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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

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Re: but Microsoft's portfolio is far too large for it work there.

Yes, they make such a big loss, don't they?

No. They don't.

I don't mind intelligent discussion but you're missing an important criterion.

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Re: It's got to be Elop

Tell me then, oh MS-Hater, what do Microsoft have that's working fine which Elop would replace?

Waiting....

Nope, didn't think so. Cheesy shot at Elop which made no sense whatsoever then?

Thought so.

Now personally, I think Elop would both be a terrible choice and would refuse it anyway. I think he's genuinely committed to Nokia and does indeed stand a chance of turning their smartphone business around. The 520 is eating landfill Android's lunch and it's a gateway drug.

I think he'd be a terrible choice because he's a guy who examines a problem and comes up with a solution - just one solution - which he will pursue no matter what internet fucktards say about it. In many ways that's an admirable trait but Microsoft's portfolio is far too large for it work there.

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Re: Microsoft is a Server and OS company

I thought Jobs' thing was marketing, which is slightly different from Sales.

In sales, you only lie to one person at a time. Ballmer is an expert at sales but Jobs could lie to the whole world.

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Re: We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS

The Board [bored] has been dozing at the wheel for a decade or more… but it seems to have suddenly woken up [too late] when the company has come off the rails

Tripled revenues, doubled profits and at least four new profit-making divisions. Off the rails indeed! MS is ruined! Thank Kibo you can see it, Malagabay because those millions of investors earning big dividends (I realize that to internet commentards, dividends are a new concept and only market cap matters but to investors things are different) sure can't.

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Re: How the world changes

Not a bad idea, but not Ms! Mayer! please.

Taking her seriously would indicate a need to take Yahoo! seriously, which is not an option.

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Rational?

Rudder also passed on purchase of Rational tools, leaving the way clear for IBM to gobble the software maker.

Bloody good thing, too. TFS is so much better than ClearCase, it's not even funny. I don't want to start any internet nerdwars here and this may be the absolute worst kind of heresy but....

even SourceSafe is better than ClearCase.

There. I said it.

And it's true. Okay so SourceSafe doesn't know about things like branching, labelling or not being a steaming pile of shit but at least when it eats your code never to return it, it doesn't claim that you never had any code to begin with.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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Re: Women are discriminated against

I don't buy this.

You work in the IT department, you dress like the IT department. If the IT department wears suits - weird but it happens, especially at IBM - you wear a gender appropriate suit in a style similar to everyone else's.

If the IT Department wears shorts and t-shirts, you wear shorts and t-shirts.

"THEY TREAT ME DIFFERENT BECAUSE I DON'T DRESS LIKE A MAN" is a lie.

"THEY TREAT ME DIFFERENT BECAUSE I DON'T BEHAVE LIKE THEM" is the truth.

If you want to fit in, fit in. If you don't, stop bitching.

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

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Re: I am not really sure why windows RT exists

Why would any server be running a GUI, let alone a touch based one that gives apps the full screen or just 2 or 3 splits?

So you can administer it from a tablet device, obviously.

> (unlike the iPad which is basically a portable telly if you're going to be honest)

That must be why they are selling so poorly.

They're hardly selling at PC levels, are they? Even with the alleged "death of the PC", the tablet market is a minnow by profit comparison and the iPad doesn't even rule that. It's a portable telly. A consumer device for consumers to consume stuff with. Not what Windows RT was intended for.

Office RT uses the desktop Win32 API and not TIFKAM. Office works poorly (according to reviews) with touch, it needs the keyboard and mouse/touchpad to be useful. This then requires that it be set on a firm surface such as a desktop. That's a failure then.

Mostly, I agree, except for two issues.

1. There's OneNote RT which does indeed work on Metro and is likely to be the way that Office RT is going. The rest of Office RT currently simply an ARM port of the x86 code. I suspect that's more about time to implement than any conscious and permanent decision. So it's not a failure; it's an incomplete piece of work with a kludgy workaround.

2. Will you cut it out with the "not useable on your lap" nonsense? You clearly haven't used a Surface so why do you insist that you "know" this?. I am using the test Surface RT machine we have in the office right now. With the keyboard. On my lap. It's fine. I could use a flatter angle but it's perfectly workable. The 1366x768 resolution is actually a benefit since everything's big enough to see anyway.

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Re: I am not really sure why windows RT exists

It would but the point is, if you write for WinRT you can address any implementation of Windows, be it Server, 8.x or RT.

The point of Windows RT was to provide an ARM-powered device which was genuinely useful (unlike the iPad which is basically a portable telly if you're going to be honest) and in some bizarro way, show that Windows doesn't actually need a desktop in order to do stuff, including content creation.

I suspect MS hoped that developers would instantly start targeting WinRT as a development platform, which was stupid. 99% of developers work in corporate environments, corporates are still running Windows 7 having only just upgraded their shitty XP boxes and are not going to upgrade again for at least three years.

$900 million is a lot of money for a prototype, but that's what Windows RT boxes are. A prototype. A look at where things are going, not at where things currently are

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Re: I am not really sure why windows RT exists

Nice try but wrong.

RT is an API set for Windows, addressable via the .NET framework. As such, it runs on every post Win7 windows installation.

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Selfie twerks its way into the dictionary

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Omnishambles

Why does this word cause Pete Doherty to leap to mind?

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

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Re: Ahahahah!

Because idiot stockbrokers can always accurately value a company which is why (for example) asset-stripping has never existed.

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Re: Slight problem

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

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Microsoft gives away more data with SkyDrive upgrade

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Re: May as well offer us 1TB free

Donvoted because Bob Vistakin, I suppose.

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Re: May as well offer us 1TB free

I use it. So many corporate email providers bounce zips and executables that sending code to, for example a company that posts example code on github that doesn't fucking work* is far easier if I send a link to Skydrive instead.

Since that code has no business case for security, Skydrive is as good as anything and it was free.

*Most recent usage.

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Top 10 Steve Ballmer quotes: '%#&@!!' and so much more

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Re: Whatever.

You edited your post in a BIG way.

Yeah, it was incoherent. I hadn't been awake long.

I'm not angry. Just disappointed, I guess. The sheer amount of no-life wasters on here with no skills and no ability and a huge hard-on for a company that exists to sell them as product getting all tribal about allegiances makes me sad.

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Re: Whatever.

He doesn't need to convince you, Jake.

I'd go so far as to venture that he doesn't need the reassurance of anyone who has enough time to waste it on dismissive comments about the multi-billion dollar company he was a partner in building and running. Has Steve Ballmer done better for himself and his family than any one of us?

Yes. Indisputably so. But you just bitch away, Jake. You with your secret special knowledge what's good that either nobody else has or nobody else gives a shit about. Bitch away, old son. Make yourself feel better. As for the idiot with the Harvard maths degree (those don't come free with your cornflakes either), I expect he feels pretty good anyway,

And has never heard of any of us and wouldn't care if he did.

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Re: Whatever.

The idiot who tripled revenue, doubled profits and turned cloud, CRM, Sharepoint and gaming into billion dollar businesses? I mention those because they're not dependant on windows+office and did not exist in Gates' era.

Yeah, what an idiot. You're so much smarter than him, Jake. We know because you keep telling us.

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Silicon Valley slurped millions of NSA cash for PRISM participation

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The irony being that Google are flat-out lying through their collective arse about it?

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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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