* Posts by Arctic fox

2302 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009

Microsoft dangles carrot at SMEs, eases Windows 8 Enterprise licensing

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Windows

My eyes were already bleeding.......

........by the time I had read his title. I am also not sure that letting him loose again on that post would improve the situation.

3
0

NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

I do not think that Lenovo are fools.

Let us just see what they do with this purchase before we start to amuse ourselves at their expense, hmm?.

4
0

Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

Arctic fox
Silver badge

@Chris G I am very definitely looking at them with interest.

What really surprises me is how fast they came out of the starting blocks (three years?) as far as hardware design and build quality go. They at the top of my watch list as far as Android based kit is concerned.

0
0
Arctic fox
Silver badge
Happy

I have to say that I entirely agree that Huawei are worth watching.

After her indoors nicked my Desire Z (long story, won't bore you) I looked around for a replacement (I ran it in tandem with my Lumia 820 - cloned sims) and stumbled across the Huawei P6 Ascend. Quite astonishing value at a little over the 250 spons mark. Very nice build quality indeed (regardless of price point) and very decent performance plus a really nice 5 inch screen. In terms of the visual I do not much like the way they have skinned the os but the hardware is very impressive indeed at that price point.

2
0

What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

Arctic fox
Silver badge

I think that we may see the mother of all cage fights in the US market.

After all the mobile operators are not going to sit still for this and they have some of the best politicians money can buy in their pockets.

5
0

Microsoft courts mobe-makers, tweaks Windows 8 for WIMPs

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Happy

Trusting MS?

To be honest Trevor I have never seen anyone post arguing that we should. I fairly certain about that because I do not believe that I would have missed the massed howls of laughter if anyone had posted something like that. The rhetorical question "Can anyone trust Microsoft?" is in reality an Aunt Sally question. Anyone who actually trusts any example of "BigCorp" really should get out in the sunlight more often.

9
0

Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Windows

@James 51 "..... full sized usb3 port to my list of things......."

I entirely agree. In fact I am a little surprised that Toshiba did not take advantage of this tablets thickness to do just that. I understand the use of mini ports (usb and hdmi) where one of the crucial design themes is slimness but I do not understand it here.

4
0

Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Trollface

Apple and Google agree on something?

Now I really am scared.

4
0

iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Happy

Re: And of course Foxconn ONLY make kit for Apple don't they?

I hate to have to break this to you old chap but El Reg's subbies specialise in wind up sub-headings - and no, the "fruity company" is not the only victim. Any excuse to take the piss is their modus vivendi and they do not much care who they are extracting the urine from. That is their stock in trade, end of.

3
0

For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Thumb Up

I have to say that I am enjoying this thread.

The good manners and the experience in these posts is something that I am learning a great deal from. A big upvote to you all.

3
0

Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Think of yourself ten years ago...

Words of wisdom old chap, major thumbs up.

0
0
Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

Useful criticism?

Useful, i.e. constructive criticism, is not usually couched in the form of personal abuse. Whatever Nadella's merits or demerits may be (and I am not in a position to have a worthwhile opinion on them) Kempin's approach sounds like the settling of old scores.

29
2

New Microsoft CEO Nadella could earn FOURTEEN TIMES what Ballmer banked in 2013

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

Fourteen times?

I strongly suspect that that would only be the case in a year that it was clear that all divisions were firing on all cylinders and MS had set a new company record as far as fiscal performance was concerned - anyone predicting that for any company in this industry currently?

4
0

Microsoft takes InfoPath behind the shed, says successor will be better

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

"SharePoint Conference? Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate ....."

...........La speranza eterna, hmm?

0
0

Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Flame

Translation:

The mystic megs got their crystal balls in a twist so the. brain dead and the greedy brokers reacted in the predictable fashion.

6
1

Lenovo and IBM's System x biz: It'll be just like 2005's PC buyout

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Happy

Re: Ok, that one made me spit Sprite Zero....

Thank you kindly!

0
0
Arctic fox
Silver badge
Joke

"Successes? Oh, we've had a few...........

...........But then again, too few to mention"*

*Sorry Frank.

2
0

Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

@ AMBxx I agree. Whilst I still use Firefox........

..........as my preferred browser (habit I guess, although not solely that) I am obliged to admit that with IE10 I began to review my automatic hostility to Redmond's offerings in that area. I have been trialling IE11 for some little while now and am obliged to admit that it is a world away from anything they produced in the past. Pity it took them so long to get genuinely serious about good browser design.

11
1

Big tech firms holding wages down? Marx was right all along, I tell ya!

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Happy

I am absolutely delighted to find that..........

...............a word like "monopsonist" exists.

4
0

Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Megaphone

@Doug S Re:"....until they sold 7 billion iPhones every year?" A good point, however,.......

...........the problem is that the markets (and the analysts in this instance) are driven by fear and greed rather than by intelligence, genuine analysis and a sense of proportion. Cupertino is not going to enjoy stratospheric capital gains forever? "Oh woe is us, the end of the world is nigh - sell, sell, sell I tell you, the sky is falling in."

Apple is highly unlikely to stop making serious money (although they will be getting any of mine any time soon :P) but that is not enough for the stripey-shirted-brigade and the rest of their fellow sharks. Irrationallity and the aforementioned fear and greed - Masters of the Universe?

7
0

Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Thumb Up

@Cliff Re: Reg, don't join in with 'troll', you're better than that

Agree entirely Cliff - see icon.

3
0
Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

Community service?

Whilst of course we have all seen cases where violence has not been adequately punished the scenario you describe is unlikely. Normally speaking being convicted of malicious wounding or occasioning grievous bodily harm will get you a custodial sentence unless there are very special circumstances and you have a very fast talking lawyer.

9
0

Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Thumb Up

@Don Jefe. Splendid post.

See icon.

2
0

Nokia Lumia update spreads Black death

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Windows

@Big_Boomer. Re: "The grass is no greener anywhere else"

Indeed. However, you have to understand that the gold card members of the Anti Microsoft Choral Howling Society have to get their dibs in whether it is justified or not.

7
7

Take off, nuke 'em from orbit: Kill patent trolls NOW, says FTC bigwig

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Happy

As far as I am concerned the lady is well named.

Absolutely Brill.

2
0

Haters of lurid supershow CES: The consumer tech market is still SHRINKING

Arctic fox
Silver badge

Yes indeed toad warrior.

"You can't screw your employees on wages and expect consumer spending to climb."

However, this not new. The "Managerati" have been wilfully blind to that contradiction since the early days of mass production and the modern mass markets that it created.

2
0

Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Mushroom

Splendid, I am delighted to hear it.

Unless of course anybody feels that "freedom of speech" is served by threatening someone with rape - hmm?

26
8

AT&T takes aim at T-Mobile with $450 cashback lure

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

@Kristian Walsh Regarding Apple's business model in the US.

".... the rest of the US carriers follow T-Mobile's lead, it's good for Samsung and Nokia/Microsoft, who have a range of mid-price and budget phones, but it's a disaster for Apple."

I think that if this continues and the Telcos' stranglehold on the retail mobile phone market itself is broken then you may well be right. Apple's focus on one price segment in the US (the very core of their business) would not have been the huge success for them that it has been without operator lock-in, the close to cartel conditions in the services market and the near monopoly hold over the retail phone market that the carriers have. It is an observable fact that the pricing and subsidy models used by the US carriers require that the deals available for the high end flagship phones (all such, not just Apple's) in fact are not subsidised by the carriers but by the rest of their poor benighted customers. If this new dawn is indeed breaking then any producer without the full range of price points in their portfolio will indeed, as you point out, have a problem.

8
0

Drug dealer demands jail to escape 'unbearable' missus after NYE row

Arctic fox
Silver badge

Well, you never know.

He might have said to the judge that it was his decision but 'er indoors may have gotten so pissed off with him being around 24/7 that she gave him very little choice in the matter.

0
0

Apple wants sales ban on Samsung smartphones nobody is selling

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Joke

@frank ly "It's a patent that is........"

Indeed, if you go into iOS under "tools and utilities" you'll find the app for it there along with the telephone number of their legal advisors "Sue, Grabbit and Run, Attorneys At Law".

7
1

GCHQ spooks told: Break Huawei's grip on 'The Cell'

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

The Cell?

This sounds like the next in the Resident Evil series - er, hang on a minute there appear to be choppers circling the house for some reas.............

0
0

NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Happy

@Trevor_Pott Re "I'm not a US person...."

Neither am I, although I have to admit that even if it were MI5 saying this I would not believe them either. As far as I am concerned I would not accept that fisherman's tale from the Almighty Himself without independent evidence let alone any country's intelligence service. What they are saying is that we are (excuse me, it's very hard to type and cry with laughter at one and the same time) just going to have to trust them (Oh God my sides are splitting).

11
1

Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: "I don't block ads, not deliberately."

Actually, what you describe is pretty what I do myself. One problem however in this context is those devs who refuse to do a paid version of their app with no more permissions than are necessary for the app to function. I have on several occasions had to reject an app because of this problem. One gets the impression that a fair number of devs are utterly uninterested unless they get to own your phone's arse.

6
0
Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

I think that there is a problem here.

Many apps that are downloaded are so called "free apps" where the deal is that ads are the "payment" - what about them?

2
0

Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Trollface

"....If you follow tech guidelines from.....then you're an......."

Well, if they buy their tech from..... oh, alright I won't go there, but it is incredibly tempting.

0
0

Apple's spamtastic iBeacon retail alerts launch with Frisco FAIL

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: "iTout".

Hilarious, I love it.

1
0
Arctic fox
Silver badge
Thumb Down

"Comfortable with that?" Er, well now that you mention it, no.

I cannot stand stores where you are pursued by bonus hunting sales staff at the best of times and if the shop itself were to start spamming me I would be out of there so fast that the only residual trace of my presence would a small local increase in temperature due to displaced air rushing back in.

11
2

Apple's legal bill for Samsung patent fight tops $60m

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Trollface

"substantial discounts" Hm..yes.

Cupertino do after all by their legal services in bulk.

5
0

Submerged Navy submarine successfully launches drone from missile tubes

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Thumb Up

"Das Dröne"

A definite thumbs up for that reference.

9
0

Brit-boy Bates is Silicon Valley's pick for Microsoft's CEO

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Windows

Hi guys! Can we please have a little more.....

..........reportage and a lot less "Hello!" magazine?

2
0

Apple snubs discounts, sprays Black Friday zombies with gift cards

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

Pride goeth before destruction and.........

............a haughty spirit before a fall. I suggest that Apple's senior management contemplate this wisdom before it bites them in the arse.

0
3

Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Thumb Up

@Jack Faust meets Mephistopheles Re 2 gb contra 4 GB.

"It;'s expected Q1-2 2014 so the first 64bit 4gb tabs should start coming out around then."

A very useful heads-up. I shall wait a few months more before dusting off my wallet.

0
0

Swollen Reg reader recounts FALSE WIDOW spider HORROR

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

If the victim is male and the spider the genuine "Widow"................

...........it would not have been just the foot that exhibited swelling. Sufferers experience an extremely painful degree of priapism for which the only real treatment is bed-rest and repeated applications of ice -packs.

0
0

Microsoft Surface slabs borked by heat-induced DIM SCREEN OF DEATH

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

One question.

Does El Reg have any idea about what percentage of customers are experiecing these problems. It would seem to me that such information would be of interest.....hm...?

1
0

Dropbox joins Linux patent protection hit squad

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Trollface

A patent cooperative?

Sounds dangerously communistic to me. What would "BigCorp" say?

1
0

Beijing hits back at US: Don't you DARE blame China for collapse of duty-free IT talks

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

@AC Well old chap as it so happens.......

"Any chance you remember what you Brits did to China, Massive Opium Addictions come to mind? "

.............. I have never, repeat never, heard a fellow countryman of mine defend for one moment the Opium Wars. I suggest that you review you own history in a slightly more objective light. Particularly in light of the way that, historically, the US utterly ignored the intellectual property rights of all other nations until (think the lead in to the Edison period) they had intellectual property of their own worth protecting.

4
0

NSA installed '50,000 malware sleeper cells' in world computer networks

Arctic fox
Silver badge

I am not indulging in a mendacious out-of-context quotation here.

"But given that the U.S. government was unaware"

I am simply trying to underline the point that I think you were making. The US authorities were either very well aware what was going on or they chose to be wilfully blind.

4
0
Arctic fox
Silver badge
Trollface

Fairly ironic given recent complaints.........

............ about what the Chinese are allegedly up to, hmm? "Don't do what I do, do what I tell you to do"- and all that.

6
1

You can't have that many! China scuppers US, EU tech tariff talks

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

I find very strange that this report is.......

........... pretty much entirely based on what the Western negotiators say is going on. I do not know whether the Chinese have a case, a bit of a case or no case at all - and I certainly would not gain any insight into that by virtue of reading something that could just as well have been drafted by the Foreign Office.

4
0

Sony patents LASER-FIRING Wi-Fi SMARTWIG with sideburn buttons

Arctic fox
Silver badge
Headmaster

"Are Sony just trolling the patent office?"

No, they appear to doing something that, in the current climate, is seriously radical - supporting a patent application with a working prototype. Unheard of!

4
1

Forums