* Posts by Sil

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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What's the point of a desktop computer with the perfs and limitations of a 2012 laptop?

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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More details

Can you please be more specific on where System Center VMM is worse than vSpere technically?

Or is the core of your hostility based on licensing considerations? What issues are you encountering with System Center licensing?

No flaming, just curious.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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Couldn't disagree more

I couldn't disagree more with you.

Small tablets is a price-oriented market with low margins and Microsoft has nothing to win there.

Better leave the market to partners that don't even have to pay for the OS.

On the other hand, with the Surface 3 Pro, Microsoft is continuing its innovation and is gambling on new form factors that at the very least offer more choices to the customer.

I can't fathom why you are so quick to dismiss its many hardware achievements. If it is as good as it is presented to be, it could make a killing in many markets: business managers, creative people, IT people, architects, doctors and what have you.

To this day there are no laptops that can be used as a pad for any reasonable period of time.

On the tablet side of things, the iPad is too small for many usages and iOS too limited. The iPad is for crApps, not apps like Photoshop or Autodesk or VS.

So yes, assuming Microsoft did find the right compromise between size, power and battery life, it could make a killing. And if it does I'm sure notebook makers (remember, the same that gave you 1366x768 15" TN crappy screens for 10 years - and now insist a 4" smartphone must have a 4K screen, the same that procured the worst trackpads, the slowest hard drives and the least amount of RAM for decades, talk about putting off a whole generation of computer users, will follow suit.

If not Microsoft will be back to the drawing board and offer another alternative. But I'm sure it won't be a me-too iPad, because nobody has to gain from me-too in the long term.

I for one am extremely anxious to test the Surface 3 Pro. I am absolutely OK with not having a laptop anymore if the tablet is enough for my working needs and leisure. I would love to replace my Intuos tablet with a tablet that works well with stylus and a Phototshop that doesn't suck at high dpi.

Is 12" 3:2 the right size? No idea but it is a reasonable guess and customers will decide.

I've tested a Surface 2 but I was so impressed by it that I kept it, despite WinRT and coming from someone used to 15,6 screen for years. Because although WinRT = Windows--, WinRT=+++++++++iOS/Android.

I didn't think it was possible, but yes it is not far from a laptop replacement for many tasks, such as Office Work / web / communication. And yes, just ask any Surface user, the kickstand does the difference. As does Full USB 3 support. As does the remarkable body, ultra strong, cool to the touch and very rarely in need of cleaning. To me, the backlighted type cover is amazingly efficient considering the size and the depth.

Let's look at the market candidly. There are only 2 innovators in tablets: Apple and Microsoft.

Samsung is bringing the same crappy bodies tablet after tablet. it's just plastic crap. Does Samsung bring anything software of service-wise? Don't think so. And the same could be said for 99% of Android tablet makers.

If a kickstand was so easy to do, it would have been copied already.

If the fan is as good as Microsoft says it is, then there is another welcome innovation.

And great pen support means the pen is coming back. There is a reason why many creative people, most of whom are heavy Apple customers, are using the Surface Pro 2 in spite of its limitations / thickness.

One day or another, the other tablet makers will face the same challenges as Microsoft is facing now, such as finding ways to dissipate higher heat levels, to have an enterprise and productive Platform, true multitasking, multi-user, parental rights management, peripherals support and on an on.

I could be wrong, but I think tablet users will soon want more than basic browsing, Candy crush and Facebook.

Are Surface tablets perfect? Surely not. Does Microsoft underperform sales wise? Absolutely. Would I prefer that it announces products only when they are available, Apple-wise. You bet.

Does it means Microsoft makes bad products? Far from it.

In the same way that Windows Phone is an excellent smartphone platform, and in spite of very good low price alternatives in the Android Camp, there are many Nokias that are great bargains for those willing to give it a chance, the Surfaces are outstanding products that at the very least offer an alternative to the iPad and the Nexus/Galaxy/Whatever.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Availability

Here is what Msft/Nokia must learn very very quickly.

Either do it the Apple way and have phones and tablets available as soon as they are presented.

Or do it the Samsung's way and have products available internationally a few weeks after the announcement.

A Nokia 2520 tablet still not available in France is a stillborn.

An alluring classy state of the art Nokia smartphone arriving 4 months after its announcement is just a marketing sink which will be sold at a heavy discount as an also-ran.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Great article.

I wish all audio devices would be compatible with Flac & WMA lossless.

Most of my music CDs converted to WMA lossless are 300-450 MB.

This is quite acceptable, even for smartphones today, unless you absolutely need to have your entire collection wherever you go. But of course problem with smartphones is finding a decent headset.

Qobuz offers WMA lossless as well as Flac up which is nice.

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Powershell Terminals

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As an aside there are a lot of ressources to learn powershell. In case you don't already know them:

http://channel9.msdn.com/search?term=powershell#lang-en=en

There are a few sessions coming from TechEd North America 2014

http://www.powershellmagazine.com/

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/

@jsnover (He's doing a session @ teched 2014)

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

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Re: bash

Because text is more universal than any (other) object, plus it's much more human-readable.

Text is universal as long as you use ascii for english languages.

Other than that it is full of traps and difficulties, even for languages with few additional characters.

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Scariest NSA revelation yet: Spooks are RUBBISH at CIPHERS

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The NSA didn't have a choice. Just imagine if it used a cipher only 0.000001% of the american population could decipher. It would make most people paranoid. Also it probably doesn't target cryptanalysts from Mossad or the federal security service with unlimited access to compute power.

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Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades

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Uninstall

For the first time in years I had troubles with a NVIDIA beta. Windows didn't like it, deactivated it and I ended up with one screen lost and the other in low res.

I had to uninstall it and revert to previous driver.

(I have a GTX 680)

Not sure if this is an isolated case or not.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Marketing BS

Until the 0.1% get their 800 inch screens there is no need whatsoever for curved screens.

It is arguably even less useful than 64 inch 64K resolution screens.

It seems to me projects such as IllumiRoom are much more interesting and have a better chance at commercial success.

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French firms: You want us to compile DATABASES... of our SECRET information?

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Re: Mr Bellmont should read the law

- The distribution can be on paper but the database will be IT; Because it will be even more nightmarish to guarantee confidentiality with printed documents, most companies will almost surely use a computerized solution.

- The law will prove costly. It won't be enough to assemble the documentation from all divisions; DAF (« Fonds propres et endettement »), Sponsoring (« Activités sociales et culturelles »), RH (« investissement social ») Comité de Direction («Rémunérations des dirigeants mandataires sociaux », « Rémunération des actionnaires »).

- Information has to be compiled, it has to be up to date and numbers are not enough. Explanations must be included.

- In short the law is a dream for consultants, lawyers and public servants; It'll probably be yeat another costly nuisance for most companies, with very little upside for employees.

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Facebook flashes its One Tool To Rule Them All in security threat analysis

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Like

Is there a like button to show one's malware appreciation?

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This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS

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The levels are only for so called micro particules. China's pollution is absolutely not limited to those. Just go spend a week in Shanghai, I guarantee you'll feel the difference with Paris, London or Berlin on your eyes and lungs, no official warning needed.

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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Config destroyer

I set it up for test and it badly broke IE. Couldn't use IE metro after that, even after a full uninstall of Mozilla beta. Took me quite some time to get everything back in order. I for one won't regret this beta, more of an alpha if you ask me.

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

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also-ran

what's Ubuntu if not an also ran?

It will be the future of the pc in the same way that Blu-ray is the future of entertainment.

With 0 experience in the phone area and one of the worst kickstarter campaign ever Shuttleworth is superbly equipped to take over the smartphone market. At least in his own head.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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Funny guy

Clarke is a funny guy.

NSA may hack into European based datacenters but it won't be as easy as forcing a US company to fork the data & mass surveillance will be largely out of questions without active European cooperation.

In addition let's not turn the table. European companies are not using NSA as a marketing tool. The NSA clowns and the Fisa biggots created and maintained this American disadvantage all by themselves.

Btw did fake President Obama offer the Queen of England an iPhone at the time based on NSA recommendations?

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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No justification

Microsoft's office file formats are XML based and have been open standard for years.

There are numerous ways to read/write/generate those files for free and arguably there are more than for LibreOffice formats.

I find the justification absolutely lacking.

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

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Terms and Agreement

By blinking on the Google Glass twice in less than a minute you forever agree to give Google ownership of any and all materials produced by or transmitted by the Google Glass including but not limited to photos, films, sound, emails and such. You agree that the Google Glass may start recordings of any type at any time without explicit permission nor visible status. You agree to let Google steal any data it can access including WiFi hotspot ssids and password. You agree that any privacy granted so far by Google was a software mistake and you forever yield any constitutional right to privacy to both Google and the NSA. Finally you agree to let Google improve your life by showing advertisements each time you blink additionally.

Warning! If you do not agree to these terms you must blink 300 times in less than a minute.

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Microsoft leaks reveal 'Threshold' projects looming in 2015

Sil

Microsoft axing RT seems logical since Intel now has a worthy ARM competing offering with Baytrail and tablets are in fact more and more Windows laptops in specs and functionality rather than gadget-like iPads (my prediction being that Apple will soon have to offer OSX based tablets or loose an even bigger market share. Ditto for Android having lived its life I can't imagine its users not wanting a Linux based tablet in the next few years)

Xbox on the other hand is wishful thinking. There is no way in hell Microsoft will force customers to change OS for a brand new product that will probably live 10 years.

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Confessions of a porn site boss: How the net porn industry flopped

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Ad business model

Interesting.

I would guess that the ad business model works as well for porn as it does for YouTube and Google.

Isn't it the case?

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I want to play with VMs

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You can have only one hypervisor at the same time.

If you use visual studio you'll have to use hyper-v, at least if you want phone emulation.

Last time I checked hyper-v had no sound support & limited USB emulation, whereas VirtualBox has both.

However if you don't need these functionalities and are on Windows, hyper-v is perfectly adequate.

If you want to play with UNIX don't forget there's life outside of Linux, FreeBSD comes to mind, although a Suse Linux distro will be much easier to setup.

If you want to test windows servers or other ms server software they are often conveniently available as vm drive.

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Microsoft Surface slabs borked by heat-induced DIM SCREEN OF DEATH

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Not experienced this problem so far

I don't play games on my Surface 2 but I haven't experienced dimmed screens with full time browsing, video watching, 2 'appsing' or using office.

In fact I find the screen positively gorgeous.

I wonder if some of these users aren't experiencing auto-dimming, which one can of course deactivate.

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Singaporean finn-off 'Newkia' readies Android phones

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Troubles

Calling a phone company Newkia is asking for trouble if you ask me. The big litigation firms must be salivating already.

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Revealed: How Microsoft DNS went titsup globally on Xbox One launch day

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Learning from mistakes

Let's hope Microsoft learns quickly from its mistakes as many people depends on its cloud services one way or another.

I would bet that more than a few of us got burned by a certificate a second too old or a small dns mistake. There's got to be a better way, more resilient and fault tolerant and easier to simulate and to test. Research in this field wouldn't be a waste of money.

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

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Old

The Windows 8 bashing is getting old.

If you suffer so much please use Windows 7, Linux, OS X or if you are near death ChromeOS.

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LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

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Clowns

Looking forward to a well deserved class-action lawsuit!

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AMD will fling radical 'Kaveri' chips onto streets in January

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The last 3 AMD generations were disappointments, I'm not holding my breath yet.

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Deezer unveils tarted-up music-streaming service after $130m injection

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Xbox Music or Qobuz

For the biggest library by far, and convenience - at least for MS users, turn to Xbox Music.

For super high true audiophile quality - please don't listen on an iPod or Beats crap, turn to qobuz.com for downloads.

Library is unfortunately quite limited but there is no alternative at the high end.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Yes you can't

The Playstation 4 is the new Obama: it's full of grandiose promises.

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

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Let's hope the possibility to track mouse coords or any other tech to spy the user will soon be subjected to users authorizations in the same way they authorize or forbid access to localization information, tracking and such.

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Do+ you+ use+ Google+? Seemingly+ you+ DO+

Sil

Was forced into Google account then google+ to use YouTube so I guess Google is proud to declare me a user although account creation is the full extent I'll ever have with it.

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Reg mobile correspondent Bill Ray hangs up his Vulture hat

Sil

I'll read articles that are sometimes wrong but thought out over cut&paste press releases any day.

Best wishes for your new endeavors.

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

Sil

A few remarks

- It's really too soon to burry Apple. Apple is in for the money and makes tons of it. It could probably survive one or two disastrous products. Sure margins will decrease but they are beyond superhealthy.

- It's really to soon to doom Microsoft, it's a boring trend that has been going on for more than 10 years and MS still earns more money than most companies in the world. Tablets are all about compromises and Msft offers 2 very interesting sets of these. Will they find their public is anybody's guess -I think they will- but at least they have unique properties properties that gives it at shot at success. Copying apple or battling on price with Android wouldn't have. The biggest enemy will be production: if the Surfaces are successful I highly doubt MS will be able to produce enough to satisfy demand in a timely matter for Christmas.

- Most journalists & analysts doomed Windows phones and the fact is they are very good products finding their public. Is it anywhere Microsoft would like it to be in terms of market share? Certainly not. Will it grow to be a substantial 3rd actor of the market? I think it will. The same could happen for tablets.

- Android is only interesting for Google. Most producers make ultra tiny profits or make losses and this is fundamentally unsound and won't go on forever.

- Android tablets really are me-too products that's why you see Tesco or whomever doing these. And it will make it even more difficult to earn money.

- The exception is Samsung but I would argue that the success has very little to do with Android. It makes tons of money because it is the only producer in the world that controls so many parts of smartphones and tablets. In addition it was pushed by a well deserved reputation for great pre-android phones. I would bet that they have people working days and nights to find android alternatives as it is not without risk to be so reliant on a single partner.

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

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Monstruous decision

What will we have to do to get privacy respected? Have a binding contract signed by the girl/boyfriend before each and every sexual encounter? If that's how it will be there will be a backlash against technology at some point.

Dear MP, you were condemned to 10 years in prison & £50,000 fine for bribery and abuse of public office power. However we must see that it has become socially acceptable & every politician is corrupt nowadays. That is why your sentence is lowered to a £1 fine and a mandatory 1-week coaching in the 5-star resort of your choice. Regarding your son that cheated on his MBA exam, everyone is stuffing his iPad with cheating material so it's perfectly ok. I will have the troublesome examiner fired. Please send your financial contribution to my Ngo "Judges for a better tomorrow"

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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Seriously interesting

This looks like a seriously interesting tablet for office workers & for personal users that use office.

I must say as an anti RT guy I'm about to give it a chance even if I do regret it's not a 3770 Baytrail full windows tablet.

I might consider it in addition to a standard notebook instead of a super expensive ultrabook.

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MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

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Re: Not possible.

I don't know, experiences vary and I guess it is quite hard to generalize.

I have bought & used Dell products for 15 years in an SMB with great satisfaction (although I am absolutely disgusted by the lack of configuration options on their site nowadays, I hope they are clear that it costs them lots of missed sales opportunities).

We had basically 1 real problem in all those years with defective power supplies in Optiplex desktops. Someone came onsite and replaced them all, no problem.

As an aside our record computer was an IBM desktop which has been working 24/7 with Windows 95 since 1997 for a very specialized application. To my knowledge - I left the company 2 years ago - it is still working. It was very expensive at the time, about CHF 4500 if memory serves but it sure was a good investment.

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

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Would not be the first time google uses its monopoly power to make life miserable to consumers of competing platforms.

Witness the YouTube app on windows phones which they sabotaged many times.

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

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Créative accounting

Will all employees be required to wear butt plugs?

Plus as we all know getting green energy from outside sources is as easy as buying it, it's not a political lie.

Lastly onsite fuel cells?

But let's not forget Steve Jobs was the best man the earth has ever created and probably will ever create. Oppenheimer being a close second.

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

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RT is pointless, WP is the way to go

RT is completely pointless because:

A. It isn't Windows compatible.

B. The Windows Store API, while already greatly improved, offer too little possibilities to create interesting apps, that still have to be coded as desktop apps. As long as this is the case, a Windows Store App only Windows is irrelevant for the consumer.

C. Intel already has a perfectly competitive offering, and it makes much more sense to get a baytrail tablet with full Windows than a limited ARM tablet with next to no battery advantage.

Windows Phone converserly truly is an outstanding OS. For people who understand and like the logic, which btw renders moot the use of many many apps, it is really a joy to use. It really should be the focus point for Microsoft. GDR3 is a great step forward. The next step if you ask me is to make it even more Windows-like Inside, i.e. the horrible tombstoning mechanism that made sense when phones were RAM constrained should be excised from the system with phones with 2GB+ of RAM. So there would be true multitasking and apps would not restart from 0 but truly from a saved state. This would make the back button truly a back button an not give people the impression that the system is bugged (e.g. pressing back on a reopened IE would go back in browser history instead of switching apps). This alone would make me upgrade to a new phone.

The second point would be to extend APIs in a big way, even if this means a small security tradeoff, so that we can see apps that can truly extend the system (true automation based on external parameters such as on Android).

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Oracle brass past and present tapped for Microsoft CEO - report

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Microsoft doesn't need no stinking Mark Turd

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Open formats

WTF is he talking about. It has been possible for years for Word to read & write open formats. Open source alternatives work very well with Word documents with not too deep layouts, e.g. 90% of docs & probably 99.9% of creative authors files.

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Apple ban win: Now you can't buy Samsung gear no one was buying

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100% b.s.

This is very simple.

The ITC gave 2 rulings.

President Yes we can't Obama, iPhone fanboi and super Cupertino sales rep giving away fanboi stuff to the Royal Family, decided to overrule in favor of Fanboidome bit of course this isn't politically motivated.

Also coming from the man that promised many times to close Gitmo or change the financial word - and what better way to do this than to take people from Goldman Sachs for key positions and not reenact the Glass Steagall act?

Obama is as credible as Donald Trump's Haircut.

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

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Outrageous

To ask for the main key that gives access to all 40000 customers' communications is downright outrageous and I'm sure illegal when there were indeed sufficient possibilities to only intercept Snowden's comms. But you would have to be seriously rich to battle the government in court.

Levinson really deserves a medal to remind the NSA and the so called court, even for a few days, that there is a limit to total impunity.

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Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

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A must-have upgrade for beer lovers

Honey I don't feel too well I think I used my iPhone for a little too long.

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Fancy facing an Amazon backup beatdown on cold storage spinners?

Sil

Wouldn't it be much easier and efficient to write files on standard hard drives and have the metadata on separate ssds?

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

Sil

Can you spell horseshit?

One really has to wonder if the authors ever use the phones as intended or stay in the lab applying preconceived ideas.

Let's see if fanbois like the forced cutie animations, parallax & transparencies and resulting loss of time & battery as much in a few weeks of use.

Also surely less than 80% of phone users are technically savvy? And they still survive with Android & do just fine.

Finally as a 3rd example WP8 is probably the OS that would put the most applications on the start screen with small tiles.

Not that this would be recommended. In fact very seldom hear users complain about this or supposedly limited customizations, they complain about lack of whatever fav app still isn't ported to the platform.

A real study with massive polls of what users actually like/dislike about their platforms would be of much higher value.

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Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

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I'm almost sure you can deactivate the auto uploading to SkyDrive & choose between a few resolutions.At least with stock camera app.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Beavers for vanilla sex?

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You thought slinging Photoshop into the cloud would fail? Look who's laughing NOW

Sil

Nothing to blast about

1 million is a nice looking number but the truth is many many customers are dissatisfied and won't join the forced subscription - please stop talking about cloud there are so little services included.

The real number here is -8% revenues. Financial analysts would be well advised to study the utter lack of innovation, the 0 must-have feature of the 3 or 4 last versions of creative suite, and an acrobat business that was so milked that it will produce ever decreasing revenues, and the very near end of the flash franchise.

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