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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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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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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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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".

and

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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Merde! Paris Apple Store in €1m armed raid on New Year's Eve

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"le Plod"?

"les flics", shirley?

Also, I still maintain that Tim Cook does not exist, except as a role played by Paul O'Grady.

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Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install

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Re: Chrome.....

it's interesting that MS and Apple want you to pay for your products and pillage your data.

Beyond the OS itself, which data-pillaging products are you suggesting MS and Apple want you to pay for?

We were talking about the browser, I think.

Safari and IE are both free (personally, you'd have to pay me to use either of them but de gustibus...)

MS's email is free and although it has ads, they're not based on reading your email and thanks to Adblock+ I don't see them anyway. I dunno about Apple's product. MS also has those handy Office Web Apps out there for free (Office 365 is a different proposition) and a search engine.

None of this asks you for money so you'll forgive me if I'm somewhat puzzled by your comment

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Re: Good dog, bad master.

Now, apparently after letting the "Fox in the Henhouse", they want to smolder the fox's kettle.

what?

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"Try and design a good secure product from day one please."

You do it, if you're so clever.

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El Reg man: Too bad, China - I was RIGHT about hoarding rare earths

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@ledswinger

We could probably knock a lot of it on the head with a Public Select Comittee - ie, a group of actual citizens, not MPs - going through all laws passed since 1900 and just striking off the ones that don't make any sense or are just pissing away money for no reason.

"Wars on drugs" do massive amounts of financial harm in terms of lost revenue (we should tax that shit), police expenditure, prison expenditure, courts expenditure, lost taxes of otherwise law abiding working folk...

To follow on, if regional independence is such a top plan, let the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and Stormont raise their own taxes so that England can stop paying for every bugger's free prescriptions. And they'd no longer get MPs which is also a nice saving on salaries, pensions and those mad, mad expenses.

After that a genuine cost-benefit analysis on what Britain gains from the EU. And NOT the usual divel about "80% of our trade" because that's inbound trade so it's a cost, not a benefit. At that point, we need to get out of damaging and expensive treaties like the CAP and refuse to pay for two European parliaments (because Strasbourg exists only to appease the French anyway).

Then we need to start stripping away the layers of active handicapping in small businesses. A builder I know who employs ten men spend 7/10ths of his time doing paperwork and HSE mandated nonsense rather than building anything and this is pretty representative.

Finally, I'd like to see VAT abolished and put on income tax. This would show people how much tax they actually pay and cause the revolution almost instantly.

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Re: @Shell.user@AC 12:47

What fucking austerity? Public spending is still at such an epic level that out of every six quid the government spends one quid is borrowed. And that's now been going on for the better part of a decade.

While this is certainly true...

A large part of that is interest on acquired debt. Another large part is used to prop up industries with no feasible benefit except the enrichment of vested interests (wind power, anyone?) and one hell of a lot is spent pursuing private citizens and small businesses in order to squeeze tax out of them while ignoring, for example, Starbucks and Vodafone. And then there's the circle-jerk of employment and regulation which is used to ensure that government services operate as "businesses" and buy from each other - each thus requiring purchasing and accounts departments and HR and other services used only to maintain a fiction.

Oh, and finally, there's the biggest circle-jerk of all, to wit - why do government employees pay tax at all? Would it not be sensible to simply pay them a tax-free salary at a lower level and stop incessantly running around in circles taxing money which is already tax? How many HMRC hours are spent calculating the taxes of HMRC? And then who audits those? It's madness.

Meanwhile, what do we do? Kill investment, snatch money from working families who get benefits (this bit is great - working tax credit means by definition that you're not being paid enough to live on and yet this is viewed as a good thing?) and pretend everyone who isn't a billionaire tax-dodger is just lazy.

Fantastic.

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RIM writes Nokia a fat cheque as pair bury the patent hatchet

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Re: fat cheque

Robert Maxwell?

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Re: Oh no, not again

@Eadon - then presumably the arbitration service that RIM took Nokia to (not vice versa) are also patent trolling or perhaps it's an enormous conspiracy and only you and Barry Shitpeas know the truth?

You bore me.

Also, you forgot to call me a shill. That's rare.

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Oh no, not again

Do we have to recap this again or is it fun to insinuate that Nokia are patent trolls when they're clearly not?

The Timeline

Nokia & RIM agree licensing of Nokia patents

RIM, after a couple of years, hit financial issues

RIM decides Nokia patents (which they agreed to license at this cost) are overpriced.

RIM takes Nokia to arbitration

Arbitrator says "actually, you're not paying Nokia enough".

The Reg repeatedly makes Nokia out to be a patent troll.

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BT ordered to pay £95m to rivals it overcharged for FIVE years

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Please, don't ever publish

any article containing the phrase "BT are appealing". I'd lose my lunch.

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

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Re: The news will be a blow to users with hard drives full of Word docs...

If they're on your hard drive or server anyway, wouldn't it be better to view them in Word or Excel (or OpenOffice/LibreOffice if you insist!) instead of trying to preview them on an email program?

If this story was about previewing, possibly. It's not. It's about exporting emails to old formats or exporting address books to old formats. Previewing old formats still works without issue (or indeed, change).

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Re: Outlook?

It's exporting contacts as word/excel, Ken. Therefore, this is another non-story with another HUGE helping of Gavin Clarke FUD. Either that or he didn't know what the change was either.

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Re: Contacts

I have no idea why this was left out of the article.

Because Gavin Clarke wrote it to make Barry Shitpeas and Eadon happy.

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Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

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Re: Why do we like it ?

And because they sell this (normally) free ebook - Pay Your Taxes! for 77p more than smashwords do?

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Apple said to be testing 46, 55-inch big-screen TVs

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@jeremyjh - upvoted. I did have to go away and assure myself that you're not the former Culture Secretary before pressing the button, though.

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Take a number, says new social network

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Seems to be CompuServe, actually.

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There’s more to selling email than meets the eye

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There was absolutely no point in writing or publishing the article. It's awful.

I have to agree. It read like a briefing for a TV presenter, possibly Jeremy Kyle. No actual information was contained.

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Microsoft 'surprised' by Google Gmail 'winter cleaning'

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Re: I don't really see a problem

Your complaint about IMAP was that it doesn't support something it was never intended or designed to do.

Not a complaint, merely an observation. You asked for the advantage of EAS over IMAP, I gave it to you. I am neither wrong nor silly.

Further, I quite like IMAP. I don't like GMail because Google's implementation of IMAP is non-standard and seriously annoying.

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Re: I don't really see a problem

Your point is akin to saying SMTP doesn't stream video.

It would be, if Google's offering was limited to email and had no calendar or contact management functionality. Since it has both, my point is more akin to saying that a particular mobile phone OS can't do SMS.

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Re: I'm not arsed

And they both support forwarding, so you can use whichever one you prefer.

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Re: i have to use outlook.com

Then I apologize. The Hotmail app works just fine for me.

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Re: I don't really see a problem

Personally I don't really see a huge benefit in Activesync over IMAP.

Calendar entries and contacts. IMAP doesn't sync them, ActiveSync does.

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Google's is non-standard in several ways.

Embrace, extend....?

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Re: Fixed it for ya, Microsoft...

House rules, Eadon.

Unless Google are paying you to ignore those.

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Re: i have to use outlook.com

I don't believe you "installed" outlook.com on your Android tablet because outlook.com is a fucking website. You might have visited the website but that's a pretty inefficient way to use mail from a tablet.

If your hotmail client (the sensible way to use outlook.com email on an android tablet - I do on mine, for example) is bloated and performs badly, use a different one.

Honestly, the ignorance of the FUD on the Register's comment pages is depressing.

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Nasdaq's RIM shot: BlackBerry maker ejected from top 100

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Re: EA

I'm really sorry you bought into the hype. I considered myself interested but pre-release information and especially the Beta test confirmed clearly that EA/BioWare had fallen into the WoW trap.

I'll explain since I don't want anyone else to buy the hype of the next WoW-trap game, and the one after, and the one after that.

If you build a new game using the mechanics presented in World of Warcraft, those mechanics are 11 years old. The new game must by definition contain less content than the eleven year old game (which has been updated and expanded numerous times). The audience you are trying to attract is an audience that likes those mechanics, and therefore almost certainly already plays WoW. Your game has less content and is therefore by definition "worse".

Players will soon realize that gimmicks added to the core mechanics (voice acting, storyline quests) are finite and rapidly exhausted, leaving them with the WoW "grind for gear" system. But their WoW characters already did the tedious grind and so did those of all their gaming friends so they're unlikely to stay in your game beyond three payment cycles.

That core market will inevitably go back to WoW which leaves your game with no players. The one thing MMOs offer is other players to do stuff with, and your game no longer has those. Therefore, it cannot keep anyone who hasn't gone back to WoW (Star Wars fanbois, people who didn't already play WoW).

You simply can't make money by remaking WoW, regardless of how good your gimmick is.

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