* Posts by Philippe

319 posts • joined 27 Sep 2007

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

Philippe

Re: I already hate smartphones, this Bixby isn't going to make it better

Nokia 8110 is your friend.

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Enterprise Windows 10 users, Microsoft has some 'quality' patches coming your way

Philippe

Re: Windows 10 "Enterprise" LOL

Actually, not having Office running on it is probably one more reason to use it.

The current version is dated 2016 which feels a bit long in the tooth. Although it's expressly not for desktop use I expect the 2018 version to allow for Office to run.

I'll continue to use a mix of iCloud and Office online in any case.

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

Philippe

Re: If only!

"Creative Update my arse!"???

Not at all, there is so much creativity invested in making the users' life a misery before.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

Philippe

Re: HS2 and the Galileo replacement

Don't be too harsh on him. He's a Brexiter. Everything is simple or someone else fault for a Brexiter

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Philippe

Re: HS2 and the Galileo replacement

On which planet does the IMF is buying out the EU?

The IMF together with the EU provided funds to some of the bails out to Greece, they are not part of the latest round of financial support, as Greece is now considered officially saved.

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Philippe

Re: Fgs

"the added time & costs of transport make a lot of possible trade unrealistic in practise", and this is why Amazon is a logistic powerhouse with distribution centres all over the country.

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Philippe

Re: Fgs

Trade doesn't work on number of countries but share of world trade of these countries.

The EU has free trade agreements in place with 72 countries representing 75% of global trade. We're losing access to all that, if and when we leave the EU.

It will take years to rebuild it. Nobody is saying it's impossible, we're just saying that the negative impact will be felt instantly and the positive one will take years to materialise, maybe about a generation.

The EU has got its fair share of issues but we know how to navigate them, the other guys, not so much.

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UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 million full fibre connections by 2025

Philippe

2033 to "Finish" the job??

That's not really ambitious, is it?

You already can get 10 Gb/s internet access in Switzerland for 50 euro a month, and that clown is targeting a tenth of that in 15 years.

Yes Switzerland is a much smaller country but at the end of the day 10 Gb/s should be the target not 1Gb which is old news in half the glove already.

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O2 UK wafts 4G coverage over 1,000 new Brit sites

Philippe

Dual Carrier?

Let's say I am in London where those new 2.3 ghz are located.

Will O2 support dual carrier over 800Mhz and 2.3Ghz, or even better 800, 1800, and 2.3Ghz?

We should start seeing some really decent speed if they do.

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O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

Philippe

Re: Signal/Bandwidth is not the issue

My favourite is trying to use an EE phone at the O2 Arena during a concert.

I am pretty sure I'd get a better throughput using smoke signals.

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Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

Philippe

That is why Macs will never succeed in the enterprise.?

The reason Apple marketshare of the PC market has gone from 3 to 8% worldwide by only selling high-end kit is because they're succeeding in the enterprise.

Tons of companies are now giving a Mac option as well as a PC option when ordering a new laptop. This was unheard of, even 3 years ago.

The tools are there to manage the Mac, the ratio of support personal to device is a tenth of the PC side.

Backward compatibility is something you Citrix VDI, not something you limit your CPU choice for.

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Philippe

A bit early, isn’t it?

Apple doesn’t like announcing things which aren’t ready or close to ready. Having things leaking 2 years early is either an attempt to manipulate the stock price and there is no substance behind the rumour or an unfortunate incident which could have serious financial consequences?

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Ofcom gives six operators green light to bid for spectrum

Philippe

For one of two reasons:

They either want to hold it for re-sell it at a higher price later on, or they're planning to lunch a fixed wireless business similar to what UK Broadband does in Central London.

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Nokia tribute band HMD revives another hit

Philippe

5110 Next?

Hopefully, the next one they redo is the 5110.

It was my first phone, I lost it somewhere in the attics in the early naughties, but I am pretty sure I ever find it, it'll have 50% battery left.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/72/CSIRO_ScienceImage_2936_Nokia_mobile_phone.jpg/1920px-CSIRO_ScienceImage_2936_Nokia_mobile_phone.jpg

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Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

Philippe
Joke

Re: We develop for Apple and Android

To be clear, it's notch going anywhere.

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Philippe

Re: Reg got it wrong in the headline. Again.

Either you mean the X doesn't open with your face, which it shouldn't or you're lying.

I have an X and it opens with or without glasses, in the dark or daylight and even when not looking straight at it.

Granted, it doesn't do that immediately as during the first few days of use as it's learning but from day 3 or 4 it's fantastic to use.

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Philippe

Re: unless you drop the front camera

"The no buttons on front idea is stupid."?

You obviously haven't used it. The swipe based interface on the iPhone X is far more natural and quicker than anything I've used since the Palm Tre. I hear the BB10 Hub was similar but I've never tried it so I won't comment.

Picking up an iPad or another iPhone, even + size, feels wrong after only a few days of using the X.

I would put money on Google developing a similar interface for their next version (Maybe not P but certainly Q).

Buttons are dead.

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Ofcom sees off legal threat over 5G auction terms

Philippe

Re: This is all just posturing

You mean 700 MHz but your point stands

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Philippe

Spot

First Ofcom allowed EE to reform the 2G/3G Spectrum for 4G with no remedy

Then they allowed the merger of BT and EE with no remedy

Now, the reject Three appeal with no remedy

How on Earth is this behaviour in the interest of the consumer?

I don’t want to sound all tinfoil hat here but it surely looks like someone is being nicely wined and dined.

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

Philippe

Re: Single aisle transatlantic is not news...

7 hours in a 737-7 ?

I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. But who can complain about £149 ?

Phil

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Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

Philippe

Re: fewer dumb fanboys

Start a thread on any discussion board you like titled something like "I'm after a new Android phone, what should I buy?" there will be within the first few replies a "buy an iPhone!" type response.

I am not sure this prove or disprove anything.

Start a thread on any discussion board you like titled something like "I'm after a new iPhone, what should I buy?" there will be within the first few replies a "buy an Android!" type response.

Some people like to advertise what they use, other don't, and many don't care either way.

At the end of the day people should be free to spend money on whatever they want or like without having to deal with snarky comments. The poster above was right, it says more about the people who criticise than the ones being criticised.

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Philippe

Re: I have my doubts

They stated during the call that the money repatriation will impact Q2, there was no impact for Q1

The "best quarter ever" is due to two things 88b of sales because the average selling price of an iPhone was $796 versus $650 or so in the same quarter last year.

They've also experienced huge growth in their "other" category. (Apple Watch, TV, Music, Itunes etc)

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Sack the Xerox CEO 'immediately', yell activist investors

Philippe

There is no old guard left

I have been following Xerox for a number of years as a customer.

The entire old guard has gone, the technology comes from companies bought along the road or the Fuji partnership.

Icahn has a personal vendetta against Jacobson and his advice isn’t worth anything.

Xerox should consider merging with another equipment manufacturer to survive, and Jacobson having been close to 6 years in charge, is the one to make it happen.

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Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

Philippe

Have you heard of the iMac Pro

Please have a look at what you get for your $5K and stop talking nonsense.

The Mac Pro was a dead end, they admitted so and changed course. You might want to do the same.

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

Philippe

Re: Isn't it obvious

Actually the HP Stream has got a 32Gb Drive.

It's unusable.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

Philippe

Consumer Reports has just pulled the buy recommendation for Microsoft products

Looks like the reliability isn't there after 2 years.

Maybe this has to do with CR testing methodology but it looks like anything microsoft is being pulled.

"Consumer Reports is removing its “recommended” designation from four Microsoft laptops and cannot recommend any other Microsoft laptops or tablets because of poor predicted reliability in comparison with most other brands."

I can only comment on the Sufracebook Pro, which we tested here. We had to return two of them after a few weeks. They're pretty rubbish. The Surface tablets however seem to be holding on but it has only been about 6 months.

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Qualcomm names its Windows 10 ARM PC partners

Philippe

Willing to give it a go

Windows RT was limited to the Store, could not join a domain, and could not run .exe files.

This thing can do all of the above, includes LTE and a longer battery life.

Asus builds quality kit at a decent price, so I might just give it a go.

What's the worst that can happen?

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Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

Philippe

Stuck on Edge

One of the "feature" of Windows 10S is that you cannot set a preferred browser or a preferred search engine.

I feel for those kids having to use M$ Edge and searching stuff using M$ Bing.

Talk about being bullied at school.

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

Philippe

Product (Red) has been around for 10 years and available on every Apple product bar the iPhone. The iPhone is 10 years old. It makes sense to have it now.

Not sure it's totally related to revenue. It's must have some kind of marketing impact too by launching at about the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S8. Keeps those headlines going until the next refresh around September time.

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O2 daddy Telefónica reports 12.5% drop in UK sales

Philippe

not too bad

The drop is only 1.5%, the rest is due to the exchange rate against the Euro, now that the post referendum Sterling is a third world currency. It will get worse before it gets better,

Networkwise, I am starting to see the results of their investment. Up to 6 months ago, I was lucky to get EDGE in my house, now it's almost always 4G.

4G has almost become ubiquitous, Can't complain

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Virgin Media swallows 215,000 new fibre customers in Blighty

Philippe

Re: Sort out your network contention, Virgin

Same thing here. I am on the 100 Mb/s and from about 6 PM at night the speed collapses to anything between 0.3 and 8 Mb/s,

They've kept pushing back the date for the update.

I keep calling them and asking for "customer gestures" for the lack of service. It works but it doesn't help with the lack of speed.

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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

Philippe

Re: hardly anyone upgrades Android from one major version to the next using OTA updates

As an example of people not wanting to upgrade; Win 7 -> Win 8 -> Win 10 involved a lot of changes in how things work for the user.

Very good example, the main difference thought, is the ability to roll back to a previous OS.

People went back to XP when Vista was out, and then went back to Windows 7 when 8 or 10 was out.

We cannot do that with phones.

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Philippe

Re: nothing like pissing off your friends

"Apple and Google might get some traction from status since smartphones are something you carry with you and can wave around smugly, but I doubt that will last long."

10 years and counting...

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

Philippe

There can only two ways to trigger an anticipated general election

A bill was passed in 2011 about "anticipated general election".

It can only be triggered if:

A government bill is defeated, for instance if May was to put forward a bill to trigger Article 50 and that bill was rejected.

or

If 3/5 of parliament approved an anticipated general election. Basically the opposition would need to vote with the government. When you look at the polls, there is absolutely no way Labour would accept it.

In a nutshell, if parliement vote against triggering Article 50, then we'll have a general election.

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MacBook headphone hell

Philippe

I am not sure what the issue is, here.

Macbooks are used by musicians who will need to plug in a lot more than headphones. Hence, the Jack plug.

iPhones come with their own headphones which aren't exactly top notch.

Why would I even consider plugin them into a macbook pro?

If I wanted to use wired headphones with a macbook, I'd use quality ones and they come with a jack cable..

Vaguely releated, I browsed through the Tesco electronics aisle at the weekend and two- third of the headphones on sale were wireless.

The Jack vs usb vs usb-c vs lightning debate won't last very long.

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Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

Philippe

Re: Do people really buy them

I have only met two types of users,

People who work for a certain German company who use to be a partner of Fujtisu and Fujitsu employees.

Both were so very happy to be using those.

Very good quality kit.

It'll take Lenovo about 3 months to turn it into dust

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Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

Philippe

the Odeon website.

This thing is an abomination. My personal favourite is to try and use it on a phone.

That's proper middle age style torture.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

Philippe

Re: Class divide

Anecdotal you bet.

All the leavers I know, with one exception, have no degree, some live in council houses, read (watch?) the Express, and have never been abroad.

The one guy with a degree voted leave because, "He didn't want Britain to become a Muslim country".

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French maverick sniffs around O2

Philippe

That french maverick could be a blessing

When Free entered the french market, prices collapsed by 30%. I could do with the same thing happening in the UK. Their business model is closer to an MVNO than a network operator with most of the customer handling taking place online, with almost no shop and a limited choice of devices available. We'll see how it goes but I am far more confident for the future of O2 as part of Free than I was of that badly cobbled together joke of a merger with Three.

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UK competition watchdog gripes to Brussels about Three-O2 merger

Philippe

Re: BT+EE

France has got 4 Operators Orange, Bouygues Telecom,SFR, and Free.

the first two were negotiating a merger and they dropped the plan as it was too complicated.

Germany has got 4 networks two. Telekom, Vodafone, O2 and E-Plus.

The last two have been merging since 2004 and this is still going on,and might go on for another 2 years. They had to give away a significant share of their network in order to get green light and still prices have stopped falling since the merger was approved.

4 Operators, good for competition.

3 Operators, bad for competition

Simple

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CK Hutchison/O2: 'Four networks' dogma risks one giant and three hopeless dwarves

Philippe

4 network providers isn't dogmatic

So far we have 4 examples. Ireland, Germany and Austria in all three markets going from 4 to 3 provider led to higher prices. Austria being the worst example.d

If you look at France which went the other way (i.e from 3 to 4 networks) prices have collapse with the entrance of a fourth player.

There is nothing dogmatic about wanting 4 networks in a given country. It doesn't matter what the size of the various provider is. Orange in France was just as big as EE in the UK and still the prices collapsed.

That thing about MVNO providing alternative and competition doesn't mean anything. Hardly anyone ever heard of iD,

What people want is a named network and and low prices. You don't get that with just three networks.

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Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future

Philippe

.. because it looked amazingly cool in 1985..

The DeLorean was chosen for the role because it looked amazingly cool in 1985

No. It looked amazingly cool in 1985 and it still does today and will probably still do 30 years from now.

It was chosen because it looked like nothing else back then.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

Philippe

What about Vista?

I am devastated by this news.

Here I was so looking forward to install Vista on my next Kaby Lake system.

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Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones

Philippe
Joke

The tile is wrong

It should actually read

Windows 10 phones are now dead. Acer, Alacatel OneTouch just made some new ones.

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Virgin Media hikes broadband, phone prices by five per cent

Philippe

Re: I love they way they have been pre-announcing the speed upgrades

I am in the same boat.

My speed upgrade is planned for between April and September next year, although they sent me two e-mails telling me "soon". A year away isn't "soon".

the price rise however will be "soon".

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Microsoft Windows Mobile 10: Uphill battle with 'work in progress'

Philippe

Re: Huh?

I really don't know why you've been voted down so much.

One) Your comment was tongue in cheek,

2) There is a whole lot of truth in it.

Anyone who's lived through Windows Mobile 4, 5, 6 Windows Phone 7, 8 and 8.1 can confirm.

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Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

Philippe

Re: Halo effect

Exactly.

The rot started with Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Windows Mobile.

It has been downhill from there..

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A dual-SIM smartphone in your hand beats two in the bush

Philippe

Dual SIM on iPhone is a bit rough but doable too.

One of my UK colleague is based in the Netherlands.

He uses a iPhone case with two SIMs in it.

You need to manually select sim card 1 or 2 and the phone needs to be unlocked but it seems to work OK.

Data and voice both work.

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Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

Philippe

Re: It's 2011 again, again.

A friend of mine used to be an analyst at IDC.

Microsoft is (was) their biggest customer, and as such, Analysts should always publish whatever Microsoft wanted to hear.

She eventually got sick of it, and left.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

Philippe

not too disturbing

As a owner of this car since last week, I haven't found that "infotainment" thing too disturbing or difficult to watch in sunlight.

The Reg could have highlighted the real smooth multi driving mode, or that weird spaceship tone when you switch off the engine.

Only drawback I ve seen so far is the electric hand break. I can't see myself getting use to it.

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