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China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell

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Re: Just wondering ...

> (I am not a Windows fanboi and I do know how easy it was/is to clone an XP installation or get a key.)

You don't need to be any kind of fanboy to know that it's ridiculously easy. If you're an admin or on support duties or just need to test on XP VMs a lot, you pretty soon find out that you can either

a - go through the continued pain in the arse Windows Genuine Advantage(?!) hassle all the time or

b - disable WGA, disable WGA updates and throw it a cracked key

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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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Re: Undesirable?

Perhaps he meant "area full of undesirables".

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DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

trans: £11

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SAP commits to mobile marriage with Xamarin: All for one, and one for Android, iOS, Windows

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> What could make SAP interested in Xamarin?

The fact that it's very nearly as arse-clenchingly expensive as the shit they peddle?

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1bn down, 6bn to go: Zuck to grow Facebook by touting 'free internet onramp' for the poor

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Re: Selfies

> No, but data means that a farmer can find out what the market price for his produce is, and so not get ripped-off by middlemen.

You're out of your fucking tree. Get help.

For anyone less clearly insane than this specimen, no it can't. The farmer takes the crop to the nearest village or whatever and sells it. He's not going to trade it to the locals (except in barter) because they're just as broke as he is. He's not going to ship it to a city because the thing about being a farmer is that you need to be farming on your farm every single day (this is why there are no orthodox Jewish farmers) so to do that would actually badly damage his livelihood, such as it is.

He will sell it to the middlemen who show up in the village to buy and he'll take the price they're paying because they are the only buyers and theirs is the only price.

They then gouge the consumer.

For an example of this principle in action, buy some milk at your local supermarket.

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Re: How many WiFi blimps

How many malaria cures or polio vaccinations?

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Re: Hmm... billions? Billions - 1

Agreed. Although this bit amused me -

"Last year the average Facebook user downloaded 14MB of data a day from the social network, but the company has cut that to 2MB this year"

By plastering so many ads all over it that people now install AdBlock and download less crap.

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Re: I only have one thing to say to Mark Zuckerberg...

That was a) not true b) Catherine the Great and c) Russia.

But nice try, AC.

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Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

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Telefónica?

Does this mean we can expect O2 to start pushing these mobes?

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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Re: Noted

Does it? That is interesting, thanks.

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Re: Noted

No Wacom digitizer. Have you tried drawing with a capacitative pen? Awful.

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Re: Bay Trail Goodness

> With RT, the application installation is tightly locked. So unless you have enterprise version or side load keys, apps will have to go through market place.

Which means I don't have to uninstall spyware and four billion browser toolbars from somebody's tablet.

That's a good thing.

If you don't want it, fair enough. You'll just have to uninstall your own toolbars.

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Re: A word of advice to tablet makers

I think that's down to iTunes and specifically people who already have large media libraries.

If I had a large iTunes library, I'd look at getting an iThing. Sadly, that would require WINE under debian and mean running the Windows version which is effectively malware by any sane standards anyway. Not gonna happen.

But an awful lot of people are less picky about their software than I am.

Of course, some people have Macs. But statistically, not enough people (4.8% of total install base?) to warrant the popularity of iPads.

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Re: Bay Trail Goodness

All true.

I suppose it's handy for your kids/students/computer illiterate relatives though, since good luck infecting a Windows RT box with malware.

Also.. less money.

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Re: Bay Trail Goodness

> So, why the hell are Microsoft sell peddling RT???

Because %shitload hours "normal" use, basically. Plus that also has a desktop and Office bundled and usually for less money.

*shrug*

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Hmm.

I think, on the whole the Asus Vivotab Note is a more useful affair. Same processor, same plus points, same OS but also Wacom touch panel and a stylus built into the slab.

A tablet you can actually take useful notes on? Yeah, that could sell.

Of course, call me mental but I'd actually be more tempted by a Windows RT version due to battery life. With that cut-down OS and a Qualcomm SoC I'd basically have a Kindle I could sketch on and that's tempting.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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Re: Wheat from chaff...

That's just crazy talk.

The google employees will continue to pour scorn on these because they're not sending all your data to Google and the F/OSS brigade* will pour scorn on these because they'll assume that they send all your data to Microsoft.

Try it for yourself - mention how you can individually change an app's separate permissions in WP8 so that you withold data from Redmond if you so choose and watch the egg-throwing.

*This makes me very sad because I personally use, love and occasionally contribute to open source software on several platforms. But these people make Stallman look compassionately moderate.

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Re: What a load of bollocks

> from which version of AOSP?

Jellybean, apparently.

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Re: It's about the bonus

oh wow Flocke Kroes, with business acumen like that I can see why you're a multibillionaire CEO!

oh wait...

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Re: Utterly desperate move

Because Samsung's Windows Phones are a) boring and b) marketed from a locked filing cabinet in a disused toilet with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the leopard".

Honestly, it's like they really didn't want to sell any of them.

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Re: Heh

>Windows Phone, the new burnt platform. With no marketshare and no apps, it's not hard to see why they are turning their back on it. This is the death knell for the Windows Phone platform.

Tell the truth, AC - you've got a macro for that, haven't you?

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Re: But, but..

I found the networking to be choppy on PC, which is probably something to do with not running through XBox Live.

It's good either way, with my preference being sofa, controller, big telly.

Honestly, I'm half-convinced that Titanfall is what'll sell the XBone, much the way Halo sold the original XBox.

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Re: But, but..

> Xbone..is it a games machine or an entertainment device because it does neither well

^^

This user did not get a Titanfall invite.

Oh well. Enjoy your PS4.

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Re: Utterly desperate move

> (True) Android is the platform Nokia should have launched 2-3 years ago, not Windows Phone, but they got that badly wrong

Yeah! Nokia could have been rolling in all that sweet, sweet money everyone makes from Android, just like Motorola and HTC! Right?

>And when Microsoft completes the acquisition of Nokia, I would be surprised if this Nokia platform lasts longer than the Kin.

On that score, I agree with you.

It's not as if Android is even any good on cheapo hardware, or as if this thing cost much less than the Lumia 520 which is, y'know, quite well reviewed.

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Re: NOKIA SHOULD MAKE ANDROID

> "Microsoft now making Android."

Except they're not. MS don't own Nokia yet and have no control over what Nokia choose to do.

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Heh

Can't help laughing, really.

For three years we've been hearing NOKIA SHOULD MAKE ANDROID LOL and now they have and... it's absolutely dire.

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Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

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Re: Sir John Scarlett, famous for overseeing production of the dossier

> while taking time off to establish peace in the Middle East

and how's that working out for him? --checks news-- Okay. Nevermind.

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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Re: We did it first

Yours looks cooler.

I'm still not going to complain about which one I get though.

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That's awesome and I want one.

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G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

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Uh, no.

What, for the example, Britain could do is -

1. Clear down any obstructive EU treaties. This is important.

2. Make it illegal to sell any kind of item or service in the UK except from a tax registered UK company or individual.

3. Make it illegal to borrow money in the UK from any non-UK based company.

4. Tax the UK-based companies.

Thank you and goodnight.

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Re: But... MUH INFRASTRUCTURE!

I quite like jews. I married one.

However, Israel is pretty damn close to a fascist state and it's certainly "rogue" by any normal measure of the word.

You can dislike a political entity without being a racist.

Racism is stupid anyway, there's far too many white people around to be hated to leave any time for it.

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Microsoft may slash price of Windows 8.1 on cheap 'slabs

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Re: Make it free

Well, obviously since they were collecting data from Windows installations, that would be the kind of user who does more than make Powerpoints and watch Facebook and make retarded comments on the Register.

How do you find a power user? I know how I would. Look for Autohotkey, look for Notepad++, look for a non-Express edition of Visual Studio, look for use of the Powershell cmd prompt, look for actual use of SQL Profiler, examine the amount of time spent remotely managing other installs.

Therefore my feelings (ok, not a study) say your feelings are irrelevant.

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Re: Make it free

All those metrics were what Win8 was based on. Sinofsky had a series of extremely detailed blog posts showing actual workflow and how people actually used computers every day.

One interesting result of this was that for over 90% of actual power users, the Start Menu was utterly redundant - they just type the name of the application they want to run in the Search box at the bottom of said Start Menu.

Above all else, this is what makes me think that the constant outpouring of hate for Start Screen - which works exactly the same way, ie hit the Windows key and start typing - comes from newbs who just like to talk about how awesome they are.

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Microsoft courts mobe-makers, tweaks Windows 8 for WIMPs

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Re: Race to the bottom?

> Also note on the sales figures: which ones are being quoted? I thought IDC poured some pretty cold water on Windows Phones sales in 2013.

I could be wrong (and doubtless somebody will tell me if I am) but I believe even IDC only calls WP stagnant in the USA.

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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Re: Time to get the calculator out

> burglarized

Ew. I know you're quoting but that's horrible. What happened to "burgled"?

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Office Online rises from ashes of 'confusing' Office Web Apps

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Re: LibreOffice

> Office Online IS free! Only Office 365 requires payment, but you get much more for your money there.

Surely mathematically speaking you get infinitely more for your money ($ = divisor) where you don't spend any?

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Re: LibreOffice

> It is hard to see why anyone would pay for Office Online instead of using Libreoffice.

Nobody would pay for it. Luckily, nobody needs to. It's free. See also - article.

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Years of AWOL Windows Phone features finally show up in video leaks

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Re: Stuck in the doldrums...

> Where's the controversial bit?

Failed to criticize WP and/or use a retarded twelve-year-old's nickname like "Micro$haft", I expect.

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Re: Missed an actual selling point there, Andrew

> Windows Phone toting nerds?

Using nerd = socially inept, you can either be one of the crowd with your android or one of the other crowd with your iphone or not part of any crowd with your wp phone.

I've got an L920. A plaque on both your houses. A nice blue plaque.

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Re: Also missing......

There's hundreds of podcast apps...?

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Yes.

But shouldn't you stroking and licking some Symbian source code somewhere?

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Missed an actual selling point there, Andrew

Cortana.

Check the comments. There are iPhone toting nerds promising to smash their shinies in order to get new phones where Jen Taylor will call them "Chief".

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

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Meh

damn these filthy deniers and their filthy research that keeps undermining the truth of climate change!

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MEPs demand answers from EU antitrust chief about planned Google search biz deal

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Re: Nice

94% of all searches use Google. That monopoly.

And don't call me a shill, you anonymous shitsock. I work for a living and use a traceable handle unlike some ACs I could mention.

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Re: Nice

This isn't about MS, much as you would like it to be, AC.

It's about whether Google are illegally leveraging their monopoly into different markets (and anyone who's been to google.com knows that actually they are) and what the Commission can do about it.

There are precedents in place for punishing abuse of a monopoly. This enquiry is all about why those precedents are not being followed.

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Re: Is There Any Other Search Engine?

It's not about search engines.

It's about (as I read across the menu bar) -

Maps, Shopping, News, Books, Flights, Apps, Finance.

And probably other things.

The issue is not about Google's search. It's about the way Google's search will offer you Google Shopping even though it's shit, at a higher point than anyone else's comparisons. It's about the way Google's search will offer you Google Finance before it offers you MoneySavingExpert.

This is called leveraging a monopoly into other markets and it's illegal.

Do try to keep up.

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Microsoft slaps fresh paint on code-free Windows Phone dev tool

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Re: Err...

Yep. I would be anyway, to judge from the fart apps and porn apps and website repackagers on the Google Play store.

In fact, given Sturgeon's Law, they're only overshooting by 3.4%.

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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