* Posts by Philippe

328 posts • joined 27 Sep 2007


If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build


Re: Does anyone bother with Windows anymore ?

My company which is quite a big M$ chill and probably one of the first to roll out W10 left right and centre has simply added Macs as a standard employees offering due to the sheer number of issues.

Hearing about people having problems on Windows 10 is now an expected backgroung noise at the office.

So. To the question we really wanted answering: How real is 5G?



I think I'll do like Trump and wait for 6G.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo


Re: @mark l 2 - Tere's simply no rational reasons to run ARM servers.

I thought "nuking it from space" was the only way to be sure?

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


32GB HP Monstruosities

There is a special place in Hell for manufacturers offering laptops with 32Gb of eMMC and 2GB of RAM.

They share the space with lawyers, and GDPR consultants.

Not a price cut! Apple perks up soggy iPhone demand with rebate boost


Re: iPhone SE

If you couldn't work out how to send a picture to yourself or use iCloud, then the phone isn't the issue.


Analyst reports?

We've been getting the same type of apocalyptic analysis every December for the last 4 years or so.

The reports get more and more bleak until February 1st when Apple announce their income numbers and the share price goes through the roof.

This time around however, the reports started mid November instead, Apple has re-implemented Black Friday deals, and they are cutting prices in Japan and now supporting US sales.

Looks like for the first time ever, analysts could be onto something. The slowdown in the smartphone market is now catching up to Apple.

My only bit of non scientific input is that I manage IT buying for my company, and strangely, my supplier has run out of iPhone 8 last week. Looks like demand is indeed strong on the 8 versus the XR.

Finally if you want to trade-in a phone, there are tons of online vendors which will give you a lot more cash than Apple for these devices.

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned


Re: 2000 quid?

I did say "just in the UK", this is a global roll out involving 3000 of the things, and yes other devices were tested over 3 months by test users in several countries.

They all said "iPad" at the end of the test.


Re: 2000 quid?

Nobody is forcing you to buy a fully specced one.

£799 will get you an 11 tablet more powerful than many laptops sold at the same price.

People spend close to £2000 for a MS Surface Pro, they run Office on it, nobody called them "idiots"..

I have 200 Engineers in my firm just here in the UK using iPad Pros with dedicated applications and none of them could be called "idiot".

There are different products for different needs, and different prices.

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel


Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

You should try finance making engineering decisions. That's quite good too.

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


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

Nokia 8110 is your friend.

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


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.

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


Re: If only!

"Creative Update my arse!"???

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

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


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


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.


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.


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.


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?

Ofcom gives six operators green light to bid for spectrum


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.

Nokia tribute band HMD revives another hit


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.


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


Re: We develop for Apple and Android

To be clear, it's notch going anywhere.


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.


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.

Ofcom sees off legal threat over 5G auction terms


Re: This is all just posturing

You mean 700 MHz but your point stands



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.

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


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 ?


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


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.


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)

Sack the Xerox CEO 'immediately', yell activist investors


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.

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


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.

2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware


Re: Isn't it obvious

Actually the HP Stream has got a 32Gb Drive.

It's unusable.

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


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.

Qualcomm names its Windows 10 ARM PC partners


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?

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


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.

New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature


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.

O2 daddy Telefónica reports 12.5% drop in UK sales


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

Virgin Media swallows 215,000 new fibre customers in Blighty


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.

Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity


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.


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...

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


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.


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.

MacBook headphone hell


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.

Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo


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

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


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.

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


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".

French maverick sniffs around O2


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.

UK competition watchdog gripes to Brussels about Three-O2 merger



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


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


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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