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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Re: Microsoft's influence within a private Dell?

> Microsoft is not dumb enough (yet) to take anyone to court that might win and fight back

Tell me, if you think it's so obvious that these patents are simply an irrelevant shakedown, why did Samsung and Sony pay for them?

Neither are exactly best buds with MS and neither is short of either lawyers or money. And in Samsung's case, the expenditure on licensing Android is more than just significant.

I think you have to be irrationally convinced of the religious superiority of Android to convince yourself that so many companies just gave away money for absolutely nothing. I think the only reason so many cash-rich, legally tooled-up companies paid the money is because the patents are legit.

I think "denial" and "delusion" are poor things for an engineer of any description to indulge in.

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Re: Dell does build Android slabs

Probably, yes. Personally I prefer this to "don't be seen to be evil" as your employer should probably put it.

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What price justice? 73 CENTS in book price-gouging case

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> So what is wrong with a "most favored nation" clause?

Everything, where it implies price fixing and effectively stealing from your customers.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Re: HFC

Upvoted, but...

> the FCA

The Free Clothing Association?

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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@Don Jefe

Scotland is a special case for a couple of reasons

1. They keep going on about how much better off they'd be outside of the UK

2. They get a referendum this summer on leaving the UK.

This strikes me as slightly unfair. As a citizen of the nation of the UK that pays for all the others, I'd quite like my tax bill reduced and I'm pretty sick of the Scots a) getting freebies I don't get (but pay for) and b) going on about what a bastard I am.

The awful truth is that Scotland probably won't secede because if they did, they couldn't piss away my taxes anymore and it seems a trifle unfair that they get to decide this but I don't.

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Re: Vote

Oil revenues? That old chestnut again? Good luck paying for your free university places with those.

And frankly, though I'm loath to say it, some of the Welsh whiskies are nicer than most of the blended piss you bastards ship down here and 30 shillings is a sad, pale attempt at a proper bitter.

Of course, the loss of Scotland would leave England with an immediate shortage of fat ginger drunks and probably well oversupplied for heart-disease treatments in the NHS but I'm sure we can work out a trade.

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Re: Vote

Can we get a referendum in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on whether Scotland should just fuck off?

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Re: What did HMRC have to gain?

Yes.

That's exactly how it is.

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> HMRC has said that it has changed its practices since the deal was struck.

trans: They no longer ask Goldman Sachs to pay any tax at all.

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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> It is such a strong hand that when Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble, they ended up giving B&N 300 millions dollars to stop their counter attack.

You picked an appropriate handle, didn't you?

B&N decided to fight the lawsuit in order to keep Nook unit prices down and angle for wealthy partner to subsidize their failing dead-tree+bricks+mortar business. Sadly, it was going nowhere and (given the toppling of Android dominoes) was likely to fail. This gave MS a chance to make a grab for the ebook market for cheap, which fortunately also failed. I wouldn't put it past them to have gone for Apple-style cartel pricing and the fact that they were beaten to it should make everyone happy, especially B&N who got exactly what they wanted.

Give it up, fandroid. Are MS bastards? Yes. Are the patents legit? Yes. Why does that hurt you personally? Because you can't see that Google are just as bastardy as MS but you really should. Open your eyes. None of them are on your side.

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If were simply a protection racket, Samsung would reject the licensing agreement. They don't mind getting into lawsuits and they have more money than God.

My bet is - the patents are applicable and Google probably advise resellers not to fight the license claim. Face it, if any major reseller lost that battle, Android would be in serious trouble.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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Could be worse. Could be Bublé.

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Re: sounds familiar

As a confirmed misanthrope, I quite like this idea.

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HP bypasses Microsoft in device-as-a-service assault

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The Curse of HP

Bye then, Google.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: EOF

> I humbly propose anti-social, with "anti" in the earlier Greek meaning: in front of, in the place of, in opposition to, real-life social activity.

"In front of" would be "ante" rather than "anti".

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Re: ..a multimillionaire already ..... can afford to walk away

> They're Sociopaths, not Psychopaths

Most mental health professionals consider these two terms to be synonymous these days.

Just another example of Sherlock Holmes being wrong.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: Oh, a new outrage of the week. Finally, I was getting worried.

It's pretty rare for me agree with Matt Bryant but yeah.

Perhaps this couple should read some Voltaire.

"Man holds opinion - 'burn him' squeal people who dislike that opinion". Godwin's Law has already been invoked so I'll avoid it but obviously, no future CEO can ever hold any public political opinion, meaning nobody who ever wants to get anywhere can ever hold any opinion because they'll get you historically as well and then you're just as bad as Stalin.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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As an o2 customer who has sufficient minutes and texts but ALWAYS runs out of the poxy 512MB data allowance three weeks into each month (and there is no way to increase that without paying for more minutes and texts), I just applied online for Three's One Plan SIM-only contract because enough is, frankly, enough.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Things change.

Ah, the explanation-free downvote. You disagree, but you don't know why.

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Re: Things change.

Well, of course, the Irish thinking in kilometers first must be an enormous benefit, why think of all the...er... the, uh.... well, there's.... um....

No, there's fuck all benefit. It gave some bureaucrats an erection and probably got cronied off as a signwriting job for some politicians nephew and that's it. That's literally all the benefit it could ever be.

Don't even give me the odometer argument - while the Irish still drive on the left their odometers are calibrated for both miles and kilometers.

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Re: Things change.

> It wasn't pointless.

What - exactly! - did it achieve?

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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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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: All the world's knowledge

> can't begin to imagine how much easier it might have been if I could look up that one bit I didn't quite understand in class on the web and read 15 different explanations, until I could finally fathom the concept.

Is there a Stackoverflow for education?

Seems to be a good idea, if not.

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Re: A few simple tests of usefulness

Given that a single set of physics textbooks for A Level can cost over £100, I suspect those basic questions have not only been asked but also answered.

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Re: All the world's knowledge

> I am a teacher myself, and despite the wave of news articles suggesting it, I am pretty sure that my job cannot be effectively outsourced to the web.

You know, I hate to burst your bubble, but....

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

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ASP.NET is absolutely open source - they even accept commits. Which is rather more than Google do with Android.

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IE6 was 14 years ago. Get over it.

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> Nokia have already imploded due to arrogance, Microsoft have set the course to follow.

Open sourcing the .NET framework was arrogance?

Oh wait, did you mean "inventing a touch-first launcher that I, personally, me, I, the most important person ever in the history of ever, think is ugly"? That kind of arrogance?

I can see you're exactly the person to go to for lessons in humility.

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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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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: @Destroy all monsters

> And it's for that reason I try my best to boycott Nestlé products.

Me too, though it's not easy. AND they buy up all the best English sweets and make them so sweet they become essentially inedible, the fuckers. Can't even stomach a KitKat anymore.

Seriously, you look around these boards and see all the "MS/Google/Apple/Oracle are eeeeeeevil[1]" stuff but Nestlé are genuinely evil. They malnourish babies for money. Nobody else even gets close.

Not even SAP.

[1]Delete as per ridiculous fanboy allegiance

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@Destroy all monsters

>it is illegal to advertise or promote baby milk

>The mind boggles.

It's pretty straightforward and is a product of Nestlé's ongoing evil whereby they try to convince women that they should buy their "healthy" formula instead of "disgusting" breast milk which is, er, free.

Sadly these regulations do not apply in Africa where Nestlé still convince millions of mothers every year to waste their miniscule income on Nestlé products rather than use the (healthier, free) alternative.

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Every time I start really hating O2 I remember being with Orange and think myself lucky.

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Re: Real-time buying behaviour

You forgot "There's a shelf-stacker with a pallet and two fat people utterly blocking this aisle".

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: A few to consider:

Even if you're using Firefox, some links and stuff will still open in IE because they just do.

So, once you get online head straight for https://adblockplus.org/en/internet-explorer in IE and install it.

You might also want the Tracking Protection Lists

- http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/browser/trackingprotectionlists/default.html - get EasyList

and especially

- http://www.fanboy.co.nz/ie.html

Congratulations, you have just made IE into a usable browser.

After that, if you want all-free and for-noobs and to offer some potential as to what's possible, I'd probably install Webmatrix from http://www.microsoft.com/web/ - they can learn something decent and download their own IDEs afterwards if they get the bug.

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on Win7?

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Ray-Ban to produce Google Glass data-goggs: Cool - or Tool?

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Re: Ooooohhhh Shiny-shiny

No, but I do. Hope I can still get them without Glasshole circuitry.

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Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

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Which they haven't.

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

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Re: Good performance? Scalable?

> Are you an M$ shill

That's against the House Rules, be careful.

Also logically unlikely. MS have a lot invested in JIT-based technology and don't especially pimp their C++ compiler (except, bizarrely, where it's Managed C++ and therefore using JIT anyway).

The "lolz me so superior me no use M$" thing may give you an erection but it's not helping your rational thought much.

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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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Zuckerberg, Musk and Fake Steve Jobs invest in secretive AI firm

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Let's hope it doesn't think like roughly 85% of reg commentards.

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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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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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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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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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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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