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DIY IoT computer smaller than a square inch

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But...

Will it run CrysisHeartbleed?

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Could a 'Zunewatch' be Microsoft's next hardware foray?

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Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

> (you failed to provide sources for those figures btw)

Apologies. They're from googling 2013 financial statements. They were all PDFs but luckily all the increases were on the second page of each PDF.

I'd re-search (re-research?) but I have a meeting in 4 minutes.

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Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

Alright, you don't wear a watch. Nobody you know wears a watch. Nobody you have ever seen in your life wears a watch. Nobody in your entire country wears a watch! Nobody wears watches!

But based on 2013 figures -

Timex sales of wristwatches increased by 9.1%

Casio sales of wristwatches increased by 14.2%

Swatch sales of wristwatches increased by 12.7%

So somebody's buying watches. Perhaps, in your world, they wear them while locked away in darkened rooms with the blinds drawn for fear that somebody will see them.

Or maybe you're just wrong.

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Re: Roslyn compiler

Roslyn Compiler project and source code

No, it's a compiler-as-a-service project plus added transparency.

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Re: utter bollocks

> Ifmicrosoft were relatively open they would open source stuff that was in use at the time.

Like ASP.NET or the Roslyn compiler, you mean?

(Note - both of these are fully open source. They even accept "pull" requests and commits, unlike, for example, Google).

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Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

Well...

> Who wants a watch with a 2 day battery life?

A watch that wirelessly charges is no biggie. I take my watch off every night anyway.

> How will you use it as a phone?

You won't? I'm guessing MS are (like everyone sane) seeing this as a notification device (if it's not just bullshit). A watch is notification device, after all. Currently only for time and date (and in some cases, pressure) but you look at your watch to get information very quickly. Expanding that information doesn't seem like a terrible idea.

Making a 1.5cm thick watch in order to cram all the electronics in sounds like a shitty idea though; I wouldn't wear anything over about 8mm thick. Or that didn't have an always-on analogue face.

> If it needs to be paired to a smartphone then what is in fact the point of it?

What about driving? I get a call, I'm driving, I can ignore the phone, use Bluetooth handsfree or answer the phone and get arrested and fined. Or I can press the button on my watch that I've got programmed to send an "I'm driving, call me back in {x} minutes" text and hang up the phone. They can't do you for checking your watch.

Or an interview? I forgot to set my phone to airplane mode - oops. I can fumble for it, curse under my breath, switch it off and apologize to the interviewer or just tap a button on my wrist to make it go away.

Or a phablet? Say I've got a phablet and I keep it in my laptop bag and I answer calls with a Bluetooth headset - I get no caller ID but I can look at my watch. Or read a text. Without delving into the bag and producing an unwieldy and highly nickable slab. That's worth a few quid.

Are you one of those people who don't wear a watch and can't imagine why anyone else would? Because that might show a serious lack of imagination on your part. Just sayin'.

Ah. I see that you are. Okay.

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WTF?

Re: You misunderstand their policy

> unless Microsoft's watch uses some open protocol

because Apple are all about open protocols...

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Platoooooo0n - HALT!

My father is 70 and drives like a maniac. So does my mother.

The plural of anecdote...

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Re: Platoooooo0n - HALT!

> especially wheelchair equipped taxis

Trying to get a wheelchair into Google's noddymobile looks like a right laugh for a disabled person.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

3 thumbs down because you want it to be true so hard.....

Grin-worthy.

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

It's probably a cost thing. Okay, your 5" screen has a resolution of 2560x1440 but that's a 5" screen, with 12 square inches of space and even then, it's probably the single most expensive bit of the phone. Now scale up that expense to a 17" diagonal where you're looking at (d^2/2) 144.5 square inches...

Whole different kettle of mackerel, ain't it?

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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

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Re: 100 per cent of working malware ..

No, quite a lot of it's aimed at Flash or Acrobat Reader.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: The females in the house have this request:

> Boys should sit to pee just like girls.

Nonsense, that's just a colossal faff.

The correct solution is to kneel before the throne. Everything's at the perfect height.

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Re: Things I wish I had

19 exists, it's just not legal - alpha‑methylphenethylamine.

Presumably it's illegal because it works.

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Re: you've got to be kidding, 4pages of windging about phones.

Working spellcheck - oh wait...

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Neural interface.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Things I would like to see

Oi! There can be only one Magic Roundabout!

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

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Re: Might consider this

> Interesting fact of the day: Microsoft have NEVER released ANY product that has worked properly. That's a 100% failure rate

Intellimouse Explorer 3.

You lose, good day, sir.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Re: Bar Transport

> Or for young people who are too stupid and irresponsible to drive safely

Young people often drive too fast but for causing accidents, you need look no further that the person who think doing 34mph in a 60mph zone is safer and more sensible, without considering drivers actually using the road responsibly arriving behind them from a corner only to find the equivalent of a jogger in the way. Throw in a somewhat fast and loose interpretation of the use of indicators and you have a hazard that will crawl serenely through the chaos they have caused, shaking their heads at all those dangerous drivers and their accidents that you see just everywhere these days.

I've never understood why old people drive so slow. It's bizarre when you think about it - they haven't got a lot of time left. Me, I'd have my foot down. What's the worst that can happen? Death? Hey, I'm going to do that pretty soon anyway, right?

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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> I personally like the 2.3Ghz Quad-Core CPU. If that is anything like my Desktop CPU, then it should be quick indeed! + a whole 3GBs of RAM....

It is nothing like your desktop CPU.

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That Snowden chap was SPOT ON says China

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Re: Ah, the smell of propaganda in the morning

Was this under Thatcher? If so, they had a point.

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GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

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Re: Meh.

Best phone ever made. But I prefer my V3i because it's a tank.

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Apple plots HOME INVASION at WWDC

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Thought I was getting old

I kept seeing articles about home automation and thinking "why? What exactly is the point?" Asking Google "Why should I automate my home" got me a load of crap about showing off to your friends by switching your thermostat on from the pub - sorry, my friends don't impress quite that easily.

But leaving the house one morning and absently thumbing the car key fob did suggest one seriously bloody useful application - the central locking house.

Not from somebody with Apple's track record on "all proprietary all the time" though.

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Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

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Re: So where are the Whiteknighting MicroSoft Shister-Team

> If and, when MicroSoft blesses both Apple and, Google with its Nokia goodness.... It doesn't mean jack shi--

Microsoft do not own HERE mapping services - those remain a part of Nokia. Please try fact-checking before spitting ill-informed froth all over the forums.

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HP's $1bn 'Linux for the cloud' dream: Will Helion float?

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Dude. I was quoting the article.

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Re: History?

All this is true (if unformatted) but HP today is sadly not the HP of the mid-90s.

And even then they tended to try to push HP-sUX before linux.

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> Linux unhooked the enterprise data centre from its reliance on Windows and saw companies run both OSes.

Given the thrust of the article, it's ironic that before IBM really put its weight behind linux, Windows wasn't much of a big deal in the data centre. Solaris, on the other hand...

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French teen fined for illegal drone flight

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Re: Stupid bureaucrats

> In fact - shall we do it? Forty of us putting a tenner in would pay this fine.

I'm in. How do we go about it?

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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Having initially missed the typo, I just spent three fruitless minutes seeing if that phrase would work in Iambic Pentameter thinking Mr Dabbs had done something clever.

Dammit.

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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Re: Fixed it for you.

Are you suggesting that Apple and Google pay tax?

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Microsoft swats away FBI request for Office 365 subscriber data

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Re: Office

We get a whole lot of Osama bin Linux jihadis around here.

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Re: Believe me - would I ever lie to you?

Unless I've read it wrong, the MS lawyer's commentary is on papers unsealed by a court. So you can always go look at those papers and see who's lying, if it suits you to do so.

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Apple vows to squash iMessage SMS-KILLER

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pardon?

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

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> 3- Security: by this reasoning, desktops and laptops should move all to Linux, right? WP is "secure" because it does not have yet a decent user base to exploit. Make it popular and will be as unsafe as Android or Windows. Make Linux as popular as Windows is today and you'll see a raft of security vulnerabilities appearing from nowhere.

While security by low market-share is certainly a factor, WP8.x uses a sandboxed apps model which isolates applications from each other and the guts of the OS, much like iOS does and like Windows RT apps do. This means it's inherently less vulnerable to attack than anything where a privilege can be escalated, such as Win32, linux or Android.

I didn't quite understand your point about #2 either. If standardizing on a certain model Lenovo or Dell on the desktop is fine, why is standardizing on an HTC 8X or Lumia 720 not fine?

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Web firms, DON'T PANIC: The Euro Google 'right to be forgotten' isn't a problem

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Re: Just needs one test case

I dunno. You remember that woman in Bristol who got murdered and somebody from the Daily Heil decided her landlord looked a bit funny, declared him guilty and his life was ruined despite being later fully proven innocent?

The problem is that the public don't read followups and retractions, which is why media organizations are so happy to print them. All you need is the initial smear and that's it, damage done.

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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> I'm old enough to remember British Rail and although we didn't use it much as a family I do remember it being part of the standard repertoire of every comedian

I'm old enough too, and yeah, it wasn't great. However, while a bit shit, it was also affordable. Cheap, even. It could certainly compete with an equivalent journey by private car.

At peak times, the current train system would have trouble competing with a road journey by gold-plated limousine. It squeezes the commuter dry and then cries to government for subsidies which (inflation adjusted!) add up to more than the cost of the old British Rail.

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

> How come the UK (with a much smaller network) can't do that?

Probably because actual data on how badly the services are run would impact franchise costs and reduce the subsidies that every franchise operator collects.

Or, short form - "privatisation". Thanks for that one, Tony Blair.

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TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

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OTT = data = money.

See title. If this kind of broadcast can be done via operator subscription rather just gobbling your data allowance, it might even succeed.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

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Re: Hmmm...

> The anti-chromebook shills are pretty fast and furious - someone/somecorp must be worried.

Not really. What you're seeing is the same as Sun/Oracle pushing thin client computing got -in fact, it's fairly similar to what Windows RT gets (if a lot less hate-filled) although at least that does come with an offline productivity suite - with side of "Yeah, I totally want Google to know everything I do, think, say and look at, not".

Nobody was worried back then, either.

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Windows Phone Live: Microsoft's plans for enterprise on mobile

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You don't want one? You really don't want one?

Oh well, pack up your stuff, everyone. Major Ebaneezer Wanktrollop doesn't want one so there's no point.

Sarcasm-free version - since when did anyone care what you want?

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Google CAN be told to delete sensitive data from its search results, rules top EU court

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Re: @TopOnePercent

I think it's a little beyond the pale to inform a fellow commentard that his position in favour of rehabilitation over punishment is due to attempting to hide a criminal past.

I have no record, for the record.

Further a trip to the naughty step for identifying such libel as libel is poor moderation at best and laziness or partisan at worst. I note that broad insults are "dogging" are absolutely fine, though.

Good for you, Gaz. Good for you. What a champ you are.

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Microsoft issues update for buggy WinPhone 8.1 mega-update

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Re: It's a preview...

MOST people don't go around telling other people what they're allowed to like. And Windows Phone 8 != Windows 8, in case you didn't know.

It rather looks as if you didn't.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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Re: Get your tin-foil hats here -- at these prices I'm cutting my own throat

> I beleive the origin of 'trolling' is that of a method of fishing where something shiny is dragged through the water to see what gets hooked.

Trawling, shirley?

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Re: Whats the matter?

Bacon.

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Toot-toot. Intel pulls up in the connected car of the FU-TURE-TURE

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> You’ll get email alerts whilst driving, but you won’t be able to read them until you’re stopped or at traffic lights.

From now on, all spam will be titled "DANGER - OVERHEATING. IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED".

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Locking it down: Steps to Oracle database security

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Re: "Locking it down: Steps to Oracle database security"

Oh, grow up.

There's no NoSQL functionality in SQL Server, it is equally vulnerable to malicious bastards in the outside world and reliant on a decent DBA to lock it down - remote debugging against SQLCLR is otherwise a nightmare of Gojira proportions waiting to happen - and it costs a lot of money. Nowhere near as much Oracle, granted, but still, money.

PostgreSQL is a fine database which has several advantages. Stop being a dick.

And for the record, I like SQL Server a lot. I'm working against it right now and it's a pleasure, unlike Oracle. But PostgreSQL is also pretty nice to work with.

Enough fanboy wars, please. Leave those to the morons in the phoneOS and console threads.

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BuzzGasm: Cloud Internet Of Stuff As-A-Service!

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Missed one

Gok-Wan-as-a-Service.

It's inevitable.

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