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Re: Mr cynical again
Mañana, mi amigo. Mañana estar bien.
Re: "and vanquish an alliance between the US military and an oil company"
Neither has anyone else.
Re: MAC address range, why wouldn't this work?
@AC: Granted, that would work.
Anyone wandering into the store with a WP7 phone would very quickly be able to spot the cheating. Such visible cheating would hardly be an effective marketing tool.
I really think anyone suspecting networking foul-play is clutching at straws to try to back up a belief that either a) anything Microsoft must be bad or that b) their dual-core OS is efficient.
Bizarre behaviour, either way.
Re: I was following this as well
I thought that, but apparently not. You can make separate city tiles from the inbuilt weather app, which is a part of the OS. So they tell me.
(disclaimer - my HD7 would require dicking about the HTC Hub, which is definitely a preloaded app because you can uninstall it).
I'll take you seriously when you show me the shop-drone that can set up a WP7 phone to use a fixed IP address.
Given that The local wifi must offer non-throttled access to all Windows devices, including PCs, XBoxen, Win8 slates (they have those for demo purposes, apparently) and all OEM versions of WP7 hardware
MS employees and customers will be connected to the same wifi network (it's a part of the T&Cs)
The majority of WP7 functions do not send a browser user agent as they are baked in and we can confidently state that many apps on other platforms also do not send user agents
Exactly how would you go about it, if it's "not actually very difficult"?
er, "really bad". Edit button plz.
Re: Reddit article
Non-Nokia won't help you with HTC, Samsung, ZTE, LG et al. It would look really if WP7 users in the store found their wifi throttled.
MAC address range, why wouldn't this work?
A couple of reasons. First, because the wifi chipset in WP7 handset is not unique to WP7 phones. As far as the router is concerned, it's a wifi radio and the router does not care what it's attached to. Could an Android phone use this chipset? Yes. Many of them actually do.
Second, it's a Microsoft store, not a phone shop so they're selling other hardware. This means that even if routers were smart enough to recognize the OS of the wifi radio they're establishing a connection with (and they're not) then all Windows devices must be able to connect. I doubt if Microsoft want embarrassing headlines like "Smoked by Windows Mobile 6.5".
"throttling non-WinPhone devices"
Not actually possible. Good FUD though, I can see you getting a free Apple t-shirt sometime soon.
He's pretty fair. I think he paid up more than twice at CES, too.
Lucky shot, Android guy. Shitty behaviour, shop-drones.
Re: I don't see the issue
Good call. I'm just going to assume that his name Goatse Lemonparty-san.
Oh be fair, guys. I live near Devizes. I try to avoid Swindon for reasons of mental health (I like mine).
And anyway, if they're that stupid about retail overpopulation in Swindon, it seems likely that they do similarly stupid things elsewhere.
I don't see the issue
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Re: "we are hopeful that a going concern sale of the business is achievable."
It's possible, if they dump about half of their outlets. There two GAMEs and a Gamestation in central Swindon within 3 minutes' walk of each other. That's just silly.
Re: "But to say otherwise would be like a Turkey voting for Christmas."
According to MSNerd - who is often reliable - we're looking at two boxes in the works. The first is the XBox Loop (codename) which is basically an ARM box similar to AppleTV but less shit and has a BluRay player in it. It's not a games console as we know it although it might play XBLA games and will integrate with Kinect for TV/other-stuff control. It will be dirt cheap.
The second is the XBox Next, due 2014 and that's the next version of the 360 which nobody seems to have any details on, except that it almost certainly won't be dirt cheap.
Re: @ Graham
The worst snakebites used Diamond Shite and Special Brew (it's central heating for tramps!), occasionally with a double shot of this weird blackcurrant liqueur they had. Brutal.
WP7 doesn't run Java. Not even slowly. I guess C# was too hard for them to use on their Macs.
didn't want it anyway. Proper Skype integration at the phone/people hubs level now, tell me they'll never do that and I'll consider dumping the platform.
Wait - clarification. Tell me they'll never do that with reputable sources for your statement (Mikel, you bullshitter) and I'll consider dumping the platform.
Re: >a few calls from MS, Apple and friends.
MS requires mindshare which insists that no option is perceived as credible.
Trevor Pott's recent review of Windows 8 Server Beta indicates that you are wrong.
The worst spammers in Singapore
are China Telecom.
I was forever getting junk phone calls in Mandarin from them, due to the rapid turnover in phone numbers on the PAYG SIM market. They're appalling.
Re: Same goes for dinosaurs
Clearly there are no large dinosaurs left because they were coated in crispy breadcrumbs. This was not an evolutionary advantage - everything likes crispy breadcrumbs.
A UK version is required!
Now, where can I get a Cortina Mk1 GT?
Re: Simple question
The choice that you are asking about is whether there will be a world without Microsoft or one with only Microsoft.
Not really. We've had Microsoft plus many others for a long time now. We currently have more operating systems in general use than at any time since the 80's Home Computer scene. I don't see that changing. Very few things are as black and white as you're painting this.
Re: "snakebite and black"
Around here in the West Country it's called "Red Diesel" although sadly, it's not VAT-free.
or out of. The Apple way is to get you coming and going.
Re: You're behind the curve, Bill
True, but the information that this counter-proposal is being made by Nokia, RIM and Motorola lends it a great deal more weight than the Apple-spoiler suggested in the Reg's article.
Also, here we see a Nokia spokesman confirm it, which is more than Bill had.
You're behind the curve, Bill
The Verge have this -
" Apple's proposal does not meet all of the pre-agreed requirements for ETSI's planned 4FF standard (the so-called nano SIM). The proposal from Nokia, RIM and Motorola does.
Nokia believes that our proposal has features which would make it easier for consumers to insert and remove the SIM without damage. Additionally, our proposed SIM has different dimensions from a micro SIM, one of ETSI's requirements, which would avoid it getting stuck if inserted by mistake into a phone with a micro SIM slot. Apple's proposed card is the same length as the width of current micro SIMs and so would risk jamming, leading to card and product damage.
We also feel that our proposal allows for more design options for the type of card reader, i.e. how the SIM is inserted into the device, to allow for a wider range of device form factors. Requiring a tray or SIM carrier would reduce design options and increase manufacturing cost, perhaps not significant for high end smartphones but it would be for lower cost devices.
The combination of our proposed card and the associated mechanics are smaller than those for a current micro SIM, allowing further miniaturization in devices. Though Apple's proposed card is smaller than current micro SIMs, when combined with the associated mechanics needed in the phone, we don't believe it represents a significant reduction in size. We believe that in practice it would mean it was just different from micro SIM, rather than smaller, which could be a barrier to broad adoption as an alternative to micro SIM, potentially leading to fragmentation.
In summary, Nokia believes that our proposed nano SIM would be easier for consumers to handle, enable a wider range of device designs and offer a true difference from the existing options with micro SIM. We look forward to continuing the discussions in more detail with our counterparts in ETSI."
Not so much balanced discussion - that's the kind of idiocy has people reporting views from lunatic homeopaths on actual medical issues - but perhaps a bit more sanity?
Logically speaking, what is the point of actively wanting a product to fail? What is the point in wanting to reduce competition and thus reduce quality and increase costs?
Win8 is a good example here because I know you've sneered at it yourself. I'm using it right now. Hit the Win button to launch the Metro launcher, open application, forget about Metro launcher. The sky is not falling. Like it or hate it - and either is perfectly valid - it is not the end of the world and if history teaches us anything at all, it won't be the end of Microsoft. So why pretend that it is?
Because self-delusion, that ain't fun. That's genuinely retarded.
Re: Windows on ARM is crap!
When did you use a Windows on ARM tablet?
Where can we find your full review?
Who supplied it to you?
I ask because I too would like to review it (as you clearly have, if I read your rant correctly) and form my own opinions.
Re: Simple question
So that's three "yes" answers so far....
Re: I'd buy it for a HTPC
I agree. It's actually got room for a physical disc player. Throw in some networked tuners (I forget the name but there's a networked tuner-farm box available for not too much cash) and this could be great as an HTPC.
I'd have considered buying and stripping the crapware OS off a Mac Mini for this had they not abandoned physical media but no, they were determined to make the damn thing effectively useless...
They won't even know who he was. As far as they're concerned the Nazis lost because God and we have electronic computers because God.
Darwin, on the other hand, that really gets 'em rabid.
I'd expect it to be BT, unless everyone has just accepted how pisspoor they are and now expects it rather than complaining about it.
for everyone answering "yes, Microsoft has lost already", is that an outcome you actually want?
Are you one of those who longs for a world without Microsoft? It's important as it has a bearing on the validity of your opinion.
You could just about make two AAA games for that, or approximately 1/3rd of an MMO.
He's so generous.
fanbois and fandroids - counterproductive
Been reading the Reg for a long, long time. It's always been a place where linux was regarded as obviously the single best OS for everything, where Microsoft was the Beast of Redmond and where Apple was regarded as the tech world's equivalent to Scientology.
And there's some justification for all of this. None of it's all true but there's enough to truth there to amuse everyone.
The real problem I have with it nowadays is the lengths some people will go to over it. I'm going to assume that this is not new and that I've just got old, tired and contrary because otherwise it'd be a "kids these days" rant of the Daily Mail variety and anyone who knowingly posts that shit should have their fingers cut off. So let's assume it's just me. But let me show you what I mean.
Take any article about Windows 8. Take a look at the comments. Exhibit A - Bob Vistakin telling us all over and over and over how it's a massive failure. Before it's ever released.
Take any article where iOS is compared to Android. Exhibit B - a whole load of little penguin icons telling us how bad walled gardens are. As if people were unaware of the walled garden.
Take any article about XBox or WP7. Exhibit C - Barry Shitpeas wanting them both nuked from orbit, seemingly convinced that competition is a bad thing.
And exhibit D - Mikel actively inventing FUD about existing handsets not upgrading (note - MS staffers confirm that this is a lie) and refusing to give sources, with the tag line "if you want something more open, you know what to do". And a penguin.
Now, I can't speak for anyone else but this puts my back up. Every instinct I have says "fuck you, don't ever try to tell me what I can and can't use". And then there's the competition thing too - I approve of competition. I want RIM and webOS to do well too, however unlikely that may be. Because the thing is, if Apple wins or if Google wins or if Microsoft, wins, I lose. We all lose.
Reading those comments and those posts which seem deliberately designed to hurt the prospects of any item or company to succeed actively makes me want to go buy that product.
And it also puts me off the products they evangelize. Because if those products have such an appeal for fucktards like this then they must be as crass and brain-killing as those fucktards themselves are.
Every time you spew hate about something that's not "your team" - and it's really not your team, those companies do not give a flying fuck about you - you make me want to support whatever it is you hate. "Fuck you," I think. "Whatever you tell me is exactly what I won't do".
You bastards, you're even making me dislike my debian installs and I've had those since Bruce Perens took over from Murdock. Don't make me nuke them.
Would make a nice match with their existing output.