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Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

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WTF?

Misquote

Er, no, that was Abraham Lincoln.

Phineas T Barnum said "There's a sucker born every minute".

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Re: Not a snowball chance in Hell

the Android smartphone is the new PC.

Is there a House Rule against posting while high?

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Re: it's gonna tank

surely, by your logic then, Win7 is a horrible failure since your company is still running XP.

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'Dated and cheesy' Aero ripped from Windows 8

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@rhdunn

Your comment indicates that you believe that the Metro interface is more than a glorified app launcher.

It isn't. Use it as a launcher and it's fine. No real interference at all.

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Re: General consensus

"we all seem to agree"?

No, not so much. "we" all pretty much hate everything MS on principle and "we've" become a little self-reinforcing club, like Apple cultists or conspiracy weirdos all telling each other how "right" "we" are.

That's cool though. It could be hilarious if "we're" wrong.

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Microsoft's FDS data-sorter crushes Hadoop

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it's not. Engadget have the press release. It's way, way more boring.

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

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Re: Unfortunate name....

Agreed.

All future Reg references to this guy should be as "Oppenheimer (no relation)". Right, Drew?

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Orange pulls out of women's Fiction

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Irritating telco ceases to sponsor irritating chick-lit prize.

No film at 11 - cameraman went to sleep from the excitement.

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Watchdog tells Greenpeace to stop 'encouraging anti-social behaviour'

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Re: Most possible solutions to these problems will be outstripped...

If you're volunteering, I can kill you pretty painlessly.

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Re: Welcome to the Lewis and Andrew Show

oh go on, hold your breath.

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Apple's trial experts are 'slavish fanbois who believe in magic'

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Re: Just make sure

Disqualified by the hugely underwhelming Samsung Focus.

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Eugene Kaspersky frustrated by Apple’s iOS AV ban

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Re: Epic Fail

Before they are discovered, they can wreak absolute havoc on your life, career and finances.

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Re: Obscurity? What obscurity?

@Maliciously Crafted Packet

I hope you're not joking. Otherwise I suggest you go read Bruce Schneier or on security via obscurity and find out what the term means.

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Re: No need?

Most infections don't happen at the point of install. Suppose we take Flashback as an example - you install something which is permitted by Apple. It is not malware but it has a vulnerability. You then get infected via a drive-by website.

Apple can't test every website. There's a reason why AV is still installed on locked-down business machines where users can't install any software at all.

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Re: @Jeebus

I'm not seeing any anti-Apple trolling. Merely the acknowledgement that any popular platform will be a target for malware. OSX is not popular (by market share) and thus, not much of a target. iOS on the other hand, is an IMMENSE target. It's only as matter of time.

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Always terrifying how many of them there are.

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UK mobile broadband carriers compared

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Re: Some surprising omissions

Try North Wiltshire. 1bar of 2G outside from O2, nothing whatsoever inside or outside from anyone else.

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The Register is rocking on Windows Phone 7

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Re: What is it with WP7?

Either you like it or you don't like it.

I see people insulting for their choice of a phone or what they find pleasing to the eye....

I suppose all the racists have to do something now that their favourite hobby is illegal.

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Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho 7 smartphone

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Re: Lots of friends have Nokias ..

By the way, whoever it is that goes through downvoting perfectly factual posts with links and sources?

Fuck you, loser.

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Re: Android/Nokia

I'm reasonably convinced the longer term future is going to be Android.

I hope you're wrong, but not in the obvious way. I'd like to see all the major systems do well. That way lies competition on price and functionality and maybe even interoperability in the longer term.

I rather hope that Android and WP do better than iOS and RIM though - being stuck in an ecosystem is a bad thing but being tied to a single manufacturer as well is asking for trouble.

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Re: Android/Nokia

(WP7 PR agents?)

If you suspect that people here are paid PR agents, you should report their posts. Don't call it out in the forums because that's against the House Rules and makes you look like Barry Shitpeas, the well-known Sony publicist.

I suspect it can't do SIP in the background at all.

You're both right and wrong, interestingly enough. It can do foreground SIP. It can't leave a SIP process running to poll for calls. However, some solutions are more clever than others. Tango, for example, send a push notification of an incoming VOIP call which initiates the VOIP client. A cunning workaround.

Skype (who aren't SIP but used as an example) aren't bright enough for this, despite being an MS property these days.

To be frank, nothing in the current market does SIP well (Android and iOS bothy stink at it) but there's Nokia's PureUltraPhotoResolution thing which is Symbian and should cope.

Best policy right now is to hold off on upgrading for six months. That'll give you iOS6, Android5 JellyBean (apparently) and WP8, as well as whatever RIM can salvage.

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Re: Lots of friends have Nokias ..

clicky

The Microsoft bod responsible for the WP8 SDK states in that MSDN blog post that all WP7 apps will work on WP8.

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Re: Lots of friends have Nokias ..

MS have confirmed that all current WP7 software will run on WP8. It's dou8btful that stuff explicitly written for WP8 will run on WP7.

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Re: Android Porting

Just as you are wrong in talking about "underpowered", but it never stops you.

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Re: Android Porting

PS.

I don't go around telling everyone that Android phones are shit, laggy, ugly and smell like donkey-fart on every Android phone article. Check for yourself if you don't believe me. So it's not a classic fanboy thing. The One X is pretty nice, although it shares the WP flaw of not having a MicroSD slot.

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Re: Android Porting

I don't give a shit about the last word. I want to know WHY you always do this.

I know you think Windows Phone is ugly, you said so before. de gustibus non est disputandum so that's valid but then again, it also means you can't go around saying "everyone! don't buy this, it's ugly!". So instead we get this "underpowered" nonsense. Which is madness, because if Android could run on less than half the resources that WP needs, the Android fans would never shut up about it. But because it's Microsoft, it's a fault.

What I really don't get is why so many people here actively want this to fail. Would a successful (say, 30% of market) WP prevent you from buying an Android phone? Or an iPhone? No. Would it drive down the prices and drive up the quality of Android phones and iPhones? Probably, since that is a feature of competition.

But no, they want it to fail. Which implies that they want to pay more for less. And they tell pretty outrageous lies about it in the process, which is worse.

I wish I understood it. Is it some sort of religious thing?

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Re: Android Porting

I am not going to buy an old 100Mhz computer, not even if it has a turbo button.

Does your laptop have a low-power chip in it? Do you own any ARM-powered devices? I ask since low-power also means "reduced performance" and ARM is by definition considerably less powerful than x86/x64. Your statement is the equivalent of "I would never buy a DVD player to watch my DVDs on when a £3000 gaming rig can do that job and is more powerful".

In other words, it's drivel. You're just criticizing for the sake of it.

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Re: Android Porting

@Miek: Suppose for a second that I gave you a truly open-source version of linux that ran flawlessly on a 100MHz (yes M, no Gs) single core chip and offered extreme battery life savings because of this.

By your logic, it would be crap.

I think you have a problem here.

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It's not exactly Android yet, but it looks as if phones are selling.

Unless Reuters isn't a good enough source to be taken seriously. And yeah, three years late, etc etc etc. I think it'll get there, assuming Microsoft don't make WP8 an ugly static grid of icons like Bob Vistakin's beloved WIndows 3.1. Or iOS and Android, for that matter.

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Re: Fixes the most glaring issue

I assume Windows Phone 7.5 hasn't changed in any way which really impacts on the device's ability to compete with other modern handsets.

It got an official El Reg app this morning. That helps. Also, it may encourage Barry Shitpeas to go troll somewhere else given that you could interpret this as the Reg officially acknowledging that WP7 is growing and not going away any time soon.

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Re: Android Porting

@andrew_b65

It's interesting that the same people who rave about being able to run linux on a 10 year old desktop rig and get oputstanding performance are the same people who spit on any phone that doesn't have multiple core choppery.

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Re: no mention of...

Messenger support is cvertainly built-in. Always was.

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No MicroSD support is mad, I'll grant you but not supporting multicore is like saying the Ferrari Enzo doesn't support HGV engines. It doesn't need multicore.

In order for more processing power to be necessary, you need a slow OS. You can call WP7 many things but "slow" isn't one of them.

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Adobe sucks on Oracle brain drain for HTML5 game gain

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Yikes

If this manages to combine all the suck of ActionScript with all the suck of Java, it'll be horrible.

That's not to say that there aren't good bits of both. Just not very many.

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UK milk wastage = 20,000 cars = actually completely unimportant

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Re: @MJI

To be honest, I don't know. My dad was a dairy farmer. He died a few years ago. Since then, I haven't kept up with developments so it's possible that either a) I'm behind the times or b) Prince Charles is exempt.

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Re: @MJI

You're not. You're making sure that your milk is bottled/packaged in the UK. It is illegal to advertize milk by producing nation, provided that nation is an EU member.

So unless you buy it from a farmer - and I think that's now also illegal - your milk is exactly the same as everyone else's.

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@Zot

Exactly 100% more, excepting antibiotics which cannot be administered to cattle currently being milked in the UK.

However, if we consider US standards to be 100% and UK standard to be 0%, you'll find that Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands sit at around 35-40%.

Meaning you drink that stuff anyway.

Sorry about that.

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Re: Something missing from this analysis, surely?

At least a part of the problem is caused by EuroMilk™.

Britain has a quota on how much milk it is permitted to produce. That quota is set artificially low in order to ensure that France, the Netherlands and other exporters of milk have a guaranteed market to export to. The UK is about 48% self-sufficient in milk, down from 100% in 1971.

Cows are not machines. It doesn't work like "insert nKg of fodder and o litres of water to produce %FIXED_VOLUME of milk". Some days, you get more milk, some days you get less. In the spring, you usually get more. In the winter, a little less.

If you routinely produce less mil;k than you have quota for, DEFRA will take your quota away. If you ever produce more milk than you have quota for, DEFRA will fine you for each extra litre. It is imperative that the British public continue to buy foreign milk, so you can see why they do this (?).

Thus, you keep enough cattle to maintain your quota in the winter. So that you don't lose it. In the spring, you throw milk away in order to avoid paying DEFRA's fines.

If you want to stop wasting milk, withdraw from the Common Agricultural Policy.

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Graphics shocker: Nvidia virtualizes Kepler GPUs

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Re: Latency Tom 38

@TechnicalBen

If your thoughts were accurate, all online gaming would be impossible. Even LAN gaming would be unfeasibly slow.

Stop being ridiculous.

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Re: Latency

150ms ping time does not equate to 2-3 second user input lag, and you know it.

reductio ad absurdam doesn't help your case.

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Re: Latency

If you can ensure that everyone gets (almost) the same latency, it ceases to be an issue. Think about the usual MMO problems. Rubberbanding - not a problem. Characters in view - not a problem. Roundtrip calculations - not a problem. Client-side speed/damage/positioning hacks - impossible.

There's an awful lot of potential here.

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Roman roads get the web maps treatment

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Roman GPS?

What next, a Roman search engine? AskJove.com could work.

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Piss off, Geoffrey.

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Sony to add full HD display to 15in Ivy Bridge laptop

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Re: Yawn

Hold on...

You finally get a laptop article with that resolution you bitch about on every other laptop article and... you bitch about it?

Colour me confused.

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Nokia outs budget phone pair

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Yes, but Tony...

tell us why you've dumped your smartphone.

Please?

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Ten... Ultrabooks

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Re: So I guess these are all 1366x768?

More about what you consider to be important. I value battery life over screen resolution.

It's kind of irritating that whenever the Reg reviews a laptop, a group of about ten commentards all come along and criticize the screen rez, regardless of what it happens to be. Another five then accuse it of copying the Macbook Air (totally regardless of what it actually looks like) and three more will make bad jokes about Apple suing over rectangles.

It's boring.

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Re: So I guess these are all 1366x768?

I was waiting for the first screenres whinger to show up.

You don't win anything, by the way.

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Samsung sheds light on low-cost WinPho blower

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Re: If you want a featurephone

To be honest, I'd be a lot more interested in Android if it were anything but Java.

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It's nice that Bob takes these little breaks from rubbing his Galaxy S3 against his groin to come here and slag off something he apparently has no interest in, isn't it?

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Re: If you want a featurephone

it runs Java

I'll consider myself warned then.

Java's shit.

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