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5508 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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Re: Oi!

And of course nobody will want to nick that either.

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Re: Still Hope for Nokia

The article made the point that Nokia focusing on WinPho is what makes the ahndsets good. If they have to fragment their resources -which are now rather limited - they might turn out half-baked products on both sides.

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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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Re: Options (like MJF)

>>If I don't give a shit about Hyper-V - and really, it has zero relevance for me.

Then why are you a)reading b)commenting on a story about it? Is your life that pointless and empty?

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The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

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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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Re: um

And you think it does make sense someone is allowed to sell a product called iPhone? It's not even a different type of product.

For once common sense is on Apple's side.

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Apple: iOS 6.1 network overload caused by our Exchange SYNC OF DOOM

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Re: Google please take note.

Except it wasn't a problem before Apple updated their software.

Is MS software really so good these days you have to cook up such blatantly moronic attacks?

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

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Re: the "open source is automatically better" argument.

>>And your argument as to why open source isn't better is...?

It's a stupid topic... you might as well ask if dogs are better than cats. Some OSS things are great, others are crap. Same closed software. FOSS is only demonstrably better when the FOSS equivalent has an active community who actually bother working on it, against a closed alternative which is poorly supported.

Simply slapping on an "it's open source" badge is about as meaningful as a "Windows Vista compatible badge".

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Re: MS/IE

I wasn't talking about IE6, but IE in general and the way it's rolled out/supported.

Also of course, it doesn't matter how canny a company has been insisting pages are good on all main browsers, if you use any kind of custom plugin you're just as locked into IE10 with ActiveX as you were IE6. There ARE cross-browser plugin projects but that means re-writing your plugin just as people had to rewrite IE6-specific stuff.

Plugins still serve a real purpose in many niches.

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Re: A sad day that competitive development ceases

Oh yes, the "open source is automatically better" argument.

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MS/IE

I think switching IE would be a massive issue for enterprise users, surely, who don't want a tool to have a new version all the time - even if it fixes bugs.

Long term, now there are all these 3rd-party browsers, is there any real point MS making a browser at all? Back in the day they had to but now... what if MS hatched a deal with Opera/Firefox to be the default browser on Windows? It's Bing they care about not IE surely?

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How does this help Opera's market share?

They go from a niche product which offers something different, to a niche product which is just another browser?

It seems I'm even less likely to switch now - any (sensible) responses to that (serious) question?

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Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

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Re: As before..

Why? My ipod has a way longer useful battery life than my smartphone.

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Re: The "new hotness"?

Tablets existed before iPad too. Apple are good at turning hype into hype people will pay for.

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Re: Analogue?

They can keep them?

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Re: A watch to make calls through your phone? How i-nnovative

Power is an issue but given how long an iPos nano/shuffle can last on a charge, maybe not an insurmountable one, depending what the device actually has to do.

Is self-winding technology applicable here? Any solution needs to be super-slick especially if it's Apple... no trailing wire or big clunky watch to fit the battery.

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Android? Like Marvin the robot? Samsung eclipses Google OS - Gartner

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Google gives out Android licences almost at a loss

Is that 'almost a loss' as in free, or 'almost a lost' as in a small profit?

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Björk gives up trying to Kickstart Android music app

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Re: £112,500 p.a.

As I said above, that's about the rate a company would often charge its people out at. How else will the company make a fat profit and be able to run all those meetings, buy nice offices, etc?

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That's how much decent programmers cost. It's not what they earn, but it is what your company charges for your time.

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Re: £375,000?

Mmm, 3.5 man-years of work sounds absolutely crazy. Even re-writing from scratch using the source code as a guide shouldn't take so long!

Clearly this is due to Android being crap... nothing to do with her developers. Perhaps she got quotes and they simply tried to rip her off.

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Register reader Ray revs radio-controlled Raspberry Pi race rover

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Re: URL?

If they post it we'll crash his car

IGMC

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#Forwhy: American Express lets you pay by tweet

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Yes, but in the non IT world everyone isn't obsessed about keeping everything secret that they do on the internet ;)

More seriously, these are likely promotional/special offers, so telling people you're buying it is a)not that weird b)quite deliberate.

It's not like you are under any illusion it's private after all.

It seems a bit of foolishness to me, a nice advertising gimmick but not much more.

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So what precisely is going to go wrong then? People can see what you are buying... OK fine but Amazon already have "post this purchase on FB/Twitter". But what specific security issues are there from knowing someone is buying something?

Are you thinking people hacking into your Twitter account, or something else? Not saying there isn't a massive problem, but it would be better to hear it than have everyone jump on the "it's obviously stupid just because it's Twitter".

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Re: Charge card plus twitter

Though it would be fun when spam-bots re-tweet you.

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Chrome OS code suggests Chromebook Pixel could be real

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Isn't anyone going to call SHILL SHILL

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Re: high res text

Not to me it doesn't. I've played with a retina iPad... and of course the iPhone... and while it's pretty I don't then return to my PC and notice how crap it looks.

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Re: resolution up to 2560 by 1700

OK, and still - what is the point? I'm not sitting here using my 1280x1024 screen thinking that text is blurry or hard to read.

Given that Chromebooks are cheap computers geared to web browsing, it just seems a weird direction to go in.

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resolution up to 2560 by 1700

What's the bloody point on a web-only device? So that most websites will look messed up (loads of sites are still fixed-width ~1000px)? What is the benefit other than matching Apple?

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3 million Freesat receivers now out there, and boxes to get YouTube

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Re: No Dave!

I thought there were valid technical reasons Dave wasn't on Freesat due to not being able to limit it to the UK?

Anyway it's not just TopGear... Red Dwarf and Man V Food too ;)

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Every single Internet Explorer at risk of drive-by hacks until Patch Tuesday

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Re: What a cluster

Hmm, who is going to pay for issues in Linux? Torvalds?

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@Lee & Paul et al

Thanks for the informative answers.

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Competition crowdsources blisteringly-fast software

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Re: Glad I don't work for the firm that developed the original software

Generally, from having taken part in these contests before, they are designed so you can't just find an algorithm and use it. You can find ideas from certain areas of CS but then have to figure out how to use them. Algorithms designed in these contests tend to be HUGELY tied to the very specific way input data is provided... e.g. the random distribution used in generating test cases will affect the solutions posted.

The top guys really are VERY smart.

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Re: All your IP rights are belong to... everyone

People compete on TC largely for the sheer fun of it. Most problems have no prizes at all so the potential of a prize (most members are not in the West) and some recognition are just juicy bonuses.

This is proper all-night-coding-session-and-then-going-to-school nerdery, real stereotype stuff other coders here will no doubt identify with - I know I do (I used to compete but ran out of time).

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Re: All your IP rights are belong to...

The entire point is that you're creating an algorithm for someone else to 'exploit'. If you don't like the terms, don't invest your time.

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Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

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Re: This is a standard tactic...

Your average user would not want to install a different OS even if it was made very easy so the point is moot... the kind of person interested in putting a new OS on their mobile device is the kind of person happy to jump through hoops to do so.

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MS on the other hand have a reputation for producing low quality gear

They do? Even with ring-of-death issues, XBox is a premium product in that it is even matching the PS3. Kinect is seen as pretty cool and on the business side, MS peripherals have a great reputation.

To the average punter though, I don't think MS really HAS a reputation on the hardware side.

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No desirable 128GB versions and too many 64GB ones

Wasn't it El Reg who said the SD slot made the 64/128 question moot on Surface... better to buy a 64 version if the price difference is > a 64 gig SD card?

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The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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Re: I'm not even going to pretend to care.

Yes theodore that's what all the nerds say. Nobody is buying it.

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Re: Steve Jobs

I don't believe he gave a toss after reading his biography.

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Re: Steve Jobs

I don't think he tried to look cool, I think he just wasn't going to wear what someone else wanted him to.

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11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks

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Re: Hacking ?

Social engineering is hacking. The best hack is the one that doesn't take much work.

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Re: hacking?

Well done, it only took you a few weeks of teaching to reach the level of an 11-yo.

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Re: "11-YEAR-OLD code wizard"

How is their security 'idiot' if someone puts an app on FaceBook which users download and enter their details into?

Still, you managed to get a few plus votes by following the usual tactic of insulting someone with an argument which appears on cursory glance to seem sensible. Quite the heights of Reg debate then really...

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@Oliver

Typical software geek response... it's not about the end result, only how technically good the implementation.

Whereas to the rest of the world... the guy sitting on a beach drinking champagne with your money for example,,, it's the exact opposite.

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'Disturbed' Dell investors could tank private buyout

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Re: Shock asset stripper thinks his shares should be worth more!

By 'very few' you mean the tiny majority who work in an office or attend school/university?

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Surely this kind of news will hurt the share price and allow buying up of stock in a non-organised manner?

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Nemo cancels Microsoft's Surface Pro launch

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Quick...

Get the "both people were upset" joke out of the way...

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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It's foolish to suggest that simply because an ingredient is good, it couldn't be improved with other EQUALLY GOOD good ingredients.

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Has nobody mentioned water?

Tea made from hard water is just foul.

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Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

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Re: It's just a penis.

Unless you're saying beauty is objective than you're talking rubbish!

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