* Posts by Sil

225 posts • joined 2 Jun 2010

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AMD rattles Nvidia's cage with hardware-based GPU virtualization

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Coming soon

We all know what a 'coming soon' from AMD is worth.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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Edge seems fine so far

Edge seems fine so far, what I don't like is the absence of choice for the downloads (default location and such) and the automatic loading of PDF documents in the browser whereas I'd rather use an external application.

More experience is needed, as it asked me one time after that if I wanted to use an external app, but then it went back to opening in the browser.

Most glaring omission is support for extensions.

I've been using Chrome and IE side by side for years for the simple fact that I need a spellchecking extension, which works only in Chrome and not in IE. Otherwise, with rare sites not working, I've been using IE without trouble and frankly did not see any downside compared to Chrome, or all the others that I use on and off: Firefox and Opera mostly

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I guess I'll do the same now, swapping Edge for IE.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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A must have upgrade for many

For all its crap* and bugs, there are compelling reasons to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10:

- launch speed

- DirectX 12

- Additional hardware support

- screen scaling for high definition screens. First test show it finally allows per screen configuration - or at least per graphic card, need to test on more hardware.

- better audio chain for pro audio software, let's hope they'll take advantage of it.

- better security (admittedly)

- and more

Some will want to keep Windows 7, but frankly there are less and less reasons to do so.

Also to be fair to Cortana, a personal assistant must be personal. If you don't want to give access to personal information, don't. Yes, privacy options are spread a little too much, but at least they exist and are not fake (hello fb).

* My personal pet peeve is the fact that closing a windows in tablet mode forcibly brings back to the start screen or whatever it is called nowadays. This is wrong on so many levels. You are browsing and a windows popups. You close it. No, you don't go back to the browser. you go back to the start screen.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Fails happen

Only those who do nothing make no mistakes.

Ballmer may have felt, and the board was behind him, that Microsoft had to purchase Nokia when it did, to give a chance to Windows Phone.

I just do not understand why Microsoft did not try to sell all Nokia factories to smartphone producers, with a guaranteed number of orders per year from Microsoft.

In my opinion, aQuantive is the biggest mystery. I do not understand why Microsoft did not react faster to make the merger work, or exit and resell it after a year or two, seeing it was going nowhere.

Clearly, a few acquisitions were duds - and statistically most mergers have no economic justification anyway, but others went well.

And let's not forget the overall track record of Ballmer at Microsoft, which was outstanding.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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A chance to grab: make it the most hardware-extendable mobile OS

What I really do not understand is why Microsoft isn't taking the opportunity to open the Windows Mobile platform more to devs, and especially to hardware devs.

I assisted to a summer symposium on e-health a few weeks ago, and it became apparent that for telemedicine, the logistics of tablets (delivering, picking up, sanitizing, management of the fleet, ...) was too much.

The future belongs to smartphones + USB / Wi-Fi / BT LE peripherals, because 99%+ of medical doctors have smartphones.

Windows Mobile should be the best platform to develop and integreate such peripherals, while benefiting from all the enterprise goodness: security, compliance, mobile management, ...

Health is just one example amongst thousands.

Why isn't it so and why hasn't it been so since at least Windows Phone 8 ?

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Sil

Re: Bi-polar OS 2.0

I agree that the road to Windows 10 Mobile is long.

The last time I installed it, a few weeks ago, it was unuseable.

I would like to see more of a sense of extreme urgency from Redmond, the exec do not seem to be aware that it's most probably the last chance for Windows 10 and for Windows 10 Mobile.

The dev & designer team will have to work day and night in the next few monthes to make it a useable mobile OS.

The hope with this OS is that it will get apps that were developped for windows 10 computer or tablets, and that this influx will mitigate the very small number of apps ported from iOS and Android (even if most those apps are in fact little more than web pages with some native UI goodness and would be extremely easy/cheap to port to WM). I don't know if it will work, but it seems like the last stand. If it doesn't work I think Microsoft can exit the smartphone OS business for good.

Already Microsoft Garage seems like an iOS-only shop. Is this a none too subtle F.CK YOU to its customers and to the Windows Mobile Team? There is no way these apps were developped with VS2015 + Xamarin, which is a shame. They were not developed in Apache Cordova either, or we would have the apps for all platforms.

I can't remember a single Windows Universal 10 app receiving 10 % as much attention from Redmond.

I thought Satya Nadella was a great leader for Microsoft, I'm not so sure anymore. It seems everybody does her own cooking at Microsoft those days, and like the author notes, Microsoft prefers to buy crappy apps from hyped startups instead on focusing its (many of them talented) devs to produce good software.

Most consumers don't give a ... about email or music app version 150, new with every version of Windows but still crap. Just do a good one, or let me use Outlook and spend the dev time in productive ways.

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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A little ridiculous

It's a little ridiculous, the firing of a single executive, especially one with limited power, won't change a company.

On Nokia it is customary to put the blame of its demise on Elop, but he did a fine job of postponing the inevitable. Nokia was doomed because of years of complacency.

Had it opted for Android instead of WP, the same would have probably happened, because of its complacency heritage, and it was already too late when Elop came to try to make a power play in the Android camp, because there were already very well established players.

If Microsoft can't make money producing smartphones, it should probably sell the factories to people who can, although there are very very few companies earning money by producing smartphones.

It should not however abandon Windows Phone. If it does, it destroys imo the value of Windows 10 and universal apps, a move far more reaching than smartphones.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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You shouldn't be so sure of yourself, the science understanding hearing is a an evolving one, and is made incredibly more complex than just wave propagations by the brain. Psychoacoustics is in its infancy, and it is still awaiting for its first studies with large population samples.

But It is a fact for example that most young people can discern higher frequency than older ones, and that one looses frequency sensitivity as one becomes older. It is a also a fact that many people physically feel low frequencies, which may or may not enhance their hearing experience.

In the same way, do not assume that because you are unable to tell two colour aparts other people can't (hint: true tetracromats).

Also please don't put gold-cable hi-fi fanatics and professionals in the same bag.

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Sil

Not that subtle

The difference between High Res and CD is audible by many people with normal hearing.

The problem is, you need a good setup for this.

You can hear the highest res audio on crap iPhone headset or even crappier more expensive Beats B.S. and you won't tell the difference from a lower res source.

Similarly if your recording sucks because you have no idea how to record, mix or master, or you are recording horrible instruments or voices, no amount of high res audio will save you.

Conversely, with a good Hi-Fi / Pro installation, calibrated and rightly set up for the audience, as well as a not too crappy room (sound-wise), and of course good recordings, I beg to differ, many people will hear the difference.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

Sil

Not needed

Download Peerblock. Launch Peerblock.Select the Ads list.

You're welcome.

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Microsoft HoloLens or Hollow Lens? El Reg stares down cyber-specs' code

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Disappointing but who knows

Obviously, if the first commercial iteration of the HoloLens only enables a small rectangle of holographic goodness, this will be very disappointing.

We are at the beginning of may though, and MS told us the HoloLens would be available 'in the timeframe of Windows 10'.

This gives the company many months to improve the product before it's commercialized.

This is a product that could be truly revolutionary. If you don't care for the many documented problems of the non revolutionary Apple Watch and don't begrudge it for marketing a product that obviously isn't ready, can't you give MS a little leeway?

Also you complain about MS not allowing for filming or photographing the HoloLens but at least you could test it.

How many journalists or developpers could get their hand on the Apple Watch while in development? How many could film or photograph it? Let's try not to have double standards.

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ONE BEELLION Windows 10 devices?! OH REALLY

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Not that unreasonable

It's really not that unreasonable.

Assume 250m upgrades from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 over 3 years, which seems very low + 3 x 250 shipment in the next 3 years and you get to 1 bn, just with PCs.

Assume Windows 10 on IoT is a hit with enterprise clients, and you may have lots of Windows 10 devices devices on the market.

It's also reasonable, if not definitely sure, that Windows Phone will still exist in 3 years.

Will Microsoft reach the goal? No idea.

Is it possible? I think it is.

To me the real question really is: how good is the system to port apps? If iOS or Android dev can port their apps with minimal work and money, they may get motivated enough not to ignore the Windows market.

Also if Windows users prove to be more iOS-like than Android-like, e.g. are more willing to purchase apps, this could be big, even for iOS devs, and they will get a much bigger share of revenues.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Not convinced

I wasn't convinced by the smartwatches on the market.

I'm not conviced by the Apple Watch.

It's just a super expensive remote for a smartphone 40 cm away, hardly useable with such a tiny screen for anything remotely useful. Apple brings features.

Sharing heart rates or horrible doodles, Apple's contribution to the genre as far as I can see, isn't my cup of tea.

If the aim is to wear a gadget that desperately wants to be forgotten for lack of battery, I'd rather keep my wrists free.

If I was into fitness/health, I think I would go with the Microsoft Band, which does have a GPS and is OS agnostic.

I fear you'll learn, sooner than later, that non sapphire glass was not a good compromise on the cheaper Apple watches.

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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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

Clowns

Looking forward to a well deserved class-action lawsuit!

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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

Sil

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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