* Posts by Arctic fox

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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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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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AF

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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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