* Posts by Sandtitz

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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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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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UI design

So what you’re saying is that I should look for missing icons? My user role on the system is clearly displayed as a row of icons that aren’t there? I should keep my eyes peeled for icons that cannot be seen?

In my experience, the people who come up with and code such braindead UI designs cannot be talked into changing the behaviour. They don't understand why it is braindead even though you show how it is counterintuitive or just stupid design. They just dismiss any disagreements with their beliefs or get angry. There's plenty of otherwise great coders who know nothing of designing interfaces.

I've seen plenty of software where the UI is coded without utilising the standard window/UI controls provided by the OS - when you're filling a form for example you cannot tab from field to field, Oh no, you must use the mouse. And clicking on the field erases its old contents first. And even if TAB does work then the order of the fields is seemingly randomized.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: Windows updates I can understand their viewpoint

Why didn't you just roll back the driver in device manager?

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Re: There is a problem though!

"Drivers AFAIK are always offered as 'optional' updates"

Correction: If there is no driver installed THEN Windows Update will load the driver if available.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Re: Which is why @Charles 9

clocks still have 12 hours on their faces, and that's the way we like it,

Does your clock faces also indicate AM & PM? Digital clocks here have 24 hours.

just as we like our feet and inches just the way they are.

"America fuck yeah!"

On this side of the pond elementary schoolers can convert easily between e.g. sq meters and sq kilometers. In their heads.

How many can convert sq miles to sq feet or do you just memorize the factors? What about cubics?

Let's not delve into the other imperial silliness such as rods, furlongs & chains.

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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nice try

Was it the same rogue coder at Google who accidentally enabled wifi data slupring with the Street View cars?

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Re: Exactly

"I've yet to meet anyone, ever, that thought JarJar was worth a damn."

I'm really tempted to watch that first prequel with my 5-year-old kid and indoctrinate her to endear Jar Jar just to infuriate her godmother who is big fan of the SW (and Harrison Ford or course).

Anytime people praise SW a bit too much I tend to show them the SW Holiday Special. One of the most painful experiences ever.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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"There are 2 problems I've observed with this arrangement: one, if you want to do local networking with other computers you're out of luck (the other networked computers won't be seen by the MSA computer)"

Untrue. Windows 8.x computers I have at home work with other computers and the NAS just fine without MS Accounts.

"two, if you no longer have access to the MSA account (say you registered with an ISP email and later changed ISPs) you lose the ability to recover if you forgot you password."

Untrue. If you select in the password recovery process that you no longer have access to the mailbox you are given a chance to recover the password via another email address and after that you're taken to a web form where you are supposed to enter as much info as possible including previous passwords, credit card information (if bought anything), and so on. Probably someone at MS looks at the info and if it is satisfactory - you can reset the password. Not that I've ever ventured that far.

The same thing with Google Account, and maybe with Apple ID as well.

"You can create another account in Windows, but the process deletes all your old files."

Untrue. You can login to the same computer with other MS Accounts but they're all restricted to their own user folders unless you give them admin rights. It's not different to local accounts and not data is deleted from other accounts, why would it?

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"If you don't want to use an MSA, then you may as well remain on Vista because that's been required since 8.1 and apparently, that will be required for 10."

Bullshit. You just don't have any idea what you're talking about.

Microsoft Account is not mandatory on any generally available Windows version. Just like Apple ID or Google Account are not mandatory on their respective platforms.

Apple/Google/MS are of course pushing users to create these accounts on their mobile and desktop OS varieties but they are not required. Without these accounts you are just locked out of app stores and the backup/sync mechanisms and other perks.

" For everything else, I use Mac OS"

Oh. Are you using it without Apple ID? How easy was it to upgrade to e.g. Mavericks or Yosemite without it?

"Almost every website out there attempts location tracking."

Perhaps. But what does that got to do with the MS Account?

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Google-owned smart-gumble-maker Nest snubs Google's smart-gumble OS Brillo

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Re: Protecting users' privacy?

"At the very least Google does do some things to try to protect your privacy"

Did Google really try to protect our privacy when the Street View cars sniffed all that wifi data?

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Bing to encrypt search traffic by default

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Re: Bing

How is Ask Jeeves bloody awful?

Is this a game?

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Re: Bing

How is it bloody awful?

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

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Re: WIll the POSReady hack work on it?

Unlikely but you probably won't break anything by trying it...

POSReady was based on 32-bit XP so that'll immediately rule out 64-bit 2003 servers. Server 2003 also has extra components so obviously you wouldn't get updates to DNS and such. IIS version in 2003 is v6.0; IIS for XP was v5.1. SBS servers wouldn't get updates for Exchange and other SBS components.

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Re: No Windows Small Business Server 2012

the cost to go from Windows Small Business Server 2003 premium to server 2012 + full exchange + full sql-server + full sharepoint is a little to expensive for an small company's ... ( 5 to 15 man strong )

I'l like to point out that the expertise to administer Exchange 2003 is trivial compared to any later versions. Exchange 2003 was practically point'n'clink to setup and maintain whereas these days it's pretty much all command-line. A SMB with 5-to-15 people usually don't have Exchange/Sharepoint gurus and since those are components usually are facing the internet you should be extra sure that they're safely configured and maintained.

and No not every small company want to go to the trap-cloud solution of Microsoft

What do you mean with 'trap'?

You're free to cancel your O365 subscription and point your MX records elsewhere. Several ISPs and other shops are selling O365 -like packages with the data residing in the same country if that's to your liking.

The basic Office 365 package (sans Office applications) costs $5 per user per month. So for $75 you'll get 15 x 50GB mail boxes in an Exchange that's always maintained and clustered. Do the maths - how much does Exchange + licenses + hardware + installation + running costs (energy and manpower) cost vs. the solution MS is peddling? It'll take years to break even.

It is very unlikely that the 15 man company has a BOFH of their own. And if the BOFH is outsourced - a single hour of his time per month will have cost the same or more than that 75 bucks.

There are good use cases for having Exchange in-house - enough users and a good admin, or as was the case with SBS2003 which was reasonably simple and at the time your other options was to buy small POP3/MAP boxes from your ISP or somesuch, with encryption and SMTP auth costing extra.

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Re: Cortana lived a VERY

"As I understood it voice recognition is not quite ready to be standalone with the oomph available on portable devices, although this information might be out of date."

I had a somewhat working speech recognition in OS/2 Merlin almost 20 years ago. My desktop back then was a 100MHz Pentium and while the experience could have been smoother it worked once you had taught it your speech patterns. Maybe it was handy for slow or disabled typers, the novelty soon wore off on me.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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"I'm not following you re: price. The barebones model you listed is selling at a steep discount on Amazon but it's still $530, not including RAM and hard drive. The base model Mac Mini only costs $500 and that includes everything. So I'm not following your factor-of-two price difference comment."

That's an apples to oranges comparison.

The NUC5i7RYH model is the highest end model which should be compared to the 2.6/2.8GHz model configured with the optional i7 CPU, which brings the minimum price to $1000, and the processing power to about the same. The upgrade from 8GB to 16GB is $200, so it's $1200 for the Mac Mini - and this is only with the 5400rpm 1TB HDD model.

The lowest price for the NUC is actually $477.

The NUC fitted with 16GB (+ $100) for the barebone model is then 577. The same HDD type is about $50 so less than $650 altogether.

I selected the NUC5i7RYH model since you were talking about hw requirements 'not found on other computers of the same size' and compared it to the top Mac Mini model.

The base model Mac Mini should be compared to NUC with an i5 CPU, which would either be the NUC5I5RYK or NUC5I5RYH - the former an even thinner model. Those are $290 at Amazon.The 4GB DDR3L is about $30, so definitely less than $400 with the 5400rpm drive.

Obviously at the low end the price parity is nowhere 2:1, but if you're comparing a fully configured Mini to a similar NUC - it's close enough in my book.

BTW, drilling down to small details - the graphics in the NUC has support for 4K/60Hz whereas the Mini i7 "only" supports 4K@24Hz or UHD (3840 res)/60Hz. The OpenCL support in the NUC is also v2.0 vs 1.2 with the Mini. Therefore the NUC is a bit more future proof.

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"Another is the Mac Mini... you can't really find (or build) a PC that's that small, that quiet, with that much processing power, and that much storage space/flexibility. Last year I built a mini-ITX computer for HTPC use which was as small as possible but still twice the volume of a Mac Mini, and that's before counting the external power brick. It was a struggle to get it as quiet as a Mini, and ultimately it didn't cost much less."

Nonsense. Intel NUCs take less space even counting the power brick.

The specs between top end NUC (NUC5i7RYH) and Mac Mini are quite similar, though the NUC sports a newer i7 and upgraded graphics. The NUC can be fitted with the memory (16G DDR3L) and storage (2,5" and M.2 2280) of your choice. And the warranty is three years without any "care plan".

The only things going for Mini are the admittedly better looks, internal PSU, SD card reader, OSX and Thunderbolt. Everyone can judge for themselves whether they're worth the high price since the NUC fitted with otherwise similar memory, storage and CPU is only half the price.

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Hey kids, who wants to pwn a million BIOSes?

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"The BIOS should be on ROM. The OS on sensitive computers should be on ROM. These are things people knew when ZX Spectrum's ruled the earth. Can you not remember?"

We sure do; every(?) home computer had their bugs either in their Basic implementation or some quirks in (usually) the video registers. The difference was that you had to code around these bugs or sometimes actually utilize them for a neat visual trick or something.

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Re: How about making it part of OS updates? @Len

Apple can update the firmware components since they control the Mac hardware.

Windows Update in fact does update the UEFI - as long as the computer is a Surface.

It would be great if Windows Update or APT would upgrade the UEFI and other firmware as well but that seems unlikely since the method of firmware version detection differ from device to device and sometimes you need to do updates in stages or sometimes you need to visually check the board revision etc.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Re: Not so fast Mr Guinness!

Firmware flashing is just as easy with e.g. Linux as it is with Windows. You just need root/admin privileges and that's it.

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Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so

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Re: Couldn't have happened to a nicer company!

What I really dislike about Spotify is the badly behaving Windows software which insists on installing into users' folders and not under %programfiles%. People have complained on their boards but Spotify just doesn't listen - it takes constant admin work to gather the hash for latest versions with software restriction policies in place.

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Re: certainly not interested in paying not to listen to that crap.

Muppet.

That's a good one!

I have several Muppet albums and they're still as good as ever!

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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Re: Damn that was quick

Not that I'd defend that AC, but...

1. Didn't it occur to you that your dusk may be someone else's dawn?

2. The AC may speak something else than English as his first language. Dyslexia or just plain old poor spelling may also affect his inarticulateness.

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

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Re: I wonder how quickly..

"M$"? That's so 90s. Grow up.

Do you honestly believe that all other OSes and other software are written from scratch each time?

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HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive

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Re: A taller enclosure?

"But why not x2 height?"

Because that would severely limit the systems the drive would fit into.

Why not just use two drives of half the capacity?

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Jurassic Part: Vertu announces lizard-skin phones

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"It must be physically small to fit inside a phone form factor, so it's always going to be noisier than any half decent standalone camera."

It's likely to be noisier but if the noise is still low - doesn't matter. Obviously the camera is not used for pro photography.

"If that floats your boat, I don't have an issue with it, but it's not my preference."

I'm just saying that many people find e.g. leather seats in cars more luxurious than regular textiles.

"I would want decent hardware too, not the guts of a Nokia 3210 inside it."

It is decent. Spec-wise this phone is a "Galaxy S5+" if you will.

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"So instead of a cheap tiny little tinny speaker, it has... an expensive tiny little tinny speaker."

True.

"Instead of cheap optics in front of a tiny noisy image sensor, it has expensive optics in front of a tiny noisy image sensor."

How do you know the image sensor is noisy?

Plus, it's wrapped in a dead animal.

Yes, it's a plus. Just like many people like to place their posteriors on leathery goods everywhere.

Sigh... If I was going to hand over silly money for a phone, I'd prefer carbon fibre and rhodium, with a diamond lit up by multiple leds when I receive an email or sms....

Vertu apparently has made carbon fibre phones and apparently also sells rhodium encrusted bling-blah, so they probably would be glad to customize such a phone for you. Remember that this phone sells for mere £7600 whereas some models have been priced much, much higher.

The clientele (according to Wiki) is predominantly in Russia, Asia and Middle East where nouveau-riche success is measured with how much expensive and tasteless trash you own/wear/drive.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Re: not sure I agree with article @Coward

"Again all versions of windows when installed on hardware meeting the published minimum hardware specification ran more slowly that the previous OS."

No they didn't.

"Vista was such a balls up that the following version managed to perform better"

Agreed.

"win8 fit the normal pattern."

Not agreed. Windows 7 and 8 have practically the same requirements and the review links that I graciously provided state that Windows 8 performs just the same or even slightly better.

"Over this period at home and work I was required to replace literally tonnes of hardware simply because MS dropped support, good kit that would have continued to meet it's task but was though cheaper to replace than support. If these changes had brought any additional benefit then it would have been reasonable but the changee were only made so MS could continue to sell carp as gold."

What a load of carp.

You are free to replace your home computer OS with something non-Microsoft. You consider the MS product as "carp", yet you imply that you would have continued to use it at home instead of some other viable option such as Linux or BSD. Why is that? Are all the other operating systems even worse?

Why bother with the anonymous posters? Are you even the same AC I replied to earlier? This will be my last message on this thread.

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Re: not sure I agree with article @Coward

"Lies, I actually installed each version as it came out and asside from visa to win7 the newer version invariably ran slower."

I specifically mentioned only Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

TL;DR syndrome much?

Win8 vs Win7:

Techspot: "Although there are only a few select areas where it (Win8) is faster than Windows 7, we are pleased that it's able to match it everywhere else."

ZDNet: "...we're seeing performance that is on a par with a mature operating system."

Ars Technica: "Windows 8 is just as fast (and sometimes faster) than its predecessor"

Usabilitygeek: "Windows 8 continues to build on that pattern as we found it to be on par with and occasionally faster than Windows 7"

I'm sure the are use cases where the opposites are true.

"If what you say was true then why have people had to keep upgrading their hardware over the last 30 years?"

Because computers break and I believe there have been one or two new features and requirements since I dabbled with AT class computers 30 years ago. If you truly believe the hardware advancements over the past 3 decades are due to Microsoft - shouldn't you be thankful for them?

"Why dont you get some old machines and install windows based upon the minimu hardware specification and compare with previous version with and without updates."

Why don't YOU check the minimum requirements for Vista/7/8 - the operating systems I was speaking of, not some 30-year old dinosaurs. The difference between Vista and 7 is 200MHz in CPU department and the memory requirement was upped to 1GB. The real reason those specs were turned a notch were because the Vista minimum requirements were not realistic to begin with. The change from 7 to 8 is to do with CPU features - NX and SSE2 are a requirement and they rule out anything before Pentium 4 / AMD64. The changes do not relate to CPU usage per se.

I responded to the claim 'each revision of windows has always come with an increase in OS cpu overhead and a general slowing of previous windows versions'

Check the benchmarks I graciously provided or do your own research.

"Then you can have an opinion based upon fact, certainly I have already done this and you are completely wrong or lying"

I think the upvote/downvote ratio for my previous post speaks for itself.

If you're so fucking confident of your knowledge why don't you post with your Reg handle then? There are some perfectly acceptable reasons to post AC but you're just an anonymous coward.

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Re: not sure I agree with article @Coward

"each revision of windows has always come with an increase in OS cpu overhead and a general slowing of previous windows versions."

You just don't know what you're talking about.

Windows Vista was slightly slower than Windows 7 which was slightly slower than Windows 8. Plenty of benchmark results are available to support this fact.

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Re: Windows 10 won't give PC sales a fillip

"Unfortunately, for Microsoft, most have gone out and bought Macs, and they last for ages"

Oh those must be magical Macs that never break. I've heard of them too.

"and run windows very quickly"

Unless they are pirating MS has been happy to sell them a proper Windows license and couldn't care less how the OS is used.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: We are getting those malvertisement popups...

In business setting just use WSUS and weed out the Win10 upgrade updates.

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

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Yeah, right...

The article clearly stated that MS hasn't announced any prices and the $150 is a rumo(u)r. I wouldn't be surprised of such a price point though.

Most people upgrading to Win10 from Win7/8 are not going to buy it since the upgrade is free.

But while you're at it, check out the outrageous Redhat prices for their desktop operating systems - for a single year. Would anyone like to comment them?

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

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Re: Correct

"MS might just terminate support for Win7 altogether on the grounds that Win10 is a service pack."

Nonsense. Your hypothesis fits the the business models of Apple and the non-commercial Linux distros.

The updates will come until early 2020. Since not all Windows 7 editions are eligible for the update, namely the Enterprise and Embedded version, those systems would still need people to develop patches.

As is the case with XP, Microsoft will be selling expensive support options for the EOL systems for a year or three after that date.

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Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

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"Winphones are cheap, bargain bucket cheap. There;s always some offer for £70 ish ones."

You make it sound like a bad thing but I'm glad that a fine smartphone like the Lumia 640 can be bought for a mere 100 pounds.

Microsoft likely doesn't make a lot of money (if at all?) from Phone sales. But they are banking on the idea that the user base grows enough so that the ecosystem brings money. "You Have To Spend Money To Make Money". Google and Apple spent millions into Android/iPhone business before a single phone was on sale.

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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F1 the dullest sport on TV?

F1 races sure are boring especially if one team is dominating and that's been the case for the last 5 years or so, but baseball is hands down the dullest sport on TV with cricket tied to second spot with any car race on American oval circuits.

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

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Re: One?

ISCSI initiators are a poor example since they've been built-in in all Windows editions since Vista.

Yes, it would be simpler if there was a single SKU. Isn't going to happen as long as the current supply and demand model works for MS.

And those home lab types can download for free trial versions of enterprise Windows versions.

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Re: how many? @Mr. Coward

"Make your shit simple Microsoft. I thought you were converging all the platforms and getting rid of OS versions entirely... then you pull this Home/Pro/Enterprise/Education/Mobile shit yet again."

The mobile versions are obviously special since they're meant for the phones and tablets. Which generic desktop OS are you using on your smart phone/tab?

Compared to some other supposedly popular operating systems the MS lineup looks tidy. Mint has 8 different editions, why? And how many Ubuntu versions are available - a couple dozen or so?

What are the arbitrary RAM limits this time around?

Windows 8 ("Home") is limited to a paltry 128GB, and the Pro can handly only 512 GB - hardly a problem for workstations of today. The limits have been raised with every Windows version and have been quite reasonable I'd say. If you need more, then MS would like to sell you a Server version.

BTW, 64-bit CPUs are supposed to handle 16EB but no OS supports that. Why?

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

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"it is probable that the machines are in excess of 5 years old. Even I find that old machines are slow."

I have no problem with a 5-year-old computer unless it was already a budget computer to begin with (with a CPU < i3 or equivalent AMD). Just replace the HDD with an SSD and the computer is fine for general use for NHS/Police/whatever. A 128GB (or even 64GB) SSD is plenty for most office work and cost much less than replacing the whole computer.

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Phablet for the biz fleet with easy typing: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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Re: NOT suitable for enterprise.

"I like WP generally, but unfortunately I have found it unsuitable for enterprise use (and personal) for one simple reason: It is incapable of exporting SMS messages."

"There's an app for that."

Won't work with phones without an SD card, though.

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How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

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Re: Of course there is a thing like an App @Christian Berger

Please explain why the registry not a good idea. Is it the binary nature that scares thee?

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Not just ports

The new Macbook also sports a "480p FaceTime camera".

Can you actually buy any other laptop (with a £1000 start price) with just a VGA resolution webcam?

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Samsung S6: You might get a Sony camera in it - or you might not

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Yeah, right...

"It was however unable to tell us of a way, tracking IMEIs or otherwise, to know which sensors are in which phones."

The models with the Sony sensors were obviously produced first. After the first teardown articles from iFixit and other reviews they should have been able to evade detection of this change in materials.

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

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Re: @Neil Barnes: adverts

"I have no problems with the Software Centre listing or advertising paid-for software"

Soon you'll see ads for Windows 10, blue pills, and dating services elsewhere on the OS.

Is there a way to turn it off, or can I install an "Adblocker+ for Software Centre" (from the same SW Centre of course)?

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

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Re: would it not be better to... @DougS

"Big advantage for SSDs in that regard, erasing a hard drive partition requires actual writes"

Yes and no.

For traditional hard drives you are spot on, but Self-Encrypting Drives ("SED") encrypt everything. Some SSD and HDD models have SED capability but not all.

The drives have a default encryption key already set in the factory (and printed on the drive label). With the default key the drives are essentially unencrypted, but if the encryption key is set then the drive appears bricked unless the correct key is entered upon boot. The drive can be unbricked with a special software but that renders the previous contents unreadable and the drive appears afterwards as unpartitioned, clean drive.

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Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

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Re: Win 7 disc.

"I can see nothing special about W10 that is likely to persuade me to upgrade"

Same here, but...

I see a real reason to replace Win7 sometime after Jan 2020 when Microsoft ends all support.

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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What?!

You can have anything from Homer Simpson to John Cleese or even Brian Blessed reliving his Prince Vultan role. And you'd pick Clarkson? See icon -->

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