* Posts by h4rm0ny

4605 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008

Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

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@chriswareham

I think John McAfee was far more damaged by association with that shit software than vice versa. I actually find the guy pretty cool. A programmer who personally made it on to a South American president's hit list, got himself smuggled across borders, waged an espionage campaign against said corrupt politicians with bugged laptops, honey traps and has a sense of humour too (see video).

Versus a processor-munching piece of shit that you have to download a well-hidden utility just to uninstall and which it's almost impossible to buy a laptop without. A piece of software whose sole utility is to make Norton look good.

The only disappointment in this article was I thought we would *actually* be getting rid of the software, not simply same shit, different name.

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Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

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So someone at Zynga wanted to offload their Bitcoins?

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Re: IED's and RPG's make the Military Troop w/ Vehicle Redundant...

>>"2 years ago the US military admitted the use of actual troops was over and done with...the drone and smart bomb use in Libya recently is where we actually are on troop use...RS."

Oh, humans are not redundant yet. It's just that the USA can get cheaper ones from other countries. (And perhaps more importantly to the politicians ones that don't come back to the USA in body bags). For example in the Lybia attack you mention, there were lots of foreign troops on the ground in Libya for the (so called by the Western Press) popular uprising. Only they weren't Western, they were from that bastion of democracy, Qatar. (So Western trained troops, rather).

You see that's the USA's approach where possible. Don't send in your own troops - you're right that they want to use drones and airpower as much as possible in place. But they use these to support their proxies on the ground.

Drones so far can only kill people. To control them, you still need other people.

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

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>>"Spoken like a true Samsung user ;p"

Not quite sure I get the joke, but I use WP8, actually (Lumia 820).

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I got as far as the second question and then decided I was smarter than the test's author. "How many months have 28 days?"

Obviously we all read that and know it is supposed to be a clever trick - "OMG! 'Cause like months that have 31 days totally also 28 days". But seriously? Every native English speaker naturally interprets that question to mean "how many months have exactly 28 days" and the question author fucking well knows that they're phrasing the question badly. They even set it up that way in their own phrasing with "some months have 30 days, some months have 31 days" implying that the latter case is distinct from the former case when in fact the correct wording EVEN IF YOU WERE USING THE QUESTIONER'S INTERPRETATION would be "some months have 30 days, some months also have 31 days". It's badly phrased twice over even within itself. I loathe questions that rely on their own ineptness with phrasing. If you want to test my actual ability with something, test it. Stupid little gotchas like that are obvious and for petty people.

The one about "how many nines between 1 and a 100" is also another stupid question. There is one. Obviously they mean how many times does the digit '9' appear in representations of all the numbers between 1 and 100, but to anyone with a programming / mathematical bent (which I will willingly argue is the more accurate way to think), the answer that immediately occurs is that there is 1. 9 is not 19, however you write it down.

The smartest people? Those that realize the test is only testing their willingness to wilfully go against the normal meanings of language. No-one can claim the test author isn't knowingly phrasing things in a way that isn't natural to the English language.

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest ever recorded, global warming is not eroding it'

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Re: Always suspected...

>>"Mines the one with the keys to the 6 litre V8 in the pocket"

Skepticism of AGW does not mean you have to disregard the environment. There are issues of pollution and finite fuel reserves and the nasty regimes we support to get that fuel. Personally, I think we should all be on nuclear as much as possible by now.

But anyway, my point is that your post is exactly the sort of thing AGW proponents point at when they want to characterise the skeptic position as selfish people who don't give a damn about the environment.

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Re: That was bizarre.

ElectricWizard - I can. See that your join date is actually today. So as you're really, really new here, that second page isn't 'preemptive'. It's in fact long overdue given the number of attacks commenters regularly make on Lewis whenever he writes such articles.

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Lyrics upstart Rap Genius blacklisted by Google for Justin Bieber SEO scam

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Re: Block Canada (was: Are we thinking about this the wrong way around?)

You lot do all realise that you've turned into your parents, don't you?

"Youth of today.. *mutter* that's not music *mutter mutter* why does he look like that *mutter tut*"

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Re: I hate to break it to you

>>"As far as I am aware, only scammers build a network of backlinks like this for their customers."

In the early days of Google, this was standard and open practice. I didn't know anything had changed. My first reaction to this story was "isn't that normal?"

I'm surprised at the 11 downvotes of the GP. I'm think what they say *is* normal behaviour.

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

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"It's amusing that what was once a very left-wing project is now taken as a very right-wing ideal."

Left Wing and Right Wing do not respectively mean 'things we like and things we don't'. Pledging allegiance to the flag is neither socialist nor none-socialist. It's just propaganda and indoctrination, something common to either end of the Left-Right spectrum.

This is what biased media leads to: attribution of anything negative to the faction you oppose. Racism? Homophobia? These must be things that are Right Wing because I am Left-Wing.

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Feds charge four in GLOBAL Silk Road METH RING case

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Dread Pirate Roberts...

You just know that someone is going to take up that mantle.

In fact, I'm not even convinced that Ross Ulbricht is the real Dread Pirate Roberts.

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Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

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Re: If this is going to be regulated...

>"Win Phone? Deserves to be stolen"

You're saying its more deserving to be stolen than iPhones and Android devices, i.e. it's more appealing? You can't even construct a proper troll, can you?

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Mozilla: Native code? No, it's JavaScript, only it's BLAZING FAST

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Re: Yeah right

Java is pretty fast these days. The slowness you are complaining about is probably the time it takes to start up the VM. Compare performance of two applications once they are actually running and it's good. Compare start-up time and it's often bad.

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Zuckerberg IN COURT: Judge rules Facebook investors CAN sue for IPO non-disclosures

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Re: ?

>>"Privacy's a bitch, eh?"

>Huh?

Facebook wanted to keep their estimates private. The court says Facebook has no inherent right to do so. GP finds this ironic given that Facebook is one of the foremost reducers of privacy in the world.

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Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

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Re: how does it compare to...

Like the parent, I have not used SAP so cannot comment on that, but I once in my career came across Agresso. You'd be better off sitting in a corner poking yourself with a sharp stick 24/7 than even *watching* someone use that shit.

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China turns screws on Bitcoin with third party payments ban

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Re: relevant?

There are huge economic advantages of a state being able to manage its currency. BitCoin, if it manages to establish itself, will provide an excellent parallel system to state currencies. But as a sole replacement, it would have terrible implications. Look at what happened to Greece recently when it was tied into a single currency with the economic powerhouse that is Germany. Yes, corruption in Greece was institutionalized, and fraud was endemic - these were the biggest factors - but being unable to adjust the economy to suit its own needs rather than joined in a three-legged race to Germany, was also a large issue.

Bitcoin is essentially a non-fiat currency (which is hilarious as technically it's about as fiat as you can get), and making it the sole currency of a country would cause very major problems. It does, however, have amazing potential as an international and moderating currency.

Thing is, as you can see here - the normal slow-on-the-uptake state of governments when it comes to technology implications are reversed where currencies are concerned. There are few greater threats to a government than a currency it does not control. China's response was as inevitable as it was predictable. There are no "guns" backing BitCoin. It can either be stomped out or co-opted. Co-opted I am fine with - I think it has great potential. But I wonder how the starry-eyed zealots will deal with it when governments start properly taxing and interfering with it.

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Security guru Bruce Schneier to leave employer BT

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@amanfrommars1

Seriously? You think that's Bruce Schneier posting under a pseudonym suggesting El Reg hire him? Have you ANY idea who Bruce Schneier is and how influential and respected he is? Calling him "dead wood" has single-handedly relegated any future posts by you to the "probably doesn't know what he's talking about" pile, in my mind.

Go read his website for a little while and then admit you don't know what you're talking about.

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Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

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Re: There is nothing evil about the military

"Though I can only speak for the RAF where you will find a thoroughly decent bunch of people who are only nasty to our enemies - and that's a good thing"

Why is a brown person in Iraq my enemy?

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Re: Nope they have to

>>"The "Don't be Evil" company is going into the replacement of the human race."

I don't mind so much increasing automation per se (though wealth distribution needs to happen so the whole of society reaps the benefits, not just an owning class). But the fact that this is an ARMS company developing military applications for robotics... Yeah, not unless Do No Evil now makes exceptions for the Pentagon.

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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>>"And Cameron and Osborne are right fucking Einsteins aren't they?"

Honestly, they're evil but reasonably competent. My opinion on New Labour is that they are simply downright evil, hypocritical, self-righteous scum who do nothing well except play to the crowds. Ever since Tony "quick - make up a reason to bomb Iraq" Blair took power, they have become a pettier and more small minded version of the conservatives.

This whole story made me want to cry. I did some work in the Public Sector during New Labour's tenure. I fled back to industry. Pure, completely pure, gravy train. Pigs in a trough doesn't come close to how things were under New Labour. Not sure what it's like now - probably not much difference. But I can tell you hand on heart that under New Labour, the corruption was institutional and started right at the top.

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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It's not the ads that bother us. It's the tracking.

I don't really object to ads. I think most people don't really. It's the tracking we loathe and oppose.

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Re: The info is there

Technically it is possible. However, Google have become pioneers in the field of subverting Open Source. Microsoft attempted to meet the OSS movement head on and at the time we (OSS zealots) were all ready to fight MS and we did. Google did something worse - they co-opted the movement. Here is an interesting read:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/

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"I trust them more than MS"

I don't. I trust greed. MS want my money - they're old fashioned and I like that. I give you money, you give me product. The only people who ever disliked the pay for X with money approach are those with less money. Google are all about the hidden intangibles. I don't like that. I can control money flow. It requires my consent. Personal information control is a constant war against Google. Seriously - try blocking google analytics at the router level - about half the Web will suddenly start timing out as it waits for a response before loading the page.

No-one should trust a company "just because". They're all about self-interest. MS's self-interest has historically been about money. I trust that. Tracking me everywhere I go and building a Stasi-like profile of my interests, habits and social connections, I do not. The former is a choice.

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Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store

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I'll stop being annoyed with Google for self-serving crap like this when they and their fanpeople stop pretending they're champions of Open Source or more ethical than their rivals.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake don't read this

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"Man, I bet you're a riot at parties."

Well, probably more fun than the person who keeps pulling out their phone and txting.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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>>>"Consume at current (and even increasing) and destory the planet, or, limit our power consumption and your kids live a decent quality of life"

Or choose door number three - build nuclear power stations.

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Windows 8 fans out-enthuse Apple fanbois

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81 is obviously a symbolic figure (Windows 8.1) but if you have a family with more than five devices in it, you can use any of them under your account and have your purchased apps available. Families with more than five devices are a minority I would imagine, but I'm sure that there are plenty of them. Remember, we're talking phones, tablets, laptops and desktops here as MS are working on unification of the stores.

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Re: Will no one think of the developers?

I rather think the chances of any given Apple user buying the same app 8.1 times is pretty low.

You do understand that Windows 8 / RT has actual user accounts, yes?

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Re: Intermittency of Solar

"The thing is, we can always find uses for excess power (think desalination, aluminium smelting, research into synthetic hydrocarbons). It's a lot better to have too much power than too little. We can find ways to deal with too much."

Not sure you understood my point. Our best way of producing power is nuclear power. If you want more power, you build more nuclear capability. The issue is variance. We don't need the same amount consistently throughout the day. Nuclear power doesn't vary easily. It likes to sit at a steady output. Solar however rises naturally in the day which is when our own needs rise. So they go well together.

Yes, you can mitigate this by spreading out the energy needs - e.g. you run your aluminium plant at night. These things are already done. But it's more efficient, in theory, to actually be able to adjust your power output according to need rather than try to shuffle everything around (like running factories at night) to keep need fixed. Solar plus Nuclear achieves this quite well. Assuming you get the ratios right.

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Re: Intermittency of Solar

"actually our peak electricity requirements are just after dark when solar power is zero, and everybody is home with the lights on."

I think you'll find that rather varies with this thing called latitude.

"I bet you used to tell everyone 'the wind is always blowing somewhere' as well"

Well no, actually. I've been campaigning against wind power for about as long as it's been pushed as an alternative power source.

But you clearly just want to argue against some image you have, don't you. "Oh, they're in favour of solar power, they must be in favour of wind power".

Idiot.

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Intermittency of Solar

Whilst it is true that output of solar energy goes up and down (just like the sun appears to do, conincidentally), so do our energy requirements.

At night, we use much less electricity. In the day, that ramps up as we start turning on PCs, kettles, factories, etc.

Nuclear power is fantastic, but in common with some other sources, it doesn't ramp up and down easily according to demand. (Unless Thorium reactors are different). So what that means is if you put Solar and Nuclear together, you actually need far less capacity to store surplus energy than you might think. You're not having to capture the extra from solar in the day and eek it out through the night. You have Nuclear providing the powerful baseline (plus a bit extra) and during the day as our energy needs rise, so is the output of solar.

Okay, it's not a perfect match, what it is, is a mitigation of the issue of variability. But it's a really good and handy mitigation.

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

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Re: "the Americans obsessive fear of communism"

Regardless of conditions over there, don't you think it was irrational of Americans to think that the USA was going to be overthrown by communists?

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Chinese building orbital lab by 2023 to make 'space medicine'

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Re: Obligatory Dr Evil reference

Upvote for the use of 'circumfluous'. Will be using that.

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Re: Research? Better get the launch costs down first...

>>there are now even commercial operators in this market; http://www.virgingalactic.com/booking/

I might agree with your general point that research in orbit becomes more and more affordable every decade, but you undermine your own argument when you put forward Virgin's little trips. I mean they're impressive and they technically get to Space, but anyone who knows about this stuff knows it's not at all like docking with the ISS or a shuttle launch.

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

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Re: Nice debuugger

"In my time, oh so many years ago, I used Softice, which undoubtedly some of you know."

Ahhhh, memories! :D

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Microsoft to execs: Please don't leave us. Here, have some shares

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ValueAct

They want to keep their existing lot? Best thing they could have done would be to block ValueAct from getting a seat on the board. I wouldn't want to sit at the same table as them, either.

They're a disaster waiting to happen.

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'Bet Lynch' types BANNED from zoo for upsetting not-so-wildlife

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Re: Colourblind

>>>>Animals do not pray, they are prey.

>>Conversely, priests do both.....

So do mantids.

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Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

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What's this? Did I actually just read an unbiased review with fair discussion of the advantages and disadvantages, rather than flame-bait and misconceptions? Rarer than hens' teeth these days.

Oh wait, it's Orlowski. One day we'll get him, Dana Wollman from Engadget on the same site and it will be the least troll-ish review site on the Internet.

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I need speed - any other options?

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I need speed - any other options?

I'm moving house and one of the places on the potential list looks okay. Problem? It's currently ADSL and the online guesstimate tools say "You can get up to 6Mb/s" and the 'can I get fibre?' online tools all say: "not currently". That's not good enough for me. I need speed for both work and non-work.

The online rollout map for BT Infinity says: "Under Evaluation" for the local exchange.

Am I missing any options? Even expensive ones? Can you get dedicated lines laid? Are there more expensive business packages that will offer fibre-like speeds even if the local cabinet others are using wont offer it?

And what normally happens with "Under Evaluation". Do they eventually turn into "Coming Soon" or do they often become "No plans".

Is there ANY way around this, or do I have to cross the house from my list?

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Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

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Re: I think Torvalds is losing it

"But that's their industry, they electrocute each other for fun..."

Which conversely a lot of office workers or programmers would try to do them for assault for. :D Different people have different ways of communicating. I kind of resent this insufferable choking culture of tissue paper softness that is being forced down from above. I'd far rather Linus's transparent position than a lot of the nicey-nicey double-dealing I've had to put up with from others.

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Re: I think Torvalds is losing it

"Does Torvals actually speak to people like this face-to-face or is it only behind the safety of a keyboard"

I've seen him present (on GIT and the failings of the CVS / Subversion model). He began the presentation by saying "You can disagree with me if you want, but if you do then you're stupid and you're ugly". And you know what? It got a good laugh from the crowd. He's not only very smart, he's also quite funny. I think he may be wrong on this, but I have no problem with the way he communicates.

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Re: Linus might be related to Eadon?

"The only thing Linus is good at is preaching to the choir"

Well that and being a Hell of an engineer and hard worker.

I used to argue with Eadon all the time - a complete PITA who did more damage to the image of Open Source than any detractor of Open Source usually managed. Linus? I have nothing but respect for. Don't confuse an opinionated bigot with a very talented person who has a sense of humour and speaks his mind.

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Microsoft to unveil new Surface slabs at September 23 event

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"The RT version of Office is far from what I would consider a full version. Why even the most remotely complex macros aren't supported is beyond me"

It has the new Office Web Plugin system instead of VB macros. That's a good thing for security and impacts most users on their non-Work Provided machines not at all. That's the one difference in functionality with Office on RT. You can't believe that makes it "far from a full version".

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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"Elop killed any potential for long term independant growth. Completely gutted R&D"

Nokia had barely any money before the cash injection by MS. They had to sell of their own head quarters! And you think Elop is responsible for shutting down some thriving R&D division? Facts are against you.

And an Appeal to Authority argument has never been as flawed as just now, when you use opinions of posters on these forums as your authority! You may have noticed just the teensiest bit of bias around these parts.

Then again, you may not. ;)

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Re: LOL

"There's nothing left of Nokia after what they have bought however. Stripped assets, throw the remains on the tip. They've still got what they wanted."

Stop talking about what you know nothing about. Nokia has a market cap of 19bn and MS have just bought a division of Nokia for 5bn. Unless you think that MS some how pulled off the sale of the century or that the remaining 14bn in market value is just stupendously inflated stock (Nokia - inflated, yeah right!), then you're of necessity wrong. Nokia have telecoms networks, routing equipment, services, store chains (just not in the USA) and has a number of subsidiaries.

You do not know what you're talking about, so stop, read, instead of chasing recommends on websites.

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Re: "and 32,0000 Nokia employees will become Redmondians."

"Money or not, in a take over you don't keep employees who are literally redundant just because you feel it's morally right to keep them employed twiddling their thumbs. I can't see those 32,000 being that important to operations. All that's left of Nokia now anyway is hardware manufacture and that can be outsourced to China."

Firstly, the 32,000 figure is made-up. It's just what someone reeled off to make their point. Secondly, I don't think you know at all how this has broken down. "All that is left is the hardware manufacture"? That's a big part of what MS have bought - their smartphones division. The software was already written by MS with a small number of very busy people doing some low-level firmware and another bunch writing apps. Neither are being made redundant or should be.

Now if Nokia's division was purchased by Google, they'd have a problem because Google is actually a competitor in the fields Nokia operates in. But MS are not. You're confusing things with takeovers where a company buys out a competitor or a corporate raider who wants to break a company up to sell off the valuable bits. MS are buying the smartphone division because they don't have their own and they want one. Very different.

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Re: HERE maps.

"Does that mean we'll get HERE maps and associated services on non-Windows Phone platforms?"

Potentially. But keep in mind that Google compete with that with their own maps so they'll do everything they can to keep it off Android. And as we've seen, they can play quite dirty when they want.

Still, it's quite possible that Nokia will release a HERE maps app for Android. If only for the lulz in seeing Google contorting to stop them. ;)

Apple have invested quite a bit in their own mapping system, but there's no reason they can't licence some of the HERE data / technology. It's clearly better than their own and one of their main motivations was not to be dependent on their chief competitor (Google) for a vital service. Nokia will no longer be a competitor (or far, far, far less so), so I could see that happening. Not saying it would, saying it could.

And then there's Tizen. I see Samsung making a big push with Tizen in the next few years. It would make excellent sense for them to licence HERE maps.

So in summary: we don't know, but there are reasons why we might see Nokia HERE services on other phones. It's certainly in Nokia's interest, has little downside and MS don't really care that much and can't stop them if they did.

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"So, how much would this have cost M$ before Elop ran them into the ground?"

Nokia were in dire straits before their initial partnership with MS. You think they just accepted MS's massive cash injection and conditions for the lulz? Nokia have actually recovered somewhat under Elop with growing phone sales. Your timelines are all out of whack.

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Re: Commitment. NOT.

"There, fixed it for you. They're just waiting for the price to come down a bit more"

Stupid comment and an attempt to shift ground. MS haven't bought the patents - a very important difference that you cannot recover from by attempting to convince that they're just waiting for the price to come down. Why would Nokia sell them for less or only to MS. If you think MS are holding out for a reduced price then they've a funny way of doing that by giving Nokia a billion or so for use of them right now and several billion overall.

Here's a car analogy - you have a car that I want. I'd like to induce you to sell it. I attempt to convince you to offload it by (a) giving you lots of money so you have less need to sell it and (b) paying you lots and lots of money to be allowed to use it even though you still own it.

Stupid argument made because the initial post was an error and you're trying to disguise that.

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South Carolina couple cop cuffing for shed shag

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A bit hard.

Is it me or is this a bit harsh for them trying to have a quick shag in a display shed? Police involvement and their identities splashed around the world. Basically, any time someone (employer, prospective partner, whoever), types their name in, this is going to be the first result. Not to mention that in the USA, you get put on the sex offenders register for things like this!

Why couldn't a member of staff just knock on the door and say: "oi! knock it off!" and give them a telling off. Make them wipe the place down as well if it needs it. The rest is a bit excessive.

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