* Posts by Bob Vistakin

1503 posts • joined 24 Dec 2011

Review: Magic Leap and Fantasy Funding Fiasco

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One word

Steorn.

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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

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Plus 4G onboard flash. Pis can't be used at present for a real IoT applications - SD cards die very quickly under such sustained loads.

Plus an optimised new Android Things release: 5.1 is a step backwards in terms of performance. Not nice, but understandable - Android 8 Oreo, which it's based on, was a gigantic platform shift...

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Microsoft's compute intensive AI task

Keeping track of incoming security reports?

Calculating the loss of revenue following it's mobile exit?

Searching for a market segment it can't royally screw up in?

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IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

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Nowadays you always get sacked for choosing IBM

That can't help much.

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

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Microsoft has already "shown what follows"

It's all here at this website.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Happy

Wahay!

Cheerio.

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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This is shocking

Microsoft still make hardware?

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Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'

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Let's ditch mobile, let's ditch music

Microsoft understands it's users as well as a royal understands a minimum wage slave.

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Visionaries!

In the first edition of Bill Gates book "The Road Ahead", 1994, the word "internet" appeared 4 times.

I had an email address in 1991 via CIX, for Christs sake.

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Thriller

Well, they were right about a phone platform dying at least.

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Web devs griping about iPhone X notch: You're rendering it wrong

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Leopards and spots

So Apples fantastic new innovation is to cut a weird hole in the screen and blame everyone else for not conforming - even to the point at which it wants to change CSS industry standards?

Yet Service Workers, a fantastic cross-browser (bar one, natch) innovation which dramatically boots offline web support might finally see an appearance in Safari after years of Apple shouting and dragging its feet?

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Not for the first time

Gosh, they sure do have form with cars. And the fun today, as then, with Consumer Reports just never seems to end.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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These "new" iPhones

Bezel-less screens, wireless charging and on screen home buttons. Wow, that's so innovative - where do they get their ideas from?

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

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Re: My G1

That Gemini looks so damn cool. Android, touch screen, WiFi ... it's what Psion would be putting out today had they continued with PDA's.

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Re: ADD

Nokia

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My G1

Fast approaching 10 years old now, says he with a proud glint in his eye.

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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The hatch cut her head off?

Yes m'lud. And the force of this spun her so much she became wrapped entirely in a tarpaulin, where all this banging about made some nearby stones get all tangled up in ropes which wrapped themselves around her. Then she fell into the sea.

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Crowdfunding scheme hopes to pay legal fees for Marcus Hutchins

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Security Now

Not expressing an opinion here, just reporting on what was discussed on this weeks podcast, and elsewhere.

Marcus is a malware software development expert - this is what he does for a living. Suppose he wrote WannaCry and it accidentally got out into the wild. He'd see the damage being done to the NHS etc, maybe panic, maybe want some glory or whatever. He'd be in the perfect place to miraculously discover the kill switch - a unique feature not generally found in other malware.

MI5 knew the FBI would pick him up, so let him go there and thus avoided a very diplomatically messy extradition process/trial.

God - I hope this is just speculation :-( Hmm - that is an opinion, I guess.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Re: Please tell me

Isn't the same being done to their surface shite which no-one wants to touch with a 50 foot bargepole? Look for the eBay firesale coming your way real soon now. I can't for the life of me remember who also did this with kit which could be made perfectly usable by flashing with Android - was it some Amazon phone flop early on maybe?

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These days, you always get fired for choosing microsoft

I'm sure It's Been Mentioned somewhere a similar phrase was used in different times, relating to a different company.

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Re: Doesn't exist.. my ass..

Same here, but I've recently noticed apps detecting rooted devices and refusing to run. Most recently it was the Tesco PayQwik one, which is even worse because when I installed it there was no problem, it's just an update that now throws a fit. The message waffles on about the phone being more susceptible to malware because it's rooted. Some banking or finance app did it a while back too, can't remember which now because, err, it never made it to my phone.

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IT worker used access privs to steal £1m from Scottish city council

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Re: Seizing his pension?

"What the actual fuck did he do with the money?" - it says he gambled it away straight into the bookies pockets.

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Re: Seizing his pension?

His jail time will be fun. Lags pay tax too, and he's now the million quid target...

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: I wonder if any ms execs have seen this film?

I suppose some balance regarding how much times have changed is needed. Like the marvellous quote from a Nokia exec that using Android is like peeing in your pants to keep warm.

Lovely, and would make a great tagline on the marketing campaign for this new model.

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I wonder if any ms execs have seen this film?

I spit on your grave.

It's great. An innocent girl gets brutally raped and left for dead. Slowly she recovers, only to carefully and meticulously exact her revenge on those who wronged her. In the end, her triumphant comeback is finalised when the evil bastards who did it to her are wiped out completely.

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Re: I'm at a loss

Consumer Reports agrees.

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Re: Stupid Microsoft

In a way, you could blame the users for this.

After all, if you're so fucking thick you haven't got the message by now about how microsoft should be avoided at all costs, you deserve the inevitable shit coming your way.

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Microsoft lying about surface?

But they said it ran internet explorer so well.

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: I could go postal!

Well, if we're about to see a firesale with loads going for pennies on eBay, it might be worth checking if they can be made useable by flashing with Android then.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

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A turd in a trifle

Ingredients

1 packet trifle sponges, broken into 5cm/2in pieces

½ packet of amaretti biscuits or 150g/5oz macaroons or ratafias

150ml/5fl oz sweet sherry

1 tbsp cognac

4 tbsp blackberry or raspberry jam

450g/1 lb fresh blackberries

450g/1 lb fresh raspberries

85g/3oz toasted flaked almonds

600ml/1 pint ready-made custard

plus one fresh 6"x1", sharply tapered

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Standardisation is always welcome

Will be nice seeing them finally get the slash the right way round.

C:/Windows/HeresYourVirus is what we're talking about - right?

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Microsoft: Get in, IT nerds, you're now using Insider builds and twice-annual Windows rollouts

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Has my browser broken?

What's with all the wasted space to the left of the main stories?

Is it a nod to the sad farewell of windows mobile? OK, just for its remaining user:

There is a lo

making it har

can't see the

width of the

poor layout

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Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

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Re: Live by the sword...

You're chipping it wrong.

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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Hmm, I wonder...

Will any of the dozens of managers "living" in 5 star hotels for literally years whilst "working" at Salford Quays, who still have homes darn sarf and are there due to "relocation" be affected? The annual hotel costs are in the millions for these hardworking "managers", who naturally have only the public purse in mind.

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Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart

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Re: Superficial

It gets worse: check out the shape of the corners on that laptop.

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Got a Windows Phone 8 mobe? It's now officially obsolete. Here's why...

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Microsoft made a phone?

Could it like, make calls and stuff just like a proper one?

Guess we'll never know now.

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If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft pushing its magical white space broadband

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Ever thrown a party where nobody came?

All that spectrum just crying out for a decent mobile handset.

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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There's a video of this here.

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Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on 3,000 global sales staff

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Re: Sinofsky will be remembered in history as the man who killed Micosoft

Sinofsky will also be remembered for demonstrating the quality of their internet "explorer" with a majestic sweep of his arm.

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Not good news for you, El Reg

The ad traffic from the paid shills to these forums must be covering more than a few liquid lunches for you all - what's gonna happen when they all crawl back under their rocks?

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

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Move everything over to the microsoft cloud

It'll be fine they said. I'll never have to worry about losing data again, they said. So I drank the kool aid and ... you're not using our file system, so fuck off, they said.

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Cloud sales shift as enormo Microsoft reorg continues – sources

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Re: All the top brass from Linked In are leaving too

It's played out the same way so many times it's now firmly part of computing history.

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All the top brass from Linked In are leaving too

It's funny how they all jump ship right after the takeover. Do you think microsoft factored in the fact all the good ones would inevitably scarper when they negotiated that bargain bucket price of $26bn?

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Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

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Re: It must be me ...

Fahren Eight 451 - no reading allowed, and it has a special way to prevent you trying...

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Futile Endeavour

Guys, the horse has bolted. Knock a zero off that price and you might get back in with those not burnt first time round.

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

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Re: Flailing Helplessly

@Tim99 Yeah, that'll fix it.

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Must have been like this when the Roman Empire collapsed

Surviving only on the fear of past glories, whilst all it's emperors either went insane or fiddled watching it burn.

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Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

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You're locating it wrong

You know, it's been ages since we've had a good old bash at apple via their "You're xxx it wrong" meme. Seeing as we're all on a high celebrating the anniversary of our glorious independence today, I thought I'd rekindle the fond memories of the hubris which comes before a magnificent faceplant, such as the one our strong and stable government just inflicted on itself at the election.

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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Re: Abuse, plain and simple.

One obvious question - who picks up these extra hours if it's no longer the contractor? It has to be the remaining permies.

Way to go for morale boosting, Intense Bowel Movement.

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: That's Surface crossed off my Christmas list, then!

Gosh, microsoft in take aim, shoot foot shocker. Again. Who'd have thought it?

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