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

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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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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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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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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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Re: Nice

The nice thing about all this is that it becomes public whether or not Google bought off Almunia.

In commentard-land that would be perfectly acceptable though.

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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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Re: That's not actually possible...

> (2) the UK doesn't have a bill of rights (in a single document)

Sure we do.

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/17th_century/england.asp

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Re: Not quite the same @Mad Mike

Did you actually read any of that?

He didn't willingly disclose it. One could argue that the police forced him into breach of the Act by forcing his disclosure. One can only commit a crime if one is not under duress.

And anyway, the only relevant bit of the Act is from 1911 and states -

"[a person is guilty of espionage if he] obtains, collects, records, or publishes, or communicates to any other person any secret official code word, or pass word, or any sketch, plan, model, article, or note, or other document which is calculated to be or might be or is intended to be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy".

(emphasis is mine)

Since nothing he carried was calculated to be or might be or was intended to be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy unless your definition of "enemy" includes "law abiding citizen of the UK" - and if it does, you and I have a big fucking problem right there - he cannot be charged under the Act.

I work with lawyers a lot at the moment.

*sigh*

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Re: Sir

@Sir Runcible Spoon

Precisely. And no extradition warrant for David Miranda has been issued even today.

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Re: Not quite the same

> He was stopped and found to be carrying information contrary to UK law

Hold on a moment.

Are you now telling me that it is illegal for some information (regardless of type) to be carried in the UK? That somebody can be arrested for carrying some files around?

We're not talking about theft here - nobody's accusing him of stealing anything. Even the charge of "handling stolen goods" generally refers to the actual bits of paper. He's not in breach of the Official Secrets Act because he never signed it.

How can it possibly be illegal to carry information when one has broken no other law?

Please, think about what you're suggesting.

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Shame about the Edge

I'm in £10 for a death star.

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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

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Re: Same shite, different name

not sure if trolling....

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Re: The crazy thing...

It's not cheaper, but....

Well. If you're a profit making organization, it all comes from different budgets so you have the opportunity for creative tax-fiddling. And of course, those wages and perks (and more pertinently the Employers National Insurance Contributions) are no longer your problem and the firm you've outsourced to is probably based overseas and dodging all tax from all involved nations.

Trebles and snatched disability payments all round!

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Comprehensive security in the home

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Re: what a difference a browser makes

For IE, the trick is to install Tracking Protection Lists. These kill ads from those sources and also prevent trackbacks.

MS have a decent selection here - http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/browser/TrackingProtectionLists/

but I would recommend that you also install Fanboy's List - http://www.fanboy.co.nz/ie.html

Personally I prefer Firefox with AdBlock+, NoScript and Ghostery but if you're in a position where IE is your only option, these TPLs can make it a whole lot less awful.

And... what does a quick search show me? Could it be true? https://adblockplus.org/en/internet-explorer

At last.

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Re: Install Linux

I can totally see that working for his phones.

Also, a linux box set up by somebody new to linux and misinformed that it is somehow inherently secure is 1000% greater security risk that a Windows box set up by a novice with baked-in Windows Defender/MSSE.

I can't really help with your problem Edwin (although ElNumbre's solution looks like a good one) since I am currently unencumbered with tablets of any sort and the Mrs can handle her own Mac stuff, thank glod. But I can definitely advise you to ignore this idiot.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

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Re: III Communication ??

Aw mom, you're just jealous, it's the Beastie Boys.

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Re: Implied consent

Government hypocrisy?

Unthinkable!

</SirHumphrey>

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Re: Too little too late

> [if] the majority opt out then Shirley this project is relatively pointless?

How is that different from any other Government activity?

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Hackwatch

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Re: Hackwatch

Then he should bloody know better.

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El Reg gives it a wrist at MWC: From not-so-smartwatch to the selfie-taker

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In before

a bunch of retards say they don't wear watches so therefore nobody in the whole world is interested.

What? Too late?

Nuts.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Apple's are oranges

Well, this is true.

Windows sales are down but still cover 91% of all desktop PC sales.

Mac sales are up but still cover less than 5% of all desktop PC sales.

Is this maths thing too hard for you, "Frank"?

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