* Posts by SteveBalmer

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Lawyer touts new legal time-bomb for Android

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Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

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Firefox 6 silently released ahead of official unwrap date

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FAIL

Fixed it for ya.

Firefox 4.02

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Lossless music goes High Street

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Stop

Standards has nothing to do with this.

FLAC is a proprietary and unratified..

AAC is an ISO standard format, which is free to use, and has very little in the way of restrictions, and comes in a lossless variety.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Audio_Coding

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Nokia snubs UK with N9

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Fixed it for ya.

Microsoft tells Nokia they can't sell the N9 to anywhere that might be stupid enough to buy a Windows Phone 7, as the N9 will make the WinMo7 phones look even crappier than they already are...

I would love to see the memo that drove this idiotic decision.

Everything Nokia does these days is epic failure. R.I.P.

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Motorola hints at Microsoft deal

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Translated...

Microsoft to Nokia/HTC/Samsung/ZTE and now Motorola...

"we know you think Windows Phone 7 OS sucks ass, but if you dirty your name and make a few, then we might go lighter on than Android patent lawsuit that's happening...."...

Usual bullyboy tactics from Microsoft. I'm guessing none of these manufactuers want to be making Windows Phone 7 that nobody wants, but they are being forced down that road my Microsoft, when they really want to be continuing to make kick-ass Android gear...

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BBC bigs up iPlayer for TVs and consoles

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No

because Wii is still stuck in 2005, with Flash7 (with no H.264 support) and double the bandwidth for more blockiness.

It's a shame consumers are such fucking sheep, and don't understand details like this, and just buy what their neighbor buys...

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FAIL

Works fine with my BD Remote.

And HD too...

Epic fail post....

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Apple delivers Orange aid

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FAIL

Problem is of course

Is that you need to use/install iTunes.

So no thanks Apple/Orange, you can fuck off...

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Beware of Macs in enterprise, security consultants say

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Fear not..

Hardly anyone uses macs in the business world, as they are practically useless (unless your job just involves surfing the net all day).

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The curse of Google?: Android licensees fail to cash in

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Unfortunatly

"MAKE BETTER SHIT THAN YOUR COMPETITORS and you will sell more!! "

That would work in an ideal world, but when you have corporations like Microsoft and Apple who have more money than small countries at their disposal, they can churn out crap and simply paper over the cracks with slick everwhere marketing.

No longer does making the best product ensure that you will be number one. You can turn out any old crap. Xbox is a fine example of this...

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ssshhhh

don't say that, you totally destroy this articles credibility (not that it had very much)...

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It's official: Journos are dumb as a bag of IE users

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The difference of course...

is that Opera did not feel the need to release PR statements and promotional campaigns off the back of it.. Had the survey shown that IE users were the smartest, Microsoft would be doing exactly that.. (Although in all liklihood, Microsoft would have just paid for the report in the first place, like the NSS Labs browser security "report")...

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RIM launches five BlackBerry smarties

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Stop

Make or Break time...

I think most people (except the remaining RIM shareholders) are predicting break....

Failure to adapt....

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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

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Solution for those not willing to ponyup £600 a year

to watch ALL the F1 races..

http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?p=51720590

RTL and Radio5 Live commentary.

Fuck you Bernie and Murdoch.

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SteveBalmer
Joke

New presenters for Sky F1 coverage confirmed.

Jedward...

Can't wait....

Seriously, what the fuck, F1 is dead in the UK now. Thanks Bernie you greedy fuck.

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SteveBalmer
Mushroom

How many F1 fans will want to watch some races?

Answer: NONE.

Sky know this, just like they know that F1 fans paying for Sky Sports premium subscriptions won't be interested in any of the other stuff on Sky Sports...

The only outcome will be that this deal kills F1 in the UK... Viewing figures will plumet, as I certainly won't be paying for Sky Sports to watch a race every other weekend...

I wonder what happened to Bernie's promise?

http://billionaires.forbes.com/article/00FvfdI8u03yh?q=Rupert+Murdoch

"It is all rubbish ... Formula One is not for sale. And anyway, we would not sell to a media company because it would restrict the ability to negotiate with other broadcasters."

Still not that it matters, as the sport will be in turmoil soon anyway, as Bernie will be in jail on corruption and bribery offenses.

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WinPho 7.5 captured in action

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where the excitement comes from.

Microsoft's army of shill posters they employ to write nice things on forums.

Microsoft's huge bank balance and advertising budget to keep the media sweet.

Microsoft are constantly bribing the press with "press days", and giving them nice gifts. If you write bad things, you no longer get invited...

http://techrights.org/2007/11/23/astroturfing-microsoft-examples/

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Confused

As Windows (and Windows Mobile) have always been hardware hogs, and Windows Phone 7 is nothing new, it's just more crap loaded onto an already creaking WindowsCE platform and given a name that will confuse consumers into buying one.

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Meh

Looks like the "tricks" are tricks from 2009.

Do they really think people want Microsoft phones with hardly any app support?

It's clear to see that Microsoft are pushing all this positive PR to the media, but why the selective reporting? When it was Android 2 years back, everyone was talking about lack of apps, why are the pressing now keeping quiet on app counts when it's Microsoft's turn? (Money, that's why...)

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Nintendo cuts cost of 3DS by a third

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But it's Nintendo

They have been selling the same crap with slightly different specs to moronic punters for years... But everyone loves ninty.... Their marketing people even created a cute name for themselves for people like CC to use all the time...

Still it's OK, as I'm guessing the limited edition pink 3DS will be out soon, pick them up whilst you can people....

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SteveBalmer
Mushroom

Firesale!!!

I knew 3DS sales were bad, but fire sale already????

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Oi, Android, get gaming sorted out NOW

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FAIL

Apparatus says hi...

Why not write about how this brilliant game is not on iOS..

Of course you won't, you would rather cherrypick a couple of games that aren't on Android, and ignore the Android titles that aren't on iOS....

Pathetic...

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Punters favour Amazon to block Apple tablet flood

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FAIL

I think we all know

why it wasn't listed.....

Because it would mess up the who point of the chart that lies with it's cherrypicked data that suits Apple's story...

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Microsoft pushes Windows Phone Mango out to Japan

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FAIL

Wow multitasking...

Welcome to 2009...

Does anyone really care about Windows Phone 7?

(Microsoft paid shills excluded)

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Microsoft hit with lawsuit in Kinect tech spat

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Stop

I patented...

a steaming turd. I'm guessing Kinect also infringes on that patent too.

Really, nobody cares about Kinect, the gimick wore off after a week, when it dawned on everyone that the tracking was rubbish at best and unusable at worst, CEX/GameStation and Cash Converters stores are full of unwanted Kinect units, and the only people smiling are Microsoft, who managed to sell loads of them for a massive mark up before word got around how shit it was.

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Nokia reaps the Dilbert years

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Unhappy

"Things can only get better, can't they?"

Errm, no, Nokia are partnering with the devil, who only looks after number 1....

If Nokia had problems before, they are 10x worse now, they are partnering with Microsoft and making smartphones running an ailing OS with no apps.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire...

So sad, had Nokia adopted Android, they worst would already have been over, and products would have already been on the market.

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Corporates love iPhone, iPad more than Android kit

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FAIL

Hmm

Sounds like a response from someone that doesn't grasp that the Transformer is not a tablet with a bluetooth keyboard, it's a very decent tablet, and a very decent netbook too,

tablet + BT Keyboard != netbook

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Don't worry, it will soon change

Just the other week I was on a 12hr flight to Singapore, with a iPad2 owner in the "cubicle" opposite me. I let him feel smug for about half an our, and then I took out my Asus Transformer (initially in tablet only mode ), and I can see his reaction, "ahh, one of those Android tablets, nothing to fear here", after luring him into his false sense of security for a while longer, I then pulled out the dock, docked into the keyboard with it's reassuring clunk, and then proceeded to do some proper work with the office suite and keyboard whilst he jabbed the touchscreen keyboard...

I think it was 5 minutes before he hid his ipad2 in shame by being "out-tech'd"... Victory is mine.....

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FAIL

Which tells us one thing

how stupid corporate IT departments really are.

I mean implementing a closed system like iOS that only allowed authoirised apps to be installed after being vetted by Apple, and relies on corporate PC's having iTunes installed.

All Android devices I know have the ability to untick an option to allow non-marketplace installed, and these corporates could be installing their own home-grown solutions....

I'm guessing however this is nothing more that Apple funded PR bullshit thou, as I really can't believe corporations are so stupid to deploy closed and propriety iOS and iTunes on all their systems, rather than the much more open and corporate policy friendly Android.

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Nokia ‘giving away phones at cost’

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Yes I have

A family friend accidentally bought a HTC phone, thinking it was Android, but it was a Windows 7 Mobile (Mozart), it was indeed utter shite, so he took it back to the store and swapped it for a HTC Desire HD, and is more than happy again...

I think the phone store were desperate to shift them to unsuspecting punters in the hope they never found out what they got lumbered with.

Anyone know if multi-tasking, copy and paste or user-ringtones are available in Windows 7 Mobile yet, or is it still pretending to be a really bad iOS from 2006?

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Bollocks

Microsoft were inserting high ranking execs into Nokia long before the deal, all of which facilitated the Microsoft deal.

The real killer blow for Nokia fans, is that had that not happend, then we really might have been treated to a Nokia Android phone, and the turn-around of an ailing company that lost it's way in the smartphone race.

Infact had Nokia gone Android, i'm sure they would have had products on the market by now.

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All going to plan then

I had envisioned 24 months before Nokia went to the dogs, but now I suspect it will be sooner, Microsoft will get their pickings (which is not a great deal, as Windows 7 is utter shite compared to iOS and Android), and Nokia will be cast aside like a used condom.

Microsoft destroys another great company in persuit of their own riches.

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Major overhaul makes OS X Lion king of security

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FAIL

What is this?

Pay for a report for your new product week or something?

First NSS Labs IE9 Bullshit and now this...

Still we all know how gullible Apple owners are (and the entire American general public), i'm sure they will lap this news up without even a shadow of doubt over it's validity.

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Ofcom moves: Rural broadband price war on the cards?

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Unsuprised.

99% of joe blogs in this world don't understand the difference between BT Broadband/BT Internet or whoever they call themselves these days, and BT Wholesale...

They even think it's worth pay BT Broadband extra money, as it means they are getting the product from source. Of course BT Broadband won't tell them otherwise.....

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Samsung torn over Galaxy S II sibling UK launch

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FAIL

Seems manufacturers think

That everyone loves big smartphones.

That's why I still havn't phone a phone that's any better than my HTC Legend...

EPIC FAIL is just apeing what everyone else is doing...

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UK, Dutch cops cuff 5 more in Anonymous-LulzSec raids

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Lulz Anonymous

Those poor little idiots really thought that because they were using TOR nodes and tunnels they are anonymous.

Given enough power, money, resources NOBODY is anonymous on the internet.

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Apple plans to prune iPhone 3GS price

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Stop

plus

no Apple lock-in for life, which is worth more than money can buy...

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AMD says Xbox 720 graphics to be good as Avatar

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What's the point thou

When Microsoft's sloppy cheap-as-chips and rushed to market manufacturing means it's unlikely to last more than a few months at best.

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Sony confirms e-reader update imminent

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PRS-950

says hi...

Of course it's not got Kindle in the title and isn't plastered over every billboard on every tubetrain and every Amazon webpage, so idiots and lazy people won't know about it...

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&partNumber=PRS950SC

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Sony to can MiniDisc Walkman

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LOL

You used professional sound quality and iPod in the same sentence!!!

Really only an dead idiot would actually rate iPod anywhere other than the bottom of the list based on audio quality, they sound absolutely horrendous, and are for people that value style more than function.

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MS to launch R2-D2 Xbox 360 and Kinect

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Hmm, sounds familiar...

"I had a play on Kinect Star Wars at a Microsoft event this week "

Microsoft having events to keep the media sweet and saying nice things....

Infact it seems VERY common, so much that you have to wonder if there is ANY integrity left in the media...

http://techrights.org/2007/11/23/astroturfing-microsoft-examples/

Everything I have seen to do with Kinect has sucked badly, so you have to wonder what the media are smoking, or who is paying their wages....

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ANONYMOUS: Behind the mask, inside the Hivemind

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LOL

"Anons are teenagers, they are programmers. They are judges and nurses and lawyers. Anons are sysadmins and teachers, the poor, the rich and everything in between."

Errm, no, they are spotty American virgins who waste their life on Xbox Live and hate Sony (a foreign company) for making a better console than their homegrown horseshit...

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Sony pains pre-owned game punters with PSN Pass

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Bad Sony.... (yawn)

Another day, another pathetic El-Reg hate fueled Sony story, with a small footnote, that everyone else in the industry is also doing the exact same thing....

It's the way the industry has to go, too many people waiting a few weeks and picking up heavily discounted titles, that the original developer gets no revenue from.

This is good news, as it means money is actually getting back to the companies that CREATE the games in the first place, rather than staying with the retailers, who already make money on the original sales, and then double-dip.

Without the game studios creating content, there would be no games.

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Behind Microsoft's $15 Samsung Android royalty claim

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FAIL

Are Microsoft playing legal?

Not that it matters, as they are so big, they can buy themselves out of any legal problems.. But it seems like they are using their dominance in one sector (Windows) to try and scew companies that operate in that sector and the mobile sector..

In other words Microsoft know that Samsung need to be a Windows OEM licencee, and there they know Samsung can't afford to piss Microsoft off, so basically Microsoft can charge what they want for undisclosed patent protection rackets.

I'm sure the Microsoft shills will be out in force to defect Microsoft, as soon as Amoreica wakes up...

bit.ly/ca7rUk

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NOTW hack-hackage: Inside the personal data press mess

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Pint

Further Reading

I think the whole issue is disappointing, but not surprising. Any spotty bored teenager could realise how simple it is to 'hack' most voicemail systems out there, and there are plenty of Journalists that I would not even want to share an elevator with. The surprising thing about the whole issue is that it hasn't been swept under the rug yet.

Beer because it's after 12

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Italian and Swiss cops cuff 15 Anonymous suspects

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Holmes

Not so anonymous

Clearly anyone that thinks the Internet can be anonymous, regardless of how many bots or tunnels you use is an idiot...

I'm waiting for anyone that used LOIC to get arrested next, as clearly ISP server logs will show them up straight away,

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Microsoft publishes Wi-Fi data collection code

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WTF?

Fail

MS are 1000x more even than Google are on the worst of days....

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