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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

David Black

Re: Do I have to talk to someone

As a Glaswegian, I resemble that insightful comment :)

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David Black

Do I have to talk to someone

I must confess to hating phoning and talking to people about my problem(s)... maybe I'm just autistic spectrum or something but I really like just doing it myself and sorting my own shit out. Phoning a friendly but 99.9% useless person, labouring through my various issues only to get a "oh, I'm not sure" response just makes me feel crappy. I even avoided getting much needed knee surgery for 5 years as I had to phone up the private health insurance company for "authorization" at every step in the process. 6 months ago they replaced it with an onlne system, and bingo, surgery 4 weeks later :)

I'm sure I'm not alone. Human interaction with people who don't know or care for you is highly overrated and a bit "phony" (pardon the awful pun).

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

David Black

Re: Someone must be blind to think thats a Window 7 Start Menu

You didn't design Visual Basic 1.0 did you? Seems suspiciously familiar to that 90s paradigm of every current selection filling the screen and lots of blanking inbetween.

Context switching is a bad thing for concentration and part of the reason for overlays is to let you retain your visual reference and enable your brain to focus on a limited subset of information delta. It's probably even more vital as screen sizes are heading upwards and the idea of frequently swapping the entire field of view could be regarded as a form of torture. On a 9" tablet, not such a big deal, but that's always where Win 8 seemed to belong.

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

David Black

Re: Not a "debut"

Glad soeone mentioned that, I thought I dreamt it myself. I guess the "problem" they are solving for is that the Virgin picocells aren't licensed for use in US airspace so when you get over the Atlantic, they actually switch them off which depending on routing can be 3+h before you land. Sure just fixing the licensing might be a better option.

Great service though and my 15 second call did get my cat fed :)

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Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

David Black

I think you were looking for the HS2 thread... even Apple don't have that much money to burn

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

David Black

Wish I'd done a social science degree being honest. Sure I've earned a great salary and had plenty of travel and great career progression but something inside me just aches to be a "fluffy" and work in politics, HR or marketing. I love people and IT can be so anti-human at times.

And for the record, my boss is a psychology grad who taught dance for 5 years... she seems to be doing pretty well in IT, better than me in fact :( Maybe she just does the politics a bit better?

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Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

David Black

70% coverage by 2019... that's the issue

As someone who regularly does the long round-trip of London-Plymouth, I can vouch for the terrible lack of 3G connectivity. Sadly I used an app a couple of weeks agao to track my connection: in a 4 hour journey (6 at weekends, thanks Network Rail for those weekend "scenic" routes) I had 54 minutes of connectivity, most of that fairly sporadic and only really stable on the run from just outside Reading to Paddington. The longest period was 46 minutes of no data at all. On a major intercity route in 2013, that's quite frankly disgusting . Why are we even considering HS2 when there's such low hanging fruit to pick. Worse still is that when I ride what always was regarded as "the worst, most over-priced network in the world", Amtrak, I get free, fairly stable wifi for the equivalent journey of New York to Boston :(

As a side note, I'm actually surprised at how much I miss connectivity. I used to enjoy doing some nice work unplugged and getting through it without distraction. But now I always find I need access to some file/presentation held in a repository or acess to cloud based business service. Sad, but I suspect I'm typical and 2019 for 70% coverage is just too little too late.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

David Black

Cool, everyone in Europe will have a standardised cable pluged into all their devices until they walk to the wall socket in the various Eurpean nations and, er, fail :(

So we'll still have different changers and socket adapters for those on the Britich Isles.

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South American with a dumb phone? Think Facebook can't get to you? THINK AGAIN

David Black

SIMs can be updated to add additional SIM Toolkit Apps OTA... but it depends on the SIM and it's capacity etc. Actually I think a lot of people would be amazed at the capabilities of a smart SIM... not quite Raspberry Pi but certainly great for demonstrating basic programming (some are even Java based). Shame the kit is all targeted at the operators.

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

David Black

Re: Official! Cameron + fiends = Shit for Brains

Democracy can only work if you have a diversity of opinion. Much as I loathe Cameron and all he stands for, where's my choice? Can you think of any credible politician who would stand against this?

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Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone

David Black
Headmaster

Re: congrats

There are quite a few women in that team too.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

David Black
Happy

That old not-really Petronius quote comes to mind

"We trained hard ... but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization."

'tis the begining of the end :)

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Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

David Black
Meh

Re: 32GB

I think you answered your own question... video! A fairly small number (in my experience, about 12ish) of 3-5 min 1080p HD quality video will fill that memory up nicely when used normally (default vide settings, some apps and music loaded too).

And as for SkyDrive on the go, you are having a laugh. do I really want my phone syncing gigs of data on 3G-ish connections??? I take it you don't use the phone for calls and web browsing much or like the battery to last more than a few hours. And my home wifi might be ok but I don't think I've ever been to a hotel where the wifi wasn't the preverbial whores knickers let alone able to transfer data.

I'm no hater and I can't see why is anyone supporting the absence of removable storage on this device?

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REVEALED: Google's GINORMOUS £650m London Choc Factory

David Black
Windows

FUGLY

Just what Kings Cross needs.

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At last: EU slashes mobile roaming fees

David Black
Pint

Re: Information required

Did a similar-ish journey from Barcelona to Copenhagen and the total data cost for 3 days was only about £60 on an O2's bog standard tarrif two months ago (no idea of specific MBs pulled down for maps as it was pulling in emails too)... I thought it was pricey but didn't have the choice and my company picked up the tab. Still prefer a proper Garmin sat nav for driving but Google maps rocks when you are lost and have only a rough idea of what you are looking for as a bar called "Stripe something" gets matched to the nearest hit but my dear Garmin wouldn't have a clue.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

David Black
Happy

and flicker too

Saying that the 25 fps etc. was nothing to do with vision isn't quite true, the frequency was set based on the preception of flicker in an incandescent bulb, 25 Hz being about the point where most people find the flicker imperceptible (sure there are some that argue that they can see flicker up to 100 Hz, but hey there are audiophiles that get upset with the sound of distant bats aparently!). The 25 Hz obviously went to 50 Hz when we jump to AC and bingo.

A great article, very interesting. I know that there are other coding techniques using models etc. that actually "inerpret" what is being viewed then render that. These have the potential to make the whole framerate/resolution discussion a little redundant. If you're in the mood for a follow-up piece, I'd love to know more.

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Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

David Black
WTF?

Re: Looks good

"And as far as I can see all the apps I need are available."

Really? Wow I wasn't aware there was a shill payments app.

Seriously, Win 8 may be many things but a world of 3rd party support and apps it isn't.

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

David Black
FAIL

Re: So how does this enable super-skyscrapers?

Yeah, good call on the "bull":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOgqSkiEWdU

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

David Black
Joke

Re: ATTENTION COMMENTARDS

There is a delicious irony in there... criticising one company for ignoring the "market" rules and rewriting them to suit themselves and then enforcing a comments policy which removes any criticism of yourselves.

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Microsoft tweaks WinPhone YouTube app to fix Google gripes

David Black

Re: Hmmmm . . .

Tripe? Really, I take it you don't develop applications, the established user base is "slightly" critical as a potential market.

http://www.zdnet.com/android-accounts-for-74-percent-of-smartphones-sold-in-q1-samsung-reigns-7000015335/

Gartner's figures for Q1 still show Win Pho behind RIM though more like a seventh of iOS.

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David Black

Re: Google could release their own app

"WinPhone doesn't need a Google Maps app. The Nokia one is free and better"

While I'm a big fan of offline map use, it really is about getting you to your destination (and preferably the actual destination you were intending). Much as I dislike feeding the spymasters, there's nothing that comes close to Google Maps for getting you where you want to be.

Wouldn't you at least like the choice on your Win Phone? Or maybe you know where to find the good astroturf shops.

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David Black
WTF?

Re: Hmmmm . . .

"Bigger than Blackberry now. A tenth of iPhone and growing."

Source? Including established user bases? Bollocks - just sayin'.

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MYSTERY Nokia Lumia with gazillion-pixel camera 'spotted'

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Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope

David Black
Childcatcher

Live with parents

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't a big driver of the start-up culture of California in the 60s through 00s the garage? Said garage wasn't in their tiny appartments in over-priced cities but generally fairly well to-do suburbs of the burgeoning middle-class parents. No over-40 with kids and much sense would stay in London so surely Shoreditch is the worst possible location. Silicon Surrey might have been a better bet. I seem to remember the pharma companies liked Surrey cause they could pay below London rates and generally pick-up highly qualified female (typically) 2nd wage earners who valued other aspects of work more than the salary. Those folks should have pretty grown and qualified kids now...

But good luck to anyon planning an IT park stretching into the world of NIMBYs that rings the M25 :)

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Google 'DOES DO EVIL', thunders British politician

David Black
Coat

Tax on business is fair

I'm not sure why so many people are so keen on defending Google here. I guess our society has lost its sense of right and wrong and redefined it based on "what you can get away with". Shame really.

But as to the appropriateness of taxing business... it is simply a way of they contributing to the society and paying for the resources of that society that they consume. Health, education, transport, military, police etc. are all provided by centralized government (whether you think that right or wrong, it is the way it is) and must be paid for. Do Google make business profits from the safe, socially stable UK with it's healthy and educated people? If yes then they have a liablility to contribute to the UK public finances at a fair level. Not really that questionable to me, maybe I'm missing something.

I take it all those defending Google's actions here are willing to pay a higher proportion of their earnings in tax to enable Google's behaviour as someone has to pay for our country.

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Australian Gartner chap slams gov-funded IT education boost

David Black
Meh

Taxes

Good point well made. I think many more taxpayers will have doubts about supporting an IT industry that has so many promoinent leaders that seem to have issues contributing taxes back into the very society that fueled their growth. We already see a cynacism towards anyone in "banking" that seems to extend to the lowliest branch worker upwards based on the strategies of a few of those at the top of that industry.

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Full metal jacket: Nokia launches new Lumia 925

David Black

Re: round objects

Sorry, I just assumed that most reg readers might understand the concept of an ecosystem around an OS.

You can't and won't find the apps and support for your device that other owners of other OSes will. Things are slow to get to the device and the experience will not be great for a £500 phone and you may regret your choice due to such factors beyond the specifics of the device.

Hope this helps. And I don't work in Marketing but was an Senior Engineering Manager at Nokia until recently.

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David Black

Re: round objects

Actually, I was just drawing attention to the fact that the world around the device is crappy. It should merit a mention, particularly when it really is the thing that makes a £500 smartphone really worthwhile.

And yes, Linux is a "nearly" OS. I have no bad feelings toward Win Phone or other "nearly" OSes, just giving some feedback that many people may be disappointed with the experience, regardless of the device.

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David Black

Sure... I just hate the fact the there's no real support in the wider app world for the devices. Just looking at the 20-30ish apps I have on my iphone then I only get 2 in the windows store and about 3 where I get the functionality online. None of my banking stuff, no BBC or Sky to watch the footie when I'm out, no ski tracker, no guitar tuner... just a snapshot of the things I can do with my iphone that I can't do with my Win Phone. There's just so much around the iOS and Android worlds and so much choice that removing it feels like reverting to a featurephone.

I'm not disputing that the OS is "slick", "lasts for hours" or is "funky" but without all the other "stuff" and an engaged world, it just feels like you're always on the outside and missing out.

And for the record, I've never used Instagram in my life and I hate the iphone but love the world that revolves around it.

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David Black

round objects

I've spent more than enough time (6m+) with it and the lack of an ecosystem is totally shit. Yes it makes a change, like taking a shit in your bed makes a change. It's a "nearly" OS and I'm sure it has its fans like the amstrad machines did back in the speccy vs c64 days.

Can we please have an end to the drivel about "if you'd only tried it..." and "those who use it love it". I did, and I didn't. I own both an iphone and a few android devices and I can say that I don't feel any inclination to return to WP8 ever.

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David Black
Pint

Nice looking device, shame about the ecosystem.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 720

David Black
Unhappy

Re: So much fud in the comments

Actually I was thinking that there was a lot of MS astroturf bullshit in the comments. Most people seem to have givien up slating Windows Phone, rather like Windows 8... it's just become part of the landscape. I really had hoped Nokia would do so much more and be let off the leash with Microsoft to make something awesome. But stock Windows Phone with a great nav app just doesn't do it.

The niggles with Wndows Phone are what'll get you in the end... that and an app store that looks like it was supplied by teenage boys who don't get out much. As an overall experience you get used to it, but when you leave and go to Android or iOS, you just feel like you're not a freak anymore and it all just generally feels better. Sorry.

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

David Black
Happy

Asus S200 does have 64-bit Win 8 and will do just short of 4h-ish of video viewing on VLC.

Picked it up in the US for $449 from Best Buy and was stunned at the value for money... I was looking for a cheap machine for my daughter but have hung onto it myself and am recomending it to everyone and their dog... consequently the price has been creaping up... was £379 in the UK for the 1.8G i3 model and now it is £420ish... in the space of the last month!

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WTF is... Weightless?

David Black
Thumb Up

Cyclists

Best use case that I ever heard for this technology was for fitting it to bikes, particularly in urban environments. Get's around the whole numberplate identity issue. Then the small number of cyclists who ride like idots in heavilly populated areas can be held to account.

The same guys also explained how it could make rural/single-carriageway roads MUCH safer as apparently a horrendous amount of the serious accidents are due to dirvers being unaware of other vehicles (oncomming, stopped at junctions, tractors etc.) but they also mentioned it being wearable by rural pedestrians and sheep too... not sure about the sheep bit though, but I think that's cause they'd be wearing the tags anyway to make them traceable.

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Just how good is Nokia's PureView 41Mp camera tech?

David Black
Gimp

2009

I see a lot of comments about using Symbian being like going back to 2009 in smartphone terms but I'd just like to understand what exactly is so different about the typical iPhone 5 experience and say the 3GS experience in 2009? Maybe a lift in performance and the improvement in screen (and the wonderful maps) but still it pretty much looks and feels very 2009 on both devices. Maybe I'm missing something.

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Nokia hails hacks for New York Lumia WinPho gig

David Black

Re: Err...

Phonebox in Espoo?

Really, who cares. Windows Phone is the Video 2000 of the smartphone race.

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Nokia CEO: No shift from Windows Phone

David Black
Happy

Re: Tried... bag-o-shite

Yawn, fecking hilarious... but jokes on you spud, you own a Windows Phone.

Your mum loves you, special boy.

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David Black
Facepalm

Re: "...lies with Windows Phone and no other OS."

Old habits die hard? No surprise they still don't know their arse from their elbow.

Nokia always had internal OS competition, it was mostly a strength but when it came time to fight, the internal squabbles and divisions prevented them rallying the most powerful force of mobile developers on the planet and seeing off the challenge of iOS and Android.

The war is over Mr Elop, Nokia lost, now time for you to retreat into your bunker and do the right thing :(

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David Black

Re: Don't fracture your base

Take out redundancy insurance mate, you're going to need it.

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David Black
Megaphone

Tried... bag-o-shite

I gave it 6 months of use and just couldn't stand it's consistent crappyness (from WP7.0 then 7.1 and then 7.5). There's really no compelling reason to use Windows Phone and a great number of reasons not to. So please don't assume that everyone is ignorant and they just need to "try", some of us have and frankly I'd rather "try" being fisted a la 50 Shades of Grey than pick up a Windows Phone for the rest of my life.

Worked for Nokia. Still bitter.

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Finnish PM rules out Nokia rescue package

David Black
Unhappy

We did

But sadly where 'your' company loses its mind there's only so much you can do. Investors tend to have confidence in anything that smacks of 'leadership' and dissenting voices are only causing trouble. I knew what was in store for and I left on Feb 10 2011... no, no coincidence that it was the day bfeore the MS deal was announced.

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David Black
FAIL

Re: Flops mission is complete.

Well you would want to weaken Nokia to make it a takeover target. There is no way in hell that the European regulators (possibly even the Americans either) would have approved the takeover by MS of Nokia in Feb 2011 (when Elop killed Symbian). It would've taken years to clear. Nokia just had too large a market share in too many spaces to let anyone merge with it, it was simply too big to swallow. The Nokia takeover of Symbian was previously defeated by regulators and only just scraped through in 2008/9 buy lots of assurances that the OS would be open sourced.

Elop set about changing that. I suspect that he was more sucessful than he imagined. He had to take Nokia off number one slot for smartphones, done; number one mobile OS, done; and number one all phone vendor, done (just). Now anyone looking to enquire about purchsing Nokia will be seen as a saviour and with the backing of the Finnish government, positively encouraged into a buy-out. To those of us on the inside, this was and still is entirely predictable.

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CIOs should fear the IP police ... have your get-out-of-jail files ready

David Black
Big Brother

Re: Sir

So true, in my youth I was involved with a group not disimilar to Irving Welsh's train spotters. Always a good upstanding kid, my eyes were opened wide to a world where the law and social norms were ignored and jesus when I actually saw how thin our veneer of lawfulness was, it was scary. And worse still, there's not really a path back into legality once you punch through.

Criminalising routine activity without the active support of the citizens and pro-actively acting against their interests will not end well for our legal and political representatives.

Maybe one simple solution is to never have copyright transfer into the hands of a "rights holder"... the original creator is the only one who can determine what happens with their creation. Preserves the rights of the creator but disempowers the shambolic media monoliths.

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Surface: Because Microsoft does so well making hardware?

David Black
Paris Hilton

Re: Nokia

When MS completes the Nokia takeover, I'm pretty sure you'll see these tablets wearing a "Microsoft by Nokia" brand. The design and colours are straight out the Nokia design book. Also Nokia does have superb supply chain and production capabilities that would be ideal if you were a software maker looking to get into hardware.

Not that I personally like the joint branded products (such as the awful Sony Ericsson) but Nokia has fantastic brand reputation and still comes many notches ahead of Apple in almost every country. However that brand is depreciating fast (cheers Mr Eflop) and in the US was never particularly strong, hence retaining the coupling with the Microsoft brand.

Paris cause all branding is just pointless fluffy shit :)

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Apple extends Liquidmetal sole rights until 2014

David Black
Terminator

Re: R&D and payback

The Vertu Ascent was a liquidmetal device back in about 2007 so prior art may be an issue for our fruity friends.

Liquidmetal was easier to work with than your typical alloy frame and the mechnics guys turned things round fast.

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Nokia after the purge: It's so unfair

David Black
FAIL

Sad

Shame, feel sorry for the thousands of very talented people losing their jobs due to totally useless management.

Anyone holding shares now is nuts.

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Microsoft 'mulled Nokia buyout, ran away screaming'

David Black
Trollface

Re: Nokia

don't worry about providing proof, evidence etc. a libelous claim is just grand

added the troll icon for you

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David Black

Re: Elop has already halved the time it takes for Nokia to make a smartphone

I know why it grates you... it's because you know the failure was so avoidable. It grates all of us who watched the parent smother the life out of the child :(

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David Black
Holmes

Eflop

Couple of significant points being bundled together there incorrectly:

"The shareholders thank Elop for his important work for stablising Nokia (the demand for Symbian in the past 12 months speaks for itself)"

Err, Elop was the massive ahole that sank Nokia's most profitable division overnight... expecting the shareholders to be thankful is like expecting my missus to be thankful cause I've stopped shagging the next door neighbour.

"Elop has already halved the time it takes for Nokia to make a smartphone, simply by shifting to Windows."

And I can halve my bodywieght by chopping my legs off... not quiet the same as a diet. Nokia now produce non-differentiated, run-of-the-mill devices that clone everyone elses, even the HW production has been shifted out of the proven centres into clone-land.

Nokia has failed, the only mystery is why the remaining shareholders are still in the game at $3 a share. They'd be much better advised getting out now, there is no "climb-back". And the idea that a "crack" Windows Phone team exists in Nokia implies that someone is smoking crack. The value in Nokia is as a global trusted brand and a market share of 50+% in emerging nations, mostly on great featurephones. Just cause Nokia never figured out how to make this into a massive business doesn't mean someone else won't.

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