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Intel to turn Ultrabooks, all-in-one desktops into giant tablets

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Re: s41t

bowdlerization on the Reg? Grow some balls, man.

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Information is the UI in Windows 8, says design guru

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Re: swerving wildly off-topic

for a second there I misread "schoolkids" as "scaffolders" with hilarious mental images as a result.

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

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Re: Run dialog isn't needed..

The "Power Users" menu - bottom left corner, right-click - has the Run dialog as one of its options. It works the same way as ever.

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Who'll save the 100 most endangered species? Microsoft, apparently

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Re: Piffle

@AC- the "expert" in this case being you, with your clearly stated identity and qualifications?

The only bit I take issue with is the notion of "the healthy functioning of the planet". Planets don't function. They just are, until they collapse into the nearest star or get shattered into asteroids. Both of which could be regarded as "healthy function".

There is no "balance of nature". There is no "equilibrium". Stuff just happens.

Jesus being dead has no effect on your sins.

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Re: Piffle

Well said.

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Windows 8? Nah: Win Phone 8 should give Apple the fear

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Re: It's the operators who will decide

@WP7Mango

I know. But to assume that this makes Skype more dangerous to operators is stupid. Laughably stupid. Which is why I laughed, through my coffee.

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Re: It's the operators who will decide

Microsoft also plans to bring Skype to the mobile plane

Are you suggesting that iOS and Android don't support Skype?

Seriously?

You owe me a keyboard.

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Apache man disables Internet Explorer 10 privacy setting

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Re: @DrXym

Oh, and anyone who says that IE does not EXPLICITLY offter the option regarding Do Not Track might like to examine this screenshot of the Express (not Advanced!) Win8 setup.

IE Express Settings

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@DrXym

This is interesting, so I've been poking about in the Win8 SDKs to try to find the information you're looking for.

1. There's an explicit setting when you install Win8 regarding whether apps are allowed to send usage metrics to Microsoft. This data is collated under your Microsoft account provided you choose to allow it. If you choose not to allow it, no data is gathered.

2. The DNT:1 header sent by Internet Explorer 10 does not persist into apps. However, each app makes HTTP calls in its own session. You could in theory have an unlimited number of browser sessions open with an unlimited number of applications and there is no means of cross-referencing between them (unless done explicitly through Contracts, where an app sends a 1-way message to IE about, for example, what URL to open).

3. There isn't a Bing Maps app (that I can find). However, the SDK allows developers to build mapping functionality into WinRT Metro apps. Apps can only communicate with each other through Contracts (see #2). This does create the potential for an unscrupulous app-maker to implement app-to-app tracking, but only for apps which they themselves developed. None of the MS apps available implement this (and it's easy to tell because the source code for all the "majors" is provided in the SDK as example code).

The summary is that you could probably track users via apps if you could make them use many of your apps all at the same time but MS don't (and publicly say that they don't). You could not track users between apps and IE10 or (and because this would imply dropping to Desktop mode, I can be certain) between apps and any other browser.

If you wish to indulge in tinfoil-hattery, you could theorize that MS track everything via Microsoft account (if you use one) and that the released source of their apps is not the production source of their apps but that's delving deep into "they'm watchin me with rays, them and their big weasel" territory.

It's in Microsoft's best interests to appear to be the "The Good Guy" to their customers. Advertisers are not their customers, users are. Therefore, the logical take-home is that MS is unlikely to fuck over their customers.

You could say the same about Google but in that case, the advertisers are their customers while the users are not.

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Re: Well now I've seen everything!

And you've seen it have you, in which case where is it?

It displays pretty clearly when you install the OS.

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Re: it's pretty obvious how to turn it off

Windows 8 will be loaded down with Bing apps which will be analogous to Google apps on Android. They'll be tied into a single sign on through Live.com in much the same way too and will be tracking your location, searches and all the rest. If you think for a second that these will honour your privacy you're living in cloud cuckoo land. The primary reason for DNT is to give MS an unfair advantage in gathering data and in setting up their own ad services and to shut out other providers.

I'm running Windows 8 (release version) and you're wrong. The apps included make very sure that you agree to any service - location, whatever - that they use before allowing you to use them. Some offer opt-outs at that point, too.

What you've forgotten is that somebody who installs Windows 8 is Microsoft's customer. That's very different from Google, where you are their product and the advertisers are their customer. One could easily say that both companies are interested in keeping their customers happy.

The individual user's task here is to figure out which one works better for them. Do you want to buy some software or do you want to be sold to a spammer? Your call.

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Re: Well now I've seen everything!

Actually, the license has been reworked and rather straightforward.

Bing and other MS properties are not absolutely exempted from DNT.

But nice try. Do you work for Adobe? Or Google?

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Re: it's pretty obvious how to turn it off

Windows 8 has several good points. DNT is one of them.

Personally, I use Firefox but I have to go and find the setting every damn time I install it. For the "default" browser that the technically non-adept are likely to use to turn off tracking by default - that's a good thing by the standards of anyone who isn't just out to score points against Microsoft.

If Opera did this, the fourteen people who use Opera would be crowing it from the heavens.

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*snork*

From a comment -

"Wow. Just... wow. I had not realised just how much @royfielding's employers make from the User Tracking business.

http://www.adobe.com/uk/solutions/digital-marketing.html

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Well played, sir.

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HTC's 4G patent beef could get iPhone 5 BANNED in US

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Downvoted for a) ranting and b) use of the work "pikey", which I and others of my ethnic background find personally offensive.

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HP preps designer desktops for Windows 8

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Re: HP has hopefully paid their 30% iTax

I hope so!

I bet Apple don't get the same prederential treatment when suing an American company.

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Archos 101 XS 10.1in Android tablet review

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Re: Good typing and mousing experiences

No Android manufacturer, so far as I know. My ExoPC has two fullsize USB ports and a full size HDMI port, along with a full size SD card slot but it's an ugly 11" beast with an Intel Atom chip. Win8 is pretty good on it, though.

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Dredd movie review

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Hmmm.

Someone is downvoting every positive comment about this film.

Did it make you cry?

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Re: Brilliant

1. Thanks for your review. I will now happily go see this film (in 2D).

2. Agreed about Rogue Trooper, provided it's the second Rogue Trooper.

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Microsoft to comply with Brussels over browser choice gaffe

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Re: Does this include Windows 8 ?

Windows 8 (I don't know about RT because it's not loose in the wild yet, whereas my ExoPC tablet is happily running 8 Pro) already includes the browser ballot. And that's using the "got from Technet before it's even publicly available" version.

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Listen up, Nokia: Get Lumia show-offs in pubs or it's game over

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Re: Risk Aversion vs Unique appeal

Live (impossible to fake) tests and comparisons. Why aren't you posting these URLs too, Richard Plinston? Could it be that you have an agenda?

http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/7/3299784/nokia-lumia-920-pureview-camera-hi-res-photos

http://youtu.be/sRMaVNf3zOQ

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Re: But..

Two down votes for pointing out the truth?

http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/7/3299784/nokia-lumia-920-pureview-camera-hi-res-photos

The stills are and were legit (see link) and there are numerous live video demonstrations. It's very hard to fake those.

http://youtu.be/sRMaVNf3zOQ

You've been taking what Richard Plinston says as the truth again, haven't you? Oh dear.

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Re: The New Nokia Europhone

It's official.

The BNP chooses Android.

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Re: Put 8 core, 8 Gb RAM

I heard you can't keep Skype running all times

Well, that must be true then.

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Re: Risk Aversion vs Unique appeal

Prove it. There was a video which was made by an ad agency which was "faked" (and Nokia are taking steps). But those hands-ons where they show wobbling the camera around with and without the image stabilizxation thing - hard to fake. The challenge where they let you take you phone and Lumia into a dark room to take a picture and your android/iphone gets a load of black while the Lumia gets a decent image?

The way they did those tests live?

Hard to fake that. Your FUD is get really, really old.

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Emotional baggage

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Re: 1980

@AD: That was only one week out of six. Bearable.

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Re: 1980

1986, sixteen years old and managed to get a job with BT. In the typing pool, because I could type. The only male among a sea of women.

That was an experience.

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Re: Shouldn't this be in Bootnotes?

This is AD channelling Private Eye's ace columnist, Phil Space.

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Why I've got a sync'ing feeling about Amazon's new Kindle Fire

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"Everything from databases to Hadoop"

wat.

From the Hadoop wiki -

"Hadoop is a free, Java-based programming framework that supports the processing of large data sets in a distributed computing environment."

Matt, I realize you make money by providing us with a buzzword bingo card every week but just because it's distributed and SQL-deficienct doesn't mean it's not a database.

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Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

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Re: Wait a minute...

Failed Anonymous Coward tries to spread FUD about phone not existing and demonstrated -

http://youtu.be/sRMaVNf3zOQ

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Re: Nokia's share price dropped 10% after the announcement

Apple's share price always drops during phone announcements, too. Did you ever notice that?

My guess is "not".

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Re: spec

1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon, 1GB RAM, 32GB on-board, 8.7Mpx camera, 1280x768 Marketing Speak display, 17 hours talktime.

That last one is the spec that grabs me - 17 hours talk time. That's huge. That makes the GS3 look like a mayfly.

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Famous SAS man trousers £1m as e-publishing startup sold to Tesco

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Re: Nice one

If I could upvote you fifty times, I would. And it would still be more intellectually stimulating than reading his shitty books.

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'Nutjob' serves half-baked Raspberry PI scam

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Re: "Is it because I is Black?"

An anti-Smite Jewish guy would make a good character but I think SB-C wants you to hate his creations and will therefore probably never make a comedy Jew. Just a comedy everything else, because that's not racist....

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Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery

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Re: IE vs Chrome

IE10's alright. If Adblock+ was supported, I'd consider using it as a "main" browser.

And then, through inertia, keep using Firefox.

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Safer conjugal rights via electronic skin

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Re: @HelpfulJohn

Oh, my stalker strikes again. Downvote for offering sympathies to a bereaved poster. That's a new low.

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@HelpfulJohn

That's a shame. My sympathies for what they're worth.

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

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Re: Is that the sound....

Besides, what child actually wants to be able to listen to their parents' music collection?

My old man left his awesome Motown/Northern Soul collection. Just because YOUR parents have shit taste..

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Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

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Re: Win Pho 7 was their last bet

You could have said that about WP7, and it didn't fly.

WP7 lacks on features, and especially expandability. The lack of an SD card slot to a buyer who uses his/her phone as a PMP is a breaking point.

This is actually the reason why my sister bought an HTC $Something. The ability to carry 32GB of music around.

WP8 does not lack in this department and also permits "nice-to-haves" like Skype. As I understand it, it actually integrates VOIP services into the Phone UI, so that's an improvement over iOS/Android.

Anyway. Point is, WP8 fills the holes in WP7. Shame about the messy UI.

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Re: Win Pho 7 was their last bet

I'd like to try to answer your questions as honestly as possible.

I don't know whether WP8 or tank, meander along going nowhere or pwn the marketplace but I do know a bit about why iOS and Android phones are selling.

The iPhone is selling because it's an iPhone. It's gone beyond a marque and become it's own thing. A lot of non-technical consumers go out specifically to buy iPhones. The reasons aren't important but they have brand recognition and it's working for them.

Android phones are not sold as "Android phones". They're sold as Samsung phones or Motorola phones or HTC phones or, frequently, operator branded phones. Orange are buggers for this but Vodafone do it too. Non-techie punters who buy one of these never stop to think about Android. Most would not even recognize the term. They have a Samsung or an HTC or a Motorola. I know you guys don't like reading this because it's alien to your worldview but I swear, it is the truth.

Now throw WP8 in there and remember that Samsung's just been burned pretty badly (wrongly, in my opinion but my opinion doesn't matter to the consumer) and remember that Android means nothing at all to Joe Punter. He just buys a phone.

So. Assume you've got an SD card slot (which you have), that you've got a flashy camera (Nokia have Pureview), that you've got 100,000 apps in the App Store (there's actually more than that but hey) and probably LTE or NFC or something to get attention.

Unless everyone in the whole world hates the interface - and user surveys indicate that actually, only nerds hate the interface* - there is no difference at all to the consumer beyond price.

So why wouldn't it fly? There really is no reason.

*Disclaimer - I like the WP7 interface with the blank space along the right-hand side and the even-sized tiles; I think it's clean and elegant. The WP8 interface looks ugly and cluttered to me. Matters of taste cannot be argued.

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Re: why would windows phone 8 succeed?

experience (and knowledge) is better than FUD

And anecdotes are evidence?

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Talk about failing Maths

Windows Phones are not sold or manufactured by Microsoft.

Therefore they can only receive license revenue. You appear to e suggesting that a WP7 license costs $500 whereas in fact, the best estimate is that it costs $10-$15. So, using the higher figure to reduce the sales volume because making out that WP phones have only five users is super popular here on the Reg, that means 736,000,000/15 = (approx) 49066666 licenses sold.

It's actually less but that's because this will also include the 30% protection money MS get for selling apps through their marketplace so not a massive amount less (unless you want to argue that the WP7 marketplace is hugely profitable, which you probably don't because you're a Reg commentard).

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Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

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Re: Apology

@AC - as a fiscal conservative but social liberal, if I were in the USA 40 years ago, I would have proudly considered myself a Republican.

I do not consider the current Republican party to be Republicans. You can go ahead and vote for the American Taliban if you want, though. I'd make the most of it, if I were you because if they get elected, you might never get to vote again.

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Fired for accurate reporting?

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Windows 8 tablets unwrapped in Berlin: Dell goes keyless for ARM

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Re: A few things Windows will get right

Seriously, if Microsoft knew what they were doing, they'd have added Win32 support an an x86 emulator to Windows 8 RT.

Because then it could run as slow as Android! What a sales technique!

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Re: Do these tanks have the grunt to park on Apple's lawn?

Put Android on them and they'll fly above the whole property and even have the option of leaving the county.

Really? Android tablets are available in all these form-factors and more. Are they outselling iPads?

No.

Android cheerleading in the tablet format seems to be futile. Give it up.

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Brummie plod cuffed in Facebook troll hunt

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You have the legal right not be be assaulted.

You have NO RIGHT not to be offended.

Deal with it.

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Samsung readies handheld releases for Windows 8

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Re: Oooh...

I seem to be having terrible trouble with my lifestyle.

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Ho ho ho! Apple's Samsung ban bid pushed back to Christmas

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Re: Meh.. Will be overturned LONG before then.

Yowch - from the patenspostgrant article:

"After September 16th, defendants will have a choice to continue on to roll the dice at the district court with a jury trial of laypeople, or avail themselves of the new USPTO patentability trials of the AIA. The new trial proceedings of the AIA will be completed within 12-18 months of initiation and will be conducted before the USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB).

Unlike jurors, the decision makers of the PTAB are not laypeople. Rather, PTAB judges are experienced in the application of U.S. patent law and must additionally have an engineering and/or science background. In addition to the established expertise in technology and patent law, unlike the courts, PTAB judges do not accord patents a presumption of validity, nor do they require clear and convincing evidence to invalidate a patent. Indeed, patent claims are accorded a broadest reasonable interpretation at the USPTO, which makes them that much easier to invalidate."

Trans: If Samsung aren't retarded and push for an AIA/PTAB hearing (as is their right as defendant), Apple are fucked six ways from Sunday.

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