That MS is not particularly interested in continuing to support at any price such (in IT terms) ancient software as as Server 2003 is hardly surprising.

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Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

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Re: "(No, it wasn't in her underwear, she was)."

Dreaming again old chap?

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RE " not to start a riot by carelessly ordering a pint of Carling"

Alistair, you must know old chap how grateful your taste-buds and your intestines, not to mention your bladder, were for that decision!

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Microsoft says January Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins

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@ m0rt Re:"If they build in the ability to electric shock............"

What a wonderful image m0rt. The delectable possibilities are endless. "You do know where I am going to put this cattle-prod don't you? If you do not remember your password in 5 4 3 2..."

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@Dogged Well Dogged I am not entirely sure where you are coming from here.

When you refer to FUD with regard to SecureBoot are you referring to a certain section of the penguinista persuasion who tried to convince World+wife+dog that TheDemonBastardsOfRedmond were going to lock down every BIOS in existence, or are you talking about something else?

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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@P.Lee Not at all old chap. You have to understand that our Antipodean compadres....

......regard it as a strategic cultural imperative for Australia to protect the home Vegemite market.

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Gorilla Glass maker gobbles Samsung's fibre optic biz

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I fear that a certain degree of translation may be required here:

"Once we are joined by Samsung Electronics’ experienced workforce, I look forward to the team building out Corning’s global scale and scope to better meet customer needs for innovative fibre optic solutions.”

We won't sack all of you immediately of course but be afraid, be very, very afraid - and of course "cooperative", hmm?

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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@Simple Si Indeed - thus demonstrating how easy it is for.............

............speakers of British and American English to misunderstand each other totally. In American ears the term "bum bag" would sound like something owned by a tramp (for the benefit of our compadres from the eastern side of the Pond a tramp in British English is a hobo, not a lady of dubious reputation).

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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@Test Man: If I have understood the situation correctly* Windows 10 will only...........

........declare itself to the application/program as version 10 if the app/prog correctly identifies itself as Win 10 compatible. All other apps relying on the version number 6.x will be told a small "porkie" by the os in as much that they will be told the version is a 6.x build. In practice this should mean that any programmes that were compatible with Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 should not refuse to run on Win 10. At least I imagine that Redmond are keeping their fingers tightly crossed that it is indeed the case!

*Which I do not take as a given. If I am mistaken I will gladly take correction.

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Samsung, Apple soap opera drama: Korean giant WILL churn out chips for iPhones, iPads

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@Gordon 10 Re:"Whichever way it went I would love to have been a fly on the wall..."

Indeed, concrete facts would be nice - mind you that does not need to stop us having fun speculating!

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@DougS I am not sure that Samsung needed to do any such pricing inducements.

You say it yourself:

"TSMC is extremely capacity limited, despite being by far the largest foundry on Earth, because almost everyone on Earth goes to them to have chips fabbed."

The practical reality was that Apple was facing not getting anywhere near enough of the chips fabbed that they wanted within the time-frame they wanted them. Samsung could afford to smile knowing perfectly well when Apple (allegedly - we don't actually know) are supposed to have dropped the Koreans that Cupertino would in all likelihood have to think again. I would be very surprised if Samsung did not have a pretty clear picture of current fabbing capacity planet-wide, such industrial intelligence is essential for any company when deciding pricing strategy in general. They would have known that Apple simply could not afford to drop them.

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Exit the dragon: US govt blows $325m on China-beating 300PFLOPS monster computer

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For some strange reason the expression "arms race"..........

..... popped into my head.

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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"The genius of Ballmer was he was a general "

Oh hello Vulture Central do make your minds up with regard to what the current message is. The whole line you took whilst Ballmer was the boss was, roughly summed up, "Monkey Boy, Idiot, ho, ho, ho." Now he is suddenly a "general" because you want to snide the (still) new CEO? Please, this article was poor stuff, to say the least of it. Nadella has been in the job about 10 months and so far the numbers appear to be pointing in the right direction (from Redmond's point of view). I do not pretend to know whether that will last or not but this extremely thin piece does not impress at all.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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I don't know what you think but I think that Alastair could have rephrased this.......

......"At least, no one will ask you to come again."

In the context.....hmm?

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'Older' WireLurker previously tried, failed to leap from Windows to iThings

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"Apple tells the Reg: We pulled the security certificate"

They talked to you? Good grief, they must have been scared by this.

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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@TechnicallyConfused "cannot agree with or condone your use of language."

To be honest, although I am not remotely a prude when it comes to "four-letter" words there is indeed one word that I never use except in the positive sense in (if I may be permitted to express it this way) a moment of passion. I have never used that word as a "swear word" in my life. Why? Because of something Dad said to me many, many years ago. "Son, when you use that particular word to curse with you are insulting your mother, your sister and the lady who you may one day marry and any daughters she may, if you are very lucky, present you with". I realise that this may be regarded as a hopelessly old fashioned view but that is the way I feel.

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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"Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent"

I do not know whether it is or it isn't but I howled with laughter all the same at that headline. See icon.

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Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

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Whilst I admire Sammy's engineering skills and am not any kind of "anti-fanboi" .........

..........in relation to that company they are being extremely cheeky here. They are worried that they might be accused of cartel activity? Hello?! This from the company that, not once but twice, has been caught with other TV manufacturers in Europe operating a, yes believe or not, a cartel in TV manufacture and pricing? Samsung want out of their deal with Redmond (for whatever reason, valid or otherwise) and they are just trying it on to achieve that aim. The fact that the other party in this is MicroDollarDemonBastardSoft (as MS is so affectionately known amongst the Cognoscenti here at Vulture Central) is neither here nor there.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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@ gazthejourno " I don't think very many comments at all..........."

Thank you for replying. I am pleased to hear that this is the case. (Although I a obliged to admit that I am a touch surprised - although still pleased)

:)

AF.

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This thread is being pre-modded.

I am not making a complaint here in saying this. I really wish to ask a question. Is it a fact that El Reg note a significant number of abusively homophobic postings when this kind of story is published? If that is indeed the case then we have even further to go than I had realised. As I have indicated earlier on this thread I regard this news from Cook as entirely positive.

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Re: "I felt a great disturbance in the Force" Well now you mention it old chap.............

.............I strongly suspect that we are talking cursing by "bell, book and candle" on the conservative christian wing right now! LOL!

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@Longrod_von_Hugendong Re: Good for him...

I agree:

"So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help"

Whatever reservations I may have about Apple Corp (or indeed any other example of BigCorp) I feel that it is entirely positive that the CEO of major corporation has come out in this way.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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I rather suspect that.............

"But what's more likely is that some people have been engaging in anti-social behaviour online and Twitch wants to put a stop to it."

..........Twitch is worried about people exhibiting all too "social" behaviour!

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Amazon's hybrid cloud: EC2 wrangled by Microsoft's control freak

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If it is the case that Redmond has begun to understand the concept.......

..........of enlightened self-interest then that is to be welcomed. As far as I am concerned (and this applies to any other example of BigCorp that may, at last, be showing some glimmerings of intelligence) the jury is still out. However, in contrast to some I am at least willing to believe that it is possible.

"Microsoft sounds pretty sincere these days when it talks about openness and respecting its customer choices. With plenty of pundits recommending multi-cloud strategies, it's hard to see Redmond fighting this even though it can't be much fun to have competitors in your front yard."

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re "............for which Sinofsky and his team will deserve credit..........."

No he fucking won't and I speak as someone who has had very little problem with Win 8. However, from the point of view of his company and its relationship to both its enterprise customers and the "great unwashed" of the retail sector Sinofsky's utter refusal to adjust his "vision" regardless was a serious downer for Redmond. Even though I personally got on well with Win 8 I am not blind to the fact that it has been a dog on the market and for various reasons succeeded in offending many very loyal MS customers. Sinofsky deserves no credit what so ever for his "contribution" end of.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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@ tnovelli "............corporate IT departments will disable most of the new security........"

Indeed and at the same time employees in those same IT-departments who are members here at El-Reg will be logging on (behind AC badges naturally) telling us what insecure crap Windows is. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

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The US Federal authorities operate by Caeser's dictum.

His writ runs wherever his legions can march. They have in practice very little more respect for the sovereignty of other nations than such people as Putin have.

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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Looking aside from the tempations of tribalism (which some can clearly not resist)........

........this is a very interesting report. If Macs (which whilst their sales have been on a gentle upward trend in recent years cannot be described as having gangbusters sales) are outselling the Fruity company's tablet which has been the biggest single seller in the upper end of the market since it was launched (suggesting that the i-Pads current sales are to say the least of it less than stellar) then this indeed says something about the post-pc era - like its a load of spherical objects. What appears to be happening is that, in common with the private retail pc, the replenish rate is not what it once was and that is not entirely surprising. Anyone running, for example, an adequately specced Win 7 pc has absolutely no need to upgrade their home office at the present time and it would appear that tablet customers (we are seeing the same phenomenon with Sammy's high-end offerings) are not endlessly buying new kit if they are satisfied for the time being with what they have got. The post-pc era may one day dawn but the degree of frenzied prognosticating amongst some in the media and other parts of the blogosphere is very clearly showing itself to have been largely powered by hot air (and/or other less pleasant bodily substances).

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Police stats inflate the number of guns actually stolen in Blighty

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Your political point was?

"Good old Socialist republic of Scotland attitude, if you don’t like something ban it."

We are getting this kind of crap in England as well (as is very clear from the article) and the last time I checked the British Nasty Party was still in charge here.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Re: Re-read the klingon software development guide

Highly entertaining - see icon.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: "This was doing so well until............"

Indeed. The reaction of the competition authorities will be very interesting. Not because the situation in the US market with telcos in control has been exactly edifying but because we would be looking at a degree of stranglehold over a communications/computing market that means something very different in terms of the future (scale-wise and qualitatively) than when Redmond ended up in control of the pc-market. Just think about the implications of this - this is not remotely amusing.

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Nielson ratings just shit themselves.

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