* Posts by fishman

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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Re: Cringely has what now??? "that Forbes made up?"

Someone posting as an AC running damage control. Not surprised.

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

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To kill ActiveX

If Microsoft wants to eventually kill ActiveX they need to bring Spartan to Windows 7. I would not be surprised if Microsoft keeps doing updates for Win7 after 2020, and Win7 will still have a good chunk of the market then (just like XP now).

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: no surprise there

<<<given the amount that MS spent on advertising the Surface over Christmas.>>>

In the US, Microsoft paid the NFL $400M to be their official tablet, and there are "Microsoft Surface" logos throughout the stadiums.

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Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

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Re: Isn't it a good thing...

<<<They could then squeeze their corporate customers until their pips squeak, and really rake in the cash>>>

Isn't that what Microsoft is already doing? It seems that every year there is a big price hike.

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

fishman

Re: Microsoft's handling of Windows Phone has been inept

<<<My 1020 is great, but I won't be getting a Win Phone next year if these is no clear replacement.>>>

The 1020 has a feature that no android or iphone had - a great camera. But since they haven't come out with an update after all this time, it would indicate that the sales haven't been very good.

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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

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Re: The only reason...

<<<For all Balmer's faults Win8 was not one of them. Win8 and the refusal to listen to criticism of the one true way was entirely down to Sinofsky.>>>

And who was Sinofsky's boss?

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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

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Classic Microsoft

I keep on reading how Microsoft is changing, becoming more open, more competitive. But that is only true in markets that it is not a monopoly. If somehow Microsoft became the monopolist in phones, tablets, game consoles, etc, they would act just as they have in the past.

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Comcast sued for – you guessed it – allegedly SCREWING OVER CUSTOMERS

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Re: cable companies

<<<What goes wrong is that then the smaller communities can't get wired up since this is usually the only way they CAN get wired up, due to the poor return on investment.>>>

Or the big ISPs have lobbied (and bought) the politicians so there is a ban on building a public ISP.

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Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

fishman

One of the reasons Microsoft gave for buying Nokia's phone division was that they were only making a gross profit $10 per phone, and by buying Nokia they could up that to $40 per phone. Yet Microsoft probably isn't making even $10 per phone on these models, and could be taking a loss.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: Terrorist are naughty

<<<<Has it crossed the mind of gov that new laws of restriction and banning are NOT going to be abided by law breakers. Only the law abiding follow laws, only the innocent will suffer.>>>>

Of course, in their minds anyone who uses crypto will then be a terrorist.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

fishman

Re: Ah, America. Land of the free

<<Ah, America. Land of the free>>

It's the land of the fee.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

fishman

Re: Graham 24 Built to appeal to its market, which is not you

When our kids were little, sometimes I would sit in the back with them (I'm 6' tall) when it was my wife's turn to drive on trips.

Also, we hold onto our cars for a long time - one car is 17 years old, another is 11 years old. We bought cars with enough rear legroom that we didn't have to replace them as our kids grew up.

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El Reg's Giant Mobile Industry Roundup of 2014

fishman

Re: Don't agree on Android 5 problems or AndroidWear battery life.

I've got Lollipop on my Nexus 4 and also have had no problems. And battery life does seem to be better than before.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

fishman

Long time off

I worked for the US government. If you were off for more than 3 days you were supposed to get a note from a doctor. But sometimes I would be off for a whole week if I was horribly sick and never had a note.

You could accumulate sick leave. I was under the old retirement system, where saved up sick leave could count for your length of service. So I tried to use sick leave as sparingly as possible. When I retired, I had almost 1 1/2 years of sick leave saved up.

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Amazon workers in Germany stage CHRISTMAS STRIKE

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Amazon workers will be replaced

Amazon is starting to replace warehouse workers with drones and robots. At some point in the near future most of the low level workers will be replaced - striking will just speed up the tipping point.

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

fishman

Re: The US reasonably has two players

It's worse that that. While T Mobile may use weird bands, at least T Mobile and AT&T are GSM. And many phones cover all of their GSM bands. But Verizon and Sprint aren't GSM, so switching carriers can mean buying new phones.

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EU Google-bashing is making us look really bad, say Google bashers

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Be careful what you wish for

If Google is going to be forced to separate, who is next? Microsoft? One can argue that even though the desktop isn't as important as it once was, Microsoft has a far, far stronger grip on it than Google has on search.

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Dutch lawyers seek to overturn data retention

fishman

Odds of dying

The chance that I will die in an auto accident is probably 2 to 3 orders of magnitudes greater than from dying in a terrorist attack that might not be stopped due to restrictions that should be placed on the various government agencies.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

fishman

Re: Updated my Nexus 4

5.0 works fine on my Nexus 4, too. I had no problems with wifi or mobile, and I didn't wipe anything, reset anything, or rebooted. Battery life is up - before I'd have 50-60% left at the end of the day, and now I have 70-75%.

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AT&T to FTC: I'd like to see YOU install 1Gbps fiber across the US. Which we're still doing

fishman

Re: Brilliant plan: Piss off the Government.

You forgot about the part where AT&T dumps boatloads of cash on the politicians to get the FCC off their back.

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

fishman

Re: Technology site, not motor site

They don't post many car reviews - usually one every few weeks. And you don't have to read articles that you don't care for.

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fishman

Eddy Ito:

"Part of the reason the barges have passed on is for the same reason the long station wagons of yesteryear went away, CAFE standards. "

It's the minivans that killed off the big station wagons. The sedan versions of the big station wagons lived on for another 10 years or so, and the sedans got only slightly better gas mileage than the wagon versions. And the smaller wagons were decimated first by the minivans, and now by the SUV/CUVs.

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fishman

Re: ATS + handling as good in the same sentence? Oh please

Kev99:

The ATS is about the same interior size as the previous generation BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class. And for what they charge, you should price a 3 Series or C Class.

BTW, I'm 6' tall, and I can set the ATS drivers seat the way I like it and still fit in the back seat behind the driver. It was tighter for me in the 2014 C class.

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fishman

"In the states barges on wheels seem to be the order of the day".

Much of the barges have passed away in the US. Ford sells the Fiesta, Focus,

Mondeo (Called the Fusion in the US), and is replacing the current Taurus with a stretched version of the Fusion. Cadillac has the ATS and CTS, with handling as good as, if not better than BMWs. Buick sells slightly modified Opels. Chevrolet is starting to get their act together with the redesigned Impala and Corvette, and the next generation Camaro coming out in a year is using the ATS as its underpinnings.

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

fishman

Re: "Agency spokespeople said Snowden filed no such objections"

Tom 13:

Snowden a weasel? I've worked for the US government and I know of people who complained in writing through the proper channels, and their careers were essentially over. And Snowden wasn't just going up against a single boss, he was going up against an entire system.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

fishman

That is *almost* as bad as Comcast.

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FCC: You, AT&T. Get over here and explain this 'no more gigabit fiber' threat

fishman

RE: EinsteinJr

Big business can take your money. Government can seize your assets and put you in jail.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

fishman

Re: Those "6 months" are your advantage to make money, eejit.

LG Prada.

http://www.lg.com/uk/images/lg-mobile-phones/p940/gallery/medium01.jpg

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Hold onto your hats and follow the BYOD generation

fishman

"All we had were corded phones and we were PROUD to have them!"

We still have a rotary dial phone at our house.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

fishman

Re: Pasties

"soccer, football"

You realize soccer is a British term?

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

fishman

Re: probably too ambitious

<<<Too ambitious? All accomplishments start with a dream... >>>

"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown." --- Carl Sagan

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Microsoft delays Xbox One launch... Big Trouble in Big China?

fishman

High price

It's funny that the XB1 will cost more in China than in the US, even though it's made in China. You would think they could save something on shipping.

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Ex-basketball star CUFFED on suspicion of stealing Apple gear worth $14k

fishman

Re: Blown Away.

I don't know about the NBA, but supposedly at least half of the NFL players end up going bankrupt within two years of leaving the league. High flying lifestyle + no marketable skills outside of their sport = 0.0

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A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

fishman

Re: I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed

... I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed ...

My Mercury Sable wagon has 238K miles on it, and it's been almost troublefree - better than my wifes Toyota Camry with 190K miles. And I tend to beat on my car - jackrabbit starts, running it at 75-80 mph all day (it's made numerous trips of 700 to 1000 miles in a single day), driving it in rush hour traffic on the Washington DC beltway for 10 years.

BMW, Mercedes, VAG? nice cars, but when they go (and they do!), it costs big bucks. Even some of their biggest advocates won't own them outside of the warranty period.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

fishman

Re: Premier League Football?

Oval ball - I hope you don't mean 'Merican Football. Where you get a total of 25 seconds of "action" over a few minutes. followed by 5 minutes of terrible tasting American beer commercials.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

fishman

Re: An Old Fogey Speaks

Zmodem? WinFax? That's new tech. Just give me a deck of punch cards......

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

fishman

Re: Who takes the picture?

<<<And in this case he didn't lose the camera; he set everything up to enable the macaque to take the shot.>>>

No, the photographer did not set up the shot, and hadn't intended to have the macaque take or trigger the shot. The Macaque unexpectedly grabbed a camera and started playing with it, taking pictures.

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Apple and Samsung UNDER THREAT from local brands – study

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The UK has an adult obesity rate of 25%, highest in Europe, and higher than Canada.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

fishman

Re: Quantity != Quality

I lived in Britain one summer. I learned that the best of the UK television was sent to the US, and the rest was just as bad as in the US.

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

fishman

Re: Lack of USP?

<<It won't be full of snoop ware like an Android>>

Microsoft, Google, Apple. All American companies. All probably loaded with NSA snoopware.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

fishman

X customers

Quite a few of those who bought one of the X phones won't buy another Microsoft/Nokia phone after their phone was killed off so quickly.

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

fishman

XP replacements

<<<Not at all surprising really. The initial rush of mobile devices is fading and people are coming to realize that they have to actually get some work done and a desktop computer is much better for that 90% of the time.>>>

Now that XP is EOLed, a good portion of new PC sales are for replacement of old XP kit.

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Islamic terror peril hits US giants' phone wallets

fishman

Terrorist group

"A joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon – three of the four largest US wireless carriers"

Now that sounds like a terrorist group.

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

fishman

Re: TCO

<<<Use something free? Well, is it really free? You still have to pay to train users on a different product, probably more so if its not what they use at home or learned in school?>>>

That would be meaningful if Microsoft didn't keep changing the user interface for their products.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

fishman

Re: Well then-

But it gets high and then crashes.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

fishman

Updates

One of the reasons why Google can't directly push updates for many Android devices is the crapware that the manufacturers put on them.

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Microsoft, insurance giant hitched to pitch home automation

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Microsoft playing catchup again

So this is Microsofts response to Google buying Nest.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Re: At first I thought...

<<<so I'm stuck hoping that he lasts long enough to churn out books 6 and 7 and that I'm around long enough for the paperback release of both (gotta complete the set).>>>

He has to live even longer - Now Martin is talking about a total of 8 books for the series.

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

fishman

Fragmentation

And in other OS fragmentation news, Windows XP has a larger marketshare than Windows 8 and 8.1.

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New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom

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Safety

Since it's an app you have to download, Android users who only download apps from Google Play will be unaffected.

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