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Microsoft builds observatory to spy on Earthlings' spectrum

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Re: Puff Piece

The article said the word "Microsoft" so he was contractually obliged to post some angry pro-linux rant on it.

Disclaimer - I am not suggesting that this contractual obligation was to anyone other than the little pixies who whisper in his ear all the time. Anyone who was actually paying him in something other than shiny wurblecoins might notice how damaging he is to their own cause and quickly stop doing so.

Anyway, some of us still think that accusations of "shill" are uncouth.

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Big biz, expensive beancounters write UK tax law, says senior MP

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Re: Flat tax

@James - downvoted due to your system's reliance on VAT. The would simply mean "more of the same" where we pay VAT on fuel and then we pay excise duty on fuel (including VAT total) and then we pay VAT on fuel (including excise duty and previous VAT total).

Or that situation where 20 B&H will cost over £7 but the shopkeeper makes 50p and the manufacturer makes 75p. All the rest is tax (which, incidentally, puts smokers in credit to the tune of 19-1 on calculated balance of health service income/cost).

The sooner we get away from sales taxes and back to income taxes, the sooner we'll stop subsidising the wealthy.

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Re: Flat tax

Provided that a reasonable standard of living is defined as the basic (and inalienable) tax-free allowance and that state benefits cease to be regarded as a taxable income, I'm good with that.

However, a flat rate which leaves an income of £10,000pa with £8,000pa while leaving an income of £1,000,000 with £800,000 is a horrible idea. Hence personal allowances.

I also like the idea of removing VAT, a regressive tax which hits the poor far harder than the rich.

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ITU signs off on H.265 video standard

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Re: Free to air TV will suffer the same fate as print media,

I was happy with DVD until I watched Revenge of the Sith on Bluray.

Seriously? Couldn't you find a good film to watch?

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Microsoft teases possible Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013

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You can be just as legit with OpenOffice or LibreOffice.

Or use BBC Basic and write your own!

/s

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

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Re: @Dave 126

I tried several programs supposed to allow me to scroll a window or a control.

Seems pretty easy to me. I'm no WPF expert but I'm pretty certain I could make that happen, although to be fair the window or control in question would still fire events during scrolling.

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Re: Windows 8 FAIL

@kb - your "usability expert" seems not have noticed the Desktop. At all.

Makes you wonder about these "experts".

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Re: Windows 8 FAIL

(let's face it, it's rubbish

No, it's an improvement over Win7 which was itself rather good.

If you don't like the interface, that's your right but the OS is fine. Then again, you're on record here as declaring Windows 7 "unfit for purpose" which I think marks you as a zealous idiot rather than any kind of useful judge.

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Microsoft may be readying Outlook for ARM – or not

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Windows Store App - feasible.

I don't know if you've played with OneNote MX. It's a touch-optimised version of OneNote and it's really rather clever. One could even call it innovative, if one were of a mind to.

Try it. It's a free download from the Windows App Store. (Also runs on normal Win8).

I see no reason why the whole Office suite can't follow along in MX versions.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Try France. Until you've tried to sort out somebody else's (they tell you) C++, actually taken a look and discovered VB written in French, you haven't seen real horror.

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The gutteral consonant is often dropped in standard Egyption pronunciation, leaving the word itself sounding more like (forgive my transliteration) "aowlb".

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Microsoftie's tell-all on 'rival-flinging' Ballmer: The politics of disbelief

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Re: Good article.

@b23h

Let it go, it doesn't matter. Eadon is incapable of admitting fault and is religiously biased and zealous in his posting. Find an article containing the words "Microsoft" or "Windows" - any article at all! - and there he is.

Me, I'm actually pleased with how it's all turned out. Eadon, and Eadon alone has made the Register less enjoyable than work. My productivity is way up.

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Re: Good article.

Off the top of my head, Ars Technica.

link

And with that, I am done with you. You delusional little liar.

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Re: Good article.

MS is not a serious cloud player. Amazon and Google and others own the cloud market.

Opinion based on wishful thinking. Sorry, dismissed.

iCloud does not run on Azure - that's a myth - you're googling and finding rumours from 2 years ago.

Actually, it does. The authentication is delivered via AWS but the storage and retrieval is Azure. You don't know what you're talking about.

MS will not catch up with Google and Amazon - they're falling further behind each year.

More baseless opinion, devoid of fact or information.

You're not worth the keystrokes, Eadon. I won't even bother to correct you any more. Feel free to tell your endless lies here from now on. Somebody else can argue, although it seems that you've acquired a fully justified reputation these days so probably people will just sit back and laugh.

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Re: Good article.

1. Ballmer has $66.6 billion US to work with, but nice try.

2. MS are non-players in the cloudy and mobile revolutions

o rly?

You know what iCloud runs on? MS Azure. And Office365 is already a huge player, based on Azure.

Amazon are currently bigger but they're the only larger provider that exists. As for mobile, MS were a major player pre-iPhone with WM and foolishly rested on their laurels rather than work to maintain that position, an IE6 problem if you will. Now they're working pretty hard to recoup and offer the consumers choice and competition.

I know you don't like the idea of consumer choice, but I do.

Your little dreamworld must such a fun place for you. Why don't you stay there?

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Good article.

Oddly, I agree with Gavin pretty much 100%. "Outsiders" don't seem to last long at MS and Kempin wants to sell a book. Ballmer's weaknesses have historically been backing losers rather than Machiavellian plotting. If Sinofsky hadn't bailed (and nobody except he and the MS board really know why), this book would have sunk without a trace due to lack of media interest.

As it is, he'll probably sell a copy to Eadon (it can go on his "erotic fantasy" shelf) but that's about it.

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Activists urge Skype: Tell us who is spying on us

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Re: "a spokesperson said Microsoft was reviewing the letter."

Okay, but Apple have the Reg on a spamfilter.

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"a spokesperson said Microsoft was reviewing the letter."

to be fair, at least they talk to you no matter how anti "M$" both this organ and its legion of commentards become.

Unlike some other companies.

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

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Re: "... I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal"

"Tinkling cymbal" according to the KJV. Well, bladder control can be a problem with age.

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Re: Ricky Gervais...

That's because Ricky Gervais is a prick

FTFY.

(I have no love for the Pope but seriously, Ricky Gervais is a massive prick).

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Victims of 'revenge pr0n' sue GoDaddy, smut site

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Re: Nice takedown El Reg, nice takedown...

According to commentards on the Verge (who published this story 26 hours ago), it's been down for two days.

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Microsoft to stream blue movies

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Re: The only blue thing Microsoft can do is the Blue Screen Of Death

5:42 am - man, I hope they pay you overtime for this hard work you do.

Microsoft wants data about you for advertising (or maybe even to sell, or will get bought one day, who knows?).

That's Google, and you mean "definitely to sell".

Also Windows has alleged back doors into Windows that the FBI/CIA use, and the like?

Millennium hand and shrimp I seen 'em! Watching me with rays! Them and their big weasel!

What an arsehole you are.

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Ofcom: You like to make CALLS, yeah? Tell us what you want from mobiles

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Personally, I'd love to cut off the landline. And to stop paying £15.50/month extortion money for having a landline at all, even if it's never used and is run by a different provider.

What are the odds on Ofcom jumping on THAT little abuse of the customer?

And @j arthur rank - giffgaff seem to attract a great deal of hate, not least from the author of this article (see Reg passim). Personally, I've had no problems with them.

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Hydrogen on demand from silicon nanospheres - just add water

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Re: Desert

Yeah, but that would hand over production to evil muslims, remember?

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Solar plant by the Red Sea or in South Africa or Western Australia?

All these are doable. And silicon nanospheres sound a whole lot more transportable than lithium ion batteries.

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BT in £52m contract tussle: West Country bumpkins hit with broadband delay

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"a few outstanding matters still need to be resolved."

Trans: Our extra fees and the amount the councils will pay us on top of the original quotes if we're late and how much we get to soak the end-users and how many exchanges we plan to write-off as insufficient demand have not yet been approved.

BT's business as usual.

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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Re: Cut the eye candy

@Eadon - if Windows natively supported ssh, cretins like you would scream "anti-trust" and have it taken out.

As it is, how many ssh clients are there? All free to download? All a matter of user choice?

Hundreds.

Now please, just go. away.

Icon meaning "you would never believe how sick I am of this absolute fucking retard troll" please.

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Re: Cut the eye candy

It's full Windows. Did you read the article?

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Cautious Brits less likely than US firms to puff on clouds - survey

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Re: it's not seizure ...

No, main concern is the DPA which makes outsourcing your data to somebody who is not subject to the DPA, er, illegal.

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Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?

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Re: Windows Phone is doing a great job of being a 2nd class product

Your posting history reveals a curiously single-tracked mind.

An alt? Or a dungspreader*?

*opposite of an astroturfer

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Who's REALLY to blame? - headline

That's a question that's asking for trouble if I ever saw one.

There's people here who'd blame Microsoft for their ingrown toenail. Hell, dear old Barry Shitpeas once blamed MS for a fire in a Sony warehouse during the London Riots.

As I understand it, Google told MS they'd be axing EAS support on free accounts sometime last summer but they didn't say when. Internal MS folks say they repeatedly tried to get a timeframe from Mountain View without success but that's just their story - doubtless the Chocolate Factory would tell a different tale.

So that leaves the final notification of cut-off as the same as the Google press release. Not a great deal of time, really.

Who's to blame? Really?

Probably some accountant at Google trying to reduce the EAS licensing cost and make the year-end figures look better.

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First Google wants to know all about you, now it wants a RING on your finger

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Re: Rev 13:16-17 a bit closer?

I've often wondered if shrooms grow in the Middle East.

They certainly grow on Patmos, which is where St John the Divine drooled his frothing prophecies to a series of scribes.

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Nokia lets Lumia 820 owners 3D print their own case

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@James Hughes 1

Actually, Eadon doesn't like to mention this but, partially because of the walled garden approach and partly because it's simply so much younger (as RyokuMaas points out, less than 2 years old), WP has almost no history of vulnerability at all.

There was a text you could get that would reset the phone, but that's pretty much it.

Whereas the current list of Android malware is quite depressing reading and a new vulnerability is reported every week.

NB - I'd like it known that I am actually quite sad about the fact that Android has holes in it. I suspect there are holes in WP too, it's just that nobody's found them yet. And of course, the market share is lower which means it's less of a vector for attack. Ironically, this is the exact (and only) reason that linux vulnerabilities are less common than non-mobile Windows vulnerabilities, despite what liars may claim.

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Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

Eadon, do you suffer from some kind of learning disability?

"WinPho 7 was based on WinCE" - yes, it was. So are NatWest bank machines. That does not mean that the two are interoperable and only somebody who thought "computer = computer = computer" would assume so. You keep telling us how "technical" you are. Unless you mean "technically retarded", the only way you can make a statement like this is called "deliberately trolling".

"WinPho 8 uses the Windows kernel" - so did NT for MIPS. Are you suggesting these two are interoperable?

If not, either you're raising a classically dim straw man argument or you're just a troll. A real failure of a troll who has managed to make himself look less "technical" than the bloke in the yellow safety tabard picking up litter on a spike.

I wouldn't trust you with a spike. You'd imagine your own foot was Steve Ballmer and then attack it.

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Re: @Obviously!

You can't, which sucks. Massively sucks.

That, and the lack of banking apps, are the two main reasons I don't recommend WP. If the banks stopped their "iphone is enough" thing and MS fixed that fucking security issue, it'd be a top flight OS.

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Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

WP sells a lot more than Meego ever did.

Go away, Eadon.

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Re: I'm sure the handfull of real Windows Phone users are delighted

a) Nokia, not Microsoft.

b) Shut up Barry.

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Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

Except for weirdos and people who work in tech, nobody buys an Android phone. They just buy a phone that can do what they want and fits their budget.

Just as they buy "a computer" with the same criteria. Now, on the desktop, Windows rules because OEMs bundle it and to change it, you either have to pay retarded money for a Mac or you have to install your own OS. Aside from the two previous categories mentioned, consumers are not generally willing to do this which is why linux is on less than 4% of desktop PCs worldwide.

WP arrives installed, is aggressively priced and can do what most people need, including "just work" with all their other stuff. The criteria for it eventually taking sizable market share are all in place. And no, people don't "hate Metro". You hate Metro because you hate everything from Microsoft before you even consider or try it.

If market share is the one true measurement of success, both desktop linux and OSX are such utter, utter failures that anyone who uses them must be a shill or get them as gifts on free hardware.

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Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie

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Re: "Ballmer is the best person to lead Microsoft"

You can criticize Ballmer for many things but "award themselves" isn't one of them. His salary's the lowest of any tech CEO (including stock options and other cheats) by his own choice.

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Better headline

ex-MS employee tries to sell book.

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Polish knights slay Virut, the brazen virus army that has its own EULA

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WTF?

The software nasty infects .exe and .html files to display adverts and open a backdoor to the botnet's masters

wat.

.html is just a file full of markup. It can't execute anything so how can it display ads (which are not an existing part of the markup)?

And how can a .html file be a vector for infection?

.exes I get, oldschool though that may now be (and thus easily caught by any decent AV). But who downloads torrents without AV checking them?

I dunno. Maybe it's a Monday afternoon thing. This story has me confused.

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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

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Re: UWS

Probably just had the admin credentials on a Post-It like everywhere else that's not worth hacking.

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Nokia Siemens Networks plans to flog bonds, raise €700m

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FAIL

If NSN had anything to do with handsets, you'd have a point.

But they don't. So you don't.

So perhaps your "clueless wanker" is you.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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Re: Doctors caring & empathetic?

@AC:

Screw up a car repair and it can be replaced, money can be refunded etc.

Screw up a medical procedure and you can kill someone. You can't bring back the dead.

Screw up a brake repair and you can kill several people. You really haven't thought this through, have you?

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Re: Doctors caring & empathetic?

@Eadon - they'd be bored stiff with you. The "fanatically-proselytizing underachiever" type has already been documented quite thoroughly.

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Re: Doctors caring & empathetic?

I'm definitely worse, yes.

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Longest-standing bug?

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Re: And people say...

@Neil Alexander -

Only because linux on the desktop is clean, uncluttered, beautiful, smooth and bereft of chromey crud.

Or not, as the case may be

(Yes, these are extreme examples but they're also funny).

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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It might make sense if the Tweenies weren't infinitely more creepy than a Jimmy Savile impression all by themselves.

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Tech giants don't invent the future, they package it

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WTF?

Tech giants don't innovate?

Yeah, Intel are non-tech midgets. Right? Right?

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