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Nokia RIM shot: Seeks royalties after winning wireless patent spat

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Trollface

In before you get modded down to oblivion for daring to suggest that Nokia (and thus Windows Phone) may not be doomed.

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WTF?

So, to recap -

Nokia and RIM agree cross-licensing.

RIM get unhappy about the cost (and given their market performance, we can all see why) and take the matter to arbitration.

Arbitrator decides that RIM aren't actually paying enough.

El Reg accuses Nokia of (basically) patent-trolling.

Something's not right here.

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Microsoft Office 2013 heads for the cloud but fails to soar

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Re: configuration-ability

Save location is certainly a Group Policy option. I must go test against document type when time allows.

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Re: Skype

It isn't so far. Possibly that's one of these updates we're told will be arriving.

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Re: Data Formats?

Certainly OOXML (strict) but I haven't tested against OD1.2

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Re: Useful review -- but performance? Will it run on a 2 year old computer?

It's pretty quick on a 2008 PC running Windows 8 but how much of that is the Win8 optimisation and how much is Office, I really wouldn't want to guess.

The only other box I've got it on is less than a year old so not really all that helpful.

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Barnes & Noble go up against Amazon in Blighty with Nook apps

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Go

I may get one. The better half has a Kindle (and loves it) but I don't like the idea of zero competition so supporting B&N seems like a good idea.

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Ten technology FAILS

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Re: Secondlife Is still Alive.

Somebody get this man a rain of cocks, stat.

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

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Re: "On both phones I missed far more calls than usual."

Of course, Bob. Of course. Nokia's legendary call-quality is always legendary except when there's a Microsoft product involved because everything Microsoft sucks because it says Microsoft on it and you hate it.

Alright. You can stop now, we get it.

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Re: Apps

Having used WP7.5 for nearly a year now, I forget what all this "apps" business is about. Weren't they supposed to increase functionality in order to add value to an extremely limited device?

Most everything I use is baked into the OS. The obvious exception here is Nokia Drive which is an app, even if it did come preinstalled, which is way up there in "best GPS SatNav on the market" stakes. Beyond that, I rarely bother with apps at all and its tough to see what all the fuss is about.

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Re: "On both phones I missed far more calls than usual."

Probably glitchy firmware. Every manufacturer gets it.

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Harley allows Apple to use 'Lightning' brand on 'playthings'

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I do enjoy a topic where we agree; it's such a rarity.

Some of the kit-bikes from Zodiac straddle the two worlds nicely.

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Amazon's secret UK sales figures revealed by Parliamentary probe

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Re: Previously...

Given the regressive nature of VAT as a tax (in other words, it hits low incomes much harder than high incomes), I personally hate your idea but suspect that those who rule the U&K (ie, the people who bought all our politicians long long ago) would leap at the chance.

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

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Re: uhm...

I used OS/2 3 Warp. In the Netherlands. At... IBM. They were the only place in the universe that actually ran the fucking thing. How was it? Well. It sort of worked. Mostly. It wasn't any quicker than Windows 3.11 and not even IBM could get it to print to an IBM printer but most of it worked. More or less.

Further, the development we were doing was Java via NetBeans which was such a truly foul experience that it's soured me on Java forever.

IBM. The only company in the Netherlands that (at the time) made you wear a tie to work.

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Microsoft applies for patent for 'Google Goggles'-type AR specs

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That would probably be a relief. The whole thing sounds like sitting next to John Motson. Agony. Stadium bins will be full of these things.

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Windows 8: A soaraway Kinect? Or is it Red Ink Friday for Microsoft?

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Re: convicted monopolist"

If you use something other than IE and it never touches the 'net, why the hell do you make such a big deal about uninstalling it? Are those 3MB so crucial to you?

Answer - no. You're a linux evangelist anyway so you couldn't use IE if you tried, you hypocrite.

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Re:"convicted monopolist"

you keep saying that, as if MS were convicted of having a monopoly when you KNOW because I and other have told you, this is not the case. There is nothing illegal about a monopoly or about trying to get one.

They were accused of trying to leverage an OS monopoly into a browser monopoly at a time when the other browser (Netscape Navigator) wanted money for their product and MS didn't. They gave it away for free with the OS. You could still install Netscape Navigator easily enough; IE never blocked Navigator from working.

These days, anyone who cares can use the browser ballot to install whatever they like. For free. Do you think browsers would be free if not for MS? Because I have to say, I doubt it.

"convicted monopolist" again and again and again. You don't even know what you're typing. I reckon it's a reflex.

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It would boot faster than Win7 or Win8

More Software runs on it.

More memory is free for applications

All of those are false.

Nice try.

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APPLE goes on crazy, price-SLASHER Black Friday RAMPAGE

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Re: Slight discounts but nothing compared to shopping in the US

In terms of controls and controllers? Yes.

A high-end sports car might well have a flappy-paddle gearbox but (and this is important) if it does, I won't buy it because I don't like it.

Customer preference is important. Apple don't care about my preference so I don't buy their products.

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Re: Slight discounts but nothing compared to shopping in the US

Not really. Apple's weird-ass keys have been putting me off buying their stuff for years. Oh no, we can't have the same IBM keyboards as everyone else because WE'RE SO SPECIAL. Gobshites.

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I suppose that 8% of Apple's superinflated prices is probably as much as 30% from, say, Lenovo. But not to worry, the Apple criteria are still there; it'd still be till far more expensive and, er worse.

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WANTED: Actual HELPFUL info on price-comparison websites

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Re: Well, duh.

Personally, I let me insurer quote me for a renewal, thank them very much and phone back the next day telling them I've been offered 12% less. They always offer 15% less (than their original quote) which I promise to consider and then accept the following day.

This minimizes phonecalls, bills, spam and irritation.

It also shows exactly how badly insurance companies are ripping us off.

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Dogs would say: SIZE is IMPORTANT, shape - not so much

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I always wondered...

if you train a police dog to bring down a running target, what happens if by coincidence there is also a jogger nearby?

Police dogs have been trained to do this since before anyone ran except criminals and people who were late for a bus. Seriously question. There are a lot more running people these days, often sweaty and smelling of nasty lycra. Doesn't that mess with the dogs?

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Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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Re: Condom

Finland != Sweden.

American detected.

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BBC Newsnightmare: Opera chief brought in as new DG

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Re: One day

Greg Dyke, you mean?

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Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

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Re: Lost Comment

Chrome

I often notice this in Chrome but never in Firefox, although FF does sometimes hang for up to three seconds for absolutely no reason.

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'There may come a day when Hobbits promote slot machines ...'

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Re: @dogged

It's been a while but while Eru is the One Creator the, er... what was the collective noun? Melkor/Morgoth and his brothers and sisters, friends and enemies - are pretty firmly analogous to the Aesir or the Greek gods. Not very Christian.

"Good defeats evil" is hardly limited to the cross-botherers.

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Re: cynical?

There's even a (probably hokey and therefore ideal Reg-fodder) tech angle!

http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-8-get-marketed-hobbits

Article claims that Nokia are jumping on the bandwagon too.

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I think you've got him confused with CS Lewis.

There's no overt or covert Christianity in Tolkein's books. More a reflection of Anglo-Saxon paganism, I'd say.

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Fanbois: The Next Generation. YOUR CHILDREN belong to Apple now

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New tablet cancelled

Apparently there were concerns about the forthcoming Apple iTouch (Kids).

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'Rare for tech not to be involved in child abuse cases'

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Re: There is a danger here @ dogged

I sort of agree with you, but there aren't many of those anymore.

I took a look at the statistics (latest I could get were from 2009) and was surprised, pleased and very slightly disquieted to learn than of those rape cases which go to trial in the UK, 91% result in a conviction. That's higher than any other type of crime except murder, and murder in the UK is too low a sample for statistical accuracy.

It seems to me, therefore, that the conviction rate is extremely high but the prosecution rate is low. CPS don't prosecute if they don't think they can make a case and so those who trot out this particular little flawed stat are either looking for a jury to put increased weight on the evidence of those who claim to have been raped (and remember, at this stage it can ONLY be a claim) or some automagic assumption of the defendant's guilt, neither of which strike me as being particularly "just".

It IS about justice, right?

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Re: There is a danger here

Allegedly.

It's a bit like that "only 6% of rape cases reach a successful prosecution" which assumes that 100% of all rape accusations are a) true and b) provable. If it were stated as "94% of all rape accusations are either nonsense or have no evidence to support them" it would look a little different.

This looks like fundraising to me. They did everything except respond to all questions by saying "Paedo 9/11".

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Microsoft-Motorola patent row: Google wants $4 BEELLION a year

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You hope the desktop monopolist gets beaten by the advertising monopolist?

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Re: H.264?

So what exactly are you getting at here?

Are you saying that Googorola own a part of H.264 and can charge what they like for it to whomever they please but that MPEG-LA cannot charge Google any more (rising by 10%pa) for use of the other 99% of the standard?

Wow, that sounds fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.

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H.264?

I thought that was part of MPEG-LA, which includes both MS and Apple (although not Google).

Still, presumably if H.264 is owned by Google and worth 4 billion a year, El Goog will be happy to pay an equal amount for MPEG-LA licensed patents, no?

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Ex-Nokians fish MeeGo out of bin, launch Sailfish OS

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Re: "Just like Windows Phone"

Partial Android compatibility, apparently, but they still recommend a recompile.

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Evildoers can now turn all sites on a Linux server into silent hell-pits

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Re: Maybe its time...

Cost/Benefit analysis time, I guess.

If you back up regularly and keep your archive, configure your firewall well, pay attention to safety alerts and don't go into the murkier parts of the web, you're probably fine. As indeed, you would be with an OSX or Windows box under those circumstances.

If your data is very valuable, the cost of antivirus may be negligible compared to possible losses. If it's not, no biggie. Sadly, you're the only one who can do the sums here because nobody else knows the figures.

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Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8

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Re: actually quite a good os underneath... - until you try the competition

42, seventeen years professionally.

I like to judge things on their merits. You may prefer to go with EW TILES ARE GAY STEVE BALLMER SAID A MEAN THING ONCE but it's not the way I work.

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Re: actually quite a good os underneath... - until you try the competition

You know what, Eadon? Actually, there is.

I think it was the TypeScript thing that did it for me. Here's a tool which takes standard javascript, makes it easy to work on and outputs standard javascript. It's like CoffeeScript but better (in that CoffeeScript can't accept plain js as a start). Further, it's entirely open source with plugins for FOSS and even for Apple's stuff.

It was when you decided to shit on that too that I realized that there is actually no hope for you. You don't make any decisions when contemplating a technology if it's from Microsoft. You just immediately shit on it, even when you clearly don't know what it is.

I sincerely wish that the Reg forums had a /ignore feature. You're a waste of bandwidth.

The trouble is, there's a large contingent here that doesn't know anything, thinks that "MS == bad" - because you get upvotes for that! - and is clearly in danger of being led into further ignorance by your kneejerk blind hate. And that's not good.

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Re: Read Thurrott's twitter stream

Known by whom? You? There's a thing.

Thurrott uses everything MS as a part of his job. When it sucks, he says so. If, after three months of using it, he finds it doesn't suck, he says so. If he uses it for three months and what he first thought was great, isn't, he says so.

Go on, call him a shill. You call everyone else a shill.

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Re: actually quite a good os underneath... - until you try the competition

Back in the 90's I was a huge fan of Microsoft.

Hell hath no fury like a retarded fanboy. Also, I'm guessing that was before you were old enough to vote. Are you old enough to vote yet? The HATE HATE HATE of all your posts would indicate otherwise.

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Certain people rejoice! AC/DC finally available on iTunes

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I also went to a public school and have every AC/DC album. On CD and some still on vinyl. However, I wouldn't touch iTunes with yours, mate. It's like crabs for computers.

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Hmm. Crossover between iTunes hipsters and AC/DC fans ... probably minimal.

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No hiding now, fandroids: Smartmobe chip STALKS YOU INDOORS

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Black Helicopters

You WANT Google to buy it, thus allowing them to know even more about you, what you do and where you do it so that they can make even more money buy selling you as a product to their advertisers?

Freak.

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Mornington Crescent

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Well played.

Swiss Cottage.

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

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Re: wat

Hard to find any other reason why he'd be quite so catastrophically wrong.

Unless he got his operating instructions from Cupertino, I suppose.

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wat

"The worst gesture might be the one to reveal the list of currently running applications: you need to first swipe from the screen's left edge, and then immediately reverse direction and do a small swipe the other way, and finally make a 90-degree turn to move your finger to a thumbnail of the desired application. The slightest mistake in any of these steps gives you a different result," Nielsen said.

Or swipe in from the left and then select any of the list of applications shown. Which brand of crack does this guy prefer?

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Microsoft offers 60-day free trial of Office 2013

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@h4rm0ny

or click Start Screen (or the Windows key) and type "update". Then select "settings" from the right-hand menu and then select "Windows Update" or "Check for updates" (depending on which is applicable) and there it is.

I await my three downvotes for providing information.

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