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EU agrees to make documents available to support anti-cartel suits

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> Indeed this trade pact will be any no good for the people of the USA and the EU.

what?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Ooooh, downvotes for you I see. Some people don't like being told they do it the easy way.

Oddly, everyone I know who grew up with Imperial weights and measures is considerably better at mental arithmetic than those who grew up with metric but the affordability of the pocket calculator may also be implicated in this situation.

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What does people-centric IT mean, anyway?

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Er, what?

> But he also wants his system to know that he has his tablet with him

Which means either that tablet must be switched on and actively telling the network that it is where he is OR he must have actively told the network that he has his tablet with him and by the same token must actively tell the network when he does not have his tablet with him.

So either user-annoyance and nagging or permanent powerdrain.

This bloke's an idiot.

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Nokia gobble: Microsoft can't get free of red-tape bondage 'til April

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Re: My wife has a Lumia

> . I wonder when the X series arrives if we'll see a version for Android

Preloaded, apparently.

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Re: Conspiracy theory

A part of the issue was that Korean regulators delayed everything by at least six weeks and Indian regulators are demanding that Nokia pay a metric fuckload of tax they've been disputing for a long time before the sale can go ahead.

The deal basically gave several vested interests a stick to beat MS and/or Nokia with until they get what they want.

Political blackmail. It's quite common.

But don't let me distract you from your conspiracy theory; do enlighten us as to what you think is being embraced, extended or extinguished? MS' own mobile platform? Sneaky.

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Restless PC biz Lenovo blows $100m to gobble 2,500 mobe tech patents

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It looks so wrong to see an American patent lawyer refer to Lenovo, a Chinese company that actually makes real, reliable stuff, as "we".

I like to think of Lenovo people as techies, not parasites.

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Wait, what?

> It's a Gavin Clarke article. Anything technical can be read as "they wave the magic wand and unicorns appear".

It's not just me who finds it weird that the Reg's software guy - see contacts list - apparently understands less about software than your average government minister, then? That's a relief.

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Stop right there.

C# does have anonymous functions but those are a different beast (although you can invoke them with lamdas). Lamdas provide support for anonymous delegation.

No, lamdas do not provide automatic multithreading (and I would bet good money that they won't in Java either) but the syntax does make it simple to delegate to another thread.

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Re: Wait, what?

Well, yeah. Anonymous delegates.

Provide Oracle don't allow chaining they could actually be a step up on C# for a change. This comment will be downvoted by everyone who hasn't spent ten minutes with a headache trying to figure out exactly what a 2-line chain of lambdas actually does.

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

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Re: Hmmm

Looks like (in the absence of examples) Microsoft killed Trevor's pappy.

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Re: Hmmm

I really wish there was some way we could take this to email.

I'll just respond with 2 points (if you want to get my address out of the Reg's userdetails, please feel free btw).

1. Datamining you. Well. DNT on by default. They advertise Outlook.com mail as not being mined for advertising so it's going to be pretty embarrassing (given the Scroogled campaign etc) if that turns out to be false.

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2. A view from somebody on the inside - Microsoft Killed My Pappy. I don't know if you're familiar with Scott Hanselmann but he and ScottGu have done a lot to redeem MS over the last few years in my opinion.

As he says, they did this under the aegis of Satya Nadella which is encouraging.

Now, if they'd only take an axe to the frankly bizarre and monstrous licensing system, there wouldn't really be much left to hate that didn't fall under the de gustibus rule.

And I actually quite like Android. I just strongly dislike Java and especially dislike the hypocrisy the commentards in claiming that Android is open source.

Nobody but Google can make a commit. Nobody but Google has the toolchain. Nobody but Google even has the source of the Play apps and APIs and those take over more and more core functionality with every release. Android was open source. It becomes more closed with each and every iteration and somehow, they don't notice.

That concerns me as a contributor to several open source projects including debian.

I am also a debian user for preference.

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Re: Hmmm

Oh come on, Trevor. You can see it all over the place.

Chromebooks rise to a 4% share of laptops sold in a quarter?

>CHROMEBOOKS RULE THE WORLD WINDOWS IS DEAD LOL

[Mobile handset manufacturer of choice] is failing?

>SHOULD HAVE GONE WITH ANDROID LOL

(This one amuses me especially because HTC did in fact go with Android. HTC get blame for not going "pure" Android and sullying its perfection with SenseUI because obviously, Android in its pure form must always be profitable).

About the only two Google products that don't get squirted with commentard jizz every time they're mentioned are Google+ and Glass.

And don't ever suggest that Google are datamining you, that their whole business model is datamining you and always has been. These people think Google are somehow "on their side".

I don't think any of the bastards are on my side and I refute your "lesser evil" argument. Google are the greatest evil right now. Google made all this NSA bullshit possible and still make money from it.

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Re: Hmmm

You seriously never considered that?

Wow. I don't know, maybe I'm the weird one. Maybe 99% of the planet never thinks that way and thus the unbridled adoration of Google on these forums.

I guess we both looked at the world from a different angle today.

Me, I fix things and make them exploit-proof for a living. I think this way all the time.

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Re: Terms:

Terms:

We know what your CEO searches for. Stop suing or so will his wife.

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

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Re: WTF?

> FFS, let's put Bruce Springsteen in there...

Nah, let's put Bruce Schneier in there.

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Re: list clearly satire

At least it's the Pope's job to be a leader.

It seems to be Bono's job to be a twat.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Worth reading

I have no intention of buying one (between them, the telly and the XB360 handle all the media streaming I need) but I enjoyed the article and very nearly spat coffee at the monitor on learning of the existence of the nonfunctional ImageFap.

Who comes up with these names?

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Google's Larry Page: DeepMind 'discovered CATS on its own'

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Re: What part of secretly ...

Personally I think Larry's pissed off that the government built their own spy network and didn't just pay him for data.

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Re: So they...

Scarier is that they let it loose on YouTube.

Now, imagine that it reads YouTube comments....

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"It is disappointing that the government secretly did this stuff and didn't let us sell it to advertisers," Page said on stage at the TED Conference.

I fixed that one for Larry.

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Vote now for the top reader Limerick limerick

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kryptonaut for outstanding use of "judiciary".

No contest.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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And wandering out through Tescos with bags of dirt in your trousers.

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

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Re: Bet

> [Bet] its windows 8 only

Bet you're wrong. Games supporting it to be released in Q4 2015?

This baby is XBone/Windows9 only.

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: SPOT

Really? You're wearing your Moto360, are you?

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I agree but the G-Shock in question is limited to iOS notifications and Casio refuse to provide the Bluetooth API.

It's like they don't want people to buy it.

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Re: deja vu all over again

Okay AC. It's 2001. What platform do you pick for tablet computing? Assume you're right and that the most popular OS ever (XP) is crap; what's better? Android? I don't think that exists, AC, and it won't for another 6 years. iOS? That doesn't exist either except as Cisco firmware.

ARM chips? Good for dishwashers and the Psion Organizer, not much else.

So what platform do you pick?

Or do you just sneer about it from 13 years in the future?

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> When I can get a FitBit/Fuelband style tracker that is as rugged as my G-shock, has the world time zones, stopwatch and timer, is properly water and shock proof (so I can wear it swimming / surfing etc), and does all the pedometer, fitness style stuff (preferably with wireless charge so it can charge off a pad on my bedside table at night) then I'll definitely buy one, but at the moment there isn't a single "watch" device which does it all.

Actually, there is (or soon will be).

I don't much like the way it looks, sadly, but it is all you have asked for.

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deja vu all over again

> And Google hasn't waited for technology to get smaller or better or cheaper - it's forging ahead, creating a platform while others hesitate.

That's what Microsoft did with tablets. I don't think I need to elaborate further.

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A sysadmin always comes prepared: Grasp those essential tools

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Re: Java - banned. Can I ban Flash yet?

Where I work, the ITOps department in its undoubted wisdom has allowed the use of Flash but required admin permission to get the bloody auto-upgrade to run.

/facepalm

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EA games web server was hosting PHISHING SITE – securobod

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Re: Surprise!

You need to start dropping this little gem into some of the Snowden/NSA articles.

It has relevance.

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Are we sure it was hacked and not just another EA profit-stream?

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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> The Revenue try to close down loopholes, but the number of tax inspectors has been dramatically cut in the last few years leaving them helpless in the face of large numbers of rich accountancy firms that themselves exploit things like LLPs.

Bollocks. The Revenue don't give a shit if you're rich. They're too busy trying to extract more money from the poor because there are more poor people to tax and they can't afford lawyers and accountants.

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Re: More from .....

> if I run a charity I'm damn well going to make sure I get my money from as many different sources as possible.

I need to correct a misapprehension here.

If you collect from the public and the government, you collect from the public twice except in the second instance without their knowledge or consent.

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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

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Re: Nice to see...

"How nice to see my monthly NI contributions being pissed away by the NHS's army of management imbeciles"

FTFY.

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Ex-Xbox gros fromage joins wireless speaker whizzkids Sonos

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Re: Obvious?

Careful. That kind of logical thinking could get you barred from the fanboy gangs that roam the Reg's comment boards.

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Alternatively

Fired for disastrous XBone decisions and given time to scramble for a new job before it was announced.

Nadella's being subtly ruthless.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Re: Star Wars: Episode VII

Not really. You're now old enough to want more from a film than you did when you were seven is all.

It's not that the prequels weren't bad - they were terrible. But objectively, they're not any worse than the original trilogy. I made the mistake of watching that recently and discovered that Star Wars is the single most awesome thing in the world if you're seven and a predictable dreary bag of crap if you're not.

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My dream Ep VII

First, Disney tell all the Star Wars nerds to go shove their shitty Expanded Universe books somewhere really uncomfortable. This done...

Episode 7 - The End of all Hope

Our young hero does some Joseph Campbell stuff and gets oppressed by the New Empire - bigger, nastier, Stormtroopers that can shoot straight, evil for evil's sake because we can.

He meets our heroine in the process, she takes him away to meet with "friends" who intend to end this new dark age.

The "friends" turn out to be entirely Jedi-free rebels trained and led by Harrison Ford.

Then some Star Wars bullshit happens.

At the end of the movie, all of our heroes (except Ford) are killed by the Dark Empress - Carrie Fisher.

I would watch that movie at the cinema a hundred times just to watch the fanboys cry.

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Nokia tries to lure Android porters with free Nokia X mobes

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Re: MS long term plan

> Step 1 - Introduce an Android platform but use MS locked in instead of Google

Because MS lock-in is sooooooo much worse than Google lock-in.

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Re: How much porting effort?

> This bribery to port suggests porting to Nokidroid is not a purely mechanical process

Bribery, Right. A couple of beers is bribery, is it? My god man, you can be bought for cheap. How many beers did you get from Google?

Speaking of Google - the Play APIs now pretty much infest Android and they are closed source and wholly proprietary. They also cost money to implement and if the manufacturer agrees to pay this money then a) Google Maps, GMail et al must become default apps on the handset and b) no handsets which do not implement the Play APIs may be produced on that site.

Nokia, having HERE maps and stuff and not wanting to bin them just to make money for Google, are not implementing the Play APIs. This is (in my opinion) the biggest reason why they never made Android phones before; it takes time to integrate alternatives well.

So this event is presumably teaching devs how to use the Nokia APIs instead of the Play APIs.

I guess any dev who attends is a heretic though, right? A heretic who must be burned for not following the One True Google Way?

And then you'll tell me about lock-in....

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

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Re: I'm all for this stuff...

> others just need Linux support adding

Oh, is that all? I'm sure they can do that a spare five minutes /s

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Re: I'm all for this stuff...

Good call. Apple it was.

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Re: I'm all for this stuff...

They could get into bed with Microsoft, or even Amazon (who are rumoured to be producing some games hardware right now).

It's happened before - the guys who did what eventually became Kinect survived up until this year (when Sony borged them).

Or, a better idea, enter a partnership with Logitec.

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

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@hplasm

I don't see how you get much in the way of freedom from lock-in regardless of which database format you choose. Migrating away from them is always going to be an absolute ball-ache.

Ironically, SSIS graphical data migration means that SQL Server is probably the easiest to migrate away from of the lot.

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Re: "In memory" database.

Not sure if serious...

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Re: There's a news article on this?

> and it's hard not to loathe Oracle

Oracle started it. After 20 years experience I can safely say that the defining characteristic of Oracle is that it hates people.

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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Re: Microsoft beat them to it

Uses entirely unrelated story to post retarded Microsoft joke.

You have qualified as 33% Eadon.

Next all you need to do is claim absolute godlike security architecture genius while having a massively pwned website that looks like somebody puked five rolls of Spangles over Neil Gaiman and get banned.

I'm looking forward to the last bit.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: Here's more sensible analysis...

>the lizard people took it back to their masonic lodge to run transhumanist experiments. it's so obvious.

Dammit, I don't know of an image macro for that one.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: Who sued who?

>I'll just leave this here:

>http://friends.lego.com/en-us/

Bloody hellfire, AC! Is nothing sacred? Is nothing immune to dickwads from marketing and their obsession with pink?

Fine! Meccano, then!

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