* Posts by cambsukguy

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

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Re: No Windows Phone Version?

My WP authenticator got updated very recently and does have the 'accept' button in the sample images. I only use the authenticator to log into Lastpass usually because the PC never logs me out of the MS system.

I couldn't get a login attempt to prompt me to use the mobile Accept thing though although, since it is on the samples I presume it is an active feature.

As I said, I use it so never that it is kinda meaningless for me and typing the six digits is almost as fast anyway.

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Samsung's Shixby: Reviewers unimpressed with S8 digital assistant

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Been using the Camera for translate...

...for literally years, it worked pretty damn well on everything from my Lumia 920 through the 1020 and now a 950, doubly so with data available without roaming costs in Spain and other places I need the feature.

Moreover, the app I use places the translated text hovering over the original, at the same size, whatever the angle etc., with a freeze feature to allow actual study/reading - most impressive though perhaps they all do that? Do they all allow downloading of languages to do it all offline?

No good at all though in an Eritrean restaurant I went to recently, in the UK I might add.

What does an S8 cost £700?, they can go screw themselves if they think I would pay that for a (I assume) nice curved screen.

I guess I am not the target market, oh well.

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No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

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Re: Not strictly true....

hmm, that seems hugely at odds with my HP printer experience.

Obviously, I treat my HP printers like garbage, same as every else.

My 1020, USB printer is now doing duty for my gf, reliably, with a cartridge years old, used weekly perhaps for the odd page, it is getting on for 12 years old I think.

It's replacement, 1102 wireless, is also not used too often but works, with a non-HP cartridge these days, again rarely (I do not print much anymore).

I had one HP, a colour inkjet, that was less than good, the paper feed required too much attention to work and I stopped using it, but compared to the screaming Epson thing it replaced at that time, I still preferred it.

And I bought two second-hand HP Envy laptops, having had an HP laptop that I didn't like 10 years earlier and, especially for the price (450 apiece), am well pleased - HD touch screen, fingerprint reader, 1TB drive. 4GB RAM (upgraded to 8 at purchase though), lit keyboard, Beats audio (it is better than standard at least).

I would be willing to give an HP WinPhone a chance, if I didn't have a Lumia 950 that is. The Lumia is good for at least two more years, probably more. I am sure there will be a replacement by then or WP will be no more by definition - possibly because of x86 capable phones making them basically Win10 computers in a handheld format.

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Re: Alas poor WinPho I knew him well

Of all the insults thrown at WinPho, slow and unresponsive was not one of them - it almost always was Apps - something I rarely care about (a single bank app notwithstanding, come on Santander!).

Perhaps the 735 was less good but I know people with 550s and 435s who like how zippy their incredibly low-end devices are. I doubt anything Android for the same money could match the performance and definitely the support, which runs to years for even the lowest of the low.

And the cameras seem to be in a different league from the utter shite I have from similarly-priced phones.

If anyone can find camera producing pictures of the quality of the Lumia 950 at 250 quid for the same (or quiet lot more) money, I would be surprised indeed.

My girlfriend is constantly being asked what she took the pic with because of the clarity and quality of the output, even when posted on crappy fb and WhatsApp.

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Re: Not dead but hard to buy

I got my kids 650 from Argos last year, he stood on it (I am guessing) and broke the LCD (but not the glass).

I bought a second-hand one from eBay for 60 quid, less than the repair cost.

I see Argos only do the 550 now, only 60 quid, less phone than the 650 though.

The 650 is a lovely looking phone and a very good phone for the price, has SD card expansion crucially.

They are available on Amazon new and used though.

As for support, I think older WinPhones might still get security updates but I really doubt they are needed, very few people have them, they don't run x86 code, they are very difficult to compromise - I don't think I have ever read of one having a virus for instance.

My other kids' 920 is still rockin' as a phone and Reddit reader basically all the time.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Precedent will occur

We will have precedent and case law in a few years.

A few trips up to the highest courts and lawyers will be quoting cases for and against blaming the vehicle (and thus the SW and HW therein) for various kinds of incidents.

The Tesla/truck crash which killed the driver must already have started the ball rolling - the system can't just allow Tesla to state 'Hmm, didn't see that truck - will tweak the algo' despite requiring the driver to essentially never use the actual 'self-driving' tech.

Once they start blaming the car tech, the flood gates will open and other tech will start getting blamed for stuff - 'I didn't WANT two tons of creamed corn, it was Alexa's fault"!

Obligatory xkcd

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: Well, duh ..

That may be true but there is still the matter of the 11 % NI contribution that is payable on salary, by the employee. This affects most middle income workers, the very well paid can treat it as a smaller hit since it stops being applied at around 45k.

To most people it changes the basic rate to 31% for a goodly chunk of their income. Contractors basically save 'tax' by saving on NI contributions.

Which seems fair since they get no sick pay, including statutory; no Maternity leave, no Paternity leave and so on. Until the pension changes were made, they also did not pay into the 'system' and so got nothing in return from that system.

Contractors can earn a lot of money when all is going well, and this is why many do it. It is, however, not always an easy gig, involving travel, living away form home for long periods etc. Often the actual work is the scut work, with permie staff getting (quite correctly) the design and architect elements of the project etc.

I have also noticed that contract rates have not risen a great deal of late where permie salaries do have appeared to.

Everyone gets a choice though, if you think contracting is easy and well paid, become one, if you think permies get a cushy deal, become one - our industry is pretty flexible and opportunities allow most to choose which to be.

I for one think it is time to stop and live on less, the tax rate changes made to dividends not that long ago basically pushed me to early retirement.

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HMRC emits IR35 tax calculator onto the web for UK contractors

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What you have to remember is... There is no cake

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law

Perhaps, if it is illegal, they won't be able to do it.

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Re: Ah! "The gentler, kinder politics of the left"

About 50% of people have Democrat leanings and about 50% have Republican leanings.

Both groups have Murderers, Rioters, Paedophiles, Burglars, Shoplifters and all other things under the sun in them.

Democrats are not all good people (see above sample list).

The general view is that Democrats (left-leaning people) simply want to see a more equal society, say votes for Women or Transgender rights, equal pay.

Republicans (right-leaning people) tend to think that letting people keep all the money they earn, with the least amount taken in tax to allow support for those in 'real' need, works best.

But, even in the USA, almost everyone believes that School should be free and compulsory - logic would dictate that people find and pay for school themselves and tough-luck on those who cannot - should have worked harder.

This is actually what it used to be like of course. In fact, the USA has a higher percentage of people with money (compared with the UK) putting their kids in 'state' schools (which are called public schools just to be confusing).

And, obviously, the USA thinks that 'nationalising' the Military is a given too. Why don't all the states have their own armies? Why don't the Cities use private Militias? Because they know that some things require Government control.

The continuous need to regulate things that had been given too much freedom, such as the 'Markets', prove that unfettered 'Capitalism' simply doesn't work - just like pure Communism doesn't work.

The best current answers seem to be a mix of Capitalism with controls - the main argument is how far to control. The Chinese system appears less reliable to me at this point.

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> America has not been exceptional since the early '70s, if it could make that claim in seriousness

America is heading towards being Brazil, while Brazil tries not be at the same time.

More and more gated communities, more and more people losing their home to reverse mortgages with clauses allowing repossession for the slightest reason.

All it will mean is that the rich have more money and more need of security to try to stay safe from those who resent it, many of whom may well be armed.

I can't really understand the logic of already-rich people just trying to get even richer, especially if it lowers their quality of life by reducing their overall safety.

It is not a surprise that many of the best countries to live in the world are Scandinavian, and it isn't the weather.

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The Orange One is as far from Machiavellian as it might be possible to get, in a person in power that is.

Machiavellian would have been to lie and lie during the campaign and then implement Hillary's agenda as was the plan all along, some even believed it might be the case, she was at his wedding I believe.

Let's hope he gets bored and quits.

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Re: About time

Record numbers of cars made and sold, massive increase in rough sleeping.

The divide and conquer, rich get richer at the expense of the poor paradigm seems to be doing rather well.

Seems like retirement to Spain is ever more likely - avoiding Cataluña of course.

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

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Re: 2 years?

> which 52 million idiots believed and put us in a right mess

Um, 17.4 million idiots.

And, of course, many of those may have been voting Leave for other reasons and not believed that figure anyway.

Of course, if the NHS *did* get the 100 Million a week that we would save if we completely leave and pay zero to (say) a customs union, it would make an improvement to the service.

But they won't spend that money and we will have less of it (than we would) anyway.

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Re: 2 years?

> and the EU looses (sic) 20-25% of it's funding

Hmm, According to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_statistics, we give 13.05% of the total EU budget and the EU spend 7.78% of same in return here.

Total actual saving for leaving completely, 13,739,900,046 - 8,294,200,000 = 5445700046 (Euro)

That is over 100 Million a week, to be sure, but the EU budget is 2.04 Billion a week.

So losing us is losing about 5% of the total budget, not insignificant but not deadly serious either.

OTOH:

The UK GDP was 2849 Billion in 2015. 5 Billion (pounds) is about 0.18% of that GDP. For context, we give about half that amount in Aid (albeit probably to get some trade in return).

So, if the economists are right about a 4% drop in GDP, the saving will change that to 3.82% drop.

Anyone thinking that exiting the EU will give us all more money can't do maths at all.

I suppose any price is worth paying for sovereignty, for some. Personally, I prefer most EU legislation to our own.

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Re: Plausible

And I suspect that slim majority would not be present now.

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Father of Android II: A Hardware Comeback

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Re: connector

> No, it's on somebody else's computer (DropBox's). It isn't on your Mac until you transfer it there - which you could do from your phone when you got home

In my case, it is on my OneDrive AND on my computer, since it is mostly on. If not, it arrives fairly quickly thereafter. Doesn't DropBox map their cloud to one's hard drive too if desired?

Although, I have the Wi-Fi only switch for my picture uploads (possibly to change since I have 4GB data now).

If my pics were important, I would have the switch on for sure.

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Re: connector

> I have hope that USB-C will do it but I have to wait for it to filter down to a reasonably priced phone

Presumably you mean not a Windows phone since the Lumia 950 uses USB-C and is, by any standard, reasonably priced.

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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Re: over engineered

If your gun is in a safe, I would imagine it is loaded in that safe, especially if it is a revolver - and it would be, since it is for self-defence and needs to be reliable.

If it is a pistol, the magazine might well not be in the gun but these can be loaded quite quickly - the issue might be leaving a loaded magazine, they are not as reliable if left (fully) loaded.

TBH, given how quickly my laptop responds to a finger swipe - even a crappy one - I would have thought a gun in a safe opened by finger with a swipe would be pretty good and offer quite high security against access by children etc.

But, 'murricans and their guns are ill separated, I don't envy those who try.

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Windows 10 memory management changes to give Hyper-V more headroom

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Re: Hmm...

I can see Word adding a new request for memory every time you typed a character.

I suspect most coders, including me, allocate some space for a task, often the most they might reasonably expect to be used by most users.

This allocation is then extended when needed, using whatever algorithm seems reasonable, another block the same size, a percentage of the original, increasing in size as demand increases etc.

There is no easy, simple solution to any of these problems, memory, security etc. If it was easy and simple then most, if not all programmers, would avoid the pitfalls we see all the time.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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Re: Why is font rendering in the kernel in the first place?

My guess would be performance - it usually is with kernel stuff.

Font rendering is used continuously, for almost everything. Having a separate process to perform tasks for every other process would need massive amounts of inter process communications.

The kernel is there, always available, always fast - I can see the attraction.

And, from what I read about Linux, more than ever seems to be going into that kernel too.

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

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Re: Sullenberger: the movie

The movie has an shocking/exciting opening, mostly deals with the NTSC investigation and Tom Hanks is, as always, good.

I was struck by how much the NTSC seemed (in the movie) to have it in for our hero though.

"...crash..."

"Forced landing"

"What?"

"It wasn't a crash, it was a forced landing on water"

Having lived in Toulouse for a little watching the Airbus Belugas fly in and out, it was interesting to see their Simulators in the movie.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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People say 'It works, don't bother replacing it' but I don't see that in the car market at all.

I treat my car just like my PC, tablet and phone (mostly), keep using it until it breaks (or a large lump of concrete in the road breaks it for me).

But, I see people with new cars that had 'nearly new' cars all the time, and cars cost a lot more than PCs. New cars have some innovation but it isn't worth the price (to me at least). I think it is because they are mostly 'rented' and people just see the monthly cost; the lease expires and they get the next one. This may explain why companies replace PCs of course, they often lease them. But, the issue of retraining for a new OS means a lot of extra cost which may prevent changes.

The main issue for PCs is the one everyone mentions, PCs are just not required as much any more. I use (this) laptop (second-hand, c £500 but quite nice) for the usual stuff but connect it to a telly and it does a lot more (no chromecast etc. required). I use it for some of the Linux work I do too when needed (courtesy Oracle VM). Most people do not do even that.

Many people bought a tablet and immediately removed a large part of the need for a PC. Phones already were making PCs less needed.

Most people's PC still does what they need, because even iPlayer and other video streaming etc. requires almost no CPU power and little GPU power.

Few people edit their videos or need high power Photoshop type programs. Word (et al) runs easily on an ordinary machine.

Since no-one else 'sees' their fancy new PC, people will not treat it like a car (a status symbol), hence way more iPhones in evidence than makes sense from an economic point of view. This also explains why 'cool' all-in-ones and super-slim laptops sales hold up well - you can show them off in coffee shops and University cafes.

There is no chance of a new OS 'making' people upgrade. It is hard to show it off for starters.

We would need a true AI, super-clever device that needed some new hardware and OS to work; then people might upgrade. Don't hold your breath.

Meanwhile, people just buy a 'smart' speaker and get the same power, cheaply, cause 'the cloud' means someone else runs the powerful machine for you.

At least PC makers have the opportunity to shrink without too much pain, diversify, make similar but different machines (Smart Speakers!) and supply the fixed, corporate use that (I think) will continue for the forseeable.

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

@lost_all_faith, You must be new here or like down-votes, dissing a Linux distro, especially the minty one crazy I tell you, crazy.

Makes me wonder if a future Android version (as I am sure there will be) will also be called Mint; a bit short but it is a sweetie.

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Re: Stop fannying about

You have a low bar for your browser experience: Pages load fine, no 406s (literally never seen one), and doesn't slaughter the CPU.

Mind you, until more recently, this browser could gobble up a GB on El Reg's page until the tab was nuked and restarted, whereupon it would drop to a ridiculous 300MB or something. I suppose it keeps a copy of all the ads or had a big memory leak.

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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

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Re: It never stops...

If Photoshop is terrible and it edits pictures, why doesn't someone use Capitalism to replace it with a better program?

If it is expensive and rubbish, it would seem like a good target.

I don't use it so I know nothing about alternatives.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: pink?

Period operating W10: 18 months

Number of BSODs: 2 (possibly 3)

Not fabulous but hardly serious.

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Verizon is gonna axe its 'unlimited' data hogs

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Re: Maths!

Contention is a bit more serious with cell-phones than cable.

200GB is a huge amount for a phone to use - it almost certainly is being used as a Home broadband-type provider.

Even an Uber driver using data for maps wouldn't need that much surely?

And since you can use Netflix for something like the .0.632Mbps on a phone, you would have to watch an awful lot of TV to use it.

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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Re: Hard cases

I think that, if it is five years or more, you get the right to stay permanently anyway.

I worry more about my girlfriend staying when it might be close to the five years at Brexit, and whether they use weasel rules like "You went Home for a month, that counts as leaving and returning".

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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Re: ditch the Apple

But they all tried different OSs, none have sold, they all dies and WP only exists because it is basically free now with Win10 (by design of course).

Since Win10 might even appear on phones unadulterated at some point, it will be even less difficult to keep the OS available.

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Re: ditch the Apple

>That only leaves MS phone at the moment which isn't a real option.

Because? Slurp, apps?

Apps is valid I suppose if it matters to you but, excepting that, WP is very bit as good and better in many, many ways than competing systems.

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Re: Everyone loves a comeback... again?

You will be waiting some time for the 920 to fall apart, my old one is still doing sterling service being worked all day by an offspring with unlimited data.

I suspect the built-in battery is the limiting factor and only then for the majority that can't replace it.

That and water/loss of course.

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Re: They still have a couple of loyal customers here and there

Hmm, the people I know with a 950 have a wildly different experience to you.

The screen is beautiful, the camera is fast, the flash is very natural, the HDR is excellent and controllable, the UI is fast (because the processor is fast I imagine).

I have dropped mine at least three times and have a small crack in the (flimsy) rear cover.

Add the fact that it has a removable battery and an SD card slot and, as a previous 800, 920 and 1020 owner, I am very pleased.

The fact that it costs less than half of what an iPhone costs is just icing on the cake - like you, I don't miss too much of the App gap.

I also appreciate full Office and built-in maps/navigation.

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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

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Re: But how to know if someone has an implant?

I had an MRI and told them about my Titanium post for a tooth implant and they said "Meh".

I didn't even feel a slight pull.

Mind you, it was a knee MRI, quite a long way from the head.

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

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Re: Hotspots

I have wondered this, even though iPads have large batteries.

My WiFi hotspot can be enabled when off by 'friendly' users in any case (those that already have the password and know the SSID) so that I don't need to keep it on.

My laptop even says the name and the state so I can just click it as if it were advertising. It switches it on remotely and works, by far the most power efficient way, since it turns off automatically when not in use also.

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Re: Two things

>Trump will only make them more paranoid even after he builds that wall and bans followers of certain religions from entering the country

According to this weeks' Time mag, when 'Murricans are asked how many people out of 100 are Muslims, the averaged reply was 17.

Since the actual figure is 1, you can see that there is a slight over-exaggeration of the 'threat' that Trump was highlighting.

The figure for the UK was 15/4.8, reprehensible but none-the-less better, especially as many people might think an Indian national is a Muslim when they are a Hindu.

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Apple sues Nokia's pet patent trolls

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Patent expiry

I thought seven years was normal and 17 years for some patents if you managed to extend them somehow.

I would think many would be expiring by now.

It is not like the pharmaceutical scum that somehow manage to charge exorbitant amounts for 50-year-old medications 'because we have to prescribe branded medication'.

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Surely there cannot be a Los Vegas in Nevada as well as a Las Vegas?

Los, masculine, vegas (fields, meadows) feminine, so las.

And, as for safety systems, only auto-braking with ABS is really required to ensure maximum collision energy reduction.

And cars could *easily* see suicidal people wearing black at night (riding bikes with no lights), using infra-red. This would make auto-braking cars fantastically safer than human drivers.

The biggest problem is the fun kids and others would have jumping in front of the car to watch it scream to a halt. And the darwin-award-winning-deaths of the ones that mistook the vehicle type.

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Jail for life.

Seems totally reasonable for insurance fraud.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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>But you, too, could put up your feet and make do on UBI

Except no nice car, no nice trips, no nice foreign holidays, no restaurants, no flashy xmas presents.

The only people that will accept not working and taking a small income to get by on are those that do not have a choice because they cannot work, those that have side careers (a bit of cleaning, a bit of drug peddling, a bit of day work, a bit of 'night' work etc. - cash in hand).

Many people want more than 'enough', indeed our economy requires it. Many people, myself included, have easily enough to get by but do not need loads of extras, don't need a 'better' car, don't need an expensive phone etc.

Part of the issue with stalling western economies seems to be that more people are happy enough with what they have and do not need too much extra, added to that the longevity of vehicles and flattening of performance increases of computers in general.

I am constantly amazed by how cheap stuff can be, including, often, even good food. Automation is definitely a benefit in that way at least.

I have spent almost 20 years attempting to do less work but still work, with only some success. People ask why I didn't work for a year or why there are gaps here and there. The answer cannot be 'I am lazy' or even 'I didn't need to' because we live in a society where that is resented even if that person is not a scrounger and doesn't live high on the hog either. So, I have to make excuses or stretch CV dates, tiresome.

I know that this way is better for me and would be better if we all did less where possible, especially if the alternative is only to make more and more stuff with finite resources. Far better to save the resources to use when required instead.

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London's Winter Wonderland URGENTLY seeks Windows 10 desk support

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Sounds like MS could get some free publicity

...by supplying a team for them from their London office and giving the wages to charity.

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Reschedule the holiday party, Patch Tuesday is here and it's a big one

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Re: Update nightmares

Well, I think UWP apps are supposed to fix that so I presume it is a matter of porting to that API.

If the 3rd party app is being maintained and updated then I suppose they should create a UWP version.

Admittedly, they would have to still support the Win32 version so I see their problem.

I did read that it is not terribly onerous for most programs to be ported though and, again I presume, that a port would abstract most of the code to be shared.

Obviously, supporting UWP on Win7 would be the best possible solution. Technically or politically difficult I imagine.

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Re: No reschedule needed here

> People who are locked to windows because stupid lazy vendors will not provide cross platform solutions for their products

Windows Phone users are given no love at all by vendors. Given that Win10, at least, requires very little work to make the phone version operate (UWP VLC is available for WinPhone 10 after all), I don't see why a bank can't make a UWP application for Windows 10 - it is one of the few real uses for having an app rather than using a web page.

If they make the PC UWP app, saving credentials and having an app PIN only (like RBS do on my WinPhone app) then the phone app becomes very easy to create and maintenance is almost nothing on top. Tablets work too, a PIN is so much easier than logging in on a web page, especially on a plain tablet.

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Re: Happy Christmas

7 Win10 machines here, amongst the various people, 3 are phones.

All good so far, but then they were before too, didn't get any DHCP issues from the previous update.

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Cagelog has the following

Addressed a service crash in CDPSVC that in some situations could lead to the machine not being able to acquire an IP address.

Could be a fix to the DHCP bug that some have seen.

I haven't, on any machine, so I don't know.

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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Given the time scales involved, just one word

Nuclear

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Re: Gates, no doubt, is "buying something"

Presumably, if someone give 100 somethings to charity, it doesn't reduce your tax bill by 100 somethings.

If it did, people would donate exactly the amount of tax they owed, to piss off the gummint at least.

Tax DEDUCTABLE means reduced from your gross income, so, if you pay tax at 40% (rich folks), then giving 100 to charity costs you 60, it still costs you money.

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Re: Trumpity Trump

a bit mad?

Fucking insane is a bit nearer the mark.

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

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There is some utility to a restart not being totally clean, certain windows re-appear etc. so one is less likely to lose 'state'.

That is useful for most updates where things are not being restarted because they are broken but because Windows still requires restarts for some updates.

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Wow, risky response, even though it is reasonable.

Nice to see you were not eviscerated though, a good sign.

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