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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

Mike Taylor

Re: If i had a vote

Well, quite. From 10% of the UK, which is a big chunk of the EU, to being between Denmark and Ireland in the EU (by population).

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

Mike Taylor

I suppose it's worth saying this is a research paper, and not a new feature. Computer science, yes?

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Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please

Mike Taylor

Re: wtf

Love our thirty quid kibos. Spend a lot on books too. House someone is making money on it. But a tablet our phone for treating books? No, ta.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

Mike Taylor

I have a 1520 on ee, got through buymobile and am on 8.1. Also Cortana with Lang and region set to US

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

Mike Taylor

Got the lumia 1520 instead

Had a look around the high street - the 930 is *everywhere*, so congrats to Nokiasoft's channel marketing team. Had the 925 pushed at me too, very cheap now. Didn't have the problem with the fixed three column screen as I thought I would do, the screen is absolutely knock-me-down brilliant. But I ended up getting a 1520. Few reasons - battery life is better, extendable memory. Same hardware, more-or-less. Means I can dump the blasted ipad when I travel, thank f---. I almost returned it though, too me a couple of hours to get used to holding it. I have biggish hands, but not insane, I can hold it and operate it with the thumb of the same hand just fine. It's perfectly proportioned for a trouser pocket, it's a little long for a shirt pocket - might look a bit odd, might also fall out of it. I don't have the issues with 8.1 that I feared, I can't really see the difference that much. A couple of apps struggle with the screen size, whatsapp is one of the guilty parties - the smallest font is a bit too big. Other than that, I am very happy. Obviously I would have liked the free wireless charger :/

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Mike Taylor

Re: Are you sure about that?

Andrew, i particularly thank you for this comment - it's a deal-breaker for me, my eyesight just in't good enough to deal with the three column view, and i've had to cancel my order. Shall still be going for a lumia, but not this one

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

Mike Taylor

Re: er, specs?

The 930 has 2 gigs of RAM c/w the 630's 0.5.

I ordered my 930 on Friday.

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

Mike Taylor

Re: For God's sake why does no one think of the children??!

My favourite piece of baby-shite are those anti-cat smothering net things. Based on a myth that goes back several hundred years. Absolutely refused to over-monitor my kids when they were babies, ditto now they're adolescent.

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

Mike Taylor

They might not have been contacted about this specific action, but has anyone else looked at the amount of traffic No-IP were directing according to Cisco. At the beginning of the year? Because there certainly was a conversation being had between NG and Cisco

http://www.noip.com/blog/2014/02/12/cisco-malware-report/

It would be good to see the evidence that MS laid in front of the court, to get a fuller picture. But I don't think No-IP can say this has come out of the blue

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

Mike Taylor

Any algorithm will show bias

If you aren't going to show all news items (which is a challenge in itself), you have to have a method / algorithm to decide what items you are going to show. It seems reasonable to test the effect of potential biases. Although Kramer doesn't have an academic affiliation, the other authors do, which usually obliges researchers to go through ethics committees for such experiments. There's no evidence in the (pretty lightweight) paper to say they do, but that's usually down to the journal's policies - still, it'd be nice to know

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

Mike Taylor

Re: Now if they can only make it usable

News feed - drop down triangle - choose recent stories. Although the fuckerbergs to like to change it back for you from time to time.

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

Mike Taylor

I saw one of these in the local EE store the other day. (Visiting the store is a good reason why I'll never go near one again, but that's another story). Never heard of it before, so a rather nice surprise. I thought I might get one on a cheap contract to use as an in-car media / gps device, I need to look around for a good size holder.

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Be prepared... for your Scouts-loving sprog to become tiny spin doctor

Mike Taylor

Re: New?

Yup, they did then, they do now. And they do all the shooting, archery stuff. Our lot prepared and barbecued (and ate) squirrel last year (the squirrels came in bags though...). And a couple of weeks ago were dumped in a village a couple of miles away and had to navigate their way back to the hut using actual maps. In the dark. Great fun.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

Mike Taylor

Full reviews...?

The 930 will be out in the UK just in time for my contract (on a 900 at the mo), which is perfect. I would like to see a full review, esp of the camera - which is a big part for me. Otherwise might go for a 1020. I just hope the networks carry it. The size and vpn will mean I can dispense with my aging and flakey ipad too. Am thinking I might convert my 900 to an in-car unit, I saw a link the other day, and darn thing is still functioning well

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

Mike Taylor

Re: moral turpitude

Can we have a NSFW mark that works globally and a NSFW(US) localised version please :D

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

Mike Taylor

Re: GUI?

Amen to that. Recently returned to the Apple fold after a decade with windows and ubuntu and am appalled by dog's dinner it's become. Craptastic.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

Mike Taylor

Re: RCJ misses the point, again.

I'm not at all sure that GCSE is all about coding - my son is just looking at it, there's plenty of other stuff in there. Although they do hang it off a coding project, it's not 100% code. And neither should it be, for sure.

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Mike Taylor

Re: 100% of teenagers thought it would be vital for their future job prospects

Hm, not sure about the national curriculum. Last year a foreign language was compulsory at my son's comp, this year it's not. That's new and shiny, and has to be a coalition thing, right?

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

Mike Taylor

Re: Next time ...

There is a definition of a requirement for peripheral vision in the UK, 85° unless I've remembered it wrong

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Tech titan Bill Gates: Polio-free India one of the 'most impressive accomplishments' ever

Mike Taylor

MMR vaccination rates in the UK

Last figures I saw were for 2008-2009, where MMR coverage was 85% in the UK. It will have increased after last year's measles outbreak. Prior to Wakefield, it was 90+%. 2003 was the bottom with 80%

But that's not for all vaccines

http://www.researchtrends.com/issue-34-september-2013/the-peculiar-persistence-of-medical-myths-how-to-counter-and-discourage-misinformation/

There may be more data here: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB00220

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What turns Americans on? Everything but XMAS and OSAMA

Mike Taylor

I seem to be missing a link - anyone obliged?

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

Mike Taylor

Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing

And the one in China, and the one in Blackpool...

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Amazon's EYE-OF-SAURON KindlePhone will watch you with FOUR cameras - report

Mike Taylor

More likely Agent Smith (possibly also a reference to 1984 though) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Smith

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Mike Taylor

Re: per cent

Well played sir! (where's the cricket bat icon?)

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

Mike Taylor

Re: It would be great if those guys started to understand how WP8 was designed and works...

Isn't it Settings / wifi / off like it is in 7.x? Which is annoyingly one of the few things you can't pin directly on the starts creen

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Mike Taylor

Re: Bias

It's an appalling piece of puffery. Not worth El Reg's time. Not at all sure what the methodology is - what one anonymous person thought, apparently.

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Glowing Nook knocked to under 50 quid for Xmas

Mike Taylor

Great to see the prices coming down. I'd be dreadfully sorry to see ebooks going away. Tablets just aren't the same for loads of reasons - weight, distractions, contrast, battery life, etc

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

Mike Taylor

Playmobile or it didn't happen.

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Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

Mike Taylor
Alert

Cyclists...

LEDs might be OK where there's ambient light. I live on the outskirts of Oxford, and they're shite as soon as I leave the streetlights and get into the real dark.

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Ubuntu penguins strain to squeeze out bug backlog by mobe OS deadline

Mike Taylor

Re: sigh....

Go for it, post your comments and we'll see if you're right or not.

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Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India

Mike Taylor

Re: Now I'm trying to work out whether IT people are more sexist or racist

First time I've heard AS wheeled out as an excuse for racism and sexism. Utter, utter bullshit, as even a casual search in the psychological literature would reveal

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Mike Taylor

Re: @Mike Taylor RE "Just awful comments"

I'm ashamed of them too. I'm not going to debate anything with them, just feeling very sad that (I'm guessing) I have colleagues in the UK who have these opinions

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Mike Taylor

I guess we're all feeling a little racist this morning

Just awful comments. Embarrassingly bad. I hope none of my colleagues in India read this.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

Mike Taylor

Re: it looks better but....

As someone who uses wp, bb, android and ios, I completely agree. It seems strangely dull and uninviting even compared to the maemo interface without live tiles/widgets.

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

Mike Taylor

Re: o/t (ish)

Bought two. Full house now.

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Mike Taylor

o/t (ish)

WH Smith are selling the small-but-perfectly-formed kobo touch mini for thirty quid again.

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

Mike Taylor

Why the caption "Aura - last fling for Kobo e-readers?" I sincerely hope not, they're great bits of kit, and ereaders != tablets

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Delta Air Lines makes mass Windows Phone 8, Lumia 820 buy

Mike Taylor

Re: It's a smartphone ?

Yes.

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

Mike Taylor

I bought two Kobo minis at the same time. Utterly brilliant, even with my ancient eye-sight. Wish I had bought four. I'm keeping my eye on the whsmith home page, and will pounce. "Accidentally" bought all John Wyndham's books for the kids (ha!) for holiday, and they love them.

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

Mike Taylor

Re: How Much?

£1.40 / litre

4.5 litres in a gallon

£6.30 a gallon

£3.15 for half gallon

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Mike Taylor
Stop

Horse shit smells much nicer than burgers. Anyone in MuckyD's clearly has malfunctioning olfactory organs in any case. I see no problem.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

Mike Taylor
Pint

Re: I believe ...

An atheist's amen to that. Went to a very nice bar in Cambridge, MA last year that had 400 or so micro-brew ales to hand. I could barely pick up their beer menu. The food on the other hand was burger or ribs.

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Nokia wrings Lumia bling fling, but feature-mobes ding stings

Mike Taylor

Re: My left testicle...

My 800 seems pretty robust. Stupidly dropped it as I was going downstairs the other day, it caught my foot, so I essentially kicked it 6m down to the bottom of the (carpeted) stairs, and it's fine. My poor N900 only died after it flew out of my pocket at 20km/h, skidded across three lanes of traffic in to a large lump of granite (it still boots, just the screen's gone awol)

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

Mike Taylor
Pint

Re: Simple enough

The one good thing about receiving whisky is that it'll last long enough to be given to someone who will like it. Despite the fact that I gag when people mention the blasted stuff, never drink it, never express an interest in it, I have been given half a dozen bottles of it over the years. God knows why. And I'm such an easy person to buy presents for! (Yes, a box of fine ale would be most gratefully received)

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Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack

Mike Taylor
Stop

Re: What, no...

I think i had the same trainer. Taught me Quark at about the same time it got half point type. She was a lovely lady, outrageous flirt, but very happily married. She was incredibly popular.

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Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

Mike Taylor

Re: I love mine but..

I think you wife is right, if you're after a picture of a cow. Gorgeous!

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When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

Mike Taylor
Happy

Recruitment interviews

Dominic, obviously I'm writing on behalf of a friend who may have an interview with a recruitment agency for a pretty senior (exec-level) job. I^HHe was preparing for it in the usual manner, but another friend has suggested that this level of interview is quite different. Effectively, you need to persuade the interviewer that you're not an embarrassment to pass on, and check the boxes. In particularly, the interviewer won't know much about the job, so it's more like an audition than an interview. I wonder if you have any useful advice or comments. For him. Thanks!

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Nokia, Microsoft put on brave face as Lumia 925s parachute into Blighty

Mike Taylor

Not on EE yet, can't upgrade <huge sulk>

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

Mike Taylor

<clicks twice, turns winpho 7.8 background to white>

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Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

Mike Taylor

Re: Fail assumptions here

Got to say - I'm not a big outlook.com fan - but when I do use it, it's on Firefox or Chromium on Ubuntu and it works just fine, as does our corporate Outlook web app

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