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5505 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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It's still too early to announce WP as a total fail. They're playing the long game so for now it's only a disappointment!

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there is no line of business that was started after he took over that has gone ANYWHERE

Kinect. There's one solitary note of success :)

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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A little bubble of an ‘alternative' universe will appear and then expand out and destroy us

Isn't that at least 2 episodes of StarTrek TNG/DS9?

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: Drones don't take pictures

If I shoot you with a gun, it's pretty obvious it was me. If I shoot you with a remote controlled drone, it's not?

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Re: Tricky one

>>Curtains?

So if I live somewhere not overlooked by any neighbours or roads, I have to make sure to close the curtains in case someone is looking through the window with a drone? Or make sure not to sunbath topless in my private garden which can't be seen any other way?

Considering how frothy-mouthed you lot get about anyone knowing what you're doing on the internet, I'm surprised you're in favour of people spying through your window.

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Re: Dear government...

How's it in reverse when your neighbour uses a drone to watch you getting dressed?

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Tricky one

I think having a drone with camera is an absolutely wonderful toy, if the range and battery life get a bit better than current consumer versions... you'd essentially be able to fly!

But one can definitely imagine a massive use of these for watching people in the nude either for personal use, 'journalism', blackmail, or peep-show porn sites.

Even if it's illegal to peep on people, catching anyone who is using a drone would be a nightmare so banning the sale of such products might, unfortunately, have to be the reasonable solution. Of course people can still built their own but then it goes from a mass-consumer-problem to a minority problem as few people could be bothered.

There's an Arthur C. Clarke story (with Baxter I think) which talks about the death of privacy. In that case it's due to the ability to open mini-wormholes but the principle could be the same.

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Re: a pole?

>>Why not just make peeping in a bedroom window with a camera illegal?

One would think this surely IS illegal already, but perhaps the wording excludes remote viewing or is ambiguous and they don't want lawyers using it to make money.

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Barclays: So sorry about LIBOR... How about some free Wi-Fi?

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Chip on shoulder El Reg?

It reads like this entire article was merely an opportunity to bring up the LIBOR scandal, which is totally unconnected to the actual story.

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Apple design bloke Ive finally honoured properly - with Blue Peter badge

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If you're a grown man watching BP in the first place something is wrong.

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Brand-new black hole found in supernova remnant

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Re: Why does there have to be anything left

Even if it blew everything into a cloud of individual electrons, protons, etc, that would still be 'something'. Even a 100% total matter->energy conversion would leave behind all that light and x-rays and stuff.

Define "anything"?

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Re: Jellyfish

Oh look it's the evangelical Atheists. Stop forcing your beliefs on me!

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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I think people thinking they're smarter than they really are is far more of a danger than religion.

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Re: This whole debate...

Rubbish. Even with a very significant event, our climate will STILL be less difficult than that of Mars/Moon.

I'm not talking about billions of us surviving, but tens of thousands is all that is needed. That's a pretty huge colony.

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This whole debate...

... is predicated on the axiom that there is some special reason why our race should survive. Evolution/natural selection inspires life-forms which seek to stay alive but by avoiding predators and so on, not planning centuries ahead. Perhaps the blind assumption that we must/should spread from Earth is part of the same thing?

In my opinion, any impact other than one which would literally destroy the planet would not wipe out humankind or life in general, and would leave behind more people than we could set up on a colony. We're not dinosaurs, reliant on a certain climate or delicate environment, but tool-users able to survive a wide variety of conditions.

Putting the time/money into building a framework - libraries, tools, etc - that would allow a remnant of the population to survive the harshest conditions following a major event seems better. For the cost of a program to build a self-sustaining colony on Mars, we could surely build 100 equivalent kits which could be used to re-colonise Earth!

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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Re: Good work.

But how to do eggs properly is a nightmare all on its own. I'll go to one egg if you'll let me have black pudding.

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Re: Ugh, cheap tea

The important thing you have to realise is that we're not snobs.

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Ugh, cheap tea

I can't stand own-brand teabags, especially value ones. It's just foul. Yorkshire is nice but we just plump with PG-Tips or Tetley for our plain old fashioned tea.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Re: IE10 scores much higher than IE9 on html5test.com

Several of the sections on html5test are not part of HTML5, they are 'related' technologies or unratified standards. We're back in the land of "standards are what the majority support" since the official HTML5 stuff is such a small subset of "HTML5".

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Re: IE10 in corporate

Was that a comment that they have _finally_ added SC or a dig that they haven't?

I have an addon for IE9 which works great but yes I do not understand why it's not built in. You'd think AT LEAST installing Office would give you SC!

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Re: IE9

It's the people who [think they] know what they're doing who seem to most often have problems, maybe because they broke their system. The rest of us 'idiots' just find the new version works fine.

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Re: IE9

>>Utterly hopeless.

Don't be so hard on yourself.

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Re: IE10 on Xbox ......

Never thought of that. A decent browser on your console is kind of useful for video sites, and the PS3 one is definitely terrible (although Flash support might be the primary problem).

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Re: @JDX

I thought IE9 already supported HTML5, or at least some of the core bits?

edit: using http://html5test.com/ the answer is that it supports canvas, video, audio and many other things including local storage and geolocation. To me, that means it does support "HTML5".

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Weren't there valid security reasons against WebGL?

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Anyone tried it in anger?

IE9 is a massive step from IE8, how does IE10 compare against IE9 for compatibility, performance and miscellaneous gadgetry? Big changes or evolutionary?

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Dev preview of Ubuntu for phones touching down February 21

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Re: Ubuntu this, Ubuntu That

Silly AC. Didn't you remember - repeat after me...

LINUX IS BEST.

LINUX IS GOOD.

WE MUST NEVER DOUBT LINUX.

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Re: I wish they'd

But then as I was beaten around the head with, Android is Linux.

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ANOTHER phone OS?

Just what we need :)

With this being Linux, does that mean everyone who decides to do a Linux phone variant will make their own totally new GUI - or are they adapting the desktop GUI for touch? How much customization have they had to do?

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Re: No brakes?

Is it safe to put on your parking (hand?) brake at 100mph on a road with other cars?

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Yes. A small % of crazy computers is far better than a large % of dickheads.

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'Bah, this Apple Shop is full of APPLES'

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Re: What would you expect

What about if I run 'Apple computer repair', a local PC shop?

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Re: Cider: it just works.

With a bottle of cider, it really is your fault if you hold it the wrong way.

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Re: He's missing a track here!

Or learn/hire someone to do repairs on Apple kit.

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Any storm in a port

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Very glad

That after several years, most USB plugs now actually identify the 'top' in some way... same for iPod dock plugs... and device makers _seem_ to be standardising accordingly.

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Inside Microsoft's Surface Pro: A fiendishly difficult journey

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The surface Pro isn't a tablet. It's a laptop with no keyboard. You can blame Intel if you must, but it probably has 3-5X the power of even the iPad4 (which is literally 2X as fast as iPad3).

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Re: Any justification for it being this way?

Got to love the kind of person who down-votes a genuine question. Perhaps they thought I was trying to make excuses for MS/Apple?

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Any justification for it being this way?

Other than cynical marketing reasons I mean. Does using all that glue and solder perhaps increase the overall strength or shock-resistance for instance?

Anyone know?

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Microsoft exec: No 'Plan B' despite mobile stumbles

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Re: There's the Kool-aid...

>>There's that Kool-aid again if you think Windows is the best OS for getting things done. You can get far, far more work done by using Ubuntu or MacOS - they are so much faster.

Please don't spread these kind of lies. I work on a Mac and a PC and there is no perceptible difference in productivity. If the work you're doing is impacted by how fast you PC is running, you need a new PC regardless of OS.

My Windows PC is 3-4 years old and out of 8 hours a day, I lose maybe 5min waiting for it to keep up with me... far less than I spend on internet forums!

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Re: Or with Windows CE

You can install apps on Windows devices too, even WinRT... it's similar to creating bespoke private apps for iOS I guess.

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Re: There's the Kool-aid...

Of course it's a success. On the PC, Linux STILL isn't a competitor. OSX is FINALLY getting to be one... but neither of these things are down to things like kernel stability, rather how easy it is to get your work done.

Ironically, OSX seems to be finally getting a serious slice of the pie just as it is starting to become unpopular due to some of the newer features, and as W7 marked a big step forward on MS' part. This illustrates further that the technical differences are not the most important. I might suggest the Linux crowd's focus on the technical side being the more important is one reason WHY they still have no market share, despite their product being very good.

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Kiwi cops to buy 6,500 iPhones, 3,900 iPads

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Re: Seems sensible to have quick lookup

Since now they write everything on bits of paper, it's hardly less secure :)

Seems an appropriate use of the technology to me, rather than using it because it's cool.

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Re: "each cop gains 30 minutes of time a day"

>>And 30 minutes on FaceBook, 20 minutes sending some Tweets to other officers and 15 minutes finding the closet donut shop during the day.

Because cops don't already have personal smartphones on which they do such things?

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Opera joins Google/Apple in-crowd with shift to WebKit and Chromium

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Re: MS/IE

If MS announced the end of IE, we'd end up with exactly the IE6 problem all over again. Companies would simply end up sticking with IE9/10 for their in-house tools for years and years, while the rest of the world moves further and further away and the work to address porting the tools gets greater and greater.

ActiveX remains a very big deal and since it's clearly never going to be introduced to other browsers, this is rather a sticking point as I see it. Meanwhile, Google want to introduce their own alternative to ActiveX, rather than get behind NPAPI.

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Tesla's Elon Musk v The New York Times, Round 2

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Really Musk?

Rather than let a bad review disappear in a week, you want to get everyone reading it with a childish spat?

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Nokia's Elopocalypse two years on: Has Microsoft kept its side of the bargain?

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Re: Give it another year...

MS have now got themselves to the point their phone OS is as good as the competitors, give or take... for the majority not techies who like tinkering.

So now it's basically just inertia. Can they pay their way through or is the market sewn up? It might seem 'obviously' the latter but Windows had the desktop sewn up and Apple is slowly eating out a respectable bite of this.

Maybe time for some brand awareness to grow and they can. Probably a long haul thing though... even Android started off slowly.

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Re: Oi!

And of course nobody will want to nick that either.

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The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

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Re: um @JDX

>>JDX - So you say something stupid, then when it gets a deserved negative response you respond with "Oh, I was just trolling"?

I've never, ever, claimed to have been trolling on these forums before, regardless of how unpopular my comment was. You can search if you like.

Surely one is supposed to be accused of trolling rather than accused not pretending to be trolling?

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Re: um @JDX

Wow I expect a bite or two, but that response was like when Jesus tells the fishermen to put down their nets one more time and they catch so many the boat almost sinks.

You're so easy to play.

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LIVE NOW: Never mind Windows 8, speak your brains on Server 2012

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Re: Options (like MJF)

Virtualisation is THE biggest topic for server OS right now, what a surprise they focus on that.

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