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iPad Mini's quite a handful

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Facepalm

Re: Anyway

Must be half term.

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Facepalm

"How drole. A4 sized manuals on A4 sized devices are too big."

It's the thickness of the manuals of course (he said, struggling to avoid the obvious comparison with AC!)

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Nokia primes Lumias for Windows Phone 8 push

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Re: Meh - 2010 specs - no thanks.

To be fair the Palm Pre had wireless charging in 2009.

(Though I've never seen how hard it is to plug a cable in, TBH)

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Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

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Happy

Re: Do you expect me to talk?

Oblig. XKCD link - http://xkcd.com/123/

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Apple CEO: Microsoft Surface 'compromised, confusing'

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Joke

@g e

"So, he's stating he's confused by a device he's never laid hands on."

You'd never find anyone on el reg commenting on a product they'd never used, now would you?

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Gates: Microsoft will merge Phone and Windows platforms

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Windows

A bit sad to drag him out TBH

...to try and shift this snake oil.

Gates changed the IT industry. The only way Balmer is doing that is by driving MS nearer to bankruptcy.

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I just LOVE Server 2012, but count me out on Windows 8 for now

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Unhappy

@Sir Wiggum

"Hybrid PC/Tablets" are fine, but I think the problem is that Win 8 needs to be hybrid too. At the moment it seems like a phone/tablet OS with a few grudging afterthoughts to keyboard/mouse use.

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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Headmaster

Re: for an affordable 'Bond' car

"Mainly because Saab's are horrible."

I've only owned on (a 9000 Carlsson) but that was a lovely car. Unlike your apostrophe ;-)

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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Coat

Next thing you'll be saying my monitor is not the computer!

No, the tape drives are (he said, showing his age).

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Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

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Joke

Re: Magnetic power supply...

Perhaps MS are setting up Apple's lawyers to be the excuse for not selling any??

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MYSTERIOUS GREEN GLOW seen on iPhone 5s

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FAIL

@RobE

I don't know which is sadder, this comment (the only objectively sustainable claim is the "inflated prices" one), or the fact that it has a net thumbs up vote. So much for reasoned argument.

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Sites can slurp browser history right out of Firefox 16

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Headmaster

NUMBER of people!

Didn't they teach you anything at troll school??

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Amazon UK leaks Windows 8 retail box, TV ads

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FAIL

Express, Connect, Create, Play...

But will it Work, or even Sell?

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'It's not a post-PC world: Just a post Windows one, maybe'

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Unhappy

I'd love it to be true, but....

There are far too many people in corporate IT departments who know nothing but Windows, and what MS tell them. Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM^w Microsoft.

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Steve Jobs is STILL DEAD

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Windows

Gosh Windows fanbois are bitter.

That would make Android fanbois alcopops then?

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Apple admits iCloud 'unacceptable', vows to not go titsup again

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Unhappy

Re: no sympathy here

In principle I agree, but it's ironic that my paid for email service (take a bow, Gradwell!) managed a similar if not longer outage last month, so "not free" if not necessarily any better.

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Office to propel Windows tablets past Android in 2015

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Coat

WitsView?

Well, they're half way there...

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iPhone 5 adaptors goldrush begins

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Facepalm

Re: iPhone 5 adaptors goldrush begins

Quite right too!

Have an upvote & please accept my apologies!

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Facepalm

iPhone 5 adaptors goldrush begins

And The Register makes it's cut out of all of us drones commenting on how we hate/love/don't care about Apple, of course.

Carry on!

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Final Office 2013 for ARM may not ship until January

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Facepalm

Re: The new Office doesn't ship?

Touch screen devices are all about data consumption, not data creation, so why would you want to start a new document?

You didn't believe all that hype from MS anout Win8 being useful (useable?) in the enterprise now did you??

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Who's afraid of Windows 8? Trio leads Microsoft migration pack

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Coat

Thus by your own admition you are afraid of change.

You are Joseph Heller and I claim my £5

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Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

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Joke

Re: its rubbish

But what would Samsung owners talk about if it wasn't for the iPhone??

(Can someone wake me up when the smartphone jihad is over!)

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

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Unhappy

Re: Waste of my time

"I'm sure you said the same when you changed from Wordperfect in DOS to Word in Windows."

But if you had to use Word for Windows without a mouse, would it be an upgrade over WP?

On a tablet, the (ugly, to my eye) Metro UI may make sense, but like many oythers here I use a keyboard and dual monitors for most of my work and I can see precious little advantage in moving to touch-sensitive monitors. Can't see any point, don't like being pressured.

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Amazon unveils new hi-def Kindle iPad-killers

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Coat

You're safe - there's plenty of prior art for THAT joke!

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Google's stats show few Android tablets in use

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Coat

Sorry, what is USP?

I suspect it's a USB port, but one of the pins is bent.

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Apple hoards LTE patents to deflect Samsung attack

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Unhappy

Re: Software Patents = Retardedness in the Extreme

How prophetic was this headline then? http://adr9.home.comcast.net/~adr9/MG/Pic/MP1f4.jpg

(Disclaimer - I used to work for Applied Data Research, and still think time limited patents, held by the inventors of genuinely new and significant techniques are reasonable, especially where FRAND applies.)

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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WTF?

"Since the Iphone platform has never been the number one platform..."

Indeed, that's why I didn't write "platform".

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WTF?

Re: @tirk RE:".......there are laws against that?"

By no means an Apple fanboi (thanks for the insult), just pointing out that Samsung *also* did something wrong. Nice to see all those knees jerking whenever Apple is mentioned!

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Mushroom

Equally...

"Can't compete? Try copying the market-leading product."

What do you mean, there are laws against that?

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Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

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Coat

Re: why would windows phone 8 succeed?

"Nothing has changed since the abysmal failure of windows phone 7."

Except now people are begining to see the same interface on their Win 8 desktops and notebooks...

So what's worse than "abysmal failure"??

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It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Cheap Lego

1. Car boot sale

2. Take bricks apart and tie into pillow case.

3. Wash on gentle in washing machine

Result - Cheap, hygenic Lego for kids.

(Me, I chewed the lead paint off Meccano whan I was a kid!)

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Gartner: UK PC market stayed on its knees in Q2

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Windows

"Windows 8 and Ultrabooks now look even more important."

They're doomed then.

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Doctor Who gets one-off special to mark Time Lord's 50th year on telly

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Unhappy

Suddenly I feel so old.

I remember the first transmission.

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‘Printed boat’ places second in novelty race

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Coat

Re: How many students did they kill in the process?

No students, but many Bothans....

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Apple iOS 6 beta limits number of apps per device

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Headmaster

"This is a crazy amount of apps. "

It may or may not be crazy, but it's definitely a number, not an amount!!

(Kids of today - I bet all the nostalgic humour of Wack-O! would be lost on them, sadly.)

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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

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Thumb Down

Re: Windows 8 compatible

Interesting that secure boot is a requirement to get this logo, but a touch screen (which you actually do need to make Metro useable) isn't. Now what should we conclude from this? Either a/ MS care deeply about the security of their users or b/ MS care deeply about the security of their revenue stream?

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London cops order Julian Assange to turn himself in

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Trollface

Re: What Julian Needs...

If they used a spanned zip he could fit in the standard sized ones!

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NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

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Joke

Re: Excuse my ignorance...

Well shucks, isn't 21 bigger than 20?

When will NASA enter the 21 century and adopt rational units??

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Samsung frees fanboys from iPhone with freeware

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Windows

Re: What I don't get

Last year I moved from WinAmp to iTunes (on buying an iPhone!) and whilst iTunes is undoubtedbly odd and frequently counter-intuitive, it does do the job (I don't recall a single crash after a few when it was first installed, incompletely) and does have a few cute and possibly unique features (Genius mixes, smart playlists...)

I suspect rather like Outlook, it's not as bad as people remember now!

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Microsoft set to 'do a Nexus' with its Surface tablet

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Pint

Big difference from Google Nexus

Google arguably created Android to provide a friendly mobile channel for their existing business, and created Nexus to help the adoption of Android. They have no interest in Nexus per se, but similarly they have no interest in Android either, except that it helps keep a slice of the mobile market for all things Google (for example, Apple dropping Google maps for iOS 6).

Microsoft, by contrast, seem to hope to make money out of Win8 on the tablet itself, especially as the Arm version includes Office, which is probably the most expensive software many people have on their Windows PCs.

Along with Apple (who make quite a bit out of apps, but mostly I think out of hardware), that makes for 3 significant players with very, very different buisiness models. Could be fun over the next few years!

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Microsoft's uncloaks Phone 8 developer preview

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Devil

Re: "Phone 7 users won't be able to upgrade to Windows 8"

Anyone who invests in release 1 of any Microsoft software is going to get their fingers burnt in several ways - this is just another of the inevitable "fails" of an MS first go at something new.

A better question is, was WP7.5 release 2, or is this?

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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FAIL

Re: "...Metro capable devices will overtake iPad by next Summer..."

Hardly comparing like with like here. "Metro capable devices" include phones, laptops, desktops and any Surface tablets that they may manage to shift. "...iPad" ignores the bulk of the iOS base, iPhones.

And the bulk of iOS users like iOS, whereas the current consensus is that the bulk of Metro users by next summer (desktop/laptop users) will hate it, as it just gets in the way of them using "traditional" Windows applications.

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Wraps come off UK super-snooper draft plans

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Facepalm

Re: VPN?

Lucky then that international terrorists, crime bosses and the like will never think of that!

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Microsoft 'mulled Nokia buyout, ran away screaming'

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FAIL

Re: Metro on the desktop

> Most of the genuine complaints about Metro involve desktop machines

Yes of course - but that's where MS make their money, now and for the foreseeable future. There's no margin for MS on phones and tablets, as they are only profitable as hardware. I think that just leaves ganes consoles as a revenue stream for MS, assuming they stick with Metro or bust.

Good luck with that!

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Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

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Unhappy

Re: What the hell are MS thinking.

Phones. Possibly tablets.

Definately not PCs or notebooks.

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Minority Report-style swishery demoed with cheap webcam

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Windows

Re: Microsoft already did it!

Yes, but Windows 8 is all full screen, and has banned windows!

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SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Happy

Re: Go SpaceX

I watched the lunar landings. This feels like it could have more long term significance TBH. (Though I was similarly optimistic back in '69 as I recall)

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'Dated and cheesy' Aero ripped from Windows 8

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Trollface

Windows 10...

Punch card input and a teletype output??

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Baidu touts mobe with 100GB web drive

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FAIL

Re: Of course the tech's similiar to Google's.

How can you steal Imaginary Property?

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Apple's HTML5 bet against Android extermination

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Re: As far as the tablet market is concerned, what about the gorilla in the room?

Here are a few reasons why Win8 may be less than a stellar sucess on tablets.

MS traditionally sell through inertia/corporates ("I've never heard of Linux"/"It's what we use at work") on Desktop/Laptops. Now Win8 doesn't look to be a roaring success on devices like these, that aren't touchscreen. Indeed, many corporates may be very slow to move from Win7 to Win8, and may miss it entirely, so people won't see Win8 at work. What's more they are much more likely to know of alternative OSs on tablets, and to see them as more consumer oriented ("sexy") than anyrthing MS produces.

What's more, MS *never* *ever* gets anything radically new right with the first release. The thrid is normally the first acceptable one, and allowing WP7 to be the first in this particular sequence, that ties in with the weaker statistic that every other main OS release they produce tends to be sub-standard.

MS have a real fight on their hands to get into the tablet (and phone) OS market. They have deep pockets, and can play a long game, but they need to, unless they want to go the way of IBM and become a company that only deals with the corporate sector.

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