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2850 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Ubuntu Edge Linux mobe: 'Made you look,' crows Shuttleworth

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Re: Slight problem

They'll all slate it anyway for not being an iPhone.

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Nokia's PHAB-ULOUS comeback attempt: Huge WinPho 8 mobe rumoured

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Re: The final death-throws

throe. Not throw.

Yet another reason not to take you seriously.

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Re: Stick an Atom processor in there and ship Windows

So that you could plug in a monitor and a keyboard and only need one computer?

(I doubt this will ever happen, especially with Atom chippery, but it's a potential reason).

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iWatch rumours grow as Apple hires Nike fitness guru Jay Blahnik

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Tom Lehrer?

Then he'd read his Shakespeare.

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more: it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

From Macbeth

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Microsoft shoehorns Skype into Outlook.com - we quickly kick the tyres

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Re: One stop shop for the NSA

Because nobody uses Google+ ?

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Re: Not sure what MS's problem is

There are other desktop operating systems out there and yet Microsoft has a monopoly.

Not all market-shares are created equal.

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Re: Not sure what MS's problem is

Unless we're saying that Google is a monopoly in the online video world?

You could certainly make a case for that.

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I've got a Lumia 920.

The old app didn't show ads. The new app showed ads until Google got it pulled.

The article is wrong and interestingly it's wrong in a way that makes Google look good and Microsoft look bad.

Mistake, or El Reg pandering to the (obvious) prejudices of their readership?

You be the judge.

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@Tannin

If I could upvote you twice, I would.

Are Microsoft an annoying, expensive pain in the arse? Absolutely.

Are Google being nasty little bitches about this? Hell yes.

Who suffers?

Well, all those kids who got a Nokia 520 for less than a hundred quid off contract, that's who. Is that what you want to happen, Googlepologists?

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Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

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Re: Top speed?

We weren't promised flying cars. Unless you're over 60, you weren't either.

We were promised a bleak, dirty, Orwellian cyberpunk dystopia.

And it's very nearly here..

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Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where

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Re: free- only at point of use

It would be if it worked.

I've never had a FON hotspot work without demanding money from me. Never.

These days I just ignore them completely.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Re: Left hand, meet right hand

Left hand: We're supporting Windows XP Embedded with security patches until 2016/17

FTFY.

Reading comprehension, anon. You fail at it.

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In what reality is 37.2% a monopoly?

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Most UK privacy cock-ups are 'careless' spaffing of personal data - watchdog

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"Proposed amendments tabled by EU Ministers would, if introduced, restrict the cases in which personal data breaches would have to be reported."

Why?

Do they think it's not important? Do they think their corporate masters can save money by hoping nobody finds out?

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Re: Just like the last 'platform update' ?

Unless there's been another kernel-swap, no.

It' hardly a unique situation anyway. How many Sony and Motorola Android owners are still waiting for an upgrade from Froyo (the single most widespread edition of Android)?

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Re: Platform switch

I think the market is somewhat larger these days.

You know, to the tune of several orders of magnitude larger.

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Re: basics

You can do all of these already.

I do, anyway.

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Re: Nokia Lumia 620 ...

Hardly a reasonable comparison, given that the 620 costs £150 off contract.

Compared to an Android phone that costs £150, it's a miracle.

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The Pirate Bay's new censorship-dodging browser 'not secure'

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Re: Eh?

Yes. But the download site isn't hosted on TPB and therefore is reachable. For now.

Since this is firefox, you can also install Adblock+ on it and NoScript if you choose to do so. Which is just as well given the browser-jacking ads that infest TPB.

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MS gets you hooked on Server 2012 Datacenter, jacks up the price for R2

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Or maybe he works for a company with some level of "MS partner" programme membership and they get all their stuff for free anyway. With support.

A lot of companies do.

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Re: MS has a big hole

[MS has a big hole] in their Accounts that shoud have been filled with Windows 8 license revenue.

Really? Unless I read the report entirely backwards, revenues are up again this year and operating costs are down. The 900m on Surface was defrayed against corporation tax so that didn't hurt their bottom line either.

Unless you hate Windows 8 to the extent that you can no longer read a balance sheet, I suspect you may be talking out of your arse.

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Acer to downplay Windows in favor of Android, Chrome OS

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Sheesh, the Google posse around here are going to downvote you to death for actually doing the maths.

That was careless of you.

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Bad for Android

Now this too will suffer undeserved stigmas for trying its best to run on Acer's shitty kit.

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Re: Even pricier Xbox live? No Thanks.

Where did you get that idea?

This IS the XBox Live charge. What we see here is just more people whining about it. Anyone who actually cared about $63/year bought their subscription half-price on Ebay or got a PS3 instead and those people - who clearly weren't in the market for an Xbox One anyway - are the ones shitting themselves over this "extra" (but actually completely unchanged) charge.

"Xbox Live Gold now includes Skype and some other shit as well as what it already supplied" isn't such a click-baity headline, though.

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Tu Me to go: Tu Go to be Telefonica's 'NEXT BIG AMAZEBALLS' for voice

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Advertising z-listers

Can I recommend the Chuckle Brothers?

Almost certainly cheaper than Sean Bean.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Re: When you're dying ...

He did. Malaria.

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Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

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It was definitely there on WM6.x devices such as, for example, my old HTC Touch.

Perhaps you weren't looking for it?

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British ankle-biters handed first mobe at the age of SEVEN - Ofcom

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Re: Phones don't talk to me about phones

I think the problem here may be in your choice of incubator.

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@hplasm

Not twice!

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I have all this to learn, as the father of a four-month old boy.

I was rather hoping that the fish/ponds/relative size thing could be solved by judo and boxing from age 4 or 5, in much the same way that working my arse off on a farm sorted it for me.

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Oi, trolls, BEHAVE! Twitter tweaks rules to tackle abusive twits

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Re: Live by the twit...

Tetchy, aren't we?

Point out where I condoned anything, little miss sunshine.

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Re: Live by the twit...

"Live by the twit" is accurate, if only because the feminist in question campaigned to get Jane Austen on a banknote via Twitter. She apparently said there weren't any women on banknotes, somehow having never seen the front face of a Bank of England note since 1953.

The abuse is bad, really bad but the medium is her medium. She used it. Now she is being abused by it. There's a slightly poetic irony in that which is ugly but still of more worth than anything ever written by Jane "Mr D'arcy will make it all better" Austen.

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Re: Can't we just get rid?

The problem with removing a service that allows numpties to post unregulated nonsense online is that they would find new places to post their drivel.

Yes, but nobody reads the BBC's "Have Your Say" pages.

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

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Re: Other ideas

"Send an SMS message" would be setting yourself up to get pantsed via premium rate numbers.

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Holmes

*That one might catch a colour-blind person, of course.

Tell me about it.

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Re: DUMP CAPTCHAS - Just add colour

My eyesight is better than 20/20 but I suffer from degenerative monochromachia. One problem this causes is that coloured text often becomes illegible.

When it's been deliberately munged AND coloured on top, it's literally impossible to read.

I don't have a solution but I really wish that captchas didn't come in so many multicoloured varieties.

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Current State of the Tablet Market

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Current State of the Tablet Market

I've been thinking about this and the usual slew of car analogies are wrong.

It's not like the phone market. It actually reminds me of nothing so much as the Home Computer market in the late 80's. The myriad of 8-bit Home Computers has pretty much died, people are buying Segas and Nintendos for their kids and Ataris or Amstrad Word Processing boxes for themselves, usually running CP/M.

And then there's this new thing called Windows RT which is kind of like buying a 286 running DOS. You'd have to be an idiot to buy one of those. Right? DOS sucks, after all. DOOM hasn't been written yet. You can't play Mortal Kombat on that thing and it costs a fortune.

Much the way that the 286 PC should have died on the vine, logically speaking, RT should also die on the vine. The 286 went on to become the box we're all using - yes, even you, Mac user - mainly because IBM.

The real question here - and please leave the gibbering fanboi arguments at home for this one - is, are Microsoft powerful enough to be IBM in this century? It's an interesting one. Almost every damn business in the world runs their stuff so they're arguably even stronger. And it's not as if IBM were ever well liked by their clients - far from it, in fact - so can we not stoop to the "but people hate..." stuff, please?

If they are, the tablet market may eventually follow the home computing market. If they're not, it won't.

That's my theory. What's your take on it?

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MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

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Re: C# runs fully compiled

Why should I? If you're going to spread FUD about languages being interpreted or otherwise, what use are you?

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Re: C# runs fully compiled

And then if you modify the source, it is recompiled AT RUNTIME, which is essentially INTERPRETTING

Yes. Once. And then it runs fully compiled.

However, distributed binaries cannot be modified without trashing them anyway so any new souce modification comes from the developer and is then distributed and runs, er compiled.

You dick.

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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WP9 is already slated to not be compatible with WP8. Its going to be an improved and incompatible device to old WP8 devices.

If you believe every rumour that Eldar Murtazin shits out, possibly. I don't.

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The numbers don't lie?

I think they do. For example, when MS wrote down $900m on Surface, that was their total remaining investment. Any further surfaces sold are pure profit. This articles seems to lead us to believe that they are gone and that $843m is all the sales they'll ever make. Disingenuous, El Reg. And you know it.

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The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

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Coverage

So, the West Country in 3412, as usual?

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O2 pulls plug on OAP-monitoring service

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Re: Nice Idea bad implementation

Because it would have a battery life of about 45 minutes and crash suddenly when the customer falls over.

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MS, Chinese boffins team up on Kinect-powered sign language recog

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Re: Crap for games, great for everything else

Crap for games?

Depends on the game. Call of Duty? Yeah, crap for that.

Dance Central? Try that with your controller, couch-bound fatboy.

So... horses for courses.

This research, by the way? Great. Truly great. Keep up the good work, Chinese Boffins+MSR.

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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@Dave 126

the fag-lighter is his Transit is buggered

Dave, on a Transit you can actually reach into the central console from the passenger's side and swap out the fag-lighter with a replacement.

Should take you about 5 minutes and cost you maybe £3 from Amazon.

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Dead STEVE JOBS 'touts rival Lenovo gear' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Cheap clones?

Seriously? Lenovo make nice kit. You can't beat a Thinkpad for quality.

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