* Posts by Danny 5

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

Danny 5

Ditto!

First thing I thought when I read it, that's going in my vocabulary!

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: Good and clever, until you stumble upon something..

Sure, but not on el Reg.

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Where's the upvote button?

I feel this article needs a "thumbs up"

that was an excellent read. The article went a bit too far in certain areas, but in general I agree wholeheartedly!

I see these things happen on social media on a daily basis, people simply dismiss the truth and perpetuate the notions echoed by their social inner circle. very few have the ability to look beyond, which is really startling when you see it happen first hand. Although I pride myself on my incredible objectivity, I'm most likely guilty of this behavior too, people can't help but be human.

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German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

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Mushroom

wtf?

Ok ok, so let me get this straight, Facebook regularly displays not giving a flying fuck about user privacy, but when parents ask access to the account of their dead kid, it's suddenly a matter of principle?

Seriously?

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Windows XP crashed too much to spread WannaCrypt

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Funny

Now I know that XP is well beyond it's end of life and I know that new version are far superior, but how did XP go from what was considered a very stable version of windows to an OS that crashes at the slightest whim?

I think XP is getting too little credit, there's a reason why it's still so insanely widespread.

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

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Mushroom

Nothing to see here

As a fairly long time windows mobe user Ive gotten used to getting a regular "fuck you" from Microsoft. With the Lumia 950 disaster I'm carrying, I too have had enough and will never user another windows mobile device again.

The real Nokia Lumia 710 I had as my first mobe was awesome. the (still fairly real Nokia) Lumia 1020 I had as a successor was even better. The 950 I got after that has been so horrible, that I can hardly believe it's from the same line of devices (it isn't really, as it's the first and probably only one branded as Microsoft)

Loyal customers have been "rewarded" with a steaming pile of shit really.

Way to alienate your customers!

When the news came out that new Nokia branded phones with Android were coming, I did a little dance!

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Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

Danny 5

bonus

Bonus points for the extreme use of puns, made me chuckle a few times!

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Re: Welcome back Simon...

Bringing back the L in lmao :)

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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IT Angle

Forgot one thing

The EU is weaker without the UK, but we they don't need the UK as much as the UK needs them. If the UK wants to trade with anyone, they'll have to deal with the EU, so the trump cards are mostly in EU hands as it stands.

If May does indeed go for the hard Brexit, the UK truly will be fucked,

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Weaky-leaks: Furious fans roast Assange in web interview from hell

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Meh

Wikileaks has become an nothing but a tool to gain political power and I really can't take them seriously anymore.I'm sure all the information they put up is very real, but it's been so one sided that I can't help but feel a strong bias on their part. I wonder if they're aware of just how bad their image has become. This AMA is just the icing on the cake really, how can you keep your posture as being a backer of full disclosure of information, all the while withholding vital information yourself?

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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bah

I want to buy a new PC this summer, because there are some games I would like to play that are exclusive to PC, but stuff like this makes me quite apprehensive. Why isn't there an "off" button?

I used to be quite the windows fan, but have made an about face in recent years. I wish there was another, more trustworthy platform to work on, but alas. I'm sure Microsoft does indeed work hard to protect their users from malware and hackers, but who protect us against Microsoft?

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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I'm so surprized!

No, no I'm not.

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Simple

Apply this article to the taxi driver, or the trucker. Will automation result in other jobs opening up for these people, once their taxi/truck has become completely autonomous?

Is the answer yes, the article is valid.

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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Our lord and savior!

Seriously, this has got to be one of the most evangelic Steve Jobs posts i have ever read (and that's saying something, trust me).

Go ahead and credit jobs with his achievements, because he did have some, but inventing the smartphone was not one of them.

He was a marketing genius for crying out loud, he didn't have a technical bone in his body.

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EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

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lack of knowledge

People who don't understand the basic principles of encryption should not be allowed to pass legislation in regards to it. These people have no idea what they're actually saying and what it implies, but their obvious lack of knowledge doesn't seem to hold them back at all.

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Windows Phone dives into irrelevant-like-BlackBerry territory

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Flame

Not surprized at all

I'm one of the sufferers of Windows 10 mobile and they've managed to completely alienate me. I've been a huge fan of the Lumia series, had the 900 and the 1020, which i absolutely loved, but my current 950 is a piece of crap. Windows 10 mobile is crap and the device is generic and cheap. I'm never getting a windows phone again and I'm not the only one. I've gone from promoting the devices to completely switching of the brand. I'm waiting for the Android based Nokia and then it's sayonara Microsoft.

Their arrogance is their downfall.

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Chinese Android smartphone firm: It packs a dedicated crypto chip

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ehr....

A Chinese device that touts superior security? Are Chinese manufacturers allowed to create devices that their government theoretically cannot access? I think not.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Wow

They truly have no idea what this law would imply, do they?

To think that ISPs can somehow control encryption is ridiculous and the idea of trying to enforce breakable encryption is one of the dumbest things i've ever heard. Why do governments have so little knowledge of how technology works? It's time these people get educated on the subject, because now they're just wasting time.

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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Re: sometimes I'm easily pleased

The battery life is downright appalling for starters. That used to be one of the strong points, now it's one of the weak points, which is baffling to me. The device also has fairly frequent crashes, rebooting the device. Bluetooth seems to be a major factor in that too. Speaking of which, bluetooth doesn't work properly. Bluetooth devices get locked to the phone and even turning off the service doesn't disconnect the device, only a reset works. Several normal apps also hang, or even crash the phone. The menu buttons at the bottom fade away, but have a habit of popping back up at the worst of times. If you're a mobile gamer, be prepared to suffer great frustration, because you'll be warped to the start screen when the damn thing pops up. I play a real time game and i have to be on my toes, because several times the game auto-closed the instant i got pulled to the start screen by this "feature". Battery drain is also a problem, which is something i just cannot understand. How on earth does this still happen?

To top it off, this "flagship" bears no hallmarks of what made the Lumia a great series of devices in the first place. The look and feel are cheap and generic and there are barely any physical features that distinguish it from other devices. The only nice feature is the removable back cover, which reveals a removable battery.

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Danny 5

Re: sometimes I'm easily pleased

I'm still on Windows phone, but boy am i sorry about my choice in mobile platforms. I loved my Lumia 900 and i loved my 1020 even more, but since getting a 950, it's been a complete nightmare. I'm so fed up with the device (and it only took 2 months!), that i am never going to get a Windows 10 device again. As soon as one comes out, i'll be looking at the Nokia branded Android devices that are coming, it's impossible for it to be worse than the piece of crap i currently have.

The screen on my 1020 shattered, which is why i moved to the 950. I am seriously considering getting the screen on my 1020 replaced and moving back to that.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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feedback?

My Lumia 950 has asked me for feedback a few times as well, i'm sure they're not going to be happy with the feedback i provided them with (or maybe they are).

I've been brutally honest and have pretty much slammed windows 10 mobile. Let's face it. if this is how Microsoft want to gain ground in the mobile world, It's not going to go their way anytime soon.

What a piece of crap.

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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sign me up

I am still having daily annoyances with my Lumia 950 and now feel safe to conclude that it's really a piece of crap. Sign me up for a new, Android based Nokia any day, because Microsoft have proven once again they are incapable of creating anything worthwhile in the world of mobile computing.

I am never going to use another windows mobile device again. Surface is like Apple products to me, overpriced and not worth my money. The only reason i stuck with the Lumias was because i loved the Nokia versions of them, the Microsoft version is a generic piece of crap and not worth a cent.

Please make it like the real Nokia devices were, no generic crap please. Have some guts with the design.

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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I used to be a huge windows mobile fan

As a long time fan of Nokia and long time (happy) user/admin of windows platforms, it wasn't a huge surprise that i'd take on the Lumia when they started to hit the market. I started with a Lumia 900, which was a pleasure to work with. Next came the Lumia 1020 and that too was a wonderful device. Having smashed the screen of my 1020, i upgraded to a Lumia 950 and it's been hell ever since. I am now so fed up with the device that i am never going to get another windows mobile device. It's so crappy that i'm truly astounded that Microsoft dared to release it in it's current state. The OS (it's their first windows 10 designed phone) is clearly unfinished and buggy and the interface has infuriating new "features" that make it horrible to use. To add insult to injury, this "flagship" device feels cheap, has a terrible battery and doesn't deserve to be badged a Lumia, let alone "flagship".

How they managed to go from the beautiful design of the previous Lumias to this generic piece of crap is beyond me.

I heard that Nokia will likely start branding smartphones under their own name and i assume they'll never have anything to do with Microsoft again either, so as soon as that happens, i'm switching. Failing that, i will move to Android on my next device.

I feel utterly betrayed and am sorry is spend so much money on this craphole of a phone.

*edit*

oh wait, i did have a point to make before i started writing this anti windows 10 tirade......

The Intel move is not the biggest problem they have. With their push of Windows 10 mobile unto their customers, they have alienated a lot of their fans, as i'm not the only one who's been this disappointed. Their new course, which their new CEO is responsible for, is going to doom them. With 8.1 things were great and i was more than happy to promote the devices to friends, but in one fell swoop they destroyed their own platform. I almost feel sorry for them (almost).

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Microsoft's top lawyer: I have a cunning plan ... to rescue sunk safe harbor agreement

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Re: Sounds like common sense....

Excellent post, people seem to not understand that it wasn't the rules that were problematic, it was the blatant way in which US companies broke those rules again and again and again and again.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

Danny 5

sigh

So this is the new road MS is on? If they keep this up, they will lose what little support they have left. Who's responsible for this bullshit anyway? Is that the new CEO?

I'm getting very close to the point where i am done with Muckrosoft. Next phone might not be a windows phone, my current next-gen console is already a PS4 and i am reconsidering the Xbox one purchase i had planned.

There is currently enough choice, you don't need MS for anything anymore, so if this is how it's going to be, then i say to hell with them.

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Ad networks promise to do something about the awful adverts you're all blocking, like, real soon

Danny 5

Sure

I don't use ad blocking software, i have learned to ignore ads. Those sites that have big, in your face ads, or ads that automatically start playing, go on my shitlist. three strikes and you're out, i will never visit that site again. Sites that misbehave are easily replaced, it's not like there's anything unique out there anymore.

Also, the products offered in those big ads and autoplay ads get a special note from me, i will never buy anything from those companies ever again.

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China laments 'wild guesses and malicious slurs' on state hacking

Danny 5

haha

I can't suppress a slight chuckle when i read articles like this. I mean come one, who are you trying to kid here? Everyone spies on everyone.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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I wonder

What would happen here in the Netherlands. Requesting someone's ID is forbidden by law, unless the requestor has a legal right to do so (I can guarentee you that software vendors do not have that right).

Their comments seem to be ambiguous at best and it feels like simple racism to me.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

Danny 5
Mushroom

Quite clearly

Microsoft has lost it's mind. In the mad pursuit of short term profits, they've finally managed to do a hari kiri, impressive!

Microsoft had been showing some promise over the past few years, they went from a company that only cared about $$$$$$ to a company that seemed genuinely interested in what their customers wanted.

Then came the Xbox one debacle.

The came the Nokia/Lumia/Windows phone debacle.

Along the way we had the (arguably unjustified) windows 8 debacle.

Now we have the windows 10 debacle.

Does this company really want to destroy itself?

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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

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Re: Killing off Lumia

Yeah, that was sorta my point. There's no way in hell that Nokia is going to make WP devices anymore and i'm pretty sure Microsoft will pay for that. The success of windows 10 is going to hinge severely on the uptake on mobile platforms, because the desktop platform is dying. If Microsoft cannot come up with a solid partner to flog WP devices, where's MS going to go?

I know that from a short term business point of view it probably makes sense to drop mobile devices, but from (my personal) long term perspective, they're going to run themselves into the ground like this.

I like WP, i have a Lumia and i think it's the best OS out there (not as limited as IOS, not as cluttered and insecure as android), but if Nokia comes back with Android (which is what i expect), I will be moving to them.

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Danny 5
FAIL

Killing off Lumia

With Microsoft apparently wanting to kill off the entire Lumia brand and Nokia ramping up to start making phones again, i think Microsoft better make sure Nokia will create windows phones again, because for most people, Nokia was one of the main reasons to take on a windows phone.

If Nokia comes back and starts making Android phones, i will switch. I don't really like Android, but i love Nokia enough to remain with them.

The purchase of Nokia's mobile department may not have been a great move for the shareholders, it wás a great move for Microsoft, the shareholders just aren't giving it the time it needs to mature.

Imho, Microsoft is alienating a lot of customers with their current behavior.

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Q. Why did Nintendo force GitHub to take down an emulator? A. It was stuffed with ROMs

Danny 5
Pirate

who me?

I may (or may not) have pretty much every rom of every Nintendo cart ever made :D

I may (or may not) also say the same for Sega, Atari and all the other classic consoles.

Just roms from carts mind you, disks are too big.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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Mushroom

wow

I'm taken aback. So first they destroy Nokia and now they destroy Lumia? Those two things made me go with windows phone, if i have to get another brand, i may just as well get an Android.

Then why buy Nokia's mobile division in the first place? They already had a deal that satisfied Nadella's needs. This is truly one of the dumbest things i've seen any company ever do. What on earth is Microsoft doing? First the Xbox one debacle, now this?

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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

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Re: Not really surprised

Anyone who says you don't know what you're talking about, know very little about the Netherlands. Your comment is pretty much spot on.

I'm dutch btw ;)

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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Happy

sounds like a good idea

But as Mephistro already stated before me, the attack surface would likely become unmanagably large i'm afraid. Still, it's a very interesting idea and since i'm one of the (growing number) of people who love windows phone, this could bode well for us :)

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: Meh

And another one talking out of his arse.

I use Bluetooth audio at home and in my car, it *always* works and sounds great. My phone has been working continuously for the past several months. Last reboot was initiated by myself, an app was misbehaving (nothing to do with the phone, or the OS).

I use phone banking on an almost daily basis and the problems you describe simply don't happen.

I don't believe a word you're saying and I seriously doubt you actually ever owned or used a winphone.

I hate Apple, I love bashing them, but I stay away from topics I'm not 100% sure about and I do appreciate that some people love their devices (heck, I even advised my mom to get an Iphone, as I thought it would be the right device for her). Perhaps you should do the same?

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Danny 5
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Re: Meh

Hater's gonna hate eh?

I have a Lumia 1020 and it's a great device. The camera is still the best you can get and when it was new, it amazed reviewers. Lumia camera's have been proben to be among the best, so if you say they're crap, you're talking out of your arse.

Bug ridden OS? please specify those bugs. I'm on my second winphone and am yet to encounter any serious bugs, so please tell me what bugs you refer to (talking our of your arse again).

lack of customization? and what exactly would you want to customize? I find the level of customization possibilities to be more then sufficient.

lack of apps? Perhaps that's the only valid point you made, though I have a hard time believing that an app landscape containing hundreds of millions of apps is better then one that "only" has tens of millions.

You sir, are a hater.

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

Danny 5

And here's silly old me thinking that (intelligent) people had stopped bashing windows, just for the sake of bashing windows, but I guess some people just cannot see past their old gripes.

I hate Apple in a similar way, but at least I've come to understand that they make some damn good products. Hating products just because of the brand is silly, so the least you could do i admit they actually make decent products.

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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sigh

So the conclusion is that if you frustrate people, they become unfriendly (er)? Wow, I never would've imagined this outcome, annoyed people become unfriendly, that must be the biggest breakthrough ever!

Ground breaking research right here people!

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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wow

Well, that's certainly a big "fuck you" in the face of all their supporters. Create your gear out of donations, but at the first sight of big money, sell out faster then Dr Dre!

I was very interested in the development of the oculus rift, but i'm going to completely ignore it from now on.

I have a facebook account, as i see it as a necessary evil, but i want to stay away from them as much as i can.

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One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

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Back in the day

I fondly remember participating in several DDOS attacks against a spammer back in the late 90's. there were no rules for such conduct back then and the T1 line at the office proved to be quite valuable. I never even got a slap on the wrist from an admin.

Ahhh, consequence free digital attacks, those were the days!

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SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

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Re: Exchange admin's point of view

Thanks for putting things in perspective! Our lack of issues with Android could simply be due to a lack of exposure. Most of the devices used are Iphones and Ipads. Second is Android, but they're way behind with my customers and a distant third is still winphone. I do see there's a sharp rise in winphones being used in corp environments though, which from my perspective is a major plus.

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Danny 5

Exchange admin's point of view

My comment might seem biased, as i'm known to be a fervent Apple hater, but my colleagues say the same thing. I'm an exchange admin and Iphones are the bane of my existence. Android devices don't cause anywhere near the issues we get from Iphone and Ipad's and Winphone devices are a breath of fresh air compared to both. Inexplicable errors resulting from Iphone connections. Meetings showing up on completely different dates and times on an Iphone, content not being sycnronized properly, the endless stream of errors generated in the eventlog are but a few of the long list of issues we have with I-devices.

Support for Android, which i believe Microsoft thinks is the real enemy, is fine, so i don't believe it's Microsoft making things hard, it's Apple playing refusenik.

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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

Danny 5

ehr...

came here for the obligatory "phone of the dark side" joke, was disappointed to see i have to make it myself.

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Confessions of a porn site boss: How the net porn industry flopped

Danny 5

so that was you?

I chatted with a couple of those bots on MSN chat. Some of them became more and more realistic and the triggers seemed to become more advanced. It was kinda funny to see those bots evolved.

They never made it past funny though, nobody in their right mind would believe it was a real person sitting on the other side.

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Bitcoin value breaks $1,000 barrier in FRENZIED HYPEGASM

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why?

Why does virtual currency confuse so many people? Have we gotten so used to our paper money, that we no longer realize that's virtual currency as well? Somehow people have gotten so confident that their 10 dollar/pound/euro note actually represents that monetary value, that we no longer see printed money for what it is? Do we really think that piece of paper with a 10 on it is actually worth 10 dollar/pound/euro?

All currencies are virtual, so why are bitcoins so hard to grasp?

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Just who is Apple's most frustrated fanboi? Surprise – it's GOOGLE

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Re: They should be forced to use

Excuse me? where have you been hiding for the past couple of years? We're not on windows95 anymore, which had crap security. Windows security has made massive strides and is now considered a secure platform. Go at each other's throats for all i care, but don't talk crap.

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Macy's: Now with Apple's Minority Report ads system that TRACKS your iPHONE

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Re: Gone in 60 seconds

5 obviously, i'm a pro!

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Danny 5

Re: So you need to have downloaded an app

Not the way i see it. the Ispy is on at all times, this app just utilizes it's functions. They can track you through the beacon anyway, the app just shouts deals at you.

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Hate Skype now it's part of Microsoft? How about a Chinese clone, then?

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woa!

You sir, are now the object of my envy!

Original transformer comics? I still have the original cartoons hidden somewhere, right up till the golden age with Fortress Maximus, Scorponok, the head - and targetmasters and the beginning of the golden age!

Man i feel old now!

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