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32 posts • joined 22 Sep 2011

Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

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Bing is a fine search engine. You might prefer Google but you are the same people saying Bing was shit 5 years ago. If the Bing of today were around 5 years ago you would have thought it amazing. There's nothing wrong with Bing. It delivers millions of relevant search results every day in a pleasing and easy to use and digest format. Doesn't matter what search engine I use, I generally find what i'm looking for in the first few results. I'm like most people in the world.....we all aren't searching for whatever esoteric stuff you guys seem to be looking for.

And really now.....don't you think two search engines competing with each other and pushing each other is better than one? Google is better because of Bing and Bing certainly has been motivated by Google.

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Who's top Microsoft shareholder? Uh oh, it's STEVE BALLMER

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Re: Getting rid of it all by 2018?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascade_Investment#List_of_investments_and_companies

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It's a done deal! Microsoft-Nokia merger to close on Friday

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Re: Nokia's Elop had $25 M personal stake in Microsoft deal ..

Are you really delusional enough to believe that MeeGo would have garnered any appreciable market share going up against Android, iOS, Windows Phone and whatever else Samsung and some Chinese companies have up their sleeve? If Elop has not gone down the Windows Phone path the company would have just sunk faster.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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You MS haters are amusing!

Let me tell you gentleman something. Microsoft is firing on all cylinders. There aren't any empty parking spaces in the parking lots in Redmond. There's lots of good news, lots of energy, lots of work going on. The stock price has been surging. They got their mojo back.

You can hate on them all you want while making believe they are the same Microsoft you came to hate but I think you are going to be disappointed and proven wrong.

Thus spake largefile on 4/2/14!

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Microsoft chairman John Thompson: Redmond looks 'like IBM in 1990'

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You folks are living in the past.

Your tired comments about Microsoft have little to do with the present or the future. Microsoft is primed for success and they are begging to hit on all cylinders. Keep living in the past...meanwhile my shares have increased by over 40% recently and I'm getting a healthy dividend. Buy low, sell high...now is your time to get on board.

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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Re: Dead Platform

You hit the share button and then click the appropriate method of sharing or saving. Pretty simple and very comprehensive.

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Amazon patents caches for physical goods

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Nothing here but a group of bitching haters.

Honestly, I'm trying to remember ANY comment thread in this rag where the readership has for the most part praised anything. Amazing amount of hatred here, day in, day out.

Is there nothing positive at all about Amazon? I for one do not miss brick and mortar shopping much at all. Amazon for the most part in my neck of the woods offers a better selection of most of the things I want than does any brick and mortar store or online store for that matter. I've ceased doing web searches when shopping and start by searching Amazon where I can one click myself into Nirvana. Living in Seattle, I have now many times ordered something in the early AM only to be surprised to have it delivered in only one day. I've taken advantage of a few "same day" deliveries for an additional $3.99. If this anticipatory shipping does as I suspect, there will be far more items available to me for same day shipping. Amazon kicks arse!

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Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

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Re: can't give his money away

Why don't you check with Heifer and see how big and important that turned out for them. One small act that made millions of people find out what Heifer is and what they do.

You folks are too much in your selfish indignation. You are small people who wouldn't know a good thing if it hit you upside the head. Do a little research into what the Gates Foundation has done and continues to do. Do a little research into the giving pledge. Stop your childish old tech jealously and self righteous "open source the world should be free" bull pucky and figured things out. Microsoft made money in the world of big business by playing big business better than anyone else was playing it. Gates is wise enough to parlay that victory into a philanthropic behemoth like no other.

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Leaked MS ad video parodies Chrome as surveillance tech

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Google Wins!

Google has beaten Microsoft soundly in this battle. It took them far fewer years to earn the title Evil Empire. "Do no harm!"

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Actually you are wrong. I work in the film/video business in the Seattle market and have worked countless shoots over the years for internal Microsoft videos. Many of these have pretty high production values and they are definitely for internal use only. In fact I know of at least one recent instance where a vendor who had edited such a video was banned because he posted it on his Vimeo page.

Heck even the public presentations don't get released in high quality. Case in point was Bill Gates "Last Day" video that was presented at his final CES Keynote. Do a youtube search for Bill Gates Last Day and all you can find are shaky cam handheld video from cell phones at the event. Microsoft is notoriously tight fisted with that sort of material.

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Arm-wave bye BYE! Apple grabs Kinect flail-sensor maker for $345m

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Re: Sign language

You mean something like this?

http://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/kinect/Kinect-Sign-Language-Translator-from-Microsoft-Research

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !

Did a full clean install of 8.1 off of an TechNet ISO/DVD yesterday in about 25 minutes.

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: What lack of app?

So you've tried both of the newly improved keyboards already and you have determined they are terrible?

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So long, Hotmail: Remaining users migrated to Outlook.com

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Re: It's not likely to be a happy change for home users

Just curious how much notice you felt like you needed for the change? It's been announced for a very long time.

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Wireless charging on the Galaxy S4: Samsung goes VHS not Betamax

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Love my Qi enabled Nokia 822

Just have to say after a month of owning a Nokia 822 with the Qi backplate it still strikes me how absolutely easy it is to stay charged. Where without it I might only plug in at night or when I know I won't be picking my phone up for a bit, with the Qi charger I always set it down on the charger when I'm near it and I'm always ready to go for longer periods of heavy phone consumption. There's a Nokia branded Qi automobile charger/mount in the works and that will be the holy grail for me with both chargers.

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Microsoft starts to roll out Windows 8 in embedded flavors

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Re: My guess is...

Desparation? Has Microsoft not made embedded versions of their operating systems for quite some time now?

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Microsoft applies for patent for 'Google Goggles'-type AR specs

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Re: How can the consumer possibly benefit from such a war

Microsoft is investing about 8 Billion US dollars every year in R&D. The courtroom battles to protect IP are a drop in the bucket so to speak.

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Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013

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Re: Folk still using IM clients?

The beauty of chat over telephone calls is the ability to walk away from the chat for a moment and not create a lull. I can craft a response, go grab a cup of coffee and come back and see the reply. It's "near" real time whereas a voice call is real time. They both have a place but chat is more productive for me, especially when the information being exchanged is more casual.

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Microsoft-Netflix bid rumours feast on froth – and logic

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In case you haven't noticed, Microsoft is back.

All this kiss of death nonesense is meaningless. No question Microsoft wanked 10 years away and lost their grip on the baton. To imagine they learned nothing from that experience is pure fantasy on your part. Microsoft is doing a very good job of things these days and while failure of course is still possible, you may find yourself very surprised in the coming months when Windows 8 actually grabs some traction as well as phones and tablets. This new ecosystem is very viable and Microsoft is pushing forward with a verocity they haven't shown since the mid-90's. You can continue to judge them with your, albeit well earned, negativity but they aren't looking back and if you continue to cast your gaze to the rear you may find yourself getting passed by.

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It costs $450 in marketing to make someone buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

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Love My WP7.

I've had an HTC Trophy WP7 for about 15 months now and it's received three updates. I runs flawlessly and has not locked up on me ONCE in 15 months. It just keeps working like a clock. Apps galore....certainly more than I'll every be able to fully evaluate. When anyone asks me about the phone I give a demo of the capabilities of the people hub. Once they see the incredible power and ease of the people hub for everything from social connections to keeping track of business communications, nor further pitch is needed. It's simply the most simple to use and naturally powerful OS in the phone world today. I'll be upgrading to a new WP8 phone shorty after release.

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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

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Don't leave BING out of this.

BING has had arial photography "Bird's Eye View" from planes for a few years now. Feel left out that you aren't also hammering on Microsoft. Whe The Reg and it's readers miss an opportunity to say something bad about Microsoft it hurts!

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Skype launches in-call ads

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Wow, I really thought that Skype would remain free forever because it doesn't cost anything to own it, run it or maintain it. How do you propose ANY service like Skype exist for free?

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Microsoft kills Windows Live brand

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Actually guys..... Microsoft has been making LOTS of great decisions of late. They are doing a pretty good job of executing moving forward from the abyss of the prior decade. Don't be surprised to see them wildly successfull in the coming years. They've done it before and have the resources and talent to do it again. What's still amazing is that they could so totally miss for the better part of a decade. Don't bet on that happening again.

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Windows 3.1 rebooted: Microsoft's DOS destroyer turns 20

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Re: MS still the underdog then

Although Aldus Pagemaker was first written for Mac, by 1992 it had legions of Windows 3.1 users.

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550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world

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FAIL

NonNomNom.... you really know someone (you said people which would be more than one person) with "thousands" of viruses on their computer(s)? I think not. So...we know that's not factual, so what else isn't factual in your posts?

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Smoked by Android: Microsoft coughs up free laptop

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Re: 'your laptop AND phone' was ready - ie he'd have to give up his phone to get the laptop

Windows phone hasn't really been "marketed" for a year. Verizon in the US still has exactly ONE handset for sale and it's not being promoted by Verizon. It's a long road to gain market share when the carriers are all promoting something else. Slowly but surely, Windows phone will gather steam in the marketplace. Hero handsets are appearing. The future is bright!

I've had my very simple HTC Trophy for over a year now and I have not had a single lockup. I can't say that about any prior cell phone I've owned. Even after a year I continue to garner new appreciation for the ergonomic feature set. I really can get in and get out quickly with all the information I need. The People Hub is brilliant in it's simplicity and depth.

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Paul Allen proposes new space launcher

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To Kharkov.... Paul Allen is passionate about aviation and I'm sure he is fully prepared to lose the "pocket change" this venture will cost to pursue. If you haven't followed some of his other ventures of passion...here's my favorite:

http://flyingheritage.com/

I'm fortunate to live near this collection!

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Here's the full press kit.

http://stratolaunchsystems.com/presskit.html

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WinPho sceptics cut Lumia 800 sales estimates in half

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What exactly will trip up the average non techie phone user? The ease of listening to music while simultaneously doing EVERYTHING else your phone can do? The switching of sim/memory cards thing hasn't been a problem for iPhone users...why would that be a problem here? No non-techie switches cards. The Windows Phone is absolutely simple for non-techies...nothing to screw up. I've NEVER not ONCE had to reboot my phone for any technical reason. It doesn't lock up, it just does its job. Anyone who talks about his tech net subscription in the same voice as "average user" doesn't know anything about the average user.

Also it's quite apparent that the tech net poster hasn't used the phone because he completely misinterpreted what he read.

How about this, if you have no experience with the Windows Phone OS you don't make comments about it as though you know what you are talking about? How about if your experience with the OS is limited to 5 minutes trying one out that's attached to an anti-theft lanyard at a phone store you admit you don't really know the OS?

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You my friend have NOT described the average consumer market. Not even close. In fact most of the negative posts here are ridiculous. Most people don't do any of the shit you guys do with their phones. You guys are so wrapped up in advanced tech crap that nobody else cares about it's fricken laughable.

Oh....yes you can listen to music and do everything else you might want to on your windows phone without affecting your music listening.

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Trojan targets Mac's built-in security defences

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FAIL

I find it interesting that the majority of the posts here are from what appear to be Mac defenders who are posting as though there were Windows people here attacking them. Nice pre-emptive move!

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Microsoft: Mango arrives in two weeks

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malware?

>>According to the company, there will be no set date for release, since individual malware vendors will be tweaking the software for their own handsets when they are ready<<

Is this a type or another feeble attempt at anti MS humor?

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