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Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

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@P. Lee Re: "No wonder tech is hard" Whilst I agree that aspects of this article.........

........lack a certain clarity and the subheading is particularly unfortunate there is as yet no reason to assume that Redmond are going down that route again (indeed they would be very foolish to do so for a whole list of reasons). From the article:

"But he added that the build* also causes problems with Visual Studio 2015, the preview version of Microsoft's integrated development environment, and that coders who are using VS2015 to build Windows Universal Apps should probably stick to the older Build 10041 for now."

It becomes even clearer that that is not what is being said if one takes the opportunity to read the blog post by Gabe Aul cited in the article. Aul is referring to the build itself and not the browser. The trialling of Spartan for the first time is the big news but the build itself also causes certain problems which the Win 10 development team are working on.

Whilst I do not put it past MS to repeat previous foolishness we do not as yet have reason to believe that they actually are integrating the browser into the OS in the way they did with IE.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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@Malcolm 1 Re: "4K OLED with no "smart" features - LG has just piqued my interest."

That was my immediate reaction as well. What we want for our living room is a good upgrade to the display for our home cinema system, our living room pc and occasional channel hopping when using it as a telly. For my part the TV producers can take the rest of the "added value" (smart tv, 3D and the rest of it) and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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@Paul Shirley What I actually said was......

........"I really think that we should restrain ourselves from commenting on each build as if it were the release candidate."

I did not for one moment suggest or intend to suggest that we should not comment critically at all. Far from it in fact (see my reply to RyokuMas just below your posting). The process of release followed by reaction and trenchant criticism is IMHO very important. That is however, not the same as postings along the lines of "typical M$ it's all going to be shit" (a type of posting which one see rather often on threads connected to Win10 TP) which is indeed reacting to the individual build as if it were the release candidate and contributes nothing constructive whatsoever.

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@RyokuMas Re: "Yeah, better told "it's fugly".........."

Indeed, the active members of the Insider Program are telling MS loud and clear with each successive build what they are pleased with and (even more importantly) giving Redmond plenty of "GBH of the ear'ole" about things they are not pleased with. That kind of feedback is crucial and the various indications are that MS are taking the IP-members seriously - they would indeed be shooting themselves in both feet simultaneously very publicly if they did not.

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As far as this article is concerned I have no problems with the general tone........

.......and it is certainly the case that:

" It is also clear that Microsoft is making efforts to respond to feedback and to avoid a repeat of Windows 8, which was disliked by most existing users. Looks promising, but getting this thing finished, polished and stable by the summer will be a challenge."

I think that we should bear in mind that we have never seen this much of the development process of a Windows iteration so publicly before. The changes from one build to the next, the rough bits at various stages, different versions of different solutions to this or that and so on. I really think that we should restrain ourselves from commenting on each build as if it were the release candidate. Personally I have just finished installing this build and will refrain from any comment on it until I have had a chance to kick its tyres, check the oil pressure and take it for a drive.

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

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It is obvious that no example of "BigCorp" sees themselves as any kind of charity..........

........and clearly Microsoft is no exception. However, even though they have clear ambitions with regard to new revenue opportunities etc. it does not change the fact that this may also contribute to improving online security.

"El Reg reminds enterprising would-be freeloaders that pirate copies of Windows often include trojans and backdoors."

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: @Roger B Re ".....I did not even think about installing the technical preview....."

I obliged to admit that I had not registered the fact that the 625 was not on their current list. They appear to be being exceedingly cautious with regard to the limited number of Lumias that they are willing to install the TP on. Understandable I think given that it does not matter how many dire warnings they give there will always be a certain percentage who are braindead fearless and will install regardless and then begin to howl when their primary goes down the toilet. The fact that they have installed a pre-beta on the device after being warned will of course not hinder them in screaming that it is everybody else's fault but their own. However, for those of us who understand the risks it can be fun and according to what I have read MS intend to add further devices to the list that can install the TP and hopefully you will not have too long to wait.

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@Roger B Re ".....I did not even think about installing the technical preview....."

I would only issue a word of caution here. The OS is still somewhat rough around the edges and is not yet suitable for a phone that is ones daily driver. It is currently a stable and usable test-bed but I would not for one moment install it on my Lumia 1020 (which is my daily driver even if I could - it is not yet available to install on the 1020). If however, you are not dependent upon your 625 then I think you will find the experience fun.

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@Roger B Re: Windows Phone?

I have installed the Win 10 mobile technical preview on a Lumia 630 (bought it as a dirt cheap test-bed and because I am interested in precisely that point - how will it run on low end devices?). My experience so far is that the system apps run fine and most of my third-party apps run ok. The only problem I have had is that one of the games has a tendency to hang occasionally. So far I have not encountered significant problems other than it has crashed once in the last four weeks since the install.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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We all have I am sure our favourite moments from his remarkable canon.

One of mine is from Guards! Guards! when our hero the estimable Vimes holds off a lynch mob in the stables with a dragon tucked under his arm. "The question is,do you feel lucky?" I read that bit on the top of a bus on the way to work. My howls of laughter caused some raised eyebrows!

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Top class.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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How does one express ones feelings about this kind of site..........

.........and the kind of people they cater to? The words "nauseated contempt" come to mind.

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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@Steve I: Well, actually old chap, now that you mention it................

"Is entrusting credit card verification to banks as irresponsible as giving a child matches?"

..........it would appear so. Although I also do not have much time for the fact that:

" These numbers can be entered manually, so physical access to a card is not needed."

........was something that Cupertino failed to notice was not the smartest thing that they could be associated with.

In short, neither the (w)bankers or the fruity company have exactly covered themselves with intellectual glory on this occasion.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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@Zog_but_not_the_first Re: "............I'm a sinister commentard......"

Have a thumbs up for that joke - I might not have got it were it not for an interest in medieval heraldry!

:)

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Reg exec in deluxe roo-skin pen case beernami trauma

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Let me see now.

You you take your fav luxury leather case, you fill it with all.your most essential kit and thereafter you put a tinnie in there with them. What could possibly go wrong?

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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@Ian 7 The tribalists amongst us do not want to hear that.

"If anyone thinks for a second that Google/Apple/Name-Your-Wannabe-Monopolist-Of-Choice wouldn't be just as crappy and evil as Microsoft were given the same market dominance......"

They are perfectly capable of turning a deaf ear to such a self-evident truth.

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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I have a Lumia 630 on the way so that I can take a look at this for myself.

One useful tip from another such review is to make sure that the 630 is fully updated as far as its WinPhone 8.1 persona is concerned. Not doing so can, apparently, lead to a painfully slow and rather laggy update process when installing 10.

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Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

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@big_D RE "..........I don't see how 26GB is too little........"

As Fuzz points out just above your post it is driven by the way the storage is divided up in some of the Lumia phones contra others. From the horses mouth:

"Some context on why we chose these and not higher end phones like the 930/Icon or 1520: We have a feature that will be coming soon called "partition stitching" which will allow us to adjust the OS partition dynamically to create room for the install process to be able to update the OS in-place. Until this comes in, we needed devices which were configured by mobile operators with sufficiently sized OS partitions to allow the in-place upgrade, and many of the bigger phones have very tight OS partitions.

Note that this doesn't mean that Windows 10 will take more disk space than Windows Phone 8.1, it's just a function of the upgrade process at this point. Once the partition stitching feature is completed, many more devices will be supported."

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/02/12/announcing-the-first-build-of-windows-10-technical-preview-for-phones-2/

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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@dan1980 Re:"..... it's sad when the default position has to be "don't trust anyone"."

Indeed it is dan1980, I quite agree. What makes it even worse is seeing certain posters arguing along the lines of "they were mugs so they deserved it". I admit that I am paraphrasing their attitude but not by very much. One may indeed be foolish if one wanders down a dark alley late at night but one still does not "deserve" to wake up in intensive care.

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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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