2798 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007
Wow. Not-square things?
That must have caused a lot of head-scratching
I'd not be surprised
To discover that the seemingly pointless acquistion of Skype for a large sum by Microsoft was partly (maybe largely) funded by the US gov as it knew MS was already a very backdoor-friendly (take that however you please) company and it was the easiest method to get a tapping interface into Skype.
Rename it to SPYke perhaps.
Foxconn are more than happy to get another potentially large customer to plug the gap created by fapple scarpering off to Pegatron
"practical applications be drawn from it"
Mostly then, 'you'll lose', I should imagine.
Re: PS4 all the way for me. There are still too many problems with the Xbone
I'll likely buy a next gen console this Xmas though the only thing I know for sure if I get one at all is it's not going to be an XBOX Vista. Probably not a Nintendo.
Not even a PS4 if they don't release the fecker in time for Xmas - will have spent the money elsewhere by then - is it still the 31st Dec for that???
W T F ??
"The Kinect licensing content by the number of users watching is disgraceful"
This new learning amazes me, what is it ?
Yeah, the hardware.. 20% fail rate on the '360 IIRC ?? That's massive and MS aren't a learning-from-mistakes kinda company as this latest U-turn amply demonstrates. Right second time isn't good enough.
And, of course, we trust Microsoft
Not to turn DRM on later when they have your money.
They obviously want it but they want launch sales more (this week, at least).
Don't forget they've already demonstrated where they want the XBOX Vista to be at, even if they've U-Turned for now to avoid completely handing their market to SONY with little umbrellas and a cherry.
"Faced with handing the entire console market to SONY"
Not that I'll be buying an XBOX Vista to replace my 360 anyway. Stuff 'em.
Dare I suggest
At least half...
Failsafe (as in the film)
"I'm sorry Mr Putin, there's really no way to divert the bomber at this stage"
Errrr have you seen the Permissions?
Access to NFC
Access to Data
Access to GCHQ/NSA
Re: So in other words
Thinking about it, do Windows Phones give you a browser choice screen...?
So in other words
Microsoft complain about Google maybe following Microsoft's own playbook.
Perhaps they should have trademarked it.
If they're complaining about bundled apps then I'm fairly sure the manuf's are free to remove all the default functionality if they wish, it'd be a lot easier than disentangling IE from Windows was. Perhaps 'being able to make a phone call' is anticompetitive behaviour for a mobile OS.
Cos, yeah, IE for Android. Even if MS made it who the fuck would ever install it.
Mind you they're not allowed to say
That the NSA told them to lock out TOR because it would improve the quality of the data they claim they don't collect and is too vague to be of any use in the first place even if they did 'collect' it and put it in a database which doesn't exist and wouldn't be any good for tracking people if it were.
What a bullshitter
$13.65 is 2.5% less than $14 (13.65/14=0.975)so he wants folks to believe that 35c changes the offer from 'significantly undervalued' to a jolly fair price.
It is me or
Does the Last Of Us guy look suspiciously like Nathan Drake from ND's Uncharted?
"a deficiency in these models"
Just when we thought they'd finally got there models utterly perfect and the End of the World was official.
You know when they've finished the call
Cos your phone is going WEEEOOOOWEEEEOOOO on the other end of the sofa :oD
Assuming that the stated purpose of the PNC is what it actually exists for...
Which is unlikely.
"despite having a record on the PNC"
It's obviously not doing its job.
So delete the excess data.
I'm sneaking strong laxatives into the water supply at the next ACPO gathering...
"Shut them down?"
But I'm sure the CEO's lives could suddenly become extremely awkward with their personal assets frozen pending an 'investigation' of some sort.
That must be one of the most openly cynical things I've read of a company doing in a good while.
Nice one HP, remind me not to buy your stuff.
Re: I Blame the EU
It's the bankers, I tell ya.
(Well, Global Warming had already been taken)
What about an import tax then
Now I'm no accountant, as my accountant knows all too well, but seeing as these 'profits' are being eaten up by 'paying for stuff' from a parent/sibling company in a different tax domain, then presumably these 'purchases' the UK-based
laundering operation makes to the elsewhere company are imports. Kinda like Hollywood accounting but cross-jurisdiction.
Therefore create an import good class of 'dodgy sibling company purchase' and tax the FUCK out of it, no?
Should I be in Whitehall instead billing £1500/day for coming up with shit like this for some working committee?
Pint for everyone as it's Friday.
"pay its fair share of tax" - @ the goalpost-moving politicians:
Wrong. They do. You clowns set the laws under which they pay that.
Sort your shit out and they will continue to comply with the laws you set.
All that stuff Android has copied from IOS7 over the last X years.
Except the lower case keyboard.
Can we all agree perhaps
That these Animal Rights Super Elite Sysops (ARSES) need to get out and cuddle some badgers then report back how fluffywuffy they are
tooth face to face?
Assuming they ever really did what they claim which, given that Anonymous do this kind of thing on a daily basis and still never claim this depth of access (that I remember recently at least), seems like bullshit.
Or maybe, unwittingly...
Abundant tasty free-range meaty snacks, while stocks last
Re: What a pity...
Quite right too.
If only he'd simply just murdered someone.
"XBOX Vista" already dead?
Given that the new XBOX is essentially a totally new machine with zero backward compatibility (at least PS4 will have something via Gaikai) and has all the control freakery going on then there's nothing to tempt 360 users into its ecosystem, even 2 years down the line as secondhand games bundled with secondhand consoles will be pointless.
Unless you're a confirmed SONY hater or an utter XBOX fanbod the PS4 just seems like the sane choice of where to put your cash. I know I won't be getting an XBOX One - probably ever, I'll leave that experience with my 360 - but I think I might just grab a PS4.
It's scary how many Nazi quotes seem apposite to the USA
(Even the ones that can't be verified)
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
- Goerring (allegedly)
Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
- Goering again (true, apparently)
Re: 8 year old with paint
Maybe Ive's kids designed it then
Re: Put an iPhone beside a...
They look like a phone from 7 years ago. Mostly because they still look like a phone from 7 years ago with different degerees of rounded corners.
IOS version 7 and they still can't display a lower case keyboard, either.
Re: Apple Invents
You could always post one to Cupertino to see...
Re: Ah, that takes me back
Jack Tramiel (sp?) will be suing from his grave
Re: Mac Pro is now Mac Pro minus
Because of the mearest Mac store is (say) 20 miles away from your trendy rural-setting studio, then you're gonna be 10 mins disconnecting and packing then thing, 5 mins getting it to the car, 40 mins driving it into town unless you're really lucky with the traffic, at least an hour in the store while they muck about about then reverse all that back again to get back into the office. Which is the best part of three hours assuming it all goes right first time.
Which is also the best part of £300 in time to most studios when they could spend 20 mins just sorting it on the desk in the office there and then.
That's why not.
Re: Let me get this straight...
I thought that was gonna end 'Apple is the new uncool'...
Maybe that was a torch n pitchfork moment too far in case the AC's (Apple Cultists) know where you live!
Re: iOS users use their phones 50% more than Android users...
Or Android users work 33% harder than AC's (Apple Cultists) with much less hipster-esque cocking around.
AC - Apple Cultist
See?? It's true I tell ya!
Re: CEO of company slags off major competitor
That'll be the Apple Cultists then (usually AC here)
Re: It's the gagging order that's the problem
Though they could presumably say, legally...
'We are not doing any tapping but please bear in mind that if we were it would be illegal for us to say that were were and would would have to say we were not'
Y'know, just to keep it uppermost in voters' minds...
You know your country is f*cked when...
Your government is more concerned about its electorate knowing what it's doing than what it's doing.
Same as SONY then?
First time I've heard of this from M$, maybe they're back-tracking.
Re: Sony will do exactly the same .....
So far SONY have said they'll leave secondhand game-locking up to the publishers. Eminently sensible, makes the publisher look like a dick instead. They've also tempted folk with the idea of the online streaming of older titles for compatibility, which if they offer sensible access (e.g. original disk = pass to play for free) then excellent.
If these statements are true and this is how the PS4 is going to launch then SONY must be checking the insurance on their execs to see if 'dying from laughter' gets a payout, right about now, as XBOX Vista has pretty much handed the next gen market to PS4 with sparklers, an umbrella and a little cherry on a stick.
Also destroys the second hand XBOX One market as now who gives a flying *%&£ if it 'comes with fifty games' cos all those games are now useless unless you pay £35/pop or whatever to activate each individual item.
Which means that in two years' time, unless M$ truly have a cunning plan (let's face it, they've not had one in the last decade), the XBOX One is already kaput. Think about how many people you know who waited a coupla years to buy a new gen console at a lower price and with some thrown in game library, those people have now pretty much been told to go to Playstation, effectively, as there's no legacy compatibility to tie them in to previous gaming purchases either.
They should have called it XBOX Vista. In fact I'll be calling it that now, going forward.
Re: A parental issue, true
Two thumbs down?
Bet they occurred in the advert break in Jeremy Kyle...
A parental issue, true
But given that around 50% of UK parents these days seem to expect the gubbmint to raise their children for them while they flop on the sofa watching jeremy kyle with 40 B&H and a six pack of carling I fear the only reasonable recourse is to win the lotto and emigrate.
As they say ... good luck with that :o/
With any luck
We can all throw away TinyMCE soon, then.
I wish Google or someone would make a replacement for that devilspawn, maybe Wikimedia will achieve it.
I reckon that, secretly...
The MP's are actually sick and tired of the disingenuous whining and the crocodile tears from the big media lobbies and, while giving them a semblance of compliance, are actually buggering them about until such time as they reckon piracy will be mostly redundant due to offerings like netflix and others. Which probably isn't that far-fetched an idea or that far off, either.
At every step they seem to have capitulated to the corporate wallet-stuffers and yet only enacted the feeblest implementations in policy. I do actually think they might be on the side of common sense (in secret, natch) in this and just stringing the media corps along.
While taking those juicy cash-for-policy backhanders, obviously, and laughing all the way to the bank ;o)
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