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5515 posts • joined 28 May 2010

John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Re: Profit level is phenomenal.

When it's selling for a similar price and is roughly speaking the same spec, produced on a much smaller scale, why would they make more per unit than Apple do on iPad? Apple have tremendous volume deals with suppliers and manufacturers.

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Re: Consider me baffled

He said demand for W8, not for surface. It's pretty likely they are selling a load of laptops for Xmas, and they happen to have W8 installed on them.

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The best smartphones for Christmas

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Re: poor iPhone 5 = 90%?

You have to throw a bone to those who whinge about SD cards and USB ports and removable batteries, even though hardly anyone really cares about those things :)

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Re: "Her indoors reckons five is the minimum to keep a girl happy"

That's a medical condition, not an achievement.

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Re: poor iPhone 5 = 90%?

>>the iPhone 5 gets the poorest comment of the whole article yet still records a 90% score?

Aren't they copy-pasting the review scores from when they were originally reviewed... the person writing this article is giving his personal view and then telling you the official scores.

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'It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this'

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Is the Reg base socialist then? I thought beardy Linux types were traditionally liberals?

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It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this

Good on you. Don't act all mock-guilty about it and fumble with your thumbs - if you did it for a reason then stick to your guns,

It's not evil to follow the law. Those who are upset about this perfectly reasonably - spend your time boycotting the government to change the laws, not beseeching corporations to donate more tax.

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Goldman Sachs: Windows' true market share is just 20%

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Tablets the future?

Every university student needs a computer on which to write essays, etc - (well they can use libraries but they all have laptops). That remains a pretty stable market, a substantial % of the population.

Similarly, office workers need a computer on which to work.

MS is losing market share primarily because the market has suddenly got far larger - the pie is growing so in relative terms MS' slice is shrinking.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: Your move apple...

Quick, patent "determine your location by viewing a map on a screen with a dot on it", "figure out how to get someplace by showing a line on a map", etc.

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Good news for Apple

Now everyone put off by their crap-maps can by iPhones again safe in the knowledge the platform has great mapping software.

Apple get Google maps back, but this time they don't have to pay for it.

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Review: Apple iMac 21.5in late 2012

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Re: USB Eject

>>There's a pretty good reason why you have to eject USB drives, it's called buffering.

So how come Windows dropped this requirement in XP (it was XP?)

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You can get an ugly grey box with the same grunt but no-name components for 1/3 of the price. For many of us, that's the same as saying you can build the same for 1/3 the price... but for many others it definitely is not.

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Ooh, they let a non-fanboi review a Mac for once :)

I think it looks bloody lovely, and it's nice you get the fancy keyboard, fancy mouse AND fancy trackpad in the box.

I'm sure normal users don't care they can't upgrade it, BUT if there's a fault it'll be way more trouble even for an Apple Store to fix.

I'd use it if someone bought me one, but I won't be buying one.

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

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Re: Sounds good

You can do it in old C++ too. The point is YOU have to do it. Every time the developer is responsible for memory, an opportunity for an error is introduced.

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Microsoft licence cops kick in TWICE as many customers' doors as rivals

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Re: Install Linux and let 'em come

LibreOffice can open Excel documents but It doesn't support loads (any?) of the interop functionality.

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Boffins spot 7 ALIEN WORLDS right in our galactic backyard

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Re: sorry but ain't ever gonna happen

It doesn't matter if there are no other planets on which we could just step out of a ship and wander about. Thinking in the long-term, terraforming or building sizable closed cities are both feasible. EVolving to suit an environment is one thing; a technologically advanced species is another.

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On Earth yes. Is it safe to assume all life requires water-based processes?

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Re: How accurate can they be?

Well Venus surely SHOULD be categorised as POTENTIALLY habitable by any scan which can't measure atmospheric conditions. They presumably want false positives rather than ruling planets out as well.

Anyone - can we even tell Venus is uninhabitable from Earth-based telescopes, or only from probe data?

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Microsoft Surface to hit third-party stores on Wednesday

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expanding the ways in which customers can interact with Surface

This sounds exciting. What are these new interaction opportunities?

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Netflix names Google Fiber the fastest ISP in the US

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You perhaps underestimate how widely used Netflix is in the US?

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Sheryl Sandberg offloads $41.5m in Facebook shares in just 6 weeks

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Re: Wait, wut?

If you'd bought at the lowest point you could still have made a mint.

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Facebook T&Cs vote falls 299.5 million short of quorum

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Re: OMG

They are under no obligation to have the system for voting in the first place.

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Big Deal

The fact anyone expects them to act democratically in the first place seems a bit daft. A company would be foolish to allow a mechanism where users can dictate how things are run rather than merely suggest desired changes. the site is FB's property, it's their responsibility to decide how they run it - and users should vote with their feet just like any other product.

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

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Re: Question to Mac Developers

Well apart from the fact I could test the artwork proper on an actual iPad3/4, couldn't I just get a Mac Mini and buy a hi-res monitor?

And a MacBook Pro is definitely not in my price bracket :)

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Question to Mac Developers

Is the Mini the Mac of choice for iOS development? And how would this incarnation review on that basis?

My 2008 MacBook is showing signs of age and I don't need a laptop.

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Review

No score, and more crucially no handy table of specs!

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

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Re: @JDX

By "never seen this before" I clearly meant Apple's use of it, not this type of shape. What a bunch of dumbos.

And no, an oval cannot be pointed. An oval has a continuous differential, a pointed shape like that has a discontinuity.

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Re: Is anyone else completely bored of this?

It's not an oval.

I've never even seen this before to my recollection!

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Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year

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Re: Seriously?

>> there is no inherent value in aesthetics, it's all in your head

Ah, how rational of you. Because something's [not] important to you, that makes it objective rather than opinion.

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Re: @JDX

And some of us open the curtains and go outside our bedrooms every now and then.

Could you BE more of a stereotypical nerd?

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For those who value aesthetics, they ARE pretty lovely... it's like saying everyone should buy Ford rather than BMW.

Anyway are there any like-for-like non-Apple equivalents? What is there for the image-conscious Windows user who doesn't want to spend £399 on a grey box?

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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

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>>Or they could just put up a bus timetable.

Which is really confusing when it tries to cram all that data onto one sheet of A4 which then gets defaced by youths or goes out of date.

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Re: What kind of idiot uses these things anyway?

Every real businessman I ever met had business cards. Do you think every meeting they have, they whip out their phone and enter you as a new contact or something?

As with many things, the digital equivalent isn't always the best. In the real world, a boss might collect business cards and then get his PA to enter them electronically since he doesn't have time.

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Re: Url warning

I think mine (built into search on WindowsPhone) shows the URL floating about too.

And pur-leeeze. Nobody has the 'right' to a smartphone you arrogant pin-head. Since 90%+ of IT is used by "idiots" I think you should be careful what you wish for, lest you find yourself out of a job.

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What a witty and interesting person you must be.

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Quite a neat idea, well done crims.

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US text-to-911 emergency SMS to go live by 2014

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Obligatory...

Or use email

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The best tablets for Christmas

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Re: No Surface Score

When Android tablets first came out, nobody bought them either. How many years has it taken them to catch up one single company in market share? Why would anybody expect a prototype new entry to suddenly sell millions, it is a cautious entry to the market.

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Re: Photoshop fail

>>Can you really do anything useful, apart from merely consume content, on such a small screen?

Well you can do everything you can do on your phone, better. So that's email, games and web-browsing covered. And you can read books on it. So, yes.

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Re: iPads feeling expensive now

The top-end iPads feel VERY expensive to me. The entry-level one, not really.

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Even the most devout fan of Android...

>>Even the most devout fan of Android would have to concede that it has failed to repeat its smartphone success in the tablet arena

You haven't hung out in these forums have you Mr. Writer?

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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This is a great opportunity to gauge the current Reg reader demographic... "RMS is right as usual". Other than actual Linux mailing lists, I can't recall such staunch pro-FOSS bias on even the pure techy forums I visit.

It's quite interesting... UK software people are clearly not uber-Linux fans as a rule so how has El Reg become such a beacon for them? Serious (non trolling) discussion... for those long-term members has it always been a similar make-up or has it slowly become more and more that way over the years? Because it's surely not the case the articles are of the same mindset as the member-base... articles and authors are fairly evenly split between liking MS, Apple and Google and NOT liking them.

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Google kills free version of Apps for business

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I thought the point was they weren't shutting down any existing accounts.

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Re: Still good value

Yeah, if you don't have fundamental issues with cloud based services and Google, it's an incredible product to get for free, Probably their problem is that the free version is so good, most see no need to pay for Premium.

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5 years 10 months

In the IT world, "soon" often lasts far less than 5 years. No need for the sarcasm El Reg!

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Battle of the Clouds: Azure goes lower

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$714k per MONTH

Bloody hell.

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GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes

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Re: Shock Horror

When XP was launched, how long it it take or how much would a comparable machine cost?

We're 3 versions of Windows beyond XP - the more important question is how things are different in Vista/7/8 - anyone know?

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: The backlash starts here.....

Who cares what you think, you don't even have a Bronze badge!

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Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

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Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...

You guys are so easy.

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Re: Still at it then

Goodle do this. Apple do this. People involved in FOSS do this, the only difference is that nobody is listening to them.

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