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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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Re: What exactly is good about it?

This is why McDonalds have 3 Michelin stars, right?

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@ Al Taylor re - DropBox

Well, you should have said.

Here's a dropbox client for WP8.

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According to both HTC and Nokia - who do not see the 8X as infringing on their turf, so Elop says - the colours are in order to complement the OS.

That makes a certain amount of sense to me or rather it would if you couldn't change the tile colours. Which, obviously, you can. Also, you can get black handsets but no black tiles, which sucks.

Also @Al - Skydrive makes DropBox and iCloud look like half-assed university projects. 25GB of free space and free Office? No contest.

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

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Re: It isn't a competition for consumers!

well said.

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Microsoft pats self on back over Windows 8 sales

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Re: I wonder how many installations are simply as the machine came?

For a touch centric OS it's very telling that people keep saying that ;)

I'm having some trouble in understanding your point here - although a brief perusal of your post history indicates strongly partisan anti-Win8 views so it might be an attempt at a snide comment - so let me walk you through why it's important.

Most PCs don't have touchscreens. Win8 expands on Win7s keyboard shortcuts - you know, those things professionals use, you might have heard of them - making Win7s shortcuts a subset of the new larger collection. Because the desktop is still there and the launcher is still just a launcher regardless of how much people try to insist that it's a whole OS by itself, these shortcuts have no learning curve and make for a painless transition.

Not so hard, was it?

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Re: I wonder how many installations are simply as the machine came?

@HollyHopDrive

you have to boot into windows to get to the bios

Er, no you don't. I use a Win8 box for development. The ASUS motherboard was already UEFI enabled (just as it was when the same machine ran win7) and in order to get to the secure boot switches in UEFI, you just have to, er, press DELETE during the UEFI boot.

Same as you would with a BIOS boot.

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You haven't actually tried this, have you? Why are you criticizing something you haven't tried?

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Re: Hummm!

And yet you trust Matt Assay's opinion, based on one month's estimated figures and viewed through the TOTALLY IMPARTIAL eyes of a professional Open Source advocate who writes nonsensical clickbait columns on the Register for money.

Seems legit.

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Re: Hmmm. Propoganda figures me thinks.

I've seen all these symptoms before.

They happened when somebody tried a cheap Win8 upgrade over a pirated copy of Win7.

Oh dear. Playing tricksy games, were we?

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Re: I use it at work too

f-cking awful in every respect

Yeah, that improved task manager, that's fucking awful.

The optimised boot, that's fucking awful, too.

The multi-desktop enhancements, those are fucking awful.

The JBOD implementation (I forget the name), that's fucking awful.

The build in antivirus, that's fucking awful.

All the other improvements are fucking awful too.

"Every respect". "Every". "Respect". "In every respect"

Liar.

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Hey, tech titans! Those smartmobe sales bans? Give it a rest. NOW

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Re: Is this a good thing though?

I think the reason it's a bad thing is that it allows Apple to sue whoever they like for rounded corners while merrily refusing to pay FRAND rates for legitimate patents.

How much did the judgement cost Tim Cook?[1] A crate of iPads?

[1] Actually, how much did this cost Paul O'Grady in his shiny new Tim Cook persona. There is no Tim Cook.

Also - in before Eadon says this is Microsoft's fault.

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Hellish XML demon exorcised from Windows, IE bug stays

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Re: Why did my XP Pro box crash 5 TIMES.....

Because you're using a ten year-old OS? Maybe?

Honestly, if you're that much of a cheapskate, install something free.

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Re: "Of course ... you could also just update your browser to Internet Explorer 9 or 10"

In that instance, AC, if you get infected while at work then it's the IT department's fault for a) not screening the malicious page or office document that infected you and b) using a 10 year old OS.

So relax.

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Apple may debut low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in 2013

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The facts come from experience / speaking to people

I see your problem, AC. Those aren't facts, they're anecdotes. Learning the difference will help you a lot.

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Re: Remember Instagram

Photos such as Tux the Linux mascot, photos of the World of Warcraft poster on the wall, photos of their dorky mates at some live action role playing event and so on

You prefer pictures of sepia-toned hipsters and food then?

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Remember Instagram

Remember what happened when Instagram released an Android app.

Millions pissed-off iPhone users complaining that their private expensive garden was being sullied by poor people who couldn't afford iPhones.

Making a cheap iPhone will alienate the existing Apple cultists. And, obviously, produce less revenue per device. That's why I don't believe Apple would do it.

The classic fanboi argument is "it's not how many you sell, it's how much money you make selling them" and they criticize Android manufacturers for the Jack Cohen "pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap" philosophy. Their elitist squeals of betrayal might even be enough to sink Apple for the second time.

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Nokia chief Elop: 'Android? Hey, anything's possible!'

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Re: Differentiating

@Barry Shitpeas -

5% USA,

10.5% UK,

15% Italy

22% Finland

Lower in many places, higher in a few.

But then, every day is make stuff up day for you, right?

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Re: "they adopted an OS that offers nothing in the way is differentiation"

To be fair, they do also pack in PureView and Qi charging. Nobody was doing that on any kind of scale before Nokia.

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Re: Untranslating the translation

Mistranslation is a bitch. For example, this whole article is based on a faulty premise. He never said "anything is possible" at all.

Here's the relevant except from Nokia's transcript of the interview - in English, which was then translated (badly) to Spanish and then back-translated (even more badly) to English leading to this article and the other nonsense.

EL PAIS"Do you rule out 100% launching a smartphone based on Android in 2013?

Elop: So, the way I think about it is, in the current war on ecosystems, we are fighting with Windows Phone. That’s what we’re doing. Now, what we’re always doing is asking, how does that evolve? What’s next? What role does HTML5 play? What role does Android or other things play in the future? We’re looking further into the future, but it terms of what we’re bringing to market, and what we’re immediately focused on, we’re focused on Windows Phone."

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Tablets to out-sell notebooks this year, reckons tech prophet

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Re: Tablets

I think he's referring to the usual tinfoil-hat brigade's conspiracy theories about netbooks.

Probably even typed it but alas, Android's autocorrect is crap, especially if you regularly ejaculate onto the device you're using.

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Re: Tablets

You picked the wrong icon for your fanboy spiel - that contained no technical information whatsoever unless you consider wishful thinking and propaganda to be technical.

Try the gimp next time, gimp boy.

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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

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Lenovo have always been top-end, well-supported, high-quality PC products. What are you suggesting? "Make it shinier"?

The ThinkPad look is classic and certainly stands the test of time better than any of Apple's offerings - those goldfish bowl Macs, that laptop that looked like a dayglo toilet seat?

Are you suggesting that Apple's puny 6% marketshare is so important that Lenovo should try to market to iTwats?

I'm confused.

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Windows RT jailbreak smash: Run ANY app on Surface slabs

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Re: they won't

They do.

Enterprises can have their own Stores.

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Re: And this will be patched in no time

The Windows Debugger?

I want "mind boggled" icon, please.

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Re: And this will be patched in no time

It doesn't actually look patchable. Everything you need to perform this hack, you also need to develop software for the device. Patching that ability away would be massively self-harming.

Anyway, this only effects the switch's in-memory value. Every time you reboot, the switch is reset to 8 (from my fallible memory, someone will correct me if I'm wrong) which is the Microsoft level of signage as opposed to 0, which is unsigned. So you're limited to rerunning the hack every time you boot the machine.

It's an interesting curiosity but nothing more.

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That's actually a part of the process. This technique involves sideloading desktop applications, not Store apps.

In theory, pretty much any WPF+.NET4.x+ based application should run since RT is equipped with full ports of the framework and first-time compile would - naturally - compile to ARM-ILDASM.

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Re: Genius

You want to saddle an ARM chip with x86 emulation?

Why? Is your lap cold for periods of less than two hours and then fine for periods of 5 hours while the device recharges?

Hell, two hours is optimistic for ARM running x86 emulation.

Icon- your lap.

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Lenovo, EA, Intel unite to DESTROY our childhood memories

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Re: +1 for analogue

swings/roundabouts.

Undoubtedly part of the appeal of monopoly for younger players is the tactile pieces and all the stuff. Undoubtedly a part of the lack of appeal for older players is the colossal faff involved in setting it all up and putting it all away again, not to mention lost pieces etc.

Looks like a winner for Lenovo to me on the grounds that if they sell one of these, they'll sell millions for the simple reason that nothing is as likely to cause rage-breakages as Monopoly.

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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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Re: Open console is needed

Not many people are making significant profits from consoles games these days. Blizzard. are strong but most are struggling.

EA are. Ubisoft are. Microsoft are (the profit on hardware is debatable but the profit on software is most definitely not). Sony still were as of their last earnings call. Nintendo made a mint on the Wii and their handhelds.

As for closed source and lack of interoperability - yes,. Exactly. That was my point. You expect things to have been better in a "golden age" - they weren't.

And regarding gameplay over graphics, bells, whistle and divers alarums? That's a matter of taste but it's always a mistake to assume that game makers are blind to what they can get paid money for. Currently, people pay for Call Of Modern Warfare IX : Unfeasible Add-On, racing games, free-roamers and the occasional stealth title. Super Meat Boy did comparatively well as many XBox Live games do but it didn't come close to Forza or Madden.

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Re: Open console is needed

The existing console model is a niche

It's a bloody enormous niche, then. One that generates vast amounts of monetary turnover (profits AND losses) for everyone involved. The mobile console is a bit niche but that's only because games are crap on tiny screens, something even iPhone owners eventually have to admit.

but the golden days of Spectrum, Commodor, Amiga

Ah yes, glorious golden days of closed source software, incompatible hardware, utter lack of interoperability, no repair services, loading via audio tape, POKE 59864, 1 or that game you paid money for won't work...

Golden days my arse. No way you're old enough to remember those.

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Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

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Re: Dom Joly...

It's totally going to look that way in China, which is not exactly renowned for its citizens being big people with huge hands.

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Sinofsky's new blogski: Windows 8 king reborn as management guru

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Re: "Sinofsky preaching success, it akin to Bin Laden preaching pacifism."

Microsoft promote their profit margin, just as Google and Apple do (albeit a bit less ferociously and with less litigation). Is that terrorism, ShadowedOne? If so, is Larry Page a terrorist too?

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El Reg's 'Chuck Norris' faces down charging elephant

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Re: I hate Chuck Norris.

He really doesn't, you know.

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Re: energy in a roundhouse kick

That would leave no way of measuring Bruce Lee, who could kick Chuck Norris' fundamentalist ass back to the Stone Age that he doesn't believe in. Or Jet Li, who might well deliver enough force to devolve Norris to a hominid ancestor that he doesn't believe in.

I hate Chuck Norris.

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

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No time to read the paper but... PFI by any chance?

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Google WON'T ink consent decree with FTC on search - reports

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Re: Badboy question

Apple have a monopoly - PMPs. They very effectively leveraged this monopoly into phones and then on into tablets (which DID exist before the iPad, sorry about that).

Do they abuse it? Hell yes. One word - iTunes.

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Re: Badboy question

I've got three phones.

1. A Nokia 6310i for use on secure sites (no cameras allowed).

2. A Motorola RAZR V3xx which I like because the battery lasts a week. My "daily driver".

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3. A Nokia Lumia 800 with all the "report shit to Microsoft" stuff turned off (this, by the way, is ludicrously easy to do) for times when I need SatNav or am likely to be beyond other sources of email for a while.

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Re: Poor old Microsoft

Is this kneejerk "it must be the nasty fat man making this happen" or did you find the word "Microsoft" anywhere in that article?

And if you're insinuating that the FTC are Microsoft's friends, would that be the same FTC that fined them billions in antitrust settlement and threatened to break up the company?

I ask because this is genuinely interesting. If you have evidence to suggest that MS control the FTC, why did they use it to attack themselves? What tinfoil-hatted excuse for a reason do you offer, AC?

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Re: Badboy question

I used to think that. Then I decided they were rapidly approaching 1998 Microsoft levels of evil (although still some way short of the Cult of Apple) and decided on a full cull of Google at home and at work.

Goodbye, Android phone. Go spy on some other poor sap.

Goodbye gmail - These days the only person to read my email is me.

Goodbye Google Analytics, you filthy site-slowing, not-worth-the-effort crap.

Goodbye Chrome. You pretty much suck anyway.

And goodbye Google Search. There really are alternatives.

I haven't regretted it for a second. Every day they get more evil and every day I'm more and more glad I'm out.

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Google wriggles out of FTC search smackdown. Now to Europe!

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[citation needed]

According to http://www.fairsearcheurope.eu/about-fairsearch-org/, there are at least 17 companies funding Fairsearch. One of them's Oracle, which is not exactly short of a few quid.

"Contributed" I think is concrete. "Funded most of" sounds like fanboy squealing.

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Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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Re: Batttery on the HULC goes flat? One hour??

Maybe that's what it's for. Then your enemies spend millions on useless junk while you train men and buy guns.

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'Holey code, Batman!' Microsoft to patch 12 vulns on Tuesday

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Re: Microsoft Fixes

Microsoft should ditch direct backwards compatibility but do as Apple did (with the move from OS/9 to OS/X) by having an emulator to run Windows 7 (and earlier) applications in a protected 'sandbox'. Only by breaking with the past can they fix long standing architectural flaws and remove the need for virus scanners forever.

They went half-way to this with "XP Mode" in Vista and 7 with further free virtualization of XP via downloadable stuff.

I suspect that legacy hardware (and drivers for it) are a much bigger problem. But one of Windows' selling points is that literally nothing supports as much hardware or as many different configurations.

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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

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Re: How about...

@Cameron Colley

Have you considered sticking 85 quid a month in a savings account for six months?

At the end of that period, you have a little over £500 in readies and can buy whatever you want with it, no longer needing to concern yourself with obscenely expensive contracts and free to go with a genuinely unlimited data SIM from Three or giffgaff or even O2, god help you.

You could drop the 85 quid to 43 quid and make it a year (or an ebay purchase or a cheaper phone) if you so chose, too.

The best tech is always the next tech. Ignore fanboys of all persuasions and remember your grandad. If you want it, save up for it.

It's way cheaper than credit.

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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

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Re: Ubuntu for phones ..

all the related videos are car crashes

Perhaps the owners of Youtube are not enthusiastic about a competing mobile OS?

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Tiny Brit island stranded after £10m undersea fibre plea sunk

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Re: £10m ???

so..whats the deal here

Government purchasing systems and "preferred suppliers".

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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Re: What about those websites

works fine in Firefox for me.

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SECRET RIM patent cheque to Nokia revealed at last - and it's a big 'un

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Re: Well

Yup. Needs small text warning - "Notice - Arbitrator may decide that your payment must go up as well as down".

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UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

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Re: suspect data?

I tend to buy my console games online, too.

Getting to the shops is a pain and frankly, I'd probably spend more than the reduction I could get in fuel, parking and "having to take the Mrs to a place where there are shops" so XBox Live will do nicely.

Does the PS3 also allow you to buy full games online? Or the Wii? If so, I suspect it's certainly an impact worth noting.

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Microsoft scrambles to thwart new Internet Explorer 0-day attack

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Re: @Dogged

You sometimes wait but usually no more than a month at the very latest.

FOSS has the issue that a volunteer fixes the issue and you can't really complain about delays, whereas Apple simple deny that any problem exists.

These are the Reg forums, I can swear all I like. And I wasn't trolling; I've kept Debian boxes as webservers of choice for years.

There's nothing to report you for here. However, I believe I'm totally within the House Rules in calling you an unbearable little prick.

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I think you'll find that's a Debian temporary notice.

I've had quite a collection of those over the last eight years or so. MS usually give you something rather than rely on "hey, it was free, you can fucking wait".

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