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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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Electronic Arts has been pissing money into Star Wars: The Old Republic, but that project could reap dividends

No, it really couldn't.

Here's a Gamasutra take on exactly how badly EA have fucked up their chances of making any money back on this dead duck.

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Information teleportation goes large-scale

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Re: AFAIK

----------------------------------------> you

-> the point

What this means is that instantaneous reception of distant data is now feasible. That means no lag in data transmission. It's not about building a teleporter.

Kids today.....

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McDonalds fried for serving spam

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Re: Bad Parenting and Corporate Greed

Sometimes I'm tempted to eat McDonalds food. But then I think for a second about what it tastes like and what it actually feels like in my mouth. Remembering the tepid greasy texture and the taste of "vaguely sweet" is more than enough to put me off and also kill my appetite.

I do drink their coffee though.

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Yahoo!'s Mayer, Apple's Cook 'Person of the Year' finalists

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There is no Tim Cook.

That's a Paul O'Grady character.

Here's the proof.

Slap a Bet Lynch wig on him and you'd have Lily Savage.

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

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Re: christmas break, wait till Jan

I dunno. Orange really are vile.

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Google unlikely to get kid-glove treatment THIS side of pond - Euro biz players

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"copying material from search rivals"

Don't tell Bob Vistakin. He's convinced that's a Bing thing, even though it actually, er, wasn't.

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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Re: AltaVista.digital.com

And typos were dangerous back then. Anyone else remember webcralwer.com?

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It's official: Mac users are morally superior to Windows users

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Re: And the Lord said....

More likely, there are several orders of magnitude more Windows users (market share would appear to support this theory) which in turn means that donations are divided among a vastly bigger base, most of whom will be at work (Macs in the workplace are even rarer than Macs as consumer items) and thus wary of websites being tracked as well as more likely to contribute to an office pool.

/shrug

dull flamebait is dull.

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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Re: What a shame…

If he had, then attending an NRA meeting might have been interesting especially in light of that thing they say about guns making you safer.

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First Mac OS X fake installer pops up, racks up your mobe bill

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Re: A limited market?

" Crooks have been encouraged to migrate from cooking up fake Windows installers to creating fraudulent Mac OS X apps"

understandably so. A target market that by definition has a high disposable income (or they couldn't afford a Mac), has been encouraged by marketing liars and fanbois to believe that OSX "doesn't get viruses" and is deliberately marketed toward the ignorant and computer illiterate ("it just works" translates directly to "you may not be too stupid for this").

And Pravda's improved a great deal!

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The best smartphones for Christmas

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Re: Ahem

Worse how? Not purple enough? Not easily shit-toned for Instagram? Low-light too good? Not enough camera-shake?

Hard to think of any measure by which your statement is anywhere near accurate.

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UK.gov backs away from ISP level filtering plan to protect kids

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Re: UKG showing common sense? Surely not?

And fire Claire Perry.

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Sleepy North Yorkshire village is first to get gov-subsidised BT fibre

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Re: Fees

As much as they possibly can.

Bastards.

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Re: Doomsday eh?

It's probably that place in the PlusNet ad.

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Goldman Sachs: Windows' true market share is just 20%

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Re: Few use the "smart" features of smart TVs

Almost nobody uses a windows PC as a TV. They use XBoxes and other STBs to add value to TVs. Therefore, there's hardly any market share to lose.

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Apple TV demand may drive Samsung-sapping sales

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Re: A quick shareprice boost is all

@ac 13:28

The issue here is still how Apple is going to gouge the consumer for every last bit of data they download. As marketing slogans go "Would you like to pay $1.98* per hour to watch TV instead of that nasty free stuff from the BBC that you already get?" will probably not fly except to all but the most indoctrinated of cultists.

I agree that your proposal is workable but would like to point out that even TiVo needs seed data (your initial choices and what the box "notices" that you like to watch).

They can't lock it hard enough. So it probably isn't going to happen. Until they can.

*$1.98 is based on $0.99 for a half-hour TV show

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A quick shareprice boost is all

AAPL has sunk recently. Tim can't have that so a few quick interviews and nosetaps about some vapourware TV product is a cheap way to get idiot investors back on board and re-inflate that AAPL bubble.

I don't believe Apple will make an actual TV set because of the issue of content provision. If it were to have a RF antenna socket, the consumer could watch free-to-air broadcast TV and not pay Apple for the privilege of doing so, which would surely be unthinkable.

But likewise, there's no way to lock it down to a cable provider or satellite source because so many national regulators forbid this. Note, for example, the way Sky don't sell a telly that will only receive Sky.

And TV-purely-via-internet is simply not yet viable due to bandwidth and QoS restraints.

No, Apple won't be making a TV any time soon.

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Win8 Hate in context

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Here's another from 1998.

linkage

Of course, Win95 was a massive company-destroying failure so I can understand how some of you think that Win8 will destroy Microsoft exactly the same way.

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Win8 Hate in context

That specific context being a post to microsoft.public.win95.shellui from 1997.

Link to relevant thread

All this "EW I HATE TILES EW" stuff we see reminds me nothing so much as this diehard fan of progman.exe still bitching two whole years after Windows 3.11 went away.

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Microsoft Surface to hit third-party stores on Wednesday

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The hilarious bit is this -

and every one of its pop-up stores opened within a mile's distance of the nearest Apple Store, with most located just up the road – or down the mall corridor.

because obviously that's just a ripoff and MS should actually be opening stores up mountains or at the bottom of the sea in order to gain customers rather than where there's consumers who want to buy tech.

/snark

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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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