3238 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009
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.
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.
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.
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?
"Proposed amendments tabled by EU Ministers would, if introduced, restrict the cases in which personal data breaches would have to be reported."
Do they think it's not important? Do they think their corporate masters can save money by hoping nobody finds out?
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)?
Re: Platform switch
I think the market is somewhat larger these days.
You know, to the tune of several orders of magnitude larger.
You can do all of these already.
I do, anyway.
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.
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.
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.
Sheesh, the Google posse around here are going to downvote you to death for actually doing the maths.
That was careless of you.
Bad for Android
Now this too will suffer undeserved stigmas for trying its best to run on Acer's shitty kit.
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.
Can I recommend the Chuckle Brothers?
Almost certainly cheaper than Sean Bean.
Re: When you're dying ...
He did. Malaria.
It was definitely there on WM6.x devices such as, for example, my old HTC Touch.
Perhaps you weren't looking for it?
It's weird that this is new. Even that most hated and "half-baked" of phone operating systems has had this from day 1.
Re: Phones don't talk to me about phones
I think the problem here may be in your choice of incubator.
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.
Re: Live by the twit...
Tetchy, aren't we?
Point out where I condoned anything, little miss sunshine.
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.
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.
Re: Other ideas
"Send an SMS message" would be setting yourself up to get pantsed via premium rate numbers.
*That one might catch a colour-blind person, of course.
Tell me about it.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
So, the West Country in 3412, as usual?
Re: Nice Idea bad implementation
Because it would have a battery life of about 45 minutes and crash suddenly when the customer falls over.
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.
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.
Yeah, it was in the Grauniad so it MUST be true.
Except that a whole bunch of companies say it isn't are going to the Supreme Court and the Attorney General (or whatever his title is) to get the secrecy overruled so that they can prove it's not true. The list includes Yahoo, Google and, er, Microsoft.
You are eadon and I claim my £5.
Re: Screen resolution too low
They don't seem to be undercutting the Lumia 520.
* looked to see what it was, saw Nokia hence windows phone, threw in a quick fandroid troll*
Fixed that one for you.
Honestly, it's a fucking Nokia. What did you expect it to run? iOS?
Re: looks like a great midrange handset
Runs quite happily, takes over a day to rinse the battery. If only it ran Android!
Then it would take about 4 hours to rinse the battery.
Seriously? Lenovo make nice kit. You can't beat a Thinkpad for quality.
Re: Zyxel PLA4225
What I'd really like is an ADSL/Wireless-n/Powerline router. Clear out ALL the boxes and powerbricks in one fell swoop. Sadly, i can't find one anywhere.
Just one thought; being in the country often means that you are further away from access to emergency services when compared to those in urban areas.
True but they're less likely to let you die because they're stuck in traffic.
On the other hand, a speeding ambulance on a single-track country road is not a good thing for anyone.
Re: censorship in the UK
Thumbs up for "hedgeporn".
Porn was always in hedges when I was a kid.
Re: No need to ban porn
The benefits are debatable anyway.
I mean, if paedophiles are busy flicking one off to anime child porn instead of molesting children, won't this cause a massive and thoroughly horrific disaster?
Quite what will happen to the lists of adults who disable the filters is not clear.
But they will know who you are and they can read what you read via GCHQ.
Learn to love Big Brother.
Re: You're on a sticky wicket there ...
I know. But Britain != England.
Why is this thread full of Macintards who are presumably not in the market for this device?
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