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Microsoft to lob out Windows Server 2012 by September

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Experience first, then we'll talk

The stuff one can do with VMWare are quite extreme, but HyperV has yet to proof itself. The fact that Server 2012 will be Metro flavoured doesn't exactly bode very well for them either IMO.

I'll believe this "huge success" when I see it, but until then pardon me for not being a believer.

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Anonymous vows to wipe web clean of child abuse scum

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Again?

Last time (link to El Reg post) they made such claims all they basically did was DoS and extracting some SQL data through injections which they /believed/ to be related to the kiddie pr0n website.

The pr0n material itself was left alone (which I still consider a /major/ failure; get those bastards where it really hurts!) and by releasing personal information they could very well have jeopardized official investigations. Put differently: possibly ruined any chance to get those sick abusers take (legal) responsibility for their actions.

This is no different IMO. I fear for all talk, hardly any result and the results they do get are controversial at best. DoS'ing isn't the same as taking down a website IMO.

I'd be much more impressed if they'd manage to /destroy/ those filthy - sickening - collections of kiddie pr0n. How hard can it be if they're really as good as they always claim? There is no risk for errors (you see the crap you're targeting after all), you hit them where it /really/ hurts and best of all; you also automatically get your hands on some undeniable solid evidence.

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Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface

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So when....

Will he do the same about his Windows 8 expectations ?

Its slowly turning into a joke IMO.

I mean; only after 3 'waves' of very specific critics (introduction and the developer & customer preview) did MS finally gave us a tip of the iceberg: their decisions regarding Win8 were all based on user input. Information collected through Windows 7.

But if that were so; then I could imagine that MS would become a "little" nervous considering the /huge/ numbers of strictly negative user critics. Not merely critical comments; also usually well build up with arguments as to why the users are so negative.

I know this is about surface and not so much win8 perse, but it strikes me as odd that with the surface all of a sudden MS (Ballmer) does start to reduce expectations a little and "warn" people not to get overexcited. Now; maybe an unfair conclusion but to me it looks as if everything said earlier about user input being used is total bogus. Worse; it seems to me that all MS really cares about when it comes to Win8 and related products such as surface is keeping its partnerships at bay (as said; both customer and competitor all of a sudden).

But when it comes to endusers MS actually doesn't really seem to give very much about their opinion since the whole thing will launch "and it will be sold anyway".

Well, one way to find out.

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@ukgnome

But I think you might better combine both the RT and non-RT version to make sure you got enough weight ;)

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Google expected to cough measly $22.5m for Safari privacy gaffe

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Re: Cost vs Reward

Agreed, and the worst part about it (IMO) is that hardly anyone seems to care. One could imagine that whenever such huge fines are being charged something pretty heavy is going wrong.

However; the figures are often so extremely huge and Google usually has hardly any problem coughing it all up that it seems to be totally losing its symbolic value as well.

"Google gets fine, Google pays fine, what was that?".

btw; this isn't something only applicable to Google; Microsoft has performed the same feasts and more that often the same can be said about other multi-billion companies.

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Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society on Blu-ray

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@Peter

"On the timeline business, SAC 1st and 2nd Gig must be set before the original film"

Well, officially the two stories play out in totally different time lines, which I think makes much sense due to the somewhat different approaches here and there. I mean; when looking at personality I think there is quite a difference between the Major as set out in SAC or the original movies, one which I would indeed deem incompatible.

In the movie the human side is more explored whereas within SAC (and that movie) the focus is more based on the technological aspects and the flaws which that can bring us.

I think SAC is best enjoyed as the name suggests: 'stand alone' :-)

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Re: Forgot about the music!

No need for that; back then I got myself the special edition steelbook DVD release. 2 DVD's (movie & extras) and a CD with the soundtrack.

It was a bit costly but oh so worth it. "First gen" special editions are awesome. I collected the GiTS:SAC first season all in special edition releases as well. Got me tshirts, OST's and a very cool metal collection box. 2nd season was much less exciting (IMO) so I simply stuck with the normal release box (which I think is very annoying because the dvd's are cramped in there in small plastic packages).

Same applies to this one ;-)

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Forgot about the music!

I agree that the movie was a bit slow pased but in my opinion it wasn't bothersome. In fact; in my experience this really worked well to build up to the climax: the hospital raid.

And this is what I'm missing out on in the review; the OST. The stuff by Origa is (in my opinion of course) totally awesome. /AND/ was very well laid out in this one.

Meaning; during the raid the well known (amongst fans) 'Run Rabbit Jack' music ran, high speed, high tension and works very well for action. Heck; in a way the whole thing even went 'in sync'. And the longer this continued the more did you begin to realize that this wasn't providing enough time. Were they going to repeat 'Rabbit jack', were they going to put in another action (Surf, Velveteen, etc.) ?

And then suddenly; silence (even though it was for a short moment) and the action also paused for a quick moment. The next thing 'Replica' starts beautifully, and before you can wonder "wtf is THIS?!" a Tachikoma screams "security-cyborgu desu!" and the action continues, this time under a totally different music score.

I can still recall myself just staring and listening in awe....

But I wouldn't get the blu-ray. The dvd has enough detail for me as it is; like the awesome scene in the beginning when you can actually /see/ all the rain specks.

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Ten... alien invasions

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Re: V

Thanks a bunch, much appreciated!

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For me V topped it, but only because I saw this as a kid, got scared stiff when Donovan pulled of the skin in the first pilot episode and the whole story was very intriguing IMO. The now classic question of "what if...".

I also recall another sci-fi / horror-like series but completely forgot the name, maybe any of you guys recall this: it featured around Mars; people could travel there (it was colonized) but the planet housed (of course) aliens who were actually friendly. They manifested themselves as blue orbs, could change into whatever they wanted (what people thought of) but didn't like it very well when 'we' tried to invade Mars.

Any of you happen to recall this ?

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Revealed at last: Universe's intergalactic dark matter skeleton

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We don't know

/YET/

There are many theories out there and many eventually turn out to be true, just like there are many which simply end up forgotten because most people hardly care to keep up with 'stuff from the past'.

But when reading stories such as these I can't help wonder... What is the big problem with stating on certain topics that: "We don't know. Yet." ?

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Mozilla shoots down Thunderbird, hatches new release model

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tabbed birds?

I dumped thunderbird when the tabbed crap started to appear without any way to get rid of all the crap. Sure; you could change stuff in the registry and such but that would hide /certain/ behaviour but not get rid of it entirely.

TO me those tabs proof that some people should really reconsider what they're doing it all for. I moved to SeaMonkey and used it for a long time for both browsing and email. Guess what?

Only half a year later did I suddenly discover that SeaMonkey supported tabbed e-mail too. Only because I got curious and wondered "what would happen if I control-double click here?".

Thunderbird (right after the upgrade from the "clean" version) revealed this monstrosity within 2 minutes after starting up the program.

IMO that's your real problem right there.

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Google denies Redmond report of a spamming Android botnet

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Hmmm

Google also once disputed that there was nothing wrong with their sales model. And then all of a sudden developers started to surface up to a point where Google locked /and/ removed said threads.

Pardon me for not believing Google on their word with this.

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Bill Gates: iPad is OK, but what Apple really needs is a SURFACE

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Here's the translation...

"iPad is OK, but what Microsoft really needs is MORE MONEY."

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US federal boffins insist that mermaids DON'T exist

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If merpeople /would/ exist...

Then I think they'd be much better off if they never came into contact with our "civilization" for reasons well shown in the past. Just take a look at what happened to 'surprisingly' discovered African tribes, then ask yourself how they got discovered in the first place. And finally the part hardly anyone cares about: ask yourself how they're doing now; usually "persuaded" to move to another location because obviously; there was a good reason they were where they were, and we want to have, errr, 'share' that as well.

note: Mermaids? Sure, nice fantasy; but when talking about a whole species wouldn't "merpeople" or such be a better suited description? ;-)

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Facebook phone app attempts to seize ALL YOUR MAIL

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@Spartacus

Or its AI fires up and it decides to snack on something else. Would you take the risk?

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Microsoft sets the price for a Windows 8 upgrade at $40

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@WR

Calling the editor a troll? That's not really fair now...

After all the trouble he went through... Carefully listening to this MS announcement to share the news while /still/ doing his utmost best not to start laughing out loud when hearing / reading this.

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PS3 fans buy more digital content than Xbox buffs do

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Re: Xbox is a bit comical

When I got my PS3 its exactly what I bought it for; media & games. Even got myself a bluetooth remote control. Which is kinda cool; it always surprises people that I don't have to point the thing anywhere close to the device.

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Re: Points mean?

That's another pro for PS3 indeed; although you can purchase a certain amount "up front" which you can then later use to purchase games you can also simply tell the system to charge your creditcard for the exact amount.

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Red Hat: Keep clouds open, like Linux

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@llgaz

You ignore a major issue; when Google says they use Linux they do not refer to vinil brands. "Based on Debian" does not mean 'Debian' just like 'based on the Linux kernel' does not mean they used the vinil kernel either.

Marketing relies heavily on making it sound as if things are implied while in fact they aren't.

And Google have unfortunately entered the marketing stage a long time ago....

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Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser

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Although I don't like them...

I think Google does have a point. I mean; at one time it looked as if all other major browsers (Firefox, Internet explorer) started to mimic the looks of Chrome. Firefox especially IMO. A move which I detested ever since it started because honestly; if I wanted to use Chrome then I'd download and use it.

IE9 is a bit different when it comes to looks (the tabs sit besides the address bar instead of above it) but its still quite trimmed down in comparison to IE8.

So with that in mind I think Google has a point.

As for me; I'm sticking to SeaMonkey for my every day browsing.

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NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

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Why re-invent a working formula?

I don't quite get it.. Previously they used large balloons to cover the whole unit and basically had it drop from the sky using parachutes. They did this twice and it worked.

Why all of a sudden change the whole setup for something which has hardly been tested ? It seems to me that this system is a lot more prone to errors than the previous one.

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TechRadar shuts down forums after user database hacked

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Why block it ?

I think there's one thing TechRadar does wrong and that's totally block out their forums without so much as a warning as to what is going on. The moment you go to their forum you'll be greeted (eventually) with a network timeout.

That's very nice for people who visit the forum on a regular basis; getting errors without having a clue where they came from.

For a club which claims to have a big interest in tech I would have expected a more technological satisfying solution, a warning page at the very least.

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If you wanted to know then why did you not visit their website? It features an article right on the front page about the comprimise of the database. And as you can see their Q&A section answers most questions.

That is; assuming they're telling the truth of course.

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Why the Windows Phone 8 digi-wallet is different to the others

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In a way NFC also points out a miss...

Owning a WP7.5 device I'm a bit puzzled about the whole NFC communication hype.

Its nice that upcoming phones can now use new tech to communicate with each other, but it also makes me wonder why the current phones never utilized such existing technology for information exchange? For example; being able to send/receive e-cards or contacts using bluetooth... BT used to be relatively decent for that stuff, yet this isn't supported on a WP7 device.

So while I think MS is on the right track here I also think they missed the boat again as well. Now all of a sudden communication is an issue, but like; that has already been an issue for years.

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

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Agreed about the linear TV watching part. But I'm missing on what causes this; namely those same commercials which people claim are so important.

I see it happening when my gf watches a movie on TV... She continues to watch until the first commercial break, then goes off to do other stuff (toilet visit, maybe getting a cup of coffee, asking me if I really don't feel like watching, sitting behind her PC for a moment) and before you know it the movie continues while she's busy doing other stuff. Sure; she checked every now and then if the commercials are over; but with blocks which sometimes last 5 minutes, what else would you expect could happen ?

Or what I personally do often enough: zap to another channel. Sometimes I fall into some other program and if it manages to catch my attention I'm watching that one, often flipping back eventually but occasionally also forgetting all about the original.

And the best option: HDD recorder. The moment the commercials start you simply skip 30 seconds by the press of a button. You'll be through in no time.

The power of advertising is majorly overhyped. I still recall a butter brand in Holland which had been bought by a bigger company who wanted to EOL it. As such they stopped advertising for the product, only to end up surprised because after half a year the market share of this product had increased instead of declined. Without any advertising what so ever.

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Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

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Problem is marketing

When it comes to marketing then Microsoft still has a lot to learn IMO. And that shouldn't come as a surprise either because we're talking about a company which used to dominate the market. But now we're long past the era where "Whatever Microsoft says goes".

Which I think is the main problem.

Just look at the recent announcements regarding the Windows Phone. Many people bought the device because they were under the impression that the smartphone would at least be supported for a long period, just like MS is doing with their OS environments.

Granted; Windows Mobile 6.5 set a wrong example, but taken into context all the signs around WP7 (specific hardware requirements, specific build requirements, etc) made it look as if MS itself wasn't taken their actions around WM6.5 lightly and were determined to come up with a longer lasting and more mature environment.

And now we're almost 1.5 years away and suddenly a new platform (WP8) has been announced. Nothing wrong there perse; but leaving the current userbase in the dark about the future of the current platform isn't exactly smart marketing. And insinuating that the current environment won't get any updates or enhancements apart from a visual change to make it look like the new one wasn't that smart either IMO.

Note that I'm saying insinuating, not stating. Fact is we don't know for sure what is going to happen to the current platform. But despite that many WP7 users are getting a very bad feeling about these developments, right up to the point that some are in the process of selling their WP7 device right now (not making this up, and no; I'm not talking about myself).

As such my conclusion: Microsoft needs to brush up their marketing skills, esp. when it comes to dealing with current customers.

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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

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Software isn't dead

It maybe more splintered but surely not dead.

There are still major environments where OSS simply has no or a minor foothold. Note that I'm not talking quantity here but quality.

Take for example sound / sound processing or sound synthesis environments. Or even multimedia programming environments. There are open source alternatives available but more than often do those lack features which have already become mainstream within the market.

For example; a big player when it comes to multimedia programming is Max/MSP(/Jitter) which also has an open source counterpart called Pure Data. But although Pure Data is an excellent environment it also lacks features in comparison, even if we're talking set standards. For example; many of these environments support the so called "ReWire"protocol; this allows different environments to communicate with each other and exchange (audio) data.

Pure Data lacks this for quite some time. Doesn't have to be an issue perse depending on what you're using it for, but in many cases it makes its usage harder than it should be.

And as far as hardware and free software go... A lot of these company sell software, and have recently started to produce and sell hardware (controllers) to enhance their software as well.

So quite frankly; I'd suggest to look around further than merely some players on the market. The software market is much more extensive than merely Microsoft or Google, especially when you're looking at specific segments.

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Mars has more water than thought

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@Winkypop

They didn't have to, us Dutch sent them Heineken (Youtube link) years ago ;-)

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Microsoft's uncloaks Phone 8 developer preview

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"AdAway, Titanium Backup, Angry Birds space".

Check. Ad removal is non-existent. Being a wp7 user it also struck me as odd but backups... non-existent. Angry Birds Space; yups... As in nope, but "yups; you're right there".

"HD Widgets or BeWeather"

This particular app. isn't available to my knowledge, but in all fairness there are plenty of very good alternatives. My personal favourite being WeatherMaster (which GPS location weather works quite well IMO).

"a good dropbox or box client that can sync my photos automatically (skydrive doesn't cut it, too cumbersome to work with linux)"

Cumbersome? You do realize that you can access SkyDrive from within Linux using any decent WebDAV client? You should easily be able to access this using KDE or Gnome filemanagers.

"Google plus, fring or nimbuzz"

Both aren't supported, correct. However, when it comes to IM and such there is the alternative to utilize Live's messenger or Facebooks chat features. Not the same, you're right there, but I figured I'd mention it nonetheless.

"VoIP app"

There is Skype but... With the limitation that it cannot receive incoming calls as if they were normal calls (app doesn't continue to run in the background).

"Decent gmail client"

GMail / Google Mail is natively supported by the OS.

However; not being familiar with gmail myself keep in mind that I have no idea if you refer to specific features which could very well be supported in a native gmail client and not in the default WP7 mailclients. In all honesty; wp7 mail clients have some pro's (IMO) but also con's (for example; you can't easily use your gmail account and tell it to use "mydomain.com" as sender because it will force you to use your gmail alias; even though "mydomain.com" can also be mapped to gmail).

Thanks for your comment!

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Re: Why bother ?

"Not one of the apps I would have wanted, which is available for iOS and Android is available for WP7."

Just curious; which are you missing out on ?

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Windows 8 'harder for malware to exploit', says security analysis

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Amazing!

So this guy discovered that if you take away a users freedom then this user can do less damage to the system. Brilliant.

Question of course remains how much is that loss of freedom going to cost us in the longer run...

In the beginning of Windows you'd have to cough up big bucks before you could get hold of the required tools to write software for it. When stuff became more mainstream the prices also dropped up to the point where we are now. I get Windows 7, I can download the Visual Studio Express versions for free and from there on start writing software for my environment. Better yet; I can also resort to other free solutions such as Java.

But with this Windows 8 on the horizon it seems as if a new development is starting; one which brings back the lockdown and tries to enforce new limits on how we can use our computer.

VS Express? Rumours are it will only allow you to write Metro software. And of course you can't easily distribute Metro software without using the MS Store, and before you can do that you'll have to cough up some serious bucks.

Of course the desktop environment is still around with Windows 8, but by taking away the free tools to develop software for it I get the nasty feeling that MS is trying hard to push people away from it. Right into the Metro lockdown in which you can only seriously develop software after paying up again.

Makes you wonder what's next; with Windows 9 on the horizon perhaps the Express versions of VS will disappear in its entirety in order to "reduce the risk that people abuse it to write malware" ?

I think time has started to run backwards again.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

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"4) The laws are Sweden's laws. If you don't agree with them, I suggest you don't go there."

While I agree with you I seem to recall that the whole event was a little bit different. The women who filed the charges also dropped them at one point, only to be followed by the prosecutor re-opening the whole case again. Doesn't that sound a little bit peculiar, especially for something which is supposed to be a rather minor offense in Sweden?

From what I read the whole case could simply end up with Assange having to cough up a big fine ($ 1000,- - $ 1500,- ?) after which he could be declared an unwanted person and would have to leave the country. Within that context I can somewhat understand why anyone with the history of Assange would be very weary when the whole event takes rather strange turns (dropping charges, re-instating them).

Another thing which seems rather odd to me; the main reason for the extradition is because Sweden wants to interview Assange. I have to wonder; why couldn't these interviews have taken place in the Swedish embassy in London ? Especially if you keep in mind that when put into context this is all about a minor offence. One which, I mentioned it already, even got dropped at one point.

And quite frankly, when you take a look at the Wikipedia's article on extraordinary or irregular renditions you'll notice that Sweden has had issues before (Wikipedia link). In short; basically allowing the US to take people into custody without so much as follow official protocol (also known as the law).

According to that same article all the UK ever had to deal with were two US "rendition flights" which had stopped on UK territory.

So I can quite well understand why this would make Assange jumpy and unwilling to go to Sweden.

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Surface: Because Microsoft does so well making hardware?

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@AC

That's the same thing they said about Vista.

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One thing to keep in mind...

Generally speaking the first bit of stuff released by Microsoft usually isn't that great. Eventually it will get better, sure, but this is what has been going on. Windows Phone 7 was rather poor feature wise, the 7.5 update fared a lot better and now rumor already has it that 8 is bound to be announced. Quite soonish after the 7.5 release I might add.

With WP7 this wasn't a very big issue (IMO that is) because the hardware requirements had been laid out and didn't differ that heavily. As such a WP7 device easily ran WP7.5 as well.

But with this bit of hardware I think it could very well be different. IMO it looks quite appealing and I'm also curious about the thin keyboard. But its those 'pesky' details which I think could make or break the experience. For example; how long will it run ?

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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@Tank

"Does anyone remember that M$ products often suck loudly upon launch?"

I do and generally speaking you're right. However, in all fairness its also a fact that MS more than once managed to regroup and do a major rehaul, thus eliminating most or all the problems which surfaced after launch.

Still, IMO you make a good point. Early adapters should definitely keep this in mind.

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Re: Interestin advance peek at some unfinished ideas

Interesting presentation indeed. Especially the part where that guy had to quickly swap machines because his first Surface apparently got stuck.

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'Kindness of America' snapper shot himself in 'act of self-promotion'

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@Spartacus

(I know you aint him ;))

Just make them sign a waver so you can prove they knew their rights to receive a bullet 'somewhere' in their body somewhere, as long as it came from Shot In Da Arm PR.

The best part; should the whole thing do come before a jury you can simply charge the next of kin extra for costs made to cover the whole event around yourself. And once all that is done its /you/ who can write a book about it.

At that time maybe you'd be interested in hiring my upcoming company: "Shot In Tha Arm NPR". You only need to sign a small waver and we'll all be clear ;-)

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@Figgus

That would be me, and to be honest I find it even more hilarious that my comment seems to have frustrated you so much that you can't seem to forget about it. Even though I only pointed out the obvious, namely that the truck driver wasn't charged with the illegal possession of a gun. Despite these new developments that statement still holds true, maybe even more than before ;-)

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Nokia after the purge: It's so unfair

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You could have seen it coming...

As to the market share; that should hardly come as a surprise. Investors are sometimes just little kids; as soon as something drastic happens, no matter how much you tried to comfort them and explain your decisions, they will still have one thing in mind and that's their own income. Very few stock holders are willing to take risks. And once the share is in a downward spiral its also not uncommon when a 'snowball' effect happens.

Still, many people talk about how the Windows phone is the big disaster for Nokia but quite frankly I don't agree. Especially if you look at the figures; most of the phones sold by Nokia aren't Windows phones, as such its a little silly to think that it would have such a major impact. It doesn't. In fact; when looking at it you'll see that the platform as a whole is expanding. Windows phone has found its way into several "best sold phone" or "most popular" (of the week / month)" stats., one of them being those of Amazon. Sure; its by far comparable to Android and/or iOS, don't get me wrong. But it is growing nonetheless.

Even AT&T has stated that the sale figures of the Windows phone have exceeded their expectations.

Which I think is the main issue here. Its not so much the Windows phone; its how much faith you put in it. If you keep low (or reasonable) expectations, as AT&T seems to have done, you may end up pleasantly surprised. If otoh. you set your standards too high...

But is that the fault of the platform or bad leadership ?

If AT&T can get surprising results, then why couldn't Nokia ?

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Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

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@Robert

That would be 'win-R'.

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@JDX

So far most articles state that MS has planned to remove Aero in its entirety in Windows 8.

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How much deeper ?

The closer we get to the release date of Windows 8 the deeper MS seems to be burying itself.

Quite frankly I don't get it anymore.

On one side we have people speculating that MS may very well be doing all this deliberately and basically expect the enterprise and business markets to skip Windows 8 and start looking at upgrading at the time Windows 9 or an even later version get released. Which IMO sounds very reasonable.

Yet if that is the case it would also be safe to conclude that MS would then need to try and make Windows 8 as appealing as possible to the consumer market. But how do you do that by taking away all the eye candy ?

Wouldn't that turn Windows 8 into a boring piece of software in the eyes of the common users ?

Heck, even Apple keeps some form of eye candy on their desktops. I don't think they'd be doing that if they thought that it would only scare away people.

The longer this story continues the more do I get the impression that MS is very busy making Windows 8 as unappealing as possible, probably thinking that they're actually doing the opposite.

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Council chief overrules blackout on Scots 9-yr-old's school lunch blog!

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The Internet still works!

With all the commercial activities going on I think its a very pleasant and different sight to see a mere blog causing an uproar like this. And not only that; but also causing changes in the school policies regarding the cafeteria food.

And all by merely pictures and a story from a 9 year old.

So when the upper brass did what they do best, namely bullying (IMO), the Internet "fought back".

And then all of a sudden people start to realize that they actually opened up Pandora's box.

Gotta love the power of the pen, backed by the Internet!

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Tomb Raider dev denies Croft rape scene

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@Suricou

Sorry but I don't agree. Sure; costs are an important factor nowadays but its the fear that no or hardly any money is earned which is the main thrive which makes these people decide not to innovate.

Because ask yourself this: /why/ does it need to be so extremely expensive? My stance on the matter: because they are scared that things will fail so they throw as much money against it as they can to make the parts they /can/ control (graphics, sound, etc.) as perfect as possible, probably hoping it covers up the rest.

I think its rubbish. Take this game; it looks astonishing. Why does it need to be called "Tombraider"? I bet if they came up with another storyline featuring other characters while using this engine it would still be sold easily.

Luckily there are still companies which /do/ realize the importance of innovation. Take a game such as Journey (Wikipedia link). It broke records, it got very high scores and guess what?

Its a very minimalistic game and didn't resemble /any/ of their previous games. Hardly any extremely sharp graphics, sound is mostly a music score and the main character can't do much more than walk / jump around and produce musical like notes.

Yet it managed to trigger our fantasies and emotions so much and deep that it became an instant hit.

You /can/ create new successes, if you're good at what you're doing and dare to take risks.

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For me the Lara era has ended anyway

IMO the game market suffers from the same issues as the movie industry. And that is a massive lack of imagination, lack of innovation or.... Or maybe its simply not having the will to invest in something which isn't sure to bring in some money aka being chicken.

My main gripe with all this is that companies simply pick up on icons from the past, violate them where storyline and everything else is concerned and then present it as "the latest newest hippest thing, product X totally revised!" and they're usually damned proud of it too.

Who cares that the move alone can kill fond memories of things from the past (Tombraider, Master o/t Universe, ThunderCats), who cares that where storyline is concerned you'll probably deliver an unfinished product thus leaving quite some new fans unsatisfied (Masters o/t Universe which series' got cancelled for example). As long as it brings in money its a huge success and it doesn't matter how far they have to go.

It's a common trend amongst fantasy characters it seems. Take ThunderCats; one of the things many die-hard fans kept on speculating about was Cheetara (a female character). Was she in love with Lion-O, was she having an affair with Tygra or was she simply totally devoted to being a mother-like figure for the ThunderKittens (Willykit & Willykat)? That went a bit too deep for me but many fans would describe that sense of mystery as adding up to the original series.

Well; TCats revised season 1. "One of your friends is going to betray you!" and oh my; Chee kisses Tygra full on the mouth, of course while she wasn't married to Lion-O or something (what betrayal?).

My point: this is exactly what those money dudes are hoping for. Getting the crowd all worked up ("You can't do that, Chee is an independent Cat!") so that they may feel compelled to buy into the next season to see "if the authors got it right".

This is no different. Bring in a Lara which many fans can't associate themselves with but may still have some "cuteness" over her, many people may buy the game and if at the end she isn't turned into the Lara as we know... Well, then better wait for the next game where she'll face even MORE misery (provided enough income was generated from this game of course).

For me; I'll stick to the older original Tombraider games thank you very much.

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Skype launches in-call ads

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@stanimir

"If you want to avoid the ads, you have to pony up and buy the credit; it had to happen eventually"

Or simply use a Skype client on a phone like I'm doing on my Windows phone. When I have it against my ear I don't see any commercials what so ever. Problem solved.

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All of Europe's data in US servers? We're OK with that - EC bod

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So all of our base..

Belongs to US then ?

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Trust lawyers, not techies, when it comes to the cloud

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Why not both ?

"CIOs thinking of shifting to the cloud or kicking off a flagship big data project would be better off talking to their lawyers than their techies before starting to leaf through glossy corporate presentations."

Actually I think they're even better off talking to both. One can shed light on how much time and effort would need to be put into such a project (think costs) and the other can tell you all about all the possible attached legal issues and possible liability options.

Nothing new here IMO. Same can apply when a company decides to do business with a certain hosting provider for their website services.

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W3C: 'Do not track' by default? A thousand times: NO!

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@AC

No, I think a majority probably wouldn't know how to set it all up. But usually those people have friends or relatives who are more familiar with this stuff and can set it up for them. I've done the same for a few friends in my direct surroundings.

...which worked like a charm until FF started accelerating their releases, but alas. Different story.

The main reason why I think things shouldn't be over regulated like this is because I think it will also create a false sense of safety with those same computer illiterate people. And IMO a false sense of security is much worse than limited security but still knowing about it.

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