* Posts by Sandtitz

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: Now just notepad, and we can write off builtin apps completely. @me

"At least Dell and HP sell some laptops with FreeDOS, and Dell also had (has?) Ubuntu preinstall option."

4 thumbs down already, but no-one has the balls to tell why...

I was just stating a fact - you can buy a Dell or HP (and others) without the MS tax, so Mr Bombastic's 'NOT selling anything without a Micro-shaft Win-10-nic license' is obviously just FUD.

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Re: Now just notepad, and we can write off builtin apps completely.

"It's the monpolistic "deals" that Micro-shaft makes in order to strong-arm the largest PC vendors into doing what they want, i.e. NOT selling anything without a Micro-shaft Win-10-nic license."

Your whole premise is wrong. At least Dell and HP sell some laptops with FreeDOS, and Dell also had (has?) Ubuntu preinstall option.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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"And when the tablet is shot out in battle, how do you call for help?"

Well, there are the maritime signal flags and the semaphore flags. Wuthering Heights and all that...

BTW, if the engine fails are the seamen equipped with oars? There's only so many reasonal backup systems. How often these ships need to rely on signal lamps?

"Sometimes there's a good reason to have someone with a bit of knowledge on the bridge, especially in the military."

Even a dummy like me with no interest in learning the Morse codes knows the SOS code.

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China's censorship cyber-missiles shoot down pics flying through WhatsApp, chat apps

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Per article:

"It is notable, however, that the Chinese government was only able to shoot down specific images on the chat apps based in China – strongly suggesting that the government has access to the company's backend systems."

Well, duh. Was anyone really really thinking otherwise?

ElReg should've mentioned that Winnie the Pooh is also banned.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: Cannonlake, kabylake, coffeelake, skylake

"Is there a technical reason for the 'lake' part or does someone just like lakes?"

"Intel has historically named integrated circuit (IC) development projects after geographical names of towns, rivers or mountains near the location of the Intel facility responsible for the IC."

HTH.

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Man facing $17.5m HPE fraud case has contempt sentence cut by Court of Appeal

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Re: Automatic halving of sentence

IANAL as well, but that Section 258(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 states that "Where a person to whom this section applies is also serving one or more sentences of imprisonment, nothing in this section requires the Secretary of State to release him until he is also required to release him in respect of that sentence or each of those sentences."

If I understood the legalese correctly: prison sentence for just contempt of court is always halved unless you also have other sentences - then it's the full monty.

Such a pity that Sage didn't get a sentence regarding the HPE fraud... (alleged fraud I'd like to add)

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Re: if cost == 0 then panic

"You don't need to even consider AI, What happens if a photo is set up so that a ball is released at a random time, rolls down a slope breaking a sensor beam and releasing the camera's shutter? I.e. no photographer pressing the button. Who would own the copyright of that?"

Well, that's just a randomized Rube Goldberg timer which someone set up. You could very well just release the ball manually but the time for the ball to roll down would still never have the exact time if you drill it down to milli- or microseconds.

I think a better analogy would be:

If an animal triggers a (concealed) wildlife camera to take a picture - who owns the copyright?

The animal very likely doesn't understand the concept of pictures or taking them. Probably the monkey in question saw its face in the LCD view finder and kept pressing the protruding trigger which made a funny noise. (don't know which sort of camera and set up it had)

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

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"The funny thing is that no other Presidential communication venue requires him to listen to critics of that communication, whereas this one would."

Like a stand up comedian, Trump has chosen a venue where his messages may be applauded or lambasted. Stand up comedians may have to endure heckling and they'd need to improvise something in return to counter the offenders.

If Trump can't stand the heat - he could very well start blogging and disable comments.

"Further, Obama was tweeting a bit too, but no one suggested this kind of thing in his case. What's different now?"

Were people banned in this manner?

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"I'm glad Hillary didn't win, that would be like having to sit through 4 years of adam sandler films, now we get eddie murphey, dan ackroyd, John Balushi etc... some of the greatest comedy legends of all time."

You forgot Bill Cosby. And Rupert Pupkin.

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Dell goes swimming in Skylake to source 14G server line

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Re: just be prepared to wait if you want SSDs

"I would of bought HP but they do not offer the CPU I need(none of their systems in their online store have it anyway), which is an Xeon E3-1240L V5 (2.1Ghz quad core 25W - I could go with the 1235L V5 as well but not even Dell has that chip)."

HPE (ahem!) seems to offer 1240Lv5 only with DL20 and ML30 gen9 servers - according to the Quickspecs. Perhaps the margins and customer interest in these CPUs are so low that HPE can't be bothered?

HPE Partsurfer comes up with the 842928-001 SKU for E3-1235Lv5, so you could ask a Proliant service partner whether they could order one for you. Or get a CPU and cooler from Ebay.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: "Get a life will you people, I mean, for crying out loud, it's it's just a TV show"

I'll raise you with roasting of SW nerds.

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Re: How wude!

Of all the JarJar (de)motivational posters I'll never forget the one with "meesa a stupid geeza" caption.

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UberPOP is Finnished in Helsinki until 2018

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Exec

According to Finnish media, Mr Järvinen is suspected being "an accessory in running an unlicensed taxi operation", so he isn't punished just because he was an exec.

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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"The Day After, the director's cut. Something ABC never dared release"

Why wouldn't they? 'Threads' was much worse than TDA. We've seen worlds collide (literally) in cinema after those films, can't be that shocking.

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US Senators want Kaspersky shut out of military contracts

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There is a hypothetical risk

Technically if the US-Russia situation escalated further, Russia could very well weaponise Kaspersky software no matter what Eugene himself thinks or whether he would protest it.

Since AV always run at very high privileges they could just push out an AV or program update that changes system behaviour. The updates could be directed via geolocation or if the update requests contain eg. the Kaspersky contract ID or other identifying material. This would of course leave a smoking gun.

Similarly any American AV software could be used for attacks if need be. The US government has their FISA and other avenues to subvert companies under their will.

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Re: Military is presently out of control

"The incident with the F16s harassing Russian defense minister jet over Baltic international waters last week has shown that US military is doing whatever the f*** it wants"

Nice one, Anonymous Comrad. That's the RT version, right? How did RT and other state news report the 2 meter flyby of an SU-27 over a Swedish military plane?

It is customary for Baltic Sea nations to do recon missions on other nations' military aircraft to photograph and identify them. That is not harassment and the F16 incident shows the aircraft at least 50m away from the jet.

Russian military aircrafts routinely tresspasses Baltic/Swedish/Finnish airspace with their transponders turned off. No explanations or apologies are ever given because Russia does whatever it wants to. Just like the US.

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Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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Re: Superfluous commas

That, or the author was pedant in making sure the line lengths are matching.

It is very important when dealing with monospace fonts!

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: Next up -Microsoft... @Adam 52

"Ever tried viewing a pdf document on Windows 10?"

Yes. And?

Edge has a capability to show PDF documents and is the default PDF handler in vanilla Windows installation. I'm sure there is no current popular OS available that can't handle PDF's upon installation via a (web) browser.

In Windows 10 (and others) If you have installed a software the is able to show PDF docs, e.g. Chrome/Acrobat/Firefox, then you can make it the default application for PDFs with the "set default programs" widget in Control Panel.

There is no conspiracy.

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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"I place a thin sheet of metal between the speaker and the phone."

I just use the tried and tested 'Hankie over telephone mouthpiece' method.

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The harsh reality of Apple's augmented reality toolset ARKit: It's an incredible battery hog

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"BTW, it's also a good idea to bring along one of the smaller maps just to keep yourself grounded. Ikea stores are purposefully designed to desorient you so that you feel there is no other option than following the path laid out by the store."

Shouldn't be that hard if you ever mapped adventure games with pen and graph paper. (and who didn't?)

Ikea showrooms are rectangular and the paths always have 90 degree corners so it's easy. Just watch out for those disorienting teleporters!

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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Re: Linux and all its variants.

"No, any Linux distro has only "versions" for CPU type. The actual OS is the same."

Not that simple. RHEL has similarly crippled their "single user products" to 1 or 2 CPU sockets and limited memory access. Evil?

"Then with Vista they started the EVIL "home" vs "pro" workstations."

XP introduced Home and Pro versions, not Vista.

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HPE claims new gen-10 ProLiants have more mem persistence, more secure server firmware

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Blah.

The firmware security sounds like marketing talk. Very unlikely stuff IMO.

I'm more interested whether HPE will resurrect the Proliant 385/585 lines if and when AMD releases their Zen server products.

The persistent memory also sounds great but how much TB of it will cost? (if I have to ask I can't afford it, right?)

And how does it work exactly - does the OS see it as an ordinary drive, or do the applications need to support it?

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Azure Backup cuddles up real close to Windows Server

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You're comparing the "free" built-in thingy to a commercial product? That's like comparing tar to Veeam + Linux agent.

Windows Backup is a very rudimentary system that offers the basics and is fine for... basic backups. It serves small shops without their dedicated IT pretty well, and does the usual deleted file recoveries and even total recovery pretty well.

I'll stick to Veeam as well. But I still use the backup in Hyper-V hosts and guests to ISCSI targets as an added protection, because I don't trust any single backup software, be it Veeam or BE. Similarly the Linux installations may be backed up centrally but I still do extra (tar) scripts just to protect my ass if/when and when the main backup fails.

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Qualcomm names its Windows 10 ARM PC partners

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Re: Stop me if this sounds familiar...

"MS has a history of "supporting" non-x86 CPUs then burning its customers (Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC, Itanium, ARM) so I would be suspicious."

MS cut the support early for the first three as they probably didn't get too much interest for those ports. I sure as hell wouldn't have bought a rather expensive MIPS/PPC/Alpha system to run NT back then (20+ years ago), when the commodity (and cheap) 486s and Pentiums did the job well enough.

MS dropped Windows RT because of poor sales. They burned almost a $900M on the debacle, and since there were very few customers for it why would they burn untold man-hours to port Windows 10? Windows RT still gets security updates for years to come, AFAIK.

Itanium support lasted until 2008 R2 Server, RHEL dropped support around same time.

I'm sure there are a lot better examples of abysmal MS support than the NT era systems or Windows on Itanium/ARM. I'd start with the different Windows Phone versions.

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WebAssembly fandom kills Google's Portable Native Client

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PNaCl

Someone at google noticed that Phosphorous Salt wasn't a good product name after all?

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

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Re: Ariane

"Europe owes India bigtime anyways. Allowing them a little flag waving after massive exploitation that barely ended a quarter century ago is the least we can do."

If anyone owes India, it would be just the UK. What massive exploitation of India ended in the 1990s?

Germany, France Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Portugal and Italy had their own playgrounds where sins were committed. (did I miss any European players?)

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Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

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"Total BS. Bluetooth goes up to 25Mbps."

I stand corrected then. What is your exact configuration? Macbook 201x and which phone?

Any pointers how I could speed up my iPhone 6 and "Intel AC7260 +BT4.0 Combo" to speeds above ~2Mbps?

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Bluetooth is suitable only for very low bandwidth devices. It is next to useless with cameras, external storage or tethering beyond 2G EDGE.

Setting up adhoc wifi between devices is not as simple as pairing Bluetooth devices, and you'll also lose your network wifi access. If you are proposing connecting devices via wireless access point then you're confined to your home wireless.

USB-C only specifies the connector. You could still be capped at USB 2.0 speed without alt mode, power delivery etc.

The phone manufacturers should just team up and start to standardize to Thunderbolt 3 and come up with standardized (magnetic? mechanical?) mounting for peripherals akin to VESA mount.

Unlikely to happen for many reasons. Apple probably won't play ball and what's there for the big manufacturers unless they were to profit from all this in short term? The market would be instantly flooded with cheap 3rd party devices - who would buy e.g. the Samsung/LG peripheral when the cheap no-name knockoff will suffice?

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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Re: Elvis isn't dead...

"He's just gone home."

Yeah, into a nursing home.

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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

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@kryptylomese

"You don't like choice"

No. Choice isn't a bad thing per se.

It just feels like the whole "community" is spreading itself thin as so many people are inventing the same wheel yet again with slightly different configurations. Are you unhappy that there ain't a few dozen forks for kernel and CUPS to chooce from?

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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

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Re: Useful I guess if your repo is 300gb @AC

"Linux repository is less than 200MB, that's all sourcecode and all branch history."

Latest kernel 4.11.3 takes about 650MB when unpacked. There are several kernel branches supported concurrently so that 650MB is still way off.

I'm sure just the Windows kernel itself would be in the same ballpark. That 300GB also contains the user interface, web browsers, all sort of applications that come with a Windows install and so forth. Maybe even bitmaps too. Does it also contain every supported Windows version as well (XP, 7, 8.1, 10) and the different branches for each one? The article didn't mention.

Perhaps a more proportional comparison would be to check the default installation of Ubuntu (or Mint or some other popular distro intended for general populace) and count the total size of the repos for all those programs, libraries and such.

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

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Re: Why the 15in screen cop out? @Steve Davies 3

"Otherwise a nice bit of kit but too expensive IMHO for a Linux netbook."

I don't get this. Are you saying that Linux devices need to be cheap?

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm slapped with £52k court costs repayment order

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I wish Peter Liepa and Richard Garriott would also join in on the discussion!

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Re: All products have a support life

"But MS have forced the adoption of XP past its natural life."

If your customers are married to XP because of NetBEUI/NetBIOS the reason most likely is the 3rd party vendor and obsolete & unsupported software that forced them to use XP. Not MS.

"Vista killed full screen command prompt (VGA DOS programs) and 7 32bit NETBIOS."

Vista can run full screen text mode just fine if you use WinXP drivers.

Perhaps you mean NetBEUI which was dropped from Vista? It was pretty much obsolete back in 2006 when Vista premiered. Windows XP dropped Appletalk and DLC protocols. I'm sure there were a few complaints too, but to quote Spock: “The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few”

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16 terabytes of RAM should be enough for anyone. Wait. What?

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Re: Back in the day... @Adam 52

"That Intel CPU will do 85GB/sec according to the spec sheet (not sure if that's bytes or bits) so it'll take a minute and a half to table scan 8TB - which is a long time for someone expecting interactive performance."

The memory would be divided for several CPUs. A single Intel 8880 v3 can address a maximum of 1.54TB of memory - scanning even that would still take about 20s at 85GB/s.

On a 8-way system you'd need to fire that scan with threads running on each CPU - then that 8TB would take just 11 seconds (under optimal settings). If you'd scan all that 8TB via a single thread and through QPI (NUMA) it would take over 2 minutes. (57.6GB/s with 3xQPI)

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Uber red-faced from Waymo legal row judge's repeated slapping

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Re: "special software called TortoiseSVN"

"Hardly "special" for anyone involved in software development..."

Is TortoiseSVN designed especially for Logo?

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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"I fail to see how lugging around an unwieldy docking station"

I see you're unfamiliar with docking stations.

Docking stations are supposed to be stationary. You come into the office, place your phone into the docking cradle and suddenly your keyboard, mouse, monitor, network and other peripherals are connected, and your phone is charged at the same time. Many business people use their laptops that way because it is a convenience.

If this Samsung ecosystem has good enough applications that scale well on different monitors, and every software is also keyboard and/or mouse aware then why not, especially if you already have bought the expensive S8 since the cradle doesn't add up that much to the total cost.

Samsung can still fuck this all up in many ways.

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More UPNP woes: Crashable library bites routers and software

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@Lee D

"I literally DO NOT HAVE UPnP enabled on any device. Everything works."

Are you saying that the Frontier FAQ is wrong and unnecessary, and things will work for everyone since you don't have problems? Come on...

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Someone is sending propaganda texts to Ukrainian soldiers

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Re: "Sinister text messages reveal high-tech front in Ukraine war"

"So far, I see two people have chosen to downvote DAM's comment about the Ukrainian general calling for the destruction of all Jews."

I concur with MiguelC's observations, the comment is offtopic. Whenever Ukraine does something naughty is it okay to post random crazy quotes of Zhirinovsky?

The general seems to be a retired general with no position in government of military. I'm not familiar with the situation of Jews in Ukraine but antisemites are found in every country in every level. AFAIK Ukraine hasn't criminalized Jews in the same way as Russia quite recently criminalized Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organization.

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Re: Biased much? @Archtech

"Kiev junta"

Junta?

Porosenko won the fair election and is not part of the military, nor is military running the government in Ukraine. That would be the definition of junta. Even Russia has recognized the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2014.

And while we're discussing legalities, I'd like to hear your view on the legality of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

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Performance @Updraft102

So, MS, the ball's in your court. Instead of the 7-Zip installer, how about a full PC benchmark suite?

Am I the only one who saw this Dec 2016 Win10 demo with programs like Photoshop and World of Tanks running on Qualcomm silicon?

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T-Mobile USA sued by parents after their baby dies amid 911 meltdown

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Re: Remove the SIM card, oh yeah sure.

Your phone won't just use *any* operator available when calling emergency services, it only uses the operator the phone is connected to since all operators must be able to route those calls. If the network is congested the operator will disconnect regular phone calls in order to prioritise emergency calls.

If your operator has a problem with routing the emergency calls then the only way to place an emergency call is to remove the SIM and then dial again.

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Any country name with the words 'People' and 'Democratic' means exactly the opposite. There are/were more than just NK...

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

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These truly are pretty pointless gimmicks until they can come up with an actual self-contained AI and personality in the voices. None can converse in any meaningful way, they just look up answers from the net, or act as remote controls for home electronics.

Why are all the voices female? The quintessential computer voice from almost 50 years ago was a pleasure to listen to. Cortana (to me) sounds too synthesized whereas Amazon and Google have made voice really fluid. Bixby and Siri sits somewhere inbetween. A hint of sultriness would help each.

If and when we get to the actual HAL9000 stage with the voice of Douglas Rain AND without mothership control then I'll buy one. It should also have a mechanical on/off switch and should't complain too much being turned off. (lip-reading skills optional)

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: Win32

"Win7 wouldn't either:

1) It didn't want to even install ANY 16 bit windows software.

2) Some Win32 wouldn't install."

That's because 64-bit Windows doesn't run 16-bit code, be it Win16 or DOS software. 32-bit Windows runs Win16 (and DOS executables).

Some 32-bit software used 16-bit installers and those fail. You can either a) install 32-bit Windows 7, or b) install the free XP Mode virtual machine. 32-bit Windows has it's drawbacks regarding RAM, and the XP Mode isn't fit for games.

"3) The majority of the Win32 SW (Windows only and often no new version) wouldn't work at all after install. Both CAE and games."

Which games and CAE programs didn't work with Windows 7 but did work under Wine?

I have played some pretty old Windows games with Win7 and later operating systems. Games such as Ultima IX, Half-Life, Settlers 2(3?) and so on. I once had a 32-bit Windows 8 laptop just for Civ 1 for Win3.11. Some games have required fiddling with e.g. copy protection cracks and such.

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Re: Bing? @molletts

"Google: It Just Works"

It used to work perfectly until maybe 10 years ago or so. Then they fiddled with the search, removed +- operators and nowadays if you're searching for phrases it also finds synonyms so I constantly need to use the "verbatim" search option. Which - of course - one can't combine with things like the 'search by date' option.

BTW, that 'windows 7 convenience rollup' produced equally fine results on Bing/Edge. Google Search is still miles better, and that's a fact, but calling Bing useless is just disingenuous.

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Re: Meh, I give it a few months - less than that @Coward

"I reckon it will take mere days, at best weeks before someone finds a new (or, more accurately, "yet another") potentially devastating security defect in Edge"

You're right. We'll never see an end to defects in MS software.

Except Chrome and Firefox have had even more defects judging by the cvedetails website, so your rant is FUD and it's no wonder you're posting anonymously.

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Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in chips since 2010

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"So is there any reason to enable AMT on a consumer pc and does disabling it in bios fix the security hole ?"

No reason unless you'd need to remotely use that consumer pc without 3rd party or even OS built-on remote connection software.. With AMT you can remotely change BIOS settings, install an operating system etc. - anything you can do locally with your mouse and kb can be done via AMT (depending on the implementation.) The remote screen mechanism uses standard VNC protocol and the remote user can thus use any VNC client with it.

You can fix this security snafu be either disabling it in BIOS or updating the firmware if your vendor provides a fix.

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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Re: Just wow.

"Not everyone is a Volume licensee. Can you provide the information you have which disagrees with the above ?"

I'm not disagreeing, that product truly is a volume license, and has associated costs.

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