* Posts by Mikel

2529 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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Cross Platform

>Whilst writing this I looked around to see why people think it’s still a good thing to use, say, Chrome or Firefox instead of IE or Edge, and a lot of the reasons can best be termed “tenuous.”

As you note, IE is only cross-platform in the Microsoft meaning of the term: it runs on more than one version of Windows. We use more things that don't and can't run Windows at all now, and if you want a consistent Web experience then you want a browser that runs on almost all the things.

And then there are those web Office apps you mention. Microsoft history has their browser deliberately incompatible with other vendors' services, and their services deliberately incompatible with other vendors' browsers. They can't do the latter when their browser is a minority share without harming the prospects of their services offering. So even if you use Office 363 on Windows it's best to do so from Chrome to preserve your option to do so.

These reasons aren't "tenuous".

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Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

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Re: 9 figures??

Like I said... A genius, this one.

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Qualcomm's Windows-capable silicon will land later rather than sooner

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No good options

X86 emulation: slow

API bridge: buggy, glitchy

Universal Windows Apps: might as well call them unicorns.

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Obviously...

The lesson here is don't leave evidence of crime in an email.

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

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Save money

Just get the Moto G5 Plus. New.

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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So typical

Lots of Windows Phone users claiming to have had this new feature for years when their phones have never had it and never will.

"Works for me!"

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No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

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Count them any way you want

There ain't enough people in the seats to justify the cost of this production.

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

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Re: Pays to be running Windows 10

>>pays to be running FreeBSD or Linux, you mean.

>Only while they form a very small minority of enterprise desktops...

And 90% of mobile devices, totalling over 1.6 billion active users - More than Windows

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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

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Partnering with their competitor on OS/2

That was not a smart move.

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Dell warns PC slowdown threatens transition to infrastructure sales

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Mobile

Mobile phones and tablets are approaching, or have achieved, laptop level performance for most of the tasks you would use a PC for. Not the least because the software is designed to be power efficient, modem reliable and more secure. Ubiquitous networking means the PC can be virtual and live in the cloud. What the mobile solutions have, that has moved a $Trillion worth of hardware in the last 18 months, is: "Not Windows".

"Dell recommends Microsoft Windows"

And they're nobody in mobile. Those two things go together.

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US Congress asks FCC to snuff out Google's TV landgrab

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Fighting for ownership of a stream of raw sewage

Honestly I don't care which side gets it, or if they share it, nor how.

Television is universally crap.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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Grand achievement

Hopefully many many more coming up. Six more reflights scheduled this year.

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Inside Intel's Optanical garden

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Not as billed

Disappointing.

You know they're off their mark when they release a brand new storage and compare its performance to spinning rust. Why not tape?

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World+dog had 1.4 BEEEELLION of its data records exposed last year

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Figures

This is the 1.4 billion records reported stolen, out of the much larger number found to be stolen, out of the much & much larger number actually stolen.

So, pretty much all of them.

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Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

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Star cannon

Fires actual stars as ammo. Amazing!

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Toshiba's nuclear power plant business runs out of steam

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Too cheap to meter

Sigh. Nuclear had such promise.

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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Read the terms

You'll find you agreed to this, many times over the years.

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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Getting cocky

If they're planning to land their launch vehicle on this thing they must be getting confident of their targeting.

As for multiple landings we already covered that. They're going to land them stacked vertically.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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I hope they don't fix it

If you use their shoddy product you deserve what you get

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Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

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Yay

Netflix took forever to be available on Android for good reason. Reed Hastings had to suffer some business setbacks and resign from his position on Microsoft's Board "to focus on the needs of my own company" first.

Netflix has gone gangbusters ever since.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Re: well duh

No enterprise in their right mind, sure. But then there's the US Army

If I had a dollar for every time some sockpuppet tried to convince me that Vista was great I would be a wealthy man.

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AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

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Pics

Didn't mind netbook girl at all.

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Re: About effing time - dual RyZen

I'm more concerned about the RAM and PCIe limits of the desktop RyZen boards. I want 64GB RAM and the potential for quad GPU and more of the new storage. That's the server (workstation) chips for me then. The price is going to sting.

As long I'm posting though... The other shoe that has yet to drop is watts. I think that in terms of compute per watt Intel's about to get slaughtered here. That's actually the biggest deal of all in the datacenter space. Can't wait to see those specs.

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Shock report: 92 per cent of US government websites totally suck

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El Reg?

Pot: Kettle, you're black.

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

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Over here, over here!

Pay no attention to the thing over there!

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Don't worry, slowpoke Microsoft, we patched Windows bug for you, brags security biz

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So that's one thing

14 billion to go.

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RadioShack bankruptcy savior to file for, you guessed it, bankruptcy

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Almost ten years

Please enjoy this old article about Radio Shack from TheOnion.

http://www.theonion.com/article/even-ceo-cant-figure-out-how-radioshack-still-in-b-2190

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

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It's a nice little piece

Will be getting a few - one at a time.

Been having fun with OpenCV on the Pi3. Can't wait to try out a mini drone with this in. Power requirements are tiny.

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Softbank gros fromage: ARM will knock out a trillion IoT chips by 2040

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Doom for Wintel

Not the videogame either. Well, they held off the future as long as they could - and made good money at it.

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Google's Project Zero reveals another Microsoft flaw

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Again

Friends don't let friends use IE.

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Pai, Pai, Mr American spy: FCC supremo rips up privacy protections for broadband punters

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VPN

You can configure a VPN enabled router to magically transport your Internet presence to a country that respects privacy. And, just in case, you can pay for the service anonymously in various ways including cash by mail. It's not expensive.

Google's Android network assistant can now automatically do the same service when you connect to unsecured wifi.

Take care of yourself out there. It's going to be the Wild West in the US for a while as the open goal of this Administration and Congress is to eliminate any and all regulation whatsoever. It's "The weak are meat the strong do eat." - David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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Ah, the Raspberry Pi 3. So much love. So much power ... So turn it into a Windows thin client

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How about

No?

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Disturbing

In the US immigrants are taking cover wherever they can. It's a return to the bad old days.

CBP has a great deal of power over their charges. Abuse of power here really doesn't have most of the checks and balances of the rest of American society.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Listed among the charges

Gross malpractice. For recommending Office 364 in the first place.

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Google claims ‘massive’ Stagefright Android bug had 'sod all effect'

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Re: Finally a sane article on Android security

~ Sometimes people go outside the Play Store

And if you do that, and you haven't disabled Verify Apps, the app will be verified by Google. If it's known to carry nastiness, it is blocked. If other people who install it drop off the system too often, it is blocked. If it contains any known form of nastiness, it is blocked (a rare form of legitimate malware scan, the app is scanned once per version not once per installation or run). If there's anything at all suspicious about it, it's flagged for review. Then you have to give specific permission for it to have access to features and you can decide if you trust the author and publisher with those features only - not the whole device.

And if you install it anyway, or disable the Verify Apps feature, or give it access to features that it shouldn't need, then you can't say it's a software insecurity that you suffer the consequences of that choice.

Don't pretend it's just the app store that's protecting people. It's a lot more than that.

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Finally a sane article on Android security

As I've been saying for quite some time. Real people with real Android who get their apps from Google Play just don't have this problem. It's shifty third party app stores, apps from websites emails and torrents that do. Or we would know about it. And if you let Google scan your third party apps, seldom even then.

But now the Microsoft shills will come and shout "secure software is unpossible!" - because they refused to believe they've been using shoddy quality low security poorly engineered software this whole time.

And again: antivirus and firewalls are snake oil. They are worse than useless. They are completely the wrong answer to security.

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Toshiba chairman quits over $6bn nuclear loss

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There is a crook in this story

Actually, several. But the guy that sold the construction company got away clean with a lot of money by selling Westinghouse a sack full of debt and performance liabilities.

The former Toshiba CEO and the Chairman who just quit aren't gonna disgorge their haul either.

I guess these new nuclear power designs just aren't as lucrative as they are sold as.

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Oracle settles court spat with fired cloud 'sales inflation whistleblower'

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Hush now baby don't you cry

Here's some money to say bye bye.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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The man is a gift

To late night comedians everywhere.

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Google gets smooth early Android releases. OEMs are struggling

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It would be a conflict of interest if it were Google holding things up. I don't see that happening. I see the hitch being OEMs dragging their feet.

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New SMB bug: How to crash Windows system with a 'link of death'

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Re: If it compiles, ship it

Surprised? Not really. Nobody at Microsoft really knows how SMB file sharing actually works any more. They had to have the Samba team come in and prepare the documentation for them.

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New US Net Neutrality law coming 'within three months' – advisor

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We paid them for universal broadband

We never got it, but we did pay for it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/the-book-of-broken-promis_b_5839394.html

Several times. Last in 2015.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/2/2/1361802/-After-billions-of-dollars-in-subsidies-here-s-Verizon-s-broadband-coverage

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ATT-Takes-Billions-in-FCC-Subsidies-For-Broadband-Expansion-134949

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/centurylink-takes-3-billion-govt-broadband-subsidies/143693

The running total is approaching half a trillion dollars, which I'm sure you know is enough for every American to have hot fibre dangling from every orifice. It ain't gonna happen though.

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Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

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The wailing and rending of garments notwithstanding

It is long past time for Microsoft to concede that the software distribution model in Windows (download and install applications from anywhere) is a legacy of insecurity horrors best left behind.

They won't get people to adopt it, obviously, but at least they've taken the time to read up on more sane methods.

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: I like it

It is fun to think about this in theory. Which reminds me of an old joke:

Q: What's the difference between theory and practice?

A: In theory they're the same, but in practice they're different.

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Judge allows plan for Intel to reanimate McAfee. The brand, we mean

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Intel to divest McAffee

It was tragic when they acquired it. As I wrote at the time, the acquisition revealed that mighty Intel was run by technology illiterate MBAs who simply didn't know why this is a bonehead move.

Though they're curing the symptom, the disease remains.

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Microsoft's Cloud UI brings Windows full circle

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History. They don't respect it.

C Shell is already a thing. They can't have it.

No wonder the clueful despise them. They are ignorant, they have no respect, and they don't care.

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Memory loss: Toshiba puts chip biz up for sale

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Throw out the baby and keep the bathwater?

This sounds upside down. Buy a dead business and keep it, flog off your big money maker that's way ahead of the curve in demand.

Did Stephen Elop get put in charge of Toshiba? It looks like someone is deliberately sinking this boat.

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Oracle grasses up Google to Brussels over user 'super profiles'

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Relevance

So, Google is trying their best to provide me with information more relevant to my interests?

The horror. /s

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It's official: Ejit – sorry – Ajit Pai is new FCC boss (he's the one who hates network neutrality)

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Please bookmark this comment

For the next four years I would like to avoid pasting this on every discussion, so please make a note of it. On behalf of all the Normal Americans, and to all the people of the world - but here specifically The Register and it's readers, I would like to apologise for the incoherent babble you are about to be exposed to. We have no idea how these wingnuts crawled out of their holes and managed to get their man elected, but we suspect that hacker 4chan had something to do with it. Also, Reagan turned out the asylums and those people have been without their medication for a very long time. Anyway, everybody's drunk uncle is suddenly a prolific commenter and occasionally a US Ambassador or Cabinet member.

It is as revolting to us as it is to you, and as embarrassing as toilet paper trailing from your shoe. We hope you forgive us for this brief lapse. We should have it under control again in about four years.

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