Upgrading anything may knacker anything but don't worry your pretty little head, Gavin - we don't expect you to know that. You're the software correspondent.
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Re: Except that Apple keeps winning
> Most people would argue that the ability to tap a phone number in an email and have your phone dial that number is a pretty useful feature.
Except that Skype could do it in 2006 via browser plug-in. The USPTO might not realize this but if you copy somebody else's software and put it on a different device, you still copied it. You certainly didn't "invent" it.
> Lucy Koh has said that additional arguments related to Apple's "data-tapping" patent (5,946,647) can be presented
I usually just laugh at these cases but seriously, if anyone's got a patent on data-tapping it has to be either Google or the NSA.
Re: Naming suggestion
> Sounds like a lovely bit of the world you live in. Afghanistan? Chad? Somalia? Texas?
Re: nowt new apart from the phrase.
That's nice. Really nice. Well flown, sir.
Also, Amazon are flogging these for £39.
Re: Microsoft FAIL
Thanks for your balanced and careful analysis.
Let me ask you a question, AC.
If G+ is so popular and such a big winner on absolutely every front and is the future - I regret it, but I read the hilarious puff-piece article you linked. Does she also recommend buying Blackberry shares? - then how come all these reporters who are getting it wrong aren't already using it all the time? How come it's not their major source of cat videos?
How come nobody except about 83 nerds gives a flying fuck about Google+?
rarer than Chromebooks.
Re: I still need to investigate how I can get some protein on the cheap.
The cheapest source of protein is probably milk, especially if you can manage to buy it at farm gate prices. Tesco want 89p for two pints whereas my uncle the dairy farmer gets 19p per litre.
Ask nicely and I'm sure he could give you 5 litres for a quid. Already pasteurised, too.
Your cheapest carbs are almost certainly potatoes. Veg probably goes with a big-ass bag of frozen peas.
Re: Install Linux and get those power saving options for free.
Out of interest, why did you install OpenSSL on a Windows box?
Re: Shoddy components
> Install Linux and get those power saving options for free
Or install Windows and get those power saving options for equally free.
This machine comes with Win8.1 so...
Right-click Start button -> Select Power Options -> Pick a power option from a list.
Good luck with doing it your way, AC, which is (assuming Ubuntu)
install a Linux -> right-click on the right-hand side of the screen (assuming Gnome or Unity) -> Control Center(sic) -> Hardware -> Power Management -> Alter individual settings, no profiles
So much easier for the end user, right? Right?
Re: Lack of SD + KitKat 4.4 == good idea...?
> Given Google's lockdown of the SD card (finally) and the way it can make apps which don't play well with the new handling strategy not work too well... perhaps Android should generally face up to getting rid of removable SD cards.
It's pretty clear from the Nexus line that Google don't like the idea of SC Card storage.
Re: Abridged version
(DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT WORK FOR CISCO OR ANY OF THEIR AFFILIATES)
To be fair, Cisco stuff is pretty bloody good at what it does.
> Yes, "couilles" is feminine.
In the grand tradition of latinate languages, as per "mentula".
Re: It seems Microsoft still doesn't 'get' it..
> Then WP8 came out and it became obvious straight away that the current batch of devices wouldn't be able to keep up due to hardware restraints.
You do talk some utter crap. The L520 is probably the lowest hardware smartphone out there and a) it keeps up just fine and b) it keeps up well enough to get the 8.1 update.
The fact that you're too cheap to pay 50 euros for a new phone off-contract and you're terrified of any change at all is nobody's problem but yours.
Not really. I have a L920 running it at the moment as dev/test machine and it's still very much a WPx phone, just with more stuff and a fancy voice assistant if you change your language and region to US.
The assistant is kind of fun but insists on calling me "Dave" when refusing to open the pod bay doors.
Re: "a thread of gripes on user site WPCentral has reached almost 1,000 comments in three days"
Hey Bob, why is it you only ever post on MS related articles and only to criticize the products and call people shills?
Is it your job?
People use Apple Maps? Do they enjoy magical mystery tours?
Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..
> The reason the manufacturers are paying is likely that it is cheaper and simpler to pay a couple of dollars to Microsoft for licensing unknown patents, than to try and fight them in court, which takes a lot of time and money, for a result that is uncertain.
How many Samsung phones are activated every day? Did you say "a couple of dollars"?
Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..
> The assumption is that if they were legitimate Microsoft wouldn't mind people knowing what they were.
But the point is that we don't know what they are, we (I use the term to encompass the majority opinion here) are simply assuming that because we don't know, they are worthless and anyone who does know and paid up quite a lot of money because they know knows less than us, which is as we agree, nothing.
That is not a defensible position, logically speaking.
(Btw, upvoted for a sensible answer rather than frothing rage).
Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..
> But in a couple of years no-one will be paying them for android - at some point they will have to confront Google.
I wonder whether they started to. That would explain the big G flogging off Motorola Mobility and losing that lovely tax write-off. It would be a hard lawsuit at the moment though, since Google don't sell Android and could probably argue that they don't make money from it. Not well enough to convince a techie but well enough to convince a judge.
The OEMs though, they make devices that depend upon Android, for money. So they're straightforward targets.
This default assumption that MS are lying about their patents amuses me. Good to know that the Reg's commentards know more about the workings of Android than the companies who implement it, 99% of whom have just coughed up the money.
Re: Which flavor folks?
> I actually do favour Debian over Ubuntu
Given that umbongo is mostly debian anyway all you really get is UI tweaking, ie Unity.
And please stop recommending Mint, it has a whole bunch of proprietary crap bundled in and is forever tainted by Eadon's evangelism.
Re: Missing Option
Small Business Premium has all of that for £8.40/user/month plus VAT. Which is still too bloody expensive.
An ad drawn by a third party for a joke? Okay...
> Oh very much indeed. Still ~95% of desktop share; that is a massive monopoly to hit OEMs over the head with and enforce dubious patent ransoms.
You're quite right, MS should simply refuse to let anyone use their OS until they have encouraged freedom and competitiveness by driving everyone to a different OS.
Are you sober?
> I am so sorry, I guess we should all just bow down and accept whatever convicted monopoly abuser (which is a fact, look it up) decides to offer us.
It was a fact in 1998, or rather the lawsuit was, and it was initiated for actions taken in 1994. 20 years ago. Were you even born when what you're whining about happened?
Current monopoly abuser? Not so much. Not so much as illegally leveraging a monopoly in personal music players into phone and digital downloads or illegally leveraging a 94% majority share of search traffic into selling extra "value added" services that the user can't switch off.
Wake up, AC. The coffee isn't 20 years old. The coffee is fresh and somebody else is serving it to you by the bucketful.
> When MS stop being anti-competitive, anti-freedom and monumental dicks; the hate will stop.
It seems they stopped years ago. The hate continues.
So far we have established that exactly none of AC's issues with MS are based on fact.
What a surprise that is. It's almost as if AC had been getting his/her information from internet retards on comment boards rather than bothering to look anything up.
Research is hard. Internet hate is easy.
> I've never used Lotus Notes, but I don't believe that's a possibility for small business and personal use, and anyway it seems to be universally loathed.
Lotus Notes was designed as an internal project to make X.400 look simple, attractive and easy to manage.
I think it's quite literally the single worst piece of software I've ever encountered in 20 years in this industry and yes, that includes crappy in-house programs written for deranged accountants, council-written unusable tripe and bloatware frameworks that do everything in a spectacularly complex way that ends in an undocumented exception. And Access.
I'm not even kidding.
Out of interest, do you use Google Docs?
I don't really get the "personal" thing. A "personal" sub would appear likely to be a sole trader of some definition or other, possibly somebody who writes for a living and that user would be far better served using either the Business versions (where they can license themselves as a single user really cheaply) or something else entirely.
The "home" kind of makes sense, in the same way that the "business" versions make sense. Count in "Office to go" and they're basically outsourcing the productivity suite and associated storage. If the subs cost less than doing the whole thing in-house including support... that's what business will go for.
The "home" benefit is presumably the mixed platforms and multiple licenses; again handy if your family prefers its platforms mixed up and messed up. And if you hate support work as much as I do, I suppose.
But "Personal"? No, that one's weird.
> ISO ballot stuffing over OOXML
Name a company that doesn't lobby for their interests. Google lobbied for ODF but both are published and independently maintained standards. Just because one has become an article of religious fiath for the F/OSS crowd doesn't mean the other isn't open.
> Patent threats against Android.
Assume that all those companies pay up not because they're scared of the big bad Beast of Redmond ( I very much doubt that Samsung are scared, for example) but rather because the patents hold up. If that's the case, would you rather MS just gave their work away? Do you think their shareholders would like that?
> Windows tax (refunds no longer possible).
That's more about OEMs than MS and you know it.
> ODF FUD
Office supports ODF as detailed above.
> Secure Boot (MS made sure the implementation was fecked and that they control the keys)
Now this is FUD. MS use a part of the UEFI standard and in order to gain certification, OEMs must enable the user to turn off secure boot in UEFI. Either you have no idea what you're ranting about or... well, you already know the "or".
So basically, your objections are religious, then?
Do MS HATE YOUR FREEDOM AC? Like Saddam?
Sarcasm aside, I'd like to see what you mean by "anti-competitive" though. Browser ballots, open sourcing their frameworks, pushing their office suite onto all platforms, linux hosting on Azure, Oracle interop, supporting Xamarin...
Hard to see how they could possibly be called anti-competitive these days. Compared to whom?
You can certainly pay less or even nothing with Libre Office.
However, MS Office does in fact support open standards. The very first question it asks is whether you want ODF or OOXML set as default. Even if not default, it'll still open and save save ODF if specified.
So, I mean, no doubt, you can pay less. Why not concentrate on that rather than FUD the proceedings?
Re: So evil after all..
Doesn't Jeff Bezos own the Washington Post, ratfox?
Hard to see his angle, although that doesn't mean he doesn't have one.
Re: I've had my fair share of delusions, but this was not one of them.
Most developers I know regard it as just a job. They go home and play XBox or cycle or go to the pub.
I'm one of the rare ones who still wants to code his own stuff but childcare pretty much kills all ambitions in that direction. Shame. The good ideas keep coming but the time is simply not available.
Isn't the WSJ a Murdoch mouthpiece these days?
If so, we could just ask them what voicemails the Android team were leaving.
Re: @Will Godfrey"
> But a UK independent from the EU could store as much data on its citizens as it liked.
Not if it was still a party to the ECHR, an institution which is not a part of the EU and which was interestingly co-founded by the UK after WWII.
I see the flaw here
It lies in this telling phrase - "competent authorities",
I don't think there are any of those, except perhaps the Fire Brigade and Air Traffic Control.
Re: Developers, developers, developers
Beancounters, beancounters, beancounters.
Since when did any major framework change happen without cockups?
HP spreads FUD about competitor.
Film at eleven.
Re: Mmmmm the back....
Or "tan". Or "aqua", whatever those are.
Now you've made me think of Douglas Adams again - "sumptuously unpleasant things, lavishly tooled in naff brown plastic".
Maybe it has a spellcheck that can catch abominations like "definately".
If so, you should definitely get one.
Re: Render unto Apple what is Apple's
I think Jeff Bezos is out to kill iTunes. Most of Amazon's digital content moves since the creation of the Kindle Fire support this view, if you think about it.
I don't think he cares much about iThings or flogging shiny underspecced PCs to hipsters, pseuds and video editors but that content delivery and payment processing... in JB's mind, those belong to Amazon by right and will be retaken, whatever happens.
Statement of (lack of) interest - the Mrs is deep into Apple's walled garden, I own a 2nd gen Kindle and like ebooks. Beyond that, I have no horse in this race.
I just think Jeff Bezos is one scary motherfucker and if anyone could do it, he could.
Are they? They've only just been launched, as far as I know...
Re: I wonder if all those warehouse people think about this in middle of August?
> That is an extremely odd policy. Why would a company want to lose its most loyal and experienced workers?
Reduces the liability for long-term employee benefits and potential redundancy costs?
Everyone. It wasn't ever thought of as a possibility back when the iPhone was Shazam and fart-apps.
are you retarded?
Office for iPad has obviously been in development for a long ol' time. This is not a two-week rush job.
In order for the funding to be in place for this, Ballmer must have approved it this time last year at the very latest.
Oh wait. AC on the Register. Never mind.
Re: What next?
Because they're Microsoft obviously, so if they do a thing then it must be evil and wrong and bad and shitty and useless and made for the NSA.
All at once.
Welcome to the Register, even though I know for a fact you're nothing like new here.
There are absolutely mandatory sentences for benefit fraud, if proven. Judges, however, can and do opt to suspend those sentences if they feel that's in the public interest.
> As far as I'm concerned you've come up with some piff-paff distractions rather than address the point that your mooted renationalisations would raise no worthwhile income and have a fair few downsides.
Granted. Absolutely granted. They would raise no worthwhile income over what's generated now and would indeed have several downsides but I think they'd also have plenty of upsides. First is the national asset-balance and even the possibility of public bond ownership. Thatcher basically kept the country alive on oil revenue and flogging off assets while claiming an economic miracle, if you recall. Not sustainable in the long term.
Second is the restoration of public trust, and that's a form of credit that's been absolutely despoiled.
Then I'd have all the lobbyists rounded up and publicly pelted with stones. Maybe not, but certainly lobbying and SPADS would be driven out and anyone caught taking the banks' dirty money would never work in public service again.
And then we move along to further activities like scrapping the ludicrous "50% of all children must get a degree" drivel Blair introduced and Brown and Cameron maintained was a good idea. The leaving of the EU as a "whole thing" and (re)joining of EFTA. The encouragement of Scottish independence, and also Welsh and Northern Irish independence while we're about it. The proposition of not just regional devolution but regional legal and tax powers - so for example, the North East needs investment and can offer inducements to that effect whereas the South West needs to be able to stop people owning second, third, fourth houses there so that their population stops getting priced out of their own homes. The regional economies vary and pretending Westminster can rule them all is a lie.
Further, I'd want small regional government and miniscule national government. It's easier to control your cheating, scheming, bought-and-sold political servants when they're not hiding away somewhere. For that reason, I'd also end all police (and other) protection on politicians.
Then I'd restore your right to protest and introduce rights of recall so if I suck, you can sack me without waiting for an election. Just do it. Then I'd hobble Terrorism powers and cut GCHQ's funding by about 80% because fuck them, they spied on the people they were supposed to be working for.
Then I'd do something about pension ages. When the state pension was introduced, you were lucky if you got three years of it before you died. Now people live 25 years longer. Time for the pension age to reflect that, and all associated freebie benefits.
And well, public service. It's meant to be about public service. That's what's gone. That's what needs to return.