* Posts by Arctic fox

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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

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Re: Data

You intend of course to immediately throw your android/iOS shiney down the khazi right now hmm?

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: "they keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results"

Indeed. What's the old saw? "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it".

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The historical irony of two major obssesions and the law of unintended consequences.

Obsession #1 The Demon Drink

Prohibition was the greatest gift to organised crime ever. It provided the Mafia in the twenties with its start-up capital in the form of a multimillion dollar business.

Obsession #2 Reds under beds

Although the FBI were in fact having some success against the Mob by the time WW2 broke out the anticommunist hysteria from the middle 1940s to the end of the 1960s meant that the entire efforts of the bureau were directed against red phantoms with Hoover at one stage even trying to deny that the Mafia existed. At the same time the OSS (Office of Strategic Services - the forerunner of the CIA) sent crime boss Lucky Luciano back to Italy after the war with a case full of money to finance the Italian Mafia as a counterweight to the Italian communist party! That laid the foundations for the cooperation between the Syndicates Italian and American branches with regard to, amongst other things, the large scale importing of heroin into the US.

Two different obsessions at different times synergising meant that the Syndicate in practice went unchallenged by US law enforcement until the 1970s.

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Windows 10 growth flattens out to 30 per cent per week

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Re ".....The current spying done by W10 will make many nervous....."

Will it? You seem to have a very low opinion of the noble brotherhood of sysadmins. If I a mere organic chemist was turning off those settings the moment they popped up in the preview builds I am certain IT professionals will know how to do so. Companies may or may not go over to Win 10 but those who do not will take that decision for far more cogent reasons than defaults you can turn off.

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Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

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@Khaptain Re "I've never tried rubbing my laptops with herbs and spices....."

If I ever found an MBA at our place I'd be rubbing it with garlic and holy water - you can't be too careful.

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Microsoft: Surface hub will ship from January 1, 2016

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Re: but will it phone home?

If any sysadmin in a company that I was the CEO of set up such a device using "express settings" instead of the slightly longer route by which you can turn off all the offending defaults before you have even finished setup, he would be exiting the building carrying his desk contents in a dustbin liner so fast his head would spin. So no, it is not going to be allowed to call home from any company with a competent IT-dept.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Whilst I do not disagree with the criticisms of the privacy issues regarding Win 10............

..........I would have been much more supportive of this line had you and other authors been a touch more critical at a significantly earlier stage in the context of Google/Apple etc with regard to precisely this issue given the comprehensive hosing you are now giving Redmond (literally on a daily basis). Yes, MS must be challenged over this but I am left feeling that it is only because MS is now climbing on this bandwagon (more shame on them) that El Reg has suddenly woken up. I am not impressed.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

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@Efros Re: I did think that

It is indeed rather easier to find than the article gives the impression of. Turning it off was one of the first things I did followed rapidly by switching off the setting for web search when you use the search icon. (Just go in to "*Cortana and Search" in settings). 'When I want to search the web I'll open my browser, when I want to search my pc that is what I want to do without some gigantic list of pointless web hits confusing the issue. If they activate Cortana here in Norway she'll get switched off on my machine - that I can promise you. If you go into "settings", "privacy" and finally "general" you will find a great deal you may wish to evaluate turning off. Final tip if you have Win 10 installed on a tablet (Thinkpad 8 HD in my case) and you do not want Win 10 booting to tablet mode by default just right click on the tablet mode button in the notification centre and the link you will see takes you straight to the page in "settings" where you can change the default.

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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@ GitMeMyShootinIrons Re:"......to make it sound like an ice cream..."

Thank for that old chap. I howled with laughter at the image of someone discovering that their super expensive Tesla shiny suddenly sounds a 1960s Tonibell van!

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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

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Are any of us surprised?

How often, for example, have we seen articles in the mainstream press warning their millions of readers against doing anything other than delete any e-mail allegedly from their bank asking them to use this link to etc.? How often have the banks themselves written to their customers (via snail mail) telling them that any such e-mail is bogus and should be deleted immediately? A certain percentage of the great techno-ignorant unwashed cannot be told. I have already had to warn a couple of chums who regard me as their gratis sysadmin that they should under no circumstances download from unofficial sources. Their response was to winge about having to wait more than a couple of days despite it being carefully explained to them that we are talking about countless millions of machines that simply cannot be upgraded overnight. I am sorry to say that you just cannot get through to some people regardless of how hard you try.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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@TheVogon Re: "......that it not even really a beta yet."

Indeed. What on earth Andrew's game is here in doing a six page in depth review of an os at this stage of its development is not easy to understand. This is at pre-beta stage and as such is not at all bad. However, anyone who put this on their daily driver would be an idiot. In depth reviews should be directed at the RTM end of story.

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Microsoft's Surface Hub mega-slab DELAYED 'cause you demanded it

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@Voland's right hand RE: "....their marketing and forecasting is so bad...."

Given that they have from time to time made some serious mistakes when estimating demand for this or that product it was very sensible of them to be cautious when testing the water with this one. I do not see on this occasion why that is any major issue for criticism. It looks like a good product, as you yourself say, that will at least do decently in enterprise. Had they at the outset however assumed that it will sell gangbusters and produced accordingly they might have found themselves in a very sticky and expensive situation.

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World's (possibly) first HoloLens startup promises mixed realities

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"Microsoft previously promised $100,000 to fund headset developers"

I may have, of course, misunderstood this sub-heading - but it gives the impression that MS have in some way backed out of their promise. Is that what El Reg meant by this or was it a case of a subbie who got over excited? Whilst I can perfectly well understand that you guys need to earn a dollar or two and of course chose headlines that attract attention I have to wonder what this was supposed to imply. I have read and re-read the article and I still do not quite understand that sub-heading. Can someone help me here? If I have simply been somewhat dimwitted (which is always possible) fine. :)

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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Thank you Trevor for injecting some reality into the debate.

The only thing I have to ask is, what type of company is it that is still on 2003 without having already developed a path out of this situation? Regardless of whether it is an upgrade within Windows or a move to Nix.

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

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Re: "To everyone who's about to comment:" Actually I am, for one, highly relieved...........

...........that I am not equipped on that scale. Can you imagine trying to do up your favourite pair of Levis? Choice of icon? My eyes are already watering at the thought.

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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Re: "At last, Microsoft giving good advice to their customers!" Indeed, when I..........

...........read the following:

""The commercial media industry is undergoing a major transition as content providers move away from proprietary web plug-in based delivery mechanisms (such as Flash or Silverlight), and replace them with unified plug-in free video players that are based on HTML5 specifications and commercial media encoding capabilities," the software giant said in a Thursday blog post."

.........it reminded me of the old quote from Luke

"There is more joy in heaven at one sinner that repenteth than in nine and nine just men"!

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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The moment I saw that option I turned it off and it will remain off.

It will a very cold day in hell etc....

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Interesting article Trevor

As to the issue of Elop's removal indicating that Nadella plans to bury the mobile phone division (as some have suggested) I have to say that I am not so sure. Given your cogent point with regard to Elop using whatever he is in charge of as a power-base to drive achieving whatever he has been tasked with it would be logical of Nadella to place that under another division (Windows) and another guy (can't remember his name right now but I do remember that he is a phone guy) to ensure that Elop's former fiefdom is not in a position to be obstructive.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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I personally think that this is absolutely hilarious.

"who are beginning to realise that the country's entire intelligence workforce has been utterly pwned, probably by a hostile nation."

They were so busy trying to pwn others that they utterly neglected to watch their own backs. Could not happen to a nicer bunch.

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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"Windows Phone loyalists today haven’t seen a flagship for 18 months"

Agreed. It is all the same a touch too early to imply MS is about to bury its phone division. However, if there is no genuine flagship phone accompanying the launch of Windows 10 Mobile some time in the Autumn then you can send flowers.

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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@LucreLout Re:"I don't know..." Snowdon is under no obligation to attempt to.........

"On the one hand, it is utterly impossible for the "Snowden camp" to prove that nobody has been harmed by his actions."

.............disprove allegations made against him without there being a shred of credible and independently verifiable evidence to support them. The only case against him is based on a series of assertions made by various intelligence hacks, anonymous sources and certain loud-mouthed politicians. These assertions, coming as they do from a group of people whose credibility in the eyes of anyone capable of the least amount of joined up thinking is zero, are in and of themselves worthless.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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@dogged Re:"Pre SP1, XP was anything but good"

To be honest I would so far as to say that it only became seriously usable with SP2. However, I entirely agree that it was the pits (something the XP-fanbois have an extremely selective memory about) before SP1.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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@Powernumpty Re: "you lose the Win7 license"

If you install by in situ upgrade you will be able to roll back. At least that is the way it currently works with the Win 10 beta.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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@W Donelson Re: "Simple hatred of science and liberals drives the denial."

It is ironic that your posting so perfectly demonstrates the echo effect they refer to. Whilst it is obvious that some of the opposition to the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis comes from people driven by hatred of science or liberals, it is also perfectly possible to disagree with that hypothesis without being motivated by such views. In other words I suggest you stop arguing that anyone who disagrees with you is a villain.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

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@jnmesh RE: "I actually trust Google not to abuse my data that they collect"

That was absolutely side splitting old chap - its the way you tell 'em and succeed at keeping a straight face at the same time. What, you meant it? Oh dear.

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

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@Clive Summerfield Thank you Clive that is a fantastic picture.

See title

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Texting while driving and talking on the phone while driving are...............

...........two different types of activity (if you use a hands free setup for talking). If you text whilst you drive however you are obliged to:

1. Drive one-handed whilst "thumb texting"

2. Take your eyes off the road and other users every few seconds.

3. Tackle two different intellectual objectives simultaneously - driving competently and composing your text.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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An approach to doing business that..........

" Microsoft wants to tie all your contacts, media and documents into its cloud through the Surface end point."

.........neither Mountain View or Cupertino are interested in of course or have any analogues of. Er, hang on a minute....

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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@ Arnaut the less: My late father found himself stationed in the Canal Zone.......

.........in the Middle East circa 1947. He arrived at HQ just in time to witness the following exchange between the RSM of the regiment and a (very) foolish young subbie who had protested against some criticism that the "Reggie" had subjected him to. "But, but, Sergeant Major" .... "Pardon, you addressed me as Sergeant Major?. Let me make something very clear to you young man, I address you as "Sir" and you address me as "Sir". The difference is that you better fucking well mean it!"

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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I feel that a little textual analysis might be helpful here.

"In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, [sic] we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state," Myerson added. "Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers."

"Some of our OEMs have been naughty little tykes and we have chosen in the past not to hang them out in public. They owe us some very big favours"

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Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

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@Paul Crawford: I think the market is those who wish to show their holiday..........

.............vids without it leading to their becoming complete social lepers.

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New Windows 10 Mobile build brings Universal Office Apps to phones

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Re: Are there any insiders with a working Lumia left to test Windows 10 Mobile.

Well yes old chap there are. At least my test-bed (Lumia 630) had no trouble at all pulling down this up-date and installing it a couple of hours ago. The transparency slider which we saw some screen shots of on various sites the last couple of weeks is indeed in the build and the palette of theme colours has doubled in size. No one needs to put up now with anything that remotely resembles a Liquorice Allsorts Christmas Collection - the degree of customisation that is now available in Win 10 Mobile is considerable. Spartan is now on board and as rough as one might expect. I downloaded the new Word app (Top tip: Make sure you temporarily change the regional formatting to United States or the app will either not download at all or even if it does it won't install. The app continues to function once you have restored your own regional settings) and a cursory inspection leaves me feeling that it may (note that I say may) be promising. Win 10 is still very much a beta build but I think at any rate that a (very) cautious "so far, so good" is in order.

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Phablet for the biz fleet with easy typing: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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Re: Another day

Well AC old chap, one can at least say that Andrew puts his handle on his postings - how about you try it sometime?

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How Groucho Marx lost his voice and found his funny bone

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One of my favourite quotes refers to an outraged husband........

.....whose wife was working for one of the large film companies during the 1930's who confronted the guy who had cuckolded him in the company car park and shot him in the testicles (ouch). Groucho apparently responded upon hearing the news by saying "he wasn't shot in the car park, he was shot in the amusement arcade".

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

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@SImon Hobson: Thank you - I appreciate it.

See icon.

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It seems that one or two people don't get it. "It" in this case being..........

..........the fact that what one finds funny is very individual. Saying that Chaplin was no good because you don't like him is ridiculous, he was widely regarded as good at what he did and a lot of people did find him funny and do so even today. Personally I never found Tommy Cooper's act (just as an example) funny, it left me cold in fact. However, I never failed to notice that the guy was extremely good at working his audience - they thought he was hysterical. Me? I was not a member of his audience but that did not make him objectively unfunny - I just didn't get him. The only thing you can say about a comedian is where you personally find him/her funny or not. Comedy is proverbially subjective/individual - it is not possible by definition to say anything "objective" about it. The smiley? It seemed the most appropriate chose of icon in the circumstances.

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Who is the fastest-selling phone maker of ALL TIME? Samsung? Apple? No, it's Xiaomi

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@ AC 10.20 10.04.15 Re: "Why piss about with the US?"

Indeed. Especially when one takes into account that their home market alone is likely to end up very shortly (2020 at the latest would be my guess) as the largest single market for consumer electronics on the face of the planet.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Turn Off Windows Automatic Updates

Really? How peculiar. Our home office machine (fresh install, Win 8.1) is on automatic updates and has never shown any signs of such behaviour. Are you sure that there cannot be another explanation than that the Demon Lords Of Redmond are out to get you?

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Do androids dream of herding electric sheep?

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I have to say a big thumbs up for............

...........the Phillip K Dick reference.

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Win Server 2003 addict? Tick, tock: Your options are running out

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@Grikath "Re: @ Hans 1"

A fine piece of well argued common sense. There is a case to be made for moving to open source but the "its free" argument is balls. As you rightly point out the economic case has to be treated with great caution and every business looking at these options has to ensure that they do not end up in deep how's-your-father because they did not understand where the bear-traps are.

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Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to EXPLODING Li-ion menace

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For once the news on the battery front may actually lead to something.

"In the short term, the team hopes the aluminum batteries could be used to replace the alkaline batteries poisoning landfills around the globe. These typically put out 1.5 volts, something the aluminum prototype can easily manage, but lithium-ion are a tougher proposition"

Even if the shortfall in voltage compared with Li-ion batteries proves a tough nut to crack the replacement of alkaline batteries would be a major step forward.

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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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