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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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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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Re: Doctors caring & empathetic?

Because she gets paid a metric fuckton more than a mechanic.

Not really. Mechanic wages go at about £25/hour + VAT. She only earns more than that on locum overtime, which is above and beyond existing hours. You know, the ones involving 13 hour on-call shifts, lates, earlies, weekends, nights... not many mechanics work those.

A doctor has a responsibility to treat your illnesses, not your sensitive ickle feelings.

Also, fuck you.

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Re: Doctors caring & empathetic?

My better half is an anesthetist. Give me one good reason why she should care more about you than a car mechanic does about your shitty Fiesta?

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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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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

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Windows

The downvoter has never run a business, I see.

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Tom 38: VAT is exactly zero-sum for businesses because you reclaim what you spend and pay out what you charge, minus interest you can shuffle on funds held for repayment.

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But you can register at any turnover over £1500, I believe. And most do.

And your example is reasonable IF you're not selling to another VAT registered company (in which case, they don't care about the VAT surcharge) AND if your raw materials/labour/contractors/bills are not subject to VAT. Which would make you pretty much unique.

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@AC -

1. That's nonsense. Charging VAT on sales and reclaiming purchased VAT would be zero sum if the two were levied at the same time but since they're not, the cashflow actually makes a VAT registered money in the long term.

2. Companies don't pay income tax. And if you increase the VAT on say, petrol, that leaves somebody on £5K paying exactly the same tax as somebody on £500K - it's hard to drive one hundred times as far or eat one hundred times as much or watch one times more films or whatever.

Stop kidding yourself.

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1. Companies don't pay VAT. At least, VAT-registered ones don't (which is everyone with a turnover - not profit! - of more than about £10K/year). VAT is a tax that Government outsources to companies to collect from us, citizens.

2.No, I would not be fucking happy. VAT is a regressive tax which hurts low incomes much harder than it hits high incomes.

What a stupid, stupid idea.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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Re: And television sitcoms cause ...

Jake,

Other nations have video games but didn't have to create a special phrase such as "school shooting" for a regular occurrence.

Other nations have bad parenting but do not have 900 dead since the last school shooting from GSW.

The only difference between the societal pressures in the USA and everywhere else are a) availability of mental health treatment and b) availability of guns.

You could quite easily regard the last 50 years as a double-blind test measuring the twin factors of private healthcare and public access to firearms. The result is clear - dead children.

Basically, you get to choose. Decent healthcare and less guns or more dead children.

Your call.

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Viruses infect vital control systems at TWO US power stations

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@Big-nosed Pengie

They're running Windows

[citation needed]

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Assuming the systems in question run Windows.... Neither the article nor the accompanying PDF specify an OS.

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The forkers saving open source from a corporate bear hug

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Re: Alternate reality

Hallelujah!

Clearly, it is the Time Foretold, the Hour of Linux on the Desktop ushered in under the wise tutelage of Eadon, Prophet of Android!

Or alternatively, maybe you just weren't as annoying as usual.

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Wanna really insult someone? Log off and yell it in the street - gov

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Re: Being "insulting" should not be illegal in its own right

@Christoph

I actually saw this happen a long time ago where an American interviewer was utterly incapable of calling Linford Christie "black" at his request when he objected to being called American (on the grounds that, er, he isn't).

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Re: Oh good, can I have a couple of neighbours arrested.

someone who doesn't even know me called me an idiot.

Your complaint only serves to indicate their perceptiveness.

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Microsoft ends Mac users' Windows Phone 8 misery

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Re: So does it violate standards?

Short answer - "No, it doesn't."

Long answer - It doesn't support USB mass storage. It supports MTP, Apple do NOT support MTP (although there are very effective linux implementations out there).

But it doesn't violate any standards because it's not following the one you think it's following.

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Re: Finally!

They're probably the same two people who run Safari on Windows.

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Re: Question

Can't edit post awaiting moderation, so apologies for double-posting.

It just occurred to me that even though WP doesn't support Access, neither does does Office for Mac.

So no real loss to Mac users there.

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Re: Question

Is there something that can be done on a WM8 or WM9 that can't be done on an iPhone ? I am thinking along the lines of MS Exchange/Outlook or MS Office ?

Office comes baked-in, except for (I believe) Access. But Access is foul anyway.

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Belgian watchdog barks at Apple: Take care when you flog that warranty

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"Apple has not replied to our request for comment."

You know, this has become one of those "who's going blink first" things. One day you'll forget to ask them about something. That day might be before or after they forget to pretend you don't exist.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Re: Rents and rates

Agreed.

Why are so many high streets infested with pestilential charity shops?

Because they don't pay the Business Rates which are killing everyone else.

Pretty soon, those are all we'll have left. Well, that and Greggs.

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Another place where you could actually browse effectively lost.

:(

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

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Re: Windows Server is obsolete except as an exchange server

I only post anon on items related to the bodies that I work for, mostly government agencies.

Also, you'll note that I have no hesitation in insulting you directly Eadon, you prick.

That anon is far better-spoken than I am.

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India's tough hacker crackdown: IT security leaflets with every device

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Re: Eadon and personal abuse ..

Reminds of nothing more than the abuse heaped on anyone who dared criticise the church of $cientology ..

Chicken and egg. Eadon's constant abuse is similar to the the abuse the Scientologists heap on anyone who disagrees with them and is therefore returned in kind.

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Rumors say Dell again thinking of going private

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Sure they do, if one of those litigious corporations is one of the private equity suppliers that funded the buy-back.

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Now Microsoft 'actively investigates' Surface slab jailbreak tool

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@Roger Greenwood

To my simple mind, that looks like a contradiction, so it could eventually turn into a security hole

No. The "jailbreak" is for Windows Desktop applications, assuming there any compiled for ARM which there aren't. Store Apps is the new term for Metro apps and those can be sideloaded by developers for testing anyway. Anyone can get a free key to allow this from MSDN.

So... no contradiction.

And Silverburn, you can't rootkit a UEFI Secure Boot (no matter how much you want to or you claim that such a thing is mean to linux) and all RT devices must have Secure Boot enabled.

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Re: It's not a security hole

Hard to see how it can possibly cost money.

Obviously, I'll be downvoted for appearing to "defend" Microsoft but this can't save them money in any way.

Think it through -

1. In order to run this jailbreak, you need to have a second machine with Visual Studio running a remote debugger session to the Windows RT device.

2. There is no pre-compiled ARM software out there for WinRT. You'd have to write your own.

3. Even if you did, the jailbreak does not - and cannot! - survive a boot. So one boot later, your imaginary software won't run unless you jailbreak the device again, using the VS remote debugger.

4. The stuff Microsoft charges for is Windows Store apps, and you can already sideload those - in fact, MSDN specifies exactly how to do it. Not exactly a big money-saving secret.

So, this article? Just more mudslinging. Or the author is technically illiterate and too lazy to check anything at all. Or both.

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Oracle patches Java 0-day, goes to Defcon 2

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@stretch - Enterprises use Java, it's not dying, .NET is not more secure - although you could argue that it is harder to exploit since the compiler is less holey and a lot less portable - but the third statement "Enterprises use .NET" is pretty accurate.

Companies tend not to be fanbois so they don't have religious objections to technology on the grounds that they love something else. They just use whatever works. There are many situations where Java works and many where .NET works.

Desktop Java is pretty horrendous though.

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Re: .NET has been officially killed by Microsoft

care to explain why C# exists?

I doubt anyone who didn't commission it could say for sure but Anders Hjelsberg is on record as saying he wanted to create a version of Java that didn't suck.

There are oddities in C#, sure, but it doesn't suck. And yes, I was partially trolling because Eadon is unbearable little prick who will even use a vulnerability in Java to tell the world how horrible Microsoft (and all its works bar none, not one, nothing they have ever done remotely redeems them) are.

When faced with that kind of dribbling fuckwittery, one sometimes gets exasperated.

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Re: .NET has been officially killed by Microsoft

All very well, except that .NET is alive, C# has been extended and Java has always been a pile of buggy old crap for poorly educated children who think C++ is hard.

Eadon, your ignorance is horrifying. The fact that you trumpet it so often is hilarious, though.

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Blighty's schools shake on new 3-year deal with Microsoft

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Re: Feed the children Microsoft crack whilst young....

Since they only did this to troll Eadon, I'd call it a roaring success.

Also, there's support bundled. It's probably just as expensive to go FOSS when you count in support and maybe more so when you consider retraining all those part-time school admins/maths teachers, who frankly have better things to do anyway.

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