* Posts by Arctic fox

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Itty-bitty pyttipanna

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Re:" I have a whole shelf in my fridge dedicated to surströmming tins"

You do of course open them in a glove box under argon?

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PC shipments slump in Q3, thanks to free Windows 10

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@Kristian Walsh RE:"you'd see mobile sales relaxing too "

Indeed, I agree. The analogue IMO is what happened when MS launched Win 7. For the first time they issued an OS that did not automatically mandate a hardware upgrade (as long as your existing box was decent - not cutting edge). This has been the case since. As far tablets are concerned the limit on upgrade pressure is what these devices are typically used for - light browsing, e-mails etc. The result is of course that tablet that are not absolute crap remain usable for a several years. We are now beginning to reach the same point with mobile phones, especially those from the mid-range and upwards. The situation within the mobile market in the US (as you point out) is somewhat "special". IE. (In my opinion) the near cartel conditions in that area in the US, although there are some indications that this may begin to change. I have the feeling that the tech market is going to have to accommodate some considerable shocks in the not too distant future when the mass market element of it slows down right across the board.

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@dogged RE:"I heard Windows 10 refuses to return the Register's lawnmower."

Thumbs up for the reference to our beloved Sir Terry Pratchet.

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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

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Re: "Oh for glods sake" Indeed. Their attitude seems to be..........

........"we won't/don't want to build seriously good/imaginative premium kit and we certainly don't want anyone else to do so either!"

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Team Microsoft: Device Police... 'Are you pumped? I'm pumped'

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One of the points with the Surface Book is precisely this:

"Gadget perks have replaced car perks. Everyone I know who has a Surface Pro likes it, but in every case they’re either borrowing it, or it was bought for them."

What is true for the Surface Pro* is even more true for the Surface Book. Here Microsoft is not only trying to benchmark/set its footprint on the premium end of the market, it is, with the Surface Book, producing the "status lappie" for the "managerati" with the intention of making them adherents of a Win10 device as a status symbol contra a high-end MBP. How often have we seen directors/senior managers carrying highly specced MBPs when they in reality have no need for that level of kit in their hands on work? They are status symbols ("I deserve this" "it validates me") - Redmond is trying to ensure that it is their status symbol that gets carried into boardrooms throughout enterprise. How far they will succeed is of course another question.

* Admission: Both La Senora and I own Surface Pro 3s - although we bought them ourselves. :P

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

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@Big_Ted Re"Has she never heard of the NSA, Snowden and Prism ? ? ?"

What actually amazes me is that she managed to say that without even blinking given that she certainly has heard of these issues. Takes a very strong stomach etc. etc.

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Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop

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@Wade Burchette Re:"if it is too expensive nobody will buy it."

The Surface Book is not remotely aimed at the general retail market - this is very high end premium kit (and at that price point it frakking well should be!). In my opinion it is aimed at, amongst others, the following:

1. CAD professionals

2. Top flight graphic artists (who might otherwise buy Wacom kit, for example)

Just two examples, there are several others that come to mind. Also let us not forget its importance to Redmond as a willy-waver for senior members of the "managerati" who want to have kit that gives them bragging rights amongst their peer group whilst getting Win 10 into as many boardrooms and senior managerial offices as possible.

In my personal opinion it is a very fine piece of kit, enterprise kit.

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

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"And Doctor Who had the Alien story four years before Alien..."

A E Van Vogt included the original in his compilation of novellas "The Voyage of the Space Beagle" in 1950. He had in fact already written the novella concerned, "Discord in Scarlet", for the Dec 1939 edition of "Astounding Magasine". I fear that both the Alien and Dr Who franchises were well and truly beaten to the punch by one of the greats from Sci-fi's "golden age".

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'Can you hear me now? Oh Peeple, you're so mean *sad face*. It's a leftist agenda!'

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Water on Mars is a leftist agenda?

The guy is truly barking. See icon.

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Saudi Arabia: They liked Hacking Team so much they tried to buy the company

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@Lost all faith Re: "..........setting up a new company outside of Europe................"

Apart from the clear intention of the "gentleman" concerned to avoid oversight (which I agree with you was his clear aim) I would hesitate to suggest that "some morals" can only be found in Europe. Indeed I often wonder what happened to morals in the Western World as far as "doing business is concerned". We have after all seen far too many examples of Western companies who are very willing to go along with local "custom and practice". Indeed we have from time to time seen examples of said companies using the same tactics here in the "First World" - hmmm?

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iPhone 6S, 6S Plus: Apple SHAFTS eager fans with STRAPPING VIBRATOR

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@Captain Queeg Re:" Does adding an extra 4 hours battery life add anything?"

Very good point. The increase in battery life has to be on a scale (if one is going to make a marketing point of it) that it is actually noticed by the punter and perceived of as a genuine and useful increase. Otherwise the company concerned may risk a backlash from their customer base if the increase is in practice invisible to said customers. The practical reality is I suspect that there has to be something of a significant leap forward (as you outline) before the marketing department can start mouthing off raising the profile of the given device's battery life when designing their advertising campaign.

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Nice try, Apple. The Maxi Pad is no laptop killer – and won’t scratch the Surface

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Re: "Is it me or are MS hoping to just quietly kill the Surface ............?"

I suspect that it is just you old chap. Whilst MS fucked up big-time with Surface RT and to a large extent with Surface Pro 1 & 2 (leading to a gigantic inventory write-down) they have been doing very respectable business with both Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 (the latter based on an Atom CPU, both of them x86 devices running a full desktop OS which is after all one of the points in this article).

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AWS outage knocks Amazon, Netflix, Tinder and IMDb in MEGA data collapse

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@Will Godfrey "Well spotted"

Thank you. I am relived that somebody spotted my little play on words (worth) - it does of course not surprise me in the circumstances that it was you!

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@Will Godfrey "I wandered, lonely as a cloud"

Your words are certainly worth an upvote old chap.

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Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Mobile preview update

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"A feature called one-handed mode is now enabled on all device sizes."

I installed this build on a Lumia 640. The feature referred to seems to work extremely well. It is certainly of use on any phone 5 inches or over.

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

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@CAPS LOCK Re: Checking it out under Linux is a good idea.

"A good few people"? It will indeed in all likelihood be very few people in - in reality. Most will think, if they consider the question at all "well most of the "opposition" are equally guilty and I don't understand what Linux is." Among techies it is possible that some will take that decision. However, ordinary punters won't even consider the question - whether the "cognoscenti" like it or not. Sorry guys, the FarseBook and Twatter generation do not share your concerns.

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Apple fanbois cry (bless) as site motionless during iPhone 6S pre-order wrest

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@x 7 Re: "iPhone 6$hit"

No old chap they are not. Neither I or Madam Fox have bought Apple kit the last twenty years but that had nothing to do with it being "shit" as hardware. That kind of reflexive tribalism gives us the bends. We chose quite simply not to buy into their "ecosystem" because it does not suit us. Here at Arctic Fox towers we have a Lumia 1020, a Sony Xperia Z2, a HTC Desire X and a Lumia 640. We are a reasonably eccumenical household and we judge things by our user case. I do not care whether the insults posted involve such epithets as "Crapple", "Sheeple", "Windoz", "Micro$oft" or whatever other types of football-supporter-idiocy certain commentards come up with - we do not use that kind of braindead language here.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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@JJSmith1950 Re:"If you can provide a single "lie" Corbyn has uttered,...............

.................feel free to repeat them here."

Wasting your time unfortunately - that poster is too busy uploading his own here.

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

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@Greg J Preece Re:"Its a fucking Surface"

Just refer to it on every possible occasion as the iSurface whenever the "goons" are within earshot!

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Roll up, roll up: Microsoft, those Irish emails and angry Feds

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Re: Except that the author was writing in English, not Greek

You felt that you had to post that as an AC? Dear me. You could not work out that I was responding to his snotty attitude to "The Great Unwashed"? Well that says more about you than it says about me. Moreover, I have a sneaking suspicion that you might be the same guy responding in the third person behind the aforementioned AC-mask.

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That I will accept as long as the poster concerned knows what he/she is doing!

Nonetheless, thumbs up for a very witty and thoughtful comment.

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Re: Laughable

I am afraid old chap that any one who writes "the hoi polloi" without realising that "hoi polloi" means "the people" (and has therefore written "the the people") has demonstrated that he should be careful about making patronising references to them.

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It is really quite mindbending.

"Concerned that unilateral American government access to data stored in Europe could frighten off European business, 30 tech companies including Verizon, Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Salesforce, HP, eBay, Infor, AT&T and Rackspace, have directly or indirectly weighed in on the side of Microsoft."

Frighten off European business? It won't just be European business but business on a global basis. One of the few remaining areas in modern enterprise where the US has a big lead and the NSA and other Federal authorities seem intent on destroying it. What's the old saw? "With friends like that you don't need enemies."

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US gov to Apple: COUGH UP iMessages or FEEL our FEDERAL FROWN

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It is one of the great historical ironies that certain agencies that are tasked with......

..........defending the US regard it as their right/duty to piss all over the constitution of their country. How is it that they do not understand that they are on their way to destroying that which they claim they wish to defend?

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@Ivan 4 Re"Isn't that the normal procedure for all left leaning administrations "

If you really believe that the Obama presidency can in any sense be described as "left leaning" then you are a total political illiterate. Or you are so right-wing that you are absolutely barking. Say hi to your homebois Ghenghis and Attila next time you guys chew the fat.

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Gang charged with $1 MEEELLION MacBook Air heist

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Re "handed over in plain-brown cardboard packaging"

And so they should have been! See icon

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Photoshop for 40 quid: Affinity Photo pushes pixels further than most

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Hello AC - Are you mainlining that Kool-Aid ?

"So Mac-only software makes a lot of sense."

See title.

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

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Thumbs up for that one as well TeeCee....although unlike Dr Who's contribution.......

........I did not have to google that one. The reason being that IT here at Uni arranged for a new one to be installed recently - I read the memo for once!

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Thumbs up for that one Dr Who..............

.........."That's why any decent DR plan will include....."

Although honesty compels me to admit that, being a lowly organic chemist, I had to google that one before I got the joke!

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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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