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Microsoft loads botnet-crushing data into Azure

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Joke

Re: wait for it....

"I follow him avidly. Half out of clinical curiosity, half out of mildly amused disbelief."

Ahh, I can relate to that. It's the reason I read El Reg comments ;)

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GBL Initialiser

Re: wait for it....

Wait, he now has a fan club?

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

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Re: Research is needed

"Presumably if somewhere could be found that had mountains, hot sunny beaches and taste-free whiskey (with an e) it would lead to such managerial brilliance that all worlds problems could be solved"

solved outsourced.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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Lots of comments floating around the internet at the moment along the lines of "Omg it caused Sony's stock to jump 10%" well http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/sony-stock-rise-board-consider-entertainment-spinoff/ is also worth a look

A suspicious mind may be inclined to think that Sony held off until the XBox reveal.

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MYSTERY Nokia Lumia with gazillion-pixel camera 'spotted'

GBL Initialiser

"The resulting device, which bloggers have decided is called "EOS""

It doesn't really matter. Nokia isn't doing it.

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GBL Initialiser
Coat

Re: which bloggers have decided is called "EOS",

Maybe photography is all Greek to them?

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Google tells Microsoft to yank its new WinPhone YouTube app

GBL Initialiser

Is there any evidence that the app actually blocks the adverts? If not then it could just be that it's incapable of displaying them due to Google's refusing to cooperate with Microsoft on the issue. I do wish there was a viable competitor to YouTube then Google would so easily be able to use it to attempt to stifle other services.

The main issue I have is hypocrisy. Google thinks all the content (News, books etc...) on the internet are their god given right to use as they wish but then they go and point fingers.

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Apple wins documents fight with Google in Samsung case

GBL Initialiser

I hover dangerously close to sounding like a Microsoft fanboy at times but not even I can stand Bing. I gave it a fair shot but as I had to repeat most searches on Google I decided that there aren't enough hours in the day.

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GBL Initialiser

The answers you seek are in the last paragraph of the article.

There are ways of searching for things that aren't via www.google.com.

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The EC, however, would argue that it's a little bit too easy to search Google with Google. ;)

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Nokia teases world+dog with snap of new 4G Lumia 928

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Re: "Thinner and lighter"

"Us the back button to exit all your applications as it will close them. Then the battery should easily last 2 days....quick battery use is almost always rogue apps."

Yeah, tried most things. I managed to squeeze out a bit more life by changing some settings and I always close apps anyway. I haven't yet seen anywhere near two days though and using the GPS & maps a few times means you hadn't better use it for much else.

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GBL Initialiser

Re: "Thinner and lighter"

The only thing I can think of is that it would be good if their plan to have cafes have wireless charging stations on the tables had panned out. As much as I love my 920 I have to admit that the battery life is a bit of a pain in the backside.

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Re: Meh

You couldn't get hold of the vile gloss yellow coloured one in Denmark when I went to get my matte black 920. They were sold out because apparently people find the yellow one retro. I wonder if any of them have seen retro mobiles.

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GBL Initialiser

Works in Europe too (and it's a damn sight cheaper, at least in Denmark). I think the 920 was the first phone (or one of the first) that could manage 4G in the UK.

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My Lumia 920 has something called "4G" is there some difference between 4G and 4G LTE that I'm missing? I must admit I don't bother to keep up with that kind of stuff.

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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

GBL Initialiser

Could result in some amusing deliveries to their tax offices.

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First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

GBL Initialiser
Mushroom

EA: I am your publisher

Star Wars: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

(Shamelessly stolen from a friend)

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10-day stubble: Men's 'socio-sexual attributes' at their best

GBL Initialiser

But a beer belly sticking out from under one's t-shirt whilst having a can of lager in hand is still a nono I presume?

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Impoverished net user slams 'disgusting' quid-a-day hack

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"We're pleased to see that while saintcroix's diet is indeed a pretty lamentable state of affairs, he/she hasn't been deprived of that most basic human need: an internet connection."

Not to defend this person's naysaying of an effort designed to do good but did you check to see if said connection was via a library or other academic institution? Even if it wasn't it could be via a kindly friends house.

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Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report

GBL Initialiser

Re: "People familiar with the matter...."

I generally read it as "This is where we got the info from, you're a big boy who can make up your own mind so we decided to tell you about it rather than pretend nobody said anything."

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

GBL Initialiser
Facepalm

Simpsons*

Gah, in this world of mobile phone keyboards I need a damn edit button.

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GBL Initialiser

For some reason this reminded me of the episode of The Sinpsons that featured the "Independent thought alarm". The child's thought that is. The prosecutors and the assistant principal sure as hell set off the "incapable of rational thought alarm" though.

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Yahoo! scuppered! in! Dailymotion! buyout! attempt!

GBL Initialiser

We are consistently inconsistent with regard to this particular issue. Honour is satisfied.

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Google to Glass devs: 'Duh! Go ahead, hack your headset'

GBL Initialiser

It's one small step for man, one giant leap for targeted advertising ;-)

(El Reg mobile app can't do icons so just pretend the troll face is to the left.)

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It was the Reg what won it: Online Hitchhiker's Guide thriving

GBL Initialiser

Too busy reading El Reg?

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Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

GBL Initialiser
Facepalm

Re: Sir

Maybe...maybe I meant that a carful of people make that particular error? Ok no, no I didn't. (Also I see what thou didst there)

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GBL Initialiser

Gawd, why must it always be Linux?! It'll run OS/2 Warp and you'll like it!

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GBL Initialiser

Carful with that inconsistent variable capitalization.

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Your phone may not be spying on you now - BUT it soon will be

GBL Initialiser

A joke where?

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/8cdd/

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Australian Federal Police claim arrest of 'LulzSec leader'

GBL Initialiser

It doesn't say he publically stated it. Could just be worded badly. Maybe it was something said before under an Internet handle and they just matched it up with a person.

As it says, details are sketchy.

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Google tells Microsoft IE shops: We can help you with those 'legacy apps'

GBL Initialiser

Re: Yup, right..

I'm using IE10 at the moment, I quite like it but I use various operating systems so ideally I would like to move to Firefox. I have encountered a few issues connected to its lack of a process-per-tab feature though which is the only thing currently holding me back.

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

GBL Initialiser

Surprising as the WP8 App is great. It even provides an easy way to open a particular article or comments section in the browser if you need a feature the app doesn't support.

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GBL Initialiser

Wrong when it comes to Nokia (WP8) too. Cloud backup restores text messages, settings & apps. Photos are generally auto uploaded but I don't think it pulls them automatically.

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FAA: 'No, you CAN'T hijack a plane with an Android app'

GBL Initialiser

Been that way on SAS for at least 4 and a half years.

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Mozilla devs plotting to put a stake in <blink> tag – at last

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It would have been if it worked in all browsers. Those needing multiple browser support usually went for JavaScript.

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The early browser war, marquee vs. blink (vs. good taste)

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Microsoft: 'Facebook Home just copies Windows Phone'

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@solidsoup

I think I need to change my handle. Fully it's a Terry Pratchett/Discworld reference to Hex but folk keep using just the 'GBL' part which makes me sound overly proud of my manhood.

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GBL Initialiser

You want them to become a serious player without saying anything? Another gem from the legion of flawless logic.

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Android's US market share continues to slip

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Thumb Up

@Adam 1

That's what I was looking for. Cheers for the straight answer.

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I haven't used Android extensively but is it any more correct to call it Linux based than it would be to call iOS BSD/Mach based? (Serious question)

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Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

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As much as I am impressed with Microsoft's latest products there is no way in hell I would ever purchase an always online console.

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Google patent filing suggests Glass will be ULTIMATE REMOTE

GBL Initialiser

Re: Oh, great…

Don't worry, brother will have their own set of problems when Google starts telling you that you should try these other printers and/or ink suppliers ;)

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Advert auto playing annoying fanfare sound

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Re: Advert auto playing annoying fanfare sound

There is also a banner version of the advert that takes you to the same URL and seems to play the audio automatically too, can't be 100% sure as both the original and the banner showed up at the same time.

URL of the banner advert is http://www.aldaniti.net:8080/imagenes/creatividades/20130228112334.swf

Any update on this annoyance?

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Beijing IT biz taunts Microsoft: Show us your licence for Office 365

GBL Initialiser

Well this is about Office 365 which can't be easily pirated.

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Reader slain? 'Even the Google apologists on G+ are p****d off'

GBL Initialiser

Because some people don't need a local mail client and don't want bloat if all they need is RSS feed reading.

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

GBL Initialiser

Re: More adverts, everywhere.

@Fatman

Anyone who has been around here for any length of time knows to pay sod all attention to down votes anyway. More often than not they are the result of either saying something mean that could hurt the feelings of a famboy's chosen company or the amount of inconvenient truth in a comment.

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GBL Initialiser

Re: @GBL initialiser More adverts, everywhere.

@ DF11

Blocking adverts = You getting access to content you want whilst depriving the content provider of money

Dictionary definition of parasite = a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.

I think you will find my logic, in this particular instance, is fairly grounded in reality.

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GBL Initialiser

Re: More adverts, everywhere.

@cybersaur

I don't watch TV. Back when I used to I didn't mute or channel hop, no. In fact advert break channel hopping bugs the hell out of me. The only time I didn't at least hear the TV adverts was if I was leaving the room to make a drink or some such.

Your analogy is somewhat flawed anyway. I'm not sure of the exact details because, as I said, I don't have any business dealings with advertising but I know there is such as thing as "cost per impression". When an advert is requested and displayed on a website it records an "impression", blocking means no request is made to get the advert so it directly costs the site owner money.

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GBL Initialiser
Megaphone

Re: More adverts, everywhere.

"You have that choice. Don't use services with adverts. It's that easy."

ABP users often ignore this though and try to spin it in a way that they are entitled to access the content on their terms. One of the excuses that crop up time and time again is 'I pay for internet access, why should I have to watch adverts?', I don't feel I need to point out the gaping hole in this argument. Frankly I consider the use of ABP parasitic and attempts to justify its use arrogant.

P.S. no, I don't make money from any services even remotely connected with advertising before someone tries to pull that one.

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