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The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

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Re: If they won't pay tax, maybe they should pay for infrastructure

The things you mentioned are encompassed in the Business Rates which it's impossible to dodge unless you're a registered charity or illegally operating out of your shed.

Not even Starbucks can dodge that one.

I agree that the law needs a change. Companies have to act in obedience to the law whereas acting according to "morality" is often something their shareholders can actually sue for under "Best Interest" laws.

And they do. And the ones who sue are often pension funds, which also dodge as much tax as possible.

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

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Re: C# is dead

Eadon tells lies about C#.

Again.

Dead? Deserted? Abandoned? Or expanded, enhanced and built in to MS's latest operating systems as a fundamental piece which (with .NET 4.0) physically cannot be uninstalled or removed without trashing the OS

Eadon. You liar. The only problem is that your lies are always so stupid - nobody with a brain would ever think about believing them.

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Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

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Re: Meh ...

@JDX - if this was the case the Dell Venue Pro (a WP7 launch handset) would not have a functional microSD card slot.

Which, er, it does.

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WTF?

Until the phone is reviewed, we don't know whether it likes half a gig of memory or not. As far as I know, this is the first announced WP8 phone with less than a full gig. So... wait and see, I guess. WP7.x had no issues with 512MB.

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My mum's in her late sixties. It's easy to use with big text and has Nokia Drive and doesn't require iTunes.

I'll bite on the troll because that's my mother, dickweed. Your mother might want to root a Samsung Galaxy 3 and put Cyanogenmod on it, my mother doesn't.

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Cool. One for my mum, then.

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Rare critical Word vuln is the star of December Patch Tuesday

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Re: And they said they re-wrote Office from the ground up for RT

MS use Team Foundation Server.

But hey, it was more imaginative than Eadon's FUD. Well done.

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Windows Phone 8 must be Microsoft's priority one, two AND three

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Re: Too little, no credibility, too expensive

Are you saying Sony DIDN'T take away OtherOS and fill the world with rootkits, Barry?[1] Point of order - it's not FUD if it's true.

if so, what drugs are you smoking?

[1] I can't think of any Sony apologist quite so determined to plug their wares as dear Barry.

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Re: "shifted more installs than linux on the desktop"?

So what's your point?

Is it "It's popular therefore it's good"? Then Windows on the Desktop is great and all the others are trash. Is that what you want to say? Do you want to LOL at the puny desktop share of linux and OSX? No? Didn't think so.

If it's "popular is good but only on mobile" then I suggest you just answer every query with "because hypocrisy" as it will save time.

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Re: Win 8 Phone will fail

All of these have shifted more installs than linux on the desktop.

Does that make linux utter trash that should be burned with fire?

If so, you may continue in your hate campaign. If not, shut the fuck up.

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Re: Win 8 Phone will fail

Nerds don't want Windows but nerds are a miniscule market. Nobody cares about nerds.

The public just want a phone that can do stuff. They don't even give much of a shit about how many apps it has (that's more nerd crap). You can talk about ecosystems forever - it won't matter. If the phone looks nice, can do all the stuff the consumer wants and is sold well - and this is the major obstacle right here, ignorant nerds in phone shops* - then it'll sell.

*Note - this is what killed Symbian.

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Re: Too little, no credibility, too expensive

Eadon clearly believes there's something hilarious about a string signifier after an "M" OH YES AND IT MEANS AMERICAN MONEY AHAHAHAHAHAHA

Or he's an idiot. You decide.

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Re: Too little, no credibility, too expensive

Downvoted for "M$". It instantly makes any comment you make the work of an eight year old.

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Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

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Re: Anyone seen one in the wild?

I don't believe you. Nobody's had time to both buy and pawn one of these, let alone two. And the MS employees who get them for free aren't allowed to pawn them or sell them on unless they want to get fired.

I haven't seen any in the wild and I'm not surprised. When Surface tablets were announced, they were promoted as a reference design. Ballmer specifically played down how many they'd sell to "a couple of million" or basically, "not many".

So this whole story is pretty much a non-story. Device not intended to hit mass market volume does not hit mass market volume. Dog bites man. Nothing to see here, move along.

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Xboxes stay on sale but may cost Microsoft money in Google case

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Re: They don't fight

Is "eulampios" Greek for "Chocolate Teapot"? Because that's approximately how much sense you make.

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Re: Please do forgive my ignorance (end of FRAND)

who in their mind would want to participate in FRAND patent pools in future?

Somebody who wants to get millions of tiny bits of revenue adding up to a long-term profit and who also needs to license FRAND patents from other patent-holders.

Not (as per Motorola) somebody who wants $99US for every XBox 360 sold.

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Yeah because Samsung are little children that cave in easily and NEVER fight back.

Er... wait...

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Microsoft claims Windows Phone sales up 300%

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Re: Didnt know this site was loaded with Fandroids

Most of this is legit but Richard is well aware that canary yellow "plastic" - polycarbonate shell if you're not being a twat - is not the only option.

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I didn't see an attack. And if any mobile OS "wins", we all lose.

So why do people attack the ones that they don't personally buy? It's kind of tribal for what amounts to long-term self-harming.

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Bob thinks this is a game and he has chosen Android as his Team.

If Android (or iOS or RIM or WP) wins, we all lose.

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Re: The Revolution is here

2/10, must troll harder.

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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Re: Best ever?

I know at least three people (non techie, basically iPod/iPhone users, ie women) who bought Macs purely because iTunes under Windows is so foul.

Therefore, I suspect it's working as intended.

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Half of us have old phones STUFFED in our drawers

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Re: I wont let mine go because

You can pry my V3 RAZR and 6310i from my cold, dead... sock drawer.

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Sinking Xbox 360 sales still stymies Nintendo numbers

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Uh, reportage fail.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/27/3698428/microsoft-xbox-360-black-friday-sales-figures-2012

The Register says "week". The Verge says "weekend".

Somebody's wrong. Who is it?

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Microsoft Office 2013 heads for the cloud but fails to soar

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Re: Total Absolute Failure

The frigging ribbon takes up even more screen real-estate.

All of us stuck with 1366x768 screens are sure gonna like that.

You did know you can minimize it, right?

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Re: configuration-ability

I see somebody dislikes actually giving out information in response to queries.

Makes it so much harder to FUD an article, right Eadon?

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Re: configuration-ability

Save location is certainly a Group Policy option. I must go test against document type when time allows.

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Re: Skype

It isn't so far. Possibly that's one of these updates we're told will be arriving.

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Re: Data Formats?

Certainly OOXML (strict) but I haven't tested against OD1.2

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Re: Useful review -- but performance? Will it run on a 2 year old computer?

It's pretty quick on a 2008 PC running Windows 8 but how much of that is the Win8 optimisation and how much is Office, I really wouldn't want to guess.

The only other box I've got it on is less than a year old so not really all that helpful.

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Nokia RIM shot: Seeks royalties after winning wireless patent spat

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In before you get modded down to oblivion for daring to suggest that Nokia (and thus Windows Phone) may not be doomed.

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WTF?

So, to recap -

Nokia and RIM agree cross-licensing.

RIM get unhappy about the cost (and given their market performance, we can all see why) and take the matter to arbitration.

Arbitrator decides that RIM aren't actually paying enough.

El Reg accuses Nokia of (basically) patent-trolling.

Something's not right here.

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Barnes & Noble go up against Amazon in Blighty with Nook apps

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Go

I may get one. The better half has a Kindle (and loves it) but I don't like the idea of zero competition so supporting B&N seems like a good idea.

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Ten technology FAILS

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Re: Secondlife Is still Alive.

Somebody get this man a rain of cocks, stat.

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

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Re: "On both phones I missed far more calls than usual."

Of course, Bob. Of course. Nokia's legendary call-quality is always legendary except when there's a Microsoft product involved because everything Microsoft sucks because it says Microsoft on it and you hate it.

Alright. You can stop now, we get it.

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Re: Apps

Having used WP7.5 for nearly a year now, I forget what all this "apps" business is about. Weren't they supposed to increase functionality in order to add value to an extremely limited device?

Most everything I use is baked into the OS. The obvious exception here is Nokia Drive which is an app, even if it did come preinstalled, which is way up there in "best GPS SatNav on the market" stakes. Beyond that, I rarely bother with apps at all and its tough to see what all the fuss is about.

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Re: "On both phones I missed far more calls than usual."

Probably glitchy firmware. Every manufacturer gets it.

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Harley allows Apple to use 'Lightning' brand on 'playthings'

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I do enjoy a topic where we agree; it's such a rarity.

Some of the kit-bikes from Zodiac straddle the two worlds nicely.

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Amazon's secret UK sales figures revealed by Parliamentary probe

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Re: Previously...

Given the regressive nature of VAT as a tax (in other words, it hits low incomes much harder than high incomes), I personally hate your idea but suspect that those who rule the U&K (ie, the people who bought all our politicians long long ago) would leap at the chance.

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

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Re: uhm...

I used OS/2 3 Warp. In the Netherlands. At... IBM. They were the only place in the universe that actually ran the fucking thing. How was it? Well. It sort of worked. Mostly. It wasn't any quicker than Windows 3.11 and not even IBM could get it to print to an IBM printer but most of it worked. More or less.

Further, the development we were doing was Java via NetBeans which was such a truly foul experience that it's soured me on Java forever.

IBM. The only company in the Netherlands that (at the time) made you wear a tie to work.

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Microsoft applies for patent for 'Google Goggles'-type AR specs

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That would probably be a relief. The whole thing sounds like sitting next to John Motson. Agony. Stadium bins will be full of these things.

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Windows 8: A soaraway Kinect? Or is it Red Ink Friday for Microsoft?

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Re: convicted monopolist"

If you use something other than IE and it never touches the 'net, why the hell do you make such a big deal about uninstalling it? Are those 3MB so crucial to you?

Answer - no. You're a linux evangelist anyway so you couldn't use IE if you tried, you hypocrite.

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Re:"convicted monopolist"

you keep saying that, as if MS were convicted of having a monopoly when you KNOW because I and other have told you, this is not the case. There is nothing illegal about a monopoly or about trying to get one.

They were accused of trying to leverage an OS monopoly into a browser monopoly at a time when the other browser (Netscape Navigator) wanted money for their product and MS didn't. They gave it away for free with the OS. You could still install Netscape Navigator easily enough; IE never blocked Navigator from working.

These days, anyone who cares can use the browser ballot to install whatever they like. For free. Do you think browsers would be free if not for MS? Because I have to say, I doubt it.

"convicted monopolist" again and again and again. You don't even know what you're typing. I reckon it's a reflex.

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It would boot faster than Win7 or Win8

More Software runs on it.

More memory is free for applications

All of those are false.

Nice try.

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APPLE goes on crazy, price-SLASHER Black Friday RAMPAGE

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Re: Slight discounts but nothing compared to shopping in the US

In terms of controls and controllers? Yes.

A high-end sports car might well have a flappy-paddle gearbox but (and this is important) if it does, I won't buy it because I don't like it.

Customer preference is important. Apple don't care about my preference so I don't buy their products.

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Re: Slight discounts but nothing compared to shopping in the US

Not really. Apple's weird-ass keys have been putting me off buying their stuff for years. Oh no, we can't have the same IBM keyboards as everyone else because WE'RE SO SPECIAL. Gobshites.

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I suppose that 8% of Apple's superinflated prices is probably as much as 30% from, say, Lenovo. But not to worry, the Apple criteria are still there; it'd still be till far more expensive and, er worse.

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WANTED: Actual HELPFUL info on price-comparison websites

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Re: Well, duh.

Personally, I let me insurer quote me for a renewal, thank them very much and phone back the next day telling them I've been offered 12% less. They always offer 15% less (than their original quote) which I promise to consider and then accept the following day.

This minimizes phonecalls, bills, spam and irritation.

It also shows exactly how badly insurance companies are ripping us off.

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Dogs would say: SIZE is IMPORTANT, shape - not so much

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I always wondered...

if you train a police dog to bring down a running target, what happens if by coincidence there is also a jogger nearby?

Police dogs have been trained to do this since before anyone ran except criminals and people who were late for a bus. Seriously question. There are a lot more running people these days, often sweaty and smelling of nasty lycra. Doesn't that mess with the dogs?

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Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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Re: Condom

Finland != Sweden.

American detected.

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