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* Posts by Bob Vistakin

922 posts • joined 24 Dec 2011

Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

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Re: Epic Failure = Increased share price.

"MS can now go to hell and i'm not sure anyone will care."

<Applause!/>

Increasingly these days, "MS can now go to hell and i'm not sure anyone will notice."

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Re: In other MS news

It's 18,001 actually.

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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As would a bottom 10.

Anyway, just wait until Microsoft launch a smartphone - you'll see who's boss then.

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Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear

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Nokia excretes Windows Phone 8.1

FTFY

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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BT did this too

There was this 1 asshole, in Birmingham I think it was, who's full time job was to take up calls *after* customers had cancelled and already been through the same shit you hear on this recording. The impression was given to customers that unless you'd been subjected to his drawn out rantings you hadn't really cancelled. It was you they answered to, you see.

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Samsung Z mobe a NO-SHOW at Moscow Tizen Developer Summit

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No problem

Tizen will fail the same way Microsoft and Blackberry's mobile OS's have, and like those, they will turn to Android to save them.

Oh, wait...

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India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

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Re: Its Android, so what would it cost without the m$ extortion fee?

Yes, FAT32 is in there, but there are a few more which, when you read them, you can see why they wanted keep secret.

I particularly like 7650431 - "SERVING LOCALLY RELEVANT ADVERTISEMENTS". I wonder who'd have an issue with that stunning innovation?

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Its Android, so what would it cost without the m$ extortion fee?

If you could somehow remove the only meaningful contribution microsoft make to the mobile industry, namely swiping a fiver or so off every Android device sold, this would be incredibly cheap indeed.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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Re: Wonder how many Moto G handsets

Is this why Microsoft gave up on their garbage mobile OS recently and turned to Android?

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Future Apple gumble could lock fanbois out of their own devices

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You're securing it wrong

There - fixed the customer support message to everyone who falls foul of this.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Why the colour screen?

I'm puzzled here. The elephant in the room is clearly the daily charging requirement, yet it's promoted as being "glanceable" and only for micro interactions, like short messages etc. So why is the biggest battery drainer by a country mile wasted showing this minimal information on a colour high res screen? Isn't it really obvious a kindle style display should be used?

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

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AKA Apples WWDC of 2018

The photocopiers and lawyers in Cupertino have stirred again - after all, "copy then sue" is their official company policy.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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Ahh, bless 'em

Having only just heard of the smartphone, microsoft see the big players like Google, Apple and Samsung all bringing out wearables and realize they are as usual a decade away from catching up. So here's their quick n dirty "me too" offering they hope no-one will see through...

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Surprise Android 'KitKat' update fixes nasty OpenSSL vuln

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Huh?

Why does a minor update today prevent a major update being announced next week?

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Apple settles ebook price-fixing damages lawsuit with US states

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Re: Errr

Yes, because Apple is never humiliated in public, even when they apologize wrong and are forced to do it again.

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UBER UBER ALLES: Investors value ride app at $17 BEEELLION

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Re: Unter

But they've bought those politicians so they can introduce a licensing scam, sorry scheme, and guess who's the only one on the guestlist?

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TANGO DOWN! Google presents its 3D non-fondle slab to the world

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Apple

Just started their photocopiers.

Expect theirs in 5 years, followed by the inevitable lawsuit a year later.

It's their official company policy.

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Developers: Your chance to get hands on with Microsoft Azure

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Samsung WRISTPHONE – for those who wanna whisper to strap-ons

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Re: ...Aaaaand

Dick Tracy? One mans innovation is another's mere scouring history and then hiring more expensive lawyers.

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Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

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Re: Microsoft, Bing, Windows 8.1

Microsoft makes a -$5 dollar contribution to every Android handset sold in extortion fees - does that count?

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Re: Microsoft, Bing, Windows 8.1

@Blarkon Like this one?

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Microsoft, Bing, Windows 8.1

Is this a competition to stick the most synonyms for "shit" you can in the same sentence?

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Google is tech industry and world's most valuable brand as Apple rots

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Interesting that the Chinese beat Microsoft

It's almost as if they have a plan.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Re: Speaking of myths...

Lemme help you out with that.

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Re: The reason Nokia lost

"None of those phones until the iPhone had a full browser."

The Sony Ericsson P800 from 2002 did.

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This mythical Microsoft Phone you speak of

It really sounds intriguing. Let us know when it launches so I can check it out.

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Windows Phone Live: An enterprise story

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You can trust Microsoft

To always be the "me too" players in computing. Lemme guess - costs twice as much as the competition but does half as much, but since they target the usual fat cat brown-paper-bag-stuffed-with-cash decision makers, like councils etc, they have no need to worry about sales. Of whatever it is they are selling here.

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

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Re: I say chaps, I don't think that you understand what you are supposed to do here.

Never forget the real comedy aspect of the damage Windows 8.1 is doing to Microsoft: it's all self-inflicted.

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Nokia Camera guru: I'm finished being Finnish, and off to 'the company you're thinking of'

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They didn't "poach" him

He just jumped off the burning platform.

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Microsoft may launch several new Surfaces on May 20 – report

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Re: Dear Microsoft

Netflix? Try again - it was IE, A piece of software Microsoft has been developing for 15 years that has become officially shit.

That video is always worth watching. The majestic sweep of the arm, the confident proclamation, the triumphant tone in the voice as he shows the world how "I'm running Internet Explorer", at which point it hilariously freezes up.

A textbook comedy lesson in perfect timing, from the gift that just keeps on giving.

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"I've only ever seen a couple of Surfaces in the wild."

Same here

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Re: Dear Microsoft

Try here.

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"4.4 per cent of the market"

Jeepers.

That's called floor noise by Google. And here's me trying my hardest to spot a windows phone in the wild.

Any day now, I'm sure...

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LinkedIn killing CardMunch biz-card scanning app

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The real reason

Hands up those who even knew this existed.

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Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

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Re: This of Course has...

IE can be used for something other than downloading Chrome?

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Microsoft: The comedy gift

That just keeps on giving.

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Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

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What next? How about fixing IE?

Because its now officially shit.

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

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Re: It's OK everyone.

Correct.

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Last call: Getting Started with Microsoft Azure – TODAY at 9.30am

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Be careful

"Today" might not mean what you think it means.

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Nokia halts sales of Lumia 2520 Win RT tablet over zap-happy charger

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Re: Shocker.

Yup - always wise to keep a spare.

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Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update

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"a thread of gripes on user site WPCentral has reached almost 1,000 comments in three days"

That's because the Microsoft shills are all here! Quick, scurry off to downvote/delete/apologise or whatever over in your own back yard...

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Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

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Re: Damned if you do

Ahh yes, I remember the days of BBS's on 9600 baud dialup. It's nice to see they are still in use for low traffic requirements such as this, but clearly here more than one simultaneous user was considered so unlikely it wasn't even tested.

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"Risk wrecking their phones" ???

How the fuck do you wreck such an unusable car crash as a Windows phone?

That's like asking visitors to a sewage farm not to fart or it'll make the place smell bad.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: LOL

The comedy gift that just keeps on giving.

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Microsoft CEO Nadella names his Xbox and Cloud OVERLORDS

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So Flop gets to ruin the phone business, again

This guy just keeps leaping about those infernal burning platforms

Mind you, the new Nokia "ConFuze" is sure to be a hit.

Q. It looks like a Windows phone. Does it run Windows phone apps?

A. No

Q. I hear it runs Android. Can I load apps from the Play Store then?

A. No

Q. It's from Nokia - it must run the decades of Nokia Symbian software that made them so big then?

A. No

Q. I see it has BlackBerry stuff on it - does it run BlackBerry software?

A. No

WTF? Well, you sure ConFuzed me...

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And in a shock twist, a name from the past is now in charge of Office

Welcome back Clippy!

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re: Typical Microsoft

"Microsoft's permanently extended middle digit"

Applause! Well played sir :-)

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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Re: Dell does build Android slabs

Microsofts motto: do be evil.

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HP bypasses Microsoft in device-as-a-service assault

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Re: The Curse of HP

Bollocks.

Bypassing Microsoft is always a smart move, no matter what the circumstances.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Money well spent

Marketing is far more important than getting the basics right.

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