* Posts by Avatar of They

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Microsoft's Arrow brings pane to Androids

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Windows

Re: One tiny detail....

You sound like you have either had a bad time with Android, or you work for M$?

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Meh

Re: sounds like enough but...

If like windows 8 the extra tiles mean you just scroll to the right.

If you use a mouse this takes a very very very very very long time to scroll that far to the right (I don't have touch screen) and nnoying as the little slider is a tiny ling on the bottom so you invariably move your mouse and move off the slider having to repeat.

I don't have 512 but very near.

It is like they want to make you type in everything...

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Happy

Re: can I add SD card?

Yeah either an SD card or 128GB, I don't mind paying a little extra for the HDD space, but I have 60GB of music and films on my phone as it goes everywhere and I can't be bothered copying to and from my PC at home.

2 Sim card sounds nice.

I second the genius of hand gestures for torch and camera.

Otherwise one plus 3?

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Happy

Re: There are no service packs for Win10

Darn!, you beat me to it.

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

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WTF?

Polished, really?

What part of Microsoft do you work for? You AC because your email is @Microsoft.com. :)

Easy to ignore the article but things like, "some are square, some are pills". That is a clear case of two ideas not meeting. Indicative of MS in general.

Comments like pull down menus being done for mouse but then brought into the OS, they are not polished for a thumb driven OS, they are pains in the rear, waiting to happen for a normal phone user who likes apps.

The music app still not being any good, well that is MS all over. Media playing in windows 8 still takes five hours to catalogue when you load up and can't run international standards for playlists without hassle and crashing.

But HTML that won't display... Really is a finished article that. :)

And so on...

I actually thought windows 8.1 was worthy of a buy, perhaps a second phone or cheap replacement. If that flagship turned up from Nokia I might even upgrade. But not now, think I will be staying with Android and hope MS get a windows 11 (but probably will be more like Blackberry by then)

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Meh

Re: Need an opt out

Argument little flawed. Road tax is meant to pay road tax, and you do pay for it in either bus fairs or taxi fairs, only pedestrians don't pay (and cyclists) Because the road tax isn't enough, that is a different reason, but the tax is still meant to cover it.

NHS, well your private medical company won't have an A&E or ambulance (you may wanna check) so you do pay for the NHS. Something everyone needs to remember when BUPA come calling, you still use the NHS to get there.

Schools, well education is part of taxes so you can have that one.

Most other taxes started out being something to cover where you CAN opt out, like VAT, don't buy and you don't pay it etc etc.

TV Tax is just another, my annoyance is buying a DVD player to watch DVD's generates threatening letters from the licence team. Would love to opt out so I can save my self money. Nothing good on TV if you don't like cooking or reality TV, the rest I can buy as a boxed set so the makers get their well deserved money.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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I genuinely don't understand MS anymore.

If I was a share owner or partner trying to back them, I would be very nervous right now.

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

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Comment.

Nasa used to have the screensaver that number crunched for them, they couldn't afford the huge super computers to number crunch, but a million home PC's number crunching in the background while on screen saver enabled them to do wonders collectively.

I can see that kind of thing being done with the phones, batteries aside a lot of phone do nowt, stucking our pockets and could be doing useful stuff (other than reporting to Google, Apple, M$ and the NSA what we do)

Not sure I want my phone controlling my house, but I can see a large number of apps that could run off my phone and then just plug in the relevant hardware to do it.

Someone already said though, we have OS fragmentations, as well as Hardware manufacturers wanting to protect their profit margins.

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

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Facepalm

Re: du -sh

Would have thought they used something like a dry run process, some kind of environment that would let them look at what the file is and does before it goes live.

I don't know lets call it test, you are testing the system so perhaps call it a test environment. Where you can then test the 13million transactions and find missing commas before it hits your live environment.

Or have I just worked in places with logical thinking?

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: Wonderful pieces of engineering

Certainly something when the only thing after all this time that will ultimately be the downfall of voyager is how long 'radiation' lasts in a battery.

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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Does seem to be US console-centric,

Port 666 in windows is Doom, I think that counts as popular culture regardless of whether you were "legally" old enough to play it.

Elite, Baldurs gate, worms as the first game you could play on your nokia phone, or solitaire for that matter.

I agree with the six as a six, but why six? Why not ten?

And age specific, WOW is newish, but half life set a benchmark for what can be done in a game (and the market that is valve / steam changed the way we consume games digitally and not on a disk.

Battlefield 1942 brought in multi online, pic k a vehicle and respawn type games that changed the market again. (then cloned into a cash cow for EA)

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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YIKES!!!

"Windows 10 previews get more polished with each build, but in terms of stability it is well behind where Windows 8 was in its final stages."

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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FAIL

Sad day but more to it than that me thinks.

I am alive because of a defender, built like a tank and when it rolls you can get out afterwards. What will farmers have to buy now?

Cheap crappy imports that are designed for the city and think more of "encap ratings" than "can it get to the high fields with a hay bail in winter."

Silly beaurocrats.

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I say Zuck off, YOU say Zuck off, we ALL say Zuck off

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Pint

Homework for the day.

Go home, kill off datr cookies. :)

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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

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FAIL

It is true.

BT do indeed invest heavily in infrastructure. Massive investment across the board.

Just a shame it is India's infrastructure as it certainly isn't in the UK.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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FAIL

Hmmmm less and less of a selling point.

So 9 versions is actually much less for normal people. Home is home, Pro is pro, Enterprise is for company's and then a mobile version. but MS like to flog the dead horse so we get Education versions? Why not just make it Home and sell it cheaper with an NUS number?

Why have two mobile versions, it reads like one is certain screen sizes, which leads me to believe something in there can't scale very well? Always a good indication and in no way hailing from poor programming practices.

Keep it simple and people will understand it.

But delaying updates until Home test it first, if ever there was a reason not to get Home then. :)

A licence you pay for or they shut you down? We all know in their current thinking when they make 10 obsolete the licence server will be turned off forcing an upgrade. Added to that I am not confident or happy in office 365 and their one password to rule them all malarky.

Shame, give me a buy outright licence for Windows 10 pro and I might be tempted.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Nice read.

Ignoring comments about Iproducts and how it should have been done (file it in B for bin perhaps)

Good article, laptops FTW if you wanna' do actual work. Leave tables to media consumption.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Re: You need to see the questions for context

Well technically correct, but 80000 years ago all humans shared genetic code from one person (family). So it wasn't millions of years ago, it was much closer than that. Oddly enough all women were 80000 years ago, men were slightly less I think 60000.

And cross breeding away from something is more a reason than evolution from something. I think there has been five distinct human species that I am aware, neanderthal being just one.

But many years since I did my Geology degree, and science has moved on in leaps and bounds.

And as my tutor used to tell me. Humans are closer (in time) to the T rex than the T rex was to the Stegasaurus. So we haven't been around at all in the grand scheme of things.

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

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FAIL

Shocker

Lync is okay is you don't think of it as a time wasting IM client and use it for the web and video business chat. (Expensive licence aside) Even then there are better but as Lync doesn't work with MS Direct Access it has become quickly out paced by most other competitors.

But Skype was always pants, you can't use it for business when it is NSA riddled, cloud based and peer to peer. A whole host of regulations should be flashing red warnings when you consider using Skype for business. Then again you can't use Office 365 so two things to avoid wrapped in one nice little package.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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FAIL

Re: Naughty, naughty

Google chrome is like a virulent cancer, everything seems to push it, install it or try. Java installs, Ccleaner from piriform and so on. It is one of those tick boxes no one ever reads on the "next" stage and when you get what you want, you find the Google Cancer on your desktop. not saying it is good or bad as a browser, but nefarious in the extreme. As I also never trust it is the Actual Chrome, lets face it a browser based on open source but installed by a back door is not really filling me confidence.

Adobe flash also includes the "Macafee security checks" (ticked by default) Which is installing very intrusive security software that you neither know or should trust. (and as Macafee is pants anyway why use it?) And why have two AV's on, that just spells disaster.

And you also have the "Ask Jeeves toolbar" which is one something I had to install recently on a home machine.

Now MS is doing it but using there (usually trusted) method for updates. Worlds gone mad.

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Delving into Office 2016: Microsoft goes public with new preview

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Meh

Meh!!

If they are asking for features, get rid of upload centre, give the user a choice. (I know, dirty word as they might choose None M$ afterall)

"Do you use the cloud?" And if you don't, upload centre disappears as another unneeded bloatware. Which M$ said previously they were looking to get rid of.

If you like giving everything to M$ good luck to you, if you want it on your machine and not in the US then why have something annoying you all the time, like UAC does, did.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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FAIL

So close to being a great article

Two problems arise.

1, If you take everything off a machine, then it is just another way for M$ to flog all that crap they call "cloud based stuff" which is right into the same ball park as the massive malware, bloat peddler Google. So your small slim phone, tablet etc, will be light weight and ultra fast but won't do anything without 4g web access because everything will be cloud based. Office 365 being the prime pre-requisite. With cloud comes perpetual cost, with cost comes handcuffs tying you into the contract. (And the fact they own your data) You are not buying a licence, but renting access to your data.

2. If M$ were capable of slimming down an OS then why haven't they done it? The flat install of windows 8 if scarily huge, windows 10 is not going to be slimmer and prettier. I have no faith in their technical skills of slimming it down, yet still leaving a phone with decent RAM and storage.

...But if we had a tick box at the start of install saying "I am about to install all of this cr*p, untick what you don't want." Then I can get rid of stuff I don't need, and then ONLY the OS and what I like is installed.

That would be soo refreshing.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Meh

Re: Update Security

I think if M$ servers are compromised then you have a point, however M$ have an interest in making sure they are secure.

Random chinese kid who downloads dodgy apps not knowing that they are actually targeting his peer to peer protocol won't be secure on any real set of measure to a multi billion dollar enterprise like M$

...and if say a hundred M$ servers are watched daily, the 10 million lazy / ignorant PC owners who haven't updated AV or got a decent update cycle) you can see which of them becomes a more likely target for script kiddies.

Bit torrent, you take what you get. M$ has at least a dedicated server and security team (you hope)

More interestingly, peer to peer are heavily traffic shaped in the UK, so would this fall into that? Steam, bit torrent and Windows traffic, all in one? Certainly makes the legitimate and dodgy downloads harder to track.

More worryingly the amount of people on the feedback process means we might actually end up back with TIFKAM, Oh heck!!!!

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Trollface

Even better idea.

If they can develop a tiny piece of software with more power than the windows OS, these guys should go an work at Microsoft. Just saying.

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Ban Minecraft? That's jive, Turkey!

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FAIL

This actually a real story?

Turkey want to be part of the EU. Ban free speech like Twitter, Google books and youtube then it is unlikely they will find the EU to their liking. But when your country has a civil war going on with the PKK, its good to concentrate on the little things. Helps distract peoples gaze.

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Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

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They have to get it right.

After 8, it simply has to work as people need to upgrade to something.

So take all the time you need.

Just remember, the mobile world runs and IOS and Android now, so you have to work with others in your sandbox. Can't have all those work desktops running windows 10 when the management all have Android and ios phones or ipads unless you talk to eachother, and you are coming late to the party so you need to adapt, not expect them to.

Awful Office 365 is not going to save your a$$. Can't have everything in the cloud when DPA says no.

World standards are the norm, not the exception. Lets have a proper browser, music format, picture format. As standard.... We know you can do it, but how about defaults this time?

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Microsoft chucks patent sueball at Kyocera over Android phones

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FAIL

Call me cynical but is it just me?

MS want to take one of a very small number of phone makers thinking of actually making Winphone mobiles? Taking them to court over Android phones. Is that a really pants way of making them do windows phone only?

Maybe the agreement they reach is that whatever rugged phone they make, they will also do a windows phone. I hate to think of this as a M$ tactic to simply get someone else other than Nokia to make windows phone.

More importantly, M$ own patents in Android so surely it is in their interest to do stuff in Android. So why are they so resistant and have been for so long. Only now have the awful 365 office versions started to come out in the play store, where is the rest of it? (I know they want people to buy the Winphone, but as the numbers are tiny, why not embrace android as well?

Patent law is pants.

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Samsung-Microsoft deal will bundle Office 365 with Android Knox

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The note 4 is king of bloatware.

Depending on which review you read there is a Samsung version of every google app, and the google app itself installed on them. Mine has 2 separate app stores, 2 browsers, 3 office suites, 2 cloud options, 3 photo album things, 2 calendars, 2 music and 3 video (technically 4 of each) Just because S is in front of it doesn't mean it is any different from the other versions installed. Plus a ton of stuff I can't figure out that has Samsung Hub associated with it.

And some you can't uninstall, as Samsung app store is very basic, you try telling Samsung you don't want whats app.

None of that includes the ones bundled by the likes of 02 or AT&T. If you read the ars-technica review it came with 4 separate app stores including the AT&T.

Samsung certainly likes to pre-install stuff. And now the creepware Google is joined by the NSA creepware MS?

And will this need an office 365 licence? looking at the Play store offering for MS office they are basic read only versions unless you have the "Must be online to check" 365 licence. Which is just silly for battery and using it in the country, big building, server room etc.

Hmmmm... I can see why they did it, but not sure I agree in why they did it.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Meh

Gonna be expensive.

You can't put a case on, and I guess replacement screens cost much more now they are curved. AND given the sides won't provide even the tiniest of protection, that screen will crack.

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

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Meh

Re: Uh, yeah ....

Didn't Gabe of Valve and Steam fame port Left for dead to Linux and come out with 30% better graphics when leaving DirectX3D in favour of OpenGL.

Or did I imagine that in the Reg article?

I can think of lots of MS games, Most are Ensemble or Bungie. Not sure any are Innovative. Halo is a clone of most things going and based on a book, Ensemble makes very good RTS games.

I digress.

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Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

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Re: Like I always said

Isn't that Bill Gate's mantra?

Naughty MS, silly MS, one step forward, 3 steps back.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: Flaw

Probably because like star trek or star wars, each planet would be its own entity in a greater alliance. So nukes might kill off one planet, but there would be enough colonies to continue survival of the species.

Assuming of course it isn't like Babylone 5 where the alliance then infights and more than one colony picks a side and gets nuked.

He is talking about survival of the species afterall.

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

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Can't wait for the pics in spring.

I can't comprehend how complicated it must be to travel outwards from here, for 3 billion miles and manage to meet everything else out there which is all moving at around 31,000 or faster.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Sadly not the case,

Our planet does that, Chandler wobble etc. 16000 and 32000 years if you look at the magnetic field and then the actual poles. Evidence can be found in the way magnetic particles are arrayed inside the earths crust, sediments etc. They align one way and in the next layer they are all another.

My geology degree had a piece on it, helps lend evidence to the theory that Atlantis was Antarctica because 10000 years ago it was on the equator. (well people walked on it)

Assuming we live that long as a species it will be 'interesting' day to relay on magnets or electromagnetism.

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China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****

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WTF?

Really?

Eh? The two biggest dictator ships and home to most of the hackers and internet scumbags want to impose government control of the internet.

When they can promise they can stop their countries being filled with spam, hackers and "security" holes then I will care. And Ideally when they can prove they are not horrendously nasty to their own population as this smacks of them keeping control to stop people speaking out?

But Cameron will probably agree as I think he is working on being the third biggest dictator....

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PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

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Re: Linux and Chrome OS could explain some of the difference...

Really? No one uses Android?

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Wait a second....

I thought "PC's were dead" and "tablets for the win". Few years ago apparently that was what will happen and we will all be mobile.

What happened? Oh yeah, market saturation and despite using 'tabs' for everything people are realising they have their use, but PC's are the ones you actually need for work etc. Now PC's are bouncing back? Probably not back to pre tablet days but easy to see the market is now perhaps levelling off to something of a norm.

All I got from this article is "Analysts are a bit pants".... Shocker.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Meh

Wow....

Surface 3 is nice piece of kit, I have played with one for a bit. But at the price to get a good one (512GB SDD and the i7 and decent RAM) with the add-ons you are talking nearer 2000. That is above imac-book-pro-air territory. Which is bigger and probably better. That is the problem.

Still 10 million phones in a market of 1.1 billion. Yikes!!!!!!

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

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Re: So let me get this right...

In all fairness it isn't just google. When I wrote to my MP and Phorm (all those years back) The ICO replied and said "...because people were not technically competent to understand the issues, I will not proceed on this matter."

It is a nice 3 page latter summarised with that one sentence.

Naughty Google.

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Really?

You have read some of the maths being banded about here, this place is filled with boffins.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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Coat

Re: Politicians

Yeah not like he is up for election soon... Or anything.... Or aware his party is fubar'd or anything.... Or trying to find another job POST MP. (Like on the board of Netflix)

I mean that would be lunacy to speculate...

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Re: Great news

Whaaaaaaa? Where do you work, seriously. I have never worked at a company where post-it notes are not needed. Hand written notes are not day to day.

Granted I also have never worked at a company that consider a tablet as business capable or been in a meeting where they haven't had to reach for the chargers of those iPads, (Thus running out of battery and then referring back to hand written notes. That bit always makes me smile)

Or worked for a place that is as security lax to allow evernote and cloud based file stores freely.

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Re: "The guy seems like exactly what MS needs."

Funny you should say that, I am having many problems in windows 8.1 trying to remove some files that are virus related but I can't because I am not an admin, yet I am an admin in groups and profile, 8.1 simply doesn't believe itself.

So when you don't want to be, you can be.

When you really frikkin' need to be, you can't. Gotta love MS.

Still if Google actually were keen on security they would fix any issues thrown there way to maintain the moral high ground. So it is a bit petty and childish name calling all this. Even though carriers and manufacturers not just giving default android with OTA when Google does are kind of to blame as well.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: WTF?

You don't know many banks. You might want to tell their cashpoints "department", some near me still run XP. I know because they blue screen in old XP style.

:)

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You go fast, but we go 'further' and 'deeper' – Voda tells 'Speedy' EE

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FAIL

As if....

One goes 'Fast', one goes 'further' and 'deeper' but both are incapable of covering my house in anything other than 0%.

And I live on the M62 corridor Not exactly the isle of Skye.

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Microsoft flings Office apps for Android slabs at world+dog

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WTF?

Re: People still use office?

Wow, I looked at Google docs and our IT security pointed me to the security flaws in cloud computing, the DPA regulation, FSA regulation and general worry about how "££$"!$"!£$ Google Docs is for actual security and then showed me the notes from an IT Security conference in 2014 he attended which listed the security flaws and bad practice Google / Android has, was and is in general for anything corporate. And we ran screaming from Google Docs.

Hope you are not meant to be looking at the DPA and FSA rules. (Don't even mention PCI or the GSX network) Which would rule out govt, insurance, financial, banking and the civil service. (but not NHS)

....but In app purchases... Errgggg that reads of money grabbing like the new photoshop cloud thingy.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Have an upvote.

I got the reference.

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Not app-y with VAT: Apple bumps up prices in Blighty, Europe, Canada

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Speaking as a non Apple person

If that is true, then good. Should be paying taxes locally (looking at all the big companies here). but when you are looking at 69p, the raise really going to be that big?

If you can afford the overpriced fan boi tablet anyway, a few extra pence won't matter?

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Lollipop licked: KitKat still king in Android land

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Unhappy

Manufacturers are to blame me thinks.

I would love lollipop, I would love kitkat but mine has an encrypted bootlocker and isn't supported by the manufacturer anymore as they want to sell more kit. So my tablet remains old.

Should be a law that says all updates after a certain time come direct from google and you can click somewhere to accept that it might not work. instead of a really expensive phone / tablet being stuck years behind. Or just one simple process to remove all the bootlocker cr*p that WON'T brick my tablet so I can stick on a mod.

And because of fads by big tech firms, I can't get a like for like to my transformer prime. Nothing with the keyboard and battery, instead I can only get plastic magno-lock type styles which are pants.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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I think you hit the nail on the head.

Also a good reason this article is perhaps laden with bias.

A game that has a huge outcry because they are not doing what they said for offline play and making everything online, then loses all of its online play.

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