* Posts by Bob Vistakin

1469 posts • joined 24 Dec 2011

Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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It's not all bad news

Windows itself may have been kicked into second place by Android as the whole industry leaves it behind for mobile, but the average user benefits from the fantastic work the innovative giants have made over the decades to create the mobile ecosystem system we have now.

Nokia's contribution: Paved the way by showing users they really needed mobile tech

Blackberry's contribution: Showed business how essential secure, live information always with you is

Apple's contribution: Sleek, user friendliness lit the smartphone revolution fuse

Google's contribution: Gave the world its most popular mobile OS for free. Commoditised smartphones.

Microsofts contribution: Takes $5-$10 from every Android handset sold in patent royalties.

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Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%

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Re: Welcome to the new burning platform

Aha! So a desperate microsoft spent billions thinking it could buy its way into catching up on an entire industry it missed?

I see we have something in common - would you like to connect on Linked In?

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Welcome to the new burning platform

I wonder if Nokia read this report too.

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

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Re: It's dead, Jim

I just had to come back to this article to check the date.

Nope, I'd not been taken in.

Let me get this straight. Microsoft really has been reduced to trying to persuade salesdroids, at the point of sale of a top end shiny, to right there and blow out its brains with their own crapware, before the "customer" has even left the store, and right in front of them? And if they have a problem later on with it and pop back into carphonewhorehouse or whatever they'll be happy the salesdroid won't just blame Samsung/Google/O2 ?

About that date - perhaps I shouldda gone to Spec Savers?

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Oh my sides

Andrew - it's a rare skill indeed to write a piece in which each paragraph is funnier than the previous one, but you pulled it off admirably.

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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Fixed your typo

It's business as usual that Edge decided not to join the party.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: IBM sheds more workers – this time, tech sales

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

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What shape are it's corners?

These things matter.

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I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

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That acronym for the Management -> Worker relationship

Intense Bowel Movement

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Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

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Re: Couldn't it simply ask money from Trump for every tweet?

There would also be a new abundance of free twitter clones. At least now there's only one.

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LinkedIn starts piping sales data to Salesforce and Dynamics

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Re: Flush

Yahoo mail has served me well this way for coming up to 2 decades now. It will be a shame to see it go.

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

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It's fake news folks.

Bigly fake.

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Calling your redundancy programme Baccarat? Immense Bummer, Management

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They are very good at getting rid of people

Very good indeed.

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Samsung's Bixby totally isn't a Siri ripoff because look – it'll go in phones, TVs, fridges, air con...

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Yup, that's all the relevant ones listed

"It started with Apple’s Siri in 2011, Amazon's Alexa came out in 2014, Google followed suit with Assistant when it released its Pixel smartphone last year, and Samsung is now playing catch-up with Bixby."

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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Even Chrome in Guest mode isn't a bad start - it leaves zero tracks and starts as a totally blank user hitting the web for the first time ever. Right off the bat the only strength of argument is the IP address used.

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IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed

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Re: The Wise Move On

And life for the few good ones that do stay goes down the toilet, because they are now surrounded by 9-5 timeserving dead wood, such as the civil service.

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Re: The good people

Always the way. Most evident in the land of the living dead, aka any government role.

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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Re: SpamOS?

This *Windows Mobile" you speak of. Now 99%+ of smartphones run either iOS or Android, would it be helpful to ask Nokia to piss on this burning platform to finally put it out of its misery? It wouldn't take long.

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Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain

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Those 128 Petabytes

At last we'll be able to calculate the house of lords expenses.

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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I count the word "mobile" there twice

And that's some crappy forms based simplest-bits-of-all-platforms failure. It's like microsoft are doing a corporate ostrich - even though the news this week is Android is teetering on overtaking global OS share for windows itself.

Boy, they must love what Nokia are doing now.

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1.37bn records from somewhere to leak on Monday

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Look closer to home

It's the account details of all the microsoft shills in El Regs forums.

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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The Stick

Filed specifically to take the piss out of the US patent system, the fact this was granted says all anyone needs to know about the quality of the system.

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

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Android Things?

My only question with any new Pi, since it's now one of their reference boards. CPU 512M says no to me, but it surely can't be too long before one of these ultra cheapo boards does, and Google refines its IoT OS to the point I can ask my IoT toaster if my IoT cats bowl needs filling as I tell my IoT kettle to stick a brew on.

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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Backhanders

So lemme get this right - for whatever asshat reason, contractors leave and the likes of IBM, Accenture and Capita come in at 10x the cost? And HMRC consulted with who to draw this up?

I suppose the real test is if any of those self same contractors who left are hired by these parasites at the same rate they were on before and sent back to their old desks, leaving a fat 9x fee to them for doing nothing and as usual handed over from the taxpayer.

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Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

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And in practice ... ?

They are of course renting out their bandwidth too, but how good is the redundancy? I won't be too chuffed if I can't get at my accounts because little Johnny has turned off his PC for the night, or been capped because he's downloaded one too many GOT episodes that day.

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IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

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Re: Change, the only constant

There is one thing that stays the same with IBM though, as I first encountered many moons ago whilst holding my nose having been forced to deal with them at BT - they are just the same as all the others offering the same services, but charge 10x more. Backhanders and government contracts (there's no difference) at the highest level are all that keeps them going, so it sounds like the people involved are finally wising up.

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Your next PC is… your 'Droid? Remix unveils Continuum-killer

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Re: I remember when I pointed this out last year

Sure you didn't say your windows phone?

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Just finished your first TensorFlow app? Might be time for a rewrite...

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And by an amazing co-incidence

Last weeks new Android Things developer preview has a new demo app - TensorFlow with the camera recognising the objects and the new sound API speaking out what it sees. Yay!

https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/02/android-things-developer-preview-2.html

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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Re: IBM

True - and they are very good at it.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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And Picard is now a turd

"Engage, number one!"

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Re: Missing specs

The Reg has ads?

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Looking forwards to another Radio 4 interview

They are really insightful and always tell the people like it is.

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Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

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Re: Ah, yes the Apple idea

Apple seems to think no-one can remember them apologizing already for this, then apologizing again for apologizing wrong.

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

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Re: Never understand why advertising wasn't their focus

@Charles 9 - Yeah, and the thing I didn't bring up there was search - the ultimate source of traffic for most sites. Win there, and the rest will follow. Yet - Yahoo was founded way before Google. Better mousetraps I guess.

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Re: Never understand why advertising wasn't their focus

You are dead right, but missed my main point. Google shows no ads on its home page. I am talking about its real source of revenue - acting as a broker.

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Never understand why advertising wasn't their focus

It's not rocket science.

Google today makes 90% of its profit from advertising. That's so much it can even afford experimental loss making toy projects, recently spun off as Alphabet, without breaking sweat. Why was, and is, it the only player in town? Yeah, some other big names like Microsoft and Yahoo (and err... ?) have some token competing ad platform, but that's all. These ad brokers pay website owners to show their ads, the website owners can chop and choose instantly with the click of a mouse, or even run automated software which swaps between them itself for different visitors. Real competition would be healthy and serve the industry better. And still very profitable, even when shared amongst them.

Anyone every tried to create an ad publishing account with Yahoo? In the UK you can't. Full stop. For the last 10 years + you get the message "this service is not available in your region". #facepalm - this isn't even getting the basics right. For years now we've seen the reports of how Yahoo pissed away so many billions doing this, wasted it doing that, when all the while Google sits there owning the ad market quietly laughing at its antics. Their ad serving platform is only software. Microsoft too - what happened to "follow the money"? Was there something sinister going on in the early days stopping anyone but Google growing in this space? Today it must be impossible for anyone, even the top corporates, to get in due to their sheer market dominance, but it seemed the strategy of the others was to just pay lip service to it.

I'm annoyed Yahoo is about to vanish - their throw away email accounts have severed me very well for years.

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Yep. Bitcasa's called it quits

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Perhaps

They got Outsourceried?

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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Come on

This software *actually* clicked ads without the users knowledge?

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Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer

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Re: Zigwhat?

Those would have been my words exactly - you beat me to it.

Oh, I usually add some microsoft piss take as well but seeing as they're further behind in IoT than mobile there's nothing relevant for me to go at.

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: The time has come .......

Yeah - President PussyGrabber has the credibility needed to stop all this.

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BlackBerry sees a rainbow just around a corner

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Only Microsoft tops them in the totally self-inflicted wound stakes

The 21st centuries mobile losers, in order of asshattery:

1. Microsoft. Imploded because it was too smug to think it could fail.

2. Blackberry: Sat on its corporate laurels for too long.

3. Nokia: Had the chance to go next-gen with Android which would have saved it, but instead believed Microsofts burning platform bullshit. About to fix that now it's free of the beasts evil clutches, which is still a big gamble but pretty much their only hope.

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Apple ordered to cough up $2m to store workers after denying rest breaks

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Re: Do no Evil!

You're going to the toilet wrong.

That's this lot.

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Microsoft says LinkedIn will make Trump, Brexit, voters feel great again

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Re: And this just in ..

Microsoft says buying LinkedIn was the key enabler for Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister, a statue of Kelvin MacKenzie being erected at the Kop and David Cameron being made honorary president of the UK Pig Farmers alliance.

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

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Re: IBM?

Maybe he needs do draw on their experience as he formulates his plans for the Mexicans.

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: Here's the full list...

And when the tories have fully privatised the NHS it will be the health insurance companies who'll be using it to cherry-pick the most profitable citizens, and vastly inflate or even refuse those who they deem to be not so profitable.

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The Reg seeks online community manager

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Here's my CV

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/search/?q=bob+vistakin

When do I start?

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Is password security at just $1/month too expensive for most?

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Re: So they want me to trust an online service with all my passwords?

People really use throw-away hotmail accounts? What on earth for?

Back on topic - check out Password Safe - it addresses all these concerns. The db is encrypted and stored locally, but you can automatically sync via your preferred cloud service *if* you choose (Dropbox support is built in directly), the db never hits their servers, dunno how a limit on users could even be implemented when, as just stated, you can share the db anyway and of course its free and always has been.

This ain't an ad - it's just based on my experience of having to manage zillions of passwords which I have to change quite often.

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Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

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#idmissitlessthanlinkedfuckingindisappearingtoo

Am I trending yet?

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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Look up "Conflation"

Lot's of talk here about iPhones being mankinds saviour, and lots of talk about everyone using smartphones. Yet the iPhone market share continues to fall. Subtle. Is there some agenda here I missed?

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