* Posts by Sandtitz

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US trade watchdog deep-sixes patent infringement claim against Microsoft

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Re: Interesting comment..

"Which patents MS is charging too much or bundling with others?"

Are you kidding? Microsoft makes more money ripping off Android phone manufacturers for bogus patents than it sells Windows phones!

I'm not kidding. The questions stand - which patents MS is bundling with other patents?

MS is charging for patents - that is obvious. How much is MS charging and what would be the reasonable price?

It's why companies in the phone space need lots of patents. So Microsoft/Nokia don't sue. What's the word: "Cartel"?

The word is MAD. I think one player even used the phrase 'thermonuclear war'.

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Re: Interesting comment..

"charging too much, tying in useless patents to essential ones, not actually making any products and discriminating"

And Microsoft says this? I thought that is what Microsoft did all the time.

Which patents MS is charging too much or bundling with others?

Microsoft makes loads of products. For example, most computers contain software made by MS.

Which customers MS is discriminating?

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Jailbreaking pirates popped in world's largest iCloud raid – 225,000 accounts hit

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Re: Walled Guarding

"AFAIK Internet Explorer is never likely to be made available for iOS."

Likely never, but with Office landing on IOS and Android platforms you never know...

"I believe that's the only one now available that isn't WebKit underneath."

Firefox uses Gecko engine. Chrome/Opera doesn't use WebKit but a fork of it, Blink. Opera Mini still uses the Presto engine I believe. Each have their own features (including bookmark sync and the Opera Mini data compression) that some users have found quite useful.

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First pics of flagship Lumias for 18 months released … or maybe not

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Re: except @asdf

Revenue increasing doesn't mean profit is.

I never said so.

Since the article doesn't state the amount of profit (or loss) how can you say the Xbox is tanking? If you have the figures - show them.

Even if PS4 is ahead in console wars of this generation with quantity and profits, it doesn't necessarily mean that the rest of the competition are just losing money.

NB: I'm not a console owner and not interested in owning one, but I think it's good for the customers to have more players than just Sony and Nintendo.

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Re: except @asdf

"and it shows as even their one success story the Xbox is starting to tank."

How is it tanking?

Gamespot reports that PS4 is outselling Xbox 2:1, but the business is growing for Microsoft, as well as for Sony.

...Microsoft, meanwhile, revealed Xbox Platform revenue increased $86 million, which translates to a 10 percent growth. According to the company, this was driven by "higher volumes of consoles sold, offset in part by lower prices of Xbox Ones sold."

Microsoft said it moved 1.4 million consoles in the fourth quarter compared to the previous year's 1.1 million. It did not clarify the exact contribution Xbox One made to this figure, opting instead to combine sales of the console with its predecessor, the Xbox 360.

Total Xbox revenue showed a growth of 27 percent compared to the same period last year. This increase was attributed to console sales, Xbox Live transactions, and first party game sales.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: I have an Honor 6

"And yes, I'm aware Huawei is a bigger company than Sony are these days but Sony is high profile enough that it needs to support it's users"

There's cause and effect in the same sentence. Huawei and several other companies don't invest into documentation or post-sales support - hence they can sell identical kit with a cheaper pricetag.

You and I represent a small minority of the users. Most people don't know or care if their device could or should be updated - it doesn't factor into their buying decisions. People buy phones based on price, aesthetics, price, brands (Apple), price and suggestions of other people. Some purely compare specifications and select the one with the most megapixels - more pixels means better image quality, right?

The 'Man from Del Monte' inside me says yes for companies that put the extra effort in support and I strive to buy the quality stuff even as it usually costs more upfront. But I know the hoi pollow don't.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re: Ah, memories...

Oh, and a quick note - back in those days, 13 floppies was pretty close to the definition of Bloat. Only Windows NT, OS/2 and perhaps a full install of Office 95 could make you do more floppy swapping! Oh how we rejoiced at CDs...

I didn't think of it as bloat back then, since games such as Ultima 7 and Wing Commander 2 (with the speech pack) needed even more floppies... And I think Win3.11 came with 9 floppies - with the last 3 or so floppies containing just drivers. I was of course a somewhat masochistic OS/2 user but defected later to NT4. I'd like to remind that OS/2, Win95 and later came with 3,5" diskettes that were specially formatted to contain more than 1.44M.

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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Re: FAT-free @thames

The reason why cameras and other such things use FAT is because Windows already has FAT without having to load a special driver.

The cameras and other devices could just as well use UDF since it's supported by practically every OS since Windows 95.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: 25,000 patches sounds pretty bad, but... @heyrick

"3. Some patches are patches of patches - remove again."

And how does one know without manually auditing every single patch?

How many people manually audit every single patch?

The update list probably contains updates to every IE versions between 6-11. If the clients can be updated to the latest versions then earlier patches can be dismissed.

25000 updates in WSUS sounds like it includes drivers and probably way more languages and products than were needed. Yes, I've seen cases where every product was selected for no good reason...

I'd first remove the drivers since if the computers already work you shouldn't try to fix them! Then I'd deselect all unneeded products and languages, and uncheck tools/feature packs and other classifications, create automatic approval rules and run the WSUS cleanup.

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iOS storing enterprise credentials in directory anyone can read

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Re: Remind me again of the benefits of being in the Apple walled garden? @AC

Two problems with you (infantile) post:

Only two?

1. Baaaad Apple. How dare they charge what the market will bear! Seriously.

I didn't say anything like that. I said that Apple is charging a premium for their luxury product. I'm not condemning them for making money.

...and even if I did you shouldn't take Apple bashing personally. Take a stress pill and think things over. You'll live longer.

2. So one rule for one company because you just don't like 'em and different for everyone else?

No, you misunderstood. I don't dislike iPhones. I said they're expensive.

If I buy a premium phone for a premium price I expect better customer service than from some Chinese fly-by-night company that sells landfill phones. If Microsoft/Google decides to sell Lumia/Nexus phones with the Apple prices then I would expect similar support from them too.

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Re: Remind me again of the benefits of being in the Apple walled garden? @Hans 1

People cry about Apple no longer supporting phones released 3 or 4 years ago, when a number of Windows Phone 8.1 devices will not be able to upgrade to 10

Has there been announcements about the lack of upgrades for WP8.1 phones?

Wikipedia lists obscure non-Nokia/Microsoft models and makers I've never heard of and I wouldn't be surprised if some/many of them get no love from the manufacturers after the sale, but AFAIK all WP8.x Lumias are getting the upgrade at some point, including my trusty 820 which was the first WP8 phone released almost 3 years ago.

Will MS provide the WP10 for free for each manufacturer? If it costs more than the labor needed to integrate drivers then there can't be much incentive for the no-name manufacturers to support devices that were sold for pittance (less than €100 or so) in the first place. Same thing with no-name Android devices.

Apple however has always asked premium prices for their phones and since they have 100% control of the device and OS I think it goes without saying that minimum of 4 years of support since launch is something that I'd expect if I ever bought an iPhone.

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Re: buisness use on AD

Whilst it's perfectly possible to make this device work with Windows Pro and join it to a domain you will run foul of licensing terms unless you buy retail (not VLK) licenses for windows pro

Why is that? Sure you can use Pro licenses in a domain, that's the key differentiator between Pro and non-Pro (previously "Home").

The non-pro version can be upgraded with the purchase of an upgrade code. It's a 10 minute process to enable the Pro code and after a reboot the OS is Pro.

I also think that as a business device they are hampered by being wifi only.

Not only that but the lack of RAM/SSD space and poor CPU limit this to thin client territory; the stick can't be secured with a Kensington; if the RAM/SSD/anything breaks the whole stick is landfill; monitors are usually equipped with DP, though the adapter is cheap; you can't plug in a second monitor easily - I'm not really fond of Displaylink monitors.

I'd rather take the cheapest NUC or something similar if one had to do thick client work.

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Re: pricing?

Since it supports USB booting, you're free to change the installed OS within reason.

But it voids the warranty.

Warranty void if generic OS is replaced with another one?

Perhaps in the "Land of the Free", but elsewhere your warranty will still be valid.

The world is more than just Windows and Ubuntu.

UEFI and GPT are 10 year old tech and according to Wiki FreeBSD should support them both.

Is OpenBSD < FreeBSD?

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Intel building Xeon into lapwarmers as designers, content creators call the shots

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Re: What's the betting....

So... what is the problem?

This is aimed for laptops. People in general don't upgrade laptop processors. It's impossible with BGA (soldered) chips anyway and even if the CPU is replaceable your old laptop doesn't acquire ECC or Thunderbolt 3 or other features.

Since the Xeons probably have a different number of PCIe lanes, the Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and most importantly support for ECC memory, it is highly likely that it requires a new socket.

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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Re: Check again in September

"Who doesn't, if even only occasionally, play Solitaire?"

I certainly don't.

So how are the happy upgraders going to react when they discover that they have to visit the Windows Store and download and install it?

Win8 updaters won't feel a thing since Solitaire wasn't included in it either.

The rest will either download the real thing from Microsoft Store, or they'll download an alternative free solitaire game from the store or from the web.

Earlier Windows versions have had games that weren't ported to later versions - Reversi, Pinball, Minesweeper - and while people like you lamented their disappearance, they either moved on, or the more savvy people either installed another game.

Then there is the add-on DVD player, free for now, and $14.95 later, and even if the PC has a Blue Ray drive, the DVD player will only play standard DVDs.

I'd recommend downloading VLC or MPC-HC or something similar. Even for Windows 7.

Windows 7/8 Media Player didn't have Blu-Ray playback either so there's no loss in that regard.

AFAIK, DVD and Blu-Ray playback (along with possible Dolby licenses etc) require a license that cost something >$0. The Blu-Ray would also require consistent DRM updates which needs labor. The DVD add-on is unlikely to be a goldmine for MS, instead the $15 (from probably a very small portion of the whole userbase) is there to cover all labor, licensing and so forth.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: Marketplace?

Damnation Alley could be described as a "cross country drive in a hired car".

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Author fail

"A user need not look past DirectX 11.1 as a prime example of encouraging users to migrate. DirectX 11.1 was released in early 2013, some six and a bit years before the January 2020 end of life for Windows 7. It was also an Xbox One exclusive so all those Xbox 360 users just got shoved off a cliff!"

Just...wrong.

XBOX 360 was launched back in 2005 and the then rather powerful ATI graphics chip (with DX9 capabilities) inside doesn't have the capabilities to handle the requirements set for DX11. The GPUs from the same era do not have the latest OpenGL capabilities either, and no reasonable person should expect that.

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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

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"Nah. Not that expensive mate. Aiming high, we're probably at $1500 for the chassis, $1500 each for the chips, $4000 for the RAM and $3500 per card? This is a $15K server. Tops."

Not even close.

The chips (e5-2697v3) are something like $2700 apiece = $5400

4 x Tesla K40 = $12K

256GB DDR4 2133 ECC = $2500

Pair of undefined 15k drives and 6x480GB SSDs equal about $2000.

So, along with the $1500 chassis the server equals $28800

Prices are from Amazon and are in USD.

"Supermicro!"

If you'd really do your journalist part you should get your figures right but also tell what makes this server board superior to all the rest. Is there any other reason to choose this server unless you need to drive 4 Tesla cards in 2U? And, as you propose scenario of a rack full of such servers why not go for 4U units such as the 4028GR-TR that can take 8 such cards? What would be the benefit for either approach?

You mention that "the maximum amount of compute capacity you can cram in to 2U of rack space" but that's only the amount of GPU compute power you can cram into this - there are 2U servers with 4 Xeons and which can take more RAM.

The replacement of internal USB/SD with the DOM SATA connectors bugs me a bit - how do you mount the drives in another system or USB cradle since the power connector is also nonstandard? Certainly the negligent power savings angle doesn't quite fit in an article about a server with 2kW PSUs. Why didn't SM settle for PCIe M.2 if they oppose industry standard USB and SD? Those (M.2) are not capacity limited, they're cheaper, abundant and several times faster. I'd like to hear your opinions on these things.

"We inadvertently got the chance to test this as the ambient temperatures soared to 35 degrees Celsius outside and the server was left on during testing to heat the room it occupied. The system handled elevated ambient temperatures quite well."

So it worked according to the specs. How about that!

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

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Re: How come...? @Jeffy

"This [metered connection]should have been built into the OS at least five years ago, if not ten."

The metered connection option was introduced 3 years ago in Windows 8, and it is easy to set: right clicking you wireless/3g network connection and just select "set as metered connection".

Windows Update and some other OS features like Onedrive can be instructed to not download/sync when you're using a metered connection. Similarly 3rd party software can use the API and restrict network usage.

I think this option would have been built into the OS 10 years ago if someone had come up with the idea! Where were you 10 years ago? ;-)

That the feature is not (yet?) in any other OS is likely not due to coding challenges.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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Re: Privacy?

Perhaps the lack of adblocking is the reason El Reg is pushing this browser...?

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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"2) The App Store... I've not seen anything on costs yet. It would be nice to be able to figure out the cost of ownership including apps."

The cost of ownership has been zero for me on Windows 8 PCs and my smart phones over the years. I have installed several free programs on my smart phone, and tried it a couple of times with the PCs. The App Store is just an additional way of installing software and Windows 10 will runs all your previous Windows software, although compatibility is going to be a problem just like with Windows 8, 7, Vista and so on...

"3) Updates from other PC's on the Internet. Now this is truly scary. What's to stop this from being an attack surface?"

This sounds very much like how BitTorrent works - is BT (and other decentralized methods of distributing software) somehow compromised? I've downloaded all the Linux distros with BT and I'm not worried at all.

"They will let us run a PC's for testing and learning.. so I guess I get to fire one up in the next month or so."

Exactly.

I'm not that interested in Win10, but I'll be updating some computer(s) just to see how it works since I believe a few hundred million ordinary people out there is going to do the update anyway.

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World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

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100m?

"I see your Schwartz is as big as mine. Now let's see how well you handle it."

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: From one mistake to another...@Pascal

Windows 1 0 does not bring any useful security items to the table

What security items are you missing?

enforces radical change in my habits

Start menu is different, though less so than Win8 Start screen. What else?

ties me to the effin' Cloud which I do NOT accept

No, it doesn't. You don't have to use any part of Microsoft's effin' Cloud.

expects me to rent my applications

WTF? How does the OS force you to rent your applications? Please explain in detail.

and forces a godawful Store on me that I have not had to cope with since I started my computing experience in 1986.

Don't fucking use the Store then. Happy? My Win8 laptop has the Store and I haven't bothered with it at all.

I'm coping with the app store on my smart phone, and my computing experience goes way beyong yours.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: So close!

"The days of processor upgrades may be over with intel creating new "generations" every two years, but I'd like to be able to swap the disk and add memory - up to 16G (not 8G, Apple). And I want a matte screen."

Then buy a model with a matte screen and upgradeable memory! They're still produced you know. Clearly this laptop model just isn't for you.

"And it should come in at around MBA prices."

What? HP should jack up their prices to please you?

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Re: Can you run Linux on it @teknopaul

"USB Lan adapter, can you even install Linux on it?"

It's unlikely that you can install Linux on the LAN adapter. ;-) However, It is likely that the LAN adapter itself is supported under Linux. There are plenty of LAN adapters on the market, you wouldn't have to buy an HP one...

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'Plague Scanner' controls multiple AV engines, for $0.00

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Re: Seriously? @theodore

If the AV is active it will scan the file immediately when it is written to the share. The few AV solutions (I'm familiar with) can report positives via e.g. SNMP so the result would be instant. The same AV programs can also be commanded via CLI, so the manual scanning can be invoked remotely.

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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@Malcolm 1

I have a 10-year old Sony rear-projection TV with HDMI input. While it's a 720p set, in reality it was something like 1190*650 or something like that and while that mattered little when watching films, it was annoying to not see the OS or application menus since they were located under the bezel. Custom resolution (or underscan) to the rescue then.

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Red Hat bolts the stable with RHEL 6.7

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Re: Red Hat has many customers on the “stable, proven and predictable” RHEL 6.xx

"If a reboot (or downtime) of a single server causes a problem, the people in charge ain't doing it right"

That doesn't apply to small businesses. To have uninterrupted service while rebooting requires some sort of clustering, shared storage and thus server administration is beyond bosses nephews skills and must be outsourced to someone with skills and expensive hours.

I'm somewhat interested to know how long the server is booting up, including all the POST stuff. When you're rebooting a server remotely (without iLO or other means to monitor the boot process) some servers with lots of memory and storage and start-up scripts take like 10+ minutes to come back on-line. It's nerve-racking unless you actually know the time it takes for full service.

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Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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Re: It's already happening...

"No car manufacturer spends "billions" on any new vehicle's software and firmware, let alone the security thereof."

That Car Trade Ass. canned answer is there to make people feel safe and to make sure people continue to buy cars. That they didn't address the DAB hack (or other hacks) is outside of their expertise. They're just spokesmen and lobbyers for the car manufacturers and dealers.

The way I read the answer was that *altogether* the auto industry has spent and/or will spend billions in passenger safety (the 'secure' part ) - they didn't mention software or electronics in any way.

Whether the Billion is still a right figure I don't know. Obviously lots of money has been spent on all those crash tests, development of crumple zones, seat belts, roll cages, child safety, placement of fuel tanks (Ford Pinto) and so on.

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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"I don't know much about football, but is it really so unusual not to be a member of FC Barcelona? What percentage of Spanish adult males are members?"

It is unusual to be a member of FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona is owned and operated by the supporters - i.e. members. Wikipedia says that there were approx. 170,000 members in 2010. I couldn't find any demographic information about members in the FCB website.

I have too much free time so here's my educated guesswork:

The population in Spain was about 40,500,000 back then (2010), and the sex ratio was 0,96 so about 19,800,000 males. Adulthood in Spain is defined as 18 years but the demographics in CIA don't break the age groups into 0-18 years, so further deducing tells me that around 80% are adults - 15,840,000.

170000 / 15840000 * 100 = 1,07%. A small subset may be foreigners so let's call it an even 1 percent - especially without exact demographic numbers.

NB: The numbers were lifted from Wayback machine and are not current.

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Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

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Re: re remote terminate @Primus

"MS have just remotely terminated"

Security Essentials isn't terminated remotely, the software just doesn't receive any new AV signatures.

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Fondleslab, wristjob action just not doing it for Apple right now

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Re: 3.9M Apple Watches

Even if those 3.9M Apple Watches were the cheapest $349 "bargain" models Apple would still have raked in $1.361B. The cost of material is reportedly at somewhere to the tune of $85, so the profit is still a cool $1B or so. While the development and advertisements and logistics etc. have cost tens or even hundreds of millions, the whole project must still be highly profitable even if the sales figures are in the WinPhone category.

Whether Apple can sell the thing in the future remains to be seen. Are people ready to upgrade their watch every (few) years, or is the market already saturated?

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Re: @Sandtitz - not on my network in a million years. @AC

"And how's for the mandatory Microsoft account to use their app store ?"

I'm not against accounts when it comes to using the app stores, since the usage of an app store is optional. Whether the OS is Android, Win, IOS, OSX, Steam or whatever.

If either upgrading to Windows 10 or logging into / using Windows required MS account then I would be as pissed as anybody else in here.

Apple is of course subjected to different standards. Asking to create and use Apple ID is a wonderfully benign gesture from Apple, but the MS Account is just naughty vendor lock-in. Google pushing their own Google Account doesn't seem to get the bad press either.

"If you're so fond of Windows 10"

Relax, sonny boy. I haven't formed an opinion of Win10 yet, as I haven't bothered with the beta.

"there's no wonder you're not good at all at any other OS."

No wonder you're posting as an AC. I wouldn't post such silly name calling with my handle either.

"If I were you I'd stop writing this nonsense."

Dear Coward, please point the nonsensical points in my post. I bet you can't.

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Re: not on my network in a million years.

"I want PC's that can open programs (not just Apps) that I install because my users NEED them."

Did IQs drop sharply?

Win10 allows you to open programs just like the previous Windows versions. I know plenty of people on these forums repeat that false mantra but it doesn't make it true. The App Store in Win8 can be disabled and that's likely for Win10 too if it bugs you.

"Not have a load of Bloat added to the machines that has no place on a work machine."

The linked MS website states that to enable the Xbox streaming App you need to install it first. So it's not necessarily included in the system image.

"AS for updates dont even get me started on these"

I think we should wait the couple weeks until Win10 is released and see how the update mechanism works: whether it is always-on as reported, and whether it can be disabled.

While we're on the topic of OS updates...

My other laptop has Mint 16 and it silently ceased to update itself. Plenty of errors but no indication that it's EOL. Why can't Mint give any hint to end users about the situation and offer an easy upgrade mechanism to a supported version? Do other distros do this? Is this better than say WinXP which has whined about the lack of support since year ago?

Likewise I've met plenty of Macs that are running 10.7 or somesuch version with either no updates ever installed (non-technical users) or with all updates - but the system is still vulnerable since support for that OSX version has been silently dropped. The Mac App Store has the update link to Yosemite (and it works very well, though the mandatory Apple ID is a stupid requirement) yet some people never venture into the App Store and are not even given a hint about its existence.

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Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

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Funny review

...and mirrors my feelings. I saw the trailer and the Thomas the Tank Engine part made me chuckle but I'd never pay the ludicrous ticket prices they're asking for these days for this kind of junk.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Re: good question about the APPS

Sure you can uninstall them. You'll just have to root your TV first...

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Re: This stuff vs full HTPC?

I'm an HTPC guy (HDI Dune owner) as probably are many other forum readers here but I also have to have a simple system for kids, non-techie wife and parents/in-laws. Recording / pausing to USB storage, catch-up service, Netflix - some of those "smart" features are used practically daily in my household. They all work with a single remote with a simple interface for even the IT declined.

If the TV could just understand network shares, MKV, reasonable selection of codecs and subtitles formats I couldn't be happier. Never gonna happen with Sony though...

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RC4 crypto: Get RID of it already, say boffins

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Re: WPA or WPA2?

"Basically, you probably have only one option left on your wifi access point (AP) that provides even a modicum of security. It is WPA2 with a pre-shared key or PSK and AES for encryption. The 2 is important and the AES is important. Turn off the rest."

While WPA2 with AES is safe at the moment, I can only recommend that solution for very small companies and homes. For the rest the only reasonable solution is to use WPA2 Enterprise (Radius authentication).

With PSK you mostly need to hand the key to the end-user, and they have access to the WLAN even after they have left the company. Changing the PSK on each device is fine for a handful of devices but with say 50 users it's already getting difficult to reach all people and safely distribute the key. With Radius the user just uses the user name and password on AD/LDAP, and if the said user leaves the company the deactication of that account automatically removes the WLAN rights.

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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Re: Continuum @Mikel

"One of the things that has made the smart phone popular is that it is not like a desktop PC with Windows."

They're popular because the fit into small place and work without mains power. They're not at all like desktop computers and are in completely different beasts.

And WTF are you whining about? Android devices can be hooked to BT keyboard and the display can be projected with Mira/Chromecast. Is that feature somehow verboten in your bizarro world? Why?

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Graphics Drivers

"I've been waiting almost a year for Intel to develop them so we can migrate.....but no joy."

So...your company would have migrated to the Win10 beta almost a year ago if only Intel had better gfx drivers???

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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

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Re: @zmodem again

No really, WHERE do you scrape this bollocks from?

HP specs their servers to withstand -30C in shipment, IBM (Lenovo) specs them at -40C.

Try again.

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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

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Re: change the photo

I've only seen one old timer wear "klompen"

Right. The clogs should have been replaced with a space cake.

Relax a little. I find nothing insulting in traditional garments.

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Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

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Re: No thanks, Zapp

"I use cash a lot of the time."

There's the difference. I haven't really bothered with cash for the last 15 years or so.

"If you enjoy being analysed by marketers, that's your privilege."

"Now, a load of sites I visit pester me with ads for that camera."

The sites would just shower you with some irrelevant ads then. Me? I block 'em.

As an example, while I'm listening to music on Youtube/Spotify I am not at all bothered with their recommendations of similar music - I've actually found something interesting from time to time.

I believe there's a difference with websites and tracking cookies, and brick'n'mortar marketing. I couldn't care less what the supermarket thinks of my regular shopping there.

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Re: No thanks, Zapp

"I don't want my payment history pored over by supermarkets. That's why I never use loyalty cards."

That's Tinfoilhattery. Do you use cash or plastic then? Cheques?

The supermarket chain I have a loyalty card enables me to browse my shopping receipts on the their web service. The warranty receipts are also stored in the account. All these available on my smart phone, too. When there have been product recalls the chain has contacted the buyers directly. What's wrong with that?

And no, I'm not anywhere near Britannia.

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Kingston offers up its fastest SATA SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB

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Just another boring SSD

Those uncompressible speeds in Crystaldiskmark are actually bit worse than the benchmark results of my 2-year-old 256GB Samsung 840 Pro. The sequential writes are a bit faster but everything else is slower.

The SATA SSD drives are not very much worth reviewing anymore since the interface has been a bottleneck for the last couple of years now. Here's hoping NVMe/SATA Express gains more traction soon.

I have several older Kingston HyperX models and I like the screwdrivers (w/ multiple heads) and the USB cradles a lot - though the cradle's are only USB 2.0. Most of the Sandforce based HyperX drives have bitten dust and I'm not eager to throw money at Kingston anymore.

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What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

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Re: Just bad corporate culture. @JEDIDIAH

"Microsoft is run from the sales department and not engineering."

You can say that for any corporation that's out to make money.

Whenever engineers run companies they usually run them to ground.

"They have always been deficient."

Nonsense.

"This isn't just a Linux versus Windows thing."

I'm not making this a Win/Lin fight.

I'm just asking kryptylomese why Linux runs better on low-end hardware because Linux is (according to him) more secure. Simple as that.

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"Linux runs much better on crap hardware than Windows because Linux is far more optimised, performant, secure, scalable, opensource, free, portable and has huge software repositories for most distributions."

Wipe the foam off your mouth first.

Can you please give an in-depth explanation how being (supposedly) more secure, more open source, more free, more portable and having huge software repos result in Linux running better in crap hardware?

After that, please explain how Linux is far more optimized, performant and so forth. Please don't cite your usual "TOP500" references since this stick belongs to the BOTTOM500.

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Hello Tosh, got a downrated 6TB spinner? Yes, for slower workloads

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Re: Bring back Quantum Bigfoot drives, big, slow, cool, reliable...

Reliable? Quantum Bigfoots were the first hard drives I encountered that actually needed firmware updates to NOT cause corruption while writes. I remember regularly using a dozen or so BBS's back then but I can't remember hard drive firmware updates to any models in the file areas.

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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

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Re: Fools and Horses @Donn Bly

> Then what happens when customers prefer the alternatives and reply to Google, "You will NOT be missed"?

Then we will have proved that Google is not and never was a monopoly, and that the claims against it are unjustified.

No. Whether Google is a monopoly or whether they are abusing their monopoly power I cannot say. (the courts will) Also, monopoly per se isn't illegal. Microsoft was a monopoly 20 years ago or so even if there were other operating systems available. They just used their monopoly power to oust the rest of them out of business. Hence the US vs MS antitrust case.

If a monopoly business was to somehow vanish overnight then other businesses would likely arise to meet the demand. Google has several different services but I know of none that couldn't be offered by any other company. If MS would have been terminated back then - other software providers would have filled the gap.

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VMware, Microsoft in virtualised Exchange blog battle

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Re: Shark jumped @AC

Comparing that POP3 server to Exchange is like comparing a telnet server to web server.

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